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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, March 13

Graphic of the Pfenning Road Shared Use Pathway Project. Courtesy of the city of Ellensburg


Pfenning Road project underway

Work has started on the Pfenning Road Shared Use Pathway. The project fills in the gap in pedestrian and bicycle networks with a 10-foot wide paved pathway that includes a buffer strip, landscaping, minor road widening, installation of curb and gutter, storm drain improvements and better lighting. Work should be completed by early May.

“Nick on the Rocks”

CWU geology professor Nick Zentner’s Emmy-award-winning program, “Nick on the Rocks” has been renewed for a sixth season by Cascade PBS. He eight-minute shows explore Pacific Northwest landscapes and educate viewers on the natural splendor. The program went off the air during COVID and returned in January 2023.

Raise a pint for Kittitas County Pride

Dru Bru hosts Kittitas County Pride Pint Night at its Cle Elum taproom at 5:30 p.m., today. Kittitas County Pride representatives will be there to talk about the organization, a $1 from every pint and $4 from every pitcher will be donated to KCP and people will be able to paint pride rocks.

Puzzle people gather

Ellensburg Library’s 2024 Puzzle Competition begins at 5:30 p.m., today at Hal Holmes Community Center. The theme is Let’s Groove Tonight, and awards for best team costume will be held. The competition features 10 two-person teams assembling identical 500-piece puzzles to finish as much as possible within two hours.

Women’s History Month Film Series continues

CWU Women’s History Month film series continues with a showing of the Chilean film “The Cow Who Sung the Song into the Future,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in Samuelson Building Room 104. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Library closed on Friday

The Ellensburg Library will be closed on Friday for spring cleaning. The library will reopen on Saturday.

Grant funding available

Downtown businesses can apply for up to $2,000 through the Ellensburg Downtown Association Building Revitalization Fund Program to beautify storefronts, enhance infrastructure and more. The fund is sponsored by Umpqua Bank. Applications will be available on April 1 and accepted through April 30.

CWU prof coauthors poetry textbook

CWU English professor Maya Jewell Zeller published “Advanced Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology,” with coauthor University of Minnesota English professor Kathryn Nuernberger in January. Advanced Poetry is part of publisher Bloomsbury’s latest series of textbooks focused on intermediate and advanced classes.


Time to train for .5K

Iron Horse Brewery’s annual St. Paddy’s Day .5K is set for Saturday. The .5K takes place at 2 p.m. at the brewery and is part of a festival of events extending until 8 p.m. There will be food trucks, games, live music from Mike O’Malley and Killdeer String Band and a family-friendly dance party hosted by Ellensburg Community Radio. Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to the FISH Food Bank. The first 200 to purchase tickets receive a .5K T-shirt.


Wildcat men play Friday night

Central Washington University men’s basketball team plays Cal State Dominguez Hills at 7:30 p.m., Friday, in Los Angeles in the NCAA Division II West Region tournament. The Wildcats earned the No. 5 seed by winning the GNAC tournament this past weekend. A victory would advance Central to play in the winner of Cal State LA vs. Azusa Pacific.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is sloppy joe, mixed vegetables and fruit salad. 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 51 degrees. Sunset is at 7:05 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 29 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 25.  


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