Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

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Treasurer's Office in Upper County during October 09/23/2022
Treasurer's Office offers property tax payment collection in Upper County
Burn Ban to be Canceled 09/22/2022
The current burn ban implemented in July for Kittitas County lands will be canceled effective at 0001 hrs. on Friday, September 23, 2022.  Current weather conditions have lowered fire danger ratings, however, the public is still urged to use caution when open burning.
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 and Spanish at 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.
Coroner's Office Takes Their Message On The Road 09/14/2022
Kittitas County Coroner Nick Henderson announces that the Coroner's Office is working with local schools and other groups to get our message out to those who need to hear it.
Kittitas County Public Health’s Office Hours are Changing 09/13/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is changing office hours as of October 1, 2022. The current office hours of 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday will change to 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Some services such as requesting an on-site sewage inspection, requesting a birth or death certificate, or completing the food handler’s course, are available via our website.
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 09/13/2022
Kittitas County is seeking volunteers for the following Boards, Committees and Commissions. The below listed Boards, Committees and Commissions currently have vacancies or will have members with terms ending at the end of 2022.

•Airport Advisory Committee
•Behavioral Health and Recovery Advisory Board
•Board of Equalization
•Board of Health
•Conference of Governments
•Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee
•Fair Board
•Homelessness & Affordable Housing Committee
•Horticulture Pest & Disease Board
•Law & Justice Council
•Library Advisory Board
•Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
•Noxious Weed Control Board
•Open Space Advisory Committee
•Planning Commission
•Public Lands Advisory Committee
•Solid Waste Advisory Committee
•TV Improvement District Board
•Veterans Advisory Board
•Water Conservancy Board

Deadline for Lodging Tax Grant Applications for Projects and Events has been Extended 9/12/2022
Kittitas County is now accepting applications for 2023 Lodging Tax Fund Grants for Special Events and Projects. This call for applications is county-wide.
Kittitas County Seeks Volunteers for Executive Advisory Committee 09/06/2022
The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners is currently seeking applicants to serve on the newly formed County Executive Management Advisory Committee.
2022 Annual Docket Cycle 09/01/2022
Community Development Services Releases 2022 Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code
Confirmed Case of Monkeypox (MPV) in Kittitas County 08/31/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has received verification of the first confirmed case of MPV in Kittitas County. The patient is male, in good health, and currently in quarantine. KCPHD is working closely with the patient to identify anyone who may have been exposed through close contact and KCPHD will work directly with those individuals.
Coroner's Investigators Achieve National Certification 08/30/2022
Coroner Nick Henderson announces he and all tenured Deputy Coroner's have achieved professional certification by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators
Hot Conditions Produce Backcountry Medical Emergencies 08/19/2022
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and Kittitas County Search and Rescue have responded to three medical emergencies from back-country hikers in the last two days, all related to heat exhaustion and dehydration.
KCPHD Expands Eligibility for Households to Participate in Indoor Air Quality Project 08/18/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is recruiting ten households interested in improving their indoor air quality during wildfire season.
Rabid Bat Identified in Kittitas County 08/17/2022
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) received a bat for testing from a community member. The bat tested positive for rabies. A female and her pet were exposed to the bat. The female is over all healthy and received post exposure care and is expected to be fine. The pet was up to date on the rabies vaccine.
Kittitas County Forecasted for Excessive Heat Warning until August 19 08/17/2022
According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is forecasted to reach dangerously hot conditions until 11 PM on Friday, August 19th. Long periods of hot weather can increase the chance of heat related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. For more information, visit the CDC’s Extreme Heat and Your Health website For resources around cooling centers, check out the City of Ellensburg’s Facebook page at Anyone in the upper county is welcome to visit the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, WA during business hours to use the space as a cooling center. The Center is located at 719 East Third Street and is open Monday through Friday 8am to 1pm.
Missing Hiker Found Deceased Near Lake Lillian 08/17/2021
Hiker Nicolas Gomiero, age 24, of Seattle, was reported missing on Monday when family and friends discovered he hadn’t returned home from a Sunday evening hike in the area of Lake Lillian near Snoqualmie Pass in Kittitas County. Mr. Gomiero was found deceased on the morning of Wednesday, 8/17/22, the third day of searching for him.
COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition Announces Mini Grant Recipients 08/05/2022
The COVID-19 Health Equity Coalition (CHEC) is pleased to announce that five COVID-19 health equity grants were awarded within Kittitas County. The grant awards range from $10,100 to $25,000 for projects to support broad efforts in supporting Covid-19 recovery and advancing health equity for high-risk or underserved populations.
Vantage Highway Fire - Update 08/05/2022

26,490 acres
35% containment
Cow Canyon Fire - Update 08/05/2022

5,600 acres
0% containment