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 By Michele Smith    News    November 15, 2018 

State Seeks Input on Future of State Parks

DAYTON—During a presentation to members of the public last week, Washington State Parks Planner Laura Moxham gave an overview of plans being developed for three area state parks: Lyons Ferry, Palouse Falls and Lewis and Clark Trail. Before...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 15, 2018 

'The Town that Still Believes'

DAYTON—Dayton is known as “The Town that Still Believes,” and to celebrate the holidays once again, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce is putting on the 12th annual Christmas Kickoff celebration the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. On...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 15, 2018 

Dayton Kiwanis Club

More than two years ago, members of the Dayton Kiwanis Club had a vision to send high school students to Washington D.C. to reinforce leadership skills and give them an inside look at democracy in...

 
 By Ken Graham    News    November 15, 2018 

Mayor George Named Citizen of the Year

DAYTON-Dayton Mayor Craig George was given the Citizen of the Year award last week at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's annual Awards Banquet. George, who is in his third term as mayor, was traveling,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 8, 2018

"Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" Starts Nov. 15

DAYTON-Whimsical costumes, confectionary props and a 70s vibe will captivate the audience that turns out to see the Touchet Valley Arts Council's 18th-annual fall musical production of "Roald Dahl's W...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 8, 2018

Judy Miller is New CCHS Clinic Director

DAYTON-Judy Miller, a former Center Manager for Lincare in Walla Walla, is the new Clinic Director for Columbia Family Clinic and Waitsburg Clinic. Miller has been on the job Oct. 22, getting to know...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 8, 2018

Endowment Being Created for 4-H Membership Fees

DAYTON—An endowment to pay for all annual 4-H memberships has just been announced by WSU Dayton Extension Agent Paul Carter. In 2017 the state instituted an annual $25 membership fee for attendance...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 1, 2018

Ski Bluewood Readies for the Season

DAYTON-Kim Clark, General Manager of Ski Bluewood wants to get the word out about $400,000 worth of facility improvements that are sure to make this year's skiing even more "uplifting." "We have just...

 

Charles Eaton is Columbia County's New Public Works Director

DAYTON-Charles Eaton and his wife, Nancy, are looking into housing availability before they leave their home in the Portland area and he begins work as Columbia County's new public works director on...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    November 1, 2018

CCHS to Lease Port Office for Training Facility

DAYTON—The Columbia County Health System is close to signing a lease for the Port-owned building formerly occupied by Columbia County District Court, according to CEO Shane McGuire. During last...

 

The Fractal Photography of Debbie Lind

Some people have very few nice things to say about broccoli. Culinary preferences aside, it's worth looking at broccoli closely to marvel at its makeup: each head consists of many little heads ...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Columbia Co. Planning Commission Denies Bitcoin Mining Application

DAYTON—The Delany Room was packed on Monday night as the Columbia County Planning Commission heard from the public and from stakeholders interested in a Site Plan Development Agreement Application for a proposed bitcoin mining center to be located...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Commissioners Adopt Final Comp Plan Update Docket

DAYTON— Columbia County Planning Director Meagan Bailey presented a list of 10 final docket items for inclusion in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update to the board of county commissioners last week. However, Docket Items 8 and 9, which drew the most...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Transportation Manager Robanske Placed on Administrative Leave

DAYTON—The Columbia County Public Transportation Board of Commissioners has placed General Manager Dwight Robanske on paid administrative leave without giving any explanation as to what is being investigated, or why. County Commissioner Mike...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 25, 2018

Dayton School Board Report

DAYTON—The state of Washington has recognized the Dayton Elementary and Dayton Middle School for sustained improvement in student assessments over a five year period. “So that’s something to be...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 18, 2018

County Awarded Grant for New Courthouse HVAC System

DAYTON—The Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation has released a list of ten courthouses to receive grants for rehabilitation projects, and the Columbia County Courthouse...

 

Joyce Klassen's Acrylic Pour Paintings

Sometimes, when we're nervous about how a particular endeavor will turn out, we close our eyes and hope for the best. And while this technique does work now and then, it's not the best plan when...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 18, 2018

Busy Time for Dayton Chamber

DAYTON—Forty businesses participated in the first of its kind Main Street Open House, during Dayton on Tour, according to Chamber Director Melissa Bryan. And as a result, there are several sale...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 11, 2018

Candidates for Columbia County Offices Appear at Forum

DAYTON—The Dayton chapter of the American Association of University Women held a Candidates’ Forum to allow voters in Columbia County to hear from and ask questions of candidates for local races. Candidates for Columbia County Sheriff, Columbia...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 11, 2018

Former Astronaut Speaks in Dayton

DAYTON-Former astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger was at the Wenaha Gallery Saturday during Dayton on Tour to present "Rocks to Rockets," the story of her evolution from a third grader inspired by...

 

Schirm Wins Best in Show

DAYTON-Woodcarver Tom Schirm won Best of Show and Best in the Nation for the Year, at the National Fish Carving Championship, for his decorative life-sized carving of a west slope cutthroat trout....

 

Western Music Artist to Perform in Dayton

DAYTON-Western music artist Dave Stamey will perform at the Liberty Theater in Dayton at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. Stamey was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 2016. He has been voted...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 4, 2018

Mama Monacelli's to Open at Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON-Confectioner Nancy Monacelli said she is looking forward to moving into her new production and retail space in Suite H at the Blue Mountain Station this month. Mama Monacelli's Kitchen won't...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 4, 2018

DGH Rehab Dept. Has New Hours

DAYTON-The Rehabilitation Department at Dayton General Hospital is staying open late to help accommodate customers' schedules. The department is now open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    October 4, 2018

Voluntary Stewardship Program Approved for Columbia County

DAYTON—Columbia County Planning Director Meagan Bailey told County Commissioners last week that the county’s Voluntary Stewardship Plan has been approved by a state technical panel on the Washington State Conservation Commission. VSP is an option...

 

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