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 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 Ken Graham    News    June 14, 2018 

Rev Your Engines for All Wheels Weekend

DAYTON – Anybody wandering into downtown Dayton Friday evening will be excused if they think they’ve entered a small-town time warp and jumped backward 50 years. Classic cars cruising Main Street and ‘50s and ‘60s music in the air will...

 
 News    June 14, 2018 

DAYTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Cole John Ben & Sue Dickinson Memorial $500 Brandon Barton Memorial $300 Dayton High School Booster Club $500 Gailord & Jean Nelson $1,000 John Israel $500 Kay Preston Cochran Memorial $450 Ken & Shirley Golliher $500 Walla Walla Elks Vocational $500...

 
 News    June 14, 2018 

Civil Service Commission Will Hear Foley Termination Case in August

DAYTON—Former Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Foley appeared before the Columbia County Civil Service Commission on Monday to discuss his termination by Sheriff Rocky Miller last month. At the meeting, Foley requested a continuance in the...

 
 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 Ken Graham    News    May 31, 2018

Culwell to Serve as CP Prosecutor

DAYTON – Columbia County Prosecutor Rea Culwell, came to an agreement last week with the College Place City Council to serve as prosecuting attorney for that city beginning immediately. Culwell told...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 31, 2018

Golf Course Irrigation Grant Delayed

DAYTON--A discussion about what steps to take regarding funding the much-needed irrigation system at the Touchet Valley Golf Course took place between Dayton Country Club Board President Roger Trump, board member J. E. McCaw, state Representative...

 
 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

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...

 

Andrew Woods to Leave County Engineer Position

DAYTON—Columbia County Public Works Director Andrew Woods has accepted a job in Olympia, where he will be the compliance and data manager at the state’s County Road Administration Board. “What I will miss most are my co-workers and the...

 
 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...

 
 News    May 3, 2018

What Does an Artist Look Like?

Thanks to the entertainment industry, which in the last 100 years has shaped societal perspective on reality, many people think of someone in a paint-spattered smock and beret, grasping a palette, and acting in a less than rational manner. “Oh...

 
 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...

 

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