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Tale of two hotels One project stalls while a second is sailing along. Page 3

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ered at Laughing Jacobs Creek to celebrate the “little red fish.” They had come to release 75 kokanee fry, which swam in a small camping cooler near the creek. Using Dixie cups, children and community members spooned the fish out of the cooler and gently released them into the creek’s cold and gurgling waters. The release of the kokanee

Gail McCullough works construction. She drives a dump truck for a construction company. Her husband Tim also drives a dump truck. Their workdays are full of loud noise, so they appreciate the quiet of their home the east of Snoqualmie, overlooking the former Weyerhaeuser Mill site. But the mill’s new tenant, the DirtFish Rally School, is cutting into that quiet, the McCulloughs say. They could clearly hear the roaring engines and public announcement system during the Global RallyCross championship round held recently at the school. Other neighbors said they could hear the noise, too. Rally driving uses souped-up street cars on dirt and gravel courses. An information packet put together by DirtFish executives when they were applying to King County for permits to open the school explicitly states that the site “will not have any rally or racing competition events taking place at our facility.” But the Global RallyCross event was a made-for-television event filmed by cable sports network ESPN, DirtFish President Ross Bentley said. “We don’t have ongoing race events,” he said. The Metropolitan King

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Marching two by two Spring brings unwanted petsts into the home. Page 9

By Greg Farrar

Jessica Leguizamon, 10, watches kokanee salmon fry swim away from her Dixie cup into Laughing Jacobs Creek as her sister Sabrina, 5, waits her turn and their grandfather, Gary Smith, looks on. County environmental scientist Hans Berge makes sure the release is done properly.

Snoqualmie tribe participates in historic kokanee fry release April Pools Day Children learn water safety at annual event. Page 12

Road act Middle class band heads south for musical festival. Page 14

Tattered lessons High school group earns and learns with shredding. Page 14

By Laura Geggel Every season, the kokanee salmon returns to the creeks and streams after its journey to Lake Sammamish. At the second annual kokanee fry release in Issaquah April 18, Matt Baerwalde, of the Snoqualmie Tribe, recounted the relationship between the fish and his people, explaining how they relied on the fish for sustenance.

“When things might have been otherwise lean, there was this wild abundance of fish from Lake Sammamish into these small streams, and the various families that lived on those streams were able to take advantage of that,” he said. “And that’s part of why the little red fish are so important to the Snoqualmies.” He and a group of concerned citizens, and city, country, state and federal administrators gath-

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By Sebastian Moraga Dan Popp, president of the Snoqualmie Valley School District board of directors, says the group he leads has done a good job representing Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Ridge. Former Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation head Carolyn Simpson is not so sure.

“For most of the last 10 years, the city of Snoqualmie residents have been under-represented on the school board,” she said. “There’s one from Snoqualmie and Fall City, three from North Bend and one from Fall City.” Simpson said the requirement states that one director from each district be a member of the school board. The last time the districts were drawn was 2000,

after that year’s census. Snoqualmie’s growth has rocketed since, and the district lines have become outdated and unbalanced, Simpson said. Snoqualmie Middle School parent Laurie Gibbs, a Simpson supporter and Snoqualmie Ridge resident, said the Ridge had “ballooned” in the last 10 years. “We have a community that has elementary school children

who go to four different schools in three different towns,” Gibbs said, adding that she believes areas like the Ridge bear the brunt of most redistricting. Popp, who lives in Redmond, said district officials have responded promptly to concerns about redistricting. “Any inquiry that has come See REDISTRICTING, Page 3


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Governor approves math bill to streamline testing Graduating from high school with sufficient math credits just got easier. Gov. Chris Gregoire approved a bill that would allow students in the 2013 and 2014 graduating classes to pass only one mathematics end-of-course exam, instead of two. The state House of Representatives passed the legislation in a 96-1 vote on March 4. State senators passed a companion bill in a 47-0 vote on March 29. Gregoire signed it into law April 11. State Superintendent Randy Dorn had championed the legislation. “Plain and simple, this is a win for fairness,” Dorn said. “In a tough legislative year, this is one law that directly impacts the lives of students in a positive

manner. I’m pleased that state legislators and the governor did the right thing for students.” Eventually, the math section of the High School Proficiency Exam — which is administered to sophomores — will be phased out, and two end-of-course exams, in algebra and geometry, will take its place. Most Washington sophomores take geometry, and will take the geometry end-of-course exam this spring. Under current law, they would also be required to take the algebra I exam — a course most students take during their freshman year. Since Gregoire signed the bill, the second end-of-course exam will no longer be needed for students in the classes of 2013 and 2014.

Current eighth-graders — the class of 2015 — will be the first students required to pass two end-of-state exams. Most of those students will take algebra I in ninth grade, meaning they take the end-of-course exam in the same year they took the course. “This whole issue for me has been about fairness,” Dorn said in a statement. “End of course should mean end of course. This is a big win for students that we all worked together and found the right solution.” Students in the classes of 2011 and 2012 are not affected by this bill. Those students can still pass one state math exam or earn two credits of math after their sophomore year to meet the math graduation requirement.

Statewide traffic deaths reach historic low The number of deaths on Washington roadways reached a historic low last year: 448, a decline from the 492 deaths in 2009. Washington Traffic Safety Commission officials said 2010 marked the safest year ever on Washington roads. The number of deaths could increase slightly as the commission continues to receive reports. Under a highway safety plan called Target Zero, the state aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and

serious injuries in Washington during the next 19 years. Officials set a goal of zero traffic deaths by 2030. “The lives saved are a true testament to the effectiveness of Washington’s comprehensive and integrated approach to traffic safety: the Target Zero plan,” commission Director Lowell Porter said in a statement released March 30. Target Zero also includes public education, safety engineering to improve roadways and vehi-

cles, timely response by emergency medical personnel, and strong enforcement of traffic safety laws. “Troopers will continue to take swift action on the three violations that we know take the most lives: speeding, impaired driving and the failure to wear seat belts,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said. “Eliminating those three violations would, just by themselves, get us most of the way to Target Zero.”

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70 years and counting The show must go on — and it has most weeks for more than 70 years at the North Bend Theater, which opened April 9, 1941. Owners Jim and Cindy Walker stand on the theater’s marquee. The theater has retained its art deco décor. The Walkers took over the theater in 2006, and have hosted several special events since then. In 2010, they landed the international Banff Film Festival, which drew several hundred attendees from the region.

DirtFish From Page 1 County Council issued a special permit for the two-day race. The race was within the county’s limits on noise, Bentley said. DirtFish’s neighbors are wary, though. “Our understanding was that it would be just a driving school,” Gail said. She and other neighbors said they could hear cars racing after 6 p.m. Bentley said operations stop by 6 p.m. at the latest and usually at about 5 p.m.

“If people are hearing things, they should contact me,” he said. From his office at DirtFish, he said he can sometimes hear trucks at a nearby gravel pit, and dirt bikes being run by people not affiliated with the school and not on the mill site. The McCulloughs and some neighbors said they plan to bring their concerns to DirtFish, and to King County and Snoqualmie, which is in negotiations with the county to annex the mill site. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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North Bend hotel project stalls due to financing setback

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Second project experiencing less problems By Dan Catchpole Financing problems have stalled one North Bend hotel project but another one appears ready to go ahead. North Bend city officials hope that a hotel in the city will bring in revenue and help the city’s branding campaign. Snoqualmie Valley resident George Wyrsch wants to develop a hotel near Interstate 90’s Exit 31, but has had difficulty securing financing. “I’m waiting for the financial markets to loosen up some,” he said. He last tested the water in November. “It’s still anybody’s guess” when the markets will improve, he said. Wyrsch has never developed a hotel, though, which could be making it more difficult for him to get financing. The other developer, New Sky, appears to be having an easier time. Paul Pong, a Bellevuebased hotel developer, owns the company. Pong has a track record of successful hotel devel-

Redistricting From Page 1 to the school board about this issue,” he said, “has been replied to in a timely manner. I don’t know if some citizens feel this needs to be done faster, but we’re moving faster than most districts in the state.” Carolyn Malcolm, public information coordinator for the district, confirmed that the law allows the district to wait until December to have the new districts redrawn. Since this is an election year for the district, with three seats up for grabs, the district is working with a shorter timeline, she said. “The school district plans to have the new director districts approved in May,” she said. “There’s a public hearing prior to the next school board meeting April 28.”

opment, which makes him attractive to creditors. He could also be paying for the building out of pocket. Pong and his consultant, the Abbey Road Group, did not respond to requests for comment. New Sky has filed paperwork to begin the process for developing the land it owns on the east corner at the intersection of Bendigo Boulevard and South Fork Road. Wyrsch said he isn’t concerned about the competition. “We’ve always anticipated there would be two to three hotels in North Bend,” he said. That would be OK with Mayor Ken Hearing. Hotels mean more revenue for North Bend, and they will help with the city’s marketing campaign to brand itself as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. “People who stay the night in a community tend to spend substantially more money than day trippers,” Hearing said. It could also boost North Bend’s claim as a destination spot for outdoor recreation. Visitors will be able to spend more time hiking, biking or doing some other activity, and won’t have to go to Issaquah for a hotel room or go home at the end of the day, Hearing said.

By the end of this week, the proposed districts will be posted on the district’s website, www.svsd410.org. Popp said the under-representation of Snoqualmie is not worrisome, as the board just received census data in March. “We’re probably ahead of the curve,” he said. “My suspicion is the first report would be done in the next couple of weeks.” Gibbs said the lack of representation at the Ridge is particularly irritating this year, especially with the school district pushing a new bond and a new school. “We have no representative, but there’s going to have to be decisions made regarding who goes and who doesn’t go to the new middle school,” she said. The district must follow state law and provide more balance, Simpson said. State law gives an agency such as a school district eight

By Sebastian Moraga Election Day is almost a halfmonth away, but you would never know it by the serious faces inside King County Elections in Tukwila April 14. With the fate of a new middle school hanging in the balance of the April 26 vote, the staff of King County Elections held a “Logic and Accuracy” test to ensure the equipment that will count and tabulate votes works well. The test is every bit as serious as it sounds, and the looks on the faces of King County staffers reflected the gravity of the situation. These are the machines that will check, recognize and tabulate votes. Tests include a Zero Report, which runs ballots through the system to ensure no ballots have been counted before. “It shows that it’s ready for starting the real ballots next,” Laird Hail, King County Elections’ technical services manager, said. The computers have sealed CD drives, the tabulating machines stand behind chainlink fences, and employees can only access the latter through fingerprint identification and smart I.D. cards that identify workers’ login rights. “The system administrator goes through and sets up all the users and what they can do,” Hail said, meaning what software they can access. The cards come loaded with passwords, so if a staffer loses one, there’s no danger since that password is useless to

months after it receives census data to redraw its internal districts. Popp said he feels confident the district will come up with a “great plan.” “Anyone who feels concerned about this process, they should know it’s at the top of the school board and the district’s lists,” he said. Gibbs said a Ridge voice is pivotal for better decision making on the board. “I always have been a firm believer that the best decisions are made through differences of opinion at times,” she said. “They result more in compromises that appeal to a larger majority of residents. Without Ridge representation on the board, we lose that aspect of decision making.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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everyone else. Entrance to the building itself also requires a fingerprint I.D., called a biometric I.D. Starting the tabulation requires another card, which will remain sealed away until Election Night. That way, ballots can be counted, but no one will know the result until Election Night. Since the April 26 ballot only has two measures in it, none countywide, only a few of the machines will be used. In 2012, when the nation picks its next president, 900,000 ballots will come in and every machine will be in use, Hail said. Larger elections, such as November 2012, will require temporary personnel, Hail said. This month’s vote will require only staff. When counting and tabulating, it’s not all machines. Teams of two people review votes the machines struggle with, like ballots with stray marks or when people vote with checkmarks, administrative specialist Bill Weaver said. “We have a manual called ‘The Voter Intent Manual’ that our people follow,” Hail said. “So if they did a check mark on all of them, we presume that the intent was for that to be a vote.” Elections vary from state to state, King County Elections’ communications specialist Katie Streit said. Some states certify within 48 hours after Election Day. Washington waits for 15

“So if they did a check mark on all of them, we presume that the intent was for that to be a vote.” — Laird Hail King County Elections’ technical services manager days before certifying an election. That allows for more ballots to come in and be counted, as well as for more time to decide on disputed ballots. All the hubbub takes place in a building that’s a temporary home for King County Elections, while the regular headquarters in Renton gets remodeled. Hence things like the chainlink fence. “It was the cheapest, quickest way to be able to do it,” Hail said, “and maintain the visibility.” Visibility matters. All of the computer wires hang in plain sight so people can trace them and corroborate that nothing comes from outside the room. The staff’s goal is not the perception of fairness — proof is, Hail said. “We want to ensure that the equipment and the software are functioning properly,” Hail said, “and that the ballots are tabulated accurately and give results that reflect the will of the people.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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Make a difference on Earth Day A few decades ago, being called “green” was often derogatory. Today we hold high respect for those who live their life “green” — contributing to a healthier world. Earth Day — celebrated April 22 around the globe — is a reminder that supporting a healthy environment depends on individuals. One person can seem pretty insignificant when it comes to things like species extinction and climate change, but individuals hold real power when it comes to the environment. While many trees will be planted for Earth Day, that’s not really what it’s all about. It’s about individuals taking action to change their lifestyles, from unplugging unused appliances to fixing leaking faucets to bringing reusable bags when you shop. In the coming decades, we face great environmental challenges — and great opportunities to improve the environment. It is time to turn American ingenuity toward the environment. People around us are already finding innovative solutions. In the Snoqualmie Valley, residents are finding new ways to reduce consumption with the help of Transition Snoqualmie Valley, a sustainability group. Local wildlife biologists have been studying how animals get across Interstate 90, to design safer highways for both animals and people. Businesses participate in waste audits, volunteers pull noxious weeds in weekend parties and more families are creating compost from kitchen scraps to use in their gardens. Drink a lot of water? Refill your own bottle instead of buying individual ones. Need groceries? Consider organic foods that keep unnecessary chemicals out of ground water and locally grown food that does not come with extensive shipping. Doing laundry? Cold water gets clothes just as clean. Going somewhere? Pump up the tires on your old bicycle. Believe it — we can change the world.

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Now’s the wrong time for a school bond This is not the time to increase our homeowner’s taxes by passing another school bond. Snoqualmie Ridge has a higher rate of distressed properties than the rest of the county. It is a burden with one-third of the Ridge trying to even make the mortgage payments. New Ridge home building is mainly on hold. Current home prices are still falling. The proposed new middle school will not improve test scores. But it is going to add between $600,000 and $1 million in annual maintenance costs. Our governments’ spending is out of control and they are bankrupt. We, and the generations to come, have to pay the bill. Reality dictates that adding more property taxes is a luxury we can’t afford now. Reading letters and mailers in support from school administration and board is like letting the cookie monsters guard the cookie jar. The expense of these specials elections, recounts, ads and signs in our face could be better used for our daily school

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School bond will help growing population Things have changed since I served on the Snoqualmie Valley School Board in 2007. At that time, the district’s enrollment was increasing at 6 percent to 7 percent and there was a strong sense of urgency to build a second high school for our growing community. When those bonds did not pass, the district worked to relieve high school overcrowding by adding modular classrooms. Now, as our district has continued to grow at about 2 percent each year, the footprint of the Mount Si High School campus is full. It’s time to resolve overcrowding with a long-lasting solution. I commend the school board for listening to the community, researching many other options and, ultimately, adjusting its plan to meet current and future needs. The school bond on the April 26 ballot is a smart and responsible solution. It uses existing buildings and resources to save costs. It will take care of overcrowding at the secondary level,

for the next 10-20 years. It will preserve three middle schools that successfully support our students today and provide space to expand high school science and math opportunities. It is what our students need now. Please join me in casting a yes vote for the children and schools in our community. Kim Horn Snoqualmie

School officials need to make sacrifices, too Our family has been hit very hard by the recession. We have many things that are currently needed. For example, new car brakes, dentist appointments to fix cavities, a new dishwasher to replace the broken one, and on and on. However, due to a 50 percent reduction in pay, we have given up many needs to focus on only essentials. When I see our elected school board put up a $56.2 million bond that includes a whole wish list of items, I get very frustrated. If a middle school is so badly needed, then just come to the taxpayers with a bond for a modest middle See LETTERS, Page 6

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You’re never alone when you’re home By Slim Randles Doc took a little spring walk the other day since people in the valley seemed to have hit a lick of health. He walked past Miller’s old dairy, now grown over with weeds, and thought about the kindnesses of old Tom Miller and the way he’d always bring Doc some butter when he wasn’t able to pay his bill. Doc could see his big, round face smiling as he walked past the milking parlor’s gray concrete walls. The buds were coming in strong on the fruit trees, and he remembered what fun it had been with the boys he’d grown up with; each spring was a door opening to adventure and whoknows-what-else. At Lewis Creek, he gazed down on the familiar rocks near the swimming hole. If they have eroded any since Doc was a kid, he sure couldn’t tell. It’s good that some things don’t change. We need that constancy, he thought, smiling. The kids who swam past those rocks so many years and wars ago are mostly gone now, but Doc is still here. Doc and the rocks. Passing the feed lot, he caught sight of Dewey loading manure into the back of his

pickup. There’s something so … American about Dewey. He can’t be trusted to handle anything that Slim Randles might stick, Columnist snap, stab, slice, break or mangle, but he’d managed to make a good living with just a shovel and hard work and imagination. Flower beds all over the valley owe Dewey big time. As he strolled back into town and passed by the feed store,

Old Sally arose from her pothole in the street and came over to toddle along with Doc, something she does with the people who love old dogs. She went two blocks and then headed back to where it was sunny. He walked past the Rest of Your Life Convalescent Home. Margaret, at the front desk, looked out and watched Doc go by and thought it strange Doc would take a walk alone. But he wasn’t alone. Not here. It’s one of the blessings of living in a place like this. Brought to you by Slim Randles’ outdoor memoirs, “Sweetgrass Mornings,” available at www.slimrandles.com.

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APRIL 21, 2011 “It feels really good to help an endangered species. Now I know there’s at least two more fish in the water.”

Kokanee From Page 1 fry was a project long in the making. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery teamed up with the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group and dignitaries from the city all the way to the federal level for the kokanee fry release. Last year, the group released kokanee at Ebright Creek in Sammamish, and next year the release will be celebrated at Lewis Creek in Issaquah. “This fry release is a critical part of our kokanee recovery and restoration efforts,” David St. John, Department of Natural Resources government relations administrator, said. He outlined the group’s goals: preventing kokanee extinction and restoring a diverse and native habitat for the salmon. “In our last run there was probably 100 fish, so we’re at low numbers, extremely low numbers,” St. John said. A normal run for kokanee usually extends into the hundreds or thousands, he said in a later phone interview. Sammamish Mayor Don Gerend commended the hatchery’s program, reminding his audience of a mud slide in the Ebright Creek basin in March that “muddied the waters and perhaps washed out some of the redds,” he said, referring to the kokanee’s nests. By having the hatchery raise

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Kokanee salmon fry wait in a cooler to be released into Laughing Jacobs Creek April 18, near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch area. and release kokanee — the landlocked cousin of the sockeye salmon — the fish have a second chance at survival. Darin Combs, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery manager, explained how the spawning projects worked. The hatchery found adult fish in three local creeks — Ebright, Laughing Jacobs and Lewis — and brought them to spawn at the hatchery Nov. 17. In order to imprint the young kokanee, the hatchery used water from each fish’s native creek. When the kokanee eggs hatched early, the hatchery kept them incubated, giving them more time to grow in size and strength. “They’ve grown tremendously,” Combs said. “They’ve tripled in size.” Jessica Leguizamon, a 10year-old from Bellevue, came to the ceremony with her family and released two of the small fry into the creek. “It feels really good to help an endangered species,” she said. “Now I know there’s at least two more fish in the water.” High praise and hard work Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger

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called salmon “iconic” in the Pacific Northwest. “We know that the disruption of small tributaries to these other small streams is something that is very damaging to them, so we’re working very hard collectively as communities to make sure that we can keep these fish from going extinct,” she said. King County Executive Dow Constantine said the hatchery’s spawning program was pivotal to helping the kokanee survive, but said it was not a long-term answer. “It is not the substitute for habitat protection and recovery, but it’s an essential step,” he said. The Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group is working to help the kokanee thrive in their native waters. Since 2007, watershed residents and representatives from King County, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the cities of Sammamish, Issaquah, Bellevue and Redmond, Trout Unlimited and kokanee recovery advocates have worked together to help the fish. The work group counts the

number of kokanee and surveys their spawning grounds. As a result of their work, King County has developed plans to replace a culvert on Zaccuse Creek where it flows underneath the East Lake Sammamish Trail, an obstacle that prevents kokanee from swimming past it. In other good news, the county recently acquired about 100 acres in the Issaquah Creek headwaters and within the Taylor Mountain Forest for habitat restoration. Although no kokanee live in Issaquah Creek currently, the restoration project may bring them back. These projects will not only help the kokanee, but also other fish, wildlife, and the people who live near creeks, streams or Lake Sammamish. “Healthy forests, healthy streams, healthy lakes are things that we all want for ourselves and our children,” Constantine said. “They are essential to our quality of life.” By understanding the history of the kokanee, Baerwalde said he was determined to help the species survive for future generations. “The intertwined histories of the little red fish of Lake Sammamish and the Snoqualmie Tribe go back an awfully long time, and some could argue that there are some certain parallels in those histories,” he said. Other speakers included Grace Reamer, who works with King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, and Brad Thompson, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Laura Geggel: 392-6434, ext. 241, or lgeggel@isspress.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Letters From Page 4 school. Forgo the wish list and tighten your belt a little. Many families in the Valley are now facing real struggles. Speaking for our family, the added cost of 2012 property taxes could help pay for a badly needed trip to the doctor. However, I would have gladly voted yes on the bond had I seen the school board take more time and really make significant cuts to the bond. Just because you have access to a $56 million credit card does not mean to you have to max it out to its limit. A little fiscal responsibility would have gone a long way in convincing more people to accept this tax increase. I am voting no to send the school board a message in the hopes it will return with a more reasonable proposal. Jenny Zinke North Bend

Bond will solve student, money issues As a real estate broker and parent in our local community, it grieved me when I learned that the school bond had not been passed for loss of one vote. If we are all honest with ourselves, most of us are products of public education and we are grateful for the bonds that were passed on our behalf that funded our K-12 education. Two of the issues that cause people to become most zealous are children and money. This issue is a merger of both passions. I would encourage my neighbors in the Snoqualmie Valley to look carefully at this bond as a wonderful compromise and an effort with fiscal responsibility to enhance student learning while accommodating enrollment. This bond is neither a referendum on public education nor a poll on suburban growth. Nor is it a survey about school district leadership or state funding policy. This bond is simply the fourth measure before voters in as many years to accommodate the reality in front of us — the number of students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District has increased dramatically and this will continue. Our children need schools and they are dependent on grown-ups to vote to approve bonds that create adequate space. Until this matter is settled, our school district will need to continue to expend time and effort on new plans and accommodations. I would rather they be empowered now to move us forward! Please approve this bond! Stacey Chellis Snoqualmie


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Police & Fire Snoqualmie police No names, please At 12:42 a.m. April 8, a police officer traveling west on Railroad Avenue near Snoqualmie Parkway saw a car missing a headlight eastbound on Railroad Avenue. The officer turned around and followed the car, which also had dim tail lights. When the driver saw the police lights, he stopped the car in the middle of the roadway. He said he had a suspended license and no I.D. on him. After he identified himself, police recognized him as a man who identified himself as his own dead brother in October. A status check of the name yielded a different name for the man. Asked again for his real identity, the man insisted on the first name he gave police. He was arrested for driving with a suspended license and for providing false information to an officer. Police then asked a female passenger, the owner of the car, for consent to search the vehicle, which yielded a man’s backpack and jacket. The passenger said the items belonged to the driver, and that he had told her to lie in case police asked her for his name. A search of the jacket yielded a syringe, a bag with other syringes and a small bag with a marijuana bud in it. The man will face charges including possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Issaquah city jail.

Don’t speed if you’re wanted At 3:57 p.m. April 8, an officer on patrol in the 6700 block of Douglas Avenue Southeast began following a silver 2010 Chevrolet with Oregon license

plates. The car was speeding in a residential area and when police stopped the driver, they found he had a misdemeanor warrant out of Kirkland. He was arrested and released to a Kirkland Police officer. The car was impounded.

North Bend police I needed some tunes At 11 p.m. April 13, police learned of someone breaking into an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block of Southeast Fifth Street, and stealing an iPhone, valued at about $200. The vehicle’s owner said someone tried to download music three days later between 1 and 6 p.m. There were no suspects or witnesses.

If you’re wanted, lie At 2:10 a.m. April 13, a police vehicle drove west on Southeast North Bend Way approaching Orchard Street, when the officer saw a vehicle with a defective windshield and a broken center brake light approach a roundabout. Police stopped the car and the driver told the officer she had left her driver’s license at a friend’s house. Furthermore, she could not remember the last four digits on her Social Security, and had no other form of I.D. Police arrested the woman since her identity was in question and there was no way to prove it. At the police station, the woman turned out to have the same last name but a different first name from what she had told police. Under her real identity, the woman had warrants for possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license. She was booked into the King County Jail on the warrants and for obstructing a police officer. She later admitted to be a highvolume heroin user.

Lie about drugs, too At 9:47 p.m. April 13, police approached a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of Southeast Fifth Street where someone told police three people were possibly using drugs. The occupants of the Ford Explorer began hiding objects under the seats. All three subjects, two of them minors, seemed nervous. Police asked them to be honest and after a little while, they admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. Police asked one of the minors to step out of the vehicle. After he did, police saw a pipe with burnt foil. The minor admitted to using heroin for the past few months, but denied having a problem with drugs or having heroin in the vehicle. A sheriff’s deputy found multiple plastic bags and two pipes. A subsequent search yielded two more pipes and burnt foil with heroin residue. All three were released at the scene. The two minors were released to their parents.

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Motorists can now keep studded tires on vehicles until April 25, because forecasts call for possible wintry driving conditions across mountain passes and in higher elevations, the state Department of Transportation announced last week. Motorists failing to meet the deadline could face citations from law enforcement. The announcement marked the third extension for studded-tire removal. Motorists usually need to remove the tires by April 1. Travelers not using the mountain passes should remove studded tires now. State law allows motorists to use studded tires from Nov. 1 until March 31, unless the state changes the deadline. Transportation officials do not anticipate any further extensions.

Before hiring a limousine or town car for a ride to the prom or a wedding, the state Department of Licensing reminds people to check to see if the company is licensed and legitimate. Limousine operators in Washington must be licensed, carry sufficient liability insurance and undergo annual safety inspections from the Washington State Patrol. Chauffeurs must be at least 21, hold a valid driver’s license, complete a training course and pass a state patrol background check. Check limousine companies’ licenses at the Department of Licensing website, www.dol.wa.gov. Follow the link for the “Business Licensing” tab. Or call the agency at 360664-1414. Officials say to make sure a company is licensed and check references before hiring one.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 8:36 a.m. April 7, Snoqualmie EMTs responded with Bellevue paramedics and Eastside Fire & Rescue to downtown Snoqualmie for an 81-yearold male in cardiac arrest. ❑ At 3:40 a.m. April 8, EMTs responded to Snowberry Avenue Southeast for a 25-year-old female with a medical problem. She was transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 9:30 p.m. April 8, firefighters responded to the Snoqualmie Casino for a woman with heart palpitations. She was transported to a hospital. ❑ At 6:11 p.m. April 9, EMTs responded to Southeast Douglas Street for a 38-year-old male feeling ill. He was evaluated and left at home with his family. ❑ At 6:58 p.m. April 10, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then

transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 7:37 a.m. April 11, firefighters responded to Snoqualmie Ridge Storage for an automatic fire alarm. After investigation, it was determined it was a false alarm. ❑ At 8:52 a.m. April 11, Snoqualmie EMTs responded with Bellevue paramedics to Southeast Newton Street for a 42-year-old female with chest pain. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by paramedics. ❑ At 10 a.m. April 13, Snoqualmie firefighters responded to Cascade View Elementary School for a student who fell

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North Bend fire ❑ At 1:43 a.m. April 11, firefighters and other units from Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast in Sammamish. ❑ At 7:27 a.m. April 11, firefighters responded to a singlecar crash on North Bend Way. A driver had hit a power pole but had only minor injuries. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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Clearing clutter is tough but worthwhile work By Dan Catchpole

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With so many demands on people’s time nowadays, it isn’t easy to keep a house or apartment in order. With small spaces, it only takes a little clutter to make it look messy. Sometimes, people find themselves overwhelmed by clutter, and they need help in sorting through it. Enter Shannon Guild, owner of TruSimplicity, a North Bend-based professional organizing service. Guild says organizing space boils down to three key steps: ❑ Eliminate the clutter: Purge unneeded things until only items that are necessary or loved remain. ❑ Define the space: What is the purpose of the room? What is going to happen in this room? What things live in this room? ❑ Create storage space: Use functional, aesthetically pleasing storage. Storage systems should make it easier to put things away. Of course, applying those three steps are often easier said than done. That is especially true with the first step. Paring down “The pare-down process is the most critical part,” Guild said.

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Cleaning up the clutter can give a living room a well-organized look. But it can take time and be painful. “It can be very overwhelming to organize a cluttered room. About 90 percent of my clients need some hand-holding” while purging their possessions, she said.

It is usually impossible to remove clutter without getting rid of things. In sorting through items, a person must ask, is this item worth more to me than the goal of having an uncluttered space? Guild said you will enjoy

your home much more if it is filled only with items you either love or are absolutely necessary. “To me, it all boils down to what’s used and what’s loved,” she said. Keepsakes are fine, but don’t confuse personal significance with

guilt. Sometimes, people hold onto presents that don’t really have any meaning because they feel bad about giving it away. Guild has techniques for paring keepsakes down as well. Have a fine porcelain set that is a family heirloom but never use it? Keep one plate and frame it, and give away the rest. That way you can enjoy it, because it isn’t stuck in an attic, but it isn’t taking up room. When clients aren’t sure about getting rid of a possession, Guild has another technique. She has them put the items in a bin. The bin goes in the garage. If they haven’t thought of the items after six months, out it goes. Where their possessions go can make a big difference for some of her clients, Guild said. She recommends people ask themselves: ❑ Do I want this item to go to family, Goodwill or some other charity? See CLUTTER, Page 11

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Springtime brings warmer weather, new household pests By Dan Catchpole It is spring. Time to break out of your winter slumber and wake up. But humans aren’t the only living things shaking off winter’s sedentary ways. Insects and rodents are waking up, too, and they are hungry. Their search for food and warm spaces can take them into your house. Alan LaBissoniere, owner of Frontier Pest Control in North Bend, has already been out on several calls dealing with springtime pests. The main culprits people need to be wary of are carpenter ants, odorous house ants and wasps, according to LaBissoniere. The animals — like carpenter ants — perform useful jobs in their natural habitat, which help dead wood decompose faster. But inside or around your home, wasps and ants can become pests. Carpenter ants are especially troublesome, because they can cause structural damage. Unwanted visitors The first step to pest control is determining whether you have an infestation. That ant you saw scurry across you floor — was it just out foraging for food or was it indicative of a nest in your home? This step involves some

Nests location Frequency of locations, based on research by Laurel Hansen of the Camponotus modoc, the most common type of carpenter ant in Washington.

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The carpenter ant can cause many headaches for homeowners. The insects begin swarming in spring, as they search for new nesting sites. detective work, and getting down on your hands and knees. LaBissoniere recommends homeowners check their homes for pest activity. Look around your basement or crawl space, check where plumbing and wiring come into the house, and inspect your attic and soffits under your eaves. Seeing a few ants or other pests doesn’t necessarily mean

you have a problem. But don’t ignore a sighting, either. Ants forage for food, and you might have simply seen a worker out doing its job. Seeing trails of ants or many winged ants indoors means a nest is likely inside. Careful observation can reveal a nest. Carpenter ants are most active during the evening and early night. You can follow

them by placing a red film over a flashlight — they can’t see red light. Leaving food out for them will make it easier to follow them. Carpenter ants typically make their nests in wood. Some common areas for nests, according to Laurel Hansen, a biology professor at Spokane Falls Community College, are outside walls and voids, attics, ceilings and crawl spaces. Insects in nests can sometimes be heard in walls. They make a soft rustling noise. Finding a nest isn’t necessarily the end of the problem, though. Carpenter ants establish satellite nests, which send food back to the parent nest. These nests can be several hundred feet apart. In her research, Hansen found houses typically had one to three nests.

Inside ❑ Outside walls and voids — 35 percent ❑ Attic — 21 percent ❑ Ceilings — 19 percent ❑ Crawl spaces — 19 percent ❑ Other sites (including interior walls, roof, sill plate, supports in crawl spaces and stacked lumber) — 6 percent Outside ❑ Forest (within 50 meters) — 27 percent ❑ Live trees — 17 percent ❑ Dead trees, stumps or logs, buried wood — 16 percent ❑ Wood debris — 8 percent ❑ Decorative wood in landscape — 7 percent ❑ Stacked lumber — 3 percent ❑ Firewood — 3 percent If you think you have two or more nests in your house, you have to find out whether they are from the same parent colony. Hansen suggests putting an ant from each trail See PESTS, Page 10


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Pests From Page 9 in a jar. Ants with the same parent colony get along; ants from different parent colonies fight. To really end the problem, all nests have to be destroyed or removed, and your house has to be sealed against future invasions. Eliminating the source If you have located a nest, you can target it directly with pesticides. The National Pest Control Operator’s Association and the Washington State Pest Control Association recommend that nests be directly treated. Pesticides should be applied as closely as possible to a nest. Apply pesticides in areas traveled by the ants, such as wiring and plumbing, which can function as highways for ants. If pesticides cannot be direct-

ly applied near the nest, a 1/8inch drill bit can be used to make holes in the wall through which an applicator wand can be used. Ants unwittingly help in their of elimination by passing along pesticides to their colony mates. “Ants are very social creatures. When they get into the nests, they are rubbing up against each other,” LaBissoniere said. Another approach is to use a perimeter spray. This method is particularly useful if the nest cannot be located. It takes about 24 to 36 hours to take effect, but it can kill the parent and satellite colonies, he said. (See sidebar, choosing the right pesticide.) Preventing new infestations If you have carpenter ants — or any pest infestation — it usually isn’t by accident. They found your house accommodating. To prevent future infestations, make your house as

uninviting as possible. First, carpenter ants need moisture — especially damp wood — to survive. Replace any rotting or moist wood. Some common sources of damp wood in homes are: ❑ clogged gutters, which cause water to spill into soffits and down exterior walls; ❑ persistent window condensation, which creates damp frames; ❑ slow plumbing leaks; and ❑ faulty flashing. Second, seal access points with caulk and expandable foam. Third, properly store firewood. It should be off the ground and away from the house. Knock any insects off wood before bringing it inside. Fourth, trim shrubs, bushes and trees back from your house. Vegetation next to a house can provide a way for ants and other pests to get inside. LaBissoniere recommends trimming everything back three feet. Fifth, barrier treatments can

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Carpenter ants ❑ Scientific name: camponotus ❑ Color: black and red-and-black are the most common colors ❑ Size: one-fourth to 1 inch ❑ Diet: varied sources, including living and dead insects, honeydew from aphids, sweets, meat and fats

Choosing the right pesticide Since pesticides are by nature toxic, talk to a pest control professional about different options. The Washington Toxics Coalition is one source of information about pesticides (www.watoxics.org). Eugenol is one less-toxic alternative that comes from clover oil. Other potential pesticides include boric acid dust, bendiocarb (ficam) 1 percent dust, cyfluthrin, cypermethrin, bifenthrin, and propoxur (Baygon) 0.5 percent in aerosol spray. Pesticides should be placed in areas traveled by ants, such as baseboards, door moldings, cracks, plumbing pipes, electrical lines in walls and electrical outlets. Avoid applying pesticides near food or cooking utensils. Pesticides can kill nontarget insects, so be avoid applying them on edible plants or plants in bloom.

be used as a preventive measure. Pesticides can be sprayed around a house and effective for 45 to 60 days, LaBissoniere said.

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Clutter

Making the most of a small space

From Page 8 ❑ Can it be recycled, or does it need to be thrown out? The answer can make the person feel better about giving the item away, she said. Paring down possessions can be an exhausting and emotional process. Guild recommends people don’t do it for more than three hours at a time. But they must stick with it. “The room always looks worse before it looks better,” she said. Defining the space With the pain of paring down in the rearview mirror, the next step is — thankfully — typically much easier. The space must be defined. This step involves a few questions: What is the purpose of the room? What is going to happen in this room? What things live in this room? Guild recommends storing things where you use them. The more something is used, the easier it should be access — and put away. So, if you like watching DVDs, keep them near your television. But if you only watch them once a month, they can go in a box in the closet. Create storage space The last step can be very difficult for people who don’t have an eye for maximizing space. But there are some basic guidelines that everyone can use, Guild said. There are plenty of storage options out there, so finding the right one can be difficult. Customizing is usually the best option, but also the most costly, Guild said. Never buy any storage items until you have pared down your possessions and defined the space. Those two steps play a big role in determining what is needed. A storage system should make it easier to stay organized. It should be functional and aesthetically pleasing. Bookcases can be dangerous, because they can become sources of clutter themselves. Putting boxes on the shelves can

Snoqualmie Valley architect Debbi Cleary, owner of Cleary Design Studio, offers these tips: In designing small outdoor living spaces, there is very little room for error, but the benefit is that it doesn’t cost as much as a large space would to complete. One of the first steps is to prioritize the desired activities for the space and analyze which are realistic in regard to the size, surroundings and lighting. Next, you can begin designing the space with important ‘small space’ design considerations in mind. 1. Keep it simple. 2. Create a diagonal view to enlarge one’s sense of the space. 3. Understand your color palette. 4. Work with natural light. 5. Layer textures for interest. 6. Consider your weather. 7. Aim for low maintenance. Some of Cleary’s favorite outdoor living space products are skylights, glass doors, lattice, cedar wood trellis, natural thin stone veneer, stone pavers, water features and native plants. She also likes to mix in garden art where applicable. “I love the outdoors and hope that these tips help others to be able to enjoy theirs more often,” she said.

solve this problem, she said. Storage units should conceal items, Guild said. To stay organized, a person needs to set time aside each day to put things away. The storage system can help or hinder this step, Guild said and added that properly defining a space and storing things where they are used help the process. Some people don’t even have 10 minutes a day to put things away. Guild suggests tossing everything in a big basket at the end of the day, and then putting it all away when the basket is full. The important thing is to set up a system for success. Guild said she hasn’t done her job if her client has to have her come back a year later.

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Community

APRIL 21, 2011

Valley gets ready for Earth Day By Sebastian Moraga

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Children and grown-ups splish and splash during April Pools Day in North Bend.

Children dive into water safety on April Pools Day By Sebastian Moraga It’s the circle of life. Only this time, the circle is inflatable like a floating ring. In the Si View pool, a mass of children, including 6-year-old Haley Hand and 11-year-old Bryson Hand, learned about pool safety. At the edge of the pool, sitting on bleachers, their dad, Scott Hand, watched them play. “There’s a long history here for me,” Hand said. “I learned to swim in this pool and then I became a lifeguard and swimming instructor at this pool.” With his days on the tall chair and in the red shirt behind him, Hand brought Haley, Bryce and a few nieces and nephews to April Pools’ Day, a daylong course about pool safety for children April 16. Students learned about reachand-throw, the technique used to help someone from the edge of the pool, and building a human chain to save a stuffed animal. They learned from Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters about in-line stabilization and life jackets. Since a Saturday spent learning sounds as appealing as a fall into the deep end, the day’s lessons mixed with games like a cannonball contest, a puppet play and a raffle for a Nintendo set. Pool staff members were supposed to dress as pirates for the day.

“I went all out,” said lifeguard lot of knowledge from the activiAbbie Grimstad, decked out in ties.” pirate gear. “But no one else Parents learn their share, too. did.” Those arriving with infants and April Pools Day was schedpreschoolers learn from the uled to coincide with the openinstructor and then they teach ing day of boating season, said their children. Laurel Anderson, aquatics coor“They love it,” Hand said of dinator with Si View his children. Metropolitan Parks. It’s not as much fun for the “So we are all safe pirates all old lifeguard, though. along,” she added. “It’s a little nerve-wracking,” Sitting next to Bryson Hand Hand said. “The pool gets a little was his sister, Jill Berkey, whose busy and being a parent is differchildren splished and splashed ent from being a lifeguard. while she talked. You’re watching just your chil“I thought it was great for the dren, not someone else’s.” kids to be aware of safety issues and different ways to help peoSebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or ple in the water,” she said. “Growing up around here, we’ve smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at known people who have died in www.snovalleystar.com. the rivers and it’s devastating.” Grimstad said the games and goodies attract the crowds to April Pools Day, but most children just like to swim. “That lures them in,” she said. “But learning Inner tubes and floating devices served as learning about water safety is really tools and toys during April Pools Day in North Bend, important and where lifeguards and instructors taught children how they do gain a to stay safe in the water.

Well, you’re in luck. There’s a few ways to honor this bluegreen ball of ours as it floats around the sun, even after Earth Day has come and gone this April 22. On April 23, the Mountains To Sound Greenway will work on the Twin Falls Trail in North Bend. Work includes clearing drainage and brush, and trail restoration. The trail is 3.5 miles and it runs along the south fork of the Snoqualmie River. If you can’t help this week, the same group will remove invasive plants from North Bend’s Tollgate Forest on April 30. Work will include removing invasive blackberry and ivy, and planting evergreen trees. That same day, you can help the earth by getting rid of unused or expired pharmaceuticals the right way. April 30 has been dubbed National Pharmaceuticals Take-Back Day. In Snoqualmie, the drop-off site will be at Sno Falls Credit Union, 9025 Meadowbrook Way, S.E. In North Bend, it

will be at the park & ride on the southeast corner of East North Bend Way and East McClellan Street. Learn more about the day at www.takebackyourmeds.org On April 23, the Snoqualmie Tribe is holding a community volunteer planting event at Fall City Park, near the intersection of highways 203 and 202, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Volunteers will receive a free lunch. Friends of the Cedar River Watershed will remove invasive blackberries at Renton’s Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23. There’s no parking at the site. Pedestrian access is from the Cedar River Trail or RentonMaple Valley Road at 174th Avenue Southeast. That same day at the same time, the organization will remove English ivy from the trunks of trees at Lake Forest Park’s Grace Cole Park, near the corner of Northeast 30th and Northeast 166th streets. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Think ‘green’ transportation for Earth Day and every day By Landon Edwards If you talk the talk, you better walk the walk. Or ride the bus, ride your bike or carpool. I was riding with my mom in the car one day right when the high school was getting out and as a result we were surrounded by teenage drivers, one or two per car. She looked over at me and said, “You know, it would be a good idea to set up some kind of carpool organization for high school students so they wouldn’t have to drive their own car every day.” I let her bask in the glory of her world-changing idea for a moment and then reminded her — “It’s called the bus.” My generation of students is all too familiar with the “green revolution” — the benefits of recycling, using reusable bags and saving gas. Riding the bus to high school when you are old enough to drive is socially catastrophic, though. Why give

up the freedom, superiority and maturity that come with having a car in exchange for a smelly, loud bus full of freshmen or worse yet, middle schoolers? Because if you are going to talk about being “green” or complain about the gas mileage of your car, you might actually want to do something about it, and riding the bus would be a smart alternative. To all of you who don’t have to worry about how you will get to your local high school every day, there are still options for alternative transportation. You know those big blue vans that have “VanPool” conspicuously written on the side of them? Yep, you guessed it. It is a new form of carpooling. It is like a bus, but the route and the time of pickup and dropoff is set by the riders. In fact, the VanPool is the only form of transportation that is more See GREEN, Page 13


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Green cost-effective than the bus. For those of you who don’t go to and from work at a regular time every day, Metro buses are your saving grace. Riding the bus from Issaquah to Seattle is probably one of the easiest things I have ever done. Plus, you can use the time and energy that you would have spent driving on more productive or entertaining things, like working or reading.

The skiers and snowboarders out there know that driving up to Snoqualmie Pass, especially when you know the snow will be absolutely perfect, can often be a nightmare. There is a shuttle bus that runs from North Bend to the pass, though. The shuttle takes three trips to the pass every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Not only will you save money on gas, and not have to search for parking spaces in the always overflowing lots, but also you will save a lot of energy that you would have spent worrying about driving in the snow.

Landon Edwards is a sophomore at Mount Si High School. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Obituaries

Shirley Lynn Haave

Harold E. Thomas

Shirley Lynn Haave, of Snoqualmie, died April 12, 2011. She was born Sept. 29, 1968. She loved her family and adored her children Brock Skar and Aaron Haave. She is also survived by mother Donna Miranda; brothers Dennis Laird and Norman Burwell; and numerous cousins and friends. Her service is at 3 p.m. April 30 at the Snoqualmie Valley Moose Lodge, North Bend. Donations for her sons can be sent for Brock c/o Donna Miranda, 124 Commercial St., Apt. 3, Raymond, WA 98577 and for Aaron c/o his father Troy Haave, 771 Sunlight Drive, Cle Elum, WA 98922. Sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444.

Harold E. Thomas, a former longtime Issaquah resident, died April 3, 2011, in Bremerton. He was 83. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 23 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, Issaquah. Harold was born Feb. 5, 1928, in St. Lawrence, S.D. to Howard and Eva Thomas. He was in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He is survived by: Liz (Skip) Phraner, of North Bend; Ken (Stacy) Thomas, of Bellingham; Peggy (Sieg) Scheeler, of Issaquah and their families; and Virginia Huovar, of Bremerton and her family. Memorial donations can be made in Thomas’ name to Seattle Children’s.

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William M. Conklin William (Bill) M. Conklin passed away on April 7, 2011 at 9:20 a.m. at his home in Snoqualmie, Washington. He was 81 years old. William Conklin Bill was preceded in death by his wife Jessie. Survivors include his sister Shirley Robinson; Nola Amsler, his partner for the last 29 years; son Dan Conklin; son Dennis Conklin and his wife Lynnette and their three children Eric, Aaron, and Melissa; stepdaughter Debby Nilsen and her four children Kris, Maria, Steven, Nichole and great-granddaughter Brooke; stepson Kevin Amsler and James and Tyler. A memorial service will be held Saturday April 23, 2011 at 4 p.m. at Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 540 East Sunset Way, Issaquah, Washington. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

No matter who you are — a soccer mom, a retiree, a working adult or a teenager — if you stop and think about the different modes of transportation available, you might be surprised at your options. Granted, you might have to adjust your lifestyle, or compromise the comfort of your commute, but if you are going to talk about being green, then you better be prepared to make a significant change.

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❑ Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, 8:30-9:30 p.m. April 22, Centennial Park, 39801 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. Hosted by the city of Snoqualmie and Residential Owners Association. For ages 13-17. Bring a flashlight. There will be a mobile game theater with food, 8:45-10 p.m. ❑ Annual Moose Lodge Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m. April 23, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. For ages 12 and younger. Pancake breakfast follows the egg hunt at the Moose Lodge, 108 Sydney Ave., North Bend; children eat for free. Call 888-0951.

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Twin Falls band heads to Corvallis music festival By Sebastian Moraga Phoenix Moomaw faced his first musical challenge at age 2. Here’s a drum set, his parents said, so you can leave our kitchenware alone. “They wanted their pots and pans to remain intact,” said Moomaw, now an eighth-grader facing an even bigger challenge. Moomaw, a percussionist in the Twin Falls Middle School’s band, will join his fellow eighthgraders in a middle school band festival at Oregon State University, in Corvallis. “I’m really excited,” Moomaw said. “I have been looking for-

ward to this since the sixth grade.” The bands will be testing their own abilities more than competing against each other. A band from Chief Kanim Middle School will also attend. Contest or not, it’s still a big deal, Moomaw said. “This is what all the work in sixth, seventh and eighth grades has been leading up to,” he said. Making the trip with classmates makes it all the sweeter. Having friends there ensures some great anecdotes told on the way back. See BAND, Page 15

By Sebastian Moraga

Students of Twin Falls Middle School’s band during a performance at their gym. The eighth-graders in the band will travel this weekend to Oregon to participate in the Oregon State University Middle School Band Festival.

Mount Si High School students will replace this old mural in Fall City with a painting that reflects the city more. By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Chris Knoetgen pushes shredded paper down to make room for more.

New mural coming to Fall City Student group earns, learns with shredding By Sebastian Moraga

The butterfly will live on. Up on a corner of the mural on a building in Fall City’s main drag, a butterfly and three of its siblings play atop an upturned umbrella. Now that Blaine-based artist Brian Major and seven Mount Si High School students prepare to paint a new mural over the old one, Major said one butterfly will be spared. “I want to pay homage to the artist before me,” Major said. “I hope that 10 years from now when my mural disappears someone will pay homage to the mural I and the kids have done.” The mural, to be unveiled during Fall City Days, June 18, “will be amazing,” Major said. “I’m hoping the kids who

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Brian Major’s website got to participate will be there,” he said. “I would like to think friends and relatives will be there and take pride in the work that they have done.” Major is the lead artist on the project and is in charge of design. The seven — so far — students of the school’s art club will create the color pattern. Major and the children will paint it. Attendance at the art club is growing, its adviser Bryce Meserve said. It started with four and it has almost doubled. More students might join yet, he added. Meserve, painting and drawing teacher at Mount Si, said he

received an email from Fall City Arts, saying the organization wanted to update the mural, which Mount Si High School students had also painted years ago. That got the school’s Art Club going, with Major showing up every two weeks to teach mural painting techniques to the group. “Students are used to mixing tiny batches of color and painting small little areas,” Meserve said. “Now those small areas might be feet that they are painting.” The group will display in two weeks what the mural will look like when done, Major said. “I will give you a sneak preview,” he said. “The effect will be

See MURAL, Page 15

By Sebastian Moraga The tote box filled with shredded paper looks almost like a giant’s serving of plain spaghetti, or like the inside of a big pillow. Chris Knoetgen looks at it and sees an opportunity. Perhaps even a trip or a career. Knoetgen is a student at Mount Si High School’s Transitional Learning Center, which provides employment training to students with intellectual disabilities including autism, Asperger’s and mental retardation, said Sue Main, a specialist with the center. As part of the training, the center’s students help run a

shredding business for the school, the district and the community. The money they earn goes to pay for field trips. For these students, it’s not about the money. They just like shredding paper. “It gets your brain all started up,” Sierra Garske said. The students at the center have completed their 12th-grade courses. Most of them have turned 18 already. None is older than 22. Main said the business teaches students about marketing, advertising, using a cash register, maintenance of a large shredder, See SHREDDING, Page 15


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Band From Page 14 “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” trombonist J.T. Hartman said. “As performing grows in intensity, it gets more and more fun each time.” This performance will be special, since it’s out of state, he added. He will be nervous and so will his comrades, but they all know they can play. He said he hopes they all, Chief Kanim and Twin Falls musicians, do well. For the travelers to come, those students now in the sixth and the seventh grades looking forward to the Oregon trip, Hartman had simple yet key advice. “Keep practicing,” he said. “Keep practicing because this

Shredding From Page 14 accounting software, record keeping, the importance of recycling, and how to handle confidential information and work with the public, Main said. Students have their responsibilities and they are varied. Forget to fill out a timecard or punch in a clock and you don’t get paid, student Devon Maas said. Wearing a tie around the shredder could also mean trouble, he added. April and May are the busy months for the shredding business. Many of the center’s customers are accountants finishing

By Sebastian Moraga

Budding musicians will get yet another chance to shine at the Oregon State University festival for middle school bands. trip is a big deal.” The Oregon State Middle School Band Festival will occur at the LaSells Stewart Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 22.

tax season. The center has functioned since the late 1990s, but started charging for shredding only four years ago. All of the students are firstyear workers. After assessment sessions at the beginning of the school year, students get a shift. “We find out what their interests are,” Main said. “We teach the vocational part according to what their path might look like.” The fruits of the center’s labor show around the Eastside, with former students working in Issaquah, Sammamish and Redmond. The workplaces include grocery stores and Montessori schools. “The center gives our students the opportunity to live a meaningful and independent life,” Main said.

By Sebastian Moraga

Fall City Arts has requested that Blaine artist Brian Major and art students at Mount Si High School create a new mural for the city’s downtown.

Mural From Page 14 that of a stained-glass piece reminiscent of the community and the environment of Fall City.” Meserve said Major will likely include nature in the mural, given the Snoqualmie Valley’s

topography. “He’s trying to encourage students to come up with some designs that incorporate those ideas,” Meserve said, “and less of an abstract or surreal mural, because that’s what’s up there now.” The old mural, painted about six years ago, shows things like a fish sitting on a bench wearing a crown and holding a

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mushroom like an umbrella. Also featured is a sun with a serious face and fish jumping out of a small, upturned umbrella into a bigger one. “It can’t stand the test of time,” Meserve said. Major agreed, saying the new mural has to represent Fall City. “We want to do something that feels like there’s community involvement to it,” he said.


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By Sandy Horvath

Mount Si’s bats have been hot this year, despite the team having to practice inside for much of the season due to rain.

Young fastpitch team shows promise, resolve By Dan Catchpole Rain, rain, go away. That is the sentiment for Mount Si’s young fastpitch team. “We’d have been better off if we were a swim team,” Coach Larry White said.

So far this season, the team has held 25 of 28 practices inside due to soggy field conditions. Five games have been rained out. “It’s been a challenging season, combined with a young team,” White said.

Mount Si’s record is 5-4. The inclement weather hasn’t made it any easier to build experience on a team loaded with fresh faces. The newcomers are many, including one sophomore, Tamarra Crowe, and six freshmen: Rachel Picchena, Nikki Carroll, Jenny Carroll, Britney Stevens, Lauren Padilla and Celine Fowler. It hasn’t helped that two of the team’s veteran leaders — shortstop Maura Murphy and third baseman Carly Weidenbach — have been out with injuries. Murphy sprained her ankle early in the season but returned April 15. Weidenbach is still recovering from pre-season ankle surgery. She is expected back this week, according to White. Their absence on the field and in the lineup has taken away some “big bats and a lot of leadership,” he said. But other players have stepped up. Daniela Massengill has been a standout on offense, and Lauren Smith has seamlessly shifted from centerfield to shortstop, where she’s made only one error. Fowler has taken over for Smith in centerfield. At third base, Picchena has proven she can play with the best of them. She hit two home runs against Interlake in Mount Si’s 10-5 win March 28. See SOFTBALL, Page 18

Mount Si gets 3-0 win over Liberty By Sebastian Moraga The Mount Si High School soccer squad defeated the Liberty Patriots, 3-0, in the first game of the second half of their 2011 season. The game helped overcome a poor performance at Mercer Island earlier in the week. The Islanders beat the Wildcats, 3-1. “It was important to get back on track after the Mercer Island game,” assistant coach Ben Tomlisson said. “Everybody was a bit disappointed about how we played in that game. I don’t think we did ourselves justice.” Nobody was surprised when the Liberty match started with the Wildcats rushing to pressure the Patriots, forcing mistakes and creating opportunities. Ten minutes into the game, Eric Baumgardner opened the scoring by cashing in on a brilliant assist from Dane Aldrich. Baumgardner fired low and to the left of the keeper from the heart of the box, with enough time to check if it was raining. Aldrich had the second goal all but wrapped up six minutes later, but the Liberty keeper

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Mount Si High School’s Kody Clearman fights Liberty’s Nicholas Turner for the ball during the schools’ match. slapped the ball away. Alex Censullo caught the bounce and nudged it in before an empty net for the 2-0. The halftime gap could have been broader, but the teams went into the break with the Wildcats ahead by two.

In the second half, the Patriots showed more muscle than creativity, with the game turning rough at times. Nevertheless, the Wildcats kept pressing, with more effort than See SOCCER, Page 18

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By Sebastian Moraga

Ella Thompson, freshman golfer at Mount Si High School, doesn’t let the rain get her down on just her first year on the links.

Rain doesn’t hinder the search for par By Sebastian Moraga Mount Si High School’s Ella Thompson walks softly and carries a big stick. Actually, a whole pile of them, stacked inside a golf bag that is almost taller than she is. She does it without complaint, not even when she adds a big umbrella to the mix to try to keep dry in a downpour. She does it calmly, even when her golf balls bounce off trees and her sneakers slide off puddles of soaked grass. She does it stylishly. Her raincoat is bright and cheery, and her umbrella is purple. She does it bravely. Not only is the wind messing with her stroke, but she’s brand new at the sport, after years of middle school basketball, volleyball and track. “I’m not very good,” she said, “but I like it.” Her dreams are humble. Thompson just wants to make par. Anywhere, anytime, but make par. Time is on her side. She’s a freshman and she said that regardless of how hard it rains this year, she will play next year. Forget middle school, golf is her high school spring sport. And yes, it is a sport, thank you.

“Especially when you have bad weather, you have to have endurance,” Thompson said. “Mental power, I guess. And you’re swinging, you’re hitting, I would say it’s a sport.” Still, she said, it’s more mental than physical. The training, and the surroundings, are far more mellow than a track or a court. “I don’t like competing in track. I don’t like the meets,” Thompson said. “I used to get really nervous for them. It kind of consumes my mind during the day.” That does not happen in golf, she said, because she is bad at it. So, she feels less pressure. “If I was one of the better players, I would have a lot more pressure,” she said. Improvement will come, she said. She loves knowing that golf, unlike track, can be played for a lifetime without much trouble. Her stroke seems a little off this afternoon. Then again, the grass looks like a miniature Everglades. Play at hole 2 stops while players pour the rainwater from the cup. The Mount Si team is up to 10 players now — not enough to split into varsity and JV, but more than last year. Plus, See GOLF, Page 18


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Scoreboard Prep baseball 3A/2A KingCo Conference League Season W-L W-L Mount Si 6-0 10-1 Interlake 3-3 5-6 Bellevue 4-1 4-3 Lake Washington 3-3 3-4 Mercer Island 3-3 6-4 Liberty 1-4 4-5 Juanita 2-4 2-8 Sammamish 1-5 6-6 April 11 Games Bellevue 5, Sammamish 1 Mount Si 11, Liberty 0 Lake Washington 7, Juanita 3 Interlake 3, Mercer Island 2 April 12 Game Mercer Island 9, Juanita 6 April 13 Games Bellevue 5, Juanita 1 Mount Si 12, Sammamish 3 Lake Washington 10, Interlake 0 Mercer Island 15, Liberty 9 April 15 Games Mount Si 2, Lake Washington 1 Bellevue 8, Mercer Island 7 Sammamish 4, Liberty 3 Juanita 2, Interlake 1 April 16 Liberty 10, Skyline 9 MOUNT SI 11, LIBERTY 0 Liberty 000 000 - 0 3 3 Mount Si 430 112 - 11 9 0 W: Trevor Lane, L: Blake Reeve. HR: Tim Proudfoot (MS) 3, Max Brown (MS), Reece Karalus (MS); Mount Si highlights: Brown 2-3, 1 run 1, RBI; Karalus 1-2, 1 run, 3 RBIs; Proudfoot 3-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs. MOUNT SI 12, SAMMAMISH 3 Mount Si 302 113 2 - 12 13 1 Sammamish 020 001 0 - 3 5 6 W: Trevor Taylor, L: Ryan Hashimoto. 2B: Nate Sinner (MS), Tyler Hormel (Sam), Aaron Lawrenson (Sam); 3B: Max Brown (MS), Tim Proudfoot (MS). HR: Proudfoot (MS); Mount Si highlights: Brown 4-4, 3 RBIs; Proudfoot 2-4, 1 RBI; Sinner 2-3, 2 RBIs MOUNT SI 2, LAKE WASHINGTON 1 LW 000 001 0 - 1 5 0 Mount Si 000 100 1 - 2 3 0 W: Shane Dixon, L: Spencer Jackson. HR: Tim Proudfoot (MS), Bob Cruikshank (LW) Mount Si highlights: Proudfoot 1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI; Nate Sinner 1-2

Prep boys soccer 3A/2A KingCo Conference League Season W-L-T Pts W-L-T Sammamish 8-0-0 24 8-0-1 Mercer Island 5-1-2 17 7-2-1

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April 12 Games Sammamish 2, Bellevue 1 Lake Washington 1, Juanita 0 Liberty 1, Interlake 1 Mercer Island 3, Mount Si 1 April 15 Games Bellevue 3, Interlake 2 Lake Washington 1, Mercer Island 1 Mount Si 3, Liberty 0 Sammamish 4, Juanita 0 MOUNT SI 3, LIBERTY 0 Liberty 0 0 - 0 Mount Si 2 1 - 3 First half goals: 1, Eric Baumgardner (MS, Dane Aldrich assist), 10:00; 2, Alex Censullo (MS, Aldrich assist), 16:00 Second half goal: 3, Censullo (MS, Baumgardner assist), 60:00; Shutout: Dillon Oordt, Alex Anderson MERCER ISLAND 3, MOUNT SI 1 Mount Si 01-1 Mercer Island 2 1 - 3 First half goals: 1, David Lee (MI, Alex Wood assist), 15:00; 2, Jordan Morris (MI, Perrin Guyer assist), 20:00 Second half goals: 3, Jay Schuler (MI, Matthew McNamara assist), 55:00; 4, Morgan Popp (MS, unassisted), 79:00.

Prep softball 3A/2A KingCo Conference League Season W-L W-L Juanita 7-0 10-0 Bellevue 5-1 8-2 Mount Si 3-3 5-4 Interlake 3-3 6-4 Liberty 3-2 4-3 Lake Washington 1-4 1-9 Sammamish 0-3 0-6 Mercer Island 0-6 0-7 April 12 Games Bellevue 20, Mercer Island 7 Liberty 6, Interlake 3 Juanita 7, Mount Si 0 April 13 Games Bellevue 7, Lake Washington 0 Juanita 10, Liberty 0 April 15 Game Interlake 21, Cedarcrest 5 April 16 Game Liberty 8, Selah 4 JUANITA 7, MOUNT SI 0 Juanita 000 000 7 - 7 11 0 Mount Si 000 000 0 - 0 1 2 W: Allison Rhodes (14 Ks), L: Kendra Lee; 2B: Aliah Sweere (J) 2

Prep boys track & field 3A KingCo Conference April 14 Meet MOUNT SI 71, LIBERTY 65 100: 1, Joshua Gordon (Lib) 11.2; 2, Kaleb Huerta (MS) 11.6; 3, Tyler Button (MS) 11.7; 4,

Shane Small (Lib) 12.6; 5, Ashby Brown (Lib) 12.7. 200: 1, Gordon (Lib) 22.9; 2, Huerta (MS) 24.0; 3, Devin Bennett (Lib) 24.1; 4, Hamilton Noel (Lib) 24.5; 5, Brown (Lib) 25.4. 400: 1, Mason Bragg (MS) 54.2; 2, Joseph Bergmann (Lib) 56.0; 3, Chris Volk (Lib) 56.5; 4, Dawson Solly (Lib) 58.4; 5, Justin McLaughlin (MS) 59.3. 800: 1, Nick Knoblich (Lib) 2:07.5; 2, Levi Botten (MS) 2:09.6; 3, Dominick Canady (MS) 2:18.9; 4, Landon Storrud (MS) 2:21.4; 5, Richard Carmichael (MS) 2:21.9. 1,600: 1, Tyler Westenbroek (Lib) 4:36.1; 2, Hiron Redmon (Lib) 4:42.9; 3, Carmichael (MS) 4:54.5; 4, Tim Corrie (MS) 4:56.8; 5, Tom Kirby (MS) 4:57.7. 3,200: 1, Scott Turner (Lib) 11:03.2; 2, Chris Turner (Lib) 11:09.0; 3, Mason Goodman (Lib) 11:16.8; 4, Spencer Ricks (MS) 11:28.6. 110 hurdles: 1, Nate Chase (MS), no time; 2, Bradly Stevens (MS), no time. 300 hurdles: 1, Chase (MS) 43.3; 2, Dylan Clark (Lib) 45.9; 3, Ben Houldridge (MS) 48.7; 4, Bergmann (Lib) 49.3; 5, Kevin Carter (MS) 49.5. 4x100 relay: 1, Mount Si (Huerta, Bragg, Jimbo Davis, Button) 45.9; 2, Liberty 49.6. 4x400 relay: 1, Liberty 3:36.6; 2, Mount Si (Chase, Bragg, Botten, Button) 3:37.7. Shot put: 1, Kolton Auxier (MS) 49-8.25; 2, Brian Copeland (MS) 41-5.5; 3, Brian Ruhland (MS) 36-2.5; 4, Sean Cantalini (MS) 35-8.75; 5, Zach Sletten (MS) 35-7. Discus: 1, Auxier (MS) 110-1; 2, Zach Strom (MS) 1059; 3, Copeland (MS) 104-6; 4, Doc Derwin (MS) 102-0; 5, Ruhland (MS) 97-10. Javelin: 1, Strom (MS) 157-7; 2, Stevens (MS) 151-6; 3, Derwin (MS) 124-10; 4, Clark (Lib) 124-10; 5, Trevor Merritt (Lib) 124-4. High jump: 1, Gordon (Lib) 6-0; 2, Bennett (Lib) 5-10; 3, Bergmann (Lib) 5-10; 4, Robert Talbot (Lib) 5-2; 5, Mitchell Smith (MS) 5-0, Jon Proctor (MS) 5-0. Long jump: 1, Gordon (Lib) 204.25; 2, Bennett (Lib) 19-11.75; 3, Volk (Lib) 16-10.5; 4, Elijah Mayfield (MS) 16-3; 5, Emmitt Rudd (MS) 16-2.25. Triple jump: 1, Mayfield (MS) 36-0; 2, A.J. Brevick (MS) 35-0.75; 3, Talbot (Lib) 34-3.25; 4, Solly (Lib) 312.

Nonleague EASON INVITATIONAL At Snohomish High Team scores: 1, Skyline 48; 2, Liberty 45.5; 3, Shorecrest 37; 4, Timberline 35.5; 5, Renton 34; 6, Arlington 30.5; 7, Auburn 29; 8, O'Dea 26; 9, Snohomish 25; 10, Everett 24; 11, Kamiak 22, Port Angeles 22, Sehome 22; 14, Monroe 21; 15, Surrey, B.C., Athletics Club 20; 16, Mount Baker 18; 17, Mount Si 16.5, Cascade 16.5; 19, EdmondsWoodway 16, Lindbergh 16, Glacier Peak 16; 26, Issaquah 13.

PAGE 17 Rally driver Andreas Eriksson clears the 70foot jump in the course during the Global RallyCross championship series race at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie. Contributed

Driver Tanner Foust perseveres through injury to win rally race By Dan Catchpole Dirt kicking, wheels sliding across gravel, cars smashing into concrete barriers and at least one car flipping on its side. The second round of the Global Rally Championship in Snoqualmie was high energy. In the end, driver Tanner Foust won the rally competition despite dislocating his shoulder the previous day. The “Twin Peaks” event is part of the three-round championship series that pits some of the world’s top rally car drivers against each other. The course was muddy, which didn’t make the drivers’ jobs any easier. “I hate the weather, but it’s Seattle, so what do you expect?” driver Stephan Verdier said. Verdier finished fourth. “The track is a mud bath, but we’re all in the same situation,” he said.

Before the finals, he said his focus would be on finesse. Winning requires everything to go a driver’s way. Little things — extra spinning of the wheels or slipping on a turn — can sap speed and cost a driver the race. The drivers can’t operate on autopilot either. Racing on dirt and gravel means the course is constantly changing. “The gravel ruts can be three or four inches deeper after every sixth car,” driver Rhys Millen said. He finished fifth. “The hardest thing to balance is to not push too hard,” Millen said. It’s counter-intuitive, but simply slamming down the gas pedal can cause a driver to lose speed because the wheels are just spinning. The race series, run by Global RallyCross, moves to Colorado Springs, Colo. The champions will be crowned at the X Games this summer.


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Golf From Page 16 Thompson said, she learned that middle schoolers are playing it, too, so the team will keep growing. This year, they have lost some, won some, and swum some. This match got called on account of what head coach Brandon Proudfoot called “unputtable” grass, so Thompson grabbed her bag of sticks and headed back, soaked but undaunted. Progress is the name of the game and it does-

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Soccer From Page 16 style at times, seeking the third goal to put the game away for good. “If they had scored, it would have been 2-1 and they could have come back,” Wildcat defender Cameron Van Winkle said. “Once we got the third goal, we felt more at ease.” The third tally, another Censullo strike halfway through the second stanza, turned the contest into a question of whether Alex Anderson, goalie since halftime, would preserve his team’s fourth shutout in five matches, and whether starting keeper Dillon Oord would finally get that elusive first goal as a field player. Oord did not get his goal, but his fellow gatekeeper did keep Liberty at bay. When the final whistle blew, the consensus from the Wildcats was that the team had done nothing more than return to its level of play.

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Softball From Page 16 White will have to do some juggling when Weidenbach returns. “We want to keep Rachel’s bat in the lineup,” he said. “We’re not sure what we’re going to do.” Mount Si’s weakness this year has been its fielding. The problem is experience, something that is hard to develop when practicing indoors, White said. The pitching has kept Mount Si in games, but they lack a dominant pitcher. Last year’s top pitcher, Alex Johnson, did not return to the team this year. The Wildcats have proven they can battle despite youth, injuries and rain — lots of rain. “We could put things together for a late run,” White said. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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“We knew we were the better team,” defender Zach Miller said. “We just had to play. We didn’t play our best game last time. We didn’t think twice about it. We knew we were going to win.” The match also served as a welcome of sorts for Miller. It was the defender’s first game back since a preseason collarbone fracture. “It was like riding a bike,” he said. “I didn’t feel anything, not even on throw-ins.” Miller, a senior, brings experience to the Wildcat back line, Tomlisson said. “He brings composure, leadership,” Tomlisson said. “He’s the first one to encourage teammates, offer advice to his younger teammates, so he’s a big asset for us going into the second half of the season.” The second half continued with another big match. The Sammamish Totems visited Mount Si on April 19. Results weren’t available prior to press time. Next up are the Lake Washington Kangs, on the road April 22. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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Public meetings ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m. April 21, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoquamlie Economic Development Committee, noon April 25, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie City Council, 7 p.m. April 25, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Community and Economic Affairs Committee, 5 p.m. April 26, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council workstudy, 7 p.m. April 26, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Shoreline Hearing Board, 5 p.m. April 27, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Parks Commission, 6 p.m. April 27, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. April 28, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. April 28, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

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Events ❑ Expo Vendor Fair, 5-9 p.m. April 21, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, 36005 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Raffles at every table. Photo booth, tanning booth, card reading, jewelry, fashion, beauty, wine and more. Free to attend. ❑ Victor Noriega Duo, 7 p.m. April 21, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Jay Thomas Trio, 7 p.m. April 22, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Special recycling event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23, Snoqualmie Middle School, 39801 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. For details, go to ci.northbend.wa.us, and click on “Special Recycling Event” under News, Events & Highlights. ❑ Si View Parks trip to Mariners game, 5-11 p.m. April 23, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. For grades six to 12. Head to Safeco Field with a ride from Si View Parks. Register at www.siviewpark.org or 831-1900. Cost: $22. ❑ Christopher Woitach Quartet with Travis Ranney, 7 p.m. April 23, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Gravity Fest, 8 p.m. April 23, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Check out local teen bands. ❑ The Volcano Diary, 8 p.m. April 23, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Suggested door donation: $6 ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 12:30 and 5 p.m. April 24, Boxley’s, 101

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Walk to Big Cedar, 10 a.m. April 23, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Take a short walk to see a 500-year-old cedar, and learn how American Indians and pioneers used cedar. Dress for the weather. W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Local jazz outfit offers blues, gospel and straight-ahead jazz. ❑ Afternoon Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. April 25, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult ❑ Brooke Lizotte, 7 p.m. April 25, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Snoqualmie Middle School Jazz Band, 7 p.m. April 26, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. April 26, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. April 27, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. April 27, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E.,ages 6-24 months old accompanied by an adult ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. April 27, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult ❑ Teen study zone, 3 p.m. April 27, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Drop-in during scheduled study zone hours for free homework help in all subjects from volunteer tutors. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. April 27, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children are

welcome with an adult. ❑ Reuel Lubag, 7 p.m. April 27, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Bill Anschell, 7 p.m. April 28, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ 16th Annual Sno-Valley Plant and Garden Sale, April 28-30, Remlinger Farms, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation. All proceeds will benefit the Senior Center in Carnation. ❑ Annual Safety Fair and Open House, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 30, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway. Activities, demonstrations, safety education, refreshments and Smokey the Bear. ID cards for children are available; bring medical records. ❑ National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m. April 30, various locations. In Snoqualmie: Sno Falls Credit Union, 9025 Meadowbrook Way S.E. In North Bend: North Bend Park & Ride between East McClellan and East Park streets. ❑ Fiesta Fun Zumba Party, 6:30 p.m. May 6, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Learn new moves and get an intro to Zumba in the Circuit. Door and raffle prizes, smoothies, guest instructors. For info, email Quincy and Erma at ladiesofzumba@ gmail.com. Fee: Adults $5 pre-reg/$7 at the door, youth 12 and under $3 pre-

Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main St. Email research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email 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 email melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mt. 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 oneyear 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.

Clubs Mental illness support group, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie. The group is free of charge for anyone with a mental illness or a family member with a mental illness. Call 829-2417. ❑ Mt. Si Artist Guild meeting, 9:15-11 a.m. the third Saturday, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, www.mtsiartistguild.org ❑ Sno-Valley Beekeepers meets the second Tuesday 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, 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 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 at the North Bend City Hall annex, 126 Fourth St. Both meetings are open to the public. Go to snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Mount Si Fish and Game Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday, October through May, at the Snoqualmie Police Department. ❑ Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend, meets the first Friday 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. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing editor@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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