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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, July 20


Springwood Ranch sold for conservation purposes

The Trust for Public Land completed the purchase of the 3,600-acre Springwood Ranch near Thorp this spring for $21.6 million. The purchase was made possible partially by a $14 million grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The purchase helps to conserve streambank and shrub-steppe habitat, fish habitat, as well as address water storage and use issues. Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit organization.

The ranch was once owned by restauranteur and cattle rancher Stuart Anderson, who sold the land at an auction in 1987 for $1.6 million to a group of three Taiwanese businessmen. During the 1990s, plans were developed and approved to construct 2,000 homes on the land but construction never commenced.

City sells land on Craig’s Hill

The City Council approved selling the Whitfield Triangle, an undeveloped piece of land on Craig’s Hill near Fourth Avenue and Alder Street for $125,000 to Gregory Kastner and Nafisa Kholmatova at Monday’s meeting. The land was originally part of the Reed Park property the city acquired in 1933 but was never developed for park purposes. Money generated from the sale will be used for Reed Park improvements.

PUNCH Project puts out a call for artist

Thorp’s Punch Project has put out a call for artists to participate in Barnstorm 2023. The exhibit will feature printed and framed images, video images and projections. Submission details are on the Punch website. The deadline is Aug. 6. The show will be juried by the senior story creative director at Meow Wolf, Joanna Garner.


Concert series kicks off

Elllensburg’s Music in the Park series starts tonight with the Rod Giles Band performing at 6:30 p.m. Alder Street Park. The band plays contemporary blues, rock and jazz fusion. The series continues every Thursday through Aug. 24.

Final weekend for ‘9 to 5’

Valley Musical Theatre’s production of “9 to 5” enters its final weekend of performances with shows tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students.

Learn about lava

Kids can learn about lava flow at Saturday’s Kids Coral event at the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility off Vantage Highway. Kids will be able to follow the ancient lava flows at Wild Horse and pick out a piece of basalt to paint. The Kids Coral session starts at 1 p.m., followed by a wind turbine guided tour at 2 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required, email


The FISH Open Table lunch is wedge salad with creamy Italian dressing, garlic toast and apples. The lunch is open to all seniors age 60-plus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Ellensburg Open Table , and noon to 1 p.m., at 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 in Ellensburg today is 98 degrees.

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