'Nothing comes without cost'

RITZVILLE - More than 50 residents turned out Monday, May 29, to remember the reason for Memorial Day. During a solemn observance on a grassy knoll in Ritzville Memorial Cemetery,... — Updated 5/30/2023

Harrington mayor not seeking re-election

HARRINGTON — There will be a new mayor in town after the start of the new year. Current Mayor Jesse Silhan announced on his 75th birthday — Friday, May 19 — that he isn’t seeking re-election after his two-year term... — Updated 5/30/2023

Local man recounts life before Ritzville

- Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series on William 'Bill' Sager. Part 2 will publish June 7. RITZVILLE - For William "Bill" Sager hard times began early. His... — Updated 5/30/2023

City Council planning for growth

RITZVILLE — The City Council on May 16 approved a housing action plan after holding public hearings in March and April. “The goal of the HAP is to encourage the construction of additional affordable and market rate housing in... — Updated 5/30/2023

Pop-Up in the Park

Residents and visitors turned out early Memorial Day weekend to enjoy Pop-Up in the Park. The celebration included music, vendors and more. Weekend festivities opened with a street... — Updated 5/30/2023

Public Records

Land Transactions RITZVILLE – The Adams County Assessor’s Office reported the following land transactions from May 21-26: May 26 Reyna Medina of Othello, 1979 trailer at 810 S. Highway 24 No. B1 to Beatriz Peralta Medina of... — Updated 5/30/2023

From the Files

125 Years Ago Adams County News June 1, 1898 Local and Personal Tromp Donald and his mother were in town Thursday. Don't you want a hair net? If so, call at the Model Millinery.... — Updated 5/30/2023

New Correctional Officer

Mason Boyce, right, has graduated from the Washington State Corrections Academy. "We are excited to have him back with us," Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner said last... — Updated 5/30/2023

Memorial Day to be observed in county

RITZVILLE — The community will remember fallen war heroes with a weekend of activities around Adams County. A Memorial Day observance is set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery. At noon, the... — Updated 5/23/2023

Hopefuls file for offices

RITZVILLE – Dozens of candidates filed to run for local offices during filing week. Filing closed Friday, May 19. The Adams County Auditor’s Office reported the following filings for the Aug. 1 primary races: Adams County... — Updated 5/23/2023

Melcher wins bronze in 200-meter

YAKIMA – Senior Hayden Melcher brought home two medals Saturday from the state track and field meet at Zaepfel Field, setting the pace for the Broncos who reached the... — Updated 5/30/2023

Bronco golfers compete at state

TUMWATER – Two Bronco athletes competed in the state golf tournament May 23-24. Hunter Dinkins and Lance Williamson both qualified for the golf tournament. Dinkins made the cut to get to the second day of the meet, Athletic... — Updated 5/30/2023

Best of luck, 2023 graduates

Each school year comes to a close with graduation. The following week, juniors are finally considered seniors, even though technically they will need to wait until school starts at... — Updated 5/30/2023

Eagles score state track medals

YAKIMA – Having earned several medals, the St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles track team finished 12th in girls and 13th in boys at the state track meet Thursday through Saturday... — Updated 5/30/2023

Bronco sports camps scheduled

RITZVILLE – As the school year winds down, the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos are already getting prepared for the 2023-24 seasons. That preparation starts with a series of sports camps. The Broncos are hosting a high school... — Updated 5/30/2023

No obstacle too great

Sophomore Carson Kubik sets a personal record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 20.97 during the regional track meet in Colfax. He finished 10th in the event.... — Updated 5/23/2023

Girls season ends in Spokane

SPOKANE – The Broncos girls fastpitch softball season came to an end Saturday, May 20, at the hands of a familiar foe. The Jenkins Cougars from Chewelah edged the local... — Updated 5/23/2023

It's generational

As I was subbing at the school last week I overheard a conversation concerning the NBA playoffs. The young lads were talking about who they thought was the guy they would have... — Updated 5/23/2023

Local athletes qualify for state

COLFAX – The Lind-Ritzville and St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse boys and girls track meets finished mid-pack-with several athletes earning state berths – at the 1B/2B District 7 and... — Updated 5/23/2023

Let 'er fly

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos track team hosted the district meet May 9. Pictured, Bronco freshman Aidan miller throws the discuss 83 feet 9 inches to finish... — Updated 5/16/2023

Decision a win for landowners

In a victory for private property owners, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the “significant nexus” test in its Sackett v EPA ruling. The ruling changes how “waters of the... — Updated 5/30/2023

Inslee, apologize to fired workers

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is busy signing bills. I think he should start putting his John Hancock on apology letters to former state workers who were terminated because of... — Updated 5/30/2023

Build electricity around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common---beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and... — Updated 5/23/2023

In remembrance of those fell

An “aha” moment – a time when make that brilliant “I’m going to do it” decision. I got mine after reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell and studying up on my... — Updated 5/23/2023

Inslee, apologize to fired workers

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is busy signing bills. I think he should start putting his John Hancock on apology letters to former state workers who were terminated because of... — Updated 5/16/2023

Failure to act legalizes drugs

The state Legislature is headed back to Olympia this week for a special session specifically to deal with the prospect of all drugs becoming legal July 1. Sen. Mark Schoesler,... — Updated 5/16/2023

Republicans threaten democracy

President Joe Biden is seeking re-election. I wish he were younger and I might favor other Democrats — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and 2020 presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker come to mind. But Biden’s... — Updated 5/16/2023

My parting thoughts from session

Beef Day is the second-best day of the legislative session, next to the last day. Probably the best news about the 2023 legislative session is that we adjourned on time, although... — Updated 5/9/2023

It's That Time of the Year

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom, and colorful lentils... — Updated 5/9/2023

Public safety failures the legacy of 2023

This session saw some bipartisan successes as lawmakers and citizens were in Olympia together for the first time in nearly three years. That in-person interaction is always key for working relationships and good workable... — Updated 5/2/2023

Harrington Car Show

Young and old, man and animal, filled Third Street in Harrington for the 11th Annual Car Show on Saturday, May 20. In addition to cars - that ranged from pre-1920s to modern rigs -... — Updated 5/30/2023

Harrington school leader to retire

HARRINGTON—The first-year school district superintendent here will “explore” retirement at the end of the school year. John Cordell of St. Maries, Idaho, plans to depart the School District when his contract expires Friday,... — Updated 5/30/2023

Graduations set for this weekend

RITZVILLE – The air around schools will be full of “Pomp and Circumstance” this weekend as the Class of 2023 graduates. At Lind-Ritzville High School, the commencement ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Nearly 40... — Updated 5/30/2023

Firemen's Breakfast

Hundred's turnout out for the annual Memorial Day Firemen's Breakfast. At right, volunteers , from left, Dave McCormick, Brian Doyle and Mark Cameron serve... — Updated 5/30/2023

Royal Rangers

The Othello Police Department game the Royal Rangers Troop No. 399 a tour of law enforcement facilities on May 24. The students learned about working... — Updated 5/30/2023

Dancing the Night Away

Residents dance to the tunes of Big Dawg and the Howlers, led by frontman Cory Bartlett, during a street dance Friday night downtown outside the Eagles... — Updated 5/30/2023

Kahlotus Days set for Saturday, June 3

KAHLOTUS – Kahlotus Days is back in town this coming Saturday, June 3, with a series of events for youg and old alike. There will be food, fun, sports and more for those daring to hit downtown. The action begins at 7 a.m. with... — Updated 5/30/2023

Learning about law enforcement

Othello Police Department staff spent May 17 teaching youngster at Latacaga Dual Language Elementary School kindergarteners about law enforcement. School Resource Officer Sgt.... — Updated 5/23/2023

Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

LIND – The following residents are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries between May 21-30: Anniversaries: May 21 – Ron and Sharon Reeve, and Nate and Kelsey Knodel. May 23 – Jerry and Debbie Knodel May 26 – Cory and... — Updated 5/23/2023

Cub Scouts beautify the city

RITZVILLE – Cub Scouts from Pack No. 73 are doing their part to beautify the city. On May 1, the scouts planted trees to improve the city's aesthetic. "These kids worked hard... — Updated 5/16/2023

Billie Jean Coleman Forbes

Billie Jean Coleman Forbes Nov. 12, 1942 – May 17, 2023 We are sad to announce the passing of Billie Jean Coleman Forbes of Lind, Wash. Billie was born Nov. 12, 1942 in Yakima... — Updated 5/23/2023

Beverly Marie (Heinemann) Scherr

Beverly Marie (Heinemann) Scherr Jan. 11, 1947 – Mar. 8, 2023 Beverly Marie (Heinemann) Scherr, 76, formerly of Odessa, Wash. passed away March 8, 2023. She was born on Jan. 11,... — Updated 5/23/2023

Kurt McCrady

A Celebration of Life for Kurt McCrady will take place at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 206 S. Division St., Ritzville, WA 99169 on Sat., May 20th at 11:00AM with a lunch reception... — Updated 5/16/2023

Lenora Jean Hirning Weise

Lenora Jean Hirning Weise July 14, 1936 – May 9, 2023 Lenora Jean Hirning Weise, 86, of Newport, Wash., peacefully passed away on May 9, 2023. Jean was born on July 14, 1936 to... — Updated 5/16/2023

Sandra Lee Fitch (Piert)

Sandra Lee Fitch (Piert) There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony for Sandra Lee Fitch (Piert) at 1 pm on May 13, 2023 at Rock Creek Cemetery in Potlatch, ID (on Nicholson Road). Immediately following the ceremony, we will... — Updated 5/9/2023

Delmar Laib

Delmar Laib Feb. 22, 1934 – May 3, 2023 Delmar George Laib was born Feb. 22, 1934 in Warden, WA to Edward and Emma (Stoller) Laib. Delmar passed in the evening of Wednesday, May... — Updated 5/9/2023

Gerald "Jerry" Roy Crossler

Gerald "Jerry" Roy Crossler Aug. 22, 1940 – Apr. 13, 2023 Gerald "Jerry" Roy Crossler passed away peacefully on April 13, 2023 with his daughters by his side. He was born on Aug.... — Updated 5/2/2023

Lavonne Saunders

Lavonne Saunders Jan. 28, 1947 – Apr. 22, 2023 Lavonne Saunders was born to Gale and Cleo David on Jan. 28, 1947, in Spokane. She passed away on April 22, 2023. Lavonne met Don... — Updated 5/2/2023

Rebecca Dutton

A memorial service for Rebecca Dutton, who died Nov. 29, 2022, is set for Saturday, April 29. Dutton died at the age of 87. The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023 Lind Calvary Assembly of God Church, 219 W. Third... — Updated 4/25/2023

Stephen "Steve" Mosbrucker

Stephen "Steve" Mosbrucker Sept. 2, 1943 – Apr. 5, 2023 Stephen "Steve" Mosbrucker, age 79, passed away on April 5, 2023. The Mosbrucker family sadly shares the passing of Steve... — Updated 4/18/2023

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