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 By J J Dippel    News    February 6, 2020

Dayton Friends of the Community Center/Pool still side-stroking along

DAYTON–Mayo, Zac Weatherford joined eight community members to discuss developments pertaining to the Community Center/Pool on January 28. The Friends of the Community Center/Pool is currently organized under the umbrella of Columbia County...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 30, 2020

Hospital working on Assisted Living Project; Kime replaces Dyball

DAYTON–The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) is working on an Assisted Living project. The desire is Assisted Living, not an Adult Family Home. Assisted Living facilities are regulated by the Sta...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 23, 2020

Touchet Valley Trail Concerns heard by Commissioners

DAYTON–During the Columbia Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) regular session on January 21, local residents since 2010 Chuck Beleny, M.D., and his wife Darcy, presented issues with the proposed T...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 23, 2020

Orozco receives maximum sentence in 1996 murder

DAYTON–The Honorable M. Scott Wolfram, Superior Court Judge from Walla Walla, presided over the sentencing hearing for Benjamin Orozco, convicted last August of the July 7, 1996, shooting of Lance...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 23, 2020

Commissioners address cannabis issues

DAYTON– Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, the Columbia County Commissioners met for a lengthy regular session on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Columbia County Associate Planner Dena Martin reported that in the “you don’t know what you...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 23, 2020

One case of Coronavirus diagnosed in Washington State

DAYTON–Columbia County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman reported that the Coronavirus Outbreak, which originated in China, is now in Washington State, but has not yet come to Dayton. She reported that it is transmitted human to human, and...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 16, 2020

Replacement levies for voters to consider in special election Feb. 11

DAYTON–Two levies are up for renewal that benefit the Dayton School District; the EP&O and the Capital levies and will require a public vote. In accordance with Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 29A.04.321(2) for Special County Elections, a county...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 16, 2020

Earle Marvin named chair of Port Commission

DAYTON– Starting with the February 12, 2020 Commissioner Meeting, the Port of Columbia Commissioners will serve as follows: Earle Marvin, Chair; Dan Aschenbrenner, Secretary; and Fred Crowe,...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 9, 2020

BOCC Chair Amerein hits the ground running

DAYTON–Charles Amerein, District No. 3 Commissioner on the Board of County Commissioners, hit the ground running as he took over as chair on January 6, 2020, replacing outgoing Chair Michael...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 2, 2020

Six–Year Transportation Improvement Plan passes

DAYTON–Director of Public Works Charles Eaton presented the Six-year Transportation Improvement plan for 2020-2025 during the Board of Commissioners of Columbia County (BOCC) meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019. The plan includes three sections:...

 By J J Dippel    News    January 2, 2020

Columbia County plugging in to available grants

DAYTON–Columbia County Public Health will receive funds from two grants, and the Friends of the Golf Course is applying for a grant to fund improvements to the Touchet Valley Golf Course, County Commissioners heard this week. Walla Walla County...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 26, 2019

County Commissioner Rundell listens to public concerns

DAYTON–Columbia County Commissioner Ryan Rundell, Dist. No. 1, of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for Columbia County, held a public listening session at the General Store last Saturday to...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 19, 2019

County Health reports six cases of Influenza B

DAYTON–Six cases of Influenza B, which is highly contagious and can only be passed from human to human, have been confirmed in Columbia County, Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman reported to Commissioners this week. This is based on data...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 19, 2019

Amerein 2020 Board Chair, Commissioners set salary increase

DAYTON–Commissioner Mike Talbott, District No. 2, steps down as Columbia County Board of Commissioners Chair after Commissioner Charles Amerein, District No. 3, was selected to fill that position for 2020. The position does not impose more power...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 19, 2019

Port approves resolution to support dams

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Commissioners approved a resolution to support the continued operation of dams within the Federal Columbia-Snake Rivers System during the December 11 meeting. They found that due to their importance for irrigation,...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 19, 2019

Port Welcomes New Lease at Blue Mountain Station

DAYTON–Biker B’s, a company that sold homemade soaps and other bath products, asked to be released from their lease space effective December 31, 2019. When the Port let it be known that space became available, they received two good requests to...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 19, 2019

County Planning Commission

DAYTON–The Columbia County Planning Commission has had a vacant position, Seat 1, since last April. At the Columbia County Board of Commissioners (CCBOC) meeting held Monday, December 16, William E. Carter was appointed to fill that vacant...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 12, 2019

Emergency Management Dept. looking for ways to retain current employees

DAYTON–Ashley Strickland, Columbia County Emergency Management Director, is looking for ways to attract employees to work for the County. He reported that every employee on the salary schedule in...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 12, 2019

Commissioners take written input on Fairgrounds, Golf Fees until Dec. 16

DAYTON–The County Commissions heard concerns about Fairground fees and Golf fees for 2020 in a special meeting held Monday evening, December 9. These proposals will be considered at the next public hearing on Monday, December 16, 2019. Due to the...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 5, 2019

State group wants elected coroner in Columbia County

OLMPIA–The Washington Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (WACME) wants all counties in Washington State to have a separately elected Coroner/Medical Examiner. Counties with smaller populations can elect a part time Coroner/Medical...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 5, 2019

CCHS looking for ways to recover $5,000 Texas patients' bad debts

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System (CCHS) presented a major concern about some bad debt that was written off from patients from Texas during last week’s meeting on December 3. During October 2019, Columbia County Health System approved $28,118...

 By J J Dippel    News    December 5, 2019

County Commissioners Adopt Three Resolutions

DAYTON– The Columbia County Commissioners adopted three standard year-end resolutions during a regular meeting held on December 2. 2019-56 – The Basin Disposal rate for 2020 is $94.10 per ton. This is for delivery to Columbia County Transfer Stat...

 By J J Dippel    News    November 21, 2019

City and County opt in for Substitute Housing Bill 1406

DAYTON–Both the City and County have opted in to adopt legislation at a future date for sale/use tax allocation for affordable and supportive housing in response to Washington State Substitute Bill 1406. Dena Martin, Associate Planner for Columbia... Full story

 By J J Dippel    News    November 14, 2019

2020 Port budget $1.7 million

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia adopted Resolution 2019-06, Levy Certification, authorizing the Port to increase its levy rate by the 1% allowed by State law. It is estimated it will bring an additional $4,125 total in additional revenue to the Port.... Full story

 By J J Dippel    News    November 7, 2019

Rep. McMorris Rodgers visits Columbia County Commissioners

DAYTON–U. S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th, visited the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to hear concerns and how new regulations, policy and sanctions are affecting this area last Monday,... Full story


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