Infected number rises in Othello

OTHELLO -- The number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is rising, with almost half of the cases connected to a single family. As of Sunday afternoon, Adams County health officials were reporting 23 cases in the city, 11 of which were... — Updated 4/5/2020

Kettle Falls woman killed in crash

LIND -- A Kettle Falls woman was killed Sunday morning when her pickup overturned. Kristen K. Icenogle, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 70 on southbound U.S.... — Updated 4/5/2020

Spokane County COVID cases top 200

SPOKANE -- COVID19 cases in Spokane County have topped 200, with the death toll from the severe acute respiratory disease rising as well. In an April 4 news release, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management officials... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

Kalispel Tribe, Northern Quest file suit against 3M, Tyco Fire Products

AIRWAY HEIGHTS --The Kalispel Tribe of Indians, its economic authority and the Northern Quest Resort & Casino have filed a $21.27 million lawsuit against companies including 3M and Tyco Fire Products along with the United States... — Updated 4/5/2020

Adams County coronavirus tally reaches 23

RITZVILLE -- Adams County health officials Saturday evening reported that a total of 23 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. Of those cases, 19 are in Othello, with 10 connected to a single family, officials said. There are two... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

Adams County reporting 20 coronavirus cases

RITZVILLE — Health officials here are reporting a total of 20 coronavirus countywide, an increase of 15 in less than a week. An April 1 report shows 16 cases in the Othello area, and two each in Lind and Ritzville. Community... — Updated 4/5/2020

Senate Minority Leader Schoesler reacts to quarantine extension

RITZVILLE - Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler doesn't agree with extending the statewide quarantine until May 4 due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Responding to Bainbridge... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

Inslee to hold news conference at 5 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee will hold a news conference Thursday, April 2, at 5 p.m. via streaming video and telephone to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response. The news conference will be televised live on TVW, and many... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

Seamstresses pitch in for public safety

RITZVILLE - Area seamstresses have been sewing fast and furiously to get cloth masks donated to area hospitals, medical facilities, senior centers and other organizations. Their... — Updated 4/5/2020

Five coronavirus cases logged in Othello

OTHELLO – Two new Adams County cases of coronavirus were confirmed Friday, March 27, bringing the total to five. All five cases are in Othello, and all patients are between the ages of 50-70, Adams County Health Department... — Updated 4/3/2020

Golfing still open in Ritzville, Harrington

RITZVILLE - Despite the state shutting down recreation venues, golf courses remain open here and in Harrington. The Ritzville Municipal Golf Course, 104 E. 10th Ave., is open,... — Updated 4/5/2020

Worst Seat in the House

As I wrote the title to this column, I realized that I am actually sitting in the best seat in my house. Yes, a very comfortable Lazy Boy for me, with a laptop at hand. Always... — Updated 4/3/2020

Newspapers are in 'survival mode,' too

Given the ongoing shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, like nearly all local businesses, we had to make some difficult decisions last week. Among those was the... — Updated 4/3/2020

Invest in local businesses

Some years back, in the biggest town in a small county outside our 9th District, there was a clothing store. Upstairs was the office of the area’s weekly newspaper. Week after week, year after year, the clothing store published... — Updated 4/3/2020

Library Corner

What a roller coaster week it’s already been and it’s only Wednesday. We know that many in our community rely on the library for entertainment, printing for their small businesses, and more. And while we had hoped to start... — Updated 4/3/2020

From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times March 25, 1920 Session of Legislature ratifying 19th Amendment ends The state legislature convened Monday noon in special session in... — Updated 4/3/2020

Principals recognized for going above and beyond

RITZVILLE — Lind-Ritzville School Board members recognized high school Principal Kevin Terris, middle school Principal Darrell Lembcke and elementary school Principal Cindy Deska as recipients of the Above and Beyond award at... — Updated 4/3/2020

Friends build wheelchair ramp for local man

RITZVILLE — Pete Collard and his family came home to a much-needed gift March 10. Collard was returning from a stay in rehabilitative nursing home in Moses Lake after a stroke... — Updated 4/4/2020 Full story

Larry Swift

Larry Swift 66, of Ritzville, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family on Friday, March 20, 2020, after a new and aggressive battle with cancer. A celebration... — Updated 4/3/2020

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