“There’s age here,” says Marcia Reinert. “There’s wonder in these walls.” Reinert, a congregation member at Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, is right. The walls of the old downtown church do tell a tale. In the dining hall, Reinert points up to a ceiling beam that dates from the original 1926 structure, surviving a catastrophic fire. Upstairs, the bride’s room has launched uncounted weddings.
King County prosecutors have filed charges against a Fall City man and a Maple Valley woman for raping and molesting a young child over a nearly two-year period. Prosecutors filed charges Monday, Sept. 8, against Richard Stuart Trombley, 27, of Fall City, and Makayla Elaine Everson, 26, for rape of a child in the first degree and child molestation in the first degree.
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, a caller in the 1300 block of 456th Place Southeast, North Bend, told police she’d received a phone call from someone from the U.S. Treasury, who said she was in trouble and agents were on their way to arrest her, unless she gave them money. Police were already familiar with this phone scam. The calls came from an 808 number.
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 23, this year. With voter registration deadlines for King County's November general election right around the corner, now’s a good time to be sure your voter registration is updated and to encourage eligible citizens to register to vote.
A Duvall police officer was hospitalized late Monday, Sept. 25, with a gunshot wound sustained in an armed confrontation at around 11 p.m. The officer was reportedly investigating complaints of vandalism, when he located a suspicious subject in the parking lot of the Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Duvall. The man tried to avoid the officer, then picked up a gun and the two exchanged shots. The officer was shot in the leg, and the subject got into a vehicle and fled the scene.
The Riverview Education Foundation's Golf Classic, a fundraiser for Riverview Schools, is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, and registration is now open. The 16th annual event begins with golfer registration from 7 to 8 a.m., and a shotgun start at 8 a.m., at the Club at Redmond Ridge. Tee time is earlier this year, because the Homecoming celebration for Cedarcrest High School is scheduled for later that evening.
This time, Carnation may have gotten it right. Although a small majority of city voters have historically rejected any proposed tax increases for police services—the ‘no’ votes outnumbered the ‘yes’ by as few as 23 in the last three ballot measures—they could be the minority in November. Carnation’s Proposition 1 on the general election ballot is still a tax increase for police, but for increased coverage only. So, if voters approve the ballot measure in November, the city will have $70,000 to spend on things like extra night and weekend patrols and drug house surveillance, but not on the standard cost of the city’s service contract with the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Running and cycling were just the start of the activities offered at North Bend’s Adventure Sport Festival Saturday, Sept. 6. While teams and individual athletes paddled Lake Kecheelus, cycled down and through North Bend, ran the trail and came together for a final sprint to the finish, other athletes pursued their own sports.
The King County Sheriff's Office has reopened a two mile section of the Snoqualmie River from the State Route 202 bridge in Fall City to a point roughly one mile upstream of the boat ramp at Neal Road. This section was closed this summer for a construction project which has been completed.
If Mount Si High School is rebuilt to a 2,400 student capacity (see related story on new bond plans, student population), it could be the largest high school in the state. Only about 15 high schools have more than 2,000 students in grades 9 through 12, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction reports.
Student enrollment is up, but not in the ways that Snoqualmie Valley School District staff were expecting this school year. Comparing start-of-year enrollment numbers with the 2013-14 official count taken in October, staff reported that the number of student full-time equivalents, or FTEs, has increased, and most significantly at the high school.
CA Carey construction company of Issaquah is offering a $250 reward for tips on vandalism during Snoqualmie’s downtown construction project. The company seeks a positive ID of the vandal responsible for the damage to the company’s sewer bypass pumps and residual damage, late Thursday, Sept. 11, at the site of the Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project’s phase 2.
DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie will holds its first major race in three years this month. The driving school will host Red Bull Global Rally Cross race, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. On Monday, Aug. 24, the Snoqualmie City Council approved a special event permit for the race, contingent on staff recommendations. The rally school, located on the former Weyerhaeuser mill site that was annexed into the city in 2012, is allowed by the city to hold two rally-cross races each year.
It’s going to be busy in North Bend Saturday evening, when the Boxley Music Fund’s Jazz Walk returns for its third year. It’s also, according to organizers, going to be awesome. “We counted 86 musicians, and at least 15 venues,” says Greg Williamson, owner of Pony Boy Records, and booker of music for the event. Officially, the website, www.northbendjazzwalk.com, lists 18 venues in all, and 21 acts, to fill them.
King County Executive Dow Constantine sent the County Council earlier this month a proposal for a second round of service changes that would reduce 169,000 hours of bus service. The February reduction would eliminate 16 bus routes.
Bear blast: At 1:21 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, police were called to the 8200 block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, for a bear report. Police located the bear in an alley between Falls and Park Avenue, and shot bean bags at it. The bear ran. It had a tracking collar, so police notified the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"This is the best day of the year!" announced North Bend Elementary School principal Jim Frazier on a cloudy morning, Sept. 3. He had a big coffee mug and an even bigger smile for student and parents as they came to the front door.
Hundreds of Seahawks fans visited the Valley Saturday, Sept. 6, to unleash their inner beasts, and maybe, just maybe, see Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. They got both. As runners challenged themselves in obstacles like Marshawn’s Mud Pit and the classic run through the tires, Lynch drove the course in a small utility vehicle, to loud cheers from the fans.
They have a goal, to present a bond issue to voters in February. Now, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board needs to finalize the details of that bond, and they have about a month to do it. When the board met Thursday, Aug. 21, Superintendent Joel Aune reminded the group that he and staff had been asked to develop a timeline for a February bond proposition, which they presented July 9. He went over some of the critical deadlines involved, saying “To move toward a February bond proposition… the latest that we feel would be reasonable for the board to make a formal decision around the bond proposition, would be around the first of October.”
Colleagues of Jeanne Hansen say she was a master of transformations. The late Hansen, mayor of Snoqualmie from 1987 to 1997, shepherded the development of Snoqualmie Ridge. She died Jan. 3, 2001, and never got to see the changes she wrought.