Opinion

Thanks for the chance

I would like to thank the North Bend mayor and the City Council, The Trust for Public Lands, King County and the Pendleton Miller family for giving us the opportunity to preserve and enhance our small-town, rural character by saving Tollgate. I am a local full-time farmer, business owner (Snoqualmie Valley Honey Farm) and resident of the Circle River community that adjoins much of the subject property.

My neighbors and I are thrilled that we now have the opportunity to save wildlife habitat and air-cleansing woodlands, avoid additional flooding and river-polluting runoff, preserve our starry nights and relatively-light traffic and delight in the de-stressing view of cows grazing against the backdrop of Mount Si as we enter our Valley from the west.

My honeybees welcome the opportunity to continue to forage for nectar on the blackberry, fireweed and other wildflower blossoms on the Tollgate Farm fields and pastures.

Our non-profit Circle River Preservation Association owns a community recreation area and nature preserve on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, across and downstream from the Tollgate property and the sewage treatment facility, and we, along with our kids, look forward to future years of swimming in the presently clean and clear river waters.

Now it is up to us to pass a bond issue to complete the work of preserving this amazing way of life we enjoy. What a payoff, both in the present and future, for a relatively small investment! IOm sure that as we look back in future years, $3 million will seem like a very small price to pay and an extremely good deal for everyone.

We deserve to give ourselves this great gift by supporting the upcoming bond issue and joining forces with King County and The Trust for Public Lands to preserve Tollgate.


Nancy Hutto

North Bend

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