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Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition


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  • Candidates make their appeal to voters at Forum

    Melissa Gemmell|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–Candidates running for various positions in the November 7 General Election were presented at the community forum hosted by American Association of University Women on October 4. The event was facilitated by AAUW member Leah Stockton at The Liberty Theater. Candidates running unopposed included recently appointed Auditor Will Hutchens and City mayoral candidate Roger Trump. Both candidates for Port Commissioner No. 2 attended – Mike Spring and Randy Schafer. Joann Patras, who is run...

  • Main Street Trees Removed

    Oct 12, 2023

    Tree trimming crews were busy along Dayton's Main Street this week, trimming the trees that line both sides of the main thoroughfare and also removing several trees like this one in front of Chief Spring's Brew Pub and Pizza. A number of the stately trees were removed per the City of Dayton's tree management plan, which included removing and replacing some sections of sidewalk that had been heaved by trees on both sides. -Chronicle photo...

  • Accidental stubble fire burns 90 acres

    Loyal Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–A stubble fire on the hillside overlooking Dayton to the south was ignited inadvertently by occupants of 101 Klingenstein Drive and when the smoke had cleared, some 90 acres of ground was blackened October 4, according to Jeromy Phinney, chief of Fire District No. 3. The project of patching cracks in asphalt using a propane torch caught dry grass at the edge of the driveway, Phinney said, and the flames moved quickly out of control. District 3 responded to the 1:30 p.m. call, including t...

  • Nominations sought for Blue Mountain Philanthropy Awards

    Oct 12, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–Blue Mountain Community Foundation is asking the public to nominate people and businesses to receive the second annual Blue Mountain philanthropy awards. Awards will be presented at the Blue Mountain Celebration of Giving on March 1, 2024, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Nominations must be made by October 23, 2023. The goal of these awards is to honor those in our area that support local nonprofits and community needs. “During my time at the Foundation, I’ve been astounded by the number of people and businesses in this commu...

  • Quote of the Week

    Oct 12, 2023

    “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle... Full story

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–The local FFA chapter went to Colfax for the Evergreen Tour earlier this week. The Evergreen Tour is led by the Washington FFA State Officers and is filled with activities and workshops about leadership and qualities within it. The State Officers then announce at each stop in Washington the theme of this year's Washington FFA State Convention. Two vans full of Dayton FFA Chapter members enjoyed getting to know the State Officers and participating in excellent workshops. The first D...

  • Phil Monfort looking forward to century mark

    Loyal Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    WAITSBURG–On October 17, 1923, Phil Monfort was born into the world in the kitchen of an Iola, Kansas, farmhouse, because his father Earl C. Monfort was rebuilding the family home. The kitchen, with its stove for heat, was the most finished of all the rooms in the house. Monfort, who with wife Jeannetta, daughters Margaret, Sarah and friends in the community, will celebrate his birthday with a party from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, October 15, at Waitsburg Town Hall, also holds a very rare distinction: h...

  • Sharing the spirit of Christmas on Main Street

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–Seeking volunteers to help set-up nativities in vacant buildings main street windows, and building owners or occupants to include this seasonal display in their window. Also wanted are more nativity scenes to fill windows that remain dark during the Christmas Kick-off festivities Friday through Sunday, November 24-27. For the second year, Christmas Kickoff, on Thanksgiving weekend, will include a walking tour of a variety of nativities in the windows of local businesses. Some will be i...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Oct 12, 2023

    To the editor, I join with you and your publication (The Dayton Chronicle Commentary, July 13, 2023) that this community, Columbia County, NEEDS a public swimming pool. Community members have been working hard since the closure of our beloved pool after the 2017 season. We are SO close! This fall, Proposition No. 1 will ask voters to approve creation of a POOL DISTRICT, under the state regulations that guide Parks and Recreation Districts, RCW 36.69.010. Approving a district is CRITICAL to move...

  • Columbia County Fair Results

    Oct 12, 2023

    7 Columbia County Fair Poultry and Rabbit results 4-H POULTRY CONFORMATION : BEST OF SHOW: Hadley Clarys JUDGE’S CHOICE: Sarah Daves Blue: Judson Hall 2, Ellie Jonas, Sarah Daves 2, William Daves, Molly Jonas Cloverbud: Hadley Clarys SHOWMANSHIP 4-H JUNIOR MEMBER GRAND CHAMPION: Molly Jonas Blue: Molly Jonas 4-H INTERMEDIATE MEMBER Blue: Ellie Jonas 4-H SENIOR MEMBER Blue: Sarah Daves, William Daves Cloverbud: Hadley Clarys FFA POULTRY CONFORMATION: BEST OF SHOW: Sara Wilson Blue: Sara Wilson 4 FFA POULTRY FITTING & SHOWING BEST OF SHOW: S...

  • Library block party

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–A Library Costume Block Party is planned in front of the library on Third Street, hosted by the Neighbors United for Progress on October 13 at 4-7 p.m. The public is invited to join in a free celebration of music, food, games, and activities. Come dressed as your favorite book character. A costume fashion show will take place at 5:30 p.m., then enjoy a performance by Baile Folklórico featuring traditional Mexican dancing at 6 p.m. In addition, the book "Bats in the Library" by Brian Li...

  • Trick or Treat the Sheriff's Office

    Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Columbia County Fire District No. 3, will celebrate Halloween with the Annual "Law Enforcement Trick or Treat" October 31 from 3-5:30 p.m. Tick or Treaters can visit the Sheriff Helm, Sheriff's Office volunteers, and District 3 Fire crew in front of the Courthouse at 341 East Main Street. Bags of goodies will be handed out to all the little ghouls and goblins. Hot Dogs will also be served. As in years past, the Sheriff's Office i...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Oct 12, 2023

    Ten Years Ago October 9, 2013 Water "banking" could impact junior water right users. A lease agreement for a water management program that is currently in process could have consequence for local junior water right holders. Recently, the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership entered into an agreement with the Touchet Eastside Irrigation District and the Touchet Westside Irrigation District, both of Touchet, Washington, which will allow water to be reserved in trust and regulate in-stream...

  • Fumbles plague Bulldogs in 76-0 lashing

    Loyal Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    POMEROY––It was a night when nothing went right for the Dayton Bulldogs-from the first play by the Pomeroy Pirates to the final buzzer as the Bulldogs suffered a 76-0 loss here Friday. Numerous Bulldog offensive possessions started with a fumble and the Pirates didn't miss an opportunity to put a Southeast 1B win in the books. Dayton, 2-3 in conference play, visits Touchet (2-4) this Friday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Liberty Christian sits atop the standings at 6-0 with DeSales and Gar-Pal tied for...

  • Three days, three matches

    Loyal Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–As the saying goes: "The days are just packed!" That's been the watchword for the Lady Bulldog Volleyball squad, which is in its second week of three where there's three back-to-back-to-back matches sandwiched between Monday and Friday. Last week, the Lady Dawgs hosted Colton and played the Lady Wildcats to five sets, losing in the fifth for a 3-2 set score on Tuesday, October 3. The next night, the team had a long bus ride to Oakesdale where the powerful Lady Nighthawks took the match i...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Oct 12, 2023

    We never know how much a kind greeting or warm hello can mean to someone who is going through a difficult time. A dad and his son were both in the service during wartime, serving in different locations. Not having seen each other for months and being concerned for each other's safety, they caught a quick glimpse of each other across the airport tarmac as they were each boarding flights to different places of duty. Their excitement was expressed in wild two-handed waves and smiles as each stood...

  • Obituary

    Oct 12, 2023

    Frederic Charles Herres June 22, 1948–August 21, 2023 Frederic Charles "Fritz" Herres, 75, of Pleasant Hill, Ore., passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on August 21, 2023. He was grandpa, farmer, cattleman, devoted father, and humble war hero. He was born in Pomeroy, Wash., on June 22, 1948, to John and Dorothy Herres and grew up on the Herres family farm in Pomeroy, Wash. Fritz served in Vietnam as Crew Chief Gunner with the 189th A.S.L.T Helicopter company and earned the Air M...

  • Needed: Live kidney donor

    Charlotte Baker|Oct 12, 2023

    DAYTON–Your neighbor, Lisa Naylor, is still in search of a kidney donor. "I am still looking for a living kidney donor! For interested, altruistic folks who wish to consider a donation and a gift of life, here is the website. www.sacredheartlivingdonor.org Even if you are not eligible as a donor, please pass on this information. There is someone out there, who fits the criteria and is a match....