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Eagles host free kids breakfast

The Ritzville branch of Eagles will be hosting a Pancake breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Eagles Lodge. Kids eat free at the event and there will be the regular breakfast menu available for adults. Santa will be attending... Full story


Paranormal Investigation Group to present

The Spokane Paranormal Investigation Group along with psychic Jennifer VonBehren will be at the Ritzville Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Community members will have the opportunity to observe the equipment used and discuss how the...


19th Christmas Parade in Lind on Sunday

For the 19th year, the Lind Chamber of Commerce is inviting local residents to join in the festivities surrounding the annual Christmas Parade in Lind on Sunday, Dec. 11, with activities beginning at 3 p.m. For the third consecutive year, the Lind Li... Full story


East Columbia Basin Irrigation District provides information on Dec. 13 election

The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District announced on Tuesday, Dec. 13, an election will be held for the position of Director for Division No. 5 between candidates Orman Johnson and Paul Booker. This position is a three-year term beginning in...


Ritzville Library hosting lunch bag training

The Ritzville Public Library is hosting a free “brown bag” lunch training on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. Lincoln County WSU Extension Director Bridget Rohner will be speaking on the topics of attracting millennial volunteers to organizations....


Winter Concerts slated at local schools

With winter vacation drawing near, local schools are preparing for the annual Winter Concerts. The concerts highlight the talents of grade school students from the schools. The Benge School District will have their Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec.... Full story


Local contest prize winners announced

During the Christmas Kick-off weekend in Ritzville, multiple area organizations and businesses hosted prize drawings to reward residents for shopping local. The City of Ritzville teamed up with area businesses to donate four baskets to the weekend...

 By Haley Roybal    News    December 8, 2016

Washtucna community meeting sparks ideas for town improvements

The Town of Washtucna held a community meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, to provide an update on Washtucna in Bloom, as well as an update on clubs and organizations. Washtucna is enrolled in the America in Bloom program for 2016 in an attempt to encourage... Full story



Siobhan Scherzinger smiles while sitting on Santa’s lap at the Ralston Grange Christmas Party on Dec. 4. A record 139 people attended the event, including a large group of children who received... Full story



SWEET SURPRISE. After collecting a treat bag from Santa after the Children’s Matinee Movie, Wade Green shares the treats inside with his grandma Fawn. The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts...



HOLIDAY BAZAAR. The AAUW Holiday Bazaar attracted 39 vendors this year, like local artisan Kellie Ottmar and her Jewel Scent booth, who had an opportunity to discuss and sell her products at the...



THE TREE Lighting ceremony on Dec. 2 attracted 63 people to the Ritzville Public Library for the event....



SANTA CLAUS. During the Ralston Grange Christmas Party, children like Brint Rautenkrantv had the opportunity to receive a gift from Santa Claus on Dec. 4.... Full story



LIND ELEMENTARY School students who participated in the Bi-County Academics Contest. -Courtesy photo...


Ritzville Fitness opens to provide healthy living option for locals

As the year draws to a close and residents turn their focus to making New Year’s resolutions, a new business in downtown Ritzville is aimed at helping locals reach their health goals through... Full story



JERRY ROBY shovels snow outside Family Choice on Dec. 6 after Ritzville received 5.70-inches of snow overnight. The snow led to countless vehicle slide offs on the freeways. -Journal photo by Haley...


Pet food drive Dec. 10

The spirit of giving during the holiday season often serves as a reminder of the importance of donating to worthy causes. The fourth annual “Food for Furry Friends Drive” is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10. Students, parents, and community...

 By Dale Anderson    News    December 8, 2016

Time to vent a little

I did get caught up in all of the hype that ESPN threw at its viewership when it comes to which teams would make it to the FBS playoffs. It has a lot to do with wanting to listen to the criteria that the announcers throw out as reasons that this...


Lady Broncos begin season with a win against St. John-Endicott

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Lady Broncos varsity basketball team kicked off their season with a non-league game against St. John-Endicott on Saturday, Dec. 3, in St. John. The team went into the game determined to out play their opponents and...


Nonleague victory helps prep Broncos for upcoming season

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos went on the road to begin their season on the hardwood in St. John on Dec. 3. The Broncos earned their first win of the season, posting a 63-48 victory against the St. John-Endicott Eagles. Entering a rebuilding yea...


Pancake breakfast Friday

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center will host a Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will feature pancakes, a choice of ham or sausage and coffee with a suggested donation of $5 per person. The H.E. Gritman Senior...


Bipartisan progress on mental health, medical research

Even as this year’s legislative session comes to a close, the last bills passed by Congress are certainly not the least important. As the saying goes, “last but not least.” Bipartisan legislation passed just last week tackles real problems,...


Removing Snake River dams is unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. Here is the difference. De... Full story



LRMS STUDENTS who participated in the Bi-County Academics Contest. -Courtesy photo...


Lind, Ritzville students excel in Bi-County Academic

Ritzville served as the host of the annual Bi-County Academics competition during November, hosting dozens of students from area schools. The students from Lind Elementary School, Ritzville Grade...


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