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Pancake breakfast Friday

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center will host a Pancake Breakfast on Friday, March 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will feature pancakes, a choice of ham or sausage and coffee with a suggested donation of $5 per person. The H.E. Gritman Senior... Full story


Journal office early closure March 9

The Ritzville Journal office will be closing at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9, to accommodate staff scheduling.... Full story


Coordinators prep for DYW program on March 17

The Distinguished Young Women program coordinators are gearing up to host the annual DYW of Lind-Ritzville program on Saturday, March 17, at the Lind-Ritzville Middle School. The program will feature five local girls vying for the title, as well as...


Chico’s styling coming to Ritzville

Chico’s is bringing their spring clothing fashions to Ritzville March 14. All interested are welcome to attend the 7 p.m. event at the Washington Wheat Foundation Annex. This is an evening of fashions and fundraising for the AAUW’s Tech Trek...


Friends of Scouting dinner, fundraiser

The Friends of Scouting are hosting a fundraising night on March 14 to support the Boy Scouts of America program. The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Ritzville. The fundraising event includes a...

 By Al Stover    News    March 8, 2018

County Commissioners approve two vehicle purchases

The Adams County Public Works Department will be adding two new trucks to the vehicles in the road maintenance fleet. During their Feb. 20 meeting, the Adams County Board of Commissioners approved the department’s recommendation purchase two new...

 By Al Stover    News    March 8, 2018

Lind Council prohibits personal use of maintenance shop

The Lind Town Council went through several items at their Feb. 27 meeting, including two that were a result from of two action items they approved at the previous meeting. The first action item was to send a cease and desist document to town...



WEBELOS HIKE. On Saturday, Feb 24, the Ritzville Cub Scout pack 73 Webelos 1 den completed a four-mile trek on Mt. Spokane. The Webelos on the hike were Sebastien Bonita, Micah Verhey, Hesston...



EVIDENCE. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office uncovered an illegal marijuana operation on the 1700 block of North Damon Road on Feb. 28. ACSO seized hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of... Full story

 By Al Stover    News    March 8, 2018

Washtucna Community Library hosts genealogy class

Those interested in tracing their family’s lineage have the opportunity to learn the basics of genealogy once a month at the Washtucna Community Library. The library branch held its first...


Free bundle of baby diapers available

The St. Agnes Catholic Church is provided a free bundle of baby diapers to local families on the second Saturday of every month. Those in need of diapers can visit the church from 11 a.m. until noon on March 10. St. Agnes Catholic Church is located... Full story

 By Dale Anderson    Sports    March 8, 2018

If you like basketball

Yes, I was in Spokane over four days this past week watching small school basketball at the 1B/2B State Tournament. I haven’t missed one in a long time and I don’t plan on missing any in the future until I absolutely am unable to. This year’s... Full story


Legislative Commentary

It isn’t every day that I am able to talk about Harrington and Washtucna to my Senate colleagues, but today House Bill 1209 gave me a reason. Without going into great detail, the bill would lift the limit on deposits of public funds from rural...


Mineral withdrawal the right option for Methow headwaters

The Pacific Northwest, and especially Central Washington, is rightfully famous for our abundance of natural beauty. The Methow Valley in the northwestern corner of Okanogan County is a spectacular example of the pristine Washington landscape that we...


America’s leaders fly Boeing

It now looks like Boeing will add at least two more aircraft to the U.S. Air Force fleet, which flies our country’s leaders around the world. They are the most recognizable, the 747s traditionally called Air Force One. The recent news that... Full story


Membership opportunities at senior center

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center is beginning a new year filled with possibilities to grow and move forward with our community. The board is working hard to expand the offerings at the senior center, such as hosting card games and bingo nights. They... Full story



LIND-RITZVILLE High School music students were named to the 2018 Bi-County Honors Band and Choir. The Bi-County Honor Band and Choir concert is at the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane on March...



BI-COUNTY BAND. Members of the Lind-Ritzville Middle School were selected for the Bi-County Honor Band. The Bi-County Honor Band and Choir concert is at the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane on... Full story


NHS inducts new members, embraces mentor leadership

When many people think of leadership, they defer to positional leadership from presidents, captains, and the like. However, a position of leadership is by no means required to empower others. In his book, The Mentor Leader, former NFL coach Tony...


Shirley Maurine Pence

Shirley Maurine Pence, was born Aug 12, 1947, in Bellingham to Ernest and Maurine Curl. She attended nursing school in Wenatchee where she met the love of her life, Tom Pence. After marrying they...


Dennis Keith Hille

Dennis Keith Hille, 70, husband of Chris (Dorian) Hille, of Washtucna, died at home on Wednesday, Feb. 28. He was born July 26, 1947, in Ritzville to the late Alvin “Doc” and Violetta (Dirks)...


William Oliver Bauer

William Oliver Bauer died peacefully with his family by his side Sunday, Feb. 25. He was survived by his wife Pat of 57 years, his son Bill and daughter Amy. He was blessed with four wonderful grandch...


Cherylee Cheryl Simpson-Boatman

Cherylee (Cheryl) Simpson-Boatman, age 50, of Arlington, Washington, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 14, after a long 16-year struggle with cancer. Cheryl’s grit and transparency in...


Jan Sullivan

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jan Sullivan on March 9 at 12 p.m. at the Washtucna Grange Hall. Lunch will be catered. Those attending are asked to dress casually. Jan was born on March 9, 1959, in Walla Walla. She died on Dec. 25, 2017, at...

 By Al Stover    Sports    March 8, 2018

Peyton Curtis records more than 1,300 points during LRS basketball career

During her senior season, Lind-Ritzville/Sprague athlete Peyton Curtis accomplished a major feat in high school basketball - scoring over 1,000 career points. Curtis ended her high school career with...


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