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- 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.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:25PM
Property tax bills, sent out to residents last Thursday, Feb. 13, are mixed in King County for 2013. According to the county, property values and property taxes are down for many. However, some property owners will see their property values decline while their property taxes increase, and other property owners will see both their property values increase and property taxes increase.
- Feb 21, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Feb 22, 2013 at 12:46PM
Storm-caused power outages in the Valley will pose a smaller threat to the less vulnerable in North Bend's vicinity, thanks to new grants that make Mount Si Senior Center a stronger emergency shelter. Today, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation presented a check to The Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley for $20,000 for local shelter needs, during the club’s regular meeting at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley applied for the Grant through the Foundation to equip the Mount Si Senior Center as an emergency warming shelter. The center has been designated by King County and the American Red Cross as an emergency shelter; However, it currently lacks the backup power generator and gas water heaters needed to fully operate in that capacity.
- Feb 21, 2013 at 3:54PM
The Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley will once again award Community Service Grants to non-profit organizations in the greater Snoqualmie Valley. Grant requests will be received through February 28, 2013. They must include basic information about the organization, a detailed description of the grant requested, the amount of money requested, and proof of the organization’s non-profit status. For the past several years, The Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley has provided funding for various projects and has given tens of thousands of dollars back to the community.
- Feb 21, 2013 at 3:58PM
The stories of the past 25 and 50 years, as published in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include: 1988: There will probably be more jokes than baskets made on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the Fall City Kiwanis Club goes into battle with the Fall City Fire Department in their third annual basketball game. It seems that the firemen have a slight edge in both age and ability, having two straight victories against their competitors, but the good old Kiwanians promise to make those baskets somehow, even if they have to use a step-ladder.
- Feb 21, 2013 at 4:01PM
The other day, I was with a small group of folks, whom I respect and trust, when the subject of naming public places in honor of prominent people came up. I was surprised that a few thought it was not a good idea, mainly because by the time these places are funded and constructed, who remembers them anyway? It was an honest point of view, albeit in the minority amongst us. That got me to thinking about the future community park to be built on Phase II of the Snoqualmie Ridge. A small part of this 16-acre site is being used as a temporary dog walking area. A sign at the entrance annnounces this space as the future “Jeanne Hansen Community Park.”
- Feb 21, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Feb 26, 2013 at 1:46PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life Kick-Off for 2013 is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the North Bend Theatre. Enjoy pizza, sign up your team and stay for the movie E.T. Pre-sale tickets are $8 available at Another Hair Place or Pioneer Coffee House in downtown North Bend, $10 at the door. Includes soda and popcorn.
Preserving K9 partnerships: Sheriff recognizes North Bend Councilman for service to police dog partners
- Feb 21, 2013 at 4:06PM
When King County Sheriff John Urquhart asked Councilman Ryan Kolodejchuk to stand with him at the Feb. 19 meeting of the North Bend Council, he was confused. "What'd I do?" he asked a smiling council and audience, as he walked to the podium. He figured it out when Urquhart started telling the council "a little story." "Canine dogs and their partners are literally like partners," Urquhart said, and Kolodejchuk nodded, because he both agreed and remembered what he'd done.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 11:11AM
Mount Si is seeking a new head coach for the boys basketball program. Steve Helm resigned after three years with the program on February 15. In a letter to boosters, Helm announced that demands have grown in his day job—Helm now works for the Boeing Company—and that the program needs a head coach who can give more time to the program. He thanks the community for support over the last few years. He hopes the program's discipline, academic culture and strong fundraising continue to thrive.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 12:14PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Y this week unveiled a new program to interest local youth, ages 8 to 15. The teen program staff at the Y say Sno Valley Squad, held 5:30 to 8 p.m. on weeknights, Monday through Friday, is aimed at tweens and teens ages 8 to 15, and will include art projects, crafts, dodgeball, floor hockey, service projects and other adventures.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 12:17PM
Fifth District State Sen. Mark Mullet testified this week on behalf of new legislation making it easier for schools to pass bonds. Mullet supports the bills, Senate Bill 5589 and Senate Joint Resolution 8208, which would ease the ability of school districts to raise money for school construction and upkeep through school bonds. “This bill would give local school districts the flexibility to propose bonds and levies for building schools with a majority of voters in support of the measure instead of the 60 percent that is currently required.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 12:22PM
Acting on recommendations from a citizen task force, King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday, Feb. 21, sent the King County Council a proposed a six-year, $360 million Parks Levy for the August primary that would enable voters to replace two parks levies that will expire at the end of this year. “This measure is essential to taking care of the extraordinary network of parks and trails our parents and grandparents have left us, and keeping them clean, safe and open,” said Constantine. “Preserving our last, best places has been a priority for this region for several decades,” he added. “This measure would help us protect areas nearly the size of Discovery Park every year for the next six years.”
- Feb 22, 2013 at 12:40PM
The passion for wines goes back years at Sigillo Cellars, a winery that's based at Meadowbrook in Snoqualmie. Sigillo hosts this month’s Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce After Hours networking event, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at their tasting room at 8353 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie. Sigillo Cellars is Snoqualmie’s only winery, offering a wide variety of Bordeaux and Rhone varietal wines. Their assortment is produced from some of Washington’s finest vineyards. Sigillo’s wine tasting room in Snoqualmie is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. The winery is also available for special events and private tastings.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 12:45PM
On the morning of Sunday, Feb. 10, a King County Sheriff's deputy was called to the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital to take a report. A stabbing victim was being treated there and wanted to report the attack.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 1:22PM
Seattle area rock cover band Midnight Pickup plays at 9 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Raging River Cafe, 33723 SE Redmond-Fall City Road, in Fall City. Midnight Pickup plays variety of music spanning several decades but have a strong slant towards heavy rock. The band's lead singer celebrates a birthday Saturday, so it's expected to be a party. There's no cover; this is an age 21 and older show.
- Feb 22, 2013 at 1:50PM
Trials for the man and woman accused in the 2007 Carnation Christmas eve slayings were scheduled to begin later this year, but following a recent judge's decision, they could be delayed for years longer. Joseph McEnroe and Michele Anderson, both 34, would have faced the death penalty in their trials, for the aggravated murder of Anderson's parents, Wayne and Judy, her brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Erica, and her niece and nephew, at her parents' Carnation home on Christmas Eve. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg deliberated extensively before determining in 2010 that they would face the death penalty.