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North Bend woman reshapes her life after near-fatal accident

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Web crime fighters Rural residents can file police reports online. Page 3

By Dan Catchpole

Money troubles Financing difficulties stymie plans for North Bend hotel. Page 6

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Sign here, Mr. Moyer Moyer Foundation helps struggling children locally. Page 8

By Greg Farrar

Rachel McNaul, is able to get behind the wheel after a near-fatal 2009 accident.

On Dec. 15, 2009, Rachel McNaul left her home in North Bend headed to Bellevue Honda. Near the Preston exit on Interstate 90, what should have been a 30-minute drive turned into a journey that McNaul is still on. A car driving in the wrong direction slammed head on into her car. The accident nearly killed the

aspiring physical education teacher. McNaul, 24 at the time, suffered 19 broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. The other driver was seriously injured. One year and 10 surgeries later, McNaul is nearly fully recovered. She still suffers from lingering effects from the accident and is still in physical therapy. But she is determined not to let the accident shape her life.

“Bad choices were made that day on her part,” McNaul said, referring to the other driver, Janet Bumgardner. But “her decisions are not going to get me down.” ‘Death rattle’ McNaul could easily be stuck on the accident that put her in the hospital for nearly four See RECOVERY, Page 2

Emanuel Vardi, world-renowned violist, dies at 95 By Dan Catchpole

International times Cultural fair has students feeling more at home. Page 10

No on school bond Activist warns of school district ‘scare tactics.’ Page 11

A glittering star of the music world, violist Emanuel Vardi died Jan. 29 at his home in North Bend after a fight with cancer. He was 95. Vardi was one of the world’s leading viola players for decades; he endeavored to elevate the instrument’s status in the music world. He was also a devoted painter his entire life, especially after two accidents in Emanuel Vardi 1993 left him unable to play the viola. Vardi was born in 1915 in Israel, then part of the Ottoman Empire. His parents, Joseph and Anna Joffa Vardi, were musicians and teachers. He began playing violin and piano at age 3. When Vardi was still a young See VARDI, Page 3 child, the family moved to New


Bestowing Scouts’ honor Snoqualmie Eagle Scout Colter Arnold (third from left, back row) participates in an impromptu ceremony honoring King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert. The Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America praised Lambert for her council district’s success in Scouting, including having the most Eagle Scouts. Arnold and other Scouts presented the colors and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony.

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By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter A federal judge has dismissed cases brought by two members of the Snoqualmie Tribal Council against other Snoqualmie tribal officials, ruling the court lacks jurisdiction. Tribal council members

Kanium Ventura and his mother, Arlene Ventura, were criminally charged in tribal court and suspended from their council positions late last year in connection with an illfated audit of the tribe’s casino. Each filed cases this month in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking to regain their seats on the council and

clear their names. Limbo in tribal court The two were awaiting trial in tribal court, but the tribe’s judge quit in December, citing undue influence in the operation of the court by the tribal council, which passed a resolution forbidding the judge to hear civil cases. Earlier, the trib-

al council removed the court clerk. The two brought their case to federal court for resolution. But U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones ruled this week that the two must first exhaust their remedies in tribal court. The fact that the two are in See DISMISSAL, Page 2

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PAGE 2 Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Based on the cup they found, troopers had Bumgardner’s blood drawn. She had no alcohol in her system, but there was a prescription sleeping drug, over-the-counter allergy medicine, oxycodone and morphine. Bumgardner’s dog, which had been in her car, was taken to an animal hospital, where it had to be euthanized. At the hospital, doctors performed emergency surgery on McNaul, including drilling a hole in her skull to monitor swelling in her brain.

Recovery From Page 1 months and required physical therapy that is ongoing. Just a couple of years ago, she was playing shortstop and batting cleanup for the softball team at Central Washington University. The day of the accident, Bumgardner was driving eastbound on I-90 at about 12:30 p.m. Even before the accident, her driving had caught the attention of another driver, who called 911 to report her erratic driving. The witness said she saw Bumgardner cross all lanes of travel, drift back and forth between the right and left shoulder multiple times, almost strike multiple vehicles, leave the roadway, and cross up and over the median. The median where Bumgardner crossed from I-90’s eastbound to westbound lanes is about 40 feet wide and 11 feet taller than the roadway. The 53-year-old Newcastle resident swerved to avoid hitting a semi and slammed headon into McNaul’s car. Emergency responders quickly arrived. They found McNaul unconscious in her car, which had spun around 180 degrees. Bumgardner was conscious. An off-duty Snoqualmie police officer, who was driving by, stopped and began giving McNaul first aid. He later told her she had been going through the “death rattle” — what emergency responders call the point when a person’s body wavers between life and death. In Bumgardner’s car, Washington State Patrol officers found a travel cup with what smelled like wine in it. A field test came up positive for alcohol. Both women were taken to

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“I was completely helpless. I couldn’t even feed myself.” — Rachel McNaul Car crash victim

McNaul said she doesn’t recall the first few weeks after she regained consciousness. Her doctors’ initial prognosis was not optimistic. Her legs were broken in multiple places. Part of her small intestine and colon were removed. During the first couple weeks, her speech was partially baby talk, and laced with expletives and strings of numbers, family and friends later told her. “I was completely helpless. I couldn’t even feed myself,” she said. But McNaul didn’t dwell on what the doctors told her. “What were they going to do? They’re not going to promise me something they can’t control,” she said. McNaul’s family and friends were positive and encouraging. Community members offered their support. Safeway — where she had worked since she was 15 — and QFC held fundraisers for her. After a month at Harborview, she was transferred to

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Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Two former teammates from when McNaul played on Mount Si High School’s softball team came to visit and brought her mitt. With McNaul in a wheelchair, the three slipped outside and played a quick game of catch. McNaul has loved sports since she was a little girl. She loves the competition, the physicality. Most of all, she loves softball. She loves batting, challenging the pitcher and feeling the bat connect with the ball. “When it’s gone, you know it’s gone,” she said. The support from family, friends and community members helped McNaul focus on recovering. “I kind of had it in my mind that everything was going to be like it was before,” she said.

Even McNaul has been surprised by the speed of her recovery. “I don’t get it, but I’ll take it,” she said. Lingering effects McNaul said she has been surprised by the speed of her recovery. “I don’t get it, but I’ll take it,” she said. Everything isn’t entirely back to how it was before the accident, but she said she figures she’s about 85 percent of where she was. McNaul has lingering pain in her knee where doctors put in metal pins. She has a slight limp when she walks without tennis shoes on. And she can’t completely straighten her left arm. When she goes through the drive-thru at Starbucks, she can’t hand the cashier money with her left arm; she has to turn her body instead. It’s a minor inconvenience she said she is happy to live with.

While recovering in the hospital, two former softball teammates brought mitts and a ball. They wheeled McNaul outside and played catch. Being on her feet for long stretches is painful. She has built up her endurance to about four hours, but she had to quit her job at Safeway, which kept her on her feet for most of her eight-hour shifts. Now, she sells cruises for Costco’s travel department. Moving on In early January, McNaul, who now lives in Issaquah, attended Bumgardner’s sentencing in King County Superior Court to put the event in the past. Bumgardner pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in late November. She has a history of driving under the influence, including a conviction in 2001, and two deferred prosecutions, both in 1993. In 2003 and 2004, she was convicted of disorderly conduct, malicious mischief and twice for telephone harassment. In return for her guilty plea, the prosecuting attorney asked for six months; Bumgardner has been sentenced to six months in a work-release facility, and she must pay $2,612 in court costs and fees. McNaul doesn’t mind that she only got the minimum sentence. “I have no control over what happened or what she got,” she said. Instead, she said, she is focused on the future and finding a job teaching P.E. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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From Page 1 limbo in tribal court doesn’t mean he can intervene, Jones declared. For that to happen, the two would have to be deprived of their liberty, he ruled. The federal court has intervened in the tribe’s affairs before, at the request of tribal members. Nine other Snoqualmie tribal members previously sought and received consideration in U.S. District Court in Seattle under a writ of habeas corpus petition in 2008, but they had been banished by the tribe. While the Venturas have been locked out of their offices and suspended from the council since November, those actions don’t rise to the level of tribal banishment, Jones found. The Venturas are still awaiting a hearing in tribal court. The tribe has since replaced the clerk, and hired a judge protem. But that judge is busy with other matters, and not yet available to hear the case, Jones noted. Audit sparked conflict The conflict stems from an audit of the tribe’s casino, called for in a resolution passed by the tribal council in 2008, but later aborted. The Venturas were involved in pursuing the audit — and punished after the council changed its mind. Family members say at root is a deeper dispute between warring families struggling for control of the tribe and, ultimately, its casino. A meeting of the tribe’s general membership held in Monroe in early January to consider stripping hereditary chief Jerry Enick — the patriarch of the Ventura family — of his title was inconclusive. The day was spent in discussion of who was allowed to enter the meeting or vote, and no business was transacted. No new meeting of the general membership has been scheduled. Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or Comment at

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Rural residents can file police reports, track crime online By Tim Pfarr Residents in unincorporated and rural areas served by the King County Sheriff’s Office can used Web-based resources to report minor crimes and track crime in the region. The sheriff’s office website offers a new feature known as Report to Sheriff, which allows residents to notify police of incidents by typing reports on their computers rather than by waiting on hold on the phone. Through Report to Sheriff, residents can file and print reports for general property theft, mail theft, identity theft, bicycle theft, car prowls, vandalism and suspicious circumstances. They can also anonymously report narcotics activity or file traffic complaints. To report an incident, there must not be a suspect nor evidence left by a suspect. It also mustn’t have occurred on a state freeway or King County Metro Transit or Sound Transit bus. If the crime is in progress or it is an emergency, the site reminds residents to dial 911. In October, the sheriff’s office and its 13 contract cities, including North Bend, joined the website Crime Reports,

On the Web Report crimes online at and track crimes across the region at Learn more about what crimes can be reported online at the Report to Sheriff website. Or call the King County Sheriff’s Office nonemergency line at 206-296-3311.

which pinpoints crimes and sex offenders on a map driven by Google Maps. The site links to the state sex offender registry, which gives details about each sex offender’s convictions. The site also allows users to track trends in given areas, and sort crimes by type, date and location. Users can also sign up for crime alerts. Some independent police departments, such as Renton, have also joined the site, allowing users to see crime data across jurisdictions. The site also has an iPhone application. Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or Comment at


Vardi From Page 1 York City, where he soon received attention as a gifted musician. He enrolled in the Institute of Musical Art, today known as The Juilliard School. However, the 21-year-old left school before graduating when he was recruited to play the viola for the NBC Symphony Orchestra, led by renowned conductor Arturo Toscanini. Switching from violin to viola, a larger-stringed instrument with a lower range, was not a choice most musicians would have made. The instrument was often looked down upon in the music world, but its sound grabbed Vardi’s attention and did not let go. He was inspired to take up the viola after hearing a recording of William Primrose, a famous violist whom he later played with at NBC. “When I heard that and how a viola could be played, I said ‘That’s for me,’” Vardi told the SnoValley Star in a previous interview. “I decided that I was going to go into viola.” The viola lacked the prestige of its cousin, the violin, and there were fewer solo pieces written for it. Vardi’s father was dismayed at his son’s decision. “When I switched to viola, he almost disowned me,” Vardi said. “When I became famous, he introduced me as ‘My son, the violist.’” During World War II, Vardi served in the U.S. Navy, playing in its band. His performance at a recital in Washington, D.C., caught the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, who asked him to


Master violist Emanuel Vardi (left) instructs a student at his home in North Bend, where he settled after a long career as a world-renowned musician. play for President Franklin Roosevelt. Vardi’s career was filled with accolades and rare accomplishments. He is one of two violists to perform a solo recital at Carnegie Hall. Because fewer soloists played the viola, Vardi found himself creating new pieces for the instrument. “I created a lot of solos, because the viola repertoire was very limited,” Vardi said. “I changed the attitude of the viola into a solo instrument by creating solo pieces for the viola.” In addition to playing, Vardi also was a teacher, who imparted his knowledge and passion for the viola to others. In 1977, a young, talented player, Lenore Weinstock, came to him to further learn the instrument. The two developed a deep relationship that eventually led to their wedding in 1984. It was Vardi’s second marriage. The duo played together for many movie scores. Their stringed instruments can be heard in “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Tootsie,”

“Aladdin,” “Fame” and more. Two accidents in 1993 ended Vardi’s playing career. “It was devastating,” Lenore Vardi said. Vardi focused his creative energy on painting, which he had taken up as a child. He had used the G.I. Bill to study in Florence, Italy, for two years after World War II. The couple moved to North Bend in 2007 and lent their support to the local arts community. They helped organize the Snoqualmie Valley Music Festival in 2010. “I feel privileged that we were able to walk the same earth as someone of his greatness and accomplishments,” said Harley Brumbaugh, a local musician and organizer of the Snoqualmie Valley Music Festival. Vardi is survived by his wife Lenore; and his daughters Andrea Smith, of Fairfield, Iowa, and Pauline Normand, of Montreal, Quebec. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at







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Once again, the state Legislature is messing with the public’s easy access to local government’s basic functions. Senate Bill 5360 and House Bill 1478 will give cities and counties in Washington state the option to place required government notices on their websites instead of publishing in a newspaper of record. Yes, the move would save money for cities, but at a far greater cost to the public. Instead of having the notices of new ordinances, zoning changes, public hearings, tax rates, road closures and much more come along with a newspaper, you will need to go to each local agency’s website. In Snoqualmie and North Bend, that might mean websites for the cities, the county, fire districts, water and sewer districts, and the school districts. The SnoValley Star publishes legal notices. When we do we publish them online at and at a statewide website for aggregated public notices. We do charge for publishing in the newspaper, but not for the online publications. Once published, we provide notarized affidavits as proof of publication. This is not just a money issue — we all want government to be as lean as possible. This is bad public policy. The citizens of Washington have voted repeatedly for an open government, and keeping us informed of what our government employees and elected officials are doing is a paramount part of their job. It might seem like filler in a newspaper, but 53 percent of Washington state community newspaper readers say they read legal notices regularly, according to a 2009 survey conducted by Pulse Research. Furthermore, 86 percent of respondents to the survey agree that agencies should be required to publish legal notices in a local newspaper. Moving legal notices to online publication is yet another threat to the viability of newspapers, and it is also an enormous step backward for government accountability. The small savings for government agencies has a huge downside for citizens who need and want to know where their tax dollars are going and what decisions are being made that will impact their lives. Let your state representative — — know that he or she has a lot more important things to deal with than reducing your access to government actions. Debbie Berto Kathleen R. Merrill Jill Green

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Your editorial last week had one misstatement after another, starting with horses and a stable in the fire station in North Bend in 1941. Almost funny. The present fire station is not 70 years old. I lived here in the ’40s and I know neither this station nor the former wooden fire hall had horses or a stable. The metal building was built in 1970, and was built with plans for a future professional department. My husband is a former North Bend fire chief and helped plan it. The upstairs had two large bathrooms with showers, a small bedroom, a nice kitchen and a large open room that has since been divided. The concrete part was built in 1947 and survived a 7.2 quake with no damage, and both buildings have survived 6.5 and 6.9 quakes The present station was built in two stages, but I wouldn’t call that add-ons. Just a few years ago, it was still in really good condition; makes me wonder

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why it wasn’t taken care of. You say a new station will be more centrally located. Across from the Forest Service where a new station is planned moves it further away from the part of District 38 on the other side of Snoqualmie. You said District 38 and North Bend jointly operate the present station; that would surprise me. The firefighters are good people who do a good job, but how much can property owners afford? The hospital, the schools and the fire department keep asking for more and more money. I thought the park district was a wonderful idea, but even it seems like a never-ending money pit. I understand the paper not wanting to do a negative story on the fire department, but misinformation in the paper is really depressing. Ruth Posey North Bend

Fire station, school bonds both help the community Your vote will count in the

upcoming bond election on two important issues facing our community since the early 1990s — a new middle school for our students and a modern fire station, which is an important part of our emergency services. In the early 1990s, the school district and city purchased land in anticipation of these future needs. Over the years, the community has experienced growth — in particular, school enrollment and an antiquated city fire station that was to have been replaced in 1996-97. We as a community are long overdue in dealing with these issues. The plans for both buildings are in place and will serve us well for future years. All that is needed is your yes vote. Remember, both bond issues will benefit from currently low interest rates. The local cities will also collect partial sales tax revenue from the builders and suppliers; and jobs will be created. Now is the time for two yes votes to take care of our community. Chris Lodahl North Bend

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Philosophy depends on your viewpoint By Slim Randles Don’t mess with philosophy. It’ll eat your lunch. Oh, yes. It was that way the other day down at the actual philosophy counter at the Mule Barn truck stop. It all began innocently enough with Doc claiming that his Egyptian shepherd, Irrigator, was the ugliest dog in the county. Then, Steve said his cowdog with the bobbed tail, Heelfly, was uglier because he looked the same from either end. Just when the subject started to heat up, however, Bert asked quietly, “Just what is ugly?” That shut things down while we ran barefoot over his question. We didn’t want to, but never let it be said the world dilemma think tank shrinks from any reasonable challenge. In the lull, Loretta stopped pouring hot black liquid wake-up long enough to comment. “’Bout time you guys started dealing with real philosophy,” she said. “Bert is right. Look for the deep questions. Therein lies the key to human understanding.” “Therein?” asked Doc. “Loretta’s been taking a philosophy class down at Jerry Hat Trick Community College,” Steve explained.

We looked at Loretta. She nodded. “So, how many answers did you come up with, Loretta?” “It’s not Slim Randles the answers Columnist that matter, Bert, but the involvement in asking them. For example, among the top 10 great philosophical questions is ‘What is reality?’” That question was a two-sipper. It was beginning to look like philosophy could flat halt conversation.

“Ready for another one? How about ‘Is thought real?’” That about shut it down for good. Hey, whatever happened to, “Is a .30-06 better than a .270?” “Here’s one to ponder, fellas,” she said. “Think about this … ‘Is four more than a duck?’” After a proper silence, Doc asked, “You paid for a class to learn the question, ‘Is four more than a duck?’“ “Nope,” she said, heading for the kitchen. “Got that from my 2-year-old granddaughter.” Sponsored by: Farm direct, delicious, California navel & Valencia oranges.

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Financing difficulties stymie plans for North Bend hotel By Dan Catchpole Plans for a hotel in North Bend near the highway have stalled due to the tight credit market. Other parties remain interested in other hotel sites in the upper Snoqualmie Valley, but those plans wouldn’t be pursued for at least a couple of years. George Wyrsch has been trying to build a hotel in North Bend for more than a decade. The planned site, immediately south of Interstate 90’s Exit 31, is overgrown with vegetation. Residents from the neighboring Forster Woods development have stymied Wyrsch’s efforts through City Council and litigation. In the early part of the past decade, City Council prohibited

hotels south of I-90. The residents opposed the development, which, they say, will lower home prices, increase crime and take away from their neighborhood’s rural character. However, the road appeared clear for Wyrsch when the City Council lifted the ban on hotels in a 6-1 vote last April. Wyrsch already had an architect, and several hotel chains had expressed interest in having a franchise in the area, he said. Permits still had to be issued, and the building would still have to clear several hurdles, including city design review and state environmental review. But the main roadblock had been removed. That is until Wyrsch tried to get financing for the project,

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which will take between 12 and 18 months to finish. Wyrsch has been unable to find money in the commercial credit market, he said. “I still want to build a hotel, but so far I haven’t been able to find the money,” he said. Wyrsch said several hotel chains remained interested in opening a franchise, but that he hasn’t signed to any company, yet. A franchise agreement often requires that the new hotel open within three years of signing or penalties will be charged. For that reason, Wyrsch said he doesn’t want to sign until the financing is lined up. The difficulty in funding the project has nothing to do with the project or the location, he said. The Snoqualmie Valley is greatly underserved by hotels, he said. “I anticipate there will be potentially two or three hotels in North Bend,” he said. Forster Woods residents have not resigned themselves to having a hotel down the hill from their homes. The neighborhood’s homeowners association or individual residents could pursue litigation to block future development, according to Doug Weinmaster, a Forster Woods resident.

King County permitting agency changes hours The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services permit center is now open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Other hotels Wyrsch is not the only person interested in building a hotel in the Valley. But no parties appear to be in a hurry to break ground. The master plan for Snoqualmie Casino’s property includes a hotel, but how big it will be and when it will be built remain open questions, said Matt Gallagher, the casino’s vice-president. “At this point, we don’t see any plans in the immediate future,” he said. Nothing would happen in 2011, but beyond that he couldn’t be as certain, he added. Like Wyrsch, the casino is not

concerned about potential competition. The Salish Lodge & Spa could expand with a new facility with up to 250 rooms across the road from its current location. But the lodge’s owner, the Muckleshoot Tribe, has told the city it is holding off until demand improves, according to Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson. Another developer has expressed interest to the city in building a hotel next to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital’s future site near the interchange of I-90 and state Route 18, Larson said. That group, however, asked the city to not divulge its identity and is holding off for the time being.

The agency tried a four-day workweek last year, but switched to the five-day workweek at the beginning of the year. The agency started to provide same-day or “over-the-counter” reviews for many permit types last year. The “over-the-counter” per-

mits include small residential remodels, tenant improvements to commercial spaces, building additions, decks, seismic retrofits and others. Complex development proposals still require appointments. Customers can still make appointments.

“That’s still a possibility,” he said.

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Police & Fire North Bend blotter Vehicle theft At 5 p.m. Jan. 17, a man parked his pickup on the shoulder of road in the 900 block of West Ribary Way. He returned at about 3 p.m. the next day and his truck was missing. A check of local towing companies yielded no results and a check of the spot the man said he had parked his truck yielded no broken glass or any evidence. There are no suspects.

Identity theft At 12:25 p.m. Jan. 18, a woman reported her debit card numbers had been used fraudulently in Michigan. The woman discovered the fraud when her bank put her account on hold due to suspicious activity. The four purchases totaled about $800. The woman said she did not know how someone else found her debit card numbers, since she still has her card. She believes she may be a victim of identity theft since this is the third time her bank information has been compromised.

a glass pipe with marijuana resin inside. She was booked into King County Jail on the warrant.

Don’t egg him on At 10 p.m. Jan. 22, police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Southeast Ridge Street and Baker Avenue Southeast. The driver had run a stop sign and when police approached the vehicle, officers noticed egg cartons on the backseat. The driver admitted to throwing eggs and received a warning.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 5:17 p.m. Jan. 20, EMTs responded to the Salish Lodge for an ill guest, who was evaluated but declined transport to a hospital emergency room. ❑ At 6 p.m. Jan. 20, Snoqualmie firefighters were assisted by Fall City EMTs at the scene of a car-and-pedestrian accident at the intersection of King Street and Maple Avenue. A 60-year-old man who was struck while crossing the street was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 8 p.m. Jan. 20, EMTs were again dispatched to the Salish Lodge for an ill guest. The

patient was evaluated again and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 7:06 a.m. Jan. 21, EMTs were dispatched to Southeast Cottonwood Drive for a 43year-old man experiencing a complication from surgery. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 12:26 p.m. Jan. 21, EMTs were dispatched to the Snoqualmie downtown area for a medical call. A patient was treated and left in the care of others at the scene. ❑ At 1:39 p.m. Jan. 21, EMTs responded to Mount Si High School for a medical call. A patient was treated and left in care of family. ❑ At 10:58 a.m. Jan. 23, Snoqualmie and Fall City firefighters were dispatched to the Snoqualmie downtown area for a two-car motor vehicle accident. A patient was evaluated and released at the scene. ❑ At 2:32 p.m. Jan. 23, Snoqualmie EMTs and Bellevue paramedics responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by Bellevue paramedics. ❑ At 3:38 p.m. Jan. 23, EMTs were dispatched to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a

The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports. Information regarding North Bend fire calls was unavailable.

St. Joseph School accepting applicants The St. Joseph School invites families to enroll their children for the 2011-12 school year. St. Joseph, founded in 1994, has three campuses: a preschool in Sammamish; a preschool through thirdgrade campus in Issaquah; and a fourth-grade through eighth-grade campus in Snoqualmie. Get information meeting times at, or contact the school office at or 3139129 to schedule a one-and-ahalf-hour tour. Registrations for the Catholic schools are due Feb. 18 The school provides bus service between the Issaquah and Snoqualmie campuses. Before- and afterschool care is available at the Issaquah campus for kindergarten through eighth-grade.

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Snoqualmie police Mountain bike gone At 11 a.m. Jan. 21, police met a man in the 7900 block of Railroad Avenue who said his mountain bike had been stolen Jan. 20. He had locked the bike outside his job and when he left work, the bike was gone. The bicycle is a 21-speed mountain bike with a blue frame, black forks and custom blue wheels. The bike is valued at $1,500.

You’re done running At 10 a.m. Jan. 22, an officer with the Cle Elum Police Department told Snoqualmie Police a woman who was frequenting a gymnasium in the 8100 block of Center Boulevard had a no-bail felony warrant out of King County and a suspended license. Three officers went to the gym and saw the woman running circles around the building with a group of people. She was arrested and taken to the Snoqualmie Police Department for processing. A search of her belongings yielded

medical call. A patient was treated and then left in the care of others at the scene. ❑ At 12:56 a.m. Jan. 24, EMTs responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then left in care of others at the scene. ❑ At 2:35 p.m. Jan. 24, firefighters responded to a man on Walnut Street who was having chest pain. ❑ At 11:09 p.m. Jan. 25, EMTs were dispatched with Snoqualmie police for an intoxicated man on Southeast Sequoia Place. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance to sober up. ❑ At 1:10 a.m. Jan. 26, EMTs responded to the Salish Lodge for a female who had fallen. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by a private ambulance company.


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Jamie Moyer brings message of hope to struggling children By Sebastian Moraga Major-leaguer and former Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer told children from troubled homes that they can still be successful if they make the right choices. Moyer appeared at a two-day camp in North Bend that is sponsored by his foundation. The camp, named Camp Mariposa, provides constant counseling for children who live in homes affected by alcohol and drug addiction. More than 350 children have attended the free camps since 2007. The camps occur about a half-dozen times a year, said Andrea Frost, of Youth Eastside Services, and director of Camp Mariposa. The camp, bankrolled by the Moyer Foundation, will expand to Indiana and Florida in 2011, said Karen Moyer, Jamie’s wife, who co-founded the camp after watching a niece live with a parent suffer-

“If a child is faced with addiction, not only do they need to learn how to deal but learn how the brain works with addiction, so they can stop addiction if it is in their families.” — Karen Moyer Wife of pitcher Jamie Moyer

ing from addiction. “I recognized there were no services for the age group 9-13,” she said. “It’s a crucial age. If a child is faced with addiction, not only do they need to learn how to deal but learn how the brain works with addiction, so they can stop addiction if it is in their families.” The camp name, Spanish for butterfly, refers to the transformation children undergo while there. “A lot of them are quiet and withdrawn at first when they

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Jamie Moyer, Major League pitcher and former Seattle Mariner, and his wife Karen sign autographs at Camp Mariposa, a counseling camp for children from troubled backgrounds, in North Bend Jan. 28-29. come. Sometimes these kids have never worked as a team before,” Frost said. “This allows them to feel safe. Makes them feel like they are normal, being around kids who have been around the same experi-

ences.” Several children attend many camps a year, as sort of a booster shot against the troubles at home, said Nicole Concinnity, a camp counselor with Youth Eastside Services.

Some children go back to drug- or alcohol-using homes, while others go back to different caregivers. “The continuity keeps buildSee MOYER, Page 9

Senior citizens face increased risks during the winter By Josh Liebeskind Many people prepare for the change in seasons by protecting their pipes from freezing and making sure they have a snow shovel handy. But for senior citi-

zens, winter presents extra challenges. For example, wet or frozen pavement increases the risk of falls. Philip Koziol, manager of Senior Service Programs at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, said

Trellis thrives in cold By Sebastian Moraga Hearing Ruthann Fisher talk about her vegetables is like hearing someone with a big family enumerate her siblings. Cabbage and carrot, parsnip and turnip, beet, broccoli and brussel sprouts, they all have a space in her garden and in her kitchen, too. “It’s very satisfying to be able to go into your kitchen and make something you know you’ve grown,” she said. Also satisfying for Fisher is that the club she helped start to share her love of vegetable gardening has not just survived but thrived during its first year. The

club turned one year old in November. The Trellis club meets once a month, the third Saturday, to share tips, secrets, concerns and advice regarding their healthful hobby, including how to grow stuff — like garlic; how to store stuff — like potatoes, in pantyhose no less; and how to kill stuff — like slugs. “We saw the need for it,” Hannah Stainer, the club’s cofounder and its website’s creator, said of Trellis. “Visiting each other’s garden we realized, ‘Wow, there’s a lot we can learn from each other.’” See TRELLIS, Page 9

the worsened ground conditions make falls one of the biggest challenges that elderly people face during the winter. “Slipping on the ice if they have a front-wheel walker,” Koziol said of a common way

senior citizens slip. “Even if they might have a ramp, ramps get slick.” Falls can happen indoors, as well. With the winter comes less natural light. For many seniors, failing eyesight combined with a

dim room can lead to injuries due to tripping on objects, such as cords and throw rugs. “Having a clear path from the bed to the bathroom, especially See RISKS, Page 9

Next stop, Mars Leo Rodriguez makes his rocket, and his imagination, fly at Encompass preschool. Rodriguez and other children learned about the wonders of our universe in a presentation called ‘Space Frontiers,’ Jan. 28. By Sebastian Moraga

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Trellis From Page 8 For instance, in the world of vegetable gardening, image is nothing; taste is everything, Fisher said. “When you grow your own, you don’t care what it looks like,” she said. “The growers grow varieties that hold on the shelf and look good so you buy them. What you grow in your garden has a better taste, though.” You don’t have to be Ciscoe Morris be a good gardener, or to join Trellis, Fisher said. Gardening in the Valley, though, might require a little tinkering, especially if you’re not used to gardening in this weather. Valley weather is more extreme than Seattle weather,

Moyer From Page 8 ing on the positives in their lives,” Frost said. One of these children is Kay, whose real name has been withheld for her safety. At 11, she has attended several camps. “They are really nice and they’re not really mean,” she said. “I like it here, because I

with warmer summers and cooler winters, so certain things may not grow as well. Fellow Trellis club member Colin Keizer is a native of Iowa. Coincidentally, he struggles when he tries to grow corn. Nevertheless, Fisher said, gardening in the Valley’s cold winters is not impossible; it just takes a little planning. Fisher grows veggies in summer, so they are just waiting to be harvested by the time the first clouds show up. Keizer grows his lettuce late in summer, so he can have lettuce well into November. The same way not every type of veggie is store-worthy, not every type is impervious to the cold, Fisher said. “It can’t be any old produce,” she said. “It has to be a cold-hardy type, and you could have it year round, not just May to September.”

“It can’t be any old produce. It has to be a cold-hardy type, and you could have it year round, not just May to September.”

like to get away from my family.” Clark, whose real name was withheld to protect him from a relative, likes the camp, too — not just because of the help he gets, but for simpler reasons. “The showers are really warm,” he said. Clark has attended camps for three years. As they gain experience, children become mentors to newer children. “I remember one camper, she did not want to participate. The next camp, she was willing

to participate. The camp after that, she was kind of the leader,” Concinnity said. April Hively is 16 and used to attend the camps. Now she’s a counselor. “The biggest lesson these children can learn is that it’s not their fault,” she said. “The stuff that happens at home is not their fault, and there are people who can help.”

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Risks From Page 8 at nighttime, can be a big, big issue,” Koziol said. He recommends that older people keep a hallway light on at night for extra caution. It’s important to keep the home safe, because as adverse weather sets in senior citizens are less likely to leave the house, Koziol said. And this provides an added dilemma: running low on food. Many local seniors are retired and live on fixed incomes. They do not necessarily have the means or the will to leave their houses and stock up on food. “We see over 200 families a week here and probably 25-35 are senior citizens. That’s real senior citizens, older people, not 60s, but 70s and 80s,” said Fred Vosk, head of the volunteers at the Snoqualmie Tribe Public Food Bank. “We have certain products for senior citizens like Ensure, but we just spread everything out and people take what they need.” “I haven’t seen a decrease in the number of seniors that have come,” said Heidi Dukich, director of the Mount Si Food Bank. “Some of our people use the shuttle service that we have. “When we have the opportunity to order things like Ensure and things like that that are available at the time, we try and get those things,” Dukich added about providing food for seniors.

“We try and get a wide variety of foods so a lot of dietary needs can be satisfied.” Beyond the challenge of keeping the larder stocked, staying indoors can lead to other problems for seniors. Koziol said staying home alone for extended periods can lead to depression. “People might be inclined to stay home and then they’re more socially isolated,” said Ruth Tolmasoff, director of the Mount Si Senior Center. The senior center has a lunchtime hot meal program that doubles as an opportunity for senior citizens to get out and socialize. Although Tolmasoff said the center encourages folks to come as often as possible, bad road conditions have to be taken into account. This leaves a fine line to walk between encouraging people to leave or stay home. For those who don’t have means to transport themselves, Snoqualmie Valley Transportation offers 25- cent rides for senior citizens. The nonprofit runs weekdays through a dispatch system and will pick someone up at his or her house. Seniors who need a ride should call 888-7001. Sometimes, though, it just isn’t plausible for senior citizens to leave their home. “We do have people here who go out and deliver food in the winter if the weather gets bad or it’s flooding,” Vosk said. JOSH LIEBESKIND is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

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Feeling at home away from home at culture fair By Sebastian Moraga Pramila Abkebras could not contain her pride. “It’s amazing,” she said. Onstage at Snoqualmie Elementary School stood her daughter Nitya, wearing a traditional northern Indian garment and dancing to music from the home country at the school’s Culture Fair Jan. 21. “I’m so happy,” Akebras said. “Seeing her perform that traditional Indian dance, and so far from home.” Nitya had a more practical view. Glad as she was to perform in front of Mom, it wasn’t easy. “It was really different for me,” she said. “The experience was pretty cool. I got to try new things. But the headdress was really heavy and uncomfortable.” Blood was thicker than fabric that evening, though. “I’m proud that I’m part Indian,” she added.

People reminisced about foreign countries that became home to them, as well. Mike McCarthy, his wife Janelle and their son Isaac showed up at the fair in traditional Ethiopian clothes. They lived there for three years. The Ethiopian people “adopted us as a family,” said Janelle, who returned Stateside with her husband and son in 2008. “They treated us like we were home.” Someone else who experienced the hospitality of a foreign land was Eun Seong, a Korean exchange student who has lived for a month in Snoqualmie. This week is Seong’s last in the Valley. Wearing a traditional Korean garment named a han bok, Seong said that though he was glad he had come, he had noticed how different things are in America. U.S. showers have curtains, people don’t wear rubber slippers to go to the bath-

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Grade-schoolers from Snoqualmie Elementary School participated in the annual Culture Fair, where students, parents, teachers and community members learn about different parts of the world. This year, nations such as South Korea, India and Ethiopia, and the Snoqualmie Tribe, were represented. room and the food tastes different. The biggest goal of his trip,

however, had been a complete success. “I ate a Twinkie,” he said.

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A boy digs in to his spaghetti during last week’s Childcare Co-op at Encompass Preschool. About a half-dozen children enjoyed a showing of ‘Toy Story,’ played with crafts and with food, all the while giving their parents a break from child-rearing on a Saturday night.

For four hours, it’s a date, and a playdate. Children at Encompass who show up on Saturdays for a fourhour play session at the preschool build a network of friends that lasts for years and a stronger, closer family at home. Just ask parents who are getting four child-free hours almost 50 Saturdays a year. “Pretty much every Saturday night, it gives my husband and I four hours to have a date night or just quiet time together,” said Deb Bayley, mom of a 5- and a 7-year old. “We love it.” Asked if she felt bad the first Saturday she dropped her children off at Encompass about three years ago, she laughs. “Are you kidding me? I couldn’t wait to drop ‘em off!” she said. Encompass’ Childcare Co-Op accepts children as young as a year and a half and as old as 10. “The day she turned 18

months old,” Bayley said of her daughter, “I was like, ‘OK, we’re on.’” Parents must join Encompass first and submit to a background check before they can participate. They can’t just walk in off the street and drop tots off, said Mary McManus, community activities assistant. Two Saturdays a year, once in winter and once in summer, the four-hour session becomes an overnight session. The winter session is Feb. 12, two days prior to Valentine’s Day. Besides allowing the obvious date night for parents, children will do crafts, have a slumber party and watch a kidfriendly “love” movie, like “Herbie The Love Bug,” said Stacey Cepeda, community activities manager. The sessions, overnight or four-hour, are gleefully unstructured, with something for everybody, Cepeda said. “Miss Dawn,” Bayley said of Encompass’ Dawn Alwin, who

plans the co-op’s activities, “is wonderful with the kids. My oldest goes there and she has beads for them, and for the younger kids she does ageappropriate arts and crafts.” The co-op can grow longtime friendships for children and parents, in particular those who are new to the Valley, building a community of people they otherwise could not have, Cepeda said. “I know my kids have spent years with families who will know them when they are in high school,” she said. Bayley is not a stranger to the Eastside, having grown up in Bellevue, but the co-op still broadens her children’s circle. “We don’t know a lot of the kids, because we’re in a private school,” she said. “So, it’s kind of nice to form ties with the public-school kids, too.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Activist warns of school district ‘scare tactics’ By Sebastian Moraga Activist David Spring said the Snoqualmie Valley School District wants to scare people into voting for the bond by promising to create a ninthgrade annex at a middle school. The annex, Spring said, belongs to a larger plan to turn Mount Si High School into a “megaschool.” District authorities have said Snoqualmie Middle School will become a ninth-grade branch of Mount Si High regardless of the result of the Feb. 8 bond proposal to build a new middle school. Spring, a former candidate for the state Legislature, said the district won’t create a ninthgraders’ annex. “I don’t think that will happen,” he said. “If they did that, it could leave 20-plus classrooms empty at Mount Si High School and the public won’t stand for that.” Snoqualmie Valley Schools Superintendent Joel Aune issued a statement through public information coordinator Carolyn Malcolm refuting Spring’s accusations, defending the district’s data and insisting the district is committed to annexing Snoqualmie Middle School. Mount Si High, according to the statement, will be overcrowded by 2013 and the bond

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David Spring, pictured with his daughter, says Snoqualmie Valley School District is using “scare tactics” to garner support for the bond measure on ballots for the Feb. 8 election. opinions,” Reitz said. “Just not their own facts.”

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Mount Si Cheer Squad rises to historic heights at state championship By Sebastian Moraga Underappreciated underdogs? Maybe. Stars of the spotlight? Maybe. Regardless of your perception of the Mount Si High School Cheer Squad, one label fits well: They are among the best in the state at what they do. Two Mount Si teams, the red and the silver squads, finished second in their category at the Cheerleading State Championships Jan. 22 in Everett. Red competed in the varsity medium division and silver competed in the nontumbling small division. More than 50 teams participated, including KingCo and state powerhouse Skyline, who bested Mount Si’s red team. The competition may have been stiff, but tougher than that was waiting to hit the stage at Comcast Arena. “We had to get there so early, and you competed at a later time,” said Steven Hannan, a senior who is the only boy on the team. The team arrived in Everett at 2 p.m., but did not perform until 7 p.m. The wait was made tenser by the competitive atmosphere, said Meg Krivanec, a junior. “People come from all over the state. There are girls who come from hours away,” she said. “Plus, everyone has their skills, so it’s less impressive. You have to bring it even more than you would at an assembly.” Athletes keep their space, stay with their squad and battle to stay focused. Then, their turn comes and the knot in the stomach gets a B-12 shot and goes into overdrive. “A minute or two before you get on the floor, you get so nervous, you’re like, ‘It’s actually happening. This is it.’” said Chloe Villanueva, a junior and three-year veteran of the team. “We have to bring our all and show what we have been working on for two months.”

Then, the routine begins and the nerves melt. “You’re like ‘This is something I’ve done thousands of times,’” Villanueva said. The teenagers dance, jump, twirl and do stunts, all in front of a big crowd and three judges — one for stunts, one for cheer and dance, and one for jumps. When word came that Mount Si had finished second, “I cried,” said Jovonne Benedict, a senior. “I really wanted to put everything out there,” she said. “I wanted it more than anything, since it’s my last year.” Their routines were almost flawless. However, the red team went up against Skyline, whose tumbling Contributed skills put them in The Mount Si Cheer Squad during last month’s State Cheer first place. “Skyline has tum- Championships at Everett’s Comcast Arena. The Wildcats brought bling requirements,” two teams to the event and both teams took second place. Hannan said. “Greater tumbling brings the points up. We have people always better to have a shock than with similar skills, but we have very few.” think you are going to do well and Krivanec just wanted to put on a good then be disappointed.” show, she said. The team’s second-place Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or finish just made it that much sweeter. “I was elated that we got second, but Comment at also kind of surprised,” she said. “It’s

Cheerleaders spread the love By Sebastian Moraga Next time you watch a tennis match, imagine Roger Federer trying to serve with a chorus of teenagers behind him yelling, “Gimme an R! Gimme an O! Gimme a G!” Something similar happened a few months back, when the Mount Si Cheer Squad showed up to cheer at a tennis match. “We got permission from the coach and made special cheers for tennis,” said Meg Krivanec, a junior cheerleader. “Our tennis team doesn’t have the best record, so it was nice to show our school still cares for them, even if they don’t bring home a win.” The result was great for both the players and cheerleaders. “The boys were so appreciative,” she said. “The football boys feel like we have to be there. That was one time we got more recognition than normal.” From their gypsy-like approach to practice, never in the same place twice in a row, to the chronic perception that their to-do list includes looking cute and not much else, Mount Si cheerleaders feel unloved. “People ask me, ‘Oh, but do you also play a real sport?’” Krivanec said. “I’m in Advanced Placement classes, so people ask, ‘So, how do you do both? Aren’t you supposed to be oblivious to what’s going on?’” Chloe Villanueva, another junior, said cheerleaders are still thought of as airheads. “People don’t support us, because they don’t think what we do is hard work,” she said. Their perennial smiles play against them, Krivanec said. Since they are supposed to smile and make stunts, jumps and turns look easy, people think it is easy. Behind the smile, the girls said, whirls a brain that has memorized 60-plus songs and a dozen dance routines. “If someone said, ‘I want to do it because it looks easy,’” Villanueva said, “I would say, ‘Don’t even try.’” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

Four-team match unfriendly to banged-up ‘Cats By Sebastian Moraga Answer: It’s your brother-inlaw visiting the night of your wedding anniversary. It’s your car dying in the middle of an intersection. It’s the four-team meet to close the regular season when your wrestlers are a battered and bruised bunch. Question: What are things that make you say, “Really, we don’t need this right now.” At the end of a tough campaign, the Mount Si High School Wildcat wrestlers stretched their already thin lineup Jan. 27, to grapple Issaquah and Mercer

Island at home. The Eagles beat Mount Si, 4135, and the Islanders won 48-28. Liberty was the event’s fourth team. Still, despite the forfeits and the injuries, the Wildcats battled and then some. “Given the small lineup yesterday, I think we put up a pretty good fight,” head coach Tony Schlotfeldt wrote in an e-mail. In what Schlotfeldt called “the match of the evening,” Ryley Absher turned in a stout effort against Mercer Island’s Jacob Pruchno at 103 pounds. The Washington Wrestling Report website considers

Pruchno one of the 10 best wrestlers in the state at 103 and Absher went the distance, losing 10-7. “Even though he didn’t pull it off,” Schlotfeldt said, “I was excited with his performance.” Another wrestler who almost had a big upset was Shane Dixon, who lost to Mercer Island’s Phil Frazier 8-6. The report’s ranking has Frazier as the state’s No. 6 wrestler at 171 pounds. Dixon is in a four-way tie for 12th. “Even though he lost his match with Frazier,” Schlotfeldt said, “we are confident now he can compete with the top con-

tenders in his weight class.” At 140 pounds, Aaron Peterson pinned the Islanders’ Cameron Manzano in the first round. At 160 pounds, Mount Si’s A.J. Brevick defeated Christopher Richards 10-0. At 285 pounds, the Wildcats’ Joshua Mitchell pinned Benjamin O’Connell in the second round. Wildcats Timothy Corrie, Max Kenagy and Mitch Rorem all lost by pin. The Wildcats shook off the wear and tear to clash against Issaquah. Mount Si forfeited four matches to the Eagles’ two.

The Wildcats’ Billy Beach defeated Louden Ivey at 103 pounds, 8-3, a week after losing to him. Peterson beat Sean Novak 10-1, Brevick blanked Andrew Ramirez 10-0. At 215 pounds, Rorem pinned the Eagles’ Matt Solusod, and at 285 pounds, Mitchell pinned Sean Novak, both in the first period. The report has Mitchell as the fourth-best heavyweight in the state. “Peterson had some nice matches,” Schlotfeldt wrote, “as well as the meat of the lineup: A.J. Brevick, Josh Mitchell and Shane Dixon.” Next up for the Wildcats is the league tournament, 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Liberty High School.

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Scoreboard Prep boys basketball 3A/2A KingCo Conference League Season W-L W-L Bellevue 11-1 14-4 Mercer Island 9-3 14-4 Sammamish 7-5 12-6 Lake Washington 7-5 11-7 Mount Si 7-5 9-9 Liberty 4-8 5-11 Juanita 2-10 3-15 Interlake 1-11 2-16 Jan. 24 Game Mercer Island 50, Lake Washington 48 Jan. 25 Games Mount Si 69, Juanita 46 Lake Washington 59, Sammamish 56 Mercer Island 68, Liberty 42 Bellevue 76, Interlake 39 Jan. 28 Games Liberty 44, Interlake 41

Mount Si 71, Juanita 43 Bellevue 72, Lake Washington 44 Sammamish 73, Mount Si 53

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Jan. 26 Games Mount Si 52, Juanita 40 Lake Washington 73, Sammamish 42 Mercer Island 60, Liberty 55

League Season W-L W-L Juanita 10-2 14-4 Mount Si 10-2 14-4 Liberty 8-4 12-6 Lake Washington 7-5 12-6 Mercer Island 7-5 11-8 Interlake 2-10 6-12 Bellevue 4-8 6-12 Sammamish 0-12 3-13 Jan. 24 Game Bellevue 53, Interlake 37

Wildcat gymnasts sweep meet Mount Si’s Brook Bonner is all focus as she competes in the Wildcats’ final meet of the season. By Christy Trotto

Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team swept Lake Washington, Bellevue and Liberty in the team’s final meet of the regular season. The team’s performance included sweeping the all-around rankings. Senior Kennedy Richmond finished first with 33.4, followed closely by her younger sister, sophomore Hannah Richmond, who had a 32.5. Fellow sophomore Jessica Trotto tied for third-place with Liberty’s Hannah Vergam.

PAGE 13 Jan. 28 Games Bellevue 36, Lake Washington 33 Liberty 61, Interlake 29 Mount Si 59, Sammamish 20 Mercer Island 61, Juanita 40

Figuerola 2, Maddison Cooley 0, Kelly Darling 0, Jocelyn Pineda 0, Rochelle Putnam 0, Shyanne Singstad 0, Megan Tomlinson 0, Lauren Wing 0, Helen Wing 0.

MOUNT SI 52, JUANITA 40 Mount Si 12 25 9 6 - 52 Juanita 13 7 11 9 - 40 Mount Si - Hailey Eddings 13, Kassidy Maddux 13, Shelby Peerboom 7, Molly Sellers 7, Jori Braun 5, Stevie Riley 4, Haley Chase 3, Jordan Riley 0, Alex Welsh 0. Juanita - Kate Cryderman 16, Bre Carter 8, Taylor Lloyd 7, Mikayla Jones 5, Molly Grager 2, Destry Seiler 2, Jessica Latousek 0.

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MOUNT SI 59, SAMMAMISH 20 Mount Si 18 14 19 8 - 59 Sammamish 5 9 2 4 - 20 Mount Si - Molly Sellers 14, Kassidy Maddux 11, Shelby Peerboom 10, Kalie Swain 0, Hailey Eddings 9, Alex Welsh 6, Haley Chase 4, Katy Lindor 3, Jordan Riley 2. Sammamish -Taylor Ferleman 13, Kendall Dougherty 5, Estefony

Mount Si women are cruising to postseason The Mount Si High School girls basketball team continued its run to the postseason Jan. 28 with a 59-20 routing of Sammamish. The Wildcats improved their record to 10-2 in the 2A/3A KingCo Conference and 14-4 overall. The Seattle Teams ranked the team No. 8 in the state. The team was tied with Juanita for first place in the conference. The Wildcats beat Juanita 52-40 in

3A/2A KingCo Conference Jan. 27 Meet MOUNT SI 158.35, LAKE WASHINGTON 140.25, BELLEVUE 131.5, LIBERTY 128 All-around: 1, Kennedy Richmond (MS) 33.4; 2, Hannah Richmond (MS) 32.5; 3 (tie), Jessica Trotto (MS) 31.1, Hannah Bergam (Lib) 31.1. Vault: 1, K. Richmond (MS) 8.6; 2, Carissa Castagno (MS) 8.5; 3, H. Richmond (MS) 8.45. Uneven parallel bars: 1, K. Richmond (MS) 7.6; 2, Trotto (MS) 7.2; 3 (tie), Manon Debuire (LW) 7.0, Holly Sullivan (LW) 7.0, K. Richmond (MS) 7.0. Balance beam: 1, Bergam (Lib) 8.7; 2, Sullivan (LW) 8.5; 3, K. Richmond (MS) 8.4. Floor exercise: 1, K. Richmond (MS) 9.4; 2, Elizabeth Holmes (MS) 8.9; 3, H. Richmond (MS) 8.75.

the two schools’ Jan. 26 game at Mount Si. Earlier in the season, Mount Si lost on the road to Juanita, 52-36. Juanita had a slim 13-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Wildcats came charging back in the second quarter, outscoring the Rebels 25-7. Mount Si led at halftime 37-20. The Rebels outscored the Wildcats in the second half 20-15, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Mount Si’s lead. Hailey Eddings and Kassidy Maddux each had 13 points.



FEBRUARY 3, 2011

Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie Arts Commission, 11 a.m. Feb. 3, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. Feb. 7, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6 p.m. Feb. 7, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5 p.m. Feb. 8, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 211 Main Ave. N.

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Events ❑ Sallal Grange open mic, 7 p.m. Feb. 4, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. Come one, come all to the Grange open mic and show off your lyrical abilities. ❑ Snoqualmie ROA FatherDaughter Dance, 5 p.m. Feb. 5, Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St, Snoqualmie. For residents only. RSVP required. Go to ❑ Finaghty’s anniversary party: Finapalooza III, 9 p.m. Feb. 5, Finaghty’s Irish Pub, 7726 Center Boulevard S.E., Snoqualmie. Live music and good food. ❑ Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, 7 p.m. Feb. 5, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend — blues, gospel and straight-ahead jazz ❑ ASIST Suicide Prevention Training, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7-8, Chief Kanim Middle School, 32627 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City. Free twoday course of this internationally recognized suicide prevention training program. RSVP for this free training by e-mailing ❑ Computer class: “Facebook Basics,” 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Learn the basics of the social networking website Facebook. Instructors will demonstrate how to use it, why it is useful, discuss privacy and help set up accounts. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of the Internet and students must have an e-mail address. ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ John Hansen, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Leah Stillwell & Craig Hoyer, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, Boxley’s,



Elk are just some of the creatures that visit Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend. Learn more about this gem of the Snoqualmie Valley at Meadowbrook 101, from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 19, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. This presentation covers the colorful history, boundaries and possible future options for this unique 460 acres of open space of the Snoqualmie Valley floor between North Bend and Snoqualmie. Historical photos are provided by the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society.

101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ The Emperor’s New Clothes, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18, 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19, Valley Center Stage, 119 North Bend Way, North Bend. Join the Ivanova family as it presents their version of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic. This interactive telling of the tale involves the audience becoming part of the production. Tickets are available for $7.50 at the door or online at ❑ Jay Thomas Trio, 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Seventh annual SnoValley Idol Junior Auditions, noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 12, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Singers must be 14 or younger as of April 1. Pre-register for $5 by calling 831-1900 or going to ❑ Todd Hymas with Reuel Lubag Trio, 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Belly dance workshops, 6 p.m. Feb. 14 and 28, and March 7, 14 and 21, Chief Kanim Middle School, 32627 S.E. Redmond-Fall City Road, Fall City. Register by filling out the form available at Cost is $75. Call 222-0070. ❑ Reilly and Maloney, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Valley Center Stage, 119 North Bend Way,

North Bend. After a 10-year hiatus, one of the best duos of the West Coast folk scene is back together. Tickets are $12.50, and are available at the door or online at

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Mount Si Senior Center’s Elder and Adult Day Services needs volunteers for its new program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 206-859-5705 for position description and application forms. ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main St. E-mail ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. E-mail volunteer coordinator Carol Waters at to arrange an interview. ❑ Spanish Academy invites volunteers fluent in Spanish to participate in summer camps on its three-acre farm-style school. Must love children and nature. Call 888-4999.

❑ Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Choose the times and areas in which you’d like to drive. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-748-7588 or 800-2825815 toll free, or e-mail Apply online at Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mount Si Senior Center needs volunteers for sorting and sales in the thrift store, reception and class instruction. The center is at 411 Main St., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

Classes ❑ 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. Led by certified exercise instructor Carla Orellana. Call 888-3434.

Clubs ❑ Sno-Valley Beekeepers meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Go to ❑ Elk Management Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the U.S. Forest Service conference room at 130 Thrasher Ave., behind the visitors’ center on North Bend Way. Interagency committee meetings are at 1:30

p.m. the first Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall annex, 126 Fourth St. Both meetings are open to the public. Go to ❑ Trellis gardening club meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month, at Valley Christian Assembly, 32725 S.E. 42nd St., Fall City. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. ❑ Mount Si Fish and Game Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, October through May, at the Snoqualmie Police Department. ❑ Mount Si Artist Guild meeting, 9:15-11 a.m. third Saturday of each month, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, ❑ Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend, meets the first Friday of each month for a potluck and open mic with local musicians. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. with the music from 7 p.m. to midnight. Open to all people/ages. Go to ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant. All are welcome. Go to ❑ American Legion Post 79 and the American Legion Auxiliary meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday at 38625 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Call 8881206. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday at the Mount Si Senior Center, North Bend. Call 453-8630 ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Mount Si Golf Course restaurant in Snoqualmie. E-mail ❑ Snoqualmie Fraternal Order of Eagles Women’s Auxiliary meets the first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Men’s Aerie meets the first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 108 Railroad Ave. Call 888-1129. ❑ A cancer survivor group meets at 9 a.m. the second Saturday at Sawdust Coffee in the North Bend Factory Stores mall. E-mail ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Youth Hub provides cultural, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities to more than 4,000 young people in the Valley. Call 831-1900. ❑ Loyal Order of Moose, 108 Sydney Ave., North Bend. Men meet at 6 p.m. the first and third Monday. Women meet at 7 p.m. the third and fourth Tuesday. Call 888-0951. Submit an item for the community calendar by e-mailing or go to

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