Aaron Kunkler

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North Bend has highest rate of COVID-positive tests in the county

North Bend has the highest positive COVID test rate of any city in the county. Over the past two weeks, from Dec. 22 to Jan.… Continue reading

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The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)

What could Biden’s nuclear policy look like?

King County sits only miles away from one-third of the deployed U.S. nuclear arsenal.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)
Woodinville-Duval Road, west of Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, is closed Wednesday (Jan. 13). Puget Sound Energy is removing a snagged tree from powerlines. Courtesy of King County

Weather brings floods and power outages to Snoqualmie Valley

Fierce winds and heavy rain battered Puget Sound overnight on Tuesday (Jan. 12), leading to flooding and power outages across the Snoqualmie Valley. As of… Continue reading

Woodinville-Duval Road, west of Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, is closed Wednesday (Jan. 13). Puget Sound Energy is removing a snagged tree from powerlines. Courtesy of King County
Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

WA, King County lawmakers react to Capitol Building storming

A mob of right-wing agitators stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, as Congress was preparing to certify the Electoral College presidential election count in… Continue reading

Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
According to Redfin, median home prices were $799,500 in Snoqualmie, a 23% year-over-year increase from November 2019 to November 2020. (Screenshot)

Valley housing market a ‘pressure cooker’ amid pandemic bidding

High demand and limited inventory had fueled real estate bidding wars.

According to Redfin, median home prices were $799,500 in Snoqualmie, a 23% year-over-year increase from November 2019 to November 2020. (Screenshot)
A conceptual rendering of a classroom space at the new Encompass facility. Created by Signal Architecture + Research

Anonymous donor gives $600,000 for Encompass project

An anonymous donor has provided $600,000 to Encompass for their capital campaign to help them build a new pediatric therapy and early learning center in… Continue reading

A conceptual rendering of a classroom space at the new Encompass facility. Created by Signal Architecture + Research
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo

Bills to follow in the 2021 Legislative session include police reform

It’s legislation filing season, and the floodgates have opened in Olympia.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo
The Washington State Department of Transportation warns that if the road looks bare, wet and slushy, you still need to slow down. Slush can pull your vehicle into a direction you don’t really want to go just like this driver found out on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of WSDOT (@SnoqualmiePass on Twitter)

Gas leaks, flooding and snow in East King County

The New Year came out swinging, packing a myriad of surprises for the Snoqualmie Valley and the Snoqualmie Pass within days of ticking into 2021.… Continue reading

The Washington State Department of Transportation warns that if the road looks bare, wet and slushy, you still need to slow down. Slush can pull your vehicle into a direction you don’t really want to go just like this driver found out on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of WSDOT (@SnoqualmiePass on Twitter)
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Protesters gathered in downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to voice their opposition to police violence against people of color.

Year in Review: The Record’s top stories of 2020

Looking back on the articles that made the biggest splashes in 2020.

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Protesters gathered in downtown Snoqualmie on May 30 to voice their opposition to police violence against people of color.
Capt. Ken Larson is retiring from the Fall City Fire Department on Dec. 29 after three decades of service. Contributed by Ken Larson

Fall City Fire Captain retiring after three decades

Capt. Ken Larson is hanging up his helmet after 30 years of service.

Capt. Ken Larson is retiring from the Fall City Fire Department on Dec. 29 after three decades of service. Contributed by Ken Larson
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Child found by police hours after being abducted from Snoqualmie

The 3-year-old boy was found with his mother in Ravensdale.

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Snoqualmie council approves Hampton Inn franchise separation

The owners of the Snoqualmie Hampton Inn & Suites will be allowed to separate from the franchise and become an independent hotel, after the Snoqualmie… Continue reading

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The Snoqualmie Falls ran heavy with flood water on Feb. 7. William Shaw/staff photo

Rains to the south saved Snoqualmie from flooding

Despite heavy rain in the region, it fell south of the Snoqualmie River basin last weekend.

The Snoqualmie Falls ran heavy with flood water on Feb. 7. William Shaw/staff photo
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Report: WA nets only 100 new jobs in November

Unemployment rates held steady between October and November, according to a newly released preliminary monthly state employment report. November unemployment numbers were released on Dec.… Continue reading

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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

COVID-19 test kit. Courtesy photo
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)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

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.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)