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Odessa, a vibrant community of approximately 1000 residents, is located within the geographically unique area known as the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington. Visitors and residents enjoy a safe, warm, and friendly atmosphere in close proximity to outdoor recreational areas and reasonable traveling distance to urban amenities. We are a community where integrity, security and community arethe rule, rather than the exception.

Connected to the world by modern technology, business opportunities are expanding beyond the traditional agricultural base. Citizens of Odessa rely on our dependable infrastructure, outstanding schools, accomplished hospital and our very competitive commerce.

Stories from Odessa

A visit with the man Chuck Yarbro Jr.
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A visit with the man Chuck Yarbro Jr.

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 Chuck Yarbro, Senior, and Junior. With the Junior Yarbro now at the helm of Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers, we were fortunate to get some of his time to find out more from the man himself. More...

For Goodness Sake Published May 24, 2019
Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake

Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake

A branch high school campus with TUITION FREE advanced technical and professional training

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, high-wage skilled trades. More...

Published May 14, 2019
To the mom trying really hard

To the mom trying really hard

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. More...

For Goodness Sake Published May 8, 2019
Phi Theta Kappa inducts ten new members
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Phi Theta Kappa inducts ten new members

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 and friends after hearing from guest speaker Lindsay Groce, who has taught Chemistry at Big Bend since 2013. More...

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 21, 2019
Odessa's own German band, the Oom Pas and Mas, has been a part of Deutschesfest since its beginning in 1971
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Willkommen to Odessa Deutschesfest

A three-day celebration of German-Russian heritage

Odessa's celebration of its German-Russian heritage has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious community festivals in the region. Sponsored by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the festival is a three-day extravaganza of entertainment, food, sports, music, and dancing in the streets! The whole town takes part in celebrating and you are invited. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 12, 2018
Big Bend Community college HS/21 and GED graduates pose after their recognition night in front of the Wallenstien Theater.

BBCC students receive GED or high school equivalency

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 Studies Program at Big Bend have earned diplomas during the last four years (2014-18). More...

For Goodness Sake Published Jun 19, 2018
Big Bend Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 19 New Members

Big Bend Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 19 New Members

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 membership in a ceremony highlighted by guest speaker Melinda Dourte — BBCC graduate, PTK sponsor, and executive assistant to the president at Big Bend Community College. More...

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 15, 2018