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 By Michele Smith    News    December 14, 2017 

Dayton School District Approves $800,000 Capital Projects Levy

DAYTON—A special meeting was held on Dec. 6 in the school district board room to discuss how the Dayton School District can best meet some newly-identified school facility needs as well as how to finish currently-identified facilities projects....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 14, 2017 

County Looks at Dispatch Needs

DAYTON--County Commissioner Merle Jackson would like to express his gratitude to the voters of Columbia County for passing Proposition 1, the one-tenth of one percent county wide sales tax for the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 14, 2017 

Threats Result in Student Arrest at DHS

DAYTON - The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department has released a statement to the press about an incident that occurred last Tues., Dec. 5, when the Sheriff’s Department received a call from the Dayton School District regarding threats made... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 14, 2017 

Patricia Sacha is New BMS Market Manager

DAYTON-Patricia Sacha is a natural in her new role as the Blue Mountain Station's Market manager. Sacha farmed the garden at the Blue Mountain Station in 2015. Since 2016 she and her husband, David,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 7, 2017

Dayton General Hospital Expands Offerings

DAYTON-Patients stand to benefit from the addition of three new treatment modalities at Dayton General Hospital, as well as from the enthusiasm of the staff responsible for them. Treatment with...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 7, 2017

DW Combine Moves Ahead

Public is invited to attend advisory meetings DAYTON-Last week, Waitsburg School District Superintendent Dr. Jon Mishra and Dayton School District Superintendent Doug Johnson spoke about progress the...

 

Commissioners Evaluate Golf Course

DAYTON – The Columbia County Commissioners and the Dayton Country Club Golf Board have been meeting to discuss contracts and agreements and to establish policies to satisfy state requirements that t...

 

Public Hearing Set for Six-Year TIP

DAYTON – A public hearing for the proposed Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program 2018-23, the proposed 2018 County Arterial Preservation Program, and the proposed 2018 Annual Construction Prog...

 

Ladies Night Out: An Annual Tradition

DAYTON--Ladies grab your daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends and head out for some fun on Monday, between 5 and 8 p.m., for Dayton's annual Ladies Night Out event. The idea for Ladies Night Out...

 

Dayton School Board Considers Facility Needs

DAYTON—There will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 29 in the Dayton High School auditorium to discuss the DW athletic combine. An update will be given by the combine committee, with a...

 

New Restaurant to Open in Starbuck

Wildmans hope new gathering spot will preserve history and create jobs STARBUCK-When Carol and Floyd Wildman open a restaurant in the century-old building at 211 Main Street in Starbuck, they hope to...

 

Christmas Kicks off in Dayton on Nov. 24 and 25

DAYTON-The City of Dayton is known as "The Town that Still Believes" and to celebrate, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 11th annual Christmas Kickoff, which will take place on Fri.,...

 

Kim Lyonnais Leaves County Planning Department

DAYTON – The Board of Columbia County Commissioners is in the process of deciding how to fill Director Kim Lyonnais’ position at the county Building and Planning Department after Lyonnais retired...

 

Paula Moisio is the 2017 Dayton Chamber Citizen of the Year

DAYTON-The Dayton Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet last Thursday at the fairgrounds Pavilion. The Chamber's Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Paula Moisio by city...

 

Dayton City Council Update

DAYTON--Mayor Craig George presented the budget for 2018 at last week’s council meeting. Changes to the budget are possible pending contract negotiations with the union, he said. Chamber Director...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 9, 2017

Realtors Paint Rosy Picture for Home Sales

DAYTON – Gary Snyder, owner of Christy’s Realty in Dayton, said there has been a slight uptick in home sales since Columbia Pulp at Lyons Ferry broke ground in October. There have been a few...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 9, 2017

4-H Now Requires Membership Fees

DAYTON – Staff at the WSU Dayton Extension Office are concerned that membership in 4-H could dwindle after the WSU Youth and Families Program enacted a $25 per-member annual enrollment fee...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 9, 2017

EMT Shortage Causes Concerns for Local Fire Districts

DAYTON – If you have ever thought about training as an Emergency Medical Technician, Fire District No. 3 will be more than happy to help out, provided you make a two-year volunteer commitment to the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 2, 2017

CCHS Preserves Quality of Life with Palliative Care Program

Board Looks at Budget and Renovations DAYTON-The first reading of the preliminary budget for 2018 was held at the Public Health District board meeting in October. The commissioners have approved a spe...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 2, 2017

New Concessionaire Takes Over at Lyons Ferry Marina KOA

DAYTON-Lyons Ferry Marina employees held a going away potluck at the marina on Sunday for Jim and Angela McArthur, the port's concessionaire at the KOA there for the past nine years. Seven K's Enterpr...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 2, 2017

Big Changes at Port and BMS

DAYTON – Brad McMaster's last civic activity in Dayton will be handing out candy to kids on Main Street during Halloween, and it will also be his last day on the job. McMasters, who has been the Eco...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 2, 2017

BMS Market Manager Takes Walla Walla Job

McMasters also announced that Melissa Weatherford is leaving her position as the Blue Mountain Station market manager, for a job with the veteran's administration in Walla Walla. "This new...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 2, 2017

State Wraps Up Col. County Audit

DAYTON—In October, the Board of Columbia County Commissioners received exit recommendations from personnel with the state auditor’s office, for the audit period Jan, 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2016. The...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 26, 2017

County Puts Hold on Facilities Improvement Plan

DAYTON—Speaking before the Board of County Commissioners at last week’s regular board meeting on Mon., Oct.16, County Planner Meagan Bailey said some language was changed in the county’s Facilities Improvement Plan regarding potential impacts...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 26, 2017

Two Candidates Vie for Council Seat

DAYTON-Since being elected to the Dayton City Council in 2000, nobody has run against her, until now, said Kathy Berg. Dayton business owner Kyle Anderson is in the running for that position. Kathy...

 

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