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or a full list of events in the region, go to the Daily Record’s online calendar at dailyrecordnews.com.
Riders in the Sky are the headline act for this year’s Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg on President’s Day weekend
Oyez Roslyn! Spirit of the West Feb. 12-14, Ellensburg Riders in the Sky are the headline act for this year’s Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg on President’s Day weekend. The comedy and western group started more than 30 years ago, and features Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey spinning tall tales of the American West. Other acts at this year’s festival include local favorites Chance McKinney and Jeanne Cody. For more information, go to ellensburgcowboygathering.com. 8 KV LIVING
Feb. 20 Oyez Roslyn! gatherings are a winter tradition in Roslyn, where the community comes together for poetry, music, prose, stories about the land, science, visual arts and more. The speaker and performer series is curated by local resident Ellie Belew, and is always thought-provoking. This winter’s meetups are taking place at 8 p.m. at the new Basecamp Books and Bites shop at 110 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Roslyn. The next one is Feb. 20.
Science in a Pint Feb. 2 Get out of the weather for a night of science and beer. The Science in a Pint series at Cornerstone Pie brings local experts in to discuss locally relevant science topics. Master Gardener and beekeeper Kat Stanik is the featured speaker in February, with a program about beekeeping. The event runs from 7 to 8 p.m.
Snowshoe at the pass After last year’s dearth of snow, things are looking bright for snow-related recreation throughout the county. One good way to experience winter in the Cascades is via a guided snowshoe hike at Snoqualmie Pass. Make reservations at 425-434-6111 at the Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center — programs are offered most Saturdays. There’s a small suggested donation, and snowshoes are provided.
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McConnell Hall Auditorium is home to the Central Washington University’s Theatre Department. The stage is hosting “The Memorandum” this winter
CWU Theatre The Central Washington University Theatre Ensemble has two shows planned this winter on campus. “Circle Mirror Transformation” involves a cast of characters playing imaginative and sometimes awkward theatre games. It runs Feb. 11-13 at the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. “The Memorandum,” by 10 KV LIVING
Vaclav Havel, focuses on Josef Gross, a humanist in a nameless organization encumbered by the introduction of an artificial language designed to streamline office communications. It runs March 3-5 and March 10-13 at McConnell Auditorium. Tickets and more information are available at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets.
Over-the-TOPera Feb. 6 Central Washington University’s vocal students, faculty and alumni will come together for a night of opera at the McIntyre Music Building at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. “Victoria Nightingale” will return as host for the concert of arias, duets and ensembles. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and proceeds will support future CWU opera productions.
first-time snowshoers (you can rent them for the day at Mountain High). But if you e’re into deep are tired of the snow, he has a few other winter in Kittitas ideas for hiking in the shrub-steppe. County, which offers up two choices — embrace As far as inside activities, Riders on the the great outdoors and go Range will be making an appearance at outside or snuggle up on Spirit of the West over Presidents Day the couch and hibernate. weekend in Ellensburg, and Central Washington University’s music and theatre I hope this winter gives departments have productions planned you the ability to do both. that should be both thought-provoking and Record snow in December in the Cascades entertaining. means winter recreation of all sorts — It might also a good time to explore skiing, snowboarding, tubing, skating, some of Kittitas County’s historic bars. snowmobiling and snowshoeing. After There’s a long history with many of the last winter’s snow drought, I think many establishments in the county that dates in the county welcomed the heavy snow with open arms, especially businesses that well before Prohibition, as writer Nicole depend on it. It’s nice to see the small town Klauss tells us in this edition. of Ronald hopping with snowmobile traffic Whatever the weather brings, I hope you and ice skaters gliding on the arena at stay warm this winter. Happy reading. Suncadia again. Outdoors writer Dick Ambrose shares five ideas of winter hikes in the area, whether there’s snow or not, in this month’s KV Living. His suggestion of the Forest Joanna Markell Discovery Trail at Blewett Pass is perfect for
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“IT’S A SEASON FOR REFLECTING, FOR TAKING LONG WALKS ON CRISP DAYS.” Annie Hurlbut
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Umptanum Canyon: Whenever we step into the canyon we have that deja vu feeling as if we had been there before. We have of course, many times. The trail in the heart of shrub steppe country is a favorite of ours year-round. We love the wildflowers of spring and the golden leaves of cottonwood and aspen in the fall. Crunching along in the snow and coming within 10 feet of a bighorn sheep isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad either. There are impressive frozen seeps on the south canyon walls, ice covered beaver ponds and lots of animal tracks to identify. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a favorite place to take out-of-town guests, to enjoy the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. One can spot bighorn sheep, elk, deer, coyotes, beavers, quail, chukars and many types of birds.
Beaver ponds on Umptanum Creek.
TO GET THERE: Take Canyon Road south from Ellensburg. The Umptanum Recreation Site is 8.5 miles from Thrall Road in the Yakima Canyon.
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Frenchman’s Coulee The remnants of the historic Missoula floods are called by some scablands. But when you gaze at the towering black basalt cliffs with broad flat sagebrush covered valleys, the effect is far from scabby. It is truly dramatic. Every time we hike around Moses Coulee, Grand Coulee or any of the other coulees that were shaped by the floods, we try to imagine what it was like when the waters rushed over the land many years ago. From the small parking area the hike begins. At this point you have several options. You can hike the old road through Frenchman’s Coulee. It ends 2 miles later at an impressive waterfall. Or you can take the left branch of the road which meanders along Babcock Bench as far as you are willing. Both options have their own special beauty. If you can’t decide, you may have to do both. The falls lls at the end of Frenchman’s Coulee.
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Ancient Lakes Basin Picture a sky getting bluer by the moment, four to six inches of powdery snow under foot, massive cliffs with basalt columns that reach to the sky, a lake reflecting the blue of the sky, the white of the snow, and the black basalt. With a view across the Columbia of a storm in the Colockum, and
some of the finest shrub steppe country you can imagine, it simply cannot be beat. It is one of our favorite winter hikes. If you too love shrub steppe country and are fascinated by the history, geology, and everything to do with the area, you will enjoy this hike. Follow the old road from the closed gate until it reaches the middle
A hiker in Ancient Lakes Basin.
TO GET THERE: From Ellensburg drive east on I-90 to exit 149 at George. After exiting, turn left and drive north on State Route 281 toward Quincy. After 5.6 miles turn left onto White Trail Road. Continue 7.8 miles on White Trail Road, then turn left onto Road 9-NW. Continue 5.9 miles on this road. The pavement ends at 2 miles
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OUTDOORS IMAGINE TREES ARE DECORATED WITH ORNATE HEAPS OF SNOW. SNOWFLAKES ATTEMPTING TO DEFY GRAVITY FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER DRIFT LAZILY TO THE GROUND.
Forest Discovery Trail
TO GET THERE: Take U.S. Highway 97 to Blewett Pass. Turn right at the pass on the gravel road. In about one half mile, turn right into the trailhead parking lot. You will need to walk this portion if there is snow cover in the winter. A Northwest Forest Pass is required. A sno-park pass is required in the winter.
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In the winter if there is no snow you can walk the trail. It looks like this year there will be plenty of snow for an easy snowshoe hike. The trail is not difficult to follow even with that white stuff on the ground. I like to go after a fresh snow of six or so inches on a solid base. Picture if you will, the magic of winter. It is 25 degrees, partially cloudy giving you the unusual color combination of white and grey. Dramatic shafts of sunlight pierce openings in the clouds to illuminate spots on distant mountains. Trees are decorated with ornate heaps of snow. Snowflakes attempting to defy gravity for what seems like forever drift lazily to the ground. And it is all yours. There will not be many folks on the trail in the winter. There are interpretive signs along the way so you can learn more about the forest. Although there are many great snowshoe hikes in the area, this is our favorite. It is a great beginners snowshoe hike. So grab your friends and family. You owe it to yourself to bundle up and get out there and enjoy winter’s gift: peace on earth.
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with Members of the band Centaur Midwife perform during a New Year's Eve event at the Kittitas County Fairground's Western Village on Dec. 31
The voice was from Cornerstone Pie, looking to fill its newly constructed stage with a band they knew were a reliable source of Americana folk rock. After some crafty negotiating on Babcock’s part, another gig was in the books. “There was a point where we had to actively look for gigs,” said David Owens, the band’s guitarist and mandolinist. “But now people are starting to call us, especially for private parties and weddings.”
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After the band’s members participated in countless jam sessions, open mics, street busking and more, the primordial soup of introductions and musical tastes churned out what would finally be known as Centaur Midwife. After their original bass player Bob Bruya moved away to Florida for college, they replaced him with Tyler Leavitt, which in turn made singer and guitarist Kyle Bain raise an eyebrow. The band’s lineup was exactly the same as one of their previous bands — The Dainty Saints — minus their friend Megan Gustafson. Thankfully, friends remained friends, and the band name to end all band names kept churning out shows and tunes.
The tour After an Indie Go Go campaign that raised around $5,000, the Centaur Midwife embarked on their first tour last September. The travels included 14 shows spanning three weeks, a few thousand miles and two very distinct vehicles. The guys had procured an RV, but as the vehicle was making it up to Ellensburg, it got stuck in Bakersfield, Calif. So the band got the next best thing. A 1995 blue Ford Aerostar, appropriately dubbed, “The Blue Hopper.” “Somehow it got us through the whole thing,” Bain said. David Owens sings a song with Centaur Midwife during a New Year's Eve event at the Kittitas County Fairground's Western Village on Dec. 31
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The members of Centaur Midwife pose for a selfie in the “Blue Hopper” during their 2015 tour
The vehicle took on its name and personality from a specific trait the band became intimately familiar with throughout the Siskiyou mountain range in southern Oregon. “When you would turn at high speeds, it would shake — violently,” Babcock said. When they road down the windy Interstate 5 roads “It would just be like, “GUH-GUH-GUH-GUH-GUH-GUHGUH-GUH!” Thankfully, much like the Millennium Falcon, every bucket of bolts has its own bag of tricks. Babcock’s father taught him to use the emergency brake to help slow the craft full of thousands of dollars of musical gear. “When Kyle would drive I would be like, ‘Alright, let me know when you need to slow down,’” Babcock said. “And then I would pull the brake and he would steer.” The Blue Hopper made it to Bakersfield, where they spent three days stranded trying to get the RV fixed. The band had plenty of time to spare to make it to the next gig, but Bakersfield wasn’t exactly the best place to be either. After finally getting the RV fixed, they traveled down to San Luis Obispo, Calif., playing music
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and picking up dogs along the way. … Well just one. “We were staying at Garrett’s grandparents’ house down in Escondido, Calif.,” Owens recalled. “Garrett’s buddy came over with a litter of puppies. Could. Not. Resist. That got stressful.” A new puppy is stressful. A new puppy on tour is another animal, especially when you’re stuck at Walmart for 36 hours while it throws up in between biting everybody. “The dog got a little car sick,” Owens said with smile. “I got her medicine though, she’s doing very well.” Almost as if the RV didn’t function north of a certain longitude line, it broke down in Santa Rosa, leaving the band to conquer the mountains again with the trusty Blue Hopper — which by the way only functions above a certain temperature, which is why in January it’s currently out of order. All in all, the tour was a success. Gigs were played — spacial reasoning was learned. Even what to pack was a lesson picked up by all. “I brought my huge suitcase,” Owens barely said through tears of laughter, “And Tyler meanwhile brought the clothes on his back.”
Future of the band The band put out its first album entitled “Manticore Sleepover” — a name which came from Babcock’s brother not being able to remember the band’s name — before the tour in August, and is already looking ahead at its next one. “It’s gonna sound a hell of a lot like the first album,” Babcock joked. “It’s leftover material that a lot of people have already heard, since we play it live, but then it’s gonna be put out as one live session. We’re going to record it as a group, as opposed to doing it, the plan is to change up the recording process so it’s not as long as arduous.” The group is also keeping one eye on applying for upcoming festivals including Folklife, Chinook Fest and Summer Meltdown. “We’ve been able to branch out more by having gig exchanges,” Babcock said. “So using that as networking, and then going back to places we’ve planted seeds, playing where people that want us to come back.” If you find yourself counting down to anything in the new year, you probably won’t have to count down to a Centaur Midwife performance for too long. ■
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in Kittitas County The exterior of the Brick Saloon in Roslyn. Started as a tavern in 1889, The Brick is often referred to as the oldest bar in the state
Local bars and taverns have long been a place to swap stories, grab a drink and talk about life in Kittitas County. Throughout the years, many bars in the county have closed as a result of fires or business decisions, making room for new businesses 28 KV LIVING
to open up. Just a handful of the county’s older taverns and bars are still in existence today. Kittitas County Historical Museum Director Sadie Thayer said there are different stories of speakeasies and other bars that survived Prohibition (1920 to 1933) by becoming a soda fountain or other business. People tried to stay in business with
the changes of the law, she said. “We’ve got a record of one place where the owner and his partner were in the alcohol business, and when Prohibition hit, he changed partners and went to soda pop,” Thayer said. “Then he changed partners again and went back to serving alcohol.”
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Some of the county’s oldest surviving bars include the Brick Saloon, Frontier Tavern, the Pastime, Arnie’s Horseshoe and Marko’s Place.
The Brick The Brick Saloon is a landmark in Roslyn, and has been serving alcohol since the late 1800s.
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in Kittitas County Located on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street, it’s the first bar people see upon entering the downtown area from Cle Elum. The Brick claims to be the oldest existing bar operating under one name in the state. In 1889, John Buffo and Peter Giovanni opened a tavern in this location. The tavern was rebuilt in 1898 using 45,000 bricks, which is when it took the name “The Brick,” Above: Arnie’s Horseshoe Sports Bar along Third Avenue in downtown Ellensburg Below: An old photo, guessed to be in the 1950s, shows Marko’s Place according to the bar’s website. The Brick’s historic bar originated in England. It was purchased in Portland after following the European shipping lanes around Cape Horn. The bar still features its original 23-inch running water spittoon that used to be used for those who spit chew or dipping tobacco. Nowadays, the spittoon is used annually for the running water spittoon boat races and regatta. Participants make miniature boats out of wood, plastic or other materials, sometimes using toys like a rubber duck, and let them float from one end of the spittoon to the other. The venue serves up alcohol, pub fare and live music every Friday and Saturday cal and regional craft brews on tap. night. It also has a basement jail the state. cell and highlights the city’s coal The building burned in the 1889 fire and the current building was mining history. According to a Daily Record article constructed a few years later. The Frontier Tavern closed briefly from Dec. 28, 1970, the Horseshoe By historical accounts, a tavern in early 2015 as new owner Michael (on Third Avenue in Ellensburg) has existed in the Frontier’s loca- McNeight gave it a new life with has existed as a tavern since before tion (Fourth Avenue in Ellensburg) fresh paint, new tile in the bath- 1918. In 1918 Louis Bender Sr. sold since 1873, making it possibly the room and new lighting. The tavern it just before prohibition became oldest location hosting a tavern in features a large bar and carries lo- law. His son, Louis Bender, bought
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it back in 1936, three years after beer came back, and owned it for 35 years. “Old-timers remember the whole street as a busy place, always a workingman’s center, not only for relaxation over a friendly glass of beer, but for hiring out on new jobs and getting paid for old ones,” the Daily Record article reads. Current owner Arnie Renville bought the business in 1996 and renamed it Arnie’s Horseshoe Sports Bar. On display at the bar is the Daily Record article, which also shows pictures of a brass beer pump, a tool for cutting chewing tobacco and the bar in 1935.
Marko’s Place Marko’s Place in Roslyn was established in 1931, during Prohibition, according to the sign that hangs over the bar’s entrance. The bar’s current owners, Anne Dukelow Gruber and her husband Derek Gruber, said they suspect a bar was in the location long before the 1930s. “All the old-timers say it’s been a bar,” Derek Gruber said. The Grubers have a couple of historic photos of the bar from around the 1950s, according to a patron who identified the clothing of that time period. They also have a photo of Marko Korich, who opened the tavern as Marko’s Place in 1931, and a display of old drink tokens. The historical wood back bar dates back to the 1930s. It was originally shipped from England all around Cape Horn to Ellensburg and then to Roslyn. Marko’s Place became the Office Tavern at one point in the 1960s, when John T. Martin purchased it, said Anne Dukelow Gruber.
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The Kittitas County Historical Museum also has records of Ellensburg taverns no longer in existence: The Jewett Saloon was the first saloon in Ellensburg and third business overall, according to the "Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties." J.W. Jewett was the proprietor, according to the "History of the Yakima Valley, Vol. 1," and it was attested to by Dr. Middleton Amen in 1878.
14, 1883 edition of the Kittitas Standard, was located at the corner of Third and Main streets. J.T. McDonald was the proprietor, according to museum history. The advertisement reportedly read: “The above place of resort has recently been refitted and refurnished throughout, and none but the best brands of Wines, Liquors and Cigars are furnished to patrons. Call and sample.” Other historical Ellensburg taverns and breweries listed in the muse■
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um's records include: the Northern Pacific Saloon, Peterson's Saloon, Cascade Saloon, the Germania, Jones Bar and Grill, the Warwick, the Kittitas, the Ellensburg Keg House, the Board of Trade Saloon, the City, the Ellensburgh, the Corner, Walter Key's Saloon, Blomquist's beer hall, the Humboldt Saloon and the Palace. The "Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties" states that there were 12 saloons in Ellensburg in 1887, according to museum research.
To make the tavern look more like an office, Martin lowered the ceilings, raised the floor and covered the windows. Regular chairs were substituted with rolling office chairs, some the furniture can still be found in the bar. According to Daily Record archives, Marin sold the business in 1974 for $25,000 to Clayton Swenson of Roslyn, and the tavern later changed hands several more times. In the mid-1990s the tavern closed and then reopened in 1996 as Marko’s Place, the owners said. The tavern has since been restored to its original ceilings and floor and the windows are exposed.
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The Pastime The Pastime Tavern in Roslyn was built in 1887, according current owner Sheila Kokorovic. Originally it was a bar called the Palace, Kokorovic said. “I’ve seen historical pictures of it from the (Roslyn) Museum,” she said. For a couple of years during Prohibition, the Pastime became Owens Meats. The tavern has a historical picture from 1927 of the meat shop. When Prohibition ended, it became a bar again. Kokorovic has owned the bar for about 3 1/2 years and is in the process of changing the bar’s name to Roslyn Roadhouse. She has formally gone through the name change process with the state business license and is currently working with the city of Roslyn to update her signage. Under its new name, the menu will include more steaks and chops, and will use Owens Meats. ■
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ABOVE: Night falls on downtown Roslyn in January 2016 LEFT: Ellensburg High School lights up with school pride in the spring 2011
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ABOVE: The Davidson Building lights up during the annual Moments to Remember celebration in downtown Ellensburg in 2010 LEFT: The evening sun lights up the western sky along Wilson Creek Road last February
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