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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Dec. 13

Two trees will be removed from Reed Park on Craig's Hill this week. Photo courtesy of city of Ellensburg


Tree removal planned

The city of Ellensurg will remove two trees from Reed Park on Craig’s Hill starting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday. The trees were identified during an inventory conducted this fall. The work will take about two hours and Craig Avenue will remain open.


Recorded document fees to increase

The cost of recording documents with the Kittitas County Auditor’s Office increases by $100 with the start of the new year. Starting Jan. 1, the standard fee for documents increases from $203.50 to $303.50 to come into compliance with a state House Bill passed during the 2023 Legislative Session.


Special Christmas storytime

The Ellensburg Library offers a special Merry Christmas Storytime at 10:30 a.m., today, at Hal Holmes Community Center. There will be songs, stories and a special guest.


Night Market is tonight

The Ellensburg Downtown Association’s Holiday Night Market series continues from 5 to 8 p.m., tonight, at Gard Vintners and the Ridge Encore at 404 N. Pine St. The event features vendors with handmade goods, sweet treats and more.


Get with the Grinch

CWU’s Students With a Purpose club offers Grinchmas Holiday photos from 3 to 7:15 p.m., today at Sliders Sports Lounge. Photos are $8 and the event is a fundraiser for SWAP.


Musical week for high school

Ellensburg High School’s music program has multiple performances this week. The EHS Band concert is at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. EHS presents Jazzmas at 7:30 p.m., Friday at the high school.


Chance to chat with Santa

Children have a chance to chat with Santa thanks to a cooperative effort between KITTCOM and the Kittitas County Auxiliary Community Service. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 20, children in Ellensburg and Cle Elum will be able to access Santa Net — communications with Santa in the North Pole via radio. This will take place at the KITTCOM facility in Ellensburg and the Cle Elum Fire Department. A total of 36 kids can participate each night. To register, email


Legislative Day is Friday

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Elk Ballroom at the Hotel Windrow. State Sen. Judy Warnick and State Reps. Tom Dent and Alex Ybarra will be in attendance to discuss the upcoming session. Registration is open for the event. For more information, call Chelsea Cramer at 509-925-2002 or email


Dancing the Polar Express

The Ellensgurg Dance Ensemble performs “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m., Friday and 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $18.50 for adults and $15.50 for students and seniors.


Museum speaker series features Randy Lewis

The Kittitas County Historical Museum Speaker Series features tribal elder Randy Lewis presenting “The Healing Power of Remembering” at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the museum. The event is free and is made possible through a grant from the Ellensburg Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission.


Plan ahead for beer fest

Tickets are now on sale for Winterhop Brewfest on Feb. 17 in downtown Ellensburg. The brewfest has a limited number of tickets and usually sells out well in advance of the event. Ticketing information is available on the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce website.  The event is also in need of volunteers, must be 21.



Ellensburg wrestling at home

The first Ellensburg High School home wrestling match of the season is against Selah at 7 p.m., Thursday.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is a barbecue pulled-pork sandwich, 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 38 degrees. Sunset is at 4:12 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 31 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.


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