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Areas with High Levels of Community Transmission Should Mask Indoors 07/28/2021
Kittitas County has a high level of community transmission, and everyone should consider wearing a mask while indoors regardless of vaccine status. Since early July, Kittitas County’s COVID-19 caseload has been increasing and the increase is continuing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone should mask indoors in areas with high levels of transmission. Level of community transmission can be found at
Construction on County Roads 07/27/2021
Kittitas County Public Works has three road projects currently in construction. All projects have the potential to cause traffic delays.
Kittitas County Proposes Changes to Kittitas County Code Chapter 14.08 (Flood Damage Prevention) 07/27/2021
On Tuesday August 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing to consider proposed changes to Kittitas County Code Chapter 14.08 (Flood Damage Prevention). This public hearing will be held by the Board of County Commissioners in the Commissioner’s Auditorium located at the Kittitas County Courthouse in Ellensburg, Washington.
Boil Water Order Lifted for Millpond in Ellensburg 07/14/2021
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has lifted the boil water order for Millpond in Ellensburg. Residents of Millpond no longer need to boil water, effective immediately.
Boil Water Order for Millpond in Ellensburg 07/12/2021
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has issued a boil water order for Millpond in Ellensburg. The boil water order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until KCPHD releases the order.
Know the Law for Street-legal UTV's 07/02/2021
Summer, and especially busy holiday weekends, see an increase in the use of off-road and other non-traditional passenger vehicles, including 'side-by-sides' or UTV's. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office urges users to know and follow the laws governing the use of UTV's on public roads.
Sheriff's Office to Enforce Burn Ban, Fireworks Prohibition 07/02/2021
Current conditions mean the Sheriff's Office will be enforcing county codes banning open burning and the ignition of fireworks, including on July 4.
Swamped Boaters Rescued from Columbia River 07/01/2021
On Tuesday 06/30/21 at 8:30 PM the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol responded to a report of three people stranded in the Columbia River.
Kittitas County Public Health Department Closed July 5th 06/30/2021
In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be closed on Monday July 5th. Please note that during the holiday closure, KCPHD will not be updating the COVID-19 dashboard. Updates will resume when we re-open on Tuesday July 6th, 2021. Moving forward, updates to the dashboard will occur weekly, every Monday.
New Drug Law Endangers Children 06/29/2021
Sheriff Myers released the following statement today regarding the impact of SB5476, Washington State's new drug law as of May, 2021:
Alternatives to Fireworks 06/28/2021
With consumer fireworks being prohibited this summer, here are some safe alternatives.
Clerf Road Wildfire Contained 06/27/2021
The Clerf Road Wildfire was contained as of 1700 hrs tonight.
Clerf Road Widlfire 06/27/2021
Wildfire threatens structures and residences east of Kittitas.
Burn Ban to Now Include Snoqualmie Pass 06/23/2021
County Burn Ban to include Snoqualmie Pass
Kittitas County Incident Management Team Demobilizes 06/17/2021
The Kittitas County Incident Management Team (IMT) will officially demobilize as of June 21, 2021. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will operate a smaller scale team to continue to respond to COVID-19 as needed. Contact investigation and contact tracing will continue to occur and KCPHD will continue to work closely with response partners.
Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance Update 06/09/2021
Kittitas County is conducting an update to its Critical Areas Ordinance. A draft Critical Areas Ordinance is available for public comment.
Kittitas County Starts Program to Increase Post High School Employment for Students with Disabilities 06/03/2021
The Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities program partners will begin a new program that aims to increase the number of students with disabilities who exit the school system to be connected to a job or post-secondary education. The program, called Job Foundations, uses partners from local school districts, Developmental Disability Administration (DDA), Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kittitas County, Elmview, Entrust, along with students and families. The program is specific to students who are 19 years old, eligible for DDA services, and currently in school and plan to remain in school until 21 years of age.
Kittitas County Burn Ban and Fireworks Ban 06/02/2021
Burn Ban and Fireworks Ban to go into effect midnight on Friday, June 4th, 2021.
Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue Proposition 1 Approval/Rejection Committee 06/01/2021
The Kittitas County Auditor is looking for individuals to appoint to prepare arguments for and against Proposition 1 Property Tax Levy for Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services for Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue (Kittitas County Fire Protection District 51).
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Recipients Announced 05/25/2021
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that Rolf Williams will be awarded the 2020 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The 2021 annual Public Health Champion will be awarded to the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. These awards are in recognition of their work and commitment to Kittitas County and the community. The awards will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 am via Webex. The meeting is open to the public.