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 By Loyal Baker    News    June 30, 2022 

Suspect in shooting death released as investigation proceeds

DAYTON–The suspect in last week’s June 20, 2022, shooting death of a Walla Walla man here was released from custody Friday, June 24, pending further consideration of the investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and further...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 30, 2022 

Washington Federal branch closing in July

DAYTON–Another local bank is undergoing change–this time by closing as it consolidates with another nearby branch. Washington Federal Bank, a successor to Bank of America and Seattle First...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 30, 2022 

Rally for the Flag draws supporters

DAYTON–Nearly 50 peaceably assembled to show support for the flag of our country and historical values at a "Rally for the Flag," held on the sidewalk next to the Dayton Historic Depot on June 25...

 News    June 30, 2022 

Pool feasibility study funds among local grants made by Sherwood Trust

WALLA WALLA–A $10,000 grant from the Sherwood Trust will support a feasibility study to be conducted by Dayton’s Friends of the Dayton Community Pool was among 16 organizations in the area who received Sherwood Trust grants amounting to...

 News    June 30, 2022 

Seney receives PEO STAR Scholarship

KENNEWICK–Sadie Seney received the prestigious $2500 STAR Scholarship award at the State PEO Connvention recently. Local Chapter BJ, PEO members recently attended the Washington State PEO...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 23, 2022

Hundreds of visitors pound Main Street for 28th All Wheels Weekend

DAYTON–Come one, come all and come they did to the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual All Wheels Weekend, soaking up the sights and sounds of hundreds of expertly maintained cars, vans,... Full story

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 23, 2022

Man dies following Washington Avenue shooting

DAYTON–A Dayton man is in custody in the Columbia County Jail on charges of First-Degree Manslaughter following an incident here Monday evening, June 20, involving a firearm that apparently... Full story

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 23, 2022

Council on track to proceed with Wastewater Treatment Project

DAYTON–City Council confirmed it is proceeding with the Wastewater Treatment Project and Misty Yost stepped down in business June 14. Following an executive session to discuss the Wastewater... Full story

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 23, 2022

Emergency Management budget hearing held

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners heard reports from the departments heads to start the regular meeting on June 21. A budget hearing has held to add Emergency Management projects to the...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 23, 2022

Guinevere Joyce is newly hired permanent secondary principal

DAYTON-The School Board approved the hire of secondary principal Guinevere Joyce; continued sport combine discussion; K-12 curriculum and policies at the meeting June 15. In addition, a proposed a...


Wenaha Gallery to Close September 30

By Carolyn Henderson Special to the Dayton Chronicle DAYTON–They had a dream that they worked together to fulfill–and they did. Twenty-nine years ago, Ed Harri (who grew up in Dayton) and his wife Pat launched the Wenaha Gallery at 219 East Main...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 23, 2022

Arraignment for shooting suspect set

DAYTON–The suspect in the June 20 shooting death of a Walla Walla man is being held on $50,000 cash bond, Columbia County Superior Court Judge Brooke J. Burns ordered during a Preliminary... Full story


Suspect in shooting death to be released pending further investigation

DAYTON–As of Friday, June 24, 2022, the Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has not filed charges against Jason William Bomar, a suspect in the June 20, 2022, shooting death of Christopher...


Bank of Idaho announces purchase of Dayton HomeStreet Bank

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO–Bank of Idaho Holding Co. (OTCQX: BOID), the holding company for Bank of Idaho, announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with Seattle-based HomeStreet, Inc. (NASDAQGS: HMST) to acquire an eastern Washington branch...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 16, 2022

Dayton woman fatally injured in mishap at Transfer Station

DAYTON–A 63-year-old Dayton woman was fatally injured in an accident at the Columbia County Transfer Station here Thursday, June 9. Kathy R. Dupont was pronounced dead at Dayton General Hospital... Full story

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 16, 2022

Special Meeting County Engineer dismissed

DAYTON– Following an executive session to discuss personnel on June 13, County Commissioners approved action for separation of employment for cause with County Engineer Jeremy Weiland, effective... Full story

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 16, 2022

All Wheels Is Back!

DAYTON–A year after throngs converged on Main Street here for a semi-post-pandemic get-together for all things circumferential, the 28th All Wheels Weekend 2022 Car Show is careening full throttle...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 16, 2022

Sheriff states policy in case of active shooter

DAYTON-The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office released a statement declaring their policy in the event the community has an active threat or shooter emergency as defined as one of more persons...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 16, 2022

Port Commission to review Comprehensive Plan

DAYTON-Port of Columbia Commissioners toured Lyons Ferry Marina before reviewing the Comprehensive Plan at the meeting June 8. Port Commissioners Genie Crowe and Seth Bryan toured Port asset Lyons...


Jace Grende Fundraiser June 25

A fundraising pulled-pork dinner and silent auction is set for 4-6 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at the Waitsburg Lions Building at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds. Jace Grende, the young son of Bradley and Abby Grende of Waitsburg, was recently diagnosed with...

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 16, 2022


In the Dayton Chronicle print edition of June 16, we mistakenly reported the time and date of the 2022 All Wheels Weekend Demo Derby. The crashing and smashing will get underway at 5 p.m. on... Full story

 By Loyal Baker    News    June 9, 2022

Receiver asks court to cut loose Columbia Pulp's downtown offices

SEATTLE–The receiver of Columbia Pulp I, LLC is seeking a court order to reject a lease of Columbia Pulp I, LLC’s (CPI) Main Street offices in Dayton and abandon the property. The action will be heard in the courtroom of the Honorable Douglass A....

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 9, 2022

School Boards meet over athletic combine

DAYTON-The School Boards of Dayton and Waitsburg met with the district Superintendents Guy Strot, Mark Pickel, and Athletic Director Sam Korslund to discuss the future of the athletic combine on June...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 9, 2022

Rich Stewart named interim supt.

DAYTON-Former Dayton superintendent Rich Stewart will serve as interim superintendent, the Dayton School Board approved. Stewart was superintendent here from 2004-2009. The School Board approved an... Full story

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 9, 2022

Issues explored at town hall on wastewater treatment project

DAYTON-Newly formed local political action committee Neighbors United for Progress (NUP) held a hybrid town hall meeting at the high school auditorium on June 2. The town hall featured a panel of...


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