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 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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 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...

 
 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...

 

Dixie Watercolor Artist Ellen Heath

Before the TV reality show that had little to do with its title, the simple life was one wise people have lived for thousands of years. It involves a lot of thinking, a sense of gratitude, and an...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 29, 2018

Dayton Moves Ahead on School Upgrades

DAYTON—Capital projects, the athletic combine and the makeup of the hiring committee for prospective coaches were topics at last week’s Dayton School Board meeting. Superintendent Doug Johnson said the district has enough funds allotted to...

 

Boys and Girls Club to hold Fundraiser

DAYTON – Comedians Tyler Boeh, from Portland, and Greg Kettner, from Walla Walla, will headline a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton on April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The evening will...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 22, 2018

Water/Sewer Rate Study Presented to Dayton Council

DAYTON— Angie Sanchez, Managing Principal with Financial Consulting Solutions Group in Seattle, has been working with the City of Dayton for the past year to complete a water and sewer rate study. Speaking at last week’s city council meeting,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 22, 2018

Dayton Memorial Library has Two New Library Assistants

DAYTON-Kristie Korslund was hired in February to take over for Vicki Zoller, who took a job in the county's Emergency Management Services Department in January.While Korslund is performing many of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 22, 2018

Busy Winter for Columbia Co. Planning Dept.

DAYTON—The first quarter of the year has been busy for the staff at the Columbia County Planning and Building Department. Planning Director Meagan Bailey outlined some of the projects her office is working on during a recent interview. Land Swap Th...

 
 By Ken Graham    News    March 22, 2018

Now Open: Chicken Bill's BBQ Cafe at TVGC

DAYTON – Bill and Teresa Ayotte grew up in food service. "Teresa's mother ran a café in Garibaldi, Ore.," Bill said. "I worked at a Spudnut shop in Richland as a teenager." Bill and Teresa are the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 15, 2018

Fire Districts Seek Levy for Ambulance Service

DAYTON—Columbia County is currently one of only four counties in the state without an emergency medical services levy. That could change if a proposed ambulance levy is approved by voters in August. The levy would add 50 cents per $1,000 assessed...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 15, 2018

Columbia County Commissioners to Move Offices Out of Courthouse

DAYTON--The Board of County Commissioners has signed a two-year lease to rent space next to the Columbia County Courthouse, formerly occupied by Manila Bay Restaurant. The Commissioners will move...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 15, 2018

Friends of the Fairgrounds Presents Vision for Facility

DAYTON--Last week, the Columbia County Friends of the Fairgrounds came before the Columbia County Commissioners with their vision for facilities improvements at the fairgrounds. “This is nuts and bolts. It is a work in progress,” CCFF President...

 

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