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 By Dale Brown    News 

'MacGyver' reminisces about Washtucna life

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series in The Journal. WASHTUCNA – Raised on a 1,800-acre farm with his older brother and sister, Dennis D. Sackmann grew up... — Updated 1/31/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

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

 By Dale Brown    News

Council approves sewer camera purchase

RITZVILLE – Public Works employees will have a new tool for repairing and replacing city sewer lines. At its Jan. 3 meeting, the City Council approved Public Works Director Dave... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Blankenship shares update

RITZVILLE — Adams County Commissioner Dan Blankenship provided an update Jan. 10 on state legislative priorities and their potential impact on the county. During the commissioners’ meeting, he discussed the governor’s budget... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Retiree builds model houses

RITZVILLE – When Lee Egnew retired here in 2011, he contemplated projects to help him endure long winter months. Building model houses and repairing antique radios proved a satisf... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Adams county leaders share 2023 plans

RITZVILLE – Adams County commissioners heard from several department heads about plans for the upcoming year during meetings Jan. 4 and 5. Public Works Director Todd O’Brien noted some county buildings need repair and/or... — Updated 1/10/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Decorated truck brings smiles

RITZVILLE – When Ted Schlund and his wife, Joanne, moved into their home at the corner of Division Street and Third Avenue six years ago, they started landscaping. One of their... — Updated 1/3/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Addams to prosecute crimes in Ritzville

RITZVILLE - An airman and attorney who represents Cheney and Medical Lake has joined the legal team for the city of Ritzville. Michael R. Addams was selected for the post, current... — Updated 1/3/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Council addresses animal shelter issues

RITZVILLE – In a recent letter to the mayor and City Council, seven residents expressed concerns over conditions at the city-owned animal pound. The letter cited Title 5 of the... — Updated 12/27/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Veteran shares lessons learned

RITZVILLE – In 2017, after serving 23 years in the U.S. Army, Jeff Kissler retired. For a few years he remained in Georgia where he worked for a private IT security contractor, volunteered at a homeless shelter, and ministered at... — Updated 12/27/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

MTV comes to Ritzville

RITZVILLE - The MTV production team has chosen a South Washington Street home to film scenes for an upcoming reality show. One of Music Television's main participants was in Moses L... — Updated 12/27/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Kissler recounts time in Iraq

CORRECTION: The front page story “Veteran shares Army stories” published in the Dec. 14 edition of the Ritzville Adams County Journal incorrectly identified a local man as... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

City set to adopt final 2023 budget

RITZVILLE – The City Council was expected to finalize its 2023 budget during a meeting Tuesdday night, Dec. 20. The Journal went to press prior to the start of the meeting. But during the council’s Dec. 6 meeting,... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Veteran shares Army stories

RITZVILLE – Jeff Kissler enlisted in the U.S. Army two weeks after graduating from Ritzville High School in 1994. For the next 23 years he served in wide-ranging deployments from... — Updated 12/13/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Festivals group gets new board

RITZVILLE - At the city's Main Street parade this year, band teacher Jennifer York discovered a troubling fact: The float representing the Ritzville Festivals Association was... — Updated 12/13/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Local man arrested for vehicle prowls

RITZVILLE – A local man is facing charges connected with vehicle prowling and other crimes after being arrested Monday, Dec. 5 Caleb Broff, 31, was arrested in the early morning... — Updated 12/13/2022

 By Dale Brown    Sports

Annual Turkey Trot slated

RITZVILLE – For the past 35 years, residents, families and friends have gathered at the New Ritz Theater to stroll, jog or trot along the path winding through the fairgrounds, above the Haag baseball fields, past Little League... — Updated 11/21/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Boy, cub scouts present donations

RITZVILLE – Scouts helped feed local families Nov. 16 following their food drive. At noon Wednesday, Boy Scout Troop No. 888 and Cub Pack No. 73 presented canned food donations... — Updated 11/21/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Veterans' remains escorted through county

RITZVILLE – On a chilly Wednesday morning, Nov. 16, veterans in the Patriot Guard Riders stood in a circle at Love's Travel Stop. They had gathered to escort the unclaimed... — Updated 11/21/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Election's Office alarm tripped

RITZVILLE – A tripped Adams County Election's Office alarm Friday afternoon, Nov. 11, had some residents concerned about ballot tampering. The "commercial burglary alarm" at 3:08... — Updated 11/21/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Wagner wins re-election as county sheriff

RITZVILLE — There won’t be a new sheriff in Adams County, at least not in the near future. At the end of the first day of counting in the Nov. 8 general election, incumbent Dale J. Wagner of Othello was leading challenger... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Local woman starts delivery business

RITZVILLE – A local entrepreneur is entering her third month operating a delivery business. With input from ladies at the local Nazarene church and encouragement from her sister,... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Columbia Basin Project gains momentum

RITZVILLE – It all started a hundred years ago. Back then, government officials and others saw great potential in the high desert lands of Adams County and surrounding areas. Originally, the Columbia Basin Project — with Grand... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Golf course restaurant lease discussed

RITZVILLE – The City Council mulled over a lease agreement for the golf course restaurant known as Porky’s Clubhouse Grill during its regular meeting Nov. 1. The terms of the proposed lease require the restaurant to pay the cit... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Report shows city finances in good shape

RITZVILLE – When city Clerk-Treasurer Julie Flyckt laid out details of the city’s 2023 preliminary budget at the City Council meeting Nov. 1, she emphasized it’s strong fiscal condition heading into next year. Though budget... — Updated 11/8/2022


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