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Articles from the February 16, 2023 edition


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  • Official petition circulating for pool-only taxing district

    Melissa Gemmell|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON-A petition was created and approved by the State Auditor for placing a measure on the November ballot for the creation of a Pool District. This would be a pool only district as opposed to the Parks and Recreation District that was proposed on the last ballot for a pool with potential for other recreational needs. The petition was put forth by an informal group of interested parties called Just a Pool Committee that has been meeting since the November election said one of the members,...

  • Truck Fire Extinguished

    Feb 16, 2023

    Fire District No. 3 personnel responded to a vehicle fire early February 7 on Main and First streets. The 1989 Chevrolet pickup driven by David W. Goddard, 52, of Dayton, caught fire while moving on Main Street at about 9:07 a.m. A caller from State Farm Insurance told Columbia County dispatchers the blue pickup was on fire, then appeared to have been extinguished, but there was smoke coming from the engine compartment. The vehicle was turned onto First Street and, according to police reports,...

  • Kent Bigler joins Prosecutor's Office

    Loyal Baker|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is one more step closer to being fully staffed again with the addition of Kent Bigler as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney this week. The last step will take place March 1 when Jennine Christensen joins to office, announced C. Dale Slack, Prosecuting Attorney. Bigler comes on board the organization as of February 15, replacing a position previously held by Cindy Horowitz, who left the county's employ in August, 2022. He was in the office in a...

  • The railroad: Asset or liability?

    Melissa Gemmell|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners’ meeting on February 8 was followed by the second of several workshops planned for reviewing the Comprehensive Plan with consultants from Maul, Foster, and Alongi, Inc. In addition, major updates on broadband progress. During the workshop on the Comprehensive Plan, there was discussion about the Columbia Walla Walla Rail asset. Reps from the consulting firm emphasized the value in the owning the rail including for its right-of-way. While acknowl...

  • Rivers Walk now open

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 16, 2023

    By Charlotte Baker DAYTON–Rivers Walk Assisted Living has officially opened its doors to 18 elderly residents from Booker Rest Home, who have moved to the two new cottages, "B" and "C." Visitors and residents celebrated their homecoming on February 14. Rivers Walk Assisted Living facility has a wonderful atmosphere of light brought in by big bay windows which allow plenty of sunshine and an enjoyable environment for residence and family members to visit. The cottages offer a home-like a...

  • Quote of the Week

    Feb 16, 2023

    “Sorrows are like thunderclouds, in the distance they look black, over our heads scarcely gray.” – Jean Paul... Full story

  • OLYMPIA UPDATE

    Rep. Mary Dye, R-9th District - Pomeroy|Feb 16, 2023

    OLYMPIA–There are some hard-core Western Washington groups that want you to believe that if we breach Snake River dams, it will boost our state's salmon population and we can save the Southern Resident Orcas from extinction. It's the old strategy of if you repeat something long enough, people will finally believe you. Even though dam removal would be devastating to our state's power grid, agriculture, and vital river navigation of wheat and other products. Here's what they won't tell you. P...

  • A. F. Branco

    Feb 16, 2023

  • Malt House making a comeback?

    Melissa Gemmell|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners heard from the owner Mainstem Malt before considering the authorization of a resolution to move forward with an application for funding for a feasibility study from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) for craft malting industry clusters. Updates were given for the broadband project and there was much discussion about the Columbia Walla Walla Rail during the workshop. Cedar Rain Spirits now occupies the entire Building No.2 at B...

  • School District No. 2 Adopts "Next Generation" Board Management Technology

    Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON–The local School District will begin utilizing a cloud-based technology that will improve the governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars. BoardDocs LT will be used to streamline the process of preparation for board meetings in addition to the effectiveness of generating minutes during the meeting and transparent access to documents throughout the entire process. Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide unprecedented p...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Feb 16, 2023

    To the editor, Dayton deserves great leadership. The City Council members were elected or appointed to handle our tax money and make responsible decisions in the best interest for the City of Dayton. As an elected official, in local government, you are responsible for conducting yourself in council and in public with respect and dignity. To ensure you have a complete understanding of acceptable behavior each of you were required to read, to sign, and to uphold the guidelines within the ethics...

  • Waitsburg Eagle named to Dean's List

    Feb 16, 2023

    Cason Nichols, Waitsburg has been named to the Eastern Washington University Dean’s List. An undergraduate student who earns 12 quality hours (QHRS) and receives a GPA of 3.5 or better is placed on the Dean’s List....

  • Obituary

    Feb 16, 2023

    Donna Louise Huwe October 25, 1930–February 1, 2023 Dayton lost a lifelong resident, Donna Louise (Winder) Huwe, on February 1, 2023, after a brief illness. Born to Frank and Lola Winder on October 25, 1930, Donna resided in the same house 92 years where she made a home for her husband of 57 years, Duane L. "Cork" Huwe, and their four children. Donna worked hard to help provide for her family, first for Green Giant, then as a CNA at the Robinson's Nursing Home and Dayton General Hospital w...

  • What's New At School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Feb 16, 2023

    DAYTON–Middle and High School information night is in the Elementary Multipurpose Room on February 28 at 5:30–7 p.m. Dinner and childcare will be provided at this event. There will be prizes valued at $300. This is an awesome opportunity to learn how to navigate GoGuardian and Skyward. Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) will be presenting on financial aid. Middle school students will have a chance to learn what to expect for high school. The Junior Class of 2024 started the Candy Gram Fundrais...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Feb 16, 2023

    The little boy was jealous of his playmate's bean bag doll as it took her time and attention away from him. He secretly buried the doll in his backyard and lied about hiding it, causing his playmate tears of loss. His cover up didn't work out well. A few months later the beans sprouted in the perfect shape of the doll and what he had done was exposed to his friend and parents. He suffered the consequences the Bible teaches about: "God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that shall he also...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Feb 16, 2023

    Ten Years Ago February 13, 2013 During March through August, 2012, seven wolf sightings in Columbia County were officially recorded by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Footprints were reported in the Skyline area near the Mill Creek Watershed and animal sightings were recorded near the Godman Camp; near Sawtooth trail; on Chase Mountain, Harting Grade and a pair below the Peak of Godman Mountain. Twenty-Five Years Ago February 11, 1998 Rebecca Taylor took the helm of Blue Mountain Home Health (BMHH), operated by the Columbi...

  • Dayton Weekly Weather

    Feb 16, 2023

    Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Saturday Night: A slight chance of rain before 1am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Snow level 2600 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is...

  • Wolfpack one win away from State Berth

    Loyal Baker|Feb 16, 2023

    BURBANK–Dayton-Waitsburg's Wolfpack boys need one more win to achieve a berth in the 2B State Tournament as they face EWAC (West) opponent Mabton Cougars in the next-to-last round of tournament play at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at Granger High School. DW has not met Mabton this year, and a win would put the boys into Game 11 against the winner of the White Swan v. Cle Elum game that follows its 3 p.m. contest at Granger. Due to league allocations, both teams from that final game win b...

  • Middle School Wrestling

    Feb 16, 2023

    Middle School wrestlers from Dayton and Waitsburg are chalking up wins in a number of matches since their season started in January. Coaching the team is Tracy Pearson. At Lincoln Middle School in Clarkston on February 8, four wrestlers won both of their bouts. Akayden Mikesell pinned opponents from Jenifer M.S. and Clearwater Valley; Luke Collier pinned wrestlers from Jenifer and Clearwater; Byron Collier won by decision over a Pomeroy opponent and pinned a Lincoln wrestler; and Hunter Griffen pinned Pomeroy and Jenifer wrestlers. Carter...