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 By Dale Brown    News 

County broadband moving closer

RITZVILLE – Adams County Public Works Director Todd O’Brien updated county commissioners on the construction of a broadband network slated to serve Lind, Othello and Ritzville during their Feb. 20 meeting. “From my... — Updated 2/27/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Consultants assess Adams County jail

RITZVILLE – At the request of the Adams County Sheriff's Office, two consultants affiliated with the National Institute of Corrections spent three days last month touring the... — Updated 2/20/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

County workforce shrinks

RITZVILLE – Adams County’s labor force is getting smaller, but fewer people are unemployed. State Regional Labor Economist Donald Meseck recently released a report analyzing the changes in the Adams County labor market between... — Updated 2/13/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Council considers development priorities

RITZVILLE – The City Council pondered downtown development priorities, traffic impact fees, First Avenue road improvements and the Well 8 pump station during its Feb. 6 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting,... — Updated 2/13/2024

 By Dale Brown    Neighbors

Theater group restarting in Ritzville

RITZVILLE – Dede Boyer couldn't stay idle for long. "I like to stay busy," she said. "When I was no longer on the City Council, I thought 'What am I going to do with myself?'" In... — Updated 2/13/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Flyckt frustrated with state judicial system

RITZVILLE – Adams County Prosecuting Randy Flyckt isn’t satisfied with the current legislative environment and the state of Washington’s judicial system. He recently sat down with The Journal to explain how the system works... — Updated 2/6/2024

 By Dale Brown    Neighbors

'Take Your Child to the Library Day'

RITZVILLE – Carnegie Library sponsored "Take Your Child to the Library Day" on Friday, Feb. 2. Staff members met children at various stations throughout the building. Alice in... — Updated 2/6/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Palubicki reflects on career path

RITZVILLE – K. Peter Palubicki was happy with his job as Adams County chief deputy prosecuting attorney, a position he'd held since 2017. But on his wife's birthday last year,... — Updated 1/30/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Beauty shop offers variety of services

RITZVILLE – When Amber Moore and Karissa Scott were renting space at Kim Yaeger's Hair Center on Main Avenue, they learned that a building on North Washington Street had become... — Updated 1/30/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Green sworn in as city councilman

RITZVILLE - A new city councilman was sworn into office during a meeting Jan. 16. William Green took a seat on the City Council, filling the unexpired Ward No. 3 position left... — Updated 1/23/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Porky's Clubhouse lease renewed

RITZVILLE — City Council members unanimously agreed Jan. 2 to renew the city’s lease with Porky’s Clubhouse Grill for the municipal golf court clubhouse. The restaurant owner, Jackeline Pacheco, is an Arizona native who... — Updated 1/23/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Sheriff recognizes 'heroism'

RITZVILLE – At a well-attended award ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10, Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner shared his admiration for law enforcement employees who... — Updated 1/16/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Reports on jail, internet presented

RITZVILLE – Public Works Director Todd O’Brien provided updates on the progress of jail repairs and countywide broadband during the Jan. 9 Adams County Commission meeting. O’Brien said the county is waiting for cost... — Updated 1/16/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

McCormick details Massey arrest

RITZVILLE – Police Chief Dave McCormick shared some of his department’s actions leading to the Dec. 30 arrest of Brian Scott Massey during the Jan. 2 City Council meeting. Massey, 35, of Ritzville, remains in the Franklin Count... — Updated 1/9/2024

 By Dale Brown    Neighbors

Library jumpstarts new year

RITZVILLE – In the aftermath of COVID shutdowns and recent staff turnover, the historic Carnegie library on West Main Avenue has faced its share of challenges. "Recovering from... — Updated 1/9/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Weigands escape to retire in 'Mayberry'

RITZVILLE – In 2007, Mark and Sandra Weigand left their Snohomish County home to settle on Sixth Avenue here. When they finally departed the west side of the state, Sandra asked... — Updated 1/2/2024

 By Dale Brown    News

Sheriff's Office awards program slated

RITZVILLE – Three employees of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office will be recognized during an awards ceremony Jan. 10. Sheriff Dale Wagner said the 1 p.m. event in Adams County Superior Court is open to the public. Three... — Updated 12/26/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Kadlec reflects on being mayor

RITZVILLE – Outgoing Mayor Linda Kadlec shared a a brief history of her tenure and highlighted a few of her favorite accomplishments during last Tuesday's final City Council... — Updated 12/26/2023

 By Dale Brown    Sports

Galbreath Coach of the Year, again

RITZVILLE – In her 12th season as head volleyball coach for the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos, Cari Galbreath led her team to the Class 2B state tournament for the fourth time.... — Updated 12/12/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Rash of petty thefts hits Ritzville

RITZVILLE – During the Dec. 7 City Council meeting, Police Chief Dave McCormick reported a rash of thefts and burglaries on East First Avenue. Sites included the Ritzville Warehouse office and shop, he said, noting a couple... — Updated 12/12/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Rankin reflects on small town life

RITZVILLE – Local proprietor John Rankin didn't plan to spend three decades of his life in this small farming community. "If you told me 35 years ago that I would end up in... — Updated 12/5/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Yaeger to lead Ritzville

RITZVILLE – City Councilman will officially become mayor-elect Nov. 28 after Adams County certifies the results of the general election. According to the Adams County Auditor's Office, out of 594 total mayoral votes cast, 375... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Wagner shares jail frustrations

RITZVILLE — Sheriff Dale Wagner expressed his disappointment with the sluggish pace of repairs at the county jail during the Nov. 7 Adams County Commission meeting. “I’m getting a little frustrated,” Wagner said. “In... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Circular tree planters arrive in town

RITZVILLE - City Councilman Dennis Chamberlain, Tree Board member Mike Schrag, and Public Works Director Dave Breazeale were on hand to oversee delivery of cement planters for 24... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Council updated on bomb threat

RITZVILLE – At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Police Chief Dave McCormick provided a recap and update about the Oct. 5 bomb threat at the high school. Administrators shut down the Ritzville campus in response to a bomb... — Updated 11/14/2023


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