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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, Jan. 11


Cle Elum City Council changes meeting day

The Cle Elum City Council voted at its Monday meeting to change its monthly meeting dates to the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., effective in February. The Cle Elum council had been meeting on the second and fourth Mondays. The change eliminates a conflict with the Cle Elum-Roslyn School Board monthly meetings, and the 6 p.m. start offsets with the 5 p.m. Roslyn City Council time allowing the police chief to attend both meetings.


Winter storm watch in place

Kittitas County is under a winter storm watch from tonight through late Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. A total snowfall of four to eight inches is possible.


Ellensburg Planning Commission considers supportive housing ordinance

The Ellensburg Planning Commission will consider a recommendation on a Supportive Housing Ordinance at its meeting at 6 p.m., today in the Council Chambers. The ordinance would bring the city into compliance with state law regarding zoning and development regulations for indoor shelters and housing for people without homes or those at risk of becoming homeless. The planning commission would forward the recommendation to the City Council.


Warming centers to open

With the forecast calling for dangerously cold weather conditions later this week, the city of Ellensburg will use Hal Holmes Community Center as a warming center. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday; 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday. The library will be open during its usual business hours but will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

In the Upper County, the UKSC Centennial Center will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Closure hours have not yet been determined.


Basketball team fundraiser supports man with cancer

The Ellensburg High School girls’ basketball is organizing a fundraiser set for Friday and Saturday nights to benefit Charlie Simpson, who is battling cancer. Simpson is a South Cle Elum native and former owner of Bleachers. The fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at the Teanaway Hall on the Kittitas County Fairgrounds and will feature a dinner, a silent auction and music by the Tyson Hanes Band from Nashville. Tickets are $50 for adults over 21 and $25 for anyone under 20. Tickets are available at Tarp-it, the Windermere office or by calling 509-962-4664.


Spurgeon Gallery features Spokane artist

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery’s first show of 2024 will feature the work of Spokane-based artist Rob McKirdie. Mechanic Gestures, a collection of McKirdie’s kinetic artwork, opens today with an artist talk from 4 to 5 p.m. at Randall Hall Room 117, followed by a reception in the gallery. The exhibit will run through Feb. 3.


Recovery organization to hold open house

Kittitas County Recovery Community Organization will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday at the Catalyst Co-Working Building in Cle Elum to provide details on the services the organization will be providing in the Upper County.


Ribbon slicing for axe-throwing business

Central Axe Throwing celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m., Saturday at 506 S. Main St. Unit 2. The business is taking reservations for opening day and beyond. Information is available on its website.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is a breakfast casserole, biscuit 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 36 degrees. Sunset is at 4:34 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 11 degrees. Chances of snow is 50 percent during the day and 40 percent overnight. Winds will be 5 to 20 mph.

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