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Ryan Hartwell (Fred) hugs Tim Platt (Scrooge) in the final scene of VCS’s production of “A Christmas Carol” in 2019. File photo

‘A Christmas Carol’ returns Dec. 5

Valley Center Stage will be performing its rendition of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The cast has adapted their acting to… Continue reading

Ryan Hartwell (Fred) hugs Tim Platt (Scrooge) in the final scene of VCS’s production of “A Christmas Carol” in 2019. File photo
A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo

King County settles $2 million dog bite lawsuit

The county agreed to pay $100,000 after being sued after a 2016 K-9 unit arrest.

A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo
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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.

Study: 65 plant species have gone extinct in U.S., Canada

More than 65 species of plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European colonization, according to a new study. The study was… Continue reading

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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.
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Regency North Bend outbreak leaves four dead

A large outbreak of COVID-19 at Regency North Bend, a senior living facility, was confirmed by Seattle & King County Public Health officials on Nov.… Continue reading

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Chris Fagan trekking across Antarctica in 2014. Contributed by Chris Fagan

South Pole or Bust

The story of a North Bend couple who trekked across Antarctica.

Chris Fagan trekking across Antarctica in 2014. Contributed by Chris Fagan
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News Around the Valley: Holiday lights, toy drive, school pictures, survival tips

North Bend Holly Days The city of North Bend and the North Bend Downtown Foundation are working to create a safe Holly Days this year.… Continue reading

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Sage Viniconis is a career performing artist in King County who’s been out of work and seeking creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo/Sage Viniconis

Puget Sound artists adapt creativity, and business sense, to pandemic

Artists Sunday is an online directory that connects artists across the county, state and nation.

Sage Viniconis is a career performing artist in King County who’s been out of work and seeking creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo/Sage Viniconis
David Olson. Contributed photo

The Valley loses one of its biggest hearts

David Olson died in early November, but his legacy of dedicated community service lives on.

David Olson. Contributed photo
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Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Washington releases new forest plan

It outlines ways the state will protect and maintain forest health.

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Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov

North Bend passes on property tax increase

The North Bend City Council narrowly voted not to increase the amount of property taxes it collects at a Nov. 17 meeting. In a 4-3… Continue reading

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of northbendwa.gov
A map of the SR 203 closure beginning on Nov. 30 and lasting until mid-January 2021. Contributed by the Washington State Department of Transportation

SR 203 closure begins Nov. 30

State route 203 between Carnation and Duvall will be closed until mid-January, beginning on Nov. 30. The stretch of road suffered a landslide and has… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2020
A map of the SR 203 closure beginning on Nov. 30 and lasting until mid-January 2021. Contributed by the Washington State Department of Transportation
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State seeks input on how to improve Fall City’s Highway 202

State Route 202 serves as a vital link between the metro Eastside and the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as Fall City’s main street — but… Continue reading

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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
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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

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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.