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 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...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    January 31, 2019

Ritzville tow truck stolen, recovered in northeastern Oregon

A Ritzville tow truck was stolen and was later found—along with the driver who allegedly stole it—in a northeastern Oregon town last week. According to Ritzville Police Chief Dave McCormick, the department received a phone call from the manager...

 

Lady Broncos sweep league games, playoffs begin next week

The Lind-Ritzville Lady Broncos surged ahead as the end of the regular season draws nearer, winning a pair of league games last weekend to improve to 6-3 in league play on the season. It was a...

 

REACH sponsoring February food drive for Ritzville Food Pantry

The Rural East Adams Coalition for Health (REACH) is sponsoring the Spread the Love food drive throughout the month of February. The drive is to support the Food Pantry, located in Ritzville, which serves the entire eastern Adams County area. Items...

 

Broncos wrestlers finish regular season play, set sights on playoffs

The regular season is in the rearview mirror for the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos wrestling squad, as they now have their sights set on the postseason. The Broncos wrapped up regular season play with a South League match in Colfax on Jan. 26, with...

 

Washington farmers need tariff relief

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018; however, absent tariff relief from the ongoing U.S.-China trade tiff, a key market will remain limited. When China’s tariff went from 10 percent to 50 percent last...

 

Opinion: Look beyond border to solve immigration

We Americans like to think of ourselves as problem solvers of a sort. If something is wrong, or needs fixing, we feel we can get to the heart of the matter and figure out a solution that is best addressed to solve it. There is a problem with...

 

Legislative Commentary: Jan. 31, 2019

Dear Friends, Before the 2019 legislative session took up, Democratic leaders in the Legislature indicated that they shared our interest in addressing two major issues: improving the delivery of mental-health treatment and addressing the shortage of...

 

Sprague High School announces first semester Honor Roll for 2018-2019 school year

Fourteen students at Sprague High School were named to the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. Four of those students maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA): Senior Awson Wheeler, sophomore Malea Canaday and freshmans...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 31, 2019

Bill in state legislature would increase fines for texting motorists in school zones

A proposed bill would double the fine for motorists caught using a cellphone in a school, playground or crosswalk speed zone to up to $234 per infraction, or up to $468 for repeat offenders. Washington’s first law to address texting-while-driving...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 31, 2019

Dueling clean energy bills proposed in state legislature

Democrats and Republicans both want to turn Washington into a clean energy state, but they just don’t agree on how to do it. House Bill 1211, proposed by Representative Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, would require public utilities to provide all energy...

 
 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...

 

Broncos basketball loses pair of heartbreakers

It was a backbreaking weekend for the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos basketball team, as they lost a pair of heartbreakers on back-to-back days to fall to 2-7 in league play on the season. The...

 

Ritzville Gun Club Scores: Jan. 27, 2019

23: Scott Hennings, Scott Steinmetz, Garrett Frederick, Justin Ziebell. 22: Scott Yaeger, Travis Dewald, Jason Heider, Wed Frederick, Brian Kramer, Ryan Frederick, Jason Witt, Steve Telecky. 21: Mike, Stromberger, Mike Geschke, James Wahl, Tyler...

 

Lind Gun Club Scores: Jan. 27, 2019

24: Richard Kulm, Terry Utecht. 23: Pete Franz. 22: Carson Schlimmer. 21: Kirk Sager, Alan Schlimmer. 20 & under: Blake Bennett, Curt Franz, Mike Gering, Garrett Schlimmer, Ayden Franz, Anna Franz, Roger Hochstetler, Randy Franz, Kelvin Sager, Randy...

 

Ritzville Police Department Dispatch Reports: Jan. 31, 2019

Jan. 11, 17:58 — A report was received of a hit-and-run accident in the parking lot of the Gilson Gym. Both subjects were contacted and agreed to work the minor damage issue out between the two parties. Jan. 11, 22:18 — A complainant from an...

 

Ralston Grange to host annual cribbage tournament

The Ralston Grange will be sponsoring their Sixth Annual Cribbage Tournament at their hall in Ralston on Feb. 9. The event will start at 1:00 p.m. and is open to all. There will be a $5 entry fee, which will go toward cash prizes. No experience in...

 

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