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Large forensic search continues in Manastash area today 5/20/18
Volunteer search teams and law enforcement officials from across the state continue a large scale forensic search in the Manastash area today. Investigators are searching for anything that may be related to the skeletal remains found last fall that were later identified as those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.
Additional forensic search planned in Manastash area 05/18/2018
On Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office will oversee an additional multi-agency forensic search in connection to skeletal remains that were found in the fall of 2017 in the Manastash area of Kittitas County. DNA testing on the remains identified them to be those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.
Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program Accepting Applications for Funding and Qualified Providers 05/16/2018
The Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program is currently accepting submissions for our Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Professional Services for Employment and Day Program Services. The RFQ documents can be found at https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health/programs/developmental-disabilities.aspx.
Large scale search initiated in Kittitas County 05/12/2018
On Saturday, May 12, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office initiated a multi-agency area search in connection to skeletal remains found last fall in Kittitas County. DNA testing identified the remains to be those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.

Ellensburg Golf & Country Club Burglary 05/09/2018
On the morning of 05-09-2018, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a burglary that had occurred overnight at the Ellensburg Golf & Country Club located at 3231 S. Thorp Highway.
Planning Commission to Conduct Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Solar Regulations and Maximum Lot Coverage in Urban Growth Areas 05/07/2018
The Kittitas County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 pm on May 22, 2018 in the Kittitas County Event Center Auditorium, 901 E. 7th Avenue, Ellensburg, Washington, to consider proposed development regulations for Solar Power Production Facilities and changes to the maximum lot coverage in Urban Growth Areas.
COUNTY SURVEY SEEKS INPUT ON RIVER USE AND ACCESS 05/04/2018
Kittitas County has released a survey to gather input and data on how people are using the various portions of the Yakima and Cle Elum Rivers. It also seeks information from participants as to what improvements would be appropriate. The survey is part of an ongoing effort to develop a strategy for improving access along both river corridors. The County began the planning process several months ago by hiring a consultant, Beckwith Consulting, and by appointing a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to direct and manage the effort. The survey can be found on the County’s website at www.co.kittitas.wa.us, or at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KittitasCountyRiversSurvey.
Public Hearing to Consider Fee Schedule and Code Changes 05/03/2018
On May 17, 2018 the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) and the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) will hold a public hearing to consider changes to the Kittitas County Public Health Fee Schedule and changes to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13, Water and Sewers. The public hearing will be in the Commissioners’ Auditorium at 205 W. 5th Avenue in Ellensburg. Anyone interested in the matter should attend and can provide testimony in person or in writing.
Kittitas County Public Health Wants to Gauge Knowledge about HPV Vaccinations 04/30/2018
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) via a grant from the Group Health Foundation is conducting a community survey of parents and guardians about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The anonymous survey is targeted to parents and guardians of children aged 18 and younger. The survey aims to gather information from parents and guardians in order to assess behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and barriers around the HPV vaccine.
Three people were injured last night in a head on collision that occurred on the Vantage Highway. 04/24/2018
Deputies responded to a head on collision on the Vantage Highway in the area of Naneum Road at approximately 11:40 P.M. on April 23, 2018.
New Classic Car Show and RC Car Race offers family fun at the Kittitas Valley Event Center June 30 04/23/2018
ChillAxle will feature activities and attractions for kids of all ages!

In addition to the display of more than 100 collector cars showcased across the grounds, the first annual ChillAxle: Central Washington Car Show and RC Car Race will offer an abundance of activities and attractions for families and children at the Kittitas Valley Event Center on Saturday June 30, 2018.
FREE “High School and Beyond Educational Fair” 04/18/2018
On May 24, 2018, the Kittitas County Transition Team will host a “High School and Beyond Educational Fair” from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in the Naneum Room. The event is for anyone who has students between 14 and 25 years of age who have received school accommodations. The event is free!
COUNTY HOLDS FOCUS GROUPS FOR IMPROVING RIVER ACCESS 04/13/2018
Kittitas County is hosting several focus group sessions April 17th through 19th to collect information that will be used in forming an access improvement plan for the Yakima and Cle Elum Rivers. The County began the process of developing the plan earlier this year by appointing a citizen advisory group and hiring a consultant to direct the effort. The project is intended to create a strategy for improving public access for a variety of recreational and other uses along the river corridors.
The Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) is Final 04/12/2018
The 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA) has been finalized! The CHA is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, with the most recent CHA process starting in June of last year. The final Community Health Assessment is available on the Kittitas County Public Health Department’s website at https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/uploads/documents/health/assessment/2018-Kittitas-County-Community-Health-Assessment.pdf.
National Public Health Week 04/02/2018
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) and Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners proclaim National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 2-6, 2018, and recognize it as a time to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. NPHW focuses its efforts on a different theme each year, with this year’s focus being the generation of public health.
Handle Backyard Chicks and Ducklings Safely 03/27/2018
With the arrival of spring, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind residents to use precautions when handling backyard chickens and ducklings. Even when baby birds look healthy, they may have germs like Salmonella, which can be on the bird or on cages or other things the bird touches.
Open Door Health Clinic Named 2018 Public Health Champion 03/23/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the Open Door Health Clinic will be awarded the 2018 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of the clinic’s mission to provide basic medical care for low-income people without insurance or readily accessible healthcare. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 10:00 am in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.
Boating Safety 03/22/2018
Our goal is, "no drowning's in Kittitas County"
Kittitas County to Form Wildland-Urban Interface Code Variance Advisory Committee 03/21/2018
Kittitas County is forming an advisory committee to assist with the development and adoption of Wildland-Urban Interface Code variance criteria, standards, and procedures.
KITTITAS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CLERK'S OFFICE IMPLEMENTS USE OF DIGITAL ARCHIVES TOO... 03/22/2018
Ellensburg, WA – The Kittitas County Clerk’s Office formally announced today that it has successfully completed uploading two years of Superior Court records to the Washington Secretary of State Digital Archives (https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives), for the prior two years, 2016 and 2017. The Clerk’s Office will upload its incoming records on a weekly basis.