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Kittitas County Deputy recognized as “DUI All-Star of the Year” by Washington Traffic Safety Commission 08/13/2018
Kittitas County Deputy Jason Goeman received a letter from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission that after a review by traffic safety peers; he has been selected as an “All-Star of the Year” for his DUI enforcement efforts.
Air Quality in Kittitas County is Unhealthy 08/13/2018
As of 11:00 AM today, the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor showed “Unhealthy” as the latest reading for Kittitas County’s air quality rating.
Air Quality in Kittitas County is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 08/10/2018
As of 6:00 AM today, the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor showed “unhealthy for sensitive groups” as the latest reading for Kittitas County’s air quality rating.
Bowers Field Joint Operating Agreement Advisory Committee 08/08/2018
The Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners desires soliciting interested persons to serve on an Airport Advisory Group with representatives from Central Washington University.
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with the Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition 08/01/2018
Join the Kittitas County Breastfeeding Coalition (KCBC) in celebrating World Breastfeeding week with a series of free events! The Annual World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7 and KCBC invites residents to participate in local activities (schedule attached).
Open House for Flood Risk Impact on Ellensburg Area 07/31/2018
The Kittitas County Flood Control Zone District and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a meeting to discuss the potential impacts and provide feedback on the proposed community flood map revisions in the Ellensburg and lower Kittitas County area.
Open House for Flood Risk Impact on Thorp 07/31/2018
The Kittitas County Flood Control Zone District and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a meeting to discuss the potential impacts of and provide feedback on the proposed community flood map revisions in the Thorp area.
Changing Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 07/30/2018
Kittitas County is currently experiencing changing air quality conditions. Smoke in our county is a result of Siberian smoke along with fires in British Columbia and Chelan. Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) air monitor showed “unhealthy for sensitive groups” and the latest reading today, shows “moderate” air quality.
New Ballot Drop Boxes 07/30/2018
Six additional ballot drop boxes are being added throughout Kittitas County.
Sheriff swears in new Correction Officers 07/30/2018
Anthony Rivera, Wesley Stults, Elliot Reed and Alex Carter were sworn in by Sheriff Gene Dana as Correction Officers for the Kittitas County Corrections Center on Thursday, July 26th.
LODGING TAX GRANT APPLICATION TRAINING AVAILABLE 07/30/2018
Applying for lodging tax grants for tourism-related special projects and festivals is in its second year of the electronic process. Paper copies are no longer accepted. "We are hoping this new electronic process will be easier for both the applicants and staff" said Kittitas County Commissioner Laura Osiadacz, who currently Chairs the County's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. To facilitate the process, there will be grant application training provided in both Upper and Lower County.

Upper County Traffic Task Force Group 07/17/2018
Weekend traffic diverting from I-90 over county roads continues to be an issue for residents from the Elk Heights area to Nelson Siding Rd area. Kittitas County Public Works is inviting upper county residents and business owners to apply to participate in the Upper County Traffic Task Group. The task force group will provide and/or vet various options proposed by the Department of Public Works and the Sheriff's Office.
2018 Road Standards Review Committee 07/17/2018
The existing Kittitas County Road Standards are a result of a minimal revision effort conducted in 2015. The primary result of the revision was to cap the number of private lots on a dead end road to 30 - consistent with adopted fire code. For the past two years, Public Works staff has compiled desired revisions reaching well beyond the minor effort of 2015. Recently, KPG (an on-call civil engineering consultant with PW) delivered a draft 2018 Road Standards package. This effort represents a wholesale revision to existing county road standards.
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.
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
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.