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 By Michele Smith    News    April 29, 2021

Touchet Valley Trail information meeting well attended

DAYTON-On Monday, as many as 101 people attended the Port of Columbia Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) information meeting and to ask questions of the presenters. Brian Hansen, Principal Engineer for...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

Port discusses trail meeting, Columbia Pulp, broadband

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reminded those in attendance at the Port Commissioners meeting last week about the Touchet Valley Bike Trail informational meeting,...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

Dayton City Council report for April

DAYTON—Vicki Zoller from the Friends of the Dayton Community Center was a special guest at the Dayton City Council meeting last week. Zoller said fundraising efforts for the feasibility study for th...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

One new case of COVID-19 in Columbia County

DAYTON—Only one COVID-19 vaccine clinic was scheduled this week. That clinic took place at the county fairgrounds on Tuesday, when 91-second doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered....

 By Michele Smith    News    April 15, 2021

CCHS participating in group studying regional childcare issues

DAYTON­­-There will be a licensed daycare vacuum in Dayton, when the only current licensed provider drops out of the business at the end of June, said Paul Ihle, a Community Health Worker for the...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 15, 2021

New concessionaires at the Touchet Valley Golf Course restaurant

DAYTON-If you find you love the food prepared by Sid Highsmith and Nathanial Steen at Blazin Burgers, you should let them know so they will be encouraged to stay. Steen said when the golf course...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

Pending legislation has the county treasurer scratching her head

DAYTON—Columbia County Treasurer Carla Rowe believes the duty of the treasurer’s office is to collect taxes, not to make judgments on who is, or who is not, qualified for delinquent tax...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

For the love of Dayton

When I first landed in Dayton in 2012, I didn’t know anybody and wasn’t sure how I was going to find out anything about my new community. I got my first insight into the community through reading... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

FCZD update on flood damage repair

DAYTON-Work to remove sediment from the Touchet River, in the area of the Hwy. 12 and railroad bridges and the confluence of the Patit Creek, is on hold until the Columbia County Flood Control Zone...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 1, 2021

Local Prosecuting Attorney drafts ordinance to replace overthrown possession law

DAYTON—Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack has wasted no time heading off a headache for local law enforcement due to the State Supreme Court ruling Washington State v. Blake on...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

County Commissioner Ryan Rundell speaks to the city's reluctance to approve ILA

DAYTON—At their meeting on March 10, the Dayton City Council expressed reluctance to sign the Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with the County for Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and Municipal Court services....

 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

New deputies hired in the Sheriff's Office

DAYTON-The Columbia County Sheriff Office has hired David Walling and Riley Conahan as new deputies for the county. David Walling was raised in the Ellensburg area, graduating from Kittitas High...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

Dayton School District board meeting report

DAYTON—At the Dayton School District (DSD) board meeting last week, Superintendent Guy Strot provided a COVID-19 update, impact to the athletic program, how federal COVID relief funds will be...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 18, 2021

Washington State v. Blake has big impact on communities

Columbia County Prosecutor looks for options to mitigate ruling's impact on county. DAYTON—On Feb. 25, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a law that makes it a...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 18, 2021

City, County, and FCZD on board with plans for emergent removal of sediment from the Touchet River

DAYTON—The Flood Control Zone District (FCZD) board of supervisors and the manager, Charles Eaton, are meeting before the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 18, 2021

City council approves ILA with reservations

DAYTON—It was a reluctant city council that agreed to sign a five-year contract with the county for Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and Municipal Court services last week during their regular monthly...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 18, 2021

Fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Touchet Valley Golf Course are paying off

DAYTON—Fundraising efforts are paying off for the Friends of the Touchet Valley Golf Course, as they look forward to construction of an underground sprinkler system at the golf course. A fiscal spon...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 11, 2021

Dayton businesses are ready to welcome you back

Visit Fiesta en Jalisco at 400 West Main Street for the best Mexican food in town. Manager Oscar Guitron and his crew have spent time during the downturn to refresh the inside of the restaurant with...


Dayton Historical Depot Society director leaving post.

DAYTON-After six and a half years of employment, Tamara Fritze has left the Dayton Historical Depot Society to pursue other interests. During her time as the Depot Museum Director, Fritze created...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 11, 2021

Chamber announces Community Choice Awards

DAYTON-The Dayton Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of the 2020 Community Choice Awards on March 3rd. Each year, nominations are taken for exceptional citizen, employee, business and youth,...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 11, 2021

Columbia County Commissioners join opposition to U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's plan for salmon recovery

DAYTON—In February, U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson, representing Idaho, District 2, unveiled a $33.5 billion proposal for breaching the four lower hydroelectric dams on the Snake River to address...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 11, 2021

Progress on Dayton General Hospital's campus projects

DAYTON-CCHS CEO Shane McGuire provided the Hospital District board with a project update at their February meeting. The floor in the Dayton General Hospital Emergency Department was replaced in...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine clinics playing catch-up on second doses

DAYTON-Although initial COVID-19 vaccination efforts have been uneven, incremental progress is being made, CCHS CEO Shane McGuire told the Hospital District Board of Commissioners at their meeting...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

The Dayton Memorial Library has a new library director

DAYTON-Todd Vandenbark is the new Library Director for the Dayton Memorial Library. Vandenbark said he became interested in Library Science when a friend told him that libraries value people who come...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

Mid-April goal to unveil 30 percent of the Touchet Valley Trail design

DAYTON-Adam Schmidtgall, Principal Engineer, and Brian Hansen, Project Engineer for Anderson/Perry & Associates, provided an update about progress on the Touchet Valley Trail design at the...


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