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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, June 13

KVFR crews responded to a fire at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue


Crews respond to Irene Rinehart fire

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue crews responded to a wildland fire at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park on Wednesday. Strong winds made the fire more difficult to battle. The fire burned in trees and other vegetation. The Department of Natural Resources provided mutual aid. Homes on Umptanum Road were provided structural protection. Crews continued to fight the 1 ½-acre fire into Wednesday afternoon before reaching containment. The cause is under investigation.

South Pearl Street site dropped from Sleep Center

HopeSource withdrew its Pathways property on South Ruby Street from consideration as a Sleep Center location. The Ellensburg City Council and the Kittitas County commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m., today in the Student Union Theatre to review the seven remaining location options for a Sleep Center. The South Ruby Street site generated public opposition due to its proximity to a childcare center. In announcing the decision, HopeSource officials said the withdrew to allow the process to move forward without the public divisiveness raised by the Pathways location. The seven remaining options would require land to be purchased or leased. In one instance, the site is not within the Ellensburg city limits and would need to be annexed.

Art awards to be distributed

The Ellensburg Art Commission's art awards ceremony is from 5 to 6 p.m., today at Cornerstone Pie. Glass artist and photographer Julie Prather receives this year's City Arts Treasure Award. Old Skool’s owner Carol Cox receives the Arts Advocate Award.

Last week of school in Kittitas County

This is the final week of the school year in Kittitas County. The last day in Ellensburg, Easton and Thorp school districts is Friday. Due to a school closure for frozen water lines in January, the Kittitas school year ends on Monday. Cle Elum-Roslyn schools ended on Wednesday.

Car show on Saturday

The Central Valley Rodders Ellensburg Open Car Show is Saturday on Third Avenue and Pine Street starting at 9 a.m. The show includes a fun run from at 6 p.m. on Alder and University Way. This year’s show is in memory of Bruce Harris.

Headliner added to Gustfest

The Bonafide Band featuring Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic and Ellensburg’s Mark Pickerel, will perform at the Gustfest concert on June 23 in Umtanum Hall at the Kittitas County Event Center. The Gustfest concert is part of the Ellensburg Music Preservation Project to preserve the history of music in Ellensburg. Multiple bands from throughout Ellensburg’s musical history will perform at Gustfest, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to all ages. There will be food trucks.

The summer reading program starts

With the school year ending, the Ellensburg Public Library’s Summer Reading Program starts. The kickoff party for the youth summer reading program is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday in the library and on the library lawn. There will be special events on Wednesdays throughout the summer.


CWU baseball players earn All-America honors

Central Washington University baseball outfield Ben Lied was named to the D2CCA Honorable Mention All-America team. Leid, a junior catcher, led the Wildcats with a .425 batting average, nine home runs and 46 RBI.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is pulled pork sandwich, roasted corn and peppers and apples. 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 82 degrees. Sunset is at 8:58 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 50 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 30 mph.  


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