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Articles from the May 15, 2014 edition

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Chinese dinner planned at senior center

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center has amended the start time for the Chinese Dinner on Friday, May 16. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. to help accommodate a leisurely dinner for anyone wanting an early meal and also for those individuals... — Updated 5/15/2014 Full story


Washtucna’s Child Find clinic May 20

The Washtucna School District is offering a free screening clinic for children ages 0-5 years old on May 20 from 12:30-2 p.m. at Washtucna School. Developmental areas screened include vision, hearing, motor, cognitive, speech and... — Updated 5/15/2014


Dryland film to screen at Ritz Theater

Dryland, a documentary filmed in Adams County, is being screened at The Ritz Theater on May 22-24. The film is screened on Thursday, May 22, and Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m. The movie is then shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Set... — Updated 5/15/2014


Junior Angus Field Day in Ritzville

The Washington Junior Angus Association is returning to Ritzville to host their annual Field Day May 23-24 on the Wheat Land Communities’ Fairgrounds. Over 30 exhibitors are expected. Activities begin Friday evening with a full... — Updated 5/15/2014 Full story


Hearing set for street plan

Ritzville City Council is preparing to submit its six-year transportation improvement plan to the state’s Transportation Improvement Board. Before doing so, the city must hold a public hearing for comment on the council’s... — Updated 5/15/2014


Public hearing set for Love’s annexation

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., has submitted a petition to the City of Ritzville seeking annexation of its business into the city limits. The city council will hold a public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, June 3,... — Updated 5/15/2014


Spring concerts set at local schools

The Ritzville and Lind School Districts are preparing to host the annual spring concerts, beginning this week. The Ritzville Grade School kicks off the spring concerts with the first through fourth grade production of “A... — Updated 5/15/2014


Extra patrols out in search of unbuckled, distracted drivers

On the heels of the first-ever statewide distracted driving extra enforcement campaign, law enforcement officers will be out once again searching for not only unbuckled drivers but distracted drivers as part of the annual “Click... — Updated 5/15/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Planning for the future: Lind town hall creates dialogue, new ideas

After some self-examination, the Lind Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors wanted to establish a priority list. Of themselves, they asked, how can they make Lind better? How can they bring new businesses, more residents and m... — Updated 5/15/2014 Full story


City awards bid for bike, walk path

Work will begin in June on the second phase of the Ritzville Walk and Bike path project. This phase will travel from Division Street, along Baumann to Weber Road down to Jackson Street. Tuesday, May 6, the Ritzville City Council... — Updated 5/15/2014


Construction underway on well pump station

Kirby-Hunt Construction LTD was awarded a $919,778.37 contract to install the pump and construct the well house for Ritzville’s newest water well, which was drilled last summer near the golf course. The project is underway and... — Updated 5/15/2014

 By Stephen McFadden    News

Council makes good, approves salary increase for police officers

In early April, the Ritzville City Council responded to Police Chief David McCormick’s request for an increase in base salary for police officers and sergeants working for the city. McCormick sought the increase due to... — Updated 5/15/2014


Relay For Life returns to original venue

Amongst a list of changes for the upcoming Relay For Life of Ritzville event on July 12, participants will now have the opportunity to return to the original venue for the event at Jimmie Snider Field. With the addition of the... — Updated 5/15/2014


Library district to pursue grant for elevator

With the support of the City of Ritzville, the Ritzville Library District No. 2 will apply for a grant to help fund the installation of an elevator at the Ritzville Public Library. The city owns the building, which is leased by... — Updated 5/15/2014 Full story


First contested local race emerges as two seek district court judge job

With the filing period for local offices opening on Monday, May 12, 25 candidates had filed for election by Tuesday night. Among the positions filed for with multiple candidates... — Updated 5/15/2014


Jacqueline Charlotte McKay

Jacqueline Charlotte McKay died on May 9 at the age of 75. A celebration of life service will take place on Saturday, May 17, from 1-3 p.m. at the Jamison Event Center, 605 East Nelson Road in Moses Lake. Heritage Funeral Home in... — Updated 5/15/2014


LRS earns Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award

Lind-Ritzville High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange. The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Awa... — Updated 5/15/2014

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Lind School District receives energy efficiency grant

The Lind School District has been selected to receive a $500,000 preliminary Energy Efficiency Grant for improvements at the schools. The Lind School District applied for the grant through the Office of Superintendent of Public... — Updated 5/15/2014 Full story


Stevenson graduates from Gonzaga

James Stevenson of Lind participated in Gonzaga University’s graduation exercises during a Commencement Ceremony held on May 11 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena. Stevenson graduated with a Bachelor of Business... — Updated 5/15/2014


Washtucna third quarter honor roll announced

The Washtucna School District has announced the list of students in the seventh through 12th grades earning honor roll status and achieving perfect attendance for the third quarter. Three students received honor roll designation by... — Updated 5/15/2014


Barking Points: Eighth Grade Registration

Many a wise philosopher has preached, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Preparation is critical to the process of success; it lays down the solid foundation required for mental stability and confidence. To ensure the... — Updated 5/15/2014


LRS sends five golfers to district match May 19

Five LRS golfers will advance to the district golf tournament on Monday, May 19. In the District 7 subdistrict event, Logan Morley was the top LRS finisher in fourth with a 79. Trevor Jantz finished ninth with a 88. Michael... — Updated 5/15/2014


Fastpitch district play to continue May 20

The LRS Lady Broncos will have one more chance to advance out of the Northeast 2B District Softball Tournament. They will meet Liberty on Tuesday, May 20, at 12 p.m. at Merkel Field in Spokane. The Lady Broncos lost their opening... — Updated 5/15/2014

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Melville continues to regionals ranked first

With a slight change in playoffs this year, the LRS tennis team competed in the District Tournament to have multiple athletes move onto regionals. The Seconds Tournament has been eliminated, moving all of the number two and three... — Updated 5/15/2014


Stamper places first at Davenport, district track meets

Darcy Stamper continued to lead the SJELWK track and field team with first place finishes in the high jump and long jump competitions last week. Stamper earned a personal record in the long jump with a jump of 22-03 at the... — Updated 5/15/2014


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