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Free Shingles Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 07/21/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccine available. Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! The vaccine is free for adults who do not have health insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
New Corrections Officer Sworn In 07/20/2017
On July 18th, Kittitas County Sheriff Gene Dana swore in Justin Morris as a new corrections officer. Morris is formerly from Port Townsend and graduated from Central Washington University.
Kittitas County Receives GIS Award for Best User Software Application Thursday, July 20, 2017
Jason Eklund, Kittitas County GIS Coordinator, received the first place award for Best User Software Application at the international Esri User Conference.
Sheriff's Deputies recover the body of a 60 year old Everett man from Yakima River 07/18/2017
At approximately 1:30 PM Kitttitas County Deputies and Fire & Rescue Crews were dispatched to a marine incident on the Yakima River near MP 16 on SR 821, about 12 miles south of Ellensburg.
Theft/Vehicle Prowel Suspect Arrested. 07/17/2017
23 Year old Christopher Lagerstrom of Edmonds WA was located and for 3 counts of Vehicle Prowl, and Theft 2nd degree.
Disability Get Out the Vote Week 07/14/2017
Disability Get Out the Vote Week July 17 through July 21, 2017
Recreation Opportunities Public Meetings Announced 07/14/2017
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners and The Nature Conservancy are hosting public meetings with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) on Thursday July 27th at 3:00 PM in Ellensburg and 6:00 PM in Cle Elum. The intent of the public meetings are to inform decision makers and interested community stakeholders about the work currently underway in the County to improve recreation opportunities. The meetings will also inform attendees about existing statewide funding opportunities that may assist and increase those efforts. The meeting in Ellensburg will be at the Commissioner’s Auditorium at the Kittitas County Courthouse. In Cle Elum, the meeting will take place at the Putnam Centennial Center.
Arson suspect returned to scene, arrested by Sheriff's Deputy. 07/12/2017
Around 8:30 this morning Sheriff's Deputies arrested 45 year old Brett Sherwood based on probable cause that he burned down their family home the previous night.
Burn Ban in Effect 07/12/2017

Update to include Fire District #8
Kittitas County Solar Facilities Citizen Advisory Committee 07/11/2017
Kittitas County is forming a citizen advisory committee to assist with the development and adoption of standards and/or criteria for siting of solar facilities that qualify as major alternative energy systems according to Kittitas County Code.
Notice of Request for Proposals for Grant Applications for Homelessness and Affordable Housing 07/07/2017
Notice of Request for Proposals for Grant Applications for Homelessness Prevention & Reduction Funds
Injured horsemen airlifted from Pete Lake area with broken femure. 07/03/2017
Members of the Kittitas County Search & Rescue responded to the Pete Lake Trailhead Saturday afternoon June 1st, following a report that 48 year old Anthony Kretschman of Cle Elum had sustained an open leg fracture while riding his horse along the Pete Lake Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Three men rescued on Yakima River Sunday evening after hitting log jam 07/03/2017
Members of the Kittitas County River Rescue Team responded to the Yakima River, 13 miles south of Ellensburg 7:00PM Sunday July 2nd.
Correction on the date of this rescue. It was July 2nd not June. 07/03/2017
Members of the team were called to two separate incidents Saturday the 2nd involving 11 people who hit log jams on the Yakima River between Irene Rinehart Park and the Ringer boat launch, 3 miles south of Ellensburg.
Missing femal found alive near the Pacific Crest Trail in King County 07/01/2017
Kaylynn Johnson, missing since June 23rd has been located and is being brought out to the Green Water fire Station off of HWY 410, about 21 miles West of the search base.
Free Shingles and Tdap Vaccine at Putnam Centennial Center 06/29/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will offer a free shingles and Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) clinic on July 19, 2017, at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, Washington. The free clinic will run from 9am to 1pm and no appointment is necessary. These vaccines are free for adults who do not have health insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
Search intensifies for missing 20 year old Union Gap woman, missing since Thursday June 22nd. 06/27/2017
Search & Rescue Teams from Kittitas, Yakima and King County have combined to look for 20 year old Kaylean Johnson in the South-West portion of Kittitas County, near the Yakima and King County Lines.
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 06/19/2017
Kittitas County is seeking volunteers for the following Boards, Committee's and Commissions. The below listed Boards, Committee's and Commissions currently have vacancies or will have members with terms ending at the end of 2017:

* Airport Advisory Committee
* Area Agency on Aging
* Behavioral Health and Recovery Advisory Board
* Board of Equalization
* Board of Health
* Building & Fire Safety Board of Appeals
* Civil Service Commission
* Conference of Governments
* Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee
* Fair Board
* Horticulture Pest & Disease
* Kittitas County Homelessness & Affordable Housing Committee
* Land Use Advisory Committee
* Law & Justice Council
* Library Advisory Board
* Open Space Advisory Committee
* Planning Commission
* Road Variance Committee
* Solid Waste Advisory Committee
* TV Improvement District Board
* Veterans Advisory Board
* Water Conservancy Board

Drowning victim recovered from Lake Matoon. 06/25/2017
Approximately 6:00AM this morning, members of the Kittitas County Marine Unit located the body of 27 year old David Burgos of Granger,last seen Sunday the 18th around 8:00 P.M. Swimming with two friends in Lake Mattoon.
John Wayne Trail Connections in Progress 06/07/2017
The City of Ellensburg is currently working to connect discontinuous segments of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The extension of an existing segment of the John Wayne Reconnect trail will occur east of Alder St., approximately 2,600’ from 18th Ave to the south side of Greenfield Ave. The 18' wide trail cross section will consist of 9' of pavement and 9' of crushed rock top course surfacing with landscaping along both sides of the trail section. The project began May 1 with construction anticipated to be completed the end of June. It is a portion of the 4.6 mile long John Wayne Reconnect trail that will connect the missing link of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from its trailheads at Water St and Alder St.