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Questions, answers for Valley Schools primary: Four candidates—Busby, Hodgins, Kangas, Spring —weigh in on district changes
- posted Jul 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM— updated Jul 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Snoqualmie Valley voters will choose from four school board candidates in the Aug. 6 primary election. Two incumbents, Marci Busby and Scott Hodgins, are running against challengers Stephen Kangas and David Spring for the District 4 school board seat. Another board seat, District 1, will be on the November ballot, but not on the primary, since only one candidate, Tavish MacLean filed for the position. The Record asked each of the candidates to state their position on some of the major issues coming before the board in the next term. Each candidate was asked four general questions, and one specific to their campaign message.
- posted Jul 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM— updated Jul 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM
A one-acre wildfire is burning on Mount Si, just off Mount Si Road near 444th Avenue Southeast Friday afternoon, but no homes appear to be threatened by the flames. Crews from six engine companies, including the wildland North County Handline Team of Eastside Fire and Rescue and Duvall companies have responded to the fire.
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM— updated Jul 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM
Smoke gusts and curls along the trail and into my eyes as I work to keep up with DNR spokesperson Seth Barnes Sunday. We’re at the head of the fire, he says, walking along a steep trench that crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Larch Corrections Center spent the last two mornings cutting into the hillside. The flames are just small fingers here, where DNR helicopters dumped 270-gallon buckets of water throughout the day Saturday.
Close encounters with Thomas: Lots of smiles in Northwest Railway Museum's annual Tank Engine visit | Valley Record Photo Gallery
- posted Jul 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM
It was a kid’s world the last two weekends at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. Good summer weather shone for thousands of visitors to the museum’s annual Day Out with Thomas excursion. Families trundled tykes around the museum grounds, checking out entertainers, munching on hot dogs and pizza, watching puppet shows and getting up close and personal with the main draw, Thomas the Tank Engine, from storybooks and television.
No impact fee, no problem: Valley schools' Ryan Stokes addresses questions on school impact fee, affordable housing project
- posted Jul 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM
Next year’s school impact fee will be $8,000. Or $3,300 per multifamily unit. Either way, it’s a fee the Snoqualmie Valley School District won’t receive from any construction in the affordable housing area of Snoqualmie Ridge. And either way, it’s not a problem. “We don’t really budget impact fees, because they’re unpredictable,” said Ryan Stokes, the district’s director of business services. Besides, the school district won’t receive impact fees from any affordable housing project on Snoqualmie Ridge, whether it’s the proposed Imagine Housing development, or another project.
- posted Jul 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM
Odor has been an issue at the North Bend wastewater treatment plant for years, but a new project approved by the North Bend City Council July 16 should cut the number of complaints. The council awarded a contract for up to $72,000 to Gary Harper Construction, Inc. of Sno-homish for repairs and updates to a 10-year-old dryer, plus electrical and piping modifications needed to complete the repairs.
Smart, small-town, and supernatural: Twin Peaks fans revisit their show, the Valley; Event starts today
- posted Jul 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM— updated Aug 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Almost daily, North Bend is visited by devotees of the ‘90s TV series “Twin Peaks,” but this weekend, about 200 of them will gather for the annual experience of Twin Peaks Fest. “We used to joke that people take a pilgrimage to Mecca each year, and we go to North Bend,” said Rob Lindley, the new coordinator of the 21 year-old festival, along with his wife, Deanne. “For the next 72 hours, you get the feel of actually being in Twin Peaks,” is how Lindley describes it.
- posted Aug 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM
A joint effort of local churches will equip local students with all the necessities when school starts in September. Mount Si Lutheran and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church volunteers are currently gathering backpacks and all the notebooks, pencils and supplies that go into them, while Snoqualmie Valley Alliance is organizing its annual new shoe drive for students.
- posted Aug 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Riding high: At 8 a.m. Monday, July 22, a caller in the 300 block of Bendigo Boulevard North in North Bend reported the theft of his mountain bike, which he’d left unlocked, leaning against the wall of his home. He’d seen it earlier in the morning, he said. Police located the suspect, who also had more than 40 grams of marijuana in possession.
Sports storyteller: Experienced North Bend sports writer Dan Raley looks back on career, pens book on basketball player Brandon Roy
- posted Aug 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Dan Raley didn’t set out to be a journalist. When everyone else in his family was getting a business or science degree, Raley always wanted to do something different. When his best friend signed up to take journalism classes in school, Raley did it, too. After graduating from Western Washington University and reporting for a stint in Alaska, Raley worked as a sports and crime reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 30 years. Today Raley works for MSN.com and writes books about Seattle’s history. He and his family live in North Bend.
- posted Aug 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM
Get to know local police and learn how to make a safer Snoqualmie this Tuesday night. From 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, Snoqualmie Police Department hosts National Night Out Against Crime.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM— updated Aug 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM
Today is the primary election in Washington and King County. Here in the Valley, there are a couple of issues that voters need to clear up: First, winnowing the four-way race for Snoqualmie Valley School District's Director Dist 4 race down to the top two candidates.
- posted Aug 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM
The main Mount Si and Little Si trails reopened Aug. 1 after being closed due to the “444 Fire,” first reported Friday, July 26. The state Department of Natural Resources, which directed fire-fighting efforts, reports that the fire was fully contained and controlled July 31. Hikers are asked to be cautious while using the trails, as the fire remains in patrol status. The Garden Loop Trail remains closed indefinitely.
- posted Aug 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM
It looks like Marci Busby and David Spring will face each other in the Snoqualmie Valley School District's seat 4 race this fall. Early results from the August 6 primary show Busby leading the three other candidates with 30.9 percent of the vote, or 1,106 votes. Spring had 27.8 percent with 997 votes.
- posted Aug 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM
King County Sheriff’s Deputies are readying for a round of annual liquor patrols, starting in August and continuing over the next few months. North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner reports that deputies have started notifying local sales points, reminding them of the rules and ways that they can avoid illegal sales to minors. Random stings using teenage ‘agents’ will follow, putting vendors to the test.
- posted Aug 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM
The Festival at Mount Si lets you indulge your sweet tooth in some berry-licious activities. Juicy events at this year’s event again include the Burstin’ with Blueberries cooking contest, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and the cherry pie eating contest, 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.
- posted Aug 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM
The annual Festival at Mount Si is August 9 through 11, 2013. All events are at Si View Community Park, 400 Orchard Drive, except the grand and kiddie parade, which are held on downtown streets. Fireworks are launched from Torguson Park.
- posted Aug 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Bree Loewen sees things pretty clearly, and acts accordingly. When she and her husband, Russell Anschell, found themselves in the mountains every weekend, they decided to move to North Bend. Since they are “heavy back-country users,” she said it only made sense for them to volunteer with Seattle Mountain Rescue. Because they have a 5-year-old daughter, she is a stay-at-home mom, and they avoid working on the same missions, to minimize their risks. It all sounds logical enough, but that’s not all there is to Loewen’s commitment. “It really comes down to ‘this is our community,’” she says. “We’ve been doing this for such a long time and I think people have really come to rely on us.”
- posted Aug 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Opportunity is teed up for individuals with a disability who have wanted to play golf but felt they were unable. Their opportunity is the fourth annual Boeing Classic Adaptive Golf Clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Registration is free and the deadline is Friday, Aug. 9.
Bear spray gone wrong; lots of brush fires; Can't run from the cops | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter
- posted Aug 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM
On Friday, July 26, officers patrolling Snoqualmie contacted part of a group of people leaving Sandy Cove Park and reminded them that it’s a misdemeanor to be in a city park after daylight hours. One of the men in the group ran before police could make contact, but they spotted him running toward the Northwest Railway Museum, and then along the trail from the museum. When officers caught up to him, the man was belligerent and appeared intoxicated. He said he was jogging home, but had a warrant for a domestic violence assault, so police took him to jail instead.
- posted Aug 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM
Alva was a government employee, working at Ministry of Justice in her home country of El Salvador, when life changed. When Alva’s boss upset the wrong people, her job became deadly. “Men with guns said ‘You leave or I kill you,’” said Alva. “I can’t talk about this. It was really dangerous for me.” Alva and her son Daniel fled as refugees. Today, they live at one of Mamma’s Hands Houses of Hope shelters.
- posted Aug 13, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Creating a residential block watch is the topic of the next North Bend community public safety meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Avenue South. Deputy Rob Rowe, a veteran King County Sheriff deputy and the crime prevention specialist for the city of SeaTac, will make a presentation on creating a block watch, and provide history, guidance and benefits of the block watch program. The meeting will also discuss crime-free business communities and multi-family housing programs.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM
Rapper Macklemore was spotted in Carnation early Wednesday afternoon, filming a music video according to media posts on the Twittersphere. Posts about the musician's appearance in the city began appearing around 11:45 today, accompanied by photos of him and a film crew set up in the Millers parking lot off Bird Street.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM
Steam-powered trains certainly have their fans, but Railroad Days’ third day is all about gas-powered, four-wheeling classics of the street. The Legends Classic Car show returns, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Members of the Legends Car Club and car buffs and gearheads from all over roar into town with amazing, much-loved and restored rides from every era, from the dawn of motorcars to today’s coolest sports cars.
- posted Aug 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM
All are invited to a public forum on the Valley Renewal Center, the umbrella organization for the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter which first opened its doors in December, 2012, and the community meals program. Learn more about the shelter’s first year of operation and its mission, partners, and statistics on homelessness, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the North Bend Community Church, 146 East Third Street, North Bend.
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