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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Monday, July 8

Ellensburg's crosswalk painting program starts this week.


Burn ban in lower valley

A burn ban for the lower Kittitas Valley goes into effect Tuesday. The ban encompasses Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, Kittitas Fire District 1 in Thorp and Kittitas Fire District 4 in Vantage. The ban prohibits opening burning. Propane and gas stoves and charcoal barbecues are still allowed. The Fire Marshal’s Office will continue to monitor current conditions and modify the burn ban as necessary.

City and county pursue cold weather shelter

Ellensburg and Kittitas County will work together to establish a Cold Weather Shelter this winter. The Kittitas Valley Ministerial Association previously operated the shelter, but announced earlier this spring it would discontinue that service. A request for proposals will be issued to find a contractor to provide the shelter service. The city and county are also working on a year-round Sleep Center for people experiencing homelessness, but that project will not be completed this winter.

Cooling centers to open

With the temperature forecasted to top 100 degrees, Hal Holmes Community Center will open as a cooling center today. The center will be open from noon to 7 p.m. People are welcome to bring snacks or a dinner. Family-friendly movies will be shown.

Pfenning Road project starts today

The Pfenning Road improvement project between Vantage Highway and Radio Road starts Monday. Work includes utility improvements, sidewalk and stormwater swale improvements and a new driving surface. The area will have detours, and the project will continue through early September.

Crosswalk painting begins today

Crews begin painting crosswalks at city intersections starting Monday. Traffic controls and delays can be expected on Helena Avenue, 18th Avenue and Dean Nicholson Boulevard this coming week.

Boulet Theatre presents “The Masked Canary”

The Boulet Theatre production of “The Masked Canary” concludes with a performance at 7 p.m., today at the Centennial Center in Cle Elum. Tickets are $10.

Historic run planned for Wednesday

The Ellensburg Public Library Summer Reading Program sponsors a historical running tour at 7 p.m., Wednesday. The tour includes three stops at historical locations. Participants are invited to run, write and learn about the city. A leisurely pace is promised with the mile route spread out over 45 to 60 minutes. Preregistration at the library is required.

Hula hoop in park

This week’s youth Summer Reading Program activity is Hillia Hoop at the Park at 10 a.m., Wednesday at Mountain View Park. Hillia Hula will tell a tale, use hula hoop dancing and tricks, teach a few hula hoop tricks.


Call for bids for Lower Valley Transfer station

The Kittitas County commissioners called for bids to construct a Lower Valley Transfer Station. The bids will be opened at 10 a.m., July 30. The engineers estimate the cost of the facility at $15 to 17.5 million.  The site for the new facility is on Highway 97 adjacent to the Ellensburg Cement Products property. The county purchased the land in 2018.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken Alfredo, lemon-garlic broccoli and peaches. 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 104 degrees. Sunset is at 8:57 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 64 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 20 mph.


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