Carol Ladwig

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.

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.

‘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.

Focused on youth for 50 years: Encompass celebrates big anniversary

The Encompass NW organization serving the Snoqualmie Valley is probably the most youthful 50-year-old you've ever seen. Its three locations (in North Bend and Carnation) are filled with children almost year round and with the energy needed to serve this growing population.

Rodne, Ritchie field policy questions in Chamber candidate forum

The two candidates for 5th Legislative District Representative, Position 1, agreed on several points when they met at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce's second candidate forum last Wednesday. Both the incumbent Jay Rodne (R) and challenger Jason Ritchie (D) concurred, to varying degrees, that small businesses need state regulation reforms, that school districts need the local control that local levy authority gives them, that the state's Growth Management Act is outdated, and that a state income tax is not a good solution.

New name, new pastor mark relaunch of North Bend church

Calvary Chapel North Bend has remade itself in recent months, in the image of what members believe to be a modern community of faith.

North Bend Council gives preliminary OK on Boalch athletic complex

Snoqualmie couple John and Wendy Miller received initial support from the North Bend City Council for their plans to build an indoor-outdoor athletic complex on… Continue reading

Woman in business: North Bend Esthetician Jolene Kelly builds clientele, community

Corporate life was fun for a while, says North Bend's Jolene Kelly, and so were the Florida beaches. Neither, though, was quite what she was looking for out of life when she decided about 15 years ago that it was time to move 'home.' "I knew I wanted to move to Seattle," says Kelly, who followed her gut feelings, more than any particular plan, when she made the move back to the area where her parents had grown up.

North Bend considers big hike in traffic impact fee

Home builders and industry representatives voiced strong opposition to the city of North Bend’s proposed increase in its traffic impact fee at the Aug. 18 meeting of the North Bend City Council. The proposed fee of $14,146 represents a tripling of the current fee. The public will have another opportunity to discuss the change at the Sept. 1 meeting.

A simpler path: Fall City author offers insights into longevity

Ralph Teller doesn’t claim to have all the answers to living a healthy life, but he is certain of one thing: the answer is simple.

School bond gets bumped: Snoqualmie Valley board reconsiders date, purpose of next measure

No bond, either for a replacement middle school or a high school remodel, will be coming to voters this February. The board of the Snoqualmie Valley School District agreed on Thursday, Aug. 30, that they didn’t have enough time to properly plan and campaign for a bond in time for the February election. Board president Dan Popp noted that the board hadn’t discussed the issue for several weeks, and had achieved no resolution on the purpose of the bond at their last work session. Board members had debated both a new middle school—deemed unnecessary by opponents of the freshman-campus concept, and a remodeled high school—deemed impractical, disruptive and expensive by supporters of the campus concept.

Building with beads: Fundraiser helps Ugandan women build livelihoods, improves life for struggling Valley families | Photos

As early shoppers admire displays of hand-made jewelry, Taylor Mosier hovers nearby, waiting to answer questions about the products, the event, or the causes it supports. "I hope people are really touched by the stories of the women, and how they are trying to improve their lives," she said. Mosier and her classmates, a Current Issues class from Two Rivers School, have been affected by those stories enough to throw this party, a fundraiser that will help both local families, and Ugandan women and their children.

Golf, women and business combine Tuesday at Boeing Classic

A women's conference, held smack in the middle of a nationally-televised PGA golf tournament, sounds like a great idea to keynote speaker Molly Fletcher. The author, CEO and former pro sports agent, sees the pairing as a logical combination, because golf is good for business, and so are women.

North Bend sewer project complete with millions to spare

North Bend's extension of sewer lines to the Truck Town area is done after a year and a half, with money to spare.There is still… Continue reading

On the edge: Bond survey results show Snoqualmie Valley School District has work ahead

Snoqualmie Valley School Board members didn’t get the clear direction they hoped for from a formal telephone survey conducted May 28 through June 2, but they now have a lot more information. Results of the survey were presented at the board’s June 12 meeting, and showed that survey respondents liked many components of a possible $224 million comprehensive bond, but they liked the cost of it much less. Overall, 67 percent of the 400 people surveyed said they supported the bond proposal.

North Bend council race Q&A: Piper Muoio touts fresh perspective, economic background

With North Bend’s Position 7 councilman Chris Garcia vacating his seat this fall, two challengers are facing off for the right to take the council job, effective immediately after the vote is certified. One of them, Planning Commissioner Piper Muoio (pronounced “Mew-yo”), hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the North Bend City Council. She feels her professional background in process improvement and customer service will serve her well on the council, as she works toward economic development and growth for the city.

SLIDESHOW | Moment of change: Mount Si’s Class of 2011 observes touching, funny milestone

Principal Randy Taylor knew it was coming. Max Brown had clearly shown him the poker chip before flipping it to him from about five feet away. Even so, he fumbled and dropped the chip, which rolled a little way, with Brown chasing it in his cap and gown. It was one of many funny and touching scenes during Friday commencement exercises at Mount Si High School, where nearly 400 seniors were awarded their diplomas. Another was the fist bump between Kym McNiven and teacher Bill Halstead, who brought her walker around so she could walk, unassisted, from the stage where she got her diploma, to the spot where Taylor waited to shake her hand in congratulations.

Dropping names, or faces

Few words on a newspaper page get the same amount of attention as the word “correction.”

Eyewitness on the fire line: DNR, EFR, prison crews attack Mount Si’s ‘444 Fire’

Smoke gusts and curls along the trail and into my eyes as I work to keep up with DNR spokesperson Seth Barnes Sunday. We’re at the head of the fire, he says, walking along a steep trench that crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Larch Corrections Center spent the last two mornings cutting into the hillside. The flames are just small fingers here, where DNR helicopters dumped 270-gallon buckets of water throughout the day Saturday.

First day of school at North Bend Elementary | Photo Gallery

"This is the best day of the year!" announced North Bend Elementary School principal Jim Frazier on a cloudy morning, Sept. 3. He had a big coffee mug and an even bigger smile for student and parents as they came to the front door.