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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, Nov.

Ballots can be returned to the Kittitas County Courthouse, placed in drop boxes around the county or put in the mail today.

Today is Election Day.

Voters have until 8 p.m. today to return their ballots for the General Election. According to the Kittitas County Auditor’s Office, 17 percent of ballots had been returned as of Friday. Ballots can be returned via the mail or dropped in ballot boxes.

Volunteers needed for cold weather shelter

Volunteer training sessions for the Cold Weather Shelter are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday at Foursquare Church, 7 p.m., Thursday at Mercer Creek, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Friday at Foursquare, 9:30 a.m., Saturday at United Methodist and 6:30 p.m., next Monday at First Lutheran. For information on the volunteer training schedule email Susan Casey at or call 206-963-0912. The shelter opens on Nov. 15.

Veterans Day celebrations throughout week

Veterans Day will be celebrated in schools and the community throughout this week. Ellensburg elementary schools, middle school and high school all have Veterans Day assemblies scheduled during the week, as do schools in Kittitas and Cle Elum-Roslyn. The Central Washington Air ROTC will stage its 24-Hour POW/MIA Senior Vigil on Saturday. The Upper Kittitas County Senior Center will host a Veterans’ Appreciation Breakfast at 8 a.m., on Friday. Ellensburg’s annual Veterans Day Parade is at 11 a.m., Saturday. After the parade the International Association of Fire Fighters Local #158 hosts a barbecue lunch for veterans at Station 29 on Mountain View Avenue.

Burns slated for Cle Elum Ranger District

Cle Elum Ranger District personnel are scheduled to burn 60 acres of piles on Forest Service Road 9738 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Pumpkin rescue bin in Cle Elum

Christie Farms has a pumpkin rescue bin at Dru Bru-Cle Elum where people can drop off their Halloween pumpkins at any time.

Coat drive underway

The Kittitas County Health Network’s Coat Drive is underway. New and gently used coats of all sizes are accepted, as well as hats, gloves and sleeping bags. Donations can be dropped at Community Health of Central Washington on Mountain View Avenue and the Kittitas Country Recovery Community Organization office on Third Avenue. The drive continues through February.

FISH reaching out to seniors in need

FISH is now able to provide free boxes of food to seniors, age 60+, who meet income qualifications. The food is provided through the state’s Community Supplemental Food Program. For more information, call Laura Lopez at 509-312-8079 or via email at Information also is available on the FISH Facebook page.


At state this week

High school state tournaments get underway this week in soccer, volleyball and swimming. The Cle Elum-Roslyn soccer team hosts Adna at 6 tonight. The winner will travel to play Davenport at 4 p.m., Saturday. The Ellensburg volleyball team plays Washington High School of Tacoma at 10:45 a.m. on Friday at the Yakima Sundome in the first round of the state 2A tournament, which continues through Saturday. Ellensburg will send multiple swimmers to the 2A State Meet at the King County Aquatic Center starting on Thursday and continuing through Saturday.

Gobble run on Saturday

The Gobble Wobble 5k Fun Run is at 9 a.m., Saturday at Rotary Park. The run is sponsored by the Foundation at KVH and is for all ages. Events for kids include toddler dashes and a 1-mile youth race. Registration information is available on the KVH website.


The FISH Open Table lunch is tater tot casserole, a roll, mixed vegetables and pears. 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 50 degrees. Sunset is at 4:37 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 35 degrees. Winds will be from 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.

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