A new volunteer study group, called the North Bend/Snoqualmie Elk Roundtable, has recently been formed by concerned individuals and representatives from various governmental, business, and non-profit entities to study and assess the impact of the rapidly growing elk herd in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. The group will also come up with a range of options to deal with elk impacts. Action programs will need to meet the approval of stakeholders in the Valley as well as the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Rudy Edwards, who recently won a community activist award from the Vancouver chapter of the NAACP, uses the following question to guide his substantial community service: “How can I get this child the best opportunities and link them to something worthwhile?”
Snoqualmie businessman Jeff Warren had participated in Relay for Life in the past, but when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, her struggle “brought it back to the forefront of my caring,” he said.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District will tap into reserve funds and make some tough cuts to reconcile its 2008-09 budget, but administrators are even more concerned about the following year’s plan.