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Year in Review - April
Councilman suffers heart attack
Snoqualmie Councilman Al Nicholas suffered a serious heart
attack on March 21. When Snoqualmie firefighters arrived at Nicholas'
home on Maple Avenue they found him unconscious and unresponsive.
Nicholas was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center where
his condition was upgraded from "serious" to "satisfactory."
Seven continents conquered
Former Valley teacher Eliz Sheikh accomplished her lifelong goal
when she set foot on Antarctica. Her dream was to visit all seven continents
Sheikh was accompanied by Jan Bauer, who had visited six
continents, lacking only a visit to Australia.
The pair described Antarctica as cold, barren, desolate and full of
Sloan receives $30,000
The city of Carnation decided that it was more economically feasible
to pay former police officer Frank Sloan more than $30,000 than
attorney's fees. The settlement covered overtime pay, other pay differences and
reimbursements for equipment.
Sloan was fired in April 1998 when the city claimed it found a pattern
of abuse of overtime and the payroll system.
Cadman denounces alternative pit site
Cadman, Inc. rejected the idea of using the existing gravel pit at
Homestead Valley as a base to run its proposed Grouse Ridge mining
project because it was too risky, officials said.
Residents near the proposed pit near Interstate 90's Exit 34 said
the operation would create additional traffic on the interstate a problem
that would be alleviated if the company used the Homestead Valley site.
Hotel given the OK
Officials said the McGrath Hotel in North Bend could reopen
four months after it was ordered to shut down because of structural, health
and safety issues.
The hotel went through major repairs including installation of a
new floor, support beams, posts and roof before it was deemed safe.
North Bend hit with lawsuit
The would-be developers of Tollgate Farm filed another lawsuit
against the city of North Bend, the third in two years.
The lawsuit alleges that the city "interfered with the [owners']
prospective business relationships with would-be purchasers and users of
the land," according to court documents. The claim also stated that the city
took too long to process the permit applications.
The trial is set for Aug. 29, 2000.
Tribe goes `home'
It was as if the Snoqualmie Tribe was "going back home," said one
official of the Tribe's move from Carnation to Fall City. The
Snoqualmies relocated their office to George
Moses' home on Preston-Fall City Road just across the street from their
ancestors' burial site.
Parents want lockers
Parents from Tolt Middle School told school board members they
didn't want to jeopardize their children's health any longer with heavy
backpacks. Instead, the parents wanted the officials to reinstall lockers at
the middle school.
The board decided to decrease the amount of luggage students carried
by double booking core textbooks and installing shelving units in each
classroom for paperwork.
Council adopts building ban
The North Bend City Council approved a six-month ban on
development as an initial response to the city's water crisis.
The city discovered that it had overshot its water use authorization
by 53 million gallons in 1997.
Teachers petition legislators
Teachers, administrators and parents from the Riverview School
District and the Snoqualmie Valley School District petitioned legislators to
give educators a 15-percent across-the-board wage increase.
The lawmakers, however, decided to give new teachers a 15-percent
increase, mid-level teachers an 8-percent raise and senior teachers a