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 By Mayor Gary Cook    News

Deadline to apply for utility bill assistance fast approaching

RITZVILLE – There isn’t a lot more that can be said about the COVID-19 crisis which we have all been living under since March 2020. Federal, state and local governments have had their lives turned upside down, the same as... — Updated 11/12/2020


City Responsibilities

Let’s go over it again. I have submitted several “City Hall’er” articles over the last couple of years asking city residents to be respectful of neighbors and keep their properties presentable. Out of town folks travel... — Updated 9/13/2018 Full story


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The City of Ritzville is responsible for using your money, the public rate payer, for the most efficient use that benefits the community. When we have a need for funding such as water and sewer, streets, etc, we try to get the... — Updated 7/19/2018


Quality of life in Ritzville

Memorial Weekend in Ritzville had many alumni and visitors from other communities. Most of those folks appreciate the small-town atmosphere and cultural advantages that residents of Ritzville enjoy. We can all agree that we have... — Updated 5/31/2018


We want to hear from you

As the City of Ritzville, our function is to provide you with police, fire, water, sewer, streets, garbage, parks, and other services. We are also asked by you, the taxpayer, to pass and enforce certain laws that provide general... — Updated 4/12/2018


Celebrating Ritzville

Of course the holiday season is on all our minds. We should’ve seen it coming but always seem to ask where the summer went. Several key people are promoting and celebrating the season for Ritzville. These include Kylie and staff... — Updated 12/14/2017 Full story



If you’ve exited I-90 from Spokane or driven down Baumann Road or Weber Avenue in the last couple of days, I’m sure you’ve seen the latest addition to the metal sculpture collection: the stagecoach and six horses made... — Updated 10/26/2017


Political Ego

There are many things in this community that are being done right but there still needs to be a bigger push to get us over the next hill to successfully grow our city. It’s time to put political self-interest aside and join the... — Updated 7/20/2017


Fender Benders

The prospect of a car accident, regardless of how remote or rare is still an unnerving thought to us all. We all make mistakes from time to time and can remember situations when we were very lucky that nothing happened. Insurance... — Updated 7/6/2017 Full story


Yeah, it’s good enough

It always surprises me when community feedback to the city, albeit rare, comes in the form of complaints. We’ve received complaints from local citizens about the condition of the city cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend.... — Updated 6/8/2017


City update for May

I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on recent city issues. First, last week with the new branding process for the City of Ritzville was a smashing success. Julie Flyckt of the Adams County Economic Development Council... — Updated 5/4/2017


What is branding?

In agricultural areas, such as Ritzville, the term branding usually gets a nod of understanding that you are talking about cows. Ranchers are certainly approaching the branding season for this area. Branding in this case is... — Updated 4/20/2017


Finding coal and carrots

After 70 some days of snow covered ground it is inevitable the snow will melt and with that comes the horror of what’s been buried for the last few months. Chunks of coal and an occasional carrot or two are the only remains of... — Updated 3/9/2017


Businesses and the City

I have fielded a lot of questions lately about the City’s role in enforcement of current ordinances. As in all government, there are laws on the books that for one reason or another are not being followed. First, how did those... — Updated 2/16/2017 Full story


The reset button for 2017

2016 is finally in our rearview mirror and the start of a new year is always an opportunity to be optimistic about the future. I think we all look forward to a “better” year, regardless of how we define that individually.... — Updated 1/12/2017


There’s snow way to win

Our beautiful fall weather inevitably gave way to winter, which finally reared its’ ugly head with freezing temperatures and six inches of snow on Dec. 5-6. It seems everyone must ‘re-learn’ driving habits to avoid insurance... — Updated 12/15/2016 Full story


Holiday Festival time

The Ritzville annual Holiday Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday. Local businesses will offer specials and are encouraged to be open Friday evening during the tree lighting. This year the tree is located at the Carneg... — Updated 12/1/2016


City health and well being

It’s annual budget time at the City of Ritzville. This happens every year, and is always a challenge. Like everyone who must create budgets, it creates a plan for the next year, and just as importantly let’s us see how we did... — Updated 10/13/2016


Volunteers are unsung heroes

My wife and I recently had the opportunity to work at the local Food Pantry here in Ritzville. Each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. a group of volunteers receives foodstuffs, stocks shelves, inventories, repackages and distributes... — Updated 9/15/2016 Full story


Safety in a small town

It seems like the norm these days when watching the news is that we find events are both shocking and disgusting. We keep asking ourselves “how did things get this way?” or “In my day these things never would have... — Updated 8/4/2016


Nudging forward

You’ve probably heard the cliché “It’s like herding a bunch of cats”. That’s certainly something I relate to at the City. First, please don’t call City Hall and complain that I think everyone is a cat. This community... — Updated 7/21/2016 Full story


Why ANOTHER Permit?

In the normal course of social endeavors, governments are formed to serve the welfare of the public, standardize rules, laws and policies for the greater good and keep the peace. Society wants and needs these things so everyone may... — Updated 6/2/2016 Full story


Rabbits, chickens, pets, oh my!

City rules and laws have been put in place over time to serve the residents of the community. Nuisance Ordinances that address noise, barking dogs, commercial operations in residential neighborhoods and a variety of others are... — Updated 5/5/2016


“We must not change!”

Tradition is the vehicle that drives quality of life in a small town atmosphere. For almost 135 years Ritzville has continued to embody a set of values that lets us all enjoy the lifestyle we live here for. From pioneer families... — Updated 3/10/2016


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