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RITZVILLE – Here are the Adams County Sheriff’s Office calls for service for Aug. 29 through Sept. 4: Aug. 29 Welfare check in the 800 block of South McKinney Road, Othello Jose R. Soto-Rivera, 26, of Othello, arrested for... — Updated 9/16/2021

Connell Auto Licensing closes its doors

CONNELL – Connell Auto Licensing is closing its door permanently today, Sept. 9. “I took another job,” owner Tearsa Cope said of closing the 133 N. Columbia Ave. office. Cope has owned the business since 2013, providing... — Updated 9/16/2021

Adams County jobless rate at 4.0%

RITZVILLE – Adams County holds record among the lowest unemployment rates in the state during the month of July. According to figures released last week by the state Employment... — Updated 9/16/2021

Duffey leads emergency management

OTHELLO – Adams County has a new emergency manager. Sandi Duffey, 60, has been hired as Adams County Emergency Management Director. She succeeds Jay Weise who was elected county... — Updated 9/16/2021

Broadband intiative gets reboot

RITZVILLE – A Public Works broadband project to be funded by a grant from the state Department of Commerce and intended to bring high-speed Internet to Ritzville has undergone a change of direction. Initially, the plan was to... — Updated 9/16/2021

Mooooving on from the fair

An aspiring local producer participates in the 4-H Round Robin event during the Wheat Land Communities' Fair. For more coverage of the fair, see Pages... — Updated 9/16/2021

WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

By Roger Harnack The Journal PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3, Extension Office... — Updated 9/16/2021

Fireworks hearing set

RITZVILLE – The City Council will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, for an ordinance amending Chapter 2.28 of the city code, concerning fireworks. The ordinance, was drafted July 1. It addresses emergency... — Updated 9/16/2021

Still remember

So I know September 11th was last Saturday. Since my wife’s birthday is also on the 11th it is very important to not forget. I also have a great niece who was born on September... — Updated 9/16/2021

Official Ritzville Rodeo results

RITZVILLE – Here are the official Pro-West results for the two-day Ritzville Rodeo on Sept. 3-4: Bareback – 1. Tyler Smith of Idaho, $431.52. 2. Ross Dowling of Cheney, $264.48. Saddle bronc – 1. Jesse Kirby of Cheney,... — Updated 9/16/2021

Broncos, Tigers unbeaten volleyball invitational

RITZVILLE – The Odessa Tigers and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos both left the Ritzville Invitational Volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 11, unbeaten. That means they did not play each other, setting up an interesting... — Updated 9/16/2021

Broncos take narrow win

DAVENPORT – The hometown Gorillas marched the ball up and down the field in Friday night's contest against the No. 9 ranked Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos, being stopped from... — Updated 9/16/2021

Letters to the Editor

We have to get back to normal The masking at schools and inside public places, regardless of vaccination status, is very questionable. The one-size fits all approach (typical of government) should not apply to our rural, sparsely... — Updated 9/16/2021

Rise of arrogance, need for 'Sense'

Arrogance is running wild in Olympia. It has consumed the State Legislature and the office of governor. This article addresses only the arrogance, not the specific policies, of these institutions. It is time for Uncommon Sense.... — Updated 9/16/2021

Fun-filled Wheat Land fair

The Wheat Land Communities' Fair brought out farm enthusiasts for a full-filled weekend in Ritzville. Members of FFA and 4-H entered animals and exhibits for a chance at... — Updated 9/16/2021

Livestock sale brings in more than $100K

RITZVILLE – The annual Wheat Land Communities' Fair livestock sale brought in more than $100,000. "The livestock sale surpassed the $100,000 mark this year, ending at $100,779... — Updated 9/16/2021

Ruth L. Schumaker

Ruth L. Schumaker, 93 died on Sept. 4, 2021 in Bremerton, Wash. She was born Sept. 23, 1927 to Daniel and Pauline Haase in Odessa, Wash., which is where she was raised. She married... — Updated 9/16/2021

Jody L. Nave

Jody L. Nave, 63, was born on Dec. 27, 1957 in Moscow, ID and adopted at birth by Don and Jeanette Nave from Washtucna. For the last 5 years, as her health was deteriorating due to... — Updated 9/16/2021

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