Photo courtesy Kittitas County Sheriff's Office
Missing girl found in Cle Elum River Valley
A 10-year-old girl missing for more than 24 hours in the Cathedral Pass Trailhead area north of Cle Elum was found Monday afternoon safe with only minor scrapes, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.
Shunghia Mashwani of Federal Way was with her extended family on Sunday afternoon near the trailhead off Fish Lake Road, playing in the woods. When the family walked back to the trailhead for lunch, they notice Shunghia was missing. There is no cell phone coverage in the valley. A passerby on a UTV saw the group searching and offered to call 911 on a Starlink phone at their cabin.
Sheriff deputies in coordination with Kittitas County Search and Rescue launched a search using volunteers, K9s and drones. Advanced air support also was provided by Spokane County and King County.
Shunghia was found at 3 p.m., Monday by ground team volunteers, John Sand and Liz Pachaud. She had traveled south about 1.5 miles from where she was last seen. She said she spent the night between some trees.
Ellensburg hires new head of Community Development
Dan Carlson has been hired as the new Community Development Director for the city of Ellensburg. Carlson has spent the past six years as community development director for Kittitas County. Carlson was introduced to the Ellensburg City Council at its Monday meeting.
Main Street and Wildcat Way work coming
At Monday’s meeting, the Ellensburg City Council approved a contract for work that includes a grind and overlay of Main Street from Third Avenue to University Way, and Wildcat Way from University Way to 18th Avenue. Central Paving received the contract with a bid of $1.36 million.
Graduation week is here
All Kittitas County high schools hold graduation ceremonies this week.
On tap are:
• Ellensburg High School, 7 p.m., Thursday at the high school. Following the ceremony, there will be a fireworks display at approximately 8:30 p.m.
• Thorp High School, 6 p.m., Friday, at the high school.
• Easton High School 12 p.m., Saturday, at the high school.
• Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, 2 p.m., Saturday, at Walter Strom Middle School gym.
• Kittitas Secondary School, 7 p.m., Saturday, at the secondary school.
CWU grads to speak at ceremonies
Central Washington University will hold two graduation ceremonies Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and both commencement addresses will be delivered by graduating seniors. Elizabeth Jenkins, a computer science major, will speak at the morning ceremony, and Kian Addalkhani, an accounting major, will speak at the afternoon ceremony.
One last performance
Ellensburg High School’s senior recital is 6:30 p.m., in the high school Little Theatre. Three seniors will perform songs from a wide range of Broadway musicals. All donations received at the event will help students attend the International Thespian Festival this summer.
The annual Kiwanis Kids Fishing Derby for ages 14 and under, starts at 9 a.m., Saturday at Fiorito Lake. There will be lots of awesome prizes.
Roslyn Market to open
The opening day for the Roslyn Farmers Market is Sunday.
Lunch at the Ellensburg School District elementary schools today is Farm to School Barbecue at Valley View, pizza pinwheel at Lincoln and Mount Stuart, and Domino’s Pizza at Ida Nason Aronica. All grade schools will serve Dagdagan roasted asparagus, salad bar and fresh fruit. Middle school students can choose chef’s choice, southwestern chicken salad, burger basket, deli sandwiches, salad bar and fresh fruit. Lunch items at the high school include chef’s choice, Domino’s Pizza, burger basket, turkey Philly cheese sandwich, salad bar and fresh fruit.
The FISH Open Table lunch today is chicken teriyaki with grilled soy garlic chicken, stir fry vegetables and jasmine rice. 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 high in Ellensburg is forecasted as 91 degrees.