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Ritzville rodeo canceled

RITZVILLE — Less than a week after nearby Basin City hosted it’s Freedom Rodeo, the Ritzville Rodeo Association is pulling the plug on the 51st Pro-West Labor Day Weekend Rodeo here. “The Ritzville Rodeo Association is sad... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Sports

Basin City bucks state's reopening denial

BASIN CITY -- Local cowboys are buckin' the state's rejection of reopening Franklin County as the Fourth of July approaches. Despite the state's rejection of Phase 2 reopening in the wake of the coronavirus, residents are planning... — Updated 6/23/2020


Federal agency: Athletes must compete as birth gender

OLYMPIA — A U.S. Department of Education ruling could effect scholastic sports in Washington's middle and high schools and colleges. In a ruling Thursday, May 28, the agency found that a Connecticut policy that allows... — Updated 5/29/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports 

WIAA pushes fall sports back two weeks

RENTON — The WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) met July 7 and pushed back the start of fall high school sports by two weeks. Football, previously scheduled... — Updated 7/13/2020


Kahlotus Pool remains closed

KAHLOTUS - City officials are keeping the municipal swimming pool closed due to the coronavirus-related quarantines imposed by Gov. Jay Inslee. Officials said they will not reopen... — Updated 7/13/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports 

Choose your side

It is hard to imagine that any team that is playing today doesn’t have a uniform to wear. Not only that but all of the extra needed items like shin guards for soccer or sweat... — Updated 7/10/2020


Agency restricts campfires

SPOKANE — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has temporarily restricted campfires and other activities at wildlife areas and water access areas managed by the department, east of the Cascades. The restrictions, which... — Updated 7/10/2020


Sign up for school sports

RITZVILLE — Lind-Ritzville High School students who may be interested in playing sports in the coming school year are asked to sign up on FinalForms through the school website. “It is the best and only good way for our coaches... — Updated 7/10/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Athletics camps uncertain

RITZVILLE — Athletic summer camps are still uncertain for the Lind-Ritzville School District. “Like many of you, we have more questions than answers in regards to summer camps,” athletic director Greg Whitmore said. “We... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Community pool won't open, yet

RITZVILLLE — The community pool won’t be able to open until the county gets to Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s 4-phase “Safe Start” program, and new cases of COVID-19 decrease significantly county-wide. Adams County Park... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Skateboard time

Jose Huirtron, left, goes for a boardslide on the rail and Kyle Jurun rides a manual over pyramid June 17.... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Grandstands get a facelift

RITZVILLE - Lind-Ritzville School District employees Gale Gardner, Zach Gardner and Brady Wahl prepped the Broncos grandstand for a new coat of paint two weeks ago;... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Child's play

There is a lot of back and forth as to how the sports seasons should begin again. Since we have so many positive tests for COVID-19 (C-19) it is presumed that we will never be free... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Word of the Year: Normal

I know that it is only June but I think it is important to start thinking about what this year’s word of the year will be. At the end of the year the dictionary folks get... — Updated 6/11/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Big buck

Ryan Wood, left, and Doug Donaldson of Entiat were seen hauling this seven-point bull elk from Clarkston to Entiat as they stopped in Washtucna earlier this week. Wood's father,... — Updated 6/11/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Biking about

Austin Stephens, 6, enjoys riding his bike around the Lind-Ritzville school grounds Monday, June 8.... — Updated 6/11/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports


I was thinking the other day that there are a lot of things that haven't happened because of the pandemic. This shutdown is not good for any of us especially small businesses. I'm... — Updated 5/26/2020

 By Jana Mathia    Sports

Sprint boat race rescheduled to fall

ST. JOHN – Sprint boat racing has been postponed until the fall due to the coronavirus quarantine rules. Webb's Slough announced its June 20 race date has been rescheduled to... — Updated 5/22/2020

 By Dale Anderson    Sports

Food for Thought

These are unprecedented times and a lot of strange decisions have been made - good and bad - in the name of science. Whatever your thoughts here is merely some food for thought. It'... — Updated 5/21/2020


Going Green

Lindsey LeFevre waters the city golf course Saturday morning from atop an Adams County Fire Protection District No. 1 truck. Driver Scott Kembel said they were putting down 5,000... — Updated 5/18/2020


Ball to the Face

Seventh-grader Jase Bowman of Ritzville takes a ball to the face returned across the net by eleventh-grader Johnny Bryan (not pictured) Friday afternoon on municipal tennis... — Updated 5/18/2020


Fishing opens

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area reopened fishing last week. The reservoir had been closed to fishing and boating by federal officials in cooperation with Gov. Jay Inslee’s quarantine on outdoor recreation.... — Updated 5/18/2020

 By Katie Teachout    Sports

Exploring Palouse Falls

On Friday, May , dozens of sight-seers and others spent time at Palouse Falls State Park enjoying the spring weather.... — Updated 5/18/2020


Golf course reopens

RITZVILLE — Ritzville Golf Course was scheduled to open Tuesday for those who reserved a tee time. The golf couse at 104 E. 10th Ave. also limits use to two players, or four if they are family members living in the same... — Updated 5/8/2020


Ritzville opens parks

RITZVILLE — The city planned to reopen parks Tuesday with several restrictions. Large groups are not permitted and only family members can travel to parks together, officials said. Park-goers have to keep their distance and no... — Updated 5/8/2020


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