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County Holding Joint Meeting with Cle Elum City Council 1/24/2023
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners and City of Cle Elum Mayor and City Council will hold an historic first joint meeting on Monday, January 30th, at 5:30 PM at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum.
Funding Received for New Search and Rescue/ Emergency Operations Center 12/28/2022
The Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) celebrates the inclusion of $1,186,120 in the recently passed federal Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill for a new search and rescue/emergency operations center in Kittitas County.
Seasonal Flu Activity is Very High in Washington State 12/21/2022
Seasonal influenza (flu) activity is currently very high in Washington State. Severity classifications for flu include low, moderate, high, and very high. To date, seasonal flu is the most common respiratory or intestinal virus that is circulating in our state.
Updated Clinic Schedule for COVID-19 Booster Vaccine at KCPHD 12/19/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has updated the clinic days available for free updated COVID-19 booster vaccines for the public. The clinics will occur at 507 N Nanum Street in Ellensburg on the following dates from 1pm to 3pm:

• December 22nd is CANCELED
• December 29
• January 5, 12, 19, and 26th.
Builder Outreach Meeting Scheduled 12/02/2022
Kittitas County Community Development Services (CDS) will be holding a Builder Outreach meeting on January 9, 2023. The meeting will take place at 6:00pm in the Commissioner’s Auditorium at the Kittitas County Courthouse located at 205 W 5th Avenue in Ellensburg, WA.
Air Quality Monitor in Cle Elum Showing Unhealthy Air Quality 12/02/2022
The Cle Elum Mobile air quality monitor is currently showing unhealthy air quality. As of today, at noon, air quality in that area is at a level where everyone should reduce exposure and limit time outside.
Armed Standoff in Cle Elum Peacefully Resolved 12/02/2022
Members of the Kittitas County Regional Tactical Response Team (KCRTRT) and the Kittitas County Regional Hostage Negotiation Team (KCRHNT) responded today to assist the Cle Elum/Roslyn Police Department with an armed barricaded subject at a local business, Moore’s Metal Work, at 1102 East First Street in Cle Elum.
Kittitas County Coroner and Sheriff requesting assistance with identification of remains 12/01/2022
New information has been provided to assist with the identification of human remains discovered in Kittitas County in 1987
Updated COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinics at KCPHD 11/30/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will have clinic hours available for free updated COVID-19 booster vaccines for the public. The clinics will be December 15, December 22, and December 29 from 1pm to 3pm at our office at 507 N Nanum St in Ellensburg
Lodging Tax Funding Recommendations for 2023 11/22/2022
The county-wide consolidated lodging tax workgroup met Friday, November 18, 2022, to review 2023 grant applications for special events and projects. Funding for the grants comes from a special sales tax collected on overnight lodging facilities throughout the county. The tax is collected by Kittitas County and the cities of Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ellensburg. Each entity contributes 13% of the collected funds for this annual grant process and appoints representatives to the workgroup that reviews the applications. Funds made available by each jurisdiction this year totaled $391,459.85. The workgroup recommended awards totaling $310,247.90.
Help Slow the Spread of RSV and Other Respiratory Viruses 11/22/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department wants residents to take action to slow the spread of Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other respiratory viruses. According to the Washington State Medical Association, physicians are seeing an unusually steep increase in cases of RSV, especially in children. Please take steps to slow the spread of respiratory viruses:
COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition Announces Additional Mini Grant Recipients 11/17/2022
The COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition (CHEC) is pleased to announce additional mini grant recipients through the COVID-19 Rural Health Equity grant. The additional recipients are the Kittitas County Health Network, Quiet Cadence, and Comprehensive Healthcare. The additional grant awards range around $25,000 each for projects to support broad efforts in supporting COVID-19 recovery and advancing health equity for high-risk or underserved populations.
Operation Green Light to Raise Awareness for Veterans 11/10/2022
Central Washington University, the City of Ellensburg, and Kittitas County are participating in Operation Green Light this week to honor our veterans. Operation Green Light is spearheaded by the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACO) to raise awareness about the unique challenges veterans face and the resources available to assist them and their families at the county, state, and federal levels. NACO’s mission is for veterans to be seen, appreciated, and supported.
Kittitas County Coroner Nick Henderson reported that, since its inception in 2020, the Coroner's Office student internship program has doubled in size. 10/26/2022
Kittitas County Coroner’s Office expands community partnerships through increased emphasis on Forensic Pathology Internships for CWU students.
2022 Second Half Property Taxes Due by October 31st 10/20/2022
Property owners in Kittitas County have until Monday, October 31, 2022, to pay the second half of their 2022 property taxes.
Updated COVID-19 Booster Doses Available 10/19/2022
New COVID-19 boosters are now available to provide increased protection against Omicron variants. The bivalent vaccines, also known as omicron boosters, contain two strains: one component of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and a second from the BA.4 and BA.5 of the omicron variant according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Currently, booster doses are recommended for people 5 years and older. People 5 years old should only receive an updated bivalent Pfizer booster. Everyone 6 and older should receive an updated bivalent Pfizer or Moderna booster. Individuals should get an updated bivalent booster at least 2 months after the last COVID-19 dose (either a booster or the primary series).
Kittitas County Jail Awarded DOJ Mental Health Grant 10/11/2022
The US Department of Justice has awarded almost $500,000 to the Kittitas County Jail to develop and build on existing mental health treatment programs for inmates. Our jail has taken a leadership role in viewing incarceration not merely as punishment but an opportunity to intervene in cycles of drug abuse, mental and emotional health issues, and criminal recidivism. This grant will combine with mental health and substance abuse programs already in place to help people in crisis and, hopefully, get them on a path to addressing the issues that got them into jail in the first place.
2022 Annual Drive Thru Flu and COVID-19 Clinic is October 21, from 7 am to 4 pm 10/07/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) will be holding the annual drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on October 21, 2022, from 7 am to 4 pm. This year there will also be a limited supply of COVID-19 Pfizer bivalent boosters for ages 12 and up.
Tell us What Our Community Needs to Improve the Health of our Residents 09/20/2022
Please complete the 2022 Kittitas County Community Health Survey and tell us what you think our communities need to improve the health of our residents. The survey is anonymous and takes less than ten minutes to finish. The survey is available in English at https://kittitas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_019KiLQhZLZq2X4 and Spanish at https://kittitas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xdyvzXeKgfxApM Please call 509-962-7515 if you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey.
Sheriff's Office Recognized for Policy Management 09/15/2022
This week, the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office was recognized for adopting policies that reflect national best practices in Law Enforcement and public safety, and for consistently training personnel in those policies.