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Book Fair comes to Lind Elementary School

Lind Elementary School is hosting a Luau themed book fair put on by the Lind Fun Fair, called “It’s a reading celebration” from Mar. 2 until Mar. 7. Along with the Book Fair, the grade school students are participating in dress-up days at...

 

Bingo night at Washtucna Lions Club

The Washtucna Lions Club is hosting a Bingo night on Saturday, Mar. 10 at 7 p.m. This is the final Bingo night until October. The Washtucna Lions Club is located at 240 Main Street in Washtucna. For more information, call 509-646-... Full story

 

Town hall meeting focuses on city’s water crisis

The City of Ritzville and its contracted engineering firm are hosting a town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to update citizens on the conditions of the city’s aging water wells and the water mains that...

 

LRS Broncos slate basketball banquet

The LRS boy’s basketball team has an award banquet on Sunday, Mar. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Ritzville High School cafeteria. Those attending the banquet are asked to bring their favorite finger food with serving utensils. Plates and napkins are... Full story

 
 By Katelin Davidson    News    March 1, 2012

Wanted: Economic vitality

Local leaders believe wheat center, niche industries would create new opportunities For about 30 years, having a wheat museum in Ritzville has been a discussion among community members. Today, the...

 

Eagles preparing for Easter egg hunt

Organizers of the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2739, begins their collection of items for the hunt next week. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 31, at Ritzville City Park. All monies and... Full story

 

Ralston Grange sets upcoming activities

The Ralston Grange is sponsoring an afternoon of Bingo and Bunko at the hall on Sunday, Mar. 18 and it is open to all area residents. Bingo and prizes are in the basement of the hall and Bunko, an easy to learn dice game, is in the main hall.... Full story

 

Washtucna honor roll students announced

The Washtucna School District is proud to announce the first semester 2011-2012 honor roll and students with outstanding attendance. Junior high and high school students achieving honor roll status with a GPA greater than 3.25 or higher are seniors...

 

Scholarship deadlines approaching

The deadline for applying for the David L. and Frances G. Ray Scholarship sponsored by the Ralston and Rimrock Granges, is Apr. 1. Up to $3,000 is available to high school seniors, home-schooled graduating seniors or graduates from the Ritzville, Was... Full story

 

Bus route plans in the works

With the academic cooperative beginning in the fall of this year, transportation routes have began being designed by school administration. Rob Roettger, superintendent of both Lind and Ritzville schools, has worked with Lynn Sackmann, supervisor of...

 

Ritzville lads shattered swimming records in 1960/61

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in the series of 11 articles. We published installment No. 7 instead of this one last time. Next week we will publish article 8. Part Eight: The Summers of 1960 and 1961 By the summer of 1960, the Ritzville Swim...

 

Phillips earns Big Bend Electric scholarship

At the 73rd Big Bend Electric Co-op annual meeting on Feb. 25 in Basin City, three high school seniors were introduced as scholarship recipients and read their scholarship essays to the membership. The three students are: Palmer Phillips, Ritzville...

 

Citizens may not afford city improvements

Late in 2010, it was announced that city utilities would be raised $16 a month ($17 after the tax was added) to cover the costs of borrowing due to a city redo of the sewer lagoons. I asked the members of the council two questions: did the council... Full story

 

Take time to understand the age of Ritzville's infrastructure

Ritzville is aging. To the point where major investments will likely be needed in order to continue delivering critical services to residents. The current economic conditions of the state and nation don’t make this a good time to be facing major...

 

Clara (Franz) Reimer

Clara Evelyn (Franz) Reimer passed away on Sunday, Feb. 19, in North Newton, Kansas. She was born on the family farm near Lind, to Julius and Agatha Franz. She began her primary school at the Schrag...

 

Herbert Kent

Herbert Kent, age 95, an Adams County pioneer and Benge area farmer, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, at Columbia Crest Care Center in Moses Lake.... Full story

 

Kenneth Sack

Kenneth Sack, age 83, died Friday, Feb. 24, he was born Oct. 21, 1928. Per his request, no services will be held. A full obituary will run at a later date....

 

Ritzville Police Report

Feb 3, 4:20 p.m. — Police Chief David McCormick responded to the area of N. Jefferson Street and West Alder Avenue to investigate a report of juveniles riding four-wheelers. McCormick observed the four juveniles driving four-wheelers on a vacant...

 
 By Katelin Davidson    News    March 1, 2012

Technology, satellite office allows local to work from his hometown

Even in a struggling economy, Damon Roth managed to move back to his hometown and continue working for the company that had employed him for the past six years. Roth runs a satellite office in Ritzvil...

 
 By Dale Anderson    News    March 1, 2012

We Are The Champions...

I noticed early this season, in a game played in Warden, that the Bronco boys were wearing new basketball uniforms. There are times when it may be difficult to remember what last year’s team wore compared with this year’s group, but I noticed it...

 

Get nest boxes ready for new occupants

Spring may officially be several weeks off, but now is the time to have bird nest boxes cleaned out and ready for new, incoming occupants. Many backyard sanctuary managers who use nest boxes leave them up year-round and leave nesting materials in the...

 

Senate supports agricultural fairs

In almost 20 years representing our district here at the Capitol, I’ve seen plenty of evidence to support the notion that what makes sense from a political standpoint can make little or no sense from a policy standpoint. This week, the majority...

 
 By Sandra Weigand    News    March 1, 2012

K1, P1 Ritzville style

Ritzville, you are awesome! During our church service this morning, Sandy Wilks, Director of the Ritzville Food Bank, reported on the crocheted and knitted hats, scarves and mittens she has already received for the 2012 Christmas boxes that will be...

 

LRS teams to be honored Saturday at state hoops championships

The LRS boys and girls varsity basketball teams are receiving their Academic State Championship plaques during the State Championships at the Spokane Arena on Saturday, Mar. 3. The both the LRS boys’ team and girls’ team receives their awards...

 

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