Valley View

PSE Foundation and Snoqualmie Tribe fund emergency generator

  • Written by Lisa Yeager

CARNATION —The Sno-Valley Senior Center recently celebrated the installation of a new emergency generator thanks to the generosity of the Snoqualmie Tribe and the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. 

The purchase was made so the Sno-Valley Senior Center can serve as an emergency shelter for the Snoqualmie Valley, providing heat, light, food, and restrooms 24/7 in an emergency.

This generator will provide a warm, safe place for as many as 300 people to shelter in an emergency.

The community previously had nowhere else to go in a severe windstorm or earthquake or fire, and now the Sno-Valley Senior Center can provide a commercial kitchen, ADA building with restrooms, heat, A/C, and light for the whole community in an emergency.

The Senior Center is very grateful to our grant funders, Puget Sound Energy Foundation for a $15,000 grant and the Snoqualmie Tribe for a $20,000 grant to make the purchase of the generator possible!

The Senior Center also thanks to D2 Square Energy for working with our budget and donating some funds to help make it happen along with Zorko Electric.

These companies did all they could to keep costs down and made some in-kind donations to make it happen. We are also grateful to the City of Carnation and to King County for their support.

The generator ribbon cutting was held on Friday, Nov. 8 and was followed by refreshments and tours of the Senior Center.

“PSE Foundation believes preparing our communities is vitally important," Executive Director of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation Sandra Carson said. "That’s why we are very proud to support Sno-Valley Senior Center’s efforts to be an emergency shelter by providing funding for their generator.”

The Sno-Valley Senior Center is located at 4610 Stephens Street in Carnation.

World-renowned artist paints Carnation mural

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Jacoba Niepoort just finished this mural on

the St. Pierre barn in Carnation. 


CARNATION—The St. Pierre barn off of Hwy. 203 is sporting a new look thanks to Copenhagen-based artist Jacoba Niepoort. 

Jacoba, 32, travels the globe creating 2D and 3D public-art masterpieces. She has painted 45 murals over a 15-year span in places like Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Argentina, Nova Scotia and the United States. 

“We feel so lucky she had the opportunity to come and paint it for us,” Christa St. Pierre said. “We came to know Jacoba through my husband's childhood friend who married her mom. We saw Jacoba this Summer (in Denmark)—they were showing some of her work and I told her she just had to come and paint our barn.”

It didn’t take much convincing, Jacoba said, together to agree to come to Carnation. 

“They told me they are working on a long-term project to open an herbal farm in the Snoqualmie Valley. Words like-existence, diversity and the interest in using the medicinal properties of a range of herbs and weeds were used to describe their vision, from which I was invited to create any muralI saw fitting.

“I found their plans beautiful; plans I would like to participate in. After agreeing to the project, I fought through the Valley’sOctober frost and rains for 10 days. The result is a figure, holding dirt, out of which grow multiple plants, all connected by a root system that weaves in and out of fore and background, representing a connection among all,” Jacoba said.

The plants in the mural are Anise hyssop, Echinacea, and Calendula.

“To me, this mural is about flow and diversity. It’s about showing the connection among all; humans, nature, plants—that which exists within us, and which connects us to the outside world.”

Traveling the world and leaving behind detailed paintings that add such richness to local culture, one would assume Jacobahad extensive technical art training. Not so.

“I have a minor in art, and have always painted as far back as I can remember, but I consider myself mostly self-taught.

“My background is international development with a focus on the social impact of artists who work with public visual art projects. I used to work for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs with art projects abroad—but I quit when it became clear I need to dedicate more time to my own murals.”

Jacoba’s murals vary in size. Her small murals are typically around 325 square feet. Her largest is a 36,000 square-foot mural she painted on the side of a building on Hollis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia just prior to painting the St.Pierre mural.

Christa said they lucked out that the timing would work for her.

“She told us she'd be close by—I guess that's a relative term to a world traveler when you're on the same continent.”

Jacoba paints both in and out of studio but says she prefers working in the open air.

“I paint outside because I believe that unrestricted art is for everyday people and the issue of ownership of public space is worth fighting for. It’s also rewarding and physically intense.”

Jacoba finished the St.Pierre mural last week. She has returned to Europe and is now painting another mural in Denmark.

“It’s my last outdoor one for the season," Jacoba said. “I will be working from a studio in Denmark and a residency in Finland and or the next two and a half months on small—normal size art-works for my upcoming solo exhibition in a gallery in Denmark in February."

Christa said she and her husband do have long-range plans to open a medicinal herb farm.

“We had a trial run this summer planting about 20 different varieties—medicinal and culinary. The idea is maybe next summer we'll have a small retail shop on the property to sell them.”

The St. Pierre mural is located just off the Fall City-Carnation Road at 32112 NE 8th Street. It is fully visible from the highway.

Light Up Duvall

Volunteers help Mike Carmona (on ladder) put up lights on Main Street.


The City of Duvall’sHoliday Tree Lighting and the Chamber of Commerce’s street lighting are uniting in 2019 under a new name for the community to identify with—Light Up Duvall!

Come on down Friday, Dec. 6 before 6 p.m.and line Main Street to welcome Santa and Mrs.Claus, as they travel by sleigh to Light Up Duvall businesses along the path. Lights, “snow” and fun holiday escorts guide them from the north end of Duvall.

Arrive even earlier to explore Duvall, peek in fora gift at one of our downtown boutiques or grab a refreshment at one of our local eateries! Then, get on down to Depot Park to watch Santa and Mrs. Claus light the tree at about 6:20 p.m.

Stick around to enjoy holiday carols and performances from the Riverview Community Caroling Choir and Cherry Valley Elementary Choir!

You can collect a candy cane from Santa and explore the various booths for photo opportunities, holiday ornaments and free children activities.

The Duvall Police Department has a new, challenging activity for you to check out this year and there will be Police and Fire Department emergency vehicles to tour. Lots of yummy treats to eat and drink will be available as well.

Come celebrate with your neighbors and enjoy the glow of the season.

The Duvall Chamber of commerce and the City of Duvall can’t wait to Light Up our town!

Garden d' Lights

Tis the season to sparkle!


The Bellevue Botanical Garden celebrates the 25th annual Garden d’Lights this year.

This holiday event features over half a million lights formed into whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals and cascading waterfalls set amid in the natural beauty of this local botanical garden.

Garden d’Lights takes place Nov. 30 through Dec. 31, from 4:30 – 9 p.m. including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Tickets are $5 per person, 11 years and older. Children 10 and under are admitted for free.

Premium parking in our lot is $5. Cash only. There is free parking at Wilburton Hill Park.

Proceeds from the event go to the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society to support educational programs for children and adults, to our community events and to make improvements to the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Come and share this sparkling holiday tradition with your friends and family!

Weekly hires new reporter

  • Written by Weekly Staff


Maddie Coates


Meet Madeline Coats, the new general assignment reporter for the Valley View and Woodinville Weekly.

Coats is a recent graduate from the University of Washington with double majors in journalism and creative writing and a certificate in leadership.

Coats grew up in Sammamish and first began designing newspapers and editing stories as a senior at Eastlake HighSchool.

As a sophomore at UW, she became the Editor-in-Chief of a publication on campus called the Odyssey. She is passionate about government, racial justice, activism, sports, mental health and education.

Coats hopes to one day begin her own news-paper in Sammamish. She believes the goal of any journalist is to educate society on otherwise confusing matters.

“Reporters have the responsibly of acting as a translator for society,” Coats said. “Government happenings and bill language can be difficult to understand, and I intend to keep the public educated.”

During the 2019 Legislative Session, Coats reported on the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) in Olympia.

She broke the previous record for most articles completed, after writing 37 articles for 88 publications across Washington.

Her passion for journalism was heightened after being exposed to politics at the capitol.

Coats has worked for Sound Publishing, Beacon Publishing, and various other newspapers and aims to use her degree in creative writing to change the way the worldviews news writing.

Her official start date is Nov. 18.