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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Tuesday, Sept. 12

This is a photo of one of the men suspected to have burglarized a home near Kittitas on Aug. 20. Photo courtesy of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.


Pedestrians killed on I-90

Two pedestrians were struck by vehicles and killed while crossing Interstate 90 near Easton on Sunday night at about 9 o’clock, according to the Washington State Patrol. Once struck down, the pedestrians were struck by multiple vehicles, including a State Patrol car. State Patrol officials have requested the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office conduct the investigation to ensure transparency.

Help ID suspected burglars

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance to help track down two men who allegedly broke into a home east of Kittitas on Aug. 20. The suspects were recorded at numerous nearby stores using a credit card taken from the home. They were driving a silver Honda CR-V with stolen license plates. Photos of the suspects and their vehicle are displayed on the sheriff’s Facebook page.

Former EPD chief hired in New Orleans

Former Ellensburg Police Department Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has been hired to head the New Orleans Police Department, pending approval by the New Orleans City Council, according to the Associated Press. Since leaving Ellensburg, Kirkpatrick has served as police chief in Federal Way, Spokane and Oakland.

CWU Board of Trustees elects new chairperson

Erin Black was selected as the new chairperson of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees earlier this summer. Black is a Central graduate and the chief executive officer of the Memorial Foundation in Yakima.

Vacancy on Board of Health

The Kittitas County Board of Health needs to fill a vacancy with a representative from public health, health care facilities or providers. Applications are available at the health department, the county commissioners’ office and online through the Kittitas County website.

Barbecue restaurant

Ellensburg’s newest restaurant, Smokey’s Barbecue, is scheduled to open on Thursday. Smokey’s, which long had a location in the South Cle Elum Train Deport, is opening in the former Dakota Café location on Pearl Street.

Voices needed

The Valley Voices Community Choir welcomes new members to join the non-auditioned choir. The choir meets from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the Ellensburg Presbyterian Church. At its performances, Valley Voices raises money for FISH Food Bank and other local nonprofit organizations. More information is available on the Valley Voices Facebook page.


CWU hoop team travels to Costa Rica

The Central Washington University men’s basketball team left Saturday for a tour of Costa Rica. The Wildcats will play three games in Costa Rica this week, as well as traveling to the capital city of San Juan, the mountain town of La Fortuna and the beach town of Tamarindo. The team returns on Sept. 17.

High school teams in action Tuesday

The Ellensburg High School volleyball team welcomes West Valley to the EHS gym for a match tonight starting at 7 p.m. The EHS soccer team travels to East Valley for a game tonight at 6. The Kittitas Secondary School volleyball team hosts Highland tonight at 6:30. The Cle Elum-Roslyn High School soccer team looks to win its third straight game to open the season when it hosts Columbia High School at 6 tonight. The Warriors volleyball team travels to play at Goldendale at 6:30 tonight.


The FISH Open Table lunch is ham steak, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, a roll and apples. 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 79 degrees. Sunset is at 7:19 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 56 degrees. Winds will be from 20 to 30 mph.

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