March 5, 2014
Say a prayer for mushers
It’s the first Saturday in March, 1973, and more than 40 dog mushers are ready to leave the semi-pro baseball stadium in Anchorage and drive their teams more than 1,100 miles to Nome.
Could they really do it?
February 26, 2014
We are extremely grateful to the community for supporting the school district levy propositions earlier this month. By supporting and passing these propositions Feb. 11, Snoqualmie Valley voters have once again chosen to make an investment in this community, in their schools and in all children.
Renewal of the two levy propositions was very important, as they make available a stable and predictable source of funding for the school district over the next four years. These levy funds provide for a substantial part of our school district’s budget, filling the gap between what is provided by the state, and what is actually necessary to sustain the educational program for the students in our schools.
February 18, 2014
Booster dreams big while tying one on
If there’s one thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he’s as persistent as a winter cough. As our Chamber of Commerce here (he’s it, you see), his fertile brain never ceases its search to turn a sleepy little valley into a cross between Wall Street and Pittsburgh.
February 12, 2014
Think tank tackles question about love
The subject was love, of course, with Valentine’s Day upon us. That’s why the grizzled and semi-grizzled members of the world dilemma think tank had settled upon it. Well, to be fair, they agreed to talk about someone else’s love life, naturally.
February 5, 2014
Tune in for operatic advice to cowboys
Our resident cowboy, Steve, brought us the shocking news: Cowpuncher Three-Chord Cortez, that bunkhouse balladeer, plans to study opera in hopes an aria or three will make him even more attractive to girls during a serenade.
Apparently, singing La Donna Mobile might be more effective than “You don’t know what lonesome is ‘til you start herding co-o-o-ows” … especially if she doesn’t speak European.
January 30, 2014
Pining for the good ol’ days of solenoids
Whenever my lack of mechanical prowess threatens to surface, I sure miss the solenoid. It was always there for us, lurking under the hood somewhere, and always – always – it was waiting to malfunction.
January 23, 2014
Bring on the day: after a cup of coffee
Daybreak. Coffee. The Big Two.
There’s something so satisfying about getting out of bed when the world is still dark and quiet and resting. Making the coffee gives us time to scratch and think. Well, scratch, anyway.
January 15, 2014
Squeeze box musician rakes in the dough
If you ask Dud Campbell, it’s all right to take a break from the arts now and then. Well … since the arts are a part of a person, that’s not quite right.
December 26, 2013
No ax to grind when Jasper splits wood
You have to look for the schism, Jasper said to himself out at the woodpile. He put another chunk of firewood up on the splitting block and took a look at the checking cracks that ran part way through the circles of age rings.
If I hit it right there, he said to himself, it should cleave.
December 18, 2013
Santa refuses to miss magical moments
Herb tried on the Santa suit this morning. Couldn’t button the middle button on the jacket, but fortunately the pants had a drawstring that made allowances for yet another year of good living and fine food.