Commissioner candidates debate; watch on ECTV2

Candidates for District 1 county commissioner spoke for about an hour Tuesday, July 23 at Ellensburg City Hall. Laci Harrison, Nancy Lillquist and Cory Wright discussed a variety of issues before an audience of 72 at the forum sponsored by the Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters and the Ellensburg Public Library.

Moderator of the forum was Charli Sorenson.

The top two vote-getters at the Aug. 6 primary will go on to the general election in November.

Watch the forum at ECTV2 here.

Read the story at the Daily Record website here.

Find out more about the candidates and the primary at our Voter’s Guide.

League celebrates 50 years

Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters celebrated its 50th Anniversary April 27 at Hal Holmes Center, with about 60 in attendance.

A panel of accomplished women discussed subjects ranging from their first election to the strides women have made over the years. Speakers included Ann Murphy, president of the League of Women Voters of Washington; Laura Osiadacz, county commissioner; Nancy Lillquist, Ellensburg city council; Candace Hooper, Kittitas County superior court judge; and Katherine Murphy, secretary of the LWVWA board. KVLWV President Kathy Matlin welcomed the guests, and Gayl Curtiss moderated the discussion.

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“We’re a society of addiction.”

Panel discusses opioid addiction in Kittitas County

UPDATED 3/22/19: The addicted are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members.

“Statistically, emergency room care is ten times as expensive as going to see your primary care physician and about 10% as effective overall in terms of outcomes. So you’re talking about the most expensive, least effective kind of healthcare when you access 911 and go to the emergency room [for addiction issues]…If we stop pretending like this is somebody else’s problem…[If we] recognize the true cost of opioid addiction, work backwards and apply what we’re already spending on [some] real solutions; we’re going to be a lot further ahead, both in terms of the outcomes and actual dollars spent.”

Rich Elliott, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue

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Learn about opioids in Kittitas County

Panel discussion: Opioid Crisis in Kittitas County – How Are We Handling It?:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7-9 p.m. at Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg

We’ll have a panel of experts to explain what addiction is, why opioids are so dangerous, and what community groups, law enforcement and the courts are doing to make a difference.

On our panel:
Rich Elliott, deputy chief with Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, moderator
Ken Wade, police chief, Ellensburg Police department
Dr. John Asriel, Community Health of Central Washington
Emily Nelson, Merit Resource Services, clinical supervisor
Kim Hitchcock, Triumph Treatment Services
Emily Brown, Merit Treatment Services and drug court coordinator

After the speakers make their presentations, audience members may submit questions. The forum will be video-taped and shown later on ECTV. This event is free of charge and is co-sponsored by the Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters and the Ellensburg Public Library.

For more information about the event, please email the League at kittitasinfo@gmail.com.

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