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Free Dump Day

The Town of Lind is hosting its Free Dump Day on April 7. The dump truck will be in town and residents can bring garbage beginning at 8 a.m. until it is full. The truck will not accept appliances, paint, chemicals or tires. For more information,...

 By Al Stover    News    March 22, 2018

Ritzville Tree Board begins First Avenue beautification efforts

The City of Ritzville’s Tree Board is taking their first steps in the beautification and landscaping work for First Avenue. City Council Member and Tree Board Representative Mike Schrag said the work on First Avenue will be broken into phases. Schr...

 By Al Stover    News    March 22, 2018

Lind Council approves wage increase for substitute clerks

During the March 13 meeting, The Lind Town Council voted 4-1 to increase the hourly wage for the Town’s Substitute Clerk position by $1.50. Mayor Paula Bell had suggested increasing the substitute clerk’s wages at the Feb. 27 meeting. She...

 By Al Stover    News    March 22, 2018

Lind seeks extension for Storm Water project

The Town of Lind’s Storm Water project will continue to move forward, but it will not likely be completed until 2019. At the March 13 meeting, the Lind Town Council authorized Stantec Engineer Alan Gay to draft a letter to the Washington State Depa...



CHELSIE WATTERSON walks to center stage after being announced as a finalist, while her Little Sister Alyssa Williams and Sophomore Sister Alibama Rushing cheer. -Journal photo by Katelin... Full story



MADISON MELCHER displays poise during the self expression portion of the DYW program. -Journal photo by Katelin Davidson...



THE OUTGOING ROYALTY helped explain the percentages of judging in the program, with Sierra Kiel (right) representing 50 percent, and Tessa O’Brien and Rachel Schell teaming up to also be 50.... Full story



ENTERTAINMENT. The escorts for the evening not only participated in the opening number, but also returned to the stage to perform an entertaining dance number. The “Cat in the Hat” escorts...



FITNESS ROUTINE. Kelcee Carlson performs a portion of the fitness routine that the five contestants did together during the March 17 Distinguished Young Women program. -Journal photo by Katelin... Full story



TALENT. During the talent portion of the program, Else Gielisch displayed her singing strength by performing the song, “Never Enough.” -Journal photo by Katelin Davidson...



OPENING NUMBER. The Distinguished Young Women candidates, Little Sisters, Sophomore Sisters and outgoing royalty, pose at the end of the exciting opening number. This year’s program theme was...



KIERSTIN WITT, 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Lind-Ritzville, poses with Tessa O’Brien, the outgoing DYW who represented the local communities. -Journal photo by Katelin David...



SELF EXPRESSION. Five local contestants took center stage on March 17 in Lind for the Distinguished Young Women program. The final category of the program was self expression, where candidates (from... Full story



PINEWOOD DERBY WINNERS. Local Cub Scouts Frontier Girls and families competed at the annual Pinewood Derby, held at the American Legion Hall on March 16. The winners and awards are (back row, from... Full story



YERXA DONATION. Pat and Jensen Yerxa (right) present Ritzville School District Librarian Tessa Franz and Lind-Ritzville Superintendent Matt Ellis with a $2,500 check from the Kathy Yerxa Memorial...


Witt earns Distinguished Young Woman of Lind-Ritzville title

To the applause and cheers of hundreds, Kierstin Witt was named the 2019 Distinguished Young Woman of Lind-Ritzville on Saturday night. Alongside Witt, Chelsie Watterson was named the First Finalist...

 By Dale Anderson    News    March 22, 2018

Forget the brackets

I think a lot of people live to fill out their brackets for the NCAA tournament. It’s a fun thing to do and most people live for that day that they can pick the final four teams and the national champion to win the office bracket pool. For those... Full story


Daring greatly: A SEAL’s advice to change the world

“If you want to change the world, slide down the obstacle headfirst,” wrote Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) in his book, “Make Your Bed”. The need to dare greatly is one of 10 lessons McRaven shares from his experiences during...


Big Bend Electric Co-op awards scholarships

Three scholarships were awarded at the 79th Big Bend Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting held on March 3 at Basin City Elementary School. The winners, all seniors, are Baylee Easterday, Chiawana High School, daughter of Cully and Shani Easterday of...


Honoring Washingtonians during Women’s History Month

More than 36 years ago, three women in Central Washington pioneered their vision of serving their community through improving access to higher education opportunities for students who society may not have considered college-bound. Martha Yallup and...


China now driving car market

In the 1950s, America’s “Big Three” automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) were the pacesetters for our industrial dominance. They had the skilled workers, financing, mass production technology, sales networks, supply chains and...


Hospital Board discusses ACO

EARH will soon be considering an important choice. That choice is whether or not to join an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). It would be a major step. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to reduce spending on those... Full story


Adele M. (Branson) Harlan

Adele M. (Branson) Harlan, 90 of Reno, Nevada, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Reno, Nevada. She was born June 24, 1927, in Belknap, Sanders County, Montana,... Full story



ZANE SWANGER slams home a serve during the LRS Broncos jamboree on March 17 in Ritzville. The Broncos played in two informal settings during the past week, and during the Saturday contest, the LRS... Full story

 By Al Stover    Sports    March 22, 2018

Lady Broncos fastpitch falls to Freeman in season opener

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Lady Broncos fastpitch softball team had a busy first week of competition with a jamboree at home on March 13, followed by a 12-5 nonleague loss to Northeast A League’s...


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