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 By Katie Teachout    News 

Schoessler bridge over I-90 inspected and reopened

RITZVILLE — Schoessler Road Bridge over I-90 passed an inspection and was reopened Tuesday evening, June 30, after being struck by a truck bearing an oversized load earlier in the day. Washington State Department of... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Franklin County commissioner chastises rural residents for moving ahead with rodeo

PASCO — Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck admonished rural residents Wednesday for moving forward with plans for a rodeo, parade, dance and fireworks July 3 and 4 despite the coronavirus scare. “I think it’s the wrong... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

State of emergency extended through December 31

RITZVILLE - A resolution extending the city's Proclamation of Emergency to Dec. 31, 2020, is expected to be signed by Mayor Gary Cook at the regular city council meeting next... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

World War II warbirds flyover Eastern Washington

SPOKANE VALLEY – A small piece of history will pass through eastern and central Washington skies on July 4. Five World War II vintage aircraft owned by Hangar 180 air museum in... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Kahotus woman injured in crash

PASCO — A Kahlotus woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in a construction zone along U.S. Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. Molly A. Robitaille, 42, was transported to a... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Four crashes on Highway 17 have law enforcement concerned

OTHELLO – Four traffic incidents including four fatalities and one serious injury occurred on Highway 17 between Moses Lake and Othello in just over a week. The Washington State Patrol, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the... — Updated 7/2/2020


Car recovered from irrigation ditch

PASCO - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a vehicle crash Tuesday, June 30. Details about the crash and location weren't immediately available, but the... — Updated 7/2/2020


Ritzville weather

High Low Prec. June 24 93 57 June 25 87 57 June 26 88 55 June 27 90 56 June 28 78 45 June 29 67 45 0.08 June 30 80 47 Note: Readings are for previous 24 hours; Year-to-date Precipitation: 7.99 in. Record of Climatological... — Updated 7/1/2020


Ritzville Commodities

Commodity Price Soft White Wheat, bushel $5.03 White Club, bushel $5.53 Hard Red Wheat, bushel $4.96 DNS, bushel $5.65 Barley, ton $115.00 Triticale $113.00 Steers 500-600 lbs $150-$160 Steers 600-700 lbs $140-$150 * Wheat Prices... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Motorhome burns on I-90

RITZVILLE – A 40-foot motor home caught fire near milepost 200 on I-90 westbound Friday afternoon. Four people escaped the fire, uninjured. "Everyone got out okay," WSP Trooper Ha... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Four Seasons Resort under new ownership

SPRAGUE – Dave Davisson is enjoying life as the new owner of Four Seasons Campground and Resort on Sprague Lake. Davisson took over the resort from the former owners about three... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Farmers Market returns to Ritzville

RITZVILLE – Andy's Fruit and Produce is back for their summer season of weekly appearances in the Umpqua Bank parking lot. Owner Andy Estes sells fresh produce from local farms,... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Firefighters reject water truck

RITZVILLE – Adams County Fire Protection District No. 1 commissioners had an executive session during their May 15 meeting and agreed to deny transportation fees on a water truck. According to district secretary John Kragt, a... — Updated 7/1/2020


Caring Neighbors donations meet community needs

RITZVILLE — Big Bend Electric Cooperative Inc.’s Caring Neighbors board donated to six area non-profit organizations, handing out a total of $5,900. The funds for Caring Neighbors are donated by members of the Big Bend... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Grant funds received

ADAMS COUNTY – Innovia Foundation awarded $746,012 in grant funds to nonprofit organizations and government agencies through the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for Eastern Washington and North Idaho. This second... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By John McCallum    News 

A journey of 91 years, and five blocks

CHENEY – The goose has landed! DB Davis owner Dell Davis's pronouncement may not have the poetic sounds of astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous statement trumpeting mankind's first l... — Updated 7/1/2020


Adams County Sheriff's Office dispatch log

June 13 Animal Problem – 600 BLK S Kaylee Road Othello Investigation is ongoing into a report of a dog killing chickens. Harassment – 1000 BLK S Sundance Road Othello Complainant will contact the Othello District Court to... — Updated 7/1/2020


Ritzville police logs for June 17-23

RITZVILLE — Here are the Ritzville police logs for June 17-23: June 17 18:44 Burglary at storage unit. Lock changed and two ice chests missing. 21:18 Report of threatening messages through social media. Complainant advised on req... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Fireworks on tap for July 4

SPRAGUE — Four Seasons Campground and Resort on Sprague Lake in Lincoln County will be hosting a professional fireworks display Saturday, July 4, beginning around 9:30 p.m. and lasting about 25 minutes. A small entry fee will be... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Superintendent optimistic schools will reopen in the fall

RITZVILLE – Superintendent Don Vanderholm said he is feeling optimistic about the fall re-opening of the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools. “We think we can meet the six-foot social distancing demands. If it’s a matter of... — Updated 7/1/2020


Fresh produce available from Food Bank

RITZVILLE - The Ritzville Food Pantry is encouraging everyone, in need or not, to stop by and pick up fresh produce. "Because of all that is going on, we are getting more food than... — Updated 7/1/2020


Adams County Sheriff's Office dispatch log

RITZVILLE — Here are the calls for service for the Adams County Sheriff's Office for June 8-12: June 8 Agency assist, west state Highway 26 near Milepost 45, Othello Deputies assisted with a report from Washington State Patrol... — Updated 7/1/2020


Ritzville police calls for June 10-17

RITZVILLE — Here are the police calls from June 10-17: June 10 23:49 Peeping Tom: a Ritzville Police Officer, Adams County Deputy and a WSP Trooper responded to a report of a suspect looking in a bedroom window. When the suspect... — Updated 7/1/2020


Adams County Land Transactions For June 1-17

Adams County land transactions for the first half of June were filed in the treasurer’s office as follows: June 1 Gavilon Grain, LLC, Omaha Nebraska, to Columbia Grain International, LLC, Portland, Ore., - properties and equipmen... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Order: Face masks required statewide beginning Friday

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that residents statewide will be required to wear a face mask effective Friday in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “This is something we can get use to,” Inslee... — Updated 6/30/2020


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