Crew chooses Snoqualmie Depot for historical short film

November 25, 2015

NEW — 12:03 p.m. Nov. 25, 2015

Standing amid the giant metal engines, it’s easy to see why Seattle film director Gabriel Gonda chose the Snoqualmie Depot as a backdrop for his new short film.

“I’ve always loved trains,” Gonda, 35, said.

By Dylan Chaffin Crew members ready the camera for the next shot of lead actress Samara Lerman, who will play protagonist Lily in “End of the Line,” filmed at the Snoqualmie Depot on Nov. 18.

By Dylan Chaffin
Crew members ready the camera for the next shot of lead actress Samara Lerman, who will play protagonist Lily in “End of the Line,” filmed at the Snoqualmie Depot on Nov. 18.

The film, “End of the Line” — a working title — will be set in the time period of World War I, he said. Read more

Snoqualmie weighs options for business park development

November 25, 2015

NEW — 12:01 p.m. Nov. 25, 2015

The City of Snoqualmie gathered public testimony regarding the proposed development agreement of a new grocer and potential retail space to be built in Snoqualmie Ridge at the City Council’s Nov. 23 meeting.

The proposed development would sit on a 7.4-acre lot zoned as mixed use that is currently vacant, east of Snoqualmie Parkway and North of Douglas Avenue Southeast.

The agreement aims to ensure the development of a full-service grocery store, with a minimum of 30,000 square feet and a maximum of 55,000 square feet, according to council documents.

The estimated floor space is the total amount of space prior to issuance of certificates of occupation for any non-grocery retail. Read more

North Bend will not raise property taxes

November 25, 2015

NEW — 11:59 a.m. Nov. 25, 2015

Taxpayers in North Bend will see a decrease in their property taxes next year, as per a decision made by the City Council at its Nov. 17 meeting.

However, property tax revenue will rise, according to council members, because of projected growth.

The tax levy was set forth as the first option of three presented to the council. The council voted to approve a zero present increase on the city’s 2015 levy of $1,470,306.

The 2015-2016 adopted biennial budget includes $1,535,255 for the 2016 property tax levy. While the levy amount assumed a zero percent increase, new construction and assessed valuation growth was slightly lower than projected, according to council documents. Read more

Snoqualmie sees rash of car break-ins

November 24, 2015

NEW — 12:41 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

The city of Snoqualmie experienced a rash of car break-ins recently, according to a press release.

Over the past month, 18 car break-ins were reported, mostly on Snoqualmie Ridge, but also in the upper parking lot of the Snoqualmie Falls Park.

In that same time frame, 24 car break-ins were reported in North Bend.

“A majority of the prowls involved unlocked cars with valuables left in the car,” said Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley, in the press release. “The disturbing part is that most of the unlocked cars also had a garage door opener inside, which could allow easy access to garages and homes.” Read more

Nominations open for 2016 Give Good Awards

November 24, 2015

NEW — 11:03 p.m. Nov. 24, 2015

Nominations are now open for the Snoqualmie Valley Give Good Awards, honoring people or organizations in the area that make the Valley a good place to live.

Angela Craig, founder of the Give Good Awards, said the event gives local heroes much deserved recognition for all they do.

The Give Good Awards ceremony will be March 4, when the winners in 12 categories, including educational excellence and unsung hero, are announced and honored.

Nominate an individual or group at by midnight Dec. 31.

Make wreaths at the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

November 23, 2015

NEW — 4:57 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

The Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater will host a wreath-making workshop at the outdoor venue in Fall City Dec. 5.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theater will provide basic supplies for the wreaths, including forms for the wreaths, wire, ribbon, pine cones and an assortment of greens. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials as well, such as different kinds of pine cones and juniper berries to give their creations a unique twist.

No experience is necessary. People should supply their own gloves and gardening shears, as supplies are limited. Read more

March of Dimes honors North Bend nurse

November 23, 2015

NEW — 4:50 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

Margie Bridges, of North Bend, was one of 19 nurses recently honored at the March of Dime’s 13th annual Washington Nurse of the Year Awards.

Registered nurses working at all staff levels in Washington were honored in 19 categories for their every day dedication to setting the standards of outstanding patient care.

Bridges, who won the Education Award, is a perinatal clinical nurse specialist in the Childbirth Center at Overlake Medical Center. Read more

Enter Snoqualmie’s holiday lighting contest

November 23, 2015

NEW — 4:38 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

The city of Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Ridge Homeowners Association are looking for businesses and homes with extravagant holiday decorations for the 2015 Snoqualmie Holiday Lights contest.

Any resident, business, neighborhood or community organization located within Snoqualmie city limits is eligible. Entries will be evaluated based upon creativity, originality, thematic elements and overall design quality — not just the quantity of lights.

Entries are due to the Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation Department by 4 p.m. Dec. 11. Fill out the entry form here and email it to Larry White at, drop it off at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. or mail it to PO Box 987, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. Read more

EFR’s Fill the Truck campaign returns Nov. 27-29

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:23 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

First Due Movers and the Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund are teaming again for the fifth annual Fill the Truck Clothing Drive Nov. 27-29.

A 24-foot moving truck will be taking donations at the Issaquah Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. All donations will go to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Mt. Si Food Bank.

The following items are needed most: Read more

Rep. Jay Rodne criticized for Facebook remarks on Muslims

November 23, 2015

NEW — 1:05 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015

By Joseph O’Sullivan
Seattle Times Olympia bureau

Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, came under fire the week of Nov. 16 for comments he made regarding Muslims, including referring to them as “barbarians” and accusing President Obama of trying to import 1.5 million Muslims into the U.S.

State Rep. Jay Rodne

State Rep. Jay Rodne

On Nov. 13, Rodne’s Facebook page included the following comment: “Obama wants to import 1.5 million muslims (sic) into the U.S. This is absolute madness! Islam is incompatible with western civilization! How anyone (sic) people need to die? In the interim, Amicans (sic) arm yourselves.” Read more

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