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Year in Review - November
Unofficial flood maps finished
City officials and residents reviewed the preliminary Flood
Insurance Rating Maps for North Bend and Snoqualmie. Comments on the
proposal are due in January.
The maps show the floodways and flood plains in the Upper Valley.
Robber hits credit union
The Fall City branch of the Sno Falls Credit Union was the victim
of an armed robbery by a man in his 20s. The suspect held a small-caliber
handgun during the incident, police said. No one was injured.
Police tried to track down the suspect after he fled on foot, but
were unable to locate the man or the money.
Police levy fails
Carnation's $102,000 police levy failed by only a fraction of a
percent in the general election. That means the city will have about $100,000 less
revenue to spend on police services compared to last year.
The city said it would keep only two of the three deputies
assigned through the King County Sheriff's Department.
Charred restaurant demolished
After about a month of investigations, the River Run Cafe was
finally brought to the ground, but not without a glitch.
City officials said that the owners didn't have a permit to tear down
the building and ordered crews to stop working.
Crews continued the demolition the following day and city
officials refused to disclose whether the company received the appropriate permit.
Residents sound off on plan
King County Executive Ron Sims wanted to hear comments on
the county's comprehensive draft plan, and that's exactly what he got.
About 60 Valley residents voiced their concerns about development,
the comprehensive plan and their overall frustrations and fears with their
Sims said an ongoing goal of the comprehensive plan is to slow
growth in rural areas and preserve the rural legacy and character.
Plan to drain
King County officials presented residents with a new plan that
would require all homeowners, business owners and commercial
establishments to pay a fee for groundwater control efforts in the area.
Residents would pay about $85 a year for the service.
If approved by the county council, the Rural Drainage and
Water Quality Proposal would go into effect in February.
Duvall police recognized
The Duvall Police Department along with departments
from Kirkland, Seattle and the King County Sheriff's Office _ received the
1999 Law Enforcement Professional Award for their efforts to curb domestic
Duvall police officials said they have been successful because
they were able to hire their own domestic violence prosecutor and victims'
Schools receive technology
Several community-driven groups in the Riverview School District
donated thousands of dollars worth of computers and software.
Thirteen Microsoft families donated more than $100,000 worth of products;
Carnation Elementary received 22 new computers and a core group of
volunteers worked to establish a technology foundation for the district.
The donations were in response to the technology levy that failed in May.
Pleas from local residents prompted Snoqualmie's
planning commission to extend the comment period on the Falls Crossing
development for another month.
Representatives from the proposed development said the
Environmental Impact Statement already addressed the concerns that were brought
Election results '99
In Snoqualmie, Marcia Korich-Vega beat out Carol Peterson for a
city council position. In Carnation, late write-in candidate Joan Sharp
defeated Mary Osterday. In Duvall, incumbents Jeane Baldwin and
Mark Cole took the two openings. And Initiative 695, which would eliminate
the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, won.
Snoqualmie City Manager Kim Wilde resigned after 11 years of
service with the city.
Both Wilde and Mayor R. "Fuzzy" Fletcher declined to comment as to
the reasons why the resignation happened.
Director of Public Safety Don Isley became the interim city
manager while the city looked for Wilde's replacement.
Woman killed in storm
Marian Vincent of Maryland died after a tree fell on her at the
Rattlesnake Ledge Trail. Wind and rain contributed to the volatile conditions
in the forest.
Vincent's sister ran to get help, but by the time rescue workers arrived,
it was too late.