We are now squarely in awards season, which is lucky for me, because I missed a fairly big story last fall, and it’s finally almost timely again.
Crowds are not for me. I don’t like navigating through them, don’t like the weird rushed feeling that I get when surrounded by people, and really don’t like the way I always end up moving against their tides.
The problems of King County are the problems of all 39 cities in King County.
Principal John Belcher sent a message to Mount Si High School students and parents last week, reminding them to, basically, look out for each other over the long weekend. Watch for signs of grief and remember that help is available, both in school and out of it, he advised.
Two years. That was the estimate I heard last week for a new elected official to get up to speed in his or her governing capacity. Yikes, I thought. Another estimate I heard was six to eight months. Yikes again.
This is the time of year that traditionally, in western culture, we pause and reflect. It’s a seasonal time-out; it gave our ancestors a rest from farming, hunting, gathering, and other physical labor in unfriendly weather, and even though most of us don’t really do those things for survival any more, it gives us a much-needed break from the 2015 equivalents.
Drive-through services are once again a big issue in the Snoqualmie Valley, as the city of Snoqualmie prepares for a new retail development and full-service grocery store on Snoqualmie Ridge. Four drive-throughs are planned, maybe five and, as with any change, there are people who think that’s a great idea and others who think it’s the worst idea to come out of City Hall since the last one.
This week, we feature the winter sports update for Mount Si and Cedarcrest High Schools.
Who else is ready for the tree lightings this weekend and next? I know we are, and I hope that most of you are, too, or at least ready to show up for one or more of them.
This is the year. Things are going to be different this Christmas (the holiday we celebrate at my house). No procrastination this time, no feeling guilty that I frantically bought anything — anything! — just so my loved ones would have a gift or two to open on the big day.
Landmarks across the world were lit in the colors of the French flag over the weekend. It was a symbolic gesture, of course, lights won’t undo the damage in Paris.
The old Sunday morning trope asks, “What’s missing from CH _ _ CH? U R!“ No, it’s not particularly funny (my pastors growing up never were). It does, however, make a quick and important point — any group of people is only as vibrant as the people who participate in it.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns finally fell silent across France. Peace broke out that day, and soon 'Johnny came marching home' back to the U.S. For many years, Nov. 11 was recognized as Armistice Day - a day we gave recognition and thanks to our World War I veterans.
"Driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, Wash. - A car crashed and rolled over on its side on Highway 14 after the driver fell asleep at the wheel;"
There is only one initiative on this years’ ballot that is bringing together people from across the political spectrum and that’s King County Proposition 1, known as Best Starts for Kids. Investing in kids and investing in our community’s future is not an ideological issue — it is just the smart thing to do.
Manufacturers at the Northwest Chocolate Festival this past weekend in Seattle talked about biodynamic chocolate, grown, processed and manufactured all in the same place.
The Snoqualmie Valley has developed a reputation for, and I’ll admit it, an expectation of calm, quiet, even bucolic serenity. Most of the time, it’s a well-deserved reputation.
It hasn’t been a local issue, but the threat of teachers’ strikes has been a looming one this fall. Unless you’ve managed to avoid all forms of media, you can’t live in this area and not know that Seattle teachers were on strike for a few days this school year. You also can’t miss the connection to the state legislature’s funding problems, called on by school districts and the supreme court to fully fund basic education, but never quite managing it.
Reverse is not my favorite direction of travel, unless I’m not the one driving, or we’re talking about amusement park rides. On this point, I thought, I was in the majority — everyone has a minor-disaster-while-backing-up story from their days of learning to drive, right?
Next week, we will welcome more than 6,500 students back from the summer break as the 2015-16 school year gets underway. They will be coming back to schools where principals, teachers, and support staff are doing some truly exceptional work to ensure our students enjoy a successful school experience. In fact, the level of student achievement in our schools continues to be on par with the highest performing schools in the entire state.