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Journal office closed Dec. 24 - 25

The Journal office will be closed Dec. 24-25 to celebrate the Christmas holiday. With the two-day closure, the deadline for articles and advertisements has been moved to noon on Dec. 21 for the Dec. 27 publication. To make sure... — Updated 12/20/2012


School board meeting changed

The Lind and Ritzville School Boards are meeting in Room 15 at the Ritzville Grade School on Thursday, Dec. 20, with the meeting to begin at 5 p.m.... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


County Commissioners finalize 2012 amendment

The Adams County Commissioners finalized the 2012 amendment resolution on Monday, Dec. 17, after holding a public hearing. The finalized amendment approved by the commissioners, is as follows. In the current expense fund, the... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Meeting creates potential for expansion of social services locally

State and local health service agencies met at Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ on Nov. 29 to discuss the need of expanding a variety of service options to Ritzville. Pastor Judith Rinehart-Nelson facilitated and... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Lind approves 2013 budget

The Lind Town Council members unanimously approved to accept the proposed the 2013 budget during the regular meeting on Dec. 11. The council also approved to amend the 2012 budget and the property tax to be levied in 2013. After a... — Updated 12/20/2012


ACDC to host stakeholder luncheon

The Adams County Development Council (ACDC) will host its 2013 Annual Stakeholder Luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at noon at the C.J. Newland American Legion Memorial Hall. All Adams County businesses and elected officials are... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Don’t forget the Ritzville sledding hill is on Broadway

With the recent snowfall, youth are reminded to use the designated sledding hill just off of Broadway Avenue as the only sledding area in the city. Sleds are no longer permitted on the city streets and are asked to use the hill... — Updated 12/20/2012

 By Katelin Davidson    News

Christmas Store: Generous donations provide gift ideas for students’ families

With the meaning of Christmas constantly changing, preschool educator Lori Olson helped the Lind Grade School revisit the importance behind the season of giving. Last week,... — Updated 12/20/2012


Bronc Booster auction slated for January

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Bronc Boosters are hosting a silent auction on Jan. 12 during the home basketball game. The Bronc Boosters held a silent auction last year, which helped raise over $2,000. The Bronc Booster organization... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story



Friends and coworkers gathered together Tuesday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the retirement of Terry Jirava, who worked at the Ritzville U.S. Bank branch for nearly 10 years. During the... — Updated 12/20/2012


Lady Tigercats struggle in league

The LaCrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus Lady Tigercats faced tough competition Friday and Saturday when they battled against St. John-Endicott and Touchet in league games. The Lady... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Lady Broncos snare pair of league wins

Two league wins last weekend were a nice change of pace for the Lady Broncos after a pair of rough outings. Friday, the Lady Broncos took a 47-42 win over a scrappy Liberty squad. S... — Updated 12/20/2012


Tigercats undefeated in league

The Tigercats faced two tough league rivals in a weekend’s match up but proved victorious to continue with an unblemished record. The Tigercats first earned a 64-54 win over St.... — Updated 12/20/2012


Broncos suffer first loss to Colfax, 50-45

The LRS Broncos were handed their first loss of the season Tuesday when the Colfax Bulldogs capitalized on Dylan Hartz’s ankle injury at the end of the first quarter. The... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Here comes Christmas! (And New Years)

As the holidays swiftly approach, the Washtucna ASB officers and the National Honor Society (NHS) chapter have stayed busy for the past few weeks. Nov. 27 marked the start of the annual community food drive; a combined effort... — Updated 12/20/2012


Mayan prophecy was false, but fiscal cliff is real

If you are reading this, it is apparent that the Mayan calendar was not accurate! However, I can’t help but wonder if a large percentage of our population thinks that I might as well use my credit to have one big Christmas before... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Questioning the financial descisions of RPDA

Why is the city of Ritzville failing? The Ritzville Public Development Authority is one reason. The RPDA was established by city ordinance No. 1022 in June 2001. The City Council of Ritzville will have provided the RPDA with at... — Updated 12/20/2012


Be part of the solution, rather than contrary

Small towns across the country are struggling, some towns have and others will, for all practical matters become ghost towns, this trend has a long history and a variety of reasons. Ritzville is not immune to this trend. My family... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Remember to shop all the local stores

I would like to thank Katelin Davidson for the nice article she wrote in this last week’s Journal encouraging Ritzville residents to shop locally. In interviewing the owners of the four businesses mentioned in her article, those... — Updated 12/20/2012


Yes Virginia, and everyone else, there is a Santa Claus

(Editor’s Note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Sandra Kaye Robertson

Sandra Kaye (Kulm) Robertson died at the age of 58, in Beaverton, Ore., on Saturday, Dec. 15. She was born on May 29, 1954, to Arthur W. and Wanetta M. Kulm of Lind. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Lind High... — Updated 12/20/2012


Ritzville Police Report

Nov. 14, 11:50 a.m. – Chief Dave McCormick responded to a possible traffic hazard in the 100 block of East Galbreath Way at the Circle K. Upon arrival Chief McCormick contacted a subject flagging traffic for tree service trucks... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story


Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

Dec. 14, 12:03 a.m. – While on patrol Deputy Jeffery Lane located an open door on East Booth Avenue in Washtucna, at the school. No entry to the main building was made. Property owner will be notified. Dec. 13, 9:10 a.m. ... — Updated 12/20/2012 Full story

 By Dale Anderson    News

If ‘Ifs’ and ‘Buts’ were Candy and Nuts...

There is a passion in every fan, make that a true fan, when their team wins and especially when they are on the losing side. I’ve felt the hollowness of three Bronco runner-up... — Updated 12/20/2012


Seniors to host Christmas luncheon

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center is holding a splendid Christmas lunch on Thursday, Dec. 20, beginning at noon. The menu includes prime rib, scalloped potatoes and corn, rolls, relish tray and dessert. The event is open to the... — Updated 12/20/2012


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