Cowboy Steve cooks up a sweet Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014

Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc’s and Mrs. Doc’s this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he’d never make it as a dinner host.

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Letter to the editor

November 20, 2014

Thank you for the free show honoring veterans

On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, I’d like to give a big “thank you” to the North Bend Theatre for honoring our veterans on Veterans Day with the free movie “Battleship.”

Thanks also to all who attended the film and to those who donated toward the care packages for our troops.

We will continue accepting donations of items and funds for postage until Thanksgiving Day. Please don’t forget that we still have many servicemen and women deployed around the world.

It means more than words can express to those who receive a package filled with items from home along with love and support.

Learn more about our care packages by calling me at 831-2171 or email

Please watch a movie at the North Bend Theatre this holiday season. It is a very supportive business in our community.

Suzy Cassidy

American Legion Post 79

Plant now to keep the Valley green and lush

November 20, 2014

The scenery here in Snoqualmie Valley is stunning. Look around at the lush evergreen trees, mountain peaks and rivers.

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Start your holiday shopping locally

November 13, 2014

This time of year, each day’s snail mail delivery includes another assortment of catalogs from retailers hoping to get a slice of our holiday dollars.

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Windy’s good deed changes Widow Morris’ plans

November 13, 2014

Windy looked out the window. A great day for helping. Windy Wilson sets one day aside each week for helping others, you see, and this was helping day.

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November 13, 2014

Honor our veterans

On Veterans Day it is important to reach out and honor our veterans.

According to a recent US Census Bureau estimate, military veterans make up nearly 7% of our country’s population. The Department of Defense reports that since 9/11/2001 more than 2.6 million veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Of these combat veterans, it is estimated over one million returned home with at least one service-related disability or injury.

In the early years of the Iraq War, during a period when I served 25 months in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, nearly 2,000 fellow U.S. and coalition forces lost their lives in Iraq. During the entirety of combat operations — spanning 2003 to 2011— a total of 4,478 U.S. service members died in the Iraq Theatre of Operations according to the Department of Defense.

Nine of these service members were soldiers in my unit:

CPL Carrie French, 19

SGT John Ogburn III, 45

SSG Kevin Davis, 41

SFC Mark Warren, 44

SGT Paul Thomason, 37

SFC Robbie McNary, 42

SFC Ronald Wood, 28

SGT Travis Arndt, 23

SSG Virgil Case, 37

Additionally, an unusually high percentage of veterans have died since returning home, many as a result of drug overdoses, suicides, and vehicle crashes.

On Veterans Day it is important to reflect on the price and sacrifice of war and to honor our veterans.

Darryl Wright

Captain, US Army



Thanks to the great people of the Valley

Sometimes, in shared adversity, we learn more about the people around us versus the good times. On Oct. 24, in a new location for our production Night on a Dark Trail, we were challenged by heavy winds and driving rain.

The misery index was high.

Instead of complaining, the cast was saddened that we had to cancel for Saturday. They said thank you for involving me in this production, and it will be better next year.

Where do such people come from?

The sixth-graders, the adults, the young dancers, the volunteers, the mothers and fathers in the production that were not paid and gave of their time to get wet, cold and hold tents down in the wind are my heroes.

We hoped to have a two-night run and to donate a large sum to the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. Weather prevented that.

Cascade Dance, which performed Oct. 24 in the wind and rain, told me it was taking up a donation to help with the lost donations that would have come from the next night’s performance.

Again, where do such people come from?

To our partners in the production, to our sponsors, to our cast, dancers, volunteers and families that supported you us all — you are a special group and are to be congratulated on a job well-done and to be praised for your endurance, patience, commitment and dedication. (You can find a complete list of those involved on our website,

Whereas some people draw attention to themselves with negative behavior and mockery of others, you have shown a bond of caring and love, support for one another and a determination to be the best you can be. Such people live in the Snoqualmie Valley.

It is an honor to be included in the company of such wonderful people, “we few, we happy few,” and I would not hesitate to work again with any of you.

Blessings on you all.

Mark Hennig

Night on a Dark Trail organizer


Teamwork needed to raise our children

November 6, 2014

As parents, we are blessed with the opportunities and obligations of raising our children. At the same time, we are all profoundly aware of the importance of teaching our children how to make good choices and healthy decisions that will help them become capable, honorable, happy and contributing people. I believe we are all doing our best, yet, is that enough?

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Dewey fondly tucks his worms in for the winter

November 6, 2014

Dewey Decker, that accident-prone neighbor of ours, is the undisputed Pharaoh of Fertilizer, the Monarch of Manure. With the help of the woman of his dreams, Emily, he has turned a shovel-ready business into a going concern.

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Honor our veterans

November 6, 2014

Tuesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day.

At precisely 11 a.m., a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery to honor and thank those who have served in the armed services of the United States.

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Reject Initiative 1351; election endorsements

October 30, 2014

Initiative 1351 is being called The Washington Class Size Reduction Measure. The name is intended to appeal to an electorate with short attention spans and little time for or interest in details. A recent Elway Poll revealed that 66 percent of those polled say they will definitely or probably vote in favor of Initiative 1351.
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