Thank you for supporting local independent community journalism

As we continue to deal with COVID variants, lingering supply chain issues, a somewhat wobbly economy and with sharp political divides, the need to highlight what brings us together as a community is even stronger. Likewise, the need for robust, independent and local community journalism has never been greater.

Every day, our experienced and professional reporters and editor at the Snoqualmie Valley Record bring you stories that celebrate our common bonds — stories that connect the people, businesses, nonprofits and community groups of North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City and Carnation. In our print and digital pages, we hope you’ve been informed, enlightened, inspired, entertained or educated by the coverage of the people, businesses, nonprofits and service groups that help keep the Valley ticking.

Recently, the Valley Record has run stories on the retirement of longtime Les Schwab manager Kevin Schallhorn and on local transportation issues involving State Route 202 construction, State Route 18 and the Snoqualmie Parkway. We continually cover crime, law enforcement and politics as well as environmental and development issues.

In spotlighting local businesses, we’ve recently talked about the new owners at Birches Habitat, the 19th anniversary of Mount Si Sports and Fitness and the new Simpson Realty Group. We’ve mourned the loss of and celebrated the lives of Valley residents. The Valley Record is there at Chamber events, at ribbon cuttings and helping out at candidate forums. Our staff are there at Valley festivals and are out taking photos of new and old railroad locomotives and of flooded rivers and roads. We are continually reporting on our local arts, culture and service groups, on our local nonprofits, and on generous home-spun initiatives like the recent Ukraine relief benefit hosted by Francesco Ristorante Italiano’s Francesco Montalto.

In doing these and many other stories, the Snoqualmie Valley Record continues to provide accurate, fact-based reporting that offers public scrutiny and oversight. But the trained, seasoned reporters and editors who cover our Valley also require an investment. Whether it is from our valued digital and print advertising partners or from our loyal reader subscribers, our local journalism efforts need to be supported to ensure that we can continue to cover the Valley with valuable, unbiased and honest reporting.

Readers of the Snoqualmie Valley Record have shared in our mission by investing in The Record in partnership with their neighbors up and down the Valley. Since 1913, it is our readers and our advertisers’ financial support that has protected our independence, which in today’s world has never been so critical.

In the next few days, check your mailbox. Some of you will find a mailer inviting you to be a part of the growing number of Valley residents who support community journalism. We gratefully invite you to consider supporting the Snoqualmie Valley Record in its 109-year mission by becoming a digital or home delivery print subscriber by visiting or

And, if you have a hot news tip, a comment or critique, a letter to the editor, or a great story idea — please connect with me or our award-winning reporters and editor. We’d love to hear from you!

You have my personal thanks for reading and supporting the Valley Record and I wish you and your families the very best during these quite interesting times.

William Shaw is general manager of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. Contact: wshaw@valleyrecord.comor 425-453-2710.