Did you put on your seat belt the last time you got in a car? I did and I wonder why. I have never been in a serious accident where the seatbelt would have saved my life. I’m not worried about getting a ticket from a law enforcement officer doing their job. Yet I continue to buckle up, every…

In 1989 a civic minded group of individuals formed the Clymer Foundation and started collecting art, raising funds and preparing to open The Clymer Museum and Gallery, located at 416 N. Pearl St. The museum is to collect, preserve, research and interpret the art and life of John Clymer, the …

On June 9 while going through my mail, I came upon a hand-written envelope addressed to the Ellensburg Police Department, attention Chief Wade. The purple lettering and neat handwriting stood out from the daily business correspondence I usually receive.

To return to life as it was before the pandemic we need to trust our healthcare information, and our information needs to be based on facts. I have practiced medicine in Ellensburg for the past 27 years, and my goal is to keep people healthy and to promote the health of my community, and I a…

Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) has been a fixture in this community for decades. It seems normal to us to have an independent, community hospital provide the healthcare services we need. My work as a commissioner for Hospital District 1 and with the American Hospital Association has made m…

I came to Ellensburg as a new transfer student in 1992, to finish my science degree. The town was peaceful and the people for the most part, very welcoming but, in some aspects, very different from life on campus, where diversity among the students was very evident, but almost undetectable a…

Every four years, Washingtonians vote for not two, not four, but NINE State Executive Branch offices. The 75 men who wrote our state constitution in 1889 were determined to protect the state from undue influence from railroads and other businesses, they wanted to reduce the power of the Gove…

Elections! We will probably have our fill of politics as the summer, and the issues, heat up. It promises to be, at a minimum, the best entertainment you can buy with your tax dollars. Great actors, lousy script.

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of columns written by Heather Stewman addressing racial issues in society and our community.

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Many words could be used to provide a framework for the Ellensburg City Council’s decision to support a community of inclusion, diversity and equity. The most powerful words are those which people have recently written about their experience living in our community. This is what it means to …

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of columns by Heather Stewman addressing racial issues in the community and society.

In a recent letter, President Gaudino made some assertions that we find, at best, dismaying and at worst offensive. Overall, he is correct that APOYO has been on Central’s campus for the past 20 years. But beyond that, his accuracy is questionable.

“There’s never been a time in American history that Black lives have been safe from state violence and white vigilante violence. I cannot point you to a decade time span. It just does not exist.”

Our golden retriever Emily just doesn’t get this social distancing thing. She is a hugger, an equal opportunity hugger. Young, old, male, female, black, white, Republican, Democrat … it doesn’t matter.

As we find ourselves in the midst of an event that will go down in history, now is the time to define how future generations will view our response to the global pandemic, COVID-19 in Kittitas County.

It was Sunday, May 18, 1980 about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The sky was once again blue after the ash from the Mount St. Helens blast had created a haze that darkened the sky enough to cause the street lights to automatically come on.

We are very excited about the excellent teamwork of our staff and progress of our students this year in Ellensburg School District (ESD). Some of our highlights include:

Amy Laura Bayley died tragically on Oct. 8, 2017. She was born on April 30, 1973 to Richard Leenders and Jaclynn Groen Leenders in Everett.

We are excited to announce that the Ellensburg School District (ESD) will be moving forward with pursuing the development of our new elementary school on the Winegar property located north of the Palouse to Cascades Trail and Mount Stuart Elementary School on Cora Street.

Editor’s note: The League of Women Voters is providing a series a columns describing the various offices on the November ballot.

Editor’s note: The League of Women Voters Kittitas Valley is providing a series of columns providing information on the offices on the November general election ballot.

Editor’s note: Leading up to the November general election, the League of Women Voters Kittitas Valley is providing a series of columns addressing the offices voters will find on the ballot.

Editor’s note: This is part of the series of columns provided by the League of Women Voters Kittitas Valley to explain some of the offices on the November ballot.

When I began my teaching career in Shoreline, Washington, I felt fortunate for many reasons: my college ed program had prepared me well for the realities of teaching; I co-labored alongside amazing colleagues; our school embraced progressive, community-oriented models of instruction; and our…

One week after Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Henry David Thoreau gave his lecture, “Slavery in Massachusetts,” before an agitated audience. Newspapers reported that an upside-down American flag draped in black crepe served as the speaker’s backdrop. Though offensive to many…

According to the Office of Financial Management of Washington, there were 120,016 people of Hispanic/Latino (LatinX) origin in Washington State in 1980. In 2018, the figure climbed to an astonishing 972,827!

As a Christ Follower for 39 years whose faith is based on God’s amazing grace and the life and ministry of Jesus, I am deeply sorry for my judgmental spirit and hypocrisy. As a college professor for 42 years whose philosophy of education is based on equality and access of wellness for all, I…

“One of the studies indicates it is less expensive for CWU to have its flight tech program advances at Bowers Field … rather than driving to Yakima.”

Donald Trump has seen them. For him, it began one lost night on a lonely road (Pennsylvania Avenue), looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without sleep (blame twitter) to continue his journey. Now Donald Trump knows that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form. Somehow, he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun.

With the Nov. 6 election right around the corner, I want to offer insights as to the impacts I-940 and I-1639 will have on local and all Washington State law enforcement.  Having listened to several debates and evaluations of both measures’ printed text, I am opposed to both initiatives and encourage you to vote “no” on each initiative.

We have an amazing community. When we disagree on something, we have the ability to get together to work out a solution that will advance our town in whatever arena we have the need. The prime example is the middle school. We tried for several years to come up with an acceptable bond to supp…

GAMSA, otherwise known as the Great American Main Street Award is the “Academy Award” of Main Street that recognizes those programs that are doing big things for their communities following the four points of Main Street: Design, Promotion, Business Vitality and Organization.

The three Kims, grandfather, father, and now grandson, have dictatorially ruled North Korea since its founding in 1948. Over the past 70 years the Kims have created a brutally sophisticated dictatorship.

One of my jobs as an elected member of the Board of Commissioners for Hospital District 1 is to inform people about how we are leading the organization. In 2017, the Board developed a strategic plan that will guide the work at Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) for the next three years.

So far, the 2018 fire season has produced a handful of big fires in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado; conflagrations in Oklahoma and Kansas; and a fire bust in Alaska, along with garden-variety wildfires from Florida to Oregon. Some of those fires are in rural areas, some are in w…

Recycling is a relatively easy, low effort way to feel good about helping the environment — much easier than giving up driving a car, for example. However, is recycling actually helping the environment, and is it helping us economically?

It’s been a time of transition in Ellensburg this year, with new leadership at the Ellensburg Downtown Association, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and the Kittitas County commissioners’ office.

Do Kittitas County leaders respect private property rights? Do Teanaway Community Forest land stewards understand the consequences of their actions on neighboring property owners? I think not given that the county is taking away, some would say stealing a creek from 10 parcels to fix a county road issue.

This weekend, our governor, Jay Inslee, is the keynote speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame celebration.  Ostensibly, he’s there as head of the Democratic Governors’ Association, to help rally the troops (and fill coffers) to win governorships away from the Republicans, who gained seats during the Obama era. 

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A recent arrest by Ellensburg Police officers near Club 301 is somewhat similar to an event that received national attention. It generated controversy in some settings, including social media. Is it possible that the owners of the property or their employees made biased or incorrect judgment…