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Smoke alarm brings quick response

RITZVILLE - A fire alarm in the Adams County Courthouse sent employees outside, with volunteer firefighters arriving quickly on scene Wednesday morning, April 21. The "all clear"... — Updated 4/21/2021

Adams County Cops & Courts

April 1 Suspicious 911 in the 2200 block of West Highway 26 in Othello due to child playing with their parents’ phone. Deputies attempted to document abandoned vehicles in the 2400 block of West Hampton Road in Othello, but the... — Updated 4/13/2021

Assistance requested to deal with gangs

RITZVILLE – Juan Garza, Administrator of Adams County Juvenile Services, reported to Adams County Commissioners, asking for additional assistance Wednesday, April 7. Garza said dealing with gangs was taking up most of the... — Updated 4/15/2021

City celebrates a decade as a Tree City

RITZVILLE – The city will celebrate Arbor Day today, Wednesday April 14. "Last year we didn't have an Arbor Day, and this year we wanted to incorporate kids," city councilman and Tree Board member Mike Schrag said. "The city... — Updated 4/15/2021

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Restroom coming to city cemetery

RITZVILLE - A restroom is being built in the city cemetery off Division Street. The unit will be added to the side of the storage building already in place and freshly painted by... — Updated 4/15/2021

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From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times April 14, 1921 TWO FROM SPRAGUE CAUGHT IN TOILS Sheriff Rider, Deputy McCollom and Marshall Starring arrested two men from Sprague here... — Updated 4/13/2021

State Government

State passes property-tax relief OLYMPIA — The Legislature passed a bill sponsored by Senator Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) that will provide temporary property-tax relief for Malden-area residents and others rebuilding homes... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Library district board hires new director

RITZVILLE – East Adams Library District Board of Trustees recently hired a new library director, replacing former director Kylie Fullmer. Ms. Venesia Adams started with the... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Journal Lines

City warns about low water pressure RITZVILLE – Residents on city water can expect low pressure this week, as the water standpipe is being inspected and the tank has to be... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Abused and bound cat finds good home

RITZVILLE – Police are looking for leads on who left a cat with her legs zip tied together on Railroad Avenue April 5. The police were called around 2 p.m. when an employee at a... — Updated 4/15/2021

Broncos win several events at Jamboree, league meet

COLFAX — Lind-Ritzville athletes came away with several first-place finishes in the Colfax Track and Field Jamboree Tuesday, April 13. Competing with Lind-Ritzville and Colfax were Asotin and Liberty (Spangle). Sophomore Hayen... — Updated 4/21/2021

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Moses Lake Gun Show set for this weekend

MOSES LAKE - Firearms enthusiasts will gather this weekend for the Moses Lake Gun Show. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grant County... — Updated 4/21/2021

High school sports coming up

April 13 Golf: League match in Asotin, 12:30 p.m. Softball: Game in Chewelah, 2 p.m. Baseball: Game in Chewelah, 2 p.m. Track: Jamoree in Colfax, 3 p.m. Tennis Jamboree canceled April 15 Golf: League meet in Wilbur, 2 p.m. April... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Gonzaga's next chapter

When you only lose one game in 32, chances are most people would say that is quite a feat. When it’s the last game for a national championship, then some pundits will wonder why... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Businesses need liability reform

As communities struggle to emerge from the ravages of COVID-19 and the consequent devastation wrought by widespread economic shut-downs, one structural policy continues to impede... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Why is the state Legislature still locked down?

The world is beginning to unfreeze after more than a year of physical and economic lockdowns. Many states have ended mask mandates, citing increasing vaccinations and decreasing... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Springtime brings new mouths to feed

RITZVILLE – Curtis and Julie Templin have their hands full with lots of mouths to feed on the farm these days, with the arrival of goat kids and lambs throughout the month of... — Updated 4/15/2021

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Local organizations benefit from generosity

RITZVILLE - Caring Neighbors recently donated $9,500 to eight local non-profit organizations. The Ritzville VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) was awarded $2,000 to assist disabled... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Enid Kohlman Kenney

Enid Kohlman Kenney 53, from Malta, Montana went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ April 3, 2021 in Ritzville, Washington. She was Born July 12, 1967 in Malta, Montana to... — Updated 4/13/2021

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Darlene J. (Kuest) Streeter

Darlene J. (Kuest) Streeter, 88, passed away on April 6, 2021. She was born and raised in Odessa to Herbert and Emma Kuest. Upon graduation she moved to Ritzville to work at the... — Updated 4/13/2021

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