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 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    September 28, 2023 

New studio opening in Waitsburg

Waitsburg exhibiting artist and art educator Greg Tate is preparing his Main Street studio for October watercolor and drawing classes. On display at the space are paintings and ceramics by the...


City of Dayton council and mayoral candidates

DAYTON-When Dain Nysoe retires on Dec. 31, after twelve years on the Dayton City Council, a new city council member, Joann Patras or Devin Greenup, will take his place. "I have enjoyed serving on the... Full story


Cardinals take 70-12 win against Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves

ROSALIA-The Waitsburg Cardinals traveled to Rosalia to play the Tekoa-Rosalia Timberwolves on Friday, September 22. Though the Rosalia team, led by RB Isaac Bone and QB Westley Bryan, made some...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 21, 2023

Court removes library dissolution measure from November ballot

DAYTON - Proposition 2 will not appear on Columbia County's general election ballot this November. Columbia Superior Court Commissioner Julie Karl ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, Neighbors United... Full story


Dissolution vote prompts Library info booklet

DAYTON - Neighbors United for Progress (NUP), a political action committee in Dayton, has produced a booklet in response to the effort by citizens sponsoring Proposition 2 to dissolve the Columbia...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 14, 2023

Prop 2 temporarily blocked from ballot

COLUMBIA COUNTY–In an emergency hearing on Wednesday September 6, 2023, the Columbia Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the County from printing ballots for the November general election that include Proposition... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 7, 2023

13th Annual Columbia County Fair is bringing Fair Dreams in a Small Town

DAYTON-It takes an army of good-natured volunteers to put together the displays for the Columbia County Fair at the Pavilion. There are over thirty booths and displays in the Pavilion, featuring food... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 7, 2023

Barbara Danforth is 2023 Pioneer of the Year

WAITSBURG-The the Waitsburg Historical Society proudly announces Barbara Danforth as the 2023 Pioneer of the Year. Danforth never thought in her wildest dreams that she would one day be "Pioneer of...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 31, 2023

There's a New, old Troop in town

WAITSBURG-On Monday, August 28, 2023, Scout Troop 337 convened a Court of Honor at the Lions Club building in Waitsburg. The troop is a joint Cub Scout and BSA Troop with a history in Waitsburg.... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 31, 2023

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Constitutional Rights of all Columbia County Voters

Dayton — Neighbors United for Progress (NUP), Columbia County’s bipartisan political action committee, has filed a lawsuit that may save the Columbia County Library. The group filed a suit on... Full story


Weller Public Library has a new Library Supervisor

WAITSBURG–Weller Public Library has a new Library Supervisor. At the August Board of Trustees meeting, the board offered library support staff Sarah Roberts the position of Library Supervisor, to...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 24, 2023

Barbie fashion is coming to WAG

WAITSBURG - There is more to Barbie than just the new movie, though it is a must-see. There is Fashion. Since the doll came onto the market in 1959, Barbie and her friends have gone through decades of... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 17, 2023

Columbia County's library fight continues to get state and national media attention

DAYTON-The group, represented by Dayton resident Jessica Ruffcorn, continues to garner attention from national print and televised media over efforts to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library. The... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 17, 2023

WW opens cooling station through Excessive Heat Warining

WALLA WALLA – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for portions of central, north-central, northeast Oregon, and central, south-central, and southeast Washington through 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2023....


Dayton makes The Nation

DAYTON-"The Nation," a weekly magazine, published "The Small-Town Library That Became a Culture War Battleground," an article chronicling recent history and current efforts to defund the only public... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 10, 2023

Tenth Annual Swim the Snake is coming Aug. 12

LYONS FERRY-The tenth annual Swim the Snake event will be held at Lyons Ferry Marina and Lyons Ferry State Park on Saturday, August 12, 2023, beginning at 11 a.m. In addition to the non-competitive,...

 By Lane Gwinn    Specials    August 3, 2023

Local artists bring whimsical yard art and more

WAITSBURG-Heavy metal comes to Waitsburg. Not the music but artwork created by Karl Newell and Terry Hofer. The pair produces decorative and functional art from spare parts, farm equipment, old...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 27, 2023

Waitsburg City Council addresses staffing

Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting on July 19, 2023, at city hall. Kelly Steinhoff will be returning to Waitsburg City Hall. City Councilmembers Jillian Henze, Randy Charles, Jim Romine, Court Ruppenthal, Kevin House, Mayor Marty...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 27, 2023

Petition to dissolve rural library district has been certified by auditor

DAYTON - The second petition submitted to put a proposition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District on the November ballot has been certified. The Columbia County Auditor's Office...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 20, 2023

Rural Library District still at risk

DAYTON-The Board of Directors for the Columbia County Rural Library held their regular meeting on Monday, July 17, in the Delaney Room. The meeting was attended by the public, in person and on Zoom.... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 13, 2023

CWWFD#2 ask community for "Lid Lift" on fire levy

WAITSBURG-Tuesday afternoon, Waitsburg residents saw a familiar sight at harvest-three wildland engines and a tender heading towards a fire, with sirens blaring. The trucks left in quick succession fr... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 6, 2023

Quilts of Valor for July 4th

DAYTON-Three local veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor at the War Memorial in Dayton on Independence Day. Quilts of Valor is a non-profit organization created in 2003. It has presented over 327,000...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    July 6, 2023

Onyx Farms welcomes kids from The Club

DAYTON-Kids from The Club in Dayton will participate in community gardening this summer at Onyx Farms at Blue Mountain Station. Last fall, the Port of Columbia leased the 1/2 acre plot next to the...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 29, 2023

Lights, Camera, Action at The Depot

DAYTON-Women with Edwardian hairstyles, men in waistcoats, and trained horses were seen waiting patiently outside Dayton's Depot Museum last week. They were not waiting for an arriving train but to...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    June 29, 2023

Library petition fails to meet signature requirement

COLUMBIA COUNTY—On June 21, 2023, Jessica Ruffcorn submitted a petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District to the Columbia County Auditor’s Office. The auditor’s office began the process of verifying the signatures on June... Full story


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