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 By Michele Smith    News    February 15, 2018 

Dayton Youth Facility to Open in Sept.

DAYTON--"Yes, that is our bowling alley," said Dan Butler showing the County Commissioners the architectural drawings for the new Boys and Girls Club in Dayton, at the Feb. 6 commissioners' meeting....

 By Michele Smith    News    February 15, 2018 

Busy Season Ahead for Columbia Co. Projects

DAYTON--Warmer, milder weather is going to allow county crews to start spring maintenance, earlier than usual, said Public Works Director Andrew Woods at last week’s meeting of the Columbia County Commissioners. County crews are to begin digging...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 15, 2018 

Depot and Boldman House Have New Exhibits

Exhibit at Dayton Historic Depot features historic maps of Dayton and Columbia County DAYTON- Tamara Fritze, Museum Director of the Dayton Historic Depot Museum is putting the finishing touches on an...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 15, 2018 

Dayton Recycling to Return Soon

DAYTON—When the Columbia County Commissioners met last week, Public Works Director Andrew Woods gave an update on progress toward reinstating the county’s recycling program. “The grant funds are there,” he said. Woods said his department is...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 8, 2018

Manufacturing the Future

DAYTON-When Corey Suffield graduated from Dayton High School in 1998 he was looking for a career in video production. Twenty years later, Suffield operates a successful computer repair business in an...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 8, 2018

"Laissez le bon temp rouler"

DAYTON-Let the good times roll at a celebration of "Fat Tuesday," better known as Mardi Gras, on Tuesday, February 13, at the Dayton Memorial Library, from 6-8 pm. Mask making, a celebration of tradit...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 1, 2018

Dayton General Hospital Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

DAYTON-Dayton General Hospital is adding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to its wound care treatment protocol. There is a growing need for chronic wound care, especially for patients with diabetes,...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 1, 2018

A Fish Tale

DAYTON – The Tri-State Steelheaders and Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife staff have been playing "Mother Nature" in the Tucannon River. WDFW fish biologist Michael Gallinat of Dayton said that...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 1, 2018

'Chicken Bill's Café and BBQ' to Open at Dayton Golf Course

DAYTON—Bill and Teresa Ayotte are to be the new restaurant concessionaires at the golf course, according to Mike Himmelberger, President of the Dayton Golf and Country Club Association. Bill Ayotte...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 25, 2018

Regional Trails Plan is Unveiled

WALLA WALLA-The Community Building at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds was packed on Monday night with celebrants for the unveiling of the completed Blue Mountain Regional Trails – Ridges, Towns,...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 25, 2018

Commissioners Approve a Salary Survey Committee

DAYTON—Columbia County is having a hard time attracting and retaining workers and one of the factors might be inadequate compensation for work performed. County Commissioner Norm Passmore has asked...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 25, 2018

Solar Savings

DAYTON--Going solar was on Terry Hoon's mind for a long time before he and his wife, Denise, attended a Walla Walla promotional dinner in the spring of 2016 to hear about the benefits of... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    January 25, 2018

Dayton School Board Update

DAYTON-Several people from the community shared their thoughts and concerns about the proposed Dayton-Waitsburg athletic and activities combine during the public comment portion of last week's school...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 18, 2018

Columbia Cares Coalition: Focus on Kids

Updates on Boys & Girls Club, Blue Mountain Counseling and After School Program DAYTON - Dan Butler presented an architect’s design of the Dayton Boys & Girls Club facility to attendees at the...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 11, 2018

CCHS Ends Year on a High Note

DAYTON—Columbia County Health Services CEO Shane McGuire said the district is on pace to finish the year around $21.5 million in gross patient revenue, conservatively, and around $16.5 million in net patient revenue, which represents a 24% increase...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 11, 2018

Ken Graham Is Dayton Chamber Interim Director

DAYTON—Ken Graham, owner and publisher of The Times newspaper in Waitsburg, has been appointed interim director of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce by the chamber board. “I told them I need to be...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 11, 2018

Dayton Stylist Moves into New Digs

DAYTON-Stylists, colorists, and inventors Melissa McCowen and Bridget House still work and travel together even though House has moved from the Main Street Salon, into her own digs at 242 East Main...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 4, 2018

CEDS Meeting Sets Priorities

DAYTON – Fifty-one stakeholders attended the annual Port-sponsored Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting held at Fire District No. 3, on December 20. Columbia Pulp Kristi Kobetich,...


Columbia Pulp, Hospital and Railroad Are Top Stories in Dayton in 2017

DAYTON-Columbia County was a happening place in 2017. Columbia Pulp "Pulp Fiction" became fact in July when Columbia Pulp I, LLC secured financing for its $184 million straw pulp manufacturing plant...


Dayton-Waitsburg Full Combine Lacks Parent Support

DAYTON-A recent survey of parents and students in grades 6-12, show fewer than originally thought, are in favor of the full athletic combine with the Waitsburg School District, said District... Full story


Roger Trump retires after 45 years of service in Col. County

DAYTON-It is official. Roger Trump is retiring and the county celebrated his long career last week at the courthouse with cake and a plaque honoring his service. What hasn't Trump accomplished in the... Full story


Manila Bay Café Moves to Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON-At the end of this month, the Manila Bay Café is moving from its present location on Main St., to Suite B at the Blue Mountain Station. Restaurant owner Jonathan Betts told Port officials he...


CCHS Plans to Be Leader in Memory Loss Care

DAYTON—At the last CCHS regular board meeting in November, Stephanie Carpenter, RN, COO, spoke about a meeting she attended sponsored by the Aging and Long Term Care and the Alzheimer’s Association at the SonBridge Community Center in College...


4-H Robotics Team Heads to State

DAYTON – First-year 4-H Robotics Coach Jeanne Walter is pretty proud of her group, and rightfully so! The group of seven kids, age 10-13, from both Dayton and Waitsburg, recently won the Research...


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....


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