Friends of the North Bend Library sale starts today

August 9, 2013

Indulge your passion for books at the Friends of the North Bend Library Book Sale. The annual event starts today (Aug.  9). You’ll find hardbacks, paperbacks and children’s books, DVDs and CDs. The sale runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10; 1-5 p.m. Aug. 11, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 12-


Cody Eads of North Bend charge in hit-run-death

August 8, 2013

Cody Eads, 19, of North Bend has been charged in the New Year’s morning hit-and-run death of Lucinda Pieczatkowski. He is scheduled to arraigned on felony charges Aug. 21. Bail has been set at $25,000.

Pieczatkowski, also of North Bend, was walking along Stone Quarry Road between 1:30 and 2 a.m. New Year’s morning when she was hit by a truck and killed. The 57-year-old woman had been at the Snoqualmie Casino with friends. They left the casino and were driving east when she got into an argument with the driver, left the vehicle and started walking in a different direction.

Her body was found a short time later in a ditch near the 10200 block of Stone Quarry Road, also known as 394th Place Southeast. Her purse and its contents were scattered on the west side of the road. According to the Superior Court charging papers, she died from catastrophic injuries received when struck by a truck.

Evidence from the scene, including a headlight and fragments from a turn signal light, indicated the vehicle that struck Pieczatkowski was either a Ford F-150 pickup or a Ford Bronco.

The charging papers say Eads had been at a New Year’s Eve party where he admits he was drinking beer. He had an argument with his girlfriend and left the party. Eads called his girlfriend after the crash and asked her to come over. In the case summary, she is quoted as saying he was “bawling his head off and didn’t know what to do.”

The Eads family attorney contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office Jan. 2 and informed them that the truck involved in the crash was at the Eads’ residence. The truck was impounded and had damaged consistent with striking a pedestrian.

Detectives have been gathering evidence in the case since then, including verification that Eads was at the party in Fall City and tracking his cell phone.

Eads, a Mt. Si High School 2012 graduate, is a student at Eastern Washington University.

School board race updated

August 7, 2013

As of 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Marci Busby and David Spring are still leading in primary race for the Snoqualmie Valley School District board. Busby has 1,280 votes; Spring 1,116. They are followed by G. Scott Hodgins with 924 and Stephen Kangas at 790. The top two candidates will advance to the general election. King County Elections office will issue updates daily as the mail-in ballots are counted.

Local arborists rescue cats

August 7, 2013


By Shaun Sears Shaun Sears snaps a photo mid-rescue of himself and the previously stuck cat.

By Shaun Sears
Shaun Sears snaps a photo mid-rescue of himself and the previously stuck cat.

People think Shaun Sears and Tom Otto are kidding when they tell them they rescue cats out of trees in their spare time. However, Canopy Cat Rescue is no joke for panicked pet owners who call Sears and Otto when their cat is stuck in a tree.

“You can hear the desperation in their phone call,” Otto, an Olympia resident, said. “I can’t even imagine listening to my cat cry all night, or even just knowing it was off in the neighbor’s yard somewhere.”

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3 choices for this year’s Tour de Peaks ride

August 7, 2013

Hundreds of riders are expected to participate in the 25th Annual Tour de Peaks bike ride Aug. 11, part of the Festival at Mt. Si.

Three courses are being offered this year, each with a different number of miles. The most extensive ride is the 100 mile or Century route. It covers the entire Snoqualmie Valley. The second route, the 50 mile or Half Century ride sticks to country roads. The 25-mile Intermediate ride provides riders with breathtaking, close-up views of Mount Si. All courses begin and end in downtown North Bend and offer spectacular scenic views of the Snoqualmie Valley.

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Mt. Si Food bank receives $5,000 from Rotary Club

August 7, 2013

When it comes to providing food for struggling families, Helen Dukich said the folks at Mt. Si Food Bank know how to pinch pennies and stretch the dollars. When possible, they go for bulk, shop sales and buy wholesale. Food bank volunteers and staff glean food from area grocery stores – QFC and Safeway – as well as Costco. But when you’re helping 400 families a week, it takes more than wise shopping to feed everyone.

It takes money.

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Early bird tickets still available for Wildcat Football Boosters benefit

August 7, 2013

Hometown football needs a boost. The Mt. Si High School teams and the local Junior Football Association face funding challenges. Supporters will round up funding for all the Wildcat teams at once with a Pigskin Party Sept. 7 at the Si View Community Center in North Bend.

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Key Leaders Summit set for Aug. 12

August 7, 2013

The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will host its annual Key Leaders Summit 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 12 at Chief Kanim Middle School, 32627 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City. The theme will be “creating a Snapshot of a Healthy Community.” The event is free.

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Bring your pooch to Dog Days of Summer

August 7, 2013

The Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation Department presents its annual Dog Days of Summer from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park, 39912 S.E. Park St.

The event allows pet-friendly businesses to connect with dogs and their owners with giveaways, prizes, activities and selling products. For pet owners, there are contests, demonstrations, photos with their pets, vendor booths and more.

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Yum, yum! have breakfast with the Snoqualmie firefighters

August 7, 2013

Enjoy pancakes and ham prepared by Snoqualmie Firefighters 7-11 a.m., Aug. 17, at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway. The annual breakfast is sponsored by the Snoqualmie Firefighters Association.

The menu includes pancakes and ham, orange juice, coffee and doughnuts.

Breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for children 5 and under.

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