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 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...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 25, 2019

Personal tragedy leads to life of healing

DAYTON-When Levi Sowerby was given the news that he wouldn't walk again he got to work exploring alternative methods of healing, and within one year of receiving that diagnosis, it no longer applied....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 25, 2019

No one ever said farming is easy

DAYTON-John Laib is a third-generation Columbia County farmer. He and his wife Carolyn farm the 2,500 original acres on his grandfather, Albert Laib's, home place, and they lease and farm an additiona...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 18, 2019

Citizens sound off over fireworks enforcement

DAYTON— At last week’s Dayton City Council meeting Christine Broughton was selected by the council to fill the remainder of Zac Weatherford’s city council term, which was created when he became Dayton’s Interim Mayor. The council interviewed...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 11, 2019

43rd Annual Dayton High School Alumni Weekend is July 20

DAYTON—“Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog” is the slogan for the 43rd Annual Dayton High School Alumni Weekend which takes place on Sat., July 20. Alumni will gather from near and far for Saturday’s 10 a.m. parade, for the 11 a.m. annual...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 11, 2019

Touchet Valley Golf Club board sets a vision

DAYTON—The Touchet Valley Golf Club board has developed an aggressive five-year strategy, and is now working on implementation of one of its first priorities, which is to raise money for an...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 11, 2019

Community health benefits from grants

DAYTON—Columbia, Asotin and Garfield counties will share an award in the amount of $110,000 from Greater Columbia Accountable Communities of Health to be spent on social determinants of need, said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 4, 2019

Starbuck Welcomes new store

Starbuck has given a warm welcome to Spinners Tackle, Grocery & Deli owners Mike and Jackie Lattimer, in Starbuck. The store fills a large void, serving locals, travelers and pulp and straw mill...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 4, 2019

Columbia County Newbies Eaton and Strickland assess and prioritize

DAYTON-Since Charles Eaton and Ashley Strickland have stepped into their respective roles as the county's Public Works Director and Emergency Management/E-911 Director, they have been busy assessing...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 4, 2019

DGH Auxiliary donates $1,500 to Health Fund

Last Thursday, Dayton Hospital Auxiliary Treasurer Dorothy Croft and President Laura Thorn presented Bob Hutchens with a check in the amount of $1,500 for the Dayton Waitsburg Community Health...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 27, 2019

Former Frontier Too building remodel is underway

DAYTON-Since it was built in 1882, the building at 211 East Main Street has been a mercantile, drug store, bank, survived a fire, and has been an International dealership, a Pontiac car dealership,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 27, 2019

Dayton City Council Update

DAYTON— On May 28, City Administrator Trina Cole attended a meeting with representatives from the state Dept. of Ecology, the Washington Water Trust, the Confed. Tribes of the Umatilla Indian...

 
 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,...

 

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