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Alpine Lake expansion takes strong step toward reality

  • Jul 31, 2014 at 11:25AM

Federal legislation expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designating both the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as "Wild and Scenic" has passed a significant milestone. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361) passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee with a favorable recommendation.

Ready for anything: Former Snoqualmie mayor Fuzzy Fletcher goes into the disaster preparedness business

  • Jul 31, 2014 at 1:29PM

Randy “Fuzzy” Fletcher is not out to scare you. He just wants to make you think, and better yet, make a plan. Fletcher, the former mayor of Snoqualmie, and his wife, Rebecca Bastian, recently went into business as Fletcher Consulting, offering disaster preparedness for businesses and families. They have operated the business since October out of their Maple Avenue home in Snoqualmie, offering everything from five-day kits to generator installation to plans for keeping a company up and running in a disaster.

Drivers stop to help mama bear, cubs cross the street: Snoqualmie police, fire calls

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 6:51PM

Bear crossing: On Sunday morning, July 20, police received reports of a black bear with three cubs at Snoqualmie Parkway and Fisher Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie. They contacted a group of people stopped on the Parkway, who were trying to help the bear and cubs cross the intersection. They asked the group to not assist the animals.

North Bend man sentenced on molestation charges

  • Aug 5, 2014 at 10:38AM

A 23-year-old North Bend man, found guilty in April on two counts of first-degree child molestation, was given an alternative sentence from the King County Superior Court. Sentencing information for Lazarus Honeywell stated that he was eligible for the sexual offender sentencing alternative, or SSOSA, in part because of his youth and his support system.

Chelley Patterson sworn in to Snoqualmie City Council

  • Aug 5, 2014 at 10:38AM

The Snoqualmie City Council appointed Chelley Patterson to City Council Position no. 2, which was previously held by Jeff MacNichols. He resigned in May due to a family relocation outside of Snoqualmie. Patterson was one of six Snoqualmie residents who applied for the position and were interviewed by council members. By a unanimous vote of the council, Patterson will serve as council member until the term expiration of December 31, 2015. She may choose to run for election in 2015 to extend her term by another four years.

Snoqualmie tax will roll over for roads fix; Council seeks funding for aging infrastructure

  • Aug 5, 2014 at 1:27PM

Snoqualmie’s City Council has found a funding source for needed road improvements. Now they just need to pay off city hall. The council voted 5-2 to approve an ordinance repealing the scheduled sunset of a 3 percent utility tax that is now paying for the 2009 construction of city hall.

South Pole adventurers Chris and Marty Fagan honored as Festival at Mount Si grand marshals

  • Aug 5, 2014 at 1:28PM

This past winter, Chris and Marty Fagan of North Bend made a life-changing journey to the South Pole. They’re getting a hometown hurrah this summer, named grand marshals of the Festival at Mount Si Parade.

Fir Street closes Aug. 18 for Snoqualmie infrastructure project

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 2:00PM

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.

Chief for a day: Snoqualmie Police honor boy, 6, battling illness

  • Aug 20, 2014 at 10:21AM

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.

Is he with you? Man chats up Valley restaurant customers, checks out the kitchen before police toss him out

  • Aug 22, 2014 at 2:10PM

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.

Greenway starts Indiegogo fundraiser for river bathrooms

  • Aug 25, 2014 at 2:43PM

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.

Learning from the greats: Chip Beck grows the next generation of golf at Boeing Classic's Emirates Youth Clinic | Photo Gallery

  • Aug 26, 2014 at 4:15PM

Budding Snoqualmie golfer Kasey Maralack is only 10 years old, and she is already finding success in the game. Last Tuesday, Aug. 19, she got a big lesson in thinking positive from one of the greats of the game. Maralack hit the green with golf pro Chip Beck for some pro tips at the Emirates Youth Clinic, one of several family-oriented activities that took place last week as part of the 10th annual Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

Classes begin next week for Valley students

  • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:39PM

Classes start throughout the Riverview School District on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and in the Snoqualmie Valley School District on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Orientation began last week at many Valley schools, and is still going in the Upper Valley. At Chief Kanim Middle School, seventh graders are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and eighth graders are on for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Valley school districts, feds in dispute over progress standards

  • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:44PM

Six Valley schools are in a dubious spotlight this month, and in response, area superintendents are working to turn that light back onto what they say is the source of the problem. The schools, Twin Falls Middle School and Opstad and North Bend Elementary Schools in the Snoqualmie Valley District, Tolt Middle School, and Cherry Valley and Carnation Elementary in Riverview, are being penalized for student test scores that did not meet federal adequate yearly progress, or AYP, standards. Each of the schools receives federal Title I funding, which will come with more restrictions on it this year, including reserving 20 percent strictly for transportation costs for students who choose a different school this year, and setting aside funds for staff professional development.

North Bend sewer at the ‘pinch point’ | City declares emergency, OKs fix

  • Aug 28, 2014 at 3:44PM

North Bend processes about 1 million gallons of sewage in its 60 year-old wastewater treatment plant every day, a little less during the dry season. On paper, the city could handle more than double that, but in reality, the plant’s intake has been limited to the million mark for the past six months to a year.

Road rage over parking spot ruins family's Falls visit | Snoqualmie Police Blotter

  • Aug 29, 2014 at 2:40PM

On Sunday, Aug. 17, a caller contacted police about an aggressive driver who wanted her parking spot, in the upper lot of the Snoqualmie Falls Park, Snoqualmie. The caller said the man had parked right behind her after she’d pulled into the coveted spot, then got out and sat on the back of her vehicle. Next, he circled the lot and dropped off his kids, according to the victim, then parked and returned to her car, to take pictures and be confrontational.

Snoqualmie tries new trash times to discourage hungry bears

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 12:03PM

Snoqualmie’s city council introduced an ordinance tweaking the rules governing garbage containers and bears. In Snoqualmie, garbage containers must be stored unless they are bear-resistant. The new law changes the times that garbage cans can be rolled out for pickup and when they must be brought back inside.

Snoqualmie sets aside $700K to make river boardwalk a reality

  • Sep 4, 2014 at 3:41PM

A riverside boardwalk in downtown Snoqualmie has been a dream for nearly a decade. That dream took a step closer to reality Monday, Aug. 24, when Snoqualmie City Council set aside more than half a million dollars as match funding for a potential grant.

Hooray for Hansen! Park named for former Snoqualmie mayor gets grand opening | Photo Gallery

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 2:30PM

Colleagues of Jeanne Hansen say she was a master of transformations. The late Hansen, mayor of Snoqualmie from 1987 to 1997, shepherded the development of Snoqualmie Ridge. She died Jan. 3, 2001, and never got to see the changes she wrought.

Core pioneers: Mount Si girls soccer looks to make 4A impact

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:00AM

Most of the core is back for the Mount Si girls soccer team. Now, this group faces the challenge of a new league with bigger schools as competition. “We’re playing tougher teams,” said senior forward and co-captain Karli White. “We want to get a good record and start off strong.”

Boxley’s North Bend Jazz Walk keeps getting bigger, more ‘awesome’

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:18AM

It’s going to be busy in North Bend Saturday evening, when the Boxley Music Fund’s Jazz Walk returns for its third year. It’s also, according to organizers, going to be awesome. “We counted 86 musicians, and at least 15 venues,” says Greg Williamson, owner of Pony Boy Records, and booker of music for the event. Officially, the website, www.northbendjazzwalk.com, lists 18 venues in all, and 21 acts, to fill them.

First day of school at North Bend Elementary | Photo Gallery

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:54AM

"This is the best day of the year!" announced North Bend Elementary School principal Jim Frazier on a cloudy morning, Sept. 3. He had a big coffee mug and an even bigger smile for student and parents as they came to the front door.

Taking new ground: Mount Si football, QB JoJo Hillel, ready for new league

  • Sep 11, 2014 at 11:15AM

One year ago, junior safety Jojo Hillel had the best seat in the house to learn the art of quarterbacking. Now, the transition is natural, and the tall, 180-pound senior will be at the center of action under Mount Si’s Friday night lights.

Bear flees after Snoqualmie police fire beanbags; Man busted for blasting street lights with a pellet gun

  • Sep 13, 2014 at 5:16PM

Bear blast: At 1:21 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, police were called to the 8200 block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, for a bear report. Police located the bear in an alley between Falls and Park Avenue, and shot bean bags at it. The bear ran. It had a tracking collar, so police notified the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

More students in Valley schools: Fall counts show pupil population rising in unexpected ways

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 2:32PM

Student enrollment is up, but not in the ways that Snoqualmie Valley School District staff were expecting this school year. Comparing start-of-year enrollment numbers with the 2013-14 official count taken in October, staff reported that the number of student full-time equivalents, or FTEs, has increased, and most significantly at the high school.

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