Carol Ladwig

County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert faces boisterous crowd, Old Mill annex questions

Noise problems associated with a King County property brought a large, loud, and angry assembly to Snoqualmie City Hall on Tuesday, May 17. Nearly 100… Continue reading

Showing off T-shirts for the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign are

End the word: Chief Kanim Middle School students campaign against ‘r-word’

In their efforts to end the use of one word, the eighth grade ASB students at Chief Kanim Middle School may have invented a new… Continue reading

Showing off T-shirts for the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign are
Administering an oral polio vaccine to a child

Saving lives, a world away: Snoqualmie’s Nancy Whitaker tours Ethiopia on vaccination mission

It’s not so much a pillow as it is a tiny wooden stool, but the hand-carved block of wood is not only a pillow where Nancy Whitaker visited, it’s also a luxury item. “The men make these little stools, and they use them, when they sleep at night to rest their heads on,” said Whitaker, showing off her prized souvenir from a trip to Ethiopia. “And only the men have them.” This one used to belong to an elder of the Hamar Tribe village she visited in south Ethiopia, the part of her three-week trip to Africa that most profoundly touched her.

Administering an oral polio vaccine to a child

Board proposes districting plan that would shift board seats, pits Hodgins, Busby in race

By the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the Snoqualmie Valley School Board, the district's citizens had clearly spoken on a proposed realignment of school board… Continue reading

Magical musical: Chief Kanim Middle School lets genie out of lamp in “Aladdin”

Our scene opens on the Princess Jasmine, leaning on a balcony rail, pining for her prince."Aladdin, Aladdin, wherefore art thou, Aladdin?" she sighs.Nothing happens. "Uh,… Continue reading

North Bend’s Chris Garcia not considering mayor’s race, won’t seek another term

North Bend City Council member Chris Garcia announced at the May 3 council meeting that at the expiration of his council term Dec. 31, he… Continue reading

Body found in Snoqualmie River is missing Milton man

A body found last Friday in the Snoqualmie River is believed to be that of a 51 year-old Milton man, who had gone missing three… Continue reading

Carolyn Simpson

Districts divided: Schools’ proposed map of board boundaries takes fire at hearing

Between North Bend's Riverbend neighborhood and the top of Snoqualmie Ridge, there are people and houses, but few roads, and, arguably, little in common. So… Continue reading

Carolyn Simpson
Designers at Down to Earth Flowers and Gifts offer individual customer service that you don’t get from a website. Pictured from left are Juliana Blanks

New home brings fresh change for Snoqualmie florist Down to Earth

With all the bustle in February at Down to Earth Flowers and Gifts, it would be easy to think that Valentine’s Day is the biggest… Continue reading

Designers at Down to Earth Flowers and Gifts offer individual customer service that you don’t get from a website. Pictured from left are Juliana Blanks
Zachary Cunningham

Boy makes trees grow at Fall City Elementary

Just like a seed, Zachary Cunningham's tree project started out small. A third grader at Fall City Elementary School, Zachary at first just wanted to… Continue reading

Zachary Cunningham

North Bend ready to sell fire station bonds

The city is ready to take on $2,250,000 in debt soon, to begin work on a new fire station. At its April 19 meeting, the… Continue reading

Legal, but lethal: Prescription abuse prompts drug take-back efforts in Valley

Drug overdose and poisoning are two very real threats that most people look at every morning. The danger sits in their medicine cabinets, in the… Continue reading

North Bend administrative restructure splits council

North Bend's plan to restructure administrative roles passed by the narrowest possible margin Tuesday, April 19. In a 4-3 vote, the North Bend City Council approved a plan to modify the city's code and reorganize the finance and city clerk departments.

Tomcat RT

It’s a cat’s life: Pixie Bobs steal Snoqualmie breeder’s heart

The Forest Hunter cattery has all the equipment you’d expect to find in a cat-breeding program. There are little-used kennels, well-abused scratching posts, kitty drinking fountains, plenty of toys, and cats and kittens of all sizes. Two of them are lying in ambush outside a cupboard door, waiting for their victim to poke his head out. Another is snuggled into the bottom shelf of an end table. Every few minutes a small parade of fluffy kittens whizzes by, the one in the lead trying to keep whatever treasure it’s found from the pursuers.

Tomcat RT

North Bend sewer project complete with millions to spare

North Bend's extension of sewer lines to the Truck Town area is done after a year and a half, with money to spare.There is still… Continue reading

Carnation considers tax lift to fix three-year deficit

Debating a November election issue for residents, the Carnation City Council is considering a 1 percent property tax lid increase to help balance the city's general fund. No decision has been made on a levy lid lift, and the conversation so far has been hypothetical.

Matthew Coleman

Bond’s human side: Backers, foes of Snoqualmie middle school bond describe impact, issues

Snoqualmie Valley's history-making bond measure, the $56.2 million Proposition 1 to build a new Snoqualmie Middle School, is back on the ballot Tuesday, April 26, to much surprise. Valley Voters for Education, a fund-raising group that campaigned strongly for the bond's first vote on February 8, can't believe it failed then, and by only one vote. Opponents of the measure can't believe it is back on the ballot, specifically because it failed in both the general election and in a March 3 recount.

Matthew Coleman

Cost comparison: Snoqualmie school official addresses bond differences between Twin Falls, new school

By re-using the same design from the Twin Falls Middle School, the Snoqualmie Valley School District proposes to save about $400,000 and several months in design work to construct the new Snoqualmie Middle School. Based on district projections, though, the cost for the new $48.3 million SMS will be about $18 million more than the initial budget for Twin Falls school, built five years earlier. The discrepancies are significant, especially now that construction costs are significantly lower because of the economic downturn.

Rich Payne

Snoqualmie’s Black Dog coffeehouse blends theater, arts, eats and brews

In the tradition of its namesake community theatre, Snoqualmie's Black Dog blends the strengths of all its members into a coffee and wine bar, eatery, arts venue, and home for the itinerant Theatre Black Dog.

Rich Payne

‘Not a lot of good news’: Snoqualmie Valley’s state reps talk state budget, call for flat corporate tax

State Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne painted a harsh picture of the state's financial future during a legislative update and visit Friday, April 15, in Snoqualmie.