Kitna Wildcat Classic Tees Off

By Justin Nunez

Tomorrow the 12th annual Kitna Wildcat Classic, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, kicks off.
The golf tournament is held each year in honor of Jon Kitna, former CWU quarterback who went on to play in the NFL for 16 years. It helps raise funds that go directly into the Wildcat Club which funds scholarships for CWU’s student athletes.

“It’s going to be exciting, of course Jon is going to be there so it’s going to be a great day,” CWU Athletic Director Dennis Francois said.

Recreational Marijuana Sales: Union Gap is on the Map

Union Gap has made the list of one of the first cities in the first batch of 24 recreational pot shops in the state of Washington.

Instead of the July 8 statewide first day of marijuana sales, Adam Markus, owner of Station 420, will be ready just one day later.

Station 420, located at 4007 Main St. in Union Gap, near the Yakima Valley Mall, will be opening at 11 a.m. on July 9.

“Be Patient, the growers were just licensed a short time ago, were not going to see a lot of market stability until October, when all the outdoor grows are harvesting,” Markus said.

He is talking about price per gram and how they might not be exactly what the consumers want at first.  Markus said that in his shop he will have cannabis for sale between the prices of $17 and $25 a gram, depending on THC content.

He predicts lower prices as time progresses because there will be a greater number of producers with a lot more weed, forcing growers to sell their pot for cheaper.

When asked how he got his foot in the door, in the marijuana world, Markus had a very tragic story.

Ever since his sister passed away from respiratory failure due to an accidental prescription overdose Markus has been somewhat turned onto marijuana.

“You know maybe, just maybe, if she was using medical marijuana that could have cut back on her usage of prescription medication,” Markus said, describing what one of his friends said to him after his sister’s unexpected death.

“I can tell you straight forward, I have not had any marijuana since 1980,” Markus said.

Markus obtained a medical marijuana card not to be an active user, but to study the medical markets to assist the learning process.

Prior to July 8, 2014, if you wanted to see the Washington cannabis market in person, you needed a medical marijuana license.

Ellensburg’s New Airwaves

By Justin Nunez

Ellensburg is getting a new radio station very soon. It’s called Ellensburg Community Radio and it is a non-profit radio station located in the 420 Building and is dedicated to education.

ECR will be streaming online during its infancy, but the station has already applied to the FCC for a low power FM radio signal and is hoping to get that approved as soon as possible.

They plan to be community run and are aiming to share stories, news, events and music. ECR is going to be primarily funded by sponsors and donations and expects to be fully up and running in late July.

Summer fun with “Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals”

By Kyle Kuhn

If you decided to stay in Ellensburg over the summer whether you’re enrolled in summer quarter or you didn’t want to remember what it was like living with your parents again, OPR (Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals) has your entertainment covered. OPR has weekly sunset hikes, planned events, kayaking classes and more to keep you busy.

Tailor made outdoor pursuits

If spending time in the wilderness with strangers isn’t your thing you and your friends can always head into OPR and design your own “custom trip.” They require two weeks notice for a custom trip but their experienced staff members will make the planning easy.

Un-approved fees cause CWU to be audited

By Kyle Fenton

A whistleblower investigation by the State Auditor’s Office showed Central Washington University took improper action in a student quarterly fee increase, later to be corrected.

State law authorizes students to voluntarily impose fees upon themselves. These fees can be created or increased by the student government through majority vote, or an equivalent process adopted under law.

Fees of the Past

In 1997, the student body approved an initiative that created a voluntary quarterly fee for the University’s athletic program. The fee was $35 each quarter, for each student enrolled at the University’s Ellensburg campus.

In 2009, the fee was increased to $42 each quarter, for each student.

Troutwater Fly

By Austin Bennett

Troutwater Fly Shop has been flourishing in downtown Ellensburg. Troutwater recently moved to their downtown location at 425 N. Pearl St. this past April but the business has been operating since 2010 .

Troutwater chose to move downtown due to traffic and the accommodations. “The boats are in and out before the businesses are open or closed, it works out perfectly,” Ted Truglio, a fly fishing guide at Troutwater said.

Guided fishing

“We probably run the biggest non charter guide service in the state of Washington,” Truglio said. Taking all saltwater charters out of the equation, Troutwater is one of the biggest in the state of Washington.

It fishes six different rivers including the Methow, Wenatchee, Klickitat and Yakima. Unlike most rivers, the Yakima is open year round, giving Troutwater the majority of their business.

Troutwater guides the Yakima River in four different sections Ellensburg guides the lower two sections and Cle Elum guides the upper two sections.

The EverGreen Scene: Marijuana tax revenue, prices, likely to vary

 

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BY Aaron Kunkler

 

Staff Reporter

 

 

 

With around half of Washington under a state of moratorium or having outright banned the growth, processing or sale of recreational marijuana, it’s not clear how much tax revenue the state will take in.

 

Colorado pulled in $3.5 million in taxes for retail and medical sales in its first month of the legal recreational market. Estimates say that the state will see $98 million by the end of the next fiscal year.

 

In February, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected $51 million in marijuana revenue for the 2015-2017 biennium, jumping to  $138.5 million for the two years ending June 30 of 2019.

 

But Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter, who’s part of the council and the House’s top budget writer, said he expects the forecast to change.

Jerrol’s art wall gets caught in dispute

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BY Patience Collier

News Editor

BY Sarah Ruiz

Online Editor

 

A mural depicting Pacific Northwest culture on the wall behind Jerrol’s Bookstore was recently defaced with racist iconography. The symbols can be connected to the Aryan Nation, a Neo-Nazi group.

The creators of the mural, Josè Hernandez, a criminal law and sociology junior at Central and the artist of the design, and junior sociology and aviation major Victor Aguirre, painted the design May 2.

Hernandez said he has been doing visual art since he was very young, and has been working with digital art since last November.

Ink22 is Hernandez’s brand, one he is currently working to legitimize as an established business. The brand found interest on the social media site Instagram, and since, Hernandez has said interest in the brand has increased. Hernandez has also worked as the Observer graphic designer during the Spring 2014 quarter.

Central’s newly renovated tennis courts open

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BY Chandler St. Louis

Staff Reporter

 

The recent remodeling of Central’s tennis courts has players and community members ecstatic.

The tennis courts, located next to Wendell Hill Hall, underwent much needed renovations after years of wear and tear. The old surface was completely torn out and replaced with eight brand new courts.

Although the process took longer than expected, the wait was well worth it. Instead of having the 10 courts like before the renovation, eight courts allows for larger walkways and the possibility of bleachers. Lights were also installed for the courts,  giving the opportunity for longer practicing and playing time. The courts also feature a red and maroon finish to represent Central’s colors.

While the courts were under renovation, the Central Tennis Club practiced at the Ellensburg Racquet and Recreational Center. This was a setback for the tennis club because the Recreational Center only has two courts for use and is about a 10 minute drive from campus, which made it even more inconvenient for the players. The courts at the Racket Club allowed for play during the winter but players struggled because they were inside. The players had trouble practicing and adapting to indoor conditions.