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  • School directors approve changes for approaching school year

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jun 27, 2024

    DAYTON–The School Board approved the 2024-25 budget and several housekeeping matters as the administration transitions from outgoing superintendent Rich Stewart to incoming Supt. Jeremy Wheatley. In addition, several personnel items were handled at the regular meeting last week, including Anna Fortier as an Elementary Teacher, Shannon James as the Annual Advisor, and Sam Korslund as Special Education bus driver. They also approved the renewal of spring coaching contracts for Andee Thurston, M...

  • Demolition of County Courthouse parking begins

    Jun 27, 2024

    Demolition of the Columbia County Courthouse parking area got underway last week as contractors literally dug into the work, removing the old pavement in preparation for new. Since this photo was taken, the old parking surface has been removed and loads of gravel delivered to begin the process of laying the base for the new pavement. -Chronicle photo...

  • Injured hiker choppered from remote area of Columbia County

    Jun 27, 2024

    DAYTON–Spokane County's Rescue 3 responded to evacuate an injured hiker from a hilltop near Deadman Peak in a remote area of Columbia County Monday, June 24. Rescue 3 Flight Crews successfully located, treated, and rescued the victim, transporting him to an awaiting ambulance at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. The victim suffered a broken leg and is expected to make a full recovery. The Spokane Regional Air Support Unit (SRASU) received a request from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to a...

  • New and improved Bluewood planned

    Jun 27, 2024

    DAYTON–Ski Bluewood is in the process of replacing the fixed-grip triple chair, Skyline Express and adding snow making infrastructure over the next two years-2024-25. Bluewood will replace the fixed-grip triple chair, Skyline Express, with a High-Speed detachable Quad. In addition to the replacement of Skyline Express, Bluewood will soon install base area snowmaking infrastructure to address early season snow variability and provide a more predictable opening date each winter. "We couldn't be mo...

  • McMorris Rodgers Responds to Biden Administration's Sham Report on Columbia River System

    Jun 27, 2024

    SPOKANE–Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) commented on after the Department of the Interior published a report https://www.doi.gov/media/document/tribal-circumstances-analysis) on the "Historic and Ongoing Impacts of Federal Dams on the Columbia River Basin Tribes." "This bad faith report is just the latest in a long list of examples that prove the Biden administration's goal has always been dam breaching. They continue to undermine the honest regional dialogue w...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jun 27, 2024

    “The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.” – Voltaire...

  • Library directors limit Hotspot lending to individuals

    Melissa Gemmell|Jun 27, 2024

    DAYTON–The Board of Trustees for the Columbia County Library District voted to exclude private businesses from the Hotspot lending, during the June 11 meeting. In addition, minor revisions were made to the Request for Reconsideration of Materials Policy. The finance report was approved. Director Ellen Brigham presented her report for the previous month which included information on the kick-off for the Summer Reading Program. The Board had discussion about the pending concrete work for the r...

  • Female version of "The Odd Couple"

    Jun 27, 2024

    The female version of Neil Simon's venerable Broadway classic, "The Odd Couple," was staged at the Liberty Theater this past weekend and starred Deanna Tipton, left, in the role of Olive Madison (the slovenly one), and Elizabeth Arebalos-Jagelski as Florence Unger, second from right, (the nit-picky one). In this scene, Spanish-born brothers Jesus Costazuela (Fred Crowe, seated, left) and Manolo Costazuela (Kyle Terry, seated, right), pay their neighbors a hilarious visit. Per "The Odd Couple's"...

  • Free summer lunch program available

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 27, 2024

    DAYTON–The Friends of the Library (FOL) will sponsor a Kids Free Summer Lunch Program served at the local United Methodist Church and Columbia County Rural Library beginning July 1. Youngster between the ages 0-16 are welcome to partake in a free lunch program each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting July 1 and ending August 26. The meals will be prepared by hospital kitchen, purchased by FOL, then served free to all those who attend, and must be eaten on site. Monday and Friday at the U...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Jun 27, 2024

    One of the most exciting adventures God has led us to embark on is establishing the Victory Baptist Church here in Dayton. Almost one year ago we held our first service at 166 E Main Street, formerly the Chamber of Commerce building. The hand of the Lord has been evident as the Lord has provided all we needed to get a good start. One of my favorite historical Bible characters is found in the Book of Joshua chapters 14 and 15. Caleb and Joshua were the only spies (of 12 sent) who came back with...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jun 27, 2024

    Juneteenth: Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around...

  • At The Theater

    Jun 27, 2024

    In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started, the iconic New York City firehouse, to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who've developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an army of ghosts that casts a death chill upon the city, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age. This movie was rated highly by...

  • Don't Tamper with Horses

    Naomi Scoggin|Jun 27, 2024

    –Part 11 Continuing...Deveney's red-haired thug spun and snarled at Moss. "You got a death wish boy?" He dropped his hand to the big pistol on his hip. Moss grabbed for his gun as well. A metallic sound pinged through the air and he flinched as a bullet whistled past him to thud into the wall. He stepped sideways to get out of the cloud of gunsmoke around him and saw the red-haired man on his knees, cradling his arm. The man's pistol lay behind him, at the base of the bar, with a bullet scar t...

  • McMorris Rodgers presents Purple Heart to Korean War Veteran from Usk

    Jun 27, 2024

    Usk, Wash.–Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) presented 94-year-old U.S. Army veteran, Corporal Donald Donner, with the Purple Heart in recognition of the wounds he sustained while courageously fighting in the Korean War at a ceremony here June 20. Cpl. Donner enlisted in the Army in 1948 and was originally stationed in Japan as a radio operator. In 1950, his infantry unit was reassigned to the Korean peninsula, where he sustained multiple bullet wounds to his r...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jun 27, 2024

    Ten Years Ago June 25, 2014 Progress has been made on land acquisition, water rights, customer base and fund raising, was presented to some 50-pllus farmers and citizens attending a special presentation by Columbia Pulp, LLC, by John Begley, board member and manager. A discussion ensued about the price of a ton of straw, the price per ton used for the company model was $60, but indicated that the price could vary from $50 to $80 per ton. 100-Year Anniversary of World War I (1914-1918) was...

  • USFS invests over $2.88 million to restore forests

    Jun 27, 2024

    PORTLAND, ORE.–The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service invests over $2.88 million to fund five Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) projects in the Pacific Northwest for fiscal year 2024. This funding is part of a larger $12 million national investment in GNA projects for the same period. These projects aim to enhance watersheds, restore forest health, and reduce wildfire risks in Washington and Oregon. The funding, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, allows the Forest S...

  • Dayton man counts a CPR "save"

    Loyal Baker|Jun 27, 2024

    TOPPENISH–Retired well expert Jim Hickam and his wife Amy were returning from medical appointments on the West Side last week when they encountered a dire situation that led to Hickam giving an unconscious man life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Hickam is a Walla Walla-Columbia County Fire District No. 2 commissioner who has been involved with emergency medical services in Columbia County since 1987. The couple were on their way home and decided to get off I-82 at Toppenish for a...

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