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Year in Review - September
Hospital and ACMC start negotiations
The Board of commissioners for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital
District No. 4 voted to accept American College of Medical Centers'
revised Memorandum of Intent.
The board's action cleared the way for negotiations with ACMC on
its proposal to reopen the hospital.
Safeway to open in Duvall
Safeway officials broke ground on the lot that will hold a
42,000-square-foot store on State Route 203 near
Big Rock Road.
The store was originally slated to open last year, but because of
negotiations on traffic issues, the date was pushed back to next June.
Flood properties up for sale
Two homes in Snoqualmie went up for sale as part of the city's
buyout project that uses federal money to buy flood-damaged homes.
Previous homes that were sold under the program went from
anywhere between one and 500 dollars. The properties are then usually
converted into a park.
City acquires tree farm
The city of Snoqualmie and the owners of the Candy Cane Tree
Farm in Snoqualmie have agreed on a price for the property.
Under the agreement, owners Don and Lynn Douglass will
receive $310,000 for their 20-acre lot and also retain the right to harvest trees for
two more years. The city will then convert the lot into ball fields.
Fire strikes Eldorado Stone again
Fire destroyed another one of Eldorado Stone's building on
West Entwistle Street in Carnation. The early morning blaze caused an
estimated $500,000 in damage. No one was injured and officials couldn't
determine the cause of the fire.
Hensley pleads guilty
Todd Hensley, 21, of Snoqualmie pleaded guilty to second-degree
assault for shaking his 2-and-1/2-month-old daughter in March. The baby
received three fractured ribs, brain damage and other injuries from the
Hensley faced a sentence of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years in prison.
Battle over Laatsch proposal continues
Proponents and opponents of the proposed Laatsch annexation in
North Bend went before that city's council to speak their piece. When all was
said and done, the council decided to table the issue for further consideration.
The argument pits property owners against several neighbors
who would like to sell the land for development.
Cougar snatches goat
A goat that was tethered on someone's property was
possibly killed by a cougar, officials said. The cougar or whatever killed the
goat apparently dragged the body up the mountainside.
Earlier, Issaquah police and state wildlife officials shot and killed an
80-pound cat in Issaquah.
Crowd gathered to save cross
More than 150 people rallied on North Bend Way to save
Brandon Blount's memorial cross. The Department of Transportation originally
told the Blount family that they would remove the cross, but later said
they would not touch the memorial until the two sides met.
Officials from DOT said they received several complaints about
the memorial which shouldn't have been in the county's right-of-way.
Blount was killed in a two-car accident in 1997.
Primary results in
There was a low turnout of voters for the September primaries, but
issues were decided nevertheless. Marcia Korich-Vega and
Carol Peterson both advanced to the November election in the Snoqualmie
council race. Voters rejected Fire District 38 and Carnation's police levy.
And David Irons Jr. beat out 10-year incumbent Brian Derdowski for
the King County council seat.
Hospital talks end
Hospital commissioners voted to end discussions with the
American College Medical Center, (ACMC) who wanted to reopen the hospital. The
two groups had been meeting since August.
The commissioners said ACMC's credibility was "significantly
undermined" after it stated that it had contacts with Overlake Hospital
Medical Center. A representative for ACMC said that was not the case, and
they made it clear to the commissioners that they only had verbal agreements
Nyberg retires from Ridge
After 25 years with Weyerhaeuser, Jim Nyberg decided it was time
to move on to other projects.
Nyberg was the person who took Snoqualmie Ridge from
inception through planning and on into the growing residential/business
development it is today.