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  • Throngs converge on town for Christmas Kickoff

    Loyal Baker|Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON–The holidays got off to an exuberant start last week with the joyous celebration-after a year off due to the coronavirus-in the community with no holds barred as Daytonites, visiting guests and residents from around the county and region gathered in Our Fair City for the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Kickoff. The day after Thanksgiving dawned with relatively mild weather in "The Town that Still Believes." Local shops and establishments were brightly lighted and open for b...

  • Quote of the Week

    Dec 2, 2021

    “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s give to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu... Full story

  • Winter Recreation Program encourages responsible snowmobiling

    Dec 2, 2021

    OLYMPIA–As the snow begins to build in the Washington Cascades range, the State Parks Winter Recreation Program joins members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association and the snowmobile community nationwide in promoting responsible snowmobile etiquette. The national “Take the Pledge” campaign aims to protect riding areas and trail systems for current and future generations. The campaign also reminds motorized recreationists to respect the landowners who provide access to their properties. Those who take the pledge agree to th...

  • A. F. Branco

    A. F. Branco|Dec 2, 2021

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  • On the Edge of Common Sense

    Baxter Black|Dec 2, 2021

    I took a trip to the museum of natural history. It was a fascinating place: a taxidermist's showcase. A dog heaven, what with all the prehistoric bones. But as I walked through the halls and stared at the infinite variety of creatures that stalked the earth, I began to feel uneasy. I started seeing familiar faces looking back at me. There stood the reincarnated remains of Stegosaurus. He was twenty-five feet long, had a hump in his back, big spikes on his tail and a skull about the size of a Spa...

  • Guest Commentary

    Dec 2, 2021

    By Ag Funder For many investors, farmland was not on the radar as an investable asset class until earlier this year, when it was revealed that the largest owners of U.S. farmland were none other than Bill and Melinda Gates. Many were speculating about Gates motivation for the acquisitions was it part of his larger sustainability strategy? As it happens, Gates says these investments are, in fact, not connected to the climate. This might have surprised some – even the most savvy investors. But to those familiar with farmland, it’s easy to see...

  • Commissioners support rural fiber extension west of town; deferred decision on matching funds

    Melissa Gemmell|Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON–Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson received a letter of support drafted on behalf of the Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) in support of a Washington State Department of Commerce grant to the Port for the rural extension west along Highway 12 of the fiber broadband project in action during the Commissioners' November 30 meeting. The grant being sought by the Port does not require matching funds, according to Dickinson, who received the letter to be submitted. D...

  • SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

    Dec 2, 2021

    ** Due to food shortages, expect changes BREAKFAST Wed, Dec 1: Pancakes, Fruit, Juice, Milk Thur, Dec 2: Breakfast Sandwich, Fruit, Juice, Milk Fri, Dec 3: Yogurt Parfait, Fruit, Juice, Milk Mon, Dec 6: Bagel, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit, Juice Milk Tue, Dec 7: French Toast, Fruit, Juice, Milk Wed, Dec 8: Breakfast Stick, Fruit, Juice, Milk Thur, Dec 9: Muffin, Fruit, Juice, Milk Fri, Dec 10: Cereal, Cheese Stick, Fruit, Juice, Milk LUNCH Wed, Dec 1: Pizza, Veggies, Fruit, Milk Thur, Dec 2: Mini Corn...

  • What's New at School?

    Trista Villaro|Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON-High School is moving through the school year with flying colors. Many events have happened behind those double doors in the past two months. The fall Holidays have come and gone- but not without celebration by the students of Dayton High School. It is a favorite tradition in our little school to celebrate the holidays as a school. Halloween was simply acknowledged with a dress-up day; students were invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school, and given the option of participating...

  • At The Theater

    Dec 2, 2021

    By Glen Mendel Eternals is a saga of about a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. This is another in the Marvel series of action-adventure movies. Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek lead the cast. Rotten Tomatoes gives this movie a 48% "fresh" or favorable from the critics, with an 80% favorable from the audiences. Some have said that this is a different kind of Marvel movie, but that it still has lots of what one would expect from the...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Dec 2, 2021

    Ten Years Ago November 30, 2011 Local veterinarians Drs. Kennie and Chuck Reeves of Dayton Veterinary Clinic have been member of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association for 38 years. This year, the organization is celebrating 100 years of service, commemorating the changes and advances for the association as well as the profession. Twenty-Five Years Ago November 27, 1996 The Blue Mt. Eagles Auxiliary presented a $1,000 grant to the Special Education Department of the Dayton School District. The grant proceeds were made possible...

  • Golf Course reservoir project underway

    Loyal Baker|Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON–Columbia County Public Works equipment has been busy on the Touchet Valley Golf Course, digging a nearly one-acre irrigation reservoir as part of a comprehensive plan to renovate the course's sprinkler system. Excavation of the reservoir has been underway for approximately three weeks, as weather and work schedules at Public Works permit, said Sean Thurston, chairman of the Touchet Valley Golf & Rec's Irrigation Renovation Project. The reservoir will be just under one acre in size and f...

  • Dayton Weekly Weather

    Dec 2, 2021

    Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Friday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Sunday Night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Monday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.... Full story

  • Pastor's Corner

    Dec 2, 2021

    Our coyote looking dog enjoyed the wild berries that grew along the river dike. Yet as much as he wanted the berries, he wouldn't stick his muzzle into the bush because of the painful thorns. Instead, he'd face the berry, look up to me, and wait for me to reach into the thorns to retrieve the berry. A strange proposition. He got the berry and I got the thorns! They put a crown of thorns on Jesus' head just prior to crucifying Him. In a way it was symbolic of the pain He was willing to endure on...

  • DW Wolfpack Fall Sports Awards set

    Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON–The Sports Awards presentations will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 5, at the Dayton High School Auditorium. Awards for Dayton-Waitsburg Cheer, Lady Wolfpack Volleyball and Wolfpack football will be presented....

  • Local plumber recognized

    Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON–Long time plumber Dale White was recently recognized for his years of dedication and service to the Dayton community. He was presented a certificate of appreciation from the City of Dayton and Columbia County, signed by Mayor Zac Weatherford and County Commissioners Charles Amerein, Ryan Rundell and Marty Hall, respectively. He also received letters of appreciation from his longtime clients. A familiar theme emerged from the comments: "Twenty-four/seven, Dale would do what was needed t...

  • Grade School Students of the Month

    Dec 2, 2021

    DAYTON–Elementary school students participate in achieving certain characteristics through their formative years. Teacher choose Students of the Month based on these attributes which are their focus and diligence on school work, a healthy attitude toward building virtuous behaviors by making good choices and establishing solid respectful relationships with teachers, staff, peers, community, and themselves. Congratulations to the following Grade School Students of the Month for October, 2021 f...