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Blue Mountain Station opens for business in Dayton

The artisan food production facility has room for two more tenants.

Waitsburg Council to eye marijuana zoning

The Waitsburg City Council will consider zoning rules for marijuana businesses at its Monday meeting.

Waitsburg puts school levy on February ballot

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg voters will be asked to approve a two-year, $1.08 million school district maintenance and operations levy in February.

Renovation of Columbia Co. Youth Building put on hold

The project would have cost approximately $500,000.

Dayton seeks input on bond

Three forums have been scheduled to discuss the $24 million school project.

Dayton schools to increase civil rights education

DAYTON —In response to a swastika burning incident and students trick-or-treating dressed as Ku Klux Klan members, the Dayton School District is looking to beef up its civil rights curriculum.

Dayton student charged in school bomb threat

DAYTON — A Dayton High School student has been charged for threatening to bomb the school.

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Holidays go better with brass

Known for ambitious and quirky arrangements, Clarion Brass Choir will perform with the Walla Walla Symphony next week.

WALLA WALLA — Cramming 54 Christmas tunes into a 3 1/2-minute song would be impossible for most composers, but it’s exactly the sort of challenge William Berry thrives on.

Three charged with multiple counts in theft spree

DAYTON — Three men arrested last week in connection with a recent series of car prowls in Dayton were charged Tuesday in Columbia County Superior Court.

Three arrested in Columbia County car prowls

DAYTON — Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three Dayton men on Saturday whom they believe may be linked to the rash of November car prowls in Dayton.

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Dayton dishes up artisan food center

DAYTON — After six years of planning and months of construction, the Port of Columbia’s Blue Mountain Station is almost ready to open its doors.

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Former rural school re-opens as museum

The Dayton building has been renovated to preserve the era of one-room schoolhouses.

Note that delayed Dayton school day threatened harm to students, official says

DAYTON — A threatening note posted at the entry to Dayton High School prompted the district to delay school two hours this morning.

UPDATED: Threatening note delays school in Dayton

A threatening note posted on the entry door of Dayton High School prompted the district to delay school by two hours this morning.

Columbia County wrestles with fair bylaws

The fair board also wants to attract and retain new members and find ways to make the fair sustainable for the county

DAYTON — The future of the Columbia County Fair, and the hours volunteers must put in to keep it going, dominated discussion at a special county meeting.

Jobs out of town for parents lead to drop in Waitsburg school enrollment

WAITSBURG — Enrollments at Waitsburg’s public schools fell significantly last month, raising concerns that initially good enrollment numbers may not last for the year.

Swastika burned into lawn at Dayton school

A week earlier, a black teacher noted that three trick-or-treaters came to his home dressed as KKK members.

DAYTON — The Columbia County Sheriff’s office is investigating the burning of a swastika shape into the lawn outside of Dayton Elementary School last week.

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Task Force gives downtown Dayton shot in arm

A state program gives tax credits to businesses contributing to eligible Main Street improvement groups.

Garfield County voters decide school, city races and hospital levy

Garfield County voters have unseated a 10-year school board veteran and upended plans for a more financially sound hospital district.

Weston eyes change to number of Planning Commission members

WESTON — Weston’s City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today to consider changing the number of Planning Commission members.

Dayton committee opts to pitch major school renovation

Cost to to taxpayers will depend on the total bond amount, interest and years to pay off the debt.

After several hours of discussion, the Dayton School District facilities committee decided Tuesday to move forward with a comprehensive campus modernization project.

Prescott levy seeks annual pool funding

Summer’s still far away, but Prescott residents are being asked to consider pool funding on the November ballot.

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David MacNall's big ride

A Dayton man who lost use of his legs aims to cross the nation on a hand-cranked tricycle.

DAYTON — Frequent travelers on Highway 12 might have seen a man on a recumbent tricycle pedaling between Dayton and Waitsburg.

Walla Walla Rural Library District has new boss

WALLA WALLA — After months of searching, the Walla Walla Rural Library District has chosen its next leader.

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Dayton whodunit mixes history, food and fun

Participating in murder and mystery at Dayton's Weinhard Hotel.

Being accused of murder was not originally on my weekend to-do list.

Leadership award to honor Dayton students

More than a dozen Dayton students will be honored in Yakima for telling their peers to say no.

More time sought for Dayton bond recommendation

DAYTON — After reviewing possible options for a modernization project, Dayton School District facilities committee members have determined they are unable to make a recommendation to the school board.

Fired Weston official paid $35,000 in settlement

The City of Weston paid $35,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former City Recorder Denise Sampson, according to documents obtained by the Union-Bulletin.

Waitsburg club to host tour of available business sites

WAITSBURG — The city’s Commercial Club is working to attract prospective buyers to open commercial spaces downtown.

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Fairgrounds stall closure threatens young horse enthusiasts

New rules which close the Columbia County Fairgrounds horse stalls to renters during the summer have some regular tenants worried.

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Working small becomes big fun for local artists

WALLA WALLA — The assignment was simple: take 10 6- by 6-inch squares and create art.

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Local landscapes highlighted at Dayton Art Walk

Dayton artist Steve Henderson believes in painting what he knows: the landscapes around his home, rolling hills and scenes with the Snake River.

ACA offers a lifeline to student

Coverage will make seeing a doctor early and staying on top of medications less painful.

Columbia County adopts pot rules moratorium

Prospective marijuana retailers will have to wait a year before beginning operations in Columbia County.

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Insurance exchanges: What you need to know

Starting Oct. 1, individuals can buy health insurance plans through insurance exchanges operated statewide.

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Dayton dishes up food and wine festival

The Heirloom Gardeners Food and Wine Weekend will have a distinctly local flavor.

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Dayton dishes up food and wine festival

The Heirloom Gardeners Food and Wine Weekend Sept. 20-22 will have a distinctly local flavor.

DAYTON — Tami Joy Miller grew her first potatoes under the supervision of her grandfather, an Irish immigrant who taught her how to take care of vegetables.

Updated: Weston mayor retains seat after recall attempt

WESTON — Mayor Duane Thul will keep his seat after a second attempt to recall him failed.

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Weston mayor retains seat in recall election

Weston Mayor Duane Thul will keep his seat after defeating a second attempt to recall him.

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U-B interactive: Recalls in Oregon since 1990

U-B reporter Rachel Alexander has developed an interactive map that will let you surf through Oregon recalls since 1990.

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Weston: A town in turmoil

In the middle of its seventh recall election in 15 years, Weston shows the dark side of Oregon's broad laws governing recalls

WESTON — Driving into Weston off of Oregon Highway 204, the first thing you see are the signs.

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Mariachi music ‘ambassadors’ to play the fair Saturday

They’ve traveled to every corner of the state and even performed for the governor, but this week, Wenatchee High School’s mariachi band is coming to the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

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PGE to pay Columbia County for wind farm planning costs

Portland General Electric has signed an agreement to reimburse Columbia County for planning costs related to the permitting of the Tucannon River Wind Farm.

Touchet principal to depart for teaching post in Walla Walla

TOUCHET — Touchet Secondary School Principal Elissa Tinder is leaving the district to take a special education teaching position at Pioneer Middle School in Walla Walla.

Swim the Snake event brings in funds for local groups

Thirty-one brave souls in orange caps raised almost $1,000 for local organizations in a swim across the Snake River last weekend.

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Supreme Court upholds Ecology's authority in Dayton rancher's case

The state's high court upheld the Department of Ecology’s authority to regulate cow manure in streams.

WALLA WALLA — In a ruling against a Dayton rancher, the Washington state Supreme Court has upheld the Department of Ecology’s authority to regulate cow manure in streams.

Weston mayor faces recall — again

WESTON — For the second time in three years, Weston voters will head to the polls to decide the fate of their mayor.

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Snake River swim to raise funds for local groups

After swimming across the Columbia River 12 times, Lisa Naylor decided to take on the Snake.

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From Chief for a Day to ‘a friend for life’

A girl’s fire chief friend also becomes a family hero when a blaze strikes home.

House fires rarely come with silver linings, but Klaira Perez got a rare one when her personal hero showed up to save her family’s burning home.

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Columbia County wheat farmer fined for illegal burn

A Columbia County farmer has been fined $10,000 for burning wheat stubble without an agricultural permit.