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Articles from the June 2, 2022 edition

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Dayton Days Parade

The kids led the Dayton Day Parade on their decorated and colorful bikes. A great start to a great parade on a sunny day in Columbia County....


Friends of the Pool ask for public input

DAYTON- A dedicated group of swimming and water safety enthusiasts are asking for help as planning for a new swimming pool in Dayton enters a critical phase. The Friends of the Pool (Friends) has... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    June 2, 2022

Threats at Waitsburg Schools determined not credible

The district to facilitate community safety sessions this summer WAITSBURG—Parents of Waitsburg School District students had a scare after a post on Facebook alerting users of a ‘school shooting...

 By Lane Gwinn    News Briefs    June 2, 2022

Slight increase seen in Waitsburg Sales tax

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg residents may, or may not, notice a slight increase in sales tax starting July 1. The Transportation Benefit District (TBD) has been in place for the last ten years. It funds transportation improvement projects, including...


At the Liberty:TOP GUN: MAVERICK

DAYTON—After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would... Full story


When the River Becomes a Cloud

PRESCOTT—On Thursday, June 9th, Prescott School will be having a unique all-school experiential art activity titled, “When the River Becomes a Cloud.” Prescott School’s long-term Artists-in-Residence, Amanda Leigh Evans and Tia Kramer, will...


In support of new public health director

I am writing regarding the new Columbia County Public Health Department director, and concerns that, according to last week’s Letter to the Editor from Shellie McLeod, the new director is unfit for the position. This is apparently because of the ne... Full story


County Commissioner applauds new PAC's ice cream social

To the Editor, I wanted to acknowledge how well the Ice Cream Social held by the new political action committee the Neighbors United for Progress was this last Saturday. Holding it immediately after the parade was a wonderful idea and gave people... Full story


Betty Schirman

Please Join Us in a Celebration of Life for Betty (Zastrow) Schirman. August 5, 1928 - September 25, 2021. Recalling 93 God Given Years Dayton United Methodist Church Third and Clay Street. June 11,... Full story


Neighbors United for Progress hold Ice Cream Social

Neighbors United for Progress hosted an ice cream social after the Dayton Days parade. A crowd gathered at Caboose Park to learn about the new political PAC and meet Columbia County Commissioner... Full story


Waitsburg Community Yard Sale

Open this week's PDF to get a clear version of the yard sale map....


Dayton School board met twice to go into executive sessions

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held two special board meetings, the first at 5 p.m., May 26, 2022, and the second at 3 p.m., May 27, 2022. All were present at the first of two meetings, Zac Fabian, Grant Griffen, Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Korinda...

 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    June 2, 2022

Palouse Outdoors: Taming the Tiger (Trout)

The pond could not have been more than a couple of acres, just small enough that I could fish a full lap around in my float tube before the consequences of sitting belly-deep in frigid water required...

 By Karen Huwe    Specials    June 2, 2022

Around the Valley: With Karen Huwe

Senior McKenzie (Kenzie) Lewis recently was awarded the State Degree at the Washington State FFA Convention. The State Degree is bestowed to FFA members after meeting ten requirements set forth by...



Ten Years Ago May 31, 2012 Eighty-one-year-old Booker Rest Home resident Louis Razzolini is no stranger to making his opinions known. But to Razzolini's fellow tenants he is more than just a friendly... Full story

 By Luke Chavez    Specials    June 2, 2022

Herbed Focaccia

Before moving to Waitsburg, bread baking was an elusive skill I always shied away from. Despite my deep love for all the shapes and styles of bread, the idea of making my own always seemed like an...

 By Karen Huwe    Sports    June 2, 2022

MS Baseball Finish Season with Wins

  Jordan McCowen pitched a 13-0 shut-out in game one against Columbia Burbank on May 25.  McCowen allowed one hit and struck out four.  He also contributed with a double in the first inning....


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