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Articles from the March 29, 2018 edition

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Journal early office closure Friday

The Ritzville Journal office will be closing at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 30, to accommodate staff schedules. The office will resume regular business hours on April 2 at 9 a.m.... Full story


Local churches announce Easter services

Several local churches have announced special service times for the Easter holiday. The Benge Community Church will have an Outdoor Cowboy Church Easter Sunrise Service on April 1 at Warm Springs Ranch at 7:30 a.m. The ranch is located south of...


Blood drive to support Janet Camp

A Washtucna Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 10, will be held in support of Washtucna educator, Janet Camp. The blood drive runs from 2:45-6:15 p.m. at the Washtucna School and is hosted by the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Camp was...


Governor signs Rep. Dye’s broadband bill

Ongoing efforts to solve rural Washington’s broadband problem are bearing fruit. After two years of give and take, legislation sponsored by Rep. Mary Dye has been signed into law. House Bill 2664 facilitates the creation of much needed...

 By Al Stover    News    March 29, 2018

City of Ritzville to participate in hazard mitigation plan discussions

The City of Ritzville will be one of the municipalities participating in discussions to develop a hazard mitigation management plan for Adams County. During the March 20 Ritzville City Council meeting, the Council voted to draft a letter stating they...


AR collection primary topic at Hospital Board meeting

Accounts receivable collection and clarification stood as the primary discussion for the Adams County Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners during the March 22 meeting. The District recently hired three additional staff members to work in... Full story


School Boards agree on facilities recommendation for 2018-19 – Ritzville School Board approves design, budget

At Superintendent Matt Ellis’ recommendation, the Lind and Ritzville School Boards agreed by consensus to relocate high school students to Lind during the next school year. During the March 26 meeting, the two boards did not discuss the relocation...



EXPERIMENT. Ritzville Grade School student Danika Cox looks on as Mobius Science Center’s Jake Milliron uses a leaf blower to demonstrate how low air pressure can unravel a roll of toilet paper....



EASTER GIFT. Mateo Hernandez received a small lollipop from the Easter Bunny during the Ritzville Community Easter Egg hunt at city park on March 24. The trace of snow from earlier in the morning did... Full story



EGG HUNTER. At the Ralston Grange Easter Egg Hunt, Camryn Hernandez picks up one egg while keeping her eyes trained on another egg a few steps away. The annual Easter egg hunt attracted over 30...

 By Dale Anderson    News    March 29, 2018

Quite the season

So we are down to the Final Four in both women’s and men’s basketball. The last elite men’s game played was a good one that went into overtime between No. 1 seeded Kansas and No. 2 seeded Duke. Kansas outlasted the Blue Devils and will play...


Broncos track team competes in Colfax

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague track and field team traveled to Colfax on Saturday, March 24, to compete in the MacDougall Invite. In the first official meet of the season, the team was led by senior Rachel Schell, who netted a first place finish in the...


Running Start gains momentum with LRHS students

In search of new opportunity, many LRHS sophomores and juniors are planning on enrolling in Running Start in the fall. As defined by the United States Department of Education, “The term ‘dual enrollment’ refers to an arrangement where students...


Congress, Trump join to fight opioid abuse

Joining together to combat the crisis of drug and opioid abuse that is harming our communities is a major issue that should unite Americans in common cause. The impact of drug addiction and overdoses has touched too many lives in our country and in... Full story


A forgotten side of the Alamo

Most of the 2.5 million annual Alamo visitors focus on the epic 1836 battle in which a small band of brave Texans was eventually overrun by the Mexican army. Folk heroes like Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis were among the Texans killed... Full story


The foolishness of Easter

Lind Calvary Assembly of God This Sunday is Easter. It’s also April Fools’ Day. I couldn’t remember when these two ever coincided, but then I found out why. The last time Easter fell on April 1 was in 1956, which happened before I was born. As... Full story


The Journal to start charging for obituaries, effective April 1

Effective April 1, The Ritzville Adams County Journal will now charge for the publication of obituaries. In the newspaper’s 131 years, obituaries have been placed free of charge. Due to the amount of editorial space dedicated to obituaries, the sta...


LRS takes on Kettle Falls in tennis

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos hosted their first league match of the season against Kettle Falls on Tuesday, March 20. The team was scheduled to play at St. George’s a few days later, but the... Full story

 By Al Stover    Sports    March 29, 2018

Odessa takes 14-11 nonleague win from the Broncos

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos baseball team continued their season on March 22 with a 14-11 nonleague loss to Odessa at Bob Heider Memorial Field. LRS’ offense struggled in the first inning as...


Steven Joseph Hays

Steven Joseph Hays was born Dec. 31, 1931, and died in Kennewick on March 10 after a long and active life. He was born to Joseph and Georgia Phillips Hays in Cheney. The family lived in Pullman until...


Matthew Joseph Johnson

Matthew Joseph Johnson, 49, died on March 22 after a short, fierce battle with cancer with his sister, Gina, by his side. Matt was born in Colfax on Jan. 11, 1969. He was raised in Sprague by his...


Easter egg hunts Saturday at 9 a.m.

In honor of the Easter holiday, the Washtucna and Lind communities are hosting Easter egg hunts for local youth on Saturday, March 31. The Washtucna Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Washtucna Associated Student Body and will begin at 9 a.m. on...


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