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  • Beating the Heat

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Fourth of July was toasty and the days since have become even more summer like, with temperatures well in excess of 100° F., which sent this young Fourth of July picnicker a-splashin' in the kiddie pool to keep cool. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the first few days of this week, and expects temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s with clear skies day and night. -Chronicle photo...

  • Primary ballots scheduled to mail

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    GARFIELD and COLUMBIA COUNTIES–Ballots are scheduled to be mailed on July 19 for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election. County election officials advise voters, when the ballot is received and the voter is ready to vote, that the instructions be carefully followed. If you are unsure of the signature on your registration record, call the Elections Office in your county. If you are out of town during the election period, Garfield County residents should call 509-843-1411 and Columbia County r...

  • Dayton/Columbia County Washington Fund awards $53,500 in grants and scholarships

    Jul 11, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–The Dayton/Columbia County Washington Fund recently announced grants and scholarships to be distributed this year. The Blue Mountain Community Foundation administers the fund. Grants were awarded to the following organizations: Blue Mountain Heritage Society-$600 to support the Veteran’s Memorial Wall upkeep, $2,000 to support concrete and ground improvements; Blue Mountain Humane Society-$500 to support its rural pet wellness clinics; Blue Mountain Resource Conservation Development Council-$400 to support the 2024 SWIM the SNAKE ev...

  • Summer lunch program changes location

    Charlotte Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–The Kids Summer Lunch Program has changed location to the library beginning July 8. Lunches served on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, will now be served in the downstairs children’s section at the library. This change is possible due to the library now being fully staffed. Further, this change offers some important improvements, including a consistent lunch location, familiar to the kids; consistent staffing, also familiar to the kids a closer tie-in to the events and activities of the Summer Reading Program All lunches continue to be pro...

  • Fire extensively damages Dayton Avenue residence

    Jul 11, 2024

    The residence at 309 W. Dayton Avenue sustained extensive smoke, water and heat damage from a fire in the early minutes of July 5. The fire, of which the cause is under investigation, was reported at 12:31 a.m. and first responders noted heavy fire in the back of the residence. Firefighters were prevented from gaining access in the residence's back yard due to a live and arcing power line until the power was cut some 20 minutes into the battle, reported Fire District 3 Chief Jeromy Phinney....

  • Quote of the Week

    Jul 11, 2024

    “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – Plato...

  • Governor candidate Dave Reichert makes campaign stop in Dayton

    Loyal Baker|Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Former King County Sheriff and Eighth Congressional District Congressman Dave Reichert made a campaign stop here June 25, outlining what he'll do for Washington state if elected to some three dozen local people. Reichert is one of seven Republican candidates for the governorship and he stated he's polling well on the west side against Democrat Bob Ferguson. There are 28 candidates on the Primary Election ballot. Prior to serving in Congress for 14 years, Reichert was sheriff of King C...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Jul 11, 2024

    Those who grew up watching westerns are accustomed to the phrase, "circle the wagons." It meant that when the covered wagon pioneers were in danger of attack or severe storms, they would place their wagons in a circle, providing a wall of protection against the foe. The phrase is used commonly these days to describe the need to take protective caution in one form or another. In this volatile world in which we live, it encourages us to know the Lord promises to encircle our path. "You hem me in b...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jul 11, 2024

    Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Sunday: A chance of...

  • Gubernatorial candidate Mark Mullet makes Dayton campaign stop

    Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Candidate for governor Mark Mullet, speaking to a local group of voters here June 10, supports the notion held by a majority of Washingtonians in eastern Washington, that Olympia's approaches to dam removal and employee overtime rules are not in the state's best interests. Mullet, an Issaquah businessman who represents the Fifth Legislative District, is vying for votes against a field of eight other Democrat candidates, including Attorney General Bob Ferguson, in the upcoming August 6 P...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Dr. Bernadine Bank Dr. Bernadine Bank was born into a large working-class Catholic family in Joliet, Illinois. She attended public school from K-8, and then an all-girls Catholic high school. During her senior year in high school, she was a Rotary International Exchange student for a year and lived with four different families in Australia. While in Australia, she was accepted into the University of Illinois - but needed money to pay for it. She received a job assisting farmers in the rural...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Bob Ferguson I have spent my entire career in public service fighting to advance the cause of justice and improve the lives of Washingtonians. I am running for Governor to improve public safety, lower skyrocketing housing and grocery costs, and protect our essential freedoms. I want to change the culture of our state government to center the interests of the people of our state. That is why I reject contributions from corporations and large corporate PACs. I've worked on both sides of the...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mary Dye Representative Mary Dye, who was appointed in 2015, serves the 9th Legislative District of Washington State and is the ranking member of the House Environment and Energy Committee. She and her husband, Roger, own and manage a third-generation wheat farm in Garfield County. Mary has a Bachelor of Science in plant science and crop management and has been active in the farm's day-to-day operations for 37 years. Since taking office, Mary has worked to create better opportunities for the...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mark Schoesler Mark Schoesler has faithfully served the 9th District in Olympia for over three decades. He has served in the state Senate for the past 20 years after spending 12 years in House of Representatives. During his two decades in the Senate, Mark served as Senate Republican Leader from 2013 to 2020, including three years as Senate Majority Leader. For the past two years, he has been the lead Republican on the Senate capital budget. As a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee,...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Bob Hagglund Elected Experience: Snohomish County Republican Chairman and Legislative District Committee Chairman; Precinct Committee Officer. Other Professional Experience: Professional experience in Data Science, Machine Learning, Online Services, and Business Intelligence serving Healthcare, Manufacturing, Software Development, and Information Security businesses and government. Commercial clients include UnitedHealth, Kaiser, MultiCare, Microsoft, Ernst-Young, Nike, and Altria. Government...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Mike Pellicciotti Elected Experience State Treasurer, 2021-present; State Representative, 2017-2021. Other professional Experience An economic crimes prosecutor (Assistant Attorney General), Mike managed a unit of financial examiners, auditors, and analysts that returned $30 million to taxpayers from financial fraud and government waste. As a legislator, he created laws to get "dark money" out of politics and combat corporate crime. Education Bachelor's Degree (Business Administration, economics...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Dale Whitaker Dale Whitaker is a dedicated and passionate candidate running for the position of Secretary of State in Washington. Having made Spokane his home since 2008, Dale emigrated from the United Kingdom to the United States and embraced his new life with vigor. In 2015, he proudly became a U.S. citizen, solidifying his commitment to his adopted country. Together with his wife, who runs a small cleaning business, Dale has established strong roots in Spokane, where they both operate...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Chris Reykdal I grew up the youngest of eight children, and it was my public education that gave me a chance to break the cycle of poverty. I went on to be the first in my family to go straight to college. I put myself through college with multiple jobs, scholarships, grants, and student loans. It led me to teaching, graduate school, higher education administration, and service in the Washington State Legislature and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The truth is, nobody does t...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jaime Herrera Beutler Jaime Herrera Beutler has worked hard throughout her career for policies that ensure future generations can enjoy Washington's beautiful land, waters, and traditions. Serving as Southwest Washington's representative in Congress from 2011-2023, Jaime was repeatedly recognized for her effectiveness in promoting responsible forest management and preserving the beauty of our state. She helped advance bipartisan legislation to curb the threat of wildfires and helped pass new...

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Jonathan Hendrix I'm Jonathan Hendrix and I'd like your vote to be the next Washington State Insurance Commissioner as an independent voice for the people, communities and businesses here who buy, maintain and use insurance. The Office of Insurance Commissioner approves the rates insurance companies can charge and regulates pivotal market activities. The Commissioner leads a dedicated team in Olympia who accomplish this constitutional mission, and routinely interacts with market stakeholders....

  • August 6 Primary Election Candidate Profiles

    Jul 11, 2024

    Marty Hall A bit about myself and why I would like your vote this fall in my run for Columbia County Commissioner Disttrict No. 2. Although my elected experience is limited, I am completing my first term in this office as Commissioner. I have served on various local groups including the Columbia County Cattleman's and our church board at Starbuck Community Church. I served two terms as a Fire Commissioner in Walla Walla when I lived there prior to moving to Columbia County in 2005. After...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Jul 11, 2024

    Ten Years Ago July 9, 2014 When your bike tires are flat and you NEED to get to the candy store, the mother of invention kicks in for Amaya Asbury, with Ruby Johnson under an umbrella in a commandeered a lawn cart, to make the trip to Steve's Grocery on a lazy Fourth of July afternoon. Twenty-Five Years Ago July 7, 1999 Zachary Kiefer and Thomas Lovell, students from the Dayton area, are among more than 1,000 Washington fifth through eighth grade students who have been honored for their...

  • Scores enjoy Fourth of July Picnic

    Melissa Gemmell|Jul 11, 2024

    DAYTON–Those attending the Annual Fourth of July Picnic in the Park, sponsored by the Columbia County Conservatives with assistance from the Columbia County Republican Central Committee, heard from five candidates– Fifth Congressional candidate Brian Dansel, Attorney General candidate Pete Serrano, Secretary of State candidate Dale Whitaker, and County Commission candidates Marty Hall and Ryan Rundell, plus relaxed in the shade of the City Park on a warm and sunny Fourth of July. In add...

  • Former D.H.S. coach Jay Webber to be inducted in Hall of Fame

    Jul 11, 2024

    SPOKANE–Former Dayton basketball coach Jay Webber, who completed his 26-year coaching career at Spokane's North Central High School after guiding the Dayton Bulldogs to a State B Basketball Championship in 1995, is being inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) Hall of Fame. The induction banquet will be held at the Karen Gaffney Room at Gonzaga University on July 16. Webber's coaching career started at Waterville as an assistant coach to the l...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Jul 11, 2024

    In 1963 Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first human-to-human heart transplant. The surgery was considered a success even though the patient only lived 18 days. When Jesus Christ comes into one's heart (the center of our spiritual and physical life) it results in eternal life, salvation, and transformation. In one of her books Christian fiction writer Janette Oke writes of a youth devotion that was given: "He (Troy) had several hearts to display to the group. A black one represented the...

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