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Sheriff's Office awarded additional funds for Boating Safety in Kittitas County 06/22/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded an additional $5000.00 from Washington State Parks for going beyond the call of duty in support of the State’s boating safety program.
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 06/19/2017
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 2017:

* 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
* Fair Board
* Horticulture Pest & Disease
* Kittitas County Homelessness & Affordable Housing Committee
* Land Use Advisory Committee
* Law & Justice Council
* Library Advisory Board
* Open Space Advisory Committee
* Planning Commission
* Road Variance Committee
* Solid Waste Advisory Committee
* TV Improvement District Board
* Veterans Advisory Board
* Water Conservancy Board

Sheriff's Dive Team searching for missing swimmer 06/19/2017
Divers are searching for 27 year old David Burgos of Granger, last seen Sunday evening around 8:00 P.M. Swimming off of the North Shore of Lake Mattoon.
Kayaker Rescued From Log Jam Near Cle Elum 06/19/2017
A Seattle Kayaker was rescued off of a log jam east of Cle Elum by the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office Swift Water Rescue.
John Wayne Trail Connections in Progress 06/07/2017
The City of Ellensburg is currently working to connect discontinuous segments of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. The extension of an existing segment of the John Wayne Reconnect trail will occur east of Alder St., approximately 2,600’ from 18th Ave to the south side of Greenfield Ave. The 18' wide trail cross section will consist of 9' of pavement and 9' of crushed rock top course surfacing with landscaping along both sides of the trail section. The project began May 1 with construction anticipated to be completed the end of June. It is a portion of the 4.6 mile long John Wayne Reconnect trail that will connect the missing link of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail from its trailheads at Water St and Alder St.
Seasonal Staff Positions at the Kittitas Valley Event Center! 06/07/2017
The Kittitas Valley Event Center and County Fair are currently seeking to fill two (2) seasonal Building and Groundskeeper positions to begin as soon as possible and expected to end in late September.
Law and Justice Grants Available 06/05/2017
The Kittitas County Law and Justice Council is again offering mini grants to organizations and community groups that support the law and justice system.
Building and Planning Permit Software Changes 06/02/2017
Beginning Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Kittitas County Community Development Services will begin using new permit tracking software.
Kittitas County Sheriff Detectives Identify woman killed by train. 06/02/2017
The preliminary investigation indicates this was an accidental death. The victim has been identified as 31 year old Ashley Guthrie of Yakima, Washington.
Unidentified female possibly hit by train near Ringer Loop Rd. 06/01/2017
At approximately 12:49am of June 1, 2017, Kittitas County Deputies were dispatched to a train versus pedestrian call on South Canyon Road near Ringer Loop road.
Rollover accident on Berry Road injures four people 06/01/2017
On May 31, 2017 at approximately 8pm, a Ford F-250 pickup truck traveling southbound on Berry Road towards Tjossem Road, rolled and ejected one of the occupants.
RFP for Event Center Venue and Event Management Software 06/01/2017
The Kittitas Valley Event Center (KVEC) seeks a provider who can supply a user friendly, comprehensive, fully integrated but modular business management system covering all aspects of venue and event management to maintain high quality customer satisfaction and effective operation of KVEC.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017.
Deputy Graduates from Academy 06/01/2017
On May 24th Deputy Kylie Romero graduated for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
County Now Accepting Small CIP Grant Applications 05/25/2017
County Accepting Small-Scale Capital Grant Applications
City of Ellensburg Continues Work towards Complete Streets Ethics 05/08/2017
On May 1, the City of Ellensburg began work on the 7th Avenue Bike Boulevard Project, which is part of a proposed route that will run from Wenas Street to Alder Street with the majority of the boulevard running along 7th Avenue.
Local Kittitas County and State agencies participates in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 05/04/2017
Local Kittitas County and State agencies participates in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Local communities join effort to reduce wildfire risk across the country on May 6, 2017
Prevent Exposure to Hantavirus 05/01/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind residents to protect themselves against hantavirus by keeping rodents out of your home and workplace and taking precautions when cleaning rodent-infested areas. A person may be exposed to hantavirus by breathing contaminated dust from deer mice, cleaning rodent droppings or nests, or by living, working, or playing in rodent-infested settings, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
KCPHD Celebrates National Volunteer Week 04/26/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) celebrates the volunteers who donate their time and effort to assist in our mission to protect and promote the health and the environment of the people of Kittitas County. Every year, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the people who contribute to local, national, and global causes.
Free Shingles and Tdap Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 04/26/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles and free Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine available. Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! These vaccines are free for adults who do not have health insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition Named as 2017 Public Health Champion 04/17/2017
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition will be awarded the 2017 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of the coalition’s work to improve the health and success of young children and their families. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 2:00 pm in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.