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Ritzville Public Library hosting Eclipse Viewing Party

Ritzville residents and visitors who are looking for a spot to watch the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and socialize with others can head over to the Ritzville Public Library’s Eclipse Viewing Party, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carnegie Building. The...


WLCF Lego Drive begins in memory of Cole Melcher

The Wheat Land Communities’ Fair Model Kit Department would like to build a Free Lego Play Area for all to enjoy at the fair in memory of Cole Melcher. Cole loved Legos, and the department is asking for the community’s help to donate Legos to...


Sign up now for chamber ice cream booth

With the fair just two weeks away, the Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce is in the middle of preparing for its annual ice cream booth at the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair, set for Aug. 31 – Sept. 3. Each year the ice cream booth is a popular...


9-1-1 Night at the Movies

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office, is partnering with the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair to provide a summer-end gathering. On Thursday, Aug. 31, ACSO and WLCF will show a free movie at the fairgrounds at 8 p.m. Those attending the movie are asked... Full story


The impact of impaired driving: Too many death, injuries during summer

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Patrols Aug. 18 – Sept. 4 Each summer in Washington State, an average of 149 people die in traffic crashes. That is the deadliest season of the year on our roads. 

 During all of 2016, impaired drivers...

 By Al Stover    News    August 17, 2017

County Commissioners renew marijuana moratorium

At their Aug. 14 meeting, the Adams County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution renewing a county-wide marijuana moratorium for another six months. The moratorium prohibits the establishment or siting of state-licensed recreational and...


WSU students return to school

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) would like to remind Washington State University (WSU) students and families returning from summer break to use caution and avoid distractions while driving. WSP will be allocating additional resources along I-90,...

 By Al Stover    News    August 17, 2017

Lind Town Council authorizes agreement with Century West

At their Aug. 8 meeting, the Lind Town Council authorized Mayor Jamie Schmunk to enter into a master services agreement with Century West Engineering regarding the town’s potential road repair projects. During the July 25 meeting, Century West’s...



DONALD DIRKS pours harvested wheat into the back of a truck. The truck will transport the wheat the Marcellus Road Grain Elevator. -Journal photo by Al Stover...



CHANDLER WIDMAN, a Lind-Ritzville High School alum, unloads wheat from a truck at the Marcellus Road Grain Elevator. Ritzville native Brent Schukay manages the Marcellus Road Grain Elevator. -Journal...



KULM FAMILY HARVEST CREW. The Darrel Kulm Family is one of several descendants of John Kulm, Sr., who immigrated to the United States in 1908. The descendants of Kulm have been farming in the Schrag... Full story



1930 LINCOLN SCHOOL. This picture is of the last first-grade class at Lincoln School, taught by Miss Francis Garred. Back row left to right: Lawrence Koch, Peggy Kinsil, Unknown, Lydia Wilhelm and...

 By Al Stover    News    August 17, 2017

Buchmann featured as Liquid Lit’s August author of the month

Ritzville resident and local writer E. Hank Buchmann, known under his pen name as Buck Edwards, held a reading at the Washington State University Extension Office, Aug. 11. He then attended the... Full story


ACSO shuts down illegal marijuana grow in Cunningham: Nine subjects facing charges in connection with the operation

For the second time in the course of a week, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) made multiple arrests in connection with an illegal marijuana grow in the small town of Cunningham. ACSO served...

 By Al Stover    News    August 17, 2017

Ritzville unveils new branding

After months of waiting and planning, the first components of Ritzville’s new branding system were unveiled during the Aug. 9 Launch Harvest Party in Pioneer Plaza. One of these components was the t...


Bessie S. Allen

Bessie S. Allen, 89, died Aug. 11 in Washtucna. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Danekas Funeral Home and Crematory in Ritzville is entrusted with arrangements.... Full story


Orville Warren Preston

Orville Warren Preston was born June 2, 1927, in Portland, Oregon. He died on July 29 in Cheney. A small family service was held in Cheney on Aug. 4.... Full story


Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

July 31, 9:19 a.m. – A stolen vehicle was reported on East Sackman Road.. July 31, 10:06 p.m. – A Ritzville complainant said he saw three male subjects walking from Gun Club Road toward the Texaco Gas Station. After finding out there was a brush...


Witnessing scientific history during the Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21

Outside of astronomy, an eclipse is defined as a loss of significance in relation to another thing. Ironically, the Great American Eclipse that will occur on Monday, Aug. 21, will find great significance in scientific history. A total solar eclipse... Full story


Puttin’ on the Ritz, 2017 edition

There are times during the planning stages of a golf tournament when there’s a question in the minds of the planners of whether they will survive the process or succumb to the pressures and complaints and run from fairway to fairway screaming... Full story


Massive fires increasing wood prices in U.S.

Massive forest fires in western parts of Canada and the U.S. are not only choking us with layers of smoke, but are cutting off lumber supplies around our country. The result is the cost of a new home is rising because of the growing shortage of...


Lind’s Harvest Party scheduled for Aug. 19

Lind residents and visitors from across the county, are invited to attend the Lind Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest Party, Aug. 19. The event, located on West Second and N streets, will be held to honor farmers in Adams County. The Street Dance with...


Preserving Veterans Choice

If you speak with any local veteran in Central Washington, as I do regularly, you will likely hear stories of frustration with the Veterans Administration. While there are many dedicated staff and VA providers, our veterans deserve so much more than...


Mary E. Adams

Mary E. Adams, 79, died on Aug. 7 in Ritzville. She was born to LaRue and Myrtle Bender in New York on May 11, 1938. She attended Wenatchee schools and studied Nursing in Spokane. Mary moved to...



MOVIE NIGHT. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Town of Lind and the Lind Community Church to host the first 911 at the Movies event on Aug. 12 in Lind Town Park. Prior to the...


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