March 9, 2011
Flooding is a part of life in the Snoqualmie Valley. It is a question of when, not if, the Snoqualmie River will spill over its banks.
That constant dynamic has kept the King County Flood Control District busy since it was created in 2007.
But falling house prices threatened the district’s ability to collect taxes this year. A state cap on property taxes for newer taxing districts threatened to cut off its revenue.
A last minute deal with eight fire districts saved the district’s 2011 levy. But the flood control district was expected to face the same problem in 2012.
The state Legislature has granted the flood control district at least a temporary reprieve.
November 2, 2010
UPDATED — 10:20 p.m. Nov. 2, 2010
State Reps. Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson staked large leads in early election results Tuesday night. The two Republican incumbents jumped ahead of two weak challengers in the 5th Legislative District.
A proposition in King County to raise the sales tax by 0.02 percent to support public safety and criminal justice services was failing with less than 44 percent of early results in favor.
Three King County Charter amendments all led. Charter Amendment No. 3, which would give the King County Sheriff the ability to negotiate working conditions and hours with the King County Police Officers Guild, pulled in nearly 53 percent of initial results.
Republican Congressman Dave Reichert held off a spirited challenge from Democrat Suzan DelBene to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District in the other Washington. DelBene conceded the race at a post-election party in Bellevue.
The U.S. Senate race remained too close to call Tuesday night. With 49 percent of votes counted, Dino Rossia, a Sammamish Republican, trailed incumbent Democrat Patty Murray, who had 50 percent of the vote. In King County, Murray had nearly 62 percent to Rossi’s 38 percent.
June 11, 2010
Candidates to represent Snoqualmie Valley in Olympia readied campaign plans as the Friday deadline to file for election approached.
April 21, 2010
NEW — 12:35 p.m. April 21, 2010
State sen. Cheryl Pflug ranked No. 4 for the number of missed votes during the just-concluded legislative session, according to a tally released last week compiled by a nonpartisan group.
April 21, 2010
NEW — 12:30 p.m. April 21, 2010
If your employee didn’t show up 14.5 percent of the time, how long would it be before you had a serious conversation?
April 14, 2010
NEW — 1:41 p.m. April 14, 2010
State Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a registered nurse who represents Snoqualmie Valley in Olympia, sponsored a bill to establish a pair of pilot projects intended to make healthcare more affordable. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the legislation March 25.
February 25, 2010
NEW — 9:43 a.m. Feb. 25, 2010
The Washington state Legislature is working on two bills that could either raise or lower local levy lids, changing the amount a school district could tax voters.
May 22, 2009
Snoqualmie Valley’s business and community leaders heard from 5th District legislators about the 2009 legislative session at a luncheon on May 15.
The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted the legislative wrap-up forum at the Snoqualmie Ridge Country Club. Representatives Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson, along with Senator Cheryl Pflug, took turns answering questions about the legislative session that ended in April. The questions ranged from the deep cuts inflicted on many state programs to transportation issues involving the Interstate 90 and state Route 520 floating bridges.
At the start of the forum, the legislators were asked what they would have preserved in the 2010-11 budget and what they would have cut from the budget.
Anderson said that he thinks that the Legislature should not have cut about $1.2 billion from non-basic education funding.
February 6, 2009
The Washington state Legislature is assessing a bill that could change how education is defined and funded statewide.
The Basic Education Finance Joint Task Force — a group of Republican and Democratic representatives and senators — spent 17 months studying the missing link between the state’s learning goals and its funding formulas. If the bill is passed into law, it would completely restructure the way the state funds education.
January 17, 2009
Local representatives and senators answered questions about the state of education and its funding at a roundtable organized by the Snoqualmie Valley PTSA Council Jan. 9. In attendance were Representative Glenn Anderson and Senator Cheryl Pflug from the 5th District, as well as Representative Roger Goodman and Senator Eric Oemig from the 45th District.
Representative Larry Springer did not attend. Jay Rodne, a representative from the 5th District, did not attend either, but said he would come to the April 20 Snoqualmie Valley PTSA Council meeting.