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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 • Daily updates at www.valleyrecord.com • 75 cents •

A dam fine mess in the Lower Valley when beaver barrier busts Page 6

Wildcats’ statecompetitive athletes share their outlooks Page 11

Index Opinion 4 8 Schools 9 Movie Times 15 Calendar On the Scanner 16 Classifieds 18-21

Vol. 99, No. 25

District lifts curtain on frosh campus offerings

Inmate on the lam nabbed near NB trailhead Tip leads to Rattlesnake Ridge capture of Monroe escapee Brandon Musto, a convicted felon who escaped from the Monroe Correctional Complex Wednesday night, Nov. 7, was recaptured Sunday near North Bend. A King County Sheriff 's search dog team as well as SWAT members searched the area of the Rattlesnake Ridge trailhead starting around 4:30 p.m., when police received a tip from a citizen. The citizen said that a man resembling Musto had been near the trailhead around 2:25 p.m., and had asked to borrow the man’s cellphone, so he could call his mother. He said that Musto ran into the wood after the call, when he saw another car pull into the parking lot. Police verified the phone number that the man had called, and it did belong to Musto’s mother. They quickly set up a command post near the trailhead off Exit 27, and began searching the area. A dog picked up Musto’s trail around 7 p.m., and by 7:40 p.m., the officers had caught up with Musto. He attempted to flee, but the dog stopped him. Deputies arrested Musto, walked him back to the trailhead, and then put him into an ambulance to a hospital. See ON THE LAM, 22

STEM is required, PE is optional at learning center By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter

It’s unsettling to see flames consume the flag of the United States of America. Boy Scout Cooper Brown certainly felt that way as he used scissors to ready a flag for the waiting fire. But the important lesson on this cold November night is that everything has a final end, including a well-treasured flag.

A new approach to learning at the freshman level was unveiled recently, in a series of community presentations by Snoqualmie Valley School District staff. The presentations, last Tuesday and Thursday with about 180 parents and at an October 18 work session, focused on the curriculum offerings at the district’s new Freshman Learning Center (FLC), scheduled to open for the 2013-14 school year. Those curriculum offerings, said Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher, are focused on preparing students for their post-high-school careers. They will feature a pairing of science and language arts classes, so the teachers in these subjects will have the same students in their classes, Belcher said, they will add a new requirement called STEM, and they will make PE, formerly a required freshman course, an elective. STEM is an education acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It will be a core requirement for next year’s freshmen, Belcher told the board at a work session; parents who want to exempt their children “because they’re already strong in math or science,” didn’t understand the concept.

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See STEM, 22

Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Individual stars from a worn flag are incinerated as Troop 425 leader Todd Brown, and Boy Scout Roman Postforoosh, above, and Cooper Brown, below take part in a retirement ceremony Thursday, Nov. 9, in Snoqualmie. Scouts follow the code of the flag, which says that tattered U.S. flags must be retired with honor.

Final respects When the colors fade, Scouts give worn flags a respectful send off By Seth Truscott Editor

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Snoqualmie Valley Record, November 14, 2012