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  • Pool Town Hall event planned

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Parks and Recreation District (CCPD) discussed funding options; first steps in pool blueprint; Town Hall Meeting; and approved Resolution 2024-01, at the meeting February 29. CCPD Chairperson Dianne McKinley reviewed RCW 39.50 which would allow the municipal corporation to borrow money for a short-term obligation. As the district currently has no funding, this would allow them to pay off already-accruing bills such as the ballot initiative fees to the county and upcoming expenses such as attorney, accountant, and p...

  • Panel explores the effects of drugs and our youth

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON–The Youth and Families Coalition presented a key leader conference to discuss the effects drugs have on our youth, their families, and community at the Liberty Theater, February 29. The panel of leaders included Kim Emery, the Columbia County Clinic Director, Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm, Madison Richardson, and Wyntr McCauley, both youth leaders from Dayton High School, Dayton secondary principal Guin Joyce, and Dale Slack, Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney. Each panel expert g...

  • Eleven announce candidacy to represent Fifth Congressional District

    Loyal Baker|Mar 7, 2024

    POMEROY––Since 20-year Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers announced that she wouldn't be seeking re-election, eleven candidates have declared their candidacy On the Republican side, the candidates include Michael Baumgartner, Jonathan Bingle, Brian Dansel, John Guenther, Rene Holaday, Anthony Jensen, Jacqueline Maycumber and Jody Spurgeon. Democrats who have thrown their hat in the ring include Bernadine Bank, Carmela Conroy and Ann Marie Danimus....

  • Cattlemen honor rancher Bob Hennigar

    Mar 7, 2024

    Cattle rancher Bob Hennigar was presented the 2023 Columbia County Cattleman's Honoree Award at the association's Annual Fling on February 10 in Dayton. Bob has been a long-time member of the Columbia County Cattlemen's Association, and an unforgettable face at the sale barns, hauling cattle for many years all over the Pacific Northwest. Bob is also the owner of the Hennigar Ranch in Whitman County. From left to right: Fred White, Vice President, Curtis Hall, President, Bob Hennigar, and Marty...

  • Quote of the Week

    Mar 7, 2024

    “I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” – Walt Whitman... Full story

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Mary Dye|Mar 7, 2024

    OLYMPIA–Back in February 2020, I met Puddles, Washington state's first mussel detection dog, and her handler, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor. A rescue dog from a shelter in California, Puddles, a Jack Russell terrier mix, was brought to Washington state in 2019 and trained to sniff out zebra and quagga mussels. The mussels are smaller than a thimble. In 2020, while working the boat check station on the Washington-Idaho border near Spokane, Puddles discovered i...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON–The Winter Sports Banquet which took place on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. With that behind us, spring sports have officially started the Dayton High School Softball team played against Yakima Nation in a Double Header on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. That same Saturday, the Dayton High School Track team attended the Walla Walla High School Jamboree in Walla Walla at 11 a.m. Dayton FFA Trap Shoot team will also be headed to Spangle for a Trap Shoot c...

  • Library's Interim Director offered two-year contract

    Melissa Gemmell|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Rural Library Board stated Ellen Brigham was offered the Library Director position; heard the director and financial reports; completed the collection development and internet policies; and heard public comment during the February 26 meeting. Ellen Brigham, who has been in the position of interim library director following the vacancy left by Todd Vandenbark last July, was offered a two-year contract late last month. The board held executive session to address the c...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 7, 2024

    To the editor, [To] Port of Columbia Commissioners Seth Bryan, Mike Spring, and Johnny Watts: Because all three of the Port of Columbia commissioners are new to the business of the Port, we think they should look into the past accomplishments made before their service began: 1-Improvements to and maintenance of the Lyons Ferry Recreational Area. 2-Fiber-Optic broadband internet to the City of Dayton and to parts of the county. 3-The planning and development of Blue Mountain Station, an incubator...

  • March is National Kidney Month

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON– March is National Kidney Month which reminds us to check into our own kidney health and think of neighbors and friends who may be searching for a donor; such as local resident Lisa Naylor. Mid-year in 2023, Naylor was advised she needed a kidney transplant setting her path to find a donor. She began that process through Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash., and continues to, and has also been referred to a specialist at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, W...

  • Don't Tamper with Horses

    Naomi Scoggin|Mar 7, 2024

    ...Continuing-Part 7. The posse thundered down the hill, led by Orville Wilkins' hunting dog, heading for the three men who were saddling in the bottom of the draw. The Casady brothers abandoned their half-saddled horses, turning instead to run to the shelter of brush and trees, firing their pistols as they went. Sam Morgant gestured to the men riding with him and they split. They hung back out of accurate pistol range and moved to surround the small hollow where the Casadys made their stand....

  • Prescribed fires on eastern Washington wildlife areas

    Mar 7, 2024

    SPOKANE–Annual prescribed fires on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)-managed lands in eastern Washington are scheduled to start in March, as conditions allow. Prescribed fires on WDFW wildlife areas reduce the risk of future wildfires, reduce the severity of wildfires when they do happen, restore forest health, and improve wildlife habitat. WDFW conducts prescribed fires every spring and fall, as appropriate, on public lands the Department manages statewide. With WDFW-managed l...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Mar 7, 2024

    A young man borrowed his brothers' car and on a sharp corner lost control. The car came to rest upside down in a 12-foot-deep ditch. Though he was able to climb out of the car safely, he'd been careless with what belonged to another. There are occasions when we borrow what belongs to another and it may become damaged in our care. If we are going to borrow from another, we need to be careful and respectful with it. God's Word is His Word. We must handle it, live it, and walk in it carefully. His...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Mar 7, 2024

    Ten Years Ago March 5, 2014 Cooperative Park Master Plan for City, County and Port defined. Increasing recreational opportunities to promote tourism and spur economic growth is listed as the main goal of the Cooperative Park Master Plan, as approved by Columbia County, the City of Dayton ad Port of Columbia. Stop-smoking poster contest winner is Fifth Grader Sadie Seney, who received a $100 cash reward, sponsored by Columbia County Wellness Project. Twenty-Five Years Ago March 3, 1999 Allyson...

  • Correction

    Mar 7, 2024

    DAYTON–Due to an editing error, Theresa Eire’s last name was inadvertently misspelled. We regret the error....

  • Griffen takes first at Bi-State

    Mar 7, 2024

    LEWISTON–Dayton Middle School wrestler Hunter Griffen took top honors in the 220-lb. division at Bi-State Championship 2024 here Saturday, March 2. "This group of kids has been awesome to coach," said Head Coach Carlos Norris. Norris is assisted by Lucas Collier. "They have made this season really fun," Norris said. "All year long, people at meets have been telling me how great our community it," Norris said, "and how proud the community should be of our kids." Norris pointed to a message he r...

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