July 21, 2024

  • Wanted man arrested in Ritzville

    Roger Harnack, The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    RITZVILLE — A fugitive convicted of killing a baby was arrested here Friday, July 12, on a warrant for violating the terms of his parole. Jereme Joseph Bassett, 39, was arrested and transported to Yakima County, where he was booked into the jail, records show. As of press time, he was being held without bail. Bassett was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2010 after being convicted for second-degree murder of 7-month-old Neveah Miller, the daughter of his ex-girlfriend, records show. He was also convicted of...

  • McCormick postpones retirement

    Dale Brown, The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    RITZVILLE – Police Chief Dave McCormick isn’t going anywhere just yet. In a letter dated June 29, Mayor Scott Yaeger informed the City Council that Police Chief Dave McCormick has agreed to postpone his retirement to “no longer than” Sept. 30. The letter said the extension provides the city with more time to fill the position with an interim or permanent employee. “I am thankful for David’s decision to postpone his retirement, as the search for his replacement has not been an easy task, thus far,” Yaeger...

  • Local groups receive Caring Neighbors grants

    The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    RITZVILLE - A rural power cooperative has donated funds to several local groups. On Tuesday, July 9, Big Bend Electric Cooperative's Caring Neighbors program announced donations for several local non-profit efforts. The recipient and their awards are as follows: • Adams County Historical Society - $2,000 to help repair broken windows at the museum in Lind. • Basin City Elementary - $600 to help purchase books for a literacy program. • Franklin County Public Hospital...

  • Public Records

    Jul 15, 2024

    Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from June 30-July 6: June 30 4:02 p.m. - Traffic accident in the area of West Providence Road and South Johnson Road. 4:47 p.m. - Citizen assist on the 300 block of South Reynolds Road. 5:13 p.m. - Report of a suspicious vehicle on the 2300 block of North Bob Lee Road. 6:02 p.m. – Violation of a court order on the 100 block of East Third St. 6:39 p.m. - Report of suspicious activity on South Main St, Washtucna....

  • From the Files

    Jul 15, 2024

    125 Years Ago Adams County News July 19, 1899 Hanging too good The miscreant who cut the rope on the well drill of M. F. Cochran who is boring the city well on College hill if caught should be dealt with severely. Hanging is too good for such a wretch. He should be kicked out of the county. Had not the critical eye of Mr. Cochran discovered the matter in time, all the good work done thus far might have been for naught. The well is now 350 feet in depth with 150 feet of water,...

  • Roundin' the barrel

    Jul 15, 2024

    Karla Gust of Ritzville was among the barrel racers competing in the annual Cheney Rodeo, which took place July 12-14 in Cheney. Gust didn't place in the money at the event that included saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding; and team, tie down and breakaway roping, among other...

  • Experienced or aged

    Dale Anderson | Jul 15, 2024

    I have met a lot of coaches and played for several. The ones I played for weren’t a lot older than me although I always treated them with respect even if I didn’t like them very much. Actually I only had one coach that I really didn’t like. There are a fair amount of coaches around my age like Pete Carroll, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick that are not coaching this year after highly successful careers. Has the game changed or the players? Money has certainly changed...

  • Spiller, Marmes win inaugural Slinging Iron

    Jul 15, 2024

    WASHTUCNA - A local team won the title of champions at the inaugural Sonny's Slinging Iron Horseshoe Tournament on July 4. "The team of Sarah Spiller and Gary Marmes, Washtucna residents were the victors," Sonny's Tavern co-owner and horseshoe tournament organizer Bridget Coon said, noting they bested "the father-son duo Jeremy and Cooper Jessup in two final games to win the double-elimination tournament." Marmes' and Spiller's names will be engraved on a trophy to be...

  • State may de-list wolf

    Roger Harnack, The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    OLYMPIA – The Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to downgrade the state listing of wolves from endangered to sensitive when it meets virtually Friday, July 19. The meeting is scheduled to run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and will be aired on TVW. The wolf discussion is planned for 10:15 a.m. The discussion on downgrading the state listing stems from a state Department of Fish and Wildlife finding that gray wolves no longer meet the criteria to be considered endangered. “The anticipated effects of the proposed rule...

  • Agencies should be liable for expert bias

    Todd Myers | Jul 15, 2024

    Scientific experts are prone to bias, overestimate their certainty and government systems are not good at adjusting to new science. Those admonitions come from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a statement addressing the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case of Charles C. McCrory v. Alabama. In the piece, Sotomayor asks what courts should do when faced with convictions “resting on science that has now been wholly discredited?” The question offer lessons for...

  • Don't buy into free EV chargers

    Roger Harnack | Jul 18, 2024

    Truck, truck, truck, Tesla. Truck, truck, truck. Here in rural Eastern Washington, the running joke is that the “T” on a Tesla electric vehicle stands for “tourist.” Indeed, the expensive cars, like their electric Toyota and Rivian counterparts, are an oddity easily picked out among rural residents’ pickups, four-wheel drives and older vehicles. But what some rural residents may not realize is that they are paying to charge many of those expensive EVs. Over the last...

  • Pass the boot

    Jul 15, 2024

    Miss Othello Rodeo Milie Cobb passes a cowboy boot through the grandstands during Friday night's "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" performance of the Cheney Rodeo. Rodeo-goers filled the boot - and others - with donations for breast cancer awareness and...

  • Area students receive AgWest scholarships

    The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Several area students will be receiving scholarships courtesy AgWest Farm Credit. Students receiving scholarships are: Connell Anna Geddes has received a customer service scholarship for use at University of Idaho. Lind Alexis Melcher has received an employee scholarship for use at University of Idaho. Ritzville Jacob Scrupps has received a customer service scholarship for use at University of Idaho. Warden Molly Sackmann has received a customer service scholarship for use at University of Wyoming. Washtucna...

  • Area students make Dean's List

    The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    CHENEY — Several residents of Adams County and surrounding communities have been named to the 2024 spring quarter Dean’s List at Eastern Washington University. Students on the list are: Edwall — Levi Bleeker LaCrosse — Zoe Bailey Odessa Pilot Thoms Weishaar Othello — Olga Aguilar-Cortez, Evelyn Barragan, Lizeth Basurto, Hilario DeLeon-Nunez, Francisco Martinez, Justin Martinez, Danae Mendez, Eric Myrick, Ashley Perez, Kevin Reyes-Garcia, Obryanna Valencia and Nerissa Vazquez. Ritzville — Gwen Cady, Hunter...

  • Community Briefs

    Jul 15, 2024

    ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be staged ST. JOHN — Three special performances of “Beauty and the Beast” will take the stage this month. The play presented by Golden House Theater will take place in St. John School, 301 W. Nob Hill Road. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The cast will feature eight families of actors from ages 4-23. Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27; and 3 p.m., Sunday July 28. Othello students make honor roll OTHELLO — Two...

  • 'Tucna Independence Day a success

    The Journal | Jul 15, 2024

    WASHTUCNA — Community leaders are calling the Independence Day celebration a success. The July 4 event included a Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade and a community barbecue benefiting the Washtucna School band. “We had a great turnout and so many volunteers pulling together to make it happen,” band instructor and Lion’s Club member Laura Hille said. “The picnic attendees were very generous in their donations to the band, it is very much appreciated!” About 175 people turned out to watch the 13 parade entries and...

  • Thank a farmer for their 'hobby'

    Beverly C. Wilson | Jul 15, 2024

    Most of us have a hobby — knitting sweaters, playing a musical instrument, painting a pretty picture, tinkering with electronics, etc. Few, indeed, are the hobbyists who make any money from their efforts. Keep that fact in mind when you think about farming. It has long been a hard-work hobby. My father, a life-long farmer, used to say that a person only farms because he or she loves working with the soil and plants. In that sense, then, it is a hobby. Most farmers farm because of love for the land, not because he can’t...

  • Marin (Elliott) Fode

    Jul 15, 2024

    Marin (Elliott) Fode Nov. 6, 1938 - July 2, 2024 Marin (Elliott) Fode, a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, and cherished friend, passed away on July 2, 2024, at the age of 85. Her unwavering faith and profound love for her family defined her life. As she took her last breath here, she was welcomed into the peaceful and loving presence of our Lord and Savior. Marin was born on Nov. 6, 1938, in Ritzville, Wash. She graduated from Ritzville High School in 1957,...

  • Doris B. Schoessler

    Jul 15, 2024

    Doris B. Schoessler 1927 – 2024 Doris Bernice Wise Schoessler, beloved sister, wife, mother and dedicated registered nurse passed away June 28, 2024 the age of 97, in Spokane, Wash. She leaves behind a legacy of compassion, dedication and love that will be forever cherished by all who knew her. The daughter of David and Verna Wise, Doris grew up on the family homestead on the South Fork of Mill Creek, where she went to grade school and later Colville High School. Doris...

  • PUBLIC NOTICE

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    PUBLIC NOTICE The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) meeting is Wednesday, July 31, 2024, at 1 PM, in the Public Works Conference Room located at 210 W. Alder, Ritzville WA 99169. Please call 509-659-3276 if you are unable to attend. Published July 17 and 24,...

  • SHOW CAUSE HEARING FOR PROPERTY CLEANUP

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    SHOW CAUSE HEARING FOR PROPERTY CLEANUP TO: The Citizens of the City of Ritzville YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a show cause hearing has been set before the City of Ritzville Council at the Ritzville City Hall, 216 East Main Avenue, Ritzville, Washington for 7:00pm on the 6th day of August 2024, to receive public testimony which will show cause why the City Council should not pass a resolution authorizing and directing the cleanup of conditions on certain private property that are contrary to the provisions of the nuisance...

  • PUBLIC NOTICE

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 5:30pm. The meeting will be held at East Adams Rural Hospital in the conference room downstairs. Notice-Zoom option is no longer available for public board meeting. It was voted and approved by the Board of Commissioners at the June 26th public board meeting to discontinue the Zoom option for the public board meetings. In-person attendance is still...

  • NOTICE OF MEETING TO ADOPT 2024-2025 BUDGET AND CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    LIND SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 158 And RITZVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 160-67 ADAMS COUNTY, WASHINGTON NOTICE OF MEETING TO ADOPT 2024-2025 BUDGET AND CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE is hereby given, pursuant to RCW 28A.505.050 and RCW 28A.505.060, that the Board of Directors (the “Boards”) of Lind School District No. 158, and Ritzville School District No. 160-67, both in Adams County, Washington (the “Districts”) will hold a regular meeting on July 22, 2024, commencing at 6:30PM in the Lind-Ritzville Middle School Cafeteria,...

  • NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF PUBLICATION The Lind-Ritzville Transportation Cooperative hereby calls for bids to furnish fuel to the school during the 2024-2025 school year. Approximately 20,000 gallons of diesel and 20,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline to be received with card/key lock control on your site as necessary. It is also necessary that your facility have the space to accommodate our bus fleet. The bid is to include the price of fuel per gallon on July 17, 2024 including applicable taxes plus your margin. All bids shall be in the...

  • NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF PUBLICATION The Lind School District No. 158 and Ritzville School District No.160-67 hereby calls for bids to furnish milk and dairy products to the school breakfast and lunch programs during the 2024-2025 school year. Homogenized milk in half-pint cartons to include: One percent milk, Two percent milk; Fat Free milk; Fat Free Chocolate Milk; Ice Cream Cups; Ice Cream Bars; Popsicles and Fudgesicles. The milk is to be delivered to the school lunchroom in such quantity as requested by the school Food Service...

  • NOTICE OF AUGUST 6, 2024 PRIMARY ELECTION

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF AUGUST 6, 2024 PRIMARY ELECTION Deadline to receive new registrations and voter updates online and by mail is Monday, July 27. Deadline for in-person registration and voter updates is Tuesday, August 6th by 8pm at the Adams County Elections Office at 106 W Main St, Ritzville, WA. Election day only in-person registration at the voter service center at 165 N 1st St, Othello, WA. Military voters are exempt from voter registration deadlines. Adams County is a vote by mail county. A ballot will be mailed to each active...

  • Request for Statement of Qualification (SOQ)

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    Request for Statement of Qualification (SOQ) Town of Lind Lind, WA Request for Qualification Data to Furnish Engineering Services The Town of Lind, Washington (pursuant to Chapter 61, Laws of 1981) is inviting statements of qualifications and performance information from individuals or firms interested in providing professional engineering services for the 2024-2029 calendar years in conjunction with sponsored projects. Potential prospects requiring engineering services include sewer, water, airport, and roadways (including...

  • ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Town of Lind 2024 Scrub Seal Project Sealed bids will be received at Lind Town Hall, 116 ½ W 2nd Street, Lind, Washington 99341, until 2:00:00 pm, Wednesday July 31, 2024, at which time the bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The base bid work generally consists of completing a scrub seal over approximately 9,800 SY of existing asphalt and including a fog seal over the finished scrub seal. Work also includes striping, painted crosswalks, and painted stop lines at specified locations after...

  • NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING & ADOPTION MEETING

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING & ADOPTION MEETING The Washtucna School District No. 109, Adams County, WA, has prepared the budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. A copy of the budget will be furnished to any person during business office hours of 8am-4pm. The Washtucna School District Board of Directors will meet in a public meeting on 7/23/2024 at 7:00 am at 730 E. Booth Ave., Washtucna, WA, or online via Zoom, for the purpose of adopting the 2024-25 budget and four-year budget plan. Any person may appear at this meeting and be...

  • PUBLIC NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING TIME CHANGE

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    PUBLIC NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING TIME CHANGE Notice is given that the Board of Directors of the Washtucna School District #109 has changed the time of the regular meeting scheduled for July 23rd, 2024 from 7 pm to 7 am. Published July 10 and 17,...

  • PUBLIC NOTICE STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    PUBLIC NOTICE STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE/TRANSFER OF WATER RIGHT UNDER TWO (2) GROUND WATER CERTIFICATES TAKE NOTICE: That Brian Baumann, Baumann Farm Inc. of Washtucna, WA, has made application for change/transfer of water right in order to add one point of withdrawal as granted under Superseding Ground Water Certificate Nos. G3-01543C and G3-01548C. That Superseding Ground Water Certificate No. G3-01543C authorizes the withdrawal of 1400 gallons per minute, 1867-acre feet...

  • ADAMS COUNTY NOTICE TO CONSULTANTS FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    ADAMS COUNTY NOTICE TO CONSULTANTS FOR REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS General Architectural Services - Facilities Adams County solicits interest from consulting firms with expertise in General Architectural Services – Facilities. PROJECT DESCRIPTION The work to be performed by the CONSULTANT consists of performing general architectural services for various County owned facilities on an on-call basis. The major features of this work are as follows but not limited to: • Budget level estimates • As-built drawings • Aid in...

  • PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SPOKANE Case No.: 24-4-01068-32 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JUANITA H. LYLE, Deceased. The Personal Representatives named below have been appointed as Personal Representatives of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent that arose before the decedent’s death must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the...

  • PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR ADAMS COUNTY No. 24-4-00013-01 In the Matter of the Estate of RAY ALLEN RICE, Deceased. The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent that arose before the decedent’s death must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on...

  • NOTICE OF TAX JUDGMENT SALE

    Liz Powell, Ritzville Journal | Jul 18, 2024

    NOTICE OF TAX JUDGMENT SALE IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF ADAMS No. 21-2-00069-01 ADAMS COUNTY, a municipal corporation, Plaintiff, vs. The estate of MICHAEL BARNES, heirs and devisees of MICHAEL BARNES; The estate of TAMARRA J. BASS, heirs and devisees of TAMARRA J. BASS; The estate of THELMA M. FREEMAN, heirs and devisees of THELMA M. FREEMAN; HAROLD L. KENNEDY, a single man, and LINDA N. GARCIA, a single woman, and ALLIANCE ONE RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT INC., as trustee; The...

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