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 By Michele Smith    News    August 17, 2017 

Deconstructed 1898 Cabin Will Be Rebuilt at Museum Site

Dayton – Beau Sabin and Rick Nicely of Pillars of Society Woodworks, LLC have been tasked with moving a small log cabin from its current site in the backyard of a home on W. Richmond St., to its...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 17, 2017 

Commissioners Approve Topographic of County

At last week’s meeting the Columbia County Board of Commissioners signed agreements between the county and the U.S. Geologic Survey Department, and between the county and the Department of Natural...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 10, 2017

Denise Smith is New Dayton Elem. Principal

DAYTON-Denise Smith of Deer Park, Wash., has been chosen by school officials to be the new Dayton Elementary Principal, and she will begin work , officially, on Monday, Aug. 7. "I'm so excited. I'm... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 10, 2017

It's Teamwork at the Extension Office

DAYTON-Not only is Rachel Hutchens the WSU Extension Office Weed Control Board coordinator, but she is also the extension office manager, assisting WSU Extension Agent Paul Carter with accounts...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 10, 2017

Library Board Evaluates Staff Structure After Two Employees Resign in August

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees met last week to evaluate and discuss the structure of the staff positions and job descriptions, after the library lost two key...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 3, 2017

Dayton City Hall to Close on Fridays

DAYTON- City council meetings will take place at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning on Aug. 9, as approved by the city council at last week’s meeting. The city hall business office will be closed on Fridays, returning to Mon....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 3, 2017

CCHS Will Offer First Hyperbaric Wound Suite in the Area

DAYTON-At last week's hospital board meeting the commissioners approved a request from CEO Shane McGuire to proceed with the development of a hyperbaric wound suite at the hospital, which will be the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 27, 2017

Small but Mighty: Organic Growers are a Vital Part of the Community

DAYTON--There are commercial harvests other than for wheat, barley, or peas, in our region. Marcus and Lacey Mead of Smith Hollow Farmstead, Lorrie Ryzek Bensel of Verdurous Gardens, Richard Heieren a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 27, 2017

Public Meets Elementary Principal Candidates

DAYTON- A special meeting has been scheduled by the Dayton School District Board of Directors on Aug. 1, to reveal the district's choice for the position of elementary principal. At a meeting held on...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 20, 2017

Dayton Receives National Park Service Appreciation Award

DAYTON-The City of Dayton has received a certificate of appreciation from the National Park Service, marking the 50-year anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The city is one of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 20, 2017

MICHELE SMITH: OUT AND ABOUT

I was on my way to a Columbia Cares meeting at the Delany building last Wednesday when a white van with the logo "Road Yeti" got my attention. The van turned right from 3rd St. onto Hwy. 12, and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 20, 2017

Dayton Cut and Wrap Under New Ownership

DAYTON-Dayton Cut and Wrap is back in business doing mobile slaughter, and is under new ownership. Joe Nyce owned and operated the business with his brother in law Roger Trump since the 1980s, before...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 13, 2017

County Struggles with Outdated Equipment

DAYTON--Outdated telecommunication equipment is causing consternation for the staff at the county’s emergency management dispatch center, the sheriff’s office, Fire Districts No. 1, No. 2 and No....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 13, 2017

Columbia REA Meets Transportation Needs

DAYTON--Columbia Rural Electric Association is paying for Saturday rides on a Columbia County Transportation coach to Walla Walla, so local citizens living in Columbia County and who have vouchers...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 13, 2017

Dayton Alumni Weekend, July 14-16

DAYTON—Dayton Alumni Weekend will take place the weekend of July 14-16 according to Dell Groom, who graduated from Dayton High School in 1957, and who serves on the Alumni Association Committee as...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 6, 2017

Hospital Renovation Nears Completion

CCHS will welcome applications from displaced Walla Walla General Hospital employees DAYTON-Phase 3 of the Dayton General Hospital renovation and enhancement project will come to an end in July. The...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 6, 2017

Dayton Dog Park Dream is Close to Becoming a Reality

The off-leash park is near completion thanks to strong community support DAYTON--Generous donations, grants, and volunteer efforts are paying off for the Friends of the Dayton Dog Park, as their...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 29, 2017

Healthcare Bill Raises Local Concerns

DAYTON--On June 22, Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Skiffington presented the Columbia County Health System Board of Commissioners with the American Hospital Association and the Washington State...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 29, 2017

Three Counties Address Sharing Emergency Services

POMEROY—Sharing emergency management services, as a cost-reduction measure, was the topic of discussion when the Columbia County Commissioners and Columbia County Emergency Management Director Lisa...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 29, 2017

4-H Camp Teaches Responsibility While Kids Have Fun

CAMP WOOTEN – "You can almost tell a kid in 4-H from one who is not," said Bi-County 4-H Camp Director Deb Hays on her fourth day overseeing the 2017 4-H Camp activities at Camp Wooten. Hays said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 29, 2017

Elementary Principal Resigns

DAYTON – Dayton Elementary School Principal Pam Lindsley has accepted a job in the Spokane School District, which is closer to her home and family, Superintendent Doug Johnson said at last week’s...

 
 By Michele Smithl    News    June 22, 2017

Port Commissioners Hear from Lyons Ferry Operator

STARBUCK – The Port of Columbia Commissioners held their monthly meeting on June 14 at Lyons Ferry Marina. Jim MacArthur, who, along with his wife, Angela, operates the marina facility, including campground, restaurant and store, spoke to the...

 
 By Michele Smithl    News    June 22, 2017

Bike Trail Back on the Map

DAYTON/WAITSBURG — Early in May, local citizens and stakeholders attended a Blue Mountain Region Trails – Bridges, Towns and Rivers workshop in Dayton, to provide input into the prioritization of specific region-wide non-motorized trail...

 
 By Michele Smithl    News    June 22, 2017

Tom Schirm Wins at World Fish Carving Championship

DAYTON--Tom Schirm's wood carving of a rainbow trout earned second place in the Trout, Salmon and Char category at the World Fish Carving Championship in Peoria, Ill., in May. It also took first...

 
 By Michele Smithl    News    June 22, 2017

Dayton Council Approves Recognition of Pietryzckis

DAYTON—The Dayton Historic Preservation Commission is interested in honoring two of Dayton’s most important boosters, Dr. Marcel Pietryzcki and his wife Mary, by replacing the entry sign at the Dayton City Park with a sign that includes the...

 

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