One man was killed and another was booked into King County Jail on manslaughter charges late Monday, Aug. 25, after an accidental shooting in North Bend. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., police responded to the 4500 block of North Bend Way, North Bend, for a report of shots fired. The incident occurred in an apartment that the two men, brothers ages 42 and 46, shared.
About a dozen people spent a day in Snoqualmie last month bottling, labeling, packing and stacking roughly half of Sigillo Cellars’ output for the year. They worked steadily in the brilliant sunshine, condensing what used to be the work of days into an early morning and a long afternoon. It could almost have been a scene from the olden days, or maybe the Old World, where small family-run wineries called in all their friends and relations to help put up the vintage.
Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is giving members a sneak peek at the new Snoqualmie Valley Hospital this Wednesday, Aug. 27, as part of its monthly After Hours networking program. August's Chamber After Hours will be hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation, and co-hosted by the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, who will be providing food and beverages.
Debris that settled over properties on North Bend Way in the early hours of April 25 is being cleaned up. Although the King County Fire Investigation Unit concluded in early July that the explosion was accidental, caused by natural gas, their investigation was one of many being run on the site. Individual property owners were also allowed to examine the accident scene.
Every summer, more than 26,000 people visit the Snoqualmie River to enjoy its beauty, bathe in its coolness, and float its currents. Yet, there is not a permanent toilet for visitors on the river. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust has started a fundraising campaign, Pony up for a Potty on the Indiegogowebsite, to install a permanent vault toilet at two of the Valley's popular river access points.
King County Metro Transit will make a first round of bus service cuts in the Valley and the wider region Sept. 27, canceling, reducing and revising bus routes. In the Valley, one bus route changes. Two others go away. Route 208, North Bend to Issaquah, is being changed. Trips will be added to provide two-way service during the morning and afternoon peak periods. Service frequency will be reduced from 60 minutes to 120 minutes.
Snoqualmie historian Dave Battey tells the story of local immigrants in a special presentation, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Snoqualmie YMCA. Battey tells the story of immigrant Japanese labor in the local lumber industry, and their families. He covers early challenges for Japanese immigrants, the growth of the Japanese communities at the Snoqualmie Falls and White River mills, and internment after Pearl Harbor.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, police were called to the 4700 block of Tolt Avenue, for a complaint of a man causing a disturbance. The man entered a restaurant and walked around, talking with patrons who did not know him. He then walked into the kitchen. An officer removed him from the restaurant.
Snoqualmie celebrated its heritage over the weekend with a parade, music, art, timber sports, classic cars, living history, and, the star of the weekend, an authentic steam-powered locomotive engine. The Santa Cruz and Portland Cement Locomotive 2 steam engine, owned and operated by Skathi Pappan, drew a crowd of photographers and admirers with every stop at the Snoqualmie Depot, and turned heads with every blast of its whistle.
Monday, August 25, is a state parks ‘free day’ in Washington. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The ‘free day’ is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916. State Parks ‘free days’ are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).
As part of its annual “Kids Need School Supplies” drive during the summer months, Hopelink is collecting school supplies to distribute to schoolchildren in low-income families to help ensure they come to school ready to learn.
Six-year-old Nikos Cox, who lives with severe hemophilia, will be police chief for one very special day. Snoqualmie Police are taking part in “Chief For a Day,” an event that celebrates the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening chronic illness.
The Women and Girls Outdoor Workshop, or WOW, is planned for Friday to Sunday, Sept. 12 to 14, at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend. Now in its 17th year, WOW’s mission is to engage the next generation and pass on traditions to new generations. The camp brings together women and girls ages 9 to 12 for a weekend of fishing, hunting, and outdoor skill education. Cost is $375.
Gigantic Bicycle Festival takes over Centennial Fields Park and surrounding venues in Snoqualmie, for the weekend of Aug. 22 to 24.
Snoqualmie Police hosted their second annual National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Snoqualmie Valley police responded to the following calls last week:
The city of Snoqualmie is offering a free seven-week course for citizens to get a first-hand look at how Snoqualmie’s government works. This is the ninth year that Snoqualmie is holding the Citizens Academy.
The city of Snoqualmie will close Southeast Fir Street, between Railroad Ave Southeast and Maple Ave Southeast, starting at 7 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18. The street will be closed round-the-clock while crews dig a joint utility trench and install sanitary sewer and water mains, storm drainage, and steel casings under the railroad tracks.
A proposed development project along Bendigo Boulevard is scheduled to start this week. The eight-acre site will be cleared and graded in preparation for construction next year. The developer has obtained all local, state and federal permits and can proceed with clearing, grading and drainage system work, but has not submitted an application specifying the intended use of the property.
August’s city update on the Phase 2 construction in downtown Snoqualmie will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at City Hall.