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Opinion | A real ride on the Valley bus

  • Feb 8, 2013 at 12:18PM

A young man in a black, hooded jacket boards the bus by the credit union, takes his seat, and slips on headphones. On an iPod, he clicks on some of his favorite Ozzy Osbourne songs. But the rock can wait as he tells his story. Garth is in his early 20s, and the Snoqualmie Valley Transportation bus is his link between Transitional Learning Classes at Mount Si and home in North Bend. For a buck, he’s got a lift that’s safer than a walk in the rain or hitchhiking across town. Garth got grief on the school bus. Riding the SVT for more than two years, he’s never looked back.

Back-room burglary, no camping, assault, phone buster: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter

  • Feb 8, 2013 at 12:22PM

Uncalled for: At 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, a woman in the 700 block of Southwest Mount Si Boulevard of North Bend reported an assault. The subject not only assaulted the woman, but also broke her phone.

Mullet seeks pages for 2013 Legislative session

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:43AM

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, invites middle and high school students in the 5th Legislative District to apply for paid page jobs in his office during the new legislative session. “This is a great way for students to gain firsthand experience with the Legislature and the legislative process,” said Mullet. “This is an exciting opportunity to go beyond the classroom and see how the decisions we make as legislators affects them, their friends and their families.” Pages travel and relay messages on the Senate floor, deliver packages and mail throughout the Capitol campus, and bear the flag at legislative ceremonies.

Senior center offers fab fitness options

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45AM

Did you vow to shape up for the New Year? The Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., in Carnation, has workout options available for every age and fitness level. Enhance Fitness is a combination of aerobic, weight and balance training offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Gentle chair yoga is Thursday mornings at 9:15, Zumba Gold is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wii Bowling League starts at 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Snoqualmie residents make dean's list at University of Portland

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:46AM

The following students from the Snoqualmie area were recently listed on the 2012 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Portland: Hannah Kintner, senior, English; Katherine Wilson, sophomore, political science; Ryan Gillespie, junior, business administration Students need at least a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for the dean’s list.

Valley students make autumn list at Seattle Pacific

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:47AM

Five Valley students earned a spot on the Seattle Pacific University 2012 Autumn Quarter Dean’s List. Students on the Dean's List have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average. Students included: North Bend, Dillon Thomas Gere, Brooke Nicole Moorhead, Sarah Dawn Williams; Snoqualmie, Colin Nelson Gillespie, Davis Alexander Karaica

Former Valley resident Paul Kendall Corliss dies at 68

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:47AM

Paul Kendall Corliss, 68, a resident of Kingstowne in Alexandria, Va, and a former Valley resident, died Thursday, Jan. 31, at home due to complications after a 2010 lung transplant. Paul was born in Seattle on July 4, 1944, the youngest son of Kenneth Corliss and Margaret “Peggy” McKibben Corliss.

Gymnastics takes first in league, again, steps up at districts

  • Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 3:40PM

In the gym practicing before districts, the Mount Si gymnasts were doing their best to up their game. Hannah Richmond was pushing a bars routine, while McKenzie Brown was working on a new floor routine—a tumbling pass with a long name, the round off back whip back tuck. "It's kind of like a backhand spring with no hands," said Brown, a sophomore. She'd tried it earlier in the season, so "I should get there pretty quickly." Richmond was adding "giants," more complex moves, and a different mount. "If I hit it, I'll have our team score go up by two points—a lot."

New commissioner sought to fill vacancy in Fall City fire district

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 11:35AM

The Board of Commissioners of King County Fire District 27 in Fall City is seeking an individual to fill a commissioner position that has been vacated. In order to qualify, an applicant must be a registered voter residing within the boundaries of the Fire District. A letter of interest should be submitted and addressed to the Board of Commissioners at King County Fire District 27, PO Box 609, Fall City WA 98024. Letters need to be received by 5 p.m. on March 15. Candidates should plan on attending an interview meeting, 7 p.m. March 25. For more information, please call (425)222-5841 or email to

Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser is this week at Snoqualmie Elementary

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 3:24PM

February is National Heart Month, and Snoqualmie Elementary is celebrating by holding a Jump Rope For Heart event, this week through February 15. Each student or staff member can submit names of people in their lives that have heart disease or have died from heart disease, stroke or heart disease related illness. Each name will be put on a giant heart that will be hung on the wall in the gym during the jump rope event.

Spring sports tryouts coming up at Mount Si High School

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Feb 19, 2013 at 2:20PM

Mount Si students who want to compete in spring sports have some paperwork to do this week, with tryouts starting next week. Sports clearance forms are due on February 15; all athletes need a current physical on file before the first practice or tryout. Physicals need to be updated every 24 months. Download forms and find info here. Girls softball Tryouts are February 25, 26, and 27, 3 to 5 p.m. each day. Players are to bring glove, cleats, long-sleeve shirt, pants and tennis shoes (in case tryouts are moved indoors.) A parent meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the school gym. Head coach is Larry White.

Taking her one chance: Overcoming injury, Jessica Trotto seizes final competition

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 3:40PM

She was always supposed to be here, even when she wasn’t. Mount Si senior Jessica Trotto’s gymnastics career was supposed to be over. She was still part of the team, but had put away the leotard and traded leaps on the beam for coaching duties. Sidelined by an old back injury, Trotto might never have gotten this moment. But there she was, in one final moment competing on beam and bars at Senior Night on Thursday, January 24—one last taste of competition. It was a scary, exciting moment. All her friends were there, cheering her on. She had to work to be here.

Neil Simon’s California Suite at Black Dog in February, March

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 3:47PM

“California Suite,” by Neil Simon, is onstage starting Thursday, Feb. 14, at The Black Dog Arts Cafe, 8062 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, Simon’s play, directed in Snoqualmie by Rich Wiltshire with assistance from Wanda Boe, is divided into four parts: Visitor from New York; Visitor from Pennsylvania; Visitors from London and Visitors from Chicago.

Valentine’s contra dance Friday at Grange

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48PM

A Valentine’s Contra Dance is 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 15, at Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. The popular Amy Carroll will be the caller. The band will be the talented “Creekside” with Cathie Whitesides on fiddle, Frank Blade on guitar and Cynthia Dillon on piano. Whitsides is a diverse musician and many have danced to the variety of music she plays. The hall will be decorated in its Valentine’s Day finest. The evening will start with a dinner of soup brimming with fresh vegetables and rustic bread, served at 6:30 p.m.

Postseason road ends at districts for Wildcat boys basketball; Team claims final league win | Photo gallery

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 3:52PM

Mount Si’s boys basketball season ended Saturday evening, Feb. 9, in the first round of SeaKing Districts at Eastside Catholic High School. The Crusaders won, 55-50. Mount Si held the lead at the end of the first quarter, 18-6, but failed to hang on. Trent Riley led the Wildcats with 21 points. Mount Si finished their season, 15-8. The Wildcats claimed third in the KingCo tournament Thursday, beating Liberty at the Bellevue College gymnasium, 73-46. Riley had 30, Levi Botten had 11. The team battled to a quick lead and held it throughout.

Imagine Housing evolves building design for affordable complex, but single Ridge entrance remains

  • Feb 12, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Feb 14, 2013 at 1:11PM

Imagine Housing, the organization behind the 160-unit affordable housing development on Snoqualmie Ridge, holds the second of two informational meetings on its planned seven-building project at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Snoqualmie City Hall. Imagine’s staffers and consultants hosted the first session in January, when Executive Director Anne Levine shared how the plans had changed since last summer—when the proposal drew a number of concerned neighbors from the Eagle Pointe development next-door. In a slide presentation, Levine showed how the project has changed from five buildings with four stories and a garage to seven buildings with three stories over a garage, including newly added townhomes. She also shared details of the planned community-use building, and showed drawings of the craftsman-influenced design.

Wrong-way driver leads police on high speed pursuit from Snoqualmie to Kirkland

  • Feb 13, 2013 at 11:52AM

Speeding 100 miles per hour down the wrong-way lanes of a freeway, a man in a Honda Accord with Idaho plates led police on a reckless chase from Snoqualmie to Kirkland. A Snoqualmie officer first noticed the man doing 54 in a 40 mph zone on Snoqualmie Parkway shortly after midnight Tuesday, Feb. 12, according to Snoqualmie Capt. Nick Almquist. When he saw the flashing lights, the driver didn't stop, but pulled a U-turn and drove back up the Parkway, entering I-90 via the exit lane on the south side of Exit 25. Traveling up the interstate, followed by Snoqualmie and Issaquah Police, then the State Patrol, he reached speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour, reports said.

Facebook marketing, local wines, new hospital: Lots happening at Valley Chamber events

  • Feb 13, 2013 at 12:59PM

From a local wine cellar, to the new Valley hospital, to Facebook, Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce's February events cover topics both healthful and social. First up, the new hospital project is the key topic of the monthly luncheon, noon Friday, Feb. 15, at the Snoqualmie Ridge TPC. Hospital CEO and chamber member Rodger McCollum is the main speaker, and will talk about the new campus in the works on Snoqualmie Ridge. The event gets started with a social session at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and Learn Facebook can either be a valuable marketing tool or simply a waste of time, according to workshop presenters from N J & H New Media Marketing. The workshop will teach strategies on getting better results with Facebook with just a few minutes a day.

Growth controls in North Bend, school levies sail to passage: This week in Snoqualmie Valley History

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 3:49PM

Revisit stories from the past 25 and 50 years, as published in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include: Thursday, Feb. 11, 1988 • Ballot measures from each of the Valley’s school districts met with a high rate of approval in the Feb. 2 election. Snoqualmie Schools’ levies had 77 percent approval—a two-year, $2 million excess levy and a $200,000 capital improvement levy. Riverview’s $1.2 million levy and one-year $170,000 levy for two new buses passed with 67 percent “yesses.”

Singer, songwriter Carolyn Cruso to perform at Brewery

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 3:50PM

Singer-songwriter Carolyn Cruso weaves a web with her intricate fingerpicking, poetic lyrics and elegant vocals. She plays 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Snoqualmie Brewery, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie; (425) 831-2357. No cover charge. Learn more at or From concert hall to campfire this troubadour has traveled the nation and Europe sharing her contemporary acoustic sound; a sound influenced by folk, rock, jazz and Americana. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, playing hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar, and voice, as well as various penny whistles and percussion.

Who’s the best in the Valley, for the Valley? | Opinion

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 3:51PM

Next week, the list for our annual Best of the Valley competition should be nestled in your newspaper. For some years, the Record has conducted a reader poll on favorite businesses, services and public officials in the Valley. It’s one of the more popular contests we do annually, with reason. We’re polling residents for their picks in nearly 60 categories in the contest, which is both an annual bragging-rights showdown among local business, and a snapshot of our community and its movers and shakers. It’s about more than business: It’s a way to gauge buzz for the best non-profit, the best Valley event, the best volunteer, firefighter, national treasure, police officer and city employee. Public servants and business people with a lot of friends, family and local connections typically get a good showing, but newcomers and dark horses can often shine.

Dinner, auction to benefit Smith family

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 3:54PM

The North Bend Moose Club, 108 North Sydney St., is hosting a benefit dinner and auction, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, for Norma and AP Smith. Longtime area residents, the Smiths have had a difficult year with health problems, and AP is still recovering from emergency surgery at a transitional care facility. If you have ever been to El Caporal Mexican restaurant, Norma has probably served you and AP is self-employed logging and splitting wood.

Creative hearts: Valley preschool kids make Valentines for Children’s Hospital patients

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 3:57PM

At a table littered with glittery, puffy, colorful stickers, Carter Benolkin, 5, was hard at work on his masterpiece. “My card is really cool,” he says, displaying the Valentine he’s still perfecting. Down at the end, 4-year-old Gracie Heath is equally intent on her card, selecting just the right sticker, whether it’s on the sheet in front of her, or one that her fellow preschool participant, Lauren Benolkin, finds for her across the table. Heath is on her second or third Valentine, working on a stack that her mom, Jennifer, planned to deliver to some very special recipients.

Dial change: After 51 years, Snoqualmie’s Ed Wentz passes electronics business over to his sons | Slideshow

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 4:06PM

The memories are everywhere in Ed Wentz’s place. Each glance turns something up. On a recent winter evening, Ed and his son Russell explored the hometown headquarters of Wentz Electronics, Inc., on Snoqualmie’s King Street—the converted home and adjacent garage that’s been the center of the Wentz family business for 51 years. A hunt for family photos became a journey into electronic history. With every step, there’s a photo, piece of hand-tinkered equipment or handmade sign, that points to the pride and ethos that Ed, now 81, is passing on to his sons, Russell and Bob, as he eases into retirement.

Extreme nursery makeover: Friends get busy to help cancer-battling Nels Melgaard's business prep for spring | Second work party is Saturday

  • Feb 14, 2013 at 5:04PM

Nels Melgaard has never seen his friends and neighbors come together in such a big way before—not locally, certainly not on behalf of a single person. Yet Nels was the man at the center of a two-weekend effort that saw patrons, friends, fellow members of Sallal Grange, and their families, arrive at his Nursery at Mount Si, for work parties aimed at getting this cancer-battling North Bend man's business a huge boost before the busy season.

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