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Year in Review - June
Future city hall site purchased
The city of Snoqualmie bought the Timber Inn building located at
the corner of Railroad Avenue and King Street for use as a future city hall site.
The lot was purchased for $165,000 and will be used as a
parking lot until funds are available to build city hall.
don't like `friendly quarry'
The Friends of Cherry Valley, a group of concerned residents,
have banned together to oppose Seattle General Corporation's efforts to use
a 92-acre site two miles north of Duvall as a rock quarry.
They say the quarry would cause traffic, noise, and have negative
effects on area wildlife. Quarry officials, however, said the impacts of the
mine would be minimal.
According to the proposal, the mine would be active for about
60 years. The sales forecast for the first year are 100,000 tons, jumping to
182 trucks carrying 500,000 tons by the fifth year.
Locker debate resolved
Parents and staff at Tolt Middle School found a solution for the
heavy backpack situation, but lockers weren't the answer.
The weight reduction plan included shelves to store students'
papers, band instruments and supplies and double booking.
Concerned parents initially approached the district last year to
reinstall lockers at the middle school. But staff members felt that lockers
would only cause problems for the school.
Council gives OK to adult business
The North Bend City Council approved the controversial interim
adult entertainment zoning code amendment that would allow adult
businesses to operate on North Bend Way.
The council's decision was based on an interlocal agreement with
King County that requires urban-growth areas to provide adequate
location possibilities for adult entertainment establishments. The businesses
would be allowed to open shop between Sydney Street and Ballarat
Community center plans
in the works
The Snoqualmie Valley Community Center planning committee
decided to create a facility similar to Weyerhaeuser's community hall
that was demolished in the 1970s. The new facility would be built on
Snoqualmie Ridge. Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. committed $750,000 and nine acres
of land for the center.
The multi-use facility will include a social hall, multi-purpose
room, meeting and classrooms, an arts and crafts classroom, kitchen,
gymnasium, weight and cardiovascular room and full locker rooms.
Olympic's pipe dreams dashed
Within 24 hours of a blast in Bellingham that killed three
people, the State Parks and Recreation Commission denied Olympic Pipe
Line Company's application to install a pipeline below three state parks.
The cause of the blast, which occurred on June 10, was still under
investigation, but officials said the thousands of gallons of fuel spilled
in Whatcom Creek was ignited by a lighter used by one of the victims.
Officer assigned to schools beat
The Duvall Police Department, in partnership with the Riverview
School District, decided to allocate a full-time school resource officer for
Cedarcrest High, Cherry Valley Elementary and the Multi-Age Program.
The officer would be used as a source of information for
students, parents and staff members at the schools.
Olympic serves lawsuit
to North Bend
The city of North Bend received a lawsuit from the Olympic Pipe
Line Company over an ordinance the city passed several months before.
Ordinance No. 1068 prohibits the use of petroleum pipelines in the city in
an effort to protect human lives, water supplies and the surrounding
Olympic officials said the ordinance could set precedent
disallowing pipelines from running through urban areas.
Church turns 50
The Mount Si Lutheran Church in North Bend celebrated its 50 year
The congregation first met in Fall City on Jan. 23, 1949, under the
direction of Rev. L. Myron Lindblom.
The church celebrated the occasion with a barbecue, musical
entertainment and communion.