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Eastside Baby Corner holding emergency drive to help children at Oso

  • Apr 4, 2014 at 5:13PM

Eastside Baby Corner, with the assistance of First Due Movers, is holding an Emergency Drive through Tuesday, April 8, to collect items the children of Oso, Wash., and the surrounding communities need most. Items specifically requested by agencies in the Oso area are shampoo and conditioner, socks and underwear in all sizes from toddler to teen and diapers and pull-ups

Sign up now for women’s defense classes in Snoqualmie, North Bend

  • Apr 4, 2014 at 5:12PM

The Snoqualmie Police Department’s free women’s self-defense course, RAD will be offered in April in Snoqualmie, and a May class is planned in North Bend. RAD, or Rape Aggression Defense, will be taught in four three-hour, women-only sessions, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 15, 17, 22 and 24, at the Snoqualmie Police Department, 34825 S.E. Douglas St. Participants must be Snoqualmie residents, at least 18, and must attend all four sessions.

Watch out for fake IRS calls, attorney general warns

  • Apr 4, 2014 at 5:09PM

A fast-moving phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the country, warns the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The scammers impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and demand payment for taxes owed, and often know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number, make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling, send follow-up bogus IRS emails to support their scam; and call a second time claiming to be the police or Department of Motor Vehicles, and caller ID again supports their claim.

Fundraising begins for Mount Si's prestigious Essentially Ellington New York trip

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:30PM

Essentially Ellington, the high school jazz festival hosted annually by Jazz at Lincoln Center, is “an amazing program, educationally,” says Matt Wenman, band director at Mount Si High School. He could be talking about the three-day workshop that draws thousands of bands from across the country, or maybe the culminating competition among the most elite bands in the country. Then again, he’s equally likely to be talking about the months of extra effort that his 20-member Jazz I band put into their training this year, just to audition for the competition.

Engaging the arts: Schools foundation lunch touts education’s future

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:27PM

Things took on a grand scale at the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation luncheon March 20, starting with the full house. More than 230 participants attended the annual fundraiser at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, helping to raise nearly $100,000 for area schools this year alone. The days donations also put the foundation itself over the million dollar mark in total fundraising over its 25 years.

Middle School Educator of the Year: Carolyn Phelps, Twin Falls Middle School

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:15PM

Meet Carolyn Phelps, a Twin Falls Middle School teacher and one of the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association's 2014 Educators of the Year. Below, Phelps answers questions about her calling:

Classified Educator of the Year: Transportation Technician Karen Lewis

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:14PM

Named one of the Snoqualmie Valley Education Association's 2014 Educators of the Year, Karen Lewis has been working in the Snoqualmie Valley School District since 1990, when she started as a bus driver. She was trained as a driver by the district, and attended the state driver’s training school. In 2002, she became responsible for delivering that same training to new drivers, as a driver trainer and in 2009, she moved to her current role as transportation technician, responsible for dispatching buses, scheduling substitute route drivers, training for new drivers, and sports and field trip travel. She also drives routes.

A perfect fit: Meet Elementary Educator of the Year Danielle Bernardo of Cascade View Elementary

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:09PM

Part of the first crop of teachers and students to work in Cascade View Elementary when it opened in 2005, Danielle Bernardo has spent her entire teaching career here. “This is my ninth year teaching,” she wrote. “I started here in fourth grade … and I haven’t left yet! It’s the perfect fit for me!”

Get development screenings for young children at Encompass

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:07PM

For parents with questions about their children’s development, Encompass Northwest in North Bend offers free screenings for children ages 3 months to 5 years. Parents will come away with a list of recommendations for their child regarding motor, speech, self-help, social and cognitive skills.

Out of the Past: Oestreich speaks out on Riverview bond failure; Chain-reaction car accident

  • Apr 3, 2014 at 3:02PM

March 30, 1989: Harry Oestreich, former chairman and member of the school board, joined other School District 407 members in making their first public comment on the failed $9 million school bond for a new high school and remodel of TMS. Oestreich challenged foes to “get honest” and “forget tradition” when deciding how and where a new high school should be built.

A brief encounter: Amateur Photo Contest's animal snapshots

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

Alan Hendrickson of North Bend won first place in the animal category for his shot, above, of a snowshoe rabbit on Stevens Pass. “We are beginner snowshoe enthusiasts, and normally go to Snoqualmie Pass,” Hendrickson told the Record in an e-mail. “But rain in the pass sent us toward Stevens for a new adventure. My new Nikon D7100 around my neck, we had just stopped for a sip of water, and this little cutie crawled out from under a tree.

Capturing memories: Contest winners reflect on people photography

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 2:49PM

Fall City native Cathy Harris won first place in the people category for the photo of her son John, pond-skimming on skis at the Summit at Snoqualmie. “Last year my older son did it and made it across,” Harris told the Record. “This year, my younger son had to try it. He too made it across! Bragging rights!”

Best of the Valley 2014 | Full results, winners

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 2:05PM

The residents have voted, and the results are out. The 2014 Best of the Valley winners and finalists include:

Vantage points: Shutterbugs find new ways to see the Valley’s scenic beauty

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 1:50PM

As caretaker of the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, Brian Scott has a special vantage point on Snoqualmie Falls and the surrounding Valley. “From the scenic to wildlife to the yearly productions the theater puts on,” he says, “having a camera on hand opens the eye to see what it might not normally.” From the small hill behind his house, he snapped the winning photo in this year’s Amateur Photo Contest—a view of winter color on Snoqualmie Falls.

Whoa, already, with the road rage

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:51PM

The calls are starting to stand out. If you pay attention to the police blotter, maybe you’ve noticed that a few folks need to take a chill pill before hitting the gas. On Tuesday, March 11, a man got out of his car in North Bend and chased another driver with a 2X4, after the person in front didn’t let him through a locking security gate at a local storage facility. The caller managed to outrun his lumber-brandishing pursuer.

REF awards record $69,000 to RSD schools

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:51PM

The Riverview Education Foundation (REF) recently awarded 39 grants to the Riverview School District, totaling nearly $55,000 and bringing the combined grants over the past year to $69,169, the most money ever awarded by the foundation in a fiscal year.

McLauchlin’s rowing team takes second

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:50PM

Abigail McLauchlin, a college rower and 2013 graduate of Mount Si High School, competed in the Longhorn Invitational over the March 22 weekend for the University of San Diego Women’s Rowing Team. McLauchlin, who is a freshman, rowed in the First Varsity 4. Her team finished second at the event, six seconds behind first place Yale, who is ranked sixth in the country.

Cedarcrest girls basketball team's all-league selections

  • Apr 2, 2014 at 12:50PM

Cedarcrest’s varsity girls team received plentiful inclusion in their league’s All-Cascade team selections this winter. Senior guard Susan Kenney was chosen as most valuable player of the league, senior guard Kalee Fowler was picked for the first-team all league and junior guard Megan Ditore was selected for the second-team all league.

Little Town Blues dinner helps send band to NY

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 4:14PM

A fundraiser event helps send 20 Mount Si Jazz Band students to New York City for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Boxley’s Place in North Bend.

Mount Si girls golf growing experience; Dorn, Maralack co-medal at jamboree | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 2:53PM

The Mount Si High School girls golf team got a taste of competition last week, competing in early-season jamborees. Mount Si won on Thursday, March 27, in a four-team round robin at Mount Si Golf Course. The Wildcats led on points, 240 to Interlake’s 265, Liberty’s 259 and Mercer Island’s 278. Sophomore Caitlin Maralack tied with senior Tabitha Dorn for a score of 43 on the par-36 nine holes. Bianca Backman shot a 47, Kara Murray shot a 48, Ashley Miller shot 59 and Rachel Warnke shot for 71.

Relief for Oso: Valley comes together to help massive mudslide’s victims

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 2:39PM

Child fundraisers and adult volunteers in the Valley are trying to help victims of the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County. At least 27 have died and 22 people are still believed missing following the slide, which happened at 10:37 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. A hillside above a neighborhood about four miles east of the town gave way, burying 50 properties over a square mile in earth and debris.

Public worker: Snoqualmie’s Dan Marcinko gets nod for Best City Employee

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 2:22PM

Dan Marcinko, Snoqualmie’s friendly, enthusiastic Public Works Director, was named Best City Employee in the 2014 Best of the Valley poll. The ex-Midwesterner joined the city team in March of 2009, and has overseen the ongoing transformation of the historic downtown, among many projects and duties. Below, he shares his approach and philosophy.

Valley cops, families take part in Polar Plunge

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 2:21PM

Valley police and their family members, including, from left, Megan McCulley, Peyton McCulley, Lynn McCulley, Chief McCulley, Officer James Sherwood, and his wife Rebecca Sherwood take part in the Washington Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Lake Sammamish, Saturday, March 15, at Idylwood Park in Redmond.

What makes a business ‘the best’? Go behind the votes in the annual ‘Best of the Valley’ competition

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 2:18PM

It’s that time again, when I break out the pen and sign dozens of ‘Best of the Valley’ prize certificates. It’s great how people take our annual contest so seriously, and interesting to see how the results change, year to year.

Public workshop for Snoqualmie watershed planning efforts

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 1:37PM

King County is hosting a public workshop, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Preston Community Center to inform and invite comments on the progress of its collaborative watershed planning efforts.

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