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- posted Sep 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM
When I opened up the paper tonight, I loved seeing the question, “What new feature would you like to see in our city’s parks?” I’d like to add my answer to those of the others’. It would be wonderful for some of our parks to include water play areas. The most desirable feature would be an indoor/outdoor pool, but splash pools, fountains and other water play features would all be boons for the summer enjoyment of our town.
One-hour rock blasting closures planned next week on Snoqualmie Pass; construction delays near North Bend
- posted Sep 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Drivers planning a trip on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass need to plan for an hour of added travel time next week due to closures for rock blasting. The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews plan to close I-90 in both directions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each night, Monday, Sept. 9, through Thursday, Sept. 12. The pass will be closed eastbound at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and westbound at Price Creek (milepost 61). Drivers are encouraged to use exits before the closure points to access services.
- posted Sep 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM
In an effort to improve safety, local fire departments are partnering to offer residents in the unincorporated areas of Carnation and Duvall (ZIP codes 98014 and 98019) free address signs. Many rural homes do not have clear addresses or driveway markings, which can cause a delay when emergency responders are trying to find a home. The Duvall (Fire District 45) and Carnation (Eastside Fire & Rescue) fire departments, along with the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council are working with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Community Service Areas grant program to provide address signs for rural residents of these communities.
- posted Sep 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Local photographer and teacher Sandy Horvath is offering free membership in his photography group, Club SnapShot, for Snoqualmie Valley residents who want to improve their skills. Learn tips and tricks, glossary of photography terms, custom camera settings, editing software suggestions and deals.
Imminent strike for Snoqualmie Valley schools: Negotiations continue, but no more union meetings are planned
- posted Sep 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM
Valley teachers are preparing to go on strike. On Friday morning, Sept. 6, potentially their last day of work before the strike, the union blog advised them to take any pets or plants with them when they leave their classrooms at end of day, because they may not be allowed back in for the duration. Only a majority-approved contract with the Snoqualmie Valley School District can stop the strike, and only if it arrives by 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.
- posted Sep 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM
As a candidate for the Snoqualmie Valley School Board who has pledged to reopen Snoqualmie Middle School, I would like to respond to a letter to the editor published on August 22, 2013, asking us to come together in support of closing Snoqualmie Middle School and converting it into an isolated ninth grade campus. The author apparently wants us to ignore the harm that this isolated ninth grade campus will inflict on more than one thousand students in our school district in order to try this risky experiment. For example, 450 middle school students from the former Snoqualmie Middle School will now be bused to schools far from their homes.
- posted Sep 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Attorney General Bob Ferguson and officials from Washington's Lottery are bringing attention to lottery scams. Individuals and groups are calling and emailing victims on a more regular basis with the goal of tricking people into thinking they’ve won a lottery prize, according to Ferguson's office.
- posted Sep 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Acres of Diamonds is holding a fundraising dinner and auction, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Riverview School District building, 15510 First Ave. N.E., in Duvall. The evening will include live music, live and silent auctions, and dinner. This event is the main fundraising event each year for the women's shelter and transitional home for women and children. Acres of Diamonds provides a safe and nurturing Christian environment that allows homeless women to learn how to break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness.
- posted Sep 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM
John Boyle of Carnation, husband to Barbara and father to Shawna and Matt, died Monday, Sept. 2, at home. He was 66. A private committal service was held at Tahoma, National Cemetery in Kent. A celebration of John's life will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 28, at Sno Valley Senior Center in Carnation.
- posted Sep 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM
Just a thought about our new “assault weapons boutique.” I went in there last week and looked around. It is thoughtfully laid out with a good selection of weapons, ammunition and other related items... even some nifty survival equipment. But more important, I got to meet Mike Marinos. Here’s a man who comes to you with the education, training and life experiences to responsibly select and present the principles of safe and effective weapons use.
- posted Sep 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM
In the warmth of a lazy Monday evening, Alraune Chowdhury paints. She squeezes out fingernail length amounts of cobalt violet hue and phthalo blue onto ivory pallet paper. She mixes her colors with linseed oil until they glow and then carefully rounds the tip of her brush into a point. Leaning back in her chair, Alraune considers her nylon stretch canvas. A friend has commissioned her to paint a portrait of purple and blue dahlias. She glances at a freshly cut dahlia to right and strokes the curve of the petals. After dipping her moistened brush in the glistening oils, she brings a garden to life in her little studio overlooking Mount Si.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM
The Mount Si Senior Center is looking for find a part-time cook for 5 days a week to provide nutritional, well-balanced lunch meals. The cook is responsible for planning menus, ordering food and cleaning supplies, maintaining safety and a clean and sanitized dining and kitchen area. Applications can be found at the center, located in North Bend.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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. Meetings are typically once a month on a Thursday morning.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM
North Bend artist Kristin Lockwood shows her works, many of which explore the relationship between people and the environment, through September at Snoqualmie’s Black Dog Cafe, 8062 Railroad Ave. An artist reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM
"Tennis is my life!' proclaims Drew Hadaller, with just a trace of humor, as he and doubles partner Logan Cochran grab water before their next match. "I had to come back for Logan," the senior added. Ditto for his partner: "Drew is my rock!" All goofing aside, these two will compete for the top doubles spot on a reloaded Mount Si tennis team that brings a good bit of solid returning talent. Cochrane and Hadaller hit the courts and the ball machines at Robinswood, Sammamish Club and Pine Lake this past summer, and are ready to play.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM
For Sophia Rouches, team co-captain, soccer is great for a reason. It's individual skill and team focus, together. "You can work on your foot skills and make yourself a better player, and it'll benefit the whole team. It makes them better players, by you playing hard," she said.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM
How does Snoqualmie Valley stack up? On the one hand, schools in the Snoqualmie Valley School District are high-achieving, award-winning institutions. On the other, they're desperately crowded and understaffed, with a high teacher turn-over rate because of low teacher salaries. How are these both true statements?
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Local public health officials have confirmed a measles infection in a child who was in several locations in King County during the contagious period. The child is a King County resident who was incompletely vaccinated—had one of the recommended two doses of vaccine and at an age earlier than recommended—and exposed to a sibling who had the measles. The sibling was unvaccinated and had become infected while traveling in Europe; the sibling’s case was previously announced by public health officials.
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM
The new session of the Snoqualmie Valley Indoor Playground starts Monday, Sept. 16, and runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Si View Community Center Gymnasium, 400 Orchard Street, North Bend. The Sno-Valley Indoor Playground, a non-profit, parent-run organization, seeks to enhance the lives of families with children ages 0-5 through programs designed to encourage a greater sense of community in the Snoqualmie Valley.
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning activities to help local businesspeople make connections. The Chamber's next luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, looks at "The Future of Economic Development and Employment in the Snoqualmie Valley." David Rule, the president of Bellevue College, leads a panel discussion with executives from Spacelabs and other Valley employers.
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Valley Animal Partners hosts its third annual Chili Showdown, Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Snoqualmie Eagles Lode. Locals are invited to enter their six quarts of their homemade chili into the cookoff. All proceeds from the nonprofit event benefit pets of Valley residents.
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM
With dozens of musicians coming to venues throughout North Bend this Saturday, jazz lovers shouldn't forget to grab those Jazz Walk tickets. North Bend’s Jazz Walk returns, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 14.
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Veterans with the Valley’s American Legion Post 79, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Snoqualmie and Issaquah, the Legion Riders and the Legion Auxiliary are welcomed to the Post’s end-of-summer family barbecue, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the downtown Snoqualmie post, on River Street. The event starts with the installation of officers. It’s also a night to meet and greet members and their families.
- posted Sep 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM
The two steers that have stopped traffic and started lots of local speculation this summer are gone now. Since May, the animals have been making the rounds of the Snoqualmie area, from Meadowbrook Farm to Indian Hill. The cows, owned by Herman Schlaht of Snoqualmie and his son, Terry, of Burlington, had broken out of their pen on Indian Hill last spring.
- posted Sep 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM— updated Sep 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Hundreds of Snoqualmie Valley teachers walked into the Mount Si High School auditorium, blue ballots in hand, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, to vote on a new three-year contract. Officially, they were on strike, per an overwhelming majority vote of the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association members from last Tuesday, Sept. 3, but their actions Sunday averted that. By 8 p.m., the deal was in hand. It passed with 59 percent of the 295 teachers voting to approve the deal, which lays out a roughly 12 percent pay increase over the next three years.