ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — More than a thousand people, including hundreds of law enforcement officers, gathered Thursday at a memorial service for a Washington state sheriff's deputy who was killed...
Memorial service for sheriff’s deputy set for Thursday
ELLENSBURG, Wash (AP) — A memorial service for slain Kittitas County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Thompson will be held Thursday afternoon on the campus of Central Washington University in...
Road rage suspect who killed deputy was in US illegally
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The road rage suspect who killed a sheriff's deputy, wounded a police officer and died in a central Washington state shootout this week was living in the United States...
The Latest: Man who killed deputy was in US illegally
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a sheriff's deputy killed in Washington state (all times local):
The federal government says the man who killed a sheriff's deputy and...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy was killed in central Washington state and a police officer was shot and wounded after they exchanged gunfire with a road rage driving suspect, authorities...
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on shooting that killed a Washington state sheriff's deputy (all times local):
Authorities have identified a Washington state sheriff's...
Man sentenced to 10 years for watching child porn on bus
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A man who previously was the first child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to watching...
CWU Ellensburg campus secure after active shooter report
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Police say all buildings have been secured on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg after a report of an active shooter.
Central Washington University police said on Twitter at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday that there was a report of a shooter in the area of Lind Hall.
University police said at about 7:10 p.m. that all buildings had been secured and that the campus was safe.
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Man dies in small plane crash near Ellensburg
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a 75-year-old man died in a twin-engine plane crash just outside Ellensburg.
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says the crash was reported just before 5 p.m. Thursday by a farm owner who said a small plane had crashed into a field.
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Embattled lawmaker submits resignation letter
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Rep. Matt Manweller has submitted a letter of resignation and will vacate his seat next month at the start of the legislative session.
The Ellensburg Republican, who had been pressured to step down amid a series of allegations of sexual misconduct, had previously said he would step down if he was re-elected. He received 61 percent of the vote in November.
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2 university students dead in accidental shooting, suicide
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Two Central Washington University students have died in what police say was an accidental shooting followed by a suicide.
Ellensburg Police spokesman Capt. Dan Hansberry said Friday that officers responded at about 8:50 p.m. Thursday to a report of two gunshot victims at a house in Ellensburg.
Washington governor OK’s solar project in Kittitas County
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has approved a new solar energy project in central Washington.
Seattle-based Tuusso Energy sought a permit from the state to build photovoltaic facilities at five locations encompassing about 200 acres of farmland in Kittitas County.
The Columbia Solar project is expected to generate about 25 megawatts of power, or enough to power about 5,000 homes.
2 killed in motorhome crash on I-90
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Two people - including a 6-year-old girl - were killed and six others were critically injured when a motorhome crashed off an I-90 overpass and went into a creek near Ellensburg.
KOMO reports the 40-foot motorhome and trailer were heading west on I-90 just before 3:30 p.m. Monday when it suffered a blown tire and the driver lost control
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An outside investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct by a state lawmaker in his role as a professor at Central Washington University has been completed, but university officials said the report won't be released until the internal investigation concludes.
Wildfire closes Interstate 90 near Kittitas
KITTITAS, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have closed Interstate 90 east of Ellensburg because of a fast-moving brush fire.
The Washington State Patrol says the now-named Boylston fire was reported at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday seven miles (11 kilometers) east of Kittitas.
Trooper Brian Moore says the fire jumped the median to the westbound side of the interstate. Traffic was being diverted in both directions.
RANDLE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Lewis County have arrested two suspects after investigators searching for a missing teen found his body buried in a shallow grave.
Lewis County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that a 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man had been arrested by state troopers on Interstate 90 in Ellensburg. They're being held on investigation of murder.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — The Kittitas County Planning Commission has recommended prohibiting commercial solar facilities from prime agricultural farmland.
The Ellensburg Record reports that the planning commission will present its recommendation to county commissioners, who will make a final decision on new regulations.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have conducted an additional search of the area where the remains of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum were found last year.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that melted snow allowed for the area in Kittitas County to be searched again on Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) — After decades of growing alfalfa, Timothy hay and other crops, Jeff and Jackie Brunson want to lease part of their farm to a Seattle-based solar-power developer.
Not a popular move. Neighbors and other county residents don't want the green of summer fields transformed into a black expanse of photovoltaic panels.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — An Ellensburg School District coach has been arrested on alleged sexual misconduct with a high school student.
The Ellensburg Police Department said on Facebook Wednesday that an investigation determined that a 26-year-old male coach had been in an inappropriate relationship with a female student since late 2016.
Man pleads not guilty to Yakima River Canyon shooting death
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of a woman whose body was found in the Yakima River Canyon.
The Yakima Herald reports that 24-year-old Christopher Almaral pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Stephanie Curtis.
Kittitas County Sheriff Office investigators say the 34-year-old Curtis had been found dead Jan. 7 with two gunshot wounds.
Embattled lawmaker ordered to stay away from students
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Central Washington University records show a state lawmaker who is also a professor has been barred from contacting past or present students while the school investigates allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Lawmaker resigns leadership post amid harassment allegations
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A state lawmaker who is facing scrutiny over past allegations of sexual harassment was removed Thursday from his ranking member position on a House committee, and resigned his position as assistant floor leader.
Don’t know what to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered; here are this week’s top picks for entertainment in the Yakima Valley.
Thanks For Your Leftovers
Noon-5 p.m. Friday; Redifer Brewing Co., 123 E. Yakima Ave. in Yakima; free (though the beer is not); www.facebook.com/rediferbrewing, 509-424-3400
Body found in car in Yakima River
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — The body of a 51-year-old man was found in the back seat of a car in the Yakima River in central Washington.
Thea Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( http://bit.ly/2w7SyId ) that the Kittitas County Coroner's Office identified the man as Joseph Langdon. Coroner Nick Henderson said he did not have information immediately available on Langdon's hometown.
As the East Valley volleyball team looked on while Ellensburg warmed up, the Red Devils began to murmur to each other about what they had gotten themselves into.
Junior setter and outside hitter Tia Andaya nearly destroyed one of the legs of the volleyball carrier during her first warm-up kill. Sophomore outside hitter Payton Lyyski stepped up and crushed another volleyball.
September Audubon program focuses on bird evolution
Over the years, Washington state has hosted 515 species of birds — everything from the largest swans (with wingspans of seven feet) to the tiniest songbirds (bushtits with a wingspan of six inches). Some of our birds are so dull they have almost no color at all, though their voices can be very sweet (warbling vireos are a good example). Other birds croak like frogs but glisten like gems (wood ducks).
The county discussed three top sites for a new waste transfer station at a community meeting on Wednesday — a cement plant site off of I-90, a site at Bowers Field Airport, and a site on Tjossem Road.
To the Editor:
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nicole Klauss and I’m running for Ellensburg City Council, Position No. 7. I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council in May 2017, and I’d like the opportunity to serve our community for another two years.
I work in marketing for Iron Horse Brewery and up until I was appointed, worked for the Ellensburg Daily Record as a news reporter. One of my main beats was covering the city of Ellensburg and the Ellensburg City Council.
Paul Arley Harrel
Paul Arley Harrel died September 7, 2017 in Thorp. Paul was born July 21, 1924 in Ellensburg. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 23, at 11:00 a.m. at Mercer Creek, full obituary to follow. Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory, Ellensburg.
Kerry Parker Kerry Parker passed away on September 10th, 2017 surrounded by family in his home by the lake in Monroe, WA. Kerry was born June 26, 1937 in Seattle to John and Esther Parker in the Rainier Valley. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1956. Kerry worked for Boeing then became a mechanic at University Chevrolet in Seattle. Kerry served 8 years in the Naval Reserves. His hobby was racing outboard hydroplanes. Kerry and Sharon (Haralson) married in Ellensburg 1963. Following...
Lyle Gardinier, 59, died July 11, 2017 in Ellensburg. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017, at Mercer Creek Church, 1407 N B Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
The Ellensburg City Council last week postponed a discussion about possibly studying the old YMCA building on Water Street for use as a community center.
In June the city began looking at using the former YMCA building as a multi-age community center. The first step was to be an agreement with the building’s owner to provide access for a feasibility study.
Council members paused efforts last month, saying they wanted to have more discussion with all Council members present.
The Kittitas County Historical Museum is hosting guided walking tours of local “haunted” legends this fall, according to a news release.
The free tours started earlier this month and are offered weekly through October. They start at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at the museum, 114 E. Third Ave., in downtown Ellensburg.
During the event, tour guides discuss true stories of crime and mayhem from firsthand accounts and local lore and legend.
The Ellensburg School District will seek input on its search for a new superintendent at meetings next week, according to information from the district.
Meetings are planned with district employees, students, parents, teachers and community members. McPherson and Jacobson consultants are assisting with the search.
After Ellensburg High School girls soccer’s 5-0 win over Quincy High School Tuesday afternoon, head coach Kyle Hatch huddled his team together, grabbed a clipboard, began drawing what they needed to improve. He reminded his players they are not playing in a gym anymore.
Hatch was referring to tight spacing out on the field that hurt their tactics and shape at times. The team has been playing inside because of wildfire smoke this month.
Volleyball roundup: Ellensburg and Kittitas win; Cle Elum-Roslyn loses to Naches Valley
Ellensburg volleyball sweeps Wapato
The Ellensburg High School volleyball team swept Wapato, 25-14, 25-6, 25-14 for the first win of the season.
Junior Tia Andaya led the team with 13 kills, 11 assists and five digs while Grace Oldham had six kills, six digs and two aces. Payton Lyyski and Rose Vasquez also had four kills a piece.
The Bulldogs continue their season on Friday when they host East Valley High School. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
William Louis Schaake III
William Louis Schaake III, age 87, of Ellensburg, passed away on September 8, 2017 at Hearthstone Cottage in Ellensburg. Cremation services have been arranged by Neptune Society – Spokane.
When the hosts of “Waiting for Toast” on Ellensburg Community Radio hop on the mic, it’s easy to imagine no one is listening. No one except Lucia Valverde’s mom.
“My mom is always listening,” Valverde said with a laugh. “We know that.”
The show is hosted by Valverde and her fellow Ellensburg High School classmates Meredith Nover, Cyril Stanford and Macenna Perez and airs at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Temperatures in Ellensburg were warmer than normal during the month of August. On 16 days, the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. It was at least 100 degrees on three days, according to the National Weather Service.
The average temperature was 72 degrees, 3.9 degrees above normal. High temperatures averaged 90.1 degrees, 6.3 degrees above normal. The highest was 100 degrees on Aug. 10.
Here are the winners for the 2017 Ellensburg Rodeo Parade. Awards were based on originality, creativity and overall appearance.