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Articles from the June 22, 2023 edition


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  • Clouds part, sun kisses All Wheels Weekend

    Loyal Baker|Jun 22, 2023

    DAYTON–The 29th Annual All Wheels Weekend was a hit, a blast from the past and present, and by all accounts, a resounding success. Friday afternoon, the traffic began to pick up and by early evening, vintage and newer cars, trucks, 4X4s and rigs of all sorts were busily plying Main Street from one end to another. Saturday, some 353 vehicles were registered to Show and Shine, as breeziness and an overcast soon gave way to blue skies, puffy clouds and mostly sunny to make the day's events–Outlaw L...

  • Car, mechanic meet again at All Wheels

    Loyal Baker|Jun 22, 2023

    DAYTON–Visiting with Daryl Zumhofe of Kennewick about his nice racing green, 1972 Datsun 240-Z, it was surprising to learn Zumhofe has been the sleek sports car's one and only owner. The Z originally was powered by an in-line, 2,393 c.c. six cylinder engine–rounded up to 2,400 c.c.'s for the "240" in the name–and came from the factory with a four-speed manual transmission. Fast forward to 2023, some 51 years later to a spot in front of the Columbia County Courthouse, and the car has recei...

  • Tiger Dieu steps down from City Council

    Melissa Gemmell|Jun 22, 2023

    DAYTON–The City Council was advised Tiger Dieu has stepped down from his position No. 7; advised the board of a meeting in regards the need for flood mitigation in the North Touchet; approved three key action items; a franchise agreement with Charter Communications, a professional agreement with a firm solely for the Wastewater Treatment Project (WWTP); heard a report from County Commissioner Marty Hall about two upcoming public hearings for special purpose districts; and of upcoming street c...

  • Herres signs to play hoops for BMCC

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 22, 2023

    POMEROY–Local High School 2023 graduate Jillian Herres and daughter of Hick and Piper Herres, signed her letter of intent to play women's basketball at the Blue Mountain Community College. Herres began her sports career at an early age and progressively developed her skills in each sport and as time passed, basketball became predominant and where she centered her focus. "Growing up I was always participating in multiple sports such as volleyball, softball, swim team, and basketball, said H...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jun 22, 2023

    “She’s ported and relieved and she’s stroked and bored. She’ll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored.” – Little Deuce Coupe, The Beach Boys... Full story

  • Commissioners set hearing on dissolution of Flood Control Zone District

    Loyal Baker|Jun 22, 2023

    DAYTON–A public hearing to consider dissolution of the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) is set for 9 a.m. Monday, June 25 in the chambers of the Columbia County Commissioners. At the hearing, Commissioners will take testimony for or against the abolishment of the Columbia County Flood Control District. Copies of the draft resolution may be reviewed at the County Road Department at 415 N. Guernsey Ave., or online at columbiaco.com. Dayton City Council and Columbia County Commissioners first heard about flood control zone districts from Kirk H...

  • Library director resigns amid library dissolution controversy

    Melissa Gemmell|Jun 22, 2023

    DAYTON–Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRL) Director Todd Vandenbark gave his resignation to the Board of Trustees effective July 14, and the State Attorney General's (AG) office delivered a response to the petition of the library dissolution. Vandenbark took the position of the CCRL Director in February, 2021. Beginning in August of last year (2022), the library has been facing a series of book challenges which has drawn regular public input both for and against books mostly c...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 22, 2023

    To the editor, Shame on You. For those in our community who have spread lies and misinformation about our library director should be ashamed of themselves. If there was even a thread of evidence to your lies, you had every right to report them to law enforcement. I believe your vitriol is more of a threat to your children, grandchildren, and our beloved community. And to those who have signed the petition to close our cherished library, ask yourself how this will help the children of Columbia...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Jun 22, 2023

    In past years the pump section of certain church pump organs was behind a partition. While the musician was playing the keys, there was an unseen, often unnamed person vigorously pumping the bellows, building up the air pressure for the musician to make music. On one occasion, after the crowd honored the musician for beautiful playing, the pump assistant was offended because he felt unappreciated. He stopped pumping. The musician was helpless to continue. Try as he might, he had nothing to...

  • Dog Park friends seek volunteers

    Jun 22, 2023

    DAYTON–Volunteers are needed to help with the operation of the Dayton Dog Park, and a meeting for potential volunteers has been set for 6 p.m., Thursday, June 22, at Chief Spring’s Brewpub. The Friends of the Dayton Dog Park works with the City of Dayton and serves dog-park users by paying for maintenance and upkeep, garbage disposal and other aspects of its operation, says Candy Jones, a Friends of the Dayton Dog Park officers. The park, located south of the fishing pond in the vicinity of the Little League fields, has fenced enclosures for...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Jun 22, 2023

    Ten Years Ago June 26, 2013 By Doris Ann Landkammer Todd-Fifty years ago, in 1963, Alvin Landkammer talked to the VFW post about giving a scholarship to some of the graduating seniors to help pay some college expenses. The VFW officers asked Alvin how he would fund this scholarship and he smiled and told them he thought the VFW should have a fireworks stand. It was a patriotic project, celebrating the freedom of our country, plus Alvin always loved to make a little noise and blow things up....

  • Summer Market kicks off with Farmer Appreciation Day

    Naomi Scoggin|Jun 22, 2023

    POMEROY–The Summer Market kicked off the season with a Farmer Appreciation Day on June 14. The first evening of the Summer Market featured food, baked goods, clothing, live music, produce, and hand-crafted goods. The event saw a steady flow of traffic from the community. Farmers and their families received meal tickets, $10 value certificates and thank you cards from the Market. The Market will be held in the City Park every second and third Wednesday until August, from 4–7 p.m...

  • Voluntary Stewardship Program contract signed

    Naomi Scoggin|Jun 22, 2023

    POMEROY-The Garfield County board of commissioners (BOCC) signed two contracts at their meeting on June 12. The BOCC signed a contract with the Washington State conservation commission for the Voluntary Stewardship Program. The contract provides Garfield County with $240,000 for the time period of 2023-2025. The commissioners also signed a digital contract for a sale agreement with Richie Brothers auction service for the auction of a surplus belly dump trailer. Richie Brothers will receive 10%...

  • Young student art classes begin

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 22, 2023

    POMEROY–The Blue Mountain Artisan (BMAG) young student summer classes begin Tuesday June 27 and will continue each Tuesday, July 11, 18, and 25 at 10-11 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The BMAG young student art classes begin June 27 and will continue each Tuesday, July 11, 18, and 25. Two class times will be available; one starting at 10 a.m. and the next at 11:30 a.m. A list of scheduled art projects is available at the art building. There is no early registration, sign in on the d...

  • Start shooting and counting baskets

    Jun 22, 2023

    POMEROY––The Second Annual 10,000 Shot Club is underway. Local basketball enthusiasts have put together a program and prizes to promote shooting and basketball to the Pomeroy community and are encouraging players to make 10,000 shots before the end of 2023 (By January 1, 2024). "It will take time, but we promise it will be worth it," said Brock Ledgerwood, one of the program organizers. "The one skill that will take players and a team to the next level is their ability to shoot the ball. The...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jun 22, 2023

    Ten Years Ago June 17, 2013 Construction of the Artisan Food Center at Blue Mountain Station is underway with the foundation complete and the plumbing needs to be addressed. A receipt of $109,000 in grant funds and $109,000 in loan funds at 2.55 interest over 10 years from the Community Economic Revitalization Board. Dayton City Council learned 25,354 people visited the Dayton Memorial Library and Delany Room in 2012. The 19th All Wheels Weekend was enjoyed under sunny skies by a decent crowd an...