Gabhan Berry has the kind of view on the Valley most folks never get—out the open window of an airplane. “I have a different perspective on things,” says the Carnation-based aerial photographer. From the sky, he encounters familiar surroundings, but sees them in a new way.
Celebrity sightings are starting to be almost commonplace here, as movie companies come through, shoot a few scenes, then pack up their stars and equipment. When one of those movies premieres, though, the Valley will have a resident celebrity. Diane Sheets, a bartender at Smokey Joe’s Tavern in downtown Snoqualmie, is a familiar face in a couple of scenes in the upcoming “Captain Fantastic,” from Electric City Entertainment. In fact, aside from the star, Viggo Mortensen, hers is about the only face in those scenes.
On Sunday, Aug. 17, a caller contacted police about an aggressive driver who wanted her parking spot, in the upper lot of the Snoqualmie Falls Park, Snoqualmie. The caller said the man had parked right behind her after she’d pulled into the coveted spot, then got out and sat on the back of her vehicle. Next, he circled the lot and dropped off his kids, according to the victim, then parked and returned to her car, to take pictures and be confrontational.
School starts next week, but before Snoqualmie Valley School District students can walk their school halls, they have a last bit of homework to finish. All students are required to have proof of nine required immunizations by the first day of school, per the Washington Department of Health policy, or to get an exemption from them.
Between their regular duties and volunteering to help fight wildfires in eastern Washington, area firefighters decided to solve one more problem, locally. In about three days time, the Eastside Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund led a project to build a wood shed for the Re-in-Carnation thrift store of the Sno-Valley Senior Center.
North Bend processes about 1 million gallons of sewage in its 60 year-old wastewater treatment plant every day, a little less during the dry season. On paper, the city could handle more than double that, but in reality, the plant’s intake has been limited to the million mark for the past six months to a year.
Through September 1, extra officers will be on local roads looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs during the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Many of these officers have special training to identify when a driver is under the influence of drugs as well as alcohol. Drivers are encouraged to find alternative transportation or ride with a sober designated driver.
One man was killed and another was booked into King County Jail on manslaughter charges late Monday, Aug. 25, after an accidental shooting in North Bend. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., police responded to the 4500 block of North Bend Way, North Bend, for a report of shots fired. The incident occurred in an apartment that the two men, brothers ages 42 and 46, shared.
Six Valley schools are in a dubious spotlight this month, and in response, area superintendents are working to turn that light back onto what they say is the source of the problem. The schools, Twin Falls Middle School and Opstad and North Bend Elementary Schools in the Snoqualmie Valley District, Tolt Middle School, and Cherry Valley and Carnation Elementary in Riverview, are being penalized for student test scores that did not meet federal adequate yearly progress, or AYP, standards. Each of the schools receives federal Title I funding, which will come with more restrictions on it this year, including reserving 20 percent strictly for transportation costs for students who choose a different school this year, and setting aside funds for staff professional development.
Classes start throughout the Riverview School District on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and in the Snoqualmie Valley School District on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Orientation began last week at many Valley schools, and is still going in the Upper Valley. At Chief Kanim Middle School, seventh graders are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and eighth graders are on for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
State Representative Jay Rodne, 5th District from Snoqualmie, will join other legislators, homebuilders and housing experts in the 2014 Housing Summit, hosted Tuesday, Sept. 23, by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Focusing on dwindling buildable land in the Puget Sound area, “Accommodating Housing Needs with Less Land” will include presentations by top housing experts.
About a dozen people spent a day in Snoqualmie last month bottling, labeling, packing and stacking roughly half of Sigillo Cellars’ output for the year. They worked steadily in the brilliant sunshine, condensing what used to be the work of days into an early morning and a long afternoon. It could almost have been a scene from the olden days, or maybe the Old World, where small family-run wineries called in all their friends and relations to help put up the vintage.
Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is giving members a sneak peek at the new Snoqualmie Valley Hospital this Wednesday, Aug. 27, as part of its monthly After Hours networking program. August's Chamber After Hours will be hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation, and co-hosted by the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, who will be providing food and beverages.
Debris that settled over properties on North Bend Way in the early hours of April 25 is being cleaned up. Although the King County Fire Investigation Unit concluded in early July that the explosion was accidental, caused by natural gas, their investigation was one of many being run on the site. Individual property owners were also allowed to examine the accident scene.
Every summer, more than 26,000 people visit the Snoqualmie River to enjoy its beauty, bathe in its coolness, and float its currents. Yet, there is not a permanent toilet for visitors on the river. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has started a fundraising campaign, Pony up for a Potty on the Indiegogowebsite, to install a permanent vault toilet at two of the Valley's popular river access points.
King County Metro Transit will make a first round of bus service cuts in the Valley and the wider region Sept. 27, canceling, reducing and revising bus routes. In the Valley, one bus route changes. Two others go away. Route 208, North Bend to Issaquah, is being changed. Trips will be added to provide two-way service during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Service frequency will be reduced from 60 minutes to 120 minutes.
Snoqualmie historian Dave Battey tells the story of local immigrants in a special presentation, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Snoqualmie YMCA. Battey tells the story of immigrant Japanese labor in the local lumber industry, and their families. He covers early challenges for Japanese immigrants, the growth of the Japanese communities at the Snoqualmie Falls and White River mills, and internment after Pearl Harbor.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, police were called to the 4700 block of Tolt Avenue, for a complaint of a man causing a disturbance. The man entered a restaurant and walked around, talking with patrons who did not know him. He then walked into the kitchen. An officer removed him from the restaurant.
Snoqualmie celebrated its heritage over the weekend with a parade, music, art, timber sports, classic cars, living history, and, the star of the weekend, an authentic steam-powered locomotive engine. The Santa Cruz and Portland Cement Locomotive 2 steam engine, owned and operated by Skathi Pappan, drew a crowd of photographers and admirers with every stop at the Snoqualmie Depot, and turned heads with every blast of its whistle.
Monday, August 25, is a state parks ‘free day’ in Washington. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The ‘free day’ is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916. State Parks ‘free days’ are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).