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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Kliewer held on $1 million bail

TACOMA – A Ritzville man accused of trying to meet young girls for sex acts is being held on $1 million bail in the Pierce County Jail. Eugene "Gene" Roy Kliewer, 79, of... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Ritzville man facing child-sex charges

RITZVILLE - A local man is being held in the Adams County Jail on sex-related offenses after allegedly using his Facebook account to try to lure young girls to his East Weber Road h... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Combine Derby draws thousands to Lind

LIND – With names like "General Lee," "Let's Go Branden" and "The Bandit," politics were on full-display Saturday along state Highway 21. Dozens of "Trump Country," Trump 2024"... — Updated 6/22/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Local drivers paying less than state average

RITZVILLE – Despite record high fuel prices, Adams County motorists are spending less money on gasoline and diesel than across much of the state. This morning, — Updated 6/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Combine Derby brings thrills to Lind

LIND – A couple Whitman County entries are listed among the competitors in the annual Combine Derby this weekend. Two day of thrills will dominate Lind on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, as the annual Combine Derby returns... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Eagles compete in state track

CHENEY - The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse Eagles were among the teams competing in the state 1B/2B/1A track and field meet at Eastern Washington University from May 26-28. The St.... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Combine Derby brings thrills

LIND – Two day of thrills will dominate town Friday and Saturday, June 10-11, as the annual Lind Combine Derby returns after a two-year hiatus. “It’s a good time,” Lind... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

'Pomp and Circumstance' in Ritzville

RITZVILLE – The Lind-Ritzville community celebrated the achievements of 26 students in the Class of 2022 during commencement Saturday in Gilson Gymnasium on Saturday, June 4. The... — Updated 6/7/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Nitro Nationals draw crowd to Vernita area

VERNITA - More than 1,000 hillclimb racing enthusiasts turned out Saturday, May 6-8, for the Washington Nitro Nationals. Port Angeles native Jake "The Animal" Anstett won four... — Updated 5/17/2022


Alumni gather for banquet

LIND - Multiple classes of Lind and Lind-Ritzville high schools graduates were honored during a gala celebration Saturday night, May 7, in the current Lind-Ritzville Middle School.... — Updated 5/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Alumni groups plan celebration in Ritzville

RITZVILLE — The Lind-Ritzville and Ritzville alumni associations are planning a gala celebration May 28 to honor former students. The event is slated for 5:30 p.m. in Gilson Gymna... — Updated 5/10/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Inslee visits Rattlesnake Flats

RALSTON – A month after vetoing sections affirming local input into development of solar and wind farms, Gov. Jay Inslee tried last week to put a positive spin on his move. The go... — Updated 4/26/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vanderhold passed over superintendent

CHENEY – The Lind-Ritzville School District doesn't have to look for a new superintendent, at least not yet. On April 22, the Cheney School Board decided to offer its top... — Updated 4/26/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Old-Time Farming Days loom

COLFAX – Farming is the backbone of every country. And organizers of the upcoming Old-Time Farming Days want people to understand the importance of farming and ranching. Old-Time... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Vetoes erase local input on wind, solar farms

POMEROY – Two Eastern Washington lawmakers are irate that Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing wind and solar farms on the region without providing for local input. Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy... — Updated 3/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Othello wrestlers win medals

TACOMA – Four Othello grapplers brought home to Adams County medals Feb. 19 from the state Mat Classic XXXIII wrestling tournament in the Tacoma Dome. Alexis Monday grabbed silver... — Updated 3/1/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee: Indoor mask mandate ends March 21

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that he’ll drop the statewide coronavirus-mask mandate March 21. Inslee said that’s the day when he believes it’ll be safe to remove mask mandates and not overwhelm hospitals. “It w... — Updated 2/17/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Superintendents: End of masks, contact tracing at schools

SPOKANE VALLEY – Following the lead of the Kettle Falls and Richland school boards, superintendents from across Northeast Washington sent a letter late Tuesday night, Feb. 15, to Gov. Jay Inslee requesting an end to mask mandates... — Updated 2/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Miller eliminated at Girls Regionals

RITZVILLE – The Broncos last wrestler was eliminated from the post season Saturday, Feb. 12. Myra Miller lost two bouts to end the wrestling season at the Girls Regional 4... — Updated 2/15/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Wrestler advances to regional tournament

SPANGLE – A local girl has qualified to advance to regionals this coming Saturday in Ephrata. Myra Miller, wrestling at 170, finished in fifth place Saturday, Feb. 5, at the... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Palouse Falls trails should remain open

Palouse Falls has long been one of my favorite places to hike. Over the years, I’ve hiked the mile or so trek to the top of the main falls on numerous occasions. I’ve hiked it... — Updated 2/8/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Wrestling season changes may be in the works

RITZVILLE – A Wrestling Coaches Association proposal to give athletes a better window to recover before the state Mat Classic tournament is generating questions across Northeast... — Updated 1/25/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos wrestling competes at Liberty mix-and-match

SPANGLE - The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague wrestling team hit the mats Thursday, Jan. 13, at Liberty High School for league matches. Xander McPartlen, Gabe Smith and Johnny Ryan were the... — Updated 1/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos host wrestling in Gilson Gym

RITZVILLE - Freezing fog and coronavirus issues kept away many Bronco Invite teams, but didn't shutter wrestling completely Saturday, Jan. 15. Kettle Falls, Liberty (Spangle),... — Updated 1/18/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News

Mesa boy may face charges in DUI-related morning crash

OTHELLO — A Mesa boy may be facing criminal charges associated with an alleged driving while under the influence crash early this morning, Sunday, Jan. 9. Shaden K. Sullivan, 16,... — Updated 1/11/2022


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