In a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday morning, Big Bend Community College (BBCC) President Dr. Terry Leas gave notice of his intent to retire effective at the end of his current contract June 30, 2020. Leas will complete ...
Another reason to CELEBRATE!
Big Bend Community College 2019 nursing program graduates were just given another cause for celebration. Since receiving their degrees last month, all 18 graduates have taken the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and passed on their first attempt.
The 100-percent pass rate has become ...
Thirty-five years at the helm of Olde World Trading Company ~ By Ben Getz
35 years is a long run for any enterprise; a marriage, a career, and especially for a small business. The statistics were not quite as daunting four-decades ago, but they remain fairly consistent that only two out of ten new businesses ...
Big Bend is one of the first to offer a Medical Simulation degree in Washington State
The Big Bend Community College Simulation Technology program has just earned provisional accreditation status from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the largest healthcare simulation accrediting body in the world. SSH accreditation is a peer-reviewed, customized evaluation of a ...
Summertime action and entertainment in Eastern Washington
Published Jul 16, 2019
13th Legislative District Representative Alex Ybarra will address the class
Graduates as old as 60, and as young as 17 will cross the stage Friday evening at the 2019 Big Bend Community College Commencement Ceremony to receive their degrees. The ceremony takes place at Lions Field in Downtown Moses Lake and will begin ...
Don't look back. You're not going that way. ~ by Melea Johnson
I’m not sure which one of us came up with our team name, but I do know as soon as it was blurted out we unanimously agreed with conviction it was definitely our name. Our shirts would read OSWFTT. ...
A visit with local singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Danny Payne ~ by Brandon Smith
I recently sat down with Danny Payne, singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the local band Casino Queen to talk about songwriting and the future of his band. For the sake of transparency, I should mention that Casino Queen is also ...
The Mrs. is a collaboration between Rylei and his wife Briana
Local rising musician Rylei Franks is launching a new album—The Mrs. The album is currently available for pre-order online, but it officially releases June 1st, 2019. The Mrs. was completed as a collaboration between Rylei and his wife Briana Franks, ...
The well-known auctioneer who continues to bring people together to make something positive happen ~ by Ben Getz
Have you ever been to an auction? If you have been to any farm or estate sales in the Inland Pacific Northwest over the last four decades, there is a pretty good chance you have heard the vocal stylings of ...
The home of your dreams or a perfect vacation get-away. Welcome.
As a vacation get-away envision your family enjoying summer water sports of boating, fishing and sunbathing; golf with family and ...
Big Bend Community College student, Dani Dunlap, sets her sight on a lofty goal
by Melea Johnson ~ One year ago, on May 18, an energetic group of Big Bend Community College students was happily washing cars to raise funds for the aviation program enrolled in. Their cheerful faces and outward enthusiasm drew drivers in whether ...
What’s better than good food, good wine, and good friends celebrating a good cause?
What’s better than good food, good wine, and good friends celebrating a good cause? Nothing if you ask the BBCC Foundation!
The Foundation’s annual auction event, known as Cellarbration! for Education, has raised more than $1 million ...
A branch high school campus with TUITION FREE advanced technical and professional training
Published May 14, 2019
CBTECH is an advanced high school with Industry trained instructors, utilizing the latest technology to enhance your high school experience. We act as a branch campus of your high school and offer advanced technical and professional training in highly competitive, ...
You are enough
To the mom hiding in the bathroom, because she needs peace for a moment.
To the mom crying after she yelled at her kids and is now feeling guilty.
To the mom trying to fit in ...
Agreement to cooperate with one another in pursuing educational exchanges
On Friday, while on a visit to Gunpo, South Korea, Big Bend Community College Vice President of Learning & Student Success Bryce Humpherys and representatives from Sanbon Technical High School and Cheongju University each signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing ...
The story of how it all began four years ago
When home for the summer from her college in Illinois, waitressing at a truck stop and mixing unlikely, experimental drinks out of leftover coffee, Heather Mason couldn’t have known that she’d one day find herself the proprietor of ...
A Celebration of Faith and Community
Published Apr 30, 2019
On Tuesday, May 7th, in the ATEC Building on the Big Bend Community College campus, a celebration of faith and community will take place beginning at 7 AM. You are invited.
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast began in 1993 and ...
One small decision that changed the course of life for Joe and Molly Gallaway ~ by Melea Johnson
He was very young. Molly Gallaway’s husband, Joe, had serious medical problems at age twenty-seven. Joe and Molly lived in Moses Lake starting their own family of three children and worked many various outside jobs to keep things flowing. <...
Helping the community out in a big way
A small group of Big Bend Community College staff and students have taken on the task of using their specialized skills and talents to help their community out in a big way.
BBCC Unmanned Systems Operations Coordinator Byron ...
Central Basin Community Concert Association brings exceptional LIVE entertainment to Moses Lake
The Central Basin Community Concert Association has been providing the Moses Lake community with quality LIVE entertainment for over 60 years. Each of our artists is carefully chosen to provide the highest quality entertainment available to the Moses Lake community. All ...
Coming to Moses Lake in April - REGISTER BY MARCH 27
Published Mar 14, 2019
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, is coming to Big Bend Community College April 27. The event will feature fun, hands-on learning about a variety of safety topics, ...
Grant County 4-H Horse program held an early season judging event
Published Mar 7, 2019
Grant County 4-H horse program held a horse judging contest Saturday, February 23 at the Gene Harwood pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds. This was the third year holding an early season horse judging event. Youth, their parents, and leaders came ...
Look what Spring brought to Moses Lake
Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. And change is here. A new garden store in Moses Lake is just the pick-me-up needed after months of wet cold weather. It’s a delight for the senses. <...
It's the seventh birthday of the pocket-sized Raspberry Pi computer.
Published Feb 28, 2019
Big Bend Community College will host its second Raspberry Jam Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Advanced Technologies Education Center (ATEC). The event supports the promotion of STEM education, and is being held in honor of ...
Big Bend Community College students are honored
Ten Big Bend Community College students have officially become members
of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society following the organization’s winter
induction ceremony Tuesday evening.
New inductees took the oath of membership in front of family ...
Soroptimist International Moses Lake helps put dreams into action
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls is a program designed to help girls grow up to be strong, successful women. The program provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to achieve their ...
Presented by Central Basin Community Concert Association.
Rob Verdi received his musical training at the Arizona State University School of Music in 1984. After a year of teaching junior high band, Rob relocated to Los Angeles to accept a full-time position with the Entertainment Division of the Walt ...
Let's hear it from the students
Published Feb 16, 2019
The Big Bend Community College Foundation’s annual wine and dinner event, Cellarbration! for Education, is a fundraising auction designed to raise money for scholarships for students attending Big Bend Community College. The Cellarbration! event is the BBCC Foundation’s ...
Let's go shopping
Published Feb 7, 2019
Good businesses are birthed from good ideas - and the willingness to roll up one's sleeves and get to work. Think for a minute about the kinds of skills one must cultivate in order to run a business? Take organizational ...
More than 80 employers are waiting to meet you!
Published Jan 29, 2019
More than 80 employers are expected to attend the 2019 Job and Career Fair scheduled for Thursday, February 28 on the Big Bend Community College campus. The annual job fair, is the largest local event that places potential employees and employers under one ...
by Jan Thacker
I'd say the biggest problem I have right now is my rear end. And my belly. Oh, there are other minor problems, such as aging and the resultant falling apart thing, but the mirror declares the behind and tummy problem ...
Join the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce aboard the Norwegian Jade
Voyage back in time to ancient Greece and medieval Italy on this round-trip cruise from Rome. While in Santorini, visit the beautiful whitewashed hilltop towns of Oia and Fira and their breathtaking views of the caldera below. Climb up the ...
Central Basin Community Concert Association brings it to you
Founded in 1954, The Central Basin Community Concert Association has been providing the Moses Lake community with quality LIVE entertainment for over 65 years.
Each of their artists is carefully chosen to provide the highest quality entertainment available to Central ...
The Tree Fort Children's Museum in Moses Lake
The Tree Fort is an emerging children’s museum in Moses Lake. Children’s museums produce programs and exhibits that transcend age and experience offering great opportunities and unique shared experiences not found in traditional museums for family learning and ...
Join in for our casual cowboy themed rootin' tootin' heck of a good time!
The dress is cowboy comfy so feel free to wear your boots, hats & jeans.......just leave the horse at home! February 02, 2018 is an evening presented by the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation to have fun with friends and family and other ...
By Melea Johnson
It was winter. The lake was frozen in spots enough to be unstable to hold the weight of my much-loved dog, Arree.
I received a phone call from my friend Rebecca with the Humane Society in the afternoon ...
“What would you want to be doing if you were asked to give a performance of a lifetime?”
Laura Mayer, Secretary –“That’s easy, I’d be doing a ballet dance - a prima ballerina, spinning, in a really pretty tutu!”
Leslie Ramsden, Vice President – “Singing, musical instrument or dancing… I just want to do all ...
By Shawn Cardwell, Columbia Basin Allied Arts Executive Director
Even though the health maladies associated with watching TOO much television, or any screen, are well-known (oh, you don’t know? How about trouble sleeping, weight gain, poor vision, decreased learning abilities and language skills in children, low self-esteem especially ...
Darin and Amy Hendrickson share their gratitude
By Amy Hendrickson
Agri-Fix was established by Darin and one service truck in 1995 which has now grown to a full diesel repair shop with complete towing services around the clock. Bee Line Frame and Axle was established in ...
What is the hype and should I care?
You may have heard the buzz about a ‘Plant-Based Diet’ or Plant-Based Eating. Have you wondered what all the hype is, and if you should care? Whether you are completely content with your current diet or have a real desire ...
Home of the Unusual
You won't believe what you find here. When you walk through the door it is like you are traveling to parts of the world you have only dreamed of going. And, you will want to go back to...again ...
Preparing for a career with electric vehicle manufacturer
Recent Big Bend Community College graduate Francisca Juarez has officially been accepted into the Tesla START Student Automotive Technician Program at Shoreline Community College. Tesla START is a 12-week intensive training program that prepares students for a career with ...
November 30th. Starts at 5 PM at Sinkiuse Square, downtown Moses Lake. Be there!
Published Nov 27, 2018
Moses Lake is proud of its location in the heartland of the Northwest’s most diversified agricultural region. The Moses Lake Agricultural Appreciation Parade pays tribute to Moses Lake’s ...
Santa delivers a Beechcraft Sport B-19 aircraft
The Big Bend Community College Aviation Program received an early Christmas present this year in the form of a Beechcraft Sport B-19 aircraft, and Santa Claus came in the form of Kevin and Ann Peterson of Seattle who delivered the ...
More than 600 books delivered to kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin
Big Bend Community College ASB officers recently helped deliver more than 600 books to kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin. The delivery was the result of a partnership between the college and First Book.
Thank you to our farm and ranch families
(writing below is by an unknown author)
As a child growing up on a ranch or farm you learn to go to bed early so you'll be able to saddle up in the moonlight for an early-morning ...
Over 5500 lunches have been made to feed those in need
For the past 21 months, a group of volunteers gathers every Tuesday evening to make sack lunches for those in need. The group varies from week to week but they show up, take their places and begin the assembly process. Spreading ...
Presented by the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation along with Ten Pin Brewing
Where: Ten Pin Park, 1149 N. Stratford
When: Saturday, September 15th
Why?: To support your neighbors with cancer. All Proceeds to benefit Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation and its services.
This event features 10 ...
beach, bonfires, jet boats, and music by Seattle's Iron Dragon
Skagen Jet Boat Weekend beginning Friday, September 7th and goes thru the weekend.
This big family event scores big with a variety of jet boats tearing up the waters. Get warm with big bonfires and rock out with ...
The Moses Lake Swim in 2013 revisited. For a purpose.
In 2013, Moses Lake hosted a swim event in coordination with the Seattle SAA to raise funds for cancer research. swim. The Director of the Seattle Swim, David Day, attended the Moses Lake swim to encourage our community and support our ...
Outdoor seating on the patio, wine tasting, and friends. Perfect.
You didn't know there is wine tasting and live music every Saturday at Michael's Market and Bistro in Moses Lake? Now you do. 4:00 pm be there! Nice.
Get a closer look at the moon and several planets
Published Aug 17, 2018
Multiple telescopes will be set up in the Big Bend Community College courtyard behind the ATEC (1800) building during the August 18th event, each offering different views of the night sky. Volunteers will be on hand as well to help participants ...
Columbia Basin Rodeo Association partners up with Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation
Thursday night’s rodeo is dedicated to “Tough Enough to Wear Pink”, a program about increasing awareness of breast cancer. Most PRCA rodeos including the National Finals in Las Vegas dedicate one night to this cause. We’re not Just “...
And the athletes who fight them
The bullfighter's job is keeping the cowboys safe. It takes athletic skill to say the least.
The bullfighters on duty are Rowdy Barry, Danny Newman, and Matt Akers.
Working with them is rodeo entertainer, JJ Harrison.
A Moses Lake Phenomenon
Published Aug 15, 2018
The cars are sliding, spinning, rolling, and of course CRASHING. This event is guaranteed to provide hours entertainment for all ages.
BBCC Veteran Resource Office hosts annual event August 21 and 22
The Big Bend Community College Veteran Resource Office will help military veterans and their families prepare for the upcoming school year during its first ever school supply distribution event on August 21 and 22.
The event is being held in ...
BBCC and the Center of Excellence for Agriculture partner together to make it happen
Published Jul 27, 2018
Big Bend Community College and the Center of Excellence for Agriculture (COE Ag) have partnered together to bring FarmBot, a fully-automated robotic farming machine, to campus.
COE Ag funded $3,500 for the purchase of the unit in exchange for ...
Hand-on in a simulated environment is now possible
Published Jul 21, 2018
Students in Big Bend Community College’s Systems Administration program are one step closer to a realistic data center learning environment thanks to a generous donation from Stetner Electric.
The Quincy-based company recently completed the installation of power ...
MLSD, Big Bend to partner in Step Up to College Open Doors program
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Moses Lake School District (MLSD) to operate a new “Open Doors” program. The youth re-engagement initiative, in partnership with Big Bend Community College, will begin on September 1.
Regional museums collaborate on the home front
Authored by Shawn Cardwell
The public is invited to visit and contribute to the World War I in Grant County: A Traveling Exhibit. The show will include national, state and regional history of wartime life overseas and at ...
During summer vacation, kids age 2 - 18 are welcome to enjoy a nutritious meal.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin welcome children age 2 thru 18 years of age to enjoy a FREE lunch. There are NO forms to fill out, just show up and you will be served by caring people in your ...
New beginnings are celebrated for 129 deserving students
Big Bend Community College (BBCC) celebrated new beginnings last week along with 129 students and their families who received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED®) or High School Equivalency at a celebration ceremony.
More than 600 students enrolled in the Transitional ...
Dine, Give, Dance
The Spring into Summer – Soroptimist Dinner Party is the annual fundraiser for Soroptimist Moses Lake. Introduced to the community in 2014, the fundraiser has provided funding for Moses Lake Soroptimist to serve the local community, including 500 care packs & 1000+ hygiene kits to ...
Registration discount if registered before June 15th....for students grades 5 through 12
Camps are open to students grades five through 12 and offer participants a chance to learn more about volleyball and further develop their playing skills.
Camp for students grades five through eight takes place June 25-27 and camp for ...
Represented at Eastern Washington University's 2018 "Get Lit! Festival"
Big Bend Community College (BBCC) English Department Senior Faculty member Matthew Sullivan was in Spokane last month participating in Eastern Washington University’s Get Lit! Festival.
Each spring, the Get Lit! Festival invites selected authors to Spokane to ...
22-kilometer hike scheduled to shine light on suicide prevention
Moses Lake residents Aaron Molina and Carlos Avila are hoping to shine a light on suicide prevention and awareness within our community. The two have organized a 22-kilometer (roughly 13.6 miles) hike through Moses Lake for Saturday, May 12 at 8 a.m.<...
Here are some IDEAS to make the day very special
We've got a Mother's Day gift idea for every superwoman on your list! Moms, step-moms, mom-in-laws, grandmas, foster moms, and those special ones you wish you could call "mom".
With the donation will come a very real-world application
MOSES LAKE — Computer equipment valued at $60,000 has just arrived at Big Bend Community College, thanks to a recent donation by Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team donated laptops, servers and other related fixtures to the college’s ...
Welcome Speaker Kevin Parker
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 / 7:00 am until 9:00 am / ATEC Bldg, BBCC (See EVENTS for map)
About Kevin Parker
In fall 2013, Kevin was a Facilitator and Alum in Residence at Harvard in the Executive Leadership program.
Bringing home Gold from Jiu-Jitsu world championship in Abu Dhabi
Jess Munter is friendly, laid-back and makes jokes about staying up too late to do homework. She finds ways to balance work and school, talks excitedly about her involvement in clubs on campus and her plans to transfer from Big ...
Have you ever had the tug on your heart to love a child that is not yours?
There are nearly 9,000 children currently in foster care in Washington State. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own. Most children in foster care have endured some form of abuse/neglect which made conditions unsafe to remain in ...
Take one step at a time
VENUE Magazine had the pleasure of visiting with Cynthia Dano to learn about how she is helping others and why?
We invite you to follow along through our question/answer session. If you relate please feel free to contact ...
Students from Moses Lake, Warden, Royal City and Othello high schools were welcomed
Forty high school students from Grant and Adams counties were formally welcomed into Big Bend Community College’s TRiO Upward Bound Program Tuesday night.
The program aims to get more high school students into college, and by joining ...
Setting the standard for teams that follow after them
Big Bend Community College Athletes had another stellar quarter in the classroom boasting a combined 3.07 grade point average (GPA) during the winter quarter.
The Big Bend Athletic Department is known for recruiting student-athletes that have success both inside ...
By Melea Johnson
He wasn't really a horse. He was a Welsh pony and an ornery one. I was only seven years old, my sister nine, when we looked up from outdoor play to see our dad coming down the driveway with an ...
Give the opportunity for a trainee to get a glimpse of family life in America
For the 53rd consecutive year, Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is participating in the Japanese Agricultural Training Program (JATP). Forty-six trainees will arrive on the BBCC campus Friday (March 23) eager to begin their 19-month adventure in the United States.
A festive evening filled with delectable food, local wine, and a lot of fun!
SATURDAY, MAY 19
ATEC Bldg at Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake
In the beginning, Big Bend Community College Foundation organizers were unsure how fruitful a black tie optional, $100 per plate dinner would be accepted as a fundraiser ...
Central Basin Community Concert Association production
TUESDAY, APRIL 10 at 7:00pm
Call for tickets (509) 760-6908 or purchase at Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
Exotic instruments from the Mainland to the Islands is a journey from the Latin fire of Caravan to ...
Central Basin Community Concert Association production
TUESDAY, MAY 1 at 7:00pm
Call for tickets at 509 760-6908 or purchase at Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
Renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi are the madness and brilliance behind the musical comedy that is ...
BBCC connects job seekers and students with employers and career programs
The 25th Annual Big Bend Community College Job & Career Fair took place, March 1, on the college campus. By afternoon, more than 1500 job seekers and students were served by putting them in touch with the more than 80 employers and career programs ...
Big Bend Cooperative Preschool Focuses on Learning through Play
You will be delighted to see what our community preschoolers have been working on! They are excited for you to see! Original artwork by the preschool children will be on display and for purchase at the 8th Annual Children's Art ...
Melinda Henry's art turns rubbish into profit
Her business branches across the four corners of the nation from Florida to New York and California with roots firmly planted in the basin. It's almost guaranteed you've seen Melinda Henry's Rubbish Rampage wares if you've strolled through the Farmer's ...
Details on some of Moses Lake's most popular micro brews
VM: What made you decide to go into the beer business?
TOM: I have been home brewing for a long time. I enjoy making different styles of beer and experimenting with different malts, hops and other flavor ingredients. Friends ...
Congratulations to these Big Bend Community College students
Nineteen Big Bend Community College students became members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the organization’s fall induction ceremony in February 2018. Family and friends gathered to witness the inductees as they took the oath of ...
Salvaged scrap steel and other materials take on a whole new life when removed from their original context and purpose and incorporated into a work of art. Advanced Manufacturing students from CB Tech, Moses Lake High School FFA, along with ...
In the heart of downtown Moses Lake
Settler’s Country Market originally opened in Ephrata, Washington in 2002- Quite by accident! Dock Womack, the owner, had purchased the building on Basin Street with the intention of using his 30+ years of horticulture experience to put in a retail ...
by Lenore Plassman (Author), Rohvannyn Shaw (Illustrator, Contributor), Dave Plassman (Contributor)
Sixteen tales of love, laughter, giving and warmth. The stories are drawn from the richness of the author's experiences and tell of strength in the midst of adversity, generosity amongst poverty. Walk in dark and lighted places of street, island, ...
New Year’s Eve is such an interesting time. The whole world celebrates the fall of one year and the rise of the next. At the stroke of midnight, bleary-eyed partiers in plastic hats plant slobbery sentimental kisses on spouses ...
Big Bend 2017 nursing program graduates pose for a photo before their official pinning ceremony on June 17. All 17 of the graduates passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first attempt.
The Big Bend Community College Nursing program has been ...
2017 Miss Moses Lake Rodeo Roundup Queen
Published Aug 1, 2017
Ephrata, Washington is home to Emma Gunderson, where she lives with her parents, Jason and Jenny Gunderson and her sisters, Hannah and Ruby. Emma is a 2016 graduate of Ephrata High School. She is attending Big Bend Community College to obtain ...
Press Release posted by Randy BLODGETT on February 20, 2017
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has named Sue Tebow, agri.CULTURE, Moses Lake, Washington, the Charles Eastin Award Recipient for 2017. This award honors an individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences. ...
Once every 51 hours, an officer is killed in the line of duty. That number is staggering. These 5 little ways to show your love for officers in your area sounds so simple and minor after reading that number, doesn't it? One ...
A Celebration of Love, Friends, and Family
“Orlando is about as far away geographically as we can be from a US neighbor. However, the hurt and harm done there resonates deeply with myself, the staff of the Venue, and likely most of our readers. We have a ...
Moses Lake landmark for sale, drastic reduction… BIG opportunity
Published May 28, 2016
As soon as I stepped inside this infamous landmark in Moses Lake, I was transcended into a place that gave me the urge to leave behind my cell phone, my laptop, and get lost in something meaningful. This rare gem ...
Later today we will be posting the link for you to receive your photos! YAY! We are so excited for you to get them. So that you're prepared to work the site we have a couple of screenshots for you ...
Many of you came to support the Moses Lake Medical Team in their fundraiser endeavors starring KJ Wright, of the Seattle Seahawks. Venue Magazine would like to thank all of you that came and showed your support. The lines started ...
Moses Lake Medical Team has a very exciting announcement! On Saturday, April 30, from 10am until noon, Seattle Seahawks, Defensive End KJ Wright will be in Moses Lake to do autographs and have pictures taken. If you want a photo with ...
The Big Bend Community College Nursing program and its 16 recent graduates are all smiles this week after receiving news that the entire graduating class passed their NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first attempts.
The program has personified success ...