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  • 2021 – Year In Review

    Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–On the threshold of 2022, the Dayton Chronicleagain takes a look back at the stories which appeared in your community newspaper over the past 51 weeks—with a sense of relief and compassion for those in our community who have been affected by the coronavirus. For some, loved ones were lost, community members whose absence will leave a hole in Columbia County’s world; and for others, the progression of time and developments in the response to the pandemic have been a source of hope that...

  • Quote of the Week

    Dec 30, 2021

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill... Full story

  • Touchet Valley Ladies Golf group donates $2,000 toward irrigation project

    Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–The Touchet Valley Golf and Recreation Board (TVGR) treasurer Sean Thurston, accepted a $2,000 donation from Cherie Hinchliff, representative of the Touchet Valley Ladies Golf group (TVLG) and committee chair for Junior Golf, Wednesday, December 15, for the golf course irrigation project. A portion of monies raised throughout the year by the TVLG, which would have normally hosted the free Junior Golf instructional week in the spring, was donated to the TVGR by Hinchliff. "Because J...

  • Sheriff and Prosecutor hold town hall on effects of new law-enforcement restrictions

    Melissa Gemmell|Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–Information for public awareness about the effects of ten new Washington laws which restrict law enforcement officers was behind a pair of Town Hall meetings conducted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and County Prosecutor Monday and Tuesday, December 21 and 22. Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm and Prosecutor Dale Slack initiated the community forum to also explain new civil protocols enacted recently by the U. S. Supreme Court. The recent Caniglia v. Strom, et al, ruling p...

  • A. F. Branco

    A. F. Branco|Dec 30, 2021

  • A Horse Matters

    Baxter Black|Dec 30, 2021

    I like living someplace where a horse matters. There is just some country where horseback is the only way to get the job done. Places where the four-wheeler is a poor second, not to mention a noisy, track-leaving unnatural conveyance. Besides, it’s hard to throw a rope from. Helicopters can spot and scare, if that’s what you need, but it’s helpless when you have to doctor a calf. It is a great feeling to be pushing a cow out of a mesquite thicket, packing a dude down the Grand Canyon or track...

  • Beleny and Smith new appointees to Library Board

    Melissa Gemmell|Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) interviewed five Columbia County Rural Library District Board (CCRLD) candidates, appointing two, Michele Smith and Chuck Beleny, during a special meeting on December 14. The BOCC interviewed five candidates: Sharon Mendel, Michele Smith, Chuck Beleny, Amy Rosenburg, and Kevin Rust, all vying for the two vacant CCRLD Board positions left by June Riley and Heather Stearns. After an executive session, the BOCC appointed Michele Smith and Chuck B...

  • At The Theater

    Dec 30, 2021

    House of Gucci is inspired by the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, the film reveals what a name means, what it's worth, and how far a family will go for control. The critics at Rotten Tomatoes rate this movie 60% favorable, but the audience is more satisfied with it and gave it an 83% favorable rating. The critics and the audience have indicated much of the movie is slow paced, but both g...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Dec 30, 2021

    Jesus’ birth took place in a practical way. Though it did not seem proper for the Son of God to enter humanity in a stable, it was very practical. His was a common birth to identify with the common man. Joseph made use of what was at hand and did his very best. He made use of mere cloths to wrap the baby. He must have used whatever he could find to make Mary as comfortable as possible. Even the manger became a baby’s cradle. Having the Lord in our lives is a practical, daily experience. When calling Moses to serve, the Lord asked him “Wh...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Dec 30, 2021

    Ten Years Ago December 28, 2011 The Annual Dayton Chronicle Shopping Spree winners this year are Byron Kaczmarski, Angela Smith, Susan Dunlap, Jolene Field and Zonia Dedloff. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office alerted Dayton home owners to the presence of a tall white male, 25 to 50 years of age, suspected of targeting vacant homes. Sheriff Walt Hessler advised people to check vacant properties frequently. Jeremy Cox, Michelle Shoun, Dave Molesh and Charlie Barron were selected to fill vacant Fair Board positions, joining Debbie Bailey, B...

  • OBITUARY

    Dec 30, 2021

    Leona Elnora Harrington April 30, 1933–December 19, 2021 Leona Elnora Harrington, longtime Dayton resident, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 19, 2021 at the Dayton General Hospital. She was 88. Leona was born in Sumner, Mich., to Arthur and Myrta Erskin Harrington on April 30, 1933. She grew up on the family farm with several brothers and sisters in the area around Vestaburg, Mich. From a very early age she learned a strong work ethic around the farm. They grew mostly p...

  • OBITUARY

    Dec 30, 2021

    Byron Gene Kaczmarski December 21, 1945–December 19, 2021 Byron Gene Kaczmarski, 75, of Dayton, Wash., passed away December 19, 2021 at Brookdale Assisted Living in College Place, Wash. Byron was born December 31, 1945 in Pettibone, North Dakota, to James and Irene (Aichele) Kaczmarski. He grew up and attended school in Pettibone and, following high school graduation, attended the University of North Dakota where he received his MBA degree in accounting. He moved to Portland, Ore., where he b...

  • Students of the Month

    Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–Congratulations to the following Grade School Students of the Month for October, from left to right, Ava Van Ausdle, Second Grade, Mrs. Bryan; Ellianna Thurston, Second Grade, Mrs. McGhan; Phoenix Stapleton, Third Grade, Mr. Bryan; and Kane Culley, Third Grade, Ms. Olson. 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 w...

  • Students of the Month

    Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–Middle School teachers discuss and vote on Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students each month based on academic achievement, honesty, respect, responsibility, citizenship, improvement, effort attitude and integrity. It is with pleasure to recognize the following students of the Month for October. Karmain Pollan, Sixth Grade; Ashlynn Thornhill, Seventh Grade; and Clairabelle Bowen Eighth Grade....

  • Students of the Month

    Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–Congratulations to the following Grade School Students of the Month for October, from left to right, Mason Sinkbeil, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Farrell; Brycen James, Fourth Grade, Ms. Gillick; Christian Souza, Fourth Grade, Ms. Gillick, Mikaya Nauta, Fourth Grade, Mr. Strong....

  • Students of the Month

    Dec 30, 2021

    DAYTON–Congratulations to the following Grade School Students of the Month for November, 2021, from left to right, Valkan Walter, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Wheeler; Ian Rushing, Fifth Grade, Mr. Strong; Isabel Salguero, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Richards; and Ellie Sabin, Fifth Grade, Mrs. Reser....