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- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 1:29PM
Smoke gusts and curls along the trail and into my eyes as I work to keep up with DNR spokesperson Seth Barnes Sunday. We’re at the head of the fire, he says, walking along a steep trench that crews from the Department of Natural Resources, Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Larch Corrections Center spent the last two mornings cutting into the hillside. The flames are just small fingers here, where DNR helicopters dumped 270-gallon buckets of water throughout the day Saturday.
Smart, small-town, and supernatural: Twin Peaks fans revisit their show, the Valley; Event starts today
- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Aug 2, 2013 at 12:54PM
Almost daily, North Bend is visited by devotees of the ‘90s TV series “Twin Peaks,” but this weekend, about 200 of them will gather for the annual experience of Twin Peaks Fest. “We used to joke that people take a pilgrimage to Mecca each year, and we go to North Bend,” said Rob Lindley, the new coordinator of the 21 year-old festival, along with his wife, Deanne. “For the next 72 hours, you get the feel of actually being in Twin Peaks,” is how Lindley describes it.
- Jul 30, 2013 at 11:28AM
Puget Sound Energy is offering electric customers who live in manufactured homes and use electric forced-air as their primary heat source the chance to seal up leaky ductwork and receive other energy efficiency upgrades for free. The service offered to PSE customers in Carnation, Issaquah, Fall City and surrounding areas has up to a $500 value per customer and could reduce their energy bills by approximately 30 percent.
- Jul 31, 2013 at 3:37PM
With the county poised to make a decision on where people can legally buy marijuana, Fall City hosts a town hall meeting on the zoning of cannabis businesses. The Valley meeting is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Fall City Library, 33415 SE 42nd Pl., Fall City. The first hour is an open house with King County staff available to answer questions. The public comment period will begin at 7 p.m.
- Jul 31, 2013 at 3:47PM
The Nursery at Mount Si hosts "Grange on the Range," a Sallal Grange open mic night, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in a benefit for the North Bend Theatre. All proceeds from donations and concessions will benefit the theater. Theatrical releases are changing formats, creating a big financial challenge for the North Bend Theatre, which will have to buy expensive new digital equipment just to remain in business. Many in the Snoqualmie Valley have rallied around the theatre and are helping to raise funds for the needed equipment.
- Jul 31, 2013 at 4:03PM
West My Friend, a rootsy indie folk group from British Columbia, plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave., Snoqualmie. Their sound includes mandolins, accordions, double basses, guitars, and four-part harmonies backed up by music degrees from the University of Victoria come together to form something unique and ear-catching. West My Friend is Eden Oliver (vocals, guitar, flute) Alex Rempel (mandolin, vocals,) Jeff Poynter (accordion, vocals) Adam Bailey (bass,vocals).
- Jul 31, 2013 at 4:29PM
Odor has been an issue at the North Bend wastewater treatment plant for years, but a new project approved by the North Bend City Council July 16 should cut the number of complaints. The council awarded a contract for up to $72,000 to Gary Harper Construction, Inc. of Sno-homish for repairs and updates to a 10-year-old dryer, plus electrical and piping modifications needed to complete the repairs.
- Jul 31, 2013 at 4:11PM
Local chili cooks, now is your chance to make a mean soup and win a fat cash prize. The What’s Cookin’ Chili Cook-off, sponsored by The North Bend Bar & Grill, returns Sunday, Aug. 11, to the Festival at Mount Si, held at Si View Park. Chili cooks compete for people’s choice and judges’ awards. The top soup chef gets a $300 cash prize, trophy and bragging rights.
No impact fee, no problem: Valley schools' Ryan Stokes addresses questions on school impact fee, affordable housing project
- Jul 31, 2013 at 4:28PM
Next year’s school impact fee will be $8,000. Or $3,300 per multifamily unit. Either way, it’s a fee the Snoqualmie Valley School District won’t receive from any construction in the affordable housing area of Snoqualmie Ridge. And either way, it’s not a problem. “We don’t really budget impact fees, because they’re unpredictable,” said Ryan Stokes, the district’s director of business services. Besides, the school district won’t receive impact fees from any affordable housing project on Snoqualmie Ridge, whether it’s the proposed Imagine Housing development, or another project.
Close encounters with Thomas: Lots of smiles in Northwest Railway Museum's annual Tank Engine visit | Valley Record Photo Gallery
- Jul 31, 2013 at 4:27PM
It was a kid’s world the last two weekends at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. Good summer weather shone for thousands of visitors to the museum’s annual Day Out with Thomas excursion. Families trundled tykes around the museum grounds, checking out entertainers, munching on hot dogs and pizza, watching puppet shows and getting up close and personal with the main draw, Thomas the Tank Engine, from storybooks and television.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 12:59PM
Byron Fehler of Snoqualmie hit a hole in one shot Saturday, July 26, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Fehler used a seven iron on 195-yard hole six at the Ridge, a downhill par-three.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 1:20PM
Snoqualmie Valley Rotary presents a check Thursday, July 25, to the Executive Director of Rotary First Harvest David Bobanick for a total of $7,500, proceeds collected from the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Presidents Cup Golf Tournament in June. The money allows Rotary First Harvest to provide 500,000 meals to people in need. An additional donation is being made to the Mount Si Food Bank.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 1:13PM
Mount Si Lutheran Church offers a free Vacation Bible School for children entering preschool through sixth grade, Sunday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 8. Every evening from 6 to 8 p.m., children rotate through craft, games, snack, crafts, story, and video. Bible school opens and closes with music and a slideshow. The theme this year is "Kingdom Rock: Where kids stand strong for God!"
- Aug 1, 2013 at 1:17PM
Thursday, July 28, 1988: Carrie Pierce, a clerk at the Thriftway grocery store for three years, won $1.5 million in the Washington State Lottery. She bought her usual one ticket, and didn’t find out she won until she went to work on Friday. She is the second Thriftway clerk to win big this year. Lori Brown, now a resident of Redmond, took the $5 million grand prize early last October.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 1:15PM
Serve your community—and help it party—by being a volunteer at North Bend’s Festival at Mount Si, held in August. Volunteers are needed for shifts on Thursday evening, Aug. 8, Friday, Aug. 9, and Saurday, Aug. 10.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 1:21PM
A joint effort of local churches will equip local students with all the necessities when school starts in September. Mount Si Lutheran and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church volunteers are currently gathering backpacks and all the notebooks, pencils and supplies that go into them, while Snoqualmie Valley Alliance is organizing its annual new shoe drive for students.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 1:12PM
The Festival at Mount Si's highlight is the Grand Parade, planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 10, in downtown North Bend. Registration is open for locals, businesses, clubs and election candidates to enter and take part in the parade.
- Aug 1, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Aug 2, 2013 at 10:05AM
The main Mount Si and Little Si trails reopened today after being closed due to the "444 Fire," which is still burning but mostly under control on Mount Si. Hikes are asked to be cautious while using the trails, as conditions have changed, with fire crews and heavy machinery still working in the forest.
- Aug 2, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 12:52PM
North Bend's pet supply store, U Dirty Dog, hosts a fundraiser dinner, 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the North Bend Moose Lodge on Sydney Avenue. The fundraiser helps a local dog, Sweet Tango, get an MRI exam and follow-up care.The evening includes an auction at 7 p.m. and dancing until 9 p.m.
- Aug 2, 2013 at 10:45AM
With kitten season in full swing, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has a great deal for people looking to adopt. During the month of August, when you adopt one kitten at the normal fee of $100, you can get a second kitten for half off. Regular pet licensing fees apply. The Animal Services center, which serves all of King County including the Valley, is located in Kent.
- Aug 2, 2013 at 11:44AM
Riding high: At 8 a.m. Monday, July 22, a caller in the 300 block of Bendigo Boulevard North in North Bend reported the theft of his mountain bike, which he’d left unlocked, leaning against the wall of his home. He’d seen it earlier in the morning, he said. Police located the suspect, who also had more than 40 grams of marijuana in possession.
- Aug 2, 2013 at 11:07AM
The sixth annual 2013 Mount Si Wildcat Basketball Golf Tournament Fundraiser starts at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie. This four-person scramble helps the Mount Si boys basketball team.
- Aug 2, 2013 at 11:39AM
North Bend resident (and professional photographer) Sandy Horvath was driving along that city’s 426th Avenue with buddy and fellow shutterbug Danny Raphael last Monday, July 22, following a relaxed lunch at the Riverbend Cafe. Suddenly, an elk appeared. “I fortunately had my camera with me,” says Horvath, who snapped a shot as the elk “frantically crossed.”
- Aug 2, 2013 at 11:08AM
The Friends of the North Bend Library’s annual book sale will take place during regular hours, Friday, Aug. 9, though Sunday, Aug. 18, at the library. The sale will include gently used hardcover books, paperbacks, children’s books, DVDs and CDs, priced from 25 cents to a dollar.
Sports storyteller: Experienced North Bend sports writer Dan Raley looks back on career, pens book on basketball player Brandon Roy
- Aug 2, 2013 at 11:40AM
Dan Raley didn’t set out to be a journalist. When everyone else in his family was getting a business or science degree, Raley always wanted to do something different. When his best friend signed up to take journalism classes in school, Raley did it, too. After graduating from Western Washington University and reporting for a stint in Alaska, Raley worked as a sports and crime reporter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 30 years. Today Raley works for MSN.com and writes books about Seattle’s history. He and his family live in North Bend.