Aaron Kunkler

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

North Bend considers property tax levy increase

North Bend held three public hearings on Nov. 3 regarding adjusting next year’s property tax levy, the proposed 2021-22 biennial budget and amending school impact… Continue reading

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital braces for winter COVID surge

Cases are soaring across the state and could overlap with the flu.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.
Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo

Mullet holds slim lead in 5th District Senate race

In King County, voters overwhelmingly chose former Vice President Joe Biden (D) over President Donald Trump (R) in this year’s presidential election. Biden and his… Continue reading

Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo
Luke Vilsmeyer poses with the flag he brought back from his first foreign war in Iraq. 	Photo provided by Marc Vilsmeyer

Two decades of service

Snoqualmie valley resident Luke Vilsmeyer retired from the Army and Green Berets after 21 years.

Luke Vilsmeyer poses with the flag he brought back from his first foreign war in Iraq. 	Photo provided by Marc Vilsmeyer
Screenshot of Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Facebook page.

Preschool resumes in school district

With preschool resuming in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, parents are wondering what’s next for students after the district decided to begin the school year… Continue reading

Screenshot of Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Facebook page.
Mark Mullet and supporters wave signs Oct. 28. Courtesy photo

At a glance: Valley election results

8th Congressional District House Seat Kim Schrier (D) - 60.87% Jesse Jensen (R) - 39.02% 5th Congressional District Senate Seat Mark Mullet (D) - 48.38%… Continue reading

Mark Mullet and supporters wave signs Oct. 28. Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

Si View parks, Harborview, Fall City funding measures passing

Four funding packages in the valley were passing as of Tuesday evening.

Courtesy photo
Screenshot

All King County charter amendments are passing

Voters are approving an appointed sheriff along with other measures.

Screenshot
5th Legislative District

Democrats again secure all three state seats in 5th Legislative District races

Following a Democratic sweep in 2018, the formerly Republican district seems to be solidly blue.

5th Legislative District
File photoA 212-unit development is slated for the Dahlgren property, more commonly known as the “mule pasture.”

North Bend’s water war heats up as construction is set to begin

Who gets to supply water to a 212-unit housing complex is at the heart of the skirmish.

File photoA 212-unit development is slated for the Dahlgren property, more commonly known as the “mule pasture.”
A 212-unit development is slated for the Dahlgren property, more commonly known as the “mule pasture,” along North Bend Way. File photo

UTRC recommends approval of North Bend’s water plan

Plan includes a contested plot of land known as the Dahlgren property.

A 212-unit development is slated for the Dahlgren property, more commonly known as the “mule pasture,” along North Bend Way. File photo
Aaron Kunkler/staff photoAlvin Sweet is a resident of Martin Court in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Martin Court is a former motel which was transformed into a supportive housing complex two decades ago. New funding from King County’s Health through Housing ordinance could expand this type of program across the county.

King County wants to buy motels for emergency, affordable housing

The concept has proven results in addressing homelessness.

Aaron Kunkler/staff photoAlvin Sweet is a resident of Martin Court in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Martin Court is a former motel which was transformed into a supportive housing complex two decades ago. New funding from King County’s Health through Housing ordinance could expand this type of program across the county.
The 5th Legislative District includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Issaquah, Renton and Maple Valley. Courtesy image

5th District candidates talk policing, the economy and mental health

The SnoValley Chamber of Commerce held a candidates forum on Oct. 22.

The 5th Legislative District includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Issaquah, Renton and Maple Valley. Courtesy image
North Bend could have its own marijuana store soon.

North Bend pot shop gets public hearing on Nov. 17

A proposal from a private developer seeking to build a marijuana store in North Bend will have a public hearing next month. A hearing on… Continue reading

North Bend could have its own marijuana store soon.
In this November 2019 photo, Lucy Adams, Tim Takechi, Craig Ewing and Renee Lystad rehearse for VCS's production of "A Christmas Carol." File photo

Valley Center Stage eyes holiday production, new location

The community theater is hoping to put on a virtual Christmas production this year.

In this November 2019 photo, Lucy Adams, Tim Takechi, Craig Ewing and Renee Lystad rehearse for VCS's production of "A Christmas Carol." File photo
King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

Boeing, coronavirus likely to impact King County economy

Unemployment remained high in September.

King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department
Homeless man lying on the bench. File photo

Cities opting out of county homelessness tax took $17 million with them

It leaves the county with roughly $50 million a year to bond against.

Homeless man lying on the bench. File photo
In this February 2020 photo, flood waters inundate Carnation and close Tolt Hill Road. File photo

Flood projects in the valley

Highlights from the list of improvements.

In this February 2020 photo, flood waters inundate Carnation and close Tolt Hill Road. File photo
(Stock photo)

Rent, utilities moratorium extended

They were extended through Dec. 31.

(Stock photo)
Andy Hobbs / staff photoValley merchants and the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City are co-hosting a Quarantine-O-Ween for Halloween festivities this year. Pictured left to right: Earl Bell, Board President, SnoValley Chamber of Commerce; Rachelle Armstrong, owner of The Bindlestick coffee shop in downtown Snoqualmie; and Kelly Coughlin, director of the SnoValley Chamber.

Halloween trek comes to the valley

Local businesses and cities will be holding a scavenger hunt and candy pick up on Halloween.

Andy Hobbs / staff photoValley merchants and the cities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City are co-hosting a Quarantine-O-Ween for Halloween festivities this year. Pictured left to right: Earl Bell, Board President, SnoValley Chamber of Commerce; Rachelle Armstrong, owner of The Bindlestick coffee shop in downtown Snoqualmie; and Kelly Coughlin, director of the SnoValley Chamber.