Mount Si High School senior Rachel Mallasch is one of 10 finalists in the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, a national competition that could win her up to $15,000. The challenge called on teens to create short videos to inspire their friends to make safer decisions behind the wheel, and voting is on now.
“Chocolate’s better than money.” That’s what 6-year-old Iris, a young egg hunter at the Moose Lodge’s annual Easter hunt at Si View Park, told mom Brissa. She had discovered that some of the eggs found by children contained cash. But money’s not candy.
Every year, thousands of hikers, kayakers, anglers, bikers and campers visit the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. They come for the recreation, and for the remote beauty of a wilderness so close to home, about 30 miles from Seattle. Also every year, and some would argue because of those users, the narrow, winding road into and out of the popular destination develops more ruts and potholes, the trails get worn down and the riverbanks are peppered with bootleg trails, campsites and even toilets.
Police activity at nearby Lake Marcel has prompted a modified lockdown at Stillwater Elementary School this morning, Monday, April 21. The lockdown was implemented out of an abundance of caution, said a King County Sheriff's spokesperson, but there was no threat at the school. Deputies were responding to a domestic violence incident in a nearby home.
Back for a second year, the North Bend Blues Walk expands to 16 venues, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 26, in downtown North Bend. All venues are family-friendly and all ages, except for the Pour House, which is 21 and over.
The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network’s Be the Change youth leadership conference is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Chief Kanim Middle School, 32627 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City. Over the last seven years, the leadership conference has evolved into a place for local teens to be inspired about making a difference. Youth voice and leadership are important. The conference is about hearing those voices and expanding that leadership.
Today is the last day for voters to mark and return their ballots in King County. Most voters have only one issue to decide on, King County's Proposition 1 for 10-year increases in sales and use tax and car tab fees. Lake Washington School District also has a bond measure on the ballot.
Families and worshippers in the Snoqualmie Valley can find special activities planned in several different communities over the Easter holiday weekend.
Flushing firecrackers: On Tuesday, April 8, a caller reported hearing a loud boom and seeing a bunch of smoke at the bathroom facility of Fisher Park, 7805 Fisher Avenue S.E., Snoqualmie. The caller also reported seeing four juvenile boys, all on skateboards, leaving the park up Snoqualmie Parkway. Police responded and saw that someone had flushed a bunch of firecrackers down the toilet. They locked the bathroom, and tracked the juveniles, who were running down the trail from Fairway. They also contacted their parents.
The annual reading competition among elementary students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District is 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Snoqualmie Elementary School. Teams from each of the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s five elementary schools compete to see who has the most knowledge of popular youth books, going through about 40 rounds of questions.
Two men were hospitalized Tuesday night after an argument turned physical in North Bend, one with a stab wound, the other with injuries sustained while attacking the other. None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Snoqualmie Police Captain Nick Almquist. "Everybody's alive," he reported to the North Bend City Council, where he was already scheduled to speak.
From the neck down, the look was casual, sweats in fact. On top, though, it was all glam and sparkles, with long false eyelashes and a foot-high blonde wig. The martini-swirling phenomenon underneath it all was making the look work, while simultaneously working the Fall City Bistro on a Sunday evening in February. “Good morning!” Akasha Manila greeted the guests trickling in for dinner, “good to see you! I just woke up!” Manila’s sleepy claim fit perfectly with the “Divas” theme of the night’s show. It probably wasn’t true though, because this particular diva, like his fellow performers, was already made-up for her appearance in the semimonthly “Night Queens” drag show at the bistro, and doing makeup takes a while.
High school families are invited to a free college planning workshop, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Snoqualmie Public Library. “Are You College Ready?” workshop, conducted by Karen Edgar, an educational consultant, will focus on how students and parent can collaborate to successfully navigate the increasingly competitive college admissions process and to find their best colleges for fit and affordability.
Movie-goers can spot several Valley landmarks in the trailer for “Lucky Them,” and soon, in the movie itself. The independent film, starring Toni Collette as a rock journalist tracking down a rock star who disappeared from the music scene, is scheduled to be released May 30, according to the Internet Movie Database, although other sources project an April 21 limited release. “Lucky Them” was filmed in several Seattle locations, and on Snoqualmie and Carnation streets, inside a Carnation home, and both in and outside of the Mount Si Pub in North Bend, in February 2013.
Sip With Valley Young Professionals Trivia Night is 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Dark Horse Ink, 30540 S.E. 84th St., Suite 1, Preston. Dinner, drinks, trivia night helps support the Mount Si High School Scholarship fund. Age 21 and up. Cost is $20. To register, visit www.snovalley.org/vyp.
A Bellevue woman died sometime overnight last Wednesday, April 9, at Snoqualmie Falls. Snoqualmie police received a call from Bellevue Police on Tuesday evening, April 8, about a Bellevue woman, reported missing by her family. According to Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley, the family had noticed that she had been looking for places to commit suicide. Her search had seemed to focus on Snoqualmie Falls.
Miriam “Ruth” Posey of North Bend, wife to James, died Wednesday, April 2. She was 81. Ruth was born May 22, 1932 in Seattle to Joshua and Margaret Bissell. She was raised in the Snoqualmie Valley and graduated from Mt Si High School. She worked at Doctors Hospital in Seattle, the North Bend Theater, Gateway Cafe and the North Bend IGA grocery store.
Assault over parking: On Thursday, April 3, a caller in the 1200 block of North Bend Boulevard, North Bend, reported that she’d just been assaulted. She said she’d parked her car in what she thought was a designated spot for the business she wanted, then a man from a neighboring business came out and pushed her to the ground, calling her obscene names. Police responded to find that the woman didn’t need medical aid and the man had gone back into the business he’d come from.
North Bend is growing, with the potential for 655 new homes in the next few years, based on building project applications in progress at the city’s planning department. However, its aging sewer system may not be up to future demands. The city’s 60-year-old wastewater treatment plant is permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency to handle 2.58 million gallons of wastewater per day, but because of a “pinch point” in the system, “the functional limit is 1 million gallons,” City Administrator Londi Lindell told the Record, recapping the information from a March 25 council work session on the issue.
Students at Cascade View Elementary were treated with visits from all kinds of people in uniform March 12, during the Snoqualmie Police Department's annual Badges & Books event. Volunteers from the Snoqualmie fire and police departments, including Police Chief Steve McCulley, as well as the King County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Duvall Police Department teamed up to visit each classroom during the day, answer questions about their work—did you know that Snoqualmie firefighters aim to be out the door “in under a minute” from the time they receive a call?—and let the class examine some of their gear.