Tanner Jeans Bike Rodeo Back for 11th Year, Popular Event Expanding to North Bend

It's a Snoqualmie Valley tradition that draws thousands of parents and children to Snoqualmie Community Park each June: The Tanner Jeans Memorial Bike Safety Rodeo.  And this year that tradition is adding a … [Read more...]

Op-ed | Hey, I’m Walking Here, Marked Crosswalks Don’t Always Mean Cars Stop

This past weekend was another sunny, warm Snoqualmie Valley atypical winter weekend. Worried that when the rain finally returns it might stay awhile, I made sure to get outside. For three straight days I … [Read more...]

Op-ed | Citizens Split on Fireworks Ban, Council Vote Will Leave Many in Disagreement

The personal use of fireworks has been a frequent topic of conversation for the Snoqualmie City Council. For the past seven months the Public Safety Committee has been discussing updates to the current … [Read more...]

Op-ed | School Bond Vote Deserves Full Truth, More Context

Every bond proposition, no matter what for, usually has supporters and detractors. There are always questions because let's face it -  no bond is ever perfect for everyone. This latest school bond gets us … [Read more...]

Editorial | Finger off Pause Button: Time to Stop Blaming, Move Forward and Invest in the Schools Community Needs, Deserves

My family moved to Snoqualmie about 14 years ago. To some longtime Valley residents that might mean I am still a relative newbie, but when it comes to schools, it feels like we've been through it all. So if … [Read more...]

Editorial | Grinchy Battle with the Holiday Lights Uncovers the Truth of our Tree

I love Christmas lights. I love Christmas Trees. I am neither great, nor patient, when it comes to putting them up. A bit of the Grinch radiates through me each year when I fight with our lights. The truth is, … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: District Lacking Transparency for Critical Middle School Math Placements, Can Cost Kids Future Options

UPDATE | AUGUST 27, 2014 On Tuesday, August 26th, according to a school-wide email, the Twin Falls Middle School Administration temporarily disabled the school's online schedule as they "review math … [Read more...]

Oped: Change Needed to [Finally] Pass Snoqualmie Valley School Bond

It’s a head scratcher. Eleven years and only one passed capital construction bond in one of the state's fastest growing school districts. Five failed bonds ranging from $50 million to $200 million have left … [Read more...]

Op-ed: May Madness Boys and Men of the World, the Shirt Does Matter

I read a Tweet last week from a student involved in the May Madness contest that ranks girls' looks in the same way sports gurus rank college basketball tournament teams, with girls pitted against each other in … [Read more...]

Letter | 2014 Rotary Club Golf Tournament to Benefit Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, Rotary First Harvest

In 2013, the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley made a decision to relocate the President’s Cup golf tournament to the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge. We are excited to continue on this path, and this year’s event will … [Read more...]

Op-ed: District, Board so Focused on Passing School Bond, Willing to Ignore Needs of Half of Students

Eleven years. That's how long it's been since voters in the Snoqualmie Valley School District approved a capital construction school bond to build needed facilities. 11 years is a really long time in the … [Read more...]

Letter: Protect Our Children’s Learning

Our Snoqualmie Valley School District depends heavily upon local funding for hiring teachers, improving their effectiveness, school supplies and other school operational expenses.  About one-quarter of the … [Read more...]

Op-ed: Big Plans and High Hopes for Snoqualmie Valley Schools

“To become the best School District in Washington State by any measure.”  Well, that is certainly reaching for the top. And, how about “Educate all children to prepare them for College, Career, and … [Read more...]

Letter: November 30th, Small Business Saturday!

Shop smart and support small businesses on November 30th.  Small Business Saturday started in 2010 and was later recognized by U.S. Senate in 2011. The once little known campaign has become a movement that … [Read more...]

Letter: Classified Union, School District Contract Negotiation Update

The Public School Employees (PSE) Union bargaining team met with the School District’s bargaining team during the evening of October 30th. The session was overseen by the Public Employees Relation Commission … [Read more...]

Letter: Eight Years Later, District No Better off With Incumbent Board Member

This week’s SnoValley Star editorial resolves little to explain how we are better off with the incumbent board member.  The newspaper’s own reporting indicates examples of leadership in crises. Policy … [Read more...]

Op-ed: Snoqualmie Valley School Board Election, Political Game Canceled, Bring on the Issues

As a community, what do we want out of this November school board election?  After all, it appears one seat has a chance to affect the future of this district, the make-up of our board, our leadership. Do we … [Read more...]

Op-ed: Playing Politics for A School Board Seat; Past Board Member Inserts Self into the Game

This op-ed letter is authored by Brad Toft, Snoqualmie resident, past President of the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary and former State Senate Candidate. The views expressed are those of the … [Read more...]

When it Comes to School Bond Planning, Maybe Leaders Should Look to Latest Election Results for Guidance?

The Snoqualmie Valley School District had a 4-way school board primary on August 6th.  Approximately 25% of registered voters mailed in their ballots - about equal to the 2009 SVSD school board primary … [Read more...]

Op-Ed: When, oh When, Will a School Bond Make it on the Ballot?

It feels like the school board and district have been talking in circles for the past year and a half - lots of talk, but no decision yet. At least when it comes to the next school bond. We know they plan to … [Read more...]