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Pilot identified in crash 01/18/2019
The twin engine, Piper PA-23-250 Aztec airplane that crashed south of Ellensburg on January 17, 2019, was piloted by 75 year old, Dr. Frank L. Smith of Wapato. Dr. Smith was the sole occupant of the aircraft.
Twin engine plane crash claims life of pilot, 2 miles south of Ellensburg. 01/17/2019
Shortly before 5:00PM a Kittitas County farm owner notified law enforcement that a small plane had just crashed into one of his fields.
Kittitas County Hires New Event Center Director 01/15/2019
The Board of County Commissioners are pleased to introduce Kady Porterfield as the new Director of the Kittitas Valley Event Center.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 01/15/2019
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the fifth annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
Injuried snowmobiler airlifted to Yakima 12/28/2018
On Thursday, December 27th at around 12:52 PM, Kittitas County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched with personnel from Upper Kittitas County Hospital District 2 and Kittitas County Fire District 7 to rescue an injured Lake Tapps resident after he colliding with a tree in a remote area northwest of Red Bridge Road east of Cle Elum.
Public Input Sought on Hazard Mitigation Plan 12/19/2018
Kittitas County is no stranger to the impact of natural disasters on our community. From fires to floods, the County works to both prepare for and mitigate against natural disasters. The Hazard Mitigation Plan assesses the risk of natural hazards occurring within Kittitas County, and is currently in the process of being updated for 2019.

Water Mitigation Fees Set to Increase January 1, 2019 12/14/2018
The Kittitas County Water bank will be increasing the total price for water mitigation on all offered packages. The price increase is to provide cost recovery for the services rendered by Kittitas County.
Commissioners Appoint New Public Health Administrator 12/12/2018
The Board of Commissioners are pleased to introduce Tristen Lamb as the new Public Health Administrator for Kittitas County.
One car injury collision on Lower Peoh Point Road 12/07/2018
On 12-06-18 at approximately 3:04 pm, Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputies along with personnel from Fire Dist 7, Hospital District 2 and the Washington State Patrol responded to an injury collision on Lower Peoh Point Rd in the area of Watson Cuttoff.
Mohar Road to be Reopened 12/06/2018
Reopening of Mohar Road
2019 Lodging Tax Recommendations 11/20/2018
Consolidated Lodging Tax Work Group Forwards Recommendations for Final Approval
Ellensburg man fataly struck by vehicle on Univeristy Way 10/29/2018
On October 28, 2018, at approximately 11:40pm, Ellensburg resident James McCurdy was struck by a vehicle while walking on University Way near the intersection of Reecer Creek Rd.
Flu Shots – It’s Happening Right Now! 10/19/2018
The annual drive-thru flu clinic is happening right now! Free flu vaccines are available at the drive-thru clinic at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village from 7 am to 4pm.
Plenty of Free Flu Vaccine Still Available 10/19/2018
As of 12:00 pm, the Kittitas County Public Health Department has 89 free adult vaccines available. All kids flu vaccine is free and a limited amount of free adult vaccine (89 left) is at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village until 4:00 pm today.
Flu Shots – No Cost And No Reason To Get Out Of Your Car! 10/08/2018
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be holding the annual drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on October 19, 2018. KCPHD will hold the drive-thru clinic at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds, again this year, on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village from 7 am to 4pm. We will vaccinate up to 200 adults for free (first come, first serve) and an unlimited supply for children who are always free of charge.
Kittitas County Receives State Auditor’s Stewardship Award 10/05/2018
Kittitas County received the State Auditor’s Stewardship Award presented by Pat McCarthy, Washington State Auditor. Kittitas County was presented the award in recognition of outstanding accomplishment in the stewardship of public resources as we pursue the shared goal of government that works better, costs less, and earns greater public trust.
Kittitas County lifts burn ban 10/01/2018
Kittitas County is lifting the burn ban effective October 1, 2018. Fire District #1 will be maintaining the burn ban in their district.
Cascade Prevention Coalition is Collecting Upper County Information 09/25/2018
If you are a resident of Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald, or South Cle Elum, the Cascade Prevention Coalition (CPC) needs your help to complete a survey. The Community Survey can be found via the Kittitas County Public Health Department or the direct link The survey closes on December 31st, 2018. Residents who complete the survey can enter a chance to win a $25.00 gift card.
Friday's lightening starts fires in Kittitas County 09/09/2018
The lightening storm that pass through Kittitas County Friday evening started two fires on U.S. Forest Service lands near Blewett Pass.
The preliminary map for flood areas for Kittitas County has been released for community review.
Cle Elum, WA – On September 19th, from 5:00-7:00pm, property owners and community residents are invited to discuss the potential impacts of and provide feedback on the proposed community flood map revisions. The Open House will be held at the Putnam Centennial Center (719 E 3rd St, Cle Elum, WA 98922). It will showcase Kittitas County’s current hazard mitigation planning efforts and provide an opportunity for community members to learn how to build stronger and safer in the face of natural disasters.