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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Monday, Dec. 18

Wolves will be the topic of Tuesday's Upper Kittitas County Senior Center’s Community Talk. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


City council discusses meeting rules

In light of recent incidents of “zoom bombing” of council meetings by people espousing hate speech, at tonight’s meeting the city council will discuss and consider revisions to its public comment on non-agenda items. The council also has on its agenda a resolution declaring Ellensburg to be an inviting, equitable and safe community for all.


Craig’s Hill improvement project underway

A project to increase water pressure to residences and businesses on Craig’s Hill started today and will cause some traffic disruptions in the area. A booster pump house will be built next to the water tower and a new higher pressure water main will be installed. Electrical service will also be extended along Craig Avenue to provide power for the new pumps. Different sections of the project will be conducted through March 15.


Late fees lifted during billing transition

As the city transitions to its new utility customer portal system, the grace period for no late fees for utility bills will be extended. City officials also ask for patience from customers.


Central projects part of funding plan

Several Central Washington University projects were included in Gov. Jay Inslee’s supplemental operation and capital budget proposals for 2024. Inslee proposes funding for work associated it the geo-thermal well CWU is constructing as part of its North Academic project, which involves replacing the L&L Building with a new structure.


Wolf expert to speak

The Upper Kittitas County Senior Center’s Community Talks forum for December features state Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf specialist Ben Maletzke talking about wolves steadily recolonizing the Northwest. Maletzke has conducted research and management on a variety of species including lynx, cougar, black bear and wolves for over 20 years. The talk is at 4 p.m., Tuesday at the senior center.


Eyes, ears out for carolers

After practicing for the past month, Christmas Caroling with Valley Noises takes to the streets and neighbors caroling on Tuesday.


Chance to chat with Santa

Children have a chance to chat with Santa thanks to a cooperative effort between KITTCOM and the Kittitas County Auxiliary Community Service. From 5 to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday, children in Ellensburg and Cle Elum will be able to access Santa Net — communications with Santa in the North Pole via radio. This will take place at the KITTCOM facility in Ellensburg and the Cle Elum Fire Department. A total of 36 kids can participate each night. To register, email


Celtic Christmas celebrated on Friday

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. The show Castle on the fiddle and electric violin accompanied by the Seattle Irish Dance Company. The show is presented by Christmas in Washington. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for kids under 12, and are available at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office.



Volk named defensive player of the year

Central safety Tanner Volk was named Division 2 CCA Ron Lenz Defensive Player of the Year this past week. Volk, who has also been named a Division 2 first-team All-American by the AP, is the first Wildcat to earn the Lenz award.


EHS teams to play in Nicholson

On Thursday, the Ellensburg High School boys and girls basketball teams will play in Nicholson Pavilion.  The boys will play Toutle Lake at 1 p.m. and the girls will face W.F. West at 7 p.m.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is mushroom and chicken soup with garlic croutons and mixed fruit. 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 39 degrees. Sunset is at 4:13 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 34 degrees. There is a 40 percent chance of snow or rain during the day and a 50 percent chance overnight. Winds will be light and variable.




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