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  • Port awarded $2m Broadband Infrastructure Grant

    Aug 12, 2021

    DAYTON–The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) has awarded the Port of Columbia with a $2 million grant to improve broadband infrastructure here following a July 14 presentation in Olympia. The $2 million grant is contingent upon the community providing $500,000 in matching funds. The Port applied for and received $20,000 from the Sherwood Trust, $15,000 from the Warren Community Fund, and $13,500 from the Dayton Columbia County Fund to use as matching funds. The Port has pledged $...

  • Green Ridge up to 24,091 acres; Boundaries close to touching

    Aug 12, 2021

    DAYTON–The Green Ridge Fire grew to 24,091 acres and remains 15% contained, reports the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black on Tuesday, August 10. Monday's lighter winds and moderate temperatures provided an opportunity for firefighters to continue their efforts on the northeast side of the fire. The fire saw minimal growth. The lack of wind and an inversion layer caused the smoke to settle in the valley and it is expected to remain through Wednesday. The Green Ridge Fire was 11,449 a...

  • Columbia Pulp CEO to retire

    Aug 12, 2021

    DAYTON–Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley will retire effective September 3. Begley has been CEO of Columbia Pulp since its inception and has led the Company through its development, financing, design, construction, and start-up phases including the time it was shuttered by the COVID 19 pandemic. "It has been an honor to be associated with this company and the many people who were part of planning and building this enterprise," said Begley. "Columbia Pulp is a game-changing technology and is now p...

  • Donated golf cart speeds Main Street flower care

    Loyal Baker|Aug 12, 2021

    DAYTON–Have you noticed how well the hanging flower baskets in downtown Dayton have weathered the midsummer heat—especially those days of 110°+ temperatures a few weeks ago? The credit all goes to “Mountain” Mike Mattson and, thanks to a generous benefactor in Our Fair City, the task of keeping the Main Street hanging flower pots looking beautiful is easier…and more efficient. The colorful baskets that grace downtown lampposts from Front Street to 4th Street are part of the Dayton Downtown D...

  • Quote of the Week

    Aug 12, 2021

    “Death an dlove are the two wings that bear the good man to Heaven.” – Michelangelo... Full story

  • Commentary

    Senator Perry Dozier|Aug 12, 2021

    By Sen. Perry Dozier We all want transparency and accountability from those in positions of authority. I recognize the frustration that led to 2020’s protests and cries for police reform. Community members are right to expect justice and fairness, yet the police reform bills passed during the 2021 legislative session are unlikely to deliver that. Unfortunately, they will instead tie the hands of our men and women in uniform in a way that may have very negative consequences for public safety a...

  • A. F. Branco

    A. F. Branco|Aug 12, 2021

  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Aug 12, 2021

    “Mama, when’s Daddy comin’ home? Is it time to worry yet?” “By supper, darlin’. Eat your Cheerios.” He rode out this morning early. Like he does six days a week I always make him tell me where he goes ‘Specially when I know he’s headed over on the canyon side At least I know I’ll have a place to start So in case he doesn’t come back I can hunt for him myself Or go for help if I get faint of heart “Run and git your schoolbooks, kiddos! And be sure to wash yer hands.” “Aw Mama, do we have to s...

  • OPINION

    Aug 12, 2021

    By Jason Ouimet Executive Director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action There is a central hypocrisy at the heart of the gun-control effort. Gun-control supporting politicians, the Hollywood elite and billionaire tycoons will advocate to disarm ordinary Americans, all the while enjoying the security that armed men with guns provide. Moreover, as the 2018 firearm incident involving President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, shows, this hypocrisy extends even to when politi...

  • Library News

    Aug 12, 2021

    By Todd Vandenbark Our "Tails and Tales" Summer Reading Program has been a big hit with participants of all ages. Over 100 people signed up. Participants have enjoyed a "Stuffed Animal Sleepover", learning all about "Raptors" and "Hunters and Hiders" from the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, a "Pet Meet and Greet", storytelling with Rebecca Hom, Discovery Kids programs led by Charlie and Todd, and hands-on science and craft activities. As we head into the fall, the library will be offering more...

  • Deadline approaching for Columbia REA's "More Powerful Together" Community Grant program

    Aug 12, 2021

    WALLA WALLA–Columbia REA is currently accepting applications for its 2021 More Powerful Together Community Grant Program. Grant funding will be available to selected organizations from Walla Walla County, Columbia County and NE Umatilla County. The goal of the grant program is to make a one-time donation to one or more organizations that serve our communities. The maximum grant amount will be $10,000. More information and the application form can be found on our website at www.columbiarea.coop. • Applications will be accepted between Mon...

  • D.H.S. grad named to Dean's List

    Aug 12, 2021

    Bonnie Laib, a 2015 graduate of Dayton High School, has been named to the Dean’s List of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore. Laib, the daughter of John and Carolyn Laib of Dayton, was registered for 12 or more graded hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the spring term, 2021, according to Alan Sams, Ph.D., Reub Long Dean at the College of Agricultural Science....

  • Winter Recreation Program seeks committee member for Southeastern Washington

    Aug 12, 2021

    OLYMPIA – July 20, 2021 – Washington State Parks requests nominations and applications for a winter sports enthusiast to represent Southeastern Washington on its Winter Recreation Program Advisory Committee (WRAC). Nominations and applications for a non-motorized winter sports advisor position (cross country skier, snowshoer, dog musher, skijorer) close Aug. 30. Nominees must live in “Area 6” of the state - Adams, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield or Asotin counties. One advisor will be selected, and the appointment begins...

  • B-17 to visit Walla Walla

    Aug 12, 2021

    WALLA WALLA–The B-17G, "Sentimental Journey," will visit the Walla Walla Regional Airport August 16-22 on its Flying Legends of Victory Tour. A welcoming ceremony and honor guard will be Monday, August 16, at 11 a.m. The Commemorative Air Force historic aircraft will be available for static tours and rides. Visit flyinglegendstour.com. Sponsors are the Walla Walla Regional Airport, Joel Olsen's CDJR Walla Walla, DW Distilling and the Port of Walla Walla....

  • Quick Look

    Aug 12, 2021

    Work to begin on Blue Mountain Scenic Byway through Great American Outdoors Act PENDLETON, Ore–Contractors have begun prep work to chip seal 33.6 miles of the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway on the North Fork John Day Ranger District. The road is the portal to both the Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests. This project is one of two projects on the Umatilla National Forest that was funded this year through the Great American Outdoors Act. Expect delays from August 16–30. Umatilla National Forest seeks volunteer campground hosts for Bull Pra...

  • Senior Round Table

    Aug 12, 2021

    Thur, Aug 12: Chicken Alfredo, Diced Carrots, Broccoli Salad, Dinner Roll, Banana, Milk Tue, Aug 17: Baked Fish, Rice Pilaf, Stewed Tomatoes, Salad, Roll, Sunset Gelatin, Milk Thur,Aug 19: Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Pickled Beets, Salad, Wheat Bread, Cookies, Juice, Milk Tue, Aug 24: Country Fried Steak, Au Gratin Potatoes, Mixed Veggie, Gravy, Broccoli Salad, Pineapple, Milk Thur, Aug 26: Spaghetti, Green Beans, Salad, Garlic Bread, Peaches, Milk Tue, Aug 31: Hamburgers, All the Fixings, Potato Chips, Watermelon, Cookies,...

  • OBITUARY

    Aug 12, 2021

    Bobby D. McGhee December 3, 1940–July 18, 2021 Bob Darrel McGhee passed peacefully at his home in Waitsburg on July 18, 2021. He was 80 years old. Bob was born in Walla Walla, to parents Fawn and Robert McGhee on December 3, 1940, at the family home. He attended grade, middle and high school in Walla Walla. After high school, he joined the Army. Upon leaving the Army, he returned to Walla Walla where he met and married the mother of his children, Gail (Clayson) McGhee. He then moved his young f...

  • OBITUARY

    Aug 12, 2021

    Gary A. Gasaway February 3, 1938–July 9, 2021 Gary A. Gasaway, retired Columbia County Engineer, passed away at the Parkview Memory Care in Walla Walla on Friday, July 9, 2021. He was 83. Gary was born in Dayton, Wash., to Alvis and Fern (Parsons) Gasaway on February 3, 1938. He was the oldest of three children who grew up in Dayton and later in Hermiston, Ore., where Gary graduated from high school in 1956. He attended Oregon State University in Corvallis where he completed his Bachelor of S...

  • OBITUARY

    Aug 12, 2021

    Sherman George Thomas November 8, 1948–July 26, 2021 Sherman George Thomas lost his fight against brain cancer on July 26, 2021 at the Booker Rest Home in Dayton, Wash. He peacefully went to sleep in his bed. Sherman was born in Chewelah, Wash., to Robert R. Thomas and Anna C. Thomas. He attended school in Colville, Wash., until 1963 when the family relocated to Dayton, Wash. After graduating from Dayton High School in 1967, he spent two years at the Yakima Valley Community College. In 1970, h...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Aug 12, 2021

    Ten Years Ago August 10, 2011 Heath Barnes is now the grain sales coordinator for the local Grain Growers Co-op having recently been hired to replace Ted Lowe. Heath has twelve years’ related experience in the wheat industry and several years ago had worked with Mitch Payne. The Evening at the Depot was a resounding success as well over 150 people attending the fund raising auction. Twenty-Five Years Ago August 7, 1996 Panjab/Meadow Creek Fire received big help, over 200 firefighters came to fight the blaze. The lightning-caused fire in the Uma...

  • First draft of redistricting maps coming in late September

    Aug 12, 2021

    By Sen. Mark Schoesler OLYMPIA–Every 10 years, under Washington's constitution, the Redistricting Commission is re-established to draw new legislative and congressional district maps in our state for the next decade. The redistricting process occurs after the completion of the national census, which is taken every 10 years, most recently in 2020. The commission includes five members. The leader of each of the four major legislative caucuses appoints one commissioner. Those four commissioners t...

  • Middle School Volleyball Players attend local camp

    Aug 12, 2021

    Young volleyball players from Dayton and Waitsburg studied the sport during a volleyball camp July 12-14, conducted by Whitman College Head Volleyball Coach Matt Helm. These fifth through eighth graders included, front row, left to right: Stella Pearson, Mikayla Close-John, Jemma Anderson, Audrey Walker, Sara Cranmer, Olivia Kiefel. Second row: Makaio Helm, Makaelyn Mikesell, Melany Pollan, Georgia Reser, Karmain Pollan, McKenna McCowen, Abbie Lork, Cheri Mathews, Kyla Thurston. Back row:...