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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    January 20, 2022 

Hovrud, Aukerman, Dieu and McMunn take oath of office

DAYTON-Four City Council board member-elects–Marchand Hovrud, Laura Aukerman, Tyler Dieu and Teeny McMunn–took their oaths of office at a special meeting prior to the regular meeting on January...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    January 20, 2022 

Shoring up the financial lines for county contracts and future revenue

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) authorized the option to use American Rescue Pan Act (ARPA) and the 2022 Indigent defense contracts for District and Superior Court, approved a...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    January 20, 2022 

House bill goal to reinvigorate local horse race meets

DAYTON–A bill working its way through committee in the Washington House of Representatives, if signed into law, could provide funds to bring back horse racing to Dayton, Waitsburg, Walla Walla and...

 

Olympia Update

By Sen. Perry Dozier, Rep. Skyler Rude, and Rep. Mark Klicker Our 2022 legislative session opened on January 10 in Olympia, and clearly, urgent issues require our attention during our short 60 days together. Your voice will be important this...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    January 20, 2022 

Bryan and Watts sworn in

DAYTON–The newly elected Port of Columbia commissioners Seth Bryan and Johnny Watts took their oath at the meeting January 12, 2022. Watts then accepted the position as board Secretary. A training...

 

Fee schedules approved and deputy clerk appointed

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved job descriptions for soon-to-be vacant positions of Public Works Director, County Engineer and Maintenance Supervisor; passed Resolutions...

 

McCowen, Dieu and Wallace take oath of office

DAYTON–Newly elected Dayton School Board members Jeffrey McCowen, Aneesha Dieu and Korinda Wallace took their oaths of office at the work session hybrid meeting on January 5. McCowen had been...

 

Hall assumes BOCC chairmanship

DAYTON-The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) accepted Commissioner Marty Hall as the new 2022 chairperson; hired accounting firm; accepted Jeremy Weiland as Interim Director of Public...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    January 6, 2022

Kim Boggs, judge, Krissy Chapman, clerk, sworn in

DAYTON–Two court officials were officially sworn in as officers of the court in Columbia County, Wednesday, December 29. Newly appointed District Court Judge Kimberly Boggs and Superior Court Clerk...

 

Touchet Valley Ladies Golf group donates $2,000 toward irrigation project

DAYTON–The Touchet Valley Golf and Recreation Board (TVGR) treasurer Sean Thurston, accepted a $2,000 donation from Cherie Hinchliff, representative of the Touchet Valley Ladies Golf group (TVLG)...

 

Sheriff and Prosecutor hold town hall on effects of new law-enforcement restrictions

DAYTON–Information for public awareness about the effects of ten new Washington laws which restrict law enforcement officers was behind a pair of Town Hall meetings conducted by the Columbia County...

 

Beleny and Smith new appointees to Library Board

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) interviewed five Columbia County Rural Library District Board (CCRLD) candidates, appointing two, Michele Smith and Chuck Beleny, during a special... Full story

 

Commissioners adopt 2022 Budget; accepts Engineer's resignation

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Commissioners adopted the $4.8 million 2022 County current expense budget and multiple public works budgets, allocated $90,000 to the Port of Columbia and...

 

City's 2022 budget increases $1.4 million

DAYTON-The City Council approved the $7.9 million 2022 budget at its December 1 meeting, holding some discussion before its approval, but absent discussion of the $1.4 million increase from 2021 to...

 

Paulson hired as new City's Public Works Director

DAYTON–The City Council met with the new Public Works Director Ryan Paulson, approved the 2022-24 public works employees' union contract; Resolution 1484; and gave a salute to outgoing council...

 

Boggs appointed as interim District Court Judge, Chapman is interim Superior Court Clerk

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved the appointment of Kim Boggs as the new District Court Judge and Krissy Chapman as the new Superior Court Clerk at the December 13...

 

Judge Scott Marinella, Clerk Sue Marinella feted at retirement reception

Retiring District Court Judge Scott Marinella and his wife Sue, the County Superior Court Clerk who is also retiring Dec. 30, were sequestered in the Jury Room of the Columbia County Courthouse,...

 

School Board handles personnel changes; moves Day Trust to Blue Mountain Community Foundation

DAYTON-The School Board approved the resignation of paraprofessional Peggy Robanske; recommendation to hire Jerry Dedloff Jr.; the transfer of Day Trust Estate funds and heard how the Kindness...

 

Chairman re-elected; Chief of Staff changes

By Melissa Gemmell Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON-Columbia County Health System (CCHS) Board approved the re-election of Bob Hutchens as Board Chair, with Jim Kime as Vice-Chair and Barb Miller as...

 

Dayton Weekly Weather

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow before 7am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation... Full story

 

Local funeral home to undergo name change

DAYTON–Craig and Nikki Corbeill, owners of three area funeral homes including Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home here, have announced plans to change the names of their businesses to not only reflect their...

 

Ski Bluewood to open Friday, Dec. 17

DAYTON-The Bluewood 2021-22 ski season begins Friday, December 17, as the winter sports area welcomes skiers and snowboarders to the mountain for daily operations through January 2 (with the...

 

Commissioner Crowe assumes Chair of Port

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners appointed Genie Crowe, District No. 2, as board chair; approved the release of $3250 to the Friends of the Dayton Community Pool, and the $2 million...

 

New wolf activity in Columbia County

DAYTON–New wolf activity in Columbia County is being reported between the Touchet and Tucannon packs to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), finding one, and a probable...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 16, 2021

Some races closely contested, 2021 General Election results indicate

By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Columbia County had the highest voter turnout in the state in the 2021 General Election at 60.62%, and results from a few of the contested public offices show close margins....

 

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