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- Feb 26, 2013 at 2:37PM
You can walk the block and find color and music in unexpected places in downtown Snoqualmie. Try this for example. On the same February morning, four string musicians—Sheila Bateman and her three children in the Giovani String Quartet—played at City Hall, a teen choir sang in the downtown storefront, and youth and local art was on display in city hall and at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office. It was all part of an art walk organized by the Snoqualmie Arts Commission, Downtown Snoqualmie Merchants Association and the Chamber, “For the Love of Snoqualmie."
- Feb 26, 2013 at 2:40PM
In its annual celebration of the arts in schools, the Snoqualmie Valley PTSA Council hosted a reception recently for the 106 students who participated in the 2012-13 Reflections Art Contest, and announced the 30 finalists whose works will advance to the state competition. Participants represented five schools in the district and submitted 111 works of art in total. All students received ribbons for their art, along with cookies and punch, as their work was shared through a video presentation and displayed on the walls. Works that advance to the state level will be judged along with student work from across the state, and may be selected for national competition.
Champions of cheer: Total team effort delivers with first state title, surprise national finals appearance
- Feb 26, 2013 at 2:00PM updated Feb 27, 2013 at 4:16PM
It happens in moments. Cheerleaders hit the floor between quarters in a varsity basketball game, unroll a mat. Four form a platform with their arms, and Natalie Holmes, a Mount Si junior, is catapulted into the air. She twists in the air, then lands in the arms of the four girls below. In a few seconds, they’ve rolled up the mat. Their stunt is done, and the game continues. This performance took many hours to perfect. It may not be the main event of the night. But these cheerleaders are part of a squad that has gone farther than any Wildcat team this year.
- Feb 26, 2013 at 2:45PM
After two days stranded near Blowout Mountain in a winter storm, two snowmobilers were rescued early this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 26. With the help of King County Search and Rescue volunteers, they were able to hike out on the reverse path of rescuers who spent hours Monday night trying to reach them. The 44-year-old Puyallup man and the 41-year-old Spanaway woman with him were "very cold and wet" when they reached the command post around 7:30 a.m., said King County Sheriff's spokesperson Cindi West, but otherwise unharmed.
- Feb 26, 2013 at 3:08PM
The Fall City Community Association will host a community safety meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Chief Kanim Middle School, 32627 Redmond-Fall City Rd., Fall City. Residents can meeting Major Wills, a King County sheriff's deputy in charge of the Fall City area, and discuss specific safety concerns. Issues likely to be covered include graffiti, unusual traffic in neighborhoods, who to call when you spot something unusual, and a sharing of ideas on making the community safer.
- Feb 26, 2013 at 3:10PM
Learn about, then have your say on, a proposed habitat restoration project aimed at fish and wildlife on the river near Carnation. The Wild Fish Conservancy, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), King County and Ducks Unlimited will be at a meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Duvall firehouse, 5600 First Ave. N.E., Duvall, to talk about the effort.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 4:12PM
Local animal communicator and Carnation resident Joan Ranquet will be participating in the “Girl Talk” Women’s Forum on Friday, March 1, at the Northwest Women’s Show in Seattle. Ranquet is an Animal Communicator, author and Founder of Communication with all Life University (CWALU). She works to help the average pet owner be able to “read their pet” better.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 11:43AM
A special town hall meeting on the school and civic impact of a proposed affordable housing development on Snoqualmie Ridge looks to be in the works. During Monday evening's regular Snoqualmie City Council meeting, Councilwoman Kathi Prewitt polled council members on the best date in March for a special town-hall style meeting on the Imagine Housing development near Eagle Pointe. That meeting appears to be coming on or about March 20. Two citizens spoke during the public comment period, both voicing a need for additional information about the planned 160-unit affordable housing development.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 5:04PM
Mount Si is back on top again in the Valley Record staff’s judgment for this year’s Amateur Photo Contest. Staff chose Bill Cottringer of North Bend, now a two-time winner in the contest, for his evocative shot of a rustic barn with a Mount Si view. This perspective, he says, gets missed by most travelers on Ballarat Road, since the barn and the mountain are on opposite sides of the road, and passersby may not know the barn is there. On a sunny day last December, Cottringer took this photo with a Canon 5-D Mark III camera with a 16-35 mm super wide angle lens, circular polarizer and square handheld neutral density filter. Cottringer has been shooting photos as an avid hobbyist for more than 50 years—he bought his first camera in Japan when he was serving in the U.S. Air Force—without a bit of formal instruction, simply trial and error.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 4:56PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Record's staff judges seem to have preferred our feathered friends in the first Animals photo contest. It can be tough to see evocative feelings in birds, as opposed to furry companions like dogs and cats, or our lively four-footed wildlife, such as Valley elk. Yet first-place winner Pat McMartin of North Bend seems to have captured a universal feeling—facing a rainy day with spirit—in the shot of a fluffed-up, shiny bird in front of the home bird feeder, last November. McMartin, who lives near Rattlesnake Lake, has a quasi-bird sanctuary in his front yard. He watched this young Brewer’s blackbird show up in the rain, feathers poofed, colors highlighted. The bird’s expression brightened Pat’s day.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 4:20PM
The Sallal Grange's regular open mic night in March will be a fundraiser to help with medical expenses of Grange founder and 2011 Citizen of the Year, Nels Melgaard, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Grange Hall, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. Instead of traditional potluck dishes, participants are asked to bring appetizers and finger foods to enjoy during the evening. All funds raised through donations will be given to the Melgaard family. Nels Melgaard was named North Bend Citizen of the year in 2011.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Mar 5, 2013 at 1:38PM
Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson ended speculation Monday on whether he will seek a third term. "It's been an honor for the past seven years to serve with such a fine group of people, the staff and this council," Larson said at the close of the February 25 council meeting. "If the citizens of Snoqualmie allow me, I'd like to throw my hat in for another four years." Larson was unopposed in 2009. In 2005, he beat James Harrelson, 55 percent to 43 percent. His announcement prompted the rest of the council to declare their intentions, and like Larson, all those due to re-run this fall choose to do so. "I echo your comment, and I will be running," Maria Henriksen, position five, told the mayor.
- Feb 27, 2013 at 4:52PM
They say a picture tells a thousand words. When you look into a portrait of a person, you might find entire life stories, whether your subject is 8 months old or 80. In our first People photo category, Record staff selected Terry Adams’ portrait of Jace Lee at Mount Si Lutheran Church’s Harvest Carnival. “I took the picture because I liked the expression Jace had as he was concentrating intently on decorating a cookie,” says Adams, who lives in North Bend, and has been snapping photos of the Valley for 10 years.
- Feb 28, 2013 at 12:56PM
Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, the community bus service operating from the Mount Si Senior Center, is advertising for an executive director. The service, which is available to the general public, has been operating since 2003 with funding from the Snoqualmie Tribe, King County Metro, and the Washington Department of Transportation. The director position is a full-time position reporting to the senior center's Board of Directors, with a salary range of $45,000 to $65,000 annually. The new director will start July 1.
- Feb 28, 2013 at 4:07PM
A workshop on forest management, “Where Cows Meet Clams,” is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Camp River Ranch, 33300 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation Designed to help forest landowners keep their resource businesses succesful, the workshop provides information on water and habitat, forest inventory and management plans, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and marketing, cost-share opportunities, low-impact development and natural landscaping), marketing tools and how tourism and economic development trends can generate new revenue.
- Feb 28, 2013 at 4:08PM
Since the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter has opened, we have logged more than 1,900 volunteer hours from over 100 people and have served over 550 meals (not including sack lunches) from many groups all over the Valley. All of us from the shelter have been pleasantly surprised by the great amount of support from this community. The shelter has been able, through all of its many partners, to find veteran’s benefits for one of its members and Social Security benefits for another. With work shirts and boots, three members of the shelter have found jobs. Most importantly, we have been able to erase some of the stigma and fear of the unknown surrounding the homeless through the forward-thinking people of the Valley. As a result of the amazing number of people with the insight to see that the future is better for us all by giving these people a chance, many thanks. These folks have been able to come out of survival mode and with some nutritious food and a safe place to sleep; many have begun to make decisions that will positively impact their lives. These changes will mean a better future not just for these people, but also for the health of the community at large as they become contributing members of the Valley, and dare I say, taxpayers. We have, collectively, improved the health of the homeless in our community in the short term, but more importantly, we have taken the first steps to improve the health of our community.
- Feb 28, 2013 at 4:34PM
“If you have a command of language and an understanding of the written word, there is absolutely nothing you cannot do.” These words hit home for middle school students on Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, when acclaimed author, poet, artist, and instructor Quraysh Ali Lansana led a workshop with Matt Stewart’s first period eighth-grade language arts class. The workshop was one of several courses that Lansana led in sessions at both Tolt Middle School and the Riverview Learning Center the week of Feb. 4 to 8.
- Feb 28, 2013 at 4:35PM
John Thomas Banas, a key volunteer fire department member in Carnation in the 1980s and '90s, died Saturday, Feb. 16, in Puyallup, Wash., from an extended illness. He was 52. Banas was a volunteer with King County Fire District 10 (now Eastside Fire & Rescue) in Carnation, where he served during the late 1980s and well into the 1990s. Banas is remembered by EFR as a part of the core of the volunteer response group.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 1:00PM updated Mar 19, 2013 at 9:36AM
On April 20, 12 venues in downtown North Bend will play host to an evening celebrating the blues. The North Bend Blues Walk spans four blocks in old-town North Bend, including The Pour House tavern, Pioneer Coffee, Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge, Emerald City Smoothie, North Bend Theatre, Twede's Cafe, Euro Cafe Lounge, George's Bakery, Valley Center Stage, Boxley's, Chaplin's Chevrolet, and Scott's Dairy Freeze. Appearing are Northwest blues artists including the T-Town Aces, Blues Redemption, Bryant Urban, Nick Vigarino, Rod Cook, Eric Madis, The Wired Band, Brian Lee Trio, Kim Field, Paul Green, Brian Butler, the Chris Stevens Band, Dan O'Bryant, John Stephan Band, James King & the Southsiders, Little Bill and the Blue Notes, and others.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 1:59PM
The stories of the past 25 and 50 years, as published in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include: February 25, 1988 • Bertha Michel had a problem last year when she wanted to sell her Tolt Hill home. The buyer's financer required a certified designer to approve her septic system, which meant $2,000 in repairs and installation of a 500-foot drain field. Michel's complaint was that the septic system, installed in 1955, was working fine, but she was still required to improve it.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 2:03PM
They came for practical reasons, and for political ones, and they came by the dozens. Fall City's old Masonic Hall was crowded with gardeners last Saturday, Feb. 23, during Transition Snoqualmie Valley's third annual seed exchange, picking up seeds and advice from other local gardeners. Jaymie Blatt of North Bend, a two-time participant this year, came prepared with her own seed bags and a permanent marker for labeling. Carey Thornton, a Tilth employee and Seattle resident, was there as a gardener first, but couldn't stop herself from extolling the virtues of a three-foot, curving Tromboncino squash. It can be eaten small, like zucchini, or after its skin turns golden and hard, like the butternut squash it resembles, she said, as she scooped a few seeds into a bag for herself.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 2:04PM
When most of our trash gets collected, it’s uneventful. The stuff gets squashed into a truck, then dumped in a landfill. But when some of our more unusual waste is disposed of, it creates fireworks—for example, when ammunition gets dropped at the North Bend Sheriff’s substation, as occasionally happens. “Generally, we blow it up,” says North Bend’s Police Chief Mark Toner. We in this case, is not the deputies at the substation, but the King County Sheriff’s bomb squad, which destroys old bullets collected from the community, on its training range.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 2:00PM updated Mar 6, 2013 at 3:34PM
Something as simple as a cleaner fire truck makes a difference for North Bend firefighter Bob Venera. With a shiny truck, “you can take more pride in what you have,” and in the job you do, he says. In six months, Venera and his fellow crew members can take more pride in shinier trucks, and shinier everything. With construction proceeding without a hitch on the new Station 87 on Maloney Grove Avenue, local firefighters will bid farewell to the 60-year-old station, adjacent to City Hall on Second Street—and its archaic layout. Life as a firefighter will be very different. For starters, washing a truck won’t require the rigamarole of hanging up plastic sheets and catch-basins inside bays that were never meant for wash duty—when Station 87 was built in 1947, trucks got washed outside, with nary a care for storm drains.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 2:08PM
Gas and go: On Sunday, February 17, a business in the 500 block of East North Bend Way reported a drive-off from the fuel pump. A white man, about 40 years old, and driving a green Subaru Outback pumped 14 gallons of gas into his vehicle and then drove off without attempting to pay.
- Mar 4, 2013 at 10:03AM
Courtney Tubbs, daughter of Anita and James Young of North Bend, and a Mount Si High School graduate, was named to the President's and Dean's lists for fall quarter at Seattle University. She earned a 3.91 grade point average.