Looking back on 2005 - April

New FEMA maps go into effect

Maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that show which areas in the Valley are most likely to flood went into effect. The maps affect rates for flood insurance. Most of Snoqualmie didn't see much of a change since the downtown area has long been in the special flood hazard area (SFHA), but North Bend's downtown core was added to the SFHA, in addition to other neighborhoods on the town's perimeter.

Casino ownership dispute settled

A legal dispute that threatened to throw a wrench in the Snoqualmie Tribe's plan to build a casino in the Valley was settled. Arizona-based investors partnering with the Tribe to build and manage the $70-million casino filed for bankruptcy earlier in April, jeopardizing funding for the casino. The filing was prompted by a dispute over ownership of the two companies investing in the casino, MGU and MGU Development.

A settlement confirmed that the owner of both companies is Jerry Moyes, who has invested nearly $12 million in the capital project.

Plans submitted for Ridge grocery store

A preliminary site plan for the Snoqualmie Village Market, a 21,400-square-foot grocery store on four acres in the Ridge retail area, was submitted to the city planning department.

Pete Ferren, president of Fergan Research and Store Development Services in Mill Creek, proposed the store and has been in the grocery store business for more than 24 years. He is working with property owner Mark McDonald of Northwest Capital Corp., which submitted the site plan.

Construction of the store is now under way and it should be open for business in the middle of February 2006.

Father, daughter killed in accident

Kelly Johnson, 46, and his daughter, Candi Johnson, 19, were killed in an accident on Highway 18 on April 24. The two were riding a motorcycle eastbound just west of the Hobart-Issaquah Road exit when they were struck by a westbound Chevrolet Impala.

According to Washington State Patrol, the driver of the Impala lost control of the vehicle and crossed the median into the eastbound lanes.

A memorial service was held for the Johnsons on April 30.

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