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- May 1, 2013 at 10:16AM
King County is working to reduce the threat of flooding to residents living downstream of a large beaver dam that’s been built at McLeod Lake near North Bend. County staff have scheduled a public meeting for May 23 in North Bend to discuss its work over the last several weeks to address the potential flood risks of the beaver dam, which is affecting the elevation of McLeod Lake and flows on Tate Creek.
United front: Shutout is high point of week for league-battling Wildcat baseball team | Photo gallery
- May 1, 2013 at 2:43PM
Mount Si baseball is battling hard for a shot at league glory, using a team dynamic of all-for-one. Fresh off pitching a shut-out last Monday against Sammamish, pitcher Connor Swift shared his thoughts on where this season is going. “To have a good team, everybody has to be equal,” Swift said. “Everyone has everyone’s back. We’ll pick up anyone who needs to be picked up.” Mount Si is closing out a regular season that saw a very strong start, but also a few speedbumps lately.
- May 1, 2013 at 2:19PM
Dave Humphries, left, works on as Ben Cosgrove and Princeton See pose with some monster weeds they pulled from the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial during a volunteer session Wednesday, April 24. Weeding, general cleaning, and planting was done by members of the local Rotary and Kiwanis organizations and the Mount Si High School Key Club, with help from Snoqualmie city crews.
- May 1, 2013 at 2:23PM
Mount Si Fish and Game Club’s 72nd annual Kids Fishing Derby is dawn to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Snoqualmie Police station ponds, off Douglas Avenue on Snoqualmie Ridge. Participation is free for youngsters ages 5 to 15. Children can catch fish and weigh them in, with the biggest catches netting prizes.
- May 1, 2013 at 2:21PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Auxiliary holds its annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend. Lots of garden plants, decorative urns, craft items, homemade bakery goods, white elephants, and the popular garden cart raffle will be available. Sale proceeds go to support the group's $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Mount Si senior pursuing a degree in the medical field.
- May 1, 2013 at 4:09PM
Memories were tested and brains were stretched Friday, in one of the hardest-fought Battle of the Books finals. The teams, one from each of the Snoqualmie Valley School District's five elementary schools, celebrated correct answers in the reading challenge, or shared confused looks when they missed a question, and as the tension built, Fall City Librarian and quizmaster Meg Handy thought it was time to remind everyone why they were here. "The key thing about the Battle of the Books is to get everyone excited about reading," she said. "Are we there?"
- May 2, 2013 at 1:20PM
Tolt Middle School student Gabrielle (Gabby) Klocek represented the Riverview School District at the King and Snohomish Counties Regional Spelling Bee at Town Hall in Seattle on Sunday, March 24. Seventy area students participated in the contest, the most ever in the bee’s 15-year history. Klocek made it to the fourth round, conquering the words sitzmark (a depression left in the snow by a skier falling backward), Netherlander (a native of Holland), and affability (a disposition to be friendly and approachable), she narrowly missed the correct spelling of nubuck (a soft, sueded leather).
- May 2, 2013 at 1:25PM
• Officers Edward Leaf and Ted Reynvasn investigated an accident .2 miles from North Bend on the North Fork road at 7:15 p.m. April 27, which involved Ralph Christensen of Route 1 Snoqualmie. Christensen's 1960 Pontiac was totaled when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway, landing in a swamp. He was treated for back and neck injuries at Nelems Memorial Hospital where he was taken by the investigating officers. • The Fall City Telephone Company has announced its plan to replace the present dial switchboard at Carnation. The existing central office equipment has been outgrown and it is not economic to expand it further. When the present equipment was installed 12 years ago, there were 165 telephone subscribers in the Carnation area -- now there are almost 350 subscribers.
- May 2, 2013 at 1:18PM
The annual Sno-Valley Senior Center plant sale starts 9 a.m. Friday, May 3 at Remlinger Farms in Carnation. The two-day sale features thousands of vegetables, herbs, perennials, garden art, café, convenient parking and covered shopping. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. The event is a fundraiser for the senior center, located at 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation.
Permanent lessons, temporary classrooms: Explore the pros and cons of portables, as Valley district adds more movable rooms
- May 2, 2013 at 1:27PM
It’s just a few days before the Fall City Elementary School science fair, and Betsy Sorenson’s fifth-grade classroom is full of energy, ideas, and students. Two more girls enter minutes before the end of class; they’d been working outside with Sorenson’s permission because they needed a quiet place to finish up their presentation. Not exactly crowded, this portable classroom installed near the school playground is definitely cozy. An aquarium is perched on top of a filing cabinet stacked with books, plant experiments line the window sills, student cubbies are full of jackets and packs, the desks are littered with papers and students are gathered in groups on the floor, at the computer, wherever there’s some space to work.
- May 2, 2013 at 1:21PM
The 2013 "Be The Change" leadership conference for youth will be hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Chief Kanim Middle School, Fall City. All interested middle school and high school-aged students are invited to the event, which is free. Over the last six years, the "Be The Change" leadership conference has evolved into a place for local teens to be inspired about making a difference.
- May 3, 2013 at 10:56AM
Puget Sound Energy is proud to announce the debut of four newly-hatched Peregrine Falcons. Mom and Dad Peregrine are longtime residents of the cliff face downstream of Snoqualmie Falls. Like any new parents, mom and dad are busy with feedings. You can see them tending to their chicks on a web cam installed today by Puget Sound Energy. If Mom and Dad are out hunting, you can see small signs of the new chicks in their nest.
- May 3, 2013 at 10:30AM
Warmer weather is expected for the first weekend in May, and King County officials are urging recreational river and lake users to be extremely careful when heading out on the water. While sunny skies and summerlike temperatures might make a dip in a local lake, river or even Puget Sound seem like an inviting idea, all of those waterbodies are extremely cold this time of year, and recreationists are reminded to use caution around open water.
- May 3, 2013 at 11:37AM
Tanner Electric Cooperative holds its annual meeting for North Bend and Ames Lake members at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 4, at Twin Falls Middle School The annual meeting is an opportunity for coop members to learn about what's happening within the cooperative, meet their neighbors, and possibly win a raffle prize. Refreshments will be served.
- May 3, 2013 at 11:28AM
Chase Bank will open a new branch in Snoqualmie, Tuesday, May 7. Chase's newest Washington branch, number 211, is located at 35019 S.E. Center St. in Snoqualmie. The new branch is approximately 3500 square feet and will employ 10 people. The opening will be marked by a celebration and ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce on May 9.
- May 3, 2013 at 5:26PM
Over the last few years, Heidi Dukich has given out countless pieces of paper and pens, advising her clients at the Mount Si Food Bank to write down their goals and resources, and visualize a pathway out of poverty, toward success. She points them in the direction of the library, where anyone can book two hours of Internet time and find more resources, or classes. Helping people is about a lot more than food. But the act of giving food can be the pathway to changing lives permanently and for the better.
All in the family: College football play stays at Corvallis for Mount Si’s ‘Bird Dog,’ Nick Mitchell
- May 3, 2013 at 5:30PM
It’s pretty darn solid: 17-year-old Nick Mitchell will join his older brother Josh on the gridiron at Corvallis, Ore. Mitchell, Mount Si’s all-Kingco-ranked quarterback last fall, made a verbal commitment to play football with Oregon State University after high school graduation in 2014. OSU was the right fit, says Nick.
Blood and graffiti, mailbox attack, who stole the tip jar: Snoqualmie Valley police, firefighter blotter
- May 3, 2013 at 5:35PM
Blood and graffiti: On Saturday, April 20, a Snoqualmie parks employee contacted police about vandalism in the 34700 block of Southeast Sorenson Street. The employee said that overnight someone had smashed the mirror in the men's restroom at Carmichael Park, then put blood and graffiti all over the walls. The women's restroom was not damaged.
- May 6, 2013 at 8:25AM
An information session on Washington Virtual Academies is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Snoqualmie Library. Interested families can register at http://www.k12.com/wava/event-type/person-events-0#.UYbTqLXvuSo. Or, go to http://wava.k12start.com/k-8/ to see program and prep materials that new families receive.
Visions of Europe: Artist Richard Burhans partners with North Bend cafe owner Sinacia Yovanovich to share continental colors
- May 6, 2013 at 8:46AM
Some years back, Valley artist Richard Burhans and his wife Sallie explored the timeless art and scenery of Europe. Now, the artistic visions that Burhans brought back from Italy, Austria and Germany have a new purpose, enlivening Sinacia Yovanovich’s Euro Lounge Cafe and crepe restaurant in downtown North Bend. Yovanovich was born in Romania, emigrated with his parents to an Arizona refugee camp at age 7, and grew up in the Puget Sound area. Now a Fall City resident, the cafe that he opened in 2011 is his dream come true.
- May 6, 2013 at 8:50AM
Mount Si girls golf has had the best season in years. Going into the league tournament, the team holds a 6-1 record. Freshman Caitlyn Maralack and senior Danielle Burns and the number-two and three-ranked players in the league. Junior Tabitha Dorn is the number-six player in league. Burns has overcome injury to bring her scores down into the high 30s this season and nurture her hunger for delayed state glory. Maralack, the experienced young player, has consistently shot in the low 40s or upper 30s all season, and Dorn is busting into the lower 40s.
- May 6, 2013 at 8:28AM
Visitors can get outside and experience the Cedar River Watershed through a mix of all-day field tours, hikes, history walks and family waterfall tours this spring and summer. May and June are prime months to take in springtime wildflowers, river flows and mountain sunshine. First up are weekend events exploring the water, or aimed at moms.
- May 7, 2013 at 4:49PM
A new season of Carnation Barn Concerts begins Saturday, May 11, with the Bottom Line Duo (www.bottomlineduo.com), bringing classical bass and cello with humor. The concerts are in the Carnation Tree Farm barn and begin at 7:30 p.m. Upcoming acts include Rouge, a French cabaret-style act, June 8; Uncle Bonsai, a new folk band, July 13, and singer/songwriter Del Rey, August 10.
- May 7, 2013 at 5:02PM
Volunteers are sought for this summer's Festival at Mount Si, held in North Bend August 8 to 11. Helpers are part of a community event, meeting people, and enjoying a beautiful summer day in the Valley. Volunteer opportunities include festival set-up, traffic control, silent action, chili cook-off, information booth, hospitality, parade assistance, vendor set-up, festival clean-up, and more. Shifts are generally four hours long, but volunteers are welcome to stay as long as you like.
- May 7, 2013 at 5:03PM
Brandon Peterson, a 2005 graduate of Mount Si High School, will play the part of Pontius Pilate in Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which opens May 10. Peterson, a senior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program, appeared in the Village Theatre's production of The Who's Rock Opera 'Tommy.' His parents are Linda and Jim Stevens.
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