Aaron Kunkler

An example of the diverging diamond used in WSDOT’s explanation of the design. The Diverging Diamond design is planned to be implemented at the interchange of I-90 and SR 18. (Courtesy Photo)

State route 18 interchange project still scheduled to break ground next year

The project would redesign the intersection and widen the highway.

An example of the diverging diamond used in WSDOT’s explanation of the design. The Diverging Diamond design is planned to be implemented at the interchange of I-90 and SR 18. (Courtesy Photo)
North Bend City Council. Courtesy photo

Study postponed for properties in Meadowbrook area

A vote to authorize a study of the properties within the proposed Meadowbrook utility local improvement district has been postponed for 90 days. The North… Continue reading

North Bend City Council. Courtesy photo
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Decision on SVSD coronavirus plan expected Friday

A plan for the upcoming school year will be released on July 31, following a Snoqualmie Valley School District Board meeting. Dr. Robert Manahan, the… Continue reading

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Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say

Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say

Hospital representatives said “certain services” would cease, but wouldn’t give specifics.

Abortions could stop at Virginia Mason if merger is approved, reproductive rights advocates say
Do opportunity zones in King County work?

Do opportunity zones in King County work?

The zones were created by Congress in 2017 to create jobs and spur economic development.

Do opportunity zones in King County work?
Beth Burrows, left, and Skyler Possert sit inside the North Bend Theatre. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

North Bend Theatre powers through the pandemic

Staff at the historic theater are finding new ways to connect to audiences as they prepare to reopen

Beth Burrows, left, and Skyler Possert sit inside the North Bend Theatre. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Juanita HS “Rebels” mascot finally defeated

Juanita HS “Rebels” mascot finally defeated

School administration will now begin selecting a new mascot.

Juanita HS “Rebels” mascot finally defeated
Elected or appointed? King County weighs sheriff options

Elected or appointed? King County weighs sheriff options

Voters could be asked to decide in November.

Elected or appointed? King County weighs sheriff options
The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie received $50,000 in relief funding. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Railway Museum

Snoqualmie, North Bend divvy up CARES funding

The two cities received hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of which will go to local businesses.

The Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie received $50,000 in relief funding. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Railway Museum
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.

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
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.

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

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
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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

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

King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis
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

King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

King County could be in Phase 2 this week