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April 5, 2012 VOL. 4, NO. 14

Downtown facelift Snoqualmie buildings could get a touch-up. Page 2

Case dismissed Judge rejects challenge to school board redistricting. Page 3

Enjoy the view Platform at the falls is being reconstructed. Page 6

‘Idol’ized Meet this year’s winners of the junior singing contest. Page 10

Mercy, mercy Softball team blows away the competition. Page 12

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Shooting frightens neighbors

Police chief to retire

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Snoqualmie Police Chief Jim Schaffer is set to retire in June

By Michele Mihalovich A North Bend neighborhood is traumatized after one of their own shot an intruder who had thrown a propane tank through his sliding glass window and threatened to kill him and his girlfriend. Police say that at about midnight March 30, 911 received a call from the 400 block of Southeast Orchard Drive from a man who said a stranger had entered and started trashing his house, and kept yelling, “Where are you? I’m going to kill you.” Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, said the couple, a 46-year-old man and his girlfriend, hid in a bedroom while on the phone with a dispatcher. She said the man who lived in the house retrieved a handgun from his nightstand and kept telling the intruder, “I have a pistol. Get out of my house!” The suspect, identified by a family member as Joshua Henderson, a 30-year-old North Bend man, then kicked the bedroom door down and the man fired several shots at the suspect to defend himself and his girlfriend, West said. When deputies arrived, they found Henderson dead on the floor just outside the bedroom. A woman who lives near the home where the shooting happened told the Star April 2 that she didn’t hear the incident, but that her dogs kept barking at about midnight, and so she got up and saw all the police cars. “This is so scary,” she said, and asked that her name not be used. “This is one of my biggest fears. I’m a single mom with two little boys. And I don’t have a gun.” She said it sounds like her neighbor showed every bit of restraint and warned the intruder over and over that he had a gun. “When it’s between you and them, what are you supposed to See SHOOTING, Page 2

By Michele Mihalovich

Although he’s only 8, Nathan Gerber, of Snoqualmie, already has a tradition of boarding the first and last Snoqualmie Valley Railroad trains each season. And April 1 was no exception. He celebrated his birthday with family and friends, taking the 70-minute train ride from the depot in Snoqualmie, to North Bend, to Snoqualmie Falls and back. From left are Nathan Gerber, his brother Aaron Gerber, 6, friends Ryleigh Grover, 7, and Mayah Grover, 5, of Bellevue. The 2012 season opened April 1 and the train runs most Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 21. Learn more at

Egg hunts will be held for newborns to age 17 The city of Snoqualmie Parks & Recreation Department and the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association are hosting two egg hunts. The first, the Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt for children ages 13-17, will be held from 8:30-9:30 p.m. April 6 at the Centennial Fields Picnic Shelter, 39903 S.E. Park St. Bring your flashlight and your appetite! The evening starts with a flashlight hunt for candy-filled eggs. After the hunt, enjoy food, beverages

and a state-of-the-art mobile game theater. Watch for the Games2U strobe light to guide you to Centennial Fields. The second, more traditional Easter egg hunt, is for newborns to 12-year-olds and begins at 10 a.m. April 7 at Centennial Fields. In addition to the egg hunt, kids can visit with the Easter Bunny, who will be arriving by fire truck. There will be an egg hunt

After 23 years with the Snoqualmie Police Department, Police Chief Jim Schaffer will retire in June. “His leadership both in police service and as a committed volunteer in the Snoqualmie Valley community is profound,” Joan Pliego, communications manager for the city of Snoqualmie, said in a press release. Following work at the FBI and the Issaquah Police Department, Schaffer became a Snoqualmie police officer in 1989 and was promoted to sergeant, captain and then chief in 2003. Schaffer was a leader in the formation of the Coalition of Small Police Agencies and its Major Crimes Task Force. The coalition consists of 12 city police agencies, representing 15 cities in King County. By combining resources, it has been instrumental in increasing the level of specialized training and expertise for officers in small agencies. “We have been very fortunate to have Jim on our team,” Bob Larson, city administrator, said in the press release. “He is very professional, yet has a friendly demeanor that puts people at ease. He is a strong See RETIRE, Page 2

for four different age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Amid the field of candy-filled eggs, there will be three special golden eggs for each age group. Kids who find a golden egg will get a big basket of surprises from the Easter Bunny! Learn more by calling 831-5784 or emailing info@

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Snoqualmie buildings could get some spiffing up from local grants By Michele Mihalovich Run down-looking buildings in Snoqualmie’s historic downtown district could get a facelift if owners want to take advantage of some city and county grant money. The city of Snoqualmie matched a $10,000 grant from the Cultural Development Authority of King County, more commonly known as 4Culture, which will help pay for professional advice on how to improve a building’s storefront. Nancy Tucker, Snoqualmie planning director, said the city recently completed a $3.2 milSee GRANT, Page 3 By Dona Mokin

Some buildings in the Snoqualmie historic district are eligible for façade improvement grants from King County’s 4Culture and the city.

Shooting From Page 1 do?” she asked. She said her boys are traumatized and pointed to a pile of toy guns that the boys had set on a chair near their front door. “They wanted to make sure they were ready if someone tried breaking into our home,” she said. She said she suspects that the

intruder may have come to her home before going to the neighbor’s place because the bottom hinge of her screen door had been ripped from the frame. “The door was just fine when I came home from work Friday night,” she said. West said KCSO detectives are starting to put the pieces together of what happened that night before the shooting. Henderson had been out drinking that night with friends, first at a comedy club

in Kirkland, and then later in Issaquah, West said. One of the individuals, who had been with Henderson, said that as the night wore on, he became more and more aggressive, according to West. “As the group was driving home, the suspect became ‘so out of control,’ he was asked to get out of the car,” she said. “Friends told police that they dropped off Henderson near Interstate 90 and Bendigo Boulevard” in North Bend.

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Retire From Page 1 partner — always open and helpful to others — particularly with his fellow department managers. Perhaps, above all else, Jim possesses a strong internal motivation to serve the community and its citizens.” “Jim has played a significant role in humanizing police officers to children, particularly with the bike safety rodeo,” City Councilman Bob Jeans said in the press release. Schaffer helped establish the annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Bike Safety Rodeo — a partnership between the Snoqualmie Police Department and the Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation. The rodeo teaches the fundamentals of bike safety to hundreds of children each year. Schaffer has been an active member of many local organizations, such as the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, the local chamber of commerce, the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation and others.

There was a report that night from a convenience store clerk that a male subject was being verbally abusive with customers, but when deputies arrived, the suspect was gone, West said. Later, at about 11:30 p.m., a 911 call was received from a woman in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue. She reported that a male was beating on her doors and windows and trying to get in, West said. Police responded, but the sus-

He is an avid supporter of the Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival, at which he and his wife Lisa will serve as grand marshals of the parade in August this year, according to Pliego. “It’s been a privilege to serve the citizens of Snoqualmie over the past 23 years,” Schaffer said in the press release. “The opportunity to experience firsthand the dynamics of a city growing from 1,500 residents to 11,000 is one of those oncein-a-lifetime events. The men and women of the Snoqualmie Police Department represent the best of what law enforcement stands for, and it is an honor to have been counted among their ranks.” Taking the reins as police chief on July 1 will be police Capt. Steve McCulley. McCulley was raised in Monroe and has lived in North Bend since 1990. He served for 27 years with the Washington State Patrol, retiring as an assistant division commander with the Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division, according to Pliego.

pect was gone by the time they arrived. West said police believe the suspect left the house on Fifth Avenue, and then broke into the Southeast Orchard Drive home. North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner said the suspect’s name would not be officially released until the autopsy is completed and family has been notified. The Star confirmed Henderson’s name through a family member. West said the medical examiner’s office is expected to conduct toxicology tests on the suspect to determine whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. Toner said toxicology tests could take up to six weeks to complete, but that a preliminary report might be released before that. He said the victim did not wish to be identified. “It was clearly a traumatic incident and will affect him for a long time,” he said. The neighbor said the victim is “a nice guy,” although she didn’t know him very well. “I saw his face when he came out of the house after the shooting,” she said. “You could tell he was in shock. He just had a blank stare. But after he sat with the medics for a little while, he just broke down. That sound will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life.” Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.

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Judge rejects review of new school board seats

Local senator sponsors bill to cut down on Medicaid fraud

By Sebastian Moraga King County Superior Court judge John Erlick denied a petition by two Snoqualmie residents to review the proposed redrawing of the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s director seats. In March 2011, Snoqualmie residents Laura Gibbs and Carolyn Simpson filed an appeal of the adoption of the plan that would redraw the director districts within the Snoqualmie Valley School Board. This March 30, Erlick denied the petition. In a tersely worded document filed with the court, Erlick declared that “the court having reviewed the administrative record and heard the argument of petitioners and council (sic) for the School District, and this court being otherwise fully advised in the premises; now, therefore it is hereby ordered that the petitioners (sic) request is hereby denied.” The document carries the signatures of Erlick, Gibbs, Simpson (who became a Snoqualmie Valley School Board member in January of this year) and the attorney for the school district, David Alskog. With the court’s decision, the district’s plan will remain in place, said Carolyn Malcolm, the district’s public information coordinator. Simpson praised Erlick for his fairness but said she was disappointed with the decision. “At this late date, not much can be changed anyway,” she said. “Snoqualmie only has one

Grant From Page 2 lion infrastructure improvement in the area, which includes Railroad Avenue Southeast and Falls Avenue Southeast, between Southeast King Street and Southeast River Street. Sidewalks were widened; new lighting, landscaping and signs

director, North Bend has three and Fall City has one. The ability to correct that won’t occur until 2014, when we can seat the next Snoqualmie representative. Snoqualmie is underrepresented for another two years, and even if the court had decided in our favor that would not have changed right away, anyway.” “It gave us some comfort that we had a good enough case to take this far. We just did not reach that high of a bar for the judge to be able to claim it was an arbitrary decision,” she added. In an email, Superintendent of Valley Schools Joel Aune expressed satisfaction with the ruling. “We are pleased that this issue has finally been put to rest,” he wrote, “so that we can now more fully direct our attention, efforts and resources to teaching and learning.” Aune said that from the beginning, the district was “extremely confident” that the court would uphold the school board’s decision. Thus ends a yearlong battle that began when the school district contracted Sammamish Data Systems to prepare a redistricting of the district’s board seats in accordance to the population numbers in the 2010 census. Court documents indicate that the company’s work had to determine whether the district seats were balanced in relation to the district’s different populaSee REJECT, Page 6

were added; streets and underground utilities were upgraded; and overhead utility lines were placed underground, she said. The upgrade project, however, highlighted the need for building façade improvements. Most of the buildings in the targeted historic district were built between 1919 and 1928. “While a few buildings have been rehabilitated over the past decade, most are in need of work,” Tucker said. “Many

By Warren Kagarise Lawmakers — including local State Sen. Cheryl Pflug — passed legislation to crack down on Medicaid fraud and recover taxpayer funds. The measure, Senate Bill 5978 or the Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act, aims to create additional tools for the state to pursue Medicaid fraud. Supporters said the effort could raise millions of dollars in fraud recoveries in the years ahead. The legislation is modeled on a longstanding federal program. The measure relies on whistleblower tips to learn about fraud from health care companies out to defraud the state Medicaid system. The act encourages health care company employees to alert state regulators to fraud. The legislation then awards a portion of funds recovered during a successful investigation. Medicaid is health insurance for qualifying low-income and needy people. Experts from the National Conference of State Legislatures estimate the cost of Medicaid fraud accounts for

Volunteer at Snoqualmie Point Park for Earth Day Discover a new park with incredible scenery, while planting native wildflower seeds and pulling invasive plants, all in the name of Earth Day. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at Snoqualmie Point Park along Interstate 90.

of the storefronts are in need of repairs to maintain historical features, or rehabilitation to undo former inappropriate changes and restore a more authentic historic character.” The $20,000 in grant monies will go toward advice and a design plan from architect Douglas Ito, of SMR Architects in Seattle. Tucker said Ito, who has expertise in historical buildings of that time period, would meet


between 3 percent and 10 percent of total expenditures for the program. Washington spent $8.5 billion on Medicaid last year — and recovered less than $20 million in fraud. Pflug, a registered nurse and a 5th Legislative District Republican, signed on as the bill’s prime sponsor. (The district includes East King County.) “Without this tough enhancement of our False Claims Act, our state has been almost powerless against the corporate culprits who defraud taxpayers through false Medicaid claims,” she said in a statement. “Fraud only leads to higher health-care costs, and as the Medicaid program grows the need to deter fraud grows as well. This bill also would help take away the incentive to commit fraud — to discourage the egregious corporate schemes that have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars.” The measure passed 40-9 in the Senate on March 8. The legislation cleared the state House

of Representatives, 56-42, the same day. The bill heads to Gov. Chris Gregoire to be signed into law. Pflug joined another senator, Kent Democrat Karen Keiser, to support the bipartisan bill. “The bill allows us to be party to over 100 ongoing cases of multistate fraud around the country that already exist and are under way, that we are denied access to right now,” said Keiser, Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee chairwoman. “In the last three years, Washington has missed out on our proportionate share of over $1 billion. Leaving such sums on the table during these difficult times is simply unacceptable. I’m proud that members of both parties were able to come together to enact this legislation.” Pflug and Keiser joined forces last year to pass a similar measure, but after the bill passed the Senate, the House failed to act on the legislation.

Volunteers of all ages are needed. Register at the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust website — From I-90 eastbound, take exit 27 to Snoqualmie Point. Turn right and follow the road to the top of the hill. Follow event signs into the parking lot directly ahead. From I-90 westbound, take

exit 31. Turn left onto North Bend Boulevard. After you cross the train tracks, turn left onto North Bend Way and follow for about two and a half miles. At the top of the hill, stay to the left and cross under I-90. Follow the road to the top of the hill and then follow event signs into the parking lot directly ahead.

with individual building owners who apply and are approved for the project through the city. The grant should be able to help three to five building owners. She said Ito would discuss any budget limitations with building owners and suggest the best improvement options for the money. “The grants are only for existing, commercial buildings,” Tucker said. “The main purpose of the grant is to be proactive in encouraging building owners to improve

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the overall character of the town.” Tucker said she has sent letters to building owners notifying them about the project, and so far two have contacted her. “This is a pretty unique opportunity to get some no-cost, professional, architectural advice, and help get them started in the right direction,” she said. Interested building owners in the targeted area should call Tucker at 888-5337 to get started on the application process.

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There was a shooting, but you are still safe

Freshman campus a bad choice

It’s easy to go into panic mode when violence occurs in a community. A North Bend man shot and killed an intruder, a stranger, after the guy broke through his sliding glass door and threatened to kill him and his girlfriend March 30. We panic because our homes are our sanctuaries, our safe places. It’s where we conduct rather mundane, routine activities. We wake up, race to get ready for work and feed the kids before school. We watch TV, play video games, mow the lawn, host barbecues, relax by the fireplace or Facebook our friends. And then we settle in for a good night’s rest so we can do it all over again the next day. We don’t expect to wake up at midnight to the sound of shattering glass and a stranger in our home threatening to kill us. The thought that the suspect could have chosen our house rather than the one on Southeast Orchard Drive is terrifying, and shakes the foundation of feeling safe in a small town. North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner points out in a press release that this is an unusual situation for the city. “This was a random event that could not have been predicted,” he said. And it is the randomness of the event that is so frightening. But the chief also highlights that the town has not had a murder since 2004. And that is a good point. According to NeighborhoodScout, which compiles crime rates from FBI data, the chance of a North Bend resident becoming a victim of a violent crime, such as rape, murder or armed robbery, is one in 944, compared to state numbers, which are one in 318. In Snoqualmie, those chances go down even more — one in 1,524. So yes, the randomness of the break-in and the shooting is scary. But the truth is, violent episodes in our community are rare. You don’t need to panic, but you do need to be smart about eliminating opportunities for becoming a victim. And sometimes, sadly, like last Friday, there is nothing you can do to stop it.

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There’s no logical reason the freshman learning center is a good idea from a financial, logistical or common sense standpoint. I believe the school district is wasting taxpayer money. Why would you take a recently solved crowding issue at the middle schools and put it back into place to solve the high school’s crowding problems? This decision will require money to build modular classrooms at a brand new Twin Falls, which will then sit empty and wasted when a planned third middle school is opened in three years. What about the cost to bus kids from the ninth-grade campus to sports at the high school? What about the cost of retraining and or hiring new staff for the ninthgrade campus, staff that might have to be let go if this doesn’t work out? What about all the time (and money, because time is money) to plan this new model? What about the cost to remodel SMS into a ninth-grade campus? It’s clear the three

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board members and superintendent are oblivious to these costs, or don’t care about wasting taxpayers’ dollars. Principal John Belcher said in the meeting, “Right now, students go from big-dog-on-campus to invisible. With the freshman center, they would then go from big-dog-on-campus to verybig-dog, and we can’t do that in the current format.” What do you think is going to happen to those ninth-graders when they end up at high school? Being “Big Dog on Campus” should never weigh into a decision about education. Has anyone asked the kids, parents or district staff members what they think? The transition for ninth-graders is going to be even more difficult after having gone from a shared campus to a campus to themselves back to a shared campus. What about the ninth-graders that do sports? What is life going to be like getting on a bus, driving to the high school to participate in sports with high school students that they don’t have any daily social interaction with?

I hope this ninth-grade campus doesn’t happen, because if it does, I believe it will be a failure. Bradley Johnson Snoqualmie

School board made a bad call

The recent school board decision to convert Snoqualmie Middle School to a Freshman Learning Center in 2013 is on my radar. My son is a sixthgrader at SMS, and for him, his friends and incoming students, it means moving schools, learning new systems and making new friends right in the middle of their pre-high school journey. I’ve been told there’s a lot I don’t know about the facts and we have to do this now. I’ve been told the decision is final and there’s no turning back and essentially that my opinion doesn’t count. This puts me, and other parents, in an emotional place. We feel angry, confused and helpless; deceived by lack of inforSee LETTERS, Page 6

Home Country

Learn some new words from the neighbors By Slim Randles Some of us live nicely without utilities and I’ve even heard of a teenager somewhere who doesn’t have a cellphone. But for Alphonse “Windy” Wilson, it’s quite impossible to live without an audience. There’s more than one benefit to being in that audience when Windy gets cranked up, too, because not only do you hear Windy’s version of stories, but you can pick up a few words you never dreamed existed. Like the other day … there was ol’ Windy, sitting on the bench in front of the hardware store, right where most of the school kids passed on their way home. As soon as he’d ambushed three or four of them, he began: “Now I don’t want you fellers to think I’m making this up, but before you were around, there was a pelthra of grizoolly bears in these here mountains. “You know how mean they can get. “Welzir, one afternoon there I was, a-setting on a big ol’ rock, takin’ it for granite that I was all by my lonesome, when this silvertrip grizoolly comes walkin’ along. Now I was only armed with my twenty-rye-tooful at the

time, and this caused me a modiclum of disconstertation, I can tell you. I was on the ragged ledge of being consarned for my own safety. It was a nipple and tuck situ- Slim Randles ation there. Columnist “So I ups and says, ‘Bear be gone!’ in this real loud voice, and at first, he was fixin’ to get all algitated with me, but finally he sees I’m serious and he gets outa there, lickity-

splat! You’da thought he’d been vacillated with a brandin’ arn. Sometimes, guys, you just have to be vigorously fierceful on ‘em.” When the audience had moved on, I congratulated Windy on his contributions to their vocabularies. He smiled modestly and said, “It’s our duty to help ‘em get aculturtated.” I guess you learn something new every day. I’d always thought “algitated” meant getting upset at pond scum. The Home Country book is now available at

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CPR class offered at Snoqualmie Fire Station A CPR class will be offered from 6-9 p.m. April 10 at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway. The class is taught to the standards of the American Heart Association. Participants will learn adult and child CPR, about foreign body obstructions and risk factors for heart disease. The class fee is $10. Upon completion of the class, students will receive a CPR certification card valid for two years. Register by calling the Snoqualmie Fire Department at 888-1551 or emailing Liz Luizzo at

It’s not too late to prune your trees City of Snoqualmie Arborist Phil Bennett will present a workshop about pruning your trees now to promote strong growth (to withstand a future ice storm)

Reject From Page 3 tions. In April 2011, the district presented a redistricting plan based on the company’s recommendations. When met with opposition from Gibbs, Simpson and others, the district presented a second plan weeks later.

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while maintaining the trees’ natural beauty. The workshop is at 3 p.m. April 14 at the Snoqualmie Library. Also, in partnership with the North Bend and Snoqualmie libraries, the Snoqualmie Valley Master Gardeners are offering free gardening workshops the second Saturday of every month through October. Next month at the North Bend Library: “In the Garden with Pat Roome: Northwest Perennials.” Learn more at or call Ann Acton with the Snoqualmie Valley Master Gardeners at 269-2244.

One of the three scenic viewpoints at Puget Sound Energy’s

upper Snoqualmie Falls Park is about to receive a new deck surface, prompting an eight-week closure of the viewing area that started April 2, according to a press release from PSE. PSE contractors expect to complete the decking project by Memorial Day weekend. The park and its two other observation areas for viewing Snoqualmie Falls will remain open to the public during the construction. The upcoming platform work is the last in a series of improvements the utility has made at upper Snoqualmie Falls Park in the past two years, according to the press release. Previous enhancements included new park landscaping, new walkways and commons areas, new railings along the park’s cliffside rim, new lighting and installation of educational signage throughout the two-acre upper park. The viewpoint that is being rebuilt also will feature new interpretive signage. Meanwhile, work continues

elsewhere at the falls as part of PSE’s major redevelopment of the 113-year-old Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project. Among other things, PSE is upgrading the historic facility’s two power plants with new or refurbished turbine generators, and new penstocks and waterintake systems. PSE also is renovating the project’s old Train Depot and Carpenter Shop, upstream from Snoqualmie Falls, to showcase artifacts and historical photos of the power-generating facility. In addition, a number of new visitor amenities and park improvements are being made in the lower, riverside portion of Snoqualmie Falls Park, and new hiking trails are being built for connecting the park’s upper and lower sections. The entire redevelopment project is scheduled for completion in spring 2013. Visit for more information about the utility’s redevelopment of the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project.

Gibbs and Simpson had presented a plan of their own, dubbed “The Citizens’ Plan,” which sought to give Snoqualmie and North Bend two seats each and one seat to Fall City. Opponents of the district’s plans described them as a capricious split of Snoqualmie into four pieces, giving control of three or four of the five school board seats to Snoqualmie or North Bend, and postponing the opening of district seats until

2014. “The petitioners assert that the Administrative Record sufficiently supports that the Revised Plan was prepared with the intent of maintaining incumbents, and was prepared without regard to the facts and circumstances existent in the Administrative Record,” Gibbs and Simpson declared in a brief filed Jan. 30, 2012. Gibbs and Simpson’s brief was in reply to a brief Alskog’s law firm presented to the court,

filed Jan. 17, 2012. In it, Kevin Hansen, an attorney in Alskog’s law firm, describes the district’s plan as consistent with state law. Prior to the court’s decision, Alskog sounded confident that Erlick would side with the district. In an email to the Star, he described the district’s plan as consistent with all statutory requirements, and described the district’s actions as “above and beyond” the legal requirements. “The district also held two

public hearings when only one is required and made several adjustments to the original plan … that reflected input from the community,” Alskog wrote. “There simply is no reasonable case that the petitioners can make that the board tried to favor its own members or disenfranchise anyone.”

than a handful of people. Three people decided our kids’ fate. That is unsettling at best. The animosity at the school board level is evident. You hear it in discussions at meetings and

see it in voting. But shouldn’t this group of five elected board members join together to make the best decisions for our schools? Is a 3-2 vote a true representation of the opinion of

voters? How can we have trust and faith in a divided board? Perhaps a decision of this caliber should not be made by a select few, but instead, through more careful consider-

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proper base running, safety, hitting technique, throwing, fielding, catching, and fitness and agility. Classes will be held at the Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend, and include a one-hour lesson at Bucky’s Baseball Academy, taught by former professional player Shane Cronin, owner of Cronin Baseball. The series runs from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning April 13. Classes are also scheduled for April 20 and 27. Cost is $95 per child for the series, including snacks. Space is limited. Register by calling Stacey Cepeda, manager of community activities at Encompass, at 8882777.

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ation, truthful presentation of facts and big-picture planning. Is it possible that our school board could come together and reconsider its decision? Further conversation and investigation could lead to a solution not even considered before, one that shows business sense and thoughtfulness. I challenge our school board to do the right thing. First, present clearly and honestly any additional information that is relevant to Freshman Learning Center planning. Second, answer the questions posed by the public clearly, honestly and without defense and emotion. Third, take another look at how this decision negatively affects many students and teachers, and whether the fallout is worth the predicted improvement for ninth-graders. Finally, take this opportunity to make a positive impact on the divided district, which is ironically coming together against you. Lori Riffe Snoqualmie

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Snoqualmie couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary Carol and Charles Peterson, of Snoqualmie, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on April 13, at Council Chambers, Snoqualmie City Hall. The longtime Snoqualmie residents will celebrate with a reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 13. Friends, associates and classmates of the couple are invited to attend. Charles Peterson was married to the former Carol Jones on Friday, April 13, 1962, by Judge John Malloy, in Washington, D.C. After completing Charles’ assignment with the United States Army in Fort Belvoir, Va., the couple returned in 1963 to Snoqualmie, where they still live. Charles Peterson is a lifelong resident of Snoqualmie and is the city’s longest serving public official. Currently a member of the City Council, Charles was mayor from 1974-1982. In addition to his dedication to the city that he calls the best place to live, Charles’ professional life started as an electrician in Weyerhaeuser’s local mill. The couple bought a small house on Delta Street and began raising two children, Julie and Ryan, who both graduated from Mount Si High School. Charles became a leader in Local No. 1845, Lumber


Carol and Charles Peterson enjoy a quiet moment together. and Sawmill Workers, eventually becoming president of the 11-state Western Council of Industrial Workers. He retired in 2001 after a career dedicated to preserving jobs that provided secure wages, benefits and safety to thousands of workers and their families. Carol Peterson became a published author of two books about, and instructor of, herbs after an accomplished career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Don Bonker in the 1970s, administrator to the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, team administrator for the Seattle Sounders Soccer Club in the 1980s and manager of a philanthropic foundation in the

1990s. She founded the Snoqualmie

Valley Garden Club, spearheaded the creation of the Snoqualmie Welcomes You/ Please Come Again signs in historic Snoqualmie, filled every leadership role as one of the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church’s longest serving members, served as a board member of the SnoFalls Credit Union, was a leader in the League of Women Voters and was a King County food adviser assisting the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank. In addition, she led many of Julie and Ryan’s childhood activities, including coaching Little League, leading the Camp Fire Girls troop and teaching Sunday school.


Carol and Charles Peterson pose for a photo 50 years ago. In 1975, the family moved to former Snoqualmie Mayor Amy English’s home on Maple Avenue, where the couple continues to serve their beloved community, city and church.

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Local composer creates Easter music event said. The work includes choral and North Bend resident Sheila orchestral arrangements from Bateman is prepared. The avid classical and contemporary artcomposer and arranger has ists, with a focus on the life of created a special musical event Jesus Christ. for the holiday that will be That’s exactly why North performed by 80 singers and Bend resident Catherine Pratt musicians. signed up as a singer. Pratt “We asked has been makSheila to use ing the weekly If you go her amazing taltrek to rehearsal q The Savior of the ents to help us for months in World worship Christ preparation. It’s q Free and open to the through music a long drive to public as a part of our Bellevue and back q 7 p.m. April 7 Easter celebraon school nights q Bellevue South Stake tions,” said Lind with kids, but she Center Stapley, a local said she doesn’t q 15205 S.E. 28th St., church leader mind. Bellevue who has worked “I’ve never (behind the LDS temple) with Bateman in worked with a the past. choir director in Entitled my life that has “Savior of the World,” the the natural, God-given abilfree event is being held at the ity to bring out the best of the Bellevue South Stake Center of singers and musicians,” Pratt the Church of Jesus Christ of said. “I can’t even put into Latter-day Saints. words how she gives life to the “Her beautiful compositions music in a way no other direcdraw out the very best of the tor can.” spirit from each piece,” Stapley Asked how she does it,

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The Bateman family sings Christmas Carols (in harmony, a capella) at a Christmas concert. Bateman, the mother of five, offers a laugh and assuming smile. “Just look at my house,” she replied, giving a more pragmatic answer. “I guess I just chip away at a little at a time.”

A Washington native comes home Bateman was born in Washington, and lived in Newcastle during her early childhood through graduation. She took up violin in elemen-

tary school, and by the time she was in middle school she had started directing choirs. Though she decided to study zoology at Brigham Young University, See MUSIC, Page 9

Fashion show, auction raises money for Mount Si Senior Center By Sebastian Moraga Would you rather speak with a lawyer for 30 minutes or spend a weekend on the beach? If you showed up at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge April 1, you had a chance to do both. A weekend in Ocean Shores and 30 minutes of free advice from a Fall City attorney were available as prizes at an auction benefiting the Mount Si Senior Center. A live auction, a silent auction and a dessert auction bookended a 90-minute fashion show of threads for sale at Valley stores. Women ages 5 to 80-plus strutted their stuff, wearing everything from cowboy boots to wedding dresses. A four-legged Dachshund model showed off a fancy collar. It was the fashion show’s second year, but the first time the senior center organized it. “Last year, Women In Business hosted it and put it together,” Mount Si Senior Center director B.J. Libby said. “But it’s my show now.” Libby thanked the center’s board members for all of their cooperation, selling tickets, donating items and organizing the event in general.

By Sebastian Moraga

Chayla Brewster, Beth Elofson, Erica Morin, Connie Rosenberger and Sarah Landry (from left) wait to re-enter the runway at the second annual Mount Si Senior Center fundraising fashion show and auction April 1. Jolene Kelly, from the Rotary Club of Snoqualmie Valley, emceed the event. The president

of the center’s board of directors, Elmer Sams, registered people at the door. Libby served

cake to guests. “It’s going fine,” Sams said of the turnout. “A little less partici-

pation than last year, but we did this one on our own, and we are not unhappy about it. Next year will be even better.” Sams said raising about $6,000 would make the event a success. Not even halfway through the event, Libby said the show already was. “Look at the people here,” she said. “They’re here, they are engaged, they are shopping.” Kelly agreed. “This is so much fun,” she told the crowd. “I wish we had a fashion show every week.” The crowd, mostly women, liked the event’s originality, and suggested changes for next year. “It’s a great event, kind of different,” said Susan Hankins, a member of the center’s board. “It’s better than a pancake breakfast.” Kathy Riley, of North Bend, said the event could be even better. “It would be a great idea,” she said when asked about having male models. “No matter how old you are, you can always look.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Obituary Howard Lee Turney Howard Lee Turney, age 83, of Carnation, died March 26 at Evergreen Hospital. Howard was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Shiloh, Ark., the son of John Robert and Winnie Turney. He was raised in Heber Springs, Ark., and served in the

Music From Page 1 and earned her master’s degree in ecology, she continued her musical career. When Bateman spent two years in Denmark serving a mission for her church, she started the Copenhagen missionary choir. She was asked to tour the country with the choir, giving two weekend performances for months. Bateman returned to Washington, settling in North Bend, where she immediately created a chamber orchestra. “There are times when I will spend eight hours combing through music,” she explained, when her children, ages 7-15, are in school. She will take a piece that “isn’t quite right” and tailor it to the venue and the voices of those who will be performing. Bateman also finds time to teach violin and conduct special events. Her reputation and talent lure artists from around the area to participate in her productions. “We have singers and musicians driving from Tacoma to participate,” Bateman said, dismissing that the reason is her abilities. “They do it for the love of the music.” A prodigy participates All events given at the LDS church are free, and the musicians are not compensated. The participants are from all different backgrounds, and some are not active in any religion. Viola player Kristin Tetuan is one of them. “I’m the last person any of my friends would expect to do an Easter concert, but my love for playing runs very deep,” she Kristin Tetuan explained. A prodigy, Tetuan started playing her instrument at age 9, played with vibrato within months, and her public school teacher paired her with a high school teenager as a practice partner. Although she


United States Army during the Korean War. Howard married Marilyn Berndt on Feb. 23, 1951, in Auburn. He was a carpenter by occupation and was a member of the Carpenters Union. Howard is survived by his wife Marilyn Turney; and two sons, Robert and Larry (Holly). No services will be held. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at

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Easter and religion go together It’s nice to know that Republicans and Democrats have a near identical view on one thing: Easter. More than 70 percent of those polled from either party in a Barna Group study associated Easter with religion, while nearly 60 percent of independents agreed. Along with Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, many will find themselves at a place of worship during the Easter weekend. lacked the benefit of formal, private training until her late teens, her gift to playing led to invitations to play with the Seattle and Bellevue Youth symphonies. After graduation, she went straight to professional performances, playing with every major symphony in the area. Tetuan also echoed Pratt’s admiration for Bateman’s skills as a choral director. “She is such a talented director, she attracts musicians that are extremely talented,” Tetuan said. Like Pratt, the busy wife and mother of two drives from North Bend to rehearsals, but she also plays another role for Bateman. “Sheila asked me to be the chamber coach for her chamber orchestra, which is a privilege,” Tetuan said. Where the heart is Included among the adults will be a handful of children singing in the chorus. “The children have such a purity,” Pratt said. “I love that Sheila is including them.” Like the adults, auditions were required for the singers, but as Pratt said, “We are all amateurs. We are doing it because that’s where our heart is.” Pratt said she believes everyone involved in the Easter event makes a big impact because “their heart is aligned with what they are doing.”And for those who fall short? “The Lord makes up the difference,” she said. Sarah Gerdes is a freelance writer. Comment at

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McKenna Esteb (from left), Annie Bruckner and Tori Rose, the first-, second-, and third-place finishers at the 2012 SnoValley Idol Junior contest March 31. Fourteen girls competed in the finals of the eight-year-old event.

All-girl lineup shows talent at SnoValley Idol Junior finals By Sebastian Moraga On a wet night, musical talent reigned inside Mount Si High School on March 30. The eighth annual SnoValley Idol Junior contest showcased some of the most talented teen and pre-teen singers in the region. Fan-favorite McKenna Esteb, of Fall City, won the contest with a rendition of “Halo,” a Beyonce song. Annie Bruckner finished second and Tori Rose finished third. Esteb, an eighth-grader at Chief Kanim Middle School, was the 11th of 14 singers that evening. She had a strong stage

presence, stepping upstage to sing to the audience, and talking to the crowd (“I love you, I love you.”). Her up-tempo choice of song and her talent also helped draw the crowd in. This was Esteb’s first year in the competition. A longtime singer, she said she only got serious about it last year, and began working with a vocal coach. Esteb wants to be a professional singer when she grows up. She practiced on her church’s stage to prepare for the competition. “I was pretty surprised. It took me a while to realize that I had

“I was pretty surprised. It took me a while to realize that I had won the whole thing.” — McKenna Esteb Winner won the whole thing,” she said. She won a $50 gift card, a trophy and a teddy bear, whom she named after her friend Brianna, another contestant in the competition. The contest featured mostly middle- and grade-schoolers and only one high-schooler —

Mikaela Ballard, from Cedarcrest High School. Eighth-grader Bruckner sang “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” Actress Stockard Channing, as Betty Rizzo, sang it in the 1978 movie “Grease.” “I have been watching that movie since I was 4,” Bruckner said. “I always felt bad for Rizzo.” Sixth-grader Rose’s voice was a perfect fit for her choice of song, “Angel,” by Sarah McLachlan. “I just knew the song and my mom really liked it,” Rose said, adding she did not mind finishing third. “It’s a good experience any-

way,” she said. This was Rose’s fifth year in the contest and likely her last, she said. “I just have done it five years and it’s time to try something new,” she added. Judges selected Bruckner, Rose and Esteb as finalists and then let the audience vote for their favorite to decide the winner. Both Rose and Esteb had brought a large contingent of fans, so when the emcee announced that Rose had finished third, Bruckner could not hide her surprise. “I really thought I was going See IDOL, Page 11

Teacher Joe Dockery is adviser of the year for PNW Key Club By Sebastian Moraga At Key Club, they are going bananas over Dockery. Joe Dockery, the faculty adviser for the Mount Si High School chapter of Key Club, has been named the Key Club Faculty Adviser of the Year for the organization’s Pacific

Northwest district. The Pacific Northwest District spans northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska with thousands of high school chapters of Key Club. Key Club is the high school version of Kiwanis, the international community service orga-

nization. Dockery received the honor at the Pacific Northwest district convention in SeaTac the weekend of April 1. “That Joe is an exceptional teacher and adviser is actually not surprising to those who know of him,” Dave Humphrey, Kiwanis adviser to the Mount Si High School Key Club wrote in

an email. “He has already had many honors bestowed upon him.” Dockery began working with Humphries in 2007. “He’s just a tremendous teacher,” Humphries said in a phone interview. “When he takes that into the Key Club, what he’s doing is using his

skills in a really subtle way, but he empowers the kids and ultimately the kids run the meeting.” One of those children is Molly Mabel, secretary of the school’s Key Club chapter. She called Dockery a great adviser. See DOCKERY, Page 11

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Snoqualmie Middle School principal will lead new Freshman Learning Center Change on tap for the school year starts in fall 2013 Vernie Newell, principal at Snoqualmie Middle School, will become principal of the Freshman Learning Center that will open in the SMS building in fall 2013. Snoqualmie Valley Schools Superintendent Joel Aune appointed Newell March 30. Newell will continue as SMS principal this year and next. “We believe that Vernie, working closely with Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher, will provide the leadership necessary to bring the vision of the Freshman Learning Center to reality,” Aune said in a statement the district released. Newell, Aune added, has done a great job as principal of SMS for the past four years, and will be highly involved in creating the Freshman Learning Center. “Vernie’s vision, core values, educational philosophy and professional experience combine to make him the perfect match for the work that lies ahead,” Aune said in the statement. “I am thrilled that he accepted the offer to assume the principalship there.” By 2013, SMS will have become a freshmen-only campus and SMS students will have been relocated to the district’s two other middle schools, Twin Falls in North Bend and Chief Kanim in Fall City. Belcher also praised Newell’s hiring, calling him the obvious

choice for the job. “I was looking for a leader that was strong in teaching and learning, strong in student and staff relationships, and someone with a track record of success as an administrator,” Belcher said in the same statement. “I am thrilled that Vernie is up for the challenge.” A teacher and coach during his first 10 years in the district, Newell has worked as an administrator during his second decade in the district, first as assistant principal and athletic director and as principal since 2008. “I feel honored to be chosen for this position, to work alongside Mr. Belcher to create an innovative new program that will serve all ninth-graders in our district,” Newell said in the statement. Newell said he was also committed to offering a quality education at SMS. “Please know that leading up to this transition, I’m committed to your students and our staff family at SMS and will continue to work towards and expect the same high quality educational outcomes that our efforts are achieving for your students,” Newell wrote in an email to SMS parents.

Kindergarten classes to put on piggy opus The kindergarten classes of Snoqualmie Elementary School will put on performances of “Three Piggy Opera” April 19. The morning kindergarten classes’ performance will be at 11 a.m. at the school gymnasium.

Idol From Page 10 to get third,” Bruckner said. “I guess I feel OK finishing second, but it’s kind of a coincidence because Tori finished third last year, too.” Bruckner and Rose differed on their views of how a winner gets elected.

Dockery From Page 10 “He sincerely cares about every project we work on,” Mabel wrote in an email. “He does not just oversee the work that the members do but he actively participates with us.” Dockery was in New York on a field trip with students and was not available for comment. He has won such awards as the KCTS Golden Apple Award, The Seattle Times Teacher of the Year and the Radio Shack National Technology Teacher of the Year. Last year, Dockery won the Making IT Happen award

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The full-day and afternoon kindergarten classes’ performance will be at 2 p.m. in the same venue, and before the children’s schoolmates, according to an email from the school to parents. Opstad Elementary School has also scheduled a performance of “Three Piggy Opera” for 6 p.m. May 17.

“It’s a big popularity contest, and it’s been that way for a while,” Bruckner said matter-offactly. “In the end it’s all about who brought the most friends.” Rose said she liked getting the audience involved. “It lets the audience be more of a part of it,” she said. “If it wasn’t that way it would not be as much fun for friends and stuff.”

from the International Society for Technology in Education. “Those of us who know Joe Dockery, we know he is one of the leaders in the innovative things he is doing in technology,” Snoqualmie Valley Schools Superintendent Joel Aune said

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Track team mows down Kangs, Totems in rain By Sebastian Moraga Mount Si High School’s track team defeated Sammamish and Lake Washington in a threeteam meet in Snoqualmie on March 29. The Wildcat girls earned 106 points to the Saints’ 32 and the Kangs’ 51. The Wildcat boys earned 99 points to the Saints’ 43 and the Kangs’ 38. The result bodes well for the rest of the Wildcats’ track season, which began with a fourthplace finish for the girls’ team at Arlington’s Chuck Randall Relays on March 17, a two-spot improvement from 2011. The team then traveled to Juanita on March 22, with another good showing for the girls, who beat the hosts, 77-68. The boys lost, 83-62. Against the Rebels, the foursome of Madeleine Hutchison, Christina Volken, Abbey Bottemiller and Sally Miller won the 400-meter relay split and the 4x400 relays, with a time of 4 minutes, 27.1 seconds. Hutchison (64.5 seconds) and Volken (67.8 seconds) finished 1-2 in the 400 meters and

Bottemiller finished first in the 800 meters with 2 minutes, 33 seconds. Mount Si’s Bailey Scott also won the 1,600 meters with 5 minutes, 50.3 seconds. The Wildcats’ Ashley Jackson won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, with respective times of 18.1 seconds and 49.6 seconds. Then, two days before spring break, on a day that looked nothing like spring, the team put on another strong performance against KingCo Conference foes Lake Washington and the Sammamish Totems. Mount Si’s Karlie Hurley finished first in the 400 meters with a wind-aided mark of 1 minute, 4.7 seconds. She also won the long jump with a mark of 14 feet, 5 inches. Teammate Lexi Swanson won the pole vault, with a mark of 8 feet, 6 inches. Volken won the 800 meters with a mark of 2 minutes, 33.7 seconds. Miller won the triple jump, leaping 30 feet 11 inches. Scott won the 1,600 meters with 5 minutes, 58.9 seconds. The Wildcats’ Velvet Weber

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Mount Si’s Mitchell Smith jumps five feet, six inches for a new personal record March 22 against Juanita. Smith finished tied for second with teammate Jon Proctor and the Rebels’ Christian Robertson. won the shot put (26 feet, 5.5 inches) and Kristen Kasel (81 feet, 1 inch) won the discus. Among the boys, Jimbo Davis won the 100 meters in 11.62 seconds, and the pole vault with 10 feet, 6 inches. Bradly Stevens won the 110meter hurdles in 16.72 seconds,

wind-aided, and the javelin with 174 feet, 1 inch. The team of Davis, Stevens, Kailund Williams and Sean Hyland won the 4x100 relay, with a time of 46.6 seconds. Brian Copeland won the shot put, with a mark of 43 feet, 7.5 inches. AJ Brevick won the

discus with a mark of 109 feet, 6.5 inches, and Jon Proctor won the high jump, with 5 feet, 4 inches. Next up for the team is a home meet against Bellevue on April 12 and the Larry Eason Invitational at Snohomish High School on April 14.

Mercy Rule ends game, gives 19-3 win to Mount Si fastpitch team By Michele Mihalovich

By Michele Mihalovich

Mount Si High School softball pitcher Lauren Padilla pitches a three up, three down in the second inning against Sammamish High School of Bellevue.

The pitching of Sammamish High School of Bellevue is what led to such a lopsided score against the Mount Si High School fastpitch team March 28. The Wildcats won, 19-3, when the referee called the game in the fifth inning. The Mercy Rule generally kicks in when one team is ahead by at least 10 runs in the fifth inning. Totems pitcher Iesha Banks pitched the entire game, despite walking 12 Mount Si batters, with three of them sauntering over home plate because of loaded bases. The first inning started off with Mount Si getting four runs, and another four in the second. Eleven more Mount Si runs were scored in the third inning, including a home run hit by Mickey Blad over the right field fence, which also brought home Kendra Lee and Eleni Trull for a 19-0 score. Mount Si head coach Larry White described the hit as a “monster” home run. Banks started showing some improvement in the fourth

inning, pitching her first strikeout of the game, and holding Mount Si at 19 runs. The Totems rallied in the fifth inning, and eliminated a skunking by scoring their first runs of the game. Mount Si pitcher Lauren Padilla had struck out the Totems’ first batter, but catcher Britney Stevens dropped the ball and the batter ran to first. After a couple more hits, bases were loaded with Totems. So when Padilla walked the next batter, Sammamish’s Abby Gomer walked over home plate for the team’s first run. Another big hit resulted in two more Totems running over home plate. But after their third out, the game was called. This was the seventh win for Mount Si out of eight games this season. White said after the game that he’s happy with the start of the season. “We have a very young team that is struggling through some key injuries to players that we were counting on to have a big season,” he said. See FASTPITCH, Page 13

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Lacrosse team is off to roaring start if nobody else did. At the end of the 2011 seaThe Mount Si High School son, Kiser predicted that the lacrosse team is already rewritseason-finale win would give his ing its history. team confidence entering the Granted, it’s a short history, 2012 campaign. with the team starting play in The team has shown confi2010, but the current upswing dence and poise even in losing of the helmeted boys in red is efforts, playing Overlake tough still stunning. on the road “We’ll think about where before finally They won zero games in yielding, 11-8. we want to go after we 2010; they won “This is the make the playoffs.” two games the third year of next year. Five the program games into the — Woodroe Kiser and a lot of 2012 season, Coach these kids have their record is been playing 4-1 with six for a couple league and two nonleague games of years now,” he said. “They to go. are getting better. It’s all part of Wins have included a 10-5 the development of their game, drubbing of Liberty, a 12-2 beat- starting to understand what they ing of North Kitsap, and a 9-8 need to do.” nail biter at Redmond. Then, a Having 50 children in the 9-3 victory against South Kitsap program also helped, raising had a special flavor to it. The the competition level for varsity boys from the Peninsula became positions, Kiser said. the first team to lose two matchWhat lies ahead won’t get es to the Wildcats. The last game easier, but the team is off to a of 2011 was a victory against great start and winning breeds South Kitsap, too. more winning. “There’s a first time for everyGone are the days, Kiser said, thing,” Mount Si head coach that a 14-1 drubbing at the Woodroe Kiser said. hands of Ballard was OK because All of that winning makes the team was learning and growKiser smile the smile of a man ing. Now the team is expected who saw all of this coming, even to compete.

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“The players’ expectations are higher and the coaches’ expectations are higher,” he said. “Now they want to win. It’s still fun, but they want to win.” Games ahead include home contests against Port Angeles (April 14), Overlake (April 18) and Redmond (April 27). Road games include trips to Klahowya (a school in Silverdale), Everett High School, Liberty and Gig Harbor for the season finale May 5. By then, Kiser said he hopes to have a much different story to tell from how the last two seasons have ended. “We are thinking playoffs,” he said. “We’ll think about where we want to go after we make the playoffs. We want to get there first. We’re still learning how to win.”


Scoreboard Softball Mount Si 10, Interlake 5

Soccer Mount Si 8, Lake Washington 0 Mount Si 35 –8 L. Wash. 00–0 Mount Si goals: Cody Clearman (un) 11:00; Davis Karaica (Alex Censullo) 22:00; Davis Karaica Penalty kick; Cody Clearman (Nate Popp) 41:00; Erik Stai (Davis Karaica) 43:00; Alex Censullo (Johnny Cramer) 52:00; Alex Censullo (Erik Stai) 55:00; Aaron Baumgardner (un) 70:00. Shutout: Hunter Malberg, Alex Anderson. Mount Si 2, Juanita 1 Mount Si 20–2 Juanita 10–1 Mount Si goals: Erik Stai (Alex Censullo) 32:00; Aaron Baumgardner (Alex Censullo) 38:00.

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Fastpitch From Page 12 “Lauren Padilla, in her first start of the 2012 season, did a good job of throwing strikes and giving our defense a chance to make plays for her,” White said. “Junior Mickey Blad continues to impress with her bat … and Britney Stevens continues to hit the ball very well.” But White said he’d like to see the Wildcats become more consistent on the defensive side of the game. “We are relying too much on our offense to carry us,” he said. “It is our goal to continue improving as the season goes along. We have a great group of players that get along very well. Should make for an exciting second half of the season.” Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.

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Speed up, mister Police noticed at about 2 a.m. March 18 a man driving 7-10 mph in a 25 mph zone on Southeast North Bend Way. When police pulled over Justin Jenkins, 30, of North Bend, they reported he had bloodshot eyes and slightly slurred speech. Jenkins declined field sobriety tests, and was arrested for DUI. Police released him to a neighbor who came to pick him up.

if she drove, she would be arrested for DUI, and the police proceeded to drive away. The report says Ford was spotted driving in the parking lot seconds after they drove off. She was arrested for DUI and transported to the King County Jail.

Concerned caller At 3:15 p.m. March 27, a

caller told police he/she was concerned about an elderly man on the corner of 384th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Newton Street, who appeared to be disoriented. Police were unable to locate the man. The Snovalley 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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Not happy with the service At 1:30 p.m. March 23, police received a call from a hospital regarding a woman “being loud and disruptive.” The report said, “She is harassing patients and ranting about malpractice. Officers asked subject to leave and she complied.”

I want to report people and dogs having fun At about 4:30 p.m. March 23, police received a call about four people and three big dogs playing soccer and Frisbee. “Caller wanted officer to explain about the leash law. Officer found one dog off leash and spoke with owner who was unaware about the law, but complied.”

Park it, sister At 3:17 a.m. March 26, police observed a woman sitting in a Honda Civic behind Snoqualmie Falls Brewery. Her door was open and her purse was lying in the gravel parking lot. Police said there was a very strong alcohol smell coming from Courtney J. Ford’s vehicle, and when they asked her if that was her purse, she slurred, “Yeah, so what?” Police reported that Ford, 30, promised that she was going to sleep in her vehicle and would not drive. She was warned that


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Public meetings ❑ North Bend Public Health and Safety, 4 p.m. April 10, City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. April 12, 26, City Hall ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. April 17, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S. ❑ North Bend Community and Economic Development Committee, 1:30 p.m. April 17, Community and Economic Development office, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ North Bend Transportation and Public Works Committee, 3:45 p.m. April 18, Public Works office, 1155 E. North Bend Way ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 7:45 a.m. April 19, Community and Economic Development office ❑ North Bend City Council workstudy, 7 p.m. April 24, City Hall ❑ North Bend Parks Commission, 6 p.m. April 25, Community and Economic Development Office ❑ Snoqualmie City Council, 7 p.m. April 9, City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Community and Economic Affairs Committee, 5 p.m. April 10, City Hall ❑ Snoqualmie Shoreline Hearings Board, 5 p.m. April 11, City Hall ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. April 12, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. April 16, City Hall ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. April 16, City Hall ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. April 16, City Hall ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. April 17, City Hall ❑ Snoqualmie Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m. April 18, Snoqualmie Brewery, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E.

Music/entertainment ❑ Janette West and Eric Verlinde, 7 p.m. April 5, Boxley’s 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307 ❑ Peace Frog, 8 p.m. April 6, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 831DOGS (3647) ❑ Kareem Kandi Trio, 7 p.m. April 6, Boxley’s ❑ Michael Kirkpatrick, 7:30 p.m. April 7, The Black Dog ❑ Graye and Green Quartet, 7 p.m. April 7, Boxley’s ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. April 8, 15, 22, Boxley’s ❑ Jesse Brewster and Cyndi



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At Future Jazz Heads at Boxley’s, local high school and middle school students take the stage with the pros. This month, Future Jazz Heads is at 7 p.m. April 17 and 24.

Harvell, 6:30 p.m. April 9, The Black Dog ❑ Darin Clendenin and Friends, 7 p.m. April 11, Boxley’s ❑ Zachary Kellogg 4, 7 p.m. April 12, Boxley’s ❑ Valley Green, 8 p.m. April 13, The Black Dog ❑ Milo Petersen Trio, 7 p.m. April 13, Boxley’s ❑ Jonathan Nicholson, 7:30 April 14, The Black Dog ❑ Greg Williamson Quartet, 7 p.m. April 14, Boxley’s ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7 p.m. April 17, 24, Boxley’s ❑ Dan Kramlich, 7 p.m. April 18, Boxley’s ❑ Tony Foster Duo, 7 p.m. April 19, Boxley’s ❑ Valley Center Stage presents “Moon Over Buffalo,” April 19-May 5. Tickets $12.50$15. All shows at are 119 W. North Bend Way. ❑ Dave Friesen Trio, 7 p.m. April 20, Boxley’s ❑ Greasy Spoon, 8 p.m. April 20, The Black Dog ❑ Aria Prame Quartet, 7 p.m. April 21, Boxley’s ❑ Joseph and Alisa, 8 p.m. April 21, The Black Dog ❑ Carolyn Graye’s Singer Soiree, 7 p.m. April 23, Boxley’s ❑ Randy Halberstadt, 7 p.m. April 25, Boxley’s ❑ Alexey Nikolaev and Michael Marcus, 7 p.m. April 26, Boxley’s ❑ Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis, 7 p.m. April 27, Boxley’s ❑ Little Hurricane, 8 p.m. April 27, The Black Dog ❑ Floating House, 7:30 p.m. April 28, The Black Dog ❑ Bernie Jacobs Quartet, 7 p.m. April 28, Boxley’s

Events ❑ SnoValley Indoor Playground, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when school is in session, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. A donation of $1 per child per visit is appreciated. ❑ Sallal Grange Community Games Night, 7 p.m. last Wednesday of each month. Please consider bringing a small monetary donation to help the Grange keep organizing events like this, ❑ Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, 8:30 p.m. April 6, Centennial Park, 39903 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. For children grades 6-12. Free admission. Bring your own flashlight. ❑ Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Moose Lodge, 9 a.m. April 7, at Si View Park, free admission, pancake breakfast follows hunt, children eat free, egg hunt is for children in fifth grade or younger ❑ Youth Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. April 7, Centennial Park, ages 2-12, free admission ❑ Mountains To Sound Greenway’s trail maintenance at Little Si, 9 a.m. April 7 and 14. Invasive species removal at Tollgate Forest, 9 a.m. April 7, 14 and 22. Invasive species removal at Three Forks Natural Area April 28. Volunteers may sign up online at ❑ Kids Night Out, crafts, baking, playing games, watching movies, maybe even taking a dip in the pool, all the while giving parents a much deserved break.

6 p.m. April 13. Must register by the prior Wednesday. Call Si View Community Center at 8311900; $20 registration fee. ❑ Mountains To Sound Greenway’s Friend of the Forest Day at Snoqualmie Point Park is at 9 a.m. April 14. ❑ Gravity Fest, featuring local teen bands, 7:30 p.m. April 21, at the Si View Community Center, $6 admission fee. ❑ Snoqualmie Hospital Auxiliary Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Mount Si Senior Center. Sales will support a $1,000 scholarship to a Mount Si High School graduate pursuing a career in the medical field.

North Bend Library The following events take place at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. ❑ Teen Poetry Contest “Rhyme On.” Entries accepted until April 30 in person or at Students must be middle- or high-schoolers to participate. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Learn to play chess or get a game going; all ages/skill levels welcome. ❑ Game On! 3 p.m. April 6, 13. Play Xbox 306, PlayStation and Nintendo, “Guitar Hero” and “Dance Dance Revolution.” Board games and snacks will be available. ❑ SnoValley Writers Work Group, 3 p.m. April 8. Join other local writers for writing exercises, critique and lessons regarding voice, plot and point of view. Adults only. ❑ Friends of the North Bend


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Library meeting, 9:30 a.m. April 9 ❑ English as a second language classes, 6:30 p.m. April 9 ❑ EReader assistance, 6 p.m. April 9, 16. Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer ❑ Job Club, 2 p.m. April 9, 16. Connect with fellow job seekers for support and networking. ❑ Study Zone, 3 p.m. April 9, 10, 16, 17; 4 p.m. April 12; 7 p.m. April 11; free tutoring for grades K-12 ❑ Microsoft Excel classes, level 3, 7 p.m. April 10. Basic understanding of Excel and experience making and saving spreadsheets required. ❑ Conducting Effective Interview Conversations in the New Economy, 7 p.m. April 10. Learn what it takes to have a successful job interview. ❑ Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m., April 10, 17. Ages 2-3 with adult. ❑ Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. April 10, 17. Ages 3-6 with adult, siblings welcome. ❑ Tax preparation assistance, 10 a.m. Wednesdays through April 11. Everyone welcome regardless of income and age. ❑ Pajamarama Story Time, 6:30 April 11, all young children welcome with adult ❑ One-on-one Computer Assistance, 1 p.m. April 11, for adults ❑ Special Needs Story Time, 10 a.m. April 14. This targets ages 3-6, but children of all ages and abilities are welcome. ❑ Auntie Lena’s African Stories, 2 p.m. April 14. Auntie Lena and her friend Possum are back to tell more African stories. ❑ Merry Monday Story Time, 11 a.m. April 16. Newborns to age 3 with adult. Siblings and other children are welcome.

Snoqualmie Library The following events take place at the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. ❑ Teen Poetry Contest “Rhyme On.” Entries accepted until April 30 in person or at Students must be middle- or high-schoolers to participate. ❑ Purl One, Listen, Too, knitting program, 1 p.m. April 5 Submit an item for the commu-


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