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 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Quiet zone meeting gets heated

By Jeremy Burnham The Journal RITZVILLE - Every seat was filled and some residents stood as more than 30 people squeezed into City Hall for a public meeting on turning the city... — Updated 2/14/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Bill would end advisory votes

OLYMPIA — Four Western Washington senators apparently don’t want to hear what voters think of tax and fee increases approved by the Legislature. They are co-sponsoring a bill to do away with public advisory votes, also known... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Community Profile: Chiropractor Warren Kragt

- NOTE: Due to a trial this week, officers from the Ritzville Police Department had to postpone interviews for our Police Profile Series. In its place this week, we offer a profile... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Kuest guilty of first-degree rape

RITZVILLE - A jury in Adams County Superior Court has found Ritzville man Michael Anthony Kuest, 27, guilty of first-degree rape with a deliberately cruel aggravator, two counts of... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

LRS students sell Hershey Kiss Roses for Valentine's Day

RITZVILLE - Lind-Ritzville High School students in Andy Williams' floral design class are creating roses made out of Hershey Kiss candies for an FFA fundraiser. Annika Holland,... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Police Profile Series: Ritzville's Matt Carlson

RITZVILLE - Matt Carlson grew up here. But if you told him he'd be back working as a police officer, even he may be surprised, not about being a police officer though. He knew he... — Updated 2/12/2020

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Area girls make All-State band

WASHTUCNA — Two local students have been selected for all-state music groups. High school senior Calby Van Hollebeke will play oboe in the All-State Wind Symphony. Meanwhile, fifth-grader Natahlia Rundquist was chosen for the... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By John McCallum    News 

Verizon outage hampers 911 service across region

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington Verizon cellular customers were left without the possibility of calling 911 on Monday night, Feb. 10, due to a fiber issue that interrupted service. Service was eventually restored after a couple... — Updated 2/12/2020

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State seeks rail comments

OLYMPIA — The deadline to comment on the 2019 Washington State Rail Plan has been extended until Tuesday, Feb. 18. Comments can be made online or via mail, state Department of Transportation officials said, noting new webpages... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Ground breaking set for wind farm

LIND — Work is set to start in March on the Rattlesnake Flat wind farm. The project is being developed by Clearway Energy Group. Project development director Nick Benjamin said recently that mobilization will begin around March... — Updated 2/12/2020

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Free Press purchases Odessa Record

ODESSA — The Odessa Record is now part of the Free Press Publishing family. Terrie Schmidt-Crosby, the previous owner since June of 2008, is staying on as editor of the publication. Linda Goodman will remain the newspaper’s... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

Bill would allow treating mentally ill without their consent

OLYMPIA — People unable to care for themselves due to mental illnesses could be subject to receiving treatment, even without their consent, if Washington state legislators pass a law to establish executorships for people who are... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Wheat Land fair receives $1,000

RITZVILLE - The Wheat Land Communities' Fair received $1,000 through a Rural Community Grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services this week. The check was officially presented... — Updated 2/6/2020 Full story

 By The Journal    News

Nine locals make EWU honor roll

CHENEY — Nine local residents have been selected for the fall quarter honor roll at Eastern Washington University. The students from Ritzville made the cut by ending the quarter with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. The... — Updated 2/6/2020

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First semester honor roll announced

RITZVILLE — Lind-Ritzville schools have released the names of students making the honor roll for the first semester. They are: 4.0 grade-point average Brock Kinch, Brody Boness, Addy Colbert, Zoe Galbreath, Harlee Hennings,... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

Two tapped for All-State-Band

RITZVILLE — Two local students have been named to the All-State Band. Amy Anderson and Alexis Melcher were selected to participate in one of the Washington Music Educators Association’s All-State performing groups this year,... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Leona Vaughn    News

State Senate moves to kill death penalty

OLYMPIA — The death penalty would no longer be a sentencing option in Washington state if lawmakers enact a bill passed by the Senate on Friday, Jan. 31.  Senate Bill 5339 has bipartisan support to eliminate the death penalty... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Lawmakers push new clean fuel standards

OLYMPIA — People will be asked to use a lot less gasoline and to convert to alternative clean fuels in the next 15 years if a proposal before the Legislature becomes law. After lengthy debate, Engrossed Second Substitute House... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Lind considers hiring code enforcer

LIND — Citing several ordinances that are not being followed, the Town Council is considering hiring a code enforcement officer. A code enforcement officer would knock on doors of persons in violation of ordinances and inform... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Amy Hille    News

Library Corner

I’ve never received so much mail in my entire life. While I’m not quite at the same level as Santa Claus, almost every day when I arrive at work I have a new magazine waiting for me or, more commonly, multiple envelopes... — Updated 2/6/2020

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Kahlotus farmer injured in ATV mishap

KAHLOTUS - A local farm was airlifted to a Tri-Cities-area hospital Saturday following an ATV crash near Gill Road and state Highway 260. According to the Franklin County Sheriff's... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News

Gun rights advocates rally at state Capitol

OLYMPIA — Roughly 100 gun rights activists marched on the State Capitol on Friday and rallied in opposition to proposed gun-control bills. Matt Marshall, leader of the Washington Three Percent gun rights advocacy group, spoke to... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Kahlotus man jailed after chase

KAHLOTUS — A local man was booked into the Adams County Jail after a high-speed chase Saturday. Jeffrey Grant Moore, 58, of Kahlotus, led law enforcement officers on a 38-mile chase at speeds greater than 100 mph early Saturday... — Updated 2/6/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

Quiet zone debate resurfaces at Ritzville City Council meeting

The Jan. 21 Ritzville City Council meeting started off on a familiar note, as the debate about designating the city as a quiet zone took center stage. The topic of the quiet zone... — Updated 2/5/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Kuest rape trial begins in Adams County Superior Court

The trial of Ritzville man Michael Anthony Kuest, 27, is underway as jury selection began on Tuesday. The trial will proceed immediately after a jury is selected and seated. Kuest is facing charges in connection to an alleged... — Updated 1/30/2020


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