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Ellensburg Rodeo member retires after fifteen years

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ELLENSBURG, WA - A legend in the Ellensburg Rodeo is officially retiring after fifteen years. Reporter Haley Gibbs tells us that he was an essential piece to nearly all of the rodeo's functions and that he will be missed dearly.

Gene Dana's resignation from the Board of Directors was officially but reluctantly accepted on Monday. 

President Jeff Faltus said that Dana served as a director for many committees within the rodeo, like 'Behind the Chutes', 'Yakama Indians', and more. Faltus said that it will be very difficult finding a replacement for him.

Dana also served his community through his work on the law enforcement team, working with both the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol, all while still putting in that hard work on the Rodeo Board.

Everyone on the board is sad to see him go, but they all say he definitely earned his retirement.