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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Feb. 14

If you're looking for a sad love song, it's hard to go wrong with Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Riley Schmit leads an Anti-Valentine's Day Sad Song Sing-A-Long at Iron Horse Taproom tonight.


City Council fills vacancy

Delano Palmer was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Ellensburg City Council at a special council meeting on Monday. Palmer, who was one of six people vying for the opening created by the resignation of Adam Winn, is the director of Capital Planning and Projects for Central Washington University. He also is a board member of Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity and served on the city’s Planning Commission. Palmer will complete an unexpired term that ends on Dec. 31, 2025. Brian Cullinane, David Douglas, Jennifer Lubanski, Katie Nolan and Steve Townsend also applied for the position.


Mariachi concert on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated with a Mariachi performance at 8 p.m. today at the McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall.


Sad-song sing-a-long tonight

If you’re not quite in the mood for Valentine’s Day, the Iron Horse Tap Room has you covered. Riley Schmit will lead an Anti-Valentine’s Day sad song sing-a-long from 6 to 8 tonight in the taproom.


School board may select a superintendent tonight

The final candidate for the Ellensburg School District’s superintendent position visits the district today. Brian Beckley will answer questions from the community at 5 p.m., today at Ida Nason Aronica Elementary School. The two other finalists for the job Chris Granger and Tornow were interviewed on Monday and Tuesday. The School Board may make a hiring decision tonight upon completion of the final interview.


Exhibit opens at Sarah Spurgeon Gallery

Mother Tongue, an exhibit of photo-based media and installation created by Rafael Soldi and Victor Yañez Lazcano opens on Thursday at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery on the CWU campus. Opening festivities include an artist talk at 4 p.m. in the SURC Theatre and a reception at 5 p.m. in the gallery.


Non-fiction writer featured in Lions Rock

The Lions Rock Visiting Writers Series features non-fiction writer and poet Juliet Patterson on Thursday. Patterson will present a craft talk from noon to 1 p.m., in the Brooks Library Commons, and hold a reading from her work at 6 p.m. in the Commons. Patterson is the author of “Sinkhole: A Legacy of Suicide,” and two poetry collections.


Input sought on I-90 solutions

The STEER I-90 Coalition is seeking public input on alternatives for improving traffic safety and connectivity on the interstate between Easton and Cle Elum. A public webinar will be held on Zoom on from 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 20. An in-person open house will be held at the Cle Elum Senior Center from 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 28.


Help with taxes available

CWU’s Department of Accounting offers a free Volunteer Tax Assistance Clinic through early April. The clinic is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays through March 7, and then again from March 28 through April 11 at Shaw-Smyser Room 217. The clinic is free to any household making less than $64,000 a year.



High school postseason play underway

District high school basketball tournament plays continues this week. The Ellensburg girls host Prosser in the district championship at 7 p.m., today. The winner advances to the state tournament.

The Cle Elum-Roslyn girls host Kittitas at 6 p.m., today with the winner advancing to state and the loser out.


High school wrestlers advance to Mat Classic

Local high school wrestlers advanced through last weekend’s Regional tournaments to qualify for the state Mat Classic, starting Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Ellensburg sends eight wrestlers to state: Tyler Bacon, Luke Bayne, Konner Carlson, Cash Eylar, Wyatt Green, Leif Holmgren, Kasse Montgomery and Skyler Summers. Cle Elum-Roslyn sends Landon Batton and Josiah Beiter with Dani Lindenfelser going to the girls’ tournament. Kittitas sends Simon Jones, Alex Mazon, Ronan Stewart, Brody Stewart and Preston Stingley.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken Parmesan with pasta, asparagus and chocolate-covered strawberries. 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 5:24 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 30 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 15 mph. There is a 40 percent chance of snow overnight.




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