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Intruder stabbed in North Bend

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Man may have robbed home the day before By Sara Jean Green Seattle Times staff reporter

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As her husband struggled with an intruder inside their North Bend home early May 13, a young mother grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed the man, who may have been the same person who had attacked her hours earlier in a home-invasion robbery. “From what I understand, it was a pretty brutal battle,” neighbor Steven Vadjinia said. “It’s tragic for the person (who died), but it was a fight for their lives.” The intruder apparently targeted the home shared by three generations of a family at random, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. No one in the home knew the intruder, she said. “The whole scenario is terrible,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said. “It seems totally random. We don’t see any indication of why this house would’ve been targeted.” According to the sheriff’s office, the 26-year-old woman, her mother and her 7-month-old daughter were inside the house owned by the woman’s parents when a man in his 40s entered through an unlocked back door a little after 1 p.m. Sunday. The man punched the younger woman and dragged her by her hair. “He had a hold of her by her ponytail, so she didn’t get a real good look at him,” West said. The woman gave the intruder some cash and the man fled, she said. The woman and her mother called 911, but a sheriff’s K-9 team was unable to track down the intruder. Then, a little after 1 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to another 911 call from the home in the 10100 block of 420th Avenue Southeast after an intruder had been stabbed. He See STABBED, Page 5

By Mary Miller

The theater owners have diversified beyond movies, such as hosting acts during this year’s Blues Walk.

The tranquil image of the small-town business Cindy and Jim Walker imagined when they purchased the North Bend Theatre has crashed head first into the business side of Hollywood. The proprietors of the singlescreen movie house on Bendigo Boulevard were told they must invest in digital projection equipment to meet the requirements of distributors or lose access to the latest film releases. The owners of the 72-year-old theater have turned to the community to save their beloved movie house. “We quietly hoped that the North Bend Theatre would escape the digital revolution and continue to exist in the world of 35mm film for years to come,” Cindy Walker admitted. “But, such is not the case. Film is rapidly disappearing as movie distributors ramp up their complete conversion to digital distribution and projection of movies.” See THEATRE, Page 3

Snoqualmie Valley School Board will hold focus groups about possible bond By Megg Joosten After five failed funding measures in recent years, the Snoqualmie Valley School Board will go to the people to hear what they want in a bond measure for schools. At least, a few of the people. The board at its May 9 meeting set the dates for two public focus groups that will look at school bond options. At least three board members will attend the focus groups, and each board member will invite members of the community to participate, according to Carolyn Malcolm, public information coordinator for the school district. “They are by invitation only,

because they want to get a representative group,” Malcolm said. “People have been more likely to come if they get a personal letter or call.” Although participation in the focus groups is by invitation only, the public is invited to observe, Malcolm said. Anyone who is interested in serving on a future focus group can go to to fill out a volunteer form. The proposed bond will help alleviate the growing population at the middle school and high school levels, Popp said. At the focus groups, the three scenarios for the bond will be discussed. Scenario one will be to expand Mount Si High School

and bring it up to 21st century standards, Popp said. In doing that, the freshman campus opening this fall would be returned to its original state as a middle school. A massive high school renovation would be the fastest way to return the high school to a four-year campus, but it requires a larger, upfront investment, Popp said in a phone interview. Scenarios two and three include improving the high school in phases that would take longer than scenario one, Popp said. That would require a third middle school to be built because the freshman campus would then need to remain as See BOND, Page 6

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Valley students receive awards in state art competition Two students from Cascade View Elementary School and one from Fall City Elementary School were honored with an award at the Reflections program, a cultural arts competition hosted by the Washington State PTA,

according to a Snoqualmie Valley School District Press release. CVES second-grader Jacob Crow earned a merit award for “Helping Hands” in the film category. Morgan Bush, a CVES

fourth-grader, won an award for excellence for “Wish Upon a Wishing Star” and “Untitled-4” Eagle, a visual arts submission. Joshua Ehrenberg, a second-grader at Fall City, won an award of merit for

his photo “HOT Wheels.” The purpose of the statewide Reflections program is to give students an opportunity to express themselves through art. Awards are given for merit, excellence and outstanding interpretation

in every category. Those receiving the outstanding interpretation award will continue on to the national PTA Reflections for judging. Crow and Bush were invited along with their families to the state PTA

Reflections reception May 5. All of the Reflections artwork will be displayed in Snoqualmie City Hall, 38625 S.E. River St., and at the Chamber of Commerce, 38767 S.E. River St.

Superintendent contract renewed for three years

Scott Hodgins said at the board meeting May 9. “We, as a board, are prepared to take action for the extension of Mr. Aune’s contract for three years.” Aune has recently applied for jobs at two other school districts. Other candidates were chosen for those positions. The vote passed 4-1 with board member Carolyn Simpson oppos-

ing. Simpson participated by conference call, but did not elaborate about why she voted no. The new contract is not finalized, but will be by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, said Carolyn Malcolm, public information coordinator for the school district. Aune’s base salary is $149,161. His contract has been extended until the 2015-2016 school year.

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are $45 and include hors d’oeuvres, two drinks and a silent auction. A fashion show will feature the latest styles from Christopher & Banks and Birches Habitat. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to support the Mount Si Senior Center. The funds raised in the event are critical for both the organization’s immediate local needs and their longer-term goals. Some of the services of the senior center include providing hot meals and transportation, and various activities and fitness classes for seniors.

of the Snoqualmie Arts Commission with certificates of appreciation for art rotation at City Hall and the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, and for leading art events and working with the community via arts April 24. The next Art Walk planned for Snoqualmie will be from 2-7 p.m. May 31. There will be food, music and entertainment. Artwork from Mount Si High School’s Festival of Arts will be featured at City Hall and chamber of commerce. Artists from the Mt Si Artist Guild will have a show upstairs above the Candy Factory in Snoqualmie. Local photographer Mary Miller will unveil her “Heart of the Valley” photo taken May 19 at Centennial Field.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District board announced that Superintendent Joel Aune’s contract has been renewed. “The board has completed our evaluation process, which has been lengthy,” board president

The Mount Si Senior Center is inviting women of all ages to an evening of fashion to benefit the Mount Si Senior Center. The event is at 6:30 p.m. May 25 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, 36005 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, according to a press release from the senior center. Tickets to Fashionation


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Snoqualmie tot falls out of Hear new song from 1980’s two-story window, but is fine band Berlin at casino concert By Michele Mihalovich

“It was a miracle.”

A young girl fell out of a two-story window in Snoqualmie May 10, but she is doing just fine, Snoqualmie Police Capt. Nick Almquist said. He said the girl, who is 4 or 5 years old, crawled out of the window of the family home in the 38000 block of Linden Loop Road at about 5:51 p.m. while the mother was sleeping. The window didn’t appear to have a screen,

Theater From Page 1 Walker also hoped that by the time her one-screen operation was forced to make the switch to digital projection the price of new equipment would drop to a level that would allow independent theater owners to justify the upgrade. The price of digital projection has dropped in the past five years from more than a half-million dollars to “only” $100,000, according to Walker. That’s still more than her small business can afford. A public campaign Following the lead of other independent theaters across the country, Walker started a very public campaign to raise the needed funds from the community. She has used everything from social media to face-toface solicitation. In simple

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— Nick Almquist Snoqualmie Police Almquist said. The girl fell about 12 feet onto the family’s van, rather than the pavement, he said. The mother woke up upon hearing the girl’s cries and rushed her to the house of a neighbor, who happened to be a sergeant with the Snoqualmie Police

Department, Almquist said. An ambulance then rushed the girl to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, but there was nothing wrong with her and they were back at home early that evening, Almquist said. “It was a miracle,” he said. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.snovalleystar. com.

terms, she said, the North Bend Theatre needs 1,000 supporters to contribute $100 each. Walker makes it clear that the North Bend Theatre does not operate as a nonprofit organization, so any donations to help keep the doors open must be considered a gift and are not tax-deductible. She emphasized that the theater has always been a profitable business, but does not generate the type of revenue to justify the cost of the digital upgrade. A website dedicated to the cause tracks contributions. Gifts from individuals and local organizations have already amounted to more than 20 percent of what Walker said she needs to keep the doors open. Donations from the Boxley Music Fund and local patrons Danny and Robin Kolke gave the fund an initial boost. Individual contributions continue to come through the website as well as from local residents who walk up to the box office with a check.

Walk of Fame Donors who contribute $5,000 toward the digital projector will be remembered with a “Hollywood Boulevard”-style star in the North Bend Theatre Walk of Fame. Other donor levels will be honored with 6-inch and 10-inch engraved bronze stars permanently mounted in the lobby. “We were pleased to contribute to this worthy cause,” said movie lovers Miriam and Kyle Kroschel, of North Bend. “Here’s to many more wonderful years of entertainment at the North Bend Theatre.” Regular patrons Jim and Monica Rutherford added, “We love the theater. It’s part of North Bend.” The upgraded projection system, according to Walker, will allow the intimate venue to screen the latest releases from Hollywood, including those only available in 3D. “Digital projection produces a stunning image,” Walker said. “Gone will be annoying scratches and shaky movement of film and sound that is often

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By Megg Joosten For Berlin lead singer Terri Nunn, a concert is a reverent thing, special and unique in its own way. This is what Nunn hopes her audience will take away from Berlin’s upcoming concert May 19 at Snoqualmie Casino. “It’s so important to get out and feel and move, and feel good, feel sensual, feel empowered, feel beautiful, feel connected with other people and with the music and with the band,”

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compromised by the constant handling of films.” The North Bend Theatre opened its doors as an independent movie theatre on April 9, 1941, and has brought films like “The Wizard of Oz” to moviegoers in the Snoqualmie Valley. The film house underwent a major renovation when it was purchased by the Slover family in 1999. The new owners retained the original art deco style of the movie house while upgrading the lobby, restrooms and concession areas. The upgrade included a larger screen, a stateof-the-art Dolby Sound

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Berlin 7 p.m. May 19 $47 to $73 Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom 37500 S.E. North Bend Way 888-1234 berlinofficialband Nunn said. “There’s a release in that that to me is living, whether I’m doing a concert or whether I’m in the audience. The energy

System and, ironically, a new 35mm film projector. Family ownership tradition Cindy Walker moved north with her husband and three daughters from Southern California in 1983. They maintained the theater’s tradition of family ownership when they purchased the iconic business in May 2006. She is proud of the theater’s participation in the community and her personal role in the art community throughout the Valley. If her campaign to save the theater is successful, Walker said she hopes to maintain special events like the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Walker also has plans to develop her own North Bend

in the concert is a circle … it’s better than any drug that I’ve ever had.” Nunn joined Berlin in 1979 and the band worked together until 1986, when Nunn took a break, working on other albums, getting married and finding the life she said she didn’t have when working with the band. In 1998, she reformed Berlin, and the band has been together ever since. “For a long time I lost See BERLIN, Page 6

Mountain Film Festival and Amateur Film Challenge. Walker took a deep sigh and smiled when she shared the one upside of operating a single-screen independent theater in an industry dominated by corporate multiplex competitors is that she only needs to raise enough money to purchase one projector. “We hope to be able to continue to offer the latest movies and popcorn at small-town prices,” Walker said. “Donations will allow the theater to continue to be a viable part of the community for generations to come.” Dan Aznoff was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic waste crisis in California. He is now a freelance writer who makes his home in Bellevue. Reach him at da@





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Owners of a North Bend icon are asking the community for help. Very few small-town movie theaters have survived the public’s modern love of technology. Bigger, brighter, flashier, faster … that’s how we roll today. And yet, the 72-year-old North Bend Theatre has been lovingly tended to by multiple owners, and has thrived. The outside and portions of the inside still have that old Hollywood charm, along with modern conveniences such as upgraded concession areas and a stateof-the-art Dolby Sound System. You also get to enjoy box office movies at the same time as the rest of the nation, rather than waiting weeks or months after the big openings. All of that could change if owners Cindy and Jim Walker don’t upgrade to a $100,000 digital projector. Distributors say they must upgrade or lose access to the latest film releases. Cindy Walker said the theater does generate money, but nothing along the lines of $100,000. The Walkers are turning to the community for help in order to keep their doors open. The theater has done more for the community than just offer new releases. Multiple community events are held there. It was one of the venues for the recent North Bend Blues Walk. A documentary was recently shown and a discussion followed about plastic bag bans. A local insurance man threw a holiday thank-you party for the community. Lots of fundraisers are held there, as well as birthday parties. Cindy wants to maintain special events like the Banff Mountain Film Festival and International Fly Fishing Film Festival, and plans to develop her own Mountain Film Festival and Amateur Film Challenge. We want to see this charming landmark, which brings the community together in so many ways, continue to be a part of the fabric of North Bend life. The Walkers need 1,000 $100 contributions. They are not asking for anything more than they need, just hoping that the community appreciates the theatre enough to step up with their wallets and checkbooks. If you want to help save the North Bend Theatre, you can make a donation at

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Is it ESP or is it just a barber’s intuition? I heard the rumor down at the feed store, later in the afternoon. We had a real live Sherlock Holmes in our community, and he was our local barber, Curtis Naismith. “What do you mean?” I asked Julie, the stout girl hired to carry 100-pound sacks of grain out to waiting trucks. “Curtis can tell,” she said. “He can tell where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing, and it’s a kind of magic, like that e.s.p. stuff.” This was big news here, of course, and I had to go see for myself. I was getting a little shaggy, so it was time I went down there for a trim and some lilac water anyway. Curtis wrapped the paper hangman tight around my neck and started the clippers. “Curtis, I hear you’re a detective,” I said. “Always wanted to be,” he said. “Always wanted to be. Then, I got in here with my dad all those years ago, you know. Been here ever since.” “But I understand you have e.s.p. or something.” He laughed. “Of course not. It’s just that I’ve been studying detective methods for a long time. I can sometimes

tell what people have been doing.” “Well … how about me? Can you tell me what I’ve been Slim Randles doing?” “Let’s see.” Columnist He stopped the clippers and stepped back and looked at my head. “I can tell you went to Oakhurst about three weeks ago,” he said. “And you visited Charlie Taylor while you were there.” “You know,” I said, “that’s

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Stabbed From Page 1 was pronounced dead at the scene, West said. The couple told deputies they were asleep when they were awakened by their barking dogs, according to West. The husband got up to let the dogs out and encountered the intruder inside the house, she said. The two men started fighting and the wife jumped in to help, apparently grabbing a knife from the kitchen, West said. The intruder was “stabbed more than once,” but West declined to say how many times and where he was stabbed. Though the couple didn’t suffer any significant injuries, “I wouldn’t be surprised if they were quite sore,” said West. “It was quite the struggle.” As of Monday afternoon, sheriff’s detectives still hadn’t identified the suspect and a vehicle connected to him had not been found near the house, she said. Detectives were also trying to determine how the suspect entered the house early Monday, said West, noting that several screens had been removed from windows. Physical evidence, including possible DNA, was collected from the scene after the initial

home-invasion robbery on Sunday, said West. That evidence is expected to help detectives confirm whether the robber and the dead man are the same person, she said. Vadjinia, the neighbor, said he learned of the first home invasion Sunday after returning home from a Mother’s Day celebration. The young woman’s father told Vadjinia’s father “to be vigilant and on guard,” he said. “It was so brazen and I just had a gut feeling something wasn’t right,” said Vadjinia, a 50-yearold machinist who conducted his own “security patrols” around his property until about 12:30 a.m. Monday. He woke up at about 2 a.m. as sheriff’s deputies were again arriving in the neighborhood, a picturesque part of North Bend known as Circle River because the South and Middle forks of the Snoqualmie River create a half circle around a pocket of single-family houses and a handful of farms. He said the young couple recently sold their house in Bellevue and had moved in with the wife’s parents as they were transitioning to a new home. The husband, 29, is a firefighter and CrossFit trainer, and both husband and wife are very fit, Vadjinia said. He said the couple

either own or are in the process of opening a gym on the Eastside. “The guy was either very strong or amped up on something” for him to put up such a strong fight against the couple, he said. “He definitely picked the wrong house.” Vadjinia said there have been a rash of breakins and vehicle thefts in the area in the past few months, and he said his own shed was rummaged through. An overgrown trail, used by local horse enthusiasts, winds behind his house and the one next door. He suspects the robbery suspect used the trail to access his neighbors’ house unseen. The river is less than a quarter-mile away and Vadjinia said the site where he and his friends used to attend high-school keg parties has recently morphed into a homeless encampment. West, the sheriff’s spokeswoman, said deputies who work in the North Bend area are aware of the homeless encampment but cautioned against jumping to any conclusions. “We don’t know if it was someone from that camp or not. We really don’t know if it’s related,” she said. Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report. Comment at

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Road slowdowns projected for North Bend Way Periodic road closures on North Bend Way may slow motorists down May 17 and 20. King County’s Road Services Division will close lanes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to allow crews to complete safety improvements along the roadway, according to a press release from the King County Department of Transportation. Work will include the installation of raised

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Berlin From Page 3 the thread, but I got inspired by what was happening,” Nunn said. “By the late ‘90s, dance music had really moved forward. I really fell in love with what was happening and felt I really had something to say.” The band’s music is electronic, Nunn said, because it is her favorite. The concert will have Berlin’s hits as well as new songs from their upcom-


ing album, “Animal,” which is scheduled to be released in September. The band will also debut its new single, “It’s the Way,” which they haven’t yet played live. Though Nunn loves all her songs, she said the band’s most popular songs include “Take My Breath Away,” from the “Top Gun” soundtrack, “The Metro” and “Sex.” “The Metro” was written at a time when the band was trying to find their signature, Nunn said. “When we finished ‘The Metro,’ everybody in

the band was like, ‘That’s it. That’s what we’re going to be,’” Nunn said. “It just gelled everything we wanted to be in that time.” Nunn said she is a lyricist, and her inspiration comes from the sound of the music before she even listens to the words. “If the music draws me in, I want to hear what they have to say,” she said. “The music calls to me what it’s going to be about and then I’ll find something in my life that will match the feeling of the music.”

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From Page 1 a freshman campus. Both scenarios are similar and involve a slower renovation of the high school in different phases, Popp said. All three scenarios include the building of a new elementary school, to assist in the growing population, he said. By the school year 2017-18, Washington state will require all public schools to offer full-day kindergarten, and the state will also give schools additional funding to decrease class sizes in grades kindergarten through third, Popp said. “We as a board are unanimous at building an elementary school,” board president Scott Hodgins said at the board meet-

Community members may still attend and observe the invitation-only focus groups, though they will not be permitted to participate. The focus groups will be held at 6 p.m. May 22 at Mount Si High School library, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie, and May 28 at a location to be determined.

ing. “Our greatest capacity need is at the elementary level.” “We need as much massive public input as possible, so when we do put a bond on the ballot, it passes,” Popp said. “We’re not going to make this decision in a vacuum. We have to have community input so it passes.” Five bonds regarding solutions to the overpopulation problem have been presented on the ballot since 2007. Each time, the bonds have not passed by a very small margin, Malcolm said. The bonds have ranged from $27 million to $200 million, and

have included propositions of building a new middle school, building a new high school or focusing on critical needs such as boilers and roofs, Malcolm said. The purpose of the focus groups is to refine the current bond with public input in order to successfully pass it, she said. The bond and total cost is not finalized, and as of the board meeting May 9, the board has not decided when it would appear on the ballot. Megg Joosten: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Alan D. Morris January 22, 1947 – April 20, 2013 Alan D. Morris, of Carnation, made his peaceful transition on Saturday, April 20, 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Patricia E. Morris, of Carnation; a daughter, Airen B. Perry (Matthew Perry); two grandsons, Tyler and Carter Perry, of Snohomish; his mother Pauline D. Morris, of Fort Myers, Fla.; and brother Gary W. Morris (Linda Morris), of Lake Tapps. Alan loved to play golf, go fishing with his buddies, play with his grandchildren and cook special gourmet holiday dinners. He served the city of Carnation as city councilman and became the

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MAY 16, 2013

SCHEDULE THIS: Murder Mystery Game Show, 6:30-10 p.m. May 23-24, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Boxley’s and Valley Center Stage present “Win, Lose or Die,” an interactive murder mystery. Tickets are $75. Show starts at 6:30 p.m., but guests can arrive at 6 p.m. to collect clues and bid in the silent auction. Advance reservations required. Call 292-9307.

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q Community garage sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and 18, Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhoods q Kids night, 6-9 p.m., TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, 36005 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, $25 per child, call 396-6000 q Family Fun Night, 6:30-8 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, call 256-3115 to preregister, free for members, $10 nonmembers q Snoqualmie Valley Genealogy Group, 10 a.m. to noon, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. q Danny Kolke Trio, 6-8:30 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Sam Shepard’s ‘Simpatico,’ 8 p.m. May 17-18, 4 p.m. May 19, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie q Jonny Smokes, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E.

q Yard waste recycling, 8 a.m. to noon, North Bend Public Works, 1155 E. North Bend Way. Items accepted are grass, leaves, weeds and branches. Not accepted are sod, dirt, rocks, asphalt, wood or stumps, trash, manure or plastic bags. Must be a resident in the North Bend ZIP code area. Call 888-7654. q First Aid and CPR class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Cost is $25. Register by calling Liz at 888-1551 or email lluizzo@

q Aging Well with Consciousness book club and conversation: ‘Why Good Things Happen to Good People,’ by Stephen Post and Jill Neimark, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. q ‘Meadowbrook 101,’ a presentation of the history boundaries and possible future options for the open space in Snoqualmie Valley, 10 a.m. to noon, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend

q Training on humane trapping for spay/neutering, 1-3 p.m., 325 S.E. Third St., North Bend. Hosted by the Community Cat Coalition. Learn how to trap feral cats for spaying and neutering to help control the cat population. Free, RSVP to Vickie by calling 888-2282 or email woodskrazycats@aol. com.

q Sunday Fundays for Families, 2-4 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St. Come enjoy healthy and fun activities, crafts and games. Free; parents are responsible for their own children. q Community photo, 2 p.m., Centennial Park, 39903 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. Local photographer will take a community picture, followed by a potluck. Open to all residents of the Snoqualmie Valley.

q Preschool science: ‘Animal Friends,’ 9:30-11 a.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Call 256-3115 to register, $10/child. q North Bend Home school gathering, 1-3 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Public Works Committee meeting, 5-6 p.m. at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie, 8314919 or dhumes@ q Planning and Parks meeting, 6:307 p.m. at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie, 8885337 or gberry@ q Planning Commission meeting, 7-8 p.m. at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie, 8885337 or gberry@ q Parks Board meeting, 7-8 p.m. at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie, 8315784 or itreptow@ q Open Mic Night, 8-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Brewery, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., 831-2357, fallsbrew. com.

q Preschool Story time, for ages 3-6 with an adult, 10:4511:45, the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Home school drop-in playgroup, 1-2 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Free to all home-school families. q Study time, 3-5 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Drop in for free homework help. q Finance and administration committee, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Call Jodi at 888-1555 or email jwarren@ q City Council meeting, 7-9 p.m., Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend

q Young Toddler Story Time, for ages 6-24 months with adult, 10-10:45 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. q Anime Club, 3-5 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Come practice your drawing and watch anime movies. q Transportation and Public Works committee, 4-5:30 p.m., Public Works Department, 1155 E. North Bend Way, North Bend q Shorline hearings board, 5-6 p.m. at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Call Nancy at 888-5337 or email ntucker@ q Parks Commission meeting, 6-8 p.m. at the Community and Economic Development Department, 126 E. Fourth St., North Bend q Family story time, 6:30-7:30 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children welcome with an adult. Wear your pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs.

q Economic development commission meeting, 7:459 a.m., Community and Economic Development Department, 126 E. Fourth St., North Bend q ‘Guiding Good Choices,’ 6-8 p.m., Snoqualmie Middle School, 9200 Railroad Ave. S., Snoqualmie. Thursdays through June 6. This week’s theme is ‘Managing Conflict and Strong Emotions.’ Help prevent teen substance abuse and strengthen your family’s connection. q Planning Commission meeting, 7-9 p.m., City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N., North Bend q Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Jazz, Blues and Barbeque with Paul Green, 7-9 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie q Family story time, 7 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. All young children welcome with an adult. Wear your pajamas, listen to stories and sing songs.

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MAY 16, 2013

Police blotter North Bend Don’t wash my windows Police were flagged down at 10:31 a.m. April 26 on Southeast North Bend Way. A woman reported that while she was cleaning a house, a “window washer” climbed in the window.

Oops, wrong car Police took a report at 4:16 p.m. April 26 from a witness who saw someone stealing a car on Stow Avenue. The witness saw an unidentified white male open the driver’s side door of a vehicle and drive away. The owner of the vehicle was the only one in possession of the keys.

Speeding in the rain Police responded at 2:53 p.m. April 27 to a report of an accident on 452nd Avenue Southeast. A vehicle, which police said was driving too fast for the weather conditions, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with another vehicle. One passenger was transported to Swedish/ Issaquah for injuries.

At least there’s no snow Police responded at 4 p.m. April 27 to a call regarding a vehicle stolen from East Park Street. A resident reported that when he arrived home, his snowmobile trailer and two snowmobiles had been stolen from his driveway. They had been chained to the trailer.

apologized to the employee who reported the crime.

Darned kids Police received a call at 6:11 p.m. April 26 about a group of juveniles smoking marijuana on East North Bend Way.

Lock up your possessions Police took a report at 9:10 p.m. April 28 of a larceny at Mount Si Transitional Health Center on Cedar Avenue South. A resident reported that someone opened his unlocked fire box and stole 10 AA batteries, an eightpiece set of stainless steel flatware and two printer cartridges. The total value of stolen items was $111.

In need of a ride At 11 a.m. April 28 at a complex on Healy Avenue South, police took a report of a stolen vehicle. A 1994 Nissan Pathfinder was stolen in the night.

He’ll be walking now Police were dispatched at 12:40 p.m. April 28 to an alley on East North Bend Way, where a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen.

Oops, didn’t see you there Police took a call at 5:24 p.m. April 28 regarding a semi-truck, which hit a parked, unoccupied vehicle on Southeast North Bend Way. The driver did not appear to be leaving a note regarding the accident.

Police advised the caller to ask the driver if he knew he hit the vehicle. Both drivers exchanged information.

Sneaking change Police received a call at 11 a.m. April 29 from someone at Two Rivers School, reporting that drug paraphernalia had been found on school grounds. Police disposed of the items.

It’s a good deal Police responded to a call at 1 p.m. April 29 regarding a woman walking around trying to sell a “weed eater” for $20 on East North Bend Way. Police suspected the “weed eater” was stolen. Police located the “weed eater” but not the woman attempting to sell it. It was valued at $100.

Taking a joy ride Police took a report at 10 a.m. April 30 of an auto theft from Janet Avenue North. The owner locked the doors of her 1994 Toyota, but someone broke into the vehicle overnight and drove off.

Don’t leave your guns lying around Police responded at 5:01 p.m. April 30 to a concerned citizen who located a gun in a bag at Si View Park. The bag also contained receipts and cologne. Before police could arrive, someone picked up the bag and left the park.

A bigger paycheck Police took a report at


10:30 a.m. May 1 from an employee of Safeway in North Bend. The employee reported that the register had been coming up short, and upon reviewing security CDs, she discovered an employee pocketing money instead of putting it in the register. The employee had stolen $260 over the course of the past two months.

That will leave a mark At 12:30 p.m. May 1, police observed gang graffiti on a building on Main Avenue South. The letters “SSL 13” and “SSL 13 SUR” were painted in two places in an alley. According to police, “SSL” stands for Southside Locos, a criminal gang in King County.

Snoqualmie Strange place to park Police responded at 8:40 p.m. May 9 to Southeast Isley Street, where a gray van and a motorhome were parked. Police contacted workers who were staging for a paint job in the area.

Out for a run At 8:52 p.m. May 9, police were dispatched to Snoqualmie Parkway Southeast and Orchard Drive Southeast for a report of two black bears running across Snoqualmie Parkway. Police were unable to locate the bears.

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Snoqualmie fire calls

Firefighters responded April 29 to Space Labs on Snoqualmie Ridge for an automatic fire alarm. Upon arrival and investigation, they found a malfunctioning detector. Firefighters responded May 4 to the Salish Lodge for an automatic fire alarm. The heat in a meeting room malfunctioned, setting off the heat detector. The alarm was reset.

North Bend fire calls

Three engines responded at 6:19 p.m. May 3 to 451st Avenue Southeast to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. At 9:25 May 4, two engines responded to a passenger vehicle fire on eastbound Interstate 90 near 468th Avenue South. Two fire engines responded at 2:11 p.m. May 4 to Railroad Avenue Southeast to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Firefighters responded at 10:24 p.m. May 4 to eastbound I-90 for a vehicle fire. Firefighters responded at 2:24 p.m. May 6 to eastbound 1-90 for a vehicle fire. Fire engines reported at 9:55 a.m. May 8 to state Route 18 for a passenger vehicle fire.

What was that?

Sugar rush A police officer was approached at 7:15 p.m. April 27 at QFC on East North Bend Way to report a theft of a candy bar. Police located the suspect, a 17-year-old male who had already “dumped the candy bar.” The suspect

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The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

Local elementary school receives fish tank donation North Bend Elementary School has a few new pets. The Greater Seattle Aquarium Society donated a 75-gallon fish tank, which is on display in the school’s entryway. Donations of logs, plants, fish, snails and shrimp from all over Washington decorate the tank. A series of “Can you find me?” signs will hang on and around the tank so the students will be able to identify every animal inside, complete with scientific names. Read about the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society’s project at

Students advance in literary competition Out of 722 entries, four students from Snoqualmie Middle School reached the third round of the Letters about Literature literary competition this year. Spencer Arons, Grace Lis, Sarah Miller and Brett Staude were among 325 semifinalists who reached the third round of judging, according to the Snoqualmie Middle School newsletter. Letters about Literature is a literary competition sponsored by the Washington State Library and the Library of Congress.



MAY 16, 2013

Wildcat baseball team wins KingCo Senior Chase Karis set the tone for the Wildcats, pitching New Mount Si High School a complete game shutout of the baseball head coach Zach Islanders, giving up just six hits, Habben is already carving out a with three strikeouts against legacy in just his first year. The only one walk. Wildcats solidified that legacy, “Chase did really well on the winning a pair of mound,” Habben matches May 9 and said. “That really 10 to win Habben’s helps.” Up next first 3A KingCo title. Junior Evan Mount Si vs. North “I couldn’t have Johnson led the Thurston asked for a better scoring attack with 1 p.m. May 18 first year,” Habben a home run, and Bannerwood Park said. “This team has senior Brian Wooley so much talent from couldn’t be kept Bellevue top to bottom.” off the bases, going At the start of the three-for-three with season, Habben said an RBI. the team sat together and wrote The Wildcats had to gut out down its goals for the year. No. a win against the Wolverines. 1 was finishing first in KingCo Again, it came down to strong for the regular season. Check. pitching performances. After tying for first, the “We got the hits when we Wildcats received a first-round needed them,” Habben said. bye, with just Mercer Island and Senior Connor “Swift battled Bellevue standing in their way hard and (Nick) Adams came in for goal No. 2 — a KingCo tourto shut the door.” ney championship. Swift gutted out four innings,

By David Hayes

By Greg Farrar

Evan Johnson, Mount Si High School junior, watches his fifth-inning solo home run sail over the fence, as players in the Mercer Island dugout watch the Wildcats’ lead grow in their 3A KingCo Championship tournament game May 9. giving up just two runs on four hits and having to work around four walks. The game changer came late. After a leadoff walk, junior Zach Usselmen threw out the runner trying to swipe second base. Mount Si then quickly

got the second and third out to end the game. “It was a huge momentum swing,” Habben said. The next goal for the Wildcats is within sight, as they are just two more loser-out

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Softball going to district tournament

Mount Si girls track wins 3A KingCo

By Michele Mihalovich

By David Hayes After two days of competition at Redmond High School May 8 and 10, Mount Si High School emerged with the girls 3A KingCo Championship. Taking advantage of more depth in a broader number of events than their competitors, the Wildcats easily outscored second-place Mercer Island, 160 to 131.5. Mount Si scored their most points in the sprint events, where the girls swept the 300meter hurdles results thanks to Ashley Jackson, Mackenzie Hutchison and Sydney Leonard. The 4x200 relay team retained their favored status, taking first place with the team of Karlie Hurley, Hutchison, Hannah Richmond and Jesse Guyer. Jackson compiled more individual points for the Wildcats

games away from qualifying for state and a chance to defend their reigning title.

By Greg Farrar

Hannah Richmond (left), Mount Si High School senior, takes the baton for the anchor leg from junior Jesse Guyer, as their team wins the 4x200 relay May 10 at the 3A KingCo Championships, in a time of 1 minute, 45.51 seconds. roster proved to be Mount Si’s with an additional second place much as senior Andrea Suttle. undoing at the KingCo chamin the 100-meter hurdles (17.17 Suttle threw the discus for a seconds) and a third in the long meet best 111 feet, 3 inches, pionships as they finished in fourth place, well behind jump (16 feet, 5.5 inches). which proved to be nearly defending champs Bellevue. Sophomore Hurley per15 more feet than Juanita’s The Wildcats did receive formed well in multiple events second-place chucker (96 feet, 5 some outstanding individual with second-place finishes in inches). performances. the 200 (25.9 seconds) and the Senior Bradley Stevens has 400 (59.68). Mount Si boys take fourth Perhaps no one outperA lack of depth on the boys See TRACK, Page 11 formed her competition as

Next stop for Mount Si’s softball team — the district tournament. During the May 10 KingCo 3A tournament, the Wildcats secured the No. 2 seed by beating Interlake, 5-4, and losing to Juanita, 9-1. Coach Larry White said the Wildcats will face off against Ingram at districts at 2 p.m. May 15 at the Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. This will be a loser-out game, so the Wildcats must win in order to continue toward a state title. If the team does beat Ingram, then at 4 p.m. they will face off against Holy Names, White said. He’s very confident in his team, which has a good mix of seasoned veterans and talented freshmen. “This has been an interesting season,” White said. “We have battled the elements and the injury bug all season long. But, all in all, we have done pretty well. We have a 14-7 record heading into the district tournament. Things are looking up. “We do have Paige Wetherbee back in the lineup. She is our No. 1 pitcher and has been injured for most of the season.”

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MAY 16, 2013

3A KingCo Track & Field Championships Boys 1st — Bellevue 195 2nd — Juanita 119 3rd — Liberty 113 4th — Mount Si 103 5th — Interlake 73 6th — Mercer Island 54 400 meters — 2nd Sam Isen 50.39, 3rd Preston Banks 50.86 4x100 relay — 3rd Jimbo Davis, Sam Isen, Sean Hyland, Bradly Stevens 44.23 4x400 relay — 3nd Sam Isen, Devin Sharps, Sean Hyland, Preston Banks 3:25.98 Discus — 2nd Peter Link 127-04 Javelin — 1st Bradly Stevens 187-06 High jump — 2nd Jon Proctor 6-00.0 Pole vault — 2nd Jimbo Davis 13-06.0 Girls 1st — Mount Si 160

By Greg Farrar

Sam Isen, Mount Si High School senior, bolts from the starting block during the 3A KingCo Championships May 10 in his 400-meter race to finish in second place with a time of 50.39 seconds.

Track From Page 10

second place. Junior Jon Proctor also cleared a personal best in

the high jump at 6 feet even, also good for a second-place finish.

recovered from a shoulder injury after winning gold in the javelin at state last year. His throw of 187 feet, 6 inches, while not his best throw yet this year, was good enough for first place at KingCo. His best May 2 against Bellevue of 199 feet, 5 inches is still nearly 6 1/2 feet short of his gold at state. Senior Jimbo Davis tied his personal best in the pole vault at 13 feet, 6 inches, good enough for

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Bradly Stevens Track & Field

Mount Si High School senior Bradly Stevens showed no signs of the elbow injury he sustained last year after winning gold at state. At the 3A Kingco Championships May 10, Stevens easily out threw his competition with a hurl of 187 feet, six inches.


2nd — Mercer Island 131.5 3rd — Liberty 124 4th — Bellevue 98 5th — Interlake 95.5 6th — Juanita 83 200 meters — 2nd Karlie Hurley 25.9 400 meters — 2nd Karlie Hurley 59.68 100 meter hurdles — 2nd Ashley Jackson 17.17 300 meter hurdles — 1st Ashley Jackson 47.57; 2nd Mackenzie Hutchison 48.69; 3rd Sydney Leonard 49.43 4x200 relay — 1st Karlie Hurley, Mackenzie Hutchison, Hannah Richmond, Jesse Guyer 1:45.51 4x400 relay — 3rd Jesse Guyer, Hannah Richmond, Mackenzie Hutchison, Pauline Kaczmarek 4:10.97 Shot put — 3rd Andrea Suttle 32-03 Discus — 1st Andrea Suttle 111-03; 3rd Kristen Kasel 90-0 Javelin — 2nd Sarah Brevick 111-10 Pole vault — 3rd Daniele Curley 9-00

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MAY 16, 2013

NORCOM spends nearly $200,000 upgrading old EFR dispatch system By Michele Mihalovich NORCOM, the emergency dispatch system that provides service to 14 fire districts, including Eastside Fire & Rescue and Snoqualmie Fire, couldn’t wait any longer for the long-promised new software from New World. The old system, called TriTech, hadn’t been updated because NORCOM kept expecting the New World system to be in place. That resulted in the system crashing — just locking up — during emergency calls, EFR Fire Chief Lee Soptich said. Because of the outdated and crashing system, Soptich said NORCOM spent $185,000 from its reserves to update the system, which went online April 15. Soptich said the upgrade went pretty

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smoothly. However, all of the 14 fire districts reported issues with its tracking system for incident reports. EFR has been able to go back and rebuild the records, Soptich said, but the Snoqualmie Fire Department has not been able to send out its call logs to the media since the April 15 system upgrade. “All of our incidents disappeared between 4/13 and 4/23, and then as they came in, the incident numbers were mismatched,” SFD Fire Chief Bob Rowe said. “I am not sure all of our incidents are in yet, since we get a few here, a few there, and so on.” It looks like the problem may be fixed within the week, Rowe said. However, the dilemma about what to do about New World remains.

The system for the fire departments was originally supposed to launch in September 2011, but was taken off-line after just 16 days. EFR and the Duvall and Snoqualmie Pass fire departments in December notified the Bellevue-based NORCOM, which coordinates emergency response for the 14 fire districts, as well as five police departments from Shoreline to North Bend, their intention to leave NORCOM if a solution to the problem wasn’t found soon. Soptich said in January that there are not a lot of apparent options for another dispatching service in the area. Kent-based Valley Communications Center, which dispatches for 23 police, fire and EMS agencies, including in Renton, Auburn and Maple Valley,

has indicated that it is not at capacity but would not be looking to add partners in the near future, said Lora Ueland, executive director of the center. Partnering with a smaller dispatch center like the Issaquah Police Department would likely require a large investment in new software. Soptich said he’d prefer to stay with NORCOM if he sees tangible progress in making the system work for fire departments in the coming months. But, he said he’s doing due diligence in looking at other options. New World is now promising to deliver by May, but Soptich said, “That is not going to happen.” However, he said he does have confidence that NORCOM “will figure out the right thing to do.”

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