At the beginning of a new year, the Journal likes to take a glimpse back at important events and stories. Both Granite Falls and Lake Stevens saw changes in their communities and losses as well. Enjoy this look back at 2009.
January While ringing in the New Year in 2009, citizens in Lake Stevens enjoyed the last time they would be able to let off fireworks during their New Year celebrations.
Lake Stevens resident Thelma Johnson, celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 7. She will be enjoying her 101st birthday tomorrow with family and friends at Ashley Pointe.
President Barack Obama takes office on Jan. 21, 2009, promising change to all Americans.
February Viking sports dominated February’s headlines last year with Lake Stevens High School wrestlers taking the state championship after racking up 169 tournament points—a record for 4A schools.
The Viking boys basketball team became league champs after beating Cascade, Snohomish and Everett to take the title.
The City of Lake Stevens began its efforts to annex residents in the South Lake area. Residents became official Lake Stevens citizens on Dec. 31, 2009. Mediation efforts with the City of Snohomish over future boundaries, failed. March Lake Stevens loses lifetime resident Albert Kennaugh at age 90.
Viking boys headed to state tournament. While they didn’t come home state champs, they did bring home a trophy.
Skyline teacher Brad Hodge, returns to school after being struck by a gravel truck while traveling to work on highway 92 in October 2008.
The Lake Stevens Sewer District breaks ground on their new treatment plant off of highway 204.
April North Lake Middle School science teacher Connie Koch goes missing. Koch and her 2005 Toyota Corolla were found later that month at Stevens Pass.
Granite Falls teenager Liberty Davis rescues a two-year-old after he ran in front of a car at Parrigoue Fields.
City of Lake Stevens earns a Well City award from the state of Washington for the worksite programs they have enacted.
Don Silcox, long-time Lake Stevens resident, passes away at the age of 77.
May Lake Stevens crowns a new Miss Aquafest, Laura Anderson, which is the opening event for the Aquafest celebration each year. The long-awaited Lake Stevens Senior Center opens its doors at Eagle Ridge Park. The new center included a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and plenty of room to entertain Lake Stevens seniors.
Granite Falls community holds Dylan’s Day, a fundraiser for five-year-old Dylan Klepper who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Armed Forces Day is celebrated in Lake Stevens with community members gathering at the War Memorial for a photo to send to troops from the Lake Stevens area.
June A man living off of Mountain Loop Highway just outside of Granite Falls, was shot by Sheriff’s deputies over a dispute regarding noxious weeds. The man threatened County workers with a gun while they were spraying for weeds. The man died at the scene. Lake Stevens teenager Heather Trickler, 15, was struck and killed by a car while walking on the Highway 2 trestle at night. Police have still not found the person or the vehicle suspected of hitting Trickler.
Seniors from Granite Falls High School and Lake Stevens High School receive their diplomas after graduation ceremonies.
Lake Stevens Fire District purchases new administrative building across the street from Tom Thumb in the south lake area. The district moved into the offices in the Fall of 2009.
July The Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce selects Stephanie Haynes as the 2009 Citizen of the Year and Girl Scout Brownie Troop 40830 as Junior Citizens of the Year. The girls from Troop 40830 include IzSabella Haviland, Carly White, Marin Nielsen, Katie Stevens, Madeline Davis, Ashlyn Burgess, Hannah DuBynne and Rory Flinn.
Lake Stevens resident Cathryn Walling turned 101 years old. Walling celebrated at the new Lake Stevens Center with friends and family members.
Lifetime resident and businesswoman Cindy Tate died after her boat capsized in Lake Stevens on July 10. Tate’s nine passengers were all rescued by other boaters. A candlelight vigil was held in memory of Tate.
Granite Falls breaks ground on a new alternate truck route, a project that was more than 14 years in the making.
Lake Stevens holds their annual Aquafest which brought in more than 30,000 people to the city. August Military housing opens in Lake Stevens bringing with it over 140 Navy and Coast Guard families.
Bright and polished cars line the streets of Granite Falls for their annual Show-N-Shine event.
Both Granite Falls and Lake Stevens enjoy a heat wave with temperatures reaching all time highs. Ironman 70.3 Triathlon comes to Lake Stevens bringing with it over 1,300 athletes and their families. The Lake Stevens Ironman brings in over $1.5 million to local businesses.
National Night Out Against Crime is attended by hundreds in both Lake Stevens and Granite Falls. National Night Out brings together resources for residents to ensure that they know they are safe. This annual event grows in numbers each year.
September Granite Falls police make a major drug bust at one of the alleged drug houses in town after an extensive sting operation. A 31-year-old man shot his girlfriend, 27, and then turned the gun on himself in the Rhodora Heights neighborhood in Lake Stevens. The girl had been staying with friends in the neighborhood where the boyfriend found her.
Sunnycrest Elementary in Lake Stevens opens its door after a year-long remodeling project. The improved school includes updated technology, a bright and more open office and library and even a new parking lot.
October Granite Falls residents enjoy the city’s annual Railroad Days with booths, train rides and a parade down the middle of town.
The Lake Stevens High School football team plays their final game at the Viking’s 31-year-old stadium. After an all-star half-time show, the crowd said goodbye to the old stadium. The new football stadium is currently under construction and will be completed before the Viking’s first football game in September.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints opens their new church building in Granite Falls with an open house. The new building is home to over 400 members.
November Granite Falls residents vote in a new Mayor. Saleem Haroon, who took office on Monday, Jan 4 after receiving over 65 percent of the votes tells the Journal that he is looking forward to his new position.
Lake Stevens added two new faces to the city council. Marcus Tageant and Kim Daughtry were elected as new Lake Stevens City council members. Both Kathy Holder and Neal Dooley were reelected to the council seats.
Lake Stevens resident Cathryn Walling died at the age of 101. Walling was known as an active member of the community. She was one of the original supporters of the Lake Stevens Senior Center.
Lorna Taylor, a long-time Lake Stevens resident and Jay’s Market cashier, passed away at the age of 77.
December Freezing temperatures hit Western Washington with record lows in the single digits. Lake Stevens and Granite Falls residents woke up to freezing temps for over a week.
Shaylynn Wiestersen, a Granite Falls High School student, was killed on her way to school on Dec. 8 after she and her brother Brian, were hit by a car while traveling on Burn Rd. Brian and the 17-year-old driver of the other car, survived the accident.
Hundreds of local families were given a Christmas to remember because of the generous donations of many in both the Granite Falls and Lake Stevens communities. Ten of thousands of food items were donated and thousands of gifts were received to help those in need this year.