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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 13, 2021 

BOCC supports Second Amendment

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) approved Resolution 2021-20, Acknowledging the Supremacy of the Constitution, passed during the May 10 work session. The Resolution's purpose is, "Ack...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 13, 2021 

School District predicts $1 million ending balance

DAYTON–The School Board was received great news regarding the budget during the recent work session May 5. The District's minimum fund balance has an end-of-year balance close to $1 million–a...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 6, 2021

Dr. Lewis Neace appointed County Health Officer

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Health met with the Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) May 3, to officially appoint Dr. Lewis Neace, DO as local Health Officer for three years. This was an...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 29, 2021

100 attend Trail Design webinar

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia held a much-anticipated Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) Public Information Webinar, presenting the 30% design by Anderson•Perry & Associates on April 26. The 9.7-mile,...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 29, 2021

Katie Leid resigns from School Board

DAYTON–Citing personal reasons, Dayton School Board Chair Katie Leid submitted a letter of resignation to Superintendent Guy Strot, effective immediately. Leid has served the Board since 2016, and...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 22, 2021

Amerein questions DOC transparency for COVID-19 housing

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2021-07 to renew the contract securing housing for individuals with COVID-19 and then appointed Lewis Neace, DO, as Health Officer....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 22, 2021

Survey seeks community input on City's future direction

DAYTON-A Community survey is available for those interested in providing input about what citizens want in their community and the City Council Board will review that information at the end of April....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 22, 2021

Port addresses Trail, railroad and infrastructure issues

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Commissioners addressed many issues pertaining to the Touchet Valley Trail, the railroad, grants during the recent Zoom monthly meeting on April 14. Phillip McKeen,...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 15, 2021

County adopts local ordinance for controlled substance possession

DAYTON-Columbia County Commissioners adopted an ordinance which includes the intent to possess as a requirement and includes a provision for the City, unless the Council decides to draft their own....

 

Weinhard Hotel owners are making lemonade out of lemons

DAYTON – Weinhard Hotel owners, Sev Jones and Christina Dingman are coming up on the completion of their first year of business at the end of next month. They opened last year over Memorial Weekend...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 8, 2021

Additional flood funds approved

DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) approved resolution FC2021-01, for additional funding for flood work done in the Touchet River. Administrator of the Flood Control Zone District (FCZD)...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 1, 2021

Health System adds three new hires; Dr. Park gives notice

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System has hired three new providers. Lindsay McLaughlin is a nurse practitioner and has already starting seeing patients at the Columbia Family Clinic earlier this...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 25, 2021

Commissioners consider Controlled Substance Ordinance

DAYTON-Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC)approve special meeting in response to proposed County Ordinance for Controlled Substance Possession on April 12. The BOCC made the decision to hold a public...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 25, 2021

In-person or online learning?

DAYTON-Dayton School District Superintendent Guy Strot invited the two teachers in the Distance Learning program, Hannalee Farrell for K-5 and Jeanne Walter for 6-12 to give an overview on student...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 18, 2021

Touchet Valley Trail public discussion date set

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Commissioners and Port of Columbia Executive Director, Jennie Dickinson set the date for the public Touchet Valley Trail Design meeting on Monday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 18, 2021

2,200 vaccines administered locally

DAYTON-Columbia County Health System’s CEO Shane McGuire reported just over 2,200 vaccines have been administered, and just under half of that are fully vaccinated at the Columbia County...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 18, 2021

Say Yes to Education project formulating

DAYTON-Innovia Foundation brought together about 25 Dayton community members to continue the discussion on the two-year initiative project “Say Yes to Education.” The group met in the first of...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 18, 2021

Law enforcement contract approved

DAYTON-The long negotiated interlocal agreement between the City of Dayton and Columbia County for law enforcement, dispatch and municipal court services was approved by the majority of the City...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 11, 2021

Drug possession prohibition halted

DAYTON–County Prosecutor Dale Slack discussed with the County Commissioners on March 8 the State of Washington vs. Blake case ruling that deemed statute 69.50.4013 unconstitutional which formerly...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 11, 2021

Class schedules temporarily adjusted for staff vaccinations at Dayton Schools

DAYTON–Dayton School Board of Directors learned that remote learning will be implemented on March 10 due to possible recovery periods for 18 staff for grades 5-12 who will receive COVID-19...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 4, 2021

Over one-third of County receives first dose

DAYTON-Over one-third of Columbia County residents have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Shane McGuire, CEO of Columbia County Health System (CCHS) at the...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    March 4, 2021

Avoiding duplication goal of City, County on future river work

DAYTON–Mayor Zac Weatherford informed the County Commissioners of plans to move forward with obtaining permits to remove of sediment from the river within the city limits and requested any data...

 

In Phase 2, vaccines available, County is moving forward

DAYTON–The region is in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Road to Recovery Plan, according to Martha Lanman, Columbia County Public Health Administrator, and she encourages the community to remain...

 

School days extend and sports gets a spike and a kick-off

DAYTON–The School Board approved extending class hours to 2 p.m. beginning March 1 at the February 17 meeting. It has been nearly one year since Secondary students have had a full day of in-person...

 

County residents' petition opposes future annexation

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Commissioners and Executive Director Jennie Dickinson opened the monthly meeting on February 10 with a public hearing and public comment. Betty Longen, a Columbia County...

 

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