Solarize Snoqualmie campaign needs volunteers

June 30, 2015

NEW — 11:45 a.m. June 30, 2015

Thanks to a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce with U.S. Department of Energy funding, the city of Snoqualmie will partner with Northwest SEED and citizens for public outreach about a new, local solar panel program.

The Solarize Snoqualmie campaign is a group purchase — or “bulk buy” program — designed to provide affordable, easy solar panel installations on Snoqualmie homes, businesses and owned multifamily units, a news release from the city said.

Solar Ambassadors are needed. Those who are passionate about solar and the power it can bring to Snoqualmie residents and businesses should consider becoming an ambassador. Read more

Remember fireworks restrictions on July 4

June 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 30, 2015

With the Fourth of July approaching, remember that only common fireworks are legal within the city of North Bend, and may only be discharged between 9 a.m. and midnight July 4.

North Bend Municipal Code states, in part:

8.20.040 Retail sale and discharge of fireworks. Read more

Suspects arrested after high-speed chase and firing on officer

June 29, 2015

UPDATED — 12:30 p.m. June 29, 2015

Four suspects are in police custody, after a driver led a Snoqualmie Police Department officer on a high-speed chase that started in North Bend and ended in Issaquah.

The car’s front passenger fired multiple bullets at the officer’s squad car during the chase. But both the officer, and his vehicle, emerged unscathed, according to a city of Snoqualmie news release.

The officer spotted the suspicious car at the North Bend Premium Outlets Mall at about 11:30 p.m. June 28.

As he followed the car to monitor for possible criminal activity, the driver sped off toward Interstate 90 and entered the westbound on-ramp at a high rate of speed, according to the news release. Read more

City offers noxious weed workshops

June 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 29, 2015

North Bend and Snoqualmie citizens looking for a way to fight the noxious invasive knotweed will find answers in workshops provided by King County specialists next month.

Noxious weed experts will be at the North Bend Farmer’s Market at Si View Community Center from 4-8 p.m. July 9 to answer any questions about invasive plants, identify mystery plants, and give tips about how to control weed growth on your property.

The King County Noxious Weed Control program will host another workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 23 at Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend. Specialists will explain why knotweed is so invasive and tough to control, and will provide options for how to control it safely and effectively in different situations, including a demonstration and practice time with stem injectors.

Participants will be eligible to borrow the program’s injectors for free, and can also earn two credits towards recertification of their Washington State Department of Agriculture licenses. Read more

Apply now to be a vendor at new open-air market

June 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 28, 2015

Fancy yourself to have a bit of a green thumb and entrepreneurial know-how?

The city of North Bend is calling on anyone who is interested in hosting an open-air market, or a booth to sell products such as vegetables, flowers, berries, cherries, etc., at the Mountain View plaza for the summer, fall and winter months.

The venue is at the newly opened North Bend Visitor Information Center and Mountain View Gallery, 250 Bendigo Blvd. S.

The space may be leased to one vendor selling several of the products above or multiple vendors specializing in one product. Read more

City of Snoqualmie offers tips to beat the summer heat

June 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 27, 2015

As the region braces for the upcoming heat wave, the city of Snoqualmie is offering a slew of tips to help residents beat the summer heat.

With temperatures expected to reach into the 90s, the public is welcome to stay cool at the following air-conditioned locations.

Snoqualmie Library
7824 Center Blvd. S.E. on Snoqualmie Ridge
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Snoqualmie Library is closed on Sundays.
Notes: Water, drinks with covers or caps, and light snacks are allowed.
More information: 888-1223 Read more

Hats off to the class of 2015

June 26, 2015

By Sandy Horvath/SnopShotSandy Mount Si High School seniors toss their caps at the end of graduating ceremonies June 12 on the Wildcats football field. See more photos in our slideshow here.

By Sandy Horvath/SnapShotSandy
Mount Si High School seniors toss their caps at the end of graduating ceremonies June 12 on the Wildcats football field. See more photos in our slideshow here.


Mount Si student dies after swimming in Rattlesnake Lake

June 26, 2015

Mount Si High School junior Joey Wallen passed away June 17 after an accident June 11 at Rattlesnake Lake, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office.

Wallen, 16, was without air for five minutes before witnesses were able to pull him to shore and administer CPR, according to witness accounts. He was taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.

John Belcher, principal of Mount Si High, sent out an email to the Mount Si community the following day, June 12, offering words of comfort and a list of support resources for students and their families who were struggling with the incident.

“When a situation like this occurs, people have different ways of reacting even if they did not have a close relationship with the person,” Belcher wrote in the email. “Feelings such as shock, sadness, guilt, fear and anger are common.” Read more

Man charged with domestic violence for knife assault

June 26, 2015

A North Bend man accused of slicing a woman across the forehead nearly a month ago was arraigned June 22 on a felony charge of domestic violence.

Robert Adam Watson appeared before Judge Bill Bowman in King County Superior Court, according to the court docket. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On June 4, the Snoqualmie Police Department responded to a North Bend motel for an assault with a knife, according to a press release.

The woman had a cut on her forehead, and the male suspect had fled the area on foot. The suspect was arrested without incident on the roof of a local grocery store after a K-9 search of the area. Read more

North Bend encourages public to take parks survey

June 26, 2015

Local residents and businesses, as well as outdoor enthusiasts, are encouraged to participate in a confidential online survey about North Bend parks.

The city is updating the Parks Element of the North Bend Comprehensive Plan. The survey is designed to gather public input on local parks and amenities in order to help the North Bend Parks Commission and city staff better understand the needs of the community and help shape the future of our local parks and area open space.

Those completing the survey are provided ample opportunity to provide written comment.

Access the survey in the “News & Highlights” section of the city website, Deadline to complete the survey is July 8. Read more

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