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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, April 18

The city is pursuing funding to build tennis courts at Mountain View Park.


City pursues tennis court project

The city of Ellensburg will seek a Recreating and Conservation Office matching grant to construct tennis courts at Mountain View Park. Parks and Recreation Director Brad Case said there will be at least six courts on land currently used for a second soccer field. The main soccer field remains. Case said there have been discussions with the Ellensburg School District, which needs courts for its high school tennis program. The district has not committed to participate financially, but if it does the project could expand to eight courts, meeting the needs for EHS tennis matches. The total cost for six courts is $550,000.

Sidewalk gaps to be filled

The city received funding to fill in sidewalk gaps on the north side of 15th Avenue from Columbia Street to Bluegrass Lane and the east side of Alder Street from First to Third avenues. The money comes from the Transportation Improvement Board and work will be done this summer.

Central grad earns honor

CWU graduate and former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis received the first-ever Thomas S. Foley Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Washington State University Foley Institute earlier this month. The award celebrates those who put their country and the welfare of its people above all else in their approach to civic leadership.

Friday meeting to review sleep center suggestions

Proposed sites for a sleep center will be reviewed by the Ad Hoc Committee for Homelessness at 3:30 p.m., Friday in the City Hill Council Chambers. The council called for proposals from the public after objections were raised to a South Ruby Street location due to its proximity to a childcare center. The meeting is open to the public but does have to allow for public comment. The committee’s recommendation goes to the City Council, where there will be opportunities for public comment.

Justice through Arts series on Thursday

Author Red Washburn and poet Roselyn Walsh will read and discuss Washburn’s book, “Irish Women’s Prison Writing,” at 2 p.m., Thursday via Zoom as part of the CWU Social Justice Through Arts and Humanities Speaker Series. The Zoom link is available on CWU’s website.

Orchesis Spring Concert opens today

The Central Washington University Orchesis Dance Company begins performances of its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., today, in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Other performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday. The show includes tap, hip-hop, musical theater jazz and contemporary dance. Tickets are $20 for general admission.

Irene Rinehart cleanup on Saturday

There will be a cleanup day at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The cleanup is a cooperative effort between the city and CWU’s Student Leadership Involvement and Community Engagement program. In addition to the trash pickup, trees will be planted along a section of the Riverfront trail.

Downtown cleanup on Saturday

The Ellensburg Downtown Association semi-annual Downtown Cleanup will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Volunteers can gather at the EDA office on Third Avenue. EDA will provide the cleanup tools. People can register on the EDA’s website.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is beef stroganoff, peas and carrots 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 61 degrees. Sunset is at 7:55 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 31 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 15 mph.


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