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 By Drew Lawson    News 

Five seek Sprague mayoral seat

SPRAGUE – The seat up for election with the most candidates in Lincoln County this year is that of mayor of Sprague. Five candidates filed during filing week in May, making the ra... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Wheat harvest begins early for some

DAVENPORT – Dry and hot conditions dominating the weather cycle in 2021 have led many farmers in the Davenport/Harrington/Reardan area to start wheat harvest early, while others... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News 

New laws force adjustments for local police

DAVENPORT – 12 new laws changing the way law enforcement conducts its job that passed state legislature in May and went into effect Sunday, July 25 are causing concern and an adjustment period for local officers, sergeants,... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Is that a HIPAA violation?

DAVENPORT – Since the COVID-19 vaccine became available to all adults in the United States in mid-April, debate and confusion has raged regarding vaccine requirements, HIPAA (Heal... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    School 

School board approves 21-22 budget, 20-21 budget extension

DAVENPORT – The school board approved two finance-related resolutions at its July 26 meeting. One was petitioning OSPI for a 2020-21 budget extension due to increased expenditures caused by the pandemic, and the other was... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports 

For now, it's just Reardan

REARDAN – The school board officially dropped the "Indians" mascot from the district following the passage of House Bill 1356, which outlaws the use of Native American mascots or... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion 

The five most exciting and boring Olympic sports to watch

After a long five-year hiatus, the world’s greatest athletes have converged for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. When I haven’t been busy putting together this week’s paper,... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Council discusses firework ban parameters

DAVENPORT – City councilmembers discussed an ordinance placed before them that would give the local fire chief authority to enact a fireworks ban on the Fourth of July during times of extreme fire danger, such as the dry... — Updated 7/22/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

City remains in the black through second quarter

DAVENPORT – The city has spent just 43% of its budgeted expenditures through the second quarter of 2021, leaving the city in the black through two quarters this year. $3,249,078 was budgeted for spending, and just $1,403,084 has... — Updated 7/22/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Ballots mailed this week

DAVENPORT – Ballots for the Aug. 3 primary election were mailed to Lincoln County voters July 14, and most residents should receive their ballots July 15 or 16. For many voters, the only race that will appear on the primary ballo... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Wheat harvest may come early this year

DAVENPORT – Wheat harvest may start as early as next week in the Davenport and Reardan area, which would be seven to 10 days earlier than normal. Though this is not certain until farmers officially begin to harvest, HighLine... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Grandview Ranch sells for $3.2 million

DAVENPORT – Grandview Ranch, a 1,125+ acre property with a northeast high-bank border overlooking the Spokane arm of Lake Roosevelt, has sold for $3.2 million to two Spokane-based... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Telford Rest Area Life Flight helipad unveiled

TELFORD – Life Flight helicopters who need to land at the Telford Rest Area to transfer or pick up a patient from an ambulance no longer must land in the parking lot and clear... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Trio of sudden deaths hit county

LINCOLN COUNTY – A trio of sudden deaths hit Lincoln County last week, with all deceased being female. A 35-year-old woman in Reardan, an 80-year-old woman in Davenport and a woman in Odessa whose age was not disclosed all died... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Local fire districts enjoy quiet weekend

DAVENPORT – The burn and fireworks bans instituted by fire districts across Lincoln County over the Fourth of July holiday weekend appear to have done the trick in preventing catastrophic fires, as no firework-related fires were... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

County, Teamsters continue labor negotiations

DAVENPORT – Lincoln County representatives and members of Teamsters Local 690 continued negotiations to update the Sheriff’s Office’s contracts for commissioned and non-commissioned officers for about 90 minutes at the county... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Reardan council accepts sewer loan

REARDAN – Two motions and approval from council occurred, and the town is getting a $38,850 loan from the Department of Ecology to help finance a general sewer plan at Audubon Lake and the wastewater treatment facility here. The... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Community

A greater destiny

REARDAN – Byrne Bennett has made it his life's mission for the last several years to immortalize the story of his uncle, Medal of Honor recipient and Reardan native Joe E. Mann.... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Sheriff Magers enters not-guilty plea

DAVENPORT-Sheriff Wade Magers entered a not-guilty plea on all three criminal counts he's charged with at his arraignment Wednesday, July 7. Magers is charged with obstructing a... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Fireworks discouraged this weekend

DAVENPORT—County citizens celebrating Independence Day should use an option other than fireworks and other burns this year, all eight Lincoln County fire districts have said this week. The record-high temperatures, dry climate... — Updated 7/2/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Davenport Pioneer Days returns July 16-18

DAVENPORT — After a two-year hiatus, Pioneer Days is back on the summer events menu. This year’s installment will take place July 16-18. The annual event that occurs every year during the third weekend of July was cancelled... — Updated 7/2/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Opinion

This year, let's skip the fireworks

It’s very hot and dry. Have you noticed? As a result, fire districts and authorities in Lincoln County and throughout Eastern Washington are asking that residents refrain from lig... — Updated 7/2/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Three longtime Davenport teachers retire

DAVENPORT-Three teachers with the district here celebrated their retirements at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year after a combined 102 years here with the district. Jean... — Updated 6/24/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Community

Father-son snow cone stand opens

DAVENPORT-On the weekends, locals here may notice a new snow cone stand next to Hardy Hardware at the corner of Eighth and Morgan Streets. That stand is called Davenport Shaved... — Updated 6/24/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

New restaurant in Davenport opens Friday

DAVENPORT-Yes, this time the grand opening news is real. 6th Street Café and Pizza, a new restaurant aptly located on 6th Street between Morgan and Park Streets, is hosting its gra... — Updated 6/24/2021


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