Aaron Kunkler

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

High prices and a lack of available land has pushed the price per acre sky-high.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
A photo showing areas where the USGS expects tropicalization to occur in southern states. U.S. Geological Survey

Study: Southern states will “tropicalize” due to climate change

While that may sound nice, it also means more mosquito diseases and forest displacement.

A photo showing areas where the USGS expects tropicalization to occur in southern states. U.S. Geological Survey
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North Bend water system plan approved by Washington state

North Bend’s water system plan was approved by the Washington state Department of Health on March 4. The plan allows the city to provide water… Continue reading

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Vaccinations taking place. File photo

CDC updates guidance for those that receive vaccine

New guidance for those that have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have been released by the Centers for Disease Control. The guidance was released on… Continue reading

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Grocery workers in unincorporated King County to receive $4 hazard pay bump

Workers at many large grocery stores in unincorporated King County will soon see a pay bump of $4 an hour after the King County Metropolitan… Continue reading

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Mount Si High School sports return, with conditions

Following loosening guidelines from the state, Mount Si High School is gearing up to return student athletes to the field, with modified guidelines. The maximum… Continue reading

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A landslide in December 2019 created a crack in this Fall City road, allowing for a one lane entry and exit. Courtesy of King County Road Services

WA Legislature grapples with funding roads, bridges

Roads and bridges repair programs in King County are underfunded, and state legislators are thinking of ways to address critical infrastructure issues this session as… Continue reading

A landslide in December 2019 created a crack in this Fall City road, allowing for a one lane entry and exit. Courtesy of King County Road Services
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King County considers grocery store worker hazard pay for those in unincorporated areas

The King County Metropolitan Council will vote during its next meeting on whether to grant hazard pay to grocery store workers employed by large stores… Continue reading

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One of the letters Snoqualmie teen Savonnah Mitchell sent out to across the U.S. Mitchell sent a letter to one random house in each state in July. Contributed by Savonnah Mitchell

Snoqualmie teen sends letters of hope across the country

Savonnah Mitchell sent out letters to one address in every state, inspiring others to pass it on.

One of the letters Snoqualmie teen Savonnah Mitchell sent out to across the U.S. Mitchell sent a letter to one random house in each state in July. Contributed by Savonnah Mitchell
North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

North Bend approves sewer rate increases

A 2.5% annual sewer rate increase was approved March 2 by the North Bend City Council. The rate increase will be effective from 2022 to… Continue reading

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo

Encouraging numbers for kokanee salmon spawn count

Lake Sammamish kokanee aren’t out of the woods by any stretch, but there’s reason to be optimistic about the fate of the little red fish… Continue reading

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon from Lake Sammamish. File photo
Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo

DNR commissioner seeks $125 million to fight wildfires

In Washington state last September, some 600,000 acres burned within 72 hours.

Malden, after a wildfire burned down 80% of the town’s buildings in Eastern Washington. Courtesy photo
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New Fall City Fire Chief is on the job

Chief Brian Culp started in the position at the beginning of February.

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Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor is retiring on Feb. 26, 2021 after 40 years with the department. Contributed photo

Fall City Fire Chief retires after four decades

Chief Chris Connor started with the department in February 1981.

Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor is retiring on Feb. 26, 2021 after 40 years with the department. Contributed photo
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo

King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo
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

North Bend, Sallal could restart water negotiations

Representatives from both utilities have said they’re talking again.

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
A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
A road closure due to flooding on SE Park Street, Snoqualmie, during the 2016 flood. File photo

Minor flooding possible along Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers

Both the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers reached minor flooding phases on Monday afternon after heavy rainfall pushed water levels higher. The King County Flood Warning… Continue reading

A road closure due to flooding on SE Park Street, Snoqualmie, during the 2016 flood. File photo
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Snoqualmie to receive reimbursement for EMS services

The Snoqualmie City Council approved an ordinance on Feb. 8 to partner with the state to receive reimbursement for expenses from providing emergency medical transportation… Continue reading

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Snow starts to melt after weekend blast in Snoqualmie Valley

Heavy snowfall in the Snoqualmie Valley and Puget Sound over the weekend created the ideal conditions for both winter fun and a traffic mess over… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Shelby L. Winston