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  • Vernon Smith Bridge Replacement Project

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Vernon Smith Bridge Replacement Project is underway and it is anticipated that the new bridge and roadway will be in service by early summer. Girders for the new bridge over the Touchet River were set on April 10, according to Jeff McCowen of the Columbia County Public Works Department. Cranes from Lampson Crane of Kennewick were brought in to lift the girders into place under the direction of prime contractor Goodman & Mehlenbacher Enterprises, Inc., of Kennewick. Extensive planning by...

  • Athletics making a resurgence among Dayton student-athletes

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Apr 25, 2024

    By Jessica Ruffcorn Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON–Dayton Schools' Athletic Director Sam Korslund reported remarkable success in spring sports to the Dayton School Board of Directors at their April 17 meeting. "Both our baseball and softball high school teams are 99.9% sure going to qualify for district playoffs," said Korslund. "The impact that this spring has had on the kids has been immeasurable. Because as we all know they took plenty of lumps in the fall, more lumps in the winter, and n...

  • Columbia County Parks and Rec hosts a Community Input Meeting

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON– The Columbia County Parks and Rec District hosted a public forum focusing on the type of pool that would benefit the community. The April 18 meeting was informal and allowed the audience to converse back and forth with the commissioners, and was well received by those in attendance. Approximately 12 community members attended the forum. They provided input and had an opportunity to ask the district commissioners questions about the plans moving forward. The board gave a brief p...

  • Yamate Cultural Exchange students getting taste of Dayton lifestyle

    Apr 25, 2024

    While the Lady Bulldogs battled with the Pomeroy Pirates on the fast-pitch softball diamond, four Yamate students also took in the game on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in Dayton. The Japanese students will be completing their second of two weeks visiting Dayton and taking in the activities of a typical American town. Airi Suda, 16, left, and Azusa Maruyama, 16, (in Bulldog attire), are guests of Mike and Dawn McGhan. Kaho Tanisaki, 16, is seated next to Maruyama on the softball bleachers, and Maho...

  • Quote of the Week

    Apr 25, 2024

    “Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.” – Bill Copeland... Full story

  • GUEST OPINION

    Pam Lewison|Apr 25, 2024

    OLYMPIA–The function and administration of the federal H-2A farmworker visa program is one of the most utilized yet least understood employment programs in Washington state. The H-2A program provides visas to foreign-born workers to legally find temporary farm work in the United States for up to 10 months a year. Washington state is among the top five users of the program. House Bill 2226, and its companion Senate Bill 5996 – concerning collecting data on the H-2A worker program and from cer...

  • Annual survey shows growth in Washington gray wolf population in 2023

    Apr 25, 2024

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s wolf population grew for the 15th consecutive year in 2023, according to the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2023 Annual Report, released today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The report shows a 20% increase in wolf population growth from the previous count in 2022. As of Dec. 31, 2023, WDFW and partnering tribes counted 260 wolves in 42 packs in Washington. Twenty-five of the packs were successful breeding pairs that raised at...

  • OPINION

    Todd Myers|Apr 25, 2024

    OLYMPIA–This Earth Day, I am reminded of the words of a judge’s decision regarding Seattle City Light’s claim that it is the “nation’s greenest utility.” After finding the utility wasn’t living up to its environmental promises, the judge admitted the claim was “mere puffery.” It could be said about so much of today’s environmental rhetoric. Washington’s governor Jay Inslee claims the state is a leader in cutting CO2 emissions. In fact, CO2 emissions have increased every year he has been in o...

  • Weather Forecast

    Apr 25, 2024

    Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Thursday Night: Showers. Low around 45. Southwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Friday: Showers. High near 61. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Saturday: A 40 percent chance of...

  • Correction

    Apr 25, 2024

    POMEROY–In the April 18, 2024 edition of the East Washingtonian the front page head line read “Distinguished Young Women Pageant April 21” should have read “Distinguished Young Women April 21....

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Apr 25, 2024

    Ten Years Ago April 23, 2014 Port Launches Artisan Food Center with Grand Opening. The development strategy at Blue Mountain Station, located on the edge of historic Dayton, houses several business. Rey's Roast coffee is the newest company to lease space at the Station, the Little Dipper Dairy with goat cheese products, Gypsy Girl Granola, the production area for wine and mead at the Experimental Fermentation Company Twenty-Five Years Ago April 21, 1999 A local woman was bitten by what may have...

  • Obituary

    Apr 25, 2024

    Eudene "Deene" Carlton January 20, 1950–March 18, 2024 Eudene Louise Carlton, 74, died peacefully in Idaho on Monday, March 18, 2024. Deene was born on January 20, 1950, the oldest of three children of Eugene and Frances Louise Stearns-Clausen. Growing up, she split her time between Dayton, Wash., and LaGrande, Ore., and graduated from Dayton High School. One of her fondest childhood memories was being a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She cherished the lifelong f...

  • At The Theater

    Apr 25, 2024

    Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire. The epic battle is an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence-and our own. "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind...

  • Dayton Days Rodeo to honor late president

    Loyal Baker|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON–The 2024 Columbia County Fair Association-Dayton Days Rodeo, set for May 24 and 25 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, will be dedicated in memory of the late Tim Donohue, Dayton Days president who passed away January 26, 2024. Donohue, 75, was a fourth-generation wheat farmer and a life-long resident of Columbia County. He served as Dayton Days president in recent years when the organization re-emerged to put on a rodeo on Dayton Days' traditional Memorial Day Weekend dates. Donohue w...

  • Beleny elected rural library board chair

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) Board of Trustees met on April 16 with new Board Member Dale Walling, and voted on new officer positions for its members. Library Director Ellen Brigham reported on library operations and programming, as well as the financial report for March. Dale Walling was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners last month, to replace Karin Spann whose term was up. During the April meeting, the Board held the election of officers. All votes w...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON–Springtime is when students of all ages are busiest with school finals, scholarships, sports, and more. Dayton FFA has several things coming up, including competitions and a fundraiser. The Dayton FFA livestock judging team will be headed to Asotin on Friday, April 26, to compete in a livestock judging contest. They will also go to St. John on Saturday, April 27, to compete in livestock judging. Wednesday, May 1, the livestock judging team will be headed to the State livestock judging com...

  • Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Announce Public Meeting Venue Change for La Grande, OR

    Apr 25, 2024

    PENDLETON, Ore. (April 16, 2024) - The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (Blue Mountains) continue to host public meetings that bring awareness and provide an opportunity for the public to engage in the Forest Plan Revision process. Public participation will help the Forest Service to gain local knowledge about existing forest conditions, understand community concerns and resource impacts. To allow for robust in-person public engagement, the Blue Mountains National Forests...

  • Bulldog sprinter in top 10 at McDougall Invite

    Loyal Baker|Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX–In the Dayton Bulldogs' final "big invitational" meet of the season, Bulldog speedster Hikaru Iwamoto finished high in the 100 m. and 200 m. dashes. "This [McDougall Invitational] was our last big invitational," said Head Coach Dan Nechodom. "We'll compete with District 9 in Pomeroy on April 30." Iwamoto came in ninth out of 55 sprinters in the 100 m. dash with an 11.76 time, not far off first-place Robert Joshua Jr. of Auburn Mountainview at 11.01. In the 200 m., Iwamoto was a r...

  • Bulldog boys place 2nd at home match

    Apr 25, 2024

    COLFAX–At a six-way meet here April 16, the Dayton Bulldog men's golf squad did well on the 18-hole, par 72 match. At their home match on April 11, the team finished in second place on the 18-hole, par 72 competition. "We are very inexperienced this year," commented Head Coach Mike McGhan, "but this is a group who is focused and works very hard to improve every practice. I was very pleased with our performance today [at the Colfax match] with several of our golfers playing their best rounds o...

  • Lady Dawgs sweep Lady Bucs

    Loyal Baker|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON–The Lady Bulldogs finished a sweep of the Pomeroy Lady Pirates with a 19-8 win Tuesday, and wins by 26-14 and 30-19 last weekend to reside firmly in second place with a 7-2 league record behind 8-1 Colton as the season winds down. The Lady Pirates were wobbily in the first inning here Tuesday while the Lady Bullsdogs racked up a bunch of runs then held on against Pirate rallies to win 19-8. The Bulldogs also had no trouble with Gar-Pal on April 17, shutting them out with a two-hitter, 1...

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