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North Bend PTA makes student fundraisers into limo-riding celebrities for a day | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 4:05PM

Students were all smiles as they hopped out of the stretch Hummer, making the most of their celebrity treatment for the day. They posed for the paparazzi, charged down the red carpet, and flashed their VIP passes at every opportunity, and topped the whole thing off with a limousine ride in the stretch Hummer through North Bend.

All-ages family track meet at Si View, this weekend

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 4:00PM

Si View Metro Parks hosts an All Comers Track Meet for all ages, 2 p.m. on two Sundays, May 4 and 18. Running action includes many events, from a 25-meter dash to a 1,600-meter dash.

Snoqualmie's Kasey Maralack wins national drive championship

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 3:56PM

Young Snoqualmie golfer Kasey Maralack is making a name for herself in youth golf circles. Maralack, age 9, won the Driving Championship in the Drive Chip and Putt championship at Augusta National on Sunday, April 6, in Augusta, Ga., with a 162-foot drive, her first at the event. Her second drive was 137 yards. She was one of four winners in the girls’ 7-9 age division.

Cascade View School's Taj Khandekar gets first at State Science Fair

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 3:42PM

At the 2014 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (www.wssef.org), held April 4 and 5 in Bremerton, Taj Khandekar, a second grade student from Cascade View Elementary, presented her project “Investigating Solar Energy.”

Resource Fair for pets: Valley Animal Partners event is Saturday

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 3:41PM

Valley Animal Partners (VAP) hosts its second Pet Resource Fair, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Valley Animal Partners offers free vaccines for pets of residents who could otherwise not afford them, and $5 microchips.

Women’s self-defense class starts next week in North Bend

  • Apr 29, 2014 at 3:40PM

The Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department is offering free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training for North Bend women starting May 5. The 12-hour class is 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 5, 7, 12 and 14, at Cascade Covenant Church, 13225 436th Ave. S.E., North Bend. Only North Bend women, 18 or older, can attend, and participants must attend all four sessions.

Search boats fight Snoqualmie current to locate truck in river

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 1:48PM

Just after midnight Sunday, April 27, a witness reported seeing a truck sliding into the Snoqualmie River. Fall City firefighters spent the next several hours on an unsuccessful search for the truck, and resumed their search by daylight this morning. "We had a witness who saw this tree shaking," said Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor, pointing at a small tree on S.R. 202 downstream of the Fall City bridge, where a wide track of crushed blackberry vines marked the truck's path into the water. "They came over and looked down and saw the taillights sinking into the river."

Suspicious knocker trying doors in Snoqualmie; Teenager hides liquor in pants, runs from store | Snoqualmie Valley police, fire calls

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:48AM

On Tuesday, April 15, a resident in the 7500 block of Dogwood Lane Southeast, Snoqualmie, told police that his wife had been home alone that day, when an unknown woman knocked on their door, then tried the doorknob. He also said that an unknown person had come to their home three times in the past month and knocked on the door. Police advised the residents to call 911 immediately when something suspicious happens.

Valley's Troop 466 Scouts earn rank of Eagle

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:43AM

Boy Scout Troop 466 of North Bend, recently honored Sean Hecker, Eric Lynne, Gregory Malcolm, and Lucas Stambaugh, who earned the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle. “The Eagle rank represents years of commitment, service and outdoor adventures. We are very proud of these scouts and it’s been a pleasure to see their growth, as many have been scouting since the age of 6,” said Scout Master Doug McClelland, at a March 23 dinner celebrating the boys’ accomplishments.

A poem for closure, and for baby Kimball Doe

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:42AM

I feel compelled to validate closure provided by the memorial service for baby Kimball at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, held last month. So touched by what must have been the struggle of this tiny baby girl, I wrote a poem which helped me process this loss, and need for more awareness to step up involvement in our communities. Perhaps my words may help others, too. And those in trouble must know they are not alone.

County hosts spring town hall meeting Wednesday at Fall City

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:41AM

Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with county officials, learn about small grant opportunities for their community, and be informed about current work in their area at an open house, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Pl., Fall City. Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Sheriff John Urquhart and Chief of Operations Rhonda Berry will attend.

Do your spring clean-up with safety in mind, says EFR

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:40AM

As spring approaches thoughts turn to cleaning up our yards from the long winter months, making repairs around the home, and enjoying the outdoors. Keeping a few safety thoughts in mind will help make your spring experience more enjoyable. Eastside Fire and Rescue offers the following tips to ensure your home is made safer as well as spic and span this spring.

Eastside bike ride helps Camp Korey kids

  • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:39AM

Cyclists can raise money for Camp Korey and explore the Eastside and the Valley at the Flying Wheels Bike Ride, set for Saturday, May 31. Entrants who raise $150 or more for Camp Korey receive free entry to Flying Wheels, which including a 25, 45, 65, and 100-mile route. The ride starts and finishes at Marymoor Park in Redmond with the three longest routes winding through Snoqualmie Valley, featuring a water station at Camp Korey. All proceeds will benefit Camp Korey and its year-round camp programs for children with life-altering medical conditions.

Photo Gallery: Explosion's aftermath is a huge mess in North Bend

  • Apr 25, 2014 at 1:38PM

Clean-up efforts are already underway in North Bend, following the explosion that leveled a long-closed pizza parlor on North Bend Way. On Friday morning, locals walked along police-tape barriers to witness the damage and debris, which affected homes and businesses for blocks around.

Explosion in North Bend: 'We are blessed this occurred early'

  • Apr 25, 2014 at 12:18PM

First they felt it. Then they heard it. Many thought it was an earthquake. The explosion that rocked North Bend was centered on the former Pizza Place restaurant, closed for years but now under remodel, at the 500 block of East North Bend Way. The boom, at about 3:30 Friday morning, April 25, caused massive damage, shattered windows and mangled doors on nearby building, and injured at least one resident of the Red Oak Residence, two doors down, past Les Schwab Tire and a stand of trees.

Out of the Past: Clearcut on Rattlesnake Ridge; Stolen horse recovered with foal, 'Stolen Promise'

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 3:52PM

Thursday, April 20, 1989: The Weyerhaeuser Company intends to clearcut most of its timber on the east slope of Rattlesnake Ridge over the next 17 years. The company met with 20 community leaders Monday to discuss logging plans.

Hands-on workshop at Fall City Learning Garden

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 3:41PM

The Fall City Learning Garden and P-Patch will host a free hands-on workshop, "Companion Plants and Plant Allies," 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Enhance the beauty and productivity of your garden by grouping plant friends together, and including flowers and herbs to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Plant a hedgerow of annual flowers and herbs. Any extra plant starts will be shared with workshop participants.

North Bend Elementary students report odd incident at bus stop

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 2:01PM

Following a suspicious, but uneventful incident near a school bus stop in North Bend on Wednesday morning, April 23, North Bend Elementary School staff are reminding parents to talk with their children about stranger danger and personal safety. The incident occurred in the 400 block of Healy Avenue in North Bend, near the old Si View area. Two students, walking to their bus stop, told their bus driver that one of the people sitting in a parked white SUV had gestured for them to approach the car.

At the big Valley Easter egg hunts, you gotta move fast | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 22, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Apr 23, 2014 at 3:28PM

“Chocolate’s better than money.” That’s what 6-year-old Iris, a young egg hunter at the Moose Lodge’s annual Easter hunt at Si View Park, told mom Brissa. She had discovered that some of the eggs found by children contained cash. But money’s not candy.

Mount Si tennis squad nailing its stroke with mid-season wins | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:43PM

Tennis is not a mean sport. So says doubles player Amber Caudle, who took to the court with partner Emily Schwabe and was perfectly polite, even as the duo beat their Sammamish Totem opponents in two sets. “You can play competitively and still be nice,” Caudle said afterward. There’s certainly no reason for chips on shoulders this season, one of the best that Mount Si’s girls tennis squad has ever had.

Showtime in the garden: Season’s changes on display at North Bend’s Nursery at Mount Si | Photo Gallery

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:27PM

With spring in full swing, color comes quickly to the grounds of North Bend’s Nursery at Mount Si. So staff are hard at work to keep the plants, and the knowledge, growing and spreading to customers. “It’s showtime in the garden business,” says owner Nels Melgaard, who’s at the center of the activity.

You Be the Chemist: Middle school challenge held at Chief Kanim

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:14PM

More than 90 middle school students from 35 area schools competed Saturday, April 19, in the You Be the Chemist Challenge at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City. The event, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation, is designed to introduce students to the central role science and chemistry play in daily life, and to make chemistry fun.

Mount Si readies for Festival of Arts Thursday

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:11PM

Mount Si High School's Festival of the Arts returns this week. The festival, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the high school library and in the Wildcat Court, is open to all students, not just those focused on art.

Judge gives North Bend OK to demolish vacant house

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:10PM

The old house sitting on skids at North Bend’s wastewater treatment plant is finally, and once again, slated for demolition. Empty since 2010, the house was spared from two earlier dates with destruction, once by relocation, and once by court intervention. However, earlier this month, King Superior Court Judge Dean Lum reversed his 2012 granting of an injunction to stop the demolition, and North Bend officials immediately renewed their plans to destroy the house.

Funeral mass is Friday for North Bend resident Arlene Connor

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:06PM

A funeral mass for Arlene D. Connor, 92, of North Bend, is 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Snoqualmie. A reception will follow at the church with a committal service at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

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