A woman was arrested for allegedly setting a trailer on fire on Reecer Creek Road. Photo courtesy of Kittitas County Sheriff's Office
County under a wind advisory
Kittitas County is under a wind advisory from 4 a.m. today to 4 a.m., Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Residents are advised to use extra caution while driving, particularly in a high-profile vehicle, and to secure outdoor objects. The forecast also calls for patchy, blowing snow.
7-Eleven hookup takes a turn
A woman a man met at an Ellensburg 7-Eleven allegedly set his trailer on fire, according to a post on the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Facebook page. At about 1 a.m., Friday the man called Kittcom and said he had argued with a woman he met a couple days prior at 7-Eleven and brought home to his Reecer Creek Road residence, and that the woman walked out with two bottles of liquor. Soon after, the man noticed an unoccupied trailer next to his fifth-wheel trailer residence was on fire. He saw the woman walking away wearing no shoes and carrying a propane torch. At 5:30 a.m., a neighbor reported that a woman attempted to force her way into his residence. Sheriff deputies responded and the woman, who is from Tumwater, was arrested and booked for suspected arson and criminal trespass.
Basketball team fundraiser supports man with cancer
The Ellensburg High School girls’ basketball is organizing a fundraiser set for Friday and Saturday nights to benefit Charlie Simpson, who is battling cancer. Simpson is a South Cle Elum native and former owner of Bleachers. The fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at the Teanaway Hall on the Kittitas County Fairgrounds and will feature a dinner, a silent auction and music by the Tyson Hanes Band from Nashville. Tickets are $50 for adults over 21 and $25 for anyone under 20. Tickets are available at Tarp-it, the Windermere office, or by calling 509-962-4664.
Gather at Upsidedown Wine
Upsidedown Wine hosts the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s After-Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Upsidedown Wine is located at 205 E. First St. in Cle Elum. The event is open to the public with a special invitation to all businesses related to the construction of the Cle Elum location.
Spurgeon Gallery features Spokane artist
The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery’s first show of 2024 will feature the work of Spokane-based artist Rob McKirdie. Mechanic Gestures, a collection of McKirdie’s kinetic artwork, opens on Thursday with an artist talk from 4 to 5 p.m. at Randall Hall Room 117, followed by a reception in the gallery. The exhibit will run through Feb. 3.
A chance to cheer
Ellensburg High School is holding a mini cheer clinic for children ages 3 to 12. Practice is from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 20 and the kids will perform at an EHS game later that day. The cost is $60 and includes poms and a shirt. Registration information is available on the Ellensburg High School Athletics website.
The FISH Open Table Lunch is elk chili with local elk, cornbread 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 42 degrees. Sunset is at 4:31 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 26 degrees. There is a 40 percent chance of snow or rain during the morning and day.