Seth Truscott

Upper Valley food banks split up, change places

The Mount Si Food Bank, which has provided food to the Valley’s needy population for 35 years, has been asked to leave its home of more than a decade at North Bend Community Church. A new organization, the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, started by former management of the Mount Si Food Bank, is slated to take its place at the church’s former parsonage garage. Founded in 1975, Mount Si Food Bank helps more than 400 families each week with food, provides turkeys during the holidays and breakfast lunch for schoolchildren in the summertime.

Downtown crisis: Snoqualmie considers impact of sweeping flood insurance reform

The Biggert-Waters Act was meant to make flood insurance more realistic and more stable. But the reform act could have the unintended consequence of blighting the low-lying urban areas of the Valley, several speakers warned at last Monday’s Snoqualmie City Council meeting.

Garbage equals food? Training the average Ridge bear | Opinion

It’s in the nature of a dog to protect its owner and its home. And it’s in the nature of black bears to flee when threatened. But only to a point. That point was about 100 yards into the woods, on the early hours of Thursday, Jan. 2, when this particular Ridge bruin turned and showed his teeth and claws to the pursuing dog, who did not survive the encounter.

If you build it, they will come: Valley Little League, North Bend have big vision for Torguson Park

Traveling Washington with his son’s team, Snoqualmie Valley Little League President Roy Baunsgard watched boys play baseball among the rolling hills of the Yakima Valley and the wide horizons of Moses Lake. No place compared to home. Few vistas, he thought, had anything on the backdrop of Mount Si at the Little League’s home field, North Bend’s Torguson Park.

Help lead local health care | Consider running for Snoqualmie hospital commission

This week, we focus a lot on health—the fitness programs at Mount Si Sports, youth activities at Si View Community Center. Most of those activities involve getting active and in motion. There’s another way that you can get involved for health, and it will affect not just your own well-being, but that of thousand of people inside and outside this Valley.

What’s really important? A different Year in Review list

On the first week of January, we ran a Year in Review story that was a little bit different from how we’ve done it in the past. The selections were based on the numbers of readers who clicked and read these stories on the Valley Record web or mobile pages.

After deadly dog encounter, Ridge bear still on the lam; Encounters won’t end until trash is secure, officer says

If the bear hadn't busted the fence, there wouldn't be much to report. But the black bear that hopped the fence of a residence in the Heights neighborhood of Snoqualmie Ridge in the wee hours last Thursday, Jan. 2, found a small but feisty dog defending the home turf.

Down under, right here: Mount Si boys basketball team meets scrappy Australian touring team, on and off the court

Basketball players from two different countries hung out together, learned about each other, and then played a game and left it all on the court. The Mount Si boys varsity team came away with a lopsided win on the scoreboard last Friday afternoon, Jan. 3. But points weren’t really the point in the Wildcats’ exhibition match against NPire, an Australian team that drew boys together from cities down under, mainly Melbourne and Canberra.

Get ready for February election, register, check for discounts | Opinion

It’s 2014 already? And look what’s just around the corner—an election. Specifically, operations and tech levies are on the Feb. 11, 2014 ballot for both local school districts, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley. So, with only three weeks until ballots go out, it’s worth remembering a couple of things. First, for any new voters and newcomers, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, Jan. 13. You can register online at www.vote.wa.gov, or call (206) 296-8683.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital politics heat up over board seat, future; Supporters, staff say mission must continue

Both critics and supporters of Public Hospital District 4 are watching its board closely this winter, as the district’s commission transitions to a new era and brings on a new board member. The Snoqualmie City Hall meeting room was filled to occupancy on Thursday, Jan. 2, as more than 100 employees, patients and concerned citizens weighed in on the politics surrounding the change of seats on the commission.

Remembering Apartheid: North Bend’s Rudy Edwards looks back at eye-opening South African sojourn

At first, you don’t recognize him. Then you realize that the smiling, bearded man in the red cloak and leopard pelt is actually a younger version of North Bend resident Rudy Edwards. The image of a traditionally costumed Edwards is among the mementos of a two-year sojourn that he and wife Connie spent in the African kingdom of Swaziland in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Those memories were reawakened last month, sparked by the death of South African freedom fighter and statesman Nelson Mandela, at 95.

The Sparkle Effect: Everybody learns in first-ever Mount Si developmental cheer partnership | Photo Gallery

“Mac!” calls Kaitlyn Rogers. “You did a good job today,” the Mount Si freshman tells her cheer teammate. Mac responds with a smile, and a thumbs’ up sign. As she speaks, Rogers is also communicating with the gestures of American Sign Language. Her sign language textbook sits on the table nearby.

Things you can do to make a better Valley—today

The holidays are a time to come together and do good to your loved ones, friends and neighbors. So, with the spirit of community in mind, I’d like to offer the following ways you can do good for the people around you, now. Deadlines may apply, so get your do-gooding done before the new year begins and it’s back to business as usual.

Fast on their feet: Improvisation, mental game helps Mount Si wrestling clean house | Photo Gallery

“What can I do now?” thought Mount Si senior Eli Clure. His Interlake opponent was stubbornly defending himself with an elbow to the mat. Clure needed to move it. Time for some improvisation. Clure thought fast and used a sequence of moves, grappling an ankle, going into a cradle, then grabbed foe Brando Grim’s head to get the pin and another six points for Mount Si.

Shop local? Or do business by drone? Your choice | Opinion

Our reporter, Carol Ladwig, usually handles our Question of the Week duties. But, with Carol on a much-deserved vacation. I shouldered the question of the week duties and went out into the pre-Thanksgiving crush to ask my question.

Shadow catcher: Valley connection with famed photograper leads to museum, theater show

It is the Snoqualmie Valley’s connection with the Curtis brothers, Edward and Asahel, that brings a rare performance to North Bend this week. The two Curtis brothers were active as photographers, promoters and documentarians in the early 20th century. Asahel’s work took him from Snoqualmie Falls to Eastern Washington and the Klondike. The Asahel Curtis trail over the Pass is named for him.

Warm hearts on a cold night: Valley cities come together for Christmas Tree celebrations | Photo Gallery

Bundled against the chill, youngsters and the young at heart gathered as night fell Saturday, Dec. 7, to welcome the Christmas season in Snoqualmie and North Bend. Both cities held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting parties early Saturday evening. The temperatures had dipped into the 20s, but visitors kept warm with cups of cider in Snoqualmie, or by ducking into the art exhibits downtown, while bonfires warmed hands in downtown North Bend, as faux snow settled over a crowd watching local dance, song and unicycle performances.

Pat’s rules: After 31 years as Snoqualmie’s attorney, local native Pat Anderson handing off legal duties for retirement

Pat Anderson's career has taken a number of twists and turns. One road, however, kept leading him home. As a young lawyer, Anderson lucked out and got a job advising the government of his home city. He's been doing that job for more than 30 years, and his legal mind has become one of the longest serving institutional memories of the city. "An attorney always represents a client," said Anderson. "I advise the mayor and council when asked for advice. But when they've made a decision, it's my responsibility to use all lawful means to implement their decision. That's what I've tried to do, throughout my career."

Kindergartners meet for ‘First Thanksgiving’ feast, lessons at North Bend Elementary | Photo Gallery

Paper hats, some with Native American feathers, others with Pilgrim brims and bonnets, topped the boys and girls. Flame colored crepe paper combined with hula hoops to form pretend ‘bonfires.’ But the enormous spread of food was real enough. Kindergartners at North Bend Elementary celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, Nov. 21, in the school gym.

The carver’s connection: Exchange between Snoqualmie Tribe’s crafters, Peruvian artists adds new ideas for sister cities | Photo Gallery

The three men from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe didn’t speak much Spanish. The two visitors from Peru spoke hardly any English. But carvers know carvers, and the common, unspoken language of craft was enough to bring everyone together. This fall, the newest bonds to link Snoqualmie with its sister community in South America started to gel in a carving exchange between the visiting Peruvian artists and the craftsmen at the Tribe’s Snoqualmie carving barn.