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Stop by and Learn about the Health of our Community! 02/13/2018
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is near completion and the Kittitas County Health Network and the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) want to share the information with the community. There will be two open house events; one event will be in Ellensburg on Thursday, February 15, from 4 to 6pm at the Hal Holmes Community Center and the other event will be in Cle Elum on Wednesday, February 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Putnam Centennial Center.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 02/13/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the fourth 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.
Mohar Road Closed at MP 2.00 02/13/2018
Mohar Road is Closed in both directions at MP 2.00 just East of Westside Road. Closure is anticipated to be in place until 5:00 PM February 14th 2018.
Comments still sought on Ellensburg Transfer Station new potential site 02/23/2018
Kittitas County has extended the feedback period for the US97/Old Highway 10 potential site, one of the sites currently being considered for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station, to February 23.
The Boil Water Advisory for Snoqualmie Pass Area is Lifted 02/01/2018
The Snoqualmie Pass Utility District water system is no longer under a boil water advisory. Residents within the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District (Snoqualmie Summit and Village, Alpental, Yellowstone, Conifer, and Hyak) may use their tap water for drinking and every day normal uses.
Deputies arrest 3 burglary suspects following In-Progress call. 01/29/2018
A Badger Pocket resident phoned 911 when he heard someone kicking in the door to his home about 1:20 AM this morning. The suspects fled when the homeowner turned on the lights and yelled at them.
Your State School Property Tax bill is changing in 2018 01/29/2018
On January 5, 2012, the state Supreme Court issued McCleary v. State of Washington.
Boil Water Advisory for Snoqualmie Pass Area 01/25/2018
The Snoqualmie Pass Utility District water system is under a boil water advisory due to a leak in the system. Water may be contaminated within the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District, which affects the following areas: Summit and Village, Alpental, Yellowstone, Conifer, and Hyak.
County Treasurer Certifies 2018 Tax Roll 01/24/2018
The 2018 Kittitas County Tax Roll has been certified and statements will be mailed in early February. Current and past tax information is now available online at www.co.kittitas.wa.us/treasurer. This year’s tax roll contains 44,278 tax accounts.
Homicide Suspect Arrested 01/17/2018
Detectives from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit have arrested 25 year old Christopher Almaral of Ellensburg for the murder of Stephanie Curtis.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 01/17/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the fourth 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.
Business targeted in new scam 01/03/2018
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office responded to two fraud complaints targeting local businesses. The scammers posed as a Sheriff's Deputy. The callers attempted to extort funds by claiming they owned money to the federal courts via a summons.
Superior Court Case Management Changes Coming 12/11/2017
KITTITAS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT & COUNTY CLERK TO
IMPLEMENT STATE’S NEW CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 12/11/2017
According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is under an air stagnation advisory, which may result in changing air quality conditions. The air stagnation advisory is expected to continue through Thursday, December 14. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
County Seeks Volunteers For River Access Plan Development 11/22/2017
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Kittitas County Commissioners are accepting applications from residents interested in helping to develop a plan for improving access to the Yakima River in Kittitas County. The county recently signed a contract with Beckwith Consulting to work directly with a citizen advisory committee to create the plan. Beckwith Consulting previously assisted the county in creating its Event Center Strategic Plan, Tourism Infrastructure Plan, and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.
Progress Update for the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) 11/21/2017
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is underway! The CHA is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, with the most recent CHA process starting in June of this year. The Community Health Assessment is a collaborative process with over twenty partners from various agencies participating. The process is collaborative as well as comprehensive, with four assessments falling under the CHA process: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Health Status Assessment, and Forces of Change Assessment. For each assessment area, committees have been formed and are working to compile information about what affects the health of Kittitas County.
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code 11/09/2017
Kittitas County is considering amendments to its Development Regulations through the annual “Docket” process. The County accepted annual amendment requests through June 30, 2017 for consideration by the Kittitas County Planning Commission and the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners. The amendments must be consistent with the Growth Management Act and other applicable state laws, applicable countywide planning policies, and the goals, policies, and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
Fairview Road to be Closed Tuesday November 7th and Wednesday November 8th 2017 11/02/2017
Fairview Road will be closed Tuesday November 7th and Wednesday November 8th 2017 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The closures will be placed at the intersection of Fairview Road and Rader Road, and at the intersection of Fairview Road and Brick Mill Road. Local traffic only will be allowed around the closures as the road will be impassable in the vicinity of Coleman Creek, (approximately 0.20 miles north of Brick Mill Road and 0.70 miles South of Rader Road).
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Health Order Code 10/30/2017
On October 19, 2017, the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an amendment to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13.75 Health Order. The amended code was effective immediately.
Bar 14 Road to be Closed Indefinitely Monday October 30th 2017 10/26/2017
Work to prepare for the removal of the Bar 14 Road Bridge over Naneum Creek will begin on Monday October 30th, 2017. This will also include construction of side channels, ditch maintenance, and other work required to prepare for Naneum creek channel grading to remove debris buildup. Public Works anticipates receiving the required environmental permits for the creek channel grading by November 6th, 2017. Once the permits are received and if weather permits channel grading will begin.