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Ritzville Water Park season to end Sunday

The Ritzville Water Park will remain open through this Sunday, Aug. 28. Hours of operation are: Thursday, 12:30-7 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-9 p.m.; closed Saturday; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. open swim. The Adams County Park and Recreation... — Updated 8/25/2011


Forecast on Columbia Basin long-term water needs focus of workshops

How much water will be needed to support communities, farms and fish in the Columbia Basin and where it will come from is the focus of a near-final report from the Washington Department of Ecology’s Office of the Columbia River.... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story


WSU garners federal Conservation Innovation Grant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Aug. 22 the winning proposals for the 2011 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Through CIG, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing nearly $22.5... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story


Ralston Grange bingo booth work night Thursday

The Ralston Grange is asking for help to clean the kitchen area as well as moving supplies and bingo prizes from the Ralston Grange Hall to the bingo building at the Wheat Land Communities’ Fairgrounds tonight (Thursday), Aug.... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story


Ritzville art show committee prepares for Cowboy Christmas Art Auction

A semi-formal gala showcasing premier artwork, tasty cuisine and live entertainment is planned during the Cowboy Christmas Art Auction and dinner on Dec. 3 at the American Legion Hall on Broadway Avenue in Ritzville. Attendees are... — Updated 8/25/2011


DUI enforcement set in Adams, Grant and Lincoln Counties

Twelve people died in Adams, Grant and Lincoln Counties in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) crashes last year, according to preliminary data on July 18, 2011, from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. In an effort to save lives... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story

 By Jennifer Larsen    News

Sheriff's office to upgrade armory

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office received the go-ahead to replace 30 handguns for its law enforcement officers. The Adams County Commissioners approved a proposal by consensus to acquire 30 Smith & Wesson 40-calibur handguns on... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story

 By Stephen McFadden    News

President of Eagles assaulted, two arrested

The president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2739 was assaulted outside the club on Aug. 5. Ritzville Police arrested two men at the scene after interviewing witnesses and talking to the victim, Robert Tracy. The... — Updated 8/25/2011


Fair, rodeo action return on Labor Day weekend

The Wheat Land Communities’ Fair and Ritzville Rodeo will roll into Ritzville next week for the annual shindig featuring four days of wild rodeo action and fierce competitions in youth departments. Topping the Sept. 1-4 event is... — Updated 8/25/2011


Chinese lunch planned at Ritzville senior center

A Chinese meal tops the menu this Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the H.E. Gritman Senior Center in downtown Ritzville. The menu includes sweet and sour pork, egg rolls, stir fried rice, chicken chow mein and dessert. Reservations must be... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story


Ralston Grange bingo, concessions on tap for fair

The Ralston Grange-sponsored bingo concession will be open at the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair this year on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to fair close and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Some shifts still need... — Updated 8/25/2011


Fair adds horsehoe contest with cash prizes

The deadline is one week away for participants to sign up for the Horseshoe Contest sponsored by Wheat Land Communities’ Fair. Four divisions, including doubles, men, women and youth, are available. Prizes range from $10 to $100... — Updated 8/25/2011


Ritzville Gun Club needs BBQ volunteers

The Ritzville Gun Club is looking for volunteers to help them serve the club’s annual barbecue in Ritzville City Park on Saturday, Sept. 3, after the parade. Volunteers are needed in the park between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Anyone... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story


Hospital foundation gears up for annual gala

A night of live auction action and a catered meal are planned during East Adams County Healthcare Foundation’s 19th annual Wine and Microbrew Tasting and Auction on Sept. 24 at the American Legion Memorial Hall on Broadway... — Updated 8/25/2011

 By Stephen McFadden    News

City wells continue to falter

Last week a second city well began experiencing problems, putting the city’s water system in a precarious position. This time the Koch well faltered and appeared to be blowing air, an indication the aquifer had dropped and the... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Two injured in motorcycle wreck

A Spokane Valley man was airlifted by Northwest MedStar to Sacred Heart Medical Center Saturday after a motorcycle wreck on State Route 261. A female passenger was taken by... — Updated 8/25/2011

 By Stephen McFadden    News

130 acres charred in Monday's blaze

Ritzville’s fire station was emptied Monday when crews took all of the fire district’s equipment out of the barn to battle a wheat and stubblefield fire. Crews were dispatched... — Updated 8/25/2011


Health fair returns to downtown Ritzville in September

Organizers are making preparations for the annual Health and Wellness Fair in Pioneer Plaza on Sept. 10. Sponsored by the Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2, the day features a roster of new vendors and activities that... — Updated 8/25/2011


AAUW to host candidate forum in September

The Ritzville branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will host a candidate forum on Sept. 29 for all contested Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 board positions. All six candidates have accepted the... — Updated 8/25/2011


Independent League begins Monday

Bowling season will begin this Monday, Aug. 29, for the Independent League. One and all are invited to attend the first meeting set for 6:30 p.m. at Big Bend Bowl. League play after Monday’s meeting is every Monday at 7 p.m. No... — Updated 8/25/2011


Commercial League sets meeting

There will be a captain’s meeting for the Commercial League on Thursday, Sept. 1. All captains and anyone interested is encouraged to attend. The bowling league begins the following Thursday, Sept. 8, at Big Bend... — Updated 8/25/2011



Hungry for high school football? The action is just around the corner. For the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos, preseason workouts are in full swing. The teams have been hitting the... — Updated 8/25/2011


A question for hospital board candidates

To the editor, One of the most critical issues for the city citizens is the future of our district hospital. The current policies of those in charge of East Adams Rural Hospital seem determined to follow a path, which will destroy... — Updated 8/25/2011


Fowles retires from Lind School District

The Lind School Board unanimously accepted a letter of resignation from a longtime school employee during the regular meeting on July 28. Karla Fowles tendered her resignation as high school secretary. She has worked in the Lind... — Updated 8/25/2011 Full story


Ritzville educator earns master’s

Donna Koch of Ritzville earned a master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Central Washington University in June 2011. Koch is a staff member of the Ritzville School District, where she teaches Family and... — Updated 8/25/2011


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