Message from the Valley Record
During these times of great change, we also face challenging choices – in the next few weeks ahead, and in…
Since 1913, the Valley Record has been one of the threads that bind this Valley together.
Over the past month or so there have been a few businesses in the Valley that have had to close…
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns finally fell silent across France. Peace broke out that day, and soon ‘Johnny came marching home’ back to the U.S. For many years, Nov. 11 was recognized as Armistice Day – a day we gave recognition and thanks to our World War I veterans.
“Driver falls asleep at wheel, crashes in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, Wash. – A car crashed and rolled over on its side on Highway 14 after the driver fell asleep at the wheel;”
This Memorial Day, there will be honor guards snapping to attention as flags ripple in the breeze. Amidst the green lawn and bright flowers of cemeteries throughout the state, lone buglers and mournful pipers will evoke a heartfelt tear.
Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed this week, November 2 to 9, as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in Washington state. While this proclamation is a significant step towardsdrowsy driving awareness and prevention, there is much more that needs to be done to keep this pandemic off of our roads and highways. We must change attitudes about drowsy driving first.
Since becoming publisher of the Valley Record in October 2008, one characteristic I have quickly and regularly noticed about the people of the Valley is their generosity and their resilience.
Whether it was the 2009 flood, the Great Recession, miscellaneous ice and snow storms and days-long power outages, or even the Taylor Bridge Fire over the pass in Cle Elum and Ellensburg, the Valley has always come together to generously support others affected by events.
Ever since I was a little kid in my parent’s backyard, I have been incredibly curious. Each summer, the pond behind our house literally came alive. Wading out in the murky water, mud and frog egg sacks oozing through my toes, I watched tadpoles dart between my legs. How was it that a bunch of stuff that looked like tapioca could turn into fish, which then turn into frogs?
When Stefanie Thomas of the Seattle Police Department asked fifth grade students at Cascade View Elementary if they’d ever been bullied online, a third of the hands in the room shot up.
The Internet safety presentation, held Monday, June 3, was intended to give future middle school students an awareness of the potential dangers of online activity.
During her days off from the department, Thomas is hired by schools to talk about cyber safety. This slight, 28-year-old University of Washington grad has made hundreds of trips to Eastside schools, urging children to be aware of the Internet’s realities.
I had the opportunity to moderate a 5th District candidate forum recently. While the candidates came from different backgrounds and certainly held different perspectives on many issues, there is common thread that unites them all—the desire to serve their community and to make it a better place.
Moderating that debate and pondering the overall dynamics of this upcoming election, I was reminded of my trip to our nation’s capital two years ago this week.
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