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Agencies blast pipeline study

A number of government entities sharply criticized the Olympic

Pipe Line Company's draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for its

proposed cross-Cascades fuel pipeline.

The state Department of Ecology, state Department of Fish and

Wildlife, King County, the city of North Bend, and the Counsel for the

Environment asked that the DEIS undergo a major rewrite or a supplemental EIS be

prepared.

The agencies said the DEIS did a poor job of studying and predicting

the potential danger of the 230-mile pipeline.

Athletic bond discussed

The Riverview School District board of directors discussed their

options following the fourth failure of the athletic fields bond.

Bond supporter Wally Costello told members that they need to

find out what was important to the community before running another bond.

Chase ends

in fatal crash

A high-speed chase on State Route 203 ended after the car veered into

a ditch and rolled over. The driver, 28-year-old Dale Degolier of Mill

Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials had no indication why Degolier fled from the police.

Slides chew at SR-202

A massive slide next to State Route 202 near Snoqualmie Falls

moved much of the hillside that once supported the highway. State

Department of Transportation officials said drivers weren't in immediate danger.

The DOT and engineers evaluated the slide, but said repair work

couldn't be started until next year. A 12-ton weight restriction was put in place

to limit the amount of heavy traffic over the area.

Sollitto appointed

to council

Mark Sollitto was chosen to fill the North Bend City Council seat

vacated by Virginia Sweetland in December.

Sollitto, a seven-year resident of North Bend and manager of

King County's Transfer of Development Rights Program, beat out

Forster Woods activist Jack Webber, Mount Si High math teacher and

baseball coach Kurt Wagner and firefighter Jordan Wenner.

Riverview

settles contract

The Riverview School District and the teachers' union ended a

months-long stalemate and agreed on a three-year contract.

The teachers said the contract adequately addressed their three key

issues: help for special needs students, class size limits and student

discipline procedures.

The teachers had worked without a contract since Aug. 31, 1998.

Ridge to be bigger than Snoqualmie

Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company announced that 650

homes would be built on Snoqualmie Ridge by the end of year.

Combined with the 99 existing homes, the new neighborhood

of Snoqualmie Ridge would boast more homes than the city of Snoqualmie.

Children's Services

opens in Duvall

Children's Services of Sno-Valley opened a center in Duvall on the

corner of Main and Virginia streets after over a year of planning.

The center hoped to expand the scope of its services by

collaborating with other agencies.

Snowboarder dies

A 20-year-old Seattle man died at Snoqualmie Pass after he fell 200

feet while snowboarding.

Officials said the man went into an out-of-bounds area and boarded

about 500 feet before going over the edge. Emergency workers tried

unsuccessfully to resuscitate the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kritzer's Meat Market restored

The site where Kritzer's Meat Market once stood became

Sherman Tile & Interiors Inc., owned by Dale and Susan Sherman. The

Shermans purchased the store two years prior and spent about $100,000 to

restore the building.

One of the main reasons the Shermans invested so much money

in the building was to make the downtown area of Snoqualmie a nice

place to visit.

Dry cleaners robbed at gunpoint

A man armed with a revolver demanded cash from a teenage

worker at the Mount Si Village Drycleaners. After the man took about $200,

he ordered the employee to lay on the floor for five minutes or he

would "pop" her.

The suspect was described as a white man, 45 to 50 years old,

about six feet tall, 250 pounds, with gray hair and facial hair.

Carnation opposes pipeline

The Carnation City Council voted to oppose Olympic Pipe

Line Company's proposed cross-Cascades pipeline, which would run along

the eastern edge of the city.

Inadequate safety measures were one of the main reasons

the councilmembers voted against the pipeline.

The city asked Gov. Gary Locke for a supplemental

Environmental Impact Statement.

Police consider mall

The King County Sheriff's Office negotiated with the Factory Stores

at North Bend for a storefront that once housed an eatery near K.B. Toy

Liquidators.

Officials had been searching for a new location for the North Bend

substation for four years.

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