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- Mar 26, 2013 at 3:17PM
Supposedly, it’s the best kept secret in the Valley. Somebody drove the truck that killed 57-year-old Lucinda Fisher, also known as Lucinda Pieczatkowski, in the early hours of January 1, 2013. It’s been 12 weeks since Fischer’s death, but precious few details have been announced by the sheriff’s spokespeople after officers impounded the white pickup believed to have been involved in Fischer’s death, just a day later. Speculation on the identity of the driver in the fatal hit and run accident is starting to hit the Web. You had one anonymous parent who spoke to KIRO Radio last week, characterizing the whole thing as hush-hush, while offering secondhand info about the investigation. As the scuttlebutt has it, plenty of locals are in the know about the driver but are unwilling to come forward.
- Mar 26, 2013 at 4:56PM
Sisters Desiree Adams and Brynja Leroy have opened a new yoga studio on Snoqualmie Ridge. Twisted Bliss Yoga is located at 7718 Center Blvd. S.E. Snoqualmie. The studio is open seven days a week and offers cool and warm yoga classes. Children’s yoga is also available, as is a new student offer, 10 days of yoga for $10.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:26PM
Named “Best Insurance Agency” by Record readers, Hauglie Insurance founder Kevin Hauglie shared his thoughts on keeping locals safe from the unexpected. He started the business in 1985 by “picking up the Valley phone book and offering to help.” “The Valley has grown in population and service offerings. We have had the blessing of growing along with it. My entire team never takes for granted the trust and faith that is placed in us by those we serve. Having offices in three of the Valleys communities, Snoqualmie, Fall City and Duvall, truly affords us the opportunity to get to know many families and businesses,” says Hauglie.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:53PM
No one wants to leave Thomas Burford’s classroom in Snoqualmie Middle School, although the bell has rung. A few students are edging toward the door, as Burford hurriedly finishes telling his story of the four-state April Fool’s joke, but almost all of them wait to hear the whole thing. It’s not just that they went to know what happened, since he tells them up-front what the joke was. They want to know what happened next, to find out how the joke could affect people in four different states, and months later. That’s how Burford, recently named the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation Middle School Educator of the Year, makes the last few minutes of his history class count.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:50PM
Voted ‘Best Nonprofit’ by Record readers, Encompass is an independent, non-profit, children’s and family-services organization established in 1966 with a unique mission: To nurture children, enrich families and inspire community. The organization’s programs nurture typical and developmentally challenged children, enrich families in all their diversity and inspire community throughout the Snoqualmie Valley and the greater Eastside. Clay Eals, Encompass’ ever-present communicator, shared the following thoughts:
Finding their own answers: Counselor Joe Galagan, Valley's high School educator of 2013, ponders final year
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:51PM
Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation’s High School Educator of the Year is a man with a 25-year history at Mount Si High School. Counselor Joe Galagan has been helping about 400 Mount Si High School students each year to find their own answers, and plans to look for some of his own at the end of the school year, when he will retire. Here, in his own words, is Galagan’s story: “I walked into Mount Si High school for the first time on a bright, sunny day in August 1987. The mountain was scenic, looming and massive, symbolically perched ever so close to the school (or so it seemed at first glance).
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:53PM
Repeating as the top choice in the “Best Handyman” category this year, North Bend’s Ty Olson is a modern-day craftsman. “One of my favorite things is finish-work, just the details, and getting it all right,” he says, talking about his eight years in business as Ty’s Handyman Service. Olson, a Valley resident all his life, basically grew up doing remodels, first with his father, who worked in general construction well into his 70s, and then later, with various larger companies.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:58PM
Downtown’s Hoppin’, the annual Easter tradition at downtown Snoqualmie businesses, returns from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Participating businesses will have balloons by their front doors. Families are welcome to bring baskets for special treats. Downtown merchants have been building a tradition of welcoming families with special events during holidays.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:59PM
It’s definitely an occasion for “The Awesome Song” as the school day ends in Marianne Bradburn’s classroom. Maybe it was because she announced “No homework tonight!” or maybe because the sun was out and students could walk across the playground to their buses. Whatever the reason, the students were chanting right along with their teacher as she led them out the door. “A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Awesome, awesome, awesome, that’s the way to be,” they sang, punctuating the “whoo!” at the end with skips and jumps.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 4:07PM
Cedarcrest High School briefly went into lockdown mode Wednesday afternoon, March 27, due to a police operation a few blocks away. According to a statement from Riverview School District, at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Duvall police notified staff at Cedarcrest High School and the Eagle Rock Multi-Age school that an incident was in progress near 147th Court, and that students should stay inside. Duvall Police Cmdr. Kerry Hert told the Record that police were doing a mental health check on a resident who was said to be armed.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Mar 28, 2013 at 3:01PM
Even when she was in a life-or-death struggle with cancer, Heather Ryan’s hands still practiced the healing gift. It is three years ago last Friday that Ryan, a 12-year Valley resident, beat breast cancer. “I feel like I’ve got a gift. I’m happy to share it,” she says. Ryan was voted “Best Therapeutic Massage” practitioner in the 2013 Best of the Valley reader poll. She’s a cancer survivor who helps other people heal and hope. “It feeds my soul,” Ryan says of her work. “It’s the only job where I wake up, thinking ‘I love coming to work.’ It’s a job that gives back to me.”
- Mar 27, 2013 at 5:05PM
Mount Si boys baseball team plays on the major league stage this weekend, facing Issaquah at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the annual Safeco Field game. The Wildcats play as part of the Mariners High School Baseball Classic. The team sells tickets for a Mariner's game for the opportunity to play. The forecast is for good weather. Parking is $5 at the Safeco garage.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 9:18AM
Spring has arrived. As temperatures rise across the region, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers to remove their studded tires by midnight, March 31. Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31, unless WSDOT grants an extension. Multiple forecasts indicate temperatures will be well above 50 degrees in many parts of the state and WSDOT is not planning on extending the deadline. This year, Oregon and Washington are coordinating studded-tire removal dates to make travel rules consistent.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:46PM
A very special thank you to those who showed their thoughts and love at the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Buck Roberts. He touched many lives and will always be remembered and loved. Your expressions of sympathy will always be remembered.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:56PM
The North Benders have spoken. Their favorite party, “The Festival at Mount Si,” garnered the most votes for Best Local Event. We asked Jill Massengill, Festival committee president, what makes this summer event, which returns August 9 to 11, so beloved. What do you think makes the Fest at Mount Si special or stand out?
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:59PM
Local family posed for serious or whacky photos on Friday, March 1, in a portrait session for the 3 Skis fundraising event at North Bend’s Pioneer Coffee. Photos were shot in a vintage portrait booth, in the fundraiser, which helped the Essig family of North Bend, whose son was injured in a ski accident in Canada, and also went to winter sports safety programs. Organizer DeAnna Haverfield of Pioneer Coffee (pictured, at right) reports that funds will help build a safety-awareness program for students. Photos were by Tetuan Photography.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:51PM
We’ve been doing Best of the Valley for enough years now to know the drill: Put the ballots out in February, wait several weeks, rush to count the results and put together an entire section letting folks know the annual winners. Locals, business owners and officials take this stuff pretty seriously. The plaques often take a place of pride in offices and restaurants. We took the contest online a few years ago, in an effort to prevent ballot-stuffing. It now takes us about two days to tally all the votes.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:45PM
The stories of the past 25 and 50 years, as published in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include: Thursday, March 24, 1987 • On he mushes, guiding his team with commands of “left,” “right” and “straight.” Fall City native Frank Havens is training for a push at the Yukon Quest sled dog race title. If he wins, he’ll give half the $35,000 purse to Children’s Hospital.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:52PM
Much as I enjoy where I live, I’m disappointed at times in the ‘small town’ mentality that I sometimes run into here. It’s doubly sad when that attitude comes at the hands of our town leaders. Here is the case of man who wanted to move to North Bend and bring his established business with him. The problem? His business is tattoos. No matter how you read the details, the city council’s actions on this issue are troublesome at best. Mr. Herman dealt honestly and openly with the city. His clear intent was to operate within the framework of the law. The city itself verified that his business, as intended, was allowed under current regulations. They knew he was moving forward, expending money and effort to bring his business to North Bend, based on the information he had been provided.
- Mar 28, 2013 at 2:55PM
North Bend Montessori was chosen “Best Preschool” by its fans and parents in the Best of the Valley contest. Sue Weigel, school director, answered a few questions about her school and what teachers and parents do to ensure their pupils achieve succes. For folks who don’t know: Just what is Montessori?
- Mar 29, 2013 at 3:00PM
Autism and other sensory disorders can make a trip to the movies a challenging experience for some. Snoqualmie Library will lower the volume, raise the lights and open our doors to show an autism/sensory-friendly movie, Pixar's "Cars," 6 p.m. Monday, April 1. Audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing along with the movie.
Kindness patrol: Lower Valley students use 'Random Acts' club to inspire others, do good | Photo gallery
- Mar 29, 2013 at 4:51PM
They start at one end of the balcony overlooking the Cedarcrest High School commons, and work quietly along the wall hanging the colorful “kindness” chain like bunting over the lunch crowd. There’s no announcement, no presentation, but by the time the chain reaches halfway across the commons, heads are turning and students are elbowing each other. It creates a brief ripple, as students notice the addition but then go back to their lunches. Maybe some of them smile when they see the chain, each link representing an act of kindness someone did in the school that week. Or maybe not. What matters is they saw it, and some may find inspiration in it. That, essentially, is how the Random Acts of Kindness Club, or RAK which coordinated the making of the chain, operates. Do something good, watch what happens, do another good thing.
- Mar 29, 2013 at 4:34PM
Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis members David Hamilton and Dave Humphries visit Marianne Bradburn’s third grade classroom at Opstad Elementary School March 4 to distribute dictionaries to students. The donation is part of Kiwanis’ ongoing Dictionary Project.
- Mar 29, 2013 at 4:36PM
Twin Falls Middle School is proud to recognize the following students for earning a 3.5 grade-point-average or above in the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year. Students with an asterix next to their namemay be congratulated for earning a 4.0 g.p.a.
Out cold in a business, teens with beer, break-in burglary: Weekly Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls
- Mar 29, 2013 at 4:46PM
Coin theft: On March 19, officer responded to a burglary report at a business in the 100 block of East North Bend Way. A thief gained access to the business and used a pry bar to break into several machines before successfully retrieving one change box. This theft may be related to an earlier incident in the 100 block of West Park Street, when a citizen saw two people trying to pry open another business’s outdoor cash machine.