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Uniquely Washington back in business

When Dennis and Mary Chamberlain stood in their Uniquely Washington store on Main Street in downtown Ritzville a few years ago, they could look across the street and see the Snyder Block Building, a...

Teacher Profile Series: LRHS' Thomas Pulliam

Thomas Pulliam is more than just a high school math teacher. While he is a Lind-Ritzville High School math teacher, he's also the superintendent of the Benge School District, a teacher in the online...

Mayor appoints five for new Amtrak Committee

Mayor Gary Cook announced the creation of an Amtrak Committee at the Ritzville City Council meeting on July 2, which comes after the state set aside funds to study an east-west passenger rail system...

City officials grapple over how to deal with nuisance properties

Ritzville City Council members, Mayor Gary Cook and other city officials had a contentious discussion at the July 2 council meeting on how the city should address properties that have been found to...

Benge School remodeled for new school year

Almost 30 miles from Ritzville lies the unincorporated community of Benge. Benge is home to less than 100 people. Some of Benge's children, including all high schoolers, go to school elsewhere....

Lind Town Council discusses banning, or limiting, fireworks

Lind residents have been complaining about people setting off fireworks, Councilwoman Rose Elkington told the rest of the council at the July 9 town council meeting. The issue was discussed, and...

County unemployment rate rises compared to 2018 figures

A recent report from Washington's Employment Security Department showed that unemployment in Adams County has risen mildly in the first five months of 2019, in comparison to 2018 data. In May of this...

Trial for Ritzville man charged with rape pushed back to October

Michael A. Kuest’s trial for rape in the first degree has been rescheduled from next week to Oct. 22. Kuest, 27, of Ritzville has been in custody since he was arrested on June 3. He is being held on $250,000 bail. A pre-trial hearing and a...

Lind Town Council still concerned about festival planned for late August

Last month, Diane Kennedy told the Lind Town Council that she was waiting on its approval to take the next steps toward planning the Adams County Harvest Festival. The council gave her approval, conditioned on its members’ concerns being met by...

Brief: EARH to host EMT class later this fall

East Adams Rural Healthcare will be hosting an EMT class beginning later this year. The first class will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., and every Saturday at 8 a.m until the final class...

Worst Seat In The House: It was a big deal

Going through life there are those times that you can remember exactly where you were when you heard about certain events. I can assure you that a majority of these events were tragic in nature. I remember in November of 1963 when Mr. Wilsey...

Column: American troops deserve better

One of Congress’ most important Constitutional responsibilities is providing for our military and national defense. For the past 58 years, this has been a bipartisan affair. Members of the House and Senate from both sides of the aisle have come...

Business Column: Column: No green cheese, drill sargeant

Shortly, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the dusty lunar surface, some comedian in our army unit at Ft. Knox, KY, posted a sign in our barracks: “Sorry, Drill Sgt., No Green...

Land Transfers: July 18, 2019

June 14 — Steven and Melva Eichner, Lind, to Aaron and Jenna Norton; Sec 23, Twp 18, Rge 33 — described as follows: Beginning at the NE corner of Sec 23 Twp 18, Rge 33, a 2 1/2 in aluminum cap by PLS 46875, from which the SE corner of said Sec...

Royalty unites at Cheney Rodeo over weekend

Ritzville Rodeo Queen Rachel Nygren (right) poses for a photo with Miss Lincoln County, Heather Murinko (left) and Miss Pend Orielle County, Brittney Jackson during...

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