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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!
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
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.
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 (, for the prior two years, 2016 and 2017. The Clerk’s Office will upload its incoming records on a weekly basis.
Free Community Health Worker Training 03/13/2018
Registration is now open for the Community Health Worker Training on April 11th, 2018 at Central Washington University, 400 E University Way in Ellensburg. The training is an eight week combination of online and in-person trainings. The training is free!
Avalanche claimes the life of two snowmobilers in Kittitas County. 03/03/2018
Of the four men swept in the avalanche, one made it out with minor injuries, one was air lifted with serious injuries and two died on the mountain.
Avalanche claims the life of 32 year old Issaquah man 02/25/2018
Members from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Search & Rescue responded to the Stampede Pass area this afternoon when 5 snowmobilers were swept in an avalanche while eating lunch at the base of the slope.
Stop by and Learn about the Health of our Community! 02/13/2018
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is near completion and the Kittitas County Health Network and the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) want to share the information with the community. There will be two open house events; one event will be in Ellensburg on Thursday, February 15, from 4 to 6pm at the Hal Holmes Community Center and the other event will be in Cle Elum on Wednesday, February 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Putnam Centennial Center.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 02/13/2018
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the fourth annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion award. The award is intended to honor and recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the health of Kittitas County. This award is made possible by a generous donation from former Kittitas County Health Officer Jim Gale.
Mohar Road Closed at MP 2.00 02/13/2018
Mohar Road is Closed in both directions at MP 2.00 just East of Westside Road. Closure is anticipated to be in place until 5:00 PM February 14th 2018.
The Boil Water Advisory for Snoqualmie Pass Area is Lifted 02/01/2018
The Snoqualmie Pass Utility District water system is no longer under a boil water advisory. Residents within the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District (Snoqualmie Summit and Village, Alpental, Yellowstone, Conifer, and Hyak) may use their tap water for drinking and every day normal uses.
Deputies arrest 3 burglary suspects following In-Progress call. 01/29/2018
A Badger Pocket resident phoned 911 when he heard someone kicking in the door to his home about 1:20 AM this morning. The suspects fled when the homeowner turned on the lights and yelled at them.
Your State School Property Tax bill is changing in 2018 01/29/2018
On January 5, 2012, the state Supreme Court issued McCleary v. State of Washington.