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Excessive heat watch in effect

RITZVILLE - An excessive heat watch is in effect from Friday afternoon, June 25, through Tuesday evening, June 2. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures expected to climb... — Updated 6/23/2021


Westbound I-90 right lane closed near Ritzville

RITZVILLE — The right lane of Interstate 90 westbound will be closed for equipment repairs at milepost 219 near Ritzville beginning at 11:39 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Monday, June 21. The Spokane Regional Transportation Management... — Updated 6/22/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Asphalt truck overturns on northbound U.S. Highway 395

LIND - A day after an oil tanker crashed on U.S. Highway 395, law enforcement are dealing with a second incident. U.S. Highway 395 northbound was closed at Milepost 78 at about 4... — Updated 6/21/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Tanker truck overturns on Highway 395

LIND - A tanker semi carrying hydraulic oil overturned on U.S. Highway 395 at Milepost 75 shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, spilling oil into the median and onto the... — Updated 6/18/2021


Lane closure on I-90 westbound: Alert cleared at 4:48 p.m.

RITZVILLE — The left lane of westbound Interstate 90 was closed at milepost 219, one mile west of Danekas Road, west of Ritzville, for road repair June 16 from 6:30 a.m. to 4:48 p.m. The Spokane Regional Transportation... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Delays on I-90 westbound expected June 16

RITZVILLE — The Washington State Department of Transportation announced travelers should expect some delays on westbound Interstate 90 due to pavement repairs. Drivers will be detoured at the Tokio/Danekas Road interchange.... — Updated 6/16/2021


Expect delays on I-90 eastbound near Ritzville

RITZVILLE — The Spokane Transportation Management Center announced a left lane closure on I-90 eastbound at milepost 218.83 near Ritzville, beginning just after 1:00 p.m. June 15, until further notice. Travelers should expect... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Class of 2025 promoted to freshmen

LIND – Eighth-graders celebrated accomplishments over the past year at their promotion at Lind Middle School Wednesday, June 9. Several students took turns at the podium, with... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By The Journal    News 

McCain Foods donating 1.5M Meals to Feeding America

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill – McCain Foods USA, supplier of frozen potato and snack food products, will be donating 1.5 million meals to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S. "This partnership... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By The Journal    News 

Illegal entry means no 'green card'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that illegal aliens claiming a temporary protected status are not eligible to apply to become permanent residents. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion, noting those... — Updated 6/15/2021


From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times June 16, 1921 HORSE SHOW OPENS With flags flying, canvas flapping and a stir of activity everywhere, the fair grounds is in readiness for... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Sheriff charged for DUI coverup

DAVENPORT – Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers faces criminal charges for reportedly preventing DUI charges for his son. Magers is scheduled for an arraignment in Lincoln County District Court on July 7 for obstructing a law... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    News 

WSU pledge's death results in 15 charged

COLFAX – Fifteen people are charged with furnishing liquor to minors after a Washington State University (WSU) student died of alcohol poisoning in 2019. Samuel H. Martinez, 19,... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Spring boat racing returns to St. John

ST. JOHN – Sprint boat racers return to the water Saturday, June 19, after nearly two years hiatus. “It’s going to be chaos,” Dennis Hughes, owner of the No. 69 DeLeon Taco... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Lind hires new public works crewman

LIND – Council members and Mayor Paula Bell held an executive session during their June 8 meeting, after which councilwoman Kathy Vedder made a motion to offer Steven Thompson the fulltime position with the City Public Works... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News 

Schoesler meets with farmers close to home

RITZVILLE – Senator Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) attended the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ meeting in Ritzville last week, the first in-person meeting for the organization since COVID pandemic restrictions began.... — Updated 6/15/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind-Ritzville graduates 33

RITZVILLE – Thirty-three graduates making up the Lind-Ritzville High School Class of 2021 graduated at an afternoon ceremony on the athletic field Saturday, June 5. Principal... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Roger Harnack    News

Appellate court of appeals sides with Zink

MESA — After 18 years, a local woman has won several arguments in a major round in court over being denied the right to video tape a City Council meeting and then being arrested.... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By The Journal    News

New pump station opens northeast of Warden

WARDEN – A new pump station seven miles northeast of the city will provide irrigation water to nearly 10,500 acres of farmland. The EL 47.5 station was dedicated Thursday... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By The Journal    News

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

RITZVILLE – Wednesday morning, June 9, Adams County Deputies contacted a subject who was stopped in the middle of the roadway on 1st Avenue in Ritzville in a rental vehicle with New Mexico license plates. Upon the investigation... — Updated 6/8/2021


From the Files

100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times June 9,1921 STOP CRIME WAVE The best minds of America have been devoting a great deal of attention to crime and seeking cure for this... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Wanted: suspect in attempted homicide

OTHELLO – After extensive ongoing investigation the Adams County Sheriff's Department team arrested and booked Sergio Munguia for suspicion of attempted homicide 2nd degree,... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Sprague graduation a memorable occasion

SPRAGUE – Seven students graduated in the Class of 2021 from Sprague High School, with each one of them playing a role in the afternoon commencement ceremony Saturday, June 5.... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Vanderholm introduces "Balanced Calendar"

RITZVILLE — School Superintendent Don Vanderholm introduced the idea of year-round school, called "Balanced Calendar," to Lind and Ritzville School Board members May 26. Vanderholm said when he first heard of the idea, he wasn't... — Updated 6/8/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Veterans remembered and honored

RITZVILLE – Many U.S. flags fluttered in a breeze while Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11446 Commander Jeff Kissler and sole Color Guard Marine Corps Veteran Bo Gingrich greeted a... — Updated 6/3/2021


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