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Rock blasting-related closures finished for the year on Snoqualmie Pass

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 1:29PM

Drivers traveling across Interstate 90 will be happy to hear rock blasting-related closures on Snoqualmie Pass are finished for the year. However, drivers still need to plan for added travel time next week due to lane closures.

Shirtless customer makes off with tip jar | Lonely dog spurs argument between neighbors | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 1:32PM

Tips taken: On Thursday, Oct. 16, a caller at a business in the downtown block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, reported a theft. A shirtless blonde man with bad teeth asked for water the caller said, and when she turned back around, the tip jar was empty, and the man was walking away. He came back later for candy.

Mount Si girls soccer goes into playoff for chance at championship

  • Oct 24, 2014 at 1:55PM

Mount Si girls soccer team, with an 11-3-1 record, continues its battle for KingCo honors this week. Fresh off a win over Eastlake last night, the girls go into a playoff this Monday, Oct. 27, on the road versus Skyline for the right to face Issaquah in the KingCo Championship Nov. 3. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Mount Si beat Eastlake, 2-0, at Eastlake High.

North Bend ACE employee gets big support in cancer fight

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 3:08PM

Jennifer Luey, our employee at Ace Hardware, as everyone may or may not know, has been out ill fighting lung cancer since mid-June. Jennifer and all the staff of North Bend Ace Hardware would like to express their deep appreciation of support she has received from the community.

Tough night at the office: Mount Si football takes on challenging Newport Knights

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 4:07PM

What looked like anybody’s game turned into a tough uphill slog under driving rain for the Mount Si varsity football team on Friday, Oct. 24. The Wildcats held the edge on the road against Newport for almost the entirety of the first half, but the second half was practically all the Knights, who, with running back Paul Wells’ fast legs, gradually claimed an insuperable lead.

Dueling gun laws on Nov. ballot | Valleyites weigh in

  • Oct 28, 2014 at 4:11PM

Two statewide gun measures will be decided in the Nov. 4 election, Initiative 591 and 594. Supporters of the conflicting initiatives claim they are about gun rights and public safety, respectively, but neither issue is as simple as it sounds. Initiative 591, supported by Protect Our Gun Rights (wagunrights.org), prohibits government agencies, including police, from confiscating citizens’ handguns and long guns, without due process, and does not allow the state to implement a background check policy of its own, but to adhere to the federal standard only. The federal standard calls for background checks on all gun sales made at federally licensed retailers.

Strange man, screaming, says it's his house; North Bend homeowner threatens to shoot | Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Oct 31, 2014 at 11:57AM

Whose house? Late on Monday, Oct. 20, a caller in the 1000 block of Maloney Grove Avenue, North Bend, said a man was attempting to enter her home, screaming it was his house. The man, a red-headed Caucasian with facial hair, was attempting to open the front door when the caller’s husband confronted him. The subject tried to push his way inside, but couldn’t. He then went to the back door. The husband armed himself with a gun, and threatened to shoot the man if he came through the door. The subject returned to the front door, then walked away. Police had the resident secure his gun, then located the subject and took him into custody.

Crunch time for Mount Si volleyball in playoff hunt | Photo Gallery

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 3:21PM

Mount Si was down by two sets and needed a third to stay alive—which they did last week in intense, nail-biting fashion. The volleyball team faced a real challenge last Tuesday, Oct. 28, against Skyline. Mount Si had bested them earlier in the season, and the Spartans, hosting, tall and athletic, were out for blood.

Relentless to the end: Shutout victory, then sudden end for Mount Si girls soccer in league tourney

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 3:33PM

The Mount Si girls soccer team put the pressure on Newport to claim their latest home win, against Newport in the first round of the Kingco 4A league tournament. Wildcat players pumped shot after shot at the Knight goalie, with opportunities by Mackenzie Popp, KK Wallace, Karli White, Jane Livingston among the tally Tuesday, Oct. 30.

King County closes Flood Warning Center as rain-swollen Snoqualmie River recedes

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 4:41PM

The King County Flood Warning Center is closing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, following a brief activation to monitor rising flows on the Snoqualmie River. The Flood Warning Center opened at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in response to minor flooding along the Snoqualmie River – a result of the persistent rainfall across the region over the past few days.

Shrinking density: North Bend confirms changes in lot size, over devs’ objections

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 12:27PM

Over the objections of several housing developers, and one dissenting vote, North Bend’s City Council finalized changes to its low-density residential zoning on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The changes, adopted July 1 as an interim, or emergency ordinance, increased the minimums for lot size and lot width, and bumped up the average lot size required in the city’s R4 zone. Although the city made the initial changes on short notice, the city’s planning commission, assigned to review the zone requirements following the council’s action July 1, spent several months discussing the issue. Both the City Council and the Planning Commission have also held public hearings on the changes, Aug. 19 and Sept. 11, respectively.

Cedarcrest High School cautions families about spreading virus

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 12:24PM

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease has been confirmed at Cedarcrest High School, reports school nurse Jackie Boak, in an e-mail sent to Cedarcrest families Oct. 30. The disease, caused by a form of enterovirus, is painful but not life-threatening. It is not related to hoof-and-mouth disease, although the names are similar. It can cause flu-like symptoms, and sores or blisters in and around the mouth, hands, feet and legs. Because the disease is caused by a virus, like a cold or flu, the treatment is basically rest and fluids.

North Bend voters back extra police measure; Carnation's prop failing by 4 votes

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 1:00PM updated at 3:31PM

Early results from the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election showed North Bend residents in favor of extra police and local parks, while in Carnation, a package for more police protection was failing by the narrowest of margins. North Bend voters showed strong support for the city's public safety measure, Prop. The 0.1 percent sales tax increase, projected to bring $200,000 in revenues for police and fire protection budgets had 59 percent voter approval in early returns on Tuesday night. A total of 605 voters, 59.49 percent, voted yes on Prop. 1 to 412, or 40.51 percent no votes.

Valley veterans, show your pride at local schools for Vet's Day assemblies

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 4:30PM

Several schools in the Snoqualmie Valley School District have invited special guests, including veteran family members, friends and neighbors, to be honored during their upcoming Veteran’s Day assemblies and concerts. Here are a few of the activities taking place:

Suspect in stun-gun robbery captured in downtown Snoqualmie standoff

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Nov 12, 2014 at 10:41AM

Snoqualmie Police and an allied SWAT team captured the suspect in two armed robbery in North Bend, following a seven-hour siege of a downtown Snoqualmie apartment. The robbery occurred Thursday, Nov. 6, around 10 a.m. Police reported that a masked man entered the Carter's store in the North Bend Premium Outlets mall, and threatened the store clerk, who was alone in the shop.

North Bend dog dials 911 after stepping on the phone | Snoqualmie Valley police blotter

  • Nov 11, 2014 at 1:26PM

Doggie dialer: At 3:02 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, police received a 911 call from the 1000 block of Southeast Symmons Place, North Bend, but no one was on the line. Police eventually spoke to a resident, who said her dog must have dialed 911 when he stepped on the phone.

Election update: Voters choose extra North Bend officer, reject Carnation police measure by 30 voes

  • Nov 11, 2014 at 5:39PM

Results from the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election showed North Bend residents in favor of extra police and local parks, while in Carnation, a package for more police protection was failing by a narrow margin. A sales tax increase in North Bend was voted in, by an overwhelming majority of 1,188 yes votes, 64 percent, to 670 no votes, 36 percent. The 0.1 percent addition raises the city’s sales tax to 8.9 percent and is projected to raise city revenues by about $200,000.

Hospital to take its own path: District 4, Overlake back out of affiliation talks

  • Nov 11, 2014 at 5:41PM

King County Hospital District 4 and Overlake Hospital have backed off from a deal to sell Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and its clinics to the Bellevue company. Negotiations were made public this summer and discussed in private sessions this fall, as well as at a public hearing on Oct. 2. The deadline for a decision on affiliation had been pushed to March, but last Thursday, the district announced that the hospital will stay independent.

A day of respect: Snoqualmie Elementary pupils thrilled to honor veterans | Photo Gallery

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 9:50AM

Students at Snoqualmie Elementary School held their annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, Friday, Nov. 7, welcoming family members, servicemen and women, for a special ceremony with readings, songs and poems.

Out on a high note: Wildcats end 2014 football season with Lynnwood blowout

  • Nov 12, 2014 at 10:13AM

It was a big, emotional night to close out the football season for Mount Si last Friday, Nov. 7. The Wildcats dominated Lynnwood, piling up seven touchdowns, imposing the mercy clock and giving the second string some experience. The Wildcats won, 47-13, with touchdowns by Cory Cotto, JoJo Hillel, Sean Hyland, Parker Dumas, and three by Colton Swain. Kicker Jake Ethington contributed five extra points.

Support school counseling at Tuesday's North Bend Friends of Youth Breakfast

  • Nov 17, 2014 at 1:00PM

Friends of Youth will hold its second annual Youth and Family Services Fundraising Breakfast to increase counseling support for youth in Snoqualmie Valley School District schools. The North Bend breakfast is 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Meadowbrook Farm interpretive center. Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Horsepowered: Artistic fundraiser helps Lower Valley rescue ranch’s big holiday plans | Photos

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 12:13PM

Painted ponies that are popping up in Carnation and soon, Duvall, are raising funds for a local horse rescue farm. Beth Marcey, a volunteer at Seven’s Haven Horse Rescue, and family members created 60 pony figures, mounted on sticks, that can be seen at local homes and businesses including Ixtapa, ACE Hardware, Starbucks, Blake’s Pizza, IGA and Sno Valley Auto Rebuild.

Snoqualmie River hitting flood stage today, Floodzilla warns

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 11:12AM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Valley-based Floodzilla are tracking river gauges, and predict that the Snoqualmie River will hit a low-level flood stage today.

County listens on hospital land plan

  • Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Oct 2, 2008 at 6:25PM

Five members of the Metropolitan King County Council listened for nearly three hours last Thursday, March 20, as residents of the Snoqualmie Valley and other Eastside communities shared their thoughts on proposed changes to the county’s comprehensive plan.

District won’t go after May bond

  • Mar 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Oct 2, 2008 at 6:25PM

Board to step back, reflect on three consecutive failures

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