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 By Jeremy Burnham    News    September 19, 2019 

Teacher Profile Series: Washtucna teacher Joel Boutelle

Growing up, Joel Boutelle didn’t want to be a teacher; he wanted to be a marine biologist. After 38 years as a teacher though, Boutelle will tell you things worked out pretty well. Boutelle, who is starting his first year as a teacher at...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    September 19, 2019 

Decommissioned army helicopter will fight wildfires in state

A Vietnam-era army helicopter will be serving a new purpose next year in time for the wildfire season. The 49-year-old Huey helicopter was given to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for free. The DNR will spend $1.1 million to...

 

Lady Broncos open season with pair of wins

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Lady Broncos volleyball team had a strong opening week of play, defeating Reardan on the road on Tuesday and Columbia Burbank at home on Thursday. Tuesday's match was all LR...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    September 19, 2019 

My Farm, Your Table speaker emphasizes food safety, educating public on food production

Dr. Stephany Smith was the guest speaker at the 2019 My Farm, Your Table event in Ritzville on Saturday Sept. 14. Smith is a professor at Washington State University and a statewide consumer food...

 

Teacher Profile Series: Washtucna teacher Lacii Rundquist

With the first day of school behind them, teachers everywhere, new and returning alike, are settling in to the new school year. One such teacher is Washtucna high school and middle school English...

 

Ritzville's Lacey Miller to begin collegiate softball career

Lacey Miller fell in love with softball in third grade. She played throughout her schooling in the Lind-Ritzville Schools co-op. Now, she's ready to take it to the next level after earning a softball...

 

Taking a look at the 50th Annual Ritzville Rodeo

The 50th edition of the Ritzville Rodeo took place September 30-31 and competitors came from across the Northwest and beyond to compete. In the bareback competition, Cooper Wicks of Enumclaw took the...

 

Winning Mindset begins at Lind-Ritzville/Sprague

Paul Swanson Jr., a former Ritzville High School football player who went on to play for Arkansas State University, returned to Ritzville last week as part of Winning Mindset workshop program....

 

New Lind-Ritzville High School opens for business

Lind-Ritzville High School students are back at school in a newly rebuilt building. The building, however, is not the only thing that is new. It also comes with a lot of new technology. Andy Jones,...

 

Klein named 2020 Ritzville Rodeo Queen

Every year at the Ritzville Rodeo, young women compete for the honor of being next year's rodeo queen. This year, 16-year-old Julia Klein was the lone competitor. Klein told The Journal before the rod...

 

Former NCAA athlete to bring 'Winning Mindset' to Lind-Ritzville

Paul Swanson Jr., a former Ritzville student and NCAA Division I athlete will be returning home to bring the “Winning Mindset” training program to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague athletes. Greg Whitmore, the athletic director of the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 29, 2019

Teacher Profile Series: LRHS health teacher Greg Whitmore

Greg Whitmore has several jobs at the Lind-Ritzville Schools co-op. Some of them are pretty high-profile, like head football coach and athletic director. However, if you ask him, Whitmore will make...

 

Athletic director to parents and athletes: don't abuse referees

Sportsmanship was the message of the day at the first Lind-Ritzville/Sprague athlete and parent meeting of the year. “Great sportsmanship takes a great team,” LRS athletic director Greg Whitmore said at the meeting. “Everything in my life is ba...

 

Inaugural LRS summer fitness program draws 36 athletes

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague athletic combine’s 2019 summer fitness program, run by PTA Performance of Spokane, has come to an end. In all, 21 high school athletes and 15 middle school athletes took part in the program. Of the 21 high schoolers, 12...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 22, 2019

Adams County Harvest Festival given the green light from Lind Town Council

The Adams County Harvest Festival in Lind scheduled for Saturday has been given final approval by the Lind Town Council. Event organizer Diane Kennedy presented the council with a liquor license,...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 22, 2019

Teacher Profile Series: New LRHS English teacher Zachary Swanger

Zachary Swanger knows a little something about the first day of school. He attended school here in the area. Directly after graduating high school, he attended college. This September will be the firs...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 22, 2019

County announces special filing period for offices with no candidates

If you’ve ever considered running for public office, now might be your chance. Some public office positions need filling. Adams County Auditor Heidi Hunt announced this week that several offices did not receive any candidates during the initial...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 22, 2019

EWU announces new tuition payment plans for 2019-20 school year

Lind-Ritzville High School students looking to attend an affordable university close to home will likely take a look at Eastern Washington University. It's a 45 minute drive from Ritzville and has...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 22, 2019

County sets minimum bid on property near Lind

The Adams County Board of Commissioners has set a minimum bid of $10,000 for a county tax title property near Lind. The property, which has a Lind address but is outside of the town limits, is located at 125 E. Presnell Road. A public hearing was...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 15, 2019

Teacher Profile Series: New RGS principal Cindy Deska

After four years of serving as the principal of Lind-Ritzville Middle School and Lind Elementary School, Cindy Deska will be moving to the Ritzville Grade School. She says she is excited to return to...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 15, 2019

Company serving fried chicken opens Ritzville location

Chicken lovers rejoice! Ritzville diners will now find a Chester's Chicken stand located in the Ritz Food Mart near I-90. The franchise is owned and operated by Ritz Food Mart owner Bob Bajwa. Chester...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 15, 2019

Washington state to residents: Check your trees

The Washington Invasive Species Council has a message for the residents of Washington: Please check your trees. August is National Tree Check Month, and the WISC wants Washingtonians to take the time to check their trees and swimming pools for...

 

Mini-Golfers take over Ritzville Golf Course

Smiles were big as a group of about 15 young golfers gathered around three professional instructors at the fifth hole green at the Ritzville Golf Course this week. Youth golfers are sharpening their...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 8, 2019

New electric chargers coming to Ritzville

Looking for a fast place to charge your electric vehicle in Ritzville? Soon, you'll be able to do it in the parking lot of Cow Creek Mercantile by I-90. Earlier this year, Cow Creek Mercantile owner...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 8, 2019

Teacher Profile Series: Lind-Ritzville Middle School math teacher Christina Heater

When the Lind-Ritzville High School closed for construction, it affected more people than just the students and teachers at the high school. It affected everyone at all the schools in the co-op,...

 

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