Fire department offers CPR class

May 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2015

The Snoqualmie Fire Department is offering CPR certification training from 6-9 p.m. June 9 at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway.

The course is taught using American Heart Association standards, with topics that include adult and child CPR, foreign body obstructions and risk factors for heart disease. Upon finishing the class, students receive a completion card valid for two years.

The class fee is $10.

Register by emailing Liz Luizzo at or call 888-1551.

Learn more at

Adventures Shuttle to ease trailhead congestion, help local businesses

May 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 26, 2015

The SnoValley Adventure Shuttle, a pilot summer program to launch June 6, will help ease congestion in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area.

The shuttle, run by Compass Outdoor Adventures, is a collaborative effort with the city of North Bend, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Washington Trails Association to connect people with recreation opportunities and local businesses.

The weekend shuttle will leave from the downtown North Bend Park & Ride, 331 W. North Bend Way, and stop at recreation destinations along Mount Si Road, including the Little Si, Mount Si and Teneriffe trailheads.

Shuttle users will get an additional incentive with SnoValley Adventure Bucks, which grant discounts at a variety of North Bend and Snoqualmie merchants. The shuttle’s schedule also aligns with arrivals from King County Metro, so recreationalists from Seattle and Issaquah can reach trailheads without ever getting in their car. Read more

Mobile DSHS heads to North Bend

May 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2015

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services mobile office will be at in North Bend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3 at the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, 122 East Third St.

The mobile office helps people apply for food stamps, cash and childcare. Active clients will have an opportunity to update their accounts close to home.

Visitors can also drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility review, mid-certification review or make changes to an existing case.

Learn more by calling 1-877-501-2233 toll free.

North Bend hosts recycle event

May 24, 2015

NEW – 6 a.m. May 24, 2015

The city of North Bend and the Snoqualmie Tribe will host a recycling event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30, at the Mount Si High School Ninth Grade Campus, 9200 Railroad Ave.

The program is free and will accept household materials from King County residents. All service providers at the event have the right to refuse any material they deem unacceptable.

Acceptable items include scrap metal, appliances, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, fluorescent bulbs/tubes, electronics, petroleum products, tires, batteries and reusable household goods.

For a complete list of materials that will be accepted for recycle, go to Read more

Snoqualmie legislator headlines Issaquah Memorial Day ceremony

May 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 23, 2015

The community is invited to honor its veterans at a special Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 25.

The Issaquah Veterans of Foreign Wars will again produce the annual ceremony at Issaquah’s Hillside Cemetery. The cemetery is between Mountain Park Boulevard and West Sunset Way — just west of and above Newport Way.

State Rep. Jay Rodne will be the guest speaker. Rodne has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the past 20 years.

He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and completed a two-year tour as the commanding officer of a 1,200-marine reserve battalion headquartered at Fort Lewis. He and his unit were activated and served overseas in Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Read more

State poet laureate will pair hiking with guided writing experiences

May 21, 2015

Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen will present a Hike and Write program from 12:30-4 p.m. May 30 near North Bend.

By John Ulman Elizabeth Austen, Washington state poet laureate, hosts a Hike and Write program May 30 in North Bend.

By John Ulman
Elizabeth Austen, Washington state poet laureate, hosts a Hike and Write program May 30 in North Bend.

Austen will accompany attendees on a meditative hike and a guided writing session in response to the walk.

“Hike and Writes are about sharing the practice of walking attentively, and letting that attention lead to writing,” Austen said in a news release. Read more

Memorial Day ceremonies in the Valley are Monday

May 21, 2015

The American Legion will perform ceremonies at each of the cemeteries in the Valley plus the Veteran Memorial on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25).

The public is welcome. The actual ceremony is brief — and repeated at each stop — along with three volleys in honor of those who served our country and are no longer with us. Scouts march in with the flag and march out again at the conclusion of each ceremony.

There will be a lunch at the American Legion Post in Snoqualmie, 38625 River St., afterward. Flags will be placed at the gravesites at each cemetery. Scouts may help with this. Read more

Expect traffic delays in downtown Snoqualmie

May 21, 2015

There may be significant traffic delays in downtown Snoqualmie along Railroad Avenue Southeast through May 30, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend.

The delays are necessary for progress on the downtown infrastructure project, the city said in a news release.

Traffic will flow in both directions except in sections of Railroad Avenue Southeast as noted below.

In those sections of roadway, there will be 24-hour alternating one-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals with an approximate two-minute rotation. Read more

Candidate filings force North Bend primary

May 21, 2015

Local voters will help whittle down two crowded North Bend City Council races in an August primary.

King County candidate filing week came to a close May 15 with a total of nine candidates vying for three spots on the North Bend City Council.

The race for Position No. 3 appears to be the most competitive, with four challengers, including incumbent North Bend Councilman Dee Williamson, filing for the seat. Rich Wiltshire, Piper M. Muoio and Trevor Kostanich will also enter the race.

Position No. 7 attracted three candidates. Judy Bilanko and Martin Volken will challenge incumbent Ryan Kolodejchuk for the seat.

The primary election, which whittles the candidate pool down to two, is Aug. 4. Read more

Essentially Ellington: Top 3 slots elude Seattle-area bands

May 21, 2015

By Paul de Barros

Seattle Times jazz critic

For the second year in a row, the top three slots at the Essentially Ellington competition in New York have eluded three Seattle-area high-school jazz bands. The three-day event ended May 9.

Seattle’s Garfield and Roosevelt high schools and Snoqualmie’s Mount Si High School were three of the 15 schools that competed. The same three schools were also finalists in 2014.

The first-place winner this year did come from the Northwest — the American Music Program, in Portland. Second place went to the Tucson Jazz Institute, of Tucson, Arizona, (which won in 2014), third place to Lexington High School, from Lexington, Massachusetts. Dillard Center for the Arts, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received an honorable mention. Read more

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