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Looking back at 2005 - July
Valley sites listed as endangered
The Washington Trust named Camp Waskowitz in North Bend and the old Weyerhaeuser mill outside Snoqualmie to its Most Endangered Historic Properties List. The trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 that seeks to promote the preservation of historic sites throughout the state by advocacy and public awareness campaigns.
The future of the Falls discussed
With a 40-year license allowing Puget Sound Energy to continue running the hydroelectric plant at Snoqualmie Falls, the energy company prepared to upgrade and update its facilities. It held a public hearing to get input on what should happen at the hydroelectric plant. PSE had been working since 1991 to get its license for the plant renewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and got its license last year.
Man dies after SR 202 collision
A Snoqualmie man died on state Route 202 after his motorcycle veered into oncoming traffic.
According to a Washington State Patrol report, Jeffrey Broadwell, 42, lost control of his 1996 Honda motorcycle shortly after 9 a.m. on July 20 while riding in the eastbound lane of SR 202. He crossed the center line and was struck by a pickup truck in the westbound lane. He was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center at 3 p.m.
District to charge 'pay to play' fee
A new $75 fee for athletes and band and choir students at Mount Si High School was unanimously approved by the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors. Money raised is filtered into a general fund for extracurricular activities. Students with financial hardships are exempt from the fee.
Athletic director and assistant principal Greg Hart wrote the policy and said the fees were inevitable given the rising costs of transportation and stipends for coaches and instructors. Response to the fee was mixed, as some noted a concern about charging an equal fee for activities that may have unequal transportation and/or other need costs. So far, participation in extracurricular activities has not been significantly impacted.
Yankees named champions
The North Bend Yankees took the Little League District 9 championship, winning 6-1 against the Fall City Mariners.
Select team takes first at tourney
The Snoqualmie Valley select soccer team Cascade REAL U12 won the championship in the 2005 Superfeet Baker Blast tournament in Bellingham.
Major All-Stars take third in state
The Snoqualmie Valley Little League Major All-Stars brought home their first state tournament win against the All-Stars from Walla Walla Valley Little League. The team lost to Mill Creek 6-5, ending their run with a third-place finish.