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Brush fire forces evacuation of the town of Vantage and closes I-90 east and westbound 07/10/2018
Approximately 200 people in the Vantage Huntzinger area have been affected by a Level 3 Evacuation notice put out by the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office as a result of the fire. Firefighters performing structural protection in Vantage insured no homes were lost during the night.
Public Meeting Notice 07/10/2018
Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting (SWAC)
Open House for Upper County Road Maintenance Facility 07/10/2018
The Public Works Department will host a meeting for the future Upper County Road Maintenance Facility to be located off of SR 903, across from the Solid Waste Transfer Station.
July 10, 2018 Planning Commission Public Hearing Cancelled 07/09/2018
Planning Commission Hearing Cancelled
Idaho man drowns in Tuck Lake 07/09/2018
On July, 8, 2018, Kittitas County Deputies responded to a drowning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. 37 year old, Post Falls resident Michael Mitchell had day hiked into Tuck Lake with his brother and another friend.
Burn Ban issued for Kittitas County 06/28/2018
Burn Ban issued for Kittitas County
The Burn Ban and Fireworks 06/28/2018
The Burn Ban and Fireworks
Sheriff swears in new Reserve Class and promotes Corrections Sergeant 06/20/2018
On June 15, 2018 the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office graduated seven Reserve Deputies.
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 06/18/2018
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 2018.

• Airport Advisory Committee
• Area Agency on Aging
• Behavioral Health and Recovery Advisory Board
• Board of Equalization
• Board of Health
• Building & Fire Safety Board of Appeals
• Civil Service Commission
• Conference of Governments
• Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee
• Disability Board (L.E.O.F.F. Board)
• Fair Board
• Homelessness & Affordable Housing Committee
• Horticulture Pest & Disease
• Land Use Advisory Committee
• Law & Justice Council
• Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
• Open Space Advisory Committee
• Public Lands Advisory Committee
• Road Variance Committee
• Solid Waste Advisory Committee
• TV Improvement District Board
• Veterans Advisory Board
• Water Conservancy Board
Search and Rescue Conference is coming to Ellensburg 06/15/2018
You will see a lot of brightly colored and reflective Search and Rescue shirts around Ellensburg starting next week. Ellensburg will be hosting the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference, which will be hosted at CWU and the Kittitas Valley Event Center starting on Monday, June 18th through Sunday, June 24th. The Conference is internationally recognized and attended by volunteers throughout the world.
Kittitas County Search and Rescue respond to an injured hiker in the Teanaway 06/13/2018
On June 12, 2018, Kittitas County Search and Rescue volunteers were called upon to assist in rescuing a Duvall resident that had possibly broken her ankle in the Teanaway area.
Flag Lowering - Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski 06/11/2018
The Board of County Commissioner hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all County facilities be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in memory of former Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski who passed away over the weekend.
Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski 06/11/2018
Announcing the sad news of her passing.
Mohar Road Closure 06/01/2018
Immediate Closure of Mohar Road.
Changes Coming to the Kittitas Valley Event Center 05/31/2018
The Kittitas Valley Event Center will experience staffing changes as Director Jill Scheffer departs to pursue other opportunities.
Accidental shooting claims the life of 12 year old Arlington girl 05/29/2018
Sydney Darnell was taken off life support Monday the 28th and death was pronounced at 9:30 AM by Harborview physicians.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 05/25/2018
On May 17, 2018 the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an updated Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and policy for 2018. The changes went into effect on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Early morning injury crash on Salmon La Sac Road 05/25/2018
On Friday, May 25, 2018 at approximately 7:17am, deputies and fire and EMS crews were dispatched to a single vehicle injury rollover accident in the 17000 block of Salmon La Sac Road, north of Ronald.
Large forensic search continues in Manastash area today 5/20/18
Volunteer search teams and law enforcement officials from across the state continue a large scale forensic search in the Manastash area today. Investigators are searching for anything that may be related to the skeletal remains found last fall that were later identified as those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.
Additional forensic search planned in Manastash area 05/18/2018
On Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office will oversee an additional multi-agency forensic search in connection to skeletal remains that were found in the fall of 2017 in the Manastash area of Kittitas County. DNA testing on the remains identified them to be those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.