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After spirited public hearing, Snoqualmie City Council greenlights tax break rules, paves way for Imagine decision
- Jun 25, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 12:33PM
On Monday, June 24, the Snoqualmie City Council passed new rules that pave the way for what could be the largest affordable housing project in city history. Five council members—Jeff MacNichols and Maria Henriksen had excused absences—unanimously approved an ordinance allowing tax exemptions for multifamily housing.
- Jun 25, 2013 at 1:11PM
Nearly 27,000 in local scholarships were presented to Cedarcrest High School seniors on May 30 at the senior awards night, along with many honors conferred. Among the students recognized were four students who've already earned their associate's degrees through the Running Start program, John Nixon, Hazel Zoeger, Charlie Chittenden and Amy Gamache.
- Jun 25, 2013 at 1:07PM
On May 4, Fall City resident Katherine Jamerson graduated with Corban University’s class of 2013 in Salem, Ore. Jamerson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and History.
- Jun 25, 2013 at 1:12PM
Among those honored Thursday May 30, at the Mount Si High School senior awards ceremony, were Dominick Canady as Outstanding Senior Boy, and Terra Hauser, as Outstanding Senior Girl, and seven students who've earned associate's degrees through the Running Start program. Kelsey Seydell, Paxton Richardson, Morgan Schmelzer, Brittany Bridges, Natalie Barnard, Nicole Redemann and Maverick Schirmer have all earned AAs, along with their high school diplomas.
- Jun 25, 2013 at 1:14PM
Snoqualmie resident and Academy Mortgage manager Brad Toft is now a co-host on the weekly radio program Northwest Real Estate Connections with David and Patricia Wangsness of Coldwell Banker Bain. Toft will weigh in on topics of real estate investing, property valuation and appraisals, managing credit, and listing and buying a home.
School's out forever? Summer break arrives for Valley students; Middle school’s final goodbye | Photo gallery
- Jun 25, 2013 at 2:44PM
As last days of school go, this one had it all—happy, hugging students, silly T-shirts, a driveway full of waiting cars, and the traditional playing of Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out.” But the students weren’t the only ones saying good-bye last Tuesday, June 11, when school ended in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Most of the teachers and staff at Snoqualmie Middle School were also leaving the school, for new positions at Chief Kanim Middle School and Twin Falls Middle School. The building will re-open next fall as a freshman campus of Mount Si High School, so its last day was one of mixed feelings for everyone who called it home.
- Jun 25, 2013 at 2:47PM
In a polarizing debate over where—or if—to allow tattoo parlors in North Bend, the city council has reached a compromise. The businesses will be allowed near the Interstate-90 exits, but will be banned from operating as home-based businesses anywhere in the city. The changes, approved at a June 18 council meeting, take effect next week, but for the one tattoo parlor already in the city, nothing will change.
Cedarcrest High School commencement is a time for looking ahead, gazing back | Valley Record photo gallery
- Jun 25, 2013 at 3:18PM
Striding to his car after an emotional ceremony, Zach Miller, the captain of the Cedarcrest football team last fall, was relaxed in sneaks and bright red socks. His black robe flapped loose around his bare chest. Why so relaxed? “I’m done,” answers Miller. “It’s too hard to describe” this moment, he said. “I can’t even think about it right now.” Instead of looking back, he’s looking ahead, to attend Washington State University this fall, where he plans to get good grades and live the good college life.
- Jun 26, 2013 at 10:18AM
Drivers traveling on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass this morning will experience minor delays due to a single lane closure in the westbound lanes. The Washington State Department of Transportation is closing one lane westbound from milepost 61 to 58 to repair a broken grate. The single lane closure is expected to remain in place until noon.
- Jun 26, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Jun 27, 2013 at 9:39AM
The Snoqualmie Arts Commission holds its next Art Walk, "Finally Friday," 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, in downtown Snoqualmie. More than 95 artists will take part. Mount Si Artist Guild works will be up for display and sale. There will be art demos, live music and performances, and refreshment.
- Jun 26, 2013 at 4:16PM
Salish Lodge & Spa, in partnership with KEXP Radio, announces the line-up for its Music on The Green summer concert series. Tickets for these intimate shows—held on the Centennial Green, a serene park-like area located adjacent to The Lodge—are limited to 130 guests and include a Salish signature blanket and a gourmet picnic complete with a variety of salads, meats and cheeses, Yakima Valley Cherries, and Salish Chocolate Bark to enjoy with a bottle of Northwest wine. Designed to celebrate the hotel’s 25 years of tradition in the Northwest, the line-up includes renowned regional artists
- Jun 27, 2013 at 9:56AM
To classic car guys, a sunny day is usually reason enough to roll their prized possessions out of the garage and put them on display. Add the food, fun and crowds of the Great Carnation 4th of July celebration, and who needs a trophy? “If this was just a car show all by itself, I would say ‘yeah, you have to have trophies,’ but we’re in the middle of the Carnation 4th of July celebration,” says Roger Jones, organizer of the annual Hot Rods & Harleys show at Carnation. “I think there’s plenty of reason for people to bring their cars out.”
- Jun 27, 2013 at 9:54AM
Cedarcrest High School students who will be seniors in 2013-14, and who are planning to apply to colleges in the fall, must register this summer for the first round of SAT or ACT testing, which starts this fall. This round is open to students who have not yet taken the exams, and those who were not satisfied with previous tests scores. The first SAT will be administered Oct. 5, and registration is due by Sept. 20. The first ACT will be administered Sept. 21, and registration is due by Aug. 23.
- Jun 27, 2013 at 9:48AM
Snoquamie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Snoqualmie Valley Classic Golf Tournament is 2 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City. Cost is $99. Proceeds benefit the Chamber of Commerce to support their work in building a strong local economy.
- Jun 27, 2013 at 10:02AM
June 23, 1988: You exit I-90 at North Bend. To the right are McDonald's and Dairy Queen. To the left is a mall of 70 shops offering name brands, cheaper than in Bellevue or Seattle. Anyone visiting North Bend in the last six months knows the right side is reality. The left represents Dick Zemp's plan for development of Exit 31. The Willey Creek Development Co. has chosen a parcel of land at the interchange for its 11th outlet mall. Surveys and soil tests are completed.
- Jun 27, 2013 at 9:49AM
On May 4, Fall City resident Katherine Jamerson graduated with Corban University’s Class of 2013 in Salem, Ore. Jamerson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and History.
- Jun 27, 2013 at 9:57AM
Ivalee Widrig was born July 21, 1919, and died April 26, peacefully, at home. She recently had fallen and broken her hip. Ivalee and her family moved to the Valley in the early 1960s. She started going to Si View Pool, where she soon started to teach swimming. A few years later, she decided to become a certified nursing assistant and worked many years at North Bend Transitional Center and Marionwood in Issaquah.
- Jun 27, 2013 at 10:09AM
A long-awaited renovation of Si View Park and a restoration of the 75-year-old Si View Community Center is complete, and expected to benefit North Bend for generations to come. Now, it's time for Si View to celebrate. A ribbon cutting celebration is 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Dr., North Bend.
- Jun 27, 2013 at 10:17AM
Two weeks after school has let out, excitement is still running high at Mount Si High School. Energy is localized in the band room, the center of big musical changes to come in the next school year, but it’s growing, as word of a newly forming drum line spreads into the community. Called the heartbeat of the band, a drum line generates its own kind of electricity, with a line of percussionists pounding out a rhythm that musicians, cheerleaders, and sports crowds can’t resist moving to. It’s an ambitious project to recruit, equip and train 14 drummers in time for the first home football game this fall, but well worth the effort, says Matt Wenman, the new band director at Mount Si.
Precious moments: Snoqualmie cop Kim Stonebraker’s sensitive reaction gives family time to say goodbye
- Jun 27, 2013 at 10:13AM
At first, it seemed like a typical drunk driver call. But when Snoqualmie Officer Kim Stonebraker stopped last January to talk to the man at the wheel, she could tell Garry Ploegsma wasn’t intoxicated. But something wasn’t right for the 52-year-old Snoqualmie man, who complained of headaches. At her insistence, Garry sought medical attention. Doctors soon found tumors in his brain. Without immediate attention, he would have quickly died. Stonebraker’s actions gave Garry’s family the months they might not have had with him.
- Jun 28, 2013 at 10:34AM
The annual celebration of our nation's independence is rapidly approaching. Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds Valley residents of local laws on fireworks, asking people to celebrate safely. North Bend and unincorporated King County allow the use of fireworks only on Thursday, July 4. Using fireworks before or after the Fourth is not allowed. In Snoqualmie, fireworks may be discharged from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight) on July 4, which is a longer time span than in years past
- Jun 28, 2013 at 10:26AM
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. On average, excessive heat claims more lives each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined (http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/heat.php). The elderly are often the most vulnerable to severe heat. If you are a senior or caring for an elderly individual, the following tips, from the local Home Instead Senior Care office, will help them combat the heat: • Keep a glass of water in every room to quickly and easily access fluids. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Jun 28, 2013 at 10:27AM
With hot weather expected for the weekend, King County officials are urging recreational river and lake users to be extremely careful if heading out on the water. Temperatures in the region are expected to climb into the 80s over the weekend, and possibly into the 90s by early next week. Sunny skies and summer temperatures typically draw more people to local rivers, lakes and even Puget Sound to cool off, but officials caution that water bodies remain very cold. River temperatures can still be in the 40-degree range due to snow melt – and lakes aren’t that much warmer.
- Jun 28, 2013 at 12:56PM
On June 15, a Snoqualmie caller reported three men smoking drugs in an abandoned house in the 8300 block of Falls Avenue Southeast. Officers located two men inside, one of them with a plastic bag of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail. The other man was warned against trespassing.
- Jun 28, 2013 at 12:33PM
There really wasn’t room to run an entire speech in our local high school graduation coverage in recent weeks. But I wanted to share this one by Cedarcrest history teacher Zach Pittis, made at the Lower Valley high school’s commencement ceremony. Pittis earned quite a few chuckles from his touching, funny delivery, all while driving home some important lessons. The tale begins when Pittis was 10 years old, and his dad, probably without consulting the boy’s mother, bought him a toy bow and arrow set.