Brandon Lewis, operations branch director for the Jolly Mountain Fire, said the perfect understory fire strikes a delicate balance between speed and efficiency.
Understory fires are just one of the methods crews are using to combat the fires like Jolly Mountain in Upper Kittitas County. These small, controlled burns snuff out underbrush and other natural elements that could fuel a fire, but leave the tree line intact.
It’s meat making season again. And I always hear some great stories.
Young homey asked about our September trip to Wyoming. Valley Huntmaster Steve Kiesel and I are heading to Sheridan for our annual antelope and deer hunt. Son-in-law Chris will again drive up from Denver and Son James — wild hog slayer — will make his way from his new location outside Boise. We generally take an antelope doe apiece and a white-tailed doe or two. Homey wondered how much actual meat we made on our annual journey.
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.
Fire is still a big deal
n Access to recreation areas in the Teanaway, Salmon la Sac and around Lake Cle Elum is restricted because of the Jolly Mountain Fire. Check before you go. The Jack Creek Fire is affecting recreation in the Leavenworth area, including Colchuck Lake, Eightmile and the Stuart Lake basins. The Norse Peak Fire is affecting recreation around Bumping Lake and in the Naches Ranger District.
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).
Soccer roundup: Ellensburg girls soccer shut out; CWU ties Fresno Pacific
Cascade shuts out Ellensburg girls soccer 5-0
The Ellensburg High School girls soccer team was shut out by Cascade High School 5-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Cascade scored two goals that were two minutes apart in the 16th and 18th minutes and added one more in the 38th minute. In the second half they added two more in the 61st and 75th minutes.
Ellensburg heads to Selah to play the Vikings on Saturday with kickoff at noon.
Karen J. McLean, 802 E. Washington Ave., Ellensburg, WA passed away September 6, 2017, on her 83 birthday after a long hard fought battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A memorial service will be held on October 8, 2017 at 1:30pm at First Lutheran Church, 512 N. Ruby, Ellensburg, WA. Karen was born September 6, 1934 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to the Harold and Gertrude Zager. Karen married Glen McLean May 10, 1957 in Wisconsin Rapids. They moved to Ellensburg in 1965 so Glen could work for the...
It’s not how you start, but instead how you finish.
Especially when facing a nationally ranked opponent sitting in the top 10.
Central Washington’s volleyball team watched as No. 10 Western Washington (7-2, 1-0) rallied off three straight sets to win 3-1 (25-19, 17-25, 18-25, 19-25) Thursday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
“The difference was Western’s defense,” said CWU head coach Mario Andaya. “We took some big shots against them and they dug them (out).”
Jolly Mountain Fire impacts Upper County businesses
The Jolly Mountain Fire looks as it could go into the history books with the remarkable bottom line of no lives lost and no structures lost, but that does not mean that losses won’t be tabulated in the Upper County.
“It’s impacted us greatly. It’s been really, really slow,” said Randi Najar, general manager of The Brick. “It’s like winter business, except it isn’t winter.”
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.
As evacuation levels are lowered in some areas and lifted in others, and as progress continues to be made on battling the Jolly Mountain Fire, it is worth taking a moment to determine what it means to “successfully” fight a wildland fire.
By two critical measurements the effort is an unmitigated success — no lives have been lost and no structures destroyed.
Police | Kittcom received the following calls from Sept. 13-14 (calls are made to the 911 line and the non-emergency business line):
• There was a report of a dog being attacked by two other dogs on Manastash Ridge.
• Medication reportedly was stolen on North Oakes Avenue.
• There was a report of a blue Chevy van parked in a lot with an oil leak under it on West Washington Avenue and South Pearl.
• There was a report of a gas leak on Big Hill Drive.
The county will have a public hearing next week on changes to water and sewer policies, according to a news release.
The hearing is at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21 at the commissioners' auditorium in the courthouse. Revisions cover the following areas:
Artwork from two plein air painters is on exhibit at Basecamp Books and Bites in Roslyn through the end of October, according to a news release.
Artists Catherine Gill and Tim Fowler work in the outdoors using a direct observation of the landscape to guide their process.
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.
No one was hurt and no cars were damaged when a birch tree fell on Central Washington University’s campus on Wednesday.
The tree fell in front of Lind Hall at 3 p.m. next to University Way, briefly blocking traffic. It was cleared within 15 minutes, said Kremiere Jackson, vice president of public affairs.
At this point, it is unclear why the tree toppled, she said.
Playwright George Bernard Shaw was vehemently opposed to a musical version of his 1912 social class comedy “Pygmalion.”
“I absolutely forbid any such outrage,” Shaw said, declaring “Pygmalion” was good enough with its own “verbal music.”
Thursday fire update: More people allowed home; containment at 25 percent
Containment on the Jolly Mountain Fire has grown to 25 percent, with residents around the southern side of Lake Cle Elum allowed back home on Wednesday.
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center reduced the town of Ronald and the city of Roslyn to a Level 1 advisory (be aware) on Wednesday, according to a news release. The reduction also includes the area south of Roslyn to the Bullfrog Road roundabout and the Cle Elum Ridge area.
CWU’s Jojo Hillel shows selflessness by moving from quarterback to wide receiver
Central Washington sophomore Jojo Hillel has always played quarterback.
He played while growing up. He played while attending Mount Si High School. He even played last season for the Wildcats.
That all changed before the start of fall camp.
Hillel was approached by Central Washington head coach Ian Shoemaker about an idea he was pondering about moving Hillel to wide receiver.
Tough non-league schedule prepares CWU volleyball for No. 10 Western Washington
To say that Central Washington’s volleyball team has had a challenging schedule to start the season might be considered an understatement.
The Wildcats have already faced the 2014 National Champion, University of Tampa, the No. 1 team in the country, Concordia-St. Paul and West Region rival Azusa Pacific.
But Central Washington will have to wait to take a break. It kicks off its GNAC conference schedule by hosting No. 10 Western Washington tonight at Nicholson Pavilion.
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...
Blotter Sept 12-13: Water over roadway and stolen tractor
Police | Kittcom received the following calls from Sept. 12-13 (calls are made to the 911 line and the non-emergency business line):
• There was a report of water over roadway on East Helena Avenue and North Airport Road.
• A John Deere tractor reportedly was stolen on West Bender Road and Reecer Creek.
• There was a report of a two-vehicle collision on East Capitol Avenue with no injuries.
• A hit and run was reported on West University Way.
Letter: College of Presidents is setting a bad example
To the Editor:
I find it especially disheartening that the Council of Presidents representing the state colleges have signed onto lawlessness within our borders. By opposing President Trump's repeal of DACA they are in fact condoning illegal entry into the United States. Even President Obama stated his action to create DACA was illegal (see Spakovsky column Sept. 11) and Trump's action conforms with the law.
Roslyn approves contracts to fund emergency fire break
The Roslyn City Council approved four contracts Tuesday night to help fund a fire break north of town, which was constructed earlier this month.
After 40 years of what at times seemed like an unresolvable issue, the Aquavella water adjudication case for the Yakima Basin is coming to a close.
From a point of high contention with feuding factions, the region has advanced to a point where it is now seen as a role model for resolving water rights issues.
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.
Evacuation levels lowered; Ronald and Roslyn move to a Level 1 advisory
Evacuation notices have been lowered around the Jolly Mountain Fire, with some people on the southern end of Lake Cle Elum allowed back home today, according to a news release from the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.
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.
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Tickets are available for next month’s Mountain Ale Festival in Roslyn, according to information from the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.
The annual beer tasting event is from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Roslyn Yard off Pennsylvania Avenue.
The event features beer from around Central Washington and live music.
Teanaway residents Teresa and Mike Borkan were among those able to return home on Tuesday after getting approval from the county's Emergency Operations Center and firefighters working on the Jolly Mountain Fire.
They were instructed to evacuate on Aug. 30, and slept in their camper in Cle Elum until the evacuation order was lifted.
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.
In Tuesday's A1 story about Ellensburg Community Radio, the show's name was incorrect. The show is called "It's a Science."
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.
This week’s Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee is canceled because of the Jolly Mountain Fire.
The next meeting is from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum.
The advisory committee has been working on recreation plans for the community forest. The forest is currently closed to the public because of the fire.
Kittitas football overcomes mistakes to defeat Highland 24-6
KITTITAS — Canceled practices, changed schedules, first-game jitters. It’s easy to expect the production on the gridiron to be flawed in the first game. However, Kittitas High School's football team rose above the miscues to claim its season-opening victory at home with a 24-6 decision over visiting Highland.
Dee Strausbaugh Dee Ellis Strausbaugh, a longtime resident of the Kittitas Valley, passed away at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle on Friday morning September 7th with his family at his bedside. Born on June 22nd, 1938 near Winthrop Washington, he spent summers with his Grandma Wickert in Chelan, Washington where she endeavored to keep him out of trouble. He would tell stories of "high speed chases" on his Cushman motor scooter only to find a policeman sitting with his mother when he got home.
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.
Kay M. McCluskey
Kay M. McCluskey, 93, died September 11, 2017, in Ellensburg. Kay was born May 6, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A full obituary will follow.
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.
Blotter Sept. 11-12: Hit and run, goat and llama concerns
Kittcom received the following calls from Sept. 9-11 (calls are made to the 911 line and the non-emergency business line):
n There was a report of a hit and run on North Cobblefield Street.
n There was a report of a goat and llama without food or water by a concerned neighbor.
n There was a report of a two-vehicle collision on North Alder Street and East University Way. No one was injured.
n There was a report of a suspicious pop-up camper south of the football field on state Route 903.
To the Editor:
Two recent letters to the Daily Forum deserve comment for different but related reasons. Both David Crane (Sept. 6) and Louis Savidge (Sept. 8) make some valid points. However, both are off base about the reality and pervasive influence of climate change in our lives today.
It’s at this point of the season where I can expect some nerves to surface. Let’s say you’re out of the top 15 by about 10 grand and you’ve got less than three weeks to go. Let’s be honest, 10 grand can be had in those three weeks. Shoot, we’ve got Pendleton this week, 10 grand can be had this week alone.
Volunteers sought for salaries for officials committee
Kittitas County commissioners are accepting applications from citizens interested in advising the county on how much it should pay its elected officials, according to a news release.
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.
It’s not the sexiest of issues, but the process to find a new home for the transfer station in Ellensburg will draw considerable interest.
If people are interested, the county is having a community meeting on the topic from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Armory in Ellensburg. The meeting will include a presentation at 6:15 p.m.
The transfer station is where people take their garbage, recyclables and yard waste if they don’t have curbside trash pickup.
The city of Roslyn is accepting applications for a new cemetery commission, according to a city announcement.
Cemetery commissioners will be responsible for implementing city codes, ordinances and procedures pertaining to the cemetery, according to the application. They will work with others to physically maintain the Roslyn Cemeteries.