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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013 n DAILY UPDATES AT WWW.VALLEYRECORD.COM n 75 CENTS

Carnation goes to county for cops Half-million-dollar deal gets city one full-timer, shared coverage BY CAROL LADWIG

SPORTS

Staff Reporter

Lean times for the city of Carnation have led to a cut in police services for 2014, but also a small bit of good news. Thanks to cost savings from the reduced police contract, Carnation residents won't be asked to pay an additional $20 fee for car tabs next year. Carnation's City Council on Dec. 3 approved a $500,000 police contract with the King County Sheriff 's Office, for one full-time officer in the city, plus shared-patrol coverage during the officer's off hours.

Mount Si wrestlers think and move fast for home win Page 10

SCHOOLS

SEE POLICE DEAL, 5

Hungry for help

Author, author! Valley student is a winning playwright Page 8

INDEX Holidays 2 4 Letters 6 Business 7 Movie Times 13 Calendar On The Scanner 14

Vol. 100, No. 30

With Carnation food bank closing, patrons look for other options

Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Volunteers making holidays brighter, these six were among dozens of helpers at the One Voice Holiday Event, held Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13, at the North Bend Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In front, Ruth Athay, Laura Keller and Diane Garding, back row, Paul Tredway, Kim Irvine and Phillip Garding, stock and sort donations. Numbers of clients and donations were lower for the event’s third year.

BY SETH TRUSCOTT Editor

Bethany, a Snoqualmie mom, remembers when her family faced a huge financial struggle. She was invited to take part in the inaugural One Voice Holiday Event, three years ago.

Staff Reporter

“I left with tears in my eyes, just feeling so grateful,” she remembers. Flash forward to 2013, and Bethany has gone from the helped to the hero. “This year, we are not struggling any more,” she said. “I want to be on the other end of it.” She convinced her co-workers to join 49 other businesses in the Valley, and give to the annual drive.

Food banks in the Snoqualmie Valley have seen steady increases in community need over the past few years. Carnation’s Hopelink may see another jump soon, when the Snoqualmie Tribe Food Bank, also in Carnation, closes its doors. The Snoqualmie Tribe in November began the process of withdrawing its support of the Carnation food bank by the end of this year. Hopelink staff are not concerned about capacity, says Kris Betker of Hopelink media relations. “We are preparing for a potential increase in clients, but we are not anticipating any problems accommodating additional demand,” Betker wrote in an e-mail to the Record.

SEE THE GIVERS, 6

SEE FOOD BANK, 19

So much to give, so little time

One Voice Holiday drive sees diminished take, numbers, but help still needed

BY CAROL LADWIG

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Snoqualmie Valley Record, December 18, 2013