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  • BOCC appoints Kevin Rust to library board

    Melissa Gemmell|Mar 30, 2023

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) appointed Kevin Rust to the open Library Board of Trustees position after an executive session to vote for one of the seven applicants, including incumbent Michele Smith on March 27. The BOCC interviewed the applicants over two sessions. The Commissioners are the elected representatives of the County charged with appointing the five Board of Trustees for the Columbia County Rural Library District. Following an executive session, Commissioner Chair...

  • Raising Bee

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 30, 2023

    POMEROY–In the aftermath of a devastating barn fire just a week ago, the Community Bible Church of Dayton and a passel of friends and neighbors put together a traditional barn raising, something my parents and grandparents–and generations of farmers preceding them–would have done for their neighbors under similar circumstances. In some parts of the country, it's known as a "raising bee." Approximately 50 adults plus children came to the Robert and Ruth Yutzy place at 410 Emerson Road in Garfield... Full story

  • Brix and Brew

    Mar 30, 2023

    There were plenty of laughs and hijinx at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce'e Brix and Brew fund raiser on March 17-and plenty of "wearin' o' the green." One of the event's popular activities is Heads or Tails, and it always brings along plenty of laughs as participants pony up $5 then place their hands on heads or tails, as a coin flip gradually weeds out the unluckiest. Nearly 200 attended and bid on silent and live auction items, helping the Chamber meet its financial commitments that benefit...

  • Quote of the Week

    Mar 30, 2023

    “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain... Full story

  • A. F. Branco

    A. F. Branco|Mar 30, 2023

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Mary Dye|Mar 30, 2023

    OLYMPIA–Washington held its first carbon allowance auction on March 7 under the new cap-and-invest law passed in 2021. Results from the first auction were announced on March 14, in which industry participants and speculators bid on a limited number of "allowances" offered by the state. California implemented the nation's first multi-sector cap-and-trade program in 2015, which covers virtually its entire economy. Washington's Climate Commitment Act sets more aggressive goals than California. T...

  • At The Theater

    Mar 30, 2023

    Shazam! Fury of the Gods continues the story of teenage Billy Batson (Zachary Levi) who, upon reciting the magic word "SHAZAM!," is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam. This movie is an action/adventure, comedy, fantasy that the Rotten Tomatoes critics rated as 51% favorable, but the audience gave it an 87%. It is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and language. The IMDb parent's guide notes this movie has moderate levels of profanity, violence and gore, and...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 30, 2023

    To the editor, As many Columbia County residents know by now, there is a petition circulating that proposes to put dissolution of the Columbia County Rural Library District on the ballot. Dissolution of the district would result in the permanent shuttering of the library. All the books would be sent to the State Library to be redistributed or destroyed. All the computers and other equipment would be surpluses, along with the furnishings. The building itself would be returned to the city and...

  • Food Bank receives donation from Puget Sound Energy

    Mar 30, 2023

    DAYTON–Puget Sound Energy (PSE) presented the local food bank with a $1,500 check. Local donations will purchase canned meat, legumes, canned chili, fruits, vegetables, and personal items which are currently low in the supply chain. We are fortunate to be part of a very generous community enabling our food bank to supply our families with a balanced variety of staples to help meet their dietary needs while they struggle with their other basic bills. Pictured from left to right are: Penny W...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Mar 30, 2023

    DAYTON–The local FFA Chapter members participated in the District and State Qualifier competition in Asotin and Pullman on March 22 and 23. This week, the Dayton FFA Agronomy team: Graci Turner, Colt Clemens, Gloree Grace, and Rosemary Yutzy, went to Pullman to compete in State Agronomy on March 22. These individuals have worked hard during practice time during school hours continuously for months. They placed 12th in State Agronomy and had a great experience competing. FFA member Wyntr McCauley...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Mar 30, 2023

    A Boise library received a book return 110 years after it had been checked out. The children's book was 40,000 days overdue and could have amassed fines of two cents per day, adding up to more than $800,000. However, the library policy was changed years ago to eliminate late fees. It's not good to be "past due" in our relationship with the Lord. A sister in Christ made the comment, "With the Lord, I keep short accounts." Her meaning was that she refused to let unfinished business pile up...

  • BASH this weekend

    Mar 30, 2023

    DAYTON–This year's Bluewood BASH promises a western-themed weekend of fun, Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, packed with family-friendly activities and entertainment that kicks off on Saturday, April 1, with Family Day Sunday, April 2. The costume contest theme is "Country & Western," so skiers and riders are invited to dress in your best western attire for a chance to win the coveted "Best Dressed in the West" title. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday are events including Rail Jam Showdown, Poker R...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Mar 30, 2023

    Ten Years Ago March 27, 2013 In February, three generations of the Sunderland family, Paul Sunderland and his daughter, Jenny Healy, arrived in Dayton with their skis to pick up Jean Sunderland, Paul's mom and Jenny's grandmother, to ski at Bluewood. Paul credits the Thorn family and Mr. George Poulus, his sixth-grade teacher, for introducing him to skiing and, later, his family. Twenty-Five Years Ago March 25, 1998 The past few months, the big source of excitement at the Dayton Elementary...

  • OBITUARY

    Mar 30, 2023

    Betty Ann Fletcher September 13, 1932–March 25, 2023 Betty Ann Fletcher, longtime Dayton resident, passed away March 25, 2023 in Walla Walla. She was 90 years of age. Betty Ann was born September 13, 1932 in Dayton to W. Ray and Annabel Jackson Rogers. She grew up in Dayton with her younger sister Rita Rae and graduated from Dayton High School in 1951. Annabel worked very hard as a single mom to raise her two daughters and Betty Ann learned a strong work ethic and independence from her m...

  • Track athletes set Personal Records

    Mar 30, 2023

    COLLEGE PLACE–With a few meets behind them, Dayton-Waitsburg thinclads are exuding more confidence as they compete, believes Head Coach Dan Nechodom. Several team members set personal records at recent meets here and in Clarkston. "We're at that point in the season where the jitters are going away, and athletes think they should be performing more perfectly," he said. DW competed against nine teams at both recent meets. Asotin (3/21) Mens Results 100m-12. Reuben Yutzy, 12.39aPR; 14. Hudson R...

  • DW golfers hit the links

    Mar 30, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–Dayton-Waitsburg's hit the links for two challenging matches, shooting nine holes at Wine Valley on March 22 and playing the Country Club the next day. "We only had three of our golfers this week," said Head Coach Mike McGhan, "but the rest should be ready to go by next week. We are very inexperienced-Carson Potter has played in Dayton a few times but never in a competitive match. William Daves and Sarah Daves have been playing golf for about two weeks." At Wine Valley, Potter scored...

  • Fast-Pitch starts hot

    Mar 30, 2023

    POMEROY–Dayton-Waitsburg won both games against Pomeroy Tuesday, March 28, going 25-14 in the first game and 20-17 in the second. At White Swan on March 18, the Lady Wolfpack won 24-5 and 16-2....

  • Coyotes bite DW Wolfpack in twin bill

    Mar 30, 2023

    BURBANK–The Wolfpack fell behind early and couldn't recover in a 10-0 loss to Columbia here March 25. In the nightcap, the Wolfpack saw a little more offensive production but still lost 17-7. A March 28 single game versus Touchet and a March 30 double header against Mac-Hi are next prior to Spring Break April 3-7. In the first game, Columbia-Burbank Coyotes got their offense started when Logan Beck doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs in the first inning. A double by Levi Boudrieau in the f...