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  • City of Dayton Mayor, Councilwoman, take oath of office

    Jan 11, 2024

    Newly sworn-in Dayton Mayor Roger Trump was sworn in by City Clerk-Treasurer Deb Hays recently. Trump succeeds Zac Weatherford and will serve a four-year term. Also sworn in was Councilwoman Joann Patras (below), also by Clerk-Treasurer Hays. Patras will also serve a four-year term in Position 4. -Submitted photos...

  • Local nonprofits named in local grant awards

    Jan 11, 2024

    WALLA WALLA– Local organizations such as Dayton Youth Basketball, Project Timothy Christian Aid Center, The Cardinal’s Nest, and The Club, and the Blue Mountain Artisan Guild in Pomeroy, were among the 41 of 107 applicants serving the communities of Umatilla, Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties who received $189,050 in grants from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation (BMCF) recently. These grants are part of BMCF’s annual competitive grant application available to eligible organizations throughout the four-county region. This round...

  • State law prohibits discrimination of cannabis use for new school applicants

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jan 11, 2024

    DAYTON–The Dayton School Board considered implementing a new RCW for new-hire applicants and discussed a work-based credit program for high school students at the work session held on January 3. The board is considering a change to the personnel policy for new-hire applicants, in accordance with RCW 49.44.420, which states if a district requires drug screening for pre-employment, the district cannot discriminate against someone who tests positive for cannabis. "The legislature passed it, so i...

  • Candidate names received for 2024 Presidential Primary

    Jan 11, 2024

    OLYMPIA– The Office of the Secretary of State received names from one state political party Friday to be listed on the March 12 Presidential Primary ballot. The Washington State Republican Party has submitted five candidate names to go onto the 2024 Presidential Primary ballot: Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Chris Christie. The Washington State Democratic Party announced January 9 the three candidates who will appear on the March 12, 2024 Presidential Primary b...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jan 11, 2024

    “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon... Full story

  • Stakeholders dispute dam agreement

    Jan 11, 2024

    Reprinted with permission from Wheat Life The fight over the lower Snake River dams reached a milestone in mid-December when the Biden Administration officially announced an agreement with plaintiffs to the litigation regarding the lower Snake River dams that prioritizes fish recovery and was written with little to no input from agricultural stakeholders. "The plan announced by the Biden Administration regarding the Columbia River Basin is incredibly concerning for Washington wheat growers. Agri...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Jan 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Coming back from winter break put us back in the swing of things. Basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, and planning ski trips were top of the agenda. Two high school home basketball games happened during the break; one on Saturday, January 6 against Oakesdale, with a "Sparkle & Glitter" theme, and Tuesday, January 9 against McLoughlin with a "Dynamic Duo" themed game. These girls' and boys' teams have been working hard and progressing even more throughout each match, with the winter c...


    Jan 11, 2024

    By Eric McKeirnan Guest contributor Not so long ago I submitted a piece to the paper for consideration. Not my best stuff, I would agree. My really good stuff is sitting in a short stack on the right corner of my desk. The paper labeled my submission as a "rant." I thought I understood the meaning of the word rant, but I looked it up in my dictionary just to make sure. My book is a Webster's dictionary, copyright 1942. Rant- (noun) 'High sounding language without dignity of thought, boisterous,...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jan 11, 2024

    Thursday: Snow. Patchy blowing snow before 1pm, then patchy blowing snow after 4pm. High near 37. Breezy, with a southwest wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Thursday Night: Snow. Patchy blowing snow before 10pm. Low around 13. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Friday: Snow likely,...

  • At The Theater

    Jan 11, 2024

    The Boys in the Boat. This sports drama is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. It is based on the No. 1 New York Times bestselling non-fiction novel by Daniel James Brown. "This inspirational true story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world" (MGM). Rotten Tomatoes critics rate this movie 57% favorable, but 96%...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Jan 11, 2024

    Family members laughed with excitement and the many horses present neighed as 250 Amish men lifted and carried a large barn 150 feet to a new location. It only took two minutes and forty seconds for the "hands on lifting up" to be completed on the Hochstetter farm in Ohio. Stepping in unison, hands filled with the portion they could carry, they moved a very large barn! These men provide us with a living picture of the scripture that says "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jan 11, 2024

    Ten Years Ago January 8, 2014 After submitting an estimated 250,000 signatures in early October, sponsors of a gun-control measures and another 95,000 signatures to our Elections Division, one day before Friday's submission deadline for initiatives to the 2014 Legislature. Dayton is challenged with how to manage growth with a projected 180 or more employees of the anticipated Columbia Pulp plant. Columbia County Planner Kim Lyonnais suggests a building land analysis be performed. While some...

  • Obituary

    Jan 11, 2024

    Joan (Smith) McMunn March 18, 1949–January 2, 2024 Joan (Smith) McMunn was called home to be with the Lord, January 2, 2024, following a recent battle with pancreatic cancer. Joan was born March 18, 1949, in Walla Walla, Wash., to parents Ralph and Olive Smith. She grew up on a farm just outside of Dayton on the Whetstone. She had a blissful childhood growing up on the farm with her brother, Jerry and sisters Janet and Joy. Joan graduated Dayton High School in 1967. She attended college both a...

  • Lady Bulldogs shooting for improvement in second half of season

    Loyal Baker|Jan 11, 2024

    DAYTON–The Lady Bulldogs are finding success by degrees as the second week of January commences following last weekend's losses to Garfield-Palouse and Oakesdale. Dayton played a non counter against the Sunnyside Christian Junior Varsity, matching the Lady Crusaders at halftime then falling behind when SSC's shots began to fall. The Lady Bulldogs visit Yakama Nation Tribal this Friday and run to Pomeroy Saturday for a league counter. The Lady Nighthawks showed their superiority with stingy d...

  • Dawgs run into buzzsaw

    Loyal Baker|Jan 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Heading further into January's schedule, the Dayton Bulldogs sustained two losses against rival powerhouses Garfield-Palouse and Oakesdale. The Vikings hosted Dayton last Friday, handing the Dawgs a 59-25 loss, then Oakesdale visited Saturday, leaving town with a 57-23 win-both 34-point margins. The Bulldogs played Mac-Hi last Tuesday and faces road trips to Yakama Nation Tribal and Pomeroy this weekend with updated tip-off times (see accompanying story). Prescott visits Tuesday, Jan. 16....

  • Game times changed

    Jan 11, 2024

    This week's Dayton Bulldog basketball games have some minor changes. The games are both away, Friday's at Yakama Nation Tribal, with the boys' JV beginning at 4:30 p.m., girls' varsity at 6 p.m. and boys' varsity at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's contests at Pomeroy will start earlier than previously announced. The boys' JV play at 3:30 p.m., girls' varsity at 5 p.m. and boys' varsity at 6:30 p.m....

  • Middle School Wrestling Schedule

    Jan 11, 2024

    1/23 Jenifer M.S.-Lewiston 2/1 Lincoln M.S.-Pullman 2/3 Battle on the Palouse-Potlatch, Id. 2/7 Lincoln M.S.-Pullman 2/13 Sacajawea M.S.-Lewiston 2/20 Lincoln M.S.-Pullman 3/2 Bi-State Championship-Lewiston H.S. All matches begin at 5 p.m. March 2 championships at 8:30 a.m....