Uprooted trees lay flattened in the glare of the sun on the north bank of the Snoqualmie River. The dirt, churned up for the first time in decades, was a uniform, sun-baked beige color, and in its narrow channel, the river lazed past, too quiet to drown out the surprised chatter from a group of visitors. Almost two months along, the $4 million Upper Carlson floodplain project looked rough when the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum stopped here on its annual floodplain tour July 16. But it was also a good example of the Forum’s efforts on what presenters called “the three F’s,” fish, farms and flooding.
This week in North Bend is the last for a group of derelict buildings and blackberry bushes on the city’s Main Avenue. Crews with Weber Construction of Snoqualmie were expected to begin clearing the sites at 111 and 115 Main Avenue North on Monday, in a $48,000 project to improve public safety and downtown parking.
Since the fall of 2009 when King County completed a levee removal project in Tolt Mac-Donald Park, Carnation, the Tolt River hasn’t seen significant flooding. It’s a good thing for the surrounding area, but not a true test of the project, which is similar to the Upper Carlson Floodplain Restoration project underway near Fall City.
A handful of Snoqualmie Valley offices are on the state’s primary ballot, sent out to all voters earlier this month. Voters can make their choices for the candidates to appear on the November general election ballot at the federal, state and judicial level.
North Bend is about half the size of Snoqualmie, but at least the city’s equal in police statistics. In the first three months of the Snoqualmie Police Department’s contract to cover North Bend, the department saw nearly as much activity in North Bend, population about 6,500, as it did in the first six months of the year for Snoqualmie, population 12,500. Calls for service in North Bend totaled 2,021, and in Snoqualmie, 2,873.
Drivers planning trips over Snoqualmie Pass this week need to plan for added travel due to single lane closures and nightly rock blasting closures. The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close Interstate 90 for rock blasting at 8 p.m. each night for about an hour Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31. Westbound traffic will be stopped at Gold Creek (milepost 56) and eastbound traffic will be stopped at Price Creek (milepost 61).
After a hot, busy Saturday with Thomas the Tank Engine, the grown-ups were navigating their way along the road construction tape and finding Sigillo Cellars. “Some parents were definitely ready for a little wine,” said Vicki Curnutt, tasting room manager at Sigillo tasting room. The Northwest Railway Museum’s big family excursion gave downtown Snoqualmie businesses a much-needed business boost, right before road construction goes into full swing.
The Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation has narrowed its search for a new executive director, and plans to introduce the community to its finalists with a reception Monday, July 28. Meet the director candidates and learn more about them at the event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. with a formal presentation and question-and-answer session. An informal reception with the candidates is 5 to 6 p.m.
King County residents not currently registered to vote in Washington can register in person at the King County Elections office or the Voter Registration Annex through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 28. Register at King County Elections, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
King County’s Roads division is repainting the landmark Stossel Bridge on Carnation Farm Road this summer. The 1951 bridge will be closed through Sept. 29 during the project, which will include removal of the old paint. The bridge will be closed to all but emergency vehicles during the project. The suggested detour for all other vehicles, including school buses, is to take S.R. 203 north to 124th Street, across the valley, then down West Snoqualmie Valley Road to Northeast 80th Street, which connects to Northeast Carnation Farm Road.
As North Bend is growing, city officials are reconsidering how they want that growth to look, and more space is becoming a priority. In a special meeting July 1, the council established interim, or emergency standards for development in low-density residential zones, including an average lot size of 8,000 square feet (up from 6,500) with a minimum lot size of 7,500 square feet (up from 5,000).
Everybody had a reason to be there. For cancer survivor Dave Sharpy, those reasons have names, starting with his friends Sharon Larson and Tall Bill Blakely, who he lost in the last year to cancer. “Yesterday, my stepdaughter started her chemotherapy,” said Sharpy, among the survivors and supporters who shared their experience at the 2014 Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life. “She’s going to be going through that struggle. Once again, I have a new reason to Relay.”
Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls:
Road closures from wildfires in north central Washington could reroute several thousand more vehicles onto Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass this weekend. The Washington State Department of Transportation predicts about 8,000 more vehicles could travel on I-90 on Friday and about 9,000 more vehicles on Sunday. Drivers need to plan for added travel time and pack their patience. For more information regarding statewide closures due to wildfires, visit the WSDOT Blog.
Pasado’s Safe Haven’s Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic will be at Carnation Elementary School, 4950 Tolt Ave., starting at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 19.
George Macris loved his city. There is no doubt that if George were alive today, he’d be all over the North Bend Block Party, selling cookies and bread, or mingling with the crowd. Probably both.
King County Sheriff’s deputies now have DNA profiles that could connect an abandoned infant, found February 12 in North Bend, with the people who left her.
Sammamish resident John Ciliberti was killed early Tuesday morning when his small plane crashed at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.
King County's Roads division has announced plans to repaint the landmark Stossel Bridge on Carnation Farm Road this summer.
Valley residents who commute to Seattle should brace for major backups on Interstate 90, starting Friday night. At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, WSDOT contractor crews will close all but one lane of westbound I-90, just before Bellevue Way Southeast, for seven days.