Carol Ladwig

He couldn’t watch a holy place burn: Fast thinking North Bend man douses church fire

Ten days away from Christmas Eve, and the church was burning. Josh Hudson barely registered these thoughts before he had a new one: I can put out this fire. He acted on that idea almost faster than he could think, but first he called 911 and reported seeing a small but growing fire at Cascade Covenant Church. “It had just started, it wasn’t really burning too big,” Hudson said of the fire, at the church directly across the street from his house.

North Bend publishes homeless problem survey | Info meeting planned

In trying to address the issues surrounding its homeless/transient population, North Bend is turning to its citizens. The city has created an 18-question survey on community concerns and priorities, and encourages residents to complete the survey, either online, or on a paper copy, available at City Hall. The North Bend Council’s Public Safety Committee requested the survey, City Administrator Londi Lindell said, in response to citizens’ concerns about a seemingly growing number of homeless people and problems.

Artistic touch: Quirkz shop inspires creativity, offers safe sales venue

Part art studio, part consignment store, Fall City’s Quirkz of Art is a feast for the senses. Vibrant colors blended with natural textures, modern style sharing space with folk art, and the warm smile and rich laugh of shop co-owner Rose Mastberg are the first things that greet you inside the doors of the 9-month-old shop. A hand-painted bench, Rose’s creation, all but glows in lime green, orange, red, yellow and blue, while her husband and shop co-owner Mike Saffer’s jewelry creations of metal and stones reflect countless delicate hues when they catch the light. “We just liked lively, colorful things,” Rose said, so the decor of the shop is entirely intentional.

Making education ‘awesome’: Elizabeth Cronin is Elementary Educator of the Year

Cake, balloons, and a video camera coming through her classroom door were enough to make fourth-grade teacher Elizabeth Cronin pause a beat, but not enough to throw her off the day's subject matter.

Carnation Fourth | Hot Rods & Harleys show highlights wild wheels with help from late Pete’s Club owner Don Lovett

John Petree will let the experts track how many years Carnation has highlighted hot rods and Harleys during its July 4 festivities. The important thing for him is that it’s still going on after 16 years. “There’s a lot of talent in the Valley here... a lot of these guys are working as designers and engineers, and doing this in their spare time. People need to see it,” he said by telephone last week. That talent is on display every Independence Day in Carnation, at the custom car and bike show, Hot Rods and Harleys. This year, Petree’s second as coordinator, the show has also been opened up to custom 4-by-4’s. As long as it’s custom, it’s welcome at the show.

Stranded family rescued from rising water near North Bend

Two adults and a child were rescued from the roof of their vehicle Sunday afternoon on Southeast Reinig Road, near 396 Drive Southeast in North Bend. The vehicle had stalled in rising floodwaters. A 9-1-1 call came in at 3:32 p.m. from a person on flood patrol for King County. The caller reported that a vehicle was submerged, with three people standing on the roof. Police and fire personnel from North Bend were dispatched to the scene. The Snoqualmie Fire Department was also called, but the call was cancelled while the responders were en route. Police and Fire arrived and determined that the vehicle was partially submerged, but the water was rising and the vehicle was becoming bouyant.

Life in dirt: New Carnation art show explores the simple and complex in local farms | Photo gallery

A day on the farm can be an inspiration, and a life on the farm, even more so. It has been for painter Jean Bradbury a former Valley artist who spent the past two years painting Valley farms from a perspective closer to the ground. "I wanted to see how it felt to surround myself in an environment that is completely gentle and nurturing," Bradbury wrote in an e-mail. "I do not paint man made things like buildings and cars. The natural shapes and complexities of plants and animals are so much richer in design than anything people can create." Farming is also important to Lee Grumman, owner of Miller's Arts in Carnation -- "I'm the type of person who spends every moment in the soil," she says -- so she was thrilled when Bradbury asked her about hosting a show of her work at Miller's Arts, 4597 Tolt Ave, Carnation.

Riverview schools face deep cuts thanks to state woes, low numbers

State budget woes combined with too-optimistic enrollment projections have led to about $145,000 in funding cuts to the Riverview School District this year. The reduction could go as high as $366,000, and would eliminate all state funding for K-4 Enhancement and Highly-Capable programming for the current and next school years.

Snoqualmie youth homeless shelter shuts its doors after trial run, low use

After just over two months of operation, the Friends of Youth winter shelter in Snoqualmie closed its doors. Several factors led to the decision, which took effect Jan. 2, said Friends of Youth CEO Terry Pottmeyer. “We had a lot of variation in the use of the shelter,” said Pottmeyer by phone. “Some nights, we had no one. Some nights, all six beds were full… It takes a long time to get the word out.”

Alternative medicine: Preston medical marijuana collective aims to change views amid legal gray areas

Inside, it’s a small, windowless space with a computer, a dog crate, and a couple of display cases. Inside the dog crate is a restless bulldog. Inside the cases are cannabis candies, capsules, cigarettes, lotions, and jar upon jar of dried marijuana flowers, or bud. A large sculpture of a seven-lobed leaf is mounted on the wall, and there’s a distinctive scent in the air.

Police change back on table for North Bend? Meeting planned

North Bend residents will be asked in April for their opinions on a potential change in police services for the city. The city currently has a contract with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services, as well as the sheriff’s substation located on Boalch Avenue, but for financial reasons, is considering a proposal to share police services with the city of Snoqualmie.

North Bend supports keeping EFR intact: City Council OKs increase for regional firefighting agency

Ready to spend another $110,000 annually, North Bend is doing its part to keep the tenuous partnership of Eastside Fire & Rescue members together. In a series of meetings, the North Bend City Council has acted in support of keeping the city of Sammamish in their shared seven-year fire protection partnership, despite the increased costs it will mean for the city. In a vote at their Nov. 5 meeting, council members approved a new funding model that could cost the city $110,000 more annually.

In the hot seat: State rep., senate hopefuls square off on reform, economy in Snoqualmie Chamber forum

The five candidates for three positions in the 5th Legislative District aired their views on education, reforms supporting small business, and transportation issues at a Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce lunch forum held Friday, Oct. 19, in Snoqualmie. Brad Toft (R), Snoqualmie mortgage manager and Mark Mullet (D), Issaquah business owner, are both running for the 5th District State Senate seat left vacant by Cheryl Pflug’s withdrawing from the race in May. David Spring (D), North Bend activist, and Chad Magendanz (R), Issaquah software consultant, are competing for the 5th District Representative seat, Position 2.

Snoqualmie Valley’s school impact fees on the rise

School impact fees in Snoqualmie Valley School District are on the rise again, a change from last year. Enrollment continues to grow at just over 2 percent annually, but the fees are calculated by a state-set formula, and have fluctuated widely in the past. According to the district’s recently approved capital facilities plan, enrollment will grow steadily.

No-fly zone: Snoqualmie discusses ban on aerial fireworks

Snoqualmie is already a safe place, with a nice sense of community, said several residents at the Jan. 12 City Council meeting. It doesn’t need a ban on some fireworks to make it safer.

Standing in the crowd

Crowds are not for me. I don’t like navigating through them, don’t like the weird rushed feeling that I get when surrounded by people, and really don’t like the way I always end up moving against their tides.

Remember the good: We all need reminders of the best in people, sometimes

Landmarks across the world were lit in the colors of the French flag over the weekend. It was a symbolic gesture, of course, lights won’t undo the damage in Paris.

Pondering the bond: School board considers purpose of next voter request

They made a unanimous commitment in February to bring a bond to their voters, but the Snoqualmie Valley School Board is not yet unanimous on the purpose of that bond. So far, the only thing the board fully agrees on is the need for each member to publicly support it. “We need to evaluate what is on the bond for February,” President Dan Popp said at a May 24 work session, adding that “a unanimous and concerted effort from our board is just a natural prerequisite” to passage.

North Bend adopts 2012 school impact fee

North Bend's City Council unanimously adopted the Snoqualmie Valley School District's capital facilities plan recently, and with it, the school's increased impact fees. For 2012, the school district calculated a school impact fee of $8,503.67 for each single-family home, and $2,742.52 for each unit of multi-family housing. These fees are added to the cost of any new building permits issued in North Bend, but are collected by the city, then disbursed to the school district. Last fall, North Bend decided not to approve the 2012 fees until that city, like Snoqualmie, got the legal assurance they wanted. Both cities requested formal indemnification against any legal action that might arise from charging developers the impact fees. If builders were unable to sell their homes at the increased price, for example, the cities wanted assurance that they could not be sued.

Snoqualmie police arrest six in early morning drug raid

Snoqualmie Police seized a large amount of methamphetamine and arrested six adults early Friday, Dec. 6, in a raid on a home in the 38000 block of Southeast Northern Street. The successful raid was the joint effort of Snoqualmie Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office, with additional support from Snoqualmie Fire and Bellevue EMS.