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North Bend to celebrate Arbor Day with Tollgate Forest restoration

  • Nov 10, 2014 at 9:12AM

Although National Arbor Day is typically the last Friday in April each year, North Bend holds a fall observation of the holiday. For this year’s event, Saturday, Nov. 22, the city is planning a tree-planting day at the Tollgate Farm property. Historically a forest of giant conifer trees along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, Tollgate Forest is now comprised of cottonwood, maple, alder, cascara, and cherry trees. The river serves as a wildlife corridor for elk, deer and other large animals, and the forest is home to a variety of wildlife, including pileated woodpeckers, wood ducks, river otters and muskrat. Native conifers are missing from the forest, and non-native plants such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry are invading the forest.

Expansion of Mount Si, Middle Fork Snoqualmie conservation areas up for public hearing tonight

  • Nov 10, 2014 at 9:11AM

The Washington State Department of Natural Resource (DNR) will conduct a public hearing in North Bend on November 10 to provide information and receive comments on the proposed expansion of the Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCA). Expansion of the existing boundaries of the Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCAs by about 7,119 acres would allow acquisition of privately owned lands and cooperative management of public lands. DNR acquires lands only from willing sellers, based on market price determined by an independent appraisal.

Free ‘Battleship’ showing for vets at North Bend Theatre

  • Nov 9, 2014 at 10:28AM

The American Legion Auxiliary Post #79 hosts a showing of the movie “Battleship” at the North Bend Theater, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. Admission is free to all military veterans and active duty service men and women. There is a $5 admission fee for all other movie goers. Funds will be used to fill and mail care packages to deployed troops.

State Parks offers ‘free day’ Nov. 11, for Veterans Day

  • Nov 9, 2014 at 10:28AM

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the final free day of 2014 is Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Visitors will not be required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

Former North Bend couple gets home detention in neglect case

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Nov 9, 2014 at 10:20AM

Former North Bend residents Jeffrey and April Henderson were each sentenced to nine months of electronic home detention last week, for their roles in the abuse and neglect of a severely handicapped 19-year-old girl. The two initially entered pleas of not guilty at their April 24 arraignment on charges of second degree criminal mistreatment and Medicaid fraud. In late September, both changed their pleas to guilty of criminal mistreatment. Residents of Florida since the summer of 2013, the Hendersons have been in custody in North Bend via electronic home detention since April, when they returned to the state for their court appearances.

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:

Hearts for Marysville Pilchuck at Mount Si High School | Photo

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 4:15PM

Students at Mount Si High School wore Marysville Pilchuck colors and gathered after school last Thursday, Oct. 30, for a group photo. The photo, along with flowers and a signed poster, are a show of support for the students of Marysville Pilchuck High

At the wheel? Better wake up; It's Drowsy Driving Week

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 4:08PM

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed this week, November 2 to 9, as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in Washington state. While this proclamation is a significant step towardsdrowsy driving awareness and prevention, there is much more that needs to be done to keep this pandemic off of our roads and highways. We must change attitudes about drowsy driving first.

Fall City UMC hosts Harvest Festival this weekend

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 4:06PM

Fall City United Methodist Church's Harvest Festival is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the church, 4326 337 Pl. S.E., Fall City. Get a soup and pie lunch and shop in a Holiday Craft Fair and bake sale.

Savor a Piccola wine pairing dinner at Blue Heron in Carnation

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 4:05PM

Piccola Wine Dinner is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Blue Heron Bar & Grill at the Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation Cost is $65. The meal includes courses paired with five wines from Piccola Winery. Diana Kaspic, owner of Piccola Winery, is guest speaker for the wine pairings.

Sale helps Our Lady of Sorrows youth on mission trip

  • Nov 6, 2014 at 11:31AM

Youth Group Mission Trip Yard & Bake Sale is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 39025 SE Alpha St., Snoqualmie.

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.

Treat Harvest is annual candy-getting tradition in downtown Snoqualmie | Photos

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 12:36PM

Above, taking in the candy by stroller, neighbors Tegan and Izzy, center, roll down Falls Avenue during Snoqualmie’s Downtown Treat Harvest on Friday morning, Oct. 31. Costumed children braved the rain to get treats and candy from participating businesses. The downtown merchants hold the treat harvest yearly.

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.

LEO speaker talks guardianships, special needs trusts

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 12:13PM

Life Enrichment Options presents attorney Denise Redinger speaking about guardianships, alternatives to guardianship, and special needs trusts, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. Redinger will provide an overview on the need for, and the pros and cons of, guardianships and alternatives to guardianships. She will discuss the process for obtaining guardianship through an attorney, obtaining one without an attorney, and the periodic reporting for people who already have a guardianship in place. She will also present information on the necessity of special needs trusts and explain their interaction with the other estate planning documents.

Celebration of life held for Larry Willett

  • Nov 5, 2014 at 12:11PM

Larry Allen Willett, 55, of North Bend died Sunday, Oct. 19, in Bellevue. Larry was born April 20, 1959, in Auburn, Wash., to Glenn and Olive Willett. He was raised in North Bend, where he graduated from Mount Si High School. On July 3, 1976, he married Linda Ross. They settled in North Bend, where they started a family. Larry worked for the city of North Bend as a wastewater treatment operator.

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.

Mount Si's Hannah Waskom punches ticket to state XC meet at Districts

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 3:29PM

Mount Si sophomore Hannah Waskom was the sole runner to punch a ticket for state, finishing fifth in the 4A District 1 cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 1, at Whidbey Island. Waskom had a time of 18:37.37 on the challenging course at South Whidbey High School. As a team, Mount Si girls finished ninth. The boys finished 13th.

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.

Women Who Fight

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 3:22PM

Inside the world of women's mixed martial arts, as told by fighters Cindy Hales and Amy Cadwell Montenegro.

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.

Six-year anniversary party going on this week at Snoqualmie Casino

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 3:02PM

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Snoqualmie Casino celebrates its sixth anniversary. As part of the party, the Casino is offering $275,000 in cars, cash and other prizes. Since opening on November 6, 2008, Snoqualmie Casino has made a home in the Snoqualmie Valley, as one of the largest employers in the area, providing jobs to over 1,200 employees.

Friends of Youth breakfast, Wednesday, helps mental health in Riverview schools

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 12:23PM

Wait lists for students seeking mental health and substance abuse counseling in our schools have grown to between 15 to 25 students per school at any given time. Friends of Youth is helping by increasing mental health and substance treatment services in the Riverview School District.

Recognizing inspiration: Nominations open for the 2015 GIVE GOOD Awards

  • Nov 4, 2014 at 12:11PM

Lots of citizens, youth, businesses, and organizations have already been nominated for the 2015 GIVE GOOD Awards of Snoqualmie Valley, relates organizer Angela Craig. Recognizing inspirational people and highlighting the hard work invested into making the Valley a great place to live, awards celebrate the everyday heroes, outstanding citizens, youth, businesses, and organizations with a red carpet event that will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 6, at North Bend Theatre.

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