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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

5th Annual Golf Course Improvement Tournament

5th Annual Golf Course Improvement Tournament

The Legacy Golf Course & Resort at Frenchman Hills

Charlie, General Manager, and his grounds crew have continued making tremendous strides in revamping the course. All proceeds will be used for course improvement. More...

Travel & Leisure Rise & Shine Published May 2, 2020
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 Apr 1, 2020
Carol Betker, Artist shares her talent

Carol Betker, Artist shares her talent

Artwork featured on the COVER of Othello Sandhill Crane Festival brochure

Carol Betker has been painting in acrylic and oil for more years than she wishes to reveal and has over 20 years of experience teaching art in the public schools of Finley and Burbank, WA. Her inspiration comes from local scenery and moments of time stored in her memory. More...

V Gallery Published Mar 3, 2020
Look Up! It's a bird...It's a CRANE! (Nearly 35,000 of them.)

Look Up! It's a bird...It's a CRANE! (Nearly 35,000 of them.)

Sandhill Crane Festival - March 20, 21, 22, 2020 - CANCELLED

THIS EVENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED
Why do they come to Othello? A wildlife wonder, the Sandhill Crane, Grus candensis, returns to the Othello area every year. These large birds (4 feet tall, a 6-foot wingspan), with long necks and legs, migrate in great flocks from their wintering in California, all the way to Alaska. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 20, 2020
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Announces 2020 Theme
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Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Announces 2020 Theme

"The Sounds of Spring."

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announced the 2020 theme as “The Sounds of Spring.” The 23rd annual festival will be held March 20, 21, and 22, 2020 in Othello, Washington. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Jan 7, 2020
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
It's a bird....it's a CRANE!
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It's a bird....it's a CRANE!

Yes, the Sandhill Cranes have arrived in Othello

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

March 22-24 is the weekend to make sure you attend the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival. To view the entire schedule of tours and presentations at the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival please click this link. More...

Published Mar 10, 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
"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"
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"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announces the 2019 Theme

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival today announced the 2019 theme as “Elegant Travelers on a Journey”. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Dec 22, 2018
Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort
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Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort

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. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 4, 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
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

­­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 Upward Bound, students are pledging their commitment to pursuing a college education. More...

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 18, 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
CBTech: Wilderness Salvaged
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CBTech: Wilderness Salvaged

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 teams from Ephrata, Othello, Warden, Wilson Creek and Kennewick compete to create winning sculptures. More...

V Gallery Published Feb 11, 2018