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In celebration of National Newspaper Week, we send out the following message to everyone who supports us - subscribers, regular and occasional readers, content providers, advertisers, advocates for us out in the communities we serve and everyone who has ever picked up a newspaper and contributed to the industry in some way, big or small, we thank you all! Read more about how newspapers make a difference in our communities by Dean Ridings, CEO of America's Newspapers in the Oct. 6, 2022 Tribune. ... See MoreSee Less
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KITTITAS COUNTY VOTERS - here's your chance to hear what candidates for local offices have to say before casting your ballots in November. See dates/times below for the following races: County Coroner, District Court, County Auditor and County Clerk.2022 Kittitas County Candidate Forums announced! Don't miss this opportunity to see who is running and what they care about. Please subscribe to the League's YouTube channel to watch the livestream. send your candidate questions to kittitasinfo@gmail.com or text them to 509-654-9030 kittitasleague.org/2022/09/26/kittitas-county-candidate-forums-announced/YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCTPjv3XT9l7JldK0pqWf33A ... See MoreSee Less
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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:Burn Ban to be CanceledKittitas County, WA - 09/22/2022 - The current burn ban implemented in July for Kittitas County lands will be canceled effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022. Current weather conditions have lowered fire danger ratings, however, the public is still urged to use caution when open burning.State and Federal lands that are not governed by Kittitas County may still have fire restrictions in effect. Anyone planning to recreate on these lands is encouraged to contact the proper agency to determine such restrictions. ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2022 - Good news! There are now signs posted on the front door/windows of Cle Elum Post Office that read:"CLE ELUM PO BOX MAILavailable 10AM - 4PMBack of Cle Elum Post Office"(park and walk down the alley)We will post more details as they become available.=========USPS ISSUES OFFICIAL NOTICE ON CLE ELUM POST OFFICE TEMPORARY CLOSURE:UPDATE MONDAY, SEPT 19, 2022 - The NKC Tribune asked the US Postal Service for clarification on questions our readers are asking, and the following updated notice was issued in response... Main correction: CLE ELUM PO BOX MAIL CAN BE PICKED UP IN ROSLYN AS SHOWN ON THE POST OFFICE DOOR - NOT ELLENSBURG.UPDATED: USPS Temporarily Suspends Operations At Cle Elum Post OfficeCle Elum, WA – The U.S. Postal Service temporarily has suspended operations at the Cle Elum, Post Office at 305 E 1st ST, Cle Elum WA 98922, due to water damage from the recent storm.PLEASE NOTE: Cle Elum Post Office Box customers can pick up their P.O. Box mail and packages at the Roslyn Post Office, located at 122 W Pennsylvania Avenue, Roslyn, WA 98941.Hours of operation at Roslyn Post Office are weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.Customers are reminded to bring proper photo identification for mail and package pickups.Route Delivery customers are not affected. As information, carriers are temporarily working out of the Ellensburg, WA, Post Office.We apologize for any inconvenience customers may experience, but the safety of both customers and employees is our highest priority.Postal officials are working to resolve this safety issue and will be providing updates to our customers once a thorough assessment has been completed. The Postal Service appreciates its customers and apologizes for any inconvenience.Many retail services including temporary forwards, postage stamps, and more are available 24/7 online at usps.com.The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations. ==========ORIGINAL NOTICE (for reference only, see updated notice above):USPS Temporarily Suspends Operations At Cle Elum Post OfficeCle Elum, WA – The U.S. Postal Service temporarily has suspended operations at the Cle Elum, Post Office at 305 E 1st ST, Cle Elum WA 98922, due to safety concerns.Cle Elum customers can pick up their mail at the Ellensburg Post Office, located at 100 E 3rd Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926. [CORRECTION - ROSLYN POST OFFICE, SEE UPDATED NOTICE FROM USPS ABOVE]Customers are reminded to bring proper photo identification for mail and package pickups.The Ellensburg Post Office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ellensburg Post Office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.MESSAGE FROM THE USPS: "The safety and well-being of customers and employees is of the utmost importance to the Postal Service. Postal officials are working to resolve this safety issue and will be providing an update to our customers once a thorough assessment has been completed. The Postal Service appreciates its customers and apologizes for any inconvenience."Many retail services including temporary forwards, postage stamps, and more are available 24/7 online at usps.com. ... See MoreSee Less
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DUE TO FLOODING AT THE CLE ELUM POST OFFICE causing them to have to be temporarily closed, and mail being re-routed, Cle Elum subscribers may experience a delay in getting their NKC Tribune newspapers this week. Others may be impacted too due to the increased workload of Cle Elum mail being re-routed through their offices. We apologize for the unanticipated delay. Thank you for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less
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RECREATION ADVISORY (Sept. 8-11, 2022): ... See MoreSee Less
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TAKE NOTE (9/9/22):The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag 🚩 warning for critical fire conditions over the next 24 hours. For air quality information go to airnow.gov and wasmoke.blogspot.comRemember, campfires are banned across the entire Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. ... See MoreSee Less
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Weather | RED FLAG WARNINGIssued: 2022-09-08 13:57:00 PDT|Expiring: 2022-09-10 23:00:00 PDTKITTITAS VALLEY-LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN-EAST WASHINGTON SOUTH CENTRAL CASCADE MOUNTAINS-157 PM PDT THU SEP 8 2022...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 11 PM PDTSATURDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHERZONES OR610, OR611, OR639, OR640, OR641, WA690, WA691, ANDWA695...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PENDLETON HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON FRIDAY TO 11 PM PDT SATURDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.* AFFECTED AREA.. 690 KITTITAS VALLEY WEST OF ELLENSBURG, 691 LOWER COLUMBIA BASIN WEST OF BICKLETON AND 695 EAST WASHINGTON SOUTH CENTRAL CASCADE MOUNTAINS.* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE ALONG AND NEAR THE CASCADE CREST.* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS 10 TO 15 PERCENT WITH POOR RECOVERY EXPECTED FRIDAY NIGHT.* IMPACTS...DRY CONDITIONS WITH GUSTY WINDS COULD CAUSE ENHANCED FIRE WEATHER BEHAVIOR AND ALLOW EXISTING FIRES TO MORE EASILY SPREAD. NORTHEASTERLY COMPONENT OF THE WIND COULD ALSO COMPLICATE ATTACK EFFORTS.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW, OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR ... See MoreSee Less
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CROWNING OF KING COAL LEONARD RUSHTON THIS SUNDAY - Another Tribune Sponsorship Program supported community event! Come watch the crowing of the 2022 King Coal at the King Coal Ceremony during Coal Miner Days in front of the Coal Miner's Memorial (with the statue) in downtown Roslyn. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Hosted by the Roslyn Ronald Cle Elum Heritage Club. ... See MoreSee Less
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TAKE NOTE (8/19/22):When heading to the forest to recreate this weekend, remember campfire restrictions are in effect--no campfires are allowed in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. ... See MoreSee Less
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TAKE NOTE:As you plan your weekend outdoor adventures, keep in mind that we have several active fires on the forest. Make sure you check for fire related closures and restrictions and be prepared in case a new start impacts your trip.Fire closures can be found on our Interactive Fire Closure Map: arcg.is/1ivCej1 Current fire restrictions are available at: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=fsbdev3_053600 ... See MoreSee Less
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TAKE NOTE (8/18/22):UPDATE: Friday afternoon - NOAA weather radio in Lewiston is back up!NOAA weather radio in the Lewiston area is down until next Wednesday. We are sending people there tomorrow to access the situation and order parts to fix it.acces the situation and order parts to fix it. ... See MoreSee Less
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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:Yakima Basin project “flip-flop” operations underwayPublic should exercise increased caution around Yakima basin rivers.Aug 18, 2022 – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin its annual “flip-flop” operation in late August to aid in successful spawning and incubation of chinook salmon eggs and to improve winter reservoir storage in the Yakima basin.Flows out of Keechelus and Cle Elum reservoirs in the upper Yakima River basin will gradually decrease, while flows from Kachess and Rimrock reservoirs will increase. This operation will affect flows in the Tieton and Naches rivers as well as the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Kachess rivers in the upper Yakima basin. In other words, flows from these facilities will transition, or “flip-flop.”Reclamation will begin diverting water down the Kittitas Reclamation District’s Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp after Labor Day weekend. Buoys and warning signs will be in place in the Yakima River by Sept. 8 and remain until mid-October, after the flow from Spillway 1146 ends.Reclamation urges those recreating or working along Yakima basin rivers to exercise caution, especially in the Yakima River near Thorp. Please avoid areas where spillway water flows into the river, portage around buoys, and stay out of dangerously turbulent flows.See the full article at: nkctribune.com/yakima-project-flip-flop-operations-underway/photo by Dan Cook (USFWS) - www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_pacificsw/5456984378/in/photostream/, Public Domain, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15141589 ... See MoreSee Less
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TAKE NOTE (8/17/22):UPDATE: Rat Pac is open againTRAIL CLOSURE: Rat Pac trail is no longer closed on weekdays before 1 pm due to forest restoration work happening in the area. Please adhere to trail closures and help us spread the word! ... See MoreSee Less
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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING FORECASTED FOR KITTITAS COUNTY until Aug. 19, 2022 - precautions urgedKittitas County, WA - 08/17/2022 - According to the National Weather Service, Kittitas County is forecasted to reach dangerously hot conditions until 11 PM on Friday, August 19th. Long periods of hot weather can increase the chance of heat related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. For more information, visit the CDC’s Extreme Heat and Your Health website www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/. For resources around cooling centers, check out the City of Ellensburg’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofEllensburgWA. Anyone in the upper county is welcome to visit the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, WA during business hours to use the space as a cooling center. The Center is located at 719 East Third Street and is open Monday through Friday 8am to 1pm.The Kittitas County Public Health Department asks residents to consider the following:Stay in a cool environment during the hottest hours of the day.Drink more water than usual.Avoid drinking alcohol and sugary drinks.Wear light-colored and lightweight clothing.If working or exercising outside, rest more often.Heat illnesses range from minor to life threatening. People at increased risk for heat related illness include the elderly, the very young, people who work or exercise outdoors, and people who are ill or taking certain medications. Early warning signs include muscle cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, skin that is pale and cool, and weakness. If this happens to you, get to a cooler place and drink water. Call 911 and try to cool the person down if you see these danger signs of heat stroke:Hot, dry, red skinVomitingConfusionThrobbing headacheHigh temperature (above 103°F)Rapid breathing and heartbeat ... See MoreSee Less
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LIGHTNING STRIKES SPARK WILDFIRES ACROSS STATE, 5 NEAR CLE ELUM -Wenatchee, WA (August 11, 2022) -- After recent lightning storms that delivered over 2,700 lightning strikes in Washington State, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest firefighters have responded to 12 new wildfires on the forest. Most of these fires are small in size averaging 1/10 to 1/4 acre, and the largest is estimated at 45 acres. Additional fires may appear over the next few days.Five fires have occurred on the Cle Elum Ranger District. Crews are either on scene or enroute hiking into the difficult to access steep terrain where these fires are located 11 and 13 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA.1. Thorp Mountain, 5 acres near Jolly Mountain; the fire is burning in timber and grass. Initially it was staffed with 11 smokejumpers, a 14-person crew, and two engines but firefighters have spread out to help with the other small fires in the same general area.2. Lookout Fire, 2 acres, near Thorp Lookout3. Knox Creek Fire, 2 acres4. No Name Creek Fire, 1/10-1/4 acre5. No Name Ridge Fire, 1/10-1/4 acre Two small fires were also found on the Entiat Ranger District and on the Chelan Ranger District, both are ¼ acre and are staffed by firefighters. At 6 a.m. this morning a small smoke column was observed in the Virginia Ridge area, on the Methow Valley Ranger District, but the fire is still unconfirmed. Neither Goat Peak nor Leecher Lookouts were able to see it. Campfire restrictions are in effect across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. You can help by continuing to do your part to reduce the risk of human-caused fires and following campfire restrictions: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/okawen/alerts-notices/?cid=fsbdev3_053600 ... See MoreSee Less
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