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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, April 30

Today is the start of the Ellensburg Parks and Recreation’s Find the Bull contest. Photo courtesy of Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce


Cle Elum residents asked to conserve water

Cle Elum residents are asked to conserve water between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the city connects a new water main and completes the Second Street Main Water Project. Residential users are asked to refrain from running dishwashers, washing machines, irrigation systems and other large draws on water during this period.


Habitat completes first six homes

The first six homes of Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity’s Stuart Meadows community are complete. The homes are phase one of a project that will include 18 total homes. The project is located off of West Bender Road.


Donors support new EHS scoreboard

Ellensburg High School accepted four donations of $5,000 each to support a new scoreboard and consoles for the EHS main gym. Donations came from Les Schwab Tires, Scott Pernaa CPA, Parker Orthodontics and NAPA Auto Parts. Donor names will be attached to the scoreboard.


Staffing cuts but no layoffs

The Ellensburg School District managed budget cuts without laying off teachers, but there will be staffing reductions through attrition. Superintendent Troy Turnow reported at last week’s School Board meeting that there will be a net reduction of 1.2 secondary positons and three elementary positions.


Commission reviews affordable housing proposals

The Affordable Housing Commission will review two proposals to build affordable housing on the city’s First Avenue and Pine Street property at its meeting at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Council Chambers. HopeSource submitted a plan to build 55 units, consisting of 49 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments. Work would start in July, 2026 and be completed by August, 2027. Inversion Design Build proposes to build 36 units, consisting of 12 studio apartments and 24 one-bedroom apartments. Construction would start on phase one in December with completion by August,  2025. The commission reviews proposals and then determines whether to make a recommendation to the City Council.


This week in highway work

Due to Interstate 90 construction this week there will be minor delays in westbound traffic near Cle Elum, and there will be single-lane closures in both directions on the Vantage Bridge.


Night at the Museum series starts

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Night at the Museum Series for 2024 begins today with a presentation of Fashion from the Archives at 7 p.m. at the museum. There will be a fashion show of items from the Hall of Fame archives.


Have fun finding the bull

Ellensburg Parks and Recreation’s Find the Bull contest starts today. Every Tuesday a clue will be dropped on Parks and Recreations’ Facebook page. The first to comment with the correct answer will be eligible for a prize of a single-use admission to the Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool. The Bull is taking a vacation from its accustomed home at Unity Park as the park undergoes construction this summer.

Wildfire preparation open house on Tuesday

Puget Sound Energy presents a wildfire plan open house at 4:30 p.m., today, at the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. The presentation will show how public feedback was incorporated into PSE’s wildfire mitigation program and public safety power shutoff plan.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is baked potato with vegetarian chili, dinner roll 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 55 degrees. Sunset is at 8:12 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 39 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 25 mph.  


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