POMEROY — Pinball machines and arcade games line the hallway, and a dozen televisions — mostly from the 1950s — stack to form a makeshift wall in the bedroom. Aside from an overhead light in the kitchen, every room is lit only by neon: a collection of glowing hamburgers, ice cream cones, shoes and an outline of the state of Nevada.
In Garfield County, access to health care is on shaky ground. The public hospital district is projecting a budget deficit of more than $500,000 in 2014, and will close its doors if voters don’t approve a special $730,000 levy in November.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla police reported 12 motor vehicle thefts in September, a “dramatic increase” over typically single-digit theft rates, according to spokesman Tim Bennett.
WALLA WALLA — A fire Tuesday night that heavily damaged an unoccupied house on Division Street is being investigated as arson, Walla Walla Fire Department officials said this morning.
WALLA WALLA — A man whom police say threatened to commit suicide by blowing up his home made a first appearance this morning in Walla Walla County Superior Court.
DAYTON — Columbia County is facing a state Developmental Disabilities Administration review after the county failed to produce enough evidence to demonstrate compliance with their contract during a routine monitoring in May.
DAYTON — Decreased revenue from the Touchet Valley Golf Course and fairgrounds stall rentals have led to a projected budget shortfall of almost $19,000 for Columbia County’s parks and recreation fund.
Fire and rain force a couple from a Twisp farm, buy they find friends in Dayton’s Joan and Pierre-Louis Monteillet.
Sal Asaro and Patty Cho escaped fire and floods in Twisp, Wash. before winding up living at Monteillet Fromagerie in Dayton.
Port of Columbia Commissioner Dale McKinley died early Thursday at his home. He was 65.
WAITSBURG — Waitsburg Schools will repay $38,000 in federal funding for failing to show maintenance of effort in the district’s special education programs.
WAITSBURG — Waitsburg residents are demanding something unusual from their government — more public art.
DAYTON — The City Council banned marijuana operations in a 5-1 vote Monday, citing public opinion and concerns over conflicts between state and federal law.
DAYTON — A military career isn’t always easy to explain to kids.
DAYTON — With moratoriums on recreational marijuana businesses set to expire mid-September, Dayton and Columbia County are moving forward with zoning ordinances amid opposition from residents.
WALLULA — A missing piece of land could finally complete the puzzle for the Port of Walla Walla’s Wallula Gap Business Park, officials say.
DAYTON — Music, food and a rodeo are standard parts of the Columbia County Fair, but this year, they’ll be joined by a drone, a race car and a stream table.
WESTON — Weston City Council members will consider a law enforcement contract with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office at a special meeting 6 p.m. today at Weston-Athena Memorial Hall.
A Umatilla County decision to allow the East End Rod & Gun Club to continue operating is headed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.
DAYTON — Columbia County Prosecutor Rea Culwell will have a challenger in November after Randy O. Lewis amassed enough write-in votes in the Aug. 5 primary to get his name on the general election ballot.
DAYTON — Columbia County will likely seek a $1.8 million grant to connect Columbia Pulp’s planned straw pulp mill with an existing natural gas pipeline.
It’s clear Dayton has lost a significant number of students to other districts. The reasons are as numerous as the students who left.
DAYTON — Some students here leave town for schools with a dance team or theater department. Some have a bad experience with a teacher, or are bullied by another student. And some just happen to live closer to another school outside the district.
DAYTON — City schools Superintendent Doug Johnson acknowledges declining enrollment numbers in his district are out of sync compared to neighboring rural districts.
WESTON — The City Council voted Wednesday to enter into contract negotiations for police coverage with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.
A Garfield County man has filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming Garfield County failed to protect him from multiple forcible rapes by another inmate while he was held in the county jail.
DAYTON — Kate Wenzl, a former principal and administrator from the Port Angeles School District, will take the reins as Dayton High School’s interim principal.
At Camp Meadowood Springs, you can watch “Tony Stark” escape shark-infested waters via a rope line while “Dumbledore” cheers him on.
In a space not much larger than an average living room, almost nothing separates the audience from the band performing.
WALLA WALLA — The beach at Lyons Ferry Park near Starbuck remains closed due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, but adventurers hoping to take part in the second annual Swim the Snake event are in luck.
DAYTON — Columbia County commissioners this morning shot down a zoning amendment proposed by Monteillet Fromagerie that would have allowed on-site sales of farm products as a conditional use in the county’s rural agriculture zone.
DAYTON — Merle Jackson and write-in candidate Dwight Richter, both Republicans, will face off in the general election for Columbia County commissioner.
POMEROY — Preliminary results Tuesday in Garfield County showed Stan Warren and Justin Dixon, both Republicans, leading the five-way race for county commissioner.
WAITSBURG — When Waitsburg’s Future Farmers of America chapter won a $5,000 award for the best project in the state, adviser Nicole Abel thought things couldn’t get any better.
DAYTON — Dayton cheesemaker Monteillet Fromagerie has proposed an amendment to end a long-simmering zoning dispute that Columbia County commissioners will consider at a meeting Wednesday morning.
DAYTON — It’ll be nothing but blues at Mace Mead Works Friday night when “American Boogie Man” Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the Switchmasters take the stage.
DAYTON — After four years with the district, Dayton High School Principal Andrew Maheras is stepping down to take a vice principal job in Goldendale.
POMEROY — After longtime Garfield County Commissioner Dean Burton announced his retirement this spring, five hopefuls filed candidate papers to fill his seat.
DAYTON — Three hopefuls, one a write-in candidate, seek to fill the District 3 Columbia County Commission seat held by long-serving Commissioner Chuck Reeves, who said he will not run for a sixth term.
DAYTON — The city’s Planning Commission will continue a public hearing on revised marijuana zoning regulations Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
DAYTON — Jack Williams, the longtime publisher of the Dayton Chronicle who retired last month after selling the weekly newspaper, died Monday night in a hospice in Richland.
DAYTON — Monteillet Fromagerie’s legal battle with Columbia County is poised to continue after the Planning Commission voted against recommending the cheesemaker’s proposed zoning amendment to the County Commission.
Commissioners, however, required certain conditions be met in a land-use issue opposed by neighbors
PENDLETON — Umatilla County Commissioners voted this morning to allow the East End Rod & Gun Club to continue operations, upholding a January decision by the county Planning Commission.
The Pasos al Èxito program teaches rural Latinos the ropes of starting their own businesses.
MILTON-FREEWATER — Between finding financing, making sense of regulations and reaching customers, opening a small business can seem daunting.
DAYTON — Dayton High School is switching to a seven period schedule for the 2014-15 school year, adding a new class session.
PRESCOTT — With less than a week to go before construction begins, the organizers of Prescott’s vacant lot project are working hard to get everything in order.
WAITSBURG — For almost a month, first-grader Madison Kaehler has spent her recesses walking in circles around the playground.
DAYTON — County lines are irrelevant to tourists.
DAYTON — After months of back-and-forth between Columbia County and Monteillet Fromagerie, the popular goat and sheep cheesemaker is hoping a zoning status dispute at a Planning Commission hearing Monday.
PENDLETON — Umatilla County commissioners heard more than four hours of public testimony Tuesday but made no decision regarding the future of the East End Rod & Gun Club.
WESTON — After seven months of construction, a slate of multimillion dollar improvements to the Smith Frozen Foods plant in Weston go online this week.
A hearing to consider appeals in a land-use decision for the East End Rod & Gun Club has been rescheduled for Tuesday.