Aerial view of the draw-down area of Keechelus lake bed where Gold Creek runs, courtesy of Josh Rogala, Washington Department of Wildlife.
Voters narrow the field in primary
Upper County voters narrowed the field to two candidates in two primary races Tuesday. Based on unofficial results from the Kittitas County Auditor’s office, in the primary for Cle Elum-Roslyn School Board Position 2, Monica Oertli Medalen has received 816 votes and Rob Iverson, 582 votes to advance to the general election. Doug Weis is at 451 votes. In the primary for Cle Elum Mayor, Matthew Lundh is at 236 votes and Kerry Clark is at 96 votes to advance to the general election. Ron Wayne is at 44 votes. The general election is Nov. 7.
Access to Keechelus Lake drawdown restricted
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National has enacted an emergency closure to restrict motorized access to the Keechelus Lake drawdown area to protect a threatened population of bull trout within Gold Creek, according to a news release from the Forest Service. The drawdown of the reservoir coincides with bull trout spawning in August, September and October.
City Hall closed through Thursday
Today is the final day of the closure of Ellensburg City Hall due to air quality concerns associated with work on the roof. Utility billing payments and customer services will be available online, by phone and in person at Hal Holmes Community Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A temporary permit/planning counter also is set up at Hal Holmes.
Music on tap at Alder Park
The Eric Ode Children’s Group performs at 6:30 tonight, at Alder Street Park, as part of the Music in the Park Summer Series. Ode is a national award-winning children’s singer/songwriter, author, poet and former school teacher. Killdeer String Band performs on Aug. 10.
Thorp dedicates Word War II memorial
The Thorp School District is holding a dedication to its World War II memorial at 11 a.m., Friday. A collection of military memorabilia donated to the school will be on display in the library.
Shelter celebrates anniversary
The Ellensburg Animal Shelter celebrates its one-year anniversary of joining the Yakima Humane Society from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the shelter. There will be an adoption event, bounce house, a food truck, games and prizes.
Do the walk
First Friday Art Walk starts at 5 p.m., Friday in downtown Ellensburg.
A day for young gladiators
Ellensburg’s annual Youth Gladiator Dash is Saturday at Rotary Park. Check-in is at 9:30 a.m. with action getting underway at 10 a.m. The dash features running, jumping, sliding, crawling, balancing, hoping, searching, climbing, throwing and getting muddy.
Learn about the sounds of the shrub-steppe
Saturday’s Kid’s Corral event at the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility is “Do You Hear What I Hear? Sounds of the Shrub Steppe.” Kids will learn how to use a decibel meter to measure sounds and then record and draw what they hear. The session starts are 1 p.m. with a guided tour of a wind turbine at 2 p.m. The Kids’ Corral is a free series of events throughout the summer at the wind farm.
The FISH Open Table lunch is chef salad, garlic toast and pears. 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 93 degrees. Sunset is at 8:32 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 62 degrees. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph. The moon will be waning gibbous.