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Schwisow’s artwork on display at Ritzville Public Library - Open House scheduled for Feb. 23

The Ritzville branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting an Open House at the Ritzville Public Library on Friday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Th... — Updated 2/22/2018


Blood drive at LRHS on Feb. 28

Lind-Ritzville High School will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the mobile bus next to Gilson Gym. Donation hours are from 12:45-3:45 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Varela and Associates to complete survey work for City of Ritzville’s lagoon cell

The City of Ritzville took the first step in addressing a deficiency issue with one of its lagoon cells. In March, the Washington State Department of Ecology Dam Safety Office (DSO) sent an inspection report to the city indicating... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Recognizing the history, growth of 911

Adams County 911 Communications personnel, represented by Kevin Swartz and Angie Fode, hosted a 50th anniversary of 911 reception and presentation on Feb. 15. Swartz led the event, discussing the history of 911 in the United States... — Updated 2/22/2018


Summer jobs for teens with the Ecology Youth Corps - Applications now being accepted for teens ages 14-17

This summer, more than 300 teenagers throughout Washington will hit the road to pick up litter and protect the environment with the Ecology Youth Corps. In 2017, EYC crews cleaned more than 5,000 miles of roads and picked up more... — Updated 2/22/2018


Voters cast ballots for no increase of ECBID directors

The Directors of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District (ECBID) completed the canvassing of the election results for the election held on Feb. 8. This election was held to determine if the number of directors on the ECBID... — Updated 2/22/2018


Co-op to refund $2.18 million

The Board of Trustees of Big Bend Electric Cooperative, Inc. recently approved the refund of over $2.1 million to the Cooperative’s electric bill payers. Refunds are being mailed to consumers who purchased power from the... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Lind Council votes ‘no’ to marijuana businesses in Town limits

During their Feb. 13 meeting, the Lind Town Council voted 4-1 to draft an ordinance prohibiting the location of growing, processing and retail marijuana businesses within the Town of Lind boundaries. Council Member Kathy Vedder was... — Updated 2/22/2018

 By Katelin Davidson    News

MOPs organization provides information, support for mothers

In its second year in Ritzville, the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) organization continues to help mothers with young children by providing advice and support during the child’s early developmental years. Mothers are welcome to... — Updated 2/22/2018


DYW program slated for March 17

The 2018-2019 Distinguished Young Woman Program date has been announced. It will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lind-Ritzville Middle School gymnasium in Lind. This year’s participants are Kelcee Carlson, Else... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story



ORANGE OUT. The entire staff and student population at the Washtucna School District gathered together on Feb. 16 dressed in orange as a sign of support for local teacher Janet... — Updated 2/22/2018


Eagles announce Easter Egg Hunt

The Ritzville Eagles Auxiliary and Aerie are gearing up once again for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the event will be held on Saturday, March 24, at the Ritzville City Park. Members of the Eagles will be starting to ask... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Big Bend Bowl League Scores

Alley Cats, Jan. 31 Napa 26-16, Rehn Grain 25-17, Ritzville Hardware 20-22, The Strays 13-29. High scratch games: Stephanie Geschke 165, Sandy Tracy 158, Terri Abney 144, Peggy Crossler 144. High scratch series: Stephanie Geschke... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Lind, Ritzville Gun Club Scores

Ritzville Gun Club, Feb. 11 – 46 Shooters 25: Ryan Frederick, Justin Ziebell. 24: Justin Benzel. 23: Scott Yaeger, Justin Simonson, Travis Dewald, Garrett Frederick. 22: Dennis Faechner, James Wahl, Kyle Bauer, Wes Frederick,... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Searching for opportunities to be greater than yesterday

It was ancient Greek philosopher Socrates who said, “All I know is that I know nothing.” Centuries later, his sage wisdom about our lack of exposure to the world highlights a fundamental truth: by acknowledging how much we... — Updated 2/22/2018


Seven Ritzville students named to EWU Dean’s List

Seven Ritzville residents were named to Eastern Washington University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2017 quarter. Students on the Dean’s List Brian Campbell, Soraida Chavez, Peyton Curtis, Ryan Frederick, Dylan Hartz, Taylor... — Updated 2/22/2018


WSU Fall 2017 President’s Honor Roll announced

Multiple Lind and Ritzville residents were selected for Washington State University’s President’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2017 semester. From Lind, Jenna Bennett and Connor O’Neill were both named to Honor Roll. Former... — Updated 2/22/2018


Lind Senior Center seeks community support

The Lind Senior Center member met recently to elect new officers for the upcoming year. Myra Horton was re-elected as president, and Joe Holland was re-elected as vice president. Beverly Lomax will serve as secretary and Evelyn... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Path forward needed for water infrastructure nationwide

Last week, the Trump administration released its proposal to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, a blueprint that gives hope for federal support and a positive path forward on projects across the country that are stalled due... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Legislative Commentary

Much has been happening at the Capitol, but before commenting on some of the key decisions I’ll point out that today is day 40 of our 60-day session. We’re at the stage where the Senate committees are considering bills passed... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Reports from the Board Chairman

There are several items to report, and all of them are good news. For one, the Grand Columbia Health Alliance (of which your District is one of five member Districts) has hired a Compliance consultant whose availability will be... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Dennis to be installed as pastor

On Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m., Pastor Rod Dennis will be installed as Pastor for the Lind Community Church and the Benge Community Church. Leading the service will be Pastor Bob Bridge. The service will be followed by a potluck... — Updated 2/22/2018 Full story


Duane Francis Moser

Duane Francis Moser was born July 8, 1941, in Lewiston, to Francis Roy and Evalona Mae McGee Moser. He was the oldest of four children: followed by three sisters, Vickie, Shirlene... — Updated 2/22/2018


David Allen Hughes

David Allen Hughes, 64, of Richland, died on Feb. 15. He was born in Virginia on Sept. 24, 1953, to his parents, Max D. and Florence E. Hughes. David graduated from Richland (Bomber... — Updated 2/22/2018


Judy Lee Anderson Jent

Judy Lee Anderson Jent was born May 9, 1940, in Clinton, Iowa. Judy died at age 77 on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Spokane. Judy was happily married to and survived by her husband Curt... — Updated 2/22/2018


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