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- Oct 24, 2013 at 4:15PM
On a recent Friday night, Sept. 27, my family attended the Mount Si football game like many of our friends and neighbors. We were also looking forward to halftime when the Wildcat Sparkles would be cheering. Wait—Wildcat Sparkles, you ask? Let me explain.
Creepy good fun: Laugh or scream at Halloween happenings in the Snoqualmie Valley, starting this weekend
- Oct 24, 2013 at 4:25PM
The Snoqualmie Valley offers family and young-child-friendly activities for the Halloween weekend, and the holiday itself, as well as more gruesome activities aimed to get older participants' goosebumps going. Creepy or just gently spooky options include:
- Oct 24, 2013 at 4:20PM
Snoqualmie City Council voted 4-3 on Monday, Oct. 14, against a merger of the city’s public works and parks departments. Council members Maria Henriksen, Bob Jeans, Charles Peterson and Jeff MacNichols voted against agenda bill 213, with members Bryan Holloway, Kingston Wall and Kathi Prewitt for the merger.
- Oct 25, 2013 at 3:56PM
Steve Goucher coaches a Skills and Drills baseball camp for local youth, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 3 to Dec. 12, at Si View Community Center in North Bend. Cost is $109, for ages 8 to 13. Goucher will work with children on basic fundamentals.
- Oct 25, 2013 at 4:03PM
The American Heart Association will present a free class on CPR, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation. Participants who complete the training will receive a free CPR Anytime kit.
New life for Preston’s wooden men: Valley couple restores long-neglected logger sign | Photo gallery
- Oct 25, 2013 at 4:22PM
When a pumpkin disappeared from a Preston couple’s back deck earlier this month, they noticed its absence right away. Dawn, who prefers to keep her last name to herself, asked husband Lee, “Where’s my pumpkin?” They found it, when they reviewed their security camera footage and saw a bear cub stroll up to their house, help himself to the pumpkin, and roll it around on the ground for a while before disappearing with it behind a building. He was back a few minutes later, looking for more.
The Snoqualmie Police Chief is here, and he's taking you to lunch: Steve McCulley mingles with elementary students | Photo gallery
- Oct 25, 2013 at 4:12PM
Some things, we can hope, will never change. Kids who raise their hands during presentations to ask questions, but instead tell stories are probably one of those things. So is the time-honored lunchroom tradition of swapping whatever’s on your tray or in your lunchbox for something else. Snoqualmie’s Police Chief Steve McCulley was reminded of both those things on his recent visit to Jennifer Gjurasic’s fourth-grade class at Snoqualmie Elementary School. He was there to thank the class, all of whom wrote thank-you notes to the local police and firefighters last month, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C.
Saving lives...a step, and a pineapple at a time | Winter Pineapple Classic 5K returns to North Bend
- Oct 25, 2013 at 4:07PM
Autumn may be in full swing, but that isn’t stopping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Washington/Alaska Chapter from breaking out the sunscreen. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the eighth annual Winter Pineapple Classic 5k fun run will take place at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend, starting at 9 a.m.
- Oct 25, 2013 at 4:19PM
On October 17, a caller at a business in the 700 block of Southwest Mount Si Boulevard contacted North Bend police to surrender. The subject was wanted on a felony warrant for having escaped community custody.
- Oct 29, 2013 at 2:43PM
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District’s next Lunch and Learn, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, focuses on healthcare reform. Speaker Jay Rodne, 5th Legislative District Representative, will discuss the Affordable Care Act. Monthly classes are held at Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Ridge Trail.
- Oct 29, 2013 at 2:44PM
I’m an 80-year-old senior who volunteers at the Mount Si Senior Center’s thrift store. The store is an important part of the center that helps keep the doors open. There are many seniors that enjoy all the things the center has to offer each day. It is like a home away from home for them.
- Oct 29, 2013 at 2:45PM
The Youth and Family Services Breakfast, a fundraising event for Friends of Youth, is 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Snoqualmie Elementary School. The breakfast helps support programs like counseling services, which Friends of Youth provided to 85 students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District last year.
- Oct 29, 2013 at 3:29PM
It’s a spooky time of year for election signs. The ubiquitous “vote for” placards posted throughout the Valley have been mysteriously disappearing in places, never to be seen again. So what dark forces snatched up most of Marci Busby’s signs from Fall City two weeks ago, or picked off her opponent David Spring’s signs within the hour they were posted in a North Bend neighborhood? We’ll probably never know, because neither Snoqualmie nor North Bend police have received many reports on the disappearances—a typical sign costs under $5, so it’s hard to think of as a theft —and if they did, they wouldn’t have much to investigate.
- Oct 29, 2013 at 3:16PM
Nerds with Real Lives gamer’s LAN party is 1 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. The event is 20 hours long, open to all games, with seven contests and over $300 in prizes.
Commissioner vs. commissioner: Q&A with Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District opponents Kevin Hauglie, Gene Pollard
- Oct 29, 2013 at 3:33PM
In an unusual race this autumn, two sitting commissioners for the King County Public Hospital District No. 4—which runs Snoqualmie Valley Hospital—are facing each other at the polls. Kevin Hauglie of Fall City is up for re-election in position 4. He is being challenged by Gene Pollard, a county resident, who was elected to position 3 in 2011. Pollard is running to unseat Hauglie, and says he will resign his position 3 seat if he wins.
- Oct 29, 2013 at 3:15PM
Do you have any stained, torn, worn-out or tattered American flags? If so, bring them to Chief Kanim Middle School to be properly retired. The school is sponsoring this community service project as part of their Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The American Legion will have representatives on hand to take the flags and store them until they can be properly retired by the American Legion Post and the Boy Scouts. Drop flags off at the main office between 7:10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The pumpkin people: Snoqualmie residents Jerri and Julie Johnson grow giants with love | Photo gallery
- Oct 29, 2013 at 3:35PM
To Jerri Johnson, growing a pumpkin is a spiritual affair. He takes the same from-the-heart approach to all of the growing things in the garden that he and wife Julie tend every year. Maybe that’s why his pumpkins are so big. Both Johnsons work as house painters at their business, Falls Painting. At home, though, they’re both avid gardeners. Jerri started all of this with a carrot plant, then, as his green thumb matured, turned to corn, then a three-foot-wide garden patch. When Julie decided, several years ago, that she wanted a fish pond on their patch of ground, downhill from Snoqualmie Casino, he decided he got to have something new, too. So they planted a pumpkin patch.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 9:32AM
When you change your clock this Sunday, Nov. 3, as Daylight Saving Time ends, Eastside Fire and Rescue urges you to change the batteries in your smoke detector. Starbuck’s, Bartell Drug Store, Issaquah Home Depot and QFC have committed to donating nine-
- Oct 30, 2013 at 11:46AM
I have known incumbent hospital commissioner Kevin Hauglie for over 15 years and he is an intelligent, knowledgeable, honorable and moral man. He is known to put the interests of his constituents ahead of his personal needs and desires.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 1:50PM
To bring attention to Halloween safety, Snoqualmie fire fighters will be visiting local neighborhoods on Thursday, Oct. 31, to hand out hundreds of safety strobe balls. These balls can be carried in hand and will help drivers spot trick-or-treaters. Parents could also add reflective tape to costumes so children will be more visible, especially for those kids planning to wear dark outfits.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 4:49PM
The rain and wind didn’t stop disaster preparations in Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation. During the morning of Sept. 28, the radio call came in—“Injuries at the park”—setting in motion the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps response exercise. The exercise integrated Community Emergency Response Teams, Carnation-Duvall Medical Reserve Corps, and Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club, with King County Duvall Fire District 45, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and Valley General Hospital. Evaluators from the King County Office of Emergency Management said, “Good job.” Yes, there were some procedures with rough edges, but they will be smoother next time. Exercises help identify needed improvements.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 4:43PM
The North Bend family of Lt. JG Garrett Morck, a 2007 Mount Si High School graduate, joined him in a ceremony in September at Norfolk, Va., where he received his wings. His parents, Richard and Vicki, surprised him with a gift of 14-carat gold wings, pinning them on his uniform.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 4:44PM
Cedarcrest’s cross country squad competed Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Cascade Conference championships at South Whidbey High School. The girls squad won their sixth consecutive title in a close battle over Lakewood. Olivia Waterman finished second, with Amelia Anderson at third and Diana Carr fourth. All three girls were named to the Cascade Conference First Team due to their place on the day. Megan Brimley, at 15th, and Courtney Tobin, at 16th, rounded out the scoring five.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 4:44PM
Mount Si’s varsity volleyball team beat Bellevue in home action, then fell to Mercer Island on the road last week. Against Bellevue, the team won in three sets, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20, on Monday, Oct. 21. Junior outside hitter Anna McCreadie had 10 kills, 18 assists, two aces and nine digs, while Lindsay Carr had 16 kills and 12 assists. Haley Holmberg had two kills, an ace and 10 digs. Liz Larson had three kills, an ace and seven digs.
- Oct 30, 2013 at 4:51PM
Years of enduring flooding, and rebuilding, are etched in Snoqualmie’s downtown neighborhood. Residents who’ve been here more than a few years can point to the lines on the wall that mark high water. Locals anticipate the areas that flood first. And the city firefighters have the warning system down to a science. “We know floods,” says Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe. “That’s one thing Snoqualmie is known for.”
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