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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Thursday, Sept. 21

Rotary Park is the location for a proposed field house.


City working toward field house plans

The city of Ellensburg is securing funding to move forward with the design process for a field house at Rotary Park. City manager Heidi Behrends Cerniwey said at Monday’s City Council meeting that the city received a $6.5 million insurance payout for the racquet center destroyed in a fire this past winter. The field house is expected to cost $25 million. The city is pursuing a variety of state and federal funding sources to finance design and construction.

Waste Management rates increase

Waste Management has notified the city of an 8.4 percent rate increase for inflation. The rate increase is based on the consumer price index and will go into effect on Oct. 1.

Talking hummingbirds

Hummingbirds will be the topic of this month’s Kittitas County Audubon Society meeting at 7 tonight at the Hal Holmes Community Center. The presentation will be Constance Sidles, the CEO and founder of Constancy Press, and a master birder. The event is open to the public.

Warnings for night drivers

Drivers will encounter overnight closures on Wildcat Way between University Way and 18th Avenue early this week and closures of Main Street between University Way and Third Avenue later this week due to work that includes roadway grinding, full-depth pavement repair and asphalt overlay.

Car seat clinic

The Ellensburg Police Department’s last car seat clinic of the season is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the EPD. Certified techs will ensure that the car seats are as safe as they can be.

Cle Elum celebrates Oktoberfest

Cle Elum’s inaugural Oktoberfest is set for Saturday. Participating businesses include Dru Bru, Basecamp Outfitters, Pioneer Coffee, Upsidedown Wines and Mountain Elegance. The Cle Elum Downtown Association is organizing the event.

Celebrating public lands Saturday

The Kittitas Environmental Education Network celebrates National Public Lands Day with a clean-up and maintenance effort at the Yakima Canyon Interpretive Center starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers will help with park cleanup, trail work, picnic shelter prep and planning.


High school sports on tap tonight

Today’s high school sports schedule includes the Ellensburg High School cross country team’s only home meet of the season. The Bulldogs welcome all the Central Washington Athletic Conference foes for a 5 p.m. meet at Rotary Park. The EHS soccer team travels to Grandview for a game at 6, and the Bulldogs volleyball team hosts Grandview at 6:30. The Kittitas Secondary School volleyball team travels to play Granger. The Cle Elum-Roslyn High School soccer team visits Warden for a match at 6 p.m.

Register for youth hoops

The early registration for the city of Ellensburg’s Co-ed Kinder basketball, and girls, grades first the eighth-grade basketball ends on Friday. There is a $20 discount for early registration. Information is available on the Parks and Recreation page of the city of Ellensburg’s website.

Chance for kids to play disc golf

A Youth Disc Golf League gets underway from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park. The league is for ages 10 to 18 years old and will run every Saturday through Oct. 14 with a youth tournament on Oct. 21. Cost is $25. To register, email


The FISH Open Table lunch is chef salad, a roll 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 72 degrees. Sunset is at 7:02 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 44 degrees. Winds will be from 10 to 20 mph.

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