Redistricting splits Snoqualmie Valley between two congressional districts

December 30, 2011

Snoqualmie Valley is being split between two Congressional districts, based on a proposal from the commission tasked with redrawing Washington state’s political boundaries. The commission shifted boundaries to make room for a congressional district that has a majority of residents of minority ethnicities, and a new district centered in Olympia.

The plan cuts off neighbors to the northeast of North Bend and Snoqualmie, and moves them into the 1st Congressional District. Most of the residents in the upper Snoqualmie Valley remain in a more conservative 8th Congressional District, which now stretches across the Cascade Mountains.

Fall City and the rest of the lower Valley move into the 1st District, which remains the state’s one swing district.

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Advocates see good odds for bill expanding federal wilderness area in Snoqualmie Valley

February 11, 2011

A bill to protect the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers has been re-introduced into Congress after an identical bill was held up last year in the Senate.

The previous bill’s leading co-sponsors —Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Dave Reichert — are again leading bipartisan support for the legislation.

But the bill faces a Congress with more members skeptical of environmental protection. Nonetheless, the bill’s advocates are optimistic it will pass — eventually.

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Established candidates win in primary election

August 25, 2010

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Aug. 25, 2010

Established candidates led in early results from the Aug. 17 primary election.

The Si View Metropolitan Parks District’s $6.7 million bond measure staked a large lead in early returns, with more than 62 percent of votes cast for the measure. The district includes North Bend and parts of unincorporated King County.

Congressman Dave Reichert pulled ahead of a crowded field, including the Democrat, former Microsoft and Drugstore.com executive Suzan DelBene. Reichert, a former King County sheriff, led DelBene by 46 percent to 29 percent in King County. Districtwide, Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn resident, opened a big lead against DelBene: 47 percent to 27 percent.

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Leaders emerge from crowded 8th District primary

July 21, 2010

UPDATED — 10:00 a.m. Aug. 4, 2010

[Ed. note: The spelling of a name has been corrected.]

Eight men and women are running in the Aug. 17 primary election for Washington’s 8th Congressional District. But already, only two have any real chance of winning the general election — the incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, and his main Democratic challenger, Suzan DelBene.

Both Reichert, a former King County sheriff, and DelBene, a tech-savvy businesswoman, have developed strong — and well-financed — campaign organizations. Each candidate has raised more than $1.6 million.

Only one other candidate, Democrat Tom Cramer, has reported any campaign contributions with the Federal Elections Commission. Cramer has raised just under $60,000.

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House votes to increase Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and add protection for Middle Fork

March 18, 2010

NEW — 2:00 p.m. March 18, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to increase federally-protected land in and around the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area, including the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. 

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Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion bill passes House committee

February 26, 2010

NEW — 11:51 a.m. Feb. 26, 2010

Proposed legislation to increase federally-protected land in and around the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area has passed committee in the U.S. House and will be next voted on by the full House.

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Alpine Lakes expansion legislation goes to US Senate for vote

December 23, 2009

Proposed legislation to increase federally-protected land in and around the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area has passed committee in the U.S. Senate and will be next voted on by the full Senate.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., co-sponsored the bill, which would increase the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area and designate the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

The bill was simultaneously submitted in the U.S. House by Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. and several co-sponsors.

The bill proposes adding over 22,000 acres to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

The addition would include important lower-elevation lands and watersheds.

Congress designated the wilderness area in 1976. It is one of the closest blocks of wild forests to an urban center in the country and provides many recreational opportunities.

Designating the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic Rivers would permanently protect their free-flowing character, water quality and current natural value.

No vote is scheduled on the bill as of now.

Alpine Lakes expansion legislation goes to Senate for vote

December 21, 2009

NEW — 5 p.m. Dec. 21, 2009

Proposed legislation to increase federally-protected land in and around the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area has passed committee in the U.S. Senate and will be next voted on by the full Senate.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., co-sponsored the bill, which would increase the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area and designate the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic Rivers. The bill was simultaneously submitted in the U.S. House by Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. and several co-sponsors.

The bill proposes adding over 22,000 acres to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The addition would include important lower-elevation lands and watersheds.

Congress designated the wilderness area in 1976. It is one of the closest blocks of wild forests to an urban center in the country and provides many recreational opportunities.

Designating the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as Wild and Scenic Rivers would permanently protect their free-flowing character, water quality and current natural value.

No vote is scheduled for the bill as of now.

Congressman personally thanks Valley volunteers

August 13, 2009

 

By Michael Bayless Rowe
Iulia Zavodov looks forward to the day she moves into her new home in Snoqualmie. 
The Zavodovs are moving into a home in the Koinonia Ridge neighborhood that is being built by East King County Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. 
“We love this place,” Zavodoz said.
Congressman Dave Reichert visited the site of the Zavodoz home, and another being built for the Ramsey Family, on Aug. 7 to thank the volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The two organizations have partnered to help make the dreams of future homeowners like the Zavodov’s possible. 
Outside their new home, the Zavodov family accepted an American flag from Reichert that had flown above the capital building in Washington, D.C. Reichert said that he hopes the Zavodovs’ will frame the flag and hang it in their new home.
The Zavodov family includes husband Vlad, son Nicolae, and a new daughter, Vera. They are originally from Moldovia and came to the United States four years ago, after winning green cards in a U.S. Department of Immigration lottery where 55,000 Moldovan residents out of 1 million applications received permission to immigrate. 
The Zavodovs came with their young son — who is now a 5-year-old — a few suitcases and little money. The family currently lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Renton. Iulia Zavodov said that, last year, she found out she was pregnant at about the same time that the recession began to impact her family, limiting their income. Her daughter Vera was born earlier this year.  
Outside of her new home, Zavodov remarked on how fresh the air in Snoqualmie was and how beautiful the scenery around their home is. They hope to move into the home in October. 
Reichert said that he understands what a big difference having a home can make in people’s lives. He noted that the stability that a home provides would help the Zavodov’s and their young family.   
“It makes a huge difference in ability and prospects for success in future,” Reichert said.
The two Snoqualmie homes are part of 11 homes being built in Washington state this year, and part of 313 homes being built nationwide by the alliance between Thrivent and Habitat for Humanity. In Washington state, 47 homes have been built since Habitat for Humanity allied itself with Thrivent. Beyond the $125 million funding commitment provided by the financial institution, Thrivent also works to engage members of the Lutheran community to volunteer to help build the homes. By the end of 2009 Thrivent estimates that it will help build more than 1,300 homes in the U.S. 
Reach reporter Michael Bayless Rowe at mrowe@snovalleystar.com or 392-6434, ext. 248. 

 

Iulia Zavodov looks forward to the day she moves into her new home in Snoqualmie. 

The Zavodovs are moving into a home in the Koinonia Ridge neighborhood that is being built by East King County Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. 

“We love this place,” Zavodoz said.

Congressman Dave Reichert visited the site of the Zavodoz home, and another being built for the Ramsey Family, on Aug. 7 to thank the volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The two organizations have partnered to help make the dreams of future homeowners like the Zavodov’s possible. 

 

Congressman Dave Reichert speaks with the Zavodov familly at a site for a Habitat for Humanity home in Snoqualmie.

Congressman Dave Reichert speaks with the Zavodov familly at a site for a Habitat for Humanity home in Snoqualmie.

 

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Snoqualmie gets help for downtown improvement project

July 29, 2009

 

By Michael Bayless Rowe
Snoqualmie is getting an extra $250,000 for its downtown improvement projects. 
Congressman Dave Reichert announced the additional money July 23. It is part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2010.
Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said that the city hopes to combine the new appropriation with grants from the state’s Transportation Improvement Board or other sources. He said that the city anticipates using the new appropriation for future phases of the downtown improvement project. 
Snoqualmie’s downtown improvement project is slated to begin in late February or early March of 2010. The project is designed to make the downtown area more attractive for retail businesses and shoppers. 

 

Snoqualmie is getting an extra $250,000 for its downtown improvement projects. 

Congressman Dave Reichert announced the additional money July 23. It is part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2010.

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