Out of the Past: Snoqualmie, North Bend, OK Army Corps’ plan for dams; new North Bend Library to be built

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 7:30am
  • 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, March 12, 1992

• The last logs arrived for processing at the former Tanner Lumber Mill on March 4. Sometime within the next three months, Wayne Turner, a mill worker since 1978, will trim his last piece of wood, then he’ll walk out of the mill for good. Declining revenues in a depressed lumber market and Puget Power’s cramped Snoqualmie quarters created conditions that led to the power company’s purchase of the old Tanner Mill property just outside of North Bend.

• In the next year, the King County Library System will build a new facility in North Bend three times larger than the current library. On Friday, KCLS director Bill Ptacek confirmed that the $1 million project will be undertaken on the property across from the current library on fourth street. The library system is now involved in the process of purchasing the property from the Snoqualmie Valley School District.

Thursday, March 9, 1967

• Voters in the Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 410 will be asked to approve a $30 million excess special levy on May 2, as a result of action taken by the Board of Directors at a meeting Monday night, The need for the special levy resulted from the disastrous fire which destroyed the North Bend Grade School on Feb. 24. If the levy passes it would be collected in 1968.

• At a public hearing Tuesday at Si View Hall conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers on a proposed plan for multiple-purpose dams on the North and Middle Forks of the Snoqualmie River at a total cost of $104 million, both the North Bend and Snoqualmie Town Councils unanimously endorsed the plans. Both councils stipulated, however, that their endorsements were subject to protection of their future water supply.

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