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Alliance brings five-county region together for business recruitment

In ­the competitive world of business recruitment, communities usually compete against each other to recruit new companies. Four economic development groups are taking a different approach by working together to collectively... — Updated 4/21/2016


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: A rising tide lifts all boats

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy used this phrase in reference to a major economic development project. The popular belief is that the President’s speech writer, Ted Sorensen, first saw this phrase on a sign. It was the slogan... — Updated 7/9/2015

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Planning for the future: Lind town hall creates dialogue, new ideas

After some self-examination, the Lind Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors wanted to establish a priority list. Of themselves, they asked, how can they make Lind better? How can they bring new businesses, more residents and m... — Updated 5/15/2014 Full story

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Council makes good, approves salary increase for police officers

In early April, the Ritzville City Council responded to Police Chief David McCormick’s request for an increase in base salary for police officers and sergeants working for the city. McCormick sought the increase due to... — Updated 5/15/2014


Little League and its facilities are valuable and worthy of our respect

If you stop along Division Street when a local Little League game is being played out, you will be entertained by the games while witnessing “community” in action. While Little League is a massive nationwide organization, at... — Updated 5/15/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

LET'S CHAT: A parting publisher’s reflections

Ten years and six weeks. That’s how long I have served as the publisher of The Ritzville Adams County Journal. I took ownership of the newspaper from Dee and Duane Ruser on April 1, 2004. Becoming a newspaper owner on April... — Updated 5/8/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Fire ravages fair’s horse barn

In early morning light on Wednesday, the charred skeleton of the horse barn overlooked the Wheat Land Communities’ Fairgrounds. Its metal roofing warped and twisted from the heat... — Updated 4/24/2014


Broncos, Indians split doubleheader

After dismantling Reardan, 14-2, in the first league battle of the season on Tuesday, the LRS Broncos fell in the twilight game of the doubleheader, 5-2. In the first game the Broncos had their way with Reardan, scoring four runs... — Updated 4/10/2014 Full story


RDDA, Rankin deserve high praise for theatre’s rebirth

If viewing a major motion picture is the goal, you can do that anywhere. If what you seek is to combine a bit of nostalgia with modern entertainment, then the venue you select must be carefully chosen. Ritzville has always had a di... — Updated 4/10/2014


Lady Broncos sweep Reardan

The Lady Broncos sent Reardan home Tuesday with a pair of Northeast 2B League loses and a clear message. The message? The Lady Broncos are building a successful fastpitch program... — Updated 4/10/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

City may annex Weber Road, some day

In order to collect $26,000 in trail funds from Adams County for its walk and bike path project, the City of Ritzville has to be willing to do something for the county in return. Adams County Commissioners want the city to annex... — Updated 4/3/2014 Full story

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Council takes quick steps to improve police officer pay

In about a decade, the Ritzville Police Department has hired, trained and then lost three entry-level police officers to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Ritzville Police Chief David McCormick contends the departures are... — Updated 4/3/2014


Broncos split diamond doubleheader with Connell

The season’s first doubleheader Tuesday didn’t end quite the way the Broncos would have liked. They split the outing with Connell, winning the second game in five innings,... — Updated 3/27/2014 Full story


Three wins a great start for LRS fastpitch

Three wins in four games means the LRS Lady Broncos’ fastpitch team is headed in the right direction. Tuesday, LRS recorded wins in a doubleheader with Moses Lake High School’s... — Updated 3/27/2014


Broncos capture fourth place trophy

A pair of wins at the WIAA 2B Hardwood Classic produced a fourth place trophy in the state championship tournament for the LRS Broncos and their roster of veteran players. With a... — Updated 3/13/2014


Morton-White Pass, LRS Broncos face-to-face once again at state

On paper, the best team in the state tournament bracket that isn’t from the Bi-County is Morton-White Pass. The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos have had a taste of the... — Updated 3/6/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Drug store’s new owner follows in dad’s footsteps

Ritzville Drug’s new owner is following in the footsteps of their father. This is a case of like father, like daughter. Pharmacist Corinna Gray took ownership of Ritzville Drug... — Updated 3/6/2014


Lady Broncos must execute to upset Colfax

Finishing as the No. 5 seed to the regional tournament means the road to the WIAA 2B Hardwood Classic has to go through Colfax on Saturday. The LRS Lady Broncos must defeat the... — Updated 2/27/2014 Full story


Broncos one win away from state

Saturday’s regional basketball tournament is a single game event for the teams who have advanced this far. The winners earn a trip to the state tournament. The losers pack up and... — Updated 2/27/2014 Full story


Lady Broncos split sub regional contests, set to face DeSales Friday

After losing to Northwest Christian in Saturday’s round of the sub-regional tournament, the LRS Lady Broncos rebounded and collected a Monday victory over Davenport. The win sends them to a Friday night contest at Mt. Spokane... — Updated 2/20/2014


Broncos battle for regional berth, stunned by NWC

Head coach Dustan Arlt isn’t fond of Monday games. He’s even less happy about playing Northwest Christian on the President’s Day holiday. In the past two seasons, the only times the LRS Broncos have lost to the Crusaders has... — Updated 2/20/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Emergency services remarkable in collective response to major wreck

The Dec. 20 multiple vehicle wreck on Interstate 90 was a harrowing experience for many motorists. The injured, walking wounded and even those just stranded by the experience were t... — Updated 1/2/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Hospital district’s CEO predicts positive bottomline for 2014

On paper, CEO/CFO Gary Bostrom expects Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 to end 2014 with a positive bottom line, albeit a conservative estimate. When commissioners met in a special session on Tuesday, they unanimously... — Updated 11/21/2013


Broncos bounce DeSales, to meet Colfax

The LRS Broncos ended DeSales’ state playoff experience in the first round Friday with a 41-14 manhandling of the Irish. The win cleared the way for a rematch with Northeast 2B... — Updated 11/21/2013 Full story


Broncos to meet DeSales in first state playoff

Northeast 2B district Champions, the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos have moved into the WIAA 2B state championship bracket. The Broncos’ first playoff test comes Friday night at... — Updated 11/14/2013 Full story


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