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 By Loyal Baker    News    June 30, 2022 

Suspect in shooting death released as investigation proceeds

DAYTON–The suspect in last week’s June 20, 2022, shooting death of a Walla Walla man here was released from custody Friday, June 24, pending further consideration of the investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and further...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 30, 2022 

Washington Federal branch closing in July

DAYTON–Another local bank is undergoing change–this time by closing as it consolidates with another nearby branch. Washington Federal Bank, a successor to Bank of America and Seattle First...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 23, 2022

Hundreds of visitors pound Main Street for 28th All Wheels Weekend

DAYTON–Come one, come all and come they did to the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual All Wheels Weekend, soaking up the sights and sounds of hundreds of expertly maintained cars, vans,...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 23, 2022

Man dies following Washington Avenue shooting

DAYTON–A Dayton man is in custody in the Columbia County Jail on charges of First-Degree Manslaughter following an incident here Monday evening, June 20, involving a firearm that apparently...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 23, 2022

Arraignment for shooting suspect set

DAYTON–The suspect in the June 20 shooting death of a Walla Walla man is being held on $50,000 cash bond, Columbia County Superior Court Judge Brooke J. Burns ordered during a Preliminary...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 16, 2022

Dayton woman fatally injured in mishap at Transfer Station

DAYTON–A 63-year-old Dayton woman was fatally injured in an accident at the Columbia County Transfer Station here Thursday, June 9. Kathy R. Dupont was pronounced dead at Dayton General Hospital...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 16, 2022

All Wheels Is Back!

DAYTON–A year after throngs converged on Main Street here for a semi-post-pandemic get-together for all things circumferential, the 28th All Wheels Weekend 2022 Car Show is careening full throttle...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 16, 2022


In the Dayton Chronicle print edition of June 16, we mistakenly reported the time and date of the 2022 All Wheels Weekend Demo Derby. The crashing and smashing will get underway at 5 p.m. on... Full story

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 9, 2022

Receiver asks court to cut loose Columbia Pulp's downtown offices

SEATTLE–The receiver of Columbia Pulp I, LLC is seeking a court order to reject a lease of Columbia Pulp I, LLC’s (CPI) Main Street offices in Dayton and abandon the property. The action will be heard in the courtroom of the Honorable Douglass A....

 By Loyal Baker    Community    June 9, 2022

Class of 2022 sets off on life's amazing journey

DAYTON–Fourteen newly minted Dayton High School graduates walked at Commencement last Saturday before stands filled with supportive family, staff, administration and friends. Graduates received...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 2, 2022

Eagles make deal on new club location

DAYTON– Following a devastating fire in their building at 222 E. Main Street about one year ago–June 8, 2021–the Dayton Eagles Aerie No. 2618 has its eagle eyes on a new location just a few...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 2, 2022

Local Thrift Store contributes BIG to Project Timothy

DAYTON–Our Fair City's favorite–and only–thrift store, All Saints Thrift Store, is a cornerstone in the community for the support it gives and receives. All Saints recently made a (gulp)...

 By Loyal Baker    News    May 26, 2022

Races form for Commissioner, sheriff

DAYTON–County voters will have two races to decide following filing week, which concluded last Friday, as County Commissioner Charles L. Amerein will be challenged by Jack Miller and Sheriff Joe...

 By Loyal Baker    Community    May 26, 2022

D.H.S. Class of 2022 to graduate 15 on June 4

DAYTON–Commencement exercises for the Dayton High School Class of 2022 will see 15 graduates walking to receive diplomas in the Dayton Gymnasium on June 4. Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Valedictorian o...

 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    May 26, 2022


Over the years, we’ve watched elections as not only a newspaper interested in reporting the results, but as community-minded individuals wishing for the best when the public’s vote is needed, for instance, for a bond issue. Those Election Eve res...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 26, 2022

Track season ends at District meet

CLE ELUM–Dayton-Waitsburg’s Wolfpack Track and Field squad came up short at the District meet here May 18, several Wolfpack competitors notching personal records but none qualifying to make the 2B State meet in Cheney this weekend. Kaydance...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 26, 2022

Wolfpack Fast-pitch bumped from Districts

MABTON–Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack Softball finished fourth in the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference with a 5-15 record, and took the fourth spot in the District tourney, but was eliminated after two games. DW fell at Kittitas 17-2 on May 17,...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 12, 2022

Nine DW track athletes qualify for District

DAYTON–Four of the nine Dayton-Waitsburg Track and Field team members qualifying for District here last Monday notched new personal bests in the process. The Sub-District meet was here Monday, May...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 12, 2022

Coyotes take double header from Wolfpack

WAITSBURG–It was a long season for the Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack, which finished up its schedule with a pair of losses to Columbia High School Monday, May 9. The Wolfpack season record was 0-18. Col...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 12, 2022

Wolfpack golfers miss the cutoff for state

CLE ELUM–Dayton-Waitsburg's Wolfpack golf team forged through difficult conditions at the EWAC 2B golf district match but unfortunately didn't play well enough to advance to the state tournament in...

 By Loyal Baker    News    May 5, 2022

Dayton superintendent stepping aside to enable community, staff and parents to "move on"

DAYTON–Superintendent Guy Strot pointed to two factors that prompted him to seek a new school and community after two years at the helm of the Dayton School District. "I think by me leaving," Strot...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 5, 2022

DW Golf shooting for upcoming District match

WALLA WALLA–The Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack Golf Team golfed the recent Wine Valley Invitational on April 27, with two golfers competing, Theo Anderson and Caleb Barron. Anderson came in at 102, a...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 5, 2022

Track squad showing improvement with PRs

RITZVILLE–Wolfpack tracksters Julia Brooks and Tony Halvorson were the top-performing DW Track and Field team members at the Undeberg Invite here April 30. There were athletes from 28 teams at the...

 By Loyal Baker    Sports    May 5, 2022

Wolfpack baseball drops double header to Jaguars

PASCO–The cats bested the dogs in a Wolfpack versus Jaguar double headers here April 26. TriCities Prep made quick work of the Dayton-Waitsburg nine, finishing the first game with a 15-0, three-inning outing, then a 15-1 score in the five-inning...

 By Loyal Baker    News    April 28, 2022

Supt. Guy Strot resigns; Headed to Wishram School District

DAYTON–Superintendent Guy Strot has submitted his resignation to directors of the Dayton School District, the Dayton Chronicle has been informed. Strot has been hired to serve as superintendent and...


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