Next Chamber Meeting: Sept. 2, 11:45 am at Sultan City Hall.
We have a very full agenda: Stacey Reynolds, with Coastal Community Bank, will be discussing how EMV technology is affecting your point of sale transactions. You will learn how to better protect your business against losses from the use of counterfeit and lost or stolen credit cards. What does it mean to you and what do you have to do to be compliant with the new rules? What are the liabilities? Come and find out!
It’s also Index/Skykomish Update day! Lots of exiting things going on! News from the River House, Elie & Clarence, The Bush House, The Sky Hotel and the new Index Restoration Committee.
Lunch will be provided by Old School BBQ. Please let me know if you’d like to have lunch. $10 payable at the meeting.
Index-Galena Road Update
We’ve been advised if we want to see the Index-Galena Road repaired and reopened that we need to tell the government that. We’ve been quietly waiting for the promised 2015 date to arrive. Apparently since we haven’t been really vocal they think we don’t care. This is the access to the Wild Sky and is very important to getting people into the USFS.
The closure has also blocked off access to several camping/hiking areas that are very big draws for people visiting the Sky Valley. Please take a look at the attached letter and write a note of your own. (The addresses are on the letter.) Our letter was on letterhead.
Please send in your letter today! We need this to be reopened.
Sky Valley Chamber Member of the Year 2015: Werner Paddles
Check out the latest Sky Valley Arts Council Road Trip
by photographer Kristin Kosiewicz
Did you know that kindness has side effects? Research has shown that kindness makes us happier, gives us healthier hearts, slows aging, makes for better relationships, and that kindness is contagious. Read “5 Beneficial Side Effects of Kindness,” by David Hamilton with the Huffington Post for the full story. We have provided you with a Random Acts of Kindness Toolkit to help spread kindness here at Snohomish County as well as our home and community.
Touring Washington by Electric Car
Check out the article and slideshow that recently ran in the Bend Bulletin, featuring the Cascade Loop!
October 31, 2014
The Sky Valley Chamber had a great year and 2015 is looking even better for our area. We have a lot to be grateful for! The economy is picking up according to our 171 members. We didn’t suffer any floods, landslides, wildfires or bridge collapses like some of our neighbors. The weather was the most beautiful I’ve ever experienced in the 28 years I’ve lived here. And the numbers of walk in visitors at the Center proved it! We outpaced much bigger visitor centers including Edmonds!
We sold $13,838.30 in Hunting, Fishing and Parking Passes to recreational guests so far this year. That represents over 400 customers. All of these customers had access to member and special event information.
The Event Guide Magazine was a big success! It was placed at businesses and VIC’s all around the Puget Sound and the Cascade Loop.
Tourism, especially outdoor recreation and special events are really showing signs of growth. The partnerships all around Snohomish County and the Cascade Loop have gotten stronger which really helps promote our assets.
Just a few of the assets we’re working to promote and/or build out:
- Wallace Falls is one of the top most popular State Parks in Washington.
- The Index Wall—People come from all over the world to climb here.
- Heybrook Ridge County Park—Major improvements are coming with the new trailhead.
- Osprey & Reece Park—Trail system maps
- New Equestrian Trailhead near Reiter in Gold Bar
- Steelhead County Park—a new campground that’s scheduled to be built in Sultan.
- New trails at the Reiter Foothills Off Road Area.
- Sultan Sportsmen’s Shooting Sports Park.