This week in Snoqualmie Valley history: New cops, surgeons, and North Bend's first traffic light

Revisit stories from the past 25 and 50 years, as published in the pages of the Snoqualmie Valley Record. This week's entries include:

Thursday, Jan. 21, 1988

As provided by the new year’s budget, the city of Snoqualmie has a new police officer. Dave Johnson, a five-year veteran in the reserves, was hired on full-time.

• Snoqualmie Valley Hospital has gained a full-time general surgeon, Dr. Charles Hamlin, thereby providing the Valley with round-the-clock surgical coverage.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 1963

• Paul J. McKay, District Highway Engineer, is going to recommend the installation of a traffic light at Bendigo and Highway 10 in North Bend. He’ll make the case next month to the State Highway Commission. Such a light could be turned on only during peak hours, but McKay makes the case that “we must make it possible for cars and pedestrians to cross the highway.”

• The 27 members of Snoqualmie’s volunteer fire department spent 6,293 hours last year on fire department work. That doesn’t include time spent in meetings, fire school, or community events, such as the fundraising carnival. Nearly 2,800 hours were spent in drills. The nine fires in the city in 1962 required about 492 man-hours.


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