Snyder continues proud legacy

RITZVILLE – When he's not waving to the crowd from a classic car in the Labor Day parade, Jerry Snyder, this year's grand marshal, steers tractors over ground homesteaded and... — Updated 9/19/2023

Democrats oppose special session

OTHELLO – Democratic leaders say they are willing to let a federal court redraw the disputed boundaries of the 15th Legislative District to better reflect its Latino population. The district includes Othello, Pasco, Grandview,... — Updated 9/19/2023

Travel season finale

The Ritzville Rocks float wrapped up its last trip of the year Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Deutschesfest Parade in Odessa. Brian Hille piloted the float supported and organized by... — Updated 9/19/2023

Cemetery mapping approved by council

RITZVILLE – The City Council unanimously agreed to map Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, pending approval of a $50,000 grant offered by the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. If approved by the state, the... — Updated 9/19/2023

Othello man charged in attempted shooting

OTHELLO – A local man is in the Benton County Jail facing charges in connection with an attempted shooting in Othello on Sept. 8. Dario Ochoa Jr., 23, remains in jail on a first-degree assault charge, records show. He is being... — Updated 9/19/2023

Public Records

Jail Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported the following individuals in custody from Sept. 10-18: Sept. 13 Jeol Zaragoza, 29, violation of a domestic violence protection order. Booked into... — Updated 9/19/2023


125 Years Ago Adams County News September 21, 1898 Lemen Bros' Circus Ritzville's initial circus was anything but desirable to her people. Monday afternoon Lemen Bros.' circus... — Updated 9/19/2023

School enrollment remains steady

RITZVILLE – Student enrollment in Lind-Ritzville schools is steady. Total enrollment for all schools in the Lind-Ritzville cooperative clocked in at 588 students this year, according to schools Superintendent Don Vanderholm.... — Updated 9/15/2023

Sprague Days brings cars to town

The Sprague Days celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, brought dozens of classy chassis and fans to downtown Sprague for two days of parades, cars, music and... — Updated 9/12/2023

Fair and Rodeo return to Othello

OTHELLO – The annual Othello Fair and Rodeo returns to Adams County this week, with events running from today through Saturday, Sept. 13-16. The fair brings a midway, carnival rides, live music, livestock, 4-H and FFA projects.... — Updated 9/12/2023

Go Eags

The Eastern Washington Eagles were back in Cheney last Saturday defending the Red at Roos Field. At 0-2 I’m sure most people wondered how good this year’s team was. When a... — Updated 9/19/2023

PAC-12 future in Colfax court

COLFAX - Whitman County Superior Court Judge Gary Libey issued a temporary restraining order Monday, Sept. 11, preventing PAC-12 members from meeting until further notice. The... — Updated 9/19/2023

Golf fundraiser set

OTHELLO – Area law enforcement officers and firefighters and their supporters will face off Oct. 7 in the annual Red and Blue Benefit Tourney. The tournament will take place at the Othello Golf Club, 2269 W. Mockingbird Lane.... — Updated 9/19/2023

Broncos cage Tri-Cities Prep, 36-12

PASCO – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys football team remains undefeated this season after rolling over Tri-Cities Prep, 36-12, during a non-league matchup at Chiawana High School on Friday, Sept. 15. It was the closest matchup... — Updated 9/19/2023

Othello Demolition Derby

Hundreds of fans turned out Wednesday, Sept. 13, for the annual Othello Rodeo Association's Demolition Derby. Derby winners this year included Chuckie Koepke of Othello, who drove... — Updated 9/19/2023

Bronco girls head to Colfax undefeated

RITZVILLE – The Broncos girls volleyball team was set to take on its toughest league rival on Tuesday night, Sept. 19, when it was scheduled to travel to Colfax. This year, however, the league leaders are different. Where... — Updated 9/19/2023

Lind-Ritzville runners compete in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE – Broncos cross country team members faced off against some of the fastest long-distance runners Saturday, Sept. 16, in Walla Walla Point Park. Here are the local results from the meet: Middle School, 1.55 miles Boys... — Updated 9/19/2023

What it takes

We are a couple of weeks into the football and volleyball season and fans can start to see where the experienced teams are and where those that maybe rebuilding will eventually end... — Updated 9/12/2023

Ritzville Rodeo results announced

RITZVILLE – Organizers have announced the official results of the Ritzville Rodeo, which took place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2. Here are the results: Bareback – 1.... — Updated 9/12/2023

Palouse barrels

Dozens of Eastern Washington barrel racers competed in the Palouse Empire Fair in Colfax from Sept. 7-9, in Colfax. Among the riders were Camden Shaver of Lind, who rode her horse... — Updated 9/12/2023

Banning diesel truck is reckless

There is an axiom: Don’t let “the perfect” get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want... — Updated 9/19/2023

Ag laws show first-world mindest

The phrase “first-world problems” has become a punch line – a throwaway statement because it is uttered by people with plenty of gadgets, a reliable food supply and a secure... — Updated 9/19/2023

Do you feel safer?

Over the past few years, our state has witnessed a steady rise in several types of crime. This has caused serious harm in many communities on both sides of the state, and many... — Updated 9/12/2023

State score low on freedom index

Pullman Washington-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories recently published its 2023 Index of Freedom report. The report ranks all 50 states based on government efficiency,... — Updated 9/12/2023

Military service to America avoids student debt

With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now,... — Updated 9/12/2023

'Gag order' issued on gas rates

For several months, drivers and businesses have had to endure the sharp increase in fuel prices since the state’s cap-and-trade program – or “cap-and-tax,” as I like to... — Updated 9/5/2023

Workers deserve right to work

As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your kids, consider this: The clerks, shelf stockers, truck drivers and factory workers who make that possible can all be legally forced... — Updated 9/5/2023

Trump fulfills emotional needs for supporters

Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his most important achievement would be to make Obama a one-term president. Ever since, McConnell has opposed anything Democrats... — Updated 9/5/2023

Gasoline prices to climb higher

The state held its special auction for CO2 allowances two weeks ago. When the results were announced, they indicated higher gas prices may be coming. As part of the state’s new... — Updated 8/29/2023

UW cashing in on foreign students

Apparently, the Pac-12 wasn’t the only thing that University of Washington left behind for more money. As the state senator for a legislative district that includes two four-year... — Updated 8/29/2023

Colony enjoys Odessa celebration

Members of Schoonover Hutterite Colony joined in the Deutschesfest celebration last Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 14-17, in Odessa. Both young and old... — Updated 9/19/2023

Sun sets on the fair

The annual Othello Fair attracted thousands of visitors last week for a celebration of agriculture. The event included food, fun, livestock, FFA and 4-H exhibits, a... — Updated 9/19/2023

Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

The following residents are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries from Sept. 1-20: Birthdays Sept. 1 – Megan Undeberg and Sue Nichols Sept. 3 – Jaque Laird, Cora Reimer, Shane Strohmaier and Trudy Davey Sept. 4 – Mitch... — Updated 9/19/2023

Fall, a great time to be alive

Fall is the polishing time. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. For some reason, the spirit that guides us made our experiences in fall the peak of the year’s efforts. For animals, both wild and domestic, it is the rut, the... — Updated 9/12/2023

Fun at the Ritzville fair

Fun at the Ritzville... — Updated 9/5/2023

Everyone loves a parade

Everyone loves a... — Updated 9/5/2023

Harrington teacher receives scholarship

HARRINGTON - A secondary English teacher here was one of just 70 teachers nationwide to receive the Fulbright Scholarship as part of the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms... — Updated 9/5/2023

Clark: Welcome back, Washtucna students

Welcome back to another exciting school year in Washtucna. As we prepare to open the doors once again, I am thrilled to extend my warmest greeting to all our students, as well as those who are joining us for the first time. The... — Updated 8/22/2023

Washtucna teachers announce school supply lists

WASHTUCNA – School District teachers have released a list of needed classroom supplies, just in time for the 2023-24 school year to begin. Supply lists are: Mrs. Sitton’s kindergarten and first-grade -- Pencils (no pens),... — Updated 8/22/2023

Heist hired as evidence technician

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff's Office has hired a new evidence technician. Raegan Heist will handle and document evidence, maintain chain-of-custody, organize evidence... — Updated 8/22/2023

Marge Dyck

Marge Dyck 1932 - 2023 Marjorie "Marge" Ellen Bumgarner Dyck was born on July 10, 1932, to Ralph and Bessie Bumgarner. She was joined by a brother, Robert, 8 years later. She spent... — Updated 9/19/2023

Roderick (Rod) A. Kinch Sr.

Roderick (Rod) A. Kinch Sr. (93) passed away on Saturday Sept. 2, 2023 in Ritzville, Wash. Full obituary and service information will be coming at a later... — Updated 9/12/2023

Kathy Kimble

Kathy Kimble Mar. 15, 1949 – Sept. 8, 2023 Kathy Kimble passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on Sept. 8, 2023, at the age of 74. She was born in Tekoa, Wash. to... — Updated 9/12/2023

William Dean Fode (Billy)

William Dean Fode (Billy) 1963 - 2023 William Dean Fode (Billy) of Moses Lake, Wash., left this world on August 14, 2023, at the age of 60. To have known Billy was to know this: he... — Updated 8/29/2023

Anna Jacqueline Kembel Summers

Anna Jacqueline Kembel Summers Oct. 28, 1928 – Aug. 12, 2023 Jackie Kembel Summers died on Aug. 12, 2023, at the age of 94 after a long illness. Brownie, as she was also known,... — Updated 8/29/2023

Joan Patterson

May 29, 1935- Aug.3, 2023 Joan Patterson, 88, passed away peacefully at home Aug. 3, 2023 surrounded by family. Joan was born and raised in Spokane, Wash. She was one of 10... — Updated 8/15/2023

Margaret Janice Kienbaum

Margaret Janice Kienbaum Aug.16, 1938 – July 28, 2023 Margaret Janice Kienbaum, 84, passed away July 28, 2023, at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, Wash. She was born Margaret... — Updated 8/8/2023

Oscar L Olson

Oscar L Olson May 26, 1931-July 28, 2023 Oscar L Olson, 92, long-time resident of Ritzville, Wash., died peacefully on July 28, 2023 after a short illness. Oscar was born on May... — Updated 8/8/2023

Sandra K. Stanton–Heimbigner

Sandra K. Stanton–Heimbigner June 28, 1961 – July 21, 2023 Sandra K. Stanton-Heimbigner passed away July 21, 2023. Sandra was born June 28, 1961 in Goldendale, Wash. She is... — Updated 8/1/2023

Gordon Lee Killian

Gordon Lee Killian Apr. 2, 1961-July 25, 2023 Gordon Lee Killian, 62, of Potlatch, died Tues. July 25, 2023, at his home due to complications related to prostate cancer. He was... — Updated 8/1/2023

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