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2020 Lodging Tax Reccomendations 11/18/2019
The county-wide consolidated lodging tax work group met Friday, November 15, 2019 to review 2020 grant applications for special events and projects. Funding for the grants comes from a special sales tax collected on overnight lodging facilities throughout the county. The tax is collected by Kittitas County and the Cities of Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ellensburg. Each entity makes a portion of the funds it collects available for this annual grant process and appoints representatives to the work group that reviews the applications. Funds made available by each jurisdiction this year totaled $251,242.00. The work group recommended awards totaling $251,239.12
Injured Hiker Rescued Near Mirror Lake 10/30/2019
On Wednesday, October 30th, Kittitas County Sheriff's Office personnel and Search and Rescue volunteers responded to an injured hiker near Mirror Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail, a few miles south of Hyak.
Kittitas County Board of Commissioners: Update on Projects and Accomplishments for 2019 10/22/2019
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners are proud of the work that has been accomplished in 2019. We are continuing to work and collaborate together on behalf of our citizens to ensure Kittitas County maintains its rural character, plan for continued growth, create an economically diverse economy, and be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.
 
Teen Drivers Rewarded for Safe Driving 10/18/2019
Deputies from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, along with Cle Elum Police Department and Washington State Patrol, spent Friday morning handing out “Thank You” tickets to teen drivers at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School as part of a State Farm Auto Safety Grant for teen driver safety education.
Teen Drivers Rewarded for Safe Driving 10/18/2019
Deputies from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, along with Cle Elum Police Department and Washington State Patrol, spent Friday morning handing out “Thank You” tickets to teen drivers at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School as part of a State Farm Auto Safety Grant for teen driver safety education.
Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest Winners 10/17/2019
Fire Prevention Week 2019 Poster Contest Winners Announced
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.
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.
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.