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Five Years Ago

April 14, 2004

For Black Diamond’s Curt Konoske, getting laid off from Boeing provided a new opportunity. Konoske, a lifelong resident of Black Diamond, will soon be opening The Smoke House and More, which will sell custom smoked meats and cheeses.

Local park rangers Bryan Rosenkranz and Lisa Mosley say their effort to cut through a mass of fallen trees to create an escape route to Kanaskat-Palmer State Park to free trapped campers during December’s wind storm was a case of “just doing their job.” But the leaders at the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission see their quick-thinking and hard work as a life-saving move worth honoring. Parks and Recreation Commission Director Rex Derr presented the pair with the Live Saving Award during a March ceremony in Auburn.

Ten Years Ago

April 14, 1999

The Enumclaw girls tennis team remained unbeaten (7-0) and on top of the South Puget Sound League North division with a 5-0 sweep of second-place Auburn-Riverside on Thursday.

The Physician of the Year down Aberdeen way is Robert L. McCauley, son of Dale and Alice McCauley of Enumclaw and a 1983 Enumclaw High School graduate.

Twenty-five Years Ago

April 12, 1984

Mary Keeley was presented with a 50-year membership pin by the VFW Auxiliary last week at Bethesda Manor. Mrs. Keeley joined the group soon after it was formed in the area.

Recent cool, wet weather in between sunny periods has meant good spring skiing this year. Nearby Crystal Mountain Ski Resort plans to be open through this weekend and possibly longer.

The Enumclaw Police Department may be moving to new headquarters in the old Herds Inc. building, but the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t like the idea. A letter signed by several chamber board members said the move to the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Wells Street is “shortsighted and not in the best interest of the city of Enumclaw.”

Enumclaw High trackster Susan Gustafson was named most outstanding female field athlete during Saturday’s Bob Dorr Invitational in Bellingham. Gustafson won the discus and shot put, and was second in the javelin among athletes from 30 high schools.

Fifty Years Ago

April 16, 1959

The successful conclusion of the fundraising campaign for the Crystal Mountain ski area was announced at a meeting in Enumclaw Friday evening. Mel Borgersen, manager of the corporation promoting the development, said the $660,000 necessary to complete the first phase of the project has been subscribed. A committee headed by Herb Sorensen and incuding Cy Williams, Dr. John Ulman, Jim Beyer, Mrs. Arnold Dieringer, Dick Person, Mrs. Don Bosik, Douglas Graham, Henry Mad-ison and Dr. Burke Lair of Buckley was in charge of the sale of stock and bonds in the Enumclaw-Buckley area.

The old Enumclaw Bandstand, which has for many years stood on railroad property across Griffin Avenue from McNeeley’s Chevron Service Station, will be moved to the rodeo arena west of the city where it will serve as an office for the Jaycees, builders of the arena.

John Wahl, Enumclaw cattleman, has been named “Cattleman of the Year” for King County, according to an announcement made by Duane Weeks, county extension agent in Seattle.

Seventy-five Years Ago

April 20, 1934

The Naches Pass Highway will be opened to travel sometime next week, according to the state highway department.

Entertaining more than 2,000 Eagles and their friends, the Wilkeson Aerie No. 1909 climaxed one of the biggest days in the history of the town with a gigantic dance that filled the hall to overflowing.

Mrs. August Melsness, Miss Marie Rockwell, the Rev. Walter Pedersen, the Rev. H.K. Sanborne and Carl Thorsett attended a meeting in Seattle on Tuesday evening at the YMCA for the furtherance of world peace.

Charles Nelson, junior in the school of business, has been pledged to the Washington chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, national business administration honorary, at Washington State College.

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