Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 3, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out to the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract a lot of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

When temperatures are in the 70s, people come out to enjoy the water, but when it gets above 80 degrees, there’s a community that pops up overnight on the banks and in the water, Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release. Read more

To the Editor — July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015

Ryan Kolodejchuk will benefit whole community

Over these past weeks, I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming city of North Bend elections.

Ryan Kolodejchuk’s honest, pragmatic and hopeful insight into our community’s problems and needs, and his willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and concerns, sets him far apart from the other candidates’ expected techniques and talk. Read more

Cartoon — July 3, 2015

July 3, 2015


Home Country — What the flag means to each of us is personal

July 3, 2015

We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school.

The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats — some rather reluctantly — on leashes.

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

For some of us, the Fourth of July parade is a chance to see just how much the local kids have grown over the past year. For others, it’s a chance to see something that is really ours. This is our valley. This is our town. This is our parade. These are our people. These are the people who make our little valley unique in the whole world. This is a chance for us all to get together and celebrate us, you know? Read more

Editorial — Summer safety tips for while you’re away

June 26, 2015

It’s official. School is out, summer is here and people are heading to all kinds of destinations for vacation.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics study, “Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends,” household larceny and burglary occurs at higher rates during the summer than during other seasons.

We’ve already seen a home-invasion-type attempted burglary in Issaquah when someone tried to enter a home’s open door. Police said in a news release that people need to keep their doors and windows locked when they’re sleeping or away from their homes.

There are other things you can do, especially when you’re planning to leave town, to keep your home safe.

Whenever you’re away: Read more

Cartoon — June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015


Home Country — Thank you to those who dance through our lives

June 26, 2015

Mrs. Doc watched the dancers swirl around the cleared hardwood floor of the Legion hall, and smiled to see her husband Doc waltzing with Ardis Fisher. But Mrs. Doc was never one to sit out a waltz, so she looked around at the menu.

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

Over in the corner, smiling and tapping his foot, was Pop Walker. Pop and several other residents of the Rest of Your Life retirement home were there to enjoy the dance and celebrate the arrival of summer.  Pop has a hard time with his memory these days, but always forgets things with a smile.

“Pop,” Mrs. Doc asked, “how about a dance?” Read more

Capital-gains tax is best education funding option

June 18, 2015

A capital-gains tax is the best option on the table to fully fund education in Washington state.

Senate leaders have agreed on a bipartisan proposal to meet the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund basic education and provide an equitable education for all students. They also agree more revenue will be needed — about $3.5 billion every two years — but now need to decide where it should come from.

This would be a long-term funding source as lawmakers replace local education levies with state funding.

This is a hard pill to swallow, especially for tax-averse Republicans who just won a majority in the state Senate. Read more

To the Editor — June 19, 2015

June 18, 2015

Thanks to teacher Jack Webber

A heartfelt “thanks for all you did for so many” and “happy retirement” to Jack Webber, who is retiring after teaching for 41 years, the last 15 of which at Two Rivers School in North Bend.

He and his wife Elaine are relocating to Sequim after living in the Valley for the past two decades. “The very best to one of the very best” from all whose lives you touched.

Danny Raphael

North Bend

Cartoon — June 19, 2015

June 18, 2015


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