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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Jan. 31

Rebekah Mundel is the 2024 Ellensburg Rodeo Queeen. Molly Morrow photo courtesy of Ellensburg Rodeo


Rodeo queen crowned

Rebekah Mundell was crowned the 2024 Ellensburg Rodeo queen at Saturday’s coronation ceremony. The 24-year-old Mundell is a cosmetologist in Ellensburg on schedule to graduate with a Bachelor of agricultural science this year. She competed in National High School Rodeo Association events and served as president of the CWU Rodeo Club. Mundell will represent the rodeo and the community at events throughout the region this year.

Survey on police services closing

Today is the last day to complete the Ellensburg Police Department’s community crime survey. The survey is intended to provide the EPD with a better understanding of crime and safety in Ellensburg. The survey is available on the police department’s Facebook page.

Central names new associate dean

Selana Castro has been hired to fill the associate dean position for CWU’s College of Education and Professional Studies. Castro recently worked as dean of student success and academic partnerships at Tillamook Bay Community College in Oregon.

Sand and bags available

As the weather warms this week and snow melts, Ellensburg and Kittitas provide free sand and bags. Locations in Ellensburg are Wippel Park, Seventh Avenue and Cascade Street and Kiwanis Park. The Kittitas location is Gazebo Park on the corner of Third and Pierce. People need to bring their own shovels.

Lions Rock features local poet

CWU professor and poet Katharine Whitcomb will be the first speaker in the Lions Rock Visiting Writers Series on Wednesday at the Brooks Library Students Commons. Whitcomb will present a craft talk titled, “Let Your Writing Find its Form,” at noon, followed by a reading of her new poetry collection, “Habitats” at 6 p.m.

Jazz band plays at Bistro

Jazz fans can hear CWU musicians perform in Jazz Band Madness at 7 o’clock, tonight in the Bistro in Tunstall Commons. Admission is free.

Member or Exonerated Five to speak at Central

Raymond Santana, one of five African-American teenagers wrongfully convicted of a violent attack in New York’s Central Park in 1989, will speak at CWU at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at the McIntyre Music Building. Santana and four others teens served between five and 13 years in prison before their convictions were overturned in 2002 when DNA evidence linked a convicted murderer and serial rapist to the crime, for which he confessed. The event is free.


Sip and support Habitat for Humanity

Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity is holding a Uncorked: Sip and Support fundraiser at Valo Cellars in Kittitas at 5 p.m., Thursday. During the event, 20 percent of wine proceeds will go to Habitat.


Kairos performs free lunch concert

Kairos and Friends perform at the First Friday Lunch Concert at noon, Friday at Hal Holmes Community Center. The 40-minute free concert features CWU music professors, students and community members performing various short pieces.


Valley Musical Theatre production opens on Friday

The Valley Musical Theatre Winter Play production of “The Odd Couple,” opens at 7 p.m. Friday in the Ramsey Ballroom. The play continues with performances on Saturday and Sunday and on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. The is directed by Jessica Horrocks and Jessica Solberg Black and features Riley Newman as Oscar and Patrick Nolan as Felix.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is pork and beef meatloaf, green beans, a dinner roll and peaches. 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 43 degrees. Sunset is at 5:03 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 39 degrees. There is a 90 percent chance of rain during the day and 40 percent overnight. Winds will be light and variable.


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