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- Apr 10, 2013 at 10:02AM
With its first year almost complete, the Parent Partnership program in Snoqualmie Valley School District begins registering families for next year on Wednesday, April 17 in the school district office, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Registration for the program, for elementary-aged children in the district, is 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., followed by an informational meeting from 6:50 to 7:30 p.m. on expanding the program to include students in grades 6 through 8. The program launched last fall to provide home-schooling families with resources, technology and support, including curriculum planning. About 20 students are involved this year, in Kindergarten through grade 5. The program offers a variety of classes in reading, writing and science that students can attend twice a week at North Bend Elementary School, in addition to other resources.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 11:25AM
Carnation’s animal communicator, Joan Ranquet, offers a series of workshops on beginning and intermediate animal communication, starting April 12. Complete schedules can be found at www.joanranquet.com along with registration information. Ranquet is the founder of Communication with all Life University. Through private sessions, workshops, teleseminars and speaking events, she facilitates a deepening of the human-animal connection. Ranquet was chosen by MSN as one of the “Top 25 People Who Do What They Love.”
- Apr 10, 2013 at 11:23AM
The power of education was in the spotlight March 28, during the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation luncheon. During the annual fundraiser, outstanding teachers were honored, a student gave a stirring speech on the role of community in education, and officials outlined plans for creating the 21st century education students would need. And all that was before the science problem, presented by keynote speaker Dr. Nitin Baliga of the Institute for Systems Biology.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 12:10PM
Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with county officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current county work in their community at an open house, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at the Fall City Library. Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett and County Councilmember Kathy Lambert will be part of the meeting, which is sponsored by the King County Community Service Area (CSA) program.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 1:03PM
A Sammamish man, reported missing by his family, fell to his death early Saturday, April 6, at Snoqualmie Falls. According to Snoqualmie Police Capt. Nick Almquist, police pinged the 40-year-old man's phone in the early morning hours of Saturday, and found that he was in the vicinity of the Falls. His body was found below the overlook at first light. It's the first such death at the Falls since mid-December of 2012, when a man fell to his death.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:22PM
Snoqualmie will have four city council positions and the position of mayor open in the 2013 general election. North Bend will have three council positions open. Candidates can file for office from May 13 to 17, online, in person, or by mail. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson’s term expires Dec. 31. He announced he will run for a third term. Council positions 1, 3, 5, and 7, currently held by Bob Jeans, Bryan Holloway, Maria Henriksen, and Kathi Prewitt, respectively, also expire Dec. 31. Each has confirmed that they will seek re-election. North Bend positions 2, 4, and 6, held by Alan Gothelf, Ross Loudenback, and Jeanne Pettersen, respectively, will also be on the ballot.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:25PM
Stories from the past 25 and 50 years in the Snoqualmie Valley, from the pages of the Valley Record: • Citing concerns about offending community members, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board voted to cancel the laying of a Masonic cornerstone at the dedication of the new Opstad Elementary School April 16. The 3-2 vote surprised Masonic leaders, who wanted to honor Mason and former superintendent Edwin Opstad, for whom the school is named.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:54PM
Five people with different ages and different stories meet up on this cool, drizzly March afternoon to talk about the thing that binds them together: Their love of bikes. Jeff Scott comes out the door of Mount Si Sports + Fitness, where he teaches people to cruise on stationary bikes. Andrew Leon is dressed in road-racing gear and looks ready to ride. Two teenage boys, Jacob Cleven and Truman Gray, are heavy into mountain biking. Their high school bike club coach, Luke Talbott, joins them. All come from different paths, but all are working together as members of the newly formed Snoqualmie Valley Velo Club.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:21PM
It started with an anonymous note. An e-mail from a fictitious address let me know on March 27 that North Bend Mayor Ken G. Hearing had been arrested. It didn’t take long to confirm that an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence had indeed happened. And it didn’t take much longer for the story to break. I’ve covered mayors when they’ve gotten in trouble before. But a domestic violence case involving a public official was something new. After consulting with some of my professional colleagues, it was clear to me that basic guidelines hadn’t changed. We wanted the facts. We wanted the police report. And we wanted to see if the mayor had been officially charged with a crime.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:20PM
McCoy Mason, a 2011 Mount Si High School alumnus, was presented with the guitar outstanding performer of the year award at his graduation from the Musicians Institute March 23. The keynote speaker for the event was Eddie Kramer. Musicians Institute is a music school in Hollywood, Calif. In 2011, Mac received a full-ride scholarship after a world-wide talent search.
Assault in the road, bad birthday on the bridge, stolen shoes: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:56PM
Bad birthday: On Thursday, April 4, a caller complained about a group of disruptive juveniles at Meadowbrook Way and Southeast Spruce Street. A Snoqualmie police officer found a man sitting on a cross beam of the Meadowbrook Bridge, claiming he was celebrating his birthday. The man climbed down as instructed, and while arresting him for trespassing, the officer smelled intoxicants. He took the man into custody and had to prevent him from strangling himself with his seatbelt before booking him into the King County Jail.
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:40PM
Regional Animal Services of King County has established a pet amnesty period, now through April 30, for unlicensed cats and dogs and those whose licenses have expired. During April, pet owners can bring their expired pet licenses up to date or purchase new tags for currently unlicensed pets without facing late fees or other penalties. Outside of the amnesty period, pet owners who are not in compliance could be subject to fines of $125 for a spayed/neutered pet to $250 for an unaltered pet.
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:43PM
Student artist Angus Brookes will show several of his creations in oil pastels at the Mount Si High School Festival of the Arts next week. The show will be on display at the high school Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, with a public showing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:39PM
A local family-oriented newsletter celebrated its fourth anniversary this month. Started in April, 2009, Macaroni Kid provides families in the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah and Sammamish areas with a full listing of family-friendly events and activities to entertain, stimulate and exhaust their children. “Four years ago, when I started Snoqualmie Valley-Issaquah Macaroni Kid, I knew it would take off!” said Diana Reul-Shapiro, the publisher and editor of Macaroni Kid Snoqualmie Valley-Issaquah. I was already searching here and there for events and activities to e-mail my friends, and then I thought, why not do this for all local parents.”
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:51PM
The godfather of Northwest blues music is still doing his thing, nearly 60 years in. Little Bill Englehart brings his Blue Notes to North Bend on April 20 for the first-ever North Bend Blues Walk. The only original member of the Blue Notes who still plays, the Mountlake Terrace resident has kept a band together under that name since their founding in Tacoma in 1955. After Bill, drummer Tommy Morgan’s been in the longest. He’s only put in 25 years, though. “We’ve known each other for so many years,” says Englehart. Besides the Blue Notes, he plays with a trio, and it gives him plenty of musical variety.
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:38PM
Teens in grades 7-12 can submit short stories, fan-fiction, poetry and essays, and could win cash prizes and be published in the Annual Chapbook. All winning entries will be honored at the Young Writers’ Coffeehouse on May 12.
- Apr 15, 2013 at 9:02AM
While restoration work has been completed on the old Griffin Creek Bridge that carries King County’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail between Carnation and Snoqualmie, additional utility work this month will require temporary closure of the trail for several days. A utility crew must reinstall a fiber optic cable that was moved while King County made extensive repairs to the century-old timber beam trestle. That requires closure of the trail to all access from the 11th Street Northeast access point south to the southern end of the bridge abutment at Northeast 8th Street on the following dates:
- Apr 15, 2013 at 9:10AM
You can be part of the official Snoqualmie Arbor Day Celebration, happening at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Railroad Park gazebo, downtown. There will be fun and educational games for children to learn about trees and each child will receive a free tree seedling to plant at home. Councilmember Bob Jeans will talk about the city’s commitment to preserving the natural beauty of our community and Snoqualmie’s participation in the Tree City USA program. This year’s Arbor Day poster contest winner, Audrey Estaban of Snoqualmie Elementary School, will be presented with an award by Jeans.
- Apr 15, 2013 at 9:09AM
Mount Si Food Bank and the North Bend Theatre host a showing of the film, “A Place at the Table,” about hunger in America, to benefit the food bank. The showing starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the North Bend Theatre. Admission of $10 includes popcorn and soda. “A Place at the Table,” directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examines hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Fifty million people in the U.S., including one in four children, don’t always know where their next meal is coming from.
- Apr 15, 2013 at 9:05AM
Valley Christian Assembly Church hosts a fundraising event with a Mexican Fiesta Dinner and Silent Auction, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The fundraiser is an opportunity to help change people’s lives in a small village of San Miguel Chamil, Guatemala. Valley Christian Assembly Church, partnering with Food for the Hungry, has made a commitment to help and support this village by sponsoring many children and helping with annual community projects for a 10 year period. Last year, a mission group from the Valley planted fruit trees in their village, combating malnutrition, a serious problem, and helping with trade. Vacation Bible School is also provided for the local children.
- Apr 15, 2013 at 9:06AM
Preston Community Church’s biker dedication is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, under the Southeast 86th Street bridge in Preston. It’s a chance for motorcyclists to connect in an atmosphere of faith. Hamburgers and hotdogs, chips, salads, and soda will be served, with a cake to mark the event.
- Apr 15, 2013 at 10:51AM
North Bend residents will be able to comment on several actions by the City Council at the council's Tuesday, April 16, meeting. Three public hearings on council decisions to ban tattoo parlors as home-based businesses, to restrict the size of homes in the cottage residential areas, and to continue a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities, are scheduled for the start of the meeting. Each issue has come to the council for a vote in the past. However, because the council passed both the ban on tattoo parlors and the cottage housing restriction as emergency, or interim ordinances, a public hearing is required after the fact.
- Apr 16, 2013 at 12:25PM
On Thursday April 11, the Cedarcrest track and field squad competed at Sultan High School with King’s and Coupeville also in attendance. Both Red Wolf squads finished third in the team points. Individual winners were Luke Driscoll in the 100- and 200-meter races, Colton Green in the 800-meter race, Cody Wanichek in the 1,600-meter race, Bailey Parish in the long jump and pole vault, Olivia Waterman in the 800-meter race and the four-by-one relay squad of Bennett Minnie, Ryan McGinnis, Josh Zimmerman and Luke Driscoll. It was a good time for personal records and season bests, said head coach Bruce McClellan.
For the eighth year, The Cascade Team Real Estate is kicking off Project Crayon Drive at Valley QFC, IGA
- Apr 16, 2013 at 12:11PM
Throughout the month of April, agents from The Cascade Team will be walking neighborhoods and spreading the word about Project Crayon Drive. Various drop-off locations will be held on Saturday, April 20, throughout Snoqualmie, North Bend, and the Eastside. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Project Crayon Drive will be at Snoqualmie Ridge IGA, 7730 Center Blvd. SE, Snoqualmie. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., agents will be at North Bend QFC, 460 E. North Bend Way.
- Apr 16, 2013 at 1:57PM
Valley Christian Assembly Church hosts a fundraising event with a Mexican Fiesta dinner and silent auction, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The fundraiser is an opportunity to help change people’s lives in the small village of San Miguel Chamil, Guatemala. Valley Christian Assembly Church, partnering with Food for the Hungry, has made a commitment to support this village by sponsoring many children and helping with annual community projects for a 10-year period.