Carol Ladwig

Fall City's student-created mural in the community art park is slated for a makeover

New color for Fall City: Students start work with chalk artist Brian Majors on new town mural

Members of the Art Club at Mount Si High School will start work this week on a new mural for Fall City’s Art Park. The project, planned by Fall City Arts, will not only replace the six year-old mural, but also give students the opportunity to collaborate with a professional career artist on the design and creation of a piece of public art. Visiting artist Brian Majors will start working with the Art Club students at their weekly meetings, starting March 2.

Fall City's student-created mural in the community art park is slated for a makeover
Praying for prosperity of all Valley businesses

Faith in business: Prayer circle of women on a mission to help every Valley enterprise succeed

They don’t really have a name, but this ambitious group of seven ladies has a powerful mission: prayer, for anyone who needs it, but especially for local businesses. “We’re concerned for the Valley,” says group member Terri Mattison. “We live here, and we want to stay here, but we need it to be successful.”

Praying for prosperity of all Valley businesses

Hopes and fears on Main Street: Snoqualmie Valley business, property owners say local support is needed to fill empty storefronts

Hands linked and heads bent, the group of women stood in a circle, unabashed despite the hubbub of morning diners at Twede’s Cafe in North Bend. The four women came to pray for the success of Twede’s, and of every business in North Bend and the entire Snoqualmie Valley.

Carnation resident Patricia O’Hanley said her dog BJ was just supposed to sit in her lap and keep her company in her old age. He got half of that right.

An unexpected winner: Carnation dog lover finds a champion in prize pooch

With a squirming, licking, lap full of Dachshund, Patricia O’Hanley is the picture of happiness. She’s supposed to be the picture of a blissfully uneventful retirement, but that’s not very likely with BJ around. BJ, known professionally as Champion Woldorf’s the Prince Noir, is a grand champion show dog, a minor celebrity in Carnation, and O’Hanley’s best friend.

Carnation resident Patricia O’Hanley said her dog BJ was just supposed to sit in her lap and keep her company in her old age. He got half of that right.
Snoqualmie entrepreneur James Mitchell is pitching his odor-vanishing spray

Fresh ideas: Valley entrepreneur appears on ABC TV’s ‘Shark Tank’

It looks like a magic trick. First, James Mitchell sprays ammonia on a tissue to establish the reek of the chemical. Then, he gives the tissue a couple of spritzes of Pure Ayre, and the smell vanishes. Then, he sprays some more Pure Ayre right into his mouth. “It’s minty!” he says. The trick is part showmanship, part science, and it’s the way Mitchell, founder of Clean Earth, Inc., has been selling his odor-eliminating product, Pure Ayre, for about 10 years.

Snoqualmie entrepreneur James Mitchell is pitching his odor-vanishing spray
Experimenting with a Valley Schools Foundation grant-funded kit

Science wheels turn at Snoqualmie Middle School thanks to foundation grant

The car didn’t fit under the gate, and understanding why was part of the lesson for a group in Dave Cruz’s science classroom at Snoqualmie Middle School. “Look, they got it upside down, but they’re figuring it out,” Cruz whispered, as the boys flipped the gate and re-attached it. Right-side up, the gate was high enough for the car to roll under and the experiment continued.

Experimenting with a Valley Schools Foundation grant-funded kit
Fall City author Ralph Teller finds balance through exercise

A simpler path: Fall City author offers insights into longevity

Ralph Teller doesn’t claim to have all the answers to living a healthy life, but he is certain of one thing: the answer is simple.

Fall City author Ralph Teller finds balance through exercise

Planned Cedar Grove Way community, North Bend’s largest in decade, awaits decision

North Bend Hearing Examiner Ted Hunter has a week to weigh in on the largest new-home development in the city in more than 10 years.

Citizen commission has big plans for North Bend parks

Trails, trees, parking, clean-up and exercise are all part of the North Bend Parks Commission's plans for city parks in the near future. Yvonne Dalke, chairperson of the group, reported on the commission's recent and coming accomplishments at the Feb. 1 North Bend City Council meeting.

Interest grows in Valley district’s online high school

Student interest appears to be growing in Snoqualmie Valley School District's online learning venture.Since September, 40 students have enrolled in the Snoqualmie Valley Virtual Academy,… Continue reading

“I’m a little bit of a romantic

True romantic: Snoqualmie Valentine’s lover makes many neighbors feel special

DuWayne Bailey sorted through the dozens of Valentine's Day cards he just purchased, trying to decide which of his valentines will get which cards.

“I’m a little bit of a romantic
Owner Bonnie Sherwood relaxes in her recently moved Fall City shop

Wellness destination: Mountain View Nutrition moves to new Fall City home

Information is not only power, it’s also health to Bonnie Sherwood. Mountain View Nutrition, Sherwood’s Fall City shop, features books and other publications along with vitamins, heavily amongst supplements, homeopathic remedies, cosmetics, and other natural products.

Owner Bonnie Sherwood relaxes in her recently moved Fall City shop

Bellevue company applies to build two hotels, conference center in North Bend

North Bend could see two new four-story hotels and a restaurant if a land development application now under review goes through.

School board studying work-in-progress Freshman Learning Center at Mount Si High

Mount Si High School's Freshman Learning Center is still a work in progress, but it is definitely making progress. School District Board of Directors in January on the school, now in its second year of a freshman learning program that groups core curriculum classes and teachers within the school's portable classrooms.

North Bend musician and artist Emanuel Vardi paints in 2010. Vardi died Saturday

North Bend virtuoso Emanuel Vardi dies at 95

Internationally renowned musician and painter Emanuel Vardi passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, at his home in North Bend, at the age of 95. He enjoyed a long, varied, and much-distinguished career as a musician, winning acclaim with his skills in piano, violin and viola; and as a composer, producer, and painter. His passion for all of the arts maintained him even in his final days.

North Bend musician and artist Emanuel Vardi paints in 2010. Vardi died Saturday

Riverview schools face deep cuts thanks to state woes, low numbers

State budget woes combined with too-optimistic enrollment projections have led to about $145,000 in funding cuts to the Riverview School District this year. The reduction could go as high as $366,000, and would eliminate all state funding for K-4 Enhancement and Highly-Capable programming for the current and next school years.

Snoqualmie Police Officer Dave Johnson gets ready to go out on patrol on his last week of work for the department. He retired on January 29

Retiring Snoqualmie police officer Dave Johnson looks back on 29-year career, town changes

Quick thinking and a handy tree branch helped turn Dave Johnson into a Snoqualmie Police Officer almost 30 years ago.

Snoqualmie Police Officer Dave Johnson gets ready to go out on patrol on his last week of work for the department. He retired on January 29
Jennifer Fisher

Skills for safety: Teachers, parents discusses youth suicide in training sessions

Talking about suicide, scary as it is, will not make anyone’s problems worse, says Sue Eastgard, Director of the Youth Suicide Prevention Project. More likely, it will help someone.

Jennifer Fisher
EFR firefighter Terry Cushman grabs the catchbasin for a roof leak at the North Bend fire station. Crew members deal with problems including leaks

Risk management: Campaign group touts new station as safety solution

Sandy Horvath became a Friend of the future North Bend Fire Station when he saw, up close and personal, the state of the current one. The North Bend resident joined the citizen committee backing the $5.2 million bond proposition to build a new station earlier this month, after a tour with city Mayor Ken Hearing. The North Bend resident joined the citizen committee backing the $5.2 million bond proposition to build a new station earlier this month, after a tour with city Mayor Ken Hearing. “I was shocked by the conditions. That’s what got me fired up and involved,” said Horvath. The state of the station “is totally unacceptable and it’s embarrassing.” Prior to his visit, “I was laying back,” in favor of the bond but not connected, Horvath said.

EFR firefighter Terry Cushman grabs the catchbasin for a roof leak at the North Bend fire station. Crew members deal with problems including leaks

Snoqualmie Valley district bond vote to decide school repairs, too

Regardless of approval, almost every school building in the Snoqualmie Valley School District will feel the effects of the February 8 bond measure.