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  • Governor candidate Dave Reichert makes campaign stop in Dayton

    Loyal Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Former King County Sheriff and Eighth Congressional District Congressman Dave Reichert made a campaign stop here June 25, outlining what he'll do for Washington state if elected to some three dozen local people. Reichert is one of seven Republican candidates for the governorship and he stated he's polling well on the west side against Democrat Bob Ferguson. There are 28 candidates on the Primary Election ballot. Prior to serving in Congress for 14 years, Reichert was sheriff of King C...

  • Senator Maria Cantwell visits RoseMary's Place Daycare

    Loyal Baker|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON–Two socio-economic issues challenge young families in this day and age–affordable daycare and affordable housing. Thanks to a local partnership that received assistance from Washington Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), families in Columbia County and the surrounding region are getting some support with their daycare issues. That's what Sen. Cantwell and YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Schwerin discussed when Cantwell paid a visit to RoseMary's Place June 26, the YWCA-operated daycare situ...

  • Dayton man counts a CPR "save"

    Loyal Baker|Jun 27, 2024

    TOPPENISH–Retired well expert Jim Hickam and his wife Amy were returning from medical appointments on the West Side last week when they encountered a dire situation that led to Hickam giving an unconscious man life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Hickam is a Walla Walla-Columbia County Fire District No. 2 commissioner who has been involved with emergency medical services in Columbia County since 1987. The couple were on their way home and decided to get off I-82 at Toppenish for a...

  • Blustery weather doesn't dampen All Wheels Weekend enthusiasm

    Loyal Baker|Jun 20, 2024

    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 who w...

  • Vintage Fire Truck from Illinois a highlight

    Loyal Baker|Jun 20, 2024

    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 1...

  • 30th Annual All Wheels Weekend races into Dayton

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–With summery weather in the forecast, the 30th All Wheels Weekend 2024 Car Show will again roll along Main Street with that activity time-honored by teenagers of all ages–dragging the gut. One of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's signature events, the car show highlights Father's Day weekend with upwards of 150 entries-machines of all makes and models, according to Chamber Manager Belinda Larson and the All Wheels Weekend Committee. There's activities planned for Friday, Saturday and Sun...

  • Twenty-seven walk at 138th D.H.S. Commencement

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–A full house of family and friends gathered at the Dayton Gym for the 138th commencement of Pietrzycki High School, also known as Dayton High, and heard inspirational addresses by honor graduates, marveled at the scholarships awarded and witnessed one graduate flip over receiving his diploma among the 27 who received high school diplomas here on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Co-Valedictorian Kameryn Tupling congratulated her classmates on their accomplishments, thanked all who gave support, r...

  • Community awards over $115k in scholarships

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Local philanthropically minded individuals and organizations presented scholarship awards exceeding $115,000 to graduating Dayton High School Class of 2024 members and D.H.S. alumni at Scholarship Night at the Fairgrounds Pavilion Thursday, June 6. When university or college scholarships were added, students received a grand total of $870,391 to further their education. Receiving scholarships were: Kameryn Tupling: John Israel, Archer Ranch, Guy and Nyda Prater, Elk D...

  • Odd Couple" to be staged at Liberty

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–The female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," is coming to the stage of the Liberty Theater here June 21-23, starring Elizabetha Arebalos-Jagelski and Deanna Tipton. The production will be directed by Dave Campbell. Joining Arebalos-Jagelski and Tipton in the case will be Katie Leid, Savannah Vance, Shelley Franklin, Margaret Terry, Kyle Terry and Fred Crowe. Simon's delightful pretext of the slob and the neatnik takes a womanly twist in this comedy....

  • Spring Sports Awards lauds student athletes

    Loyal Baker|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–Dayton Bulldog student athletes were honored for their sporting endeavors at the Spring Sports Awards Night in the D.H.S. Auditorium May 30. The Bulldog Golf Team finished second in the Blue Mountain Cup, said Coach Mike McGhan. The coach briefly spoke of each team member and all received a varsity letter: Monte Richie, Hunter Griffen, Sawyer Brenner, Carson Potter, Noa Tasker, Dillon Lewis, Cayle Davis and Opal Hair-Morin. Members of the team were the first to reach District since 2...

  • Dayton Days dedicates 2024 rodeo to Tim Donohue

    Loyal Baker|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–Both days of the 2024 Dayton Days Rodeo were kicked off with a ceremony honoring the contributions of the late Tim P. Donohue, president of Dayton Days, Inc. since its reinvigoration a few years ago, which included efforts to reintroduce pari-mutuel horse racing to Dayton, while, in the meantime, putting on a Memorial Day rodeo as a community event to promote Dayton and Columbia County. Donohue passed away in January, 2024. Loyal Baker, who succeeded Donohue as president of the non-profit...

  • Trio presented Quilts of Valor

    Loyal Baker|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–Local veterans and American Legion Post members Tim Hollingsworth, Garrett Bickelhaupt and John Hutchens were honored with Quilts of Valor presentations in a ceremony at the annual Memorial Day Breakfast at the Frank E. Bauers Post 42 here Monday, May 27. Post Commander Tim Hollingsworth enlisted in July, 2001, between his junior and senior years in high school. In active duty, his initial position was as an armored crewman on the M1A1 Abrams tank. He progressed through the ranks to p...

  • Bulldog Relay Team seventh in state

    Loyal Baker|May 30, 2024

    YAKIMA–The Dayton Bulldog Relay Team finished a bit back in the pack but well enough to make the podium for a seventh-place medal at the State 1B Championships here last week. The Dayton squad of Hikaru Iwamoto, Tristan Rennaker, Solomon Brenner and Luke Winkler burned through the 4X100 m. Relay preliminaries with a respectable 46.09 time for fifth in the prelims. The foursome then finished their meet appearance with a seventh-place finish in the finals with a time of 47.17. "They worked well t...

  • Essency, Tupling and Trump to speak at Dayton High School Graduation June 8

    Loyal Baker|May 23, 2024

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Commencement Exercises for the Dayton High School Class of 2024 are set for 12 noon, Saturday, June 8, in the Dayton Gymnasium, and three honor speakers will give their graduation addresses. There are co-valedictorians in the Class of 2024: Kameryn Tupling and Ashley Essency, and Salutatorian Grace Trump, and each will speak during the ceremony. Kameryn Tupling is the daughter of Ashley and Diego Trevino, and has been quite busy as a Dayton High School student. She c...

  • Bulldog sprinters headed to State meet

    Loyal Baker|May 23, 2024

    RITZVILLE–It's fast times at Dayton High as the sprinters on the Dayton Track and Field team qualified for the State 1B meet in Yakima May 23, 24 and 25. Four Dayton Bulldogs will be competing at state, with Tristan Rennaker, Hikaru Iwamoto, Solomon Brenner and Luke Winkler teaming up in the 4X100m. Relay. Iwamoto, an exchange student who has stood out as a sprinter this season, will also compete in the 100m. Dash. Iwamoto will run in the first preliminary heat of the 100m. dash at 6:10 p.m. T...

  • Hours-long standoff ends with arrests

    Loyal Baker|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON–An alert neighbor who noticed something amiss and called police set off an hours-long standoff between two alleged burglars and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, May 11 and 12. Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 410 S. 2nd Street late last Saturday and discovered two individuals had gained access to the vacant two-story house. Following an hours-long stalemate, during which Columbia County Fire District No. 3 r...

  • Bulldog tracksters headed to Regionals

    Loyal Baker|May 16, 2024

    RITZVILLE–Four Bulldog track and field competitors will be vying for berths at the state meet at the District 7/9 Regional Track and Field Championships here Wednesday, May 15 and Friday, May 17. From this meet, the top five boys and top six girls advance to the state championships May 23, 24, and 25 in Yakima. Hikaru Iwamoto will compete in two events, the 100m. and 200m. dash preliminaries on Wednesday. If Iwamoto does well, he'll compete in the finals on Friday. He's ranked second to P...

  • Davis golfs at District

    Loyal Baker|May 16, 2024

    WARDEN–A challenging course put Dayton Bulldog golfers to the test at the District match on Sage Hills Golf Course here Monday, May 13. Dayton Bulldog senior golfer Cayle Davis finished out of the money in 11th place with a 115. "He had difficulty finding the fairway and reading the greens," commented Head Coach Mike McGhan. "Sage Hills was a rough course," McGhan continued, "especially for inexperienced golfers. It has thick, knee-high grass just off the fairways and the kids had to deal with a...

  • Lady Bulldogs bumped from District Tourney

    Loyal Baker|May 16, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–It was a tight 1-1 ballgame between the Dayton Lady Bulldogs and the Colton Lady Wildcats here Monday, May 13, but in the bottom of the fifth, Colton counted up a handful of runs to end the 2024 spring campaign at the District Tournament level as the Dayton Lady Bulldog Fast Pitch program returned for the first time in several years. The Lady Dawgs finish the season 13-5 and were second in the SE 1B Wheat Division. "This was a really tough loss," commented Head Coach Carly Fabian. "W...

  • Art Class offered at Senior Center

    Loyal Baker|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON–Is your "inner artist" wanting to find a way to express himself or herself? A class being offered at the Columbia County Senior Center is just the thing. Monthly art classes are now being offered at the Senior Center, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. The sessions are on the third Wednesday of every month, from 10 a.m. until noon. "It's a hoot," says program leader Lorna Barth. "The Friends of the Library is looking for different ways to support library programs and community p...

  • Jolly Green Giant not so green

    Loyal Baker|May 9, 2024

    DAYTON–In the Valley of the Jolly – Ho! Ho! Ho! – Green Giant, the weeds were thick and green. See him standing there.... Well, it was getting hard to see the Touchet Valley's iconic Jolly Green Giant, which has stood over the area for decades, due to weeds. To tackle the problem, Kurt Beckley of Altitude Agri Services of Richland brought his spray drone here April 13 and in about 20 minutes, with pilot Mike Evans at the controls, the weedy vegetation obscuring the Green Giant's green cinde...

  • Bulldogs bow out

    Loyal Baker|May 9, 2024

    DAYTON–A taught 1-0 contest through five inning, pitchers VandeGraaf of Sunnyside Christian and Dayton's Jordan McCowen were in a classic pitcher's duel until the Knights broke the spell with runs in the fifth and sixth to win 3-1 and end Dayton's season here Friday, May 3. The Bulldogs finished with a 15-4 overall season and second place in the SE 1B league behind Pomeroy. "The young Dayton team looks forward to a bright future on the baseball diamond as they accomplished a major goal of m...

  • Davis and Lewis advance

    Loyal Baker|May 9, 2024

    CLARKSTON–Bulldog golfers Cayle Davis and Dillon Lewis will advance to District Golf match in Warden's Sage Hills Golf Course on Monday, May 13. Davis and Lewis both carded a 124 at the SE 1B Sub District at Red Wolf Golf Club, Clarkston, an 18 hole, par 72 match. "Cayle started off on the first hole with a double bogey which, if he kept that up, would be enough to advance," said Head Coach Mike McGhan. "Unfortunately, his driver found more trees than he would like but he played through this a...

  • Lady Bulldogs in loser-out game May 13

    Loyal Baker|May 9, 2024

    RICHLAND–The Dayton Bulldog Fast-Pitch team were downed by Sunnyside Christian 12-3 on Tuesday, May 7 at Liberty Christian's field here, sending them into a loser-out contest against No. 1 Colton on Monday, May 13 at Mill Creek Complex in Walla Walla. With a win of that 4 p.m. game, they'll face the winner of another showdown between Tekoa-Rosalia and Sunnyside Christian, who lost to Liberty Christian 6-0 after defeating Dayton. Both teams from the ensuing 6 p.m. game advance to the D7/9 C...

  • Golfers looking to Sub-District

    Loyal Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Bulldog golfers competed at Walla Walla's Veterans Memorial on April 22 and the Sub-District match is a dog leg away. Golfers will compete at Sub-District at Clarkston's Red Wolf Golf Course on Monday, May 6. Noa Tasker was the top Bulldog golfer at Veterans on April 22 with a 125, two strokes ahead of Carson Potter and 125. Hunter Griffen scored 142 and Sawyer Brenner carded a 64 on nine holes. The match was 18-holes, par 72. "We were playing short-handed due to illness and other c...

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