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 By Michele Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

What makes this school superintendent tick

DAYTON—Doug Johnson is a man who loves kids and he will be involved with them, in some way, even after he retires at the end of June. Johnson has been in the field of education for over 41 years,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 2, 2020 

Fundraising efforts paying off for the Dayton Country Club's irrigation system project

DAYTON—This is year two of the Dayton Country Club’s five-year strategic plan to achieve financial independence and sustainability for the Touchet Valley Golf Course, said Sean Thurston who has...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Negotiations stalled between the county and the city over Interlocal Agreement for noncontract services

DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners on Monday announced the discontinuation of non-contracted services to the City of Dayton in the areas of Emergency Management and Dispatch and Law...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Columbia County reports seven cases of COVID-19

DAYTON—The Columbia County Public Health Department has reported nine positive cases of COVID-19, stemming from the same household. None of the nine people are over 60 years of age, but one of them...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

All Wheels Weekend hosts a Friday night Cruise

DAYTON—Kim and Tracy Clark are shown with their 1960 Ford truck at the Dayton Sports Complex on South Cottonwood Street just before last Friday’s All Wheels Cruise. Dayton Chamber Manager Molly...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 25, 2020

Dayton school board report for June

DAYTON—It could be the middle of August before a solid plan for reopening Dayton schools can be presented to the community. At last week’s school board meeting Superintendent, Doug Johnson said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Dayton City Council report for June

DAYTON—Both city parks and the Dayton City Hall are now open to the public since the county has moved to Phase 3 of the governor’s plan to reopen Washington State. Mayor Zac Weatherford said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

BMS Co-op food market has filled the gap for many during coronavirus challenge

DAYTON-People shopping at the Blue Mountain Station Co-op market have been able to find some of the items they couldn't find at retail grocery stores, because of hoarding by panic-stricken shoppers re...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

DZA Associates provides 2019 financial audit to the Hospital District board

DAYTON—Tom Dingus, owner of Dingus/Zarecor & Associates, Certified Public Accountants, presented the 2019 Basic Financial Statements, and Independent Auditor’s Reports to the Hospital District...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 18, 2020

Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee/ Port of Columbia commissioners approve trail concept plan for use by engineers

DAYTON—At the Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting last week, the Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee presented a draft trail concept plan, along with a recommendation to allow its use by...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 11, 2020

Columbia County approved for Phase 3

DAYTON—Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman and Governor Jay Inslee have approved Columbia County to move forward to Phase 3. Individual Phase 3 business sectors can reopen only after...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 11, 2020

Two new restaurants and a new fuel mart in Dayton

DAYTON-New businesses opening in Dayton, despite the coronavirus slow-down, is a testament to a community that will step up and help each other. It also says a lot about the pluck and determination of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 4, 2020

Marty Hall will run against incumbent Mike Talbott for Position 2 on the Board of Columbia County Commissioners

DAYTON-Rancher Marty Hall will face incumbent Commissioner Mike Talbott, for Position 2 on the Board of County Commissioners in the November general election. "I want to do what I can to keep...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 28, 2020

Port commission report for May

DAYTON-At the May 13 Port Commission meeting, Executive Director Dickinson expressed a desire for people to follow all the social distancing guidelines set forth by in the Governor's Phased Approach...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 28, 2020

Three candidates vie for Superior Court Judge for Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia counties

DAYTON-Vic Bottomly is a private practice attorney in Clarkston, Wash., focusing on Criminal and Civil Law for Asotin, Garfield and Columbia Counties. Bottomly said he never before set out to be a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 21, 2020

School closures have parents and children juggling home and school

DAYTON-Quality time together, learning from each other, the need for flexibility, and the importance of staying positive are common themes for parents and children as they navigate the new normal of...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 21, 2020

Different times, other plagues, similar measures taken

DAYTON-A hundred years ago it was a common practice to quarantine soldiers returning from war zones against diseases like yellow fever Private Wesley Dodge, 1st Regiment of Washington Infantry...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 21, 2020

Dayton City Council report for May

DAYTON— In her report to the Dayton City Council, City Administrator Trina Cole said the Army Corps of Engineers has been in touch with the city about the levee system rehabilitation. Because it is...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 14, 2020

Governor Inslee gives Columbia County the green light for Phase 2

DAYTON—Columbia County is one of five counties in Washington that has been approved to move from Phase I to Phase II of Governor Jay Inslee’s Phased Approach for Reopening Washington Plan....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 14, 2020

Could it be a grief reaction?

DAYTON—Most of us are acquainted with the five stages of grief, which are; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, and most of us have experienced grief, firsthand, through the loss...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

Columbia County Health Department is asking for a variance from the state to move into COVID-19 Phase II

DAYTON-On Friday May 1 Governor Jay Inslee announced a four-phase plan for reopening businesses in Washington state. That announcement included an opportunity for ten smaller, rural counties to apply...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

Day use at W. T. Wooten Wildlife Area begins on May 5

DAYTON—Kari Dingman, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife assistant manager for the Wooten Wildlife Area said all State Lands will be reopened to the public for Day Use, only, on May 5....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

CCHS officials working to repair financial damage caused by COVID-19 challenges

DAYTON—Columbia County Health System officials are working to shore up the system’s finances, which have been negatively impacted due to preparations required for a possible COVID-19 surge. There...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 7, 2020

Small business development center offers strategies for small business owners

DAYTON-Judy Jones an advisor from the Walla Walla Small Business Development Center met with Port of Columbia Director, Jennie Dickinson and local business owners in a Town Hall meeting on April 21....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 30, 2020

The Port of Columbia and the Dayton Chamber are teaming up to help business owners and workers during the COVID-19 challenge

DAYTON-Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Port of Columbia and Dayton Chamber officials have been working to gather, distill, and impart information that will help the business community...

 

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