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On duty in schools: School Resource Officer programs renewed at both Valley school districts

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 1:42PM

Candy, tattoos, and information are the main things that Cedarcrest High School’s school resource officer Sgt. Lori Batiot serves up in her shared role between department and district. The candy and (temporary) tattoos are ice-breakers to get students to make contact; the information, advice, and the accompanying healthy dose of role modeling are what she sees as her real purpose at the 900-student school.

North Bend Council takes no property tax hike for 2015

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 1:40PM

Expressing their appreciation for area voters’ support of recent tax initiatives, the North Bend City Council decided against a property tax increase Nov. 18. The unanimous vote approved a $1.47 million property tax levy, which includes about $62,000 in new construction and $42,000 of levies for past-year refunds.

Valley eye care pros serve in Seattle event

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 1:24PM

Ophthalmologist Rebecca Dale and technician Sarah Field from Snoqualmie Valley Eyecare Associates, helped provide eye care at Seattle’s Key Arena Saturday, Oct. 25, at an event organized by Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, or RAM. Many people live in fear of sickness and injury because they have little to no access to basic medical care, said Dale. RAM helps by providing free quality dental, vision and medical care to those who cannot afford it. In less than 24 hours, RAM turns fairgrounds, schools and arenas into mobile medical centers.

Holidays are a good time to take stock of older family members’ needs

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 1:21PM

The holiday season is one of the few times that families get together. That may be both a wake-up moment when people realize an elderly loved one needs help, and an opportunity to get everyone on the same page, strategize and make a plan to care for an aging relative. So, perhaps this year, your family has the opportunity to gather around the kitchen table for both treats and a talk.

Don't forget to shop local on Small Business Saturday

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 1:21PM

Small businesses are here for all of us. On Saturday, Nov. 29, be there for them. When you spend your money locally, your money stays in your community, supporting local-owned businesses and services. Our community benefits!

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.

Family pet walk is Black Friday on Silent Creek Trail

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 11:47AM

A Post-Turkey Day Pet Walk is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at Silent Creek Trail, at Swenson Avenue and Southeast Vaughan Street on Snoqualmie Ridge. Families, kids and their dogs are invited to join the Snoqualmie Ridge Resident Owner’s Association “Pet Committee” for a leisurely walk through the Silent Creek Trail off Swenson Avenue, 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 at Si

Snoqualmie firefighters sharing strengths with Peru sister city

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 11:25AM

What to do with older bunker gear that’s outlived regulations, but is still perfectly useful? Why not send it to your sister city? That was the idea behind Snoqualmie Sister City Association’s recent shipment of several bags of surplus firefighter equipment to Chaclacayo, Peru, and to the surrounding Lima District, analogous to King County.

North Bend Community Church ready for Christmas Bazaar

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 11:14AM

North Bend Community Church holds a Christmas bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Shop for crafts and meet local crafters, and buy tasty goods at a church bake sale.

North Bend grad Jared Lettau clears basic training

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 9:59AM

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jared R. Lettau graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Cascade View students blow through walkathon goal, slime principal

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 9:58AM

Cascade View Elementary School raised a record $52,000 for teacher grants, field maintenance and physical education equipment in its annual walkathon, held earlier this fall. As part of a dare to students for beating the school goal of $42,000, Principal Ray Wilson was “slimed” in front of the entire student body on Monday, Oct. 20.

Documentary film team explores Snoqualmie Valley’s big ‘Twin Peaks’ era

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 2:48PM

Maybe you never watched “Twin Peaks” or maybe you have every episode and the movie on Blu-Ray, plus the books, the soundtracks, the city guide, and a costume or two carefully stashed away. Either way, if you live in the Valley, you have probably heard of the 1990-91 TV series, ostensibly set in the Upper Valley, and are familiar with its cult following.

Civil War 'Battle of Snoqualmie' is on for next summer

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 2:37PM

The Washington Civil War Association recently approved its schedule of major events for 2015, and for the first time, Snoqualmie will host the re-enactment of a Civil War battle. The Battle of Snoqualmie, www.battleofsnoqualmie.com, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30, at Meadowbrook Farm in Snoqualmie.

Experience art by Michael McDevitt at North Bend show

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 2:32PM

See art works by Michael McDevitt in an art show at the North Bend Library’s meeting room this autumn. McDevitt’s works are on display through Friday, Dec. 19. North Bend Library is located at 115 E 4th Street, downtown North Bend.

North Bend homeless shelter seeks food donations for Thanksgiving dinner

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 2:16PM

Valley Renewal Center in North Bend is seeking food donations to put on a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and low-income neighbors, 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at Mount Si Lutheran Church (411 NE 8th St, North Bend).

Making the financial grade: North Bend credit rating upped to double-A

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 2:11PM

The city of North Bend recently received a credit rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Ratings Services, from AA- to AA. S&P raised the city’s long-term rating for the city’s unlimited tax and limited tax general obligation bonds. “This is fantastic news”, said Mayor Ken Hearing. He thanked the city council for their conservative fiscal policies and city staff for their strong leadership which resulted in the improved credit rating.

Dates set for Snoqualmie's Winter Magic fest; Synthetic rink coming to Ridge, downtown

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 2:09PM

The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce invites children of all ages to enjoy the outdoors this December, while skating on an Olympic-grade synthetic ice rink. The ice rink will be located in downtown Snoqualmie, Sunday, Dec. 14 through Monday, Dec. 22, and on Snoqualmie Ridge, Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, 2015. The event starts with a “Winter Magic” celebration, 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in historic Snoqualmie, featuring an ice queen and princesses, horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating. Santa Train also takes place that day.

Bears make for bad neighbors in Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood: Valley Police, Fire Calls

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 11:42AM

Police and fire agencies in the Valley responded to the following calls:

Thanksgiving market coming to Tolt

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 11:35AM

Mark your calendars for Carnation Farmers Market’s annual Thanksgiving Harvest Market, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. The market moves indoors to provide shoppers with warm, dry, and festive shopping inside the American Legion Hall on Bird Street in downtown Carnation (directly adjacent to the market’s usual location), with plenty of parking outside.

North Bend garbage schedule changes during holidays

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 11:32AM

North Bend’s trash haulers, Republic Services, will observe Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, which all fall on a Thursday this year.

Junior Lifeguard training offered at Si View

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 11:31AM

Si View Pool hosts a Junior Lifeguarding course for youths age 11 to 14, Dec. 1 to 18, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Heroes in training: Valley's CERT team masters emergency skills in hands-on session | Photos

  • Nov 20, 2014 at 11:33AM

After their final training drill, and even between exercises, the class of Snoqualmie Valley CERT trainees were relaxed and chatty. From the official start to the official stop of each task, though, they each underwent a terse transformation. Lorrie Jones of Snoqualmie surprised herself by taking point in a drill to “rescue” a dummy trapped under a tractor tire. “OK, let’s go,” she told her team, men and women from Snoqualmie, North Bend or Fall City, but they didn’t need much direction.

Army helicopter rescues residents stranded by flood | Out of the Past

  • Nov 20, 2014 at 11:21AM

Thursday, Nov. 16, 1989: A U.S. Army helicopter was called to rescue several people stranded by high water in the Lower Valley last week. Local fire departments reported few other incidents during five days of flooding that began Nov. 9. Snoqualmie Elementary was evacuated.

Craft a wreath with your family at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, this weekend

  • Nov 20, 2014 at 11:06AM

Learn to craft your own holiday wreaths at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. A hand-made wreath is a unique holiday gift for friends and family, or to add festive décor this season to your own home. It’s also a fun way to express your personal creativity.

Creative thoughts for downtown during a busy road-work holiday season

  • Nov 20, 2014 at 11:05AM

Last week, the Snoqualmie City Council kept an open mind (and open pocketbook to the tune of $12,000) for the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Magic festival. The plan, now in the permitting stage, is to put an artificial skating rink downtown and on the Ridge during holidays, welcoming families for ice skating and other outdoor fun. The Chamber, first under Nate Perea, now with Director Lizzy Billington, has been working for about a year to get some kind of rink downtown.

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