Come and tour the food bank Aug. 1

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 30, 2015

For 39 years, the Mt. Si Food Bank has served the Snoqualmie Valley and now is inviting the community to come see how its operation works.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1, the Mt. Si Food Bank will open its doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at its operation. Attendees will be treated to snacks, dessert and more.

The food bank’s friendly volunteers are looking forward to meeting the public at 1550 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend.

The Mt. Si Food Bank strives to help people remain self-sufficient in the community and to maintain a sense of individual worth and dignity.

Young burn survivors bond at Camp Eyabsut

July 30, 2015

NEW — Noon July 30, 2015

Amber Newton was only a child when her brother Brian saved her life.

It was a cold January morning in Rathdrum, Idaho, she recalled, when she turned up the gas heater in the family home. Her nightgown caught on fire, causing severe burns to the right side of her body.

By Greg Farrar Keelen Mitcham (left), 12, of Newport, and Jordan Bernstine, 12, of Auburn, sit in the Airlift Northwest helicopter while getting a tour of medical gear from pediatric nurse Lisa Davidson, during the week of Camp Eyabsut activities held for young burn patients and survivors at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend.

By Greg Farrar
Keelen Mitcham (left), 12, of Newport, and Jordan Bernstine, 12, of Auburn, sit in the Airlift Northwest helicopter while getting a tour of medical gear from pediatric nurse Lisa Davidson, during the week of Camp Eyabsut activities held for young burn patients and survivors at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend.

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Multiple closures required for Seafair Air Show practice, shows

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels zoom above Lake Washington this week, drivers on Interstate 90 should prepare for traffic to slow to a crawl several times between Thursday and Sunday, and consider alternate routes.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five times to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe, and to minimize distractions.

The closures will extend from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. Drivers who need to cross Lake Washington should plan to do so at least one hour before the closures or use an alternate route, such as Interstate 405, state Route 520 or state Route 522. Read more

Did you get your primary election ballot?

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 29, 2015

King County Elections has mailed ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may arrive on a different day than ballots. Voters may also check MyVoterGuide online for a customized voters’ pamphlet.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the Aug. 4 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp; postage is now 49 cents.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by July 20 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Snoqualmie hosts Tent City 4, which plans to stay until Nov. 7

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

Moving from Issaquah as promised July 11, the homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 has landed in Snoqualmie near Echo Lake and Interstate 90.

“Everything is going well so far,” camp director and spokesman Sam Roberson said.

He added the spot is a little far off the beaten path, but said the camp’s 34 residents are coping with the situation.

As was the case in Issaquah, the Snoqualmie location where Tent City 4 landed is owned by King County. Roberson said he is trying to arrange an agreement that will have Tent City 4 in Snoqualmie until Nov. 7. Read more

Volunteer for the Festival at Mount Si

July 28, 2015

NEW — 4:45 p.m. July 28, 2015

Are you interested in having fun, volunteering and building your community?

Organizers for the Festival at Mount Si are still looking for volunteers to help with everything from festival set-up to the silent auction, chili cook-off, vendors and hospitality for the Aug 7-9 event.

“The festival is an opportunity to build community,” volunteer organizer Sharon Hockenbury said. “It’s a chance for the public to come to a place where there’s a lot of fun, and volunteers are the foundation of making that happen.”

The shifts are four hours each, and begin the Thursday before the festival with set-up. Read more

Join Snoqualmie PD at National Night Out event Aug. 4

July 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2015

The Snoqualmie Police Department will host a National Night Out Against Crime event at Si View Park on Aug. 4.

The event will provide an opportunity for the public to get to know the officers who serve Snoqualmie and North Bend, as well as see exhibits from the Washington State Patrol bomb squad and K-9 units, 911 dispatch, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Peacekeeper.

Police officers will be barbecuing free hot dogs, hamburgers and serving chips and beverages. Other attractions include bouncy houses, airbrush tattoos and prizes for kids.

The event will begin at 8 p.m. Aug 4 at Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend.

Finally Friday Art & Wine Walk is July 31

July 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 27, 2015

Head to the Finally Friday Art & Wine Walk from 6-9 p.m. July 31 in downtown Snoqualmie.

The Art & Wine Walk will feature works by local artists in downtown Snoqualmie’s shops and storefronts. Artists will demonstrate their creativity at several downtown merchants with live music, activities and more.

Five wine-tasting tickets can be purchased for $8 at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, 38767 S.E. River St. in downtown Snoqualmie.

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Police catch man who stole King County deputy vehicle

July 25, 2015

UPDATED — 2:25 p.m. July 25, 2015

By Coral Garnick

The man who stole a King County deputy’s patrol SUV in Snoqualmie early Saturday is in custody.

“Teddy Bell is in custody, great response by deputies to a bad situation. Double check those cuffs!” the King County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter shortly after his capture.

Teddy Bell

Teddy Bell

Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Stan Seo said someone called 911 about a suspicious car and person at Southeast Reinig Road and Southeast 79th Street around 8:30 a.m. Deputies found a man in a car who had arrest warrants out for vandalism, drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property.

Deputies later identified the man as 26-year-old Teddy Bell, of Snoqualmie.

The deputies handcuffed Bell, to take him into custody, but he got away and drove off in a deputy’s patrol SUV. Read more

Mount Si High School remodel will displace nearby homeowners

July 24, 2015

Sixty years ago, Mount Si High School opened its doors to students from Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City. It also opened in a floodplain.

Now, with a remodel on the agenda, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board is facing a new challenge: taxpayers who want the school built somewhere else.

But there were only a few public comments made at the board meeting July 16, seeming to echo what had already been heard at the previous meeting, where the conceptual design for the high school was approved June 25.

“It’s not too late to rebuild somewhere else,” Dean Patterman, a North Bend resident, said at the meeting. Read more

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