The official Memorial Day holiday is arriving a little late in my family. For us, at least for those of us back home in Minnesota, it happened about a month ago, when my father’s cousin was returned home.
This spring, teachers in a number of school districts in Washington have elected to organize one-day walkouts.
Friday, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week of May 11 to 15 is Police Week in tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers killed in the line of duty. In 2014, 126 officers lost their lives protecting their communities.
Thanks to all who attended the community volunteer work party at the Little Si overflow parking lot on Sunday, April 19.
I attended the town council meeting on March 7 at the fire house in Fall City.
Cedarcrest High School hosts its annual spring plant sale for two upcoming weekends.
North Bend’s Les Schwab was among the businesses affected by last year’s explosion, and thanks the North Bend community for its support this past year.
The Cub Scouts of Pack 452 in North Bend would like to thank the residents of Forster Woods and Wilderness Rim for donating to our “Scouting For Food” food collection in March.
When I attended the January King County Library System board meeting in Issaquah, I heard the presentation by two brave young girls and others who raised the issue of disturbing encounters with porn-viewers exercising their so-called rights in public libraries.
It was heartwarming how the Valley stepped up to support the North Bend Theater recently. We recognized that preserving this Valley treasure was worthwhile.
Boxley’s in downtown North Bend is a great local restaurant but also an incredible jazz club that is getting regional and national attention both for its good music and for the tremendous work it is doing with and for local youth in music. Boxley’s gives our kids the opportunity to play jazz and learn from professional musicians, many of whom have played with some of the jazz greats. Nationally, there is interest in replicating what is happening here, in other communities across the country.
I am appreciative of the support provided by our community and its campaign volunteers that led to voter support of the school district improvement bond.
What do you think when you see a homeless person? Do you think, “Oh, they must be a drunkard, a druggie or a criminal?”
I want to thank Mount Si Lutheran Church for hosting the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter in recent months.
When I heard that Snoqualmie City Council was considering an all-out aerial fireworks ban, I immediately reacted that it’s just not the job of government to solve all problems and heal all wounds. Sure, fix the potholes and light the streets, but each law, every ordinance comes with a price — paid for by your liberty.
Since December of 2012, the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter has been successful in providing shelter, sustenance, emotional support and social services to our most vulnerable population. We have moved numerous men, women and families out of homelessness.
Voters in the Snoqualmie Valley have an important decision to make concerning education of our children. District 410 has placed a levy on the ballot asking homeowners to provide almost a quarter billion dollars for a new high school and other improvements.
I am deeply concerned about our need to pass the upcoming school bond. While my own children are grown, my interests are many: I am the parent of a teacher in the district; I have friends with children at all levels in the schools; I own property within the district; and I am dependent upon those coming through our education system for my future needs.
I have two kids who attend North Bend Elementary. It is an amazing school. We have great teachers and administrators, and my girls have learned a lot there.
In the nine years since my wife and four kids (three at Mount Si High School and one at Chief Kanim Middle School) moved to the Valley, I have seen five construction bonds fail. They were crushing defeats, because none of my kids would ever directly benefit from improvements at the middle and high school levels.