The Opossum: Snoqualmie Valley’s Misunderstood Animal Superhero

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, wildlife enthusiast, North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] The poor Virginia Opossum has an image problem. Most … [Read more...]

Our Resident Valley Trickster – The Raccoon

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, North Bend resident, wildlife enthusiast and owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs] My very first introduction to raccoons was at a surprisingly late … [Read more...]

Help a neighbor in need: Join the local Grocery Rescue Team

[Article by Tom Foot, Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Operations Manager] Founded on the belief that the health of our community is dependent on the well-being of those who live in it, the Snoqualmie Valley Food … [Read more...]

YMCA ‘stepping up’ to meet urgent need for more foster homes: focusing on recruitment, using local branches as hubs for support

[Article by Nate Smith, Executive Director, Snoqualmie Valley YMCA & Mark Putnam, Executive Director, Accelerator YMCA] Secretary Ross Hunter of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families recently … [Read more...]

Dogs showing up in more places: breaking down where allowed, pet friendly local businesses

[Article by North Bend resident, longtime pet trainer and owner of Miss Lola’s Academy for Wayward Dogs] Way back in January 2015 - after reading an argument on Facebook about dogs in malls - I wrote an … [Read more...]

The Valley Vagabond: Life as a Paris Local, the Perks of Pet Sitting-Part Deux

[Article by Melissa Grant, North Bend resident, pet trainer and owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs.] When I left you in part un we were just returning to Paris from a trip to the Normandy beaches … [Read more...]

The Valley Vagabond: Life as a Paris Local, the Perks of Pet Sitting

[Article by North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs, Melissa Grant] So once again, like all my vacation ideas, it started with a Facebook post… “Anyone interested in … [Read more...]

In their own Words: Why I want to be Mayor of Snoqualmie, Volume 5

This is the last in our five-part series written by each Snoqualmie Mayoral candidate, explaining their goals and vision if elected. This piece is from Ed Mortensen. Five candidates have filed for the … [Read more...]

In their own Words: why I want to be Mayor of Snoqualmie

This is the first in a [hopeful] five-part series, written by each Snoqualmie Mayoral candidate, explaining their goals and vision if elected. Brad Toft authors this first guest article. Five candidates have … [Read more...]

Dogs and kids: Nine simple tips to help keep everyone safe

[Article by contributing writer Melissa Grant, North Bend resident and pet trainer/owner of Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs.] As early as I can remember I've always loved animals, especially dogs. When I … [Read more...]

The Birdfeeder Club | Don’t you…forget about seeds; identifying birds of the Snoqualmie Valley

[Article by Melissa Grant, North Bend resident, nature-lover and professional pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs.] When I was a young teen I loved John Hughes movies. He seemed to look … [Read more...]

Video captures rare cougar appearance, likely same wounded cat that put down same day

[Article by: North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs, Melissa Grant] UPDATE | FEBRUARY 22, 2017, 7AM According to Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Officer,Chris … [Read more...]

Valley Vagabonds | Connecticut to North Bend: cross-country RV’ing to a new home

[**This is the latest installment of our new community column, Valley Vagabonds, written by Doreen Currie, who relocated to North Bend from Connecticut. Instead of flying, Doreen convinced her family to make a … [Read more...]

Baby it’s Cold outside – Wintertime tips for pet owners

[In her new column, North Bend resident and pet trainer at Miss Lola's Academy for Wayward Dogs, Melissa Grant, offers important winter safety tips for your four-legged family member.] Our Valley is beautiful … [Read more...]

The Valley Vagabond: Adventures in Iceland

This travelogue in courtesy of North Bend resident and guest writer, Melissa Grant. It's also the beginning of a new guest column on Living Snoqualmie.  We’d like to hear from Valley travelers. Where have you … [Read more...]