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 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017 

'Levy Cliff' Measure Signed Into Law

DAYTON—Last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5023, the “levy cliff” measure, into law. The bill extends the safety net for local levy collections an additional year. According to local school officials, this was needed be...

 News    March 23, 2017 

Columbia County Superior Court

Arraignments: -Raymond Joe Cate, 55, Walla Walla; charged with one count of delivery, manufacture, or possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and one count of use of drug paraphernalia not used for marijuana. Cate was taken to the Col....

 News    March 23, 2017 

Brix & Brew in Dayton

The Dayton Chamber of Commerce's annual Brix & Brew Festival was held Friday evening at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion. The event, which included dinner, and live and silent auctions,...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017 

Fairgrounds Improvement Plan Moves Ahead

DAYTON-Since September, a group of stakeholders has been meeting to develop a plan for improving the facilities at the Columbia County fairgrounds. Last week, a draft of the plan was presented to the...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017 

Dayton Seniors Are Preparing for Graduation

DAYTON—The Dayton School Board met last week and received updates on a wide range of topics. Kristine Warren, who is the graduation counselor for Dayton High School, talked to the board about the...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 23, 2017 

General Mgr. of Columbia County Transportation Placed On Leave

DAYTON—The General Manager of Columbia County Public Transportation, Stephanie Guettinger, is on paid leave, pending an investigation of issues relating to performance of her duties and...

 News    March 23, 2017 

Orozco Trial Date Set

DAYTON—Accused murderer Benjamin Orozco waived his right to a speedy trial when he appeared before Judge Scott Gallina in Columbia County Superior Court last week. Two weeks have been set aside for Orozco’s trial, which is scheduled to begin on...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 16, 2017

ALTC Offers Programs for Seniors

WALLA WALLA—When she spoke at the Dayton Senior Center in, on March 7, Mary Cleveland who is the Local Program Coordinator for the Southeast Washington Aging and Disability Resource Center, talked... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    March 16, 2017

DHS Senior Receives 'A Legacy of Legends' Scholarship

DAYTON--Megan Schmidt, a senior at Dayton High School, has received an "A Legacy of Legends" scholarship to study "natural horsemanship" with people who studied under Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. Hunt...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 16, 2017

Commissioners Discuss Code Enforcement and Fairgrounds Facilities

Staffers from McMorris Rodgers’s office also visited Columbia County last week DAYTON—“A picture is worth a thousand words,” said Commissioner Merle Jackson, at the March 6 meeting of the...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Shorelines Plan Approved by State

DAYTON—The Washington State Department of Ecology has accepted the tri-county Southeast Washington Shoreline Master Program Update, with “no proposed changes”. “This is a huge deal,” said... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Dayton, County to Combine Code Compliance

DAYTON—At their February 27 meeting, the Dayton City Council approved an agreement between the city and Columbia County for the city to provide code compliance services to the county. The City Code...

 News    March 9, 2017

Court News

Arraignments: Travis Rogelio Garcia, 30, Dayton; charged with unlawful imprisonmet – dv, coercion – dv, 4th degree assault – dv, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Court records indicate that...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 9, 2017

Moose Creek to Offer Breakfast and Dinner

DAYTON-- Paul MacKay and his partner, Amy McGuire, have been busy putting their own touches on the Moose Creek Café and Bakery since MacKay bought it from Chuck and Raylene Sursley in January, 2016....

 By Michele Smith    News    March 2, 2017

Columbia County Wildfire Plan Updated

DAYTON--Anne Higgins, Columbia County Emergency Management Homeland Security Assistant, introduced an updated 2008 Columbia County Community Wildfire Protection Plan to stakeholders and landowners at...

 By Dena Wood    News    March 2, 2017

'A Spectacle of Miscellany'

DAYTON – Directors Jae Nichols and Tracy Barron said the audience at this year's TVAC Spring Variety Show should expect the unexpected. "A Spectacle of Miscellany" is a departure from the past...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 2, 2017

SHEO Club Goes to West Side

DAYTON--Drug Free Grant Coordinator Peggy Guiterrez, and ASB SHEO Club Advisor Jennifer Price accompanied students in Dayton's SHEO Club to Olympia on Feb. 20 for Prevention Policy Day....

 By Michele Smith    News    March 2, 2017

CCHS Finances Strong in January

DAYTON - "January was a bang-up month," Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire told the Board of Commissioners at last week's meeting. McGuire was referring to the $1.7 million growth...

 News    March 2, 2017

World Music Concert at Dayton Library

DAYTON – Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear in concert at Dayton Memorial Library (111 S. 3rd St.) on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. In a unique concert titled The Living...

 News    March 2, 2017


The weather was sunny and bright for the second annual Heart & Sole 5K Run & Walk, sponsored by the Columbia County Health System and the Backroads Club on Sunday. About 37 people turned out...

 News    February 23, 2017

Former Dayton WSP Officer Faces Additional Charges

DAYTON - Benjamin Smith, 33, was arrested outside his Dayton home on Jan. 23 and charged with rape of a child in the third degree, second-degree child molestation, and third-degree child molestation. After interviewing the victims, both known to...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 23, 2017

Commissioners Consider New Recycling Station Plan

Fairgrounds Facilities and Code Enforcement are also discussed DAYTON-The Board of County Commissioners had a busy week last week. Recycling When they met on Mon., Feb. 13, the board heard a proposal...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 23, 2017

Business Lab Students 'Show and Tell' at School Board

DAYTON-Last week, Superintendent Doug Johnson impressed upon those in attendance at the "Show and Tell" portion of the regular school board meeting the importance of high school business teacher Bob...

 By Dena Wood    News    February 16, 2017

Heart Health Awareness Events

DAYTON – February is Heart Health Awareness Month and there are many activities and promotions taking place in Dayton. Columbia County Health System is asking businesses to spread the message of...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 16, 2017

Early Appliances On Display

DAYTON-Take a tour of a new exhibit at the Dayton Historic Depot Museum, beginning on March 1, to see some gadgets that made the lives of women "easier" in the years from the early 1900s to the 1950s....


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