A split vote on funding part of a business plan for Meadowbrook Farm Oct. 21 followed an expansive discussion among North Bend’s City Council on the city’s investment in, and obligation to, the historic property. The 460-acre farm sprawled along S.R. 202 between Snoqualmie and North Bend, is jointly owned, and funded at an annual amount of $20,000, by the two cities, along with a volunteer group, the Meadowbrook Farm Association.
When you change your clock this Sunday, Nov. 2, as Daylight Saving Time ends, Eastside Fire and Rescue urges you to change the batteries in your smoke detector. It’s a way of preventing fires. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in our homes that it is easy to take them for granted.
While homeowners should consider flood insurance coverage in the event of a river or urban flooding, insurance alone isn’t enough. Proper planning is also vital to avoid major headaches, extra expense or tragic losses during a flood. Agents with Valley-based Hauglie Insurance advise residents to make a flood plan, which includes making sure family members know how to get out of the house and neighborhood, where to meet up and how to contact each other.
To raise awareness on Halloween safety, Snoqualmie firefighters will hand out hundreds of safety strobe balls in local neighborhoods of downtown and Snoqualmie Ridge on Friday, Oct. 31. These balls can be carried in hand and will help drivers spot trick-or-treaters. Parents could also add reflective tape to costumes so children will be more visible, especially for those kids planning to wear dark outfits.
Three historic photos snapped years ago by Mount Si High School photography teacher Jim Gibowski are now getting attention in a Northwest multimedia show.
"It looks so good!" said passersby on North Bend's Main Avenue North October 7. "Very nice!"
Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation holds its annual Phonathon this week. The phone fundraiser is Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 and 30. Phonathon raises money to support Valley education above and beyond what the state provides.
Harley Brumbaugh can’t hear the 1950s hit song “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” without a twinge of nostalgia. “For me, ‘Dear Hearts’ really has a feeling,” says Brumbaugh, North Bend’s longtime resident bandleader. The song reminds him of a home and a community that disappeared long ago.
Two statewide gun measures will be decided in the Nov. 4 election, Initiative 591 and 594. Supporters of the conflicting initiatives claim they are about gun rights and public safety, respectively, but neither issue is as simple as it sounds. Initiative 591, supported by Protect Our Gun Rights (wagunrights.org), prohibits government agencies, including police, from confiscating citizens’ handguns and long guns, without due process, and does not allow the state to implement a background check policy of its own, but to adhere to the federal standard only. The federal standard calls for background checks on all gun sales made at federally licensed retailers.
As Washington voters fill out and return their general election ballots, thousands of students in grades K-12 soon will get a taste of what voting is like by taking part in the annual Washington State Mock Election.
Organizers of the 2014 Fall City Days Fun Run made $11,500 in donations to several Snoqualmie Valley schools and youth groups, presenting school officials with the traditional big checks on Friday, Sept. 19.
King County residents who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, should circle Friday, Oct. 31 on their calendar. The second half of 2014 property taxes are due on that date. After Oct. 31, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.
Tips taken: On Thursday, Oct. 16, a caller at a business in the downtown block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, reported a theft. A shirtless blonde man with bad teeth asked for water the caller said, and when she turned back around, the tip jar was empty, and the man was walking away. He came back later for candy.
Drivers traveling across Interstate 90 will be happy to hear rock blasting-related closures on Snoqualmie Pass are finished for the year. However, drivers still need to plan for added travel time next week due to lane closures.
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.
The outdoor Halloween song-and-dance show has a new location, more youth involvement and new acts for its fourth outing. Dark Trail is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at Snoqualmie Ridge Community Park, starting on the trail between Cascade View Elementary and the Snoqualmie Y.
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.