Part two of our look back on 2016 continues with more changes in leadership, summertime events, a new elementary school this fall, and a look at what’s ahead for the Valley communities.
• Snoqualmie held its first fireworks show on Independence Day, hosted by the nonprofit Serve Snoqualmie and presented by Entertainment Fireworks.
• Members of the Snoqualmie Mosque gathered at Jeanne Hansen Park July 3 to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson presented the mosque with a 200-year-old copy of the Quran.
• North Bend officials are explaining a significant rate increase to sewer system users, as necessary to keep the city in compliance with federal EPA regulations. About $27 million in repairs and updates are needed, resulting in a rate increase of 46 percent, over the next four years.
• Relay for Life was held July 9, raising $98,000 in the fight against cancer.
• Friends of the Trail, founded by Wade and Tonya Holden, marks its 20th year of cleaning out illegal dump sites throughout King County. The couple were inspired to start the organization while on a camping trip, surrounded by the trash that other campers had left behind.
• Hundreds of North Bend residents came out over the weekend for the city’s annual downtown Block Party, headlined by Spike and the Impalers and Heart by Heart.
• A boy in Montana is alive and well today, because Darci Gillen of Snoqualmie knew CPR, and was there to save 18-month-old Kaden Sluggett when he fell into a stream near her parent’s Lewiston vacation cabin.
• The Northwest Honkers are going to the World Series again. The National Baseball Congress event starts Aug. 5 in Wichita, Kan. The team, owned by Martin and Jocelyn Lawrence, chalked up its most wins ever this season.
• Members of the Washington Civil War Association spent the weekend on Meadowbrook Farm, re-enacting a fictitious battle of the civil war and recreating civilian life, as well.
• Valley historian Cristy Lake has been appointed to the King County Landmark’s Commission.
• Former Snoqualmie Police Officer Nick Hogan, indicted on federal civil rights charges, is no longer working for the city. Hogan, who came to Snoqualmie in March 2014, was the subject of several excessive force lawsuits while a Tukwila Police officer. He was put on administrative leave twice in Snoqualmie for different offenses.
• The first day of school in the Valley, Aug. 31, was a bigger day than usual in Snoqualmie, where students, staff and parents celebrated the opening of the Snoqualmie Valley School district’s sixth elementary school, Timber Ridge Elementary.
• Snoqualmie’s Northwest Railway Museum has completed a project more than half a century in the making on Oct. 8, with the dedication of its new Railway Education Center.
• The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new home, since the city of Snoqualmie has agreed to sell the chamber building at the corner of River and Falls Avenue. In the short term, the Chamber and Visitor Center will have a grace period, since the new owner, Flying Pie Pizzeria, is planning some updates to the building.
• After missing a critical deadline in the permit application process, Black Canyon Hydro has ended its work on a proposed 25-megawatt hydropower plant on the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
• After hearing from several parents and coaches about the shortage of nearby, and dry, sports fields for their children to play on, the North Bend City Council gave preliminary approval to a proposal for an indoor-outdoor athletic complex featuring four turf fields outside and a 75,000 square-foot, 12-court indoor facility to be built in Phase 2. The project site is 12 acres of open space between S.R. 202 and Boalch Avenue, just north of N.W. 14th Street.
• Mount Si High School’s Homecoming King and Queen, crowned Oct. 21, are Natalie and Jack Weidenbach.
• Siblings Hannah and Joe Waskom claimed top spots for themselves and for the Mount Si High School cross country team in the WIAA state 4A cross country championships Nov. 5 in Pasco. Hannah, a senior, finished fourth in the state and her brother Joe, a sophomore, finished third. The Mount Si girls took ninth as a team.
• The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie was awarded the John D. Spellman award for historic preservation by King County, for its preservation of the 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot, restoration of historic train cars and its work in education about the history of the rail industry in the Valley.
• The Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter, a seasonal homeless shelter, has opened its doors for the season. The shelter opened Nov. 20 at Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, and will move to Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend Jan. 19, then to Fall City United Methodist Church on March 5. The shelter season ends April 26.
• Snoqualmie Police reported finding the remains of an adult man in the woods along S.R. 202 Dec. 2. The man had no identification and police had no missing reports that matched his description.
• Encompass has named the city of North Bend its Community Partner of the Year, and TCC Wireless as its Corporate Partner of the Year.
• Perry Phipps has been hired as the new chief of the Snoqualmie Police Department. He is currently a captain in the Visalia, Calif., Police Department, who will be moving to Snoqualmie in the next few weeks and will be sworn into office Jan. 10.