Murray: Funds to improve childcare

OLYMPIA - Low-income families struggling to afford childcare will get some help thanks to a big bump in federal spending. U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, was in Olympia... — Updated 1/24/2023

Students push for dam breaching

OLYMPIA - A handful of Western Washington activists called for removing Snake River dams in an effort to "save our salmon." Washington Youth Ocean and River Conservation Alliance... — Updated 1/24/2023

Homicide victim's body found near Ewan

EWAN — A Cheney area woman is being held on $500,000 bail in the slaying of her son. Christine Diane Catelli, 58, is charged with second-degree murder (intent to kill), Spokane County Jail records show. She was booked into the... — Updated 1/24/2023


100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times January 25, 1923 John Dugger Seriously Injured John Dugger, a prominent rancher residing twelve miles west of Ritzville, lies in a serious... — Updated 1/24/2023

Public Records

Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from Jan 8-14: Jan. 8 Domestic dispute with both the boyfriend and girlfriend intoxicated. Location not reported.... — Updated 1/24/2023

Bill proposes relaxing rules on low-dose cannabis drinks

OLYMPIA — Consumers will be able to purchase more low-THC liquid-infused products in a single purchase if a bill in the Legislature wins approval. “HB 1249 is necessary to ensure that the evolution of consumer preference, and... — Updated 1/24/2023

Dye introduces bill to help men, boys

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to create the Washington State Commission on Boys and Men to address the well-being of boys and men across. “There are many issues that impact men and boys. Yet, there... — Updated 1/24/2023

Sprague names its Citizen of the 2022

SPRAGUE — Julie Murphy was named the 2022 Sprague Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chamber Dessert and Auction on Monday, Jan. 16. Murphy was... — Updated 1/24/2023

Pedestrian underpass in works

RITZVILLE – At the Jan. 17 City Council meeting, Councilman Scott Yaeger announced that the state Department of Transportation is planning a pedestrian walkway underneath... — Updated 1/24/2023

Wheat producer meeting looming

RITZVILLE — Dryland wheat producers will meet Jan. 24 to hear presentations from a number of speakers. The producer meeting runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion hall, 106 W. Broadway Ave. The program includes... — Updated 1/24/2023

Ritzville Gun Club results reported

RITZVILLE — Here are the Ritzville Gun Club results from the Jan. 15 shooting competition: 25 — Scott Hennings 23 — Ryan Frederick, Colby Schell 22 — Travis Simonson, Scott Yaeger, Travis Dewald, Asher Cox, Matt Leffel,... — Updated 1/24/2023

Hunting class offered

RITZVILLE — A Hunter Educational course will be offered Jan. 30-Feb. 2. The classroom portion of the program will take place at the Washington State University Extension Office, 205 W. Main Ave., from 5-8:30 p.m. After... — Updated 1/24/2023

Bronco boys top Kettle Falls, Reardan

RITZVILLE — The Bronco boys basketball team added two wins to its record last week, topping Kettle Falls on Friday, Jan. 20, and Reardan on Tuesday, Jan. 17. On the road at Kettle Falls, the Lind-Ritzville/Spr... — Updated 1/24/2023

Bronco girls close week with two wins

RITZVILLE — The Bronco boys basketball team added two wins to its record last week, topping Kettle Falls on Friday, Jan. 20, and Reardan on Tuesday, Jan. 17. On the road at Kettle Falls, the Lind-Ritzville/Spr... — Updated 1/24/2023

Three wrestlers win medals

RITZVILLE - Two Lind-Ritzville/Sprague wrestlers won silver and another bronze at their home Bronco Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21. Waylon Rosman took second at 113 pounds and... — Updated 1/24/2023

Winning formula

For a lot of years the Gonzaga men’s basketball team was criticized for playing in a weak league. So the Zags scheduled a tough nonconference slate against quality teams in... — Updated 1/24/2023

Davenport corrals Broncos

RITZVILLE — Top-ranked Davenport kept the Broncos corralled Jan. 14, winning, 60-48, in Gilson Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 14. “Every time you come to LRS, you’re going to get a good game,” Davenport Coach Matt Henry... — Updated 1/17/2023

Gorilla girls hold off Broncos

RITZVILLE — Davenport off the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington Broncos, 55-49, in a Northeast 2B girls basketball matchup Friday, Jan. 14. At the opening tip-off, the Gorillas slapped their full-court press on the... — Updated 1/17/2023

Two Broncos bring home bronze

COLBERT — Two local boys brought home medals Saturdary from the Crusader Classic wrestling tournament at Northwest Christian School. Waylon Rosman finished third at 106 pounds and Grabriel “Gabe” Smith third at 182. The... — Updated 1/17/2023

Ritzville Gun Club results

RITZVILLE — The Ritzville Gun Club reported the following results from its shoot over the weekend: 25 — William Green 24 — Dave Breazeale 23 — Tyler Frederick, Kyle Bauer, Daniel Mann, Travis Dewald, Scott Yaeger, 22 ... — Updated 1/10/2023

Recognize school board members

One of the many blessings of living in rural, Eastern Washington is working with great people. In this month of recognizing the selfless sacrifice of school board directors, I feel privileged to work for and with 10 of the best... — Updated 1/24/2023

House bill helps level playing field

Washington state has high tax rates — gas, property, you name it. Government agencies collect billions of tax dollars annually from residents and businesses here. So why then are... — Updated 1/24/2023

Schoesler: Address school maintenance

For the fifth straight year, I’ve introduced a bill that aims to help school districts in Washington address their building-maintenance needs. Senate Bill 5403 would allow school... — Updated 1/24/2023

False spring: Maybe not this time

You’ve heard it said in the Pacific Northwest that, during the winter, we see a long stretch of bleak weather followed by a temporary rise in temperatures around mid-January, a... — Updated 1/17/2023

Back in Olympia

By Sen. Mark Schoesler, Rep. Joe Schmick and Rep. Mary Dye We are back at the state Capitol for the 2023 legislative session, which began Jan. 9 and is set to last 105 days, ending... — Updated 1/17/2023

Poor now?

The legislative session is in full swing, which means a lot of lawmakers are interested in picking winners and losers. Instead of creating equal opportunities, an equality of... — Updated 1/17/2023

More important things

On January 2nd, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals were playing a big Monday night football game in Cincinnati. Both teams are having a great season and have the... — Updated 1/10/2023

Data Centers Looking to capture heat

Coupled with rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool... — Updated 1/10/2023

Time to change the other Washington

It is time to change the way things are done in our nation’s capital---the “Other Washington!” The year-end Christmas dash to pass a $1.7 trillion spending monstrosity is the... — Updated 1/3/2023

State audit still not followed

The Washington State Auditor has completed a performance audit of the Employment Security Department and has found the agency still has not corrected its systemic performance and... — Updated 1/3/2023


Ritzville woman named to Harding Dean’s List SEARCY, Ark. — A Ritzville woman has made the Dean’s List at Harding University. Jessica Heater, a senior, studying medical humanities, is among more than 1,200 Harding... — Updated 1/24/2023

Students excel at Big Bend

MOSES LAKE — Several students from Adams County and nearby communities have received academic accolades at Big Bend Community College for fall 2022. To be honored on the Vice President’s List, students must maintain a... — Updated 1/17/2023

Birthday and Anniversaries

LIND — Here are some of the birthdays and anniversaries around town this week, courtesy of the Lind Lion’s Club: Birthdays — Kasey Willis, Jan. 2; Brett Haase, Jan. 4; Hudson Norton, Jan. 5; Rubben Labes and Anna (Kison)... — Updated 1/3/2023

'Nod to the Grammy's' slated for Washtucna

WASHTUCA — The school’s Music Department will present “A Nod to the Grammy’s” on stage Monday, Jan. 23. The “Black Tie” event will take place in the school gymnasium, 730 E. Booth Ave., at 6 p.m. Event-goers are... — Updated 1/3/2023

Local opens Mercantile for holiday season

HARRINGTON - Julie Jacobsen was four months old when her family moved into a farmhouse in the area. "I was just four months old when we moved into the farmhouse we live in now,"... — Updated 12/27/2022

Christmas in Ralston

More than 100 people attended the annual Ralston Grange Christmas Party, the 91st year this traditional community event has been held. After a huge potluck dinner, attendees were... — Updated 12/20/2022

Gobble Up This Turkey Trivia

Roughly 45 million turkeys are sold and cooked for Thanksgiving meals every year in the United States. As families dig into that delicious meal, some may wonder more about the delicious bird before them. Here are some known and... — Updated 11/21/2022

Christmas comes to Ralston

RALSTON – A dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus will usher in the Christmas season in this rural community The Christmas Potluck and Party will take at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Ralston Grange on State Highway... — Updated 11/21/2022

Prepare your car for winter

Summer and fall can stake their claim as road trip season, and even devoted drivers may admit that winter is generally a less desirable time to take to the open road. The elements factor heavily into that reputation, as fewer... — Updated 11/16/2022

Emergency supply kit

Extreme winter weather can make vehicle breakdowns especially dangerous. The National Safety Council encourages drivers to be prepared at all times by keeping these items in the trunk:  Properly inflatedspare tire, wheelwrench... — Updated 11/16/2022

Kenneth Wayne Gust

Kenneth Wayne Gust Jun. 14, 1940 – Jan. 14, 2023 Kenneth Wayne Gust, 82, of Ritzville, Wash., passed away on Jan. 14, 2023. Ken was born on Jun. 14, 1940 to Alfred and Violet... — Updated 1/24/2023

Arla June "Kechter" Wright

Arla June "Kechter" Wright Dec. 3 – Jan. 6, 2023 Arla June "Kechter" Wright, 85 of Charles City, died Fri., Jan. 6, 2023 at the Floyd County Medical Center. Graveside services... — Updated 1/17/2023

Edwin Bernard Kendall

Edwin Bernard Kendall Jul. 17, 1933 – Dec. 19, 2022 Edwin Bernard Kendall, 89, was born the second child of four to Joseph and Frances (Higginbotham) Kendall on Jul. 17, 1933, in... — Updated 1/10/2023

Debra L. Sanger

Debra L. Sanger, 64, passed away in Ritzville, Wash., on Dec. 12,... — Updated 1/10/2023

Barbara J. Niendam

Barbara J. Niendam, 91, passed away in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 26, 2022. Services will be announced at a later... — Updated 1/10/2023

Donald Karl Van Buren

Donald Karl Van Buren Jul. 4, 1936 – Dec. 19, 2022 Don Van Buren (who we lovingly call Papa) passed at home peacefully and started his adventure to heaven to join the love of... — Updated 1/3/2023

Ronald N. Reeve

Ronald N. Reeve Nov. 27, 2022 Ronald N. Reeve passed away Nov. 27, 2022 at the age of 65, after a short illness. Ron was born in Ritzville, Neil and Evelyn (Arnst) Reeve.... — Updated 12/20/2022

John G. Schlomer

John G. Schlomer Sept. 29, 1940 – Dec. 13, 2022 John G. Schlomer, lifelong farmer and cattle rancher in the Benge/Winona area, passed away Tues., Dec. 13, 2022 at the Pullman... — Updated 12/20/2022

Floyd Alvin "Skip" Thompson

Sept. 30, 1935 – Dec. 7, 2022 Floyd Alvin 'Skip' Thompson passed away on Wed. Dec. 7 2022. Skip was born in Bremerton, Wash. on Sept. 30, 1935 to Norman and Maude Thompson.... — Updated 12/13/2022

Melette Moore

Melette Moore, 81, wife of Richard “ Dick” Moore, passed away on Nov. 24, 2022. A Remembrance Service and meal will be held Dec. 6, 2022 at the Kahlotus Grange, Highway 21, Kahlotus at 12:30 PM. Graveside blessing to follow... — Updated 11/29/2022

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