Evan Pappas

Maggie Kenow performs her beam routine for the Mount Si High School gymnastics team at a Jan. 14 meet.

Mount Si gymnasts earn team high score against Skyline, Inglemoor

The Mount Si gymnastics team won their meet on Thursday, Jan. 14 against Skyline and Inglemoor with a total score of 166.1.

Maggie Kenow performs her beam routine for the Mount Si High School gymnastics team at a Jan. 14 meet.
Trevor Kostanich glides down Mount Si Dec. 30 in video captured by ski buddy Peter Avolio. The ski trip was a once in a decade opportunity for Kostanich

Ski local: Valley trio slides down Mount Si in long-awaited ski trip

After waiting more than 10 years, Trevor Kostanich, Peter Avolio and Dave Jordan finally took their chance to ski Mount Si from its summit.

Trevor Kostanich glides down Mount Si Dec. 30 in video captured by ski buddy Peter Avolio. The ski trip was a once in a decade opportunity for Kostanich
Essie Hicks of Issaquah has announced her candidacy for Washington's 5th District Representative

Hicks to challenge Rodne for 5th District House seat in 2016

Democrat Essie Hicks announced on Tuesday, Jan. 5, that she will be running for Position 1 State Representative in Washington’s 5th Legislative District which covers Black Diamond, Carnation, Issaquah, Maple Valley, North Bend and Snoqualmie.

Essie Hicks of Issaquah has announced her candidacy for Washington's 5th District Representative
Presley Tes of North Bend meets Colter the Karelian Bear Dog after the presentation at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Colter has saved over 100 bears from being euthanized in his role as a wildlife service dog.

Watershed Center hosts wildlife event

Children and their parents went to the Wondering about Wildlife event at Cedar River Watershed Education Center Dec. 30 for a presentation about Karelian Bear Dogs and the work they do.

Presley Tes of North Bend meets Colter the Karelian Bear Dog after the presentation at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Colter has saved over 100 bears from being euthanized in his role as a wildlife service dog.
Brothers Kazu and Kiyo Nelson combine their efforts to put together one big gingerbread house

Building ‘battle’: Library hosts gingerbread house challenge

Children tried their hands at construction last week in the Fall City Library’s gingerbread house competition, Dec. 22.

Brothers Kazu and Kiyo Nelson combine their efforts to put together one big gingerbread house

Annual hour: Students teach students computer skills in annual program

Children in the Snoqualmie Valley School district got a lesson in tech the week of Dec. 10, when Mount Si High School’s Hour of Code student helpers made their way out to elementary and middle schools in the Snoqualmie Valley. High schoolers gave lessons and demos to introduce children to the world of computer science.

Josh Matson shows his son Aiden the next word along the sight-reading path during a Dec. 8 parent-child reading workshop hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley School District Dec. 8 at Opstad Elementary School. Reading workshops will be offered at all elementary schools again in May.

Reading path: Parent-child reading workshops make ?a game of learning

Reading is an essential skill, but it doesn’t come easy to everyone. Children who struggle are often frustrated and learn to dislike reading. This year, the Snoqualmie Valley School District has revamped its reading workshop to include both parents and children in order to help foster a love of reading and learning.

Josh Matson shows his son Aiden the next word along the sight-reading path during a Dec. 8 parent-child reading workshop hosted by the Snoqualmie Valley School District Dec. 8 at Opstad Elementary School. Reading workshops will be offered at all elementary schools again in May.

Snoqualmie City Council OKs new retail development agreement for Ridge lots

Snoqualmie residents could be getting a new 55,000 square foot full-service grocery store, gas station, and drive-through businesses if the city’s new agreement with EDG development is signed by the end of this month.

Ballew performs “Hey Jude” as dozens of children dance around him.

Caspar Babypants gets the crowd dancing at Si View Community Center

Chris Ballew, lead singer of Presidents of the United States of America, has taken up his guitar to play children’s music as Caspar Babypants. Ballew performed for more than 370 people Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Si View Community Center, in a free concert sponsored by the North Bend Library.

Ballew performs “Hey Jude” as dozens of children dance around him.
Giving Tree tags list the gender and age of a child  for whom donors can buy gifts.

Season of giving: Giving Tree program aims to help ?600 families this holiday season

There is still time to help out families in need this year with the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Giving Tree program.

Giving Tree tags list the gender and age of a child  for whom donors can buy gifts.
Mount Si students cheer as their robotics team

Building with robots: Mount Si High School hosts local FIRST Tech competitions

The room was silent as the robots started up and drove themselves across the arena, making their way to the goal. Robot number 6188 reached the goal — a bucket — drew its arm back and perfectly threw plastic figures into it. The silence was shattered with the cheers from Mount Si High School students.

Mount Si students cheer as their robotics team
Cadence Schaub

Frog Hollow brings language arts program to homeschoolers in the Valley

Persuading your parents to do something for you might be one of the hardest things to achieve as a child, but at the Frog Hollow School in Carnation, it’s part of the lesson plan.

Cadence Schaub
A truck driver got stuck in loose soil Tuesday morning in Snoqualmie while making right onto Railroad Avenue. The road remained restricted while cleanup of spilled diesel fuel was completed.

Truck sticks in dirt on Railroad Avenue Tuesday

A ventilation and cleaning truck sank into some loose soil at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning on Southeast Northern Street and Railroad Avenue in Snoqualmie. With the vehicle stuck on the corner, police had to slow traffic at that intersection.

A truck driver got stuck in loose soil Tuesday morning in Snoqualmie while making right onto Railroad Avenue. The road remained restricted while cleanup of spilled diesel fuel was completed.
Craig Ewing

Valley Center Stage debuts new holiday show on Dec. 3

Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, and Tiny Tim are coming to North Bend on Dec. 3 as part of the Valley Center Stage’s new production, “’Tis the Season”.

Craig Ewing
Carnation boy Tim Bennett takes Fire Chief Lee Soptich’s blood pressure at the 2015 Carnation Fourth of July celebration

Fire chief signs off: Lee Soptich retires after lifelong career in firefighting

A bottle full of black and white marbles is passed around the room as each person drops one into their hands. If you get a white marble, you are in. If not, you are sent home. Lee Soptich takes a marble. It’s white.

Carnation boy Tim Bennett takes Fire Chief Lee Soptich’s blood pressure at the 2015 Carnation Fourth of July celebration

Railroad Days could be downsized in 2016 due to Railway Museum expansion

With new developments at the Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie’s 2016 Railroad Days could be significantly downsized in 2016.

Lori Bailey

Working in the food bank: Volunteers drive the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, support Valley families in need

Minutes before the doors opened, 15 volunteers, including myself, joined hands in a circle. One by one, each of the volunteers introduced themselves and the group shared a prayer for the well-being of the clientele and for everything to run smoothly for the day. This was the start of another Wednesday at the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.

Lori Bailey
U.S. Eighth District Representative Dave Reichert explained his views on the minimum wage at the Snoqualmie city hall on Thursday morning.

U.S. Rep talks small business: U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert meets with Valley officials at Snoqualmie City Hall

Minimum wage, small business support, and the Affordable Care Act were some of the topics discussed when Eighth District Congressman Dave Reichert came to Snoqualmie City Hall on Nov. 12 to talk about his work in Congress.

U.S. Eighth District Representative Dave Reichert explained his views on the minimum wage at the Snoqualmie city hall on Thursday morning.
A shot from the final film of the festival

North Bend Theater hosts eighth annual Mountain Film Festival

As winter rolls into North Bend, so do the mountain sport athletes for the eighth annual Mountain Film Festival, hosted by the historic North Bend Theater.

A shot from the final film of the festival

Hospital budget shows 2015 net loss, but gain in 2016

After ending 2015 with a project net loss of $5 million, the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District is projecting to end 2016 with a net income of $335,696. The board of commissioners discussed this Thursday Nov. 5, at its regular meeting at Snoqualmie City Hall.