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  • Pass the boot

    Updated Jul 15, 2024

    Miss Othello Rodeo Milie Cobb passes a cowboy boot through the grandstands during Friday night's "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" performance of the Cheney Rodeo. Rodeo-goers filled the boot - and others - with donations for breast cancer awareness and support....

  • Area students receive AgWest scholarships

    The Journal|Updated Jul 15, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Several area students will be receiving scholarships courtesy AgWest Farm Credit. Students receiving scholarships are: Connell Anna Geddes has received a customer service scholarship for use at University of Idaho. Lind Alexis Melcher has received an employee scholarship for use at University of Idaho. Ritzville Jacob Scrupps has received a customer service scholarship for use at University of Idaho. Warden Molly Sackmann has received a customer service scholarship for use at University of Wyoming. Washtucna S...

  • Community Briefs

    Updated Jul 15, 2024

    ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be staged ST. JOHN — Three special performances of “Beauty and the Beast” will take the stage this month. The play presented by Golden House Theater will take place in St. John School, 301 W. Nob Hill Road. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The cast will feature eight families of actors from ages 4-23. Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27; and 3 p.m., Sunday July 28. Othello students make honor roll OTHELLO — Two local stude...

  • Area students make Dean's List

    The Journal|Updated Jul 15, 2024

    CHENEY — Several residents of Adams County and surrounding communities have been named to the 2024 spring quarter Dean’s List at Eastern Washington University. Students on the list are: Edwall — Levi Bleeker LaCrosse — Zoe Bailey Odessa Pilot Thoms Weishaar Othello — Olga Aguilar-Cortez, Evelyn Barragan, Lizeth Basurto, Hilario DeLeon-Nunez, Francisco Martinez, Justin Martinez, Danae Mendez, Eric Myrick, Ashley Perez, Kevin Reyes-Garcia, Obryanna Valencia and Nerissa Vazquez. Ritzville — Gwen Cady, Hunter Cameron, Bl...

  • Thank a farmer for their 'hobby'

    Beverly C. Wilson|Updated Jul 15, 2024

    Most of us have a hobby — knitting sweaters, playing a musical instrument, painting a pretty picture, tinkering with electronics, etc. Few, indeed, are the hobbyists who make any money from their efforts. Keep that fact in mind when you think about farming. It has long been a hard-work hobby. My father, a life-long farmer, used to say that a person only farms because he or she loves working with the soil and plants. In that sense, then, it is a hobby. Most farmers farm because of love for the land, not because he can’t do...

  • 'Tucna Independence Day a success

    The Journal|Updated Jul 15, 2024

    WASHTUCNA — Community leaders are calling the Independence Day celebration a success. The July 4 event included a Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade and a community barbecue benefiting the Washtucna School band. “We had a great turnout and so many volunteers pulling together to make it happen,” band instructor and Lion’s Club member Laura Hille said. “The picnic attendees were very generous in their donations to the band, it is very much appreciated!” About 175 people turned out to watch the 13 parade entries and participate...

  • No Perfect People Allowed

    Steve Schofstoll|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    “If I walked through the doors of your church, the walls would fall down.” This statement, or ones similar to it, have been said to me on more than one occasion over the years that I’ve pastored our church. By saying this, the person is implying that they feel they are not worthy to enter a place they deem too good for them. Recently, two men were working at our church in a place where there is no light. While holding a flashlight, one said to the other within range of my hearing, “This must be where they keep the sinners...

  • Old-fashioned fun hits 'Tucna

    The Journal|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    WASHTUCNA - This was the place to be in Adams County to celebrate Independence Day, last Thursday, July 4. A small crowd sat in the shadow of Main Street buildings to watch the Independence Day parade. Bassett Park was filled for a community barbecue, compete with hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream. And nearly 20 teams signed up to compete in the inaugural Sonny's Iron Slinging Horseshoe Tournament. This year's parade theme was "Country Life." Madison Bartlett of...

  • Lind church gets a new cross

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jul 8, 2024

    LIND – Seven men were on hand to hoist a bronze cross into place on the Lind Calvary Assembly of God church on Friday, June 28. Local bronze sculptor Lamar Thiel, who had previously designed crosses for the Church of the Nazarene and Zion Philadelphia Church in Ritzville, witnessed the installation. The cross, measuring 8 by 5 feet and weighing roughly 80 pounds, was lifted into place with a system of pulleys and ropes provided by Randy Gust. Once installed, Pastor Steve S...

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Updated Jul 8, 2024

    LIND — The following residents are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries between July 10-16: Anniversaries July 10 — Aaron and Amy Reimer July 12 — David and Ana Lobe July 14 — Bradley and Traci Wills July 15 — James and Lexi Stevenson Birthdays July 10 — Annie Trunle Smart July 12 — Madison Stout July 13 — Justin Gering July 15 — Jennifer Bell and Wendy Heider-Shetter July 16 — Shelby Youngren and Erika Ramos...

  • Muzzleloader Rendezvous

    Roger Harnack|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    HARPOLE - The sound of black powder rifles echoed through this remote Palouse River valley. Tents and tepees popped up along the bank. And the smell of Dutch oven cooking wafted through the air. A living history of pioneer life arose in this rural community Friday, Saturday and Sunday in this rural area off Manning Road, northwest of Colfax and southwest of Steptoe. The 34th annual Palouse Hills Muzzleloader Rendezvous put frontier life skills at the forefront of activities fo...

  • Money saving tips for your July Fourth barbecue

    Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Barbecues are part and parcel of July Fourth celebrations. Such get-togethers might be even more notable in 2024, when Independence Day falls on a Thursday. That means many people will likely be taking off on Friday, July 5, which adds another day to celebrate with friends and family around the grill this year. Opportunities to entertain will abound this July, and that can take a toll on hosts’ pocketbooks. As the holiday approaches, individuals planning to host a July 4 barbecue can heed these tips to save on food and s...

  • Welcome to My Kitchen

    Laura Estes|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Inland area weather can’t make up its mind if it is salad season or soup season. Requests for several salad recipes served at area events have come in and as I locate the recipes they will be printed here. First up is Suzie Deife’s Quick Cornbread Salad, a modified version of a recipe she found online. Quick Cornbread Salad 1 package (8 1/5 ounces) Jiffy cornbread mix, baked according to package directions, cooled 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce 1 can (15 ounces) pinto bea...

  • A few facts on Independence Day

    Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Americans celebrate Independence Day every July 4. The holiday has become synonymous with summer fun, as grand fireworks displays and backyard barbecues are integral components of many people’s July 4 celebrations. As Americans and residents of the United States prepare for some festive Fourth of July celebrations, they can keep these interesting facts related to Independence Day in mind. There have been many iterations of the American flag. The American flag has become an iconic symbol of freedom recognized across the globe...

  • Scholarship winner

    Updated Jun 24, 2024

    Ashleigh Swartz of Lind-Ritzville High School recently received one of the $1,000 Jackson David Weaver Scholarships. The award was announced at the Lind Alumni Banquet, but Swartz was unable to attend. So, it was presented to her at the Lind Combine Derby by Reid Weaver and Valerie Jenkins-Weaver....

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Updated Jun 24, 2024

    LIND — The following residents will celebrate anniversaries and birthdays from June 26 to July 4: Anniversaries June 26 — Jeff and Paula Bell. June 28 — Ian and Gretchen Youngren. July 2 — Colby and Maria Greenwalt. Birthdays June 26 — Geyson Thompson. June 27 — Debbie Brooks. June 28 — Jeremiah Dixon, Ausetn Ruzicka and Jeff Ruzicka. June 29 — Michael Gering. June 30 — Ben Bouwman, Dean Campbell Kerr, Jacque Bouwman, Lynne Branson, Elissa Wagner and Michael Mullins. July 1 — Hudson Sager. July 2 — Susie Strohmaier and...

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    Updated Jun 17, 2024

    LIND — The following residents are celebrating anniversaries and birthdays from June 19-15: Anniversaries June 21 — Kent and Susie Strohmaier. June 22 — Cort and Jenna Ruzicka. June 23 — Bridger and Nicole Smith. June 24 — Eric and Kelsey Labes. June 25 — John and Kim Lobe, and Chris and Alicia Miller. Birthdays June 19 — Jill Stout and Kaysen Wold. June 20 — Jacob Stout, Ian Ritz, Brody Cooper and Ford Hopkins. June 21 — Mike Doyle and Conner Greewalt. June 23 — Mia Branson. June 24 — Breanne Williamson and Jordyn...

  • 'I'm praying for you'

    Bill Cox|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32 This is the beginning of a story that most of us have heard about, especially the ending when the rooster crowed and Peter denied Jesus three times. I would like to take some time to encourage you and say, Jesus is praying for you as you read this article. He might not be praying what we want him to be praying. We may want him to pra...

  • Foreign exchange student experiences Ritzville

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    RITZVILLE – This past school year, Cindy Julien, a foreign exchange student from France, took part in this rural community and gained firsthand experience of its culture. Last August, Julien arrived from Sainte-Flour, a town of about 6,000 inhabitants in a mountainous region of central France. She hails from a small-town community where her parents and relatives are farmers. As a result, her transition to life in Ritzville has not been a tremendous culture shock. Previous f...

  • Fuller named to Dean's List

    The Journal|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — An Othello man has been named to the Dean’s List of Tennessee Tech University. Nickolas Fuller of Othello earned the honor for the spring 2024 semester. To be included on the Dean’s List, students must attend the university full-time and earn a grade-point average of at least 3.1 on the 4.0 scale. “Tennessee Tech students continue to excel in the classroom and beyond. Their dedication to their studies and determination to succeed helps make Tech a place that we can all be glad to call home,” said Tech...

  • Lind Birthdays and Anniversaries

    The Journal|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    LIND — The following residents are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries from June 12-18: Anniversaries June 15 — Shane and Caitlin Strohmaier. June 16 — Ty and Cortnie Strohmaier. Birthdays June 12 — Ilonia Branson and Connor O’Neill. June 14 — Alec Lobe and Cameron Osborn. June 15 — Alan Field June 16 — Kenna O’Neill. June 17 — Michaela Nichols, Eric Labes and Landyn Beard. June 19 — Jill Stout and Kaysen Wold....

  • Lind Parade

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Thousands of people visited Lind on Saturday, June 8, for the annual Grand Parade and Combine Derby....

  • Welcome to My Kitchen

    Laura Estes|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    June schedules are full of graduations, Father’s Day, weddings and other end of the school year events. Coordinating meals often requires flexible dishes, no fuss and the ability to hold warm while waiting for diners. Pork Chop-Rice Bake, another recipe submitted by Mary White of Spokane Valley fits this description. Mary states she received this recipe from her high school best friend, who often makes this recipe when entertaining visitors. The recipe can be prepared, f...

  • Vacation Bible School slated

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    RITZVILLE – This year’s All-Community Vacation Bible School will be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church from Tuesday through Thursday, June 11– 13. The theme is Scuba, which the curriculum creator describes as kids being “immersed in oceans of fun” and “a hands-on learning where kids will discover God is a friend who will love them forever.” Vacation bible school classes are scheduled for 9:30–11:30 each morning, and are open to children from Ritzville, Lind and surrounding communities. Kids from preschool through those entering...

  • Adventures begin at the library

    Kaiden Bell|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Growing up in Ritzville I spent many years within the Carnegie Library walls. I would spend hours playing games and doing homework in the teen room, I attended the monthly Page Turners Book Club program, and I participated for many years in the Summer Reading Program. I was lucky enough to find an open position for a place I hold so dearly in my heart. It didn’t take long for me to become the Youth Services Library Assistant, where I am fortunate to be able to give back to the community by creating fun and educational a...

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