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  • Columbia Pulp assets sold

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    SEATTLE–The sale of the assets of the defunct straw-to-pulp Columbia Pulp I, LLC is complete except for a judge's final order approving distribution of the funds, and there's good news for Columbia County: tax obligations owed to the county are first in line for payment from the proceeds of the sale. A hearing on a motion that would authorize distribution of the proceeds by receiver Paladin Management Group, LLC's Lance Miller is set on October 23 in King County Superior Court, Judge Coreen W...

  • Nonpayment of taxes affected County taxing districts

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–With the impending receipt of over $2 million in back taxes just around the corner, the effect of several years of unpaid taxes by Columbia Pulp I, LLC, did have an adverse effect on Columbia County, says Carla Rowe, County Treasurer. “Budgets were short,” Rowe said of the impact the now-defunct company’s lack of tax payments, “especially for smaller districts, like Fire District No. 1.” The uncollected tax for the fire district which serves the Starbuck area was shy 36.57%, Rowe noted. “We only collected 63% of the taxes – that’s pret...

  • Fall Festival and Historic Home Tours this weekend

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–It's Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Station and a great time to visit town and tour some of Our Fair City's most stately and historic homes this weekend. The Blue Mountain Station's Fall Family Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the 700 Artisan Way location. Gather there for Oktoberfest food and drink, live music and family-oriented activities. This year's event features Oktoberfest fare at the Co-op as well as food and drink from Smash Tacos, R&B BBQ, Cedar Rain Spirits, R...

  • West Nile Virus detected in neighboring counties in late September

    Oct 5, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (WWCDCH), Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD), and the Washington State Department of Health have confirmed two cases of West Nile virus in residents from Walla Walla and Franklin counties, diagnosed within the last week of September. Both people were most likely exposed within their county of residence. In addition, WSDA also announced two horse cases of West Nile virus, in Grant and Benton counties most likely exposed w...

  • Local students share insights after touring Washington, D.C.

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–Four Dayton High School students spent a week last summer touring the nation's capital as part of a program called World Classrooms. The foursome, along with chaperone Kristin Frankie, saw the monuments and museums and soaked in the history of the District of Columbia and the Gettysburg Battlefield from June 26 through July 1. Attending the tour were Jordan McCowen, Carson Potter, Skylar McCann, and Brenna Sinkbeil. The four presented a program to the Dayton Kiwanis Club last week. The c...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 5, 2023

    “Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” – Marlene Dietrich... Full story

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–This was Gear Up week for secondary students. Gear Up is "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs." This fantastic federally funded program helps students nationwide be prepared for their future careers, goals, and colleges. Numerous activities were planned out for the week of September 24–29 by the Dayton Gear Up staff. On Monday, single questions were posted around the high school, and every question found and answered was rewarded with candy. Tuesday was the "C...

  • Former Spokane Co. sheriff to speak here

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–Former Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will give the keynote address when the Columbia County Republican Central Committee holds its annual Lincoln Day Dinner here Saturday, October 14 at the Fairground Pavilion. The annual celebration in honor of the sixteenth president of the United States will also feature updates from local legislators Rep. Mary Dye (R-9-Pomeroy) and Rep. Joe Schmick (R-9-Colfax), a representative of the Washington State Republican Party, National Republican Co...

  • At The Theater

    Oct 5, 2023

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is a brand-new adventure in this series about the Portokalos family. Join them as they travel to a family reunion in Greece for a heartwarming and hilarious trip full of love, twists and turns. Nia Vardalos wrote, directs, and stars in this movie along with John Corbett, Joey Fatone and more. Only 30% of the Rotten Tomatoes website critics rated this movie as favorable, but 72% of the audience liked it. The audience review on the Rotten Tomatoes website is "With...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Oct 5, 2023

    Prior to his conversion, the Apostle Paul (under the name of Saul) was responsible for the imprisonment of Christians, some of them being put to death. The Lord got ahold of him and he became a new creation in Christ. Paul referred to himself as "the chief of sinners" to whom God had shown His long-suffering mercy. There may be times when we need to be reminded that the Lord loves every person and desires them to be saved, regardless of what they've done or how horrible they have been. There...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Oct 5, 2023

    Ten Years Ago Four local World War II veterans, USMC veteran Bob Budig, U.S. Army veterans Lowell Richter and Fred Gritman of Dayton, and US Navy veteran Jack McCaw of Waitsburg, flew to Washington D.C. through Inland Northwest Honor Flight to view memorials honoring their military service. The veterans and their caregivers met at the Spokane Airport to join Honor Flight which flew the 162 passengers to Washington D.C. and back home. Twenty-Five Years Ago September 30, 1998 The Confederated Trib...

  • Columbia County Fair Results

    Oct 5, 2023

    YOUTH OPEN CLASS SWEEPSTAKES: Waylen Dieu, Georgia Reser, Jessalyn Nichols RESERVE SWEEPSTAKES: Samuel Dieu, Logan Potter, Clive Bye JUDGE'S CHOICE: Gracyn Payne SUPERINTENDENT'S AWARD: Gracyn Payne Blue: Greyson Bly 5, Harper Bly 9, Clive Bye, Oneika Bye 2, JP Davidson 3, Barrett Davis, Samuel Dieu, Waylen Dieu, Ellyson Hall 2, Judson Hall, Nyla Hays, Nina Kromm, Kelton Lockard 2, Zephyrine Lockard 2, Jessalyn Nichols 3, Gracyn Payne 4, Carson Potter, Georgia Reser 3, Chase Steinhoff, Colt...

  • 2023 Fair Horse Show Results

    Oct 5, 2023

    4-H Junior Overall: Grand Champion Ashlyn Brooks. Reserve Grand Champion Brooklyn Pounds. Participant: Zoe Anderson. 4-H Intermediate Overall: Grand Champion Mikayla Close John. Reserve Grand Champion Jemma Anderson. Abbigail Close, Sophia Castillo, Izabelle Anderson, Brenna Sinkbeil, Paisley Snow. Halter Class: Gelding-Brooklyn Pounds, top blue; Zoe Anderson-blue, Ashlyn Brooks-red, Mikayla Close John red. Mare-Sophia Castillo top blue; Izabelle Anderson-blue, Jemma Anderson-blue, Brenna...

  • Bulldogs rally for win over Eagles

    Loyal Baker|Oct 5, 2023

    DAYTON–A time-expired touchdown pass by the St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles was called back on an offensive pass-interference flag, and the Bulldog defense chased SJEL's quarterback out of bounds to preserve the 32-26 1B conference win here Friday. Dayton's defense contributed to the win, giving the team a 2-2 record, tied for third behind DeSales at 4-1 and Liberty Christian at 5-0. The Bulldogs shut down the Eagle offense at crucial points, squelching a drive just before half time, h...