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Carnation's Stillwater Elementary locked down as precaution; One arrested

  • Apr 21, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Apr 22, 2014 at 5:08PM

Police activity at nearby Lake Marcel has prompted a modified lockdown at Stillwater Elementary School this morning, Monday, April 21. The lockdown was implemented out of an abundance of caution, said a King County Sheriff's spokesperson, but there was no threat at the school. Deputies were responding to a domestic violence incident in a nearby home.

At the big Valley Easter egg hunts, you gotta move fast | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 22, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Apr 23, 2014 at 3:28PM

“Chocolate’s better than money.” That’s what 6-year-old Iris, a young egg hunter at the Moose Lodge’s annual Easter hunt at Si View Park, told mom Brissa. She had discovered that some of the eggs found by children contained cash. But money’s not candy.

Voters turning down $60 Metro, roads tab fee, tax measure

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 11:20AM

King County's Prop. 1, which would have upped sales taxes by a tenth of a percent, and also upped car tab fees by $60, is not doing so hot following yesterday's election. The money would have been split, 60/40, between Metro Transit buses and road maintenance for the county and local cities

Mount Si tennis squad nailing its stroke with mid-season wins | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:43PM

Tennis is not a mean sport. So says doubles player Amber Caudle, who took to the court with partner Emily Schwabe and was perfectly polite, even as the duo beat their Sammamish Totem opponents in two sets. “You can play competitively and still be nice,” Caudle said afterward. There’s certainly no reason for chips on shoulders this season, one of the best that Mount Si’s girls tennis squad has ever had.

North Bend Elementary students report odd incident at bus stop

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 2:01PM

Following a suspicious, but uneventful incident near a school bus stop in North Bend on Wednesday morning, April 23, North Bend Elementary School staff are reminding parents to talk with their children about stranger danger and personal safety. The incident occurred in the 400 block of Healy Avenue in North Bend, near the old Si View area. Two students, walking to their bus stop, told their bus driver that one of the people sitting in a parked white SUV had gestured for them to approach the car.

Explosion in North Bend: 'We are blessed this occurred early'

  • Apr 25, 2014 at 12:18PM

First they felt it. Then they heard it. Many thought it was an earthquake. The explosion that rocked North Bend was centered on the former Pizza Place restaurant, closed for years but now under remodel, at the 500 block of East North Bend Way. The boom, at about 3:30 Friday morning, April 25, caused massive damage, shattered windows and mangled doors on nearby building, and injured at least one resident of the Red Oak Residence, two doors down, past Les Schwab Tire and a stand of trees.

Photo Gallery: Explosion's aftermath is a huge mess in North Bend

  • Apr 25, 2014 at 1:38PM

Clean-up efforts are already underway in North Bend, following the explosion that leveled a long-closed pizza parlor on North Bend Way. On Friday morning, locals walked along police-tape barriers to witness the damage and debris, which affected homes and businesses for blocks around.

Suspicious knocker trying doors in Snoqualmie; Teenager hides liquor in pants, runs from store | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:48AM

On Tuesday, April 15, a resident in the 7500 block of Dogwood Lane Southeast, Snoqualmie, told police that his wife had been home alone that day, when an unknown woman knocked on their door, then tried the doorknob. He also said that an unknown person had come to their home three times in the past month and knocked on the door. Police advised the residents to call 911 immediately when something suspicious happens.

'They've never seen anything this huge': Massive mess, few injuries when North Bend pizza place explodes

  • Apr 25, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Apr 29, 2014 at 5:15PM

First they felt it. Then they heard it. Many thought it was an earthquake. The blast that woke North Bend in the predawn darkness on Friday, April 25, was centered on the former Pizza Place restaurant at 540 East North Bend Way, shuttered for years but recently under remodel construction. Nothing of the restaurant was left after a huge explosion tore the building to bits, hurling beams and pipes dozens of feet in all directions, and coating much of North Bend, for a quarter of a mile or more in all directions, with bits of insulation and debris.

Resource Fair for pets: Valley Animal Partners event is Saturday

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 3:41PM

Valley Animal Partners (VAP) hosts its second Pet Resource Fair, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Valley Animal Partners offers free vaccines for pets of residents who could otherwise not afford them, and $5 microchips.

North Bend PTA makes student fundraisers into limo-riding celebrities for a day | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 4:05PM

Students were all smiles as they hopped out of the stretch Hummer, making the most of their celebrity treatment for the day. They posed for the paparazzi, charged down the red carpet, and flashed their VIP passes at every opportunity, and topped the whole thing off with a limousine ride in the stretch Hummer through North Bend.

Lost truck pulled from Snoqualmie River near Fall City

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 5:20PM

A growing crowd in Fall City watched Monday afternoon, April 28, as a truck, reported missing since just after midnight, was pulled out of the Snoqualmie River. No one was found inside the blue-green Ford F150, but the rear window of the cab was broken out, so “We don’t know for sure if there was anyone the the truck or not,” said Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor.

‘Getting beyond it’: Explosion can't faze 2nd annual North Bend’s Blues Walk | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 5:13PM

The blues is about dealing with adversity. So, in a city that made the national news a day prior due to a massive, destructive explosion, crowds lined up to let off steam and feel the groove. The second annual North Bend Blues Walk drew hundreds more listeners than last year.

Car vs. car yelling match; Bike theft at lacrosse match | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • May 2, 2014 at 11:09AM

Disturbance: On Sunday, April 20, a caller told police about a disturbance involving two vehicles in the 8000 block of Reinig Place Southeast, Snoqualmie. One vehicle was following the other and the occupants were yelling at each other. Police broke up the dispute.

Forum for funny: Valley Center Stage’s first official musical is a goofy Roman classic | Photo Gallery

  • May 7, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 4:37PM

Valley Center Stage manager Gary Schwartz is an actor, producer, director, teacher, and voice artist, but an oracle? Maybe not, but a key decision he made in bringing the theater’s latest production to life is proving to be prophetic. His choice for directing and starring in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” was Alan Wilkie, a man who, like his character Pseudolus in the show, gets things done, no matter what lengths he must go to, or how silly things get.

Pass a truck, get slapped: Driver gets smacked for North Bend road behavior, calls cops | Valley blotter

  • May 9, 2014 at 4:38PM

Road slapper: On Sunday, April 27, an assault victim called Snoqualmie Police from the 300 block of Main Avenue South, North Bend. He said a white Ford utility truck had followed his vehicle to where he parked, and a tall man in his 50s got out of the truck, walked over to the victim's car, opened the door, and slapped him, for passing his truck on Mount Si Road. The victim did not have any license plate information for the subject.

Hunt for KingCo: Mount Si baseball heads into Mercer battle after small-ball Liberty win | Photo Gallery

  • May 12, 2014 at 1:27PM

The Liberty runner was getting a bit too much of a lead-off for comfort. So, "We decided to go for it," said Mount Si shortstop Carson Breshears, who was on the receiving end of a pick play, tagging a runner in the dirt and shutting down Liberty for the night. Defense like that, and fundamental 'small ball' play got Mount Si that much closer to a fourth and final KingCo title. The Wildcat baseball team beat Liberty, 3-0, on Saturday, May 10. Few big hits, but strong basics, set them up for a battle against Mercer Island tonight (Monday, May 12).

Surviving pediatric stroke: Valley mom spreads awareness through weekend fundraiser

  • May 15, 2014 at 2:03PM

Valley mom Kaysee Hyatt has discovered that her baby daughter, Addison, is a real fighter. When Addison was born, on Dec. 5, 2012, she seemed like a typical infant. But months later, Hyatt and her family began to see troubling signs. They found that Addison had survived a rare pediatric stroke, just before birth.

Snoqualmie Valley's school impact fees on the rise

  • May 20, 2014 at 3:01PM

School impact fees in Snoqualmie Valley School District are on the rise again, a change from last year. Enrollment continues to grow at just over 2 percent annually, but the fees are calculated by a state-set formula, and have fluctuated widely in the past. According to the district’s recently approved capital facilities plan, enrollment will grow steadily.

It’s go time: Mount Si track’s girls take first in Kingco; Boys second | Photo Gallery

  • May 20, 2014 at 3:25PM

It’s taken some mental toughness for Baly Botten to get here. In a bad start a few weeks ago, the Mount Si track pole vaulter broke a pole and landed hard in the box. Physically fine, he had to move on mentally from that fall. “All my adrenaline’s going,” said Botten last Wednesday, as he sought his edge at Kingco. “Pole vault is one those sports where it’s hard to get it down in practice,” he said. “You have to have the right mentality. One of the only times you get that mentality is at meets.”

Disaster loan outreach starts in explosion-damaged North Bend

  • May 21, 2014 at 2:00PM

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared the April 25 explosion in North Bend a disaster in response to a request from Governor Jay Inslee. Mayor Hearing and city officials lobbied strongly for this declaration, in order to provide resources for their affected citizens and business owners, and they encourage people to take advantage of the programs for assistance in recovery.

Public hearing is Tuesday for Snoqualmie utility rates increase

  • May 22, 2014 at 12:32PM

The Snoqualmie City Council is scheduled to vote on May 27, 2014 on a proposed ordinance that would increase water, storm water, sewer, and irrigation rates. If approved, the ordinance would establish new rates for the years 2014 through 2016; the new 2014 rates would likely be effective as of July 1, 2014.

Obedient Ridge bears go home when told | Snoqualmie Valley police calls

  • May 23, 2014 at 4:08PM

At 11 p.m., Sunday, May 11, a caller in the 33000 block of Southeast Sorenson Street, Snoqualmie, told police there had been two bears in front of his house, but he’d told them to go home, and they did. Police were expecting lots of bear calls, since the next day was trash collection day.

Ready for state: Mount Si fastpitch team clinches district title with steady focus, good defense

  • May 23, 2014 at 4:00PM updated May 27, 2014 at 4:25PM

The Mount Si girls fastpitch team brought home the SeaKing District title, beating all comers in the tournament last Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22, at Seattle's Lower Woodland Park. The number-one seed going into the tournament, the team punched a ticket to state in the first outing, blanking the Eastside Catholic Crusaders, 10-0, in the second round on Wednesday.

‘We miss them, and will not forget them': Valley vets recalls sacrifice on Memorial Day

  • May 27, 2014 at 4:41PM

The crowd gathered at the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Monday, May 26, in downtown Snoqualmie included aging volunteers, young Boy and Girl Scouts, two state representatives, former and current servicemen and women, and civilians moved by respect. The flag of the United States flapped at half-staff, as a group of young people stood at attention, each carrying a flag, while their elders waited nearby, some formed into a rifle-armed honor guard, others at the podium, awaiting the stroke of noon.

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