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 By Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Sports combine approved

LIND – The combined Lind and Ritzville school boards unanimously approved adding the Harrington to the existing Lind-Ritzville/Sprague/Washtucna athletic combine during a meeting... — Updated 6/6/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Regional transportation service plan to be updated

ELLENSBURG – Work is beginning on an update of the Quad-County Human Services Transportation Plan. The last update to the plan was 2018. The Quad County Regional Transportation Planning Organization is made up of Adams, Grant,... — Updated 4/6/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Mask requirement rescinded

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee rescinded face covering requirements for most indoor spaces, effective March 12. The requirement remains in place for healthcare settings, long-term... — Updated 3/23/2022


Schillinger honored on Senate floor

OLYMPIA – A Senate resolution honoring agronomist Bill Schillinger passed Feb. 21. Senate Resolution 8645 honors Schillinger for his service to farmers; it was introduced by Sen.... — Updated 3/3/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Stockwell trial moved to Lincoln County

RITZVILLE – The trial of a man accused of attacked state Sen. Mark Schoesler has been moved to a different city and county following a change of venue hearing last week. Glenn R.... — Updated 2/25/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Bill supporting youth development passes Senate

OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Schoesler’s bill reimbursing fees for rural youth development programs has passed the Senate. Senate Bill 5643, introduced Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and sponsored by six other senators, unanimously passed in... — Updated 2/25/2022

 By Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Fundraising under way for coach with leukemia

RITZVILLE – The Bronco and athletics communities are coming together to help a local county and his family. As of press time, a donation account for Jason Hilzer had raised more than $7,000 from 60 donations. The funds come as... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Hospital staff play a "chess game" with patient beds

RITZVILLE – Dr. Charles M. Sackmann gave the medical staff report at the East Adams Rural Hospital Board meeting, Jan. 25, noting transferring patients to other hospitals in the region is a problem. Hospitals in Spokane and the... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Rod Larse    Community

Former Lind resident establishes scholarship

MONROE – A memorial scholarship is being established in the name of Jackson David Weaver, who passed away from leukemia on Dec. 16, 2006. Jackson's father, Reid Weaver, is a 1979... — Updated 2/10/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Ritzville hospital suspends visitation

RITZVILLE – Citing increased coronavirus cases, East Adams Rural Healthcare is prohibiting patients from having visitors at its 903 S. Adams St. hospital and clinics. The hospital announced its new coronavirus-related... — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Arrests made in drive-by shooting

OTHELLO – Two men are in the Adams County Jail in connection with a drive-by shooting near Othello. Eddie Barajas, 34, is charged with reckless driving, drive-by shooting, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a concealed... — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

School boards reorganize for new year

RITZVILLE – Lind and Ritzville School Boards met Dec. 16 in Ritzville and performed a number of year-end organizational tasks. The Ritzville board elected Reid Phillips chairman and Greg Galbreath vice-chairman. The Lind board re... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Washtucna teen killed in crash

RALSTON – An Washtucna teenager has died from injuries he sustained in a crash Wednesday, Dec. 22, on state Highway 261. Jeffery S. Zupan, 18, of Washtucna, died at Sacred Heart... — Updated 1/5/2022

 By Rod Larse    News

Lind man arrested in protection-order violation

LIND – A local man is being held in the Adams County Jail on $50,000 bail for allegedly violating a protection order and resisting arrest and assault. Charles William Rushing, 46, of Lind, was arraigned in Adams County Superior... — Updated 12/20/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Bicyclist injured near Othello

OTHELLO – A bicyclist was injured Dec. 15 in a collision with a pickup on state Highway 26. The crash occurred at 5:30 p.m. near Milepost 39, about a mile west of the city. According to the Washington State Patrol, Wayne S.... — Updated 12/20/2021

 By Rod Larse    Sports & Rec

Broncos hoops teams lose to Tri-Cities Prep

RITZVILLE – The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague boys (0-1) and girls (0-2) basketball teams both fell to Tri-Cities Prep on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The Bronco boys lost to the Jaguars, 57-54.... — Updated 12/9/2021


Board to re-advertise farm lease

OTHELLO – The Adams County Commission expected to open bids for the lease of 34 acres adjacent to the County Fairgrounds in Othello during its Nov. 15 meeting. But no bids were received. The property was granted to the county,... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Write-in candidates certified as Hatton winners

HATTON – Three write-in candidates have swept the local election in what appears to be an organized effort to unseat incumbents in ths small Adams County town just north of Connell. The official results were certified Tuesday,... — Updated 12/1/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Bell leads Schmunk in Lind mayoral race

LIND — Incumbent Paula Bell has a 7-vote lead over challenger Jamie Schmunk, 59 to 52, in the mayoral race. Challenger London Dew trails incumbent Rosemary Elkington by 5 votes, 52 to 57 in the Town Council Position No. 1 race.... — Updated 11/3/2021

 By Rod Larse    News

Political activist arrested in attack on Sen. Schoesler

RITZVILLE – A political activist has been arrested in connection with an assault on Sen. Mark Schoesler. Glen R. Stockwell, 71, of Ritzville, a former candidate for various... — Updated 10/15/2021


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