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Fish Trap Lake fire quickly contained

FISH TRAP — Lincoln County Fire Protection District No. 1, led by Fire Chief Mitch Lowry, responded to a fire near Fish Trap Lake Sunday, July 11, around 7 p.m. Fish Trap Lake is... — Updated 7/15/2021


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 7/8/2021

 By Katie Teachout    News

Construction of 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... — Updated 12/24/2020


History of Sprague is Ritzville resident's first book

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 retired in 2017 as the superintendent of th... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Duststorm causes crashes, prompts highway closures

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,... — Updated 9/10/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

World's biggest, fastest undercutter arrives in Ritzville

RITZVILLE – The world’s biggest undercutter train is in Adams County through this Friday. The train, arrived about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, according to Burlington Northern... — Updated 9/9/2020

 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 has a new lease on life, with the new owners using the facility to help launch a direct-sales beef program. Miles... — 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


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... — Updated 5/21/2020


'Just help one person'

RITZVILLE - A line of firetrucks, family, friends, ambulances and Adams County Sheriff's department vehicles paraded past Marsha Bradshaw's home on 5th Ave Monday to honor her for... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

One dead in Ritzville shooting

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... — Updated 5/14/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

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... — Updated 4/30/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Investigation: Man shot three times in abdomen

RITZVILLE — The motorist who died April 12 after an altercation with police was shot three times in the abdomen. Shawn Lee, 48, of Susanville, Calif., died at a local hospital from the injuries, according to updated information... — Updated 4/23/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Bostrom: 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... — Updated 4/16/2020 Full story

 By Katie Teachout    News

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,... — Updated 4/16/2020 Full story

 By Katie Teachout    News

Seamstresses pitch in for public safety

RITZVILLE - Area seamstresses have been sewing fast and furiously to get cloth masks donated to area hospitals, medical facilities, senior centers and other organizations. Their... — Updated 4/5/2020

 By Katie Teachout    News

Rattlesnake Flat Windfarm forges ahead

LIND — Nearly $42 million worth of construction costs in building permits were issued for Adams County between Feb. 1 and March 25. The bulk of the permits were issued March 24-25 for work contracted by Blattner Energy Inc. for... — Updated 4/3/2020


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