Columbia County, WA

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"Tails and Tales" theme for CCRLD reading program

DAYTON—The theme for this year’s Columbia County Rural Library District Summer Reading Program is “Tails and Tales” and activities will include crafts, storytelling, music, and much more for all ages. The program began on Monday, June 14, and will run through Friday, August 6, 2021. Registration is free and ongoing....
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Shooting at Shangri-La RV park on June 6

DAYTON—A shooting incident on June 6 at the Shangri-La River Ranch RV Park, west of Dayton, left one man critically injured, and another has been arrested. According to the police report, Justin G. Karl, 40, was working on his motorcycle in the early hours of Sunday morning. His wife, Stephanie A. Karl, 48, could hear him working when she heard a loud noise. She went outside to find Justin yelling that he had just been shot. A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the incident at approximately 1:30 a.m. On arrival, the deputy provided basic aid to the victim, who was having difficulty breathing. The deputy observed multiple bullet wounds on the victim’s chest and abdomen. Karl was life-flighted to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, where he would receive emergency surgery. On Sunday, he was listed in critical condition, and there has been no update on the victim’s condition.
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CWWFD2 hears from hiring committee on Chief job description, expectations

WAITSBURG—Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 (D2) fire commissioners met Wednesday, June 9, for a regular meeting. During the meeting, Ashley Strickland presented the revised Fire Chief job description, expectations, and recommendations to the board. The hiring committee began revising the job description and expectations for the Chief position, a few...
Columbia County, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Highway 12 still closed though Dayton this morning

Columbia County emergency management officials said the morning of Friday, June 11, that the section of U.S. Highway 12 going through Dayton remains closed. The road was closed Tuesday, June 8, when a fire broke out at the Eagles Aerie No. 2618 at 222 E. Main Street in the second story of the building. It took several firefighter crews about two hours to get the blaze contained.

Downtown Dayton fire burns Eagles building and damages others

DAYTON-The Dayton Eagles building caught fire around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, and was quickly, fully involved. The fire appeared to be contained just before 5:30 p.m, as firefighters from College Place entered the building to check for 'hot spots, according to a social media post by Columbia County Port Director, Jennie Dickinson.
Dayton, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Charges filed, bail set, for Dayton shooting suspect

Charges of third-degree assault with a firearm enhancement and drive-by shooting are filed against Joshua B. Wilson, 25, of Dayton. Wilson is the suspect in the shooting at Shangri-La River Ranch RV Park west of Dayton, Sunday, June 6. Bail for Wilson has been set at $300,000. Columbia County Prosecutor...
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Drought conditions persist, insurance provides

WASHINGTON-Crop insurance is a complex topic, but it may come in handy for area farmers as they ride out the fifth driest year since data recording began in 1894. Rainfall is down 2.94 inches from an average year, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), resulting in lower yields for many dryland producers.
Dayton, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Fire reported at Dayton Eagles club

Gina Wilson, who works at the Inland Cellular store on Main Street, said she received a message from a friend working down the street from the Eagles building and stepped outside to a scene black with smoke. "Then, 10 minutes later, I started seeing flames shooting up ... From this...
Columbia County, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Afternoon fire heavily damages Dayton Eagles Aerie Tuesday

A mid-afternoon fire on Tuesday, June 8, burned away any expectation the members of Dayton’s Eagles Aerie No. 2618 could return to their club building as hoped. Columbia County Fire District 3 crews were the first to respond to the blaze at 222 E. Main St. at about 3 p.m., followed by firefighters from around the Walla Walla Valley.
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News Briefs

Here Today is a comedy-drama that was directed, co-written, and stars Billy Crystal as Charlie. The movie follows veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz, who is going through a tough time as he tries to... DAYTON-Columbia County Health System Thursday announced the promotion of Matt Minor to the role of Chief...
Columbia County, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Columbia Pulp reopens Lyons Ferry plant

DAYTON — Columbia Pulp has officially reopened its Lyons Ferry mill, processing wheat straw for the creation of paper products such as food containers, towels and tissues, the company announced Thursday, June 3. Uncertainties amid the COVID-19 pandemic kept the relatively new mill closed for more than a year. Returning...
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PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed Ordinance 2021-04

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing has been established for Monday, June 21st, 2021 at 1:15 PM in the Commissioner’s office at 311 E. Main, Dayton, WA to hear comments on a proposed ordinance for the regulation of the misuse of 911 services. Copies of the proposed ordinance will be available for inspection at the Commissioner’s office during regular business hours.

Drought advisory issued for Washington

The Department of Ecology (DOE) issued a drought advisory for most of Washington State, including Walla Walla and Columbia Counties, on May 27 following several extremely dry months. This year, March through April was the fourth driest period for the state since 1865. Ranchers, farmers, and agriculture professionals from the...

Business updates shared at EDSC meeting

DAYTON—The Economic Development and Steering Committee met for a regular meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 1. Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson reported the Port was being awarded another grant from the Innovia Foundation. Prior funding from the foundation provided startup grants for businesses in Dayton that did not qualify for COVID-19 funding, including the Main Street Marketplace and Table Rock Meat Company. Applications for new startup funds will be available for pickup soon, Dickinson said.
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Sherwood Trust presents Everyday Equity and Empathy Community Workshop

Sherwood Trust is presenting free community workshops on equity and empathy. The second in the four-part series is June 16 and will highlight rural leadership. “We welcome community members to share in a live community learning experience that we hope will inspire and motivate actions to build equity and empathy into your daily routine,” said Sherwood Trust Program Director Julia Leavitt. The free virtual event will take place Wednesday, June 16, from 9-10:30 am PST. To register, visit
Columbia County, WAWalla Walla Union-Bulletin

Columbia County transit driver injured in Dayton crash

A Columbia County Public Transportation driver was injured after her bus was rear-ended Friday afternoon, May 28, on U.S. Highway 12 near Dayton, according to a report from Washington State Patrol. The transit driver, Clara R. Suchodolski, 58, of Dayton was injured and taken to Dayton General Hospital, according to...