Toys, clothes and books streamed out of the Snoqualmie Valley One VOICE event last week, as gifts and supplies for area families in need. Donations of the same were coming back in almost as fast, along with pizzas and other donations to feed the army of volunteers who helped to put on the fourth annual event.
First they learned to walk on the slick surface. Then, after a few minutes, they were dancing, twirling, laughing and sometimes landing flat on their backs. So it goes when children start to skate.
A recent bill, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act,” was signed into law this fall by President Obama. This bipartisan legislation includes bills from Rep. Dave Reichert, of the Valley’s 8th District, to prevent the sex trafficking of youth in foster care (H.R. 4058) and to ensure proper child support payments even when a parent lives abroad (H.R. 1896).
The Snoqualmie City Council voted 7-0 on Monday, Dec. 8, to support Snoqualmie Valley School District Proposition 1, a facilities improvement bond, which will be on the ballot for the Feb. 10 special election.
It’s not your typical nativity set. Brightly colored strips of aluminum—former Fanta, Coke and fruit juice cans—coalesce into a wiry-haired Mary, Joseph, Jesus, wise men and a crocodile. As nativity scenes go, it’s metallic, and hardly cute. This one is not exactly Diane Garding’s favorite.
Recent enrollment projections, past elections and a 2012 court ruling all point to an upcoming shortage of space and teachers for Snoqualmie Valley schools. To be ready for at least part of the shortfall, school district staff are working on facilities plans that will need board approval by spring, and developing a streamlined teacher hiring process.
Si View Community Center staff is planning a remodel that will increase not only the lifespan of the 76-year-old landmark building, but also the amount of useable space inside it. The project goals include replacing the flooring in the gym and lobby, adding storage and classroom space, and many safety improvements, but no changes to the building’s current footprint.
The love of the game. The connection with teammates. That is what Chase Cardon, Robert Cha and Kyle Walsh are here for. The three seniors, who have been part of Cedarcrest boys basketball through high school, were named leaders by their teammates. Cha was a scoring force last year, Walsh was a key starter, and Cardon also got significant minutes as a junior.
An outdoor ice rink is coming to Snoqualmie this season for all ages to enjoy. The rink, a first in Snoqualmie, will be open daily, including holidays, Dec. 14 through 21 in downtown Snoqualmie, and Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 on Snoqualmie Ridge. “My brothers and I spent winters skating on our pond in New Hampshire during my youth,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “This will create memories for a lifetime for the kids and families in the Snoqualmie Valley.”
Schools in the Snoqualmie Valley School District are raising money and collecting donations for the annual Foodball food drive. Mount Si High School, Cascade View Elementary, Fall City Elementary, North Bend Elementary, Opstad Elementary and Snoqualmie Elementary are all taking part in the event, which is organized annually by the Mount Si community relations committee. The North Bend QFC and Safeway stores are also involved.
The U.S. Senate will vote this week on a bill to, among other things, protect 22,000 acres of forest land on the Snoqualmie Middle Fork, and 40 miles of rivers. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included these protections, named the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Addition, the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, and the Illabot Creek Wild and Scenic River Act.
This month, an all American classic comes to Mount Si High School, the musical "Footloose." When a teenager from Chicago is forced to move to the small, religious town of Bomont, he finds many obstacles to overcome. From winning the girl of his dreams, to ending a law against dancing, Ren McCormack fights for his freedom to let it all out, and "Cut Footloose.”
Children waited semi-patiently, then thrilled when Santa arrived aboard the fire truck Saturday evening, Dec. 6, during North Bend’s Downtown holiday festival. The Christmas tree celebration included carolers and singalongs, dancers, crafts, warm bonfires and photos with the jolly old elf himself.
In its November 18 win in court, North Bend may finally have resolved an issue about sensitive uses in the city. The win, against tattoo artist David Herman, supported the city’s move to restrict tattoo and piercing shops to a few locations and zones within the city. King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde dismissed Herman’s lawsuit, with prejudice, and issued an order prohibiting Herman from operating a tattoo business out of his North Bend home.
The King County Flood Control District announced on November 14 the completion of the first phase of a two-year investigation to update landslide hazard information for King County’s river valleys and floodplains. “This investigation is the first step in assuring that we have the most current information to protect people, property and critical public infrastructure,” said King County Flood Control District Chairman Reagan Dunn.
The Metropolitan King County Council in November unanimously approved an ordinance, authored and proposed by Councilmember Rod Dembowski, which creates a full-time, ongoing and independent auditor of Metro Transit.
To America! The group of fourth-grade buddies, Trevor Bradshaw, Raj Chaliparamail, Tanner Swanson, Kaelyn Giusti, Logan Shadel and Brady Maw clinked plastic glasses together at their construction-paper-covered dining table and toasted the nation—with apple juice. Each kid had a plate in front of them heaped with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, olives, and popcorn. Swanson declared it “the best activity ever done in the school.”
Sticky handle: On Wednesday, Nov. 19, a caller in the 7900 block of Center Boulevard Southeast, Snoqualmie, reported a malicious mischief incident. In the previous 45 minutes, someone had poured syrup on the caller’s car door handle, where it was parked on Center Boulevard.
The man who reportedly shot a Duvall Police officer Sept. 15, fired on a King County Deputy’s vehicle, and led police on a high speed chase up the Valley and into a three-hour standoff, could face two assault charges, if he’s found competent. Joshua Stephen Kramer, 47, of Woodinville, has been ordered committed by the court, to determine his competency to stand trial.
King County Elections officials certified the results of the Nov. 4 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Final results followed early trends in the voting, with successful propositions in North Bend and for the Si View Metropolitan Park District, and a rejected tax increase in Carnation. The final tally for North Bend’s 0.1 percent sales tax increase for police and fire services was 64 percent (1,282 votes) in favor of the increase, to 36 percent (732 votes) opposed. Voter turnout was nearly 53 percent.