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 News    May 12, 2022 

Light agenda at commissioner work session

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners met on Monday, May 9, for a short work session. The only item on the agenda was ‘general discussion.’ Commissioner Marty Hall shared that he was heading to Pomeroy to meet with a representative...

 

Port shuts down Touchet Valley Trail funding

DAYTON – Actions taken by the Port Commisioners at the April 13, meeting may have ended years of work on the Touchet Valley Trail Project. The meeting at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    February 10, 2022

Real estate acquisition discussed at Monday Commissioner meeting

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, February 7, for a regular meeting. Equipment use and acquisition, and real estate acquisition were a few of the topics covered. The...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    February 3, 2022

Dayton School Board special meeting to assign duties, hear from DSD lawyer

DAYTON - The Dayton School Board held a special meeting at 6 p.m., January 26, 2022, to complete business from last week’s regular meeting. Due to increased community COVID-19 cases, the regular meeting had been limited to consideration of bills...

 

New Mental Health Crisis Number in Columbia County

DAYTON—As of February 1, 2022, the new behavioral health crisis line for Columbia County is (509) 876-0626, as Comprehensive Healthcare begins providing behavioral health crisis services to Columbia County. “Comprehensive Healthcare has been...

 

Phinney appointed acting Public Works Director

COLUMBIA COUNTY—The Columbia County Commissioners met for a regular workshop meeting on Tuesday, January 25. The commissioners started the meeting with a ten-minute executive session, during which direction was taken, but no action was taken. Publi...

 

County awards $90,000 for Broadband

DAYTON—Support for the Port of Columbia’s broadband infrastructure project is crucial to prividng high speed, reliable, up to date internet to the residents of Dayton and Columbia County. Anne Walsh, speaking on behalf of the Dayton Chamber of Co...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    December 30, 2021

Columbia County Sheriff's Office hosts Town Hall

DAYTON—New policing laws and how they affect local law enforcement was the topic at a town hall presentation by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and Wednesday nights last week. The...

 
 By Justin Jaech    News    December 16, 2021

Port of Columbia December meeting

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia commissioners held their last regularly scheduled meeting of the year at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 08, 2021, via Zoom. Commissioner Shawn Brown called the meeting to order. There was no public comment. The Board...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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 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...

 

Dayton loses two beloved community leaders

DAYTON-The community of Dayton recently lost two leaders from their community. Port of Columbia Commissioner Earle Marvin, and Kim Clark, General Manager of Ski Bluewood Resort, passed away...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 19, 2021

Broadband, Touchet Valley Trail discussed at August Port meeting

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia Commissioners met Wednesday, August 11, for a regular board meeting. Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reported a roughly $10,000 expenditure for an HV...

 

Policing reform lacks clarification from State

DAYTON—Washington state’s legislation on police reform went into effect on Sunday, July 25, and has left many police officials across the state without needed clarification. Concerns over changes to police response based on House Bill 1054 and Ho...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    August 5, 2021

Alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Columbia County

DAYTON—COVID-19 cases have risen sharply over the last couple of weeks in Columbia County. On Tuesday, August 3, there were 27 active cases. “We have been very fortunate over the past few...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 22, 2021

Port of Columbia recipient of $2 million grant for broadband

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia has taken a significant leap forward in its quest to bring broadband, high-speed internet access to the local community. In Olympia last week, the Port’s Executive...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 20, 2021

Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting update

DAYTON-Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Earle Marvin, opened the May 12 meeting with public comment. Betty Longren spoke, urging the commissioners to respect all community members and get behind...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

Yes! Touchet Valley Trail supporters hit the streets

DAYTON-More than a dozen Touchet Valley residents hit the streets of Dayton with "YES Touchet Valley Trail" signs on Wednesday, May 12, to show their support for the project and the Port of Columbia....

 
 By Beka Compton    News    May 20, 2021

BOCC amends equine fees, discuss Extension agent position

DAYTON—The Board of Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, May 17, via Zoom. The commissioners were joined by WSU Extension Whitman County Director Janet Schmidt to discuss a long-standing...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    May 13, 2021

Columbia County Commissioners discuss cameras at Public Health

DAYTON—The Columbia County Commissioners met Monday, May 10, to discuss the WSU Columbia County Extension Agent position and the use of cameras in a county office. The Commissioners heard from Dave...

 
 By Lane Gwinn    News    May 6, 2021

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When I took over The Times in 2019, I was an avid newspaper reader, not a newspaper journalist. Just because you've eaten in a restaurant doesn't mean you can run one. Michele was one of the...

 

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