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Winter Safety Tips from the Fire Marshal 11/06/2018
Winter and Holiday Safety Tips from the Fire Marshal:

Home Heating
Candle Safety
Christmas Trees
HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING UPDATE! 11/08/2018
Hazard Mitigation Planning Team Members and Stakeholders –

Status Update
Since the kick-off meeting on July 16th the County and consulting team have made significant progress on the plan. We have received partially updated annexes from nine of the thirteen jurisdictions. Meetings are scheduled for two additional jurisdictions. We have received seven Letters of Intent to participate. Work has been underway on the update of the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. FEMA’s contractor has provided Hazus loss estimation data (Hazus is FEMA’s methodology for estimating losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes). That data is currently being evaluated and incorporated into the plan. The non-Hazus hazard updates are 90% complete.

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KICLELEN2018. The survey closes on December 31st, 2018. Residents who complete the survey can enter a chance to win a $25.00 gift card.
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code 09/10/2018
Kittitas County Press Release
Community Development Services
For Immediate Release
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code
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.
FEMA OPEN HOUSE TO DISCUSS EFFECTS OF FLOOD RISK IMPACT ON KITTITAS COUNTY 09/06/2018
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.
Pursuit ends with a crash 08/31/2018
On August 30, 2018, around 11:00pm, Kittitas County Deputies attempt to stop a vehicle traveling southbound on Canyon Road for not having their lights on. The vehicle sped away from the deputy when he activated his emergency lights.
Two Search and Rescues over the weekend 08/27/2018
Kittitas County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to two calls of injured people this past weekend.
Public Health Assessing Air Quality for Kittitas County Fair and Ellensburg Rodeo 08/27/2018
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is working closely with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners, the Kittitas County Event Center, the Kittitas County Fair Board, and the Ellensburg Rodeo Board to determine when poor air quality might result in the closure of outdoor events this Labor Day Weekend. It has been determined that if air quality conditions reach “hazardous,” according to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) that the events will be closed to the public.
Salud pública evaluando la calidad del aire para la feria del condado de Kittitas y el rodeo de Ellensburg 08/27/2018
El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Kittitas (KCPHD) trabaja estrechamente con la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Kittitas, la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Kittitas, el Centro de Eventos del Condado de Kittitas, la Junta de la Feria del Condado de Kittitas y la Junta de Rodeo de Ellensburg para determinar cuándo la mala calidad del aire podría resultar en el cierre de eventos al aire libre este fin de semana del día laboral. Se ha determinado que si las condiciones de calidad del aire llegan a ser "peligrosas", según el Departamento de Ecología del Estado de Washington (Ecología), los eventos estarán cerrados al público.
The Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo is on schedule 08/27/2018
On behalf of the Kittitas County Sheriff, Fair Board, Rodeo Board and the Event Center, we would like to inform the Public that the Annual Kittitas County Fair and Rodeo is on schedule.
Kittitas County now accepting Lodging Tax Grant Applications for Events and Projects 08/24/2018
Kittitas County is now accepting applications for 2019 Lodging Tax Fund Grants for Special Events and Projects. This call for applications is county-wide. The application is posted online on the County’s website and can be easily accessed at the following links: https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/auditor/accounting/lodging-tax/cltac-guide.aspx or http://co.kittitas.wa.us/boc/lodging-tax/default.aspx. The application process this year is only available digitally and must be completed and submitted exclusively online.
Kittitas County Auditor Licensing Division and our subagents; Mitchell, Reed and Schimtten Insurance Licensing Division and Ellensburg Licensing will be closed at 4:30 pm Thursday, August 30 until 9 a 08/23/2018
Kittitas County Auditor Licensing Division and our subagents; Mitchell, Reed and Schimtten Insurance Licensing Division and Ellensburg Licensing will be closed at 4:30 pm Thursday, August 30 until 9 am Tuesday, September 4.
Air Quality Update and Resources to Determine Current Conditions 08/22/2018
The Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor on Ruby Street is available again via Ecology’s website https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/ and the most recent reading as of 5:00 AM today is “unhealthy” air.