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May 9, 2013 VOL. 5, NO. 18

Police work Two in North Bend arrested for separate crimes. Page 2

School leaders Two announce candidacy for school board. Page 3

Falcon crest Get a look at peregrines in action. Page 5

Police blotter Page 6

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North Bend library made promised changes

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By Michele Mihalovich The inboxes of the North Bend City Council and staff members and police had been filling up with complaints about things going on at the North Bend Library, but Police Chief Mark Toner said the library has followed through with its promise to make some changes and he’s hearing very few complaints from the public these days. Parents complained they were afraid to let their children go to the library because of perceived drug deals going down, homeless people sleeping in chairs, and groups of people smoking cigarettes and pot, as well as using foul language and gathering at the entrance, Toner said. Library officials have agreed to: q Install additional lighting behind the library. q Trim shrubs around the building to limit blind spots. q Remove picnic tables from the east lot. q Construct a fence between the library and food bank. q Add “library patron parking only” signs. q Encourage groups that are outside to come inside or move along. q Ask that people not smoke near the building. q Enforce library code of conduct standards. q Offer more programs for neighbors, community groups and students. q Call the sheriff when appropriate. Toner said the library staff is being a great partner and is making the changes they said they would. The picnic table is gone and a fence was being constructed to cut down on traffic between the library and Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank, he said. “It’s been a great improvement,” Toner said. “The public and library staff are saying they’ve seen great improvement and I haven’t been receiving any complaints.”

By Joy Nelson

Joy Nelson, of Snoqualmie, shot a fantastic rainbow photo (with her iPhone) from the Snoqualmie Ridge TPC Golf Club House April 16. 

Prosecutors will not charge mayor By Michele Mihalovich The King County Prosecutor’s Office on May 7 declined to file charges against North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing. Hearing was arrested March 26 on allegations that he struck his wife with a golf club. The mayor released a statement May 7 that said, “I learned today that the King County Prosecutor has declined to pursue any matter against me. My belief in the process was well founded. I continue to ask that you respect my family’s privacy.”

Dan Donohoe, with the prosecutor’s office, said charges would not be filed because the case is “legally insufficient.” In the incident report, which outlines why prosecutors did not file charges, the investigation stated that on March 26, when King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call by the mayor, they found his wife to be very intoxicated. In conversations with Hearing, he said his wife had been very intoxicated a couple of days earlier, and in his frustration, Hearing said he hit the mattress his wife was laying on with a golf club.

Hearing said in the investigation that he had no idea that the club had touched his wife. When investigators spoke with Hearing’s wife days after the event, she told them she remembered the incident, and her husband hit her with a golf club while they were standing in the front door. Investigators noted the story was inconsistent with what she said March 26. The mayor’s wife also told investigators she would not help in the prosecution of her husband. Hearing said he did not want to comment beyond the statement.

Mount Si named a top high school Mount Si High School was ranked among the highest performing schools in Washington in this year’s Best High Schools report from U.S. News and World Report. The school earned a national and state ranking and was also awarded a silver medal, one of 45 schools in Washington to earn silver, according to the Snoqualmie Valley School District website.

The annual review recognizes top performing high schools based on math, reading and college readiness. Mount Si High School placed 38th out of 587 high schools in Washington, and 1,349 out of  21,035 nationally. A three-step process was used to determine the best high schools. The first two steps were to ensure that the schools serve students well, using per-

formance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work, based on state exit exams and Advanced Placement exams. Go to education/best-high-schools to see how it and other schools in Washington ranked.

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Snoqualmie Councilwoman Maria Henriksen drops out of race Decision creates open council seat

“I recently learned of some unexpected circumstances that have caused me to change my plans to run for re-election in the fall,” she wrote in an email. “Some new commitments will make it difficult for me to serve another four years, so I have decided to leave the council in December at the end of my term.” She said, “I know that many who might choose

By Michele Mihalovich Snoqualmie City Councilwoman Maria Henriksen, who said in February that she would seek re-election to her Position 5 seat, announced May 6 that she was dropping out of the race.

to run for office are already aware of the May 17 registration deadline, but I wanted to get this news to you as soon as possible so that you could mention the open seat in any upcoming notifications in the paper.” Henriksen said, “This has been a difficult decision for me, but I am happy to look back on many accomplishments over the past 10 years. I

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joined the council to stabilize the budget, capitalize on the city’s economic development potential, ensure smart growth and build a community center. We have been very successful in all of those areas and I was privileged to take leadership role. I have every confidence in my talented colleagues on the council, and I know the good work will continue. It has been my pleasure

to serve this community, and I look forward to continuing my work for the remaining eight months.” Regarding the rest of the Snoqualmie seats, Mayor Matt Larson, and councilmembers Bryan Holloway, Robert Jeans and Kathi Prewitt, are all seeking re-election. To run for Henriksen’s open seat, or challenge any of the incumbents, file between May 14 and

17 at elections/candidatefiling. aspx. If there are three or more candidates vying for a seat, there will be an Aug. 6 primary. Otherwise, the candidates will face off in the Nov. 5 general election. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

Two thefts end with two arrests By Michele Mihalovich Two men in two separate incidents were arrested for crimes in North Bend. North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner said in an email that someone reported that their 1992 Acura had been stolen from a parking lot either May 2 or 3. At 1 p.m. May 4, the captain of the security guards for the North Bend Outlet Mall saw the stolen car in the parking lot. Toner said King County Sheriff’s Office deputies

responded and arrested a 36-year-old North Bend man, who was walking away from the vehicle. The man was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle, a class B felony, and was transported to the King County Jail. In another incident, Toner said a citizen reported at about 1 a.m. May 3 that someone just entered his vehicle in North Bend’s Silver Creek neighborhood. Deputies responded and contacted the suspect, who was in possession of

items he had stolen from around the neighborhood, Toner said. The 20-year-old Newcastle man was visiting a friend who was house-sitting for a North Bend relative, Toner said. The man was booked into the Issaquah Jail for investigation of possession of stolen property and vehicle prowling, both gross misdemeanors, Toner said. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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Tavish MacLean declares candidacy for school board By Michele Mihalovich Tavish MacLean, of Snoqualmie, announced May 2 that he is running for the open District 1 seat of the Snoqualmie Valley School District board. MacLean, a director of product management at T-Mobile, said in a press release that he has deep experience in budget management, strategic plan development and driving consensus across business functions throughout his career. His objective as a school board member is to leverage that experi-

Home schooling support meeting is set for May 15 Parents who choose to home-school their children are being offered support from the public school district in Snoqualmie. A press release from the Snoqualmie Valley School District states that the Parent Partnership Program is a resource for homeschooling families, providing them with support from certified teachers to support their home education. The Parent Partnership Program is offering an informational meeting, which will cover registration for grades kindergarten through five, class schedules, curriculum choices and Parent Advisory Board signups. The meeting will be from 6:15-6:45 p.m. for kindergarten through fifth grades, and 6:507:30 p.m. for grades six through eight, on May 15 at 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Learn more by emailing Erika Ribary at ribaryer@

ence to continue the district’s track record in improving on the high-quality education of our youth. He said he is aware of the challenges in managing the growth of the district, but remains optimistic. “The good news is that the school board has several ideas on the table and many passionate people who aren’t afraid to contribute to the discussion,” MacLean said in the press release. “If elected to the school board, I am committed to hear out the options, facilitate the pros and cons, establish how the or Amy Montanye-Johnson at

Contest offers unique experience at Boeing Classic This year, two people will have the chance to experience the Boeing Classic golf tournament up close. Go to the Boeing Classic Facebook page and describe your favorite part of the tournament and you could win, according to a press release from the city of Snoqualmie. One winner and a guest will be able to enjoy a VIP experience of the tournament, including VIP parking, access to the all-inclusive Dreamliner lounge, entry to the Canyon Club and clubhouse passes. The Boeing Classic golf tournament takes place every summer in Snoqualmie, and is in its seventh year. The tournament brings international attention to Snoqualmie through television broadcasts and dozens of world-renown

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decisions are made, and to honor the process and the outcome.” MacLean, recently named the Boy Scouts’ Cubmaster of the Year, is married to Rebecca, and has three children. MacLean is the first to declare his candidacy for the seat representing the newly formed District 1 position, which covers all of historic Snoqualmie, unincorporated portions of Snoqualmie, as well as neighborhoods on Snoqualmie Ridge. All citizens in the Snoqualmie Valley School District may vote for the position in November.

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Stephen Kangas, of North Bend, has announced that he will be running for the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s No. 4 seat. Scott Hodgins and Marci Busby currently hold the seats in District No. 4. They have not made a formal announcement on whether or not they will run for re-election. Kangas is a parent living in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, and is running for the position that will appear on the November 2013 ballot, according to a press release from Kangas.

Kangas moved to the Valley in 1996 and has since been actively involved in school matters by attending school board meetings. He has become publicly known for his lobbying of prioritizing preservation, hiring teachers, reducing class sizes, improving student safety and developing the district’s first strategic business plan, among other things, he stated in the release. Kangas has also volunteered in schools in the district and has often spoken about the value of fine arts, particularly music, about improving student

academic outcomes, and is also known for his promotion of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics program beginning in middle school, according to the release. Kangas said in the release that he plans to bring his skills and knowledge to the school board, with the intent to enable improvements despite underfunding of schools in Washington. He has served on the school board of directors for Mountain View School, and the boards of other nonprofits and businesses in the Puget Sound area.

cess. Aune, who has been with the SVSD for eight years, did not return a request for comment.

June events include family waterfall tours, a historic Cedar Falls townsite tour and a geology hike. The watershed is at 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend. Learn more about available tours at www.Seattle. gov/util/crwec.

the antique train, when accompanied by a paying child of any age. Passengers may board in Snoqualmie or North Bend. Round trip is approximately 70 minutes. Passengers may get off at the halfway point to shop, eat lunch or take a stroll before returning on any later train. Trains depart every 75 minutes beginning at 11:01 a.m. from the Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., and at 11:31 a.m. from the North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan St. Roundtrip fares are $10 for children ages 2-12, $15 for adults ages 13 and older, and $12 for seniors, ages 62 and older. Go to or call 888-3030.

Mothers are invited Joel Aune is not to tea at Cedar River selected by Richland Watershed School District Joel Aune, superintendent of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, was not selected as the new superintendent of the Richland School District. Aune and two other candidates vied for the top spot at the Eastern Washington school district, but the RSD announced April 29 that Dr. Rick Schulte, with the Oak Harbor School District, was named to the position. This marks the second time Aune has tossed his name in for consideration for another school district. In March, Aune was one of six candidates being interviewed for the top job at the Renton School District, but he didn’t make it past the preliminary interview pro-

This Mother’s Day, moms are invited to the Cedar River Watershed to enjoy tea and talks. The watershed is getting ready for a summer of all-day field tours, hikes, history walks and family waterfall tours, according to a press release from Seattle Public Utilities. The events start at 9 a.m. May 11 with a wetland ecology field trip. On Mother’s Day, from noon to 4 p.m. May 12, moms are invited to a Mother’s Day Tea and Talks.

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The local political landscape heating up

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Things are starting to heat up in local elections, with a couple of folks beginning to make announcements about running. This week, however, Snoqualmie Councilwoman Maria Henriksen announced that she would not seek re-election. In February, Henriksen, who has been on the council since 2004, said she would seek re-election. She announced May 6 that an “unexpected circumstance” had come up, and she will not be able to run again. Recognizing the close filing deadline for anyone wishing to run — May 17 — she said she wanted to get the word out as soon as possible so others could toss their hats into the ring. The Snoqualmie Valley School District board of directors has two seats to fill, and two citizens have announced that they want to run. Tavish MacLean, of Snoqualmie, announced May 2 that he is running for the open District 1 seat. Stephen Kangas, of North Bend, has announced he will run for a District 4 seat. Scott Hodgins and Marci Busby currently hold the seats in District 4. They have not made a formal announcement on whether they will run for re-election. Regarding the rest of the Snoqualmie Valley area, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and councilmembers Bryan Holloway, Robert Jeans and Kathi Prewitt are all seeking re-election. In North Bend, Councilwoman Jeanne Pettersen said she also would run for re-election in November, while Councilman Alan Gothelf said he wasn’t ready to make a decision. Councilman Ross Loudenback did not respond to email or phone requests about whether he would seek reelection. King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert has already said she will run again for her seat in November. Two seats with the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District board are up this year, and commissioners Kevin Hauglie and Dick Jones said they will run again. It’s great that a couple of folks have decided to take that giant first step of announcing their candidacy, but we love it when incumbents have to fight to retain their positions. When incumbents aren’t challenged, it makes for a very dull election season. So, if you’re passionate about this community, jump in the ring and start mixing things up. File between May 14 and 17 at If three or more candidates file for a seat, there will be an Aug. 6 primary. Otherwise, the candidates will face off in the Nov. 5 general election. Deborah Berto


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lance. Eight men arrived to assist with the accident. One man explained that three were paid firefighters and the rest were trained volunteers. They have families and careers, yet give their time to help people in their community. Due to lack of funding and a fire department founded on volunteers, our community now relies on these volunteers to provide a vital service.

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Valley residents can be in Heart of the Valley photograph on May 19 Come and be a part of history as local photographer Mary Miller captures a group photo of Snoqualmie Valley residents. The event will begin at 2 p.m. May 19 with the outlining of a heart shape, according to the North Bend city website. The heart will be filled in with people until the photograph is taken at 3 p.m. The event will be held at Centennial Field, 39903 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. A potluck and live music by Story Box will follow.

The photograph will take place rain or shine. Parking is available at Centennial Field and Snoqualmie Middle School, 9200 Railroad Ave., Snoqualmie, but more than 1,000 people are expected, so carpooling is advised.

Live webcam lets residents admire Snoqualmie Falls falcon nest If you want to see some of Snoqualmie Falls’ nature, you don’t even have to leave your house. Puget Sound Energy has installed a webcam to watch live video of a peregrine falcon family who


are long-time residents of the cliff face downstream of Snoqualmie Falls, according to a press release from PSE. Like any new parents, Mom and Dad are busy with feedings. You can see them tending to their chicks on the webcam. If the adults are out hunting, you can watch small signs of the new chicks in their nest. Soon, the adults will be teaching their chicks how to hunt. In midJune, the chicks are expected to fledge and leave the nest. The adults will remodel and travel after the children leave, just like us. Watch the peregrine family at http://bit. ly/16q3gtk.





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Police blotter North Bend Not happy with the service Police took a report at 10:05 a.m. April 20 of a man who had stolen items from a grocery store on Southwest Mount Si Boulevard. While checking out, the man started complaining about the service. Before the cashier could finish the transaction, the customer quickly pushed

his cart away with Toaster Strudels, sausage links and a burrito.

Here’s a tip Police took a report at 6:27 p.m. April 20 that someone had stolen a tip jar from a coffee shop on West Park Street. Police located the jar, but it was empty.

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at Northeast Eighth Street for the past two days. When police approached, it was discovered that the suitcases were empty and had a “free” sign on them. Police disposed of the suitcases.

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Police took a report at 6:10 p.m. April 25 that a “Smokey the Bear” sign valued at $200 had been stolen from outside the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum.

Police received a call at 10:42 p.m. April 24 about a suspicious man on East North Bend Way. The man was walking around, shining a flashlight into people’s backyards.

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Two bikes had been left, not locked up by the church. When the owners returned a day and a half later, the bikes were gone. One bike was recovered when the owner saw someone riding it and asked for it back.

Bit of a white lie A 47-year-old North Bend man reported to police at 12:30 p.m. April 28 that he’d parked his vehicle behind a bar the night before and someone stole it. Upon further investigation, police learned that the man did attempt to drive the vehicle home that night, but failed to stop at the corner of Southeast Cedar Falls Way and 436 Avenue Southeast. The vehicle drove over a rockery. The driver then backed it into the trees to hide it from public view and filed the false auto theft report to blame the accident on another person.

Snoqualmie What’s up? Nothing Police received a call at 7:51 a.m. April 26 from a caller in Kitsap County regarding something happening in Snoqualmie. The caller would not tell

dispatch what was going on, and did not answer the phone when police called back.

Feeling a little sick Police responded to a call from the fire department at 6:42 p.m. April 27 to assist with an intoxicated woman. Upon arrival, police found a woman who appeared to be intoxicated in the passenger seat of a vehicle. She had vomited in the vehicle and explained that when she got sick the driver had run away. Police were unable to locate the driver.

Youths have no respect these days Police took a report at 8:19 a.m. May 2 of a student driver who had cut off a bus driver. The student was disrespectful to both the driver and police when they arrived.

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No fire calls were received from Snoqualmie this week.

North Bend fire calls Two engines responded at 8:31 p.m. April 26 to a report of unauthorized burning on Southeast 147th Street. Four engines responded at 2:54 p.m. April 27 to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on 452nd Avenue Southeast. Firefighters responded to a call at 3:30 p.m. April 27 for a motor vehicle accident with injuries on 452nd Avenue Southeast. Firefighters responded at 2:39 p.m. April 29 to a report of unauthorized burning on 381st Avenue Southeast. 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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King County Council places parks levy on August ballot By Ari Cetron and Michele Mihalovich Snoqualmie Valley voters will weigh in on a proposal to raise property taxes to fund county parks in August. By a 7-2 vote, the King County Council decided April 29 to send the measure to voters. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents the Valley on the council, voted against the measure along with Councilman Reagan Dunn. The proposed six-year levy would replace a pair of expiring levies that sup-

Artists’ featured in International Miniature Show Parklane Gallery in Kirkland is hosting its 21st annual International Miniature Show, which runs through June 2. Two North Bend artists, Rebecca Joy Orcut and Beverly Fotheringham, are participating in the exhibit with artists from all over the world. Parklane Gallery expects to exhibit more than 400 of these tiny treasures, according to a press release from the gallery. The gallery will have miniatures on display from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from noon to 8 p.m. Fridays at 130 Park Lane, Kirkland. There will also be an artists’ reception and awards ceremony from 6-8 p.m. May 10.

Class teaches humane trap and release of cats Feral cats in the Snoqualmie Valley are easily dealt with through trapping, spaying and neutering, if you have the right knowledge about how to do that. North Bend resident Vickie Woods is holding a class about how to humanely trap and release, according to an email from the Community Cat Coalition. The class will be from 1-3 p.m. May 19 at 325 E. Third St., North Bend. Woods will discuss humane techniques for trapping and releasing cats, as a solution for over population. Reservations are required. Email Woods at or call 888-2282.

port parks countywide. The existing levies have a combined tax rate of 13.31 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The proposed levy would have a value of 18.77 cents per $1,000. For the owner of a $600,000 home, that means a tax hike from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year — a 41 percent increase. The levy would raise $60.7 million in 2014. The expiring levies fund about 70 percent of the operating budget for the county parks system,

according also “As currently written, to county includes documents. this is an ‘all or noththe King The parks County ing’ choice — which, in system Aquatic my mind, is not a real includes Center North and choice.” Bend’s Wood— Kathy Lambert Tanner land County councilwoman Landing Park Park, SnoZoo in qualmie’s Seattle. Snoqualmie Valley Lambert said she Regional Trail (which opposed the measure begins at Rattlesnake Lake because of the impact it outside of North Bend might have on junior taxand ends at McCormick ing districts. Park in Duvall) and the State law provides Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. that local taxing districts The county parks system (including cities, counties,

fire districts, port commissions, libraries, hospital districts and more) cannot impose a total tax of more than $5.90 per $1,000 of assessed value. Counties, cities and road districts get the top priority, followed by everyone else. So, if there are areas hitting the maximum, and the county imposes this parks levy, some of the more junior districts in those areas could see the amount they can collect reduced. Lambert said in a statement she voted against the

proposed tax levy because of that potential. “Voters will have a choice to increase funding for expansion of our parks system or to preserve tax capacity for other services, such as roads, transit, fire and public safety,” Lambert said in a statement. “The voters need to be fully informed on the impact of their choice. As currently written, this is an ‘all or nothing’ choice — which, in my mind, is not a real choice.” The levy will appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot.


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q Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E.

q Quiet Water, Wetland Ecology Field Trip, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cedar River Watershed, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend

q Teen adventures: Mariners vs. Oakland, for ages 11-17, 5:30-11 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., $25 for members, $35 nonmembers, preregister by calling 256-3115

q Bake Sale Fundraiser for Relay for Life, sponsored by the Super Troopers team, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ace Hardware, 330 Main St. S. Special Mother’s Day treats will be available.

q Kids Night Out, for ages 3 and up, 6-10 p.m. at Mt. Si Gymnastics Academy, 1546 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend, $25 for the first child, $20 for the second, $15 for the third, registration required at 292-3152 or customerservice@ q Jay Thomas Quartet, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Moms ride for free Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides, leaving from Snoqualmie station, 38625 S.E. King St., call 8883030 for times

q Janette West Group, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Late nights at the Y, for grades 6-10, 7-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St. q ‘The Wind in the Willows’ musical, 7:30 p.m., buy tickets at q Bad Idea, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S., Snoqualmie

q Left Coast Gypsies, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S., Snoqualmie

q Moms ride for free Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides, leaving from Snoqualmie station, 38625 S.E. King St., call 8883030 for times q Mother’s Day seafood buffet, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, 36005 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. RSVP at 396-6000 or tpcsr@ Adults are $29.95, children ages 7-12 are $15.95 and children ages 3-6 are $9.95. q Mother’s Day brunch and jazz piano, noon, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Reservations are recommended, call 292-9307. q Mother’s Day tea and talks, free, noon to 4 p.m., Cedar River Watershed, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend, 206-733-9421 or CRWprograms@

q Friends of the North Bend Library meeting, 9:3010:30 a.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Infant and family story time, for ages newborn to 3 with an adult, 11 a.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q North Bend Home school Gathering, 1-3 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-6 with an adult, 1:30 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. q Arts Commission Meeting, 6-7 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River Street, Snoqualmie, nsanders@ q Talk time, 6:30-8 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Come practice your English.

q Home school drop-in playgroup, 1-2 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Free to all home-school families. q Study time, 3-5 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Public Health and Safety Committee, 4-5 p.m., City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. 8887627 q Community and Economic Affairs Committee, 5-6 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River Street, Snoqualmie. Email Joan at jpliego@ q Internet Safety Presentation, 7 p.m., Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 Douglas Ave. S., Snoqualmie, tdwaller@hotmail. com

q Sunday Fundays for Families, free, 2-4 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St. q Danny Kolke trio, 6 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Open Mic Night, 8-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Brewery, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E. Call 831-2357 or go to

q Twin Falls Middle School Jazz band, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, www.

q Young Toddler Story Time, ages 6-24 months with adult, 10-10:45 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. q Anime Club, 3-5 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Come practice your drawing and watch anime movies. q Transportation and Public Works committee, 4-5:30 p.m., Public Works Department, 1155 E. North Bend Way, North Bend q Family story time, 6:30-7:30 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children welcome with an adult. Wear your pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs. q Open mic, 7 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave S.E., Snoqualmie q Economic Development Commission, 8-10 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Email Joan at jpliego@

q Public Safety Committee meeting, 5-6 p.m., Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Way. Email Liz at lluizzo@ci.snoqualmie. q Free Open House at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 36005 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. An evening of complimentary wine tasting, appetizers, s’mores for the children and more. RSVP at mbrown@ or 396-6036 q Guiding Good Choices: Setting Family Policies, 6-8 p.m., Snoqualmie Middle School, 9200 Railroad Ave. S., Snoqualmie. Thursdays through June 6. q Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Jazz, Blues and Barbeque with Paul Green, 7-9 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie q Jazz with Jimmie Herrod and Randy Halberstadt, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

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Beginner watercolor artists practice their art at senior center By Megg Joosten

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The conference room in the Mount Si Senior Center in Snoqualmie was quiet, while about 15 artists concentrated on their watercolor flowers. “Don’t worry about these, they’re a lot of fun,” instructor Audrey Zeder said. “Flowers are really great because they’re so forgiving.” Zeder has been teaching the watercolor class, which has met the second Saturday of the month for the past three years. She got involved when the senior center was remodeled, and an art wall was installed. Zeder said she was asked to demonstrate her art there, and she discovered that several people were interested in an actual art class, so Zeder and a friend, Eileen Erikson, decided to teach just one. “We were just sort of panicky because we’d never done that before,” Zeder said. “We got together and put together a lesson plan and did this class. We had such nice people that we hated to say we weren’t going to do this anymore. “ The watercolor class

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Marie Healy dips her paint brush in water while teacher Audrey Zeder instructs Marietta Modl. continued even after Zeder’s friend and coteacher passed away. Held from 9-11 a.m., one Saturday a month, Zeder was able to include everyone, from working mothers to the newly retired. Katherine Cheuing, of Snoqualmie, said she just retired and decided to look into painting, and enjoys the class because it isn’t a big commitment. “I’ve never painted

because I didn’t have time,” Cheuing said. “I love looking at a picture, and I’ve always wished I could do something.” The class was originally only supposed to last a few weeks, but Zeder found her students wanted to continue after just a few weeks. Zeder said she is a beginning watercolorist herself, and the class is designed so anyone can drop in, even someone

who has never painted before. Zeder teaches her students to start by painting from a picture. In the April class, the students worked on transferring a picture to paper, and then filling in with watercolors. Watercolor is one of the most difficult mediums to work with, Zeder said. “Watercolor is a bit more challenging. You can’t control the water,” Marietta Modl said.

Sorrows. The majority of the money raised will go to support that effort, while 25 percent will remain in the Snoqualmie Valley and given to the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank. Since 1997, the Snoqualmie Valley Crop Hunger Walk has raised more than $51,000 of which almost $13,000 has come back to support the food bank.

The walk will be held at 12:45 p.m. May 19 at Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave. N.E., North Bend. There is a 1-mile and 3-mile course. A community barbecue will follow the walk. A fundraising car wash is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Les Schwab, 610 E. North Bend Way, North Bend. The Snoqualmie United Methodist, St. Clare

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Modl said she prefers acrylic paints, but she enjoys coming to the class for the experience and camaraderie. “After working all week, who wants to stay home and clean the house on the weekend?” she asked. Not all the artists are watercolorists, however. Meilan Ham said she prefers calligraphy, but Zeder’s teaching gives her techniques that she can use in her calligraphy, too.

“What Audrey teaches is applicable to so many things,” she said. Zeder’s students also said they find her very encouraging. “When you make mud, she doesn’t make you feel bad about it,” Ham said. The class is $10, and Zeder donates the money to the senior center. Zeder said she enjoys working with her students. “What I like the best is they get happy, and that’s all I really want with people is for them to be relaxed and having fun,” Zeder said. “I wouldn’t want a class where they were sort of moaning and groaning and exasperated.” Megg Joosten: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Mount Si baseball team wins its regular season finale, 10-6 Si secured an early lead for starting pitcher Connor Swift, scoring six The Mount Si High School baseruns in a second inning where every ball team will head into the postWildcat batter came to the plate. season with a bit of momentum, Junior Carson Breshears collected including a two-game winning two RBIs in the inning, while Wyatt streak under its belt, after it defeated Baker-Jagla and Connor Jensen each the Liberty Patriots, 10-6, in a May 2 had RBI doubles. regular season finale. “It’s a good day when everyThe Wildcat offense was clickbody, one through nine, is hitting,” ing on all cylinders, as the team Mount Si coach Zach Habben said. notched 10 runs on 12 hits. Mount The Patriots responded by scoring two runs in the fourth inning, but the Wildcats stayed aggressive, scoring four in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by junior Zach Usselmen’s three-run home run. “It felt really good to hit that, especially since I’m coming off a little bit of a slump,” Usselmen said. After four innings, By Greg Farrar Mount Si appeared Austin Hall (left), Mount Si High School senior, heads safely to third base on the RBI double by Wyatt Baker- to be cruising to a Jagla (right), which scored Zach Usselmen from second convincing victory, leading the Patriots, base during the six-run second inning May 2 against 10-2. Liberty would Liberty. By Christina Corrales-Toy

go on to put together a minor comeback, though, scoring a run in the sixth inning, then three more in the seventh with Liberty senior Darren Peterson’s second home run of the game. “The game started out good, but then we let off a little bit, which was kind of disappointing,” Usselmen said. Swift earned the win for the Wildcats, pitching five strong innings, giving up only three runs. Senior Griffin Mclain came in to relieve Swift in the sixth inning. “Connor Swift really did well on the mound and then Griffin came in to close,” Habben said. “We battled on the mound, which was the big part, but also we strung together a lot of hits in a timely fashion.” Evan Johnson and Jensen led the Wildcats in hitting. Johnson went 3-4 at the plate, while Jensen went 2-3 with two RBIs. See BASEBALL, Page 11 By Greg Farrar

Connor Swift, Mount Si High School senior pitcher, throws to batters from Liberty High School during the third inning of their May 2 baseball game.

Girls golf takes No. 2 spot in KingCo 2A/3A league tournament By Michele Mihalovich The first post-season tournament ended with a No. 2 spot for Mount Si High School’s girls golf team.

Six Wildcats were selected to play in the KingCo 2A/3A League Tournament May 6 at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond. The girls fell to

Interlake, which racked up 468 strokes. Mount put up a 482, Bellevue 484, Mercer Island 486, Lake Washington 555, Liberty 566 and Sammamish 567.

Mount Si did get some satisfaction in besting Mercer Island’s score. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 6-1 record, and Mercer Island

was the only team to beat them this season. While Coach Brandon Proudfoot said the win against Mercer Island was sweet, “we were really hoping to sneak in a firstplace finish.” Overall, however, Proudfoot is thrilled for his team. “We’re having a really strong year, and having this kind of success will benefit the program,” he said. “Even a few of the new girls who didn’t qualify (for the tournament) are inspired to do better.” The six golfers who

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played in the tournament were seniors Danielle Burns and Cecilia Dixon, junior Tabitha Dorn, sophomore Samantha Inman and freshman Caitlin Maralack. The three going on to play in the KingCo/Metro District Tournament, which will be played at Riverbend Golf Complex in Kent May 13, are Maralack, who shot an 84 on the 72-par course; Dorn, with 89 strokes; and Burns, who shot a 90. Proudfoot said the three going on to the district tournament placed in the top six spots at the May 6 tournament. He said they are “solid players very focused for next week.” Proudfoot said he will be reviewing with the girls how their rounds went May 6 and will work on any problem areas, and they’ll get in a couple practice rounds at Riverbend to prepare for the course. “I’m really happy with the team,” he said. “It’s been a good, solid year.” Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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Mighty jumps on the track and field

By Greg Farrar

Ehren Eichler, Mount Si High School junior, Ashley Jackson (left), Mount Si High School senior, and freshman Sarah lands in the sand with a 34-foot triple jump Miller leap the fences in the 100-meter hurdles May 2 during the Wildcats’ May 2. Eichler’s best jump for the day was track and field meet against Bellevue. Miller edged out her teammate in a 35 feet, 8 1/2 inches. friendly rivalry that has gone back and forth this season. By Greg Farrar

And one more skip on the softball diamond By Greg Farrar

Britney Stevens (middle), Mount Si High School junior, leaps home as baserunner Celine Fowler (left) waits at the plate, after Stevens’ hit and multiple Liberty throwing errors gave her a 2-RBI, inside-the-park home run to finish the flurry of six runs in the sixth inning for a 7-1 victory May 2.

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Baseball From Page 10 Mount Si’s season now begins anew, as the team heads into postseason play. The Wildcats’ successful regular season earned them the second seed in the KingCo baseball tournament. “The biggest thing is we need to come out and have good practices, keep working hard and do the same things we’ve been doing all year,” Habben said. Mount Si will play Liberty or Mercer Island at 7 p.m. May 9 at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park in the team’s first game of the KingCo baseball tournament. “Nothing changes. It’s just another game and we’ve got to take care of it,” Habben said.

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