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Gobble Up This Turkey Trivia

Roughly 45 million turkeys are sold and cooked for Thanksgiving meals every year in the United States. As families dig into that delicious meal, some may wonder more about the delicious bird before them. Here are some known and... — Updated 11/21/2022


Christmas comes to Ralston

RALSTON – A dinner, entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus will usher in the Christmas season in this rural community The Christmas Potluck and Party will take at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Ralston Grange on State Highway... — Updated 11/21/2022


Winter is here! Did you winterize your car?

Winterizing your car entails more than just getting the studded tires out of the garage and rushing to have them installed. According to some commentators, there are a few basic preparations a driver should make before venturing ou... — Updated 11/16/2022


Emergency supply kit

Extreme winter weather can make vehicle breakdowns especially dangerous. The National Safety Council encourages drivers to be prepared at all times by keeping these items in the trunk:  Properly inflatedspare tire, wheelwrench... — Updated 11/16/2022


Prepare your car for winter

Summer and fall can stake their claim as road trip season, and even devoted drivers may admit that winter is generally a less desirable time to take to the open road. The elements factor heavily into that reputation, as fewer... — Updated 11/16/2022


Try deep-frying or smoking your turkey

Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday. Families may have their own unique Thanksgiving traditions, but one staple of this kickoff to the holiday season is bound to make its way to Thanksgiving dinner tables no matter how unusual... — Updated 11/16/2022

 By Laura Estes    Neighbors

Welcome to My Kitchen

Thanksgiving menus are on the minds of many area cooks. Turkey, beef roast, ham, or a combination? What sides and desserts will fit in range and refrigerator space? What oven dishes will cook in the meat standing time? Fresh... — Updated 11/16/2022


Scouts help feed indigent residents

RITZVILLE – Local scouts are helping feed local residents while also educating them about the danger of carbon-monoxide poisoning. On Saturday, Nov. 12, Boy Scout Troop No. 888 and Cub Scout Pack No. 73 had a canned-food drive... — Updated 11/16/2022


Fall Fest returns to Ralston

RALSTON – Fall Fest is returning after a two-year hiatus. The festival will take place at Ralston Grange on state Highway 261 from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Open to youth 12 and younger, activities are planned for all... — Updated 10/11/2022

 By Joy Wilken    Neighbors

Sprague Days

SPRAGUE – The annual Sprague Days celebration here was held Sept. 10-11. The weather was nice, and the parade was one of the longest in years for the event sponsored by the city... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By Dale Brown    Neighbors

Former Spokanite moves to Ritzville

RITZVILLE - Last October Rich Tucker, 62, relocated from Spokane to this small rural community, and he's glad he did. Tucker was born in Newport, Washington, but "we lived all over... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Dale Brown    Neighbors

Sielaff remembers life in Ritzville

RITZVILLE – Marilyn Sielaff, a lifelong Ritzville resident at age 70, has been observing this rural community for decades. "I grew up on a wheat-and-cattle ranch about 12 miles so... — Updated 8/30/2022


'Pirates' coming to St. John

ST. JOHN – Several families are combining their stage skills for three performances of "The Pirates of the Penzance" this coming Friday and Saturday. Directed by Eastern... — Updated 8/23/2022


Watering Downtown

When Mayor Kadlec asked me if I would like to take care of the flower boxes on Main Street, I said, “Sure, why not? I’d much rather be outside in the sunshine than in the stuffy indoors.” I’m here to tell you that this proj... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By Slim Randles    Neighbors

Home Country

Looking around at all the yard signs and hearing politicians tell us on television what a lying crook their competition is, I have to admit I miss Guv Reeve. Guv had a real first name, but I sure don’t recall it now, because... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By Duane Pitts    Neighbors

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Little did I know that becoming a WSU Master Gardener was just the beginning of my knowledge about gardening! Retired from teaching, I did not expect the adventures of becoming a life-long learner in gardening, too. It has been an... — Updated 8/3/2022

 By Glenn Martin    Neighbors

Gardener program expands knowledge

Being a volunteer in the Grant-Adams Master Gardener Program has expanded my universe. The more I have participated in the MG program activities and educational offerings over the... — Updated 8/3/2022


Create a dream yard for your dog this summer

Alexandria, Va. – According to the ASPCA, 23 million households in America – and 3.7 million in Canada – welcomed a new pet into their pack during the pandemic. People have... — Updated 7/21/2022


FBLA members return from Chicago conference

RITZVILLE – The Lind-Ritzville chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America had an eventful trip to its national conference in Chicago, Ill., earlier this month. The theme of... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By The Journal    Neighbors

'American Pickers' looking for antiques

RITZVILLE – The “American Pickers” reality TV crew is looking for places for its next History Channel season. American Pickers crews are expected to be in the area through October to film episodes in which their paid... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By The Journal    Neighbors

Three selected to Spokane honor rolls

RITZVILLE – Three local students were named to the honor roll for Spokane community colleges for the spring 2022 quarter. Monroe Kanzler of Ritzville has earned a place on the Spokane Falls Community College honor roll for... — Updated 7/21/2022


Country Vintage Fair returns

HARRINGTON – The weather didn't damper the Country Vintage Fair. The fair returned for its second year on June 18. Vendors were lined up on Third Street in Harrington. Vintage... — Updated 6/28/2022

 By The Journal    Neighbors

UW employees visit Schoesler's farm

RITZVILLE – University of Washington faculty visited Sen. Mark Schoesler's farm recently to learn about Eastern Washington agriculture. "I was more than happy to meet Wednesday... — Updated 6/23/2022



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 By Mark Amara    Neighbors

New Master Gardeners sought

Ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer? Approximately every other year, classes are held to train new volunteers. The training is offered through Washington State University (WSU), with instruction held here in... — Updated 6/2/2022


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