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In the running Chad Magendanz will run for the seat being vacated by Glenn Anderson. Page 3

By Tom Corrigan While it took no final action, the North Bend Planning Commission spent several hours the evening of Jan. 12 going over its recommended list of city transportation projects and draft transportation policy. One highlight of the interrelated documents was recommended actions surrounding the truck stop commonly referred to as “Truck Town.” Sitting at Exit 34 off Interstate 90, the stop is oper-

They can’t leave School districts deny residents who want out of the the Valley. Page 6

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ated by TravelCenters of America and is the only facility aimed specifically at tractortrailers in King County. Truck Town’s presence has led to plenty of discussion over perceived conflicts between the needs of truckers and the needs of local residents. As presented Jan. 12, the planning commission’s project list includes 33 items. The second calls for the creation of a truck stop task force. Forming such a task force See TRUCK, Page 2

By Sebastian Moraga

She’s wiry Local woman works with wire to create art. Page 8

Kade McNamara and Gavon Kuhn take a break from sledding near Snoqualmie Ridge to pose for posterity. More than 10 inches of snow were expected to fall this week as the entire Puget Sound area braced for a snowstorm. Email your snow photos to editor@isspress.com.

Pass and schools close during Valley snowstorm By Sebastian Moraga

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The winter weather not only closed roads and blocked driveways. It also canceled meetings and trips, closed schools, and detoured bus routes and garbage collection. The Snoqualmie Valley School District closed schools and cancelled all school-related activities at 4 a.m. Jan. 17 due to the snowstorm expected to hit this week. One canceled activity was a North Bend Elementary School’s fifth-grade trip to Olympia. The Department of Natural Resources postponed an open house celebrating the Snoqualmie Corridor planning

kickoff. The meeting will be rescheduled in February. On Jan. 17, the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Council alerted its members that its Jan. 18 meeting would be cancelled if school were cancelled that day. The city of Snoqualmie alerted residents that Allied Waste Management would not pick up garbage Jan. 17 in Snoqualmie or North Bend. Residents should leave a double load on the next collection day, city spokeswoman Joan Pliego wrote in an email. Also on Jan. 17, the Washington State Department of Transportation closed See SNOW, Page 3

By Sebastian Moraga

A group of students spends lunch break hanging out and eating popcorn in the courtyard at Snoqualmie Middle School. The school will enclose the courtyard and turn it into a utility area with many uses.

Middle school courtyard is set for a makeover By Sebastian Moraga It’s meant for when school is in session and the weather is nice. But it’s in Snoqualmie. Not exactly “never the twain shall meet,” but close. The courtyard at Snoqualmie Middle School will receive a $2 million makeover this year, turning it into an

indoor facility similar to Wildcat Court at Mount Si High School. That way, Principal Vernie Newell said, the school hopes to get more use out of it during the 10 months of classes. Right now the courtyard has benches, floors on different See SCHOOL, Page3


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would require action by the City Council, most likely at a workstudy session, said Gina Estep, community and economic development director. Planning Commissioner Jim Luckey said that to him, forming a task force means bringing together various experts and interested persons and having them brainstorm over issues connected with Truck Town. The task group could include, among others, city representatives, local and state law enforcement and members of the general public, Estep said. Though they talked about several issues surrounding Truck Town, especially the possibility of sidewalks, an anti-idling policy proposed by Planning Commissioner Gary Fancher drew by far the most comment. Any idling measure adopted by

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the city dents heating “I think there is a policy undoubtedly their cars statement to be made would impact before driving tractor-trailers on cold days. here.” using Truck Luckey proTown. — Rob McFarland posed one way Fancher around some Planning Commission chairman proposed sticking points adding idling might be to guidelines to apply idling the planning commission’s rules only to vehicles of a certransportation policies. He said tain weight. diesel fumes are a major pollu“I like the overall direction tant and source of airborne carand I think there is a policy cinogens. statement to be made here,” In North Bend, Fancher Planning Commission Chairman added that the obvious chalRob McFarland said. lenge is to address public health In the end, the issue was concerns while accommodating referred to city administrators the truck traffic moving through for further study, mostly to town. determine what language is Various planning commisappropriate for a policy statesioners batted around a number ment such as that being develof ideas regarding controlling oped by planners. idling, including regulations Some specific rules and lanbanning vehicle idling for more guage might have to wait for than five minutes. creation of a formal ordinance. There were questions raised as Following the meeting, to whether such a ban would Fancher said he expects the affect school buses, buses pickidling issue to come up again at ing up passengers at the North the commission’s next meeting Bend Outlet Mall or even resion Jan. 26. He said 32 other

states have idling ordinances on the books. Further, Fancher said he realizes some accommodations would have to be made for heating or cooling trucks using Truck Town if idling times became limited. Besides the Truck Town task force, other priority transportation projects on the commission’s list include extending South Fork Avenue, which took the No. 1 spot. While that project is a priority, it might not happen in the next few years, said Ron Garrow, city director of public works. A few other priority projects included a North Bend Way/Park intersection improvement, downtown plaza improvements and a traffic signal at North Bend Way and Ballarat Avenue. Project costs were not discussed nor were they given on the project list. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Chad Magendanz will run for Legislature In a campaign announcement focused on dollars for education, Chad Magendanz, a Republican and the Issaquah School Board president, entered the race Jan. 5 to represent Issaquah and rural East King County in the Legislature. Magendanz, a Tiger Mountain resident in Issaquah, launched the local campaign season days after state leaders offered a re-contoured legislative district for the Issaquah area and a little more than a week after the longtime incumbent, GOP state Rep. Glenn Anderson, opted against running for the seat in 2012. “Much of the policy that affects our kids is not made in the district, it’s made down in Olympia. That’s where the funding for the most part is, and that’s where the major decisions are made as far as the future of education,” Magendanz said to business and education leaders gathered at the King County Library System headquarters in Issaquah. “If we’re going to enact meaningful education reform, we need to have a voice down there in Olympia,” he added. The kickoff reflected on Magendanz’s experience on the school board, and state

and national education organizations. The former United States Navy nuclear submarine officer highlighted the Issaquah School District’s accomplishments in the campaign announcement. “We’re putting the limited resources we have into the classroom where it does the most good — and that’s an approach that I think can work very well in Olympia,” he said in front of a campaign banner readChad ing, “For our Magendanz children!” In addition to leading the school board, Magendanz, 44, is a freelance software design consultant. Issaquah board members appointed him to the panel in 2008, and he ran unopposed for the seat in 2009. No other candidate, Democrat or Republican, is yet in the race for the seat Anderson has held for almost a dozen years. The other local See ELECTION, Page 6

Snow From Page 1 Snoqualmie Pass from North Bend to Ellensburg due to avalanche control work that needed to be done. The department’s website stated the earliest the pass would reopen was 11 a.m. The forecast Jan. 16 called for up to 10 inches of snow in North Bend and Snoqualmie on Jan.17 and 18. The entire Pacific Northwest region is expected to endure up to a foot and a half of snow, which would make this the heaviest snowstorm in decades for the area. The National Weather Services has put Northwest cities and towns from Bellingham in

School From Page 1 levels and trees. Students can study, eat and hang out. They also can get drenched in rain and get Advanced Placement credits in “Hypothermia 101.” OK, so maybe it’s not that bad, but the area is underused, Newell said. Once it’s enclosed and the floor is leveled, it will serve all of the above purposes, plus serve as a utility room for class activities like science projects, he said. “This will add approximately

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6,000 square feet of interior space,” Ryan Stokes, the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s director of finance, wrote in an email. Work would last from June until December of this year, with the bulk of the work done this summer. Besides protection from bad weather, and a large room, the school would also gain intangibles, Stokes said. “Enhanced supervision of the multiple wings of the building,” he wrote, and an “enhanced sense of community among the students, as more foot traffic can be directed toward the center of the building instead of around

the outside.” Stokes said he expects the project to go out to bid this spring. The district will pay for it with monies from the 2009 bond that set aside cash to fix the school. The building was built in 1972 and last remodeled in 2000. The district has targeted Snoqualmie Middle School to become a ninth-graders-only campus by 2013 at the earliest. The work will benefit any student population, regardless of age, Stokes wrote. “We also hope to be able to maximize taxpayer dollars by taking advantage of a favorable bid climate,” he wrote.


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Alternative methods for controlling Snoqualmie Valley elk herd

There is nothing wrong with the good people living in Chelan and Kittitas counties, and they even have a few things in common with the Snoqualmie Valley. Both regions share the Cascades and its numerous recreational opportunities. But that’s about it. Apparently, we will now share a representative for the new 8th Congressional District, per the new boundaries drawn by the redistricting committee. Many would think that redistricting to balance populations would create compact, geographic districts with similar demographics. No. The committee’s real job is to protect incumbents and the two-party system. By that standard, the committee did quite well. Here in the 8th, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has been given a seat that is likely his for as long as he wants. By jettisoning some of the more liberal areas and adding conservative chunks of Eastern Washington, Reichert will likely be forced to be more conservative than moderate to avoid a future primary challenge. Using the redistricting commission is probably better than letting legislators in Olympia do it, as some states do, but the process is still flawed. A better option is to turn redistricting over to judges. Certainly they have some closet political affiliations, but they are accustomed to setting aside their personal views when ruling. Our state law already mandates that judges will settle the congressional district boundaries if the committee can now reach a consensus. Some observers suggest that the new 8th Congressional District will be a nice bridge between Eastern and Western Washington. We think it will be a difficult district to manage for a congressman and his staff, and even more difficult for an elected official to represent such varied viewpoints.

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If the Snoqualmie Valley wants to be on the cutting edge of elk management practices, then why not consider the alternative “herd control” methods tried by our neighboring areas? The Toutle River Valley successfully relocated 50 elk to the Nooksack Valley. Toutle officials there coordinated with two helicopters and volunteers on the ground to herd the animals into a corral and then transport them to other areas. The city of Sequim recently received a state grant to fit their elk with GPS collars with “virtual fence” capability. When alerted, volunteers will be called on to drive the offending elk away from designated areas. Sequim is also seeking funds from the state

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Legislature to purchase high fences that will protect sensitive areas. If relocation of some of our Valley elk isn’t feasible, why not consider the proven immuncontraception vaccination, which uses PZP proteins to surround and block sperm from reaching the unfertilized egg? According to the Humane Society of the U.S., this contraceptive was developed more than three decades ago and can be administered by hand or in a dart, and it lasts two or more years. Also, time-released pellets can be given to stimulate annual boosters. This vaccine has reportedly been used to successfully reduce the deer populations on Fire Island, N.Y., wild horse populations in the West and wild elk in Point Reyes, Calif. Recognizing that elk are a real

problem in our Valley, I believe that we must learn how to cohabitat with these magnificent animals — not kill them. If you agree that we need a better plan, contact your local officials and conservation groups about setting up a relocation or immunization program. Patricia Yolton Snoqualmie

Thank you, everyone As members of the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank board of directors, we are grateful to the community for your contributions in 2011. Whether your contribution was as a volunteer, financial gift or food donation, it went a long way to serve our community. Whether it was a small contribution or a large one, it is appreSee LETTERS, Page 6

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Sometimes life doesn’t go by the book By Slim Randles Dud Campbell had been quiet for almost an hour, which brought concern to his wife, Anita. Dud isn’t the strong, silent type. He’s more like a quick, noisy type. After an hour had gone by in silence, he picked up a sheet of paper and began taking notes. “Dinner’s pretty soon, Hon,” Anita said. “Can’t eat now. Uh, can I have something later, maybe?” “Sure. Hey, you OK?” He nodded, then went for the coffee pot. He gave Anita a hug on his way back to the table. “Been thinking. It’s the book again.” We’re all aware of The Book. Dud’s murder mystery, which has been transformed over several years from eight murders in the first chapter (rejected by a publisher) to three murders in the entire book, to a murder/love story based on the unorthodox courtship of Randall Jones and Katie Burchell, has been a literary thorn in Dud’s side since he first got the idea. The titles haven’t changed, however. Dud still calls it “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms” and everyone else still calls it “The Duchess and the Truck Driver.” Because the two main characters are … well, you know. “Anita, Hon, it’s this whole Dewey business…” “I thought he was doing just fine with Emily.” “He is … I think. Anyway, I was thinking that I could put

some of their courtship story into the book. Maybe have the truck driver hide his profession from the duchess, Slim Randles and maybe Columnist the duchess could turn out to have a diesel fetish or something. So they have things they’re hiding from each other. It’s just … well, I don’t know where to put it in the book, you know?” “Dud, just because Dewey and this Emily are in an unusual situation where she thinks he has a manure fetish, well, that’s interesting all right, but the book should be your story, not theirs.” He sat and sipped and scratched with the pencil and looked at her and smiled.

“You know, at times like this, I’m almost sorry I started writing this book. With fiction, you can’t check to see what people did. You have to make it up as you go, and sometimes I think, well, how in the world should I know what these people are going to do?” “May I make a suggestion?” “Sure.” “Why don’t you just start writing and let the characters figure out what they want to do? You know, leave it up to them?” “Anita Campbell, you’re a genius!” He immediately got on the computer, didn’t eat any dinner at all and didn’t come to bed until about 4 a.m. Artists sometimes have hard lives. Brought to you by Slim’s award-winning book “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at www.nmsantos.com/Slim/Slim.html.

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Lake Washington School Board denies transfer from Valley district The Lake Washington School Board denied the request from a group of Sammamish neighbors to transfer to it from the Snoqualmie Valley School District. At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Lake Washington School District imitated the Valley school board’s Dec. 12 denial of the petition. Neighbors had asked for the transfer on grounds that their

Election From Page 3 lawmaker in the state House of Representatives — Republican Jay Rodne — is also up for reelection in 2012. Anderson, meanwhile, is in the race for lieutenant governor. “Welcome to the election cycle of 2012,” 5th Legislative District Republican Chairman Bob Brunjes said before introducing Magendanz. Washington State Redistricting Commission members crafted a more rural 5th Legislative District friendlier to Republicans. The redrawn political map shifts neighborhoods in

Letters From Page 4 ciated very much. Thank you. As a ministry of the Snoqualmie Valley Ministerial Association, the food bank not

homes are much closer to Lake Washington schools than Snoqualmie Valley schools. Valley school board members had denied the request, saying they feared a domino effect of neighborhoods asking to leave the district. They also said the switch would mean a substantial loss of property tax revenue. The neighbors’ petition is terminated with the decision, but according to the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, they technically can take it to court for review. northern and western Issaquah into the suburban 41st Legislative District. Magendanz plans to embark on a “listening tour” of district communities to collect input from voters. Besides Issaquah, the reshaped 5th District includes the East Renton Highlands — another Issaquah School District community — Black Diamond, Carnation, Maple Valley, North Bend and Snoqualmie. “My focus is going to be on fiscal responsibility, education and the environment, but the details and specifics of those talking points and the priorities of those talking points are still very much in flux, because I want to hear from you first,” he said. only is grateful to our community for the generous donations, but we are thankful to God for his great provision. We look forward to the opportunity of serving our community in 2012. Again, thank you very much. Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank board of directors

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will face charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. The white crystals tested positive for methamphetamine.

Snoqualmie police Drunken driving At 10:39 p.m. Jan. 7, police saw a 1994 Honda speeding south on Snoqualmie Parkway approaching the corner of Douglas Street. The driver, 60-year-old Gil Garcia ran a red light and almost hit another car traveling on Douglas Street. When police stopped him, Garcia’s car smelled of alcohol, and he had droopy, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests, almost falling to the ground when exiting the car, and was arrested for driving under the influence. Police took him to the Snoqualmie Police Department and later to the Issaquah City Jail.

Warrant arrest At 7:57 a.m. Jan 8, police responded to a call about a suspicious white male walking down 384th Avenue with a backpack. As the male approached Southeast Kimball Creek Drive, police asked him about his destination. The man, 27, said he was going to get cigarettes. Police asked him for identification and he responded by walking away. Asked again, the man showed an I.D. card. A status check showed the man had a felony warrant out of Ellensburg. Police arrested him and searched him and his bag, finding a glass pipe and some marijuana. Police later found a scale, some plastic baggies, a metal tin and a glass tube containing white crystals. The man was taken to King County Jail for the warrant and

Drug pack At 10:21 a.m. Jan. 8, police arrived at Stellar Park, 34506 S.E. Stellar Way, Snoqualmie. Police examined a pink backpack found on the ground. Next to the backpack sat a smoking pipe, a leather pouch, a bag of tobacco and a glass jar with marijuana seeds. Police checked the area but found nobody.

Drunken driving, with dogs At 2:05 a.m. Jan. 12, police saw a 2011 Chevrolet pickup traveling north in the 9400 block of Meadowbrook Way. The driver of the pickup, 51year-old Daniel C. Vaughn, was driving with his high-beam lights on. Police followed him and saw him drive over the centerline for about 100 feet, at which point they stopped him. Vaughn smelled of alcohol and underwent field sobriety tests, struggling with some of them. Police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He then failed a breath test and was taken to the Snoqualmie Police Department. He was later booked into the Issaquah City Jail. Vaughn’s two dogs, in the truck with him at the time, spent the night at the SPD. Police told Vaughn to arrange for someone to pick up the dogs or they would be released to animal control. There was no information from North Bend Police, nor for fire calls for either city. 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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Children at Camp Waskowitz learn a work of art requires the art of work By Sebastian Moraga

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Roberta McFarland, director of Camp Waskowitz, stands next to a story pole children at the camp built last summer. Children helped local artist Bob Antone carve symbols that had special meaning to them.

Look around, you see China. Look up, you see Mexico. Look over and you see the Snoqualmie Valley. The totem poles at Camp Waskowitz, near the southeast edge of North Bend, tell the story of the hands who built them. High school children from immigrant or difficult backgrounds gathered at the camp two summers in a row to make the poles, with the aid of Valley sculptor and wood carver Bob Antone. Students from Mexico helped carved the snake and the eagle, symbols of the Mexican flag. Students from Asia helped carve a Buddhist temple. A student from Vietnam carved her country’s flag on an owl, to honor her father, a former North Vietnam army captain. “She wanted to make the owl look like it had been through a war, through hardship and survived, very wise,” Antone said. American Indian students helped carve a wolf. “We welcomed the youth to represent their heritage or some-

Local artist lets the wire be her guide By Tom Corrigan For the most part, Snoqualmie artist Katherine Hogan said she doesn’t plan out where her artwork is headed. “I don’t think about what I’m doing,” said Hogan, who added she lets the wire take her where it wants to go. Hogan works with looped wire that, in her finished pieces, almost looks as if it had been crocheted or woven. It wasn’t. Hogan said she uses the same method as famed artist Ruth Asawa, that the wire sort of becomes a “loop inside a loop” and that she uses a single strand for most works. Hogan learned the technique at a Los Angeles workshop taught by Asawa’s daughter. “I was hooked very quickly,” Hogan said. She attended that workshop after seeing the elder Asawa’s work on display. “I was just so enamored with it, I could barely leave the museum,” Hogan said. Today, besides attending various art shows in the area, Hogan

“I was just so enamored with it, I could barely leave the museum.” — Katherine Hogan Wire artist

On the Web Learn more about Katherine Hogan’s art at www.etsy.com/shop/Tokul Crafts. has items displayed in Larry Jeffers’ Semantics Gallery in Edmonds. Hogan receives good exposure at Semantics, as Jeffers said he keeps two of her larger works in his front window. “She’s in there with some top of the line artists,” Jeffers added. “I like her work… Actually, I’m surprised I don’t sell more of it.” Prior to her coming across Asawa, Hogan had been working with crocheted or knitted wire.

“I’ve always made things,” Hogan said. She recalled sneaking off to school art camps and returning with items such as a sculpture made from a milk carton mold. Actually, creativity runs in the family, Hogan said, adding her mother was a florist who was always very creative, making her own clothes and other items. Still, for Hogan, it took that trip to an L.A. museum to really jumpstart her artistic career. At that time, Hogan was living in L.A. She began displaying her knitted wire at a shop known as the Melrose Trading Post. In about 2005, she went to see that fateful Asawa exhibit. Hogan describes her art as “meditative or contemplative,” a See WIRE, Page9 Contributed by Frances Greet

Kathy Hogan shows off her technique for creating wire sculptures, a technique she describes as an “organic, natural evolution” of her thoughts.

thing that was important to them in their lives,” Antone said. Then, the students painted the poles, one a 16footer and the other a 25-footer. Students had arrived at Camp Waskowitz to learn work skills. “How to show up on time, how to dress, how to be prepared, how to accept feedback,” said Roberta McFarland, director of the camp, which belongs to the Highline School District. “They ranged between 15 and 18 years old and earned some high school credits.” As part of their time at camp, they built the

By Sebastian Moraga

This is one of the two story poles at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend. Members of the Snoqualmie Tribe blessed the poles, which measure 16 feet and 20 feet. Children from varied backgrounds worked on one pole each See POLE, Page 9 summer in both 2010 and 2011.


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Obituary Bob C. Henricksen Bob C. Henricksen, 66, of Issaquah, was born Dec. 7, 1945, and passed away Jan. 9, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Erik and Dan Henricksen, and daughter Melissa Henricksen.

Pole From Page 8 poles. Antone was the main carver, but the children did all the painting and picked all the images on them. “We went for a more nontraditional totem pole,” McFarland said. Nonetheless, in September, a member of the Snoqualmie Tribe appeared at Camp Waskowitz and blessed the poles. “In the tradition of the First Nations, everyone is welcome,” Antone said. “Their history shows that we are all people of the earth.” The children took great pride in building the poles, which Antone cleaned, McFarland said. It took about 10 days to

Bob was a middle school teacher in the Snoqualmie Valley School District for 30 years. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish. A reception will follow. Friends are invited to view the full obituary and sign the online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

carve each pole. “The children’s work was good, but Bob made it look beautiful,” McFarland said. Children loved the experience of seeing symbols of their heritage carved into wood, she added. “It was very cathartic,” she said. “The children were reflecting on who they are and it was amazing to watch them thinking about their lives.” People donated both logs to the camp. McFarland said she would love to have a third pole this year, but it depends on whether money is available to host more children. Regardless of whether the camp’s children make it a trio, McFarland can’t get tired of looking at the two poles. “These poles represent all children, all nations, all nationalities, working together,” she said. “That’s very much what Waskowitz is all about.”

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Wire From Page 8 state she says she gets into herself when she is creating a piece. “I’m not focused on anything except what the wire is doing,” she said, adding she learned that both from another artist and from lessons learned while completing one particular work, one she considers her favorite. “I learned a lot from that piece,” Hogan said. The average work takes Hogan about 20 to 30 hours to finish and runs about three feet long. She’s never tried a roomsize piece hung from a ceiling as Asawa did. (The investment in wire alone would make the undertaking a little challenging, Hogan said.) However, when her pieces are hung in the right light, she said they cast shadows that she thinks of as part of her creations. “They are kind of their own separate little art show,” Hogan said. A former journalist, Hogan works full time in the fundraising arm of the cancer charity City of Hope. The job is, she added, very fulfilling and while she said she would love to work on her art full time, that isn’t a goal right now. For the immediate future, Hogan said she hopes to begin creating functional light fixtures made of her wire creations. She also makes jewelry pieces, most-

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Snoqualmie artist Kathy Hogan said this is possibly her favorite piece, one that helped teach her to allow the wire she uses in her creations to go where it wants to go. ly necklaces and most recently was producing small ball-like pieces meant as Christmas tree ornaments. In terms of shows, Hogan recently took part in November’s Fall Best of the Northwest show in Seattle, put on by the

Northwest Art Alliance. Another next step includes getting items into the artEAST gallery in Issaquah. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Students find the way using new technology By Sebastian Moraga With the click of a mouse, the world comes alive at middle school classrooms. Students in social studies classes from sixth to eighth grades have begun using StrataLogica, a mapping and layering software that allows students to create custom maps of any place in the world at any point in history. “It’s as if each of us has our own Google Maps,” Chief Kanim Middle School student Jake Brady said. The software, in its first year of use at Chief Kanim, has the double virtue of teaching students more about the planet while teaching them 21stcentury skills, according to Renee Gray, a teacher using it. “We learn right along with them,” said Karen Waters, another teacher who uses the software. Students using StrataLogica can create a map on a computer screen of places as diverse as their neighborhood, Africa or the Holy Roman Empire. Then, they can click on spots on the map and enter information about each spot.

They can access 2-D and 3-D depictions of the world’s geography. They can access a thorough atlas on their computer. They can make presentations about their maps. The work that StrataLogica lets students do used to be done with paper and pencil, which look downright medieval in comparison. “This keeps them engaged,” said Waters, pointing at StrataLogica while holding a book with a black-and-white map printed on it. “They used to have to do this by hand,” she added. “Draw the map and enter the information.” The students love the change. “This is lots more fun,” said Chief Kanim student Donavan See. Google Earth powers StrataLogica’s mechanics, but the real power comes from the students, who buy in more to the lesson when it is taught to them via technology. Other teachers in the Valley, like Twin Falls Middle School’s Shawn Lawrence and Snoqualmie Middle School’s Tom Burford, have also used StrataLogica. At Chief Kanim, Gray said,

By Sebastian Moraga

Looking at a map got a great deal more fun this year for middle school students. District teachers now use StrataLogica, a software that allows students to create maps, charts and presentations about any place in the world throughout history. students from grades six to eight get a chance to use it, with the learning personalized at every level. “It can be set at an individual level,” she said. “The student can create a program at whatever level they are.”

District program to offer hybrid option to home-schooled children By Sebastian Moraga Why not us? Seeing the success of places like Monroe, Bellevue, Kirkland and Edmonds led Snoqualmie Valley School District officials to consider the idea of an Alternative Learning Experience, which would mix homeschooled education with some classroom time. The Parent Partner Program is the result of those considerations, and Tom Athanases, alternative programs planning coordinator for the district, said that once the program was unveiled it would be anything but news to some families in the Valley. “People in our area are somewhat familiar with these programs,” he said. “Some families take their children to them. The main idea was to start our own.” Under the Parent Partner Program, families remain the primary educator, but the dis-

trict takes on an active support role in some areas, according to a press release from the district. Those areas, Athanases said, include science and the arts. “A certified teacher can help guide them,” he said, adding that certification will be required. Another goal of the program, Athanases said, is to form a network of families with homeschooled children. “We want to have a community-building network of families, enriching the experience by coming together,” he said. Athanases said the program has proven very popular in other places. About 400 children participate in the Edmonds program. In the Riverview School District, children split their time 80-20 between home and school, Athanases said. The one day at school changes by grade each day.

The Snoqualmie Valley program is expected to start in September. It’s unknown how many children will participate, Athanases said, but he remains optimistic that it will catch on in the community. Parents have already shown interest, he added. An informational meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1. “It’s like that saying goes, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” he said. “That’s difficult in tight economic times, but the interest is there.” Athanases, formerly principal at Two Rivers School for almost a quarter-century, said he likes having another way to reach children in the district. “Twenty-five years ago we started Two Rivers, two to three years ago we started the Virtual Academy,” he said referring to the online classes service. “This is a different way to offer support to our families and communities.”

Like with any novelty, students at first struggled with StrataLogica, feeling frustrated at times. “It was kind of hard at times,” said Zeke Barden, a student at Chief Kanim. Now that they have become

proficient, students share horror stories about those first days. “Don’t forget to hit save,” student Garrett Halseth said. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Nominations are open for education award By Sebastian Moraga The time has come for the Snoqualmie Valley to honor its top educators for 2011. Nominations are open for the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation’s annual Educator of the Year awards. Four winners will be picked, one each from grades kindergarten through five, six through eight and nine through 12, and another award for classified staff. An educator can be nominated by students, parents, educators or other members of the community. A nominee must inspire students from all backgrounds and abilities to learn. He or she must have the respect and admiration of parents, students and colleagues. He or she must be a leader and must play an active and useful role in the scholastic

environment, according to a press release from the foundation. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 6 and include two letters of support, at least one from a student and none from direct supervisors of the nominee. The winners’ names will be unveiled March 22 at the foundation’s annual spring luncheon. Go to the foundation’s website, www.svsfoundation.org, and then click on “Today’s Funding Needs,” and then on “Educator of the Year” to find the nomination application. Mail the application to the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, Attn. Lorraine Thurston, Educator of the Year Program, P.O. Box 724, Fall City, WA, 98024. Email Thurston at lorraine@northernwall.com.


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PAGE 11 At Oregon State University, Shanna L. Howland, of North Bend, made the university’s honor roll, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students in the honor roll had to earn 3.5 GPA or higher over 12 graded hours of course work. About 16 percent of Oregon State students earned honor roll status.

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MSHS to host cheer minicamp for grade schoolers The Mount Si High School Cheer Squad will hold a cheer minicamp for children grades

kindergarten through five from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at Mount Si High School. “This year, unlike all the other years, it’s going to be just one day,” said Carmen Villanueva, parent of Chloe, one of the team’s cheerleaders. “We do it to kind of minimize the disruption in people’s schedule.” Head Coach Jessi Stevens will be there, but the team’s cheerleaders will teach the camp. Members of the minicamp will perform at a girls’ home basketball game Jan. 27. The fee is $45. To enroll your child, email Stevens at raisioj@yahoo.com.

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Wildcats’ basketball shows some improvement in away loss to Islanders By Sebastian Moraga A month ago, Mercer Island beat the Wildcats by 22 points. On Jan. 13, Mercer Island hosted the Wildcats and beat them by 17 points, 63-46. Five-point improvement? Just for starters. The Wildcats hung tough

every quarter with the powerhouse Islanders. Instead of the December game, which saw Mercer Island jump to an 18-3 lead after one quarter, the Wildcats put up a fight. “We’ve come a long way,” forward-center Anthony McLaughlin said. “Couple of calls this way, a couple of calls

that way, and it could have gone the other way.” Mercer Island showed its class, with a strong outside and inside game that has it ranked among the top KingCo conference teams. Still, the Wildcats did not hesitate to count this one as sort of a moral victory. The team lost on the scoreboard, but took big strides forward in the process. “Since the last time we played Mercer Island,” forward Ryan Atkinson said, “we focused on getting better and better. We would have liked to win, but we are still happy with the fact we are improving.” Beau Shain led Mount Si with 12 points, including a buzzkilling, buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half. Jason Smith had nine points and Levi Botten had seven. Atkinson had See BASKETBALL, Page 13 By Greg Farrar

By Greg Farrar

Jason Smith, Mount Si High School junior forward, looks for an outlet pass as Mercer Island junior guard Nick Nordale defends at the end of the first half of their Jan. 13 basketball game.

At right, Ryan Atkinson, Mount Si High School senior forward, throws up a shot during the second quarter as Mercer Island senior guard Parker Scott defends.

Wildcats are nominated for academic award By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Connor Deutsch, left, and Brian Copeland, mixing two of their passions: academia and football. The two Mount Si High School seniors have been nominated for an award honoring some of King County’s most accomplished student-athletes.

The Seattle-King County chapter of the National Football Foundation tapped Mount Si High School’s Brian Copeland and Connor Deutsch as nominees for its 2011 Scholar Athlete award. The foundation will choose finalists and then announce two winners 10 a.m. Feb.12 at CenturyLink Field. Five line players and five skill players from Western Washington have been nominated. Each winner receives a $2,000 scholarship. Liberty High School’s Jay Chakravarty won a scholarship last year. “I tend to believe they are finalist material,” said Charlie Kinnune, head coach of the Mount Si Wildcats’ varsity team. “They are great student athletes and community members. The foundation, Kinnune said, looks at a student’s athletic abilities, academic perfor-

mance and community service involvement. “I’m excited,” he said. “We have two great nominees coming out of our high school.” Copeland, Kinnune said, has one of the toughest schedules in the senior class: Advanced Placement chemistry, AP English literature, AP calculus, AP physics, history, band and the weight room after school. He carries a 3.91 grade point average. “My schedule is not as hard as Cope’s,” Deutsch said with a smile. Not that he slacks around. Deutsch’s GPA is 3.99. “It’s good to see recognition of football players and athletes as beyond dumb jocks,” Deutsch said. “We like to push ourselves academically as well as athletically.” Copeland seeks to enter the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Cal Tech to study See AWARD, Page 13


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Middle school basketball The 7th Grade Wildcat Select girls’ basketball team won the Chelsey Ebert Jam Basketball tournament in Ferndale Jan. 1617. The team, coached by Monty Chellis and former Seattle SuperSonics executive Rick Turner, won four out of five games, including the finals

Scoreboard Prep boys basketball KingCo Conference 3A Standings: Sammamish 7-1 (L), 11-3 (S); Bellevue 7-1, 12-2; Mercer Island 6-2, 11-4; Lake Washington 6-2, 9-4; Mount Si 3-5, 4-10; Liberty 2-6, 7-7; Juanita 1-7, 5-10; Interlake 0-8, 3-10. Jan. 13 Game MERCER ISLAND 63, MOUNT SI 46 Mount Si 9 8 13 16 – 46 M. Island 12 16 21 14 – 63 Mount Si – Beau Shain 12, Jason Smith 9, Levi Botten 7, Ryan Atkinson 6, Griffin McLain 4, Charlie Corriveau 3, Miles Zupan 3, Anthony McLaughlin 2, Tyler Button 0, Hunter Malberg 0, Jack Nelson 0, Josh Piper 0. Mercer Island – Sam Cohn 13, Joe Rasmussen 12, Kaleb Warner 10, Sean Hughes 9, Brian Miller 9, Espen Platou 8, Karsten Sherman 2, Justin Altaras 0, Kyle Huber 0, Chris Lawler 0, Jeff

against Edmonds Sports Academy, which had beaten them early on in the tourney.

High school wrestling The Mount Si Wildcats placed five wrestlers at the Grandview Invitational Tournament Jan. 5. Ryley Absher took first place at 120 pounds. Josh Mitchell finLindquist 0, Nick Nordale 0, Parker Scott 0, Jake Shaddle 0. Jan. 10 Game MOUNT SI 59, LIBERTY 48 Mount Si 8 23 16 22 – 59 Liberty 15 9 10 14 – 48 Mount Si – Ryan Atkinson 17, Levi Botten 12, Anthony McLaughlin 10, Miles Zupan 10, Jason Smith 6, Joe Williams 3, Griffin McLain 1, Charlie Corriveau 0, Josh Piper 0, Beau Shain 0. Liberty – Robbie Thomas 19, Tynan Gilmore 18, Dalton O’Brian 3, Ben Wessell 3, Cam Lee 2, Tim Phan 2, BJ Demps 1, Matt Campbell 0, Cory Dukelow 0, Jordan West 0.

Prep girls basketball KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Juanita 7-1 (L), 122 (S); Liberty 7-1, 11-3; Lake Washington 6-2, 9-5; Mount Si 4-4, 7-7; Bellevue 4-4, 6-7; Interlake 2-6, 6-8; Mercer Island 2-6, 2-11; Sammamish 0-8, 3-11.

ished first at 285 pounds; Mitch Rorem finished second at 195 pounds. Eli Clure finished third at 106 pounds; Aaron Peterson finished third at 138 pounds. Teamwise, the Wildcats finished fourth, despite having five varsity grapplers out due to illness. Email your sports notes to smoraga@snovalleystar.com.

Jan. 13 Game MERCER ISLAND 47, MOUNT SI 43 Mount Si 3 13 10 7 – 43 M. Island 14 8 10 15 – 47 Mount Si – Molly Sellers 15, Alex Walsh 9, Katy Lindor 6, Shelby Peerboom 6, Elizabeth Prewitt 2, Jordan Riley 2, Katie Swain 2, Kelsey Lindor 1, Grace Currie 0. Mercer Island – Lauren Ellis 10, Renae Tessem 9, Julia Blumenstein 8, Ari Moscatel 7, Brooke Behrman 4, Savanna Reid 4, Carly Anderson 2, Jamie Mounger 2, Suri Johnson 1, Mario Cafarelli 0. Jan. 11 Game LIBERTY 45, MOUNT SI 37 See SCOREBOARD, Page 14

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Award From Page 12 physics. If he enters MIT, he also wants to play football there. Deutsch said he does not know where he will apply, but he knows he wants to study kinesiology. And hit the gridiron, as well. “I will play football wherever I go,” he said. Football is a big part of the boys’ lives. If asked to trade football for a year in exchange for a perfect GPA, they would

Basketball From Page 12 six. Griffin McLain had four. Charlie Corriveau and Miles Zupan had three. McLaughlin, who left the game nursing a sprained ankle had two. The Islanders’ Sam Cohn led all scorers with 13 points. “Mercer Island did a good job, you have got to hand it to them,” Mount Si Head Coach Steve Helm said. “It’s hard to stop them.”

both pass. “You can only play football for a small part of your life,’ he said. “When you are 65 you can’t do it competitively.” Besides, Copeland said, they will carry what they learned on the field well beyond their youth. “Football has made me a better person than a 4.0 would have,” he said. Deutsch agreed. “Football teaches you loyalty, it teaches you a sense of team,” he said. “These are the things that come back to you later in life, the things you see and use later in life, not the 3.99 or the 4.0.”

Still, count Helm among those feeling a sight happier than he did in early December, when Mercer Island traveled east to rip the Wildcats. “We’re improving,” Helm said. “I tell my guys, leave it all on the floor and let the scoreboard handle itself.” Next up for Mount Si was a game at home against Interlake Jan. 17, the first home contest in four tries for the road-weary Wildcats. Then, it’s back on the road Jan. 20 to face the Kangs of Lake Washington. Game time is at 8 p.m.


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Valley groups get grants King County delivered more than $685,000 in grants for sports and recreation facilities recently, including around $180,000 for Valley organizations. The county gave $70,644 to the city of Snoqualmie’s Parks and Recreation department, toward work on Carmichael Park Field. The Snoqualmie Valley School District received $45,000 for work on the playground at Fall City Elementary School. North Bend’s Si View Metropolitan Park District received $65,000 for work on fields at Si View Park. Ten other organizations received grants, ranging from $20,000 to $75,000. These are all matching fund grants, meaning the participating entities must match the grant money. “By partnering with these worthy organizations, we are able to accomplish more than any of us could do alone,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a press release.

Scoreboard From Page 13 Liberty 8 15 14 8 – 45 Mount Si 9 11 6 11 – 37 Liberty – Aspen Winegar 16, Sierra Carlson 7, Morgan Safley 6, Megan Tsutakawa 5, Alicia Abraham 4, Delane Agnew 4, Avery Granberg 2, Adele Payant 1, Cherelle Demps 0, Tara Johnson 0. Mount Si – Molly Sellers 9, Katy Lindor 6, Elizabeth Prewitt 6, Shelby Peerboom 5, Jordan Riley 5, Katie Swain 4, Alex Welsh 2, Grace Currie 0, Kelsey Lindor 0, Aly Pusich.

Prep wrestling EVERETT CLASSIC Team scores: 1, Timberline 212.5; 2, Everett 177; 3,

Edmonds-Woodway 141.5; 4, Lake Stevens 130.5; 5, Arlington 129; 6, Interlake 128.5; 7, Mount Si 98.5; Individual results 106: Second round, Eli Clare (Mount Si) d. Devin Jones (Lake Stevens), 11-9. Semifinal: Dean Reginio (Timberline) p. Clare. Consolation: Clare p. Tyler Headland (Lake Stevens). Clare tied for third. 113: Second round, Gunnar Harrison (Mount Si) d. Coby Helini (Lynnwood), 8-6. Semifinal: Noah Cuzzetto (Everett) p. Harrison. Consolation: Nico Loera (Lake Stevens) d. Harrison, 5-2. Harrison tied for fifth. 120: Second round, Ryley Absher (Mount Si) d. Bryctan Mancao (Lake Stevens), 9-6. Semifinal: Jordan Frost (Timberline) d. Absher, 14-0. Consolation: Absher d. Colin

JANUARY 19, 2012 Farrell (Arch. Murphy), 8-5. Absher tied for third. 126: Second round, Nick Morf (Timberline) p. Tanner Stahl (Mount Si). Consolation: Stahl d. Robert Kendrick (Newport), 15-2; John Harman (Interlake) d. Stahl, 8-3. 138: 1-2, Scotty Bardell (Arlington) d. Aaron Peterson (Mount Si), 3-1; Bruce Stuart (Mount Si) tied for third. First round: Peterson d. Wes Korbein (Ed-Wood), 15-0; Stuart d. Zane Crook (Everett), 3-1. Second round: Peterson d. Colton Crutcher (Lake Stevens), inj.; Bardell p. Stuart. Semifinal: Peterson d. Cameron Schille (So. Whidbey), 4-2. Consolation: Stuart p. Korbein, Stuart d. Jared Stalder (Steilacoom), 8-2; Stuart p. Schille. 145: First round, Garret Wise (Everett) p. Tye Rodne (Mount Si). Consolation: Blake

Thuline (Arlington) p. Rodne. 170: First round, Gavin Strong (Newport) p. Cole Palmer (Mount Si). Consolation: Anthony Hawkins (Everett) p. Palmer. 182: First round, Patrick Monell (So. Whid) d. Tyler Hutchinson (Mount Si), 6-1. Consolation: Hutchinson p. Jake Ferro (Arlington); Rick Stewart (Everett) d. Hutchinson, 10-0. 195: First round, Mitch Rorem (Mount Si) p. Matt Ortega (Newport. Second round: Rorem d. Jacob Lancaster (Timberline), 6-1. Semifinal: Chris Aiwiro (Everett) p. Rorem. Consolation: Ernesto Cancilla (Interlake) p. Rorem. Rorem tied for fifth. 285: 1-2, Josh Mitchell (Mount Si) d. Brandon Johnson (Lake Stevens), 6-1. Second round: Mitchell p. Sam Song (Everett). Semifinal: Mitchell p. Cole Stevens (Timberline).

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Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie City Council, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Community and Economic Affairs Committee, 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Shoreline Hearings Board, 5 p.m. Jan. 25, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m. Jan. 19, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ North Bend City Council Work Study, 7 p.m. Jan. 24, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ North Bend Parks Commission, 6 p.m. Jan. 25, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Jan. 26, 211 Main Ave. N.

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Fourth St. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversational skills. ❑ One-on-One Computer Assistance, 1 p.m. Wednesdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. A KCLS volunteer can give you one-on-one assistance with computer questions.

Volunteer opportunities

Music/entertainment ❑ Chris Morton Duo, 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way ❑ Joe Black, magician, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20, $10 donation per family, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive ❑ Drunken Promises, 8 p.m. Jan. 20, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis, 7 p.m. Jan. 20, 27, Boxley’s ❑ Cultural Fair, featuring Seattle-based marimba band Anzanga, and many other performances, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Snoqualmie Elementary School, 39801 S.E. Park St. Free. ❑ Benefit performance, “Tits and Asphalt: Why I Walk For Breast Cancer,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 21, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way. Fee: By donation. Email gary@valleycenterstage.org for reservations. ❑ Charlie Loesel, 8 p.m. Jan. 21, The Black Dog ❑ Rock Star Performances, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 21 at Finaghty’s Irish Bar, 7726 Center Blvd., Snoqualmie. Three local bands perform, one of 10- through 12 year-olds, another of teenagers and another of adults, all members of Big Star Studios. Free. ❑ Greg Williamson Quartet, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Boxley’s ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. Jan. 22, Boxley’s ❑ Carolyn Graye’s Singer Soiree, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Boxley’s ❑ Future Jazz Heads, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Boxley’s ❑ Reuel Lubag, 7 p.m. Jan. 25, Boxley’s ❑ Jon Hamar and Dawn Clement Duo, 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Boxley’s ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School District’s Music Directors Recital, 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way, Snoqualmie. Featuring all of the district’s music teachers. Fee: $5 per per-

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Everyone is welcome to attend the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA Open House, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan 21, 35018 S.E. Ridge St. son, ages 7 and up. Fundraiser for students’ music scholarships. ❑ Big Star Studios Performance, 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 26, North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd. N. featuring performances by the studio’s musical theater, acting, singing, and monologue classes. Free. ❑ Budget Funeral Band, 7 p.m. Jan. 27, The Black Dog ❑ Shotgun Kitchen, CD release party, 8 p.m. Jan. 28, The Black Dog

Events ❑ SnoValley Indoor Playground, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when school is in session. Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. Donation of $1 per child per visit is appreciated. ❑ “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots,” 9:45-10:30 a.m., Jan. 10 to Feb. 14 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, membership not required. Email trinayoga@gmail.com or call 4436228 for more information. Sixweek session is $80 plus $20 fee for nonTPC members. Four-week session is $55 plus registration fee. ❑ “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes,” ages 2-4, 10:45-11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 to Feb. 14, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge ❑ Pajama Story Times, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Young children welcome with adult. ❑ “Seals, Whales and Otters,” 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 20, Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend. For ages 4-5. Call 888-2777. Cost: $25. ❑ Game On! 3 p.m. Jan. 20, 27, North Bend Library, 115 E.

Fourth St. Free. For teenagers. Come by and play video games. ❑ Snoqualmie Ridge Indoor Playground, 9-11 a.m. Jan. 20, Church on the Ridge, 35131 S.E. Ridge St. Check church website, www.churchontheridge.org, to confirm it’s open. Click on “Ministries” and then click on “Children.” ❑ Aging Well with Consciousness Book Club and Conversation, 10:15 a.m. Jan. 21, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. ❑ Mount Si Artists Guild Coffee, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave., North Bend. Three presentations, a drawing for an arts supply basket, painting demonstrations, refreshments and a chance to meet local artists. ❑ Once Upon A Saturday Special Needs Story Time, 10 a.m. Jan. 21, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Library opens at 9:30 for participating families. ❑ Snoqualmie Community Center Dedication, 10:30 a.m. Jan 21, 35018 S.E. Ridge St. ❑ SnoValley Writers work group, 3 p.m. Jan. 22, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ “Devices and Desires: all About eReaders and Mobile Devices,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. ❑ “Read the Book, Watch the Movie,” read “The Iron Giant: a Story in Five Nights,” by Ted Hughes, and then watch the movie at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Snoqualmie Library. Popcorn will be provided. Free. For grades five through eight with an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30,

Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 with adult. ❑ Merry Monday Story Times, 11 a.m. Jan. 23, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Free for newborns to 3-year-olds with an adult. ❑ Meet a Forest Service ranger, 7 p.m. various dates and locations. Learn about the outdoors and discover recreation opportunities from Forest Service rangers at local libraries. North Bend Library, Jan 24 and Feb. 16; Snoqualmie Library, Jan 25 and Feb. 15; Fall City Library, Jan 26 and Feb. 28. ❑ Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 25, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 6 to 24 months with adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 with adult. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St.

Classes ❑ Study Zone, 3 p.m. Jan. 24, 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Free tutoring for grades kindergarten through 12. Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. ❑ Study Zone, 4 p.m. Jan. 19, 3 p.m. Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Jan. 25, 4 p.m. Jan. 26, free tutoring for grades K-12. North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ “Hands-On Fun With Art,” 10 a.m. Saturdays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11, at the old Snoqualmie Library, 38580 S.E. River Street. Fee: $70. ❑ Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey, 7:05 p.m. Jan. 28, ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent. The Snoqualmie Middle School choir will sing the National Anthem. Email Daniel Ray at rayd@svsd410.org for tickets. Part of ticket money sales will go toward the school’s choirs. ❑ S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ English as a second language, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, North Bend Library, 115 E.

❑ Encompass is currently seeking volunteers to help with our landscape and maintenance at both the downtown North Bend and Boalch Avenue locations along with office help. This can be a weekly or monthly commitment. Email michelle.mccormick@encompassnw.org or call 888-2777. ❑ Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association invites community members to join a newly formed group to support Snoqualmie’s new sister city, Chaclacayo, Peru. The association already has developed a close relationship with sister city Gangjin, South Korea, which more than 30 residents have visited in the past four years. Email maryrcorcoran@gmail.com or call 503-1813. ❑ The Mount Si Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help unload food at noon Mondays, sort food at 9 a.m. Tuesdays or pass out food on Wednesdays. Call the food bank at 888-0096. ❑ The 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 U.S. Forest Service Conference Room, behind the Forest Service office, 130 Thrasher Ave. Email research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ 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.” ❑ Mount 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/vo lunteer.com or call 869-6000. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing smoraga@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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