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  • City discusses potential public records litigation

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON–The City Council went into executive session immediately at the first meeting of the year on January 9 to discuss the civil lawsuit filed by local resident Theresa Eier against Councilwoman Laura Aukerman and the City of Dayton over alleged violations of public records laws. The executive session was with the City's lawyer Megan Clark by zoom. Clark was selected to represent the City by the Association of Washington Cities Eier filed the suit in Walla Walla County Superior Court on Novemb... Full story

  • Mike Spring takes oath as newest Port of Columbia Commissioner

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners witnessed the swearing in of newly elected commissioner Mike Spring; reviewed personnel policy; and discussed new workforce development and housing project during the January 10 meeting. Newly elected Port Commissioner Mike Spring was sworn into his position and elected as the new Port Commissioner Secretary. He also requested he be the new Task Force Board representative. Previously this position was held by Port Director Jennie Dickinson. T...

  • Coalition for Youth and Families plans several key events

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON–The Coalition for Youth and Families reviewed upcoming events and discussed preliminary results of recent community surveys at their regular meeting January 9. The coalition have several events over the next several months which are in the planning stage. The Key Leader event is scheduled for February; Guiding Good Choices Parent Workshop which is in coordination with the Pomeroy Coalition, date not specified; Drug Take Back Day April 27; and Hidden in Plain Sight May 15. The u...

  • Dayton woman in Highway 12 fatal accident

    Jan 18, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–A 44-year-old Dayton woman died following a head-on collision on State Route 12 three miles east of here January 10. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol. Leearon A. Kennedy was transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Kennedy was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban westbound on Highway 12. An eastbound 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Carl E. Adams, 57, of Walla Walla, collided with the Kennedy vehicle in the center of the roadway, according to the W...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jan 18, 2024

    “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” – Thomas Aquinas... Full story

  • McMorris Rodgers Delivers Remarks on Strengthening American Cybersecurity

    Jan 18, 2024

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) delivered opening remarks during a recent Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on improving American communications infrastructure and safeguarding our networks from adversaries and cyber criminals. PROTECTING AMERICANS' PERSONAL INFORMATION "Cybercriminals are estimated to have made nearly eight trillion in 2023-a number that's expected to rise to around $10.5 trillion by next year. For A...

  • OPINION

    Todd Myers|Jan 18, 2024

    What happens when cold temperatures move across the Northwest, there is less natural gas power available, and wind disappears? We found out on Saturday, as Puget Sound Energy (PSE) had to ask customers to conserve to keep the grid stable. It is a case study of the need to ensure Washington has energy sources that can be turned on when needed, and of the need to empower consumers by making energy prices transparent. As temperatures plummeted across Washington state on January 13, PSE sent a...

  • COMMENT

    Jan 18, 2024

    By Jillian Linster Interim Policy Director Center for Rural Affairs Across the country, lawmakers are gathering in their respective state capitols and Washington, D.C. to begin another year of debating and passing legislation. The democratic process is something America prides itself on and one that requires input from citizens to thrive. While the process for public input varies by state, there is one commonality that exists-lawmakers need to hear directly from their constituents on issues...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jan 18, 2024

    To the editor, Usually, you have zero say about taxes. But this February, you have opportunity to say No to a tax, when the Dayton School District puts forth two special levies seeking to extract from taxpayers, beginning in 2025, $1.41-$1.48 per $1,000 of assessed home value for a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy AND $1.50 per $1,000 assessed home value for a Replacement Capital Levy for Technology, Safety, and Facility Improvements. Often, school levy supporters like to...

  • Don't Tamper with Horses

    Naomi Scoggin|Jan 18, 2024

    Part 6 Ron Casady grinned as he looked over his small herd of purloined horses. The six he'd stolen from Morgant rounded them out to an even twenty. His grin fell a bit as he recalled the stink at Morgant's corral. The rancher must have found some new kind of fly repellent, why else would he bathe the fence in garlic water? But once they'd gotten the horses away the smell had dissipated, much to all of their relief. "Ron!" Al called. He rode up on a short-coupled bay horse with smooth lines and...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Jan 18, 2024

    Pressure cookers have become very popular, only now some of them are called "instant pots." They cook faster while sealing in the flavor using pressure and heat. When the food is done, it is important to use the "pressure release valve" before opening the lid or injury and burns can result. Life can be like a pressure cooker. We can feel overwhelmed with worries, responsibilities, deadlines, demands, and fears that it all may go wrong. We need a "pressure release valve" that will release us from...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jan 18, 2024

    Ten Years Ago January 15, 2014 With future recreation opportunities at Lyons Ferry Marina the Commissioners for the Port of Columbia approved goals for recreation presented by Manager Jennie Dickinson. Adoption of recreational goals will help the Port be eligible for grants through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. The Commissioners also accepted a Capital Industrial Facilities plan for the Port, which includes upgrades to the industrial buildings with items such as...

  • Chilly second quarter plays role in Lady Bulldog loss

    Loyal Baker|Jan 18, 2024

    POMEROY––Like outside temperatures of late, the Lady Bulldogs iced up in the second quarter then recovered, but the damage was done and the Lady Pirates put a 35-24 win over Dayton in the record books here Saturday, Jan. 13. The Lady Dawgs were still in the hunt for their first win until Tuesday, January 16, when they defeated Prescott's Lady Tigers 47-12 (full story next week). Coming up for the team is Gar-Pal this Friday at home then a Tuesday, Jan. 23 road trip to River View. After the fir...

  • Dawgs have no answer for league-leading Pomeroy Pirates

    Loyal Baker|Jan 18, 2024

    POMEROY––League-leading Pomeroy keelhauled the young Dayton Bulldogs 64-16 here Saturday, Jan. 13, the Pirate defense short circuiting most of Dayton's offensive attack. Back-to-back home games are on the schedule this weekend against two Whitman County teams, Gar-Pal and SJEL. "We got beat by a superior team," commented Head Coach Clayton Strong following the Pomeroy game. "They are who we are aspiring to be. We had glimpses of good things, but we need to work to string more of them tog...

  • School boiler problems postpone basketball game

    Loyal Baker|Jan 18, 2024

    DAYTON–Due to ongoing boiler/heating issues at Dayton High School, the home game versus Garfield-Palouse on Friday, January 19, have been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 30, according to Sam Korslund, athletic director Repair work is ongoing, Korslund indicated, and if the repairs are completed, Saturday's home game against St. John/Endicott-LaCrosse will go on as scheduled. The temperature inside the gymnasium is being monitored, he said, and if or when repairs are made and if temperatures w...

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