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Flag presentation

Sheriff Dale Wagner accepted a handmade diamond painting of the Thin Blue Line flag last week. The gift was presented by Mary and Joe Stoddard. Mary Stoddard said the project took... — Updated 11/29/2022

From the Files

100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times November 30, 1922 Veteran flagman concludes service for N.P. Railway John Sponcler, faithful guardian of the Adams St. crossing of the... — Updated 11/29/2022

Adams County Cops & Courts

Sheriff’s Office RITZVILLE — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from Nov. 11-18: Nov. 18 Driver resting in car in the 1500 block of West First Avenue, Ritzville. Vehicle... — Updated 11/29/2022

O'Brien to advocate for Eastern Washington

SPOKANE - The Washington Policy Center has named a new executive director for Eastern Washington. The former Congressional Western Caucus executive director, Sean O'Brien takes... — Updated 11/29/2022

Sherriff's Office impounds vehicles

RITZVILLE — Acting on a writ of execution from Chelan County Superior Court, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office impounded three vehicles on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The vehicles were impounded as part of civil proceedings in that... — Updated 11/29/2022

Snow expected this week

RITZVILLE —The National Weather Service is predicting wintry weather to blanket much of Adams County this week. According to the weather agency, snow was expected to begin Tuesday night and continue through the week. On... — Updated 11/29/2022

Deputies recover stolen signs

RITZVILLE - The Adams County Sheriff's Office is investigating the thefts of multiple traffic signs last week. Investigators received information that led them to a location in the... — Updated 11/29/2022

Teen arrested in Pic-a-Pop shooting

OTHELLO - A local teenager arrested in connection with a Nov. 16 shooting at a convenience store is being held on $1 million bail in Martin Hall juvenile detention in Cheney. The... — Updated 11/21/2022


100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times November 23, 1922 Three Fires Take Disastrous Fire Occurs at Ralston Tuesday evening Ralston was visited with a destructive fire which wiped... — Updated 11/21/2022

Public Records

Sheriff’s Office RITZVILLE — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from Nov. 11-18: Nov. 11 Disabled vehicle blocking roadway in the 1900 block of East Danekas Road, Ritzville. Drug... — Updated 11/21/2022

Time for change

Football is different than basketball when it comes to coaches changing jobs once a season ends In basketball, if your team is in the NCAA tournament, you most likely will not be... — Updated 11/29/2022

Odessa falls to Liberty Bell, 70-24

MOSES LAKE - Liberty Bell will make its first appearance in a state title football game after upending No. 1-ranked Odessa, 70-24, on Saturday, Nov. 26 on Lion's Field. Mountain... — Updated 11/29/2022

Winter sports season begins

RITZVILLE — The winter sports season officially gets underway this week. The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington boys got their first taste of hoops action Monday night at the Connell Jamboree. The Broncos were... — Updated 11/29/2022

Annual Turkey Trot slated

RITZVILLE – For the past 35 years, residents, families and friends have gathered at the New Ritz Theater to stroll, jog or trot along the path winding through the fairgrounds, above the Haag baseball fields, past Little League... — Updated 11/21/2022


Several players on the Broncos football team received All-League honors on Sunday, Nov. 20. From left, they are Hayden Melcher, Brody Boness, Hayden Stone,... — Updated 11/21/2022

Be thankful

We are about to celebrate another Thanksgiving. It is with great hope that we can actually say we are really thankful. I look back on some very memorable times spent at family... — Updated 11/21/2022

Odessa boys football team opens 1B post-season

ODESSA — After a week’s hiatus, the undefeated Odessa Tigers boys football team returns to the field this week for a state playoff game. Odessa, ranked No. 1 in Class 1B, received a bye last week after the Nov. 4 thrashing,... — Updated 11/16/2022

Broncos open state volleyball with one win, one loss

YAKIMA – The Northeast 2B girls volleyball teams competing at state all advanced to the state quarterfinals with wins Thursday morning, Nov. 10, in the Yakima Valley SunDome. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington swept... — Updated 11/16/2022


It has been a good fall for the local high school teams. The football team was league champions along with Liberty and Chewelah. Unfortunately the league doesn't settle ties for... — Updated 11/16/2022

Broncos finish fifth in state

YAKIMA – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos suffered a loss in a quarterfinal matchup on Nov. 10 at the WIAA 2B State Tournament in Yakima. This loss meant that the Broncos... — Updated 11/16/2022

Beef Cattle Mythbuster

Myth: The mystique of “water belly”. Here’s one that is especially relevant for our youth producers and their animals for the fair. I think most cattle producers who have... — Updated 11/29/2022

Consumers return to stores to shop

Despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing on-line but making in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation reported an... — Updated 11/29/2022

President Biden deserves some credit

Give President Biden some credit for mid-term election Democratic successes when most everyone predicted otherwise. Instead of focusing on himself, he quietly avoided states where he’s unpopular and helped Democrats win... — Updated 11/21/2022

Abortion push built on lies

More than ever, our country is suffering due to moral relativism – the idea that truth itself is relative. This leads to situations where, confronted with the same reality,... — Updated 11/21/2022

You have plenty to be thankful for this holiday

It seems like every time you open a webpage, turn on the TV or listen to the radio, you're bombarded with negativity. We're on the verge of nuclear war. The recession is upon us.... — Updated 11/21/2022

Disappointed Biden and USDA offer beeg grants

I was disappointed to learn President Joe Biden’s USDA is giving out more than $223 million in grants and loans to expand the nation’s slaughter capacity. Instead, the department should have invested these funds into... — Updated 11/16/2022

President Biden deserves credit for election

Give President Joe Biden some credit for mid-term election Democratic successes when most everyone, including the media, predicted otherwise. Instead of focusing on himself, he quietly avoided states where he’s unpopular and... — Updated 11/16/2022

Don't focus on carbon, manage our forests

Forest health, climate change, and a plan that got almost no input before being announced is at the heart of the "carbon project" announced by the Washington State Department of... — Updated 11/16/2022

With election over, normalcy should return

The midterm elections are over and the ballots should be counted, except for the ones mailed late yesterday. If you have to wait until the last minute to make up your mind on who to vote for, then it makes me wonder if you waited... — Updated 11/8/2022

Emergency ends, but many remain fired

Don’t forget that even as Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s state of emergency ends after 975 days, there are still many people who were separated from their jobs because of a... — Updated 11/8/2022

Gobble Up This Turkey Trivia

Roughly 45 million turkeys are sold and cooked for Thanksgiving meals every year in the United States. As families dig into that delicious meal, some may wonder more about the delicious bird before them. Here are some known and... — Updated 11/21/2022

Christmas comes to Ralston

RALSTON – A dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus will usher in the Christmas season in this rural community The Christmas Potluck and Party will take at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Ralston Grange on State Highway... — Updated 11/21/2022

Prepare your car for winter

Summer and fall can stake their claim as road trip season, and even devoted drivers may admit that winter is generally a less desirable time to take to the open road. The elements factor heavily into that reputation, as fewer... — Updated 11/16/2022

Emergency supply kit

Extreme winter weather can make vehicle breakdowns especially dangerous. The National Safety Council encourages drivers to be prepared at all times by keeping these items in the trunk:  Properly inflatedspare tire, wheelwrench... — Updated 11/16/2022

Winter is here! Did you winterize your car?

Winterizing your car entails more than just getting the studded tires out of the garage and rushing to have them installed. According to some commentators, there are a few basic preparations a driver should make before venturing... — Updated 11/16/2022

Try deep-frying or smoking your turkey

Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday. Families may have their own unique Thanksgiving traditions, but one staple of this kickoff to the holiday season is bound to make its way to Thanksgiving dinner tables no matter how unusual... — Updated 11/16/2022

Welcome to My Kitchen

Thanksgiving menus are on the minds of many area cooks. Turkey, beef roast, ham, or a combination? What sides and desserts will fit in range and refrigerator space? What oven dishes will cook in the meat standing time? Fresh... — Updated 11/16/2022

Scouts help feed indigent residents

RITZVILLE – Local scouts are helping feed local residents while also educating them about the danger of carbon-monoxide poisoning. On Saturday, Nov. 12, Boy Scout Troop No. 888 and Cub Scout Pack No. 73 had a canned-food drive... — Updated 11/16/2022

Fall Fest returns to Ralston

RALSTON – Fall Fest is returning after a two-year hiatus. The festival will take place at Ralston Grange on state Highway 261 from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Open to youth 12 and younger, activities are planned for all... — Updated 10/11/2022

Melette Moore

Melette Moore, 81, wife of Richard “ Dick” Moore, passed away on Nov. 24, 2022. A Remembrance Service and meal will be held Dec. 6, 2022 at the Kahlotus Grange, Highway 21, Kahlotus at 12:30 PM. Graveside blessing to follow... — Updated 11/29/2022

Connie Rae Rogel

Connie Rae Rogel July 2, 1943 – Nov. 20, 2022 Connie Rae Rogel (Schuler) of Bonita Springs Fla, passed away peacefully on Nov. 20th, 2022, at the age of 79 years. She is survived... — Updated 11/29/2022

Phillip Lee Kent

Phillip Lee Kent May 28, 1942 – Nov. 8, 2022 Phillip Lee Kent, age 80, of Spokane, Wash. passed away on Nov. 8, 2022 due to existing health issues. He was born in Napa, Calif.,... — Updated 11/29/2022

Betty Jane Kulm

Nov. 5, 1926 – Nov. 6, 2022 Betty Jane Kulm passed away at Orchard Crest Retirement Community on Sun., Nov. 6, 2022 in Spokane, Wash. at the age of 96. She was born on Nov. 5,... — Updated 11/21/2022

Dorothianne B. McDowell

Jul. 2, 1927 - Oct. 18, 2022 Dorothianne B. McDowell was born Jul. 2, 1927 in Dillon, Mont. to Michael D. and Katherine K. Boka. She died on Oct. 18, 2022 at Coventry House in... — Updated 10/25/2022

Darleen Joyce Kagele

Apr. 30, 1935 – Oct. 16, 2022 Darleen Joyce Kagele, 87, passed away Sun., Oct. 16, 2022, in Odessa, Wash. Darleen was born on Apr. 30, 1935, to Robert and Esther (Hemmerling)... — Updated 10/25/2022

William "Bill" George Harder, Sr.

Sept. 22, 1932 – Oct. 11, 2022 William "Bill" George Harder, 90, passed away peacefully at home in Kahlotus, Wash. on Oct. 11, 2022. He was born Sept. 22, 1932 in Spokane, Wash.... — Updated 10/25/2022

Gladys Nagamitsu

Gladys Lucille Rott Nagamitsu was born in Ritzville, Wash. on Oct. 4, 1928 to Henry and Matilda Rott. She died on Oct. 11, 2022, also in Ritzville, at the age of 94. Gladys (Gladie) grew up on the family farm, 7 miles north of... — Updated 10/18/2022

Patricia Ann Fode (Smith)

Dec. 1, 1938 - Sept. 22,2022 Patricia Ann Fode (Smith), 83, a lifelong member of the Lind-Ritzville community who was a volunteer and a loving mother and grandmother, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at Providence Sacred Heart... — Updated 10/4/2022

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