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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, April 16

The meeting about the future of the Springwood Ranch property is today.


Meetings focus on Springwood Ranch

The public can learn more about the status of the Springwood Ranch at an interagency public meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at the Thorp School. The 3,600-acre Springwood Ranch was purchased by the Trust for Public Lands in 2023. Its future uses involve a cooperative effort between multiple jurisdictions and agencies, including Kittitas County, the Yakama Nation, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management. An update on the ranch is on the agenda for the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on Friday in Olympia.

Grant funding available

The Kittitas County Lodging Tax Committee is accepting applications for micro-grant awards up to $2,500 for events occurring in 2024. The events must draw visitors from 50 miles or further outside the county. Applications are available on the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Learn about Chimpanzee Sanctuary today

The Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest will present about its Cle Elum facility at 4 p.m., Tuesday at the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. The presentation will give insight into the daily lives of the chimpanzees at the sanctuary and the work of the primate behavioral specialists to provide care and enrichment for the residents.

Forum focuses on local journalism

Local journalism and democracy will be the topic of the League of Women Voters of Kittitas County’s forum at noon, Wednesday, at the Ellensburg Pasta Co. Featured speakers are Daily Record General Manger Donna Etchey and Yakima Herald-Republic Managing Editor Joanna Markell. The event is free and open to the public with a no-host lunch. RSVP at

Documentary shown Wednesday

“Trimpin: The Sound on Invention,” a documentary on the life of artist/inventor/engineer/composer Trimpin, will be shown at 5 p.m., Wednesday, in the SURC Theatre. The film is presented by Gallery One and is sponsored by CWU, the Ellensburg Arts Commission and the Kittitas County Lodging Tax Fund. The showing is free and open to the public but people are asked to register on Gallery One’s website.

Night at Nuwave supports KEEN

Cause Night at Nuwave Gallery supports the Kittitas Environmental Education Network at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday. Art supplies will be provided for people to create art and 10 percent of gallery sales will support KEEN.

Justice through Arts series on Thursday

Author Red Washburn and poet Roselyn Walsh will read and discuss Washburn’s book, “Irish Women’s Prison Writing,” at 2 p.m., Thursday via Zoom as part of the CWU Social Justice Through Arts and Humanities Speaker Series. The Zoom link is available on CWU’s website.

Orchesis Spring Concert opens Thursday

The Central Washington University Orchesis Dance Company begins performances of its spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Other performances are at 7:30, Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday. The show includes tap, hip-hop, musical theater jazz and contemporary dance. Tickets are $20 for general admission.

Nature Conservancy to hand out tree seedlings

The Nature Conservancy will hand out free tree seedlings on April 26, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing while supplies last at its Cle Elum office at 110 E. First Street. The giveaway celebrates Arbor Day. Ponderosa pine, western white pine and western larch seedlings are available. People are asked to bring their bag or box for the seedling.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is cheese tortellini, mixed vegetables 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 53 degrees. Sunset is at 7:53 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 34 degrees. Winds will be 20 to 35 mph.




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