Valley Record SNOQUALMIE WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8, 2014 n DAILY UPDATES AT WWW.VALLEYRECORD.COM n 75 CENTS Seth Truscott/Staff Photo International visitors meet the Wildcats on the court Page 7 Hospital politics heat up over board seat, future With board changing, supporters, staff say mission must continue BY SETH TRUSCOTT Editor Both critics and supporters of Public Hospital District 4 are watching its board closely this winter, as the district’s commission transitions to a new era and brings on a new board member. The Snoqualmie City Hall meeting room was filled to occupancy on Thursday, Jan. 2, as more than 100 employees, patients and concerned citizens weighed in on the politics surrounding the change of seats on the commission. SEE BOARD, 3 Historic Courtesy photos Left: Snoqualmie Elementary second graders Beau Phillips, left, and Aiden Darby sort through toothbrushes that their class collected for Kathy Lambert’s service trip to Kenya. Below: A group of children photographed in 2011 when Lambert first went to Africa with WorldComp Kenya to work with schools, slums and to dig wells, all on the agenda for this visit, too. great North Bend Citizen of Year is museum’s Gardiner Vinnedge BY CAROL LADWIG SCENE Staff Reporter Contra dance returns to North Bend’s Sallal Grange Hall Page 9 INDEX Opinion 4 5 Letters 6 Obituary On the Scanner 10 Classifieds 11-14 15 Calendar Vol. 100, No. 33 North Bend’s 2013 Citizen of the Year award goes to a man who’s been involved with countless community projects over the years— from saving Si View in 2003 and Meadowbrook Farm in 1996 to celebrating two cities’ centennials, to preserving and presenting the Valley’s histoGARDINER VINNEDGE ry on various boards and North Bend Citizen commissions. of the Year Yet what really makes this year’s honoree, Gardiner Vinnedge, stand out is, according to his friends and colleagues, everything. “I can’t think of individual aspects, it’s just a whole lot of things,” says Gloria McNeely, a fellow Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society Board member. When Kathy Lambert packs her bags for a trip to Kenya later this month, she’s not likely to forget a toothbrush—or makeup. These items have earned prominent places in the District 3 King County Council representative’s memory both from her previous trip to Kenya, three years ago. SEE VINNEDGE, 5 SEE KENYA, 2 Something little, something big Valley efforts help change lives in Kenya schools, slums and prison BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF SNOQUALMIE n NORTH BEND n FALL CITY n PRESTON n CARNATION Exceptional Coverage, Hundreds in Savings. PERSONAL ATTENTION. GREAT RATES. CALL NOW! 425.222.5881 KEVIN HAUGLIE - Your Local Agent | http://www.farmers.com/khauglie www.farmers.com/khauglie Serving the Snoqualmie Valley since 1985 - Snoqualmie • Fall City • Duvall 965567 SPORTS Elys Brewda, a past patient at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, speaks about her hospital experience at the January 2 board meeting. Staff treated her well, she told the board, and they excel at the human level of care. With the makeup of the board changing, hospital supporters aired their concerns last week.