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Joy ride in a golf cart, pushy peddler | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter

  • Jun 13, 2014 at 4:38PM

Joyride: On Tuesday, June 3, police responded to the 9000 block of Boalch Avenue Southeast, North Bend, for a golf cart theft. An employee said two dirty-looking men with black backpacks got into a cart parked with the keys inside near the pro shop, and drove off. The employee recovered the cart, abandoned nearby, but not the keys.

Going wild at Fall City Days | Photo Gallery

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 2:59PM

Clouds couldn’t shut down the smiles Saturday, June 14, at Fall City Days. The volunteer-run street fair, parade, live entertainment, fun run, and all-town party drew a crowd, like always. The theme this year was “Still Wild,” and wildness did reign at the annual Watermelon Eating Contest. Youths and adults were fed by the local Young Life hosts, with the fruit from Farmhouse Market. As always, the hungriest diners won.

Find the courage: Two Rivers School’s Class of 2014 overcomes challenges to complete its academic journey | Photo Gallery

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00PM

A young mother with a 1-year-old baby, Sarah Webb didn’t have a driver’s license. But she did have a bike. So, every morning last summer, she loaded her little son, Elliott, into a trailer, then hopped on her bike for the two-mile ride to Two Rivers School. “It took some getting used to,” Webb said of the commute. “But I needed to get to school.” Webb, like many of her classmates in the Two Rivers School Class of 2014, had to face a challenge to get to this moment.

Snoqualmie police still working on Jay Berry’s late night assault

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 3:41PM

The investigation of a stabbing and sexual assault on a North Bend woman earlier this year is ongoing, Snoqualmie Police say. “Investigators are still actively working on leads related to the incident at Jay Berry’s,” said Snoqualmie Police Captain Nick Almquist. Police would not offer additional details, to avoid any risk to the investigation of the case.

Underage drinking in the woods; Vehicle prowlers at Ridge park | Snoqualmie Valley Police Blotter

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 3:18PM

Party in the woods? On Sunday, June 8, at 1:36 a.m., a caller in Snoqualmie complained about hearing teenagers in the woods behind his house. Police checked a nearby trail on foot and did not find any teens, but also contacted a man sleeping in a vehicle, apparently while his son hosted a party in the home. The man set his dog to watch for police, according to the report, since the son and his underage friends were drinking alcohol.

Pondering the pros: Mount Si High alumnus Tim Proudfoot weighs Oakland A’s baseball offer

  • Jun 24, 2014 at 3:34PM

Tim Proudfoot seems different from his high school days. He wears his hair longer, and has put 30 pounds of muscle on his frame. He plays the game of baseball a little differently now. “I think I’m a lot more patient at the plate,” he said, talking to the Record by phone from Lubbock, Texas.

The last bell rings | Photos from the last day of school at North Bend's Opstad Elementary, Fall City's Chief Kanim Middle School

  • Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24PM

The party bus drew some curious onlookers as the Chief Kanim Middle School parking lot filled on the last day of school June 18, but it was the yellow school buses that got all the attention when the parking lot emptied out again. Blasting their horns as staff members waved, the buses filed out of the lot, sending more than 700 students off for the summer. A few minutes later, the black party bus had a more subdued departure, but only because you couldn’t see through the tinted windows.

Police have to shoot garbage bear with bean bags to get it to go | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Jun 27, 2014 at 11:41AM

Garbage bear: On Wednesday, June 18, Snoqualmie police attempted to scare off a bear eating garbage in the area of Southeast Carmichael Street and Silent Creek Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie. The bear was not frightened by shouting or other scare tactics, so police shot it twice with non-lethal ammunition to scare it away.

Wild animal brings down goat in Snoqualmie; Window slicer steals medication | Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Jul 3, 2014 at 4:14PM

Wildlife attack: On Sunday afternoon, June 22, a caller in the 1000 block of 394th Place Southeast, Snoqualmie, reported that two of his neighbor’s goats had been killed by a wild animal overnight. The caller suspected it was a coyote in the area, and wanted police to know about it. Police asked him to contact the fish and wildlife department.

19-year-old man dies in industrial accident at Duvall

  • Jul 7, 2014 at 1:54PM

Duvall Police are notifying residents about a death that happened Monday morning, July 7. At about 9 a.m, Duvall Police and Fire Departments responded to a report that a 19-year-old man had died in accident involving a fall into a piece of industrial machinery, while working at a city residence.

People-watching at Carnation's rip-roaring Fourth of July party | Valley Record Photo Gallery

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 5:48PM

Elga Gunstone, 95, comes to the Carnation Fourth of the July for the people. “I stay until they’re all gone,” said this longtime Fourth fan, who hasn’t missed a parade in at least a decade. Gunstone took in the show from right next to the parade stage, watching as floats, cars, youth groups and businesses strutted and rolled past for more than an hour Friday.

Fog may have caused fatal Fall City plane crash

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Jul 9, 2014 at 4:24PM

A 70-year-old man was killed early Tuesday morning when his small plane crashed at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course at 8:15 a.m. He was alone in the 1958 Cessna 182, which took off from the nearby Fall City Airport in a heavy fog just minutes earlier, and was the only victim of the crash. The dense fog that may have contributed to the accident dissipated within an hour, revealing a violent crash that tore the wings from the plane, flipped it upside down and, according to the golf course supervisor who saw the crash, threw the pilot nearly 50 feet from the fuselage. Visiting the site in the early afternoon, Larry LaFevre, president of Fall City Airport Association where the victim rented space, was saddened and confused.

North Bend's huge explosion ruled accidental, clean-up can begin

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 5:22PM

Natural gas was a factor in an April 25 explosion that destroyed three buildings on North Bend Way, but it was an accident, according to a report coming from the King County Fire Investigation Unit. “We are comfortable it was an accidental event,” said Craig Muller, who completed his report last week. A release of natural gas in the Pizza Place building, undergoing renovation for a new business that was reportedly days away from opening, contributed to the blast. “It appeared that a couple of valves had been inadvertently left open,” Muller said.

Fourth of July streaker raises eyebrows in North Bend | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Jul 11, 2014 at 1:11PM

At 9:13 p.m. last Friday, July 4, a caller in the 400 block of East Third Street in North Bend reported that a blonde woman in her 50s had undressed at the school playground, and was running down Third Street wearing only her underwear. She was also spotted behind the QFC, then eastbound on North Bend Way, then running up Orchard Street toward the Si View Community Park.

Veterans outdoor film project comes to North Bend Theatre

  • Jul 15, 2014 at 4:24PM

North Bend Theatre hosts the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Veteran Adventure Film Festival, 6 p.m. this Wednesday, July 16. Guest speaker Ben Patton hosts, as veterans show the films they made in the great outdoors. The festival is open to the public, with prizes and free admission.

Westbound I-90 will be closed to one lane at Bellevue; Prepare for backups

  • Jul 16, 2014 at 2:00PM

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.

Plan for added travel time over Snoqualmie Pass this weekend

  • Jul 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

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.

North Bend changes low-density zoning for more rural feel

  • Jul 22, 2014 at 4:22PM

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).

Bands, bunnies, Twinkies and tunes: North Bend Block Party Photo Gallery

  • Jul 22, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Jul 23, 2014 at 10:21AM

Ron Stettler of North Bend was so moved by Little Lion's performance, he approached the local band's singer and keyboard player, Madeline Wells, after her Community Stage performance with Parker O'Leary, and told her so. Stettler is a fan of North Bend's free downtown Block Party since year one, and was thrilled with how it went in year six.

Sno-Valley Senior Center invites public to meet director candidates

  • Jul 24, 2014 at 5:35PM

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.

Carnation barn inspires, hosts night of arts and dance

  • Jul 29, 2014 at 3:00PM

An arts event, CabinFever’s Premier of “Salutations: A Tour Through Your Departure and Arrival” is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, at Carnation Tree Farm, 31523 N.E. 40th St., Carnation. CabinFever, a Seattle performing arts company, does an original show, with dance, music and artistic installation inspired by the house barn of Roger Thorson. The show explores the power of the witness and how a home serves as the constant in the lives of the hearts who inhabit them. Each evening show will include an artist talk-back.

Time to vote: State, judge races on the Valley's August primary ballot

  • Jul 29, 2014 at 3:01PM

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.

Sold-out Twin Peaks Fest starts Friday in North Bend

  • Jul 29, 2014 at 3:04PM

Fans of the cult phenomenon “Twin Peaks” will come from all over the world Aug. 1 through 3 to eat doughnuts and cherry pie, meet friends, watch David Lynch films, visit the filming locations in the Valley, and generally just celebrate their passion for the early 90s television show. Tickets for the 21-year-old event sold out in early June; typically about 150 people attend the festival, which has its base at the Sallal Grange Hall in North Bend.

Past Tolt floodplain project untested, but working well for fish

  • Jul 29, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Jul 31, 2014 at 3:54PM

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.

Be safe: National Night Out coming to Snoqualmie Police station

  • Jul 30, 2014 at 5:17PM

The Upper Valley’s second annual National Night Out is 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Snoqualmie Police station, 34825 S.E. Douglas St. Residents of Snoqualmie and North Bend are invited to take part. The evening includes a barbecue and activities for families and children, a bouncy house, mechanical bull, airbrush tattoos, and vendors talking about safety awareness and providing information.

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