Seth Truscott

Editorial: It’s time to build the schools we need

A year ago, in this column, I called for an answer to some basic questions on the latest school bond plans. Among them: Why not build a separate high school? Why not build another middle school and keep the freshman campus? How do we know this is all we’ll need?


Finding the hustle: Cedarcrest girls team steps it up to get needed Hazen win

The Red Wolves girls needed a win, and they got one, delivering with strong defensive play and a rain of three-point buckets by senior Megan Ditore.


Finding the hustle: Cedarcrest girls team steps it up to get needed Hazen win

The Red Wolves girls needed a win, and they got one, delivering with strong defensive play and a rain of three-point buckets by senior Megan Ditore. Cedarcrest hosted Hazen on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 20. The girls won 57-23, to get their second win of the season. Ditore led the Red Wolves with 21 points, all three-pointers. Freshman point guard Haley Hill and the two Townley sisters, senior Luann and freshman Elaine, each had eight points.


So long, and thanks for ?the headlines

Those online maps are good ways to find your way around. They’re also virtual time machines.

Feeding the need: Snoqualmie Valley’s food banks rise to winter challenges

North Bend resident Dave Kelley’s little red truck goes all over town. As a volunteer driver for Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, Kelley ferries food donations from Valley and Eastside supermarkets, hitting up the local Safeway, QFC and IGA, and going as far afield as Costco and the Redmond Whole Foods, in what’s almost a daily operation. “He’s everywhere,” said food bank Executive Director Heidi Dukich.

Putting it all together: Mount Si girls offense starts clicking despite tough opposition

Mount Si’s girls basketball team can bring good offense. And they can bring hot defense. Now, they just need to put it all together. The Wildcat girls nearly had the Issaquah Eagles last Wednesday, Dec. 17, before a cold third quarter slowed things. Issaquah finished, 62-47.

Don’t mean to brag, but… Valley Record’s 2014 awards list includes a look at changing chiefs, singalong, bikers

One of the thing we’ve accomplished at the Valley Record this past year was to pick up a slew of awards in the 2014 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual better newspaper contest. This year’s awards showcase not only our work, but also underscore just how special this Valley is. The personalities, passions and events that drive the news in the Snoqualmie Valley not only keep us constantly scrambling to cover everything, they also show what true community is about.

Heart of the nativity: North Bend couple shares their 300-plus collection of Christmas scenes with Eastside

It’s not your typical nativity set. Brightly colored strips of aluminum—former Fanta, Coke and fruit juice cans—coalesce into a wiry-haired Mary, Joseph, Jesus, wise men and a crocodile. As nativity scenes go, it’s metallic, and hardly cute. This one is not exactly Diane Garding’s favorite.

Get in the spirit: Visit your downtowns this holiday weekend

The Christmas carols started the weekend before Thanksgiving. The holiday lights went up on the street poles last Monday. The holiday season is firmly upon us. It’s a bit funny how every Valley community this year is holding its civic tree lighting ceremonies on the very same afternoon.

Haunting the great detective: Scrooge meets Sherlock Holmes in Valley Center Stage’s holiday play

Memorizing his lines on a smart phone, ‘Professor Moriarty’ is looking worse for wear. The brilliant, evil counterpart to Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty’s clothes are torn to tatters—shredded in a plunge off Switzerland’s Reichenbach Falls. In point of fact, he’s a ghost. Moriarty, played by Rich Wiltshire, and other spirits, portrayed by local actors, haunt fiction’s great detective, Dickens style, in Valley Center Stage’s holiday production, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.” The show opens Thursday, Dec. 4, and runs through Dec. 20.

Sharing the feast: North Bend Elementary fourth graders continue annual Thanksgiving tradition | Photo Gallery

To America! The group of fourth-grade buddies, Trevor Bradshaw, Raj Chaliparamail, Tanner Swanson, Kaelyn Giusti, Logan Shadel and Brady Maw clinked plastic glasses together at their construction-paper-covered dining table and toasted the nation—with apple juice. Each kid had a plate in front of them heaped with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, olives, and popcorn. Swanson declared it “the best activity ever done in the school.”

Camera thief brings North Bend I-90 wildlife study to an early end

The video image shows a masked man hiking along the damp, rocky shore of the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, carrying a steel bar. Authorities with Washington State Department of Transportation suspect this is the man who stole nine cameras installed along the I-90 corridor at North Bend, causing an early halt to a wildlife study meant to make highway driving safer.

Creative thoughts for downtown during a busy road-work holiday season

Last week, the Snoqualmie City Council kept an open mind (and open pocketbook to the tune of $12,000) for the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Magic festival. The plan, now in the permitting stage, is to put an artificial skating rink downtown and on the Ridge during holidays, welcoming families for ice skating and other outdoor fun. The Chamber, first under Nate Perea, now with Director Lizzy Billington, has been working for about a year to get some kind of rink downtown.

Snoqualmie council warms to holiday skate rink plan

After lengthy discussion, and over reservations from some councilmembers and staff, Snoqualmie’s city council voted to explore a deal with the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, funding a holiday festival, complete with synthetic ice rink, that’s set to hit both downtown and the Ridge. Snoqualmie residents want to skate, Chamber Executive Director Lizzy Billington told the council, making a pitch for the Winter Magic festival.

Opinion | Carnation cops vote should have been like North Bend’s

Last Tuesday’s election results show that Snoqualmie Police have earned the trust of North Bend residents in the nine months since they assumed patrol duties from King County.

Mount Si tennis season winds up at league tourney

Mount Si boys tennis players gained experience and a handful of doubles and singles victories this season, their first in Kingco 4A. The Wildcats had a tough season among the bigger schools, failing to chalk a single team win, but individual players and doubles squads found success during the fall.

Hospital to take its own path: District 4, Overlake back out of affiliation talks

King County Hospital District 4 and Overlake Hospital have backed off from a deal to sell Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and its clinics to the Bellevue company. Negotiations were made public this summer and discussed in private sessions this fall, as well as at a public hearing on Oct. 2. The deadline for a decision on affiliation had been pushed to March, but last Thursday, the district announced that the hospital will stay independent.

Northwest Railway Museum bringing locomotives back to life with steam program

Stathi Pappas, the new curator of collections at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, hikes up the tracks to see Locomotive 924. This 1899 engine, about to be pulled out of the immobile lineup along Railroad Avenue, once pulled trains around yards in Seattle and Tacoma, then hauled freight for a paper company.

Crunch time for Mount Si volleyball in playoff hunt | Photo Gallery

Mount Si was down by two sets and needed a third to stay alive—which they did last week in intense, nail-biting fashion. The volleyball team faced a real challenge last Tuesday, Oct. 28, against Skyline. Mount Si had bested them earlier in the season, and the Spartans, hosting, tall and athletic, were out for blood.

Lens on baseball: Mount Si teacher’s photos appear in Pitch Black: African-American Baseball in Washington

Three historic photos snapped years ago by Mount Si High School photography teacher Jim Gibowski are now getting attention in a Northwest multimedia show.