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Longtime Snoqualmie resident Bob Drake’s legendary skill with wood and saw is immortalized in Valley artist Dick Burhans’ canvasses.
A riverside boardwalk in downtown Snoqualmie has been a dream for nearly a decade. That dream took a step closer to reality Monday, Aug. 24, when Snoqualmie City Council set aside more than half a million dollars as match funding for a potential grant.
Clifford Gohlke never talked much about what he did during World War II. It took 50 years for his daughter, Kathy Kerr, to find out that her father had earned a Silver Star medal for valor.
The Fourth of July is a time for parades, barbecues—and loud bangs. Fireworks are a time-honored American tradition on the Fourth, but one accompanying tradition that I tire of is when people don’t follow the rules, and wind up bothering their neighbors, making a big mess, and hurting themselves or others. There were 45 fireworks related fires and 54 injuries reported in King County in 2013—down from 70 fires and 51 injuries in 2012.
Thirteen high school-age performers showed their vocal talents last Friday, Jan. 31, in the second round of the 11th annual Wildcat Idol competition. A vote by the audience of parents, students and community members sent three groups—soloists Sydnee Springer-Simon and Wilkins Melgaard and duo Madelynn Esteb and Emilia Glaser.
Dick Ryon's company background gives him a unique insight into the debate currently swirling around the future of this place. Part of the group of stakeholders that drafted rules for future industry at the site, Ryon has long pondered what the best use is for the vast former mill. He's been airing his ideas publicly in hearings on the annexation of the 600-acre Mill Planning Area, and is waiting to see the city's plans for the future of this place.
By the time classes ended last spring, Mary Lee Johnson had to beg, borrow and buy to get the paper and school supplies she needed at her Kindergarten classroom at North Bend Elementary. Johnson spends up to $300 a year out of her pocket to pay for supplies, and is thankful that PTA volunteers and parents step up with drives so that she doesn't have to spend more. "At the end of the year, we had no paper, no supplies in our school," Johnson said. "We personally have to ask parents to supply paper and glue sticks to finish the year. There was no paper to do the testing with. That upsets me as a teacher." Told by members of the Washington Education Association that she should be upset, Johnson spoke up at a teacher's union-led budget forum Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Si View Community Center. "We're being asked to do more with less," said Johnson, who was urged by the state union representatives to take her concern all the way to Olympia.
Last week, the Snoqualmie City Council kept an open mind (and open pocketbook to the tune of $12,000) for the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Magic festival. The plan, now in the permitting stage, is to put an artificial skating rink downtown and on the Ridge during holidays, welcoming families for ice skating and other outdoor fun. The Chamber, first under Nate Perea, now with Director Lizzy Billington, has been working for about a year to get some kind of rink downtown.
Snoqualmie resident Sean Sundwall’s dream of turning the Valley into a prime running destination is gaining ground.
An interesting contrast. That might be the phrase I’d use to describe the two police situations in the Upper and Lower Valley right now. At the same time as Snoqualmie is gearing up and hiring up to become the contract police agency for the city of North Bend, Carnation and Duvall are parting ways after nine years. There’s a huge question mark right now over who will cover Carnation residents, and how the city will pay for it all after next year. Duvall scooted after questioning the stability of a Carnation-contracted force, so who’s next? What will they bring to the table?
Mount Si girls learn and react to gut out match six win at Sea-King tourney | Road to state ends in Seattle | Photo Gallery
For the Mount Si girls volleyball team, the road to state ended last Saturday, Nov. 9, when the Wildcats fell in three matches to Seattle Prep, Holy Names and Bishop Blanchet. State was on the line. Two nights earlier, Mount Si learned, reacted and gutted out a hard-fought win in match six of the Sea-King volleyball tournament. The Mount Si girls used strong defense to a tough Bishop Blanchet team and used tactical kills to win in five on Thursday, Nov. 7. “It was pulling together as a team, doing our jobs, and doing it well,” that led to success Thursday, said senior Haley Holmberg.
Most of us can agree that the summer is flying by. I took stock of that over the last few days when I was confronted by multiple announcements for upcoming tax measures and requests for interviews by some of the area’s candidates for legislature. Suddenly, the August primary is days away. The August 7 vote winnows the field for another election on November 6 to decide our next set of state legislators, congressional representatives and governor. At the same time, we’ve got two important local tax propositions in the pipeline: Operations levy for both the City of Snoqualmie and the Si View Metro Parks District.
Even as the state tightens its belt, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to do more. Ferguson shared his goals and challenges in consumer protection, privacy, a high-profile discrimination lawsuit and the latest scams, when he met with staff of the Snoqualmie Valley Record, a Sound Publishing newspaper, Wednesday, July 10.
Sweat drips off Landon Wilson’s brow as he winds the shiny black roll of film from one spool to the next. It’s plenty warm inside the projection room at North Bend Theatre, and Wilson’s exertion, using a handcrank that looks as old as the 1941-built theater, makes it more so. In an era when moviehouses like North Bend’s historic theater are going through a lot of changes, Wilson remains a fan of the old school.
Snoqualmie’s seven council members can’t carbon-copy each other on e-mails anymore, thanks to Jodi Warren. The Snoqualmie City Clerk takes the spirit of transparency rules very seriously, so around the time she started at City Hall, she banned the practice of multiple c.c.s. She did it because such e-mails between elected officials who vote on public matters are a form of discussion. That discussion is supposed to take place in chambers, not on computer keyboards. Warren’s ban is worth considering in light of some recent discussion over ways that elected school officials are staying in touch.
It was a darkening evening in November 2008 when a couple of us from the Record marched down River Street to what was supposed to be the first groundbreaking for the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial. The photo session captured a line of men, local officials and uniformed dignitaries, hefting shovels along a gravel strip, a crowd of families watching in the background.
Candidates query each other at PTSA meet-and-greet
Not many of the foes that he'll face across the mat will come much bigger than six-foot-three Mount Si senior Josh Mitchell. Sweating in the Mount Si mat room, the D-1 Oregon signee is switching gears from lineman to heavyweight wrestler, aiming to defend his 285-lb state wrestling title. Football is plenty physical, but "this takes a lot of strength and tons of cardio," the senior said. He returned on the encouragement of family members and Mount Si wrestlers, who insisted the team wouldn't be the same without him. He'll be a leader, pushing everyone to reach their goals.
It was a duel of defenses as Mount Si faced Mercer Island Wednesday, April 4, in their home opener. Hits were few on both sides, but Mount Si pitcher Trevor Lane came away with the laurels, as he and the Mount Si defenders held off the Islander bats in fast innings. Pitching and defense are Mount Si's focus, says Lane, who felt good at the end of his third start for the Wildcats.