Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Current top press releases and PSAs for

Sheriff swears in new Reserve Class and promotes Corrections Sergeant 06/20/2018
On June 15, 2018 the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office graduated seven Reserve Deputies.
Kittitas County Commissioners - Seeking Volunteers 06/18/2018
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 2018.

• 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
• Civil Service Commission
• Conference of Governments
• Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee
• Disability Board (L.E.O.F.F. Board)
• Fair Board
• Homelessness & Affordable Housing Committee
• Horticulture Pest & Disease
• Land Use Advisory Committee
• Law & Justice Council
• Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
• Open Space Advisory Committee
• Public Lands Advisory Committee
• Road Variance Committee
• Solid Waste Advisory Committee
• TV Improvement District Board
• Veterans Advisory Board
• Water Conservancy Board
Search and Rescue Conference is coming to Ellensburg 06/15/2018
You will see a lot of brightly colored and reflective Search and Rescue shirts around Ellensburg starting next week. Ellensburg will be hosting the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference, which will be hosted at CWU and the Kittitas Valley Event Center starting on Monday, June 18th through Sunday, June 24th. The Conference is internationally recognized and attended by volunteers throughout the world.
Kittitas County Search and Rescue respond to an injured hiker in the Teanaway 06/13/2018
On June 12, 2018, Kittitas County Search and Rescue volunteers were called upon to assist in rescuing a Duvall resident that had possibly broken her ankle in the Teanaway area.
Law and Justice Grants Available 06/13/2018
The Kittitas County Law and Justice Council is offering mini grants to organizations and community groups that support the law and justice system.

Each year, approximately $20,000.00 is ear marked from the 1/10th of 1% law and justice sales tax for this grant program. This can include equipment, materials, new programs and projects that support the goals of the Law and Justice Council and benefit the public and law and justice community.
Flag Lowering - Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski 06/11/2018
The Board of County Commissioner hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all County facilities be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in memory of former Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski who passed away over the weekend.
Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski 06/11/2018
Announcing the sad news of her passing.
Mohar Road Closure 06/01/2018
Immediate Closure of Mohar Road.
Changes Coming to the Kittitas Valley Event Center 05/31/2018
The Kittitas Valley Event Center will experience staffing changes as Director Jill Scheffer departs to pursue other opportunities.
Jeep accident sends 3 to hospital 05/29/2018
On Sunday 5/27/18 at around 1107 hours, Deputies and Kittitas County Search and Rescue responded with fire and EMS crews to a roll over jeep accident on a remote jeep trail northeast of Liberty,
Accidental shooting claims the life of 12 year old Arlington girl 05/29/2018
Sydney Darnell was taken off life support Monday the 28th and death was pronounced at 9:30 AM by Harborview physicians.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 05/25/2018
On May 17, 2018 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 2018. The changes went into effect on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Early morning injury crash on Salmon La Sac Road 05/25/2018
On Friday, May 25, 2018 at approximately 7:17am, deputies and fire and EMS crews were dispatched to a single vehicle injury rollover accident in the 17000 block of Salmon La Sac Road, north of Ronald.
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 http://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.

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.