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- Jun 18, 2013 at 8:32AM
Two “Explore the Greenway” trips bring hikers and bicyclists outdoors to explore some of the scenic and wonderful places in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. In the Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride and BBQ, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, discover the 2-mile tunnel underneath Snoqualmie Pass, a remnant of railroad history. The biking trip will take riders through the tunnel’s cool darkness onto a 20-mile stretch in Iron Horse State Park, providing majestic views of the Cascades and a barbeque at Rattlesnake Lake.
- Jun 18, 2013 at 8:31AM
On May 4, Fall City resident Katherine Jamerson graduated with Corban University’s class of 2013 in Salem, Ore. Jamerson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and History.
- Jun 18, 2013 at 8:25AM
Spacelabs Healthcare hosts a job fair this week, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at 35301 S.E. Center St., Snoqualmie. This open-house style event will be informal, giving local job seekers the opportunity to talk to hiring managers, tour the business' new Snoqualmie facility and see how Spacelabs is making a difference by delivering innovative healthcare solutions to more than 100 countries around the world.
- Jun 18, 2013 at 2:52PM
Day Out With Thomas, the very popular family event that brings Thomas the Tank Engine up close with young rail fans, chugs into Snoqualmie on two weekends, July 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. The day features a 25-minute train ride with Thomas to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. Families can meet Sir Topham Hat, enjoy live music, operating model trains, food, games, storytelling, a puppet show, motor car rides, a clown, and explore the historic depot.
- Jun 18, 2013 at 4:00PM
It's a day out of school, but not a day off from learning. Every year, the fifth grade class of Fall City Elementary School, and the AP Biology class at Mount Si High School get together at Olallie State Park for an exploration of insects, animals, plants and all types of biodiversity, and learn together. "The kids learn so much more by listening to other kids," explained Mount Si science teacher Andrew Rapin, who coordinates the Outdoor Classroom program each year with Fall City teachers Cassie McLellan, Barb Van Oeveren, Cheryl Coleman and Melissa Danberg. Outdoor Classroom, also supported by Nature Vision, is a series of learning stations scattered throughout the park, where high school students teach groups of fifth graders about their particular subject, ecology, adaptation, survival skills, and so on.
- Jun 18, 2013 at 3:29PM
Children chomped fast and furiously during the Young Life watermelon eating contest, which returned in all its messy glory Saturday afternoon, June 15, to Olive Taylor Quigley Park, as part of a hopping Fall City Days. “It was a total success,” says Young Life staffer Michelle Carnes, who helped organize the event as part of a new crop of volunteers. “The kids that won were the kids that attacked the watermelon and had juice coming off of their nose," she said.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 9:33AM
Kevin Hauglie, Fall City resident, has qualified as a championship agent by Farmers Insurance for his performance. His daughter and licensed agent, Angela Donaldson, also qualified to attend the agency's Championship Conference alongside him. She is the only agency producer to qualify in the State of Washington for this achievement.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 9:52AM
Snoquamie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Snoqualmie Valley Classic Golf Tournament is 2 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course in Fall City. The tournament is a four-player scramble. Golfers can check in beginning at 12:30 p.m., and play starts at 2 p.m. Singles and doubles are welcome, as they will be grouped into foursomes. The cost for individual players is $99, which includes green fee, a cart, dinner, and a raffle ticket.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 9:39AM
Robert and Deborah Arenth announced the marriage of their son Drew Robert to Breese McIlvaine on Saturday, May 4. The ceremony took place at Longview Farm, in Accokeek, Md., home of the bride’s parents, Stevenson McIlvaine and Penelope Breese. The groomsmen included friends from Fall City Elementary days—Andrew Bishop, Dan Corlett and Benjamin Fels. The wedding was truly an international event with guests attending from Germany, France, England and Kenya.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 9:31AM
Eastside Fire and Rescue observes International Fire/EMS Safety Week this week, through June 22. This year’s theme, “Saving Our Own…An Inside Job,” focuses on the need for greater mental and emotional health efforts. According to EFR, behavioral health issues often go undetected. Suicide is the fourth-leading cause of death among caucasian men ages 35-50; it is the second leading cause of death among caucasian men ages 20-34. These are the two demographic groups in which most U.S. firefighters fall.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 9:52AM
Downtown Snoqualmie is becoming a showcase for the arts. Above, Lanice Gillard, Kay Boyle and Laurie Hauglie admire quilts hung in the Hauglie Insurance office in downtown Snoqualmie during the May 31 Art Walk. The Snoqualmie Arts Commission holds its next Art Walk, "Finally Friday," 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, in downtown Snoqualmie. More than 95 artists will take part. Mount Si Artist Guild works will be up for display and sale. There will be art demos, live music and performances, and refreshment.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 9:54AM
The city of North Bend is hosting a free community shred event, 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 21, at City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N., in the parking lot at Second Avenue and Main Street. Clear out your filing cabinets, closets, home offices and basements, and help the environment at the same time. Shredding sensitive documents can help reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim by keeping your personal information out of the hands of criminals.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 10:54AM
Following a well-attended May 16 community meeting on crime and public safety, the city of North Bend is planning to host a series of monthly meetings on related subjects. The next meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Mount Si Senior Center, will focus on home security. The topics of future meetings could include many of the subjects touched on at the first meeting, including crime prevention, homeless issues and the homeless shelter, and drug use. Meetings will be the third Thursday of each month, and will conclude with a discussion of the next topic to cover.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 10:49AM
The Riverview School District is hosting an open house, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Educational Service Center in Duvall, to honor retiring superintendent Conrad Robertson. All are invited for cake and punch and to bid farewell to Robertson, who’s been with the district for 12 years.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 10:52AM
Friends and staff of North Bend Theatre host a fundraiser for the Save Our Theatre Project, starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the theater. A meal and silent auction wraps up with a movie at 7 p.m.; Valley photographer Mary Miller will commemorate the occasion. Tickets are $10, and include a movie, soda and popcorn. Food includes pulled pork sandwiches and pizza by the slice.
- Jun 19, 2013 at 11:06AM
Seven years ago, Bruce Robinson accidentally stepped off a two-story roof, and shattered the bones in both of his feet. His job as a construction supervisor was over. Robinson could either take a desk job or move onto something else. Robinson opted to move on, finding himself behind the wheel of a school bus. A typical day for Robinson begins at 5 a.m., when, decked out in a brightly colored shirt and Mickey Mouse watch, he drives through the Valley, taking special needs children to school. For kids who have it a bit rough, Robinson is someone who can be trusted.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:40PM
For a closer look at a proposed Civic Center project in downtown North Bend, come to the city’s first meeting on the project, 7 p.m., Monday, June 24, at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S. The event is intended to gather community feedback on options for a new city hall and what it should contain, such as meeting and performance spaces. Light refreshments will be served.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:00PM updated Jun 24, 2013 at 9:02AM
Taking action Monday, June 10, Snoqualmie City Council unanimously approved a code change allowing for higher elementary and secondary schools in city limits. Ross Bentley, a member of the city's economic development commission, took the podium to champion the change. "We spent a lot of time talking about this subject" in committee, said Bentley. "All the members are in favor of this. If the (high) school should go away because of this issue, that would cause a big economic impact on the city. The number of people coming through town, on their way to schools, is a big part."
- Jun 20, 2013 at 3:02PM
Every school building in the Snoqualmie Valley School District wants to bump up its security levels these days. From a parent-funded electric door pilot project at Fall City Elementary to a proposed fence around the North Bend Elementary School playground, “We have requests from all of the buildings, for things they’d like to do to improve safety,” says district director of business services Ryan Stokes. Granting the requests, though, is more complex than just finding the money.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:49PM
On Wednesday evenings in September, Snoqualmie City Clerk Jodi Warren can be found teaching citizens what it takes to run a municipality. Being on the city council is no easy task and Warren’s students learn that firsthand. From her class, Warren chooses a mock council and randomly divides the remaining group into pro and con camps.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:39PM
Thursday, June 16, 1988: Ella Raines, a Valley native who was a leading lady of American film during the 1940s, died two weeks ago of throat cancer.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:58PM
Corporate life was fun for a while, says North Bend's Jolene Kelly, and so were the Florida beaches. Neither, though, was quite what she was looking for out of life when she decided about 15 years ago that it was time to move 'home.' "I knew I wanted to move to Seattle," says Kelly, who followed her gut feelings, more than any particular plan, when she made the move back to the area where her parents had grown up.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:37PM
Social media looks to be here to stay. The Snoqualmie Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch, 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, showcasing tactics that can help Valley businesses use it to their advantage. For “Six social media tactics that will grow your business,” Greg Gillard, President of Thin Pig Media, will share ideas from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.
- Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35PM
So many community members lent a hand in one way or another to make our Fall City Days street fair a success. We have such overwhelming support, and our volunteers work so hard because we all love our town and want to see it prosper. We are able to give back all of our proceeds minus expenses to youth organizations in the Valley.
Kids and the social network: As Valley's elementary students go online, families need to surf safely
- Jun 21, 2013 at 2:51PM
When Stefanie Thomas of the Seattle Police Department asked fifth grade students at Cascade View Elementary if they’d ever been bullied online, a third of the hands in the room shot up. The Internet safety presentation, held Monday, June 3, was intended to give future middle school students an awareness of the potential dangers of online activity. During her days off from the department, Thomas is hired by schools to talk about cyber safety. This slight, 28-year-old University of Washington grad has made hundreds of trips to Eastside schools, urging children to be aware of the Internet’s realities.
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