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Growing young minds: Mount Si High School horticulture instructor Nick Kurka is Educator of the Year
- Mar 24, 2014 at 9:41AM
Nick Kurka, horticulture teacher at Mount Si High School, has been teaching students for 13 years, 11 of them at Mount Si. Named one of four Educators of the Year for 2014 by the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, Kurka below answers questions about his approach. Kurka’s original degrees were in water supply and wastewater technologies, from Green River Community College, and he received his Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification from Bates College through Pacific University.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 9:34AM
The Mount Si boys soccer team is young this year, but has experience where it needs it. Among those with the most varsity time under their belts is center-midfielder Aaron Baumgardner, a multi-year starter who is Pacific Lutheran University-bound. A defensive player on his club team, Baumgardner does it all and expects to get up top.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 2:50PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers to remove their studded tires by midnight, March 31. Unless WSDOT grants a weather-related extension, studded tires are only legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 2:53PM
The 4th annual Camp Gilead River Run 5K & Pancake Breakfast is 9 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Camp Gilead, 30919 N.E. Carnation Farm Rd., Carnation. All proceeds benefit camper scholarships, helping children experience summer camp.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 3:59PM
It's not a new drug, and it's not illegal, but Coricidin HBP is the subject of school officials' recent warnings to parents. According to a Feb. 11 announcement from Cedarcrest High School in the Riverview School District, three students had an adverse reaction to the then-unknown drug, after consuming it in a manner different from manufacturer's directions. Emergency services were called to treat the students, whose symptoms included nausea, dilated pupils, agitation and feeling extremely warm.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 3:24PM
The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners appointed Ryan Roberts to fill its open commissioner seat in a 3 to 1 vote at the March 20 special meeting. Commissioners Joan Young, Dave Speikers and Dariel Norris voted for Roberts. Gene Pollard was opposed.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 4:02PM
The question of why never comes up in conversations with the Valley’s top volunteers. The reasons they work so hard, on Relay for Life, on Fall City Days, on the Festival at Mount Si and on preserving local organizations and activities, is simple, obvious even: It’s what you do when you live in a community.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 3:57PM
A beaming Bruce Corrie was cheered off the field by teammates after making the key save at the net for Mount Si’s boys soccer team. With seconds left in the contest with 4A Bothell, it was all down to Corrie, the Wildcats’ junior goalkeeper, to prevent the tie. Facing him, Bothell was about to take a penalty kick.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 3:23PM
The Cedarcrest High School track team opened its season Thursday, March 20, with a jamboree meet at Bothell High School. “We have quite a bunch of rookies, freshmen and others, this season,” said coach Bruce McDowell in an e-mail. “First meets are always a good opportunity to see what we got. For today’s meet, they certainly didn’t disappoint.”
- Mar 26, 2014 at 3:28PM
For the new cops in North Bend, there’s no substitute for boots on the ground. So Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley had the six officers assigned to his department’s inaugural North Bend police patrol, plus extra officers from the home station, park their cars whenever possible and hit the streets and shops for some old-fashioned community policing.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:26PM
Mount Si High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) annual fundraiser auction is Saturday, March 29, at Si View Community Center. All the money raised toward the $60,000 goal will go to Mount Si ASB, sports, and clubs. A portion of the price of each ticket sold will benefit the buyers’ designated team or club. All of the auction proceeds will go to ASB, which gets 20 percent, and designated teams or clubs, which get 80 percent.
Valley AIDS Quilt, new park at Tolt; Wearin' of the green once again for Leo Kelley | Out of the Past
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:25PM
• Mother and daughter Margaret and Stephanie McDonald of Carnation have made a panel for the National AIDS Quilt for their late ex-husband and father Bob McDonald, who died of AIDS. He died the previous September, but the women have had a hard time grieving openly, because most people aren’t comfortable talking about AIDS.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:23PM
The Wildflowers garden club hosts Barbara the Bat Lady, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the Mount Si Senior Center. The club will introduce Barbara Ogaard and several of her bats, in hopes of boosting local understanding of the beneficial animals.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:30PM
Snoqualmie’s Theatre Black Dog presents “The Laramie Project,” a play about the reaction to the 1998 beating and murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. The play’s authors conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town of Laramie, in the aftermath of Shepard’s death. “The Laramie Project” is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which people are capable.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:36PM
Members of the Snoqualmie Emergency Communications and Support Team, also known as SECAST, are helping in rescue and recovery operations at the Oso mudslide disaster near Darrington. Volunteers from the Valley are helping with communication support, from the city's Department of Emergency Management communications van. SECAST is part of the large multi-jurisdictional rescue and recovering operation in Snohomish County.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 3:31PM
The poignant comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods” opens Thursday, March 27, at Valley Center Stage, and runs through April 12. Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both set of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. But he’s just been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for as a marketing executive would take him to Seatttle and away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. The news doesn’t sit so well with them. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 10:41AM
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is looking for two kinds of volunteers. Grocery rescue drivers use their own vehicles to collect food from local grocery stores and bring donations back to the food bank. Distribution volunteers help distribute food to clients on Wednesdays.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:24AM
This year’s top-rated police officer is a repeat offender, former North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner. Earlier this month, North Bend transitioned to a Snoqualmie Police contract, and Sgt. Toner was reassigned to a patrol area. He’s been in law enforcement for 29 years, the last four and a half in North Bend, and he shared his thoughts on community policing from a vacation beach spot last week:
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:22AM
“I’m just shocked,” Sally Rankin-Gabel said when she learned that she has won both Best Preschool again, as well as Best Teacher in the Valley, beating out teachers at local elementary, middle and high schools. Rankin-Gabel takes a moment to ponder where all this devotion from her families at North Bend Montessori, where she’s taught for 17 years, comes from.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:20AM
Fans of the North Bend Bar & Grill, (and there are many) have once again put the restaurant at or near the top of the list in several categories in the Valley Record's Best of the Valley reader survey. This year, the NBBG was chosen Best Bar, and was a finalist for Best Restaurant and Best Brunch. We asked Liz Vollbrecht, a 10-year employee and general manager for the past five years, about what makes the place stand out for customers.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:03AM
Si View Park and Community Center was our readers’ choice for the Best Park in the Valley. The 75 year-old facility is a hub for many community events, including this year’s Best Festival, the Festival at Mount Si, or Alpine Days, if you prefer, so we asked Si View’s Minna Rudd, and Festival organizer Jill Masssengill about what makes them special.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:10AM
Eastside Catholic High School student and Snoqualmie resident Maddie Racine signed her national letter of intent in February to play soccer at Seattle University. Racine played and started all four years at Eastside Catholic, as a defender, midfielder and forward.
Harassed on the road; Man gets angry and loud at North Bend Library | Snoqualmie Valley police calls
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:27AM
On Saturday, March 15, a caller reported to Snoqualmie Police that she was being harassed by a man in a car. She said she’d pulled off the road in the 46000 block of Southeast North Bend Way, North Bend, to rest and eat, when a beat-up white two-door car pulled up behind her and the driver began honking his horn, and yelling at the woman, calling her a tweaker.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28AM
The secret to making a good burger, according to Scott’s Dairy Freeze owner Ken Hearing, sounds a lot like advice to elected officials. “Paying attention,” Hearing says, is how a worker can get a consistently cooked, reliably juicy hamburger into a customer’s hands, and it seems to be his approach to running a city, too. Now in his third term as North Bend Mayor, Hearing won the Best of the Valley reader poll for both Best Elected Official, and for Best Burger. He’s got a little more experience in the burger category, since he’s owned Scott’s since 1990, and only been the mayor “10 years, two months, and 21 days,” but he also got a crash course in civic involvement, way back then.
- Mar 28, 2014 at 11:08AM
For Cedarcrest High School senior Chris Cole, 14 years of hard work and a passion for soccer paid off in the most gratifying way Feb. 5, National Letter of Intent day. Cole has committed to play men’s soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne University, an NCAA Division II school in Hickory, N.C. He joins the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, along with players from all over the United States and Europe.
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