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They’ll remember this game for years. It was triple overtime for the Snoqualmie Valley Little League’s 11-12 All-Stars team, when the boys got their big chance. All they needed was one run to deliver against Bellevue East, but the Ravens’ powerful defense, under pitcher Wil Helland, held them off as dusk was falling. But the All-Stars loaded the bases, and a hit by Troy Baunsgard brought home fleet-footed Frankie Cepeda to break the tie and advance a thrilled group of boys.
Racing against a ‘silent killer’: Valley resident Caroline Mancini battles ovarian cancer, urges awareness
In 2010, when Ames Lake resident Caroline Mancini was training for a three-day walk for breast cancer, she was short of breath and couldn’t climb. She had noticed other health problems – indigestion, bloating and backaches—but put off dealing with them.
Even as the state tightens its belt, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to do more. Ferguson shared his goals and challenges in consumer protection, privacy, a high-profile discrimination lawsuit and the latest scams, when he met with staff of the Snoqualmie Valley Record, a Sound Publishing newspaper, Wednesday, July 10.
Carnation police deal hits a bump; Duvall votes to drop half-time contract, calls for expanded coverage
Carnation officials were notified last Friday, June 28, that their contract for police services with Duvall might be ending this year. The Duvall City Council voted unanimously Thursday, June 27, to drop the current contract, a reduced version of the agreement that’s connected the two cities for nine years. Mayor Will Ibershof sent the termination letter the following day. The contract, which gives Carnation roughly half-time police coverage by two Duvall Police Department officers and a quarter-time position for an administrator at a cost of $453,883, expires Dec. 31, 2013. Any city wanting out of it had to notify the other by July 1.
New model farmer: Carnation’s July 4 Grand Marshal Roger Thorson’s vision changes the game at century-old farm
Roger Thorson’s doing things on his 24-acre farm that his dairy-farming ancestors never dreamed of. There’s the 18 solar panels on top of his 103-year-old barn’s gift shop. And the greenhouse and community garden that raises food for local families. Or the hay loft that Thorson turned into a guesthouse-slash-workshop space. Thorson, who has gone beyond restoration at Carnation Tree Farm to stewardship for future generations, is the grand marshal of the 2013 Carnation Fourth of July Parade. When a thirty-something Thorson came here 36 years ago, it was to answer the call of duty to his family. Today, his role here is as a connector and a communicator of people-conscious values.
There really wasn’t room to run an entire speech in our local high school graduation coverage in recent weeks. But I wanted to share this one by Cedarcrest history teacher Zach Pittis, made at the Lower Valley high school’s commencement ceremony. Pittis earned quite a few chuckles from his touching, funny delivery, all while driving home some important lessons. The tale begins when Pittis was 10 years old, and his dad, probably without consulting the boy’s mother, bought him a toy bow and arrow set.
Cedarcrest High School commencement is a time for looking ahead, gazing back | Valley Record photo gallery
Striding to his car after an emotional ceremony, Zach Miller, the captain of the Cedarcrest football team last fall, was relaxed in sneaks and bright red socks. His black robe flapped loose around his bare chest. Why so relaxed? “I’m done,” answers Miller. “It’s too hard to describe” this moment, he said. “I can’t even think about it right now.” Instead of looking back, he’s looking ahead, to attend Washington State University this fall, where he plans to get good grades and live the good college life.
After spirited public hearing, Snoqualmie City Council greenlights tax break rules, paves way for Imagine decision
On Monday, June 24, the Snoqualmie City Council passed new rules that pave the way for what could be the largest affordable housing project in city history. Five council members—Jeff MacNichols and Maria Henriksen had excused absences—unanimously approved an ordinance allowing tax exemptions for multifamily housing.
Robin Snyder fought the idea at first. It would be weird, she said, to set up her own hair salon inside North Bend Automotive, the business owned and operated by her friends and clients, the Dennis family. "I woke up one morning and thought, 'Why does it have to be weird?'" said Snyder. "It suits my personality, anyway: Different." Snyder is the hair artist and sole owner at Hair Ink, located inside North Bend Automotive. Snyder describes her look as modern, maybe even eccentric. This place is her creation, from the lighting and layout to the quote on the wall and the floral arrangements that echo the peacock feather in her hair.
Taking action Monday, June 10, Snoqualmie City Council unanimously approved a code change allowing for higher elementary and secondary schools in city limits. Ross Bentley, a member of the city's economic development commission, took the podium to champion the change. "We spent a lot of time talking about this subject" in committee, said Bentley. "All the members are in favor of this. If the (high) school should go away because of this issue, that would cause a big economic impact on the city. The number of people coming through town, on their way to schools, is a big part."
It sounds cliché, but the art of the javelin throw really does run in the Stevens family of Fall City. So does the art of breaking records. The story starts back in the 1980s, when dad Jim Stevens set the Mount Si High School record for unlimited-flight javelin with a 199-foot throw. Jim took up the sport as a high school junior, after a friend of the family involved in the University of Washington track program noticed his long arms. He threw for two years, taking fifth and then second at state, and held the Mount Si school record.
Minna Rudd walks Marty Wheeler past the new concessions building, down the new sidewalk, to the corner of a patch of fresh, green lawn. “He’s right about here, facing into the seating area,” Rudd says. The Si View Activities Director is showing Wheeler, a retired firefighter turned vegetable farmer and entrepreneur, where his corner booth will go in a few day’s time. “She knows our lines get big,” Wheeler says. He doesn’t try to campaign for any special spot, letting Rudd do her job. “She has put a ton of intelligent thinking into this market,” says Wheeler.
Hero’s choice: Snoqualmie cop Paul Graham gets belated nod for 2009 rescue of crash victim Rachel McNaul
Dust and debris were still falling from the sky when Paul Graham made his way to the crushed cars. Graham, a Snoqualmie Police Sgt., was off duty. He could have stayed and stewed in the traffic jam that was building after this terrible accident. But Graham always keeps a medical kit in his pickup, and he isn’t one for staying on the sidelines.
Return to power: Snoqualmie Falls hydro plant, park renewal project enters final lap | Photo gallery
Byron Kurtz has to shout to be heard over the noise of the huge machine that’s above, beneath and around him. Kurtz, plant operator at Puget Sound Energy’s Snoqualmie Falls hydropower plant, has worked these turbines for a decade.
When it comes to portable classrooms, the numbers get really interesting. Snoqualmie Valley Schools are home to 59 of the mobile classrooms. They hold two school building’s worth of students. Elementary schools alone account for 31 portables. Today, Valley schools have between a fifth to a quarter of classroom capacity in portables. Since older students change classrooms several times a day, that means a lot of kids walk into a mobile classroom at least once a day.
Cindy Walker refers to it as “the fun stuff.” It’s the prom date requests on the marquee. It’s the weeklong ski film festivals, student film nights, the benefits for everyone from Relay for Life to the Mount Si wrestling team. There are countless ways for a small movie house to make a difference, and “I get to choose” what to do, says Walker. After she and husband Jim bought the North Bend Theatre seven years ago, one thing that surprised them was how much fun they could have running this 250-seat cinema, one of about 20 legacy movie houses still running in Washington state.
It was not at all surprising to see Mary Miller form the group at her recent “Heart of the Valley” photo session into a giant peace sign. After all, Mary’s style is all about a laid-back love of all things Snoqualmie Valley. As I approached the crowd on the field, it was clear this this May 19 event was bigger than Mary’s first venture in 2012, despite the iffy weather.
Keeping the Valley’s cars on the road has been the way of things at Fall City’s Model Garage since 1923. Dennis Musga has owned and operated Fall City’s Model Garage, backed up by his manager and a crew of six mechanics, since 1985. The auto repair business is Musga’s career. Out of high school, he attended trade school at Renton Tech, training to be a mechanic. Musga served an apprenticeship at Ford and worked at the Ford dealership at Eastgate for 20 years. Then, he partnered with his Valley-resident brother-in-law to buy the Model Garage when the owners were retiring. Plenty of customers followed from the dealership, Musga said.
You can find their names on the massive block of marble at the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Snoqualmie. These are the men and women who gave their lives in service to the nation. Each generation, they came from the mill towns and neighborhoods of the Valley to answer the nation’s call. Their numbers, from World War II in particular, show the abundant, perhaps inordinately so, level of patriotism and service from what others might call small communities. Small, perhaps, but big in service.
If you can relate to the sign outside—“Nothing to Wear,” the name of Laura Herro’s recently opened clothing boutique in downtown Snoqualmie—then Herro is ready to change that. “Every woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear,’” says Herro, a recent Valley transplant from the Midwest. Pointing out dresses, yoga wear, then picking up a black jacket, she explains, “this is something you can wear every day, if you’re a businesswoman or a stay-at-home mom.”