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Opinion | Outsmarting the ‘genius’ Valley elk

  • Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00AM

Driving from Snoqualmie to North Bend a few weeks ago to see a show about a certain Hobbit, I had to slow down on Elk Tourism Row. That’s not an official title for State Route 202, but it’s a good descriptor for what happens when a two-lane highway must also accommodate parked cars on both lanes. Dozens of folks—it’s impossible that they were all out-of-towners—had jumped out of their cars to witness a major conclave of elk on Meadowbrook Farm. Momentarily inconvenienced, my reactions jumped from impatience at the traffic jam to wonder at the sight. Why get upset? I thought. The elk were in the field, doing their thing. So were the camera-packing travelers.

Valley middle schoolers take top three spots in Patriot’s Pen

  • Jan 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

Three seventh-grade students from Snoqualmie Middle School were chosen Patriot’s Pen winners by VFW Post 2995 in Redmond and its Ladies Auxiliary for their winning letters in the the 2012 Patriot’s Pen Youth Writing Contest. Spencer Arons took first place in the essay competition, followed by Skyler Woolf in second place and Rudy Herman in third. Arons and Woolf will advance to the district-level competition, and the chance to compete for various prizes and to advance to the national level. The national winner will receive $5,000 plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Stealing the donation jar, illegal pool party, well-dressed shadow: Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Jan 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

On Sunday, Jan. 13, an employee of an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Rock Creek Ridge reported a break-in. Some time after 5 p.m. the previous day, someone forced their way into the fenced pool area and threw patio furniture and two potted plants into the pool.

International Night dinner for exchange students, families is Tuesday

  • Jan 28, 2013 at 9:20AM

Mount Si High School's DECA program hosts an International Night, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 at the school's International Court (main commons). Korean and Peruvian exchange students, their host families, and any and all their friends and the public, are welcome. This event is a potluck. Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided.

Campbell, Kenney lead Cedarcrest basketball comeback for big win over rival

  • Jan 28, 2013 at 9:28AM

Cedarcrest's varsity girls basketball team continues to find success, with two big wins last week, including a nailbiter in which leaders played hard. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, number-seven state-ranked Cedarcrest hosted sixth--ranked Archbishop Murphy, with a 10-0 record, in a Cascade Conference matchup. At halftime, it was Archbishop Murphy leading 28-26. Cedarcrest got into foul trouble in the third quarter, and Murphy took a 12 point lead going into the start of the fourth quarter. But pressure defense by the Lady Red Wolves and nine points (including two three-point shots) by senior Kailyn Campbell ignited a Cedarcrest come back. With 26 seconds remaining and down by one, the Red Wolves ran a play and got the ball to their leading scorer, Susan Kenney. She took a jump shot in the key with four seconds remaining and drained it for the win, 50-49. Both teams are now tied for first place in the Cascade Conference. Kenney scored 19, Campbell added 13 and Sarah Stauffer had 11.

Three nights of shows at Finaghty anniversary party, Feb. 7-9

  • Jan 28, 2013 at 9:33AM

Every year, in celebration of their anniversary, Finaghty's Irish Pub in Snoqualmie hosts a special music event: Finapalooza. This year's event includes three nights of live music. Tickets are available at the pub and online at Brown Paper Tickets ( However, they go fast. Cost is $5 for Thursday night, $12 for Friday and $18 for Saturday. Three-day passes are also available. The Thursday, Feb. 7, lineup includes Rane Stone at 9 p.m. Stone is a west-coast based singer & songwriter. He's currently the front man for the local Seattle rock band Klover Jane and mastermind behind Seattle metal band Years of War.

Handcrafted altarpiece is gift to Snoqualmie from Peru

  • Jan 28, 2013 at 9:38AM

A handcrafted gift showing the bond between the people of Snoqualmie and their sister city, Chaclacayo, Peru, is now on display at City Hall. A retablo is an altarpiece that represents the festivities and joy celebrated by the people of the Peruvian Andes.

Former 'Cat lineman Alex Hiebert signs for pro football in Serbia

  • Jan 28, 2013 at 9:39AM

Alex Hiebert, a 2009 graduate from Mount Si High School, is now contracted to play professional football in Eastern Europe. Hiebert recently signed with the Belgrade Blue Dragons, part of the Serbian European Football League, and will play at wide receiver. The league season begins February 24 and runs through July 16.

Know your water rights: Workshop for farmers, allies is Thursday in Carnation

  • Jan 28, 2013 at 9:40AM

Water supply for the farmers of today and tomorrow is the topic of a workshop by Sno-Valley Tilth, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, Washington Land Trust and the King Conservation District, planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Carnation Library. One of the most important requirements to farm successfully in the Snoqualmie Valley is an available and dependable supply of irrigation water. Although the Valley is surrounded and often inundated with an abundance of water, the availability of that water for agriculture is limited to historic water rights that are publically documented.

Residents rescued as fire destroys North Bend home

  • Jan 29, 2013 at 5:12PM

On his way to a house fire call around 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, a North Bend volunteer firefighter found it, just a few houses down from his own. The fire was burning at a neighbor's home, in the 13600 block of 432nd Avenue Southeast, and the firefighter contacted a resident on the porch. He learned that another resident, disabled, was unable to evacuate. The firefighter then entered the home and rescued the occupant from the back bedroom, where the fire may have started. All of the other occupants were able to evacuate themselves.

Burn ban lifted for King County

  • Jan 29, 2013 at 5:13PM

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the air quality burn ban in King County on January 21. “We are lifting the burn bans in King and Snohomish Counties because winds are picking up and temperatures are warming,” said Dr. Phil Swartzendruber, agency forecaster. “But Pierce County is still under the influence of cold and calm conditions, which could cause pollution to build up in areas where wood-burning is common. We need to keep a Stage 1 burn ban in effect to protect air quality in those communities.”

Growing pains: Mount Si girls find lessons, tout team-work in narrow Mercer loss, Totems win | Slideshow

  • Jan 29, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Jan 30, 2013 at 11:49AM

Finding ways to come together and stay on top has been the Mount Si girls basketball team’s quest this past week. The team took the lead but then struggled in the Wednsday, Jan. 23, home match with Mercer Island. But they put it all together on Friday, hosting Sammamish. The Wildcats fell 55-46 on Wednesday. Mount Si led 32-25 at halftime, thanks to strong play by Madi Bevens in the first quarter—and the rest of the game—and a Grace Currie three-pointer. But Mercer Island steadily chiseled into that lead, and closed things out on the ‘Cats in the fourth quarter.

New RR crossing for North Bend’s Main Street

  • Jan 29, 2013 at 5:21PM

A smoother, safer ride is the result of Northwest Railway Museum’s reconstructed rail crossing on Main Street in North Bend, finished last week, This fix is mainly a road improvement, says Museum Executive Director Richard Anderson. However, a new welded rail installed as part of the project allows an increase in the warning time for the signals on Bendigo Boulevard. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission awarded a $20,000 grant toward the welded rail and its installation to allow the increase in warning time for Bendigo Boulevard.

Store-owning, piano-playing cop Paul Eng looks back on 25-year sheriff's career in North Bend

  • Jan 29, 2013 at 5:23PM

North Bend’s longest-serving deputy had to make a tough call a few months back, when an old shoulder injury flared up and put him on sick leave. Did he nurse his shoulder back to health and come back for another two years of service in the community he loved and had served for nearly 25 years? Or did he sail off into the sunset of (early) retirement? He chose the sunset, and for a lot of good reasons: He’s planning to follow his own advice of “don’t get old!” Eng’s wife retired two years ago and he’s jealous that she gets to sleep in every morning; and he’s thinking about the future, both for himself, and the King County Sheriff’s Office.

New Snoqualmie salon, Lula Ruby, takes organic approach

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:07AM

Angela Favero has opened her new organic boutique salon, Lula Ruby, in Snoqualmie. Favero, an 18-year salon industry veteran, specializes in ammonia-free hair coloring and organic styling, in an eco-friendly venue that is as healthy as it is beautiful. With Lula Ruby, at 7329 Better Way S.E. in the Kimball Creek Business Park, Favero aims to create a warm, comfortable, welcoming and safe organic salon environment for its neighbors in the Snoqualmie Valley. Since the beginning of her career as a hairdresser and educational leader at Gene Juarez Salons, Favero says she’s been committed to providing her clients exceptional client service, expert artistry, skill and education.

Wildcat gymnasts best Mercer Island at home

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:10AM

Mount Si’s skilled gymnasts handled the Islanders, 170 to 158, at home Thursday, Jan. 24. Sophomore Jenn Rogers led on floor and beam, 9.7 and 8.9, respectively, and took the all-around score, at 34.8. Mount Si’s French exchange, Pauline Kaczmarek, led on beam and vault, with 8.4 and 9.3, and was second in all-around.

This week in Snoqualmie Valley history: Weyerhauser plant supervisor moves on, Tolt Demons, businessmen want on school board

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:13AM

Revisit stories from the past 25 and 50 years, as published in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include: • Somebody is going to have a new standing in the league after Friday’s game at Tolt High. The Demons host the Coupeville Wolves, both tied for third place. • Six candidates filed for three positions on the board of the Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 407. For Area 2, a Carnation drug store owner, doctor and farmer have thrown their hats in the ring.

Letter | Terrible fire showed how a community comes together

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:45AM

On Friday night, January 26, our home of 54 years was burned to the ground by fire. We lost everything. My son is in Snoqualmie hospital, my brother is in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with burns. We lost two dogs and two cats. But we are thankful. Our family was safe.

Homeward bound: Edmonds portrait artist’s mission of love gets big boost from Snoqualmie Middle School | Slideshow

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Feb 4, 2013 at 11:17AM

The phone rang at 3 in the morning. Michael Reagan answered it, and met a mom in Scotland. She had learned about Reagan’s work, and needed him to create something for her. Something unique, and something he’s done more than a thousand times. Reagan is the Edmonds, Wash., artist behind the Fallen Heroes Project. For nine years, he has made portraits of soldiers who died serving their country, and sends them to families, free of charge. To date, he’s sent mailed or delivered nearly 3,200 pictures of soldiers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For that Scottish mom, and for other families, “I was the first phone call,” he said. “It means these are important.”

Live, from North Bend: Boxley’s owners Danny, Robyn Kolke honored as Business Owners of the Year

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03PM

It’s a Wednesday night at Boxley’s, and owners Danny and Robyn Kolke have got a small but growing crowd, about a dozen students ready to perform, and a musical hero on stage. “Chris Clark is a legend in the jazz world,” Danny says, gesturing to the smiling man in the beret, warming up on a string bass. “He’s our bass player tonight.” Yup, it’s a typical weeknight at Boxley’s Place in North Bend. The restaurant, open three-and-a-half years now, has live music every night, brings in famous names to perform and teach on a regular basis, and was just named one of the best venues for live jazz again this year by DownBeat Magazine. Most importantly though, it’s also exactly the place that the Kolkes wanted to create.

Recognizing do-gooders: Nominations start for Valley's annual Give Good awards

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 12:26PM

Dozens of local citizens, youth, businesses, and organizations have already been nominated for the first annual Give Good awards of Snoqualmie Valley. Recognizing inspirational people and highlighting the hard work invested into making this community a great place to live, “the Give Good awards aim to celebrate the everyday heroes, outstanding citizens, youth, businesses, and organizations," says Angela Craig, President of the Give Good foundation.

Mount Si alum Jonna Massengill studies with foundation award

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 3:54PM

Mount Si High School graduate Jonna Massengill received the 2012 Careers in Healthcare scholarship award from the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation. This fall, she began her pre-nursing curriculum at Washington State University, with a goal of becoming a physicians assistant specializing in surgery. This marks the seventh year the foundation has awarded scholarships. “It also nicely dovetails with the Hospital District’s ongoing outreach to local schools, both high school and college,” says Foundation President Jim Schaffer.

Grangestock Open Mic is Friday

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 3:57PM

Grangestock is a potluck and open mic night happening from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at North Bend's Sallal Grange, starting this Friday, Feb. 1.

Chiropractors Scott and Jill Massengill look back on 20-year healing career in North Bend | Photos

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 3:58PM

It doesn’t feel like 20 years, not for Scott and Jill Massengill. But this married couple, both chiropractors, get a sense of how time has passed when they see the children. “We’ve got kids we started taking care of when they were babies. Now,” like their own daughter Danielle, “they’re in college,” Jill says. Thursday, Jan. 31, marks the 20th anniversary of the Massengills’ practice in North Bend. They’ve followed their healing profession on the same street, moving once—last year.

'Stupid' shoplift, theft from above: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 4:06PM

Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls last week:

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