Aaron Kunkler

A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last week. The fire is listed as 84 percent contained, and fully lined. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo

Threat multiplier: How climate change, coronavirus and weather are scorching WA

Dry summer conspired with the pandemic and a wind storm.

A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last week. The fire is listed as 84 percent contained, and fully lined. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo
Image courtesy of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Massive wildfires incinerate WA

All state Department of Natural Resources lands were closed to recreational activities on Sept. 8.

Image courtesy of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Ingrid Anderson is running against incumbent Mark Mullet for the 5th Legislative District’s Senate seat. Photo from Anderson’s campaign Facebook

Inslee endorses Anderson over Mullet for 5th District Senate seat

Mullet, the incumbent, came in second during primary, but has raised more money so far.

Ingrid Anderson is running against incumbent Mark Mullet for the 5th Legislative District’s Senate seat. Photo from Anderson’s campaign Facebook
Fall City’s first coffee shop, Aroma Coffee, opens Sept. 11

Fall City’s first coffee shop, Aroma Coffee, opens Sept. 11

The shop has been 13 years in the making.

Fall City’s first coffee shop, Aroma Coffee, opens Sept. 11
Robert Allen, 61, and his dog Jaxx have been living at the North Bend Motel since March, as part of a voucher program from Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. The stability a simple motel room provides is allowing Allen to heal from numerous injuries, and highlights the importance of providing shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Providing housing first is saving lives in the Snoqualmie Valley

The valley’s motel voucher program is keeping some of the most vulnerable off the streets.

Robert Allen, 61, and his dog Jaxx have been living at the North Bend Motel since March, as part of a voucher program from Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services. The stability a simple motel room provides is allowing Allen to heal from numerous injuries, and highlights the importance of providing shelter. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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

COVID continues to whittle away at child care in Washington

It’s estimated that 25% of Washington child care facilities have closed since the pandemic began.

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
Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. The well can provide enough water for North Bend, but is required to have two sources of backup water for dry years. It has one backup mitigation source, but still needs another to satisfy Washington State Department of Ecology regulations. File photo

North Bend set to fine Sallal Water Association $2,000 a day

An ordinance requires the water association to provide water usage rates in the city.

Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. The well can provide enough water for North Bend, but is required to have two sources of backup water for dry years. It has one backup mitigation source, but still needs another to satisfy Washington State Department of Ecology regulations. File photo
Screenshot of the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide Facebook page.

More than 100 social justice groups call out newly-formed organization

A letter accuses the APPWW of anti-Muslim bias.

Screenshot of the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide Facebook page.
A freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo

Another batch of Sammamish kokanee delivered to Orcas Island

Some 250 kokanee fry were taken to the hatchery by ferry.

A freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo
Screenshot of Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Facebook page.

Snoqualmie Valley School District approves fall learning guidelines

As the first day of school approaches, the Snoqualmie Valley School District has released more details on students’ return to class, if not the classroom.… Continue reading

Screenshot of Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Facebook page.
Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography

Heat wave is on the way this weekend

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-90s on Sunday.

Alki Beach. Photo by Alabastro Photography
School lunch. File photo

School district distributes thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

School lunch. File photo
One survey conducted by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development found students who eat free breakfasts at school had 17.5 percent higher scores on math tests. File photo

SVSD distributes tens of thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

One survey conducted by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development found students who eat free breakfasts at school had 17.5 percent higher scores on math tests. File photo
A photo of the carousel with horses. Contributed by North Bend Art and Industry

Historic carousel arrives in North Bend for planned Center for Art

The carousel will be the centerpiece for the planned regional arts center.

A photo of the carousel with horses. Contributed by North Bend Art and Industry
Buckshot Honey opens with a bang

Buckshot Honey opens with a bang

The restaurant is now serving customers in downtown Snoqualmie.

Buckshot Honey opens with a bang
Vote election badge. File photo

5th District results: Ramos leads House race; Anderson edging Mullett for state Senate

Early results have been reported in the 5th Legislative District races from the Aug. 4 primary election. This summer’s election for the Washington state Legislature… Continue reading

Vote election badge. File photo
Developer hopes to build marijuana store in North Bend

Developer hopes to build marijuana store in North Bend

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 on the proposed store and zoning change.

Developer hopes to build marijuana store in North Bend
Did Republicans give up on the 5th District?

Did Republicans give up on the 5th District?

The sole Republican candidate has raised only $3,100.

Did Republicans give up on the 5th District?
Snoqualmie Valley School District will be entirely online this fall

Snoqualmie Valley School District will be entirely online this fall

The school board approved the move amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases in King County.

Snoqualmie Valley School District will be entirely online this fall
Photo from House web page                                Incumbent Bill Ramos is running for a 5th Legislative District House seat as a Democrat.

District 5 candidates talk schools, economy

Incumbent Bill Ramos (D) is running against Ken Moninski (R) and Cyrus Krohn (Unity Restoration).

Photo from House web page                                Incumbent Bill Ramos is running for a 5th Legislative District House seat as a Democrat.