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Although Othello is well-known for the spring Sandhill Crane Festival, birders also regularly travel to our area during the fall migration season. Our area is part of the great Pacific Flyway, a king or “interstate” for avian migration.

32 different types of mammals and over 200 species of birds have been observed at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. At the height of the spring and fall migration, biologists have estimated the Refuge is home to up to 100,000 birds.

The diversity of wildlife in our area is matched only by the diversity of the crops grown here. Agriculture is also an important part of avian life in the Basin…Sandhill cranes feast on leftover corn from fall harvest, and other crops grown here provide forage for many other species. Crops like wheat, alfalfa hay, potatoes, apples, spelt, grapes, cherries, melons, peas, onions, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and seed crops like carrot and radish provide “leftovers” for many mammals and avian in our area. Nearly 800 acres of cropland are planted specifically as part of a program designed to maintain healthy waterfowl and crane populations.

According to Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, during fall and especially in March and April, refuge fields near Corfu, Road E SE, and Barton Road attract up to 60,000 mallards, 20,000 northern pintails, 15,000 Sandhill cranes, and 50,000 Canada and cackling geese.

The delicate balance of nature and agriculture is an important one for our area, and the issue is one local farmers take very seriously.

Stories from Othello

"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"

"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announces the 2019 Theme

Travel & Leisure Published Dec 3, 2018
The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival today announced the 2019 theme as “Elegant Travelers on a Journey”.  The 22nd annual festival will be held March 22, 23, 24, 2019 in Othello Washington. With the celebration of the spring migration of the Sandhill cranes, the festival ...
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Teens in Foster Care need families too

Teens in Foster Care need families too

By: Hayley Stoebner, Recruitment Coordinator with FosteringWA

For Goodness Sake Published Nov 20, 2018
Does the very thought of a having a teenager in your home make you shudder with fear? You are not alone! The teen years can be trying for parents and caregivers (not to mention for the teens themselves), but those ...
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TRICK OR TREAT

TRICK OR TREAT

Downtown merchants offer a treat-filled evening for your kiddos

For Goodness Sake Published Oct 29, 2018
Trick or Treat?

The downtown merchants in these communities are preparing for a treat-filled evening for your kiddos. A great way to have fun and be safe at the same time!

Moses Lake
Bring the ...
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The (Somewhat) Interesting History of Halloween

The (Somewhat) Interesting History of Halloween

article/Venue Magazine

Published Oct 28, 2018

This month, happiness appears to come in the form of tons upon tons of chocolate, billions of those tiny candy corns, and caramel covered popcorn balls and apples. Halloween is without question one of America's sweetest holiday traditions with billions ...
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Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort

Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort

beach, bonfires, jet boats, and music by Seattle's Iron Dragon

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 4, 2018
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 ...
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Stars and Stripes & Royal (K) Nights SummerFest

Stars and Stripes & Royal (K) Nights SummerFest

Royal City knows how to throw a party!

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Jun 26, 2018
Maybe you’ve heard the ditty: baseball, hot dogs, apple pie & Chevrolet? This year’s Royal City SummerFest is out to celebrate “Stars & Stripes & Royal (K) Nights” on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th. It is only fitting to ...
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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

For Goodness Sake Published Jun 19, 2018
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 ...
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Being a Foster Parent is pure love

Being a Foster Parent is pure love

Have you ever had the tug on your heart to love a child that is not yours?

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 24, 2018
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 ...
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TRiO Upward Bound inducted 40 high school students into its program during a special ceremony at Big Bend Community College Tuesday night.

Big Bend Community College's TRiO Upward Bound inducts 40 new members

Students from Moses Lake, Warden, Royal City and Othello high schools were welcomed

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 18, 2018
­­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 ...
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Cow notes

Cow notes

By Melea Johnson

Travel & Leisure Published Mar 20, 2018
In one of the rural communities in the middle of our state, the ones that are so beautiful that they blend together and make you forget their names, I stopped my car and watched the cattle in a field. There ...
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What are my career options?

What are my career options?

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 ...
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Sandhill Crane

H20 Birds on the Go

2018 Sandhill Crane Festival – Othello, Washington March 23, 24, 25

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 16, 2018
All the pieces are finally in place for the 2018 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, March 23-25. This year’s theme is “H20 & Birds on the Go.” In the past, the festival has focused primarily on the area’s wildlife. This year, ...
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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

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 15, 2018
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 ...
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CBTech: Wilderness Salvaged

CBTech: Wilderness Salvaged

V Gallery Published Feb 11, 2018
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 ...
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Look up! It's a bird...it's a crane!

Look up! It's a bird...it's a crane!

Have you ever seen a Sandhill Crane? Their size will astound you.

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 9, 2018
The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of the bird references habitat like that of the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills in the American Midwest. ...
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Resolve to care for children in 2018

Resolve to care for children in 2018

Have you ever thought of being a foster parent?

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 8, 2018
Are you still searching for a New Year resolution but just aren’t exactly sure what you should resolve to do? Do you love children and think they deserve to be cared for in a safe and nurturing home? If ...
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