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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
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The Valley loses one of its biggest hearts

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

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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.
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North Bend passes on property tax increase

The North Bend City Council narrowly voted not to increase the amount of property taxes it collects at a Nov. 17 meeting. In a 4-3… Continue reading

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State seeks input on how to improve Fall City’s Highway 202

State Route 202 serves as a vital link between the metro Eastside and the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as Fall City’s main street — but… Continue reading

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State reps talk COVID restrictions in the valley

After new statewide restrictions on gatherings and businesses were announced on Nov. 15 in an attempt to curb rapidly rising coronavirus infections, elected officials met… Continue reading

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Friends of the North Bend Library is bringing in local author Chris Fagan to talk about her recently published book, The Expedition.

Valley Reads event returns with local adventure author

Bibliophiles are in luck as the popular Valley Reads series returns this December with another installment featuring a local author. Friends of the North Bend… Continue reading

Friends of the North Bend Library is bringing in local author Chris Fagan to talk about her recently published book, The Expedition.
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New restrictions hit valley businesses, workers ahead of holidays

After new public health guidelines were announced for Washington state on Sunday, leaders in the valley and economists are expecting more unemployment claims and further… Continue reading

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Snoqualmie expects budget deficit in coming years

Losses in revenue from the coronavirus and other sources has led the city to dip into its rainy day fund.

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