Thumbs: Down to relying on marijuana revenue

March 11, 2017 GMT

Thumbs down to relying on marijuana revenue

Thumbs down to the state of Washington for having to depend on the marijuana tax to help with their budget. What did you do before it was legal? Where are the schools that are benefiting from these taxes? And where are roads being fixed? Certainly not here in Ellensburg. Who is keeping track of all this and who is held accountable for the distribution? There should be other ways of managing the budget.

— Erika Franklin

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Thumbs up to weekend of music


This is one of the biggest weekends of winter quarter for the Central Washington University music program. Jazz Band I, II and III will perform beginning at 4 p.m. today at the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. At 4 p.m. Sunday in the Concert Hall the CWU Symphony performs its winter concert. This is an opportunity to watch some amazing student musicians perform and is just one of the added benefits of living in Ellensburg.

Thumbs up to Kittitas parade

A parade celebrating the successes of the Kittitas High School boys basketball team and the Kittitas High School wrestling team will be held at 2 p.m. today in downtown Kittitas. The basketball team thrilled fans with a state title victory last weekend and the wrestling team concluded another successful season with a seventh-place finish at state in February. This has been a fantastic winter for Kittitas sports and the parade is a great way to come together to celebrate.

Thumbs up to snowmelt

Patches of ground and pavement that have not been seen since before holiday season are reappearing all over Kittitas County as our persistent, lingering snow and ice cover begins to melt under the onslaught of mid-40 degree temperatures. Of course there was that snowstorm in middle of the week, but in general the trend seems to be pointing toward spring. According to the forecast, temperatures are supposed to top 50 next week. The warming trend is welcome as long as it does not lead to flooding.

Thumbs up to remembering to turn clocks forward

In yet another indication of seasonal change, we “spring forward” this weekend by turning our clocks ahead an hour sometime before going to bed tonight. Those of you with good memories will recall that we turned the clocks back an hour last fall. We’re just making up for lost time now.

Thumbs up to St. Patrick’s Day


Kittitas County does not have a large Irish population but that does not stop the community from celebrating St. Patrick’s. Instead of settling for the cliched pint of Guinness on Friday, take the time to explore Ireland’s greatest export — its writers. Ireland did not stop producing writers with Joyce, Swift, Wilde et. al. There is a long-list of notable contemporary writers from the island as well, from Roddy Doyle to Tana French to Colum McCann. So grab a good book to celebrate Irish culture. If you want to get a jump-start on the holiday there is a St. Patrick’s Day Community Celebration staring at noon today at the Hal Holmes Community Center.

Thumbs up to March Madness

The seasons are over for the University of Washington and Washington State University men’s basketball teams but there’s still reason to follow college basketball into its most exciting month of the season. The Gonzaga men’s team seems likely to earn a No. 1 seed in the tournament. On the women’s side, the UW team remains alive and features Kelsey Plum, the leading scorer in the history of women’s college basketball. And if you’re really looking a cool bandwagon to jump, check out the Whitman College men’s basketball team which is undefeated on the season (29-0) and in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III men’s tournament. There is plenty of exciting basketball still to be found.