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- Jul 4, 2014 at 7:00AM
Performing at 1 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Carnation Fourth’s Tolt Avenue stage, East Side Story will be doing short form improv comedy, offering a series of sketches and theater games based on audience suggestions.
- Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00AM
Pictured above, the Carnation Fourth of July Committee is the volunteer group that puts together the fun. From left are, front row, Nicole Pitts, who readies the Run for the Pies; Collienne Becker, in charge of facilites; Miles Denison, sound and staging; Dan Pflugrath, CERT team; Bill Ferry, public works; back row, Kim Lisk, chairperson; Amy Hammontree, 3-on-3 basketball tournament; Sydney Lisk, vendors; Brian Pattinson, sound and staging; Suzanne Maxon, treasurer; Ken Carter, Carnation city manager; Josh Bushman,volunteer coordinator; Bill Fletcher, volunteer coordinator; and police officer Scott Allen.
- Jul 4, 2014 at 8:00AM
Are you ready to rock this Fourth of July? Carnation-based Redwing Blackbirds play rock sounds in the mode of Led Zeppelin, White Denim, Grizzly Bear, My Goodness and Queens of the Stone Age. They start the show at 2 p.m. at Tolt-MacDonald Park. The band is made up of Deacon Raleigh David Wilson on vocals and guitar, Paul Ehlen on bass and keyboards, and Karl Snyder on the drums.
- Jul 4, 2014 at 9:00AM
Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life is Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 13, at North Bend’s Torguson Park. Organizers are still seeking teams, participants and support. Learn how to join a team and walk in the relay at Snovalleyrelay.org. Beautiful Lengths, formerly known as Locks of Love, will be at the Relay from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. People are welcomed to donate eight-inch lengths of hair to make a wig for a cancer survivor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Jul 7, 2014 at 1:16PM
After 15 months working with a specially convened task force and advisory committee, the King Conservation District is in the process of completing a proposed program targeting six essential areas to focus its efforts in the coming years. Areas such as rural and urban farm plans, the regional food system and small lot forestry are being targeted. As a special funding district, King Conservation District has legislative authority to propose a per parcel rate to fund its program. This fee is collected through a system of rates and charges and requires approval by the King County Council.
- Jul 7, 2014 at 1:21PM
Fifteen Eastside Catholic High School seniors from the Valley graduated Sunday, June 8, at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. EC’s Valley grads include Johanna Kittridge, Laurel Meredith, Rosemary Young, Zoe Vierling–Coulter, Patrick Hillis, Alexander Carter, Shelby Hamilton, Madeline Racine, Grace Howland, Mathew Flowers, Luke Reents, Marcela Santos, Kenneth DePrez, Jacob MacDuff, and Dillion Kampp.
- Jul 7, 2014 at 1:22PM
Rachel Mallasch, a 2014 graduate of Mount Si High School, is the second place winner of the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge. The Challenge is part of Toyota and Discovery Education’s joint Toyota Teen Driver program, created to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge asks students across the country to produce short videos that inspire their peers to avoid distractions while behind the wheel. Mallasch’s video was chosen out of 1,000 video entries submitted from students nationwide through online voting.
- Jul 7, 2014 at 1:23PM
This month, 19 Snoqualmie Valley School District staffers begin their retirements, and several staff changes have been made to cover their duties. In the administrative offices of the district, retiring Assistant Superintendent Don McConkey’s role will be shared; Dan Schlotfeldt, former principal at Fall City Elementary School, will become the district’s Director of Elementary Education, and Ruth Moen’s role will transition to a Director of Instructional Support and Secondary Education. McConkey’s operations responsibilities will also be shared, between Jeff Hogan, Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Ryan Stokes, Business Services Director. Hogan will focus on teaching, learning and programs, while Stokes manages finance and operations.
- Jul 7, 2014 at 1:24PM
The football season is a few months away, but Mount Si players are getting ready in a way that can help locals with their yard work projects. In the Wildcat Worker program, Mount Si players sign up for yard work. Rates are $10 an hour per worker, with the money going to pay for their high school football costs. It takes financial pressure off their families, and is a win-win for the athletes, their team and local homeowners.
- Jul 7, 2014 at 1:28PM
Jerri Johnson walks right up to the hives, abuzz with hundreds of thousands of bees. No mask. No gloves. No bee suit. And he’s as calm as can be. “We’re in harmony,” says Johnson, who keeps four hives in his sprawling Snoqualmie garden. “I would never be a threat to them. They’re not a threat to me. I can get just as close as I want.” Like any beekeeper, Johnson occasionally gets stung. The last time was a few hours ago. It didn’t faze him, and he approaches one busy hive without mask or gloves to make a point: that these wild bees are pretty cool.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Jul 8, 2014 at 5:51PM
The foundation is poured, the walls are up and the tower cap freshly lifted in place at what, for now, is the future Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. When it opens, however, the new hospital may be a branch of Bellevue’s Overlake Hospital Medical Center. King County Public Hospital District No. 4, the rural district centered on Snoqualmie, is considering selling its hospital and clinics to Overlake. The district’s board of commissioners approved a letter of intent to negotiate a sale at their Thursday, July 3, regular meeting.