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Jimmy Jacobson shook off a bad start last Wednesday, Oct. 2, and evened things out to stay in the top five. One of Mount Si’s more consistent golfers this fall, Jacobson jumped from the middle of the pack to hit a peak in recent weeks.
The respect is what surprises Bjoern Gruetzmacher. “As a supervisor, I could provide people with the same insight and information,” he said. “But a postmaster could say the same thing,” and people will more readily believe it. The venerable title of a small-city postmaster carries weight, and Gruetzmacher knows this firsthand. After months of temporary supervisor gigs, he has a home in Snoqualmie—his first postmaster’s job.
Respect due: Mount Si football starters set it up, but second string guts it out under Friday lights | Photo gallery
Hungry for a starting position in his senior season in 2014, Richard Willard got to whet his appetite last Friday. Willard and the rest of the second string got a generous two-quarter taste of varsity action in the Mount Si football team’s October 4 home game against Sammamish. When the starters built up an unanswered 49-point lead, it was Willard, the second line and offense who held down the fort for their second time this season under Friday night lights.
Opinion | Trading convenience for security at Valley schools, or why North Bend Elementary’s Claggett Field was fenced
Times change, even for what is, for me, North Bend’s coolest place. Back when I lived in downtown North Bend, the open field between Two Rivers School and North Bend Elementary, also known as Claggett Field, was the most idyllic spot in town. True, it didn’t have EJ Roberts’ dry creek or walking path, or Si View’s public amenities. But it was closer to home, and its row of stately firs beckoned for book reads and Frisbee games on summer afternoons.
Real country: Mount Si XC runners test their skills on a challenging home course | Valley Record Photo Gallery
The final approach through the tall grass was the biggest challenge for boys leader Devin Sharp. The senior, who finished first for Mount Si with a time of 18:36, 10th overall against Juanita and Sammamish on Wednesday, Sept. 25, had his first run on the course at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend. It’s the second year for the team on this scenic, rural location, and it tested Sharp and the rest of the team in many ways. At Mountain Meadows, bracing scenery competed for attention with tall grass and molehills.
One stroke at a time, swimmers making gains on Wildcats’ inaugural squad | Valley Record Photo Gallery
Ashley Cole blasts into the water from the board, chasing the clock in this relay race. A good start means a better time for Cole, a Mount Si sophomore motivated by both team spirit, fitness and a personal drive. “I’m trying to improve,” says Cole. Like the rest of this brand new Valley swim team, she’s succeeding, one stroke at a time.
School on the farm: Critters enliven learning at Snoqualmie’s Rooster Valley preschool | Photo Gallery
Wilbur the pig is the smartest of the bunch. Give this micro-teacup porker the chance, and he’ll root in your socks or sneak into the feed can for extra snacks. With fall in the air, and an apple-themed curriculum on their tables, children at Rooster Valley Farm School in Snoqualmie figured that Wilbur would be the animal to eat the most apples in last Friday’s feeding time.
The city of Snoqualmie is going to court over the shape of its urban growth area near the Interstate 90 interchange. The council authorized City Attorney Pat Anderson in August to appeal a recent Growth Management Hearing Board decision regarding the way that King County calculates the city’s urban growth areas. In a report to council, Anderson laid out his argument: That King County’s comprehensive plan and planning policies aren’t in compliance with state law’s criteria for sizing of urban growth areas, the areas identified for future growth of cities, to include business use.
Something I never thought would happen is happening. I always assumed that without an Olympic-sized indoor pool in the Valley, we’d never see a true, hometown swim team. Yet, starting on August 26, a group of 18 girls has been racing through the full-size, outdoor pool at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Huh? I thought. They swim in the rain? Yes, comes the answer, they do.
When Marie Nichols of North Bend blows out the candles this weekend, she’ll have a century of experiences to look back on. Many memories are faded, but Nichols, who turns 100 on September 15, remembers of the big moments and the major changes of her long life, with help from her children. Growing up in Auburn, Wash., she was an avid skiier who focused on family, supported an ailing husband for decades, and ultimately outlived three spouses.
“Air Raid” is the name of Mount Si football team’s game this season, if the official posters that Wildcats are autographing for local kids is anything to go on. That’s because, with long-armed quarterback Nick Mitchell back for a senior season, looking to connect with a two-dozen waiting hands from the likes of wide receivers Wyatt Baker-Jagla, Trevor Daniels, Parker Dumas, Jake Smith, Jack Nelson, tight end Beau Shain and back Bailey Takacs, Mount Si can be expected to deploy a potent flight attack.
Only the beginning: Snoqualmie’s 2nd sister city status paves the way for new exchanges in education, ideas | Photo Gallery
Chaclacayans are a generous people. Celebrating the moment last Monday, Aug. 26, when their big Peruvian town became an official sister city to Snoqualmie, the delegation from Chaclacayo handed out gifts. Snoqualmie gave a city flag and key to the city. Chaclacayo responded in kind, but the gifts kept coming— commemorative key rings, a tiny, tooled leather hat, a replica stone head from their indigenous culture, and a full-size flag of the city, which reads “Sun, Friendship and Peace.”
Horses usually look to people to lead the way. But some well-trained animals in Fall City are the ones leading Washington’s military families toward a better life. For five summers, James Hutchins, owner of Fall City-based Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center, has hosted the Warrior Family Retreat. The retreat, which returns this Friday, Aug. 30, deals with the challenges experienced by a soldier returning from a long deployment and the realities of war.
Time with the pros: Amateurs—and a very green caddy—watch and learn from Blaine McCallister at Boeing Classic | Photo gallery
After only three holes as a caddy, Blaine McCallister fired me. True, my time as an honorary media "caddy" was going to be up, anyway, on the ninth hole, but McCallister, leading a group of five amateurs in the Korean Air Pro-Am Thursday, Aug. 22, insisted I put in work and get a real sense of the job.
Will Desler is there before the door opens. Ready to claim his prize in the King County Library System’s Summer Reading Program, he’s primed in a bright green Sounders jersey. That shirt is appropriate. Because, just as some kids play baseball and others pursue a soccer ball, this 10-year-old Duthie Hill resident’s sport is reading. And for the fifth year, he’s been the champ at Fall City Library, the first kid across the 1000-hour finish line for five years running.
When the survivors began their march, there was hardly a dry eye at Torguson Park. The 2013 Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life began, as always, with the Survivor Lap. Groups of people who fought the hard fight against cancer—some for as few as five, some as long as 20 years, some still fighting it—donned commemorative survival medals and walks down a row of onlookers.
It doesn’t take long for the children to find the zip line. On any given day of the week, most afternoons, the newly installed thrill ride at Si View Metro Parks is hopping. So is the new playground. It’s no surprise to find the amenities busy during the weekly North Bend Farmer’s Markets. But how do you explain the crowds that show on other days? What were they doing before this place opened?
As her mother finishes shopping for groceries, a petite girl of 14 finds herself exploring a bin of free books. She comes away with a small trove of good reads, for both herself and her three-year-old sister. Mom, meanwhile, has collected enough food to give her daughter three good breakfasts and three square lunches for the week. She smiles in gratitude as she and the girls haul away food for body and mind.
With King County’s sheriff’s deputies getting ready to do their annual liquor sales patrols—also known as stings—it’s important for local businesses, cashiers, managers and owners to understand a few things. First, that the person who bonks that bottle of wine or beer on the counter some time in the next few weeks might be younger than he or she looks and acts—and might be working with a cop outside to test you. So, second, you better know the rules.
North Bend gas station owner George Wyrsch, Sr., always loved the thrill of things that go boom in the night. An avid Lions Club member, he staffed the charity fireworks stand in town. Every Fourth of July, the elder Wyrsch took his family to Carnation to watch the show.