Washington State Senator Scott White, 41 years old, tragically died in his hotel room just outside Roslyn. His body was found by the Suncadia housekeepers when he failed to check out. The cause of White’s death is still a mystery. Click the link to read more details about the Senator’s passing.
DOT found a teddy bear lost on I-90 between Ellensburg and Cle Elum by a 6 year old girl who got the bear from her dad before he was deployed to Iraq. The grandmother had posted the loss of the bear on Facebook and DOT was able to find the missing bear before anyone got hurt looking for it along the busy highway. Click the link to read the entire story of the lost teddy bear.
Plane crashes are nothing new to the Cle Elum / Roslyn area. I came across several plane crashes near Cle Elum when looking for the recent glider crash. In 2008, a light plane crashed killing 2 after loosing contact close to Cle Elum. In 2004, a fighter-trainer jet was lost near Cle Elum. In 1996, a pilot of a cargo plane complained of feeling sick before crashing 3 miles south of Cle Elum / Roslyn.
The Pro-Amateur Championship at Rope Rider Course at Suncadia Resort outside of Roslyn WA is over and PGA Professional Brian Thornton of Meridian Valley CC and amateur Todd Densley were victorious. The tournament which goes back to the 1920’s joins two players, one professional and one amateur, who combine to compete against other pairs. This year the tournament was played at Suncadia’s Rope Rider Course which opened just this summer. The Rope Rider course was named for the coal miners that rode the rope pulled coal cars at the old Roslyn Mines No. 9 and No. 10 which the course is built alongside.
Washington State has mountain lions, and wolves are coming back, and now so are bears….grizzly bears that is. While Washington has long had a stable population of black bears there had been no official sighting of a grizzly bear in the Washington Cascades since the 1960’s. A year ago, a Mount Vernon man was hiking in the North Cascades just south of Highway 20 and saw a bear. The man thought nothing of it because he assumed it was a black bear which he had seen before, but months later with encouragement of his friends he showed Fish and Wildlife who eventually determined it was a grizzly bear. Click here to read more details of Washington State’s grizzly bear confirmed sighting but with the first confirmation of a wolf pack in the Cle Elum area in decades and grizzly bears in the Cascades – I am just waiting for Sasquatch to knock on my door.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has a new traffic-flow map for Interstate 90 (click link and scroll down) between North Bend and Ellensburg that will assist Cle Elum and Roslyn drivers. The traffic flow map can help one to decide whether to take another route, delay the trip, or go ahead. The maps rely on 22 sensors along I-90 that pick up speeds of cars in different lanes and then computers calculates road congestion to give drivers real time information.
Back in July their was an article in the Seattle Times about the confirmation of a wolf pack in the Cle Elum area in the Teanaway River basin. DNA samples were taken by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and they confirmed they had found a female wolf that had recently given birth to pups. It was the first documentation of a wolf pack in Kittitas County since they were exterminated in the first half of the 20th Century. The article had quotes that showed signs of excitement from a biologist from Fish and Wildlife, but also from a representative from Washington Cattlemen’s Association which wondered how the state would manage the wolves.
Well, a new article came out last week that the Washington Cattlemen’s Association in conjunction with the Hunter Heritage Council have petitioned for the wolves to be removed from the Washington State endangered species protections. So the debate has begun, and it looks like the honeymoon for the Cle Elum wolf pack may be coming to an end.