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 By Michele Smith    News    August 9, 2018 

Jim Pearson is Ready to Launch 'The Club'

DAYTON-Jim Pearson, Program Director at The Club, Dayton's new after school activity center, has been busy helping the team get the program up and running for a Sept. 4 opening. Pearson said building...

 

Five Wishes: A More Personal Advance Directive

DAYTON—Chaplain Terry Rice jump-started a conversation about end of life wishes when he presented “Five Wishes,” to folks at the Dayton First Congregational Church, on July 29. “The best time...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 2, 2018

Dayton Alumni Association Provides Funding for Students

DAYTON-Newly elected Dayton High School Alumni Association President Cara Watts has some ideas about how to infuse the association's coffers with some much-needed cash so that giving back to DHS...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 2, 2018

Connor Ehr is New Columbia County Deputy

DAYTON--Because he is already a Certified Patrol Officer Connor Ehr will be patrolling Columbia county roads, as soon as he goes through orientation, and gets his new uniform, he said. "Luckily I...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 26, 2018

Bitcoin Mining Center Proposed Near Dayton

DAYTON--Leonard Ruff, the architect responsible for building data processing centers in Quincy, Wenatchee, and in Douglas County, was on hand at a community information meeting last week to discuss a Bitcoin mining center being planned near Dayton....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 26, 2018

Lunch Continues at Blue Mountain Station Market

DAYTON--Patricia Sacha, Blue Mountain Station Marketing Manager has announced new plans for daily lunches at the market. "Our goal is to have soup, salad and sandwiches, and there may be occasional...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 26, 2018

Dayton School Board Adopts Budget for Coming Year

DAYTON— At their July 18 meeting, the Dayton School Board adopted the district’s 2018-19 budget, which was based on a conservative estimate for student enrollment for next year of 394. At that meeting, Business Manager Paula Moisio said the distr...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 19, 2018

After School Program Name Changed to 'The Club'

DAYTON--Dan and Ginny Butler have announced a name change for Dayton’s new after school program, from “Boys & Girls Club of Dayton,” to “The Club.” They said they are taking the “best practices” of Boys and Girls Clubs into the daily...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 19, 2018

Report from Dayton City Council

DAYTON—At the regular meeting of the Dayton City Council on July 11, the council approved the following: Resolution No. 1345, Certifying that the city meets the requirements to apply and accept a public works assistance account low-interest loan fo...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 19, 2018

From Wheat Field to Pulp Plant

STARBUCK-Phil Farmer, CEO of Columbia Straw Supply, said he and business partner, CFO Ben Rankin, were brought in on the straw supply side of Columbia Pulp's business by its CEO, John Begley, four yea...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 12, 2018

Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant at Pomeroy is a Beehive of Activity

POMEROY--The Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant, located at the Port of Garfield in Pomeroy, is a hub of activity. "It's busy here, which is good. It's what we want," said Kyler Lovgren, maintenance manager...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 12, 2018

Kristina Brown is New Dayton MS/HS Principal

DAYTON-The Dayton School Board has approved Superintendent Doug Johnson's recommendation of Kristina Brown for Dayton Middle and High School Principal. "Kristina has a strong desire to support...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 5, 2018

Dayton Principal Candidates Meet the Community

DAYTON--Stephanie Kubej and Kristina Brown are the two finalists for the Dayton secondary principal position, and they spent the day last Thursday getting acquainted with students, staff and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 5, 2018

Ferrians to be New Liberty Theater Manager

DAYTON-Former Waitsburg Christian Church Pastor Mike Ferrians will become the new manager of Dayton's Liberty Theater at the end of this month. He will replace Kirsten Schober. Schober says she is...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 5, 2018

Community Health Conversations

DAYTON – The last of four Community Health Conversations took place in Dayton last week and drew a crowd of about 17 interested citizens from around the community. Catherine Veninga, from the Community Council in Walla Walla, led the discussion,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Jay Penner Wants 100% "Yes" Votes for August EMS levy

WAITSBURG-When the ballots are counted in August for the proposed emergency medical services levy, Jay Penner wants to see one-hundred percent of voters in favor of it. Penner and his wife, Jackie,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Marijuana Grow will be Indoors Only

DAYTON – A request by Cobalt Cannabis Co. for a condition use permit to develop a marijuana grow facility in northern Columbia County was the subject of a public hearing on Monday. If the CUP is approved, the facility will be located at 402...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Dayton School Board Summary

DAYTON – During last week’s regular meeting, Dayton School Superintendent Doug Johnson told the school board that no athletic director has yet been hired for the Dayton/Waitsburg athletic combine, and there is still work to be done to hire some...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Report from Dayton City Council for June

DAYTON—Speaking at the June Dayton City Council meeting last week, Planning Director Meagan Bailey said dividing the city into eight zones has made code enforcement easier. Vehicles and RVs parked in the right of way is the biggest current...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 21, 2018

Dain Nysoe Seeks Columbia County Commissioner Seat

DAYTON-There is now a two-way race for the District 3 Columbia County Commissioner seat in this year's November election. The winner will replace retiring commissioner Merle Jackson beginning in Janua...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 14, 2018

Dayton Graduates Receive Well-Earned Diplomas

DAYTON--Family and friends crowded the Dayton High School gymnasium on Saturday to hear the Class of 2018 Salutatorian Morgan Riley and Class Valedictorian Emma Sierra deliver their speeches and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 14, 2018

Columbia County Struggles to Make Up Revenue Shortfalls

DAYTON— Columbia County Commissioner Merle Jackson has said it before, and he said it again last week, “How do we ever dig ourselves out of the hole if everybody keeps giving away our money?” The county has only two principle sources of tax rev...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 7, 2018

Foley Joins Columbia County Sheriff Race

DAYTON-Former Sheriff's Deputy Don Foley has announced his candidacy for Columbia County Sheriff. Foley will appear on the August primary ballot for sheriff along with Deputy Jeff Jenkins and Chief...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 7, 2018

Carla Rowe, Cathy Shochet to Face Off for Columbia County Treasurer

Carla Rowe DAYTON – Dayton native Carla Rowe said she will bring her expertise in the field of accounting and bookkeeping practices to the position of Columbia County Treasurer if she is elected in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 31, 2018

CCHS Finances Improving According to Auditor

DAYTON—The overall financial picture for the Columbia County Health System is positive, according to Tom Dingus, with DZA and Associates, an independent auditing firm that works with the Hospital District. Dingus outlined the 2017 audit report...

 

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