Aaron Kunkler

A train route that would shuttle people between Eastern and Western Washington could tie in with the proposed ultra-high-speed rail between B.C. and Portland. Photo courtesy RobertStafford/Pixabay.com

State receives King County to Spokane rail study

It would take about eight and a half hours to reach the Inland Empire from Puget Sound.

 

New weekly unemployment claims filed for the four ZIP codes in the Snoqualmie Valley. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

A look at COVID-related unemployment in Snoqualmie Valley

Economist says numbers are similar to what they’re seeing across the state.

 

According to King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) annual report, Seattle had the highest rate of people using services at 36 percent of the total, followed by 31 percent from South King County, 18 percent from the greater Eastside, and 7 percent from north county including Shoreline. Courtesy image

Drug courts, officer de-escalation programs impacted by MIDD cuts

The fund provides money for mental illness and drug dependency programs across King County.

 

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Eastside burn ban implemented June 15

The ban will be effective through Sept. 30.

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Courtesy of the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Annual count shows uptick in homelessness in Snoqualmie Valley

More people are living unsheltered in the valley.

Courtesy of the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
Sydney Fortner and her mother, Laura Gattermeir Fortner, join the Mount Si High School Class of 2020 Parade and Graduation held June 19. Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley School District

Questions remain for return to school in the Valley

Summer is here, but school officials are busy figuring out what fall will look like.

Sydney Fortner and her mother, Laura Gattermeir Fortner, join the Mount Si High School Class of 2020 Parade and Graduation held June 19. Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley School District
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

Why the small town of Snoqualmie has a mine-resistant armored vehicle

The city acquired it in 2013 from the federal government and has used it a handful of times.

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 Library. File photo

Libraries take first steps towards reopening

Curbside service and book returns are returning in the coming weeks.

Snoqualmie Library. File photo

King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis

Racism was declared a public health crisis by King County’s Board of Health. Along with the proclamation, the county’s health authority pledged to work more… Continue reading

Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. North Bend is required to find two mitigation sources which can be tapped to replenish water in the river on days with low flows. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo

Water use restrictions coming Aug. 15 for North Bend

The city council voted to approve the conservation measures.

Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. North Bend is required to find two mitigation sources which can be tapped to replenish water in the river on days with low flows. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo

King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Semi fire closes westbound I-90 near North Bend

A collision between a semi truck and a dump truck Tuesday has sent one person to the hospital and has closed I-90 westbound at milepost… Continue reading

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Homeless in the Valley during COVID

How the pandemic is affecting unsheltered residents and service providers.

How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

A conspiracy theory website ran pictures of North Bend locals, accusing them of being agitators.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Around 25 percent of child care facilities have closed across the state.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

The county is also hoping the state lets them reopen several businesses by Friday.

Protesters gathered in downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to voice their opposition to police violence against people of color. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Snoqualmie holds peaceful police violence protest

The protest attracted around two dozen people who held signs in downtown Snoqualmie.

Protesters gathered in downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to voice their opposition to police violence against people of color. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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Rates of COVID-19 lower in the Valley

East King County has lower rates than much of the rest of the county.

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As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up

County will need to make severe cuts to MIDD program this year.

File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo

Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2

Mayors cite heavy economic damage from prolonged shutdown.

File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo
                                File photo of construction near North Bend on Aug. 16. Sound Publishing file photo