I awoke Independence Day morning to an amazingly clear blue (at least I think it was blue) sky and birds singing. I looked forward to a day of chasing rabbit smells, lounging in the sun and general dog stuff. What I didn’t know was, there were other plans in the works for me by my People. That is usually fun.
Friday & Saturday, July 17 & 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Multiple Vendors, LOTS of stuff!!
Come and sell your unwanted, unneeded things. Get a space for just $15 for either day. $20 for both Friday & Saturday. Rent a 7’x2’ table for only $7. Pick up a registration form at East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe, WA 98272 or call us at 360-794-6359
Lots of people visit the center on Friday, it is our busiest day! Saturday is Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Come find a treasure you didn’t know you wanted! Sale is held outside, rain or shine.
As the 2015 fire season gets underway, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks citizens who spot wildfire anywhere in the state to observe the location of the fire and quickly report it by calling 911. “Our first line of information about fires is often the public,” said Bob Johnson, the agency’s lead firefighter and manager of DNR’s Wildfire Division. “If callers can take a moment to give us the general location of the fire, we can make sure there is a quick response by the firefighters best equipped to handle fire on that particular landscape.”
Dispatchers answering 911 calls will immediately route calls to federal, state and local firefighters, depending on the location of the fire. While firefighting resources are heading toward the blaze, dispatchers or firefighters may call back if additional information is needed from callers about specifics around the fire.
“Sometimes we will need to check back with callers to confirm the location or to check on the status of the fire. This will ensure we have the right resources going to each fire. These calls can be invaluable as fires can change quickly,” said Johnson. “Overall, our goal is to attack fires swiftly and aggressively before they have a chance to become large.”
Ken Kosters, president of Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC), reported Field Day was a big success. Kosters said, “During the 24-hour period starting mid-morning this past Saturday, we reached and logged in 187 amateur radio operators.”
Forty-nine businesses, organizations and communities from across the Snoqualmie River Valley are coming together to support SnoValleyUnited – a grassroots, bipartisan effort to develop a common vision and brand for the region. “We are a medley of cultures, ethnicities, incomes, politics, and religions,” says Cindy Krepky, owner of Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation. “But we have one thing in common: community. This is a valley of people that care. I want people to come, taste, smell, shop, engage, and enjoy this special place. I also want to preserve the essence of the Valley. That’s why I believe the SnoValleyUnited effort is so critical.”
“Uniting together and highlighting the valley will enhance its economic viability, encourage more visitors and residents to support local businesses and farms, and ultimately strengthen our economy,” says King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who supports the plan.
Developing a shared vision for the region will also help bring both urban and unincorporated communities together. “Imagine 20 years from now,” says City of Duvall Councilmember, Jason Walker. “The Snoqualmie River Valley is a renowned destination for its economically thriving rural cities, local food production, agritourism, ecotourism, and outdoor recreation.”
This is the spirit driving the SnoValleyUnited effort. It is modeled after Oregon’s successful “Rural Tourism Studio,” which has been adopted by eight regions across the state. Each region developed a shared vision and expanded niche tourism markets such as outdoor recreation, culinary and agritourism, cultural heritage, bicycling, and birding. This created a wider variety of options for visitors and residents, and increased revenue for local businesses.
“The Snoqualmie River Valley is an epic landscape with amazing scenery, fantastic recreation, and exhilarating adventures,” says Luke Talbott, Owner of Compass Outdoor Adventures in Snoqualmie. “With a common vision united by business owners, state and local land use agencies, and recreational outfitters, we can help to create a unique experience for locals and travelers alike.”
Stay in the loop! Over the next 6 months we will be organizing a series of workshops to develop a common vision for the region and provide sustainable tourism and niche market trainings. We want to create sessions that meet YOUR needs and will be asking for input and inviting you to participate.
About the Mountains to Sound Greenway
The Mountains to Sound Greenway is the 1.5 million-acre landscape connecting Puget Sound and central Washington. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the Greenway, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.
Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, preserve rural lifestyles, teach people of all ages about forests and wildlife, and mobilize thousands of volunteers to care for the landscape.
The Greenway Trust is leading a bipartisan campaign to have the U.S. Congress designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area; learn more at www.GreenwayHeritage.org.