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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Monday, Jan. 29

The search for a new Ellensburg School District superintendent enters the final stages in February.


School district seeking input in superintendent search

The application deadline for the Ellensburg School District’s superintendent position closes on Feb. 5. At its meeting last week, the district’s search consultant reported five completed applications received with the expectation of more as the deadline approaches. The schedule calls for the three finalists to visit the district on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 with the board deciding on Feb. 15. The community survey to solicit input on the superintendent search remains available on the district’s website.

Get into the swing

The Ellensburg Big Band continues its Swing Dance Project at 7 tonight, at Hal Holmes Community Center. The Big Band will offer a series of free swing dance lessons over the year. 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.

Lions Rock features local poet

CWU professor and poet Katharine Whitcomb will be the first speaker in the Lions Rock Visiting Writers Series on Wednesday at the Brooks Library Students Commons. Whitcomb will present a craft talk titled, “Let Your Writing Find its Form,” at noon, followed by a reading of her new poetry collection, “Habitats” at 6 p.m.

Member or Exonerated Five to speak at Central

Raymond Santana, one of five African-American teenagers wrongfully convicted of a violent attack in New York’s Central Park in 1989, will speak at CWU at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at the McIntyre Music Building. Santana and four other teens served between five and 13 years in prison before their convictions were overturned in 2002 when DNA evidence linked a convicted murderer and serial rapist to the crime, for which he confessed. The event is free. On Tuesday there will be a screening of “The Central Park Five” documentary at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.


Sip and support Habitat for Humanity

Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity is holding an Uncorked: Sip and Support fundraiser at Valo Cellars in Kittitas at 5 p.m., Thursday. During the event, 20 percent of wine proceeds will go to Habitat.


Valley Musical Theatre production opens Friday

The Valley Musical Theatre Winter Play production of “The Odd Couple,” opens at 7 p.m. Friday in the Ramsey Ballroom. The play continues with performances on Saturday and Sunday and on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. The is directed by Jessica Horrocks and Jessica Solberg Black and features Riley Newman as Oscar and Patrick Nolan as Felix.



High school football coach resigns

Ellensburg High School is searching for a new football coach after Jeff Zenisek resigned earlier this month. Zenisek had coached the Bulldogs for the past five years. The high school also is searching for head and assistant coaches for the boys’ soccer team and an assistant coach for the girls’ softball team. Boys soccer and girls’ softball are spring sports.


CWU Hall of Famer dies

Gary Frederick, a former CWU student-athlete, coach and administrator, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Frederick’s career included tenures as head coach for baseball, women’s basketball, softball and athletic director at CWU, as well as coach for the Cle Elum-Roslyn High School girls’ basketball team. He was inducted into the CWU Hall of Fame in 1999.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is bacon corn chowder, biscuits 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 43 degrees. Sunset is at 5:00 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 37 degrees. There will be areas of dense morning fog. Winds will be light and variable.

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