A kitchen fire Thursday at the Snoqualmie Inn bed-and-breakfast caused about $600,000 damage, city officials said. The two-story inn was...

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A kitchen fire Thursday at the Snoqualmie Inn bed-and-breakfast caused about $600,000 damage, city officials said.

The two-story inn was worth between $1.5 million and $2 million, Snoqualmie City Clerk Jodi Warren said. The inn, at 9050 384th Ave. S.E., was built in 1989 and includes an Italian restaurant on its first floor and 10 guest rooms above.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.


Firefighters to hold disaster workshop

The Redmond Fire Department is holding a free workshop today to help people prepare for disasters, such as earthquakes, fires or terrorism.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Redmond fire substation in Redmond Town Center, 16325 N.E. 74th St.


Delays expected at Redmond intersection

Eastside drivers can expect to see the Washington State Patrol directing traffic at the intersection of highways 202 and 520 in Redmond next week, as crews work on the traffic signals.

State Department of Transportation crews are burying the power lines to the signals to reduce the number of power outages. The work will be done Monday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until early afternoon.

King County

Races start today at Cougar Mountain

The third annual Cougar Mountain Running Series starts at 9 a.m. today with a 5-mile trail race. Three races follow: a 7.5-mile-race June 11, a 10-mile-race July 10 and a 13-mile-race Aug. 13.

Registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Clay Pit Road trailhead off 166th Way Southeast on Cougar Mountain.

Participation costs $25 per race, or $80 for all four races. For more information, contact Glynnis Vaughan at 206-296-1980.


Lane closures begin at 100th-112th avenues

Drivers can expect lane closures starting tomorrow night along Northeast Fourth and Northeast Eighth streets in Bellevue, from 100th Avenue Northeast to 112th Avenue Northeast.

The closures will occur from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays through late July.

Crews are performing a $3.5 million power-system upgrade downtown. To minimize costs and disruptions, the city is performing the work before the Department of Transportation paves Northeast 4th and Northeast 8th streets later this summer.


Experts discuss gardening benefits

A free event about the benefits of gardening is scheduled tomorrow at the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park and Ranger Station at 15416 S.E. 16th in Bellevue, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Group Health Cooperative experts will talk about the mental and physical benefits of working in the yard and the nutritional upside of eating home-grown and organic produce. Mary Robson, a gardening columnist and Master Gardener, will talk about gardening as meditation. Space is limited. To make reservations, call the Group Health Resource Line at 206-326-2800 or 800-992-2279.