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 By Loyal Baker    News    August 13, 2020 

Firefighters knock down three roadside fires

DAYTON–Three separate fires-all of unknown origin-and all burning along SR 12 a few miles east of here were brought under control and extinguished before damage became excessively extensive Friday,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    August 13, 2020 

Dayton School Superintendent to detail opening plans

DAYTON–The community of Dayton is welcomed and invited to join Thursday's virtual meeting of the Dayton Kiwanis Club to hear new Dayton Schools Superintendent Guy Strot explain the plans to start...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    August 6, 2020

Dayton man succumbs to coronavirus

DAYTON–An unidentified Dayton individual has died due to the COVID-19 virus on August 1, 2020, Martha Lanman, administrator of Columbia County Public Health announced Monday, August 3. The victim was a male over 50, Lanman said, who succumbed in...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    August 6, 2020

Primary shakes out State Senate and Superior Court races

DAYTON–A pair of three-way races were winnowed down to two candidates in this week's Primary Election. Advancing to the 2020 General Election will be 16th District Senate candidates Danielle Garbe R...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    August 6, 2020

Commentary

Residents of Our Fair City were saddened to learn this week that the coronavirus has taken one of our own. The subject of nearly everyone for the past several months, which seemed to—so far—be bypassing our neck of the woods, has hit with...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    July 30, 2020

Potential forest fire nipped in the bud

DAYTON–Damage in timber by a fire of as yet undetermined origin was limited thanks to a citizen's sharp eye and prompt response by local fire departments Monday. At about 10:50 a.m., Columbia...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    July 30, 2020

Elk Drug dispenses one millionth prescription

DAYTON–As if celebrating her store's 100th anniversary this year wasn't enough, Dayton's Mindy Betzler walked in Elk Drug-just across Main Street from her store, Dingle's of Dayton–and was...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    July 30, 2020

Washington Primary Election ballots due Tuesday, August 4

DAYTON–Numerous state and local races will be determined by Washington and Columbia County voters when the dust settles after the August 4 Washington State Primary Election. Voters may mail their...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Sports    July 30, 2020

WIAA announces plan for sports seasons

RENTON–The tweeting of referees’ whistles and the crunch and grunt of a well-executed tackle will be absent from the gridiron this fall…but prep football players will get to play a seven-week season in March and April, 2021, according to a...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    July 30, 2020

Dayton Days horse races once captured the Touchet Valley's attention in a big way

Long-time Chronicle reader Herb Bowen brought in a treasure recently-a 16-page magazine geared toward the Dayton Days horse races, published by the Dayton Chronicle in 1940 with the front-page ad for...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    July 23, 2020

Belfry removed from First Christian Church

DAYTON–Faith was put to the test here recently-faith in a large crane and its ability to lift a historic structure from an ailing building. The congregation of the First Christian Church have been...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    July 16, 2020

Bette Lou Crothers announces retirement

DAYTON–"I liked it from the beginning," Bette Lou Crothers says of the insurance business. Crothers announced her plans to retire July 31, 2020, just shy of starting what would have been her...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    July 16, 2020

August 4 Primary Ballots to be mailed this week

DAYTON–Ballots for the August 4 Washington State Primary Election will be mailed this week, according to the Columbia County Auditor, Anne Higgins. The vote will decide local races for Superior Court (Columbia, Garfield and Asotin) Judge Position...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    July 16, 2020

PROFILES in AGRICULTURE

DAYTON–Per longstanding family tradition, combine operations for the year's harvest will commence on July 17-Skip Mead's birthday-with a test cutting off of the Mead Ranch's crop ground in North...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    July 9, 2020

Conceptual plan of Touchet Valley Trail released

DAYTON–The 30-page Touchet Valley Trail Concept Plan 2020, made available recently to the public and forwarded by the Port of Columbia Commissioners to the trail consultant for further preliminary...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    July 9, 2020

Commentary

DAYTON–One of the most frustrating things about the anarchy of late has been the questionable behavior of elected officials, especially those in the People’s Republic of Seattle and its satellite in the governor’s office. Those morons who took...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    July 2, 2020

Dingle's of Dayton 100 years old

DAYTON–Long before there were big box stores or Amazon, the people of Dayton and Columbia County got what they needed at 100-year-old Dingle's of Dayton, which to this day remains one of this fair...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    July 2, 2020

Photo's subjects identified

DAYTON–Debbie Seney recognized her father and his family immediately from the front page of the Dayton Chronicle last week. The family of four in the photo, recovered from within a wall of the build...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Commentary

I’ve got to say the past few months have been incredible…history making. If life ever returns to normal, and some say it will never, it will be interesting to see how rational thinkers frame this tumultuous period in United States history. Look:...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    June 25, 2020

Supt. Doug Johnson's career in rural Washington schools draws to a close

DAYTON–Outgoing Dayton Schools Superintendent Doug Johnson's passion for education in rural Washington state stemmed from his upbringing in the rural community of Chehalis, and carried through to a...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Community    June 25, 2020

Mystery faces found during building renovation

DAYTON–Renovating an 1896 building yielded a pleasant surprise last week. Kim Lyonnais, who with colleague Blaine Bickelhaupt, is renovating the former Frontier Too Tavern at 211 E. Main Street,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    June 25, 2020

Dayton RNs, grads of WWCC Nursing Program, pinned

DAYTON–When Walla Walla Community College's Nurse Pinning Ceremony was canceled and with two Dayton students potentially going to miss this landmark ceremony in the life of a Registered Nurse, the...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Commentary

This week it would be appropriate to pontificate about the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, ad nauseum, and about the governor and mayor of the People's Republic of Seattle turning their backs on a mass violation of law and order. Instead, this will be...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    June 11, 2020

D.H.S. holds drive-in graduation

DAYTON–Fifteen members of the Dayton High School Class of 2020 completed their senior year of high school with a COVID-19-modified graduation ceremony here Saturday, June 6. Principal Kristina...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Commentary

Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Last weekend was, to borrow a phrase from Garrison Keillor, a quiet one in our home town. It wasn’t so quiet in other parts of our nation, if you were bothering to watch the news on television. On one news program,...

 

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