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- 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.
Video interview, Vietnam tribute: Special speakers at tonight's American Legion potluck in Snoqualmie
- Feb 14, 2013 at 5:20PM
This week's meeting of the Valley American Legion post, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, includes special speakers talking about an upcoming Vietnam War tribute and an Eagle Scout candidate's interview project. Friends and family are invited to a dessert potluck tonight. A special guest speaker, Marty Schencke will talk about “Honoring our Vietnam War Era Veterans,” a Veteran Tribute hosted by American Legion Post 199 in Carnation, planned in June.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 11:11AM
Registration is open for the next session of “Kidz Love Soccer”, an instructional program for girls and boys age 2 through 10 in Snoqualmie. Several classes—Tot Soccer; Pre-Soccer; Soccer 1, Soccer 2-3, and Mommy, Daddy & Me Soccer— are offered, running on Tuesdays, February 26 to April 2, at Azalea Park, 6604 Azalea Way, Snoqualmie Ridge The fee is $57 per child.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 11:16AM
Flu season is hitting hard, but it's not too late to get immunized. King County Public Health clinics and community health clinics have vaccines available, and many other private locations are providing flu shots now. In the Snoqualmie Valley, flu vaccines are provided at Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic at 35020 SE Kinsey St., Snoqualmie. No appointment is needed. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Vaccines are also available at the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Primary Care Clinic during normal business hours.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 11:16AM
The Tolt Historical Society Museum, normally open by appointment only, will be open about one Saturday each month for the rest of the year. Museum hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 23, March 30, April 13, May 25, June 22, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16. The museum is located in the carriage house of Carnation Farm, now home to the Hole in the Wall camp, Camp Korey. The museum office and records storage will be located in Carnation City Hall, effective Feb. 15.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 11:18AM
After just over two months of operation, the Friends of Youth winter shelter in Snoqualmie closed its doors. Several factors led to the decision, which took effect Jan. 2, said Friends of Youth CEO Terry Pottmeyer. “We had a lot of variation in the use of the shelter,” said Pottmeyer by phone. “Some nights, we had no one. Some nights, all six beds were full… It takes a long time to get the word out.”
Large dog in the car, threats at camp clean-up, five-finger iPhone discount: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls
- Feb 15, 2013 at 11:21AM
On February 6, Friends of the Trail called North Bend police to report a possible threat. The organization was cleaning up debris from a homeless encampment under the bridge in the 500 block of East North Bend Way, when an employee found a threatening message. It was not clear if the message was intended for Friends of the Trail, or North Bend’s Public Works department.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Feb 19, 2013 at 2:24PM
The atmosphere at the mat room was intense Monday and Tuesday, lightening Wednesday, as Mount Si's state-bound grapplers prepared to handle their business. Mitch Rorem and Tim Corrie are stepping up to the big show, today at the WIAA state wrestling championships in the Tacoma Dome. The team departed Thursday, along with Mount Si gymnasts for state action. Today, Rorem will face Meadowdale's Ciaran Ball in the 195-pound weight class. Rorem knows a little bit about his opponent. They've never wrestled, but both competed at an Everett tournament this winter.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Feb 19, 2013 at 2:25PM
"To state" was the sign that Sarah Stauffer carried out of the locker room to boisterous clapping from the crowd. Cedarcrest's varsity girls had just earned a historic appearance, beating visiting Sehome, 37-29, in front of a pumped home audience Tuesday, Feb. 12. "We're going to state for the first time," said a "super overwhelmed" Kathryn Smith. "All the work is paying off. We knew we could do it." Tuesday night, Cedarcrest pushed to a quick lead early on; It was 18-12 CHS at halftime. However, Sehome started putting pressure on the basket in the latter half of the second quarter, and into the third, evening things up to 25-23 by the end of the third.
- Feb 15, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Feb 19, 2013 at 2:18PM
High school wrestlers Bailey McBride, Curtis Chittenden, Ely Malametz, Nick Decker, and Carlos Toledano won spots in the state tournament this weekend after a successful showing at the Region 1 2A wrestling tournament at Sedro Woolley Saturday, Feb. 9. Bailey, wrestling at 106 pounds, took first place at regionals, as did Malametz at 138 and Toledano at 160. Chittenden took second place in the 132-pound class, and Decker took fourth at 152. Another Red Wolf, Callen Martinez, 113, earned a sixth place, but did not advance to regionals.
- Feb 19, 2013 at 2:07PM
Donating gear and a sweepstakes fundraising opportunity, Chaplin's North Bend Chevrolet dealership recently wrapped up its annual benefit for the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association. Through the annual Chevy Youth Soccer benefit with Chaplin's North Bend Chevrolet, Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association members held a sweepstakes event this past season. One winner in each region gets a chance to win a 2012 Chevy Cruze or Equinox. Other prizes included a home entertainment package.
- Feb 19, 2013 at 2:38PM
A day on the farm can be an inspiration, and a life on the farm, even more so. It has been for painter Jean Bradbury a former Valley artist who spent the past two years painting Valley farms from a perspective closer to the ground. "I wanted to see how it felt to surround myself in an environment that is completely gentle and nurturing," Bradbury wrote in an e-mail. "I do not paint man made things like buildings and cars. The natural shapes and complexities of plants and animals are so much richer in design than anything people can create." Farming is also important to Lee Grumman, owner of Miller's Arts in Carnation -- "I'm the type of person who spends every moment in the soil," she says -- so she was thrilled when Bradbury asked her about hosting a show of her work at Miller's Arts, 4597 Tolt Ave, Carnation.
Counting the kids: Enrollment assumptions differ, may hold up bond issue for Snoqualmie Valley schools
- Feb 19, 2013 at 2:40PM
It’s a simple question, without a simple answer. How many students can the Snoqualmie Valley School District expect to be enrolled in coming years? For budgeting and staffing purposes, it’s 5,949 full-time equivalent students next year. For facilities planning, according to last spring’s district capital facilities plan, it’s about 6,100 next year, and almost 7,000 by 2017. For a bond campaign, the numbers are, some say, questionable.
- Feb 19, 2013 at 2:49PM
Monday was dedicated to science, especially physics, math and astronomy. Tuesday brought lessons in geography, history, languages, and patience. After a slow morning of attempting to contact other ham radio operators, middle-schoolers at Two Rivers School in North Bend enjoyed an afternoon chatting with people all over the world, as part of the annual School Club Roundup. “All of a sudden the band has come alive!” announced ham radio operator Steven Kangas, who volunteered two days helping the students to get on the air for the twice-yearly roundup.
Soaring at the state championships: Mount Si gymnastics team takes historic third place at Tacoma | Photos
- Feb 19, 2013 at 2:55PM
In their best state showing yet, the Mount Si gymnastics team took an historic third place finish at state championships last weekend. Competing at the Tacoma Dome, the Wildcats, with a team score of 169, finished third behind state champ team Enumclaw, with 181, and Kamiakin, with 179.6. It's the best finish in the team's five trips to state over the last five years. Mount Si finished fifth last year. Mount Si was undefeated in its meets this season.
- Feb 19, 2013 at 5:07PM
Imagine Housing, an Eastside non-profit housing developer, will host a second community outreach event to introduce its latest design concepts for a potential affordable housing community in Snoqualmie Ridge. The community would be adjacent to the Eagle Pointe neighborhood (Parcel S-20) and is being designed in accordance with the master plan for Snoqualmie Ridge. The community outreach event is 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River Street in downtown Snoqualmie. Imagine Housing and the design team with present the design concepts and gather input from the public about the project and designs.
- Feb 19, 2013 at 5:15PM
The job has been posted: Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new CEO and executive director. The position description, which is posted in full on the Chamber website, includes such opportunities as strategic planning for Chamber and community growth;
- Feb 20, 2013 at 3:52PM
The statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness are frightening: one in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder; fewer than half of children with a diagnosable mental disorder receive mental health services; suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24. Mental illness in children is often mistaken for a behavioral problem. Recognizing the difference is critical; the sooner the problem is identified, the sooner your child can get help. NAMI Eastside, the East King County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is hosting a free children’s conference, “Youth in Crisis” to help educate families, educators and clinicians about the symptoms of mental illness, Saturday, March 9, at Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 N.E. 145th in Kirkland.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:15PM
After reading a letter from the Snoqualmie Tribe that I assume most residents of the Valley also received, I responded to them in the following manner: "I received your letter outlining all of the Tribe's good works with interest. Your letter states plainly that you are "neighbors" to the citizens of the Snoqualmie Valley and that you feel "stewardship" and "responsibility" towards the Valley.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:17PM
This poem was inspired by Marine LCpl Eric Ward, who, at the young age of 19, was killed in action on February 21, 2010, while serving as a machine gunner in the Afghanistan war. Although I never had the chance to meet Eric face to face, his spirit lives on in my heart and I often think of him each time I se an eagle flying around Mount Si, here in the Snoqualmie Valley.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:18PM
All five elementary schools in the Snoqualmie Valley will conduct Kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year on Tuesday, March 5, in two sessions. Parents can register from 1:30 to 3 p.m. or from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at their school buildings, and fill out the forms to enter the lottery for all-day Kindergarten at the same event. Parents must bring their children's birth certificate from Vital Records and up-to-date immunization information to register.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:19PM
Cody Tipton of North Bend was named to the fall Dean's List at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 graded credits and be in the top 10 percent of their class.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:21PM
Valley Center Stage will hold auditions for its upcoming production of "The Wind in the Willows," noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the theater, 119 North Bend Way. Callbacks will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, also at the theater. The production will be directed by Gary Schwartz, with musical direction by Michael Matlock. The book is by Paul Sills and Arnold Weinstein, music by William Bolcam and lyrics by Weinstein. Male and female characters are needed for the following roles: Mole, an adult, naive and just out of his hole; Rat, an adult, boatsman, poet and dreamer; Toad, an adult, conceited, conniving and an incorrigible braggart; Badger, an adult, gruff, no-nonsense and letter-of-the-law; and Wayfaring Rat, an adult, lyrical old salt, who's been around the world and seen a thing or two.