Out of the Past: North Bend debates where to place urban growth boundary; debate on Duvall’s tavern operations shapes town elections

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 3:07pm
  • Life

The following stories happened this week, 25 and 50 years ago, as reported in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. From the Record’s archives:

Thursday, Oct. 29, 1992

• It’s the hottest topic in town, these days and potentially, one of the most important ever. The subject: Where should North Bend put its urban growth boundary lines? Anti-growth activists say the latest recommendation by the city’s planning commission allows too much room for new development; pro-growthers, on the other had, argue that those recommendations don’t take in enough land. They say growth is inevitable and necessary to spur the city tax base and the local economy.

• At the King County Hospital District 4 meeting on Oct. 5, district commissioners approved a motion to send before the voters on Nov. 3, a $500,000 bond issue for a maximum of two years. The purpose of the bond is for the purchase of existing equipment from Health and Hospital Services, Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, and for repairs needed on hospital property.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 1967

• In contrast to Duvall, where at least one issue has been raised to cause some voter interest, if there is an issue in the North Bend Council election it has been unnoticed. Mayoral candidate Oscar Miller is unopposed. So is Tony Namie, candidate for council position 2. Two other council positions for four year-terms, and one for a two-year term, will be filled Nov. 7.

• It is not often that either excitement or controversy interrupts the peace of the 450-population town of Duvall, so if residents are treating the coming Town Council election as something special, it seems in order. The ticklish issue of whether to close the town’s tavern on Sunday generated some of the interest, and the candidates for the most part are identifiable as a “wet” or a “dry.”

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