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Wheat Land Communities' Fair Jr Livestock Sale goes live

RITZVILLE — The Wheat Land Communities' Fair Jr Livestock Sale is now live with bids closing at noon Thursday, Sept. 3. "We have a committee of people who can assist with your... — Updated 9/2/2020


Head to park for Fall Fundraiser

WASHTUCNA — Rather than succumb to the tendencies of the Cancel Culture running at large in our nation due to COVID-19 restrictions, Washtucna Heritage Museum and Community... — Updated 10/15/2020


Senior Menus

RITZVILLE - The H.E. Gritman Senior Center is serving the following: Oct. 14: German sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and veggie. Oct. 15: BBQ chicken, baked beans with bacon and veggie. Oct. 19: Fish, glazed peas and potatoes... — Updated 10/15/2020


Boxwood blooms with new ownership

RITZVILLE – The Boxwood Home and Garden Center is under new ownership, with Mitch and Debbie Starring taking over October 6. The transfer of ownership went seamlessly, with... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Llody Stoess    Neighbors 

Group explores scablands from Crab Creek to Moses Lake

The Palouse Falls Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute hosted their annual Fall tour Saturday, Oct. 26. This is the fifth tour since their formation in 2015. The previous tours... — Updated 10/9/2020


Houses must be built to withstand wildfire

That the scene has become familiar makes it no less wrenching: A distraught couple searches through the ash, char, and melted metal of what was once their home. Only the concrete pad and the occasional fireplace remain. What is... — Updated 10/9/2020


School enrollment numbers continue to hold steady

RITZVILLE – Enrollment numbers for area schools remained fairly consistent compared to last year for most schools, although a couple of schools saw an increase or decrease in the number of students attending. Washtucna School... — Updated 10/1/2020


Beautification continues in historic downtown

RITZVILLE – Restoration work on historic buildings downtown continued last week, with the rental of a lift shared by Brenda Owens, John Rankin and Tracy Tremain of Tremaine... — Updated 10/1/2020


Student reps report to board members

RITZVILLE – Two students were selected as student representatives to present information on current high school activities to school board members at their monthly meetings. High school principal Kevin Terris reported that since... — Updated 10/1/2020


Ralston Grange shares the love

RITZVILLE – Rose Garden Estates residents were in for a sweet surprise when members of the Ralston Grange sent heart-felt gifts to the assisted living facility Thursday, Sept.... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By The Journal    Neighbors

Livestock sale nets nearly $67,000

RITZVILLE – A total of 29 exhibitors entered 51 total market animals in last week’s Wheat Land Communities Fair Junior Livestock virtual livestock show and sale. Dr. Michael Colle of the University of Idaho evaluated all... — Updated 9/17/2020


Items collected for fire victims

RITZVILLE – A collection of non-perishable items is being taken up for neighbors affected by the wildfires. Diane Kennedy, owner of The Caddy Shack restaurant at the Ritzville Golf Course, said she will have a truck parked in... — Updated 9/17/2020


Sprague Chamber Raffle a huge success

SPRAGUE - The annual Sprague Days events were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but community members and visitors carried on with events throughout the day, including a... — Updated 9/16/2020


From broken neck to career as physical therapist

MILL CREEK — A former Ritzville man who broke his neck as a teenager here went on to become a physical therapist and opened his own clinic earlier this year. Jim Shepherd, a 1998... — Updated 9/11/2020


Give your landscape a late summer facelift

Whether it is the hot weather, the age of your landscape or simply the need for change; a late summer makeover can help you increase your landscape's beauty. Put the "wow" back... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By The Journal    Neighbors

Scholarships awarded to area students

SPOKANE – Five area high school graduates were recently awarded college scholarships from the Innovia Foundation of Spokane. Innovia manages over 30 scholarship programs on behalf... — Updated 9/2/2020


Senior Menus

RITZVILLE – The H.E. Gritman Senior Center is serving the following: Sept. 2: Cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, and veggie. Sept. 3: Sauerkraut and sausage, veggies and roll. Sept. 7: Closed for Labor Day. Sept. 8: Fried... — Updated 9/2/2020

 By The Journal    Neighbors

Library has tablets, hotspots available for checkout

RITZVILLE – East Adams Library District was selected to receive $5,450 in grant funds to advance digital equity and provide outreach support, the Washington State Library recently announced. The funding, provided by the federal... — Updated 9/2/2020


Senior Menus

RITZVILLE - The H.E. Gritman Senior Center is serving the following: August 26: Mexican casserole, Mexi tots, and veggie. August 27: Chicken breasts and zucchini casserole. August 31: Berry and mixed green salad. September 1:... — Updated 8/27/2020

 By Garth Meyer    Neighbors

County winter wheat up '20-25 percent'

WHITMAN COUNTY – Reports from harvest fields and grain elevators in Whitman County are bringing good news in winter wheat. The USDA forecasts a Washington state average of 74 bushels per acre. Whitman County represents the... — Updated 8/18/2020


Visitors check out old linotype

Jonathan Childress from Sacramento and Vanessa Kennedy from Portland were traveling from Spokane back to Oregon last week when they stopped by to check out The Journal's old... — Updated 8/13/2020



Claassen on Dean’s List Lauren Ashley Claassen of LaCrosse was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, for the spring 2020 semester. Claassen is enrolled in the School of Education at... — Updated 8/6/2020


Local receives agricultural degree

WALLA WALLA – Levi Allen was one of six students in the first class to graduate with a bachelor of applied science in agricultural systems, June 11. This is the first class to... — Updated 7/30/2020


Rollin', rollin', rollin'

RITZVILLE – Lind-Ritzville alum, from left, Robert Valdovinos, Dirk Dahlman and Shontz Yeager roll in style in 2006 Honda Acuras. Valdovinos, class of 2016, said he bought his... — Updated 7/30/2020


Firefighters save home on windy day

LIND – A house and shop were spared Tuesday, July 22, when Adams County Fire Protection District No. 2 firefighters and other volunteers worked together to put out a fire during... — Updated 7/30/2020


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