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 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... Full story

 By Dena Martin    News    April 19, 2018 

District Gets Top Marks for Community Engagement

WAITSBURG – Two years ago, Waitsburg School District staff, administration and community members participated in a visioning process coordinated by Educational Service District 123, which oversees schools in southeast Washington. A top priority... Full story

 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...

 News    April 19, 2018 

Enhanced Photography by Gay Waldman

Stop. Look. Think. While these three actions aren't necessarily the best way to cross a busy road, they constitute excellent advice for life itself, especially when it comes to viewing art. Many... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 By Dena Martin    News    April 12, 2018

Waitsburg Grandstand's Days May Be Numbered

WAITSBURG – This year's annual Waitsburg city ballot included an advisory item, with the city council seeking community input on whether to demolish, repair or replace the unsafe grandstands at the...

 By Ken Graham    News    April 12, 2018

Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Dayton Shooting

DAYTON – Juan Castaneda, of Pasco, has pleaded guilty to multiple counts relating to a home invasion and shooting in Dayton last September, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. According to Columbia County Deputy Prosecutor Dale Slack, on... Full story


Warren Fund Grant Enhances Brilliance of Stained Glass Windows

DAYTON – The brilliance of the four large historic stained glass windows at the Dayton First Christian Church has been restored and preserved thanks to a grant from the Warren Community Action Fund....

 By Dena Martin    News    April 12, 2018

Marty Dunn Reelected Mayor of Waitsburg

WAITSBURG – Preliminary results for the City of Waitsburg’s annual city elections were tallied last week. With a total of 222 votes cast, the current council remains intact. Final results will be tallied April 18, but outstanding votes will have...


Leena Baker on her time with city council

Waitsburg High School Student Representative Leena Baker, who will finish out her school-year term on city council, said she is proud of the way the council interacts with the community and helps the people of the city while working within a... Full story

 By Dena Martin    News    April 5, 2018

Celebration Days Grows Bigger and Better

WAITSBURG – Plans are falling into place for Waitsburg’s fun-filled Celebration Days weekend, May 18-20. The Celebration Days Committee has been working all year to make this celebration the biggest and best yet. Celebration Days will once again... Full story

 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...


April Events at the Dayton Library

DAYTON – The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library are hosting the second annual Cowboy Poetry Night on Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Delany Room. This free event kicks off with samples of many types of western finger foods, along with b...


Waitsburg City Elections - Preliminary Results*

Mayor: Marty Dunn – 184 Debra Callahan – 34 *Write-in votes are not shown ----- City Council: Kevin House – 183 Kate Hockersmith – 169 James R. Romine – 163 Terry Jacoy – 160 KC Kuykendall – 143 *Write-in votes are not shown -----...


Jazz Duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl Takes Liberty Stage Saturday

DAYTON – Seattle's sweethearts, Sundae + Mr. Goessl, a vintage jazz duo who were voted Seattle's Best Jazz Act of 2017 by Seattle Weekly, will perform at Dayton's Liberty Theater on Saturday. Just... Full story


New at the Libraries

Weller Public Library 212 Main Street, Waitsburg Hours: Mon. and Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed noon -1 p.m.) Sat. 10 a.m. - noon Storytime: Mon. 10:30 a.m. “The Light We Lost,” By Jill Santopolo (Fiction) - Lucy is faced with a life-altering...

 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 Dena Martin    News    March 29, 2018

Waitsburg Voters to Weigh in on Grandstands

WAITSBURG – At their regular March meeting, the Waitsburg City Council opened the floor to the public prior to adding an advisory item to the April 3 ballot seeking community input on how to...


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