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Meet our new editor

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HEATHER STARK
 
Long time valley resident Heather Stark is now Editor of the Valley View. Stark graduated from Kent State University with a BS in journalism, and went on to earn her MPA from University of Colorado, Denver. She has been a print reporter for a daily newspaper as well as magazines and periodicals, and spent many years as a news and traffic reporter for numerous Seattle radio stations. She has been active in several community organizations including Valley 104.9 Community Radio, Eastside BPW, and volunteers as a mentor and speaker regarding gendered violence and disabilities issues.
 

Hopelink Giving Trees at Local Businesses

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The City of Duvall is partnering with Hopelink once again this holiday season for the annual “Giving Tree” campaign. All gifts will be donated to Hopelink in Carnation and are distributed to children in need in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference for families who need a little extra help during this season.
 
Look for the red Giving Tree sign displayed in the window of local participating businesses. Drop in to pick out a tag or two before doing your holiday shopping. You can then drop off your gift at any participating business, at Duvall City Hall, 15535 Main Street NE, or at Hopelink in Carnation, 31957 E. Commercial Street, by December 13th. Each gift should be returned UNWRAPPED.
 
For questions about the Giving Tree or if your business would like to participate, please contact Cheri James at City Hall at 425-788-1185.
Thank you to the Metro Community Van for helping with gift transport!

Duvall's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, December 7th

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Follow the luminaries and enjoy treats, games, and visiting with neighbors while singing carols with the choir on Friday, December 7th.
Santa will be escorted down to Depot Park (Police Department) at approximately 6:15 p.m., serenaded by caroling performances from the Riverview Community Caroling Choir and Cherry Valley Elementary Choir and will be handing out candy canes.
 
The Mayor and Santa will light up the tree around 7:15 p.m.
 
There will be photo opportunities and holiday ornaments, wreaths and centerpieces will be for sale.  Free children’s activities will be provided by the Duvall Police Department and there will be a Fire Department aid car to explore.  There will be lots of yummy treats to eat and drink as well.
This event is sponsored by the City of Duvall.

“Horses Count” Survey Results In

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Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism completed an open, online public equestrian survey titled “Horses Count” asking about equestrian needs and interests in County Parks and Trails. The results from the survey are intended to be one component in helping guide long term equestrian park and trail planning with how and where to better serve equestrian needs in Snohomish County.

The County received almost 1,500 responses to Horses Count that ran May-July 31, 2018. Over 1,000 responders had Snohomish County zip codes with the highest number of responses from 98290.  Large numbers of participants also included the 98223 and 98272 zip codes. The survey did not allow participants to take it multiple times ensuring unique individual responses.

Key findings from the survey included high interest in seeing more back country, natural surface trail riding with  over 80% of participants expressing interest and long distance trail riding (ie: Centennial Trail) with over 54% interest.  Over 75% of participants would like to see continued improvements to trailhead parking with many interested in including round pens that can allow horses to easily transition from being hauled to riding the trail. The majority of participants stated they hauled their horses to ride. Another interesting finding included the desire for more equestrian camping options at over 70% of participants wanting to see this type of recreation. The survey also indicated interest for covered arenas, competition facilities and outdoor uncovered arenas but to a somewhat lesser extent than trails, parking, and equestrian camping.

Overall Horses Count confirmed Snohomish County’s strong interest in equestrian recreation and reiterated The Park and Recreation Element of Snohomish County’s Compressive Plan identifying equestrian recreation as a priority.  The survey helped to identify key areas to consider as Parks plans out the next several years of improvements and new developments.