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 By Michele Smith    News    June 20, 2019 

Dayton terminates county planning and compliance contracts

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council voted last week to terminate interlocal agreements with the county for Planning Department and Code Compliance Services. City Administrator Trina Cole said the reason behind last week’s decision is so the city can...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 20, 2019 

Ranger districts provide updates

DAYTON-Personnel from the Pomeroy and Walla Walla Ranger Districts of the Umatilla National Forest hosted a public meeting in Dayton last week to share information about the Districts and discuss...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 13, 2019

Dayton High School held its 138th graduation ceremony on Saturday

DAYTON-Family and friends crowded the Dayton High School gymnasium on Saturday to hear Class of 2019 Valedictorian Neylan Bryan and Salutatorian Tatumn Laughery deliver their speeches, and to cheer as...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 6, 2019

Neylan Bryan is DHS Valedictorian and Tatumn Laughery is Salutatorian

DAYTON-Dayton High School 2019 graduates will receive their diplo- mas in a commencement ceremony on Sat., June 8 at 1 p.m. in the Dayton High School gymnasium. Neylan Bryan The Dayton High School...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 30, 2019

DHS hosts Mentor Round Table

DAYTON-For high school students, having the opportunity to meet with people from many walks of working life is important as they begin their journey into life after high school and the arena of the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 23, 2019

Relocating and delisting wolves is under consideration

DAYTON—Region 1 Director of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DWFW) Steve Pozzanghera, came before the Board of County Commissioners last week to present a Periodic Status Review for gray...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 16, 2019

Dayton welcomes possible alternative to retain current wastewater treatment facility

DAYTON—At last week’s regular city council meeting, City Administrator Trina Cole spoke about a meeting that recently took place between city officials and representatives from Washington Water...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 9, 2019

New nursing legislation poses negative impact on hospital budget and care quality

DAYTON-In his report to the Hospital Board of Commissioners on April 23, CEO Shane McGuire talked about how a recent legislative ruling limiting nurses to eight hour shifts in a twenty-four-hour day,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 25, 2019

County-wide flood control zone district is topic of public outreach meetings

DAYTON-At the Fairgrounds Pavilion last week, Columbia County Engineer Charles Eaton and Kirk Holmes, an engineer with consulting firm PERFEET, spoke about the intention of the Board of Columbia...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 25, 2019

Self-defense is topic at Citizen's Academy

DAYTON-"We're hardwired for violence. The fact that you are sitting here right now means for generations and generations, there were people in your background who knew how to operate in violence, or...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 25, 2019

Adopt-a-Storefront Program gets underway in Dayton

DAYTON-The Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Development Task Force, local organizations and Main Street businesses kicking off a program to beautify Dayton's Main Street. The Adopt-A-Storefront...

 
 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...

 

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