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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, June 19


Council approves affordable housing project

The City Council agreed to move forward with an affordable housing project proposal from Inversion Design Build for property on First Avenue and Pine Street at its meeting on Monday. The vote was 4-2 over a proposal from HopeSource. Inversion Design Build’s project calls for 36 units with 12 studio apartments and 24 one-bedrooms. The model incorporates private ownership and does not require money from the city’s affordable housing fund. It also had a faster construction timeline than the HopeSource proposal with work starting is December of the first units completed in August of 2025.

Juneteenth celebration on Wednesday

A Juneteenth celebration will be held in Ellensburg starting at 4 p.m., Wednesday. The Kittitas County Museum offers dedicated programming showcasing the history and culture of African Americans in Kittitas County. Flyers and maps highlighting sites of significance to the Black community will be available. A program featuring local dignitaries, community leaders and music by Black Grenade Entertainment starts at 4 p.m., at the Red Pickle. The evening concludes with the first Ellensburg Night Market of the season with vendors and live music on Pine Street. CWU Archives and Special Collections is hosting a Juneteenth exhibit on the second floor of Brooks Library, and CWU Libraries will be showing a curated book display on the first floor.

Northwest Rock historian speaks Saturday

Peter Blecha, author of “Stomp and Shout: The Untold History of Northwest Rock and Roll,” speaks at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Hal Holmes Community Center as part of the Speaker Bureau Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dachshunds (and friends) parade this weekend

Dachshunds and Friends on Parade is Saturday in downtown Ellensburg. The event is open to not just dachshunds but all dog breeds. There are numerous events planned, including the dachshund races, as well as contest such as best couch potato, best wiggle butt and best belly rubs. Josie’s Misfit Ranch sponsors the event. and more information is on its website.

Teanaway Trailfest this weekend

The Teanaway Trail Fest to benefit Towns to Teanaway is Friday and Saturday in the Upper County. The event starts with a Kick-Off Party from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, at the Roslyn Theatre. Saturday features events at Dru Bru-Cle Elum, including live music and a silent auction, and volunteer work parties and bike rides. More information is on the Dru Bru website.

Headliner added to Gustfest

The Bonafide Band featuring Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic and Ellensburg’s Mark Pickerel, will perform at the Gustfest concert on June 23 in Umtanum Hall at the Kittitas Valley Event Center. The Gustfest concert is part of the Ellensburg Music Preservation Project to preserve the history of music in Ellensburg. Multiple bands from throughout Ellensburg’s musical history will perform at Gustfest, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to all ages. There will be food trucks.

Grant applications available

Applications are now available for several grants on the city’s website. Grant programs are Community Grants, Parks Partnership Grants, Historic Preservation Grants, Water Quality Grants and Arts Commission Grants. Applications are accepted through Aug. 30. More information is on the city’s website.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is Cajun beans and rice, seasoned rice, mixed vegetables 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 81 degrees. Sunset is at 9 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 48 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph.  

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