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- Dec 21, 2012 at 12:29PM
Late Wednesday, Dec. 12, a Snoqualmie police officer checked out a suspicious truck at a construction site at Mitten Avenue Southeast and Southeast Jacobia Street. He found that it was just a couple having sex in the truck.
- Dec 21, 2012 at 12:32PM
He’s almost 89 years old, but wood carver and painter Adi Hienzsch makes a point of getting out to his workshop every day. It’s not the holiday season that drives him, but the work itself. In his Edelweiss Chalet studio lined with original paintings, hand-carved doors and statues serve as dividers, and colorful mushrooms and red-hatted gnomes (wurzenmänner, or “root men”) spill into the next room, keeping company with a six-foot cigar store Indian, carvings of the namesake flower and dozens of smaller plaques. There doesn’t seem to be room for anything more, but there is much more, in Adi’s mind. When he walks in the workshop doors each day, he says “I already know something that I want to do. After I have it in my head, then it’s the drawing board.”
- Dec 24, 2012 at 1:36PM
Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) is seeking men and women interested in serving as volunteers for the communities of Wilderness Rim, Preston, Lake Joy and Tiger Mountain. EFR is looking for energetic, community-minded residents, willing to assist with the delivery of emergency medical and firefighting services. The agency serves nearly 120,000 residents over 190 square miles. Fire, emergency medical, and special response services are provided from fifteen stations of which ten are staffed with volunteer firefighters and EMS (emergency medical services) responders that carry pagers and respond when there is an emergency in their neighborhood.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 2:45PM
Snoqualmie Middle School's boys junior varsity soccer team finished 7-0-1 in their first season. Outstanding defense by the JV Eagles allowed seven goals the entire season.Their only tie was with Tolt. Goalies Jack Hamerly and Skyler Woolf made many great saves during the season. Hamerly also displayed strong leadership skills from the goalie position. Hamerly also saw time at midfield and showed strong defensive skills.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 2:51PM
An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Walt Hills of North Bend is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Snoqualmie Church of the Nazarene, 39051 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. Visitors are welcome to share memories and photos, but no gifts, please.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 3:15PM
Between the cold, wet weather and the shorter days, it’s easy to feel shut in and run down during the winter. As residents of the Valley can attest, sunny days are few and far between. Lack of sunlight and feeling stuck indoors can make you feel alone, isolated and even depressed. “We may be more impacted by winter weather than those outside the Valley because of our location on the western slope of the mountains,” Andrew Heintz, a licensed therapist and social worker for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, said. “The increased cloud cover and low light exposure can be stressful for people.” How we manage holiday pressures can also make a difference. Many people are stretched thin during the holidays by money and social obligations.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 3:16PM
Cascade Football Club’s G02 age 10-and-younger girls soccer team took first place this fall in the U-10 Puget Sound Premier League. Coaches have recognized the Valley team for their hard work.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 3:18PM
My family and I are new residents of Washington state and the city of North Bend. We just wanted to say thank you to all those members of the North Bend and Snoqualmie communities who have made us feel very welcomed thus far. Two of our daughters now attend Mount Si High School, where we have been welcomed and aided by Coach Joe Galagan and Ms. Betsy Evensen along with several other staff members. We look forward to their continued success at Mount Si. We also are very pleased to have become a part of Our Lady of Sorrows Church recently where Fr. Roy and several parishioners have made us feel right at home.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 3:22PM
The snow is blowing fiercely as Mike Walter hikes down Ballarat Avenue to the main road, a sandwichboard sign in hand reading “Free hot food.” I am shivering, but this New York state native is bred to conditions much colder. In his sweatshirt, he’s plenty warm as he plops down the sign, hopefully to resist this wind as well as he does. “I have a service heart,” says Walter, a North Bend Community Church member and a computer technician who can set his own hours. He’s out here to let people know, homeless and needy included, that someone cares about them on this frigid morning. “People need a hot meal every now and then. If they’re not getting it for themselves, we’re more than happy to give it to them,” he says.
- Dec 25, 2012 at 8:00AM
Parents of students at Cedarcrest High School and Tolt Middle School are invited to a seven-week parenting program designed by the Love and Logic Institute. This course in parenting is designed to give parents practical skills that they can use immediately, to have more fun and feel more confident as a parent. It answers questions such as how to make teens more responsible for their homework, how to get them to do their chores and arrive home as scheduled, and how to help them manage money.
- Dec 25, 2012 at 8:00AM
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert invites youth in Northeast King County to become more informed and involved with public issues and government. Her Youth Advisory Council will review the topics of cyber bullying and cyber security in January. Middle school- and high school-age youth who live in King County Council District 3 can join Councilmember Lambert at the next meeting of the Youth Advisory Council for an information and discussion session. The program is scheduled for Saturday, January 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fall City Library. To register, please call (206) 296-1003.
Following his dream: Snoqualmie Valley Hospital volunteer Volkman Gaussman pursues career with service
- Dec 25, 2012 at 9:00AM
Volunteers play a vital role at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, contributing more than 200 hours each month of service. Volkmar Gaussmann began volunteering for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital last January, fulfilling his requirement as a pre- med student with Bellevue College to increase his experience in the medical field. He plans to become a pediatric hospitalist. “Every pre-med student has to volunteer at a hospital to show their interest in medicine,” Gaussmann said. “I chose Snoqualmie Valley Hospital because I couldn’t see myself in a larger hospital where I might not have as many opportunities to help out.”
- Dec 25, 2012 at 9:00AM
Holiday travelers and skiers enjoying new snow at Snoqualmie Pass this holiday week won’t see the finished product but will have indoor facilities, opened last Friday, one month ahead of schedule. Traveler’s Rest was originally built in 1938 as part of the Roosevelt-era New Deal public works projects. Today, the building houses the rest area and local business Red Mountain Coffee, a deli and coffee shop. The restrooms, operated by WSDOT, are open 24 hours a day. WSDOT owns and operates 48 safety rest areas. Most are open around the clock, providing Washington’s travelers a safe and convenient spot to rest before continuing their journey.
- Dec 25, 2012 at 10:00AM
Several students will be arriving on January 7 from Snoqualmie’s sister city of Gangjin, Korea to attend Mount Si High School as part of an annual student exchange program. There will be special activities and field trips for the students throughout their visit to expand their understanding of our culture and explore the Puget Sound region. Volunteers are needed to assist with one or more of these activities. Residents or business owners who have an idea of how they can provide a unique learning experience are encouraged to share ideas with members of the Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association
- Dec 25, 2012 at 10:00AM
Sarah and Ryan Lenihan of North Bend announce the birth of their son and first child, Garrett, born at 9:46 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Swedish Medical Center of Issaquah. He was 20 inches long and 8 pounds, four ounces. Garrett's grandparents are Susan and Terry Lenihan of North Bend and Laura Mellon of North Bend.
- Dec 25, 2012 at 11:00AM
‘Catchlight’ is a term of the photographer’s art: “It’s the twinkle you see in a subject’s eye,” says Genevieve Ruth. A portrait photographer by trade, and a Snoqualmie wife and mother, Ruth had to find the light in her own life when things turned dark for her family three years ago At the time, her husband, Nate Gunderson, was in dire need of a heart transplant, after battling for his life against a severe bacterial infection. For Genevieve, that experience, and the personal discoveries she made during her family’s journey to health, are the centerpiece in her first book, “Catchlight: Perspective Through an Optimistic Lens,” which also explores the true story of Nate’s transplant.
- Dec 26, 2012 at 8:00AM
The family of the Jim Westerlund would like to thank all friends and family members who have provided support through condolences and cards to our family. It is great to live in a community that shows their compassion and support which we all needed at this time. Thanks again.
- Dec 24, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Dec 27, 2012 at 12:26PM
Kailyn Campbell, a senior at Cedarcrest High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play fastpitch softball for the Central Washington University Wildcats, under head coach Mallory Holtman. Campbell also received a scholarship to attend the school. Athletics have been a constant in Campbell's life, beginning with T-ball at a young age. She started playing select softball at age 9, and played volleyball and basketball for Cedarcrest, softball is where she has found her personal success. The first-basewoman's defensive skills have been described as fluid and natural, with her power hitting abilities and offensive prowess ready to move to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:29PM
Winter time in the valley means freezing temperatures and cranking up the heat. Many Snoqualmie residents may struggle during the colder seasons to pay for their various winter utility bills. There are many reduced rate options available to residents who meet low-income requirements.
Building job skills: Valley's Community Networks helps Lower Valley, Two Rivers students reduce barriers
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:34PM
Last fall, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network used funding from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for projects intended to reduce barriers to employment for people with disabilities in our community. Three community projects were chosen. In one, the network partnered with Two Rivers School for a two-part career and skills fair Wednesday, Nov. 28. Twenty volunteers from the local business community came to Two Rivers to talk with students about a variety of careers. Students also received training on resume writing and interviewing skills.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:39PM
The next Valley Center Stage production is Pinocchio, an interactive children's show. The theater group seeks four men and two or three women (ages 16 7 up) for a its version of this children's classic. Auditions will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.Callbacks will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Your child’s backpack can be ‘spine safer’: Valley physical therapist weighs in on overloaded knapsacks
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:41PM
At their core, backpacks are a good idea. They keep students’ belongings together, protect their lunches from the elements and foster communication between parents and teachers. But backpacks have drawbacks, especially as children age and bear greater academic loads. More books and equipment add to the weight of a pack and to the burden on a child’s spine. The latest research shows us that anything beyond 10 percent of a child’s weight places unhealthy stress on the spine. It pushes the head forward and increases the compression of spinal discs. If these issues are not corrected, chronic pain can result, especially in older teenagers.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:49PM
The approaching pickup slowed, halted, then backed straight up. There was no getting past the multiple 'road closed' signs at the corner of Park Avenue and River Street. A patch of gravel and deep cracks in the pavement showed why. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, problems first started showing up on this corner of the downtown street, which sits on a bank of the Snoqualmie River. Mike Roy, operations manager for the city of Snoqualmie, said an eight-inch water main came apart that day. Public works crews cut the line, which had looped through the neighborhood, and capped its ends. Residents on River and Park are still getting water, but the city will eventually want to reconnect the lines. Looped mains perform better, Roy says.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:52PM
Head-on hit and run: At 7:06 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, an officer responded to a two-car hit-and-run accident in the 9200 block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, and found a severely damaged red car with white paint marks from the vehicle the hit it head on. Both of the red vehicle's air bags deployed, and one of the victims was transported to the hospital as a precaution. A witness reported that the second vehicle, a large white pickup truck, had been traveling down Railroad, then swerved violently into the oncoming car, then spun its tires and fled the scene. Police found the intoxicated driver at the Snoqualmie Casino, where security camera footage indicated the man had arrived in a damaged white pickup. Damage to the vehicle was consistent with parts found at the scene of the accident.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 12:00PM updated Dec 28, 2012 at 12:29PM
The year that was one of the most intense years in the Valley. A look back at website traffic on the Valley Record webpage shows that the most read stories of the year revolved around several high-profile, deadly events: The murders and arson fire that took the lives of the Keller family in North Bend, the death of a Carnation woman who went missing in April, and the shooting of a bear on Snoqualmie Ridge. Other most-read stories had a lighter tone, including a look at the Valley's best-known timber athlete, David Moses, and and visit by a film crew who took the Snoqualmie railway depot back to its glory days.