Week of June 20, 2024

Vintage Fire Truck from Illinois a highlight

Loyal Baker

DAYTON–In 1938, the roof of Emma Rowley's home at 306 West Madison Street in Elizabeth, Illinois, caused several hundred dollars in damage. But thanks to the Elizabeth Fire Department's brand new truck, the firemen of the day were able to notch a "save." It was the first house fire to be tackled by the department since the truck's arrival in September, 1937. According to an article about that first fire, members of the department were "well pleased with the manner in which it performed." The...

Fire District responds to Monday evening fire

Columbia County Fire District No. 3 units, along with Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire fighters, tackled fire estimated to be less than one acre that threatened a home 12 miles from Dayton on the North Touchet Road early Monday evening. The fire, cause of which is under investigation, was aided by gusty wind conditions, and quickly advanced through the underbrush up the hill toward the residence, Fire Chief Jeromy Phinney told the Chronicle. Several fire units responded and quelled...

New concessionaires at summers end

Jessica Ruffcorn

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board Commissioners were advised of Lyons Ferry Marina concessionaire future succession; and updates on Portway properties, Mainstem Malt grant, CWW Railroad appraisal; and graffiti issue. Lyons Ferry concessionaires Wally and JoAnn Knoufs, plan to retire at the end of this summer which will succeed to Tim and Susan Dewald. "Tim and Susan joined our management team May 1, and we are doing a transition where we are cutting back our hours and they are taking on more...

Blustery weather doesn't dampen All Wheels Weekend enthusiasm

Loyal Baker

DAYTON–The Friday of All Wheels Weekend's 30th Anniversary celebration started out cool and with gusty winds, which died down for the Friday evening festivities–Drag the Gut, registration and live music on the Columbia County Courthouse Lawn, courtesy of The Frog Hollow Band–giving the weekend's activities a wonderful launch. Saturday morning opened with a freshet to give Show N Shine judges a wax 'n' polish-bead up test (just kidding) so that most of the vintage automobiles and pick ups...

Annual Fourth of July Picnic in the Park

Charlotte Baker

DAYTON–The 4th Annual Fourth of July Picnic in the Park is planned at the Pietrzycki City Park on Thursday, July 4 at 12-4 p.m. This hosted event offers, food, games, silent auction, and a few candidates. Mark your calendars. This year's free family Fourth of July Picnic in the Park, hosted by the Columbia County Republican Central Committee and the Columbia County Conservatives, will offer up hot dogs, watermelon, treats, games, a bounce house with slide, dunk tank, and silent auction....

State Fire Mobilization authorized for the Neff Road Fire

WALLA WALLA COUNTY–State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Neff Road Fire located in Walla Walla County, near the town of Prescott. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on June 15, 2024, at 6:15 p.m. at the request of Fire Chief Jim Ruffcorn, Walla Walla North County Fire District. The Neff Road Fire started on June 15, 2024, at approximately 2:22 p.m....

Commentary

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) remembers former U.S. Representative George Nethercutt, who passed away June 14, 2024. "My heart is sad," McMorris Rodgers said. "George Nethercutt was a giant amongst men who served the people of Eastern Washington with honor and patriotism for a decade. George was a man of character who led with kindness and conviction, and he was a person I proudly looked up to long before the day I was sworn in to represent...

Council awards printing contract to Chronicle

Jessica Ruffcorn

DAYTON–The City Council heard discussion and awarded the city legal contract; and approved Resolutions 1542, 1545, and 1546 at the June 11 meeting. The City granted the 2024 public notice publishing contract to the Dayton Chronicle, the newspaper of record for Columbia County, after a hearty discussion over requirements and access. The Council awarded the City legal contract to the Dayton Chronicle by a 4-2 vote. Bids were submitted by two area newspapers, Dayton Chronicle, the Columbia...

Don't Tamper with Horses

Naomi Scoggin

-Part 10 ...continuing. Moss stood behind the mostly-closed door of the livery, watching through the narrow gap as a dozen men rode into town at a lope. The man in the lead was a large man with dark facial hair. His horse was two hands taller than the other outlaws' horses, and it threw its head as they rode up to the saloon. "That's Deveney," the kid whispered in Moss's ear. "My sis says he's the worst outlaw since the Plummer Gang." Moss raised his eyebrows. "Just what is your name, kid?"...

From the Dayton Chronicle archives

Kaye Eaton

Ten Years Ago June 18, 2014 Women's water aerobics classes have started at the Dayton City Pool and are held weekdays at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. with the cost of $3.00 per session. Twenty-Five Years Ago June 16, 1999 Join the Dayton Swim Team is a great way for kids ages 5-18 to spend their summer vacation. Swim Team is challenging but it is also a great way to teach kids sportsmanship and the right way to win and the right way to lose. The Fifth anniversary of All Wheels Weekend, included an...

Weather Forecast

Juneteenth: Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Monday: Sunny, with a high near...

Pastor's Corner

Greg Brownell

It's sometimes difficult to get up and start the day. A small town experienced 39 degrees below zero temperatures and, in the morning, only one car in the whole town was operating. None of the other cars would start. The only one running was started before the extreme freeze (and was kept running) by a very wise person who knew how to prepare. Starting our day off takes preparation. Jesus started his day off rising early in the morning and finding a solitary place where He could commune with...

Quote of the Week

“Childhood is a short season.” – Helen...

  • Guest Commentary

    Editor's Note: This article is continued from the June 6, 2024 edition. Author Gerald Barron of Save Family Farming (savefamilyfarming.org) presents data that contends the condition of the chinook salmon fishery is impacted by numerous factors and that "habitat," such as the four Lower Snake River dams, is not doing the most harm. By Gerald Barron Save Family Farming –Continued from June 6 The report quoted Katie Howard: "She says between nutrient deficiencies, disease, and heat stress, it's...

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