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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.
Lodging Tax Grant Applications Training 08/09/2019
Applying for lodging tax grants for tourism-related special projects and festivals is in its third year of the electronic process. Paper copies are no longer accepted. "We are hoping this new electronic process will be easier for both the applicants and staff" said Kittitas County Commissioner Laura Osiadacz, who currently Chairs the County's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. To facilitate the process, there will be grant application training provided in both Upper and Lower County.
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.
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 08/01/2019
Kittitas County is seeking volunteers for the following Boards, Committee's and Commissions. The below listed Boards, Committee's and Commissions currently have vacancies or will have members with terms ending at the end of 2019.

• Airport Advisory Committee
• Behavioral Health and Recovery Advisory Board
• Board of Equalization
• Board of Health
• Conference of Governments
• Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee
• Disability Board (L.E.O.F.F. Board)
• Fair Board
• Homelessness & Affordable Housing Committee
• Horticulture Pest & Disease Board
• Law & Justice Council
• Library Advisory Board
• Open Space Advisory Committee
• Planning Commission
• Public Lands Advisory Committee
• Road Variance Committee
• Solid Waste Advisory Committee
• Veterans Advisory Board
• Water Conservancy Board

Help for Self-Represented Parties in Superior Court 07/31/2019
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Injured hiker located near Tuck Lake 07/31/2019
27 year old Myra Stemmerman of Everett was brought out on horseback by the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team after a fall on the trail.
12 people rescued on the Yakima River Saturday 07/29/2019
Members of the Sheriff's Marine Unit responded to a call for help Saturday around 3:00PM. A large group of rafters was reported to have been swept into a log jam near Ringer
Drowning victim located in Lake Cle Elum 07/09/2019
The Sheriff's Office has located the body of 33 year old Peter Phan, last seen around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 6th when he fell off his paddle board.
KCPHD Requests Survey Input as Built Environment Work Begins in Upper County. 07/01/2019
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is seeking input from Cle Elum and South Cle Elum residents as part of a survey around built environment work. The survey goes live as of July 1, 2019 to assess “walkability” and “bikeability” in the upper county. Survey respondents can enter a chance to win a gift card from Pioneer Coffee by completing the survey at
County Arson K9 Receives Grant 06/28/2019
Kittitas County Fire Marshal K9 receives Petco Foundation Helping Heroes grant.
Ellensburg fire this morning 06/27/2019
An automatic fire sprinkler system saves hay press building in Ellensburg.
Burn Ban 06/25/2019
Burn ban for unincorporated areas
Come Experience the 3rd Annual Food Access Day 06/05/2019
Come down to the Ellensburg Farmers Market (Market) on Saturday June 22, 2019 to experience the 3rd annual Food Access Day! This year’s theme is “Bringing Food to Your Table.” There will be free activities for kids and free snacks, all with an emphasis on healthy eating and gardening. The Market is open from 9am until 1pm on Saturday in downtown Ellensburg on 4th Avenue.
Youth Mental Health is a Concern According to Healthy Youth Survey 05/07/2019
According to state officials, Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) data shows a high and increasing number of youth in Washington State who report feeling so sad or hopeless they stopped a usual activity or seriously considered suicide in the past year. From 2008 to 2018, students’ mental health outcomes have gotten worse.
Kittitas County Seeking Input on Proposed Wildland-Urban Interface Areas Map 05/07/2019
Kittitas County is seeking public input on a new proposed Wildland-Urban Interface Areas Map. The map is used to implement the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (IWUIC), which is a model code that has been adopted by Kittitas County and applies to areas where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels. The IWUIC is a supplement to adopted building and fire codes, and is intended to establish minimum regulations for safeguarding life and property from the intrusion of wildland fires and to prevent structure fires from spreading to wildland fuels. The proposed map would replace the existing Wildland-Urban Interface Areas Map that was adopted in 2013.
Quarantine Lifted for Student Who May Have Been Exposed to Measles 05/06/2019
The Central Washington University (CWU) student who recently returned from international travel who was reported to have been exposed to measles is no longer under quarantine. The student did not develop measles and the risk of developing the illness is past.
Student Returning from International Trip May Have Been Exposed to Measles 04/19/2019
A Central Washington University (CWU) student who recently returned from international travel was reported to have been exposed to measles. The student was not vaccinated against measles.
Kittitas County Board of Commissioners Adopts Position Statement Defining “No Net Loss” for Public Access on Public Roads 04/16/2019
The Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 2019-061, “Position Statement from Kittitas County Board of Commissioners: “No Net Loss” For Public Access on Public Roads”.
Kittitas County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, and Kittitas County Board of Team Up to Provide Micro-Grant Opportunity 04/16/2019
In 2019, there is a new opportunity for micro-grants in Kittitas County!
Kittitas County Considers Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule and Water Resources Program 04/08/2019
On April 18, 2019, the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will consider an updated Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and Policy for 2019. The BOH and BOCC will also consider updates to the Water Resource Program at that time. If approved, the proposed changes will go into effect on May 1, 2019.