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King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

Boeing, coronavirus likely to impact King County economy

Unemployment remained high in September.

 

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A 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.

 

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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.

 

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
Some cool deer near Preston on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

News around the Valley: Ballots, oil, weather, water

Voters in the Snoqualmie Valley should have received their ballots for the election.

Some cool deer near Preston on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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A construction crew works on the site of the new Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center in North Bend on Oct. 6. Construction began in September on the multi-field sports complex. It is expected to be completed in May 2021, and provide space for four Little League baseball fields, or two soccer, football or lacrosse fields. The baseball fields will be able to accommodate high school, junior league and softball teams. In other athletics news, the Sno-King Snoqualmie ice hockey rink is also hosting grand opening on Oct. 18.

News around the valley: Athletic center construction, Highway 18 death, candidate forum

Wildfire smoke kills hundreds of WA residents A recent report by the University of Washington estimates that more than 200 people were killed by wildfire… Continue reading

  • Oct 19, 2020
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A construction crew works on the site of the new Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Center in North Bend on Oct. 6. Construction began in September on the multi-field sports complex. It is expected to be completed in May 2021, and provide space for four Little League baseball fields, or two soccer, football or lacrosse fields. The baseball fields will be able to accommodate high school, junior league and softball teams. In other athletics news, the Sno-King Snoqualmie ice hockey rink is also hosting grand opening on Oct. 18.
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State Supreme Court strikes down $30 car-tab initiative

Justices unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

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Rent, utilities moratorium extended

They were extended through Dec. 31.

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Valley 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.

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Valley 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.
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Camp Brown opens in the Snoqualmie Valley

A new trail and day use area is open for public use in the Snoqualmie Valley. The Camp Brown day use area is a family-friendly… Continue reading

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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

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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.
Hilary Franz (left) and Sue Kuehl Pederson

Wildfires, forest health are key issues in race to lead DNR

Republican Sue Kuehl Pederson is challenging incumbent Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

Hilary Franz (left) and Sue Kuehl Pederson
A hazy view of Mt. Si from North Bend on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

North Bend news: Water conservation and city projects

North Bend enters Stage 2 of water conservation North Bend entered the second stage of its water conservation ordinance on Oct. 6. It applies to… Continue reading

  • Oct 9, 2020
A hazy view of Mt. Si from North Bend on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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State extends moratorium on some electric, gas shutoffs

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

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State still sifting through thousands of unemployment claims

The recent Lost Wages Assistance program pumped an extra $625 million to Washington’s unemployed.

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Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee (left) and Republican challenger Loren Culp during Wednesday's debate. (TVW) 20201007

Inslee, Culp joust on COVID, climate, crime in feisty debate

In their only televised match-up, the two gubernatorial candidates differed on pretty much everything.

Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee (left) and Republican challenger Loren Culp during Wednesday's debate. (TVW) 20201007
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
Gov. Jay Inslee during his Oct. 6 news conference. (Screenshot)

Gov. Inslee loosens rules for bars, libraries and movie theaters

New rules come as coronavirus cases are on the rise statewide.

Gov. Jay Inslee during his Oct. 6 news conference. (Screenshot)