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 By Brandon Cline    News    February 14, 2019 

Ranch employee kills wolf near Sprague Lake

A gray wolf was shot and killed in a "caught-in-the-act" incident on a northeastern Adams County ranch near Sprague Lake on Feb. 4, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife....

 
 By Steve Salins    News    February 14, 2019 

Pastime renovations underway

The "Pastime Bar and Grill" sign has occupied the corner of Ritzville's Main and Washington for decades and is now overseeing a renovation of the storied pub. Dave Benedict and Aimee Guiles purchased...

 

DYW program slated for March 16 at LRMS

The 2019-20 Distinguished Young Woman program will be held on March 16, at 7:00 p.m in the Lind-Ritzville Middle School gymnasium in Lind. This year’s participants are Kelley Carleton, Katheran Gingrich, Alabama Rushing, Taylor Stromberger and...

 

EALD Director to be guest speaker at next Ralston Grange meeting

Kylie Fulmer, director of the East Adams Library, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Ralston Grange to be held on Feb. 19 at their hall in Ralston. Fulmer will talk about current projects at the library as well as summer plans,...

 

LRHS Community Blood Drive set for Feb. 27

The Lind-Ritzville High School Community Blood Drive will take place Feb. 27, and sign-ups are now being taken. The bus will be at the Lind Middle School from 8:45-11:30 a.m., and then move to EARH in Ritzville in the afternoon....

 

EALD holds "Blind Date with a Book" program

The East Adams Library District is holding its “Blind Date with a Book” program during the month of February. People will be able to read and rate the books they read, and turn in their entries to the library for a chance to win prizes to the...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    February 14, 2019 

Council moves ahead with 1st Avenue Project bid, discusses Appliance Pickup Day

The Ritzville City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 5, with a host of topics on the agenda. The council kicked off the meeting in an executive session to discuss the contract for a new golf manager at the Ritzville Golf Course,...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    February 14, 2019 

Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier

Tiny houses are a trendy new housing option that are often considered affordable; however zoning requirements and other laws make them difficult to legally place. A tiny house is usually between 100 and 400 square feet but can range up to 1,000...

 

Ritzville Police Department Dispatch Reports: Feb. 14, 2019

Jan. 24, 12:17 — A request was received from an elderly subject who fell on the ice in front of the Post Office and needed help getting into her car. An officer responded and assisted as needed. The city crew was contacted and requested to spread...

 

Land Transfers: Feb. 14, 2019

Feb. 1 — Venus A. Stoner, Othello, to Harold L. Stoner, Jr., Lot 29, Columbia No. 2, $0. Feb. 1 — Steven G. and Lori Jean Oestrich, Ritzville, to D & A Pastime LLC, care of David and Amy Benedict, Ritzville, Lot 1, Block 9, Original Ritzville,...

 
 By Steve Salins    News    February 7, 2019

Chamber of Commerce hosts annual meeting, discuss next steps to increase reach

The Ritzville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting on Jan. 28 at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers conference room. The general public was welcome. The Ritzville Chamber of Commerce exists to “enhance and promote business and...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    February 7, 2019

Principals provide update following end of first semester

The Lind and Ritzville School Board of Directors met for their monthly meeting on Jan. 28, as they received updates from the principals and Superintendent Don Vanderholm following the end of the first semester of the school year. Lind-Ritzville High...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    February 7, 2019

LRHS Modernization Project currently on track and within budget

The Lind-Ritzville High School Modernization Project is on-schedule and proceeding according to plan, according to an update provided by Superintendent Don Vanderholm at the Lind and Ritzville School...

 

LRHS and LRMS announce Honor Roll for first semester

High school Over 40 students at Lind-Ritzville High School were named to the first semester Honor Roll for the 2018-19 school year. Twenty LRHS students maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in the first semester: Amy Anderson, Sharon...

 
 By Steve Salins    News    February 7, 2019

Wheat growers discuss vast array of topics at regional conference in Ritzville

The American Legion Hall was filled nearly to capacity with wheat producers from the region on Wednesday, January 30, for the Dryland Wheat Growers Conference. Aaron Esser, Washington State University Agronomist, chaired the five-unit conference...

 

H.E. Gritman Senior Center to host monthly pancake breakfast

The H.E. Gritman Senior Center will be hosting its monthly pancake breakfast tomorrow, Feb. 8. The breakfast, which is held on the second Friday of every month, goes from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to attend the breakfast....

 

LRMS named "School of Distinction"

The Lind-Ritzville Middle School was recently recognized as a "School of Distinction" by the state of Washington for the year of 2018. Above, left to right: Shannon Callant, Raegan Snider,...

 

Ritzville Police Department Dispatch Reports: Feb. 7, 2019

Jan. 20, 19:35 — The PD responded to a residential fire on South Adams and assisted the Fire Department with traffic control as needed. Jan. 21, 10:38 — A complainant was received from a subject who had been looking at purchasing a vehicle...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    February 7, 2019

Lawmakers propose lowering B&O tax for some rural manufacturers

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee would reduce the business and occupation tax for manufacturers and publishers of printed materials and periodicals, excluding newspapers. It would also...

 
 By Steve Salins    News    January 31, 2019

Benefit Dinner & Auction raises $40,000 for Swift family

So ... you couldn't find an evening parking spot anywhere near downtown Ritzville last Saturday evening? Hordes of people streaming toward the Legion Hall? Well, you just got caught in a small town's...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    January 31, 2019

Ritzville tow truck stolen, recovered in northeastern Oregon

A Ritzville tow truck was stolen and was later found—along with the driver who allegedly stole it—in a northeastern Oregon town last week. According to Ritzville Police Chief Dave McCormick, the department received a phone call from the manager...

 

REACH sponsoring February food drive for Ritzville Food Pantry

The Rural East Adams Coalition for Health (REACH) is sponsoring the Spread the Love food drive throughout the month of February. The drive is to support the Food Pantry, located in Ritzville, which serves the entire eastern Adams County area. Items...

 

Sprague High School announces first semester Honor Roll for 2018-2019 school year

Fourteen students at Sprague High School were named to the Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year. Four of those students maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA): Senior Awson Wheeler, sophomore Malea Canaday and freshmans...

 
 By Sean Harding    News    January 31, 2019

Bill in state legislature would increase fines for texting motorists in school zones

A proposed bill would double the fine for motorists caught using a cellphone in a school, playground or crosswalk speed zone to up to $234 per infraction, or up to $468 for repeat offenders. Washington’s first law to address texting-while-driving...

 
 By Emma Scher    News    January 31, 2019

Dueling clean energy bills proposed in state legislature

Democrats and Republicans both want to turn Washington into a clean energy state, but they just don’t agree on how to do it. House Bill 1211, proposed by Representative Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, would require public utilities to provide all energy...

 

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