Year in Review - October

Mount Si

locked down

School officials partially locked down Mount Si after they heard

rumors that an expelled student might return to the school and cause trouble.

There were no incidents at the school that day and police found

the 15-year-old student at a friend's house unarmed, contrary to the rumors

that were being spread.

Man kept cops

at bay

Michael Stewart, 23, engaged police officers in an armed standoff

in the Coast to Coast parking lot in Snoqualmie. No one was injured

or hurt during the confrontation.

Snoqualmie Police resolved the situation after about 45 minutes.

The incident apparently stemmed from domestic problems.

Stewart was charged for obstructing a law enforcement officer and

displaying a weapon.

Meeting ended suddenly

A barrage of open and rancorous debate, finger pointing and

shouting prompted King County representatives to quickly end the meeting on

the proposed Fall City Historic District.

Officials said they will still research the proposal to preserve

"Fall City's unique historical character."

WRECO starts process for next phase

Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company asked King County to

expand Snoqualmie's Urban Growth Area so that it could start on its planned

Phase II development of Snoqualmie Ridge.

City officials told the county it was against such a modification and

would be willing to consider the change closer to 2010 when the

boundary lines are scheduled to be discussed.

Lower enrollment meant less funding

Administrators at Snoqualmie Valley School District cringed

at October's enrollment numbers which showed there were 43 less

students than anticipated. That means the district could loose around $500,000

in funding.

Officials proposed a 10-percent cut to most major areas of the district

to make up for the loss. The cuts wouldn't affect staffing or school


Fire hits Carnation, again

In less than four months, three Carnation businesses were

destroyed by fires. The latest casualty was the River Run Cafe owned by Rick

and Debbie Pezzner.

The fire caused $100,000 damage to the structure and destroyed

$75,000 worth of contents. The 88-year-old building once housed the town's

drug store and was later converted into a restaurant.

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