Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

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2020 Kittitas County Annual Docket Amendments – Planning Commission Public Hearing 09/29/2020
Notice is hereby given that the Kittitas County Planning Commission will conduct an open record public hearing to consider annual amendments to the Kittitas County Comprehensive Plan and changes to the Kittitas County Code.
Vote by mail 09/29/2020
Vote-by-mail? We got this!
Burn Band Lifted 09/24/2020
Burn ban to be lifted
PROPERTY TAXES FOR 2020 SECOND HALF COMING DUE 09/24/2020
Property owners in Kittitas County have until Monday, November 2nd, 2020 to pay the second half of their 2020 property taxes.
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code 09/22/2020
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code.
Suspect in Eckles Homicide Pleads Guilty to Lesser Crimes; Murder Charge Still Outstanding 09/21/2020
Jorge Alcantara was sentenced for numerous crimes on Friday, but has yet to be tried for the murder of Ian Eckles.
Law and Justice Grants Available 09/18/2020
The Kittitas County Law and Justice Council is offering mini grants to organizations and community groups that support the law and justice system.
Bullfrog Road Pavement Project 09/17/2020
Kittitas County Public Works has contracted with American Rock Products for improvements to Bullfrog Road.
Public Health Monitors Indoor Air Quality at Local Schools 09/15/2020
Multiple school districts are receiving indoor air monitoring via the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) as a result of recent hazardous/very unhealthy air in Kittitas County. Thorp, Ellensburg, Cle Elum, and Kittitas School Districts have all received monitoring from KCPHD. Every school district is being proactive and working with KCPHD to mitigate air quality conditions within school.
Six Year Transportation Improvement Program 09/15/2020
Open Houses will not be held this year for the public to attend for comment/suggest of road projects for the Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan. Instead, an online document for review and a comment form will be available on the Public Works website.
Warrants served in Thorp 09/14/2020
Arrest and Search warrants were served at a residence by multiple tactical teams this morning
Poor Air Quality Conditions Continue in Kittitas County 09/14/2020
Kittitas County is currently under a very unhealthy/hazardous air quality advisory, which has been issued by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). Smoke as a result of multiple fires in Washington, Oregon, and California is affecting the air quality in Kittitas County.
Do I need to request an absentee ballot? 09/11/2020
Do I need to request an absentee ballot?
Kittitas County to Move Forward with Recreational Youth Sports 09/09/2020
Kittitas County, in coordination with local municipalities and local youth sports organizations, will move forward with youth sports this fall. The local Kittitas County Health Order has been updated to allow for youth sports under the Washington State Phased Plan Guidance. Recently, youth sports were suspended as the incident rate in Kittitas County climbed above over 75 cases per 100,000 for two weeks.
Kittitas County Level 2 Evacuation Levels Lifting on 9/9/2020 09/08/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office will be lifting all Level 2 evacuation notices in Kittitas County due to the Evans Canyon Fire, effective 0800am on Wednesday 9/9/2020.
Evans Canyon Fire – Evacuation Level Lowered for Umptanum Road area 09/04/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has lowered the evacuation level for residences on Overlook Road, Coyote Run Road and Long Tom Canyon Road to Level 2. Residents who evacuated last night may return to their homes. All residents in this area are advised to continue to be aware of fire conditions.
Kittitas County Leadership Continues to Coordinate During Difficult Decisions Related to COVID 09/03/2020
Kittitas County leadership continues to coordinate during difficult decisions related to COVID-19. This is a difficult time for everyone; this is a time when the community normally is preparing for fair, rodeo, and the return to school. Members of Kittitas County leadership have differing opinions, yet share ideas in common – education is important, local control is vital.
Evans Canyon Fire – Level 3 Evacuation Notices Issued (9-3-2020) 09/03/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 3 (GO NOW!) evacuation notices to residences on Overlook Road, Coyote Run Road and Long Tom Canyon Road due to increased fire activity in the area.
Evans Canyon Fire – Level 2 Evacuation Notices Issued 09/03/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 2 (Get Set To Go) evacuation notices to residences on Strande Road and Mellergaard Road at the foothills and up the draws, Shushuskin Road and the mouth of Umptanum Road up to Durr Road.
Evans Canyon Fire – Additional Level 2 Evacuation Notices Issued for Yakima Canyon 09/03/2020
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 2 (Get Set To Go) evacuation notices to all residences south of Thrall Road along SR821/Yakima Canyon Road, including Canyon Ranch Road, Canyon River Terrace, Canyon Vista Way and Canyon Rivers Edge Road.