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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 14, 1979

By Bill Ziegner

Ground-breaking ceremonies for Four Corners Square, a shopping center now under construction at the intersection of Highway 169 and Kent-Kangley Road, were held last week. Participating, left to right, were Stan and Tina Johnson of Coast-to-Coast Hardware; Jim Norman, president of Evergreen State Construction, Inc.; Ardis Johnson Spasoff of Coast-to-Coast and Four Corners Square; Andy Anderson, president of the Greater Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce; Ernest Vogel of the Prudential Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle; Marlin Gabbert, architect; and Ken Marshall.

Ground-breaking ceremonies for Four Corners Square, a shopping center now under construction at the intersection of Highway 169 and Kent-Kangley Road, were held last week. Participating, left to right, were Stan and Tina Johnson of Coast-to-Coast Hardware; Jim Norman, president of Evergreen State Construction, Inc.; Ardis Johnson Spasoff of Coast-to-Coast and Four Corners Square; Andy Anderson, president of the Greater Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce; Ernest Vogel of the Prudential Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle; Marlin Gabbert, architect; and Ken Marshall.

Substantial improvement of traffic conditions at the intersection of Highway 169 and S.E. 216th (Maple Valley-Hobart Road) is still scheduled for no earlier than 1981, members of the Greater Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce were informed at a luncheon meeting here last Thursday.

Appearing as guest speaker and making this statement was Jerry D. Zirkle, District Administrator of the State Department of Transportation.

“I understand that some of you are not too enthusiastic about the 1981 date,” Zirkle told his audience.

The schedule still stands, though, he added, explaining that a 20 percent yearly inflation hike is hurting his department.

Zirkle declared, however, that the problem at this intersection will not be completely ignored in the meanwhile.

“By next spring we’ll do something,” he said, “and we’ll let your Chamber know of our plans in about a month from now.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 14, 1924

State Mine Inspector W.R. Reese, a veteran in the coal industry of the State of Washington and recognized as one of the leading authorities on coal mining, has been made an honorary member of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Associations at the various camps of the Pacific Coast Coal Company.

Mr. Reese takes a keen interest in safety work and is constantly striving to see that the hazards of mining are reduced to the minimum.

Many years ago he was a superintendent in the Pacific Coast Coal Company, and prior to becoming state mine inspector was connected with the Northwestern Improvement Company for many years. Few know the mines of this state better than W.R. Reese. (more…)

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