Columbia County

News from around Columbia County, including the Port of Columbia, county government, Dayton and Starbuck.


Columbia County readies for pot hearing

Regulation of recreational marijuana in Columbia County, including a possible ban, will be the topic of a public hearing this month by Columbia County commissioners.

Dayton school officials to take 2nd vote on levy

The Dayton School Board is expected on Wednesday to approve putting an $800,000 capital levy on an April ballot, the second time board members will vote on the measure.

Starbuck man accused of baseball bat assault

A Starbuck man remains in the Columbia County Jail this morning, accused of hitting a person with a baseball bat on Friday, according to sheriff’s office officials.

Dayton man suspected of dealing meth arrested today

DAYTON — Law officers from Columbia and Walla Walla counties converged on a Dayton home early this morning to arrest a man suspected of dealing narcotics, according to officials from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Dayton residents tax themselves for road fixes

Dayton voters came out in strong support of a sales tax increase for local roads.

Man injured in rollover crash near Dayton

A Walla Walla man was injured this morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash 9 miles east of Dayton, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Dayton to vote on sales tax for roadworks

Residents will vote on sales tax increase to fund street improvements, a measure Dayton’s newly formed Transportation Benefit District put on the Feb. 10 ballot.

Dayton man charged with possession of stolen gun, illegal knives

DAYTON — A search warrant served at a Dayton man’s home turned up a stolen firearm and three illegal knives on Monday, according to Columbia County officials.

Dayton’s annual Kickoff scores big

Local merchants got an early Christmas present of a packed Main Street for the annual Christmas Kickoff.

Columbia commissioners to hold special meeting on golf course

DAYTON — Columbia County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss contract negotiations for the Touchet Valley Golf Course.

Hospital district vote stuck at ‘razor-thin’ margin

DAYTON — The Columbia County Hospital District must wait at least until Nov. 25 to find out whether its $5.5 million capital improvement bond will pass.

Updated election results: Columbia County

Here are Columbia County's election results in contested races as of this evening's count. Incumbents where applicable are denoted with an (i).

Armed campus burglary prompts lockdown of Dayton school

DAYTON — Two adults were arrested Wednesday afternoon after stealing numerous items from Dayton High School gym locker rooms and possessing weapons on school property, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Merle Jackson leads in Columbia commission race

DAYTON — Merle Jackson is the apparent winner in the Columbia County Commission District 1 race, with more than a 9 percentage-point lead over Dwight Richter.

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Cooper, Turner not ready to call election

WALLA WALLA — The two candidates in the hotly contested race for Walla Walla County Sheriff were neither declaring victory nor conceding defeat this morning.


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