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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.

Neighbors

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

Avenue North.

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

natural resource.

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

anniversary.

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.

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