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North Bend’s Harley Brumbaugh remembers ‘The Fabulous 1950s’ at museum singalong

Harley Brumbaugh can’t hear the 1950s hit song “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” without a twinge of nostalgia. “For me, ‘Dear Hearts’ really has a feeling,” says Brumbaugh, North Bend’s longtime resident bandleader. The song reminds him of a home and a community that disappeared long ago.

Snoqualmie Chamber questions 5th District Reps, challengers on schools, taxes, transit

Candidates for state House positions in the 5th Legislative District weighed in on education, transportation and the public good at a Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce forum Friday, Oct. 17. Jay Rodne of North Bend and Chad Magendanz of Issaquah, Republican incumbents for the 5th District’s positions 1 and 2, respectively, sat down with Essie Hicks of Issaquah and David Spring of North Bend, their Democratic challengers, answering questions from presenter Carolyn Simpson, a Snoqualmie Valley School Board member.

Bigger and better: Mount Si football’s running game, line pushes to claim rainy homecoming win

It was Wildcat weather. The rain rolled in from the south, cascading off the roof of Mount Si stadium and onto the visiting Issaquah Eagles and the homecoming-celebrating Wildcats. Mount Si beat Issaquah in a well-contested 20-14 game, and an important one for the Wildcats' playoff hopes. Wildcat sophomore running back Cory Cotto opened the action with a 55-yard run on the first play. Issaquah's defense held on the two yard line, repelling the Wildcat attack. So, Mount Si kicker Jake Ethington got on the boards first with a 36-yard field goal.

Secrets of Fall City history: Go behind the scenes, learn about unusual finds at annual meeting

The wool uniform is surprisingly heavy, and in fine condition, considering it’s a century old. Now cared for by Ruth Pickering, the suit’s original owner was Jesse Kelley of Fall City. Jesse donned the heavy shirt and laced on the puttees after he was drafted into the Great War in 1917. He probably wore it during his 1918 service on the Western Front in a balloon company, just before World War I came to a close.

Metro bus changes postponed, what now? | Opinion

Even as a rare bus rider, I was pleased to see King County put the brakes on the second round of cuts to Metro bus service in February. We already had plenty of cuts last month. Following the defeat of Proposition 1 in April of this year, the County Executive had asked the County Council to approve legislation that would reduce Metro bus service by 550,000 hours between September 2014 and September 2015.

It’s question time for local candidates for public office, you can be a part

One of the best ways to measure up candidates for public office is to put them next to each other, fire a few questions their way and compare and contrast their answers. Seems like few organizations do this anymore, so it’s nice to see the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce stepping up and hosting an election forum.

Mount Si Cross Country: Boys growing, girls ahead of the pack | Photos

Mount Si's fleet-footed sophomore Hannah Waskom was in the lead—usually where you can find her in girls races this fall—but she wasn't done yet." At home against Redmond and Woodinville, she was in front of Lindsey Sydnor by a few seconds. Then she hit the gas. "At the end, I felt like I had a lot more in me," Waskom said. "I tried to go as hard as I could on the finish."

Hospital sale: Preserve Valley role in Overlake negotiations, residents say

Residents told King County Public Hospital District 4’s board of commissioners Thursday, Oct. 2, to protect of local rights and services at the first public hearing on the hospital’s affiliation with Overlake Hospital of Bellevue. The board is considering selling its hospital and clinic operations to Overlake. Commissioners Ryan Roberts and Dariel Norris are part of a negotiating team working with Overlake on terms of the deal, which has a new deadline of March 2015.

Who will run city parks? Snoqualmie should seek manager for recreation, put parks under public works, says consultant

What Snoqualmie really needs is a recreation manager—that’s the recommendation of Ralph Dannenberg, the consultant the city hired to examine efficiencies and leadership of its parks and recreation arm. Snoqualmie has been without a standalone parks and recreation head since Gwen Voelpel resigned in 2011; Dan Marcinko’s Public Works Director role expanded to become Interim Parks and Public Works Director.

How to survive the next (big) earthquake | Opinion

I’ll be honest with you—I slept right through the magnitude 4.0 quake, centered on the Hood Canal about 45 miles west of here, last Wednesday, Sept. 17. My wife was up early, browsing her iPhone; she’s usually the one who tells me about these quakes, and all I can do is shrug. A heavy sleeper, I’ve slept through every minor tremblor in the past decade. The noise from that fatal plane crash on Mount Si failed to wake me.

Here comes the rain: Mount Si volleyball is undefeated | Photo Gallery

When Anna McCreadie goes up, volleyballs come down, hard, and often don’t come back up. The Santa Clara-signed senior has been raining hits for the Mount Si volleyball team, and the scores show that the outside hitter has come into her own this fall. Led by McCreadie, Mount Si volleyball is currently undefeated, beating all comers. The latest was Issaquah on Thursday, Sept. 25, Mount Si won in four sets, 25-23, 25-17, 16-25, 25-14.

Passion for vintage Snoqualmie’s Joey MacArthur and Tami Smith bring finds to life | Photo gallery

Joey MacArthur grits his teeth and lifts nearly 100 pounds of solid, rusty metal from atop a stack of tables. Once, perhaps a century ago, this ochre-tinged iron hay bale pulley, shuttled huge bales of hay inside a Northwest barn. Today, it’s one of the prides of the collection at the Wild Hare Vintage and Antiques in Snoqualmie, where Joey and his partner Tami Smith buy and sell finds. Like many treasures, though, it’s here today, and gone tomorrow. That’s by design, says Tami.

What’s driving worth to you? Have your say on road tax changes

The other day, after much procrastination, we took the plunge and got a new car—not brand new, mind you, but new to us. That’s what counts, right? The new ride lacks the smooth ride of my old domestic sedan. A Nissan, it’s not plush, and there aren’t a lot of frills. But besides that great ‘new car smell,’ it’s got one good thing going for it—it costs about $29 to fill up. I love that fuel economy, and that was single biggest reason to get it.

Snoqualmie United Methodist Church ready to celebrate 125 years of faith, heritage

“There’s age here,” says Marcia Reinert. “There’s wonder in these walls.” Reinert, a congregation member at Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, is right. The walls of the old downtown church do tell a tale. In the dining hall, Reinert points up to a ceiling beam that dates from the original 1926 structure, surviving a catastrophic fire. Upstairs, the bride’s room has launched uncounted weddings.

Back to the beach: Mount Si XC runners make impressive strides in season preview | Photos

Hannah Waskom left all challengers behind, somewhere around the last mile of the wooded, sunny Lake Sammamish cross country course. The next person to cross the finish line was Lyndsey Sydnor, the fellow Mount Si High School runner who's been training with Waskom, current girls running record holder, all summer.

First rally race in years for DirtFish

DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie will holds its first major race in three years this month. The driving school will host Red Bull Global Rally Cross race, on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. On Monday, Aug. 24, the Snoqualmie City Council approved a special event permit for the race, contingent on staff recommendations. The rally school, located on the former Weyerhaeuser mill site that was annexed into the city in 2012, is allowed by the city to hold two rally-cross races each year.

Hooray for Hansen! Park named for former Snoqualmie mayor gets grand opening | Photo Gallery

Colleagues of Jeanne Hansen say she was a master of transformations. The late Hansen, mayor of Snoqualmie from 1987 to 1997, shepherded the development of Snoqualmie Ridge. She died Jan. 3, 2001, and never got to see the changes she wrought.

Swimming renaissance: Mount Si aqua team leaders step in year two

In 2013, Mount Si's girls swim team embarked on a trial run as a newly organized group swimming in a new, hometown pool. This fall, team captains expect the 25-girl squad to come into their own.

North Bend mom rides a bike to fight MS

Suzanne Perkins laughs and admits she’s not exactly ready for her fifth Bike MS ride. When the North Bend mom hits the pedals this Saturday and Sunday, taking part in the bicycle trek and fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, she doesn’t plan to ride far.

Snoqualmie sets aside $700K to make river boardwalk a reality

A riverside boardwalk in downtown Snoqualmie has been a dream for nearly a decade. That dream took a step closer to reality Monday, Aug. 24, when Snoqualmie City Council set aside more than half a million dollars as match funding for a potential grant.