King County Public Health links Snoqualmie, North Bend Covid-19 outbreak to multiple gatherings and activities

I have to admit it. I'm not a hugger. Going to the hairdresser is agony and I've never had a massage. The very thought of it makes my skin crawl. I have a rather large personal bubble. This social distancing … [Read more...]

Toby’s Path of Hope

[Guest article by Lesley Martinez, a North Bend resident, photographer, dog matchmaker, wife and mother of two (one human, one not)] Twenty minutes and 15 seconds into the video, and I'm in love. I'm not … [Read more...]

Business Comings: Dollar Tree to open on Snoqualmie Ridge

A new business is coming to Snoqualmie Ridge, taking over part of the space previously occupied by the Ridge Supermarket IGA: Dollar Tree.  The former IGA space is being divided into two retail spots, … [Read more...]

A Different kind of Valley Vagabond: Traveling local during the pandemic-Suncadia

Are you tired of seeing the same old places and the same old faces? Do you want to get away but are worried about travel during a pandemic? In past Valley Vagabond columns, residents have written … [Read more...]

‘Easy to Reach, Hard to Leave’ North Bend: things locals want visitors to remember this summer

North Bend is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Washington state. For seven months of the year, our locals enjoy a pretty quiet lifestyle. Because we are on the windward slope of the cascade mountains, … [Read more...]

Echoes of Snoqualmie Valley’s Segregated Past: Silver Creek neighborhood and EJ Roberts Park

Western Washington is widely known as being a bastion of liberal thinking, but most of us don’t know what secrets lurk in the not so distant past. Less than 100 years ago the State of Washington, and areas … [Read more...]

Dangerously overheated dog rescued on Mt. Si Trail; warm-weather tips for your canine companion

King County Search and Rescue (KCSAR) volunteers responded to the Mt. Si Trail in North Bend on Monday, July 20th to help a beloved pet in distress. According to the King County Sheriff's Office, Kodiak - a … [Read more...]

Snoqualmie Falls lower park, trail, river access closed this week (story updated)

UPDATE | September 14th The Lower Snoqualmie Falls Park will be closed during the week on the following dates September 26th, September 28th – October 2nd and October 5th & 6th to facilitate Boardwalk … [Read more...]

RV catches fire on I-90 near North Bend, also ignites brush fire

At approximately 12:45PM Sunday, July 19th, crews responded to an RV that had caught fire on westbound I-90 near Truck Town exit 34 - just east of downtown North Bend. Local eyewitnesses at the Mt. Si … [Read more...]

Outside the Lines: The Trans-formation of Chris

On June 15th 2020 the U.S. Supreme court ruled in a 6-3 decision, that “an employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.” The ruling dealt with three LGBTQ employment … [Read more...]

Top 20 reasons why Wearing a Face Mask is Good

On June 23rd, Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide face covering order. On Friday, June 26th, it will be mandatory when out in public spaces. I’ll admit it. I detest wearing a face mask. I get hot, my … [Read more...]

Understanding the Snoqualmie Valley’s cat of many names: the cougar

I live and walk my dog on a tree-lined road. Occasionally we see wild animals along our way: deer, elk, bears, bobcats, birds, and small mammals. One recent day during our morning stroll, two deer … [Read more...]

Adventures in Pandemic Unemployment

You may know me as a contributing community writer for Living Snoqualmie, but by day I am a small business owner. Sixteen years ago, I started my own business working as a dog trainer/dog walker. Like many … [Read more...]

Hiking in the time of Covid-19: North Bend locals ask for more thoughtfulness

I have fond memories of attending Seafair as a child.  My Grandmother lived five blocks from Lake Washington Blvd and less than a mile from the hydroplane pits at Stan Sayres Memorial Park. It … [Read more...]

How the 1918 Flu Pandemic changed history, improved women’s rights and saved my life

What do modern public health, the World health Organization, women’s rights, Edward Cullen and myself have in common? All, in part, owe their very existence to the 1918 flu pandemic. In the midst of this … [Read more...]

One of the Snoqualmie Valley’s most visible wild animal residents: the prolific Lagomorph

This time of year the pesky Lagomorph tortures my dog, tears up my garden, reproduces freely and poops indiscriminately….which the dog promptly eats as if it’s a delicacy from a five star … [Read more...]

Ghost Town Experience: the (mostly) Abandoned Streets of Seattle

Before the official ‘Stay home-Stay healthy’ order was put into place, Washingtonians were still being encouraged to stay home but taking a drive was an allowable activity to combat boredom. So, one day Mark … [Read more...]

As people ignore Stay Home order, road closure begins near Rattlesnake Lake Area in North Bend

North Bend residents living along Cedar Falls Road near Rattlesnake Lake have again taken to social media to express frustration as they witnessed many people ignoring the statewide Stay Home order and … [Read more...]

Zoonosis: Contagion without borders

What do you do when there is a worldwide pandemic and you have too much time on your hands? Well if you’re me, you research zoonotic diseases. A zoonosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria, viruses, or … [Read more...]

Of Mice and Me: One animal lover’s struggle with rodents

John Steinbeck took the title “Of Mice and Men” from a poem by Robert Burns. The poem: To a Mouse, was written in 1785 and is about being tolerant and appreciating all forms of life, big and small. I try to … [Read more...]