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- Dec 2, 2013 at 11:26AM
At its regular monthly public meeting in November, the state Board of Natural Resources (Board) authorized funds for the purchase of a 105.7-acre parcel in eastern King County that will preclude its commercial development. The $1.26 million purchase of the property, known as Echo Lake, from a group of private sellers effectively prevents nonforest-related development here. The site, which borders the Raging River State Forest managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is currently approved for 10 home sites.
- Dec 2, 2013 at 11:37AM
An upcoming student exchange program, sponsored by the Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association, will again bring students from Peru to study at Mount Si High School. Five boys from Chaclacayo, Peru, are still in need of host families in Snoqualmie. That exchange will be from January 24 through February 25.
- Dec 2, 2013 at 11:31AM
“Did you know you’re awesome?” asked a parent to one of the instructors at a recent DMW Martial Arts class. Now, no doubt, they do. In October, two of the instructors at Snoqualmie Ridge-based DMW, Chris Buyagawan and Jake Hart, were awarded the “Teacher of the Month” award by the Macaroni Kid website, published by two moms that are dedicated to delivering the scoop on all the family-friendly events and activities happening in the local community.
- Dec 3, 2013 at 2:38PM
With the impending gloom and damp of fall, parents of toddlers everywhere are getting in their park time while it’s still dry and sunny. For those ‘in the know’, though, there is a dryer place to play. The Sno-Valley Indoor Playground is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, during the school year.
- Dec 3, 2013 at 2:36PM
New rules, effective in January, to protect land managed by King County Parks from illegal dumping would mean fines of up to $500 for those caught trashing public property. “People have told us that illegal dumping in our parks is a problem, and we have heard them loud and clear,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Work to clean up illegal dumpsites takes time, money, and staff resources, which we would rather spend elsewhere.”
- Dec 3, 2013 at 2:37PM
The 14th annual Fall City Holiday Market is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Chief Kanim Middle School Commons, 32627 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Rd. The market offers many handmade items for sale from talented crafters and artists throughout the community, including candles, jewelry, lotions, soaps, honey, chocolates, jams and jelly, scarves, children’s clothes, American Girl Doll clothes, dog toys, yarn hats, fleece blankets, wine racks, table runners, placemats, children’s books, wood items, ornaments, glass blocks with lights and bows, art glass, stationery, pottery, bird feeders, recycled animal feed bags, and garden art.
- Dec 3, 2013 at 2:40PM
The Fall City Days Annual School Music Program & Tree Lighting Festival is 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Fall City Elementary School Gymnasium, 33314 SE 42nd Pl. Enjoy the sounds of the Fall City Elementary School Chorus along with Chief Kanim Middle School Choirs at the Fall City Elementary School gymnasium. Bring your camera, as Santa will be in his sleigh, ready to pose with your children. Following the music program, carol your way with Santa down to Olive Taylor Quigley Park, enjoy the sounds of the Mount Si High School Jazz Ensemble, start the countdown to light the trees and begin the after-party.
Kindergartners meet for ‘First Thanksgiving’ feast, lessons at North Bend Elementary | Photo Gallery
- Dec 3, 2013 at 5:22PM
Paper hats, some with Native American feathers, others with Pilgrim brims and bonnets, topped the boys and girls. Flame colored crepe paper combined with hula hoops to form pretend ‘bonfires.’ But the enormous spread of food was real enough. Kindergartners at North Bend Elementary celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the school gym.
The carver’s connection: Exchange between Snoqualmie Tribe’s crafters, Peruvian artists adds new ideas for sister cities | Photo Gallery
- Dec 3, 2013 at 5:17PM
The three men from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe didn’t speak much Spanish. The two visitors from Peru spoke hardly any English. But carvers know carvers, and the common, unspoken language of craft was enough to bring everyone together. This fall, the newest bonds to link Snoqualmie with its sister community in South America started to gel in a carving exchange between the visiting Peruvian artists and the craftsmen at the Tribe’s Snoqualmie carving barn.
- Dec 4, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Dec 5, 2013 at 6:04PM
The Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation Department and the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association invite all to participate in the first annual Snoqualmie Holiday Lights Contest. It’s a way of encouraging the entire community to decorate and beautify homes, businesses and neighborhoods.
- Dec 4, 2013 at 12:23PM
The 14th annual Fall City Holiday Market is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Chief Kanim Middle School Commons, 32627 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Rd. The Fall City Historical Society table is back with its great gift ideas will include the 2014 Fall City Calendar, new collector’s beverage glass with “Fall City Brick School”, and a limited number of historic mugs. Come enjoy student performers from Chief Kanim Middle School Music Program. Band entertainment will include brass and saxophone quartets as well as flute and clarinet/oboe duets.
- Dec 4, 2013 at 12:28PM
The newest police officers to join the Snoqualmie Police Department, Daniel Chase Goddard, Anthony Graham, Dmitriy Vladis and Todd Wilson were sworn in on October 28, above, and pinned on their badges with help from their wives. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing looked on, greeting Graham and the other officers.
Pat's rules: After 31 years as Snoqualmie's attorney, local native Pat Anderson handing off legal duties for retirement
- Dec 4, 2013 at 12:50PM
Pat Anderson's career has taken a number of twists and turns. One road, however, kept leading him home. As a young lawyer, Anderson lucked out and got a job advising the government of his home city. He's been doing that job for more than 30 years, and his legal mind has become one of the longest serving institutional memories of the city. "An attorney always represents a client," said Anderson. "I advise the mayor and council when asked for advice. But when they've made a decision, it's my responsibility to use all lawful means to implement their decision. That's what I've tried to do, throughout my career."
- Dec 4, 2013 at 12:22PM
The Snoqualmie Arts Commission is again partnering with the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce to present art exhibits along with the Merry & Bright Downtown Open House, Northwest Railway Museum’s Santa’s Train and the Tree Lighting Festival scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Snoqualmie.
- Dec 4, 2013 at 12:47PM
The classic holiday show, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, celebrates community, reminding us that we contribute to each other’s happiness and well-being in ways we might not ever be aware of. Valley Center Stage in North Bend presents its adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film for the stage, December 5 through 21, as a live radio-style play.
- Dec 5, 2013 at 10:27AM
Sno-Valley Senior Center's Holiday Bazaar, bake sale is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. At the annual bazaar, celebrate "Christmas in Carnation" stocked with a variety of unique gifts and artisan items. The bake sale is a treasure trove of treats from some of the Valley's best bakers. Enjoy a hot beverage with a big fluffy cinnamon roll while you shop or buy a homemade hot soup lunch.
- Dec 5, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 5:59PM
Mount Si Food Bank in North Bend is requesting assistance from the community to provide hams to its clients for Christmas. Intending to hand out "Hams for Christmas" on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the bank is taking donations from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17, and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
- Dec 5, 2013 at 10:23AM
The Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office is coming to Carnation, visiting the Sno-Valley Food Bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
- Dec 5, 2013 at 11:12AM
Both Upper Valley cities mark the start of the holiday season with tree lighting festivals happening Saturday afternoon, Dec. 7 North Bend tree celebration The city of North Bend’s Holiday Tree Lighting Festival is 4 to 8 p.m. on the downtown block. Swing by for sing-alongs, performances, Santa visits and a nice bonfire.
- Dec 5, 2013 at 11:09AM
Thursday, Dec. 1, 1988: Responding to a single voice from the audience, Snoqualmie Mayor Jeanne Hansen stepped down from the panel taking testimony in formal hearings on Weyerhaeuser’s Snoqualmie Ridge proposal. John House, head of opposition group Friends of Snoqualmie Valley, noted that Hansen’s long employment with Weyerhaeuser—though not with the real estate branch involved in the proposal—could strain her ability to make an objective decision. Hansen offered to step down, and did so.
- Dec 5, 2013 at 11:14AM
Award-winning acoustic musicians Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst headline a concert and workshop at the Sallal Grange in North Bend, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. They will be performing a wide variety of music including jazz, bluegrass, acoustic country and their own original music. Ickes and Hurst are also doing a special workshop for musicians of all levels beforehand.
- Dec 6, 2013 at 1:40PM
North Bend Theatre and Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum team up for a live reading of “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd N. Funded by 4Culture-funded, presented by the Book-It Repertory Theatre, the show presents author Timothy Egan’s account of Edward Curtis’ quest to photograph the vanishing ways of more than 80 American Indian tribes in the early 20th century. Tickets are $5.
- Dec 6, 2013 at 1:41PM
I must admit that I am still on an emotional high since our Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society’s 1940 community sing-along. What a thrill to have well over one hundred Valley neighbors gathered together for the sake of joined voices to celebrate and commemorate the pivotal time and heritage of 1940! We rarely gather together nowadays, except to confront issues or to take advantage of bargain sales. Neither was the case as joined voices were raised to recreate and celebrate our rich heritage of music in one of the more pivotal years in American history.
- Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38PM
For the fourth year in a row, the national College Board has named the Snoqualmie Valley School District to its prestigious AP District Honor Roll for simultaneously achieving increases in Advanced Placement (AP) courses for a broader number of students while maintaining or improving the rate at which its AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam.
- Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38PM
At the Feb. 28, 2013, meeting of District 410’s board, I inquired as to the status of teaching cursive in our schools. Although disappointed to learn of our lack of emphasis after teaching it in the third grade, I was somewhat encouraged by the board’s interest in the issue. Since then, I have talked to many persons, adults and students, about the use of cursive. Many of the adults had heard about the national trend of de-emphasizing cursive.