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Floods, fish and farms: Floodplain project on the Snoqualmie’s Carlson stretch resets river’s history
Uprooted trees lay flattened in the glare of the sun on the north bank of the Snoqualmie River. The dirt, churned up for the first time in decades, was a uniform, sun-baked beige color, and in its narrow channel, the river lazed past, too quiet to drown out the surprised chatter from a group of visitors. Almost two months along, the $4 million Upper Carlson floodplain project looked rough when the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum stopped here on its annual floodplain tour July 16. But it was also a good example of the Forum’s efforts on what presenters called “the three F’s,” fish, farms and flooding.
Bear crossing: On Sunday morning, July 20, police received reports of a black bear with three cubs at Snoqualmie Parkway and Fisher Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie. They contacted a group of people stopped on the Parkway, who were trying to help the bear and cubs cross the intersection. They asked the group to not assist the animals.
In the newest Crime in Washington 2013 Annual Report, Snoqualmie’s total crime rate dropped by 7 percent per 1,000 population from 2012 to 2013. The statistics were determined by offenses compiled by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. Using the National Incident-Based Reporting System, the offenses were allocated in categories of robbery, aggravated assault, forcible rape, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, arson and murder.
One Snoqualmie business, Lula Ruby, an Organic Salon, was among the 97 companies named “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” this year by King County’s Solid Waste Division. Lula Ruby (lularubysalon.com), owned by Angela Favero, strives to reduce or eliminate their carbon footprint in the Snoqualmie Valley. Favero works with product supply companies that share their vision to eliminate unnecessary waste in packaging. Since day one, she has utilized Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power program, and recycles everything down to the foils that are used in clients’ hair. Lula Ruby uses glasses to serve water to their guests, and they recently purchased a low-energy washer and dryer combo. They also compost the hair that they sweep up off the floor.
President Peter Bullard presents Larry Fischer with the Rotarian of the Year Award at Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club’s annual “Pass the Gavel Party,” held Monday, June 23, at Snoqualmie TPC. Fischer was selected for his work and dedication in organizing Rotary’s annual President’s Cup golf tournament, held June 30 at the TPC.