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Articles from the February 23, 2012 edition

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Big Bend to host members’ meeting

Big Bend Electric Cooperative, Inc., is hosting the 73rd annual membership meeting on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and act on electing trustees to fill terms currently expiring on the... — Updated 2/23/2012


Washtucna Community Church to host chorus

Washtucna Community Church is set to host a concert of the Tri-Cities men’s chorus, during regular worship service on Sunday, Feb. 26. Worship begins at 11 a.m. The Tri-Cities men’s chorus has approximately 20 members, from... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Palouse Falls hike March 10, registration is open

The springtime Palouse Canyon hike from Lyons Ferry Park to Palouse Falls is on Saturday, Mar. 10. The deadline to register is Mar. 2 and registration is filling up fast. The leaders, Lloyd Stoess and Gene Kiver, can accommodate... — Updated 2/23/2012


Academic honors for LRS basketball

Both the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boy’s and girls’ varsity basketball teams earned the honor of Academic State Champions for the 2B classification. The girls had a collective GPA from the first semester of 3.898. The boys had a... — Updated 2/23/2012

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Proper body alignment: New yoga classes offered

A local Ritzville resident has recently begun teaching a beginner’s yoga class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to help bring fitness opportunities to residents. Pat Tremaine, who moved to Ritzville about a year ago, has been... — Updated 2/23/2012

 By Katelin Davidson    News

NoaNet brings fiber to school, library, hospital

During the monthly Ritzville Chamber of Commerce meeting, Angela Bennett from Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) discussed the business and the plans to install a fiber route to a few businesses in Ritzville. The fiber network... — Updated 2/23/2012


Friederichs joins council to help city grow

Ben Friederichs began calling Ritzville home a decade ago. He had just landed solid employment with Big Bend Electric Cooperative and had begun embarking on a new phase in his... — Updated 2/23/2012


Tigercats' season ends with loss to Rosalia

The LaCrosse-Washtucna Tigercats’ season came to an end on Friday, Feb. 17, after losing a district playoff game against Rosalia. The Tigercats made it into the district tournament after finishing fifth in the league, winning... — Updated 2/23/2012


Davenport ends hoop seasons for Broncos

Postseason basketball play for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague ended far sooner than anyone would prefer. Both the boys and girls teams have impressive histories and have earned numerous trips to the state tournament. Any hopes of a return... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Morris, Niezwaag grab fourth at state

Unlike team sports, wrestling is a one-on-one battle that proves to be just as much about mental toughness as it does physical strength. For the LRS Broncos, two proved capable of... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Find Pet Rescue on Facebook

Adams County Pet Rescue would like to encourage pet owners to use their Facebook page to make contact about lost pets. Go to to... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Supports outgoing hospital leadership

Our new hospital board just hired a new interim CEO in a Special Board Meeting on Feb. 16. This will be the eighth CEO in 10 years and he will be only here for four to five months. He was hired at the same salary that Mark Barglof... — Updated 2/23/2012


Code issues critical at hospital

I thank you for the information from the EARH board meeting in your Feb. 2 edition. One major topic discussed at this meeting, was not in the article, and I feel the community should be informed of this information, as it pertains... — Updated 2/23/2012


Writer questions decisions by districts commissioners

During the recent hospital board election, three issues regarding the CEO position were raised with much concern. 1. The CEO Salary of $140,000 was deemed excessive. 2. The CEO did not live in Ritzville. There was much to do about... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


County leaders have misled communities

Regarding Mary Arlt’s letter to the Editor published on Feb. 9, I applaud you! Not malicious or vindictive, but right on point! Even after retirement Mary continues to show concern for the public by offering information of... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Joyce Gering Clark

Joyce Gering Clark passed away on Jan. 18, in Kirkland, Wash., at the age of 84. She was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Ritzville to Joe and Pearl (Fink) Gering. After completing high... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Cynthia LaMar

Cynthia LaMar passed away Feb. 16, at her home in Moses Lake, at the age of 56. She was born on Aug. 28, 1955, in Spokane to John and Evelyn Hill. She lived in Tekoa, Wash., until... — Updated 2/23/2012


Peter Kay Caldwell

Peter “Pete” Kay Caldwell passed away Feb. 19, at the age of 68, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. He was born Dec. 13, 1943, in Walla Walla, Wash., to Anna (Conrad) and... — Updated 2/23/2012


Gordon Gene Gutschmidt

Gordon Gene Gutschmidt died on Feb. 5, in Bellingham, Wash., at the age of 81. He was born on Jan. 20, 1931, to Barny and Ema Gutschmidt. He lived his later years in Ritzville. He enjoyed garage sales, wrestling and spending time... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story


Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m. – Citizen assist transferred from Washington State Patrol. Complainant from Spokane Valley advised three women traveling, flat tire, don’t know how to put on the spare. Pulled in to Big Bend parking lot in a... — Updated 2/23/2012

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Father/son duo looks to build lumber business

The Ritzville Lumber store’s shelves are now stocked full of merchandise and the inventory plans to continue to grow over the next couple of months. David Ahrens and his son, Nick, currently run the lumber and hardware supply sto... — Updated 2/23/2012


Smith to wed Hutto

Eugene and Cynthia (Sprenger) Smith of Crestview, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, to Kyle K. Hutto. Hutto is the son of Wade... — Updated 2/23/2012


Wade Lynn Ford

Megan Wilks and Sheldon Ford are pleased to announce the arrival of their first child, Wade Lynn Ford, born on Feb. 17, in Twin Falls, Idaho. At birth, Wade weighed 7 pounds 13... — Updated 2/23/2012 Full story

 By Dale Anderson    News

New York Minute...

In a year when the NBA was on the verge of losing its entire season, having a reason to watch the game was very important. I’m sure that most of the bigwigs were hoping Kobe... — Updated 2/23/2012


Schoesler: Fiscal reforms needed in spite of positive revenue forecast

The Senate spent Monday and Tuesday wrapping up the voting on bills forwarded by Senate committees. As Senate Republican floor leader, and a member of the Senate Rules Committee (which has final say over which bills land on the vot... — Updated 2/23/2012


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