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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, March 6

A proposal to locate a sleep center on the former Nites Inn property drew opposition at Monday's Ellensburg City Council meeting.


City grants more time to consider sleep center options

The Ellensburg City Council delayed signing a letter of agreement with HopeSource to pursue a year-round sleep center on the former Nites Inn property for people experiencing homelessness for eight weeks to allow for more discussion of alternate locations and mitigation measures for surrounding businesses, which includes a child care center.

At Monday’s meeting, the council heard from representatives of the Kittitas Ministerial Association, which operates the cold weather shelter during the winter, advocating for the city to pursue the project. Churches have hosted the four-month overnight shelter for nine years but expressed an intent to discontinue the volunteer effort.

The council also heard from community members and surrounding business owners encouraging the council to find a sleep center location in a different location.

During the next eight weeks, the council said it will be looking for community members to find alternate locations that meet the criteria. The sleep center would provide overnight housing year-round.


Demolition underway

Crews began demolishing the L&L Building on the CWU campus this week. The demolition is part of the North Academic Complex project, which includes constructing a 104,200-square-foot building on the site. During demolition, the north end of the Walnut Mall walkway is closed.


Permits granted for Safeway remodeling

Safeway received permits from the city in February to conduct a $783,072 remodeling project. The project description includes remodeling the interior of the store, replacing equipment and refurbishing the public restrooms.


Women’s leadership panel tonight

A Women in Leadership panel titled “Women’s Herstory Month: Highlighting CWU Women and Femme Identifying Leaders” is at 6 in the SURC Ballroom tonight. The event brings together women leaders from diverse fields to share insights, experiences and strategies for success in the professional world. The panel discussion ends at 7:30 p.m., followed by a half-hour networking session.


Diversity Awards given Thursday

CWU’s 10th annual President’s Diversity Awards will be handed out at a ceremony from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday in the SURC Ballroom.


Gather a few of your favorite things

The Valley Voices Choir is staffing a “Sound of Music” sing-along from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday at the Hal Holmes Community Center. Costumes are encouraged.



CWU hosts GNAC tournament

CWU is hosting to the GNAC tournament starting Thursday in Nicholson Pavilion. The CWU women enter as the No. 4 seed and face Simon Fraser at 2:15 p.m. Central men qualified as the No. 4 seed and play Seattle Pacific at 7:30 p.m. Tournament play continues with the semifinals on Friday and the finals on Saturday. The winners of the tournament receive automatic bids to the NCAA Division Two Regional Championship.


High school baseball season starts

Ellensburg High School baseball starts its season at a jamboree at 4 p.m., today at West Valley High School in Yakima.


The FISH Open Table Lunch is chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, a dinner roll 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 44 degrees. Sunset is at 5:56 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 25 degrees. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph. 



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