The following stories happened this week, 25 and 50 years ago, as reported in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. From the Record's archives:
The results of the Snoqualmie Holiday Lights Contest are in. Ten Snoqualmie homeowners entered the competition. After thoughtful consideration by a panel of judges, the following homes were named the winners.
Thanks to Twede’s Cafe, Church on the Ridge, Herfy Burger, Glass and Bottle, Sno Valley Coffee and all the amazing volunteers who helped in the fourth annual “Angel in Your Own Neighborhood” community Thanksgiving dinner.
Thursday, Dec. 7, 1989: Carnation resident Elle Potter, 38, was pulled from the raging waters by the Tolt Hill Road bridge Sunday. She apparently tried to drive across the Valley floor, not realizing how deep and fast the water was. She was in the water for more than an hour before her rescue.
Dec. 3, 1964: You never miss the water ‘til the well runs dry—and North Bend residents have had to manage with a “dry well” since 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, when an accumulation of debris carried by rushing water into the reservoir closed off the supply to the town’s gravity flow system. Thursday was the expected day for a return of water flow.
In the largest public ceremony in Washington State, “Wreaths Across America Day” will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Bellevue’s Sunset Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. More than 1,200 wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves in the cemetery. All are invited to join in placing wreaths at the conclusion of the ceremony.
See Christmas-themed works and a new view of Mount Si in an artist’s reception and holiday event, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at North Bend’s Visitor Info Center and Mountain View Art Gallery, 250 Bendigo Blvd. S., in front of Bartell Drug. The show includes new paintings by Snoqualmie artist Dick Burhans, never before shown. One, a life sized painting of Santa Claus, is surrounded by vignettes of a Christmas tree. “These are painted as if one stepped into the Christmas tree to view the ornaments,” commented Burhans.
Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation and the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association invite all residents to participate in the annual holiday lighting contest. Any resident, business, neighborhood, or community organization in Snoqualmie city limits is eligible. Entries will be evaluated on creativity, originality, thematic elements, and overall design, not just the quantity of lights.
Thursday, Nov. 26, 1964: Burglars got away with 100 cartons of cigarettes and grabbed cookies, cheese and miscellaneous groceries Nov. 18 when they broke into Hix’s Market in Duvall. The intruders threw a brick through a glass door. Owner Clifford Hill discovered the theft at 4:30 a.m.
Enjoy holiday festivities and help decorate the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Boulevard S.E., starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Mount Si High School carolers perform, 3 to 4 p.m. Bring non-perishable food donations for local food banks.
A Post-Turkey Day Pet Walk is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at Silent Creek Trail, at Swenson Avenue and Southeast Vaughan Street on Snoqualmie Ridge. Families, kids and their dogs are invited to join the Snoqualmie Ridge Resident Owner’s Association “Pet Committee” for a leisurely walk through the Silent Creek Trail off Swenson Avenue, 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at Si
See art works by Michael McDevitt in an art show at the North Bend Library’s meeting room this autumn. McDevitt’s works are on display through Friday, Dec. 19. North Bend Library is located at 115 E 4th Street, downtown North Bend.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 1989: A U.S. Army helicopter was called to rescue several people stranded by high water in the Lower Valley last week. Local fire departments reported few other incidents during five days of flooding that began Nov. 9. Snoqualmie Elementary was evacuated.
Find fun times for youth in grades five through seven at Tween Night, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Si View Community Center. It's a night of active games, contests, music, dancing and more. Admission is just $5 at the door, snacks available for purchase. Then on Saturday, Nov. 22, Si View hosts a Family Fun Day, with free activities for children from noon to 2:30 p.m. Find activity stations with gymnastics, arts and crafts, indoor playground time
“I found my name!” says 10-year-old Lawrence Saenz, pointing to a brick in the Snoqualmie Valley Veterans Memorial. His sister, Elsa, 9, comes to look, but their younger brothers are still climbing on the rocks that ring the area, just to the side of the Renton-Pickering American Legion Post in Snoqualmie.
1989: A citizen group, the Snoqualmie Valley Coalition, plans to file an initiation designed to reduce the size of Weyerhaeuser’s proposed “Snoqualmie Ridge” project. They say King County gave developers special treatment in the project, three times the size of expansion areas for North Bend, Carnation and Duvall.
Mark your calendars for Carnation Farmers Market’s annual Thanksgiving Harvest Market, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. The market moves indoors to provide shoppers with warm, dry, and festive shopping inside the American Legion Hall on Bird Street in downtown Carnation (directly adjacent to the market’s usual location), with plenty of parking outside.
The "forestry camp" that's proposed for a 40-acre site east of North Bend will now be a 300-bed jail, if a bill proposed by the governor goes through. The camp is one of six work camps being considered. Construction of the North Bend prison is planned for 1991. A 28-year-old man fell from the Snoqualmie Falls precipice. Police answered a 911 call about the man, who was on the wrong side of the fence barrier. The cause was reported as an accident and is under investigation.
Although National Arbor Day is typically the last Friday in April each year, North Bend holds a fall observation of the holiday. For this year’s event, Saturday, Nov. 22, the city is planning a tree-planting day at the Tollgate Farm property. Historically a forest of giant conifer trees along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, Tollgate Forest is now comprised of cottonwood, maple, alder, cascara, and cherry trees. The river serves as a wildlife corridor for elk, deer and other large animals, and the forest is home to a variety of wildlife, including pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, river otters and muskrat. Native conifers are missing from the forest, and non-native plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry are invading the forest.
Above, taking in the candy by stroller, neighbors Tegan and Izzy, center, roll down Falls Avenue during Snoqualmie’s Downtown Treat Harvest on Friday morning, Oct. 31. Costumed children braved the rain to get treats and candy from participating businesses. The downtown merchants hold the treat harvest yearly.