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 By Michele Smith    News    December 5, 2019 

Dayton's Christmas Kickoff

Dayton's the town that still believes. Once again the reindeer were out and the bells were jingling!...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 5, 2019 

Columbia County Rural Library District addresses wheelchair mobility issues

DAYTON—There are issues with wheelchair mobility for some patrons at the Dayton Memorial Library, and Librarian Dusty Waltner is aware and has been concerned about them, she said. For instance, the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 5, 2019 

Dayton Development Task Force is asking you to consider putting your B&O tax dollars to work locally

DAYTON-The Dayton Development Task Force (DDTF) is asking businesses to donate a portion of their B&O taxes to help with projects that contribute to economic development, in the core of Dayton's...

 

Christmas Kicks off in Dayton Nov. 29 and 30

DAYTON-"The Town That Still Believes" will celebrate the eleventh annual Christmas Kickoff, on Fri., Nov. 29 and Sat. Nov. 30. From early Friday morning, until the end of the day on Saturday the town...

 

Report from the Board of County Commissioners

DAYTON—On Monday the Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution of intent to adopt legislation authorizing a Sales and Use tax to be used for affordable and supportive housing in accordance w...

 

Citizens instrumental in bringing Dayton back from the abyss in the early 80s

DAYTON-"The importance of historic preservation cannot be overstated," said Marcene Hendrickson when she spoke at the Dayton Chamber Awards Banquet, on Nov. 7. "It is not just about a way to save old...

 

Dayton City Council Update

DAYTON—City of Dayton Mayor Zac Weatherford presented the 2020 Preliminary Budget at last week’s city council meeting. The proposed budget for 2020 is $7,058,033 million, which is .3 percent less...

 

Dayton Chamber celebrates excellence in the community

DAYTON-The Dayton Chamber's Community Choice Award for 2019 Citizen of the Year was presented to Liz Carson, for the decades she has spent researching and documenting Columbia County history. Ginny...

 

Dayton voters say yes to Mayor Weatherford and Dain Nysoe on the city council

DAYTON—Zac Weatherford will serve a four-year term as Dayton’s mayor beginning on January 1, 2020, according to unofficial results from last week’s general election. Weatherford received 66.49%...

 

Blue Mountain Regional Trails Plan stakeholders receive 2019 Smart Communities, Smart Partnership award from Gov. Jay Inslee

WALLA WALLA-The Blue Mountain Regional Trails Plan has garnered the 2019 Smart Communities, Smart Partnership award from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Over thirty stakeholders were on hand to...

 

Women were Columbia County Extension Agents, too

DAYTON-Dayton resident Carol Anderson was also a county extension agent, in the Dayton Office. Anderson said she wasn't the only female county agent, here. Rosealee Boyd, and Faye Rainwater served...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 7, 2019

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited with Columbia County Commissioners on Monday

DAYTON-On Monday, Columbia County Commissioners Mike Talbott, Ryan Rundell and Chuck Amerein had the opportunity to visit with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, topics under discussion included th...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 7, 2019

Friends of the Community Center looking forward

DAYTON—The Friends of the Community Center’s President Vicki Zoller said their group should hear by mid-November whether, or not they will be awarded a $20,000 grant from the Wildhorse...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 7, 2019

TVAC opens their 19th fall musical production Nov. 14 with Mary Poppins

DAYTON-The Touchet Valley Arts Council's 2019 fall musical Mary Poppins promises to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Director Elizabeth Arebalos-Jagelsi said, "It's epic and different than any...

 

Dayton students simulate injuries for Friday's multi-agency practice drill

DAYTON-Dayton General Hospital partnered with the Dayton High School, the Columbia County Dispatch Center, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Columbia County Public Health, Columbia County Fire...

 

Trail design workshop generates new ideas

For Dayton Resident Joanne Poolman, participating in the Touchet Valley Trail design charrette this past weekend is part of "being a good human." As a resident of this area for 50-some years, she...

 

CCHS is maintaining a positive financial bottom line

DAYTON—The Columbia County Health System is planning on a large Medicare take-back payment of around $1.15 million, which is not particularly unusual since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

 

Molly Weatherill-Tate is busy in her new role as Dayton's new Chamber of Commerce Manager

DAYTON-Molly Weatherill-Tate has been a busy person since she started work as Dayton's new Chamber of Commerce Manager on October 7. "I'm trying to learn QuickBooks, and all kinds of things," she...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 24, 2019

Report from Dayton City Council for October

DAYTON-Last week, Mayor Zac Weatherford toured the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation's Touchet River Flood Plain and Flow Restoration project, on the north fork of the Touchet...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 24, 2019

100 years of WSU extension in Columbia County `

DAYTON-In The First 45 Years: A History of Cooperative Extension in Washington State, published by Washington State University press, in April, 1961, author Russell M. Turner discusses the importance...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 17, 2019

AAUW candidates' forum held in Dayton

DAYTON—Three candidates running for a four year term as Dayton’s mayor spoke at the AAUW Candidates Forum, which was held at the Liberty Theater in Dayton last week, followed by a question and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 17, 2019

Two hotly contested races for Dayton City Council

DAYTON—Seth Bryan is running for Dayton City Council Position 6 against incumbent Byron Kaczmarski in the Nov. 5 General Election. “This is my first time running for public office,” Bryan said....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 17, 2019

Passage of the $30 car tab initiative will be felt in Columbia County

DAYTON—If you think state Initiative 976, better known as the $30 Car Tab Initiative, will only affect Sound Transit, on the west side of the state, think again. If I-976 is approved by voters,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 17, 2019

Flood Control Zone District proposal goes before the voters on Nov. 5

DAYTON-If the Flood Control Zone District is approved by the voters on Nov. 5, County Engineer Charles Eaton will be its administrator. Eaton has released the following statement: "Since 1964, Columbi...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 10, 2019

100 years of 4-H in Columbia County

DAYTON-Since becoming the WSU Dayton Extension Agent fifteen years ago, Paul Carter said youth enrollment in 4-H has increased from 75 to 102, this year, and remains steady. "It is very important to...

 

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