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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, Dec. 14

The Summit West portion of the Summit at Snoqualmie is now open.


Hostage call is unfounded

A call to Kittcom regarding a hostage situation at a Cle Elum church Wednesday morning proved to be unfounded. At 8:30 a.m. there was a report of someone being held hostage by armed subjects in the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall on West First Street. In response, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies, Cle Elum-Roslyn Police officers and State Patrol troopers established a command center. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the reporting party was suffering from mental health issues.


Snoqualmie ski area open

The Summit West portion of the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort is open Wednesday through Sunday this week. More areas will open as snow depths allow. Starting on Dec. 20, the resort expects to be open seven days a week.

Tree removal planned

The city of Ellensburg will remove two trees from Reed Park on Craig’s Hill starting at 7:30 a.m., today. The trees were identified during an inventory conducted this fall. The work will take about two hours and Craig Avenue will remain open.


Musical week for high school

Ellensburg High School’s music program has multiple performances this week. The EHS Band concert is at 7 tonight at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. EHS presents Jazzmas at 7:30 p.m., Friday at the high school.


Chance to chat with Santa

Children have a chance to chat with Santa thanks to a cooperative effort between KITTCOM and the Kittitas County Auxiliary Community Service. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 20, children in Ellensburg and Cle Elum will be able to access Santa Net — communications with Santa in the North Pole via radio. This will take place at the KITTCOM facility in Ellensburg and the Cle Elum Fire Department. A total of 36 kids can participate each night. To register, email


Legislative Day is Friday

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Elk Ballroom at the Hotel Windrow. State Sen. Judy Warnick and State Reps. Tom Dent and Alex Ybarra will be in attendance to discuss the upcoming session. Registration is open for the event. For more information, call Chelsea Cramer at 509-925-2002 or email


Dancing the Polar Express

The Ellensburg Dance Ensemble performs “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m., Friday and 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $18.50 for adults and $15.50 for students and seniors.


Museum speaker series features Randy Lewis

The Kittitas County Historical Museum Speaker Series features tribal elder Randy Lewis presenting “The Healing Power of Remembering” at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the museum. The event is free and is made possible through a grant from the Ellensburg Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission.



The first day of winter may still be a few days away, but it’s not too early to be thinking about youth baseball and softball. Registration for the spring 2024  season is now open with early bird specials offered. More information is available on the Ellensburg Youth Baseball and Softball website.


CWU volleyball places four on All-Academic team

The CWU volleyball team placed four members on the College Sport Communicators Division II Academic All-District team. Earning the distinction were Scottie Ellsworth, Tia Andaya, Emma Daoud-Hebert and Hannah Stires.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is elk chili, corn bread 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 40 degrees. Sunset is at 4:13 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 31 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.



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