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- Apr 1, 2013 at 9:52AM
Snoqualmie Elementary School (SES) was recently recognized a Reward (high-progress) School by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). It is one of 69 highest-performing and/or highest-progress Title I schools in Washington state to be designated a Reward School for 2013-14, based on the school’s performance over three years.
- Apr 1, 2013 at 9:54AM
Named Best City Employee for a second year in a row, North Bend’s Gina Estep has always had a desire to plan communities and develop economies for cities. Estep, who is Planning and Economic Development Director for the city of North Bend, went to college and got a degree in urban and regional planning. She worked for the city of Snoqualmie from 1998 to 2006. Prior to that, she worked for the cities of LaConner and Lake Stevens. Estep spent eight years in the Snoqualmie planning office. It was a wonderful experience, she says, but she was ready for some additional responsibilities. The North Bend job offered the economic development angle, which Estep finds very engaging.
- Apr 1, 2013 at 9:46AM
Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation provides vital rides for Snoqualmie and other King County seniors. Now, it needs volunteers to stay successful Using their own vehicles, volunteer drivers help older adults maintain their independence by taking them to necessary medical appointments.
- Apr 1, 2013 at 9:55AM
The Sno Valley Senior Center in Carnation runs off the energy and enthusiasm of its volunteers. Hosting its annual volunteer luncheon in April, the center is seeking coupon and gift certificate donations from Valley businesses as a reward to appreciate its volunteers. The reward idea, using goodie-stuffed mugs, was tried last year, and was a hit.
- Apr 1, 2013 at 9:57AM
Helen Thayer inspires the Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business every time she visits. Thayer gives her "Walking Africa" talk, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Women in Business lunch, held at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, 36005 S.E. Ridge St. Cost is $30. Helen and her husband Bill have walked over 12,000 miles in Africa, studying centuries-old indigenous cultures. They lived with the Masaai, Berbers, Dakoda and Bushmen. In their time with the various tribes they experienced up-close encounters with African wildlife.
- Apr 2, 2013 at 1:56PM
The city of North Bend holds a public hearing next week on the planned hotel and conference center, proposed for the corner of Bendigo Boulevard and South Fork Avenue. The New Sky Hotels project would build two multi-story buildings for a hotel, restaurant, conference center facility, and associated parking. To do so, it needs variances for shoreline and critical areas regulations.
- Apr 2, 2013 at 2:50PM
The Dy-no-Mites Relay for Life team holds a barbecue dinner and silent auction, 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Snoqualmie Eagles Lodge, 8200 Railroad Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Guests and members are welcome. Tickets are available at Another Hair Place or at the door.
- Apr 2, 2013 at 2:51PM
The Sno-Valley Senior Center is preparing for its annual plant sale and First Picks garden party in May, and taking orders for hanging baskets. Order your Hanging Baskets by April 26 at SnoValleySenior.org. Be sure to save the dates, Thursday, May 2, for the garden party, and May 3 and 4 for the sale, at Remlinger Farms in Carnation.
- Apr 2, 2013 at 2:43PM
Flamenco at Mount Si, an evening of music, dance and cuisine in the Spanish tradition, will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Sallal Grange, 12912 43nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. The performance features flamenco dancers Ana Montes and Carmona Flamenco. “Flamenco comes from centuries of gypsy tradition, drawing cultural elements from South Asia to the Mediterranean," said Elizabeth Carey, a student of Montes, as well as a Grange member who helped organized the event. "Out of humble beginnings, flamenco has evolved into a sophisticated and varied art form, but still retains the raw emotional power that makes it so unique.”
- Apr 2, 2013 at 4:22PM
It was a memorable night for Reid Howland. Cheers echoed from the grandstands when the freshman defender scored his first varsity goal, one of a string of scores in a lopsided Mount Si win last Friday, March 29, at home with the Lake Washington Kangaroos. It was a total team effort, as Howland explains it. He and junior Alex Dolewski were trading passes, and as they neared the Kangaroo box, Howland took his shot.
- Apr 2, 2013 at 3:18PM
Students who call the Valley home have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for winter term at Oregon State University in Corvalis. Honored are, from North Bend, Molly E. Cordell, a sophomore studying zoology; and Jennifer K. Green, a sophomore studying pre-environmental engineering. They earned a 3.5 grade point average or better.
- Apr 2, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Apr 3, 2013 at 11:53AM
The spring sun shone brightly on the freshly mown grass of Little Si Links. North Bend Moose lodge members moved their annual egg hunt, going strong for decades, from Si View Park (now under construction) to the golf course for the younger set, part of Mount Si Golf Course, this year. Boy Scout leaders acted as crossing guards, helping families cross Boalch Avenue. Children remarked on the mole hills of Meadowbrook, dogs played in the meadow. When the siren sounded, the toddler area was remarkably civil. Several families remarked on how easy-going the Moose's layout is: No tears, no pushing, and eggs and candy for all participants.
- Apr 3, 2013 at 8:58AM
On Thursday, March 7, Anisa Wingsness, a pitcher for Western Washington University and a Mount Si High School grad, threw a two-hit shutout for the Viking women’s softball team. The game was played at Simon Frasier.
- Apr 3, 2013 at 9:22AM
Snoqualmie firefighter and Valley homeless advocate Brian Busby received the city’s highest safety honor, the Medal of Valor, March 25. Busby played the key role in a February 1 rescue of a woman who came within moments of drowning in the frigid waters of the Snoqualmie River. Off duty, Busby was near the Snoqualmie River’s South Fork when he learned that the woman had slipped and fallen into the river’s icy waters while trying to cross near North Bend. He made the quick decision to reach her, keeping her head above water until additional help arrived. His own legs going numb, Busby could tell that the woman’s situation was dire.
- Apr 3, 2013 at 11:25AM
The Snoqualmie Valley School District recently refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds from 2005, to take advantage of more favorable municipal bond market conditions. Through the refinancing, the district secured more than $655,000 in debt-service savings over the life of the bonds, or about 16 percent. These savings allow for reduced tax levies. They are not available for district expenses. During the life of a school bond, often 20 years, a school district is allowed just one opportunity to refinance. Interest rates on the new bonds will average 1.73 percent, compared to 5 percent on the old bonds.
Finding her niche, Mount Si Artist Guild leader Pam Whittington celebrates all arts | Creator profile
- Apr 3, 2013 at 11:44AM
Valley artist Pam Whittington fondly remembers when she began loving art. “When I was in high school, I painted a floral picture on a burlap sack using a pallet knife and acrylics. I gave it to my mother and she put it up on the dining room wall as a centerpiece. I was so proud. It was ‘70s avocado, green and blue, and my mother loved it.” From Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pam moved all over the country while her father was in the U.S. Navy. The Pacific Northwest was her favorite place to live so she settled in Snoqualmie with her husband, Tim, and their three children.
- Apr 3, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 1:48PM
Nate Perea, fresh from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, is the new CEO and executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber. He started Monday, April 1. Perea, formerly Director of Membership Development for the Issaquah chamber, says he’s honored and excited to be here.
Remembering Jimmy Mac: Memorial sports scholarship gets a boost this Friday with help from Huxdotters
- Apr 3, 2013 at 11:49AM
James Michael McKiernan loved his team. As a teenager, ‘Jimmy Mac’ had to hustle to make the varsity football squad his senior year. But this member of the Mount Si class of 2006, son of Jim and Karen McKiernan, worked hard and became the heart of his team in ways his ex-teammates still remember. A college graduate, with a promising job as a seed broker in Eastern Washington, the young McKiernan’s life ended in a tragic highway accident in 2011.
- Apr 4, 2013 at 9:01AM
The University of Washington's Omnium cycling event returns to North Bend for the second year on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Cyclists will stage from Two Rivers School, 330 Ballarat Ave., for a series of men's and women's road races on a 6.2-mile loop on Saturday. Team time trials take place in a nine-mile course on Saturday afternoon. A criterium race takes place on a half-mile loop in downtown North Bend, between Main Avenue and Downing Avenue and Third and Second streets.
- Apr 4, 2013 at 10:51AM
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital commissioners meeting tonight in Carnation will consider approval of a long-term lease of part of their new Snoqualmie Ridge campus as a training center for high school students exploring health care careers. A partnership between the hospital and the Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WaNIC), will create a WaNIC Skills Center, or branch campus, on the site of the future Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, and will draw students from about 10 school districts. Under the agreement, the Lake Washington School District would lease the land on behalf of WaNIC for a nominal fee, $1 a year.
- Apr 4, 2013 at 2:45PM
Snoqualmie 17-year-old Anna Mounsey is among the top skiers of her age group in the nation. Mounsey took her fourth national championship title by winning the Super G, Downhill and Overall titles at the 2013 Marriot U18 National Championships in Mammoth, Calif. Along with the 2012 Slalom title, Anna becomes one of the most decorated U18 (16- and 17-year-old) champions of all time. Anna competes with Team Alpental Snoqualmie. “Anna is an all around skier, champion and ambassador for the quality of our local team. Her skills were sharpened on Alpental’s world class terrain and it is satisfying to see her execute her skills on the national level,” says Evan Weiss, director of Team Alpental Snoqualmie.
- Apr 4, 2013 at 2:48PM
There are two different versions of Mount Si High School in the Valley. There’s the “phenomenal school” that Mount Si Principal John Belcher describes, with steady growth and ever-improving student test scores.Then there’s the academically lax, racist ‘hick’ school that seems to persist in common memory. The latter Mount Si doesn’t really exist any more, Belcher said at a March 27 meeting of the Mount Si High School PTSA. The purpose of his presentation there was to start putting an end to that image. “On all measures, Mount Si is really growing,” Belcher said. “We have the expectation of our student body that they can achieve at much, much higher levels.”
- Apr 4, 2013 at 2:47PM
It’s an established pattern among local bears. Ursine activity may increase in Snoqualmie neighborhoods over the next few weeks as black bears look for food following winter months. According to the city, proper garbage management is the most important thing to discourage bear activity. Keep garbage cans with tight-fitting lids in a shed, garage, or fenced area. Put garbage containers out for collection shortly before the truck arrives—not the night before. A detailed list of tips for managing garbage is posted on the WDFW black bear fact sheet.
- Apr 4, 2013 at 2:29PM
On Saturday, April 20, at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie, the Falls Little League baseball and softball season officially kicks off. This community event is open to everyone and is a great way to spend the day. Not only will teams be present for team photos, there will also be a parade and exhibition games. Family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, start at 9 a.m.
- Apr 4, 2013 at 2:27PM
The Friends of the North Bend Library are holding a silent auction through Sunday, April 7, which includes a barely used Nook wifi and gently used audiobooks and DVDs. The bidding started March 31 and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Items will be displayed on the shelves to the left of the check out desk.
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