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Governor declares drought emergency

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee declared an emergency drought for most of the state on July 14. The drought affects every county in the state but excludes an area that encompasses most of King County, half...

 By Katie Teachout    News    July 8, 2021

Inslee denies drought emergency request

RITZVILLE -Gov. Jay Inslee is refusing requests to declare a drought emergency in the state. Washington Association of Wheat Growers President Ryan Poe and Washington Grain Commission Chairman Mike Ca...

 By Katie Teachout    News    April 1, 2021

Distracted driver rolls vehicle near Ralston

RALSTON — A northbound vehicle on state Highway 261 near Herman Road, overturned around 8 a.m. and came to rest in a wheat field Monday morning, March 29. Washington State Patrol Trooper Crosby...

 By Katie Teachout    News    March 11, 2021
Washtucna Principal reads Dr. Seuss to Mrs. Sitton’s K-2 students March 2.

Washtucna celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday

WASHTUCNA — Tigercats celebrated Dr. Seuss's 117th birthday in good old-fashioned style with Principal Michael Amend appearing as the Cat in the Hat to read to elementary students. The Cat chose...


Schoesler concerned by Capitol closure

OLYMPIA — Sen. Mark Schoesler is frustrated by the complete closure of the Legislative Building and other Capitol campus buildings to the public during the 2021 legislative session. Buildings on...


Session opens

RITZVILLE - Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler was sworn in Friday, Jan. 8, in the Adams County Courthouse for his fifth term representing the Ninth Legislative District in the state Senate. Adams County...


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 Avista Utilities’ transmission grid as part of a 20-year purchase...


LaCrosse FFA earns eighth place in nationwide contest

RITZVILLE – The LaCrosse Junior FFA program joined the Lind-Ritzville FFA team in the NILE Virtual Livestock Judging Contest in Billings, Mont., Oct. 8. LaCrosse took 8th place as a team. Ellie Pearson placed 8th as an individual, with a score of 3...


Zip's Drive-Ins fined for mask violations

COLFAX — Zip's Drive-In restaurants here and in Ritzville and Spokane Valley were among several businesses fined by the Department of Labor and Industries for public mask violations. The state...

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Sprague resident publishes local history book

SPRAGUE - Retired school administrator Patrick Whipple fulfilled an item on his "bucket list" when he published a book on local history earlier this summer. A 1973 Sprague High School alum who...


Dust storm causes crashes

RITZVILLE — A duststorm that began just before noon caused multiple crashes, prompting area road closures through early evening hours Monday, Sept. 7. Washington State Patrol Sgt. Ethan Wynecoop said the multiple car crashes, which were all...

 By Katie Teachout    News    August 27, 2020

U.S. Bank to temporarily close Ritzville branch

RITZVILLE – U.S. Bank will be temporarily closing it's Ritzville branch Friday, August 28. "The Ritzville location has operated on a limited basis since the onset of the COVID-19 public health...


Odessa slaughter plant fires back up

The formerly shuttered livestock processing facility in Odessa has a new lease on life, with the new owners using the facility to help launch a direct-sales beef program. Miles Curtis, who ranches...

 By Katie Teachout    People    July 30, 2020

From valedictorian to farmer

KAHLOTUS – T.J. Harder is excited to be carrying on the farming and ranching tradition started by his family generations ago. After graduating as the LaCrosse Class of 2020 Valedictorian, Harder is...

 By Katie Teachout    News    July 30, 2020

Several strong leads and some very close counts in primary election for Adams County voters

RITZVILLE - The first count of Adams County ballots in the August 4 primary election show several candidates with strong leads in this early stage of the race. Ballots counted so far include those...

 By Katie Teachout    News    July 9, 2020

Four remain in jail after Ritzville bust

RITZVILLE — Four people remain in the Adams County Jail after being arraigned Tuesday, July 14. Their arrests, and the arrests of two others, occurred Monday, July 13, after multiple agencies executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1000...

 By Katie Teachout    People    June 25, 2020

Three Whitman County students graduate from Sprague

SPRAGUE - Family members and friends observed from the school lawn or their vehicles as eight students received their high school diplomas Saturday, June 20. Parker Cappel, Erik and Ethan Hughes,...

 By Katie Teachout    News    May 21, 2020


PORTLAND, Ore. - A man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his father in Ritzville remained in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on Tuesday morning, booked on several charges. Grayson...

 By Katie Teachout    News    May 14, 2020

One dead in Ritzville shooting this morning

RITZVILLE -- One person is dead in an early morning shooting here at a home at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Washington Street. Police Chief Dave McCormick said the shooting occurred about 5:30...

 By Katie Teachout    News    April 30, 2020

Tons of Spuds

RITZVILLE – Tons of spuds - 20 tons to be more accurate. About 40,000 pounds of potatoes were given away along Main Street today, April 29. Another 20 tons scheduled to be donated in Grant County... Full story

 By Katie Teachout    News    April 16, 2020

Duststorm a factor in I-90 crash

RITZVILLE — Charges are pending against a Moses Lake man following a multiple-car collision Saturday afternoon on Interstate 90. The crash, attributed to a large duststorm, occurred 20 miles west...

 By Katie Teachout    News    April 16, 2020

Construction projects delayed due to coronavirus quarantine

LaCROSSE — Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” quarantine has halted construction on railroad tracks. Upgrades were scheduled for the Hooper Railroad line near State Highway 26 in Adams and Whitman counties between Mileposts 25-42.... Full story

 By Katie Teachout    News    April 16, 2020

Ritzville hospital may lose $400,000 in monthly revenue

RITZVILLE — Hospitals statewide are taking a financial hit with Gov. Jay Inslee's order to suspend any non-essential services, and East Adams Rural Healthcare is doing their best to weather the storm. “We are still providing our swing bed,... Full story


School closure remains for entire school year

OLYMPIA ― Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal Monday announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps bot...

 By Katie Teachout    News    April 2, 2020

Ritzville butts are covered

RITZVILLE – Harvest Foods received a shipment of products Friday morning, March 27, including toilet paper. "We've sold lots of it this morning," checker Angel Slader saud. "Last Tuesday, we got a s...


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