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 By Michele Smith    News    April 18, 2019 

Dayton City Council April Report

DAYTON—City of Dayton Mayor Craig George presided over a lengthy city council meeting last week, which will be his last before he retires on Apr. 30. “I really want to thank the council. I’ve be...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 11, 2019

Fish and wildlife habitat improvement plan is underway for Touchet River

DAYTON-The Walla Walla and Columbia Conservation Districts are the lead agencies for a restoration and improvement plan for fish and wildlife habitat on the Touchet River, from the SR 125 bridge at Waitsburg, upstream, into the upper reaches of the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 11, 2019

Blue Mountain Heritage Society honors Columbia County veterans

DAYTON-The patriotic display honoring Columbia County veterans has been moved from the Smith Hollow Country Schoolhouse to the Palus Museum, at 426 E. Main Street. "The display was popular and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 4, 2019

Repowering planned for Marengo wind turbines

DAYTON-PacifiCorp is investing $3.5 billion to build four new wind projects and upgrade its Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington wind fleet. The upgrade includes "repowering" the 78 wind turbines at...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 4, 2019

Retail garden nursery planned for Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON-Beginning on April 19 the Blue Mountain Station Co-op will be open on Tues. through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p. m., said Patricia Sacha, the manager of the Co-op market. Sacha said on...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 28, 2019

Waitsburg-to-Dayton Multi-use Path discussed at Cup of Joe

DAYTON—About forty people gathered in the Delany Room last week to help kick off the first in a series of discussions regarding the planned 9.7-mile Waitsburg-to-Dayton Multi-use Path. Alexandra Stone, a landscape architect with the National Park...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 28, 2019

Railroad History

DAYTON-Railroad enthusiast and author Thomas Hillebrant spoke about the history of the Walla Walla and Dayton Rails at the Dayton Historic Depot on Mar. 21. Hillebrant said there was a "great clamor"...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 28, 2019

Potential litigation propels BOCC to interface with library board

DAYTON—If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then why doesn’t the county have a dedicated human resources manager? Now, issues surrounding Shakira Bye’s termination from the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 21, 2019

Friends of the Dayton Community Pool broadens its vision

DAYTON—The Friends of the Dayton Community Pool has revamped its name and purpose. “We kept running into community conversations that talked about how lovely it would be to have a community or multi-purpose center in our county,” said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 21, 2019

Dayton March City Council Update

Urban Growth Area land swap proposal moves forward DAYTON-City of Dayton Mayor Craig George will pass his gavel to Mayor Pro-tem Zac Weatherford on April 30. George read a letter of his resignation...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 21, 2019

Golf board and fairgrounds committee work together for improved facilities

DAYTON—The Friends of the Fairgrounds committee and the members of the Touchet Valley Golf Board are working together to create great resources for Columbia County. That was the take-away message...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 21, 2019

Piecing Together a family history through Genetic DNA

WALLA WALLA-On Feb. 28 at Whitman College, 1979 Whitman Graduate and Board Trustee Stephen Hammond presented his program: Piecing Together a Family History through Genetic DNA. The presentation was...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 14, 2019

Ryan Rundell is new Columbia Co. Commissioner

DAYTON-It took just ten minutes of deliberation behind closed doors for Columbia County Commissioners Mike Talbott and Chuck Amerein to select Ryan Rundell to fill the vacant seat on the Board of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 14, 2019

Orozco trial date set for July

DAYTON – Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney C. Dale Slack said the Benjamin Orozco murder case has been re-set, from March 11 to July 8. Slack said May 8 is the deadline for the exchange of all ev...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 7, 2019

Commissioner candidates will interview Monday

DAYTON – The local Republican Committee has selected three finalists from a slate of nine applicants in the running to fill the District 1 seat on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. A special meeting will be held at the Columbia County...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 7, 2019

Sheriff's Office has busy week

DAYTON—The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office had a busy week last week. “We’ve been putting in a lot of overtime,” said Civil Deputy Tim Quigg speaking at last week’s Citizen’s Academy....

 

Small businesses arriving and thriving in Columbia County

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson frequently says jobs in Columbia County are counted by ones and twos, and the ones and twos are adding up. At last week’s Cup of Joe, Port Economic Development Coordinator Kathryn Wi...

 

Gasoline, sundries, and chicken curry

DAYTON-The lowest gas prices in the area and the tastiest chicken curry can be found at the Hot Spot gas station and deli, located at 401 W. Main St. in Dayton. Swarit Gaur and his father, Prasoon Sha...

 

Dayton negotiates land deal for wastewater treatment plant site

DAYTON-Items on the agenda at last week's city council meeting included an update on the city's Wastewater Treatment Plan Project. "We're getting closer in negotiations with some land owners," said Ma...

 

Vaping e-cigarettes cause nicotine addiction and other harmful effects

DAYTON-"They make them in fun, flavored colors. They are very easy to use and are very discreet, too," said Chelsey Eaton, a county public health program coordinator. Eaton was talking about...

 

An old gardener learns some new tricks

Because most of my gardening experience has been in the desert, the prospect of getting to grow an English-style cottage garden when we moved to Dayton, in 2012, was beyond my wildest dreams. Little...

 

Dayton Depot Fashion Show

DAYTON-"Women are going to be excited about it," Museum Director Tamara Fritze said about the new exhibit currently on display at the Dayton Historic Depot. This exhibit includes clothing, foundation...

 

Columbia County Considers Flood Control Zone District

DAYTON—At their regular meeting last week, the Board of County Commissioners and Charles Eaton, the county engineer, discussed moving ahead with their intention to create a county-wide flood...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    February 7, 2019

Col. County Health System receives funds for home health

DAYTON—The state Health Care Authority is providing Columbia County Health System with an initial award in the amount of $150,000 to help focus on the elements needed to achieve accreditation in Patient Centered Medical Home care, said CEO Shane...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    February 7, 2019

A Day at The Club in pictures

DAYTON-This school year has been a learning curve year for the staff at The Club, Dayton's new after school program. Director Jim Pearson said some of the loftier goals originally set by the staff...

 

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