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 By Roger Harnack    News 

Inslee extends eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon extended his coronavirus-related eviction moratorium through Oct. 31. Calling the moratorium a “bridge,” Inslee said his action will allow municipalities to put in place financial... — Updated 9/23/2021


Adams County Cops & Courts

RITZVILLE – The following individuals were listed in the Adams County Jail log between Sept. 14-21: Sept. 16 Diego Rangel-Valdez, 29, department of Corrections warrant. James Hartjen, 44, possession of a stolen vehicle. Sept. 20... — Updated 9/21/2021

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Meet the Candidates Forum LIND – A “Meet The Candidates” forum will be held October 4 at the Lind Lions Club, located at E. 108 First. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the program starts at 7:00. Rail Crossing Repair RITZVILLE ... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

Ritzville man arrested, again

RITZVILLE – A local man was arrested early Friday evening after allegedly trespassing at Ritzville Golf Course. Brian Massey of Ritzville was arrested on a probable cause of... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

County conducts public works business

RITZVILLE – The Adams County Solid Waste Division will call for bids on new solid waste trailers to haul garbage from transfer stations. Public Works Director Todd O’Brien met with county board of commissioners recently to... — Updated 9/21/2021


50th Deutschesfest

Nate Hille, left, and Jess Vanhollebeke, both of Washtucna, peform as members of the Oom Pas and Mas during Deutschesfest. The polka band provided the primary entertainment during... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

Arson Suspect Found Along I-90

RITZVILLE – A transient man was arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, and booked into the Adams County Jail in connection with a local fire. Tyler Thomas Kraus, age not reported, remained in the county jail Monday morning, county records... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Governor sued over vaccine mandate

CONNELL – A local man has initiated a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee and state Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange over the Wuhan coronavirus vaccination mandate. Jeffrey Johnson, a corrections officer at Coyote... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News 

County Passes Financial Audit

RITZVILLE – Heather Peterson and Phillip Ventress of the Washington State Auditor’s Office met with the Adams County commissioners via video to conduct the exit conference concerning a financial audit completed September 1.... — Updated 9/21/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Ritzville man arrested, again

RITZVILLE – A local man was arrested early Friday evening, September 10, after allegedly trespassing at Ritzville Golf Course. Brian Massey, age 33, of Ritzville, was arrested on... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Fireworks hearing set

RITZVILLE – The City Council will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, for an ordinance amending Chapter 2.28 of the city code, concerning fireworks. The ordinance, was drafted July 1. It addresses emergency... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Adams County jobless rate at 4.0%

RITZVILLE – Adams County holds record among the lowest unemployment rates in the state during the month of July. According to figures released last week by the state Employment... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Connell Auto Licensing closes its doors

CONNELL – Connell Auto Licensing is closing its door permanently today, Sept. 9. “I took another job,” owner Tearsa Cope said of closing the 133 N. Columbia Ave. office. Cope has owned the business since 2013, providing... — Updated 9/16/2021


Adams County Cops & Courts

RITZVILLE – Here are the Adams County Sheriff’s Office calls for service for Aug. 29 through Sept. 4: Aug. 29 Welfare check in the 800 block of South McKinney Road, Othello Jose R. Soto-Rivera, 26, of Othello, arrested for... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Duffey leads emergency management

OTHELLO – Adams County has a new emergency manager. Sandi Duffey, 60, has been hired as Adams County Emergency Management Director. She succeeds Jay Weise who was elected county... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Broadband intiative gets reboot

RITZVILLE – A Public Works broadband project to be funded by a grant from the state Department of Commerce and intended to bring high-speed Internet to Ritzville has undergone a change of direction. Initially, the plan was to... — Updated 9/16/2021


Mooooving on from the fair

An aspiring local producer participates in the 4-H Round Robin event during the Wheat Land Communities' Fair. For more coverage of the fair, see Pages 6-7.... — Updated 9/16/2021


WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated

By Roger Harnack The Journal PULLMAN – The Washington State University Extension Office is applying the governor’s Wuhan coronavirus vaccination requirement to all 4-H volunteers. In a letter dated Sept. 3, Extension Office Dir... — Updated 9/16/2021


Two injured in plane crash near Palouse

PALOUSE – Two people were injured when a small plane crashed at a private airfield near Palouse on Sept. 15. The plane crashed at Schoepflin Airport on Ringo Road at around 11... — Updated 9/16/2021

 By Joy Wilken    News

Giddings selected Sprague grand marshal

SPRAGUE – A local civil leader and businesswoman has been named grand marshal of the Sprague Days parade. Dorothy Giddings, 90, will lead the parade on Saturday morning, Sept.... — Updated 9/9/2021


Kennewick man injured in crash

WASHTUCNA – A Kennewick man was taken to a Spokane hospital after crashing his car on state Highway 26 about seven miles west of the city near Milepost 76 on Sunday afternoon. Mugtaba Y. Kori, 23, of Kennewick, was westbound at... — Updated 9/9/2021


Breakaway roping at the Ritzville Rodeo

Jodi Goodrich of Hermiston, Ore., ropes her calf in 13.48 seconds in breakaway roping during the Saturday evening performance of the Wheat Land Communities' Fair and Ritzville... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Scott Davis    News

Enthusiasts push restoring passenger service

RITZVILLE - A nonprofit railroad group is pushing to restore passenger service to several communities across the state. Two weeks ago, All Aboard Washington leaders stopped in... — Updated 9/9/2021


Kicks 4 Kids Scooter Ride

The Seattle Seahawks' Blitz Kicks 4 Kids scooter tour stopped at the Best Western Bronco Inn in Ritzville last Tuesday, Aug. 31, as it headed from Spokane to Seattle. The road trip... — Updated 9/9/2021


Adams County Cops & Courts

DISPATCH LOG RITZVILLE — The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported the following calls for service between Aug. 15 and Aug. 29: Aug. 15 Noise complaint in 2000 block of West James Road, Othello. Suspicious vehicle near interse... — Updated 9/2/2021


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