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Sprague business leaders

The Sprague Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet and fundraiser Monday night. The event included the installation of officers. From left, they are President Tim Wilken,... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Matthew Stephens    News 

Ritzville motorist dies following moose crash

MEDICAL LAKE – A Ritzville man has died Jan 15 from injuries he sustained in a crash with a moose on Interstate 90 three days earlier. Scott J. Brodie, 63, died at Sacred Heart... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News 

Hospital suspends visitation

RITZVILLE – Citing increased coronavirus cases, East Adams Rural Healthcare is prohibiting patients from having visitors at its 903 S. Adams St. hospital and clinics. The hospital announced its new coronavirus-related... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
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Adams County Cops & Courts

SHERIFF’S LOG RITZVILLE —Here are the Adams County Sheriff’s Office calls for service from Jan. 9-15: Jan. 9 Andrew J. Allen, 27, arrested for felony fraud charges at 209 N. Adams St., Ritzville. Juveniles playing on the... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Brooklynn Hillemann    News 

Proposed law would require local student registration by age 5

OLYMPIA – Early childhood education is so critical to student success that now some educators are pushing for enrollment in school by age 5. Currently, Washington parents are... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Azeb Tuji    News 

Chemicals in cosmetics targeted in new law

OLYMPIA – For a large portion of Washingtonians, the use of cosmetic products is a part of their everyday routine, but some of those same household products often contain harmful chemicals that cause a variety of health risks. A... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Juan Morfin    News 

New House bill would make oil owners financially liable for oil spills

OLYMPIA – The financial responsibility for an oil spill will fall on those who own the facilities and vessels that produce and transport oil under proposed House Bill 1691. “The goal is to minimize the permanent long-standing... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
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FROM THE FILES

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Jan. 19, 1922 Crack train goes in ditch The North Coast Limited, Northern Pacific train No. 1, which is due here daily at 8:25 p.m., west... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Juan Morfin    News 

Bill aims to help homeless, former foster college, technical students

Homeless students at community and technical colleges across the state will get the help they need if HB 1601 becomes law. If passed, the bill would provide homeless students and students who age out of the foster care system help... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Azeb Tuji    News 

Families press to put an end hazing

OLYMPIA – Sam Martinez, a freshman at Washington State University, was found dead from alcohol poisoning at his fraternity house just weeks into the 2019 school year. He was the victim of a hazing tradition at his fraternity.... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Brooklynn Hillemann    News 

Gov. Inslee calls for swift action on affordable housing, rise in homelessness, climate change

OLYMPIA – Immediate action must be taken to address climate change, the housing crisis, transportation, and education, Gov. Jay Inslee said in his annual State of the State... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By The Journal    News 

Holy bill would help hire more law enforcement

OLYMPIA - A Spokane-area senator has introduced a bill to help cities and counties hire more law enforcement officers. Sixth District Sen. Jeff Holy, R-Spokane, introduced Senate... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News 

Arrests made in drive-by shooting

OTHELLO – Two men are in the Adams County Jail in connection with a drive-by shooting near Othello. Eddie Barajas, 34, is charged with reckless driving, drive-by shooting, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed... — Updated 1/18/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Commissioners set new meeting schedule

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Board of Commissioners elected a new chairman, and set a new meeting schedule for 2022 during its Jan. 5 meeting. The new chairman is District No. 2... — Updated 1/13/2022

 

Adams County Cops & Courts

SHERIFF’S LOG RITZVILLE — Here is the dispatch log for the Adam’s County Sheriff’s for December 26 to January 8 Dec.26 Suspicious call on the 600 block of South Taylor road, Othello. Suspicious call on the 600 block of... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Mesa boy may face charges in DUI-related morning crash

OTHELLO — A Mesa boy may be facing criminal charges associated with an alleged driving while under the influence crash early this morning, Sunday, Jan. 9. Shaden K. Sullivan, 16,... — Updated 1/11/2022

 

FROM THE FILES

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Jan. 12, 1922 Farmer shot near Paha: George Schutz of Paha killed yesterday while on rabbit drive George Schultz, a farmer living near... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
 By The Journal    News

Wheat contest announced

RITZVILLE – The National Wheat Foundation is accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two... — Updated 1/11/2022

 

Drought conditions improving slightly

WASHINGTON – The National Weather Service released a report in December breaking down the moisture and drought information for the entire Inland Northwest. According to the... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Cases continued in Ritzville District Court

RITZVILLE – A pair of cases of local interest, along with changes of attorneys and standardized processes, were part of the proceedings in Ritzville District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Brian Massey, 33, appeared by remote... — Updated 1/11/2022

 

Snow removal

Public Works crews cleared snow from downtown Ritzville streets with front end loaders following last week's winter storms. Heavy snowfall statewide brought traffic to a standstill... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News

City staff and contractor to address issues at new sewage lift station

RITZVILLE – Public Works Director Dave Breazeale recommended last week the City Council hold off paying the final installment to the contractor in the Pete’s Lift Station project. Pay estimate No. 7, the final payment to POW... — Updated 1/11/2022

 

Inslee wants to make it a crime to challenge elections

By Brooklynn Hillemann Washington State Journal OLYMPIA – On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Capitol rally, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will support legislation... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Wenatchee man pleads not guilty

RITZVILLE – A Wenatchee man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted rape of a child. Royal Eaton Dana, 32, of Wenatchee, pleaded not guilty Jan. 3 in Adams County Superior Court, records show. The charge stems from a De... — Updated 1/4/2022

 
 By Rod Larse    News

Local man found dead following fire

RITZVILLE – One man is dead following an early morning fire Dec. 31, just outside of the city. "The victim is expected to be identified as Glenn Foley, age 76," Adams County... — Updated 1/4/2022

 

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