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Spirit of the West entertains fans in Ellensburg

The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering brought Western themed poets and musicians to Ellensburg over the weekend to celebrate cowboy music, poetry and art. Coffee shops, art galleries and even Fitterer’s Furniture store were filled with live music and captivated patrons donning cowboy hats and cowb


Enterprise Challenge returns to Yakima, Kittitas counties

YAKIMA, Wash. — Representatives from a dozen new and developing businesses in Yakima and Kittitas counties will talk about their plans Thursday in hopes of winning $17,500 in cash prizes.


WIAA sets regional basketball pairings

After weather pushed the deadline for district tournaments back to Monday, the WIAA released its regional basketball pairings Tuesday morning. Three local teams will play on Friday and 13 others are scheduled to tip off on Saturday. Games will be played locally at Davis and Ellensburg high schools o


Roping competition ties together Spirit of the West

The Spirit of the West came alive in songs and poetry throughout downtown Ellensburg over this past weekend, and was put into action at Bloom Pavilion — the location of the Spirit of the West Roping competition.


Inslee plan for state health subsidies echoes national debate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal for expanded health coverage is bringing a national debate to Washington State. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to broaden state subsidies for private insurance is provoking both concerns over costs and criticisms that it doesn't go far enough.


Shady Acres lawsuit against Kittitas County dismissed

Federal Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson dismissed a case brought by the Northwest Justice Project against Kittitas County, according to a release from the county. The suit accused the county of an alleged violation of the Fair Housing Act related to the County’s purchase and management of the Shady Ac


Funding available for conservation projects in Kittitas County

ELLENSBURG — Farmers, ranchers and landowners in Kittitas County have until March 15 to apply for funding for projects through the Toppenish to Teanaway project. The project, which is part of the Yakima River basin integrated water management plan, will help fund projects that improve irrigation eff


Ellensburg girls season ends, but it's just getting started

Once the Ellensburg High School girls basketball team finally made its way out of the locker room — all family, friends and fans could do was serenade cheers for them. And it was well deserved, because this cohort is just getting started.


Should Washington state look at a regional minimum wage?

In 2016, Washington voters approved a measure to significantly raise the state’s minimum wage in increments spread across six years. But the minimum wage that works for a metropolitan area like Seattle might not be what’s best for smaller, rural areas, argues state Rep. Skyler Rude.


Washington's Rental Housing Market Is Looking Better, Still Tight In Rural Areas

Two months into this year, researchers are looking back at what changed on the housing front in 2018. According to the latest numbers from the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, the statewide vacancy rate for all apartments is 4.26 percent. That’s better than


Successful outing from wrestlers in Kittitas County

Kittitas County saw eight wrestlers place in the Mat Classic XXXI at the Tacoma Dome over the weekend. Ellensburg had seven wrestlers enter the tournament and four earned hardware. Out of the 63 2A schools, the Bulldogs placed 12th.


Looking back: College rodeo, Bagna Calda, tire shop patent

Eleven Central Washington University students are members of a winning team of ropers and riders in the college rodeo circuit. The team is ranked No. 1 overall for the year. Finishing third overall last year, member Jodi Lowes was a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals qualifier, placing second in


Big-time talent, small town: Kittitas’ Brock Ravet looking for one more title before going to Gonzaga

Brock Ravet wants one more. One more magical moment. One more piece of the net. One more celebration with childhood friends. One more Class 2B state basketball championship. Ravet, the big-time point guard from the small town of Kittitas, appreciates his long list of accolades and accomplishments —


Pepper, Sutterlict MVPs in all-CWAC basketball

MVP: Noah Pepper, so., Selah. Coach of the year: Frankie Medina, Grandview. Noah Pepper, so., Selah; Elijah Pepper, sr., Selah; Steele Venters, sr., Ellensburg; Haden Hicks, so., Prosser; Calvin Herting, sr., Selah; Manuel Delgadillo, sr., Wapato; Isaac Perez, jr., Toppenish; Lorenzo Alvarado, sr.,


East Valley man accused of shooting at field workers sentenced to two years in prison

YAKIMA, Wash. — A 24-year-old East Valley man charged with shooting at farmworkers more than a year ago was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday in Yakima County Superior Court.


Mid-Columbia prep basketball teams learn who they will face at state regionals

Thirteen boys and girls basketball teams from the Mid-Columbia Region remain alive in the postseason, and all of them will be playing in the state regionals either Friday or Saturday.


Feb. 18 blotter: punched in the face, loose horses

Police | Kittcom received the following calls on Feb. 15-17: (calls are made to the 911 line and the non-emergency business line):. A hit and run was reported on East 17th Avenue.


Sonya Renee Taylor celebrates impact of radical self-love

Social justice activist, performance poet and author Sonya Renee Taylor will visit Ellensburg, Feb. 28 for a presentation at McConnell Auditorium on the Central Washington University campus.


Started your taxes yet? Local firms say new law brings mix of changes

If you, like many Americans this time of year, were pinning your hopes on a large tax refund, brace yourself for some disappointment. Some of those who have already filed their income taxes this year have found that their tax refunds were smaller than last year – or that they owed the government mon


State lawmakers look to move up presidential primary

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state spent about $9 million in 2016 to conduct a meaningless presidential primary. State lawmakers are looking to change that. The Seattle Times reports state legislators have proposed a bill that would move up the state's presidential primary, to hopefully let voters weig