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  • Incumbents ahead in Odessa

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    ODESSA — Incumbents held comfortable leads over their opponents in local races for Mayor and Councilmember No. 5 after the first ballot count in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 1. Incumbent mayor Bill Crossley had 162 votes. Second-place Jeremy Smith had 37 votes, while Ed Hayden was third with 22 votes. “I was pretty overwhelmed and humbled (after seeing tallies),” Crossley said. “This time of year, people work a lot of late hours, so to see that many people get out and vote is pretty awesome.” “I’m actually shoc...

  • Fire season continues in county

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    DAVENPORT - Fire districts around Lincoln County responded to multiple field fires while providing mutual aide to a forest fire outside Cheney in the last week. The largest Lincoln County fire of the week ignited east of Rocklyn Road and south of Harrington Airport Road Friday, July 28. Crews from Fire District No. 6 and No. 5 worked together to put out the field blaze that was started by farm equipment, District No. 6 commissioner Ron Mielke said. "We got called out three...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    INCIDENT LOG Editor’s note: Most items in this section reflect the starting point for response by local police and emergency agencies. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not release names of individuals who report possible criminal or suspicious activities to dispatchers or alleged victims for this column. July 23 Traffic stops: 11 A caller from Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Sprague reported theft at the church while assisting a homeless person. A caller said he was stranded in his boat on Lake Roosevelt. A D...

  • New Odessa superintendent

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    New Odessa superintendent Steve Fisk (left) was officially sworn into his position by school board chairman Ed Deife (right) at the board's regular meeting Wednesday, July 26....

  • 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...

  • Council passes six-year street plan

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    DAVENPORT — City council completed its annual task of approving an updated six-year street plan at a regular meeting Wednesday, July 26. Most projects are pending application, but some for 2023 have received necessary funding to proceed. Approved and funded projects include: The second phase of building a trail from the baseball fields along State Highway 25 to Morgan Street for $325,000 in federal grant funds. Improving 10th Street from Morgan Street to Adams Street for $115,000 in Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) g...

  • Pupils moving to private schools

    Liv Finne|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    New data reported by the State Board of Education reveals that private school enrollment in Washington state has jumped by 25 percent in three years. In 2019-20, total K-12 private school enrollment was 65,270 students. In 2022-23, this number rose to 81,434 students, an increase of 25 percent. The number of homeschooled students has also grown, from 20,844 in 2019-20 to 29,798 in 2022-23, an increase of 42 percent. Over 110,000 parents in Washington state have decided that...

  • Odessa school board approves fee schedule

    The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    ODESSA — The local school board approved the fee schedule for the 2023-24 school year at a regular meeting Wednesday, July 26. Associated Student Body dues/card will be $20 for K-6 and $45 for 7-12. Agriculture/shop fees are $20, while 4-year-old preschool tuition is $110 a month and 3-year-old preschool tuition is $70 a month. Reduced preschool tuition is $55 and $35 a month respectively based on lunch qualification. Lunch prices are $3.50 for grades 7-12 and $5 for adults, while a la carte entrees are $1.90 and a la c...

  • Is it a lie or an 'ad lib'

    Sen. Mark Schoesler|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    There’s no question the governor misled the people last year when claiming his cap-and-tax scheme would add “pennies” to the cost of gas once it took full effect in 2023. Gov. Jay Inslee has a degree in economics, as he reminded everyone at a news conference last week. And, yet, he assumed oil companies would simply absorb the added cost of complying with cap-and-tax? Inslee came up with a new lie at that news conference, as part of a feeble effort to claim his scheme has n...

  • Budget update: Reardan-Edwall School District

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    REARDAN — The school board approved the 2023-24 district budget at its regular meeting Wednesday, July 26. Funds were budgeted based on a projected enrollment of 736 students, 51.031 certificated employees and 44.501 classified employees. The district is budgeting for $13,533,924 in total revenues and $13,547,208. The slight budget gap created would be filled by reducing beginning fund balance of $2,850,000 to $2,436,716 in the ending fund balance. Expenditures filtered by program groups include: • $6,330,603 for regular inst...

  • Budget update: Odessa School District

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    ODESSA — The school board approved the 2023-24 school district budget at its regular meeting Wednesday, July 26. The district is budgeting for the following revenues: • $4,896,986 to the general fund • $216,000 to the associated student body fund • $124,607 to the capital projects fund • $208,898 to the transportation vehicle fund The following planned expenditures were approved by the school board: • $5,153,079 to the general fund • $211,863 to the associated student body fund • $390,000 to the capital projects fund ...

  • Budget update: Harrington School District

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    HARRINGTON — The 2023-24 budget was approved by the school board at a regular meeting Wednesday, July 26. The district is budgeting for $3,918,824 in expenditures and $3,745,919 in revenue, with a beginning fund balance of $402,188 and ending fund balance of $229,283. The budget was created on a predicted enrollment of 104 K-12 students, 18.002 certificated employees and 12.453 classified employees. Expenditures by program groups include: • $1,881,352 to regular instruction • $108,363 to federal special purpose funding • $28...

  • Budget update: Davenport School District

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    DAVENPORT — The school board approved the district 2023-24 budget at its regular meeting Monday, July 31. The district constructed its budget around a projected enrollment of 591 K-12 students, 53.826 certificated employees and 34.778 classified employees. The district is budgeting for $10,567,156 in total revenues and $10,744,668 in expenditures, which would create a projected ending fund balance of $861,848 from a beginning fund balance of $1,067,000. Expenditures by program groups include: • $5,424,157 to regular ins...

  • Welcome to My Kitchen

    Laura Estes|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Somethings are better, made the old-fashioned way. When I was young and learning to cook and bake, my family, like most, did not own an electric mixer. If you were whipping cream or beating a cake mix you used a hand cranked set of beaters. Youth participating in the Go Odessa Recreation Program, Cooking Class, learned to make hand mixed Chocolate Chip Cookies this past week. Additionally, they learned room temperature butter is about 66 degrees, for proper creaming of...

  • Looking Back

    Compiled by Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    1 years ago Senator Charles Myers of Davenport was named the Republican nominee for the Fifth Congressional District in a Supreme Court decision that ruled ballots cast by absentee voters in a special primary election were legal. The price of wheat remained the same as the previous week: 85 cents in Bluestem, 81 cents at Gold Coin and Club and 79 cents at Northern Spring. Drivers were reminded that by state law they were now required to possess a driver’s license. 75 years ago 10 farmers hauling grain to local warehouses r...

  • Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Davenport birthdays Aug. 4: Harold Thompson, Aaron Coley, Izaiah Bowdish, Ken Horner, Karom Thomas Aug. 5: Richard Gunning, Paula Furman Aug. 6: Jeff Gunning, Michelle Hopp, Kim Buchmann, Nick Colbert, Matt Schneider, Barb Zentz Aug. 7: Darci Linstrum, Chad Crandell, Cady Zellmer, Adeline Delafield Aug. 8: Olivia Plasencia, Tom Withey, Emma Street Aug. 9: Jim Linstrum, Gary Buck Aug. 10: Amber Wood, Alicia Cloud, Jerome Rosman, Mark Morgan, Michael Strite, Ashley Ann Gunning, Marcella Alderate, Dalilah Plumb Davenport...

  • Dean Everett Reinbold

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    Dean Everett Reinbold Mar. 27, 1943 – July 27, 2023 Dean Everett Reinbold 80, passed away at his home on July 27, 2023 after a long and courageous battle with health issues. Dean was a lifelong resident to the small town, born on March 7, 1943 to Robert and Helen Reinbold. Dean grew up on the family wheat and cattle ranch just North of Davenport in the Egypt area. Dean graduated from Davenport High School in 1961. At an early age Dean had a love for cars and worked at the l...

  • Sandra K. Stanton–Heimbigner

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    June 28, 1961 – July 21, 2023 Sandra K. Stanton-Heimbigner passed away July 21, 2023. Sandra was born June 28, 1961 in Goldendale, Wash. She is preceded in death by her Father, Earl Stanton, and her Foster parents Art and Pauline Leisle. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Randall, daughter Sasha of Spokane, and other siblings Alton and Lynn, Linda (Lynn)Borders, Dwight and Teri, and Dewayne; including all of their children. Sandy enjoyed reading and cross stitch. She...

  • George Martin Rodeck

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    George Martin Rodeck Nov. 30, 1930 – July 14, 2023 George Martin Rodeck, 92, of Odessa, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2023. George was born on Nov. 30, 1930 in Irby, Wash. on a homesteaded ranch and grew up in Odessa. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and went on to graduate from Bentley University and began a life-long career as an accountant, accounts manager and tax professional in Mass. He married Joan (Lally) Rodeck of Boston, Mass., on Dec. 26, 1954. T...

  • FBLA Competes at National Leadership Conference

    Natalee Hayes, Special to The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    DAVENPORT - Seven members of the High School FBLA chapter spent June 25 – July 1 in Atlanta, to connect with top future business leaders and showcase their talents as future business leaders at the FBLA National Leadership Conference. The members competed in a variety of events against more than 12,000 FBLA members from across the United States. The team of Zackary Bruce, Samantha Odenrider and Josie Wynecoop placed 9th at Nationals in American Enterprise Project against 90 o...

  • The history of Little Falls Dam

    Kirk Carlson, Special to The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    LONG LAKE - Little Falls Dam is now overlooked due to the other larger dams in the area, but in its day Little Falls was a technical wonder. It boasted having the largest turbines in the world, matching the size of the Niagara Falls turbines. It doubled the generating power of the Washington Water Power Company (WWP, now Avista). It was also the most remote of all WWP dams. There was little advance publication of the construction of the dam. The WWP had gotten permission from...

  • Four coaches hired in Davenport

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    DAVENPORT - Athletic director Tim Rasmussen officially had his interim high school football coach tag removed this week, accepting the job that was approved by the school board Monday, July 31. Rasmussen takes over the job that he inherited on an interim basis after Justin Young's resignation five games into the 2022 season. The Gorillas finished the season 2-2 in four games under Rasmussen. He accepted the job after candidates interviewed by the district "didn't work out"...

  • Green hired as baseball coach

    Byrne Bennett, The Record-Times|Updated Aug 3, 2023

    REARDAN - At their meeting Wednesday, July 26, the school board approved the hire of Robert "Bobby" Green as the new high school baseball coach for the 2023-24 school year. Green grew up in Alabama, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He served in the Air Force, retiring in 2014. After retirement, he coached Little League baseball in Sprague. For the past four years, he has been an assistant coach for the Screaming Eagles baseball team. Last year he also served...

  • NOTICE OF SURRENDER OF PRELIMINARY PERMIT

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    NOTICE OF SURRENDER OF PRELIMINARY PERMIT (July 10, 2023) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Daybreak Power, Inc. Project No. 15088-000 Take notice that Daybreak Power, Inc., permittee for the proposed Halverson Canyon Pumped Storage Project No. 15088, has requested that its preliminary permit be terminated. The permit was issued on June 28, 2021 and would have expired on May 31, 2025. The project would have been located at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Lake Roosevelt in Lincoln County, W...

  • SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

    Updated Aug 3, 2023

    SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION (60 DAYS) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN CASE NO. 23-4-00041-22 IN RE: THE INTEREST OF: EMERSYN AVERY SMITH DOB:07/04/2014 A person under the age of 18. Petitioners: Ruth L. Kammenga and Brian M. Kammenga. Repondents: Kimberly Gurnee and Jessie Smith Petition for Minor Guardianship. You must respond in writing if you want the Court to consider your side. DEADLINE: Your response must be filed and served within 60 days of the date this Summons is publishe...

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