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 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Commissioners address rights in response to Judge Gallina arrest

Update: The below article was posted on The Times website on April 11, following last week's press deadline. Since the time of the original article, Superior Court Judge Scott Gallina was formally...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Dayton School District prepares for staff cuts

DAYTON—Like dozens of rural districts across the state, the Dayton School District is scrambling to build a budget based on worse-case scenarios in the face of uncertain state funding. At an April...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Discover Dayton's Diversity

DAYTON—The catch phrase, “Discover Dayton’s Diversity,” will be used in the City’s comprehensive plan and Boe Stevenson of Boe Designs created a corresponding graphic. Phrase development... Full story

 
 News    April 18, 2019 

Community is invited to Dayton Dispatch Open House, April 19

DAYTON-Columbia County Emergency Management will celebrate National 911 Telecommunicators Week with an Open House on Fri., April 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The public is invited to tour the dispatch...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 18, 2019 

Dayton City Council April Report

DAYTON—City of Dayton Mayor Craig George presided over a lengthy city council meeting last week, which will be his last before he retires on Apr. 30. “I really want to thank the council. I’ve be...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

The Club youth program receives strong community support

DAYTON-With The Club youth center nearing completion of its first school year, co-founder Ginny Butler said community members are still confused about how the center is funded. Butlers said that...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 11, 2019

Fish and wildlife habitat improvement plan is underway for Touchet River

DAYTON-The Walla Walla and Columbia Conservation Districts are the lead agencies for a restoration and improvement plan for fish and wildlife habitat on the Touchet River, from the SR 125 bridge at Waitsburg, upstream, into the upper reaches of the...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 11, 2019

Columbia County 'Opportunity Zone' designation opens door to development

COLUMBIA COUNTY—In April of 2018, Governor Jay Inslee approved 139 census tracts in 36 counties for Opportunity Zone status. One of those designations included the majority of Columbia County and allows the county to offer special federal tax...

 

Legionnaires have a long history in Col. County

DAYTON—The Frank E. Bauers American Legion Post No. 42 was organized in 1919, which was the same year the national organization was chartered and incorporated by Congress, according to Carla Rowe...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 11, 2019

Blue Mountain Heritage Society honors Columbia County veterans

DAYTON-The patriotic display honoring Columbia County veterans has been moved from the Smith Hollow Country Schoolhouse to the Palus Museum, at 426 E. Main Street. "The display was popular and...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 11, 2019

Col. Co. Commissioners address rights protections in response to Judge Gallina arrest

DAYTON-In an April 11 emergency meeting, Columbia Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution 2019-22 which addresses the protection of Columbia County employees and elected officials. The... Full story

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 4, 2019

Repowering planned for Marengo wind turbines

DAYTON-PacifiCorp is investing $3.5 billion to build four new wind projects and upgrade its Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington wind fleet. The upgrade includes "repowering" the 78 wind turbines at...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    April 4, 2019

Retail garden nursery planned for Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON-Beginning on April 19 the Blue Mountain Station Co-op will be open on Tues. through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 6 p. m., said Patricia Sacha, the manager of the Co-op market. Sacha said on...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    April 4, 2019

Dayton Creative Co-op Grand Opening

DAYTON-There's something new brewing behind the Village Shoppes on Main Street. Enthusiastic artist Jessica Griffin is opening the Dayton Creative Co-op, a mixed-use art studio with community at its...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 4, 2019

Touchet Valley Golf Course is open for the season

DAYTON-The Touchet Valley Golf Course is open for the season, with a new fee schedule that makes an already enjoyable course even that much more pleasurable. Previously, greens fees were $18 for nine...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 28, 2019

Railroad History

DAYTON-Railroad enthusiast and author Thomas Hillebrant spoke about the history of the Walla Walla and Dayton Rails at the Dayton Historic Depot on Mar. 21. Hillebrant said there was a "great clamor"...

 

Billboard Winner

This "Don't Smoke - Pet a Cat" poster by Skylar M. won the most votes in the Columbia County Public Health Department's Great American Smoke-Out Poster Contest. Her poster will soon be seen gracing a...

 

Dayton School Board Meeting Summary

Show and Tell Board members received a summary of the training and implementation steps to recreate a highly capable K-12 program in the District. Emphasis is on adopting identification criteria expected by the state and determining project-based...

 

Hazmat scenario training

Columbia County Health System staff participated in live training on Wed., March 20. Staff experienced hazmat scenario training and worked with doctors on intubation, sutures and stapling. Staff...

 

Talk about Art

A column by Carolyn Henderson There's a lot more you can do with an old horseshoe than nail it over your doorway for luck. At least, if you're Annie Behlau of Milton-Freewater, who creates sculptures...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    March 28, 2019

Citizens voice concerns at Dayton library board meeting

DAYTON—It was a full house at the March 18 meeting of the Columbia County Rural Library Board as area residents showed up to voice concerns about library policies and practices. Board chair Tanya...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 28, 2019

Potential litigation propels BOCC to interface with library board

DAYTON—If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then why doesn’t the county have a dedicated human resources manager? Now, issues surrounding Shakira Bye’s termination from the...

 

Gatlin Family Fundraiser

Community members pulled together to support the family of Danica and Michael Gatlin as their young son goes through cancer treatment. Nearly $3,000 was raised at the March 22 fund...

 

Show Stoppers!

Performers get into character as they practice for the upcoming Show Stoppers spring musical revue at the Liberty Theater. The show features 18 numbers from favorite past productions. See Page 9 for...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 21, 2019

Friends of the Dayton Community Pool broadens its vision

DAYTON—The Friends of the Dayton Community Pool has revamped its name and purpose. “We kept running into community conversations that talked about how lovely it would be to have a community or multi-purpose center in our county,” said...

 

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