The Observer

County implements new face mask directive

Mariah Valles, Central News Watch

May 28, 2020

The Kittitas County Public Health Department is asking everybody who cannot maintain a six foot distance from others to wear face masks. This includes when indoors and when outdoors.  Face masks may include cloth face masks, scarv...

County says to check-in on friends in isolation

Mariah Valles, Central News Watch

May 17, 2020

As of May 15, there are 49 COVID-19 cases in Kittitas County with zero deaths. A total number of 15 people have recovered and there are 86 tests still pending.  A Kittitas County press release says if you know somebody in is...

Taco Bell closed for deep cleaning

Mariah Valles, Central News Watch

May 17, 2020

The Cle Elum Taco Bell was closed for deep cleaning after a regional employee who visited the location tested positive for COVID-19. The case isn’t from Kittitas County and the Incident Management Team (IMT) was not notified by ...

Kittitas County hay exporters face decline in demand

Mary Park, Central News Watch

May 14, 2020

Local hay exporters are feeling the pandemic’s disruption of the global supply chain. As restaurants, schools, coffee shops and other businesses closed across the world, the demand for dairy products dropped, which directly a...

Swarm season in Ellensburg

Tamara Sevao, Central News Watch

May 6, 2020

Notice more bees around? That's because bee swarm season has arrived in Ellensburg. This is a natural phase and is completely harmless as long as the right people step in to help. Local beekeeper Colleen Wadey said swarms occur wh...

What students should be doing to prepare for the job market

Mary Park, Central News Watch

May 5, 2020

With layoffs, hiring freezes, and rescinded internships, the current job market can look discouraging to college graduates. Jessey Allen, a counselor at CWU Career Services, hosted a workshop on April 28 called, “Top Tips for...

Inslee announces partial reopening of recreational activities

Jessica Perez, Central News Watch

May 5, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a partial reopening of recreation starting May 5. The relaxation of recreational restrictions comes after a decline in hospitalizations was observed by the governor’s office. The activities that will be all...

CWU Recreation holds virtual Group X classes

April 29, 2020

Although the stay-at-home order closed all gyms, this hasn't stopped CWU Recreation from hosting Group X classes in a different setting. Classes are now being offered through Zoom and Instagram Live. Jessica Perez sat in on a virtual Zumba class to ...

Quarantine’s impact on mental health

April 28, 2020

Being quarantined can take a negative toll on somebody's mental health. Casillas Berhanu spoke with CWU officials and a student about what people can do to make the time go by easier....

Ellensburg business owners protest

April 28, 2020

  With pressure mounting across the state for an open economy, some Kittitas County residents look to county representatives for answers. David Snyder spoke with business owners who gathered outside the courthouse Mo...

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