October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:23 PM
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
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
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
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