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Government meetings in Davenport, Odessa, Reardan, Harrington and Sprague the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1. If you’d like your organization included in this tab, email Monday, Nov. 28 Davenport school... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News 

School board discusses salaries

REARDAN—The school board discussed the need to increase pay for difficult-to-fill jobs within the district at the regular meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. Sobotta reported the district has a hard time hiring and retaining custodians.... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Evaluating county precinct data

DAVENPORT—The most recent Lincoln County ballot tabulation conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16 indicated that there was a 75.13% voter turnout in this year’s general election with 16 ballots left to tally Monday, Nov. 28 before the... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News 

Town council approves COLA for its employees

REARDAN–Public works director Bob Winn, representing the town’s employees, requested a 4.5% cost-of-living adjustment increase at the town council meeting on Nov. 17. He presented data showing the proposed COLA would be in... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Ashley Parkinson    News 

Local man becomes Special Olympics Ambassador

ODESSA- Growing up can be awkward and uncomfortable but being different from "normal" can be even more demanding. 33-year-old local man Tim Dempsey has found his normal through the... — Updated 11/23/2022


It's beginning to look a lot like Turkey Bingo

Kamry Kolterman shares her winning ticket during Turkey Bingo in Odessa on Saturday, Nov.19. Turn to page 7 for more local Turkey Bingo pictures.... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News 

Reardan C.A.R.E.s about the needy

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." -Coretta Scott King REARDAN--We C.A.R.E. is kicking off a "Blessing Boxes"... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Machtolf pleads guilty

DAVENPORT—Gonzaga head baseball coach Mark Andrew Machtolf pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving in Lincoln County District Court Monday, Nov. 21. The 58-year-old Nine Mile Falls man gave his plea that stems from a DUI... — Updated 11/23/2022

 By Ashley Parkinson    News 


HARRINGTON- Teresa Myers has spent most of her life giving back to others, but what started Threads of Hope, her solo organization dedicated to helping those struggling with... — Updated 11/23/2022


Hutsell receives Melvin Jones Award

Longtime Davenport Lions Club member and Lincoln County Commissioner Scott Hutsell was given the prestigious Melvin Jones award in late October. Hutsell, seen here with Lions Club... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Ashley Parkinson    News

Odessa Communty Center to get upgrade

ODESSA — The town has received a $1.7 million grant to renovate the community center. The state Department of Commerce’s Small Business Innovation Fund grant was announced at the Monday, Nov. 14, Town Council meeting. Clerk... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Ashley Parkinson    News

Waterline break construction to proceed

HARRINGTON— Mayor Jess Silhan met with engineer Steven Marsh to discuss a Public and Utility Easement agreement regarding the waterline that needs repairing, Silhan said at the city council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Silhan... — Updated 11/18/2022


Winter is coming

Drivers heading west on Highway 2 into Davenport and north on Highway 25 toward Fort Spokane were greeted by sparsely thick fog early Tuesday, Nov. 15. The fog and recent snowfall... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Columbia Basin Project gaining momentum

ODESSA — It all started a hundred years ago. Back then, government officials and others saw great potential in the high desert lands of Lincoln County and surrounding areas. Originally, the Columbia Basin Project — with Grand... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News

Reardan levy likely fails

REARDAN–On Election Day, Nov. 8, Reardan-Edwall School District voters made their feelings known regarding a five-year capital levy to fund improvements to the school’s facilities. After the polls closed, the levy was failing... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News

The magnetic achievements of Clay Soliday

REARDAN-Local resident Clay Soliday is historian, detective and treasure hunter. Armed with his metal detector, he finds vintage baubles, rare coins and everything in between.... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News

Gordon retires after 10 years

REARDAN–After serving in the police department here for 10 years, Officer Bryan Gordon retired on Oct. 31. Gordon transitioned into law enforcement in 2013 after working as a medi... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Ashley Parkinson    News

Armed robbery reported in Odessa

ODESSA— An armed robbery on Laney Brothers Road was reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Nov. 10. The alleged robbery took place approximately three miles east of town at a private residence. Allegedly,... — Updated 11/18/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Agreement reached after conflict at airport

DAVENPORT—A dispute at the Municipal Airport between the city and Capital Rivers, Inc. regarding a consent agreement surrounding the lease of AirLift Northwest appears to have reached an end. City council approved a new consent... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News

Results for Lincoln County's uncontested races

DAVENPORT–-Five uncontested candidates were elected to office in Lincoln County on Nov. 8, and one levy passed. J Scott Liebing received 3846 votes to be elected County Assessor. 69 write-in votes were cast. Chandra Schumacher... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Byrne Bennett    News

Park Pavilion to be demolished

REARDAN–Town Council discussed the need to demolish the park pavilion at its meeting Thursday, Nov. 3. Councilmembers have solicited several bids to remove the 30-year-old structure from its concrete pad. Public works director... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Commissioner Stedman to resign

DAVENPORT-The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will soon have a vacancy to fill. Commissioner Mark Stedman of District 1 announced this week that he is resigning at the end of... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Rest assured, the county is insured

DAVENPORT—The newspaper-proclaimed “county insurance saga” appears to have been settled. The Lincoln County Commissioners reached an agreement with Union 1254 and 1254C, which represents county roads and the courthouse, on a... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Commissioners begin work on 2023 budget

DAVENPORT—The Lincoln County Commissioners make their money off deciding where the county’s money should be allotted. That process was kicked into high gear Monday, as the commissioners met with various department heads to... — Updated 11/11/2022


Cops and Courts

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 possibl... — Updated 11/11/2022


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