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Author reading on Aug. 18

East Adams Library District is hosting an author reading with author Betsy Dickinson at the Ritzville Public Library on Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. Dickinson will read from her book, “The Water Master.” There will be a question and... — Updated 8/16/2018


End of Summer concert slated at Washtucna Church

The “End of Summer Bash Hilary and Kate Concert” is scheduled for Aug. 21 at the Washtucna Community Church at 7 p.m. The free event will feature performances from the musical duo Hilary Watson and Kate Feldtkeller. Attendees... — Updated 8/16/2018


Flag football deadline Aug. 29

Flag football forms are currently available at the Ritzville Grade School office. All students between kindergarten and sixth grade, 5-12 years old, can participate in the flag football league. The registration fee is $35 per... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Washington law enforcement agencies to conduct DUI emphasis patrol

Law enforcement agencies in Adams County and across Washington state will increase patrols for motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3. Agencies conduct the emphasis patrol in order to... — Updated 8/16/2018


Ritzville parade forms available at city hall, online

The Ritzville Community Parade is set for Saturday, Sept. 1, during Labor Day weekend in downtown Ritzville. Parade entry forms are available at the Ritzville City Hall office, located at 216 West Main Avenue, as well as online at... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Rose Garden barbecue being rescheduled

Due to the current weather conditions and poor air quality, Rose Garden Estates will be rescheduling the annual barbecue for residents and the community, which will be announced at a later date.... — Updated 8/16/2018


State Parks offer free visit day on Aug. 25

In celebration of the National Park System’s 102nd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free visit to Washington’s state parks on Aug. 25. Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Air quality degraded by wildfires across the state

Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in areas affected by wildfire smoke to take necessary steps to protect themselves from poor air quality. People can take the following steps to protect themselves from... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

County Commissioners receive Bruce Transfer Station update

The Adams County Commissioners received an update on operations at the Bruce Transfer Station, located outside of Othello, on Aug. 13. Public Works Director Todd O’Brien said the transfer station resumed accepting residential sol... — Updated 8/16/2018

 By Al Stover    News

Area fire departments respond to wildland fires

Adams County fire protection districts had another busy week as departments responded to multiple fires last week. On Aug. 9, the Lind Fire Department responded to a field fire on Providence Road, outside of Lind town limits, at... — Updated 8/16/2018

 By Al Stover    News

Planning Commission modifies fence ordinance

The Ritzville Planning Commission voted to remove section 11.115.030, from the city’s Fence code at the Aug. 8 meeting. Commission Chairman Stephen McFadden explained the commission decided to remove the section, referred to as... — Updated 8/16/2018


EALD seeks plant donations for Learning Garden

The East Adams Library District (EALD) is seeking donations of perennial plants for the Learning Garden. EALD received a $5,000 donation from the Hennings Foundation and will use the funds to move forward on the Learning Garden.... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Ritzville City Council approves wage increase requests

During the Aug. 7 meeting, the Ritzville City Council approved the updated 2018 wage scale, and wage increases for part-time employees at the Ritzville Police Department. In June, Ritzville Police Chief Dave McCormick proposed a... — Updated 8/16/2018


Bowling league begins Sept. 10

The Monday night bowling league is set to begin on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Any individual who is interested in participating in the league can sign up at Big Bend Bowl and Family Fun Center. There will be a meeting regarding the league... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Australian couple tours Schoesler Farms during harvest

Some people travel from different areas in the United States to watch wheat harvest in Adams County. Harvey and Alison Monssen, they came all the way from the Ballarat, Victoria,... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Adams County Sheriff’s Office Reports

Aug. 5, 12:04 p.m. – Complainant advised of a red pickup stuck in a cattle guard on East Danekas Road in Ritzville. Aug. 5, 3:17 p.m. – Complainant advised of a deceased person in a residence on Cooper Avenue. Aug. 6, 9:37... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story

 By Dale Anderson    News

Good to be small

We went to the movie this past weekend at the Ritz. It was the 1956 John Wayne classic “The Searchers.” These movies are fun to go to and think about how films were made 60 year... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


To improve employment opportunities, occupational licensing needs reexamining

Do you think hair-braiding professionals should be required to obtain a cosmetology license? In about a dozen states, hair braiding actually does require such a license, at the expense of hundreds of hours of training that can... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Bellevue company patent infringement win gives small inventors hope

In America, when people invent things, they expect their trade secrets to be protected by federal law when their government patents are approved. However, that isn’t always the case. Patent infringements are life and death for... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story



LRS SOFTBALL award winners were (from left) Cailey Vallone-Boettcher, Most Improved; Kelcee Carlson, Coach’s Award: Tessa O’Brien, Team Captain: Lacey Miller, Offense Award;... — Updated 8/16/2018



2018 BASEBALL. The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos honored the 2018 baseball team after the conclusion of the season. Award winners were (from left) Camden Smith: Bob Heider... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


Bowling, burgers fundraiser

The Big Bend Family Fun Center is hosting a Burgers and Bowling Fundraiser with a silent auction on Aug. 19 from 4-7 p.m. The price of the fundraiser is $20. Proceeds from the event will benefit Robert Holland’s medical expenses... — Updated 8/16/2018

 By Katelin Davidson    News

New administrator joins Lind-Ritzville team as high school principal

As the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative School Districts prepare for the 2018-19 school year, new leadership will be in place for high school students. Kevin Terris joins the administrati... — Updated 8/16/2018

 By Al Stover    News

Mi Jalisco opens in downtown Ritzville

Residents flocked to 214 West Main Avenue on Aug. 8 for the opening of Mi Jalisco, a new Mexican food restaurant in downtown Ritzville. Mi Jalisco is the newest restaurant to open... — Updated 8/16/2018


Sydney Saint “Syd” Sullivan

Age 87 Sydney Saint “Syd” Sullivan passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Syd was born on December 3, 1930, in Spokane to George E. and Hazel G. (Long) Sullivan,... — Updated 8/16/2018 Full story


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