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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, May 1

The EDA is hosting a tour of available storefront space in downtown Ellensburg on Thursday.


Sleep Center discussion delayed

The Ellensburg City Council is delaying its discussion of alternative locations for a Sleep Center serving the homeless population to allow further analysis of sites suggested by community members. There will be an open house from 6 to 8 p.m., May 22, to discuss what a sleep center is and why one is needed. The Kittitas County Commissioners and the Ellensburg City Council will meet to review site options at a Joint Special meeting on June 13. More information on the June 13 meeting will be provided before that date. Community site suggestions were solicited after objections were raised to a proposed location on South Ruby Street because of the center’s proximity to a childcare facility.


Tour the possibilities

The Ellensburg Downtown Association is hosting a tour of available downtown storefront space starting at the EDA office on Third Avenue at 5:30 p.m., Thursday. The tour showcases vacant storefronts in the downtown district. The tour is free but registration is required at the EDA’s website.


Sheriff commends man for assistance

Steve Pearson of Buckley received a Citizen Commendation from the Kittitas County’s Sheriff’s Office for coming to the assistance of Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Crandall's arrest of a man at the Shell Gas Station in Easton on March 3. Deputy Crandall attempted to arrest a 28-year-old Seattle man in possession of a stolen vehicle at the Shell station. The suspect pulled away and attempted to flee, and Deputy Crandall pursued. In the short chase, Deputy Crandall suffered a fractured knee but persisted and caught up to the man as he attempted to steal a different car. As Crandall struggled to take the man into custody, Pearson saw what was happening and ran to assist. Pearson first asked if Crandall needed assistance and then helped hold the man to be safely handcuffed.


Open Show head lines First Friday

This month’s First Friday Art Walk includes Gallery One’s annual Kittitas County Open Show. The show features art submitted by county residents. This year’s juror, Betsy Fetherston, will distribute $3,800 in awards donated by local businesses and individuals, including a purchase award by the City of Ellensburg and a residency award at Gallery One. First Friday is from 5 to 7 p.m. at venues throughout downtown Ellensburg.


Market season starts

The Ellensburg Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. The market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues on Saturdays through the end of October.


Commission reviews affordable housing proposals

The Affordable Housing Commission will review two proposals to build affordable housing on the city’s First Avenue and Pine Street property at its meeting at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Council Chambers. HopeSource submitted a plan to build 55 units, consisting of 49 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments. Work would start in July, 2026 and be completed by August, 2027. Inversion Design Build proposes to build 36 units, consisting of 12 studio apartments and 24 one-bedroom apartments. Construction would start on phase one in December with completion by August,  2025. The commission reviews proposals and then determines whether to make a recommendation to the City Council.


This week in highway work

Due to Interstate 90 construction this week there will be minor delays in westbound traffic near Cle Elum, and single-lane closures in both directions on the Vantage Bridge.



The FISH Open Table Lunch is roasted garlic mac and cheese, peas and carrots, 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 61 degrees. Sunset is at 8:13 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 32 degrees. Winds will be 10 to 25 mph.  


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