Valley View — There are no quick fixes to homelessness

November 18, 2015

NEW — 1:42 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

It’s hard to imagine a city that can manage to support every person that lives in it.

Maybe that’s why, as I’m writing from the comfort of my Seattle apartment, I consider myself lucky that I’m not one of the city’s 10,000 people who are homeless or living in transitional housing, according to King County reports.

Earlier this month, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray referred to homelessness as a “human tragedy,” hoping to secure money from the state in order to “combat the problem,” The Seattle Times wrote.

But in doing so, Murray only scraped the surface of a multi-faceted issue. Read more

Home Country — Math is on the side of the hunter vs. the gatherer

November 18, 2015

NEW — 1:40 p.m. Nov. 18, 2015

In our part of the country, fall means deer hunting. Many of us will dress up like a pile of leaves, go out into very cold weather and sit still until we freeze to death.

Why? Because we want to have some venison this winter for the family. We’ll figure out how much the venison costs us … but only at gunpoint, since this is not the most fiscally sane thing we do each year.

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

Sanity would send us to buy some really tender beef to eat. Where’s the glory in that? Read more

Valley View — Youth football’s fine line with on-field deaths

November 11, 2015

NEW — 12:42 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015

Warning: this column has no answers. But I feel compelled to write it because part of my job description now is covering high school football, and football has killed people.

Sam Kenyon SnoValley Star reporter

Sam Kenyon
SnoValley Star reporter

The dangers of football is a hot topic, but I’m going to limit this discussion to high school football.

In America, seven high school football players died this season. An average of 12 die every year. One of them, 17-year-old Kenny Bui, went to school in Seattle. Read more

Guest Column — Celebrating and advocating for education

November 11, 2015

NEW — 12:41 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015

The occasion of American Education Week — Nov. 16-20 — is a chance to celebrate schools and highlight the importance of public education.  It presents an opportunity to applaud the teachers, support staff, and administrators who are working diligently to provide a stellar educational experience for the young people who attend our schools.

Joel Aune

Joel Aune

Outstanding schools are a source of pride for our community.  The support we receive from parents and community patrons is an essential ingredient to the success of our schools and the well-being of our students.  We are blessed to live and work in a community that is so extraordinarily supportive of its schools. Read more

To the Editor — Thanks for supporting grand night fundraiser

November 11, 2015

NEW — 12:39 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015

When the Mount Si High School Grad Night 2016 Committee reached out to the community to help with our fundraising efforts for scholarships, prizes, additional entertainment and activities for the evening, Snoqualmie Valley residents responded. Because of the generous support, 3,190 pounds of items was transported by way of nine vehicles to Value Village in Issaquah rewarding us with $447.20.

Not only do the student graduates of 2016 registered for the party benefit from your efforts, so do others. Value Village responds to requests from a local food bank for jackets, churches reaching out for specific items, pet rescue needing towels and requests from Tent City are filled as well as all of these items kept from landfill. Read more

Home Country — Sometimes a sign also lets you know when you’re lost

November 11, 2015

NEW — 12:38 p.m. Nov. 11, 2015

I was invited recently to join Bob Milford, manager of the prestigious Diamond W Ranch, on a drive-around tour of the place. It’s a huge, private ranch, with tiny ex-logging roads winding around through 13,000 acres of pine trees and rocks. A real paradise.

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

But I was horrified to see wooden street signs nailed to trees wherever two of these old logging trails came together. Read more

Valley View — Don’t discount adult animals

November 4, 2015

UPDATED — 3:51 p.m. Nov. 5, 2015

I have always been a dog person.

My first dog, Cody, was a yellow lab. I was too young to really remember her, but I’m sure she instilled in me a love and appreciation for animals.

Dylan Chaffin SnoValley Star reporter

Dylan Chaffin
SnoValley Star reporter

When I was 3 years old, my family adopted a feral kitten and let me name it. I named her Popoki — the Hawaiian word for cat. Creative, I know. She was mean. She hissed and howled at anyone who got close enough to pet her. I still have a scar on my knee from that time I confused a growl for a purr. Read more

Home Country — Never regret to follow up on a compliment

November 4, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Nov. 4, 2015

Windy found his audience out the side door of the sale barn, admiring a pen of cattle they had no intention of buying.

“Hey there, Doc, Dud, Steve.”

“Hey Windy, how’s it going?”

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

“Well, sir, I’m tickled you asked …”

Doc groaned. Read more

To the Editor — Get out and vote

November 2, 2015

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 2, 2015

The Nov. 3 Election Day is fast approaching and according to King County election data, only about 900 out of 7,250 ballots have been returned (12.5 percent).  The city of Snoqualmie has the highest concentration of families and the youngest demographic in the state of Washington. With our busy schedules, we are slow to vote or fail to vote: The fourth lowest out of 139 jurisdictions in King County.

Significant decisions; to build, for example, a roundabout, affordable housing, a drive thru, or annex property are made at the city level and largely without input from residents. There is no lack of transparency or due process on the part of the city administration so much as, a lack of active interest on the part of a young and busy constituency — at least, not until earth is moved or construction begins.  Read more

To the Editor — Vote for Joe Larson

October 29, 2015

NEW — 4:40 p.m. Oct. 29, 2015

The recent insinuation by some that Snoqualmie City Council candidate Joe Larson, should he be elected, will somehow be influenced by or receive preferential consideration by his brother Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson stinks of a political red herring to me. I’ve known Joe for several years, and recently, in a casual, unprompted moment, he spoke eloquently and passionately about his interest in community service, and his sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of Valley residents. I can tell you from personal experience that Joe is most definitely his own man, and I have no doubt whatsoever that as a council member, his voice will be clear, concise, heartfelt, honest and uniquely his own.

What is more disturbing to me however, is the energy which has been directed into this supposed ’nepotism’ argument, some of which apparently comes from an unopposed council candidate, who really shouldn’t be concerned with anything but his own election, and not that of another seat. What is the motivation here? I could speculate, but then that’s the crux of the charge against Joe Larson, isn’t it? Speculation. Read more

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