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  • Why we signed

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Gusts of promised money? Gales of ability to pass farmland onto the next generation? Breezes of desire to progress Lincoln County's farmland into the future? These are just some of the reasons why some landowners and farmers are making the controversial decision to sign portions of their land over to companies looking to develop wind turbines in Lincoln County. Two companies are looking to develop here. Portland-based Triple Oak Power hopes to construct turbines...

  • Hardy Hardware to file for bankruptcy

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Like several buildings lining Morgan Street, Hardy Hardware sits unoccupied. The former local stop for tools and hardware located at Eighth and Morgan Streets has been shuttered for over a year. And ghosts of hammers and saws will linger within, as ownership plans to file for reorganized bankruptcy following a tumultuous 4-plus years of ownership under the Hardy family. Hardy Hardware has been closed since April 2023, which is when the store was supposed to hold a grand re-opening. Ownership originally planned a t...

  • Scrupps named Presidential Scholar

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    ODESSA - A Ritzville boy who is graduating from the high school here was one of five students in the state to be named a 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Jacob Scrupps, who carries a 4.0 grade point average and plans to study ag systems management at the University of Idaho, was named a Presidential Scholar in CTE Thursday, May 9. Scrupps joins Ashwin Joshi of Southridge, Lexi Molnar of Goldendale, Siddharta Dylan Pant of Lakes and Kosha Upadhyay of Bellevue as the five...

  • Planners discuss code updates

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Planning Commission set a goal of presenting an updated zoning code with additional sections regarding wind and solar development to the County Commissioners by the Commissioners’ regular meeting Monday, June 3. In a regular meeting Monday, May 13, The Commission discussed the portion of the current draft that discusses solar provisions and offered suggested edits largely centered around slight adjustments to wording. No official draft was reviewed, and the meeting was tabled to 9 a.m. Tue...

  • 121 candidates file for public office

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    DAVENPORT — Over 120 candidates relevant to the citizens of Lincoln County filed for public office in anticipation of the Aug. 6 primary election during filing week Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10. County voters will see federal, congressional, statewide, legislative, countywide and judicial candidates on their ballots this summer. Locally, incumbent County Commissioners Jo Gilchrist and Scott Hutsell filed for re-election and won’t be challenged. Victoria Iverson and Adam Walser will both advance to the general election as t...

  • Looking Back

    Compiled by Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    1 years ago Lincoln County Pioneer Sheriff John Level died after a battle with cancer. Mrs. Rose Landers of Sprague began suit against her husband, J.H. Landers, who had been arrested for allegedly marrying another woman before getting a divorce from Rose. The Lincoln County game commission placed a bounty of five cents each for offed magpies. 75 years ago Nearly 300 head of horses were sold at the annual Davenport Auction company event, with auctioneer Bill Hutsell crying from the truck in the center. Pioneer Sprague...

  • Tigers tamed in District tournament

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    RITZVILLE - For the first two innings, it seemed like a bit of small ball on offense and some solid defense behind Bo Walter might allow the Odessa baseball team to fight for an upset against the favored DeSales Irish. But a nightmarish third inning for the Tigers unraveled the game, leading to a 17-1 route by the eventually state-bound Irish in the District 7/9 1B Tournament Saturday, May 11. The loss ended Odessa's season in the District tournament for the second straight...

  • Davenport softball bounced at Districts

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    SPOKANE - The Davenport softball team was quickly eliminated with two losses at the District 7 2B Tournament played at Merkel Sports Complex Tuesday, May 14. The seventh-seeded Gorillas dropped a quarterfinal game to second-seeded Northwest Christian 16-1 to open the Tournament. That loss forced Davenport into a loser-out matchup with Kettle Falls later Tuesday, which the Bulldogs pulled off 7-2 to end the Gorillas' season. Davenport finished the season 6-16 overall. "The...

  • Tracksters begin Regional competition

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 16, 2024

    RITZVILLE - Some athletes have already qualified for the WIAA State Championship meet, while others advanced out of preliminary heats into Saturday's finals during the first of two days of District 7/9 1B and District 7 2B Regional action Wednesday, May 15. All field competitions and some running events held Wednesday were finals to determine state qualifiers, while other running events were preliminary heats to qualify for final heats on Saturday. At the 2B level, where...

  • County candidates begin to file

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    DAVENPORT - The two incumbent Lincoln County Commissioners with expiring terms are both seeking re-election. District No. 1 Commissioner Jo Gilchrist and District No. 2 Commissioner Scott Hutsell both filed for the August primary election during filing week this week. Gilchrist, of Bluestem, has long planned to file for a 4-year term after being appointed to the seat vacated by Mark Stedman in early 2023. But Hutsell, of Davenport, had intended as early as last year to retire...

  • Three injured in Highway 2 crash

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    DAVENPORT — Three people were injured in a 2-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 2 seven miles west of the city Friday, May 3 and the man suspected of causing the crash faces two charges of vehicular assault. Dean R. Swanson, 63, of Kennewick was Life Flighted to Sacred Heart Medical Center and faces the charges, according to a press release from Washington State Patrol and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office records. He is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the crash, according to the release. Ish...

  • Reardan Livestock Judging team wins state

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    SPOKANE - The Reardan FFA Chapter is no stranger to winning awards, and this year's Livestock Judging team was no different. The team won a state championship by defeating 37 other teams at the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane Wednesday, May 1. The win qualifies the team for the National competition in Indianapolis in October. Members Emersen Sprecher, Kashley Brown, Paige Cushman, Amelia Ray, Rysen Soliday and Olivia Wicks were tested individually in sorting livestock and...

  • Commissioners deny Commission appt.

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Commissioners denied a request from Planner Courtney Thompson to appoint a Mondovi-area landowner who has leased land to wind turbine companies to the County Planning Commission at a regular meeting Monday, May 6. Neither Rob Coffman nor Jo Gilchrist seconded a motion from Commissioner Scott Hutsell to appoint John Zeimantz, who has leased Mondovi-area land to Portland-based Triple Oak Power, to the Commission. Thompson told the Commissioners Zeimantz approached her about joining the C...

  • Quail Court to re-open May 23

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    ODESSA — A 4-month long wait to move back home will finally end for Quail Court residents this month. Memorial Healthcare Center CEO Brett Antczak announced that residents of the assisted living facility run by the Healthcare Center will move back into the repaired and renovated Court Thursday, May 23. Antczak made the announcement to appreciative applause at the Healthcare Foundation Live Auction, Wine Tasting and Microbrew Foundation Friday, May 3. Quail Court residents have been living at an assisted living facility in M...

  • Golf course storage unit robbed

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    ODESSA - The local Police Dept. is asking the public to keep an eye out after two golf carts and several golf clubs were stolen from a storage unit at the local Golf & RV Club Thursday, May 2. According to the Police Dept., two E-Z-Go golf carts with Washington State University Cougars and Las Vegas Raiders decals and several sets of golf clubs that belong to private parties storing the carts and clubs at the Golf & RV Club were stolen. The estimated stolen value is $25,000....

  • Junior Livestock Show results shared

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    SPOKANE - Lincoln County 4-H and FFA clubs were very well represented at the Junior Livestock show of Spokane sale Saturday, May 4, selling their swine, goats, beef and lambs for well above market prices. Here are the local names, sales and prices per pound. Swine Amelia Ray of Reardan FFA placed purple, selling 244 pounds at $3 a pound for $732 with a $170.80 market value. In a separate sale, she sold 266 pounds at $3.25 a pound for $864.50 with a $186.20 market value....

  • Looking Back

    Compiled by Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    1 years ago Directors of the Washington Wheat Growers association voted to suspended 1924 crop operations to reorganize the association so the next year’s crop could be handled. Davenport High School won the 18th annual Lincoln County track and field meet. Individually, Fred Livasy of Almira and Lyle Bailey of Harrington tied for individual high point scorers. J.H. Landers of Sprague was jailed on a charge of getting married to one woman in the city while already having a wife and two children in Montana. 75 years ago G...

  • Postseason on tap for diamond teams

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 9, 2024

    ODESSA - The spring sports postseason has arrived, and that means District Tournament action for local baseball and softball teams. Two area teams are still in the mix: Odessa baseball and Davenport softball. The Tigers have consistently sported the best team in the county this season and finished third in the District 7 following 26-1 and 20-5 wins at Selkirk Thursday, May 2. Odessa now heads to the District 7/9 1B Tournament in Ritzville Saturday, May 11. The Tigers take on...

  • Odessa girls second at team championships

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY—The Odessa girls track and field team put up a 133-point effort at the District 7 1B Championships Tuesday, April 30. That was good for second place, as host Valley Christian dominated the competition with 185.5 points. Odessa’s boys finished in fifth place with 43 points. Valley Christian’s boys also won with 183.5 points. The Tiger athletes are beginning to prep for the postseason, with District 7/9 1B Regionals coming up in Ritzville Wednesday, May 15 and S...

  • Fort Spokane Store changes ownership

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    MILES - The Fort Spokane Store and Restaurant is under new ownership and a new name, but the business is staying in the family. Stephen and Stephanie Murphy purchased the business Friday, March 29 and are currently preparing for a revamp the first week of June, when a new menu and interior upgrades will be unveiled. The name has also been simplified to "The Fort." The store/restaurant is located at the intersection of Miles-Creston Road and State Highway 25, about one mile...

  • Filing week is next week

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    DAVENPORT — Lincoln County residents who are interested in running for open county government positions must file to do so next week. Filing week for the 2024 primary in August, which will advance finalists to the November general election, begins Monday, May 6 and ends Friday, May 10. Four county positions are open this year, including County Commissioner District No. 1 (currently held by Jo Gilchrist), County Commissioner No. 2 (Scott Hutsell), Superior Court Judge (Jeff Barkdull) and P.U.D. Commissioner District No. 2 (...

  • Sheriff's Office receives armored truck

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    DAVENPORT - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received a new armored truck it hopes it never has to use, but is available for standoff/shootout scenarios if the need arises. And the truck itself, a 1994 Ford Chassis, was gifted to the Sheriff's Office by the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. All the county had to pay was for the updated decals showing the truck is now the property of Lincoln County, which cost around $700, Sheriff Gabe Gants said. "The hope is we never need...

  • Council approves modernization steps

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    DAVENPORT — City Council begrudgingly approved an amended update to the contract with Sunshine Disposal for garbage services in the City while also approving resolutions trying to modernize City functions Wednesday, April 24. Sunshine Disposal’s contract with the City was set to expire this year, and the company originally proposed a 19% rate increase, citing inflation and supply cost rises. The City asked if Sunshine Disposal would consider spreading that rate increase out into multiple increases, one of 10% and one of 9%,...

  • Looking Back

    Compiled by Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    1 years ago Former Davenport High School principal H.P. Aldrich was named Reardan superintendent. The Bluestem grade school won the class B spelling contest. Mohler took second. Crab Creek pioneers George Flanders and Oscar White were slapped with a $50 fine for possession of liquor. 75 years ago A four-man committee was appointed to reclassify and adjust assessed values of real estate in Lincoln County. The committee included H.G. Heimbigner and F.W. Heimbigner of Odessa, Ray Schroeder of Wilbur and August Reinbold of...

  • Diamond teams prep for postseason

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 2, 2024

    ODESSA - Despite two 20-1 and 16-6 losses to undefeated Northport last weekend, the 11-7 Tigers were ranked No. 12 in 1B baseball RPI rankings at press time as the regular season winds down. Odessa's baseball boys are the most likely area team to qualify for the state tournament. To do so, the Tigers must finish in the top 4 in District 7 and advance to the District 7/9 Tournament, which begins Tuesday, May 7 and concludes Saturday, May 11. The top five finishers at Districts...

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