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Bomb threats made at City Hall
Campaign begins for Mount Si High remodel Rugged Mount Si football team is headed to state playoffs Page 11
Changing faces at North Bend’s office supply storefront Page 7
Index Opinion 4 Out of the Past 4 8 Movie Times On The Scanner 9 15 Calendar 16 Obituary
Vol. 100, No. 25
North Bend’s City Hall received two bomb threats on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The threats, addressed to the North Bend Police, were delivered by mail to City Hall, which used to house the police department. “Basically, we got a letter saying there was possibly a bomb,” said North Bend Police Chief Sgt. Mark Toner. “The letter was addressed to us, the police, so we searched the substation and the City Hall.” Toner called for bomb-sniffing dogs from the King County Sheriff’s Office, to aid in the search.
School board moving ahead on bond, constituents still asking for answers By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter
Whether or not the Snoqualmie Valley School District is officially done “vetting” a $216 million bond option, one phase in its bond campaign is about to begin. Assistant Superintendent Don McConkey, in describing a series of public meetings on the bond proposal, told the board at its Nov. 7 meeting, “This is the beginning of the campaign.” Only two board members, Scott Hodgins and Carolyn S i m p s o n , Tavish attended this McLean, part of the School board meeting, and member-elect neither argued with McConkey’s statement, or his follow-up emphasis on the need for a consistent message in this phase of the process. To several audience members, newly elected District 1 board member Tavish MacLean included, that news was confusing. See BOND, 6
See THREATS, 5
A day of thanks Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Tova Shecter, a Kindergartner at Snoqualmie Elementary, perches on the lap of her grandfather, Morton Shecter, as they watch the Veteran’s Day assembly at her school. Morton served as a U.S. infantryman in Korea in the late 1950s. He was one of more than 50 veterans honored at the assembly. See more Veteran’s Day photos on page 10.
By Valley Record Staff
Time is short, but bonds go deep when Gene Grantham trains dogs for the blind By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter
Gene Grantham knew the plan all along. He was going to bring home a 3-month-old puppy, house-break it, train it, love it, and more than a year later, hand the leash over to a Guide Dogs for the Blind trainer and eventually, the pup’s new owner. See GUIDE DOG, 3
Surprises, upsets in 2013 election
Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
Vinnie, an adopted guide dog, now a pet, gets up close with owner Gene Grantham.
The Nov. 5 general election so far favors the challengers, with an exception—the Snoqualmie Valley School District board race between Marci Busby and David Spring. However, early returns saw challengers in the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital district play upsetter to incumbents, while newcomer Heather Munden was beating former councilmember Terry Sorenson by a wide margin. Meanwhile, both local tax measures gathered strong support. See ELECTION, 5
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