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Greens to houses: Developer, farmer group at odds over planned 18-house, farm project at Carnation's former Tall Chief Golf Course
- Jul 24, 2013 at 5:26PM
In the Snoqualmie Valley, it’s tough to find a development proposal that doesn’t raise objections among farmers. Everything from clearing the land to building the roads and infrastructure to support a new neighborhood can increase the flooding downstream. Knowing all that, though, the team behind a proposed 18-home neighborhood near Fall City really thought they had a winner. “We’re only altering 22 acres of 200 acres of these lots,” for home construction, said Peter Hayes, consultant on a new housing and farming development on the former Tall Chief Golf Course.
- Jul 24, 2013 at 5:08PM
On Thursday, July 11, the Snoqualmie Valley School District presented its first phase of implementing the “Curriculum Pathways and Benchmarks Policy 2423” to the school board, and it was greeted with wide applause. It’s an excellent step toward assisting students (and parents) with making informed choices about the ideal course map for students in grades 6 to 12, giving the best chance for achieving post-high school goals. Imagine taking a family road trip from Snoqualmie to Florida. Picture embarking without maps or a GPS. You would probably make some wrong turns, and would need to stop to ask for directions. Your trip may take longer, cost more, and require re-routing—making it impossible to arrive on-time. A map would have made the journey easier and faster than doing it on-the-fly, turn-by-turn – resulting in course corrections and false starts.
- Jul 24, 2013 at 5:21PM
For the third year in a row, Tolt Middle School has a national champion among its students. Seventh-grader Callum Walker claimed the top placing July 2 at the Technology Student Association (TSA) national conference July 2, in Orlando, Fla. Walker competed in the animation category, with a program that documented the Tolt chapter's American Cancer Society year-long fundraiser. As part of the competition, he also met with a judging panel for an interview on the ideas and design behind his project.
- Jul 24, 2013 at 5:11PM
On June 24, the Snoqualmie City Council hosted a public hearing. Basically, the topic was affordable housing and tax exemptions. Imagine Housing wants to build 160 units on the Ridge. As a longtime resident and candidate for city council, I voiced some concerns about the project. Some have advised me to take a low profile on controversial issues. I can’t when I believe it could impact the city.
- Jul 24, 2013 at 5:21PM
A free Day Camp for ages 6 through 12 will be hosted at Fall City United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2. Secrets of the Kingdom, the Parables of Jesus is staffed with young-adult leaders from Twinlow Camp, offering crafts, stories, games, music, and opportunities for new friendships. Snacks and lunch provided.
Letters | School board member Marci Busby: Vote was about lack of collaboration, not pathways' promise
- Jul 25, 2013 at 5:38PM
This letter is in response to "Concerned over school board candidate's 'no' vote for education pathways". The quotes presented in the letter are snippets in a larger conversation that surrounded how Policy 2423 was developed and presented to the community. No one in the district offices nor Mount Si leadership were consulted in the development of this very detailed, potentially course shifting policy which was perceived by some as exclusive. I still stand by my comments that the process was wrong—I did not say that clarity for student direction was wrong. My no vote was about lack of collaboration and bi-passing staff, not the promise that pathways or benchmarks might make possible. Unfortunately, poor process can potentially make ineffective policy—which no one wants.
- Jul 25, 2013 at 5:45PM
Only a few street projects, overlays and maybe a new stretch of sidewalk, are making North Bend’s to-do list this year, but 2014 is likely to be extremely busy for the city. A million-dollar downtown plaza project tops the list of priorities in the 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Plan, as adopted by the North Bend City Council at its June 18 meeting. Next on the list are a right-turn lane for northbound traffic on Bendigo Boulevard at Park Street, reconstruction of the sidewalk on Second Street, a roundabout at the intersection of North Bend Way and Park Street, right-of-way acquisition for creation of a Tanner Trail, and construction of new sidewalk, curb and gutter, along with landscaping, on the north side of North Bend Way from Ballarat Avenue North to Downing Avenue North.
- Jul 25, 2013 at 5:41PM
The following stories from 50 and 25 years ago were reported in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record: Thursday, July 25, 1963 Whatever plans Mitty Terhune and Ken Bergquist, Snoqualmie town employees, may have had for last Saturday night were drastically changed when a water main on the Coal Mine Road near Kimball Creek went kaput about 6 p.m.
- Jul 25, 2013 at 5:42PM
The next Snoqualmie Art Walk is this Friday afternoon, July 26, in downtown Snoqualmie See local artists in action, works of art and live entertainment. Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society presents a film at the Gold Coin store, Big Star Studios from Snoqualmie Ridge will perform along with several talented teens.
Bargain hunting to save lives; Trip inspires Don Baunsgard of North Bend to help people a half a world away
- Jul 25, 2013 at 5:45PM
Most Valley families do not worry about whether their water is safe. That’s not the case for many families in the African nation of Uganda. North Bend resident Don Baunsgard realized this firsthand when he travelled to Kasitu, Uganda, on a mission trip with Snoqualmie Valley Alliance church six years ago.
- Jul 25, 2013 at 5:43PM
If you were unable to attend Historic Snoqualmie’s last Art Walk on Friday, June 28, you missed an exciting opportunity. New Valley artist Patricia Tamburini created an acrylic masterpiece at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office and had a crowd of viewers pointing, “oohing” and “aahing” as if they were watching a firework celebration.
- Jul 26, 2013 at 11:33AM
On learning of Clay Eals’ planned departure from Encompass, I was immediately reminded of a famous line from one of the old “Laurel & Hardy” comedy films of the late ‘20’s: After botching another of Hardy’s well-thought-out schemes, Ollie is seen admonishing his partner Stan for his misbegotten action by yelling …”well, that’s another fine kettle of fish you’ve gotten us into!” Naturally in this scene, like all the scenes of this classic duo, Oliver Hardy was only thinking of himself and Stan Laurel was only trying to do what was best for everyone, including Ollie.
- Jul 26, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Jul 29, 2013 at 9:20AM
More than 700 local youth play ball through Falls Little League, which uses support from donators like Chaplins to fund ongoing ballfield improvements throughout the Valley.This year, the league put $40,000 into work at its eight playfields in Fall City and Snoqualmie. It's the league'e biggest investment in ballfields ever, says Terri Campbell, Falls Little League Treasurer.
- Jul 26, 2013 at 11:43AM
Samantha Rose Davenport was born to parents Justin Davenport and Kayla Tachell of North Bend on Monday, July 8.She weighed six pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 and a half inches long.
- Jul 26, 2013 at 11:38AM
Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls:
- Jul 26, 2013 at 1:00PM updated at 3:08PM
A one-acre wildfire is burning on Mount Si, just off Mount Si Road near 444th Avenue Southeast Friday afternoon, but no homes appear to be threatened by the flames. Crews from six engine companies, including the wildland North County Handline Team of Eastside Fire and Rescue and Duvall companies have responded to the fire.
- Jul 29, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 2:16PM
What fire crews from the Washington Department of Natural Resources are referring to as the "444th Fire" on Mount Si was held to 18 acres Sunday. The brush fire is still burning in steep, rocky terrain at the base of 4,100-foot Mount Si, between the Si and Little Si trails. Fire managers, according to DNR, say it's about 50 percent contained.
- Jul 29, 2013 at 9:23AM
Carnation Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few volunteers to help with its portion of the Tour de Peaks bike run, The Chamber is a sponsor of the Tour de Peaks, a bike ride from North Bend to Monroe, which is coming through the Valley on Sunday, Aug. 11 Chamber volunteers provide a pit stop in Carnation for the 50- and 100-mile riders at the Tolt Commons Shelter.
- Jul 29, 2013 at 9:31AM
The Festival at Mount Si's highlight is the Grand Parade, planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 10, in downtown North Bend. Registration is open for locals, businesses, clubs and election candidates to enter and take part in the parade.
- Jul 29, 2013 at 9:21AM
A free day camp for children ages 6 through 12 will be hosted at Fall City United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, July 29 to Friday, Aug. 2. ‘Secrets of the Kingdom, the Parables of Jesus’ is staffed with young-adult leaders from Twinlow Camp, offering crafts, stories, games, music, and opportunities for new friendships. Snacks and lunch provided. Registration and health forms available online at www.fallcityumc.org or by calling (425) 222-5458.
- Jul 29, 2013 at 9:25AM
They’ll remember this game for years. It was triple overtime for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s 11-12 All-Stars team, when the boys got their big chance. All they needed was one run to deliver against Bellevue East, but the Ravens’ powerful defense, under pitcher Wil Helland, held them off as dusk was falling. But the All-Stars loaded the bases, and a hit by Troy Baunsgard brought home fleet-footed Frankie Cepeda to break the tie and advance a thrilled group of boys.
- Jul 29, 2013 at 9:22AM
Chaplins North Bend Chevrolet hopes to help Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association score. In the spirit of teamwork taught by youth sports, Chaplins is teaming up with Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association to provide their players and coaches a fundraising opportunity and equipment this fall. The Chevy Youth Soccer program is similar to the youth baseball program, but helps area leagues.
- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:30AM
YMCAs on the Eastside will host a backpack and school supply drive for local youth in need from August 5-23. The drive is in memory of Nicole Lehtinen, a foster youth whose life was cut short in an auto accident at the age of 16. After her father died, 6 year old Nicole became a foster child when her mother could no longer care for her. As she entered foster care, all she had from home was her backpack.
- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:22AM
It was another amazing Fourth of July Celebration in Carnation! Thank you to everyone who participated in the 5K Run for the Pies, the parade, Hot Rods & Harley show, 3 on 3 Basketball tournament and all the vendors. All of you make the Fourth of July Celebration great. Thank you to everyone who watched and visited all these events. Over at Tolt MacDonald Park, we had live entertainment which began with the Cascade Community Theatre's performance of the “Temptest” followed by Greg Brooks Duo, Ben Parrish and the Jack Ballard Band.
- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:37AM
Theater buffs have one more shot this summer to see Shakespeare at Fall City Park. "King Lear" starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Fall City Park, Neal Road, Fall City. Grab your family, your friends and a picnic and come enjoy an evening of Shakespeare, presented by the Seattle-based outdoor theater company, Greenstage, with help from Friends of the Fall City Library and Fall City Arts.
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