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Articles from the May 14, 2015 edition

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Lind-Ritzville Drama to perform June 1

The Lind-Ritzville High School drama class will be hosting a spring production of Big Nose on Monday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. The hilarious full-length play written by D.M. Larson takes a modern twist on the classic tale of Cyrano de... — Updated 5/14/2015

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Hospital district preps for construction

With the hiring of Spokane contracting company Leone and Keeble, Inc., construction at East Adams Rural Hospital is set to begin within the month. When the contract with Leone and Keeble is signed, work will begin almost... — Updated 5/14/2015


Local community members participate in annual Bloomsday race

More than 42,000 people took to the streets of Spokane for the 39th annual Bloomsday on May 3. Of the racing group, which was smallest it has been since 2007, nearly 70 individuals were from the local communities. The fastest time... — Updated 5/14/2015


New phone number for Ritzville’s Umpqua Bank

Local residents trying to reach the Ritzville branch of Umpqua Bank need to be aware of the bank’s updated contact information. For customers wishing to reach the Ritzville branch, the new direct line is 659-4... — Updated 5/14/2015



CLASS OF 1975. Returning members from the Lind Class of 1975 are (back row, from left) Tom Schumaker, James Lutz, Victoria Pouley Heider, Marc Pence, (second row) Bradley Heider,... — Updated 5/14/2015



CLASS OF 2015. The two students attending the Lind Alumni Banquet on May 2 were Bryden Laird and Jenna Bennett. Both students received a scholarship from the alumni association for... — Updated 5/14/2015



CLASS OF 1990. The returning students for the annual Lind Alumni Banquet on May 2 at the Lind-Ritzville Middle School gymnasium, from the Class of 1990 are (from left) Michelle... — Updated 5/14/2015



THE CLASS of 1985 returning members are Janet Kelly Bennett, Traci Pouley Sangster, Dwayne Fowles, Billie Jo Rott Pouley and Kristy Haase Fode. -Journal photo by Katelin... — Updated 5/14/2015



THE LIND High School Class of 1965 students returning for the annual banquet on May 2 are (back row, from left) Katherine Franz Swinger, Randall Beck, Marc Phillips and Robert... — Updated 5/14/2015


Fatal wreck claims the life of Kennewick driver

A one-vehicle rollover four miles south of Ritzville on State Route 395 proved deadly for a Kennewick resident on May 8. David Brenchley, 75, was pronounced dead at the scene after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and... — Updated 5/14/2015

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Boyd study displays Adams County’s potential to enter the global market

Adams County earned a position in front of global markets after a study completed by The Boyd Company ranked Ritzville as one of the best cities nationwide for distribution... — Updated 5/14/2015 Full story


Dye selected to serve as District 9 representative

Ritzville hosted 42 Republican Precinct County Officers (PCOs) on May 6 to vote on seven nominees to serve as a potential replacement for the District 9 Representative position. The... — Updated 5/14/2015

 By Dale Anderson    News

Everybody does it

When we hear about rules breakers in the news we are often times flabbergasted when we find out those people are in highly trustworthy positions in government or even elected... — Updated 5/14/2015 Full story


Broncos golfers qualify for Regionals

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos golf team traveled to Stoneridge to compete in league competition last week. Even amid the wind and cold temperatures, the LRS team had success both as a team and as individuals. The LRS boys won... — Updated 5/14/2015


LRS softball continues in districts

Lady Broncos won their first round of districts against Reardan in a loser-out battle Tuesday, May 12, in Springdale. They came back in the bottom of the sixth inning from 0-3 taking the lead against the Indians 4-3. Bottom of the... — Updated 5/14/2015 Full story


Lady Broncos claim second in Colfax, Royal City

The Broncos traveled to Colfax for a league meet Tuesday, May 5, where the boys placed eighth overall with a score of 28 and girls placed second with 116. Kate Schell and Tracy Melville played a key role in leading the girls to a s... — Updated 5/14/2015 Full story


SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTARY: A superintendent’s perspective on assessment

There are many potential uses for student assessment data within our education system. For example, data is collected for report cards and shared with parents, used for state assessment systems, etc. However, in its purest form... — Updated 5/14/2015


Neighbors helping neighbors: effectively supporting the mission of local food banks

I recently visited Northwest Harvest in Yakima to get a firsthand look at the important work the food distribution center and the food bank network are doing to support the vulnerable in our community and to hear about challenges... — Updated 5/14/2015


EARH Corner: Administrative update on EARH

Life Care Centers of America donated their long-term care center in Ritzville to the Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 on May 1, 2015. The new name is East Adams Care Center (EACC). We welcome the staff that had been... — Updated 5/14/2015


STEM Club Gains Exposure to Engineering

Engineers have innumerable applications and disciplines that make them productive in society in different ways. Civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer scientists alike gathered at the University... — Updated 5/14/2015


Janice C. (Eden) Bafus

Janice C. (Eden) Bafus, 67, of Lind, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, at home. The second of three children, Janice was born on April 1st, 1948 in Ritzville, to Lowell and Clara... — Updated 5/14/2015


Dorothy Elizabeth Eckhardt

Dorothy Elizabeth Eckhardt, a life-long resident of Ritzville, died on Mother’s Day, May 10, at the age of 86. She was born on June 27, 1928, to Henry and Anna Benzel, the eighth... — Updated 5/14/2015


Lily Grace

Yousef and Lori (Hibard) Beyrouti announce the birth of their daughter, Lily Grace, born on February 17. Lily joined her sister Olivia Christine, age 12, and her brother Zakariah... — Updated 5/14/2015


Lind Fun Fair returns

Lind’s annual Fun Fair is set for Friday, May 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lind-Ritzville Middle School. Family and friends of all ages are welcome for the events including a mystery door game, spin art, a cake walk, dunk tank and... — Updated 5/14/2015


Cole set to wed Way

Kevin and J’Leane Cole of Portland, Oregon, announce the engagement of their daughter Meliana Marie Cole to Michael James Way of Ritzville. Melaina is a special education teacher... — Updated 5/14/2015 Full story


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