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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    October 14, 2021 

Acceptance of project, HVAC funds and resignations

DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC), in the absence of Commissioner Charles Amerein, approved the Acquisition of the Willow Creek property, accepted the engineering firm for HVAC...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    October 14, 2021 

School Board member Justin Jaech resigns

DAYTON-The school board approved the resignations of Board member Justin Jaech, kindergarten teacher Morgan Stone and the fulfillment of State mandated vaccinations, the development of the...

 

County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman resigns

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) accepted Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman's resignation, approved Resolution 2021-44 amending the 2021 budget, and learned...

 

Covid numbers falling, vaccinations rising

DAYTON–COVID numbers are down in Columbia County and personnel vaccinations are up 95% in compliance with Governor Jay Inslee's timed mandate. Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire...

 

Dayton School Board meeting recessed then postponed over mask mandate

DAYTON–The Dayton School Board met for the regular meeting on September 15 in the High School Auditorium, but after a lengthy public comment made by School Board candidate Aneesha Dieu, Chairman...

 

Sheriff Joe Helm states position on mask enforcement

DAYTON–During a contentious Dayton School District board meeting September 15, two individuals in the audience allegedly refused to wear masks when requested to by Chairman David Bailey. The...

 

BOCC meetings may move to Tuesday

DAYTON- The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) made a decision to change the bimonthly Monday work session meeting to Tuesdays beginning the second Tuesday in October. The bimonthly regular...

 

Brown appointed to Port Chairmanship

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Commissioner Shawn Brown as Chairman, then discussed plans to advertise the vacancy for District No. 3. Commissioner Sean...

 

Commissioner Rundell: "The need for a vaccine of any kind should be self-evident"

DAYTON-The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Hearing addressed many other concerns after fireworks ordinance that failed during the special meeting on September 7. About 15 people attended...

 

Class-action lawsuit looms for Washington Counties after drug law is voided

DAYTON–In the wake of the ruling in Blake vs. State of Washington, which invalidated the felony drug possession law last February, counties that held up the law as it was written are facing...

 

Columbia County Public Health issues mask mandate for Fair

DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Health convened September 7. Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman provided an update of COVID-19 cases in the county. Last week cases hit a record high of 44...

 

Preparing hospital staff through vaccinations

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire and Chief Human Resources Officer Laura Stevens discussed with Board members the recent COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare employees a...

 

Dayton secondary schools move to remote learning as COVID cases climb

DAYTON-The Dayton School District announced towards the end of the school day Monday, August 30, the School Board would be calling an emergency Zoom meeting that evening in lieu of the regular work se...

 

Chief Springs and Fire & Irons Brewpub mandates employee vaccines

DAYTON-On August 13, employees of Chief Spring Pizzeria and Fire & Irons Brewpub received a mandate from owners Mike and Ann Spring to get the first dose of the COVID vaccination by August 31 or...

 

City gives $330k to Port for broadband grant match; Bailey resigns amid questions of Mayor Weatherford's actions

DAYTON–The City Council approved the use of $330,000 of the $340,000 American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA) funds at their August 11 meeting, to go towards the $500,000 match requirement for the $2...

 

COVID cases down

DAYTON–Locally, there are 16 COVID-19 cases, down from a high of 27 in recent weeks. Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman reported to the Board of County Commissioners at the regular meeting...

 

Final summer school forum addresses discipline and COVID response for school year

DAYTON–The School District held its final summer forums August 12; one for the elementary and one for middle and high school. Superintendent Guy Strot led the forums and was assisted by Elementary...

 

Port to continue meetings by ZOOM

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Commissioners agreed to meet using ZOOM instead of in-person to shelter against the covid variant, which has been present in the community. The Board met by Zoom with...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    August 5, 2021

Delta variant is suspected here; numbers jump but people not nearly as sick

DAYTON-Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman reported to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the August 2 meeting, the County jumped from two COVID cases the previous Monday to 27....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    August 5, 2021

Conservatives hold Patriot Picnic in the Park

DAYTON-About 100 citizens attended the Patriot Picnic in the Park on July 24 at the Dayton City Park. They met up for a "Meet and Mingle" with the candidates supported by the local political...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    August 5, 2021

COVID variant patients overflow hospital occupancy

DAYTON-Kyle Terry, M.D. was asked by Columbia County Health System Shane McGuire about the status of COVID in the community, in particular the Delta variant, during the July 28 board meeting. Dr....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 29, 2021

County Commissioners approve interlocal agreement with City

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Dayton, contracting out County planning services at an hourly rate for a period of six months...

 
 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...

 

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