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Articles from the August 2, 2018 edition

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Witt takes center stage Aug. 4 at DYW program

Lind-Ritzville’s Kierstin Witt is one of eleven Washington high school seniors will participate in the Saturday, Aug. 4, Distinguished Young Women Washington scholarship program at Pullman High School’s theater. Those... — Updated 8/2/2018


Reminder for voters to return Primary Election ballots

Adams County residents are reminded to return their ballots for the Aug. 7 Primary Election. Adams County is a vote by mail county. Ballot were mailed to each active registered voter in Adams County on July 18-20. Ballots must be... — Updated 8/2/2018


Rural farmers markets harvest demand for healthy food

Large, hand-painted signs lean against a tent, the buzz of friendly conversation cuts through the humid air, and the smell of fresh produce drifts in the breeze, you’ve found yourself at a farmers market. Farmers markets are comm... — Updated 8/2/2018


Inslee declares statewide emergency for wildfires

On July 31, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed an emergency proclamation for the 39 counties in the state, ensuring immediate response of firefighting resources to protect businesses and property from wildfire threats. In a... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


Adams County Harvest Festival returns to Lind on Aug. 25

Downtown Lind will once again host the Adams County Harvest Festival on Aug. 25. The first harvest festival was held last year and sponsored by the Lind Chamber of Commerce. Diane Kennedy, who generated the idea of the festival,... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


Town of Lind selects Century West Engineering for consultant services

During the July 24 meeting, the Lind Town Council selected Century West Engineering for consultation services. Based out of Spokane, Century West was one of three finalists, along with Keller Associates and TD&H Engineering. Mayor... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


Ritzville man killed in multi-vehicle collision on I-90

Jacob Carl Harder IV, 29, died in a multi-vehicle collision 19 miles west of Spokane at 9 p.m. on July 30. A Ritzville resident, Harder was driving westbound on I-90 when his vehicle struck a second vehicle from behind, according... — Updated 8/2/2018

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Staffing, nursing retention primary focus of EARH Board

The East Adams Rural Healthcare Board of Commissioners returned their focus to staffing during the July 26 meeting. The primary focus for the Commissioners was retaining staff in the nursing department so as to decrease the amount... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

County Commissioners approve rental rates, grant application

The Adams County Commissioners approved several items at the July 30 meeting, including a resolution adopting the equipment rental rates for 2018. County Engineer Scott Yaeger explained the proposed rates for 2018 were calculated... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Local departments fight fires, assist with collision

Adams County first responders had a busy week responding to fires and an auto collision in the area. On July 25, multiple Adams County Fire Protection Districts responded to a standing wheat fire south of Providence Road, near... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Audit report presented to Hospital Board

The Adams County Hospital District No. 2 received the December 2017 and 2016 financial audit report, prepared by Dingus Zarecor and Associates, during the July 26 Board of Commissioners meeting. The report included internal... — Updated 8/2/2018


Umpqua Bank hosting school supply drive

Umpqua Bank in Ritzville is collecting new or gently school supplies and backpacks from now until Aug. 20. Donations can be dropped off at the bank branch, 108 East First Avenue, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For... — Updated 8/2/2018


Women’s bowling league meeting

The Wednesday night women’s bowling league is hosting a meeting on Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Big Bend Bowl Family Fun Center in Ritzville. Any local women who are interested in joining the bowling league are encouraged to attend... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


Ritzville Chamber seeking grand marshal nominations for community parade

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce board members are seeking nominations for a family, couple or individual to serve as grand marshal for the annual Ritzville Community Parade... — Updated 8/2/2018


Lions Club fundraiser preps locals ready for Fair time

CHICKEN FUNDRAISER. Ritzville Lions Club members Chad Hoeft (left) and Aaron Esser check to make sure the chicken is ready to be served. The Lions Club held a chicken fundraiser on... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


Indiana Jones Party at Ritzville Park

The East Adams Library District is hosting an Indiana Jones Party on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Ritzville City Park. There will be an obstacle course with a theme based on the... — Updated 8/2/2018

 By Dale Anderson    News

So Long

There are certain people that we meet in our lives that are unforgettable. They tend to make you laugh at their stories and make you think. You look at them and think their lives ar... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


More agreements needed to open markets, strengthen trade relationships

Last week, I sat down with President Donald Trump and members of Congress at the White House to discuss the impact of trade on agriculture in Central Washington. China’s and other nations’ retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products... — Updated 8/2/2018


Legislative Commentary

Wheat harvest got under way on the Schoesler farm this week, after we finished up with the canola. It presented the familiar mix of rewards and challenges, as we tried to work at maximum efficiency and keep all of our machines... — Updated 8/2/2018


Nothing quite like small town support

We want to acknowledge this wonderful community. Your help during our recent accident was outstanding. Rose Jones, PA-C, at East Adams Rural Healthcare did an absolutely flawless job in the emergency room, despite other... — Updated 8/2/2018


Cementing radioactive wastes could save billions

Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy has funded construction of a $17 billion project to encase radioactive wastes in solid glass logs. It is scheduled to start operations in 2022 and treat more than 56 million gallons of haza... — Updated 8/2/2018 Full story


NASA Ambassador to present in Lind, Ritzville

The East Adams Library District is hosting two events featuring National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ambassador Joe Bruce on Aug. 2. Bruce will hold a space presentation at the Ritzville Public Library on 10 a.m.... — Updated 8/2/2018


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