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January 29, 2015
Snoqualmie City Council endorses school bond
By Larry Lusch
Foggy view from above Hikers to Poo Poo Point recently capture a majestic view of the valley fogged in. For more, see story, Page 11.
Amy Biggs named North Bend Citizen of the Year Amy Biggs recently was honored as the 2014 North Bend Citizen of the Year. Mayor Ken Hearing and the City Council bestowed the award on Biggs at the Jan. 6 City Council meeting. “The Citizen of the Year award is meant to be given to an individual or business that has gone above and beyond to make North Bend a better place to live, through professional or volunteer efforts, or by an extraordinary contribution to the community,” said Hearing. “We want to honor those who have shown through their initiative and actions that they truly care about the community See BIGGS, Page 5
The Snoqualmie City Council voted 7-0 to support Snoqualmie Valley School District Proposition 1, a facilities improvement bond, which will be on the special election ballot Feb. 10. At the Snoqualmie City Council meeting on December 8, 2014, council members passed City of Snoqualmie Resolution 1279, stating “improvements to school facilities are needed in Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 410, in order to provide the students of the district with adequate, proper, and safe education facilities.” Snoqualmie City Council members encourage voters to pass Proposition 1. Information about Proposition 1 is on the school district website at www.svsd410. org.
Reenactment group plans Battle of Snoqualmie By Sherry Grindeland There was no Battle of Snoqualmie during the Civil War. But Paul Timmerman and nearly 300 of his friends will
be staging one Aug. 29-30 at Meadowbrook Farm. The reenactment is all about making history come alive for participants and attendees and not about whether the South
Courtesy of Washington Civil War Association
Live cannon shots will be part of the show during the Battle of Snoqualmie, a Civil War reenactment, Aug. 29-30 in Snoqualmie.
or North wins the Battle of Snoqualmie. “We’re keeping the memories of our country’s history alive,” said Timmerman, the reenactment event coordinator. “It is important that people remember the Civil War.” It was, said the history buff, a pivotal time in our country. Like many who consider the Civil War their hobby, Timmerman has walked important battlefields on the East Coast. He grew up in New Hampshire, moved to Issaquah and finally to Snoqualmie a few years ago. He isn’t alone in his passion for the Civil War. The Washington Civil War Association, a nonprofit group dedicated to educating the public about U.S. history, regularly holds reenactments around the state. Members in Spokane, Chehalis and Union Gap have produced similar weekend
events in recent years. The last one on the Eastside was about 10 years ago at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Timmerman said. The events attract not just people who assume the role of Union and South soldiers but also people who dress up in period costumes and come to watch the mock battles. Just as happened in the original Cival War, people bring picnics and sometimes horses and buggies to watch. Timmerman and his fellow committee members See BATTLE, Page 5 Prsrt Std U.S. Postage PAID Kent, WA Permit No. 71 POSTAL CUSTOMER
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Outdoor recreation brings big dollars to state Outdoor recreation generates $21.6 billion a year in spending on trips and equipment in Washington state, a new study prepared for the Legislature shows. Washingtonians spend an average of 56 days a year in some form of outdoor recreation, according to the study. Earth Economics, did the research for the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office at the direction of the Legislature, led by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. It is the first comprehensive analysis of the recreation economy in Washington and
offers economic impact data both by geography, by county and by activity. Highlights include: q $21.6 billion is spent every year on outdoor recreation trips and equipment on both public and private land in Washington. q Nearly 200,000 jobs are supported by outdoor recreation, comparable to the aerospace and tech industries in Washington. q $10.4 billion is spent on sightseeing and nature activities, including $7 billion on wildlife watching and photography. q $8 billion is spent on activities around water, including fishing,
boating, swimming and diving. q Out-of-state visitors play an important role — accounting for 12 percent of recreation days, but 27 percent of dollars spent on outdoor recreation. Every dollar spent by an out-of-state traveler in Washington generates $1.36 in economic impacts, resulting in a total of $4.6 billion in new money circulating in the state’s economy. q The recreation market is one of the largest markets in the state for moving income from urban to rural areas and building jobs in more rural areas. “We’re grateful to Sen.
Ranker for his leadership in ensuring that this vital research was done,” Mo McBroom, director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy in Washington, said in a news release. “He, like many of us, values nature for its own sake, for beauty for wildlife, but also recognizes the importance of capturing the direct economic benefits to our state from its rich natural resources.” “We’re very excited to share this report,” Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which commissioned the study, said in the release. “I think it confirms what
many of us know — that recreation is a big part of what makes Washington a great place to live. Outdoor recreation creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, supports many local businesses and is important to all of us for staying healthy, educating our children and giving us a beautiful place to live. “This report puts hard numbers behind the benefits of outdoor recreation and shows that investments in outdoor recreation will bring a substantial return on the dollar.” See a copy of the report at www.rco.wa.gov, under the “News and Events” section.
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at the martial arts facility because of the remodeling project at Si View Community Center. The Indoor Playground closes when the Snoqualmie Valley Schools are closed. At the playground, parents, grandparents or other caregivers accompany the children as they socialize and play with appropriate toys in a safe setting. The suggested donation is $1 per child. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://snovalleyindoorplayground.org/.
tures from other regional trip planners and includes map-based search features and real-time arrival information for Metro buses and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. Check out the new app online at http://metro. kingcounty.gov/trip-planner/ mobile-apps. The planner is part of an ongoing series of rider technology improvements coming in 2015. Later this year, Sound Transit will launch a new mobile website with regional realtime arrivals and better trip planning tools. The mobile site will use Open Transit Data, an open source set of data and suite of tools created to support the development of new transit applications in the Puget Sound region.
The classes use Legos and children learn and apply robotics and engineering to create things. In the Tuesday arcade game programming classes, students will use Multimedia Fusion (MMF2.5) to learn or improve their video game design skills. Grades 3-6 meet 4-5 p.m. and 6-9 meet 5-6 p.m. Grades 7-10 meet 6-7 p.m. for the 3D Game Design and learn Unity game development. In this class students will build a 3D shooter game using C#. On Wednesdays, Lego Mayhem for grades 1-5 meets 5-6 p.m. Students in this class build different things with Legos bricks, motors and gears such as fast cars or tanks. Classes cost $75. For more information or to sign up contact Paul Sprouse at 221-9590 or go to www.valleyrobotics. com or www.facebook.com/ ValleyRobotics.
The Snoqualmie Police Department is offering a free women’s self-defense course for women over the age of 16 who live or work in Snoqualmie. Classes will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 17, 10, 24 and 26 at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway. Officer Nigel Draveling and Officer Kim Stonebraker will teach the nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.). The program focuses on hands-on self-defense methods, crime prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. R.A.D. teaches defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault using effective and simple selfdefense tactics. Participants must attend all four sessions. For more information email Draveling at email@example.com. wa.us. Include a tele-
ASU announces dean’s list
Margaret Krivanec and Stephanie Rose, of Snoqualmie, were named to the dean’s list at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, for the fall 2014 semester.
Indoor Playground opens Wednesdays
The SnoValley Indoor Playground, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, provides a stimulating play environment for children ages 0-5. The next session meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 28 to April 29, at Higher Learning Martial Arts, 301 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. The playground group is meeting
Sound Transit unveils trip planning app Sound Transit recently launched a free, regional smartphone app to help Puget Sound-area commuters plan their transit trips. The Puget Sound Trip Planner merges key fea-
Valley Robotics offers winter classes Registration is open for Valley Robotics new session of classes that run Feb. 3 to March 18.
Correction: King County Elections mails ballots The King County Elections office mailed ballots Jan. 21 to the 24,000 registered voters in the Snoqualmie Valley School District for the Feb. 10 special election. The only item on the ballot is Proposition One, a Snoqualmie Valley School District bond to fund a new elementary school, rebuild Mount Si High School and provide safety, security and other upgrades to existing schools. Voters will not receive voters’ pamphlets for this election. For details about what the $244.4 million bond will cover, visit www. svsd410.org. Ballots, which require a first-class stamp, must be postmarked by Feb. 10. Ballots may also be returned to the King County Elections dropoff van, available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 7, 9-10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. Citizens not yet registered to vote may register in person at the King County Elections offices by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2. The Elections headquarters is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. weekdays at 500 Fourth Ave., room 440, Seattle. Voters who don’t receive a ballot by Jan. 28 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-2968683. The postmark information was incorrect in the article that appeared in the SnoValley Star Jan. 22. The SnoValley Star is committed to accuracy. If you have a concern about an article in the newspaper or online, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ot all anniversaries are worthy of celebration but some should be remembered for the impact on our world, our social conscious and our neighborhood. One coming up is Feb. 12 — the day the body of a newborn baby girl was found near North Bend. First responders and detectives named her Baby Kimball. A caring community held a funeral service in March 2014, memorializing her with as much dignity and love as possible. News organizations wrote stories. Newspapers, including this one, published editorials. We all cited the Washington law that allows parents to surrender a newborn within 72 hours with no questions asked and no repercussions. We even had a political solution — the King County Council appointed a task force of folks from public health and criminal justice agencies and human service groups to come up with recommendations about how to prevent another tragedy like this. That, of course, is the reason the more than 10-yearold safe baby law already exists. The task force came up with several recommendations including training programs and brochures and educating the public. One recommendation got close to the problem – to incorporate information about baby safe havens into sexual education curriculum. While all of this sounds wonderful, the problem isn’t coming up with ideas like these. The problem is getting the information to the appropriate audience: our teenagers and young adults. While there’s no evidence indicating Baby Kimball’s mother and father were teenagers, that’s usually the age bracket that sees no other options besides abandonment. Our task forces, politicians, leaders and, yes, even we editorial writers can pontificate all we want, come up with great ideas but until we get the youth involved, we are missing an important segment of the population. It is our youth who can help us develop more effective communication tools to reach their peers. We just need to invite the youth to the table more often.
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I am deeply concerned about our need to pass the upcoming school bond. While my own children are grown, my interests are many: I am the parent of a Snoqualmie Valley School District teacher. I have friends with children in all the schools, I own property in the district boundaries, and I am dependent upon those being educated today for my future needs. Many people had the foresight to pay for improvements to the schools my own kids attended so they could receive a decent education and go on to be productive members of our community. It is our obligation to do the same for those coming behind us and their children. My kids were in a district going through similar growing pains as Snoqualmie, and at times it was quite contentious. Those who had been in the district for years felt pushed aside by the newcomers, and the newcomers often didn’t listen to their concerns. It was painful for all, but the ones who paid the price were the kids in over-
Bert’s new pet gives him a devil of a time Steve was out in the Mule Barn parking lot the other day, tightening something with his wrenches under the hood of his pickup truck. The rest of us stood around, looking wise, and sipping coffee. “You sure it ain’t the solenoid?” said Bert. “I don’t think they make them anymore,” said Doc. “It’s usually the solenoid,” Bert said, with finality. Out of self defense, Steve emerged from his cavern of wires and metal long enough to say, “Didn’t I see you have a goat now, Bert?” Bert nodded. “That’s why I hate allergies.” We waited. We stared. “Well you see, Maizie’s allergic to cow’s milk, so we bought Ernestine for her.” “And Ernestine is ….?” “The goat … right. So what happens is somehow I have to milk Ernestine. Twice a day. We wanted to go overnight to the
JANUARY 29, 2015 crowded classrooms and schools that desperately needed repairs and improvements while bonds failed to pass. If the bond fails here, our children will suffer. The need for a 6th elementary school is urgent; growth is occurring all over, impacting the entire district. Mt Si was built to serve a completely different education era where students sat in rows and filled out worksheets, not one where technology is a necessity, learning to work with others and across disciplines is a requirement, and which demands far more teacher interaction. All our buildings need basic repairs, and the costs only go up when they’re postponed. The bond provides a long-term comprehensive solution. Growth will continue whether we pass this bond or not. Raising the price we pay on our taxes is difficult, but it is shortsighted to only focus on the present. We are paying for our future. The kids we support now will be the doctors, nurses, mechanics and police who will take care of us later on. Don’t they deserve the best? Lynda Lahman Snoqualmie
School board: Invest in our schools and our students
city last week. Ever try to find someone who will baby sit and milk a goat?” “I won’t do it,” said Dud. “Neither will anyone else,” said Bert, sadly. “So we either stay home, or take the goat with us. Ever try to find a motel that takes goats?” “Not recently,” Doc said. “So we stayed home. Oh, it wouldn’t be so bad if she liked me…” “Maizie?” “Ernestine. See, she waits until I have her almost milked out, then she’ll stick her foot in the bucket and kick it all over me. The other day, I was standing in her pen and talking with Mrs. Gonzales next door, and Ernestine came running up behind me and ran right between my legs.” “Did you fall?”
“Of course. And Mrs. Gonzales tried not to laugh, but it didn’t work.” “Bert,” said Doc, “why don’t you just Slim Randles buy goat’s Columnist milk at the store?” “Maizie says she needs it fresh, because it’s better. You guys ever notice how a goat has horns and cloven hooves?” We nodded. “I don’t think I need to add anything to that,” said Bert.
As current and former members of the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors, we are united in our endorsement of the bond measure being placed before voters on the February ballot. Collectively, our service on the Board spans nearly 30 years, with some of us serving as far back as the 1980s. During the past 30 years, we have seen our district grow, change, and develop into one of the best in the State of Washington. The Snoqualmie Valley schools have been nationally recognized for providing quality education. This bond measure is critical to ensuring that we maintain our strong schools and make them even better. For many years now, our district has also enjoyed tremendous levels of support from the community. This bond proposition is another opportunity for the community to demonstrate its support of the schools and the students in them. See LETTERS, Page 5
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Battle From Page 1 already gave the area a taste of the living history they’ll be portraying in August. About 20 of them suited up and were at the Northwest Railway Museum last summer. They performed as a fife and drum corps. “People loved us,” Timmerman said. The groups that organize other events around the state have been doing it long enough they have a stable of repeat sponsors. For instance, the Chehalis gathering, he said, receives funding from the World War II Veterans Museum there.
Timmerman and his committee are still looking for underwriters to help defray the estimated $10,000 necessary to put on the two-day show. “Our biggest cost is for insurance,” he said. “Just about everything else is done by volunteers.” Dates for reenactments are set far in advance because so many regulars schedule trips to the East Coast to attend bigger events where the reenactments attract thousands of costumed participants. Most of them, Timmerman said, have their historical characters down pat. “I’m a captain in the 20th Maine, Company F,” he said. The 20th Maine fought
at Gettysburg. It was visits to Gettysburg and other battlefields that piqued Timmerman’s interest in reenactments. “There’s something about the battlefields, something that lingers,” he said. “Once you’ve been there, you feel it. That’s why it is so important to keep the history alive. “We don’t want people to forget.” To volunteer or learn more about the Battle of Snoqualmie, contact Timmerman at Pault0752@gmail.com or at 894-5010. More information can also be found at www. battleofsnoqualmie.com or www.wcwa.net.
Summit and the Leading the Way to a Sustainable Snoqualmie Valley events. Biggs recently parFrom Page 1 ticipated in an employer panel on providing inforand whose hard work, mation to local teens spirit and dedication make about what employers our community great.” look for when hiring. Biggs was given the She is the current presaward for her generous ident of the Snoqualmie donation of time and volValley Gardening Club, unteer effort. where she has been a Whistle Pig She serves on the member for 13 years. $81.59 Board of Directors for Biggs helped the club the Snoqualmie Valley establish the Snoqualmie Community Network Valley Gardening Club where she is involved Scholarship Fund. It has with the Networks’ awarded $6,000 to graduDevelopment Impact ating seniors from Mount Group. The group works Si High School. Biggs for prevention of youth also established “Burt’s suicide and substance Garden Helpers” which abuse. gives gardening assistance She also regularly conto those in the communitributes to the Key Leaders ty that are unable to tend
to their garden. Biggs serves as Director of Transportation at the Mount Si Senior Center and she also runs Snoqualmie Valley Transportation, which provides door-to-door service for residents of the community. In this position she manages 17 people and a multi-million dollar budget. Her work ensures all members of the community, including local youth, continue to have access to reliable public transportation. Biggs has also fostered a beneficial relationship with Metro and King County to ensure that Snoqualmie Valley’s voice is heard in the county’s transportation funding decisions.
As a combat wounded and disabled Marine combat veteran it’s my opinion putting up a flag pole in a shopping plaza would be a slap in the face of all veterans and patriots residing in our community. A better solution would be to use the round-a-bout in the south end of North Bend Way as this venue would give our Veterans Memorial the dignity and visibility it deserves. Also, using this round a bout should be fairly cost effective plus it would give visitors to our community a good reason to travel all the way through North Bend which in turn will help all of our local merchants. Thanks. Jim Curtis, USMC Vietnam 1969 & 1970 North Bend
From Page 4 It has been over ten years since a school bond measure of significant proportion has been approved here in the valley. Consequently, our facilities needs are now at a critical level and our schools need your support to address those needs. Please take time to learn about the bond proposition by visiting the SVSD website: www.svsd410.org. It’s time to once again invest in our schools, our kids, and our community. Please join us in voting YES for this important measure. Geoff Doy Rudy Edwards Scott Hodgins
Kim Horn Craig Husa Becky Jorgensen Tavish MacLean Dave Reed Dan Popp Carolyn Simpson Kristy (Sullivan) Trione
Let’s honor veterans with an appropriate memorial Several years ago the North Bend city council expressed interest in constructing a Veterans Memorial but due to lack of funding it was put on hold. Right now it’s my understanding the Parks Department has plans to erect a simple flag pole in a yet to be built shopping plaza instead of a stand-alone Veterans Memorial.
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SCHEDULE THIS: Theatre Black Dog presents the production of ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ 8 p.m., Jan. 30-31, at Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, call 831-3647 or go to www.blackdogsnoqualmie.com/ blackdogbillboard.shtml.
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q Winter course enrollment open at Si View Park. Go to www.siviewpark.org for classes, programs and more info and to register. q Kids Indoor Playground, ages 0-6, 9-11 a.m. every Friday, Church on the Ridge, 35131 E. Douglas St., free, 888-7474 q Tim Volpicella Trio, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307 q Driving Miss Daisy, 8 p.m., Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8313647
q Beatlemania Live!, 8 p.m., The Ballroom at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, $10 to $25, www.snocasino.com
Saturday q ReLeaf Our Parks, help plant native trees at Three Forks Natural Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., RSVP and get directions by calling 206-296-2990 q Winter Stories and Crafts, discover the secret lives of black bears and create a mask to take home, 1:30 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend, free, register at http://bit.ly/JZfCAj q Locomotive and Tequila Mockingbird, 5 p.m., Finaghty’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 7726 Center Blvd. #110, Snoqualmie, www.finaghtys.com
q Seventeenth anniversary celebration, live music by the King Dogs, 6-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8312357 q Kids Night Out, ages 3 to 12, dinner included, 6-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., $25/ members, $35/community, 256-3115
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q Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307
q Young Toddler Story Time, 11 a.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 888-0554
q Beatlemania Live!, 8 p.m., The Ballroom at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, $10 to $25, www.snocasino. com
q Study Zone, drop-in help for grades K-12, 3-5 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 888-0554
q Driving Miss Daisy, 8 p.m., Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8313647 q Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight, Mt. Si Pub, 45530 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend
q Study Zone, drop-in help for grades K-12, 5-7 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223 q Using Your eReader Gifts, drop in help, 6-8 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 888-0554
q North Bend Finance and Administration Committee Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m., City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N., North Bend, 888-1211 q Early Literacy Parties in Spanish, 6 p.m., series of eight free workshops, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223 q North Bend City Council Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m., Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. N., North Bend, 888-3434
Sunday q Winter Stories and Crafts: discover the secret lives of black bears and create a mask to take home, 1:30 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend, free, register at http://bit.ly/JZfCAj q Brunch with the Groovetramps, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 831-3647 q Big Game Viewing Party, 2:30 p.m., The Ballroom at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, $10, www.snocasino.com
q SnoValley Indoor Playground, ages 0-5, 301 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, suggested donation $1,
q Toddler and Preschool Story Times, 10 and 11 a.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 8880554
q Toddler and Preschool Story Times, ages 0-3 at 10 a.m., ages 3-6 at 11 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223
q Game Night, 4-9 p.m., Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8312357
q Using Your eReader Gifts, drop in help, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223 q Anime and Manga Club, 3 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223 q Study Zone, 3:45-5 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., 888-0554
q Sundae + Mr. Goessl, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307 q Family Story Time, 7 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223
q Study Zone, 5-7 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., 888-1223 q Bob Baumann and Friends, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307 q Drop-In Basketball, 16 and older, 8:15-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, 2563115
q Competitive Play Drop-In Volleyball, 16 and older, 7-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., 256-3115 q Geoffrey Keezer and Seamus Blake Quartet with special guests, 7 and 8:30 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307
q Future Jazz Heads, 5 and 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 8312357
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‘First You Jump’ provokes thought and conversation By Sherry Grindeland Some decisions are no brainers — what we’re having for dinner or what to wear to work tomorrow. Then there are the lifechanging ones. When we face and make seemingly impossible decisions, even knowing that when they are made, the paths of our lives will forever be altered. That’s what author Eva Moon focused on in her new play, “First You Jump,” that closed Jan. 24 after a short run at North Bend’s Valley Center Stage. “First You Jump” is a collection of five thoughtprovoking vignettes that stretch the imagination. In each, Moon adeptly plays with language. Her cleverness and humor are engaging. For instance, in the first scene, “Damage Control,” Rochelle Wyatt plays Sharon, a political candidate. Sharon denies any knowledge of the destruction of her opponent’s estate. She stops mid-speech and confesses that yes, her lover did it. And her lover is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Wyatt’s comedic timing as she reveals the truth enthralled the audi-
Dennis Bateman plays a grown-up, human Pinocchio in the Valley Center Stage production ‘First you Jump.’ ence. Will her decision to be honest cost her the election? We never know but Sharon took the leap, defending love and tearing down walls of prejudice against cross-species relationships along the way. Songs, all written and composed by Moon introduce each scene or vignette. They’re often sexy, full of inventive double-entrendres, and reflective of the scene that follows. Kathleen Roche-Zujko sang them with wit and verve whose gorgeous, strong voice could fill a large nightclub as well as the intimate Valley Center Stage Theater. In the second scene, “Red Algernon,” Robin Walbeck-Forrest, a popu-
lar veteran of the Center Stage, swept the audience along in her argument about why she was going to take the creative process-enhancing drug that would cause death within days. Walbeck-Forrest shone in that and in her riveting performance of “Growing Feathers” that followed intermission. Her intensity made the two different characters totally believable. And it takes a good actor to make the audience believe she will turn into a crow for exactly 37 minutes after she has enjoyed sex. In the “Gepetto’s Funeral” scene, Dennis Bateman portrays an adult Pinocchio who has just returned from burying his father. The blue
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fairy offers him a choice of remaining a man or going back to being a puppet. Like all fairy tale wishes, there’s a catch. The characters’ core dilemmas deepen over the arc of the performance resulting in a final piece, skillfully played by Gretchen Douma, that fully engages the audience. As Esther, Douma sat in a chair on a darkened stage and wrestled with the decision to fall to earth after a bomb explodes on an airplane or to stay suspended forever. Douma, like all the actors and singer RocheZujko, make us accept the fantasy worlds they live in. Moon’s talent at creating these worlds by using magical realism helps us explore human truths. None of us will ever defend a T-Red lover or struggle with the decision to stay human or become a puppet. But we all have times when we must make major decisions. “Daring to jump may seem impossible,” Moon said in a short interview after the production. “But if you don’t, how else will you know if you can fly.”
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Co-ed Volleyball League Eight teams of six off in this recreational co-ed league that guarantees fun and exercise. Each match is the best of three sets. Matches are self-officiated by the teams. Games are 6:30-10 p.m. Thursdays at the Mount Si Freshman Campus, 9200 Railroad Ave. S.E.,
Claydies Night A four-week class of creative pottery and ceramics includes hand building, glazing pottery and painting techniques. No experience is necessary. Class fee includes guided instruction, all nontoxic materials and firing. Course runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 27 to March 19 at Meadowbrook Farm. Fee is $136. To register or to learn more, go to www.siviewpark.org or call 831-1900.
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JANUARY 29, 2015
National secondhand store Value Village opens the doors to a new location on Thursday, February 19.
National secondhand store Value Village opens the doors to a new location in Issaquah on Thursday, February 19, bringing unexpected treasures and incredible deals to the community. This will be the 26th Value Village store in Washington. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling donated items, Value Village provides sustainable funding to nonprofit organizations, offers communities a smart way to shop, and saves more than 650 million pounds of goods from landfills each year – making Value Village one of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world. “We’re thrilled to bring our good deeds and great deals to local residents,” said Cheryl Brincefield, Value Village store manager. “We take great pride in working with our nonprofit partners and in looking after the environment, while at the same time providing our customers with the best selection and shopping experience of any secondhand store. Everyone likes to find a great deal, and people really love to support their local communities. We make it easy to do both.” The new store opens in conjunction with a rising thrift shopping trend, which is one of the fastest growing retail segments. Lifestyle, economy and social trends have contributed to the growth, including the popularity of do-it-yourself projects, a renewed interest in vintage clothing, and importantly, environment and budget-conscious consumers. Value Village stores have been rapidly growing in popularity among all types of shoppers – ranging from families on a budget to six-figure professionals. Carrying everything from clothing and accessories, to housewares, electronics and more, Value Village is no ordinary secondhand store and has more than 100,000 high quality items on its sales floor at any given time. Customers will find a fresh stream of value-priced goods including authentic vintage finds and name brand fashions, with 10,000 new items stocked to the floor daily.
Despite this large volume of merchandise, shoppers won’t spend hours shuffling through stacks of items. Value Village is clean, bright and well-organized with racks of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing sorted by category and size, and shelves of housewares, books and even electronics neatly labeled for an enjoyable shopping experience. Average prices include $3.99 - $7.99 for most men’s shirts; women’s dresses from $7.99 - $14.99; shoes and handbags for $7.99 on average; and books from $0.69. And where does Value Village get this impressive inventory? Each store partners with local nonprofits, paying the organizations for used merchandise collected at Community Donation Centers located on-site at Value Village stores or donated directly to the nonprofits. The new Issaquah store’s Community Donation Center, which is now open, provides an easy, convenient way for residents to donate gently used clothing and household items. In the Issaquah community, Value Village has teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Issaquah Schools Foundation. The partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters supports the organization’s mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentorships. From February 17-21, donations made at Value Village will also support Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Basic Student Needs Program. The Basic Student Needs Program assists students in need with clothing, dental care, breakfast food, school supplies, and other basic needs that prevent students from learning. Located at 5530 East Lake Sammamish SE, grand opening festivities begin Thursday, February 19, starting at 8:45 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new location will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
JANUARY 29, 2015
Police blotter Snoqualmie Police serving North Bend and Snoqualmie
Cheese it, the cops! Police responded at 9:33 p.m. Jan. 10 to the 34000 block of Southeast Kinsey Street, Snoqualmie, to a report of fireworks being discharged. Officers were unable to locate any fireworks in the community park when they arrived. They gave a warning to the two juvenile females they found in the park and sent the girls home.
Park and ride to jail Police responded to report of a suspicious person at 7:38 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Les Schwab Tire Center at 610 E. North Bend Way, North Bend. The subject parked their vehicle in the No Parking area in front of the Les Schwab, which was closed. The police found the driver had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and booked into Issaquah Jail. The vehicle was impounded.
Win some, lose some Police responded to a civil problem at 4:46 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 200 block of Cedar Avenue South. The caller said her husband had stolen her winning scratch tickets, worth $200, and was last seen getting into a car at QFC. Police were unable to find the husband. Officers informed the woman that Washington is a community property state.
Big rig, little crime Police were notified called at 11:28 a.m. Jan. 12 to Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Truck Town, 46600 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend, to a theft in progress. The caller said a truck driver, attempted to leave after shoplifting electronics and windshield washer fluid. The subject was irate, and was also unsuccessful in an attempt to shoplift a car charger, which the subject did pay for. The subject left before police arrived.
Screaming fun Police responded at 10:52 p.m. Jan. 12 to a call at the QFC at 460 E. North Bend Way, North Bend. The caller said they heard screaming, possibly a female. They later saw males running from a nearby house, kicking at things. The caller didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if they were playing around or not. Officers eventually found three males near the area who explained they were just playing.
Twice in one day Police responded at 11:50 p.m. Jan. 12 to Rock Creek Ridge Boulevard Southwest, North Bend, to reported suspicious circumstances. The caller said there were multiple subjects in a nearby pool area, yelling and kicking things after jumping the fence. Officers arrived and discovered it was the same trio from the previous call.
Littering Police responded at 3:58 a.m. Jan. 14 to the 76
Station at 8250 Railroad Avenue S.E., Snoqualmie. The caller wanted a customer removed for littering cigarettes on the sidewalk. Officers arrived and issued notices for both parties.
Let him be Police responded at 3:49 p.m. Jan. 14 to the 34000 block of Southeast Swenson Drive, Snoqualmie to a reported disturbance. The subject, a former employee, was fired earlier in the day and had been drinking for several hours. The subject began yelling, and eventually lay on the ground in front of the building. The caller said the subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immediate family drove him up from Eugene and he may not have any transportation. No arrest was made because yelling isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a crime.
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Police responded at 3:37 p.m. Jan. 16 to the North Bend Library at 115 E. Fourth St. to a reported theft. A male subject asked to borrow the callerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cell phone, then stepped outside and left with the phone.
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a large meal at the truck stop restaurant, then hid in the restroom. The subject was asked to pay several times. The subject said he had no money. When officers took him into custody, the subject pulled money out of his cell phone case. The manager agreed to let the subject pay the bill. The subject and the manager signed a trespass notice and officers gave them both a copy.
Bathroom mischief Police responded at 9:59 a.m. Jan. 19 to the intersection of Douglas Avenue Southeast and Azalea Way Southeast in Snoqualmie. A small fire had apparently been started over the weekend inside the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restroom. There was minimal damage but a large mess, including an empty champagne bottle. The menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room also smelled of smoke. Officers concluded it was most likely juveniles who set some newspaper or magazines on fire. There are no suspects and the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room was locked.
Traveling merchants Police responded at 3:56 p.m. to the QFC at 460 E. North Bend Way, North Bend after two men were seen trying to sell a 72-inch television and surround sound system out of their minivan. The subjects approached multiple people. Officers arrived on scene but were unable to
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Bonus arrest Police responded at 9:25 p.m. Jan. 20 to the Rock Creek Apartments on Rock Creek Ridge Boulevard Southwest. A male subject was seen trying to rip out the stereo of a parked vehicle. Officers arrived and found the subject was the registered owner of the vehicle. However, when drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle, the man was taken into custody.
Touchy, touchy Police responded at 1:34 p.m. Jan. 21 to the 7200 block of Hoff Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, to a disturbance. A homeowner was arguing with a subject backing their vehicle onto his property. The caller said they have had ongoing problems with subjects backing into their property. The caller yelled at the driver, claiming she was aiming for his rockery. The driver said she had never been there before and was just backing out of her boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway when the caller aggressively approached her. Officers concluded that the caller was not being very understanding about how to be neighborly.
All talk Police responded at 4:04 p.m. Jan. 23 to the 38000
block of Southeast Newton Street, Snoqualmie, to a reported disturbance. The caller heard the sound of two males yelling and threatening one another. They also heard mention of a gun, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;did you get your gun?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;are you scared?â&#x20AC;? When officers arrived one of the subjects had left. The remaining man explained that he and his known associate had gotten into verbal altercation that included the gun talk. He then asked his associate to leave, which he did. No crime or evidence of crime was found.
Vehicle prowler Police responded at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 23 to the 300 block of Merrett Place Northeast, North Bend, to a report of suspicious circumstances. The caller said a male was checking the door handles of nearby vehicles. The caller approached the subject and he hurried away. Police were unable to locate the subject.
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Police responded at 12:39 a.m. Jan. 24 to the 8500 block of Falls Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, to a caller who saw a male subject approach the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of her vehicle. The caller yelled at the subject who took off running. Police were unable to locate the subject.
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Mount Si boys lose another tight match Loss to Vikings drops By Sam Kenyon
History repeated itself for the Mount Si boys basketball team. On Dec. 12 the boys lost by one point in a thrilling finish against the Inglemoor Vikings. The Wildcats got a chance for revenge in the rematch game at Inglemoor High School in Juanita Jan. 23, but lost by just two points in another down-to-thewire heartbreaking finish. The final score was 75-73. “The ball just didn’t bounce our way a couple of times,” said head coach Kyle Clearman. The game was a tale of two halves. The Wildcats started quickly, jumping up to a 10-5 lead, thanks to some early fire from junior point guard Danny Tomson, who had a 26-point night. The teams fought and were evenly matched. It was also a heated game with a quick double technical for two players jawing at each other. In the second quarter, with the game even, the momentum swung for Inglemoor. Their big star, the 6’8 senior center William Luckett, threw down a two-handed dunk that ignited the whole gym. The dunk was quickly followed by a Wildcat turnover leading to a fast break for the Vikings. The energy of the game changed and the Vikings dominated for the rest of the half, going up by 13. Team invigorated after halftime Coming out of the locker room at halftime, the Wildcats were on a mission. “In the second half we just really locked down defensively and kept attacking offensively,”
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Danny Tomson, Mount Si High School junior point guard, stands at the free throw line ready to sink two as coach Kyle Clearman looks on during the fourth quarter, in the Wildcats’ close finish Jan. 23 against Inglemoor. Clearman said. The team roared back, outscoring the Vikings in both quarters of the second half. Sophomore guard Gavin Gorell, who had 14 points on the night, punctured the lane and finished in traffic. Tomson continued to create offense for the team. Senior small forward Tiye Utley who also finished with 14 points, hit big three point bombs when his team needed them. Junior power forward Colton Swain chipped in nine and even Matt Myers, who has fought for limited minutes, contributed five points, including a clutch threepointer. With just over three minutes left in the final frame, Utley hit a big three-point shot to claim the lead. “Our pressure defense and just moving the ball on offense and just fighting together as a team (made the difference),” Utley said of their comeback.
Utley’s production and crunch time scoring have increased in the last several games. “It just gets your confidence up,” he said. “The team’s just been putting more pressure on me to execute, I guess and I gotta’ come through for them. That’s my family out there.” Tomson scores critical free throws The teams matched each others shots as the clock wound down. With less than 30 seconds left and Mount Si down by one, Tomson drove to the basket and got fouled. The gym roared in an attempt to distract the point guard from his critical free throws. He sank them both. While running back on defense, Tomson brought a finger to his lips, telling the Viking’s crowd to hush. The next play was controversial and pivotal. The Vikings tossed the ball near the base-
line and it went out of bounds. The referee first signaled that it would be the Wildcat’s ball, but after conferring, they changed the call and said the ball would stay with Inglemoor. Mount Si vehemently argued that it was the wrong call. “I saw Matt’s (Myers) hands up and it went right over his head,” Utley said, recounting the controversial out of bounds call. He said Myers never touched it. The Viking’s then scored on a hard fought layup and an additional foul free throw, putting Mount Si back down by two with 10 seconds left. Tomson brought the ball up the floor, the Viking’s swarmed. Tomson shot from the three-point arc. The shot bounced right, but senior small forward Jonathan “Jo Jo” Hillel was there for the rebound.
The Wildcat girls basketball team walked into the Inglemoor Viking’s gym and soaked up a punishing defeat Jan. 23 for the second time this season. But the 70-22 loss didn’t alter the head coach Taylor Bass or his team’s idea of success. “It may not have shown scoring points-wise but there’s a lot of things outside of scoring that we did that we’re happy with,” Bass said. All season, the now 3-10 Mount Si Wildcats have been shrugging off tough losses with determination in the name of creating a better team. “That’s the biggest thing,” Bass said. “To continue to work and continue to build.” The Inglemoor team has size, skill and experience, including the 6’5 senior De’ja Strother. The last time Mount Si went up against the Vikings on Dec. 12 it was a home game but the results were similar, a 70-32 loss. This time Mount Si missed a crucial player captain and leading scorer, Elizabeth Prewitt, who was out with bronchitis. “We have to figure out ways to score when we don’t have Liz,” Bass said. The team adjusted the starting lineup and played some of its younger players. Sophomores Scout Turner and Emma Smith had more court time than they usually do. Bass said he wanted to give the younger girls a chance to rise to the challenge and gain valuable experience against a difficult opponent. Bass was
pleased with how they performed. “She (Turner) understands the game really well and finds places to be at the right times,” Bass said. Turner scored well for Mount Si in the first half. Bass told her to prepare herself for the Viking defense to adjust and focus on her more in the second half. “It wasn’t quite what she expected, and it was little more than she was ready for, but she still made those adjustments when she got used to it, and was able to fight for her teammates,” Bass said. Smith played a big role with her expanded minutes as point guard. She ran the offense against an unforgiving defense. “She’s doing a lot better job of understanding where her teammates are and where they like the ball and then when, and when not, to take shots,” Bass said of Smith. Junior veteran Annie Hiebert, one of the team’s leading rebounders, had the daunting task of defending Strother in the low post, despite the huge height imbalance. “She’s always tough on the boards, she’s always tough on defense,” Bass said. “She’s always tough with De’ja, she does a really good job getting physical with her.” The game was never in real contention. The Vikings nearly tripled the Wildcat’s score in the first quarter, 14-5. In the third quarter, Mount Si did not score a single point. Mount Si faces Bothell on the Cougars home court Jan. 30.
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Mount Si wrestlers down Skyline 38-26 The Mount Si wrestling team took down the Skyline Spartans 38-26 in the latest conference matchup Jan. 23. The wrestlers travel to Woodinville for a 7:30 p.m. match Jan. 29 and then to Newport for a 7:30 p.m. match Jan. 31.
Mount Si versus Skyline q 106 – Kona Bertolino (Skyline) won by forfeit q 120 - Henry Foster (Mount Si) won by forfeit q 126 – Nate Swanson (Skyline) def. Duncan Harrison 7-4 q 132 – Garin Swanson (Skyline) def. Connor Holt, 11-3
q 138 – Jacob Gerrit (Skyline) pinned Kyle Haynie q 145 – Jack Hamerly (Mount Si) def. Kay Kunold, 11-3 q 152 – Mason Marenco (Mount Si) won by forfeit q 160 – Justin Edens (Mount Si) def. Adrian Abraham, 9-1
q 170 – Mark Mulligan (Mount Si) pinned Brennon Raphael q 182 – Matt Oss (Skyline) pinned Corey Seaman q 195 – Cameron McLain (Mount Si) pinned Ben Kubicki q 220 – Andrew Harris (Mount Si) won by forfeit
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Taylor Bass, Mount Si High School girls’ basketball coach, talks to his team in the timeout between quarters Jan. 23 during the Wildcats’ 22-70 loss to Inglemoor.
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Mount Si From Page 10 He put up the shot, the clock struck zero, and the ball just bounced out of the rim.
By Larry Lusch
Hikers capture a stunning view of a fogged in valley floor from the top of Poo Poo Point.
Fog adds new dimension to hike views By Larry Lusch A sunny January morning on Snoqualmie Ridge doesn’t mean the air is clear elsewhere. We decided, because of the sun, it would be a good day to hike to Poo Poo Point, the paragliding launch site on Tiger Mountain in Issaquah. As we made the drive down I-90 toward Issaquah, however, we entered a bank of fog that stayed with us all of the way to the trailhead parking lot. What originally appeared to be a promising day to climb Chirico Trail now seemed less certain. After all, the reward for climbing is the exquisite vista at the summit. The fog now made that very improbable. We had,
nonetheless, committed ourselves to this hike. We grabbed our trekking poles, crossed the grassy field to the trailhead, and began the ascent. The combination of light rain and fog dampened our enthusiasm. We began meeting other hikers coming back down the trail. To our surprise, however, one commented that we were in for a delight and showed us a beautiful photo of Mount Rainier taken with her iPhone. “You can see Mt. Rainier today?” we queried. Assured that we could, we continued hiking with a renewed sense of optimism for a complete about-face with the weather.
The fog gradually dissipated as we climbed. We found ourselves basking in sunshine in an open area. The warmth of the sunshine was wonderful, but the view was stunning. There was Mount Rainier like we had never seen it before. White pillows of fog as far as the eye could see blocked all distractions from its majestic grandeur. Issaquah and the surrounding valleys were experiencing a temperature inversion. An inversion occurs when cooler air is trapped beneath
a blanket of warmer air causing low-lying fog to shroud the area. We followed the trail a bit further until we reached Poo Poo Point. To our amazement, we looked down on what appeared to be an island of green trees floating on the clouds. In reality, it was the top of Squak Mountain with its base completely obscured by the all-encompassing inversion fog. The entire city of Issaquah with its accompanying buildings and roads was invisible to the eye.
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We enjoyed our lunch in brilliant sunlight, thoroughly in awe of the magnificent “floating island” panorama before us. As we made our way back down the trail, we reveled in our ability to lift the spirits of hikers making the ascent by apprising them of the sunshine and scenery they were about to see. Their genuine excitement at the prospect of going from light drizzle and fog to sunlight and beautiful views brightened our day all over again. Larry Lusch lives in Snoqualmie.
Players disappointed at the end As the Viking’s team and crowd erupted with cheers, both Tomson and Hillel fell to the floor in disappointment. “I’m really proud of the way we’ve been battling through some injuries and coming together as a team,” Clearman said of the game. “It’s a tough loss to take but I like where we’re at.” Utley was a bit less positive than his coach. “We just kept on chipping away at the lead and a call didn’t go our way so I guess that’s just how the dice rolls,” he said, referring to the reversed out-ofbounds call. The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-13 on the season, tied with Redmond at the bottom of KingCo 4A conference. They travel to Bothell for a game Jan. 30 and after that, only have three games left in the regular season. But the team, said both players and coaches, look toward the KingCo conference tournament. They hope their growth over the season will help them in the playoffs. “Our mindset right now is in a really good place,” Clearman said. “Everybody in this locker room believes that we’re going to make a run at the end of the season. I know we’re going to make a run at the end of the season. “We’re in a good place.” Sam can be reached at skenyon@ snovalleystar.com or on Twitter @ samuel_kenyon.
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