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 By Katie Teachout    News 

Schoessler bridge over I-90 inspected and reopened

RITZVILLE — Schoessler Road Bridge over I-90 passed an inspection and was reopened Tuesday evening, June 30, after being struck by a truck bearing an oversized load earlier in the day. Washington State Department of... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

State of emergency extended through December 31

RITZVILLE - A resolution extending the city's Proclamation of Emergency to Dec. 31, 2020, is expected to be signed by Mayor Gary Cook at the regular city council meeting next... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Four crashes on Highway 17 have law enforcement concerned

OTHELLO – Four traffic incidents including four fatalities and one serious injury occurred on Highway 17 between Moses Lake and Othello in just over a week. The Washington State Patrol, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Motorhome burns on I-90

RITZVILLE – A 40-foot motor home caught fire near milepost 200 on I-90 westbound Friday afternoon. Four people escaped the fire, uninjured. "Everyone got out okay," WSP Trooper Ha... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Four Seasons Resort under new ownership

SPRAGUE – Dave Davisson is enjoying life as the new owner of Four Seasons Campground and Resort on Sprague Lake. Davisson took over the resort from the former owners about three... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Farmers Market returns to Ritzville

RITZVILLE – Andy's Fruit and Produce is back for their summer season of weekly appearances in the Umpqua Bank parking lot. Owner Andy Estes sells fresh produce from local farms,... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Firefighters reject water truck

RITZVILLE – Adams County Fire Protection District No. 1 commissioners had an executive session during their May 15 meeting and agreed to deny transportation fees on a water truck. According to district secretary John Kragt, a... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Grant funds received

ADAMS COUNTY – Innovia Foundation awarded $746,012 in grant funds to nonprofit organizations and government agencies through the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho. This second... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Fireworks on tap for July 4

SPRAGUE — Four Seasons Campground and Resort on Sprague Lake in Lincoln County will be hosting a professional fireworks display Saturday, July 4, beginning around 9:30 p.m. and lasting about 25 minutes. A small entry fee will be... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Sprague-Lamont graduates eight

SPRAGUE — Family members and friends observed from the school lawn or their vehicles as eight students received their high school diplomas Saturday, June 20. Parker Cappel, Erik a... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Ritzville begins budget talks

RITZVILLE – City clerk treasurer Julie Flyckt said it was the time of year again to “spend our lives thinking about the budget,” as she presented the 2021 budget calendar to council members June 16. Mayor Gary Cook and... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Superintendent optimistic schools will reopen in the fall

RITZVILLE – Superintendent Don Vanderholm said he is feeling optimistic about the fall re-opening of the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools. “We think we can meet the six-foot social distancing demands. If it’s a matter of... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Athletics camps uncertain

RITZVILLE — Athletic summer camps are still uncertain for the Lind-Ritzville School District. “Like many of you, we have more questions than answers in regards to summer camps,” athletic director Greg Whitmore said. “We... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Community pool won't open, yet

RITZVILLLE — The community pool won’t be able to open until the county gets to Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s 4-phase “Safe Start” program, and new cases of COVID-19 decrease significantly county-wide. Adams County Park... — Updated 7/1/2020


New neighbors volunteer yardwork

RITZVILLE — Jessica Quinn and Kylo Lewis have volunteered countless hours weeding a yard in town, where a house sits vacant. "We live right around the corner, and we're just... — Updated 7/1/2020


Sprague-Lamont grads receive scholarships

SPRAGUE - The Sprague-Lamont valedictorian and salutatorian have received a bounty of scholarships. Valedictorian Alexis Walters Gilchrist said she was very excited over financial... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Skateboard time

Jose Huirtron, left, goes for a boardslide on the rail and Kyle Jurun rides a manual over pyramid June 17.... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Grandstands get a facelift

RITZVILLE - Lind-Ritzville School District employees Gale Gardner, Zach Gardner and Brady Wahl prepped the Broncos grandstand for a new coat of paint two weeks ago;... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Pastime Reopens

By Katie Teachout The Journal RITZVILLE - The Pastime reopened Wednesday, June 10. "It's like opening the business all over again. I'm like, 'Wait, I just did this over a year... — Updated 6/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

K9 Garrett apprehends criminal

RITZVILLE – A motorcycle pursuit in three counties in the early morning hours of June 10 ended when Adams County Sheriff's Office K9 Garrett apprehended the subject. The pursuit... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Prosecutor agrees shooting justified

COLVILLE — The Stevens County prosecuting attorney is concurring with local investigators who determined the April 11 shooting death of a traveler was justified. Prosecuting... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Reykdal releases school reopening guidelines

OLYMPIA — The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has released an initial set of guidelines for re-opening schools in the fall. Superintendent of Public... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

City demands accountability from dog owners

LIND — Council members adopted an amendment to the ordinance regarding household pets at the June 9 meeting. The amendment states a written record will be kept that includes a... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Koyotes earn awards

KAHLOTUS — The Class of 2020, made up of four graduates, received several scholarships and awards, announced during their June 5 graduation by superintendent Gregg Taylor.... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Class of 2020 rakes in scholarship cash

RITZVILLE — The Lind-Ritzville Class of 2020 nearly doubled the amount of scholarships earned over last year, with graduates awarded a total of $449,100. Scholarship recipients... — Updated 6/18/2020


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