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Church Services

Lind Community Church 114 E Fifth Ave. P.O. Box 119 Lind, WA 99341 Sunday Service: 10 a.m. Pastor: Rod Dennis Office Phone: (509) 677-3320 Ritzville Nazarene Church 108 W Fourth Ave. Ritzville, WA 99169 Youth Group at 6 p.m. on... — Updated 9/23/2021 Full story


Community Events Calendar

Submit an Event Thursday, January 23 Washtucna Community Library, 4-6 p.m., Washtucna School Library Coding Club, 4 p.m., Ritzville Library Access Health: Telehealth in rural communities, 6 p.m., WSU Extension Office Friday,... — Updated 9/23/2021 Full story


Adams County Cops & Courts

RITZVILLE – The following individuals were listed in the Adams County Jail log between Sept. 14-21: Sept. 16 Diego Rangel-Valdez, 29, department of Corrections warrant. James Hartjen, 44, possession of a stolen vehicle. Sept. 20... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    Sports 

LRS vs Kettle Falls game cancelled

KETTLE FALLS – Last Thursday night’s high school football game between Lind-Ritzville/Sprague and Kettle Falls canceled due to COVID-19 issues at Kettle Falls. “Our kids were disappointed obviously. We were ready to play and... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By The Journal    Neighbors 

Community Brief

WAWG offers scholarships RITZVILLE – The Washington Association of Wheat Growers is accepting applications for the Wheat Ambassador Program. The program offers leadership and advocacy opportunities within the wheat industry and... — Updated 9/21/2021


Letters to the Editor

School events shouldn’t compete with community Labor Day weekend has been a time when the communities of Benge, Lind, Ritzville, Sprague and Washtucna come together to celebrate and display what have been some of the great... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By The Journal    Neighbors 

Students participate in 4-H events at fair

RITZVILLE – At the Wheat Land Communities Fair, 4-H hosted its Demonstration and Fashion Review contest on Sept. 4. Three people participated in the Fashion Review. Merit McRae modeled two outfits that her grandmother made for... — Updated 9/21/2021


Shot order for 4-H volunteers goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all 4-H volunteers now have to be “fully vaccinated... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By The Journal    News 

News Briefs

Meet the Candidates Forum LIND – A “Meet The Candidates” forum will be held October 4 at the Lind Lions Club, located at E. 108 First. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the program starts at 7:00. Rail Crossing Repair RITZVILLE ... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

Ritzville man arrested, again

RITZVILLE – A local man was arrested early Friday evening after allegedly trespassing at Ritzville Golf Course. Brian Massey of Ritzville was arrested on a probable cause of... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

County conducts public works business

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Solid Waste Division will call for bids on new solid waste trailers to haul garbage from transfer stations. Public Works Director Todd O’Brien met with county board of commissioners recently to... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

Arson Suspect Found Along I-90

RITZVILLE – A transient man was arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, and booked into the Adams County Jail in connection with a local fire. Tyler Thomas Kraus, age not reported, remained in the county jail Monday morning, county records... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

County Passes Financial Audit

RITZVILLE – Heather Peterson and Phillip Ventress of the Washington State Auditor’s Office met with the Adams County commissioners via video to conduct the exit conference concerning a financial audit completed September 1.... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Fireworks hearing set

RITZVILLE – The City Council will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, for an ordinance amending Chapter 2.28 of the city code, concerning fireworks. The ordinance, was drafted July 1. It addresses emergency... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Drew Lawson    Sports

Broncos take narrow win

DAVENPORT – The hometown Gorillas marched the ball up and down the field in Friday night's contest against the No. 9 ranked Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos, being stopped from scor... — Updated 9/16/2021


Fun-filled Wheat Land fair

The Wheat Land Communities' Fair brought out farm enthusiasts for a full-filled weekend in Ritzville. Members of FFA and 4-H entered animals and exhibits for a chance at... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By The Journal    Neighbors

Livestock sale brings in more than $100K

RITZVILLE – The annual Wheat Land Communities' Fair livestock sale brought in more than $100,000. "The livestock sale surpassed the $100,000 mark this year, ending at $100,779 plu... — Updated 9/16/2021


Ruth L. Schumaker

Ruth L. Schumaker, 93 died on Sept. 4, 2021 in Bremerton, Wash. She was born Sept. 23, 1927 to Daniel and Pauline Haase in Odessa, Wash., which is where she was raised. She married... — Updated 9/16/2021


Jody L. Nave

Jody L. Nave, 63, was born on Dec. 27, 1957 in Moscow, ID and adopted at birth by Don and Jeanette Nave from Washtucna. For the last 5 years, as her health was deteriorating due to... — Updated 9/16/2021


Letters to the Editor

We have to get back to normal The masking at schools and inside public places, regardless of vaccination status, is very questionable. The one-size fits all approach (typical of government) should not apply to our rural, sparsely... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Adams County jobless rate at 4.0%

RITZVILLE – Adams County holds record among the lowest unemployment rates in the state during the month of July. According to figures released last week by the state Employment... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell Auto Licensing closes its doors

CONNELL – Connell Auto Licensing is closing its door permanently today, Sept. 9. “I took another job,” owner Tearsa Cope said of closing the 133 N. Columbia Ave. office. Cope has owned the business since 2013, providing... — Updated 9/16/2021


Adams County Cops & Courts

RITZVILLE – Here are the Adams County Sheriff’s Office calls for service for Aug. 29 through Sept. 4: Aug. 29 Welfare check in the 800 block of South McKinney Road, Othello Jose R. Soto-Rivera, 26, of Othello, arrested for... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Broadband intiative gets reboot

RITZVILLE – A Public Works broadband project to be funded by a grant from the state Department of Commerce and intended to bring high-speed Internet to Ritzville has undergone a change of direction. Initially, the plan was to... — Updated 9/16/2021


WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

By Roger Harnack The Journal PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3, Extension Office Dir... — Updated 9/16/2021


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