The Odessa Record

The earliest years of its existence, The Odessa Record changed hands several times. Originally established by an itinerant printer, Mike Devlin, the paper was soon bought by R.S. Crowl, who sometimes partnered with L.C. Weik. At other times, the two men owned the paper separately. The early publishers operated their own presses and set their own type, but by the 1970s the new offset printing process involved machines that were far too costly for a small-town newspaper. Under publisher Walt Larson, The Odessa Record began contracting with the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake and later with the Grant County Journal in Ephrata to have the printing done on their premises. Today, the print edition is still produced at the Grant County Journal on a Goss rotary offset printing press. [1]