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 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...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021 

Port's agreement with NoaNet provides a possible avenue for community-wide broadband service

DAYTON—At their meeting in February, the Port of Columbia commissioners approved an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network) to provide broadband service to the Port...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 4, 2021 

Former Dayton resident receives lung transplant, asks for help with medical costs

SEQUIM—After years of misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, and fighting for each breath, former Dayton resident Fred Banks received a bilateral lung transplant in 2020. Now, his family is reaching...

 
 News    March 4, 2021 

Pulmonary Fibrosis and other Lung diseases are a hazard in some farming practices

According to data provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, agricultural workers are at a greater risk of respiratory problems due to exposure to...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 4, 2021 

The Royal Block sees new owners, lots of history, bright future

WAITSBURG-218 Main Street has contributed its fair share to Waitsburg's history. Built in 1888 by G.W Loundagin, the Royal Block has housed many businesses including a hotel, multiple pharmacies,...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    March 4, 2021 

"March Magic" to Play March 26

Liberty Theater in Dayton will be streaming a live production of this year's community variety show. The free show is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, and will be available on YouTube. This year's...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021

Prescott School Board discusses mental health, school activities

PRESCOTT-The Prescott School Board met on January 18, at 7 p.m., via a hybrid meeting. Since the South Central Region is now in Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery plan, the school board members met...

 

Dismissal time change for Dayton MS/HS coming soon

DAYTON—When they met last week, the Dayton School District Board of Directors approved a new dismissal time and bell schedule for Middle School and High School students. After March 1, dismissal...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021

Waitsburg School Board finally face to face at February meeting

WAITSBURG—A hybrid meeting was the first glimpse into a return to normal at the Waitsburg School Board’s monthly meeting last Thursday. The board was able to meet in person while guests tuned in...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021

Superintendent faces Silly String March 1 & 4

WAITSBURG—With the pandemic’s hardships in mind, Waitsburg Elementary set a goal of $2,500 for the annual Jump for Heart fundraiser. Superintendent Mark Pickel was pleased to share that the...

 

2020 overdose death rates show alarming trend; fentanyl partly to blame

OLYMPIA—Overdose deaths accelerated in Washington in 2020, increasing by 38% in the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019. Most of that increase came from deaths involving fentanyl, a powerful opioid. Preliminary data show 835...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021

Municipal code updates, flood preparations and snow fallout covered at Council meeting

WAITSBURG—At the Waitsburg City Council meeting on February 17, agenda items included municipal code changes to electronic signs, city elections, and zoning. Mayor Marty Dunn addressed recent posts...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 25, 2021

The Tuxedo Bar and Grill opened Feb. 23

PRESCOTT-The announcement that we have all been waiting for: The Tuxedo Bar & Grill, in Prescott, opened its doors for the first time since December on February 23- just in time for spring...

 

No proposals in place for annexation of Port-owned property

DAYTON—At the Feb. 10 Port Commission meeting, Port officials discussed a letter and a petition signed by 37 people with concerns about whether there is a proposal to annex Port-owned property to...

 

State parks hiring aides and senior park aides

OLYMPIA—Washington State Parks announces its annual recruitment for various park aide and senior park aide positions across the state. The available park aide and senior park aide positions are seasonal and non-permanent. Each summer, State Parks...

 

All regions in State are now in Phase 2 of reopening plan

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that a hospital in the South-Central Region of the Healthy Washington Plan misreported data, which led to a determination that the region remain in Phase 1 of Governor Jay...

 

Dayton City Council report for Feb.

DAYTON—City of Dayton Mayor Zac Weatherford provided an update about the Interlocal Agreement with the county for Law and Justice, Dispatch, and Municipal Court services at last week’s city...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 18, 2021

Winter conditions create flooding concerns

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg officials met Tuesday in an emergency meeting to discuss flood preparedness measures, as winter weather conditions indicate that a high-water event could be likely. City Councilmem...

 

County still working to repair damages from the February 2020 flood

DAYTON-The Feb. 2020 flood that caused $7.2 million in damages at more than 120 locations has added extra work, time, and stress for County Engineer Charles Eaton and staff in the public works...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 18, 2021

CWWCFD2 monthly board meeting update

WAITSBURG—The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 met on February 10, via Zoom, for a regular board meeting. After the meeting was called to order by chairman Jake Long at 7 p.m, District cl...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 11, 2021

Levee repair and improvement planned in 2021

WAITSBURG—A little more than a year after the City of Waitsburg experienced a major flood event, repair efforts are still underway. Additional flood improvement projects are still being planned. In...

 

Dayton school board meeting

DAYTON—Middle and High School (MS/HS) Principal Kristina Brown has met with her staff to discuss strategies and interventions they can use to help students struggling with failing grades, she told a...

 

Coming soon to Dayton: Table Rock Meat Company

DAYTON-The Dayton Cut and Wrap will be rebranded as the Table Rock Meat Company when Sierra Smith and Michelle Shoun finalize the business's purchase from long-time owners Joe and Sue Nyce. Smith...

 

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