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Ready for snow?

RITZVILLE — Snow is being forecast for Friday, Oct. 23, according to Weather Underground, with data collected from the Grant County International Airport Station. The prediction is rain showers early in the day, changing to... — Updated 10/20/2020


Open burning allowed beginning Friday, Oct. 23

Open burning will be allowed beginning Friday, Oct 23, for Ritzville Adams County Fire District No. 1, City of Ritzville, Lind Adams County Fire District No. 2 and Washtucna Adams County Fire District No. 7. It will remain open... — Updated 10/20/2020


Gusty winds expected late Tuesday

CHENEY — A cold front moving through the region beginning Monday night is expected to bring more rain and windy conditions to the area Tuesday. Rain is expected in the morning, with winds picking up through the afternoon and into... — Updated 10/13/2020


Man killed after running stop sign

GRANT COUNTY — A 31-year-old Othello man was killed when he failed to stop at a stop sign Monday evening, Oct. 26. Payan Medinairrael was driving southbound on Highway 262 shortly after 8 p.m. when he ran a stop sign and struck... — Updated 10/28/2020


Planning commission meeting dates change for holidays

RITZVILLE — The Adams County Planning Commission has set the second Thursday of November (Nov. 12) and the second Thursday of December (Dec. 10) as their regular business days, and cancelled their meetings on the fourth... — Updated 10/28/2020


Driver injured in roll-over collision

RITZVILLE - Adams County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a roll-over collision near the corner of East Danekas Road and North Sage Road Thursday, Oct. 22. According to officials,... — Updated 10/26/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Community raises funds for Washtucna museum

WASHTUCNA - A boxed dinner and silent auction proved successful in raising needed funds for the Washtucna Heritage Museum and Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 17. The annual... — Updated 10/22/2020

 By The Journal    News

Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

RITZVILLE — Here are the Adams County Sheriff’s Office dispatch calls for the week of Oct. 3-9: Oct. 3 • Suspicious activity, 300 block East Third Street, Lind — Subject filling a water tank in the back of a pickup. The veh... — Updated 10/22/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

City okays purchase of new police truck

RITZVILLE – City council members approved purchase of a new Ford F-150 for the police department. City Clerk-Treasurer Julie Flyckt said Police Chief Dave McCormick met with Mayor Gary Cook and herself earlier in the day to look... — Updated 10/20/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

City installs storm drain line

RITZVILLE – Homeowner Jerry Furman was happy to see the city's Public Works crew install a new storm drain line for half a block near his home at the corner of Washington and... — Updated 10/18/2020


Adams County Land Transactions

SEPTEMBER 14 Wade and Wade, LLC, Wenatchee, to Wade and Wade, LLC, Wenatchee – 2975 W. Kuhn Road, Adams County. Quit claim deed. $0. Olsen Homes, LLC, Othello, to Ysenia Garcia Barajas, a married person as her separate estate ... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Businesses face fines for coronavirus mask violations

RITZVILLE – Zip's Drive In restaurants in Ritzville, Colfax and Spokane Valley are three of several businesses recently fined by the Department of Labor and Industries for public... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Water tower paint

The city's logo was painted on the main water tower by the golf course last week by Rolf Goetzinger. While some miss the turquoise color of the former paint job, Public Works... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Kids return to school part time

RITZVILLE – Kids are back on campus today. Ritzville Grade School students getting off the bus Monday morning and waiting to be let into the building said they were happy to be... — Updated 10/15/2020


Culp keeps Gov. Inslee on defense in debate

By Roger Harnack Publisher OLYMPIA – Republic Police Chief Loren Culp came out swinging and kept incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee on the defensive during their only planned... — Updated 10/15/2020


Adams County Sheriff's Report

September 26 Recovered Vehicle - 800 block West Rehn Road Ritzville Deputies responded to a report of an abandoned trailer/utility vehicle at the location and determined it had been reported stolen to an agency in Grant County.... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Bryce Court goes Above and Beyond

RITZVILLE – Bryce Court, Social Studies teacher and golf team coach at Lind-Ritzville High School, was recognized by high school principal Kevin Terris for going "above and... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By The Journal    News


School increases time on campus RITZVILLE – Lind and Ritzville School Boards unanimously approved adding Lind-Ritzville Stages of Reopening 2020-2021 Matrix B to Appendix A of the Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools 2020-2021... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

All Adams County departments pass annual audit

RITZVILLE – Adams County passed their annual audit with no findings. In an exit conference with county commissioners Sept. 28, Bradley White of the Spokane Team with the Washington State Auditor’s Office said the county had ... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

McCain Foods to resume $300 million expansion

OTHELLO – McCain Foods USA will resume construction of a 170,000-square-foot expansion to its potato processing facility in Othello. The construction was halted last spring due... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

COVID-19 drives collaboration of community partners

RITZVILLE – Need necessitates invention, and a short supply of masks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic led East Adams Rural Healthcare CEO Corey Fedie to approach... — Updated 10/9/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Mixed Attitudes bring the beauty

RITZVILLE – A Revised 2020 Dance Performance held on the main stage at Wheatland Communities Fairgrounds Saturday, Oct. 3, featured dancers from beginning to advanced. Instructor... — Updated 10/9/2020


Gatorade crash

SPRAGUE - A tractor-trailer carrying a load of Gatorade was involved in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 about a mile southwest of Sprague before 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28.... — Updated 10/7/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Missing Washtucna teen featured on A&E

WASHTUCNA – A 17-year-old boy who has been missing from Washtucna for almost a year and a half was featured on "Live Rescue: Missing," a television program on the A&E channel... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Thrivent members bring donations to Ritzville

RITZVILLE – Two area organizations benefited from generous gifts of groceries by local Thrivent Financial members and their Action Teams last week. Ritzville residents and... — Updated 10/1/2020


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