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Christmas church services announced

Local churches have announced services regarding the Christmas holiday. Emanuel Lutheran Church is planning their Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. with candlelight and communion. A special News Year’s Eve service will be on Dec.... — Updated 12/21/2017


Ritzville Journal closure date

The Ritzville Journal office will be closed on Dec. 25, due to the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen Tuesday at 9 a.m. For more information, call 659-1020.... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story


ACFPD No. 1 responds to multiple collisions after first snowfall

The Adams County Fire Protection District No. 1 had a busy two days following the first major snowfall of the year. On Dec. 15, ACFPD No. 1 received a call at 1:05 p.m. for a two-vehicle collision at Highway 395 milepost 96. ACFPD... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Al Stover    News

Lind Council approves utility fee increase

The Lind Town Council approved an increase in utility rates for 2018 at the Dec. 12 meeting. Next year, the residential water rate will increase to $6.70 per gallon and the residential sewer rate will be set at $68.05. The annual... — Updated 12/21/2017



CONTEST WINNER. Six-year-old Paige Williamson of Lind is the overall winner, and her age division winner, of The Journal’s Christmas Coloring Contest. Brielle Arlt, 6, and Claire... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story



LRMS STUDENTS went to the Benton-Franklin Fairgrounds on Dec. 15 for an annual Bike for Tikes event. The 20 students helped other volunteers build 1,650 bikes. The bikes are... — Updated 12/21/2017



ROLAND MORGAN, portraying Santa Claus, makes his way across the stage as the Lind Elementary School’s kindergarten, first grade and second grade classes sing “Christmas ABC,... — Updated 12/21/2017



MARSHA SMITH talks with Mayor Gary Cook during the Chamber’s Christmas event on Dec. 16 in downtown Ritzville. The event included making smores, caroling and hay rides around... — Updated 12/21/2017



HMMM. Myles Lamar thinks long and hard about what Christmas gift he wants this year while visiting with Santa in Lind on Dec. 15.... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story



HUMBUG HIGH. The Lind-Ritzville High School drama program performed Lindsay Price’s “Humbug High: A Contemporary Christmas Carol,” on Dec. 14 in the Ritzville Grade School... — Updated 12/21/2017



GINGERBREAD WINNERS. The winners of the children’s gingerbread house contest, hosted by the Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 16, were (from left) sisters Adalyn and... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Al Stover    News

Foursquare Church holds fundraiser for Fannin family

The smell of chili filled the Ritzville Grade School cafeteria on the night of Dec. 15 as people stopped by the cafeteria for the Chili Feed Fundraiser, hosted by the Ritzville... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story



SECRETS FOR SANTA. Priscilla Garcia ponders about the one gift she truly wants for Christmas during Santa’s visit to the Lind Elementary School on Dec. 15. Santa got to lend an... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Dale Anderson    News

The Changing of the Guard

Did you see it coming? There had to be some evidence in the last few weeks. What with injuries to key players and the QB running for his life and making spectacular plays, one had... — Updated 12/21/2017


Foreign exchange students at Lind-Ritzville High School compare holiday traditions

As the six foreign exchange students at Lind-Ritzville High School are experiencing the holidays in America for the first time, different traditions from different cultures are joining together. The foreigners, Jasmin Vogt of... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Al Stover    Sports

Broncos wrestlers earn mat time at Newport Invite, prep for Pomeroy

Five athletes from the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos wrestling team traveled to Newport to compete in the Newport Invite on Dec. 16. While the Newport Invite is classified as a girls’ tournament, the event included time for... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story


Listen to local voices on preserving dams

Even well intentioned crusades in the name of the environment can cause real economic consequences for communities on our side of the “Cascade divide.” I was disappointed that Governor Jay Inslee recently chose to side with... — Updated 12/21/2017


Million Wreaths Across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform. Normally, the... — Updated 12/21/2017


Dennis Lee Klettke

Dennis Lee Klettke died on Dec. 12 at his home in Ritzville. Dennis was born in Ritzville on Oct. 5, 1943, to John Klettke and Emma Eichelberg (Klettke). Dennis spent his entire... — Updated 12/21/2017


Broncos lose consecutive games against two of the league’s top teams

The past week of competition for the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos showed them how tough this year’s league competition will be, as well as areas of weakness as a team. The... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story

 By Al Stover    Sports

Lady Broncos basketball go 1-2 in league play for the week

It was a busy week for the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Lady Broncos basketball team in Northeast 2B South League play. The Lady Broncos earned a 56-42 league win against Reardan on Dec.... — Updated 12/21/2017


Santa comes to town Dec. 23

Santa Claus will be making one more stop in Ritzville before Christmas, this time to read “The Night Before Christmas” to local children on Dec. 23. The free community event begins at 6 p.m. at the Ritzville Public Library.... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story



FOOD PANTRY DONATION. CF Industries recently donated $450 to the Ritzville Food Pantry. CF Industries Terminal Superintendent Dennis Schilling presented a check to Food Pantry... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story


School Boards approve operational levies during special meeting

The Lind and Ritzville School Boards hosted a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, with the purpose to discuss and approve resolutions for Replacement Educational Programs and Operation levies for each district. Previously... — Updated 12/21/2017

 By Katelin Davidson    News

School Board reviews initial schematics for LRHS remodernization project

The Lind and Ritzville School Boards reviewed a schematic design proposal for the modernization of Lind-Ritzville High School from Architects West during the board meeting on Dec. 18. Ed Champagne presented the design submittal to... — Updated 12/21/2017 Full story


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