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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...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 14, 2021 

General Election Ballots hit mailboxes this week

DAYTON–Columbia County voters will be receiving their vote-by-mail ballots from their friendly neighborhood mail carrier at the end of this week in advance of the 2021 General Election on November 2...

 

General Election Candidates: Port Commissioner, District 1

Shawn Brown Shawn Brown is seeking re-election to the Port Commission. He was appointed to the Commission in August, 2020, to fill a vacancy, and was elected as chairman following the death of Earle...

 

General Election Candidates: Port Commissioner, District 1

Seth Bryan I am Seth Bryan and I am running for Port of Columbia Commissioner, Position One. If elected, I plan to revitalize our community and economy by creating family-wage jobs. I will accomplish...

 

General Election Candidates: Port Commissioner, District 3

Jack Miller Jack Miller is a candidate for Port Commission Position 3. "I am running for election to the Board of Commissioners for the Port of Columbia. I feel that my background in economics,...

 

General Election Candidates: Port Commissioner, District 3

Johnny Watts Johnny Watts is a candidate for Port Commissioner, Position 3. "I was born in Moscow, Idaho and as a teenager I moved to this area to become a fourth-generation resident. Upon graduation...

 

General Election Candidates: School Board Pos. 5

Jeff McCowen Jeff McCowen is seeking re-election to the Dayton School Board, Position 5. “It has been an honor to serve as a Dayton School Board Director since I was appointed in July, 2021. I’ve accepted this responsibility to help ensure that...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 5

Vicki Zoller Vicki Zoller is a write-in candidate for Dayton City Council Position 5. Zoller's community contributions include serving as Chair of Blue Mountain Station Co-op Board, Chair of Friends...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 1

Laura Aukerman Laura Aukerman is a candidate for Dayton City Council Position 1 and has no previous elected experience. Information is from the Voter's Pamphlet. Other Professional Experience: After...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 1

Boe Stevenson Boe Stevenson is a candidate for City Council Position 1. Stevenson is 45 years of age and owns Boe Designs Graphic Design & Screen Printing. This is his first time running for...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 3

Cindi R. John Cindi R. John is a candidate for City Council Position 3 and submitted this statement. I would first like to address the controversary that surrounding one of the organizations I belong...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 3

Teeny McMunn Teeny McMunn is a candidate for Dayton City Council Position 3. "I want to join City Council, Position 3, and be a part of a board council that helps Dayton move forward. My experiences w...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 7

Fred Crowe Fred Crowe is a candidate for Dayton City Council Position 7. He was recently appointed to fill a vacancy. "At 73 years old and retired, why bother? On retirement, I sought to live in a...

 

General Election Candidates: City Council Pos. 7

Tiger (Tyler) Dieu Tyler (Tiger) Dieu is a candidate for Dayton City Council Position 7. "My name is Tyler Dieu (also known as Tiger Tate). I am 31-year-old lifelong resident of Dayton. I am a...

 

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...

 

Southeastern state parks public meeting rescheduled Oct. 19

OLYMPIA–Washington State Parks has rescheduled its public meeting to share recommendations for long-term recreation and land use for three state parks in southeastern Washington.   The meeting, ori...

 

Green Ridge Fire winding down; remains 61% contained

GARFIELD COUNTY–The Green Ridge Fire within the Wenaha-Tucannon wilderness remains at 61% contained over a 43,694-acre area. The July 7, 2021 lightning-caused fire continues to be minimal, particularly with recent cooler temperatures and some light...

 

Umatilla N.F. reduces fire closures to limited number of roads

PENDLETON–With increased containment and reduced fire activity on the Forest, Umatilla National Forest officials will reopen National Forest lands on Wednesday, Oct. 6, leaving five roads temporarily closed to public access on the Pomeroy Ranger...

 

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...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 30, 2021

Eagles Arie waiting on reports, insurance

DAYTON–Local members of Dayton Eagles Aerie No. 2618 continue to work inside the water- and smoke-damaged structure at 222 East Main while awaiting resolution of inspections by a realtor adjustor...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 30, 2021

Undersheriff Robbie Patterson injured in motorcycle mishap

ANATONE–Columbia County Undersheriff Robbie Patterson is recovering at home this week after spending a few days in a Lewiston, Id., hospital following a motorcycle accident on State Route 129, 25...

 

Green Ridge fire at 61% containment and winding down

DAYTON–As of Tuesday of this week, fire behavior has continued to be minimal, with a few interior smokes observed on the southwest corner of the fire near Godman Guard Station and to the south and southeast within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    September 30, 2021

Hunter sparks nighttime fire

DAYTON–Firefighting equipment from Columbia County Districts 1 and 3 responded to a report of a field fire at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 17, on the ridge above the intersection of State Route 261 and Highway 12. The fire was apparently...

 

Meeting to reveal long-term recommendations for Lewis & Clark Trail, Palouse Falls and Lyons Ferry rescheduled

OLYMPIA–Washington State Parks has rescheduled its public meeting to share recommendations for long-term recreation and land use for three state parks in southeastern Washington. The meeting, originally scheduled for Oct. 5, will take place...

 

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