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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    February 25, 2021 

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...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    February 25, 2021 

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...

 

City, County close to signing interlocal agreement

DAYTON–The City Council’s Public Safety Committee met and reviewed the proposed interlocal agreement with Columbia County for law enforcement, dispatch, and municipal court services, reported...

 

Local man arrested and charged following string of recent residential and commercial burglaries

DAYTON–Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) had been investigating a series of residential and commercial burglaries occurring since the beginning of the year. A tip to the CCSO led to the...

 

Approval anticipated for extending Middle and High School day to 2 p.m.

DAYTON–The Dayton School Board discussed options for extending the Middle and High School schedule to 2 p.m. during the February 2, 2021, work session. A vote on the matter is expected at the next...

 

First vaccination clinic opens

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System (CCHD/CCHS) partnered with Public Health and the Fire Department to offer the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic to the community at the County Fairgrounds Pavilion...

 

One year later, flood recovery still has long way to go

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) were informed the County Flood Control Zone District has not received any reimbursement for flood damages from FEMA as of the February 2, 2021,...

 

Local immunization clinic established at Fairgrounds

DAYTON–Columbia County is opening a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Fairgrounds Pavilion beginning Wednesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 28. According to Public Health Administrator Martha...

 

Vote to extend length of school day postponed 'til Feb. 3

DAYTON–The Dayton School Board’s vote to extend the school day for middle and high school students from 12:30 to 2 p.m., beginning mid–February, was tabled until the next regular meeting on...

 

Shahan joins Port as office manager

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia County Commissioners welcomed new full-time Office Manager Melody Shahan at their monthly Board meeting on January 14. Shahan is a much-needed addition to the Port to...

 

Councilman Matt Wiens resigns

DAYTON–Councilman Matt Wiens recently resigned and the Council will move forward through the process of appointing a new Council member, the Dayton City Council considered at the January 13...

 

County doing well, so far; 70 Zoom attendees of COVID Town Hall hear

DAYTON–A community-wide Town Hall Meeting was hosted by Martha Lanman, Public Health Administrator for Columbia County, with Columbia County Health System’s CEO Shane McGuire and COO Stephanie Car...

 

Widespread disapproval of Inslee's new COVID-19 recovery plan

DAYTON–Columbia County has been placed in a region that includes Yakima, Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties, and Governor Jay Inslee's recently launched recovery plan requires the region to...

 

Dayton Schools still in "in-person" instruction; discusses School Resource Officer

DAYTON–Classes at the Dayton School District have resumed for in-person learning following the winter break for the week of January 4, School Directors heard at a Work Session January 8. However, th...

 

Retiring Extension Agent Paul Carter receives plaque for service

DAYTON–The Board of Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC), meeting for the first time in 2021, presented a plaque of recognition to Paul Carter for 15 years of service as the Columbia County...

 

Five-year contract with City approved by Commissioners

DAYTON–The five-year contract with the City of Dayton for County Services was voted on and approved by the Columbia County Commissioners at its December 21 meeting. The contract amount of $612,500...

 

Schools are back in session prior to two-week Winter Break

DAYTON–After moving to remote learning for two weeks due to a rise in local COVID numbers, Dayton School District resumed in-person learning for the week of December 13-18 after numbers dropped...

 

City gets green light to buy property for wastewater plant project

DAYTON–The City of Dayton’s stalled Wastewater Treatment Plant Project may start moving forward again. “The City received a memorandum from a land trust that has hold on some property that...

 

Dental, assisted living projects slated to start in 2021

DAYTON–Two capital projects—the dental clinic and the assisted living project—are anticipated to begin construction in 2021, Columbia County Hospital District Commissioners heard at the...

 

Annexation of west end of Dayton proposed

DAYTON–Annexing a portion of the west end of Dayton into the City Limits was an idea presented to the Port of Columbia Commissioners at the December 18 meeting. In addition to increasing water and...

 

Port anticipates ending year in the black

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reported to the Port Commissioners at the December 9, 2020, meeting that the Port District has received 93% of their taxes for the...

 

CCHS votes to retain Day Trust Land

DAYTON–Columbia County Hospital District commissioners voted unanimously to retain the 1,500-acre Day Trust property given by Dr. Day in 1965 to the Hospital and School Districts. Day’s intent...

 

Public Works in the black, County Engineer says, but margins are "razor thin"

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on December 7 with Public Works Director Chuck Eaton regarding several items that were later approved following the hearing. “All of...

 

With County negotiations pending, Dayton City Council passes 2021 Budget

DAYTON–Anticipating changes in the cost of law enforcement, dispatch and court services from Columbia County, the City Council adopted the 2021 Budget and Salary Schedule on December 2, with Council...

 

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