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June 16, 2011 VOL. 3, NO. 24

Funny money North Bend merchants are plagued by counterfeit bills. Page 3

Candidates file

Mount Si says farewell to class of 2011 Page 10

Tribal council is targeted for shakeup Chief asks membership to throw out several of its elected officials By Dan Catchpole

Ballot is set for November election in the Valley. Page 3

Police blotter Page 9

Snoqualmie Tribe Chief Jerry Enick is calling on the tribe’s members to throw out most of their elected officials. The longtime chief has called

for a meeting of the general membership June 18 in Monroe. The Tribal Council has done nothing wrong, and Enick is acting beyond his authority, Tribal Administrator Matt Mattson said.

The catalyst came when the Tribal Council voted in early May to postpone the tribe’s annual general elections until July, after an audit of the tribal membership is finished. For several years, the Snoqualmie Tribe has been plagued by competing claims of who is and who is not a member. The sides typically break down along the lines of the five extended families that make up

the tribe. At stake is control of the proceeds from the tribe’s casino, which generates more than $200 million a year. The money has been a boon and a burden for the tribe. “The casino made a big difference it seems in the attitude of people because of the money,” Enick said. See TRIBE, Page 7

Ground broken YMCA still excites despite lingering questions to city. Page 12

Laughter, the best medicine Farmers’ frenzy North Bend market has something for all tastes. Page 12

Herman Shey (left), Juanita Erwin, Cleo Krenzler and Oksun Cave rub each other’s shoulders during laughing yoga at the Mount Si Senior Center. The free class targets caregivers, allowing them time to loosen up and have fun, but anybody can attend. By Laura Geggel

Heady plans Co-valedictorians are going their separate ways. Page 15

Snoqualmie first responders honored for rescue By Dan Catchpole

Champions honored City heralds triumphant return of baseball team. Page 16

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Snoqualmie firefighter Darby Summers doesn’t consider himself a hero. But that didn’t stop the city from giving him a Medal of Valor for rescuing a drowning woman in the Snoqualmie River. The city also awarded a Medal of Valor to Snoqualmie Police Officer Sean Absher, who assisted with the rescue. Summers and Absher were among the first responders to reach the river near Snoqualmie Falls on May 22. A couple had been playing with their two dogs in the water, which was running high and fast due to winter snow melting.

When one of the dogs began struggling in the current, the man and woman, both 29 years old, jumped in after it. But they found themselves fighting for survival in the cold, powerful flow. People on the riverbank called 911, and within a few minutes, Summers, his partner Jake Fouts and Absher were on hand. Summers saw the woman, who was about 200 feet away from him and caught in an eddy. Her head was just barely sticking out of the water, which she had been struggling in for about 10 minutes. Her fiancé was nowhere in sight. Fouts grabbed their swift-

water rescue gear, but there wasn’t time to break it out, Summers said. “It was clear that she was drowning right then, and there was Darby Summers no time to put on a dry suit,” he said. He put on a life vest, and walked into the river in his everyday uniform and boots. With the river running high and cold, there was no margin for error.

“What she did is remarkable. She was stuck in a cold nightmare, and she had the willpower to hold on out there and fight to be rescued.” — Darby Summers Snoqualmie firefighter

“I knew I had to do it right the first time. Otherwise, I’d be losing strength,” Summers said. He quickly reached the woman and grabbed her. She was exhausted. See HEROES, Page 3


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Ballot finalized for November in Valley By Sebastian Moraga With the deadline to file expired, all three members of the Snoqualmie Valley School Board seeking re-election will face opposition. Incumbent board members Craig Husa, Caroline Loudenback and Dan Popp have filed. Former Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation leader Carolyn Simpson filed to oppose Husa. Retired businessman and longtime volunteer Geoff Doy filed to oppose Loudenback. Peggy Johnson, the mother of a student attacked by a Mount Si High School classmate in 2009, filed to oppose Popp. In North Bend, Mayor Ken Hearing and council members Jonathan Rosen, Dee Williamson, David Cook and Jeanne Pettersen have filed. All incumbents but Alan Gothelf are up for re-election in North Bend. All will run unopposed. In position 7, for outgoing Councilman Chris Garcia’s spot, Piper Muoio filed June 6 and former candidate Ryan

Kolodejchuk filed June 7. Garcia, a North Bend restaurateur, said in May he would not seek re-election nor will he run for Hearing’s mayoral post. In Snoqualmie, incumbent City Councilman Jeff MacNichols will face challenger Kevin Ostrem. Terry Sorenson will challenge incumbent Councilman Kingston Wall. Another incumbent, Councilman Charles Peterson, will run unopposed. For Si View Metropolitan Park District, newcomer Amy McGhee will run unopposed for commission president Susan Kelly’s seat. Two candidates filed for position 3 in the Fall City Metropolitan Park District: John D. Rouches and Matt Travis. In the city’s water district election, only Thomas Calvin had filed. For King County Fire Protection District 38, incumbent board member Matt Talbot will run unopposed for Seat 2. Incumbent board member Ron Pedee will face challenger Daniel Lang in the race for Seat No. 1.

North Bend plagued by funny money By Sebastian Moraga A handful of fake $100 bills have landed in the hands of merchants in North Bend and City Administrator Duncan Wilson is asking residents to report any suspicious C-notes. At least six cases were reported, said Mark Toner, chief of North Bend Police. Jana Day, manager at the North Bend branch of Bank of America, said the bills are really good fakes. “They are really good-looking bills,” she said. “The only thing missing is the fibers.” Genuine currency paper has tiny red-and-blue fibers embedded throughout, according to the website for the United States Secret Service. Sometimes, counterfeiters try to simulate them by printing red and blue lines on the paper. Bank of America did not take in any of the fake bills, but some of its clients did, Day said. Toner said the department spread a pamphlet among Valley businesses, explaining the differences between real and fake bills.

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“There was no more fight left in her,” Summers said. He began swimming across a 200-foot wide eddy toward the riverbank, where Absher was. The police officer became

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The rash of counterfeit bills is happening at the same time the government is struggling to introduce a new $100 bill. Toner said the fakes are fakes of the old bill, not the new one. Toner agreed that the counterfeit bills are good fakes. Day recommended people pay close attention to the texture of the bill, to the holographic face and to the strip embedded on the bill, which tells you what kind of bill it is. The strip runs to the left of Benjamin Franklin’s face. The Secret Service’s website also pointed to other clues, including: ❑ In genuine bills, serial numbers are printed in exactly the same color as the Treasury seal. The numbers are evenly spaced and aligned. ❑ In genuine bills, the lines on borders are clear and unbroken. In fakes, they are blurred and indistinct. ❑ In genuine bills, the sawtooth points on the Treasury seal are sharp and clear. Fake bills may have uneven, blunt or broken points. ❑ Portraits in bills are lifelike

and with attention to detail. Fakes tend to have flat, mottled portraits. The website www.newmoney.gov shows how to spot a fake new $100 bill. Features in the new bills include a copper inkwell containing a bell of the same color. When you move the bill, the bell should change colors from copper to green. The new bills also have a blue ribbon dotted with 100s and with blue bells. When you move the bill up and down, the bells and the 100s should move side to side, and vice versa. The ribbon is woven into the paper, not printed on it. The bill also has a large golden 100 on the back of the note and the words “United States of America” on Franklin’s jacket collar. If you suspect a counterfeit bill has been passed, call the North Bend Police Department at 888-4433 or the Snoqualmie Police Department at 8883333.

Summers’ target. The eddy’s outer edge by the riverbank was moving very fast. As Summers and the woman neared the bank, Absher threw a rescue line to the pair. Summers grabbed the rope, and Absher pulled them safely to shore. Summers was most impressed by the woman’s actions. “What she did is remarkable.

She was stuck in a cold nightmare, and she had the willpower to hold on out there and fight to be rescued.” Police divers found the man’s body two days later. The couple’s dog made it safely to shore.

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School board races should spur debate

Redistricting editorial didn’t look at both sides

The Snoqualmie Valley School Board has come under fire in the past year for some of its decisions. Most recently, the school board’s plan for redistricting director districts drew criticism from many residents. Three positions on the board are up for re-election this fall, and all are being contested. Hopefully, the races will spur debate about the school district’s direction. Based on criticism voiced by some community members, there is clearly not consensus on many policies set by the school board. Incumbent board members Craig Husa, Caroline Loudenback and Dan Popp will face motivated opponents. Former Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation leader Carolyn Simpson has filed to run for Husa’s position. Retired businessman and longtime volunteer Geoff Doy is running against Loudenback. And Peggy Johnson is running against Popp. (Johnson’s son was attacked by a Mount Si High School classmate in 2009 in a bullying incident.) Local elections in the Snoqualmie Valley in recent years have tended to be quieter affairs. Now is not the time for speaking softly. It is time to openly and vigorously debate the issues at hand about the future of the Snoqualmie Valley School District and let voters decide on what course is best. Valley residents have seen firsthand how much elections can influence a school district. A change in one vote from no to yes would have put a $56 million school construction bond over the 60 percent threshold required to pass. But for elections to truly benefit a community, the candidates must engage voters about the issues. Candidates will have no shortage to choose from — class size, potential overcrowding, bullying, budget priorities and so on. Likewise, voters must engage candidates on the issues.

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Your editorial in the paper last week should have taken into consideration the thoughts and concerns of many more Snoqualmie Valley residents. I am unsure where you reside, but your editorial seemed to come straight off the school district’s website with no consideration given to the thoughts or sentiments of a vast number of Snoqualmie Valley residents — especially those who have tried to work with the school board to come up with a more agreeable solution. At a minimum, I believe you should have considered the state-mandated redistricting criteria set forth in RCW 29A.76.010 and compared the district’s plan with the same. I feel that your article may have had a different “slant” had that been done. Perhaps if you had driven the new district lines with the state criteria in hand, your opinion may be somewhat

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different. Further, concerns with redistricting are not just limited to Snoqualmie Ridge residents, nor have they ever been presented as just a Snoqualmie Ridge issue. As you should be aware, redistricting impacts all district residents and all students. The bottom line of any redistricting plan is to ensure the composition of any board, council, legislature, etc., is reflective of the community it is entrusted to serve. Although you have made the assumption the district’s plan does just that, I think that if you really took a hard look at the new redistricting lines and the fact the plan preserves every single existing school board member, you may have a different opinion. In the future, I would greatly appreciate your paper bringing more of a two-sided perspective to issues, rather than the opinions and sentiments of just a singular, nonValley resident or that of the school

board and/or district. Like the school board’s redistricting plan, your editorial is not entirely representative of the entire community to which you are reporting. Laurie Gibbs Snoqualmie

To the class of 2011: My tradition has always been to give back to my former students your science notebooks as my parting gift to you. It was meant to celebrate with you your growth over time in a way that would empower you for the future. Unfortunately, the notebooks I set aside for your graduation this year were thrown away. I found out a week ago and was broken hearted, as the relationships we built over that year are very dear to me (I love it when it rhymes). Upon reflection, though, I know of no other group at Mount Si High See LETTERS, Page 6

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Maybe all it takes is nothing but a net By Slim Randles Doc was sitting on the stump as though it were a throne. “I hereby call to order the meeting of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Appreciation and Apprehension Society,” he said. “Mr. Secretary, what did we do at our last meeting?” Without blinking, Dud said, “Nothing. We didn’t have one.” “OK. So let’s go on to new business. New business is: How do we catch The Lunker?” Herb raised his hand. “We gang fly him.” “Please elaborate, Herb.” “Well, we’ve never been able to catch him on a single fly, so I figure if we all cast different kinds of flies simultaneously at the rock he’s under, one of them is bound to tickle his fancy.” “Do we have a second for Herb’s motion?” Duly seconded by Marvin, Dud and Dewey. The Lunker, a giant rainbow trout which has evaded capture for several years, lives under what is now called Lunker Rock here in Lewis Creek. The kids have even tried worms and salmon eggs on him, to no avail. We wouldn’t think of using them, but it is a head-scratching problem even for experienced fly fishermen, like us. Marvin, arguably the best fly tier in the county, raised his

hand and Doc nodded at him. “I want to use a dry,” Marvin said. “I’m thinking an Adams on a size 16.” Slim Randles “Any Columnist objections? No objections being heard, Marvin’s good for an Adams. Dewey, how about a Muddler Minnow? OK? I remember you casting one of those without hurting anyone.” “Got it, Doc.” Dud said, “I could try a wet fly. I have a really nice Coachman that Marvin tied for me.” “So moved. And I think I’ll

see if he likes a stone fly nymph. That just leaves you, Janice.” Janice Thomas, an avid angler and the art teacher at our high school, had been sitting quietly through all this, looking something between startled and amused at the conversation. “Nobody’s picked a streamer fly, Janice, if you’re interested,” Doc said. “I have a better idea,” she said. “Why don’t we just get a bunch of nets and scoop him out of there.” Sounds of shock and dismay! “Of course not, Janice,” Doc said. “That wouldn’t be … well, sporting!” Brought to you by Slim’s new book “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at www.nmsantos.com/Slim/Slim.html.

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Guest Column Mountains to Sound Greenway is a vital, important resource for all By Jacob McClelland As a college student, it’s easy to blame past generations for the rising national debt and any number of other problems my generation will be dealing with as we grow older. But in Washington, my parents’ generation did at least one thing right. Twenty years ago, a group of citizens came together to form the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to permanently preserve open space in the Northwest. Amazingly, a coalition of environmentalists and timber companies; developers and farmers; federal and state agencies; cities and counties; nonprofit organizations and busi-

nesses have worked toward a shared vision of promoting healthy, livable communities in our area. The greenway’s 1,600 miles of trails, and hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and parks, have been permanently protected and now it’s time for the next generation to step up to make sure the greenway continues to thrive. Following 20 years of growth, the greenway now runs from Ellensburg to Seattle’s waterfront, and the Greenway Trust continues to promote land acquisitions, connect the regional trail system, improve recreation access, and create new parks and trails.

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From hiking the Snoqualmie Valley or taking in the view from the top of Mount Si, we living in Washington take for granted the outdoor recreation that’s all around us. It takes the effort of thousands of volunteers every year to maintain these natural areas, improve trails and keep the greenway healthy. While college students are home for the summer, there are dozens of ways to contribute to the greenway. Sign up for a volunteer weekend event clearing a trail or removing invasive species, volunteer for a youth summer camp, or if you are really ambitious, sign up for the nine-day Greenway March from Ellensburg to Seattle. The greenway came about because the community saw the threat of rapid population growth, and as the region continues to grow, we have to remain committed to protecting open spaces. College students, business and civic leaders, and people who care about the

JUNE 16, 2011 Pacific Northwest way of life need to continue the work that began 20 years ago. Enjoy the Seattle area summer, but do your part to help preserve the Pacific Northwest landscape. It’s up to the next generation of Washingtonians to continue the legacy of the Mountains to Sound Greenway and now is the time to get to work. Jacob McClelland, a sophomore at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., is a Preston resident and avid hiker. He has been a part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway since before he was born. His mother hiked in the original Greenway March from Snoqualmie Pass to the Seattle Waterfront in 1990, when she was six months pregnant with him. When Jacob was 10, he went on the Mountains to Sound Greenway’s 10th Anniversary March to raise awareness about this special area that is key to our quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. This summer, Jacob will lead youths in the Mountains to Sound Greenway’s 20th Anniversary Trek, a nineday hike and bike adventure from Ellensburg to Seattle. Go to www.mtsgreenway.org for more information.

Letters From Page 4 School that has grown so much in front of us and with such dignity. I used to say “I was tough on you” because the world was a tough place where we needed the best problem solvers, and I wanted to know that the people making the decisions in the future for us were making the best choices for all of us. Your class faced more challenges in four years than any other and you rose to the occasion in the most phenomenal ways — peacefully, honestly and democratically. You challenged an inequitable system and shined the light of truth into the dark places and stood together to make Mount Si a better place for the future. My faith in you is unshakable, my pride in knowing you is immeasurable and my prayers will go with you as you go into the future and solve those problems for us all. I know we are in good hands and minds. You rock! Jana Mabry North Bend


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Tribe From Page 1 The infighting increased in 2007, after the tribe secured financing to open the casino. In an effort to quell the ongoing fights over membership, the Tribal Council voted in January to hire an outside genealogist to audit the member rolls using records from the tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau could not be reached for comment. But the council cannot simply postpone the election, Enick said. As the tribe’s head chief, it is his responsibility to act. “I oversee what’s going on in my tribe,” he said. “If I see

something that’s going wrong, I attempt to take care of it.” This episode is not the first time Enick has courted controversy. In 2007, he overturned a tribal election that led to a 2008 federal court case about the banishment of nine Snoqualmie tribal members. Enick’s political opponents on the Tribal Council tried to strip him of his position as chief at a general membership meeting in January. But arguments over who is and who isn’t a Snoqualmie tribal member derailed the meeting before it could begin. The 77-year-old Enick is the grandson of Chief Jerry Kanim, who led the tribe during the first half of the 20th century. Kanim’s uncle, Pat Kanim, signed the 1855 Point Elliott Treaty as chief of the Snoqualmies. At the time, the Snoqualmie

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Tribe was one of the most powerful nations in the Puget Sound area with more than 4,000 members. Today, it has about 650. Political fight has affect on casino and tribal services Without an election, the Snoqualmies have no functioning government, because most council members’ terms expired June 1, according to Enick. The lack of a legitimate government could threaten the tribe’s financing agreements for Snoqualmie Casino. That concern is overblown, Mattson said. The tribe hasn’t broken any parts of the loan agreements it has with the bondholders who provided $330 million to start the casino, he said. The ongoing political fights don’t hurt the tribal govern-

“I oversee what’s going on in my tribe. If I see something that’s going wrong, I attempt to take care of it.” — Jerry Enick Snoqualmie Tribe chief ment’s ability to provide services to its members and/or Snoqualmie Valley residents, according to Mattson. The tribe runs two medical clinics in the Valley that together handle more than 5,000 patient visits a year. The tribe also runs a food clinic in Carnation, and provides myriad other social and cultural services. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Police & Fire Snoqualmie police No license, no driving At 5:10 p.m. June 5, police saw a vehicle traveling south on Railroad Avenue near Mill Pond Road. A license plate check showed that the registered owner had a suspended license. As the car turned onto Snoqualmie Parkway, police stopped it and contacted the driver, who said she owned the car and she was lost. After confirming the driver’s status, the woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license. A passenger in the vehicle did not have a license, so she was given a courtesy ride to Snoqualmie Casino to wait for a ride. The vehicle was towed. The driver’s record showed two prior citations for driving with a suspended license. She was taken to the Issaquah Jail for booking.

Car break-in At 11:20 p.m. June 7, police responded to a call about a vehicle with a broken window parked near the corner of Frontier Avenue and Southeast Jacobia Street. Police located the vehicle, saw broken glass on the street and the vehicle’s console open. They contacted the owner, who said he had parked the vehicle there about four hours earlier. A duffle bag with nothing of value inside was missing. Damage to the window was estimated at $250.

Going fishing At 3:21 p.m. June 8, police assisted a citizen in the 35000 block of Southeast Ridge Street. The man’s keys had fallen into a storm drain.

Just working here At 4:15 p.m. June 8, a caller reported a white van parked in the 35000 block of Southeast Ridge Street. Police located the van and saw that it was full of paint cans and building equipment belonging to a contractor working in the area.

Smoke and joke At 7:08 p.m. June 8, police received a call about four people smoking outside in the 8100 block of Douglas Avenue Southeast, with one of them grabbing his genitals. The caller believed the foursome was high on drugs. Police showed up and asked them to leave the area.

North Bend police Bench stolen At 1 p.m. June 6, a business owner reported that the day

before a hand-carved bench outside of his coffee shop, Toad’s Coffee and Flowers, was stolen. The bench, at 202 W. North Bend Way, was made of wood and weighed about 250 pounds. It was not secured or chained.

Abandoned vehicle At 4:43 p.m. June 7, police responded to a call about an abandoned vehicle in the 1100 block of Symmons Place. The reporting party said the owner of the vehicle has multiple vehicles on his property and when he runs out of places to park them all, he starts using the side of the road. The vehicle had been parked in the same spot for more than a week.

No soda for you At 9:41 p.m. June 6, police responded to an incident at the 76 gas station, at 520 E. North Bend Way. A man entered the station to get a soda, when the owner confronted him about a shoplifting incident from two weeks earlier. The man became angry and refused to pay for the soda. The owner told him he wanted him gone, so the customer paid for the soda and left. When the owner contacted police, he told officers he want-

ed the man banned from the store. Police contacted the customer at his apartment. He told police about the suspected shoplifting incident, and added that the owner was argumentative as soon as he had walked through the door. Police told him the owner wanted him gone for a year and had the man sign a trespass letter, which officers later took to the station.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 10:50 a.m. June 3, EMTs responded to Mount Si High School for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and left in the care of school nurse on scene. ❑ At 3:30 p.m. June 3, EMTs and Bellevue paramedics were dispatched to downtown Snoqualmie for a medical call. A patient was treated and left at scene. ❑ At 4:25 p.m. June 3, EMTs responded to the Imagination Station Child Care Center in the 39100 block of Southeast Epsilon Street for a medical call. A patient was treated and then transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 12:55 p.m. June 4, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 78-year-old female with a head laceration sustained during a fall. She was evaluated

PAGE 9 and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 2:08 p.m. June 4, EMTs responded with paramedics to Southeast Curtis Drive for a 48year-old male suffering from chest pains. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 8:06 a.m. June 5, EMTs were cancelled en route to a motor vehicle accident in North Bend. ❑ At 10:28 a.m. June 5, EMTs were cancelled en route to a medical call in North Bend. ❑ At 12:01 p.m. June 5, firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Snoqualmie Golf Course. Firefighters determined that the alarm had been set off by smoke from the kitchen. ❑ At 4:01 p.m. June 5, EMTs responded to a medical call for 72-year-old male at his home. ❑ At 5:29 p.m. June 5, EMTs helped a 72-year-old male with a

medical condition. ❑ At 8:13 a.m. June 6, EMTs were dispatched to the Snoqualmie police station for a medical call regarding a child who was having difficulty with his vision. He was seeing clearly when EMTs arrived. ❑ At 10:26 a.m. June 6, EMTs were called to Smokey Joe’s Tavern for a female with a sore throat. She was evaluated and taken to a hospital for proper care. ❑ At 4:30 p.m. June 6, EMTs went to Southeast Beta Street for an unconscious female. An aid car transported her to a hospital. ❑ At 12:04 p.m. June 7, EMTs were dispatched to Mount Si High School for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then left in the care of a parent on scene. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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At left, honor graduate Max Brown gives Mount Si Principal Randy Taylor a hug after receiving his diploma during commencement on June 10. At top left, Amanda Hitchcock is lost in thought during commencement. Above, graduates toss their hats in the air at the end of commencement. Below left, Principal Randy Taylor recognizes seven members of the graduating class who have enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces. Below right, Julia Dorn hugs a classmate after the ceremony is over.

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Questions cannot dampen excitement about future YMCA By Sebastian Moraga Shovels dug in and the truck collapsed. Luckily, it was a Tonka truck unsettled by the breaking of ground for the new YMCA. Accidents aside, the mood was gleeful. “It feels great,” Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said. “I’m excited we finally get something we can provide for the community. I will feel more excited when we have a building and we can do a grand opening.” The building is slated to open in January. Until then, some business owners will question the wisdom of the city’s newest pet project, a YMCA complex on Snoqualmie Ridge. Larson has wanted a community center-type of facility in his town for years. As far as business owners against the project, Larson said YMCA officials have worked with them in the past few months to mitigate the new-

comer’s impact. Sue Dowling, owner of Ridge Fitness, is one of those business owners. She said she remains cautiously optimistic, but certain things have raised her eyebrows. “It’s good for the community and there is hope of bringing much-needed services to the area as promised,” Dowling said of the YMCA. “The bad part is, what the community was looking for, it doesn’t appear we are going to get what we need.” Dowling said she attended a meeting of business owners with Snoqualmie Valley YMCA Executive Director Dave Mayer. “We initiated the meetings,” Dowling said. “I found it interesting the city promised to have them as good neighbors, hoping not to duplicate the services for the benefit of everybody and that does not seem to be happening.” She said Mayer was unclear when she talked with him about what services the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA will offer. “If he doesn’t know what’s

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The Canoe family performs a song of thanks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. going in, how can we know what’s going in?” she asked. Dowling said the YMCA would be welcome if it provided services that are needed and not services that are already there. “That’s not being a good neighbor,” she said. “We were going to get a full-size gym, a community pool and now we are going to get a business that does not pay taxes and does not contribute financially to the city. The economy is already

strained and we need businesses that can contribute.” Larson remains undaunted. So does Mayer. “Give it a few years,” he said at the groundbreaking June 9, “and it will be hard to imagine the Valley without the YMCA and all its dynamic programs.” Larson defended the new YMCA’s location on Snoqualmie Ridge saying it had to go in the place where it could serve the most people, and generate the

most revenue. The Ridge is the spot in the Valley with the highest density of population. “This is a beautifully planned community and it’s been looking for a social and cultural resource,” Larson said. “This will fill that need. This will be the living room and hearth of the community.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

North Bend Farmers Market begins June 23 Team hosts tasty events for Relay for Life

By Sebastian Moraga Vendors, musicians, artists and farmers — Minna Rudd has thought of everything when helping plan this year’s North Bend Farmers Market. Well, almost everything. “I ordered some sunshine,” said Rudd, recreation coordinator for Si View Metropolitan Park District. “But, of course, there aren’t any guarantees on that.” Sunshine or not, the Farmers Market is happening from 4-8 p.m. every Thursday from June 23 to Sept. 1, sporting a lineup of concerts, artisans and merchants for every week at Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. Vendors of prepared foods may be too late to apply for an early-schedule spot, given the two-week period needed to get a permit from King County, but arts and crafts vendors and farmers can still apply, Rudd said. One of the changes from last year is the music schedule, with concerts commencing a bit later in 2011. “We had some disappointed

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Strawberries are a sure sign of summer, and first of the many tasty crops available at the North Bend Farmers Market starting June 23. moms and dads last year,” Rudd said of the 2010 edition of the market that had concerts start at 5:30 p.m., forcing a rushed commute home and then another harried trip to the park. This year, the concerts start

at 6 p.m. and run until 7:30. “That way, the music lasts a little bit longer,” Rudd said. Genres of music include folk, dance, retro pop, rock covers, blues, bluegrass, jazz and instrumental. All concerts are free.

Newcomers to the market include Forest Fairy Bakery and the Snoqualmie Cattle Co. “It’s a very unique thing for us to have. They raise beef localSee MARKET, Page 14

A bake sale and a German dinner June 18 will begin the final three weeks of events prior to the annual Relay For Life in July. The Dy-No-Mites, a Relay For Life team, will host the bake sale at 456 S.W. Mount Si Blvd., between the Starbucks Coffee and the Jay Berry’s restaurant in North Bend. The sale starts at 9 a.m. The German dinner and silent auction will be from 4-7 p.m. at the Snoqualmie Eagles, 8200 Railroad Ave. S.E., in Snoqualmie. Tickets are $15, and $7.50 for children 12 years old and younger. Buy tickets in advance by emailing Bev Jorgensen at bjorge623@comcast.net.


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Teens can win prizes filming video book reviews By Laura Geggel Some books make great movies, especially if they have a great director. For the third consecutive year, the King County Library System is holding the Read.Flip.Win Video Book Review Contest, open to middle and high school students. Library staff members invite teenagers to shoot a short video about a book they have read. The contest has two categories — video book review and video trailer — allowing participants to create a review for the book or to film a trailer about it. All videos must be three minutes or less. “It’s not a way to replace written book reviews,” said Kirsten Erickson, adult services librarian for Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie. “But it would be another option for kids who are visually more video-oriented.

They can review any book they have ever read.” Once teenagers create their video, they have to post it on YouTube and give it the tag, “RFWkcls2011.” Participants can enter as many videos as they want, and each submission must have a registration form. The deadline for the contest is July 31. A panel of librarian judges will award the winners Aug. 27 during a red carpet event at the King County Library System Service Center in Issaquah. The top winner in each category will receive a $150 gift card to Best Buy, purchased by the KCLS Foundation. The judges will award mini Oscars to other creative entries. Last year, 53 teenagers entered the contest, and “we would love to double that” this year, KCLS education and teen services coordinator Jerene

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Battisti said. She challenged Snoqualmie Valley teenagers to participate. If students don’t have access to a video camera, they can borrow one from the library in oneweek increments. In 2010, the winners created sophisticated videos, with one girl dressing up like Jane Eyre, the heroine of the book by Charlotte Brontë, and reviewing it for her YouTube audience. The other winner filmed a video of himself rapping about the book “Castration Celebration,” by Jake Wizner. Battisti offered a few tips for this year’s participants.

Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext, 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Reporter Sebastian Moraga contributed to this story. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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“Just use your imagination and your passion for what you have read and that will guide you,” she said. “It’s an absolutely fun thing for teens to do who are interested in visual arts or film. It really allows them to be completely free and creative and still relates to books and reading.”

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Encompass program strengthens marriages after birth of a baby By Sebastian Moraga There’s nothing harder for a couple than to stay a couple after they’re no longer just a couple. Encompass Preschool wants to help married couples who are either about to welcome a baby, or have just had one, with the program Bringing Baby Home. “Bringing Baby Home is a program developed by John Gottman, a famous researcher at the University of Washington and his wife Julie,” said Nela Cumming, the program’s instructor at Encompass. “He has studied couples for over 35 years and has identified the characteristics of the successful couples.”

Gottman has classified couples as either masters of or disasters at relationships, Cumming said. As part of his research, Gottman became interested in the effect having a baby has on the relationship, and that’s how Bringing Baby Home was born, Cumming said. Studies at the University of California at Berkeley have stated that one out of four couples who have a baby will divorce within five years after the birth. Two out of three couples reported dissatisfaction in the relationship; mothers did so sooner than fathers did, Cumming added. The program is $150 per couple, with the price including workbooks the couples can keep.

The program is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 and 16 at the Encompass main campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.E., North Bend. Eligible couples must be expecting a child or have a baby under 1 year old, according to an email from Encompass. No child care is available. Register online at www.encompassnw.org. Cumming became certified in the subject after she experienced her own struggles after her child was born. “We were not prepared for the stress that having a child puts on a relationship,” she said. “It was very hard and I remember wishing that someone taught about it. And that’s just what the Gottmans have done, and it’s just a really great class.”

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Market From Page 12 ly in Snoqualmie,” Rudd said. Those returning to the market include North Bend’s Hermosa Mexican Foods, whose tamales were sorely missed in 2010, Rudd said. “We had a short season, and we had already committed to another market, so we couldn’t

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make it,” Hermosa co-owner Karyn Moreno said. “This year, we decided that since we live in North Bend, we are going to support our city.” The market is 10 weeks long, Moreno said. Most other markets are almost twice as long. “When you solely rely on the farmers markets, you want them to have a long season,” she said. North Bend’s market is one of five that Hermosa will attend this year. “It was definitely on our list,” said Moreno, who has owned Hermosa for nine years. “We already have a following and it’s wonderful.” Another repeat customer for the market will be Calhoun Family Fruit, from Wapato in south central Washington. This is the fourth year for the Calhouns at the market. “It’s a fun community, a fun market,” Heather Calhoun said. “The customers are great and we enjoy coming.”

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Valedictorians taking divergent paths By Sebastian Moraga Class of 2011 valedictorians Angelina McMillan-Major and Kaylee Galloway met for the last time as students of Mount Si High School during graduation, each flanking another Wildcat on his way out, outgoing Principal Randy Taylor. Even though they were both facing the same direction, the family-filled stands at their alma mater’s football field, in reality they were both preparing for a journey that will take them far away from each other. Galloway will move to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. McMillan-Major will move to Pennsylvania to attend Swarthmore College. While Galloway will major in political science and economics, McMillan-Major will focus on foreign languages and linguistics. Differences aside, they both expressed faith that the move

was the right move. “There were a lot of factors that went into my decision process,” Galloway said. “Western has the degree option that I was interested in. Another factor was the first impression, when I went to the Western Preview Day: experiencing the campus, the students, the residential halls and the dining halls. That kind of sealed the deal.” McMillan-Major first learned of Swarthmore in a college magazine. The language programs and attractive campus piqued her interest. Galloway said she would miss the Valley’s sense of community, particularly within the walls of Mount Si High. “Being kind of a smaller high school, we all got to know each other really well,” she said. “I thought that was really great.” McMillan-Major said she will miss her friends. “I have had the same circle of friends pretty much since fresh-

man year,” she said. The last two years of high school, she spent most of her time as a full-time student at Bellevue College, as part of Running Start. Nevertheless, a combination of many recreation and sport activities and the Internet allowed her to stay in tune with what was going on with her classmates. Always strong students, neither Galloway nor McMillanMajor set out to be valedictorians when they first walked into Mount Si High. It did not hit Galloway until her senior year that she had a chance at being valedictorian. “I just went through every class, every hour, every day, thinking, ‘I’m going to do the best I can,’” Galloway said. McMillan-Major said being valedictorian wasn’t a goal. Getting good grades was. That sometimes has a price, particularly when surrounded by

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Kaylee Galloway (left) and Angelina McMillan-Major were co-valedictorians for Mount Si High School’s class of 2011. fellow teenagers. McMillan-Major said people think all she does is study. “They think you’re nerdy,” Galloway said of her four years of striving to get the best grades. “I say I’m proud to be nerdy. If you’re smart, that’s one of the best things you can do for your-

self.” Now that the stakes are higher, both girls said they know that the road just grew tougher but they remain strong in their faith that things will work out for the best. “I know that if I fail, that will only make me stronger,” Galloway said.

Group seeks teens who want to spend a few weeks in Korea By Sebastian Moraga

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Mount Si band director Gary Schwartz and students McCoy Mason and Taylor Westerlund (from left) were honored by the Snoqualmie Valley Friends of the Performing Arts.

Arts association awards young stars The Snoqualmie Valley Friends of the Performing Arts awarded Mount Si High School graduating seniors McCoy Mason and Taylor Westerlund its Rising Stars prize for spring. Mason is a guitarist who has belonged to school bands since he was in sixth grade. He is the 2010 winner of the Kirkland King of the Blues competition. Westerlund is an actor and singer who has starred in many high school productions, including leading roles in the past three. Westerlund has been accepted into the Cornish College of the Arts. Mason won a full scholarship to the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles. Longtime director and writer Gary Schwartz was awarded the Friends’ Featured Artist For Spring recognition.

It’ll be great if they get eight before it’s too late. The Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association is seeking eight students wanting to go to Korea this summer for 25 days, as part of the annual exchange between the city and the Korean province of Gangjin, Snoqualmie’s sister city. The trip is from July 20 to Aug. 15. Cost is only the $1,250 airfare. Students from Mount Si and Eastside Catholic high schools may apply. Ted Reyes, student coordinator of the association and a host parent to Korean students for the past two years, said Gangjin officials requested that Snoqualmie send eight children. “It works better for them logistically,” he said. “The van they have holds eight comfortably and that works well for us. It’s a smaller number for us to manage.” An informational meeting attracted only one parent with his son, Reyes said. “Lucky for us, his son was

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involved with the school’s ASB at Mount Si High School and he took back some information and we have had three additional students show interest,” Reyes said. Students must fill out an application if they want to go to Korea. A student must also submit two teacher recommendations from his or her school and also write a 500-word essay explaining why he or she wants to go and what he or she wants to get out of the trip. Though it’s rare, some students do get turned down, Reyes said. “Probably if we thought that maybe there would be some issues once they got there,” he added, referring to students who did not handle being on their See KOREA, Page 18


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Mount Si championship team honored by councils

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Above, the Mount Si High School baseball team poses with the North Bend City Council, which recognized the team for its state championship. At left, North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing (from left), Mount Si baseball coach Elliott Cribby and Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson celebrate the two cities’ recognition of the baseball team’s state 3A championship.

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North Bend and Snoqualmie honored the Mount Si High School baseball team for its state championship.

Everest Dispatch: The final assault on the summit, then home Snoqualmie residents Dennis Broadwell and Brian Dickinson are climbing Mount Everest, the tallest peak on earth. Broadwell owns Mountain Gurus, a climbing guide service; Dickinson is trying to climb the highest peak on each continent. Broadwell is filing regular dispatches from the trip. These have been abridged for the SnoValley Star. May 15 I arrived at Camp 4, the South Col, a wind-scorched place strewn with tents, oxygen bottles and garbage. This hostile landscape just below 8,000 meters is considered the Death Zone; no life can sustain itself here for very long. Climbers have two days, maybe three at most, to make their summit push and get down. We found Brian and Pasang Temba held up. I gave Brian and Pasang Temba a big hug. Brian had become snow blind. Somewhere near the summit his goggles broke and he was nearly blind from the glare

of the sun. The refection of the sun off pure white snow is extremely intense. The only way he was able to descend was by following the continuous fixed lines from the summit to the South Col. Without that fixed line, he would no doubt be dead. In addition, he was the only one on the summit that day, essentially summitting solo. After evaluating Brian’s condition, we thought it would be best for him to spend the night at the South Col, typical for many climbers after their long summit day. Snow blindness is a temporary condition; vision usually returns within 24 to 48 hours. Brian was physically tired

and a good night’s rest on oxygen was well deserved. Ngawang Lakpa and I decided we would continue with our summit push. Some other small groups were heading out that night as well. In the early evening I began my summit preparation — sunglasses… check, goggles… check, down mitts… check, etc. Pasang Temba as usual was making sure I was prepared. You also don’t want to overprepare because everything adds up, weighing your pack down, and I needed to carry the oxygen bottle as well. At roughly 8:30 p.m. we exited the tent. The wind had died down a little and we started across the ice bulge. Ngawang Lakpa started a swift pace. He seemed a bit agitated by my pace as if he wanted me to turn around. No way, I thought. I was going give this thing a shot. After the ice bulge, the snow slopes become much more steep all the way up to the Balcony at 27,500 feet, before easing off and leading to the South

Next week Read our interview with Snoqualmie’s Brian Dickinson, who climbed Mount Everest with Dennis Broadwell, in the June 23 SnoValley Star.

Summit. About one-third of the way up the slope, Ngawang Lakpa began to complain about his oxygen mask, saying he wasn’t getting enough air. But everything appeared fine. He wanted to proceed to the Balcony, where he had a second mask and would then swap them out. Now, he was moving slow, and I was feeling really strong and I just wanted to keep moving higher. After another 100 feet, he decided to change out the masks. He soon claimed the second mask wasn’t working correctly. Again, everything appeared fine.

We started to argue a bit. I at least wanted to sort things out at the Balcony, about 300 feet above us. He had been using his mask from Camp 3 to Camp 4, all day at the South Col and the first two hours of the climb without issue, and now both masks had failed within very short order. It seemed improbable. He kept insisting that we should descend straight away. We continued to climb to just below the Balcony. May 16 At this point, things started to deteriorate. In the cold and dark, not having the mental energy or time to make an analytical decision, I agreed to turn around. The idea to keep pushing Ngawang Lakpa to climb despite his mask issues or unclear agenda was inappropriate. No one should make someone climb Mount Everest against his or her will. Going to the summit alone See EVEREST, Page 17


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By Danny Raphael

A record-breaking jump Parker Dumas makes a record-breaking long jump for Twin Falls Middle School during a meet against Issaquah Middle School on April 28. Dumas, a seventh-grader, shattered the school’s old record of 14-feet, 10-inches with his 16-foot-9 leap.

Mount Si football standout gets offer to play for Oregon State Mount Si’s Josh Mitchell has received an offer to play football for Division I-school Oregon State University. OSU’s coach Mike Riley offered Mitchell a full-ride to play for the Beavers. Mitchell has been a key piece of the Wildcats’ football team, which advanced to the state playoffs last season for the fifth time in the past six years. Mitchell was named to KingCo’s 3A All-League First Team Offense as an outside tackle last season. He also took the state heavyweight wrestling championship title. Other schools, including Washington and Washington

State, have indicated interest in Mitchell, who has not committed to any school yet.

wasn’t a decision I was mentally prepared to make. I have two young boys who need a father. Brian was snow blind and would need help getting down. Still, I felt great and thought the winds were manageable. But on a cold dark night, high on the slopes of Mount Everest, weighing all these decisions in the oxygen-deprived air, I made the conservative choice to descend. It is a decision that I will most likely second-guess for the rest of my life — or until I summit Mount Everest. Ngawang Lakpa and I quickly descended within an hour to the South Col. I entered the tent surprising Pasang Temba; he could immediately sense my frustration, but I remained cool and now my attention quickly turned to Brian, who I accidentally woke with my headlamp. The three of us settled in the tent together, Pasang Temba and I sharing my sleeping bag. The next morning, Brian had slightly better vision, although everything was still very blurry. We slowly descended together, with me leading the way and ensuring Brian was clipping into the fixed lines properly. We reached Camp 2 by late morning. I was starving and ate almost everything Dawa set in front of me to eat. That evening in my sleeping bag I tossed and turned throughout the night, the events of the past 24 hours replaying in my head; it was just inconceivable to me that I felt so strong and wasn’t able to summit Mount

PAGE 17 Everest that night. How could that happen? I also heard that evening many climbers in the other small groups had summitted. May 17 I woke to my 40th birthday. Brian and I wanted to get down early before the intense sun hit; his vision was returning and we needed to descend the icefall a final time. An hour and a half later we were in the icefall, with Pasang Temba carrying a huge load. It was truly amazing a few massive seracs had fallen within the past days and left a third of the icefall looking like it got bombed by a cruise missile. In almost record time we were in Base Camp. Without much wasted time we had our minds set at trekking out to Pheriche that same day. We quickly packed our gear as our Sherpa kitchen staff presented me with a 40th birthday cake and Brian with a summit cake. We said our goodbyes and Pasang Temba walked us out to Gorak Shep. It was hard saying goodbye to him — he had done everything he could to make our expedition a success. I thanked him for his efforts and Brian and I continued on our way.

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Walking through the Khumbu Valley with heavy cloud cover, with signs of spring approaching everywhere, green grasses and purple flowers began to spring up in Pheriche. We treated ourselves to cokes and pizza that night. May 18 Brian was doing much better and the next morning we power-walked to Namche, to the local bakery for lunch and then to all the way to Phakding for my first hot shower in weeks. May 19 We boarded the mid-morning flight to Kathmandu. It was strange our whole trek out was void of any mountain views from the intense cloud cover. While taking off in the Twin Otter plane, I knew I’d be back again soon — this place has a way of transforming you. May 20 After a night in Kathmandu I boarded the TG320 flight to Bangkok. In my mind I was now half way home, even though I had another 16 hours of flying. I’m looking forward to seeing my wife and boys when I finally get home to Snoqualmie.

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Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. June 16, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. June 20, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. June 20, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. June 20, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Parks Board, 7 p.m. June 20, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Community and Economic Development Committee, 1:15 p.m. June 21, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. June 21, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. June 21, 411 Main Ave. ❑ Snoqualmie Economic Development Committee, noon June 22, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Parks Commission, 6 p.m. June 22, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. June 22, 211 Main Ave. N.

Events ❑ Greg Williams Trio, 7 p.m. June 16, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Greg Williams joins with Alexey Nikolaev and Jon Hamar. ❑ Chris Morton Trio, 7 p.m. June 17, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ 40th annual Fall City Days, June 18, downtown Fall City. Register online for the Fun Run or Watermelon Eating Contest at www.fallcity.org/fallcity_days.html. ❑ Forster Woods neighborhood garage sale, held at multiple houses, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18. Proceeds from the garage sale benefit Relay for Life. ❑ Father’s Day Free Train Rides, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18, Snoqualmie Depot, 8030 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Enjoy some time with Dad and experience early railroading on a vintage train ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. ❑ Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, 7 p.m. June 18, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ First Aid and CPR Class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ Meadowbrook Outside, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Family-oriented events hosted by the MFPA, Snoqualmie Valley Beekeepers, Vintage Iron, Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group

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and Si View Parks. Find out about bees, learn about elk and elk tracking, see antique tractors in action, learn Meadowbrook history and enjoy children’s crafts. Dress for the weather for guided hikes. ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 7-9 p.m. June 19, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Study Zone for students in kindergarten through 12th grades, 3 p.m. June 20, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. ❑ Study Zone for students in kindergarten through 12th grades, 4 p.m. June 21, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7-10 p.m. June 21, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Si View Farmers Market, 4 p.m. June 23, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. Email research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email volunteer coordinator Carol Waters at carolw@snoqualmiehospital.org

to arrange an interview. ❑ Spanish Academy invites volunteers fluent in Spanish to participate in summer camps on its three-acre farm-style school. Must love children and nature. Call 888-4999. ❑ Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Choose the times and areas in which you’d like to drive. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-748-7588 or 800-2825815 toll free, or email melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mt. Si Senior Center needs volunteers for sorting and sales in the thrift store, reception and class instruction. The center is at 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to www.hopelink.org/takeaction/volunteer.com or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes

❑ “English as a Second Language,” 6:30 p.m. June 13, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ “Microsoft Excel Level 1,” 7:30 p.m. June 14, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas with the fill handle and use Autosum for quick addition. ❑ Get free gardening advice from the Snoqualmie Valley Master Gardeners, 6-8:30 p.m. June 13. Clinics meet the second Monday of the month through October at the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. ❑ S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Led by certified exercise instructor Carla Orellana. Call 888-3434.

Clubs ❑ Anime and Manga Club for teenagers, 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Watch anime movies, eat popcorn and practice anime drawing. ❑ Moms Club of North Bend meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the North Bend Library. Children are welcome. Go to www.momsclub.org. ❑ Mental illness support group, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie. The group is free of charge for anyone with a mental illness or a family member with a mental illness. Call 829-2417. ❑ Mount Si Artist Guild meeting, 9:15-11 a.m. the third Saturday, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, www.mtsiartistguild.org. ❑ Sno-Valley Beekeepers meets the second Tuesday at the Meadowbrook ❑ Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Go to www.snoqualmievalleybeekeepers.org. ❑ Trellis gardening club meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday, at Valley Christian

Assembly, 32725 S.E. 42nd St., Fall City. Trellis is an informal support group for the Snoqualmie Valley’s vegetable gardeners, who have special climate challenges and rewards. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. ❑ Elk Management Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday at the U.S. Forest Service conference room at 130 Thrasher Ave., behind the visitors’ center on North Bend Way. Interagency committee meetings are at 1:30 p.m. the first Monday at North Bend City Hall annex, 126 Fourth St. Both meetings are open to the public. Go to www.snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Mount Si Fish and Game Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday, October through May, at the Snoqualmie Police Department. ❑ Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend, meets the first Friday for a potluck and open mic with local musicians. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. with the music from 7 p.m. to midnight. Open to all people/ages. Go to www.sallalgrange.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels are welcome. ❑ The North Bend Chess Club meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All ages and skill levels are invited. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant. All are welcome. Go to www.snoqualmievalleyrotary.org. ❑ American Legion Post 79 and the American Legion Auxiliary meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday at 38625 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Call 8881206. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday at the Mount Si Senior Center, North Bend. Call 453-8630 ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Mount Si Golf Course restaurant in Snoqualmie. Email snovalley@member.kiwanis.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Fraternal Order of Eagles Women’s Auxiliary meets the first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Men’s Aerie meets the first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 108 Railroad Ave. Call 888-1129. ❑ A cancer survivor group meets at 9 a.m. the second Saturday at Sawdust Coffee in the North Bend Factory Stores mall. Email newellvl@yahoo.com. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing editor@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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