August 1, 2012
The 24th annual Tour de Peaks bike ride is set for Aug. 12.
Three different routes are being offered, depending on a rider’s skill or adventurousness, and all of them begin and end at the Festival at Mount Si in North Bend.
The 100-mile route heads from North Bend to Snoqualmie, Fall City, Carnation and then Duvall via Kelly Road and Cherry Valley Road. After looping around Duvall and Fall City, riders return to North Bend via the Snoqualmie Falls Hill on Highway 202. Read more
February 8, 2012
Call it nap-gate.
The new model for half-day kindergarten in 2012 presented by the Snoqualmie Valley School District has parents upset about what would be expected of their five-year-olds.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District’s budget-trimming suggestion would turn Kindergartners’ half-day schedule into two sets of all-day school days with alternating Fridays.
“The new model may have 28-38 more new hours of contact with the teacher but it did not factor in any nap time or downtime,” said North Bend parent Jaymie Blatt Feb. 7. “Is it realistic to ask a small child to go to school for a full day with no nap time or downtime?” Read more
January 22, 2012
With the snow turning to rain, the Valley tried to return to normalcy after a week of delays, outages, closures and detours.
Thousands of people across the Valley had power restored Jan. 22, according to the website for Puget Sound Energy.
Snoqualmie Valley schools will reopen on normal hours Jan. 23. Heat and power have returned to all Valley schools, a press release stated. If anything should change overnight, the Valley school district advised checking online at www.svsd410.org. Unless posted otherwise, classes will go on as scheduled.
January 19, 2012
More than 10,000 Valley homes and businesses are without power after two days of snow and ice pummeled the Valley and the rest of the state.
According to Puget Sound Energy, 603 customers in Fall City, 4,953 customers in North Bend and 5,148 in Snoqualmie have suffered power outages in the last 24 hours.
March 23, 2011
The Snoqualmie Tribe has started work on the second phase of its ecosystem restoration project at Fall City Community Park. Volunteers from the community and the tribe lent a hand for the work.
The park, which sits on the Snoqualmie River, has historic significance to the tribe, according to Cindy Spiry, director of the tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources Department.
Traditionally, American Indians hunted, fished, congregated and lived along the river. There were fish, wildlife, berries and other native plants that the Snoqualmies used for food and medicine.
Today, the tribe is attempting to restore the area’s historic habitat by planting native plants, including species that can be harvested.
“Our goal is to restore the healthy habitat to the park as well as to restore the traditional harvest grounds, so that tribal members will be able to walk the trail at the park and harvest the berries that once were abundant here,” Spiry said.
The project also aims to enhance the river’s habitat, used by chinook salmon while spawning.
February 22, 2011
With spring — and baseball — fast approaching, Falls Little League is facing a potential crisis for want of a lawnmower.
The league, which includes the area north of Snoqualmie Falls to Duvall, had a mower but it was stolen from a locked storage shed alongside state Route 202.
“We need to mow by February 28,” said Terri Campbell, the league’s vice-president.
About 650 children are scheduled to begin practice on the league’s two ball fields Feb. 28.
July 29, 2010
NEW — 4:24 p.m. July 29, 2010
Editor’s note: This story has corrected information about the number of employees laid off.
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital has closed its Fall City and North Bend medical clinics and plans to redistribute its resources on new technology, CEO Rodger McCollum said.
Both clinics began operating in 2005, when the Valley had a shortage of primary care providers after several left the area or retired, according to McCollum.
“We had a responsibility as a hospital district to make sure people had access to primary care,” he said. “That has changed substantially in the last six months.”
May 18, 2010
NEW — 6:00 p.m. May 18, 2010
A proposal by Sammamish to contract with Fire District 27, in the Fall City area, has drawn the ire of some elected officials with Eastside Fire & Rescue.