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Insiders’ Guide to Visiting

Central Washington’s

Escape to the Recreation Rich I-90 Corridor Destinations of CLE ELUM • ROSLYN • ELLENSBURG • SURROUNDING NATURE! about an easy hour’s scenic drive through the mountains just east of Seattle on I-90

Cle Elum, South Cle Elum, Roslyn, Easton, Suncadia, Snoqualmie Pass, Ronald, Liberty, Thorp, Ellensburg, Kittitas, Vantage


to Memorial Day

2016 Supplement to the Northern Kittitas County Tribune, Cle Elum, WA

Events Schedule & Maps Inside PLUS “Living Here” Section


Welcome to Kittitas County! Washington’s Kittitas County is graced with an abundance of natural beauty - ranging from rugged mountain peaks to sunny valleys, recreational opportunities and friendly small town people, making it a perfect getaway. Your Playground in the Cascades awaits about an hour away from the metropolitan Seattle area. Kittitas County, descending down the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains to the Columbia River along the I-90 Corridor, has some of the most accessible outdoor recreation and warmly welcomes you and your family!

INSIDERS’ TIP: “Watch for Insiders’ Tips from local people throughout this EXPLORE! Kittitas County Guide.”

Table of Contents 5 Visitor Services 6-7 County Recreation Map 13 Places 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 38 13

Cle Elum Easton Ellensburg Hyak Liberty Ronald Roslyn South Cle Elum Suncadia Thorp

14 Cool Stuff 17 Roadside Attractions & Oddities 17 Famous Faces of Kittitas County 18 Chimpanzee Encounters

19 Events 19-22 Calendar of Events

27 Attractions 33 Food & Drink 36-37 Dining & Lodging Map

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39 Recreation 41 Campgrounds & RV Parks

45 Living Here 45-49 Resident Services 48 Church Directory

50 Services Index







Cool Stuff



Food & Drink


Living Here

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Pioneer Days Queen welcomes you! Celebrate your 4th of July like a true pioneer

July 3-4-5 Celebration I’d personally like to welcome each of you to the Upper County. This is an area where you can relax, play and explore endless activities of fun for you and your family. We have many outdoor recreational opportunities such as camping, biking, fishing, rafting and mushroom picking. I’d also like to welcome you to Cle Elum’s Pioneer Days Celebration over the Fourth of July, an exciting time for us as we continue and enjoy traditional Pioneer Days events. I’d like to give you an idea of what you can expect during this event: A Fourth of July Parade, the Queen’s Tea at Carpenter Memorial, the Heritage Club Dinner, Pioneer Days Breakfast, Roslyn Riders Play Day, fireworks, a horseshoe tournament and a Bocci Ball Tournament. Those are just a few of the many events happening. We are a community of various nationalities which have melded together to create a close-knit family of friends and neighbors. I am humbled by the honor given me to carry on the Pioneer Queen tradition.

Bev Ballard 2015 Pioneer Days Queen

The July 4 parade announcer’s booth will be set up at 220 E. First Street in Cle Elum where you can hear descriptions of parade floats.

… at Cle Elum’s Annual Pioneer Days Celebration and Fourth of July fireworks July 35. One of the city’s oldest traditions and largest events, the festivities draw thousands each year. Watch for Queen Bev’s appearance at the Grand Parade, slated for Saturday, July 4 starting at 10 a.m. in downtown Cle Elum, where festival organizers also host a variety of Street Fair vendors set up on Harris Street throughout the celebration. The city’s fireworks show is staged at Memorial Park on Saturday, July 4 at 10 p.m. Elsewhere in Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald and surrounding areas look for many family-oriented activities planned for the holiday weekend, like the traditional comedic Melodrama put on by the local theatre troupe, Boulet Productions. Visit for details.

Residential • R ecreational • E questrian Property Sp ecialist – Kittitas & K

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Real Estate Broker

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Please call me for a complimentary copy of currently available properties for sale in our area. If you are considering selling, I can provide you with a complete market analysis of your home.

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Get Your Bearings with these VISITOR CENTERS - Maps, Brochures, Answers Cle Elum Visitor Center

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce - 312 W. 1st St. 509-674-6880 or or

103 E. 1st St.

Umpqua Bank 201 E. First St.

Wells Fargo

303 E. Railroad St.

Cashmere Valley Bank 801 W. Davis St. Suite 103 Note: moving to 803 W. First St. early 2016.

* The Cottage Café

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce - 609 N. Main St. 888-925-2204 or or

101 E. Pennsylvania Ave. 509-649-3650 or

ATMs - Get Cash For Your Adventures Roslyn, WA Cle Elum, WA Washington Federal

Ellensburg Visitor Center

Roslyn Visitor Center

Cle Elum

The Brick Saloon

911 E. First St. (see pg. 4)

100 W. Pennsylvania Ave.

The Caboose Bar & Grill

Roslyn Eagles

115 E. 1st St.

107 N. 2nd St.

The Keg Cellar

* Pastime Bar & Grill

112 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

204 W. Pennsylvania Ave. (see pg. 34)


804 W. 1st St.

Ronald, WA

* Homestead Restaurant

The Old No. 3

801 WA-970 (see pg. 38)

8381 State Route 903

Twin Pines

Easton, WA

Caboose Bar & Grill *Cottage Café Carpenter Memorial Library Dairy Queen *El Caporal *Gunnar’s Bistro *Gunnar’s Café Los Cabos Mike’s Tavern *McDonald’s *Pioneer Coffee Stella’s Eat Fresh Taco Bell


Maggie’s Pantry 1901 WA-970 *The Pastime RV Town The Brick 2600 Sparks Rd. Roslyn Public Library * See inside for more Red Bird Café on starred entries Updates, Addition (find them in the al Info, Maps index & This Entir on page 50.)

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Lake Cle Elum Last Resort


Liberty Café


Parkside Café Easton Saloon


TrueBru Brewery Red Mountain Coffee Summit Pancake

South Cle Elum

*Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast *Smokey’s Bar-B-Que

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Visitor Resources & Info


Online at VisitKittitasCuiode Local Newspaper: NKC Tribune


Public Restrooms: Downtown Cle Elum – Public Toilets 219 East First Street (next to the Telephone Museum on the main drag)

Coal Mines Trailheads:

– CLE ELUM (chemical toilet) - intersection

Fishing & Hunting Licenses: Cle Elum Farm & Home • 100 W 1st St. (509) 674-7104 or (see more on page 10 and 43)

of West 2nd Street and Stafford St. – ROSLYN (full public restrooms) - Intersection of North 3rd Street and West Washington Avenue (next to Roslyn Pioneer Park) Plus many visitor-friendly service stations, restaurants and other businesses offer their restrooms for visitor use - just ask!


Enjoy your stay!

Hospital / Clinics - See page 11 • Crisis Line: (509) 674-2881 Police: Cle Elum/Roslyn/S. Cle Elum (509) 674-2991 • Ellensburg (509) 962-7280 Washington State Patrol: 1-800-283-7806 • FBI: (206) 622-0460 Report Forest Fires: 1-800-562-6010 • Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222 EXPLORE! Kittitas County


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The Forest Beckons - State Parks

Kick back, explore and recreate … at one of Kittitas County’s five state parks. Last year Washington State Parks celebrated its centennial birthday. Here are some snapshots of parks that grace Kittitas County.

Places. For more info about the South Cle Elum Depot visit

Lake Easton State Park

Wanapum State Park Wanapum State Park sits along the shores of the Columbia River a few miles south of Vantage. The park has 50 camping sites, a day-use area, beach, restrooms, a boat launch, and three miles of hiking trails as well as waterskiing and fishing throughout the year. Nearly 7,500 acres of beautiful Columbia River shoreline are available to its users.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

photo courtesy of WA State Parks

Lake Easton State Park offers a small lake, scenery, fishing, camping and a beach for swimming. The park is tucked away in a forested, 516-acre year-round camping area with 24,000 feet of freshwater access. The park offers dozens of hiking and snowmobiling trails. There are 95 tent spaces, 45 utility spaces, all in a wooded setting. Motorized boating is allowed.

This park is billed as “one of the most unique forests that exists in the world” with fossils dating back 13 to 17 million years. It neighbors the Columbia River and offers peeks at petrified wood and Native American petroglyphs, vistas of the river and historic buildings. Kiosks guide paOlmstead State Park trons over short winding paths offering The Threshing Bee is slated for Saturviews of petrified wood in its natural state. day and Sunday September 19 and 20. Start the event both days with a country Iron Horse State Park breakfast served at the site and lunch proIron Horse State Park continues all the vided by the local 4H club, then stroll the way from the Columbia River on the east grounds for threshing exhibitions Saturday end, over Snoqualmie Pass to Cedar Falls to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. the west near North Bend. The Park totals Both days you’ll be treated to a 1 p.m. tracover 1,612 miles of trail following the Mil- tor parade, a hit with children and adults. waukee Road along the Pacific Railroad New to the park this year are a herd of right-of-way, the developed portion of the draft horses you can visit seven days a John Wayne Pioneer Trail. At South Cle week. If you’d like to see them in action Elum the trail intersects with the Milwau- working a field hauling olden day plows, kee Road depot, substation and rail yard, visit the park the last weekend of March. listed on the National Register of Historic The event is free. For times use the phone

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number and e-mail address below. At the end of September (dates and times to be announced) the same draft horses harvest corn and potatoes, which will be brought in, cooked up and served to attending spectators. Also on hand for that event: a beer garden and live music. Watch for posting of dates and times. Tours of the old cottage and home on the state park’s property are regularly held on Saturdays and Sundays, but if you plan on visiting the park between October and April, give the office a call to set up a tour at 509-925-1943. You can also e-mail

Geocache at WA State Parks Explore Washington State Parks by way of GeoTour’s 100 caches hidden in 100 parks to celebrate 100 years. From oldgrowth forests to ocean beaches, historic forts to modern campgrounds, you can seek new adventures and earn a special geocoin. Participating parks in Kittitas County include Olmstead Place, Wanapum, Gingko Petrified Forest and Iron Horse. For maps, directions and more info, visit

Free days at WA State Parks You won’t need a Discover Pass at State Parks on these 2015 dates: • June 6 - National Trails Day • June 13 - National Get Outdoors Day • August 25 - National Park Service’s Birthday • Sept. 26 - National Public Lands Day • Nov. 11 - Veterans Day See more on passes and permits on page 10.

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More paintings for sale on display at THE BRICK in Roslyn Washington’s Oldest Continuously Operating Bar, 100 W. Pennsylvania Ave.



4 Car Washes to choose from! Next door to the Cottage Cafe Open 24 Hours

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Get the Right Recreation Permits

National Forest • National Forest Recreation Day Pass • Northwest Forest Pass • Interagency Annual Pass • Interagency Senior and Access Pass

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife | A Vehicle Use Permit is required on WDFW lands.

Washington State Parks | • Discover Pass • Natural Investment Permit • Moorage Permit • Filming Permit • Commercial Use Permit • Special Activities Permit

Washington State Sno-Parks There are two kinds of SnoParks: Snowmobile and Non-motorized Sports. A Sno-Park Permit is necessary for parking and/or using either kind. Download maps at the website.

Fishing & Hunting Here Kittitas County, lying in the descent of the Cascade mountain range, offers numerous fishing and hunting areas – many say they’re among the best in the Pacific Northwest. The county features at least 25 lakes, 13 rivers and plenty of steams and ponds for fishermen to explore. The Yakima River is the largest of these waterways and begins at Lake Keechelus near Snoqualmie Pass and flows through Cle Elum and Ellensburg before emptying in the Columbia River. A variety of fish species can be found in the Yakima and other rivers in the county. In the fall, elk and mule deer hunting reigns supreme in Upper Kittitas County but there are also chances to hunt turkey, bear, cougar and quail. Cle Elum Ridge and Teanaway are popular hunting grounds in the area.

at Kids 14 and younger don’t need a fishing license in this state.

Free Fishing Weekend The state allows a free fishing weekend when licenses aren’t required wherever fishing is allowed June 6 and 7, 2015.

Fishing Derbies • The Easton Ponds Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 7 to 10 a.m. (registration 6 a.m.) This is a free event open to all ages and features prizes. I-90 Exit 70-Easton. Contact is 509-674-6231. • 25th Annual Cascade Field & Stream Club and U.S. Forest Service Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lavender Lake. Saturday,

Washington Department of Natural Resources | The Discover Pass is your ticket to Washington’s Great Outdoors. For a list and maps of DNR-managed state trust lands that require the Discover Pass is on the website.

CLE ELUM RANGER DISTRICT OFFICE: 803 W. 2nd Street, Cle Elum (509) 852-1100 FISHERMAN CHRIS EMERSON holds up a rainbow trout caught in the Yakima River near Cle Elum. Jim Fossett photo

June 6. Registration at 6:30 a.m. with fishing from 7 to 10 a.m. Free to kids 14 and under with prizes available. From Cle Elum, take Exit 74-West Nelson Siding Road, then right onto Cresto Road. Contact Mark Bennett at 509-670-1464 for more information. • Cle Elum Kiwanis Club’s children’s derby at Cle Elum’s Hanson Ponds, Sunday, July 5. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. with fishing to start at 7 a.m. Contact: 509-460-7024.

More information The Kittitas County Field and Stream Club has some good information to outdoorsmen new to the area on its website:

Yakima Headwaters Trout Unlimited chapter president Derek Young says, “Anglers can expect a wide variety of catch and release species in the Yakima River, including an abundance of the native species, cutthroat trout. The area is unique for its rain shadow effect from being on the eastern slope of the Cascades. This tends to create drier and sunnier weather with the catch that there are more windy days – fly fishermen may want to wait until winds die down before hitting the riverbanks.”

Licenses and Regulations The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) publishes rules, regulations and online license applications

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Before You Explore


A Brief Introduction to the Towns Ellensburg

Ellensburg is in the very center of Washington and was incorporated November 26, 1883. The town, which was built out of a small trading post in the mid-1800s, was once set to become the capital of the state, but is now known as the Timothy Hay exporting capital of the world. Ellensburg is also home to Central Washington University and a historic downtown district with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and bars – many of them in buildings that are over 100-years-old. Keep in mind that Ellensburg tends to be very windy at times, as evidenced by all the windmills, so hold onto your hats!

Cle Elum

Cle Elum means ‘swift water’ and its origins come from the Kittitas tribe, whose members resided here and relied on the nearby Yakima River. The city was incorporated in February of 1902 and was built with a prosperous coal mining industry and the railroad infrastructure created to support it. The city also had a thriving lumber industry and at one point had the largest sawmill in the eastern half of the state. Now, the city has a population of almost 2,000. Outdoor attractions may be the main draw to Cle Elum but there are still many opportunities available to explore shops, restaurants, taverns and other attractions in the town such as the Carpenter House Museum.

South Cle Elum

The town of South Cle Elum is103 years old. Relax in the Town Park or Washington’s Iron Horse State Park, the site of a Cascade Rail Foundation project to improve and showcase historic Milwaukee Road facilities at South Cle Elum Depot. Take a stroll along a 2,200-foot, 18-stop, ADA-accessible interpretive trail through the railyard, which helps tell the story. Directions to South Cle Elum: From Seattle on I-90 eastbound, take Exit 84 into Cle Elum. Take a right at the intersection of First and Stafford streets.


Situated among the hills of upper Kittitas County is the old coal town of Roslyn, home to about 1,000 people who are often described as an eccentric bunch. The town was officially established in 1886 and has since grown into one of the premier locations in the county for travelers looking for the perfect combination of nostalgia, outdoor recreation and a funky vibe. The last mine there closed decades ago but the culture the industry created lives on today. The laborers who came to work those mines came from European countries like Serbia, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Poland and their respective cultures the immigrants brought to the community still influence Roslyn. You won’t want to miss the giant mural of Hollywood star Marlon Brando as a biker painted on the back of the area’s only movie theater. Roslyn is also a hub for outdoor recreation. Close to town you can hike the Roslyn Urban Forest just to the north.


Ronald is home to 265 people, one of the last stops on your way out of Roslyn headed toward Salmon La Sac and Lake Cle Elum. Drop by the old general store for snacks or visit one of Washington’s tiniest post offices. You can stroll by one of the state’s landmarks and oldest buildings: the old Ronald School and Hawthorne Hall. Ronald was named for Alexander Ronald, a former coalmine superintendent in the area. Beneath Ronald is a matrix of old coalmine works.


The foothills village of Easton is known for its reputation for state champion archers. The patriotic Easton community goes all out to celebrate Memorial Day each year. New this year, the celebration will include helicopter rides of the scenic area. The volunteer fire department’s legendary 30-hour Cascade Crest 100 Mile Race, on August 29 and 30 greets competitors from as far away as Germany. Lake Easton State Park is a 516-acre outdoor

recreation haven. Directions: Eastbound from Seattle, take I-90 Exit 70.


Located at Snoqualmie Pass, Hyak offers fuel, food and lodging for mountain pass travelers and it is home to one of the region’s major ski slopes, Summit at Snoqualmie. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail (JWPT) tracks through Hyak and just a few yards up from the parking lot beside the JWPT is Snoqualmie Tunnel, popular with hikers, bikers, horseback riders and wagon drivers. Hyak’s history begins with the six wagons that made the first run through the mountains in 1865. Hyak is an unincorporated community established around 1915 at the eastern portal of the Snoqualmie Pass Milwaukee Road Railroad tunnel. Hyak is Chinook jargon meaning ‘hurry,’ ‘fast,’ ‘swift.’


Liberty is an unincorporated mountain village bordered on all sides by the Wenatchee National Forest. On the National and State Historical Register since October 1974, Liberty grew on the backs of miners when in 1873 gold was discovered in Swauk Creek, known then for large nuggets. Driving from Cle Elum to Blewett Pass you can get to Liberty with a righthand turn on Liberty Road off SR97. Liberty Road is a gateway to miles of undeveloped roads that will lead you into forest and mountain backcountry. Check out the historical kiosk outside the community fire hall and the historical photos inside. Liberty also has an unattended campground.


Thorp, recognizable by the giant fruit stand visible from I-90, is home to a little over 250 people. The Thorp area was first settled in the late 1870s by Milford Thorp and his family. The town site was settled by the Newman family in 1878. A post office was established in 1890 and in 1895. A plat of the town site was filed by John and Sarah Newman. Thorp Mill is one of Kittitas County’s oldest landmarks. EXPLORE! Kittitas County


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Surround yourself with local art, Aug. 22-23 The artistic blaze burns brighter every year in Roslyn, especially during RTown’s annual art festival. The festival takes place in downtown Roslyn on Saturday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival appears all over the downtown district though the main indoor exhibit is located at The Roslyn Warehouse, 102 North Second Street. For this event the building will be fronted with a sign that reads “The Warehouse.” This is a juried show accompanied by artisan sales, live music and a wine tasting Saturday night. For more information, visit online.

Cheer on top rodeo performers and local youth 4-H projects, Sept. 3-7

Gear up for a Cinch Shoot-out and more at the Ellensburg Rodeo and Kittitas County Fair, September 3-7. Join the fun at one of the oldest rodeos in the country, a show that’s earned its place as one of America’s Top 10 professional venues. It’s the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour and host to the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour. Started in 1923 the rodeo has grown from a neighborly competition among local ranch hands to the professional event of

Shop Sundays in an open air market at Roslyn Farmers Market, upper Kittitas Count y’s honey pot for live music, food, handmade crafts, garden and yard art, jewelry, flower bouquets, memorabilia, candles, breads, pastries, barbecue, crepes, smoke salmon, organic beef, clothing, spices and Washington-grown farm fresh produce. The open-air market is a smorgasbord for the senses by way of aroma, color, sights, sounds and touch. In historic downtown Roslyn, the market operates every Sunday from June 14 through September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, visit 14

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today, with over 600 contestants and prize money exceeding $400,000. Watch the best riders, ropers and wrestlers compete in what many consider to be the best arena in the nation. For more info visit This year they’ll introduce a new event, called the Cinch Shoot-out, spotlighting eight worldclass contestants who compete for cash prizes in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping and barrel racing.

KITTITAS COUNTY’S only covered bridge, located at the entrance of Double K Ranch in Easton. The bridge was built with donations and volunteer labor in 2006. Directions: I-90 Exit 71, turn south toward Easton. At the stop sign by the Post Office turn left on East Railroad Avenue and drive a mile to the end. Turn right, cross the railroad tracks.

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Year-round family lodging located 1 block from the Roslyn Cafe. Guests have the entire place to themselves. *Bring your own bedding & towels, then enjoy the comfort of real beds, bathroom, kitchen and propane heat. Guests include multi-family groups, wedding receptions, snowmobile clubs, church groups, school seminars, skiers, hikers, bicycle groups, artists and friends & relatives who reside in different cities and like to all get together under one big roof, rather than trying to get individual motel rooms outside of Roslyn. Two rivers and a lake within five miles.

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Check in with the Roslyn Museum on 203 W. Pennsylvania Ave., and the on-duty docent will line you up with the locations of mine sites in the region. Some sites are accessible by car. And, said docent Dave Franklin, “Tell your readers to ask our staff about Tony Bailey, a woman who, back in the day, disguised herself as a man so that she could work in the coal mines.” THE ELLENSBURG FORMATION exposed on the north side of SR10 overlays the Thorp Gravels, made up of sandstones, siltstones, conglomerates and thick layers of volcanic ash called lahars believed to be three and four million years old. See this formation hugging SR10 about 5.7 miles westward from the intersection of SR10 and SR97. INSIDERS TIP: The book entitled, Field Trip Guidebook to the Natural History of Kittitas County offers mileposted geological tours including the Thorp Gravels, the Ellensburg Formation as well as other interesting sights. The PDF book can be viewed online and downloaded for free; just search for title.

Plan a trip through Kittitas County genealogy resources Kittitas County possesses a wealth of resources for genealogy buffs by way of libraries, museums, cemeteries and a litany of locally hosted online resources with a focus on this region.

LIBRARIES • Ellensburg Library 209 North Ruby Street, Ellensburg 509-962-7250 • Roslyn Public Library 109 South First Street, Roslyn 509-649-3420 • Carpenter Family Historic Home & Art Gallery: 302 West Third Street Cle Elum, 509-674-2313 • Kittitas County Genealogical Society: 413 North Main, Suites L & M Ellensburg, 509-925-5951, or visit KCGS_index.htm


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ONLINE • Washington State Archives Central Regional Branch Central Washington University Bledsoe & Washington Archives Bldg 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg 509-963-2136

MUSEUMS • Kittitas County Historical Museum: 114 East Third Avenue, Ellensburg 509-925-3778

CEMETERIES • Roslyn Cemetery 425-941-2296 Memorial Drive, Roslyn. Resting place of some 5,000 souls in 26 ethnic and lodge cemeteries • Laurel Hill Memorial Park Douglas Munro Boulevard, Cle Elum Call 509-674-2262

• USGenWeb Project resource for Kittitas County • Family Search, Kittitas County, Washington Genealogy s_County,_Washington_Genealogy. • Cascade Association of Museums & History: • Washington Genealogy and History • Central Washington University Archives and Special Collections, or, 509-963-2136 • Kittitas County Cemetery Records or cemeteries.htm.

Roadside Attractions & Oddities As you drive the highways and byways of Kittitas County the region offers interesting – and sometimes unusual – roadside attractions to see via automobile. Here are the editor’s choices for some of those.

BASALT COLUMNS are a phenomena created when lava cools. In some areas of Kittitas County the Yakima Basalt formation is a mile or more thick. Sections make up columnar formations seen in the Yakima River Canyon, visible as you drive SR10 from east Cle Elum to the City of Yakima. COVERED BRIDGE only one in Kittitas County, located at the entrance of Double K Ranch in Easton. The bridge was built with donations and volunteer labor in 2006. Directions: I-90 Exit 71, turn south toward Easton. At the stop sign by the Post Office turn left on East Railroad Avenue and drive a mile to the end. Turn right, cross the railroad tracks.

KITT COYOTE STATUE outside Ellensburg Public Library, 209 North Ruby Street in Ellensburg. The late Richard Beyer sculpted this statue from aluminum in 1998. Kitt’s name was suggested by local school children. Another Beyer sculpture appears in downtown Ellensburg’s historic district: A very, very large bull. Can’t miss it. NO. 9 MINE ENTRANCE - The closing of this coal mine in 1963 ended what was almost a century-long industry in upper Kittitas County. On Tuesday, July 6, owners of Swiftwater Cellars Winery, where the entrance of the mine is located, unveiled the unsealed entrance to No. 9 which had been sealed for 47-years. Today it is a tourist attraction where visitors can look down the mouth of the shaft. It is located on 301 Rope Rider Drive at Suncadia master resort in Roslyn. TIRE RIM STATUE at 2561 SR970, just east of Cle Elum, welded on a whim in 2001 by Pat Merritt, who still lives at the site. He discovered he had a pile of rims he didn’t know what to do with, so he welded over 50 of them together inside one of his shops, moved the statue outside, and then raised it with a log loader. “You wouldn’t believe how many people stop and take their picture with that statue,” he laughed. MODEL “TREE” - Paul Vukonich of Ronald took apart a 1918 Model T and reassembled it around a

tree across from Ronald General Store, just off SR903 before you enter downtown Ronald.

WHIMSICAL WHEELBARROW TOWER began with Stephen Ristine’s family’s collection of old wheelbarrows and then grew when people started dropping off more. Ristine said project grew from a “wild hair”. The tower is at 704 West Second Street in Cle Elum (SR903), just across from the U.S. Forest Service district headquarters and Cle Elum City Park. FOUNDING PROSPECTOR - At Roslyn Cemetery, the soul of WILLIAM ANDERSON rests in peace. He is one of the original prospectors credited with the discovery of the Roslyn coal vein. Inside the fence, right hand corner is a simple stone engraved with his initials. THE ELLENSBURG FORMATION exposed on the north side of SR10 overlays the Thorp Gravels, made up of sandstones, siltstones, conglomerates and thick layers of volcanic ash called lahars believed to be three and four million years old. See this formation hugging SR10 about 5.7 miles westward from the intersection of SR10 and SR97. Insiders Tip: The book entitled Field Trip Guidebook to the Natural History of Kittitas County offers mileposted geological tours including the Thorp Gravels, the Ellensburg Formation as well as other interesting sights. Online the book can be viewed and downloaded for free. KITTITAS VALLEY WINDFARM viewable from SR10 or SR97, both accessible east of Cle Elum. The windfarm is home to 48 turbines, each measuring 285 feet in height. The total weight of a turbine is equivalent to the weight of 13 school buses. Each tower has three 141-foot blades, equivalent to about half the length of a football field. To visualize weight distribution, imagine 4 Jeeps in place of each blade. The 48 turbines are capable of generating 100 megawatts of electricity, enough to annually power 30,000 homes. OLD U.S. FOREST SERVICE RANGER QUARTERS at 704 West Second Street in Cle Elum (SR903) was moved in 2011 to its current location by Stephen Ristine, who transformed it into a home now on the city’s historical register. The building, recognizable by the large Smokey the Bear cutout, was erected in 1935 about a year after the USFS established the Cle Elum district.

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THIRTYMILE FIRE MEMORIAL - at Roslyn City Cemetery is a tragic reminder of Washington State’s Thirtymile Fire. This is the resting place of Tom Craven, one of the four killed by the fire on July 10, 2001. The thousand-acre fire raged 30 miles north of Winthrop. Craven, a Roslyn 30-year-old who worked for the U.S. Forest Service at the time, emerged from the tragedy a town hero. Craven is buried at this memorial with his mother Virginia who passed away in 2013.

Celebrity Connections Q. Besides gaining FAME in some capacity, what do all of the following celebrities have in common? A. They all have some kind of connection to Kittitas County! Bret Alexander - former travel manager for rock band U2

Francis “Dick” Scobee - Astronaut Jerry Morris - “Earl the Barber” in Northern Exposure

John Clymer - Wild West artist Larry Bourough - Pulitzer Prize winner Patrick Deneen - Olympic skier Washoe (chimpanzee) - first non-human to communicate with ASL

Brian Thompson - Actor Sherwood Harry Egbert - President of Studebaker-Packard Corp. 1961-63

William Craven - First black mayor of Washington

Chuck Allen - former professional football player

Brenden Adams - tallest teenage boy in the world - Guiness Book of World Records

Douglas Munro - Coast Guard hero Jack Patera - former NFL coach What’s the connection? Check your answers at

Relive the grand era of railroading at this unique Bed & Breakfast Inn. Bring your family and stay in a caboose or bring your loved one and enjoy the intimacy of the Bridal Suite with its private Jacuzzi. Stroll or bicycle along the adjacent Iron Horse State Park Trail. Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and a full country breakfast.

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New! See Chimpanzees Up Close

Summer 2015: Sanctuary to offer public tours for the first time ever Erik Pague photo

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Calendar of Events 2015-16 MAY 23: Easton’s 24th Annual Memorial Day Celebration. Events all day starting at 8:00 a.m., I-90 Exit 71, Easton. Pancakes, Concession Booths, Parade, and More. Info: 206-255-1956

MAY 30-31: Teanaway Navigation Race. Orienteering & foot races. Map handout Saturday 9:00 a.m. Foot races Sunday. Directions: Left onto Teanaway Rd., left on West Fork Teanaway Rd. & look for signage. Info: •

June 2015

MAY 23: Easton’s Cabin Cruiser Car Show. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. I-90 Exit 71, Easton. Info: 206-255-1956

JUNE 6: Free Day at WA State Parks.

MAY 23: Thorp Mill Dinner & Auction. 3:30 p.m. Springwood Ranch Party Barn, Thorp, WA. 509-964-9640 •

JUNE 6: Roads of Wonder Neighborhood

MAY 24: Roslyn Riders Play Day. 9:00 a.m. Family horseback riding. (Hwy 903) Club Grounds, 70 Martin Rd, Roslyn, WA. Info: 509-674-2404 •

MAY 30: 16th Annual Get Intimate with Shrub-Steppe. 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Field trips, educational science booths, kids activities, & more. Umtanum Recreation Area, Ellensburg, WA. Info: MAY 30: Croatian Festival. 5:00 p.m., Ronald’s Hawthorne Hall, Ronald, WA. Sinovi playing, Tamburizan dancers. Info: 425-941-2296

No discover pass needed to explore a new state park or enjoy an old favorite. Garage Sale. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. I-90 Exit 78, Sun Country Estates. Info: 509-674-4666

JUNE 6: 16th Annual Easton Ponds Fishing Derby. Register at 6:00 a.m., Fishing 7:00-10:00 a.m. Open to all ages. I-90 Exit 71, Easton Ponds. Info: 509-674-6231

JUNE 6: 25th Annual Cascade Field & Stream Kids Fishing Derby. Register at 6:30 a.m., Fishing 7:00-10:00 a.m. I-90 Exit 74, Lavender Lake. Free to kids 14 and under. Info: 509-670-1464

JUNE 6-7: Washington state hosts a free fishing weekend wherever fishing is allowed, no license is required.

MAY 30: North Country Bluegrass Concert. 7:00 p.m., Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum, WA. Info:

JUNE 6: 16th Annual Cruisin’ for Hospice

MAY 30-31: CloneAPalooza’s: 420 Smoker

JUNE 9-14: Swiftwater Invitational Hunter/Jumper Show. WA State Horse Park, Cle Elum, WA. Spectators welcome. Info: 877-635-4111 •

Tour: Spring Campout. Silver Ridge Ranch, Easton, WA. Info: 253-380-0012

Car Show. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Pine Street in Downtown Ellensburg, WA. 509-962-7379 •

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JUNE 13: Free Day at WA State Parks. No discover pass needed to explore a new state park or enjoy an old favorite. SUNDAYS: Roslyn Farmers Market. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn, WA (Beginning June 14).

JUNE 16-21: Alpine Preview Hunter/Jumper Show. WA State Horse Park, Cle Elum, WA. Spectators welcome. Info: 877-635-4111 JUNE 19-21: Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally. Runje Field, Roslyn, WA. Anyone with a camping trailer can register beginning at 10 a.m. Info: 206-227-5194 JUNE 19: UKC Rotary’s Golf Tournament. 12:00 p.m., Rope Rider Golf Course at Suncadia, Cle Elum, WA.


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JUNE 20: 13th Annual Dachshunds on Parade. Register 9:00 a.m., 4th Ave. Downtown Ellensburg,WA. Parade, Races, Tricks & More. 509-962-9799 •

JUNE 27: Pioneer Queen Coronation. 5:00 p.m. CE Eagles Club, 220 Pennsylvania Ave., Cle Elum, WA. All are welcome. 09-674-8552 •

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July 2015

JULY 2: High Five Tour 2015. Support military families by signing the tour vehicle with a message. 4:00-6:00 p.m., Kelleher Motor Company, 602 N. Pearl, Ellensburg, WA. Info: 509-925-1911

JULY 4TH WEEKEND: Boulet Production’s Annual Melodrama. Roslyn Performing Arts Center, 201 S. First St., Roslyn, WA. More info as it’s available on Facebook (search for Boulet Productions).

JULY 3-5: Cle Elum’s Pioneer Days Celebration. In the downtown area & surrounding region: Street vendors, parade, country breakfasts & July 4th aerial fireworks display. 509-674-8552 • JULY 4: Pioneer Queen’s Tea. To follow Cle Elum’s 10:00 a.m. parade. Carpenter House Museum, 302 W. Third, Cle Elum, WA. Free social, meet Pioneer Days Queen 2015. Info: JULY 4: Roslyn Riders Play Day. 12:00 p.m. Family horseback riding. (Hwy 903) Club Grounds, 70 Martin Rd., Roslyn, WA. Info: 509-674-2404 • JULY 4: Ronald Community Club’s Annual Heritage Festival Dinner & Dance. 5:00-9:00 p.m. Live music & ethnic foods at Ronald’s Hawthorne Hall. Look for signs on SR903, Ronald, WA. 509-260-1294 JULY 5: Cle Elum Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby. Registration 6:30 a.m., Fishing until 10:00 a.m. From South Oakes Ave. in Cle Elum – Follow Hanson Ponds Road & look for signage. Info: 206-697-7230 JULY 5: Runner Stumbles 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Kids Races. 9:00 a.m. at Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, WA. Register at Info: • 509-674-5696

SUNDAYS: Roslyn Farmers Market. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn, WA.

JULY 11: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Doggie Olympics. Register 9:30 a.m., Games 10:00 a.m. Fun with the family dog. Roslyn City Park, Roslyn, WA. Info: 509-304-4805 JULY 11: Life Support Dinner & Auction. 5:30 pm., Swiftwater Cellars Winery, Roslyn, WA. 509-304-5055 • JULY 11-12: Jim Lamb Painting Workshop. Info: JULY 11-19: Mountains to Sound Greenway 25th Anniversary Trek. Hike & bike from Ellensburg to Seattle. JULY 17: Cle Elum Hatchery’s Annual Salmon Bake Potluck. 12:00 p.m. You bring the potluck & the Hatchery supplies salmon. 800 Spring Chinook Way, Cle Elum, WA. Info: 509-674-3704 JULY 18-19: Upper Kittitas County’s Relay For Life.

Opening ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on the 18th. Cle Elum-Roslyn High School (Hwy 903) Cle Elum, WA. 509-674-2528

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CLASSIC CAR BUFFS can enjoy a variety of shows and club events all summer long. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett file photo

JULY 19: Annual Croatian Picnic.

September 2015

12:00 p.m. Beer garden, food, music, dancing & socializing. Roslyn City Park, Roslyn, WA. Info: 509-649-2255

SEPTEMBER 3-7: Kittitas County Fair. 512 N. Poplar St., Ellensburg. 509-962-7639

JULY 24-26: Moosefest’s 25th Anniversary Festival. Register for the event or show up at any of the scheduled activities in and around downtown Roslyn, WA. Meet participating stars from the TV series Northern Exposure & more. Info:

JULY 24-26: Suncadia’s Multi-Sport Summer Festival. Suncadia, Cle Elum, WA. Cycle Tour, Marathons, Olympic Duathlon.

SUNDAYS: Roslyn Farmers Market.

SEPTEMBER 4-7: Ellensburg Rodeo.

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn, WA.

One of America’s Top 10 Professional Rodeos. Ellensburg, WA. Info: 800-637-2444

AUGUST 8: Kruisin’ Kittitas Car Show & Burnouts. 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. I-90 Exit 115, Kittitas. Info: 509-925-2002 AUGUST 15: Cruise Cle Elum Car &

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Motorcycle Show. Registration 8:00-10:00 a.m. Showtime 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Downtown Cle Elum. Info: 425-651-3043 Email:

JULY 25: UKC Dollars for Scholars Golf

AUGUST 25: Free Day at WA State Parks.

JULY 24-26: 18th Annual Jazz in the

Tourney. Tee-off 9:00 a.m., Sun Country Golf Course, Cle Elum, WA. Info: 509-674-5991


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SEPTEMBER 5: All Nations Day Celebration. 5:00 p.m. Ronald’s Hawthorne Hall, Ronald, WA. Ethnic food, music and dancing. Info: 509-674-4376

SEPTEMBER 5-6: Roslyn’s Coal Miner Days Festival. Grand parade at 12:00 Noon Sunday. Downtown Roslyn, WA. Info:

SEPTEMBER 5-6: High Country Log Show. Watch lumberjacks compete for cash prizes. Free. City Park in Roslyn. Info: 509-674-8161

AUGUST 22-23: Roslyn Art Festival. Starts 11:00 a.m. both days. Music, vendors, artwork, artists and artisans. Downtown Roslyn, WA. Info:

SUNDAYS: Roslyn Farmers Market.

August 2015

AUGUST 28-30: CloneAPalooza’s: 420 Smoker: Autism Benefit. Silver Ridge Ranch, Easton, WA. Info: 253-380-0012

SEPTEMBER 19-20: Early Iron Club

AUGUST 1-2: 2nd Annual Cle Elum Roundup. Rodeo-style western competition. Washington State Horse Park, Cle Elum, WA. 6:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Sunday is family day. Info:

AUGUST 29: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Nibbles & Sips. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Chocolate & Wine Tasting. Courtyard next to Roslyn Candy Company, Roslyn, WA. Info: 509-304-4805

AUGUST 1: Cowboy Street Dance. 9:00 p.m.

AUGUST 30: The Wild Run. 5K & 10K.

JULY 31-AUG 2: 2nd Annual Cle Elum Roundup. Rodeo-style western competition. Washington State Horse Park, Cle Elum, WA. 6:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Sunday is family day. Info:

to 12:00 Midnight. Cle Elum’s Pennsylvania Ave. Info:

Starts at 115 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn, WA. Info:


Labor D Weekend!

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Pennsylvania Ave., Roslyn, WA. (Ending September 13) Info: Threshing Bee & Antique Equipment Show. Olmstead Place State Park, Ellensburg, WA. Info: 509-962-2222

SEPTEMBER 25-26: Buskers in the Burg Festival. Downtown Ellensburg, WA. Most activities are free. Info: 509-962-6246

SEPTEMBER 26: Free Day at WA State Parks. No discover pass needed to explore a new state park or enjoy an old favorite.

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October 2015 OCTOBER 2-4: 11th Annual Ellensburg

OCTOBER 31: Boo-Elum. Kids Halloween Parade & Trick or Treat. Start 5:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Ave., Downtown Cle Elum, WA. Info

November 2015

Film Festival. Variety of films showing in various Ellensburg, WA locations. Info:

NOVEMBER: Hometown Holidays – Countywide. Full calendar of holiday events at

OCTOBER 3: Manastash Metric Bike Ride. 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Staging area at Mt. Stuart School in Ellensburg, WA. Info: 509-962-4311 •

NOVEMBER 14: A Grange Country

OCTOBER 10: Roslyn Mountain Ale Festival. 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m. StoneHouse 101, Roslyn, WA. Northwest’s best breweries. Live music. Info: 509-925-2002

OCTOBER 17: Swauk-Teanaway Grange’s Hunters Breakfast. Griddle’s ready at 8:00 a.m. Live music & food. Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Rd., Cle Elum, WA. Info:

OCTOBER 25: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Paws on Parade. 12:00 Noon. Animals in costumes compete for prizes. Downtown Roslyn. Info: 509-304-4805

Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale. 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum, WA. Info:

NOVEMBER 27: Moments to Remember. Live nativity & free holiday activities in Downtown Ellensburg, WA.

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DECEMBER 5: Christmas in Cle Elum. Parade of Lights, caroling, fire pits, music, bazaars & more. Downtown Cle Elum. Info:

Enjoy a hearty Hunters Breakfast Put a song in your heart in October with a getaway to the Hunters Breakfast, one of many events held at the SwaukTeanaway Grange, in operation as a club since 1931. Autumn’s Hunters Breakfast is where, for a nominal fee, you get mugs of hot coffee and a plate piled high with country pancakes, eggs and ham. While you enjoy your meal local musicians subtly fill the Grange Hall with relaxing country tunes. The breakfast table is set for Saturday, October 17, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon. Members have met at the Grange, once a one-room schoolhouse, since 1937. The Grange experience is a combination of the hospitality smiling Grange ladies bring to the table as your hosts and bakers of all things delicious – and – the ambience and familiar feel of the Grange Hall, which offers magnificent views of the Teanaway River Valley and beyond.

Directions: Swauk Teanaway Grange is located at 1361 Ballard Hill Road, in Cle Elum. For a complete list of events, visit

DECEMBER 5: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Santa Paws Photos. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Holiday photo with your dog. Downtown Cle Elum. Location TBA. Info: 509-304-4805 DECEMBER 6: Community Christmas Dinner. 1:00-2:30 p.m. Free, bring a potluck dish. Swauk-Teanaway Grange, 1361 Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum, WA. Info:

2016 PREVIEW JANUARY 16, 2016: 12th Annual Winterhop Brewfest. 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m. Downtown Ellensburg, WA. Info:

JANUARY 16, 2016: Bagna Caulda Festival. 4:00-7:00 p.m. A garlic lovers feast. Cle Elum Eagles Club, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Cle Elum. Info: 509-674-2385

JANUARY 23, 2016: Rotary Snow Machine FUNd Run. 9:00 a.m. Last Resort, 14254 Salmon La Sac Rd., Ronald. Info: 425-651-3043 • FEBRUARY 12-14, 2016: Spirit of the West. Cowboys, cowgirls, artists, musicians & more. Downtown Ellensburg. Info: MARCH 19, 2016: ARRF Animal Rescue’s Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. Enter your dog for this family-friendly event. Start 1:00 p.m. Pennsylvania & Coal Mines Trail, Roslyn. Info: 509-304-4805 MARCH 26, 2016: 5th Annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Hunt it at dark at Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary & Middle School Ball Fields. Cle Elum, WA. 509-674-8552 • APRIL 23-24, 2016: Central Washington Quilt Show. Kittitas County Fairgrounds, Ellensburg, WA. Quilts, Vendors, Demos. Info: MAY 28, 2016: Thorp Mill Dinner & Auction. 3:30 p.m. Springwood Ranch Party Barn, Thorp, WA. Info: 509-964-9640 •

LOCALS HAM IT UP at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange Hunters Breakfast in October. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett file photo

OCTOBER 8, 2016: Roslyn Mountain Ale Festival. 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m. StoneHouse 101, Roslyn, WA. Northwest’s best breweries. Live music. Info: 509-925-2002

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Cowboy Up at Cle Elum Roundup Experience the “wild” in Wild West when Washington State Horse Park hosts the Cle Elum Roundup – an exciting three-day rodeo event in Upper Kittitas

County moving into its second year. Rodeo action kicks off on Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1, when competing cowboys and cowgirls in the region rope, buck, steer wrestle, barrel race and bull ride. Wild West arena activities start at 6:00 p.m. both days. Over 100 contestants hail from places such as Omak, Toppenish, Okanogan, Snohomish, Newport and Hermiston in Oregon, Montana and Canada. After the rodeo on Saturday, the crowd will move to area restaurants for dinner and a street dance in downtown Cle Elum from 9:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight. Sunday, Aug. 2, is family-event day at the Round Up, where children of all ages dive into a variety of fun activities. Last year a stick-pony rodeo for kids brought smiles to family and friends and added a cute factor to the action-packed weekend. For more information, visit The Washington State Horse Park is located at 1202 Douglas Munro Blvd., Cle Elum.


Logging exhibition chips away Sept. 5-6 Cheer on the lumberjacks at the High Country Log Show in Roslyn – a popular part of the Coal Miner’s Festival. Over two days, thousands of spectators are expected to view the friendly rivalry that brews between the loggers. Festivities are planned for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5-6 at Roslyn City Park. The competition showcases lumberjack skills in 13 main events, including speed climbing an 80-foot pole, axethrowing, firewood-chopping and chainsaw competitions. A relay is the last event in the competition, held on Sunday, just before the closing awards ceremony. The event is free to the public. Food booths and refreshments are on hand. For more information, call Wilderness Ridge Tree Service at 509-674-8161.

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Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally rolls in

CINDY’S POODLE PALACE was one of dozens of themed vintage trailers featured during the 2014 Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally held in Runje Park. Photo courtesy of Jeannine Lavande

Runje Field in Roslyn will host the 6th annual Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally over Father’s Day weekend June 1921. Anyone with a camping trailer can register for the campout beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, although trailers built before the 1970s are preferred, event organizer Kim Ross says. On Saturday there will be an open house and swap meet. It’s a dry camping event meaning there won’t be water or power hookups available but there will be a dumpster and portable restrooms. Propane

fire pits and pets are welcome. This year will also be the first time the event will give out awards for categories such as best in show. “A required donation will be accepted in order to cover fees, insurance and permits,” said Ross, “but other than that – campers just need to show up and have fun!” Contact Ross at 206-2275194 or for more information. You can also search ‘Roslyn Vintage Trailer Rally 2015’ on Facebook to check for updates.

Sampling of Events Popular with Locals Upper Kittitas County offers great, family-friendly events almost every weekend throughout the year. If you’re looking to rub elbows with locals and get immersed in their traditions, good opportunities for that can be found at Roslyn Riders Play Day, Roads of Wonder Sun Country Community Days, the Children’s Halloween Parade, and Christmas in Cle Elum. On Memorial Day weekend Roslyn Riders Play Day draws kids, families and their horses to the Roslyn Riders Clubhouse and arena on SR903 near Bullfrog Road Rotary, between Cle Elum and Roslyn. Riding contests for kids of all ages, country cooking, grandstands and picnic tables make this a fun, daylong event for everyone. Play Day starts at 9:00 a.m. at the clubhouse on Sunday, May 24. Then on Saturday, July 4, the club hosts Family Fun Play Day after the 10 a.m. Pioneer Days parade in downtown Cle Elum. Sign up by noon. For more information about the organization, visit On June 6 this year, the annual Roads of Wonder Sun Country Community Days neighborhood benefit garage sale takes place at Sun Country Estates and Golf Course, accessible via I-90 Exit 78-Golf Course Road. Concessions available. It is the group effort of 40 households in the community. Proceeds from the day go to ARRF Animal Rescue’s project to build Upper Kittitas County’s first refuge for dogs and cats in Roslyn. Running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event is the brainchild of Sun Country Estate resident Paulette Wolfe. For more info call 509-674-4666. The children’s Halloween Parade in downtown Cle Elum, held every year on October 31 (Halloween), draws upwards of a thousand patrons. The event, named Boo-Elum, is highlighted by a kids (and big kids) costume parade down First Street, trick-ortreating hosted by local businesses (many owners dress up for the occasion), and a Harris Street “Trunk-or-Treat” event that

gives businesses off the main drag and locals who don’t get Trickor-Treaters a chance to dole out candy from the trunks of their vehicles. The event is supervised and overseen by the city’s volunteer group VISION Cle Elum. For more info, search Facebook for VisionCleElum. Christmas in Cle Elum, held on the first Saturday in December, this year on Dec. 5, evolves around a lineup of floats for the Parade of Lights at 6:00 p.m. Up until the start of the parade in the downtown district enjoy caroling, live holiday music, bazaars, community choir and theatre group Christmas play performances, pit fires along First Street and storefront competitions for the best decorated tree or window. Winter weather does not stop this event. During the parade entries are announced by an emcee at 220 E. First St.

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Celebrate 25th anniversary of Northern Exposure TV show at Moosefest 2015 This year fans of the popular TV series Northern Exposure (199095) gather in Roslyn (AKA “Cicely, Alaska”) for a Moosefest to celebrate 25 years since the show premiered. The town of Roslyn itself played a key role, and visitors recognize iconic sites like the mural on Roslyn(‘s) Cafe. Event organizer Kurt Lutterman said he expects as many as 150 people, fifteen from overseas, all of whom registered and prepaid for packages of planned activities. As Lutterman pointed out, all Moosefest activities are open to the general public for an ala carte admission fee per festivity. If all goes well, members of the Northern Exposure cast are expected to be in Roslyn for this special event including star Rob Morrow. Scheduled for July 24-26 are bus and walking tours of filming sites, a trivia contest, a barbecue, telephone interviews with some of the stars of the show who couldn’t make the event, and an informal dinner in honor of those in attendance. For a complete schedule and other details visit

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What early American pioneers accomplished in their push westward can be witnessed in Kittitas County. Historic sites and museums throughout the region provide evidence of early American struggles and triumphs. The Cascade Association of Museums and History (CAMAH) is an educational resource for the sites listed below. Visit • Carpenter Family Historic Home & Art Gallery: 302 W. Third Street, Cle Elum. Period architecture and local art. E-mail • Douglas A. Munro Memorial: 119 W. First St., Laurel Hill Memorial Park (cemetery), Cle Elum. Munro was a WWII hero, the Coast Guard’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. • Kittitas County Genealogical Society: 413 N. Main Street, Ellensburg. A great collection of documents, photos and volunteer researchers. • Kittitas County Historical Museum: 114 E. Third Avenue, Ellensburg. Region’s most comprehensive collection of county history. E-mail • Roslyn Cemetery: Memorial Drive in Roslyn. Resting place of some 4,000 souls in 26 ethnic and lodge cemeteries. Call 425941-2296 to learn more about this historic site. • Roslyn Museum: 203 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Roslyn. Artifacts, documents and photos of Roslyn’s coal mining days.

EXPERIENCE COAL MINING HISTORY. Former coalminer Ed Wakkuri of Cle Elum provided this explanation of the coal cars you see in this photo, outside Roslyn Museum, 203 West Pennsylvania Avenue in Roslyn: “Cars with seats were used to transport miners up and down the main slope of the mine. This was known as the ‘man trip.’ Branching off the main slope were entries 650 feet apart. No. 9 Mine had four such entries. Every entry had an east and west side off the main slope. At the level where he was going to work, the miner would transfer to a coal car pulled by an electric trolley motor that would take him into the area of his work. At the beginning of every entry there were double tracks where coal cars were stored. To this entry the rope rider would bring in eight empty cars and take out eight loaded cars. At the end of the day the miner would ride out to the main slope in a coal car, then board the man trip to ride up the slope. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett file photo

To learn more visit or call 509-649-2355. • Roslyn-Ronald-Cle Elum Heritage Club: A club active in preserving the community’s history and ethnic heritage. Call 425-941-2296. • South Cle Elum Rail Yard National Historic District: 801 Milwaukee Road, South Cle Elum. Iron Horse State Park, site of a restored Milwaukee Railroad Depot. Site includes a walking tour of the old rail yard with views of the original substation. For more information, e-mail: • Swauk Teanaway Grange: 1361 Ballard Hill Road, Cle Elum. A one-room schoolhouse built in 1904 restored after a fire in 2004. The Grange hosts a variety of neighborly events. To learn more, visit or call 509-857-2580. • Telephone Museum: 221 East First Street, Cle Elum. Oldest complete telephone museum west of the Mississippi. E-mail • Thorp Mill: 11640 North Thorp Highway, Thorp. Period gristmill, the first in the region to have electricity. E-mail or call 509-964-9640.

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PUBLIC AND UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES • Roslyn Public Library: 109 South First Street, Roslyn, 509-649-3420. • Carpenter Memorial Library: 302 Pennsylvania Avenue, Cle Elum, 509-674-2313. • Ellensburg Library: 209 North Ruby Street, Ellensburg, 509-962-7250. • Central Washington University Digital Library: learn more about this collection online at http// • Central Washington University Brooks Library and Archive: 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, 509-963-3682. • State Archives Central Branch: Bledsoe & Washington Archives Building, 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, 509963-2136. By appointment only. CLE ELUM’S HISTORICAL BUILDINGS There are nearly 20 buildings in Cle Elum on the historical register. Walk around town for a peek into this region’s unique history – keep an eye out for plaques that provide historical information. For a digital list of historical buildings and directions stop by the Cle Elum Visitors Center in Cle Elum located next to Flagpole Community Park on W. First St. or call 509-674-6880. EXPLORE! Kittitas County


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Tour state’s second largest wind farm

Open from April 1 to November 15 each year, Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind Facility is not only the second largest wind farm in Washington, but is also one of the rare facilities throughout the world to feature a visitor center and daily tours. The facility hosts an average of 18,000 visitors a season and PSE’s Adam Crawford says the main goal he and other tour guides have is to help those tourists better understand what wind farms and renewable energy in general are all about. Besides the daily tours, the facility is also unique in that it allows hunters, hikers, horseback riders, birdwatchers and sightseers to traverse PSE property with special permits available at andRecreation/WildHorse. Crawford said special events are often held at the facility, such as the Run Like the Wind foot races in April, Wildflower Tours in May, kids activities throughout the summer and the Ask an Engineer Day in the fall where visitors can learn in depth details about wind and solar technology. The facility is located at 25905 Vantage Highway near Ellensburg, WA.

Visit 26 ethnic cemeteries park for historic traditions Roslyn Cemetery, nestled in the hills above Roslyn, is a reflection of the rich ethnic mix of people who settled in the region beginning around 1886. Clustered serenely on 15 acres of woods and hills are 26 separate cemeteries. Since 1887 land was donated by or was pur-

chased from the Northern Pacific by fraternal ethnic and civic organizations for burial of their deceased members. At least 24 nationalities are represented within the nearly 5,000 graves. The cemeteries were listed on the National Historic Register in 1978. Burial customs from






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ceramic and embedded in the tombstones were used quite frequently. Modern day photo etching is used on newer markers like those in the Memorial Garden section of the cemeteries. In part, the uniqueness of Roslyn’s historical cemeteries is that for most sections perpetual care existed only as long as the participating organizations of families were around. In recent years, volunteers have expended thousands of hours to maintain and beautify the grounds.




those countries can be observed today. Many graves seem to be above the ground due to the placement of curbings. Footstones are common, placed with the hope that in more affluent times a headstone could be purchased and erected. The ornate and picturesque fences around some plots were originally erected to protect the site from foraging cattle and wildlife. The Italians and Yugoslavians, especially, used elaborate markers: Icons of the departed, pictures encased in

Windfarm employee Adam Crawford notes the best weather for visiting the facility is in the spring when average wind speed is about 17 m.p.h. and the wildflowers of the area are in full bloom. Also, if you find yourself inside one of the 149 wind turbine towers, DO NOT press the red emergency stop button. That could cost you $3 million in damages!

Visit the Renewable Energy Center and walk the discovery trail at our Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility near Ellensburg. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. April – Nov. FREE guided tours depart from the Renewable Energy Center at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; no reservation needed.


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Pioneer life exhibit Attractions opens July 4 - see a real bootleg still Cle Elum’s Carpenter Family Historic Home and Art Gallery celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, but that hasn’t stopped the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society from continuing to make updates. Traditionally, the museum has focused on the Carpenter family that included former Cle Elum Mayor Frank Carpenter, who built the house in 1914, but this year on July 4, they plan to open an all-new exhibit on the third floor that will widen its scope and feature more of the local community’s history. Historical society committee member Lyn Derrick said the upcoming Cle Elum History Exhibit will cover such topics as Prohibition, early pioneers, businesses, education, transportation, the fires of 1891 and 1918 and Cle Elum’s red light district. “The Prohibition exhibit may be of particular interest to visitors,” Derrick said. “It includes an actual still like those used by many locals to concoct their own family brew.” The rest of the museum has plenty to offer, as well. Visitors can examine the Carpenter family’s clothing, furniture, books, paintings, dinnerware and many other artifacts that have been preserved since 1989 when the last surviving Carpenter descendant donated the home and its furnishings to the society. The museum also serves as the gallery for the High Country Artists who rotate their exhibits on a monthly basis. The Carpenter House Museum and Art Gallery is located at 302 W. Third St. in Cle Elum. It’s open Friday through Sunday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. and more information is available online at •

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Geography • Geology • Plant Life Some of the biggest attractions in Kittitas County are the region’s plant life, geology and geography – rich story books that come to life online, on field trips and in lectures hosted by local educators impassioned by their disciplines. Check out and plug into rounds of field trips led by acclaimed educators such as Central Washington University (CWU) geology professor Nick Zenter and geography professor Dr. Karl Lillquist. Kittitas County’s Environment Education Network (KEEN) is another resource. Check them out at All KEEN field trips are free, open to the public and start near the footbridge at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Umtanum Recreation Site, 12.5 miles southeast of Ellensburg in the Yakima River Canyon, off state Route 821. Five-dollar permits are required to park at the Umtanum Recreation Site.


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SR10’s YAKIMA RIVER Canyon is a favorite spot for Central Washington University geology and geography students. Jim Fossett photo

A salmon spawning destination Along the Yakima River and its tributaries keep your eye out for salmon. Several species call the region home, including Spring Chinook, Coho and Sockeye. Over the last decade and a half the Spring Chinook hatchery in Cle Elum has returned to the Yakima a cumulative total of over 13 million young salmon that have made their way 300-miles eastward to the Columbia River and then to the Pacific Ocean. From there, they head north to the Gulf of Alaska where they fatten up before navigating thousands of miles back home to spawn, passing the torch to the next generation. At 12:00 Noon on Friday, July 17, the hatchery hosts its annual potluck salmon bake. You bring the potluck. The hatchery provides the salmon. From May 1 through September 30 the hatchery hosts tours of the facility. Call 509-674-3704 for times and days. In the fall, if you time it right, you can watch salmon spawning at the Salmon Viewing Trail off SR903, Salmon La Sac

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Local walker John Davidson says he favors strolls along the road that leads to the Cle Elum Hatchery, accessible from the turnoff beneath the I-90 overpass on South Cle Elum Way. The road parallels a pond rich with waterfowl, dragonfly activity, songbirds, beaver and muskrats. Above the road, on I-90, is an osprey nest atop a utility pole that’s been active for the last ten years. And if you’re lucky – you’ll see elk and deer. EACH YEAR HUNDREDS of locals, tourists and school groups visit the salmon spawning grounds near Ronald, accessible via a dirt road and a well-marked viewing trail. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett file photo

Road, just outside of Ronald. Look for a small, brown sign that reads ‘Salmon Viewing’ on the righthand side of SR903. Take a left there on Cle Elum Dam Road

and look for an identical sign that directs you to take a left onto a dirt road. Follow the dirt road to the end and park. To get to the salmon viewing grounds hike downhill along the primitive road at the end of the parking lot. That takes you to the Salmon Viewing Trail, which is signed with kiosk-like stations leading to the riverbank and an assortment of rustic wooden benches for resting and observing.


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Over 100 barn quilts decorate trail

VOLUNTEER CURTIS BULL hangs a wooden barn quilt on the Dalle Farm in Cle Elum. Frank Dalle built the old barn in 1920. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett file photo

Traveling along the back roads of Kittitas County, you’ll find over 100 barns decorated with quilts. The collection comprises one of the county’s most popular trails. Attached to barns, and other significant buildings, dating back over a century, the large, painted wood blocks are often inspired by a family heirloom quilt. Said trail organizer Jacky Fausset, “We wanted travelers to come here and learn about the pioneering families who contributed to the settlement of the West. The Barn Quilt Trail provides the connecting thread between our rural and urban areas, too. It weaves our old barns into the fabric of historic buildings such as South Cle Elum Depot.” Fausset recently introduced a beautiful trail map available for free at Chamber visitor centers in Ellensburg and Cle Elum and at local museums. Said Fausset, “Jennifer Hackett of Manastash Mapping donated her time

to create the map. Debbie Hulbert of Keigh Design, a graphic designer near Ellensburg, provided the layout, which features a folding technique allowing readers to alternately view the western and eastern portions of the trail with the appropriate key visible at the same time.” Jacky picked them up from Tribune Office Supply & Printing in April, just in time to start handing them out to visitors at the annual Central Washington Quilt Show, hosted by the local quilters guild, in Ellensburg. A bio on each site gives those taking the self-guided driving tour a glimpse into the significance of the chosen quilt block. Fausset said the map also spotlights area events, the 24 volunteers who helped hang the quilts, and sponsors. Fausset estimates over 12,000 volunteer hours have gone into the Barn Quilts Trail project. For historical info on the quilts and more about how to get involved, visit

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honoring our agricultural heritage and industry. This grass-roots folk-art project also celebrates the folk-art of the American quilt and the strong women who created them.

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Vacation means indulging in good meals, drinks, snacks and maybe even bringing home a few regional delicacies. The blend of ethnicicities and traditional recipes with modern flair on the menus here makes for a veritable smorgasbord of flavors to suit your tastes and mood. Kittitas County is well known for its specialty food items - cured meats, baked goods, and hand crafted candies - excellent road trip munchies to take on all your adventures. The aroma of coffee beans roasting wafts through downtown Cle Elum. More substantial meals range from organic and vegetarian/vegan to hearty trucker portion comfort foods. Browse the offerings in this section to help plan your dining experiences. Dig in!

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Neighborhood fun in upper Kittitas County begins in February every year at Pennsylvania Avenue’s Eagles Club in Cle Elum with the Bagna Caulda Festival, a garlic lover’s dinner and auction featuring serenading, Italian music and door prizes. What is Bagna Caulda? It is a traditional social dish made with tasty fresh vegetables and meats sauteed in a sizzling “hot bath” of cloves of garlic in butter and olive oil ladled over slabs of french bread. Event organizers say Saturday, January 16, 2016, is Bagna night, from 4 to 7 p.m. For updates and schedule changes call 509-674-2385. On Sunday, July 19, 2015 and Sunday, July 17, 2016, always on the third Sunday of July and always at noon, picnic tables and folding chairs at the City Park in Roslyn fill with hundreds for the Annual Croatian Picnic, featuring kielbasa, hamburgers, cabbage rolls, beer, music, dancing and socializing. Then on Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Ronald’s Hawthorne Hall, the Ronald Community Club hosts its annual Heritage Festival, a wildly popular event with locals featuring live music and dancing, cabbage rolls, walnut rolls, kielbasa and other ethnic foods. Token cover charge and meal fee apply. EXPLORE! Kittitas County


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Jana Jones Mabry published her “Field Trip Guidebook to the Natural History of Kittitas County”. Today it’s offered online for free. The book provides directions and explanations of geologic wonders in Kittitas County, many of which you can view from the comfort of your car.

Suncadia master resort Set on the sunny eastern slopes of the Cascades alongside the Cle Elum River and surrounded by pristine pine forest, Suncadia master resort and residential community offers the luxury mountain resort experience with a combination of outdoor recreation, lodge accommodations and amenities. From championship golf, fly-fishing and miles of accessible trails to spa treatments, shopping and fine dining, Suncadia is a place for friends and family to relax and reconnect. The resort has a swim and fitness center, world-class Glade Spring Spa, an outdoor amphitheater and a pond-side park with seasonal boating and iceskating. The resort is also a paradise for golfers with two 18-hole courses and a driving range. Directions: From Seattle take I-90 Exit 80 toward Salmon La Sac/Roslyn. Turn left onto Bullfrog Road. At the traffic circle, follow the signs. Address: Suncadia Resort, 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum.

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The Mountains to Sound Greenway turns 25 this year and is celebrating by organizing a nineVisit the Washington day trek that begins in Ellensburg, winds Trails Association through the upper county area and finally ends website at go-hiking/trip-reports in Seattle. The adventure begins July 11, involves both biking and hiking and covers a total and search for ‘John Wayne Trail’ to read reports from other hikers distance of 133 miles, although you can choose and bikers on the trail’s conditions, to only travel a portion of the full journey for a see photos from the trail and read discounted price. You can register by visiting reviews from other hikers. and keep in mind that you’ll receive a discount if you register before May 31. Registration costs include meals, gear transportation between campsites, a t-shirt and more. Participants will be required to bring their own camping equipLocated on the ment, bicycles and other gear for their daypacks.

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Golf through evergreens, mountains and valleys in Kittitas County, the region’s golfing epicenter comprised of five courses for some of the best greens experience around: • Ellensburg Golf & Country Club, 9 holes. 3231 S. Thorp Hwy, Ellensburg; call 509-962-2984 for more information.

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Cle Elum Ranger District offers public rental of cabins

Details: Contact the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or

■ Teanaway Guard Station is located up North Fork Teanaway Road #9737 north of Cle Elum. ■ Taneum Cabin is located south of Cle Elum along Taneum Creek Road # 33.

WOODCUTTING: A person does not need a permit to gather firewood for their campfire while camping on National Forest land. However, excess campfire wood cannot be removed from the campsite and taken home for personal use without a permit.

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‘Bang some chains’ at Disc Golf Courses

If you’re looking for a slightly unconventional outdoor sport to participate in during your stay in Upper Kittitas County, be sure to bring a Frisbee along and check out the Hanson Ponds Disc Golf Course on the southern side of I90. The free-to-use, 18-hole course winds through the trees situated next to the Cle Elum River and features mostly flat terrain and par three holes. Upper county residents Mike Kidder and Ryan Johnson designed and built most of the course. Other locals have helped also, such as Ryan Nelson, who said it’s a perfect way to spend about an hour enjoying the outdoors. After using the course for years now, Nelson recommends using brightly colored discs, bringing bug spray and to carry along a permanent marker in case of shooting a hole-in-one so you can sign your name on the basket. He said the course is still being developed, that dogs are welcome and that visitors should bring a bag along to pack out their garbage. Course regulars also appreciate the visitors who respect the work volunteers have put in and refrain from modifying the course in any way such as cutting down tree branches. Directions from I-90 eastbound: Take exit 83, head along First St. until the second traffic light and take a right onto Oakes Ave.; cross the freeway overpass and take a left at Whispering Pines

Local disc golf course player Ryan Nelson recommends downloading a disc golf scorecard app for your smartphone before heading out.

LINDSEY VERTEFUILLE tosses a disc at Cle Elum’s Hanson Ponds Disc Golf Course. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Erik Pague photo

Drive and an immediate left onto Hanson Ponds Road. I-90 westbound: Take exit 84, take a left to cross the freeway overpass, left onto Whispering Pines Drive and an immediate left onto Hanson Ponds Road. Suncadia resort in Cle Elum also features a disc golf course at Dawson Park

which is open Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Directions: I-90 to exit 80 for Bullfrog Road. Go north 2-3 miles to the roundabout and exit on Suncadia Trail. Take the first right, No. 9 Mine Rd. Dawson Park is down the hill on left. First tee is along woods to left of park, map and scorecard available at shack in center of park.

Recreational trail options

THE COAL MINES TRAIL, one of several hundred trails in Kittitas County, draws four-season recreationists on adventure. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Jim Fossett file photo


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Trek, ride or glide the trails of Kittitas County, where challenge levels are as varied as the topographical features this area has to offer. And there’s something for everyone: Hikers, bikers, horseback riders, wagon drivers, mushers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and ATV enthusiasts. Hardcore trekkers favor the popular 50mile link in the Pacific Crest Trail that winds through Alpine Lakes Wilderness, an area featuring some of the most rugged terrain in the Cascade Range. That trailhead is accessible from Alpental Ski Resort at Snoqualmie Pass, just a few exits west of Cle Elum. A good source for maps and off-the-shelf trail guides is the U.S. Forest Service, Cle Elum Ranger District Visitors Center with an informative link to 750 miles of trails. They are located at 803 West Second Street in Cle Elum; phone 509-852-1012. From the USFS Visitors Center in Cle Elum you are less than half a mile from the 4.7-mile Coal Mines Trail, linking Cle Elum, Roslyn and Ronald, less than half a mile from the wooded trails at Cle Elum’s 112-acre Washington State Horse Park and less than two miles from the 300-mile John Wayne Trail that runs from the westside of the Cascades to Idaho through South Cle Elum’s historical train depot, museum, rail yard and barbecue restaurant.


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Horse Park cinches up variety Horse lovers don’t miss the opportunity to attend one of the 30-plus events slated for Cle Elum’s 112-acre Washington State Horse Park this year. Stalls and hookups for overnights in your RV are available. Connecting trails to 100-acres of open space expand the park into a day rider’s dream. From April through October, park officials expect to draw over 2,500 horses and some 6,000 patrons. Arena-based dressage, jumping, cross country, leisurely day rides and a variety of clinics are standard fare. This year’s schedule features several Western-style events including the Second Annual Cle Elum Roundup, a rodeo-style competition. For a look at this year’s calendar visit DIRECTIONS: The park is located just north of I-90 in Cle Elum at 1202 Douglas Munro Boulevard which is accessible from the intersection across from West First Street’s Safeway.

Multisport Summer Fest

Suncadia will host its first ever Multisport Summer Festival from July 24-26. There will be opportunities to bike, walk and run in races like a 5k and a full marathon. Friday’s festivities will include a bicycle tour of Suncadia and races for kids. Saturday will host a full marathon and a half marathon. Sunday will feature an Olympics style duathlon, additional kids races, a 10k and the Bart Yasso 5k, named after the famous runner and cyclist. All the races begin at Nelson Farm at Suncadia and many will wind through Cle Elum, Roslyn and Lake Cle Elum. For more information, visit

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Seasonal Gardening

Courtesy of Kittitas Co. Master Gardeners

By Nola Foster, Kittitas County Master Gardeners When Master Gardeners advise people about their home gardens in Kittitas County, we always ask where you live. Unlike other counties in the state, we have at least six ecosystems. From the high alpine extremes of Mt. Daniel and Chimney Rock to the dry plains of the shrub steppe and sagebrush east of Ellensburg to the Columbia River at Vantage – Kittitas County has it all. The dichotomous designation of Upper County and Lower County has been used by locals for many

➢ Average Last Spring frost: Lower County - May 1 Upper County - May 24 ➢ Average First Fall frost: Lower County – Sept. 25 Upper County – September 11

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➢ Average Growing Season: Lower County – 120 days Upper County - 90 to 120 days If you are creating a new garden, or even re-designing an old one, before you decide what to plant, note which plants thrive in nature’s garden all around you. Native plants incorporated into the home landscape generally require less water and maintenance as well as being pest resistant and hardy when compared to nonnative species. It’s important that we all learn to recognize noxious weeds that take over our native environments and decimate – or even eliminate – existing ecosystems. The Noxious Weed Board has a pamphlet with some very nice color photos of noxious weeds growing in the county; they can be contacted at 509-962-7007. Think about fall and winter color for your yard; for a gardener, winter can be long and white in the mountains. My new favorite medium size tree is the Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) seen in the photo above in glorious fall color. After the leaves fall, reddish bark stands out as it peels away in paper thin sheets along the branches. This young maple is framed by a Golden Bark Weeping Willow (Salix Tristis var. vitellina) whose winter-bare golden branches stand out in the snow. Along the creek grows Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)


A YOUNG PAPERBARK MAPLE tree (foreground) is framed by a Golden Bark Weeping Willow, Red Osier Dogwood and Water Birch trees along the creek.

years. The geographical line is visible along Interstate 90 around the Elk Heights area. Here the forest dominated by Ponderosa Pine diminishes and then disappears entirely in the lower elevations and rolling plains of the Lower County. The geography of the area also defined early pioneer livelihoods – Upper County in timber and mining and Lower County in cattle ranching and agriculture. Kittitas County sits in the rain shadow east of the Cascade Mountain Range, causing it to be generally drier year-round, warmer and sunnier in the summer, and colder in the winter than the west side of Washington State. The new USDA Hardiness Zone Map puts Cle Elum’s maximum cold in Zone 5B (-15F to 10F), but folks in Ronald will tell you to plan for Zone 4 to 5 extremes. Ellensburg is slightly warmer, enjoying Zone 6a (-10F to -5). Other important gardening info: ➢ Average Annual rainfall: Lower County - 9 inches Upper County - 22 inches



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...with bright red winter stems and Water Birch (Betula occidentalis) with fall leaves turned golden yellow. Newest gardening trends include edibles in the landscape. We have a variety of native trees with edible fruits; some examples are Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia); Elderberry (Sambucus caerulea) and Western Chokecherry (Prunus vrginiana). Oregon Grape (Mahonia anifolia) is a low growing shrub to 3’ to 6’ tall and Golden Currant (Ribes aureum) to 6’ tall. Wind generally comes through

the Valley from the west and northwest. Speaking of wind, we have some very windy areas, especially in Lower County, and planting a windbreak can help. Multiple rows of plants are more effective than single row windbreaks. Mix dense shrubs with evergreen and deciduous trees. New trees will need to be staked for at least the first year. And, as with all new transplants - even the most drought tolerant – they must receive regular water that first year before their root system is developed enough to sustain the plant. If you are considering planting a windbreak or other large planting project such as erosion control, check out the Kittitas County Conservation District annual plant sale. Their brochure is online at Order after the list of available plants comes out in January and pick up your bare root plants at the beginning of April, just in time for planting. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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SPRING CLEANING. Master Gardener Rene Adams works among the “Healing Garden” tulips ready to burst into bloom at the Kittitas Valley Hospital in Ellensburg. Courtesy of Kittitas Co. Master Gardeners

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If you’re address has changed to scenic upper Kittitas County, contact the Dept. of Licensing’s Drivers Licensing office at 605 East Mountain View Avenue in Ellensburg or call (509) 925-9290 or visit online:

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Vehicle licensing, registration and tab renewals are available in Ellensburg at 205 W. Fifth Ave., Room 105, (509) 962-7505; and in Cle Elum at Guzzie Insurance office, 216 Pennsylvania Ave., (509) 674-4433. MASTER GARDENERS - CONTINUED FROM PAGE 46

It is recommended that new trees be transplanted in spring. In warmer climates trees are planted in fall to take advantage of regular rainfall in the winter, but Upper County can have frozen soil by October. If that happens the plant would not have time to establish a healthy root system before going into winter dormancy. Spring is always a flurry of weeding, pruning, dividing, planting and mulching. Pictured in the Master Gardener demonstration garden (on facing page) at the Kittitas Valley Hospital, Master Gardener Rene Adams works among the tulips ready to burst into bloom. The Healing Garden has been a labor of love for Master Gardeners; it is located on the south side of the hospital, accessed from Spokane Street. Folks living outside the city limits may be a little envious of those tulips. Unless you have a protected area you probably have deer and other critters that love to eat tender spring buds. Except for daffodils, they are highly poisonous if eaten. Deer and elk don’t eat them and squirrels don’t dig them up either. Daffodils also naturalize and multiply. New hybrids now come in many colors and bloom times from early spring into summer. For detailed information, planting instructions, plant and insect identification and other yard and garden related questions contact the Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic May through September, Tuesdays 11:30 am to 2:20 pm. County Extension offices are located at 901 E 7th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98026; phone (509) 962-7507 •

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Health Q&A

Kittitas County Public Health Dept. Located at 507 N. Nanum St., Suite 102 in Ellensburg. They provide information ranging from immunizations and food handler cards to mental health needs. Call the main office in Ellensburg at (509) 962-7515 with your questions.

Waste Management Kittitas County recycles common household disposables at two transfer stations located in Ellensburg and Cle Elum. There is no charge for recycling aluminum cans, corrugated cardboard, glass, magazines, milk jugs, newspaper, plastic pop bottles and tin cans. A handling fee is assessed for appliances, iron, steel, brass copper and yard clippings. Cle Elum Transfer Station also accepts Antifreeze, Auto Batteries, Household Batteries and Oil.

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The Cle Elum-Roslyn School District is nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Slope of the CasGary Wargo, Superintendent 649-4850 cade Mountain Range and serves the Becky Montgomery, communities of Cle Elum, Roslyn, Business Manager 649-4850 South Cle Elum, Ronald, and Liberty. Brett Simpson, The school district is composed of four schools: High School Principal 649-4900 • Cle Elum-Roslyn Elementary Lara Gregorich-Bennett, • Walter Strom Middle School Middle School Principal 649-4800 • Cle Elum-Roslyn High School Matt Chase, Elementary School Principal 649-4700 • Swiftwater Learning Center Mel Blair, Special Service Director 649-4707 It serves approximately 900 students Swiftwater Learning Center 649-4990 Kindergarten through 12th Grade. From 2007 Mark Soderstrom, Facilities Manager 649-4902 to 2012, the elementary and middle schools Rosa Overton, Transportation 649-4855 both received the Washington State “Schools Darlene Davis, Food Services 649-4766 of Distinction” Award, while the high school received the award from 2007 to 2014. Also, in 2011 the high school received the “Washington Achievement Award” for Extended Graduation Rate. Upper Kittitas County is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with access to mountains, lakes, scenic rivers, and miles of wilderness trails. Cle ElumRoslyn is proud of its “classic small town” feel where our schools are highly regarded and our children grow up in a safe and supportive environment.

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Hal Hall, Pastor • 512-983-3404 Saturday Worship, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Youth Group, 6:30 p.m.


98934 Kittitas, WA

98922 Cle Elum, WA

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107 Main St. • 509-968-3577

305 E. First St. • 509-674-2444

98925 Easton, WA 2151 Railroad St. • 509-656-2244

98926 Ellensburg, WA 100 E. 3rd Ave. • 509-962-4360

8291 SR903 • 509-649-2668

98941 Roslyn, WA

98946 Thorp, WA

122 W. Pennsylvania Ave. • 509-649-2215

50 First Street • 509-964-2281

98943 South Cle Elum, WA

98950 Vantage, WA • 509-856-2800

604 Cleveland Ave. • 509-674-2611

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Animal Services and Pet Events

Airporter Shuttle connects Cle Elum with

Hook your leash onto some of the fun events created to support upper Kittitas County’s ARRF Animal Rescue, a nonprofit, volunteer rescue. They operate with the help of foster families to save abandoned and lost animals in our community. Fundraising events support expenses for rescuing, feeding and providing emergency vet services for animals, as well as for a much-needed shelter. ARRF volunteers are busy planning several events for their “Raise the Woof ” Capital Campaign for building the new animal shelter in Roslyn. Mark your calendar for these events:

SeaTac and downtown Seattle, North Bend, Ellensburg and Yakima daily. Call 1-866-235-5247 or online at for more information.

HopeSource Transportation is a convenient low-cost service available to all citizens of Kittitas County. Whether it’s a trip to the store, doctor’s office or to visit a friend. HopeSource transportation provides a door-to-door service. Schedule a ride 48 hours ahead of time by calling (509) 6742251 or (509)933-2287. For a small fee, you can commute, Monday-Friday, between Ellensburg to Yakima. For more info on bus schedules, visit



• JULY 11: Doggie Olympics • AUGUST 29: Nibbles and Sips, Chocolate & Wine Tasting • OCTOBER 25: Paws on Parade • DECEMBER 5: Santa Paws Pictures • MARCH 19, 2016: Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

Find out how you can get involved by visiting or (509) 304-4805.

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402 E. First St. Ste. 106 Cle Elum, WA 98922 Matthew Sanelli President / Broker 206.930.1000

Sue Mickelson Vice President / Broker 425.314.4965

Anthony Sanelli Insurance Broker 206.713.8888

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Attractions & Recreation Adventure Powersports Rentals . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Barn Quilt Trail Tour . . . . . . . . . .KITTITAS COUNTY Carpenter Historical Home & Art Gallery CLE ELUM Dragonwood Equine Facility . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM High Country Outfitters & Camp Wahoo .CLE ELUM Kittitas County Historical Museum . . .ELLENSBURG Motor Toys Tours & Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Recreational Map . . . . . .UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY Roslyn Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN Roslyn Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN Telephone Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Washington State Horse Park . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Webb Powersports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Wild Horse Wind Farm Tours (PSE) . .ELLENSBURG

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Events Carpenter Historical Home & Art Gallery CLE ELUM Coal Miner Days Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN Dragonwood Equine Facility . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Ellensburg Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Jazz in the Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Kittitas County Chamber . . . . . .KITTITAS COUNTY Life Support Dinner/Auction .UPPER KITTITAS CO. Roslyn Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN

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John L. Scott Real Estate - Kim Lohnes . . .CLE ELUM 4 Re/Max – Rob Iverson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 45

Shops & Retail Cavallini’s Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Cle Elum Drug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Cle Elum Farm & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Karen Watland – Original Paintings . . . . . . . .ROSLYN Kelleher Motor Company . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Luft Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Mac-A-Bee Gifts of the Southwest . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Motor Toys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Mountain Auto Parts - NAPA . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Mountain Elegance Home Furnishing . . . .CLE ELUM Northern Kittitas County Tribune . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Ruby’s Printing, Scrapbooking & Things .CLE ELUM Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THORP Tribune Office Supply & Printing . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Valley Floor Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Wapiti Office – Mailboxes Unlimited . . . . .CLE ELUM Webb Powersports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Willette’s Service & Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Yarn Folk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG

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Services & Organizations

Food & Beverage Carek’s Meat Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 39 Cle Elum Bakery & Bakery House . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 33 Cottage Cafe & Fireside Lounge . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 9 Eats ‘N Sleeps Map . . . . . . .UPPER KITTITAS CO. 36-37 El Caporal Family Mexican Restaurant . . .CLE ELUM 34 Glondo’s Sausage Company . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 35 Gunnar’s Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 38 Gunnar’s Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 29 Homestead Bar-B-Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 38 McDonald’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 19 Owens Meats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 34 Pastime Tavern & Family Dining . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 34 Pioneer Coffee Roasting Company . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 38 Roslyn Candy Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 25 Roslyn Farmers Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 20 Smokey’s Bar-B-Que . . . . . . . . . . . .SOUTH CLE ELUM 33 Sunset Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 35 Thorp Fruit & Antique Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THORP 35

Lodging & RV Parks Campgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KITTITAS COUNTY 41 Eats ‘N Sleeps Map . . . . . . .UPPER KITTITAS CO. 36-37 Iron Horse Inn B&B . . . . . . . . . . . .SOUTH CLE ELUM 17 Roslyn Inns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ROSLYN 15 Whispering Pines RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM 39

Bellair - Airporter Shuttle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM California Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . .KITTITAS COUNTY Cavallini’s Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Church Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . .KITTITAS COUNTY Cle Elum Drug Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Cle Elum-Roslyn School District . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Cottage Car Wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM C.W. Barbershop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Dragonwood’s Horse2Human, Inc. . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Kelleher Motor Company . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Kittitas County Chamber . . . . . .KITTITAS COUNTY KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum . . . . . . .CLE ELUM KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Life Support . . . . . . . . . . .UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY Luft Trailer Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ELLENSBURG Northern Kittitas Co. Historical Society . .CLE ELUM Northern Kittitas County Tribune . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Ruby’s Printing, Scrapbooking & Things .CLE ELUM Sanelli Insurance LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Tribune Web Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Valley Floor Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Wapiti Office – Mailboxes Unlimited . . . . .CLE ELUM Washington State Horse Park . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Whispering Pines RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM Willette’s Service & Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CLE ELUM

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