Thumbs down to overheated weather gauge

Is anyone else tired of being told they are hot when they are not? For Ellensburg, on Friday 26th, the reported temperature from Bowers Field (KELN) was 98°F. Nearby the measured temperature was 7 degrees cooler. There is a pattern where, on hot days, KELN as the station of record — and thus Ellensburg — appear hotter than actual. A person from Seattle, looking at such things, wrote me about this and my little Subaru, Jessica, agrees. When EBRG next gets a day over 90° – drive out by the airport and report to the Daily Record. Jessica and I will be going to the mountains; we don’t like 98°. Rant over. Thanks.

— John Hultquist

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Thumbs up to reopening of Wish Poosh Campground

Before its closure few years ago due to concerns with falling trees, Wish Poosh was one of the more population camping destinations in the Upper County. It is back open this summer and even with limited amenities it is a welcome addition to the county’s campground portfolio. As this campground gets back up to full speed it will certainly reclaim its sport as one the county’s most popular campgrounds.

Thumbs up to being safe on the river

On a warm day in Kittitas County there are few things more enticing than a float on the Yakima River. Although the river may look leisurely it has its hazards and people floating need to respect the risks and follow safe floating practices including life jackets, floating in rafts appropriate for the river, not tying rafts together and not getting drunk.

Thumbs up to Gladiator Dash

If you have kids who like to jump, climb, run and crawl in the mud, you may want to check out today’s Gladiator Dash between 10 and 11:30 a.m. at Rotary Park. The event is fro children 5 years old through eighth grade. This is an Ellensburg Parks Department program and there is a $10 entry fee.

Thumbs up to 2019 Roslyn Art Fest

The annual Roslyn Art Fest continues today. There will be four Try-It stations for budding artists will be in town from noon to 3 p.m. Kids or adults can paint in The Yard, make Crazy Hats at the Emporium, and other activities. Blue Country Fire will perform in The yard from noon to 2 p.m. A juried show will culminate with an artist reception and award ceremony from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Distilling Co. in the NWI Building. This event is organized by RTown Community.

Thumbs up to voting

It is easy to forget in the heat of summer, but it is election season. Primary ballots must be returned by Aug. 6 (Tuesday). As of Friday morning, about 23 percent of the ballots had been returned so many of us have some work to do this weekend. It is not a lengthy ballot but the races and issues are important. Take the time this weekend to find that ballot and fill it out.

Thumbs up to Leadership |Kittitas County

Happy 25th anniversary to Leadership Kittitas County, which has spent the past quarter century helping to develop leaders in the community by giving them a broader understanding of all elements of the community and its history. It is a useful program, organized by the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, that has paid dividends over the years.

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