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 By Jeremy Burnham    News    June 27, 2019

New LRHS building remains on track

The Lind-Ritzville High School is on track to open on time, according to the building's construction leaders. Derek Miller of Architects West and Dan Gordon of Construction Services Group tell The...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    June 27, 2019

Trial scheduled in July for Ritzville man charged with rape

Editor's note: this article contains some description of an alleged crime that may be disturbing to some readers. Michael A. Kuest, 27, of Ritzville will stand trial on a charge of rape in the first...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    June 27, 2019

Proposed rates for health insurance market offers mostly good news for Adams County

Two health insurance companies will be offering plans inside the Washington Health Benefit Exchange in Adams County for the 2020 individual health insurance market, it was announced earlier this month by the Washington state Office of the Insurance C...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    June 27, 2019

Koch Well rehab, standpipe re-coating on deck for City

The Ritzville City Council met for a regular meeting on June 18, where they received an update on a list of City projects currently in the works, including the Koch Well and the park reservoir. Ben Varela, a principal engineer from Varela &...

 

Brief: Free diaper distribution to be held in Lind today

PREPARES: Pregnancy And Parenting Support program, sponsored by Catholic Charities, will be holding a free diaper distribution for Lind residents on June 27. Anyone in need of diapers, regardless of income, is welcome. Diapers will be distributed at...

 

Brief: Deadlines announced for July 4 issue

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, The Ritzville Journal will be operating under an early deadline for the July 4 publication. The deadline for all content and advertising submissions will be Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m., with the exception of news...

 

Brief: ACDC annual banquet set for tonight in Othello

The Adams County Development Council will be holding its annual banquet tonight, June 27, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Othello. The banquet will celebrate the accomplishments for Adams County over the past year, as well as discuss the county’s...

 

EALD to co-host book discussion at Ritzville Public Library tonight

The East Adams Library District will be holding a health literacy program today, June 27, in the Ritzville Public Library basement. The National Networks of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, donated a ‘book club kit’ for a book...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    June 27, 2019

Adams County adds three new graders via seven-year lease

Adams County has leased three new John Deere 770 G Motor Graders. Adams County Public Works Director Todd O'Brien informed the county commissioners at their meeting on June 24 that the graders had...

 
 By Brandon Cline    Opinion    June 27, 2019

Editorial: How The Journal plans to cover crime

Well, it’s pretty rare to hear directly from me in editorials in back-to-back weeks. In last week’s issue, I had the pleasure of introducing The Journal’s new full-time reporter, Jeremy. In his 10 or so days on the job so far, Jeremy has dove...

 

Column: Recognizing National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, and Washington has many reasons to celebrate. Washington is home to almost 400 dairies, nearly 275,000 cows, and 18,000 dairy jobs. In fact, while Washington may be known for our iconic apples, dairy is our second...

 

Column: Examining the rare earth metal dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t breakdown and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both nations’ interests for presidents Trump and Xi Jinping to find...

 

Vacation Bible School draws nice crowd

Children and volunteers, led by Pastor Bob Kenyon (right, in hat), sing and dance along to a fun, educative music video at Vacation Bible School on June 20 in the Emanuel Lutheran...

 

Reception announcement

A reception will be held at the Lind Senior Center following the memorial service for Einar Bengtson. Interment with a Military Honor Guard will take place at the Lind Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. The memorial service will be held at...

 

Items found in Ritzville

A blue cross with a silver outline was found by an alert citizen near the train depot station last week. Money was also found on Division Street, near the 5th Avenue intersection. To claim the items, please call 509-347-6499 or 60...

 

Ritzville Police Department Dispatch Reports: June 27, 2019

May 1, 3:39 p.m. — A complainant called in and reported that he thought packages that were to be delivered at his house might have been taken to another house instead. An officer responded and located the packages on 4th Avenue when they were...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    Sports    June 27, 2019

LRHS launches summer weight training program

Lind-Ritzville High School athletic director Greg Whitmore wants to help his athletes build strength over the summer, and he hopes it leads to more competitive teams at the school and less injuries...

 
 By Dale Anderson    Sports    June 27, 2019

Worst Seat In The House: The annual visit

A couple of weeks ago the Eastern Washington University Eagle football coaches came to Ritzville for their annual visit. The Ritzville Lions Club has hosted the Eagle coaches for 25 years or so. A few years ago I got the chance to golf with Head...

 

Over 20 students named to LRMS Honor Roll

Twenty-four students at Lind-Ritzville Middle School were named to the Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year. Six LRMS students maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA: Brock Kinch, Myra Miller, Hunter Cameron, Taylor Galbreath, Megan...

 

Fifteen students named to Sprague High School Honor Roll

Sprague High School recently announced its second semester Honor Roll for the 2018-19 school year. Three students maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester: Laura Miller, Laynie Brittain and Malea Canaday. Twelve other students were named to...

 

Stimulating Summers to offer free meals for children in Ritzville and Sprague

Stimulating Summers, a day camp program, will be offering free meals to children 18 years of age and under in Ritzville and Sprague throughout July and the beginning of August. The meals are a part of the organization’s Summer Food Service...

 

Washtucna announces Fourth of July activities

Community members and visitors are invited to travel to Washtucna to celebrate Independence Day and partake in several activities at Bassett Park on the Fourth of July. The day begins with the Firemen’s Breakfast from 6:30-9 a.m. at the Washtucna...

 

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