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Please take precautions in current air quality conditions 02/15/2017
Kittitas County is experiencing “unhealthy” air quality due to stagnant weather conditions. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 02/14/2017
Air Quality in Kittitas County has been unhealthy for sensitive groups this week as a result of higher emissions and air stagnation. As of 7:00 am on Tuesday, February 14, the air quality was considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 02/14/2017
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the third annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
2 victims airlifted following snowmobile accident. 02/13/2017
Mother and son struck a tree while riding on a rented snowmobile Sunday afternoon.
Cle Elum and Ellensburg Awarded Complete Streets Funding 02/10/2017
On January 27, the City of Cle Elum and the City of Ellensburg were selected for the Complete Streets Award from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). Cle Elum will be awarded $125,000 and Ellensburg will be awarded $250,000 to pursue “complete streets” within their jurisdictions. Cle Elum and Ellensburg are two of 39 awarded agencies, out of 87 who were nominated for the award.
Courthouse Closure at 4:00 pm today 02/08/2017
The Kittitas County Courthouse will be closing today at 4:00 p.m. February 8, 2017 with the exception of essential staff.
Kittitas County Expands "OTC" Water Access 02/06/2017
Kittitas County has received a ground water permit from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to issue “over the counter” permitted water rights for parcels located within a large portion of the green zone of Kittitas County’s water bank. The water bank is used to provide mitigation for new domestic uses of ground water, such as a new home. The new ground water permit covers the Wilson Creek/Cherry Creek sub-basin and will significantly decrease the processing and decision time needed for certain approvals.
Building Inspection Services Closed for Training 02/03/2017
The Building Division inspection services will be closed for training March 15th and 16th.
2017 Kittitas County Tax Statements 01/30/2017
The 2017 Kittitas County Tax Roll has been certified and statements will be mailed 2/17/2017. This year’s tax roll contains 44,071 tax accounts and tax information is now available online at www.co.kittitas.wa.us/treasurer.
Free Shingles Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 01/31/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccine available. Are you 60 years and older? Would you have to pay out of pocket for this vaccine? Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! The vaccine is free. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
County Meetings can be Viewed Online 01/31/2017
A variety of County meetings are being live-streamed online. Viewers can also watch the meetings anytime from recordings. Kittitas County recently purchased equipment and software to begin live streaming public meetings in an effort to improve public access and information. The service is being provided through AVCapture.
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 01/26/2017
Air Quality in Kittitas County has been unhealthy for sensitive groups this week as a result of higher emissions and air stagnation. As of 9:00 am on Thursday, January 26, the air quality was considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Heroin and Other Narcotic Overdoses are Preventable 01/24/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants the public to know that heroin and other narcotic overdoses are preventable. It is possible, with the combination of education and having the reversal drug, naloxone, to stop an overdose and prevent a death from overdose.
Kittitas County Auditor seeks New Licensing Subagent in Ellensburg Area 01/11/2017
Kittitas County Auditor, as Agent for Department of Licensing, seeks New Licensing Subagent in Ellensburg Area
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 01/11/2017
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the third annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
Kittitas County Sheriff Announces Officers of the Year 01/09/2017
The Sheriff's Office is proud to announce that the Officers of the year for 2016 are Corrections Corporal Erik Bala and Deputy Nate Foster.
New Alarm Ordinance for Kittitas County 12/29/2016
False Alarms often divert law enforcement resources away from those who are actually in need. This can have a direct impact on public safety and is an inappropriate use of tax dollars.
Law Enforcement Alert of New Internet Scam 12/29/2016
Citizens should be wary of a recent internet-based scam involving the fraudulent advertising of rental properties.
Public Hearing for Proposed Fee Schedule Changes 12/12/2016
On December 15, 2016 at 10 a.m., the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a joint public hearing in the Commissioners’ Auditorium at 205 W. 5th Avenue in Ellensburg. The public hearing will be to consider proposed changes for the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and Fee Schedule Policy.
New DOL Vehicle Licensing System 12/06/2016
On December 12, 2016, the Washington State Department of Licensing will begin using a new, state-of-the-art computer system for all vehicle and boat title and registration transactions statewide.