Out of the Past: 41 accidents later, plans to improve Maskrod’s Corner in Snoqualmie are under way; Aldarra Farms’ David Abbott named to King County Fair Board

The following stories made the news in the Valley 50 and 25 years ago, as found in the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives.

Thursday, July 2, 1992

• The telephone in Snoqualmie’s Chamber of Commerce office has been ringing off the hook lately. Calls are coming in from as close by as Seattle and as far away as Switzerland from fans of the late television series “Twin Peaks.” They’re anxious to find out more about the Twin Peaks Festival that has been pieced together at a feverish pace since the show’s creator, David Lynch, gave the green light in late March to hold the festival. The event will likely be the largest outdoor festival in the Valley this year, particularly because it falls on the heels of Snoqualmie Railroad Days and North Bend Alpine Days.

• It took $145,550 in damage, 41 accidents and 16 injuries in the past five years before plans to improve Maskrod’s Corner in Snoqualmie have started to materialize. The trouble spot, at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Meadowbrook Way, has long been a source of tension to Valley residents because drivers coming into town from I-90 have frequently ignored the stop sign or gotten impatient waiting to turn left onto Railroad Avenue.

Thursday, July 6, 1967

• A Fall City rancher was named to the King County Fair Board last week. County Commissioner John Spellman and Fair Board president Dr. O.L. Montgomery, made the announcement. David Abbott, manager at Aldarra Farms, will join the Fair Board immediately. He replaces Greg Click, who resigned to devote more time to business. Abbott, a King County resident all his life, has lived in Fall City since 1951.

• The big fruit stand on Highway 10 in central North Bend opened and closed in record time last Sunday. Town councilman Bus Weller noted the opening of the stand, and in the absence of Mayor John Buchanan, asked police to close the operation. The stand has not been granted a business permit and will not be allowed to operate until it has sanitary facilities that meet State standards.

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