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Looking back at 2005 - November
Elections bring new local leaders
Matt Larson will take over as mayor in January 2006 and will be joined in governing Snoqualmie by new City Council members Robert Jeans and Bryan Holloway. Incumbents Kingston Wall, Maria Henriksen, Charles Peterson and Kathi Prewitt will keep their seats.
In North Bend, incumbents Chris Garcia and Ross Loudenback will remain and will be joined by Jonathan Rosen.
McCarty retires from food bank
Ken McCarty, who ran the Mount Si Helping Hands Food Bank as a volunteer for almost 18 years, retired from the position and plans to move to Bellevue with his wife of 41 years, Anne, to live in a retirement community.
McCarty, a retired rocket scientist, moved to North Bend from Utah in 1987 and began volunteering the following year at the food bank.
Marine injured in Iraq
James Crossan, a 2003 graduate of Mount Si High School and North Bend resident, was injured Nov. 19 in Haditha, Iraq. He was traveling in a Humvee with a driver and a gunner when an improvised explosive device blew up on the driver's side. The driver was killed and the gunner seriously injured. Crossan sustained major injuries, including a broken ankle, broken foot bones, lacerations on his legs, a fractured pelvis, spinal fractures, broken bones in his wrist, several broken fingers and perforated ear drums. He has undergone several surgeries. In December, Crossan was home in North Bend with his family continuing in his recovery.