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2019 Annual Drive Thru Flu Clinic is October 25, 2019 from 7am to noon 10/16/2019
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be holding the annual drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on October 25, 2019 from 7 am to noon. The hours have changed, but the location is the same and flu vaccine is still free.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR SHERIFF GENE DANA 10/14/2019
Sheriff Dana announced his retirement last month after almost serving 46 years in Law Enforcement. The public is invited to stop by and congratulate him on his service.
Emergency Rules Passed to Address Lung Injury Associated with Vaping 10/11/2019
On October 10, the Washington State Board of Health passed emergency rules to respond to lung injury associated with vaping. The emergency rules will be in effect for 120 days. The emergency rules implement three key points – requiring health care providers to report confirmed or probable cases of lung injury associated with vaping, warning signs in retail shops selling vape products, and the ban of all flavored vape products.
Trike-a-Thon 10/04/2019
On September 27th law enforcement got to hang out with some pretty cool kids.
Recent Arson Fires - Hotline 09/30/2019
Fire Marshal seeking information about two recent Arson fires at Peoh Point.
Kittitas County Board of Commissioners announce selection process for Sheriff successor 09/25/2019
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners is accepting letters of interest from individuals who would like to be considered for appointment to the upcoming vacancy of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s Office arrests 2 men after report of burglary in progress 09/19/2019
On 09/18/2019 the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary in progress at a construction site on SR 97. A crew foreman arrived at the job site Wednesday morning and called Kittcom to report he had observed a subject running from the area, and he believed he was missing tools from the site. The foreman was able to provide responding deputies with a detailed description of the suspect.
Kittitas County Sheriff to Retire 09/19/2019
Sheriff Gene Dana announced that he will be retiring at the end of October after serving 46 years in Law Enforcement including 25 years with the Washington State Patrol. He was elected six times as the Kittitas County Sheriff, is currently the longest serving Sheriff in this State and has served more terms than any Sheriff in the History of Kittitas County.
New Hires at the Sheriff's Office 09/23/2019
Sheriff's Office hires Deputy Matt Dellinger, and Corrections Officer Justin Pringle.
Sheep Traffic in Kittitas County 09/17/2019
Traffic hazards in a rural county.
Sheriff's Office Promotions 09/12/2019
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office promotes 2 new sergeants, 2 new corporals and appoints a new commander.
New Class 1 Reserve 09/06/2019
Reserve Deputy Jerred Copenhaver earns his Class 1 rating.
Local Public Health Staff Receives Washington State Excellence Award 09/05/2019
Amy Fuller, Assessment Coordinator, for the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) received the 2019 Washington State Public Health Association’s (WSPHA) Public Health Excellence Award. The award is a result of Ms. Fuller’s commitment to improving public health. On October 2nd, WSPHA will formally recognize Ms. Fuller for her dedication and hard work at KCPHD.
New Customer Feedback Process at the Kittitas County Public Health Department 08/30/2019
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has a new customer feedback process! As of August 30, 2019 a new online survey is available for customers to provide direct feedback to KCPHD. The new customer survey will be available online, but the survey link will also be listed on all outgoing customer communications, which includes inspection reports, forms, and county personnel emails.
CORRECTION: Harmful Algael Blooms at Fio Rito Lake 08/30/2019
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) posted warnings for blue green algae bloom recently identified and tested at Fio Rito Lake in Ellensburg. Testing on water collected on August 28, 2019 by the Washington State Department of Ecology indicated elevated levels of toxins produced by blue-green algae.
The lake is closed to the public.
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code 08/28/2019
Kittitas County is considering amendments to its Development Regulations, Zoning Map and Land Use Map through the annual “Docket” process.
Deputy Shot with Hunting Arrow while investigating Mental Health Call. 08/27/2019
Corporal James Woody was transported by ambulance from the scene after being shot in the left shoulder by 41 year old Michael Chenoweth of Ellensburg. A Tactical Team later negotiated a peaceful surrender and Mr. Chenoweth was taken into custody.
Sheriff's Office Launches New Patrol Boat 08/22/2019
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office has launched a new Custom Weld Enforcement boat that will respond to emergencies on the water and will be used for marine patrol.
Deputy Matt Meckley Graduates from BLEA 08/08/2019
On August 8th, 2019, Deputy Matt Meckley graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien.
Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy cleared in the fatal shooting of Juan Del Toro. 08/01/2019
Kittitas County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Zempel declined charging Deputy Jason Goeman for his actions the night of March 19, 2019 when Del Toro murdered Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounded Officer Benito Chavez.