This week, we present our annual Visitor's Guide, a collection of maps, photos and information that tourists can use to orient themselves in the Valley and find their way to the area's big attractions.
One of the huge benefits of writing for a weekly newspaper is time. For most of the events we cover, there is usually time enough between the actual happening and the deadline to write about it to assimilate the information. We can process first impressions with the details from our notes, ask follow-up questions, maybe find some points of comparison with past events, then sit down to write a report that gives readers the important details and possibly even entertains them.
After starting as editor here a year and a half ago, I got a lot of advice on how to be true to the community and fair in my reporting. While I remember the general themes of those conversations, and the ones from the other papers that I worked at as an editor, I couldn't tell you exactly what was said in most of them.
Submitted by former Secretaries of State Sam Reed, Ralph Munro, and Bruce Chapman
Every once in a while, I am thoroughly impressed with the way people get things done. They identify a problem, make a plan to solve it, get a result and, good or bad, move on.
Friday evening, when hundreds of seniors were celebrating graduating from high school with their friends and families, it was still a funny little thing that I wore a press pass to get into these events.
Going through our bound copies of the paper here is always fun, but I consider it a luxury that my schedule doesn't allow often. Not that long ago, I even found a little gem on our website, a story from an early Boeing Classic report, with a photo of a young Casey Maralack taking a golf lesson from a visiting pro. If you didn't see it recently, Maralack placed 15th in the state girls golf championships this year, her fourth to compete at the tournament. She's a senior at Mount Si High School.
Joan Wallace couldn't sleep. When the Bellevue businesswoman looked into her own grandchildren's eyes, she couldn't forget about the conversation she had with her sister-in-law, Janet Wheaton, over Thanksgiving turkey.
If you're starting to think the campaign season has already gone on longer than a typical election does, you're not alone — and we still have five months to go before the general election. Now, here's the good news. It's finally filing week, when candidates for office put their money up and start getting serious about campaigning. Or is that bad news?
Contributed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Saturday was a busy day in Snoqualmie and North Bend. I think I forgot how many visitors the depots and the trains can bring to the Valley on a sunny day, until I drove through downtown Snoqualmie Saturday and saw the sidewalks stuffed with strollers, kids eating ice cream cones and parents watchful of traffic.
Someone asked me last week what I look for when I take a photo for the paper. Considering we're in the final days of our annual reader photo contest — entries due this Friday — it was timely and relevant. It was also something I should have talked about weeks ago.
Libraries have been a recurring theme in a lot of my conversations lately. Where are they, should we highlight them in the Chamber of Commerce directory coming out in this week's paper or the visitor's guide next month, and if so, how much? And, behind that, just how important a part of the community is a library, anyway?
One of the most interesting things about community newspapers is the role they play in the events of the Valley. The newspaper is the witness of events for people who weren't there and the teacher who explains (or tries to) the larger impact of an event for everyone who could be affected by it.
Where are all of the people who supposedly voted in favor of legalizing marijuana in the Evergreen State?
Things are really starting to get busy around here.
Changing the legal smoking age in Washington has been a goal for State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for a couple of years now. I've heard him talk about it at several meetings, both large and small, during his tenure. And for a couple of years, I've been trying to decide if I agree with him or not.
Once again, our local elected representatives gathered under the great marble dome of the Capitol in Olympia and once again they were greeted by dozens of lobbyists from public agencies or the nonprofit lobby groups for public agencies, all of them ultimately funded by your tax or rate dollars.
Over the weekend, I acquired a new, dubiously named, smart phone. It was shiny and powerful and a whole bunch of intelligence went into its manufacture, I'm sure.
Since Sound Publishing, and this newspaper as a part of it, began a partnership with Leadership Eastside in recent months, I have been wondering what, exactly, makes a person a leader?