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 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 15, 2019 

Teacher Profile Series: New RGS principal Cindy Deska

After four years of serving as the principal of Lind-Ritzville Middle School and Lind Elementary School, Cindy Deska will be moving to the Ritzville Grade School. She says she is excited to return to...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 15, 2019 

Levies on ballot in Adams County approved, look ahead to general election

The Aug. 6 primary election came and went quietly in Adams County, as four maintenance levies easily passed and the attention now turns toward the Nov. 5 general election. According to the most...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 15, 2019 

Company serving fried chicken opens Ritzville location

Chicken lovers rejoice! Ritzville diners will now find a Chester's Chicken stand located in the Ritz Food Mart near I-90. The franchise is owned and operated by Ritz Food Mart owner Bob Bajwa. Chester...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 15, 2019 

City moves forward with Standpipe Recoating Project

The Ritzville City Council voted to move ahead with the Standpipe Recoating Project at the Aug. 6 council meeting. The city received a memo from Ben Varela, of Varela & Associates, on Aug. 5, who recommended that the city should move forward now...

 

Land Transfers: Aug. 15, 2019

July 22 — Kyle Niehenke, Ritzville, to Jeanne Whitney; Lot 10, Block 60, Greene & Proutys 2nd; $200,000. July 29 — Kulm Land LLC, Lind, to Richard and Meghan Kulm; Lot 2, Kulm Land LLC short plat final plat; $200,000. July 29 — Kulm Land LLC,...

 

City to ration its owned properties as malfunctioning Well No. 9 pump waits to be reinstalled

Due to a malfunctioning pump motor, the City of Ritzville’s Well No. 9 has been out of service recently, according to a news release from Mayor Gary Cook. The city is currently working with contractors to have the motor reinstalled by next week....

 

Brief: Skydivers to make appearance at DIG's Tournament

Skydivers from Skydive West Plains will be making an appearance during the 54th annual Danekas Invitational Golf (DIG) Tournament this weekend. The skydivers are expected to make their landing at the Ritzville Golf Course at 3:45 p.m. on Aug 18. For...

 

New contest for WLCF photography entries announced

People entering their photos in the Wheat Land Communities’ Fair are reminded that photographs must be 8” x 10” and mounted securely on a 11” x 14” mat or mount board; no poster board, frames or glass allowed. Digital photos must be...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 15, 2019 

Washington state to residents: Check your trees

The Washington Invasive Species Council has a message for the residents of Washington: Please check your trees. August is National Tree Check Month, and the WISC wants Washingtonians to take the time to check their trees and swimming pools for...

 

Area students named to EWU Dean's List

Eastern Washington University recently announced its Dean's List for the 2019 spring quarter. Students are placed on the Dean's List if they are an undergraduate student who earns at least 12 quality...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 8, 2019

New electric chargers coming to Ritzville

Looking for a fast place to charge your electric vehicle in Ritzville? Soon, you'll be able to do it in the parking lot of Cow Creek Mercantile by I-90. Earlier this year, Cow Creek Mercantile owner...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Ritzville dustless blasting company emphasizes customer convenience, eco-friendly process

Joel Curran moved to Ritzville several years ago for a couple of reasons. One of them was that he simply enjoys living in small communities like Ritzville-and the low housing cost that comes with it....

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 8, 2019

Teacher Profile Series: Lind-Ritzville Middle School math teacher Christina Heater

When the Lind-Ritzville High School closed for construction, it affected more people than just the students and teachers at the high school. It affected everyone at all the schools in the co-op,...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 8, 2019

Brief: LRS recognized for transportation safety

The Washington State Patrol’s recent inspection of the Lind-Ritzville Schools’ buses went so well that the state superintendent took notice. Chris Reykdal, the state of Washington’s superintendent of public education, and John Batiste, chief...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Brief: EARH to host meet and greet with new healthcare staff

East Adams Rural Healthcare will be hosting a meet and greet next week to introduce the new additions to its healthcare team. The meet and greet will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 5-7 p.m. outside the EARH building by the gabezo. Attendees will...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Hundreds of laws passed by Legislature go into effect

More than 400 bills passed by the Washington State Legislature during the 2019 legislative session went into effect and became law on July 28. Although the bills were passed by the legislature and...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 8, 2019

School boards approve new budget

A budget was approved, milk and bread contracts were signed and tours were planned during the July Lind-Ritzville Schools board meeting Sept. 29. The Lind and Ritzville school boards gathered inside the Lind-Ritzville Middle School for the second...

 

Land Transfers: Aug. 8, 2019

July 25 — Judith and Vernon Schafer, Washtucna, to Michelle Meade; Tax No. 731 in tract 12, acreage tracts—described as follows: Starting at the intersection of Main Street and Cooper Street to the Town of Washtucna, thence following the center o...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 8, 2019

Washington House to have new Speaker for first time in 20 years

Jinkins will be the first woman and open lesbian to serve as speaker of the House in the state. She was first elected as a state representative in 2010. “I first ran for public office because I wanted to make sure all families have the same...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 1, 2019

Ritzville farmers unite for one of their own

The Ritzville farming community rose to the occasion for one of their own last weekend, in a big way. On July 28, some 17 combines, as well as semis and bankout wagons, were put into action to help...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 1, 2019

Teacher Profile Series: New LRMS and Lind Elementary principal Darrell Lembcke

The first day of school can be stressful for anyone, especially for someone starting at a new school. Meeting new people and learning a lot of new names can add to the already present stress of...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 1, 2019

Uncertainty still surrounds harvest fest planned for later this month in Lind

A major deadline has passed for the Adams County Harvest Festival and uncertainty remains. For now, the Lind Town Council has agreed to give Diane Kennedy more time to obtain some licenses and permits required for the event to take place. The...

 

Brief: Gilson Gym to be closed Aug. 12-18 for repairs to address asbestos

The Lind-Ritzville High School’s Gilson Gym will close from August 12-18 for repairs, Athletic Director Gregg Whitmore informed The Journal on Sunday. Contractors will be performing abatement work to remove asbestos from the gym. Cleaning of the...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    August 1, 2019

Hospital Board considers putting recruitment contract on ice

The Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners and new East Adams Rural Healthcare CEO Corey Fedie weighed the possibility of tossing out their contract with Merritt Hawkins,...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    August 1, 2019

WSU medical professor visits Ritzville Library's Access Health series

Genes, and what they can mean, was the topic at the latest edition of the Ritzville Public Library’s monthly Access Health series. Dr. Theodore Chauvin, a professor of genetics at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine, w...

 

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