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County implements new face mask directive

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...

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Kittitas County enters phase two

Kittitas County enters phase two

May 27, 2020

As of this morning, Kittitas County is officially in phase two of Gov. Inslee’s phased reopening plan. Currently, the county has 79 confirmed COVID-19 cases, but according to Kittitas County Public Health...

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County says to check-in on friends in isolation

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...

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Taco Bell closed for deep cleaning

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...

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Left to right: Jacob Robles, Leilani Salu

Meet the ASCWU Director for Equity & Multicultural Affairs candidates

May 8, 2020

Note: All candidates were asked the same questions. Answers are placed in alphabetical order and have been transcribed from audio interviews.  Candidates: Jacob Robles, Leilani Salu   What...

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Meet the ASCWU Director for Governmental Affairs candidate

Meet the ASCWU Director for Governmental Affairs candidate

May 8, 2020

Note: Answers have been transcribed from audio interviews. Candidate: Edgar Espino   Even though you’re running unopposed, why should people still vote for you? Edgar: Well, the reason I'm...

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Left to right: Ashley-Sue Vizguerra, Nathan Rawson

Meet the ASCWU Director for Student Life and Facilities candidates

May 7, 2020

Note: All candidates were asked the same questions. Answers are placed in alphabetical order and have been transcribed from audio interviews.  Candidates: Ashley-Sue Vizguerra, Nathan Rawson   What’s...

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Left to right: Josh McRae, Madeline Koval, Michael Fleagle

Meet the ASCWU Senate Speaker candidates

May 7, 2020

Note: All candidates were asked the same questions. Answers are placed in alphabetical order and have been transcribed from audio interviews.  Candidates: Josh McRae, Madeline Koval, Michael Fleagle   Why...

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Left to right: Brandon Wear-Grimm, Yunus Timurtas.

Meet the ASCWU Executive Vice President candidates

May 7, 2020

Note: All candidates were asked the same questions. Answers are placed in alphabetical order and have been transcribed from audio interviews.  Candidates: Brandon Wear-Grimm, Yunus Timurtas   What...

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Left to right: Cece Mortimer, Danny DeBock, Mickael Candelaria, Sidney McLaughlin.

Meet the ASCWU President candidates

May 7, 2020

Note: All candidates were asked the same questions. Answers are placed in alphabetical order and have been transcribed from audio interviews.  Candidates: Cece Mortimer, Danny DeBock, Mickael Candelaria,...

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Save some baking supplies for the rest of us!

Save some baking supplies for the rest of us!

April 15, 2020

Look, I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but please, for the love of God, stop hoarding the baking supplies. A few days ago I entered my kitchen (like I usually do), and realized I had three overripe...

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CWU: Postpone commencement

CWU: Postpone commencement

April 9, 2020

During freshman convocation, students were told the university would be there for them when they needed it. No matter if it took four years, five years or more, the university would be so proud to announce...

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Longtime Kittitas resident dies from COVID-19 complications

April 8, 2020

A longtime and respected Kittitas County resident has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD). This is the first COVID-19 related death for Kittitas...

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County implemented no rules prohibiting CWU from postponing commencement

County implemented no rules prohibiting CWU from postponing commencement

March 30, 2020

With growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Washington state and the U.S., measures are being taken to flatten the curve of the disease’s spread. For CWU seniors, this included the cancellation of spring’s...

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CWU cancels spring commencement

CWU cancels spring commencement

March 7, 2020

Note: This story will be updated as information becomes available. March 20, 2 p.m. - CWU cancels in-person commencement CWU will not host an in-person graduation ceremony in spring due to COVID-19.  The...

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Update: Two more Kittitas residents under investigation for COVID-19

Update: Two more Kittitas residents under investigation for COVID-19

March 3, 2020

COVID-19 test results came back negative for the Kittitas County resident who was tested on March 2, according to a Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) press release. The March 2 test makes...

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COVID-19 results pending for Kittitas County resident

COVID-19 results pending for Kittitas County resident

March 2, 2020

A COVID-19 test was sent out today for a Kittitas County resident. The Kittitas County resident is being hospitalized in Western Washington and is in critical, but stable condition, according to a press...

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Inslee declares state of emergency following first COVID-19 death in U.S.

Inslee declares state of emergency following first COVID-19 death in U.S.

February 29, 2020

A man died from COVID-19 at the Evergreen hospital in Kirkland, Washington, marking the first death by the virus in the U.S. Gov. Jay Inslee responded by declaring a state of emergency. “This will...

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Gaudino announces step down

February 26, 2020

CWU President James L. Gaudino announced that he will be stepping down from his position on July 31, 2021.  “Serving you has been an honor. I look forward to our continued successes during the next...

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BREAKING: Gaudino announces step down

BREAKING: Gaudino announces step down

February 19, 2020

CWU President James L. Gaudino announced that he will step down from his position as president. He will do so July 31, 2021. CWU officials sent out a press release this morning, saying Gaudino would...

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CWU student test results negative after week of isolation

February 12, 2020

Test results for the CWU student who was tested for the novel coronavirus came back negative on Friday. Immediately after the results came in, the student was released from isolation, according to Kittitas...

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CWU student tests negative for novel coronavirus

CWU student tests negative for novel coronavirus

February 2, 2020

Note: Story last updated at 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 7.  _________________________________________________________________________________ The CWU student who was tested for the novel coronavirus has negative...

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Update: CWU comments about student with possible coronavirus

January 31, 2020

After originally deferring all media to the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD), the university responded to The Observer early this morning about the student being tested for the novel coronavirus.  “The...

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CWU student in isolation and being tested for coronavirus

CWU student in isolation and being tested for coronavirus

January 30, 2020

Update: This story was updated on Feb. 2 after originally being posted on Jan. 30.  A CWU student being tested for the novel coronavirus is being held in isolation at the Kittitas Valley Healthcare...

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Inslee proposed $3.2M for campus security enhancements

January 15, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee proposed giving $3.28 million dollars to CWU’s main campus for security enhancements. $1.8 million would go towards installing electronic locking systems on buildings, $622,000 towards...

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Aviation program was moved to Yakima after summer incident

Aviation program was moved to Yakima after summer incident

November 18, 2019

Editor’s Note: This story was updated from its original form.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ On June 24, a CWU Aviation...

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Ellensburg celebrates and remembers

Ellensburg celebrates and remembers

November 13, 2019

On Monday at 11 a.m. the Ellensburg community gathered near Pearl Street to commemorate veterans for their service. People waved flags and cheered as veterans passed by on foot and in World War II-vintage...

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The Observer stands for a free and unregulated press

The Observer stands for a free and unregulated press

November 6, 2019

The Observer holds transparency between the publication and its readers as a top priority. We believe it’s our duty and a crucial factor in our pursuit of journalistic integrity. For these reasons,...

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CWU says if you don't see it, don't post it in new active shooter training video

CWU says if you don’t see it, don’t post it in new active shooter training video

October 2, 2019

In the event of an active shooter, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says you have three options: run, hide or fight. CWU’s new active shooter training video, which aligns with the “Run. Hide....

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VP of Innovation Frank, Interim Provost Franken

October 2, 2019

On July 15 Lynn Franken began her tenure as the university’s interim provost, replacing former Provost Katherine Frank. Appointed by President James L. Gaudino, Franken is the former Vice President...

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Former provost accepts new role at CWU

Former provost accepts new role at CWU

June 13, 2019

Today President James L. Gaudino sent an updated email regarding Katherine Frank, the now former provost. “To clarify my communication sent to the university community on June 10, 2019, Dr. Frank...

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Katherine Frank's email is inactive hours after President James J. Gaudino sent an email stating she would no longer be the university's provost.

Katherine Frank no longer provost, effective immediately

June 10, 2019

BREAKING: Katherine Frank is no longer CWU’s Provost. This goes into action immediately according to an email sent to employees by CWU President James L. Gaudino on June 10. “I will serve as the...

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Your Editor-in-Chief, for the last time

Your Editor-in-Chief, for the last time

May 30, 2019

When I began my journey with The Observer in winter 2018, I never thought I’d become a section editor, let alone the Editor-in-Chief. This week, for the last time, I’m writing as the Editor-in-Chief....

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An archive of CWU history

An archive of CWU history

May 23, 2019

With the current state of the national administration and the constant bashing of the press, it’s an inconvenient time to be a student journalist. It’s also the best time to be a student journalist. Despite...

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The Barrio Fiesta on May 10 was one of many events that families had the opportunity to attend during Family Weekend. The fiesta showcased Filipino music, culture and food. About 150 families attended Family Weekend
to get the chance to experience what Ellensburg and CWU has to offer.

Families experience college life

May 16, 2019

Every spring families are invited to visit campus for a weekend and participate in the college experience. This year Family Weekend was hosted May 10-12 and over 700 people were registered to attend. For...

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Shooter investigation closed

Shooter investigation closed

May 1, 2019

CWU Police completed a two-month long investigation after the active shooter false alarm on Feb. 6. Students can expect an after action report in the coming weeks and an active shooter training video early...

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Students from the Pre-Medical Club stand outside of the White House at their conference in Washington D.C.

Pre-Med Club attends conference, brings back knowledge

April 10, 2019

Being a member in a club on campus is something Pre-Medical Club President Marie-Helen Willis and club member Scott Engelhart say will lead to extended resources and opportunities. Ten members of the...

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Discussion about free speech on campus sparked by protest

Discussion about free speech on campus sparked by protest

April 10, 2019

Patriot Prayer stood in front of Black Hall to voice their opinions on primarily First and Second Amendment rights. The group held American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. About 100 people attended...

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Rep. Manweller on the House floor.

Manweller settles wrongful termination lawsuit against CWU for $155,000

April 2, 2019

Editor's note: This is an updated version of a story that was originally published 4/2/19. Matt Manweller, former CWU professor and state representative, settled a wrongful termination lawsuit against...

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Editors note: A thank you to my staff

Editors note: A thank you to my staff

March 7, 2019

Well, friends. This is the last issue of winter quarter. It’s hard to believe it has already come and gone. This was my first quarter as The Observer’s Editor-in-Chief. Prior to this quarter,...

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CWU students in lockdown at the SURC Rec Center

University says student overheard conversation about possible threat, triggered ROTC protocol

February 8, 2019

An emergency response update regarding the active shooter threat on Feb. 6 places the responsibility on “a student” who “overheard” a conversation in the CWU Case Management Services Office in...

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Official university tweet about the importance of keeping normality.

Classes continued in attempt to restore sense of normality

February 8, 2019

CWU Ellensburg classes were held as usual on Thursday, Feb. 7 in what the university said was an attempt to help students cope with the stress caused by the active shooter false alarm that locked down...

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Corporate America loves Valentine’s Day

Corporate America loves Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2019

Unfortunately for gullible Americans, Valentine’s Day is one big marketing scheme that  is predicted to cost each individual about 160 dollars this year (National Retail Federation). Teddy bears, candy...

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Women in ASCWU on the rise

Women in ASCWU on the rise

September 28, 2018

Self-doubt, pushback from male peers and negative stereotypes often plague women in leadership roles. For Edith Rojas, the climb to the top of ASCWU Student Government has included these adversities. Following...

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Freshman Luca Cruz shares their coming out story.

[Photo] Luca Cruz: my coming out story

May 23, 2018

Freshman Luca Cruz shares their coming out story.

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Sophomore Ryan Zetty shares his coming out story.

[Photo] No longer denying it: coming out in the eighth grade

May 23, 2018

Sophomore Ryan Zetty shares his coming out story.

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Young professionals celebrate success

Young professionals celebrate success

May 16, 2018

Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA) is hosting the first Young Professionals Week or “YoPro”  May 15-17. The three-day event has a purpose of helping the younger generation of Ellensburg gain connections...

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Advice to Students: trust yourself, and your voice

April 4, 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s all over. After advocating for students’ freedom of the press rights in Washington state for three years, I am happy to say that the New Voices bill became law on March...

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Censored news is fake news

Censored news is fake news

March 3, 2018

As of right now, high school student journalists can be forced to follow a “prior review” policy where school administrators have the right to request to see any student-bound media before it is sent...

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You are not alone

You are not alone

January 25, 2018

As someone who personally struggles with anxiety, I am here to share my experiences with the intention of inspiring at least one person to reach out and get the help they need. Mental illnesses are extremely...

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Mariah Valles