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Kettle Falls woman killed in crash

LIND -- A Kettle Falls woman was killed Sunday morning when her pickup overturned. Kristen K. Icenogle, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 70 on southbound U.S.... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Adams County coronavirus tally reaches 23

RITZVILLE -- Adams County health officials Saturday evening reported that a total of 23 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. Of those cases, 19 are in Othello, with 10 connected to a single family, officials said. There are two... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Infected number rises in Othello

OTHELLO -- The number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is rising, with almost half of the cases connected to a single family. As of Sunday afternoon, Adams County health officials were reporting 23 cases in the city, 11 of which were in... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Kalispel Tribe, Northern Quest file suit against 3M, Tyco Fire Products

AIRWAY HEIGHTS --The Kalispel Tribe of Indians, its economic authority and the Northern Quest Resort & Casino have filed a $21.27 million lawsuit against companies including 3M and Tyco Fire Products along with the United States... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Spokane County COVID cases top 200

SPOKANE -- COVID19 cases in Spokane County have topped 200, with the death toll from the severe acute respiratory disease rising as well. In an April 4 news release, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management officials said... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Senate Minority Leader Schoesler reacts to quarantine extension

RITZVILLE - Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler doesn't agree with extending the statewide quarantine until May 4 due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Responding to Bainbridge... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

Ritzville butts are covered

RITZVILLE – Harvest Foods received a shipment of products Friday morning, March 27, including toilet paper. "We've sold lots of it this morning," checker Angel Slader saud. "Last... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

Seamstresses pitch in for public safety

RITZVILLE - Area seamstresses have been sewing fast and furiously to get cloth masks donated to area hospitals, medical facilities, senior centers and other organizations. Their... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

City Parks closed until further notice

RITZVILLE — City parks around town have been closed, with police tape encircling them, to help stop the spread of the COVID -19 virus. Normally, the Parks and Recreation department would not be able to close city parks without a... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
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Adams County reporting 20 coronavirus cases

RITZVILLE — Health officials here are reporting a total of 20 coronavirus countywide, an increase of 15 in less than a week. An April 1 report shows 16 cases in the Othello area, and two each in Lind and Ritzville. Community... — Updated 4/5/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

City Parks closed until further notice

RITZVILLE — City parks around town have been closed, with police tape encircling them, to help stop the spread of the COVID -19 virus. Normally, the Parks and Recreation department would not be able to close city parks without a... — Updated 4/3/2020

 

Inslee to hold news conference at 5 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee will hold a news conference Thursday, April 2, at 5 p.m. via streaming video and telephone to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response. The news conference will be televised live on TVW, and many... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

Five coronavirus cases logged in Othello

OTHELLO – Two new Adams County cases of coronavirus were confirmed Friday, March 27, bringing the total to five. All five cases are in Othello, and all patients are between the ages of 50-70, Adams County Health Department... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

Rattlesnake Flat Windfarm forges ahead

LIND — Nearly $42 million worth of construction costs in building permits were issued for Adams County between Feb. 1 and March 25. The bulk of the permits were issued March 24-25 for work contracted by Blattner Energy Inc. for... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

Othello man arrested in shooting

OTHELLO — Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a local man in connection with a shooting. Cesar Garza, 49, was arrested for allegedly shooting a pedestrian in the foot Friday, March 27. Garza was booked into Adams... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News 

Ritzville man sentenced in theft case

RITZVILLE – A local man was sentenced Monday, March 23, to a $500 fine following his conviction for third-degree possession of stolen property. Stuart Lee McKenney, 30, appeared before Adams County Superior Court Judge Steven B.... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
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Adams County dispatch log

Adams County Sheriff Week of March 13-March 19, 2020 March 13 • Abandoned vehicle, 100 block West Fifth Street, Lind. Attempts to contact the registered owner were made with negative results. • Interfere with police, 200 block... — Updated 4/3/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News 

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Central Idaho

BOISE — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and five aftershocks shaking Central Idaho starting about 5:53 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 31. The main quake struck about 43 miles west of Challis, in... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Ritzville hospital restricts visitors

Ritzville -- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, East Adams Rural Healthcare is restricting visitors. The hospital's decision to limit visitors was difficult and made only after careful consideration as we witness schools, houses of... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

Plowing halted on scenic passes

MAZAMA — Eastern Washington residents wanting to use highways through scenic mountain passes to get to the Puget Sound area or Pacific Ocean are going to have to wait. On... — Updated 3/27/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    News

I-976 could go into effect Friday

SEATTLE -- The King County judge who initially blocked the $30 car-tab cap denied most of the challenges to the taxpayer-approved measure. Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson rul... — Updated 3/27/2020

 

Trooper killed in line of duty

Chehalis – Trooper Justin Schaffer, 28, a seven year veteran of the Washington State Patrol was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing law... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 

Whitman County's third positive COVID-19 test

COLFAX -- A teenage girl is being reported as Whitman County's third positive coronavirus patient today, Thursday, March 26. The Public Health Department is investigating whom the girl may have come in contact with; her name has... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 

Agencies offer surveys on impact of pandemic

RITZVILLE — Business groups around Eastern Washington are conducting surveys on the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus, also known as Wuhan Flu, and the response by government agencies. Adams County Economic Development in... — Updated 3/27/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Big Bend Electric offices closed to public

RITZVILLE -- In response to recent reports regarding coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, Big Bend Electric Cooperative has closed its Ritzville and Mesa offices to the public until further notice. Big Bend Electric personnel... — Updated 3/27/2020 Full story

 

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