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 By Drew Lawson    Community 

7 activities to do this fall in Lincoln County

LINCOLN COUNTY – When the dust settles and the smoke clears (literally), fall will have descended upon the vast wheat fields of Lincoln County. Tree leaves will go from a dark green to a bevy of orange, red and yellow colors... — Updated 9/23/2020


Roger Mark Frederick

Roger Mark Frederick was born November 25, 1957 to Ronald E. and Shirley A. (Jeske) Frederick in Spokane, Wash. Roger began his education in Spokane, but after the family moved... — Updated 9/21/2020


Lincoln County Cops and Courts-Sept. 17

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... — Updated 9/18/2020


Wind storm creates fire storm

The Labor Day 2020 windstorm this week resulted in a firestorm, with wildfires popping up in numerous locations in eastern Washington. Odessa resident and photographer Susan Jensen... — Updated 9/11/2020


Rattlesnakes spotted around town

At least three different rattlesnakes visited downtown Odessa last week. Why so many at about the same time is a mystery. It is fairly rare that the slithering critters are seen on... — Updated 9/11/2020


The many lives of Peter Davenport

Te-Ping Chen's Sept. 1 article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled "UFO spotting has replaced bird watching as pandemic obsession," stated that the "non-profit National UFO... — Updated 9/11/2020


This Week in Odessa History

100 years ago Sept. 10, 1920 Odessa public schools opened Monday for the 1920-1921 school year. High school enrollment is 51, the largest in the history of the school. The curriculum will be the same as the previous year, with the... — Updated 9/11/2020


Student Chromebook checkout available

Julie Jantz, librarian at the Odessa Public Library, reports that she has a collection of Chromebooks ready for checkout. The Odessa Parent Teacher Organization has provided Chromebooks for students to check out and use at home... — Updated 9/11/2020


Odessa students receive joint scholarship

Odessa High School has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from CCI Learning for having the highest percentage of eligible Microsoft Office Specialist certifications per total registered students in Grades 9-12. This scholarship... — Updated 9/11/2020

 By LAURA ESTES    Community

Welcome to My Kitchen

This should be the week things gear up for Deutschesfest in Odessa. Sadly, like most area towns, traditional festivities have been canceled due to the corona virus. Normally, the... — Updated 9/11/2020


Odessa Senior Menu

All meals are currently available for pick-up only, unless previous arrangements for home delivery are made by calling 509-982-2654 prior to 10 a.m. on the day of the meal. Monday, Sept. 14: Spaghetti & meat sauce, Caesar salad,... — Updated 9/11/2020


Odessa School Menu

Monday, Sept. 14. Breakfast: Cereal, muffin, fruit & juice. Lunch: Fish sticks, Tater Tots, salad w/dressing, fruit, cookie. Tuesday, Sept. 15. Breakfast: Bagel w/cream cheese, fruit & juice. Lunch: Mozzarella cheese stix,... — Updated 9/11/2020

 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 Drew Lawson    News

Reardan city officials balk at increased jail costs

REARDAN – A proposed increase to the cost of jail services that the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office provides to the Town of Reardan has some officials frustrated, arguing the city can’t afford the increase. Police chief Andy... — Updated 9/1/2020


Pressman Mark Cordes runs press one last time

Pressman Mark Cordes helped run the press for the last time today, assisting in printing the Davenport Times, Odessa Record and Wilbur Register. Cordes is leaving Free Press... — Updated 8/27/2020


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


Almira fire contained to 50 acres

ALMIRA - An Aug. 10 wheat fire burned 50 acres near the intersection of Williams and Old Coulee roads, resulting in the total loss of a combine. Three fire districts - Lincoln... — Updated 8/17/2020

 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

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Davenport airport gets $4.3 million

The Davenport airport is scheduled for an expansive remodel next summer, when funds from the Federal Aviation Administration will fund the construction of a new runway. The runway location will be shifted on the property owned by... — Updated 8/3/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

WIAA adds fourth season to modified 2020-21 schedule

RENTON—It may sound weird to say, but “Friday Night Lights” won’t be taking place until March this year. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA)... — Updated 7/31/2020


Odessa Senior Meals

ODESSA — All meals are currently available for pick-up only, unless previous arrangements for home delivery are made by calling 509-982-2654 prior to 10 a.m. on the day of the meal. Monday, July 20: Clam chowder, cottage cheese,... — Updated 7/20/2020


Odessa Weather

Date H L Prec. July 8 72 36 0 July 9 74 43 0 July 10 78 45 0 July 11 77 45 0 July 12 87 46 0 July 13 74 33 0 July 14 74 36 0 July precipitation: 0.03... — Updated 7/20/2020


Odessa Record letter to the editor policy

The Odessa Record publishes letters to the editor of civic nature relating to area, state and national issues and politics. Letters should be limited to 250 words, and cited facts... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Laura Estes    Community

We're heading into harvest season

Harvest season has begun in Northeast Washington. Canola and hay harvests are currently underway, with wheat to follow soon. Many area families have a connection to the process,... — Updated 7/20/2020

 By Marjorie Womach    News

COVID-19 relief funds available through EDC

HARRINGTON — The City Council met July 8 via conference call with the following participants: Mayor Nathan Luck; council members Stephen Hardy, David Buddrius, Peter Davenport, Levi Schenk and Justin Slack; Clerk Janice Cepeda;... — Updated 7/20/2020


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