The Daily Record does not publish on the Fourth of July (Saturday). The front office will not be staffed on Friday (July 3) to allow employees to enjoy the holiday weekend with their families.

The COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions have put a crimp in traditional retirement parties, but Beth Vogt’s friends, coworkers and former students still have a chance to wish her the best.

In place of its traditional offering, Here’s a Poem I Like, Central Washington University Libraries has created a YouTube channel featuring campus and community members reciting a favorite poem.

The city of Ellensburg’s Natural Gas Utility was presented the American Public Gas Association’s (APGA) System Operational Achievement Recognition or SOAR award for excellence in operating its natural gas utility, according to a news release.

In the first day of filings for the fall general election, the following candidates filed for offices in Kittitas County:

The Nature Conservancy is hosting a series of virtual seminars and presentations that are of interest to Central Washington nature enthusiasts, according to a news release. The Birds of May series includes topics that pertain to Kittitas County and other regions in the Northwest.

Kittitas County Solid Waste has reopened all operations involving the receiving of yard waste and the sale of compost, according to a news release from Kittitas County.

Due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, Central Washington University will not be rescheduling its spring commencement ceremony for the fall, according to a news release.

Central Washington University will be waiving all fees not linked to instruction, student support or legal financial obligations, according to a post on the university’s Facebook page Friday afternoon.

The Central Washington University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. March 31 to discuss the impacts to the university due to COVID-19. The meeting will be streamed at media.cwu.edu. Governor Inslee’s “stay-at-home” order will prevent in-person viewing in Barge Hall.

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Natural Resources will close all DNR-managed lands to the public on Thursday, according to a news release from the DNR.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday in an announcement release…

The Kittitas County Superior Court, Kittitas County Clerk’s Office, and the Lower Kittitas District Court will be closed to public access until further notice as part of the county’s compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, according to a news release from Kittitas County.

The Eastern Washington Quarter Horse Association is offering a $1,000 college or technical school scholarship for 2020. This scholarship is open to any graduating senior in Kittitas County or a continuing college student (freshman).

Central Washington University President Jim Gaudino appointed Michelle DenBeste as the Provost/Vice President of Academic and Student Life, according to a news release.

The Central Washington University Department of Art and Design will feature a lecture by visiting artist Humaira Abid at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room 210 in the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre, according to a news release.

The Kittitas County Board of Health is seeking a community representative to fill a vacancy on the Board of Health, according to a news release from Kittitas County.

Earlier Daily Record articles incorrectly stated the Kittitas County Commissioners had set a public hearing date for the 1-10ths of 1% sales tax increase to fund mental health services. The commissioners have not yet set a public hearing date.

Central Washington University is hosting a panel discussion about the 2020 census from 6-8 p.m. on March 3, according to a news release.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (NEDA) is Feb. 24 to March 1, and in honor of this movement, author and activist Virgie Tovar is giving a free lecture “9 Steps to Becoming Body Positive” from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Washington University Student Union and Recreation Center…

The Kittitas County Conservation District is hosting a soil health workshop on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 20 at the Kittitas Valley Event Center Armory, according to a news release. The workshop is open to both landowners and members of the public.

Central Washington University’s annual Condom Fashion Show is 7 p.m. Thursday at the Student Union and Recreation Center Theater, according to a news release.

University of Washington geologist Joel Gombiner will present a new lecture this at 7 p.m., Thursday in CWU’s Discovery Hall room 103, according to a news release. The lecture is free and open to all. There is free parking in all CWU lots after 4:30 p.m.

Author and wildland firefighter Charles Vaught will give what he calls a “passionate presentation of his book,” “State of Fire: Life Lessons Learned on the Fireline,” at 7 p.m., Feb. 7 at Iron Horse Brewpub at 412 N. Main St. in Ellensburg.

All Manastash trail users and the general public are invited to an open meeting about the non-motorized recreational use of the Wenas Wildlife Area as accessed off the end of Cove Road, according to a news release. The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Hal Holmes Center in Ellensburg.

The Swauk-Teanaway Grange is expanding its scholarship opportunities in 2020 to include a new trades scholarship for high school seniors who plan to pursue a trades program after graduation, according to a news release.

Central Washington University is accepting nominations for the sixth annual President’s Diversity Awards, scheduled for April 9, according to a news release. Anyone affiliated with the university or the surrounding community is eligible for the awards, which are presented to individuals and …

Open mic night is back for winter quarter at Central Washington University. Singers, poets, musicians or comedians can share their talent, according to a news release.

The Board of Commissioners of Kittitas Valley Healthcare will be conducting a special Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. in Conference Rooms A and B upstairs in the hospital located at 603 S. Chestnut, Ellensburg.