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Flood Recovery Group seeks housing, donations for flood victims

WAITSBURG—The Blue Mountain Region Long-Term Flood Recovery Group has identified many families in the area that are still dealing with the effects of the February 2020 flooding. The group is asking the community's aid in finding housing and basic...

 

Campgrounds closed due to the Rattlesnake fire

DAYTON—Incident Commander Mike Almas of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team is leading efforts on the Rattlesnake Fire burning in the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness 20 miles south of the Pomeroy Ranger District and thirteen miles southeast...

 

Garfield County Fair cancelled

POMEROY—The Garfield County Fair and Rodeo, scheduled for September 18-20, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fair officials look forward to seeing everyone in 2021....

 

Walla Walla County COVID death toll reaches five, cases continue to climb

On August 28, the Walla Walla County health officials were notified of the fifth COVID-related death in the county. A woman in her 80’s, who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, passed away. “We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the...

 

2020 Refuge Outdoor Festival

The Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program (WSPFTAP) has teamed up again with the organizers of Refuge Outdoor Festival. In past years the festival was a three-day camping...

 

BLM Increases Fire Restrictions Order in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has increased fire restrictions on public lands administered by the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in eastern Washington. The fire restrictions order has been modified to prohibi... Full story

 

Waitsburg School District offers free home delivered meals

WAITSBURG­—Waitsburg School District is excited to announce that it will be serving meals free of charge for all enrolled students! Starting September 8th, WSD Nutritional Services will begin making home deliveries of meals. Drivers will be... Full story

 

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington

WASHINGTON—FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Washington for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Washington to provide $300 per week—on top of their regular unemployment benefit—to those... Full story

 

Dayton County Auditor offers tips to ensure ballot effectiveness

WASHINGTON—FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Washington for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Washington to provide $300 per week—on top of their regular unemployment benefit—to those... Full story

 

The Aug. 4 primary election was certified on Aug. 21

Multi-county for Superior Court judge: Number of votes, percentage of votes: Commissioner Columbia County Commissioner #2 Mike Talbott 151 votes, 26.26% Marty Hall 422 votes, 73.39% Judicial Precinct Results Brooke J. Burns 361 votes, 21.34% G....

 

Washington Federal Foundation Gives $1,000 to The Club

DAYTON-Washington Federal Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Washington Federal Bank, gifted $1,000 to The Club in Dayton. This money will be included in The Club's operations fund to be used...

 

Dayton museums

The Dayton Historic Depot and the Boldman House Museum are re-opening. Starting Wednesday, August 26, the Depot will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Boldman House Museum will be open Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturday...

 

Pacific Power customers stand to benefit from a proposed rate settlement

DAYTON—On Aug. 4 Pacific Power Community Regional Manager Bill Clemens shared information with the Port’s Economic Development Steering Committee about a proposed rate settlement, which could provide more than 137,000 customers in central and eas...

 

HASA to cover basic school supplies for Waitsburg students

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Home and School Association (HASA) will be supplying basic school supplies to students at the start of the school year. K-3 students will receive a pencil box filled with crayons, pencils, glue sticks, and scissors. Fourth...

 

Public input sought for Port of Columbia broadband project

DAYTON—Over the past few years, Port of Columbia officials have been working on a plan to increase broadband access to people in the local community. A broadband feasibility study was completed by the Port in February of this year. The result is a...

 

Shawn Brown is the new Port commissioner for District No. 1

DAYTON—Shawn Brown has been elected by the Port of Columbia commissioners to fill the open seat on the commission, which was vacated in June when Dan Aschenbrenner moved out of District No. 1....

 

New Director of Finance at Columbia Pulp

DAYTON—Columbia Pulp is pleased to announce that Brian St. Clair has been named the Director of Finance for Columbia Pulp. St. Clair will now lead the accounting team at North America’s first tree-free pulp mill. St. Clair spent the past two...

 

Voter turnout high in Columbia County

DAYTON—53.54-percent of all registered voters in Columbia County turned out for the August 4 primary election. 1,451 ballots have been counted, with 173 left to count. Preliminary results show Marty Hall leading the incumbent Mike Talbott in the...

 

Dayton Kiwanis Club Meeting to host Guy Strot

DAYTON—The Dayton Kiwanis Club will meet online Thursday, August 13 at noon. The club will host Dayton School District Superintendent Guy Strot to discuss the status of this year’s school opening. The public is invited and can sign into the...

 

Community Council to hold Virtual Community Roundtable in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG—The public is invited to a Virtual Community Roundtable in Waitsburg. The event hosted by Community Council will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 at 6 p.m. Community Council fosters a trusted gathering place where people engage...

 

Walla Walla Construction Update

WALLA WALLA—Isaacs Avenue: The final paving of Isaacs between Roosevelt Street and Wilbur Avenue is underway. Traffic is limited to one lane eastbound during this work. Sidestreet connections (Wellington, Ash, Cascade, and Cedar) will be paved...

 

Boating Program reminds the public to be safe on the water

OLYMPIA-As summer heats up, the Washington State Parks Boating Program urges boaters and paddlers to adhere to safe practices on the water, including wearing a life jacket at all times. In the last...

 

Botany in the Blues

This was the fifth of the Botany in the Blues series of workshops since the first outing in 2018. Mr. Doyle also led a botanical excursion to Zumwalt Prairie in 2019 for the Blue Mountain Land Trust....

 

Dayton Lions Club continues community involvement

DAYTON-Dayton Lions Club members Glen Mendel, Jim Neace, Terry Hoon, Dave Elkins and John Bailey took a break from scraping and painting some of the bleachers and dugouts at the high school athletic...

 

Port announces additional assistance for Columbia County businesses

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia will once again serve as the conduit for grant funds for Columbia County businesses that have suffered financial harm due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four different funding sources have provided or promised a total of $229...

 

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