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Welcome to Othello

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

Nearly 500 Big Bend grads preparing to March Friday

Nearly 500 Big Bend grads preparing to March Friday

13th Legislative District Representative Alex Ybarra will address the class

For Goodness Sake Published Jun 12, 2019
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 ...
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A visit with the man Chuck Yarbro Jr.

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

For Goodness Sake Published May 24, 2019
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 ...
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The Legacy Resort at Frenchman Hills

The Legacy Resort at Frenchman Hills

The home of your dreams or a perfect vacation get-away. Welcome.

Travel & Leisure Published May 23, 2019
As a vacation get-away envision your family enjoying summer water sports of boating, fishing and sunbathing; golf with family and ...
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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

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, ...
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To the mom trying really hard

To the mom trying really hard

You are enough

For Goodness Sake Published May 8, 2019
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 ...
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It's a bird....it's a CRANE!

It's a bird....it's a CRANE!

Yes, the Sandhill Cranes have arrived in Othello

Published Mar 10, 2019

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 ...
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Phi Theta Kappa inducts ten new members

Phi Theta Kappa inducts ten new members

Big Bend Community College students are honored

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 21, 2019
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 ...
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"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"

"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announces the 2019 Theme

Travel & Leisure Published Dec 22, 2018

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival today announced the 2019 theme as “Elegant Travelers on a Journey”.  The 22nd annual festival ...

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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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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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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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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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