Children will be able to access Santa Net on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Santa Net
Commissioners considering a proposition to voters today
The Kittitas County Commissioners will consider of a proposal to ask voters to increase sales tax to help finance KITTCOM emergency dispatch services at a 2 p.m., public hearing today in the Commissioners’ Auditorium. If approved by the commissioners, voters would be asked to increase sales tax by .2 percent. Kittitas County’s current sales tax is 8.1 percent.
Late fees lifted during billing transition
As the city transitions to its new utility customer portal system, the grace period for no late fees for utility bills will be extended. City officials also ask for patience from customers.
Wolf expert to speak
The Upper Kittitas County Center’s Community Talks forum for December features state Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf specialist Ben Maletzke talking about wolves steadily recolonizing the Northwest. Maletzke has conducted research and management on a variety of species including lynx, cougar, black bear and wolves for over 20 years. The talk is at 4 p.m., today at the senior center.
Eyes, ears out for carolers
After practicing for the past month, Christmas Caroling with Valley Voices takes to the streets and neighbors caroling today. Valley Voices and Make Music Ellensburg have held rehearsals with community members for the past month.
Final Holiday Night Market Wednesday
The final Holiday Night Market of the season is from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday in downtown Ellensburg. Gard Vintners and The Ridge Encore serve as pop-up locations for vendors.
Holiday schedule changes
Christmas approaches as do scheduling changes. Ellensburg School District schools get out for Christmas after a half-day on Wednesday. The Christmas closure for the Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool starts at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All city facilities and Central Transit are closed on Christmas Day.
Chance to chat with Santa
Children have a chance to chat with Santa thanks to a cooperative effort between KITTCOM and the Kittitas County Auxiliary Community Service. From 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, children in Ellensburg and Cle Elum will be able to access Santa Net — communications with Santa in the North Pole via radio. This will take place at the KITTCOM facility in Ellensburg and the Cle Elum Fire Department. A total of 36 kids can participate each night. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Celtic Christmas celebrated on Friday
Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. The show Castle on the fiddle and electric violin accompanied by the Seattle Irish Dance Company. The show is presented by Christmas in Washington. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for kids under 12, and are available at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office.
CWU takes on Geoducks
The CWU men’s and women’s basketball teams play host to Evergreen State today at Nicholson Pavilion. The men’s games tips off at 2 p.m. and the women take the court at 4 p.m. This will be the final game before the Christmas holiday for both teams.
EHS teams to play in Nicholson
The Ellensburg High School boys and girls basketball teams will play in Nicholson Pavilion on Thursday. The boys will play Toutle Lake at 1 p.m. and the girls will face W.F. West at 7 p.m.
The FISH Open Table Lunch is a baked potato with vegetarian chili, mixed vegetables and a dinner roll. 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 41 degrees. Sunset is at 4:14 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 33 degrees. There is a 60 percent chance of rain during the day. Winds will be light and variable.