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Veterans honored Memorial Day service pays tribute to the fallen. Page 2

City shuffled North Bend council approves personnel moves. Page 3

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By Dan Catchpole

Champs at last Read this Valley organizations help with literacy programs. Page 8

The Mount Si High School Wildcats hoist the school’s trophies after rallying to win the state 3A baseball championship at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Down to its last out, Mount Si came back to beat the Shorewood Thunderbirds. Read the story on Page 12.

School board passes district redraw 4-0

Volunteers unearth four cars, trash on riverbank

An eye for art

By Sebastian Moraga

Mount Si High School hosts arts festival. Page 10

The Snoqualmie Valley School Board voted 4-0 to pass a proposal that redraws the board member seats within the board, and which had irked a vocal group of citizens. Board member Scott Hodgins did not vote, but prior to the vote board President Dan Popp read a statement from Hodgins supporting the proposal. Opponents to the proposal had assailed it, since under it Snoqualmie seats won’t be up for re-election until 2013. Board member Craig Husa said the community's input had been “tremendously valuable.” Still, opponents to the proposal said they were disap-

The four cars, rusted and caked with moss and dirt, had cluttered the banks of the Snoqualmie River for decades, along with piles of beer cans, old shoes and broken appliances. Enter Wade Holden: the man who makes trash tremble. After Holden and his wife moved from Texas to North Bend in 1992, the two were astounded by the amount of garbage in the city’s woods and rivers. Undeterred, they founded the nonprofit Friends of the Trail and they have scoured the Snoqualmie Valley and neighboring areas for trash ever since, making the outdoors cleaner, one garbage bag — and even one bullet-riddled abandoned refrigerator — at a time. The morning of May 24 was

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no different, but this time Holden was working with a crew: King County Solid Waste Division, Triple J Towing, three volunteers and his good friends Jeff Martine and Martine’s grandson Max Karlinsky. After moving to North Bend in 1997, Martine said that he found that the ravine near his house, the beautifully green embankment that was home to ferns, evergreens and underbrush, had so much discarded junk strewn about that it almost rivaled the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. And all of it was just a stone’s throw from the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River by Southeast See UNEARTHED, Page 3

Divers with the King County Sheriff’s Office recovered a missing man’s body from the Snoqualmie River on May 25, three days after he had last been seen. The divers recovered the body shortly after 3 p.m. in about four feet of water more than 50 feet from shore, close to where the man disappeared. The missing man was last seen when he and his fiancée were playing with their two dogs near Fall City. The Bothell couple had been throwing sticks for their 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 Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Witnesses called for help, and rescuers from Eastside Fire & Rescue 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. Divers from the sheriff’s office and Mercer Island Police Department began searching for the 29-year-old man May 22. The search continued until May 24. “Visibility during the dives was between two and five feet, with many car-sized boulders, rock walls and log debris,” Urquhart said in a news release. Sheriff’s deputies had located the body of a prior drowning victim near North Bend on April 29. He had been missing for two days.


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State seeks residents for hatchery advisory group Nominate Snoqualmie Valley residents as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for the Puget Sound Hatchery Action advisory group. The agency is accepting applications through June 3 for the new board. Officials plan to appoint as many as 12 people. The advisory group is responsible for developing recommendations for potential modifications to the state’s hatchery programs. The state operates 87 hatcheries, including one near the Tokul River in the lower Valley. The program releases millions of fish each year to support the state’s recreational and commercial fisheries. During the 20092011 biennium budget, it had an operating budget of $64.6 million. “We are at a critical stage in efforts to implement improved

Redraw From Page 1 pointed. Laurie Gibbs said that under the proposal, eight homes in her neighborhood would be in one district and 30 would be in another. She reiterated her disappointment at having no Snoqualmie seats up for grabs for two years. “There will be 7,000 people with no chance to run for two more years,” she said. “I am dis-

hatchery practices to restore salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fishing opportunities in Puget Sound,” Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division manager, said in a press release. “We want to draw on the expertise of others to help identify innovative solutions in each watershed.” The actions identified by the group should provide guidance to the wildlife agency in working alongside tribal co-managers

to develop management plans for state hatcheries to suit to each watershed, Bartlett added. Nominations must be submitted in writing and include the following information: ❑ Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address ❑ Relevant experience and reasons for wanting to serve as a member ❑ Nominee’s effectiveness in communication ❑ Name and contact information for any individual or organization submitting a nomination Mail nominations to Bartlett at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501. Or, email materials to heather.bartlett@dfw.wa.gov. Call 360-902-2662 to learn more.

appointed because it's a disenfranchising of 7,000 voters.” She said that no member of the current board represents Snoqualmie. Stephen Kangas, a North Bend parent, said the board's decision violated the rights of thousands of Snoqualmie residents and hundreds of North Bend people. “This issue is not going to die,” he said. Carolyn Simpson, whom along with Gibbs presented a counterproposal last month, named “the Citizens' Proposal,” said the board had violated, or

at least limited, the rights of voters. Conversely, Liz Piekarczyk, a parent from Snoqualmie, said the board was hearing only one side of the story. “You’re hearing the people opposed,” she said. “The people who are happy aren't bothering to come.” Piekarczyk declared herself “very happy” with the plan. Popp defended the board's actions, stating that its No. 1 goal was not to represent Snoqualmie children, but rather the needs of all district students. “That’s the position and the

On the Web Learn more about the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s salmon hatcheries program: wdfw.wa.gov/hatcheries/overview.html

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Honoring those who served John Lang, of North Bend, plays the bugle during one of several Memorial Day observances in the Snoqualmie Valley featuring the local American Legion post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Boy Scouts of America and members of the Issaquah High School Junior ROTC. Services to honor America’s war dead were held in Preston, Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie. foundation upon which I make my decisions,” he said. The board had initially presented a model where four seats split parts of Snoqualmie. The model aroused protests from Gibbs, Simpson, Kangas and other citizens, some of whom called it an example of gerrymandering, or the redrawing of districts to keep power in the hands of a particular group — in this case, the current school board members. Gibbs and Simpson then presented to the board the Citizens’ Proposal, where they suggested giving two seats to Snoqualmie,

two seats to North Bend and one seat to Fall City. That redistribution was termed 2-2-1. Husa has said that the proposal the board approved May 26 is “the closest we will get to a 2-2-1.” One of the seats is split between Snoqualmie and Fall City. Simpson and Gibbs disagreed. “For the next three years, we will have a 3-1-1," Gibbs said, to which Simpson replied, “it’s a 311/2-1/2, really.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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North Bend council approves personnel restructuring By Dan Catchpole The North Bend City Council voted to reorganize the city’s administrative and financial departments at its May 3 meeting. The reorganization met with stiff opposition when first proposed in April. In a rare sign of dissension, the council voted 4-3 to have an ordinance drafted for the reorganization. But the council unanimously supported the finished ordinance a few weeks later. The reorganization was written in part to retain Cheryl ProffittSchmidt, who until April 1 had been city clerk. To keep her from leaving, the administration offered her a new position as director of administrative services. But the position didn’t exist until the City Council approved it. In her new role, ProffittSchmidt will oversee the city’s financial and administrative operations. Assistant Finance Director Stan Lewis will become the city’s finance manager. Deputy City Clerk Susie Oppedahl has taken over Proffitt-Schmidt’s former position. Snoqualmie has used a similar structure for at least six years. The proposal eliminates the city’s finance director position. The resignation of Finance Director Maryann Nelson in early March made the reshuffle possible, said City Administrator Duncan Wilson. When the proposal was introduced at the council’s April 19 meeting, detractors on the council criticized it for being ill-conceived and motivated by a desire to retain Proffitt-Schmidt rather than good policy. Councilmen Chris Garcia, David Cook and Alan Gothelf initially opposed the measure. “We’re the board of a $20 million corporation, and we’re going to hire a CFO that has no financial experience whatsoever,” Cook said. “That just doesn’t make any sense to me.” Supporters said the measure saves money and keeps an experienced staff together. The city is expected to save $95,000 in 2011 by eliminating the deputy city clerk and finance director positions, and moving Lewis into the finance manager position at his current pay rate. Four council members praised Proffitt-Schmidt, who was named Washington’s Municipal Clerk of the Year by the state’s municipal clerk association in 2009. Council members Ross Loudenback, Jeanne Pettersen, Jonathan Rosen and Dee Williamson voted in favor of the proposal at the April 19 meeting. The measure requires City Council to vote on the changes again in six months.

Unearthed From Page 1 Lake Dorothy Road, just east of Twin Falls Middle School. He told Holden about the mess, who in turn reported it to the King County Solid Waste Division. Someone from the division called Jeff Moe, owner of Triple J Towing, who has a contract with the county. “Anything off-road, we’ll work with Jeff,” Morgan John, program manager of King County Solid Waste Division, said. “He seems to enjoy getting grubby.” By the end of the day, Moe had pulled four cars, a troublesome tree stump and various appliances out of the ravine. “This is a fun one,” Moe said. Championing the green movement might be considered cool and progressive today, but back in the 1970s and 1980s, not everyone felt that way. “Back in the day, I think a lot of the folks who worked in the logging industry felt like the environmentalists were pushing them off,” Holden said. There are many reasons for why people would litter, dumping things such as old mattress-

State seeks National Trails Day volunteers The State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring six work opportunities in Washington, including one on the Little Si Trail, as part of the 19th annual National Trails Day on June 4. Volunteers can help repair,

es or toilets in the woods. Holden offered three reasons: people felt the woods were theirs, and they wanted to stick it to the man; they didn’t want to drive to the junkyard and pay the processing fee; or they just didn’t care. If people want to legally dispose of trash, they can take it to the King County transfer station, including the Cedar Falls drop box, at 16925 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend, where it costs $102.05 per ton to dispose of garbage. Paying the cost is better than dumping eyesores and harmful chemicals into the woods. “Sometimes, the thing Wade cleans up is just a bag leftover from a fishing trip,” John said. “But sometimes, it’s like a paint store has gone out of business because there’ll be paint cans everywhere.” Cars, appliances and paint containers rust over time, allowing liquid to leach out and contaminate nearby soil or water. Besides, taking trash to the dump is cheaper than having to clean it up with tax dollars. Removing vehicles and large appliances from a ravine can cost about $1,200 per day, money that pays for staff members, dumping fees and a tow relocate or refurbish trails on department-managed lands. The work on Little Si Trail is being organized with help from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. Volunteers will help build rock retaining walls to stabilize the trail, and build rock turnpikes to repair muddy sections of the trail and improve drainage.

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Jeff Moe, owner of Triple J Towing, pulls an abandoned car out of a ravine near the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. truck, John said. A site without a steep bank would cost about half that, he said. North Bend volunteer Bob Kaake said he enjoys cleaning sites with Friends of the Trail, especially since he lives on the Middle Fork and wants to restore the surroundings to their natural beauty. He collected countless bags of trash, including a forlorn disco shoe, at the site. “It’s like an archeology dig,” Kaake said. Chuck Leinas, of Issaquah, and Saleem Juma, a senior at Eastlake High School, also volunteered. “I just really like cleaning up the environment,” Juma said. The work party runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4. Volunteers can join for any amount of time. Volunteers must wear long pants, hiking or work boots, and long-sleeved shirts. They should bring lunch, snacks, drinking water and rain gear. Mountains to Sound Greenway will provide gloves and tools. Register as a volunteer at

What to know Volunteer with Friends of the Trail by calling Wade Holden at 831-5486 or by emailing friendsot@centurytel.net. Taking out the trash Report trash on public land by calling the King County Solid Waste Division’s Illegal Dumping Hotline at 206-296SITE (7483) or online at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/cleanup/reportdumping.asp.

http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer or call Mountains to Sound Greenway at 206-812-0122. The department and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are organizing another work party at the Tiger Summit Trailhead west of North Bend. Get information about that event by emailing kevin@evergreentb.org.

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State championship holds life lessons for all The Mount Si High School Wildcats’ spectacular rally against the Shorewood Thunderbirds to take the 3A state baseball championship holds important lessons for all of us. It is easy to dismiss sports as mere games. To be sure, they are games. But they are games that can teach us valuable life lessons. Down to their last out and trailing 4-2, the Wildcats could have tucked tail and folded. Other teams might have done so. When facing similar long odds in life, many people would give up. But Mount Si’s ballplayers and coaches refused to go quietly from Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. They drew on their skills and training, honed during countless hours of practice. Championships are not built in a moment. They are the product of long hours of hard work — with a bit of luck for good measure. Success is not seized in a single stroke. It comes by being prepared to act when opportunity presents itself. That is what Mount Si did by chipping away at Shorewood’s lead. The Wildcats got batters on base and moved them around to tie the game, and then to win it. Their rally required focus, resolve and determination. It showed maturity. Those are traits that everyone can apply to life situations. Of course, baseball is a game. A person is trying to hit a ball with a stick. No one should live or die by it. But we can all pull lessons from playing fields and use them in our lives. There are times in everyone’s life when he or she is trailing in the final inning with two outs. The games we play can inspire us to rally when it matters most in life.

WEEKLY POLL What do you think of the redistricting map approved by the Snoqualmie Valley School Board? A. It’s good. It does a fair job of divvying up the school district. B. It’s bad. It slices up Snoqualmie and protects incumbents. C. It’s OK. No solution is going to be perfect, but I can live with it. Vote online at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Baseball champs thank fans for their support Fans, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you followers of the baseball program this year! These young men achieved something that has never been accomplished in 60 years at Mount Si High School. They may only be young men, but they will go down as Legends in the surrounding community. It has been my pleasure in my first year as head coach at Mount Si to bring a State Championship to the Valley for all to enjoy. This is not just a feat for the baseball program, but for the entire Wildcat Nation! This was not just a team, but rather a family that bonded together to achieve a goal that not many can say they have done before. These young men have earned the credit they so rightfully deserve! It is amazing what can be achieved when no one cares who receives the credit. Hard work always prevails. Please join me in congratulating these young men on their historical season — 2011 KingCo 3A

JUNE 2, 2011 Regular Season Champions, 2011 KingCo 3A Tournament Champions and the 2011 3A State Champions! Elliott Cribby, head coach Mount Si baseball

Vote yes on 1130 Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Right now, in factory farms across Washington, millions of egg-laying chickens are crammed so tightly into their cages that they literally cannot turn around or spread their wings. They spend their entire lives in these conditions. A petition campaign in Washington state, called “Yes on 1130,” seeks to put a measure on the November ballot, which will, if voted in, increase cage sizes for these poor birds. If you care about the humane treatment of animals, please make sure you sign one of these petitions. It takes no money, and very little effort to make a difference. If you’d like to read more about the proposed measure, go to http://yeson1130.com. You can email the campaign at info@yeson1130.com to connect with a signature gatherer in your area, or email me directly

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Everything’s greener with a chamber invite By Slim Randles Delbert McLain dropped in at the Mule Barn truck stop yesterday for a quick cup. He was wearing his usual suit and tie, despite the heat. Usually, Delbert does his coffee drinking and socializing out at the country club where the business guys go. We’ve been there, and the chairs don’t fit as well. For the past 10 years now, Delbert has run the local chamber of commerce. We all have to admit he was a good choice. His job is to promote our town and the surrounding area, which he does by prowling through the town — his ample belly flying under a full spinnaker — looking for out-of-state plates on the cars during tourist season, and then convincing the visitors they should 1. live here forever; 2. hire locals to build them a huge house; and 3. start a business that will hire as many of us as they can stand. According to Delbert, several things are certain about our little valley here: It is the only place in the world that will grow; our water is so good we don’t need dentists except during our tourist seasons; the deer

in the surrounding hills are easy to hunt and are the size of horses; the fish in Lewis Creek are so big children Slim Randles are afraid to Columnist swim there; and our average life expectancy is right around 104. “Boys,” Delbert said with his constant grin, “it’s looking like a good summer. I can’t tell all the details now, but it looks like we

may be getting three factories and you know how many houses they’ll have to build out on the flats to hold all the employees.” “Delbert,” Doc said, “you know they shouldn’t build out on the flats. That thing floods out about every six years.” Delbert saddened there for just a minute as he stirred his coffee, but then the sales gleam relit the surface of his face. “That’s it!” he yelled. “We can call it ‘seasonal waterfront!’” 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 & Fire Snoqualmie police Lost dog At 10:13 a.m. May 21, police responded to a call from the 39000 block of Alpha Street. A caller said a black dog was behaving aggressively toward people. Officers located the dog, which was not aggressive at all toward the officers. Apparently he had escaped from his yard.

No driving for you, really At 9:10 p.m. May 21, police stopped a black Volkswagen Jetta near the intersection of Snoqualmie Parkway and Southeast Swenson Drive. A status check showed the registration had expired. The driver had no license, but did have an ignition interlock installed on the dashboard. A second check showed the driver had a suspended license. Police told him he would receive a citation and told him not to drive until his license was reinstated. He was released to await a licensed driver to pick up the car.

Omg, omg, omg! At 9:05 p.m. May 24, police near the intersection of Olmstead Avenue Southeast and Southeast Maple Street saw a 16year-old girl exit her home and run into the street yelling, with a man behind telling her to calm down. Turned out the girl's dad had just given the girl her first car, and she was excited.

North Bend police All teeth, no tunes At 7:19 p.m. May 21, a woman reported that she went to her driveway to find her car's driver’s-side door ajar, the center console and glove box open, the overhead lights on and the trunk open. Items missing included a dental textbook, Bluetooth charger, a polar fleece item, dental loupes in a case and a model of teeth to be used in a school course. A second polar fleece item was still there, as were all of the woman's CDs.

Can people slow down? At 1 p.m. May 20, police fielded a complaint from a man who lives in the 700 block of Ballarat

Craigslist ad highlights marijuana growth

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Looking for a large home on a quiet street with a greenhouse for growing marijuana? Well, one house in North Bend has everything you’re looking for, according to a listing on craigslist. The ad highlights the traditional selling points of the property — four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, 3,500 square feet — and some less traditional attractions, like growing marijuana. The home’s greenhouse is set up for growing marijuana, flowers or veggies, according to the ad. It could even support a lucrative home business. “(Growing) 45 plants at a time, you can easily grow over $125,000 in crop per summer and take the winters off or grow indoors during the winter,” the ad reads. The listing, which doesn’t give an address, is asking $500,000 to start a short sale.

The North Bend Planning Commission has two new members. Marc Krasnowsky and Gary Fancher were appointed to the commission’s two open seats by Mayor Ken Hearing at the May 17 City Council meeting. Krasnowsky’s term will expire May 11, 2015; Fancher’s will end May 18, 2014. Six candidates were interviewed for the two seats. The Planning Commission recommends to the City Council what action to take regarding design standards and other policy matters related to urban planning. Krasnowsky, appointed to position No. 2, is the communications director for the NW Energy Coalition, a coalition of organizations in the Northwest advocating for renewable energy and energy conservation. “I want this area to thrive both economically and environmentally,” he wrote on his application.

Avenue Northeast. The man said motorists violate the speed limit often on his street, with some hitting 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. Two vehicles have crashed into telephone poles in the past six months, the man said. He said that the problem is constant but at its worst between 4 and 6 p.m.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 10:39 a.m. May 20, EMTs responded to the Snoqualmie downtown area for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by EMTs. ❑ At 12:22 p.m. May 20, EMTs were dispatched to the Snoqualmie downtown area for a medical call. A patient was treated and then transported to a hospital by EMTs. ❑ At 7:37 a.m. May 21, Snoqualmie EMTs and Bellevue paramedics responded to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 9:57 a.m. May 22, EMTs responded to Venn Avenue Southeast for a 2-year-old girl with a wrist injury she got while playing. She was evaluated and treated at the scene, and left in

Krasnowsky has lived in the area for five years. He was raised in Seattle. Fancher was appointed to position No. 4. He has lived in the area for seven years. He works as a consultant for Microsoft, according to his application. Enhancing design standards and the diversity of residential developments, and planning for tourism amenities were among the reasons he wanted to join the commission, he wrote on his application.

Snoqualmie residents join city commissions Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson appointed two residents to city commissions at the May 23 City Council meeting. Kelly Siple was appointed to a vacant seat on the Snoqualmie Planning Commission. Siple works as the director of Production Operations at LexisNexis Applied Discovery. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. The Planning Commission’s

JUNE 2, 2011 care of her family. ❑ At 3:56 p.m. May 22, Snoqualmie firefighters, assisted by firefighters from Fall City, Eastside Fire & Rescue and Duvall, and Bellevue paramedics and the King County Sheriff’s Office, performed a rescue on the Snoqualmie River. One person was rescued and another unaccounted for. The incident was turned over to sheriff’s office dive teams. ❑ At 10:46 p.m. May 22, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for an ill employee, who was evaluated and transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 7:22 a.m. May 23, firefighters responded to the Salish Lodge & Spa for an automatic fire alarm, which was set off by a faulty fan in the chimney. It was reset and turned over to engineers on site. ❑ At 11:01 a.m. May 24, EMTs responded to Mount Si High School for a 16-year-old female who passed out while giving blood. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 5:46 p.m. May 24, EMTs responded to Southeast Beta Court for a 53-year-old female with dehydration. She was evaluated and transported to a hos-

pital by private ambulance. ❑ At 6:30 p.m. May 24, EMTs responded to Centennial Fields for a 12-year-old male who broke his wrist while playing baseball. He was evaluated, and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 6:44 a.m. May 25, EMTs responded to the Echo Glen Children’s Center for a 66-yearold female with stroke symptoms. She was evaluated, and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 4:38 p.m. May 25, EMTs responded to Silva Avenue Southeast for a 56-year-old female with a leg injury. She was evaluated, and transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 8:37 p.m. May 25, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for an 85-year-old female with a medical problem. She was evaluated and left at the scene. ❑ At 7:34 p.m. May 25, firefighters responded to state Route 202, just below the Salish Lodge & Spa, to assist with removal of a tree that had fallen across the road.

nine members serve six-year terms and advise the City Council about land use issues. Joe Sirlin was appointed to an open position on the Parks Board. Sirlin is the one of the Boeing Classic’s few full-time employees. He is the golf tournament’s operations director. The Park Board advises the City Council about the operations and programming of city parks and recreational facilities. The board has seven members, who are appointed by the mayor for three-year terms.

Police located his car at the Mount Si trailhead, where it had been parked for several days. Studley was an avid outdoorsman, according to an online obituary. He climbed Mount Rainier seven times. He had four children with his ex-wife.

Medical examiner IDs drowning victim The King County Medical Examiner has confirmed that a man found in the Snoqualmie River on April 29 was Leonard T. Studley, of Milton. The 51-year-old man was last seen April 26, according to a missing person report filed by his mother with Milton Police shortly before his body was located. The medical examiner believes Studley drowned April 27.

The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police and fire reports. No information was available for North Bend fire.

Donate life jackets to public boat launches The state is seeking boating clubs, public safety agencies and other civic organizations interested in establishing a life jacket loaner site at public boat launches or marinas. Call the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission at 360-902-8555 to learn more. The state has some funding to provide life jackets and materials at no cost to help establish a public loaner site in time for boating season. If boaters do not have the required number of life jackets aboard their vessels, the state offers life jackets for the day or weekend at no cost at many boat launches, marinas and state parks across Washington. Each year, a majority of boating deaths result from drowning, and a majority of the deceased had not been wearing life jackets. Officials recorded 18 boating fatalities statewide last year. Wearing a life jacket can prevent many boating-related deaths. Many marine law enforcement agencies have adopted a zero-tolerance approach for boats without sufficient life jackets, and could issue citations.


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Carnegie program lifts children to challenging heights By Sebastian Moraga Jaden Chong has his eyes on the prize. At 10 years old, Chong does not want a diploma, a trophy, not even an ovation. No, the reason Snoqualmie’s Chong practices the piano an hour a day, the reason he immerses himself in music theory, the reason he participates in the Carnegie Achievement Program, does not even exist yet. “He said to me one time, ‘Mom, the reason I play is so I have a different talent,’” Jaden’s mom Vivian Lee said. “A different talent to show my son or daughter.’” The Carnegie Achievement Program requires piano students to study music theory, music writing, different styles of music and, of course, the piano itself. “It is quite challenging,” Lee said. “They have to practice their songs, prepare for tests, everything.” Still, Lee said Jaden finds relaxation in his daily hour of piano practice. It provides him with a respite from schoolwork, and he gets to learn something. “He feels like it’s rewarding to him,” she said. Bob Pajer, a nationally certified teacher of music who trains students for the achievement program, agreed with Lee: The program is a lot of work. “Students have to play a piece from the baroque period,” he said. “They have to play a piece from the classical period, like Beethoven, a piece from the romantic period, and the 20th and 21st century period. They

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Valley organizations promote literacy By Dan Catchpole For many people, nothing rivals curling up with a good book. Several Snoqualmie Valley organizations are working to spread a love of reading. Promoting literacy isn’t simply about enjoying reading, though. For advocates of literacy, it is about building a healthy society. “Reading is an integral part of living,” said Kristina Steffen, director of Encompass’ Early Learning program. Whether it is a stop sign, directions on a package, email, the Declaration of Independence, the collected works of Shakespeare or the Twilight books, people use reading skills every day. Building a literate society begins by encouraging its youngest members to read. Teachers at Encompass’ preschool read to their students every day. The King County Library System’s branches in North Bend and Snoqualmie have literacy programs on most weekdays. Beginning last year, KCLS took its literacy campaign on the road with its Library2Go! bookmobile. In April, it began making monthly visits to Encompass. People can’t always get to the books, so KCLS is taking the books to the people, said Irene

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Members of Encompass’ Early Learning team show off nearly 1,000 new children’s books they purchased with a $1,000 grant from Altrusa International. Wickstrom, a librarian at the Snoqualmie branch. “The library is always looking at how can we make reading fun, especially for the little ones,” she said. Like other advocates of literacy, Wickstrom said she believes that reading benefits people on a personal level, and it is good for the country. “How else would they begin reading a newspaper and finding out what is going on if they don’t have basic literary skills?” she asked. Research indicates that literacy skills in elementary school closely correspond to high school graduation rates and

future economic potential. Promoting literacy for parents in low-income households can be difficult. “If you have to make that decision between ‘Am I going to buy food or that $20 picture book,’ food is going to win out every time,” Steffen said. Of the roughly 100 students at Encompass, 36 are from lowincome families. With them in mind, Steffen applied for a $1,000 grant from Altrusa International to promote literacy. Steffen and other Encompass staff members bought nearly 1,000 new children’s books at the Scholastic Book Fairs

Hometown hero Joe Crecca (third from left), of North Bend, returned to his hometown of Bloomfield, N.J., to serve as grand marshal of the town’s Memorial Day parade. Crecca’s classmates from high school held a luncheon after the parade in his honor. Crecca joined the United States Air Force and became a pilot. On Nov. 7, 1968, he led a flight of F-4 Phantom jet fighter-

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Warehouse in Olympia. “If you want to test the resourcefulness of teachers, give them $1,000 and send them to a book warehouse,” she said. The books — 967 in all — will be read in class and then given to Encompass students each month. Building up personal libraries is key to promoting literacy, she said. KCLS branches in the Valley also help children build personal libraries with programs funded by their local support organizations, the Friends of Snoqualmie Library and the Friends of North Bend Library. People at Encompass and KCLS teach parents how to read to their children even before they can understand what is being said. Learning the flow and sound of language is something that starts in the womb, Steffen said. Parents reading to their children can build great bonds. She and her husband still read with their children, who are 8 and 10. Steffen’s passion for reading was ignited when she was a child. One of her favorite books is a copy of “Miss Twiggley’s Tree” that she got when she was a young girl. Long ago, its spine gave out and is now held together by tape, but Steffen said she still reads it alone and with her children from time to time. bombers on an attack in bad weather. After hitting the target, Crecca’s plane was shot down near Thuy Ba, North Vietnam. He spent 2,280 days — or more than six years — as a prisoner in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. The neighboring cell was occupied by the future-Sen. John McCain. Crecca received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his leadership in his last raid. He retired from the Air Force as a major in 1978. He continued to fly for commercial airlines. He is married to Joan Rice. Their son, Elliot, is a captain in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps.


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Obituaries Sarah Keller Bertagnole Sarah Keller Bertagnole left this earth on May 13, 2011, after living 44 years of a fulfilling and wonderful life. Sarah She has Bertagnole been married to Nathan Bertagnole for more than 20 years and has six children: Lindsey, Andrea, Nathan Jordan, Bryan and Dallin. She was born in Seattle to Ward and Carol Keller and then moved to North Bend. Sarah lived with her husband and family in Enumclaw and Longview, as well as Sacramento, Calif., and most recently Casper, Wyo., where her husband was born and raised. She served a mission in Ecuador for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In fact, her life was focused on spreading the love of her Savior Jesus Christ and she took advantage of every opportunity to bless the lives of others with her testimony. She attended Mount Si High School, where she excelled in volleyball, discus, shot put and track. She attended Brigham Young University

Idaho for a year. Being involved with club volleyball took her to Russia, where she had the opportunity to play against other clubs. Her life has been centered on her home, family, extended family and friends, and she loved cooking, baking and serving others! In June 2009, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer, but rather than allowing it to have a negative effect upon her life, she chose to remain faithful to her beliefs and live life to its fullest. Even to the end, she was found serving and lifting others who faced the same challenges she did. (Go to www.caringbridge.org and type “sarahbertagnole” in “Visit a Website” to see the great wisdom and comfort she was able to give to everyone.) The impact of her life will be felt in the lives of many for generations to come. We all love her dearly and will miss her until we are reunited once again. She is survived by her parents and her siblings, Stephen (Laura), Susan Keller McCreadie (Scott) and Curtis (Aimee); and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to the Sarah Bertagnole Memorial Children’s Fund at any Wells Fargo bank branch. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15205 S.E. 28th St., Bellevue, located

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David Robert Jenkins David Robert Jenkins, of North Bend, passed away on May 25, 2011. David was born Aug. 25, 1938, in Tacoma. He David Jenkins was the adopted son and only child of James and Mary Jenkins. His family remained in the Puget Sound area, and he graduated from Highline High School in June 1956. For two years following high school, David worked hard to save money for college. He was a construction laborer, packing 150-pound sacks of Gilsulate, an insulating mineral used to surround underground pipes. He was also a taxi driver for Yellow Cab, and he spent a summer landscaping. He attended Pacific Lutheran University from 1958-1960, where he completed his general arts’ and science requirements. In 1961, he transferred to the University of Washington, where began his studies in art education. He discovered his love for building design and structure and changed his major to

PAGE 9 architecture. David graduated in 1967 with his Bachelor of Science in architecture — he was fourth out of a class of 145. He began his career working as an architectural draftsman for Waldron Dietz, George Bolotin & Associates in Seattle. He had also worked for Sassonoff and Mecklenberg, of Seahurst, and for Ralph Burkhard’s firm. His career accomplishments included a commendation for designing a 33-story parking garage on a restricted-use site. He completed his career working as an architect and draftsman for The Boeing Co. He is survived by his two children Victoria Susan Jenkins, of Bainbridge Island, and Eric John Jenkins, of Eagle River, Alaska; their mother Shirley Ann Carlson (married to David 1969-1973); and his granddaughter Emma. He also leaves his loving church family. A visitation was held June 1, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, Issaquah. A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Calvary Chapel, 1556 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend. Private interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Issaquah. Arrangements entrusted to Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home and Crematory, 3926444. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Carnegie From Page 8 have to do a musical study, there’s a theory part and there’s ear training.” A Carnegie certification can be a very important asset for a student wanting to enter a university or earn a scholarship. Since it’s a national program, it is recognized by everyone, Pajer said. “The point of the program is that it is standardized,” he said. “Examiners train the same way in here or in New York or in San Antonio. It’s truly a national program. Once they pass, the grades are posted and they receive a certification and a grade.” The program has several levels. Lee said she wants her son to climb as high as he wants, as long as he feels happy doing it. “I don’t know about a career,” Lee said of her son becoming a professional musician. “I want him to keep going for as long as he likes what he does.” Most of the students enrolled are top students at their respective schools, Pajer said. Lee said that when it comes to practicing and studying for tests of the Carnegie program, Jaden’s schoolwork comes first. The oldest student under Pajer’s tutelage is 12, he said. And he wants to see more. Teachers, too. “I’m hoping to get other teachers to participate in the program,” he said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our local students.”

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Students show off talents at art festival By Sebastian Moraga Television painter Bob Ross made a career out of painting happy trees. Aubrey McMichael’s career has begun with evil branches. McMichael, a Mount Si High School freshman, won first place in painting at the school’s Festival of Arts with her first piece. She copied a piece by animator and cartoonist Eyvind Earle: a blue, black and green tree whose branches gave McMichael fits. “Those evil branches,” she said, looking at the finished work. “I could make each totally random and no one would know the difference, but I kept looking back and forth.” McMichael said she entered the contest because her art teacher Brent Meserve told her she should. With a blue ribbon hanging from the side of her first artwork, she smiled from ear to ear. “I’m excited,” she said. “I came in to look today and I saw it and I was like, ‘Ohmygod!’” McMichael said she did not think her work would be considered that good. Mean-while, Meserve earned some more credibility and has a student for next year’s class.

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Aubrey McMichael poses next to her painting of a tree. McMichael took first place in her category at the Mount Si High School Festival of Arts. “I’m taking his more advanced class next year,” McMichael said, adding that she will stick with painting for now. “My sister does ceramics,” she said. “And she says it’s really hard.” Student Eden Altweis can attest to that. She won first place in ceramics at the festival for a bowl and third place for a teapot. “I liked the challenge, I liked working with my hands, I liked making things you can physically use,” she said. “But it was harder than I thought. It took me a long time to get the hang of it.” It took two weeks to complete the pieces.

“You make them, you put them in the kiln, then you glaze them and then you have to put them in the kiln again,” Eden Altweis said. “There is lots of room to mess up.” She was thrilled with the results. “I’m really happy,” Altweis said. “I entered last year, but I didn’t win anything.” Artistry took on many forms the day of the festival. Students from the creative cooking class brought cakes. Sophomore Emily Kirk brought a chocolate-and-buttercream cake decorated like a rose garden. “I have tasted it, and it is delicious,” she said. Andrea Kirk, Emily’s mom,

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sounded just as impressed. “It’s excellent,” she said. “She spent a lot of time but she had fun doing it.” Andrea said she used to bake all the time. “I have four kids and I work,” she said. “I hope Emily starts to cook dinners now.” Festival organizer Inga Rouches said people need to participate in youth art as much as they do in youth sports. “People don’t realize art is the fuel for creativity, which is growth, which is our future,” said Rouches, a jewelry maker whose daughter plays soccer for Mount Si. “It’s important for kids to make art and keep using the creative part of their brain.”

John Belcher, principal at Omak High School in central Washington for the past seven years, has been chosen as the new principal at Mount Si High School. “He’s a great match for our community,” Snoqualmie Valley Schools Superintendent Joel Aune said. “We think he is the man to take Mount Si forward. Mount Si is an excellent high school and we intend to make it better, and John Belcher we think John is the man to do that. “We want a leader who believes a student voice is important, and we heard that from John.” Craig Husa, a school board member, said a combination of things led to the hiring of Belcher. “We were really fortunate to have some great candidates,” he said. “John’s got the professional skills, but it takes more than that. We feel really excited about his passion and his vision. We got a good one.” Belcher, a former resident of the Seattle area and a graduate of Nathan Hale High See BELCHER, Page 11

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Mount Si Jazz Band wins at Bellevue Jazz Festival Belcher By Sebastian Moraga The Mount Si Jazz Band capped a great 2011 with a win at the Bellevue High School Jazz Festival, May 13-14. The school won its division and also won the festival’s Sweepstakes award, reserved for the best band overall. Adam Rupert, the school’s director of bands, said that although the band has improved over the years, winning a festival is always kind of surprising. The band’s win happened at the same festival where North Bend’s Twin Falls Middle School won the middle school division. “Twin Falls’ win was unique, because they beat a school that was just a perennial winner of that festival,” Rupert said. “Each year, they kept getting better and we have done the same thing.” As of late, however, the high school’s jazz band is on a streak, winning Poulsbo’s Viking Jazz Festival, finishing second at the Newport High School festival in Bellevue and the Spokane Jazz Festival. The win at Poulsbo was the second consecutive win there. “It’s been a good year,” Rupert said. To win at Bellevue, Mount Si beat competition that included perennial powerhouse Garfield, and strong music schools such as Interlake, Mercer Island, Bothell and Woodinville. The Bellevue Jazz Festival, Rupert said, is the Mount Si band’s toughest competition of the year. “What was surprising for the high school is that we won the Sweepstakes award, which is the equivalent of best in show,” Rupert said. “This is the first

year we won Sweepstakes.” The Sweepstakes award tends to go to the best school in the 4A division, he said, making it even more surprising. The school’s second jazz band, directed by Twin Falls director Matt Wenman, took second place in its division, Rupert said. It’s the first year Wenman has directed the high school’s second jazz band. Rupert called Wenman a “tremendous addition to the program” and the four awards between the two schools “an unprecedented weekend of jazz for the Valley.” At Bellevue High School, construction forced the event out of the school’s performing arts center and into the school’s gym, diminishing the quality of the acoustics. “You really can’t take an ensemble to a gym and make it sound good,” Rupert said. “So, we went in with our music well learned.” The jazz band is a 17-piece ensemble where everybody believes in one another, he added, and they get along. “Like in any team, the clubhouse mentality is essential,

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The Mount Si Jazz Band celebrates after winning the Bellevue High School Jazz Festival. especially when these kids are spending two hours a day with each other,” he said. Senior acoustic bassist Ryan Donnelly said the camaraderie is very important. “Our band is like a family,” he said. “We are really close to each other and when we’re that connected, it brings out a sound that is really unique to our high school.”

The seniors, Donnelly said, have worked on including everyone in the band, and that has brought better results. Donnelly said the judges told the band that its uniqueness and creativity put it over the top in its last festival of the year. “It was a really cool way to end,” he said. “Last festival, just take it all.”

School in Seattle, has a master’s degree in education from Western Washington University; he earned his principal credentials at Seattle Pacific University and his superintendent credentials at Washington State University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western. Belcher is the father of twin girls and a boy. He won the job over 18 other candidates, including finalists Nicole MacTavish, from the Kent School District, and Mill Creek’s Jackson High School Principal Terry Cheshire. Cheshire dropped out before the decision was made, Aune said. Board President Dan Popp said a group of teachers, administrators, parents and students vetted all three candidates before making a decision. Aune announced the decision to the staff at Mount Si High School on May 26 in the afternoon. Belcher was formally introduced to the community at the school board meeting that evening.

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Mount Si clinches first state title with last-gasp rally Story and photos By Dan Catchpole Down to their last out in the 3A state high school baseball championship and trailing 4-2, the Mount Si Wildcats pounced on fielding lapses by Shorewood to score three runs and clinch the state title. Shorewood took the lead on a two-run home run by third baseman Max Jacobs, and the Thunderbirds looked to be on their way to a state title behind Henry McAree’s pitching. But with two outs in the seventh, the Wildcats’ Dustin Breshears reached first with two outs on a fielder’s choice. Robb Lane singled to right field, where a fielding mishap let the runners advance to second and third. Tim Proudfoot hit the first pitch of his at-bat back to McAree, who bobbled the ball and threw wide of first base. Breshears and Lane came home to tie the game, and Proudfoot advanced to second. Trevor Lane reached first base and Proudfoot advanced to third on an error by second baseman Jeremy Edwards. Mount Si’s Max Brown stepped into the box looking for a fastball or changeup.

Above, Tim Proudfoot connects on a pitch in the Wildcats’ 3-2 win over Kamiakin in the semifinals to advance to the state 3A championship game. At right, Mount Si players take in their comeback victory to claim the 3A baseball title in Washington. The Wildcats beat Shorewood, 5-4.

Mount Si High School shortstop Tim Proudfoot throws to first to put out a Shorewood hitter. “I was waiting for one to be straight,” Brown said. McAree threw a curveball, and Brown swung, hitting it down the third-base line. Shorewood’s third baseman smothered the ball as Proudfoot broke for home. But Jacobs didn’t come up with the ball. “Halfway to first, I heard the crowd erupt,” Brown said. Proudfoot crossed home plate, clinching the school’s first state baseball title, and only its

Mount Si High School’s Trevor Lane (left) and Shorewood catcher Christian Heideger look to the home plate umpire for the call on a play at the plate. Lane beat the throw, scoring on Max Brown’s hit to stake Mount Si to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. second state title in any sport. For Robb Lane, his at-bat was a redemptive moment. Walking up to the batter’s box, he recalled the last time he was in a similar situation in a high-stakes game. He was 12 years old, his team had two outs and it was trailing in a semifinal game. That at-bat ended in a strikeout. Lane wasn’t going to let this time end the same way. The lefty looked for a curveball he could pull into the gap in right field. He got his pitch and swung. “This was my chance for redemption,” Lane said. “That was, by far, the most clutch hit of my life.” Playing clutch baseball is something the Wildcats have prepared for all season. Nearly every day of practice, Mount Si’s first-year coach Elliott Cribby

Wildcat pitcher Reece Karalus kept Shorewood batters off balance with a combination of his fastball, changeup and curveball. has had his players run drills like ‘21 outs’ — in which the players have to record 21 outs without a single mistake. Those drills taught the team mental toughness and focus, several players said. Going into the seventh inning at state, Mount Si players kept up their chatter, but a tinge of apprehension nagged at them. Shorewood only needed three outs to clinch its title. “I thought the momentum was shifting toward them,” Cribby said. “But we didn’t die. We just put the ball in play.” For much of the game, the Wildcats had struggled to do just that. McAree had pounded the bottom half of the strike

zone, keeping Mount Si batters off balance. The Wildcats’ Reece Karalus had been similarly effective for most of the game. The Thunderbirds struggled to make good contact against his combination of a high-powered fastball, changeup and curveball. But Karalus ran into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. Trevor Taylor came in to close out the game, and held Shorewood in check. “I had butterflies in my stomach, but I kept my composure,” Taylor said. And that is how Mount Si won its first baseball championship — playing calm, cool and collected ball.


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Falls Little League teams takes 2nd in tournament Falls Little League’s Majors softball team finished second in the District 9 Softball MidSeason Invitational Tournament. A four-game winning streak got the squad to the championship game May 15 against the Kirkland Eruption at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Playing in heavy rain, the Falls team fell 12-5 to the Eruption. The Falls team had already proved its grit and determination in its semifinals game against the Sammamish Huskies. The Falls squad trailed 7-2, but rallied to win 8-7 in the final inning. Kallin Spiller started the rally with a triple with one out. She didn’t have to wait long on third base. Emma Mischke drove Spiller home with a shot to left field. Then, Olivia Bewsey got on base with a hit to left field. The next batter, Baylee Young, drew a walk to load the bases. Brooke Covello pulled the

ball to left field, scoring Mischke and Bewsey. With two runners on base and one out, Rose Vogt was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Young was thrown out trying to steal home. That left the team down to one out and still trailing 7-5. Natalie Luchtel hit the ball into left field, scoring Covello and Vogt to tie the game. Luchtel, representing the winning run, ended up on third. Kiahna White-Alcain stepped into the batter’s box. A steady rain was falling. White-Alcain hit a grounder to Sammamish’s shortstop. Luchtel broke for home on contact. White-Alcain beat the throw to first. Base hit, run scored, game over. Before that game, the team beat the Bellevue Venom, 11-1; the Bellevue West Wolverines, 11-1; and the Redmond West Heat, 13-2. The team was made up of 12and 13-year-old players from the Falls Dodgers and the Falls Angels teams.

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Members of the Falls Little League Majors softball team finished second in the District 9 Softball MidSeason Invitational Tournament.

Mount Si softball puts up a fight before bowing out at state By Sebastian Moraga The team needed a lift, and it got it. Literally. Ahead 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning of the firstround game at the state championships, the Mount Si High School softball team earned what would turn out to be its one victory of the weekend, when a Wilson High School hitter sliding into second lifted her foot off the bag and was called out. The gaffe sealed the win for the Wildcats, who had battled a stubborn Wilson squad in a seesawing game that mirrored the intermittent rain clouds atop Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex. Mount Si’s Maura Murphy homered in the first, giving Mount Si a 2-0 lead. Wilson tied it up in the second and took the lead in the sixth with a solo homer by Taylor Clark, the player whose light foot would end the game. Mount Si regained the lead after Murphy hit a two-out, tworun double in the top of the seventh. Prior to Murphy’s hit, Brittany Stevens had drawn a gutsy nine-pitch walk with two out to load the bases. “I was scared because I hadn’t done anything before,” she said. “I just wanted to move the runner.” The game almost ended in regulation, but down to its last out, Wilson’s Riley Jornlin hit a two-out, one-on triple to tie the game at 4. In the first extra frame, Carly Weidenbach flied out to center with a runner on second. The

relay from center was off and the runner, Danielle Massengill, scored to put Mount Si ahead, 54. In the bottom of the eighth, Wilson put two on before Mount Si could score its first out. After a sacrifice bunt and a deep flyout by Janessa Flynn, the game was tied at 5. Then, Mount Si seemed to seal the game. With two outs and a runner on second, Kassidy Maddux singled to left, scoring Nikki Carroll. A Murphy base hit later, Mount Si scored two when the Wilson center fielder dropped a fly ball by Lauren Smith. Mount Si’s three-run cushion began to dissipate with one on and one out, when Kaysha Fox doubled to left and then scored on Jornlin’s single to center, leaving the score 8-7 in favor of the Wildcats. Alexa Olague grounded to short, and reached base on a fielder’s choice, and then Clark doubled. Then came the yell. “She’s out! She’s out!” the coaches yelled, and the rally cries of Wilson fans in the stands turned into a big pile of Wildcat hugs in the infield. The second baseman had kept her tag of the sliding Clark, and when Clark stood up, her foot left the bag, Murphy said. “It was a crazy game,” she said, “an insane game.” In a team with seven freshmen, it was the upperclassmen’s job to keep the young ones’ chins up, Murphy said. “I just tried to keep them pumped up and let them know

that they could do it,” she added. “I knew they were having a tough time. I knew we were going to be in a fight all the way through.” The second round of state was a fight, too — one where eventual state champion Juanita

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runs, 1 RBI. MOUNT SI 3, KAMIAKIN 2 Mount Si 200 001 0 - 3 4 0 Kamiakin 000 011 0 - 2 6 3 Trevor Lane and Robb Lane, Garrett Anderson and Joey Flores. W: T. Lane, L: Anderson. 2B: Reece Karalus (MS), Justin Berneski (K), Jon Allen (K). HR: Tim Proudfoot (MS). Mount Si highlights: Proudfoot 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, SB; T. Lane CG, 5 Ks.

Prep baseball 3A State Tournament At Cheney Stadium May 27 Game Mount Si 3, Kamiakin 2 May 28 Games Mount Si 5, Shorewood 4, first, second Camas 6, Kamiakin 4, third, fourth MOUNT SI 5, SHOREWOOD 4 Shorewood 010 120 0 - 4 8 4 Mount Si 200 000 3 - 5 7 2 HR: Max Jacobs (S). Mount Si highlights: Trevor Lane 3-4, 1 run; Robb Lane 2-4, 1 run; Tim Proudfoot 1-3, 2

Prep softball 3A State Tournament At Lacey May 27 Games

JUNE 2, 2011 Massengill (MS), Katie Kent (J). Mount Si highlights: Massengill 1-3.

University 13, Mount Si 9 Mount Si 8, Wilson 7 Juanita 10, Mount Si 1 MOUNT SI 8, WILSON 7 Mount Si 200 000 213 - 8 8 2 Wilson 020 000 212 - 7 8 1 W: Kendra Lee. 2B: Maura Murphy (MS), Kaysha Fox (W). 3B: Riley Jornlin (W). HR: Lauren Smith (MS), Taylor Clark (W). Mount Si highlights: Kassidy Maddux 2-4, 1 RBI; Murphy 2-5, 2 runs; Smith 1-5, 2 RBIs. JUANITA 10, MOUNT SI 1 Mount Si 000 010 0 - 1 2 3 Juanita 511 300 x - 10 18 0 W: Allison Rhodes (15 Ks), L: Lauren Padilla. HR: Danielle

Prep boys track & field 3A State Championships May 26-28 at Mount Tahoma Individual results 4x100 relay: 7, Mount Si 43.73. Pole vault: 11, Jimbo Davis (Mount Si) 11-6. Discus: 12, Kolton Auxier (Mount Si) 131-11; 13, Zach Storm (MS) 131-2. Javelin: 8, Storm (Mount Si) 171-11; 10, Bradly Stevens (MS) 160-6. Shot put: 8, Auxier (Mount Si) 50-6.

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Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. June 6, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. June 6, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. June 6, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. June 7, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. June 7, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission and Transportation workshop, 7 p.m. June 9, 211 Main Ave. N.

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Events ❑ 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. ❑ Richard Cole and Paul Gabrielson, 7 p.m. June 2, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Sallal Grange’s open mic, 7 p.m. June 3, Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend ❑ Bingo, 6:45 p.m. June 3, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend ❑ Bryant Urban’s Blue Oasis, 7 p.m. June 3, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 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. ❑ MSHS Key Club Garage Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4-5, CTT Destinations, 8429 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. All proceeds go to support Relay for Life. ❑ 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 ❑ Katy Bourne Quartet, 7 p.m. June 4, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

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The Hailey Niswanger Quartet is coming to North Bend. The outfit is led by saxophonist Hailey Niswanger (above), who has been critically acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal and Jazz Times. Her band is playing three shows in the Pacific Northwest, including one at 7 p.m. June 13, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. No cover charge.

❑ Bingo, 5:45 p.m. June 5, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. June 5, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Dominoes, 1 p.m., June 6, Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend ❑ RMI Student performance night, 6:30 p.m. June 7, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. June 7, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. June 8, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 6-24 months old accompanied by an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. June 8, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ Teen study zone, 3 p.m. June 8, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Drop-in during scheduled study zone hours for free homework help in all subjects from volunteer tutors. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. June 8, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All

young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. June 8, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Chris Morton, 7 p.m. June 8, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Carolyn Graye Duo, 7 p.m. June 9, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Tanner Jeans Safety Rodeo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11, Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Sponsored by the Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation and the Snoqualmie Police Department. ❑ Abe and Friends, 7 p.m. June 11, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Suggested donation: $5 ❑ 40th annual Fall City Days, June 18, downtown Fall City. Register online for the Fun Run or Watermelon Eating Contest at www.fallcity.org/ fallcity_days.html.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement pro-

jects 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.com or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

Classes ❑ S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North

Bend. Led by certified exercise instructor Carla Orellana. Call 888-3434.

Clubs ❑ Moms Club of North Bend meets at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the North Bend Library. Children are welcome. Go to www.momsclub.org. ❑ Mental illness support group, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, Snoqualmie. The group is free of charge for anyone with a mental illness or a family member with a mental illness. Call 829-2417. ❑ Mount Si Artist Guild meeting, 9:15-11 a.m. the third Saturday, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, www.mtsiartistguild.org. ❑ Sno-Valley Beekeepers meets the second Tuesday at the Meadowbrook ❑ Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Go to www.snoqualmievalleybeekeepers.org. ❑ Trellis gardening club meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday, at Valley Christian Assembly, 32725 S.E. 42nd St., Fall City. Trellis is an informal support group for the Snoqualmie Valley’s vegetable gardeners, who have special climate challenges and rewards. New and experienced gardeners are welcome. ❑ Elk Management Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday at the U.S. Forest Service conference room at 130 Thrasher Ave., behind the visitors’ center on North Bend Way. Interagency committee meetings are at 1:30 p.m. the first Monday at North Bend City Hall annex, 126 Fourth St. Both meetings are open to the public. Go to snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Mount Si Fish and Game Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday, October through May, at the Snoqualmie Police Department. ❑ Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend, meets the first Friday for a potluck and open mic with local musicians. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. with the music from 7 p.m. to midnight. Open to all people/ages. Go to www.sallalgrange.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels are welcome. ❑ The North Bend Chess Club meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All ages and skill levels are invited. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing editor@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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