Carol Ladwig

Bryant promises to limit regulations, prioritize traffic problems and veto state income tax at Snoqualmie event

Education, and its impact on the development of Washington State's workforce, is the top priority for Bill Bryant (R), who is challenging Governor Jay Inslee for that office in the November election.

Major improvements OK’d for Torguson Park

North Bend's largest park, Torguson Park on North Bend Way, will be getting an update almost two years in the planning. North Bend City Council members voted Sept. 20 to approve the $1.6 million project to add restrooms and a concessions building, relocate two of the fields and add turf, build a trail looping through the park, and improving drainage on the fields.

‘Country cool’ Carnation eyes changes to code on keeping chickens, other livestock, in city

Carnation is not a sleepy little town any more. The city of about 1,800 people is starting to grow, with 65 homes permitted, or almost through the permitting process, for construction in four subdivisions, plus infill development. That growth, while welcome for its potential revenue to the city, may be a threat to Carnation's "country cool" culture, according to about a dozen people — and two chickens — who spoke at last Tuesday's Carnation City Council meeting.

North Bend celebrates the blues Saturday in fourth annual Blues Walk

North Bend's streets and sidewalks will fill with visitors this weekend as the fourth annual Blues Walk returns to downtown. It will be a blues-lovers bonanza with live blues performances staged in 21 venues, large and small, throughout the evening, and admission to all via one ticket.

Soup Lady Ginger Passarelli lends inspiration to Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business to make the world a better place

"How do you make the world a better place?" asked Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business Board President Jacqueline Fairbrass, at the organization's Sept. 14 luncheon meeting.

Mount Si falls to Bothell; Irish, Bonda, have big nights at home game

In a game marked by penalties and two scoreless quarters, the Mount Si High School football team still found some wins to celebrate after its Sept. 17 loss to the Bothell Cougars, 31-21.

Mount Si High School reconstruction work begins Monday; main parking lot to be demolished in November

Work will begin Monday on the delayed start of the Mount Si High School construction project. The city of Snoqualmie issued the building permit for the $195 million project this week, to formally authorize the three-year project.

‘Welcome to our amazing new school:’ Community gets first look at Timber Ridge Elementary School at Sept. 8 open house

"What a beautiful library!" a visitor declared as she walked through the double-doors of the Timber Ridge Elementary School library Thursday evening.

Setting the standard: Local people exemplify positive leadership qualities

Since Sound Publishing, and this newspaper as a part of it, began a partnership with Leadership Eastside in recent months, I have been wondering what, exactly, makes a person a leader?

Those were the days: Area test pilots from World War II meet in Snoqualmie to swap stories

When pilot Nick Fischer was young, jet engines hadn’t been invented yet. When he was very young, the town of Snoqualmie Falls still existed — it’s where he was born, actually. Today, at age 94, Fischer jokes that he hasn’t been around long enough to have any history, yet.

Overdue honors for Record writers: Past and present staff earned awards from peer judges

We are now squarely in awards season, which is lucky for me, because I missed a fairly big story last fall, and it’s finally almost timely again.

North Bend council tries to balance density, affordable homes and open spaces

North Bend’s City Council debated on density, affordable and cottage housing, and what citizens really want from city zoning at it’s Feb. 2 meeting. The end results of the discussion were an interim, or emergency, change to the city’s newest development zone and plans to further consider residential development in an employment park zone, and design standards for cottage housing.

Burglaries, domestic violence are down, misdemeanor drug arrests up in second year of North Bend police contract 

The Snoqualmie Police Department is approaching the end of its second year providing services to the city of North Bend, Police Chief Steve McCulley reported to the North Bend City Council Feb. 2.

Standing in the crowd

Crowds are not for me. I don’t like navigating through them, don’t like the weird rushed feeling that I get when surrounded by people, and really don’t like the way I always end up moving against their tides.

Organization of the year: Relay for Life Snoqualmie Valley earns North Bend honor

Fighting cancer and building community are one and the same for Relay for Life Snoqualmie Valley. The community party/cancer research fundraiser is now in its 15th year of walking, dancing, honoring cancer survivors and lighting up a summer night with hope, courage and luminaria.

Problems are easy to find, but solutions?

The problems of King County are the problems of all 39 cities in King County.

Students ask school board to do more in ‘hate list’ investigation

Two Mount Si High School students enrolled in Running Start at Bellevue College told the Snoqualmie Valley School Board Jan. 14 that they no longer felt safe following the Jan. 7 discovery that other Mount Si High School students, also in Running Start, had named them on a ‘hate list’ on a social media site.

Road work ahead: County task force presents recommendations for huge maintenance funding gap

Roads and bridges throughout King County are deteriorating faster than the county’s Road Services staff and an annual $100 million in revenue can maintain them. Proper upkeep of the county’s transportation infrastructure will require almost four times that amount by county estimates, and even more by business consulting firm BERK Consulting’s calculations.

Looking out for each other: Grief takes a physical toll, ?as well as an emotional one, ?on a community

Principal John Belcher sent a message to Mount Si High School students and parents last week, reminding them to, basically, look out for each other over the long weekend. Watch for signs of grief and remember that help is available, both in school and out of it, he advised.

Honeymoon period: How long should it take for an elected official to start effecting change?

Two years. That was the estimate I heard last week for a new elected official to get up to speed in his or her governing capacity. Yikes, I thought. Another estimate I heard was six to eight months. Yikes again.