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Your locally-owned newspaper, serving North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington

March 17, 2011 VOL. 3, NO. 11

County condition Executive offers bold plan in State of County address. Page 2

Mount Si rower commits to UW Page 16

Behind the ballots

By Dan Catchpole

Strict rules guide the school bond vote recount. Page 3

If you live in the Snoqualmie Valley, eventually you will experience a major earthquake. The Puget Sound region is one of the world’s most seismically active regions. It sits next to a subduction zone capable of what experts call a “megathrust earthquake,” and several major fault lines run through the region. One of those major faults — the South Whidbey Island Fault — runs under the Snoqualmie Valley. The area’s penchant for seismic shaking means it could see an earthquake as destructive as the 9.0 magnitude one that rocked Japan on March 11. Officials are using the event to urge residents to prepare supplies and a plan in case of a similar catastrophic earthquake here.

Police & Fire Page 7

Time to travel Double your hiking pleasure at Twin Falls. Page 8

Laughing matter North Bend artist mixes humor with her paintings. Page 10

Final farewell Mount Si High School principal to retire. Page 14

Faults crisscross Puget Sound Puget Sound has three sources of earthquakes: the Cascadia subduction zone, deep fault lines and shallow fault lines. See EARTHQUAKE, Page 6

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Learn to survive and prepare for an earthquake If you are indoors ❑ Get under a sturdy table or desk. Cover your head and face to help prevent injury from glass and debris. Hold onto a leg of the furniture piece and be prepared to move with it if the shaking is severe. ❑ If there is no suitable table or desk, move away from windows and lie down beside a sturdy piece of furniture, such

Baseball preview How do the 2011 Mount Si Wildcats look? Page 16

Free health screenings highlight Healthy Living Fair

Snoqualmie Valley quake is a question of when, not if

The gang’s all here North Bend resident Danny Raphael caught a herd of elk, also known as a gang, ambling across 428th Avenue Southeast. Between 300 and 600 elk live in the Valley, according to the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group. Contributed

as a sofa or bed, and cover your head and face. Avoid objects that could fall. ❑ Don’t go outside or use stairs or elevators until the shaking stops. Falling debris is a major cause of quake-related injuries. ❑ In a crowded public place, do not rush to the exit. Stay inside until the shaking stops. If you’re sitting, get down on the floor next to your seat. If stand-

ing, move away from objects that could fall, such as shelves. If you are outdoors ❑ Move to an open area, away from cliffs and steep embankments where there might be falling debris or a landslide. Get away from riverbeds; a major quake could See TIPS, Page 6

The third annual Snoqualmie Valley Healthy Living Fair is back with more than 30 health care providers on hand to answer your questions. The event, presented by Swedish Medical Group Snoqualmie, will be held at Si View Community Center in North Bend, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26. Admission is free. Health professionals will include physical therapists, chiropractors, optometrists, dentists, physicians, assisted living specialists, mental heath counselors, acupuncturists and many more. The event will offer something for all ages. Free health screenings will include blood pressure checks, body mass index testing, strength and balance testing and vision screenings. Free eyewear adjustments will be available and the King County Police Union will offer free fingerprinting of children for family records. Si View Parks will present free fitness class demonstrations throughout the fair. Community members are welcome to join; there is no need to pre-register. ❑ 10:30-10:50 a.m. — Body Pump/step aerobics/ Pilates sampler ❑ 10:55-11:15 a.m. — Fitmates circuit ❑ 11:20-11:40 a.m. — Yoga and belly dance ❑ 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. — Cardio intervals ❑ 12:10-12:30 p.m. — Zumba ❑ 12:35-12:55 p.m. — Tai Chi ❑ 1:00-1:20 p.m. — Adult tap ❑ 1:25-1:45 p.m. — Karate The Healthy Living Fair is cosponsored by Si View Metro Parks, the Mount Si Senior Center and the SnoValley Star. Learn more by e-mailing avesper@isspress.com.


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Executive offers bold plan in State of the County address By Warren Kagarise King County Executive Dow Constantine reflected on milestones from 15 months in office and outlined a bold agenda for the months ahead in the State of County address Feb. 28. The top elected official in the county offered a plan to shore up aging infrastructure and the social safety net amid drastic budget cuts. The address to County Council representatives and community members also emphasized

regional partnerships. “The choices we make will have a lasting and profound impact. As our parents and grandparents did, we too owe it to those who come after us to be responsible, thoughtful and smart,” Constantine said. “If we do our jobs right — building on the commitment to partnership and collaboration that have created the many successes of the past year — we can translate our internal reforms to external results.”

The executive delivered the speech at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, in part to highlight efforts to shore up the aging Howard Hanson Dam. The dam, upstream from Kent along the Green River, required local, county and federal agencies to join together to secure funds for long-term repairs. “A year ago, we were evacuating county facilities in the Green River Valley,” he said. “Today, we’ve gathered here in

the valley city of Kent, secure in the knowledge that the Army Corps is moving ahead with well-designed and fully funded long-term repairs to the Howard Hanson Dam.” Constantine also announced a plan to relocate King County Elections from a temporary office in Tukwila to a state-ofthe-art office in Renton in June. The elections office evacuated the Renton facility amid the Green River flooding threat in 2009. The address also focused on the struggle to produce a balanced budget late last year. Officials instituted deep cuts to criminal justice agencies and other county departments to close a $60 million budget gap. “Last year — with many painful-but-necessary cuts — we reset our general fund budget to a level that we can sustain,” Constantine said. The electorate defeated Proposition 1 — a proposal to raise the sales tax rate and send the additional dollars to the King County Sheriff’s Office and courts — last November. Collaboration is key “We gave voters a choice over the level of public safety services, and we must respect their choice,” Constantine said. “Each of our elected justice-system leaders made tough choices that support financial sustainability.” The address also touched on “green themes” — including efforts to cut energy usage and conserve open space. Constantine spotlighted Sammamish for joining a regional effort to preserve rural land and steer construction to urban areas. “Sammamish is the latest to join the club of city partners who are accommodating transferred development rights from

On the web Watch a video of King County Executive Dow Constantine delivering the State of the County address at the county website, www.kingcounty.gov. open space to urban areas, and I will send our council legislation in the coming weeks to formalize this new agreement,” he said. Constantine also offered a proposal to change the county Road Services Division — the agency responsible for maintaining roads in rural and unincorporated areas. “Later this year, I will transmit a plan to transition our Roads Services Division to a provider of rural roads — a plan to address an aging infrastructure of roads that lacks stable funding,” he said. Officials welcomed the proposals to forge partnerships and reshape county government. “I am encouraged by the success of this first year and the executive’s emphasis on collaboration and infrastructure improvements to better serve our citizens while meeting ongoing economic challenges,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Snoqualmie Valley representative, said in a statement. “It is exciting to see the cooperation among county agencies that already has produced efficiencies in the past year. I look forward to working with the executive on implementing new qualitative and quantitative measures to streamline government to meet the needs of our citizens all across the county.” Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Strict rules guide voter recounts By Sebastian Moraga You may talk, but not interrupt. You may write, but not in dark ink. You may observe, but not meddle. And you may tuck that cell phone away, thank you. Welcome to an election recount, the latest of which became essential to solve a close vote on the Snoqualmie Valley school bond. Gathered around a skimpy table, stern people make a printed piece of paper feel more important than it probably had felt in months. One holds it, overlooks it, slides it over to the teammate, who re-reviews it and then sets it aside like a flat centerpiece. “As long as they agree, they keep moving to the next ballot,” said David Spring, who observed the recount of the school bond vote and who opposed the bond. While the counters count, people standing behind the table keep an eye on things. These observers, like Spring, can do that and not much else. “They should ask questions to the appropriate person about their observations but may not disrupt the process,” stated the webpage “Recounts in Washington State” on the Secretary of State’s website. If they write notes, observers and those watching the observers may not use either dark ink or dark pencils, to avoid compromising ballots with stray marks. The observers and their observers end up looking like judges in a jigsaw puzzle contest — perplexed, yet interested. “It was a fantastic experience,” Spring said. “I was very impressed that King County allows anybody to observe directly what goes on with the ballots. We were not allowed to touch the table, but we could be within two or three feet. We could see the ballots as well as the counters did.”

Recounts are perplexing affairs, with different rules for elections and ballot measures in this state. Different rates also apply for electronic and hand recounts, said a King County Elections spokeswoman Kim van Ekstrom. Van Ekstrom, communications manager for that office, said a hand recount costs 25 cents per ballot and a machine recount costs 15 cents per ballot. “The 25-cent-per-ballot recount fee is used statewide and is the deposit for the cost of the recount,” King County Elections communications specialist Katie Gilliam wrote in an e-mail. “The requesting party is liable for the full cost of the recount and the deposit is a down payment toward the full cost.” Elections may undergo a mandatory recount, which kicks in if the difference between the two candidates is less than 2,000 and less than one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast for both candidates. Candidates or officers of a political party for whom votes were cast may request an election recount. Ballot measures have no mandatory recount, and a ballot measure recount must be requested by a group of five or

more registered voters. If a requested recount results in a reversed outcome, the county reimburses the person or persons who requested the recount. The Secretary of State orders recounts in statewide offices and ballot measures and any legislative, congressional or judicial office that crosses county lines. County canvassing boards order recounts in all other races, including school bonds. The rules differ yet again in a primary election. No matter how close the finish between the two top votegetters in a primary, there’s no recount, since both will have qualified for the general election. A recount may be requested or may be automatic for the votes between the second- and third-place candidates. At a rate of one ballot per couple of seconds, recounts tend to be fast-paced affairs, Spring said. No hanging chads here. “This is not like Florida,” he added. “A lot of people have criticized King County Elections in the past several years, but I was very impressed how willing they were to let practically anybody stand there and look at the ballot. It gave me faith in the process.”

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Corrections ❑ The March 10 issue of the SnoValley Star incorrectly stated the name of the driver in an accident as supplied by the Washington State Patrol. Lynden Watts, of Fall City, witnessed the accident. ❑ Snoqualmie Tribal Councilman Ray Mullen is not up for re-election this year, as was stated in the March 3 issue.

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Editorial

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Earthquake in Japan is a call to action here

School bond should address basic needs

The international effort to help the people of Japan deal with massive catastrophes is gaining ground. We have no doubt that Snoqualmie Valley families will do what they can, with prayers, finances and volunteer efforts. But there is something else every family here can do. Prepare. The shock of the earthquake disaster in Japan is way too close to what could happen here. If you had been ignoring the warnings to get ready for an emergency, now is the time to pay attention. Yes, there is food and water to be stored, along with basic medical supplies, but there is more to be done. Many older Snoqualmie Valley homes were constructed without tie-downs to their foundations. It’s worth exploring whether your home still needs straps to keep your home from sliding off its base. Check your homeowner’s insurance to know what your policy will cover, and keep a copy of your policy along with other important papers in an accessible place. Compile a list of phone numbers, or enter them in your cell phone. In case phone lines are down, work out a plan for family members to be able to communicate. Last, but perhaps most important, work out a community plan with your neighbors. Learn where gas and water shut-off valves are located on each house, and when you should turn off the gas. Arrange to share pet, child or elder care if you or your neighbor is unable to get home. Go one step further and take emergency preparedness training. A series of classes offered by Snoqualmie begins in April. After the 9.0 earthquake in Japan last week, the awareness level should be firmly heightened. Now it’s up to you.

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Recognition of state employees By Gov. Chris Gregoire and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark In the first two months of this year, the state of Washington has had three exemplary employees die on the job while serving and protecting the public. Our hearts go out to their families and the loved ones that have been left behind. Every day, state employees perform potentially dangerous jobs in uncertain and changing

MARCH 17, 2011 same issue that we will be seeing higher taxes for other choices we have made at the ballot including other school levies. We all have been living beyond our means for decades (one only needs to look at the national debt for evidence). Basic education may be a right and our collective responsibility, but past that let your own motiva-

tion dictate your success, not my tax bill. I encourage the school board to be thrifty and propose something much more modest; $56 million seems outrageous. I’d be happy to vote yes if I thought we were covering the basic needs. Mitch Lucas North Bend

conditions. It might be a law enforcement officer working to preserve public safety, an inspector working to ensure roads and bridges are safe, a firefighter putting out a forest blaze, or a social worker working to protect our most vulnerable children and elderly citizens. We, as public officials, want to express our gratitude to these men and women. They operate out of a sense of public service to their community and enjoyment of a job well done. When a state employee loses his or her life on the job, it not only affects the family and coworkers but also the communities where they worked and lived. It is the person on the next stool over at the breakfast counter, the usher at your church or the volunteer at our

children’s school. The loss tears at the fabric of our communities, leaving us just that much more fragile. State Department of Transportation employee Billy Rhynalds, from North Bend, was helping secure a flooding roadway when a tree fell and took his life. He had promised to retire several times, but couldn’t give up serving the public and working with his crew. A 12-year veteran of WSDOT, Billy often volunteered to work extra hours when roads became flooded or snowed over. Department of Corrections officer Jayme Biendl, from Monroe, was killed while on duty in a prison chapel. At age 34, she served the state for eight years and See STATE, Page 6

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Even if not fishing, you never know what you’ll catch By Slim Randles Both Marvin Pincus and Dewey Decker joined us for coffee this morning at the Round Table for the daily gathering of the world dilemma think tank at the Mule Barn truck stop. It was an honor for us, as these two were very busy entrepreneurs: Dewey as chief executive officer of Environmental Enrichment Services (he supplies cow manure to local gardens) and Marvin as proprietor of the Fly Tying Love Center, where his advice and the tying of an appropriate fly hopefully sends his clients happily into relationship bliss. Dewey was one of Marvin’s success stories, Marvin having tied up a lead-wire-wrapped woolly bugger for him and advising Dewey to ask a woman for a date after showering. “So, how’s the love advice biz, Marvin?” Doc asked. “Slow, Doc. Everyone seems to be pretty happy right now. Cold winter doesn’t help me much. They all kinda scrunch together to stay warm.” “Marvin’s tying fly earrings now, you know,” Steve put in. “Hey, that’s right,” Doc said. “My wife got some. They’re really pretty, Marvin. How’s that going?” “Better than the love advice

part of it, that’s for sure. These women are sure funny when it comes to flies. You’d think they’d Slim Randles like the kind of flies we use Columnist around here. Adams, black gnat, mosquito, muddler minnow, stuff like that.” “They don’t?” Steve asked. “Nope. They want salmon streamers. The gaudier the better. I’ve had to learn to tie Silver Doctors and Parmachene Belles and buy turquoise feathers and a bunch of gold and silver wire to

wrap on them.” “They’re sure pretty, though,” said Doc. “Well, yes. But my biggie right now is a stone fly nymph on a number four. Women wear those with plain black evening dresses.” “The big question is,” smirked Steve, taking a sip of coffee, “do they work?” “Of course they do!” Doc said. “The other day my missus was wearing hers when she went by the pond at the library and she came home with a 6-inch rainbow trout hanging from each ear.” Brought to you by “Sweetgrass Mornings,” a collection of outdoor memories, at www.slimrandles.com.

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Earthquake From Page 1 The Cascadia subduction zone sits off the Washington and Oregon coast, and could produce an earthquake on the scale of the one in Japan, which occurred in a subduction zone about 80 miles offshore. “It’s very comparable,” said Brian Sherrod, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist and professor at the University of Washington. “It would be very reasonable to assume we could get an 8.5 to 9.0 magnitude earthquake 100 miles offshore.” That is where the Juan de Fuca Plate is being pushed below the North American Plate. Tectonic plates form the earth’s crust but move independently of each other. When they collide, sometimes one plate is pushed below the other. That creates massive amounts of energy to build up as the two plates attempt to slide past each other. Sometimes the motion is steady, but it can also happen in a burst, which produces an earthquake. Pressure builds up in a similar fashion in faults within a plate, but these produce more localized earthquakes. Several faults run through the Puget Sound region. They are shorter than subduction zones and vary in depth. Shallower faults produce shallower earthquakes, which can cause much more damage with the same amount of energy as compared to a deeper earthquake. The 2001 Nisqually earthquake reached 6.8 magnitude, but it was about 36 miles below the earth’s surface, so much of its energy dissipated underground. In comparison, the South Whidbey Island Fault, which runs under the Snoqualmie Valley, is only about 12 miles deep. “Because you’re so much closer to the source, you can expect much more damage,” Sherrod said. In all, the Puget Sound area has about 10 to 12 shallow faults capable of producing an earthquake of 7 to 7.5 magnitude. Records indicate that a sig-

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all across the state of public employees who put their safety and sometimes their lives at risk for our well-being. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate their efforts. Whether they are friends, family members or just someone you know, please take time to thank the teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, inspectors and other public employees you know for the hard work they do in public service. We will be joining you in thanking them for all they do. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

From Page 1 send large amounts of water and mud downstream. ❑ If you are near a body of water, move to high ground to escape a potential tsunami. If the epicenter is nearby, it could be only a few minutes before such a wave would hit. ❑ If you are on foot near tall buildings, duck into a doorway to avoid falling glass and debris.

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Local earthquakes > 4.0 magnitude Location Date 12.5 km SSE of North Bend April 29, 1945 12.5 km SSE of North Bend April 30, 1945 6.4 km E of North Bend Feb. 11, 1957 10.7 km W of Fall City Jan. 24, 1963 4.6 km NE of Fall City Dec. 31, 1978

nificant earthquake occurs along one of these faults about every 900 years, he said. “The last big earthquakes in the region were about 1,100 years ago,” Sherrod said. That was when at least four big quakes shook the area. Scientists don’t know exactly how closely together they occurred. They could have happened over a period of 200 years or 30 seconds, he said. It has been about 2,700 years since the South Whidbey Island Fault’s last known major earthquake. Estimated at about 16,000 years old, it has produced at least four earthquakes big enough to leave a mark on the local geology. Sherrod estimates they were between 6.8 and 7.5 magnitude. Scientists confirmed that the South Whidbey Island Fault runs through the Valley in 2009. That information has not been incorporated into the area’s building codes. Tim Walsh, a geologist with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, expects it will influence the codes beginning in 2012 or 2013. The Valley could be especially susceptible to liquefaction during an earthquake of magnitude

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5.5 or greater. The violent shaking of a tremor can cause saturated, loose soil to essentially turn to liquid, causing it to lose its strength. For liquefaction to occur, the right conditions must exist, Sherrod said. It requires the right amount of water content, type of soil and degree of shaking. The conditions required are so specific, it can occur in one place and not occur 100 yards away, he said. To prepare for a major earthquake, residents should stockpile an emergency container full of supplies, such as nonperishable food, water, batteries, a radio and more, not just for earthquakes but also winter storms and volcano eruptions, said Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe. Earthquake country The series of catastrophic earthquakes that have rocked the Pacific Rim in recent years are not a matter for concern for Valley residents. The Pacific Northwest is not necessarily next on the list. “The Pacific Rim, it’s doing exactly what it’s done historically,” Sherrod said. Big earthquakes occur around the rim every year. It just happens in recent years, they have hit several heavily populated areas. Big earthquakes also occur in the Pacific Northwest. In the past 70 years, three earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or greater have occurred in the area. Smaller earthquakes occur all the time. The vast majority of these are only felt by sensitive seismographic equipment. “If you live in this region, you live in earthquake country,” Sherrod said. “You can and probably will experience a big earthquake in your lifetime.” Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

If you are in transit: ❑ If driving, stop your vehicle away from buildings, bridges and utility lines and stay inside until the shaking stops. ❑ Turn on your car radio to find out what routes are open before proceeding, and beware of hazards such as potentially weakened bridges and downed power lines. ❑ Provide first aid and a safe place for anyone who is injured or very upset. Check on and help neighbors. ❑ Call 911 or other emergency phone numbers only if injuries are serious or the situation is life threatening. Phone lines will be jammed, and unnecessary calls can hamper rescue efforts. Once the shaking stops: ❑ Check for hazards such as fire, leaks, chemical spills and precarious structures. ❑ Natural-gas companies ask customers not to turn off their gas service at the meter unless they smell or hear a leak. If you smell gas coming from inside your home, call your gas company from a phone outside. ❑ If gas is leaking, do not touch electric switches or use the telephone until the situation is corrected. Only the gas company can restore service. ❑ If using a generator, plug appliances into the generator directly or with extension

cords. Never plug a generator into a household outlet because power can flow back to the utility’s main system and injure utility workers trying to restore power. Always run generators outdoors to prevent buildup of toxic fumes. ❑ Turn on the radio. In the case of an emergency that displaces many people, shelter locations will be announced. If the power is off: ❑ You can cook on a wood stove with a flat top and an undamaged chimney. ❑ Open the refrigerator and freezer doors only when necessary. Eat refrigerated food first, frozen food next and dried or canned food last. ❑ Refrigerated foods should be OK for about eight hours, holding a temperature of 40 degrees, unless the door is opened often. ❑ If the power comes on within eight hours, anything with an off odor should be thrown out. ❑ Food in a freezer of 12 cubic feet or more should stay frozen for 48 hours if the freezer is full and the door kept closed; that food will keep safely cold for up to 72 hours. Frozen food that has completely thawed, especially vegetables and dishes containing meat, fish, eggs, cheese and cream sauce — should be tossed out because of possible bacteria growth. ❑ If the freezer temperature is higher than 40 degrees, throw out all food. Call for help If phone service is available, give your out-of-state contact an update on your situation. If service is spotty, ask your contact to call your insurance company if necessary and to call your family and friends who may be worried about you. More resources ❑ USGS, Earthquake Hazards Program: earthquake.usgs.gov


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Police & Fire North Bend police Taking out the trash At 6 a.m. March 7, a man reported to police that his truck had been stolen from the 200 block of Ballarat Avenue South. The truck was unlocked, almost out of gas, with its bed piled high with trash. There were no suspects.

No food for you At about 10 a.m. March 2, a homeless man showed up at a food bank at the North Bend Community Church, 146 E. Third St. The man had been aggressive toward church staff for several weeks and the pastor at the church had tried to work with him, to no avail. The pastor requested police help have the man banned from church property. The man was contacted by police and seemed cooperative. He signed a trespass warning letter without incident.

Warrant arrest At about 8:45 p.m. March 2, a 17-year-old boy and a woman were stopped for jaywalking in the 400 block of East North Bend Way and onto the QFC parking lot. An identification check yielded an outstanding warrant out of Port Angeles on the woman for contempt of court. The boy was warned and released at the scene while the woman was taken to King County Jail.

Free gas At 10:20 p.m. March 3, two people showed up at a self-storage business in the 1400 block of Boalch Avenue, wanting to check on a boiler attached to some storage units. Upon arrival, they saw a Ford truck parked next to a company truck. When a man in the truck saw the two people approaching, he rushed away. When the two people exited their vehicle, they smelled gasoline and saw a gas tank and hose attached to the gas cap of the company truck. One of the two people, the owner of the business, described the man as white, in his 50s with a baseball cap and scruffy hair. He said he would check receipts and surveillance camera for more information.

More free gas At 12:30 a.m. March 5, a man was walking around his residence on the second floor of a real estate business in the 300 block of West North Bend Way. The man saw two males near his vehicle and yelled at them. The two men ran off, circled the

building and entered a pickup near the far west end of an alley. The next morning, another man discovered three gas cans and a siphoning hose adjacent to another vehicle parked behind the business. He spoke to the first witness, who then discovered half of the gasoline in his vehicle was missing. No prints could be found and no adjacent business has security cameras available.

Free clothing, too At 7:35 p.m. March 5, police received a call from a Zumiez clothing store at North Bend Premium Outlets. Upon arrival, store staff told police that two young women had come into the store carrying large bags, picking up clothes and draping them on their arms. Store staff told them that if they wanted to use dressing rooms, they would have to take turns. One woman used the dressing room and when she exited, she was concealing her bag with a sweatshirt and saying she was not going to buy anything. An employee of the store stopped her and asked to look into her bag. The woman responded by grabbing three items from her bag, tossing them into the ground and running into the parking lot where a car awaited. The same employee told the women to wait while he called the police. Suddenly, the woman who stole the three items ran south through the parking lot and into a wooded area while two other women drove toward Interstate 90. The recovered items were left with the store. Police have the name of the registered owner of the car.

Snoqualmie police Laptop gone At 7 p.m. March 4, police contacted a woman who said

her laptop computer had been stolen from her car two days earlier while attending a meeting at Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St. The woman said she had attended the meeting from 6-8 p.m. and that since then she had been unable to find the computer. The value is estimated at $1,300.

Vehicles keyed At 7:36 a.m. March 6, police contacted a man in the 7800 block of Cortland Avenue Southeast. The man said sometime during the night two vehicles of his had been keyed. The damage is estimated at $500. Five other vehicles on the block showed similar damage. A minor was interviewed as a possible suspect in the case. The minor had been arrested along with a cousin the night before on charges of minor in possession. The boy denied any involvement.

Tires flattened At 11:40 a.m. March 6, police showed up in the 8000 block of Euclid Avenue Southeast to talk to a man who said the front, driver’s side tire on his truck had been punctured twice while parked in front of his house. The tire is not repairable, because the sidewall of the tire was punctured. Several other similar incidents were reported to the police that night, including Taylor’s neighbor across the street.

He really wanted in At 1:25 p.m. March 7, police showed up at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, 9575 Ethan Wade Way S.E. A 23-year-old man from Puyallup told police that at about noon that day an unknown male had used his own vehicle to break the front, passenger side window of the man’s 2004 Nissan Sentra. The man said someone else had

PAGE 7 scared off the assailant, so nothing was taken from the vehicle. The damage is estimated at $250.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 1:36 p.m. March 4, EMTs responded to Southeast Epsilon Street for a 2-year-old male with breathing difficulties. He was evaluated and transported to his pediatrician’s office by his father. ❑ At 9:12 p.m. March 4, EMTs responded to Snowberry Avenue Southeast for a 25-yearold female with a medical problem. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 9:33 p.m. March 4, Snoqualmie EMTs responded with Bellevue paramedics to Fairway Avenue Southeast for a 6-year-old male having a seizure. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 6:11 a.m. March 6, Snoqualmie EMTs responded with Bellevue paramedics to Silent Creek Avenue Southeast for a 43-year-old female with chest pain. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by paramedics. ❑ At 2:01 p.m. March 6, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 41-year-old female having a seizure. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by family for evaluation. ❑ At 8:51 p.m. March 6, Snoqualmie EMTs responded with Bellevue paramedics to Snoqualmie Casino for a 52year-old female with chest pain. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by paramedics. ❑ At 12:55 a.m. March7, EMTs responded to Dogwood

EFR advises homeowners to buy fire insurance In 2010, Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to 110 structure fires that resulted in an estimated $1.7 million in property loss. To avoid future property loss, EFR advises that homeowners and renters not only buy fire insurance but also take inventory of personal items so insurance providers will have records of the lost items of value. Without a list, it is difficult to receive full replacement value. Once photos are taken, keep two copies — one that is not stored in the home — for safekeeping. Lane Southeast for a 70-year-old female with shortness of breath. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by her daughter. ❑ At 2:06 p.m. March 7, Snoqualmie EMTs and Bellevue paramedics were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 7:27 p.m. March 9, EMTs were dispatched to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then left at the scene. ❑ At 1:24 a.m. March 10, EMTs responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by a private ambulance. 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.

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When you see the giant wedge of rock, the trail will bend to the left and you will start your uphill trek to the a ridge where you will get your first glimpse of the falls.

Double your hiking pleasure at Twin Falls By Rusty Rae and Sheila Hunter Photos by Rusty Rae You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get away — a simple hike can do wonders for your psyche and here in the Snoqualmie Valley there are numerous choices, including Little Si, Mt. Si and Rattlesnake Ridge. But a favorite is the Twin Falls hike, because it offers something for everyone in the family and is a walk that everyone including grandparents, toddlers and the family dog can manage. This family friendly Twin Falls hike meanders along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, through the forest of the Iron Horse State Park portion of the John Wayne Trail. Power hikers can do the whole hike in less than three hours while those looking to explore further can easily make it a day roundtrip. Setting this trek apart from others is that the journey abounds with the soul-soothing sounds of the rushing river, the many views of the river, the pacifying scents of pine trees and an eyeful of restful greenery. Like your favorite novel perhaps, the 1.5-mile hike to the falls can be divided into thirds, which we humorously dubbed

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Hiking tips ❑ If you pack it in — pack it out. ❑ Keep Fido on a leash — the fine for not doing so is $87. ❑ Hiking in the Cascades requires the 10 essentials — Google “10 essentials” if you’re unfamiliar with these. ❑ Temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the Valley, and the accumulated annual rainfall is twice Seattle’s, so dress accordingly. And remember, the layered look is Northwest chic when hiking the Cascade trails.

the stroll-and-strain, the sideshow and the prize. The stroll-and-strain The first third follows the river. Here, there are ample opportunities to stop for breaks, sip some water, throw rocks into the river or partake of your favorite trail snack, like apples, See TWIN FALLS, Page 12

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Once you arrive at the top of the first uphill trek, you get your first view of Twin Falls, albeit through the trees. From here, it is a short jaunt down the trail to the river bed and a viewpoint of the falls. Continue on a a slightly longer hike to a viewpoint.


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Worms! Encompass introduces kids to creepy crawlers

By Laura Geggel

Photos by Clay Eals

Above, Rochelle Clayton Strunk (left), the new director of community programs at Encompass, watches preschooler Leo examine an earthworm during the Wiggly World of Worms class offered by Mad Science on March 11, at Encompass in North Bend. At left, preschooler Alexis isn’t too sure about the object of her study.

Above, yielding tweezers, preschooler Spencer delights in examining an earthworm. At right, preschooler Luke warms to the task of picking up an earthworm with tweezers.

In 1990, a group of 100 hikers backpacked all of the way from Snoqualmie Pass to Seattle’s waterfront. Their five-day trek raised awareness about the vibrant places between the mountains and Puget Sound, including working forests, farms, historic sites, lakes, campgrounds, rivers, trails, wildlife habitat and communities, and helped inspire the creation of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust one year later. Every decade, the trust holds an anniversary march, making this the third time people will hike and ride from Eastern Washington to the sound. This year, the march will take place over nine days, with festivities celebrating the hikers and the greenway during the first two weeks of July. The hike starts in Ellensburg with stops in Cle Elum, Crystal Springs, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Preston, Issaquah, Bellevue and finally Pier 58 in Seattle. Some cities, including Ellensburg, Cle Elum, Snoqualmie — on July 6 — and Issaquah will host events open to the public. Learn more about the times and locations at www.mtsgreenway.org. The first two days, participants can ride a bike or a horse, and the rest of the hike is by foot. Marchers will be able to connect with nature and each See GREENWAY , Page 11

North Bend artist mixes art with humor By Sebastian Moraga Her grandchildren have said she is sassy. And 10 minutes with Sandy Robinson won’t prove them wrong. “The first thing a budding artist needs is to know how to draw,” the 71-year-old Connecticut-born painter said. “I’m not kidding. You get many people tossing paint onto a canvas and calling themselves artists.” An artist needs to get a sketchbook and draw something every day, she said, and then look back in three months and see whether he or she has pro-

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gressed. “Unless you can draw, you are not really an artist,” she added. A self-described working artist, Robinson will exhibit her best work from the past five years at the Mount Si Senior

Center starting March 18. “The senior center is very fortunate to have this display,” said Elizabeth McGuire, a center volunteer. The display includes oil paintings and pencil drawings by Robinson, who began drawing at age 6. The exhibit includes landscapes such as Snoqualmie Falls, and innovative concepts like a row of eggs colored with Easter motifs — on the inside of the shell. Most works tend to use nature as a theme, including See ARTIST, Page 11

By Sebastian Moraga

Sandy Robinson is a Connecticut-born, Valley-based, self-described working artist and art nut.


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Joyce V. Littlejohn Joyce V. Littlejohn died March 6, 2011, in Olympia. She was 77. There will be a ceremony at the Scott Lake Community Joyce Littlejohn Center on March 19 for her friends in the south end. There will be a service at the Mount Si High School auditorium at 11 a.m. March 26 for all of her Snoqualmie Valley friends. A reception (potluck) will follow at the Eagles from noon to 4 p.m. Joyce was born Sept. 26,

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1933, to Ted and Clara Kinscherf in Leavenworth, where she spent her youth. As a child she enjoyed sports, ski jumping and fishing with her dad. She graduated from high school in Skykomish, where she met her husband Cecil who was staying in Skykomish, working on a logging project with his father. They were married in November 1951. Joyce and Cecil lived on the Olympia dairy farm where they ran a dairy and logging operation until 1962. Then, they acquired a three-year logging job on the end of the North Fork Road in Snoqualmie, where they moved. The logging business in the Snoqualmie Valley would keep them busy for the next 40 years. During that time, Joyce was

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From Page 10 other, walking through paths far from the chaos of the city. In 2000, 100 people participated, and this year the nonprofit organization is aiming to double that. Children older than 12 are invited to join the march, as long as they are in good physical shape. The toughest day of the hike, July 9, will take the group on a 16-mile route from Issaquah, over Squak and Cougar mountains and down to Coal Creek Park in Bellevue. Hikers concerned about their endurance can arrange for their own transportation to ferry them between checkpoints. Participants should bring a sleeping bag, tent and other camping gear, but the trip’s organizers will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. The $450 fee for the march includes, food, insurance, permit fees, bus transport, entertainment, portable toilets and administrative costs.

20th anniversary march ❑ July 2-10 ❑ Adults $450; Youths $250 ❑ Register online at www.mtsgreenway.org.

People who take extraordinary photos in Mountains to Sound Greenway territory — from Seattle to Ellensburg — can upload their photos for free at www.mtsgreenway.org/photocontest. The six categories include: nature and landscapes; working farms and forests; history, culture and architecture; outdoor recreation and people in the greenway; feathers fur, fins and bugs; and cities and towns. The contest ends July 15. Judges will pick the 30 best photos, which will go on display in a traveling exhibition.

involved in many clubs and organizations that were part of the growing Valley. She was also very involved in the Washington Contract Loggers and Washington Log Truckers Association. Joyce would hold large picnics and parties for them, year after year. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepdad John (Pete) Peterson, stepmom Eileen Kinscherf and her sister Shirley. She is survived by her husband Cecil of 60 years; five children: Cam (Toni), Cindy (Rick), Chris (Chris), Clayton (Janelle) and Connie; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She touched many lives during her time with us and will be deeply missed.

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Artist From Page 10 locales in Fall City, North Bend, Snoqualmie and Brewster Lake. “This area is prolific in excellent sites,” she said. “All I have to do is look out my window. There’s never a lack of subject matter.” Two pieces utilize sites in Israel and Jordan as inspiration. The works will be for sale during the exhibit. Robinson flinches when describing what she does as a business, although she does sell

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Twin Falls From Page 8 trail bars or nuts. We really find a rainforest feel to the trail from the variety of moss that envelope the trees. At one point, the trail sharply bends left around a huge stone wedge and starts uphill. This section may be a bit taxing if you are not in shape, so slow and steady is the best advice. After a series of short switchbacks, you’ll arrive at a ridge where there are benches for resting and you can take in a sweeping view of the forest and your first glimpse of Twin Falls. The sideshow The second third spans from the bench on the ridge to the base view of the falls, with a fork along the way that leads to the sideshow. From the bench, descend down to the level of the riverbed. The trail splits at an ancient fenced-in cedar tree. The

A river runs through it: As the water leaves the falls there are many rocks that it swirls over, under and around. path to the right takes you to a breath-taking view of the magnificent lower falls. This route to river’s edge is not an easy trail so a word to the wise. At the river, follow the riverbank upstream. Eventually you come to the spectacular viewpoint looking up at the lower falls. Be a little careful here. Not only is the

riverbank littered with opportunities to fall on your nob, but you’ll have to go through the river’s obstacle course that requires scrambling over, under and around all the flotsam, jetsam and boulders that only a river can love. But the view is well worth the effort and offers boundless photo opportunities.

Walking up to bridge will give one a view up the upper Twin Falls. This is a favorite spot for many hikers. The prize To reach the “official” viewpoint of the lower falls, take the trail to the left. This is a short uphill hike that, after about 400 feet gain in elevation, takes you to a set of stairs that leads to a prize viewpoint of the falls. Continuing this gentle uphill journey leads to a bridge where you have a close-up view of the upper falls. For the more adventuresome, you can walk past the upper falls and take in the view from further uphill. The 3-mile round-trip hike has an elevation gain of 500 feet and can be completed with children in a few hours — longer, if

Getting there Take Exit 34 off Interstate 90, known locally as “the Truck Town exit.” If you are heading eastbound, turn right onto 468th St. A small sign for Olallie State Park is on the right. Turn left there and follow the paved road to the trailhead. Note: If you cross the bridge on 468th, you have gone too far.

you stop to “smell the roses,” eat a snack along the way and make a photograph here and there.


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Mount Si principal Randy Taylor to retire at end of school year Colleagues celebrate Taylor’s career

By Sebastian Moraga Randy Taylor has announced he will retire at the end of the school year after six years as principal of Mount Si High School. Taylor said he started thinking about ending his 37-year career last fall, when faced with the school’s long-term goals. “I started looking down the road for next year and transitioning Mount Si,” he said, “all the issues on the horizon and figuring out what would be timely for myself and the building. Looking at the issues that Mount Si will be facing in the next two to three years, that was the deciding factor: Looking at a smooth transition for the new leader and a quiet exit for myself.” The issues include the planned opening of a freshman learning center, and the implementation of a science-technology-engineering-and-math curriculum. “Even if it’s two years away, it requires some leadership from the principal,” he said. “In order to do that transition, a principal might have to spend two years planning and an additional year

Fellow principals within the Snoqualmie Valley School District praised Randy Taylor as a strong family man and a good educator who will be missed. Taylor, the principal at Mount Si High School, announced he will retire at the end of the school year, ending a career of more than 30 years in education. “He’s been a good friend See COLLEAGUES, Page 15

By Sebastian Moraga

Mount Si High School Principal Randy Taylor receives a standing ovation from the crowd at the March 10 school board meeting. Taylor said he will retire effective June 30. after that.” Three more years felt like too long of a time after 37 years as an educator, Taylor said. It would be fairer to have new

leadership, he added. A graduate of Central Washington University, Taylor taught in Richland before becoming a school administrator

in Benton City, Auburn and Snoqualmie. Taylor said that obvious bias aside, Mount Si is better off than it was six years ago, when he

was hired. “There’s a significant amount of accomplishments and achievements,” he said. Accomplishments Taylor listed included: ❑ Doubling the number of Advanced Placement courses. ❑ Tripling the number of student scholarships. ❑ Helping encourage an exchange-student program with Gangjin, Korea. ❑ Starting partnerships with local universities by offering colSee RETIRE, Page 15

Hip-hop class is a hit at North Bend Elementary By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Instructor Meghan Flanagan, left, teaches grade schoolers the basics of hip-hop at North Bend Elementary School.

They jump, skip, dance and slide. They sweat, smile, wave and glide. They are hip and they hop as they learn hip-hop, and they do it all without a hint of self-consciousness or pretension. They are, after all, just children, loving the fact that their temple of academic knowledge turns into a mini-dance hall for an hour each week. North Bend Elementary School offers a hip-hop class, led by Mount Si High School senior Meghan Flanagan. “I try to teach them hip-hop basics, like isolation, and also dance warm-ups.” Flanagan said. Isolation means moving one body part without moving the rest. The lessons last seven weeks and at the end a big performance in front of the parents awaits the dancers. “Seven weeks is not a lot of time to teach a long routine,” Flanagan said. “So I pack it on.” This is the second year Flanagan is teaching the class.

Last year, all but one student were girls. This year, they all are. Being a teacher at 17 is a kick, Flanagan said. Researching like a teacher, not so much. “It’s hard coming up with routines,” she said. But the energy the children bring to the multipurpose room makes it worthwhile, she said. Hip-hop gets a bad rap, sometimes, Flanagan said. People rush to associate it with gangsters. “There are so many styles of hip-hop,” she said. “I like to teach the fun elements.” When boys are in the class, she said she must teach a bit of gangster hip-hop. Otherwise, they pout. This year, the gym is boy-free, so the lessons are low on the gangsta and high on the pranksta. During a break, girls grab markers and write on the whiteboard “Hip Hop Homies,” and “Tristan was here.” “I leave you alone for one minute…” Flanagan mock-scolds. The girls laugh along with See DANCE, Page 15


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Chief Kanim, Twin Falls students earn 4.0 GPA The following students earned a 4.0 grade-point average at Chief Kanim Middle School during the last term: Brielle Barrett, Jessica Brady, Jason Chapman, Bruce Corrie, Benjamin Cosgrove, Olivia Doherty, Nathaniel Gieber, Shalene Haynie, Hallie Lynn, Wilhelmina McMichael, Mackenzie Popp, Audrey Rodriguez, Princeton See, Victoria Shim, Katherine Sullivan, Eleni Trull, Paige Wetherbee, Tova Barden, Christopher Bauer, Mary Kate Crittenden, Sarah Edwards, Oliver Eriksen, Miranda Fischer, Gage Gutmann, Carley Husa, Katherine Kieffer, Kendall Lockard, Natalie Luchtel, Owla Mohamed, Tanner Moreland, Taylor Treado, Isabella DiDomenico, Jodie Howson-Watt, Cameron Kendall, Rex Lau, Dylan Lockard, Lauren Mather, Julia Thorpe, Also, the last time Twin Falls Middle School submitted a list of 4.0 GPA students, the school accidentally overlooked the following students: Allison Barry, Ashley Buzard, Haley Burbrink, Katherine Cava-Peltan, Natalie Chow, Matthew Cowan, Emily

Dance From Page 14 their instructor, whom they describe as talented and kind. The dance is harder than they thought, said Tristan Smothers, one of the students. “My mom said, ‘Are you sure

Creamer, Sophia Fischer, Mykaela Gardner, Carissa Howland, Sean Hyland, Kenon Jeffers, Nellie Joselyn, Hayden Kajercline, Jonah Kingery, Sarah Miller, James Morris, Joseph Petroske, Adrienna Rasmussen, Joseph Steenvoorde, Joshua Stone, Jesse Tavenner, Jordan Tedeschi, Jamie Trotto, Fletcher VanBuren, Cole Van Gerpen, Natalie Werner, Dane Whetsel, Jr. and Hannah Wilhelm.

Luncheon to honor 2010’s top educators The Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation will honor three teachers for outstanding achievement during 2010 in a March 24 luncheon. Kim Sales, law and finance teacher at Mount Si High School; Chris Blake, sixth-grade math and science teacher at Chief Kanim Middle School; and Sharon Piper, third-grade teacher at Opstad Elementary School are Educators of the Year. The 2010 Educators of the Year will be honored at the Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon. Learn more or purchase a spot at the luncheon and RSVP at www.svsfoundation.org. you want to do it?’ she said. “I thought it would be really fun.” Emily Crose had a different tack to convince Mom and Dad. “My parents thought at first it would be a little bit expensive,” she said. “But then I begged them and they said OK.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Retire From Page 14 lege courses at Mount Si High School. ❑ Nationally certified teachers have more than tripled during his tenure from three to 10. School climate and student relationships have improved, too, he said. The last two years have been trying for Taylor, since a student was attacked by a classmate in a school locker room. “There’s some people that have maligned me because of their own personal experience ... they have been hurting,” he said. “I’m the principal. I’m the target out there. I represent the school and if the school hasn’t done the job in presenting itself in a fair way to people, I am the target for that.” But the trying times have made him a better person, father, husband and educator, he said. At one time, a teenage Taylor hoped to join the U.S. Forest Service as a ranger. When he graduated from high school, he had to pick between that or a lifetime of classrooms. “It came down between what can I do to make a difference in this world,” he said. “It was an easy decision.” Teenagers today wanting to be teachers and principals have to be ready to be leaders. “You need courage,” he said. “You need to be able to priori-

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Colleagues From Page 14 to me and a mentor,” Cascade View Elementary School Principal Ray Wilson said. “He’s been an invaluable personal and professional resource to me.” Wilson said Taylor’s announcement did not surprise him much. “He’s kind of the CEO of the high school and there’s a lot of expectations that come along with that,” Wilson said. “He’s had some pretty challenging situations and I think Mount Si High School is going in the right direction.” Taylor arrived at the district six years ago, at the same time as Jim Frazier, the principal at North Bend Elementary School. “I respect him well as a principal,” Frazier said. “Randy’s always very professional, and has been a great collaborative partner in our effort to improve our tize what is best for your kids and your schools and not be afraid to move forward.” Taylor sounds like he’s ready to move forward. With a third grandchild due any day and a handful of hobbies, he said he looks forward to spending time with family. He might work as a consultant and he will definitely cheer on the Wildcats.

schools.” Kirk Dunckel was on the committee that hired Taylor. The Chief Kanim Middle School Principal wished Taylor well. “It caught me by surprise,” he said of Taylor’s announcement. “I know he’s a good family man. He’s going to enjoy his retirement.” Joel Aune, superintendent of Valley schools, issued a statement regarding Taylor’s retirement. “Under Randy Taylor’s leadership at Mount Si High School,” the statement read, “there have been steady and impressive gains in student achievement; more students than ever are earning scholarships because of their accomplishments in school and more Mount Si graduates are attending colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning after high school than ever before.” The search for a replacement starts this week. A new principal will be hired in May. Taylor’s last day is June 30. “The Wildcats are special to me. The student body is very supportive and have loads and loads of school spirit,” he said. “In my own personal bias, I have done my part to change the school so that it’s more responsive to students and staff. Are we there yet? Of course not, but it’s a better place.”

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Pulling his weight Inspirational rower Austen Bolves will compete at UW next year By Shelby Lichliter Four years ago, after seven concussions from contact sports, Austen Bolves decided to give the sport of crew a try. He quickly excelled as a rower, and the now senior at Mount Si High School has committed to row with the University of Washington next year. Bolves began his novice year with the local club Sammamish Rowing Association under the direction of coach Sam Greenblatt. “Austen has grown tremendously during his rowing career, both literally in size and figuratively in character,” Greenblatt said. “When Austen showed up novice year, he was far from the strapping physical specimen he is now,” he added. “He has worked incredibly hard to transform himself into a true athlete.” Bolves said he practices every afternoon with his local club

team, and as they get closer to larger competitions they will incorporate morning practices as well. He also rows with the U.S. Rowing Junior National Team during summer. Practices start very early in the morning, with up to three or four practices a day. “The excitement I get from the opportunity of being on the junior national team is probably one of my biggest motivators,” Bolves said. He hopes to go to the world championships with the junior national team this year. “I’ll be representing the best of America, and that idea, that concept, it’s inspiring for me to just drive for that,” Bolves said. Bolves himself has been an inspiration to many throughout his rowing career; he has been voted Most Inspirational on his Sammamish Rowing Association team for two years in a row, and this year he has taken on the role of team captain. “It’s sort of just a part of my

By Dan Catchpole

Mount Si senior Austen Bolves stretches before his workout, preparing for a rowing competition. character, and the way I like to give back to the team,” Bolves said of his leadership and motivating qualities. He said when he played basketball he spent a large majority of time on the bench and

because he wasn’t able to help the team on the court, he had to support them from the bench and through motivation. “This immediately carried over into rowing because it became a part of how I carried

myself on the team,” Bolves said. “I’m able to benefit the team not only in the way that I can make boats faster, but I can also lift up the guys who aren’t See ROWER, Page 17

Mount Si baseball hopes for another tournament run this year By Dan Catchpole Elliott Cribby might be one of the youngest — if not the youngest — head baseball coach at a 3A high school in Washington, but he acts like he’s been waiting his whole life for this moment. The former Minor League ballplayer takes over a squad deep in talent and experience. But one that also has some big holes left by last year’s graduating seniors. The team is still stinging from two consecutive years of postseason problems. In 2009 and 2010, the Wildcats entered the 3A KingCo Tournament as the top seed — and went home empty handed. Mount Si’s playoff woes prompted the school to fire head coach Chaz Carr and look for a new skipper. When Cribby heard about the opening, he had just finished his first season as an assistant coach at Eastside Catholic High School. The 25-year-old applied for the position with a good reference — Snoqualmie Valley resident and former Mariner Jay Buhner.

Wildcat starters 1B: Trevor Lane, junior 2B: Dustin Breshears, senior 3B: Shane Dixon, senior SS: Tim Proudfoot, senior LF: Nate Sinner, senior CF: Max Brown, senior RF: Trevor Taylor, junior C: Robb Lane, senior SP: Reece Karalus, junior

Key games ❑ Bellevue, April 4 at Mount Si, 4:30 ❑ Lake Washington, April 15 at Mount Si, 4:30 ❑ Mercer Island, April 22, 4:30

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Shortstop Tim Proudfoot helps turn a double play against Interlake last season. Cribby brought the rest of Eastside Catholic’s coaching staff with him. Swinging big bats While the team has a new coaching staff, it isn’t starting

from scratch. “I inherited a really good team,” Cribby said. The team includes 12 seniors and several returning key starters from last year, when the Mount Si squad set several new

offensive school records. The Wildcats went 17-4 in the regular season in 2010, setting new high marks in runs scored (160), homeruns (14), walks (92), winning percentage (.762) and stolen bases (84).

Mount Si will be swinging big bats again this season. Leading the team’s offense will be Tim Proudfoot, Dustin Breshears and Trevor Lane. Proudfoot showed more power as the team’s starting shortstop in 2010, collecting 13 extra base hits and 22 runs batted in. He also had 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts. Breshears is the other part of See BASEBALL Page 17


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Girls golfers to make the best of season Baseball By Sebastian Moraga The day falls far from magnificent for these seven girls, but there they stand — swinging the club while the rain pours by the bucket load. The girls golf team for Mount Si High School knows days just like this will repeat for a while. Rather than deter them, it glues them more to a cause some view as quixotic. “My friends kind of think it’s not a sport,” said Julia Dorn, member of a squad that sent her and Maggie Robinson to state last year. Head coach Brandon Proudfoot said some middle schoolers entering high school see golf as a backup sport if they fail at something else. The plan, said the first-year coach, is to turn golf into the first choice for girls. “That’s going to be one of the goals in the next couple of years, growing the team to about a dozen to 16 girls,”

Scoreboard Prep boys soccer Nonleague March 12 Game MOUNT SI 1, ISSAQUAH 1 Mount Si 1 0-1 Issaquah 0 1-1 First half goal: 1, Eric Baumgardner (MS, Kody Clearman assist), 9:00. Second half goal: 2, James Garcia (Iss, Michael Roberts assist), 69:00.

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Rower From Page 16 quite as fast on the team through inspiration.” Collegiate recruiting Bolves was one of 12 Mount Si High School students who have committed to compete at various universities across the nation. “It is an inspiration for the younger class to see these seniors graduate with special recognition,” said Darren Brown, Mount Si’s sports marketing teacher, soccer coach, and Bolves’ advanced weighttraining teacher this year. Brown said Bolves “has the dedication and mind-set of an

Proudfoot said. By comparison, Proudfoot’s boys golf tryout drew enough interest to fill varsity, junior varsity and freshman squads. Weather like this doesn’t help popularity. The water hazard looks like a small river and Proudfoot instructs players from under a big umbrella. The closeness the girls achieve in a short time does help, he said. Golf season rushes by, with two weeks between tryouts and the season opener. If a team wants to mesh, it must hurry. This rainy day, the chatter flutters, the smiles come easy and the swings go far. Seniors Dorn and Robinson hit the ball a long way. “Golf is awesome,” Dorn said. Robinson sounded just as chipper. “We have a lot of fun out here,” she said. And for all they care, it could rain harder. “We won’t melt like the Wicked Witch of the West,”

Dorn said, adding they practiced in snow last year. Mercer Island will have a big season, Proudfoot predicted, but the Wildcats match up well against Lake Washington, Liberty and Sammamish. Besides seniors Dorn and Robinson, Danielle Burns and Dorn’s sister Tabitha also can make an impact in 2011 as underclassmen, Proudfoot said. The short seven-match season erases any chance of long-term work, so the most attention goes to the short game. “That’s where we can shave off the most strokes in the least amount of time,” Proudfoot said. He added that he hopes his team will win two or three of the seven matches. The real test will lie in sending players to the postseason again. Those who have made it would love a mulligan at it. “We want to make it to state,” Robinson said. “Go all the way.”

Results for North Bend and Snoqualmie runners: 7, Johnny Bywater (Snoqualmie) 17:53; 17, Bob Drake (North Bend) 19:14; 20, Daniel Roy (North Bend) 19:42; 22, Joe Waskom (Snoqualmie) 20:09; 24, Benjamin Houldridge (North Bend) 20:14; 27, Nick Kosinski (North Bend) 20:23; 28, Sommer Reynolds (Snoqualmie) 20:36 (first overall female runner); 29, Spencer Ricks (Snoqualmie) 20:43; 33, Stephen Mazarkiewicz (North Bend) 21:04; 35, Glen Rossi (Snoqualmie) 21:15; 37, Tim Huber (North Bend) 21:19; 38, Joe Murphy (Snoqualmie) 21:19; 45, Dave Christopherson (Snoqualmie) 22:03; 46, Bryan Kissinger (Snoqualmie) 22:10; 47, Jessica Heyting (Snoqualmie) 22:10; 50, Jon Brunaugh (North

Bend) 22:34; 54, Chantal Leblanc (Snoqualmie) 22:48; 55, Cia Bywater (Snoqualmie) 22:48; 56, TJ Keighley (Snoqualmie) 22:51; 57, Michael Brennan (North Bend) 22:52; 58, Paul Nelson (North Bend) 22;55; 59, Tanner Sundwall (Snoqualmie) 22:56; 60, Bailey Scott (North Bend) 22:58; 61, Shana Kalenius (Snoqualmie) 22:59; 62, Chris Nelson (North Bend) 23:02; 64, Brian Bero (Snoqualmie) 23:14; 66, Adam Hardtke (Snoqualmie) 23:19; 70, Keith Aspinall (North Bend) 23:25; 72, Jeff Baker (Snoqualmie) 23:32; 73, Patrick Anderson (North Bend) 23:32; 74, Donna Johnston (Snoqualmie) 23:38; 75, Sarah Rudolph (Snoqualmie) 23:47; 76, Curtis Sianchuk (Snoqualmie) 23:51.

athlete you don’t find very often at the high school age. “He knows what he wants and he goes after it,” Brown said. “It would not surprise me one bit to see Austen shine at UW.” Bolves, whose final decision came down to UW or Cornell, said he ultimately chose UW because of its amazing program. “When I took my official visit, I really felt a connection with the team,” he said. “To me, just being a part of that really intimate family that the UW program has was more of a pull.” Although Bolves is somewhat nervous about the level of competition among rowers at the UW, the university is one of the best teams in the nation, winning national championships in

2007 and 2009. Bolves said he is “really excited to have guys with passion equal to mine, in the same boat as me, training with me and pushing me to be faster.” Bolves has a strong interest in studying biology at the UW, and he eventually hopes to move toward exercise science, as a trainer or a coach to some extent. “I hope he continues to push himself to new limits athletically, academically and in life in general,” Greenblatt said. “He has an incredibly bright future, but it is entirely up to him to go out and make it for himself.” Shelby Lichliter is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

From Page 16 the Wildcats solid middle infield. He hit .345 last season, scoring 16 runs. First baseman Lane figures to anchor the team’s offense. As a sophomore last year, he had a .453 batting, .559 onbase percentage and .698 slugging percentage. That earned him a KingCo League honorable mention. With more experience against tougher pitching, Lane could improve on last season’s performance. Mount Si’s lineup doesn’t have any holes. Catcher Robb Lane hit .333 last season with 12 RBI. Third baseman Shane Dixon hit .280 with a .400 OBP. Centerfielder Max Brown had a .327 average with 16 RBI. The team’s new starters — leftfielder Trevor Taylor and right fielder Nate Sinner — polished their offensive skills last season, and look to contribute additional pop this year. The Wildcats’ approach at the plate will vary depending on the situation. “We’re going to play an upbeat, uptempo game” that also include small ball tactics when needed, Cribby said. One thing the team has less of this season is speed in base running. Last year, it had four players with 10 or more stolen bases. Only one — Proudfoot — returned this year. Senior Matt Bankston had 13 steals in 14 attempts, but tore his ACL earlier in the school year and will miss the season. Quick feet Mount Si’s defense is experi-

enced and has quick feet. The entire infield consists of returning starters. Proudfoot and Breshears proved to be a fearsome double-play duo last year. On third, Dixon has shown he has the quick reactions needed to man the hot corner. Brown anchors a less experienced but capable outfield. Taylor and Sinner earned their starting positions, and have the skill needed to limit extra base hits and pull in fly balls. Lane brings experience to the plate. He showed last year his ability to manage the team’s pitching staff. Question mark: pitching The biggest question mark for the Wildcats is the pitching staff. The team lost two of its workhorses from last season, Frank Tassara and Josh Kimoborowicz, to graduation. Another, Cooper Helm, is out for the season with stress fractures in his back. That leaves Reece Karalus to carry the load. It isn’t clear who will step up to share pitching duties. Karalus threw 22.1 innings last year, holding batters to a .169 average and notching 29 strikeouts and only seven walks. The junior appeared mostly in relief, racking up four saves. This year will require him to transition to a starting pitcher. But he has a good coach to turn to for advice. Cribby pitched for the University of Washington, earning a spot on the All Pac-10 team in 2006. After graduating, Cribby played one season with the Rockford River Hawks in the independent Frontier League.


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Public meetings ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m. March 17, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. March 17, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. March 21, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 6 p.m. March 21, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. March 21, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Parks Board, 7 p.m. March 21, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Shoreline Hearing Board, 5 p.m. March 23, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council workstudy, 7 p.m. March 22, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ North Bend Parks Commission, 6 p.m. March 23, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. March 24, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. March 24, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

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Events ❑ Vasa Park Craft and Garden Show, March 17-19, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue. Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. More than 75 vendors. ❑ Cheryln Johnson, 7 p.m. March 17, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis, 7 p.m. March 18, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Aging Well with Consciousness book club and conversation, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 19, Snoqualmie Public Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. In March the group will discuss “How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free,” by Ernie J. Zelinski. Drop-ins are welcome. ❑ Introduction to Raising Chickens, 1 p.m. March 19, Issaquah Grange, 145 N.E. Gilman Boulevard, Issaquah. Learn about raising baby chicks and all of their care needs. Hosted by CHS Feeds. ❑ Mount Si Associated Student Body auction, 4:30 p.m. March 19, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Don’t miss this year’s auction, Luau in the Valley. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the Wildcat Club. The general auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and the live auction start at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is prepared by Mount Si High School’s award-winning Culinary Arts Program. General admission tickets are $25 and include dinner. For $75, guests get early admittance to the

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Wildcat Club, two drinks, early bidding and reserved parking. ❑ Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, 7 p.m. March 19, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 7 p.m. March 20 and 27, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Local jazz outfit offers blues, gospel and straight-ahead jazz. ❑ Paul Green, 7 p.m. March 21, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7 p.m. March 22 and 29, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ “Needlework: a Visual Anthology of Art and Literature,” 7 p.m. March 22, Snoqualmie Public Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. A popular new literary genre, the “needlework novel,” reflects the renewed interest in domestic arts. Join art historian Susan Olds for an armchair adventure exploring the needlework theme in art and contemporary fiction. ❑ Information Night for Bellevue Christian School (K12), 7 p.m. March 22, Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie ❑ Eric Verlinde, 7 p.m. March 23, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Dave Anderson Duo, 7 p.m. March 24, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Sallal Grange presents Danny Schmidt, March 25, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. Call 888-0825 for details.

❑ Backyard chickens, 10 a.m. March 26, Issaquah Grange, 145 N.E. Gilman Boulevard, Issaquah. Information on making your chickens the most productive. Hosted by Samantha, of Toad Hollow Design. ❑ Carolyn Graye and Jose Gonzales, 7 p.m. March 26, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Chief Kanim Middle School jazz players, 7 p.m. March 28, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Reuel Lubag Trio, 7 p.m. March 30, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, with Geoff Harper on bass and Matt Page on drums. ❑ SnoValley Idol Junior Finals are from 6-8 p.m. April 1. The winner of the contest receives a $50 gift card donated by North Bend Premium Outlets and invitations to perform at the North Bend Block Party and Si View Holiday Bazaar. ❑ The Y’s Healthy Kids Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16, Snoqualmie Community Park, Southeast Ridge Street, Snoqualmie. The free event promotes healthy lifestyles, and includes health resources, activities and games.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ 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

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6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main St. E-mail research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ 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 carolw@snoqualmiehospital.org 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 melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mount Si Senior Center needs volunteers for sorting and sales in the thrift store, reception and class instruction. The center is at 411 Main 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 www.hopelink.org/takeaction/volunteer.com 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 ❑ Mental illness support group, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie. The group is sponsored by NAMI and is free of charge for anyone with a mental illness or a family member with a mental illness. For information, call Yolanda at 829-2417. ❑ 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, www.mtsiartistguild.org. ❑ Sno-Valley Beekeepers meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Meadowbrook ❑ Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Go to www.snoqualmievalleybeekeepers.org. ❑ 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. Trellis is an informal support group for the Snoqualmie Valley’s vegetable gardeners, who have special climactic challenges and rewards. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. ❑ 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 www.snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ 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. ❑ 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 www.sallalgrange.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels are welcome. ❑ The North Bend Chess Club meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All ages and skill levels are invited. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant. All are welcome. Go to www.snoqualmievalleyrotary.org. Submit an item for the community calendar by e-mailing editor@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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