The following stories happened this week, 25 and 50 years ago, as reported in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. From the Record’s archives:
Thursday, Dec. 21, 1989
• About 80 residents turned out for a meeting on a proposed minimum-security prison east of North Bend. Overwhelming sentiment from the 20 speakers was “Not here, you don’t.”
• The 85-year-old Quaale Log House near Carnation has been nominated for a King County Landmark. Built by Rasmus Quaale between 1903 and ‘05, it’s the last remaining log structure, in good shape, left in the Valley.
Thursday, Dec. 24, 1964
• Ice from bank to bank on the Snoqualmie River is an unusual sight, especially this early in the winter. Valleyites shivered last week when temperatures hit a low of six degrees.
• Freezing weather led to disaster for Mr. C.J. Watts when his small three-room house in Fall City caught fire. Mr. Watts had been thawing frozen pipes with a blowtorch, and accidentally set timbers alight. He thought he had the fire out, but it smoldered and burst into flames at 3:30 a.m.