Thursday, Dec. 1, 1988: Responding to a single voice from the audience, Snoqualmie Mayor Jeanne Hansen stepped down from the panel taking testimony in formal hearings on Weyerhaeuser’s Snoqualmie Ridge proposal. John House, head of opposition group Friends of Snoqualmie Valley, noted that Hansen’s long employment with Weyerhaeuser—though not with the real estate branch involved in the proposal—could strain her ability to make an objective decision. Hansen offered to step down, and did so.
The city of Snoqualmie is in the final weeks of Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Challenge. The challenge kicked off in the spring with Snoqualmie contending with Kirkland, Tumwater, Anacortes, and Bainbridge Island for $40,000 toward a community solar power project. Snoqualmie already secured $20,000, but another $20,000 is on the line.
“We owe it to our kids in the Snoqualmie Valley to provide a vibrant, green and growing place to grow up,” said Kevin Haggerty. Pictured above, the Valley resident was one of the speakers at the first annual Snoqualmie Valley Youth and Family Services Fundraising Breakfast, held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Snoqualmie Elementary School.
Students in Shari Myers’ classroom get their first dictionaries in November, when North Bend Elementary School was the first to receive the books in Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club’s Words for Thirds program.
Cascade Dance Academy attended their first dance convention, Hollywood Dance Experience, the weekend of Nov. 2 and 3. Three students won scholarships at the event. Cascade Dance students took classes in all styles of dance all weekend long, and participated in auditions for the scholarships. Only eleven scholarships total were given out at the convention, among hundreds of students, “so it was a big deal for the 20 students we brought to snag three of them,” said instructor Kelsey Jamieson Ruth.
Margie Bridges and Kevin Bachand are pleased to announce that their daughter, Madeline Bachand, was married to Alex Perkins, son of Randy and Debbie Perkins, on August 31. Madeline grew up in North Bend, and Alex is from Redmond. They now reside in Covington, Wash.
Neither early nor late, North Bend’s celebration of Arbor Day, Thursday, Nov. 14, included ideal weather for planting trees. But then, this time of year is usually good for that, says North Bend Senior Planner Mike McCarty. Although Washington usually celebrates the event in April, North Bend declared its own Arbor Day last week, because “this is typically the best time of year to plant trees,” says McCarty. “We have such mild winters, it gives the roots more time to get established.”
Thursday, Nov. 17, 1988: A Montesano man and a young babysitter braved fire and smoke to make sure everybody got out of a burning apartment building in Snoqualmie on Wednesday. The fire started with bedding placed by a baseboard heater, and fanned by winds, was raging in minutes. Passing on his way to work at the Tanner Mill, Lonnie Brumfield, Jr., got out of his car to help. He crawled past a burning door and saved a young boy. Babysitter Rachel Self woke up residents and carried out her three charges.
As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the Sno-Valley Senior Center will offer free, confidential memory screenings 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Screenings will be held upstairs at the Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. Carnation.
Snoqualmie Valley Record archives: • Nov. 14 1963: A benefit dance is planned for Jodi Michelle Blagg, a blue-eyed, brown-haired little girl who celebrated her fifth birthday on Sept. 14. She is a happy, normal child in every way, except one—her days are limited for she is a victim of cancer. Weak from six days of treatment at Children's orthopedic Hospital, she is anxious to return to her beloved kindergarten classes.
Last month, interested members from the community gathered at the YMCA on Snoqualmie Ridge to learn from family history workshop instructors Erin Christensen and Annette Willis. The two hosts shared ways to record family research findings on paper and digitally from files extracted on the Internet, how to avoid duplicating information and how to move forward with optimum research efficiency.
North Bend resident Camille Bodey snapped a few photos of nearby neighbor Anika Granillo’s turkeys as they frolicked in her yard with a few chicken pals. The owner was giving them treats. “I saw ‘Tom Turkey’ spread his feathers upon Anika’s urging, and and seemed very proud of himself,” wrote Camille.
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, with multiple partners, has begun a riparian forest restoration project in Carnation, and is inviting the community to join them, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 9. The Tribe has already cut down the Himalayan blackberries at the work site, near the Tolt Bridge and S.R. 203. Next, the rootballs need to be removed, to help renew the forest. Bring a shovel or pick, or borrow one of the tools supplied and help dig out roots and make a difference.
There are two things we can count on in the winter – cold weather and stuffy or runny noses. Winter is prime time for spreading diseases since more people are staying indoors and spreading germs to others. The common cold and influenza are prevalent in the winter months. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid getting sick.
Prince and princess on Monday, David Butler and Sami Kieffer were king and queen by Friday, enjoying royal status for a single weekend. The crowns came as a nice surprise for the pair, the 2013 Mount Si homecoming queen and king, who took the recognition at halftime last Friday, Oct. 25, with smiles, then went to the next night’s dance as a royal couple. “I don’t think we expected it,” Keiffer said of the recognition.
Thursday, Oct. 27, 1988: Once again, the growth is concerning. The massive Snoqualmie Ridge proposal looms over Snoqualmie, and now a similar package is under similar study at North Bend. Frederick Peterson of Wahluke Farms last week submitted a 975-acre annexation request for land south of the city, extending to Wilderness Rim, which could encompass 2,700 homes.
The Snoqualmie Valley Record traces its roots back to the North Bend Post, which started operations in the Tanner district east of North Bend on October 16, 1913, published by B.N. Kennedy. Older fragments of the newspaper exist, but the earliest extant copy, scanned into microfilm at the North Bend Library, is from March 2, 1917.
To Jerri Johnson, growing a pumpkin is a spiritual affair. He takes the same from-the-heart approach to all of the growing things in the garden that he and wife Julie tend every year. Maybe that’s why his pumpkins are so big. Both Johnsons work as house painters at their business, Falls Painting. At home, though, they’re both avid gardeners. Jerri started all of this with a carrot plant, then, as his green thumb matured, turned to corn, then a three-foot-wide garden patch. When Julie decided, several years ago, that she wanted a fish pond on their patch of ground, downhill from Snoqualmie Casino, he decided he got to have something new, too. So they planted a pumpkin patch.
Autumn may be in full swing, but that isn’t stopping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Washington/Alaska Chapter from breaking out the sunscreen. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the eighth annual Winter Pineapple Classic 5k fun run will take place at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend, starting at 9 a.m.
The following stories made the news in the Valley 50 and 25 years ago, as found in the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives: In 1988, Rico Tessendore and Jennifer Woods were crowned the Homecoming King and Queen amidst the usual downpour for Mount Si High School's Homecoming football game.