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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, July 3

The Boulet Theatre production of “The Masked Canary” opens Friday. Photo courtesy of Boulet Theatre


Country western stars featured at Patriot Night Under the Lights

Country-western singer Aaron Tippin headlines the Patriot Night Under the Lights celebration at the Kittitas Valley Event Center on Thursday. The doors open at 6 p.m. and Huckleberry Road performs at 7 p.m., followed by Tippin at 8:30 p.m. A Patriot After-Party with Keith Anderson follows the fireworks display at 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 and children under 10 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. There will be a family zone and a beer garden at the show.

Fire contained on I-82

A vegetation fire on Interstate 82 in Kittitas County grew to 10 acres Tuesday afternoon before it was contained. Crews also responded to a small fire in the Bumpy Flats area of Naneum Canyon.

Planning for fireworks

There will be two public aerial fireworks displays on July 4. The Patriot Night Under the Lights celebration at the Kittitas Valley Event Center includes a firework display at 9:45 p.m. The Upper County’s Pioneer Days celebration features a fireworks show at dusk. The fireworks are shot off at Fireman’s Park and are visible anywhere in downtown Cle Elum.

Personal fireworks are prohibited on July 4 in all jurisdictions, except for unincorporated Kittitas County and the city of Kittitas.

Firemen serve up breakfast

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Local 663 serves a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., Thursday at the KVFR station on Mountain View Avenue. Donations are accepted.

Boulet Theatre presents “The Masked Canary”

The Boulet Theatre production of “The Masked Canary” opens at 7 p.m., Friday at the Centennial Center in Cle Elum. Performances are also scheduled for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Saturday’s show is a benefit dinner fundraiser. Regular show tickets are $10 and the fundraiser is $75 with only advance tickets sold.

Holiday kicks off in Cle Elum

Pioneer Days start Thursday with an Independence Day Celebration from 2 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park in Cle Elum. There will be a kids’ zone, food trucks, a beer garden and a lineup of live music. The music begins with Micah J at 4:30 p.m., followed by Jared Graham at 6:15 p.m. and the American Honey Band at 8:15 p.m. Pioneer Days continues throughout the weekend.

Kittitas celebrates Saturday

Kittitas celebrates the Independence Day weekend with a celebration from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday at Gazebo Park. There will be arts and crafts booths during the day and a street dance with live music at night.

Movies in park underway

Ellensburg’s Movies in the Park program features “Wish” at around 9 p.m., Friday, at Veterans’ Memorial Park. The free movies are shown on Friday nights at the park through Aug. 2.  People are asked to bring chairs and snacks.

Pioneer Days Parade on Saturday

The Pioneer Days Parade at 10 a.m., Saturday, in downtown Cle Elum headlines the weekend community festival. Other Saturday activities include Roslyn Riders Play Day, Ronald Heritage Festival, live music downtown, dock diving dogs and the Pioneer Days Queen reception. Sunday events include the Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby and the Fireman’s Pioneer Breakfast.

Pfenning Road project starts July 8                                         

The Pfenning Road improvement project between Vantage Highway and Radio Road starts on July 8. Work includes utility improvements, sidewalk and stormwater swale improvements and a new driving surface. The area will have detours, and the project will continue through early September.


5K on July 4

The Ellensburg Morning Rotary Firecracker 5K is on Thursday at Rotary Park. The event features a 5K run at 5K Run at 8:30 a.m. and a Kids Run at 9:45 a.m. This is a family-friendly race and all proceeds go toward the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Local Foundation to support a 4-H animal that will be donated to FISH.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is a cheeseburger, roasted potatoes and melon. 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 85 degrees. Sunset is at 9 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 57 degrees. Winds will be 20 to 30 mph.

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