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- Dec 17, 2012 at 9:34AM
King County aims to reduce countywide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent below 2007 levels by 2050. That's part of the county's new strategy plan to address climate change. Just approved, it outlines the county’s most critical goals and priority actions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and prepares for the impacts of climate change.
- Dec 17, 2012 at 9:50AM
Why are fire extinguishers legally required in all buildings open to the public? Answer: to provide people in such places with an effective tool to keep a small emergency from becoming a tragedy. The same reasoning that resulted in nation-wide adoption of those regulations can and ought to be applied to effectively reduce the magnitude of mayhem committed by armed assailants, whether in schools, malls, nursing homes, theaters, etc.
- Dec 17, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Dec 21, 2012 at 9:27AM
Cell phones for minors should be monitored! Parents, please check your kids' texts, emails, photos, Instagram's, Facebook, etc. The combination of hormones, unsupervised access to apps/internet content, and freedom during middle school can be intoxicating and choices made out of intoxication can have long-term, damaging consequences. The pre-frontal cortex, the "wise owl" of a human being's brain, is not fully formed until you are 25 years old.
- Dec 17, 2012 at 9:00AM updated at 1:48PM
Whether it's 20 stories or a boutique lodge, members of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe will determine the size and scope of a proposed hotel expansion at the Snoqualmie Casino. After airing plans for the hotel at a Snoqualmie Valley Governments Association dinner on Nov. 29, Tribal Administrator Matt Mattson confirmed the tribe's hotel intentions. However, he says the size of the venue is still very much fluid. According to Mattson, the tribe has a wide range of options, from hotels large and small to a phased project, and is taking a hard look at all of them. A feasibility study on the number of rooms that the casino site could support is in the works.
- Dec 18, 2012 at 1:09PM
As part of Snoqualmie Valley Venture Crew No. 115, hundreds of local teens have been positively affected by inspiring exceptional volunteer efforts during the past quarter-century. Venturing Crews are a high-adventure branch of the Boy Scouts of America. They include young men and women from ages 14 to 20. Crews are designed to challenge members both physically and mentally and to develop an abiding sense of civic responsibility and commitment. Kim and Anita Ferree founded the crew 25 years ago. Leaders say it has enjoyed unusual local resources, allowing it to successfully attempt adventures that others dare not consider. The program gives youths who struggle in conventional academics or sports an avenue to rebuild confidence and succeed.
- Dec 18, 2012 at 1:00PM updated at 3:01PM
KNDO-TV in Yakima reports that the Washington State Troopers are looking into a highway accident last weekend on the summit of Snoqualmie Pass that killed a North Bend tow truck driver. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon, according to Washington State Trooper reports. A North Bend man, Jason Halstead, died when he was helping a Bonney Lake man, 28, whose pickup was stuck in snow on the shoulder of Interstate 90.
- Dec 18, 2012 at 1:17PM
Eight years and at least $100 million from now, Mount Si High School could well be the most-populated high school in Washington state. That's assuming that Snoqualmie Valley School Board members decide to pursue one of the options for a high school remodel, presented at their Dec. 13 work session. The options, as presented by Matt Rumbaugh of NAC Architects, would both require demolition of part of the existing school building and therefore have to be completed in phases, and would both build classrooms and a courtyard on what is now the student parking lot. Each would also temporarily take over the tennis courts across Meadowbrook Way from the building, and indefinitely take over the practice softball field there, too, for parking.
- Dec 18, 2012 at 2:35PM
A public meeting on the proposed winter homeless shelter to be hosted at North Bend Community Church is 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20. The Church is located at 146 E. Third Avenue in North Bend. The Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter is planned to be an overnight-only shelter from a target opening date of Saturday, Dec. 22, through March 7. It will provide a warm, safe place for up to 40 homeless men, women and families with children to sleep, share a meal and access information to help them.
Strengths, depth shine for Wildcat gymnasts; Team is tough to beat in season’s third week | Slideshow
- Dec 18, 2012 at 2:40PM
Pauline Kaczmarek came all the way from France to study at Mount Si High School this year. She’s found a new family in the ranks of the Mount Si gymnastics team, where the senior has been making a name for herself on a squad that’s already packing serious talent. Kaczmarek was among team members who broke into the nines last Thursday, Dec. 13, in a home meet with Sammamish that also featured competition by Bellevue and Newport. Increasingly deep, Mount Si had the highest team score despite some absences, which included Jenn Rogers, the up-and-coming sophomore who was singing in a school concert a few doors down. No matter, as the Wildcats had the talent to dominate. While Sammamish’s Mykaela Davis had the top all-around score, 34.9—the athletic Davis was cheered on by everyone, including the Wildcats—Mount Si athletes filled out much of the top ranks in all four events.
- Dec 18, 2012 at 2:42PM
To do this job, you need not only the physical strength and ability to get someone out of danger, you need the creativity to think up the various ways people get themselves into trouble all the time. Members of the Eastside Fire & Rescue technical rescue teams spent a week recently honing all of these skills, at Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. Working in shifts, all 33 team members spent a day learning the ropes of the team’s new rescue raft, a two-man inflatable designed to allow rescuers to float (on water) or slide (on ice or snow) right up to a victim, and an afternoon practicing climbing skills at Carnation’s Tolt MacDonald Park.
- Dec 19, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 4:02PM
Drivers stayed slow and steady on the morning commute Wednesday, Dec. 19, after snowfall put an inch or more of slushy white stuff on the Upper Valley. In Snoqualmie, the Snoqualmie Parkway closed on the hill between Railroad Avenue (Highway 202) and Douglas Avenue. It reopened by 10:45 a.m. City plows hit the streets to clear and de-ice. By the afternoon, intermittent snow had turned to rain.
- Dec 19, 2012 at 3:43PM
North Bend Theatre hosts three classic Christmas matinees, with free admission, this week. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, catch "Miracle on 34th Street," made in 1947. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, see the modern classic, "Elf."
- Dec 19, 2012 at 3:50PM
The Snoqualmie 8th grade girls varsity basketball team continues to roll on, extending its undefeated streak to 11-0 over two seasons. In their latest victory over Chief Kanim on Thursday, Dec. 4, Kallin Spiller led the way with 22 points, draining jumpers from the perimeter, and put-backs in the paint. Jillian Chellis was dominant on the inside with 10, Scout Turner tickled the twine from the elbow for 12, Hayden Frederick drove the lane from both sides for 11, and Kelly Keene, bombing from the outside, hit nothing but net from “3” land for another 12.
- Dec 19, 2012 at 3:52PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association’s FC North Bend GU14 Smothers R1 Recreation team, also known as Sweet and Sour, or SAS, won the WSYSA District II league title on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a 4-0 win over the K ‘98 Stars. This is the fourth consecutive year that SAS has dominated the league and won the title. The North Bend team went 9-1 on the season, scoring 29 goals against opponents and allowing only 7.
- Dec 19, 2012 at 4:08PM
Thank heavens that last Saturday, I had a Christmas party to attend where real families and happy children celebrated each other’s company. It was a moment free of violence, worry and fear, and felt like a breath of fresh air, a moment of the real, and an escape from a weekend of saturation news coverage of a national tragedy. I am thankful for that. A week or so ago, it seemed like you couldn’t escape all the silliness over the December 21, 2012, end-of-the-world prophecies. Then, real madness happened.
- Dec 19, 2012 at 4:11PM
The man who gave the present won’t ever meet the boy who received it. But the One VOICE volunteers who discovered the thoughtfully assembled, carefully wrapped bag, meant for a teenage recipient and left under one of the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club’s Giving Trees last week, are certain that this gesture will be treasured. The Bed, Bath and Beyond bag was tightly tied. Inside were a digital voice recorder, an LED microscope, magnetic dartboards and a travel alarm clock, among other presents. Volunteers could tell the giver took his time.
The Christmas story: Snoqualmie's St. Clare Episcopal children's pageant part of Christmas Eve service
- Dec 20, 2012 at 10:04AM
Valley residents looking for a place to celebrate Christmas may attend St. Clare Episcopal Church’s Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. at 8650 Railroad Avenue/Highway 202 in Snoqualmie. The congregation’s children will perform a Christmas pageant at 5 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 24, telling the story of Jesus’ birth complete with costumes and props. Families with young children are especially encouraged to attend this service.
- Dec 20, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Dec 21, 2012 at 9:40AM
Beginning on January 2, CleanScapes will provide garbage, recycling and food and yard waste collection for Carnation households and businesses. Residents and businesses in Carnation will notice changes to their service in the New Year, most noticeably: lower rates, expanded recycling services and no charge for businesses to recycle. CleanScapes is also providing a 7-day per week call center with a dedicated customer service phone number and website. Residents of Carnation will also notice new color-coded carts and businesses will receive new dumpsters.
- Dec 20, 2012 at 10:12AM
The Voodoos, a five-piece Irish indie rock band, headline when Finaghty Irish Pub in Snoqualmie hosts a 'Dress to Impress' New Years Eve Party at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. The $20 price of admission will include a drink ticket, free champagne toast at midnight, and a chance to win raffle prizes. Tickets sell out fast.
- Dec 20, 2012 at 10:17AM
Due to the economic downturn, Sno Falls Credit Union recently made the difficult decision to close the Fall City branch office in the Hauglie Financial Building in Fall City on December 31, 2012. Sno Falls continues to have full service offices in downtown Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Ridge and North Bend. The Fall City staff members will continue to work from both the downtown Snoqualmie office and the Snoqualmie Ridge office, which are less than seven miles from Fall City. Sno Falls Credit Union has served Valley residents financial needs for over 50 years. They are looking forward to a favorable economic environment where more members qualify for our competitive loans while reducing the loan losses. As the credit union's profits improve they hope to once again be in a place to take actions in reducing fees and increasing services.
- Dec 20, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Dec 24, 2012 at 2:50PM
Everybody had been waiting for this moment, and the home crowd roared when Tyler McCreadie got air in the fourth quarter of Mount Si's home win against Interlake. Guard Jack Nelson was rushing to the basket in a classic fake-out, and McCreadie, on post, was in the corner, "ready to dive in if a guy makes it to the paint." With all the defenders rushing on Nelson, the junior fired to his six-foot-eight classmate. "He had this beautiful pass, behind his head," said McCreadie. "It's wide open. It's dunk or nothing." McCreadie's slam was one highlight of a big night for the Wildcats, who sat out two important starters but still handled things, winning 79-50 on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
- Dec 21, 2012 at 9:27AM
Sometimes, during the holidays, sadness or grief becomes an unwelcome but persistent presence in our lives. If you are grieving over the absence of a loved one or because of some other kind of loss, you are welcome at a special prayer service, The Longest Night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church. You need not be a member of this church or of any church to participate. All that's necessary is the desire to experience the comfort of others who find the solace of Christ in the presence of others.
- Dec 21, 2012 at 11:29AM
Carnation’s Cowgirl Spirit Rescue Drill Team is holding a holiday calendar fundraiser. Wall and desk calendars feature horses rescued by the team. This past year, the volunteer-run organization found homes for six of their rehabilitated rescue horses.
- Dec 21, 2012 at 11:30AM
The Raging River Community Church holds a Christmas Eve service, 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. The church is located at 31103 S.E. 86th St., Preston.
- Dec 21, 2012 at 12:23PM
While the Snoqualmie Tribe’s hotel expansion plan is drawing scrutiny from Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, that city’s upcoming Tokul roundabout is drawing notes of concern from the tribe’s leaders. Tribal council members urged “caution and care” in the roundabout project, which revamps Highway 202 and could pave the way for new development near the Snoqualmie nation’s most sacred place. Last Monday, Dec. 10, the Snoqualmie City Council approved a key piece of funding for the project, planned for the area between Snoqualmie Falls Park and the State Route 202 bridge. Construction of a single-lane roundabout would include storm drains, lights, pedestrian walkways, landscaping and offsite mitigation.