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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...

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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...

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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With layoffs, hiring freezes, and rescinded internships, the current job market can look discouraging to college graduates.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...

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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....

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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...

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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.

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Gardening: A quarantine activity

Gardening: A quarantine activity

Mary Park, Central News Watch
April 28, 2020

  While many gatherings and activities have been cancelled or moved online, COVID-19 hasn’t shut down gardening. As the temperature grows warmer, home gardeners are pulling weeds, pruning...

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The Palace reopened for takeout and delivery

The Palace reopened for takeout and delivery

Tamara Sevao, Central News Watch
April 28, 2020

  From deals and specials to delivery and pick-up, one local Ellensburg restaurant is doing everything it can to safely keep customers in.  The Palace Cafe is just one of the several local...

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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...

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Ellensburg distillery makes hand sanitizer

Ellensburg distillery makes hand sanitizer

April 21, 2020

The Ellensburg Distillery produces hand sanitizer to keep the town supplied. Tamara Sevao spoke with co-owner Ralph Bullock to learn about the process.

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Teaching art virtually through COVID-19

Teaching art virtually through COVID-19

Mary Park, Central News Watch
April 21, 2020

From paper bag stars to yarn feathers, making art can help pass the time and keep kids busy. Gallery One had to close temporarily due to COVID-19, but it hasn’t stopped them from continuing its...

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Emergency property tax plan announced by county treasurer

Emergency property tax plan announced by county treasurer

April 21, 2020

Property taxes are due April 30 for Kittitas County residents. The county's treasurer Amy Cziske announced an emergency plan last Thursday. David Snyder talked to Cziske about how the plan can help those...

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