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New Deputy Sworn In 05/17/2017
On Wednesday May 17th, Sheriff Gene Dana (left)officially swore in Tyrell Nielsen as a deputy with the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
Wanted: Residents Who Care about the Health of our Community 05/12/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is looking for residents who care strongly about the health of our community. We are currently recruiting participants for our upcoming Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) process.
Public Meeting Notice 05/11/2017
Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting (SWAC)
City of Ellensburg Continues Work towards Complete Streets Ethics 05/08/2017
On May 1, the City of Ellensburg began work on the 7th Avenue Bike Boulevard Project, which is part of a proposed route that will run from Wenas Street to Alder Street with the majority of the boulevard running along 7th Avenue.
Local Kittitas County and State agencies participates in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 05/04/2017
Local Kittitas County and State agencies participates in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Local communities join effort to reduce wildfire risk across the country on May 6, 2017
Prevent Exposure to Hantavirus 05/01/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind residents to protect themselves against hantavirus by keeping rodents out of your home and workplace and taking precautions when cleaning rodent-infested areas. A person may be exposed to hantavirus by breathing contaminated dust from deer mice, cleaning rodent droppings or nests, or by living, working, or playing in rodent-infested settings, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
KCPHD Celebrates National Volunteer Week 04/26/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) celebrates the volunteers who donate their time and effort to assist in our mission to protect and promote the health and the environment of the people of Kittitas County. Every year, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the people who contribute to local, national, and global causes.
Free Shingles and Tdap Vaccine at Kittitas County Public Health 04/26/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles and free Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine available. Call the Kittitas County Public Health Department for an appointment today! These vaccines are 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 Early Learning Coalition Named as 2017 Public Health Champion 04/17/2017
The Kittitas County Board of Health Advisory Committee (BOHAC) is pleased to announce that the Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition will be awarded the 2017 annual Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award. The award is in recognition of the coalition’s work to improve the health and success of young children and their families. The award will be presented during the Kittitas County Board of Health meeting on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 2:00 pm in the Commissioners’ Auditorium of the Kittitas County Courthouse. The meeting, located at 205 W 5th Avenue, Ellensburg is open to the public.
County Auditor's Office Closure 04/21/2017
County Auditor's Office will be closed Monday, April 24th, until 1:00 pm,
Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program Accepting Applications for Funding and Qualified Providers 04/07/2017
The Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program is currently accepting submissions for our Request for Proposals (RFP) for Information and Education funds as well as responses to our Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Professional Services for Employment and Day Program Services. The RFP and RFQ documents can be found at
National Public Health Week 04/05/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) recognizes National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 3-9, 2017, as a time to highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Each year, NPHW focuses its efforts on a different theme, and this year’s focus is becoming the healthiest nation by 2030.
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