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Articles from the July 4, 2024 edition

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  • Senator Maria Cantwell visits RoseMary's Place Daycare

    Loyal Baker|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON–Two socio-economic issues challenge young families in this day and age–affordable daycare and affordable housing. Thanks to a local partnership that received assistance from Washington Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), families in Columbia County and the surrounding region are getting some support with their daycare issues. That's what Sen. Cantwell and YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Schwerin discussed when Cantwell paid a visit to RoseMary's Place June 26, the YWCA-operated daycare situ...

  • Pool District passes budget and resolution to prepare for levy

    Melissa Gemmell|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Parks and Recreation Pool District Commissioners passed the budget and the resolution for the ballot proposition for the excess levy for funding a pool at the June 27 meeting. Commissioners approved the $200,000 budget. Earlier in the month, a work session was held by the Commission to discuss the budget and to prepare it for approval at the regular meeting. The budget totals $200,000, consisting of $63,000 for personnel, $53,000 for administration, $67,000 in professi...

  • Fourth of July Picnic in the City Park

    Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON–The fourth annual free, family-friendly "Picnic in the Park" is set for Thursday, July 4 in Dayton's Piertzycki (City) Park, beginning at noon, and picnic goers will have the opportunity to meet a number of candidates who are seeking office, locally and statewide, plus enjoy an afternoon of food and fun activities. Columbia County Commissioner candidates Ryan Rundell and Marty Hall, both incumbents, will talk about their candidacy followed by Secretary of State candidate Dale Whitaker, F...

  • 4-H Judging Team garners high scores at state contest

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 4, 2024

    MOSES LAKE–The State 4-H Livestock Judging hosted 15 counties, including Garfield and Columbia County was held June 29 at Grant County Fairgrounds. Local team members placed well as a team and individually. In the Junior division, team members Aubree Ledgerwood, Hadley Hames, Kendyl Tetrick, and Ellie Hall placed in goats, and Aubree Ledgerwood received first individual; in sheep, the team placed first, and Kendyl Tetrick first place, Aubree Ledgerwood third, and Ellie Hall fifth. In the beef di...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jul 4, 2024

    “America is another name for opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jul 4, 2024

    To the editor, When faced with controversial issues, it is my belief that a person should form their own opinion based on facts and research. When I became aware of the Appaloosa Solar project being planned in Garfield County, I researched the company and renewable energy in order to find facts and build an opinion based not on arguments but on research. Appaloosa Solar LLC., is a subsidiary company of HQC Solar Holding 1 LLC., which is governed by Hanwha QCells Co., Ltd. Although QCells has man...

  • City holds special meeting to discuss newspaper of record

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON–The City Council held a special meeting on June 26 to discuss the qualifications of the paper of record; to discuss a resolution to create an agreement with Express Employment for seasonal workers, and to approve a public works pre-construction loan application of one million dollars. Mayor Rodger Trump stated that the City Council had used the same request for qualifications that they had used in the past, but that by doing so this left out vital information the council needed to d...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Jul 4, 2024

    History records an enlightening commentary on God's gracious relationship with the United States of America. The esteemed patriot, Patrick Henry, declared unashamedly, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ." The words, "What Hath God Wrought," taken from Numbers 23:23, comprised the inaugural message transmitted by the newly invented electric telegraph.... Full story

  • Library News

    Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON–Kids can continue to take their Accelerated Reader tests at the Columbia County Rural Library District all summer long; a great way to combine their reading hours for both the Summer Reading program and for their AR score. All the computers in the lower level can be used to take AR tests. Kids just need to bring their log-in information and we'll get them set up! A reminder that Kid's Summer Lunch Club is served at the library each Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On Monday and Friday, l...

  • A journey of faith

    Jul 4, 2024

    WAITSBURG–The Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries will sponsor a luncheon at the Waitsburg Town Hall, 121 Main St., on July 10 at 11:30. The luncheon catered by Noelle/Hans from Dusty Britches, will include speaker Phyllis Nettleton of Nampa Idaho who will speak of her journey of faith on how God helped her through a raging storm into a fulfilled life. Also included is a special feature by Gloria Wilson from Simply Sawdust, and music provided by Gretchen Pedersen will also be included. Reservations are required. Please con...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jul 4, 2024

    Independence Day: Sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 97. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around...

  • Don't Tamper with Horses

    Naomi Scoggin|Jul 4, 2024

    Part 12 ...Continuing. Moss ducked his head beneath the doorway as Denny pulled him into the shack. It was a one-room shed, with warped wallboards and a dirt floor. One table leg didn't reach the floor and the two chairs were spindly affairs that didn't look like they would hold Moss's weight. The cabin was basic, but clean and welcoming. In the center of the table stood a tin tomato can full of wildflowers. "Sis!" Denny called. "I brought a friend." Denny's sister turned from the stove and Moss...

  • At The Theater

    Jul 4, 2024

    Inside Out 2 returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who've long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren't sure how to feel when Anxiety (voiced by Maya Hawke) shows up. And it looks like she's not alone. This movie has been highly rated by critics and audiences, 90% and 96%, respectively on the Rotten Tomatoes...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jul 4, 2024

    Ten Years Ago July 2, 2014 Newly commissioned Navy Ensign Sara Schlachter, Dayton High graduate, daughter of Alan and Terri Schlachter, was sworn into the U.S. Navy by former officer and State Representative Terry Nealey, in a ceremony on the Columbia County Courthouse lawn. Schlachter was honored by numerous local military veterans Joey Schlachter, Owen Agenbroad, former Army officer and State Representative Terry Nealey, Brian Black, Jim Gallaher, Chuck Amerein, Ron Fletcher, John Hutchens,...


    Jul 4, 2024

    Candy Whitehorn November 13, 1950–June 24, 2024 Candy Whitehorn died peacefully surrounded by her family at her residence on Monday, June 24, 2024, at the age of 73. Candy D Sumner, born November 13, 1950 in Dayton, Wash., to Earl and Norma Sumner. She attended West Valley Yakima HS and Dayton HS and was planning to attend her 55th Alumni Reunion this summer. In 1968 she met Wally Hull and later married. They welcomed their son Kelly Eugene Hull into the world in August 1969 and then their d...


    Jul 4, 2024

    Jim Lapinski June 30, 1954–April 8, 2024. Jim Lapinski passed away from a heart attack in Kingman, Ariz., on April 8, 2024. Jim was born on June 30, 1954, in Raymond Wash., to Pete and Mary Lapinski. He attended Eastern Washington University and was an accomplished student in which he graduated with two four-year degrees in only two years with a four-point grade point. He had the privilege of being named in the published and prestigious Dean’s List Book. Jim’s degrees were in history and Business planning for cities. He worked in several major...

  • Health System meeting financial markers

    Melissa Gemmell|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) heard reports on the financial report which reflected a loss for May of $71,000; with the opening of Cottage D in April, and Rivers Walk Assisted Living is closing in on meeting the anticipated revenues. In addition, COVID cases cause short-term personnel availability. The financial report reflected a loss for May of $71,000 in part due to an increase in paid salaries, benefits, and professional fees. Expensive contract labor expenses have gone dow...