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Othello residents injured in Warden crash

WARDEN — The Washington State Patrol is investigating an alleged alcohol/drug-related Sunday afternoon crash, Jan. 22, that left four people injured. Othello residents Breanna Rodriguez, 20, Rafael Sanchez Andrade, 24, Alvin... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Alexandria Osborne    News 

Murray: Funds to improve childcare

OLYMPIA - Low-income families struggling to afford childcare will get some help thanks to a big bump in federal spending. U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, was in Olympia... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Renee Diaz    News 

Students push for dam breaching

OLYMPIA - A handful of Western Washington activists called for removing Snake River dams in an effort to "save our salmon." Washington Youth Ocean and River Conservation Alliance... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News 

Homicide victim's body found near Ewan

EWAN — A Cheney area woman is being held on $500,000 bail in the slaying of her son. Christine Diane Catelli, 58, is charged with second-degree murder (intent to kill), Spokane County Jail records show. She was booked into the... — Updated 1/24/2023



100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times January 25, 1923 John Dugger Seriously Injured John Dugger, a prominent rancher residing twelve miles west of Ritzville, lies in a serious... — Updated 1/24/2023


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Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from Jan 8-14: Jan. 8 Domestic dispute with both the boyfriend and girlfriend intoxicated. Location not reported.... — Updated 1/24/2023


Dye introduces bill to help men, boys

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker has introduced legislation to create the Washington State Commission on Boys and Men to address the well-being of boys and men across. “There are many issues that impact men and boys. Yet, there is... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Alexandria Osborne    News 

Bill proposes relaxing rules on low-dose cannabis drinks

OLYMPIA — Consumers will be able to purchase more low-THC liquid-infused products in a single purchase if a bill in the Legislature wins approval. “HB 1249 is necessary to ensure that the evolution of consumer preference, and... — Updated 1/24/2023


Sprague names its Citizen of the 2022

SPRAGUE — Julie Murphy was named the 2022 Sprague Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chamber Dessert and Auction on Monday, Jan. 16. Murphy was... — Updated 1/24/2023

 By Dale Brown    News 

Pedestrian underpass in works

RITZVILLE – At the Jan. 17 City Council meeting, Councilman Scott Yaeger announced that the state Department of Transportation is planning a pedestrian walkway underneath... — Updated 1/24/2023


Wheat producer meeting looming

RITZVILLE — Dryland wheat producers will meet Jan. 24 to hear presentations from a number of speakers. The producer meeting runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the American Legion hall, 106 W. Broadway Ave. The program includes... — Updated 1/24/2023



100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times January 18, 1923 Local Brevities Arthur Glander, formerly of Odessa, has been employed by the Ritzville Trading Company to take charge of... — Updated 1/17/2023


Man jailed in crime spree

OTHELLO — A local man was booked into the Benton County Jail after being arrested for multiple crimes Jan. 5. Ruben Cantu Jr., 29, was booked into the jail on charges of second-degree vehicle prowl, second-degree theft,... — Updated 1/17/2023


Public Records

Land Transacations RITZVILLE — The Adams County Assessor’s Office reported the following land transactions from Jan. 9-13: Jan. 9 Reyna Pineda Flores of Othello, 642 S. Kristina Road, Othello, to Margarito Garcia Lauriano and... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Council approves sewer camera purchase

RITZVILLE – Public Works employees will have a new tool for repairing and replacing city sewer lines. At its Jan. 3 meeting, the City Council approved Public Works Director Dave... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Blankenship shares update

RITZVILLE — Adams County Commissioner Dan Blankenship provided an update Jan. 10 on state legislative priorities and their potential impact on the county. During the commissioners’ meeting, he discussed the governor’s budget... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Retiree builds model houses

RITZVILLE – When Lee Egnew retired here in 2011, he contemplated projects to help him endure long winter months. Building model houses and repairing antique radios proved a satisf... — Updated 1/17/2023


Chamber meeting scheduled

RITZVILLE – Business leaders will host their annual meeting of the Ritzville Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 30. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at Mi Jalisco restaurant, 1604 Smittys Blvd. During the event, new chamber board... — Updated 1/17/2023


Crane festival registration looms

OTHELLO — Registration for Sandhill Crane Festival lectures open Feb. 6. The “silver anniversary” festival is set for March 24-26 at Othello Nazarene Church, 835 S. 10th Ave. Keynote speakers are: Kaeli Swift — 7:30 p.m.,... — Updated 1/17/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello pedestrian hit by car

OTHELLO — A local man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was struck by a car early Sunday morning, Jan. 15. Augustino P. De Los Santos, 23, of Othello, was transported to the local hospital after he apparently walked into... — Updated 1/17/2023


Wrestling league-opener

The Northeast B league wrestling season got underway in Colfax on Thursday, Jan. 5, with a mix-and-match with teams for Lind-Ritzville, Colfax, Reardan, Davenport, Pomeroy,... — Updated 1/10/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

Adams county leaders share 2023 plans

RITZVILLE – Adams County commissioners heard from several department heads about plans for the upcoming year during meetings Jan. 4 and 5. Public Works Director Todd O’Brien noted some county buildings need repair and/or... — Updated 1/10/2023


Senator: Fuel price rising

RITZVILLE — A local lawmaker says two environmental laws from the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect Jan. 1 are already causing a fuel price increase. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler or... — Updated 1/10/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

One dead in Washtucna crash

WASHTUCNA — A Richland man was killed Saturday afternoon on state Highway 26 east of town when he crashed while trying to pass another vehicle. Ricard D. Chandler, 57, of Richland, was pronounced dead at the scene, the... — Updated 1/10/2023


Power, irrigation charges increase

RITZVILLE — Ratepayers power bills are going to get a little more expensive this year. Big Bend Electric Cooperative announced last week that its customers are going to see a rate increase effective April 1. The average 5% increa... — Updated 1/10/2023


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