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Gymnasts make history Page 10

February 21, 2013 VOL. 5, NO. 7

Funny man ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum comes to the Valley. Page 2

Tolls on I-90? State seeks comments about possible charges. Page 3

Police blotter Page 5

Photo contest winners Jumping for money Girl holds heart healthy fundraiser. Page 8

Big honor

Mount Si cheer ranks No. 6 in the nation. Page 10

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‘Bubbleman,’ by Genevieve Ruth of Snoqualmie

‘Shot in HDR (High Dynamic Range) at the Tanner Jeans Park over the summer,’ this photo won first place in the “Life in the Valley” category. See the rest of the winners on Page 6.

City officials envision Snoqualmie considers civic complex, skywalk fire department staff sharing agreement By Michele Mihalovich

North Bend city officials have a grand vision of what the city will look like in the future. Its master plan, adopted in 2008, includes a two-story, two-building civic complex connected by a skywalk, possibly on the corner of Bendigo Boulevard and North Bend Way. Chaplin’s North Bend Chevrolet, on the corner of North Bend Way and Ballarat Avenue, occupies a highly visible and central downtown location; but, if it were relocated to a site better suited for automotive sales, perhaps the

former area could be redeveloped into mixed-use buildings with ground-level retail and upper-level office or residential. Eastside Fire & Rescue’s current fire station, owned by the city, will become vacant when the new fire station is complete. If a new City Hall is built, that land could be put on the market and redeveloped into mixed-use buildings. The sale of the property could go toward funding the new City Hall. Should the owners of the mobile home park on the corner of Bendigo Boulevard and Fourth Street ever decide to

See VISION, Page 3

By Michele Mihalovich The Snoqualmie City Council will be asked Feb. 25 to consider a personnelsharing agreement between the Duvall, Fall City and Snoqualmie fire departments. Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe said the sharing idea actually came about when attending a November board meeting with NORCOM, an emergency dispatch system used by many local agencies. He said Duvall’s fire chief mentioned his department

needed an information technology expert, and Rowe said they might considered using personnel with the city’s IT department. “Much like what North Bend did when they decided to contract with Snoqualmie for payroll services,” Rowe said. But, then he got to thinking that this sharing idea could go a bit further and help address something that all three rather small fire departments face at one time or another — manSee STAFF, Page 3

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FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Former ‘SNL’ star to perform at Casino By Sebastian Moraga His biography is titled “I’m Not High.” His second comedy special is called “Let’s Clear the Air,” which he opens with the line, “If you’ve never seen me before, this is the way I look all the time.” And yet Jim Breuer, the sleepy-eyed comedian from Long Island coming to the Snoqualmie Casino on Feb. 24, said most people still believe he is on his best kite impersonation when they encounter him. “Oh, yeah, of course. People still think I’m baked,” Breuer said in an interview from California. Breuer first achieved national recognition on “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1990s with characters like “Goat Boy” and an impersonation of actor Joe Pesci. Comedy Central picked the longtime standup comedian as one of the top 100 comics of all time. He also starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the 1998 stoner flick “HalfBaked.” Movie title nonetheless,

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Breuer’s that’s fine,” If you go routine has he said. q Jim Breuer morphed “I’ve gained q 7 p.m. Feb. 24 over the what I think years into is imporq Snoqualmie Casino strictly famtant in life 37500 S.E. North Bend ily-friendly in general, Way, Snoqualmie fare, perand which q For people 21 and older haps as a I feel we’re q reflection losing more on his staand more, tus as a family man, marand that’s laughing at our ried since 1993, caring for lives, our family situathree daughters and his tions, our struggles.” elderly dad. Often, Breuer said, That status also affects people come to him after his scheduling. He chatshows and tell him his ted with the Star at 6:30 humor is reflecting their a.m., so he could take his life. People say things like children to school. And “I feel like you live in our his tour calendar only has house,” Breuer said. weekend dates this year. Besides his standup act, “To me, doing a Friday- Breuer created the docuSaturday is a break from mentary “More Than Me” Thursday-Friday-Saturdayabout the life of his father, Sunday-Monday, off a World War II veteran. Tuesday, off Wednesday, “I kind of studied his Thursday-Friday-Saturdaylife and his history and all Sunday,” he said. that,” he said. “He’s more Ten- or 14-day runs of a powerful man than I weren’t uncommon in ever knew.” years past, he added. Breuer’s dad had a As for losing fans of his tough childhood. The title earlier, edgier, saltier comof the documentary comes edy, Breuer said it’s a trade- from his father’s desire to off he does not mind. see Breuer succeed. “If the price is a filthier The movie, which tells crowd doesn’t like me, the story of Breuer taking

his 84-year-old father on tour with him, is available on iTunes. Men who fought in World War II are notoriously stoic, so getting answers from Dad wasn’t easy, he said. “Once I asked him, ‘Dad, which battle was the worst?’” Breuer said. “He said, ‘They were all the worst.’” Sharing his story and his dad’s hits a spot with his comedy crowds, he said. “There’s nothing more rewarding for me than after a show, when I see a couple my age and they say, ‘I brought my mom and dad. My dad is 75. I don’t think I’ve seen him laugh in 20 years.’ If I can do that for one or two families, I know I’ve accomplished something in life.” Now, if he could just get people to stop thinking he’s high. Then again, maybe not. “I think that was a brilliant plan on the gods that made me,” he said. “Because the expectation level was already below zero for me. I can only go

nizations in the greater Snoqualmie Valley again this year. Grant requests will be received through Feb. 28 and must include basic information about the organization, a detailed

vided funding for various projects and has given tens of thousands of dollars back to the community. Grant applications can be emailed to or mailed to Snoqualmie Valley

description of the grant requested, the amount of money requested and proof of the organization’s nonprofit status. For the past several years, The Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley has pro-

By Dan Dion

Comic Jim Breuer, of Joe Pesci and ‘Goat Boy’ fame, arrives Feb. 24 for a 7 p.m. performance at Snoqualmie Casino. Perpetually tired peepers aside, Breuer makes it a point to tell audiences he is not high, he just looks like that all the time. up when I walk around with that look. “You know what’s really cool? A lot of people would judge you or think less of you in conversa-

tion, and then what would happen is they would go, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t expect an intelligent human being to be speaking.’ I enjoy that a lot.”

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requirements are posted at in “Events & Activities.” Original artwork must be submitted to the city of Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation Department by March 1. The Annual Arbor Day celebration in Snoqualmie will be April 20 at Railroad Park in downtown Snoqualmie. Direct questions to the Parks & Recreation Department at 831-5784 or

Arbor Day poster contest is set for young artists The Snoqualmie Arbor Day poster contest is open to kids in grades four and five. This year, the theme is “Trees are Terrific and Energy Wise.” Poster contest details, such as poster size, medium and submission

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Staff High-speed chase starts in Snoqualmie, ends in a Kirkland crash From Page 1

By Michele Mihalovich A man speeding on Snoqualmie Parkway early Feb. 12 started a high-speed chase complete with wrong-way driving, a Kirkland crash and a K9 capture, Snoqualmie Police Capt. Nick Almquist said. Almquist said police spotted a driver going 54 mph in a 40 mph zone on Snoqualmie Parkway, heading toward town. When the emergency lights of the patrol car came on, the driver did a U-turn at Douglas Avenue and sped his Honda Accord toward Interstate 90, Almquist said. The driver was traveling

What are your thoughts about tolling on Interstate 90? The Washington State Department of Transportation is preparing an environmental assessment that will evaluate the effects of tolling Interstate 90 between Seattle and Bellevue. WSDOT’s public comment period ends Feb. 22. Learn more about the plan and submit comments at www.

Fifth District lawmakers host town hall March 16

Reps. Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz, along with Sen. Mark Mullet, invite 5th Legislative District residents to a town hall meeting from 3-4 p.m. March 16 at the Snoqualmie Police Department, 34825 S.E. Douglas St. During the town hall meet-

Vision From Page 1 sell, perhaps that could be converted into public open space or maybe even affordable housing. However, North Bend’s City Council and staff, who gathered for a Jan. 25 annual retreat at Boxley’s, ended up not having time to discuss those details because what was going to be a short, executive session to discuss potential litigation ended up lasting an hour and a half. Discussing the Civic Center specifically was on the retreat agenda, but City Administrator Londi Lindell said the council

“We were very lucky that there was minimal traffic at that time of night on the interstate.” — Nick Almquist Snoqualmie Police westbound on eastbound lanes, sometimes reaching speeds of 100 mph. “We were very lucky that there was minimal traffic at that time of night on the interstate,” he said. The Washington State Patrol got involved in the I-90 chase and, when the driver exited

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onto Bellevue Way, Snoqualmie terminated the pursuit and let the troopers take over, Almquist said. He said through a course of multiple events, the car had eluded the state patrol, but then troopers picked it up again on Interstate 405 in Kirkland when the driver crashed his vehicle, which had Idaho license plates. Almquist said the driver took off running, but a K9 dog found him in a tree nearby. Almquist said he did not know the man’s name, age or address, but did say he was arrested for driving with a suspended license, eluding police and auto theft.

ing to a press release from King County. Rigorous new state standards require people to do more to prevent runoff and restore the damage it generates. As a result, you may see an increase in the surface water management fee that appears on your annual property tax statement. Learn more at aspx.

King County surface water management fee rates increase in 2013

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decided to drop the item after the executive session, mainly because it’s already on the city’s master plan. The downtown plaza project also figures into the future look and feel of North Bend, and Lindell told the council that city staff members have been feeling rushed to approve a design concept. North Bend had received a $350,000 federal grant to improve the streetscape on North Bend Way from Bendigo to Ballarat, and the city will contribute another $350,000 to complete the project. The project was scheduled to begin and end in 2013, but Lindell said, “Let’s do it right.” The city will not lose the funding as long as it can show

substantial work is being done on the project, and Lindell said the plaza is expected to be completed in 2014. City Council members weren’t just focusing on a vision for the city, but were also looking at how everything could be connected, which is why they started focusing on how to spend park impact fees this year. At the end of last year, the balance of park impact fees was $293,471, and $121,620 is projected this year, for $415,091 available for projects. The council was asked to rank four possible projects: the Torguson Park master plan, which includes a trail from North Bend Way and circles around the park; com-

datory overtime when departments are short staffed. Rowe said a good example is when a bunch of Fall City firefighters are off fighting wildfires, the very small pool of firefighters available have to put in mandatory overtime because two full-time, career firefighters must be on duty at all times. In that case, if an interlocal agreement were in place, firefighters from Snoqualmie and Duvall could be asked if they want the overtime hours to go and help Fall City, he said. The personnel sharing agreement would not cost Snoqualmie taxpayers any additional money, because the department requesting the additional firefighters would foot the bill, according to the proposed agreement that was shared at the Feb. 14 Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee meeting. Currently, Snoqualmie has nine full-time, career firefighters. That does not count Rowe, or two other administrative positions. Snoqualmie is in the process of hiring another full-time firefighter because of funds now available from the voter-approved public safety levy. Chief Chris Connor, with King County Fire District No. 27 in Fall City, said his take on the sharing agreement is very positive. “We’re all fairly small agencies constrained by budgets,” he said. “Most have seen a decrease in dollars available and are trying to do more with less. We came up with this idea, but personnel is just putting our toe in the water. Hopefully, once the ILA is in place, we’ll be able to share anything, like equipment.”

ing up with a design concept for improving the entrance to William Taylor Park where the train depot is; constructing multiuse ball fields at Tollgate Farm; and securing the right of way along the abandoned section of Burlington Northern Railroad for a future trail extension. The council overwhelmingly supported the Torguson Park trail and improvements to the park at the train depot, and encouraged staff members to look into grants that could help offset the costs. Councilman Alan Gothelf said in addition to the depot park improvements, he’d like to see a temporary vendor area at the park for special occasions. “It seems like a natural, and could generate some revenue for

Deputy Chief Joel Kuhnhenn, with King County Fire District No. 45, agreed that the agreement is just the tip of the iceberg as far as sharing possibilities. “We all have minimum staffing,” he said. “If someone is out on sick leave and someone else is out for injuries, it’s a very challenging situation. If Fall City had that situation, they might ask us or Snoqualmie to help augment their staffing.” Kuhnhenn said he also sees that the sharing agreement could expand to include equipment sharing, and even possibly administrative staff. “If someone’s fire engine breaks down, then we could loan ours,” he said, but added that sharing administrative staff could also be a possibility. The three-member Duvall commission approved the agreement Feb. 13. Fall City is expected to sign at its next commission meeting in March. And if the Snoqualmie City Council does sign on, the next step is securing a letter of agreement with the unions. Rowe told the committee that all three unions are on board with the agreement, and the letter would just formalize it. Then, each department would develop an orientation manual and each firefighter would take on orientation shifts with the other departments to familiarize themselves with their personnel and equipment, he said. Finally, a standard of policies will be developed for the departments. Rowe said it’s an ambitious plan, but the goal is to have everything in place when wildfire season begins in July. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

the city,” he said. Gothelf also said it seems like a lot of people just get on and off the train and don’t even realize a park’s there, and improvements would hopefully change that. Councilman Ross Loudenback said it would also be nice to have signage that would guide people from the train depot to the Torguson Park trails when they’re completed. Councilman David Cook agreed that improvements to William Taylor Park would go hand in hand with downtown improvements. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.




FEBRUARY 21, 2013


Leave state’s divorce wait time alone

Successful shelter can still use help

One bill winding its way through the Legislature would increase the divorce waiting time from 90 days to one year after filing with the courts. The thought that a longer wait time would help a marriage is foolish. Divorce is, to say the least, unpleasant. Even when there are no children involved, the hurt feelings, financial untangling and emotional stress can be devastating. When there are children involved, the household animosity should not be prolonged. Sen. Don Benton’s bill is aimed at reducing the number of divorces. But Benton’s idea, to increase the waiting time, is misguided. Benton’s bill seems to assume that adults get divorces on the spur of the moment, that if they would just stop and think things through for a bit longer, they’d stay together. Anyone who’s gone through a divorce can explain why that’s not true. The decision usually begins long before the actual court filing. That 90 days is just the tail-end of the marriage split. Delaying the decision for an extra nine months might also be costly, as couples work with attorneys and mediators — not to mention the $290 court fee. Extending the waiting period prolongs a time of emotional and financial turbulence, and makes it more difficult to allow people to get on with their lives. If the state is truly interested in reducing divorce rates, they should look at the front end of marriage. In King County, a couple can file for a marriage license and be married three days later. The license is good for up to 60 days. It costs a mere $64. Extending the waiting time for a marriage license makes a lot more sense. A couple in love can certainly wait 30, 60 or 90 days after a license is purchased to make a lifetime commitment. If anything, make a marriage contract more difficult — on the notion that a stronger relationship might have a better chance of avoiding divorce altogether.

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Since the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter opened Dec. 23, we have logged more than 1,900 volunteer hours from more than 100 people and have served more than 550 meals. All of us have been surprised by the great amount of support from this community. The shelter has been able, through its many partners, to find V.A. benefits for one of its members and Social Security benefits for another. With some work shirts and boots, three members of the shelter have been able to find jobs. We have been able to erase some of the stigma and fear of the unknown surrounding the homeless through the forward-thinking people of the Valley. The folks we’re serving have been able to come out of survival mode and, with some nutritious food and a safe place to sleep, many have begun to make decisions that will positively impact their lives. These changes will mean a better future, not just for these people, but also for the health of the community at large as they become contributing members of the Valley, and dare I say, taxpayers.  These first steps are a beginning to getting other necessary services in place, but kudos to the shelter guests who have shown they are willing to help themselves. Now, they can take those

first paychecks, and secure their own shelter. It is a testament to the caring, giving part of our community as a whole. The shelter has taken in enough money to secure staffing until March 31. But if you have been considering taking action, we ask you to consider that every dollar can make a huge impact on sustainable operations of the shelter. Even a small donation of time can keep us open at least until the cold weather is behind us. You can donate to the shelter by mailing a check to Congregations for the Homeless, 2650 148th Ave. S.E., Suite 202, Bellevue, WA 98007. Write “SVWS” in the memo line. Donate online at Many thanks and may God Bless. Michael Small Shelter volunteer

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Important stuff debated at coffee shop When Windy walked into the Mule Barn during that cold snap last week, we knew he was getting frantic for an audience. He has a hard time getting us to listen to his version of history, his notions of what was going on now, and his prognostications of the future of mankind. But it was cold, and sitting out on the bench and ambushing listeners didn’t work too well right now for Windy Wilson, so here he came. We gave each other the wink and dragged out a chair for him. “What d’you know, Windy? Cold enough for ya?” “Cold? You think this is cold? Why, one time up on the high line, I was disappropriating firewood for the crew on the railroad, and it come over me, then and there …” “We weren’t talking about the cold this morning, Windy,” said Doc. “We were discussing the future of microbes.” “Microbes? Ain’t they like choir robes? Why, this one time I was singing barleytone in the Presbytoolian church, and there was this guy named Mike all right, and …” “Now, Doc,” said Steve, twitching his walrus mustache, “Don’t you remember? We’d finished with the microbes and went sailing on into February. Sorry, Windy, Doc didn’t mean to disrupticate your dis-

semination of events, but he’d just forgot. It was February.” “February? You mean like Leap Year kinda Slim Randles February Columnist paraphernalium where you only get olden on one day every four years? That kinda February?” Dud and Herb were trying hard not to laugh. “No, Alphonse,” Doc said. He sometimes got formal with our friend. “We were discussing whether or not to leave out the first r in February. No one uses it …” “But, just because something

isn’t used,” Windy said, waving his empty coffee cup at Mavis, “doesn’t mean we have to completely immolify it, does it? If we occasionally sloop over the top of a letter, that doesn’t braggandize it. That doesn’t codify its lesserness, does it?” “So, you’re saying we should keep the first r in February, is that it?” asked Steve. “Absotively,” said Windy. “OK, now,” Doc said, “who will stand up for the h in school?” Some people think we’re just having coffee each morning there in the truck stop. Brought to you by “The Backpocket Guide to Hunting Elk,” an e-book. Read a sample at

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Police blotter North Bend Ex with issues An ex-girlfriend of a man who works in North Bend tried at 8:10 p.m. Jan. 6 to ram his new girlfriend’s vehicle, and did get out of her vehicle to punch the man in the face. He suffered a bloody nose but did not want to assist the police in prosecuting her for assault.

Watching clothes dry

An officer was responding to a vehicle break-in in progress call at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at a North Bend laundry mat. When the officer got there, he noticed six juveniles sitting on the roof. The laundry mat owner gave police permission to ban the kids from the business.

Hubby with issues Police were called to the Chevron gas station at 10 p.m. Jan. 26 for a domestic violence report. Witnesses say a man got angry with his wife and threw her phone across the parking lot, and then tried dragging her back to the vehicle when she tried to retrieve the phone. The wife ran into the gas station and multiple people prevented the man from getting inside the gas station. The 30-year-old man from Des Moines was arrested for assault and was transported to the Issaquah Jail.

Shoe shopping larceny

A woman trying on shoes at Stride Rite called police at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 when she noticed her purse was missing. She suspected another female who’d been at the store at the same time, but then left.

Drug deal goin’ down

A librarian at the North Bend Library reported to police Jan. 28 that she’d overheard a man trying to sell prescription drugs over his cellphone. The man left and returned a bit later with a woman, who was described as staggering and under the influence of narcotics. The man had two pill containers on him that contained diabetes test strips, but library

staff still wanted the two banned from the library.

Father needs assistance

The father of a 15-yearold boy returned four bottles of Fireball and a 12-pack of beer his son had stolen from Safeway early Feb. 4. The father asked that his son be arrested so he could get drug and alcohol abuse treatment. The case has been forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor for filing of charges.

Not thrilled with camping ban

An employee of Friends of the Trail reported to police Feb. 6 that he was cleaning up a homeless camp under a bridge when he found the following note. It’s unknown if the note was directed to the Friends group, city workers or the sheriff’s office. “Dear victimizer’s of the less fortunate, Here’s a little tip that may help your Karma out in the future. When you tell a person they have till Monday to get everything important out, usually you actually wait till Monday. Ho do you punk #@%*’s sleep at night? Oh and by the way, I like how the only shoe’s missing are my slip on size 11 red wind romeo work boot’s. I’d bet anything next time I see your little bank of theive’s, one of the underling’s will be wearing them. You know, work trucks have been just randomly bursting into flame’s recently? Better be careful, those thing’s happen all of the time usually to people that take advantage of those less fortunate than themselve’s. Just some friendly advise there pal. Well, Im sure you have a busy day of #%&*@%# disadvantaged people I the %$#, so I’ll keep it short. SLEEP TIGHT FRIEND!! Your’s truly, Your Worst Nightmare.”

Snoqualmie Real funny, friend A man reported at 12:48 a.m. Feb. 9 that someone stole his $600 bike. He later learned a friend was playing a trick on him.

Douglas Avenue Southeast.

Theft A woman reported at 2:26 p.m. Feb. 9 that someone stole a Coach purse, cellphone and wallet from her vehicle while she was at Snoqualmie Falls taking pictures.

Late night revelers A caller reported at 9:36 p.m. Feb. 11 that a silver Isuzu Trooper was speeding on Silent Creek Avenue Southeast, and subjects were honking and yelling out the window. The caller has reported the same incidents three times in the past week.

Not whacky tobacco A caller reported at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 13 that people were inside a vehicle on Center Boulevard Southeast possibly smoking pot. Police found three people smoking regular tobacco.

North Bend fire calls One fire engine responded to an unauthorized burning call at 4:32 p.m. Feb. 8 in the 43000 block of Southeast Mount Si Road. Two fire engines responded to a vehicle accident with injuries at 3:10 a.m. Feb. 12 in the 47000 block of Southeast Mount Si Road. Nine fire engines responded to a structure fire at 2:48 p.m. Feb. 14 in the 600 block of East North Bend Way.

Snoqualmie fire calls

Firefighters responded Feb. 7 to a fire alarm at the Taco Del Mar in Snoqualmie Ridge. A microwave had malfunctioned causing smoke to set off the alarm. The microwave was unplugged and firefighters assisted with smoke removal. Snoqualmie and Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched Feb. 8 to the Echo Glen Children’s Center for a smell of natural gas in a structure. After investigation, a gas leak was located between the gas meter and the building. The gas was shut off. There were no injuries or property damage.

BOOM! A caller reported hearing a loud boom at 3:11 a.m. Feb. 9 near Baker Avenue Southeast and

The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.


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Photo contest winners 2013

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First place, Northwest nature


Second place, Northwest nature

First place, animals

‘Mount Si Barn,’ by Rebecca Petridis, of North Bend.

‘This photograph was taken during a walk in November 2012. The sun was starting to get low on the horizon, casting a perfect light on the abandoned barn and Mount Si in the background.’

‘Duckling,’ by Garrett Meyers, of North Bend

‘A baby duckling fell in the water off of the rock that it’s mother and siblings were sitting on.’

Third place, animals

‘Picnic Tree,’ by Danny Raphael, of North Bend

‘This lonely-looking tree in North Bend reminded me of a place where my mother and I spent a very special day shortly after I was old enough to drive. I’ll never forget the two-hour drive, the picnic or that tree.”

Third place, Northwest nature

Second place, animals

Congratulations winners! More than 100 photos were submitted by Valley residents in the second annual Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Photo Contest. Each of the first place winners will receive $100, compliments of the SnoValley Star. Look for many other entries to be published throughout the year. Photographers, it’s never too early to submit entries for the 2014 contest! Email them to photocontest@snovalleystar. com.

Second place, Life in the Valley

‘Birdies,’ by Mary Freeman, of North Bend

‘Just a fun day out shooting pictures’

‘Chicken,’ by Naomi Johanson, of North Bend.

‘As I was waiting for my little sister to finish feeding the chickens my family owns, I noticed the chicken trying to escape under the door. Conveniently, I had a camera with me and captured the moment.’

Third place, Life in the Valley ‘Raven,’ by Maria Eichler, of North Bend.

‘Playing in the park,’ by Heather Mather, of Snoqualmie

‘Playing at Carmichael Park’

‘I was out for a walk when a raven flew over and landed along the shore of Rattlesnake Lake. To my surprise, it brought out a 10-inch trout. The raven looked at me and then began breakfast. Shortly after eating, it flew back to the icy water and had a bath. I felt honored that it had shared it’s morning with me.’

‘Skier,’ by Andrew Johnson, of Snoqualmie

‘I was up at Snoqualmie Pass when my friend decided we should take photos. He decided to whitewash me while skiing, and I snapped this pic.’



FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Students leap for a better future By Sebastian Moraga Eight-year-old Katie Kanzler was 5 years old. Grandma’s house was playtime central back then. “We would go to my grandma’s house with all the cousins, and play and stuff,” Kanzler remembered. One of the playmates was Chrissi Baerg, Katie’s aunt. A Navy wife who fulfilled that role to the core, Baerg was the proverbial “everybody’s friend,” an amazingly cheerful person who was her niece’s best pal. “She loved her aunt,” said Kim Kanzler, Baerg’s sister and Katie’s mom. “Katie talks about her all the time. Baerg’s was living in Hawaii back then, so Katie would visit the Aloha State twice a year to hang with her aunt. “She would play with us all the time,” Katie said. “She was really nice.” In 2009, Baerg died of a heart attack. She was 30. See LEAP, Page 9

By Sebastian Moraga

Jerrie Crook, left, and her daughter Casey play on Fall City Elementary School’s playground, along with second-grader Sophia Walters, center, and Brooke Kelly, in the background. Crook showed up for her daughter’s school’s Parent Play Day.

Adults get in playtime with kids By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Audrey Hoving, dressed for her class’ Colonial Tea Day, participates in the American Heart Association fundraiser Jump Rope For Heart on Feb. 14 at Snoqualmie Elementary School.

Third-grader Rylee Welch’s playmate during break at Fall City Elementary School had some unusual accessories on her: car keys and an iced latte from The Grind. That didn’t stop Welch’s friend from rocking the Hula Hoop with Rylee for a while, latte in hand, before leaving for a nearby appointment.

The appointment was with another Fall City Elementary student, to have lunch and play kickball. Parent Play Day gathers parents and their children at the school playgrounds to play games during recess. Candace Welch showed up to Hula Hoop and play kickball, not just with her children but with their buddies. “I have a lot of kids

here that pretend I’m their mom,” Welch said, because their parents can’t come. “It’s huge for the kids when their parents come. They love it.” Across the playground, Matthew Wieting patrolled centerfield during a game of something called baseball-kickball, (yeah, we don’t know what that is, either.) When the other team See PLAY, Page 9


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Valley grads get kudos across the U.S.


Students who call the Snoqualmie Valley home have earned spots on honor rolls at the nation’s colleges and universities. At Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., Benjamin Olson, of North Bend, was placed on the dean’s list for fall. At Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, Snoqualmie’s Kolton Auxier, Brittney Conway, Charles Corriveau, Jessareh and Cooper Helm, Lindsay Kirby, Micah and Hannah Masbaum, Shelby Seydell and Kyle Whitworth made the fall 2012 dean’s list. At Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn., North Bend’s Nicole Stanton was

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Play From Page 8 scored, Wieting almost let out a mild, grade-schoolerrate, innocuous oath. Then, he remembered who his right fielder was and how Julie Wieting could bench him and then ground him. “What did you say, dude?” Julie asked. Matthew said nothing. Still, parents and children had a blast. Jerrie and Casey Crook tried all sorts of toys before settling for a ride on the teeter-totter. Then, first-grader Casey wanted to jump rope, and then play with a basketball, and so on, all the

named to the dean’s list. Students there must earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average or higher to be chosen. At Grove City College, in Grove City, Pa., Ryan Mott, from North Bend, was named to the dean’s list with High Distinction. Students receiving such honor earned a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0. Mott is a freshman studying mechanical engineering. At Montana State University, in Bozeman, Mont., Alena Woolridge, of Fall City, was named to the president’s honor roll, with a 4.0 GPA. North Bend’s Christian Brown and Snoqualmie’s Patricia Prewitt earned a spot on the dean’s honor roll, with a GPA of 3.5 or

while with Mom obediently following her energetic playmate. The day has become a tradition for some families, Candace said, to the point that her presence is expected at the playground, rain or shine. “They get upset when I’m not here,” she said. The next Parent Play Days are March 22, April 19 and May 17, according to the school’s PTSA website. It is unknown whether Jerrie will be there, but it would not be a surprise if she shows up. “I love experiencing what the kids do,” Jerrie said. “It makes life fun.” By Sebastian Moraga

Candace Welch and her daughter Rylee, right, play during Parent Play Day.

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higher. At Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Ore., Jennifer Green, of North Bend, was named to the honor roll, by keeping a straight-A average. Molly Cordell and Brianna Trotto — both from North Bend — earned a spot by maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher. At Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., David Redemann from North Bend made the dean’s list. Students at Ripon must achieve a GPA of 3.4 or higher. At Thiel College, in Greenville, Pa., Danielle Massengill, of North Bend, was named to the dean’s list. It’s the third time sophomore

Massengill has made the dean’s list. Students at Thiel must earn a 3.4 GPA or higher to be chosen. At the University of Oklahoma-Norman, Stephanie Rehm, of North Bend, was named to the fall 2012 honor roll. She earned a 4.0 GPA. At Wake Forest University, in WinstonSalem, N.C., North Bend’s Katherine Franklin made the school’s dean’s list for fall 2012. At Western Washington University, Stephanie Buschen, from Fall City, earned a spot for the fall quarter with a 4.0 grade point average. Samantha Leigh Prins, of North Bend, and Adam Kitz and Elizabeth Majors also earned a spot.

“They think she might have had something congenital,” Kim said. “She was healthy.” Besides a broken heart, Kim was left with the task of explaining her death to Katie, who was then in kindergarten. “We just said her heart was very sick and doctors could do nothing to help her,” Kim said. “That’s about what a 5-year-old understands.” The campaign Jump Rope for Heart raises money for the American Heart Association. Students of all grades at elementary schools, including Katie’s Snoqualmie Elementary School, take turns jumping rope for a week during lunchtime. Music blasts from loudspeakers. The Hues Corp., MC Hammer, the Korean artist PSY (wanna guess which song?) help the children stay moving. Teachers get into it, singing or jumping along with their pupils. In the middle of it all, there’s Katie, jumping. Watching from a corner is Kim. “I feel really good,” Katie said. “Because I feel like I can save someone else’s life, so that they don’t have to lose a loved one.” In the first year, Katie raised about $400. In the second year, she raised about $1,200. This year, she’s up to about $500 so far, Kim said. “I get teary every year,” Kim said. “She’s taking

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Interested in Snoqualmie Elementary School’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign, including donating to the cause? Email Jim McEldowney, team leader, at

it on as a way to keep Chrissi’s spirit alive, and to help others.” Katie’s schoolmates were also trying to help others, even if their clothes weren’t helping them. Busy schedule The next-to-last day of Jump Rope for Heart Day was Feb. 14, a busy day for anyone older than 5. Fifth-graders at Snoqualmie Elementary celebrate it with a “Colonial Tea Day,” where they wear clothes from the era and celebrate the naked armed cherub with the arrows by having a tea party. Before that, however, on Feb. 14, they had to jump rope in long skirts and pantaloons. “It was diff-ee-cult!” a trio of Betsy Ross lookalikes screamed in unison. One of them, fifthgrader Hope Terpilowski, noted this was not a day to complain, though. “I’m afraid I’m going to rip something,” fifthgrader Audrey Hoving said, before returning to her jumps. The leaps became repetitive after a while for the colonially-attired. They all put on their best attitudes and jumped on. “We can’t do crossovers,” Hope said. “We just jump rope. It’s OK. It’s for a good cause.”



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Mount Si cheerleaders finish No. 6 in the nation By Michele Mihalovich What a difference a year makes. Mount Si High School’s red cheerleading squad competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Florida Feb. 9-10, and walked away with a sixth-place finish. Compare that to how they placed last year during their first national competition, and you’ll see how much the team has improved. “Last year, we were third from last place in the preliminaries before we even got to the semi round,” senior Hailey Barrett said. She said last year’s competition was more for just getting a feel for a national competition with 10,000 other cheerleaders. “There are incredible teams competing down there, and we all just looked up to them with amazement,” Barrett said. “But, it also gave us incentive to be sharper and to try and be like

them. Our coach knew we could be better than third from the last.” The Wildcat red squad went undefeated at cheer competitions this season, and then went on to win a cheerleading state title — a first in school history. But, Barrett said that during Mount Si’s performance at the national semifinals bout this month, their nerves may have gotten the best of the team. “We did not do well,” she said. “We fell and it was pretty disappointing, because we didn’t hear our name read to go on to the finals.” Coach Jessii Stevens said the girls placed 18th in the semifinals against 29 other teams. But, Barrett said, while the team was waiting in line for a Disney World ride and still feeling “pretty glum” about their performance, Stevens got a call from the judges saying Mount Si was going to be moved up to See CHEER, Page 11


Mount Si High School red squad cheerleaders pose at the nationals competition in Florida Feb. 9-10. Team members are Jessica Canyock, Hailey Barrett, Danielle Kraycik, Karli Rogers, Gretchen Chase, Katy Black, Nicki Mostofi, Mikaelyn Davis, Miranda Gillespie, Erin Antoch, Johanna Cranford, Kirstie Clark, Amanda Smith, Natalie Holmes and Amanda Antoch, with coaches Jessii Stevens and Travis Anderson.

Mount Si gymnastics makes history By Sebastian Moraga

By Christy Trotto

Mount Si High School’s Hannah Richmond performs on uneven bars during the 2013 state gymnastics meet at the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 15. She set a personal best of 8.85 during the performance. The Wildcats finished third in state, the best-ever finish for the program.

Mount Si High School’s gymnastics team members shed tears of joy at the end of a long day Feb. 15 when the team earned third place at the state meet in Tacoma. The team enjoyed a variety of scrapbook-worthy performances to achieve the best finish in the program’s history. The Wildcat team trailed only Kamiakin and Enumclaw in points. Head coach Jessica Easthope called the result “the natural progression of a terrific season. “An exclamation point to a stellar season,” she added. “We were right on our highest averages, 169. We couldn’t be more happy with how the girls did today.” The team arrived in Tacoma as the defending league and district champion. After a shaky start on bars, the team regrouped and performed well on beam, floor and vault. On bars, Hannah Richmond scored an 8.85, good enough for sixth place, and a personal best for her, Easthope said. “She had a fantastic meet,” Easthope said, noting that Richmond qualified for the bars’ individual finals. Then, came the beam. “This is what makes us or breaks us,” Jen Rogers said. One Mount Si gymnast —

Rogers — ranked in the top 25, scoring a 9.0 and finishing 13th, qualifying for individual finals. Four Mount Si gymnasts scored an 8 or higher. Those watching from the sidelines praised the team’s gutsy performance. “It’s better than we’ve ever done,” said senior gymnast and assistant coach Jessica Trotto, who has been out for the year since October with a bad back. Easthope praised Hailey Johnson and Mackenzie Brown’s beam performances. “They both had falls on bars, which was our rocky start, but they came on beam and stuck their beam routine,” Easthope said. On floor, Rogers finished sixth with a 9.55 score and qualified for individual finals. Carissa Castagno finished 17th with 9.45; Maggie Kenow finished in 40th place with 9.125. “She’s never scored a 9.125 on floor,” Easthope said. “And, she’s a freshman. ” Richmond finished in 46th place with 9.075. Castagno just missed qualifying for individual finals on floor. The last qualifier was Decatur’s Victoria Braun with 9.475. “I went out and did my best, and that’s all I can do,” Castagno said. “I’m so proud of all the other girls that got out

there and got to do it, though.” Floor was the strongest of the four disciplines for Mount Si, she added. On vault, Mount Si’s highest scorer was Pauline Kaczmarek, with an 8.9, finishing in 22nd place. At the end, the team posed for pictures and everyone from Trotto to Athletic Director Greg Hart celebrated the strong showing. “Everyone worked really hard this year,” Trotto said, tears streaming down her face. “They did the best that they could, and that’s all you can really ask for.” The only two teams that did better than the Wildcats’ 169.125 points were Kamiakin with 179.6 and state champ Enumclaw with 181.05. “Those teams are mostly club gymnasts,” Rogers said. “They have the ability to go from being behind to pulling ahead really quickly.” Columbia River finished fourth, Decatur came in fifth, Highline placed sixth, Sammamish was seventh and Holy Names came in eighth. The comeback the Wildcats mounted wasn’t too bad, either, Easthope noted. “How they came back to finish on beam, floor and vault was just tremendous courage,” she said. “Just awesome.”

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Qatar trip almost ends in disaster for North Bend hydro racer By Sebastian Moraga Not sore anymore, Brian Perkins takes time to get philosophical about the accident that cut short the first race of his 2013 hydroplane racing season. Fellow racer Tommy Thompson’s boat slammed into the side of Perkins’

ride during one of the qualifying heats in Qatar, wrecking Perkins’ boat and leaving him with an aching body for the next 48 hours. “It wasn’t Tommy’s fault,” Perkins said. “Just a racing incident. These things happen.”

Thompson ended up with a puncture wound in his right arm and broke blood vessels in his eyes, Perkins said. “Boat contact is not typically a common thing, but boats going into roostertails, that’s not common, but it happens more

By Chris Denslow

Brian Perkins escaped unscathed from a two-hydroplane crash during the qualifying heats of the first race of the 2013 season in Qatar. The North Bend racer predicted his boat will be ready to go for the next race in Sacramento in May.

Cheer From Page 10 compete in the finals with 20 other teams. The judges pulled up five teams from the Medium Varsity NonTumbling Division into the finals competition, but why they were moved up remains a mystery. “Yeah, we have no clue,” Stevens said. “The only thing that comes to mind is that there is a ton of NHSCC staff in the warm-up room. Maybe they saw that our skills were hitting in warm-ups, but then we had major mistakes in semis, so they gave us the benefit of the doubt that we had errors due to nerves.” During the finals performance, however, no mistakes were made. “We definitely proved to everyone in finals that we had the skill level to compete with the best, and that we did,” she said. “In finals, the team hit a flawless routine, and improved their score drastically to move up to sixth place,” Stevens said. “It was beyond a phenomenal accomplishment!” Barrett said she was


Mount Si High School red squad cheerleaders pose in front of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., where the national cheer competition was held. “unbelievably proud of this team. We put 150 per-

cent into this routine and hit it perfectly.”

often,” he “Anything like this can anytime said. you race Besides be fatal. It’s one of those a 7,000the sorepound things.” ness, the race boat accident — Brian Perkins going scared Hydro racer over 100 Perkins’ miles an girlfriend hour, a bit, but she rebounded there is that chance.” quickly. Wives and girlThe next race is in friends of boat drivers Sacramento in May, so the rally around each other race is on to find parts, fix when there’s an accident, the boat and have it ready Perkins said. for the California trip. “Anything like this can “We won’t see the boat be fatal,” he said. “It’s one for another six weeks,” he of those things. Any time said. “When the boat gets you’re racing stuff, it’s here, we should have the dangerous. Our safety stuff parts ready.” that we use is very good, If the boat isn’t ready, with a lot of testing, but Perkins will race a backup

boat in Sacramento, he said. As opposed to last year, where finances limited the season to two races, Perkins said the team plans to race the full season in 2013. The accident won’t hurt the team’s plans, he added. “We are going to be able to race the full season. Unless Greg,” he said referring to team owner Greg O’Farrell, “decides he doesn’t want to, we got the green light.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at



Events q The North Bend Moose Club will host a benefit auction and dinner for Norma and A.P. Smith, two North Bend residents struggling with recovery from surgery. Norma is a waitress and A.P. is a selfemployed logger. The event starts at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by a 7:30 p.m. live auction and music. A Mexican dinner will be served; tickets are $10 per person. Donations to the auction are welcome at the Moose, 108 N. Sydney St., North Bend, until noon Feb. 23. Or, you may donate directly to the Smiths’ Sterling Savings account. q The YMCA of Snoqualmie Valley will host Teen Art Day, 2-6 p.m. Feb. 23. Teenagers will have a chance to create their own stencil and (legal) graffiti designs, and create their own graffiti wall at 35018 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Cost is $20 per participant for facility members and $23 for nonmembers. Participants must register beforehand. Call the YMCA at 256-3115.

Music/ entertainment q The Black Dog presents Neil Simon’s “California Suite” at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 to March 2. Dinner is available every night from 6-7:45 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for children and seniors. 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Get tickets via or call 831-DOGS (3647). q Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 23, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Call 292-9307 for reservations or go to q The Hipsters, 9 p.m. March 9, Finaghty’s Irish Pub, 7726 Center Blvd.

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child and come for stories, songs and surprises. q Preschool Story Time, 10:45 a.m. Feb. 26, ages 3-6, with adults and siblings welcome. q SnoValley Writers Work Group, 6 p.m. Feb. 26, join local writers for writing exercises, critique and lessons on voice, plot and point of view. Email for assignment prior to coming to class. Adults only.

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Snoqualmie Library Unless otherwise noted, all events are at 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie, 888-1223.

By Dan Dion

‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Jim Breuer will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Snoqualmie Casino, bringing his observations about life as a married father of three daughters, his views about success, (“leather pants and a kangaroo”) his childhood as a self-described fat kid, and his elderly father. Tickets are available through S.E., Suite 110, Snoqualmie. Call 888-8833 or go to

Class q Session B of swimming lessons at Si View Community Center starts Feb. 25. Monday-Wednesday lessons run from Feb. 25 to April 3. Tuesday-Thursday lessons run from Feb. 26 to April 4. Saturday lessons run from March 2 to April 6. Weekday lessons are $84 and the parent-tot program is $72. Weekend lessons are $42 and the parent-tot program is $36. Learn more at www. The center is at 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Call 831-1900.

North Bend Library Unless otherwise noted,

all events are at 115 E. Fourth St. North Bend, 888-0554. q Study Zone, 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Drop in for free homework help in all subjects from volunteer tutors. For teens. q Infant and Family Story Time, 11 a.m. Feb. 25. Newborn to age 3 with adult. Sibling and older children welcome. q Talk Time, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Improve your speaking and listening skills in this English conversation group. Learn more about American culture and meet people from around the world. q Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. Feb. 26, for children ages 2-3, with adults and younger children and siblings welcome. Share the world of books with your

q Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 25, and 10:45 a.m. Feb. 27, for ages 3-6 with adult. Share the world of books with your child and come for songs, stories and surprises. q Family Film Night, 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Watch a family movie and enjoy movie snacks. This month’s movie is “Despicable Me.” q Anime and Manga Club, 3 p.m. Feb. 27, watch anime movies, eat popcorn and practice your manga drawing. All skill levels welcome. q Study Zone, 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Drop in during scheduled hours for free homework help in all subjects from volunteer tutors. q Young Toddler Story Times, 10 a.m. Feb. 27, ages 6 months to 24 months with adult, younger children and siblings welcome. Enjoy bouncy rhymes, familiar songs and stories with your little one.

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