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Taking new ground: Mount Si football, QB JoJo Hillel, ready for new league

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:15AM

One year ago, junior safety Jojo Hillel had the best seat in the house to learn the art of quarterbacking. Now, the transition is natural, and the tall, 180-pound senior will be at the center of action under Mount Si’s Friday night lights.

February bond possible for new school package: SVSD board: ‘Tonight we’ve got to move forward’

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:07AM

They have a goal, to present a bond issue to voters in February. Now, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board needs to finalize the details of that bond, and they have about a month to do it. When the board met Thursday, Aug. 21, Superintendent Joel Aune reminded the group that he and staff had been asked to develop a timeline for a February bond proposition, which they presented July 9. He went over some of the critical deadlines involved, saying “To move toward a February bond proposition… the latest that we feel would be reasonable for the board to make a formal decision around the bond proposition, would be around the first of October.”

Birches Habitat Fashion Show, Sunday, helps House of Hope

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:01AM

North Bend boutique Birches Habitat holds its third annual fashion show benefit for the House of Hope, 6 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 14, at Boxley's jazz club. Models from the Valley will show off Birches fashions. Tickets include a glass of champagne.

Core pioneers: Mount Si girls soccer looks to make 4A impact

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:00AM

Most of the core is back for the Mount Si girls soccer team. Now, this group faces the challenge of a new league with bigger schools as competition. “We’re playing tougher teams,” said senior forward and co-captain Karli White. “We want to get a good record and start off strong.”

Right time to strike: Mount Si tennis’s Matthew Griffin strategizes the game | Season Preview

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 10:51AM

Singles leader Matthew Griffin is happy to be back in the hot seat. The four-year varsity player for Mount Si begins his senior season in the top solo spot for boys tennis, and will face some good competition. In tennis, “You have to plan your victories,” says Griffin. “You don’t just happen upon them. It’s a combination of patience, and knowing what the right time is to strike.”

Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch hangs out at North Bend's Beast Mode Challenge | Photo Gallery

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 3:36PM

Hundreds of Seahawks fans visited the Valley Saturday, Sept. 6, to unleash their inner beasts, and maybe, just maybe, see Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. They got both. As runners challenged themselves in obstacles like Marshawn’s Mud Pit and the classic run through the tires, Lynch drove the course in a small utility vehicle, to loud cheers from the fans.

Hooray for Hansen! Park named for former Snoqualmie mayor gets grand opening | Photo Gallery

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 2:30PM

Colleagues of Jeanne Hansen say she was a master of transformations. The late Hansen, mayor of Snoqualmie from 1987 to 1997, shepherded the development of Snoqualmie Ridge. She died Jan. 3, 2001, and never got to see the changes she wrought.

The blue and the gray: History takes a new twist at Snoqualmie re-enactment, teaser | Photo Gallery

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 2:10PM

“Go Union!” A spectator cheered from a passing car on Snoqualmie Parkway, 50 yards away, inspiring the men and women of Company F, 20th Maine, as they marched into battle. Granted, their guns weren’t loaded, but they rose to the challenge—a trio of gray-clad skirmishers of the 2nd S. Carolina regiment—after the whooping intruders disturbed the peace of their encampment at Rotary Park, better known as the Venturing Crew Christmas Tree Farm.

Mount Si cross country runners ready for 4A league’s challenges

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:25PM

Hannah Waskom owned the distance records for the Mount Si girls cross country squad as a freshman. Now, she and the rest of the Wildcat running contingent look to improve in 2014. “The team this year is all about adjusting to 4A, getting used to harder competition, and rising to the challenges that 4A will bring us,” said the sophomore.

Mount Si Transition classes plan Disneyland trip, fundraiser

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:22PM

The Special Education Life Skills and Transition Classes at Mount Si High School are going to Disneyland in April 2015. To get there, they seek the community's help. Travel can be challenging for these special needs students, but the Disneyland trip is a chance to learn valuable life skills. They will learn how to plan a trip, earn money to pay for it, keep a budget and navigate airports.

Love for the game: Mount Si boys golf reloads with top-end skill depth

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 11:21AM

Earbuds playing country music, junior Alex Nelson winds up on the driving range at Mount Si Golf Course and lets fly. The junior was with his team, getting in some hits before hitting the road for their Sno Falls match with a group of arriving Issaquah golfers. Nelson, with his state tournament experience—he placed 18th last spring—looks to lead a fairly deep group of Mount Si boys on the autumn fairways.

Snoqualmie Methodist Church plans dinners, 125th birthday party

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 11:08AM

Snoqualmie United Methodist Church will host free community dinners, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting Wednesday, Sept. 10. All are welcome at the dinners, part of a 12-week pilot program put on by the church as an outreach effort.

Sno Valley Tilth holding big dinner, fair, farm tours Saturday

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 11:06AM

SnoValley Tilth’s annual farm tours throughout the Valley, and their Farm Faire and Pig Roast on Jubilee Farm, return on Saturday, Sept. 13. The family event celebrates the bounty of the harvest in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Lower Valley’s CERT Team classes set

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 11:03AM

Citizen Corps offers a class to learn FEMA-sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills like small fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster medical response.

Swimming renaissance: Mount Si aqua team leaders step in year two

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 10:06AM

In 2013, Mount Si's girls swim team embarked on a trial run as a newly organized group swimming in a new, hometown pool. This fall, team captains expect the 25-girl squad to come into their own.

Always a Wildcat: Mount Si volleyball team reloads with experience at the top

  • Sep 9, 2014 at 3:49PM

There’s excitement but also the bittersweet sense of a finale for Anna McCreadie, as the athletic outside hitter starts up her senior season as a Wildcat. Volleyball has long been her focus and her love. She spent the summer productively with club play, camps, and lifting weights to prepare for this season, which also pits the team against new 4A contenders.

Mount Si Leo Club joins forces for Hopelink meal

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 3:30PM

Members of the Mount Si Leos Club recently prepared and served dinner at Hopelink’s Avondale Park Housing Center on Wednesday, Aug. 13. It was the club’s third meal served at Hopelink, and there was a big turnout.

Fostering community: SVA Church raises funds for major construction project

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 3:24PM

Snoqualmie Valley Alliance (SVA) church has raised $2.4 million for an interactive community building for Snoqualmie Valley youth and families.

Small-business feel helps tennis enthusiast get back in the game: Carnation transplant brings 
tennis-racquet business

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 3:21PM

Stephen Stchur, in his own words, did not know what he was getting himself into.

King County Parks to ease the parking squeeze at Duthie Hill

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 3:17PM

King County Parks is building a new 74-vehicle parking lot at Duthie Hill Park that will serve as the park’s main trailhead and greatly expand parking for the increasingly popular mountain bike park. The work began in July and should be completed by October.

Valley grads get SPU diplomas

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 3:10PM

Four Valley students recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle.

Mount Si grad Chester Williams gets lieutenant’s commission

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 3:10PM

Chester P. Williams, a 2006 graduate of Mount Si High School, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Mount Si Lutheran volunteers take on fix-up projects

  • Sep 5, 2014 at 2:31PM

Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend takes part in a community outreach event, “God’s Work, Our Hands,” on Sunday, Sept. 7. Thousands of churches across the United States and in the Caribbean region are joining in a day of restoring and reconciling communities. Participants will be wearing yellow t-shirts for recognition of community involvement.

Cops find secret sophisticated treehouse in Snoqualmie | Fire, police blotter

  • Sep 5, 2014 at 2:43PM

Setting up camp: On Saturday, Aug. 23, a caller told police that someone was building a structure, about 100 feet into a greenbelt, in the 34000 block of Southeast Burke Street, Snoqualmie. The caller heard them using a chainsaw, too. Police investigated and found the beginnings of a sophisticated treehouse at the vacated site. They removed the bucket of tools on site, and left a business card for the occupants, then contacted the city's Public Works department to dismantle the structure.

North Bend's new larger-lot zoning change gets public hearing soon

  • Sep 5, 2014 at 2:32PM

North Bend’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a city zoning change requiring larger residential lot sizes, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the North Bend City Hall conference room. The hearing follows an Aug. 19 hearing on the same subject at the North Bend City Council, and will inform the planning commission’s future recommendations regarding residential zoning in the city.

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