The Sky Valley Arts Council is being recognized for its work in preserving the Startup Gym. We would love for you to help us celebrate!
KSER 2015 Voice of the Community Award Celebration
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday October 20, 2015
Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m.
Tulalip Resort Casino Orca Ballroom
10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard – Tulalip, WA 98271
To reserve tickets please go to KSER.org
Join KSER in honoring local individuals, organizations and businesses that speak up to make a difference.
- Cultural Impact by an Organization: Sky Valley Arts Council
- Community Impact by an Individual: Sylvia Anderson, CEO, Everett Gospel Mission; co-chair Everett Community Streets Initiative
- Community Impact by an Individual: Washington State Senator John McCoy
- Community Impact by an Organization: Housing Hope; CEO Ed Petersen
- Community Impact by a Business: Drew’s List of Whidbey Island; CEO Drew Kampion
- Cultural Impact by an Organization: Voices of the Village
Congratulations to Mt. Index Brewery & Distillery!
“Sip Northwest” Beverage Industry Magazine awards Mt. Index Distillery 1st Place in the Dessert Liqueur category for their amazing Black Cat Coffee Liqueur and 2nd Place in the Best Gin category for their Wild Sky Pot Still Gin!
Sky Valley Arts Council to Restore Startup Gym
The Sky Valley Arts Council is pleased to announce their intention to restore the historic Startup Gym and put it back into community service as an event center. The Startup Gym has a colorful, story filled history beginning with its construction in 1937. George Startup, owner of a local saw mill, donated all of the wood used in the construction and community volunteers built this very sturdy building. According to locals the only thing that was hired out during the construction was a company to set the roof beams. Arts Council President Mary Ritzman said “The Sky Valley Arts Council plans to continue this proud Sky Valley tradition by using local volunteer talent to restore the building to its former glory. We are currently raising money to buy the materials we will need to restore the building.”
The Sultan School District owns the property but due to budget constraints and the fact that the property doesn’t work programmatically for them the building has been neglected for many years. The Arts Council and the School District worked together to come up with a plan to save this important historic asset for future generations to enjoy.
According to project manager, Debbie Copple, the number one priority is a new roof and gutter system. Followed closely by repairing/replacing siding, painting, plumbing, repairing the rain damage in the kitchen area, renovating the kitchen, kitchen flooring, etc.
The Arts Council website has more information, including how to donate money or supplies. You may also stop by the Sky Valley Visitor Center in Sultan or mail to Sky Valley Arts Council, PO Box 18, Sultan, WA 98294 All donations are tax deductible! www.skyvalleyartscouncil.com or call Debbie Copple for more information or to volunteer at 425-238-2651.
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.