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Year in Review - May
Copycat threats at middle school
Rumors about a student who would "get" people at
Snoqualmie Middle School turned out to be false. The incident apparently
stemmed from the recent shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Snoqualmie police officers patrolled the school while school
officials spoke with concerned parents. About 25 percent of the students
chose not to attend school that day. At the end of the day, no violent
incidents were reported.
Mount Si rejects teen thriller
In unified support for a positive school image, Mount Si High
students, their principal, parents and the superintendent rejected a movie
producer's request to film a violent teen thriller movie on their campus.
The slasher flick "Lovers Lane" would have included generic
scenes filmed at Mount Si High. School officials initially agreed to let the
producers film on campus, but when they learned the film would include
highly violent scenes, they rescinded the offer.
Simpson will seek re-election
North Bend Mayor Joan Simpson announced that she would run for
re-election in the fall, reversing an earlier decision to move to Idaho with
her husband. Simpson's husband, however, died of cancer in late February.
If Simpson were re-elected, it would break a long string of
one-term mayors (Chris Lodahl, Fritz Ribary, Obe "Max" Healea, Jr.) in North Bend.
Optiva opened at Ridge
Optiva, the makers of high-tech toothbrushes, was the first business
to open on Snoqualmie Ridge.
The company chose to move to the Valley mainly because of the lack
of space at its Bellevue location. Optiva bought 12 acres of land at the
Ridge with an option to build on another 10 acres adjacent to the new facility.
City requested Weyerhaeuser investigation
The city of Snoqualmie requested a county investigation of
the Weyerhaeuser Company and mill property due to alleged violations
of King County codes.
City officials said the company constructed a berm near Mill
Pond Road in 1986 without the proper reviews or permits.
Top `Cat hired
School District hired George Ilgenfritz as principal of Mount
Si High. Ilgenfritz replaced interim principal Doug Ringenbach.
Ilgenfritz was previously the principal at Auburn Senior High School.
Joseph Mullen was chosen as the new chairman of the
Snoqualmie Tribe. Mullen was nominated from the floor and ran against Art Freese.
The Tribe also elected five new council members: Mary
Ann Hinzman, Margaret Mullen, Ray Mullen, Josephine Gable and
Science team soared
The Snoqualmie Valley science team returned from the National
Science Olympiad with a slew of medals.
The 37 sixth- through ninth-grade students from Snoqualmie
Middle School and Mount Si High competed at the event in Chicago, and
ranked 18th in the country.
Trust preserves winery
The historic Snoqualmie Winery site was saved from becoming
a 423,000-square-foot business park complex planned by Powell
Development Co. Instead, Congress appropriated the funds necessary to
preserve the 130-acre site, as well as purchase other privately owned parcels
along Interstate 90 and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail.
The site will become a protected, public-status recreational and
for crime spree
Jason Johnson, the man prosecutors say was responsible for a
string of arsons, burglaries and thefts last October, was sentenced to 12 years
Michael Stevens, whose house was burned down, told a judge and
about a dozen people that his two daughters are constantly plagued with
nightmares and memories of the event.
The judge chose the stiffest penalty for Johnson because it "was
important that he stay out of the community for a very long time."
Tech levy rejected
Carnation residents said it was time to change the city
government while Riverview's voters rejected the district's $3.9 million technology levy.
Nearly 70 percent of Carnation's voters said they wanted the city to
be run by a full-time city manager. The Riverview School District,
however, was roughly 4 percent shy of passing the ballot measure that would
have provided six computers per classroom.