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May 12, 2011 VOL. 3, NO. 19

Doubles team hones singles play for tourney Page 14

North Bend doctor joins Libyan care relief effort By Dan Catchpole

Casino gets new chief CEO could play big role in refinancing existing debt. Page 2

Health alert County issues warning about Hepatitis A cases. Page 6

Police blotter Page 8

Losing streak ends Valley middle-schooler wins All-American title. Page 10

Soccer season finale Mount Si must beat Bellevue to make playoffs. Page 14

Block heads Opstad Elementary School team builds Lego robots. Page 16

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A North Bend doctor has joined scores of medical professionals journeying to Libya to provide care for people caught Ashok Shroff up in fighting between the country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, and rebels. Dr. Ashok Shroff is part of a mission organized by Doctors Without Borders’ Belgian chapter. The anesthesiologist is delivering critical items in short supply, such as medical supplies, drugs and water purification equipment. In Libya, he is primarily caring for children and pregnant women at a hospital being run with help from Doctors Without Borders in the coastal city of Misrata. The two groups have received scant medical attention since the conflict began, Shroff said in an email to the Star. He is helping improve working conditions for medical staff members. “The equipment that is present in the operating rooms has not been maintained for quite some time, probably due to the See LIBYA, Page 2

By Dan Catchpole

Rescue readiness Brian Jarvis (right) double checks equipment with a fellow Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter while practicing swift-water rescue techniques on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River. Jarvis crossed the river with a Stokes basket, which can be used to transport injured victims. EFR performs about six river rescues a year, according to Mark Vetter, an EFR firefighter.

Dispute delays FEMA housing grants By Dan Catchpole On Jan. 7, 2009, Lois Nicholas came home from an event at Snoqualmie Methodist Church and found a note on her door: She had an hour to evacuate her home. The Snoqualmie River was quickly rising and threatening

to flood the area. The 85-year-old woman moves deliberately with a cane. She and her live-in caregiver rounded up their cat and three lap dogs, and left for North Bend, where Nicholas’ son lives. The river rose, inundating her home on Southeast

Northern Street with 18 inches of flood water. “The refrigerator in our garage almost floated out the door,” Nicholas said. It was three months before she could move back into her home. See DELAY, Page 3

Keeping the children safe Sgt. Mark Toner, of the King County Sheriff’s Office, chats with children at last year’s Safety Fair, sponsored by Sno-Valley Indoor Playground. This year’s fair is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 20, Si View Community Center, 400 Orchard Drive, North Bend. Local firefighters and police officers will share safety tips at the free event. The first 80 children 5 or younger will receive a free bike helmet. All children will have a chance to sit in an operating fire truck used by Eastside Fire & Rescue, which provides fire services for North Bend and surrounding King County. Sno-Valley Indoor Playground is a nonprofit, parentrun organization that runs a playground for children 5 and younger at the community center during the school year. Call 831-7808 or go to for more information. Contributed

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would-be kidnappers. Fighting has caused heavy casualties since neither side has a strategic advantage. Rebels have high morale but are largely untrained, disorganized and lack heavy weapons. Pro-Qaddafi

forces lost much of their technical superiority after strikes by NATO forces destroyed or scattered their air forces. Qaddafi has vowed not to give up power, despite losing family members in NATO

attacks. “We will see what mood Qaddafi is in after the airstrike which killed one of his sons!” Shroff said. Two of the dictator’s grandchildren also died in the attack. NATO officials said their forces had gone after a military target and not his family. Shroff has been in chaotic situations before, including previous missions with Doctors Without Borders. In 2010, he joined a team organized by Medical Teams International to deliver care to victims of the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti. Before moving to the U.S., he served as a doctor with the Indian Army’s paratroopers. Shroff brings medical expertise and a knack for improvisation to disaster areas. He is “a MacGyver type,” Linda Ranz, executive director for Medical Teams International, said last year. Disaster areas are by definition already bad situations, but they are also usually unstable,

Among Jenkins’ biggest roles could be ensuring the tribe gets good interest rates when the casino’s debt is refinanced in coming years.

Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, according to a news release from the casino. Most recently, he worked at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, where he spent nearly 14 years as its president and CEO. Much of his career has been spent with tribal-run entities. Jenkins also has experience with

the industry’s marketing and hospitality sides. In his new role, Jenkins will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for all gaming operations, and representing the gaming operations to customers, employees, government agencies, tribal leadership, and financial and business communities. Jenkins takes over following

From Page 1 current situation as well as chronic neglect of this region by deliberate policy from the previous regime,” he writes on his blog from Misrata. Misrata has seen especially heavy fighting between rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces during the past month. Both sides want to control the city’s oil terminal and the steady revenue stream it produces. Shelling and missile strikes occur frequently, but most are in the far distance, according to Shroff. The city’s oil refinery has been burning since artillery fire hit it May 7. For now, Shroff’s life is one of delivering care and preparing for the worst. Even when sleeping, he and team members always carry their passports, mission orders in Arabic and $100 in case they must evacuate. The money can also be used to pay

Snoqualmie Casino’s new CEO could play big role in refinancing its existing debt Snoqualmie Casino has a new boss. Jon Jenkins has taken over as CEO of the casino, which is owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. Jenkins began his new job in April.

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By Ashok Shroff

Smoke from an explosion fills the sky above Misrata, Libya, where Dr. Ashok Shroff, of North Bend, is providing medical care to civilians.

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and can get worse. Shroff was reminded of that last year in Haiti, when a major aftershock damaged the building where he was staying. In Libya, the conflict is far from resolved. With critical supplies in short supply or nonexistent, improvising is a necessity. In Haiti, Shroff used duct tape to keep needles for IV drips in patients’ arms. To reach Misrata, he had to take a 12-hour trip on a fishing boat from Malta, an island in the Mediterranean that is popular with tourists. “I see lots of them wandering around, young children, young men and women seemingly blithely unaware or unconcerned with what’s happening across the water — seems surreal!” Shroff wrote in his email. When asked last year why he went to Haiti, Shroff didn’t hesitate in answering — “It’s just basic humanity to go help.” Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

the tribe’s hasty buyout of his predecessor, Mike Barozzi. The Snoqualmie Tribal Council caught many tribal members off guard when it voted in February to buyout Barozzi’s contract for $14 million. A key job for Jenkins will be securing good interest rates when the casino refinances its $330 million in debt in 2013 and 2014.

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Delay From Page 1 She still lives in the same house, about 100 yards from the river. Nicholas applied for and was approved in 2010 by Snoqualmie for a home elevation that would be paid for by a hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. In March, she and a couple of dozen other households in Snoqualmie received letters from the city saying that their home elevations would be delayed. The cause of the holdup is a dispute between Washington state and the city of Snoqualmie about documentation of costs. The state’s Emergency Management Division could hold up nearly $4 million in two federal grants for home elevations in Snoqualmie. It has stopped payment on $229,624 from one grant that the city has already spent, and it could delay payment of a second grant worth about $2.75 million. The money comes from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, but it is dispersed by the state. The money becomes available after the president declares a natural disaster, and local jurisdictions then apply for grants. Their applications must be endorsed by the state, after which they are sent to the federal government. FEMA then reviews the applications and makes awards to the state to give to approved local jurisdictions. The state then draws up a contract between it and the local jurisdiction, which spells out the reimbursement process, timeline and scope of the work, and budget. The dispute in Snoqualmie is over what records are needed to document contractors’ costs. Beginning in August 2009, Mark Stewart, one of the state’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program managers, became increasingly concerned that the documents provided by Snoqualmie did not adequately justify the costs. Costs have to be documented

in case of an audit by the federal or state government. Stewart’s concerns are driven by one question: “Can they account for all their costs?” In May 2010, Stewart stopped payment on a reimbursement request until Snoqualmie provided better documentation of contractors’ costs. In a letter in early March to the city, Stewart said, “…a pattern emerges that demonstrates a lack of city involvement in the oversight of the project and its financial management as required by the grant agreements, federal regulations and mitigation program guidance.” “The city’s lack of oversight and management of these projects is not acceptable,” he wrote. Stewart explicitly said that completed work was not being questioned, simply that the paperwork to document the costs was incomplete. It is not the first time the city of Snoqualmie has been called out by a state agency for weak financial oversight. In November 2010, the state Auditor’s Office issued a report that found the city had not adequately reviewed billing by consultants, which resulted in overcharges to some Snoqualmie Ridge developers. There is no connection between the two, City Attorney Pat Anderson said. But the city is having internal discussions about how to bolster its financial oversight procedures. The problem arose because the state changed the rules part way through the game, Anderson said in letter to FEMA in late March. “The ‘lack


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Lois Nicholas is waiting for the state and city of Snoqualmie to resolve a dispute over paperwork so her home can be elevated. In 2009, it was inundated with 18 inches of flood water. of documentation’ only is a problem due to [Emergency Management Division’s] changing views as to what it ‘needs’ to authorize reimbursement to the city.” Since 1996, Snoqualmie has used the same method for documenting costs for reimbursement, which had been approved by Stewart’s predecessor, according to Anderson. But Stewart said that he has communicated the needs for greater documentation since he first started working with the city on FEMA grants in 2009. He has been with the Emergency Management Division since December 2006. It isn’t unusual to require more documentation with mitigation grants, but Snoqualmie’s pushback was surprising, Stewart said. It was the first time he had

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ever asked FEMA to delay awarding a grant, though. FEMA administrators declined requests from the city and the state to get involved in the dispute. Both sides say they want to meet to find a solution to the problem, but no meeting has been set. The state isn’t interested in punishing anyone, Stewart said. He just wants to make sure it is clear how tax money is spent. “Can we resolve it?” he asked. “Certainly.” The city and state will have to agree on exactly what documentation is required. How long that will take and how it will delay the current grant is unclear. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

King County’s Department of Development and Environmental Services has added a pre-submittal review service for complex permit applications. The new service is part of the county’s efforts to make it easier to apply for permits in unincorporated areas. The service allows customers to enter more complex applications into a new program called Pre-Submittal Services. It is meant to help people with permit applications that are too complicated for over-the-counter service but not so involved that they require — or qualify for — a pre-application meeting. The new system is intended to provide feedback by identifying technical issues or red flags early on, and set expectations for the permit process, according to a news release from King County. This early feedback should reduce the time required for permit application review by DDES staff, according to the release. “It should speed up review times, improve communication with our customers and enable applicants to start their projects sooner,” DDES Director John Starbard said in the release. The new service is expected to help with 12 types of mid-sized permit applications, including new dwellings, agricultural buildings, signs, tenant improvements, small commercial buildings, grading and boundary line adjustments. There is an upfront $357 fee for using the system. The cost will be credited to the final cost of the application. The service is available from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. weekdays. Get hours and the location of the DDES at

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Filling big shoes in Valley requires careful consideration

Mayor is dismissive of annexation opinions

One person can have a deep effect on smaller communities, such as Snoqualmie Valley. This verdant valley is saying goodbye to two longtime fixtures — Ruth Tolmasoff, executive director of Mt. Si Senior Center, and Randy Taylor, principal of Mount Si High School. Finding their successors will not be easy, and will require serious attention to what attributes are needed to fill the empty positions so vital to this area. Tolmasoff and Taylor will leave behind them lasting legacies. Under Tolmasoff, Mt. Si Senior Center has flourished. It has rebuilt after flooding, added services and continues to support a thriving community of the Valley’s older residents. Her combination of an indefatigable spirit, affable personality, creative mind and willingness to slog through hours of details for grant applications are rarely seen in one person. Ruth, you leave big shoes to fill. The center’s board of directors should not simply wait for applications to come in, but go out and seek candidates capable of carrying on the center’s mission. Taylor has overseen great growth at Mount Si High School, but his legacy is not so clear cut. During his tenure, he pushed to increase academic and other learning opportunities available to Mount Si students. There are now twice as many Advanced Placement courses as when he began six years ago. He encouraged an exchange-student program with Gangjin, Korea, and helped establish partnerships with local universities by offering college courses at Mount Si. But at the same time, the school has been plagued by bigotry and bullying by some students. The school’s administration failed to act quickly and openly to address these problems. Taylor’s successor must address these problems, and continue his work to foster a school that challenges all its students, not simply the brightest ones.

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Last week, I attended the Snoqualmie Planning Commission meeting about annexation of the old Weyerhaeuser mill site, and addressed the group, as did 15 or so others. I spoke about the negative effects of the DirtFish Rally School and the slimy process the city and county have gone through to allow it to continue. Toward the end of the public

From the Web Re: Letters to the editor Snoqualmie residents need to understand that not all of us think alike and that’s why we complain and others think it amounts to whining. My family relocated here six years ago as an internal corporate relocate. Assigned a buyer’s agent with patience, my wife

MAY 12, 2011 input period, Mayor Matt Larson turned to the commission members and essentially said “Some of you commission members are new and don’t know, but only people with a complaint show up to comment at these meetings.” This comment flies in the face of the fact that about onefourth of the people who commented were in support of the annexation. In just a sentence or two, his comment attempted to invalidate the opinions of all the people who expressed concerns at the noise DirtFish creates. It also told the other commission members that despite their purpose to review documents,

listen to the public, weigh options and make their own sound judgments in the best interests of the community, he knows better and they should disregard what we said. Wow! Why have public comments or even public meetings, Mayor Larson? Despite Larson’s advice to the contrary, the commission members were obviously thoughtful and attentive. Since there will be a couple of more opportunities to comment on annexation of the old mill, keep an eye on the public notice section of your local paper. Dave Eiffert Snoqualmie

and I covered the entire greater Seattle area in our desire to find the perfect place to call home. After some initial searching we really decided between two extremes. We’d either be city “mice” or country “mice.” Once we found Snoqualmie, the decision was easy. We’d be country “mice.” But after six years, our country is changing. It’s becoming another Issaquah. Many of us decided to drive the extra 10-15

miles during commutes not to live in Issaquah. But thanks to our mayor and those residents who for whatever reason want a bigger city, which they equate to progress, they are changing our quiet, small, easy-going town into the next Issaquah. Then comes Bellevue. Then we might all as well live in Seattle. My wife and I are here for another four years, for another See WEB, Page 6

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Little things are the important ones By Slim Randles Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference. Without the little things, we might sail through life boringly and vanish in a vanilla haze. Just take Saturday morning at the Mule Barn truck stop. There we were making certain no sudden wind would blow our chairs away from the philosophy counter, when Bert walked in wearing that shirt. It was a Western shirt, which is certainly not out of place in this rural area, but we all knew the only thing Bert knew about horses was how many he had under the hood of his sedan. “Look at this!” said Dud. “Pretty fancy shirt,” Doc said. “Got pants to go with it, too,” Bert said. “Striped ones. You know, gambler pants. And boots. I don’t wear them here, though. Just to go dancing.” “Dancing, eh?” “Maizie’s idea. She said we weren’t getting any younger and needed exercise and we should scoot our boots and all that. They give lessons Tuesday at the high school.” “Country dancing?” “You bet. Boot scootin’ and everything. I know how to do the Texas two-step.” We looked at Bert, with 40

years’ worth of eating regular meals hanging over his belt. “Hey, I can dance, and I can prove it!” “OK, Slim Randles Hon!” yelled Columnist our waitress, Loretta, dropping a quarter in the jukebox. “Let’s you and me dance and we’ll show ‘em.” So he grabbed Loretta and the two of them did a pretty good little two-step right there during the breakfast rush. There was great cheering as they did their little whirl in, whirl out and

clomp, clomp, clomp. Many of the people in there were clapping to the music. So was that salesman from the capitol until Bert decided to give Loretta a quick spin and she sat in his scrambled eggs. So what otherwise would’ve been just a routine truck stop dance got etched deeply in our local lore because of the scrambled eggs. The salesman had already eaten the hash browns and bacon. They made it right with him, of course. Sometimes, it’s the little stuff that sticks with us. Brought to you by Slim’s new book, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at

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County issues warning about Hepatitis A cases children, King County epidemiologist Tao Kwan-Gett wrote in an email. People working with nonhuman primates susceptible to the illness are also at risk, Kwan-Gett wrote. High-risk areas for hepatitis A include Mexico, Central and South America, Greenland, Africa, and southern and southeastern Asia, according to a map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include yellowing of the skin and eyes, fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Young children sometimes show mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, Kwan-Gett wrote, adding that parents sometimes don’t realize a child is infected until a relative gets the disease from the child. “As long as everyone in the family is healthy, parents don’t need to worry if their children don’t have any symptoms,” he wrote. Nevertheless, children without symptoms can still transmit the disease. “Almost everyone who is infected gets better on their own without any lasting effects,” Kwan-Gett wrote. “Rarely, however, the virus can cause severe liver damage requiring hospitalization, sometimes even a liver transplant.” People in the Valley without a health care provider or health insurance and who are at higher risk for hepatitis A should call the county’s public health department at 206-297-4774, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

By Sebastian Moraga An outbreak of Hepatitis A in the Snoqualmie Valley has county health authorities asking people to get vaccinated. Matias Valenzuela, public education coordinator with the county’s public health department, said his office has responded to six confirmed cases in the Valley, all in adults. The nonlethal virus spreads easily, Valenzuela said in a press release, and it can spread through close contact with a person with hepatitis A. The illness can spread when an infected person does not wash hands adequately after using the toilet and has close contact with others, or prepares food or drinks for others. It cannot spread through coughing, sneezing or casual contact. Valenzuela recommended vaccination for all children up to age 18. Adults at increased risk should also get vaccinated, as well as anyone who wants protection against the disease. High-risk adults include drug users, gay men, bisexual men, people with chronic liver disease, people who travel to countries with high hepatitis A rates and people with clotting factor disorders, such as hemophilia. The vaccination should occur in two doses at least six months apart, for the best protection, Valenzuela stated. The vaccine provides protection for at least 25 years in adults and at least 14-20 years in

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Outreach structure for unincorporated areas could receive overhaul King County’s outreach structure for its unincorporated areas could be getting overhauled. King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed reforming and expanding the existing structure to improve engagement with residents in unincorporated areas. The Metropolitan King County Council requested the reforms last fall as part of the county’s budget. Under the proposal, unincorporated King County would be divided into community service areas, which would serve residents as a single point of contact for county services. Teams of existing staff members would work with the service areas to improve public outreach. The proposal would not eliminate existing unincorporated area councils or community service centers, which provide remote access to county services. King County serves as the local government for about 284,000 residents living in unincorporated areas outside the boundaries of the 39 local cities. About 15,000 residents live in unincorporated areas in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. Constantine’s administration will work on drawing boundaries for the proposed service areas in the coming months. The final proposal will be sent to the County

Council in September along with Constantine’s proposed 2012 budget, according to a news release from his office.

Residents can apply to run for county board King County residents can apply to run for a seat on the county Personnel Board, the group responsible for conducting hearings on appeals to certain county personnel actions. The candidate-filing period for the election is May 9-13 at the King County Elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila. The race has a $5 filing fee. The county charter requires the elected representative on the Personnel Board to be a Washington resident and to not be a King County employee. The primary election to determine the nominees for the board election is June 7. The all-mail board election is June 28. Only career service King County employees — about 12,500 people — can cast ballots. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, he or she is elected and no further election must be conducted. The board consists of five members — four appointees and one member elected by county employees — serving five-year terms. Call Clerk of the Board of Appeals Dave Goff at 206296-3496 to learn more about the election or for more information.

North Bend councilman won’t seek re-election North Bend City Councilman Chris Garcia has announced that he will not run for re-election after his term expires Dec. 31. He also said he will not run for the city’s mayoral office. Garcia has spent several years in city government, including a previous six-year stint on the City Council before being appointed to his current seat in December 2009. On the council, Garcia often raises pointed questions about proposals, especially when the city is being asked to spend money. He has lived in the Snoqualmie Valley for much of his life. He owns a Frankie’s Pizza and Pasta franchise in North Bend. Six of the seven City Council members and North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing will be up for re-election on the November ballot. The only council member who will not be up for re-election is Alan Gothelf.

Web From Page 4 mayor’s term to see what happens (or doesn’t). Then the new empty industrial park, the training track turned racing venue, force-fed YMCA that puts local health clubs out of business and City Hall that goes unused while our elected officials meet at the Salish will be too much for us and we’ll move — to downtown Seattle, Oregon or Alaska. But we sure will miss the old Snoqualmie we fell in love with. Bob Keller Snoqualmie

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Police & Fire Snoqualmie police It was just hungry

plaint. Police found a bunch of teenagers with flashlights playing tag. Police asked the children to be quieter.

It’s just lunch

At 12:42 a.m. April 29, someone alerted police that a large bear was headed toward the golf course on Snoqualmie Ridge. Officers did not locate the bear. Then, at 2:22 a.m., another caller reported a bear in his trashcan in the 34000 block of Southeast Rhododendron Drive. The bear took some trash and headed toward Douglas Avenue.

At 1:11 p.m. May 4, police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle with two males in it near the intersection of Snoqualmie Parkway and Douglas Avenue Southeast. Caller told police the vehicle had been seen at another location previously. It turned out to be a painting contractor eating lunch.

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At 4:45 a.m. April 29, police went to a business in the 7000 block of Center Boulevard Southeast, where a glass door had been broken. Nobody had entered the place, and nothing had been taken or disturbed.

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You must stop At 6:50 a.m. April 28, police approached a driver near the intersection of Fairway Avenue and Kinsey Streets because she had failed to stop at a school bus paddle. She said it was because her children distracted her. Police let her off with a warning.

You’re it At 10:40 p.m. April 30, police went to a park in the 6600 block of Azalea Way Southeast, responding to a noise com-

Around 7 p.m. April 26, a Schwinn bicycle was taken from outside the North Bend Library. The bicycle, a 21-speed mountain bike was leaning in the stand outside the library, not locked, when an unknown suspect took it.

Recharge results in arrest At 10:40 p.m. April 29, police saw two white males putting something behind the garbage can at a Shell gas station near the corner of North Bend Way and Ballarat Avenue. The two juveniles were actually plugging their phones into an outside outlet. One of them had a felony warrant for his arrest and was taken to the King County Jail. The second male was released at the scene.

No Ace Hardware for you At 5:30 p.m. April 30, police went to the Ace Hardware in the 300 block of Main Avenue South. An employee there waited for police while standing in front of an unoccupied vehicle with the keys locked inside. Police recognized the vehicle as belonging to a suspect. The employee told police the suspect is at the store every day and he suspects him of stealing items, although no police reports have been filed. The employee told police he wanted the man banned from the store but did not want to press charges. Police drove to the 300 block of East Second Street to find the man. Once contacted, the man became very upset, saying he had not stolen anything. Police advised the man that he was banned from the store. The man said he understood that the next time he entered the store, he was subject to arrest.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 8 a.m. April 29, firefighters responded to Sequoia Avenue for a woman with a nosebleed. ❑ At 4:22 p.m. April 30, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was treated and then transported to a hospital by a private ambulance. ❑ At 8:25 p.m. April 30, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by private ambulance.

MAY 12, 2011 ❑ At 12:11 p.m. May 2, EMTs and Bellevue paramedics were dispatched to Mount Si High School for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 4:01 p.m. May 2, firefighters responded to Snoqualmie Ridge for a residential automatic fire alarm. After an investigation, firefighters determined that it had been a false alarm. ❑ At 8:30 a.m. May 3, EMTs responded to Spruce Place Southeast for a 36-year-old female with a medical problem. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 9:30 a.m. May 4, EMTs responded to Mount Si High School for a 15-year-old male with a broken arm. His arm was put in a splint and he was transported by private ambulance to a hospital. ❑ At 1:07 p.m. May 4, EMTs responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge Kidney Center for an 88year-old woman with a medical issue. She was evaluated and taken to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 8:01 p.m. May 4, EMTs and Bellevue paramedics were dispatched to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital for a patient with severe injuries from a prior traffic accident. The patient was treated and transported to the trauma center by the medics.

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Valley Scout troop named best in district The Snoqualmie Valley’s Boy Scouts Troop 466 has been named the Alpine District Troop of the Year. The honor was given at an awards ceremony April 30. Several of the troop’s adult leaders also received honors at the ceremony. Joel Yoker was named as the Venture Crew Advisor of the Year, and Kelly Luna and Christine Nelson received Extra Mile awards for their volunteer work with the troop. The Alpine District has 24 Boy Scout troops, 33 Cub Scout packs, 11 Venturing crews, 10 Varsity teams and one Sea Scouts ship. Its territory includes Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Issaquah, Sammamish, and parts of Renton and Newcastle. fighters responded to a residential structure fire on 436th Avenue Southeast north of Interstate 90’s Exit 32. The firefighters were supported by Eastside Fire & Rescue units from Issaquah and Sammamish. ❑ At 6:06 a.m. May 10, firefighters responded to a multiplevehicle accident near Interstate 90’s Exit 25. The firefighters were supported by Eastside Fire & Rescue units from Issaquah. SnoValley Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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Like the state and some municipal governments, the King County Council has taken a step to shift the county to a biennial, or two-year, budgeting process. Officials said the shift to biennial budgeting extends the planning period for county departments to further examine and define budgets. The longer timeframe also allows the executive and council to improve program evaluation, enhance performance management and encapsulate cost-savings during the budget process. The council unanimously adopted legislation to set the schedule for county agencies to transition to a biennial budgeting process. The Department of Development and Environmental Services, the county permitting agency, is on track to join the Department of Transportation in delivering a biennial budget for the 2012-13 cycle. Voters approved a county charter amendment in 2003 to allow leaders to shift all county departments to biennial budgeting. The council adopted the timeline for adoption Feb. 28. Leaders expect all nongeneral fund budgets to transition to biennial budgeting for 2013, and all county agencies should deliver biennial budgets for the 2015 King County budget. The spending plan should be adopted in fall 2014.

The county Solid Waste Division is seeking businesses for the Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction list. The honor spotlights businesses for strong recycling, reuse and waste-prevention efforts. “Businesses of all types may be surprised how easy it is to improve their recycling habits, and how much they can cut costs in doing so,” Solid Waste Division Program Manager Karen May said. “The wide array of businesses in King County that make up this list prove that anyone can help the environment in their work setting.” The contest is open to all King County businesses outside Seattle. The county announces

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Pageant streak ends for Snoqualmie teen By Sebastian Moraga Karley MacMillan was 4 when she competed in her first pageant. She’s 13 now. She had won many trophies, but never the big one. She had been most photogenic, most beautiful, most this, most that, but she had never won a pageant in almost 10 years. On April 19, that all changed. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget how that felt. I felt so proud of myself, so accomplished,” she said. “I finally won.” MacMillan, a student at Snoqualmie Middle School, won the All-American Girl pageant’s state competition at Everett’s Holiday Inn, snapping a streak that had frustrated but never rattled her. Even after years of close calls, she went into the contest quietly confident. Near the end, she began picturing herself as the winner. “Seriously, I couldn’t picture anyone else, not to be snotty or anything, I just wanted it so bad,” she said. Girls in the contest compete on different levels according to age. MacMillan defeated six other girls in the Young Miss



category, the middle category out of seven. She had to answer questions about her future, her likes and dislikes, perform a dance number, and put on a formal dress and a casual dress. “It’s not about beauty, per se,” said Lisa Tribble, MacMillan’s mother. “It’s a scholarship program, a youthdevelopment program, so they are looking for a girl who’s confident onstage, can speak well with others and interact well with others.” Judges also watched how the contestants interacted with younger girls at functions during the weekend. “All-American Girl doesn’t want a girl who acts like a woman when she’s only a young lady,” Tribble said. MacMillan likes pageants and wants to compete in them for as long as she can, but she said she does not see herself going into Miss America-style competitions. She wants to be a pediatric nurse or a dancer — dancer because

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Karley MacMillan, 13, was recently crowned winner of the state’s AllAmerican Girl contest. MacMillan will represent the state in the Young Miss division of the national competition.

Some of the best art in the Valley has found a spring home at the North Bend Library. The Mount Si Artist Guild is hosting an exhibit this month at the library, showing pieces that include inks, watercolors, collages, acrylics and oils. “It’s a beautiful opportunity to use the library as a source for the community to be able to come,” the guild’s Eileen Erickson said. “There are so many artists in this area, it’s overwhelming to me, to see how they’re coming out of the woodwork, so to speak, and being able to display what they have.” This is the exhibit’s fourth year. The artists, who went beyond the canvas-worthy landscapes of the Valley to depict scenes from Africa and Europe, bring plenty of expertise to the walls of the library, Erickson said. Erickson and Audrey Zeder teach watercolor at the Mount Si Senior Center. Marcia Tuttle teaches at the Encompass preschool. Sandy Robinson held a class on sketching and drawing May 7. All four have pieces in the exhibit.

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Robinson’s work, ‘Green Eggs No Ham,’ joins others in the fourth annual Mount Si Artist Guild. A newcomer to the guild, Tami Donnelly also has pieces in the exhibit this year, an acrylic painting of koi and another of a deer. Donnelly said the guild artists themselves chose which pieces to display at the exhibit. Every piece at the guild’s exhibit is for sale, but not at the library. The artists’ names and contact information appear next to the piece, but prices don’t. “The library exhibition is not

a sale,” Erickson said. Only works by guild members, including Erickson’s, hang from the walls. For the second year in a row, a ballot box for visitors to choose a favorite hangs from the walls, too. “It makes people stop and look, take a little time,” Zeder said of the ballot box. At 11:30 a.m. May 21, the artists featured will stop by the library to talk about their art See ART, Page 12

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Obituary John ‘Neil’ Provo John “Neil” Provo, of Redmond, passed away Monday, May 2, 2011, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. He was 70. John was born Sept. 26, John Provo 1940, in Seattle, to Lillian and Isaac Provo. He was raised in North Bend, where he attended Mount Si High School. Neil entered the United States Navy at age 17. He served his country during Vietnam and

retired from the Navy in 1970. Following his call to service, Neil furthered his education at then-Bellevue Community College. On March 28, 1969, Neil married his longtime friend Gail Lewis in Reno, Nev. They have since divorced, but remained best of friends. Having joined the Navy to see the world, Neil spent his retirement years traveling around the United States in his motor home, visiting his many friends. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the BPOE. His favorite membership was Costco, where he spent countless hours shopping for friends and family! John is remembered by his family as a loving and generous father, grandfather and friend.

He was also a lover of animals and spent hours enjoying and spoiling his cats. He was very patriotic and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. Survivors include his loving children Neil Provo and Ti Refvem, of Redmond; and sister Faye Jones, of Sweet Home, Ore. He was preceded in death by his daughter Donna Provo and nine of his siblings. A funeral service was May 7 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home in Issaquah. A graveside service was May 9 at Mount Si Cemetery in North Bend. Arrangements were entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory, 392-6444. Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at


Relay for Life events are set through July Relay for Life organizers will host an all-middle-school, fundraising dance at Snoqualmie Middle School at 7 p.m. May 20. Tickets are $5. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 and 5, the Key Club will hold a garage sale at CTT Destinations, 8429 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Lastly, Relay for Life is selling entertainment coupon books for $20. The coupons

carry discounts and deals for local businesses and Seattlearea attractions. Learn more about the books and all of these events by emailing Lisa Newell, head of the Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life, at Relay for Life has been scheduled for July 9 and 10 at Centennial Fields in Snoqualmie. The opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m.

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Pageant From Page 10 she loves it and a pediatric nurse because of health troubles she had as a toddler. “She had open-heart surgery,” Tribble said. The experience with those nurses wasn’t the best, MacMillan said. Now, that same heart will carry this memory for a long time. And if she ever needs help remembering, there’s the crown, the scepter and the huge purple

robe. The pageant’s tradition suggests that the queen must sleep in the robe the first night of her reign, for good luck. “It’s. Really. Warm,” MacMillan said, emphasizing every word. She also won a photo shoot, a trip and a savings bond for college. The pageant will also pay for her entry fees at nationals in Oregon this summer. One of her duties is to participate in a walk for autism awareness. “That’s kind of personal to me,” MacMillan said. “My 4year-old brother is autistic.” Although she’s new at win-

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Crop Walk enters 12th year of fighting hunger By Sebastian Moraga In a way, every mile of the CROP Hunger Walk is golden. People stroll to raise money to combat hunger and poverty. And every bit helps. About $150 can buy wire and 100 chicks. About $500 can help repair a water well. This year, some of the miles really are golden. Those who are a little older or a little too young — think strollers — may take a different route from the walk’s 3-mile path around downtown Snoqualmie and still help. This path is a mile long and it’s called “the golden mile.” Golden or otherwise, this year’s CROP Hunger Walk begins at 12:30 p.m. May 15. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church is its start and finish, rain or shine, said Kathy Golic, a youth leader with the church

and one of the organizers of the walk. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Three-fourths of the money raised in the Valley’s walk will go toward Church World Service, an ecumenical nonprofit organization founded 65 years ago that trains people in at-risk areas to handle disaster before it strikes. According to more than 2 million people participate in CROP Hunger walks worldwide, raising more than $16 million. The remaining one-fourth of the money raised will go to the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank in North Bend. Organizations involved in the walk worldwide include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Baptist World Alliance, the

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Participants in the 2010 Crop Hunger Walk pass Saint Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie. Cooperative of Baptist Fellows and the Mennonite church. In the Valley, four churches organize the walk: Our Lady of Sorrows, the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, Saint Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church and Mount Si Lutheran Church. The first-ever CROP hunger walk was in Louisiana in 1969. More than 1,600 CROP Hunger walks occur each year in the United States, according to

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Church World Service’s website. “All these organizations are trying to eradicate hunger and promote peace and justice,” Golic said. She added that people seek sponsors or they may sponsor themselves prior to the walk. Some donors might designate certain gifts to other hungerfighting agencies, she added, but it can only be to agencies approved by the walk. “What we don’t want is for people to stand out there and pretend they collect for the CROP hunger walk and keep the money,” Golic said. “It has not happened here but it happened back East.” A potluck at Our Lady of Sorrows will follow the walk.

In early May, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce moved from a cramped, secondstory office on Falls Avenue into the historic brick building at the intersection of Falls Avenue and River Street. The building has been a bank, city planning offices and City Hall. Now, it will be a place to introduce visitors to the Valley. But the chamber needs help filling the space. It is soliciting donations of the following items: ❑ Magazine rack ❑ Cubicle panels ❑ Two computer monitor stands ❑ Three or four blue recycle bins (for under a desk) ❑ Two medium or large white boards ❑ Storage shelves, a cabinet or both ❑ Two waiting-area chairs ❑ Waiting-area end table ❑ Outdoor café table ❑ Three or four large art easels ❑ Plastic activity table for children ❑ Large indoor plants or trees (real or artificial) ❑ Small conference table with four to six chairs Email Cheryl Fulton at or call 8886363 to donate items.

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From Page 10 and technique for an hour, Erickson said. Besides the exhibit at the library, artists have found a niche at the Mount Si Senior Center. Earl Finch will show his work this spring and Michael McDeavitt will follow this summer. Later this year, a threegeneration exhibit of Ila Lamb, her daughter Celia and her granddaughter Julia will be featured. “It’s one of the reasons I keep teaching,” Zeder said of having three generations of painters attend her class at the senior center. The exhibit, Zeder added, is fun and all local. “It has something for everyone,” she said. “Children would enjoy it. Adults would enjoy it.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Mount Si tennis doubles pair splits up their time until postseason By Sebastian Moraga The road to doubles greatness in tennis is a single-lane highway for the Mount Si Wildcats. The team’s top doubles players hope for a repeat of their great 2010 run at districts, and yet, they have competed a great deal in singles lately.

“They’ve played singles and they’ve played doubles,” head coach Eric Hanson said. “But we’re sort gearing up for them to go to the KingCo tournament, and they did well last year. We’re just hoping they can repeat.” Bailey Barnard, who teamed up with Shelby Thomas, said on

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Bailey Barnard, playing in a recent singles match, wants to repeat the team’s performance in doubles last year alongside Shelby Thomas.

April 21 that the strategy will pay off. “We work better with our own strategies,” she said. “I’m good at net, she’s good at baseline, so we both just kind of decided to play singles for the next couple of rounds. Next week, we’ll play doubles.” Barnard’s aggressiveness coupled with Thomas’ groundstrokes made for an exciting tandem, and they made it to the third round at the KingCo conference last year. Barnard and Thomas have known each other since the sixth grade; now they are both seniors. And yet they did not discover they could play doubles well together until last year. “It kind of was sprung upon us,” Barnard said. That is not totally unusual for Mount Si players. Unlike their neighboring rivals, Mount Si players tend to first pick up a racket in ninth grade. Players from places like Mercer Island play from grade school on, and year round. In 2010, Thomas was the top ranked player and Barnard was No. 4. The two seniors in

Wildcat soccer team fights adversity, but loses in first round of playoffs By Sebastian Moraga At the beginning, adversity. An own goal left Mount Si behind 1-0 against Mercer Island, 13 minutes into their May 6 match. At the end, adversity. A penalty kick called in favor of the Islanders with three minutes to go in the first overtime threatened to break what was up to that point a tense 2-2 tie. Both times, Mount Si responded. It retorted to the own goal with two goals by Dane Aldrich. And it retorted to the penalty kick call by salvaging the tie, using a maneuver worthy of the pros. It started with head coach Darren Brown calling Dillon Oord, the senior goalie to the sideline. “Coach Brown said, ‘Just come on over, let this guy (the Mercer Island player) look at the goal and think about it, game’s on the line,’” Oord said.

Then, an assistant referee told Oord to get his braided mane in check. Lastly, Oord stopped to chat some more with a teammate for a second or two. Only then did he get under the three tubes. The kick was low and to the right. So was Oord’s dive. Draw

“We’re playing as a unit again.” — Dillon Oord Goalie preserved, loss averted. The tie gave Mount Si a ministreak of two games unbeaten entering the playoffs. “We’re playing as a unit again,” Oord said. Aldrich agreed, saying the team had worked harder than it had coming into the last two matches of the season. The tie also gave the team a measure of revenge against a Mercer Island team that had not

only beaten the Wildcats 3-1 early in the season but also taunted them during the Wildcats’ game against Bellevue on May 2. “They were all like, ‘We’re going to kick you guys’ ass on Friday,’” Oord said. “That gave us some extra fire going into tonight.” The Wildcats qualified as a lower seed than they hoped for at the beginning of the season, but Brown predicted the team would be ready. “We did some things tonight that are very, very positive going into the playoffs,” he said, mentioning the rally from 1-0 down to take a 2-1 lead. “We’re hungry and we’ll be ready for Lake Dub.” In spite of their efforts, the Wildcats were not in the playoffs for long. They lost in overtime 2-1 against Lake Washington May 9. “It was an honor this season to coach such a great group,” Brown said on the team’s website.

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Shelby Thomas, a talented singles player, has found some of the greatest success in the tennis team’s history doubling up with Bailey Barnard. between wanted to play singles, so Barnard and Thomas got paired. “Then, we just rocked it,” Barnard said. No Mount Si doubles team had ever advanced as far as they did in KingCo. Personalities meshing is just as important as games meshing, Hanson said, so their friendship helps. This year, Barnard plays it close to the vest. State is the obvious goal, but the girls keep any boast to themselves. “That would be awesome,” she said. “But we tend to lose to

the worse teams, because we psyche ourselves out and when we play the good teams, we just play. If we play our game, we can definitely achieve it.” One of their opponents this year has been close to unbeatable and unavoidable: rain. “We have only had five outside practices,” Barnard said. “That has hurt us.” Conversely, practicing inside has had its advantages. “Hitting against a wall, you get a pace that’s a lot faster,” she said. “So, when we play the faster teams, I think we’ll be ready.”

New course records are set in Snoqualmie Valley half-marathon June and July. The Cinco de Mayo race is the only one in Snoqualmie’s second annuthe upper Snoqualmie Valley. al Cinco de Mayo halfSteve DeKoker, of Seattle, marathon had new course broke away from the halfrecords set for the men’s and marathon’s lead pack to estabwomen’s divisions. lish a commanding lead. The More than 1,000 runners 30-year-old cruised across the came out for finish line at On the Web: the halfMount Si marathon, 8K ❑ Run Snoqualmie High School and Kid’s in 1 hour, 9 Mile races, ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Cup minutes, 2 despite chilly He weather. run_snoqual_cup.htm broke the Nearly 500 course record runners finished the May 7 of 1:10:58 by nearly two minhalf-marathon. More than 350 utes. That record was set in runners finished the 8K. In all, the race’s inaugural running 1,048 people participated in in 2010 by Phil Olson, of the races. Montlake Terrace. The race kicked off the In the women’s division, annual Snoqualmie Valley Sayaka Yoshinaga, of Seattle, Cup, which with the addition set a new course record when of the Cinco de Mayo 8K now includes four races in May, See RUN, Page 15 By Dan Catchpole

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Registration extended for martial arts tournament

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The deadline to register for a local martial arts tournament to raise money for wounded members of the U.S. Armed Forces has been extended to May 14. The Eric Ward Memorial Tournament runs from 2 to 7 p.m. May 14, at Mount Si High School. The tournament will be open to anyone age 13 or older, but minors will need consent from a parent or guardian. There are no restrictions on martial arts discipline. Wrestlers and boxers are welcome as well. Get information or register at

Return to base camp By Dennis Broadwell Snoqualmie residents Dennis Broadwell and Brian Dickinson are climbing Mount Everest, the tallest peak on earth. Broadwell owns Mountain Gurus, a climbing guide service; Dickinson is trying to climb the highest peak on each continent. Broadwell is filing regular dispatches from the trip. These have been abridged for the SnoValley Star. Follow him online at April 19 After reaching the top of Island Peak we rappelled down the headwall and descended the route. I was drained and immediately crashed in our tent at high camp. After lunch we walk back to the village of Chhukhung. I gladly let Naga, my head trekking guide, carry my pack. I went to sleep early and awoke feeling much more rested. I think with all of our long days trekking at high altitude my body needs rest. In Dingboche we said goodbye to our Mountain Gurus trekkers. It’s been a real pleasure spending the past three weeks getting to know everyone. They will be back in Kathmandu within a few days enjoying pizza, beer and hot showers, quickly forgetting the rugged mountain life they’re leaving behind. As for Brian, Pasang Temba and I, we’re off to Pheriche. We’ll spend the next two days

Run From Page 14 she finished in 1:19:44. She finished 20th overall. Like DeKoker, she had established a commanding half-mile lead on her closest competitor, Milah Frownfelter. The 27-year-old Yoshinaga broke the existing course record by four minutes, 39 seconds. The previous record was set last year by Frownfelter, of Seattle. The 33-year-old broke her own course time this year, finishing in 1:22:44. Brian Carroll, of Sammamish, won the 8K, finishing in 29:54. In the women’s division, Anita Behrbaum, of Auburn, took first place. The 46-year-old finished in 33:32. She finished

catching up on some muchneeded rest before heading back to Everest Base Camp to begin our climb. Again I bump into some old guide friends at the lodge. It’s fun to reminisce about past days climbing on Mount Rainier together. They say you can never get the mountain out of the man, and despite pursuing other careers and ambitions, these guys, like me, all have found their way back to mountain guiding. It’s an unspoken brotherhood — the mountains have a way of shaping and transforming you unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. My second day in Pheriche, I take a 10-minute hot shower with very low water pressure and put back on my dirty trekking clothes, although it’s still nice to feel somewhat clean again. I catch up on email, which I hope to upload as we pass the 3G tower in Gorak Shep tomorrow. I think about my wife and boys, and hope to call them tomorrow as well. It’s difficult being away from them so long. We’re all disappointed about not having 3G Internet access at Everest Base Camp. It was the big hype before arriving here. It will just mean I’ll need to hike down to Gorka Shep every week to update


Tents are set up at Mount Everest Base Camp. you all. April 20 I’m back at Everest Base Camp. I felt a little worn walking into camp, but after a few hours of rest and relaxation I started to feel upbeat again. Living at 17,600 feet is a real shock to the body. Everything takes longer to do … the lack of appetite and slow physical recovery is all part of living in this harsh environment. Brian decides he will go to Camp 1 tomorrow with Pasang Temba. As for me, I will spend another day getting over my Khumbu cough and just relaxing. We enjoy a nice dinner and turn up the dining tent heater. Veronique Dennys, a French Canadian climber, is sharing Base Camp with us. Like Brian, she’s working on climbing the Seven Summits. The next morning I wake to a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and I have Base Camp mostly to myself. I think this is the first time I’ve been sort of alone in three

21st overall. In 2009, she finished in third place in the standings for the Snoqualmie Valley Cup. Stephanie Harner, of Carnation, finished second in 34:20. She beat her course record, set last year when she finished second as well. The top local finisher was Holly Cleveland, of Snoqualmie. She finished in 38:22. Not far behind her was Chantal LeBlanc, of Snoqualmie, who finished in 38:32. The top local finisher for the men’s 8K was Dave LaTourette, of North Bend. He finished sixth overall in 32:05. For the half-marathon, the top local finishers were Ben Houlridge, of North Bend, for men and Sommer Reynolds, of Snoqualmie, for women. The 17-year-old Houlridge finished

weeks. The warm sun fills the dining tent; spring is finally coming to the Khumbu. The mountains look spectacular. The sound of helicopters fills the air all morning, dropping off supplies and ferrying off sick climbers. As for me, I feel great. I think all of our work acclimatizing is starting to really payoff. I feel much more rested, and my cough is beginning to subside. If all is well, I plan to go to Camp 1 tomorrow. Ngawang Lakpa, one of our climbing Sherpas, has carried loads to Camps 1 and 2 on Everest, while we were away climbing Island Peak. He has six summits of Everest from the South Side. Between him and Pasang Temba, we have two excellent and very experienced climbing Sherpas. Dawa, our Camp 2 cook, will help carry loads as needed. Once again, Mountain Gurus logistics guys have put together a great team. Now, all we need to do is climb the mountain.

Snoqualmie Valley Cup races ❑ Duvall Runs 5K/10K, June 5 ❑ Carnation Run for the Pies 5K, July 4 ❑ Fall City Days Runs 5K/10K, June 19 38th overall in 1:27:44. Reynolds finished 46th overall in 1:30:24. She beat her course record set last year by more than a minute. Lance Logan, of Duvall, launched his 2011 campaign for the Snoqualmie Valley Cup with a strong performance. The 46year-old finished the 8K in third place with 30:25. He finished second last year in the final cup standings and in third place in 2009.

Wildcats fastpitch squad wins six straight games in season’s second half Mount Si High School’s fastpitch squad improved its record to 11-5 after a six-game winning streak, that included taking both games of an April 26 doubleheader against Sammamish. The team finished the regular season 11-7 after dropping games to Bellevue and Juanita. Before it’s six-game run, the Wildcats had been on a three-game losing skid. Lauren Padilla pitched a complete game against Interlake on April 21 for the win. In that game, Jenny Carroll, Lauren Smith, Maura Murphy and Rachel Picchena all had RBIs. The day before, Murphy and Picchena led the charge against Liberty. Murphy had three hits, including a solo home run, and scored two runs. Picchena had two RBIs. Against Sammamish, Mount Si took two games with a combined score of 34-6. The Wildcats won the first game, 24-2. The offensive display included home runs by Carly Weidenbach and Smith. Weidenbach had five runs batted in. Kendra Lee picked up the win. Mount Si won the second game, 10-4. Padilla got the win.

Not far behind him, William Waters, of Bothell, finished the 8K in 15th place with a time of 32:55. In last year’s cup standings, the 61-year-old came in third place. For the 1-mile run, the top finisher younger than 13 was Sarah Christopherson, of Snoqualmie. She finished in 7:03. The fastest time for boys younger than 13 was Cooper Arons, of Snoqualmie. Arons finished in 7:30. His older brother, Spencer, trailed him by only four seconds. While the races went off smoothly, that wasn’t always a sure thing. Looking at weather reports for race day, organizer Sean Sundwall was concerned. “I was a little nervous about the weather, but runners around here are diehards,” he said.

“This is the weather we run in more often than not, so the weather really wasn’t a factor.” Slightly more runners came out this year than last year. Sundwall said he hopes the race doesn’t get too crowded. “I want people to have an identity in this event and not just be a number, which is actually a hint at one of the little upgrades I am planning for next year,” he said. That could mean runners will have their names on their bibs rather than an assigned number. Sundwall also said that the children’s run could be shortened next year. The next local race is Duvall Runs 5K/10K on June 5. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at



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Lego loving students rule the afternoon at Opstad Elementary By Sebastian Moraga The robots look so good, work so well, move so smooth. What else can a bright-eyed grade-schooler wish for? He or she can wish a classmate hurried while building his or her robot, so they can wrestle. “I’m going to put stingers on it to attack and claws to defend,” said Jack Carter, a grade-schooler at Opstad Elementary School and a member of OtterBots, the school’s Lego robot building club. Nevermind the hours spent building the robot with wheels, gears, motors and software commands. As Nancy Sinatra would say if she liked Lego robots, these ‘bots are made for wrestling. “I want to win,” Carter said. “I want to make this thing a champ.” Carter’s sibling Michael listens and smiles. These two have a score to settle, or rather, their robots do. The last time Michael’s robot wrestled Jack’s, Michael’s robot’s claw fell off. The retelling of the story makes Jack smile. “It’s not going to happen next time,” Michael said. The robots wrestle on a white board with a black edge. As long as the robot senses white, it

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Jack Carter preps his robot for an as yet unscheduled showdown with his brother Michael’s toy. keeps moving forward. Once the robots’ sensor senses the black border, it realizes it’s gone too

far and returns to the center. The children aren’t just learning how to thrash each other’s

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Teacher readies to rock in an unusual setting first performance in front of pupils and peers. A seasoned performer, Diana “This will clinch it,” she said, Young-Blanchard does not get adding that the performance rattled when the music starts. might increase her credentials But this time is different. The among students. audience will look familiar and It’s not a coincidence that the that’s a bit scary. concert is on Friday the 13th. Young-Blanchard, vocalist for The club wanted a date that was the hard-soul easy to rememband The DTs, ber. Doors open IF YOU GO will perform at at 7 p.m. the Mount Si Rock For Talk Tickets are $7 High School Mount Si High School in advance or auditorium Auditorium $10 at the door. with her group 7:30 p.m. May 13 Mount Si as part of a Tickets: $7 in advance, High School Rock for Talk $10 at the door student and fundraiser for Wildcat Idol the school’s veteran Chase speech and debate club. Rabideau will also perform. Young-Blanchard is a teacher Young-Blanchard said she was at Mount Si and the advisor of happy to have Rabideau on the the Speech and Debate Club. bill, calling him a great per“My students convinced me former with great charisma. to perform,” she said. “I like to She said she held auditions keep my teaching and my rock for the gig, but turnout was low. thing kind of separate.” A couple of people, she said, Young-Blanchard’s said her “chickened out.” rockin’ side is no secret around See ROCK, Page17 the school, but this will be her By Sebastian Moraga

Opstad Elementary teacher Dave Brun sits at a table filled with juice bottles and other goodies during Teacher Appreciation Day at his school. Parent Beth Hruska organized a juice bar for the Opstad staff.

ics, science and technology. “The first part is understanding how the components work together,” he said. “The second part is how to change things up.” As the students advance, the concepts do, too. Things like weight-speed ratios, wheel circumferences and 3.14 become part of their vernacular. Jack had never built a robot before, but he had always loved Legos and that’s why he signed up with OtterBots. Sprouse’s son Calvin builds a robot with the attention span of a neurosurgeon. His hands never rest and his eyes never leave the robot as he answers a visitor’s question. “It’s just really, really cool to have it wrestle,” he said. The last day of class will double as the robots’ ‘pistons’-atdawn moment. Only fourth- and fifthgraders may join the club for now, but next year Sprouse said he might allow third-graders. The Lego-building craze is growing nationwide, with the state’s first Lego League debuting this year. The school has chosen a league team. Now, the team

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By Laura Geggel They’ve directed plays, taught choirs and marching bands, led student trips to Washington, D.C., and roller-skated for a week during class. Kim and Dean Snavely, music teachers at Mount Si High School and Snoqualmie Middle School, respectively, plan to take a two-year hiatus from teaching while they earn their master’s degrees at Central Washington University. The couple plans to move with their two children to Ellensburg, the city where they both earned their undergraduate degrees and met before tying the knot. Dean began teaching in the Snoqualmie Valley School District in 1998, and Kim started two years later, in 2000. Dean teaches choir and band at Snoqualmie Middle School, where he has joked with, taught and pushed students academically for years. “Dean is an influential force and valued teacher, but more importantly, a remarkable person,” Principal Vernie Newell said. “It goes without saying, Dean is highly respected by students, staff and the community. His impact on student lives and the strong, infectious and energetic music program and culture he has created for both SMS and the community best characterizes Dean Snavely.” Dean is known for myriad activities, such as playing the tuba for the Seattle Sounders FC band, called Sound Wave, beginning an adult community band in Snoqualmie Valley in 2008 and taking his choir students on an annual trip to Leavenworth. “Understandably, filling Dean’s shoes is quite an undertaking, but I’m confident that we will continue to provide our students with an energetic and rich music program,” Newell said. Kim has an equally musical following at Mount Si as the choir and drama teacher. When she started in the district, there was one choir at the high school and one before-school choir at Snoqualmie Middle School. Under her leadership, choir became a daytime class at Snoqualmie Middle School, and

must wait until the Sept. 2 unveiling of its mission. Three months later, the team will present its robot, write a report about it and speak about what it does and why. In the meantime, the team gathers money for the mission. The first fundraiser is Aug. 21


Kim and Dean Snavely, music teachers at Mount Si High School and Snoqualmie Middle School, respectively, are taking a two-year leave in order to earn their master’s degrees. it also entered the school day at Chief Kanim and Twin Falls middle schools. Now, the school district has nine choirs, with four of them at Mount Si. “I’m very proud of the work we put into it,” she said, not to mention, “the theater program is going gangbusters.” Last summer, the couple attended the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City, learning theater and acting skills they could transfer to their students at Mount Si. By earning her master’s degree at Central, Kim will be able to keep her teaching certificate current and competitive. She said she is looking forward to working with Central’s Director of Choral Studies Dr. Gary Weidenaar. Both Kim and Dean will work as teaching assistants and receive a stipend while at Central. “At Central’s music department, the graduates are a pretty integral part of what we deliv-

er,” Weidenaar said. “We’re looking for people who have experience, who are learning while they are here, but are also sharing their experiences.” The drama and choral Mount Si Wildcats are already planning trips to visit their teachers. “It’s crazy,” Kim said. “I’m very excited. It’s going to be a really amazing opportunity to work with professors of this caliber and get to make music — I get to make music, not just be on the other side of the podium.” She called herself “heartsick” about leaving the Valley, but said she hopes to return in fall 2013. Teachers are allowed to take up to a one-year leave of absence. The Snavely duo can only request one year at a time, so they plan to request one now and the second one next year. “We’re gong to come back better teachers and be able to serve kids better than we are right now,” Kim said. “The path will be worth it, but it’s hard to say goodbye.”

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at the North Bend Theater, a showing of Pixar’s robot flick “Wall-E.” Having SumoBots is exciting, as is having a league team, but Sprouse’s sights are set higher. “My goal is to have all elementary schools doing it, all middle schools doing it and eventually have a high school team,” he said. “There are $17 million in scholarships for the high school competitions.”

more than raise money. “We want the people who attend to have fun, we want to fund raise money to keep the team running, but we also want to raise the profile of the club,” he said. Knight said the Speech and Debate Club is a small group, with about five members. Knight said membership ranged between eight and 10. The club prepares students for the future, YoungBlanchard said. “It gives them a voice and a way to express their views on an important issue,” she said. Members learn good research skills, how to behave professionally and overcome the fear of public speaking. Now, if only somebody could help her. “I usually am not nervous, but now I kind of am,” she said. “It’s different performing for your students.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee Meeting, 5 p.m. May 12, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. May 12, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Si View Metro Park District Board of Commissioners, 6:30 p.m. May 11, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. May 12, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. May 16, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. May 16, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. May 16, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Parks Board, 7 p.m. May 16, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Community and Economic Development Committee, 1:15 p.m. May 17, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. May 17, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. May 17, 411 Main Ave. S. ❑ Snoqualmie Arts Commission, 10 a.m. May 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Transportation and Public Works Committee, 3:45 p.m. May 18, 1155 E. North Bend Way ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m. May 19, 126 E. Fourth St.

Events ❑ Mount Si Artists Guild exhibit, through May 30, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. See artworks of local artists. ❑ Sno-Valley Youth Council, 7 p.m. May 12, Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Gary Shutes and John Hansen, 7 p.m. May 12, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Rock for talk, 7 p.m. May 13, Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie. Local bands will perform at a benefit for the Mount Si Speech and Debate Club. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. ❑ Defeyes with guest Tip to Base, 8 p.m. May 13, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Ocho Pies, 7 p.m. May 13, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Full Circle Farm tour, 1011:30 a.m. May 14, Full Circle Farm, 31904 N.E. Eighth St., Carnation. Get a glimpse of everyday farm procedures. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress

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Two members of Valley Center Stage perform a scene from “The Foreigner,” which opens May 12. Valley Center Stage presents “The Foreigner,” 7:30 p.m. May 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Check out this uproarious comedy set in rural Georgia. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors. Go to

for the weather. Fee: $5/individual, $12/family. ❑ Creating community beyond the farm: Native plant event, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. This will be a native plant planting project to benefit Meadowbrook Farm, put on by local Stanford University alumni. Volunteers are welcome. Call 445-0763. ❑ Annie Pulliam Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, 10 a.m. May 14, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Donna Crosby will share tips for finding ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. ❑ Big Jungl, 7:30 p.m. May 14, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Katy Bourne Quartet, 7 p.m. May 14, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Artists’ open house for Rick Lafleur and Dana Hubanks, 2-4 p.m. May 15, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. May 15, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Afternoon Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. May 16, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ App Night, 7 p.m. May 16, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Bring your iPad, iPod Touch or

Android phone, and yap about apps. ❑ Brigadoon auditions, 7-10 p.m. May 16-17, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, 36800 S.E. David Powell Road, Fall City. Email for an appointment and directions to the audition. Prepare a monologue and standard Broadway song. Neither should last more than three minutes. Bring a headshot or recent photograph, and résumé if you have one. No prior experience necessary. Go to ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. May 17, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7 p.m. May 17, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Eric Verlinde, 7 p.m. May 18, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. May 18, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 6-24 months old accompanied by an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. May 18, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ Teen study zone, 3 p.m. May 18, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Drop-in during scheduled study zone hours for free homework help in all subjects from volunteer tutors.

❑ Friends of Snoqualmie Library meeting, 6 p.m. May 18, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. This nonprofit group supports the library’s community role. Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. May 18, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. May 18, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Annual Snoqualmie Library book sale, May 20-25, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Proceeds support programs at the library run by Friends of Snoqualmie Library. For information or to volunteer, contact ❑ Snoqualmie Ridge Spring Community Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21-22, Snoqualmie Community Park ❑ Family Night at Si View, 6:30 p.m. May 20, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Come by for a game of bingo during the last family night of the school year. Light dinner and prizes are included. Suggested donation: $10/family. ❑ Mount Si Artists Guild exhibit: Meet the artists, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 21, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Meet local artists and see their artworks on display.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. Email research@snoqualmievalleyelk.o rg. ❑ 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 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 Apply online at 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 Ave. S., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

Classes ❑ CPR class, 6-9 p.m. May 10, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie. Fee is $5. To register, contact Liz Luizzon at 8881551 or ❑ S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Led by certified exercise instructor Carla Orellana. Call 888-3434.

Clubs ❑ Mental illness support group, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. 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. ❑ Mount Si Artist Guild meeting, 9:15-11 a.m. the third Saturday, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, ❑ Sno-Valley Beekeepers meets the second Tuesday at the Meadowbrook ❑ Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Go to Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing or go to


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