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Governor threatens return to Phase 2

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday, April 8, that moving a county backwards for at least three weeks in his phased reopening plan may provide the impetus to improve vaccination rates. During his press conference, the... — Updated 4/8/2021

New airline to include Pasco route

PASCO – A new airline has announced it will include service between Pasco and Burbank, Calif., when its flights get off the ground later this month. Avelo Airlines will officially begin service April 28 between Santa Rosa and... — Updated 4/8/2021

Adams County Cops & Courts

DISPATCH LOG RITZVILLE – Here is the dispatch log for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office for March 19-25. March 19 False alarm in the 1000 block of South Johnson Road, Othello. Theft of a backpack in the 700 block of South... — Updated 4/6/2021

Tree City USA celebration planned for Arbor Day

RITZVILLE – The city Tree Board will be celebrating Arbor Day at the City Park on Wednesday, April 14, and the public is invited. The event begins at 10 a.m. Morning festivities include the presentation of colors by the Boy... — Updated 4/6/2021


Nascar driver to challenge Newhouse

PROSSER – Rep. Dan Newhouse’s refusal to support former President Donald J. Trump in January may cost him his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the weekend,... — Updated 4/6/2021


Latest donation could seal the deal

LIND – Hagen Carlson received a check from Big Bend Electric in the amount of $800 towards his fundraiser to purchase oxygen machines for school gymnasiums. Carlson, a... — Updated 4/6/2021


Ritz Theatre finally back

RITZVILLE – The Ritz Theatre opened for the first time in over a year, with Warner Bros.' Tom & Jerry playing April 2-4. Austin Iverson of Odessa and Mireya Huitron of... — Updated 4/6/2021

Baby delivered and revived off Interstate 90

MOSES LAKE – Great communication and teamwork on the part of Washington State Patrol troopers and staff is credited for delivering and reviving a newborn along the highway. WSP Spokane Communications Officer (CO) Christine... — Updated 4/6/2021


From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times April 7, 1921 ATTEMPT ROBBERY OF OTHELLO BANK Some time Monday night or early Tuesday morning the banking room of the Othello State Bank... — Updated 4/6/2021

10-digit dialing coming to 509 area code

RITZVILLE – A change to 10-digit dialing is coming to the 509 area code in October. Mandatory dialing of the area code starts Oct. 24, according to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). On that date calls made without... — Updated 4/6/2021


After thoughts

I’m sure most of you saw the game on Saturday between the UCLA Bruins and the Gonzaga Bulldogs. I was watching with my headphones on as my wife was reading one of the many books... — Updated 4/6/2021

High school spring sports coming up

RITZVILLE — Public school students are on Spring Break April 5-9, but spring sports competitions begin the following week. As of April 2, Bronco competitions are as follows: April 13 Golf: League match in Asotin, 12:30 p.m.... — Updated 4/6/2021

Letter to the Editor

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Learn the lessons 2020 taught us

The poor are oppressed by the incompetent. It is a phrase that increasingly rings in my ears as I watch government bureaucracies and politicians provide false hope instead of tangible assistance. The people who pay for these... — Updated 4/6/2021


State Democrats can't resist higher spending

The Senate operating budget for 2021-23 was approved on April 1 by a 27-22 vote, with two Democrats joining all Republicans in opposition. It is fitting this plan (Senate Bill... — Updated 4/6/2021

Mennonite church celebrates Holy Week

RITZVILLE – Like last year, Easter services look a little different for congregations across the Inland Northwest for one major reason: COVID-19 is still with us. Despite that fact, churches will still celebrate Easter and... — Updated 4/6/2021


Wedding Announcement

Galbreath to wed Jamison SPOKANE – Mitch Jamison of Garfield will be marrying Hallie Galbreath of Ritzville April 24th in Spokane. Galbreath, the daughter of Greg Galbreath and... — Updated 4/6/2021

Community Brief

Honor society sponsoring blood drive RITZVILLE — The Lind Ritzville High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive Wednesday, May 12. The blood drive bus will be at Gilson Gym with collection times of 12:30 p.m.... — Updated 4/6/2021


Rescued horse on Templin ranch

RITZVILLE – "It was find a home or go to the glue factory," Curtis Templin (pictured holding the horse) said. "I retired and just had to find something to do," McDonald said of... — Updated 4/6/2021


Robert E. Kissler

Kissler, Robert Edgar passed away on March 25, 2021 in Moses Lake, Wash. His home was Odessa, Wash. Robert was born on Sept. 29, 1941 in Odessa, Wash. He was a member of the... — Updated 4/6/2021

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