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Mount Si chosen for 'Essentially Ellington'

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Feb 21, 2014 at 2:37PM

Mount Si High School's Jazz Band achieved a long-held goal this week, when it was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York.

Mount Si Senior Center's winter dinner is Saturday

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 1:07PM

Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend hosts its “Dining in Good Company” winter fundraiser dinner, 6 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22. The menu includes a choice of beef medallions and Dexler potatoes or seafood medley, with all the trimmings, for $25. Only 75 tickets will be sold.

Giving more hope: Survivors, allies start 2014 Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 1:43PM

Every story is a little different, but everyone inside this theater has got one. There’s Nell Engel of North Bend, a walker on Team Dy-No-Mites, who does Relay to make sure her two cute grandsons, Sawyer and Walker, can one day live without fear of cancer. Or Joe Dockery, behind the video camera a few rows back, who swapped stories of his video buddy, the late Bill Blakely, with me.

Learn how to keep mason bees at Fall City presentation

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 1:07PM

Missy Anderson, Master Gardener speaker and owner of Rent Mason Bees, gives a free talk on these native pollinators, 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at Fall City Masonic Hall. You may already have some in the shingles of your roof or holes in your fence.

District champions: Mount Si gymnastics heads for state as a team

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 1:19PM

Mount Si gymnasts took the podium as district champions in competition last weekend in their home gym. The squad now advances to the state championships this weekend in Tacoma. Hosting the SeaKing district qualifiers, the Wildcats dominated on all events, with junior Jenn Rogers claiming the top all-around score.

Bringing the heat: Season ends for legacy-setting Cedarcrest girls basketball team | Photo gallery

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 1:17PM

It’s not how the Cedarcrest Red Wolves girls basketball team wanted to end their season. Coming into districts as the number-one seed, they faced a sure-handed Bellingham team in a rousing home game. But Cedarcrest’s energy fired up too late Friday. Coupled with another loss Monday to Lake Washington, their season has ended. On Friday, Feb. 14, the girls struggled to come back from behind after Bellingham pushed to a lead, 38-25 at the half. A concerted charge against the Red Raiders had the home crowd on its feet, but the clock gave out, with the Red Wolves down by two, losing 65-63.

Delays expected along Snoqualmie's Railroad Avenue for bridge cleaning

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 10:12AM

Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be cleaning the State Route 202 bridge along Railroad Avenue Southeast between Snoqualmie Parkway and Mill Pond Road. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the bridge will have one lane open with a traffic control flagger on each side of the bridge.

Out of the past: Grisly scene of fatal bludgeoning at Ames Lake; Eight fly to view North Bend outlet mall’s future

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 11:39AM

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1964: A 61-year-old widow, Mrs. Agnes M. Norman, was found bludgeoned to death in her trailer on the Ames Lake Cutoff Road Tuesday morning. Her nearly nude body was discovered by her sister, Mrs. Kenneth Sikes, of Carnation, lying against a blood-spattered bathtub. Sheriff’s investigators found a large rock on the floor and red-stained footprints on the living room carpet. Sikes last saw her sister alive Monday when she visited her home.

Thief steals the iPhone, but leaves fingerprints on the Red Bull | Snoqualmie Valley Police Blotter

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 12:15PM

He took the phone, left the drink: At 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, a store employee in the 300 block of Southwest Mount Si Boulevard reported a theft. A suspect apparently stole a $650 iPhone from the counter when the clerk left it briefly. However, the suspect left behind a Red Bull drink can, from which police were able to take fingerprints.

Snoqualmie school board agrees to agree on some aspects of bond proposal

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 12:12PM

A unanimous vote to put a bond on the ballot isn't essential, but it would be nice, said Snoqualmie Valley School Board members Feb. 6. What's more important, they felt, was a unified front in pitching the bond to the community. Whether they could reach unanimity on either point was the unresolved question of the night. "I don't know if this board is capable of a (split) vote and unanimous action," said board member Dan Popp.

North Bend’s Marty and Chris Fagan take life-changing journey to South Pole | Photo gallery

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 1:36PM

Marty and Chris Fagan have climbed mountains, run 30-, 50- and 100-mile races, and, last month they skied together to the South Pole, in wind chills as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Extremes of the environment and endurance are familiar ground, maybe even favorites, for the North Bend couple, but what they really love, what motivates them, are simpler things: their 12-year-old son Keenan; the friends and community who helped them reach their South Pole goal; the chair that was waiting for each of them at the end.

More tips could help solve newborn's abandonment; Hospital, firefighters will accept unwanted newborns

  • Feb 21, 2014 at 1:46PM

Investigating the death of newborn child near North Bend, King County Sheriff’s Office needs the public's help in solving the case. Deputies have not yet released the sex of the baby, who was named Kimball Doe due to the proximity of the Kimball Creek bridge where the infant was found, in a wooded area close to North Bend Way, last Wednesday, February 12.

Dine out of a cause: Y annual campaign dinner at Ana's

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:14AM

A fundraiser dinner for the Snoqualmie Y's Annual Campaign is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 25, at Ana's Family Style Mexican Restaurant in Snoqualmie. Diners can learn about how the Y helps people and families in need. Proceeds from Ana's red and green enchiladas are donated to the Y's 2014 campaign goal of $58,000.

Washington Filmworks to explore the Valley in March

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:41AM

Washington Filmworks will be visiting to explore the Snoqualmie Valley and talk about the future of filming movies, TV shows and commercials locally at the March luncheon of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Thank you, voters, for Snoqualmie school levy support

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 9:42AM

We are extremely grateful to the community for supporting the school district levy propositions earlier this month. By supporting and passing these propositions on February 11, Snoqualmie Valley voters have once again chosen to make an investment in this community, in their schools, and in all children.

State experienced: Mount Si's Eli Clure finishes fourth, Ryley Absher fifth at Mat Classic

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:28AM

The van was packed up and the wrestlers were assembled for the trip to Tacoma when squeals from the stadium interrupted. The makeshift parade of parents, siblings and kids from Ryley Absher's mom's preschool, Imagination Station, surprised the Mount Si wrestling delegation before they left for state. Mount Si wrestling has consistently sent groups to the Mat Classic at Tacoma over the years. This season, the Wildcats sent one regional champ, Eli Clure, fellow senior Abscher, and a sophomore, Andrew Harris, with senior Tanner Stahl accompanying as an alternate.

Say good-bye to North Bend police officers Thursday

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:33AM

As King County's 40-year police contract with North Bend comes to an end, the substation at 1550 Boalch Avenue will open to the community for the last time Feb. 27. Community members are invited to an open house, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 to send off the officers, share memories and look ahead. Many current and former deputies will be there.

Third at state: Mount Si gymnastics teams cap season at the dome; Two to graduate

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:29AM

Moments after practicing her floor routine, Jenn Rogers did it again, for a special audience—the much younger athletes at Mount Si Gymnastics Academy. "They wanted to watch, so the kids can see my energy," said the junior, who has worked here for the past two years, coaching 6- and 7-year-olds. "It's awesome to be able to pass my passion on to the little kids," Rogers says. They in turn watch her at high school meets.

Wildcat boys end energetic season at Bainbridge Island

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:32AM

Mount Si boys basketball team ended their season last Saturday, Feb. 15, on the road against Bainbridge Island, falling 62-47 to the Spartans. The Wildcats came into the match from a win over Liberty two days prior, but fell to a Bainbridge team that dominated on rebounds in the first round of the SeaKing Districts.

Hot questions for Congressman Dave Reichert on flood, tax reform in Snoqualmie Chamber visit | Photo gallery

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 4:03PM

Congressman Dave Reichert shed his jacket early in his talk Friday at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon, but he hadn’t even gotten to the day’s hot topic. Reichert, U.S. Representative to the House for Washington’s 8th District, covered the recent government shut-down and debt ceiling vote (aggravated by party conflicts), tax reform (potentially from six tax brackets down to three), health insurance (look for more information), immigration reform (much needed), legalizing recreational marijuana (“Why are we telling our kids it’s OK to smoke pot when we’re trying to tell them it’s not OK to smoke cigarettes?”), and minimum wage legislation in the Senate (doesn’t have enough support to pass the House).

Barko! Valley Animal Partners plan a Bunco Bash fundraiser

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:38PM

Valley Animal Partners' second annual "Barko" Bunko Bash is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Si View Community Center, 400 Southeast Orchard Dr., North Bend. The event is a fundraiser for VAP's non-profit fund to spay and neuter local pets, to prevent pet overpopulation. Admission is $25 per person, or $75 for a table of four, and includes the game, appetizers, a drink ticket, raffles, prizes and shopping.

State title for Cedarcrest grappler Ely Malametz

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:40PM

Cedarcrest wrestler Ely Malametz holds a state title in wrestling. Wrestling in the 2A 160-pound class at Tacoma’s Mat Classic, the senior pinned Zach Braun of W.F. West in four minutes, 41 seconds in the first round, then beat Colville’s Ryley Smith on points, 2-0. He won a 6-2 decision over Sumner’s Jed Schliesman, and took down Elijah Camacho of River Ridge in a 9-1 decision to take gold.

District uses technology to boost public access

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:18PM

Snoqualmie Valley School District has launched a new cloud-based program, BoardDocs LT, to improve public access to school board information. The paperless system allows the district to distribute documents for school board meetings more quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively, saving time and resources, as well as offering greater public access to agenda items and other board-related information on the district website.

Submit short films for Black Dog Flash Fest

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:35PM

The Black Dog Arts Coalition is accepting submissions for its 2014 Flash Film Fest. The contest is open to all ages from teen to adult. Any genre is accepted from documentary, mockumentary, animation, but they are only taking a limited number of “R” rated films, as this is an all-ages show.

Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange, Garden Fair coming to Carnation

  • Feb 25, 2014 at 3:39PM

Gardeners and small farmers will find more than seeds this year at the Snoqualmie Valley Seed Exchange and Garden Fair. This fourth annual exchange will be held on Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Avenue, Carnation. The all-volunteer event is part of a movement to preserve small scale, regionally adapted, heirloom and open pollinated seeds.

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