Valley Record SNOQUALMIE
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, 2014 n DAILY UPDATES AT WWW.VALLEYRECORD.COM n 75 CENTS
City OK with county car tab plan Stoking the fire: Mount Si girls building confidence Page 7
School board answers its own bond question
$60 fee jump, sales tax would prevent Metro cuts, fix roads; likely remove city tab fee
Snoqualmie District work session has mixed results BY CAROL LADWIG
BY SETH TRUSCOTT
Paint the Valley purple: Relay for Life kickoff event is here Page 8
INDEX Opinion 4 6 Legal Notices 8 Movie Times 9 Calendar On the Scanner 15 15 Obituary
Vol. 100, No. 37
The Snoqualmie City Council voted 6-1 to give a symbolic green light to a proposed $60 county-wide car tab fee that would fix the region’s beleaguered road and transit system. The tab hike was part of a plan for a new King County transportation benefit district, proposed by Executive Dow Constantine last month, that would ask voters to preserve Metro Transit and fix the county’s ailing roads system. Besides the new tab fee, a likely April ballot measure could include a 0.1 percent sales tax increase. Snoqualmie put its own $20 car tab fee in place in 2010. Chris Arkills, Transportation Policy Advisor to Constantine, briefed the council at its Monday, Jan. 27, meeting on transit necessities. “The 2008 recession had a large impact on the funding available for roads and transit in King County,” Arkills said. Sales and property taxes took a big hit. SEE COUNCIL, 2
Diane Larson, 36, of Snoqualmie was pursuing her goal of helping children when she fell to her death on a hike Saturday, Jan. 25. The experienced snow-shoer was on her first hike with Climbers with a Purpose, a group raising funds to help refugee children in Burma when she fell, in what fellow climber Will Neiss described as “just one of those freak accidents.” Neiss, founder of Climbers with a Purpose, said he was the closest person to Larson when she fell.
After months of discussing a $216 million bond proposal and how to gauge the community’s support for it, members of the Snoqualmie Valley School Board were each asked for their own answers to their question. “Is this proposal the right one for our school district?” Superintendent Joel Aune asked each board TAVISH MCLEAN m e m b e r Snoqualmie Valley i n d i v i d u - School Board ally during an in-depth Member work session Jan. 23. The answers were split, 3-2. Board President Geoff Doy, Carolyn Simpson and Dan Popp, each with strong reservations, supported a proposed bond to build a sixth elementary school, remodel Mount Si High School and eventually return the freshman class to the main campus, freeing up the Freshman Campus building for use as a middle school.
SEE HIKER, 6
SEE QUESTION, 3
Rising talents Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Madelynn Esteb and Emilia Glaser, winners of the 11th annual Wildcat Idol talent competition, perform the Ivan and Alyosha song “Running for Cover” during the initial round of the finale, Friday night, Jan. 31. Esteb and Glazer received the most votes from the audience of parents, students and community members, and were praised by a judging committee that included several teachers, Valley artist Liam Wright, and Matt Bishop, lead singer of Hey Marseilles. See more Wildcat Idol finale photos on page 10.
Valley hiker killed at Headlee Pass had passion for people BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Photo
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