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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Oct. 4

There will be a test of the emergency alert system at 11:20 a.m. today.


Mayor addresses attack on candidate

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Nancy Lillquist said a candidate for office this fall experienced violence and vandalism at their home. Lillquist said, “Such behavior is unacceptable and we denounce it in the strongest possible terms. Any attempt to intimidate or discourage any citizen from running for office is an act against democracy itself.” The general election is on Nov. 7 and ballots will be mailed on Oct. 17.

Alert to be broadcast today

A nationwide test for the U.S. emergency alert system is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. today on cellphones, TV and radio stations. The test is organized by the Federal Emergency Management System in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission.

4-H Open House this week

The Kittitas County 4-H Open House is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., today at Teanaway Hall on the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. The open house is an opportunity to learn about 4-H programs and the opportunities to volunteer.

I-90 closes for blasting this week

Rock blasting closures on Interstate 90 will start at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and last about an hour. The interstate will be closed in both directions near Easton.

Lecture series features archivists

Central Washington University Provost Lecture Series features professor and CWU archivist Julia Stringfellow at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the Brooks Library Student Commons. Stringfellow will focus on the women she researched during her 2023 sabbatical. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Provost and CWU Libraries.

It’s a partial eclipse of the sun

CWU professor Bruce Palmquist will discuss the Oct. 14 solar eclipse at 6 p.m., Thursday at Hal Holmes Community Center. The presentation is titled, There’s a Big Black Spot on the Sun Today: The Solar Eclipses of 2023 and 2024. Those attending will receive a free pair of eclipse glasses.

Lunch concert on Friday

The first Kairos and Friends’ Let’s Do Lunch concert is at noon on Friday at the Hal Holmes Community Center. The free concert series runs on the first Friday of the month through March.

Annual archives crawl is Saturday

Ellensburg annual Archives Crawl is 9 a.m., Saturday at the Brooks Library Student Commons. The tour consists of archivists, museum curators and directors sharing about their repositories and collections. Registration is required and the form is available on the Central Washington University’s website.

Weekend event celebrates Thorp

The Thorp Community Days Dinner and Auction is at 6 p.m., Friday in the Thorp School gym. The dinner is catered by the Thorp FFA and music will be provided by Micah J. The Thorp Community Days Festival is all day Saturday starting at 8 a.m. with a breakfast at the Thorp Fire Station. There also will be a grand parade, live entertainment, a Thorp Mill Open House, vendors and many activities for kids.

Ciderfest set for Saturday

The Windfall Ciderfest is at 7 p.m., Saturday at the Kittitas Valley Event Center. Ciderfest, which is a fundraiser for the Kittitas Environmental Education Network, features live music from Killdeer String Band, Rusty Cage and Santa Poco, and ciders from Ellensburg, Puget Sound, Wenatchee and Yakima ciderhouses. Tickets are $45. This is a 21-and-over event.


EHS swimming hosts meet

The Ellensburg High School swim team competes against teams from four high schools in its only home meet of the season at 4:30 p.m. today at the Central Washington University pool.


The FISH Open Table lunch is beef stroganoff, mixed vegetables and applesauce. 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 73 degrees. Sunset is at 6:36 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 47 degrees. Winds will be from 20 to 30 mph.

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