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New Correctional Officer

Mason Boyce, right, has graduated from the Washington State Corrections Academy. "We are excited to have him back with us," Adams County Sheriff Dale Wagner said last week. Wagner... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News 

'Nothing comes without cost'

RITZVILLE - More than 50 residents turned out Monday, May 29, to remember the reason for Memorial Day. During a solemn observance on a grassy knoll in Ritzville Memorial Cemetery,... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Drew Lawson    News 

Harrington mayor not seeking re-election

HARRINGTON — There will be a new mayor in town after the start of the new year. Current Mayor Jesse Silhan announced on his 75th birthday — Friday, May 19 — that he isn’t seeking re-election after his two-year term expires... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Dale Brown    News 

Local man recounts life before Ritzville

- Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series on William 'Bill' Sager. Part 2 will publish June 7. RITZVILLE - For William "Bill" Sager hard times began early. His... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By Dale Brown    News 

City Council planning for growth

RITZVILLE — The City Council on May 16 approved a housing action plan after holding public hearings in March and April. “The goal of the HAP is to encourage the construction of additional affordable and market rate housing in... — Updated 5/30/2023


Pop-Up in the Park

Residents and visitors turned out early Memorial Day weekend to enjoy Pop-Up in the Park. The celebration included music, vendors and more. Weekend festivities opened with a street... — Updated 5/30/2023


Public Records

Land Transactions RITZVILLE – The Adams County Assessor’s Office reported the following land transactions from May 21-26: May 26 Reyna Medina of Othello, 1979 trailer at 810 S. Highway 24 No. B1 to Beatriz Peralta Medina of... — Updated 5/30/2023


From the Files

125 Years Ago Adams County News June 1, 1898 Local and Personal Tromp Donald and his mother were in town Thursday. Don't you want a hair net? If so, call at the Model Millinery.... — Updated 5/30/2023


Memorial Day to be observed in county

RITZVILLE — The community will remember fallen war heroes with a weekend of activities around Adams County. A Memorial Day observance is set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery. At noon, the... — Updated 5/23/2023


Banquet to bring alums home

RITZVILLE -- The Ritzville High School Alumni will gather for the 116th annual banquet and meeting this Saturday, May 27, in Gilson Gymnasium. Spokeswoman Marilyn Sielaff said about 160 former students are expected to be at the... — Updated 5/23/2023


Hopefuls file for offices

RITZVILLE – Dozens of candidates filed to run for local offices during filing week. Filing closed Friday, May 19. The Adams County Auditor’s Office reported the following filings for the Aug. 1 primary races: Adams County... — Updated 5/23/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

City considers traffic impact fees

RITZVILLE – The City Council discussed charging developers a proposed traffic impact during its May 2 meeting. The fees would generate revenue to help pay for expenses with constructing state-mandated traffic mitigation... — Updated 5/23/2023


From the Files

125 Years Ago Adams County News May 25, 1898 Only sober candidates will be supported Soberness is a characteristic of the people of Adams County, and it is especially true of the... — Updated 5/23/2023


Public Records

Jail Log RITZVILLE – The Adams County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reported the following individuals in custody from May 22: May 22 Jose Ambrocio-Lopez, 38, two counts of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence. Booked into... — Updated 5/23/2023

 By Olivia Harnack    News

Man accused in student slayings stands silent

MOSCOW, Idaho - The man accused of stabbing four University of Idaho students to death stood silent Monday, May 22, during his arraignment. Bryan Kohberger, 28, of Pullman, appeared... — Updated 5/22/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Othello High School locked down

OTHELLO – The local high school was locked down Wednesday, May 10, after a reported threat. According to a report, city police and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school, 340 S. Seventh St., at 11:18... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Roger Harnack    News

Local girl crowned Super Cattle Showman

SPOKANE – A local girl was recently named Super Cattle Showman for her efforts at the 88th annual Junior Livestock Show at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Alyssa Williams of the Lind-Ritzville FFA received the honor at the e... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Lucas Walsh    News

Sprague district receives $5 million

SPRAGUE - The School District will receive $5 million to upgrade aging systems. The funds will come from the state biennial capital budget. The grant funds are earmarked for... — Updated 5/16/2023


State repairing weight sensors

RITZVILLE – Travelers who use U.S. Highway 395 south were reminded to plan additional travel time Tuesday, May 16. The state Department of Transportation was planning to repair sensors at the weigh-in-motion site three miles... — Updated 5/16/2023


Washtucna teen injured

WASHTUCNA – A local teenager was injured Saturday evening, May 13, after crashing her pickup on state Highway 261. Mia A. Rouleau, 18, of Washtucna was transported to a Spokane hospital for treatment of her injuries, the... — Updated 5/16/2023


Robbery suspect

Othello police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect of a May 12 robbery on East Main Street. According to police, a Hispanic man had taken money and fled on... — Updated 5/16/2023


From the Files

125 Years Ago Adams County News May 18, 1898 Band Reorganizes The old members of the Ritzville brass band met last Saturday evening at the courthouse for the purpose of reorganizing... — Updated 5/16/2023


Public Records

Sheriff’s Dispatch Log RITZVILLE – Here are the calls for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office from May 5-12: May 5 May 5 Civil standby in the 2300 block of East Neergaard Road, Ritzville. Assist police in the 0 block of East... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By Dale Brown    News

PE teacher reflects on career path

RITZVILLE – After graduating from Western Washington University a few years ago, Joseph Roach completed his student teaching in Cashmere. The 25-year-old didn’t plan to leave. But teacher Karin Blomquist — one of many... — Updated 5/9/2023


From the Files

125 Years Ago Adams County News May 11, 1898 Old Settler's Society There is a call for a meeting and an organization of the "old settlers" now living in Adams County. This is as it... — Updated 5/9/2023


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