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  • Writer's pictureMike Gallagher

Ellensburg Community Morning Show, Wednesday, Sept. 20

An agreement to build an affordable housing complex on this lot on Pine Street expired earlier this month.

Affordable housing project expires

An agreement for an affordable housing project proposed for city-owned property First Avenue and Pine Street expired earlier this month. The city and developer Matthew Stalder originally had an agreement for three buildings that would house 57 units of affordable housing. The agreement included a two-year termination clause if the project was not pursued during that time period. At Monday’s meeting, City Council members expressed an interest in meeting with the city’s Affordable Housing Commission to discuss the next steps.

Zoning for high-density housing moves forward

The Ellensburg City Council Monday night approved the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone two parcels off Airport Road to residential high density that will potentially allow a 73-unit multi-family complex on the property.

North Fork Taneum Bridge to be closed

People planning to recreate in the Taneum area should take note that the North Fork Taneum Bridge on Forest Road #3300 near the Taneum Junction Campground will be closed on Thursday and Friday. A second closure will be required in early October.

Night market is tonight

The final Ellensburg Night of the season is from 5 to 9 tonight on Pine Street between Third and Fourth Avenues. The event features vendors, a beer garden and taco bar and a kids’ zone. The Ellensburg Downtown Association organizes the event.

Farm fun pint nights

The Farm School is sponsoring to Farm Animal Fun Facts and Pint Nights, today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rock and Reef Brewing and from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Iron Horse Tap Room. The events will feature learning activities for kids, food and beverages. A $5 donation is requested for the kids’ activities and pre-registration is required at

Talking hummingbirds

Hummingbirds will be the topic of this month’s Kittitas County Audubon Society meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Hal Holmes Community Center. The presentation will be Constance Sidles, the CEO and founder of Constancy Press, and a master birder. The event is open to the public.

Warnings for night drivers

Drivers will encounter overnight closures on Wildcat Way between University Way and 18th Avenue early this week and closures of Main Street between University Way and Third Avenue later this week due to work that includes roadway grinding, full-depth pavement repair and asphalt overlay.


Mini cheer clinic offered

Ellensburg High School is offering a mini cheer clinic for children ages 3 to 11 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 28. The participants will perform on the field during the EHS football game on Sept. 28. Cost is $60 and the registration deadline is today. Information is available on the EHS Athletics web page.

CWU athletes earn honors

A trio of Central Washington University athletes earned recognition for performances this past week. CWU safety Tanner Volk was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Wildcat volleyball player Tia Andaya was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, and Central cross country runner was named the GNAC Runner of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Register for youth hoops

The early registration for the city of Ellensburg’s Co-ed Kinder basketball, and girls, grades first the eighth-grade basketball ends on Friday. There is a $20 discount for early registration. Information is available on the Parks and Recreation page of the city of Ellensburg’s website.


The FISH Open Table lunch is pork and beef meatloaf, mashed potatoes, garlic 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 65 degrees. Sunset is at 7:03 p.m., and the expected nighttime low is 47 degrees. Winds will be from 15 to 25 mph.

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