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Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Friday, May 31

KVFR Fire Chief John Sinclair is retiring at the end of the year. Photo courtesy of KVFR

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KVFR Fire Chief to retire

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Chief John Sinclair will retire on Dec. 31, ending his 19-year term as KVFR chief and his 48-year career in fire service. Sinclair was hired as Kittitas County Fire District 2 chief in 2005 and then worked with Ellensburg Fire Department Chief Rich Elliott to merge the departments in 2007. Emergency Services Consulting International will assist the KVFR Board of Directors in a nationwide search for the next chief. A retirement celebration for Sinclair will be held in the fall.

County hearing on Springwood on Tuesday

The Kittitas County commissioners will hold a public hearing on accepting the transfer of ownership of 3,600 acres of the Springwood Ranch property at 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Commissioners Auditorium. The transfer is part of the sale from the Trust for Public Land to Kittitas County, the state Fish and Wildlife Department, the Yakama Nation and the Kittitas Reclamation District.

CWU student body president elected

Malik Cantu was reelected Associated Students of CWU president this past week. Cantu campaigned on continuing his efforts to build a new multicultural center on campus and building relationships in CWU and the Ellensburg community.

Jazz weekend at Central

The end-of-quarter concerts for CWU’s jazz bands are on Saturday. An Afternoon of Jazz is at 4 p.m. An Evening of Jazz is at 7 p.m. A $15 general admission ticket provides entry to both concerts in the McIntyee Music Building Concert Hall.

Pride Parade is Saturday

The Kittitas County Pride Parade is 11 a.m., Saturday in Ellensburg. The parade starts at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds on East Seventh Avenue, winds into downtown Ellensburg and returns to the fairgrounds. Other Pride weekend events include a Pride Disco at 5 p.m., Friday, at Kittitas Café, and a Drag Show on Saturday in the I.O.O.F. Lodge. There is an all-ages show at 7 p.m. and an adult show at 8:15 p.m.

Health clinic gala is Saturday

The Open Door Health Clinic holds its 25th Anniversary Gala at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Hotel Windrow. The event features dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 before the event and $60 at the door.

PUNCH features Jumpin Johnny

Punch Projects features Jumpin’ Johnny performing at 2 p.m., Saturday. Punch’s May exhibit is “Pop Cyclicle: Rayguns and Remnants from a Place That Likely Never Existed.”

Fashion show Saturday

The 28th annual CWU Fashion Show is at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Milo Smith Theatre. The show, titled Avenues, features the original work of seven students in the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandizing program. Avenues includes auctions at 2 and 6 p.m., and shows at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission.

Orchestra concert is Sunday

The final CWU Orchestra Concert of the school year is at 4 p.m., Sunday in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is blackened fish tacos, seasoned rice and beans and fruit salad. 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 77 degrees. Sunset is at 8:49 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 53 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 15 mph. The weekend forecast calls for highs of 72 on Saturday and 64 on Sunday.


This newcast can be found at This has been Michael Gallagher for Ellensburg Community Radio


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