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 By Brandon Cline    News    August 15, 2019 

Levies on ballot in Adams County approved, look ahead to general election

The Aug. 6 primary election came and went quietly in Adams County, as four maintenance levies easily passed and the attention now turns toward the Nov. 5 general election. According to the most...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 15, 2019 

City moves forward with Standpipe Recoating Project

The Ritzville City Council voted to move ahead with the Standpipe Recoating Project at the Aug. 6 council meeting. The city received a memo from Ben Varela, of Varela & Associates, on Aug. 5, who recommended that the city should move forward now...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Ritzville dustless blasting company emphasizes customer convenience, eco-friendly process

Joel Curran moved to Ritzville several years ago for a couple of reasons. One of them was that he simply enjoys living in small communities like Ritzville-and the low housing cost that comes with it....

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Brief: EARH to host meet and greet with new healthcare staff

East Adams Rural Healthcare will be hosting a meet and greet next week to introduce the new additions to its healthcare team. The meet and greet will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 5-7 p.m. outside the EARH building by the gabezo. Attendees will...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Hundreds of laws passed by Legislature go into effect

More than 400 bills passed by the Washington State Legislature during the 2019 legislative session went into effect and became law on July 28. Although the bills were passed by the legislature and...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Washington House to have new Speaker for first time in 20 years

Jinkins will be the first woman and open lesbian to serve as speaker of the House in the state. She was first elected as a state representative in 2010. “I first ran for public office because I wanted to make sure all families have the same...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 1, 2019

Ritzville farmers unite for one of their own

The Ritzville farming community rose to the occasion for one of their own last weekend, in a big way. On July 28, some 17 combines, as well as semis and bankout wagons, were put into action to help...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 1, 2019

Hospital Board considers putting recruitment contract on ice

The Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners and new East Adams Rural Healthcare CEO Corey Fedie weighed the possibility of tossing out their contract with Merritt Hawkins,...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 25, 2019

City hires new Public Works Director, awards bid for Koch Well

The City of Ritzville has hired a new Public Works Director to replace the outgoing Larry Swift, but the new director is a familiar face for city officials. Dave Breazeale, an employee in the Public Works Department, was hired as the next Public...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 25, 2019

Opioids data shines light on pain pills usage in Adams County

Over 3.5 million prescription pain pills were supplied in Adams County from 2006 to 2012, according to a recently released nationwide database from The Washington Post. The Post acquired the data...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 25, 2019

Scheduling hearing rescheduled in rape case

A scheduling hearing for Michael A. Kuest scheduled for July 22 has been pushed back to July 29 after Douglas Phelps, Kuest’s attorney, failed to show up for the hearing. Superior Court Judge Steve Dixon first skipped Kuest’s case and moved...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 25, 2019

EALD awarded grant to produce presentation on women's suffrage in Adams County

With the 2020 centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment drawing closer, the East Adams Library District announced on July 19 that they have been awarded a grant to create a presentation on women winning the right to vote in Adams County. The...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 25, 2019

U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Washington sworn-in

William “Bill” Hyslop was sworn-in as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington on July 18. Hyslop, 68, has practiced law in the Spokane area for nearly four decades and previously served as U.S. attorney from 1991 to...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019

Mayor appoints five for new Amtrak Committee

Mayor Gary Cook announced the creation of an Amtrak Committee at the Ritzville City Council meeting on July 2, which comes after the state set aside funds to study an east-west passenger rail system...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019

County unemployment rate rises compared to 2018 figures

A recent report from Washington's Employment Security Department showed that unemployment in Adams County has risen mildly in the first five months of 2019, in comparison to 2018 data. In May of this...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019

City officials grapple over how to deal with nuisance properties

Ritzville City Council members, Mayor Gary Cook and other city officials had a contentious discussion at the July 2 council meeting on how the city should address properties that have been found to...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019

Fire season underway in Washington with 7,800-acre blaze in Grant County

Washington’s summer fire season got one of its first big blazes of the year over the weekend, as homes and businesses near Mattawa—in neighboring Grant County—have been evacuated. The fire, dubbed the Powerline Fire, began around 12:30 p.m. on...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 11, 2019

Proposed memory care center takes big step forward

The Ritzville City Council finalized the steps the City needed to take in its role of East Adams Rural Healthcare's sale of property to Gibraltar Senior Living on July 2. The property being exchanged...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 11, 2019

New EARH CEO brings 'critical' experience

Ritzville’s East Adams Rural Healthcare has been under new leadership for the past several weeks, as it welcomed a new CEO who has almost two decades of experience in a variety of different types and sizes of hospitals, including critical access...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 4, 2019

Hospital District over $1 million in the red

A lengthy discussion over the financial health of the hospital district took center stage at the most recent Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners meeting on June 27. The...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 4, 2019

Depot Museum welcomes new addition to storied past

The Northern Pacific Railway Depot Museum in Ritzville has unveiled a new addition to its storied history, thanks to a generous donation from another regional museum. The addition, announced by...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    June 27, 2019

Proposed rates for health insurance market offers mostly good news for Adams County

Two health insurance companies will be offering plans inside the Washington Health Benefit Exchange in Adams County for the 2020 individual health insurance market, it was announced earlier this month by the Washington state Office of the Insurance C...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    June 27, 2019

Koch Well rehab, standpipe re-coating on deck for City

The Ritzville City Council met for a regular meeting on June 18, where they received an update on a list of City projects currently in the works, including the Koch Well and the park reservoir. Ben Varela, a principal engineer from Varela &...

 
 By Brandon Cline    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Editorial: How The Journal plans to cover crime

Well, it’s pretty rare to hear directly from me in editorials in back-to-back weeks. In last week’s issue, I had the pleasure of introducing The Journal’s new full-time reporter, Jeremy. In his 10 or so days on the job so far, Jeremy has dove...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    June 20, 2019

Biosolids, soil health key topics at 103rd annual Lind Field Day

The 103rd edition of Washington State University's Lind Field Day took place at the Lind Dryland Research Station on June 13, as WSU and United States Department of Agriculture researchers shared...

 

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