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 By Beka Compton    News    November 25, 2021 

Real estate and surplus policy center of City Council meeting

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met for a regular meeting on November 17, at 7 p.m. During the public comment portion, resident Joy Smith thanked the council for all their work during their...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    November 25, 2021 

Dayton School Board discuss new hires

DAYTON-The Dayton School Board held their regular meeting on November 17, 2021, at 6 p.m. This week's board meeting began by conducting interviews with the candidates for the vacant board position....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 25, 2021 

Waitsburg School Board monthly meeting focuses on levy

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met Wednesday, November 17, for its regular meeting. The meeting was led by vice-chairman Ross Hamann, following the resignation of former chairman Pam Chapman...

 

Splash pad plans moving forward in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-At the Nov. 17 Waitsburg City Council meeting, City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe reported he had purchased the components needed for a splash pad. The pad is being constructed at...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 25, 2021 

Kiwanis Club hosted Vietnam Veteran at Nov. 11 meeting

DAYTON-Listening to a veteran's story was the perfect topic at the November 11 Dayton Kiwanis Club Meeting. Kiwanis members invited Eric Thorn, a local veteran who served in Vietnam, to share his...

 

Christmas Kickoff coming to Dayton November 26

DAYTON-Sleep off all of the Thanksgiving turkey, and head to Downtown Dayon on Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27 for the annual Christmas Kickoff festivities. Belinda Larsen, Executive...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 18, 2021

Resource Center preparing for 12 Days of Christmas

WAITSBURG-Tucked away just before the intersection of Preston and Main, the volunteer-run Waitsburg Resource Center has been quietly and compassionately helping families in need. While her mother and...

 

Port discusses budget report

Port of Columbia Commissioners met at 3:30 p.m. on November 10, 2021, for their monthly meeting on Zoom. All the current commissioners were in attendance, Shawn Brown, Genie Crowe, Sean Milligan, and the executive director, Jennie Dickinson. At...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    November 18, 2021

Columbia County Commissioners discuss ARPA funds, HVAC system

DAYTON—American Rescue Plan Act funds, and how to spend them, have been on the Columbia County Commissioners’ minds for months. Earlier this year, the Port of Columbia approached the commissioners about the funds, requesting a financial contribut...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    November 18, 2021

Recommendations from Washington State Parks to improve three local area parks

Washington State Parks held a public meeting on November 8, 2021, at 6 PM in Dayton Elementary School multipurpose room. Although the public sparsely attended the meeting, the topics covered will affe... Full story

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 11, 2021

Waitsburg City Council reviews proposed budget

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on November 3 for a special meeting to review the preliminary budget for 2022. Before discussing the budget, the council set a public hearing date for the...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    November 11, 2021

Return of DW Combine committee discussed at school board meeting

DAYTON- The Dayton School Board held its work session meeting on Zoom at 6 p.m. on November 3, 2021. The first agenda item addressed by the school board was to review the strategic plan. The first aspect of the strategic plan the board looked at was...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    November 11, 2021

Superintendent introduces student retention plan

DAYTON-Superintendent Guy Strot has begun the implementation of a plan to improve the Dayton School District. The district has recently lost far too many students to surrounding school districts,...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 4, 2021

Economic Development Steering Committee monthly meeting

DAYTON—The Economic Development Steering Committee met via Zoom on November 2. Jennie Dickinson kicked the meeting off with an update regarding a grant from the Innovia Foundation for startup...

 

Columbia County Commissioners' Nov. 1 meeting

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners met on Monday, November 1. They discussed multiple resolutions, set a date for a public hearing regarding levy certifications, and discussed a behavioral services contract. The commissioners discussed...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 4, 2021

Blue Skies at Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON-The sprawling Blue Mountain Station has become a key player in Dayton and Columbia County's economy. It provides production space for fine candy makers, craft spirit distillers, soap crafters,...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    October 28, 2021

Council votes to surplus pocket park

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on October 13 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Before the approval of the agenda, Mayor Marty Dunn added an item regarding the Touchet River Levee Repair...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    October 28, 2021

Sports, new truancy officer covered at Dayton School Board meeting

DAYTON- The Dayton School board held its regular School Director’s meeting at 6 p.m. on October 20, 2021. The board approved the consent agenda, which consisted of the minutes for the September 15, 2021 Board Meeting, a donation from Walla Walla To...

 

Friends of Weller Public Library awarded REA grant

WAITSBURG-It's the season of change and improvement on Waitsburg's Main Street, and the city's library will not be left out. The Friends of the Weller Public Library was recently awarded $7,000 from C...

 

BOCC comment session focused on broadband, mandates

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners held a public comment session on October 18. The first speaker, Cindi John, questioned why the contract for Blazin’ Burgers, the restaurant vendor at the Touchet Valley Golf Course, had not been renewed....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    October 21, 2021

CWWFD2 Commissioners adopt vaccination policy

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 Commissioners met on October 13 for a regular meeting at the Waitsburg Fire Station. Interim fire chief Colter Mohney asked that a vote regarding...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    October 21, 2021

Port of Columbia commissioners discuss wagons and budget

DAYTON – A regular meeting of the Port of Columbia was held using Zoom at 3:30 pm, October 13, 2021, with Commissioner Brown moderating. The Commissioners discussed several administrative issues, including a line-by-line discussion of the draft...

 

Vaccination mandate has minimal impact on local hospitals

OLYMPIA—Monday, October 18, was the deadline for workers in specific sectors, including private and public healthcare, state employees, and education, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. As the deadline neared,...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    October 21, 2021

Dayton City Council meeting update

DAYTON - A regular meeting of the City Council was held using Zoom at 6 PM, October 13, 2021. During public comment, Sheriff Joe Helm announced that he had appointed Deputy Cesar Rivera as Chief...

 

Umatilla National Forest lifts public use restrictions

PENDLETON, Ore—Recent precipitation and cooler weather conditions across the Umatilla National Forest has decreased fire danger, prompting fire managers to lift all public use restrictions pertaining to recreational chainsaw use, smoking, and...

 

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