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 By Michele Smith    News    May 25, 2017 

Railroad to Resume Late Spring, Operator Says

DAYTON-Paul Didelius, owner and commercial director of Frontier Rail, LLC, operator of the short line railroad between Dayton and Walla Walla, spoke about work progress and outreach to potential...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 25, 2017 

School Board Considers Math Curriculum

Construction and maintenance projects are also on tap for this summer DAYTON – Eighth-grade math teacher Kristen Frankie gave a presentation at last week’s meeting of the Dayton School Board...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 25, 2017 

Columbia County Department Heads Look at Tax Increases

DAYTON — At last week’s meeting of the Columbia County Commissioners, county department heads were asked by the commissioners to provide input into the discussion of raising revenue to pay for ess...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 18, 2017

Justin Nix is New Dayton Chamber Director

DAYTON-On his second morning managing the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Justin Nix was busy posting information about Azure Mountain Botanicals and a Mother's Day event at The Blue Mountain Station to...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 18, 2017

Dayton City Council hears about 2017 All Wheels Weekend

DAYTON-Special guest Bette Lou Crothers spoke about progress for this year's All Wheels Weekend event at last week's Dayton City Council meeting. Crothers showed the council the All Wheel's Weekend T...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 18, 2017

New exhibits on tap for Boldman House Museum

DAYTON - "We are preparing for Dayton Days. We have an outdoor, old fashioned, fun activity for kids of all ages," said Boldman House Museum Director Sylvia Beuhler. Activities will include two...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 11, 2017

Dayton Schools Fill Three Positions

DAYTON – The Dayton School District has hired a K-12 school counselor, to start next fall. Susan Stege is a certified school counselor with experience in individual and group counseling, and in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 11, 2017

Boldman Family Car Returns to Dayton

DAYTON – The Boldman family's 1934 Chevrolet Master Deluxe, a six-cyclinder, four-door sedan, has returned to Dayton, and has been reunited with its original license plates, car inspection report,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 11, 2017

Dayton School Board Addresses Strategic Priorities

DAYTON—Dayton school superintendent Doug Johnson gave a report at last week’s school board meeting about the Dayton School District’s community visioning strategic priorities. He said that all...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 4, 2017

Hospital Board Receives Audit Summary

DAYTON—Tom Dingus, of DZA PLLC, Certified Public Accountants, presented highlights of his unmodified independent auditor’s report for 2016 and highlights from financial indicators to the CCHS Board of Commissioners at their April meeting. “You...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 4, 2017

History of Depot and Rail Transportation Now Online

DAYTON-Dayton Historic Depot Museum Director Tamara Fritze has spent the last eight months researching the history of the 1881 Oregon Railway and Navigation Company Depot, better known as the Dayton H...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 4, 2017

Dayton Plans to Fix Streets

DAYTON--At last week’s Dayton City Council meeting, Howard Boggs and Adam Schmidtgall, with Engineering Firm Anderson Perry & Associates, presented the council with an evaluation of potential...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 4, 2017

Pacific Power to repower Marengo wind turbines

DAYTON—PacifiCorp, a division of Pacific power, plans upgrades to its existing wind fleet by 2020. Upgrades will include installing larger blades and newer technology in order to increase power...

 
 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....

 

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