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 By Michele Smith    News    December 13, 2018 

Seen with Green Giant

Economic Development Coordinator Kathryn Witherington and Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson posed with the “Jolly Green Giant” at the Port’s first annual Night Market at the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 13, 2018 

Bluewood Set to Open Friday

DAYTON-Bluewood Ski Area's 2018-19 season is set to begin on Friday as the ski area welcomes skiers and snowboarders to the mountain. According to Bluewood General Manager Kim Clark, there was 20...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 13, 2018 

Winter Rose Café & Boutique Now Open in Dayton

DAYTON-Tyler Usco and Amanda Toms want you to relax when you visit their new café and boutique at 217 East Main St. in Dayton. Usco said there was a soft opening for the Winter Rose Café & Bouti...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 13, 2018 

Pre-trial Conference for Benjamin Orozco Set for Jan. 9

DAYTON—A pre-trial conference for accused murderer Benjamin Orozco has been set in Columbia County Superior Court for Jan. 9. Orozco has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of second degree...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 13, 2018 

Dayton School Board Report

December 5, 2018 DAYTON—High School Senior Kaleigh White was interviewed and accepted by members of the Dayton School Board at last week’s meeting to be a student representative on the Board....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 6, 2018

Will Dayton Permanently Shutter its Pool?

DAYTON-The Friends of the Dayton Community Pool met with city officials last week to discuss whether, and if so, how to move forward on repairing or replacing Dayton's pool. The city's 35-year-old poo...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 6, 2018

Safety Star Award

Bruce Goodell, Darla Brown, David O Campo, Melissa Ferrians, Steve Mertens, and Dayton Mayor Craig George are shown with the 2017 Safety Stars trophy the Columbia County Public Transportation Board...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 6, 2018

Hospital District Commissioners Report

DAYTON—In his report to the Hospital Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting last week, Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire said a lease has been signed with the Port of...

 

Emergency Services Director Resigns

DAYTON-County Emergency Services Director Lisa Caldwell is leaving her position to go to work as a Subject Matter Expert for the Michael Baker Institute, starting Jan. 7. Caldwell said the Michael...

 

Dementia is Everybody's Business

DAYTON-Community education can make all the difference in the quality of life for people living with dementia, and for their loved ones. That was the message Katie Roughton delivered to a group of...

 

Newly-Elected Columbia County Officials Are Off to a Running Start

DAYTON-Newly-elected county officials Carla Rowe, Dale Slack, Anne Higgins and Chuck Amerein are gearing up to assume office on Jan. 1. They met with the Columbia County County Commissioners last...

 

Dayton City Council Report

Nov. 14, 2018 DAYTON—The Dayton City Council held the first of three public hearings for the city’s proposed $7,078,230 budget for 2019, during their monthly meeting last week. The budget reflects...

 

State Seeks Input on Future of State Parks

DAYTON—During a presentation to members of the public last week, Washington State Parks Planner Laura Moxham gave an overview of plans being developed for three area state parks: Lyons Ferry, Palouse Falls and Lewis and Clark Trail. Before...

 

'The Town that Still Believes'

DAYTON—Dayton is known as “The Town that Still Believes,” and to celebrate the holidays once again, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce is putting on the 12th annual Christmas Kickoff celebration the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. On...

 

Dayton Kiwanis Club

More than two years ago, members of the Dayton Kiwanis Club had a vision to send high school students to Washington D.C. to reinforce leadership skills and give them an inside look at democracy in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 8, 2018

"Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" Starts Nov. 15

DAYTON-Whimsical costumes, confectionary props and a 70s vibe will captivate the audience that turns out to see the Touchet Valley Arts Council's 18th-annual fall musical production of "Roald Dahl's W...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 8, 2018

Judy Miller is New CCHS Clinic Director

DAYTON-Judy Miller, a former Center Manager for Lincare in Walla Walla, is the new Clinic Director for Columbia Family Clinic and Waitsburg Clinic. Miller has been on the job Oct. 22, getting to know...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 8, 2018

Endowment Being Created for 4-H Membership Fees

DAYTON—An endowment to pay for all annual 4-H memberships has just been announced by WSU Dayton Extension Agent Paul Carter. In 2017 the state instituted an annual $25 membership fee for attendance...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 1, 2018

Ski Bluewood Readies for the Season

DAYTON-Kim Clark, General Manager of Ski Bluewood wants to get the word out about $400,000 worth of facility improvements that are sure to make this year's skiing even more "uplifting." "We have just...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 1, 2018

CCHS to Lease Port Office for Training Facility

DAYTON—The Columbia County Health System is close to signing a lease for the Port-owned building formerly occupied by Columbia County District Court, according to CEO Shane McGuire. During last...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Columbia Co. Planning Commission Denies Bitcoin Mining Application

DAYTON—The Delany Room was packed on Monday night as the Columbia County Planning Commission heard from the public and from stakeholders interested in a Site Plan Development Agreement Application for a proposed bitcoin mining center to be located...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Commissioners Adopt Final Comp Plan Update Docket

DAYTON— Columbia County Planning Director Meagan Bailey presented a list of 10 final docket items for inclusion in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update to the board of county commissioners last week. However, Docket Items 8 and 9, which drew the most...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Transportation Manager Robanske Placed on Administrative Leave

DAYTON—The Columbia County Public Transportation Board of Commissioners has placed General Manager Dwight Robanske on paid administrative leave without giving any explanation as to what is being investigated, or why. County Commissioner Mike...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Public Health Department Receives Grant for AEDs, Car Seats and Boosters

DAYTON-Chelsey Eaton has been busy since beginning work three months ago as the program coordinator for the county public health department. Eaton said the health department just received a grant for...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Dayton School Board Report

DAYTON—The state of Washington has recognized the Dayton Elementary and Dayton Middle School for sustained improvement in student assessments over a five year period. “So that’s something to be...

 

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