Ellensburg schools went into lockdown Wednesday
Ellensburg School District schools went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon in
response to a report from Kittcom emergency dispatch of an imminent threat to
Ellensburg High School. Multiple school districts across the state received a similar
threat, which is referred to as swatting — a false report intended to prompt an
immediate law enforcement response.
School officials said law enforcement personnel arrived on the high school
campus within minutes of the call.
At Wednesday’s Ellensburg School Board meeting, approval was given to
purchase text books required to teach French at the high school. EHS previously
offered Spanish and Japanese. With the Japanese teacher leaving the high school,
the decision was made to offer French.
Also on Wednesday, the school board opted to delay vote on a policy regarding
staff expression, including actions that could be taken in response to staff
members’ social media statements. The vote was delayed to provide time for
more discussion with staff.
Interim superintendent search continues
Three screening panels will interview candidates for the Ellensburg School District
interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year on May 16. The school board
could potentially make a hiring decision on May 19. Current superintendent Jinger
Haberer is resigning at the end of the school year to take a position in Colorado.
City of Ellensburg hires IT director
Jim Goeben has been hired as information technology for the city of Ellensburg,
according to a news release from the city. This is a new position with the city.
Goeben has 25 years of experience in IT, primary in Kittitas County.LUNCH
Friday’s lunch at Ellensburg High School is Mandarin chicken, Domino’s pizza, a
burger basket, a deli sandwich, a salad bar and fresh fruit.
FISH Open Table
The FISH Open Table lunch Friday is homemade lasagna made with beef and pork
red sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and fresh herbs. Green beans and pears also will
be served. The lunch is open to all seniors age 60-plus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
in Ellensburg, and noon to 1 p.m., in Cle Elum. Meal sites are the Ellensburg Open
Table, 204 N. Main St. and the Cle Elum Seventh-day Adventist Church, 115 E.
Second St. The community lunch for anyone in need of a hot meal is from 1 to 2
p.m. at the Ellensburg location.
Friday’s high in Ellensburg is expected to be 79 degrees. The forecast calls for
highs in the mid-80s through next week.
The Ellensburg High School boys and girls track team competes in its district
championship track meet at 11 a.m., Saturday at Othello High School.
The Ellensburg High School baseball team hosts Clarkston at 1 p.m., Saturday at
Rotary Park in a district playoff game. The winner qualifies for the state
IN THE CLUBS THIS WEEKEND
The Loco Motion Band will perform at 6 p.m., Friday at Gard Vintners, 311 N.
Corban Welter, Cigman Fraud and Cobrahawk are slated to perform, starting at
6:30 p.m., Friday at Old Skool’s, 308 N. Main St. The show is presented by
Boogieman and Windy City Sound. It is all-ages and entry is by donation.
Comedy Night with Susan Rice and Scott Loose is set for 7 p.m., Friday at Blue
Rock Saloon, 404 N. Pine St. This is a 21-plus event and tickets are $20.
Spiced Rye Band is presenting a Bring Mom and Sing-along event at 6 p.m.,
Saturday at the Mule Cocktail Bar, 119 E. Fourth Ave.
Daren Osiadacz will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, at The Loft (upstairs Cornerstone
Pie, 307 E. Fifth Ave. This is a 21-plus event.
Bop Revival will perform noon to 5 p.m., Sunday at Dodge and Thrall Winery, 11
Dodge Road. Bop Revival is a jazz trio consisting of Edgar Higgins, George Angelos
and Drew Colello.
Celebration at Cle Elum Post office
The Cle Elum Post Office is celebrating its grand reopening with a customer
appreciation event from 8:30 to 4 p.m., Friday. There will be activities for current
box clients and the public.
‘Into the Woods” debuts Friday
The first performance of the Central Theatre Ensemble’s spring musical, “Into the
Woods” is 7:30 tonight at McConnell Auditorium. There are two performances on
Saturday and shows on May 18-21. “Into the Woods” intertwines the plots of
several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. For information on times and tickets, go to
Final chance to see “Godspell Jr.”
The final performances of Valley Musical Theatre’s Rising Stars presentation of
“Godspell Jr.” are Friday and Saturday at Ellensbug High School’s Little Theater.
For information on tickets and times go to Valley Musical Theatre’s website.
Rising Star productions feature middle-school aged performers.
A Filipino collaboration
The Philharmonic featuring Filosophy — a collaboration between two Filipino-
American singers, is set for 8 p.m. Friday at the SURC Theatre on the CWU
campus. Tickets are $10 for the general public.
Roslyn Cemetery Clean up
Volunteers are needed for a Roslyn Cemetery Cleanup starting at 8:30 a.m. at the
cemetery complex. Volunteers are asked to bring their own tools, gloves,
weedeaters, etc. There will be a volunteer lunch, sponsored by the Roslyn Eagles
Aerie 696, at 12:15 p.m.
Come and collage
Collage Day is set for 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday at Hal Holmes Community Center.
The event, which is sponsored by the Ellensburg Public Library, features local
collage artist Joanna Thomas. All ages are welcome.
Getting in steppe
The 24 th Get Intimate with the Shrub Steppe starts with a social gathering Friday
night and continues with field trips on Saturday. The social gathering is from 6 to
9 p.m. at the Iron Horse Tap Room, 1621 Vantage Highway. The field trips run
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and start at the Yakima Canyon Interpretive Center
at Helen McCabe Memorial State Park, 23942 Canyon Road.
Kids day at market
Saturday is Children’s Day at the Ellensburg Farmers Market. There will be music,
crafts and kids activities.
Getting it fixed
The Rodeo City Repair Café is 10 a.m., Saturday at the IOOF Cemetery Shop, 1900
Brick Road. Rodeo City Café is a community of volunteers who assist with the
repair of household appliances, lamps, furniture and bicycles.
Choir welcomes guests
Chor Anno will perform with the CWU Chamber Choir at 3 p.m., Saturday in Hertz
Hall in the McIntyre Music Building. Chor Anno is a semi-professional choir with
members from throughout the Northwest.
African Night: African Wedding — a union of two African cultures with a fashion
show, performances and food — is set for 5 p.m., Saturday at the SURC ballroom.
Tickets are $15 for the general public.
Orchestra performs Sunday
The CWU Orchestra will perform in concert 4 p.m., Sunday in Hertz Concert Hall in
the McIntyre Music Building. Tickets are $15 for the general public.
If you need a reminder, you might already be in trouble.
Sunday is Mother’s Day. A thank you to all the mothers in the ECR listening
audience. Without you, none of this would be possible.