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  • Newhouse graduates Magna Cum Laude

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–Kailey Newhouse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Walla Walla Community College with a Bachelor's of Business Management Entrepreneurship Concentration; and an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology. WWCC held commencement exercises June 8 at 10 a.m. in the grass area outside of the Warrior Dome for students seeking Associate and Bachelor degrees. Newhouse, a former Dayton High School 2019 graduate, and Dayton Chronicle High School Correspondent, finishes her studies w...

  • Dayton High Scholarship Night tonight at Pavilion

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–Members of the 2024 graduating class from Dayton High School, and alumni set to receive additional scholarships for their university studies will be honored at the Dayton School District's Scholarship Night at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The dessert reception event will honor Class of 2024 seniors receiving scholarships. The reception will be hosted by the D.H.S. Junior Class as a fund raiser. Scholarship recipients will receive their a...

  • Dayton Days Rodeo this weekend

    Charlotte Baker|May 23, 2024

    By Loyal and Charlotte Baker DAYTON–The 2024 Dayton Days-Columbia County Fair Rodeo, this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, will not only feature plenty of Western livestock action and thrills, it will also be more affordable as ticket prices have been reduced to encourage families to attend this year's two performances of buckin', snortin' hide and hair. The 2024 edition of the Dayton Days Rodeo will be dedicated to the late Tim Donohue, who passed away in January, and who served as president...

  • Spokane Junior Livestock Show a success for both Dayton and Pomeroy 4-H and FFA exhibitors

    Charlotte Baker|May 23, 2024

    DAYTON and POMEROY–Several 4-H and FFA members competed at the Jr. Livestock Show of Spokane the first week of May. Delaynee Cox of Dayton, wins Reserve Champion in showmanship, and Jaycee Cox is with her white calf winning the FFA Grand Champion Prospect Steer. Ellyson Hall took third place 4-H Market Lamb, a blue ribbon with her Market Steer, and a purple ribbon in Showmanship. She placed 13th high Individual Junior Livestock Judge, and 4th high Junior Oral Reasons. Judson Hall receives 1...

  • Dayton High School Scholarship Night set for June 6 at Fairgrounds

    Charlotte Baker|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON–The School District will present Scholarship Night at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion on Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. The School District will honor Class of 2024 seniors receiving scholarships at a dessert reception hosted by the Junior class. The event will include a silent auction to raise money for the Class of 2025 senior banners. Private donations will also be accepted. For those who wish to present their scholarship, please contact Suzi Tasker so you are put on the e...

  • Dayton Trap team takes 6th

    Charlotte Baker|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON–The local FFA Trap Shooting Team compete against 47 teams, takes 6th place at the State Trap Invitational in April. The six members of Dayton's FFA Trap Team, High School students Byron Collier, Andrew Wertz, and Sawyer Brenner; and Middle School members Luke Collier, Lyam Donohue, and Rozlyn Magill, participated in the Washington State FFA Trap Shooting Invitational on April 19-20. Trap teams are generally comprised of high school aged members only. However, Dayton's team has three m...

  • Three DHS students win Hot Poetry contest

    Charlotte Baker|May 16, 2024

    By Charlotte Baker DAYTON–Three of the five Pacific Northwest 2024 Hot Poetry contest winners, Justina Abrahamson, Solomon Brenner, and Logan Berg, are local High School seniors. The Pacific Northwest Hot Poetry contest is in coordination with the non-profit "Hanford Challenge" based in Seattle and Tri-Cities. Poem topics focused on nuclear waste, and the history of atomic energy and weapons in Richland. Each winner received a $100 check from the organization for their winning verses. "I'm r...

  • Small fry turn out for Fishing Derby

    Charlotte Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–An opening season fishing event at the kiddy fishing pond near the Dayton City Park on Wednesday afternoon, April 17 gave many youngsters a chance to catch the "Big One", such as the one Greylynn Bickelhaupt reeled in from the depths. Greylynn Bickelhaupt, age 6, is the daughter of Kelsy and Garrett Bickelhaupt, and granddaughter of Stacy Klingenstein, from Dayton. Greylynn posed for the camera with Zonie Dedloff, who helped her hold the big fish she caught during the event, because she d...

  • Dayton Elementary students meet 20,880-minute reading goal

    Charlotte Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–The local elementary participated in the Read Across America program with an accumulative reading goal of 20,880 minutes. All the students in Dayton Elementary incorporated extra reading time into their schedule over two weeks, to meet the Read Across America program 20,880 reading minute goal. The reward for meeting this goal was the opportunity to dunk principal, Mrs. Cox into the dunk tank. "Readers earned balls to throw determined by how much they read. Younger students needed to read...

  • Quick Peek

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 18, 2024

    Wed, Apr 17 School Board Meeting–Media Center, High School Library–6:30 p.m. Youth Fishing Tournament–Dayton Fishing Pond–3-5 p.m. Thurs, Apr 18 Family Story Time Dinner–Library–6 p.m. Pool District Community Work Session–Elementary Multipurpose room–6-7:30 p.m. Mon, Apr 22 BOCC Regular Meeting–311 E. Main St.–9 a.m. Friends of the Library Meeting–Delany Room–4 p.m. Wed, Apr 24 CCHS Board Meeting–Touchet River Conference Room–1:30 p.m. Thur, Apr 25 Fri, Apr 26 Dayton Historic Depot–222 E. Commercial Ave.–10 a.m.-4 p.m. Boldman House Museu...

  • Stegall, Hollingsworth, Wilson and Mikesell are 2024 CC Fair Hostesses

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 11, 2024

    By Charlotte Baker DAYTON–The Columbia County Fair Board (CCFB) selected four area girls, Cedar Stegall, Alyssa Hollingsworth, Sara Ann Wilson, and Makayla Mikesell, all from Waitsburg, Wash., in February as this year's "Buckles, Boots, and Rodeo Chutes" 2024 Fair Hostesses. The hostess candidates met with the CCFB selection committee at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building in February where they were asked to give a brief talk providing an overview of their school, sports, c...

  • Three-generation VGBRA champions

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 11, 2024

    By Charlotte Baker WALLA WALLA–The Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association 2023 results garner an overall grand champion, Payden Henery; reserve champion Dana Greg; and a three-generation champion run: Adelle Smith, Honors Champion, Angela (Smith) Adams, Amateur Champion, and Oaklee Adams Junior Champion and Rookie Champion. Smith is mother to Angela Adams and grandmother to Oaklee Adams; all three reside in Waitsburg, Wash. The Yearend standing for 2023 as overall champion is Payden Henry, a...

  • SB5824, bill to close library voter loophole, signed into law

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 4, 2024

    OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5824 sponsored by Senators Sam Hunt, D-Olympia; Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines; Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue; Marko Liias, D-Edmonds; and T'wina Nobles, D-Fircrest, which changes requirements to place a library initiative on the ballot. The measure was in response to a ballot proposition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) in 2023. The SB5824 requires that petition signatures from the voting populace be increased to 25% (instead o...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 28, 2024

    Spring, oh sweet spring, how your splendor bades me, with spectacle of green emerging from winters arms, bending into an explosion of color. Spring, oh sweet spring how your rain awakens what was once benumbed, welcome home birds red, yellow, green, blue, all afresh. Spring, oh sweet spring how you birth life anew, preparing for longer, warmer days of porch sitting and ice tea sipping. Spring, oh sweet spring how you tenderly sing of life renewed, to open the gate of hope, winding through all, near and afar. Spring, oh sweet spring, how you...

  • Quilts of Valor presented to three service members

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 28, 2024

    DAYTON–A moment of joy for Deacon Mike Breier and the Salinas family as three received the Quilt of Valor on March 10. Debbie Bailey presented, on behalf of the Lewis Clark Quilts of Valor, three quilts made by Sylvia Demaris. The first quilt presented was to Deacon Mike Breier, who was a Sergeant, E-5, in the Marine Corps. He served from 1964-1970, with two tours in Vietnam, 1965, and again in 1966. He deployed to Da Nang, Chu Lai, Quan Tri, Phu Bai and Van Tuon, where he took part in O...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 21, 2024

    Spring, oh sweet spring, how your splendor bades me, with spectacle of green emerging from winters arms, bending into an explosion of color. Spring, oh sweet spring how your rain awakens what was once benumbed, welcome home birds red, yellow, green, blue, all afresh. Spring, oh sweet spring how you birth life anew, preparing for longer, warmer days of porch sitting and ice tea sipping. Spring, oh sweet spring how you tenderly sing of life renewed, to open the gate of hope, winding through all, near and afar. Spring, oh sweet spring, how you...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 14, 2024

    As a farmer's daughter, and later during the first five years of my previous 19-year-marriage, a farmer's wife, the standing rule was to never say anything about how things were going, such as "How's harvest?" The answer to that was always "I'll tell you when it is over." I broke that rule. In a recent column in this space, I reported that I was finally well after living through one illness after another from last September through February, compliments of some of my music students. I spoke too...

  • March is National Kidney Month

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON– March is National Kidney Month which reminds us to check into our own kidney health and think of neighbors and friends who may be searching for a donor; such as local resident Lisa Naylor. Mid-year in 2023, Naylor was advised she needed a kidney transplant setting her path to find a donor. She began that process through Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., and continues to, and has also been referred to a specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, W...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 29, 2024

    This morning, I sat at my desk in Dayton to begin the editing process for this week's Dayton Chronicle and East Washingtonian, and for the first time since the beginning of January, I have a clear mind–or clearer than what I had become used to-I no longer feel like a walking zombie. Since school began in September, my students have brought to me a new ailment each week-some type of cold, flu, sinus issue, and headache, all of which is compounded by my seven-day-a-week, 16-hour-a-day schedule (...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 22, 2024

    Have you noticed the same ol’ message; that of what is constantly rehearsed in the media over and over and over again, has become so very tiresome? It sure has with me. I am tired of hearing how awful the right is, and, in turn, how awful the left is, and how they are wrong and we are right and vice versa. It seems for the last two decades, the ability to express one’s opinion has been slowly and methodically stifled. An opposing opinion becomes racist, transphobic, antisemitic, misogynistic, or whatever the latest trend is to close the door of...

  • Hear about Steptoe Butte entrepreneur Cashup Davis

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 15, 2024

    POMEROY–The Friends of Denny Ashby Library and Denny Ashby Library offer a free community presentation, "Cashup Davis: The Inspiring Life of a Secret Mentor," by co-author Jeff Burnside at the Garfield County Senior Center, 695 Main St., on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. Burnside will speak on the book he and Gordon Davis, cowrote, Cashup Davis: The Inspiring Life of a Secret Mentor. Gordon Davis is the great grandson of Cashup Davis who along with Seattle area journalist Jeff Burnside, t...

  • NRCS hosts listening meeting in Dayton

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 8, 2024

    DAYTON–The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington (NRCS) will conduct a meeting for the Snake River Local Working Group (LWG) at the Dayton Best Western Hotel, 507 E. Main St., in Dayton, Wash., on Wednesday, February 14 at 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The NRCS local working group meeting serves as a forum to listen to the residents of Asotin, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, and Walla Walla County Conservation Districts, to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners reach their l...

  • 2024 WSU and UI Youth Livestock Field Day series

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 8, 2024

    POMEROY–Registration for the Youth Livestock Field Day Series hosted by Idaho and Washington State Extension Offices, is now open to area 4-H and FFA youths, leaders, and families. The series will take place in three locations and dates. The first in the event begins on Saturday, March 9 for Beef at Asotin County Fairgrounds; the next is Saturday, March 16 with Sheep and Goat at University of Idaho Livestock Pavilion; and the final event is Saturday, March 23 for Swine at Latah County F...

  • Free senior health workshops

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 1, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) will offer health education workshops at the Senior Center each beginning February 6, ending December 2. The CCHS have scheduled eleven free monthly community health education workshops during the lunch hour (11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.at the Dayton Senior Center, 403 E Patit, touching on a variety of topics. Lunch is available. The workshop schedule is as follows: February 2: Heart and Stroke Education; March 5: Introduction to Population Health; April 2...

  • Izzy the Camel, local celebrity, ambles into sunset

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 1, 2024

    PRESCOTT–Izzy, the camel, passed away on January 24, 2024. He was 18 years old. So many have experience Izzy the camel and looked forward to his appearances at local and area events over the years. But, one day Izzy was feeling poorly which lasted a few days and the vet was called to help him overcome his ails. However, the efforts made to restore his health made little change and he closed his eyes and slipped away. It was a heart wrenching day for Izzy's owners Tawnya and Mickey Richards. "...

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