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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, December 21st

Fred Meyer's donation of $5,000 to the FISH Food Bank is just one of many contributions the organization has received this holiday season. Photo courtesy of FISH Food Bank


Police work to stop retail theft

The Ellensburg Police Department recently conducted a retail theft operation at an Ellensburg grocery store that resulted in four individuals being cited for theft and then prohibited from frequenting the business.


County forming short-term rental committee

The Kittitas County commissioners are seeking people interested in serving on a short-term rental committee to explore the need to create short-term rental regulations. The committee will be formed in late January and will meet twice per month through April, developing a recommendation for Board of County Commissioner consideration. Application information is available on the Kittitas County website.


Community members step up

During this past week there were multiple incidents of people, groups and businesses contributing to FISH to aid in its outreach to those in need during the holiday season. Incidents included Menestash Grange Livestock Club collecting and donating 351 pounds of food, Ida Nason Aronica Elementary School students collecting and donating more than 500 cans or boxes of food, the Ladies of the Glen Book Club donating birthday gifts to be distributed through FISH’s Birthday Bags program, Windermere Real Estate donating what was collected during a canned food drive, the Ellensburg Blues Baseball Club donating toys it collected during its toy drive as well as $880 donated, and Fred Meyer donating $5,000 at its grand opening ceremony.


Gathering offers help during holidays

NAMI Kittitas, an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness, is holding a peer Connections group gathering at 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church. The event is open to anyone over the age of 18, and is to provide a little extra support during the holiday season.


Celtic Christmas celebrated on Friday

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. The show Castle on the fiddle and electric violin accompanied by the Seattle Irish Dance Company. The show is presented by Christmas in Washington. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for kids under 12, and are available at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office.


Last-minute Santa visit

Iron Horse Brewery hosts Santa and Ponies from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday. It is a chance for kids to meet and get a photo with Santa, ride a pony and sip on hot chocolate. The pony rides are courtesy of Quiet Cadence, a recreational and equine-based non-profit for essential workers. The Pearl Street Books bookmobile will be there to help with last-minute gifts and food will be offered by Lutong Pinoy. The event is a fundraiser for Quiet Cadence.


4-H leader honored

Pauline Clyburn received the Kittitas County Outstanding 4-H Leader award for 2023. Clyburn has been a 4-H Leader for 11 years and has been active in shooting sports, the dog project and cat project.



Local teams to play in Nicholson

Kittitas County high school basketball fans have a chance to see teams from Ellensburg, Kittitas and Cle Elum-Roslyn play in Nicholson Pavilion on Thursday and Friday. The EHS boys play Toutle Lake at 1 p.m. and the girls face W.F. West at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Kittitas girls play Coupeville at 3 p.m. and the Coyote boys face Coupeville at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Friday’s schedule includes; the Cle Elum-Roslyn boys vs. Coupeville at 11 a.m. and the Warrior girls vs Warden at 1 p.m.; the Kittitas boys vs. Toutle Lake at 5 p.m.; and the Ellensburg girls vs. Mount Si at 7 p.m.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is white chicken chili and an orange. 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 4:14 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 35 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.


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