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Your locally-owned newspaper, serving North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington

June 13, 2013 VOL. 5, NO. 23

Sunny volunteers Rise and shine breakfast honors locals. Page 2

North bend cut ups Time to shred those old documents. Page 3

Give big Tribe makes donations to many groups. Page 5

Police blotter Page 9

Big honor Mount Si soccer player is named league MVP. Page 10

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Incumbent hospital commission candidate is vague about his plans Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Commissioner Kevin Hauglie had just returned from a conference in Puerto Rico when he learned that Commissioner Gene Pollard, whose term doesn’t expire until 2017, was going to run against him in the November election. Hauglie said Pollard’s move was a head scratcher, and he questioned his opponent’s motives. If Pollard did win against Hauglie in November, then Pollard “I wanted would have to resign someone to from his challenge him. current seat, I want him to and Hauglie said he be accountwould probably apply able.” for appoint— Gene Pollard ment to Hospital commissioner Pollard’s old seat. Pollard said in May that he didn’t want to run. “I wanted someone to challenge him. I want him to be accountable, especially for conflicts of interest,” Pollard said. When asked what conflicts of interests he was referring to, Pollard said he wasn’t ready to go public with that information yet, but would release a statement later. When asked later if he was ready to release a statement about Hauglie’s conflict of interest, he said again that he would divulge that later. Hauglie said this is the first time he’s ever ran a race against an opponent. He was appointed to the hospital commission position No. 4 in 2004 to fill the vacancy created See HAUGLIE, Page 3

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Rachel Wachtendonk (left) and Meghan McMichael raise their fists and holler for joy as the two friends and honors graduates walk to their seats in the procession of students. See more photos on Page 6 and at

Mural helps student discover talents By David Hayes A mural years in the works, that took months to execute, finally got its day of revelation June 5 to the students and staff at the Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie. Before a throng of the curious in the recreation center’s gym lobby, the two students who helped with its creation pulled back the cover to reveal the composite oil painting — a soaring eagle, flying before the iconic landmarks of

Fire brings local engines to the rescue Firefighters received a call at 12:56 a.m. June 1 for a house fire on Southeast 82nd Place, North Bend, according to Eastside Fire & Rescue public information officer Josie Williams. Several neighbors who could see flames from the house reported the fire. Fourteen

Snoqualmie Falls and Mount Si. Longtime employee Jo Simpson was there when Echo Glen first adopted the eagle as its official mascot. So, she has long talked about doing a mural for the facility, something of which staff and students could be proud. Patti Berntsen, associate superintendent, told her it had to be good. “As long as it’s as good as the one on the Darigold in Issaquah,” Berntsen added. While recruiting professional

artists to participate in the project, it turned out everyone already knew each other. Last Christmastime, Simpson first recruited her friend, professional painter and artist in resident Marsha Lippert. Berntsen recruited the actual artist who painted the Darigold mural, Evan Jones. The Echo Glen collaboration became a happy reunion for the three artists. “We’d actually taken the same art class together, 20-plus

engines responded to the call, the first one arriving at 1:15 a.m. Units from Bellevue, Redmond, Fall City and Snoqualmie reported to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters observed 30- to 40-foot flames coming from the garage. Most of the fire was in the garage with some fire in the attic, Williams said. One caller had heard an explosion and thought there

may be people inside. When crews arrived, firefighters entered the house to see if there was anyone in the building. Once the fire was under control, the fire investigator arrived and some engines were released to return to their coverage area, Williams said. All engines left the area at 3:05 a.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Williams said.

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Bruce Robinson grins as Kim Kanzler, Encompass clinical supervisor, gives him a hug and recognizes his having created a climbing wall for pediatric therapy at the North Bend facility, as well as his other community volunteer roles, during the 17th annual Rise & Shine Breakfast of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network on June 4.

Rise and Shine breakfast recognizes Valley volunteers The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network recognized the volunteer efforts of Valley residents June 4. Executive Director Laura Smith spoke at the breakfast. The awardees recognized were the Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter Leadership Team: Bill Kirlin-Hackett, Paula Matthysse, Steve Miller and Trissa Barney. The 2013 Above and

Beyond Award winners were Gerald Bopp, John Belcher, Kim Stonebraker, Peggy Filer, Peggy McNamara and Tabitha Dorn. The 2013 Kristy Trione Community Partnership Award winner was Clare Chapple and Challpesauce. The 2013 Youth Legacy Award was given to Ethan Waud, Leif Henrikson and Brittany Frechette. Every spring, the

Snoqualmie Valley Community Network recognizes volunteers whose actions, in the past year, have helped create a caring, resilient Snoqualmie Valley community, according to the network website. Community members and organizations nominate volunteers to be recognized. A selection committee from SVCN reviews the nominations and chooses the final recipients.

Artists Jo Simpson, Evan Jones and Marsha Lippert (from left) stand before the mural mounted in the Echo Glen Children’s Center’s gym lobby June 5. The mural, completed with the help of two students, celebrates the school’s mascot, the eagle.

Mural From Page 1 years ago, from Dorris Gene Colvin, herself an accomplished artist,” Jones said. “It was all the more amazing as there were only 12 total in the class. It was really cool to work with them again.” The next step was choosing a couple of students to be involved. They held a contest, and students were asked to draw an eagle. Doresita, 19, and a 14-year-old youth (who the school asked not to be named) were selected from about 13 entrants. Doresita, who hopes to

someday pursue a career in forensic autopsy or graphic design, said she had always been into drawing, but never had the time to pursue her interest. When the time came to put pencil to canvas in February, Doresita was paralyzed with fear, suddenly unsure of herself. “At first, I stood there frozen,” she said. Soon, the pencil was flying and she couldn’t wait for the next few hours dedicated to the mural project every Wednesday evening. “It’s amazing how the right brain just kicks in,” Lippert explained. The other student, who said he’d been drawing

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since he was 10, had been rediscovering his love of the art more since arriving at Echo Glen. He, too, initially struggled with his assigned task. “I struggled with the trees, at first,” he said. But once he visualized them correctly in his head, along with the other iconic elements he and Doresita needed to draw, he embraced his task, almost to a fault. Jones explained that they only had seven colors to work with, and a green they’d chosen just didn’t work within the overall color scheme. So, when the students’ first draft was finished, the trees had to be blended into the scene by the professional artists. “He was really proud of those trees, and to be told he can’t have them was like taking a dagger,” Jones said. In the end, the collaboration of the five artists produced a finished piece that could be admired for years to come by current and future students. Dr. Don Mead, Echo Glen superintendent, couldn’t heap enough praise on the outcome of the project as he spoke with Jones. “You’ve helped contribute with the growth of these kids,” Mead said. “You’ve helped them discover their talent inside. Not everybody makes that discovery at home like they do here. Now, they can see this and know they, too, can do this.” David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, or Comment at

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North Bend shred event is June 21 The city of North Bend is hosting a free community shred event from 8 a.m. to noon June 21 at City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. The free event is open to all North Bend residents. Individuals may bring up to two file boxes or three grocery bags of documents, according to a press release from the city. Please do not bring stiff metal, plastic bags or DVDs that may jam the shredder. Shredding sensitive documents is one way to reduce your risk of becoming an identity theft victim by keeping your personal information out of the hands of criminals. You can clear out your filing cabinets, storage closets, home offices and basements after tax season. There is no charge for the city event. The on-site destruction is provided by Shred-It of Western Washington as part of the city’s

Hauglie From Page 1 when Carol Hoch left, and he was then elected in 2005, according to hospital executive assistant Valerie Huffman. Since Hauglie, owner of American Family Insurance branches in Duvall, Fall City and Snoqualmie, wasn’t available for an interview when Pollard made his announcement, the Star sent him a series of questions — some of which were answered completely, and many that weren’t. Hauglie said he wanted to run for the hospital seat because of a desire to make a difference. He said he wants to complete the new hospital project and “set in place decades of high quality medical delivery to those we serve.” He was asked about the amount of debt the hospital district has gener-


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SnoqualmieTribe celebrates election A record number of enrolled tribal members turned out May 11 for the Snoqualmie Tribe’s annual meeting and Tribal Council election, which was held at the ballroom of Snoqualmie Casino. More than 200 tribal members attended and participated in the day’s events. More tribal members attended and voted at this year’s annual meeting than at any time in the past, according to a press release from the tribe. “We were thrilled to see so many of our members attend,” Alisa Burley, secretary of the Tribal Council, said in the release. “The annual meeting is an important time for us to see

ated over the years, and what plans he had to help reduce it. The district’s current long-term debt stands at just over $41 million, according to Steve Daniel, the hospital’s CFO. Hauglie did not know the current amount of long-term debt, and when asked how he planned to reduce it, he wrote, “I would be happy to provide specific information and will follow on that.” The Star asked Hauglie two more times to expand on the questions, but did not receive a response. Several people have attended the hospital board’s monthly meetings, asking that the hospital board do a better job of keeping the public informed about hospital issues and board business. When asked if he had any specific plans for making meetings more accessible to the public, such as posting audio recordings of the meet-

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our relatives and celebrate recent successes for our tribe and the Snoqualmie people.” The annual meeting features updates on tribal projects and elections for the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is the governing body of the tribe. There are nine elected Tribal Council positions. The terms are staggered under the tribe’s constitution. In addition to the nine Tribal Council positions, the membership elects two alternate council positions. Alternates attend meetings, but typically do not vote with the elected council. There are also unelected advisory positions for a Tribal Elder and the Chiefs Council. Elections were held for the positions of chairperson, councilperson and the two alternate positions. The newly elected chairwoman is Carolyn Lubenau, who succeeds the prior Tribal Council Chairwoman, Shelley Burch. Lubenau’s four-year term started on Saturday after she took the

oath of office administered by Chief Nathan “Pat” Barker. “I am overjoyed to be able to serve my people as chair,” Lubenau said in the press release. “I am grateful to Shelley Burch for her service as chair. I look forward to working for my people to continue the great things this council is doing.” Sharon Frelinger was elected as a new councilwoman. She will serve a two-year term. Burch and Windy Epps were elected to two-year terms as alternates.

Ask questions, get answers from city Snoqualmie Fire Chief Bob Rowe, Police Chief Steve McCulley and Public Works/ Interim Parks Director Daniel J. Marcinko welcome residents to meet with them to discuss whatever is on their minds. Topics include public safety, parks and recreation, and public works, such as city projects around town and those planned for 2013, according to

ings on the When “Simply stated, there is hospital’s asked website like no conflict.” about the cities Pollard’s — Kevin Hauglie suggesof North Hospital commissioner tion that Bend and Snoqualmie he has a do, Hauglie conflict responded, “Recently we of interest, Hauglie said, have upgraded the dis“Simply stated, there is trict’s website and will no conflict. Last week, continue to improve for you received validation better information out of that direct from Jay and also input from our Rodne.” constituents.” Rodne serves as the He did not respond to hospital’s attorney and is a requests for specifics. 5th District state represen-

a press release from the city of Snoqualmie. The meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. June 18 at the Snoqualmie Police Station, 34825 S.E. Douglas St. Refreshments will be provided. Call 888-3333.

Snoqualmie winery wins gold Sigillo Cellars, of Snoqualmie, took the gold at the 2013 Seattle Wine Awards for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, according to the Seattle Wine Awards website. The wines are rated either double gold, for best of the best; gold for best in category; silver for second best in category; and bronze for third best in category. Sigillo Cellars also received two bronze awards for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Viognier. View all the winners this year at www.seattlewineawards. com/winners.html.

tative. Rodne wrote in the email to the Star that Hauglie owns a Fall City commercial property that the hospital leases for one of its clinics. He cited state law that allows a hospital commissioner of a rural public hospital district to contract with a hospital district so long as money received by the commissioner does not exceed $24,000 per year. He later sent an email


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Most of us remember the excitement — and terror — that goes along with graduating from high school. Since kindergarten, you schlepped books to and from school. You were expected to learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. You hopefully learned how to share, how to make friends, and how to become part of a social and cultural group. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to delve into extracurricular activities like art, choir, playing an instrument, drama, sports, debate or yearbook staff. Most importantly, you hopefully learned to be an individual in a sea of sameness, as well as how to be a critical thinker. For some, high school goes down as the best times of life — the camaraderie, close friendships, being part of a team. For others, it was a miserable four years — fraught with bullies, no party invitations, eating alone in the cafeteria, breakouts of acne, math that made no sense. No matter what someone’s high school experience was, the universal truth about graduation is that the moment you toss your cap into the air, everything changes. One chapter closes while another one opens. Not quite adults, but definitely no longer children. It’s time to start over, reinvent yourself, really discover who you are or who you want to be. And no two paths are alike. The possibilities are endless for Mount Si High School’s 344 graduates and Two Rivers School’s 19 graduates. And let’s not forget the huge accomplishments of the 10 special-education students who graduated from the district’s Transition Learning Center. Those long past the teenager years look at the young graduates with diplomas clutched in hand, and can’t help but think of their own high school graduation day. Some classmates wanted to stay where they knew the score, knew the drill and knew what was expected. The other graduates were ready to flee the familiar and face the unknown. All of us reflect on the path we chose, and how windy and curvy — or remarkably straight — the path was that led us to here, today. We can only hope those fresh-eyed graduates choose well. We hope they understand there will be great accomplishments, setbacks and challenges at every turn. The winding road is a tough one, but the straight one is so much less interesting. With diploma in hand, they can handle anything. Congratulations, graduates. Continue to make us as proud of you tomorrow as we are this day. Deborah Berto


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If you were at the recent North Bend community meeting that was supposed to be an open forum but started off with an hour of Police Chief Mark Toner telling jokes and then proceed to tell the very concerned citizens of North Bend of how stupid we were for not locking our home windows or car doors then yes, it may seem comical. Then, to seem to think that there is not a problem with the scale of crime happening in our small city “it could be much worse”: chuckle chuckle. Or, how bad we were for assuming that it was a homeless person that was involved in the recent home invasion that resulted in the death of the assailant since we can’t pass such harsh judgment when we don’t know all the facts: knee slapper. Or, telling the concerned woman when she asked a very legitimate question about what type of firearm would he recommended, his response was “whatever one you want to be shot with:”

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hardy har har. Gee thanks, Chief Toner, for again assuming that us stupid citizens of North Bend wouldn’t take the necessary steps of learning how to use that firearm. But since it seems that you seem to be more about not spending time arresting and filling out paperwork (have you looked at the police blotter recently?) for blatant acts of crime, especially with the public safety at risk, I will take my chances on defending my family and property per my Second Amendment rights and not rely on this chief to protect us. I hope that when we see the Snoqualmie police take over, this growing trend of crime stops and dissipates. Grant Edwards North Bend

Time at Snoqualmie Middle School has been filled with memories, community, history I have been thinking what it will be like to close my Physical

Education office door one last time at Snoqualmie Middle School. It has been quite a ride and one filled with many, many memories. For me, it has been making 22 years of memories in a 35-year career working in the same building. I have felt very fortunate for that. There has been joy and sorrow, and I am glad the joyful times have outweighed the sadder ones. SMS is a large extended family and will continue to be a family long after our students and staff members leave this building. Many of you in the Snoqualmie Valley are also part of our extended family. I was reminded of this today when our evening custodian stopped to tell me that some “older” adults had been in the building recently and heard the Track Top Ten Lists were up in the gym. They told our custodian they wanted to see if one of their names was still on the list … Wow — the little things … History — the one thing that unites all of us in See LETTERS, Page 5

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Lawn care, cutting has become a religion It’s idolatry, pure and simple. Why else would millions of men spend billions of dollars each year on something that simply takes work and means time away from having fun with friends and family? It’s worship. Worship of tiny little plants invading our yards. It’s lawn-o-mania. Since man first invented the yard, he’s wanted it to look just like everyone else’s, and has donated years of his life and portions of his fortune to accomplish this. He’s polluted the air with power-mower fumes, used up enough fresh water in his devotion to enable us to grow vegetables in Saudi Arabia and has neglected his family enough to warrant locking him away. Let’s face it; the plague of locusts in ancient Egypt couldn’t bring him to his knees in prayer, but a plague of nut grass or dandelions will leave him nearly prostrate on a hot summer’s day. If it isn’t a religion, why else would people spend money to buy stuff in a bag to put on a lawn to make it grow faster so it has to be mowed more often? Now if this were a practical lawn, it would make some sense. We’d fertilize it, encourage it to

grow quickly and thickly, turn water on it to help in the process, turn cattle on it to mow it and then Slim Randles barbecue the cows. Columnist But to grow grass just to cut it down? Try telling that to a class in logic down at Jerry Hat Trick Junior College and see how far you get. So this time of year, take a look at your neighbor out there whacking down healthy grass

that is simply trying to do what he tells it to. Try to appreciate the sweat and work it takes to keep millions of tiny plants from realizing their potential. But forgive him, as he is a faithful follower of green expanses and garages full of gear. He is, in his way, lighting candles to Saint Briggs and Saint Stratton and praying against the onset of cutworms. Faith is a powerful force. Brought to you by ‘The Backpocket Guide to Hunting Elk,’ a downloadable e-book for $5 just in time for Father’s Day. Read a sample at

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Snoqualmie Tribe donates to hundreds

The Snoqualmie Tribe donated to 113 causes in Washington, 44 of those in the Snoqualmie Valley, according to the Tribe’s May newsletter. The Snoqualmie Tribe Fund prioritizes organizations whose work focuses on community development, the environment, arts and culture, health and human services, and education. A few of the projects in the Seattle area being funded with donations granted during the winter application cycle included the Pike Place Market’s food bank and senior center programs, a clinical trial for a brain cancer treatment method with

Swedish Hospital, the 2013 Genius Awards and Pacific Science Center’s Mercer Slough program, according to the newsletter. In the Valley, the Tribe will fund an expansion of the trail system at Meadowbrook Farm, Camp Korey’s Farm to Table Program, Snoqualmie Valley School District’s STEM programs, and micro chipping and vaccinations for Snoqualmie Valley pets, according to the newsletter. Organizations receiving continued support this cycle from the Snoqualmie Tribe Fund include Mount Si High School’s Booster Club, Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank, Sno-Valley Tilth, Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, Vera Project, Woodland

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Retired van gives residents a ride

Mount Si Senior Center and Si View Park District each received a retired van from Metro Transit’s vanpool, according to a press release from King County. The vans will be used to transport food to the hungry, bring at-risk youth to afterschool programs, and give low-income seniors a ride to community activities, the press release stated. Since 1996, the King


From Page 4 this community is our history, our shared history. Many of you have left a footprint in these halls, whether it has been parent, student, staff or community member. SMS is the red, white and blue school — Home of the Eagles —that connected Fall City, North Bend and Snoqualmie for many years. I hope we all get connected again and bring back the red, white and blue. If not in the same building — then in a new one — and keep the memories and the records alive. For now, my office will sit empty, and you can’t make memories with an “empty” room. Lynnette Wiegardt Health and Physical Education Snoqualmie Middle School

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Two seniors in line waiting for the processional wave as they notice a telephoto lens pointed at their group.

Keenan McVein rides on the shoulders of classmate Eli Gogan as he looks out for members of their families on the field after graduation.

John Belcher (left), Mount Si High School principal, gives a congratulatory handshake to each of the 344 graduates after they receive their diplomas. The 344 graduates of the Mount Si High School Class of 2013 throw their mortarboards into the air to celebrate the success of completing the first major chapter in their lives. Aja Corliss, class salutatorian with a 3.99 grade point average (left), welcomes family members and friends to the commencement ceremony.

Dominique Seaman, an honor graduate, enjoys the accolades of classmates, family members and friends as she collects her diploma.

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q Chris Clark Trio, 6 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend q Kid’s Night Out, 6-10 p.m., Mt. Si Gymnastics Academy, 1546 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend, featuring pizza, tumbling, games and a movie. For potty-trained kids ages 3 and older, $25 for first child, $20 for second, $15 for third. Call 2823152 to register. q Spring Tween Night, 7-10 p.m., Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. For grades five through eight, play video games, basketball and have eating contests; $5. q Late nights at the Y, 7-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Enjoy a movie, trivia and Kinect tournaments, for teens in grades six through 10, free q Little Hurricane, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

q Aging well with consciousness, book club and conversation: ‘The End of your Life Book Club,’ by Will Schwalbe, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E.

q Family waterfall tours, 10:15-11:15 a.m. and 1:15-2:15 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend. A one-hour tour by bus and foot, perfect for families, $5 per seat, kids on laps are free. Email crwprograms@seattle. gov or call 206-7339421 to register.

q Carolyn Graye Quartet, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend q John White, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

q Family waterfall tours, 10:15-11:15 a.m. and 1:152:15 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend. A one-hour tour by bus and foot, perfect for families, $5 per seat, kids on laps are free. Email or call 206-733-9421 to register. q Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, leaving from Snoqualmie station, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie at 12:01, 1:31, 3:01 and 3:46 p.m., North Bend station, 205 McClellan St., North Bend at 12:31, 2:01 and 3:31 p.m.; $10 children ages 2-12, $15 adults, and $12 age 62 and older, dads ride free on Father’s Day weekend q Sunday Fundays with the family, 2-4 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Enjoy healthy and fun themed activities and crafts for the family. q Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Public Works Committee meeting, 5-6 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie

q Mount Si Vocal Jam, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend q Planning and Parks Committee meeting, 6:30-7 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie q Planning Commission meeting, 7-8 p.m. City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie q CCK Trio, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend q Parks Board meeting, 7-8 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie q Open Mic Night, 8-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Brewery, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E. Call 831-2357 or go to q Movie night, 9 p.m., Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Free popcorn!

q Home school drop-in playgroup, 1-2 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Free to all home-school families. q ‘Can You Dig It?’ 1 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Go on an archeological dig with tricks, stunts, juggling and music to explore how past cultures were entertained. q Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, 3:30-5 p.m., 126 E. Fourth St., North Bend q Finance and Administration meeting, 5:30-6:30 p.m., City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie q Paul Green, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Magical Wonderland Show, 2 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Anime and Manga Club, 3 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E.

q Future Jazz Heads, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way q Wii Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. q Family story time, 6:30 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Come in your pajamas for family story time. q Jazz Heads, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way

q City Council Meeting, 7-9 p.m., Mt. Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend q Aqua Zumba, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Si View Pool, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Tuesdays through July 23, $8 drop-in fee.

q Arthritis Foundation Aquatics, 2:453:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 29, Si View Pool, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. The program is designed to help relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis, $5 or $4 for seniors. q North Bend Farmer’s Market, 4-8 p.m., Si View Park, 400 Orchard Drive. Produce, crafts, food and more; live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. q The Wild Snohomians, 6-7:30 p.m., Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend q Family story time, 6:30 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Come in your pajamas for family story time. q Bill Anschell and Kelley Johnson, 7-9:30 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Open mic, 7 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave S.E., Snoqualmie q Deep water aerobics class, 7:308:30 a.m. Monday through Friday through June 13, Si View Pool, 400 S.E.

q Jim Page, 7:30 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

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JUNE 13, 2013

Police blotter North Bend

When chased, the teen dropped the items in the parking lot and ran away.

Finders keepers

Sneaky conversation

At 10:55 p.m. May 25, police responded to a business on East North Bend Way for a report of a stolen weed whacker. An employee left the weed whacker outside, and when the owner went to retrieve it, she discovered it was missing.

Police responded at 9:36 a.m. May 26 to East North Bend Way to a report of someone stealing items from a donation truck. The reporting party said he was talking to a homeless person who asked if he had size 13 shoes in his car. The reporting party left to use the restroom and when he returned, a briefcase, backpack, cellphone and DVD player were stolen.

Pizza and beer: It’s the dinner of champions Police responded at 11:11 p.m. May 25 to the QFC on East North Bend Way. An employee reported witnessing a teen stealing a pizza and beer.

Silent ride Police took a report at 5:22 p.m. May 26 from a man who said his trunk had been opened

Obituaries Rex Belshaw

Remembering Rex Belshaw, born July 18, 1968, passed June 15, 2012 — a poem for our son from his loving mother and father on the anniversary of his passing. A little while ... Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow ... Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, Rex Belshaw I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile, understand in your hearts I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Survivors include his loving parents Leon and Beverly; devoted siblings Jim McLaughlin (Lori), Barry McLaughlin (Anna), Dorothy Ochsner, Deena Rohrback (John) and Dana Polfliet (Jason); and fiancée Ann Mari Gantenbien.

Edna Florence Enselman Edna Florence Enselman, 77, of Snoqualmie, died May 26, 2013. A celebration of her life is noon to midnight July 4 at 8385 Euclid Ave S.E., Snoqualmie. Everyone is welcome. Edna was born July 8, 1935, in Port Angeles, to Harry and Florence Crowl. She married George Enselman on July 31, 1968. She loved spending time with her family, playing Bingo or Canasta, and crocheting. Her family will remember her as the strongest woman they will ever know.

and items stolen while his vehicle was parked on Rock Creek Ridge Boulevard Southwest. The thief stole an amplifier, music CDs, a stereo faceplate, a subwoofer and tools, valued at $1,215.


possible drug behavior. Police found a male in a vehicle and a woman walking a dog in the area. The male stated that he had just gotten out of detox, but had a spoon with heroin residue on him. Police arrested him for possession of drug paraphernalia.

It’s not mine, officer Liar, liar Police responded at 6:17 pants on fire a.m. June 3 to a residence on Southeast Northern Street for a report of found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a resident’s yard. Police disposed of the drug at the police station.

Detox didn’t work Police responded at 2 p.m. June 3 to Southeast Park Street for a report of

Local student name to Grove City College dean’s list Ryan Mott, of North Bend, has been named to the dean’s list with high distinction for the spring 2013 semester at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. To qualify, students need a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0. Mott is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering. He was homeschooled, and graduated in 2012. Mott is the son of Daniel and Lisa Mott.

Police received a call at 6:08 p.m. June 6 reporting a man trespassing on Frontier Avenue Southeast. Police located the subject, who was not trespassing because there were no posted signs.

North Bend fire calls q Firefighters responded at 11:28 p.m. May 31 to a Barragan, Zach Boelter, Cheyenne Laurel Bronson, Patrick M. Brown, Dylan Cook, Jordin Forgey, Cortney Harris, Hannah Larson, Amber Matthews, Colin McCartney, Taylor R. Mosier, Dimitri James Pinto, Joey A. Pinto, Tyler J. Powers, Jarad M. Rieke, Ike Irish Turner, Alexis A. VanWolvelaere, Madison Maya Boe Wachter and Ashley Witt. The ceremony included a film made by Two Rivers students about their school, which featured music written and performed by students. Students Joey Pinto,

Two Rivers School and TLC honor graduates Two Rivers School celebrated the graduation of 19 students June 5, according to the Snoqualmie Valley School District website. The graduates who received high school diplomas were Olivia S.

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passenger vehicle fire on eastbound Interstate 90. q Two engines responded at 4:49 p.m. June 5 to 437th Place Southeast for a report of unauthorized burning. q Four engines were dispatched at 7:07 p.m. June 6 to South Fork Avenue Southwest for a grass fire. The reporting party suspected that it was set by two teenagers who had left the scene. The fire was extinguished at 7:23 p.m.

Snoqualmie fire calls q Firefighters responded June 1 along with Eastside Fire & Rescue units to a house fire on Southeast 82nd Avenue. The crew arrived to find fire blowing out of the side of the Cortney Harris and Alexis VanWolvelaere were each awarded a $500 scholarship in the name of the Robert B. Taylor family, sponsored by The Black Dog owners. The Transition Learning Center celebrated the graduation of 10 students June 6, according to the district website. The district’s Transition Learning Center provides life skills, career training and intern-

house and out the side of a truck parked in the driveway. Firefighters extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation. q Firefighters and Snoqualmie Police responded June 4 to a woman who needed help in the river by the dog park downtown. A bystander also helped the woman out of the water. She was unhurt. q In addition to the above calls, firefighters responded to 15 medical aid calls, bringing the annual call number to 478. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

ship opportunities for special-education students ages 18-21, to help prepare students for life after high school. The graduates were Alex Day, Tyler Flemming, Sierra Garske, Chris Knoetgen, Donovan Leitch, Rachel Smithrud, Jennifer Stockman, Garth Walters, Steven Webb and Joseph Yuhl.



JUNE 13, 2013

Young Valley wrestlers continue to excel The Freestyle and GrecoRoman season ended well for the Snoqualmie Valley Wrestling Club wrestlers participating in the Washington State Championships April 27 and 28 at the Tacoma Dome, according to Leilani McClure, of the coaching staff. Coaches Smokey McClure and Thomas Marum took a record number of 16 wrestlers, with 13 bringing medals home. In Freestyle, Westin Triplett, Tryon Kaess and Yusief Lillie all took first in their age/weight bracket, while Isaiah McClure and Noah Cortez each placed second.  Wrestlers Christopher Neal and Jacob Inton placed third; Ian Chavez, Mark Marum and Carlos Toledano placed fourth; Nathaniel Cortez placed fifth; Jason (JJ) Good placed seventh; and Gunnar Harrison place eighth. SVWC as a team, with ages ranging from 7-18, tied for eighth place out of 104 teams, Leilani McClure said. In Greco-Roman, Kaess placed first in his age/weight bracket, while Chavez, Marum and Lillie

placed second. Placing in third was Inton and Toledano, followed by a fourth-place finish by Noah Cortez, fifth place by Nathaniel Cortez and sixth place by Christopher Neal. SVWC tied for 10th place overall out of 76 teams wrestling Greco-Roman. In regional and national competitions, Kaess traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete in the USAW Cliff Keen Kids Nationals, where he placed seventh April 4-7. Marum placed second and Toledano placed sixth at the Reno Worlds, April 11-13. “I’m very proud of these boys. The mental toughness and discipline they’ve developed over the past year has them on the right track to accomplish whatever they set their mind to,” coach Smokey McClure said in a press release.   Departing the club this next season will be high school senior Toledano.  He received a scholarship to Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he will wrestle for their inaugural wrestling team in the fall. Toledano


Wrestlers from the Snoqualmie Valley Wrestling Club are (front row, from left) Westin Triplett, Isaiah McClure, Tryon Kaess and Mark Marum. In the back row are Ian Chavez, Christopher Neal, Jacob Inton and Carlos Toledano. was also selected as a member of the High School All-American Wrestling Team, Leilani McClure said. A handful of wrestlers are continuing to train in prepara-

tion for the upcoming West Kids Regionals in Pocatello, Idaho, June 17-22 and the Asics/USAW Kids Nationals in Orem, Utah, June 24-26. Those wrestlers include Triplett, Isaiah McClure,

Good, Kaess, Chavez, Inton and Marum. This is the largest group of wrestlers that the Snoqualmie Valley will have ever had represented it at these big tournaments, Leilani McClure said.

Mount Si’s Alex Censullo is named league’s MVP in soccer By David Hayes While the Wildcats’ boys soccer season may have ended early with a first round playoff loss to Bellevue, Alex Censullo was left with an impressive consolation prize — league most valuable player. Although the Mount Si High School senior led the league in points, he said the award was still a little bit of a surprise. “I wasn’t expecting it. I certainly wasn’t counting on it. But I was excited and humbled,” he said. Censullo becomes the sixth MVP for the Wildcats since 2003 — four boys and two girls. As an attacking center midfielder, he led the league with 13 goals and 11 assists. Head coach Darren Brown said teammate Kody Clearman had the same amount of points and the award could have went either way. “Alex was very deserving. He’s a heck of a talent,” Brown said. “He’s a playmaker who gets others involved.” The team around captain Censullo was young this season with a lot of question marks. “It was initially a challenge,” Censullo said. “We came in not knowing what to expect. But we made the most of our opportu-

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Senior Alex Censullo takes a penalty shot April 12 against Juanita. Recently voted the league MVP, Censullo finished the game with a goal and an assist. nities and everyone grew into their roles.” The Wildcats finished 10-4 in the league, good for second

place, and 11-4-1 overall. Mount Si’s season came to an early end with a 1-0 loss to Bellevue in the first round of the playoffs.

“The team was awesome. If we didn’t have the kids we do, the system wouldn’t be as good as it was,” Censullo said. “Kody

was also instrumental to our success. A lot of younger players also stepped up. So it wasn’t just me.” While Censullo led the league in goals, he admits he just might like getting the assist more. “I get more satisfaction setting up the play and they finish it,” he said. “Everyone remembers the goal, but sometimes the behind-the-scenes assist is more special.” The MVP honor follows Censullo being named to the 3A KingCo first team last year and getting honorable mention to that team the year before. Through summer, Censullo will continue to play for the Eastside FC Club, the seven-time state champions in club play. Next, Censullo plans to play soccer at Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, Calif. “It’s got a soccer program on the rise,” Censullo said. “They won their conference a couple years ago. The team will be competing for the national championship in Division 3.” Brown said he likes the future prospects for Censullo. “The sky is the limit for him,” Brown said. “He’s the type of player you build a program around.”

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JUNE 13, 2013


Basic pistol training offered at Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club

Registration open for the Iron Horse Relay Race

Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club, on state Route 202 between the Tokul Fish Hatchery and the Salish Lodge/Snoqualmie Falls, is offering a two-day basic pistol class June 29-30. Boyd Kneeland, chief instructor of the rifle club and NRA appointed training counselor, said attendees would learn: - Pistol knowledge and safe gun handling - Ammunition knowledge and fundamentals of pistol shooting - Firing the first shots (includes cleaning and storage) - Two-handed and onehanded standing shooting positions - Pistol sports and activities Kneeland said partici-

By Michele Mihalovich

Second annual tournament to support golf teams Mount Si Golf Course is hosting the second annual fundraising tournament for the Mount Si High School golf teams. The event is an 8 a.m. shotgun tournament June 21, and costs $100 per player, or $400 per team with all profits going to support the team for equipment, training and competition fees. Entry fee includes greens fees, a meal and a chance to win prizes. Side game competitions will be available. Go to mtsigolf. com to register.

Seattle Times announces allleague softball teams KINGCO 3A/2A First team 3B Rachael Picchena, Mount Si; OF Celine Fowler, Mount Si Second team C Britney Stevens, Mount Si; OF Lauren Smith, Mount Si

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pants should bring pen, paper and a sack lunch, as well as an unloaded and cased .22 firearm. “We’ll have loaner firearms by arrangement and probably allow larger calibers Sunday. No ammunition is allowed in the classroom,” he said. The two-day class, which costs $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers, typically begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and runs until 5 p.m. Kneeland said the Sunday class may start later in the day. More information on the class is available at html#BP. Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with more than 600 members,

according to Kneeland. It was incorporated in 1946, but its roots go back to shortly after World War I, when returning veterans would gather in the Snoqualmie Valley to maintain their rifle shooting skills, he said. Today, that old spirit lives on with club-hosted monthly competitions in a wide variety of events. Kneeland said the club is a safe, scenic and pleasant place for members to sight in and gain proficiency with hunting rifles, hunter or self-protection education and enjoy the shooting sports in a convenient, natural setting. Learn more by emailing or at

Honorable mention Mount Si — Tamarra Crowe and Paige Wetherbee

After missing the 2011 season with a knee injury that threatened to end his playing career, the UNLV-bound senior had 59 catches, 872 receiving yards and a schoolrecord 22 touchdowns as a senior. In basketball, he was first-team All-KingCo 3A/2A after averaging about 20 points. Source: Jayson Jenks, Seattle Times reporter

Trent Riley named one of the boys you should have seen One of the state’s best receivers in football, Mount Si High School’s Trent Riley, was a Seattle Times all-state selection.

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Organizers are gearing up for the second annual Adventure Sports Festival and Alaska Airlines Iron Horse Relay Race in September in North Bend. Chris Lewis, one of the organizers, said registration has already begun for the 70-mile multisport relay race from Lake Keechelus to North Bend. There are five legs to the race. The first is a five-mile canoe or kayak paddle around Lake Keechelus Lake. Lewis

describes leg two as a “22-mile ripper” down the Iron Horse Trail aka John Wayne Trail. It’s a 2 percent downgrade on dirt and gravel that includes a jet-black ride through the 2-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel. “Bring a headlamp,” he warns. The third leg is a 7.5-mile trail run on the winding and scenic Snoqualmie River Trail. The fourth leg is a 28-mile bike race through the Three Forks Natural Area and

around North Bend and Snoqualmie. The fifth and final leg is a 5.5-mile road run around North Bend. Lewis said the finish area is “smack in the center of downtown North Bend amidst the Adventure Sports Festival. (There are) zip lines, climbing walls, kids’ activities and great spectator entertainment with our race speeding right through town.” Register or learn more about the race at www.


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JUNE 13, 2013

Elementary school teacher honored as teacher of the month Special-education teacher Ruth Edwards was awarded Teacher of the Month for June by local website Macaroni Kid. Edwards teaches at Snoqualmie Elementary School, according to a press release from Macaroni Kid. Edwards was nominated by a Snoqualmie Elementary School family for teaching, molding, guiding and leading students, as well as going above and beyond her duties, according to the nomination. Edwards comes to school early some mornings to assist students with projects that need a little more attention, leading to increased success in math and writing, according to the press release. Edwards was honored by Macaroni Kid Snoqualmie ValleyIssaquah, Bridget Franklin from The Cascade Team, The Flat Iron Grill and Issaquah Trophy & Awards.

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Local students perform in ‘RENT’ Students from North Bend and Snoqualmie will perform in the well-known musical “RENT,” according to a press release from CORE Theatrics. Ariana Chriest and Bailey Wilkerson, of Snoqualmie, and Taylor Pearlstein and Makena Griffin, of North Bend, will perform in the musical in July and August. “RENT” premiered in 1996. The musical portrays young artists and performers living in New York as they seek creative fulfillment in the face of the fast approaching 21st American century, with the AIDS epidemic and the class struggle, according to the press release. “RENT” is an R-rated show recommended for ages 16 and older. The performances start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday July 26-27 and August 2-4. The performance is at the Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center, 12033 N.E. 80th St., Kirkland, and tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at