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Groups appeal Grouse Ridge permit

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NORTH BEND - Two separate groups have filed lawsuits with King County Superior Court in an effort to modify a proposed gravel mining operation near Grouse Ridge.

Last week eight residents, including Ivan Shan and Stella Tsai, officials of the Buddhist monastery near the site, and the Cascade Gateway Foundation, a community watchdog group which paired with the owners of the Edgewick Inn, filed suit appealing the grading permit issued by King County on March 10 to the international gravel and mining corporation proposing the project, Cadman, Inc.

Cadman has proposed mining two sites on Weyerhaeuser Co. land between Interstate 90 exits 34 and 38. Under the proposal, the group would process gravel mined at Grouse Ridge at a plant on the Valley floor near Ken's Truck Town. That gravel would arrive from the Grouse Ridge mining site via a mile-long conveyor belt. Cadman would also remove sand and gravel from the lower site.

Both suits are aimed at proving that King County's Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) ignored county code by issuing the grading permit last month.

This latest appeal by the Cascade Gateway Foundation is part of a more than 5-year effort by the group to derail the lower site of the project. This is the first appeal that representatives of the Buddhist monastery have been involved with to date.

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