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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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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

Over 800 articles, 500,000 words and counting

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...

 By Michele Smith    News    May 6, 2021

Hospital board report for April

DAYTON—The Hospital District’s board of commissioners have authorized a request from Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire to spend $250,000 from CARES Act funds allocated to the...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 29, 2021

Touchet Valley Trail information meeting well attended

DAYTON-On Monday, as many as 101 people attended the Port of Columbia Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) information meeting and to ask questions of the presenters. Brian Hansen, Principal Engineer for...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

Port discusses trail meeting, Columbia Pulp, broadband

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reminded those in attendance at the Port Commissioners meeting last week about the Touchet Valley Bike Trail informational meeting,...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 22, 2021

One new case of COVID-19 in Columbia County

DAYTON—Only one COVID-19 vaccine clinic was scheduled this week. That clinic took place at the county fairgrounds on Tuesday, when 91-second doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered....

 By Michele Smith    News    April 8, 2021

For the love of Dayton

When I first landed in Dayton in 2012, I didn’t know anybody and wasn’t sure how I was going to find out anything about my new community. I got my first insight into the community through reading... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    April 1, 2021

Local Prosecuting Attorney drafts ordinance to replace overthrown possession law

DAYTON—Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack has wasted no time heading off a headache for local law enforcement due to the State Supreme Court ruling Washington State v. Blake on...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

County Commissioner Ryan Rundell speaks to the city's reluctance to approve ILA

DAYTON—At their meeting on March 10, the Dayton City Council expressed reluctance to sign the Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with the County for Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and Municipal Court services....

 By Michele Smith    News    March 25, 2021

New deputies hired in the Sheriff's Office

DAYTON-The Columbia County Sheriff Office has hired David Walling and Riley Conahan as new deputies for the county. David Walling was raised in the Ellensburg area, graduating from Kittitas High...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 18, 2021

Washington State v. Blake has big impact on communities

Columbia County Prosecutor looks for options to mitigate ruling's impact on county. DAYTON—On Feb. 25, the Washington State Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a law that makes it a...


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 Michele Smith    News    February 4, 2021

Hospital District runs short on COVID-19 vaccine for this week

DAYTON—The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Columbia County Fairgrounds is working well. However, only 110 doses will be administered this week, according to Stephanie Carpenter. Carpenter is the...

 By Michele Smith    News    February 4, 2021

County Treasurer provides 4th quarter finance report

DAYTON—County finances have “definitely” been affected by the flood and COVID-19, said County Commissioner Ryan Rundell, following an update on fourth-quarter finances from County Treasurer...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 28, 2021

Board of County Commissioners object to governor's new COVID-19 recovery plan

COLUMBIA COUNTY—The Board of Columbia County Commissioners has gone on record to let Washington State Governor Jay Inslee know they are displeased with the COVID-19 Healthy Washington – Roadmap...

 By Michele Smith    News    January 28, 2021

Inside the Columbia County Planning Dept.

DAYTON—2020 was a busy year for staff inside the Columbia County Planning and Building Department, primarily due to the Feb. flood. Work has continued apace, despite the COVID-19 slowdown. Planning...


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