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  • Residents still asked to conserve water

    The Record-Times|Updated Jun 14, 2024

    HARRINGTON — The City’s only working well was showing signs of dropping below an acceptable level at press time, according to a message from Mayor Joe Armand Tuesday, June 11. That led to a plea from Armand to cease outdoor watering and limit indoor water use for residents in city limits. “Please stop watering immediately and take up extreme water conservation measures in our homes,” Armand said Tuesday. The update came five days after Armand informed citizens that a submersible pump will be the quickest way to fixing the cit...

  • Three Davenport men killed in crash

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    HARRINGTON — Three young Davenport men who graduated from the high school here in the past decade were killed in a car crash on Harrington-Tokio Road Friday, June 7. Alan Kysar, 26, Braedon Efraimson, 26, and Blake Wilson, 24, all of Davenport, succumbed to their injuries in the 2-vehicle crash at the intersection of Mohler Road that was reported at approximately 8:30 p.m, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, though the Sheriff’s Office believes that an unide...

  • Movie subjects join Museum screening

    Deb Schultz, Special to The Record-Times|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Last Sunday, June 2, the public was invited to be guests of the Lincoln County Museum to a screening of the movie Dreamin' Wild at the Davenport High School Auditorium. Dreamin' Wild follows the journey of Fruitland, musician brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson, who recorded an album in the late 70s that was rediscovered after 30 years and rated as a lost masterpiece. This movie was originally released in the United States Aug. 4, 2023. After viewing the well-received...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Jun 12, 2024

    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. June 2 Traffic stops: 4 Trespassing was reported in Reardan. A suspicious Toyota was reported at Oak Street and Spokane Avenue in Reardan. A felled tree was reported at Sixth and Park Streets in Davenport. A caller sa...

  • EMS assessment being done in Lincoln County

    The Record-Times|Updated Jun 12, 2024

    DAVENPORT — Emergency medical services (EMS) has been a long-time conundrum in Lincoln County. The sustainability of volunteers, access to resources, and response times are familiar issues that are discussed among communities and professionals, and it can be a passionate topic. Recent growth in remote areas of the county has also posed unique challenges for EMS agencies. Because of this, community partners and the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) have hired a consultant to assess the current EMS system, identify the a...

  • Three Davenport men killed in crash

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    HARRINGTON—Three young Davenport men who graduated from the high school here in the past decade were killed in a car crash on Harrington-Tokio Road Friday, June 7. Alan Kysar, 26, Braedon Efraimson, 26, and Blake Wilson, 24, all of Davenport, succumbed to their injuries in the 2-vehicle crash at the intersection of Mohler Road that was reported at approximately 8:30 p.m, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, though the Sheriff’s Office believes that an unident...

  • Avista shares 2024 wildfire plan

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 7, 2024

    DAVENPORT — Avista regional business manager Melanie Rose and Davenport operations manager Nick Harmon provided the Lincoln County Commissioners with an update on wildfire plans for 2024 at the Commissioners’ regular meeting Monday, June 3. That plan includes moves as minimal as inspecting trees and as extreme as, in a worst-case scenario, shutting off power to an at-risk area. Rose said there are 982 Avista customers in Lincoln County, and the highest fire risk related to Avista services is in the most northeastern portion o...

  • Odessa to pose law enforcement levy

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    ODESSA — The town is hoping that local taxpayers are willing to help town officials solve an issue that’s been prevalent here for some time: Difficulty finding a second police officer to create a two-person police department. The solution, the town hopes, is for a levy lid lift to offer a more competitive wage, according to a letter sent to Odessa citizens by Mayor Bill Crossley. “It has become hard for small towns like Odessa to compete with larger communities when trying to hire officers because we cannot match their highe...

  • Partners Advancing Character Education award winners

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    Three Davenport School District students were named Partners Advancing Character Education award winners Thursday, May 30 for good character shown in school and community. Recognized were senior Koda Coffman, eighth-grader Kenley Hills and fifth-grader RJ Nonnemacher....

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated Jun 5, 2024

    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. May 26 Traffic stops: 16 Suspicious activity was reported on the 35500 block of Highway 25 north of Davenport. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Sobek Road in Edwall. A caller reported youths skateboarding on Hig...

  • Sheffels appointed to planning board

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    DAVENPORT — A Wilbur-area farmer whose family has leased land south of Highway 2 between Davenport and Reardan to Triple Oak Power, a Portland-based company looking to construct wind turbines in the greater Davenport area, has been appointed to the Lincoln County Planning Commission. Mark Sheffels was the Lincoln County Commissioners’ unanimous choice to fill a vacancy on the Commission amongst four applicants presented to the Commissioners by Planner Courtney Thompson Tuesday, June 3. “I think he would bring a good balance t...

  • Pump motor eludes city

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    HARRINGTON — Residents in city limits are still asked to conserve water as Mayor Joe Armand is scrambling to find a permanent solution to fix its water pump on Well No. 3 that failed Tuesday, May 21. As of a conversation with the newspaper Monday, June 3, Armand was mulling whether it’s more cost effective to replace the motor on the failed pump or “pull everything off” and put in a new submersible pump. “There’s at least a seal (on the failed pump) that’s going to have to be replaced,” Armand said. The City declared a stat...

  • Wildfire Management Workshop upcoming

    The Record-Times|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — In Aug. 2023, the Gray Fire burned 10,000 acres of urban, suburban and rural interface just east of Lincoln County. Over half the Lazy R Ranch, the learning site for Roots of Resilience, was burned in the fire. Roots of Resilience, in collaboration with Lazy R Ranch, is proud to announce a comprehensive workshop, “Tame the Flames,” aimed at educating and demonstrating effective wildfire management strategies through grazing and forestry practices. Scheduled for June 22-23, this event will gather experts and sta...

  • 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' coming here

    The Record-Times|Updated Jun 5, 2024

    DAVENPORT — A magical night of food, fun, and fairies is being planned for Lincoln County residents from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Middle School. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream Health Faire’ will include local vendors, dinner catered by Hazel’s Dozen, a performance by the Davenport Drama Club and much more – all for free. “Everyone in Lincoln County is invited to attend no matter their age – we’ll have something for everyone” said Jolene Erickson, Community Health Director for the Lincoln County Health Department and o...

  • Turbine setback discussion continues

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 30, 2024

    DAVENPORT — The Lincoln County Planning Commission held further discussions about updating the county code with provisions for wind and solar development, but didn’t reach a final draft to present to the County Commissioners after a meeting Tuesday, May 28. Figuring out appropriate setback distances and how those should impact participating and non-participating landowners is a major holdover for the Planning Commission. Member Margie Hall noted Monday that she didn’t think a decision should be made that day with so many...

  • Quail Court holds grand re-opening

    The Record-Times|Updated May 30, 2024

    ODESSA - Residents at Quail Court, the local assisted living facility run by the Memorial Healthcare Center, are finally moving back in after being away from home for four months following a January flood. That fact was celebrated with a grand re-opening hosted by the Memorial Healthcare Center Thursday, May 23. Quail Court manager Leslie Gies cut the red ribbon at last Thursday's ceremony that was attended by 60 to 70 people. Healthcare Center CEO Brett Antczak expressed his...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated May 30, 2024

    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. May 19 Traffic stops: 16 A Davenport woman said the person staying on the east side of her house was being extremely loud on the 1100 block of Park Street. A Davenport woman said someone parked a van near her res...

  • Landt named state FFA Secretary

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 30, 2024

    PULLMAN - A Reardan High School student set to graduate next weekend will spend the next school year serving as the Washington FFA State Secretary. Senior Ashley Landt was elected to the position at the State FFA Convention Saturday, May 11. Landt, a 5-year member of the Reardan FFA Chapter, was selected from 13 other candidates for the position. She will begin her duties as Secretary with a base camp training June 18, which is 10 days after graduation. "I was surprised,"...

  • Odessa FFA secures tractor grant

    Updated May 30, 2024

    Odessa's FFA chapter has received a $40,000 check from the FFA Foundation to help pay for a new tractor for Tractor Driving competitions. The grant was applied for by advisor HaLee Walter and will also help fund plant science curriculum supplies. The tractor will be used by students and school district staff....

  • District FFA Officers elected in Davenport

    The Record-Times|Updated May 30, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Local FFA District 5 Officers were elected here last Wednesday, May 22. And two locals were among those elected. The new Officer team includes Vice President Shelby Hargrave and Secretary Titus Griffin, both of Davenport. Other officers include President Gus Suksdorf and Treasurer Katy Belles of Liberty and Reporter Rylee Saguid and Sentinel Aubrey Gardiner of Riverside. Davenport FFA advisor Todd Hargrave said 16 candidates were considered from FFA chapters at...

  • Board OK's teacher hires

    The Record-Times|Updated May 30, 2024

    ODESSA — The School Board approved three teacher hires at a regular meeting Wednesday, May 22. The Board unanimously agreed to hire Joshua Clark as a full-time third-grade teacher, Charlie King as a half-time kindergarten teacher and Kristen Sebesta as a half-time kindergarten teacher and half-time MTSS interventionist. In other business, the Board scheduled a special meeting for noon Thursday, June 6 to approve a budget extension and a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 to plan for next school year. Also approved w...

  • Hopkins resigns as elementary principal

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 30, 2024

    DAVENPORT - Elementary principal Sarita Hopkins is resigning her post to be closer to family. After two years working for the School District here following a stint with Cheney Middle School, her resignation was accepted by the School Board Tuesday, May 28. Hopkins has accepted a teaching position with North Thurston Public Schools. Her husband, Jim, is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base and her daughter recently moved to the West Side. Her resignation is...

  • Boil order ceased

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 23, 2024

    HARRINGTON — The City issued a water boil order to its residents after a motor on the City’s third water pump failed Tuesday, May 21. That order was rescinded Wednesday, May 22. Mayor Joe Armand asked residents to conserve water with “extreme diligence” in a message given to Harrington citizens Tuesday. “While we are limping along with our City’s original well, it isn’t delivering the volume that we are used to,” Armand said. That led to possible water contamination from pressure loss. Residents were asked to boil tap water...

  • Commissioners decide against elected coroner

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated May 23, 2024

    DAVENPORT - The Lincoln County Commissioners officially passed an ordinance declaring the county won't have an elected coroner at a regular meeting Monday, May 20. The move comes in response to House Bill 1326, which was passed in 2021 and contains a section declaring every county should have an elected county coroner, except in counties with less than 40,000 residents. There, the county legislative authority may determine that no coroner shall be elected, which is the...

  • Cops & Courts

    Updated May 23, 2024

    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. May 12 Traffic stops: 9 An Odessa man said he could hear someone shooting inside town limits. An accidental medical alert for a 79-year-old female went off. A caller said someone drove through his fence, tore up his...

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