Editorial: Blues Walk brings music to the Valley

April 23, 2014

Audrey Paisley, Danny Kolke and dozens of volunteers with the Boxley Music Fund are doing it again.

They’re striking just the right chords to bring great entertainment to the area with the Second Annual Blues Walk April 26 in North Bend.

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Letters

April 23, 2014

Thank you for your love and support

Wendy Stokosa and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their love, support, and prayers during this extremely sad time.

The food, flowers, donations, and so much more have been overwhelming.

Sharon Larson touched many lives, as was evident by how many attended her memorial service on April 12th. We are grateful for loving friends and family who supported Mom during her long battle with cancer. She truly loved you all.

We also would like to express a heartfelt thanks to ‘The Valley Girls,’ the members of the Cascade Women’s golf club, the Dynomites relay team, the Snoqualmie Valley Funeral Chapel, Pastor Monty Wright, Julie McGee, Jan and the staff at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, Shirley Frank, Daisy Frearson, Hollis Lockwood and all our loving neighbors in Brookside Acres.

All of you have given your time, wisdom, prayers and love. We will always be grateful.

Dale and Sharon, together forever.

With our sincerest thanks,

Wendy Stokosa

North Bend

Sande, Rolando, Sarah and Jordan Mia

Santa Barbara

 

A bark about door-to-door license collectors

I don’t normally find myself to be any form of an activist and normally keep things to myself that are outside my sphere of influence.

This could be viewed as cowardly, alas as many other citizens, I am guilty of this from time to time. That said, I was alerted to a recent development on Facebook that was soon to be followed with an article in the SnoValley Star.

Apparently, King County Regional Animal Services feel a need to go door to door in North Bend from May through July to ensure the law is being followed.

Do the police drive by and check expired registrations in our driveways? King County’s defense of the fee structure is weak and they provide no statistics to back them up. How many of your returned dogs are chipped?

Tell you what, King County, how about attending some dog parks on your weekends? At least it gives the image of a public protection/land use issue.

Never mind that unexpected visitors are the modus operandi (mode of operation) of home invaders. Don’t count on me answering the door. When you hear a dog barking, don’t look in the window, it’s just the television.

What the heck is this costing me? Does Animal Control feel like letting us know the efficacy of the program? Their code says they monitor it.

So, I registered a dog last year… am I a target? This really is a poor attempt at ensuring regulatory compliance; you get an “A” for community outreach but don’t expect a warm welcome on my doorstep.

Matt Hampton

North Bend

 

Home Country

April 23, 2014

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles
Columnist

Worms on the table and in the whiskey

“What do I care if they didn’t choose me,” Herb said. “Bunch of nonsense anyway. Whoever heard of a focus group anyway?”

“I did,” Bert said. “It’s an amalgamation of common, run-of-the-mill consumers who are bribed to think for an hour. Wish they’d have asked me.”

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Guest Column: Thanks to community from the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank

April 23, 2014

By Heidi Dukich, Executive Director and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Board of Directors

We’re so thankful for the incredible community support since we began the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank earlier this year. We have been overcome and our hearts overwhelmed time-after-time with the way everyone has pulled together to take care of our own in the Upper Valley.

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Drug Take Back Day is set for April 26

April 16, 2014

We’ve all got them — a few pills left in that prescription bottle and this bottle with the pills that didn’t work. That makes us part of a local and national problem — unused pills that could be dangerous for our children and our pets.

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Home Country

April 16, 2014

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles
Columnist

Words wiggle right off the focus group’s tongues

Dewey and Emily were the first to finish their lunches, and the two sweethearts whispered together at the nearby coffee machine while the rest of the valley’s first focus group finished up.

“Honey,” said Emily, “maybe you should let me lead the discussion? What do you think?”

“You bet. I’ll take notes.”

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Guest column: What does it take to be a hero?

April 16, 2014

By Larry White

I’ve always wanted to be a hero in the eyes of my parents, my wife, Kathy, my three beautiful daughters — Abbey, Emily and Julianne or my sons — Matt and Chad. Or at least I’ve wanted to be perceived as someone’s hero.

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Editorial

April 9, 2014

Take precautions before spring hikes

It’s one of those rare spring days on the Eastside when it’s both sunny and warm. And, since you live just a short drive from numerous gorgeous hikes, you decide to tackle a trail.

With places like Mount Si, Little Si, Rattlesnake Lake, Twin Falls, Franklin Falls and Olallie State Park, the Valley is a haven for beautiful hikes. Unfortunately, these can also be havens for accidents. Particularly this time of year, when hikers are out of shape, their packs haven’t been used since last year and trails are still muddy from our wet February and March.

If you decide to go on a hike, keep in mind a number of things. Good preparation can ensure your experience is memorable in a good way.

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Hold your nose and vote yes

April 2, 2014

The state failed, once again, to find a way to fund transportation. So, once again, the county is on the hook to do so. Its unfortunate that its come to this, but it has. Voters should approve King County’s Proposition 1, to fund roads and transit.

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Letters

April 2, 2014

Chaos would be the result

I am compelled to react to the letter to the editor that David McRae wrote last week urging readers to join the Convention of States “grassroots movement.”

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