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  • Booking photo RCW needs clarification

    Drew Lawson|Updated Jan 17, 2024

    Unclear language in a few state RCWs may be leading to inequities in the public about the release of booking photos for jail and prison inmates. The main culprit is RCW 70.48.100, which essentially says that booking photos are confidential inmate records and cannot be disclosed without the written permission of the photographed person. There are a few exceptions, mostly surrounding sex offenders. The photo can be released if it depicts in a sex offender, and depending on the...

  • The 10 best...and worst...Christmas songs

    Drew Lawson|Updated Dec 1, 2023

    As soon as the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are put away on Thanksgiving, it's officially time to turn the holiday calendar to Christmas. Notice I didn't mention mashed potatoes in the list of Thanksgiving foods. That's because mashed potatoes are the worst dish served in a classic Thanksgiving meal. Think that's a controversial opinion? Good. That was just a setup for this column that leans into the Christmas spirit by sharing the 10 best and 10 worst Christmas songs.... Full story

  • Introducing weekly history coverage

    Drew Lawson|Updated Jun 15, 2023

    Sometimes, to better inform the future, we need to learn from the past. And a newspaper tends to be a rural county’s historical record, so turning to the newspaper for that past is a logical step. Plus, we received many requests to bring back our “Looking Back” section, and the Lincoln County Historical Society recently reached out with several interested writers hoping to contribute historical articles covering our area. So, this summer and starting this issue, we’ll have a...

  • Get kids off electronics and on the field

    Roger Harnack|Updated Oct 13, 2022

    Six-man football. I’d never heard of it before mid-August. When I played football, it was the traditional, 11-man variety. Heck, I didn’t even know there was anything else. Playing for Kiona-Benton, my team always had more than enough players to have mostly different players on offense and defense. But over the last few years, I’ve learned about – and developed an appreciation for – 8-man football. Along with it, I’ve gained a lot of respect for the athletes playing both sides...

  • Introducing candidate profiles

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Jun 13, 2022

    DAVENPORT—A quick look through this week’s issue of The Record-Times indicates one fact quite clearly: it is election season. Stories about interim sheriffs, candidate forums and county and city business dot the pages this week, with plenty of graduation and Mule Days coverage to ease any tension or rising blood pressure one might feel from reading about local politics too much…ha! As I feel the paper and county residents have made clear, the upcoming August primary is the m...

  • Our view: Sign onto I-1114

    Updated Dec 4, 2020

    It’s been 278 days since Gov. Jay Inslee first issued executive orders shutting down businesses, ending government transparency and calling some people “non-essential.” His mantra at the time, “flatten that curve” on the growing coronavirus outbreak. The governor and his hand-picked advisers told us the shutdowns were temporary, that the so-called emergency was temporary. More than six month later, temporary seems to have a different definition. Businesses are closing daily, residents across the state are protestin...

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