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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Kettle Falls woman killed in crash

LIND -- A Kettle Falls woman was killed Sunday morning when her pickup overturned. Kristen K. Icenogle, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 70 on southbound U.S.... — Updated 4/5/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Adams County coronavirus tally reaches 23

RITZVILLE -- Adams County health officials Saturday evening reported that a total of 23 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. Of those cases, 19 are in Othello, with 10 connected to a single family, officials said. There are two... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Infected number rises in Othello

OTHELLO -- The number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is rising, with almost half of the cases connected to a single family. As of Sunday afternoon, Adams County health officials were reporting 23 cases in the city, 11 of which were in... — Updated 4/5/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Senate Minority Leader Schoesler reacts to quarantine extension

RITZVILLE - Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler doesn't agree with extending the statewide quarantine until May 4 due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Responding to Bainbridge... — Updated 4/5/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion 

Newspapers are in 'survival mode,' too

Given the ongoing shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, like nearly all local businesses, we had to make some difficult decisions last week. Among those was the... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Central Idaho

BOISE — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and five aftershocks shaking Central Idaho starting about 5:53 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 31. The main quake struck about 43 miles west of Challis, in... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Spangle man killed in U.S. 195 crash

SPANGLE — A local man was killed early Saturday morning when his pickup crossed the centerline and hit a tractor-trailer head-on. Shane M. Remp, 32, was pronounced dead at the... — Updated 3/30/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Adams County reporting 13 coronavirus cases

OTHELLO — Adams County health officials reported 13 confirmed coronavirus cases late tonight, Monday night, March 30. That's up from five cases Friday, March 27, the last time Adams County Health Department officials released a... — Updated 3/30/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

$30 car tabs on hold, again

SEATTLE - The city of Seattle and King County continued their lawsuit against the electorate earlier this week by requesting an emergency extension of an injunction blocking... — Updated 3/30/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Three COVID-19 cases confirmed in Adams County

RITZVILLE — The Adams County Health Department reported Friday that there are now three confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Adams County. Two cases were confirmed Friday by... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Plowing halted on scenic passes

MAZAMA — Eastern Washington residents wanting to use highways through scenic mountain passes to get to the Puget Sound area or Pacific Ocean are going to have to wait. On... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

I-976 could go into effect Friday

SEATTLE -- The King County judge who initially blocked the $30 car-tab cap denied most of the challenges to the taxpayer-approved measure. Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson rul... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Public barred from entering state parks, Fish and Wildlife lands

OLYMPIA -- The state earlier today announced all publicly owned lands managed by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife are closed to... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bait jars could send a message to Fish and Wildlife

Unintended consequence or bureaucratic power grab? Given the things being ordered behind locked doors of government offices, I’ll take the latter. Tonight, March 25, when the... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Changes to The Journal print days explained

Last week, you received your Journal a day early. That was not a mistake. Due to the growth of our company, the Ritzville Adams County Journal is transitioning to a Wednesday... — Updated 3/19/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee issues moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19

OLYMPIA — Residents who become unemployed due to government actions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronovirus won’t have to worry about being evicted, at least for the next month. During a press conference this... — Updated 3/18/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Let Gov. Inslee hear you on 'seXXX ed'

Engrossed Senate Bill 5395, the sex education bill mandating “inclusive” curriculum beginning in kindergarten has been hotly contested this legislative session in Olympia. But w... — Updated 3/18/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

We're doing our part at The Journal

As a member of the “Fourth Estate,” our newspaper staff regularly comes in close contact with people from all walks of life. Knowing that, we are doing our part to help prevent... — Updated 3/18/2020


Schools to close on Tuesday

RITZVILLE—Due to safety concerns over COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered all K-12 schools closed statewide from Tuesday, March 17, until at least April 24. Gatherings of 250 or more are now prohibited statewide, as well. The... — Updated 3/13/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Judge partially vacates I-976 injunction

PASCO - "We won!" That was the reaction from Franklin County Commissioner Clint Didier earlier today, March 12, after a King County judge vacated most of a previous injunction on... — Updated 3/12/2020 Full story

 By Roger Harnack    News

Sanders edging Biden in Washington primary

At the end of last night's Washington state presidential primary election, the initial ballot count shows President Donald Trump with 523,409 votes in the Republican non-contest. There are 7,862 write-ins. In the Democrat contest,... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Area judge in center of 'Red Flag' case

COLVILLE — An Adams County Superior Court judge has found himself amidst a legal battle over so-called “red flag” laws that may be headed to the state Supreme Court. Judge Steve B. Dixon presided over a hearing, as a... — Updated 2/27/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Highway 24 intersection to close for irrigation work

OTHELLO -- The state Department of Transportation is closing the state Highway 24-Bench Road intersection this weekend for irrigation upgrades. The closure will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, officials said, noting it is expected to... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Four Bronco wrestlers survive regionals

REARDAN - Four Lind-Ritzville wrestlers are headed to the state Mat Classic tournament this Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome. At 113 pounds, Johnny Ryan won the regional... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos named to All-League teams

RITZVILLE — Several Lind-Ritzville basketball players were named to Northeast 2B All-League-South teams. Three Bronco girls and two boys received the honor. For the girls, Janaye Wilkie was named to the All-League Second Team.... — Updated 2/20/2020


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