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  • Bank says merger impacts local economy

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Mar 14, 2024

    DAVENPORT - According to Wheatland Bank President Susan Horton, the Bank's merger with Glacier Bank has greatly impacted on the Lincoln County and Eastern Washington economies. Due to the merger this past year, wealth in the form of dividends to shareholders is being returned to the county, she said. "This is a joy notifying shareholders of the $7.5 million, part of the closing distributed as dividends to shareholders," Horton said. She went on to say the big return of wealth...

  • Republicans host Lincoln Day dinner

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    DAVENPORT - The Lincoln County Republican Party observed its annual Lincoln Day dinner Saturday, Feb. 24 at Memorial Hall. After a catered dinner, attendees got to hear from several candidates for public office. Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Walser announced his candidacy for Lincoln County Superior Court Judge. Current Judge Jeffrey Barkdull is stepping down from that position after his term expires at the end of 2024. "I think it's important that we have judges...

  • Youth Soccer League enters second season

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    HARRINGTON - The Lincoln County Youth Soccer League was formed in the spring of 2023, with kids participating from many areas of the county. Due to the success of the league the first year, organizers are gearing up for a second year. "We had 17 teams from four different towns," League Coordinator Jon Evans said. Teams consist of kids from kindergarten through 8th grade and each team is two grades combined, co-ed and they play by simple rules. "We did not expect to have many...

  • Transfer station fees to increase

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Transfer Station will be increasing its fees as of April 1. The annual increase will be 4.5%, as adopted by resolution of the Lincoln County Commissioners. “We are simply passing along the cost of living increase we receive from our hauler,” Commissioner Rob Coffman said. “Unfortunately, for the transfer station to be sustainable, the county cannot absorb those increases nor do we have any control over them.” This is the third increase in three years from the Transfer Station. In 2023, the...

  • Restoration ongoing at Swanson Lakes

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Sep 28, 2023

    SWANSON WILDLIFE AREA — Since the devastating Whitney Fire in 2020, which burned a large portion of the Swanson Lake Wildlife Area, work has been ongoing to restore the habitat for Columbia Sharp Tailed and Sage Grouse populations and other wildlife. According to Swanson Lakes Area Manager Mike Finch, the first thing experts set out to do after the fire was to develop a map based on fire severity at the site. He worked in partnership with Bureau of Lands Management (BLM) Biologist Jason Lowe. Between the Swanson Lake area a...

  • New Almira School opens after fire

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Sep 7, 2023

    ALMIRA - Following nearly two years of rebuilding efforts, The School District opened the new Almira School at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. The Almira School District, elected officials, special guests, students, staff and community members gathered at the new school facility for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event. After the short ribbon cutting, the large crowd moved to the new school's multi-purpose room. Superintendent Dan Read welcomed attendees and led everyone...

  • Wilbur boy wins National Skeet title

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Aug 10, 2023

    WILBUR - Cole Snider, a freshman at Wilbur-Creston High School, is the new 2023 USA National Skeet Champion. He competed virtually against 650 high school skeet shooters from around the country at the National Tournament held in June and came out in first place. During the National Tournament competition, he shot 100 times and missed only twice. In the five weeks of the skeet shooting season, Snider held a 25% average with a score of 23.6 and finished the season in third...

  • County District Court offers second chance

    Julie Hill, The Wilbur Register|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    DAVENPORT — Every Tuesday, Lincoln County District Court offers an opportunity for people to resolve outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Anyone who wants resolution can contact the court to set a time in the court, and walk-ins are welcome. District Court Administrator Renee Honey said this program stems from a grant recently received by the court. The National Center for State Courts with the Pugh Charitable Trust offered a technical assistance grant program for courts around the United States and District Court was one of o...

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