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

Tina McCollum, left, assesses the condition of Ashton Fender, a Scout and volunteer mock-victim, during a search and rescue exercise that was part of the CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team, final drill Saturday, Nov. 8, at Snoqualmie Fire Station. The training prepared nearly 30 local residents and employees for disaster response. - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
  • 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.


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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:

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.

Snoqualmie Police gets thumbs up, update North Bend on contract

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 2:18PM

It’s been nearly eight months since the Snoqualmie Police Department began covering North Bend. In that time, North Bend officers have made more than 730 traffic stops, arrested 225 subjects on various charges, and issued 16 DUI citations. They’ve received zero official complaints, too. “In our business, we’re not used to that,” Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley told the North Bend City Council Nov. 4.

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.

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