The following stories happened this week, 25 and 50 years ago, as reported in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. From the Record’s archives:
Thursday, Feb. 4, 1993
• Snoqualmie officials adopted a critical stance toward the Meadowbrook Farm development and conservation proposal that will have lasting impacts on both cities, but will be decided on by North Bend officials within the next two weeks. The council’s draft report states that the abbreviated environmental review carried out by North Bend is “politically tempting but entirely inappropriate” and concludes that the Feb. 14 deadline for municipal approval “seems artificially constrained.” The proposal in question is an agreement between the city of North Bend and the Village Ventures, a real estate firm that is considering buying the 462-acre Meadowbrook Farm, selling off 47 acres for development and using those revenues to pass the remaining 415 acres into a public trust for preservation.
• Navy Reserve officer Jeff Weigart was sworn in during a reenlistment ceremony by his son, Air Force Captain Frederic Bunnag. Weigart, a North Bend resident, wanted the ceremony performed at his favorite place, the Cascade Golf Course (third hole). The ceremony was unique because Bunnag, a veteran of both Operation Desert Storm and fighting in Panama, was recently home on leave in time to swear in his father.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 1968
• Ken and Kay Turay, owners of Falls Printing Company, this week announced the sale of the business to four employees: Robert A. Soister, Robert Scott, Gaillard Buchman and Kirk Smith. Turay said the new owners would take over Feb. 1. The Turays owned the printing company, which publishes the North Bend and Valley Records, in partnership with Lyle and Frances Green from 1961 until May 1967. The Turays bought out their partners last summer.
• Leading the list of retirees for January in years of service at Weyerhaeuser Company’s Snoqualmie Falls operation is Leon E. Thrasher. He had 34 continuous years and six years prior service, making a total of 40. Next are Andrew R. Carter with 31 years and E.W. “Red” Rasey with 26 years.
• The new face at Fred Lewis Ford in North Bend is that of Roger Westlund, 36, who has joined the sales staff and will also share in management decisions, according to owner Fred Lewis. Westlund comes to the Valley from Seattle, where he worked for some years at University Chevrolet and earned membership in the sales club for top performers.