The following stories made the news in the Valley 50 and 25 years ago, as found in the Snoqualmie Valley Record archives:
Thursday, Jan. 19, 1989
• A report on high school dropout rates commissioned by Gov. Booth Gardner contained erroneous numbers. That was the message brought to the School District 410 board by Mount Si principal Scott Menard. Mount Si was listed as having the worst dropout rate, but did not report such data for the first two years of the study.
• Ralph Stewart Taylor, who moved to Duvall in 1913, and wrote about the town’s early days in his memoir, “Duvall Immigrant,” has died at age 85.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 1964
• In an unusually freakish accident, William V. S. Smith’s station wagon was totaled last Thursday. A car ahead of him on the highway two miles south of Carnation, lost its gas tank and Smith could not avoid hitting it. His car caught fire. He released his seatbelt and used a fire extinguisher to escape. The other driver was unaware of the mishap until he saw the blaze in his rear-view mirror.