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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, Dec. 5

Building permits have been obtained to transform the former Nites Inn Hotel on South Ruby Street into affordable housing.


Permits acquired for low-incoming housing project

In November, HopeSource acquired the building permits needed to convert the former Nites Inn Motel on South Ruby Street into 16 one-bedroom units for affordable housing. Five of the units will be dedicated to transition housing for people experiencing homelessness. The project has been supported by city, county and state funding.

Local Fair Board member honored

Kittitas County Fair Board member Roylene Crawford received the Heritage Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention held in Salt Lake City Nov. 28. The award recognizes fair management who have invested significant effort into making their organization a valuable part of the community.

Good Life discussion on Tuesday

The Good Life Community Discussions asks, “Is Bodily Immortality Bearable? East-West Perspectives,” at 6 p.m., today at Hal Holmes Community Center. The discussion will feature CWU philosophy and comparative religion professor Jeffrey Dippman. Community Discussions are sponsored by CWU Ethics Lab and the Ellensburg Library.

Limited service at the finance/utility counter

The finance/utility counter at City Hall will provide limited service on Dec. 7-11 and will full fully closed on Dec. 11 to allow for the implementation of a new online utility customer portal.

Community Christmas sponsors still needed

FISH Food Bank still needs donors for the annual Community Christmas program. As of this weekend, sponsors had signed up for 234 families, but 188 families are still in need. The program provides gifts for children and seniors. More information is available on the FISH Facebook page.

Sounds of the season

People who enjoy holiday caroling are invited to take part in Christmas Caroling with the Valley Voices Community Choir. Rehearsals will be held at 6:30 p.m., tonight and Dec. 12 at the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church in preparation for caroling on Dec. 17 and 19. Suggested donations are $30 for a family to participate in the series.

Night Market is Wednesday

The first Holiday Night Market of the season is from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Gard Vintners and the Ridge Encore at 404 N. Pine St. The event features vendors with handmade goods, sweet treats and more.

All aboard Polar Express

The Ellensburg Library is presenting a special story event on Thursday with the reading of “The Polar Express.” There will be activities and treats for kids in grades K-4, starting at 4 p.m.

Girls Night Out is Thursday

The annual Holiday Girls Night Out is from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday in downtown Ellensburg. Check is at the Ellensburg Downtown Association office at 109 E. Third

Avenue where there will be refreshments and music. Participating businesses offer deals and discounts.

CWU Jazz Holiday Concert is Friday

The Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 will perform Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite as well as other holiday classics, at 7 p.m., on Friday in the McIntyre Music Building. Tickets are $15 for general admission.

Annual Beef Counts distribution is Friday

The annual Beef Counts distribution is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday at Armory Building at the Kittitas Valley Events Center. Beef Counts is a cooperative effort between the Cattlemen’s Association and Second Harvest. The boxes include produce, perishable groceries and chubs of ground beef.

Winter Farmers Market Saturday

The annual Winter Market is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Teanaway Hall in the Kittitas Valley Event Center. The event is hosted by the Ellensburg Farmers Market.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken pot pie topped with a homemade biscuit 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 47 degrees. Sunset is at 4:13 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 40 degrees. Winds will be light and variable and there will be areas of patchy fog. Chance of rain is 60 percent.

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