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Homicide Suspect Arrested 01/17/2018
Detectives from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit have arrested 25 year old Christopher Almaral of Ellensburg for the murder of Stephanie Curtis.
Kittitas County Public Health Champion Award 01/17/2018
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.
Potential site added to list of sites being considered for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station 01/16/2018
Kittitas County has added a new site, named the US 97/Old Highway 10 site, to the list of sites currently being considered for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station.
Deputy Graduates Taking Top Honor 01/08/2018
On Friday January 5th, Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Harris graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center's Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
Business targeted in new scam 01/03/2018
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office responded to two fraud complaints targeting local businesses. The scammers posed as a Sheriff's Deputy. The callers attempted to extort funds by claiming they owned money to the federal courts via a summons.
Progress being made on selecting a site for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station 12/15/2017
Progress being made on selecting a site for the new Ellensburg Transfer Station
Superior Court Case Management Changes Coming 12/11/2017
KITTITAS COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT & COUNTY CLERK TO
IMPLEMENT STATE’S NEW CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Please Be Aware of Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County 12/11/2017
According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is under an air stagnation advisory, which may result in changing air quality conditions. The air stagnation advisory is expected to continue through Thursday, December 14. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
County Seeks Volunteers For River Access Plan Development 11/22/2017
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Kittitas County Commissioners are accepting applications from residents interested in helping to develop a plan for improving access to the Yakima River in Kittitas County. The county recently signed a contract with Beckwith Consulting to work directly with a citizen advisory committee to create the plan. Beckwith Consulting previously assisted the county in creating its Event Center Strategic Plan, Tourism Infrastructure Plan, and Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.
Progress Update for the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) 11/21/2017
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) process is underway! 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 this year. The Community Health Assessment is a collaborative process with over twenty partners from various agencies participating. The process is collaborative as well as comprehensive, with four assessments falling under the CHA process: Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, Local Public Health System Assessment, Community Health Status Assessment, and Forces of Change Assessment. For each assessment area, committees have been formed and are working to compile information about what affects the health of Kittitas County.
Community Development Services Releases Annual Docket Amendments to Kittitas County Code 11/09/2017
Kittitas County is considering amendments to its Development Regulations through the annual “Docket” process. The County accepted annual amendment requests through June 30, 2017 for consideration by the Kittitas County Planning Commission and the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners. The amendments must be consistent with the Growth Management Act and other applicable state laws, applicable countywide planning policies, and the goals, policies, and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
Fairview Road to be Closed Tuesday November 7th and Wednesday November 8th 2017 11/02/2017
Fairview Road will be closed Tuesday November 7th and Wednesday November 8th 2017 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The closures will be placed at the intersection of Fairview Road and Rader Road, and at the intersection of Fairview Road and Brick Mill Road. Local traffic only will be allowed around the closures as the road will be impassable in the vicinity of Coleman Creek, (approximately 0.20 miles north of Brick Mill Road and 0.70 miles South of Rader Road).
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Health Order Code 10/30/2017
On October 19, 2017, the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved an amendment to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13.75 Health Order. The amended code was effective immediately.
Bar 14 Road to be Closed Indefinitely Monday October 30th 2017 10/26/2017
Work to prepare for the removal of the Bar 14 Road Bridge over Naneum Creek will begin on Monday October 30th, 2017. This will also include construction of side channels, ditch maintenance, and other work required to prepare for Naneum creek channel grading to remove debris buildup. Public Works anticipates receiving the required environmental permits for the creek channel grading by November 6th, 2017. Once the permits are received and if weather permits channel grading will begin.
Kittitas County Approves Updates to Public Health Fee Schedule 10/20/2017
On September 21, 2017 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 2017. The changes went into effect immediately.
2017 Second Half Property Taxes Due 10/18/2017
Property owners in Kittitas County have until Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to pay the second half of their 2017 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.
Kittitas County CDS to Host Community Open House Regarding Solar Facilities Siting Criteria and Mitgation Measures 10/17/2017
Upcoming Community Open House
Washington State Department of Agriculture Suspends License for Pride and Joy Dairy 10/09/2017
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has suspended the license for Pride and Joy Dairy. As a result, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind retailers to remove all Pride & Joy Dairy organic retail raw milk from sale. Additionally, KCPHD wants consumers to be aware that all Pride & Joy Dairy organize retail raw milk should not be purchased or consumed.
Kittitas County Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month 10/09/2017
Kittitas County Developmental Disabilities Program announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."
Teanaway River Fire Update 10/07/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has canceled evacuation notices for residents affected by the Teanaway River fire that started yesterday. Under State Mobilization authorization, the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team has taken over command of the fire, which is estimated at 250 acres.