Pat Anderson's career has taken a number of twists and turns. One road, however, kept leading him home. As a young lawyer, Anderson lucked out and got a job advising the government of his home city. He's been doing that job for more than 30 years, and his legal mind has become one of the longest serving institutional memories of the city. "An attorney always represents a client," said Anderson. "I advise the mayor and council when asked for advice. But when they've made a decision, it's my responsibility to use all lawful means to implement their decision. That's what I've tried to do, throughout my career."
The three men from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe didn’t speak much Spanish. The two visitors from Peru spoke hardly any English. But carvers know carvers, and the common, unspoken language of craft was enough to bring everyone together. This fall, the newest bonds to link Snoqualmie with its sister community in South America started to gel in a carving exchange between the visiting Peruvian artists and the craftsmen at the Tribe’s Snoqualmie carving barn.
The newest police officers to join the Snoqualmie Police Department, Daniel Chase Goddard, Anthony Graham, Dmitriy Vladis and Todd Wilson were sworn in on October 28, above, and pinned on their badges with help from their wives. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing looked on, greeting Graham and the other officers.
The Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation Department and the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association invite all to participate in the first annual Snoqualmie Holiday Lights Contest. It’s a way of encouraging the entire community to decorate and beautify homes, businesses and neighborhoods.
Paper hats, some with Native American feathers, others with Pilgrim brims and bonnets, topped the boys and girls. Flame colored crepe paper combined with hula hoops to form pretend ‘bonfires.’ But the enormous spread of food was real enough. Kindergartners at North Bend Elementary celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the school gym.
A hunter apparently died of an accidental shooting Saturday evening near Duvall. According to a report from the King County Sheriff's Office, at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, a sheriff's deputy was conducting an area check of a trailhead near the 17000 block of the Northeast Duvall-Monroe Road. As he entered the trailhead, he found a man who was dead next to his vehicle, with an obvious gunshot wound to the chest.
New rules, effective in January, to protect land managed by King County Parks from illegal dumping would mean fines of up to $500 for those caught trashing public property. “People have told us that illegal dumping in our parks is a problem, and we have heard them loud and clear,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Work to clean up illegal dumpsites takes time, money, and staff resources, which we would rather spend elsewhere.”
The King County Flood Warning Center opened at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and closed four and a half hours later, following a brief and minor flood event on the Snoqualmie River. Warnings came after heavy rain in the Snoqualmie River basin brought the Snoqualmie River up to a Phase II flood alert level, with high water conditions above flood stage predicted for late Sunday and early Monday. Since then, however, the weather outlook improved.
“Action,” says the director, Mount Si High School senior Joey Dunning. “Go.” A Santa-hatted Ally Schwabe strides onto the set, carrying a canned-food box. “What’s this?” says fellow student Jesse Guyer, already there and waiting, a ‘Grinch’ sign on her neck. “This,” says Schwabe, “is the Foodball.” “The what-a-what-y?” improvises Guyer. “It’s a food drive we do annually to raise money for local food banks,” Schwabe explains to the camera.
Meter thief: On Saturday morning, Nov. 16, King County sheriff's deputies received a report that someone had made off with the electrical meter from the Unity Masonic Lodge, 119 W. North Bend Way. The meter was pulled from the south wall of the building overnight, and the lodge has no power now. Puget Sound Energy was notified.
At its regular monthly public meeting in November, the state Board of Natural Resources (Board) authorized funds for the purchase of a 105.7-acre parcel in eastern King County that will preclude its commercial development. The $1.26 million purchase of the property, known as Echo Lake, from a group of private sellers effectively prevents nonforest-related development here. The site, which borders the Raging River State Forest managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is currently approved for 10 home sites.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and King County hosted a tree planting event at Chinook Bend Natural Area in Carnation. Sponsored by PEMCO Insurance and supported by some hearty volunteers, including students from the University of Washington and Cub Scout Pack 568, almost 700 trees were planted along Snoqualmie River to restore critical habitat and provide protection for salmon.
River warning systems suggest high water is coming down the Snoqualmie this Sunday and Monday, Dec. 1 and 2. Floodzilla released NOAA flood crest forecasts Saturday saying the river will rise above flood levels, with water expected to crest at the Falls at 10 p.m. Sunday at 27,066 cubic feet per second, or 14.53 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet.
Planned improvements to North Bend’s Torguson Park have been put on hold for another year after the federal Recreation and Conservation Office announced funding for three projects from a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant in October. Torguson Park did not receive funding.
Toes tapped Sunday, Nov. 24, as Harley Brumbaugh kept the music coming. About 80 people came to “I Hear America Singing in 1940,” the musical program at the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society’s annual meeting, Sunday, Nov. 24, at Boxley’s place. Past President Gardiner Vinnedge convened the meeting with a vote on the officers and board, conducted by 'ayes' from the crowd.
Two Valley Marines, Privates Cameron Pike and Blake Moorhead, both 19, received letters from Sharon Piper’s third-grade class at Opstad Elementary School in North Bend during their boot camp training. They returned the favor in a visit last week to the school. Piper’s students had many questions for the Marines, and will continue to write to them as they move into their next phase of service.
Ready to spend another $110,000 annually, North Bend is doing its part to keep the tenuous partnership of Eastside Fire & Rescue members together. In a series of meetings, the North Bend City Council has acted in support of keeping the city of Sammamish in their shared seven-year fire protection partnership, despite the increased costs it will mean for the city. In a vote at their Nov. 5 meeting, council members approved a new funding model that could cost the city $110,000 more annually.
Bring creative holiday spirit into your home this winter. Learn how to craft holiday wreaths at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater and Family Park’s Holiday Wreath Making Party. Learn to craft your own holiday wreaths, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, 36800 David Powell Road, Fall City. No experience is necessary
Eight-year-old Ava Gardiner spots the Giving Tree at the same time as her mother, Elizabeth. Ava’s attention goes to a tag for a one-year-old girl. Instantly, she grasps the purpose, and is excited to buy clothes for the tot. As Ava and her friend, Lillie, look at the tags for toddlers, tweens and teens, Elizabeth makes sure they understand the lesson here: that not every child in the Valley gets enough presents for Christmas. This Christmas tree, installed today at the Snoqualmie Y, seemingly early for the holidays, helps people share to ensure every child’s holiday is full of smiles.
Harley Brumbaugh was six years old in 1940—still years from embarking on a musical career that led him from the U.S. Army to teach at high schools and colleges in the Northwest, to lead his own band, and finally back home. Yet he has love for the tunes of his early boyhood. “These are the songs that have lasted,” he said.