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 By Michele Smith    News    January 14, 2021 

Inside the Sheriff's Office during the COVID-19 pandemic

DAYTON-Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm's overarching goal is to get back to the fundamental basics of law enforcement; through proper staffing, handling calls appropriately, providing deputies with...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 7, 2021

CCHS CEO Shane McGuire provides capital project update

DAYTON—On Dec. 16, Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire provided the hospital board of commissioners with an update on projects designed to improve the hospital’s ability to treat...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 7, 2021

Administration of COVID-19 vaccine in early stages

DAYTON-On Dec. 29, Dayton General Hospital Pharmacy Manager Cheryl Pell administered the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to DGH employee Mike Paris, kicking off vaccinations for essential health...

 

CCHS receives 300 doses of Moderna vaccine

DAYTON—The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Columbia County. The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) has received 300 doses. At this time, CCHS has started giving immunizations to...

 

County adopts $24 million budget for 2021

DAYTON—The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) met on Dec. 21 to adopt various budgets, sign the ILA with the City of Dayton for Law and Justice, Dispatch, and Court services, and hire an...

 

Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office adds new Deputy Prosecuting Attorney position

DAYTON­-The Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has announced that Cindy L. Horowitz will be joining the office as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on January 1, 2021. Horowitz has served as an...

 

DGH Chief of Staff discusses COVID-19 vaccine distribution

DAYTON—Dr. Kyle Terry, Medical Chief of Staff at Dayton General Hospital, touched briefly on vaccine distribution and safety protocols for patients and staff when he spoke to the hospital board of c...

 

Stakeholders participation at Port's annual economic development strategy meeting

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia held the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The forum gives community stakeholders a chance to...

 

Washington State Department of Health announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

DAYTON-The Washington State Department of Health expects to receive and distribute 62,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 17 sites across 13 counties, beginning this week. According to DOH, th...

 

Six-year transportation plan approved by Board of County Commissioners

Emergency repairs only, in 2021 DAYTON—The Board of County Commissioners approved and adopted several resolutions presented by the Public Works Director Chuck Eaton at their December 11 meeting. Res...

 

City of Dayton adopts 2021 Budget

Budget includes water/sewer utility rate increases DAYTON—The Dayton City Council adopted the 2021 City Budget at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec.1, and Mayor Zac Weatherford presented the following:...

 

Bluewood ski area opens Friday, December 11

DAYTON­—The 2020-21 season at Bluewood opens the weekend of Dec. 11-13 as the winter sports area welcomes skiers and snowboarders to the mountain. As of Monday, Dec.7, there are 24 inches of snow at the base and 24 inches at the summit. On...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 3, 2020

Columbia County Extension agent to retire

DAYTON—WSU Extension Agent Paul Carter is retiring, effective Jan. 4, after over fifteen years of service to Columbia County. Carter came to Dayton in April 2005, as a 52-year-old college graduate,...

 

Columbia County Public Health reports rise in COVID-19 cases

DAYTON—On Sunday, November 22, the Columbia County Public Health Department reported sixteen new positive cases of COVID-19; two cases are associated with Dayton schools. Dayton schools were closed...

 

Booker Nursing Home back to Phase 1 protocols for COVID-19

DAYTON—An employee working in the Booker Rest Home tested positive for COVID-19 last week, which led to mandatory testing of all staff and all residents on Friday, November 20, and again the...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    November 26, 2020

Civil Deputy Tim Quigg celebrates 40 years in law enforcement

DAYTON-Civil Deputy Tim Quigg has hit a major milestone at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. On November 21, Quigg celebrated four decades of service, with no plans to retire anytime soon. Quigg...

 

Interlocal Agreement with the County discussed at the Dayton City Council meeting

DAYTON—A new five-year Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with the County for Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and District Court services was the main topic of discussion at the Dayton City Council meeting last...

 

Agreement reached between the city and the county for services

DAYTON—Columbia County and the City of Dayton have reached an agreement regarding the terms of an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) for Law Enforcement services, Emergency Management/Dispatch services, and...

 

Hospital District news for October

DAYTON—After several years of wrangling with Medicaid managed care organizations for underpayments to the Hospital District, Molina Healthcare has come through with a substantial payment. CCHS CEO...

 

Award for Excellence in Planning presented to Columbia County for 2019 Regional Comprehensive Plan Update

DAYTON— In March of 2018, Columbia County, the City of Dayton, and the Town of Starbuck entered into interlocal agreements for the 2019 Regional Comprehensive Plan Update, with Columbia County...

 

The Club Receives Donation from Coldwell Banker Walla Walla

DAYTON-Coldwell Banker Walla Walla has donated $800 to The Club for operating costs. A check was presented by local realtors Benedicte and Loic Carbonnier. "On behalf of The Club, I wish to extend...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 5, 2020

Six cases of COVID-19 reported in Columbia County on Monday

DAYTON—There are six new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday, October 29, as reported by Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman to the County Board of Health on Monday. She said the six cases in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 5, 2020

Inside the Columbia County Emergency Management Department

DAYTON-Columbia County Emergency Management Director Ashley Strickland usually devotes ninety percent of his working time to the E911 Dispatch Center and the remaining ten percent to emergency...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 29, 2020

Port to revisit Broadband grant application

DAYTON—Only the top seven applicants out of a field of thirty have been chosen to receive funding from the Washington State Public Works Board for their broadband projects. The Port of Columbia was...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 22, 2020

Inside Columbia County's Public Works Department

DAYTON-Since he was hired in Dec. 2018 as the Columbia County Engineer and Public Works Director, Charles Eaton finds himself wearing more hats than ever. His responsibilities include multiple...

 

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