Aaron Kunkler

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

Who should foot the bill for pandemic-era power?

Utilities could eventually raise rates to recoup lost costs, activists say that’s a bad plan.

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.
The Snoqualmie Falls ran heavy with flood water on Feb. 7. William Shaw/staff photo

Flooding predicted this weekend along the Snoqualmie River

The Snoqualmie Valley could see flooding overnight on Saturday and into Sunday morning as heavy rains are expected in the area this weekend. The National… Continue reading

The Snoqualmie Falls ran heavy with flood water on Feb. 7. William Shaw/staff photo
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Three vehicles stolen this month in North Bend

Three vehicles have been stolen in North Bend since the beginning of December, police say. The vehicles include a trailer, a truck and a utility… Continue reading

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COVID-19 test kit. Courtesy photo

COVID surge in the Valley

The winter COVID-19 surge is here, and the Snoqualmie Valley is seeing a spike similar to other areas of King County. According to the county… Continue reading

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On Dec. 5, the North Bend Downtown Foundation hosted a live tree lighting with Mayor Rob McFarland and a cutout of Buddy the Elf. (Screenshot)

Christmas happenings in the Snoqualmie Valley

This year’s Christmas will be one unlike any the country has seen in a century, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be a festive… Continue reading

On Dec. 5, the North Bend Downtown Foundation hosted a live tree lighting with Mayor Rob McFarland and a cutout of Buddy the Elf. (Screenshot)
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Public Health says they were wrong over Regency outbreak, cites data error

Regency reported cases on Nov. 10, but Public Health didn’t register it due to a data error.

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Snoqualmie Hampton Inn owners seek to separate from franchise

The owners of the Snoqualmie Hampton Inn and Suites is asking the city to let them separate from the franchise and become an independent hotel.… Continue reading

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A King County Metro bus with an ad from the natural gas organization Partnership for Energy Progress. Contributed photo

Should fossil fuel ads go the way of the dino on county buses?

King County ran ads for a natural gas coalition on its buses this year.

A King County Metro bus with an ad from the natural gas organization Partnership for Energy Progress. Contributed photo
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. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)

What will a green WA electric grid look like?

It will require a lot more coordination, but will be more resilient.

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. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Eight dead in Regency North Bend outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak at the long term care facility has sickened nearly all residents.

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Study: Nonprofits struggle amid pandemic

Nonprofits around the state are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, according to a new study by the University of Washington. The study,… Continue reading

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A photo of the log truck accident along SR 202 that closed the highway on the morning of Dec. 4, 2020. William Shaw/Snoqualmie Valley Record

Logging truck accident jams traffic on SR 202

A crash along State route 202 this morning closed the road for several hours as crews cleared a logging truck from the road. The accident… Continue reading

A photo of the log truck accident along SR 202 that closed the highway on the morning of Dec. 4, 2020. William Shaw/Snoqualmie Valley Record
For Gary Schwartz, a Valley-based author, the pandemic hasn’t changed his writing style or schedule, but he’s finding it harder to muse ideas. He enjoys writing young adult fiction, and has published one book, "The King of Average." File photo

Penning through the pandemic

Local authors are finding ways to adapt to an unpredictable world.

For Gary Schwartz, a Valley-based author, the pandemic hasn’t changed his writing style or schedule, but he’s finding it harder to muse ideas. He enjoys writing young adult fiction, and has published one book, "The King of Average." File photo
North Bend could have its own marijuana store soon.

North Bend approved pot shop development agreement

The council voted to approve the agreement on Dec. 1.

North Bend could have its own marijuana store soon.
A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo

King County settles $2 million dog bite lawsuit

The county agreed to pay $100,000 after being sued after a 2016 K-9 unit arrest.

A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo
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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.

Study: 65 plant species have gone extinct in U.S., Canada

More than 65 species of plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European colonization, according to a new study. The study was… Continue reading

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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.
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Regency North Bend outbreak leaves four dead

A large outbreak of COVID-19 at Regency North Bend, a senior living facility, was confirmed by Seattle & King County Public Health officials on Nov.… Continue reading

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Chris Fagan trekking across Antarctica in 2014. Contributed by Chris Fagan

South Pole or Bust

The story of a North Bend couple who trekked across Antarctica.

Chris Fagan trekking across Antarctica in 2014. Contributed by Chris Fagan
David Olson. Contributed photo

The Valley loses one of its biggest hearts

David Olson died in early November, but his legacy of dedicated community service lives on.

David Olson. Contributed photo
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Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Washington releases new forest plan

It outlines ways the state will protect and maintain forest health.

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Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.