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Othello receives state recreation grants

OTHELLO – The city was awarded $1,350,000 in grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, which will be used to improve Lions Park. The city plans to use the funding to replace 1950's playground... — Updated 7/13/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Inslee denies drought emergency request

RITZVILLE — Gov. Jay Inslee is refusing requests to declare a drought emergency in the state. Two wheat industry officials — Washington Association of Wheat Growers President Ryan Poe and Washington Grain Commission Chairman... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Tanker truck overturns on Highway 395

LIND - A tanker semi carrying hydraulic oil overturned on U.S. Highway 395 at Milepost 75 shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, spilling oil into the median and onto the... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Asphalt truck overturns on northbound U.S. Highway 395

LIND — A day after an oil tanker crashed on U.S. Highway 395, law enforcement are dealing with a second incident. U.S. Highway 395 northbound was closed at Milepost 78 at about 4... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Schoesler meets with farmers close to home

RITZVILLE – Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, attended the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ meeting here last week, the first in-person meeting for the organization... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind hires new public works crewman

LIND – Council members and Mayor Paula Bell held an executive session during their June 8 meeting, after which councilwoman Kathy Vedder made a motion to offer Steven Thompson the fulltime position with the City Public Works... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Tanker truck overturns on Highway 395

LIND - A tanker truck and trailer carrying hydraulic oil overturned on U.S. Highway 395 at Milepost 75, 19 miles south of Ritzville, shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17,... — Updated 6/18/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind man sentenced for drug trafficking

COEUR d' ALENE – A man from Lind has been sentenced to over 26 years (322 months) in federal prison after being convicted by a federal jury on six federal drug and firearms... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind struggles to keep city staff on board

LIND – Mayor Paula Bell reported David Christian resigned April 13, and advertisements for his replacement had no response as yet, at the April 27 council meeting. She reported Chris Miller has also submitted a two-week notice,... — Updated 5/10/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Washtucna to host forum on four-day school week

WASHTUCNA —  The School District will host a second public forum to discuss a possible move to a four-day school week at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 in the school gymnasium, 730 N.E. Boone St. The public forum will be followed by... — Updated 4/20/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Washtucna plans Drive-Thru Easter Egg hunt

WASHTUCNA – The school's All Student Body will be sponsoring a Drive Thru Easter Egg Hunt from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, for youth in Washtucna and Kahlotus. Participants are asked to drive by the Washtucna school, and... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind town council considers quiet zone

LIND – Councilman Jim Dworshak presented information on quiet zones at the March 23 Town Council meeting. Dworshak said for a quiet zone to be in place, the town would have to accept full accountability, and insurance would be... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Othello man pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges

RITZVILLE – An Othello man pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his son, in Adams County Superior Court on Monday, Mar. 22. Felipe Tapia-Perez, 27, remains in the Adams County Jail on $50,000... — Updated 4/1/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Washtucna may go to 4-day school schedule

WASHTUCNA — The School District is considering going to a four-day educational week on a permanent basis starting with the 2021-22 school year. A community forum is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 to hear from the community... — Updated 3/26/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Sen. 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... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Two vehicles collide on icy highway

RITZVILLE — Three people were involved in a two-vehicle collision this morning, Nov. 25, on the icy surface of westbound Interstate 90, eight miles east of the city. Dyllin Hoisin... — Updated 12/6/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Lind water line improvement projects continue

LIND — A USDA grant will cover the costs of the proposed Vulcan Street Waterline Repair Project. During a Sept. 8 City Council meeting, Patrick Sheehy of Century West Engineering said grands of $30,000 and $150,000 have been... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Duststorm Monday prompts highway closures

LIND – Dust storms that began just before noon on Labor Day caused multiple crashes and had area roads closed through early evening hours Monday, Sept. 7. Sgt. Ethan Wynecoop... — Updated 9/11/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

World's fastest undercutter wraps up Franklin County work

RITZVILLE – After wrapping up railroad track maintenance in Franklin County last week, the world's largest undercutter has moved to adjacent Adams County. The train will remain... — Updated 8/31/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

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... — Updated 8/27/2020

 

Odessa slaughter plant fires back up

ODESSA — The formerly shuttered livestock processing facility here has a new lease on life, with the new owners using the facility to help launch a direct-sales beef program.... — Updated 8/24/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

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... — Updated 8/4/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

Culp information omitted from Voter's Guide

OLYMPIA – The Washington Secretary of State's office released a statewide, online voters' guide for the upcoming primary, with votes due Aug. 4. Republican candidate for governor... — Updated 7/27/2020

 

LaCrosse valedictorian on the farm

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... — Updated 7/15/2020

 
 By Katie Teachout    News

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... — Updated 7/15/2020

 

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