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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

Homeless in the Valley during COVID

How the pandemic is affecting unsheltered residents and service providers.

Homeless in the Valley during COVID
How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

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.

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

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks

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

King County could be in Phase 2 in two weeks
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

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.

As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up
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
Pictured: Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, left, and North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland. Courtesy photo

State of the Valley address highlights COVID economic impact

Mayors of North Bend and Snoqualmie tout city accomplishments from 2019.

Pictured: Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, left, and North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland. Courtesy photo
State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

State loosens cougar hunting restrictions

The regulations will impact 19 areas around the state.

State loosens cougar hunting restrictions
COVID-19 shakes up valley businesses, housing market

COVID-19 shakes up valley businesses, housing market

Some businesses will likely shutter, and the real estate selling season could stretch into fall.

COVID-19 shakes up valley businesses, housing market
The Regional Homelessness Authority was created by agreement in December 2019. Pictured: King County Executive Dow Constantine shakes hands with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Courtesy photo

Regional homelessness authority takes first step amid COVID-19

The authority held its first meeting on Thursday.

The Regional Homelessness Authority was created by agreement in December 2019. Pictured: King County Executive Dow Constantine shakes hands with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Courtesy photo
Imagine Housing has nearly 640 households across its various properties. (Google Maps)

Tenants demand more relief from Eastside low-income housing provider

During a virtual fundraiser, several tenants protested outside the house of CEO Villette Nolon.

Imagine Housing has nearly 640 households across its various properties. (Google Maps)
Among the candidates for Washington state governor in 2020: (Top row, L-R): Omari Tahir Garrett, Winston Wilkes, Thor Amundson, Cameron Vessey, Martin ‘Iceman’ Wheeler, Ryan Ryals; (middle row L-R): Liz Hallock, Goodspaceguy, Gov. Jay Inslee, Don Rivers, Gene Hart; (bottom row L-R): Phil Fortunato, Tim Eyman, Alex Tsimerman, Cairo D’Almeida, Cregan Newhouse, Raul Garcia.

GOP gubernatorial hopefuls aim to oust Inslee amid COVID-19

Former Bothell mayor Joshua Freed and initiative-pusher Tim Eyman could be the front-runners.

Among the candidates for Washington state governor in 2020: (Top row, L-R): Omari Tahir Garrett, Winston Wilkes, Thor Amundson, Cameron Vessey, Martin ‘Iceman’ Wheeler, Ryan Ryals; (middle row L-R): Liz Hallock, Goodspaceguy, Gov. Jay Inslee, Don Rivers, Gene Hart; (bottom row L-R): Phil Fortunato, Tim Eyman, Alex Tsimerman, Cairo D’Almeida, Cregan Newhouse, Raul Garcia.
A worker wears gloves while handling ballots from the Washington state primary election, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash. File photo/The Herald

District 5 state Senate, House positions up for grabs

The House races are non-competitive, with only the Senate having more than one candidate.

A worker wears gloves while handling ballots from the Washington state primary election, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash. File photo/The Herald
King County loses second most clean energy jobs in nation

King County loses second most clean energy jobs in nation

The sector has been hit hard nationwide but only Los Angeles County saw more loss than King County.

King County loses second most clean energy jobs in nation
Passengers on a King County Metro bus. File photo

Metro, Sound Transit request more federal aid as ridership plummets

Agencies face major shortfalls in their budgets.

Passengers on a King County Metro bus. File photo
File photo of the North Bend City Council. Pictured from left: King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, North Bend council members Mary Miller, Chris Garcia, Ross Loudenback, Mayor Pro Tem Brenden Elwood, North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland, council members Alan Gothelf and Heather Koellen.

North Bend considers summer water use restrictions

They could impact everything from car washing to table water at restaurants.

File photo of the North Bend City Council. Pictured from left: King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, North Bend council members Mary Miller, Chris Garcia, Ross Loudenback, Mayor Pro Tem Brenden Elwood, North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland, council members Alan Gothelf and Heather Koellen.
In this file photo, Margaret Hindle, a farmer with the SnoValley Tilth Experience Farming Project, walks along a row of purple cabbage, kale and broccoli at her plot near Carnation.

Snoqualmie Valley farmers adapt to COVID-19

From managing employee safety to finding seeds, it’s a whole new world for local farms.

In this file photo, Margaret Hindle, a farmer with the SnoValley Tilth Experience Farming Project, walks along a row of purple cabbage, kale and broccoli at her plot near Carnation.