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• EARH welcomes new occupational therapist ................................. Page A-2 • Maier leads state’s wheat growers association ............................. Page A-3

• Distinguished Young Women program photos ........................... Page A-7 • Avista representative discusses lighting efficiency .................. Page A-8

Volume 126, Number 12


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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.

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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. 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.

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Ritzville Adams County Journal

March 22, 2012

EARH welcomes new occupational therapist By Katelin Davidson News Editor Occupational therapy is now available at East Adams Rural Hospital because of the recent addition of Heather Wagner. Wagner, employed by Odessa Memorial Hospital, travels to Ritzville every Thursday to work with individuals in need of occupational therapy. While occupational therapy is commonly associated with the physical therapy (PT) practice, it differs greatly because of the focus for treatment. Occupational therapy (OT) services typically help individuals gain the ability to participate in daily activities through therapeutic exercises. Wagner is a recent graduate from Eastern Washington University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a Master’s degree in occupational therapy. Wagner completed 70 hours of volunteer work in order to enter the occupational therapy school. During her first six months of fieldwork, Wagner worked at Franklin Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Spokane. She then worked with an occupational therapist that traveled to local schools in the area to help students with coordination and motor skills. In June of last year, Wagner began communicating her interest in obtaining an occupational therapist position with the Odessa hospital. Wagner also travels to Davenport one day a week and started her visitations to Ritzville three weeks ago. Wagner began working part time for the hospital in January and looks forward to her visits to Ritzville because of her experience and love for small towns. “I grew up in small towns and knew I would be coming back. I’ve always wanted to be in health care and help people,” said Wagner. “I shadowed an occupational therapist, and I liked making the treatment meaningful to the patient and it

Heather Wagner being individualized.” Occupational therapy is a relatively new practice but is quickly becoming part of regular health care practices. Wagner hopes to educate and spread the word about OT in order to help as many people as possible. As Wagner explains, OT differs from PT because PT looks at dysfunction and how the muscle and joint are not working together. OT looks at how joints are not working and how that impacts every day activities and how an individual can compensate for those dysfunctions. OT focuses on restoring function in order for patients to complete and perform their normal daily activities. OT provides patients with tools that can assist the patient such as adaptive utensils for eating and reaching tools with sponges to assist with bathing. The end goal for OT is to allow the patient to become as independent as possible. Wagner sees patients based on a doctor’s referral and works with the elderly, individuals injured in the work place and children. “I have to know how to do a little of everything out here, especially since I’m the only one,” said Wagner. “I have the most experience with the geriatric population and I’m comfortable and enjoy it. But the key is with every population to have positivity.”

Most therapists, both physical and occupational, do not have just one focus or specialty. For Wagner, it is important that she works with all different types of patients “Occupational therapy is a broad field and something that is constantly a learning experience. The challenges keep you on your feet and keeps me up to date,” said Wagner. For treatment of the limitations that are preventing patients from maintaining a regular lifestyle, Wagner typically attempts to go into the home of the patient to understand the habitat the individual is living in. It is this process that allows Wagner to focus treatment and to work on eliminating any limiting factor from her patients life. “It is important to age in place, in their own home, without cognitive or physical limitations,” said Wagner. “My goal is to keep them at home as long as possible and keep them safe.” While the title of “occupational” therapy may generally refer to a career, Wagner stresses the importance that the occupation part of her title refers to activities, not specifically a job. The purpose of OT is to focus on a limitation and work on restoring that function for the patient. For a patient to fully recover from their limitation, Wagner observes the patient’s entire schedule and how the activity that is hindering them can be fixed. She teaches new techniques that can help the patient strengthen the affected joint and regain a regular lifestyle. An example Wagner gave is that is she is working with a construction worker that needs to be able to hammer again; she would have the patient take her through an imitation of that activity. She observes the activity as a whole, and would not solely focus on the shoulder, which may seem to be the problem. Wagner found her passion in OT mainly because of how much she enjoys the individuality

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of the work and enjoys working with patients on their specific issue. She also is glad that she has the opportunity to provide rural communities with OT because a lot of small towns do not have access to the program. “It is really important to me that I come back and give back to the community that I grew up in. It has always been important to me to give back to the community that gave so much to me,” said Wagner. “Seeing how your patients are happy and enabling them to do something they didn’t think they could is the best part of my job.”

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that is published annually by the Association. The 2012 Pathfinder Report lists 8,761 individual cows and 231 Pathfinder sires. It is published online at, and printed copies are available from the Association. The largest number of Pathfinder cows from a single herd this year is 74. Started in 1978, the Pathfinder Program continues to recognize outstanding breeders participating in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) Program.

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REMEMBERING FROM THE FILES One hundred years ago


Washington State Journal and Ritzville Times March 21, 1912

– 1987 Journal photo

A committee is preparing to have an exhibit placed upon the platform of the depot which will advertise Ritzville and the vicinity to travelers riding through on the train, said the board of managers of the Ritzville Commercial club at the annual meeting Thursday afternoon. It is reported that a new commission house will be opened in the city sometime in April. Mr. S. J. Johnson will be manager of the new business. The school board has decided to have the first week in April for the spring vacation which will make the school out a week later in May. Some students were in favor, but most opposed it. A reading room is contemplated by the men’s club of Sprague. The former drug store building on the south side of Main street has been secured for the purpose and as soon as proper furniture and accomodations can be secured the room will be opened.

MISS RITZVILLE for the 1987-88 season will be Val Undeberg, center, with her princesses being Heather Nielson, left, and Peggy Doherty. The new royalty were selected during the 30th annual Miss Ritzville Program held March 20. A story and more photos may be found on page 6.

Seventy-five years ago Ritzville Journal-Times March 25, 1937

E.F. “Gene” Shepley resigned his position as mayor of Ritzville yesterday and announced that he was moving to Seattle immediately to accept a position with the Credit Extension Service. Sheriff Melven Oestreich and the Rev. E. A. Rein made talks in the Lind and Ritzville schools during the past two weeks encouraging young men to enlist for the annual summer C.M.T.C at Fort George Wright at Spokane.

Ritzville golfers have been invited to send a team to the Big Bend golf tournament on the Lind greens Sunday, April 4, R. B. Ott, tournament chairman, said yesterday. Labor shortage has compelled the WPA to curtail operations in Adams county and to delay starting on any new projects, Major Mott Sawyer, Spokane district administrator, told the Journal-Times yesterday. Support of plans for a new fire station were made.

Fifty years ago The Ritzville Journal Times March 22, 1962

The city council accepted the $11,719 bid of local contractor Howard Seim Tuesday evening to build a new fire station at the corner of First and Adams. Beth Ann Stromberger will reign as Miss Ritzville

during the 1962-63 school year, it was announced at an awards assembly at Ritzville high school Tuesday. Many sports letter awards were presented during an assembly at Ritzville high school Tuesday. Ten major basketball letters were received by Dale Galbreath, Ron Danekas, Rick Hanson, Bill Anderson, Dennis Kembel, Jim Meyer, Tom Baumann, Rod Grewall, Andy Christoff and John Wellsandt. “Adventures in Science,” the General Electric traveling stage show, will be presented at 8:40 a.m. Friday at Ritzville high school under the local sponsorship of the Washington Water Power company, according to W. F. (Tony) Eichner, WWP district manager. The 43rd birthday anniversary of the C. J. Newland American Legion Post No. 51 was celebrated with a potluck dinner and program Thursday evening.

Twenty-five years ago

Ritzville Adams County Journal March 26, 1987

WASHTUCNA – A professional mediation session to resolve disputes between the Washtucna school district and the Washtucna Teachers Association produced a “win-win” situation, according to Supt. Dave Randall and Association President Fred Blauert. The Lind town council learned Tuesday night that potential repairs to the two municipal bridges should not be as massive or expensive as feared. Val Undeberg was selected as Ritzville’s Junior Miss during ceremonies at the 30th annual Miss Ritzville Program held Friday, March 20, at Gilson Gym. Heather Nielson was chosen as first runner-up princess with Peggy Doherty earning second runner-up status, along with receiving the “Spirit of Junior Miss” award voted by the contestants.

Ritzville Adams County Journal

March 22, 2012

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Maier leads state’s wheat growers is interested in exploring options about transportation, Pacific Northwest waterways and dams because he believes they partner well with WAWG. Maier says that WAWG and NAWG are thought very highly of not only in Olympia but also on a national level. NAWG interfaces on national issues with Washington legislators Senator Patty Murray and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “The main story is that these are family farmers out here on the land, not corporate, though they might have ties. But we care about safety, nutrition and are good stewards of the land,” Maier said. “It is good to work for a group that has a positive image.”

By Katelin Davidson News Editor As a fourth generation farmer in the area, Eric Maier has been a part of the Ritzville community his entire life. Maier is currently the president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and dedicates his time to further the success of wheat farmers. Maier’s great-grandfather homesteaded in the Packard area and over the years, the farm has spread to different areas. Maier began his farming career as a young boy on his grandfather’s farm and loved every minute of the farming life. Maier lives just outside of Ritzville with his wife, Pam, in the house that he grew up in. The Maier’s have two children, Ana and Zach, both who attended Washington State University. Zach continues to return home to assist on the farm and is currently studying agronomy at WSU. For many years, Maier has been involved as a leader for farmers in the local area and across the state. Originally, Maier did not have an interest in politics but as time went along, he found he enjoyed the political aspect and lobbying. During the beginning of his term as president, Maier spent the majority of his time lobbying not only in Olympia but also in Washington, D.C. Maier is also the state legislature chair for WAWG and has held that position for the last six years. A goal for Maier and WAWG over the course of the year is to help consumers understand where their food comes from and help tell the story. With there being so much concern about genetically modified foods and chemicals on products, Maier believes it is important that the public has a general understanding of where their food came from. “We’re working on a farm-city exchange program, it has been done in the past. It brings key leaders from the west side and brings them to the farm,” said Maier. “The wheat story will be told, and who better to tell it than the wheat grower.” Maier said a lot of legislators visit his farm or other farms and says those relationships work well for both parties involved. Maier believes that the direct contact and familiarity with the legislators makes those leaders more likely to contact farmers about issues and bills. A major concern for the WAWG committee is the two genetically modified organism (GMO) food labeling bills, Senate Bill 6298 and House Bill 2637. These bills require that all food that has been modified to be resistant to certain types of pests and herbicides, and some cases, plants that can withstand drought have to be labeled. While there is not wheat commercially grown that is GMO modified, there are scientists working on a modification that would make wheat drought and herbicide resistant. Maier worries that the bills would make wheat export more difficult or impossible

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WAWG PRESIDENT. Zach Maier and his father, Eric Maier, work in the shop on the Maier’s farm just outside of Ritzville. Eric became the president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers in January. since most importing countries do not want genetically modified products. Cross contamination of GMO crops and non-GMO crops is another potential worry and risk for farmers. The contamination could be detrimental to the export of those crops. With this year also being a Farm Bill year, WAWG officials are working with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) to make sure that wheat farmers have a voice. The top priority for NAWG regarding the Farm Bill is to have crop insurance as part of the policy. “This is a Farm Bill year so we’re really busy since we don’t know what it’s going to look like. It’s going to be leaner and everything is going to take a reduction so I’m watching closely,” said Maier. For Maier, a main goal is to expand the amount of public exposure surrounding agricultural issues, wheat in particular, because public exposure is not something that has been done before. With a strong membership, Maier believes that the future for wheat growers is optimistic. WAWG has an active membership that participates in the campaign for the Farm Bill as well as local bills such as SB 6298 and HB 2637. There has been a steady growth of members with 123 joining recently bringing the total number to about 1,500 WAWG members. There are an estimated 4,000 wheat growers statewide. Maier is currently focusing on showing the farming community that there is an advantage to being part of WAWG, or other agricultural organizations, because the association can show farmers what issues WAWG is active in and help carry the farmers’ voice forward.

Before Maier became an officer on the WAWG board, he served as Adams County president for a number of years and as a state board member for the Washington Association of Grain Growers. After serving in those roles, Maier decided to apply for a leadership role in WAWG. WAWG is in a partnership with the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) through the Washington Grain Alliance (WGA), and while the commission cannot lobby, the wheat growers group can. With the WGA as a sister-agency, the two groups work together to help educate people about issues and allows the two organizations to have one, unified voice. Maier says that WAWG is involved in legislature on a state and national level and focuses on natural resources and education. As Maier says, the group is an active bunch of committed people. “I can’t say enough about the staff and volunteers that work for us, and the farmers that volunteer their time to help us,” Maier said. During the past two months, Maier has spent the majority of his time traveling to Washington, D.C. and Olympia for lobbying purposes. In Olympia, two growers from every district joined together to oppose the GMO labeling bills. Maier attended the Ag Expo in Spokane, went to a couple retreats to see what upcoming plans the group had, and also went to Nashville for the Commodity Classic in February. “There are a lot of things that keep us running. It starts in November and goes until February before it slows down in the spring. Then during harvest time, we have the visitations from legislators,” said Maier. After the committee side slows down, Maier says that WAWG


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March 22, 2012

Ritzville Adams County Journal

Focused on Education 6 Combines, cooperatives and mascots By Rob Roettger Lind, Ritzville Superintendent I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to lead the Lind and Ritzville School Districts during this time of major transition. In my opinion, this is a very exciting time for both districts and communities. I am, however, fully aware that there are many people within our communities who have concerns and are worried about the formation of the academic cooperative. I understand the difficulty some people may have with this major change. I also understand how hard it is to let go of traditions and the way things have always been done. I am also aware that there are not easy answers for many of the issues we face, and many decisions that will be made may upset individuals from one or both communities. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that the decisions we make be made for the right reasons. Often times, as difficult as it may be, it is necessary to take the adult factor out of the equation. My belief is that each and every decision should be filtered through the lens of doing what is best for the students of both Lind and Ritzville. The difficult decisions I have mentioned are related to items such as mascots, graduation, joining programs such as FFA, open campus, etc… I truly understand how important these issues are to many people. However, I must admit, these are the types of issues that I wish did not take up the majority of our thoughts or efforts. To be completely honest, I long to spend the majority of my time, and our collective time, working on issues related to teaching and learning. I long to

work on our collective practice in order to improve our educational system for all children. I truly long for the day when we are not worried about what we call our schools or programs, but instead are focusing all of our efforts on classrooms, instruction and what children learn. Combines vs. cooperatives… I believe it is important that we clarify the difference between combining our efforts and creating an academic cooperative. In my mind, a combine, besides being a valuable piece of machinery in Adams County, is when you take two districts and create one. This would be consolidation. Therefore, the correct terminology to describe our work would be the word cooperative. Within a cooperative, two districts work cooperatively (together) and utilize resources from both districts to create learning opportunities for the students of both communities. The word cooperative is synonymous with sharing, working together, and teamwork. To close, in my opinion, throughout this entire process, it is absolutely essential that everyone is willing to compromise and, at times, give a little when necessary. As I have mentioned, the very essence of a “cooperative” is working together. Therefore, I urge us all to focus on the big picture. I encourage everyone to think of the opportunity we have before us (cooperatively) to create the best possible school system for the children of both communities. As always, if you have any questions related to the academic cooperative, or any other educational issue, please contact me by email at or or at 677-3481 or 659-1660.

Don Brunell 6 Washington’s health insurance exchange: paying more for less By Don C. Brunell President, Association of Washington Business When you talk about state health insurance exchanges, people’s eyes glaze over. (See, it’s happening right now). The subject seems far too complicated and confusing. But we need to talk about them because, as you read this, state bureaucrats in Olympia are making decisions that will affect the cost and availability of your health care benefits. Your insurance company isn’t taking part in the state exchange? It doesn’t matter. The rules will still affect your choices and your costs. State exchanges are a creature of the federal health care law. They were created to distribute federal subsidies for qualified enrollees and establish how insurers would do business under the new health care law. State exchanges fall into two types: open market and active purchaser. Open market exchanges emphasize competition and consumer choice. For example, in Utah’s exchange, insurers compete side-by-side on an interactive staterun website, allowing people to select from a broad variety of plans, coverage levels and prices. The consumer simply answers online

questions about their income and the size and makeup of their family, and the website presents the viewer with a variety of plans that meet those needs. The consumer makes the final decision. An active purchaser exchange requires the state to contract with health insurers to provide coverage. The Massachusetts model is an example of an active purchaser exchange. Washington is adopting a model closer to the active purchaser model, one that emphasizes state control. The federal health care law contains a host of measures to protect consumers, guarantee access to health care and spread financial risk. But Washington’s exchange goes far beyond the federal law. For example, participation in state exchanges was supposed to be voluntary, ensuring that consumers could choose among insurers operating inside and outside the exchange. Not so in Washington. Consider this: Some insurers focus on serving niche markets, such as providing lower-cost catastrophic policies that cover only major health care expenditures. But state bureaucrats have decided that insurers who sell those plans to young adults in Washington will be able to do so only through the exchange — they are banned from selling those plans on the open market. Why would bureaucrats force

these insurers into the exchange? Money. State exchanges will be costly to operate, especially if billions in promised federal subsidies don’t materialize. Because healthy young adults most often purchase catastrophic policies, state bureaucrats want to force those low risk consumers into the exchange so their premiums can subsidize the other higher risk participants. Another rule in Washington’s exchange could further limit choice for consumers in our state. Even though the exchange doesn’t apply to them, insurers that specialize in health plans for large employers and associations must change their business model and start offering three tiers of plans to either small groups or individuals — markets for which they have no desire, no experience, no expertise and no products. Not surprisingly, these extreme intrusions into the marketplace will convince some of the few remaining insurers in Washington that it’s time to leave the state, further reducing choice and competition. Of course, all this will change if Gov. Gregoire heeds calls to veto the two offending sections of the exchange legislation. Without that veto, Washington’s health insurance exchange will mean loss of coverage, fewer choices, less competition and higher prices.

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Can citizens afford cost of repairs?

To the Editor, In late 2010, when asked about the ability of families to pay an additional monthly charge of $16 ($17 with taxes), for the redo of the city sewer system, a council member twice responded by saying, “I don’t know.” We need the money. The mayor was asked at the public meeting on Mar. 14 if the council had considered what the effect on city families might be of an increase in city utilities to pay back a proposed $5.9 million

water issues loan. Mayor Kadlec responded by asking if I wanted to have water come out of the spigot when I turn the handle. It might be unfair to suggest that the mayor and the council do not care about the economic wellbeing of the community members they claim to represent. But there appears to be very little interest in the opportunity costs of their decisions. It does not matter if the current city council solution is both wise and critically essential to “saving” Ritzville if the citizens cannot pay the bill. This city council has not

considered the cost. It has been suggested the increased water bill might be as little as $23 a month. But the increase could easily be $40 a month or more if we consider the track record of the city council’s sewer projects. If the mayor and the city council continue to incur debts and dump them on families and businesses, forcing them to leave Ritzville, there will be no need for water to enter or sewage to leave what appears to be the increasing number of abandoned buildings and homes for sale. Barry Boyer Ritzville

Senator Schoesler

6 Not-so-diplomatic behavior during special session By Sen. Mark Schoesler 9th District (R), Ritzville The first week of the Legislature’s special session was a fairly busy one, but not in the way you might expect. While the Senate and the House of Representatives did not come into regular session for a single minute all week, there was a fair amount of activity outside the Senate chamber – and some less-than-diplomatic behavior from our state’s chief executive. This week’s report will focus on the new budget proposal that is before the Legislature and some of the reaction to it. After I attended today’s pro forma session (meaning the gavel is dropped to open the day’s session, then dropped again to adjourn it to a later time – a formality only) it was time to get on the road for home. A few hours earlier I’d taken a call from two of the editors at the Spokane paper, who were interested in my take on things here at the Capitol, and our conversation naturally touched on the weather. It’s rained plenty in Olympia this week (even some snow Tuesday morning), and the editors said it has been coming down in Spokane too. Considering how dry things have been in Ritzville, I’m hoping some of that rain made it to the farm too! For a dryland wheat farmer, there’s really no such thing as bad rain. Bipartisan Senate coalition presents new, stronger plan… Two weeks ago a bipartisan coalition of senators formed to bring an operating-budget proposal forward and pass it so the Senate could finally begin budget negotiations with the House of Representatives.

None of us portrayed that budget as a perfect plan, but we knew it was a far sight better than what the House Democrats had approved. On March 8, the final day of the 60-day regular legislative session, the House lobbed a new plan over to the Senate. It was pretty much a retread of the Senate Democrat proposal, which had gone nowhere the week before (and was the reason our coalition’s alternative became the official Senate position), so it went nowhere as well. That brings us to yesterday, when members of our bipartisan coalition (including all three of its Senate Democrat members) joined to present a new and improved proposal and call on the House to start serious negotiations toward a final budget agreement. When I say “new and improved,” that’s not a knock on the budget we adopted March 3. It was a good start, but like I say, we knew it was more than anything a starting position for negotiations, and a way to prove that a balanced, responsible state budget could be written without new taxes or major accounting gimmicks. The first Senate budget would have reduced K-12 education funding by about 1/4 of 1 percent (out of about $15.9 billion that goes to public schools in our state, to put it in perspective), without taking dollars out of classrooms – the changes would have been at the state education-office level. The new proposal makes no K-12 reductions at all from the budget adopted in 2011. With two four-year public universities in our legislative district, I am glad the new proposal also maintains funding for higher education at its present level.

In all, the new $30.7 billion Senate proposal raises spending by about 3/10 of 1 percent from the original plan, yet requires no new taxes and would leave a reserve of $437 million – not as much as I would like, but still well ahead of what the latest House budget proposes. When comparing the new Senate proposal with the budget passed by the House, one thing needs to be considered above all else: the Senate budget has the best chance by far of being sustainable during the rest of this budget cycle. In fact, it’s possible based on projections that the next Legislature could have about a half-billion dollars left from this biennium when it begins working on the budget for 2013-15. The House budget, meanwhile, would have the next Legislature coming in to face a $2.1 billion shortfall as it puts the next two-year budget together, according to the non-partisan Washington Research Council. I’m tired of seeing deficit after deficit, because that just means another round of threats to K-12 and higher education and our most vulnerable residents. This new bipartisan Senate plan is an even better position from which to start negotiating with the House. Now we need to those negotiations to get going, so this overtime session can be brought to an end. The governor responds with a temper tantrum Did our governor forget she’s in charge of the executive branch but not the legislative branch? Continued on Page A-9


Ritzville Adams County Journal

March 22, 2012

Senior Meals

Rural mission group traveling to Ritzville From March 24-30, the Ritzville Nazarene Church has the privilege of hosting and partnering in ministry with a youth mission team from Salem, Ore. Tom Horton, Director of Rural Church Youth Ministries, has brought this partnership together. In 1996, after 40 years of leading youth, Horton saw the opportunity to meet the need of both his young people and their peers in rural communities at the same time. By forming partnerships between larger youth ministries and rural churches, he could not only encourage servant-leader growth in his own students, but also address the youth ministry needs of the rural church. Because there are not likely to be any other youth ministry outreaches in a rural community without an outside group’s involvement, this is a truly win-win strategy for both groups. Thus, a rural missions experience came into being. With that heart, Pastor Randy DeWater and his assistant Jennifer McCormick, of the Salem Evangelical Church, plan to bring a group of 27 high school students and eight adults to Ritzville for a week of service in the community. Projects include painting the Ritzville Food Pantry, sponsoring an after school program for elementary students, hosting evening events for teens, visiting with Life Care and Rose Garden residents and lending helping hands where needed. For further information, please contact the Ritzville Nazarene Church at 659-1749.

Lind CC youth performance

Lind Community Church plans to present, “Way of the Cross,” a live narration of Jesus’ life, with still scenes performed by the youth group. The performance begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 5. Gerry Anderson is set to perform several songs during scene transitions. Everyone is invited to join the LCC in remembering the story of Jesus and in honor of Good Friday. The women’s fellowship is providing refreshments afterwards. The LCC is located at 114 E. Fifth Street, Lind.

Chamber to host morning membership meeting The Ritzville Chamber of Commerce has decided to host a morning membership meeting on Thursday, April 19, at 7 a.m. The meeting is to be held at Jake’s Café and the group intends to discuss services and benefits.

Photo courtesy of Colleen Ruzicka

50 YEARS. Nearly 100 people gathered on Saturday, March 17, to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Vince and Sherryl Evans at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers building.

Community Calendar March 22 • 9-1-1 Sheriff’s Program and Potluck, 12 p.m., H.E. Gritman Senior Center • Ritzville Public Library Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Library basement • Rimrock Grange, 7 p.m., Washtucna • Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 board meeting, 7 p.m., conference room, EARH • Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., St. Agnes Catholic Church, more info contact David (509) 428-9320 March 23 • “Hunger Games” party, 1p.m., Ritzville Public Library • Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Othello March 24 • Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Othello High School

• Second Harvest Food Truck distribution, 11 a.m., H.E. Gritman Senior Center • Bingo, 1 p.m., H.E. Gritman Senior Center • Ritzville Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., C.J. Newland American Legion Hall • Lind Town Council, 7 p.m., Slims Bar & Grill • Washtucna School Board, 7 p.m. March 28 • Donations and distributions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ritzville Food Pantry • Story Time, 2 p.m., Ritzville Public Library • Ritzville Library District No. 2, 5 p.m., Library basement • Stayin’ Alive youth group, 6:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church • Columbia River Plateau Chapter of VSA, 7 p.m., home of Deloris Allert • Washtucna Town Council, 7 p.m.

Lind Senior Center Lind Senior Center serves meals Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you have not signed up for a meal, please call 677-3620 between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to be included. Monday: Salisbury steak, potatoes and gravy, green beans, whole wheat bread, cookies. Wednesday: Chicken alfredo, Scandinavian vegetables, garden salad, garlic bread, apple crisp. Thursday: Fish and chips, coleslaw, garlic bread, pineapple upside down cake. Friday: Barbecue chicken, potatoes and country gravy, carrots, cheesy biscuits, peaches. H.E. Gritman Senior Center H.E. Gritman Senior Center serves homemade meals three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Reservations must be made by calling 659-1921. Monday: Beef pot pie, salad, dessert. Wednesday: Chicken salad sandwich, cheesy broccoli soup, dessert. Thursday: Ham dinner, scalloped potatoes, carrots, dessert.

Sheriff brings program to Senior Center H.E. Gritman Senior Center is set to host a potluck and 9-1-1 program on Friday, Mar. 23. Beginning at 12 p.m., the program is given by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and discusses safety issues being faced by members of the community. The H.E. Gritman Senior Center is located at 118 W. Main Avenue in Ritzville.

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St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sprague


27th Annual Sausage Feed Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For children and adults

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Mr. & Mrs. Jack Heimbigner Please join us in celebrating their marriage with a reception at the Zion Philadelphia Church in Ritzville. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Lind Community Church 114 E. Fifth P.O. Box 119 Lind, WA 99341 Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.

Pastor Jeremy McLellan Office Phone: 677-3320

New Hope Center A Fundamental and Pentecostal Church where truth never changes God loves you no matter what you are going through. God’s Word contains all the answers to the problems in life. Come and learn about God’s solution for your life! We invite you to worship with us. Visit our foyer with various booklets and recorded messages. 701 W. Main Avenue Sunday School at 9:30. Sunday morning worship at 10:30. For more information, call (509) 659-4403 or (509) 536-0986. Listen to the radio program on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. on station KTW 630 AM

Ritzville Foursquare Church

R itz Theatre

We are excited to be coming to Ritzville to serve your orthodontic needs locally. Watch your mail for more details!

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FRI.-SAT.-SUN. • MARCH 23-24-25 7:30 p.m. 659-1950

Wednesdays: 6 p.m. Preschool - 6th Grade Caravans 7th-12th Grade Youth 108 W. Fourth Ave. Ritzville Pastor: Ryo Olson Church Office: (509) 659-1749

Zion Philadelphia United Church of Christ

301 E. Broadway Office: 659-1440 Rev. Judith Rinehart-Nelson No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Worship for All 10:30 a.m. Sundays After-Work Worship Service 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays

St. Agnes Catholic Church Sunday Mass: 9:30 a.m. Confessions Before Mass First Friday: Father Adoration of Dan Wetzler the Blessed Msgr. John Steiner, Sacrament administrator 3 to 4 p.m. (509) 290-3208 Church is located on the corner of 5th & Chelan

Trinity United Methodist Church Corner of 2nd & Washington “Experiencing God’s Love” Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Adult & Youth Night 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday Praise Team: 7 p.m. Pastor John Hunsberger

Pastor Bill Cox 659-0773

David W. Engen,

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School all ages 10:30 a.m. – Worship Service

306 N. Division in Ritzville Everyone Welcome! Pastor Buck Garner (509) 659-1641

7 p.m. “Stepping Up...a journey through the Psalms of Ascent” Monday 7 p.m. or Tuesday 1 p.m.

March 27 • Ritzville Museum Volunteers, 9:30 a.m.

Kandy & Ross Heimbigner are excited to present to you

Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Sunday evening: 6 p.m. Wednesday evening: 6 p.m.

Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. Wednesday Youth

March 26 • Celebrate Recovery, 6:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church • Lind and Ritzville combined school board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Lind HS Library • Benge School Board, 7:30 p.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., St. Agnes Catholic Church, more info contact David (509) 428-9320

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Ritzville Nazarene Church

2nd and Columbia

March 25 • Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, 6:45 a.m. – 4 p.m., Othello High School

Smoked Sausage, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Sauerkraut, Applesauce, Dessert

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Lind Calvary Assembly of God Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. Broadcast Youth Night: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. 219 W. 3rd St. – Lind, WA (South of the Grade School)

677-3549 Steve Schofstoll, Pastor

Office Phone: 659-1783

Emanuel Lutheran Church 206 S. Division St. 659-1181

“A Gracious Place” Everyone is Welcome Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Pastor Bob Kenyon


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Ritzville Adams County Journal

March 22, 2012

The Worst Seat In The House It’s a Real Good Time... By Dale Anderson, Sports Columnist

Photo courtesy of Janet Phillips

ACADEMIC HONORS. The members of the men’s varsity Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos lined up to show off their academic award at the State B Tournament at the Spokane Arena. From left are: Gary Kelly, Brad Gering, Brandon Knodel, Chris Steinmetz, Colby Starring, Bryson O’Neill, Tyler Frederick, Kyle Canaday, Jesse Miller, Palmer Phillips, Connor O’Neill, Drew Hartz, Jake Dewald, Dylan Hartz, Dustin Arlt.

Photo courtesy of Janet Phillips

ACADEMIC HONORS. The members of the women’s varsity Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos received their academic award at the State B Tournament at the Spokane Arena. Randy Heidenrich, Maya Wahl, Jenna Bennett, Andrea Bennett, Kaytlin Phillips, Dalyn Killian, Chelsey Heidnriech, Brittany Ste. Marie, Cathrine Hentges, Kailey York and Brooke Pichette.

Big Bend Bowl League Scores Alley Cats Mar. 14, 2012 Jakes 32-10, Ritzville Hardware 28-14, McBroom’s 2517, Napa 24-18, The Auto Shop 15-27. Team high game: Napa 601, McBroom’s 594, Ritzville Hardware 568. Team high series: Napa 1702, Ritzville Hardware 1652, McBroom’s 1584. Individual high game: Stephanie Geschke 197, Sandy Tracy 177, Karolyn Cramer 171. Individual high series: Stephanie Geschke 535, Debi Balfe 494, Hattie Werner 454. Commercial League Mar. 15, 2012 Kagele’s Kandies 34-14, Herb’s

Body Shop 31-17, Ritzville Tire Co. 30-18, Herb’s Farm 20-28, Team 6 15-33, Cow Creek 14-34. Team high series: Kagele’s Kandies 3389. Individual high scratch series: Don Rosentrater 757, Ed Edelen 724. Individual high games: Don Rosentrater 300, Ed Edelen 258, Mike Geschke 257, Adam Miller 246, Ben Geschke 243, Justin Benzel 236. Sunday Mixers Mar. 18, 2012 Wallbangers 8-0, Fantastic Four 4-4, 4 A’s 3-5, Strikes or Nothing 1-7. Team high series: Wallbangers 2522. Individual high scratch series: Randy Benzel 669, Yvette Armstrong 512. Individual high

games: Randy Benzel 267, Andy Lefevre 238, Tony Vostral 236, Yvette Armstrong 191, Shannon Benzel 179, Dorothy Armstrong 140. Independent League Mar. 12, 2012 Joe’s Body Shop 201.5-86.5, Viking Drive-In 162.5-125.5, Bauer U 154-134, Coca Cola 141.5-146.5, Bolin Plumbing 121-167, Faure Farms 82.5-205.5. Team high scratch game: Bauer U 991. Team high scratch series: Joe’s Body Shop 2803. Team high handicap game: Bauer U 1165. Team high handicap series: Bauer U 3261. Men’s high scratch game: Steve McPherson 258, Ed Edelen

258, Dave Key 246. Men’s high scratch series: Ed Edelen 718, Tommy Balfe 660, Ron Bolin 653. Men’s high handicap game: Steve McPherson 285, Ron Bolin 273, Ed Edelen 267. Men’s high handicap series: Ron Bolin 770, Ed Edelen 745, Tommy Balfe 720. Women’s high scratch game: Tammy Garner 206, Anita Neilan 201, Jamie Schmunk 174. Women’s high scratch series: Anita Neilan 516, Tammy Garner 506, Jamie Schmunk 485. Women’s high handicap game: Tammy Garner 256, Jamie Schmunk 228, Toni Bolin 228. Women’s high handicap series: Tammy Garner 656, Jamie Schmunk 647, Toni Bolin 640.

Home on the Range trail ride Gun Club The annual Blue Ridge Ranch endurance ride is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 31 and begins at the Bar U Ranch and Warm Springs Ranch. The ride takes participants across three private ranches with no special permits needed. The trail is comprised for rolling hills with bunch grasses, CRP land, rocky scabland and a portion of a common trail. The entire trail is to be marked with flagging tape on white fiberglass posts and riders are reminded to follow these markers at all times. Riders are also to be aware that there is one active railroad crossing during the ride. Base camp for the event is a grassy, flat area that is adjacent to two sheep barns, which is used for the ride meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on Mar. 30, and the awards. Water is provided in the camp and

on the trail. Participants are asked to park in rows at camp and all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Pre-ride betting begins at 3 p.m. on Mar. 30 with the head vet being R.G. (Dick) Root. Riders can participate in a 75, 50 or 25-mile ride, Arabian Horse Association (AHA) 50 mile, or in the trail ride. Start times are 6 a.m. for the 75-mile ride, 7 a.m. for the 50-mile ride, 8 a.m. for the 25-mile ride and 9 a.m. for all trail riders. Entry fees for these rides at $120 for 75 miles, $105 for 50 miles, $95 for 25 miles, $25 for AHA 50 miles and $30 for trail ride participants. Juniors receive a $25 discount from all of the rides except the trail ride. Pacific Northwest Endurance Rides (PNER) ride manager

discounts are honored at this event. With a 2012 PNER membership card, the participant receives a $5 reduction in entry fee cost. A $15 day member fee is charged to all non-American Endurance Ride Conference (AREC) members except trail riders. AREC members are asked to present their card at registration. Those interested in participating in the event can fill out an entry form that is available on the Blue Ridge Ranch webpage, until the “trials and competitions” menu. Directions to the event can also be found on the webpage. For more information about the event, contact the ride manager, Gail Williams, by phone at 509-952-1256 or by e-mail at

LIND GUN CLUB Mar. 4, 2012 Trophy Shoot Class A: Alan Schlimmer. Class B: Pete Franz. Class C: Garrett Schlimmer. Class D: Bailey Kuch. Junior: Garrett Schlimmer. Sub-Junior: Carson Schlimmer. Ladies: Anna Franz. Miss and Out: Mike Gering. Annie Oakley: Alan Schlimmer. Buddy Shoot: Alan Schlimmer and Carson Schlimmer. Bushwacker: Carson Schlimmer. Continental: James Wahl. Doubles: Alan Schlimmer. High Overall: Alan Schlimmer. High Handicap: Alan Schlimmer. Dean McDowell: Pete Franz and Alan Schlimmer.

I must apologize for not writing a column last week but I was not feeling very well at all. Oh, I tried to come up with something but sitting at the computer just wasn’t working for me. Lying down and resting seemed to be something that I really needed, so that won out. I really did think about writing something but then it got a little blurry and I felt that anything I might have written probably wouldn’t have made a lot of sense so I shut myself down and I’m glad I did. I have a lot of things that I could write about, but since spring is officially here, I would like to revisit a project that has been going on for about six years now. Project 56 has been raising money and making plans to see what we need to make an allweather track a reality. I will admit that there have been several setbacks from a recession to high oil prices. The recession has made people think twice when it comes to donating to this project. High oil prices are never good, especially when asphalt is a big part of what makes up the all-weather track. I’ve heard from a lot of people who tell me they enjoy reading this column. Honestly, I enjoy writing this column especially when there is good subject matter. This is a good subject because there are a lot of believers and people who are working hard making phone calls and getting the proverbial ball rolling. We have some good ideas and are looking into and applying for grant money. We know that there needs to be outside sources to raise big money and this committee is looking into all avenues of funding sources. One thing we do know is that if we could get local citizens, businesses, alumni and families to simply buy a meter for $100 there would be enough money to get the project underway. We do need to get all eight lanes of the 400-meter track purchased however. I know that means that a lot of meters would need to be purchased but we can get this thing going one meter at a time, right? Of course, I’m right!

For those of you who attended Ritzville High years ago and played sports here, you no doubt were able to participate in athletics with great support and the facilities were always top notch. But in 2012, no high school teams want to go to a track meet on a cinder track, so this year there will be no track meets in Ritzville. That means no Undeberg Invitational or league meets. None, nada, zippo! The community that may have the best location for big invitational track meets is in need of an all-weather track so that we can get those teams and parents to come here instead of going to Colfax, Connell, Ephrata, Moses Lake, Spokane or Medical Lake. There are some great volunteers in Ritzville, Lind and Sprague who would be excited about helping out at a big meet right here at Jimmie Snider Field. All we need is that all-weather track to make that happen. I’ve heard from a few people that said they would make a donation as soon as another person donated. Really? Doesn’t that give everyone an excuse not to donate? I look at it like, so many people did great things before I was an athlete at this school and I appreciate it a lot and now it’s time for all of us to give a little bit back for all of those memories we carry inside us. I know that a lot of people try to give something back to the college they attended with the thought that the college is where they earned their greatness. I’ve always felt that the local school was where I was able to play sports and belong to organizations that helped shape me forever. I didn’t get that at college. That’s why I’m challenging all of the readers of this column to purchase a meter for $100 and if you decide to give a little bit more than that it would certainly be appreciated. By the way, you can make your checks payable to Project 56 c/o Kris Harder, 219 West Main, Ritzville, WA 99169. After all, it is a real good time to make this happen.

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Ritzville Adams County Journal

March 22, 2012

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Distinguished Young Women program showcases talent

TALENT. Jordan Schultz performs her talent of playing a flute solo of “Under the Sea” from the Disney film the Little Mermaid.

SELF-EXPRESSION. Brooke Pichette dances with escort Satchel Henneman during the self-expression portion of the program.

Journal Photos by Stephen McFadden and Katelin Davidson.

CELEBRATION. Family and friends rushed to congratulate Amalia Perez after she was named the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Ritzville at the program on Friday night. Above and pictured with Amalia are Gaby Perez, Hayley Neisinger and Sandy Neisinger.

2011 REPRESENTATIVES. The former representatives for the Distinguished Young Women program in Ritzville said farewell at the end of the program on Friday, March 16. The outgoing representatives are Bridget Banner, Crystal Banner, Davis Killian and the 2011 Distinguished Young Woman of Ritzville Dezarae West.

ENTERTAINMENT. Contestant Emily Buriak spoke in a rhythmic way to portray the “problems” of the first world during the talent portion of the program.

FIDDLE PLAYING. Taylor White performed her talent by playing the fiddle during the Distinguished Young Women program in the Gilson Gym on Friday, March 16.

FITNESS. Brooke Pichette performs a part of the fitness routine during the program. The fitness portion is worth 25 percent of the overall points for the ladies in the program. The ladies also were judged on self-expression, interviews and talent.

en Ni Wood ckel ALL SMILES. Amalia Perez makes her entrance to the stage during the self-expression portion of the program. Perez also won the Distinguished Young Woman Spirit Award and Distinguished Young Woman Academic Award.

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March 22, 2012

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Avista representative discusses lighting efficiency Jerry Wright from Avista spoke as the guest speaker at the regular membership meeting for the Ritzville Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 15. The main focus of his presentation dealt with the current incentives for T12 fluorescent tube conversions. Most T12 bulbs are used commercially and can be found in the majority of businesses in the area. Avista is currently offering incentives for all T12 fluorescent bulbs to be replaced with the more energy efficient T8 fluorescents. T12s are a common fluorescent light used commercially and usually

come in lengths of four or eight feet. The “12” refers to the diameter of the tube, being 12 eighths of an inch, or one and half inches. As of July 14 of this year, it is illegal for customers to purchase T12 fluorescents and the incentives for the replacement of the bulbs ends on Dec. 31 of this year. The rebate for the replacement of a T12 to a T8 has gone from $20 to $64 this year. “The T8 is three tubes while T12 is four tubes. The T8 quality of light is better and the light flickers are eliminated,” said Wright. Wright also explained that the

T8 produces the same amount of light as the T12, but it uses less energy and has a longer expectancy of about 100,000 hours because of the ballasts the tube connects too. Wright encouraged business owners to purchase new lights now because there is a shortage in parts or an increase in prices. Any T8s that were installed in the late 1990s or early 2000s also need to be replaced due to the fact they do not meet energy codes. Wright encourages business owners to contact their local electrician or Avista about the changes that need to be made in the business.

Wright discussed other lightings that may be inefficient, either in the home or the office. A main focus was the standard incandescent bulb frequently used in homes. Incandescent bulbs typically use a lot of energy because the bulb turns the energy into heat instead of light. Wright encouraged consumers to purchase a compact fluorescent bulb because they use less energy, have a longer lifespan and reduce cooling costs. LED bulbs are also an excellent choice for energy saving bulbs, but the cost of bulbs is generally very expensive. Wright said that LED bulbs last about 50,000 hours and do not get warm, but acknowledged the high price of the bulbs being a deterrent for consumers. Wright reminded the audience to always verify that the bulb they are purchasing is always the correct substitution. He also warned against buying foreign bulbs and instead stick with purchasing Energy Star approved bulbs. For a complete list of incentives or energy saving tips, visit the Avista website at For any questions regarding workplace or household lighting, contact the local representative, Jerry Wright, at 509-495-4112 or by e-mail at jerry.


Journal photo by Katelin Davidson

HEALTH CARE. A group of students from University of Washington visited Ritzville on March 20 to learn about rural doctoring and the different practices in town. The students visited Dr. Warren Kragt’s chiropractic office in the morning. The group members are (left to right) Beza Negussie, Natalie Gutierrez, Eric Irons, Adriana Arghira, Dr. Kragt, Sindi Dika and Nejat Kedir.

UW students visit community health care programs

East Adams Rural Hospital medical staff provided an outreach program to a group of students from University of Washington during a Rural Health alternative spring break on March 19-22. The group consisted of five biology majors and one student who is still undecided. Natalie Gutierrez is the

president of the Future Hospital Professional Club at UW, Bothell campus. Sindi Dinko is a senior and served as the advisor on the trip. The other students are Adriana Arghira, Eric Irons, Beza Negussie and Nejat Kedir. The students toured EARH, RMC and the ambulance, while visiting radiology,

the lab, EMTs, physical therapy and occupational therapy departments. The group also traveled to Life Care, Rose Garden, public health department, Danekas Funeral Home and Crematory, and Dr. Kragt’s chiropractic office. The goal of the trip is to teach the students about rural community health care practices and programs.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Adams County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Monday, March 26, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 202 of the Adams County Courthouse, 210 W. Broadway, Ritzville, Washington, for the purpose of hearing the following matter: DECLARING THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC WORKS EQUIPMENT SURPLUS Item 1998 FORD PICKUP 3/4 TON SN# 2FTPF2768WCA74819

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All persons may appear and be heard at the hearing. Contact Clerk of the Board at (509) 659-3236 or e-mail: for special accommodations. This hearing will be audio recorded. DATED this 12th day of March, 2012. /s/ LINDA REIMER, MMC Clerk of the Board (Mar. 15, 22, 2012) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NOTICE OF STATE’S INTENT TO NEGOTIATE LEASES Department of Natural Resources will begin negotiation of expiring leases with existing lessees on the following parcels. All leases are subject to third party bids by interested parties. Lease terms and bidding information is available by calling the Southeast Region at 1-800-527-3305 or by visiting the Region Office at 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, Washington 98926. These leases expire August 31, 2012. Agricultural All or Part Sec Twp Rge 12-A52272 Part 36 18N 34E 12-C61023 Part 16 19N 36E Written request to lease must be received by April 23, 2012, at the Department of Natural Resources, 713 Bowers Road, Ellensburg, Washington 98926. Each request to lease must contain a certified check or money order payable to the Department of Natural Resources for the amount of any bonus bid, plus a $100 deposit. The envelope must be marked “Sealed Bid” and give the lease number, expiration date of lease applied for, and give the applicant’s name. The applicant must be prepared to purchase any improvements that belong to the current lessee. For details and qualifications to submit a request, contact the Ellensburg office or call (509) 925-0927. /s/ PETER GOLDMARK, Commissioner of Public Lands (Mar. 22, 2012) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Adams County Public Hospital District No. 2 will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wheat Growers Building, 109 East First Avenue, Ritzville, WA. /s/ STACEY PLUMMER, chairman Board of Commissioners East Adams Rural Hospital (Mar. 15, 22, 2012) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NO. 12 4 00015 6 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR LINCOLN COUNTY In the matter of the Estate of JOHN J. HENNINGS, deceased. The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent that arose before the decedent’s death must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorneys at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Clerk of this court. The claim must be presented within the later of (1) thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the Notice to the Creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (3); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of this notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim will be forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW section 11 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of First publication: March 22, 2012. /s/ PAULINE L. HENNINGS Personal Representative Attorney for Personal Representative: Norman D. Brock Brock Law Firm, P.S. 529 Morgan St., P.O. Box 249 Davenport, WA 99122 (Mar. 22, 29, Apr. 5, 2012) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– NOTICE OF CALL FOR BIDS Adams County Department of Public Works RESOLUTION NO. R-15-2012 Notice is hereby given by the Board of Adams County Commissioners that sealed bids will be received at their office in the Courthouse, 210 W. Broadway, Ritzville, Washington, 99169 until 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2012 at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read for purchase and delivery of the following:

One – 14 k Hydraulic Dump Trailer Please identify bids on the outside of the envelope as: “Bid for Hydraulic Dump Trailer - 2012” Specifications and bid forms are available at the Adams County Public Works Department office, 210 W. Alder, Ritzville, Washington, 99169. Bids must be on the forms provided by the Public Works Department office and be attached to the County specifications. Bidder shall submit bid in separate sealed envelope addressed to the Adams County Board of Commissioners, 210 W. Broadway, Ritzville, Washington 99169. The Board of Adams County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive informalities or irregularities in the bids or in the bidding, if the best interest of Adams County will be served, or to accept the bid, which in their opinion serves the best interest of Adams County. Bidders are advised that Adams County, being a municipal corporation, is exempt from Federal excise tax. The Recipient, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 23 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award. Dated this 19th day of March, 2012. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ADAMS COUNTY, WASHINGTON /s/ RUDY PLAGER, Chairman /s/ ROGER L. HARTWIG, ViceChairman /s/ JEFFREY W. STEVENS, Commissioner ATTEST: /s/ LINDA REIMER, MMC Clerk of the Board (Mar. 15, 22, 2012)

WHY THIS SECTION IS IMPORTANT TO YOU Your right to know and be informed about your government are embodied in public notices. An informed public is the key to self-government. Read and study these notices. For further information, use your right of access to public records and public meetings.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING on the STATUS OF PROPOSED ACTIVITIES The Town of Lind is applying to Washington Department of Commerce for a 2012 Community Development Block Grant for a Planning-Only Grant Application and intends to file an Application with USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to fund needed water distribution improvements. Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 116 ½ 2nd Street, Lind, Washington, to receive comments regarding said grant proposal. Information regarding the proposal can be obtained from the Town of Lind by calling (509) 677-3241. The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comments on proposed activities, particularly from low-and-moderate income persons and persons residing in the area serviced by the Town of Lind. Up to $35,000 may be available to the Town of Lind on a statewide competitive basis to fund planning projects for public facility, housing, economic development, or community facility projects that benefit low-and-moderate income persons. The draft application for the Town of Lind water system improvements will be available for review at the public hearing on March 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., at the Council Chambers, 116 ½ 2nd Street, Lind, Washington. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Town of Lind. Additional arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs will be made upon receiving twenty-four (24) hour advance notice. Contact Patty Phillips, Clerk-Treasurer at (509) 677-3241. Any citizen may appear at said hearing to comment or testify, or written testimony or correspondence, which will be read into the record, may be sent to: Town of Lind, P. O. Box F, Lind, Washington 99341 by March 27, 2012.

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Ritzville Adams County Journal

Obituaries Burke Melville

Burke Melville died Thursday, Mar. 15 at the age of 47. He was born on October 20, 1965 in Spokane, Wash. to Curtis and Shirley Melville. He was the youngest of four children, Jim, Andrea and Dave, and they lived on the family farm in Lamont. The family moved to Pullman, Mich., Moses Lake, St Louis, Mo., Tracy, Calif., and back to Lamont. He and his siblings were a very tight knit group during these moves, and his older siblings often chauffeured him around Northern California taking him to tennis tournaments. He studied electrical engineering at Washington State University, where he played on the men’s varsity tennis team and met his wife Elizabeth Heft, who played on the women’s varsity tennis team. After college, they moved to western Washington where he worked for Boeing as an electrical


engineer for seven years. The couple decided to move to Lamont so he could work on the family farm. He farmed in Lamont for 16 years and really developed the heart and soul of a farmer. According to friends and family, the highlights of his life were his children Kelly, Tracy and Rose. His wife Elizabeth cherishes memories of him with the children including him swaying Kelly for hours when she had colic as a baby, crying and feeling his dad’s presence when Tracy was born and his insistence that Rose be named Rose, because she was so beautiful when she was born. He was an active father and read more books out loud to the girls than they can count including, “Harry Potter,” “Inkheart,” “Artemis Fowl” and “Children of the Lamp” series, along with many, many more. His children have warm memories of skating and kayaking on the local ponds, walking the pasture land, fishing, and checking on the cows with their Dad. While he tried to share his love of fishing with his family it never really stuck; however, his love for tennis did, and all of the family still plays. The family also has wonderful

memories from trips to California, Florida, Birch Bay, and Hawaii. Through tennis he had many memorable friends and doubles partners including his WSU teammates, his doubles partners, and all the guys at North Park and SAC. He also had very treasured memories of traveling to Palm Springs when his 5.0 teammates team qualified for nationals. He showed some of his finest attributes in his fight against his brain tumor. He was diagnosed in the spring of 2008, with anaplastic astrocytoma and underwent surgery, radiation, and many rounds of chemotherapy and Avastin. Even as he lost his ability to walk and speak, he still fought to live and be present with his family. This ability to persist against all odds showed his immense courage. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. A special thank you goes out to the following doctors and care takers: Dr. Wittenkeller and Tina of Rockwood clinic; Dr. Jennifer Clarke from UCSF; Karen, Jim, and Kat from Whitman County Home Health Care and Hospice; and Kimberly, our neighbor and friend. A memorial service is being held on Sunday, Mar. 25, at Sprague

High School gym at 4 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made out to the Sprague or Lamont Fire Departments.

Steve Turner Steve Turner died last Sunday, Mar. 18, after a battle with heart disease and cancer. He was with his family at home and his passing was peaceful. He was a freelance journalist and novelist whose work appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, and various regional publications in New England. His book, “Amber Waves and Undertow,” about rural decline in Washington State, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2010. Another book, “Drylands, a Rural American Saga,” a joint project with photographer Lionel Delevingne, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in the fall of 2011. His novel about the importation of Chinese workers from San Francisco to North Adams, Mass. to break a strike by shoemakers is forthcoming. Born in 1937, he grew up in Garrett Park, Md. After high school graduation he joined his diplomat

parents in Baghdad, Iraq for a year, before entering Middlebury College in Vermont. He graduated in 1959 and was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Army. While learning Mandarin-Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, he met and married his wife of 51 years, Anne. He resigned his commission in 1964 and entered graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master of Arts degree. He spent nearly 10 years as a community organizer and anti-poverty program executive. In 1975, he fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a full time writer, concentrating on labor and environmental issues. He was a founding member of the National Writers Union, and helped hundreds of members with contract advice and grievances against publishers. He is survived by his wife, Anne M. Turner; son, Nicholas; brother Terence S. Turner; sister, Allison K. Turner, two nieces and several grandchildren. Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel of Santa Cruz, Calif., has been entrusted with the arrangements. His ashes will be spread at the family gathering next October in Leicester, Vt.


4-H Summer Camp planned for June

Washington State University Grant-Adams Area Extension announced the upcoming 4-H summer camp. 4-H camp takes place at Brooks Memorial State Park Environmental Learning Center located near Goldendale, Wash. and is held June 18-22. Campers stay in cabins nestled in the lodge pole pine forests of the Simcoe Mountains. 4-H Camp is open to all youth in the third through ninth grades. The theme for the 2012 4-H camp is “Exploring the World of 4-H.” Campers can expect to meet new friends and enjoy games, leather craft, science and evening campfires. The goal of 4-H is to learn by doing, and provides handson and teamwork activities that help campers discover 4-H. For more information about the 4-H program or 4-H camp, please contact the Grant-Adams Area Extension office at 509-754-2011 Ext. 413, or visit http://county.wsu. edu/grant-adams/youth. Register soon to be part of the early bird registration.

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002 Help Wanted

NURSING ASSISTANT Certified. Life Care Center of Ritzville is looking for more team members for our 40-bed skilled nursing facility. We are a 5-star CMS rated facility that is joint commission accredited. Life Care Center of Ritzville provides total quality nursing care in a home-like environment. We are looking for N.A.C.’s to join our dedicated, consistent staff to continue our tradition of outstanding surveys, low employee turnover and exceptional customer service. We offer competitive wages with a benefit package and experience match. Contact Aimee Schell, Director of Nursing at 509-6591600 or send resume to Life Care Center, 506 S. Jackson, Ritzville, WA. 99169. EOE..........................................1-05-tfc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED: Persons looking for legal office training. Spokane Community College is taking applications for its legal office programs. Excellent graduate placement. Fall quarter financial aid deadline is April 16! Information: (509) 533-8068 or (509) 533-7398...................................3-15-3tcc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ECOLOGY YOUTH CORPS litter pickup along state and local highways. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m., $9.04/ hr., June 25–July 20, ages 14–17. Apply at ero.html or call 509.329.3506 for information..............................................3-15-2tc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– RITZVILLE WATER PARK. Park and Recreation District No. 4, is accepting applications for lifeguards for the 2012 season. Must complete the required first aid, C.P.R. and lifesaving training. Salary DOE. Applications may be obtained at the Ritzville Public Library, Ritzville High School or online at Deadline for applications is April 6, before 5 p.m...........................3-15-3tc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LIND SWIMMING POOL. Park and Recreation District No. 3 is accepting applications for pool lifeguards. Must be 15 years of age and have lifeguard certification. Also accepting applications for assistant manager and water safety instructors, must be 17 years of age. Salary DOE. For questions, contact Darlene O’Neill at 509-677-3602 (evenings). Applications are available at the Lind High School and Jim’s Market. The Adams County Park and Recreation District No. 3 is an EOE. Deadline for applications is April 6........... ....................................................3-22-2tc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HOUSEKEEPING position available, part time, must be available to work weekends. Apply in person, 105 W. Galbreath Way, Ritzville................................3-22-tfc

Ritz Roadhouse

Now Accepting Applications We’re building a team dedicated to customer service and preparation of top-notch food. Successful applicants must be willing and able to multitask. Wanted: servers/hostesses, combination dishwasher/prep/cook, and line cooks. Cooks should have barbecue and/or smokehouse experience. Knowledge of sausage making, desserts and bakery items a plus! Pick up applications from the clerk at Ritz Food Mart Conoco, 1507 S. Bauman Road, and return them there. No phone calls please

021 Misc. for Rent MINI STORAGE UNITS available. Union Elevator, Lind. 677-3441..................3-15-4tc

002 Help Wanted LaCrosse/Washtucna Athletic Cooperative COACHING POSITION AVAILABLE Assistant High School Football Coach The LaCrosse/Washtucna Athletic Cooperative has an opening for the position of Assistant High School Football Coach. For information about this position or for application materials, please contact Sandy Martin at the LaCrosse School District (509) 549-3591 or Jeff Nelson at the Washtucna School District (509) 646-3211. The position is open until filled. LaCrosse and Washtucna Schools are EOE

LaCrosse/Washtucna Athletic Cooperative COACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE Assistant and Head High School Girls Basketball Coach The LaCrosse/Washtucna Athletic Cooperative has openings for the position of Head High School Girls Basketball Coach and Assistant High School Girls Basketball Coach. For information about these positions or for application materials, please contact Sandy Martin at the LaCrosse School District (509) 549-3591 or Jeff Nelson at the Washtucna School District (509) 6463211. The position is open until May 1, 2012 or until filled. LaCrosse and Washtucna Schools are EOE

037 Misc. for Sale

FOR SALE: 1973 Seaswirl 18’ boat, 165 H Chev 6 IO 438 hours, enclosed canopy, 65# Thrust 12V solar guided electric motor, fish finder EZ loader trailer with wench, extra prop. Oscar Olson (509) 659-1528....................................3-22-2tp

004 Services TELECKY CUSTOM FENCING - By Dale Telecky. Specializing in barbed wire, chain link, vinyl fencing and dog kennels. Rock drilling available. Also carrying a complete line of chain link and vinyl fence materials. Estimates. 659-4212 or 6600256. TELECC0928J2................5-18-tfc ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– RITZVILLE MOTORCYCLES, boat motors, lawn mowers, rototillers, weed eaters repair and service. Sharpen chainsaws. Call Ron Evans, 659-0594......3-22-EOW

005 Autos & Trucks

2000 Freightliner. PTO’d & wet kit’d., power mirror, air and windows, AM-FM, cruise, air drop cab, well kept interior. Extremely clean Washington truck! Will go to 525 HP, 1850 torque. $26,900. Please call Class 8 Trucks, 509-534-9088. N. 521 Eastern, Spokane, WA 99212.

010 Farm Equipment

022 Commercial For Rent

040 Notices

LARGE OFFICE/RETAIL for lease Main Ave., Ritzville. 3600 sq. ft. ADA bathrooms, A/ C, parking - build to suit. Ritzville Motor Co. (206) 604-8117.......................4-5-tfc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MECHANICS SPECIAL. Ag shop, 2 hoists, air, great location in town, $350. Call (509) 435-6100..............................2-2-tfc

RETIREMENT RUMMAGE SALE at Heartland Realty. 215 W Main Ave, during business hours...........................................3-22-3tc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GREAT VINTAGE Easter items at “Remember When...” Antiques. Fill an Easter basket with memories. See us at 311 W. Main Avenue, Ritzville..........................3-22-2tc

018 Apartments For Rent ADAMS HOUSE APARTMENTS 401 W. Broadway, Ritzville, WA 99169 Phone: (509) 659-0401 Fax: (509) 659-1059 Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have 1 bedroom units open NOW! If you would like to apply please come by and ring the office buzzer to the left of the door during office hours! If no one answers please call 509-659-0401. Senior, elderly, handicap and disabled housing. Must be income eligible and pass a background check. Water, Sewer and Garbage included.

038 Pets SP


FOR SALE: 2000 John Deere 8410T. 3600 hours. Excellent condition, $90k or best offer. 509-660-3033..................3-15-2tcc

011 Homes & Real Estate FOR SALE: 3 bed 2 bath home, 2099 N. Snyder Rd. Ritzville. 40 x 30 insulated shop. 30 fenced acres with riding arena 8 miles east of Ritzville. $174,000. Larry Zagelow, 509-9882100, 877-332-2100, Century–21 Beutler...............................................3-15-4tc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PASTURE LAND. Young Farmer/Rancher interested in finding pasture for small herd with room to grow with possible purchase in near future. Does not need to be fancy but dependable water source. 509-322-1419...........................3-22-2tcc

017 Homes For Rent 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath DUPLEX for rent. Clean, newer unit, $550 per month plus utilities. Deposit and references required. Call 660-0610............................12-15-tfc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 3 BEDROOM, 205 E. 8th, Ritzville. No pets/ smoking. Across from City Park, close to schools and tennis courts. 509-431-7224 ...................................................3-22-2tc –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WANTED: Awesome renters who love gardening. 2 bedroom 1 bath home in Ritzville. $550/month, plus utilities. First & security. You get free, fresh organic produce for the rest of 2012. Available Apr. 7th. (509) 347-6496....................3-22-2tc

020 Vacation Rentals RITZVILLE GUEST HOUSE. Got friends or family coming to town and no place to put them? Fully furnished charming home has 1 queen, 1 full and 2 twin beds, down comforters and nice linens on all, many conveniences supplied. Fully equipped kitchen and baths. Rent by day or 6-nite week. Two night minimum. Call Terri 6590472..........................................9-8-EOW

042 Card of Thanks CARD OF THANKS Thank you to everyone who helped make Jim’s surprise so wonderful. You all made it a great afternoon and evening to remember. Jim and Cheryl CARD OF THANKS I would like to thank Kristen & Janet for all of their help, long hours and late night practices, you ladies are the best! To all the girls that participated; Brooke, Taylor, Emily & Jordan, thank you for all the fun & memorable times. You all did a wonderful job & looked amazing! To the Ritzville Journal, thank you for your photography & coverage of this years Distinguished Young Women’s competition! To everyone behind the scenes and with the Festivals Association thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication, you made our program come to life! And most of all I would like to thank the community for their support and everyone who furnished gifts and flowers, Thank you all so much! I am looking forward to representing our community this summer and throughout the upcoming year, this is truly an honor. Amalia Perez

045 Statewide Classifieds RUSTY - Arabian/Thoroughbred Mix: An adoptable horse in Ralston, WA. Rusty is approximately a 17-year-old gelding. A cross between Arab and Thoroughbred - he is quite the fellow! He is a very kind soul who has a very “Arab” personality. Rusty has a permanent elbow injury so he cannot be ridden. He is a great pasture pal and very good with younger horses. Would you like to meet Rusty? Call Mikki Kison at 509-659-0663 or email Rusty is being fostered near Ritzville.


040 Notices LIND SCHOOL DISTRICT will hold its spring “Childfind” event on April 16 at 8:30 a.m. This event includes screening children under the age of 5 for delays in the areas of motor, communication, social, schoolreadiness 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........ ....................................................3-22-3tc

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SCHOOL MENUS LIND SCHOOLS (Milk served with every meal) MONDAY: Breakfast – Pancakes, sausage, juice. Lunch – Spoon tacos, salad, corn, pears. TUESDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, toast, juice. Lunch – Lasagna, salad, green beans, bread, peaches. WEDNESDAY: Breakfast – French toast, sausage, juice. Lunch – Chicken nuggets, salad, corn, bread, pears. THURSDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, toast, juice. Lunch – Chicken noodle soup, tuna or egg salad sandwich, carrots, applesauce. FRIDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, toast, juice. Lunch – Burritos, salad, corn, fruit. RITZVILLE SCHOOLS (Milk served with every meal) MONDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, Bronco muffin, fruit, juice. Lunch – Sluggers salad bar, apple, roll. TUESDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, breakfast burrito, fruit, juice. Lunch – Bronco burger, French fries, pineapple, brownie. WEDNESDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, muffin, sausage, fruit, juice. Lunch – Ravioli, green beans, peaches, Texas toast. THURSDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, breakfast pizza, fruit, juice . Lunch – Quesadilla, Mexi rice, green beans, fruit medley. FRIDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, French toast, sausage, fruit, juice. Lunch – Ham & cheese Hot Pocket, vegetable sticks, oranges, maple bar. WASHTUCNA SCHOOLS (Milk served with every meal) MONDAY: Breakfast – Yogurt parfait or muffin, juice. Lunch – Ham & cheese calzone, salad, fruit, dessert. TUESDAY: Breakfast – Coffeecake, juice. Lunch – Turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, roll, fruit. WEDNESDAY: Breakfast – Chocolate cherry muffin, juice. Lunch – Chicken patty sandwich, corn or salad, fruit, brownie. THURSDAY: Breakfast – Cereal, toast, juice. Lunch – Tacos, Spanish rice, salad, fruit, dessert. FRIDAY: Breakfast – Scrambled eggs, toast, juice. Lunch – Hamburger or cheeseburger, French fries, fruit.

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