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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, June 5

CWU has announced the student speakers for its two Ellensburg campus ceremonies and CWU-Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Central Washington University


Mass casualty exercise at CWU

A mass casualty incident exercise will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., today at the Central Washington University campus. Simulated white smoke will be used during the exercise. The event is for training and evaluation purposes.

DEI grants awarded

The City Council approved distributing $6,000 in grant funds through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission. Awards of $500 were given to the Ellensburg Bail Fund, Eastside Opportunity Center, Gallery One and Trout Unlimited. Grants of $1,000 were given to CWU Ethics Lab and Kittitas Environmental Education Network and a $2,000 grant was awarded to Helen House and Trans Rural Lives. The commission received $29,610 in grant requests.

Sleep Center meeting location to be moved

The Sleep Center meeting with the Ellensburg City Council and the Kittitas County commissioners on June 13 will not be at the Armory as earlier announced due to technical issues with that meeting space. A new location for the meeting will be announced this week.

City accepts donation to EPD

A $10,000 donation to the Ellensburg Police Department from Jan Lebo on behalf of herself and her late husband, Skip, was accepted by the city council. Skip Lebo, who passed away in 2022, served a variety of roles with the police department over his 20-year career. A police department committee will be formed to determine the best use of the donation.

Acoustic jam in Roslyn

The Roslyn Downtown Association Creative Center on West Idaho Avenue hosts a Roslyn Acoustic Jam at 6:30 p.m., today. Bring an instrument and a tune (or two) to share and make music with your community. All levels are welcome. 

High School graduation this week

Every high school in Kittitas County celebrates graduation this week. The Ellensburg Big Picture (formerly Excel) graduation is 5:30 p.m., today in the Armory Building. The Ellensburg High School graduation is 7 p.m., Thursday in Nicholson Pavilion. Thorp celebrates graduation at 6 p.m., Friday at the Thorp School. The Easton School graduation is at 11 a.m., Saturday, the Easton School multipurpose room. Cle Elum-Roslyn High School’s graduation is at 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Walter Strom Middle School gym. The Kittitas Secondary School graduation is at 7 p.m., Saturday, at the secondary school.


Dean Nicholson closed next week

Dean Nicholson Boulevard will be closed between Wildcat Way and Walnut Street from June 11 to 13 to connect the water line serving the new Central Washington University North Academic Building. The road will be plated and open to vehicles during non-construction hours.


CWU graduation ceremonies set

Central Washington University holds morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies on Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium. The student speaker at the 9 a.m. ceremony is Maria Cristina Carrillo Espinoza. Rochelle Saucedo-Mendoza is speaking at the 2 p.m. ceremony. The morning ceremony is for the College of Arts and Humanities and College of Sciences. The afternoon ceremony is for College of Business, College of Education and Professional Studies. Tessa Mollenberg will deliver the student address at the CWU-Des Moines ceremony in Kent on Sunday. The graduate students hooding and commencement ceremony is at 6 p.m., Friday, in Nicholson Pavilion.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is smoked sausage pasta and mixed fruit. 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 74 degrees. Sunset is at 8:53 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 46 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 20 mph, with higher gusts possible.  



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