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 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 23, 2023 

RYES project brings trees to Waitsburg students

WAITSBURG-Allison Bond is the founder and project leader for Rural Youth Enrichment Services' (RYES) Waitsburg Urban Forestry project. This mentoring project provided evergreen seedlings to Waitsburg...

 By Justin Jaech    News    March 23, 2023 

Dayton City Council adds planning position

DAYTON—Mayor Zac Weatherford called the Dayton City Council regular meeting to order at 6 p.m. on March 14, 2023. Council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Laura Aukerman, Kyle Anderson, Dain Nysoe, Shannon McMillen, and Tiger Dieu were...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 23, 2023 

CERB invests $2.1 million in four counties

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved $2 million in low-interest loans and $150,000 in grants for economic development and public infrastructure improvements to spur business growth and job...

 News    March 23, 2023 

At the Liberty: "Creed 3"

DAYTON—After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian (Jonathan Majors), resurfaces after serving a long sentence... Full story

 By Justin Jaech    News    March 23, 2023 

School Board heard about Dayton FFA activities

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held its regular meeting in the high school library on March 15, 2023. School board members Chair Jefferey McCowen, Grant Griffen, Aneesha Dieu, and Zac Fabian were present. Korinda Wallace was absent....

 News    March 23, 2023 

Corned beef, treasure, community at Town Hall

WAITSBURG-The annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser for the Waitsburg Town Hall was attended by around 150 guests on Saturday, March 18. Proceeds from the evening's ticket sales and auction will...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 16, 2023

David Woods named Waitsburg Superintendent/Elementary Principal

UPDATE WAITSBURG-After interviews with staff and community members held on March 13, the Waitsburg School Board of Directors voted to offer the superintendent and elementary principal position to Davi... Full story

 By Justin Jaech    News    March 16, 2023

Port discusses Comp plan at workshop

DAYTON – The Port of Columbia Commissioners held their regular meeting on March 8, 2023, at the port’s conference room and on Zoom. Commissioners Genie Crowe and Seth Bryan were present, and Johnny Watts attended using Zoom. Executive Director...

 By Frank McKinney    News    March 16, 2023

12th Annual Walla Walla Guitarfest

WALLA WALLA-Spring officially arrives on March 20, but the 12th Annual Walla Walla Guitarfest on March 10 through 12 gave audiences in eastern Washington an opportunity to shake off the winter blues...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 16, 2023

Waitsburg Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting

WAITSBURG- This week, the Waitsburg Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting on March 21, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Weller Public Library. Anyone interested in learning, preserving, or...


Grants available for Columbia County, surrounding area NonProfits

DAYTON – Starting on March 10, the Warren Community Action fund will accept grant applications from nonprofit and charitable organizations serving Columbia County and the surrounding area,...

 By Karen Huwe    News    March 16, 2023

Waitsburg invites high school students to College and Career Fair

WAITSBURG-High school students from six schools around the area attended the Waitsburg High School College and Career Fair on Thursday, March 9. Seventeen exhibitors were available to speak with...

 By Karen Huwe    News    March 16, 2023

Three March events for Waitsburg FFA

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg FFA members and their advisor Nicole Abel were busy with three events this past week. Four students traveled to Pomeroy on Wednesday, March 8, and competed in Sub District Leadersh...


Waitsburg Elementary students jump, skip, and shoot hoops for heart health

WAITSBURG-The American Heart Association's Kid's Heart Challenge was created to teach children the importance of heart health and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The students at Waitsburg Element... Full story

 By Justin Jaech    News    March 9, 2023

Dayton School Board discusses new programs, technology

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on March 1, 2023, in the high school library. All school board members were present in person or by Zoom. Chair Jeffrey McCowen,...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 9, 2023

Columbia County schedules Library Trustee interviews

COLUMBIA COUNTY—County Commissioners Ryan Rundell (Chair), Jack Miller, and Marty Hall attended the March 6, 2023, regular commissioner’s meeting. The commissioners approved two public works contracts, first for constructing ADA ramps and stairs...


Grants Available for Dayton Storefronts

DAYTON—Applications are now being accepted for 2023 grant funds to help pay for the repair and restoration of building fronts in downtown Dayton. The grants are available through the Dayton Development Task Force’s Façade Improvement Grant...


Garbe Reser is new CEO of BMAC

WALLA WALLA-The board of directors for Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) voted unanimously to hire Danielle Garbe Reser as BMAC's permanent Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2023. Garbe...


$100 million available for businesses affected by pandemic

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Commerce announced a new grant opportunity for businesses in the hospitality and lodging industry that suffered business losses due to the pandemic. An informational webinar will be held on Monday, March 1...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    March 9, 2023

Early Pioneer's estate was cornerstone to HS

DAYTON—One of Dayton’s early pioneers and generous benefactors was an immigrant from Poland. Dr. Marcel M. Pietrzycki (Pit-rus-kee) settled in Columbia County, Washington, in the 1880s. The year after arriving in Dayton to start his medical... Full story

 By Karen Huwe    News    March 9, 2023

WHS Celebrates National FFA Week

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg FFA students had a busy National FFA Week. This year's National FFA week is celebrated by chapters throughout the United States from February 20 to 24. Activities started on...


New books at the Weller Public Library

Adult Fiction “The Unsinkable Greta James” by Jennifer E. Smith, 2022. An indie musician reeling from tragedy decides her path forward and how to find her voice again. Compared by some reviewers to “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and “Daisy...

 By Justin Jaech    News    February 23, 2023

Dayton School District discussed possible staff reduction

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board held its regular meeting at 6 p.m., on February 15, 2023, in the high school library. All members of the school board were present; Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Grant...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    February 23, 2023

Waitsburg City Council approved line of credit

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting at City Hall on February 15, 2023. Council members Jillian Henze, Randy Charles, Kevin House, and Jim Romine were present. Also in attendance were Mayor Marty Dunn, City...

 By Justin Jaech    News    February 23, 2023

Dayton City Council delays Spectrum vote

DAYTON- The Dayton City Council met on February 14, 2023 for its regular meeting. Mayor Zac Weatherford, council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Kyle Anderson, Dain Nysoe, Shannon McMillen, and Tiger Dieu were in attendance. Laura Aukerman...


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