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 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

2020 General Election Nov. 3

DAYTON–Over a year of campaigning at the national level, and races and issues at the local level will culminate on November 3 when ballots for the 2020 General Election are due. Ballots must be in b...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    October 29, 2020 

Chamber's Brix & Brew auction begins Friday

DAYTON–This year's Blue Mountain Brix & Brew "Home Edition," one of the Chamber of Commerce's annual fundraiser events, begins with a nontraditional silent auction, which begins online October...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

Fletcher sentenced to 33 years

DAYTON–William Henry Fletcher was sentenced to 33 years after being convicted of first-degree assault in a September, 2020, jury trial in Columbia County Superior Court October 21. Fletcher, 40, of 214 W. Patit Avenue, Dayton, was convicted of...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    October 29, 2020 

Commentary

What a ride this year has been. Remember how the major news networks and newspapers excoriated Republican candidates for president in 2016? At one point there were 18 Republicans vying for the brass ring. There wasn’t the same level of vitriol...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

Public invited to Zoom meeting on library reopening

DAYTON–The Dayton Memorial Library will hold a special meeting of the trustees to act on policies which will enable the community facility, which has been closed since March—and undergone extensive remodeling—to reopen under COVID-19...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    October 29, 2020 

Trick or Treat! Main Street Halloween Saturday

DAYTON–It wouldn’t be Halloween 2020 without a coronavirus twist to a longstanding community tradition. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Trick or Treat Main Street will take place, with modifications, of course, on Halloween, October 31....

 

COMMENTARY

For years I remember passing up a book entitled “Timberline” on my parents’ bookshelves. One day I finally tipped it out of the lineup and blew the dust off of the pages. Turns out, coming from a newspaper family, that this tome had something...

 

Chamber of Commerce's Brix & Brew to go virtual

DAYTON–The Chamber of Commerce has taken the Brix & Brew silent auction online with a virtual live event on November 6 at 7 p.m. This year's Blue Mountain Brix & Brew "Home Edition" event...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 8, 2020

General Election ballots mailed

DAYTON–Columbia County voters have received their ballots for the 2020 General Election, according to County Auditor Anne Higgins. The vote-by-mail ballots were delivered to the post office on...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    October 8, 2020

Commentary

Patty Baker was unique, special and remarkable in that her quirky nature meshed with the eccentric qualities of my brother and they, well, just fit together. Their union was all a part of God's Plan...

 

Jennifer Crane, new advisor to Dayton FFA

DAYTON–Stationed by the owl for the Dayton FFA is new Chapter Advisor Jennifer Crane. Crane comes to Dayton from East Wenatchee where she taught basic introductory ag classes for about five and a...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    October 1, 2020

Commentary

I watched the first debate last Tuesday evening out of a sort of morbid curiosity to see whether Joe Biden would collapse like a house of cards and be escorted off the stage by men in white coats. Pundits have been making hay of the fact that Biden...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 24, 2020

Arrests made in mountain cabin burglary

DAYTON–Several break-ins of mountain cabins in the past month or so have had the attention of Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm and CCSO deputies, who arrested two individuals inside a private cabin on North Touchet Road Monday, September 21....

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 24, 2020

Mike Stensrude, interim agent at Dayton's State Farm agency

DAYTON–Walla Walla State Farm Agent Mike Stensrude took over operation of this city's State Farm Agency on August 1, and has been over-the-top busy ever since. Stensrude was appointed interim agent...

 

Columbia County's 2020 "Virtual" Fair won't soon be forgotten

DAYTON–The 2020 Columbia County Fair was like no other in its 130-year history. The fairgrounds were eerily quiet where, in years past, this corner of Dayton teemed with activity: people lined up...

 

Columbia County Fair Scrapbook

Young exhibitors at the 2020 Virtual Columbia County Fair proudly showed their livestock projects....

 

2020 Virtual Columbia County Fair Youth Livestock

The 2020 Virtual Columbia County Fair included these young exhibitors and their livestock projects....

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 17, 2020

Cougar sighted in Dayton

DAYTON–A pair of recent sightings of a cougar here has prompted a couple of calls from concerned citizens to local Fish and Wildlife Officer Chase Copenhaver. "We've had a couple of sightings in...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 17, 2020

Air quality tanks as smoke lays into region

DAYTON–Firefighting resources are mobilizing in Whitman County and near Ukiah, Ore., just two relatively close fires that are contributing to severe smoke in the western United States. Air-quality...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 17, 2020

Mishap injures motorcyclist

A Dayton man sustained injuries in a single-motorcycle mishap nine miles from Dayton on North Touchet Road last Thursday, September 10. Thomas E. Vanzuyen, 57, of 1315 S. 2nd St., Dayton, was...

 

Commentary

DAYTON–Everyone I talk to can’t wait for 2020 to be over with, done, finis. It’s like we’ll wake up some day and there won’t be any more hysteria about COVID-19 and we’ll say “Now, where was I?” What it’ll take to get to that...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 10, 2020

Virtual Columbia County Fair online this weekend

DAYTON–The 2020 Columbia County Fair is one of only a few county fairs in Washington holding limited face-to-face events, and it kicks, no..."clicks off" this Friday for three days of...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 10, 2020

TriCities group renovates former Pik A Pop

DAYTON–After several weeks of renovation, the new Shop N Go 2 is open and serving the public, say its three owners from Kennewick. Co-owners Gurmit Ghuman, Jaspal Sohi and Sukhiwinder Virk recently...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 10, 2020

PFI Mart open for business

DAYTON–For the past several weeks, you may have noticed contractors bustling around the former Hot Spot No. 2 at 401 W. Main Street, including new digital signage and extensive work going on inside...

 

Commentary

For those in their late twenties or early thirties, September 11, 2001, is "a date which will live in infamy." Tomorrow, it'll be the 19th anniversary of that shocking, numbing, bewildering day. Like...

 

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