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Redistricting proposition leave some disappointed

May 26, 2011 VOL. 3, NO. 21

By Sebastian Moraga

Have you seen him? Sheriff’s office seeks help in nabbing burglar. Page 2

Water tragedy Woman pulled from river, man still missing. Page 3

Police blotter Page 6

By Dan Catchpole

Warren Rose listens to his children practice outside his family’s home on Indian Hill in unincorporated King County. Rose, some of his neighbors and some Snoqualmie residents say that noise from the nearby DirtFish Rally School is hurting their quality of life and property values.

Veterans honored American Legion program aids wounded warriors. Page 10

Underdogs no more Twin Falls band gets surprise win at jazz festival. Page 8

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Opposition grows to proposed former mill site annexation By Dan Catchpole Walking around Warren Rose’s property on Indian Hill outside Snoqualmie, there is the steady hum of distant traffic from the Valley floor. That is white noise, drowned out by birds chirping or trees rustling in the wind. What bothers Rose and his family is the roar of motors from their neighbor at the bottom of the hill, DirtFish Rally School. They can’t escape that noise, he said. Rose is one of a growing number of residents fighting Snoqualmie’s proposed annexation of DirtFish’s home, a former Weyerhaeuser mill site in

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unincorporated King County. Opponents to the annexation say DirtFish is hurting their quality of life, lowering property values and causing environmental damage. They want city or county officials to muffle DirtFish. The business says it is operating within county guidelines and that it wants to work with residents to mitigate any noise from the driving school. A

noise complaint was filed with the county, but it was put on hold once city and county officials began discussions about annexation in late March. A change in the county’s view of whether DirtFish’s operations constitute redevelopment of the site prompted the annexation talks. “Still at issue for us, though, was whether introducing a new use to the site constituted redevelopment. Our attorney concluded that it did,” said John Starbard, director of the county’s Department of Development and Environmental Services. See OPPOSITION, Page 3

The redrawing of director seats for the Snoqualmie Valley School Board continues to leave people incensed. While accusations of gerrymandering the district’s first attempt have dissipated, the new proposal has some folks still feeling ignored. The second proposal would divide the board into five districts — two in North Bend, one in Snoqualmie, one in Fall City and one shared between Snoqualmie and a fragment of Fall City. Each spot would have about 7,000 people living in each. “This is the closest we will get to a 2-2-1,” school board member Craig Husa said, referring to the desire of a citizens group to have the districts redrawn into two seats in North Bend, two seats in Snoqualmie and one in Fall City. Board president Dan Popp called the 2-2-1 idea, “brilliant.” Fall City resident Bill Blakely commended the board on being responsive to citizens, although not all were as enamored with See REDISTRICTING, Page 9

Memorial Day events planned The Snoqualmie Valley chapter of the American Legion is scheduled to participate in several events on Memorial Day. Renton-Pickering Post 79’s Honor Guard will begin the day by presenting the colors at 9 a.m. at Preston Cemetery. Then, at 10 a.m., the guard will take part in a ceremony at Fall City Cemetery. At 11 a.m., the guard will present the colors in North Bend. Finally, at noon, the guard will participate in a memorial service at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie.


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Sheriff’s office seeks help in nabbing burglar

A man wearing a knitted wool hat and gloves is suspected of robbing four Coach stores in Washington and Oregon. Police believe he has twice robbed the Coach location at North Bend Premium Outlets. King County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for information about the suspect.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help with a string of burglaries that include two robberies from the Coach store at the North Bend Premium Stores. In each case a man wearing a knit hat broke the store’s glass front door and made off with thousands of dollars worth of expensive purses. The sheriff’s office is working with police in Burlington and Woodburn, Ore. Police believe that the same people are behind four late night burglaries at Coach stores in those towns and North Bend, where the sheriff’s office provides police services. The suspect is an adult black male who wears gloves and a knit hat with a unique pattern,

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according to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. The suspect is believed to have had an accomplice. Police say he has made off with thousands of dollars in merchandise. “We’re looking for help in identifying this guy,” said Sgt. Mark Toner, a sheriff’s deputy and head of North Bend police. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Call 800-222-TIPS toll free or send a text message to 27437. Coach is offering a separate reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Valley police net 135 pounds of pills in drug take-back day By Dan Catchpole Police in the upper Snoqualmie Valley netted about 135 pounds of discarded pills while participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30. It was the second year local police have joined in the national effort. Snoqualmie police collected nearly 60 pounds of drugs, while North Bend police took in more than 75 pounds. People could anonymously dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications, which could otherwise be misused or pollute groundwater. Across the country, nearly 377,000 pounds of medications were collected this year. The medications are passed on to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which disposes of them following strict guidelines. The event could turn into a twice-annual event, according to a news release from the Snoqualmie Police Department. Drug overdoses from illegally taken pills have increased substantially in Washington state in recent years. Deaths from pain pills increased 90 percent between 2003 and 2008, according to the state Department of Health. In 2008 — the most recent year of data — 505 people died after overdosing on pain pills. Among 12th-graders, 12 percent have used pain medicine to get high in the past 30 days, according to the Department of Health. Fortunately, fewer than 10 teens die each year from an unintentional overdose involving pain medicine, according to the department’s website. Most teens and adults who misuse or abuse prescription pain medicine get it from the medicine cabinet. According to the Department of Health, 65 percent acquired medicine from a friend or family member. A doctor provides the medicine for 19 percent. About 4 percent get it from a drug dealer, and about 0.1 percent buy it over the Internet. Drugs can be discarded year round during business hours at the King County Sheriff’s Office station, 1550 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend, or the Snoqualmie Police Department, 34825 S.E. Douglas St., Snoqualmie. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment online at www.snovalleystar.com.


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Star staff honored in regional contest Woman is pulled from river, man still missing SnoValley Star staff was recognized for excellence in reporting in the annual awards contest for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest chapter. A ceremony at Safeco Field in Seattle on May 21 honored more than 200 journalists in print, online, radio and television news media. The Star competed against publications in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and

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Washington. The Star and sister publications The Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review claimed awards in numerous categories in the contest, including a sweep in the environmental reporting category. Former Star reporter Laura Geggel took first place in the category for a report about Snoqualmie Valley’s wet and

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From Page 1 As a redevelopment, DirtFish would have to undergo an extensive review process, which could result in expensive mitigation costs. Snoqualmie’s administration does not see DirtFish as redevelopment. Developing the land would potentially require extensive environmental mitigation, as it is heavily contaminated from the mill’s operations, according to the state Department of Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and other city officials want the site, which sits inside the city’s growth boundary, to open up for business development in addition to maintaining the rally school. King County wants to transfer all unincorporated lands that sit inside growth boundaries to municipalities, allowing it to focus its services on a more rural population. Large crowds have turned out for three public hearings about the annexation, including one May 17 quickly organized by County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert in response to the growing opposition. Comments at Snoqualmie City Council’s May 23 meeting echoed those of earlier hearings. The noise and other impacts from DirtFish, which teaches rally car driving, are hurting Snoqualmie Valley’s idyllic nature, according to opponents. “We are a family community. Let’s keep it that way,” Rose said at the May 17 hearing. Rose and his neighbors in

More public hearings are scheduled or will be scheduled by the Snoqualmie City Council and Metropolitan King County Council. The city of Snoqualmie will have to hold at least three public hearings before an annexation can happen, according to City Attorney Pat Anderson.

unincorporated King County have formed a citizens’ group, Your Snoqualmie Valley, to oppose the annexation. They have hired a land-use consultant and are discussing hiring a land-use attorney to help make their case. Critics’ comments at hearings have been deeply cynical about the annexation process and have been skeptical about DirtFish’s intentions. Lambert said residents’ concerns had been heard “loud and clear.” DirtFish President Ross Bentley asked people with complaints about the operation’s noise to talk with him in hopes of finding a solution. Stephen Rimmer, who owns DirtFish and the land it occupies, said he is not concerned that the opposition will stop the annexation.

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windy weather. Geggel also earned second place in the education reporting category for a piece about auto crash safety at Mount Si High School. Star editor Dan Catchpole took third place in the government and politics reporting category for a piece about King County Sheriff’s Office deputy salaries, a subject of intense focus amid cuts last fall.

Honor guard seeks new members Snoqualmie Valley’s American Legion post is recruiting members for two new positions on its Honor Guard. The Renton-Pickering Post 79 has raised enough money to equip and uniform two new positions. The money came from a donation from the Summit at Snoqualmie and the Tahoma National Cemetery Honor Guard. The unit performs in local ceremonies and events, and renders final honors at funerals for veterans. Learn more at http://cpoapnw.com.

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters pulled a young woman from the Snoqualmie River near Fall City late the afternoon of May 22. They could not find her fiancé, however. Rescue personnel began looking for the 29-year-old man that day but ended their search the morning of May 24. Divers from the King County Sheriff’s Office and Mercer Island Police Department lead the search. The divers “spent most of yesterday in the water searching back-eddies and whirlpools downstream from where the man was last seen, but to no avail,” sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said in a news release. “Visibility during the dives was between two and five feet, with many car-sized boulders, rock walls and log debris.” The Bothell couple had been playing with their two dogs in the river in the 37200 block of

Southeast Fish Hatchery Road below Snoqualmie Falls, when one of the dogs began struggling in the water. The man and woman went into the water, but quickly found themselves in trouble because of the current’s strength and the water’s cold temperature, according to Urquhart. Witnesses called for help, and rescuers were able to get the woman out of the river. She was taken to Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue with minor injuries. The dog made it to shore on its own. The sheriff’s office plans to continue looking for the man. The department’s marine unit will search the river each week, and its air unit will do frequent flyovers. Sheriff’s deputies located the body of a recent drowning victim near North Bend on April 29. He had been missing for two days.


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Take time this weekend to remember the fallen In the more than 140 years that Americans have lived in the Snoqualmie Valley, many have given their lives during wartime while serving their country. Memorial Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the fallen and set an example for future generations. The following is an incomplete list of the Valley’s fallen:

World War I Arthur William Lyford Battista Pasini David Renton Edward Clements Koester Peter Erickson Alfred Parenti Bert Smith William Swen Carl Larson Albert Emery Lester Pickering Virgil Detrick

World War II Richard Dunn George Webb-Venniksen William Hronek, Jr. Bernard Briggs William Borden Lloyd Scheel Jack Dubey Frank Martindale, Jr. Harvey Kierstins Rodney Boalch Roy Hackney Victor Hartley Elizabeth Erickson Herman James Jensen Vincent Robel Loyal Bright Clarence Church Robert White Norman Christiansen Eugene Smith James O’Neil Donald Olson Charles Scheuchzer Thomas Soister Robert Hatcher

Claude Brown Stephenson James Machan Leo Harry McGrath Lawrence Carmichael Theron White Dean Aschin F.O. Goebel Carol Cameron James Kennedy Jack Odlin Joe Sheppard Martin James James Arthur Barber Richard Carol Hall Lawrence Crotts Lloyd Eugene Hume

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Donald Gene Davenport Robert Allen Montgomery Timothy Demos Ronald James Johnson Larry Michael Heen James David Nansel James Sanders Joe Sweetman

Iraq-Afghanistan Cody G. Schwab Corry Paul Tyler Eric Levi Ward

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sion-making on the school board. Carolyn Simpson Snoqualmie

Don’t let North Bend be unfairly split Snoqualmie Valley parents and taxpayers will soon face significant change in their representation on our school district’s board of directors on May 26, at 7:30 p.m., at the district’s headquarters, the school board is expected to make a decision about adopting a new director district map that will affect us all. The district is required by law to redraw its director district boundaries based on the 2010 U.S. Census results, which show population growth and shift between director districts. Washington state law specifies criteria for district boundary changes, including grouping communities of mutual or related interests against balancing populations. The board’s two proposed changes met with much resistance at public hearings. The latest version splits two districts of North See LETTERS, Page 6

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The Snoqualmie Valley School Board has an important decision to make May 26. On that night, board members will vote on a 10year plan to realign the school board director districts, pursuant to state law and new census results, in order to reflect a shift of population among North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City. The school board has a choice. It can accept the district’s revised plan, which keeps all incumbents in place and limits and delays long-awaited Snoqualmie representation, or it can make two adjustments to this plan to ensure the school board is balanced with Snoqualmie representation in time for this year’s election. One of the key components of the District Plan is to reduce the number of North Bend directors from three to two, freeing up one new seat for Snoqualmie. But the district’s plan divides North Bend in a

way that maintains all three North Bend seats until 2014. An idea that came forth through the public hearing process, which was included in a Citizen Redistricting Plan, frees up that Snoqualmie seat in time for candidates filing this June for a seat on the school board by January. The difference is simply where to draw the dividing line in North Bend coupled with when director terms expire. Another key component of both the District Plan and the Citizen Plan is the method of balancing seats between Fall City and Snoqualmie. To keep population balanced districts, one of the two Snoqualmie seats needs to have a small piece of the Fall City area. The District Plan keeps the Lake Alice area (home of the incumbent director) with Snoqualmie, but an idea from the Citizen Plan adds a different part of Fall City, which is more fully compliant with criteria specified in state law. Please join me and many others in encouraging the school board to make two adjustments to the District Plan for timely and balanced representation and deci-

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I was studying my card when the guys walked in for coffee. “What did you get?” asked Doc. “D-24.” “Just one?” “Yeah. The boys caught me when I was kinda short, so I only got the one this year.” “They hit me for 10,” Doc said. “In E section.” Dud looked at us. “I think E section’s a pretty good bet. Especially later in the afternoon. The sun will be over there then. Nice and warm. She’s liable to go there.” It’s Cow-a-Dunga time again. It was Bill Shaver’s idea. He’s the music teacher for all three of our schools here, and he needed a way the kids could raise some money for band trips. “I hear they’re using one of Simmons’ cows this year,” Dud said. “Doc, is there any kind of laxative you can give a cow?” “How should I know? I’m not a veterinarian. Besides, you know they’ll keep her identity a secret until Saturday. They know there are people out there just like you who’d like to doctor that cow.” We all laughed. No one would think of bothering the cow, of course, but we’ll all spend at least part of Saturday down in the bleachers at the high school football field keep-

ing an eye on that cow. That’s the whole fun of Cow-aDunga, of course. By now, the kids have Slim Randles that acre of Columnist grass all crisscrossed with chalk lines, dividing the field up into one-yard squares. Each square sells for a buck. If all of the squares sell, that’s five grand for the kids. The winner is determined by a cow. On Saturday, a cow will be released onto the field, and watched carefully by a whole bunch of us. When the cow’s

digestive system causes her to plop a decoration on the field, the lucky holder of that square gets five hundred bucks. There are, of course, strict rules against arm waving, chowsing noises, horn honking and the application of anything that might sway her toward or away from any particular square. “I wonder,” said Steve, “if there’s any rule against using the evil eye. You know, like if she’s heading for Doc’s block of squares, I could send her a signal to hold it for a while.” “Cheaters never prosper,” Doc said. Brought to you by Slim’s new book, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at www.nmsantos.com/Slim/Slim.html.

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Police blotter North Bend police Tools taken At 1:16 p.m. May 19, police responded to a theft in the 900 block of Mountain View Boulevard Southeast. A man said he parked his company van in his driveway and he probably left the front passenger door unlocked. The night before, someone stole a cable compression tool, a laptop computer, a screwdriver set, a sound pressure meter, a grocery sack, a staple gun and three sets of wire strippers. The total value of the stolen items was $1,076. The suspect took tools out of the tool bag but left more expensive tools untouched.

Forgery At 8 a.m. May 19, police responded to a forgery call coming from a residence in the 44000 block of Southeast 146th Street. A woman reported to Issaquah Police that someone had cashed checks on her account, totaling $174.45. The first of six checks was cashed in September 2010.The woman said she has no idea who did this, since she gave no one permission to withdraw money from her account.

Computer theft At 4 p.m. May 18, a woman reported a burglary in the 700 block of Northeast 10th Street. She said someone stole a computer tower from her backyard shed. She left the shed the night before without locking it. The morning of May 18, she saw the door to the shed was open and the computer tower missing. The woman said she believed the theft might have occurred that morning, since she slept with the window open and her dog kept her up most of the night. She said friends and neighbors knew the couple kept computers in the shed. Police took prints at the scene and submitted them to the King County Sheriff’s Office substation.

Car burglarized At 3:37 p.m. May 19, a man reported someone burglarized his unlocked vehicle in the 400 block of Southeast Eighth Street Southeast. The man’s wallet, cash, credit cards and GPS system had been stolen. The items totaled $480.

Snoqualmie police That’s my ride At 5:08 p.m. May 13, police received a call from a man in the 34000 block of Southeast Douglas Street. The man said he wanted to file a theft report

because a mechanic in Everett was refusing to return his motorcycle. Police told the man it was a civil matter.

No driving means no driving At 10:20 p.m. May 13, police saw a blue Volvo travel across the intersection of Meadowbrook Way Southeast and Railroad Avenue Southeast. A registration check showed the owner’s license was suspended for driving under the influence and he was required to drive with an ignition interlock device. After police stopped the vehicle, the driver identified himself as the owner and showed police the interlock device on his dashboard. He said he thought that is all he needed to do. Police told him to not drive again until his license was reinstated. He was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Drunken driving At 3:04 a.m. May 15, police spotted a black 2001 Volvo near the intersection of Snoqualmie Parkway and Southeast Jacobia Street traveling under the speed limit. As the police car passed the Volvo, the Volvo swerved to the right about three feet over the fog line and onto the shoulder. The vehicle kept traveling on the shoulder for about 60 feet. Then, at the traffic light at the intersection of

MAY 26, 2011 the parkway and Interstate 90, the vehicle turned right without signaling, drove on the shoulder and traveled in the turn-off lane for commercial trucks. After stopping the vehicle on the on-ramp to Interstate 90, the police noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the car. The driver, 35-year-old Brian E. Fellon, had a red face, droopy red eyes and dilated pupils. He admitted to having two drinks, but none in the past two hours. After failing sobriety tests and a breath test, police arrested Fellon for driving under the influence and took him to the Issaquah City Jail for booking.

Purse stolen from car At 12:24 p.m. May 17, police responded to a vehicle theft call at Snoqualmie Point Park. A woman told police she parked and locked her loaner vehicle at the park to go on a hike and that she covered an empty Louis Vuitton purse in the back seat. When she returned an hour later, the left, rear passenger window was broken and the purse, valued at $300, was missing. She said several piles of broken glass lay on the ground, but she had seen no other cars with broken windows. Police found no witnesses. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

Letters From Page 4 Bend from the historical WestEast division (along Interstate 90) to a North-South split that groups together unrelated communities, in an attempt to protect incumbent directors’ seats. In addition to placing North Bend voters at a disadvantage in their board representation, the district proposal causes problems for Snoqualmie residents. It doesn’t assure them a resident representative director in one of their districts, and denies them any resident representation in their other district until January 2014. The proposal does not honor our American tradition of true representative democracy. It allows for elected directors who are not fully familiar with the needs, issues and aspirations of your community to make decisions about where schools are built and when, when and how much taxes to levy against you, where to bus your kids, and other important policies. Contact your school board directors to demand that they improve their proposed map to return North Bend districts to a West-East split along I-90, and to exclude the Lake Alice area from Snoqualmie districts. By the time you read this there may only be a day or two left before they meet, so you’d best email the school board directors. Stephen Kangas North Bend


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Plan ahead for holiday travel headaches Memorial Day weekend means more traffic congestion as people hit the road for the traditional start to summer. The state Department of Transportation is alerting drivers to expect delays along Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass and U.S. 2 at Stevens Pass, as well as along Interstate 5 at the Canadian border and between Olympia and Tacoma. In 2010, Memorial Day weekend traffic over Snoqualmie Pass decreased slightly from 2009, but drivers still ran into long delays caused by a collision. In all, about 187,000 vehicles crossed the pass between Friday and Monday. The agency offers many ways for motorists to check road conditions, including a travel website, www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic, and a travel information hotline, 511. Motorists can find information such as camera images from across the state, state ferry schedules and a map of highway incidents and closures online. People using mobile devices can go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/inform to see how transportation officials provide travel information through email alerts and other tools, such as Facebook and Twitter.

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the plan. Carolyn Simpson, who presented a plan to the board that included the 2-2-1, said the second proposal was better than the first but she was still disappointed. “There was no time spent on the citizens’ plan,” she said, adding that Snoqualmie Ridge is still underrepresented. “District 3 is still represented by an incumbent from Fall City and District 1 can’t go up for re-election in two years,” she said. “It’s not fair.” Simpson said she did not believe the board actually considered public comment. “But I look forward to new school board members who build consensus,” she said. Popp defended the board, saying that by adopting the 2-2-1, the board showed it did review the citizens’ plan. “In principle, we adopted most of the concept from the citizens’ plan,” he said.

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A supporter of that plan, board member Stephen Kangas, from North Bend, said the board listened and improved the proposal in relation to the first one. However, Kangas said, the perception in the Valley is that no proposal yet embraces the letter of the law. “You can do more and you should do more to embrace grouping communities of mutual and related interests,” he said. “What I see in this latest proposal is not that.” Board member Marci Busby refuted claims that the board was still trying to hold on to power with this proposal. “Obviously not,” she said. “By doing this plan, it puts (board member) Scott Hodgins and I in the same district.” Besides, she added, the seats on the board are elected at-large, with members not specifically representing each community. “All five of us represent the entire district,” she said, “and everybody votes for every single director and we work on behalf of all the kids.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer John Perkins hands out a paper poppy flower outside the QFC in North Bend.

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Two competitors spar during the Ward Tournament in Snoqualmie.

Martial arts tournament honors wounded veterans Low turnout jeopardizes event’s future By Dan Catchpole Sparse attendance for the inaugural Lance Cpl. Eric Ward Tournament in Snoqualmie has thrown the event’s future into question. The tournament, which pitted a variety of martial artists against each other, was organized to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports wounded veterans. But small turnout among competitors and spectators left tournament organizer Jim Curtis barely able to cover costs. “The turnout for this memorial tournament really makes me wonder about the folks that make up the greater Snoqualmie Valley community,” he wrote in an email to the Star. Curtis, who runs a martial arts studio in North Bend, had hoped to raise several thousand dollars to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project. The event did have some positive results, even if it fell short of the intended goal. A large, carved wooden eagle See TOURNAMENT, Page 12

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Jim Curtis (left) watches as a competitor at the Ward Tournament in Snoqualmie snaps a piece of wood in half with a sharp kick.

American Legion kicks off program to honor veterans By Sebastian Moraga Between sips of hot cocoa and swings at her father’s arm when in sight of a Volkswagen Beetle, 6-year-old Zoe Perkins honored her family’s heritage. The daughter and granddaughter of military men, Perkins stood with her father, Navy officer John Perkins outside the North Bend QFC May 21 asking people to donate money for veterans. In the meantime, she passed out American flags and little paper poppies made by veterans nationwide. “I try to include her in everything we do,” Perkins said, “so she understands what the military is about and helping others. Anything we have time to do, we try to do.” Zoe is the youngest member of the American Legion’s Auxiliary, said Perkins, who at 40 is one of the younger members of the Legion chapter. “It’s not very common,” he said of the Legion and the Auxiliary having younger members. “There are a few kids that come down there but it’s not very broad.” Helping veterans is always special to Perkins, if not always easy. “I have been in for 20 years,” he said. “I know of a lot of people who are still deployed. I try not to think of it sometimes.” He paused for a second. “You don’t want to lose any friends,” he then said, his voice thick with memories. This year, Perkins and the

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Perkins holds a paper poppy he handed out as part of a fundraiser for wounded veterans. Legion are collecting money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans maimed in combat, and the Equine Project, which provides horseriding therapy for veterans. “Vietnam veterans have a lot of problems,” said Lee Scheeler, an Army veteran of World War II, who was standing at the other QFC entrance, “and therapy is not cheap.” Perkins and fellow Legion members will honor fallen warriors on Memorial Day (May 30) with ceremonies at Valley cemeteries and Mount Si High School. The ceremony at Preston’s cemetery starts at 9 a.m., and then moves to Fall City’s cemetery at 10, North Bend’s cemetery at 11 and Mount Si High School at noon. A hot-dog-and-chili luncheon-by-donation will open at 11 a.m. at the Legion post, 38625 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie, the American Legion Auxiliary’s Pam Collingwood said. Perkins is the senior enlisted leader of the Navy’s unit in the See VETERANS, Page 13


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Mount Si graduate makes pro debut on soccer pitch By Sebastian Moraga Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning, unless you are Gibson Bardsley. In that case, evenings are just as fine, particularly those spent at Christian Stadium, home of the Charlotte (N.C.) Eagles. Bardsley, a graduate of Mount Si High School and Western Washington University, made his pro debut as a United Soccer Leagues of America player the evening of April 25, entering as a sub against the Charleston Battery. “It was a really cool experience,” the 21-year-old forward said in a telephone interview from Charlotte. “I had been training for a while and been waiting for a chance to get in a game.” The game was 2-1 Charleston in the 70th minute, when the Charlotte coach gave Bardsley the go-ahead. “Coach said, ‘You’re up, and try to get us a goal,’” Bardsley said. The game ended 2-1 Charleston. Bardsley didn’t get his goal, but he did get a reminder of his first time as a pro booter. “I ended up getting a yellow card,” he said of his welcome-tothe-pros moment. “It was a very physical game and the ref was letting a lot of stuff go.” Ref did not let this one go.

“You realize you might not be the only good player on the field. There are other people around you who are just as good and cultured and experienced in the game of soccer.” — Gibson Bardsley Mount Si High School graduate Bardsley and a Charleston player went shoulder-to-shoulder for a ball and the Charleston player fell. Yellow card. According to uslsoccer.com, the Eagles are last in the league’s American Division as of May 20, with one win, four losses and one tie. Still, Bardsley said the stats don’t tell the whole story. “We haven’t been able to get the results we wanted, but we have outplayed most of the teams we have played,” he said. Numbers lend credibility to Bardsley’s claim. In six games, the Eagles have only surrendered seven goals, and every loss has been by one goal, including three 1-0 scores. Mount Si head coach Darren Brown called Bardsley, a successful prep player, one of his favorites of all time. “Great kid, incredible work ethic,” Brown said. “Relentless hard worker, he always put in the time. I always knew he was going to be special. In high

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school, he would get doubleteamed, triple-teamed and still put up ridiculous numbers.” Bardsley finished his college career by winning the trophy for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s best player of 2010. The pros, so far, have been a humbling experience after all that success. “You realize you might not be the only good player on the field,” he said. “There are other people around you who are just as good and cultured and experienced in the game of soccer.” The pace of play is faster and more physical, and the mental demands are unmatched, he said. “You have to be mentally

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Gibson Bardsley (right) makes his professional soccer debut for the Charlotte Eagles, of the United Soccer Leagues of America. focused for 90 minutes,” he said. “If you turn your brain off for one second, your guys will get punished.” Brown does not hesitate to vote for his former charge. “All Gibson needs is a chance,” he said. “I guarantee you he will take command of that chance. He will seize it. He’s that kind of kid.” When it comes to a challenge, though, nothing beats

what’s ahead: soccer in the Carolina summer. Many things could be finer than that. “People keep telling me I’m going to die if it really gets hot and humid,” Bardsley said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t get worse, but it probably will get a lot worse.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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was presented to Mount Si High School, which hosted the event. The eagle will be displayed at the school in honor of Ward, a Mount Si graduate and U.S. Marine who died in combat in Afghanistan in February 2010. Curtis said he will meet with Ward’s mother to discuss possible events next year. The event had great personal significance for the members of the Marine color guard, which helped open and close the tournament. The Marines belong to the

Drill and Ceremony Unit based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. The unit’s color guard participates in about 200 events each year. “It’s our community support,” said Sgt. Major Ronald Jenks, the unit’s senior noncommissioned officer. But this assignment had special significance, because Ward is “one of our heroes,” Jenks said. Members of the unit were the first to notify Ward’s parents he had died overseas. The role is officially known as “casualty notification,” and it is taken very seriously by the men and women who carry it out, Jenks said. After the family was notified,

he assigned one of the unit’s Marines to be at their disposal to help with anything they needed. While presenting the colors at the Ward Tournament, Sgt. Julian Salazar was thinking of Ward and another Marine he knew who died — his brother, Cpl. Omar Salazar. “Doing this for the families, for the people who knew the Marine, it’s an honor,” Salazar said. His brother returned from Afghanistan shortly before he died in a traffic accident caused by another Marine driving drunk. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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Veterans From Page 10 Army base of Fort Lewis in south King County. Four people in Perkins’ 35-person unit will be deployed to Afghanistan within the next 30 days, he said. A product of the Midwest, Perkins said he likes how so many people in the Valley have a link to the military. “One lady had four links to it: Dad, husband and two nephews,” Perkins said, “So she donated four

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Brooke Perry Wambaugh Brooke Perry Wambaugh was born April 25 to John and Anita Wambaugh, of Snoqualmie. Brooke was delivered in Seattle, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 18.5 inches. The Wambaughs also have a son, Austin. Brooke’s great-grandmother, Alice Pottratz, lives in Latah. She also has three grandparents, Susan and Terry Wambaugh, and Perry Hook. The Wambaughs have lived in the area for nearly a decade. John is a local builder, and owns Rivers West Development.

dollars. It’s awesome.” Scheeler said he felt the same connection. “I live between Preston and Issaquah, been here since ’65,” he said. “And everybody’s got somebody in the service.” Sometimes, the opposite happens and he encounters someone who dislikes the military, Scheeler said. “Makes me wonder how these

people got that way,” he said. “Nobody here forces you to do anything.” Scheeler said Valley residents tend to appreciate military service. “People here are so respectful and generous,” he said. “It’s unbelievable.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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‘Underdog’ Twin Falls earns top honors at Bellevue Jazz Festival By Sebastian Moraga If you ask Phoenix Moomaw, it was a scream. If you ask Jacob Wachtendonk, it was almost one. Moomaw, Wachtendonk and the rest of the Twin Falls Middle School Jazz Band took first place at the Bellevue Jazz Festival on May 13, shocking older, more established bands, like those from Everett’s Eisenhower and Seattle’s Eckstein middle schools. “It felt really great,” Wachtendonk said. Moomaw called winning the competition, “exhilarating.” Almost to the end, screaming was in order. Wachtendonk said that before the Twin Falls band played a note, they had a cheering and screaming section at Bellevue High School. Then, at the end, when the second-place finisher was announced, it was time for another scream. Almost. “The moment it struck me was when I heard Eckstein had gotten second, which means we got first,” Wachtendonk said. “I wanted to yell, but it would have been really unprofessional.” Still, the win was a coup for Twin Falls, Moomaw said. “Eckstein has won for four to five years, so for a 3-year-old school like Twin Falls to win and upset that balance, it was really not expected of us,” he said. Wachtendonk agreed, saying the school from North Bend walked into Bellevue High as an underdog. Next year, the band will stroll in as defending champions, but the mentality must remain the same. “We have to act as if we’re the underdogs again,” he said. The band practiced every day of the school year, he added and that made a big difference. “It put us over the top with

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Emily Reitz holds the school’s winning trophy.

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Trombonists from the Twin Falls Middle School Jazz Band’s perform during the Bellevue Jazz Festival.

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A saxophonist takes his turn at soloing during the festival. our sound and our tightness,” he said. The acoustics at Bellevue High School weren’t the smoothest, with every note taking a big bouncy echo. The crowd, other than the screaming section from the Valley, was decidedly short on cheers. “You’re playing and the judges are 10 feet in front of

you, watching your every move,” Wachtendonk said. “Then, you look into the stands and there are all the other bands, hoping you mess up.” The band played three songs in the preliminary round: “St. James’ Infirmary,” “Blue and Sentimental” and “Now Is The Time.” In the final round, the band performed “Running of the Bulls.” The toughest song was “Blue and Sentimental,” Wachtendonk said. Since it’s a ballad, it’s easy to fall prey to nerves and play it

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Members of the Twin Falls Middle School Jazz Band celebrate their stunning win at the Bellevue Jazz Festival. slower or faster than it is supposed to be. The band kept calm, Moomaw said, thanks to months of preparation.

“Mr. Wenman always pushes us to do our best,” he said of Band Director Matt Wenman. “And we really nailed it. It was a group effort.”

Mount Si High School confirms a case of chickenpox By Sebastian Moraga Mount Si High School has confirmed a student has been diagnosed with varicella, also known as chickenpox. “It is possible that your child has been exposed to chickenpox at school,” a statement from the school stated, later adding “keep your child out of school during this time if you think he or she may have chickenpox.” Chickenpox is a sudden-onset

virus characterized by fever, fatigue and tiny fluid-filled blisters. It can endanger infants, adolescents, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems, according to the release. King County Public Health’s website deemed the condition highly contagious. Chickenpox may bring serious complications, like pneumonia and bacterial skin infections. The statement from the school recommends that chil-

dren 1 or older who have not had chickenpox and who have not been vaccinated should contact their doctor as soon as possible, the same for adults in that situation. Children and adults who have had a confirmed case of chickenpox do not need immunization, the release stated. A person who has not had chickenpox immunization has a 90 percent chance of becoming infected if a family member contracts the disease.

People with children with chickenpox should dispose of contaminated tissues, and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water. Children should not participate in school and extracurricular activities until all of their blisters have crusted over. Carolyn Malcolm, public information coordinator for the school district, said kindergartners and sixth-graders are required to have chickenpox

vaccinations. She said the Mount Si High School student stayed home from May 16-20 due to the condition. “Even though we didn’t know for sure, this person stayed home,” Margie Blackmon, the district’s nursing supervisor said. “That’s the best thing to do for a communicable disease.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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Mount Si High School was one out away from advancing to the semifinals in the 3A state baseball playoffs when D.J. Hitch stepped up to bat for Enumclaw. The Hornets had a runner on first base, but the Wildcats led 6-2. On the second pitch of the atbat, Hitch connected. When Mount Si shortstop Tim Proudfoot saw the ball come off the bat, he said he had one thought, “I am going to catch this ball no matter what.” Sprinting to his right and back, the lanky infielder dove and landed with the ball securely in his mitt. Proudfoot’s catch was another example of the pitching and defense that the Wildcats have ridden to the semifinals under the leadership of first-year Coach Elliott Cribby and his new staff. Earlier that day, fifth-ranked Mount Si (20-3) beat Timberline, of Lacey, 4-2, in the first round of the playoffs. Timberline (20-4) and Enumclaw each scored first, but Mount Si shut down the oppos-

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The Wildcats’ Ryan Atkinson reaches around Enumclaw catcher D.J. Hitch to avoid the tag and score in Mount Si’s 6-2 win in the state playoffs. Trevor Lane (2) watches the play up close. ing offenses and responded with timely hitting. On the pitching mound, Trevor Lane and Reece Karalus each threw complete games for the Wildcats. Karalus efficiently retired third-

ranked Enumclaw’s powerful offense, which struggled against his velocity and command. For the second consecutive start, the senior did not walk one batter. “There wasn’t a point when I felt I could back off,” he said.

Karalus tried to keep the ball inside to Enumclaw batters, who have trouble pulling the ball. “They didn’t dominate us by any stretch of the imagination, but he hit spots,” Enumclaw Coach Eric Fiedler said.

The Hornets got on the board quickly, scoring on a one-out double in the first inning that left runners on second and third. But as he has in other tight situations this season, Karalus settled down and struck out the next two batters on eight pitches to retire the side. The Wildcats went to work in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs. The second run came with controversy, though. With two outs, Mount Si centerfielder Max Brown hit a ball to the shortstop, who’s throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. Mount Si’s Robb Lane came home from third, but his run didn’t count, as Brown was initially called out. Both teams cleared the field, but Cribby protested the call. The umpires conferred and reversed the call, allowing the run to stand. With that play, momentum See BASEBALL, Page 17

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The Mount Si Wildcats softball team continues its state tourney run with a game against Tacoma’s Wilson High School on May 27. The Wildcats earned a playoff berth after their showing in the SeaKing District Tournament. It is the team’s first trip to the state tournament in five years. Mount Si rolled over Seattle Prep with a 16-4 win May 18 at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park. Celine Fowler and Kassidy Maddux helped lead the Wildcats’ offensive display. Fowler had two runs batted in and scored twice. Maddux went 4 for 4 at the plate, scoring three runs. The Wildcats piled on seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. When Seattle Prep managed only one run in the next frame, the game ended due to the mercy rule. Later that afternoon, Mount Si took down West Seattle in a tight 5-4 win. Maura Murphy led the bats for the Wildcats, scoring twice on two hits. Mount Si didn’t have long to rest, though, and was back on the field the next day to take on Holy Names. The Wildcats couldn’t get going, however, and fell 12-2.

Mount Si vs. Wilson (Tacoma) ❑ 10 a.m. May 27 ❑ Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road S.E., Lacey The winner will play the winner of the EverettJuanita clash, which starts at the same time. The loser will play that game’s loser.

Scouting report: Wilson High School has tough pitching. Earlier this season, sisters Janessa and Alex Flynn threw back-toback no-hitters. Mount Si’s pitching and defense will have to silence Wilson’s bats, giving Wildcat hitters an opportunity to capitalize on any mistakes. Wilson can lose focus in the field and has at times committed several errors in a game. Murphy was 3 for 3 at the plate with one RBI. A short while later, Mount Si faced off against Bainbridge. Again, the Wildcats couldn’t get their offense going and lost, 13-4.


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Dispatches from Everest: climbing the challenging Khumbu Icefall Snoqualmie residents Dennis Broadwell and Brian Dickinson are climbing Mount Everest, the tallest peak on earth. Broadwell owns Mountain Gurus, a climbing guide service; Dickinson is trying to climb the highest peak on each continent. Broadwell is filing regular dispatches from the trip. These have been abridged for the SnoValley Star. Follow him online at mountaingurus.blogspot.com. April 23 Yesterday was a great day. Pasang Temba and I climbed through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp 1 at 20,000 feet. The icefall is 2,000 vertical feet of a jumbled maze of seracs, ice blocks and crevasses considered by some the most technically challenging part of the climb. We climb using fixed ropes attached to ice screws or snow pickets. Aluminum ladders are used to cross large crevasses. Sometimes, two or three ladders are lashed with hand lines to help with

Scoreboard Prep boys track & field 3A Sea-King District Championships May 18-20 at SW Complex, Seattle Team scores: 1, Franklin 83; 2, Liberty 81; 3, Bellevue 74; 4, O’Dea 70; 5, Mount Si 66; 6, Seattle Prep 52; 7, Juanita 49; 8, Mercer Island 43; 9, Rainier Beach 32; 10, Bishop Blanchet 30.5; 11, Bainbridge 23; 12, Cleveland 17; 13, Nathan Hale 13.5; 14, Chief Sealth 11; 15, Eastside Catholic 7; 16, Lakeside 3; 17 (tie), West Seattle 2, Lake

balance when crossing. I’m not sure I’ll ever really get comfortable crossing these longer spanning ladders. It’s just part of the game and you make it happen; you just do it … and don’t look down. The icefall is not a place where you want to relax. You need to be vigilant always, assessing the risk and making sure you’re clipping into the fixed lines. Pasang Temba makes it all look easy, but I can tell he takes nothing for granted. He’s always listening and watching for danger. After crossing the last ladder, the Western Cwm (a Welsh word, pronounced COO-m, for a bowl-shaped valley) comes into view. This is the high valley that leads up Mount Everest. It’s totally surrounded by huge mountain walls on all sides except from the Khumbu Icefall. Nuptse, the Lhotse face, South Col and finally Everest’s summit come into view. It’s hard to believe the summit still stands

Washington 2. Individual results (Top 5 placers advance to state) 100: prelims, 9, Kaleb Huerta (Mount Si) 11.22. 200: 7, Shane Blankenburg (Mount Si) 23.13. 400: 4, Mason Bragg (Mount Si) 51.90. 110 hurdles: 8, Nate Chase (Mount Si) 16.74. 300 hurdles: 5, Chase (Mount Si) 41.83. 4x100 relay: 3, Mount Si (Huerta, Bragg, Blankenburg, Tyler Button) 43.57. 4x400 relay: 4, Mount Si (Bragg, Levi Botten, Huerta, Button) 3:28.95. High jump: 11, Jon Proctor (Mount Si) 5-6. Shot put: 1, Kolton Auxier (Mount Si) 5110; 4, Doc Derwin (Mount Si)

9,000 feet above us. It’s a beautiful day with light wind. We sit and enjoy lunch. Nearly 100 tents make up Camp 1. We descend to Base Camp. It’s been a long, tough day. My legs and lungs are tired. Pasang Temba tells me the second time up will be much easier. I hope he’s right. April 24 Today I’m hanging out for my second rest day at Base Camp. We have three staff here at Base Camp. Lhachmi is our cook, Jangke is our kitchen boy and Gurung helps retrieve water and does other general chores.

46-7; 6, Brian Copeland (Mount Si) 44-10. Discus: 3, Zach Storm (Mount Si) 136-10; 5, Auxier (Mount Si) 133-7; 9, Derwin (Mount Si) 111-0. Javelin: 3, Storm (Mount Si) 179-1; 4, Bradly Stevens (Mount Si) 1727. Pole vault: 5, Jimbo Davis (Mount Si) 12-0.

Prep girls track & field 3A Sea-King District Championships May 18-20 at SW Complex, Seattle Team scores: 1, Holy Names 108;

We’re served three western meals per day, at 8, noon and 6. We have our own three-person tents at Base Camp — plenty of room to organize all of our gear. We have a toilet tent. All of the waste is deposited in blue barrels and carried out of Base Camp. We also have a shower tent, which despite being here almost a week, I haven’t utilized yet. Thank God for wet wipes. Despite all of these luxuries, life is still tough here on the mountain. But it’s a far cry from expeditions of old. Staying healthy and motivated at high altitude remains difficult. It’s been a real blessing to be able to call my wife and boys every day. April 28 Pasang Temba and I climbed through the Khumbu Icefall again, spending two nights at Camp 1 to acclimatize to the altitude. Our second day, we climbed

Baseball From Page 16 switched to Mount Si, which never let go of it. Playing in Bellevue’s expansive Bannerwood Park, Mount Si’s batters couldn’t rely on the long ball, which they have used effectively this season. Instead they showed their ability to play small ball by steadily advancing runners with timely hitting and aggressive base running. Early that day, Lane shut down sixth-ranked Timberline, notching 10 strikeouts. He had a heavy

up the Western Cwm towards Camp 2. The climbing is mostly gradual, unlike the icefall. It’s only a few miles to Camp 2, but at 21,000 feet, it’s still relatively slow going. The sun is shining, and the whole Western Cwm feels like an oven. The solar radiation off the white snow is intense. One section of the route has a huge crevasse, with five ladders lashed together spanning the enormous expanse. A few Sherpas are taking the ladder crossing; the ladders are bouncing up and down. The whole thing looks sketchy as hell, and I easily decide to take the 10minute walk-around option. At Camp 2 it’s now snowing hard. Pasang Temba drops his load, and we quickly descend to Camp 1 in a snowy whiteout. The weather changes from whiteout to hot sun again within a few hours. Everest is a new environment, unlike anyplace I’ve ever climbed. The thin air makes everything really challenging and slower paced. workload, though, throwing 120 pitches overall as he struggled with his location early on. But he settled down by the third inning, and challenged Timberline’s batters. “I’ll throw my fastball until they can prove they can hit it, and they didn’t prove they could hit it,” Lane said. Mount Si went into the third inning trailing 2-0, when Ryan Atkinson connected for his first career home run to tie the game. With one out and a runner on first base, Atkinson was focused on making good contact. He was looking for a first pitch fastball, which he got. “The ball just went further than I expected,” he said.

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Scoreboard From Page 17 2, Juanita 85.5; 3, Nathan Hale 80; 4, Lakeside 68; 5, Liberty 51; 6, Bishop Blanchet 50; 7, Seattle Prep 45; 8, Rainier Beach 33; 9, Mount Si 30; 10, Mercer Island 28; 11, Franklin 27.5; 12, Bellevue 22; 13, Cleveland 16; 14, Bainbridge 15; 15, West Seattle 12; 16 (tie), Chief Sealth 10, Lake Washington 10. Individual results (Top 5 placers advance to state) 200: prelims, 9, Sophie Rockow (Mount Si) 27.21. 800: 7, Christina Volken (Mount Si) 2:24.18. 1,600: 9, Bailey Scott (Mount Si) 5:20.85. 300 hurdles: 3, Ashley Jackson (Mount Si) 46.66. 4x100 relay: 8, Mount Si

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Public meetings ❑ City offices will be closed May 30 for Memorial Day. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. May 26, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. May 26, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

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Events ❑ Mount Si Artists Guild exhibit, through May 30, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. See artwork by local artists. ❑ Valley Center Stage presents “The Foreigner,” 7:30 p.m. May 26-28, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Check out this uproarious comedy set in rural Georgia. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors. Go to www.valleycenterstage.org. ❑ Stories from Junk Puppet Land, 2 p.m. May 26, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Boulevard S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Student Clinic: World music and influence on jazz, 4:30 p.m. May 25, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Chris Stover’s Q.E.D. Trio, 7 p.m. May 25, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Halie Loren with Greg Williamson Trio, 7 p.m. May 26, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Bingo, 6:45 p.m. May 27, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend ❑ Milo Petersen Trio, 7 p.m. May 27, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ The Fire Inside, 7:30 p.m. May 27, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Suggested $5 donation. ❑ Carolyn Graye & Paul Green Quartet, 7 p.m. May 28, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ David Ayers, 8 p.m. May 28, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Bingo, 5:45 p.m. May 29, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main

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Memorial Day weekend train rides, various times, May 28-30, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. Northwest Railway Museum’s scenic 65-minute round trip departs from Snoqualmie or North Bend. Special weekday train ride on Monday. See schedule at www.trainmuseum.org. Cost: $12, $10 seniors, $8 ages 2 to 12, $5 military with ID card.

Ave. S., North Bend ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. May 29, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. May 31 Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. ❑ Cascade Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m. May 31, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. June 1, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 6-24 months old accompanied by an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. June 1, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ Teen study zone, 3 p.m. June 1, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Drop-in during scheduled study zone hours for

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free homework help in all subjects from volunteer tutors. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. June 1, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. May June 1, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Rise and Shine Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. June 2, Camp River Ranch, 33300 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation. Free breakfast to honor Snoqualmie Valley volunteers who make this community a better place to live. ❑ Sallal Grange’s open mic, 7 p.m. June 3, Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend

❑ Valley Center Stage presents “And I Can Cook, Too!” 7:30 p.m. June 3-4, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. A frank and funny take on being a woman in the modern world. Tickets: $12.50 ($10 for seniors) ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Resource Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4, Cascade Covenant Church, 13225 436th Ave. S.E., North Bend. The fair is to assist struggling families, and is being organized by One VOICE. Call Stacey Cepeda at 888-2777 or email stacey.cepeda@encompassnw.org. ❑ The Little Black Bottles, 7:30 p.m. June 4, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Suggested donation: $5 ❑ Argentine Tango Lessons with Travis Boothe, 4-5 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Cost: $35 for series or $12 each lesson ❑ Dominoes, 1 p.m., June 6, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend ❑ Abe and Friends, 7 p.m. June 11, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Suggested donation: $5

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third

Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. Email research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email volunteer coordinator Carol Waters at carolw@snoqualmiehospital.org to arrange an interview. ❑ Spanish Academy invites volunteers fluent in Spanish to participate in summer camps on its three-acre farm-style school. Must love children and nature. Call 888-4999. ❑ Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Choose the times and areas in which you’d like to drive. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-748-7588 or 800-2825815 toll free, or email melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mt. Si Senior Center needs volunteers for sorting and sales in the thrift store, reception and class instruction. The center is at 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to www.hopelink.org/takeaction/volunteer.co m or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

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