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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Dec. 27


Ultimate jigsaw showdown

The 2023 Jigsaw Puzzle Championship Showdown is 6 p.m., Thursday, at the Hal Holmes Community Center. Teams advanced through a series of competitions over the course of the year to reach the title tilt. Spectators are welcome.


A send-off for Jay McGowan

There will be a retirement party for Cle Elum Mayor Jay McGowan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday at the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. McGowan did not seek reelection during this part election and leaves office at the end of the year. McGowan’s service to the city as a council member and mayor stretches back decades. The festivities will include an open mic at 1 p.m.


Planning for New Year’s Eve

For those looking to make New Year’s Eve plans, Cobrahawk plays at Hotel Windrow Ballroom. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10. The Flat Rocks play at Hot Rod’s Care and Bar in Kittitas. The show starts at 9 p.m. The Time Out Saloon in Kittitas will feature DJ Kenny.


Housing commission to receive annual review

At its Jan. 3 meeting the city’s Affordable Housing Commission will receive its annual review for 2023. According to that document, the median rent in Ellensburg for all bedrooms and property types was $1,400 a month in 2023. The number reflects a slight decrease from 2022. The median home value is $450,000, which is a slight increase from 2022. The commission meets at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 3 in the City Council Chambers.


County to consider rental fees

The Kittitas County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m., Jan. 2 to consider amending rental rates and fees for the Kittitas Valley Event Center.



Bulldog girls to travel to tourney

Over the holiday break the Ellensburg High School girls basketball team will travel to play in the Desert Holiday Classic in Yucca Valley, California. The girls are scheduled to play Yucca Valley on Wednesday and San Dimas of California on Thursday. The Bulldog girls have won the past two state 2A titles and have won 58 games in a row.


High school teams keep busy over break

Ellensburg, Kittitas and Cle Elum-Roslyn high school basketball teams will keep busy over the holiday break. The Cle Elum-Roslyn boys and girls teams travel to Chelan on Thursday. The girls play at 5:45 p.m. and the boys take the court at 7:15 p.m.  The Kittitas boys and girls host Cascade on Thursday with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. The EHS boys play in the Yakima Sundome Shutout, against W.F. West at 2 p.m., Thursday, and versus La Center, at 9 a.m., Friday.


CWU football players earn honors

Central Washington University football players Slade Edwards, Tyler Flanagan, Brett McCalla Patrick Rogers and Dominic Wieburg was named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Football Team. To be eligible, a player must excel on the field and maintain a 3.5 GPA.


Still time to play hoops

The deadline for the city of Ellensburg’s Adult Open 3-on-3 Basketball League approaches after the start of the New Year. The registration deadline is Jan. 5. The league is open to all men and women over the age of 16. Games begin on the week of Jan. 16. Registration information is available on the Parks and Recreation page on the city’s website.



The FISH Open Table Lunch mac and cheese, peas and fruit salad. 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 39 degrees. Sunset is at 4:15 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 31 degrees. There is a 50 percent chance of rain during the day. Winds will be light and variable. The moon is full.


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