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King County Council has nine members who each represent a district. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov

King County Council passes $12.59 billion biennial budget

King County Council on Nov. 17 passed a $12.59 billion biennial budget for 2021-2022, providing funding for anti-racist programs, transformation of the criminal legal system,… Continue reading

King County Council has nine members who each represent a district. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State reps talk COVID restrictions in the valley

After new statewide restrictions on gatherings and businesses were announced on Nov. 15 in an attempt to curb rapidly rising coronavirus infections, elected officials met… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
State Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) authored the letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. Mullet represents the 5th Legislative District. File photo

Democratic lawmakers ask Inslee to lift ban on indoor dining

They want to try to scaling back on occupancy before forcing an end to inside service.

State Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) authored the letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. Mullet represents the 5th Legislative District. File photo
Friends of the North Bend Library is bringing in local author Chris Fagan to talk about her recently published book, The Expedition.

Valley Reads event returns with local adventure author

Bibliophiles are in luck as the popular Valley Reads series returns this December with another installment featuring a local author. Friends of the North Bend… Continue reading

Friends of the North Bend Library is bringing in local author Chris Fagan to talk about her recently published book, The Expedition.
Tim Eyman get in some last minute campaigning for I-976 in downtown Bellevue on the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2019. File photo

Eyman fights allegation he repeatedly broke campaign laws

In a lawsuit, the state accuses the prolific initiative promoter of getting kickbacks.

  • Nov 17, 2020
Tim Eyman get in some last minute campaigning for I-976 in downtown Bellevue on the afternoon of Nov. 5, 2019. File photo
Downtown Snoqualmie. 	File photo

New restrictions hit valley businesses, workers ahead of holidays

After new public health guidelines were announced for Washington state on Sunday, leaders in the valley and economists are expecting more unemployment claims and further… Continue reading

Downtown Snoqualmie. 	File photo
Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant. File photo

State halts indoor service at bars, restaurants, home guests

Amid soaring new coronavirus cases and an overburdened health care system, the state’s clamping down.

Kabal Gill, owner of East India Grill in Federal Way, wears gloves to hand over take-out orders at his restaurant. File photo
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s news conference Nov. 12 with his wife, Trudi.

Inslee to hold news conference to announce new restrictions

Among them, reportedly, will be a ban on indoor service at restaurants and retail limitations.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s news conference Nov. 12 with his wife, Trudi.
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Snoqualmie expects budget deficit in coming years

Losses in revenue from the coronavirus and other sources has led the city to dip into its rainy day fund.

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North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

North Bend considers property tax levy increase

North Bend held three public hearings on Nov. 3 regarding adjusting next year’s property tax levy, the proposed 2021-22 biennial budget and amending school impact… Continue reading

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
A hazy view of Mt. Si from North Bend on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

News Around the Valley: Trees, flood control, lights and rain

Volunteers plant North Bend trees On Nov. 6, volunteers came together at North Bend City Hall, celebrating Arbor Day by planting 40 native conifer trees.… Continue reading

A hazy view of Mt. Si from North Bend on Oct. 6. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital braces for winter COVID surge

Cases are soaring across the state and could overlap with the flu.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.
Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo

Mullet holds slim lead in 5th District Senate race

In King County, voters overwhelmingly chose former Vice President Joe Biden (D) over President Donald Trump (R) in this year’s presidential election. Biden and his… Continue reading

Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo
Luke Vilsmeyer poses with the flag he brought back from his first foreign war in Iraq. 	Photo provided by Marc Vilsmeyer

Two decades of service

Snoqualmie valley resident Luke Vilsmeyer retired from the Army and Green Berets after 21 years.

Luke Vilsmeyer poses with the flag he brought back from his first foreign war in Iraq. 	Photo provided by Marc Vilsmeyer
Screenshot of Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Facebook page.

Preschool resumes in school district

With preschool resuming in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, parents are wondering what’s next for students after the district decided to begin the school year… Continue reading

Screenshot of Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Facebook page.
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)

Minor flooding possible along the Snoqualmie River

King County has opened its Flood Warning Center for the second time after two days of heavy rain.

  • Nov 5, 2020
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)
Jay Inslee (D), left, and Loren Culp (R). File photo

Gov. Inslee surges to big lead as he nears rare third term

Statewide office roundup: Schools chief Reykdal in close contest; Secretary of State Wyman fends off challenge.

Jay Inslee (D), left, and Loren Culp (R). File photo
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Sex education bill Referendum 90 is passing

It will decide whether Senate Bill 5395 will be enacted into law.

  • Nov 3, 2020
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Exterior building and signage view from 9th Avenue of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

Voters approve $1.74 billion bond for Harborview Medical Center

King County voters are saying yes to upgrades at Harborview Medical Center. Prop. 1 would authorize King County to issue up to $1.74 billion in… Continue reading

  • Nov 3, 2020
Exterior building and signage view from 9th Avenue of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.
Mark Mullet and supporters wave signs Oct. 28. Courtesy photo

At a glance: Valley election results

8th Congressional District House Seat Kim Schrier (D) - 60.87% Jesse Jensen (R) - 39.02% 5th Congressional District Senate Seat Mark Mullet (D) - 48.38%… Continue reading

Mark Mullet and supporters wave signs Oct. 28. Courtesy photo