Aaron Kunkler

Cartoon by Frank Shiers

COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween

Halloween will undoubtedly look different this year, with public health agencies warning people against traditional trick-or-treating. But there’s still plenty to do around the Snoqualmie… Continue reading

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Screenshot of a Google search for apartments in Snoqualmie.

North Bend, Snoqualmie enact their own affordable housing tax

Homelessness advocates worry that suburban cities acting on their own undermine regional approach.

Screenshot of a Google search for apartments in Snoqualmie.
power grid electricity power lines blackouts PG&E (Shutterstock)

State extends moratorium on some electric, gas shutoffs

Investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in WA can’t disconnect customers through April.

power grid electricity power lines blackouts PG&E (Shutterstock)
The Snoqualmie River, as seen near Preston on Oct. 6. Folks around the valley are busy preparing for the upcoming flood season. (Aaron Kunkler/staff photo)

Will the Snoqualmie Valley see another early flood season?

King County and cities in the valley are preparing.

The Snoqualmie River, as seen near Preston on Oct. 6. Folks around the valley are busy preparing for the upcoming flood season. (Aaron Kunkler/staff photo)
Elbridge Stuart and Rosy Smit stand in front of Carnation Farms’ flooded fields on Feb. 7, 2020. It’s the fifth flood this year along the Snoqualmie River that has broken 56 feet. File photo

Report: Flood-prone properties need better tracking by FEMA

Snoqualmie has the highest number of severe repetitive loss properties in King County.

Elbridge Stuart and Rosy Smit stand in front of Carnation Farms’ flooded fields on Feb. 7, 2020. It’s the fifth flood this year along the Snoqualmie River that has broken 56 feet. File photo
A Sept. 10 satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)

University of Washington professors talk climate change, U.S.-China relations

Downside for climate policy supporters is it can risk alienating moderate or right-leaning voters.

A Sept. 10 satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)
North Bend Public Library. Courtesy photo

North Bend book sale goes digital

Friends of North Bend Library will be selling books to help fund library programs.

North Bend Public Library. Courtesy photo
Sightseers at a Snoqualmie Falls viewpoint adjacent to the Salish Lodge & Spa on Feb. 19, 2020. Natalie DeFord/staff photo

25 COVID cases linked to Salish Lodge

Public Health is urging anyone who visited the lodge to monitor for symptoms or get tested.

Sightseers at a Snoqualmie Falls viewpoint adjacent to the Salish Lodge & Spa on Feb. 19, 2020. Natalie DeFord/staff photo
Screenshot from a recent North Bend City Council virtual meeting.

North Bend proposal targets missing ‘middle housing’

It would allow more types of housing to be built in areas of the city already zoned for cottages.

Screenshot from a recent North Bend City Council virtual meeting.
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Snoqualmie to resume fingerprinting for concealed pistol licenses

City seeks contract with third-party company after pandemic halts first time license applications.

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Snoqualmie’s skate arena opens Oct. 18

Snoqualmie’s skate arena opens Oct. 18

A long-awaited ice skating arena is set to open in October in Snoqualmie Ridge despite the pandemic. The Sno-King Snoqualmie Ice Arena is set to… Continue reading

Snoqualmie’s skate arena opens Oct. 18
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5th Legislative District: Ramos, Moninski talk business and economy

The candidates squared off at an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce forum.

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Port commissioner talks COVID-19 impacts

Port commissioner talks COVID-19 impacts

Sam Cho at SnoValley Chamber luncheon: Air traffic down 75 percent at Sea-Tac Airport.

Port commissioner talks COVID-19 impacts
High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

A new paper outlines a potential plan for the region.

High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study
North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

North Bend awarded $122,000 over City Hall dispute

The city’s contractor missed its construction deadline by six months.

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
In the 5th Legislative District, challenger Ingrid Anderson (D), left, is running against incumbent State Sen. Mark Mullet (D).

State Senate race: Mullet, Anderson differ on climate policy

Voters in 5th District will decide between these two Democrats in the Nov. 3 general election.

In the 5th Legislative District, challenger Ingrid Anderson (D), left, is running against incumbent State Sen. Mark Mullet (D).
Valley Shuttle. Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley Transportation’s Facebook page.

Five-year transit plan in the works for the valley

Snoqualmie Valley Transportation outlines multiple goals for area’s towns and cities.

Valley Shuttle. Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley Transportation’s Facebook page.
A view of the Palmer Fire, located seven miles southwest of Oroville in north central Washington. Source: InciWeb

Antifa isn’t starting Washington wildfires

Online conspiracy theories are spreading as the West Coast burns.

A view of the Palmer Fire, located seven miles southwest of Oroville in north central Washington. Source: InciWeb
A site plan for the Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center. Provided by the city of North Bend

Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center could be completed by February

Construction on the project is expected to begin on Sept. 14.

A site plan for the Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center. Provided by the city of North Bend
Seven decades later, the search for two missing Navy pilots continues

Seven decades later, the search for two missing Navy pilots continues

The pilots are thought to have disappeared near Black Lake, northeast of North Bend.

Seven decades later, the search for two missing Navy pilots continues