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Valley Record SNOQUALMIE Wednesday, JANUARY 30, 2013 n Daily updates at n 75 cents Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Beyond the bus Students’ gift sends fallen soldiers home Could transit options change for Lower Valley in SVT-Metro deal? By Seth Truscott See who’s who in Valley business with the annual yearbook Pages 11-22 The Route 922 bus doesn’t come through any more. It was never perfect, but David Egan still misses it. A 26-year resident of this neighborhood west of Carnation, Egan has been “pretty much totally blind” for most his life. He doesn’t drive, and that’s made him beholden—more than he’d like— to his family and neighbors for rides. “You always feel like you have to make it right for people,” Egan says. So, if he doesn’t want to ask around for a ride, there’s public transit—if and when he can get it. Edmonds portrait artist’s mission of love gets big boost from Snoqualmie Middle School By Seth Truscott Editor North Bend’s longest-serving deputy had to make a tough call a few months back, when an old shoulder injury flared up and put him on sick leave. Did he nurse his shoulder back to health and come back for another two years of service in the community he loved and had served for nearly 25 years? Or did he sail off into the sunset of (early) retirement? He chose the sunset, and for a lot of good reasons: He’s planning to follow his own advice of “don’t get old!” The phone rang at 3 in the morning. Michael Reagan answered it, and met a mom in Scotland. She had learned about R e a g a n’s work, and needed him to create something for her. Something unique, and something he’s done more than a thousand times. Reagan is the Edmonds, Wash., artist behind the Fallen Heroes Michael Reagan Artist, Project. For Fallen Heroes Project nine years, he has made portraits of soldiers who died serving their country, and sends them to families, free of charge. To date, he’s sent mailed or delivered nearly 3,200 pictures of soldiers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For that Scottish mom, and for other families, “I was the first phone call,” he said. “It means these are important.” See ENG, 2 See HEROES, 29 SPORTS See BUS, 27 Mount Si girls find ways to come together, claim success Page 6 Courtesy photo After nearly 25 years on the North Bend detachment of King County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Paul Eng, pictured here by his vehicle in 2011, retires this week. Signing off Index Opinion 4 9 Calendar On the Scanner 10 28 Scene 30 Obituaries Classifieds 22-26 Vol. 99, No. 36 Store-owning, piano-playing cop Paul Eng looks back By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo Zachary Burns waits for the Route 224 bus at Carnation’s Bird Street stop. Route 224 serves Fall City, Carnation and Duvall, but suffers from low ridership. King County Metro Transit is considering alternatives to buses on this connector. YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF SNOQUALMIE n NORTH BEND n FALL CITY n PRESTON n CARNATION BEST TIRE VALUE PROMISE FREE Lifetime tire and mileage care warranty with tires you buy • FREE Pre-Trip Safety Inspection 610 E. North Bend Way • North Bend • 425.831.6300 • 720564 BUSINESS Editor

Snoqualmie Valley Record, January 30, 2013

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