Editorial — Consider volunteering in the classroom

August 26, 2015

NEW — 2:12 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015

On Wednesday, Snoqualmie Valley parents will whisk their children off to school, symbolically bringing an end to the long summer nights.

After dropping the kids off at school, you might feel the urge to kick back, relax and enjoy some “me” time. You deserve it after a long summer keeping the young ones entertained.

But wait! The schools need you. The volunteer jobs are endless. The playgrounds need monitors, the libraries can use assistance, the front offices might need your organizational skills, teachers almost never have enough helpers and the nurse’s offices are often in need of a mother’s touch to watch over a sick child.

There are art fairs and book fairs that need organizing, lap counters needed for walk-a-thons and popcorn poppers needed for Popcorn Thursdays. Read more

To the Editor — Aug. 28, 2015

August 26, 2015

NEW — 2:10 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015

Sacred ground has been desecrated in the name of development

I cannot describe my horror at the desecration to the sacred ground at Snoqualmie Falls. Anyone paying attention knows the falls are sacred!

Our beautiful Snoqualmie Valley was defined by legends of creation based on many sacred areas of Native legend … Swing Rock … Mount Si … all have a part in the legacy handed down from our original citizens, the Native people who inhabited this area for centuries before any white settlers arrived.

Snoqualmie Falls is the birthplace of the Snoqualmie People! The willful destruction of this beautiful timeless area is impossible to comprehend. Have we not learned enough from our historical disrespect and abuse of Native Americans? The manner in which the “roundabout” was initiated is so disrespectful — before I even knew a project was started the entire acreage right across from the falls had been decimated. Not selectively logged to allow a roundabout to be built, not ever clear-cut, it had literally been destroyed and carted away, leaving only mangled earth where Native Americans had gathered to worship, pray and bury their dead for centuries. You dug up a Native graveyard and cleared away the evidence! Read more

Home Country — The joys of memories great and small

August 26, 2015

NEW — 2:08 p.m. Aug. 26, 2015

Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.

The high school wood shop boys built Billy a doghouse next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.

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Billy was making the rounds this morning. He had snacks at the Gates of Heaven Chinese Café (back door, of course) and the Mule Barn truck stop, and conned a granola bar out of some kids just leaving the convenience store. Then he headed down the main street, turned right at the drug store and ended up on the porch of The Rest of Your Life Retirement Home. A brief scratching and whining gave him access, and he cruised around, being petted and loved, until he found Pop Walker. Read more

Editorial — Legislature must act on funding education

August 19, 2015

NEW — 5:18 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Washington state’s school-financing system has been inadequate, broken and inequitable for three decades. On Aug. 12, after multiple warnings, the state Supreme Court issued a new order in the landmark McCleary case putting a price tag on the failure to fix it: $100,000 a day in fines.

The penalty follows the court holding the state — the governor and the Legislature — in contempt 11 months ago. Despite a regular session and three overtime sessions, lawmakers still could not satisfy the court.

No more delays. Gov. Jay Inslee should show the type of bold leadership on the systemic solutions that he did not show during the six months of legislative sessions. He should work with legislative leaders to hatch a plan and then reconvene the full Legislature as soon as possible. Lawmakers must also set aside partisanship and ideology to find a sustainable new education-funding model.

The Legislature made admirable progress toward fuller funding of education in the recent marathon session. But the Supreme Court wants more detailed plans of how the state will pay for the space required for reduced K-3 class sizes and all-day kindergarten. The new order also rightly emphasized the state’s constitutional obligation to pay for teachers’ salaries. The broken school-financing model foists nearly one-third of compensation onto school levies, leaving have and have-not districts in rich and poor corners of the state. Read more

To the Editor — Aug. 21, 2015

August 19, 2015

NEW – 5:16 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Book sale was a success thanks to supporters

The Friends of the North Bend Library would like to thank our local community for their support of our annual book sale. We also thank you for donating gently used books and magazines throughout the year for our big book sale and for the in-library sales shelves. Proceeds from these sales help fund Friends of the North Bend Library-sponsored library programs for children, teens and adults.

Our annual book sale this month was a great success! We look forward to next year’s sale and to your continued donations of books, which you can leave at the North Bend Library. Thank you!

Joanne Boulanger

Correspondence Secretary, Friends of the North Bend Library

Home Country — Leave it to small towns to know the plans

August 19, 2015

NEW — 5:14 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

It was Thursday again. Mabel Adams asked at the desk to be sure.

“Thursday all day, Mabel,” the girl said. “Don’t forget to get your hair done today. Two o’clock … right?”

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“Right,” Mabel said, locking the time away in her mind. “Two o’clock. On Thursday.”

She took her purple walker and went half a block to the counter at the drug store. Read more

Editorial — Consider your water consumption

August 12, 2015

NEW — 1:19 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

It’s official. California isn’t the only one with a problem.

Cascade Water Alliance joined Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Water and the city of Everett in declaring a regional water advisory at the end of July.

This year’s low snowpack coupled with high temperatures and increased customer demand have heightened the potential for lower water supply availability, according to a Cascade Water Alliance news release.

What does that mean for you? It means the time has come to take a good, hard look at your water consumption. Read more

Cartoon — Aug. 14, 2015

August 12, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

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Home Country — Musings while milling around

August 12, 2015

NEW — 1:10 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

It was lunchtime at the sale barn on the edge of town and the guys were milling around. They didn’t really want to eat there, as the regular cook had a family emergency in the next state, so it was a substitute named Leroy and the guys knew that everything Leroy cooked tasted like toast.

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So they milled around, kicking dirt clods, inspecting the livestock coming up for the afternoon bidding, and pretending they were maybe someday going to buy something. Their dogs were there, of course: Steve’s two cowdogs, Doc’s Egyptian shepherd, Ramses (he makes pyramids in the backyard), and Billy, the official town dog. Read more

Editorial — New law protects dogs in hot cars

August 5, 2015

NEW — 4:34 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

People who love animals are celebrating a new state law that protects pets left in hot cars. The law went into effect July 24.

It is now a class 2 civil infraction to leave an unattended animal in a motor vehicle or enclosed space where it might be harmed by heat or cold, or lack of water or fresh air. The fine is $125.

A person could also be convicted of animal cruelty.

The law gives police and animal control officers the authority to free an animal “under any means reasonable” to protect the health and safety of an animal they believe is suffering or is likely to suffer harm, and it clears them of liability for damage to property resulting from any actions they take. Read more

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