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 By Michele Smith    News    April 27, 2017 

Columbia Co. Considers Flood Control District

DAYTON— City of Dayton Mayor Craig George and County Commissioner Merle Jackson are leading efforts to find out how to go about establishing a flood control district in Columbia County. Guest speaker Kirk Holmes, an engineer with consulting firm...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 27, 2017 

Rainbow Lake Construction to Begin in June

WALLA WALLA-Last week officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife provided the public with progress updates regarding implementation actions for the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 27, 2017 

Dayton School Board Discusses Ski Program, Certificated Staff, and Capital Projects

DAYTON--During the Show and Tell portion of last week’s school board meeting, Colonel Bill Bialozor with the JRROTC program at Walla Walla High School spoke about the role JRROTC plays in the lives...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 20, 2017

Monica Mitchelle is Dayton's new After School Program/Drug Free Grant Coordinator

DAYTON--Monica Mitchelle is the new Dayton School District After School Program/Drug-Free Grant Coordinator. She is replacing Shakira Bye, who has taken a job with the Dayton Memorial Library....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 13, 2017

Chamber Manager Takes New Job in Yakima

DAYTON-Dayton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrew Holt has accepted a position with the Downtown Association of Yakima, where he will be tasked with the revitalization and support of that...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 13, 2017

Fish and Wildlife Meetings Planned

DAYTON – The public will have two opportunities to ask questions and provide comments to officials with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife about the Wooten Floodplain Management Plan...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 13, 2017

Melissa Bryan is New Chamber Assistant

DAYTON – Briana Fulbright, former Dayton Chamber Assistant/Events Coordinator, has left her job with the Chamber to move to Lubbock, Tex. with her soon-to-be husband, according to Chamber Director...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 13, 2017

City Asks for Community Input Into 20-Year Vision

DAYTON—Residents in Dayton will have several opportunities to provide the city with ideas for what Dayton will look like in 2039, as part of the city’s comprehensive plan update. The city is...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 6, 2017

New Displays at BMHS Museums

DAYTON--Volunteers with Blue Mountain Heritage Society have been busy putting the finishing touches on two new museum displays that will open to the public in April. Paula Moisio, President of BMHS,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 6, 2017

Community Garden in Dayton

DAYTON—Have you been perusing garden seed catalogues and wishing you had adequate space to grow fresh vegetables and fruits for yourself and your family? The Dayton Community Garden, located on 1/3...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 30, 2017

Commissioners Discuss Budget Shortfalls

DAYTON—At last week’s department head meeting, the Columbia County Commissioners asked for feedback on how to fund essential services in 2018 in light of continued reductions in state funding and continuing budget issues. “Our budgets are not...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 30, 2017

Telehealth Improves the Quality of Care at CCHS

DAYTON--The quality of healthcare received at the Columbia County Health System has gotten a shot in the arm thanks to a Kadlec Medical Center grant that provided CCHS with three telehealth units....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 30, 2017

Library Receives Umpqua Bank Grant

DAYTON – Last year, Vicki Zoller, library assistant at Dayton Memorial Library, wrote a grant request to Umpqua Bank asking for help funding the library's monthly Family Story Time and Dinner. They...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 30, 2017

Hospital Renovation Moving to Phase III

DAYTON—When the Columbia County Hospital District Commissioners met last week, CEO Shane McGuire discussed the progress of the hospital renovation and enhancement project. Phase III of the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017

'Levy Cliff' Measure Signed Into Law

DAYTON—Last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5023, the “levy cliff” measure, into law. The bill extends the safety net for local levy collections an additional year. According to local school officials, this was needed be...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017

Fairgrounds Improvement Plan Moves Ahead

DAYTON-Since September, a group of stakeholders has been meeting to develop a plan for improving the facilities at the Columbia County fairgrounds. Last week, a draft of the plan was presented to the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017

Dayton Seniors Are Preparing for Graduation

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board met last week and received updates on a wide range of topics. Kristine Warren, who is the graduation counselor for Dayton High School, talked to the board about the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017

General Mgr. of Columbia County Transportation Placed On Leave

DAYTON—The General Manager of Columbia County Public Transportation, Stephanie Guettinger, is on paid leave, pending an investigation of issues relating to performance of her duties and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 16, 2017

ALTC Offers Programs for Seniors

WALLA WALLA—When she spoke at the Dayton Senior Center in, on March 7, Mary Cleveland who is the Local Program Coordinator for the Southeast Washington Aging and Disability Resource Center, talked...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 16, 2017

DHS Senior Receives 'A Legacy of Legends' Scholarship

DAYTON--Megan Schmidt, a senior at Dayton High School, has received an "A Legacy of Legends" scholarship to study "natural horsemanship" with people who studied under Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. Hunt...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 16, 2017

Commissioners Discuss Code Enforcement and Fairgrounds Facilities

Staffers from McMorris Rodgers’s office also visited Columbia County last week DAYTON—“A picture is worth a thousand words,” said Commissioner Merle Jackson, at the March 6 meeting of the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Shorelines Plan Approved by State

DAYTON—The Washington State Department of Ecology has accepted the tri-county Southeast Washington Shoreline Master Program Update, with “no proposed changes”. “This is a huge deal,” said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Dayton, County to Combine Code Compliance

DAYTON—At their February 27 meeting, the Dayton City Council approved an agreement between the city and Columbia County for the city to provide code compliance services to the county. The City Code...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Moose Creek to Offer Breakfast and Dinner

DAYTON-- Paul MacKay and his partner, Amy McGuire, have been busy putting their own touches on the Moose Creek Café and Bakery since MacKay bought it from Chuck and Raylene Sursley in January, 2016....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Dayton Considers Middle School Spring Sports Combine

DAYTON—In his report to the Dayton School Board last week, Superintendent Doug Johnson discussed providing middle school students with baseball and softball programs through a joint effort with the...

 

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