Hal Holmes Community Center will serve as a warming center this weekend.
Checking in on snowpack
As the new year started, the snowpack in the Upper Yakima Basin was measured at 65 percent of the median, this represented an increase from 47 percent of the median level registered on Dec. 1, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s water supply outlook report for the state. The Keechulus, Cle Elum and Kachess reservoirs are all at below-normal storage capacity for this time of year. The Upper Yakima Basin is seeing significant snowfall this week.
Warming centers to open
With the forecast calling for dangerously cold weather conditions later this week, the city of Ellensburg will use Hal Holmes Community Center as a warming center. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday; 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday. The library will be open its usual business hours but will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
In the Upper County, the UKSC Centennial Center will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Closure hours have not yet been determined.
Basketball team fundraiser supports man with cancer
The Ellensburg High School girls’ basketball is organizing a fundraiser set for Friday and Saturday nights to benefit Charlie Simpson, who is battling cancer. Simpson is a South Cle Elum native and former owner of Bleachers. The fundraiser will start at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights at the Teanaway Hall on the Kittitas County Fairgrounds and will feature a dinner, a silent auction and music by the Tyson Hanes Band from Nashville. Tickets are $50 for adults over 21 and $25 for anyone under 20. Tickets are available at Tarp-it, the Windermere office or by calling 509-962-4664.
Spurgeon Gallery features Spokane artist
The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery’s first show of 2024 will feature the work of Spokane-based artist Rob McKirdie. Mechanic Gestures, a collection of McKirdie’s kinetic artwork, opens on Thursday with an artist talk from 4 to 5 p.m. at Randall Hall Room 117, followed by a reception in the gallery. The exhibit will run through Feb. 3.
Recovery organization to hold open house
Kittitas County Recovery Community Organization will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday at the Catalyst Co-Working Building in Cle Elum to provide details on the services the organization will be providing in the Upper County.
CWU announces Hall of Fame class
Central Washington University announced the five people to be inducted Class of 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame Class. Inductees are Shaina Afoa, Johnny Spevak, Greg Olson and James and Katy Gaudino. A three-sport athlete, Afoa played women’s basketball, and volleyball and competed in track and field from 2008 to 2011. Spevak played football from 2005 to 2009 and still holds four CWU career records. Olson played football at CWU from 1983 to 1986 and came back and coached from 1990 to 1993. Olson has gone on to a coaching career in college and the NFL, including this past season as the quarterbacks coach for the Seahawks. The Gaudino’s had extensive involvement with Wildcat athletics throughout James Gaudino’s tenure as CWU president from 2009 to 2021.
The FISH Open Table Lunch is beef stew, dinner roll and apple sauce. 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 4:32 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 23 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph.