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 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...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 10, 2019

Starbuck kids to have lunch five days a week until the end of the school year

STARBUCK-With generous donations from Columbia Pulp and the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, the Starbuck School District is now able to provide 37 K-8 graders with lunches, five days a week,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 3, 2019

Historic Dayton on Tour takes place Oct. 5

DAYTON-The Historic Dayton on Tour will take place on Sat. Oct 5. Activities include; the works of local artists displayed at various locations, around town, the Annual Historic Home Tour, the Main...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 3, 2019

Special meeting for the Dayton City Council

Jake Holopeter, a physical engineer with Anderson Perry & Associates, spoke at a special city council meeting, last Monday, about the terms of the one million dollar Public Works Board...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 3, 2019

EMS levy dollars at work at CCFD 3

During the Columbia County Fire District Three open house on Sunday EMT Darvin Parvinen demonstrated Lucas, the new mechanical chest compression machine, which was purchased with EMS levy funds....

 

Open house for the Touchet Valley Trail held in Dayton

DAYTON-Roughly ninety people attended the Touchet Valley Trail open house, at the fairgrounds Pavilion, in Dayton, on Monday, Sept. 16. Joy Smith President of the Waitsburg Commercial Club spoke to...

 

Columbia County Board of Commissioners Adopts 2019 Comp Plan Update

DAYTON—During their regular session on Monday, Sept. 16, the Board of Columbia County Commissioners adopted the county’s 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update, and its three new ordinances regarding;...

 

Dayton City Council Update

DAYTON—There was no unfinished or new business at the Dayton City Council meeting last week. The majority of the meeting time was spent addressing a letter written by Dayton residents Chuck and Peggy James about the alleged lack of qualifications...

 

Dayton Discusses School Levy

DAYTON— With the budget deficit in mind the Dayton School District Board of Directors and Administration have agreed not to fill the vacant position for elementary school principal. At their monthly work session last week, Superintendent Doug...

 

Columbia County Fair celebrates 130 years

DAYTON-"Timeless Traditions" is the theme of the 130th Columbia County Fair, and from the time of the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m., on Fri. ,Sept. 6, until the fair close, at 5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 9,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 29, 2019

Guilty verdicts reached in the case of the State of Washington vs. Benjamin Orozco

DAYTON-"It's been a long time coming," said Ed Terry last Friday, when a jury returned verdicts of "guilty" to all three charges in the Benjamin Orozco case. Orozco has been charged with second...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Misty Yost is appointed to Dayton Council

DAYTON-At last week's Dayton City Council meeting Mayor Zac Weatherford said he has received three applications for the position of Community Development Planning Director, and he has formed a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Council says 'Go' to Affordable Housing Commission

DAYTON—At last week’s Dayton City Council meeting Planning Director Meagan Bailey talked about the perception most people have regarding what defines affordable housing, saying most people think...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Dan Aschenbrenner appointed to Port commission

DAYTON-At their regular meeting last week, Port Commissioners Earle Warren and Fred Crowe appointed Dan Aschenbrenner to fill the remainder of Gene Warren's term on the commission, which was to end...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Dayton Cut and Wrap IS under new management

DAYTON-Dayton Cut and Wrap has a new name and is under new management. Derek Katsel and his wife, Savana Cole, have received their custom meat facility and custom farm slaughter license through the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 15, 2019

Dayton's Dog Park is a hit with four legged friends (and their owners)

DAYTON-The Dayton Dog Park has been a godsend for Dayton's four-legged friends and their owners, since it officially opened in Sept. 2017. The early morning hours, and the hours after supper are a...

 

Weatherford takes mayoral primary by a landslide

DAYTON-Incumbent Dayton Mayor Zac Weatherford received a strong show of community backing in last week's primary elections for city mayor, with a 66 percent support vote. Weatherford garnered 504 of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 8, 2019

Orozco trial to begin Aug. 20

DAYTON-—A trial in the case of the State vs. Benjamin Orozco is going forward, with jury selection taking place on the morning of Tues., Aug. 20, in Columbia County Superior Court, according to the County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack. Orozco...

 

Out and about with Michele Smith: Camping and fishing in the Blue Mountains

I have long thought about fly fishing on the Wenaha River but hadn't had the opportunity until last week when my husband and I camped at Fields Spring State Park for a few days. Fields Spring State...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 1, 2019

CCHS partners with Providence for tele-care services

COLUMBIA COUNTY—When they met last week, the Columbia County Health System (CCHS) District Board of Commissioners signed off on medical privileges for physicians associated with Providence St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, for the purpose of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 1, 2019

Tamara Demean is new clinic provider

DAYTON-Tamara Demean ARNP has been hired to provide medical care to Columbia County Health System patients in both primary care clinics in Dayton and Waitsburg and in the Emergency Department. "They...

 

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