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Ralston Grange Christmas Sunday

An annual tradition, the Ralston Grange Christmas Party, will be held for the 84th time this coming Sunday, Dec. 7. Festivities are open to anyone who would like to attend from the surrounding communities. The evening begins with... — Updated 12/4/2014


Giving Tree deadline extended

Umpqua Bank has extended the application period for the giving tree. Completed request forms can be returned to Umpqua Bank until Dec. 8. Forms are number coded as they are returned and all requests are confidential. The program... — Updated 12/4/2014


Winter Band Concert

Confucius, an ancient Chinese philosopher once said, “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Whether he was referring to the emotion of the performers or the members of the audience, music of... — Updated 12/4/2014


Lind holiday lighting contest

The Lind Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of the holiday lights contest within the Town of Lind. Any Lind resident or business is welcome to enter into the contest. The lighting contest is set for the evening of... — Updated 12/4/2014


Recount of election occurred Dec. 3

After the press deadline of The Journal, the Adams County Canvassing Board of Elections met for a recount of ballots from the Nov. 4 General Election. The Canvassing Board met for the purpose of conducting the recount of votes... — Updated 12/4/2014


Holiday concerts announced for local school districts

The Lind-Ritzville, Washtucna and LaCrosse School Districts have announced upcoming holiday concerts at the schools. The holiday concerts begin in Washtucan, when the preschool through sixth grade students perform on Dec. 9. The... — Updated 12/4/2014


Schoesler elected Senate Majority Leader

Ninth District lawmaker credits his Adams County upbringing for his current leadership approach Adams County has produced two state senators since statehood; the second, Sen. Mark Schoesler, has now moved up to one of the highest... — Updated 12/4/2014 Full story


Adams County Commissioners approve six-year transportation improvement plan

Adams County Public Works Director Todd O’Brien and Adams County Engineer Scott Yaeger presented the commissioners with the county’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for 2015-2020. Funding has been secured for... — Updated 12/4/2014


Lind Council approves wage increases for town employees

Council members approved a four percent wage increase for public works employees at their Tuesday, Nov. 25, meeting. This also included a $.50 an hour pay increase for the public works supervisor, for his spray endorsement.... — Updated 12/4/2014


Food Pantry in need of plastic bags

The Ritzville Food Pantry is running low on plastic shopping bags to carry distributions. Bags can be donated on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 104 West Main Avenue.... — Updated 12/4/2014


Annual Turkey Trot includes walkers, runners and bikers

On Nov. 27, around 50 community members and families gathered in front of the Ritz Theatre for the annual Turkey Trot. The morning’s event began with the presenting of awards.... — Updated 12/4/2014



CONTESTED CATCH. Receiver Matthew Leffel reels in a pass from Cort Ruzicka amid a swarm of Okanogan defenders during the Broncos’ semifinals showdown with the Bulldogs. The... — Updated 12/4/2014 Full story


Local holiday activities, shopping abundant during Christmas kick-off weekend

The holidays are a hectic time for all, as families scramble to purchase the perfect gift for loved ones. This holiday season, residents are reminded to shop local for products... — Updated 12/4/2014


Joan Gering

Joan Gering, 85, died in Spokane December 1. A funeral service will be held Saturday December 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ritzville. A full obituary will run next week. Danekas Funeral Home –Ritzville is... — Updated 12/4/2014


Donna K. Smith

Donna K. Smith, 64, died November 30, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born January 24, 1949, in Ritzville, the daughter of Francis and Dorla Smith. Donna loved baking and making crafts. Her family especially loved... — Updated 12/4/2014

 By Dale Anderson    News

The Winning Streak

Like most sports enthusiasts I am fearful of the jinx. There are certain rituals players might do before each game like wearing a lucky pair of socks; a wrist band, sweat band... — Updated 12/4/2014


Broncos, Tigercats basketball season begins Dec. 6

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos and the LaCrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus Tigercats basketball teams start their regular seasons this weekend. The Broncos will host the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes at Gilson Gymnasium in Ritzville on... — Updated 12/4/2014


Ritzville provides fun events

I have lived in Ritzville about 10 months. There are so many special things to enjoy in this small town. Thanksgiving morning I walked down the The Ritz Theater to see what the “Turkey Trot” was all about. I met a young couple... — Updated 12/4/2014


A Tax on Business is a Tax on You

Jonathon Gruber recently created a stir with his comments about Obamacare and “the stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber, an MIT economist, was one of the architects of the President’s health reform law. Recently,... — Updated 12/4/2014


CEO Corner: Updates from EARH

Community members of Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2, we appreciate your support for our facility. Voting yes to approve the Bond to renovate the Hospital and Clinic allows us to begin to modernize the building and put... — Updated 12/4/2014 Full story


Bulldog News: Winter activities underway

The Lady Bulldogs are in full swing with their basketball season. Varsity current record is 2-1 and Junior Varsity record is 3-0. The Lady Bulldogs have two games this week with an away game at ACH on Monday and Davenport at home... — Updated 12/4/2014


Douglas Robert Rehn

Douglas Robert Rehn, 54, lifetime resident of Lind, died unexpectedly November 23. He was born December 8, 1959, in Spokane, to Donald and Darlene Rehn. He is survived by his wife,... — Updated 12/4/2014


After three seasons, LRS Broncos finish with 38-1 gridiron record

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos football team finished its season on Saturday against the Okanogan Bulldogs, after a 38-game winning streak as one of the top four 2B teams in the... — Updated 12/4/2014


Community blood drive Dec. 8

Lind-Ritzville High School is hosting a Community Blood Drive on Monday, Dec. 8, at Gilson Gym. Inland Northwest has partnered with the school to coordinate the drive. Donation hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more... — Updated 12/4/2014


Mason Thomas Beckley

Beau and Kristi Beckley of Pasco announce the arrival of their son Mason Thomas Beckley. He was born on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8:15 a.m. at nine pounds and 12 ounces and 22 inches... — Updated 12/4/2014


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