MORE INSIDE For your own prints of pictures featured in the Journal, visit the Ritzville Journal Web site and follow the blue button • EARH welcomes new occupational therapist ................................. Page A-2 • Maier leads state’s wheat growers association ............................. Page A-3 www.ritzvillejournal.com • Distinguished Young Women program photos ........................... Page A-7 • Avista representative discusses lighting efﬁciency .................. Page A-8 Volume 126, Number 12 NEWS BRIEFS Ritzville, Washington 99169-0288 — (509) 659-1020 — Single Copy 50¢ Lind Town Council considers urban chickens Well-Deserved Smiles Republican County Convention announced The Adams County Republican Party plans to host this year’s County Convention on Mar. 31, beginning at 10 a.m. in the American Legion Hall. The primary business for the event is to elect delegates to attend the Washington State Republican Convention beginning on May 31 in Tacoma. The American Legion Hall is located at 106 W. Broadway in Ritzville. During the Lind Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 13, council members decided to continue the conversation of residents having the option to raise chickens. The town currently does not allow citizens living inside of the residential zone to raise chickens. Recently the Lind Town Council members have been asked to consider the possibility of allowing chickens in the urban areas for economic, health and personal reasons. Citizens have expressed interest in saving money by raising their own chickens and to provide a healthy option for their families. In a preliminary write-up of requirements and restrictions that would be placed on individuals who do decide to raise chickens states that the maximum amount allowed per household is ﬁve chickens with no rooster. The owners would also be responsible for building and maintaining an outdoor enclosure of 36 square feet and pay an annual fee of $10. The major concerns surrounding the urban chicken issue are the current population of unlicensed dogs in the area and the potential that the chickens would not be properly cared for. The council members continue to research the issue to present at the next regular meeting. Any Lind resident interested in voicing their opinion in favor of or against urban chickens can attend the regular Lind Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. at Lind Town Hall. Time to turn in eggs for Ralston Easter hunt The annual Ralston Grange Easter egg hunt is to be held at the Ralston Park on Saturday, Mar. 31 at 9 a.m. A continental breakfast and games in the Ralston Grange Hall are to follow. Kids of all ages, from toddler on up, are welcomed to participate. Every child taking part goes home with eggs and a candy treat. Each family participating is asked to donate a dozen hard-boiled, decorated eggs. Please leave them at 410 W. 10th on Friday, Mar. 30. Anyone needing more information may call Ana Lobe at 659-0919. Ritzville Food Pantry needs volunteers The Ritzville Food Pantry is seeking volunteers for the month of April. The Pantry is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are four Wednesdays in the month of April and three volunteers are needed for each day. Anyone interested in volunteering please contact Sandy Wilks at 659-1462, or come to the Pantry on Wednesday to inquire. The Ritzville Food Pantry is located at 104 W. Main Avenue. Lind to host Child Find event Lind School District hosts its spring “Childﬁnd” event on Monday, Apr. 16 at 8:30 a.m. This event includes screening children under the age of ﬁve for delays in the areas of motor, communication, social, school-readiness and daily living skills. If you know of a child who may need this service, please contact Lind Elementary to schedule an appointment, 677-3481. • WEATHER High Lo Pre. Sn. Mar. 15 44 28 .27 Mar. 16 51 38 .40 Mar. 17 50 37 .11 Mar. 18 47 25 Mar. 19 44 24 Mar. 20 43 24 .11 Mar. 21 47 33 3.17” precipitation year-to-date (Readings are for previous 24 hours) • MARKETS Soft white wheat, bushel............ $6.47 Club premium, bushel .................$0.00 Hard red wheat, bushel ...............$7.18 Barley, ton ............................... $188.00 (Wednesday quotation f.o.b. Ritzville) Thursday, March 22, 2012 Turner, author of local books, passes away Journal photo by Stephen McFadden RITZVILLE’S DYW. The 2012 Distinguised Young Woman of Ritzville is Amalia Perez (center). She is joined here by this year’s ﬁnalists, Taylor White and Brooke Pichette minutes after the trio was introduced to the audience at the conclusion of last Friday’s program. More photos from the evening are on Page A-7. Perez dubbed Ritzville’s Distinguished Young Woman With the theme of “Don’t Stop Believing,” three young women showed their determination and became the newest representatives for Ritzville. The latest Distinguished Young Woman of Ritzville is Amalia Perez, and is joined by two princesses, Brooke Pichette and Taylor White. The Distinguished Young Women program took place on Friday, Mar. 16 in the Gilson gymnasium with a large crowd gathered to share in the junior class girls’ experience. The group of ﬁve young women that participated in the event were joined by two escorts, ﬁve sophomore sisters and the previous year’s royalty for Ritzville. Along with being crowned as queen, Perez received both the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Ritzville Spirit Award and the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Ritzville Scholastic Award. The Distinguished Young Women program, established in 1958 as American’s Junior Miss program, became Distinguished Young Women two years ago and has been part of the Ritzville community for over 50 years. The program is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls in the nation. Distinguished Young Women’s mission is to positively impact young women by offering them opportunities for scholarships and rewarding them for scholarship, leadership and talent. Through the experience of participating in the program, Distinguished Young Women hopes to encourage individual potential and help the girls showcase their accomplishments. The focus of Distinguished Young Women is to help young girls develop self-conﬁdence by encouraging education, ﬁtness, public speaking and creating opportunities to help inspire the lives of others. Steve Turner, author of two books about Adams County, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Mar. 18, at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif. Turner published his ﬁrst book about rural life in Washington titled “Amber Waves and Undertow: Peril, Hope, Sweat and Downright Nonchalance in Dry Wheat Country” in 2010. He then joined with his friend, photographer Lionel Delevingne, to publish “Drylands, a Rural American Saga” last year. During his junior year of college, Turner worked on a farm in Lind hauling grain. It was during that summer that he fell in love with the history, people and land in Adams County. Turner continued to make regular trips to Ritzville after living in the area for that summer. Turner’s full obituary can be found on Page A10. Tryouts for Little League Thursday Tryouts for both Ritzville Minor League and Major League team are to be held on Thursday, Mar. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Ritzville Little League Park. Police in Adams County join missing child program Adams County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce Sheriff Doug Barger and Ritzville Police Department Chief Dave McCormick have formalized agreements with the “A Child Is Missing” Alert Program that has led to a high-tech method to search locally for missing children, missing elderly (often with Alzheimer’s) and missing persons who may be mentally or physically challenged or disabled. Effective May 1, upon receipt of qualifying missing person’s calls, the Adams County Sheriff’s Ofﬁce and Ritzville Police Department makes an immediate phone call to the national headquarters of the “A Child Is Missing” Alert Program. The call initiates a rapid process of information gathering and use of sophisticated mapping systems. “A Child Is Missing” then launches calls within minutes with an alert message detailing the missing person’s description, last known whereabouts, and other pertinent information. The alert message also includes a phone number for use by anyone with information relating to the missing person. Phone numbers that are called by this program include listed phone numbers and other numbers readily available to “A Child Is Missing” in the selected geographic area for the call. Mobile numbers, unlisted numbers, broadband/voice-over internet protocol (VOIP) numbers, and TDD/TTY devices can be added by private citizens to ensure they are called in the event of an alert. To enter your cell phone, unlisted, VOIP, or TDD/TTY number, visit www. achildismissing.org and click on “add your name” to enter your contact information. This information is only used for emergency message alerts. “A Child Is Missing” is a nationwide non-proﬁt organization that helps law enforcement agencies locate endangered missing people. They have the capacity to place 1,000 alert phone calls in one minute to residents and businesses in the area where someone has gone missing. To date the efforts of “A Child Is Missing” have been credited with more than 920 safe assisted recoveries.