Tavish MacLean declares candidacy for school board

May 8, 2013

Tavish MacLean, of Snoqualmie, announced May 2 that he is running for the open District 1 seat of the Snoqualmie Valley School District board.

MacLean, a director of product management at T-Mobile, said in a press release that he has deep experience in budget management, strategic plan development and driving consensus across business functions throughout his career.

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Stephen Kangas announces his run for school board seat

May 8, 2013

Stephen Kangas, of North Bend, has announced that he will be running for the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s No. 4 seat.

Scott Hodgins and Marci Busby currently hold the seats in District No. 4. They have not made a formal announcement on whether or not they will run for re-election.

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King County Council places parks levy on August ballot

May 8, 2013

Snoqualmie Valley voters will weigh in on a proposal to raise property taxes to fund county parks in August.

By a 7-2 vote, the King County Council decided April 29 to send the measure to voters. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents the Valley on the council, voted against the measure along with Councilman Reagan Dunn.

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Campaign season starts as candidates file for November election

May 23, 2012

The ballot voters receive in the mailbox by late July is all but certain to contain some familiar names, as elected officials campaign for higher offices and other candidates try another run for elected office.

The period for candidates to enter races up for election on the August and November ballots ended May 18 in a buzz of activity.

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Glenn Anderson is running for lieutenant governor, won’t seek re-election to Legislature

December 28, 2011

Rep. Glenn Anderson is running for Washington state’s lieutenant governor office in 2012. He said Wednesday that he will make a formal announcement in early January.

He also said that he will not run for re-election to a seventh consecutive term as a state representative. Since 2000, he has represented the 5th Legislative District, which includes Snoqualmie Valley.

At least four candidates will by vying for the seat — Anderson, the incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner and an independent candidate, Mark Greene. All have filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.

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Washington voters turn liquor business over to private retailers

November 9, 2011

UPDATED — 5:10 p.m. Nov. 9, 2011

Costco has succeeded in replacing the state with private retailers in the liquor business in Washington state. Voters passed Initiative 1183 with nearly 60 percent of early returns.

Costco and other supporters of I-1183 put more than $22 million into the campaign for the initiative.

If early returns hold up, private retailers will take over liquor sales in Washington next June. The outlets selling liquor will increase from 328 to 1,428, including three possible locations in the upper Snoqualmie Valley, according to the state budgeting office.

At the same time, more than 900 state employees, including those working at the state-run liquor store in North Bend, will lose their jobs.

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Incumbents, parks district propositions lead in early election results

November 8, 2011

Incumbents on Snoqualmie City Council and King County Fire Protection District No. 38 led in early returns on Tuesday.

In Snoqualmie, Councilman Jeff Nichols had staked a large lead with 71 percent of votes counted to challenger Kevin Ostrem’s 29 percent. However, less than 30 percent of potential votes have been counted, and election officials estimate turnout as high as 52 percent.

Councilman Kingston Wall led challenger Terry Sorenson with 53.3 percent of votes counted so far.

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Glitch delays ballots for 11,000 Eastside voters, including Snoqualmie Valley residents

October 28, 2011

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

King County Elections officials said ballots for 11,000 Eastside voters — including more than 1,000 people in North Bend and Snoqualmie — did not go out last week as planned due to a glitch.

The elections office plans to mail ballots Saturday; voters should receive them early next week. The deadline to return ballots via mail, drop box or accessible voting center is Nov. 8.

Overall, the issue impacted 11,000 Eastside voters, including 1,118 in North Bend and 72 in Snoqualmie. Some Issaquah, Newcastle and Sammamish voters also face delays in receiving ballots.

King County Elections started mailing 1.1 million ballots to voters Oct. 19.

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Dan Popp defends his School Board seat against Peggy Johnson

October 26, 2011

The third race in the Snoqualmie Valley School District school board elections this year is between the mom and the Popp.

Peggy Johnson, mother of four, and Dan Popp, father of five, square off in a November showdown that pits the incumbent Popp against the challenger Johnson.

Peggy Johnson

Drawing from volunteer experience with Eastside youths, and a desire to decrease bullying and increase graduation rates, Johnson said she is ready to take the issues facing the district head on.

The Fall City resident said the school board is inattentive to student and parent concerns, especially when it comes to providing a safe environment for children.

Johnson said the district must create an environment where students feel safe traveling to and from school and while they’re in the district’s facilities.

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Port of Seattle is major economic engine for region, candidates say

October 26, 2011

In November, voters in King County, including those in Snoqualmie Valley, will be asked to choose from among four candidates hoping to serve as commissioners for the Port of Seattle.

The port includes both the seaport in downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport. According to the port’s annual report for 2010, the port collected $75.6 million in property taxes in 2009. The projection for 2010 was $73.5 million. Those collections come from all King County residents.

Bill Bryant

Dean Willard

“The port is an economic engine for the entire county, not just the city of Seattle,” said Charla Skaggs, corporate media officer for the port.

Both Skaggs and other port officials said thousands of jobs depend directly and indirectly on port operations. According to what is billed by the port as an independent report released in 2009, the port was directly and indirectly responsible for 190,000 jobs in the Puget Sound region.

Port facilities generated more than $17 billion in revenue for businesses who deal with the port or the port tenants who operate the maritime terminals. All in all, those employers and employees pay about $867 million in state and local taxes.

Finally, the 2009 report stated that more than 135,000 people are employed at regional businesses that have cargo moving through the Port of Seattle.

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