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Year in Review - August
Arboretum mapped out
Plans for the Preston Arboretum and Botanical Gardens were
formalized, but the group still needs to clear financial hurdles before the
300-acre site can become a reality.
Some potential ideas for the arboretum included a forest center,
gardens and more. Organizers hope to have the park opened by 2004.
Stout gets 10 years
A King County Superior Court judge sentenced Gordon Stout to
10 years in prison for killing his wife's ex-husband, William Anderson,
Stout's attorney called his client's actions "out of character" and
described the Stouts as having a "peaceful, happy and quiet
home." Anderson's family members, however, told the judge that Stout had no
right to shoot and kill Anderson and asked for a tougher sentence.
According to court documents, Stout used a .22-caliber revolver to
Carnation gets gas
After 10 years of planning, Puget Sound Energy was finally able to
offer natural gas services to Carnation.
Several of the newer developments were equipped to use propane in
anticipation of the promised gas lines.
Fatal accident leaves child fatherless
Bellevue residents Kehran Carr, 21, and his girlfriend Summer
Scott, 20, were both killed in a one-car accident on Interstate 90.
Carr left behind 4-year-old son, Devin Ryan, of North Bend. The
boy's mother Jennifer Ryan said Carr recently made an effort to see his
son and helped pay child support.
The driver of the car survived. Carr and Scott were not wearing seat belts.
Record hires new editor
The Valley Record welcomed Mark Morgan as the new editor to
replace the position left vacant by Sherry Mays and longtime editor Brian
Kelly. Kelly went on to work for the Seattle Times.
Formerly of Oak Harbor, Morgan moved back to Washington
after spending about nine months as the editor of a weekly newspaper in
put on a wheely spectacular show
Nearly 300 unicyclists from around the world descended on
the Snoqualmie Valley to participate in the National Unicycle Convention.
The Panther Pride Demo Team won 207 medals and ribbons at
Preston Bridge to be rehabilitated
King County Department of Transportation officials decided to
rehabilitate the historic Preston Bridge, which had served the area since 1942.
The project is expected to cost $735,000 and construction is slated
to begin in 2001. The plan includes removing the 22-ton weight limit,
replacing the bridge deck and strengthening the steel beams.
Community members and officials gathered to celebrate the Preston
Vision, a community-driven effort to add recreation opportunities and
preserve Preston's rural character.
King County Executive Ron Sims gave his pitch of approval to
Preston's vision of creating ball fields, a park and arboretum in the community.
City constructs ballpark
The city of Duvall began work on a facility along Big Rock Road
that will one day house two ball fields, one soccer field, bleachers, batting
cages, rest rooms and concession stands.
The improvements will come in phases as money and manpower
The project is jointly sponsored by the city, the King County Youth
Soccer Association and the Sno-Valley North Little League.
Schools hire interim superintendent
The Riverview School District welcomed interim
superintendent Dick Giger to the district.
Giger is a 36-year veteran who retired from the Mercer Island
School District. He replaced Dr. Jack Ernst, who left Riverview to become the
superintendent of a school district in Missouri.