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- 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.”
- Apr 8, 2013 at 3:45PM
Allyson Rosman and Tyler Farrar were married Saturday, Feb. 23, in Seattle. Both the bride and groom graduated from Mount Si High School, Tyler in 2003, and Allyson in 2006. Tyler graduated from University of Washington with a degree in construction management. Allyson graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in communication. Tyler works as a project manager for Axiom/Division 7 Commercial Roofing in Lynden, Wash., and Allyson works as an office manager and travel coordinator for Nature’s Path Organic Foods in Blaine, Wash.
This week in Snoqualmie Valley history: Masons at school's cornerstone, Burhans murals show Valley faces, raising sinkers at Weyerhaeuser
- Apr 8, 2013 at 3:38PM
Explore stories from the past 25 and 50 years in the Valley, from the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include: Thursday, April 7, 1963: Millions of board feet are being salvaged from Weyerhaeuser’s Snoqualmie Falls pond. The company had to raise the sinkers—2.5 million board feet of mostly hemolock logs—because they were impeding movement of all logs in the lake.
- Apr 8, 2013 at 3:36PM
Thank you, Valley Record and the Snoqualmie Valley for the privilege and honor to be chosen “Best of the Valley” for Photography. I wish to acknowledge the talent and uniqueness of Joy Baunsgard, “Photography by Joy,” and Brenda Huckle, “Genuine Image,” as longtime professional artists/photographers whom I admire. I embrace the tremendous time, willingness to be flexible, love and determination it takes every day to be an active artist and businessperson. As professional photographers, we operate on artistic vision, developing style, as well as maintaining a level of respect, sensitivity, subtlety, direction, and customer service. On top of that, there is the capacity to be willing to grow in the art itself, as it continues to evolve and expand. There are more images out in the world, every second of every day.
- Apr 9, 2013 at 12:55PM
Sixty-five Metro Transit bus routes are at risk of being canceled, and service reduced on another 86 routes, if state lawmakers allow temporary two-year funding for the agency to expire without authorizing a permanent and sustainable source of revenue. Two Valley routes are on the block: Route 215 through Snoqualmie and North Bend is at risk for deletion. Route 209 is at risk of revision or reduction. According to Metro, routes are at risk for canceling or reducing if the state legislature doesn’t authorize funding to fill Metro’s projected $75 million annual budget gap.
- Apr 9, 2013 at 12:53PM
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. Youth voice and leadership are important. The conference is about hearing those voices and expanding that leadership.
Big night for Valley Idols: Bella DiDomenico wins 2013 amateur singing competition, Sno Valley Idol Jr.
- Apr 9, 2013 at 1:44PM
Si View Metro Parks hosted the ninth annual Sno Valley Idol Junior Finals on Friday March 29, at the Mount Si High School auditorium in Snoqualmie. Twelve young finalists put on a show filled with talent and enthusiasm. The 2013 Sno Valley Idol Junior Champion is Bella DiDomenico of Snoqualmie. This was Bella’s first time participating in the Sno Valley Idol Junior contest. She won the contest with a performance of Adele’s “First Love”. The 2013 Runner Up is Anastasia Bruckner, who wowed the crowds with Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Kerstin Nilsson placed third with a performance of “Skyfall” by Adele.
- Apr 9, 2013 at 1:38PM
The Snoqualmie Tribe recently awarded the Snoqualmie Valley School District a $25,000 grant for training teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at the high school’s new freshman campus, scheduled to open this fall. This grant, the proposal for which was written by parent volunteer Nancy Baker, represents a $10,000 increase in support from the Tribe. Last year, the Tribe awarded $15,000 to the district.
Dude, where’s my backhoe? Gate-crashing thieves take big haul from North Bend's Westerlund Excavation | Photo gallery
- Apr 9, 2013 at 2:58PM
Thieves literally crashed the gates of North Bend-based Westerlund Excavation when they robbed the business early March 23, but they weren’t trying to get in. When the people who stole the company’s 1999 International rollback truck got to the gate, they were already on their way out, taking the truck, the Kubota “mini” excavator strapped to the back of it, all the diesel fuel they could siphon, and the front gate with them. “When they left, they just drove right through the gate,” said Don Westerlund, who owns and operates the business with his son, Lee.
- Apr 9, 2013 at 3:07PM
Rain comes off Tom Kirby’s nose and chin in rivulets. The Mount Si senior was soaked, but still in high spirits, after winning the mile race in a downpour during the Wildcats’ home track meet, Thursday, April 4, with the Juanita Rebels. Kirby, who also placed fifth in the 800-meter race on this cold day, is one of a big group of Mount Si teens totally immersed in motion. They won’t stop moving, despite rain or setbacks. Kirby loves the adrenaline that comes in a race, as well as the broad team-oriented mindset. “You set all these goals,” Kirby said. “You prove you can do it.”
- Apr 9, 2013 at 5:06PM
The King County Prosecutor’s Office had not yet made a decision to charge Ken G. Hearing, mayor of North Bend, in the aftermath of his arrest for alleged domestic violence on March 26. Hearing was booked on suspicion of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) after allegedly hitting his wife in the leg with a golf club. King County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West told the Record that Hearing initially called the North Bend police station at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. According to West’s report, Hearing told police that his wife was intoxicated and was tormenting him.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 11:01AM
At the March 9 Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 18 Cedarcrest High School students earned special recognition, and two of them won trips to compete internationally. Isaac Harper and Thor Wehr both won Overall Grand Prizes at the event, which include trips to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 12 through 17 in Phoenix. Harper’s project, "Enhancing the Maturation of Human Pluripotent Stem-Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes by Triiodothryonine Treatment and Nanopatterned Substrates," won a blue ribbon in the cellular/molecular biology category and received the U.S. Army Award.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 9:48AM
North Bend resident Art Farash, a retired U.S Army Chief Warrant Officer, presents an “on the ground” perspective of the Vietnam War on 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the American Legion Hall, 38625 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 10:02AM
With its first year almost complete, the Parent Partnership program in Snoqualmie Valley School District begins registering families for next year on Wednesday, April 17 in the school district office, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Registration for the program, for elementary-aged children in the district, is 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., followed by an informational meeting from 6:50 to 7:30 p.m. on expanding the program to include students in grades 6 through 8. The program launched last fall to provide home-schooling families with resources, technology and support, including curriculum planning. About 20 students are involved this year, in Kindergarten through grade 5. The program offers a variety of classes in reading, writing and science that students can attend twice a week at North Bend Elementary School, in addition to other resources.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 11:25AM
Carnation’s animal communicator, Joan Ranquet, offers a series of workshops on beginning and intermediate animal communication, starting April 12. Complete schedules can be found at www.joanranquet.com along with registration information. Ranquet is the founder of Communication with all Life University. Through private sessions, workshops, teleseminars and speaking events, she facilitates a deepening of the human-animal connection. Ranquet was chosen by MSN as one of the “Top 25 People Who Do What They Love.”
- Apr 10, 2013 at 11:23AM
The power of education was in the spotlight March 28, during the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation luncheon. During the annual fundraiser, outstanding teachers were honored, a student gave a stirring speech on the role of community in education, and officials outlined plans for creating the 21st century education students would need. And all that was before the science problem, presented by keynote speaker Dr. Nitin Baliga of the Institute for Systems Biology.
- Apr 10, 2013 at 12:10PM
Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with county officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current county work in their community at an open house, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 11 at the Fall City Library. Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett and County Councilmember Kathy Lambert will be part of the meeting, which is sponsored by the King County Community Service Area (CSA) program.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 1:03PM
A Sammamish man, reported missing by his family, fell to his death early Saturday, April 6, at Snoqualmie Falls. According to Snoqualmie Police Capt. Nick Almquist, police pinged the 40-year-old man's phone in the early morning hours of Saturday, and found that he was in the vicinity of the Falls. His body was found below the overlook at first light. It's the first such death at the Falls since mid-December of 2012, when a man fell to his death.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:22PM
Snoqualmie will have four city council positions and the position of mayor open in the 2013 general election. North Bend will have three council positions open. Candidates can file for office from May 13 to 17, online, in person, or by mail. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson’s term expires Dec. 31. He announced he will run for a third term. Council positions 1, 3, 5, and 7, currently held by Bob Jeans, Bryan Holloway, Maria Henriksen, and Kathi Prewitt, respectively, also expire Dec. 31. Each has confirmed that they will seek re-election. North Bend positions 2, 4, and 6, held by Alan Gothelf, Ross Loudenback, and Jeanne Pettersen, respectively, will also be on the ballot.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:25PM
Stories from the past 25 and 50 years in the Snoqualmie Valley, from the pages of the Valley Record: • Citing concerns about offending community members, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board voted to cancel the laying of a Masonic cornerstone at the dedication of the new Opstad Elementary School April 16. The 3-2 vote surprised Masonic leaders, who wanted to honor Mason and former superintendent Edwin Opstad, for whom the school is named.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:54PM
Five people with different ages and different stories meet up on this cool, drizzly March afternoon to talk about the thing that binds them together: Their love of bikes. Jeff Scott comes out the door of Mount Si Sports + Fitness, where he teaches people to cruise on stationary bikes. Andrew Leon is dressed in road-racing gear and looks ready to ride. Two teenage boys, Jacob Cleven and Truman Gray, are heavy into mountain biking. Their high school bike club coach, Luke Talbott, joins them. All come from different paths, but all are working together as members of the newly formed Snoqualmie Valley Velo Club.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:21PM
It started with an anonymous note. An e-mail from a fictitious address let me know on March 27 that North Bend Mayor Ken G. Hearing had been arrested. It didn’t take long to confirm that an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence had indeed happened. And it didn’t take much longer for the story to break. I’ve covered mayors when they’ve gotten in trouble before. But a domestic violence case involving a public official was something new. After consulting with some of my professional colleagues, it was clear to me that basic guidelines hadn’t changed. We wanted the facts. We wanted the police report. And we wanted to see if the mayor had been officially charged with a crime.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 3:20PM
McCoy Mason, a 2011 Mount Si High School alumnus, was presented with the guitar outstanding performer of the year award at his graduation from the Musicians Institute March 23. The keynote speaker for the event was Eddie Kramer. Musicians Institute is a music school in Hollywood, Calif. In 2011, Mac received a full-ride scholarship after a world-wide talent search.
Assault in the road, bad birthday on the bridge, stolen shoes: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:56PM
Bad birthday: On Thursday, April 4, a caller complained about a group of disruptive juveniles at Meadowbrook Way and Southeast Spruce Street. A Snoqualmie police officer found a man sitting on a cross beam of the Meadowbrook Bridge, claiming he was celebrating his birthday. The man climbed down as instructed, and while arresting him for trespassing, the officer smelled intoxicants. He took the man into custody and had to prevent him from strangling himself with his seatbelt before booking him into the King County Jail.
- Apr 12, 2013 at 2:40PM
Regional Animal Services of King County has established a pet amnesty period, now through April 30, for unlicensed cats and dogs and those whose licenses have expired. During April, pet owners can bring their expired pet licenses up to date or purchase new tags for currently unlicensed pets without facing late fees or other penalties. Outside of the amnesty period, pet owners who are not in compliance could be subject to fines of $125 for a spayed/neutered pet to $250 for an unaltered pet.
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