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 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

2020 General Election Nov. 3

DAYTON–Over a year of campaigning at the national level, and races and issues at the local level will culminate on November 3 when ballots for the 2020 General Election are due. Ballots must be in b...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    October 29, 2020 

School reaps COVID funding rewards

DAYTON–Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman indicated because the department has not done as much contact tracing as anticipated, they have money that could be given to the District to cover...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

Fletcher sentenced to 33 years

DAYTON–William Henry Fletcher was sentenced to 33 years after being convicted of first-degree assault in a September, 2020, jury trial in Columbia County Superior Court October 21. Fletcher, 40, of 214 W. Patit Avenue, Dayton, was convicted of...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    October 29, 2020 

Budget revisions anticipated by County Depts.

DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners’ heard requests for wages revisions, lack of winter road preparation and debris removal, 4-H reopening and personnel replacement at the Board meeting...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

Public invited to Zoom meeting on library reopening

DAYTON–The Dayton Memorial Library will hold a special meeting of the trustees to act on policies which will enable the community facility, which has been closed since March—and undergone extensive remodeling—to reopen under COVID-19...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

Publication day changed for Election Edition

DAYTON–Next week, the November 5 edition of the Dayton Chronicle–Election 2020–will come out a day later than usual to allow Election Night information to be included in the issue dated November 5, 2020. Look for Election Week’s edition at...

 

Last Call for 2020 Small Business Grant Applications

DAYTON–The deadline for applications to the Port of Columbia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund is October 30. This is the third, and likely the last, round of grant funding available to businesses this year. Over $94,000 is still available to...

 
 By Charlotte Baker    News    October 29, 2020 

High-speed chase ends inside Columbia County line

POMEROY-Garfield County Undersheriff Calvin Dansereau became involved in a high-speed motorcycle pursuit with Paul Edward Hines, 51, of Richland, Wash., starting in Garfield County and ending in Colum...

 

Port Commissioners call for Touchet Valley Trail public meeting

DAYTON– Engineering consultant Anderson Perry is close to 30% complete on the Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) design, the Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners were advised, prompting the Board to set...

 

Third Street Sidewalk Project well underway

DAYTON–The City Council, presided by Mayor Pro Tem Dain Nysoe, passed a resolution authorizing funding for Third Street Sidewalk Replacement project; approved handing over additional CARES funding...

 

City Lumber & Coal Yard burglarized

DAYTON-A break-in and burglary of carpentry equipment, tools and paint occurred at the City Lumber & Coal Yard sometime during the night October 16 and the morning of October 17. Employee T.J. Dobbs...

 

Publication date changed this week

DAYTON–Twenty-twenty has been an experience the world has shared together, and will certainly be one to remember through all time. For the Baker family, we have experienced three immediate-family funerals within a three-month period, beginning...

 

Inland Cellular wins Industry Innovation Award

LEWISTON–Competitive Carriers Association presented Chip Damato and Inland Cellular with the prestigious 2020 Industry Innovation Award for demonstrating innovation within the wireless industry. The CCA Annual Achievement Awards honor companies...

 

Census Bureau ends data collection on 2020 Census

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Self-response and field-data-collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau announced October 13. As of that date, well over 99.9% of housing units have been accounted for in th...

 

Second-half taxes due in October

DAYTON–October means the second half collection of property tax collection, according to County Treasurer Carla Rowe. Annual property tax collection is split into two payments, with due dates at the end of April and October 31. Taxpayers are encour...

 

DW sports practices to start October 19

DAYTON–Superintendent Guy Strot provided updates on the return of athletic practices on October 19-November 27 with basketball season starting December 28 and the roofing project in the elementary...

 

$7.2 million flood damages assessment

DAYTON–County road damages from the February flooding has been assessed at $7.2 million of which Columbia County's portion is $1.3 million over the next two years, as a match requirement for...

 

Parks & Recreation Irrigation Upgrade receives grant

The Pacific Power Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Columbia County to support its Parks and Recreation Irrigation Upgrade, specifically, its Phase 2 Reservoir Construction. Sean Thurston, right,...

 

Flood Control Zone District Funding Proposal on the November Ballot

By Chuck Eaton Columbia County Public Works Director Special to the Dayton Chronicle DAYTON–Columbia County's Flood Control Zone District (FCZD), created to establish a county-wide response to the...

 

Commissioner seeks solution to stall renters' issue

DAYTON–County Commissioner Chuck Amerein called an unofficial Stall Renters meeting October 6, 2020 with the intention of finding resolution of issues to differences between two groups renting...

 

BOCC hears complaints over leadership at fairgrounds

DAYTON–A formal complaint was given by Alicia Adkins to the Board of Columbia County Commissioners in regards to alleged mistreatment of some of the children, including her own, boarding their...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 8, 2020

General Election ballots mailed

DAYTON–Columbia County voters have received their ballots for the 2020 General Election, according to County Auditor Anne Higgins. The vote-by-mail ballots were delivered to the post office on...

 

Levees being cleared of woody debris

Columbia County equipment was giving the Touchet River channel through Dayton's downtown area some attention this week. County track hoes were working in the river, clearing woody debris from along...

 

Clarification

DAYTON–In the October 1, 2020 Dayton Chronicle “No new COVID-19 cases for three weeks” article it was reported that Coates Creek on the Wolf Fork Road will close. Please note Eaton announced there may be a danger of a road closure if the...

 

No new COVID-19 cases in past three weeks

DAYTON– There have been no new cases of the Coronavirus-19 since September 2, according to County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman in a report to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)...

 

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