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November

Two men charged in murder

Two men believed to be responsible for the shooting death of

North Bend resident Jorge Temblador-Topete were charged Oct. 25 with

two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree assault.

The charges, filed in Superior Court by the King

County Prosecutor's Office, state that gang members Emmanuel

Grande-Martinez, 22, and Elmer Cisneros-Alvarado, 20, planned the Sept.

24 shooting near Safeco Field in downtown Seattle that resulted

in Temblador-Topete's death. Cisneros-Alvarado was said to have been

driving the car he and Grande-Martinez were traveling in when

Grande-Martinez allegedly used a 9 mm Glock semiautomatic pistol to shoot

the North Bend resident, as well as 21-year-old Julio Castaneda-Ramos

and two sisters, ages 14 and 15. The sisters attend Mount Si High.

Both accused men pleaded not guilty days after charges were read.

City angry over zoning proposal

North Bend officials rallied against a King County councilman's plan

to change the zoning of 130 acres of unincorporated county land near the

city to allow higher-density housing. City Council members adopted a

resolution that stated their opposition to rezoning the land, which would lead

to housing developments that they said could cause flooding and traffic

problems for the city.

Under King County Comprehensive Plan amendments sponsored

by Councilman Chris Vance, the land would be rezoned from Forest

Production and RA-10 classifications to RA-5, meaning one house could be

built on every five acres of land.

Richard Zemp, who owns one of the parcels, said it is his right to

get his land rezoned and feels the county violated their own codes when

they allowed high-density housing to back up against his forest production land.

PWI wants decision, and soon

The president of Puget Western Inc. told Snoqualmie City

Council members that an opportunity exists to preserve a portion of the

proposed Falls Crossing project slated to be developed, but in order to do so, the

company needs a decision by the end of the year.

Falls Crossing is a proposed mixed-use development that, if

approved, will include a housing subdivision and some retail and

business buildings.

The notion of reducing its size was a relief to the Snoqualmie

residents that have adamantly opposed the development because of its location

and possible impact to the town and its environment.

GOP sweeps district

Two incumbent Republicans will continue to represent the 5th

District in Olympia after winning in the Nov. 7 general election.

Sen. Dino Rossi, Sammamish and Rep. Cheryl Pflug, Maple Valley,

were re-elected to a second term in office by a wide margin of 5th District

voters. Rossi won in a landslide against Democratic challenger

Azziem Underwood, Renton, 68.7 percent to 31.3 percent (30,607 votes to

13,956 votes), and Pflug handily defeated Democrat Lori Bechtold, Renton,

61.5 percent to 38.5 percent, or 27,009 votes to 16,901 votes, for the

Position 2 seat.

District wins suit

On Nov. 2 the Riverview School won a drawn-out legal battle

against the Georgia-based company that manufactured the Cedarcrest

High School roof and the architectural firm that designed it.

A jury awarded the school district $1.2 million for the defective roof.

The money will be handed over as early as January.

Valley Record sold

Horvitz Newspapers Inc. purchased the family-owned

Snoqualmie Valley Record and the Renton, Kent and Auburn Reporters.

Horvitz Newspapers already owns the Eastside Journal, South

County Journal, Mercer Island Reporter and Northshore Citizen, based in Bothell.

Valley Record Publisher Jim McKiernan stayed on as general

manager.

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November's stories:

Wolves win Valley Cup

The Cedarcrest Red Wolves upset the Mount Si Wildcats in the

annual "Valley Cup" championship

football game.

Tommy Harding was the star, running back a second-half punt for

the only touchdown of the game. Mount Si ended the season with a 5-4

record, and Cedarcrest went 4-5.

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