A lockdown of all Snoqualmie and North Bend Schools ended just before 10 a.m. Thursday, when police apprehended a man who'd threatened to kill people at "Snoqualmie High School." No one was hurt in the incident, which began at 6:43 a.m. when the subject called 911 to issue his threats.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, an officer on patrol responded to a report of a disturbance in the 600 block of Northeast Eighth Street. The officer contacted the caller about a block away from the incident, walking down the street. The man got upset when the officer asked how he was, and told police that a woman in his home had come after him with a hatchet.
The trophy that IGNITE's student dancers brought back from competition in February is so big, it's taller than many of the kids. The performance crew from IGNITE Dance and Yoga studio in North Bend did well at the KAR (Kids Artistic Revue) Dance Competition, held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, at Foster High School in Tukwila. They won the award for Top Intermediate Studio, beating all comers in the intermediate level from the Pacific Northwest.
On a cold winter morning a few weeks ago, Bob Rowe found himself on a call. “It was 6:30 a.m.—a broken femur.” A motorized cart had flipped on its driver, injuring the man. “It was freezing, windy, the rain was blowing sideways. I was there, managing that call. That’s what I’m going to miss,” said Rowe. Not the meetings, not the paperwork—but the real responses, out in the real world, that he’ll remember.
North Bend will have a new police department when midnight strikes on the night of Friday, March 7. Under contract with the city of North Bend, the city of Snoqualmie Police Department has hired additional police officers to provide law enforcement services for the City of North Bend as of March 8.
Floodzilla, the Lower Valley-based flood watch website, has been issuing warnings on rising river flows, fed by days of rain. The latest Snoqualmie River readings show the river volume at 11,533 cubic feet per second (CFS) at Snoqualmie Falls, at about 10 and a half feet in height, rising about 500 CFS an hour.
A hiker got lost overnight on Rattlesnake Ledge near North Bend last week, and managed to survive the night by staying on his feet. According to a report from the King County Sheriff’s Office, would-be rescuers from Seattle Mountain Rescue, King County’s 4X4 and Explorer Search and Rescue teams, plus search dogs, the sheriff’s helicopter and a small plane, all combed the wet ridge late last Tuesday and early Wednesday, Feb. 25 and 26, after the young man went missing some time before 9 p.m.
Moving day hasn’t quite arrived at the North Bend Sheriff’s substation, but the signs show that it is coming. Colored slips of paper marked “city” or “KCSO” are taped to tables and desks, and one corner of the front office is stacked with stuffed boxes, marked “Star Wars” or “Bath Sets” (leftovers from the department’s annual Operation Santa gift drive). The staff photos in the lobby aren’t coming down just yet, though, and more of the walls are being covered as Office Manager Kym Smith continues building her history display of the department’s 40 years as North Bend’s police force.
Voters may determine the future of the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s semester-old Freshman Campus, when they decide on a future bond issue. Before that can happen, though, at least two school board members would like a say on the possibilities, and one has called for a frank board discussion on the topic.
There’s definitely a lot of local love for our scenery and natural beauty in the Valley. Cue a reminder for our upcoming Scenic Photo Contest. On April 2, the Valley Record will publish the results of our seventh annual amateur photo contest.
Kym Smith has a passion for the history of North Bend law enforcement. The office manager for the soon-to-close North Bend substation, she’s spent several years diving into the early minutes of the city, and the Valley Record’s archives, building a picture of the history of independent policing in this community, a legacy that ends, or changes, with the new contract putting police duties in the hands of a new Snoqualmie-North Bend department on March 7.
Snoqualmie’s city council is watching the progress of a state bill exempting tribe-owned land from property taxes with growing concern, wondering how that change would affect everyone else’s taxes. Council and staff weighed in on the potential negatives of a state bill exempting tribal property from tax during the committee-of-the-whole discussions on February 10 and 24.
Dog-napped: At 4:32 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, a caller in the 39000 block of Southeast Park Street in Snoqualmie called police to report that her dog had been stolen. She believed her former boyfriend had taken her pet.
Mount Si High School’s speech and debate teams are having a stellar year, on the heels of last year’s successes which sent two students to national competition, where they placed both individually and as a team. This year’s club, competing in the Jan. 10 and 11 competition at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, claimed three of the top four places after nearly 28 hours of competition. The team of juniors Ryan Hartman and Kevin Pusich took first, followed by seniors Duncan Deutsch and Christian Henriksen in third, and seniors Riley Dirks and Kevin McLaughlin in fourth.
Congressman Dave Reichert shed his jacket early in his talk Friday at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon, but he hadn’t even gotten to the day’s hot topic. Reichert, U.S. Representative to the House for Washington’s 8th District, covered the recent government shut-down and debt ceiling vote (aggravated by party conflicts), tax reform (potentially from six tax brackets down to three), health insurance (look for more information), immigration reform (much needed), legalizing recreational marijuana (“Why are we telling our kids it’s OK to smoke pot when we’re trying to tell them it’s not OK to smoke cigarettes?”), and minimum wage legislation in the Senate (doesn’t have enough support to pass the House).
Two Rivers School in North Bend became a ham radio station for a day, Feb. 12 during the nationwide School Club Roundup event. Middle school teachaer Joe Burgener, with assistance and equipment from parent volunteer Stephen Kangas, introduced students to the world of amateur radio.
As King County's 40-year police contract with North Bend comes to an end, the substation at 1550 Boalch Avenue will open to the community for the last time Feb. 27. Community members are invited to an open house, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 to send off the officers, share memories and look ahead. Many current and former deputies will be there.
Snoqualmie Valley School District has launched a new cloud-based program, BoardDocs LT, to improve public access to school board information. The paperless system allows the district to distribute documents for school board meetings more quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively, saving time and resources, as well as offering greater public access to agenda items and other board-related information on the district website.
Marty and Chris Fagan have climbed mountains, run 30-, 50- and 100-mile races, and, last month they skied together to the South Pole, in wind chills as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Extremes of the environment and endurance are familiar ground, maybe even favorites, for the North Bend couple, but what they really love, what motivates them, are simpler things: their 12-year-old son Keenan; the friends and community who helped them reach their South Pole goal; the chair that was waiting for each of them at the end.
Mount Si High School's Jazz Band achieved a long-held goal this week, when it was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York.