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- Aug 30, 2013 at 1:08PM
A small flourish of color and life wedged between a city street and a state highway, Fall City’s Totem Garden is one scrappy patch of ground. Sun-baked Russian sage and Cape fuchsias flap in the wind of passing cars, and the ceanothus remains a vibrant blue, smelling faintly of lilac in the late August heat. Bees are about the only visitors to the garden right now, but as a stop on Fall City’s Art Walk, the place draws plenty of guests, and fans each year.
- Aug 30, 2013 at 1:09PM
The Snoqualmie Valley School District offers public hybrid and online programs for home-schoolers who want to use public education resources. The Parent Partnership Program (PPP) started at the beginning of the 2012-13 year to support families who chose to school their children at home, but wanted a partnership with local schools. The district provided a meeting place, classroom resources, a certificated teacher to teach classes and assist with student learning plans, and an opportunity for local families to network.
Choosing to home-school: For some Valley families, educating at home means choice, cooperation, hard work
- Aug 30, 2013 at 1:21PM
Rebecca Mott, like most upcoming seniors, is nervous and excited about her last year of high school. She is working on college applications and dreaming about the perfect dress for the spring formal. Mott doesn’t attend a traditional high school, though. She studies at home.
- Aug 30, 2013 at 1:03PM
Raven may be the hero in the story of the Fall City totem pole, but Dwight Rose prefers an Eagle. The Fall City Scout recently finished an Eagle project for the Totem Garden, the construction and installation of a sign that marks one entry point into the garden dividing Southeast 42nd Street from State Route 202. Rose, 16, knew that he wanted to do something for his own community for his Eagle project, because “I love the people here. I love this small town,” he said.
- Aug 30, 2013 at 1:12PM
North Bend hosts the Adventure Sport Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in downtown North Bend. The event happens in conjunction with the Iron Horse Relay and the new Mount Si Run, and includes events and activities for all ages.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 9:17AM
At age 6, I hated reading. The gray and white text blurred and my head hurt. Why did I have to read anyway? During silent reading time at school, I daydreamed. By the end of first grade, I was reading below grade level and my first-grade teacher thought I needed special education. My mom wasn’t against special needs programs, but she decided to try something else, first.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 9:15AM
Thirteen Valley students earned a place on the dean’s list for Spring 2013 quarter at Eastern Washington University. Honorees include Snoqualmie students Lindsay Kirby, Cameron Hilsmann, Charles Corriveau, Kelly Kole, Shelby Seydell, Brittney Conway, Jessareh Helm, Kaitlyn Absher, Stevie Riley, Hannah Masbaum, Micah Masbaum, Kyle Whitworth, and Annika Browne of Carnation.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 9:17AM
The following Washington State University students have earned undergraduate degrees for the spring 2013 semester. Honors earned by students are listed as follows: summa cum laude for a cumulative grade point aaverage of 3.90 or better, magna cum laude for a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.70 but less than 3.90 and cum laude for a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 but less than 3.70.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 1:16PM
Snoqualmie Valley teachers may decide to strike on Wednesday, which is supposed to be the district's first day of school. The roughly 270 members of the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association meet Tuesday afternoon, to make that decision. The teachers' current contract expired Aug. 31, and the union and district have been negotiating the terms of a new contract for several months. Although the school district reports several agreements have been reached, the negotiations have stalled over issues of class size and teacher compensation. Last week's negotiations included an all-day mediation session last Thursday, followed by more negotiations on Friday.
Only the beginning: Snoqualmie’s 2nd sister city status paves the way for new exchanges in education, ideas | Photo Gallery
- Sep 3, 2013 at 1:26PM
Chaclacayans are a generous people. Celebrating the moment last Monday, Aug. 26, when their big Peruvian town became an official sister city to Snoqualmie, the delegation from Chaclacayo handed out gifts. Snoqualmie gave a city flag and key to the city. Chaclacayo responded in kind, but the gifts kept coming— commemorative key rings, a tiny, tooled leather hat, a replica stone head from their indigenous culture, and a full-size flag of the city, which reads “Sun, Friendship and Peace.”
Campus of change: Once a middle school, Mount Si’s new freshman campus readies for a pioneer year | Photo gallery
- Sep 3, 2013 at 1:33PM
Lava lamps and cushy chairs began appearing in classrooms last week, but Animal, the drummer in “The Muppet Show” band, looked like he’d always been at the new freshman campus of Mount Si High School. Perched on a wall-mounted projector in one of the science rooms, the stuffed toy, looked ready to welcome the district’s largest freshman class in years, maybe ever. About 475 students start their freshman year September 4 in the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s first freshman-only high school campus. That’s roughly the same number of students who were in the building last year, but then, it was a three-grade middle school, and one of three in the district.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 1:17PM
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office is coming to Carnation on Thursday, September 5. Visiting the Sno-Valley Food Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DSHS staff will hold application interviews for food, cash, and medical assistance as well as drug and alcohol treatment services, yearly reviews, and to answer questions on active cases or services.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 1:15PM
North Bend is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the city's Economic Development Commission. The open spot is Position 2, with a term expiring Dec. 31 of this year. The Business and Economic Development Commission has seven members, and typical terms are four years. Their role is to provide guidance and direction on the city’s future economic development.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 7:07PM
Valley students will go back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 4. But classes may be cut short by next week if a deal isn't reached soon. Cheers broke out inside the auditorium at Mount Si High School after 291 of 299 teachers in the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association voted Tuesday, Sept. 3, on a possible strike, the Snoqualmie Valley's first since 1983.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:55AM
Classic rockers Creedence Clearwater Revisited, featuring the original Creedence Clearwater Revival rhythm section of Stu Cook on bass and Doug Clifford on drums, play at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:58AM
Celebrate gran and gramps on National Grandparent’s Day, September 8—a good weekend to take the grands for a ride aboard the Northwest Railway Museum’s antique train. On Saturday and Sunday, grandparents ride free when accompanied by a paying grandchild – of any age. Enjoy a day together and experience the scenic beauty of the Cascade foothills aboard the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 11:04AM
Riverview School District’s new superintendent, Dr. Anthony Smith, was recently sworn into office. Smith takes over for Conrad Robertson, who retired at the end of the last school year. He transitions into the superintendent position after serving a dual role as assistant superintendent and director of teaching and learning.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 11:13AM
Dorothy “Corky” Lenk, of Snoqualmie, died at home on Wednesday, Aug. 27. She was 79. Corky was born on February 6, 1934, in Seiling, Okla., the daughter of Clyde and Hazel Wion. She was raised in Hawthorne, Calif., and graduated from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif. She met and married her husband Manfred “Fred” Lenk on April 10, 1954. Her family moved to Snoqualmie in 1971. Before retirement, Corky worked with Zara Fritz Antique Appraising and for Shelley Gilderstone as a receptionist.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 11:15AM
Bring any unwanted electronic devices, working or not,and meet the Mount Si High Cheerleaders, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Cascade View Elementary School in Snoqualmie. The cheer team is partnering with 1 Green Planet to provide a free recycling event. Donations fund Mount Si’s program, which took a Washington State Championship title in 2013 and on to place 6th at nationals.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 4:48PM
North Bend’s Unity Masonic Lodge celebrated a century of service to the Valley on Saturday, August 17, with a moment of renewal. The lodge had been deconsecrated and darkened before the Grand Master of Washington, Bruce E. Vesper, ceremonially rededicated it for another 100 years of activity with a symbolic presentation of oil, grain and wine.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 11:07AM
The celebrations of 50 years of progress toward realization of Martin Luther King’s “Dream” is already last week’s news. But I’m still glowing from the festivities because I was one of the 250,000 who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to personally hear Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. At the time, I was living in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Virginia was the state of massive resistance to any breakdown of segregation.
- Sep 5, 2013 at 9:27AM
The results are in from the recent "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" DUI enforcement campaign, conducted throughout King County, including the Valley, from August 16 through September 2. In King County, preliminary numbers show that 292 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,420 drivers for DUI. Last year in King County during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 374 people for DUI.
- Sep 5, 2013 at 11:03AM
For the first time in King County, an entire municipal administration has been designated as part of the Safe Place network. Snoqualmie City Hall, Fire Station and Police Station, as well as all city Public Works and Parks & Recreation vehicles, now will be Safe Places for youth ages 12 to 17 to ask for help when they experience a crisis. Officials from Safe Place partner agencies celebrated the second anniversary of the Safe Place program in King County at a morning press conference today while announcing the addition of Snoqualmie as a new partner to the collaborative effort to improve youth safety and prevent teen homelessness.
- Sep 5, 2013 at 10:50AM
Many students at Chief Kanim Middle School earned a spot on the school's fourth-term Honor Society at the end of the 2012-13 year. To make the list, students needed to earn at least a 3.7 grade point average. Students with an asterisk next to their name had straight A's.
- Sep 5, 2013 at 11:27AM
Larry Davis, a member of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, presents a workshop on pruning trees and vines, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Davis covers early fall pruning to manage and discourage vigorous growth. Master Gardeners are also available to answer plant problem questions after his program.