Oped | So ready for ‘Election 2016’ Reality Show to end, but still embracing the Vote

Did you watch last night's presidential debate.... the one that was billed as drawing Super Bowl-like viewership numbers? I did. For 15 minutes. Then I turned it off and realized that politics, which I have … [Read more...]

District gets permit to begin Mount Si High School rebuild; time to excavate, grade, drill

The Snoqualmie Valley School Board announced at the September 15th school board meeting that it had received the first permit needed to officially begin the Mount Si High School multi-year, $200 million rebuild … [Read more...]

Oped | Thank you New York, all the Way from Snoqualmie

I remember that morning clearly. It's etched in my mind. 31-years old and six months pregnant with my fourth child. Half asleep, turning on the morning news at 6:30AM. Starting a normal work and school day. Get … [Read more...]

Oped | Hey Drivers, Stop Cheating at 90/18 interchange; Start writing for a Solution

Oh I-90/SR 18 interchange, you really have become the spot local residents love to hate. The frustration you inflict during peak commute hours even turns often good drivers into selfish ones looking for short … [Read more...]

Oped: Community Policing, ‘Great Cheese Robbery’ bring Hope during tumultuous week

My husband and I now jokingly refer to our 4th of July encounter with the police as "The Great Cheese Robbery." Giving it a light-hearted spin was a good way to alleviate our kids' worry - so that's how it was … [Read more...]

Oped | Pre-Calculus IS on the SAT and students need it by 11th grade

An Opinion by Carolyn Simpson, SVSD School Board Director You hear it everywhere: most kids will need some college. You hear it from President Obama and from our state’s Washington Student Achievement Council. … [Read more...]

Student Opinion | In Defense of Stress: Working Hard, Preparing for my Future

I should preface this by saying that I am fully aware that my story is not everyone’s story. A 4-year-university, most likely out-of-state, was the only post-grad option for me. Not because of anything my … [Read more...]

Op-ed | Is the District Scared to Let Parents Have a Say?

It seems the topic of bringing Informed Self-Select to the important Snoqualmie Valley middle school math pathway placement process has opened a proverbial 'can of worms.' Nearly 600 signatures (including … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday, a Post Black Friday Shopping Intervention that’s Good for Stress Levels

Have you seen it on social media?  The call to Shop Small, Shop Local this Saturday, November 28, 2015. It's called Small Business Saturday® - a push to encourage residents to give the small businesses in … [Read more...]

Dismal Amount of General Election Ballots Returned so Far; Time to Find Yours Buried on the Kitchen Counter, Desk

EDITORIAL According to King County Elections, as of November 1st at 8PM, only about 15% of King County registered voters had mailed in ballots for the November 3, 2015 General Election... ballots that were … [Read more...]

Editorial | Oh the Small Town Politics, Sign Tactics Continue… ‘Not Cool’

First Charles Peterson's signs go missing and now this. I noticed something new on my morning drive to the high school today... one candidate finally put signs out. Yes, in the sea of signs I noticed. Are … [Read more...]

Editorial | Social Media like Word of Mouth on Steroids; Caution Urged when Comes to Local Businesses

Let's face it. Sometimes the online world of social media can be tough, especially in an instant world where anyone and everyone is the commentator and the spectator. Gone are the days of carefully written … [Read more...]

Police Chief: YES on Prop 1, Best Starts for Kids, Investment in Safer, Stronger Communities

Dear Citizens, There is only one initiative on this year's ballot that is bringing together people from across the political spectrum and that's King County Proposition 1, know as Best Starts for Kids.  … [Read more...]

EDITORIAL | Please Respect those Candidate Signs; Enjoy the Elk, but Put Safety First

Unless You're Mother Nature, Let's not Touch the Signs In small political campaigns, staffed by volunteers and family members, often times the largest campaign expense is the signs you see around the … [Read more...]

Oped | As School Dress Codes Strengthen, Wrong Messages Sent to Girls AND Boys

[Paige McCall is a Mount Si High School graduate currently attending New York University who plans to pursue a career in writing. She said she was inspired to write this piece after listening to her younger … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye: Small Valley to Big City, but Snoqualmie Will Always be HOME

Almost 15 years ago, our goal was to find a great place to raise our children, plant our family roots. We did that on a dirt cul-de-sac lot that somehow fit a four bedroom house in Snoqualmie. I knew the … [Read more...]

Op-ed | Downtown Snoqualmie Renovation Shines, Revitalizes Historic Area

After just over a year of pretty much constant construction, intermittent traffic backups, limited parking and business owners feeling like it might never end, it appears the Downtown Snoqualmie Infrastructure … [Read more...]

LETTER | Fire, Police Say Majority Took 4th of July Fire Warnings Seriously; Fireworks Use Down

This year’s 4th of July holiday presented significant challenges due to high temperatures, extreme dry conditions and a very high threat of fire. In response, both the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend … [Read more...]

LETTER | Aging out of Special Education Program, Young Adults with Disabilities Face Different Kind of Future, Need Community Support

My daughter Adrienne is about to ‘age out’ of the Snoqualmie Valley School District Special Education Program that she has been in since she was 3-years old. She is now 21. She has had thousands of hours of … [Read more...]

THANK YOU to the school district and teachers, the Village that Helped get my kids to the land of ‘adulting’

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and in its honor we wanted to re-share this article written four years ago as a tribute to the district and teachers that helped shaped a soon-to-be high school graduate. She … [Read more...]