William Shaw

When a light goes out in the Valley

Over the past month or so there have been a few businesses in the Valley that have had to close their doors for good. Everything… Continue reading

 

What do you want in your paper?

In today’s Valley Record, we’re asking you, our readers, to tell us what you want from your local newspaper.

 

Kids and the social network: As Valley’s elementary students go online, families need to surf safely

When Stefanie Thomas of the Seattle Police Department asked fifth grade students at Cascade View Elementary if they’d ever been bullied online, a third of the hands in the room shot up. The Internet safety presentation, held Monday, June 3, was intended to give future middle school students an awareness of the potential dangers of online activity. During her days off from the department, Thomas is hired by schools to talk about cyber safety. This slight, 28-year-old University of Washington grad has made hundreds of trips to Eastside schools, urging children to be aware of the Internet’s realities.

 

Don’t forget to vote in the August primary election

In the Tuesday, Aug. 18, primary election, Snoqualmie Valley voters get their say on races, including a three-way race between Scott Hodgins, Geoff Doy and Paul Houldridge for Snoqualmie Valley School District’s open district 1 seat, and a seven-person King County Executive slate.

At the wheel? Better wake up; It’s Drowsy Driving Week

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed this week, November 2 to 9, as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in Washington state. While this proclamation is a significant step towardsdrowsy driving awareness and prevention, there is much more that needs to be done to keep this pandemic off of our roads and highways. We must change attitudes about drowsy driving first.

Study your pamphlet, then vote for candidates that connect, rebuild

I had the opportunity to moderate a 5th District candidate forum recently. While the candidates came from different backgrounds and certainly held different perspectives on many issues, there is common thread that unites them all—the desire to serve their community and to make it a better place. Moderating that debate and pondering the overall dynamics of this upcoming election, I was reminded of my trip to our nation’s capital two years ago this week.

Drowsy driving: a quiet pandemic

Three short years ago this week, an 18-year-old young woman named Laura fell asleep. Her falling asleep quickly resulted in a nightmare.

Drowsy driving, drunk driving are the same

"Driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, Wash. - A car crashed and rolled over on its side on Highway 14 after the driver fell asleep at the wheel;"

It’s ‘We the People,’ not ‘We the Partisans’

At the National Archives, my nose was mere inches from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. As my eye followed the bold loops and underlines of the Constitution’s familiar signatures, I could not help but reflect on our nation’s founders and think back on their struggles and debate as they strove to define and re-forge their newborn nation.

When a light goes out in the Valley

When a local retailer goes permanently dark due to the challenging economic environment, we all lose.

It’s never too late to thank a veteran

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns finally fell silent across France. Peace broke out that day, and soon 'Johnny came marching home' back to the U.S. For many years, Nov. 11 was recognized as Armistice Day - a day we gave recognition and thanks to our World War I veterans.

….and a good time was had by all.

North Bend should be very proud in how well its June 27 Centennial Block Party went off.

It’s time to connect and support businesses, city in wake of explosion

Since becoming publisher of the Valley Record in October 2008, one characteristic I have quickly and regularly noticed about the people of the Valley is their generosity and their resilience. Whether it was the 2009 flood, the Great Recession, miscellaneous ice and snow storms and days-long power outages, or even the Taylor Bridge Fire over the pass in Cle Elum and Ellensburg, the Valley has always come together to generously support others affected by events.

Snoqualmie School Board’s Lerner sends wrong message in school choice

This week we are running a story about Kathryn Lerner, a school board member, sending her child to an out-of-district high school. I do respect the fact that she did this above board and have a lot of respect for her as a school board member. I think she has been a strong replacement for Kim Horn.

A time to remember: Honoring those who served

This Memorial Day, there will be honor guards snapping to attention as flags ripple in the breeze. Amidst the green lawn and bright flowers of cemeteries throughout the state, lone buglers and mournful pipers will evoke a heartfelt tear.

Constantine must do more for Snoqualmie Valley

With months of campaigning behind him, and with his sweeping November vote tallies counted and certified, Dow Constantine officially took office as the new King County Executive on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

It’s time for action on drowsy driving

One month ago, Robert Goodwin and Sean and Michelle Lindsey were living out their lives just like the rest of us. Sadly, their precious lives were cut short by sudden and senseless tragedies.

From ponds to people: Exploring Valley’s intricacy from the standpoint of a hometown intern

Ever since I was a little kid in my parent’s backyard, I have been incredibly curious. Each summer, the pond behind our house literally came alive. Wading out in the murky water, mud and frog egg sacks oozing through my toes, I watched tadpoles dart between my legs. How was it that a bunch of stuff that looked like tapioca could turn into fish, which then turn into frogs?

Go outside (the big city) and play

I grew up in this area in the 1960s and early 70s. To us kids, anything a mile from our street or our neighborhood was exotic and different. But when our mothers told us to “go outside and play,” we got on our bikes and cheerfully ranged far from home — probably farther than our parents would ever permit, had they known!