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Combined Law Enforcement Reserve Class Graduates 06/06/2019
On May 31st, five Kittitas County Sheriff's Office and four Ellensburg Police Department cadets graduated from the joint 2019 Reserve Academy.
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.
Law and Justice Grants Available 05/31/2019
The Kittitas County Law and Justice Council is again offering mini-grants to organizations with community programs that support the law and justice system.
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.
APOYO Named as 2019 Public Health Champion 04/05/2019
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the APOYO Food Bank will be awarded the 2019 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of their work to provide food, recycled clothing and furniture to the community. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 10:00 am in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.
Kittitas County Corrections graduated four new officers 04/02/2019
On March 22, 2019, four Kittitas County Corrections officers graduated the Washington State Corrections Academy class 459.
Cle Elum High School Live Feed for Deputy Thompson Memorial 03/27/2019
Live Streaming of Deputy Thompson's Memorial on Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Media Advisory on Behalf of Kittitas Police Department 03/23/2019
Kittitas Police Officer Benito “Kellyn” Chavez is scheduled to be released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle at around 3:00 P.M. today.
Deputy Thompson Memorial Service Scheduled 03/22/2019
A Memorial Service for Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Nicholson Pavilion, 715 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd., on the Central Washington University Campus in Ellensburg, Washington. Deputy Thompson gave the ultimate sacrifice and ended his watch on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
Kittitas County Stands Together in Support of Local Law Enforcement 03/20/2019
The Kittitas County Government including all departments and offices stands behind local law enforcement. As a symbol of that support, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners has directed that all county government buildings will lower their flags to half-mast in honor of fallen Deputy Ryan Thompson and injured Officer Benito Chavez.
Slain and Wounded Officers’ Family Support Identified 03/20/2019
ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Donation accounts have been created at US Bank to help the families of the two Kittitas officers involved in yesterday’s shooting that claimed the life of Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson and wounded Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez.
Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy Line of Duty Death 03/20/2019
Last night’s officer-involved shooting claimed the life of Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Thompson. Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez was wounded in the shooting and is currently at Harborview Medical Center.
Media Advisory 03/19/2019
A press conference will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Kittitas Valley Event Center – Armory (901 East 7th Ave., Ellensburg, WA).
Kittitas County Deputy Killed in Line of Duty 03/19/2019
On Tuesday, March 19, at approximately 7:37 p.m. the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a driving complaint in the Badger Pocket area of Kittitas County.