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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Dec. 20

The Kittitas County Historical Society holds its annual meeting and open house today at the Kittitas County Historical Museum. Photo courtesy of the Kittitas County Historical Museum


City council adjusts public comments on Zoom

The Ellensburg City Council voted at its Monday meeting to eliminate the ability for people participating in meetings over Zoom to comment on non-agenda items. The action was taken in response to recent incidents of organized efforts to spread hate speech via Zoom comments. The restriction does not apply to in-person comments and Zoom comments can still be given if an agenda item includes public comment. The city allows comments on non-agenda items towards the start of each meeting. City Attorney Terry Weiner said since the city went to a hybrid meeting format in 2021, only four comments on non-agenda items have been given over Zoom.


Winn submits his resignation from city council

Adam Winn submitted his resignation to the Ellensburg City Council, effective at the start of the year. Winn said a combination of work and personnel responsibilities led to the decision. The position will be posted and applications accepted from those interested in being appointed to the seat.


Historic Society holds open house and annual meeting

The Kittitas County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. today followed by an open house at 6 p.m., at the Kittitas County Historical Museum. The open house features a special performance by Rusty Cage.


Final Holiday Night Market is tonight

The final Holiday Night Market of the season is from 5 to 8 p.m., tonight in downtown Ellensburg. Gard Vintners and The Ridge Encore serve as pop-up locations for vendors.


Holiday schedule changes

Christmas approaches as do scheduling changes. Ellensburg School District schools get out for Christmas after a half-day on today. The Christmas closure for the Kittitas Valley Memorial Pool starts at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All city facilities and Central Transit are closed on Christmas Day.


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. today, 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


Celtic Christmas celebrated on Friday

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas will be performed at 7 p.m., Friday at the Morgan Performing Arts Center. The show Castle on the fiddle and electric violin accompanied by the Seattle Irish Dance Company. The show is presented by Christmas in Washington. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for kids under 12, and are available at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office.



Local teams to play in Nicholson

Kittitas County high school basketball fans have a chance to see teams from Ellensburg, Kittitas and Cle Elum-Roslyn play in Nicholson Pavilion on Thursday and Friday. The EHS boys play Toutle Lake at 1 p.m. and the girls face W.F. West at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Kittitas girls play Coupeville at 3 p.m. and the Coyote boys face Coupeville at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Friday’s schedule includes; the Cle Elum-Roslyn boys vs. Coupeville at 11 a.m. and the Warrior girls vs Warden at 1 p.m.; the Kittitas boys vs. Toutle Lake at 5 p.m.; and the Ellensburg girls vs. Mount Si at 7 p.m.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is ham and scalloped potatoes, steamed lemon broccoli, pears and a dinner roll. 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 4:14 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 35 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.






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