Shooting ruled manslaughter, officials say suspect acted negligently

September 4, 2015

NEW — 7:43 p.m. Sept. 4, 2015

A North Bend man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after police and prosecutors say he shot and killed a friend while showing off a pistol he knew might be defective.

In charging papers, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said Robert C. Navarro, 50, shot and killed Albert Garza, 42, on Aug. 25 at Navarro’s apartment on Southeast North Bend Way.

Navarro and Garza were described by prosecutors as friends since childhood, with Navarro even referring to Garza as his “brother.”

Navarro called police to his apartment at about 10:30 p.m. the evening of the incident, according to a police statement. They said they arrived to find Garza dead on the floor with a single gunshot wound to the heart.

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Snoqualmie Indian Tribe youth camp focuses on wellness, leadership

September 4, 2015

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4, 2015

Forty-four campers attended the Snoqualmie Indian Youth Camp that took place Aug. 16-20. It was a jump from the previous year, where 34 took part in the four-day camp.

Nine counselors and a handful of executive staff focused on teaching the campers health and fitness as well as avenues into exploring Native American culture, including traditional storytelling.

Courtesy of Jim Bove Counselors and campers at the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe's youth camp gather for a group picture.

Courtesy of Jim Bove
Counselors and campers at the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s youth camp gather for a group picture.

Camp Director Rhonda Neufang started the camp as a nonprofit with her cousin four years ago. The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe adopted the program shortly after it began, she said. Read more

Police blotter — Sept. 4, 2015

September 4, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2015

Snoqualmie police serving North Bend and Snoqualmie

Buzzed on sugar

Police responded at 7:32 p.m. Aug. 22 to Community Park, 35019 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, to a reported alcohol-related offense. Three men were seen drinking beer in the back of a truck. Officers made contact and found the men were drinking root beer.

Somebody’s in here

Police responded at 3:59 a.m. Aug. 24 to the 76 Gas Station on Southeast River Street in Snoqualmie to reported malicious mischief in progress. The caller said someone broke into her vehicle by smashing the window while she was asleep inside. She said she believes the person took her purse but couldn’t describe the person. Read more

Snoqualmie receives county flood grant

September 3, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Efforts to keep roads passable during the winter storms, reduce the possibility of landslides and help protect vital farmland were unanimously approved Aug. 31 by the King County Flood Control District.

The projects will receive funding from an FCD grant program that focuses on flood prevention and flood mitigation.

The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance received a $100,000 grant for Snoqualmie Valley agricultural drainage improvements. The project will help to begin establishing a systemwide approach to agricultural drainage across property lines in the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Production District by implementing a two-part, early-action controlled-drainage program: Read more

Comcast’s ‘Neighborhoods’ spotlights Snoqualmie

September 3, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 3, 2015

Ready for your close-up, Snoqualmie?

It was lights, camera, action for the city Aug. 27 as it hosted Comcast’s Sabrina Register and cameraman Ed Hauge.

By Dylan Chaffin Sabrina Register (left), Comcast ‘Neighborhoods’ host, speaks with Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson at Snoqualmie Falls on Aug. 27.

By Dylan Chaffin
Sabrina Register (left), Comcast ‘Neighborhoods’ host, speaks with Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson at Snoqualmie Falls on Aug. 27.

Once a month, the two-person team travels to a new city or town in Western Washington to feature on Comcast’s “Neighborhoods” show. Read more

Watch the Wildcats play on TV tonight

September 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2015

SVSFootballWeek1Mount Si fans won’t have to leave their couches to watch the Wildcats football team kick off the 2015 season. Read more

Learn how the city of Snoqualmie works through citizens academy

September 2, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

The ninth annual Snoqualmie Citizens Academy is filling up quickly.

Established in 2007 for citizens to learn all aspects of city government, there is no charge for the seven-week course. Classes are held once per week. Reserve your spot today to get a first-hand look at how the city of Snoqualmie government works.

Sessions are led by Snoqualmie city leaders, officials and department heads. Classes are informal, interactive and a lot of fun. Some will include a tour of the facilities. The first session is Sept. 9.

Topics include history, politics, parks and recreation, public works, municipal law, finance, police department, development, planning, fire department and emergency management. Read more

Man found dead was struck by vehicle

September 2, 2015

NEW — 4:35 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a North Bend man found just after midnight Aug. 30.

Jarett Van Curen was found on the side of the road in the Edgewick neighborhood and had suffered from injuries consistent with being struck by a car, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

School board weighs options for Mount Si remodel

September 2, 2015

NEW — 2:48 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

It continues to be full steam ahead for the remodeling plans of Mount Si High School.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District board heard engineering reports and findings, the new building codes that apply regarding seismic safety, and the options and recommendations for addressing the situation in its Aug. 27 meeting.

The board weighed two options from reports filed by NAC Architecture for the remodeling of the school’s pre-existing gym, which, in a partial renovation, would require a foundational upgrade at a cost of $2 million to $2.6 million, NAC Architect Matthew Rumbaugh said at the meeting.

The foundational upgrade would include injecting grout into the ground to stabilize the first 30 feet of soil, but is considered “very invasive” and would require a drill rig and crane to be placed in the gym. Read more

Snoqualmie River fishing hours restricted

September 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2015

The Snoqualmie River will be closed to fishing daily from 2 p.m. until one hour before official sunrise, from the mouth to Snoqualmie Falls, until further notice.

The restricted hours are due to excessively warm water temperatures and low flows that have raised concerns about increased mortality for released fish. Limiting fishing to cooler morning temperatures reduces hooking mortality.

The fishing restriction applies to all species.

In addition, the following rules have been implemented: Read more

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