Candidates for state House positions in the 5th Legislative District weighed in on education, transportation and the public good at a Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce forum Friday, Oct. 17. Jay Rodne of North Bend and Chad Magendanz of Issaquah, Republican incumbents for the 5th District’s positions 1 and 2, respectively, sat down with Essie Hicks of Issaquah and David Spring of North Bend, their Democratic challengers, answering questions from presenter Carolyn Simpson, a Snoqualmie Valley School Board member.
Everyone stops on the Tokul Creek bridge. It’s not that they need to; the Snoqualmie Valley Trail rises very gently up the Valley, and the bridge is about a mile along it from Tokul Road. Whether they’re on two wheels or two feet, though, the people who explore the trail as far as the 100-year-old Milwaukee Railroad trestle bridge seem compelled to pause there, and take in the view.
Mount Si High School celebrated its homecoming last week, with spirit days, sports, and circus-themed dance with live performers. For Thursday's Camo Day, senior Julianna Foster borrowed some gear from her father to blend in. "I'm a tree!" she announced during her lunch break. Her friend, Amanda Triboulet bought some camp gear just for the day, but a lot of students didn't have to work hard on their costume for the day. Maddy Trout, busily working on her phone in a circle of friends, sported a camp sweatshirt and backpack that she says are pretty standard for her.
A man suspected of burglarizing several outbuildings in the Valley’s vicinity was captured late Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, after a publicized search by police. The suspect, a 41-year-old transient man, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. near Fall City, after a search that began around noon Friday.
For the seventh year, Korean middle school students will be traveling from Snoqualmie’s sister city of Gangjin to study in at our local schools and experience home stays in American homes. Students will be traveling from Snoqualmie’s second sister city of Chaclacayo, Peru with the same spirit of adventure and goal of learning about U.S. culture.
Bushwhacking: On Wednesday, Oct. 8, a caller reported to Snoqualmie Police that a man and woman were thrashing through some brush in the area of Pickett Avenue Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street in North Bend, and that at one point, the man was not wearing any pants. The man left to put pants on and the woman continued to hack at the brush with a machete. Police contacted the couple and found out they were searching the bushes for his lost wallet.
For Wendy Thomas, running Carmichael’s True Value Hardware Store is never boring. Every day, someone walks in with a new challenge to fix. Visitors pace the wooden boards of the store, discovering something useful, humorous, sometimes timeless. “I feel like I’m preserving an ancient tradition,” she says.
The wool uniform is surprisingly heavy, and in fine condition, considering it’s a century old. Now cared for by Ruth Pickering, the suit’s original owner was Jesse Kelley of Fall City. Jesse donned the heavy shirt and laced on the puttees after he was drafted into the Great War in 1917. He probably wore it during his 1918 service on the Western Front in a balloon company, just before World War I came to a close.
Alexander Anderson is no head-in-the-clouds academic. On paper, he may seem like one, having graduated high school, earned a bachelor of science degree, started classes for his master’s degree, accumulated a stack of research for his doctorate, surpassed a theoretical limitation on electricity production, and started a company, Odin Energy Works, all by the age of 18. Alexander, though, knows how to talk to people, and when to go easy on his non-scientific audience.
Voters will decide on a $246 million school bond in the Snoqualmie Valley School District in February. The district's board of directors voted 4 to 1 on Oct. 9 to proceed with a bond, slightly revised from the proposal under discussion for the past year. A sixth elementary school, $20 million in repairs and updates to other district buildings, and a high school rebuild to bring freshmen back onto the main campus are all still components of the bond. Yet instead of either the staff-recommended 2,400-student high school, or the 2,100-student high school proposed by architects, the board has reached for something in between.
Work is under way on new sidewalks, a proposed roundabout, and on a pedestrian-friendly plaza, all on North Bend Way. The sidewalk project is a long-delayed reality that’s almost complete. The roundabout work could happen in two years, and the plaza could happen somewhere in between.
A new cycle track now completes the regional trail link between Issaquah and Preston.
Gather the family, suit up in your costumes and take part in the fall festivities at the Snoqualmie Depot during the annual Halloween Train run, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26.
Residents told King County Public Hospital District 4’s board of commissioners Thursday, Oct. 2, to protect of local rights and services at the first public hearing on the hospital’s affiliation with Overlake Hospital of Bellevue. The board is considering selling its hospital and clinic operations to Overlake. Commissioners Ryan Roberts and Dariel Norris are part of a negotiating team working with Overlake on terms of the deal, which has a new deadline of March 2015.
Forgot something: On September 27, a caller in the 400 block of East North Bend Way, North Bend, said her vehicle had been stolen. She said it was paid off, and she was positive about where she’d left it. An officer met her at her home, and determined that she had left the vehicle at a grocery store.
Evan Sebenius, a 28-year-old Carnation man, died Sunday, Sept. 21, while running the “Beat the Blerch” half-marathon at Tolt-MacDonald Park. A crowd funding site, http://www.gofundme.com/RunEvanIn, has been set up to help his family, and a 5K fun run is planned for Sunday, Nov. 2 in Tolt-MacDonald Park, in his memory.
Cedarcrest High School’s FFA and high school agriculture program earned the prestigious 2014 Washington Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program honors for the Western Region of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). Cedarcrest was chosen as the top agricultural program in the region and then was considered with the other eight regional program winners. Riverview was one of 230 programs in Washington state competing for the award.
Young adults, age 15 and up, in the Valley can take advantage of a free job search workshop on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Duvall. The Riverview Job Seekers Institute starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverview Educational Service Center, 15510 1st Ave. N.E., Duvall, and runs through noon. Lunch will be provided. This event is designed to support young adults in finding and retaining a job.
A Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew located and rescued a formerly lost 21-year-old Seattle woman, Paula Reuter, after she spent three unexpected nights in the Kulla Kulla Basin near the Pratt River.
Snoqualmie Police Sgt. Bob Keeton lifts up his haul at the conclusion of Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, at Snoqualmie Fire Station. Local police staffed Take Back sites in Snoqualmie and North Bend, collecting six big boxes of drugs, about 180 pounds total. Officers aren’t allowed to go through the drugs that are dropped off, as confidentiality is part of the program.