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Uniquely Snoqualmie Valley - the Valley Record, Falls Printing Exiting the front door of the Falls Printing Co. building in Snoqualmie, a young boy pulled a wagon loaded with the latest copies of the Valley Record as his younger brother pushed from behind. With a "clunk" the wagon dropped over the curb onto River Street, and the wheels of the Radio Flyer squeaked from the heavy load. Such was the scene on a summer day almost 65 years ago as Johnny and Hi Groshell (the sons of then publishers Charlotte and Ed Groshell) delivered that week's edition of the Valley Record. The illustration above was used when the boy's mother, Charlotte Paul wrote a book, "Minding Our Own Business," in 1955. Although many things have changed since she related life at the Valley Record to readers across America�??�?�¢??the book became a national best-seller�??�?�¢??much has remained the same for the weekly paper that has covered news in North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Fall City, Carnation, Novelty, Vincent, and Duvall for over 95 years. The paper first began operations in the Tanner district east of North Bend on October 16, 1913, published by B.N. Kennedy. The Record traces its roots back to the North Bend Post, which was later published and distributed as the Snoqualmie Post on the other side of the Upper Valley. The name of the paper evolved slightly over time, from the Snoqualmie Valley Record and North Bend Valley Record to today's Snoqualmie Valley Record. Falls Printing Co. and the Valley Record became separate business operations in 1996, after long-time publishers Scott and the Buchman family sold the newspaper to Karen and Jim McKiernan. However, the newspaper remained in the family; Karen is Scott's daughter. In Dec. 2000, the newspaper was sold to King County Journal Newspapers, owned by the Horvitz family. They published several newspapers, including the King County Journal. In 2006, the company was sold to Black Press of Canada, and a new chapter started for the Valley Record. The current publisher, William Shaw, took the reins of the paper in October of 2008. Shaw is a fourth generation Eastside native. His family were early homesteaders who worked the log and shingle mills in Issaquah, Redmond and the Upper Snoqualmie Valley from 1910 onward. "We loved the area so much, we put down roots throughout the Eastside," he said. "The Snoqualmie Valley is as beautiful and dynamic a place as it is a great community to live, play, work and do business in," Shaw added. "I'm honored and thrilled to be a part of a newspaper that has reflected and communicated the stories of the unique people, events and issues that continue to make the Valley ... such a very special place."

 

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Publisher
William Shaw
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Shaw is a fourth generation Eastside native. His family were early homesteaders who worked the log and shingle mills in Issaquah, Redmond and the Upper Snoqualmie Valley from 1910 onward. A print media advertising consultant for a number of local community newspapers since 1986, Shaw's main focus has been on the local retail, major, national and real estate advertising categories. He has been special projects manager for Horvitz Newspapers (the former King County Journal) since 2002 and for Sound Publishing since 2006. Locally, Bill volunteers for the Issaquah Sister Cities Commission and is a member of Myrtle Lodge 108 in Issaquah and Lodge Alba 315 in Seattle.
     
Editor
Seth Truscott
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Account Executive
David Hamilton
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Staff Reporter
Carol Ladwig

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