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Her vision is from the heart: Photo pro Mary Miller is back with plans for all-Valley portrait

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:41AM

Mary Miller’s got big love for the Valley. She plans to spread that love in a photo session this month that welcomes as many residents of the area as possible, with her “Heart of the Valley” community portrait. At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Miller holds her annual photo session at Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie. Camera in hand, the North Bend professional camera bug will ride up six stories on an Eastside Fire and Rescue truck. Below her, she hopes that hundreds or even thousands of locals will gather in the shape of a heart, for an iconic photo with Mount Si in the background.1

Locked and loaded: Mount Si shortstop Tamarra Crowe signs for Merrimack

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:38AM

Mount Si senior shortstop Tamarra Crowe is the first Wildcat softballer of 2013 to sign for college play. She’s headed to Merrimack Liberal Arts College in North Andover, Mass., to join the Warriors. She expects to play second base with a chance to beat out the shortstop. A staffer saw her when Crowe, as a Ladyhawks club member, went to an exposure tournament in Texas last year. The coach liked how she played, and things steamrolled from there. She visited in December, and met most of the players. It felt like home.

Conversation corner: Update for North Bend Bar and Grill’s 15th year | Slideshow

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:20AM

Upscale, yet homey, is how manager Liz Vollbrecht has always described the North Bend Bar and Grill. The popular downtown hangout made a subtle update to its chalet feel last month, recently finishing an upgrade that added a few new features to its dining area and lounge. Extra table and booth space were added to the lounge area, while a nook with seating around a fireplace and widescreen television were put on a blank rear wall. Staff refer to this area as the “conversation corner.” It’s meant to flow customers around the bar, and is one more warm, welcoming place for people to gather.

Review: “Wind in the Willows” brings the magic of story theater at Valley Center Stage

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:18AM

Creating theater that engages both children and adults is a special challenge, particularly in today’s ADD world of instant electronic entertainment. The story, stage and performances must be clear, interesting and unusual enough to capture and maintain the attention of young and old. When this happens, the magic of theater takes hold and the entire audience has a special shared experience. “Wind in the Willows” at Valley Center Stage in North Bend achieves this rare and magical effect. Its playful and energetic performances keep young audiences enthralled. At the same time the deep engagement of the actors brings light and life to well-known characters sufficient to entertain any age, and even provide a few moments of honest reflection.

Psst. Hey you, wanna be an elected official? This is your year | Opinion

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:42AM

“Would you consider running for public office?” Every few years, We break out this old chestnut, taking the above question to the streets for our “Person on the Street” poll. Results, as you can see to the right, vary. A little more than half the time, folks say no. But sometimes, we meet people who might step up. This year, we tried a new tack, specifying an office, and got a couple of folks to ponder civic involvement. It’s a way to plant the seed of an idea.

Body of Renton dentist lost in avalanche is found on Snoqualmie Pass

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:22AM

The body of Dr. Mitch Hungate, a long-time Renton dentist, was found by searchers on Granite Mountain on Snoqualmie Pass early Wednesday morning. Hungate was killed when an avalanche swept him away on April 13. Poor weather conditions and high avalanche danger had prevented rescue teams from safely continuing the search.

Missing snow cats, un-welcome mat, where did I leave that car? Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:59AM

Missing ‘cats: On April 27, a caller in the 300 block of East Park Street reported a theft to police. He said he’d left his trailer with snowmobiles chained on it parked in his driveway around 6 p.m. the previous day, and when he returned at 3:30 p.m., the trailer and snowcats were gone.

A kids’ 
day for 
fishing | Slideshow

  • May 10, 2013 at 10:13AM

Photos from the 72nd annual Kids Fishing Derby show families passing on traditions of the angler. With a competition for the biggest fish at a morning weigh-in youngsters ages 5 to 15 sought the big ones—rumor had it there was a five-pounder Rainbow or two lurking in the mini-lake. The Game Club has hosted the derby for generations, as a way to instill a love of outdoors, fishing and family fun in the next generation. Families can return to the ponds and, with luck, catch any trout who escaped the day last Saturday, over the next month or two.

Resident stabs and kills home intruder near North Bend

  • May 13, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 4:19PM

A home invasion suspect was stabbed and killed by a resident early this morning after he broke into a home near North Bend. The man had apparently returned to house after burglarizing it and attacking a resident a day earlier. King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at the home in the 10100 block of 420th Avenue Southeast around 1:40 this morning, May 13. When police arrived, they learned that a man and his wife were asleep when their dogs started barking and woke them up. The husband got up to let the dogs out and was confronted by an intruder inside of the house.

Work to close Lake Alice Road this summer; Public meeting May 14 to share construction information

  • May 13, 2013 at 9:13AM

A public meeting is 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the Fall City Elementary School library, 33314 S.E. 42nd St., Fall City, to discuss the King County Road Services plans to replace an aging and collapsing culvert beneath Lake Alice Road Southeast this summer. The county plans to close the road for 8 to 10 weeks some time between July 1 and the end of September while a contractor removes and replaces the aging 48-inch culvert at 339th Avenue Southeast. The culvert lies 35 feet beneath the road surface.

Riverview students make their mark at statewide Reflections contest

  • May 13, 2013 at 9:20AM

Three Riverview School District students were recognized with Outstanding Interpretation awards at the Washington state Parent/Teacher Association's annual Reflections awards ceremony Saturday, May 4, in Bellevue. Sage Overman and Nate Bergman, both of Carnation Elementary School, and Kholy Xiong, Cedarcrest High School, each received the awards, to qualify for considering in the national Reflections event, June 20 to 24 in Cincinatti. Overman and Xiong competed in the dance/choreography category, while Bergman was the sole Riverview entrant in the film/video category. Three Riverview School District students were recognized with Outstanding Interpretation awards at the Washington state Parent/Teacher Association's annual Reflections awards ceremony Saturday, May 4, in Bellevue. Sage Overman and Nate Bergman, both of Carnation Elementary School, and Kholy Xiong, Cedarcrest High School, each received the awards, to qualify for considering in the national Reflections event, June 20 to 24 in Cincinatti.

Mount Si baseball blasts Mercer, Bellevue in gem of a run to regionals | Slideshow

  • May 13, 2013 at 9:39AM

They kept calling it a gem: Chase Kairis's pitching last Thursday night, in the playoff run-up to the Kingco Championship Friday, halted the opposing Mercer Island Islanders, 5-0, with help from the Mount Si defense's fast hands. Running off the physical effects of firing 93 pitches, 63 of them strikes, after the game, the humble Kairis stops to explain how he focused on getting the job done, and trying to stay cool in an exciting place: Bannerwood Park in the postseason. It felt great to be at Bannerwood, in Bellevue, one again, with the top calibre, the senior said. "You just get a great feeling and start going."

North Bend's Gordon Johnson, former Weyerhaeuser foreman at White River, dies at age 85

  • May 13, 2013 at 1:10PM

Born June 17, 1927, Gordon Johnson died at the age of 85 at Mount Si Transitional Health Center in North Bend on April 26. He was preceded in death by his wife Julia Johnson in December 2009, and his son Dennis Johnson in June of 2003.

Healing event recorded on video at Lower Valley's Stillwater school

  • May 13, 2013 at 1:08PM

Students of all ages, and adults touched by the Sandy Hook school shooting in December, gathered at Stillwater Elementary School recently for "Healing Hearts and Helping Hands For Sandy Hook." The evening included a presentation, and student art projects, which will be sent to Washington, to be sent to Washington D.C., along with community members' letters to President Obama and members of Congress. Each participant also received a Random Acts of Kindness kit, with a checklist of 26 random acts of kindness, one for each victim in Sandy Hook.

Valley students on President's Honor Roll at WSU

  • May 14, 2013 at 9:39AM

The following students were named to the Washington State University President's Honor Roll for the Fall 2012 semester. Fall City: Wendy Lee Discher; Elizabeth Paige Duncan. North Bend: Anasaria Alena Cuevas; Daionda Suzanne Davis; Alec Matthew Deichman; Hannah Victoria Exner; Patrick Albert Gavin; Kaitlyn Nicole Kamstra; Clarissa Louise Lacefield; Matthew Evan Paauw; Ryan W. Paauw; Arianne Katarina Pulsipher; Taylor Diane Winslow.

Learn about assisted living options at Lower Valley senior center

  • May 14, 2013 at 10:00AM

The Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation, will host an ombudsman presentation, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday May 16. Come to learn about how to choose senior residential accommodations for yourself or a family member.

Encinias, North Bend's Lynne to marry

  • May 14, 2013 at 9:52AM

Elisa J. Encinias, daughter of Lupita Encinias and BF Maharrey, Jr of Barstow, Calif., is engaged to marry Matthew Lynne, son of Sheldon T. and Karen Lynne of North Bend. Elisa is a 2009 Barstow High School graduate. Matthew is a 2009 graduate of Mount Si High School. Both are currently attending their final year at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Cedarcrest High receives Washington Achievement Award

  • May 14, 2013 at 9:38AM

Cedarcrest High School has received a 2012 Washington Achievement Award, which celebrates schools for overall excellence. The school was specifically recognized for being in the top 5 percent of all Washington schools in on-time graduation rates.

Prom, year-end activities approach for Mount Si High School seniors

  • May 14, 2013 at 9:41AM

In their last days at Mount Si High School seniors have a few events to plan for before their June 7 graduation. The senior prom is set for 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Seattle Aquarium, and tickets, $30, are on sale now during lunch periods. Next is the senior tea, 12:30 to 2:10 p.m., Thursday, May 23 in the high school gym. Awards night starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the school auditorium. Scholarships and awards will be presented to members of the graduating class during the evening, so parents and students are encouraged to report any scholarships students have received to Carol Nelson in the school counseling center, (425) 831-8150. The Moving-Up Assembly is the following day in the school gym.

Board votes 4-1 to renew Snoqualmie schools superintendent Joel Aune's contract

  • May 14, 2013 at 10:16AM

Snoqualmie Valley School District's top official, Superintendent Joel Aune, received a contract extension through 2015 in a split vote of the school board at its May 9 meeting. Board member Carolyn Simpson, participating by phone, cast the sole “no” vote on the renewal. The vote followed an executive session at the start of the board meeting, and there was no discussion on the action. Board President Scott Hodgins explained “This is personnel action, there will be no public discussion by the board on this subject, nor any public comment on the board’s decision.”

Run Snoqualmie: Racers of all ages hit the streets for Cinco de Mayo half-marathon, kids mile | Photos

  • May 14, 2013 at 12:42PM

Runners of every age hit the streets of Snoqualmie and surroundings on May 4, stretching their legs in the Cinco de Mayo half marathon, 8K race and Kids Mile, hosted by Run Snoqualmie. Just above 500 runners took part in the half-marathon, going 13.1 miles. More women than men ran the race, 312 women to 195 men. Top men's finishers were Spencer Walsh, with a time of 1:10:44, followed by Thoma Khalsa and Pete Hanson.

Wednesday is a day to 'Give Big' for Fall City history preservers

  • May 14, 2013 at 1:01PM

Fall City Historical Society is a beneficiary of the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Day, this week. On Wednesday, May 15, donations to the society made through the Seattle Foundation web site will be stretched by Foundation funds. The Seattle Foundation has worked with donors for over 60 years, offering guidance and mechanisms for effective community support. The Fall City Historical Society is among 15 non-profit groups which are profiled on the Foundation web site for next Wednesday’s event.

Interagency Watershed Forum meeting called in Preston

  • May 14, 2013 at 12:59PM

Snoqualmie Watershed Forum Meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Avenue S.E., Preston. The Watershed Forum meets every other month to work together on watershed issues, and is a partnership between King County, the Snoqualmie Tribe, and the cities of Duvall, Carnation, North Bend and Snoqualmie.

Smoke Signals' 15th anniversary: SIFF at Snoqualmie Casino this Friday

  • May 15, 2013 at 10:26AM

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe hosts part of SIFF, the Seattle International Film Festival, at its Snoqualmie Casino. On Friday, May 17, the casino is the site of a complementary showcase celebrating Native American cinema. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. At 6 p.m., Tracy Rector, of nationally recognized native media arts organization Longhouse Media, will be presenting a selection of inspiring Native American short films created by young filmmakers.

Arts of summer: Mount Si artist guild holds sunny show in North Bend

  • May 15, 2013 at 4:22PM

The Mount Si Artist Guild invites art lovers to a spring art show, now through June 27 at the North Bend Library. The theme for this show is “Summer Vacation,” with art showing landscapes, animals, and people enjoying themselves in the scenic Valley and beyond. People viewing the show will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite painting or collage and place their comments in a box provided to that end.

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