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Man tries every door at North Bend motel; Promptly gets booted | Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 4:12PM

Wrong rooms: On Saturday, Nov. 9, staff members of a motel in the 14600 block of 468th Avenue Southeast called police to remove a guest from the premises. The guest had been seen on video camera, trying the keycard to his room, #131, in every room door on the first floor. Police contacted the man in his room and told him to leave, and not come back.

High water is coming to the Snoqualmie River Sunday, Monday

  • Nov 30, 2013 at 4:53PM

River warning systems suggest high water is coming down the Snoqualmie this Sunday and Monday, Dec. 1 and 2. Floodzilla released NOAA flood crest forecasts Saturday saying the river will rise above flood levels, with water expected to crest at the Falls at 10 p.m. Sunday at 27,066 cubic feet per second, or 14.53 feet. Flood stage is 13 feet.

Mount Si wrestlers reload with some deep mat experience

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 5:16PM

The brotherhood: Mount Si wrestlers reload with some strong end-game experience

Snoqualmie Valley school district hears from public on high school bond proposal

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 5:07PM

Snoqualmie Valley School District leaders set out last week to gather public opinion on a potential $216 million bond. In a series of three public meetings, they asked voters if their proposal was right for Snoqualmie Valley, and if it would be approved in a future election.

Carnation goes to county for cops; Half-million-dollar deal gets city one full-timer, shared coverage

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 5:07PM

Lean times for the city of Carnation have led to a cut in police services for 2014, but also a small bit of good news. Thanks to cost savings from the reduced police contract, Carnation residents won't be asked to pay an additional $20 fee for car tabs next year. Carnation's City Council on Dec. 3 approved a $500,000 police contract with the King County Sheriff's Office, for one full-time officer in the city, plus shared-patrol coverage during the officer's off hours.

Winter weather advisory says snow could hit the foothills tonight

  • Dec 19, 2013 at 4:36PM

The National Weather Service has issued a snow advisory for the east Puget Sound lowlands, from 1 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 20. A warm front will bring snow to the area late tonight, with average accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, but up to 4 inches in some areas. The snow is will likely cause slippery conditions for morning commuters, but it's expected to turn to rain by Friday afternoon.

Front-porch snooper rifles package, steals sales slip | Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 4:36PM

Late last Thursday, a resident in the 1200 block of Salish Avenue Southeast reported a suspicious incident, using the King County Sheriff's Office online reporting tool. The resident said at 4:15 p.m., they found a package that they’d been expecting on their front step, but it had been torn open and rifled through. The only item that seemed to be missing was a packing slip.

Snoqualmie school employee, secretary contract talks still stuck

  • Dec 27, 2013 at 3:59PM

As schools closed down for the holidays, two groups of employees in the Snoqualmie Valley School District were still employed under the terms of expired contracts. Both the Public School Employees (PSE) and the Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretaries Association (SVASA) unions have been in negotiations with the district bargaining team off and on since last spring.

Mount Si boys hold on for the win in shootout, battle of basics at Cedarcrest | Valley Record Photo Gallery

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 1:59PM

It could have gone either way, but at first, it looked like Mount Si’s game. Visiting Cedarcrest on Saturday, Dec. 21, the Wildcat boys varsity squad jumped out to a 17-2 lead, only to watch as Cedarcrest’s shooters fought back with some stellar shots. Senior guard Austin Paxman was good for 20 points, including six three-pointers, and Robert Cha added 11 points, including one field goal of his own. Senior guard Jordan Corpus and center Chad Klingenberg both added four baskets apiece.

Ruling could change city’s sewer fees: Assessments annulled while North Bend addresses ‘housekeeping issue’

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 2:09PM

A court ruled in their favor, but the North Bend property owners who successfully appealed their sewer assessments may have won the issue in principle only. The Washington Court of Appeals annulled the city’s sewer assessments on several parcels of land in North Bend’s Utility Local Improvement District #6 (Tanner ULID) in an Oct. 21 opinion, claiming the city erred in changing the sewer system design without adopting a new ordinance. However, it also stated that the annulment would allow the city to reassess those properties.

Hard-working water guy Fergus McGrath is North Bend's employee of the year

  • Jan 3, 2014 at 3:08PM

Hard-working water guy Fergus McGrath is North Bend's employee of the year

Down under, right here: Mount Si boys basketball team meets scrappy Australian touring team, on and off the court

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 3:42PM

Basketball players from two different countries hung out together, learned about each other, and then played a game and left it all on the court. The Mount Si boys varsity team came away with a lopsided win on the scoreboard last Friday afternoon, Jan. 3. But points weren’t really the point in the Wildcats’ exhibition match against NPire, an Australian team that drew boys together from cities down under, mainly Melbourne and Canberra.

Bear kills dog on Snoqualmie Ridge; Trap set

  • Jan 8, 2014 at 5:38PM

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking into a deadly bear-vs-dog interaction that happened last week on Snoqualmie Ridge. According to the city of Snoqualmie, the encounter happened in the Heights neighborhood of the Ridge. A WDFW investigation determined that a bear breached a fence, was chased by the dog, and reacted defensively. The dog was killed by the bear

Minor assault? Reported Carnation abduction attempt overblown, officials say

  • Jan 10, 2014 at 2:58PM

No one was harmed and no charges are expected as a result of a sidewalk confrontation in Carnation Thursday afternoon, Jan. 9. The incident, reported by the 10-year-old boy who was involved, put Carnation Elementary School and local law enforcement on alert for the rest of the day. Carnation Elementary School notified parents by e-mail of the incident Thursday afternoon, and put all after-school programs on lockdown, allowing only parents to pick students up at the end of the day.

Carnation’s move to county cops: So far, so good

  • Jan 14, 2014 at 2:14PM

The new year brought new law enforcement to Carnation and city officials couldn’t be happier with the transition. “It’s gone remarkably well,” said Carnation City Manager Ken Carter last week. “What we did in three months, normally takes nine.”

Great strides: Newcomers, skilled veterans helping Mount Si gymnastics team dominate at home | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 14, 2014 at 2:30PM

Jenn Rogers took several deep breaths. She was nervous as she began her bars routine. But the junior could hear a group of graduated Wildcat gymnasts in the stands, encouraging her and cheering her on. "When you hear that people believe in you, that's when it's a lot easier to compete," she said. Rogers' confidence paid off big last Thursday, Jan. 9, when she led all gymnasts with the best scores of her career in Mount Si's dual with Juanita.

Fall City archery craftsman Jay St. Charles builds bows, and archers | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 16, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Jan 18, 2013 at 4:35PM

Part of Jay St. Charles’ job is to find the longbows growing within trees. Another part is to help people discover their inner archers. The best part, though, is probably when the two are combined, in day-long archery workshops hosted at his Fall City studio. St. Charles is officially a bow maker, selling high-end customized longbows and recurve bows to online customers throughout the world.

Would-be burglar limps away from scene of the crime in North Bend | Police blotter

  • Jan 18, 2014 at 4:34PM

At 5:45 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 7, an employee of a business in the 200 block of East North Bend Way reported a suspicious incident. He’d heard a noise in the yard and when he investigated, saw a five-foot, three-inch man in a dark hoody outside the fence on the north side. The man ran, limping, to a silver Dodge Neon waiting nearby. He’d been using wire cutters to cut a hole in the fence.

Mount Si girls basketball team grows in experience, younger players stepping up

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 3:52PM

The Mount Si girls basketball team is learning how to deal with challenges this season. The team has had few wins, but a lot of players, especially younger ones, have been getting experience. Junior forward Elizabeth Prewitt, on varsity since she started high school, has been the team's consistent shooter and scoring leader.

12th Man in the Valley: Students, employees, true fans show their team spirit for Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 4:31PM

If there was ever a time to show your team spirit, it's now. Seahawks football fans have been fired up around the Valley, with many students, teachers, and employees at local businesses wearing team colors before the big games over the last two weeks.

Pushing your limits: Knowledge comes even when the match doesn’t go your way, as Mount Si wrestlers discover | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 21, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Jan 23, 2013 at 10:22AM

This is Andrew Harris’s time to learn. A sophomore, Harris is holding down Mount Si’s heavyweight class, often against older, more experienced and physically bulkier opponents. In the ring against Bellevue on Thursday, Jan. 16, he was neck and neck for points, before finally succumbing to a pin in the final seconds.

Re-up time for school levies: Snoqualmie district seeks 1/4 of revenues

  • Jan 22, 2014 at 4:06PM

Ballots should arrive in the Snoqualmie Valley this week for an important school vote, but probably not the one most citizens are thinking about. At issue in the Feb. 11 election are the renewals of two existing levies worth $18 million, not the much-discussed $216 million facilities bond that the Snoqualmie Valley School Board is considering for a future ballot.

Die hard: Young Mount Si girls basketball squad still close, hungry, despite challenging season | Photo Gallery

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 4:01PM

The score was lopsided, but the Mount Si girls never gave up. The Wildcat varsity team skews young, yet has a lot of heart even in a season that has seen few wins. But the score didn’t make a difference in the team’s attitude last Wednesday, Jan. 22, when, down in a road game, the girls scrapped for balls with a physical Mercer Island team down to the last buzzer.

Comment tonight on Snoqualmie school district strategy

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 2:43PM

District to present draft strategic plan for community feedback Snoqualmie Valley School District's board of directors recently approved a draft of the district's five-year strategic plan, and will present it for public feedback at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Mount Si High School.

Heroin busts, coat thief, loose pig: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 1:44PM

On Monday afternoon, Jan. 20, a store manager in the 400 block of Southwest Mount Si Boulevard reported an employee theft. The employee was suspected of stealing from the store over several months, and when confronted by the security manager, admitted to taking $3,800. Police also found heroin on him.

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