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New Reserves Graduate 08/15/2017
On Saturday August 12, 2017, Sheriff Gene Dana officially swore in three new Reserve Deputies for the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.
Search & Rescue 08/14/2017
On 08-13-17 at approximately 1230 hrs east county patrols handled a search and rescue call on a four wheel drive trail near Shoestring lake.
River Rescue 08/14/2017
Kittitas County Sheriff's Office responds to a rafting accident on the Yakima River.
LODGING TAX TRAINING LOCATION CHANGED 08/14/2017
Training for the new lodging tax electronic grant applications is still available, but the Ellensburg location has changed. Cle Elum location has not changed.
New Vehicle Licensing Subagent Open 08/11/2017
New Vehicle Licensing Subagent will be open for the public August 14, 2017.
Public Meeting Notice 08/10/2017
Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting (SWAC)
LODGING TAX APPLICATION CHANGING-TRAINING AVAILABLE 08/10/2017
The process for applying for lodging tax grants for tourism-related special projects and festivals is changing significantly for 2018. The new process, which will be released at the end of August, is all digital for the first time and paper copies will no longer be accepted. To help applicants prepare for the changes, training sessions are being offered in Ellensburg and Cle Elum. While training is not required, it is highly recommended for everyone.
EFFORTS OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS GET RESULTS FROM STATE 08/08/2017
The State Legislature agreed to pay Kittitas County, along with other Eastern Washington counties, a larger share of payments it was promised but hasn’t received. For decades the State has promised Kittitas County "payments in lieu of taxes", or PILT, for land the state acquired locally for wildlife habitat and recreation and turned over to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to own and manage. When the state acquires land in a county, local governments must remove that land from the tax rolls and local schools, fire districts and county governments lose revenue. Without PILT, local citizens have to make up that revenue in the form of increased property tax rates. To prevent the increased taxes, the State agreed to compensate local governments with PILT. Kittitas County, however, hasn’t been receiving all the payments that were promised.
Bowers Field Runway 7/25 Closure 08/08/2017
Kittitas County is taking action temporarily closing Bowers Field runway 7/25. This closure is being conducted in response to deteriorated asphalt paving that is creating a hazard to airman.
Busy weekend for water rescue 08/07/2017
Members of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Water Rescue Team responded to 3 calls Friday and Saturday, assisted 18 people.
Free Shingles Vaccine at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center 08/07/2017
On August 18, the Kittitas County Public Health Department will be providing free shingles vaccine at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center. From 10:30 to 1:30 pm at 506 S. Pine Street, KCPHD will have staff available during those hours on a first come, first serve basis.
New Deputy Sworn In 08/07/2017
Tyler Harris of Ellensburg was officially sworn in by Sheriff Gene Dana on 8/7/2017 as the newest Deputy for the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
Six Year Transportation Improvement Program 08/04/2017
In conjunction with the outreach meeting for the Flood Control Zone District meetings scheduled for August 15th, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center (719 East 3rd Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922) and August 17th, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Kittitas County Courthouse, Commissioners' Auditorium (205 West 5th Avenue, Room 109, Ellensburg, WA 98926); Kittitas County Public Works will be discussing the Six Year Transportation Improvement Program.
Special 3 Day Filing Period 08/04/2017
A special 3 day candidate filing period will be held August 8 through August 10, 2017.
Poor Air Quality Conditions Expected to Continue for Several Days 08/03/2017
Air quality in Kittitas County was listed as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” as of 8:00am on August 2, 2017 according to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) air monitor located atop Hal Holmes Community Center in Ellensburg. Smoke as a result of several fires in Washington and British Columbia is affecting the air quality in Kittitas County and is expected to continue for several days.
Naloxone Recommended for Friends and Family to Prevent Death from Opioid Overdose 08/02/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) recommends that anyone who spends time with someone who is using or is suspected to be using opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, heroin, as examples) for any reason should have naloxone and overdose prevention training. This includes friends, spouses, partners, parents, etc.
Flood Control Zone District Citizen Advisory Board 08/01/2017
The Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners are soliciting Flood Control Zone Rate Payers to serve on a Citizen Advisory Board to the Flood Control Zone District.
Deadline for Applications for Solar Advisory Committee is August 1, 2017 07/26/2017
The deadline to submit an application to serve on the Solar Facilities Citizen Advisory Committee is August 1, 2017.
Free Shingles Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 07/21/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccine available. Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! The vaccine is free for adults who do not have health insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
Kittitas County Receives GIS Award for Best User Software Application Thursday, July 20, 2017
Jason Eklund, Kittitas County GIS Coordinator, received the first place award for Best User Software Application at the international Esri User Conference.