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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 11/30/2022 Full story


Winter sports season begins

RITZVILLE — The winter sports season officially gets underway this week. The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington boys got their first taste of hoops action Monday night at the Connell Jamboree. The Broncos were scheduled... — Updated 11/29/2022


Adams County Cops & Courts

Sheriff’s Office RITZVILLE — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from Nov. 11-18: Nov. 18 Driver resting in car in the 1500 block of West First Avenue, Ritzville. Vehicle overturned... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Deputies recover stolen signs

RITZVILLE - The Adams County Sheriff's Office is investigating the thefts of multiple traffic signs last week. Investigators received information that led them to a location in the... — Updated 11/29/2022


Patrols increase ahead of holiday

WASHTUCNA – The Washington State Patrol has stepped up its patrols in advance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday and increased student travel to and from Washington State University. The increased patrols will run through Nov. 26,... — Updated 11/21/2022



PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING TIME CHANGE Notice is given that the Board of Directors of the Washtucna School District #109 has changed the start time of the regular meetings scheduled for 11/22/22, 12/13/22, 1/24/23 and... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos open state volleyball with one win, one loss

YAKIMA – The Northeast 2B girls volleyball teams competing at state all advanced to the state quarterfinals with wins Thursday morning, Nov. 10, in the Yakima Valley SunDome. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington swept the... — Updated 11/16/2022


Public Records

Jail Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Jail reported the following individuals in custody from Nov. 7-14: Nov. 8 Lorna Villanueva-Ozuna, 23, possession of a stolen vehicle. Nov. 7 Rayana Al-Dossari, 34, possession of a stolen... — Updated 11/16/2022


General Election Results

RITZVILLE — Here are the unofficial Adams County only Nov. 8 general election results as of Nov. 14. The tally does not include ballots cast in other counties or areas of the state: Federal Senate Patty Murray 23.50% Tiffany... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Columbia Basin Project gains momentum

RITZVILLE – It all started a hundred years ago. Back then, government officials and others saw great potential in the high desert lands of Adams County and surrounding areas. Originally, the Columbia Basin Project — with Grand... — Updated 11/16/2022


Broncos advance to state trophy game

YAKIMA - The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington girls avenged a district loss to Liberty (Spangle) this morning, Friday, Nov. 11, by eliminating the Lancers from the state... — Updated 11/11/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos sweep Goldendale in state-opener

YAKIMA – The Northeast 2B girls volleyball teams competing at state all advanced to the state quarterfinals with wins this morning, Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Yakima Valley... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Joseph Claypool    Sports

Broncos season comes to an end

OKANOGAN – The undefeated Okanogan Bulldogs ended the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington boys football season Friday night, Nov. 4, with a 55-7 rout of the Broncos. The... — Updated 11/8/2022

 By Teren Kowatsch    Sports

Local girls advance to state

COLFAX - The path was simple for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington on Thursday, Nov. 3. Win two games and you go to state. Lose once – and you're eliminated. Win was... — Updated 11/8/2022


From the Files

100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times November 9, 1922 Ritzville Loses to Kennewick Huskies Outweighed and outplayed, but fighting to the last ditch, the Ritzville high school... — Updated 11/8/2022


Public Records

Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from Oct. 30 to Nov. 6: Oct. 30 Suspicious vehicle at storage units in the 2000 block of South Broadway Avennue,... — Updated 11/8/2022


Notice of Public Meeting

PUBLIC NOTICE Notice of Public Meeting for the Town of Washtucna, Washington Notice is hereby given that the Town of Washtucna will have a Public Meeting for the Preliminary Budget for 2023. The meeting will be on Wednesday,... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Broncos wrap up cross country season

CHEWELAH — The Broncos cross country season came to a close Saturday at the 1B/2B Regionals at Chewelah Golf Course. Junior Caleb Heater paced the Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna/Harrington boys. He finished the 5,000-meter... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Girls volleyball teams head to districts

ST. JOHN – The St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse girls volleyball team (13-8-1) wrapped up the regular season last week by sweeping Pomeroy and Tekoa-Rosalia, but being swept by... — Updated 11/1/2022



100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times October 26, 1922 Gunshot Wound is Mystery J.B. Slagel of Oroville, who has been at Mrs. Allen's here recovering from a fracture of the leg,... — Updated 11/1/2022


Adams County Cops & Courts

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported the following calls for service from Oct. 21-27: Oct. 21 Loud music in the 2100 block of West May Street, Othello. Assist the Moses Lake Regional Tactical response team... — Updated 11/1/2022


William "Bill" George Harder, Sr.

Sept. 22, 1932 – Oct. 11, 2022 William "Bill" George Harder, 90, passed away peacefully at home in Kahlotus, Wash. on Oct. 11, 2022. He was born Sept. 22, 1932 in Spokane, Wash.... — Updated 10/25/2022

 By Dale Brown    News

Donations disbursed to Lind fire victims

LIND – The Lind Ministerial Association recently disbursed donations totaling nearly $50,000 to five families impacted by the wildfire that swept through this area in August. The blaze destroyed four homes, including three homes... — Updated 10/25/2022


From the Files

100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times October 26, 1922 Christian Church The people of Ritzville are enjoying the privilege in having Evangelist Sargent of Tacoma with them for a... — Updated 10/25/2022


Adams County Cops & Courts

DISPATCH LOG RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls for service from Oct. 12-15: Oct. 12 Crash in the 1800 block of East Danekas Road,... — Updated 10/25/2022


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