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 By Brandon Cline    News 

Palouse to Cascades trail report to legislators seeks input from Adams County landowners

A meeting about the Adams and Whitman County portion of the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail was well attended in Ritzville on Jan. 8, with over 30 community members,... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Lind and Ritzville school districts propose increased levies in special election

The Lind and Ritzville school districts have two property tax levies they are asking for in a special election on Feb. 11. Ballots will be mailed on Jan. 24. Voters will be asked to approve or reject a replacement Educational... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Columbia Basin Foundation scholarship applications open

The time for high school seniors to start finalizing their college plans is here. One task involved in this busy season is searching and applying for scholarships. Columbia Basin Foundation announced that its 2020 scholarship... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News 

State Sen. Schoesler co-sponsors bill that would abolish Discover Pass fees

OLYMPIA — Residents and visitors will get a break if lawmakers approve a proposal to do away with Discover Pass fees for using state parks. Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville and Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville,... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Cameron Sheppard    News 

Washington legislators propose data privacy laws as 2020 session begins

Washington lawmakers have proposed groundbreaking legislation that aims to give consumers more control over their digitally-collected personal data and image. Senate Bill 6281, or the Washington Privacy Act, would allow consumers... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News 

Sprague Chamber event to announce Citizen of the Year

SPRAGUE – The Sprague Chamber of Commerce will announce the community’s Citizen of the Year during a celebration Monday, Jan. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Sprague School, S. 512 F St. The event includes silent and live... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News 

Mid-Columbia Ag Hall of Fame to honor the region's farmers

PASCO - Orvalla Hafer, the late co-founder of Hafer Farms, will be inducted into the Mid-Columbia Hall of Fame on Jan. 16 in Pasco. Ramond and Orvalla Hafer settled in Adams County and established Hafer Farms in Othello. Hafer,... — Updated 1/16/2020


Dryland wheat producer meeting set for next Thursday

The Washington State University Extension office in Ritzville will be hosting a dryland wheat producer meeting at the American Legion Hall next Thursday, Jan. 23. Six topics will be discussed at the meeting. Aaron Esser, WSU... — Updated 1/16/2020


State seed commission to host annual meeting

The Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission will be hosting its annual meeting on Feb. 6 at the Spokane Ag Show at the Spokane Convention Center. Growers will hear updates on issues pertaining to seed growing in the region, as well... — Updated 1/16/2020


Snow hits eastern Adams County over weekend

A Town of Lind worker spent Friday afternoon clearing the snow from the streets of Lind. The work came as the first major snowstorm of the season hit the area, with over four... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News 

Fundraiser for Cody family set for Saturday

A fundraiser for the Cody family will be held at the Big Bend Bowling Alley in Ritzville this Saturday, Jan. 18. The event will raise funds for the family of Jess Cody, a Ritzville woman who was killed in a wrong-way collision... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Washtucna, other rural districts delay start of school

WASHTUCNA — Several rural school districts are delaying the start of school today due to road conditions following overnight snow. The Washtucna School District is on a two-hour delay, officials said. Other rural districts in... — Updated 1/14/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

Bringing rail service back to Ritzville

A passenger train hasn't stopped regularly in Ritzville for nearly 50 years, but a committed group of citizens is looking to change that fact after recent movement at both the... — Updated 1/14/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

County's federal representatives react to killing of Iranian general

Adams County’s federal representatives had a mixed reaction to the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3, mostly falling along party lines. Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary... — Updated 1/8/2020


Brief: New profile series coming soon to The Journal

With the arrival of a new year, The Journal is saying goodbye to one series and hello to another. After 18 editions, the Teacher Profile Series has come to an end. Since its debut on Aug. 1, the series has featured teachers from... — Updated 1/8/2020


Rodeo banquet set for next Sunday

The Ritzville Rodeo Association will be holding its annual banquet on Jan. 19 at the American Legion Hall, as it coronates its 2020 rodeo queen. The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and features a catered dinner by Rollin’ Coal Barbecue... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

'AKA The Girls' to start six-month hike

Married Ritzville couple Kris Lennon and Shari Parkinson, known to friends and family as 'AKA The Girls,' have always wanted to go on adventures together. They moved here from... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Schoesler, Dye and Schmick talk economy, climate and other topics at ACDC event

RITZVILLE - Washington State Senator Mark Schoesler and state representatives Mary Dye and Joe Schmick addressed a group of local elected officials, business leaders and other invitees at a legislative preview event presented by... — Updated 1/8/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

State minimum wage increases to $13.50

RITZVILLE – Area businesses will be paying their lowest-tier employees at least 12.5% more beginning Wednesday, Jan. 1. That's when the state minimum wage climbs $1.50 per hour to... — Updated 1/2/2020


Meeting regarding statewide trail network set for next Wednesday

A meeting related to the Adams-Whitman County Palouse to Cascades Trail will be held in Ritzville next Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the Washington Association of Wheat Growers building. Formerly called the John Wayne... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Lind Town Council approves 2020 budget

The Lind Town Council has approved the town’s budget for 2020. Mayor Paula Bell presented the budget to the council and the public at a public hearing on Dec. 10. Later that night, in the regular meeting, the council approved... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

Kragt chosen to head hospital board in 2020

John Kragt was unanimously chosen by his fellow commissioners to be the next chairman of the Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 board at its regular meeting on Dec. 19. The nomination for Kragt to lead the five-member... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Jeremy Burnham    News

Lind and Ritzville school boards consider updates to five policies

The Lind and Ritzville school boards had their first readings of five policies at the recent board meeting Dec. 17. But these aren’t new policies. These are updates to five existing policies recommended by the Washington State... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

City of Ritzville's 2020 budget forecasts a busy year ahead

As the new year began this week, the 2020 budget for the city of Ritzville has also taken effect as well. It calls for a busy year ahead for the city, tackling a wide variety of projects and issues. As The Journal has reported in... — Updated 1/2/2020

 By Brandon Cline    News

Ritzville woman killed in wrong-way crash

Two people were killed and five more were injured in a wrong-way crash about eight miles south of Lind on State Route 395 on the evening of Dec. 29. According to the Washington State Patrol one of the vehicles, a 2015 Toyota... — Updated 1/2/2020


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