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Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor is retiring on Feb. 26, 2021 after 40 years with the department. Contributed photo

Fall City Fire Chief retires after four decades

Chief Chris Connor started with the department in February 1981.

Fall City Fire Chief Chris Connor is retiring on Feb. 26, 2021 after 40 years with the department. Contributed photo
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo

King County libraries will reopen in some cities for in-person services

Fall City, Kent libraries among six selected for partial reopening.

Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo
Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. North Bend is required to find two mitigation sources which can be tapped to replenish water in the river on days with low flows. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo

North Bend, Sallal could restart water negotiations

Representatives from both utilities have said they’re talking again.

Centennial Well is tightly connected to the Snoqualmie River. North Bend is required to find two mitigation sources which can be tapped to replenish water in the river on days with low flows. Ashley Hiruko/staff photo
A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Masks are still king in combating new COVID strains

A top UW doctor talks new strains, masks and when normal could return.

A South King Fire & Rescue firefighter places a used test swab into a secure COVID test vial on Nov. 18, 2020, at a Federal Way testing site. (Sound Publishing file photo)
A road closure due to flooding on SE Park Street, Snoqualmie, during the 2016 flood. File photo

Minor flooding possible along Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers

Both the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers reached minor flooding phases on Monday afternon after heavy rainfall pushed water levels higher. The King County Flood Warning… Continue reading

A road closure due to flooding on SE Park Street, Snoqualmie, during the 2016 flood. File photo
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Democrats look to allow noncitizens to serve on school boards

A Senate bill takes aim at a state law requiring anyone seeking elected office to be a citizen.

  • Feb 22, 2021
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Torguson Skatepark. Courtesy of North Bend

Torguson Skatepark now open

The North Bend park has been in the works for years.

  • Feb 22, 2021
Torguson Skatepark. Courtesy of North Bend
A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

State health leader: We have a plan, we don’t have the supply

Two months after the COVID vaccine landed in Washington, many still struggle to secure their shots.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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How the pandemic and coronavirus variants can show us evolution in real time

Scientists say viruses reproduce and mutate at higher rates, creating viral variants.

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An Island Park Elementary teacher and her students hit the books on Feb. 8 in the Mercer Island School District. The single largest amount of Gov. Jay Inslee’s newly announce relief package, $668 million, will go to public elementary and secondary schools to prepare for reopening for some in-person learning and to address students’ learning loss. Courtesy photo

Inslee signs $2.2 billion COVID relief package

The federal funds will go to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

An Island Park Elementary teacher and her students hit the books on Feb. 8 in the Mercer Island School District. The single largest amount of Gov. Jay Inslee’s newly announce relief package, $668 million, will go to public elementary and secondary schools to prepare for reopening for some in-person learning and to address students’ learning loss. Courtesy photo
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Snoqualmie to receive reimbursement for EMS services

The Snoqualmie City Council approved an ordinance on Feb. 8 to partner with the state to receive reimbursement for expenses from providing emergency medical transportation… Continue reading

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Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District

Valley school news: Students honored, grading changed and staff needed

Mount Si High band students honored Thirteen Mount Si High School band students were recently honored for their dedication by being named to 2021 All… Continue reading

Jan. 29, 2021, was the first day of in-person learning for first grade students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District who chose the hybrid learning option. Photo courtesy Snoqualmie Valley School District
Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an ob-gyn with the University of Washington School of Medicine and senior author of the report (Photo Credit: University of Washington School of Medicine)

UW study shows high COVID infection rates among pregnant women

Study shows infection rates to be two to four times higher than expected among minority groups.

Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf, an ob-gyn with the University of Washington School of Medicine and senior author of the report (Photo Credit: University of Washington School of Medicine)
Tolt River flood waters inundated Carnation Feb. 6-7, 2020. File photo

SPU to hold Tolt Dam public meeting

From Seattle Public Utilities Join Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) on Wednesday, February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn more about the replacement project… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2021
Tolt River flood waters inundated Carnation Feb. 6-7, 2020. File photo
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Snow starts to melt after weekend blast in Snoqualmie Valley

Heavy snowfall in the Snoqualmie Valley and Puget Sound over the weekend created the ideal conditions for both winter fun and a traffic mess over… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Shelby L. Winston
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Everett online heroin and meth dealer sentenced for mailing drugs nationwide

Todd Peterman-Dishion of Everett, let go by Boeing and addicted, turned to dark internet commerce.

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Of the 84 schools that had COVID-19 outbreaks across the state, 69% were public schools and the remaining were private schools, according to a new report. Courtesy photo

State releases data on COVID outbreaks in schools

A new statewide report outlines how COVID-19 outbreaks have moved through Washington schools. The report, released on Feb. 11, lists outbreaks in King County and… Continue reading

Of the 84 schools that had COVID-19 outbreaks across the state, 69% were public schools and the remaining were private schools, according to a new report. Courtesy photo
COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE
A Wednesday morning update shows the potential for snowfall Thursday through Saturday.

Snow is coming to the Valley

What you need to know about snow in the Snoqualmie Valley

COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE
A Wednesday morning update shows the potential for snowfall Thursday through Saturday.
The Renton-Pickering Post 79 American Legion Hall, 38625 SE River St. in downtown Snoqualmie. File photo

New year-round shelter would be a first for Snoqualmie Valley

Downtown Snoqualmie facility would have space for up to 15 guests.

The Renton-Pickering Post 79 American Legion Hall, 38625 SE River St. in downtown Snoqualmie. File photo
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Legislature examines restructuring public health in WA

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering an overhaul of Washington state’s public health system to increase access to basic services. A number of changes are expected… Continue reading

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo