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 By Roger Harnack    News

Gov. Inslee extends shutdown to Jan. 11

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee this morning extended his coronavirus lockdown measures until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11, “unless otherwise extended.” Jan. 11 is the opening day of the upcoming legislative session, and Democrats Sen. Andy... — Updated 12/30/2020

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Driver cited for DUI

KAHLOTUS – A driver was cited with a DUI and traveling too fast for conditions Sunday, Dec. 27. Roy Tarunay, 29, was driving southbound on Highway 261 approaching milepost 3, three miles north of Kahlotus when he lost control of... — Updated 12/30/2020


Adams County Land Transfers

Dec. 18 Fidel and Sonia Montes, Othello, to Ernestina Elias De Flores and Jennifer Flores, Othello – 1015 S. 4th Avenue, Othello. Quit claim deed. $0. Dec. 15 Palos Verdes LLC, Othello, to Adan Garza Jr. and Maria Soledad... — Updated 12/30/2020

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Head-on collision on Christmas day

KITTITAS – An Othello man was taken to a Yakima hospital following a head-on crash on Interstate 90 on Christmas day. Joaquin V. Garcia, 37, was taken to the hospital after the 7:16 p.m. crash near the Thorp Road exit, the... — Updated 12/30/2020



100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Dec. 30, 1920 CHRISTMAS IN CITY WAS A MERRY ONE Christmas of 1920 has come and gone. Returning appetites attest to the fact that the... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Schoesler calls state budget governor's "latest tax-and-spend scheme"

OLYMPIA – Representative Mark Schoesler of the Ninth District called the recently-released proposed state budget the “latest tax-and-spend scheme” by Governor Jay Inslee. A... — Updated 12/30/2020



100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Dec. 23, 1920 CHILDREN PRESENT PLEASING CANTATA Santa Claus came with his bells and his pack and made happy the hearts of all the children... — Updated 12/23/2020


"Baling Hay"

Greetings and Merry Christmas from the Benge Church. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by the pandemic that has changed everything. Christmas, too, is an event in... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Jacqulin Weeks    News

Healthcare workers enjoy donating to community

RITZVILLE – Christmas spirit was alive and well at East Adams Rural Healthcare this month with staff working together to bring Christmas cheer to the Ritzville Community. What started as a simple Christmas tree-decorating... — Updated 12/23/2020


SIEVERKROPP, Donald Eugene.

Passed away December 8, 2020 in Pasco, WA. He was born on March 23, 1931 in Puyallup, WA to Herman and Millie Sieverkropp. He married Dolores Roby on February 24, 1956 in Odessa,... — Updated 12/23/2020


Adams County Sheriff's Office Report

DECEMBER 11 Fire – East I-90 near milepost 238 Ritzville Report of a large fire with eight-foot flames near a barn on the south side of I-90 near milepost 238. Deputies arrived and were only able to locate a small controlled... — Updated 12/23/2020

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Volunteers pitch in for Christmas food give-away

RITZVILLE – Food Pantry volunteers designed a drive-through process for delivering Christmas boxes of food, along with toiletry items, in front of the American Legion Hall this... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Eagle auxiliary ladies make Christmas a little warmer

RITZVILLE – The Eagles Auxiliary members made Christmas this year warmer and more joyful for residents of Rose Garden Estates and East Adams Rural Hospital’s long term care... — Updated 12/23/2020

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Washtucna fund raiser raffle tickets drawn

WASHTUCNA – Community members donating to the Washtucna Heritage Museum’s fundraising raffle whose tickets were drawn received their prizes last week. Winning a basket of... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Construction of Rattlesnake Flat wind farm complete

RALSTON – A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony took place Dec. 15 to mark the completion of the 160 MW Rattlesnake Flat Wind Farm. Construction of the 57 wind turbines connected to... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Students rewarded for food bank donations

WASHTUCNA – Four teachers and Principal Michael Amend endured taking pies to the face by students, after generous donations for the food bank reached over 1,100 pounds. Goals... — Updated 12/23/2020

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Vaccines expected locally in next two weeks

RITZVILLE – Governor Jay Inslee announced Dec. 20 that the Western States’ Scientific Safety Review Workgroup unanimously approved use of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine and expects the federal government to start shipping the... — Updated 12/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Santa Claus flies into town

RITZVILLE – Santa came to town for a drive-by visit with community members from as far away as Lind Saturday, Dec. 19. The big man was flown in by helicopter courtesy of Life... — Updated 12/23/2020

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School administrators call for return of sports

RITZVILLE – School administrators and leaders across the region sent a letter to Governor Jay Inslee, the Department of Health and Washington State Legislators Dec. 10, calling for an immediate return of sports and... — Updated 12/23/2020



100 years ago The Ritzville Journal-Times Dec. 16, 1920 SAYS STORY WAS A FAKE John J. Burfiend and bride arrived home from New York December 3. John says the big story sent out by... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Garth Meyer    News

New airline service to Denver?

COLFAX — A new airline may be flying into Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport in the near future. During a meeting Monday, Dec. 7, Whitman County commissioners approved a $400,000... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Shop with a Cop program brings joy to area youth

RITZVILLE – A dozen kids got to shop with a cop Saturday, Dec. 12. The program, organized by Police Chief Dave McCormick, has been going on for a couple decades, and while... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Vaccines expected in county this month

RITZVILLE – Adams County Health Officer Dr. Alex Brzezny reported to county commissioners Dec. 9 that he expected to see COVID-19 vaccines arriving in the county in the next couple of weeks. He said the FDA is currently... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Lifelong area farmer killed in crash

PASCO — A prominent Eastern Washington businessman and lifelong farmer was killed in a head-on crash Thursday afternoon, Dec. 10, on Interstate 182. Gale A. Easterday, 79, of... — Updated 12/17/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Town's first Santa Parade a hit

RITZVILLE – This year’s inaugural Santa Parade, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Dec. 12, had lots of colorful entries. Participants dressed up in a wide variety of Santa... — Updated 12/17/2020


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