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Year in Review - January
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Officials had been searching for a new location for the North Bend
substation for four years.