June 12, 2013
Since kindergarten, you schlepped books to and from school. You were expected to learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. You hopefully learned how to share, how to make friends, and how to become part of a social and cultural group.
Perhaps you were fortunate enough to delve into extracurricular activities like art, choir, playing an instrument, drama, sports, debate or yearbook staff. Most importantly, you hopefully learned to be an individual in a sea of sameness, as well as how to be a critical thinker.
June 5, 2013
Whatever reason prompted you to seek office – be it angry about the current direction of a board, a strong sense of civic duty to your community, or a love of long, boring meetings – there is a side to being an elected official you probably came to office without really being aware of…the need to speak with reporters.
May 29, 2013
We reported that a girl fell out of a two-story window May 10, that she was 4 or 5, that she fell out of a screenless window onto a van, that the mom was sleeping when it happened, and that the child was taken to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, treated and released.
Turns out, pretty much everything was inaccurate about that story. A 3-year-old boy fell, the mom was in the kitchen cooking dinner, the window had a screen until the boy pushed it out, the boy may or may not have fallen onto the van, the boy was taken to a different hospital and was kept overnight for observation.
May 22, 2013
The May 2 board meeting of the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital district was a jaw-dropper for newcomers. But even for regular attendees, the board and staff hit a new low.
The public meeting was fraught with name calling, gavel pounding and the hospital attorney yelling at a member of the public about an unrelated topic when he dared to suggest ideas for a more open and transparent hospital board. People who regularly attend these meetings often see the contentious behavior — namely between Commissioner Gene Pollard and the rest of the commissioners and staff.
May 15, 2013
Owners of a North Bend icon are asking the community for help.
Very few small-town movie theaters have survived the public’s modern love of technology.
Bigger, brighter, flashier, faster … that’s how we roll today.
And yet, the 72-year-old North Bend Theatre has been lovingly tended to by multiple owners, and has thrived.
May 8, 2013
Things are starting to heat up in local elections, with a couple of folks beginning to make announcements about running.
This week, however, Snoqualmie Councilwoman Maria Henriksen announced that she would not seek re-election.
May 1, 2013
Don’t miss out on the new North Bend
North Bend is turning in to quite a happening place, and we love seeing it.
When the city faced a decade-long moratorium on new development, city leaders did not just give up. Read more
April 24, 2013
Take old prescriptions to the police station
Prescription drugs left in medicine cabinets and bedside stands are both a national problem and a local problem — one you can help eliminate by turning in expired medicines. National Take Back Initiative is April 27, scheduled by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In the last five Take Back events, law enforcement agencies have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs. It is estimated that 33 million containers of pills go unused every year, just in Washington state.
April 17, 2013
Candidates wanted, filing dates near
There is still time left to file for elected office if you have any desire to run for some of the open seats in the Snoqualmie Valley.
This election season, Snoqualmie has five open seats within city government, which include positions currently held by Mayor Matt Larson, and councilmembers Bob Jeans, Bryan Holloway, Maria Henriksen and Kathi Prewitt. Read more
April 10, 2013
Metro funding benefits everyone
Two years ago, the $20 car tab fee to fund King County Metro seemed like Metro might have overreached during the good times and needed to scale back to reflect new economic realities.
The fee was approved by the Legislature for two years, 2013 and 2014. The County Council implemented the fee, along with some bipartisan reforms that have help put the transit service on firmer footing.