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- Aug 6, 2013 at 2:29PM
Today is the primary election in Washington and King County. Here in the Valley, there are a couple of issues that voters need to clear up: First, winnowing the four-way race for Snoqualmie Valley School District's Director Dist 4 race down to the top two candidates.
Spicy stuff: North Bend's What’s Cookin’ Chili Cookoff brings a taste of community flavors to Festival at Mount Si
- Aug 6, 2013 at 3:18PM
A bubbling, well-seasoned pot of chicken chili won a major award. And brought mom and daughter a little bit closer together. In 2012, the Old Hens, a mother-daughter team of Deanna and Brittany Morauski, took home the people’s choice award in the Festival at Mount Si Chili Cookoff for their Chick Chick Chili. Deanna, who runs the Old Hen Bed and Breakfast in North Bend, has every year fun cooking with her daughter, and enjoys the hearty competition at the Festival cooking challenge, which is judged by a local panel and by the people.
- Aug 6, 2013 at 3:04PM
North Bend’s blueberry farm, Bybee Farms, opened for self-pickers on Monday, July 22. The farm is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, and picking conditions are great right now, reports owner Kelli Berlin. The farm has six varieties of berries.
- Aug 6, 2013 at 3:09PM
You already know how great your pet is, but why not let everyone see it for themselves? Bring your critter to the Festival at Mount Si, and let him or her strut their stuff in the Amazing Pet Contest, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the lawn tent. “It’s very casual, you just bring your pet. There’s no pre-registration, no fee, it’s just a fun time,” says pet contest coordinator and event emcee Kathy Paulus.
- Aug 6, 2013 at 3:04PM
Ryan Gillespie, a senior from Fall City was recently listed on the 2013 spring semester dean’s list at University of Portland. Gillespie is studying accounting. Students need at least a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for the dean’s list.
- Aug 6, 2013 at 3:29PM
The main Mount Si and Little Si trails reopened Aug. 1 after being closed due to the “444 Fire,” first reported Friday, July 26. The state Department of Natural Resources, which directed fire-fighting efforts, reports that the fire was fully contained and controlled July 31. Hikers are asked to be cautious while using the trails, as the fire remains in patrol status. The Garden Loop Trail remains closed indefinitely.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58AM
It looks like Marci Busby and David Spring will face each other in the Snoqualmie Valley School District's seat 4 race this fall. Early results from the August 6 primary show Busby leading the three other candidates with 30.9 percent of the vote, or 1,106 votes. Spring had 27.8 percent with 997 votes.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 11:04AM
The Festival at Mount Si is funded solely through donations and run by an all-volunteer committee. One of its biggest fundraisers is the annual festival silent auction. Many local and regional businesses and merchants donate quality items for auction, which runs 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the festival grounds.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 11:16AM
King County Sheriff’s Deputies are readying for a round of annual liquor patrols, starting in August and continuing over the next few months. North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner reports that deputies have started notifying local sales points, reminding them of the rules and ways that they can avoid illegal sales to minors. Random stings using teenage ‘agents’ will follow, putting vendors to the test.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 11:18AM
The Festival at Mount Si lets you indulge your sweet tooth in some berry-licious activities. Juicy events at this year’s event again include the Burstin’ with Blueberries cooking contest, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and the cherry pie eating contest, 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 11:08AM
Hear live tunes all weekend at the Main Stage at Si View Park during North Bend's festival weekend. Tunes range from rock to country to rhythm and blues. Friday, Aug. 9: Ian McFeron, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 11:09AM
The annual Festival at Mount Si is August 9 through 11, 2013. All events are at Si View Community Park, 400 Orchard Drive, except the grand and kiddie parade, which are held on downtown streets. Fireworks are launched from Torguson Park.
- Aug 7, 2013 at 11:25AM
Bree Loewen sees things pretty clearly, and acts accordingly. When she and her husband, Russell Anschell, found themselves in the mountains every weekend, they decided to move to North Bend. Since they are “heavy back-country users,” she said it only made sense for them to volunteer with Seattle Mountain Rescue. Because they have a 5-year-old daughter, she is a stay-at-home mom, and they avoid working on the same missions, to minimize their risks. It all sounds logical enough, but that’s not all there is to Loewen’s commitment. “It really comes down to ‘this is our community,’” she says. “We’ve been doing this for such a long time and I think people have really come to rely on us.”
- Aug 8, 2013 at 1:50PM
Day-of registration and the start line of the 25th annual Tour de Peaks bike run has moved to downtown North Bend. The ride begins Sunday morning, Aug. 11, at Main Avenue and North Bend Way. Ride check in is from 7 to 10 a.m.
Out of the Past: Valley athlete nearly misses OIympic trials; New superintendent changes the flow of meetings
- Aug 8, 2013 at 1:52PM
The following stories made the news in the Valley 50 and 25 years ago, as found in the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives. Aug. 4, 1988 • Cynthia Henry Bayles just missed going into the finals of the Olympic Trials at Indianapolis for the 800-meter run. She had her first taste of the sport as a ninth grader at Tolt High School. She graduated in 1977.
- Aug 8, 2013 at 1:56PM
The sixth annual 2013 Mount Si Wildcat Basketball Golf Tournament fundraiser starts at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie. This four-person scramble helps the Mount Si boys basketball team.
- Aug 8, 2013 at 1:55PM
An exciting new generation in live music takes the stage this week at the Snoqualmie Arts Market in historic downtown Snoqualmie. Performing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, is LocoMotive, a young rock band formed a year ago at Big Star Studio on Snoqualmie Ridge. LocoMotive has also performed at Finaghty’s Irish Pub and The Bindlestick, sharpening their talents on a repertoire of classic hits from the 1980s. Live music performances are becoming an important part of the Arts Market, which started July 27.
- Aug 8, 2013 at 1:54PM
The Mount Si Lion’s Club is sponsoring the Lion’s Health Screening Unit at the Festival at Mount Si, offering free health screenings for blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, sight and hearing. The Lion’s Mobile Health Screening Unit is a 62-foot-long mobile medical clinic and is medically equipped to do health screening.
- Aug 8, 2013 at 1:58PM
Opportunity is teed up for individuals with a disability who have wanted to play golf but felt they were unable. Their opportunity is the fourth annual Boeing Classic Adaptive Golf Clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Registration is free and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 9.
- Aug 8, 2013 at 2:03PM
Eight months after 57-year-old North Bend resident Lucinda Pieczatkowski was hit by a truck and killed on a dark road near Snoqualmie, King County prosectors have filed charges against the teenage suspect. Senior deputy prosecuting attorney Amy Freedheim filed a count of felony hit and run Wednesday, Aug. 7, against Cody Joseph Eads, 19, of North Bend.
- Aug 8, 2013 at 2:07PM
It could be a stationery shop. Fat yellow pencils, boxes of safety scissors and stacks of notebooks are heaped on tables and along the walls of what is normally the quilters’ room at Mount Si Lutheran Church. Today, though, and for the next few weeks, the room is school supply central. Peggy Buckingham, a volunteer with the school supply drive and pastoral assistant at Our Lady of Sorrows, her church, drops off a few bags of pencils and such, then does a quick assessment of what’s there, and what’s missing.
- Aug 9, 2013 at 2:57PM
Local author Heidi Furseth will be holding a book signing at the Evergreen Horse Show in Carnation, Saturday August 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Noble Horse Gallery booth. Her book, titled "Easy Love," tells the parallel stories of the sometimes misguided love of a father for his daughter and the undying love of a girl for her horse.
- Aug 9, 2013 at 5:06PM
With Si View Park renovations complete, organizers of the annual Festival at Mount Si are bringing back the crowd favorites to the park August 9 to 11. “We have all of our favorite events from years past,” said Festival Chairperson Jill Massengill, in a report to the North Bend City Council July 16. “The parade, fireworks, chili cook-off, art show, live music, the Rotary beer garden, arts and crafts, and the food vendors, they’ll all be back… it’s looking like it’s going to be a really great event.”
- Aug 9, 2013 at 5:20PM
With King County’s sheriff’s deputies getting ready to do their annual liquor sales patrols—also known as stings—it’s important for local businesses, cashiers, managers and owners to understand a few things. First, that the person who bonks that bottle of wine or beer on the counter some time in the next few weeks might be younger than he or she looks and acts—and might be working with a cop outside to test you. So, second, you better know the rules.
- Aug 9, 2013 at 5:26PM
North Bend gas station owner George Wyrsch, Sr., always loved the thrill of things that go boom in the night. An avid Lions Club member, he staffed the charity fireworks stand in town. Every Fourth of July, the elder Wyrsch took his family to Carnation to watch the show.