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Articles from the February 29, 2024 edition


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  • Prosecutor debunks concern over conflict of interest

    Loyal Baker|Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–Responding to public concern stemming from a local citizen’s Public Records Act (PRA) lawsuit against the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, County Prosecuting Attorney C. Dale Slack responded to concerns brought to light at the Columbia County Commissioners’ Evening Public Comment session February 20. The situation arises from a case filed December 11, 2023, by Theresa Eier, 408 E. Mustard St., Dayton, alleging that the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office failed to respond to five public-re...

  • Potential business could bring family-wage jobs

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–Port of Columbia Commissioners heard discussion on a possible new business opening here and glass-recycling protocol at the meeting held on February 14. The Port received an update that a new business, Mainstream Malt and Grain Cluster, that works with malt is considering Dayton as a possible location for the business. Mainstream Malt and Grain Cluster is presently working with Port Executive Director Jennie Dickinson. "The strategy that would work best for them is Option 2, where we woul...

  • Supt. interviews March 6

    Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–Three candidates for superintendent of the Dayton School District will meet with the community, school staff and others in an all-day, round-robin set of interviews on March 6, the Dayton School Board set following an executive session February 21. The three finalists are Jodi Thew, Ed.D., Jeremy Wheatley and Guin Joyce....

  • Key Leader forum at Liberty Theater February 29

    Loyal Baker|Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–The public is invited to join with "Key Leaders" of Columbia County for a community conversation to "Help Keep Our Kids Safe From Substance Use" here Thursday, February 29, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater. The forum is sponsored by the Coalition for Youth and Families. The goal of the event is to provide a snapshot of what is currently occurring in the Dayton and Columbia County community regarding drug use, with a youth focus. Key leaders who will be on the panel d...

  • Quote of the Week

    Feb 29, 2024

    “I put my heart and my soul in my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent Van Gogh...

  • Fire destroys barn

    Feb 29, 2024

    Columbia County Fire District No. 3 joined units from Garfield County Fire District No. 1 in responding to a report of a barn fire at 410 Emerson Road at 2:43 on Friday, February 16. Upon arrival, a livestock barn at the Robert and Ruth Yutzy place was burning and already on the ground, according to Garfield County Fire Chief James Cleveland. Firefighters remained on the scene to ensure the fire did not spread to other structures. The cause is undetermined, and several livestock were in the...

  • Olympia Update

    Senator Mark Schoesler|Feb 29, 2024

    The week of Feb. 19-23 could have been called "budget week," as the Senate held public hearings or approved its version of the three state supplemental budgets (operating, capital, and transportation) that adjust the two-year spending plans passed by the Legislature last spring. The first to emerge was the capital budget, which was passed by the Senate 49-0 on Feb. 22. The Senate's capital budget is about priorities over pork. It addresses important needs, including helping communities in...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Feb 29, 2024

    This morning, I sat at my desk in Dayton to begin the editing process for this week's Dayton Chronicle and East Washingtonian, and for the first time since the beginning of January, I have a clear mind–or clearer than what I had become used to-I no longer feel like a walking zombie. Since school began in September, my students have brought to me a new ailment each week-some type of cold, flu, sinus issue, and headache, all of which is compounded by my seven-day-a-week, 16-hour-a-day schedule (...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Feb 29, 2024

    To the editor, My name is Theresa Eier and I have been a resident of Columbia County for the last thirty years. I am once again compelled to address the behavior of the CCC [Columbia County Conservatives]. On Feb 16, I was flooded with for lack of a better word complete filth in the form of screenshots, once again defaming me on a local community social media page with assertions that I am in a romantic relationship with the prosecuting attorney while in litigation with the county and I’m wondering why not one of these individuals making s...

  • Weather Forecast

    Feb 29, 2024

    Thursday: Rain, mainly before 4pm. Snow level 4400 feet lowering to 2600 feet in the afternoon . High near 51. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Thursday Night: A chance of rain and snow before 10pm, then a slight chance of snow between 10pm and 4am, then a chance of rain and snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. South wind 10 to 20...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Feb 29, 2024

    We are unable to fully appreciate the magnitude of God's protective, loving care for us. "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness" Ecc. 3:22-23. The 3-year-old little girl had enjoyed treats from the ice cream truck and had learned to recognize its coming. When she heard its cheerful music, she simply leaped off the top of the porch into midair towards its approach. Her father happened to be seat...

  • Golf carts, ethics code and annexation part of workshop discussion

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–The City Council held a workshop on February 20 for the purpose of discussing a possible golf cart policy, reviewing the council policy and ethics handbook, and discussing the request for a ballot initiative on the topic of library annexation. The council discussed the request for a golf cart ordinance that would allow residents to drive their golf carts from their homes to the golf course. Clarity of the law in this matter must come from the Sheriff's Office, but have not had that d...

  • Grant funds two-way radios for school

    Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–A nearly $30,000 grant will mean staff at the Dayton School District will have real-time communication for improved supervision and increased response time in case of emergency situations thanks to the two-way radios the grant will provide. Dayton School District was awarded the Wildhorse Foundation Grant in the amount of $29,997.00, the school announced February 9, 2024. A recent agreement was signed with the I Love U Guys Foundation (iloveuguys.org) that will allow Dayton Schools to b...

  • FFA Trap Shoot team headed for State Tournament

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Feb 29, 2024

    By Jessica Ruffcorn Reporter DAYTON–The Dayton School's FFA Trap Shoot Team requested approval from the School Board to travel to Wenatchee for the state tournament at the most recent board meeting on February 21. FFA Advisor Melanie Morgan along with 3 members of the Trap Shoot team; Luke Collier, Andrew Wetz, and Lyam Donohue presented their full itinerary to the board with a request that the board approve them to go to their State Tournament in Wenatchee in April. The team is made up of f...

  • At The Theater

    Feb 29, 2024

    Dune: Part Two (opening date nationally). The saga continues with an expanded all-star international ensemble cast. This movie, is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021's six-time Academy Award-winning "Dune." This big-screen epic continues the adaptation of Frank Herbert's acclaimed bestseller Dune with returning and new stars, including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, and many other well-known actors. "Dune: Part Two" will explore the...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Feb 29, 2024

    Ten Years Ago February 26, 2014 Art Sunderland, Columbia County Extension Agent, and his wife Jean were recognized for his lifetime of achievement in the arena of Natural Resource Conservation and service to the citizens of Columbia County. Art and family came to Columbia County in the summer of 1954 because they wanted to settle in a community where agriculture was prominent, where they could engage with families and make a difference on the land and in the community. Sixty-nine years ago,...

  • Disaster declaration approved for Spokane County following devastating wildfires

    Feb 29, 2024

    Washington, D.C.–A major disaster exists in Spokane County and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Gray Fire and the Oregon Road Fire in August 2023, president Joe Biden proclaimed February 20. “Today’s long overdue approval of a Major Disaster Declaration for Spokane County will be life-changing for those who lost everything to the Gray and Oregon Road Fires,” said Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05). “It will unlock the financial resources and certainty they desperately...

  • Sports Awards set

    Feb 29, 2024

    DAYTON–The Dayton High School Bulldog Winter Sports Awards will be on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium....

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