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 By Jamie Henneman    News

Christian Heritage to start Aug. 31

EDWALL – The Christian Heritage School in Edwall is planning to begin the 2020-21 school year, with in-person classes that include students wearing masks and 6 foot social distancing between desks. The private school will start... — Updated 8/14/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Davenport schools opt for "phased start"

DAVENPORT – Students attending the Davenport School District later this month will have a “phased start” that breaks the school day into two parts. Some students will attend during a morning session of 8:00am to 10:30 and... — Updated 8/14/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Harrington schools may cut sports, staff

HARRINGTON – In a July 29 budget meeting, School Board members faced the reality of their budget projections for the next four years. The district that serves just over 100 students in one building was considering a shortfall of... — Updated 8/7/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Davenport, Sheriff's Office reach new contract

DAVENPORT – The City of Davenport and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract for law enforcement services. The contract language is set to be reviewed by the city... — Updated 9/25/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Davenport schools move to half days

DAVENPORT – The Davenport School District has begun to offer half-day classes for all students due to a drop in Covid numbers that lower the risk factor in the county. According to Davenport Superintendent Jim Kowalkowski, the... — Updated 9/25/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Whitney Fire consumes 123,000 acres near Davenport

Fire 20 percent contained A fast moving fire consumed over 123,000 acres in Lincoln County this week as high winds on Monday made the fire hard for crews to contain. The fire, also being referred to as the Hawk Creek fire, is... — Updated 9/23/2020

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Davenport City Council tied on police vote

DAVENPORT – A vote on Davenport re-establishing its own police force was tied at last week’s city council meeting, as one council member who would have broken the tie was absent fighting area wildfires. Therefore, the motion... — Updated 9/22/2020

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Davenport considers selling land to 'major retailer'

DAVENPORT – The City of Davenport is considering selling a lot known as “Lion’s Park” to a “major retailer” who has shown interest in the property. In a resolution considered by the Davenport City Council on Sept. 9,... — Updated 9/21/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Man appeals conviction for threatening ex-wife

LINCOLN COUNTY – A man convicted in a Lincoln County Jury trial of threatening to kill his ex-wife is planning to appeal his conviction at the state court of appeals. Wiza Nyasulu, 37, was convicted of a domestic violence... — Updated 9/8/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Mom raffles steer after fair cancelled

As Covid-19 fears have shut down county fairs and livestock shows, one Lincoln County mom found a creative way to help her daughter sell her fair steer. Dawn Nelson decided to hold... — Updated 9/8/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Building in Lincoln County holds steady

LINCOLN COUNTY – The building of new homes and remodeling of old ones is holding steady in Lincoln County and officials are seeing the demand grow despite Covid-19 shutdowns earlier this year. Lincoln County Building Official... — Updated 9/8/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Freedom Flotilla planned on Lake Roosevelt

A “Freedom Flotilla” event has been planned for Labor Day weekend on Lake Roosevelt, with supporters of President Trump and Washington Gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp backing... — Updated 9/4/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Youth gets 10 days for vandalism

ODESSA – A drive to do some “drifting” at a gravel pit near Odessa has racked up 10 days in jail for a young man who stopped to break some windows in a loader parked at the pit. Benjamin Melgren, 19, accepted a plea deal in... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Lincoln County tops Washington state's primary turnout

LINCOLN COUNTY – Last week the Washington Secretary of State certified the primary election, announcing the 2020 voter turnout rate was the highest on record for a Primary since 1964 when over 840,000 people voted, representing... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Focused on performance

EDWALL – Whether its deciding which pastures to graze, what animals to cull or when to calve out, Stokrose Farm cow manager Aaron Golladay said the focus is the same: improving... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Coffee revival

HARRINGTON – When traveling through the wheat fields near Harrington, a rolled down window can bring in the scent of ripe wheat, tilled dirt and perhaps, for just a moment, the... — Updated 9/1/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Davenport takes action on weedy properties

DAVENPORT – Four properties within the City of Davenport are being fined for not keeping their weeds under control, an issue that city officials say is creating a fire hazard. At the Davenport City Council meeting on August 12,... — Updated 8/25/2020


Odessa slaughter plant fires back up

The formerly shuttered livestock processing facility in Odessa has a new lease on life, with the new owners using the facility to help launch a direct-sales beef program. Miles... — Updated 8/25/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Harrington Schools to open Sept. 1

HARRINGTON – The Harrington School district is planning to start the 2020/21 school year with half day classes for all grades on Sept. 1. Superintendent Wayne Massie said the tentative schedule will be 8:20am to noon. Students... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

County resolves issue with pot grow near Davenport

DAVENPORT – A marijuana grow operation that had run afoul with state and county regulators has made changes to their operation and is now in compliance, according to Lincoln County officials. Complaints from neighbors about the... — Updated 8/21/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Commissioner write-in candidates not valid

DAVENPORT – Two Lincoln County Commissioners are running unopposed for re-election this fall, but each seat had a curious number of “write-in” opponents in the primary election. As of the count on August. 11, the... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Davenport clinic halts Saturday same-day visits

Beginning on August 1, the Davenport Clinic will no longer be offering same-day office visits on Saturdays. The hospital district cited low utilization and challenges staffing the shortened Saturday clinic hours as reasons for the... — Updated 8/12/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

County employees receive COVID-19 leave pay

LINCOLN COUNTY – Lincoln County has paid nearly $5,000 in Covid leave pay during the month of July for employees that either had the COVID-19 illness or took time off to care for relatives affected by the virus. According to the... — Updated 8/12/2020


Sharing the harvest

Driving a combine all day through ripe, golden wheat gives a person time to think. For Almira area farmgirl Alison Viebrock-Steveson, it also gives her time to take amazing photos.... — Updated 8/10/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

New Davenport clinic construction progresses

DAVENPORT – Construction of the new Davenport healthcare clinic is continuing to make progress this summer after being stalled briefly in March due to Covid. Construction re-start... — Updated 8/7/2020


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