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Taxable retail sales on the rise in Adams County for first quarter

Taxable retail sales increased 1.5 percent to $23 billion during the first quarter of 2011 over year-earlier results, the Department of Revenue reported on July 8. Retail trade increased 4.2 percent to $10.7 billion compared to... — Updated 7/21/2011

 By Jennifer Larsen    News

Washtucna car show plans mural project

The Washtucna Classic Auto Show is taking on a project to help beautify the town. Using funds from the car show, organizer Cliff Plumb is seeking suggestions and/or photographs of possible mural topics to paint on the side of a... — Updated 7/21/2011


Ritzville grad to serve as EMS coordinator

An EMT with Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 will ascend to the position of emergency medical systems (EMS) coordinator at the beginning of August. Jim Bostic recently resigned as the EMS coordinator after accepting a... — Updated 7/21/2011

 By Jennifer Larsen    News

Medieval reenactment punctuates Washtucna’s Fourth of July

The traditional community gathering at Bassett Park for the Fourth of July featured homemade treats in the potluck, a medieval/early renaissance re-creation, horseshoe tournament... — Updated 7/21/2011

 By Jennifer Larsen    News

Oregon woman dies in wreck on U.S. 395 near Lind

A La Grande, Ore., resident succumbed to injuries sustained in a serious two-vehicle accident Monday 23 miles south of Ritzville on southbound U.S. 395 at milepost 73. Hailey M. Pearce, 25, was transported by Northwest MedStar to... — Updated 7/21/2011


Life Care’s new manager on tap during chamber lunch Thursday

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its July general membership luncheon this Thursday, July 21, at 12 p.m. at Casuela’s Grill on West Main Avenue. The program will feature two components. Ritzville’s... — Updated 7/21/2011


Lind School Board resets meeting

The Lind School District Board of Directors has moved its July meeting to Thursday, July 28, in the high school library. A work session is slated to begin at 6 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing and discussing the 2011-2012 budget.... — Updated 7/21/2011 Full story


Speeding patrols set in Adams, Grant and Lincoln Counties

Between July 15 and Aug. 7, law enforcement officers throughout Grant, Adams and Lincoln Counties will be part of a statewide effort in search of speeding drivers. During the summer, there are a lot more people out and about, both... — Updated 7/21/2011


Fair seeks department superintendents

The Wheat Land Communities’ Fair is in need of volunteers to serve as superintendents in four departments. Superintendents are needed for handiwork, photography, antique machinery and the dog show. Anyone who is interested in... — Updated 7/21/2011 Full story


Coaches, athletes gear up for Broncos fall sports season

The fall sports season is just around the corner for students in the Lamont, Lind, Ritzville and Sprague School Districts. The first day of high school football practice is Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Ritzville. High... — Updated 7/21/2011

 By Jennifer Larsen    Sports

Ritzville golf league ends season play

The Ritzville golf league wrapped up the 2011 season recently as 11 teams vied for first place. In first place with 1,187 net strokes is Team 3 of Bruce Benzel, Ronna Galbreath, Gayle Gering, Randy Moore and Travis Simonson. Team... — Updated 7/21/2011 Full story


Summer golfing continues with tourney Sunday

The Ritzville Municipal Golf Course will host a member/guest tournament this Sunday, July 24, beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $40 per person plus green fees. One and all are encouraged to find someone from out of town to play or... — Updated 7/21/2011



Members of the Bronc Boosters have been busy sprucing up the grandstands at Jimmie Snider Field in anticipation of fall and the start of football season. New “Bronco Country... — Updated 7/21/2011


Sterling Savings launches annual Backpacks for Kids program drive

Sterling Savings Bank in Ritzville will once again sponsor its Backpacks For Kids drive for Ritzville students on Monday, July 25. The drive will continue until Aug. 19. Sterling Savings Bank provides a backpack for each grade... — Updated 7/21/2011


EWU Dean’s List includes area students

Eastern Washington University announced its Dean’s List for Spring 2011 quarter last week. The Dean’s List is released after every fall, winter and spring quarter. An undergraduate student who earns 12 quality hours (QHRS) and... — Updated 7/21/2011 Full story


Silent auction items needed for Relay For Life of Ritzville

Organizers of the 2011 Relay For Life of Ritzville need items for a fundraising silent auction, which is set for Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. and closing at 9 p.m. Previous silent auctions have featured a list of more than... — Updated 7/21/2011 Full story


AYA seeks Ritzville host families

In August, Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Ritzville families to host high school exchange students from all over the world. This year, AYA is bringing hundreds of high school students to the U.S. to learn about... — Updated 7/21/2011


Cow Creek to host book signing Wednesday

Renowned Christian author Elizabeth Lonseth will make a stop in Ritzville this Wednesday, July 27, for a book signing beginning at 5 p.m. The two-hour event will be held at Cow Creek Mercantile on Smitty’s Boulevard. The tour... — Updated 7/21/2011


Public hearing slated in Ritzville on proposed Spokane Valley methadone treatment program

The Department of Social and Health Services has scheduled public hearings in Adams and Spokane Counties to receive comments on plans for a new chemical dependency treatment program. The program would serve people who are... — Updated 7/21/2011

 By Jennifer Larsen    News

Project 56 fundraising continues with grain drive

Project 56 has launched a grain drive through accounts established at Ritzville Warehouse Company and Union Elevator and Warehouse Company in Lind. Producers interested in supportin... — Updated 7/21/2011

 By Jennifer Larsen    News

Provost receives exceptional sentence, avoids incarceration

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen continued her role as the presiding judge in a case against Sharon Provost, who was found guilty by a jury of six counts relating to a June 2008 seizure of 111 dogs at her residence... — Updated 7/21/2011 Full story


Pay close attention to election candidates, the issues

To the Editor: Has it been so long ago that the people of this community have forgotten the well attended meeting at the Lions hall in regards to the hospital administration letting the local doctors start their own business that... — Updated 7/21/2011


Raise your voice now, before decisions are made

To the Editor: Some of the articles in the Journal of June 30 implied the city is ready to install new sewer lines and also dig several new wells that may someday be needed for the NOT YET built hospital. Is this the planning... — Updated 7/21/2011


A message to the Ritzville City Council and chamber of commerce

To the Editor: The town of Ritzville has been experiencing steady population declines for the past several decades and, to many observers, it is a mystery. If you make a list of the town’s assets versus its liabilities, the list... — Updated 7/21/2011


Commissioners’ right to delay five-year plan

Now wasn’t the best time to approve a new five-year strategic plan for Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2. The commissioners, under the guidance of Kirk Danekas, appear to have recognized there’s good reason to slow... — Updated 7/21/2011


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