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  • Small fry turn out for Fishing Derby

    Charlotte Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–An opening season fishing event at the kiddy fishing pond near the Dayton City Park on Wednesday afternoon, April 17 gave many youngsters a chance to catch the "Big One", such as the one Greylynn Bickelhaupt reeled in from the depths. Greylynn Bickelhaupt, age 6, is the daughter of Kelsy and Garrett Bickelhaupt, and granddaughter of Stacy Klingenstein, from Dayton. Greylynn posed for the camera with Zonie Dedloff, who helped her hold the big fish she caught during the event, because she d...

  • Spokane artist paints hotel mural

    Melissa Gemmell|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Spokane artist Daniel Lopez paints a mural of four characters from the movie Stand by Me, on the opposing wall of the Weinhard Hotel parking area. New owner of the property previously known as the Weinhard Hotel, Padraic Slattery, commissioned Spokane artist Daniel Lopez to paint a mural on the opposing wall of the parking lot. For the last few weeks, the wall was painted over to become a blank dark canvas awaiting what would be the four main characters from the 1986 movie Stand by Me p...

  • Walla Walla church group cleans up around town

    Melissa Gemmell|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–A group of about 60 from LIFE Church in Walla Walla, under the leadership of Tim Toom, spent about an hour and half on Friday April 19 cleaning up around Dayton. Toon connected with City of Dayton Public Works Director Ryan Paulson to do five projects, covering the graffiti on two bridges in town, cleaning up at the golf course, painting the gazebo at the City Park, and weed eating around headstones at the Dayton City Cemetery. The group chose Dayton for the service because over that w...

  • Glass recycling event begins May 11 at BMS

    May 2, 2024

  • Quote of the Week

    May 2, 2024

    “Instant gratification takes too long.” – Carrie Fisher... Full story

  • Columbia County Parks and Rec District prepares for upcoming levy to support a new pool

    Jessica Ruffcorn|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON– The Columbia County Parks and Recreation District Commissioners (P&R) discussed the upcoming levy proposal at the recent board meeting. P&R are working toward a levy budget plan to set before the voters in November. Currently the district is operating in a deficit, as well as a feasibility study, until a levy is passed by the voters. In addition, the board passed resolution 2024-02 and 2024-03. Commissioners Katie Leid and Terri Hessler will work together to create a budget to determine the dollar amount needed for the levy. P...

  • Health System receives a $1.13 million grant

    Melissa Gemmell|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Hospital District Board were advised of a grant; updates on River’s Walk Assisted Living; RoseMary’s Place Childcare; presented with the results from a quality improvement survey; and heard other business during the April 24 meeting. The hospital district was given a $1.13 million grant for distressed hospitals, according to CEO Shane McGuire. March revenues for both in-patient and out-patient services were under budget though the acute care/swing bed census was str...

  • WAGOP hosts a record-setting state convention in Spokane

    May 2, 2024

    SPOKABE—A record number of nearly 2,000 delegates from across Washington convened in Spokane April 19 and 20, for a live and spirited convention—reminiscent of the memorable political conventions of the 1950s and 1960s. “The 2024 WAGOP State Convention was a real convention. Unscripted. Unchoreographed. Unpredictable,” says WAGOP Chairman Jim Walsh, who served as chair of the convention. “The People were in charge. They set the Rules. They made the decisions. Some people love the rough-and-tumble of politics, some don’t. Either way, our go...

  • Spring turkey season

    May 2, 2024

    The spring turkey season is a great opportunity to introduce new participants to hunting. Calling male turkeys in the spring allows hunters to interact with wildlife in a very thrilling way. The April 1-7 youth-only season is over for the year, but the long general season runs April 15 – May 31. Refer to The Basics of Turkey Hunting and our Turkey Takeover blog series for helpful information for new turkey hunters. WDFW, along with partner organizations such as First Hunt Foundation and the N...

  • Weather Forecast

    May 2, 2024

    Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Saturday: Showers likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday Night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy,...

  • Mushroom picking season is here

    May 2, 2024

    POMEROY–As the snow retreats, various fungi will begin sprouting on the forest floor. Personal-use mushroom picking is free and does not require a permit or payment under the legal limits, which authorizes an individual to harvest, possess, or transport less than a gallon in Oregon and less than five gallons in Washington. These free mushrooms are only available for personal consumption and cannot be sold, bartered, or given away. A commercial mushroom permit is required for those that intend to...


    May 2, 2024

    Douglas Lee Krueger November 4, 1941–April 23, 2024 Douglas Lee Krueger, retired Columbia River Pilot, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Dayton Wash., of natural causes at the age of 82. Doug was born November 4, 1941 in Portland, Ore.; the middle child of Raymond and Leona McClure Krueger. He grew up on the Krueger dairy farm in rural Multnomah County, Ore., and graduated in 1959 from Scappoose High School. Doug started his career at Montgomery Ward's at the shipping and receiving d...


    May 2, 2024

    Randy Clark James October 15, 1056 – April 18, 2024 Randy Clark James passed away on April 18, 2024 on his farm in Columbia County, Wash. Randy was born on October 15, 1956 in Dayton, Wash., to Clark Warren James and Bessie Ann (Colley) James. He attended Dayton schools, graduating with the class of 1975. In high school he participated in football and basketball, choosing not to compete in springs sports because farming came first. He was a 4-H member in grade and middle school, then a FFA membe...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|May 2, 2024

    Our dog looked like a coyote. When I asked the veterinarian what kind of a dog he was, she said, "A coyote." To this day I'm not sure if she was being truthful, or joking around. If he was part coyote, he sure was timid. He enjoyed the berries that are prevalent on the river dike but he wouldn't stick his muzzle into the bush to retrieve the berry because of the thorns. Instead, he'd stand there, look at me, and wait for me to reach into the thorns (sometimes painfully) to get him what he...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Many events are being prepared for May such as the FFA Plant Sale; Mother and Son Dodge Ball Tournament; K-12 class registration; Softball districts; and the FFA State Convention, Coming May 2-4, from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m., the annual Dayton FFA Plant Sale will occur at the greenhouse near the ag shop. On May 5, the Mother and Son Dodge Ball Tournament will be at 1 p.m. in the gym. Grades K-12 are welcome to register at either the Elementary or High School Office. High School Softball D...

  • Dayton Elementary students meet 20,880-minute reading goal

    Charlotte Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–The local elementary participated in the Read Across America program with an accumulative reading goal of 20,880 minutes. All the students in Dayton Elementary incorporated extra reading time into their schedule over two weeks, to meet the Read Across America program 20,880 reading minute goal. The reward for meeting this goal was the opportunity to dunk principal, Mrs. Cox into the dunk tank. "Readers earned balls to throw determined by how much they read. Younger students needed to read...

  • At The Theater

    May 2, 2024

    The Long Game, inspired by the book "Mustang Miracle" follows the true story of five young Mexican American caddies in 1955 who created their own golf course in the middle of the South Texas brush country. Despite outdated and inferior equipment and not professional instruction to begin with, they would go on to compete against wealthy, all-white teams and win the 1957 Texas State High School Golf Championship. This movie has high rating from both the critics (80%) and audience (97%) on the...

  • Murder's in the Heir

    May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Turn the game "Clue" into a play and you have the masterfully entertaining Murder's in the Heir! Almost every character in this hilarious mystery has the weapon, opportunity and motive to commit the unseen murder. And it's up to the audience to decide who actually did it. The production, directed by Wolf Harter, will be performed on May 10, 11 and 12 at the Liberty Theater. The plot surrounds the heirs to the tyrannical billionaire Simon Starkweather's fortune, and each one has the means...

  • Lady Bulldogs charge into post season

    May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Wheat Division No. 2 Lady Bulldogs will take on Grape Division No. 3 Sunnyside Christian Tuesday, May 7 at Liberty Christian’s field in Richland, first pitch at 3 p.m. as the Lady Dawgs vie for further SE 1B Fast-pitch softball post-season play in this first year back as the Dayton Lady Bulldogs for a number of years. Winner of the contest gets to take on Grape Division No. 1 Liberty Christian later that same day. At Colton that same day, Grape No. 2 DeSales faces Wheat No. 2 Tek...

  • Golfers looking to Sub-District

    Loyal Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Bulldog golfers competed at Walla Walla's Veterans Memorial on April 22 and the Sub-District match is a dog leg away. Golfers will compete at Sub-District at Clarkston's Red Wolf Golf Course on Monday, May 6. Noa Tasker was the top Bulldog golfer at Veterans on April 22 with a 125, two strokes ahead of Carson Potter and 125. Hunter Griffen scored 142 and Sawyer Brenner carded a 64 on nine holes. The match was 18-holes, par 72. "We were playing short-handed due to illness and other c...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|May 2, 2024

    Ten Years Ago April 30, 2014 The Dayton High School FFA Chapter members Jennifer Warren, Bonnie Laib, Matthew Warren, Cal Martin, Cruz Ramirez, Anissa Holmberg, Levi Laib, Zane Patton and Lexie Ramirez assisted Walla Walla Pheasants Forever by planting pheasant habitat friendly plants–250 trees and shrubs–on Frame property along Highway 261. Twenty-Five Years Ago May 2, 1999 Students enrolled in the Dayton Early Childhood Education program have been learning about moving machines and community h...

  • Bulldogs in playoffs here Friday

    Loyal Baker|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON–Bulldog Baseball, in its first year back after several years, finished second in the SE 1B Wheat Division and will take on Sunnyside Christian at 1 p.m. here Friday, May 3, as part of a four-team playoff vying for the third- and fourth-place berths to the D7/9 Crossover tournament. Dayton is hosting three playoff games on Friday. The game between Wheat No. 3 Gar-Pal (3-8) and Grape No. 2 DeSales (9-2) kicks off at 10 a.m. on the D.H.S. diamond. Dayton (9-2) faces Sunnyside Christian (4-7)...

  • Bulldog track and field hopefuls looking ahead

    Loyal Baker|May 2, 2024

    POMEROY––Bulldog sprinter Hikaru Iwamoto and sprinter Luke Winkler, along with hurdler and shot putter Solomon Brenner looke to have good chances of continuing their track and field season following the SE 1B Track and Field Championships here Tuesday. Iwamoto captured second in the 100m. and third in the 200m. to score for Dayton, which finished sixth in the nine-school field. Pomeroy won the league trophy with 124 points, and Waitsburg was third with 78.5. Dayton's Bonnie Anderson finished eig...

  • Lady Bulldog Fast-pitch seniors honored

    May 2, 2024

    Dayton Lady Bulldog Fast-Pitch honored its three senior teammates at the final home game last Saturday. From top to bottom, the three players–Vanessa Acevedo, Kaelie Jonas and Kameryn Tupling, were joined by members of their families on the softball diamond to honor the student-athletes for their years of participation in not only athletics, but also extra-curricular activities and community service. -Submitted photos...