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 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018 

Dayton Days Gets Bigger & Better

DAYTON—This year’s Memorial Weekend Dayton Days celebration, put on by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, will kick off on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. with the Dayton Days Main Street Parade. The crowd lining Main Street will enjoy another great pa...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018 

Dayton High Principal Shaber resigns

Dayton—Dayton Middle and High School Principal Paul Shaber has announced that he will resign at the end of this school year to take a job in Richland. “Paul has been an important part of our team here in Dayton,” said Superintendent Doug...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018 

Port Moves Forward on Dayton-Waitsburg Trail Grant

DAYTON – During their regular meeting last week, the Port of Columbia commissioners adopted a greenhouse emissions policy, as requested by the Washington State Department of Transportation. DOT has requested the policy as part of the grant...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018 

Dayton School Board Update

DAYTON-- During the Show and Tell portion of the May 16 school board meeting, Youth and Government Advisor Shayna Hutchens and four of her students talked about their experience at the state capital...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 17, 2018

Friends of the Pool to Begin Fundraising

DAYTON—Vicki Zoller from the newly formed Friends of the Dayton Community Pool Committee was present at last week’s city council meeting to talk about efforts the committee is making to help raise funds for repairs at the Dayton City Pool. The...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 17, 2018

Dayton Council Gets Planning, Code Compliance Updates

DAYTON—At last week’s city council meeting, City Administrator Trina Cole said the public works staff was to meet with the Washington Dept. of Ecology on May 15 to talk about the wastewater treatment plant and the financing for it. Planning Direc...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 17, 2018

Mule Mania Coming Memorial Day Weekend

DAYTON--Mule Mania begins its Class list schedule of events for mules and donkeys, on Saturday, May 26, at 8 a.m., at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The Mule and Donkey show features riding and driving competitions throughout the day, and on...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 10, 2018

CCHS Seeks Long-Term Care Funding

CEO Shane McGuire also reports on tele-psychiatric services, palliative care DAYTON--Speaking at the Hospital District board meeting for April, CEO Shane McGuire talked about the outreach and business enhancement initiatives that he and other CCHS...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 10, 2018

Getting the Word Out About Noxious Weeds

DAYTON--There are some timely reminders coming from the WSU Dayton Extension Office regarding noxious weed control, 4-H and local crop tours. The county's Noxious Weed Control Coordinator, Rachel...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 10, 2018

Audrey Bensel is new Dayton Chamber Assistant

DAYTON-Audrey Bensel joined the Dayton Chamber of Commerce staff last month as assistant manager. She will share duties running the office in Downtown Dayton with newly hired director Melissa Bryan....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 3, 2018

Amerein Seeks District 3 Commissioner Post

DAYTON-When the 2018 election is over, there will be several new faces in key positions in Columbia County government, and Chuck Amerein hopes to be one of them. Amerein is running to represent...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 3, 2018

Dayton School Staff Gets GAP Training

DAYTON--Safety is at the top of the list for students and staff in the Dayton School District. And now staff and administrators are better prepared to keep a situation like the ones at Columbine,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 3, 2018

Columbia Co. to Seek Golf Course Irrigation Grant

DAYTON – Dayton Country Club Board President Roger Trump has been on a mission this year in search of funds for the much-needed irrigation system at Touchet Valley Golf Course. Trump reported last week that he is looking into a grant with the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 26, 2018

Joe Helm Seeks Columbia Co. Sheriff Post

DAYTON – For 11 years, Joe Helm has been Chief Deputy for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and he is now running for sheriff in the 2018 election. If elected, Helm said he would like to...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 26, 2018

Jeff Jenkins Seeks Columbia Co. Sheriff Post

DAYTON – Jeff Jenkins says he has many ideas about how to address an understaffed and underfunded Columbia County Sheriff's Department, an inadequate jail facility, illicit drug use in the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 26, 2018

Dayton Schools' Capital Projects Move Ahead

DAYTON – Dayton School Superintendent Doug Johnson’s report to the school board at last week’s meeting included an update on capital projects. Johnson said three entry doors have been replaced, one into the kitchen and two on the back side of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 19, 2018

Dayton Pool Won't Open this Year

DAYTON-Citing public health, safety and liability issues, the Dayton City Council voted last week to close the city pool for the 2018 summer season. The vote was unanimous. "The staff was...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 19, 2018

Recycling Station Nears Completion

DAYTON – Columbia County’s recycling program will be up and ready to begin receiving mixed paper/newspaper, aluminum, and cardboard as soon as Basin Disposal, Inc. places bins at the county’s new recycling station. The station is located in a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 19, 2018

Port to Consider BMS Building 2 Purchase

DAYTON—Colby Litzenberger, of Tucannon Development, LLC, has stepped up to the plate with regard to building number two at the Blue Mountain Station, reported Port Manager Jennie Dickinson, during the Port of Columbia Commissioners’ meeting last...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 19, 2018

Port Seeks Dayton-Waitsburg Bike Trail Funding

DAYTON—During last week’s meeting of the Port of Columbia Commissioners, Port Manager Jennie Dickinson reported that she has met with Adam Schmidtgall, Principal Engineer for Anderson Perry & Associates, to discuss an engineering design...

 

Collaboration Key to Solving Behavioral Health Problems

It takes coordination and engagement on many levels when addressing behavioral health issues, and more so when delivering mental health services to persons who have the potential for violence. A recen...

 

Ricky's Law

In 2016 Washington lawmakers passed a bill called Ricky’s Law. The law allows mental health providers to order patients who are drug addicted into a locked detox center if he or she is an imminent danger to self or others. Ricky’s Law extends a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 5, 2018

Hearing to be Held on Columbia Co. Speed Limits

DAYTON— The Columbia County Commissioners have set a hearing to receive public comment about proposed changes to speed limits on some county roads. Public Works Director Andrew Woods said the proposal is for the speed limit on all primitive roads i...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 5, 2018

Columbia County Commissioners Hear from Extension Agent Regarding Cutbacks

DAYTON—In late March, the Columbia County Commissioners met with WSU Extension Agent Paul Carter, who presented 2017 annual report. “It’s a bleak picture,” Carter said about cuts to WSU’s budgets, and possible regionalization of extension...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 29, 2018

Commissioner Jackson Won't Seek Reelection

DAYTON – Commissioner Merle Jackson formally announced last week he will not seek reelection to the Columbia County Board of Commissioners when his term is up at the end of 2018. He has served one...

 

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