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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, Feb. 20

Two injured snowmobilers were rescued Sunday after their snowmobile went into a ravine near Cooper Lake. Photo courtesy of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office


Ellensburg selected as Creative District

Ellensburg was named a designated Certified Creative District by the Washington State Arts Commission on Feb. 8. Being a Certified Creative District will help Ellensburg promote creative community throughout the state, increase opportunities for living-wage jobs within the creative sector, boost tourism, attract artists, start-ups, and creative businesses, create opportunities for affordable housing within the industry, and enhance the overall quality of life in Ellensburg through the arts.


Injured snowmobilers rescued

Kittitas County Search and Rescue crews rescued two snowmobilers injured when they went over a 50-foot embankment into a wooded ravine in the Cooper Lake area Sunday. The snowmobilers were a married couple from Auburn, both 52 years old. The woman was transported by helicopter to Confluence Health in Wenatchee and the man was taken by ambulance to Yakima. Kittitas County Fire Districts 6 and 7, and the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Patrol Rescue assisted in the rescues.


‘Rapunzel’ auditions today

Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of ‘Rapunzel’ are at 4 p.m., Tuesday, in the Hal Holmes Community Center. The play is open to kids in grades K-12. There is a $45 participating fee. The play will be performed at 3 and 5:30 p.m., Feb. 20 at Hal Holmes.


City Council meets today

Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, the Ellensburg City Council meets at 7 p.m., today in the City Council Chambers. Included on the agenda is a Unity Park construction update.


Climate Change series continues

CWU’s Living with Climate Change Series continues at 5:30 p.m., today, in Dean Hall, Room 104, with “Preparing for Climate Change.” This event features resource managers and community leaders discussing strategies for how to address the impacts of climate change in ways that make us more resilient. Scheduled to speak are Ellensurg City Manager Heidi Behrends-Cerniway, Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Project Manager Kevin Haydon and Kittitas County Community Resilience Coordinator Rose Shriner-Beaton.

Input sought on I-90 solutions

The STEER I-90 Coalition is seeking public input on alternatives for improving traffic safety and connectivity on the interstate between Easton and Cle Elum. A public webinar will be held on Zoom on from 6 to 7 p.m., today. An in-person open house will be held at the Cle Elum Senior Center from 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 28.


Chance to connect with legislators

Thirteenth District legislators are holding a virtual town hall meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday. Sen. Judy Warnick, Rep. Tom Dent and Rep. Alex Ibarra will discuss the 2024 legislative session. Pre-registration is required. Links are available on the legislator’s websites, as well as the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.


Learn about the primary election

In preparation for the state’s March 12 presidential primary, Let’s Taco ‘Bout the Presidential Primary is set for 5 p.m., Thursday at the Student Union and Recreation Center Room 137. The League of Women Voters of Kittitas County organized the event that features four panelists and a moderator. There are free tacos for CWU students.


‘Shrek’ takes to stage this week

The Ellensburg High School Winter Musical production of ‘Shrek’ debuts at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. The show continues with performances on Friday and Saturday, and March 1 and 2. Tickets are $15 for general admission.



Bulldogs and Warriors girls’ teams advance to state

Fans can watch a Cle Elum-Roslyn and Ellensburg girls’ basketball teams Regional State Playoff doubleheader at Ellensburg High School on Friday. Cle Elum-Roslyn is the No. 11 seeded team in the state 2B tournament and the Warriors face No. 14 Forks at 6 p.m. in a loser-out game. Ellensburg is the No. 1 in the state 2A tournament and the Bulldogs play No. 8 Columbia River at 8 p.m. Regardless of the outcome, both teams advance to play in the Yakima SunDome, starting on Feb. 28.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is baked potato with vegetarian chili, a 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 47 degrees. Sunset is at 5:34 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 33 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.



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