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- May 30, 2013 at 10:25AM
Cindy Walker refers to it as “the fun stuff.” It’s the prom date requests on the marquee. It’s the weeklong ski film festivals, student film nights, the benefits for everyone from Relay for Life to the Mount Si wrestling team. There are countless ways for a small movie house to make a difference, and “I get to choose” what to do, says Walker. After she and husband Jim bought the North Bend Theatre seven years ago, one thing that surprised them was how much fun they could have running this 250-seat cinema, one of about 20 legacy movie houses still running in Washington state.
- May 30, 2013 at 11:00AM updated May 31, 2013 at 12:00PM
Berkeley Repp of Snoqualmie, son of Douglas and Jeri of Snoquamie, died Saturday, May 25. He was 17. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 8, at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church in Fall City.
- May 31, 2013 at 12:56PM
Blake Herman, a six-foot-one, 210-pound starting defensive end and offensive guard for the Wildcats last season, is on board for college play. Herman committed to play for Wheaton Thunder this coming fall. Wheaton College is a perennial Midwest Division-3 powerhouse known for their academics. Off the gridiron, Herman intends to concentrate on mathematics.
- May 31, 2013 at 12:57PM
Every minute, there are a million single-use plastic bags used in the United States. This is a staggering and alarming statistic, especially considering that many of these bags end up in the landfill or, even worse, in the bellies of whales or turtles or around sea birds’ necks. Just last year, a gray whale in Puget Sound was found dead with 20 plastic bags in its stomach. This animal was very lethargic many days before it washed ashore and may have been starving to death because of intestinal blockage from plastic.
- May 31, 2013 at 1:01PM
Four-year-old Ethan Wilhelm of Snoqualmie got the thrill of his young life last month when he got to eat lunch with Snoqualmie Police Sgt. Chris Todd. Ethan, who, mom Jodi Wilhelm says, is "mesmerized by police officers," was at the Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory for lunch with his family, when he met Sgt. Todd. He confidently approached the officer and asked to join him, then hurried to grab his burger. He joined the sergeant in a 25-minute conversation that encompassed video games, police cars and how to catch the bad guys.
- May 31, 2013 at 1:02PM
Hikers on Mount Si may come home Saturday with a snack they didn’t pack. On June 1, the Grape-Nuts cereal company is sending a hiker up Mount Si with a load of Grape-Nuts Fit. James Kurseman of Seattle will distribute the cereal to other hikers on the mountain; Kurseman is a northwest outdoor enthusiast and blogs at hikingnorthwest.com.
- May 31, 2013 at 1:08PM
On May 23, King County deputies received a report of an assault in the 13500 block of 436th Avenue Southeast. The victim, a homeless person sleeping in a tent in the woods nearby, reported that someone had entered the tent while he was sleeping and attacked him with a flashlight.
- May 31, 2013 at 1:03PM
Snoqualmie's own David Moses will travel across the country starting Monday to compete in the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Championship. The national lumberjack sports competition is June 7 through 9, part of the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The competition will be streamed live online at stihltimbersports.us and is being filmed by Outdoor Channel cameras to air this summer.
- Jun 3, 2013 at 9:52AM
The family of Betty Spear — Rick, Gregg (Wendy), Craig (Kathy), Susan, Derek (Monica), Renee and Brandon — invite family and friends to Betty’s 80th birthday celebration. An open house is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend. No gifts, please.
- Jun 3, 2013 at 9:42AM
Mei-Miao Su Chang hit a hole-in-one on Sunday, May 5, at the Cascade Golf Course in North Bend. She used a driver on the 125-yard sixth hole. Steve Funk got a hole in one on Tuesday, May 15, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge 17th hole, a 175-yard shot.
- Jun 3, 2013 at 9:43AM
When it comes to portable classrooms, the numbers get really interesting. Snoqualmie Valley Schools are home to 59 of the mobile classrooms. They hold two school building’s worth of students. Elementary schools alone account for 31 portables. Today, Valley schools have between a fifth to a quarter of classroom capacity in portables. Since older students change classrooms several times a day, that means a lot of kids walk into a mobile classroom at least once a day.
- Jun 3, 2013 at 9:37AM
Registration is under way for Snoqualmie United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, aimed at children age 5 to 12, happening Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. This year, the church is teaming with Twinlow Ministries for full- and half-day camps.
- Jun 3, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Jun 4, 2013 at 12:13PM
A new elementary school in the next two years is at the top of the Snoqualmie Valley School Board's wish list. A new middle school and a new, or like-new high school are on the list, too, but those buildings are moving targets. Deciding if and when to build them is the task of the school board, which is asking for help from more than 200 citizens in a series of focus group meetings. Three meetings have occurred, and two more are planned, for 6 to 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, June 3) at the Mount Si High School Library, and 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, as an online presentation with opportunities for comment.
- Jun 3, 2013 at 3:40PM
Metro is revamping bus service in the Snoqualmie Valley again, and regular riders have braced themselves for more bad news, more routes to be cut due to low ridership. They can relax, says Amy Biggs, future executive director of Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, because this round of changes will actually bring more service to most of the Valley. "They (King County Metro Transit) listened to every single rider on the buses here… and they actually doubled the number of routes!" Biggs said. "What they're doing is amazing, and I think everybody should know about it!"
- Jun 4, 2013 at 10:13AM
The school year for Mount Si High School seniors culminates this Friday, June 7, with graduation. Rehearsal for the graduation ceremony begins at 8 a.m. Friday, June 7, in the school auditorium. Seniors must have their completed check-out forms cleared before they can attend the rehearsal, and counselors will be available to clear the forms that morning. Rehearsal is expected to last three hours, and all seniors must attend.
- Jun 4, 2013 at 9:44AM
Can chemistry be made fun for the middle school students? Participants of the first ever Washington You Be the Chemist Challenge (YBTC) Challenge® believe it can! On Saturday, April 20, students from 25 schools in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston Counties came to Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City for the first You Be the Chemist Challenge.
- Jun 4, 2013 at 10:30AM
"Yes, I remember. This is my happy writing place. I can just be." One of Connie Schutte's eighth grade journalism students wrote that line a few years ago, and it has become both a reward and a symbol of success in learning for Schutte, a full-time PARADE teacher. PARADE (Parents and Riverview Actively Delivering Education), the district's collaboration with home-schooling families, is based in the Riverview Learning Center in Carnation. Schutte's role in the program is to help students and families conquer the challenges of learning collaboratively and reaching their goals.
- Jun 4, 2013 at 11:55AM
Opstad Elementary's PTA hosts a garage sale Saturday, June 8, benefiting the school. The PTA Garage Sale is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 1345 Stillson Ave., North Bend. All proceeds directly benefit the students at Opstad. Items to be sold include clothing, sporting equipment, toys, household furniture and furnishings, bikes, electronics, and more.
- Jun 4, 2013 at 11:56AM
North Bend Theatre hosts a film documentary on fly fishing, "Low and Clear," at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6. During a winter flyfishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex "Xenie" Hall, learn they've have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful even-keeled son of a songwriting legend, believes there's more to fishing than catching fish.
- Jun 4, 2013 at 12:05PM
It has been a year and a half since the Snoqualmie Valley School District's Board of Directors unanimously agreed to build a middle school. But a middle school may now be one of the school district's lowest priorities. How did we get here? Here is a look at the decision timeline that's led up to this week's focus group sessions:
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- Jun 5, 2013 at 11:51AM
Byron Kurtz has to shout to be heard over the noise of the huge machine that’s above, beneath and around him. Kurtz, plant operator at Puget Sound Energy’s Snoqualmie Falls hydropower plant, has worked these turbines for a decade.
- Jun 5, 2013 at 11:07AM
The Snoqualmie Valley School District expanded its electronic communications last week with the launch of new district and school websites. The district also added a Facebook page and Twitter feed to expand its reach through social media. The aim of the new website, hosted by Schoolwires, is to provide a seamless online experience for all stakeholders, with ease of access to information, timely communication, better collaboration, and online tools to support the mission of the district. In addition to the new look, the changes will establish more consistency across all school websites, making them easier to navigate for families, and bring new features for mobile device accessibility.
- Jun 5, 2013 at 11:12AM
Crime, safety and other community concerns are the topic of an online survey launched last week by the city of Snoqualmie. “Police Chief Steve McCulley would like to have the citizens’ perceptions of our current police services so that they can revisit their programs or practices, if any changes are needed,” explained city spokeswoman Joan Pliego, adding that no one event prompted the survey. “We have periodic department surveys,” she said, such as the recent parks survey.
- Jun 5, 2013 at 11:11AM
I’ve lived in North Bend for 50 years, and that’s not half the age of the Tollgate farmhouse. If you wanted to go to Snoqualmie Pass at the turn of the century, you paid a toll at the farm. This building was given to the city for preservation. The city had all kinds of regulations for historical buildings, but apparently the farm isn’t historical enough to apply the rules. A while back, I saw a new, shiny asphalt roof go on, and thought that would help preserve the building until the city got enough money to put on a more expensive shake roof. The next improvement was to tear off the original porch and install a shiny set of aluminum handrails.
- Jun 5, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 5:03PM
Snoqualmie Library Book Sale is Wednesday through Saturday, June 5 to 8. This annual book sale and silent auction is sponsored by the Friends of the Snoqualmie Library. There’s a huge selection of books, with great deals. On Saturday, get a bag of books for $3.
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