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During the COVID-19 pandemic and the road to expanded reopening, we invite you to post your photo wearing a mask. Join Tribune publishers Jana and Terry as we armor up to protect our loved ones and cherished community. (While we believe that “Wearing is Caring”, please keep in mind that some are expressly exempted from the voluntary Masking Directive for health, age, beliefs or other personal reasons, and we “Respect & Protect” them by wearing too. So please refrain from unkind words to one another here. We have plenty of other places for debating the pros and cons of masking and welcome civil discussion there.) ... See MoreSee Less

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Where were YOU when Mount St. Helens erupted?

In our most recent edition of the NKC Tribune (May 21, 2020) we featured an article remembering 40 years since Mount St. Helens erupted. In that article we put a call out for anyone who has an interesting story about their experience that day. We want to share those stories with the community! Send your account of the event to by noon on Tuesday, May 26th and we will feature some them in a compilation for this upcoming week’s edition of the paper (May 28, 2020).
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PRESS RELEASE:

TO MASK IS STILL AN ASK in Kittitas County

FROM The Kittitas County Public Health Department:

Kittitas County, WA - 05/23/2020 - To mask is still an ask in Kittitas County. The directive is a stronger way of asking, but it is not a requirement and there is no enforcement in regard to whether someone wears a face covering or not. We want people to understand the seriousness of our request in that science is showing face coverings to block infectious droplets from spreading from someone who may have COVID-19. The entire masking directive is available for direct download here www.co.kittitas.wa.us/DownloadFile.ashx?document=5012158 (also find at www.co.kittitas.wa.us on the incident website.)

The only requirement of the masking directive is that commercial establishments must have signage encouraging everyone to wear face coverings. Again, wearing face coverings at this time is not required.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

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For business that want assistance with signage, please contact the Emergency Operation Center (EOC). For more information about the cloth masking directive, see this earlier press release.

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To stay up to date on developments in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, please visit our page devoted to posting all information we receive on the topic. Bookmark the page to make it easier to check it for updates. nkctribune.com/coronavirus/

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PRESS RELEASE: Kittitas County Masking Directive Starts May 23, 2020 in Response to COVID-19

UPDATE 5/23/20 - TO MASK IS STILL AN ASK - see the latest press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department, expanding on the Masking Directive. "To mask is still an ask in Kittitas County. The directive is a stronger way of asking, but it is not a requirement and there is no enforcement in regard to whether someone wears a face covering or not. We want people to understand the seriousness of our request in that science is showing face coverings to block infectious droplets from spreading from someone who may have COVID-19." More here: www.facebook.com/NKCTribune/photos/a.10150430394355825/10157015667515825/?type=3&theater

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5/22/2020 - As of tomorrow, May 23rd, Kittitas County is directing everyone in Kittitas County to wear cloth face coverings in response to COVID-19. …
See the full report here: nkctribune.com/kittitas-county-masking-directive-starts-may-23-2020-in-response-to-covid-19/

To stay up to date on developments in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, please visit our page devoted to posting all information we receive on the topic. Bookmark the page to make it easier to check it for updates. nkctribune.com/coronavirus/
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Please remember that announcements like this are brought to you by your hometown news team, and supported by people who buy the Tribune newspaper. We continue to work hard to keep the community - including non-subscribers - up to date on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. If you find our coverage helpful, if you haven’t already, please consider joining our supporters by taking out a subscription of your own. Thank you to all who make this possible. nkctribune.com/shop/
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See the FULL-SIZE Salute to the Cle Elum-Roslyn and Swiftwater Learning Center GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020 in our recent edition of NKC Tribune! (May 21, 2020 issue). Clip it out and save for the memories. The NKC Tribune, and local businesses and individuals, are proud to support our local schools and their legacy of accomplishments. We wish our local seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors! (Interested in cheering on local schools through team schedules, congratulations, game programs, athlete and student of the week and more spotlights on our local schools? Contact us about being added to the roster! 509-674-2511)

Subscribers, find it in your paper this week, get a copy on local newsstands, or have one mailed by going to nkctribune.com/shop/shop/single-copy-purchase/ and selecting the May 21, 2020 issue.
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See the FULL-SIZE Salute to the Thorp GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020 in our recent edition of NKC Tribune! (May 21, 2020 issue). Clip it out and save for the memories. The NKC Tribune, and local businesses and individuals, are proud to support our local schools and their legacy of accomplishments. We wish our local seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors! (Interested in cheering on local schools through team schedules, congratulations, game programs, athlete and student of the week and more spotlights on our local schools? Contact us about being added to the roster! 509-674-2511)

Subscribers, find it in your paper this week, get a copy on local newsstands, or have one mailed by going to nkctribune.com/shop/shop/single-copy-purchase/ and selecting the May 21, 2020 issue.
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See the FULL-SIZE Salute to the Easton GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020 in our recent edition of NKC Tribune! (May 21, 2020 issue). Clip it out and save for the memories. The NKC Tribune, and local businesses and individuals, are proud to support our local schools and their legacy of accomplishments. We wish our local seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors! (Interested in cheering on local schools through team schedules, congratulations, game programs, athlete and student of the week and more spotlights on our local schools? Contact us about being added to the roster! 509-674-2511)

Subscribers, find it in your paper this week, get a copy on local newsstands, or have one mailed by going to nkctribune.com/shop/shop/single-copy-purchase/ and selecting the May 21, 2020 issue.
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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Your parks need your help with donations of PPE and sanitizing supplies.Would you like to help our public lands through the reopening process? PPE shortages make it risky for field staff to maintain facilities and safely interact with crowds. Help us protect them by donating unused and stockpiled PPE and cleaning supplies! May 21 and 23, Noon - 3pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good Advice:We’re all eager to get back outdoors, and we want to do it right! That's why we're so excited to be part of the new Recreate Responsibly Coalition, a group of 50+ outdoor organizations who've come together to share these guidelines. ⁠
We all have a shared responsibility to care for these places and ensure they remain for future generations to enjoy. Lead by example, and join us in learning how to #RecreateResponsibly. Visit mtsgreenway.org/covid-19-rec/ to learn more and download the toolkit!⁠
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