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Is the cart in front of the proverbial horse with the latest Snoqualmie Valley School District bond proposal? I hope not, but as we get closer to a decision to put a $200 million measure to revamp Mount Si High School in front of voters, I start to wonder. The school board and officials are moving into an unofficial campaign mode on a proposal to update and expand Mount Si into one of the biggest schools in the state.
Community Events, December 2013
Whether they wore the uniform seven decades ago, or five, or just yesterday, the Valley’s veterans still serve their neighbors. For many, a tradition of taking action to make a better world, and better Valley, has never stopped. Take the four older gentlemen who make up the Color Guard at the local American Legion post. Veterans of Vietnam, most of them—with one exception, World War II vet Lee Scheeler—these men shoulder vintage rifles and stand tall at all the local cemeteries to ensure their vanished brothers and sisters in service are not forgotten.
An interesting contrast. That might be the phrase I’d use to describe the two police situations in the Upper and Lower Valley right now. At the same time as Snoqualmie is gearing up and hiring up to become the contract police agency for the city of North Bend, Carnation and Duvall are parting ways after nine years. There’s a huge question mark right now over who will cover Carnation residents, and how the city will pay for it all after next year. Duvall scooted after questioning the stability of a Carnation-contracted force, so who’s next? What will they bring to the table?
I took a moment in the newspaper this week to talk about our Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards. The six story prizes—plus another news writer finalist award for Carol Ladwig, who, once again, is the second greatest writer for papers our size and bigger in the state—are a neat ego boost, showing us that the time we put in is worthwhile.
Opinion | Trading convenience for security at Valley schools, or why North Bend Elementary’s Claggett Field was fenced
Times change, even for what is, for me, North Bend’s coolest place. Back when I lived in downtown North Bend, the open field between Two Rivers School and North Bend Elementary, also known as Claggett Field, was the most idyllic spot in town. True, it didn’t have EJ Roberts’ dry creek or walking path, or Si View’s public amenities. But it was closer to home, and its row of stately firs beckoned for book reads and Frisbee games on summer afternoons.