Carol Ladwig

Local Muslim group invites community to open house

Meet the members of a long-standing Snoqualmie Ridge community and learn about their culture, 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 30, when members of the Muslim Association at Snoqualmie Ridge host a community open house at Snoqualmie City Hall.

End-of-the-year trivia: Handy little facts and figures to ponder in the coming year

This is the time of year that traditionally, in western culture, we pause and reflect. It’s a seasonal time-out; it gave our ancestors a rest from farming, hunting, gathering, and other physical labor in unfriendly weather, and even though most of us don’t really do those things for survival any more, it gives us a much-needed break from the 2015 equivalents.

Dogs and drive-throughs: Convenience lanes aren’t 
for everyone

Drive-through services are once again a big issue in the Snoqualmie Valley, as the city of Snoqualmie prepares for a new retail development and full-service grocery store on Snoqualmie Ridge. Four drive-throughs are planned, maybe five and, as with any change, there are people who think that’s a great idea and others who think it’s the worst idea to come out of City Hall since the last one.

Valley man’s life celebrated: Harold Erland Sr. leaves a legacy of people, places

In his lifetime, there weren’t many things that the late Harold Erland Sr. didn’t have some connection with in the Upper Valley. Much that he has touched, including his hometown of Cedar Falls, is gone now, but Erland’s life and work have had a lasting impact on many people and places in the North Bend area.

City property taxes set for 2016: Snoqualmie Carnation, take tax increases for 2016, North Bend opts out

As of Nov. 30, Valley cities had set their property tax levies for 2016. Two, Snoqualmie and Carnation, approved the 1 percent annual increase allowed by state law; North Bend approved a 0 percent increase, for the second year in a row.

Inspiring images: Watershed Forum honors photo contest contributors

The rules of the contest were few, but not simple. Photographers were asked to submit scenic photos of local places, but also photos that inspired preservation of the Snoqualmie River Watershed and its surrounding farms, wildlife and people.

Marking up Main Street: Carnation residents get first glimpse of main street ?redevelopment ideas

More people than Carnation has were interested in last week’s initial presentation of ideas for renovating the city’s main street, Tolt Avenue.

Remember the good: We all need reminders of the best in people, sometimes

Landmarks across the world were lit in the colors of the French flag over the weekend. It was a symbolic gesture, of course, lights won’t undo the damage in Paris.

Back to the farm: County officials ready to return golf course property to dairy production

Shouldering the door open, John Taylor cautiously stepped inside what used to be the Tall Chief Golf Course pro shop. Vacant since 2009, the county-owned building was roofed with moss outside, and filled with mold inside. Chunks of the ceiling littered the spongy floor, evidence of damage from accumulated water and neglect.

Fall City sites to be sold to county for floodplain projects

Frequent flooding of the Snoqualmie River Campground in Fall City, and the sole road accessing it, has prompted a project that will eventually close the campground. King County’s Land and Water Resources Division has reached an agreement to purchase the property, owned by S Sterling Properties, as part of a larger purchase, totalling 21.5 acres of land along the Snoqualmie River at a price of $1.5 million.

Relay fundraising starts with a bark

When the rain and wind arrived at Snoqualmie Elementary School Saturday, a few people and dogs huddled under blankets. Most, though, were too busy playing with their dogs, eating, shopping the bake sale, or socializing with other dogs and their owners, to really notice the Northwest winter weather.

North Bend City Council maintains lower density in planning amendments

Three out of eight zoning changes recommended by the North Bend Planning Commission were accepted by the North Bend City Council, but most, including two requested by local citizens, were rejected after a frank discussion about the future of the city and public feedback. The overall result was a preservation of low-density residential zoning, with one exception of three properties on the east side of Southeast Orchard Drive.

Meeting Monday discusses formation of new irrigation district in Valley

An event that Washington state hasn't seen in decades is taking shape this month, and it will be a very unusual shape, if affected voters approve it.

Road rage plus air gun get North Bend man arrested

A North Bend man who displayed an air gun at another driver during a road-rage incident Wednesday was arrested for brandishing a weapon and booked into King County Jail.

Cops, streets are Carnation priorities

Carnation residents have a rare opportunity this election, a choice.

Sign troubles showing up in election

Hundreds of campaign signs, those 18-by-24-inch signs emblazoned with the names of candidates for public office, crop up in the Valley every election, like magic. They represent hundreds of dollars of campaign spending. A few of them disappear each season, too, under mysterious circumstances. That’s when they get really expensive.

Student shift: Public meetings tonight and Wednesday review 2016 elementary school attendance boundary changes

Two meetings this week should help Snoqualmie Valley School District staff finalize plans for populating its sixth elementary school, now under construction. The meetings, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at North Bend Elementary School, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesay, Oct. 21, at the Mount Si High School Freshman Campus, will cover the two elementary school boundary change proposals, Options B2 and C2, now being considered by the school district.

Winter homeless shelter targets mid-November opening; no change expected in city camping law

The Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter for the homeless is now hiring staff, training volunteers and finalizing potential locations for the temporary shelter.

More houses, more cars: North Bend candidates discuss city’s growing pains in candidate forum

Growth and its accompanying strain on traffic, city infrastructure and the existing city residents continues to be the biggest issue for candidates for North Bend City Council. The incumbent and aspiring city councilors gathered at the Oct. 7 Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce-sponsored candidate forum at the North Bend Theater, discussed the challenges of growth for several hours that evening, each emphasizing his or her own take on the issues.

How and when to single-source

Manufacturers at the Northwest Chocolate Festival this past weekend in Seattle talked about biodynamic chocolate, grown, processed and manufactured all in the same place.