I am quite encouraged by the amount of public attention being given to the potential sale of our Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. One of the recurring complaints against our hospital district administration concerns transparency and public information. This increased public attention will hopefully result in increased transparency of hospital district operations.
An open letter to the administration and board of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital: Please, do not indebt the taxpayers of Hospital District 4 with another $7 million for equipping the new hospital—only to be leased or purchased by Overlake Hospital of Bellevue.
This letter is an expression of thanks to our family and friends who helped us celebrate 50 years of marriage. Our family gave us a party at the Woodman Lodge, with amazing planning, including great food, wonderful old family pictures, beautiful decorations, a fabulous photographer (Mary Miller Photography) and the best cakes ever!
Washington state is set to receive nearly $1 million for four local park and trail projects from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF. The city of North Bend will receive $250,000 to build a plaza and loop trail in Torguson Park, unifying the city’s main athletic fields by providing a central gathering space.
I am pleased to see my Congressman, Dave Reichert, receive recognition for a job well done for the residents of the 8th District. In late July, the House Natural Resources Committee scheduled a Reichert-sponsored bill to the floor for a vote that expands the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area and puts protections on the Middle Fork-Snoqualmie River.
The President’s Cup Golf Tournament, held June 30 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, was another enormous success. On behalf of Snoqualmie Valley Rotary, I want to express our appreciation to sponsors and participants who propelled us to raise $54,000 for Rotary First Harvest, the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank and other local organizations. Our primary sponsor, Snoqualmie Casino, was generous in their support and played a critical role in making the day’s festivities a huge hit.
Another Fourth of July has passed, and what a fourth it was! The day was perfect. We started with the 5K fun run, which had more than 600 registered runners and walkers, and ended with a speculator fireworks display. But what a parade! We had the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team back, and the Ixtapa horses. I think they doubled in size this year, and were outstanding.
Fall City Day has come and gone, but the thank-you’s roll on. Weather was perfect for 800 runners who participated in the Fall City Days Fun Run. Our amazing crew of volunteers led by Perry and Sharon Wilkins, Kirk and Sophie Harris, and Kirk Dunckel organized and ran a great event. Even more fun comes in September when we give away all of our proceeds, minus costs, back to our community organizations. The Raging River Riders 50th anniversary was evident in the parade and fair theme. Thank you to Libby, Laurie E., Lisa, Nikki, Brandon, Bill A. and Dan and Terri D., as they did a great job on everyone’s favorite part of the day.
The sale of the Valley Hospital to Overlake Hospital has the potential to lower our property taxes while maintaining quality health care in the Valley, a rare opportunity these days to be sure.
In January, I was diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma, and have been unable to work since then.
It is with great joy that the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank (SVFB) would like to share that we have achieved 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS.
I woke up this morning with a very heavy heart. Life with our kind of autism is absolutely mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting. Life with our kind of autism isn’t featured in the media because it’s not uplifting or involving early detection (which are both so important). What is our kind of autism? It involves aggressive behaviors that often come out of nowhere. Something misfires in my son Trevor’s brain and he goes into a rage. He doesn’t want to. This rage involves attacks on others but also on himself and ends with hysterical crying. These are not premeditated. Autism as a whole generally robs the person of social skills and awareness.
For 27 years, I have lived in Carnation and enjoyed the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. However, there is one place where the trail crosses Highway 203 just north of Carnation with no proper crossing warning, other than a very inadequate, too-easy-to-miss yellow diamond-shaped “Trail Crossing” sign.
The annual Snoqualmie Valley CROP Hunger Walk, held Sunday, May 18, was a huge success. This year was dedicated to the memory of Bill Melton, who brought the international fight against hunger campaign to the Snoqualmie Valley 15 years ago. More than $6,600 was raised and $1,650 will be donated to Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.
Thanks to the support from the North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, and surrounding area residents, our spring plant sale raised almost $2,000. From all who benefit from your support and generosity — which in past years have included our Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, local food bank, children’s toy drive at Christmas, and a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Mount Si High School—we say ‘thank you’!
The “conservationists” you refer to are our neighborhood fish scientists in Duvall, the Wild Fish Conservancy. There is both good science and the force of law behind their successful lawsuit against the current practices of steelhead hatcheries in Washington.
On Sunday, May 25, I went out to feed our horses and noticed one of our goats, “Mary,” lying on her side and all four legs flopping violently. Her eyes were rolled back and she appeared to be frothing at the mouth. I called the At Home Vet service out of Fall City, and he was here in 20 minutes. He asked what I wanted him to do, and I said I don’t want her to suffer, so euthanize her.
Please join us for the 10th annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Saturday, June 7, at the Community Park in Snoqualmie. Your children will learn bike safety at this interactive, instructional bicycle obstacle course created and led by your local Snoqualmie Police Department officers.
If you seldom hear a shout-out or never get nominated for being the best, if you think you are invisible and what you do does not make a difference, this letter is for you. If you have ever put 50 cents in a donation jar, volunteered to help anywhere, baked, cooked, babysat, or taxied for a fundraiser or a friend, give yourself a big hug from me.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this extremely sad time. The food, flowers, donations, and so much more have been overwhelming. Sharon Larson touched many lives, as was evident by how many attended her memorial service on April 12. We are grateful for loving friends and family who supported Mom during her long battle with cancer. She truly loved you all.