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Progress being made on selecting a site for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station 12/15/2017
Progress being made on selecting a site for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station
Superior Court Case Management Changes Coming 12/11/2017
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 12/11/2017
According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is under an air stagnation advisory, which may result in changing air quality conditions. The air stagnation advisory is expected to continue through Thursday, December 14. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Correction Officer Promoted (Corrected picture) 12/06/2017
On December 6th at 10:00 AM, Kittitas County Correction Officer Richard Foreman was promoted to Corporal by Sheriff Gene Dana.
County Seeks Volunteers For River Access Plan Development 11/22/2017
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Kittitas County Commissioners are accepting applications from residents interested in helping to develop a plan for improving access to the Yakima River in Kittitas County. The county recently signed a contract with Beckwith Consulting to work directly with a citizen advisory committee to create the plan. Beckwith Consulting previously assisted the county in creating its Event Center Strategic Plan, Tourism Infrastructure Plan, and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.
Progress Update for the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) 11/21/2017
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is underway! 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 this year. The Community Health Assessment is a collaborative process with over twenty partners from various agencies participating. The process is collaborative as well as comprehensive, with four assessments falling under the CHA process: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Health Status Assessment, and Forces of Change Assessment. For each assessment area, committees have been formed and are working to compile information about what affects the health of Kittitas County.
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code 11/09/2017
Kittitas County is considering amendments to its Development Regulations through the annual “Docket” process. The County accepted annual amendment requests through June 30, 2017 for consideration by the Kittitas County Planning Commission and the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners. The amendments must be consistent with the Growth Management Act and other applicable state laws, applicable countywide planning policies, and the goals, policies, and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
Fairview Road to be Closed Tuesday November 7th and Wednesday November 8th 2017 11/02/2017
Fairview Road will be closed Tuesday November 7th and Wednesday November 8th 2017 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The closures will be placed at the intersection of Fairview Road and Rader Road, and at the intersection of Fairview Road and Brick Mill Road. Local traffic only will be allowed around the closures as the road will be impassable in the vicinity of Coleman Creek, (approximately 0.20 miles north of Brick Mill Road and 0.70 miles South of Rader Road).
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Health Order Code 10/30/2017
On October 19, 2017, the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an amendment to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13.75 Health Order. The amended code was effective immediately.
Bar 14 Road to be Closed Indefinitely Monday October 30th 2017 10/26/2017
Work to prepare for the removal of the Bar 14 Road Bridge over Naneum Creek will begin on Monday October 30th, 2017. This will also include construction of side channels, ditch maintenance, and other work required to prepare for Naneum creek channel grading to remove debris buildup. Public Works anticipates receiving the required environmental permits for the creek channel grading by November 6th, 2017. Once the permits are received and if weather permits channel grading will begin.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 10/20/2017
On September 21, 2017 the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an updated Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) Fee Schedule and policy for 2017. The changes went into effect immediately.
2017 Second Half Property Taxes Due 10/18/2017
Property owners in Kittitas County have until Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to pay the second half of their 2017 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.
Kittitas County CDS to Host Community Open House Regarding Solar Facilities Siting Criteria and Mitgation Measures 10/17/2017
Upcoming Community Open House
Washington State Department of Agriculture Suspends License for Pride and Joy Dairy 10/09/2017
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has suspended the license for Pride and Joy Dairy. As a result, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind retailers to remove all Pride & Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk from sale. Additionally, KCPHD wants consumers to be aware that all Pride & Joy Dairy organize retail raw milk should not be purchased or consumed.
Kittitas County Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month 10/09/2017
Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."
Teanaway River Fire Update 10/07/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has canceled evacuation notices for residents affected by the Teanaway River fire that started yesterday. Under State Mobilization authorization, the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team has taken over command of the fire, which is estimated at 250 acres.
Level 3 “GO” Evacuations Issued in Teanaway due to Brush Fire 10/06/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 3 “Go Now” Evacuation Notices to about 20 homes in the Teanaway due to a brush fire. The fire started in the 8500 block of Teanaway Road and quickly spread to both sides of the roadway.
It’s That Time of Year Again – Time to Drive Thru for Your Flu Vaccine! 10/05/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be holding the annual drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on October 20, 2017. KCPHD will hold the drive-thru clinic at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds, again this year, on 8th and Alder Street (1010 E 8th) in front of the Western Village. Anyone can get a flu shot between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm. Children 18 and under are free. Free adult vaccine is limited and will be first come, first serve. After the free adult vaccine supply is gone, adults will be charged $30.00 (cash or check).
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 09/27/2017
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
• 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
Kittitas County Lifts Burn Ban 10/06/2017
ELLENSBURG, Wash.— Josh Hink, Kittitas County Fire Marshal, today announced that Kittitas County will lift the burn ban effective September 30, 2017 at 12:00 a.m.