Is the cart in front of the proverbial horse with the latest Snoqualmie Valley School District bond proposal? I hope not, but as we get closer to a decision to put a $200 million measure to revamp Mount Si High School in front of voters, I start to wonder. The school board and officials are moving into an unofficial campaign mode on a proposal to update and expand Mount Si into one of the biggest schools in the state.
Whether they wore the uniform seven decades ago, or five, or just yesterday, the Valley’s veterans still serve their neighbors. For many, a tradition of taking action to make a better world, and better Valley, has never stopped. Take the four older gentlemen who make up the Color Guard at the local American Legion post. Veterans of Vietnam, most of them—with one exception, World War II vet Lee Scheeler—these men shoulder vintage rifles and stand tall at all the local cemeteries to ensure their vanished brothers and sisters in service are not forgotten.
An interesting contrast. That might be the phrase I’d use to describe the two police situations in the Upper and Lower Valley right now. At the same time as Snoqualmie is gearing up and hiring up to become the contract police agency for the city of North Bend, Carnation and Duvall are parting ways after nine years. There’s a huge question mark right now over who will cover Carnation residents, and how the city will pay for it all after next year. Duvall scooted after questioning the stability of a Carnation-contracted force, so who’s next? What will they bring to the table?
I took a moment in the newspaper this week to talk about our Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards. The six story prizes—plus another news writer finalist award for Carol Ladwig, who, once again, is the second greatest writer for papers our size and bigger in the state—are a neat ego boost, showing us that the time we put in is worthwhile.
Times change, even for what is, for me, North Bend’s coolest place. Back when I lived in downtown North Bend, the open field between Two Rivers School and North Bend Elementary, also known as Claggett Field, was the most idyllic spot in town. True, it didn’t have EJ Roberts’ dry creek or walking path, or Si View’s public amenities. But it was closer to home, and its row of stately firs beckoned for book reads and Frisbee games on summer afternoons.
The Kingfish. Tut. The Tri-Corner Department. These are some of the bygone bylines and columns that ran in the Snoqualmie Valley Record when the Valley and the world were very different places. We will celebrate the Valley Record’s 100th anniversary this fall, and are preparing a special collector’s publication, similar to our annual Visitor’s Guide, to give the occasion some ink and fanfare. It’s been fascinating to hear the stories of former staff—and there are a lot of them—and to go down memory lane with historians like Gardiner Vinnedge, president of the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, which is also doing a retrospective on the newspaper.
Something I never thought would happen is happening. I always assumed that without an Olympic-sized indoor pool in the Valley, we’d never see a true, hometown swim team. Yet, starting on August 26, a group of 18 girls has been racing through the full-size, outdoor pool at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Huh? I thought. They swim in the rain? Yes, comes the answer, they do.
At age 6, I hated reading. The gray and white text blurred and my head hurt. Why did I have to read anyway? During silent reading time at school, I daydreamed. By the end of first grade, I was reading below grade level and my first-grade teacher thought I needed special education. My mom wasn’t against special needs programs, but she decided to try something else, first.
It doesn’t take long for the children to find the zip line. On any given day of the week, most afternoons, the newly installed thrill ride at Si View Metro Parks is hopping. So is the new playground. It’s no surprise to find the amenities busy during the weekly North Bend Farmer’s Markets. But how do you explain the crowds that show on other days? What were they doing before this place opened?
With King County’s sheriff’s deputies getting ready to do their annual liquor sales patrols—also known as stings—it’s important for local businesses, cashiers, managers and owners to understand a few things. First, that the person who bonks that bottle of wine or beer on the counter some time in the next few weeks might be younger than he or she looks and acts—and might be working with a cop outside to test you. So, second, you better know the rules.