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 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 18, 2019 

Uniquely Washington back in business

When Dennis and Mary Chamberlain stood in their Uniquely Washington store on Main Street in downtown Ritzville a few years ago, they could look across the street and see the Snyder Block Building, a...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019 

Mayor appoints five for new Amtrak Committee

Mayor Gary Cook announced the creation of an Amtrak Committee at the Ritzville City Council meeting on July 2, which comes after the state set aside funds to study an east-west passenger rail system...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019 

County unemployment rate rises compared to 2018 figures

A recent report from Washington's Employment Security Department showed that unemployment in Adams County has risen mildly in the first five months of 2019, in comparison to 2018 data. In May of this...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019 

City officials grapple over how to deal with nuisance properties

Ritzville City Council members, Mayor Gary Cook and other city officials had a contentious discussion at the July 2 council meeting on how the city should address properties that have been found to...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 18, 2019 

Teacher Profile Series: LRHS' Thomas Pulliam

Thomas Pulliam is more than just a high school math teacher. While he is a Lind-Ritzville High School math teacher, he's also the superintendent of the Benge School District, a teacher in the online...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Brief: Ritzville Lions Club to host chicken fundraiser next Friday

The Ritzville Lions Club is selling chicken as a fundraiser on Friday, July 26, at the chicken shack on the Wheat Land Communities’ Fairgrounds. Chicken will be sold for $8 a half, and only chicken is being sold during the fundraiser. The sale...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Brief: EARH to host EMT class later this fall

East Adams Rural Healthcare will be hosting an EMT class beginning later this year. The first class will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., and every Saturday at 8 a.m until the final class...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Brief: Journal office to be closed July 18 and 19 for maintenance work

The Ritzville Journal office will be closed today. July 18, and tomorrow, July 19, for maintenance work. Journal staff will still be in the office today and tomorrow, and are still available to take phone calls regarding subscriptions, advertising...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 18, 2019 

Lind Town Council still concerned about festival planned for late August

Last month, Diane Kennedy told the Lind Town Council that she was waiting on its approval to take the next steps toward planning the Adams County Harvest Festival. The council gave her approval, conditioned on its members’ concerns being met by...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 18, 2019 

Benge School remodeled for new school year

Almost 30 miles from Ritzville lies the unincorporated community of Benge. Benge is home to less than 100 people. Some of Benge's children, including all high schoolers, go to school elsewhere....

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 18, 2019 

Fire season underway in Washington with 7,800-acre blaze in Grant County

Washington’s summer fire season got one of its first big blazes of the year over the weekend, as homes and businesses near Mattawa—in neighboring Grant County—have been evacuated. The fire, dubbed the Powerline Fire, began around 12:30 p.m. on...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 18, 2019 

Trial for Ritzville man charged with rape pushed back to October

Michael A. Kuest’s trial for rape in the first degree has been rescheduled from next week to Oct. 22. Kuest, 27, of Ritzville has been in custody since he was arrested on June 3. He is being held on $250,000 bail. A pre-trial hearing and a suppress...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 18, 2019 

Lind Town Council discusses banning, or limiting, fireworks

Lind residents have been complaining about people setting off fireworks, Councilwoman Rose Elkington told the rest of the council at the July 9 town council meeting. The issue was discussed, and will...

 
 News    July 18, 2019 

Newhouse announces start of congressional app challenge

Rep. Dan Newhouse, representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District, announced the beginning of the 2019 Central Washington Congressional App Challenge on July 10. The challenge, which takes place until Nov. 1 of this year, encourages students...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 11, 2019

Proposed memory care center takes big step forward

The Ritzville City Council finalized the steps the City needed to take in its role of East Adams Rural Healthcare's sale of property to Gibraltar Senior Living on July 2. The property being exchanged...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 11, 2019

New EARH CEO brings 'critical' experience

Ritzville’s East Adams Rural Healthcare has been under new leadership for the past several weeks, as it welcomed a new CEO who has almost two decades of experience in a variety of different types and sizes of hospitals, including critical access...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 11, 2019

LRHS junior to blast off to aerospace residency in Seattle

Lind-Ritzville High School junior Jessica Heater doesn't yet know what she wants to do with her future, but she says she's never thought much about space. She's thinking plenty about it now, ever...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 11, 2019

WSSDA plans next round of legislative lobbying for school districts

Ritzville School Board member Scott Carruth recently attended a Washington State School Directors Association meeting in Federal Way. He gave an overview of the meeting at the June 24 Lind-Ritzville School Cooperative board meeting. WSSDA is the...

 

RDDA to host quarterly classic, free animated film this weekend

The Ritzville Downtown Development Association will be presenting a free animated film on Friday, July 12, followed by the quarterly classic on Saturday at the Ritz Theatre. The free animated film,...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 11, 2019

Ritzville man facing assault charge after allegedly injuring woman with car

A Ritzville man suspected of injuring a woman with his car may be facing a charge of second degree assault. Wade Hippen, 31, was arrested after a June 28 incident. The court found for probable cause, and the state can bring charges. Hippen could...

 

Brief: Exhibitor's Guide in this week's issue of The Journal

It’s that time of the year again, as preparations for this year’s fair weekend are underway. Included in this week’s issue is the annual Exhibitor’s Guide, which contains several important updates from the previous year. The Exhibitor's...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 4, 2019

Hospital District over $1 million in the red

A lengthy discussion over the financial health of the hospital district took center stage at the most recent Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners meeting on June 27. The...

 
 By Brandon Cline    News    July 4, 2019

Depot Museum welcomes new addition to storied past

The Northern Pacific Railway Depot Museum in Ritzville has unveiled a new addition to its storied history, thanks to a generous donation from another regional museum. The addition, announced by...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 4, 2019

Superintendent prepares for new school year

When Lind-Ritzville High School students return to school this September, they will be returning to a newly rebuilt building. However, that won’t be the only new feature the school has to offer. Lind-Ritzville School Cooperative Superintendent Don...

 
 By Jeremy Burnham    News    July 4, 2019

Clean energy projects highlighted at annual ACDC banquet

Construction of Washington state's largest solar farm in Lind, new city branding for Ritzville and Othello and the publishing of Adams County Magazine are among the list of accomplishments the Adams...

 

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