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- Jan 17, 2013 at 10:58AM
Grease is the word at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 20, at the North Bend Theatre, when the Twin Falls Music Boosters and the North Bend Theatre host a movie showing and singalong. The event is a fundraiser for the Twin Falls music program.
- Jan 18, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Jan 21, 2013 at 6:35PM
Major projects, signs of economic growth, and citizens and residents stepping up to make Snoqualmie work better. They've all got Mayor Matt Larson on a much more optimistic beat in 2013. Giving his annual 'State of the City' talk to the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce at their packed January 18 luncheon at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, the Snoqualmie leader was upbeat, sharing signs of the times like the new dual police force, Tokul roundabout, new parks and street repairs. "The state of the city remains vibrant and strong," Larson said.
Punched in the face, listening in, license plate grabber: Weekly Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter
- Jan 18, 2013 at 5:59PM
On January 7 in Snoqualmie, a caller in the 3900 block of Southeast Park Street reported a young woman, 18 or 19, was using a screwdriver and attempting to steal the license plates off his vehicle. Police responded but did not locate the subject.
- Jan 20, 2013 at 3:34PM
The Sno-Valley Senior Center is now an administrator for the popular and much-used Meals on Wheels program in the Valley, and is seeking a volunteer driver. Two days a month, the center delivers meals to Meals on Wheels participants within a 10-mile radius. A volunteer driver would be needed for a few hours for each of the days.
- Jan 20, 2013 at 3:34PM
The second annual Empty Bowls meal and silent auction, a fundraiser for Mount Si Food Bank, is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Mount Si High School commons. Come for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants, and take your handcrafted bowl home with you as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Each bowl is being crafted by a Snoqualmie Valley middle school or high school art student.
- Jan 21, 2013 at 10:36AM
Gina Estep, North Bend’s 2012 Employee of the Year, is also a world-class triathlete. Estep biked, swam and ran the distance in the ITU World Championship Series Grand Final, the top global competition held October 22 in Auckland, New Zealand. Estep, 39, was the first American woman in her age group, and the 12th finisher in her overall women’s age bracket. To qualify, Estep had to win her age bracket in a sanctioned race, and took sixth in her age in a national race.
- Jan 21, 2013 at 10:46AM
Abigail McLaughlin, a senior at Mount Si High School, signed a national letter of intent to row at the University of San Diego this fall. McLauchlin was part of the Sammamish Rowing Association boat team in the The Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., last October. Rowing with fellow Mount Si senior Matt Essig, they took second out of 85 entries in the 5K race. McLauchlin decided on USD after visiting other schools, San Diego State, Southern Methodist, Oklahoma and Texas.
Coffee with the bosses: Have a conversation with Snoqualmie police chief Steve McCulley, public works, parks director Dan Marcinko
- Jan 21, 2013 at 10:48AM
Join Dan Marcinko, Snoqualmie Director of Public Works & Parks, and Steve McCulley, Snoqualmie Police Chief, for coffee and informal conversation, 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie.
- Jan 21, 2013 at 11:29AM
The Northwest Railway Museum is reconstructing its Main Street railway crossing in North Bend this week, starting today, Monday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 26. The crossing, at Main and McClellan Street, is being updated to the same construction as the Bendigo/SR 202 crossing, built in 2000, with precast concrete panels for a smoother, longer-lasting driving surface. Businesses will be accessible from North Bend Way or Park Street.
- Jan 21, 2013 at 3:25PM
Sno-Valley Senior Center’s twice-weekly bridge club is ready for some new blood. Club members are seeking new players and are ready to help you become one, if you don’t know the game already. Games start at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and run till 2 or 3 p.m. with a break for lunch. Lessons are available. Donations are welcome. Laughter is inevitable.
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:31PM
Both high-school and middle-school musicians in the Snoqualmie Valley School District have earned all-state honors recently. Several middle school students were chosen for the 2013 Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State groups. Along with the honor, they will have the opportunity to perform in the all-state concert in February. Each student recorded and submitted an audition tape to be considered for the honor.
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:35PM
Winter arrived in the Valley, with a splash. While Valley residents hunted up their fleece vests and wool socks, and readied themselves for cloudy skies, rain, and temperatures in the mid-40s to 50s, a Fall City man was enjoying summer at the other end of the world. Only he was wearing the fleece and wool, and looking forward to “shorts weather.” “Last summer, we saw 34-, 36-degree weather, and at that point, I wasn’t wearing a parka, I was just wearing a fleece zip-up and some Carrharts work pants with longjohns,” Daniel Pells said, describing the six months he spent in Antarctica, ending in March, 2011.
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:41PM
Cedarcrest High School’s girls basketball continues its string of wins, beating South Whidbey on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by a final score of 76-27. Susan Kenney led with 22 points—one three pointer, paced by Kalee Fowler, who also sank a three, with 20. Kailyn Campbell added 18, Lacey Deming had 10, Kathryn Smith had three points, Sarah Stauffer had two and Courtney McKinney, one point.
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:42PM
Mercer Island managed to beat Mount Si wrestlers, 42 to 28, on the road Thursday, Jan. 17. High points included Tim Corrie, at 182 pounds, getting a 9-7 decision in overtime over Mercer’s Daniel Stanke. Mitch Rorem (195) got a major decision over Evan Condon, 12-4. Nate Whited (220) pinned his man, Andrew Picton, in 27 seconds. At 132, Ryley Absher won a decision over Mercer’s Luke Wilson. Mercer heavyweight Benjamin O’Connell pinned Kelly Klupar in 1:16. Other losses included Max Kenaghy (160), Cole Palmer (170), Griffin Armour (113), Gunnar Harrison (126), Tanner Stahl (138), Tye Rodne (145) and Justin Edens (152).
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:43PM
Seven new double-sized portable classrooms are up for discussion at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Snoqualmie Valley School Board. Originally on the board’s consent agenda for the Jan. 10 meeting, the portables were moved to the main agenda for further discussion by the board. Six of the portables are intended for placement at Twin Falls Middle School and Chief Kanim Middle School, three each, to accommodate next year’s additional students from the former Snoqualmie Middle School. The seventh structure would go to Cascade View Elementary School, where enrollment is currently at 650 FTE students, and slightly more in actual students, because of half-day Kindergarten.
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Feb 6, 2013 at 10:24AM
A new ordinance, making camping on city property a criminal offense, takes effect in North Bend next week. The ordinance, enacting the new Chapter 9.60 of North Bend Municipal Code, specifically refers to issues with homeless encampments, such as trash, human waste and discarded hypodermic needles. Its adoption comes just weeks after an independent citizens group opened an emergency winter shelter for the homeless. The new code prohibits sleeping in public places and, following amendments proposed by Councilman Ross Loudenback, it also prohibits starting fires on public property outside of specifically designated areas like park fire pits.
- Jan 22, 2013 at 3:49PM
As law enforcement followed the trail of the armed bank robber called the AK-47 Bandit, who robbed North Bend’s Chase bank last July 6, the amount of reward money has increased. On Wednesday, January 16, at a press conference in Chino, Calif., the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced an unprecedented reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the man, described as white, 25 to 40 years old, between 5’10” and 6’ tall and with a stocky build. The AK-47 Bandit is suspected in a series of five armed robberies in California, Washington and Idaho, and of shooting and severely injuring a Chino Police officer. The attacks on these banks were similar, involving a masked man, armed with an assault rifle, similar to an AK-47, with a sling and drum magazine, taking over the bank. In Chino, the suspect wore body armor and as he left the scene, he shot a police officer responding to the alarm. No injuries were reported in any of the other incidents.
Elk lessons: Valley groups work on ways to protect animals, homeowners, in the city they share | Photo gallery
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:06AM
A group of North Bend home-owners is hoping to train the local elk herd to avoid their yards, in favor of a nearby swath of trees. Wildlife experts, though, are skeptical about their chances, and lack of intelligence has nothing to do with it. Elk are smart, say Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Chris Moszeter, and Jim Gildersleeve and Harold Erland of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group. So smart, they can work through almost any elk deterrent people have tried, including a locked gate to a fenced golf course.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:06AM
The Snoqualmie City Council will meet for its annual retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 29 and 30, at the Puget Sound Energy Conference Room, 35413 S.E. Douglas St., on Snoqualmie Ridge. The council will be gathering for two full-days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a deep dive of city issues and topics. Council retreats allow the elected members, the mayor, the city administrator, and senior staff to delve deeper into topics that are unable to be discussed fully during regularly-scheduled council meetings due to time restraints. This is an open public meeting.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:06AM
Hear a night of the best young voices in the Wildcat Idol Final Round, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Mount Si High School Auditorium. The top ten finalists compete for the title of 2013 Wildcat Idol! Tickets are $5, which include voting rights. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is an all-ages show Finalists are Anastasia Bruckner, Emilia Glaser, Ethan Waud, JC Mattson, Kennedy Stinson, Liam Wright, Madelynn Esteb, McKenna Esteb, Morgan Myers and Taylor Pearlstein.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:06AM
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has named Texas Tech University sophomore shortstop Tim Proudfoot a “Top Player to Watch” in its 2013 College Baseball Preview. Proudfoot grew up in North Bend and graduated from Mount Si High School in 2011. He made the list of top returning players after becoming the first Texas Tech freshman in school history to start at least 50 games at shortstop in 2012.
‘I feel like I can only go up from here’: Mount Si gymnasts breaking boundaries on floor, beam | Slideshow
- Jan 23, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Jan 24, 2013 at 10:22AM
“She’s dancing out there!” Jenn Rogers watched Hailey Johnson’s bouncy, upbeat routine. Like Rogers, Johnson’s sophomore year has been marked with great strides. It all came together, out on the floor, where confident moves and calm, smiling faces showed Mount Si gymnasts are hitting their stride this season.
- Jan 23, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Jan 24, 2013 at 10:07AM
Be they gift or gag, some sweaters are so ugly, they’re awesome. For the second year in a row, Riverbend Cafe will honor the garb so gaudy and awful, it’s grand. The annual Ugly Sweater Contest returns, starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Guests are welcome to come for happy hour or dinner and have their photo taken, wearing their ugliest sweater. A panel of three judges will determine the winner of a $50 gift card for The Riverbend Cafe. It’s their tastes that will determine the prize.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:07AM
Mount Si High School students, from left, Matt Mahrer, Aja Corliss, Terra Hauser and Dominick Canady, are the Rotary Students of the Quarter. T he Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley periodically singles out students for their excellent grades and community service. Selected students receive a certificate, and scholarship checks in the amount of $100.
- Jan 24, 2013 at 10:07AM
Several North Bend student actors appear in the latest production by CORE Theatrics, an Eastside theater company. Their 2013 season opener, Urinetown The Musical, is onstage this weekend, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, at Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center, 12033 N.E. 80th St., Kirkland North Bend’s Katie Jung, Ariana Christ and McKenna Griffin are part of the cast.