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  • Dayton's Sarah Shutters named a Rising Star

    Loyal Baker|Jan 19, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Blue Mountain Community Foundation has selected Dayton's Sarah Shutters for its ​Rising Star Youth Award. She is the daughter of Rev. Linda Weistaner and the late Marvin Shutters. Shutters will be honored at the Blue Mountain Community Foundation Philanthropy Awards Friday, March 3, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Event Center in Walla Walla. She was informed of the honor at the end of one of the performances of "The Sound of Music," the Touchet Valley Art...

  • Sale of Port property to Table Rock approved

    Melissa Gemmell|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners approved the sale of Port lots to Table Rock Meat Co. during a special meeting on January 11, 2023. After some discussion, amendments to the contract were made, then approved at a special meeting January 17, 2023. A public hearing was advertised and scheduled during the regular Port of Columbia meeting on January 11 to consider authorizing the sale of two vacant lots in the Port's Rock Hill Industrial Park on Cameron Street at the request of Tab...

  • CGI donates new product line to food banks

    Charlotte Baker|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON–Columbia Grain International (CGI) has donated 15 cases of its Balanced Bushel Line of Beans and Pulses to Food Banks and Senior Centers in Columbia, Garfield and Whitman Counties. Using CGI in-kind contribution to Feed the Children, the donation includes 10,000 bags of assorted Balanced Bushel varieties to be distributed to hungry families and communities throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. Columbia Grain Int'l has recently expanded into Consumer Priced Goods (CPG) w...

  • City Council preparing for what's next with broadband

    Melissa Gemmell|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON-The Dayton City Council heard discussion on the franchise agreement from Charter Communications for cable and broadband services; and flood hazard mitigation was also presented; and the position of mayor pro-tem was appointed for 2023 at the January 10 meeting. A representative from Charter Communications presented a franchise agreement to Council for review to the Council. Mayor Weatherford acknowledged that he has heard community concern about the timing of the project when the other br...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jan 19, 2023

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr....

  • Olympia Update

    Jan 19, 2023

    By Sen. Mark Schoesler, Rep. Joe Schmick and Rep. Mary Dye OLYMPIA–We are back at the state Capitol for the 2023 legislative session, which began Jan. 9 and is set to last 105 days, ending April 23. After being forced to endure a virtual legislative session in 2021 and last year due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, we're encouraged that the Legislature has returned to near-normal in terms of how committee meetings and floor sessions are conducted. In the two previous legislative sessions, cit...

  • A.F. Branco

    Jan 19, 2023

  • Dayton native in the thick of the battle at southern border

    Loyal Baker|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON–There's a lot going on at the southern border, says Abbie Broughton Marsh, a former Columbia County Deputy Prosecutor who is now a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Ariz., in a program presented at Dayton Kiwanis January 12. Broughton Marsh currently supervises 12-18 prosecutors who not only work with the organized crime/drug enforcement task force, but also handle border crimes, white collar/public corruption/civil rights, national security and have j...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON–Law Enforcement Awareness Day was observed on Monday, January 9. To commemorate this event, the Dayton High School (DHS) Associated Student Body (ASB) was asked to pass out Thin Blue Line to students on campus before school. The Thin Blue Line resembles the line that keeps society from descending to violent chaos. Many students have made personal connections with deputies who have spent their days here at the Dayton School District. Students and staff are grateful for the impact law e...

  • HR director hired just in time?

    Melissa Gemmell|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) welcomed new Human Resources Director Kristi Zinn as a number of jobs with the County will be needing filled in coming weeks. Introduced to the heads of County departments were Commissioner Jack Miller and Human Resources Director Kristi Zinn by Chair Ryan Rundell. Zinn said she is taking the first weeks of her employment to gauge the needs of the departments. Environmental Health Generalist Ray Abramson was introduced by Public Health...

  • At The Theater

    Jan 19, 2023

    Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the sequel to DreamWorks Animation's 2011 Oscar-nominated blockbuster. Antonio Banderas will again voice the suave feline outlaw, as Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: He has burned through eight of his nine lives, leaving him with only one life left. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives. This movie is certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, with a 95% from the critics, and...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jan 19, 2023

    Ten Years Ago January 16, 2013 "We are not moving," emphasized Les Teel, CEO of Columbia Rural Electric Association. As the local energy cooperative expands operations in Walla Walla County, and plans to relocate the warehouse and engineering departments there, questions have risen as to whether Columbia REA will continue to conduct business in Dayton. "The board has taken a strong position. We are not moving," Teel assured. Twenty-Five Years Ago January 14, 1998 A group of about 20 concerned...

  • Broadband moving forward

    Melissa Gemmell|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) accepted a contractor for construction of the Broadband project here; reviewed and approved several policies approved the Capital Facilities Plan, elected new officers; and heard a local economic update from Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson during the meeting on January 11. ZerodB Communications presented the lowest bid within budget of just over $2 million including taxes which was approved by the Commission for the Dayton...

  • Dayton Weekly Weather

    Jan 19, 2023

    Thursday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Saturday: A chance of snow before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of rain after 4pm. Snow level rising to 2300 feet in the...

  • Wolfpack flies into turbulence

    Loyal Baker|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON–It was a bumpy weekend for the Wolfpack, who suffered losses to TriCities Prep and Columbia-Burbank after notching a win over Warden last week. Dayton-Waitsburg is 6-5 overall, 3-3 in league. They played a non counter last Tuesday here against Pomeroy, then host Liberty Christian next Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Jaguars of TriCities Prep clawed back from a 12-8 first-quarter deficit to a 25-24 ballgame at half time. It was tied 38-38 after three quarters and TCP won the fourth quarter and the g...

  • Lady Wolfpack battling each game

    Loyal Baker|Jan 19, 2023

    DAYTON–Short-staffed and plagued with injuries, the Dayton-Waitsburg Lady Wolfpack canceled its non-league game against Pomeroy last Tuesday after taking a battering over the weekend. TriCities Prep downed the Lady Wolfpack 64-14, Columbia hammered them 54-4 over last weekend's game, and Warden blew past them 66-14 January 10 at home. The team gets a week to recuperate before meeting Liberty Christian in a non-league game January 24 on the home court, then hits the road against River View Jan. 2...

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