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February 2, 2012 VOL. 4, NO. 5

Mount Si grapplers win a pair Page 12

Glassy waters on Borst Lake

New editor Meet the SnoValley Star’s new editor. Page 2

Top honors North Bend names employee of the year. Page 3

Police blotter Page 3

Retreat, retreat Councils of North Bend and Snoqualmie each hold a retreat. Page 6

Rock the teacher Local rocker Davey French teaches the business to others. Page 8

By Don Detrick

Borst Lake catches the reflection of fall foliage and a cloud-shrouded Mount Si on a sunny day in October. North Bend resident Don Detrick snapped the photo. He is the secretary and treasurer for the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, and works on Snoqualmie Ridge.

Community speaks up about middle schools By Sebastian Moraga

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The prospect of the community’s children attending a twomiddle-school district has their parents speaking out on both sides of the issue. Parents and teachers crowded the conference room at the Snoqualmie Valley School District offices Jan. 26 and waited hours to speak their mind. The issue of whether the district will turn the 40-year-old Snoqualmie Middle School building into a ninth-gradersonly annex of the high school in 2012 will remain unresolved for at least 30 more days. Given the tenor of the discussion Jan. 26, several people,

however, seem to have made up their minds. “Both my daughters attended Chief Kanim at the peak of its size and it was fine,” said Liz Piekarczyk, co-chair of the Snoqualmie Valley PTSA Council. “I’m more worried about Mount Si not having a freshman learning center than about having to buy a couple of portables.” The district has three of the county’s 58 middle schools. The county’s middle schools average 700-plus students; Snoqualmie Middle School has 460, Chief Kanim Middle School houses 404, and Twin Falls Middle See SCHOOL, Page 2

Festival at Mount Si makes some changes Street closure should allow residents to get to their homes By Tom Corrigan After meeting with a small group of concerned neighbors Jan. 24, organizers of the Festival at Mount Si are moving to revamp their plans for this year’s event. “We will be moving forward with a different option,” said Jill Massengill, president of the board of directors for the nonprofit North Bend Education and Cultural Association. Festival planners had to

develop an alternative layout for the 2012 gathering because Si View Park will undergo extensive renovations at the time of the festival, slated for Aug. 10-12. Because of those renovations, the park will not be available for even limited use during the festival, said both Massengill and Minna Rudd, program coordinator for the Si View Metropolitan Park District. According to Massengill, with the park not available to host vendor booths, one option was to place those booths on Southeast Orchard See FESTIVAL, Page 2


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SnoValley Star has a new editor By Sebastian Moraga Michele Mihalovich, an Iowa State University graduate with more than 15 years of experience in journalism, has been named the new editor of SnoValley Star. Mihalovich’s career stops have included the Medford Mail Tribune in Medford, Ore., the Ashland Daily Tidings in Ashland, Ore., and The Wenatchee World and the Wenatchee Business Journal in Washington. In the 1990s, she also worked for the Fort Dodge Messenger in Iowa and as a communications specialist at

School From Page 1 School carries 575, said Ryan Stokes, the district’s finance director. A 50-50 split of the SMS students would result in two campuses of 600-plus children, likely requiring up to seven portable classrooms at each school to accommodate them. “It would be a big change for us to go from 400 to almost 700,” Chief Kanim Principal Kirk Dunckel said. Tony Manjarrez, a teacher at Snoqualmie Middle School, asked the school board to con-

Iowa State University. Mihalovich started with the Star Jan. 23. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the SnoValley Star team, Michele and learning Mihalovich about the Snoqualmie and North Bend communities,” she said. “I hope to hear from our valued readers as to what we are doing right and what we need to work on.” Mihalovich will cover the

municipalities of Snoqualmie and North Bend, and the police and fire beats for both cities. An avid hiker and a big football fan, she will also cover the Mount Si High School Cheer Squad and the school’s football team. “I love moving to new areas,” she said. “There are so many new hiking trails and restaurants to explore. As a writer, I have always operated under the philosophy that everybody has a story to tell. I can’t wait to hear what our communities have to say.” Call Mihalovich at 392-6434, ext. 246, or email editor@snovalleystar.com.

sider the high cost of extra-curricular activities with two schools. One fewer school may mean students would have one fewer nearby place for activities. “With two schools, will it increase cost of transportation for extra-curricular programs?” Manjarrez asked. “What will we do? Where will we go? Seventy percent of our students participate in activities.” While some district staffers voiced worries that teachers might not be able to serve children as well once classrooms swell in size, other employees said the district had lived once through a two-middle-school scenario, and survived. “Those of us who have

sophomores,” parent and district employee Betsy Evenson said, “have had sixth-graders in a two-school model and eighthgraders in a three-school model.” The two-school model, Evenson argued, has its advantages. “I love Chief Kanim,” she said. “But the two-school model challenged my child more socially.” Other parents argued the twoschool model presents other, more dangerous challenges. “In terms of student safety, it doesn’t look good,” said Stephen Kangas, an Opstad Elementary School parent. “And it’s a bit discouraging to not hear one bit about student safety.”

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Festival From Page 1 Drive. The street would have been closed, with even local resident access restricted. But according to several sources, that idea just did not sit well with some Orchard Drive residents. “Our immediate concern was, how are going to get in and out of our homes?” asked Kirsten Jestrab, who said she wanted to make it clear she was speaking only for her and her family, not other Orchard Drive residents. Jestrab lives on what she described as the Orchard Drive cul-de-sac near Si View Park. She said if the street was completely blocked, she and at least three other residents would not be able to reach their homes except on foot. Jestrab said she and others were asked to park off-site, away from their homes for the three days of the festival. “I actually like the festival quite a bit,” she added. “But they were actually asking quite a bit.” Instead of completely blocking Orchard Drive, Massengill talked about moving booths and vendors to the far end of Si View Park. The booths still would be in the street, but would not block any homes. “I think it’s our only choice,” Massengill said.

Orchard Drive still would be blocked to through traffic, but residents would be able to come and go from their homes. That is the arrangement every year for the festival, Massengill said, adding the proposal still awaits the approval of police officials, who must sign off on closing any streets. For her part, Jestrab said festival and park officials at the Jan. 24 meeting all seemed receptive to the comments of residents. “They were really nice, nice people,” she added. “They were really concerned about what we thought.” One suggestion made by one resident was to simply cancel the festival for this year, Massengill said, quickly adding that was never a serious consideration in her mind. “That would be devastating,” she said, adding about 25,000 people attended the festival and the grand parade every year. The festival and its booths will be back in Si View Park in 2013, Rudd said. As for the planned renovations to the park, they should start in June. Improvements to the park will include it being leveled, fields reseeded, restrooms improved and a picnic shelter added, Rudd said. Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Tom Meagher is employee of the year for city of North Bend By Sebastian Moraga Tom Meagher, a newspaperman-turned-permits-man, has received the 2011 North Bend Employee of the Year award. “It feels great,” he said. “I work with a lot of terrific people, so it was actually quite the surprise. So many people here are worthy of the award.” Meagher, the city’s permits and office coordinator, worked in advertising at the defunct King County Journal until six years ago when he sought a more stable line of work.

Police blotter North Bend Police Drunken driving On Jan. 4, just after midnight, police pulled over Tiffany M. Padilla-Glen, 29, of Des Moines, on Ballarat Avenue. According to the report, she didn’t pull over right away, so a second deputy was called to the scene and she did eventually pull over. Beer cans were spotted in the car and Padilla-Glen told the officer she drank two whiskey and 7-Ups earlier. She agreed to two breath sam-

“The year I left, it was clear the newspaper business was suffering some hard times,” he said. “It was clear to me I had to find a new place to find a job.” He loved the North Bend area, and at the time working for city government seemed like a pretty stable job. “Of course,” he said, “that was before the downturn.” Downturn notwithstanding, here he is and he likes his job. “I’m kind of the hub of the wheel,” he said. “All the spokes come in for all the permits. I

manage and coordinate all the permits we issue here at the city.” The job likes him back. “He is one of our more proactive employees,” said Gina Estep, Meagher’s supervisor. “He’s one of those people who initiates things, he steps up to the plate. Tom takes his time to walk people through whatever issue they have, so when they leave, they have the information needed.” This is the 13th year of the award. Staff accountant Beth Waltz won it in 2008. Public

ples, which resulted in a .213 and .198 blood alcohol content readings. Police arrested Padilla-Glen for driving under the influence and driving while her license was suspended. She was driven to her boyfriend’s house and released.

He was arrested without incident.

Escapee arrested Police arrested Roy Jackie Woody Jr., 26, of North Bend, on Jan. 5, on a felony warrant for escape. A friend in North Bend phoned the police when she learned that there was a warrant for Woody’s arrest. She said she kicked him out, but he harassed her and would not leave her trailer park.

Snoqualmie police Generator stolen At 9:30 p.m. Jan. 21, the owner of Gianfranco’s restaurant, 8150 Railroad Ave. S.E., reported his generator stolen. The owner told police he had used the generator to power the restaurant during the outages that week. When the power returned, he unplugged the generator and was going to let it run for a few minutes with no load on it to cool down. After a while, the owner heard the generator stop and thought it had run out of gas.

Works employee Larry Shaw won it in 2009 and Assistant City Engineer Tom Mohr won it in 2010. The city of Snoqualmie does not have an Employee of the Year award. Meagher, Estep said, “is basically the backbone of the department, he keeps it running. He’s got a big job and he does it well, and he does it with a smile, which is huge.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

He went to check on it and could not find it. The generator was a Honda 7500, valued at $2,500. The owner said the generator weighed more than 250 pounds and it would take at least two people to lift it. The owner found no serial number for the generator and the police checked the area but found no one.

Dog attacked through fence At 10:29 p.m. Jan. 21, police received a report from a dog owner residing in the 8000 block of Silva Avenue Southeast. The man said another dog had attacked his dog through a fence. The owner said his dog had

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Cable line down At 11:36 a.m. Jan. 22, police responded to a call from the 7800 block of Pickering Court Southeast. A woman reported that a wire was down near the fence. Police located the wire and recognized it as a downed cable TV line. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports. No information was available regarding fire calls.

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Editorial

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Juvenile criminal names should be public

Thanks to YMCA for emergency shelter during storm

The Legislature is now considering two bills that would restrict access to records of crimes committed by minors, only allowing disclosure in the case of “serious violent offenses” as defined by law. Lesser violent crimes and property crimes would remain confidential. The bills are bad ones, and should be stopped. When a juvenile commits a serious crime, nobody involved takes the matter lightly. From the prosecutors to the courts, to the media that reports on crime, everyone weighs the value of punishing an individual against the needs of society. The policy at SnoValley Star is to report the names of juveniles only when they are charged with a felony. We did not arrive at this policy lightly. We’re glad to say it is infrequent that we come across minors charged with felonies. We do understand the implications when we choose to publish the name of a minor. But we stand by the public’s right to know. If you were the victim of a string of home burglaries or neighborhood arson fires, you’d want to know who did it. We believe you’d want to know regardless of whether it was an adult or a teen — especially if the suspect lived next door. It is just as important to ensure that the wrong people are not accused of a crime. Too frequently, the school-based gossip mill implicates an innocent person. Reporting in the media can make clear who is actually the suspected criminal. Juvenile defense attorneys are asking the Legislature to rewrite the law because the publicity can have a negative impact on the lives of children once they reach adulthood. Certainly, a person should not have to suffer their entire life for a crime they committed when they were minors. But this proposal (Senate Bill 6292 and House Bill 2542) to restrict access to court records goes too far. The public needs to understand what is happening in their community and who is doing it. Restricting access to juvenile court records goes too far toward protecting the individual over the community as a whole.

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A hearty “thank you” to the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA for its generous hospitality in assisting with emergency shelter at the Snoqualmie Community Center during the recent storm and power outage. Our partners at the YMCA welcomed more than 150 people for “day-warming” over the course of the storm and 10 families overnight. This outage affected our entire community, local businesses and residents of all ages. We have learned in years past that snow, ice, wind and power outages can be a serious disruption to routine life and to our citizens’ well-being and sense of security. With this in mind, the Snoqualmie Community Center includes capability to be used as a temporary day-warming center and overnight shelter as needed, including installation of an emergency power generator and kitchen facilities. YMCA staff opened their

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doors to all residents of the Snoqualmie Valley, not just to YMCA members. All were welcome to use the facility to get warm, take showers, charge cellphones, have their kids play, and assess their situations in a calm and helpful environment. This allowed them to be close to their homes to monitor their property, check on pets, and get clothing and supplies as needed. People were able to have shelter without leaving town, thus avoiding treacherous roads. The selfless actions of the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA staff during this event were further confirmation that the YMCA of Greater Seattle is focused on assisting our community in spirit, mind and body. Mayor Matt Larson City of Snoqualmie

Nursing home residents are thankful for giving, support over holidays The Mount Si Transitional Health Center would like to thank the people of the

Snoqualmie Valley for all of their wonderful gifts, volunteer efforts and support graciously provided over the holidays. A special thanks to the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club that coordinated the giving trees, collected all of the gifts and helped make sure everyone had something to unwrap. Thanks to all of the locations throughout the Valley that hosted the giving trees. And to the churches, organizations, individuals and families that caroled, volunteered their time and donated gifts. We would also like to thank Gary Weisser, who visits us yearly as Santa, and Snoqualmie Elementary School, which helped brighten our doors with festive posters. Many things happen to make the holidays a special time at the nursing home. The residents and staff are thankful for being part of such a giving and supportive community. Thank you from all of us at the Mount Si Transitional Health Center. Carrie Jensen, activity director Mount Si Transitional Health, North Bend

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Sometimes you’re hot, sometimes cold By Slim Randles If you didn’t know what time of the year it was, or what the weather was like, you could tell simply by eavesdropping at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn coffee shop. Let’s give it a try. “Good to see you here, Doc,” said Herb Collins. “That warm water on the battery trick work for you?” “Thanks, Herb. Yep. I tried it this morning. What’s that you got there?” “Travel thingie. You know it’s more than 80 degrees in Guatemala … right now?” “Saw a deal on TV,” Dud said. “They’re water skiing in Florida. You can go fishing down there all year round.” “You going to Guatemala, Herb?” said Doc. “Maybe. Been thinking about it. I don’t know much Spanish, though.” “All you need to know,” said Dud, “is ‘Hace mucho calor,’ Herb.” “What’s that mean?” “Sure is hot!” “I was just thinking yesterday,” said Doc, “of the unsung beauty of sweat. You know, we take sweat for granted in summer. Heck, we even dislike it

and go swimming to wash it off.” “That’s a fact,” Dud said. “But I think it would be kinda fun to sweat right now. You Slim Randles know, just sit Columnist in a hot sun and bask like an old lizard and sip iced tea…” “… and wear dark glasses,” said Herb. “ … and watch girls in bikinis,” said Dud. They looked at him.

“Around here?” “Well, no. I mean, Guatemala or Florida, you know.” “Yeah,” said Herb. “Guatemala.” About that time Loretta came up. “You boys want your coffees topped off, or should I just turn the hose on you?” They shoved their cups forward and grinned. “Sale on snow shovels down at the hardware store,” said Doc. “Heard that,” said Dud. 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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City Council retreats focus on future priorities, services North Bend City Council determines 2012 priorities for the city

Snoqualmie City Council retreat focuses on services

By Michele Mihalovich By Michele Mihalovich New life may be breathed into a North Bend downtown revitalization plan because of an idea brought up at the City Council’s annual retreat Jan. 27. Gina Estep, Community and Economic Development director, suggested the city might go the same route as Ellensburg. She said that town used its City Hall as an anchor for the downtown area, and also created a nonprofit organization that helped pay for updating some of the buildings. Most of the North Bend council members expressed frustration over the snail-paced progress of revitalizing downtown and were optimistic about the new direction. City Administrator Duncan Wilson said he’s heard from a large number of people saying that they are concerned about the vibrancy of downtown. Estep was instructed to look into the nonprofit aspect of the plan and see if there was any funding to create a concept design so the public could see how the downtown could look. The council identified the plan, and several other issues as priorities for 2012, but they’ll decide the order of the priorities at a later date. Much of the council’s time was also dedicated to what should, or could, be done about the noise and fumes from the TravelCenters of America truck stop, referred to as “Truck Town” by locals. Should the city ban all semi-truck idling, limit idling and/or require facility upgrades? And could the city afford enforce to the ban if an ordinance were approved? Wilson said he would get a strategic plan together before the council’s Feb. 26 workstudy session. Wilson, or rather who would replace Wilson, was also the topic of much discussion at the retreat. Wilson’s last day is May 15, and the council talked about what kinds of qualities they’d like to see in a new city administrator. All of the City Council members said they hope the new administrator will have a law background, like Wilson does. They also listed a strong financial background and previous city administration skills as qualities they want in a new administrator. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

More people mean more fire and police calls, and the Snoqualmie mayor and some City Council members are concerned that a tight budget might mean a lower level of services. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Snoqualmie’s population jumped from 1,631 residents in 2000, to 10,670 in 2010. That’s a 554 percent increase. Mayor Matthew Larson said on Jan. 30, the first day of a two-day City Council retreat, that when he was first elected to the council 10 years ago, the city had four police officers for every 1,000 residents. “Today, that number is 1.27 officers per 1,000. That concerns me and I think we should start planning for this now,” he told the council. Larson said the town may appear to be a “rosy” picture because the streets may look fine, new houses were built and emergency personnel show up when you dial 911. “We may be victims of our own success,” he said. “But the status quo has not been keeping up with our service needs … We need to stay in the driver’s seat and be proactive, not reactive.” Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe, told the gathering of elected officials and city staff members that the fire department has not hired any new, full-time firefighters since 2003. Nancy Tucker, the city’s planning director, said that the national recommendation is 1.7 firefighters for every 1,000 people. Snoqualmie’s fire department is currently at .92 firefighters for every 1,000 people. Rowe said he has three shift supervisors, six firefighters and 15 volunteers, but 57 percent of the time during the day shift he only has two firefighters on duty. He said state law dictates that during a rescue situation at a burning building,

traffic stops; in 2011, that number jumped to 3,671. In 2010, they responded to 4,807 incidents; in 2011, the number was 6,017. Police helped 74 citizens last year who called because they were locked out of their cars. “But this isn’t the town it was in 1999, when we only had about 1,500 people,” he said. Schaffer said his sergeants and officers will still be able to “police” the community at its current numbers, but responding to every call may not be possible if the community continues to grow. Snoqualmie Finance Director Rob Orton said the city has taken some recent financial hits, like issuing only 112 singleBy Michele Mihalovich family, residential buildSnoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe explains his ing permits in 2011, staffing concerns regarding the fire department to when the average used the City Council at its Jan. 30 retreat. to be 300-plus before the economic downturn. He said sales tax collections, and four firefighters must respond. That the Business and Occupation tax allows two to fight the fire outside in 2011 were down by $100,000 while the other two attempt to rescue each, and the “unregulated” anyone inside the building. utility tax was down $50,000. If only two firefighters are available, He also pointed out that an they can only fight the fire from outentry-level, full-time police offiside. cer earns about $90,000 annualRowe said the department “luckily” only has about four to six major fires to ly, and an entry-level, full-time firefighter makes about $80,000. respond to in any given year. When the mayor heard those “But it makes me lose sleep when I figures, he said, “Now that is think about a major fire happening when we only have two on duty at that just highlighting my concerns.” City leaders were expected to time,” he said. discuss possible solutions at the The Snoqualmie Police Department second day of the retreat on Jan. has four sergeants and eight officers, 31, which was after the Star’s numbers that have remained about the deadline. same since 1999, Larson said. Police Chief James Schaffer said the Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or department’s motto is “No call too small,” and that officers make it a point editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com. to respond to every call. In 2010, the police conducted 2,836


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Little ones learn about reading

Carol Gong, 3 (left) and Clair Adams, 3, hold up rhythm sticks and prepare to mark the beat to a storytime song. Encouragement to early literacy is provided every week at the King County Library System’s Snoqualmie Library, at 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie Ridge. Young Toddler Story Time, ages 6-24 months with an adult, is Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time, ages 3-6 years with an adult,

is Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The Read to Me reading challenge currently going on rewards young readers up to once a month with a paperback or board book of their choice, when a parent and child take a form and check off 20 minutes of reading for 20 days in a month.

Caterina Jamer, 2, dances with a scarf to the ‘Run Baby, Run’ song, with two dozen other children and their parents during Young Toddler Story Time Jan. 11 at the Snoqualmie Library.

Tyler Hawkins, 2, and his mom Kelly, of Snoqualmie Ridge, hit their rhythm sticks together along with the ‘I’m A Nut’ song during Preschool Story Time Jan. 11 at the Snoqualmie Library.

Photos by Greg Farrar Dominick Huber, 17 months old, shakes rattles to the rhythm of a song at the Snoqualmie Library.

Jenifer Loomis, seven-year veteran children’s librarian, reads from ‘One Rainy Day,’ by author Tammi Salzano and illustrator Hannah Wood.


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Everclear’s Davey French rocks a classroom on the Ridge By Sebastian Moraga Children and adults on Snoqualmie Ridge are living the rock star dream these days, thanks to a rock star. Davey French, guitarist with the internationally known band Everclear, teaches a Rock Star class at Big Star Studios, where he shows students the ins and outs of being in a band. This includes jamming as a team and setting up and taking down equipment before and after a show. “It’s real-world experience of what it’s like,” said French, who lives on the Ridge but still tours with Everclear. “You have nine weeks to get a set together and after the nine weeks, you have a show.” Students have to audition to enter the class. Once they get in, they split into three groups,

according to age. The class for students ages 1012 is called “Local Band.” The class for teenagers is “Opening Act.” The class for adults is called “Headliners.” Having an actual professional rock star as the teacher “is a huge draw for us,” said Kathy Gehrig, co-owner of Big Star Studios. Gehrig graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a degree in music. “I don’t have Davey’s experience,” said Gehrig, who pokes fun at her French horn-playing days at Grinnell. “But I know what it’s like to be in dirty, dark studios, drinking semi-warm beer and loving every minute of it.” Programs similar to Rock Star exist in Seattle, but not in the Valley, said Corey Mosley, coowner of the studio. “We saw the Valley needed

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Knee Deep, the grown-up band at Big Star Studio’s Rock Star class, performed the equivalent of its graduation day show Jan. 29, and ended up getting a gig in Seattle.

“It’s real-world experience of what it’s like.” — Davey French guitarist for Everclear

this,” she said. French said he wanted the class to be as realistic as possible, so the studio holds auditions instead of charging a fee to get in. He said he does not want the class to become an American Idol-esque shortcut to a career — instead, he wants to see stardom get built from the ground up. And if someone wants in, but isn’t quite ready, he or she can take a Pop Star class, a Glee class or a Pre-Rock Star class. “Some of the kids wanting in Rock Star need to strengthen their vocals before they audition for Davey,” Mosley said. After the first nine-week session of the program, the children and grownups look pretty good. “It’s already a success, just seeing the kids,” French said. Their first show was Jan. 29 at Finaghty’s Irish Pub in Snoqualmie, and “the crowd was just going nuts,” Gehrig said. The founders of the studio, ensconced on Center Boulevard, said they dream of having a place where they don’t have to worry about irritating their neighbors. A warehouse, perhaps, with an entire building dedicated to the Rock Star classes. Sort of like the Ridge’s larger version of “School of Rock,” a movie starring another musician with Northwest ties, Jack Black. French said he wants to see

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Davey French, a resident of Snoqualmie Ridge and a guitarist with Everclear, teaches the Rock Star class at his neighborhood’s Big Star Studios. the Rock Star program expand into other arenas, such as acoustic music and songwriting. For now, he seems happy watching the first fruits of the studio’s

work. “Little successes are seeing kids’ parents say, ‘This is the See ROCK, Page 9

Chocolate almond heart cookies Share your recipe — Do you have a great recipe? Want to share it with Snoqualmie Valley? Email the recipe and a photo of the finished product to editor@snovalleystar.com. By Deanna Morauski Adorable and simple, these sweethearts are a perfect gift for friends and family this Valentine’s Day. Cream together: 2/3 cup shortening 3/4 cup sugar Add and beat together well: 2 eggs 2 tablespoons almond extract 1 tablespoon milk 2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa — Special Dark 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Preheat oven at 350 degrees and roll out dough. Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Small hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Bake 6-8 minutes. Don’t overbake, because cookies will turn dry and crunchy instead of soft. Allow hearts to cool completely on a rack. Frost cookies using this royal icing recipe, and the flooding method. Royal icing: 3 tablespoons Wilton Meringue Powder 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 6 tablespoons warm water

Instructions: Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (about 7-10 minutes at low speed) NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency. For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water. Thinned royal icing: To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency. Place stiff icing in decorating bag to outline cookies. Using a different decorating bag, fill

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Deanna Morauski owns, operates and cooks at the Old Hen Bed and Breakfast near North Bend with her husband, John. She also blogs about food and cooking at www.thecleverculinarian.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/clvrculinarian.


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Obituary Jeannine Mae Sutton Jeannine Mae Sutton, of North Bend, loving mom to Cathy and Cindy, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at home. She was 77. At her request, a private family gathering will be held. The family suggests remembrances to The Defenders of Wildlife — www.defenders.org. Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444. Contributed

Salish Lodge & Spa earns repeatedly high ratings from AAA The Salish Lodge & Spa has earned a AAA Four Diamond Award for the 22nd consecutive year. The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa has earned the award for 21 consecutive years, according to a Jan. 24 press release from AAA. AAA added three lodgings to its list of AAA Four Diamond properties in Washington state. Willows Lodge (Woodinville), Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast (Port Angeles) and Colette’s Bed and Breakfast (Port Angeles) have all earned the AAA Four Diamond Award for the first time in 2012. A total of 32 lodgings and eight restaurants are represented on the AAA Four Diamond Award list in Washington and northern Idaho this year. For the 10th consecutive year, The Herbfarm Restaurant (Woodinville) earned a AAA Five Diamond Rating, the only establishment in the Pacific Northwest to be awarded the highest rating in 2012. The Westin Seattle continues to be the longest running AAA Four Diamond establishment in Washington, celebrating 31 years. “Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a high level of personalized service in comfortable, luxurious surroundings,” said Jennifer Cook, senior manager of corporate communications, AAA Washington. Achieving a high caliber of service within the hospitality industry, the 2,245 AAA/CAA Four Diamond and 179 Five Diamond establishments make up just 3.8 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of the total 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The youngest children in the Rock Star class at Big Star Studio, called “Black and White” learned the tricks of the trade from an actual rock business pro, Everclear’s Davey French.

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These are the teenagers in the Rock Star class at Big Star Studio. The Snoqualmie-based studio housed this band, called Tin Heart, and then watched them perform at Finaghty’s Irish Pub Jan. 29.

Rock From Page 8 happiest I have seen this kid,’” Mosley said. A child’s success in the class translates into a newfound swagger elsewhere, Gehrig added. Accustomed to seeing people either have or not have what it

Snoqualmie unveils charging stations for electric cars The Snoqualmie City Hall will install an electric car charging station, according to a press release from the city. Besides City Hall, the Snoqualmie Community Center will have a station and the downtown business district will house a third one. ECOtality, a San Francisco-based, greentechnology company will install the stations through a publicprivate partnership alongside the U.S. Department of Energy. “Snoqualmie’s goal in providing this service is to build upon King County’s charging station initiative and expand it into the Snoqualmie Valley,” Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said. “Without charging stations in Snoqualmie, owners of electric vehicles would be less likely to visit our city, and as electric vehicle popularity grows it will be important for the city to provide this service to residents and tourists alike.” Learn more by emailing nsanders@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us or calling 888-5337.

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takes to perform, seeing students improve over nine weeks has surprised French. “I see now that you can learn it and through hard work make up for certain things,” he said. Wives of members of Knee Deep, the band from the “Headliners” class, approached Mosley during the Finaghty’s

gig. They thanked her for making their husbands’ rock star dreams come true. “Knee Deep actually booked a gig,” Gehrig said. “They are going to play the Georgetown Brewery in SoDo.” If with time the Georgetown Brewery turns into an arena or a theater or the Super Bowl

halftime show, French said, he only has one request. “I tell them ‘The only thing I ask is, I want to be on the guest list.’” He said. “Don’t make me buy a ticket.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Peruvian delegation arrives in Snoqualmie Larson reminded students they are no longer just students but By his own admission, representatives of an entire Snoqualmie Mayor Matt nation. Larson’s Spanish skills need a lit“We want to let people know tle, um, ayuda. about Peru,” Riedner said. Asked if he spoke the lan“Show people our culture, grow guage of Cervantes, Larson as a people and make sure other replied, “Un poquito. I don’t people have the same opportuknow what nity we did.” the word for Riedner’s What to know ‘very’ is, but father is a very, very Friend-city is the level tourist guide un below sister-city status. During who met 2012, the two cities of poquito.” Snoqualmie’s Well, Chaclacayo, Peru, and Tina now the Snoqualmie will learn whether McCollum, mayor and they have enough in common from the the city to become sister cities, Valley’s Sister have a goldSnoqualmie Mayor Matt City en opportuLarson said. Association. nity to They later refine their approached skills. Alfredo Valcarcel, mayor of the The first delegation of stuPeruvian city of Chaclacayo, dents from Peru arrived in about a friend-city relationship Snoqualmie Jan. 23: two high with Snoqualmie school students, Valeria Friend-city is the level below Gamonal and Renato Cocchella, sister-city status. During 2012, and college student Michelle the two cities will learn whether Riedner. they have enough in common Miguel Velasquez, the Consul to become sister cities, Larson General of Peru in Seattle, and said. By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Valeria Gamonal, left, and Michelle Riedner brought a collection of Peruvian butterflies from their home nation. Gamonal, Riedner and Renato Cocchella (not pictured) are exchange students from the South American nation, visiting the Valley for about a month. For now, the relationship limits itself to student exchanges. After a few years, the two sides may start talking trade and business.

“We are in our fourth year of sister-city relationship with Gangjin,” Larson said of the city in Korea. “And we have just begun to talk about it.”

Chaclacayo Mayor Alfredo Valcarce could not travel with the delegation this time. Larson See PERU, Page 11

Nikki Winters charms at Wildcat Idol By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Nikki Winters, a Mount Si High School student, performs during the semifinals of the ninth annual Wildcat Idol. Winters went on to win the competition.

Nikki Winters is a junior at Mount Si High School. And in the dark auditorium of her school, she shined. Winters, a student with autism, won first place at the ninth annual Wildcat Idol contest, earning thunderous applause each of the three times she sang during the two-week competition. Nothing unusual about that, said her family. Nikki’s last name may evoke clouds, but her personality is famously sunny. “I attended this school,” her older sister Megan said. “And people knew Nikki. Everyone knew Nikki, and they only later realized that I was her sister.” During the first week of Wildcat Idol, Nikki earned herself a standing ovation. The second week, she blew the audience away again. And these weren’t aw-look-ather-try ovations. These ovations are the kind you give someone who moves you, who charms you. Who shines. “I have been singing my whole life,” said Nikki before the Wildcat Idol finals, wearing a pink dress, and speaking in mea-

Ninth annual Wildcat Idol winners First place: Nikki Winters Second place: Chase Rabideau Third place: Madelynn Esteb sured, almost clipped cadences. She stared straight ahead, while her mother smiled. Then, the lights dimmed, her turn came, she sang “God Help The Outcast,” and the audience took to its feet again. “It’s a triumph,” her mother Penny Johansen said. “To be told she was going to be in therapy her whole life, that she would not be able to read or write, it’s just so great to see her up there.” Nikki said she felt excited, but not nervous. Devoid of professional training, she does have two years of experience as a member of the school’s concert choir. “Sometimes, I feel very proud of my voice,” she said. To Penny, it goes beyond pride. As a child with autism, Nikki can focus better when singing, because she can block

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out the world around her, Penny said. “Being autistic, they don’t have the same filters we have,” Penny said. “She does not know she should be scared.” Megan agreed. Nikki is fascinated by a sight that turns most brave souls into bowls of Jell-O. “If there’s a microphone on a stage,” Megan said, “she’s up there.” She will even offer strangers a chance to do a duet. “I’d like to go to the Raging River and go to karaoke,” she told a visitor. Her future for the longer term is a little less clear, but Penny and Nikki said they refuse to worry. As long as there is music around, Nikki will be fine. “I just want her to do whatever makes her happy,” Penny said. After the contest, the Valley did not have a resident happier than a certain mother. “I am so proud of her,” Penny wrote in an email. “She is an inspiration and shows us all that we can overcome anything.”


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Area collegians are earning plenty of accolades

Peru From Page 10 may travel to Chaclacayo in April and Valley students will travel this summer. Larson added that the Chaclacayo-Snoqualmie relationship “This is going needs communito be the seed ty support to succeed. for more and “This is better things going to be the seed coming.” for more — Miguel Velasquez and better Peruvian Consul things General coming,” Velasquez said during a welcome ceremony at Snoqualmie City Hall. “Business is better when you do it with friends and now you are friends of Peru.” The visiting Peruvian group will stay in the Valley five weeks and are delighting in the water falling from the sky.

Sallal Grange funds academy scholarship The Sallal Grange in North Bend will award a Snoqualmie Valley student a scholarship to the Wintergrass Youth Academy. The academy will occur during the Wintergrass Music Festival, Feb. 23-24, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue. It will feature music educators from Washington, California, Oregon and Ohio. The winner of the scholarship, a Grange press release stated, will receive a four-day pass for the festival. Applicants for the scholarship must submit a short essay on why they should win. Letters of recommendation are optional. Applicants must include

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By Sebastian Moraga

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson receives a gift from Michelle Riedner, right, an exchange student from Peru visiting the Valley. At center is Sister Cities Association vice president Tina McCollum. Only up to five inches of rain a year fall in Chaclacayo. The post-storm downpour the Valley had thrilled the newcomers from the south. “Michelle just stood there facing up with her arms out,” looking like the pose Tim Robbins

name, school, grade and contact information and send the application to the Sallal Grange and Community Hall, P.O. Box 1688, North Bend, WA 98045. They may also email it to info@sallalgrange.org. The deadline is Feb. 10.

Twin Falls teacher wins monthly award Kyle Wallace, a sixth-grade math and science teacher at Twin Falls Middle School, has been named the Macaroni Kid

took in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” McCollum said. “She just loved the rain.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Teacher of the Month for January. Wallace will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Woodman Lodge, a massage gift certificate from Therapeutic Health and a plaque. Cascade View Elementary School teacher Calla Kinghorn won the award in November and North Bend Elementary School teacher Alan Tepper won it in September. The October and December awards went to Issaquah School District teachers.

Snoqualmie Valley students earned academic honors at several colleges and universities this fall. At Western Washington University, Hannah Piper, of North Bend, received a $1,500 Alumni Association Leader scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. The scholarship awards outstanding students in the university’s College of Business and Economics. Piper has a 3.59 grade point average, while majoring in manufacturing and supply chain management. At Nebraska’s Chadron State College, Rachel Swamy, of North Bend, qualified for the college’s president’s list, which requires straight As. At Montana State University, Tucker Kirschner, of North Bend, earned a spot on the dean’s honor roll, which gathers students who

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Mount Si wrestling beats Patriots, Totems in makeup date By Sebastian Moraga Six points. Six little points. The Mount Si High School Wildcats were one forfeit away from fulfilling Aaron Peterson’s challenge. On Jan. 28, the 145-pounder challenged his teammates to shut out the Sammamish Totems. The Wildcats proceeded to deliver a beating on the Totems. If it weren’t for a Mount Si forfeit at 113 pounds, the Totems would have indeed laid an egg on the scoreboard. Instead, Mount Si won 72-6.

Sammamish forfeited seven matches to the Wildcats, including one to Peterson. The Totems, Wildcats, Liberty Patriots and the Mercer Island Islanders met in Bellevue to make up for matches canceled by the snowstorm that pummeled the Eastside in midJanuary. An hour before beating Sammamish, the Wildcats defeated the Patriots, 51-21. Ryley Absher defeated Liberty’s 120-pounder Mike Shaw by pin in the first round. Peterson defeated Jimmy Andrus by pin in the third. AJ Brevick

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Mount Si’s Tanner Stahl, in red, wrestles Zach Toombs, of Liberty High School, Jan. 28 at Bellevue High. Stahl won on points, 9-5. Mount Si prevailed over the Patriots and then demolished the Sammamish Totems the same day. Next for the ‘Cats is the league championship Feb. 3 and 4.

By Sebastian Moraga

Cole Palmer, right, battles Jacob Tierney, of Liberty High School. Palmer lost to Tierney by pin in the third round. Later that day, against Sammamish, Palmer won his match by forfeit.

Scoreboard Prep girls basketball KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Juanita 9-2 (L), 143 (S); Liberty 9-2, 13-4; Lake Washington 9-2, 12-5; Mount Si 6-5, 9-8; Bellevue 6-5, 8-8; Mercer Island 3-8, 3-13; Interlake 2-9, 6-11; Sammamish 0-11, 3-14. Jan. 28 Game MOUNT SI 54, INTERLAKE 40 Interlake 4 15 11 10 – 40 Mount Si 15 9 15 15 – 54 Interlake – Cate Mueller 15, Cassidy McDermott 6, Margo Parker 6, Marta Mueller 5, Hannah Pratt 2, Lauren Van Draanen 3, Emmie Ostlund 2, Rachel Brous 0, Kaeleigh Randolph 0, Camille Sullivan 0. Mount Si – Elizabeth Prewitt 11, Molly Sellers 11, Shelby Peerboom 7, Jordan Riley 7, Katy Lindor 6, Katie Swain 6, Alex Welsh 4, Kelsey Lindor 2, Grace Currie 0, Ally Pusich 0.

Jan. 27 Game MOUNT SI 51, SAMMAMISH 33 Sammamish 8 7 10 8 – 33 Mount Si 16 12 14 9 – 51 Sammamish – Kelsey Brooks 7, Morgan Mincy 7, Montana Hagstrom 6, Helen Yang 6, Min Yang 4, Natsumi Naito 3, Ariel Labaw 0, Danielle Shiku 0, Erin Smith 0, Marissa Therriault 0. Mount Si – Alex Welsh 10, Molly Sellers 9, Kelsey Lindor 7, Katy Lindor 7, Jordan Riley 6, Katie Swain 6, Shelby Peerboom 3, Ally Pusich 3, Grace Currie 0, Elizabeth Prewitt 0.

Prep boys basketball KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Lake Washington 9-2 (L), 13-4 (S); Bellevue 9-2, 14-3; Mercer Island 9-2, 14-4; Sammamish 8-3, 12-5; Mount Si 4-7, 5-12; Liberty 3-8, 8-9; Juanita 2-9, 6-12; Interlake 0-11, 3-13. Jan. 28 Game MOUNT SI 49, INTERLAKE 39 Interlake 5 11 7 16 – 39 Mount Si 14 14 11 10 – 49 Interlake – Sam Shank 10, Nate Wehner 10, Kamana Adriano 6, Sam Finfer 4, Nick Roth 4,

pinned Liberty’s Quinn Magendanz in the second. Tim Corrie pinned the Patriots’ Noel Brandon and Nate Whited made quick work of Liberty’s Luke Oman, pinning him 41 seconds into the first round.

Whited sounded none too impressed with himself. “I pinned a guy 20 seconds into it in a JV tournament this year,” he said. Wildcats head coach Tony Schlotfeldt said his team needed

to wrestle tougher. “They need to wrestle with persuasion,” he said. “They are young so they lack that experience. We need to not allow the

Dawson Henshaw 2, Etai Schwartz 2, Dexter BarcusGlover 1, Byron Jones 0, Austin Strother 0. Mount Si – Ryan Atkinson 13, Miles Zupan 13, Levi Botten 7, Anthony McLaughlin 5, Beau Shain 4, Jason Smith 3, Brandon Justham 2, Griffin McLain 2, Charlie Corriveau 0, Josh Piper 0, Joe Williams 0.

Mount Si – Beau Shain 10, Anthony McLaughlin 8, Miles Zupan 7, Ryan Atkinson 6, Jason Smith 4, Levi Botten 3, Joe Williams 3. Juanita – Devan Jackson 17, Landyn Milburn 12, Ty Eng 7, Ryan Reid 7, Brett Hamry 6, Avery Botten 2, Sean Brennan 2, Conner Kurfess 1.

Ilnitsky, 1:10. 220: Jack Michels (LW) p. Nate Whited, 0:26. 285: Joshua Mitchell (MS) p. Gabriel Olson, 0:52.

Jan. 27 Game SAMMAMISH 71, MOUNT SI 58 Sammamish 11 27 14 19 – 71 Mount Si 2 16 20 20 – 58 Sammamish – George Valle 17, John Steinberg 13, Jacob West 13, Dakota Olsen 12, Ty Horton 1, Robert Ambartsumyan 9, Sami Jarjour 6, Riley Brooks 0, James Moy 0. Mount Si – Ryan Atkinson 26, Levi Botten 10, Anthony McLaughlin 9, Joe Williams 5, Beau Shain 4, Griffin McLain 2, Josh Piper 2, Brandon Justham 0, Jack Nelson 0, Jason Smith 0, Miles Zupan 0.

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Jan. 24 Game JUANITA 55, MOUNT SI 41 Mount Si 8 13 5 15 – 41 Juanita 13 13 12 17 – 55

KingCo Conference 3A/2A Jan. 26 Match MOUNT SI 69, LAKE WASHINGTON 12 106: Eli Clure (MS) won by forfeit. 113: Gunnar Harrison (MS) won by forfeit. 120: Ryley Absher (MS) p. Austin Flegel, 5:12. 126: Tanner Stahl (MS) won by forfeit. 132: Benson Hull (LW) p. Adam Taylor, 1:37. 138: Justin Edens (MS) p. Mason Gray, 3:54. 145: Aaron Peterson (MS) won by forfeit. 152: Tye Rodne (MS) won by forfeit. 160: AJ Brevick (MS) won by forfeit. 170: Cole Palmer (MS) won by forfeit. 182: Timothy Corrie (MS) d. Jared Parker, 6-1. 195: Mitch Rorem (MS) p. Andrew

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Jan. 28 Matches MOUNT SI 54, LIBERTY 21 106: Eli Clure (MS) won by forfeit. 113: Gunnar Harrison (MS) won by forfeit. 120: Ryley Absher (MS) p. Michael Shaw, 1:14. 126: Tanner Stahl (MS) de. Zach Toombs, 9-5. 132: Nate Sjoholm (Lib) p. Adam Taylor, 5:43. 138: Conner Small (Lib) p. Justin Edens, 5:24. 145: Aaron Peterson (MS) p. Jimmy Andrus, 5:10. 152: Shane Small (Lib) d. Tye Rodne, 8-4. 160: AJ Brevick (MS) p. Quinn Magendanz, 3:06. 170: Jake Tierney (Lib) p. Cole Palmer, 4:52. 182: Tim Corrie (MS) d. Noel Brandon, 6-3. 195: Mitch Rorem (MS) won by forfeit. 220: Nate Whited (MS) p. Luke Oman, 1:19. 285: Josh Mitchell (MS) won by forfeit. MOUNT SI 72, SAMMAMISH 6 106: Eli Clure (MS) won by forfeit. 113: Rathtana Duong (Sam) won by forfeit. 120: Ryley See SCOREBOARD, Page 14


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Bellevue basketball breaks Wildcats’ hearts with OT victory By Sebastian Moraga The Mount Si High School Wildcats lost an overtime thriller to the Bellevue Wolverines in Bellevue Jan. 30, 52-49. “It’s the hardest loss I have taken as a coach in nearly 10 years,” Wildcats head coach Steve Helm said. The Wildcats had two chances to tie the game, first with 12 seconds left and two free throws that would not drop in, and then with a trey at the buzzer that rimmed off. “The boys left it all on the floor,” Helm said. “Usually, you do get the win on the scoreboard, but tonight we didn’t.” Players were in tears afterward in the locker room, he added. Mount Si led at halftime, with brilliant performances by Anthony McLaughlin, Levi Botten and Ryan Atkinson. In the second half, Bellevue turned it around, but the Wildcats kept battling. “Couldn’t be more proud of my team,” Helm said. With five wins to their credit this season, the Wildcats still have a shot at that fifth playoff spot. A home win against Liberty Feb. 2 could seal it for them. They play Lake Washington on the road Feb. 3, and depending on how Juanita and Sammamish do this week, they may even have to play a tiebreaker Feb. 4. If things go their way against the Patriots, Mount Si will play Feb. 6 on the road in a loser-out playoff game against the fourth seed. The team is playing good basketball and working hard in practice, Helm said. It may be a sign the team is peaking at the right time. “A win on Monday (Feb. 6) and anything can happen,” he

Wrestle From Page 12 opponent the easy takedown or escape.” He borrowed from another sport to make his point: football. “It’s the difference between being a good, hard-nosed running team versus a finesse passing team,” he said. The team, Schlotfeldt added,

said, adding that there may not be a team in Washington working harder than the Wildcats right now. “We are going to come back tomorrow and have a great practice,” he predicted. Game time against the Patriots is 7:30 p.m. at Mount Si High School. Game time at Lake Washington is 7:30 p.m. While the boys battled the Wolverines on the road, the girls hosted an irreverent Bellevue squad that ruined Senior Night for the Wildcat girls. Bellevue prevailed 57-39. “We didn’t have a fundamentally sound game tonight,” head coach Megan Botulinski said. “It wasn’t real pretty.” Now the team needs to win its two remaining games against Liberty and Lake Washington to earn a home playoff game. Otherwise, the team will start the playoffs on the road. “We might have to take the underdog role and run with it,” Botulinski said. Nevertheless, Botulinski said she will put her chips on her team. “It’s possible,” she said of closing the regular season with two wins. “But we’ve got to take care of things we didn’t do tonight.” The meager crowd at the game said goodbye to seniors Jordan Riley, Alex Welsh and Shelby Peerboom. Botulinski had high praise for her seniors, saying she loved the time she got to spend with them, and adding she wished she had more. “That’s one of the reasons I don’t want this season to end,” she said. Game time at Liberty Feb. 2 is 6:30 p.m. Game time at Lake Washington is 5:45 p.m. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

is about 90 percent recovered from a rash of ringworm cases that had several wrestlers sidelined. With the snow hopefully sidelined as well, the team has a clearer, delay-free view of what lies ahead: the league championships Feb. 3 and 4, the regionals Feb. 11 and the Mat Classic, the state tourney, Feb. 17 and 18. Third place or better makes it to regionals. Fourth place or better there makes it to state, Schlotfeldt added.

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Public meetings ❑ North Bend Finance and Administration committee, 4 p.m. Feb. 7, North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. Feb. 7, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, North Bend City Hall. ❑ Snoqualmie Parks Plan public meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St.

Folksy time at The Black Dog

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ing material and plenty of chocolate will be available. ❑ SnoValley Writers work group, 3 p.m. Feb. 12

Music/entertainment

Snoqualmie Library

❑ Chris Clark and Barney McClure, 7 p.m. Feb. 2, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307 ❑ Poetry Open Mic Night, 6 p.m. Feb. 2, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 831-3647 ❑ Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis, 7 p.m. Feb. 3, Boxley’s ❑ Scinite, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, The Black Dog ❑ Finapalooza IV, 9 p.m. Feb. 2, 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Feb. 3, and 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Feb. 4, at Finaghty’s Irish Pub — three days, 10 bands, including Queensryche’s Geoff Tate ❑ Leah Stillwell Quartet, 7 p.m. Feb. 4, Boxley’s ❑ The Hollands, 8 p.m. Feb. 4, The Black Dog ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, Boxley’s ❑ Future Jazz heads, 7 p.m. Feb. 7, Boxley’s ❑ Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Feb. 8, The Black Dog ❑ Reuel Lubag, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Boxley’s ❑ Aria Prame Duo, 9 p.m. Feb. 9, Boxley’s ❑ Chris Morton Trio, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Boxley’s ❑ Jay Thomas Quartet, 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Boxley’s ❑ Jeremy Serwer, 8 p.m. Feb. 10, The Black Dog ❑ Benefit performance, “Tits and Asphalt: Why I Walk For Breast Cancer,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way. Fee: donation. Email gary@valleycenterstage.org for reservations. ❑ Forrest Roush, Snoqualmie Dance Party, Feb. 11, The Black Dog, call for time ❑ Brandon Keeley, 8 p.m. Feb. 18, The Black Dog ❑ Magician Joe Black, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend, 831-1900

❑ The following events take place at the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. The library will be closed Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day. ❑ “Purl One, Listen, Too,” 1 p.m. Feb. 2. knitting group ❑ Pajama Story Times, 7 p.m. Feb. 2. All young children welcome with adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 13, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8, ages 3-6 with adult ❑ Study Zone, 3 p.m. Feb. 7 and 14, 4 p.m. Feb. 8, free tutoring for grades K-12 ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8 and 15, ages 6 to 24 months with adult ❑ Valentine’s Day Celebration, 3 p.m. Feb. 8. Come whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day. Valentine-making material and plenty of chocolate will be available. ❑ Spanish/English Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11 ❑ “Preparing and Filing Taxes Online,” 7 p.m. Feb. 13. Introduction and comparison of online tax preparation using www.turbotax.com and www.hrblock.com. ❑ “Living with Wildlife,” 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Learn about animals in our national forest and learn how to cope with wildlife in a residential area.

Events ❑ Kids Night Out at Totz, 5:30-9:30 p.m. 249 Main Ave. S. First and third Fridays of the month. Drop off your children at Totz for a movie and snacks. Call 292-9477 to reserve your

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Mike Antone and Camelia Jade and Friends, will put on a show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. spot. $25 per child. ❑ 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. daily through 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,” 10:45-11:30 a.m. daily through Feb. 14 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge ❑ Mount Si High School’s sophomore class “takes over” the North Bend McDonald’s restaurant. 5-8 p.m. Feb. 8, at 735 S.W. Mount Si Blvd. High school staff will handle counter, drive-thru and help make food. Part of the proceeds go toward the Mount Si High School class of 2014. ❑ SnoValley Idol Jr. auditions. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way. Call Si View Community Center to register, 831-1900. Singers must be 14 or younger and must register beforehand. ❑ Sallal Grange Valentine’s Dance fundraiser, 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets are $25. Funds will go toward House of Hope shelter for women and children. Child care provider Totz in North Bend will provide a special day care rate for parents attending the fundraiser. Call 445-2840. ❑ Tween Night at Si View Community Center, 8:30-11 p.m. Feb. 17. $5 entrance fee. ❑ Meet a Forest Service ranger, 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Fall City

Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place. Learn about the outdoors and discover recreation opportunities from Forest Service rangers.

North Bend Library ❑ The following events take place at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. The library will be closed Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day. ❑ Tax preparation assistance: 10 a.m. Wednesdays through April 11. Everyone welcome regardless of income and age. ❑ Study Zone, 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9, 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, 7 p.m. Feb. 8; free tutoring for grades K-12 ❑ 2012 Teen Art Show, 3 p.m. Feb. 3 ❑ Merry Monday Story Times, 11 a.m. Feb. 6, free for newborns to 3-year-olds with an adult ❑ English as a Second Language classes, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, formal class to learn grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills ❑ First Tuesday Book Club, 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Discussion of “The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents,” by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner ❑ Microsoft Excel classes, 7 p.m. Feb. 7. Learn how to perform calculations using formulas, copy formulas and Autosum. Must know how to use a keyboard and a mouse. ❑ Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7 ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m., Feb. 7 ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 ❑ Valentine’s Day Celebration, 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Come whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day. Valentine-mak-

Classes ❑ “Music ‘N’ Me” parent-child class, 10:30-11:10 a.m. through Feb. 14 at Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Children ages 2-5 can learn the basics of making music. $25. Siblings 2 and older must be registered. ❑ CPR and AED class, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Si View Community Center. $62, includes two-year American Red Cross certification. ❑ “Hands-On Fun With Art,” 10 a.m. Saturdays through Feb. 11, at the old Snoqualmie Library, 38580 S.E. River Street. Fee: $70. ❑ 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.

❑ Martial arts classes for 4and 5-year-olds at Encompass, 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 3, 10, 17, March 2, 9 and 16. $120 per child. Class taught by DMW Martial Arts and Fitness at Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ The Snoqualmie Tribe is seeking volunteers to help plant trees, clear brush and lay down cardboard and mulch at Fall City Community Park, 10 a.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 24. Contact Tribe ecologist Neal Jander at njander@snoqualmienation.com if interested. ❑ 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. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email carolw@snoqualmiehospital.org to arrange an interview. ❑ Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-7487588 or 800-282-5815 toll free, or email melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing smoraga@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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