Editorial — Help schoolchildren succeed through backpack program

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:30 a.m. July 29, 2015

Before you know it, summer will be over and children will head back to school.

And although it’s an exciting time for many children who get new clothes and school supplies, it’s a tense time for families who don’t have the money for such things.

That’s where the Valley Churches Community Project comes in.

Local churches will distribute school supplies, backpacks and shoes to K-12 students in need in the Snoqualmie Valley School District again this year. Last year, the group distributed 350 backpacks. Read more

To the Editor — July 31, 2015

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:25 a.m. July 29, 2015

U.S. needs to step up against ISIS/ISIL

As a former military officer and counterintelligence specialist, I’ve been monitoring the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

While I appreciate the situation our administration faces trying to placate the Iranian-backed Shiite government in Iraq by channeling support through Baghdad, not supporting our Kurdish allies is unconscionable and morally bankrupt. There is little if any evidence the limited support the U.S. is providing is making it to Kurdish-held territories.

The Kurds are dealing with the ISIS/ISIL threat with makeshift weapons and broken supply lines. ISIS/ISIL has unleashed grotesque barbarism on the people in the region…Christians, Yazidis, Shiite Muslims and anyone not living up the ISIS/ISIL interpretation of Islam, including other Sunnis. Read more

Cartoon — July 31, 2015

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:24 a.m. July 29, 2015


Home Country — Olympic Games aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:20 a.m. July 29, 2015

Whenever Delbert McLain — our chamber of commerce here — gets a new idea, he generally shows up at the Mule Barn for coffee. He likes to try the ideas out on bonafide members of the world dilemma think tank before springing them on the world.

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

“What I’m thinking, guys, is this,” he said, “We need to bring the Olympic Games here to the valley!”

You could almost hear his balloon of happiness pop when we reminded him of a few drawbacks to his plan: It would cost millions to build all the necessary facilities, there is no place to put all the athletes and the Olympic parade could march from one end of town to the other in 10 minutes. He sulked in his coffee and then ordered a sweet roll to take the sting out of reality. Read more

Editorial — State should pass child vaccine requirement

July 24, 2015

A Clallam County woman in her 20s died last spring after contracting measles. The last measles death in the United States was in 2003.

What a tragedy — and surely a preventable one.

Parents preparing to send their children back to school in the fall should know they have a role to play in protecting their children and preventing others from suffering.

Immunizations save lives. States requiring vaccinations as a condition for school entry is one of the most effective ways to protect communities. Read more

To the Editor — July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015

Trevor Kostanich for City Council

As a commissioner on the North Bend Economic Development Commission for the past seven years, I have gained insight into city governance and watched a variety of individuals at work. Some stand out more than others because of their knowledge, skills, and strong, balanced leadership. We have such a standout candidate running for North Bend City Council Position 3, Trevor Kostanich.

As a senior manager at The Summit at Snoqualmie for more than 10 years, Trevor proved an effective leader delivering consistent results with a forthright manner, transparency, inclusiveness, technical expertise and dedication. Read more

Cartoon — July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015


Home Country — You say weeds; I say treasures

July 24, 2015

Days like this, said Doc, a guy has to get out and get his yard work done early, before it gets too hot.

“So when does it get too hot, Doc?”

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

“Oh, about three o’clock in the morning. Makes it a toss-up. Do you get up early without the benefit of coffee and conversation and go weed the petunias with a flashlight, or just stay up late and party, and weed them before going to bed?” Read more

Editorial — Volunteer options abound this summer

July 17, 2015

The Snoqualmie Valley puts on a good party, especially for good causes — North Bend Black Party, Tour de Peaks, Railroad Days, Festival at Mount Si, to name a few.

None of these events would come together without the tireless work of countless volunteers at all stages in the process. If you have free time — or if you can carve a few minutes out from your day — get involved in organizing and putting on these events.

Volunteering early means your ideas will help shape the event. So, if you have a suggestion or there was something you’d like to improve from last year, jot it down and show up at an organizing meeting. Read more

To the Editor — July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015

Judy Bilanko will get the job done right for North Bend City Council

Clear-headed, smart and well-spoken, Judy Bilanko is a no-nonsense, get-it-done type who I’ve known for 15-plus years. In that time, I’ve seen her go after and accomplish projects that required collaboration, results, respect and initiative, and she did them with a smile.

Judy spearheaded the garden club scholarship program, which has awarded more than $8,000 in scholarships funds to graduating Mount Si High School seniors since it began about eight years ago. Judy should be everyone’s enthusiastic vote for North Bend City Council. Read more

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