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In the decade since last bond passed, school district turns to movable classrooms as inexpensive option | Portables, Part II
- May 8, 2013 at 4:18PM
It’s been 10 years since voters in the Snoqualmie Valley School District approved a bond to build a school. While various school levies for maintenance, technology or transportation have passed without a problem, voters have repeatedly withheld support of bonds for new schools since 2003, when they approved construction of Twin Falls Middle School with a $53 million bond. In the past decade, the school district and its surrounding cities have all grown. Enrollment has increased by about 1,000 students.
- May 10, 2013 at 9:49AM
Horticulture students at Mount Si High School have been creating hanging baskets, and bedding plants and perennials for the annual plant sale, May 9 to 11 at the school greenhouse. Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, May 9 and 11, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Out of the Past: Weyerhaeuser mill's closure finally comes, shotgun vandal, new building for Mt Si Golf
- May 10, 2013 at 9:51AM
Read stories from the past 50 and 25 years, from the pages of the Valley Record Thursday, May 12, 1988 • It’s come. The company made $7 billion last year and there are plans to build a $35 million facility at Monroe. The bucks are there, but Weyerhaueser has decided that the best thing for the old warrior at Snoqualmie is death. The announcement was made first thing last Thursday throughout the Cascade Unit: The 70-year-old Snoqualmie Falls lumber mill will close permanently sometime between February and April of 1989.
- May 10, 2013 at 9:48AM
A new season of Carnation Barn Concerts begins Saturday, May 11, with the Bottom Line Duo. 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. Tickets are $10, with a special $75 season pass for all nine shows.
- May 10, 2013 at 9:47AM
in Fall Middle School will be presenting their third musical this spring: Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s classic “Oklahoma.” The show is Friday and Saturday, May 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. sharp on stage at the school. The cost is $8 per ticket. Purchase at school office or at the door.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
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