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- Aug 21, 2013 at 10:29AM
This is the final weekend for the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater 2013 production of "Oliver!" Based the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist and with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, this story of a lonely orphan boy is a delight for all ages. Oliver’s misadventures begin with leaving the workhouse, working for an undertaker, falling in with pick-pockets and thieves, and finally finding a good home.
- Aug 21, 2013 at 4:40PM
Joe the Buyer (not his real name) struck out at six different North Bend stores recently when he tried to buy beer. Clerks quietly, sometimes apologetically, turned the 18-year-old away at groceries, convenience stores and gas stations time and again. The enforcement officers working with him on the sting began to have high hopes for the rest of the night. “If we get no buys tonight, that would be wonderful,” said Liquor Control Board officer Troy McCallister. He’s in street clothes, as is King County Sheriff’s Deputy Amy Jarboe, for the undercover operation, backed up by North Bend Police Chief Sgt. Mark Toner, in uniform.
- Aug 21, 2013 at 4:31PM
Construction has started for Snoqualmie’s new Jeanne Hansen Community Park at 34226 Southeast Jacobia Street on Snoqualmie Ridge. The park is named for former Snoqualmie Mayor Jeanne Hansen, who served from 1988 through 1995.
- Aug 21, 2013 at 4:31PM
I was thrilled to see the grand opening of the wonderful new assault weapon boutique perched in the center of family-friendly North Bend. How I’d love to be a fly on the wall (but not in scope range, please) as daddy explains to little Hayley how these weapons are capably used to vaporize living things. Hayley presses her nose to the window and sighs, “I think I’d still rather have a puppy.”
- Aug 21, 2013 at 4:34PM
Hours after her first hike to the top of Mount Si, Marina Druse was back on the mountain again. She and good friend Jake Thompson started out at around 4:30 a.m. July 14, headed again for Haystack Rock, where they’d watched the sun set the previous evening. With them this time was another friend, Adam Thalhofer, but the trio was not on a pleasure hike this time. They were on a rescue mission, to save a man’s life.
- Aug 21, 2013 at 4:33PM
I would like to thank the Valley for the outpouring of their love for my daughter, Melanie Lee Busby Motland, who is now resting in heaven. Special thanks to my brother, Brian; Steve Miller and his staff at North Bend Community Church; the Hines family; her AA family; Marci, Brianna and Missy, for putting together the slideshow; her friends at the Sno Ridge Apartments; my brother Terry, who is Melanie’s godfather; Tom and Mary.
- Aug 21, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Aug 22, 2013 at 11:39AM
There’s a trick to throwing an axe—throwing it well, anyway— and it’s remembering to exhale. Sounds easy enough, but the dozen of us chosen for the honors during the timber sports demonstration put on by David and Annette Moses and family during Saturday’s Railroad Days festivities, can tell you otherwise. “Point your thumbs down the handle.” “Keep your hands together.” “Widen your stance.” “Throw on the exhale.” That’s what I got for training, then they put an axe into my inexpert hands and told me to go for it. And the audience — almost 200 people — got a good laugh, because the only thing I hit on my first two tries was dirt.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:29AM
Friends of Youth announces its annual Back-To-School Supply Drive to benefit youth in need in the Snoqualmie, Riverview and Issaquah School Districts. Having all the required supplies to begin the school year can make a tremendous difference in a young person’s confidence and success in school.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:38AM
I am the parent of two fairly recent district graduates who have gone on to thrive in their respective colleges. I was active in my children’s schools at all levels as part of a wave of parents who created wonderful collaborations with school staff and each other to continually improve the school cultures for all involved (students, staff and parents). It was on the whole, a very positive and rewarding experience. I took this last year off to catch my breath but recently attended one of the bond focus groups and have had some conversations about what is going on in our district that seem to be the antithesis of what so many of us worked so hard to create.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:23AM
The Mount Si Lions Club invites all comers to a presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Boxley’s in North Bend, all about the Lions Club, its history and how club members serve the community.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:31AM
Not since 1996 has a girls’ soccer team from Washington taken the United States Youth Soccer National Championship title, but on July 30, 15 girls from the area did just that. They earned the right to claim the number one spot in U.S. U14 girls’ soccer. Eastside FC’s G98 Red team won the national championship in Kansas. Natalie Weidenbach, an incoming freshman at Mount Si, is a member of the team. These girls were the only Washington team at any age this year to have a shot at the US Youth Soccer national championships.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:37AM
Twelve young Valley runners raced all day, all night, in the 198-mile Running Relay, part of the Ragnar Relay Series, in Skagit County, Wash., July 19 and 20. Participants included Danielle Curley, Kami Nicolino, Tom Kirby, Paul Nelson, Dominick Canady, Mari Patis, Richard Carmichael, Hunter Franklin, Jason Hinman, Tyler McBride, Seth Houldridge and Spencer Ricks.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:35AM
Local Girl Scouts host lessons on English country dances for children and adults, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Sallal Grange in North Bend. Children ages 5 to 10 can get lessons between 10 a.m. and noon. Youth ages 11 to 16 get lessons from 1 to 3 p.m. and adults are welcome any time, all day.
- Aug 22, 2013 at 11:32AM
August 18, 1988: King County Police arrested two men and seized several firearms, drug paraphernalia, several thousand dollars and a small amount of cocaine last Friday in North Bend. Two Whatcom County men were sitting in a 1968 primer-rust-colored Dodge Dart. The bust was due to blind luck, when a county deputy drew up in the gravel lot near the South Fork interchange.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 2:55PM
Joe Sasaki, age 95, regularly played golf three days a week, until in 2012, he started cutting back to twice a week. Recently he said, “Ya know, I am getting tired. I think I am only gonna play one day a week.” Sasaki can’t be that tired—he nailed a hole in one on Wednesday, July 24, at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 3:03PM
Jagger Bucy, 7, of Snoqualmie, and Brandon Daly, 10, of North Bend, each won their respective classes in the Red Line Cup West Coast Regional bicycle motocross races in St. Helen’s, Ore., on July 20. Both racers are now qualified for the Red Line Cup regional championship race weekend in Fresno, Calif., scheduled for October 4, 5 and 6.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 2:58PM
North Bend’s Jazz Walk returns, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 14. Come to downtown North Bend for food, drinks and some of the finest jazz entertainment ever to hit the Valley.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 2:57PM
Elizabeth Ballinger-Dix of North Bend graduated recently from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Ballinger-Dix, who majored in English, was one of 464 seniors who received their degrees. She is the daughter of Judy S. Ballinger of North Bend.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 3:05PM
Will Desler is there before the door opens. Ready to claim his prize in the King County Library System’s Summer Reading Program, he’s primed in a bright green Sounders jersey. That shirt is appropriate. Because, just as some kids play baseball and others pursue a soccer ball, this 10-year-old Duthie Hill resident’s sport is reading. And for the fifth year, he’s been the champ at Fall City Library, the first kid across the 1000-hour finish line for five years running.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 3:11PM
Marian Jean (Kuta) Condit was born April 29, 1957 in Chicago, Ill. She died on Thursday, August 15, at home with her husband and friends. She has lived in Issaquah, Wash., since 1989. She is survived by her husband, Michael “Happy” Condit, whom she married on September 26, 1980. She is also survived by her parents, John & Dorothy Kuta, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., and her very spoiled dog, Buckwheat.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 3:04PM
Help kick off the 2013 Wildcat football season at Football-a-Palooza, a free family event, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Mount Si High School front parking lot. The event is a pre-game promotion before the annual Scarlet and Gray game at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 3:14PM
Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls: Taking tips: On August 14, a business in the 200 block of West North Bend Way reported a theft. An employee reported that a 30-year-old man took the tip jar and her cell phone off the counter, then ran. Officers arrested the thief and closed the case.
- Aug 23, 2013 at 4:55PM
On Friday, Aug. 23, the Boeing Classic golf tournament on Snoqualmie Ridge kicked off in high style with the ceremonial flyover of a Boeing 777 jet from Emirates Air. As golf fans headed to the ropes to watch Champions Tour athletes compete, it was also Kids' Day, with families introducing young players to the sport in a number of events.
Time with the pros: Amateurs—and a very green caddy—watch and learn from Blaine McCallister at Boeing Classic | Photo gallery
- Aug 23, 2013 at 4:41PM
After only three holes as a caddy, Blaine McCallister fired me. True, my time as an honorary media "caddy" was going to be up, anyway, on the ninth hole, but McCallister, leading a group of five amateurs in the Korean Air Pro-Am Thursday, Aug. 22, insisted I put in work and get a real sense of the job.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 3:33PM
Monica Phillips has been selected as the new assistant principal of Twin Falls Middle School. She was hired to replace Martin Barber, who was appointed as principal of Twin Falls earlier this summer. Barber replaces Ruth Moen, who was named to a new district-level position as director of instructional support.