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 By Michele Smith    News    October 26, 2017

Dayton School Board to Reprioritize Capital Projects

DAYTON—At the outset of last week’s school board meeting, two candidates for the position vacated by Dan Andrews were interviewed by the Board of Directors. The candidates, Fred White and Amy...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 26, 2017

Columbia County Seeks Sales Tax Increase to Improve Emergency Communications

DAYTON--If passed by voters in Columbia County, Proposition 1 will provide for ongoing, stable funding for improvements, and maintenance of the county’s emergency response radio system and 911...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 19, 2017

Council Considers Boundary Adjustments

DAYTON - County Planning and Building Department Director Kim Lyonnais came before the Dayton City Council last week seeking approval to proceed with a proposed change in the Urban Growth Area (UGA)...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 19, 2017

Oktoberfest

The Blue Mountain Station Food Co-op Market partnered with Dayton Kiwanis and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce for Saturday's Oktoberfest  festivities at the Blue Mountain Station. The event was...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 19, 2017

Floor Safe Yields Riches

DAYTON--Kurt Campbell is in his counting house, counting out his money after cracking a floor safe he found in the basement of Woody's Bar & Grill, thirteen years ago. Campbell cracked the safe...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 19, 2017

Steve Henderson Makes Art Accessible

DAYTON--When local artist Steve Henderson was an art student at Central Washington University in the 1980s, the emphasis was placed on fine art. "The attitude was that working in commercial art would...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 12, 2017

County Puts Hold On Grandstands Demolition

DAYTON—Last week the Columbia County Board of Commissioners decided to hold off on mid-October plans to start demolition of the east grandstand at the county fairgrounds, pending a proposal from a group of about 20-25 local people calling themselve...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 12, 2017

CCHS Tops Gross Revenue Record

DAYTON – In his financial report for August, Columbia County Health System Controller Tom Meyers said another gross revenue record was set for the month of August. “We’ve had two really good months,” Meyers reported to the commissioners....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 12, 2017

Dayton Memorial Library Celebrates 80 Years

DAYTON--Many things have changed throughout the years at rural libraries like Dayton's. Eighty years ago most library patrons shivered and quaked to hear librarians sternly reminding them to "Be quiet...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 12, 2017

County Will Tread Cautiously in Issuing New Well Permits Until Hirst Decision is Clarified

DAYTON— At last week’s regular meeting of the Board of Columbia County Commissioners, Emergency Management Services Director Lisa Caldwell said radio equipment malfunctions continue to cause...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 5, 2017

Columbia Pulp Celebrates Official Groundbreaking and Site Tour

STARBUCK - Three buses carrying community leaders, stakeholders, members of the media and other well-wishers left the fairgrounds last Wednesday for a one-hour tour of the Columbia Pulp Lyons Ferry...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 5, 2017

Short Line Railroad Grand Re-Opening, Oct. 7

Re-opening of the rail line will be celebrated during Dayton on Tour DAYTON – After several years of embargo on a portion of the track in need of repairs, the The Port of Columbia’s short line railroad is ready to resume full service. A Grand...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 5, 2017

Classy Chassy Carwash to Reopen

Dayton-Drivers will be able to get a wash, wax and shine when the Classy Chassy carwash reopens early next year, according to owner Kyle Anderson. Anderson, who also owns Kyle's Custom Toys &...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 5, 2017

Woody's Bar & Grill Holds Century Celebration

DAYTON-Visit Dayton's own version of "Cheers" on October 7 and finally see what is inside the pre-1890s era metal floor safe that has been in Kurt Campbell's possession since he discovered it in the...

 

Small Town Wins Big!

DAYTON- Even little towns can do big things! Dayton and Waitsburg community members pulled together enough popular votes to win the Dayton Boys and Girls Club a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist...

 

Dayton On Tour is October 7

DAYTON—Dayton on Tour, featuring four events in one, will take place on Sat., Oct. 7. Maps for the annual Dayton Historic Home Tour are available at the Dayton Historical Depot Museum on Saturday,...

 

Dayton School Board Vacancy

DAYTON-School is back in session and the Dayton School District Board of Directors had their first meeting of the new school year last week. All board members were present, with the exception of Dan...

 

Drug Free Communities Grant Ends

DAYTON-Peggy Guiterrez, who is the Drug Free Coordinator Grant Program Director in Columbia County, is retiring. Guiterrez said she was serving as the Prevention Specialist at Blue Mountain...

 

Art Inspires New Wenaha Gallery Framer

DAYTON-Savonnah Henderson has been around art her whole life. Her father, Steve Henderson, is an internationally known fine artist. She has two paternal uncles and one paternal sister who are...

 

County to Benefit from Medicaid Transformation Project

DAYTON – The federal Health Care Authority has made 1.2 billion dollars available to promote Medicaid transformation projects over the next five years. Nine counties in the HCA’s Greater Columbia Region, including Columbia County, stand to benefi...

 

Fair Food Funds Philanthropy

DAYTON-We all know fair treats aren't healthy eats. For instance, one funnel cake contains a whopping 760 calories, with 50 gm of fat. Add the strawberry topping and you have a sugar high you may not...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 31, 2017

McArthurs to Sell Concessionaire Business at Lyons Ferry Marina

COLUMBIA COUNTY - At their August meeting, Port commissioners heard from Lyons Ferry Marina KOA managers Jim and Angela McArthur about their plans to sell the business at the marina. The McArthurs...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 31, 2017

BOCC Scrutinizes Budget

DAYTON--The Columbia County commissioners continue to look at additional ways to streamline departments and budgets. At last week’s regular meeting of the BOCC, Commissioner Norm Passmore said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 31, 2017

New Faces at the Dayton Library

DAYTON-Dayton natives, Carlos "Charlie" Oribio, and Sebastiana Radebaugh, are now working alongside Shakira Bye and Vicki Zoller, Head Librarian Dusty Waltner, and pages Don Fulbright and Andrew Price...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 31, 2017

Steve Martin promoted to Governor's Salmon Recovery Office

DAYTON-Steve Martin has a new job title. He is now the Executive Coordinator for the Governor's Salmon Recovery Office. Martin said he started his new job on Aug. 1, and he is currently traveling...

 

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