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 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 20, 2015

Columbia County Ramps Up Code Enforcement

DAYTON – In June, planning and building employees began the process of updating Columbia County’s ordinances regarding the violation of building codes and the regulation and abatement of public...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 13, 2015

The Pride and Joy of Dayton

DAYTON – You probably didn't know that the colorful, hanging baskets of flowers that brighten Dayton's Main Street all summer were nearly 30 years in the making. Dayton Development Task Force...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 13, 2015

Temporary Dump to Open Late This Month

DAYTON – Columbia County has a plan for reopening the transfer station (dump) by the end of August, and citizens won’t have to go anywhere new. The temporary facilities will be located at the...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 13, 2015

Columbia Pulp Begins Purchase of Local Straw

STARBUCK – Columbia Pulp LLC hasn’t broken ground yet on its 449-acre pulp mill near Lyons Ferry, but “exciting movement” continues to happen behind closed doors, according to Columbia County...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 13, 2015

Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles Approved for City Streets

DAYTON – Dayton City Council approved an ordinance Monday night allowing wheeled all-terrain vehicles, or WATVs, on city streets. No members of the public spoke at the final hearing regarding this...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 13, 2015

Dayton Prepares for 2015-2016 School Year

DAYTON – The school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 1, for all students in the Dayton School District. New students as well as returning students are encouraged to attend registration on...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 6, 2015

Arson Unlikely in Several Dayton Fires

DAYTON – Arson has been ruled out in four of the five suspicious fires here between June 28 and July 22, according to incident reports released by Columbia County Fire Marshal Kim Lyonnais on...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 6, 2015

Health System to Lose Two Leaders This Fall

DAYTON – Leadership changes are in the works for the Columbia County Health System. Board Chair Ted Paterson and interim CEO Jon Smiley will both leave the organization at the end of September. The...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 6, 2015

Architects Selected for Hospital Remodel

DAYTON – Columbia County Health System leaders have selected an architect team for the planned $5.5 million Dayton General Hospital upgrade, they announced last week. Two architects responded to...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    August 6, 2015

Teen Scene: 'What We Did for Summer Vacation'

DAYTON – When teachers at Dayton High School ask their students to write an essay on what they did over their summer vacation, more than two dozen will have a ready answer: Teen Scene. Teen Scene...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 30, 2015

Columbia County Plagued with Fires

DAYTON – Fires are on just about everyone's mind right now. In Columbia County, investigators are struggling to reach conclusions regarding five fires in the last four weeks. "We're just swamped...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 30, 2015

Archeologists Accused of Artifact Theft in Columbia County

DAYTON – Three out-of-state, professional archeologists were charged last week in Columbia County Superior Court with theft of prehistoric artifacts from the Umatilla National Forest and...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 30, 2015

Blue Creek Fire Mostly Contained

WALLA WALLA – Residents of the back country in Columbia County and elsewhere in the Touchet Valley watched the spread of the Blue Creek Fire east of here with unease over the last week. It has been...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

County Considers Funding Starbuck City Hall Renovations

DAYTON – Columbia County Commissioners are considering a request by the Starbuck Town Council to assist with renovations to Starbuck City Hall, following a letter received earlier this month...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Celebrating 35 Years of Adulthood

The Dayton High School class of 1980 made sure the crowd at this year's annual Alumni Parade in downtown Dayton knew who they were. . ....

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Fire Closes Transfer Station

DAYTON – Columbia County Commissioners declared an emergency Friday afternoon following an early morning fire at the county transfer station on South Cottonwood Street that destroyed most of the...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Dayton Home Destroyed by Fire

DAYTON – Investigators from Walla Walla were on scene last week trying to determine the cause of a fire that seriously damaged a home here early last Wednesday. The house at 119 E. Commercial Ave.,...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

No Pavement for Mead Road

DAYTON – County residents Julia and Skip Mead implored Columbia County Commissioners at last week’s public hearing to turn down an offer by Portland General Electric to pave a portion of Mead...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Feelin' Groovy at Foodstock

Dayton resident Alicia Walker helps her 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Walker, tie dye a t-shirt at their booth during Saturday's Foodstock 2015 festival at the Blue Mountain Station just west of Dayton...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Daytonites Urged to Conserve Water

DAYTON – Don’t panic, says Dayton Public Works Superintendent Jim Costello. Washington may be locked in a record-breaking snowpack drought, but Dayton’s city wells are at the same level as they...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Full of Jive!

Members of the Dayton High School class of 1960 rode their float past the courthouse during Saturday's annual Alumni Parade....

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 23, 2015

Another Home Consumed by Fire in Dayton

DAYTON - Firefighters were called Wednesday night to yet another house fire here, this time just west of town off Highway 12 on Bowman Hill Road. The flames were visible beginning at about about 10...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 16, 2015

ATV Ordinance Receives Support

DAYTON – Dayton took the first step in a move toward allowing wheeled all-Terrain vehicles, or WATVs, on city streets at a public hearing in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Hall on Monday...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 16, 2015

Another Dayton Home Destroyed by Fire

DAYTON – Investigators from Walla Walla will try Thursday morning to determine the cause of a fire that seriously damaged a home here early Wednesday. The house at 119 E. Commercial St., owned by...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    July 16, 2015

County Dump Closed by Friday Morning Fire

DAYTON – Columbia County Commissioners declared an emergency Friday afternoon following an early morning fire at the county transfer station on South Cottonwood Street that destroyed most of the...

 

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