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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.

Valley hiker killed at Headlee Pass had passion for people

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 3:40PM

Diane Larson, 36, of Snoqualmie was pursuing her goal of helping children when she fell to her death on a hike Saturday, Jan. 25. The experienced snow-shoer was on her first hike with Climbers with a Purpose, a group raising funds to help refugee children in Burma when she fell, in what fellow climber Will Neiss described as “just one of those freak accidents.”

Ten apply for Snoqualmie Hospital Commission

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 1:27PM

Ten applicants put their names in for the vacancy on the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital district board of commissioners. Friday, Jan. 17, was the deadline for interested parties to apply for the commission. The ten are Christopher Ashton, Darryl Wright, Emma Herron, Herschel Backues, Jim Schaffer, Kevin Hauglie, Richard Weber, Robert A. Merikle, Ryan E. Roberts and Sandy Kangas.

Imagine Housing's affordable housing project on Snoqualmie Ridge gets put on hold

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 3:33PM

Plans for a 160-unit affordable housing development on Snoqualmie Ridge are now on hold, indefinitely. The proponent, Imagine Housing, has informed the city of Snoqualmie that it will not be seeking design or permitting approvals for its project for an indefinite period of time.

Super glue prank brings cops to North Bend apartment | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 2:04PM

On Sunday, Jan. 26, resident of apartments in the 400 block of East North Bend Way called police to report a super-glue incident. His front door and door handle were glued shut. The victim said that it occurred overnight, after he asked some upstairs neighbors to be more quiet.

Subdivision sensitivity: Tanner Road neighbors raise concerns about 156-home project

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 11:48AM

Too many cars and too many houses top the list of concerns regarding a proposed development on Southeast Tanner Road in North Bend. About 20 community residents, all neighboring the future project, raised these issues at the Feb. 4 meeting of the North Bend City Council, and several urged the council to live up to its own comprehensive plan. “We all… feel like something that we care about is being threatened,” Jack Harris said of his group of neighbors at the meeting.

Snoqualmie's elementary school six is on schedule, but bond isn’t

  • Feb 12, 2014 at 11:42AM

Snoqualmie Valley School District still has time to build and open a sixth elementary school by the start of the 2015-16 school year. So far, though, the district doesn’t have the money, and is running out of time. Although design work and planning for the 29-classroom building began last fall, paid for with school impact fees from the district’s capital facilities fund, the district has not committed to a bond to raise the estimated $35 million total project costs.

Packages snatched, dumped; Back to back house fires: Snoqualmie Valley police, fire blotter

  • Feb 14, 2014 at 1:12PM

Package pickup: On Sunday, Feb. 2, a business in the 500 block of Northeast Sixth Street in North Bend reported online that two packages left outside for UPS to pick up were stolen. UPS reported the packages were not available for pickup. The packages were identical, and one was found near a dumpster in the city.

District champions: Mount Si gymnastics heads for state as a team

  • Feb 20, 2014 at 1:19PM

Mount Si gymnasts took the podium as district champions in competition last weekend in their home gym. The squad now advances to the state championships this weekend in Tacoma. Hosting the SeaKing district qualifiers, the Wildcats dominated on all events, with junior Jenn Rogers claiming the top all-around score.

Third at state: Mount Si gymnastics teams cap season at the dome; Two to graduate

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:29AM

Moments after practicing her floor routine, Jenn Rogers did it again, for a special audience—the much younger athletes at Mount Si Gymnastics Academy. "They wanted to watch, so the kids can see my energy," said the junior, who has worked here for the past two years, coaching 6- and 7-year-olds. "It's awesome to be able to pass my passion on to the little kids," Rogers says. They in turn watch her at high school meets.

State experienced: Mount Si's Eli Clure finishes fourth, Ryley Absher fifth at Mat Classic

  • Feb 24, 2014 at 10:28AM

The van was packed up and the wrestlers were assembled for the trip to Tacoma when squeals from the stadium interrupted. The makeshift parade of parents, siblings and kids from Ryley Absher's mom's preschool, Imagination Station, surprised the Mount Si wrestling delegation before they left for state. Mount Si wrestling has consistently sent groups to the Mat Classic at Tacoma over the years. This season, the Wildcats sent one regional champ, Eli Clure, fellow senior Abscher, and a sophomore, Andrew Harris, with senior Tanner Stahl accompanying as an alternate.

Looking back on North Bend’s long arm of the law | Photo gallery

  • Feb 28, 2014 at 3:37PM

Kym Smith has a passion for the history of North Bend law enforcement. The office manager for the soon-to-close North Bend substation, she’s spent several years diving into the early minutes of the city, and the Valley Record’s archives, building a picture of the history of independent policing in this community, a legacy that ends, or changes, with the new contract putting police duties in the hands of a new Snoqualmie-North Bend department on March 7.

Freshman question: Snoqualmie School Board bond talks lead to pointed questions about campus's future

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 2:03PM

Voters may determine the future of the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s semester-old Freshman Campus, when they decide on a future bond issue. Before that can happen, though, at least two school board members would like a say on the possibilities, and one has called for a frank board discussion on the topic.

Hiker stays moving to survive lost night on Rattlesnake Ridge

  • Mar 4, 2014 at 2:26PM

A hiker got lost overnight on Rattlesnake Ledge near North Bend last week, and managed to survive the night by staying on his feet. According to a report from the King County Sheriff’s Office, would-be rescuers from Seattle Mountain Rescue, King County’s 4X4 and Explorer Search and Rescue teams, plus search dogs, the sheriff’s helicopter and a small plane, all combed the wet ridge late last Tuesday and early Wednesday, Feb. 25 and 26, after the young man went missing some time before 9 p.m.

Floodzilla says high water is coming to the Snoqualmie Valley

  • Mar 5, 2014 at 9:52AM

Floodzilla, the Lower Valley-based flood watch website, has been issuing warnings on rising river flows, fed by days of rain. The latest Snoqualmie River readings show the river volume at 11,533 cubic feet per second (CFS) at Snoqualmie Falls, at about 10 and a half feet in height, rising about 500 CFS an hour.

Police arrest suspect in threat, lockdown at Mount Si High School

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 11:44AM

A lockdown of all Snoqualmie and North Bend Schools ended just before 10 a.m. Thursday, when police apprehended a man who'd threatened to kill people at "Snoqualmie High School." No one was hurt in the incident, which began at 6:43 a.m. when the subject called 911 to issue his threats.

Snoqualmie assumes police duties for North Bend on March 8

  • Mar 6, 2014 at 11:42AM

North Bend will have a new police department when midnight strikes on the night of Friday, March 7. Under contract with the city of North Bend, the city of Snoqualmie Police Department has hired additional police officers to provide law enforcement services for the City of North Bend as of March 8.

She's after him with a hatchet; Bear scare is actually raccoon | Snoqualmie Valley Police Blotter

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 3:27PM

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, an officer on patrol responded to a report of a disturbance in the 600 block of Northeast Eighth Street. The officer contacted the caller about a block away from the incident, walking down the street. The man got upset when the officer asked how he was, and told police that a woman in his home had come after him with a hatchet.

Snoqualmie police investigate stabbing, sexual assault in North Bend

  • Mar 10, 2014 at 9:08AM

Snoqualmie/North Bend police and a Major Crimes Task Force detective are looking into a stabbing and sexual assault that happened late Sunday in North Bend. Shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, March 9, police responded to a 911 call from a business on the 400 block of Mount Si Boulevard in North Bend.

Healthy interest in Snoqualmie's new hospital: Board interviews seven would-be commissioners

  • Mar 11, 2014 at 4:52PM

More people want to be on the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital’s board of commissioners now, than ever before. Finance professionals, business owners, veterans, and one former Valley nurse among them, seven applicants for King County Public Hospital District’s open Position 3 seat aired their ambitions Thursday night, March 6, in open interviews with the board. That is more interest than commission president Joan Young has ever seen for the organization, which has begun construction of a new campus on Snoqualmie Ridge.

On the Carnation beat: Deputy is center of Lower Valley city’s new police force

  • Mar 14, 2014 at 4:23PM

Carnation’s new police officer is back. Scott Allen, who got his first job in law enforcement 17 years ago with Carnation’s police department, is once again patrolling the city, this time as both a King County Sheriff’s Deputy and Carnation’s dedicated full-time cop. “For the last two years or so, I’ve been wanting to get back to patrol,” Allen said, “I’ve been wanting to get back out here to familiar territory, because I know all the people who work out here.”

Open up and say ah! Eight things you didn’t know about the new home of North Bend’s Garwood Dental

  • Mar 17, 2014 at 10:15AM

North Bend dentist Kelly Garwood’s new digs in downtown North Bend are full of surprises, some of which she may show you at her open house, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Garwood moved last December into her new location, the former home of North Bend Montessori school. An extensive remodel, a new home in the heart of North Bend, and some smart additions have made for positive changes for Garwood, her team and her patients.

Season of dreams: Seniors with depth and skill are core of 2014 Mount Si fastpitch team

  • Mar 18, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 2:54PM

Hitting power, speed and experience are what the Mount Si girls softball team has in spades. Head coach Larry White has seven seniors on the team, including four four-year starters, the most he’s ever had in his 14 years with the program. “I’m looking for leadership and experience” from them, he said. “The whole senior class will be very offensive-minded.” At the top of the batting order, senior Celine Fowler is a vocal leader of the squad. Softball, she said, is an escape, a family tradition that links her back to playing at age 4.

Fast legs, big bats are Mount Si baseball’s advantage | 2014 preview

  • Mar 18, 2014 at 12:53PM

Cages and gyms are OK in rainy weather. But the soft-spoken, athletic Mount Si junior Carson Breshears was clearly ready for some spring sunshine and real ball. “The guys are ready to get after it,” said Breshears, who took the field on a warm Tuesday afternoon with the varsity for practice in the sun. “It’s good to get on the actual field and play live.” Breshears will be at the top of the lineup for the Wildcats, then doff his helmet for his second season at shortstop. After a fourth-place finish at state last season, this team wants to do better. Breshears sees a lot of depth on both varsity and JV.

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