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Year in Review - February
A 17-year-old Mount Si High student was arrested for
manufacturing counterfeit money. Police caught the teen with a fake $5 bill during a
traffic stop in Snoqualmie. The teen told police that there were three
other people involved in the funny money scheme.
Fall City home
King County Police stormed a Fall City trailer home that was known as
a "haven for dopers" and arrested a 23-year-old man. The man was a
suspected methamphetamine dealer whom police had investigated for
King County Code Enforcement also condemned the property
because the area did not have a septic system.
Street problems in Snoqualmie Ridge
The slim streets in Snoqualmie Ridge were supposed to slow
down traffic and create a neighborly, pedestrian-friendly, compact
community. Instead, police officials told the city council that the narrow streets
made it difficult for police and fire crews to get through.
To ease the congestion, the council needed to decide which side of
the streets would have No Parking signs.
Veteran leads Carnation police
Sgt. Bonnie Soule won the top spot as Carnation's new police chief.
She had been with the King County Sheriff's Office for 19 years.
Soule led deputies Bill Brown and Scott Allen through the change
from an independent department to a force working under a city-county contract.
The driver involved in the hit-and-run accident that killed a North
Bend teen in November 1998 was sentenced to six months in jail.
Michael Rhynalds, 27, was also ordered to view the autopsy photos
of Dane Rempfer and to read the report of the teen's death.
On Nov. 7, 1998, Rempfer was walking along East Ribary Way
with three friends when he was struck and killed by a 1988 Mustang driven
City engineer resigns
Snoqualmie City Engineer Bob Hansen resigned after Mayor
Randy "Fuzzy" Fletcher asked him to step down.
Fletcher declined to offer specifics on Hansen's resignation, but
the mayor said the city council supported his decision.
Public works contract approved
The city of North Bend forged a three-year contract with its
public works employees.
Under the new contract, all wage steps for employees would be
increased by the cost of living adjustment; each employee would
receive an extra $75 a month; the city would provide a longtime disability
insurance policy; and the contract would contain a sick leave buy-back
The contract was retroactive to Jan. 1, 1999.
Tollgate Farm lawsuit settled
The developers of Tollgate Farm were ordered by a King County
Superior Court judge to cover the city's $17,823.86 costs of defending
itself against one of the developer's lawsuits.
Campbell Mathewson, project director of the proposed
development, said they would appeal the decision.
Last July, the developers filed two lawsuits against North Bend that
said the city ignored the development applications when they were first
Missing hikers safe
Two men who were lost in the Cascades for about a week
emerged from the wilderness alive and well.
Jeff Curry and Brent Cooley told family and friends they would be
gone on a three-day snowshoeing trip. But when the pair didn't return, family
and friends called police. About 70 search and rescue workers and
volunteers looked for the two hikers but were unable to find them.
However, several days after the men were reported missing, they
managed to find their own way out, to the relief of their families.
Residents petition for school redistricting
Some residents of Snoqualmie Pass were unsatisfied with the level
of education the Easton School District provided their children.
A petition to become part of the Snoqualmie Valley School
District was signed by the majority of registered voters, leaving it up to the
Educational Service District to decide the fate of the handful of students
that would be affected by the proposal.
Winery destroyed by fire
The Snoqualmie Winery was destroyed in a fire, despite the efforts
of more than two dozen firefighters from three agencies.
Officials guessed that the blaze resulted from the failure of one of
the electrical components in the ceiling cavity. Authorities said damage
from the fire was about $250,000.
Several areas of concern arose, however, about who responded to
the two-alarm fire.
Eastside Fire and Rescue initially sent firefighters from Issaquah to
help Snoqualmie fight the fire instead of crews from the closer station in
neighboring North Bend.
Ten minutes after the first call for help, the Eastside Fire battalion
chief sent an engine and two aid units from North Bend.
Post-fire investigation also determined that Snoqualmie did not have
a "pre-fire plan" for the winery on
Land purchased for arboretum
A 22-acre parcel of land was purchased for the future Preston
Arboretum. The parcel is located northwest of the Preston industrial area.
The King County Park System purchased the land for $1.7
million from Preston Industrial Associates.