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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Monday, June 17

The City Council will discuss declaring property on First Avenue and Pine Street surplus for an affordable housing project at its meeting tonight.


Sleep Center selections narrowed

The potential locations for a Sleep Center were trimmed to four at a joint meeting of the Ellensburg City Council and the Kittitas County commissioners on Thursday. The two governing bodies agreed to continue pursuing the Sleep Center project and eliminated three sites from consideration. Potential sites now are land on Berry Road and Canyon Road, property owned by Central Washington University on Helena and Sycamore streets, a site off Highway 97 near the west interchange and property on Tacoma Avenue near the Goodwill. No final decision has been made on a Sleep Center. Since a Sleep Center is unlikely to be built before winter, the city and county are working to establish a temporary Cold Weather Shelter. The Kittitas Valley Ministerial Association announced it would no longer coordinate that service.

Affordable housing on city council agenda

The City Council will consider declaring city property on First Avenue and Pine Street surplus for an affordable housing project at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday in Council Chambers. The city received two proposals for the property. The Affordable Housing Committee recommended awarding the project to Inversion Design Build to construct a 36-unit building with 12 studio apartments and 24 one-bedrooms. HopeSource submitted the other proposal.

The summer reading program starts

With the school year ending, the Ellensburg Public Library’s Summer Reading Program starts. The kickoff party for the youth summer reading program is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday in the library and on the library lawn. There will be special events on Wednesdays throughout the summer.

Touch a Truck on Tuesday

The annual Touch a Truck is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday at Rotary Park. Children can touch and climb on various vehicles and equipment in a safe environment. A bike rodeo will be held at the mountain bike skills area of the park at the same time.

Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday

A Juneteenth celebration will be held in Ellensburg starting at 4 p.m., Wednesday. The Kittitas County Museum offers dedicated programming showcasing the history and culture of African Americans in Kittitas County. Flyers and maps highlighting sites of significance to the Black community will be available. A program featuring local dignitaries, community leaders and music by Black Grenade Entertainment starts at 4 p.m., at the Red Pickle. The evening concludes with the first Ellensburg Night Market of the season with vendors and live music on Pine Street. CWU Archives and Special Collections is hosting a Juneteenth exhibit on the second floor of Brooks Library, and CWU Libraries will be showing a curated book display on the first floor.

Headliner added to Gustfest

The Bonafide Band featuring Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic and Ellensburg’s Mark Pickerel, will perform at the Gustfest concert on June 23 in Umtanum Hall at the Kittitas Valley Event Center. The Gustfest concert is part of the Ellensburg Music Preservation Project to preserve the history of music in Ellensburg. Multiple bands from throughout Ellensburg’s musical history will perform at Gustfest, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to all ages. There will be food trucks.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is vegetarian chili, cornbread 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 66 degrees. Sunset is at 9:00 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 47 degrees. Winds will be 25 to 35 mph.  

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