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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,

in 1998.

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

kill Anderson.

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

southern Oregon.

Unicyclists

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

the competition.

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.

Preston visualizes

ball fields

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

become available.

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.

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