• Mother Nature demonstrated her awesome strength in dramatic fashion last week by demolishing the 100,000-gallon water storage tank in Wilderness Rim. The force of trees carried by water and mud down the hillside was enough to totally wipe out the tank, constructed of three-eighths-on-an-inch-thick steel plates. The tank was used by residents for fire protection and as a backup water source. Fire flow was reduced to the west portion of the residential area.
• Classes are scheduled to start in June at the state fire training center now under construction east of North Bend. The center, which will serve as a training facility for all of Washington’s firefighters, is located about seven miles east of the city near I-90. Once operational, the center will provide basic and advanced hands-on training for about 13,000 firefighters a year.
A team of North Bend activists joined forces for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, last Monday, Jan. 19, to clear storm debris and native plants at the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area last Monday.
• A dramatic increase of 500 students is projected over the next five years in Snoqualmie Valley School District 410. Superintendent Gerald Post unveiled school enrollment projections for the next five years to the board. If those projections are accurate, a new elementary school will be needed, and the district will have to begin planning soon for a new facility.
Recipes that bring to mind a relative or friend who has battled cancer, or help perpetuate the memory of a loved one lost to the disease, are the focus of the first ever Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life Cookbook, now in the works.