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Bombs could have hurt many more: Snoqualmie runner Sean Sundwall shares experiences at Boston Marathon | Update

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 1:00PM updated Apr 23, 2013 at 2:44PM

When two bombs exploded near the finish line at Monday's Boston Marathon, Sean Sundwall of Snoqualmie, the first of about a dozen local runners to finish the race, was back in his hotel room, thinking about his race time of 2:29:32 and getting ready for the trip home. Just over four hours into Boston's Marathon Monday, the explosions killed three people and injuring 170, according to the latest reports Tuesday morning.

Winning streak: Mount Si doubles, singles squads rack up serious record

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 1:44PM

Mount Si’s girls tennis team looks to be racking up the best record it’s seen in years. The varsity squad on April 2 scored a 5-2 win over Sammamish, in what looks like only the second time Mount Si has defeated the Totems in the past 15 seasons. “I am real proud of our team,” wrote head coach Jim Gibowski. Number-one singles player Jessica Graves and number-two Rachel Walker each came back to win in three straight sets, while number-three Kelcey Sharp won despite having to take a three-minute injury timeout for a sore back. The Wildcats’ number-three doubles squad of Rachel Mallasch and Sami Kieffer came back from a 1-5 deficit to win 7-5 in their second set.

Healthy lunches: Riverview schools get nod for nutrition programs

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 1:49PM

The Riverview School District is the second school district in King County to achieve the HealthierUS School Challenge designation. The Highline district was recognized in 2012. Five Riverview schools recently achieved the bronze-level designation in the national HealthierUS Schools Challenge. They were recognized with certificates of achievement from the King County Board of Health, which encourages policy, system, and environmental changes that will help create healthy schools and communities for all King County residents.

National hardware for Pass team snowboarder

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 1:26PM

Competitive young snowboarder Isabella Gomez, 11, who rides for the Snoqualmie Team, earned first place in the USA Snowboard Association’s 24th annual Nationals Tournament, held March 30 through April 4 in Copper Mountain, Colo. Gomez competes in the Menehune Girls (10-11) division.

Fitness options abound at Sno-Valley senior center

  • Apr 16, 2013 at 1:56PM

Carnation’s Sno-Valley Senior Center is offering a variety of fitness classes to help get folks moving. Enhance Fitness is a combination of aerobic, weight and balance training offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Gentle Chair Yoga is held on Thursday mornings at 9:15, Zumba Gold is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wii Bowling League is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:45.

Take action this Earth Day with King County’s EcoConsumer Climate Challenge

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 11:11AM

Global climate change is, in a word – daunting. What can one person do to make a difference? Earth Day is April 22, and the EcoConsumer Earth Day Climate Challenge offers a fresh look at daily actions we can all take to reduce the effects of climate change. The Challenge includes tips and resources that can help us save money, cut waste and clutter, and better connect in our community. “There are more resources than ever to help us make shifts in our lives that benefit the climate, whether it’s a service that allows you to share and swap things with your neighbors, or classes on how to build a solar oven,” said King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

Amazing creations: Mount Si students' work on display at Thursday art show

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 11:18AM

Mount Si High School hosts a show of student-created art this Thursday, April 18, and if the event name—Festival of the Arts—doesn’t tell you it’s more than just an art show, the organizers will. The Festival of the Arts, says Fall City Arts vice-president Inga Rouches, who ran the event in 2010 and 2011 and is helping with it this year, offers students a rare opportunity to “shine.” “It’s not like (an athlete), where you can go out and watch them play every week,” Rouches explained. “An artist doesn’t have that exposure very often.”

Super Troopers: Relay bake sale is Saturday in North Bend

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 12:44PM

A bake sale fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the North Bend ACE Hardware, 330 Main St. S., North Bend, sponsored by the Super Troopers Relay Team.

Spring advisor, appreciation dinner is Tuesday at Mount Si High School

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 12:40PM

Mount Si High School holds its Spring Appreciation Advisory Dinner Meeting, Tuesday, April 23, at the Mount Si High School Commons.

Set Her Free fundraiser set at Snoqualmie's Lula Ruby salon

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 12:42PM

A “Set Her Free (Uganda)” fundraiser is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Lula Ruby Organic Hair Salon in Snoqualmie. Set Her Free is a non-profit organization that works to restore the lives of young girls formerly enslaved by the sex trade. It empowers young girls of Uganda, formerly imprisoned by, and at risk of, exploitation and child labor, by providing a safe environment, education, professional training and rehabilitation.

Keeping the blues alive: North Bend’s Paul Green shares love of music at first North Bend Blues Walk

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 12:00PM updated at 2:42PM

A man with a tenor sax is waiting to jam. A couple just pulled up chairs by the stage, and there’s two guys in the back playing a board game. It’s a real mellow atmosphere, with Paul Green crooning “Lost Mind”, just about to let his harmonica wail through The Black Dog cafe. Green, North Bend’s resident blues legend, takes the stage every week here. Music, the blues in particular, has been his life, ever since he picked up a harmonica at age 20.

Sno Falls Credit Union brings shredder truck to Ridge IGA

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 12:17PM

With tax season ending, locals are welcomed to bring sensitive documents for shredding at a special, free Community Shred Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Ridge IGA parking lot, sponsored by Sno Falls Credit Union. A donation is requested for the Mount Si Food Bank.

Snoqualmie superintendent Joel Aune is finalist for Richland district job

  • Apr 17, 2013 at 12:49PM

Snoqualmie Valley Schools superintendent Joel Aune is one of three finalists for the position of Superintendent of the Richland School District. The Richland district announced in a press release Wednesday, April 10, that Aune, Dr. Rick Schulte, superintendent of the Oak Harbor School District, and Dr. John Steach, superintendent of the Canby School District in Oregon, were finalists in the superintendent search, and would be interviewed by school board members and the public April 16 to 18.

Out of the past: So long, Carnation dump? Kids nearly cause a train crash, and the 46th fish derby

  • Apr 18, 2013 at 5:34PM

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, April 21, 1988 • Carnation is the only city in the county, possibly the state, that runs its own landfill. Because of new state laws adopted in 1985, it may be unfeasible for Carnation to keep it open. It’ll need monitoring stations, a treatment system for leaks, and a liner.

Valley physical therapist offers simple steps to prevent pain for computer users | Health & Fitness

  • Apr 18, 2013 at 5:24PM

We all spend a fair amount of our life in front of a computer and there are some simple steps to avoid pain and injury. Here are some tips to keep your spine in a neutral position so that your muscles are aligned in their most efficient way.

Letters | Ditch the crutches, emphasize cursive skills

  • Apr 18, 2013 at 5:35PM

Every so often, the ranking of a significant number of the world’s industrialized countries’ students achievement test scores is published. I cannot remember any such ranking for our country that was not dismal, and should be embarrassing for all Americans. Education is not a static process and changes are not always an improvement. I recall that in the ‘60s, Latin was removed from our high school curriculum. In the ‘70s, the use of phonics in teaching reading was challenged and in some instances, replaced. Calculators were, after much debate, allowed in sixth grade math. “New math” became a popular title for an unpopular program that mystified, and still mystifies, some parents.

Hot Cider plays last dance of contra season at North Bend's Sallal Grange

  • Apr 18, 2013 at 5:22PM

Hot Cider String Band will play, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 19, for the regular Contra Dance at Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. It’s the last of the season. Hosts open the Grange Hall for a light meal of soup before the waltz lesson starts at 7 p.m. and food and beverages are available all evening. The beginning waltz lesson will introduce new dancers to the basic traveling waltz with a few cool moves thrown in for those who are adventurous.

The professionals: Culinary classes at Mount Si get students on right track for restaurant careers | Photo gallery

  • Apr 18, 2013 at 5:32PM

Behind the doors of the Wildcat Cafe kitchen, white-coated students are working fast to get ready for the lunch crowd. About 25 young men and women are putting the final garnishes on sandwiches, transferring pans to and from the large ovens, prepping cold foods, firing up grills and, for safety, yelling “corner!” every time they go around one. It seems chaotic, until you look back out the doors to the sea of students and teachers, waiting to place their orders. The line, five deep in places, stretches out the cafe and into the Mount Si High School commons.

Snoqualmie Pass to close four nights next week for rock blasting

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 11:37AM

More rock blasting closures are planned for next week on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass and drivers need to plan for added travel time. The Washington State Department of Transportation and crews plan to close I-90 in both directions from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25, from Gold Creek (milepost 54) to the Price Creek Sno-Park (milepost 61). This work is weather dependent and may change if weather conditions change. Check our What’s Happening on I-90 website for changes to the rock blasting schedule.

Letters | Lack of attention for criminals in gun debate

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 4:05PM

The editorial page cartoon, (‘Nuclear kitchen’, March 27 Valley Record) with an attitude, seems to be poking a thumb in the eye of whomever manages, or mismanages, the Hanford nuclear waste mess. Nowhere in the piece do I see an image of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who bears a good deal of the blame for effectively blocking utilization of the Yucca Flat waste repository in his state. We taxpayers shelled out a goodly sum to build that thing and many of Reid’s constituents took home those tax dollars while building it and there it sits, unused.

Road rage, remembering a brother; Hey, I didn't mean to steal your groceries | Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 4:17PM

On Tuesday, April 9, a Waste Management driver called Snoqualmie police about a threatening incident that occurred earlier in the morning in the 9200 block of Merritt Avenue Southeast. The driver had honked his horn at a construction truck so it would move, and the driver of that truck became very angry, swearing at him and trying to get at him. Police could not follow up because the driver could not describe the worker, and hadn't reported the incident right away.

Riverview to host open house on home-school Monday

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 4:13PM

Parents interested in learning more about the Riverview School District’s PARADE program for supporting home-schooling families are invited to an open house at the Riverview Learning Center in Carnation. For students in Kindergarten through fourth grade, there’s an open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 22. For students in grades 5 through 8, the event is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23. Join staff for a presentation on the program and learn about classes, the schedule, and how the district works with families to develop a student learning plan. Tour the facility to meet staff and see some of the opportunities available.

‘It’s going to be busy’: Big changes coming to North Bend’s Middle Fork wilderness gateway

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 4:12PM

They call it the Gateway Trail. It’s a shortish trek, partly through old-growth forest, partly along the trout-rich Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, with a spectacular arching footbridge at its start. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Middle Fork area each year for hiking, camping, kayaking, and cycling, and many will discover this spot. But, at 12 miles up a winding gravel road, is the Middle Fork Trail trailhead really a gateway? In more ways than one, says Mark Boyar, now a Mountains to Sound Greenway board member, and one of the volunteers in the loosely organized Middle Fork Coalition who helped the U.S. Forest Service build that footbridge 12 years ago.

Opinion | What’s at stake when we lose the ability to write in cursive?

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 4:07PM

Here’s a simple exercise. Take out a pen, and a sheet of paper, and write out something—your name, your favorite band, the name of the closest restaurant—in cursive. How’d you do? I’ll bet it wasn’t easy. I tried to write the word “abstract” in cursive script the other day. I’d just met Joe Monihan, this week’s letter writer, and I wanted to see whether I still had the muscle memory from ages ago, when I still wrote in cursive. It had been a long time. The “r” was a wave, neither “t” matched, and the less said about “b” the better.

Heads up: How to keep your child from suffering a concussion | Lifestyles

  • Apr 19, 2013 at 4:04PM

The number itself is a shock to the system: Every year, emergency rooms nationwide treat sports- and recreation-related brain injuries in nearly 175,000 children. The most common activities leading to these visits are cycling, football, playground activities (especially for children under 9), basketball and soccer. But such injuries can occur in any activity. Concussions can produce lifelong challenges with memory, emotion, movement and behavior. Children and teens take longer than adults to recover from concussions. We must take them seriously.

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