As a mother and pet owner who runs a home, I cannot really agree with a complete ban on plastic bags. I don’t think I really need to list the many uses we all come up with for re-using our plastic bags.
The President’s Cup Golf Tournament held at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge on Monday, June 3, was an enormous success. On behalf Snoqualmie Valley Rotary, I want convey my gratitude to sponsors and participants who propelled us to net $30,000 for Rotary First Harvest, the Mount Si Food Bank and other local organizations.
The Fall City Community Food Pantry was one of the local food banks that benefited from the May 11 “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. We are extremely grateful for the 625 pounds of food collected and delivered by the Fall City Post Office staff. As demand on the Food Pantry resources continues to grow every year, the local community food drives become more and more important; this past year we assisted over 350 families residing in the Snoqualmie Valley communities.
A very heartfelt “thank you” to the people of Snoqualmie Valley and beyond... who came out for the “Heart of the Valley” community photograph Sunday, May 19, forming not one, not two, not three, but four co-created designs on the grounds of Centennial Fields, in Snoqualmie. No one knew, fully, what I had in mind, as I was very carefully keeping designs a “secret” until the day of.
On May 13, the Washington State Legislature entered a special session after the 105-day regular legislative session ended without agreement on major budget related issues. Calling this overtime “special” implies that it is something we should look forward to, but the reality is it’s a failure of the House majority party to make difficult decisions needed to get Washington back on sound financial footing.
I’ve lived in North Bend for 50 years, and that’s not half the age of the Tollgate farmhouse. If you wanted to go to Snoqualmie Pass at the turn of the century, you paid a toll at the farm. This building was given to the city for preservation. The city had all kinds of regulations for historical buildings, but apparently the farm isn’t historical enough to apply the rules. A while back, I saw a new, shiny asphalt roof go on, and thought that would help preserve the building until the city got enough money to put on a more expensive shake roof. The next improvement was to tear off the original porch and install a shiny set of aluminum handrails.
Every minute, there are a million single-use plastic bags used in the United States. This is a staggering and alarming statistic, especially considering that many of these bags end up in the landfill or, even worse, in the bellies of whales or turtles or around sea birds’ necks. Just last year, a gray whale in Puget Sound was found dead with 20 plastic bags in its stomach. This animal was very lethargic many days before it washed ashore and may have been starving to death because of intestinal blockage from plastic.