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Rachel Alexander

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Athena-Weston School District sporting a new track

ATHENA — Though it won’t host a home meet until next year, a new track next to Athena Elementary with easy access to Weston-McEwen High School already is being put to good use by student athletes.

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Blue Mountain Station gets splashy christening

The town’s artisan food center has been in business for several months, but it was officially christened in a lively ceremony Friday afternoon.

Dayton High’s FBLA chapter scores big in state competition

DAYTON — Dayton High School students took home a slate of awards from this year’s Future Business Leaders of American state competition.

McMorris Rodgers campaigns in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Jobs, tax reform, deficit reduction and veteran support are on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ to-do list if the Spokane Republican is re-elected to a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, she said Tuesday in Walla Walla.

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Prescott gathers for cowboy poetry celebration (with videos)

PRESCOTT — Poems about a fat pony and a timid cattle dog were among local winners at the Prescott Library’s annual Cowboy Poetry Celebration.

Dayton school bond overwhelmingly rejected

Superintendent Doug Johnson said the district would likely seek to run a smaller measure in November.

Dayton voters overwhelmingly rejected a $20 million bond measure in a special election Tuesday.

Latino research project finds strengths, weaknesses in local programs

WALLA WALLA — Staff and students at Lincoln High School know its health center has helped improve student morale and well-being, while increasing academic performance.

Waitsburg water rates headed upward

WAITSBURG — Waitsburg City Council voted Wednesday to raise city water rates $6, bringing the monthly base rate to $33.90.

Waitsburg tops Valley schools in achievement

WALLA WALLA – The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced the 2013 Washington Achievement Awards Tuesday, and Waitsburg High School won the most accolades among area schools on the list.

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Prescott gets glimpse of future community park

PRESCOTT — Come June, a vacant, burned-out lot in Prescott will be reborn as a community gathering space.

Longtime Columbia County physician retires

A party in honor of Dr. Michael Luce will be held tonight at Dayton’s Liberty Theater.

DAYTON — Dr. Michael Luce, a general practitioner who served the county for over 30 years, is retiring.

Longtime Columbia County doctor retires

A party in honor of Dr. Michael Luce will be held Wednesday at Dayton’s Liberty Theater.

DAYTON — Dr. Michael Luce, a general practitioner who served the Columbia County for over 30 years, is retiring.

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Rocketry club gives youths a lift in sciences

DAYTON — For Tim Quigg, there’s something fulfilling about building a rocket with your own hands and watching it fly thousands of feet up at three times the speed of sound.

Heartbleed fix: Use caution

The recently-discovered Heartbleed security bug means your passwords, payment details and other secure information on websites could be vulnerable to theft. That sounds scary, but before you rush to change all of your passwords, here are some things you should know.

School needs, tough times at odds in Dayton bond

The district hopes voters will see their way clear to take on a nearly $20 million debt for 20 years.

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Ag science is a get-down-and-dirty deal

Waitsburg FFA students get hands-on learning about soil nutrition.

Judge whose territory covers Columbia, Garfield counties to retire

Superior Court Judge William Acey, whose Hells Canyon Circuit includes Columbia and Garfield counties, announced his retirement this afternoon.

Finalist for Weston police withdraws; meeting set for discussion

WESTON — Weston is back to square one in its search for a police officer, after the city’s finalist for the position withdrew his application this morning.

State: Garfield County commissioners broke law with salary hike (with document)

POMEROY — Garfield County commissioners inappropriately raised their salaries in 2012, according to a report released this week from the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

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Mace Mead Works has bands truckin' in to Dayton

DAYTON — For bands on a tour of the Pacific Northwest, the stretch of highway between Seattle or Portland and Spokane, Boise or Missoula often looks long and empty.

Pomeroy gets loan to upgrade water system

POMEROY — Pomeroy wants to improve portions of its aging water system with funds from the USDA.

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Cheesemaker in ag zoning limbo

Monteillet Fromagerie has been at odds with Columbia County over the commercial uses of its rural property.

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Gov. Inslee tours new Dayton food processing center

Blue Mountain Station houses several local specialty product makers.

When Governor Jay Inslee stopped by Dayton’s artisan food center, he couldn’t help but admire the rolling hills out the window.

Pomeroy school resource officer funding agreement reached

POMEROY — Following a discussion with the sheriff’s office and school district, Garfield County Commissioners are working on an agreement to hire a resource officer for the Pomeroy School District.

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Dayton cafe's new owner expanding offerings

DAYTON — For Mandi Wendt, the Weinhard Cafe was an early first introduction to the world of fine dining.

Prescott wins grant for public space project

PRESCOTT — Before becoming vacant, the lot next to Prescott’s Tuxedo Bar & Grill housed a post office, a gentleman’s store and a sweet shop. Now, it’s to become the center of a community-building project, bringing residents together to create a new public space.

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5 instructors + 50 students = ‘In the Library’ in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Five instructors and 50 students at Walla Walla Community College will come together to pay tribute to libraries through song, dance and art.

Funding debated as Garfield County, Pomeroy schools eye resource officer

POMEROY — Although funding specifics still need to be worked out, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office hopes to put a full-time school resource officer in Pomeroy schools next year.

Deputy prosecutor’s pay claim with county settled

DAYTON — Columbia County paid $3,668.62 to settle a claim with Deputy Prosecutor Julie Karl over her compensation.

Dayton seeks longer pot moratorium

DAYTON — Dayton is considering extending its marijuana moratorium for another six months to give the city time to develop zoning regulations.

Group urges more local help for disabled in Columbia County

DAYTON — Living with a developmental disability in Columbia County often means spending a lot of time driving. That’s something the Dayton Developmental Disabilities Leadership Group hopes to change.

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Bluewood Ski Patrol fills many roles

Patrolling the slopes, from upkeep to rescue

They work in Kennewick, Walla Walla and Lewiston as firefighters, EMTs and even teachers, then spend their weekends patrolling the slopes outside of Dayton.

Marshall Tucker Band to open for Charlie Daniels at fair

The Charlie Daniels Band will headline the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days concert, with an opening performance by Southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band.

Dayton board puts school bond on April ballot

DAYTON — Dayton School District residents will vote on a nearly $20 million bond in April, a measure that members of the public told board members on Wednesday will be a tough sell.

Appeals filed by both sides in gun club standoff (with documents)

A legal battle over the future of a Milton-Freewater gun club is headed to the Umatilla County Commissioners.

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Dayton painter has a Magic touch

A Dayton painter’s work on Magic game cards has made him a ‘famous’ unknown.

Dayton Council votes down special events policy

Dayton City Council members voted down a special events policy after citizens voiced concerns at last night’s meeting.

Emergency notification system installed in Columbia County

Columbia County residents need to make sure their information is in the system.

Coroner says teen died of blunt injury in Bluewood fall

Hunter Connor, 14, died at Dayton General Hospital about three hours after the accident.

WALLA WALLA — A Burbank teen killed Jan. 25 at Ski Bluewood died from an abdominal injury, according to a coroner’s report.

Weekly Winter Market in Dayton gets going Saturday

DAYTON — Dayton’s new Artisan Food Center is opening its doors for visitors starting Saturday.

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Seattle company brings ‘Richard II’ to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Fresh from a Seattle run, Shakespeare’s historical tragedy “Richard II” is coming to town.

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Demonstrators urge Cathy McMorris Rodgers to voice immigration reform support

WALLA WALLA — When Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers responds to the State of the Union address tonight, some Walla Wallans are hoping she’ll take a stand for immigration reform.

Updated: Details of snowboarder’s death sketchy

Columbia County Coroner Rea Culwell said she will request medical records from the hospital.

Details surrounding the death of a teenager at Ski Bluewood on Saturday remain hazy as the ski area continues to piece together a timeline of events.

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Success 101 readies teens for school and beyond

The class helps freshmen transition to high school and to plan for their careers.

Popular gun range wins county battle

But Umatilla County put restrictions on shooting events and times to address neighbors’ concerns.

MILTON-FREEWATER The East End Rod & Gun Club’s application to continue operations was approved by the Umatilla County Planning Commission Thursday night, but a number of restrictions were placed on its activities.

Dayton Chamber cedes county economic development role

The organization hopes a new arrangement will leave that job to the Port of Columbia.

DAYTON — The departure of Dayton’s Chamber of Commerce executive director may have opened the door for a new focus on economic development in Columbia County.

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Columbia County launches wellness project

The public campaign will feature a different health focus each month.

Dream Act bill breezes through state House

Walla Walla-area legislators support financial aid for state students who aren’t legal U.S. residents.

The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday which would allow aspiring state college students who are not legal residents to apply for financial aid.

Final meeting set for Dayton school project

DAYTON — The Dayton School District will hold its final meeting about a proposed modernization project on Wednesday.

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The art of teaching science

Pam Nolan-Beasley of Waitsburg received presidential honors for her instruction of math and science.