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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Monday, Jan. 22


The Ellensburg Big Band begins its Swing Dance Project at 7 p.m., Monday, at Hal Holmes Community Center. Photo courtesy of Ellensburg Big Band


NEWS

Ballots to be mailed on Tuesday

Ballots for the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District’s educational program and operations levy will be mailed on Tuesday. Voters are asked to approve a four-year levy that gradually increases from $3.4 million in 2025 to $4.3 million in 2028. Ballots must be returned by Feb. 13.


Storms add to snowpack

The recent series of storms have increased snowpack levels in the Upper Yakima Basin. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture report, the Upper Yakima Basin snowpack is at 78 percent of the median as of Sunday. Two weeks ago, the basin was at 65 percent of median.


Get into the swing

The Ellensburg Big Band starts its Swing Dance Project at 7 p.m., Monday, at Hal Holmes Community Center. The Big Band will offer a series of free swing dance lessons throughout 2024 with the first two on Monday and Jan. 29. The project is funded through an Ellensburg Arts Commission grant with additional support from the Ellensburg Public Library. The evening starts with lessons for beginners.


Hear about the state of Public Health

The state of public health in Kittitas County is the topic League of Women Voters of Kittitas County’s program at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Hal Holmes Community Center. The program will feature Kittitas County Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson KVH CEO Julie Peterson and Robin Read of the Kittitas Valley Health Network discussing health care in the county.


The art of putt-putt

Gallery One’s current exhibit is Ball in Play — a functional putt-putt golf course designed by local artists. People can either play for free or purchase a scorecard for $5 for a chance to win a Lucky Duck Lego trophy created by Pat Stanton. The exhibit runs through Feb. 24.


Meet the forecaster

Forecasters from the Northwest Avalanche Center will make a presentation at 6 p.m., Thursday at Dru Bru-Cle Elum taproom. They will discuss avalanche safety, weather conditions and the current winter season. The event is free but people must RSVP to enter a raffle. Information is available on the Dru Bru website.


Not too late to get rid of tree

Christmas trees can be discarded for free at Kittitas County transfer stations in Ellensburg and Cle Elum through Jan. 31. The trees must be free of all lights and decorations.


County to consider lowering speed limit

A proposal to lower the speed limit on the Kittitas Highway between the Ellensburg city limits and No. 6 Road, as well as placing an all-way stop at the intersection of Kittitas Highway and No. 6 Road will be the topic of a Kittitas County commissioners’ public hearing at 2 p.m., Feb. 6 in the commissioners’ auditorium.


SPORT

Wildcat football players earn honors

Tanner Volk led a trio of CWU football players earning Don Hanson NCAA Division 2-All-America honors. Volk was named Defensive Player of the Year and first-team safety. Offensive lineman Slade Edwards and linebacker Brett McCalla earned All-America honorable mention.


Another record for CWU runner

A week after setting the school record for the 3,000-meter run, Johan Correa set a new CWU standard for the mile, running the race in 4 minutes, 9.92 seconds at the Lauren McClusky Memorial track meet in Moscow, Idaho this past weekend.

 

LUNCH

The FISH Open Table Lunch is Zuppa Toscana, garlic bread 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.


WEATHER                                                                              

The forecasted high today in Ellensburg is 37 degrees. Sunset is at 4:49 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 31 degrees. Winds will be light and variable. Chance of rain is 30 percent.

 

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