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Railroad crossing closure

RITZVILLE — BNSF Railroad is conducting maintenance this week and the Division Street crossing from Main Ave. to 1st Avenue will be closed again... — Updated 1/14/2021

Governor's coronavirus mandates extended indefinitely

OLYMPIA – Following a state Senate vote, Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus-related orders will remain intact indefinitely. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 passed the Senate along a partyline vote, 28-19, with the House... — Updated 1/14/2021

Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

January 1 Medical - 1600 block East Cunningham Road Washtucna Unresponsive subject with a head injury at the location. Deputies arrived and assisted EMS. The subject was transported to East Adams Rural Hospital due to injuries.... — Updated 1/14/2021

Ritzville Chamber to host annual meeting Monday

RITZVILLE – The Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual meeting virtually Monday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public, and a meeting link will be posted on the chamber’s website for anyone to attend.... — Updated 1/14/2021


Caring Neighbors hands out $9,300

RITZVILLE – Caring Neighbors donated over $9,000 to area organizations in their last round of grants, made possible by donations from Big Bend Electric Cooperative members. The... — Updated 1/14/2021



100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Jan. 13, 1921 DISASTROUS FIRE SWEEPS OTT BUILDING; $20,000 LOSS The worst fire that has occurred in Ritzville since the farmers... — Updated 1/14/2021

Sheriff sets up crime tips program

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff’s department has set up an email address for people to anonymously submit crime tips. “Anyone can send in information regarding any investigation, or any other information you believe we... — Updated 1/14/2021

City amends code regarding accessory structures

RITZVILLE – City council amended part of the city code during their Jan. 5 council meeting. The amendment addresses the Accessory Structures of the Ritzville City Code; in particular the use of cargo containers on residential... — Updated 1/14/2021


Ritzville Warehouse building road to speed up loading

RITZVILLE – The Ritzville Warehouse is building a road at their Templin Terminal, to speed up access for trucks to wheat stores. “It will give them access to all the piles in... — Updated 1/14/2021

Council members remain on current committees

RITZVILLE – Council members chose to continue to serve on the committees they were previously assigned to, throughout 2021. Assignments are as follows. License, Rules and Permits: Chairperson Dennis Chamberlain, Michelle Plumb,... — Updated 1/14/2021


Whitmore hopeful school sports will begin soon

RITZVILLE - Athletic Director and WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) Executive Board Member Greg Whitmore announced Jan. 14 school sports may be able to begin... — Updated 1/14/2021


Adjusting on the run

Throughout this ridiculous pandemic, we see some amazing changes taking place. The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game while basically doing all of... — Updated 1/14/2021

WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports

RITZVILLE – Greg Whitmore, Lind-Ritzville Athletic Director and WIAA Executive Board member, hosted a teleconference Jan. 6 to answer questions about what new state guidelines mean for athletics in the state and for athletes at... — Updated 1/14/2021


Bracing for bigger changes in the aftermath

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our... — Updated 1/14/2021


Proposals to impose a B&O tax increase on food production will reduce farm incomes

Key findings include: 1. Farmers and ranchers have been negatively affected by the lockdowns, despite being deemed essential services. Median farm households in Washington lost... — Updated 1/14/2021

Mark R. Anderson

Mark R. Anderson, age 60, passed away in Ritzville, WA on January 1st, 2021. Danekas Funeral Home is handling the funeral... — Updated 1/14/2021


Nancy Ann Noble

Nancy Ann Noble (née Skinner), 85, made her journey to heaven on December 17, 2020, where she is now eternally in the loving embrace of her husband, Bill, who had been waiting... — Updated 1/14/2021

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