Out of the Past | Prison proposed for North Bend; Former Valley man sentenced to life for murder

The following items made the news 25 and 50 years ago in the Snoqualmie Valley, as reported in the Valley Record:

Thursday, July 6, 1989

• The “preferred site” for a new minimum security prison is a 40-acre parcel near the State Fire Training Center five miles southeast of North Bend. Terry Haines, in charge of the state search for the Washington Division of Prisons, said inmates would be valuable to DNR as firefighter crews.

• A former Snoqualmie resident has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole in the aggravated murders of two Eastside men on Thanksgiving eve, 1986. Rick Melvin Peerson, 33, lived in Ernie’s Grove prior to a fugitive flight to North Dakota, where he was arrested after a shootout with police.

Thursday, July 9, 1964

• Charles Erickson of Preston suffered a broken leg just below the hip when he fell over a log in a dense growth of fir trees while surveying on Preston Mill Company land a mile above Preston.


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