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Cascade Dance Academy students to perform ‘Nutcracker Sweets’

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 2:36PM

Cascade Dance Academy’s Nutcracker Sweets and Holidays on Broadway show will be performed at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Twin Falls Middle School. This production involves 80 local dance students and includes Nutcracker variations and several tap, jazz, and musical theatre routines.

Here to compete: Young and scrappy Red Wolves girls squad set sights on all comers

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 2:35PM

“Compete” is the watchword for the Cedarcrest girls basketball team, to be led by three seniors, Megan Ditore, LuAnn Townley and Avery Rich. Ditore is the Red Wolves’ go-to shooter. Townley, who swung up her sophomore year, focused on defending (and getting Ditore the ball). Rich is at post. Like most Valley varsity returners, they are adjusting to being the leaders now—”It’s really weird to not have the seniors here,” Ditore said—yet they know what they need to do, and have been playing this game together since middle school. “We have each other,” Ditore said.

Versatility and heart power Cedarcrest boys basketball squad

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 2:34PM

The love of the game. The connection with teammates. That is what Chase Cardon, Robert Cha and Kyle Walsh are here for. The three seniors, who have been part of Cedarcrest boys basketball through high school, were named leaders by their teammates. Cha was a scoring force last year, Walsh was a key starter, and Cardon also got significant minutes as a junior.

Cedarcrest High School band to play at Seahawks half-time show

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 12:22PM

At the Seattle Seahawks’ home game Sunday, Dec. 14, the Cedarcrest High School marching band will perform for the halftime show.

Get ready to skate, Snoqualmie holiday ice rink opens Sunday

  • Dec 12, 2014 at 11:50AM

An outdoor ice rink is coming to Snoqualmie this season for all ages to enjoy. The rink, a first in Snoqualmie, will be open daily, including holidays, Dec. 14 through 21 in downtown Snoqualmie, and Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 on Snoqualmie Ridge. “My brothers and I spent winters skating on our pond in New Hampshire during my youth,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. “This will create memories for a lifetime for the kids and families in the Snoqualmie Valley.”

Footloose and ready to rock: Mount Si students present “Footloose” the musical

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 9:04AM

When the music stops, Allyson Conlon, at center stage says, “Stay there… We move on the first ‘everybody cut.’” And they do, gliding into their poses as soon as the song restarts, “Everybody cut, everybody cut….”

Help Mount Si students fill the truck for Foodball this Saturday

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 9:00AM

Schools in the Snoqualmie Valley School District are raising money and collecting donations for the annual Foodball food drive. Mount Si High School, Cascade View Elementary, Fall City Elementary, North Bend Elementary, Opstad Elementary and Snoqualmie Elementary are all taking part in the event, which is organized annually by the Mount Si community relations committee. The North Bend QFC and Safeway stores are also involved.

Physics lessons: Mount Si girls team not afraid to battle for 4A wins | Photo Gallery

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 9:00AM

Physicality and hard work will be the keys for success for the Mount Si girls basketball team this winter. The team has three seniors, an experienced bench and a new head coach. First, newcomer CeOna Duggins is a senior transfer from Garfield High School, bringing some solid fundamentals.

A fresh start: Young Mount Si boys basketball team focuses on defense and speed

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 8:00AM

The Mount Si boys basketball team has a handful of varsity returners and a promising group of young players who will seek to step up this season. First up is senior Jonathan Hillel, who returns as guard, in which he saw some good varsity action last winter. Look for the tall, athletic Hillel to be a scoring force. The senior contingent includes Ryan Stewart and Ty Utley; juniors Colton Swain and Danny Tomson bring varsity experience, and Ryan Fischer has moved up from junior varsity last season.

Alpine Lakes bill almost there: North Bend wild-area protection efforts pass U.S. House, on to Senate

  • Dec 10, 2014 at 8:00AM

The U.S. Senate will vote this week on a bill to, among other things, protect 22,000 acres of forest land on the Snoqualmie Middle Fork, and 40 miles of rivers. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included these protections, named the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Addition, the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act, and the Illabot Creek Wild and Scenic River Act.

Remodel in the cards for Si View; North Bend’s community center adding classrooms, safety and storage

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 1:27PM

Si View Community Center staff is planning a remodel that will increase not only the lifespan of the 76-year-old landmark building, but also the amount of useable space inside it. The project goals include replacing the flooring in the gym and lobby, adding storage and classroom space, and many safety improvements, but no changes to the building’s current footprint.

Kicking off Santa’s season in the Snoqualmie Valley | Photo Gallery

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 1:24PM

Children waited semi-patiently, then thrilled when Santa arrived aboard the fire truck Saturday evening, Dec. 6, during North Bend’s Downtown holiday festival. The Christmas tree celebration included carolers and singalongs, dancers, crafts, warm bonfires and photos with the jolly old elf himself.

Irish Tenors concert at Benaroya helps Valley's senior citizens

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:12PM

Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation is a co-beneficiary with other Seattle-area senior centers when the Irish Tenors hold a holiday concert with a full orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Reserved seats start at $47.

Valley hospital CEO Rodger McCollum to talk about new campus at next Lunch and Learn

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:11PM

The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Lunch and Learn at noon, Thursday, Dec. 11, will feature news on Public Hospital District No. 4. Speaker Rodger McCollum, Superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, will present the community benefits and services of the past year and discuss the grand opening of the district’s new hospital.

Share a holiday potluck at Sno-Valley Senior Center

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:09PM

Bring a dish and join the community at Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. Carnation, for an evening of home-made food and classic Christmas shows, Wednesday, Dec. 17. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and is free to all friends and community.

PSE customers to share $59.2 million from sale

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 12:02PM

Puget Sound Energy announced last week “that customers will notice a pleasant surprise on their winter power bills: a one-time credit applied to December and January bills that will save the average residential electric customer about $40.” The bill credit is the mechanism to be used to distribute half of $109 million that resulted from the sale of PSE’s utility operations in Jefferson County, to all PSE customers.

Fight hunger, give hope: donate food at Snoqualmie City Hall

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 11:52AM

The city of Snoqualmie asks residents to participate in its seventh annual holiday food drive to benefit local food banks. Support helps provide the needs of the Snoqualmie Valley community. Residents can donate non-perishable food items, such as canned tuna, soups, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, pasta, and juice.

Get 'Footloose': Mount Si students free their dancing feet in fall musical

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Dec 9, 2014 at 9:29AM

This month, an all American classic comes to Mount Si High School, the musical "Footloose." When a teenager from Chicago is forced to move to the small, religious town of Bomont, he finds many obstacles to overcome. From winning the girl of his dreams, to ending a law against dancing, Ren McCormack fights for his freedom to let it all out, and "Cut Footloose.”

County checks out landslide areas for floodplains

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:35AM

The King County Flood Control District announced on November 14 the completion of the first phase of a two-year investigation to update landslide hazard information for King County’s river valleys and floodplains. “This investigation is the first step in assuring that we have the most current information to protect people, property and critical public infrastructure,” said King County Flood Control District Chairman Reagan Dunn.

Out of the Past: Flood causes North Bend water to dry up for days

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:34AM

Dec. 3, 1964: You never miss the water ‘til the well runs dry—and North Bend residents have had to manage with a “dry well” since 3 o’clock Monday afternoon, when an accumulation of debris carried by rushing water into the reservoir closed off the supply to the town’s gravity flow system. Thursday was the expected day for a return of water flow.

Eastside celebrates veterans with Wreaths Across America

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:33AM

In the largest public ceremony in Washington State, “Wreaths Across America Day” will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Bellevue’s Sunset Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. More than 1,200 wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves in the cemetery. All are invited to join in placing wreaths at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Auditor named to overlook Metro Transit budget

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:32AM

The Metropolitan King County Council in November unanimously approved an ordinance, authored and proposed by Councilmember Rod Dembowski, which creates a full-time, ongoing and independent auditor of Metro Transit.

Encompass partners with USDA for child meals program

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:25AM

Encompass recently announced that, based on income guidelines, it will partner directly with USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program to provide nutritious on-site meals for all children enrolled in the Encompass preschool for 2014-15.

Trade in old favorites for new kids’ reads in book swap

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:25AM

The North Bend Library hosts a children’s book swap, 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the library. Trade books for children, Kindergarten through middle school. Bring up to five books in good condition and trade them in for some new-to-you titles.

Name somebody special for 2015 Give Good Awards

  • Dec 8, 2014 at 10:24AM

Who will walk the red carpet at the Valley’s third annual Give Good Awards? Nominations are open until December 31 at midnight in the following 12 categories: Arts, business, courage, environmental, educational excellence, teen spirit, inspirational youth, youth advocate, unsung hero, parent volunteer, youth leadership initiative, and spirit of the Valley.

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