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Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021

Adams County Cops & Courts

RITZVILLE – The following individuals were listed in the Adams County Jail log between Sept. 14-21: Sept. 16 Diego Rangel-Valdez, 29, department of Corrections warrant. James Hartjen, 44, possession of a stolen vehicle. Sept.... — Updated 9/21/2021

News Briefs

Meet the Candidates Forum LIND – A “Meet The Candidates” forum will be held October 4 at the Lind Lions Club, located at E. 108 First. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the program starts at 7:00. Rail Crossing Repair RITZVILLE ... — Updated 9/21/2021

County conducts public works business

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Solid Waste Division will call for bids on new solid waste trailers to haul garbage from transfer stations. Public Works Director Todd O’Brien met with county board of commissioners recently to... — Updated 9/21/2021

Ritzville man arrested, again

RITZVILLE – A local man was arrested early Friday evening after allegedly trespassing at Ritzville Golf Course. Brian Massey of Ritzville was arrested on a probable cause of... — Updated 9/21/2021

50th Deutschesfest

Nate Hille, left, and Jess Vanhollebeke, both of Washtucna, peform as members of the Oom Pas and Mas during Deutschesfest. The polka band provided the primary entertainment during... — Updated 9/21/2021

Governor sued over vaccine mandate

CONNELL – A local man has initiated a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange over the Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate. Jeffrey Johnson, a corrections officer at Coyote... — Updated 9/21/2021

Arson Suspect Found Along I-90

RITZVILLE – A transient man was arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, and booked into the Adams County Jail in connection with a local fire. Tyler Thomas Kraus, age not reported, remained in the county jail Monday morning, county... — Updated 9/21/2021

County Passes Financial Audit

RITZVILLE – Heather Peterson and Phillip Ventress of the Washington State Auditor’s Office met with the Adams County commissioners via video to conduct the exit conference concerning a financial audit completed September 1.... — Updated 9/21/2021

LRS vs Kettle Falls game cancelled

KETTLE FALLS – Last Thursday night’s high school football game between Lind-Ritzville/Sprague and Kettle Falls canceled due to COVID-19 issues at Kettle Falls. “Our kids were disappointed obviously. We were ready to play... — Updated 9/21/2021

Can't Judge a game…

I like to look through the scores of high school and college football games the following day. It’s kind of interesting to wonder how one team beat another team in what seems to... — Updated 9/21/2021

Letters to the Editor

School events shouldn’t compete with community Labor Day weekend has been a time when the communities of Benge, Lind, Ritzville, Sprague and Washtucna come together to celebrate and display what have been some of the great... — Updated 9/21/2021

Shot order for 4-H volunteers goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all 4-H volunteers now have to be “fully... — Updated 9/21/2021

Community Brief

WAWG offers scholarships RITZVILLE – The Washington Association of Wheat Growers is accepting applications for the Wheat Ambassador Program. The program offers leadership and advocacy opportunities within the wheat industry and... — Updated 9/21/2021

Students participate in 4-H events at fair

RITZVILLE – At the Wheat Land Communities Fair, 4-H hosted its Demonstration and Fashion Review contest on Sept. 4. Three people participated in the Fashion Review. Merit McRae modeled two outfits that her grandmother made for... — Updated 9/21/2021

Wheatland Communities Fair 4H and FFA Livestock Awards

Market Steer Grand Champion Alyssa Williams, FFA Landon Williams, 4H Reserve Grand Champion Lane Tellefson, FFA Hannah Towne, 4H Heifer Grand Champion Lane Tellefson, FFA Maeve Korthuis. 4H Reserve Grand Champion Reagan Korthuis.... — Updated 9/21/2021

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