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 By Loyal Baker    News    February 2, 2023 

Former Dayton resident under investigation in Jamaica

JAMAICA–Jamaican authorities are investigating allegations of improprieties in connection with a former Dayton resident, the faith-based orphanage he established to serve wards of the state here in...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    February 2, 2023 

Blue Mountain Counseling hires substance abuse counselor

DAYTON-Blue Mountain Counseling recently added a substance use disorder/abuse counselor to their staff. Greg Hall comes from Yakima where he just retired from serving at the Veterans Administration....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    February 2, 2023 

Reported losses recover

DAYTON-Losses reported of $416k for Columbia County Health System in November were recovered in December with a net income of $887k according to the January 25 report during the monthly meeting. An en...

 

Damage minor in residential fire

There were no injuries and damage was relatively minor when District 3 firefighters responded to 321 W. Clay Street at 12:45 a.m. January 31. The fire was inside the residence and firefighters...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    February 2, 2023 

BOCC approved purchase of six sheriff vehicles

DAYTON-The Board of County Commissioners voted to approve several items during the January 30 special meeting including the purchase of six sheriff vehicles; a budget amendment for solid waste; the sa...

 

Clarification and correction

DAYTON–In the front-page article in the January 26, 2023 edition of the Dayton Chronicle “Library Director’s decision appealed” by Melissa Gemmell read: “During the meeting, Library Trustee Charles Beleny (corrected spelling) recommended...

 

Library Director's decision appealed

DAYTON-Comments began back in August and continue to be heard by the County Rural Library District (CCRLD) Board of Trustees about content in the children's library. The January 23 meeting was no...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    January 26, 2023

Orozco takes plea bargain

DAYTON–Benjamin Orozco, whose 2019 conviction in the 1996 shooting death of Lance Terry and assault of David Eaton in Dayton was overturned on appeal in November, 2021, has accepted a plea...

 

Token of appreciation was presented to Board

DAYTON–Elementary student representatives made a show of their appreciation to the Dayton School Board at the regular meeting on January 18 for School Board Appreciation Month. The Board approved to...

 

Displaced males statistics alarming

WASHINGTON STATE–Rep. Mary Dye, R-9, has introduced legislation, House Bill 1270, to create a Washington State Commission on Boys and Men, first-of-its-kind in the nation. (See "Olympia Update, page...

 

A Bad Year for Tomatoes

Four performances of "A Bad year For Tomatoes," directed by Bev Startin, will be staged at the Liberty Theater this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, giving audiences some comic relief for the January...

 

Help needed due to Deputy Prosecutor vacancy

DAYTON-During the brief public portion of the work session held on January 23, the Board of County Commissioners and Sheriff Joe Helm discussed Columbia County services for the Town of Starbuck with...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    January 19, 2023

Dayton's Sarah Shutters named a Rising Star

WALLA WALLA–The Blue Mountain Community Foundation has selected Dayton's Sarah Shutters for its ​Rising Star Youth Award. She is the daughter of Rev. Linda Weistaner and the late Marvin Shutters....

 

Sale of Port property to Table Rock approved

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners approved the sale of Port lots to Table Rock Meat Co. during a special meeting on January 11, 2023. After some discussion, amendments to the contra...

 

CGI donates new product line to food banks

DAYTON–Columbia Grain International (CGI) has donated 15 cases of its Balanced Bushel Line of Beans and Pulses to Food Banks and Senior Centers in Columbia, Garfield and Whitman Counties. Using CGI...

 

City Council preparing for what's next with broadband

DAYTON-The Dayton City Council heard discussion on the franchise agreement from Charter Communications for cable and broadband services; and flood hazard mitigation was also presented; and the positio...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    January 19, 2023

Dayton native in the thick of the battle at southern border

DAYTON–There's a lot going on at the southern border, says Abbie Broughton Marsh, a former Columbia County Deputy Prosecutor who is now a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in...

 

HR director hired just in time?

DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) welcomed new Human Resources Director Kristi Zinn as a number of jobs with the County will be needing filled in coming weeks. Introduced to...

 

Broadband moving forward

DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) accepted a contractor for construction of the Broadband project here; reviewed and approved several policies approved the Capital Facilities Plan,...

 

Commissioners approve budget amendments

DAYTON-A public hearing was held for 2023 budget amendments and there was discussion about planning for new State requirements for a county coroner at the special meeting of the Board of County...

 

Kiwanis Club sponsors local Law Enforcement Appreciation Day event

The Dayton Kiwanis Club sponsored Law Enforcement Appreciation Day last Monday with an event held Monday morning at Moose Creek Café and Bakery, where, naturally, doughnuts were compliments of the...

 

McMorris Rodgers works to block Biden's IRS agents

Washington, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) helped pass the first bill of the 118th Congress, the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act (H.R. 23), in the House of Representatives. This legislation...

 

Columbia REA Scholarship applications available

WALLA WALLA– The Columbia REA Scholarship Program is designed to assist with continuing educational opportunities for qualifying co-op member families by offering three (3) $3,000 Clark A. Brewington Memorial Scholarships each year in honor of...

 

Oath of Office administered to Helm

Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm was administered the oath of office by Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, appearing via Zoom, on Friday, December 30, to begin his second term in office. Helm was...

 

City Addressing Flood Mitigation

It was a nippy cold day Monday when work was underway to remove sediment from an outflow drain for a pond in the 1st and Main streets area, adjacent to Flour Mill Park, which collects runoff from...

 

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