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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.

Tribe announces donations to Valley organizations

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 1:36PM

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has recently made another round of donations in support of Snoqualmie Valley organizations. Among donations, $12,500 went to the Mount Si High School Boosters Clubs, shared among the softball, PTSA, sheer squad, girls soccer, and football clubs. To date, the Mount Si High School Boosters Clubs have received over $74,000 in charitable donations from the Tribe.

Hospital Lunch and Learn lightens emotional load

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 1:36PM

The next Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District Lunch and Learn, at noon Thursday, April 3, will focus on ways to “Lighten the Emotional Load.”

Lower Valley support group helps caregivers

  • Apr 1, 2014 at 1:30PM

The Sno-Valley Senior Center offers a free caregiver support group on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting date is April 10. If you are caring for someone with memory loss, you can learn, share and gain emotional support at this group.

Burgermeister: North Bend's Ken Hearing voted Best Elected Official and serves the Best Burger

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28AM

The secret to making a good burger, according to Scott’s Dairy Freeze owner Ken Hearing, sounds a lot like advice to elected officials. “Paying attention,” Hearing says, is how a worker can get a consistently cooked, reliably juicy hamburger into a customer’s hands, and it seems to be his approach to running a city, too. Now in his third term as North Bend Mayor, Hearing won the Best of the Valley reader poll for both Best Elected Official, and for Best Burger. He’s got a little more experience in the burger category, since he’s owned Scott’s since 1990, and only been the mayor “10 years, two months, and 21 days,” but he also got a crash course in civic involvement, way back then.

Harassed on the road; Man gets angry and loud at North Bend Library | Snoqualmie Valley police calls

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:27AM

On Saturday, March 15, a caller reported to Snoqualmie Police that she was being harassed by a man in a car. She said she’d pulled off the road in the 46000 block of Southeast North Bend Way, North Bend, to rest and eat, when a beat-up white two-door car pulled up behind her and the driver began honking his horn, and yelling at the woman, calling her a tweaker.

The community approach: Former North Bend chief Mark Toner voted top cop

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:24AM

This year’s top-rated police officer is a repeat offender, former North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner. Earlier this month, North Bend transitioned to a Snoqualmie Police contract, and Sgt. Toner was reassigned to a patrol area. He’s been in law enforcement for 29 years, the last four and a half in North Bend, and he shared his thoughts on community policing from a vacation beach spot last week:

Open communicator: Sally Rankin-Gabel, of North Bend Montessori, voted Best Teacher in the Valley

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:22AM

“I’m just shocked,” Sally Rankin-Gabel said when she learned that she has won both Best Preschool again, as well as Best Teacher in the Valley, beating out teachers at local elementary, middle and high schools. Rankin-Gabel takes a moment to ponder where all this devotion from her families at North Bend Montessori, where she’s taught for 17 years, comes from.

North Bend Bar and Grill: Consistently tops

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:20AM

Fans of the North Bend Bar & Grill, (and there are many) have once again put the restaurant at or near the top of the list in several categories in the Valley Record's Best of the Valley reader survey. This year, the NBBG was chosen Best Bar, and was a finalist for Best Restaurant and Best Brunch. We asked Liz Vollbrecht, a 10-year employee and general manager for the past five years, about what makes the place stand out for customers.

Snoqualmie athlete Maddie Racine, at Eastside Catholic, commits to Seattle University Soccer

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:10AM

Eastside Catholic High School student and Snoqualmie resident Maddie Racine signed her national letter of intent in February to play soccer at Seattle University. Racine played and started all four years at Eastside Catholic, as a defender, midfielder and forward.

Cedarcrest senior Chris Cole to play NCAA soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:08AM

For Cedarcrest High School senior Chris Cole, 14 years of hard work and a passion for soccer paid off in the most gratifying way Feb. 5, National Letter of Intent day. Cole has committed to play men’s soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne University, an NCAA Division II school in Hickory, N.C. He joins the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, along with players from all over the United States and Europe.

Growing your business: Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce voted Best Organization to Join

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:06AM

It’s there in the numbers. Since the first of the year, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce has added 45 new members, bringing the total membership to 305. Readers in the Valley Record’s Best of the Valley poll knew it already, choosing the Chamber as the Best Organization to Join. And everyone can join the chamber. We have non-profit, for-profit and individual members,” said Nate Perea, Chamber Executive Director. “Usually when we have individuals join, they’re very community-minded people. They want to be a part of contributing to the community,” he added.

Valley readers say Si View has the Best Festival in the Best Park

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 11:03AM

Si View Park and Community Center was our readers’ choice for the Best Park in the Valley. The 75 year-old facility is a hub for many community events, including this year’s Best Festival, the Festival at Mount Si, or Alpine Days, if you prefer, so we asked Si View’s Minna Rudd, and Festival organizer Jill Masssengill about what makes them special.

Valley food bank seeks volunteer rescue drivers, distribution help

  • Mar 28, 2014 at 10:41AM

Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is looking for two kinds of volunteers. Grocery rescue drivers use their own vehicles to collect food from local grocery stores and bring donations back to the food bank. Distribution volunteers help distribute food to clients on Wednesdays.

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