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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, April 25

There will be wildflower tours at the Wild Horse wind farm on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center


Voters approve countywide KITTCOM proposal

Voters approved a request to fund KITTCOM Emergency Communications and Facilities needs with a sales tax increase with a 63 percent yes vote in Tuesday’s election. Sales tax will increase by two-tenths of 1 percent to fund KITTCOM’s equipment and operation needs.

Roslyn voters approve levy increase

Roslyn voters approved a request to raise the property levy to support public safety, combat inflation and replenish reserves with a 55 percent yes vote in Tuesday’s election. The city’s property levy will increase by 48 cents per $1,000 assessed value. Low-income seniors, disabled veterans and others with disabilities may be exempt under state law.

Spring Night Out tonight

The Ellensburg Downtown Association’s Spring Girls' Night Out is from 5 to 9 p.m., tonight in downtown Ellensburg. It’s a chance to sip, shop, dine and win prizes at participating businesses. The first 70 people who check in at the EDA office on Third Avenue receive a Girls' Night Out shopping bag.

Lion Rock features Roy Scranton

The Lion Rock Visiting Writer Series features author and Iraq War veteran Roy Scranton today. Scranton, the author of “In Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” will present a craft talk at noon in the Brooks Library Student Commons and hold a reading at 6 p.m. in Health Sciences Room 102. All events are free and open to the public.

Provost Lecture Series today

CWU’s Provost Lecture Series features mathematics professor Dominic Klyve at 5 p.m., today, in the Brooks Library Student Commons. Klyve is the author of more than 70 papers in number theory, the history of mathematics and science, and applied statistics. A reception follows the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Climate panel discussion on Friday

The Lion Rock Visiting Writing Series hosts a climate change panel discussion at noon, Friday at the Ellensburg Public Library. The discussion, titled Impact of Climate Change on the Youth: Being Optimistic vs. Being Pessimistic, will feature author Roy Scranton, KEEN president Jill Scheffer, EHS science teacher Jeff Hashimoto, EHS student Gwynn Scoville with moderator CWU professor Pamela McMullin-Messier.

Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

Kittitas County’s Drug Take Back and Paper Shred Day is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Comprehensive Health of Central Washington on East Mountain View Avenue. People can bring expired or unused medications to be properly recycled. The Kittitas County Health Network sponsors the event.

Walk with wildflowers on Saturday

The Wild Horse Wind Facility hosts Wildflower and Wind Power Walks on Saturday. There will be a wind turbine tour, wildflower presentation and cross-country hike through the blooming shrub-steppe. RSVP information for the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to p.m. sessions is on the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center website.

Piano extravaganza on Sunday

CWU’s inaugural Piano Extravaganza is at 3 p.m., Sunday in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. The event features Central keyboard faculty, graduating pianists and special guests, the Ellensburg Dance Ensemble. Tickets are $15 for general admission.


EHS hosts track meet

The Ellensburg High School boys and girls track team hosts a meet against Selah at 3:30 p.m., Thursday at the high school track.


Bulldogs 5K Run-Walk is Saturday

The Bulldogs 5K Run/Walk is at 9 a.m., Saturday at Rotary Park. The event is a fundraiser for Morgan Middle School students. Registration information is on the Morgan Facebook page.


Run Like the Wind is on Sunday

The Run Like the Wind Running Festival starts at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility. The festival includes a 5K, 10K and 10-miler and a free kids dash along the wind farm trails, paths and roads. The event benefits Kittitas County Search and Rescue.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken pesto pasta salad, peas 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 56 degrees. Sunset is at 8:05 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 42 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph. There is a 50 percent chance of rain during the day and 30 percent overnight.

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