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Commissioners Appoint New Event Center Director 03/24/2017
County Commissioners are pleased to introduce Jill Scheffer as the new Kittitas County Event Center Director.
County Accepting Tourism-Related, Large Capital Project Applications 03/20/2017
Kittitas County is now accepting applications for its Tourism-Related, Large-Scale, Municipality-Owned Capital Projects program. Large-scale projects are defined in the application as those which request funding support of greater than $50,000.00. There is no maximum cost for a project. The application is posted online at the County's website or may be picked up in person at the Commissioner's office at the County Courthouse in Ellensburg.
Flooding Update 03/15/2017
At 0800 this morning The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office implemented a Level One EOC Activation in preparation for increased flooding. Level one is to address local short term issues using local resources. This helps insure the county is prepared, should we have significant impacts.
Injury accident closes Kittitas Highway 03/15/2017
28 year old Kittitas Resident was taken to Harborview this morning following a collision with a semi trailer.
Mobile home fire claims family pet. 03/15/2017
Upper County Fire Crews responded to a mobile home fire early this morning.
Flood Waters Can Be Harmful to Health 03/14/2017
With recent flooding in Kittitas County, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is reminding residents that flood water is unsafe. Flood water can create risks including, exposure to infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Increased Flooding in Kittitas County 03/13/2017
Last night saw an increase in the snow melt due to warmer weather and rain. Motorists are urged to use caution, especially at night.
County Cancels First Planning Workshop Due to Weather Conditions 03/09/2017
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Naneum Road Closure for bridge repairs - Update as of March 15, 2017. 03/15/2017
UPDATE: Please be advised that Naneum Road will be closed starting March 16, 2017 through March 24, 2017 to conduct repairs to the Naneum Road Bridge at MP 4.99, just South of Bar 14 Road. The detour route remains the same and is attached to this announcement.

UPDATE: Please be advised that due to high water the bridge repairs on the Naneum Road Bridge at MP 4.99, just South of Bar 14 Road that was scheduled for March 13, 2017 have been postponed. An updated announcement will be sent once a new repair date has been determined.

45 year old Kirkland man dies in avalanch Saturday 03/05/2017
Kittitas County Sheriffs Deputies have recovered the body of Mike Albertson this morning from the Hawkins Mountain area, 27 miles N.W. of Cle Elum,
Free Shingles Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 02/27/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccine available. Are you 60 years and older? Would you have to pay out of pocket for this vaccine? Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! The vaccine is free. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
Attendance at Upcoming Public Forum Encouraged 02/27/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department is encouraging attendance at an upcoming public forum regarding the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration in Kennewick, Washington.
Please take precautions in current air quality conditions 02/15/2017
Kittitas County is experiencing “unhealthy” air quality due to stagnant weather conditions. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 02/14/2017
Air Quality in Kittitas County has been unhealthy for sensitive groups this week as a result of higher emissions and air stagnation. As of 7:00 am on Tuesday, February 14, the air quality was considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 02/14/2017
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is sponsoring the third 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.
Cle Elum and Ellensburg Awarded Complete Streets Funding 02/10/2017
On January 27, the City of Cle Elum and the City of Ellensburg were selected for the Complete Streets Award from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). Cle Elum will be awarded $125,000 and Ellensburg will be awarded $250,000 to pursue “complete streets” within their jurisdictions. Cle Elum and Ellensburg are two of 39 awarded agencies, out of 87 who were nominated for the award.
Courthouse Closure at 4:00 pm today 02/08/2017
The Kittitas County Courthouse will be closing today at 4:00 p.m. February 8, 2017 with the exception of essential staff.
Kittitas County Expands "OTC" Water Access 02/06/2017
Kittitas County has received a ground water permit from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to issue “over the counter” permitted water rights for parcels located within a large portion of the green zone of Kittitas County’s water bank. The water bank is used to provide mitigation for new domestic uses of ground water, such as a new home. The new ground water permit covers the Wilson Creek/Cherry Creek sub-basin and will significantly decrease the processing and decision time needed for certain approvals.
Building Inspection Services Closed for Training 02/03/2017
The Building Division inspection services will be closed for training March 15th and 16th.
Free Shingles Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 01/31/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccine available. Are you 60 years and older? Would you have to pay out of pocket for this vaccine? Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! The vaccine is free. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.