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Year in Review - July
Blaze destroys historic building
A cloud of smoke hovered over the Lower Valley after a fire ravaged
two businesses in downtown Carnation. Officials said the fire that
destroyed Eldorado Stone and NAPA Auto Parts Store was ignited by a faulty
The historic building was formerly the city's grange store.
`Golden Bear' opens TPC
World-class golf champion Jack Nicklaus made an appearance at
the newly opened TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course, which he designed.
Nicklaus played a round of golf while several hundred members
and media followed closely behind.
A professional golf tournament could be held at the Ridge as early
Sharp leaves CSSV
Joan Sharp, executive director of Children's Services of
Sno-Valley, accepted a position as project manager with the United Way of King County.
During her time with CSSV, Sharp oversaw the construction of the
new facility and the expansion to Duvall.
Hunter won't run again
Carnation mayor David Hunter announced that he would not run
for re-election in November. He said that increased responsibilities at work
and obligations to his family helped make his decision.
Hunter was appointed as mayor after former Mayor Jack Stein
stepped down in March 1998.
Cities consider sharing water
The cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie discussed the
possibility of sharing water resources.
The two water systems could be connected by a 2,500-foot line
between Reinig Road and 92nd Street. The intertie would still need the
approval of the state Department of Ecology.
Council allows adult biz
The city of North Bend approved an ordinance keeping topless
bars, strip clubs and other adult entertainment only in the downtown
commercial district. That way, those businesses would not be allowed to
locate in a more attractive site in or around North Bend.
North Bend keeps pipeline ban
North Bend's ordinance prohibiting petroleum pipelines from the
city limits remained unchallenged as the Olympic Pipe Line Co. backed
off from a legal fight.
The Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board,
which was asked by Olympic to review the ordinance, ordered the petition
dismissed with prejudice, meaning Olympic cannot resubmit the
Farmer fears annexation
Ewing Stringfellow, owner of the Middle Fork S Ranch in North
Bend, said he was worried about the city's plans to annex an adjacent
property into North Bend which would eventually lead to hundreds of new
houses and apartments.
Stringfellow said the smells and sounds of a working farm
wouldn't mix with dense residential development.
to add firing range
The Snoqualmie City Council sought bids for a firing range for
the Snoqualmie Police Department that would cost approximately $190,000.
Officials said the range would eventually pay for itself
because Snoqualmie officers currently use a range in Bellevue about four times
a year, which costs $300-$500 each time to rent. The department also pays
for travel and overtime.
Prosecutors seek death penalty
Dressed in a red jail uniform, Dayva Cross was reluctantly
wheeled into court to hear that prosecutors wanted to seek the death
penalty against him.
When the public defender tried to hand Cross a copy of the
document, Cross refused to accept it and instead muttered obscenities to the judge
Duvall bank robbed
Thomas Scott Kriehn of Edmonds allegedly robbed the Duvall
Seafirst bank, police said. The man ran out of the bank, but police canvassed the
area and were able to locate Kriehn and the money.
Man defends tree
Snoqualmie resident Ray Hartzell became alarmed after he thought
the city was going to remove a big leaf maple tree near Mount Si High's
City officials said the tree would be spared from the city's
$585,000 road and sidewalk project.