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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Friday, May 26

Updated: Jun 29, 2023


The forecasted high in Ellensburg today is 78 degrees. Wind at 20 mph. 5:15 sunrise. 8:43 p.m Sunset. Through the three-day weekend, the highs are expected to be in the high 70s and low 80s.


Teen dies on Cle Elum River

A 17-year-old male died while innertubing on the Cle Elum River last Saturday, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that a group of seven young people from the Moses Lake and Warden area launched a raft of interconnected innertubes on the Cle Elum River near Salmon la Sac. The makeshift craft was soon caught on tree limbs and underwater hazards and was swamped by the fast-running river. The party was scattered and when they regathered, realized the 17-year-old was missing and called for help.

The county’s Swiftwater Rescue team found the boy’s body two miles down the river, trapped under a submerged log. He was wearing a personal flotation device. Another member of the party suffered an injured ankle and was treated at KVH and released.

The sheriff’s office said people recreating on rivers over the Memorial Day weekend need to be aware the rivers in the county are running high, are extremely cold and hold unseen dangers.

Police calls up in 2022

At last week’s Ellensburg City Council meeting, Police Chief Ken Wade reported the department responded to 17,143 calls in 2021 and experienced a record 455 mental health referrals. Over the course of 2022, the department documented three incidents that required the use of force, including one incident in which an impact munition, in this case a bag bean, was discharged in the direction of a person.


Ellensburg School District students and staff are enjoying a four-day weekend. Friday was scheduled as a snow day on the calendar in case the district needed to close a day for school during the winter. Monday is Memorial Day. School lunches will return on Tuesday.

The FISH Open Table lunch today is grilled citrus pork salad, which features crisp Romaine, shaved onion, oranges, feta cheese, tomato and cucumber. 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 and the Cle Elum Seventh-day Adventist Church. The community lunch for anyone in need of a hot meal is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ellensburg location.


Celebrating businesses

Two business grand openings are scheduled for Friday. Buddy’s Bakery, featuring homemade dog treats made with love, is holding its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., Friday at 109 E. Third Ave. The Jam Shop is holding its expansion grand opening at noon on Friday at 801 E. First St. in Cle Elum.

Polyfest takes place today

CWU’s annual Polyfest — a celebration of Polynesian culture through music, performances and interactive audience games — starts at 5 p.m. today in the Student Union ballroom.

Kairos in concert

Kairos will perform with guest artist David Perry at the McIntyre Music Building at 7 tonight.

Easton Memorial Day Parade Saturday

Easton celebrates the holiday with its annual Memorial Day celebration. The fun starts at 9 a.m. with the Cabin Creek Cruisers Car Show. The parade starts at noon. The master of ceremonies is John Curly and the parade grand marshals are Karl and Tabitha Hines. The event also includes a kid zone with bounce houses, a street fair and musical entertainment.

Honoring Memorial Day

Ellensburg’s annual Memorial Day Military Celebration takes place at noon, Monday at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Lunch will follow the ceremony. The event is organized by local Rotary Clubs.

Pride Week event

CWU’s Pride Week Amateur Drag Show is at 1 p.m., Monday on the Student Union and Recreation Center west patio. The winner of this performance will perform with the Diamond Divas on the big stage later that night.


Music in the clubs this weekend

Small Town Strings with Dani Bacon performs at Dru Bru in Cle Elum at 5:30 tonight.

AA Bottom and Shanwow play at Mike’s Tavern in Cle Elum at 7 tonight.

Kuttl3ss and Old Skool’s present the Up in Smoke Northwest tour at 7:30 tonight.

Reverb Nation will perform a solo acoustic performance at Hot Rod’s Café and Bar in Kittitas at 8 tonight.

Abigale Smith will perform at The Brick in Roslyn at 9 tonight.

Loco Motion will perform at the Hitching Post in Easton after the Easton Memorial Day Parade on Saturday.

Hairstorm — a tribute to ‘80s arena rock — will perform at 9 p.m., Saturday at The Brick in Roslyn.

The Tap Room at Iron Horse Brewery will host a Celtic Music Jam at 3 p.m., Sunday.

Bottoms Up will perform at The Brick in Roslyn at 9 p.m., Sunday.

Cle Elum-Roslyn boys place second at state golf

The Cle Elum-Roslyn boys golf team placed second in the state 2B tournament Wednesday behind the play of Sergio Sanchez and Dillon Pratt. Sanchez finished in a three-way tie for second place, four shots behind the champion, Dan Harrington Northwest Christian. Pratt finished in a tie for 11th, 10 shots off the lead.

Warriors qualify for state tennis

Cle Elum-Roslyn’s Luke Chafin faces Jani Martin of Life Christian Academy in the first round of the state 2B boys tennis tournament today at the Yakima Tennis Club.

Cle Elum-Roslyn’s Maddie Castro faces Amy Dorman of Lake Roosevelt in the first round of the sate 2B girls tennis tournament on Friday at the Yakima Tennis Club. The Warriors girls double team of Lola Favero and Sadie Mehorn face a team from Mason in the state quarterfinals on Friday.

State softball tourney starts

The state 2B girls softball tournament gets underway today at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima. Kittitas opens against Pe Ell-Willapa Valley and Cle Elum-Roslyn faces Northwest Christian of Colbert. Both games start at 10 a.m.

Ellensburg track sends athletes to state

Joshua Boast will lead a contingent of Ellensburg High School boys and girls track to the state meet, which started Thursday and continues through Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Boast placed first in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and third in the triple jump at the regional meet this past weekend in Ephrata.

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