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CHS grad Molly Hamontree on Baylor Dean’s List

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:02PM

Cedarcrest graduate Molly Hammontree was named to the Baylor University Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2014 spring semester. The honor requires a grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Valley students make WSU roll for spring semester

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:00PM

Dozens of Valley students attending Washington State University were named to the President’s Honor Roll for the spring semester, earning at least a 3.75 GPA. North Bend: Kerry Lee Anderson; Jamie E Brett; Anasaria Alena Cuevas; Alec Matthew Deichman; Hannah Victoria Exner; Patrick Albert Gavin; Katherine Marie Hundley; William Potter Jensen; Keenan Joeseph McVein; Matthew Evan Paauw; Maria De Jesus Quilizapa; Mitchell Walker Rorem; Shelby Ann Seydell; Melissa Storm Thomson; Jacob Lee Tweten; Samuel MacClain White; Johnna Lee Winslow; Taylor Diane Winslow.

Conservation District meets tonight at Preston

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 3:51PM

After 15 months working with a special task force and advisory committee, the King Conservation District is completing a proposed program of work targeting six areas to focus its efforts, including rural and urban farm plans, the regional food system and small-lot forestry. KCD will host a meeting for public comment on the program of work, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E., Preston. The district plans to finalize the program and submit it to the King County Council Aug. 1.

Tour de Peaks Bike Ride returns this weekend with new cause

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 3:50PM

The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Tour de Peaks Bike Ride happens at a new time and for a new cause this Saturday, July 19. Cyclists can ride 25, 50 or 100-mile loops in the Snoqualmie Valley, finishing at the North Bend Block Party.

Once-closed Carnation Food Bank opens in new space, but with same spirit of service

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:16PM

Things were slow at the newly opened Carnation Public Food Bank on July 2, but in a good way. In an hour’s time, about eight people stopped in at the Myrtle Avenue building. About half of them were collecting some needed food and clothing items, and the rest were dropping off donations, or just there to chat. And that’s pretty much what Fred Vosk had in mind when he envisioned the re-opening of the food bank. “I want it to be a local food bank,” he said. “I want the community to feel involved… I’m not looking for big truckloads of food coming in from somewhere else.”

Fourth of July streaker raises eyebrows in North Bend | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:11PM

At 9:13 p.m. last Friday, July 4, a caller in the 400 block of East Third Street in North Bend reported that a blonde woman in her 50s had undressed at the school playground, and was running down Third Street wearing only her underwear. She was also spotted behind the QFC, then eastbound on North Bend Way, then running up Orchard Street toward the Si View Community Park.

Out of the Past | Prison proposed for North Bend; Former Valley man sentenced to life for murder

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:06PM

A former Snoqualmie resident has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole in the aggravated murders of two Eastside men on Thanksgiving eve, 1986. Rick Melvin Peerson, 33, lived in Ernie’s Grove prior to a fugitive flight to North Dakota, where he was arrested after a shootout with police.

Survey points to new season for school bond

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:05PM

Snoqualmie Valley School District is currently deep in the thorny thicket of bond planning, hoping to come up with a measure to build a new Valley school. It’s been 11 years since voters in Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City passed a measure building a real, brick-and-mortar school, as opposed to portables. The district’s latest survey sheds some light on why we have such trouble passing a bond.

Construction changes bus stops in Snoqualmie, 'til further notice

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:04PM

The bus stop at Southeast King Street and Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie, for both Metro and Valley Shuttle buses heading southbound towards North Bend, is unavailable due to the start of construction on Phase 2 of the city's downtown infrastructure work.

North Bend seeks sales tax statement committees

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:00PM

North Bend has authorized a sales tax ballot measure, to be decided by voters in the Nov. 4 general election. The city is now required to recruit people interested in writing statements both for and against the measure, for the general election voters guide. Interested participants should contact the city by July 14. The city council will appoint committees of up to three members each to draft the statements, at its July 15 meeting.

Nobody hurt, but Snoqualmie home burns in fireworks accident

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 5:47PM

An early evening fire damaged a home in the 6600 block of Fairway Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, on Friday, July 4. No one was injured in the fire, which seemed to have started on the roof of the home. At 5:19 p.m., the Snoqualmie Fire Department was dispatched to the Snoqualmie Ridge fire. They arrived on scene at 5:27 p.m., and were assisted by Eastside Fire & Rescue units from North Bend and Fall City, and Bellevue paramedics.

North Bend's huge explosion ruled accidental, clean-up can begin

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 5:22PM

Natural gas was a factor in an April 25 explosion that destroyed three buildings on North Bend Way, but it was an accident, according to a report coming from the King County Fire Investigation Unit. “We are comfortable it was an accidental event,” said Craig Muller, who completed his report last week. A release of natural gas in the Pizza Place building, undergoing renovation for a new business that was reportedly days away from opening, contributed to the blast. “It appeared that a couple of valves had been inadvertently left open,” Muller said.

Fall City's chefs come together for Relay for Life fundraiser dinner Thursday

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 5:21PM

Fall City Roadhouse and Inn hosts Dinner in the Garden, a five-course fundraiser for Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life, featuring the cuisine of Chef Benjamin Riggs of the Roadhouse, Chef Sean Langan of Fall City Bistro, and celebrity chef Brendan O’Farrell. The dinner is Thursday, July 10, by ticket only, at the Roadhouse, 4200 Preston-Fall City Road.

Discussion series offered by SnoValley Tilth, starts Monday

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 4:37PM

SnoValley Tilth, a non-profit supporting local, sustainable farming, hosts monthly gatherings to bring together farmers, food-eaters, and the community as a whole. This year, with support from the King County Community Services Area Program, the 2014 summer and fall gatherings will feature guest speakers on topics related to buying direct from your food producer. In recent years, people have heard a lot about the importance of eating local. This series provides an opportunity to really examine the reasons behind the “eat local” catch phrase. Our objective is to allow area residents to come to their own conclusions about why buying direct from your producer does (or doesn’t!) matter to you.

Snoqualmie Tribe gets Seattle mayor's award for arts, culture donations

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 4:26PM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray honored Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in June as the recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Award for Cultural Investment. The Arts Awards are given in six categories and the winners are chosen from a pool of public nominations. This year there were more than 650 nominations. The Mayor’s Awards recognize the contributions of artists, arts, and cultural organizations and community members who make Seattle a city of creativity.

Recycle your junk when Wastemobile comes to Snoqualmie, for three days starting Friday

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 4:25PM

All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes its one and only stop this year in Snoqualmie, July 11 to 13. The Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Snoqualmie Elementary School, 39801 S.E. Park St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Fog may have caused fatal Fall City plane crash

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Jul 9, 2014 at 4:24PM

A 70-year-old man was killed early Tuesday morning when his small plane crashed at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course at 8:15 a.m. He was alone in the 1958 Cessna 182, which took off from the nearby Fall City Airport in a heavy fog just minutes earlier, and was the only victim of the crash. The dense fog that may have contributed to the accident dissipated within an hour, revealing a violent crash that tore the wings from the plane, flipped it upside down and, according to the golf course supervisor who saw the crash, threw the pilot nearly 50 feet from the fuselage. Visiting the site in the early afternoon, Larry LaFevre, president of Fall City Airport Association where the victim rented space, was saddened and confused.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital may go to Overlake | District exploring autumn sale

  • 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.

People-watching at Carnation's rip-roaring Fourth of July party | Valley Record Photo Gallery

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 5:48PM

Elga Gunstone, 95, comes to the Carnation Fourth of the July for the people. “I stay until they’re all gone,” said this longtime Fourth fan, who hasn’t missed a parade in at least a decade. Gunstone took in the show from right next to the parade stage, watching as floats, cars, youth groups and businesses strutted and rolled past for more than an hour Friday.

19-year-old man dies in industrial accident at Duvall

  • Jul 7, 2014 at 1:54PM

Duvall Police are notifying residents about a death that happened Monday morning, July 7. At about 9 a.m, Duvall Police and Fire Departments responded to a report that a 19-year-old man had died in accident involving a fall into a piece of industrial machinery, while working at a city residence.

Health trumps honey when Valley beekeepers domesticate wild Carnation colony | Photo Gallery

  • 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.

Wildcat Workers to spruce up the Valley for football funds

  • 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.

Retirements mean changes in Snoqualmie Valley school staff

  • 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.

Valley teen Rachel Mallasch’s video gets second place in Toyota challenge

  • 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.

Meet Eastside Catholic’s Valley Class of 2014

  • 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.

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