Aaron Kunkler

In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Washington state utility moratorium receives final extension

A final extension of the Washington state utility moratorium was announced last week, meaning the ban on shut-offs will expire on Sept. 30. A press… Continue reading

 

The North Cascades Highway. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Warmer temperatures mean more snowpack melting

A hot, dry summer could wreak havoc on the Snoqualmie River system.

 

Superintendent Robert Manahan. File photo

Retiring Snoqualmie superintendent reflects on tenure

Rob Manahan announced his retirement earlier this year after being hired in 2018.

 

Tolt River flood waters inundated Carnation Feb. 6-7, 2020. File photo

Community meeting for Tolt Dam scheduled for June 30

Seattle Public Utilities will be holding a second virtual community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. June 30 on the Tolt Dam warning system. The… Continue reading

Tolt River flood waters inundated Carnation Feb. 6-7, 2020. File photo
A screenshot of Puget Sound Energy's outage map at around 3 p.m. on June 28. At the time, some 12,300 customers across Western Washington were without power.

Nearly 12,300 PSE customers are without power today

Thousands of people in Western Washington have lost power over the weekend, as power demand spiked during a historic heat wave. As of Monday afternoon,… Continue reading

A screenshot of Puget Sound Energy's outage map at around 3 p.m. on June 28. At the time, some 12,300 customers across Western Washington were without power.
Among local “cooling stations,” the Snoqualmie Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at 7824 Center Blvd. SE. Masks are required and will be provided if needed. Drinking water will also be available. Courtesy photo

Beat the heat: Where to cool off in the Snoqualmie Valley

As Puget Sound braces for potential record-breaking heat over the weekend, it’s important to find ways to stay cool. North Bend could see temperatures above… Continue reading

Among local “cooling stations,” the Snoqualmie Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at 7824 Center Blvd. SE. Masks are required and will be provided if needed. Drinking water will also be available. Courtesy photo
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Grassroots movement targets dark money in politics

Washington state chapter of Wolf-PAC supports Article V constitutional convention.

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Screenshot from North Bend Film Festival website (northbendfest.eventive.org)

North Bend film festival returns this July

The lineup for the annual festival features a wide range of movies and shorts.

Screenshot from North Bend Film Festival website (northbendfest.eventive.org)
North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

Judge tosses out North Bend’s request to dismiss city from water lawsuit

The lawsuit seeking to stop the plan from being implemented will proceed.

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. 	File photo

Researchers track ‘mysterious’ kokanee salmon in region

Kokanee in Lake Washington and Sammamish are genetically unique. Over the past decades, their numbers have dwindled.

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. 	File photo
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo Tags

King County libraries move to Phase 4 this month

Libraries across King County will advance to Phase 4 on June 30, and all remaining library buildings will be open by July 13. After the… Continue reading

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo Tags
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Katie Podschwit, Dorie Ross, Kristen Schumacher, Heather Dean and Julie Chung, owners of Chickadee Bakeshop, Heirloom Cookshop and Snoqualmie Ice Cream are opening a new location in Snoqualmie this summer.

Three Valley businesses team up for Snoqualmie venture

Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Chickadee Bakeshop and Heirloom Cookshop will soon be opening in Snoqualmie.

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Katie Podschwit, Dorie Ross, Kristen Schumacher, Heather Dean and Julie Chung, owners of Chickadee Bakeshop, Heirloom Cookshop and Snoqualmie Ice Cream are opening a new location in Snoqualmie this summer.
Eurasian watermilfoil. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov

Invasive milfoil plant may be linked to dwindling salmon population in Lake Sammamish

Those thick mats of vegetation floating just below the surface of Lake Sammamish are more than a nuisance to boaters and a danger to swimmers… Continue reading

Eurasian watermilfoil. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov
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North Bend adopts development code for downtown buildings

North Bend’s City Council unanimously approved a form-based code to guide development in its downtown commercial zone, a roughly 20-block area. The new code was… Continue reading

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How to enjoy the Snoqualmie Valley in a more mindful way

The Snoqualmie Tribe is asking visitors to think about how they interact with the outdoors.

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A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last summer in north-central Washington. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo

Washington can expect a warmer, drier summer – and more wildfires

The threat of wildfires in much of Washington state is expected to be above average this summer as hot and dry conditions are predicted through… Continue reading

A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last summer in north-central Washington. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo
Snoqualmie Police Department houses a surplus military mine-resistant armored personnel carrier. They acquired it as part of an equipment sharing program from the federal government. It is utilized by a coalition of small-city police departments. It is seen here during a 2016 parade in Algona, one of the coalition member cities. From the Algona Police Department Facebook page

Snoqualmie Police Department gets to keep its armored vehicle

Included in a slate of police reform bills this session in Olympia was one that ordered police departments to get rid of surplus military weaponry.… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Police Department houses a surplus military mine-resistant armored personnel carrier. They acquired it as part of an equipment sharing program from the federal government. It is utilized by a coalition of small-city police departments. It is seen here during a 2016 parade in Algona, one of the coalition member cities. From the Algona Police Department Facebook page
Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)

WA firefighters brace for potentially busy weekend

Washington state Department of Natural Resources firefighters were preparing for what could have been a busy Memorial Day weekend after a record number of wildfires… Continue reading

Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake on Sept. 8, 2020. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)
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Mount Si grad Trevor Lane on the road to Tokyo Olympics

Trevor Lane, a 2012 graduate of Mount Si High School, was selected to play on the U.S. Olympic baseball team — and could begin playing… Continue reading

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Fuzzy Fletcher's Buffalo Bladeworks workshop. Contributed by Fuzzy Fletcher

Former Snoqualmie mayor branches into knife making

Fuzzy Fletcher is no stranger to tools. He’s been a toolmaker and machinist for the past four decades, and started working in a machine shop… Continue reading

Fuzzy Fletcher's Buffalo Bladeworks workshop. Contributed by Fuzzy Fletcher