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Wastewater treatment plant making progress

DAYTON–The City Council heard an update on the Wastewater Treatment Project (WWTP), and discussion on the possible dissolution of the county library district. Key updates were provided by Public...


2024 Comprehensive Plan coming together

DAYTON– Consultant Abbi Russell from Maul, Foster and Alongi presented the Comprehensive Plan to the Port Board of Commissioners; introduced the new Economic Development Coordinator Jill Essency;...


School Board: Time to consider a capital levy

DAYTON–The School Board heard a broad discussion on initiating a capital levy; and reviewed Washington Standards-Based Superintendent Framework and specific goals during the meeting on September 6....


Library cards provide another layer of protection

DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library Board of Trustees (CCRLD) were briefed on the process for parental notes on library cards; acknowledged the Library Dissolution proposition is now on the...


Businesses receive $50,000 from Downtown Development Task Force; tree project begins

DAYTON–The City Council was advised of $50,000 improvement grant recipients; the Main Street tree project; Water Waste Treatment Project (WWTP) progress; review of National Night Out; approved...


Port anticipates revenue increase, asks for COLA

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia discussed budget; approved broadband contract; approved a sale advocation letter; and other Port business during the meeting August 9. Budget talks began with Port...


Rural Library dissolution question will go to voters

DAYTON–The Columbia County Rural Library District Board (CCRLD) of Trustees called a special meeting on August 2 to vote on placing the Library Dissolution Resolution on the November ballot. The...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 27, 2023

Port favorable for City's use of railroad easement for sewer line

DAYTON-The Port Commissioners favored the City’s use of the railroad right of way to run the main sewer line to the new wastewater treatment plant; Port Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reported...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 27, 2023

Petition for library district dissolution certified sufficient

DAYTON–The petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District sponsor Jessica Ruffcorn received word July 24 all signatures had been certified by the Auditor's Office as sufficient and...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 27, 2023

Interim Director moves specific books to different areas

DAYTON-The new Columbia County Rural Library District Interim Director Ellen Brigham has announced her intention to move specific books to different areas of library; and library dissolution petition...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 27, 2023

School registration opens August 1

DAYTON-The School Board was informed school registration will open August 1, on-site August 17; the approval of Middle School Head Football Coach; and approved all but one action items....

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 27, 2023

City appoints Smith to position No. 7

DAYTON-The City Council chose Michael Smith from among three candidates for the vacancy of Board Position No.7 left by Tiger Deui, during the meeting July 1. Council heard three interviews from...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 20, 2023

Notion of annexation of west end brought up–again

DAYTON-Dayton City Council heard from Council person Laura Aukerman about expanding city limits into Urban Growth Area (UGA); held a public hearing for the annual extension of the six-year...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 13, 2023

Patriots Picnic in the Park

DAYTON-Many came out for some old-fashioned fun at the Third Annual Fourth of July Patriots Picnic in the Park sponsored by the Columbia County Conservatives (CCC). The family event offered free food,...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 6, 2023

Library Director resigns; first dissolution petition short, second petition submitted to Auditor

DAYTON–Library Director Todd Vandenbark has submitted his letter of resignation, Board Chair Jay Ball informed library trustees meeting June 26, and Ball later learned on June 28 that an initial... Full story

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    July 6, 2023

Film production at Dayton Depot

DAYTON-Something unusual took place in Dayton on June 22-23. A film production came to town to make the short film, "Color of Threads" written by Walla Walla University alum Josie Henderson. The...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 29, 2023

Improvements planned for Lyons Ferry Marina KOA, Port commissioners hear

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia reviewed the Comprehensive Plan with consultants from Maul, Foster and Alongi which focused on the Lyons Ferry Marina property, a Port asset; heard a report from Concessi...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 29, 2023

Korinda Wallace resigns from Dayton School Board

DAYTON–School Board accepted the resignation of director Korinda Wallace; heard a briefing on this year's sixth grade Camp Wooten trip by coordinator Jamie Trump; 2023-24 superintendent and...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 29, 2023

Auditor finds library dissolution petition insufficient

DAYTON–A petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District was shy of meeting the 10% threshold by six signatures. A letter addressed to Rural Library District Trustee Chairman Jay... Full story

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 22, 2023

Tiger Dieu steps down from City Council

DAYTON–The City Council was advised Tiger Dieu has stepped down from his position No. 7; advised the board of a meeting in regards the need for flood mitigation in the North Touchet; approved three...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 22, 2023

Library director resigns amid library dissolution controversy

DAYTON–Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRL) Director Todd Vandenbark gave his resignation to the Board of Trustees effective July 14, and the State Attorney General's (AG) office delivered...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 15, 2023

Bulldog Room and disciplinary approaches trending positive

DAYTON–Innovative approaches to behavior and discipline appear to be paying dividends, the Dayton School Board heard at a recent meeting. Dean of Students Hannelee Farrell provided a discipline...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 25, 2023

Library Board approves two policies for review

DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library Board approved to send two revised policies to the CCRL attorney for review; gave direction and deadline for Library District Dissolution petition; heard...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 25, 2023

Finalizing end of school year, laying plans for next

DAYTON-Five student presentations were given to the Dayton School Board to start their regular monthly meeting on May 17. Reports were provided by ASB President Hudson Reser and Athletic Director Sam...

 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 18, 2023

Pool-only resolution heard by Dayton City Council

DAYTON-Dayton City Council approved Resolution 1509 during the May 9 meeting for the incorporation of the City of Dayton to be included into a proposed Columbia County Parks and Recreation District....


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