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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Friday, May 3

The Norwegian Foot March is tonight, starting at 8.


Filing period opens on Monday

The filing period for the 2024 General Election is Monday through Friday. Filing may be done electronically through the Kittitas County Auditor’s website or in person at the Auditor’s Office in the courthouse. Local races include Kittitas County Commissioner Districts 1 and 2, both Kittitas County Superior Court judge positions, the two 13th District representative seats and the 8th Congressional District representative.


Norwegian Foot March is tonight

More the 200 soldiers, including CWU Air Force and Army ROTC participate in the fourth annual Norwegian Foot March starting at 8 o’clock tonight at the John Wayne Trail Head near the county fairgrounds. Participants will march 18.6 miles carrying a 25-pound rucksack within four hours and 40 minutes to earn the official Norwegian Foot March badge, known as Marsjmerket. Community members can participate but will not earn the badge.


Open Show head lines First Friday

This month’s First Friday Art Walk includes Gallery One’s annual Kittitas County Open Show. The show features art submitted by county residents. This year’s juror, Betsy Fetherston, will distribute $3,800 in awards donated by local businesses and individuals, including a purchase award by the City of Ellensburg and a residency award at Gallery One. First Friday is from 5 to 7 p.m. at venues throughout downtown Ellensburg.


Market season starts

The Ellensburg Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. The market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues on Saturdays through the end of October.


Garage and plant sale in Thorp

The Thorp Community Day Yard and Plant Sale is today and Saturday at the Thorp Fire Station. The plant-only sale is from 1 to 4 p.m., today. The plant and garage vendors’ sale is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.


Teams compete in Flyby Challenge

More than 30 student teams from across the region will participate in the Lunar Fly-by In-Person Challenge on the CWU campus today and Saturday. Northwest Earth and Space Science Pathways sponsored the challenge. Teams will tackle eight mission objectives, inspired by NASA's Artemis Missions, which aims to return humans to the moon.


Historic preservation awards on Monday

Historic Preservation Awards will be handed out at 4 p.m., Saturday at the Kittitas County Historical Museum. The event, sponsored by the museum and the city’s Landmark and Design Commission, includes a presentation on the 135th anniversary of the great fire, a celebration of community murals and the naming of award winners honored for preserving historic homes and structures.


University Way overlay project starts Monday

The University Way overlay projects begins Monday. Roadway surface maintenance will be done on University Way from Cle Elum Street to the BNSF Overpass near Reecer Creek. The project includes day and nighttime work and is expected to take two months to complete.


Economic Outlook Conference on Monday

The 20th annual Economic Outlook Conference is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday in the SURC Ballroom. Speakers will be from state agencies, private industry and the CWU faculty. This year’s theme is “Inclusive Labor Policies: Adapting Regulations to the Changing Nature of Work.”


Community meeting in Cle Elum

A community meeting to discuss proposed commercial sewer rate increases in Cle Elum will be at 6 p.m., May 9 in the City Council Chambers. This will be an open discussion with the mayor and city council.



CWU football’s annual Crimson and Black Spring Game is at noon, Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium.  There will be four 15-minute running-`clock quarters with no official statistics being kept. Admission is free. The game precedes CWU’s Athletics Hall of Fame Gala at 4 p.m. at Nicholson Pavilion. This year’s Hall of Fame class consists of Johnny Spevak, Shaina Afoa, Greg Olson, and James and Katie Gaudino.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is French dip, roasted potatoes and applesauce. 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 needing a hot meal is from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ellensburg location.


The forecasted high today in Ellensburg is 68 degrees. Sunset is at 8:16 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 48 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 20 mph. There is a 40 percent chance of rain overnight. The weekend forecast calls for highs of 56 on Saturday and 55 on Sunday with a chance of rain each day.


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