Jazz in the Valley on the Cheap 

By Jamie Wall

Enjoying Jazz in the Valley this weekend doesn’t have to cost you $40 for a wrist band plus food and drinks. You could just pay for Friday or Saturday events for as low as $15 or Sunday’s event for just $10 according to Larry Sharp, of Kittitas Visitor’s Center.

“We sell somewhere around 3,000 tickets for this weekend…a lot of people roaming around the streets,” Sharp said.

CWU’s ROTC Program Struggles with Outdated Building

By Kyle Fenton

Peterson Hall, or the ROTC building, has been out dated and on the brink of being condemned since Lieutenant Colonel Scott Carpenter has been here at CWU.

It is ironic the lack of funding our ROTC program is getting when it comes to facilities, considering how the Wildcat Battalion ranks highly among other ROTC programs in the nation. The awards our program has won trump most other programs, and the Elite Cadets that CWU will put into active service are in dire need of better facilities.

Businesses Change Focus to Survive the Slow Summer

By Forrest Hollingsworth

According to Central Washington University’s Organizational Effectiveness Office, as of October 2013, eleven thousand students attended CWU. That’s not a small number, and it almost matches the most recent 2012 estimated Ellensburg population of 18,348 according to the United States Census Bureau. This makes Ellensburg, effectively, a college town and, college towns are reliant on students.

So, what happens when the majority of students leave during the summer season? Local businesses change course to make sure they can survive.

Ellensburg Police Department Plans on Lowering the Crime Rate for Consecutive Years in 2014

By: Kyle Kuhn

Though the year is barely half over, Ellensburg Police Department Capt. Dan Hansberry sees no reason why the crime rate would be on the rise for 2014. The Department’s annual report hasn’t been released (and won’t be until the end of the year) but Hansberry noted some positives.

“We’re not seeing a trend of the crime rate going up,” Hansberry said.

There have been some recent violent crimes which may have led people to think that the crime rate would be above where it was last year. Though the recent crimes have been drawing attention from the community, Hansberry made the point that in smaller communities violent crimes tend to attract more attention. Crimes like homicide and grand theft auto don’t happen that often in Ellensburg (based on the Ellensburg Police Department annual report.)

The EPD’s annual report shows that the crime total in Ellensburg has been dropping over the past decade. The “violent crime” total stays about the same each year. When you compare the violent crime total, to the total calls put out, that’s when you realize how safe this town really is. Violent crimes play a very small role in Ellensburg’s criminal activity.

Having to deal with homicide is all too common for police in large cities. In Ellensburg, homicide is usually a single digit statistic. The EPD takes pride in their jobs and the feeling of safety they provide to the citizens. Having to get used to seeing death and violence on the local news is something you’ll never have to do while living in the city of Ellensburg.

 

 

CWU Officials Look to Change Summer School Misconceptions

By Forrest Hollingsworth

Central Washington University just spent around $38,000 on advertising summer classes with sunglasses, buttons, flyers and more only to find out that enrollment decreased from last year’s summer quarter.

According to data from the Public Affairs office, 42 percent of regular academic year students took summer classes last year compared to 41 percent this year. One percent isn’t a huge drop per se, but it is enough to have school officials and students alike wondering what to do to make summer quarter the best that it can be.

Iron Horse Brewery Starts Using Aluminum Cans With Popular Brew

By: Kyle Kuhn

Many companies are looking to cut costs wherever they can. By using aluminum cans instead of glass bottles Iron Horse Brewery will be able to accomplish lowering the cost of production. There’s just one problem though, they are afraid some patrons wouldn’t buy their product solely based on the fact that their beer would be in a can instead of a glass bottle.

CWU Makes Rugby A Varsity Sport

By Justin Nunez

Last year CWU took a large step and decided to make the school rugby teams, both men’s and women’s, a varsity sport.

This was in part to the men’s long winning tradition and the growing popularity of women’s rugby.

“There will be new student athletes coming to Central that would’ve not come to Central if we didn’t have varsity rugby,” Dennis Francois, CWU Athletic Director, said.

Mid-Air Collision Claims One Life, Other Survives

By Kyle Fenton

CWU aviation professor Amy Hoover survived a mid air collision, between two small planes, 70 miles north of Boise near Landmark Airstrip.

Both planes had no passengers aside from the pilots flying them. The collision killed the other pilot, 45-year-old Michael Bond of Fort Collins, Colo.

Central Washington University Federal Credit Union Merges with Washington State Employee Credit Union

By Kyle Kuhn

Central Washington University Federal Credit Union (CWUFCU) has been falling behind on the times and has been lacking the ability to provide their members with all of the banking services. By Aug. 1, CWUFCU will have fully merged with the Washington State Employee Credit Union (WSECU.)

For the first part of the transition, Farrell Hall will remain the temporary place of business for CWUFCU while WSECU and CWU try to work out where the main branch will be in Ellensburg.