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  • Three men killed in Harrington crash

    Drew Lawson, The Journal|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    HARRINGTON – Three Davenport men were killed in a car crash on Harrington-Tokio Road on Friday, June 7. Alan Kysar, 26, Braedon Efraimson, 26, and Blake Wilson, 24, all of Davenport, succumbed to their injuries in the two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Mohler Road at approximately 8:30 p.m, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, though the Sheriff’s Office believes that an unidentified driver traveling east on Mohler Road ran a stop sign at the Harri...

  • Auction benefits Becky Main fund

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    RITZVILLE – Dennis Sackmann and local auctioneer Jerry Synder have scheduled a benefit auction to help defray some of the outstanding medical costs incurred by the family of recently-deceased youth group leader Becky Main. The event, slated for Saturday, June 29, will begin at 6 p.m. at the grade school gymnasium. It will include a “pay at the door” dinner. The auction is expected to feature wood and fabric crafts, homemade breads and desserts, artwork and other contributions. Becky Main, longtime youth leader and commu...

  • Woman injured in Sprague crash

    Drew Lawson, The Journal|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    SPRAGUE — One woman was injured in a crash one mile east of the city early Monday, June 17. According to a press release from Washington State Patrol, Burnadette C. Yates, 25, of Moxee, was injured and airlifted to a Spokane medical center after the green 2001 Toyota Tacoma she was driving left the roadway on Interstate 90 eastbound at Milepost 246. The vehicle was pulled into soft gravel, rolled and came to rest in the median around 3:11 a.m. Monday, according to the patrol. No other vehicles or passengers were involved. C...

  • Cemetery mapping underway in Ritzville

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    RITZVILLE – Last week, Scott Field of ViaVista Mapping began collecting field data and generating maps at the Ritzville Memorial Cemetery, a half-mile west of town on Rosenoff Road. Founded concurrent with the town in 1887, the cemetery added "Memorial" to its name after the Great Depression in honor of American veterans. As of Monday morning, Field had identified more than 60 unmarked burial sites in the 10.8-acre cemetery. The cemetery is divided into six sections separated...

  • From the Files

    Updated Jun 17, 2024

    8 Years Ago Adams County News June 21, 1899 Call a halt We feel it a duty incumbent upon us to call the attention of the authorities and citizens to the fact of danger continually confronting us by leaving teams standing unhitched on our public streets and thoroughfares. Hardly a week goes by without a runaway. So far, no serious accidents have happened, but it will not always be so. Some of these fine days they will come carrying home the lifeless form of your little one,...

  • Public Records

    Updated Jun 17, 2024

    Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from June 5-8: June 5 3:22 p.m. – Traffic hazard on the South Highway 17 and West Lee Road. 6:24 p.m. – Report of two suspicious subjects, when deputies contacted the subjects they advised the deputies that their car broke down and are waiting for a tow truck in the area of North Cow Lake Road and East Wellsandt Road. 7:22 p.m. – Report of a female who were possible of being abused by their husband, deputies were unable...

  • Drought still a concern in state

    The Journal|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Despite slightly above-normal rainfall in the region, federal officials are holding steady on their drought declaration heading into June. According to a NOAA water-year report released last week, May precipitation was above normal by 3%. But for the water year beginning in October, it’s only 91% of normal. Streamflow forecasts for June through September range from 77% of normal to 102%, according to the analysis. The drought status remains in place because winter snowfall across much of the Pacific Northwest was...

  • City council approves projects

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    RITZVILLE – At a relatively short June 4 meeting, the City Council addressed three primary issues on its “action agenda.” First was the approval of bid advertisements for two street and sidewalk projects. Both bids will be opened Wednesday, June 26. One project will involve pavement maintenance and curb ramp replacement covering 2.5 blocks along East First Avenue, from Division Street through mid-block on Palouse Street. The other project will involve demolition and reconstruction of sidewalks along both sides of Sixth Avenu...

  • Public Records

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Jail Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported the following individuals in custody from June 6-10: June 6 Armando Lopez-Correa, 32, was arrested for two warrants and is held in the Benton County Jail. June 10 Justin Favaro, 34, was arrested under a warrant and is held in Benton County Jail. Nicole Martinez, 19, was arrested under a warrant and held in the Franklin County Jail. Justin Favaro, 34, was arrested under a warrant and is held in the Benton County Jail. Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE – The...

  • FROM THE FILES

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    8 Years Ago Adams County News June 14, 1899 Team ran away The well-known old couple, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rosenoff, pioneers of Adams County, started out from the city Monday for a visit to the farm at the German church five miles west, and in some manner their team became unmanageable and ran away, severely injuring Mrs. Rosenoff. Local and Personal Several of our citizens who were vaccinated have been suffering considerable inconvenience from the operations, in some cases the...

  • Community forum highlights child-care needs

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Following a tasty meal at the C.J. Newland American Legion Memorial Hall on Tuesday evening, May 21, about 20 community members, mostly parents with young children, attended a presentation by Soren Newman, Ph.D, The associate director at Arrowleaf Consulting, she presented preliminary results of a child care needs assessment conducted from March to April. Newman shared data gathered from listening sessions, interviews, and a survey. The goal: building a multi-purpose space for early learning. She noted that the f...

  • Two arrested after trespassing on farm

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Two people were arrested May 27 following a report of trespassers on a farm west of the city. Rosalyn Revelation Acar, 46, of Moses Lake, was arrested on multiple charges, including second-degree criminal trespassing, providing false/misleading information to law enforcement, and Benton County warrants for possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree identity theft, second-degree burglary and failure to appear in court. Timothy A. Johnson, 46, of Spokane, was arrested by citation for second-degree criminal trespa...

  • Man arrested for fuel theft

    The Journal|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    OTHELLO - Anthony Earl Lee, 33, of Othello, was arrested May 28, for second-degree theft and unlawful use of red-dyed diesel fuel following an investigation that began May 20. Records show Lee is accused of stealing farm diesel fuel from the 10 block of South Reynolds Road, outside Othello. A search warrant at a location in the 200 block of East Juniper Street, Othello, turned up full totes of arm diesel. In an unrelated arrest, Emilio Martinez-Silva, 24, of Othello, was arrested for driving while under the influence and...

  • Turner mural taking shape downtown

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    RITZVILLE – Stroll down Main Avenue and you'll see characters being painted on a building next to Umpqua Bank. Tina Turner, working with John Rankin and Linda Kubik, is adding barkeeps and customers to the building exterior. The depiction is based on a black-and-white photo from the era when the building was a tavern called The Office. Rankin will complete the "ghost signage" and Kubik will add an awning. Turner said she typically works on commission, painting scenes of f...

  • From the Files

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    8 Years Ago Adams County News June 7, 1899 Dirt changes hands An important real estate deal was closed last Saturday when Wm. Snyder sold his eighty acre tract lying partly within the city limits, to Geo. Achziger for $2,000. A fine well has just been sunk on the premises and Mr. Snyder was preparing to have a large residence built, but the opportunity to make a handsome profit came and was accepted. Mr. Snyder now contemplates putting up a brick store building and in all...

  • Public Records

    Updated Jun 4, 2024

    Sheriff’s Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls for service from May 19-25: May 19 9:08 a.m. – Standby peace on the 600 block of East Third St. 12:18 pm. - Traffic accident, the driver who was hit by the at fault driver seeked hospital assistance on his on Bench Road and McKinney Road. 12:24 p.m. – Report of suspicious activity in the block of 300 East Eighth St. 12:31 p.m. – Report of a vehicle parked partially on the roadway; officers were unable to contact the owner via cellpho...

  • Students learn about criminal court

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated May 28, 2024

    RITZVILLE – Fifth-graders from Ritzville, Lind, Benge and Harrington sat in a real Adams County courtroom May 17 without suffering the angst of real prosecution. It was Law Day. Students played roles as they read a script depicting a fictional case. The judge, bailiff, prosecuting attorney, defendant, witness to the alleged crime and jury - all played roles in the trial. As in an actual criminal proceeding, the jury heard the evidence, lawyers made objections and d...

  • Graduates to be feted Saturday

    The Journal|Updated May 28, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Move over Bronco alumni, you’re about to get another class. The Class of 2024 will graduate at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The ceremony will take place in Gilson Gymnasium on Wellsandt Road. Thirty-four students are expected to graduate. This year’s valedictorians are Blake Earle, Harlee Hennings, Brock Kinch and Megan Melcher. Shawn Steinberger is the salutatorian. Other graduations this weekend are: • Kahlotus — 7 p.m. Friday, May 31 • Washtucna — 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1....

  • Street improvement bids discussed

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated May 28, 2024

    RITZVILLE – The City Council authorized Mayor Scott Yaeger to sign two bid documents for road and sidewalk improvements east of Division Street during its Tuesday, May 21, meeting. Both bids have scheduled openings in June, and the projects are scheduled to be completed by September. The first bid provides for pavement maintenance and Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramp replacement for about 2.5 blocks along East First Avenue from Division Street to Palouse Street. Project specifications include removal of existing c...

  • From the Files

    Updated May 28, 2024

    8 Years Ago Adams County News May 31, 1899 Dying by the track Ritzville, May 30. – With his right leg and right arm cut from his body, Alfred Barton was found alongside the Northern Pacific railroad track by a train crew about two miles west of Ritzville. The poor fellow was feebly waving a handkerchief to attract the attention of the men on the passenger train. He had been attending school in Ellensburg. He says that he rode on the blind baggage from that place to Lind, w...

  • Public Records

    Updated May 28, 2024

    Jail Log RITZVILLE — The Adams County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported the following individuals in custody from May 21-26: May 21 Israel Pinzon-Salas, 39, first-degree child molestation and second-degree child molestation. Booked into the Franklin County Jail. May 22 Estela Dejesus-Gonzalez, 33, arrested for fourth-degree assault-domestic violence. Booked into the Benton County Jail. May 23 Jeffrey Flores, 51, arrested for violating a no contact order. Booked into the Franklin County Jail. Sheriff’s Log RITZV...

  • Former Buick dealership being remodeled

    Dale Brown, The Journal|Updated May 21, 2024

    RITZVILLE – Resident Keith Graham is remodeling a building at 114 W. Broadway Ave., next door to the American Legion Hall. The building formerly housed a Buick dealership called Rogel Motor Co., according to a 1960 Journal-Times. Graham noted that roll-up garage-style doors on the Broadway side of the building were replaced by large windows. County records show the building's current owner is Kurtis Graham, brother of Keith Graham. Keith Graham said he plans to remove most o...

  • Ritzville alumni return for banquet

    The Journal|Updated May 21, 2024

    RITZVILLE — Graduates of Ritzville and Lind-Ritzville high schools will meet for the 117th alumni banquet Saturday, May 25, in Gilson Gymnasium. The catered event begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to be attended by about 200 alumni. The toastmaster for the evening is Tyler O’Brien, from the Class of 2015. The 6 p.m. banquet will feature the traditional roll call of classes, induction of the incoming class of 2024, and special recognition of the classes of 1924, 1949, 1974 and 1999. Class pictures will begin at 4 p.m. in the...

  • Legion hall gets a facelift.

    Updated May 21, 2024

    Workers at the C.J. Newland American Legion Memorial Hall in Ritzville are busy upgrading the building exterior-painting masonry, repairing stucco, and replacing lap siding on the West Broadway side of the building....

  • From the Files

    Updated May 21, 2024

    8 Years Ago Adams County News May 24, 1899 Merchant Snyder has just had completed on his 80-acre farm in the suburbs, a fine well with plenty of water. A regular old-fashioned camp meeting will be held at Tyler commencing May 25th and continuing about ten days. Rev. Jno. Koch is having a Woodmanse windmill and pump erected on his new well this week by the Ritzville Hardware Co. 100 Years Ago Ritzville-Journal Times May 22, 1924 S.S. Schuler, contractor, falls dead yesterday...

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