Year in Review - July

Olympic withdraws pipeline proposal

Olympic Pipe Line Company withdrew its bid to build a

cross-Cascades pipeline that would have spanned 230 miles from

Woodinville to Pasco through several Valley communities.

Olympic officials said it was important for the company to focus

its efforts on the investigation of the explosion that killed three boys

in Bellingham.

Opponents of the pipeline called Olympic's withdrawal a

"bittersweet victory." Cascade Columbia

Alliance officials said they would continue to work toward establishing

pipeline safety regulations and standards.

Former administrator filed suit

Brian Olson, the former North Bend city administrator, filed two

tort claims against an Idaho county and city for $10 million over his

firing from an administrative job there. Olson listed 93 people and

agencies he claimed conspired to wrongfully charge him with felony domestic

violence charges, to commit grand theft from his property and make him

lose his job as city manager.

The claims follow Olson's firing last December after he was

accused of punching and kicking his girlfriend.

Parking fee increased

Officials at Mount Si High raised the parking fee from $5 to $35 a

year in response to the growing numbers of students and cars.

The plan included assigning specific stalls to students and hiring a

security officer to patrol the lot.

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