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D&M COFFEE COMPANY MYRON LINDER– LINDER CHIROPRACTIC VOTED BEST CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Myron Linder and Dr. Sandy Linder graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. They have been practicing for 25 years, specializing in a wide range of the latest adjusting techniques. Linder Chiropractic is located next to CWU, within walking distance for students. We are accepting new patients! Call to schedule an appointment.

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THE ROOST TATTOO STUDIO VOTED BEST TATTOO BUSINESS In business for two years, at the Roost we value our craft and our love for tattooing. We promise to give the highest quality tattoo experience in the valley. We value our client relationships and that is part of the quality experience!

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Casa Patas is performing flamenco dances in the CWU Music Building on Nov. 19

Casa Patas 7 p.m., Nov. 19, CWU Music Building Central Washington University has forged a new partnership with the country of Spain this year, and is bringing several cultural groups to campus as a result. One is Casa Patas, Flamenco of Madrid, which combines skillful musicianship and storytelling in its though-provoking dances. Tickets are $12 for the general public and available at cwu.edu/tickets.


Red Curtain Broadway Review 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21, 2 p.m. Nov. 22, CWU McConnell Auditorium Central Theater Ensemble brings a taste of Broadway to Ellensburg with an evening of favorites from a variety of Broadway hits. Tickets are $15 adult general admission, and $8 for a CWU student with ID and available at cwu.edu/tickets.

Christmas on stage Get into the Christmas spirit with two local productions.

➤ The Central Theatre Ensemble brings ‘‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to Ellensburg Dec. 2-6. The familyfriendly production features the wild holiday adventures of a mouse, elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Tickets are $15 adult general admission, and $8 for a CWU student with ID and available at cwu.edu/tickets.

➤ Valley Musical Theatre will stage “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens the second weekend in December, with familiar carols for the audience to sing along with the cast. The production runs Dec. 10-13.

This year’s Fourth of July fireworks in Ellensburg (pictured here in 2013) were postponed to New Year’s Eve

because of fire danger, allowing a new event to take place on New Year’s Eve. Fireworks will 9 p.m. Dec. 31, be moved to the Kittitas County Kittitas County Fairgrounds Event Center and fairgrounds This summer’s July 4 fireworks and will blast off on Dec. 31. were postponed in Ellensburg

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Hometown Holidays November through December, Kittitas County The holiday spirit is alive and well throughout Kittitas County in November and December. Downtown Ellensburg hosts a number of events including Moments to Remember, the Snowball Drop, Teddy Bear Tea and Girls Night Out. There also are tree-lighting and Christmas celebrations in Kittitas, Thorp, Cle Elum, Suncadia and Roslyn in December. Go to ellensburgdowntown.org/ holidays for more information.

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The Editor

This month’s Kittitas Valley Living magazine checks in on a couple of old Not to go out on a limb, haunts, starting with the Ellensburg Train but autumn has always Depot. The Friends of the Northern Pacific been one of Kittitas Depot have been doing good things for the County’s strengths. 105-year-old building over the past few Temperatures are mild, years, with more work left to complete. It’s the wind dies down and always fun to peek inside to see how things the trees burst into a look these days. colorful display worthy of We’ll also check in at Gallery One to see a Van Gogh painting. what’s happening at the Community School The word is getting out. People from for the Arts, and with a local family that around the region trekked to the Alpine has a knack for rescuing dogs that have Lakes Wilderness in early October to see fallen on hard times. larch trees changing colors. Several local Finally, Daily Record writer and design trailheads were overflowing with cars for editor Matt Carstens has taken on the that show. Even fairy flies, also known tough assignment of taste testing nachos as woolly aphids, show up in droves in October in Ellensburg, much to the dismay around Kittitas County. Disagree with his cheesy assessment? Let us know of runners and bicyclists who end up your favorite by sending us an email at accidentally inhaling them. newsroom@kvnews.com. After this year’s hot summer, it has been Happy reading. nice to get back to a routine. The students are back at CWU, the high school football season is in full swing and thoughts turn to reading, pots of soup and scarves.


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Thursdays in Mattawa used to be grim. Stray dogs were picked up off the streets and held shortterm in a Mattawa pet shelter. Owners had a chance to claim them before Thursday rolled around when a veterinarian would come into town and euthanize unclaimed dogs. “Hundreds, and I mean hundreds, of healthy dogs were being euthanized every year,” said Tracy Arlt, an Ellensburg resident who teaches special education in Mattawa. About eight years ago, a city official called Arlt. The situation was “breaking his heart,” and he asked her to help. There was no adoption system of any kind set up at the Mattawa shelter, so the dogs had nowhere to go. Arlt said she didn’t understand why the official thought she could do something about it, but she started to research pet rescue operations on the West Side and reached out. She knows a thing or two about dogs. For the last 10 years, she has been a project leader for horse and dog projects in the Trailblazers 4-H club. Arlt also happened to have a service dog in her special education classroom when she got the call. At the time there were three dogs in the shelter scheduled to be euthanized. Two of them, Arlt said, were young, cute puppies around 4 months old. She took all three home and started contacting people who might be willing to take them. Maggie Arlt gets her 4-H dog Shirley to clear a jump during a practice session at her home east of Ellensburg 12 KV LIVING








The Arlt family of Ellensburg has four dogs, three of which are rescues from Mattawa. The oldest is Benji, who is pushing 17 years old. “He is old, old, old, we have to nudge him every morning to see if he’s still breathing,” Tracy Arlt said laughing. Benji was placed as an older dog with an owner who was eventually diagnosed with cancer. The Arlts said they would foster Benji until he found a home, but he was a little harder to place. Benji, a German shepherd-husky mix, doesn’t like car rides or being in the house. “He just kind of wants to hang out and be a yard ornament of a dog, and we couldn’t find a placement for him that was appropriate, so he’s stayed here,” she said. Their first rescue dog from Mattawa was 8 months old when the Arlts brought her into their home. Her name was Shirley, a Border collie mix. Arlt said Shirley obviously had about eight months of living on the streets and not being fed. “She loves life a little bit extra than most dogs do,” she said.

“It just snowballed into hundreds. I didn’t really mean it to do that, but it’s pretty hard to say no when you don’t feel like there are other options,” she said. Arlt started transporting dogs to the West Side where they were placed in other rescues or in homes ready to take them.

FOSTERING DOGS She had about six animals fostered in her home every week. They were dogs she had never met before; a lot of them weren’t healthy. She had to help find homes for them and then load them into her car to get them over to the West Side every week. “It was really, really hard at first because there wasn’t an option for any of the dogs, we were taking them all,” she said. After placing more than 30 dogs in homes, Arlt started to hear stories about how much families loved their new pets. At that point, she said she had to stay involved because she knew it was a good thing.

“She is just the most fantastic, appreciative dog and that has never gone away,” Arlt said.

She has since lost count of all the dogs that came out of the Mattawa rescue. She said the rescue is probably pushing close to 400 dogs placed in homes on the West Side.

The family just adopted another rescue, a dog named Harrison, who is about 8 months old. Arlt has no idea what kind of dog he is. He showed up on school grounds with a husky mix that was emaciated. After they were picked up, Harrison went with Arlt and the husky went with one of her teacher co-workers.

“I just happened to be in a situation where there was a huge need in Mattawa and nobody was stepping up to take care of it and I did, and I kind of got into something that I never had planned getting into but I did,” she said.

Shirley immediately became a 4-H dog, since Border collie breeds like to stay busy.

“I just couldn’t resist him so he’s the last one that we brought this way and he’s housed with us, and he’s not going anywhere. We fell in love with him,” she said. Dogs often show up on school grounds, Arlt said, looking for food and companionship. “I don’t know, he’s just one of those that tugged at our heartstrings,” she said. “Harrison is kind of my sidekick.”


After eight years of helping, Arlt doesn’t drive to the West Side anymore unless she has an obvious placement for a dog. “There’s no such thing as a job in rescue, it’s all volunteer,” she said.

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Rescue dogs in general are just pretty amazing, as a group of dogs, especially the ones that maybe started out pretty rough.” For people involved in pet rescues, Arlt said it’s easy to burn out. “You don’t want to stop helping but there’s a point where you can’t, you can’t do it to the level that you had energy to do it for a while,” she said. People who stay in pet rescue have to be well set up to handle it. Everything is run by volunteers and funding is through donations. It can be emotionally and physically tiring, and financially stressful.

RAISING A RESCUE Raising a rescue dog can be challenging, but it also comes with rewards. “Rescue dogs in general are just pretty amazing, as a group of dogs, especially the ones that maybe started out pretty rough,” Arlt said. Puppies bought from the pet store or from a breeder have clean slates, Arlt explained. The most common age for rescue dogs is a young adult stage, around 8-10 months old. By that time, dogs can have a lot of things happen to them, ranging from neglect to abuse. “They don’t understand that the garbage can isn’t a place that they can take food out of, but that’s what they had to do to stay alive. They don’t understand that jumping on the kitchen table and taking whatever they want is not OK,” Arlt said. Some dogs are terrified of being trapped because kids have chased them around the city, Arlt said. This makes them more difficult to leash train. Dogs that have been mistreated require the most care, she said. People have to be more cautious working with a rescue dog than with a puppy that has had a clean slate with no background of being mistreated, abused or neglected. For any dog, breed characteristics



provide a framework for training. Some breeds are easy to train while others are more difficult. It’s sometimes difficult to tell the breed of a rescue dog, which can make things more challenging.

NOT GIVING UP In the last eight years of working at the Mattawa rescue, Arlt says there hasn’t been one dog that she’s given up on. “Feral dogs have been hard, but no, we haven’t given up on any of them,” she said. Some of the dogs have been mistreated to the point where they don’t trust humans. “And you feel like they will never trust humans,” Arlt said. Others have been born in orchards and left there until humans trap them. There have been maybe 10 feral dogs that the rescue has seen in the last eight years. “We’ve been able to get through to all of them, they’ve all been adopted, they’ve all been placed in families and they’re all living just a loved doggie life, but that was a much harder road to go on,” she said. Some have gone on to be agility dogs, others are lap dogs and regular family dogs, Arlt said. Arlt receives more than 20 Christmas cards a year from families that have taken in rescue dogs. She says considering that the rescue has placed more than 300 dogs, keeping contact with a handful of them doesn’t seem like a lot. “That’s enough to make me feel like ‘OK, what I did was worth it,’” she said.

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UPPER LEFT: Replica signage adorns the facade of the Ellensburg Depot LEFT: Sunlight shines on the decorative details of a heating radiator at the Ellensburg Depot


ABOVE: A perfectly restored ticket window greets visitors to the Ellensburg Depot as restoration continues BELOW: A set of drawings for sit on a countertop in the depot ticket office

“This project has a lot of support,” Hayden said referring to elected officials on the state and federal level and historical groups and agencies. “People want to see this get done.”

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Light at end of tunnel Hayden said a restored station will be used as a transportation hub. Right now that likely would mean bus service. At some point in the future it could mean the return of passenger rail. “We’re working with All Aboard Washington to get passenger train service back,” Hayden said. “It’s something that could possibly happen, but to get it done it’s going to take Yakima, Ellensburg, Cle Elum politicians all working together to get rail service. It would be good for everybody.” Hayden has previously said he’s turned down proposals for various commercial uses — restaurants, retail — in the depot. The second floor of the depot is being renovated for office spaces.

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Core services The plumbing and heat are connected. Functional plumbing can’t happen (at least during the winter) without heat. Hayden said work on the plumbing pipes is slated to take place. The heating system will cost about $85,000, he said. The lack of plumbing and heat has limited the use of the building for rental purposes. The plumbing is a good example of how restoring a depot involves more than a trip to the nearest Home Depot.

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ABOVE: New brick pavers surround the Ellensburg Depot RIGHT: The lobby area of the Ellensburg Depot, complete with replica crown molding, vintage era depot benches and period lighting, takes shape BELOW: A view from behind the bars in the ticket window


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One major point is the roughin for a toilet (the space between the outlet pipe and wall behind the toilet) has changed since the depot was built in 1909-10. “Probably the biggest problem is these have an eight-inch rough-in,” Hayden said in regard to the depot toilets. “Today 10- to 12-inch rough-ins are standard.” This means modifying the toilet rough-ins. Once the rough-ins are right, then there is the toilet itself. Hayden will install pull-chain toilets. “To do the toilets it’s going to cost about $38,000 to $40,000,” Hayden said.

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Work to date Significant work has already been completed at the depot. The most significant single upgrade was the installation of a new roof. “It’s a 100-year roof,” Hayden said. “It’s not going anywhere.” There are seemingly thousands of details in the depot — crown molding, fencing ticket windows, a particular type of tile, era benches, lighting, etc. Hayden is meticulously attempting to restore the depot as much as possible to its 1909-10 construction. There are contemporary upgrades, though, such as a security camera system designed to discourage and catch vandals. In addition to his own support of the project, Hayden has received community support as well, with particular assistance from Premier Paint and T&T Electric. ■

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his fall the youth of Ellensburg will learn how to make pottery and create fiber art pieces, while kids from pre-K to kindergarten will work on miniature Monets. The youth arts program at Gallery One has been a leader in providing creative opportunities to kids in Ellensburg, and there's one face that's been a constant behind the children's art programming at the gallery. Becky Parmenter, Community School of the Arts coordinator, has been developing and leading children's programming at Gallery One since she arrived in Ellensburg seven years ago. "Becky coordinates, runs, manages and inspires all of the kids in our after school art program," Gallery One director Monica Miller said. "Her primary contribution over the years has been to inspire children in Ellensburg and beyond both during our after school activities and our free programs on the weekend, really anytime that they want to come in."

Background Parmenter moved to Ellensburg about seven years ago from Idaho where she was a substitute teacher, which included a lot of substituting in art classes. Becky Parmenter, CSA Coordinator at Gallery One, observes her students work with a guest instructor during a ceramics class 24 KV LIVING

Becky Parmenter, CSA Coordinator at Gallery One, teaches student how to crochet

She belonged to an art guild that worked with at-risk kids once a month at the library through a free program in Idaho Falls. Prior to that she belonged to a co-op in Wyoming where she taught and went to school. She graduated from Western Wyoming College with a degree 26 KV LIVING

in ceramics, which is her favorite medium. She’s been a maker all of her life, and not a day goes by that she doesn’t make something. “It could be art. It could be anything,” Parmenter said. “I just love to make stuff.”

Teaching Parmenter is currently teaching a fiber art class at Gallery One where she teaches kids to work with fabrics by dyeing them, painting them, and turning them into something functional. Some of the other classes of-

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Kids taking art classes at Gallery One don’t make cookie cutter art projects, so no two projects will look the same. Students learn a new concept or tool and then Parmenter lets them open their imagination and go from there. “Kids have their own style from the very beginning,” she said. “Some of them are really minimalist, a couple of lines or paint and they’re like, ‘I’m done.’ You can see that they have their own style and if they’re not forced into doing something or forced to work more on it they kind of stick with their own style.” Classes at Gallery One focus on teaching kids the process, showing them skills, and working with new materials. Many materials, like the printing press, are tools that kids might not have access to at home. “We just practice a lot of different techniques so they get to try things out that maybe they wouldn’t get to try,” Parmenter said. They learn about famous artists, local artists and sometimes even get to visit an artist. Kids also get more than just a piece of art to take home with them. They learn lifelong skills like how to socialize and share their work with other students. “I’ve seen some kids really bloom coming in here and being really shy,” she said. “Because we normally talk about our work each day they become more and more comfortable talking about themselves, and talking about what they made and their ideas. That is really fun. Somebody that’s really shy can see the other kids opening up and pretty soon they’re opening up.”

Becky Parmenter, CSA Coordinator at Gallery One, watches her students work during a ceramics class

Her favorite part about working with kids is that they “live in the moment.” “Whatever you’re working on, that’s what they’re focused on and they leave everything else behind,” she said. Parmenter doesn’t just teach children. She shares Gallery One’s philosophy about learning skills and reflecting on projects with new gallery instructors.

Filling a void As art has slowly disappeared from the schools, Gallery One has become the place to go for students desiring creative outlets.

“She’s leading the charge on filling in the void of arts education,” Miller said. Parmenter said the community has been generous and supportive by donating supplies and funding. Recently she’s been seeing more schools try to find grants and other ways to fund art. Lincoln Elementary School added an art teacher this year and also converted the

old principal’s office into an art room. “I think things are going to get better,” she said. “People are seeing how valuable art is for learning, for any age group for learning.” Gallery One fall classes have typically targeted kids in first through sixth grade, from ages six to around 11, though teen classes have recently been added. Adult classes also are available.

Becky Parmenter, CSA Coordinator at Gallery One, teaches student how to crochet


Miller said Parmenter helps inspire art students of all ages in Ellensburg. “I think Becky provides a source of creativity for anyone who’s interested,” she said. “I recently did a survey on our programs for community schools arts. Hands down, Becky was listed as our No. 1 asset. We’re very grateful to have her here at Gallery One.” Parmenter’s role also includes heading up a group that decides on student scholarships, coming up with fundraisers to help with tuition and material fees and coordinating what’s going on with the children’s classroom with exhibits downstairs.


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Parmenter said she hopes to continue expanding youth programs and art offerings in the future. A couple of years ago the gallery worked with one of the elementary schools by writing lesson plans and teaching parents an art project. Parents would then go into the classroom to teach it to the children. That’s something Parmenter hopes to continue. Another new program is working with Excel, the alternative high school in Ellensburg. Excel students visited Gallery One a couple of times last year. Their teacher wrote a grant and got funding for them to return every month. Parmenter’s goal is to continue developing a program that will grow and reach more people to bring them into the gallery. “It’s free and it’s a way to learn about what’s going on in the world,” she said. ■

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