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  • Pavilion stairs and ramp bid accepted

    Melissa Gemmell|Mar 9, 2023

    DAYTON-Among the business the Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) handled this week was acceptance of a bid for stairs and ramp for the Fairgrounds Pavilion. It was one of two bid award recommendations by Public Works Director and County Engineer Grant Morgan at the meeting on March 6. Morgan recommended the BOCC accept the lowest bid for the Fairgrounds Pavilion stairs and ramp to Conframe Construction, LLC of Yacolt, Wash. The bid came in nearly half of the estimate at $48,473. Also...

  • 9th District representatives to hold telephone town hall meeting on March 13

    Mar 9, 2023

    OLYMPIA–Representatives from the 9th Legislative District invite constituents to participate in a telephone town hall on Monday, March 13, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss the ongoing 2023 legislative session. Reps. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, will talk about legislation they are sponsoring as well as their priorities for the legislative session. In addition, they will take questions from listeners and offer survey questions during the one-hour event to get important f...

  • Door security and communication system updates discussed by Board

    Melissa Gemmell|Mar 9, 2023

    DAYTON–The Dayton School Board met for a work session on March 1 and discussed campus updates to the public-address system and implementing a new security system for the doors. They also were introduced to a science curriculum that middle school teacher Clint Reser is requesting to try out. A portion of a presentation from the MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) Summit for student behavioral and academic success was shown and discussed. The Board heard and contributed to discussion about u...

  • Façade improvement grants now available

    Mar 9, 2023

    DAYTON–The Dayton Development Task Force’s Façade Improvement Grant program applications are being accepted for 2023 grant funds for the repair and restoration of building fronts downtown. The application deadline is March 31, and projects must be completed by November 30, 2023. Information about the program and application form are available on the Dayton Chamber of Commerce website, The grants available through the Dayton Development Task Force’s Façade Improvement Grant program, have helped fund improvements to more...

  • Suspected Norovirus in Walla Walla County

    Mar 9, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–Walla Walla Department of Community Health (WWCDCH) is investigating suspected norovirus cases in the community. There are reports of probable cases identified in schools, long-term care facilities, and other areas of the community. Symptoms of norovirus infection can include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fever, headache, cramps, and muscle aches. Severe symptoms caused by dehydration include decreased urination, extreme fatigue, and dizziness. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours post exposure and generally last between one and t...

  • Quote of the Week

    Mar 9, 2023

    “I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.” – Ray Bradbury... Full story

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Mary Dye|Mar 9, 2023

    Too many Puget Sound lawmakers never look beyond their grocery stores to understand the struggle of our farmers to keep those stores supplied. It's why Sen. Mark Schoesler, Rep. Joe Schmick, and I work so hard in Olympia to advocate for our fellow farmers, educate those in power who have no clue about agriculture, and why we fight against policies potentially devastating to agriculture. We understand the importance of our state's agricultural industry, the jobs they provide in Washington, and...

  • A. F. Branco

    Mar 9, 2023

  • Washington Water Supply Outlook for March

    Mar 9, 2023

    Cold and dry conditions gripped most of the state last month. With only a hand full of exceptions, monthly precipitation was much below to just near normal. It may seem like it has been wet and snowy and in truth it has been in both the mountains and lowlands. It just hasn’t been enough to keep up with what we should be seeing this time of year, causing greater divergence below normal as we go through time. The most recent forecast through late-March shows a probability for below normal temperatures and equal to slightly above normal p...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 9, 2023

    To the editor, I serve on the Board of Trustees for the Columbia County Rural District Library. I would like to speak to the issue of books in the library that some members in the community want removed from the shelves. At our regular meeting a week ago, the board was asked to consider an appeal by Marcene Hendrickson regarding Juno Dawson's book "What's the T". The vote was 4 to 1 to reject the appeal. My reason for rejecting the appeal is because the board is bound by the collections policy....

  • Scholarship available for career and technical students

    Mar 9, 2023

    OLYMPIA–Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board offer the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) scholarship to Washington’s top career and technical education (CTE) students that can help pay up to two years of college tuition. WAVE is a merit-based award that helps undergraduate students pay for tuition and other costs at Washington colleges, universities, or private career schools. Top career and technical education students at both the high school, and community and technical college level are eligible to apply. The...

  • Preston Hall Students of the Month

    Mar 9, 2023

    Staff and administration at Preston Hall in Waitsburg congratulate February Students of the Month for their school spirit. From left, Carter Barron, Sixth Grade; Cheri Mathews, Seventh Grade, and Hannah Peralez, Eighth Grade. -Submitted photo...

  • At The Theater

    Mar 9, 2023

    Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. Superhero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and the Wasp. Together, with Hope's parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Scott's daughter Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures, and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Mar 9, 2023

    The Pastor gave his two boys a toy helicopter made of bamboo, cork, and powered by rubber bands. Living in a home with two libraries and stimulated by a love for learning, the two young boys made several copies of the toy helicopter as their interest in aviation was ignited. Years later, the two boys, sons of a United Brethren Bishop, Milton Wright, became known as the pioneers of aviation. Wilbur and Orville Wright constructed a flying machine! They understood the basic principles that convey...

  • Garbe Reser named BMAC CEO

    Mar 9, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The board of directors for Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) voted unanimously to hire Danielle Garbe Reser as BMAC's permanent Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2023. Garbe Reser has been serving as Interim CEO since December 5, 2022. "Over the last three months, BMAC has benefited tremendously from Danielle's leadership, team building skills, and creative problem solving. The feedback was clear from staff, board members, and community partners that Danielle brings t...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Mar 9, 2023

    Ten Years Ago March 6, 2013 Dayton High School has 22 Future Business Leaders America students preparing for travel to Spokane to compete in business events and campaign for state office positions. Instructor Rob Moore, who has served as the local chapter advisor for 25 years, is assisting the members in the preparation of their presentations for the competitions. Taylor Frame, a sophomore, is putting together a 30-page report of the local chapter for the business report competition, which is on...

  • Obituary

    Mar 9, 2023

    Lynn Eldred Roberts January 8, 1938–February 24, 2023 Lynn Eldred Roberts, 85, passed away February 24, 2023, at Parkview Memory Care in Walla Walla, Wash. Lynn was born in his grandparents' home in Wren, Ore., to Eldred Claude Roberts and Velma Arlene Bell on January 8, 1938. He was the second of four children, raised in Philomath, Ore., was an athlete in school and a life-long avid outdoorsman. Lynn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat (Miller) Roberts, and their two sons, Wes Miller and J...

  • Wolfpack seniors recognized

    Loyal Baker|Mar 9, 2023

    DAYTON–Senior members of the Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack basketball, music and cheer programs were honored before a full house in the gym during Senior Night February 2. Wolfpack basketball player Claudia Benavides, who bowed out of playing following an injury earlier in the season, was honored for continuing her involvement with the team for the remainder of the season. Three Wolfpack boys basketball players headed for graduation were honored on Senior Night. Benny Bryan was escorted to the floor...