Looking back at 2005 – May

The year in Review

Short resigns from Snoqualmie council

Snoqualmie City Councilmember Nate Short resigned from the council to spend more time with his newborn baby and because he decided to move back to Bellevue. The announcement brought the number of council positions open for election to six, a city record. Councilmember Jeff MacNichols is the only elected official who was not involved in a race this year.

Kingston Wall was later appointed to replace Short on the council.

District hires school principals

The Snoqualmie Valley School District hired principals to head Mount Si High School, North Bend Elementary and Cascade View Elementary.

Randy Taylor, 54, was hired as Mount Si’s new principal, succeeding Dave Humphrey, who retired. Taylor was principal at Auburn Senior High School from 1999 to 2004.

Jim Frazier, 44, was appointed as the new principal at North Bend Elementary to replace retiring principal Dick Giger. Frazier was previously the principal at Oakview Elementary School in the Centralia School District since 1998.

Monica Chandler, 42, is the first principal of Cascade View Elementary. She was previously a small schools project coach with the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest Center in Seattle. Chandler later stepped down for health reasons and was replaced in July by Tim Nootenboom, who came from the Colfax School District.

Fire ravages Snoqualmie Inn

A fire at the Snoqualmie Inn, 9050 384th Ave. S.E., caused $600,000 in damages to the establishment. The fire started around noon at the bed and breakfast after a can of bug spray fell into the hot fryer and caused an explosion that ignited other cans of pesticide in the kitchen.

The marketing director for the inn, Jim Burrows, spotted the pesticide on the front desk at the inn and moved it to the kitchen because he didn’t want the guests to see it.

“I didn’t even think about setting it there,” he said. “I set it there on accident, just out of sight.”

There were no injuries.

MSHS clinches Kingco title

Mount Si High School’s baseball team took its first ever Kingco 3A regular season championship with a win against the Mercer Island Islanders, earning No. 1 in state ranking. The Wildcats went on to play in the Kingco baseball tournament for the chance to play at state, but lost to the Liberty Patriots 4-3. The Wildcats then played against the Issaquah Eagles, losing 13-4 and their chance to continue the season. The team ended the season with a record 16-5.

Sollitto steps down from council

North Bend City Councilmember Mark Sollitto announced his resignation, leaving his position open for the fall election. His resignation went into effect June 30.

Sollitto said he decided to leave the council so he could spend more time on the Snohomish Basin Salmon Recovery Forum that he had chaired for the previous three years. The Snoqualmie River is part of the Snohomish Basin.

Sollitto spent more than six years on the North Bend City Council.