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Adams County Harvest Festival Aug. 25

The Adams County Harvest Festival returns to downtown Lind on Aug. 25. During the event, people can browse different county vendors on Second Street, between E and I streets, beginning at 10 a.m. Attendees who are 21 years and... — Updated 8/23/2018


LaCrosse Schools hosting welcome back barbecue

The LaCrosse School District is hosting a Welcome Back Barbecue on Monday, Aug. 27. The annual event includes a community open house and welcome back dinner. The meal will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the meal includes burgers and... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story


Teen Scene water balloon fight

The East Adams Library District (EALD) is holding a water balloon fight on Aug. 23 from 6-7 p.m. at Ritzville City Park. The activity is for teenagers 13 years and older. Teens can earn bonus water balloons and prizes for... — Updated 8/23/2018


Entries for WLCF must be turned in Aug. 29

For those individuals preparing to submit an entry to the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair, they must head to the fairgrounds on Aug. 29. All entries will be accepted from 4-8 p.m. and must be submitted to the appropriate... — Updated 8/23/2018


Deadline to return flag football forms is Aug. 29

Flag football forms are currently available at the Ritzville Grade School and Lind Elementary School offices. All students between kindergarten and sixth grade, 5-12 years old, can participate in the flag football league. The... — Updated 8/23/2018


Fire truck ride available for second grade students

The Ritzville Fire Department will be taking second grade students on the fire truck during the Ritzville Community Parade on Sept. 1. Parents can drop their children off at the fire station on First Avenue at 10:30 a.m., before... — Updated 8/23/2018


Ritzville parade slated for Sept. 1, participants wanted

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 8/23/2018


Ritzville Chamber asking for volunteers during fair

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help at the ice cream booth during the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair from Sept. 30 to Aug. 2. The chamber is also asking for monetary donations to help support the... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story


Ralston Grange preps for WLCF

The Ralston Grange concession will be open from Wednesday through Sunday during the upcoming Wheat Land Communities’ Fair. Wednesday afternoon and evening only the Grange will be offering a potato bar at their building. All... — Updated 8/23/2018


Area students prepare to head back to school - Lind-Ritzville Schools plan for yearlong consolidation

Students throughout the region are gearing up to head back to school in the upcoming week. Locally, the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools and Washtucna School District will start school on Monday, Aug. 27. Parents of Lind and... — Updated 8/23/2018

 By Al Stover    News

Adams County Commissioners sign solid waste interlocal agreement

The Adams County Commissioners voted 2-0 to adopt an interlocal agreement for the county Solid Waste Comprehensive Management Plan at the Aug. 20 meeting. Commissioner Chairman John Marshall was absent from the meeting. Public... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story

 By Al Stover    News

Lind Council discusses engineering agreement, income survey

During the Aug. 14 Lind Town Council meeting, Mayor Paula Bell presented a draft of the consultant agreement with Century West Engineering for engineering services. The Town selected Century West from three finalists for... — Updated 8/23/2018



HOLLAND FUNDRAISER. Big Bend Family Fun Center in Ritzville held a fundraiser for Robert Holland on Aug. 19. During the event, customers ate dinner and bowled free games. There was... — Updated 8/23/2018


Emergency crews respond to collisions, RV fire

Area first responders had another busy week responding to auto collisions and an RV fire. The Washington State Patrol and Lind Fire Department responded to two separate one-vehicle... — Updated 8/23/2018

 By Al Stover    News

Summer Author Series continues at Ritzville Library

The East Adams Library District (EALD) hosted an author reading featuring author Betsy Dickinson at the Ritzville Public Library on Aug. 18 as part of the library’s Summer Author... — Updated 8/23/2018


Air quality hits hazardous levels in Adams County

A blanket of smoke has hung over Adams County for a past few weeks, but on in the afternoon on Aug. 19, the skies darkened and the air quality drastically decreased for residents.... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story


Adams County Sheriff’s Office Reports

Aug. 10, 10:36 p.m. – Washtucna complainant advised of a fire on South Haase Road. Deputy Ned Bernath responded, and the fire had been extinguished prior to him arriving on scene. Aug. 10, 4:20 p.m. – Lind complainant came to... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story


Legislative Commentary

There’s so much to do during harvest that my legislator duties naturally shift to the back burner. But sometimes farming and being a state senator simply have to overlap, and that’s when the cab of a combine can be a pretty... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story


Columbia River Treaty talks are too vital to ignore

While most of our attention in the Pacific Northwest these days is on trade wars, tariffs and wildfires, there are critical talks underway between the U.S. and Canada over future allocations of the Columbia River system’s water.... — Updated 8/23/2018


National defense is a bipartisan priority

John Adams once said, “National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” I am pleased that the recent agreement to provide for our national defense for the upcoming fiscal year was a moment of clear unity in... — Updated 8/23/2018


Services at EARH

Your District has always sought to be your “medical home”, a one-stop portal to all the healthcare services you need. That does not mean that we here can provide every service you might need: we cannot, for example, perform... — Updated 8/23/2018


Broncos return to the gridiron Friday

The annual Ritzville Jamboree kicks off the gridiron season for the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos football team on Friday, Aug. 24. The jamboree begins at 6 p.m. at Jimmie Snider F... — Updated 8/23/2018 Full story


Galbreath reflects on Tech Trek experience sponsored by AAUW

“What surprised me is how super fun this camp was. I knew I would learn things, but I didn’t expect to learn in such a fun way. I would go yearly if I could!” said Taylor... — Updated 8/23/2018

 By Al Stover    News

The Victorian B&B provides alternative lodging option in Ritzville

The Victorian Bed and Breakfast, located at 105 South Division Street, provides guests with an opportunity to stay in a Victorian-era home close to downtown Ritzville. Housed in a... — Updated 8/23/2018


Robert O. Pence

Robert O. Pence passed away on Aug. 20, 2018 in Spokane, WA. There will be a graveside service held Friday Aug. 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lind Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Danekas Funeral Home Ritzville,... — Updated 8/23/2018


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