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North Bend has highest rate of COVID-positive tests in the county

North Bend has the highest positive COVID test rate of any city in the county. Over the past two weeks, from Dec. 22 to Jan.… Continue reading

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Rendering of the Torguson Skatepark plan. Courtesy of the Si View Metropolitan Park District website

News Around the Valley: Skate park delay; expanded train rides

Torguson skate park renovation update Recent wet weather is slowing progress on some of the remaining skate park components that are being renovated at the… Continue reading

Rendering of the Torguson Skatepark plan. Courtesy of the Si View Metropolitan Park District website
Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as governor. (Governor Jay Inslee)

Governor Inslee: We are going forward toward a ‘new normal’

At the start of an historic third term, the governor is charting a course out of the pandemic.

  • Jan 14, 2021
Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as governor. (Governor Jay Inslee)
The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)

What could Biden’s nuclear policy look like?

King County sits only miles away from one-third of the deployed U.S. nuclear arsenal.

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)
Woodinville-Duval Road, west of Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, is closed Wednesday (Jan. 13). Puget Sound Energy is removing a snagged tree from powerlines. Courtesy of King County

Weather brings floods and power outages to Snoqualmie Valley

Fierce winds and heavy rain battered Puget Sound overnight on Tuesday (Jan. 12), leading to flooding and power outages across the Snoqualmie Valley. As of… Continue reading

Woodinville-Duval Road, west of Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, is closed Wednesday (Jan. 13). Puget Sound Energy is removing a snagged tree from powerlines. Courtesy of King County
State representatives respond to roll call during an online meeting before their swearing in on Friday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Click to unmute: Legislators prepare for an online session

State lawmakers will work remotely as they tackle COVID-19, economic recovery, police reform and more.

  • Jan 11, 2021
State representatives respond to roll call during an online meeting before their swearing in on Friday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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King County to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts

“16,000 adults must be vaccinated every day for six months,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

WA, King County lawmakers react to Capitol Building storming

A mob of right-wing agitators stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, as Congress was preparing to certify the Electoral College presidential election count in… Continue reading

Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Photo by William Shaw
Mouth of the Raging River where it flows into the Snoqualmie River, just east of the Fall City Bridge, on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 5.

News around the Valley: Tribe sues over archives building

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and AG Ferguson sue Trump administration The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe joined Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson in filing a federal lawsuit… Continue reading

Photo by William Shaw
Mouth of the Raging River where it flows into the Snoqualmie River, just east of the Fall City Bridge, on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Seattle renters seek cheaper rent in surrounding cities

One factor includes the ability to work remotely, according to housing economist.

Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr
According to Redfin, median home prices were $799,500 in Snoqualmie, a 23% year-over-year increase from November 2019 to November 2020. (Screenshot)

Valley housing market a ‘pressure cooker’ amid pandemic bidding

High demand and limited inventory had fueled real estate bidding wars.

According to Redfin, median home prices were $799,500 in Snoqualmie, a 23% year-over-year increase from November 2019 to November 2020. (Screenshot)
Courtesy of the Department of Health

State health officials announce next steps for vaccines

From the Washington State Department of Health: On Jan. 6, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2021
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On Dec. 5, the North Bend Downtown Foundation hosted a live tree lighting with Mayor Rob McFarland and a cutout of Buddy the Elf. (Screenshot)

North Bend holiday lights to stay up through February

Holiday lights in downtown North Bend are staying up this year through the end of February after the city was asked to do so by… Continue reading

On Dec. 5, the North Bend Downtown Foundation hosted a live tree lighting with Mayor Rob McFarland and a cutout of Buddy the Elf. (Screenshot)
North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland. File photo

North Bend mayor issues quarterly report

North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland has welcomed in the New Year by issuing a quarterly update on the city and laying out priorities for 2021.… Continue reading

North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland. File photo
Courtesy of WA Governor’s Office

Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington

Some restrictions will be eased beginning as soon as next week, the governor said.

  • Jan 5, 2021
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A conceptual rendering of a classroom space at the new Encompass facility. Created by Signal Architecture + Research

Anonymous donor gives $600,000 for Encompass project

An anonymous donor has provided $600,000 to Encompass for their capital campaign to help them build a new pediatric therapy and early learning center in… Continue reading

A conceptual rendering of a classroom space at the new Encompass facility. Created by Signal Architecture + Research
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo

Bills to follow in the 2021 Legislative session include police reform

It’s legislation filing season, and the floodgates have opened in Olympia.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo
The Washington State Department of Transportation warns that if the road looks bare, wet and slushy, you still need to slow down. Slush can pull your vehicle into a direction you don’t really want to go just like this driver found out on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of WSDOT (@SnoqualmiePass on Twitter)

Gas leaks, flooding and snow in East King County

The New Year came out swinging, packing a myriad of surprises for the Snoqualmie Valley and the Snoqualmie Pass within days of ticking into 2021.… Continue reading

The Washington State Department of Transportation warns that if the road looks bare, wet and slushy, you still need to slow down. Slush can pull your vehicle into a direction you don’t really want to go just like this driver found out on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of WSDOT (@SnoqualmiePass on Twitter)
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Courtesy photo

US Navy punishes suicidal sailor who sought mental health treatment

Federal Way native’s case has attracted the attention of a national advocacy group.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Courtesy photo