It started with a wild man, and a wilder idea, heaven meets hell-for-leather. Bill Chase, known as “Wild Bill” in Preston, had this idea, and pitched it to his coffee buddy, Pastor Roy Peacock, more than 10 years ago when he was a newcomer to the Raging River Community Church. What if somebody, Pastor Roy, for instance, hosted a prayer service, specifically for motorcyclists at the start of the riding season, Wild Bill asked Peacock. Not a rally, not a church service, and not that wild of an idea, after all.
Mailbox vandal: On Wednesday, May 8, a resident in the 300 block of Ogle Place in North Bend filed a complaint in the online reporting tool about mailbox vandalism. The resident said someone had apparently tried to remove the entire multiple-box unit by removing the base and bolts. The postal carrier had notified residents that mail couldn't be delivered to the box because of the vandalism
Bill Melton won’t be walking the trail for the Snoqualmie Valley CROP Hunger Walk this weekend. But he will be on the sidelines, cheering on local walkers as they march against hunger. Melton helped found the current incarnation of the local Hunger Walk, and he wouldn’t miss this for the world. “It has been, as you know, a labor of love for a lot of people,” Melton explains.
North Bend officials and law enforcement will host a community meeting on recent criminal events, including the home invasion homicide that occurred Monday morning, May 13 in the Circle River neighborhood. The meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, will be held at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave South, North Bend. Recent inquiries from citizens prompted the meeting, as well as the city's desire to be proactive in educating the public on crime trends and crime prevention, and to improve communication and partnerships throughout the community.
A home invasion suspect was stabbed and killed by a resident early this morning after he broke into a home near North Bend. The man had apparently returned to house after burglarizing it and attacking a resident a day earlier. King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at the home in the 10100 block of 420th Avenue Southeast around 1:40 this morning, May 13. When police arrived, they learned that a man and his wife were asleep when their dogs started barking and woke them up. The husband got up to let the dogs out and was confronted by an intruder inside of the house.
Warm, sunny days in the Valley signal the start of the growing season for local farms, and Sno-Valley Harvest is looking for volunteers to help harvest surplus fruits and vegetables and get them into food banks between now and the fall. Sno-Valley Harvest is a collaborative project of Hopelink, Rotary First Harvest and AmeriCorps VISTA that is working to increase fresh food in local food banks by collecting produce from area farms that may otherwise go to waste.
North Bend Farmers Market is accepting vendor applications for the 2013 summer season. The Thursday evening market will run June 13 through September 12 at Si View Park, excepting the Fourth of July. Visitors enjoy the small town atmosphere while shopping and visiting with friends at the market. The market offers booth space for farmers, processors, prepared food vendors and artisans. Limited space is also available for local non-profit information and local business information booths—no resellers or imported items. Booth spaces can be reserved on a week-to-week basis or for the full season.
Snoqualmie Watershed Forum Meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Avenue S.E., Preston. The Watershed Forum meets every other month to work together on watershed issues, and is a partnership between King County, the Snoqualmie Tribe, and the cities of Duvall, Carnation, North Bend and Snoqualmie.
Snoqualmie Valley School District's top official, Superintendent Joel Aune, received a contract extension through 2015 in a split vote of the school board at its May 9 meeting. Board member Carolyn Simpson, participating by phone, cast the sole “no” vote on the renewal. The vote followed an executive session at the start of the board meeting, and there was no discussion on the action. Board President Scott Hodgins explained “This is personnel action, there will be no public discussion by the board on this subject, nor any public comment on the board’s decision.”
In their last days at Mount Si High School seniors have a few events to plan for before their June 7 graduation. The senior prom is set for 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Seattle Aquarium, and tickets, $30, are on sale now during lunch periods. Next is the senior tea, 12:30 to 2:10 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the high school gym. Awards night starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the school auditorium. Scholarships and awards will be presented to members of the graduating class during the evening, so parents and students are encouraged to report any scholarships students have received to Carol Nelson in the school counseling center, (425) 831-8150. The Moving-Up Assembly is the following day in the school gym.
Students of all ages, and adults touched by the Sandy Hook school shooting in December, gathered at Stillwater Elementary School recently for "Healing Hearts and Helping Hands For Sandy Hook." The evening included a presentation, and student art projects, which will be sent to Washington, to be sent to Washington D.C., along with community members' letters to President Obama and members of Congress. Each participant also received a Random Acts of Kindness kit, with a checklist of 26 random acts of kindness, one for each victim in Sandy Hook.
Mary Miller’s got big love for the Valley. She plans to spread that love in a photo session this month that welcomes as many residents of the area as possible, with her “Heart of the Valley” community portrait. At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Miller holds her annual photo session at Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie. Camera in hand, the North Bend professional camera bug will ride up six stories on an Eastside Fire and Rescue truck. Below her, she hopes that hundreds or even thousands of locals will gather in the shape of a heart, for an iconic photo with Mount Si in the background.1
Missing ‘cats: On April 27, a caller in the 300 block of East Park Street reported a theft to police. He said he’d left his trailer with snowmobiles chained on it parked in his driveway around 6 p.m. the previous day, and when he returned at 3:30 p.m., the trailer and snowcats were gone.
It’s been 10 years since voters in the Snoqualmie Valley School District approved a bond to build a school. While various school levies for maintenance, technology or transportation have passed without a problem, voters have repeatedly withheld support of bonds for new schools since 2003, when they approved construction of Twin Falls Middle School with a $53 million bond. In the past decade, the school district and its surrounding cities have all grown. Enrollment has increased by about 1,000 students.
Mount Si senior shortstop Tamarra Crowe is the first Wildcat softballer of 2013 to sign for college play. She’s headed to Merrimack Liberal Arts College in North Andover, Mass., to join the Warriors. She expects to play second base with a chance to beat out the shortstop. A staffer saw her when Crowe, as a Ladyhawks club member, went to an exposure tournament in Texas last year. The coach liked how she played, and things steamrolled from there. She visited in December, and met most of the players. It felt like home.
The body of Dr. Mitch Hungate, a long-time Renton dentist, was found by searchers on Granite Mountain on Snoqualmie Pass early Wednesday morning. Hungate was killed when an avalanche swept him away on April 13. Poor weather conditions and high avalanche danger had prevented rescue teams from safely continuing the search.
After police found and demolished two transient camps, Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley says the time is right for the city to bring its own books up to a Valley-wide standard. With neighboring North Bend banning outdoor camping in public places in January, Snoqualmie City Council is considering a similar ordinance this month.
Every spring, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN) recognizes outstanding volunteers whose actions over the past year have helped create a caring, resilient Snoqualmie Valley community. Nominations are now being accepted for the awards, which will be presented June 4 at the network’s annual Rise and Shine Breakfast. SVCN will review and choose the top 20 for awards. Community members and organizations can nominate volunteers through May 8. Nominations can be made through an online form, or by mail or e-mail.
Kids discover science every year in school, but it never gets old, either for them or the parents helping them with it. At Fall City Elementary School, the parents running experiments in the school gym were almost as excited as the youngsters trying their hands — or feet, over at the “oobleck” station — at how this science stuff works. And at Snoqualmie Elementary School’s Arts and Science Night, many parents were acting as their young scientists’ lab assistants, keeping them on track in their presentations and running errands, as needed.
Launched in November 2010, I-90 Wildlife Watch (www.i90wildlifewatch.org) is a citizen-based wildlife monitoring project that invites motorists to report wildlife sightings along I-90 in the Snoqualmie Pass region of Washington. The project has just released its second-year report, available here. From November 2011 through November 2012 more than 2,000 visits were made to the I-90 Wildlife Watch project website resulting in reports of 282 valid (presumed authentic) wildlife sightings made by individuals from their car driving east or westbound on Interstate 90 from North Bend to Easton, comprising a total of 241 live and 41 dead animals.