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 By Katie Teachout    News 

School staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations

RITZVILLE - Adams County Rural Healthcare workers administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations to school staff and school district board members at Lind Ritzville High... — Updated 1/25/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Fire at potato plant leads to evacuation

WARDEN - Residents of Warden were allowed to return to their homes around 1 a.m. Friday morning, Jan. 22, following a Level 3 Evacuation notice. The Level 3 Evacuation was called... — Updated 1/22/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Man killed in rollover accident

TOKIO – A 26-year-old man was killed when he lost control of the truck he was driving eastbound on I-90 Monday morning, Jan. 18. Joe Crow of Aberdeen was about 13 miles east of... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    Sports 

Washington Salmon recovery efforts seek funding

OLYMPIA – The state released a biennial report on the state of salmon in watersheds Jan. 14. Director of the Recreation and Conservation Office Kaleen Cottingham and executive... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Waste Water Treatment Plant repairs in place

LIND – Public works employee Brandon Stinnett gave a report on the Waste Water Treatment Plant to council Jan. 12. Stinnett has been working with Sewer Utility Operator Casie Monge and Water Utility Operator Joe Pessutti the last... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Planning Commission approves annexation

RITZVILLE – The City Planning Commission adopted a resolution approving annexation, land use and zoning map amendment for two lots totaling 287 acres, at their Jan. 13 meeting. City Council accepted the proposed Grainland Acres... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Senator not happy with Capitol being closed to public

OLYMPIA – Senator Mark Schoesler is frustrated by the complete closure of the Legislative Building and other Capitol Campus buildings to the public during the 2021 legislative... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Commissioners hear vaccines lagging

RITZVILLE – County Commissioners heard from Adams County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny at their Jan. 13 meeting, who said the U.S. had seen the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the last seven days. Brzezny said the... — Updated 1/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Schoesler takes Senate oath in hometown

RITZVILLE – Senator Mark Schoesler was sworn in for his fifth term of service in the Washington State Senate at the Adams County Courthouse Friday, Jan. 8. Administering the oath... — Updated 1/14/2021


WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports

RITZVILLE – Greg Whitmore, Lind-Ritzville Athletic Director and WIAA Executive Board member, hosted a teleconference Jan. 6 to answer questions about what new state guidelines mean for athletics in the state and for athletes at... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Ritzville Chamber to host annual meeting Monday

RITZVILLE – The Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual meeting virtually Monday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public, and a meeting link will be posted on the chamber’s website for anyone to attend.... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Caring Neighbors hands out $9,300

RITZVILLE – Caring Neighbors donated over $9,000 to area organizations in their last round of grants, made possible by donations from Big Bend Electric Cooperative members. The... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

City amends code regarding accessory structures

RITZVILLE – City council amended part of the city code during their Jan. 5 council meeting. The amendment addresses the Accessory Structures of the Ritzville City Code; in particular the use of cargo containers on residential... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Ritzville Warehouse building road to speed up loading

RITZVILLE – The Ritzville Warehouse is building a road at their Templin Terminal, to speed up access for trucks to wheat stores. “It will give them access to all the piles in... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Council members remain on current committees

RITZVILLE – Council members chose to continue to serve on the committees they were previously assigned to, throughout 2021. Assignments are as follows. License, Rules and Permits: Chairperson Dennis Chamberlain, Michelle Plumb,... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Best Western's Bronco Inn builds expansion

RITZVILLE – The Best Western Bronco Inn is expanding by more than half its current size. The Bronco Inn, located at 105 W. Galbreath Way, opened in May of 2003 with 63 rooms. The... — Updated 1/7/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Wreaths laid across veterans graves

LIND – Wreaths were laid across the graves of 10 military veterans in the Lind Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 19, part of National Wreaths Across America Day. Organizer Rose Elkington... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Schoesler calls state budget governor's "latest tax-and-spend scheme"

OLYMPIA – Representative Mark Schoesler of the Ninth District called the recently-released proposed state budget the “latest tax-and-spend scheme” by Governor Jay Inslee. A... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Local rep to head House Environment and Energy Committee

OLYMPIA – Ninth District Representative Mary Dye will lead the House Environment and Energy Committee for the state House Republicans when the 2021 legislative session begins... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

City accepts proposal for annexation

RITZVILLE – City council unanimously accepted a proposal for two parcels to be annexed in to the city, simultaneously adopting the comprehensive plan and assuming existing city indebtedness of the area to be adopted, at their... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

COVID-19 vaccines available in county to high-risk group

OTHELLO - Othello Community Hospital received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine last week and started providing vaccines to people in the designated 1A group on Dec. 24 and 25. The 1A group consists of high-risk workers in... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Eagle auxiliary ladies make Christmas a little warmer

RITZVILLE – The Eagles Auxiliary members made Christmas this year warmer and more joyful for residents of Rose Garden Estates and East Adams Rural Hospital’s long term care... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Construction of Rattlesnake Flat wind farm complete

RALSTON – A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony took place Dec. 15 to mark the completion of the 160 MW Rattlesnake Flat Wind Farm. Construction of the 57 wind turbines connected to... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Students rewarded for food bank donations

WASHTUCNA – Four teachers and Principal Michael Amend endured taking pies to the face by students, after generous donations for the food bank reached over 1,100 pounds. Goals... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Santa Claus flies into town

RITZVILLE – Santa came to town for a drive-by visit with community members from as far away as Lind Saturday, Dec. 19. The big man was flown in by helicopter courtesy of Life... — Updated 12/23/2020


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