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Woman leaves lasting legacy on area nonprofits

  • Written by Laura Guido

 

Pam Siegfried (left) and Sally Sutherland at Painter's Lodge ladies fishing derby. Sally helped Pam choose area nonprofits to donate to in her will after Pam was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Photo courtesy of Sally Sutherland

 

Few things can lessen the impact of the tragic passing of a close friend, but Duvall resident Sally Sutherland can take some solace in knowing she helped her friend make a positive difference in the community. 

Before she died from a rare form of cancer at the age of 59, Pam Siegfried bequeathed significant funds to Sno-Valley Senior Center, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond and Beck’s Place in Monroe. 

In life, Pam had been an avid angler, mushroom hunter, and the fearless riding partner of Sutherland. 

“We liked challenging horseback trails,” Sally said. 

She recalled that on one of the many mushroom hunting expeditions the women did on horseback, that the two had navigated their animals up a steep and very technical trail without putting bridles on. 

They laughed when they realized what had happened at the top because they know they would’ve never attempted that feat had they been with just about any of their other riding friends. 

“That’s just the way we were,” she said. 

The two met through a mutual friend on a three-day trailing riding trip through the woods. Although they came from different backgrounds, they clicked immediately.

“We were just like instant best buddies,” Sally said. 

She described Pam as “gutsy” and always up to a challenge and trying new things. 

Pam died of Cholangiocarcinoma on July 5, 2019, just 12 days shy of her 60th birthday. 

She had been living at home in Yakima as much as possible with the help of friends who checked on her, Sally said. Two weeks before Pam’s passing, Sally and their friend CJ Bengston visited her. 

The friends helped her clean up and decide to whom things should be left after her passing. While the three women ate dinner that night, Pam asked if the two  needed any money. 

She'd decided to leave some money to her family members but would like some of it to go elsewhere.

CJ and Sally said they didn’t need money, so the three of them came up with a plan to choose charities that she could include in her will. 

“I was excited that she had the ability to make donations to three programs that are really cool and do a lot of good in the community,” Sally said. 

Sally had Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center and Sno-Valley Senior Center in her will already, which is how they got added into the conversation. Sally’s mother-in-law had frequently gone to have lunch at the senior center, and she and Pam had attended some of its functions, such as Rainbow Bingo, together. 

The donation has helped Sno-Valley to repair a water leak, paint the main hall and freed up money for the hot meal program, according to Director Lisa Yeager. Since the center started delivering and providing take out meals, its expenses have gone up by $700 a month, she said. 

Sally is a medical assistant and has seen many patients who use the services of both Little Bits and the senior center. 

CJ suggested Beck’s Place, which helps families in need to stay with their pets or helps rehome animals whose owners passed away or can't care for them anymore. 

“This was a good charity also because Pam had a cat that she was really worried about what was going to happen to,” Sally said. 

Luckily, CJ took in the cat, and they are happy together, Sally said. 

The friends didn't know the donations would come at such a critical time with many nonprofits struggling in the wake of the pandemic. 

“It was cool at the time to know that, in a personal tragedy, we were going to do something that was going to put a good out there into the world," Sally said. 

Carnation library one of four to get Wi-Fi hotspots

  • Written by KCLS

ISSAQUAH — The King County Library System (KCLS) has partnered with the Washington State Broadband Office and others to add free drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots at library locations in Carnation, Fall City, North Bend and Muckleshoot.

The public-private partnership seeks to bridge the digital divide between those with and without access to high-speed internet connections for distance learning, remote work, telemedicine and other essential services. Over 300 new drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots will be added across the state to increase access to the free public internet. 

“Public libraries are strong advocates of digital equity,” said KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “This has been a challenging time for those who rely on the library for internet access, and we hope this new service helps connect families and communities to the digital resources they need.”

KCLS has continued to broadcast its standard public Wi-Fi signal throughout the pandemic closure. In some cases, the signal extends outside library buildings and into parking lots, but user experience varies from site to site. 

The new drive-in Wi-Fi network name is “HomeworkHub,” which is different from KCLS’ standard Wi-Fi name, “kcls.org wireless.” Residents do not need a library card or Wi-Fi password to access either network. For assistance connecting to Wi-Fi, contact Ask KCLS at kcls.org/ask or call 425-462-9600 or 800-462-9600.

KCLS encourages patrons to continue taking advantage of online services and resources while KCLS’ physical buildings remain closed to the public. Residents in the KCLS service area (in King County, outside the city of Seattle) can sign up instantly for a digital eCard to access the library online. Patrons may also use KCLS’ new Curbside to Go pickup service, available at select library locations. Find one near you at kcls.org/curbside. Visit kcls.org/reopening to learn more about KCLS’ multiphase plan to expand services.

Contributed photo: Duvall stands in solidarity

Upward of 70 citizens showed up in force on Main Street in Duvall throughout last week to join the world in protesting racism and police brutality. The gatherings were organized by Erin Rodgers who said she was inspired by the Stand for Solidarity movement. Its message in part, is accepting the common responsibility of protecting people of color by recognizing and reforming the inherent racism worldwide. The crowds were cheered on by honking horns and waving drivers. Photo courtesy of Lisa Allen.

Carnation appoints interim city manager

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Small BobJeanCARNATION — Bob Jean is Carnation’s new interim city manager. Jean takes over for Amy Arrington who stepped down from the position on May 19.

Jean had previously served Carnation in the interim city manager role in 2017 prior to Arrington’s appointment. He was on board when the Tolt Avenue design work began and he will now be with the city through the Tolt Avenue Project construction. The transition should be seamless, as Jean knows most of the city staff and many of the council and community leaders, he sad.

“I love the small-town character and community spirit in Carnation. It reminds me of my first city manager job years ago in Troutdale, Oregon when it was just about Carnation’s size at 3,000 facing pressures of regional growth and change,” Jean said. “I hope I can add some of my experience to that of the Council and staff as Carnation looks to its future while maintaining that small-town spirit.”

Jean is a seasoned veteran of governmental affairs having served more than 40 years in city government. He first served as a budget analyst for the city of Seattle in 1975. He has held the position of city manager in Oregon, Kansas and California.

Jean was the city manager in Puyallup from 1990-94 and was the first city manager in Newcastle during its startup in 1995. He then served as the first city manager of newly incorporated University Place from 1995 to 2010, after which he retired.

Jean has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound and a bachelor's from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

No decision has been made as to when to begin the recruitment of the regular city manager position.

Time running out for local radio station

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Valley 104.9’s Heather Stark interviewed state Treasurer Duane Davidson on Friday, Feb. 14. Stock photo

  

CARNATION —The writing is on the wall for Valley 104.9 FM as the popular radio station is at a major crossroad: Find a piece of property to relocate its transmission tower within the next 24 days or shut the doors and sign off the air for the final time.

“Things are kind of a mess right now,” Heather Stark with 104.9 FM, said. “We’ve sent out registered letters to property owners in the area informing them of what we are doing and needing, but so far haven’t received a reply from anyone.”

The search for a new piece of property began back in March when Stark and her people got word the land it had been sitting on for years was up for sale. On June 3, the station got word it had been sold.

“We’ve been we have been told to remove it from the property by July 6, when the sale of the property closes,” Stark said, “But as of now, we’ve been unable to secure another place for it.”

Housing the transmission tower and it’s 40-foot container, which is much like what you’d see on a cargo ship, presents somewhat of an obstacle as they have to be located on a piece of property that is at least 500 feet in elevation in order for the signal to be transmitted, and easily accessible.

With virtually no luck whatsoever with her mailing to area residents, Stark enlisted to help of a local real estate agent. But still no word.

“People need to understand that there is a tax benefit for someone who donates their property to us for the use of housing the transmission tower,” Stark said. “They can deduct the cost they would be able to get for renting the piece of property it would be sitting on.”

The station does have a couple of other options to pursue, but the clock is ticking so they need to secure a place as soon as possible.

“One of things we are hoping to do is make contact with the buyer of the property its currently siting on to see if there is any interest in letting it remain there,” Stark said. “We haven’t been able to do that at this point because we don’t know who that buyer us. We do know the property is expected to close in July — things are still very much up in the air.”

Another possibility, Stark said, is an adjacent lot that is co-owned with a neighbor.

“It’s in the process of being surveyed and split within the two properties so an option might be is to contact that neighbor and ask if the transmitter can be moved down to the unused portion of their property. Since its been next door already they might not object,” Stark said. “We’ve been given the neighbors name and contact info so we’re going to try and get a hold of that person.”

Valley 104.9 FM serves the Carnation, Duvall and Redmond Ridge areas.

Ultimately, Stark said, if no property is found to relocate the transmission tower and container, the radio station will cease to exist.

Stark is asking anyone who has space for the station to place its transmission tower in the radios’ broadcast area to reach out to her at 425-351-0682 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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