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Decision time for Mount Si’s quiet boss, Breshears Page 14
North Bend supports keeping EFR intact
Big day arrives for new North Bend Bartell’s drug store Page 3
Index Opinion 4 On The Scanner 5 6 Scene 7 Schools 16 Calendar 22, 23 Holidays
Vol. 100, No. 27
City Council OKs increase for regional firefighting agency with hopes for partner unity By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter
ction,” says the director, Mount Si High School senior Joey Dunning. “Go.” A Santa-hatted Ally Schwabe strides onto the set, carrying a canned-food box. “What’s this?” says fellow student Jesse Guyer, already there and waiting, a ‘Grinch’ sign on her neck. “This,” says Schwabe, “is the Foodball.” “The what-a-what-y?” improvises Guyer. “It’s a food drive we do annually to raise money for local food banks,” Schwabe explains to the camera. Behind the lens, Dunning and two other boys, Tommy Petty and Vincent DeDomenico, have volunteered their time.
Ready to spend another $110,000 annually, North Bend is doing its part to keep the tenuous partnership of Eastside Fire & Rescue members together. In a series of meetings, the North Bend City Council has acted in support of keeping the city of Sammamish in their shared seven-year fire protection partnership, despite the increased costs it will mean for the city. In a vote at their Nov. 5 meeting, council members approved a new funding model that could cost the city $110,000 more annually. Sammamish has been discussing withdrawing from the partnership since June of 2012, when economic advisors suggested the change to save the city money. The Eastside Fire partners, Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fire Districts 10, and 38, including Carnation and unincorporated areas of King County, all paid for fire protection services according to their assessed value in the original agreement of 2008, not on calls for service. Sammamish had reportedly been paying more than its share of operating costs for its Station 83 in Klahanie because of the funding model, and proposed changes that would include calls for service in each partner’s share of the costs. “All along, North Bend has been supportive of some form of (funding) for calls for service,” said North Bend City Administrator Londi Lindell.
See FOODBALL, 6
See EFR, 2
Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Collecting food from customers at the North Bend QFC, Mount Si High School ASB members Duncan Kelly, Adam Husa, Erin Antoch, Christina Fischer and Jack Hunt perch on the tailgate of a slowly filling truck. Valley teens have run the Foodball goods and cash drive for about 15 years.
Playing “A Foodball
Teens and kids lead the way in Mount Si High School’s long-running, ambitious charity drive By Seth Truscott Editor
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November 27, 2013 edition of the Snoqualmie Valley Record