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Kittitas County implemented a moratorium on new commercial solar facilities in January 2017. Because of the moratorium, TUUSSO applied for permission to build through the state instead. A group of community members has been meeting to develop new county rules that will be reviewed by the county's ...
Last January, Kittitas County commissioners ignored their own zoning regulations and rejected Iron Horse, a 4.5-megawatt solar project. The Board of County Commissioners overrode recommendations from its planning staff and an independent hearing examiner citing preservation of “rural character,” an ...

Cziske, tax collection deputy, has worked in the treasurer's office since March 2015. She will run as a Republican. Current Treasurer Brett Wachsmith plans to run for Kittitas County commissioner. “The opportunity was presented to me when Brett Wachsmith decided to run for commissioner,” Cziske said.
The Kittitas Public Utility District will increase electric rates 3.6 percent this month following rate increases by Bonneville Power Administration. Shan Rowbotham, president of the PUD board of commissioners, said that the PUD has been facing the challenge of balancing distribution system improvements ...
Kittitas County, Wash. (KING5) - Dramatic new video shows the rescue and treatment of two men caught in an avalanche in Kittitas County. Kyle Ottwell, 26, and Ryan Journey, 27, were rescued Saturday when the avalanche hit them while snowmobiling on Saturday about 1:30 p.m. Two other men died in ...
KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash.. -- Two snowmobile riders from Pierce County were killed and a third was seriously injured Saturday in an avalanche. One of those killed was a veteran Bonney Lake police officer. Another was an Air Force veteran for a love of the outdoors. The city of Bonney Lake identified the police officer as ...

Darwin Wray, co-owner of Wray Electric, top, fastens a solar panel to the roof of a breezeway as trainee Loren Farnsworth holds another panel in place while the pair instals 20 solar panels at Wesley United Methodist Church in Yakima, Wash., Friday, April 8, 2016. The project is part of a Pacific Power Blue ...
KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash.. -- Two snowmobile riders from Pierce County were killed and a third was seriously injured Saturday in an avalanche. One of those killed was a veteran Bonney Lake police officer. Another was an Air Force veteran for a love of the outdoors. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office said the avalanche ...
Two snowmobilers died and two others were injured when an avalanche swept down a slope near Esmeralda Peak in Kittitas County on Saturday morning, authorities said. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office said crews responded to the area before noon Saturday in response to an avalanche report and ...
The Yakima office is in the process of obtaining office space in Ellensburg outside of the Kittitas County Prosecutor's Office. Until that happens, the existing support enforcement staff in Kittitas County will remain housed in the Kittitas office, and all mail should continue to be addressed to the Family Support ...
Local fire and building officials are raising concerns about using fire-resistant paint as an alternative to non-combustible building materials in county code. Kittitas County commissioners met with staff and fire officials on Monday about the use of the paint under the county's Wildland-Urban Interface Code.
MARCH 1, 2018 HEADLINES – Northern Kittitas County Tribune ... LETTERS: WSP And Kittitas Sheriff traffic control choices, Rebuttal to 2/22/18 2nd amendment letter, Armed citizens/Kittitas County Militias, Ignorant Joy, Guns do not operate themselves, Irag Vet says arming teachers is a terrible idea.
KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- A 32-year-old Issaquah man died when five Western Washington snowmobiler were swept in an avalanche near Stampede Pass area Sunday. The group of friends stopped for lunch near Mirror Lake when the slope above them broke free. When the slide stopped three people ...
Wachsmith said Wednesday he plans to file for commissioner Position 3, which is now held by Obie O'Brien. Terms for treasurer and commissioner are both four years. The treasurer seat also is up for election this year. Kittitas County has three elected commissioners who oversee county government.
Requests for educational programs and operations levies passed in Ellensburg, Damman, Thorp, Kittitas and Easton. Voters also approved school technology levies in Kittitas and Thorp, according to unofficial results. Turnout as of Tuesday night was 32 percent, with more ballots to be counted on Thursday ...
No more dogs running loose: Kittitas County implements new dog law ... Kittitas County commissioners adopted a new dog control ordinance as part of comprehensive plan docket changes at the end of 2017. ... Enforcement of the new rules will be handled through the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
The rule of supply and demand is having its way with the Kittitas County housing market, according to the monthly report from the Northwest Multiple ... The median price for homes sold in Kittitas County in January was $309,950 — a 24 percent increase from homes sold in January in 2017 ($249,950).

A water-use bill approved by the state Legislature last month will have a limited impact in Kittitas County, but people who need to install a water meter could benefit. The state Supreme Court's 2016 Hirst decision halted development in some parts of the state when it determined that counties were not ...
Voters will decide whether to form a port district in Kittitas County on April 24. Kittitas County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to place the issue on the ballot after hearing from community members. About 20 people attended a public hearing at the Armory. Jim Armstrong and Ann ...
OLYMPIA (AP) — The information of thousands of people who thought they were registered to vote when getting a new driver's license after a name change did not make it to the voter rolls due a software error that officials at the Department of Licensing say may have been an issue since 2006. Officials at ...
Before Jim Nale retired to Ellensburg and became chairperson of Kittitas County Search and Rescue, he worked as a bay supervisor for King County transit and lived in Issaquah. Nale had a couple of life experiences that ultimately impacted his decision to join search and rescue. Most notably, one of his ...
as part of the Kittitas County Historical Museum's annual lecture series March 29. Zentner's lecture will cover such topics as why there are not large amounts of dinosaur bones in the region, whether Washington had a fault like California's San Andreas Fault and are the oldest rocks in the Pacific Northwest ...
Frankly Speaking: Po-tay-toes, Po-tah-toes, Scalloped or Au Gratin, Which is your fave? COMMUNITY: Eidemiller, Knox crowned Eagles Sweetheart Ball King and Queen- (Photo); Community rallies around Amanda Heins and her daughters; Pangrazi gifts Lloyd Olson Scholarship Fund $1,000; Matheson ...
Requests for educational programs and operations levies passed in Ellensburg, Damman, Thorp, Kittitas and Easton. Voters also approved school technology levies in Kittitas and Thorp, according to unofficial results. Turnout as of Tuesday night was 32 percent, with more ballots to be counted on Thursday ...
No more dogs running loose: Kittitas County implements new dog law ... Kittitas County commissioners adopted a new dog control ordinance as part of comprehensive plan docket changes at the end of 2017. ... Enforcement of the new rules will be handled through the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office.
The rule of supply and demand is having its way with the Kittitas County housing market, according to the monthly report from the Northwest Multiple ... The median price for homes sold in Kittitas County in January was $309,950 — a 24 percent increase from homes sold in January in 2017 ($249,950).
A water-use bill approved by the state Legislature last month will have a limited impact in Kittitas County, but people who need to install a water meter could benefit. The state Supreme Court's 2016 Hirst decision halted development in some parts of the state when it determined that counties were not ...
Voters will decide whether to form a port district in Kittitas County on April 24. Kittitas County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to place the issue on the ballot after hearing from community members. About 20 people attended a public hearing at the Armory. Jim Armstrong and Ann ...
OLYMPIA (AP) — The information of thousands of people who thought they were registered to vote when getting a new driver's license after a name change did not make it to the voter rolls due a software error that officials at the Department of Licensing say may have been an issue since 2006. Officials at ...
The following people were booked in Kittitas County Jail from Feb. 1-2 (Bail and arresting agency information not available for all bookings):. n A 23-year-old Tacoma man was arrested by Ellensburg Police officers for failure to appear in court for being a minor in possession. Bail $5,000. n A 35-year-old ...
The Shady Acres Homeowners' Association filed a lawsuit this week to prevent Kittitas County from demolishing or closing the Shady Acres mobile home park in Ellensburg. The complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the state's Eastern District alleges the county is violating the federal Fair Housing Act and ...
Kittitas County Auditor Jerry Pettit has been appointed to a national Standards Board that is part of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Pettit was recommended by the president of the Washington State Association of County Auditors and appointed by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
HopeSource provided 65 in-home assessments in 2017 and completed 23 home weatherization projects in Kittitas County, he said. Gonzalez thinks that people don't think they deserve or are eligible for assistance and that prevents them from asking for help. “A lot of times we think 'why would they help me ...
Shady Acres Homeowners filed a legal complaint against Kittitas County, who purchased the mobile home to create more RV parking for the Kittitas County Event Center and Rodeo. Staff Attorney Meredith Bruch says if this were to happen, many people will have to search for affordable housing outside of the county.
With the Relay For Life of Kittitas County's dissolving, how do you feel about talk of its evolving into efforts to fight cancer with proceeds staying LOCAL? That's great, I've always thought it should be that way. The national organization does great work, but this gives a silver lining to the end of Relay. Other:.
Karuna Berryman relies on wood for heat at her home in Mill Pond Mobile Manor near Ellensburg, but says it's been harder to find seasoned wood these days. Seasoned wood is firewood that's been dried. It's more efficient to burn and better for the environment. Buying seasoned wood in “the last 10 years ...
Before Jim Nale retired to Ellensburg and became chairperson of Kittitas County Search and Rescue, he worked as a bay supervisor for King County transit and lived in Issaquah. Nale had a couple of life experiences that ultimately impacted his decision to join search and rescue. Most notably, one of his ...
People eager to begin gardening are invited to attend an educational event on Feb. 7 about extending the growing season in Kittitas County. Local gardening groups are putting together the session, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Center. A panel of county growers experienced in raising plants ...
KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - A Badger Pocket resident phoned 9-1-1 when he heard someone kicking in the door to his home about 1:20 a.m. this morning. The suspects fled when the homeowner turned on the lights and yelled at them. Deputies responded to the area where another resident reported seeing ...
The Kittitas County Public Health Department will work with King County emergency management to notify residents and work with food establishments in the area. Cases of bottled water are available at the Snoqualmie Pass Fire Department for full-time residents, Hastings said. Residents who are unable ...
A Kittitas County jury is deliberating the case of a Snohomish man accused of stabbing another man during an altercation in Ellensburg in 2016. Attorneys presented closing statements on Wednesday in the trial of Scott Newsom, 21, of Snohomish. Newsom is accused of assaulting Cory Rowe during a ...
With the Relay For Life of Kittitas County's dissolving, how do you feel about talk of its evolving into efforts to fight cancer with proceeds staying LOCAL? That's great, I've always thought it should be that way. The national organization does great work, but this gives a silver lining to the end of Relay. Other:.
Kittitas County, WA – 01/25/2018 – The Snoqualmie Pass Utility District water system is under a boil water advisory due to a leak in the system. Water may be contaminated within the Snoqualmie Pass Utility District, which affects the following areas: Summit and Village, Alpental, Yellowstone, Conifer, and Hyak. When there ...
Kittitas County Fire District 7 has hired nine, paid, full-time firefighters, a first for the agency. Kyle Eisele, Erika Krahmer, Rachael Malcolm, Travis McCarthy, Thomas Mosiman, Evan Pearson, Spencer Schwiesow, Daniel Stokes, and Chandler VanAmen had their first day on Monday. The fire district, which ...
Flu cases are picking up in Kittitas County, and local health care providers are encouraging people to get a flu shot if they haven't already. There were 16 positive flu cases out of 50 tests from Jan. 7-13 at the Kittitas Valley Healthcare lab. Last week, from Jan. 14-20, there were 13 cases out of 53 tests, ...
The royal court was selected by 26 judges, including the Ellensburg Rodeo board of directors, and representatives from 11 allied organizations such as the Ellensburg Rodeo Posse, Rotary Club, Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame, Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, Kittitas County Cattlemen's Association ...
Closer to home, Trump's presidency has made waves in Kittitas County as well. Marlene Pfeifer, Chairman of the Kittitas County Republican Party, was not a Trump supporter prior to Trump winning the nomination, but wholeheartedly supported him once it became clear he was the Republican candidate.
A 24-year-old Ellensburg man faces first degree murder charges for the death of former Sequim resident Stephanie Curtis. Kittitas County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit announced Wednesday, Jan. 17, they arrested Christopher Almaral in the early morning after seizing a handgun allegedly linked to the ...
Christopher Almaral is escorted from the courtroom after a first appearance hearing before Superior Court Judge Scott R. Sparks at the Kittitas County Courthouse, Wednesday. Almaral is accused in the shooting death of Stephanie Curtis, whose body was found in the Yakima Canyon earlier this month.
It is likely that Kittitas County residents will vote to establish a port district in April. Port organizers gathered enough signatures (880) to petition the Kittitas County commissioners to place the issue on the April 24 ballot. The commissioners still need to set a public hearing for comment before voting to ...


 

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