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 By Steve Salins    News    February 14, 2019 

Pastime renovations underway

The "Pastime Bar and Grill" sign has occupied the corner of Ritzville's Main and Washington for decades and is now overseeing a renovation of the storied pub. Dave Benedict and Aimee Guiles purchased...

 By Steve Salins    News    February 7, 2019

Chamber of Commerce hosts annual meeting, discuss next steps to increase reach

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on Jan. 28 at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers conference room. The general public was welcome. The Ritzville Chamber of Commerce exists to “enhance and promote business and...

 By Steve Salins    News    February 7, 2019

Wheat growers discuss vast array of topics at regional conference in Ritzville

The American Legion Hall was filled nearly to capacity with wheat producers from the region on Wednesday, January 30, for the Dryland Wheat Growers Conference. Aaron Esser, Washington State University Agronomist, chaired the five-unit conference...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 31, 2019

Benefit Dinner & Auction raises $40,000 for Swift family

So ... you couldn't find an evening parking spot anywhere near downtown Ritzville last Saturday evening? Hordes of people streaming toward the Legion Hall? Well, you just got caught in a small town's... Full story

 By Steve Salins    News    January 31, 2019

EARH holds first board meeting of 2019

The Board of Commissioners for the East Adams Rural Healthcare (EARH) met Thursday, Jan. 24. The call to order was made at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chair Eric Walker, CEO Gary Bostrom; Jennifer Peppperd, Chief Nursing Officer; and Commissioners Ross...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 24, 2019

New times announced for Larry Swift Benefit Dinner on Jan. 26

Saturday evening, Jan. 26, is the night of a benefit dinner for Larry Swift, Director of Ritzville’s Public Works. The Eagles Lodge and Ritzville Gun Club are sponsoring the dinner and auction event with all proceeds going to Larry Swift. The...


Broncos wrestling holds sole home match of season

The interior of Gilson gym was brightly lit and full of energy on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15. It was the beginning of Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Bronco’s only home wrestling match of the season. At 7 p.m., well after an hour of competitor and team...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 24, 2019

"Box for Sox" a smashing success

Last Thursday, January 17, under cloudy skies and an incessant chilling rain, four young Scouts scrambled out of their vehicles to deliver the end of their campaign to collect pairs of socks to be...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 24, 2019

Gritman Senior Center holds annual meeting, elects new officers

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center board and interested parties gathered for the annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1:00 p.m. Minutes from the previous year’s meeting were unanimously approved. Janet Sanger reported on the financial status of the...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 24, 2019

LRHS drama club keys in on life's normalities and oddities

There is an anticipatory hum among audience members prior to high school concert or drama presentations, and the evening of Wednesday, January 16 was no exception in the gym-theater of Lind Junior Hig...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 10, 2019

Big Bend Co-op gives back to community through nonprofit organization

Short-time Ritzville residents may notice regular news articles reporting that “Caring Neighbors” has donated monies to various groups. It would be easy to assume that “Caring Neighbors” refers to a small local charitable group—but as it...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 3, 2019

Adams County Courthouse added to National Register of Historic Places

December 7, 2018 became more than Pearl Harbor Day for residents of Ritzville and Adams County. The Washington Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) notified Ritzville and...

 By Steve Salins    News    January 3, 2019

Lind Town Council meets for final time in 2018

Lind’s Town Council meeting on Wednesday, the day after Christmas, was unusually short—probably not unexpected for a meeting in the middle of the protracted holiday season. Mayor Paula Bell called the meeting to order, the Pledge of Allegiance...

 By Steve Salins    News    December 27, 2018

EARH meets for last time in 2018

The Board of Commissioners for the East Adams Rural Healthcare (EARH) met Thursday, December 20. CEO Gary Bostrom reported the Hospital will be posting their charges on their webpage as of January first next year. The posting is a new requirement...

 By Steve Salins    News    December 20, 2018

Lind Town Council approves 2019 budget

The Lind Town Council meeting on Dec. 11 was called to order by Mayor Paula Bell at 7:04 p.m. A public meeting to review the Town Budget had occurred in the hour before in which the usual openings—Pledge of Allegiance and determination of a...

 By Steve Salins    News    December 20, 2018

Ritzville Food Pantry part of the heart and soul of local community

The inconspicuous space appears pinched between a Dollar Store and a closed Title Insurance Company office. Blue-gray paint coats the building and door. One window display contains a large white...


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