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Director hired for the Dayton Memorial Library

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees has chosen Todd Vandenbark of Waverly, Iowa, to be the next Director of the Dayton Memorial Library. He will begin as Library Director on Feb. 16. Vandenbark has a Master’s in...


Coats and boots for students

DAYTON-Fourteen students in the Dayton School District received winter coats and snow boots purchased from generous donations from Homestreet Bank and the Grace Episcopal Church "We are so fortunate...


Columbia County VSP Seeks Work Group Members

COLUMBIA COUNTY—At its January 20 quarterly meeting, the Columbia County Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) workgroup unanimously voted to submit its 5-Year Report to the State Conservation Commission, asserting that work plan goals and...


Dayton Historical Depot Membership drive underway

DAYTON—The Dayton Historical Depot Society has begun the 2021 Membership Drive. Community support and volunteerism are vital to continue the Historical Depot Society’s mission of preserving Dayton’s history and sharing it with others....


Vaccine clinic operating at the Columbia County fairgrounds

DAYTON—A new vaccine clinic to administer vaccinations for COVID-19 has been set up at the county fairgrounds. Clinics will run three days this week, according to Stephanie Carpenter, the COO of... Full story


Toyota Free Ski Day at Bluewood

DAYTON—If you own a Toyota and love to ski, head to Bluewood on Friday, January 29, for the Toyota Free Ski Day. Simply drive up to the ski resort in your Toyota, Lexus, or Scion car or pickup and receive one complimentary lift ticket to use that...


CCHS CEO speaks to vaccination phases and current guidelines

DAYTON- In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire said Governor Jay Inslee had expanded the B1 group to include all people aged 65 or older and... Full story


People age 70 and older next in line for COVID-19 shots

DAYTON—At a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, the Columbia County Health Department released new information from the Washington Dept. of Health for vaccination phases. There has been a change...


Walla Walla County selects Lybeck as Fairgrounds Manager

The position was left vacant in 2020 after then-manager Bill Ogg accepted a position in Nebraska WALLA WALLA—On January 4, 2021, Walla Walla County announced Gregory (Greg) S. Lybeck, CFE (Certified Fair Executive), has been selected for the... Full story


Food insecurity is being addressed by the Dayton Food Bank

DAYTON—The number of households served by the Dayton Food Bank has shot up from 160 each month before the COVID-19 pandemic began, to now serving 588 each month. “In seven months, we have... Full story


Dayton Chamber of Commerce to move offices

DAYTON—The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has contracted to purchase the former Alder Dental building at 202 E. Main St., pending necessary inspections. Closing is scheduled for March 2, 2021 and the Chamber will move from its current location later... Full story


Columbia County Public Health town hall meeting Jan. 12

DAYTON—Columbia County Public Health (CCPH) will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 12 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and CCPH officials will discuss Governor Inslee’s two-phase Healthy Washington – Roadmap to... Full story


Bluewood Ski Resort

The season for the Bluewood Ski Resort opened strong, and is still holding, according to Kim Clark, General Manager. It was partly cloudy and 30 degrees on Sunday afternoon with 5 inches of new snow...


Touchet Valley Arts Council Receives $5,000 ArtsWA Grant

DAYTON—Washington State Arts Council (ArtsWa) recently awarded a $5,000 support grant to the Touchet Valley Arts Council (TVAC) owner, and operator of Dayton’s historic Liberty Theater. ArtsWA, in collaboration with the Washington State... Full story


santa sleighs it

DAYTON – Santa, superspreader of joy, was spotted driving down Main Street in Dayton over the weekend. It's rumored that he has a long list of deliveries come Christmas Eve, he is going to need... Full story


The Club Receives Donation from HomeStreet Bank

DAYTON-The Dayton branch of HomeStreet Bank has donated $3,000 to The Club for operating expenses. Branch Manager Judi Pilcher presented a check to The Club's Board of Directors President, Dan...


Columbia County Conservation District seeks public input on restoration plan

DAYTON—The Columbia County Conservation District held a virtual public meeting on December 16 and will continue to accept public comment regarding the Tucannon Habitat Restoration and Conceptual Restoration Plan. Restoration opportunities...


Public hearing scheduled for Columbia County Flood Control budget adoptions

COLUMBIA COUNTY­—A public hearing has been scheduled by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to hear comments on the adoption of the 2021 budgets for the Columbia County flood control district. A copy of the proposed budgets will be placed...


Two new COVID-19 related deaths in Columbia County

DAYTON— On Tuesday of this week, Columbia County Public Health Administrator, Martha Lanman, confirmed two more deaths in men over the age of fifty. This brings the total to four, including a death reported earlier in November and one in July....


New Little Free Library at Steve's Grocery

DAYTON—Steve’s Grocery on Fourth Street in Dayton has always been a unique gathering place, a neighborhood market where you can grab a gallon of milk, a Hermiston watermelon, a Christmas tree, or...


Distance learning for now, board to reassess on Friday

DAYTON—The Dayton School District board of directors will meet on Friday to determine whether students can safely return to in-person learning on Dec. 7. The board met with Superintendent Guy Strot...


Christmas at the Historic Dayton Depot museum

An ornament depicting a train going off the rails due to COVID-19 is for sale at the Historic Dayton Depot Museum Christmas Marketplace. The marketplace is open on Wednesday through Saturday from 11...


Dayton Chamber makes Letters to Santa drop box available

DAYTON-Santa's elves have been busy in Dayton! Though Santa will be more elusive than ever this year, he still needs letters to know what kiddos would like for Christmas. A drop box for letters to...


Brix and Brew Home Edition a success

DAYTON—One hundred and nineteen people placed bids during the online silent auction for Brix and Brew Home Edition. Chamber manager Molly Weatherill-Tate said over $24,000 was raised during the...


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