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GABRIEL DAVIS

Staff Writer

Gabriel Davis is a resident of Othello who enjoys the connections with his sources. Davis is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University where he studied English and creative writing. During his free time, he enjoys reading, TV, movies and games – anything with a good story, though he has a preference for science fiction and crime. He covers the communities on the south end of Grant County and in Adams County.

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Desert Aire Airport District votes to eventually dissolve district
May 22, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Desert Aire Airport District votes to eventually dissolve district

DESERT AIRE – Grant County Airport District 1, also known as the Desert Aire Airport District, held a special meeting Saturday with members of the Desert Aire community to discuss the district’s future, during which the commissioners voted to begin the process of dissolving the district.

Royal School District discusses reducing positions, tighter budget
May 22, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Royal School District discusses reducing positions, tighter budget

ROYAL CITY – The Royal School Board discussed its efforts to work with a tighter budget during special and regular meetings Monday. Superintendent Roger Trail said the budget reductions will not require lay-offs, but will lead to reduced staff.

Educational Service District 123 Superintendent discusses priorities, services
May 21, 2024 1:20 a.m.

Educational Service District 123 Superintendent discusses priorities, services

PASCO – Washington Educational Service District 123, based out of Pasco, serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington – including Othello School District – with more than 70,000 students, according to ESD 123’s website.

Reykdal visits Wahluke
May 20, 2024 3 a.m.

Reykdal visits Wahluke

State superintendent learns of challenges faced by rural, underfunded district

MATTAWA – Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal visited Wahluke School District Thursday afternoon for a tour and various discussions and panels with teachers, administrators and students. “It's a great visit. I do a lot of these around the state, but it's nice to see everyone's unique community, particularly a school district where your elementary, middle and high (schools) feel like such a family,” Reykdal said in a later interview.

Othello board reflects on national conference
May 17, 2024 2:30 a.m.

Othello board reflects on national conference

OTHELLO – Monday afternoon’s Othello School Board meeting saw a presentation from Superintendent Pete Perez and the board members on their time at the National School Board Association’s annual conference from April 6 to 8 in New Orleans.

Lind facing unbudgeted expenses, errors and $1.7 million loan
May 17, 2024 1:22 a.m.

Lind facing unbudgeted expenses, errors and $1.7 million loan

LIND – The Lind Town Council dealt with several issues during Tuesday’s regular meeting, including about $40,000 in unbudgeted expenses due to clerical errors dating back to 2008, other staff errors and a $1.7 million loan offered by the Department of Health.

Lind council rescinds vote to vacate Mayor’s position
May 16, 2024 2 a.m.

Lind council rescinds vote to vacate Mayor’s position

LIND – The Lind Town Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve motions by council member Robert Dew to rescind the council’s April 23 votes to vacate Mayor Paula Bell’s position and appoint council member Jamie Schmunk as temporary mayor. Council member Mike Wold was absent. Dew said that he had previously believed the votes to be legal, but has since heard conflicting opinions on the subject.

Othello seeks contract mediation with ACFD 5
May 15, 2024 3 a.m.

Othello seeks contract mediation with ACFD 5

OTHELLO – The city of Othello is seeking third-party mediation for contract negotiations with Adams County Fire District 5 after giving two-year notice on May 8 that the city will be terminating its current contract due to increasing costs. Othello Mayor Shawn Logan said in the May 8 announcement that ACFD 5 has been unwilling to negotiate with the city. He said the mediation process is written into the city’s contract with the fire district, a five-year contract was implemented in Feb. 2018.

Wahluke superintendent addresses audit findings
May 15, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Wahluke superintendent addresses audit findings

MATTAWA – The Washington State Auditor’s Office released Thursday its audit report on Wahluke’s financial statements and federal awards from Sep. 2022 through August 2023, which included findings for some of the district’s federal award procedures.

Desert Aire hosts fire preparedness informational event
May 14, 2024 2:01 a.m.

Desert Aire hosts fire preparedness informational event

DESERT AIRE – Representatives from the Desert Aire Owners Association, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Grant County PUD, as well as Rep. Tom Dent, R-Moses Lake, and community members from Desert Aire met Wednesday for a fire readiness informational event at the DAOA building.

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