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Mount Si students get a taste of The Big Apple “It was worth it,” said band director Matt Wenman. “We The Mount Si High School played really, really well.” Jazz Band couldn’t hear the The band, he said, nailed it applause coming from North during the performance. He was Bend on May 9. They were at proud of the students and proud the Essentially Ellington compeof the more than 100 hours of tition in New extra rehearsals “The kids are already York City. But they did withthe locals were thinking about what songs out complainenthusiastic. ing. they want to play next A small conThe tingent of fans Essentially year.” sat in the North Ellington fesBend Theatre — Matt Wenman tival started in and watched Band director 1996. Bands the local stumade recordings dents as they of Ellington’s competed on stage at Lincoln music and submitted them. Center. Theatre owner Cindy Judges pick the finalists for the Walker set up the live stream groups’ interpretation, sound so people could see the perforand intonation, solos and soulmances on the movie screen. fulness. A professional musician This was the first year Mount visits the finalist schools for a Si made the prestigious comworkshop. Then the bands go to petition, one of only 15 high New York to compete. schools across the country to be None of the three local area invited out of the 94 bands that See JAZZ, Page 6 applied this year.

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Matthew Wenman (right), Mount Si High School music teacher, conducts the Jazz Ensemble, and senior Boone Hapke on tenor saxophone (center), through ‘Cottontail,’ by Duke Ellington during the Essentially Elllington competition May 9 in New York City. The picture was taken at the North Bend Theatre when the performance was streamed live.

Retiring chief remembers the passing years

Be part of Heart of the Valley photo

Picture this — you can be a star. Local photographer Mary Miller will take her third annual community picture at noon May 18 at Centennial Field, 39903 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. Everyone is invited to join the group shot. Miller usually shoots the images from above — climbing an extended ladder on a fire truck — to get the pictures. “We’re encouraging people to bring food and share it as a potluck after the pictures,” Miller said. Sign-ins begin at 11:45 a.m. Parking will be available in the park parking lot and at Snoqualmie Elementary School next door to the park. The pictures are posted throughout the Valley and used by both North Bend and Snoqualmie throughout the year.

By Sherry Grindeland Bob Rowe measured the passing years not by the calendar but by the children he watched grow up. As the fire chief for the city of Snoqualmie, he met children in kindergarten and first through third grades when the fire department taught fire safety in schools. He saw their wide-eyed wonder when they toured the fire station or examined the fire truck at community events. “The same kids I saw in elementary school are coming here for job shadowing and for sports medicine classes,” he said. “Now they’re young adults, coming to the fire department for CPR classes.” Rowe, who retired April 30, was the city’s first fire chief. He was hired in 1991 as the deputy chief – there was a director of public safety who oversaw both fire and police operations as one department. Rowe became the official chief in 2003 when Snoqualmie split the departments. See CHIEF, Page 2

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Chief From Page 1 “It’s been my honor to be the Snoqualmie fire chief for 15 years,” he said. “This is my second home and will always have a place in my heart.” He will be missed, said Mayor Matt Larson. “Bob Rowe was integral to the growth of Snoqualmie for the last 15 years,” said Larson. “Under his leadership, Snoqualmie went from an all-volunteer crew to academy-trained firefighters in a state-of-the-art facility. “As Snoqualmie grew, first response became a huge priority and he was there to make it happen. His service is greatly appreciated.” Rowe was replaced by Mark Correira. The two worked together for three months. “It is a nice luxury to have that much transition,” Rowe said. “We — the city — had done the same thing before Jim Schafer left the city police department. Steve (McCulley) was hired a year ahead to make the transition to police chief.” Although the fire department now has a staff of 12 plus 18 vol-

unteers, it is still small enough that even as chief, Rowe got to go on calls. “I got to help people,” he said. That’s one reason he went into the fire service. The other was a family connection. Rowe’s father was a firefighter with the city of Seattle. Rowe grew up going on campouts and picnics with other fire fighters and their families. It was also cool knowing his dad helped people. “When I was a sophomore in high school I looked at my dad’s life,” he said. “We weren’t well to do but we didn’t struggle. I decided to keep my nose clean and become a firefighter.” Like many firefighters, Rowe started his career as a volunteer. He volunteered at what was then the Angle Lake Fire Department (now SeaTac) and went to Bates VocTech where he was in the two-year fire service program. You finished the program, he said, when you got hired somewhere. For Rowe, that happened one year into the program when he was hired by King County Fire District 2. He was hired by

Snoqualmie when the city was ready to start its own department. He came aboard Jan. 1, 1999, for the transition to a city department. “I got to build the Snoqualmie Fire Department,” Rowe said. “This is it. We had a shoestring budget, but I got to build my vision.” The process was overwhelming at times, but he considers the result a success. He attributes much of that to the great support from the mayor and the City Council. During his tenure, Snoqualmie has grown from 2,900 to 12,000 residents; the budget has gone from $9.3 to $49.1 million. Call volumes increased from 400 a year to 1,100. The department has gone from one decrepit fire engine to two engines and two aid cars, plus an emergency management communication vehicle that most recently saw action as the command center for helicopter operations in the Oso mudslide disaster. He’s proud of the input the fire department had in the development of the Snoqualmie Ridge. They were able to influence the width of the

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By Sherry Grindeland

Bob Rowe shows off the plaque he received from the city of Snoqualmie. Rowe, the city’s first professional fire chief, retired April 30. The plaque shows his first Snoqualmie badge and his last. On the wall hangs a plaque his father, a Seattle firefighter, received when he retired. streets – so fire engines have access to everywhere and to weigh in on street names so there would be no confusion during emergencies because names sounded alike. The greatest danger firefighters face in Snoqualmie isn’t fires, Rowe said. “The biggest hazard is swift water rescue,” he said. “We have the falls and the river and they’re cold. And we have floods.” Indeed, one of the last official acts Rowe handled

was getting medals of valor for two firefighters who saved lives during water rescues. Rowe was ready to retire. “Being a fire fighter is a young man’s and young woman’s game,” he said. He plans to fish and crab and head to the Olympic peninsula for oysters and clams. Because his wife is still working at the Federal Way School District, travel is on hold. He added that his garage and yard need attention and

had a long list of projects around the house that never got done while he was working. “When I applied here, it was a crossroads in life,” he said. “I could have kept going on the path I was on to retirement. “Instead I took this path, the unknown one. When I look back, I chose the right one.” Sherry Grindeland can be reached at or 3926434, ext. 246.

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Culinary students give cuisine a fresh taste at high school By Emry Dinman Imagine a high school restaurant menu featuring crunchy fresh salads and spicy, bulging burritos, handmade daily by students. This tasty and healthy dream world exists at Mount Si High School where the Culinary Arts Department staffs the Wildcat Café with students passionate about cooking. “I want to know what’s in my food,” said Laura Tarp, the culinary arts instructor who oversees the café. The students of the cooking classes she teaches are often introduced to her culinary passion in this exclamatory way, quickly learning Tarp’s dedication to a healthy and natural diet. Perhaps due to her exuberance, Tarp is a favorite among students. “Mrs. Tarp is one of the best teachers,” says Asia Goodwin, a student at Mount Si who has worked in the café for two years. Goodwin believes Tarp has played a vital part in her education through the program, including, “cooking, job skills

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Ian Coy, Joe Gallegos and Ryan Stewart discuss meal preparations.

Sign-up now for Snoqualmie P-patches P-patches are available for Snoqualmie residents. No green thumbs required. The growing season has started and plots are now available for reservation. Grow fresh food such as organic produce and/or flowers and meet your neighbors. The P-patch is a public community garden owned by the city. For $25 for the season, residents can reserve the 6-by-12 gardens. Two plots can be reserved

and more.” “Everything we make is fresh,” said Tarp, “there’s not a lot of preservatives and junk. I

like to know what it is that I’m eating.” To help serve this goal, the café makes use of herbs pro-

vided by students and faculty in the horticulture department. Perhaps it is this dedication to quality food that rubs off

for $45. The city supplies the water and the gardeners provide the tools, labor, seeds and love. Choose from a P-patch in one of two locations: q Silva Street Gardens, 3862 Southeast Silva St. q Delurum Gardens, 7640 380th St. S.E. Download the P-Patch application and rules from the city website at Look under Parks & Recreation, and click on the P-Patch Program or reserve a plot in person at the City Parks & Recreation Department at

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Snoqualmie City Hall; conveying pertinent Arts Commission information to peers; and reporting on high school artistic events and activities to the committee. The students will also be asked to participate in citywide arts events. All levels and types of artistic background, experience, and leadership qualities will qualify candidates. A certificate of participation will be given at the end of term, as well as a letter of recommendation upon successful and satisfactory completion of the term. This can also be added as a

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onto to her award winning students. Recently, several students won awards at a Puget Sound regional competition hosted by SkillsUSA, a national organization dedicated to, “serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.” Award winners include Brandon Sletten, finishing second in the culinary category; Hunter Abbot-Heutmaker, who won first in the food and beverage service mock scenario; and Danielle Clark who was awarded a third place in baking. Both Clark and AbbotHeutmaker have worked in the café for four years. Clark, a lead cook at the café believes that this program has helped her work and social skills. She said the Culinary Arts classes bolstered her confidence in social situations. “ (The experience) extended me from being shy to wanting to go out and talk to people,” Clark said. The décor and design of the See FOOD, Page 5

civic affiliation on résumés and qualify for volunteer or community service hours. To apply, send a letter of application to Nicole Sanders, City of Snoqualmie, P.O. Box 987, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, or email nsanders@ci.snoqulamie. no later than May 24. Include details as to why the student wishes to serve on this commission and past relevant experience. Students selected will join the Arts Commission at its June 9 meeting. Questions may be directed to Sanders.

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Valley spirit supported the jazz band in N.Y.

Teachers deserve fairness

It’s a Snoqualmie Valley tradition. The support and community spirit is amazing and many congratulations are in order. This time it focused on the Mount Si High School Jazz Band that competed in the Essentially Ellington Festival last weekend in New York City. Although the band did not place in the top three, several individual students were singled out for honors. All the band members deserve recognition for making it to Lincoln Center. After all, only 15 high school bands from around the country were selected for this honor. Our band was composed of Connor Drake, Melanie Templin, Zach Tidwell, Will Crandell, Christian Henriksen, Gavin Treglown, Michelle John, Leslie Kolke, Jacob Stoddard, Sean Hecker, Jered Byford, JT Hartman, Andrew Oakley, Raine Myrvold, Hayden Kajercline, Cole Van Gerpen, Lizzi Young, Boone Hapke, Jacob Wachtendonk and Fletcher Van Buren. Matt Wenman was the teacher and director who inspired them. The kudos should be shared throughout the community. Start with the parents who supported their students during extra rehearsals. That meant extra driving and juggling family schedules. Then there was the financial commitment for extra lessons and trip expenses. Funding the trip took a community, too. A number of benefits were held to raise the $20,000 the band needed to make the trip. The biggest was the Little Town Blues party at Boxley’s April 2, a dinner show that sold out. The Kiwanis and Rotary clubs matched ticket sales that night — a generous move that helped the band meet its fundraising goal. Then there’s the ongoing support the Mount Si Band organization gives to all the school bands. Thanks to the high school administrators and the teacher: It is difficult to take time off when academics are so rigorous and absent days count against student grades. But the school folks were encouraging and recognized this as a fantastic learning experience. And, finally, big thanks to the business community and local residents who donated and cheered and bragged about the band. A great example of that was the last minute viewing opportunity that happened. When someone suggested that Cindy Walker, owner of the North Bend Theatre, open so people could watch the competition on a big screen, she was quick to offer her business’ help. Like we said, it’s a Valley thing to support one another and to support our students. Joe Heslet

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The SnoValley Star editorial printed in the May 1 edition and posted online condemned the Teachers Union for opposing Arne Duncan’s demand that our State adopt mandatory evaluation of teachers using high stakes tests of their students. The editorial claimed that if 41 other states caved to Arne Duncan’s blackmail, then so should we. By this logic, if 41 other states decided to throw their kids and teachers off of a cliff, then should we also? Diane Ravitch has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. She is one of our nation’s leading educational researchers. Here is what she has to say about using high stakes testing to fire teachers: “No other nation in the world has inflicted so many changes or imposed so many mandates on its teachers and public schools as we have in the past dozen years. No other nation tests every student every year as we do. Our students are the most over-tested in the world. No other nation — at least no high-performing

MAY 15, 2014 nation —judges the quality of teachers by the test scores of their students. Most researchers agree that this methodology is fundamentally flawed, that it is inaccurate, unreliable, and unstable.” The problem with using high stakes tests to evaluate teachers is that the tests are extremely unreliable. Typically, teachers rated as being in the top third of all teachers one year are in the bottom third the next year. The tests are no better than a coin toss. If this system were adopted in our state, you can be rated Teacher of the Year one year and be out of a job the next. Imagine firing reporters or doctors just over the flip of a coin. Heads you stay. Tails you go. Our students and teachers deserve an evaluation system that is fair and accurate. That is why the Teachers Union opposed caving in to Arne Duncan. They were opposing throwing our kids and our schools off of a cliff. I congratulate the teachers for opposing this injustice, protecting our kids and having the courage to stand up to Arne Duncan. David Spring North Bend

From the Web EFR adds oxygen masks for pets story What a wonderful idea, so that families with pets can have the hope if they are ever in a fire that their pets can be saved too and don’t have to die anymore just because of a fire. This is an awesome thing to have. Lorrie Miller via Twitter/email

No Child Left Behind is flawed

What a simplistic, incorrect, partisan-pandering editorial! It’s clear that the No Child Left Behind Act is fundamentally flawed and leads to many bad outcomes, including the destruction of well-operating schools. The problems in education in our state are complex and made worse by a lack of adequate funding, hence the McCleary Court decision. The situation is not made any better by oversimplifying it. Linda Grez

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Comments fly as new fishing rod is tested The problem Marvin Pincus had yesterday was simply time. You see, he’d found that newto-him but older-anyway deluxe glass Fenwick fly rod at a yard sale and snapped it up. While others had succumbed to the flyweight temptations of graphite, give Marvin a grand old glass Fenwick and just turn him loose. This rod was for a four-weight line, which he didn’t have, so he had to go to the store and outfit himself with all new everything for it. So by the time he had his “outfit” ready to fish, it was late afternoon. The fish would have to wait until tomorrow. Flogging (gracefully of course) the waters of Lewis Creek would have to wait until tomorrow. But Marvin wasn’t going to wait until tomorrow. Not with a brand-new (to him) Fenwick! So he walked out in the street in front of his house and began casting. Oh that back cast was smooth. The line just went lazily back there, and then, with a master’s touch, he flicked his wrist forward and the line came over, traveled out to a spot about three feet above the asphalt, and the fly quietly fluttered down.

Even without water, Marvin could feel the fly fisherman’s unspoken thrill at doing something so well people Slim Randles would stop to Columnist watch. It was a ballet, like those girls do with ribbons in the Olympic games, but this … he just smiled. And it was the first time his fly casting had ever stopped traffic … literally.

He stepped out of the way to let the car go by. Ten-year-old Johnny Symmes rolled down his window in the back seat of the car. “Catchin’ anything, Mr. Pincus?” “Little slow without water, Johnny. But I’ll keep trying.” “Without water?” Marvin grinned. “It’s okay,” he said, “I’m using a dry fly.” Slim Randles can be reached at Brought to you by Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing. Have a look.

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Women Build Week brings out the female workforce By Sherry Grindeland Four homes in Snoqualmie’s Koinonia Ridge development benefited from a women’s touch May 3-11. The female volunteers were participating in the Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week. Whenever a family living in a Habitat home moves out, the building is renovated for a new family. That’s good news according to Lisa Samuelson, spokesperson for the Seattle-King County Habitat program. “It opens up a home for someone else on the list,” she said. “And it often means the original family has moved on to a market-value house. “ Habitat residents are required to sell their homes back to the organization when they leave the area or move into a different house. Because they make monthly mortgage payments, they build up equity in the house. That helps when they moved into regular housing if they need money for a down payment. See HABITAT, Page 8 By Greg Farrar

AmeriCorps worker Erin Mathre, of Snoqualmie (from left), Habitat for Humanity employee Gena Guillen, of Renton, and AmeriCorps worker Colleen Ames, of Seattle, add fresh coats of paint to what was formerly a purple-walled child’s bedroom.


Food From Page 3 alcove that serves as the Wildcat Café’s home is reminiscent of an old-school milkshake and burger diner. The smell of freshly baked cookies and crisped bacon draws in students from across the lunchroom. On an average day, the Wildcat Café serves more than 100 diners. Though the food is prepped, cooked and assembled at lightning speed, the lines often get long. The café isn’t a learning ground for just culinary arts students. It draws from multiple departments for materials and assistance. “When we do advisory board dinners or anything big and fancy,” said Tarp, “the horticulture class does our centerpieces.” A chalkboard menu which swings above the cash register was handmade by students in the art department, while a digital menu flashing on a flat screen was designed by the digital arts department. In fact, the entire room was created with the help of students. “The (Career and Technical Education) construction crew department remodeled the inside,” says Tarp. “When I came here it was a counter. And a drawer and a shoebox. So we’ve come a long way.” A flyer taped to one side of the kitchen constantly reminds students that the purpose of the program is to provide opportunities for students to “demonstrate mastery of entry level employment skills, competencies and character education essential for success in the work place.” More certain of herself because of this program, Goodwin looks to the future. “I definitely am interested in a profession in culinary arts and I hope to go to a culinary school in the near future.”

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Chad Magendanz enters race for second term in state house By Peter Clark Issaquah Press reporter Rep. Chad Magendanz (R-5th Issaquah) wants to continue putting education front and center. After a busy freshman term in the state House, Magendanz said he has learned a lot and had a great time doing so. He kicked off his re-election campaign May 9 to seek another two years in the Legislature. “I’m having a blast,” he said. “It’s very rewarding. It can be frustrating, but when you connect with people, it’s really rewarding.” Joining a polarized Legislature did not slow down the former president of the Issaquah School Board. Magendanz said he has had no problem crossing the aisle to begin to create solutions. “The movement as a minority party member really surprised me,” he said, referring to the Democratically controlled House. “I’ve had allies from both sides. There are just so many ways to get stuff done in Olympia.”

As the new ranking Republican member of the House Education Committee, Magendanz said his main focus for a second term would continue to be finding ways to fund K-12 education and seeking compensation reform for teachers. The 2012 McCleary v. Washington State Supreme Court case found the state’s lackluster funding of basic education unacceptable and required the Legislature to find more money. The state needs to find $5 billion for basic education by 2018 and Magendanz said he can help do just that. “McCleary is going to suck all of the oxygen out of the room,” he said. “There is a lot of work left to do and I’m increasingly in a position to do it.” Specifically, he would like to bring back House Bill 2797, which he introduced in the 2014 session. It would have sold $700 million in lotterybacked bonds to fund K-3 classroom construction. While it passed through the House 90-7 with

bipartisan support, it never reached the floor of the Senate for a vote. He said he also wants to continue his work on levy reform and compensation reform. In his first two years, Magendanz said he has received continual approval from the region. “There’s been a lot of local support,” he said. “I think I reflect the district in many ways. I’m a prochoice, fiscally conservative Republican.” Magendanz has also learned that local politicians have a responsibility to bring the issues closer to home. “I worry that so much of politics is a sound byte and so few are willing to dig deeper,” he said. “We need to find a way for people to get more involved with the education of their children.” Still, he believes progress can happen and is seeking re-election to help shape it. “I’m just grateful that I’ve had so much support from the people,” See HOUSE, Page 7

CROP Walk will raise money for Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank

The 14th Annual Snoqualmie Valley CROP Hunger Walk will start at 12:45 p.m. May 18 at Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave. N.E., North Bend. CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is an international fundraising effort by Church World Services. Walk-in registration begins at 12:15 p.m. Participants and volunteers will celebrate after the walk with a community barbecue. The Snoqualmie Valley CROP Hunger Walk is organized by the Snoqualmie United Methodist, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic, St. Clare’s Episcopal and Mt. Si Lutheran churches. Participants can choose between a one-mile or three-mile route through the Meadowbrook Farm.

Jazz From Page 1 school bands — Mount Si, Roosevelt and Garfield high schools - placed in the top three although Garfield won an honorable mention. The Tucson Jazz Institute, from Arizona,

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Seventy-five percent of the funds raised will support international relief and development work and the remaining 25 percent will support the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. More than $1,500 was donated to the local food bank from the 2013 Hunger Walk. “Your gifts make a big difference in the lives of hungry and vulnerable people around the corner and the globe,” said Heidi Dukich, executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. To learn more, register a team, join a team or make a donation visit or call the CWS Pacific Northwest office at 206-988-1622 or email

Northwest Railway Museum gets expert help from crew The Reinforcement Crew is coming to won; Jazz House Kids from New Jersey finished second and the Dillard Center for the Arts from Florida was third. Individual local students fared better. Pianist Conner Drake was recognized as outstanding. Bass player Christian Henriksen was also singled out. Boone Hapke received an honorable mention for his tenor

Snoqualmie May 17 to help Northwest Railway Museum pack its research library. In museum circles, this is the equivalent of having a cadre of expert landscapers spend a day helping you with your yard work. The Reinforcement Crew is made up of museum registers from around the United States. They are in the Seattlearea for the annual American Association of Museums meeting. This will be the seventh annual Reinforcement Crew day. The purpose is to help small museums with their cultural and heritage collections by bringing a team of experts for a day of labor. Peggy Biarchi, marketing manager at the Northwest Railway Museum, said the crew will pack the library contents. The materials will be stored until the planned Library and Archives See CREW, Page 8 saxophone playing and Leslie Kolke was rated outstanding on the trumpet. Mount Si’s trombones, trumpets and rhythm sections were also honored. Wenman said the students came away inspired – and they hope to go back. “Having tasted the whole thing, the kids are already thinking about what songs they want to play next year,” he said.

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Obituary Michael T. Cruse Michael T. Cruse, of Seattle, formerly of North Bend, passed Sunday, May 4, Michael T. 2014. Cruse A celebration of life was held May 9 at Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend. View photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www. — Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444

House From Page 6 Magendanz said. He said the Legislature has been thoughtful about how to limit spending growth and seek more money for teachers. “As long as we keep these priorities, I think we can get things done.” Currently, Magendanz has no challenger in the campaign for the 5th District seat. The deadline for candidates to file is May 16. Learn more about Magendanz at vote4chad. com.

Police and fire reports North Bend fire Assistance not required

One engine was dispatched at 8:15 a.m. May 3, to the 400 block of Stow Avenue South to provide public service assistance, but their assistance was not needed.

Neighbor assist One engine was dispatched at 4:29 p.m. May 3, to the 43000 block of Southeast North Bend Way to provide public service assistance to another governmental agency.

Problem fire One engine was dispatched at 12:00 p.m. May 6, to the 12300 block of 434th Avenue Southeast to respond to some unauthorized burning.

Hotrod One engine was dispatched at 4:20 p.m. May 7, to the 100 block of Southeast Homestead Road to respond to a passenger vehicle fire.

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malfunctioning. The alarm could not be reset and so a technician was called.

All’s well that ends well

Firefighters were dispatched at 5:05 p.m. May 1, to respond to a bark fire in North Bend. The call was cancelled en route. Apparently the fire went out on its own.

It’s probably fine Firefighters responded at 6:07 p.m. on May 1, to Stellar Way Southeast to a gas smell. The crew searched the area and found a slight smell of propane but were unable to determine the source. The smell was not enough to cause a problem, and the caller was advised to call back if it got worse.

Smells like burning Firefighters responded at 7:38 p.m. May 3, to Baker Avenue due to the smell of gas in a home. Investigation revealed the smell was caused by a malfunctioning gas stove.

Make it stop Firefighters responded at 4:58 p.m. May 6, to Snoqualmie Self Storage for a fire alarm. After investigation, crews found nothing, the alarm was

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In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie firefighters responded to 15 medical aid calls bringing the total 2014 annual call number to 370.

Snoqualmie police serving North Bend and Snoqualmie That’s what friends aren’t for

Police responded at 6:31 p.m. May 3, to the 300 block of West North Bend Way to a robbery. The transient victim befriended a hitchhiker and bought the subject some tobacco. They walked to a secluded place under a bridge where the subject pushed the victim down and took his wallet. An area check for the subject was negative. There were no injuries on the victim.

Late night drive thru costs more than calories Police responded at 11:15 p.m. May 3, to 735 Southwest Mount

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Si Boulevard to a driver under the influence. The adult male was going through a drive thru when he hit a curb, alerting officers. The officers pulled the man over and arrested him for a DUI. His car was towed.

Drifters gonna drift Police responded at 4:42 a.m. May 6, to 742 Southwest Mount Si Boulevard to suspicious circumstances. A male was looking into windows near a Mexican restaurant. Officers contacted the transient behind Los Cabos where he said that he would pack up his belongings and hitchhike back to eastern Washington.

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Police responded at 9:27 p.m. May 6, to the 14600 block of 484th Avenue Southeast to a threatening male subject. The caller was yelled at and threatened by the subject while driving. She believes the subject may have been drunk. He then followed her into a hotel parking lot where he called her names and told her she was dead. Then the subject lingered in the parking lot in his vehicle.

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Police responded at 5:50 p.m. May 7, to a call from the 39000 block of Spruce Street regarding a break in. The caller stated that an unknown subject walked into her home that morning while she was in the shower between 9:10 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. She says she found a strange brochure left on her couch when she came out of the shower. The caller did not see anyone.

Not so smoothie Police responded at 11:12 a.m. May 7, to Emerald City Smoothie at 113 Bendigo Boulevard North to a call about suspicious circumstances. An employee reported that a man was in the front parking lot. He looked like he had been beat up. The subject was stumbling around and urinating on things. Officers arrived and gave him the chance to walk to his mom’s. The subject then pulled his pants down and lay down on the sidewalk. The subject was then detained. The Star publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.


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Habitat From Page 5 Of the 350 homes in the Seattle-King County Habitat communities, 20 families have taken their accumulated equity and moved into

other living situations. The buy-back program means the Habitat homes remain part of King County’s affordable housing programs. At the Koinonia Ridge, different teams of volunteers worked each day. They were supervised by AmeriCorps members who

are assigned to Habitat, such as Erin Mathre, of Snoqualmie. She’s usually on the team that works out of the Habitat repair center. “I’ve learned a lot being on the repair team,” Mathre said. “I’ve learned everything from laying flooring to how to repair

drywall. I’ve gotten good at taking out and replacing toilets, too.” The crew she worked with on May 9 consisted mostly of Delta Airline employees. The day before she had helped lead women who were in the same spin class at the Bellevue YMCA and on

MAY 15, 2014 May 10 she was going to work with Junior League of Seattle members. One of the Delta employee participants was Tammy Aguilar of Lake Forest Park. She’s been participating in Habitat projects since the 1980s. She has worked on international building in Nepal, Haiti and Santa Domingo. She has also worked at other Habitat homes elsewhere in King County. Like Mathre, the experience has made her an expert – in painting. “I’ve gotten really good at painting,” she said. “Painting is always good

Crew From Page 6 Center can be built. “The fun part is that we will be using the train to move it from the (Snoqualmie) depot to the storage area at the restoration center,” she said. Having experts help, she said, means it will be archived properly and packed to keep the files, photographs and docu-

because you get instant gratification.” For the Delta employees, they saw the difference after the first brush strokes. They were repainting rooms that had been purple and red. “That’s the beauty of Habitat for Humanity,” Samuelson said. “Because the residents essentially own their home homes, they can paint the rooms whatever color they want. It is their house, not a landlord’s, and theirs until they no longer need it.” Learn more about Habitat for Humanity at

ments from being damaged while it is stored. The Reinforcement Crew will also be volunteering at the Historical Society of Federal Way, Issaquah History Museums, and Rainier Valley Historical Society, Seattle. The Northwest Railway Museum was founded in 1957 and is the largest and most comprehensive railway museum in Washington State. For more information visit:

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Maralack continues medalist streak, three golfers head to district

“Caitlin is the best player in the history of Mount Si High School.”

By Sam Kenyon

Mount Si will send three golfers to the district tournament, including one sophomore who has taken first place in every single tournament this season. Caitlin Maralack once again took first place with a score of 71 at the KingCo Medalist Tournament on May 12 at the Snohomish Golf Club, adding to a streak of 11 first-place finishes. “You don’t win 11 tournaments in a row because it’s an accident,” said Matt Campbell, first year head coach for the Mount Si girls golf team. “She’s coachable, she’s friendly, she cares, and she’s just damn good,” he said. Maralack’s incredible streak is not something Campbell, a lifetime member of the PGA and 26 year pro, has ever seen before. Campbell played golf for Mount Si from 1984-88 and has worked at the Mount Si Golf Course for 25 years. If another Wildcat had ever performed like Maralack is now, Campbell would have seen it. “Caitlin is the best player in the history of Mount Si High

— Matt Campbell Coach


The Mount Si golf team includes, from left, Tabitha Dorn, Bianca Backman, Caitlin Maralack, Amanda Urbasich and Kara Murry. School,” he said. “Nobody compares to her.” Maralack will look to continue her streak of first place medals at the 3A District Championship Tournament

on May 19 at Riverbend Golf Course in Kent, where she will be joined by two fellow Wildcats, senior Tabitha Dorn and sophomore Bianca Backman.

Backman made the cut off to get to districts with a dramatic three-player playoff at the end of her round. Only the top 20 golfers from all the schools advance to districts, and

Seniors lead Wildcats to title game

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Breshears are the three captains for the Wildcats. They have had a tremendous year for Mount Si, leading their younger teammates by setting the bar high with their performance. “They lead by example,” Habben said. “Evan’s one of the toughest outs in the league. “Usselman is untouchable on the mound. Carson is solid defensively, it’s great having him as the captain of the infield.” The three have racked up serious accomplishments and high-

The Wildcats finished their regular season with a disappointing 2-0 loss at Liberty high school. The final match of the season on May 6 was the second loss in a row for Mount Si. The slump at the end of their conference schedule was frustrating for Coach Darren Brown. “We’re not executing,” said Brown. “We’re not doing the things we’re supposed to do.” With the loss, the Mount Si conference record puts them in second place in KingCo, just behind Liberty. The Wildcats will have home field going in to the KingCo Tournament. Despite the high ranking and the home field advantage, Brown felt his team has been underperforming. “We’re No. 2 but I don’t think we deserve it at this point,” he said. “Not the way we’re playing.” The match was fairly even in terms of possession time, with Liberty and Mount Si trading attacks at the opposing goals. Both teams defense held strong all through the first half where the match went scoreless. In the second half, Liberty

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By Sam Kenyon Once again the Mount Si Wildcats will play for the KingCo Championship. Their 2-1 win over Mercer Island on May 12 advanced them to the final game of the KingCo tournament where they will try to build on their dominant legacy. “It means a lot,” senior captain Carson Breshears said. “It’s what we’ve worked for all year, all off season. For this game right here.” Mount Si faced Juanita in the championship game on May 13. The game was played after The Star press deadline; the results will be posted at The game against the Islanders was a low scoring defensive matchup with both teams keeping runners from reaching home. Senior captain Zach Usselman threw all seven innings, earning five strikeouts and giving up just four hits. “Usselman threw a great game,” said head coach Zach Habben. “It was his game and he took it.”

Backman was in a three-way tie for 20th place with a score of 93. The three re-shot the ninth hole, a par four, with the best two scores advancing to state and the third falling into the role of alternate. After an excellent second stroke to put her on the green, Backman sank the ball in two putts to make par. Her score was the best of the three, making her the third Wildcat to represent Mount Si at districts. “I was dying,” Maralack said of watching her teammate in the tight playoff finish. “I couldn’t look. I couldn’t breathe.” Dorn shot 90 and is looking to get to state for the third year in a row. She was pleased with her performance, especially because she continued to meet her personal goal of developing the mental aspect of her game.

By Sam Kenyon

A Wildcat player points out something on the field as Zach Usselman delivers a pitch. Usselman scored the first run in the top of the fourth after getting on base with a single. Senior Chris Solomon advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Then senior Jason Brown hit an RBI single to bring Usselman home. In the sixth, Breshears batted in the final run for the Wildcats with an RBI single that brought junior Zach McConnell home from second base. Mercer Island was able to earn one run in the second half of the sixth, but that lone score wasn’t enough to keep Mount Si from

moving on to the championship. “Defense was solid, pitching was great, and we got the runs when we needed them,” Habben said. The team’s older players know exactly what another run at a KingCo title means for Wildcat baseball. “We’re creating our own legacy here,” said senior captain Evan Johnson. “This will be our fourth year in a row in the KingCo championship game. We just want to get that one more win.” Usselman, Johnson and

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broke through the Wildcat defense and scored off a corner kick with 23 minutes remaining in the match. For the next 11 minutes, the two teams battled, trading attacks and possessions with intensity. Wildcat cocaptain, junior Colton Oord, picked up a yellow card after an aggressive slide tackle. Then Jensen put in a second goal for the Patriots - a straight shot from 20 yards out that fell just behind the Mount Si keeper, junior Bruce Corrie. The Liberty crowd erupted once again. The team must rally from the last two losses and head into the postseason with a strong mentality if they want to succeed. Brown said he didn’t like where his players were emotionally. “We better get it figured out,” he said. “These guys better be ready to play.”

lights throughout the season. Johnson, who plays right field, is hitting a monster .385 for the season with two home runs and 23 RBIs. In April against Lake Washington, Johnson was the hero of the game with a tworun walk-off home run. The RBI Johnson picked up with that walk-off was none other than his fellow captain Breshears. “I know Breshears is always getting on base, so I’m just looking forward to getting up when he’s on because I know he’ll score if I put the ball in play,” Johnson said. Shortstop Breshears does get on base. He leads the Mount Si lineup and has nearly as impressive a batting average as Johnson at .378. Breshears has also racked up four triples, eight stolen bases and 17 RBIs over the season. He has scored 26 times. Usselman has had a powerful season on both offense and

Golf From Page 10 “Overall, I think I’ve done much better about keeping my composure on the course,” she said. “I tried not to get angry with a poor shot and I was just having a blast out there.” For her final year as a Wildcat she wants to repeat her last two season’s appearances at state.

“This year as a senior, all I can hope for is making it again,” she said. Dorn’s focus on the mental part of golf is a point of pride for Campbell, who preaches to the team the philosophy of golf alongside the physical technique. Mental focus and confidence are an enormous part of the game. The team has internalized one of their coaches more frequent lessons. “Some of the best

Errors allowed Mount Si to squeak into the next KingCo round

Mount Si advanced to the next round of the KingCo tournament with a win over the Liberty Patriots on May 10. The 3-0 shutout came on the back of some excellent pitching by senior Tanner Simpson. “Tanner Simpson, just lights out,” said head coach Zach Habben. “Completed the game in 58 pitches. It was unbelievable.” Simpson threw all seven innings, giving up just six hits and earning five strikeouts. Runs were scarce in the defensive contest where both teams went scoreless until the fourth inning. Then Mount Si went up one off a sacrifice fly by senior Chris Solomon to bring home senior captain Evan Johnson.

defense. He is a starting pitcher with more innings thrown than any other Wildcat pitcher. He has thrown 49 strikeouts and given up only 33 hits all season. Mount Si has won six of the seven games that he has started. When he isn’t pitching, he goes to the other side of home plate and plays catcher. But regardless of his position, he brings the big bat every game.

words I ever heard were ‘the score on your card at the end of the round in no way shape or form defines you as a person,’” Campbell said. It the Wildcat success is any indication, the coach’s lessons have sunk in. “There are a lot of

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The Wildcats put up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to place the game out of reach. A pitching error and momentary lapse on defense by the Patriots were all the leverage Mount Si needed to take the victory. “We took advantage of a couple of their mistakes, a couple errors, and that was the difference right there,” said Habben. Even though they got the win, the bats were cool for the Wildcats. The team had only two hits out of 20 at-bats for a low .100 average. The Patriots didn’t fare much better with only six hits for a .250 average. But the timely errors and walks from the Liberty pitching gave the Wildcats an opportunity that they pounced on to walk away with the victory.

He hit for .317 this season with three home runs and 16 RBIs. In back to back games in April, Usselman smashed two grand slams. All three captains will play baseball at the next level. Breshears is committed to Oregon while both Johnson and Usselman are going to be playing for Bellevue College. After the win against the

things that the game of golf teaches you,” Maralack said. “This is just an amazing sport.” Sam Kenyon can be reached at or on Twitter @samuel_kenyon.

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Islanders that sent them to the championship game, Usselman reflected on the team and the season. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said of the team’s victory. “I love these guys. They come in day in day out, they perform, they’ve got my back on defense. We’re a team. We’ve been a team for three years and we’re going to do it again.”


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