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School board dislikes Cadman proposal

Snoqualmie Valley School District board members voiced their

support of a letter sent to King County that urges Cadman, Inc. to withdraw

its lower-site alternative because of potential danger to students.

Cadman Inc. has proposed building a gravel pit on two parcels of

land off the Edgewick Interchange, or Interstate 90's Exit 34, one of which

is near the school district's future elementary and middle school campus.

Heavy truck traffic and other hazards surrounding the gravel-pit

were named as potentially harmful to the students, their school buses and

to parents.

The letter was in response to Cadman's North Bend Gravel

Operation Draft Environmental Impact Statement that studies effects to

the environment and neighboring properties.

Tanner project clears hurdle

Work could begin as early as next summer on a project that would

place power lines along Interstate 90 and North Bend Way.

The project was proposed by Tanner Electric Cooperative and after

being studied by officials of the Bonneville Power Administration,

was found to have no significant impacts on the environment or

neighboring land.

The project will cost $3.4 million. Lines will start near Snoqualmie

Parkway on 356th Avenue Southeast, connect to existing Puget Sound

Energy transmission lines and make their way to Interstate 90, where they will

run alongside until reaching a substation near Alm Way in North Bend.

Falls Crossing gets approval

The proposed Falls Crossing mixed-use development cleared a

major hurdle Sept. 5 when the Snoqualmie Planning

Commission voted 3-1 to recommend approval.

The development's 182-acre site is located on Snoqualmie Parkway,

with portions lying directly across from Snoqualmie Falls. The proposal,

filed by applicant Puget Sound Western Inc. (PWI), includes up to 370 single-

and multi-family dwellings, along with about 215,000 feet of retail and

commercial space.

The commission's recommendation goes to the Snoqualmie

City Council for review and an eventual determination of approval or denial.

Snoqualmie bus service suffers disruptions

During the first week of school, the Snoqualmie Valley School

District experienced difficulties with bus routes, including a few

overcrowded buses, late buses and route changes.

District transportation supervisor Bill Schoentrup explained that

buses in the Snoqualmie Ridge and Riverbend developments and some

in North Bend were overcrowded because the school district had no

way of knowing how many children would need bus service.

Outraged parents and some daycare providers flooded the bus

barn with calls when their children either weren't picked up, were picked up

late or were brought home late.

Officials said changes were being made to ensure that students would

get to and from school on time, including adding new buses to routes and

timing the routes to coincide with traffic.

Mysterious man paints Twede's

In a bizarre chapter of the Twede's Café saga, an Issaquah man in his

late 30s rode a bus to North Bend and painted the restaurant's exterior

on several different occasions in mid-September, authorities said.

The man, who identified himself as Jody Campbell, painted over the

famous "Twin Peaks" mural, glass blocks and the "Home of the

Twin Peaks Pies" sign.

Because Twede's was about to be remodeled following a July 2

arson, North Bend residents who saw the man in the act of painting did not

question the sight.

When questioned, the man said he was told to paint the building by

various people, including actress Ann Margaret.

Carnation plan to include sewers

The Carnation City Council voiced its unanimous support of creating

an overall plan for a sewer system and wastewater treatment plant,

which would become part of the city's comprehensive plan.

The sewer system has been under fire by many residents, who

disapprove of its potential affects to the small city, but council members

said the system would give the town a future, since many businesses

have closed because of their inability to expand.

North Bend man dies after being shot

One North Bend man was killed and three other Valley

residents wounded while stopped at a light near Safeco Field in Seattle the night

of Sept. 24.

Jorge Temblador-Topete, 22, died at Harborview Medical Center

Sept. 25 from gunshot wounds to the head.

The other victims were two sisters from Mount Si High School and a

21-year-old Fall City man. The girls' mother, a Salish Lodge employee,

was also in the car but was not wounded.

Police did not announce a possible motive or suspect, only that the

suspects were driving an import car.

The Valley residents were on their way to a dance when the incident

occurred.

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