Guest Opinion: Farming fits veterans and veterans fit farming

  • Written by Wyatt Fraas,, Center for Rural Affairs

The Center for Rural Affairs has worked to support and assist beginning farmers and ranchers for over 25 years. And increasingly, beginning farmer and rancher inquiries come from military veterans. They have the same needs as other new farmers: access to land, financing and information. But they also bring new issues: disabilities, returning to civilian life, a drive to help fellow veterans, a powerful sense of wanting to be of service to their country.

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ORCA LIFT is growing

  • Written by King County Metro Transit

Reduced fare makes transit more affordable for people with low incomes

ORCA LIFT, Metro’s reduced fare program, is growing steadily. Metro launched the groundbreaking ORCA LIFT reduced-fare program in March, making transit more affordable for qualified riders whose income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
ORCA LIFT cardholders can save as much as $1.75 per trip on Metro and Kitsap Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, the King County Water Taxi and the Seattle Streetcar.

As we planned this program, one of our challenges was how to reach potential participants and sign them up. Our solution was to partner with Public Health–Seattle & King County and eight human service agencies. Together we’ve been actively promoting ORCA LIFT using advertising, outreach at community events, and our ORCA-To-Go vans. The agencies are verifying applicants’ eligibility. This approach has proven to be powerful and effective—people are getting ORCA LIFT cards and they’re using them.

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Santa Train tickets on sale

  • Written by Valley View Staff

SNOQUALMIE – Santa Train tickets are selling fast – five trains have sold out already!

Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique holiday tradition that has been going on in Snoqualmie for 46 years.
For eight days, beginning November 28, families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot.

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Valley Chicks Vintage and Artist Holiday Market Nov. 21

  • Written by Valley View Staff

If the end of the year holidays are about anything, they are about family, community and celebration.  

Across the country cities and small towns alike host a vast array of local holiday markets and gatherings aimed at bringing their communities and local artists, artisans and crafts-people together. And Duvall  is no exception with its wonderful events.    

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