Archive for the ‘Snoqualmie Tribe’ Category

New Fall City Video

April 17, 2011

Here is a new video on Fall City that I found.  Please take a look at it and let me know what you think.


Snoqualmie Tribe Loses Lawsuit over Snoqualmie Falls

October 8, 2008



It was reported today in the Seattle PI that the Snoqualmie Tribe lost it’s lawsuit trying to increase  the amount of water flowing over Snoqualmie Falls. You can read more here.

Snoq Falls 8 x 10 Light HPIM06651

Snoqualmie Falls Photo By Allen Minner

Snoqualmie Tribe loses bet on Salish Lodge

October 4, 2007

The Snoqualmie Tribe lost the bid for the Salish Lodge to the Muckleshoot Tribe the Seattle Times reported today.  What a surprise.  I thought it would have been interesting to have the Snoqualmie Tribe obtain ownership of Lodge at the Falls that in their creation legend was the birthplace of the world.  Stay tuned…..

Does Fall City Really Need an Unincorporated Area Council?

October 4, 2007

David Read has been on a campaign to create an Unincorporated Area Council for Fall City for several months.  You can view his pro UAC web site and see what he wrote about it.  Unfortunately on that site you will not see any dissenting opinion because the comment link and the opinion link to do not allow the reader to post either.   So I thought I would post some of the questions and concerns that I have here.

I get the impression form the piece that David wrote that he thinks there is a vacuum in Fall City that needs to be filled.  I disagree with that.  I would have a hard time telling all the people that are active in community organizations and are contributing to Fall City that they are not, and have not been effective.  I am proud of the community and the organizations that over the years have influenced and shaped the community through their actions over the years.  Years ago I under estimated the level of community involvement because I didn’t know all the organizations that are active in Fall City.  My experience is that they quietly go about their business and when there is a pressing issue, like a park transfer, they get organized and make their opinions known.

Here are just a few of the active effect organizations that are part of our community.  Many of the organizations are reachable by the links on the side of my blog.

Fall City Community Association, FCCA

Raging River Riders

Fall City Neighbors Newsletter

Patterson Creek Advisory Committee

Fall City Elementary School PTSA

Chief Kanim PTSA

Fall City Food Pantry, (Food Bank)

Local Churches

Fall City Cub Scouts

Fall City Girl Scouts

Fall City Boy Scouts

Fall City Soccer Association

Fall City Little League

Fall City Historical Society

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

Mountain To Sound Greenway

Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation

Lake Alice Community Association

Snoqualmie Tribe

Washington Trout

Eastside Steelheaders

Fall City Hop Shed Foundation

And many more….

Each of these groups has an influence on the issues that they care about.  Power vacuum? I think not.  One example was the community response to the proposed park Transfer to the Snoqualmie Tribe.  Several groups got together and were able to express there concerns to Kathy Lambert who organized a very well attended community meeting. 

One other point that I have heard discussed is that it will increase community involvement.  When I went to the web sites of the “active” UAC’s it does not look like they are increasing the turnout. 

For example: Bear Creeks April 24th meeting, the most current meeting with minutes posted, had 4 board members attending, four county staffers and 6 community members. Maple Valley had 13 members and 2 guests at their August meeting.

I think that we have a larger turn out at FCCA meetings that they are getting at these UAC meetings for areas that have larger population than Fall City.  In my years as a Fall City Community Association member and past President.  The organization has refocused its attention based on the desires of the active membership.   There have been times when they were very focused on County issues, transportation, arts, human services etc.  It is really a reflection of the memberships wants and needs.  Perhaps the FCCA should reconsider the meeting times and increase the number of meetings a month to allow more time for discussion of the issues in the community.

My concern is that if the UAC gets approved there will be low participation, and the few that do attend will present their own wishes to the county as “the community’s wants.  One of the other thing that I have noticed that happens with the county meetings is that the county tends to direct the discussion in the way they want it to go trying to lead the discussion so that at the end of a process they are able to say that the out come was what the community wanted.  When the outcome really what the community was willing to accept from what what was offered or available. 

What do you think?  Do we need another layer of Government? Do we need more meetings?  Do you feel like you do not have access to the people in charge at the county?  What message do you want to deliver to King County?

Ron Simms to give away County park, Fall City Community Park

May 23, 2007

Give King County’s Parks to the Snoqualmie Tribe?


Ron Sims is wants to give Fall City Community Park to the Snoqualmie Tribe.  The park consists or two parcels and has a Baseball Diamond, Equestrian Riding Arena, Soccer Fields, The Fall City Hop Drying Shed, a King County Historical Landmark, and a King County Historical Archaeological site, that contains Snoqualmie Tribe artifacts.


Kathy Lambert held a community meeting last week to a packed crowd.


The local and regional community has been very supportive of this park over the years and it has a lot of use.  Why would Ron Simms want to give this park away.  Could it be that they can not afford the $50,000 a year in maintenance?  Really?  When the vote comes to raise money for King County parks I hope all the users of the Fall City Community Park/little leagues park/soccer association park/Equestrian area/ regional trail head/ Historic landmark consider their vote very carefully… 

PS It looks like the Fall City  Community Association is hiring a lawyer that specializes in tribal law to review contract with the tribe.


Seattle Times

King TV 5

Seattle Times Letter to editorRon Simms on Kuow answers a question regarding the park.  Go to minute 48 for the park question.

Snoqualmie Valley Record Redneck reasoning reigns,