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Hard-working water guy Fergus McGrath is North Bend's employee of the year

  • Jan 3, 2014 at 3:08PM

Hard-working water guy Fergus McGrath is North Bend's employee of the year

Say bye to your Christmas tree the green way: Recycle, compost options in the Valley

  • Jan 3, 2014 at 3:07PM

Snoqualmie Valley residents can start the new year on a green note by recycling their Christmas trees, rather than throwing them in the garbage. From composting to curbside recycling, locals have a number of ways to dispose of Yule trees in less-wasteful ways. In Snoqualmie, Christmas Tree Pick-Up Service is 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4

Jared Basham completes Air Force basic training with honors

  • Jan 3, 2014 at 3:06PM

Air Force Airman Jared N. Basham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Basham earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Charles Basham of Oroville, Calif., and Sheryl Elliott of North Bend, Wash.

Two Wildcat wrestlers take it all at Best of the West tourney

  • Jan 6, 2014 at 10:38AM

Two Mount Si wrestlers defeated all comers in their classes in the Best of the West tournament, held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21, at Pasco High School. Eli Clure pinned two opponents and won a majority decision over a third before beating West Salem's Jeb Powell in the 120-pound class for the championship.

Lynn Dean Acton, 73, of North Bend, passes

  • Jan 6, 2014 at 10:34AM

Lynn Dean Acton of North Bend died Tuesday, Dec. 24. He was born March 15, 1940, in Snohomish, Wash., graduated from Sultan High School, and worked as an auto mechanic at Loveland Chevrolet in North Bend for 33 years.

Friends of Youth welcomes new board members

  • Jan 6, 2014 at 10:24AM

Friends of Youth has recently added two new members, Joan McBride and Vincent Hayes to its Board of Directors. McBride just ended her term as Mayor of Kirkland in December. She was a founding member of the Eastside Human Services Forum and is a former Friends of Youth employee. Hayes, a Renton resident, is a graduate of Friends of Youth’s Griffin Home program who went on to earn a master’s degree in social work.

Kids play, parents learn: Snoqualmie Valley Playground fair returns this month

  • Jan 6, 2014 at 10:44AM

The Sno-Valley Indoor Playground hosts its annual Snoqualmie Valley Preschool Education and Enrichment Fair, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Mount Si High School Commons. The free event introduces Valley families to preschools, enrichment programs, day care facilities, and other services for children from birth to five years old.

Letters | Ron Swanson’s family thankful for love

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 3:06PM

Words cannot express the overwhelming gratitude we feel for the hundreds of people who reached out with love, support, help and wrapped their arms around our family, and Ron Swanson’s entire family (following his death).

Snoqualmie may hire firm for riverwalk master plan

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 3:14PM

At next week’s Snoqualmie City Council meeting, the council will consider a proposal to hire a Canadian design firm for a new riverwalk master plan. The city would pay Brent Harley and Associates about $60,000 to create a detailed plan for shoreline access, restoration and enhancement along the Snoqualmie River.

All-Northeast soccer honors for North Bend's Nikki Stanton

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 3:09PM

Mount Si alum and North Bend native Nikki Stanton, now playing soccer at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., has achieved a major college honor. Stanton was named to the National Soccer Coaches Associate of America All-Northeast Region First Team, announced by the organization in December.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital politics heat up over board seat, future; Supporters, staff say mission must continue

  • Jan 7, 2014 at 3:19PM

Both critics and supporters of Public Hospital District 4 are watching its board closely this winter, as the district’s commission transitions to a new era and brings on a new board member. The Snoqualmie City Hall meeting room was filled to occupancy on Thursday, Jan. 2, as more than 100 employees, patients and concerned citizens weighed in on the politics surrounding the change of seats on the commission.

Down under, right here: Mount Si boys basketball team meets scrappy Australian touring team, on and off the court

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 3:42PM

Basketball players from two different countries hung out together, learned about each other, and then played a game and left it all on the court. The Mount Si boys varsity team came away with a lopsided win on the scoreboard last Friday afternoon, Jan. 3. But points weren’t really the point in the Wildcats’ exhibition match against NPire, an Australian team that drew boys together from cities down under, mainly Melbourne and Canberra.

Get ready for February election, register, check for discounts | Opinion

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 3:09PM

It’s 2014 already? And look what’s just around the corner—an election. Specifically, operations and tech levies are on the Feb. 11, 2014 ballot for both local school districts, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley. So, with only three weeks until ballots go out, it’s worth remembering a couple of things. First, for any new voters and newcomers, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, Jan. 13. You can register online at www.vote.wa.gov, or call (206) 296-8683.

Twin Falls student choir lift their voices at Leavenworth | Reader Photo

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 3:06PM

Hundreds of tourists in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth got to hear young voices from the Valley during the holiday season. The Twin Falls Middle School seventh and eighth grade choirs traveled to Leavenworth on Saturday, Dec. 14, to perform for the public, attending the Christmas season festivities.

Reflections showcase students' art at North Bend's Opstad Elementary | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 3:14PM

Art was the gateway to learning for students at Opstad Elementary in North Bend. In December, students invited all comers to see and celebrate their work as part of the PTA’s Reflections program, in its first year at the school. The Reflections committee, chaired by Kristin Lockwood, Jackie Fedyk and Kristin Tetuán, received 54 submissions that included visual arts, music, photography, literature and sculpture.

Historic great: North Bend Citizen of Year is museum’s Gardiner Vinnedge | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 3:21PM

North Bend’s 2013 Citizen of the Year award goes to a man who’s been involved with countless community projects over the years— from saving Si View in 2003 and Meadow-brook Farm in 1996 to celebrating two cities’ centennials, to preserving and presenting the Valley’s history on various boards and commissions. Yet what really makes this year’s honoree, Gardiner Vinnedge, stand out is, according to his friends and colleagues, everything.

Bear kills dog on Snoqualmie Ridge; Trap set

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 5:38PM

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking into a deadly bear-vs-dog interaction that happened last week on Snoqualmie Ridge. According to the city of Snoqualmie, the encounter happened in the Heights neighborhood of the Ridge. A WDFW investigation determined that a bear breached a fence, was chased by the dog, and reacted defensively. The dog was killed by the bear

Something little, something big: Snoqualmie Valley efforts help change lives in Kenya schools, slums and prison

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:15PM

When Kathy Lambert packs her bags for a trip to Kenya later this month, she’s not likely to forget a toothbrush—or makeup. These items have earned prominent places in the District 3 King County Council representative’s memory both from her previous trip to Kenya, three years ago. The toothbrushes, possibly hundreds of them, are destined for women and children suffering from AIDS and living in the slums of Nairobi. When Lambert met some of them on a mission trip with WorldComp Kenya in 2011, she was saddened by how bad their teeth were.

Snoqualmie Tribe grant helps Search and Rescue team

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:16PM

King County Explorer Search and Rescue (KCESAR) recently received a grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe Fund for $5,000 to be used toward a March 2014 goal of raising $200,000, for the replacement of their aging command and communication vehicle. The vehicle is used for communicating to teams in the field, a command post and to transport emergency equipment.

Boy, 12, rescues sisters from burning house; Hello from Vietnam | Out of the Past

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:19PM

• Steve Barnhart, 12, helped his three sisters escape from a blazing house near Duvall. Their parents were out, the mother having car trouble on her way to pick up their father, a cab driver. A faulty oil heater caused the blaze, at around 2 a.m. Steve escaped out the back door, then instructed 11-year-old Karen to help 10-year-old Lydia and six-year-old Debra out of their bedroom window, then jump herself.

Students need tech skills more than cursive | Letters

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:18PM

Regarding the letter to the editor published in the December 4, 2013, issue of the Valley Record by Mr. Joe Monahan of Fall City, I must respectfully disagree. As a parent of a first grader I find it frustrating to discover that cursive is still being taught at all. I can’t think of any formal instruction that could better waste the time and effort of students and teachers. Any and all instruction time currently allotted toward cursive writing would be much better spent teaching keyboarding skills.

Learn to Contra Dance at North Bend's Sallal Grange

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:21PM

Sallal Grange's next Contra Dance is 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Grange and Community Hall. The evening starts with a meal of hearty vegetable soup and rustic bread, at 6:30 p.m. Musicians will play waltzes before the dance, and dance leader, Tim Noonan, gives waltz lessons between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Contra dancing and waltzing follows from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Magical night at Red Oak Residence | Reader Photo

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 12:17PM

In December, a group of 13 children from six Valley families, aged 2 to 8 years old, caroled at Red Oak Residence in North Bend. “It was a magical night and the kids spread so much joy,” said mom Cara Van Sant.

Pickpocket works the line at grocery store | Snoqualmie Valley Police, Fire calls

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 1:09PM

Grocery pickpocket: A North Bend citizen used the sheriff’s website to make an online report of a theft. The victim had been standing at a grocery store counter when two people bumped into him in quick succession. Afterward, the victim’s wallet was missing.

Minor assault? Reported Carnation abduction attempt overblown, officials say

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 2:58PM

No one was harmed and no charges are expected as a result of a sidewalk confrontation in Carnation Thursday afternoon, Jan. 9. The incident, reported by the 10-year-old boy who was involved, put Carnation Elementary School and local law enforcement on alert for the rest of the day. Carnation Elementary School notified parents by e-mail of the incident Thursday afternoon, and put all after-school programs on lockdown, allowing only parents to pick students up at the end of the day.

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