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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 22, 2021 

Public meeting of Green Ridge Fire reveals the extent of fire lines

DAYTON-Members of the Northwest Incident Management Team 7 hosted a presentation of the Green Ridge Fire on July 15 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The presentation was also streamed...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 22, 2021 

Dayton speculates as the mayor skirts questions about terminations

DAYTON–The City Council heard a slight explanation of the reasoning for the special meeting held for public comment on June 30 after the termination of three senior employees, City Administrator...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 22, 2021 

School budget on track

DAYTON-The Dayton School Board adopted policy 6022 for a minimum fund balance of $450,000 at the board meeting July 14. The fund will be reviewed annually. Superintendent Guy Strot and Business...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 15, 2021

McCowen appointed to School Board

DAYTON-The School Board appointed Jeff McCowen to the open board position left by Kate Leid; approved the hiring of two teachers, one paraprofessional; laid plans for the third forum, and maintenance...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 15, 2021

County to defray City short staffing

DAYTON-City of Dayton Mayor Zac Weatherford presented to the Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) a draft or a temporary interlocal agreement of six months at the July 6 meeting. This agreement...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 15, 2021

Port to be considered for broadband grant

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia regular meeting had to be moved to Monday July 12 from the regularly scheduled second Wednesday because Executive Director Jennie Dickinson said the Port was invited to...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 8, 2021

Firings were solely mayor's decision, Weatherford says

DAYTON–The decision to terminate employment of three City of Dayton employees on June 16 was Mayor Zac Weatherford's alone, the Dayton mayor informed the Dayton Chronicle last week, and those...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 8, 2021

Columbia Family Dental Clinic ribbon cutting and grand opening

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System has added another health-related service to its arsenal. A ribbon cutting grand opening of the Columbia County Health System's (CCHS) Family Dental Clinic was...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 1, 2021

Dental Clinic opened June 30

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System (CCHS) opened the Dental Clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on June 30 beginning at noon. A week before the opening, the clinic is "substantial...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 24, 2021

Mayor Weatherford fires three top City employees

DAYTON–Mayor Zac Weatherford reportedly fired three City of Dayton salaried employees Wednesday, June 16–Public Works Manager Jim Costello, City Administrator Trina Cole and Planning and Community...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 24, 2021

Second School Forum delves into Special Education issues

DAYTON–The School District hosted the second of four planned forums on June 17. The topic was special education. Contributors to the forum was Superintendent Guy Strot, Middle and High School...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 24, 2021

County Commissioners Meet

DAYTON-The Columbia County department heads met and updated the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on June 21. Janet Schmidt from Washington State University Extension told the Commissioners that...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 17, 2021

City, County and outside help pull together to manage fire

DAYTON-The City Council met June 9, a day after the Eagles Club was on fire acknowledging the collaboration of city, county and outside departments. Mayor Zac Weatherford allowed those who put in...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 17, 2021

Port properties doing well

DAYTON–Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson and the board of Commissioners reviewed the 2018 approved plans for Lyons Ferry Marina RV Park as part of the Comprehensive plan...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 10, 2021

Dayton School District Community Forum addresses concerns

DAYTON-The Dayton School District Board met a day ahead of the scheduled community forum on June 2 for their regularly scheduled work session. During this session, two candidates for the vacant...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 10, 2021

Dental Clinic Tour with Representative Skyler Rude

DAYTON-The Columba County Health System (CCHS) $420,000 Dental Clinic project is nearing completion under Nelson Construction and is scheduled to open this month. The space will have the medical...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 3, 2021

Barbara Miller appointed to Hospital Commission

DAYTON-The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) Board appointed Barbara Miller as interim board member during the regular meeting on May 26. Miller will fill the vacancy previously held by the late...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 27, 2021

School discipline policy under fire

DAYTON-Several parents of high school students spoke out at the School Board meeting on May 19 expressing concern over perceived discipline issues within the school, after threats caused an emergency...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 27, 2021

City Council approves budget plan increasing utility tax by 12%

DAYTON-The City Council approved Ordinance 1981, which is a 12% utility tax increase to mediate the budget deficiency, at a special meeting on May 19. The budget shortfalls are a result of the...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 20, 2021

City Council vote on 18% utility tax increase deadlocked

DAYTON–The City Council did not pass an 18% utility tax increase ending in a tie at the meeting May 12. A thorough presentation was made by Mayor Zac Weatherford addressing the current expense...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 20, 2021

Trail proponents and opponents demonstrate during Port meeting

DAYTON–During the monthly Port of Columbia Commissioners meeting on May 12, opponents of the Touchet Valley Trail again gathered outside of the Port office along the road with signs of protest. But...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 20, 2021

Fully vaccinated can remove masks

DAYTON-Columia County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman advised the Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) that there is recent change to COVID restrictions relating to mask wearing put out by...

 
 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...

 

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