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...]

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...]