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Karaoke singers wanted, WLCF meetings scheduled

The Wheat Land Communities’ Fair Board is in search of karaoke singers who are interested in performing on Thursday, Aug. 30. The event will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Ritzville Lions Club Amphitheatre on the fairgrounds. Fair... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


School Supply Drive at Umpqua Bank

Umpqua Bank is collecting new or gently school supplies and backpacks from now until Aug. 20. People can drop off donated items at 108 East First Avenue in Ritzville, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more... — Updated 8/9/2018


Shepherd’s Grain contest at WLCF

This year’s Wheat Land Communities’ Fair is just around the corner and there is a new contest available in the Baking department. Linda Erdman, Baking Superintendent, is excited to announce the new contest, which is sponsored... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


Photography department undergoes changes

People planning on exhibiting in the Photography department this year at the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair should reference the rules and changes in section categories listed in the Exhibitors’ Guide. Photos, as in the past,... — Updated 8/9/2018

 By Katelin Davidson    News

School boards plan for upcoming year with approval of bids, budget

The monthly meeting for the Lind and Ritzville School Boards resulted in the approval of budgets, as well as accepting milk, fuel and bread bids for the local districts. The Boards met on July 26 to discuss plans for the upcoming... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

The Retail Coach provides data, advice for local business owners

Businesses owners and elected officials from Lind and Ritzville attended an independent retail workshop on July 31 at the Washington State University Extension Office. The workshop, sponsored by Adams County, the City Ritzville... — Updated 8/9/2018


Inslee declares state of emergency for damaged Danekas overpass

In an Aug. 2 news release, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation for Adams County to assist the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) make emergency repairs to the Danekas Road Bridge over... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Commissioners receive update on truck, transfer station fires

At the Aug. 6 meeting, the Adams County Commissioners received updates on the two fires involving Public Works property. One of the incidents related to a semi-trailer transporting municipal solid waste that had caught fire in... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


Adams County Primary Election results

Both local Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levies are passing for Adams County Park and Recreation Districts No. 3 and No. 4 after the initial Primary Election count on Aug. 7. In the initial count, 1,553 ballots were tabulated,... — Updated 8/9/2018



THE MUMMY. Chloe Hoeft wraps up Alyssa Williams during the East Adams Library District’s Indiana Jones Party on Aug. 4 at Ritzville City Park. The event featured activities... — Updated 8/9/2018

 By Al Stover    News

Area youth learn about space travel from NASA Ambassador

Local youth had the opportunity to learn about space travel during a presentation from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ambassador Joe Bruce on Aug. 2 at the... — Updated 8/9/2018



FIRST AVENUE VOLUNTEERS. The First Avenue Beautification Project is nearing completion with the assistance of helpers, like the volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of the... — Updated 8/9/2018

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Senator Murray travels to Ritzville to listen to the potential impact of tariffs for local ag industry

Senator Patty Murray made a special trip to Ritzville on Aug. 7 to meet with agricultural industry leaders and receive feedback regarding the current tariffs situation in the... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


ACFPD responds to fires outside of Ritzville, Lind, Ralston

Adams County Fire Protection Districts No. 1 and No. 2 responded to multiple fires last week. On Aug. 2, ACFPD No. 1 responded to a grass fire on Interstate 90, milepost 239.... — Updated 8/9/2018

 By Dale Anderson    News

Are you offended?

I see that plastic straw are being banned in some parts of the country because a lot of them or ending up in the oceans and becoming hazardous to sea life. I understand that the... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


Strengthening local control to help improve land management

The issues of water reliability and water infrastructure are of such high importance, particularly in our region and across the West, that they are topics I constantly focus on in Congress. Whether the backlog of water projects... — Updated 8/9/2018


American giving surpassed $400 billion

Believe it or not, there is good news to report these days. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, last year Americans donated more than $410 billion in cash to nonprofit organizations, which is up from... — Updated 8/9/2018



BENEFIT FOR RANDY LAWSON. The Ritzville Pastime and Ritzville Eagles No. 2739 co-hosted a benefit dinner and auction for Randy Lawson on Aug. 5. The two businesses raised $5,064... — Updated 8/9/2018

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Lind-Ritzville Schools welcome new leadership in superintendent role

Amongst the changes for the 2018-19 school year, the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools will have new representation in the superintendent position. Donald Vanderholm is taking the... — Updated 8/9/2018


Kelly Scott Kiesz

Kelly Scott Kiesz was born on March 22, 1964 and was raised on the family wheat farm in Washtucna, WA by his parents Wilmer and Darlene (Borgens) Kiesz. He passed away after a long battle with cancer in Richland, WA on July 26,... — Updated 8/9/2018 Full story


Jacob Carl Harder IV

Jacob Carl Harder IV passed away July 30 2018. He was born April 28 1989 in Spokane WA to Maureen Harder and JC Harder. Jacob spent time in North Dakota working on the oil rigs... — Updated 8/9/2018


Classic movie night at the theatre

The Ritz Theatre and Ritzville Downtown Development Association are continuing classic movie nights with a showing of “The Searchers” on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. “The Searchers” is a 1956 classic western directed by John Ford and... — Updated 8/9/2018


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