Video by Jeff Fairbanks and Joe Carreras/Murrow News Service
By Kaitlin Gillespie
Murrow News Service
OAKESDALE, Wash. – This farming town south of Spokane, population 420, has suffered through the slump of other rural communities across America.
A restaurant bought out by a California developer stands empty across from City Hall. There’s an old filling station at the other end of the street that serves no purpose. The drugstore is boarded up.
“This poor town, we’ve lost a lot of businesses over the years,” Mayor Dennis Palmer said, standing outside City Hall. “It’s just like all the small towns.”
But after four years and $200 million, a wind farm just a short drive west of town may bring change.