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- 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.
- Apr 5, 2013 at 11:25AM
Floodzilla, the Lower Valley's web-based floodwater monitoring station, is keeping an eye on high water on the Snoqualmie River. Predictions show the river rising this morning, cresting at the forks of the Snoqualmie near North Bend at 11 p.m., tonight at about 13,421 cubic feet per second (cfs).
- Apr 5, 2013 at 12:14PM
Chaplins Chevrolet in North Bend reports that it's in the middle of a major sale. The dealership is part of a "Statewide Sell-Off" event for five days, through Monday, April 8. Besides new car deals, the promotion includes some prize giveaways, including $50, $100, a new moped, 60-inch TV or a $30,000—in cash or as applied to a new car.
- Apr 5, 2013 at 12:03PM
Students in Snoqualmie Valley schools are on spring break starting Monday. But there's no reason for them to be bored between classes. Si View Metro Parks has a variety of activities to keep them busy, including: Si View Break Camp, April 8-12 Youth can come for a week of camp activities including games, crafts, swimming, a local field trip and more. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; extended care is available. Additional times are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for no additional cost. Cost is $180 per week. Space is limited.
- Apr 5, 2013 at 3:19PM
To the Good Samaritan: I appreciated your help in mounting a tire on my maroon car on February 27. I failed to get your name and phone number. As you left me to get home in the 20 minutes left ‘til dinner time your wife gave you, I saw that you had dropped a screwdriver, or it fell out of your pickup. Give me a call and I’ll return your tool. Thanks again,
- Apr 5, 2013 at 3:20PM
A Chief Kanim Middle School student, Vishnu Rathnam, is part of a winning team traveling to Washington, D.C. for national competition in April. Rathnam’s team, Science Infinity Club Team 1 of Bellevue, took first place in the Inland Northwest Regional Science Bowl Saturday, March 2, at Whitworth University in Spokane. The winning team, includes captain Kartik Iyer (International Community School, Kirkland), Tejas Bharadwaj (Evergreen Middle School), Saransh Kacharia (Redmond Middle School), Rahul Nene (Redmond Middle School) and Coach Vidya Iyer. They will face more than 77 other regional winners in the national finals of the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl.
Learning matters: Education critique from Mount Si High students gets attention from C-SPAN | Photo gallery
- Apr 5, 2013 at 3:28PM
School is just a game, say students in a short film from Mount Si High School, and a simple one. It’s just about memorizing a few facts long enough to take a test, they say, and they’ll never use that information again. “The problem is students don’t learn to learn,” says Emmit Rudd, who created the film with Dean Sydnor. Rudd’s denunciation of modern education is echoed by students, teachers and administrators at Mount Si in “Education in America: The Reprehensible System.” It is also, as Rudd’s and Sydnor’s entry in the 2013 StudentCam video competition by C-SPAN, the most important issue they think President Obama will face in 2013.
Obama protestor, driveway disturbance, you keyed my car: Weekly Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls
- Apr 5, 2013 at 3:25PM
Sleeping in private property: On March 26, a caller in the 300 block of East Second Street in North Bend reported seeing transients entering the garage of a vacant property. An officer investigated and found that they used a pry bar to gain access, then locked the building from the inside to sleep overnight.
- Apr 8, 2013 at 3:36PM
Every March, Opstad Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday by hosting a school-wide reading challenge. Because Opstad’s mascot is an otter, this year’s theme was “You Otter Be Reading!” The challenge is a fun way to motivate children to read outside of the school day. Our otters read and read and read! We would like to thank the following businesses who so generously donated a myriad of prizes for our readers: Papa Murphy’s, Mount Si Golf Course, North Bend Bar and Grill, Emerald City Smoothie, Selah Gifts, North Bend Theatre, Phoenix Books, Mt. Si Gymnastics Academy, Rocko’s Diner, Ace Hardware, George’s Bakery, Mount Si Shell Station, QFC and Twede’s Café.
- Apr 8, 2013 at 3:46PM
I hate to spend my time writing about something as trivial as grocery bags, but there are people who think that plastic bags are the greatest evil on earth—worse than abortion or marijuana!—and they want to ban plastic bags. It’s hard to stand and fight for plastic bags when they are so trivial. But they have value. I use them for our wastebaskets. I use them for litter in my car. Many people use them for kitty litter and doggie-do (every day). Plastic bags beat paper when it comes to damp groceries (like produce, ice cream, etc). Plastic bags are easier for senior citizens to carry. If some people like cloth (or paper), good for them! They can keep using what they like. But the rest of us should be allowed to make our own choices. This is America (at least for now).
- Apr 8, 2013 at 3:43PM
Snoqualmie student Ariana Chriest (pictured above) and Makenna Griffin are part of CORE Theatrics’ upcoming production of “Secret Garden.” When asked why she does theater, Ariana replied, “Theatre is the medium through which I experience my life and it is the first love of my life. There is no better way to connect to people and learn about human nature than to investigate and experience it through the lives of other people. It is the single-most rewarding thing I do, both to myself and to my community.”
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