A look back at 2002

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SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - Nothing is more constant than change and the Valley saw its share of it this past year.

As 2002 waned down to the last couple of days, the Valley Record spent some time looking over the past year's stories and reflected on how many things have changed in the area.

The biggest face of change in the Valley was the dwindling presence and then complete disappearance of logging as an industry. After being the nexus of economic and social life in the Valley for decades, the Weyerhaeuser Co. continued to cut back operations, selling off the Snoqualmie Tree Farm and then closing the Snoqualmie Mill.

Another Valley staple, the Si View Community Center in North Bend, also saw its days numbered this past year. The victim of King County's budget deficit, Si View was one of many county-operated facilities that was axed.

That story, however, may not be over yet as North Bend ponders whether or not to form a parks district to reopen the long-standing Valley civic gathering place.

Valley growth continued to change the economic face of the area with the first businesses on Snoqualmie Ridge opening this past year, as well as plans for a new apartment complex along North Bend Way being approved.

Some of the old characteristics of the Valley still came through, though.

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