The following stories happened this week, 25 and 50 years ago, as reported in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. From the Record’s archives:
Thursday, Jan. 21, 1993
• Assault charges filed by City Administrator Brian Olson against a North Bend man were rejected last week and could result in a counter-suit against the city. Ken Castagno was found not guilty of fourth-degree assault charges levied by Olson. Castagno questioned Olson about the use of a video camera at the city council meetings. Olson said Castagno slammed door against him three or four times as he was trying to escort Castagno out of the building. “The jury didn’t condone his behavior, but said it didn’t constitute assault and that’s their privilege,” Olson said.
• When Awbery Lequia, 6, and her 4-year-old brother, Neil, decided to play on a frozen pond in North Bend, they learned a cold lesson. The two Riverbend children nearly lost their lives after falling through the ice along with neighborhood dog Jake. Jim Somborovich, a nearby resident, was alerted to the danger and responded. “I grabbed her and put her on the ice, then I grabbed him and went back for the dog,” he said.
Thursday, Jan. 18, 1968
• Barring “something unforeseen,” Mount Si High School will no longer enjoy the traditional school day composed of six one-hour classes. Their schedule for the 1968-69 year will still include six subjects, but they will have only five subjects a day, a subject will be at different hours each day and some of their classes will be set at different hours each day.
• Mrs. Jill Ottinger, who appealed last week for the return of a stolen purse containing irreplaceable documents, wore a smile of relief this week and issued a general “thank you to all the Valley for being so kind to me.” Specifically, her thanks went to George Macris, operator of the Butter Crust bakery in North bend, who found the purse behind his shop.