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June 14, 2012 VOL. 4, NO. 24

He’s gone to the Dawgs Page 16

Gleeful graduates celebrate at Mount Si High School

Timberrrrr! Forest harvest is planned for this summer. Page 2

Decision time North Bend chooses a contractor for fire station. Page 3

Tribe in trouble? Snoqualmie Tribe is in danger of takeover. Page 6

Police blotter

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Learn what to say Encompass helps parents with life lessons. Page 12

By Greg Farrar

Sara Reynolds, a high honors graduate, reacts with glee as she returns to her seat after receiving her diploma during Mount Si High School’s graduation June 9. For more photos, go to Page 10.

State poised to green light a new Valley hospital More grads Two Rivers students celebrate their big day. Page 14

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By Michele Mihalovich The state has given its blessing for the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital to build a new $38.5 million facility, providing they agree to a couple conditions. The Washington Department of Health on June 6 issued an evaluation of the hospital’s application for a Certificate of Need, indicating a certificate will be issued if the hospital can finalize an agreement with Moreland Pacific, a development firm in California. The hospital district must also agree to update its paperwork to properly reflect how much it is

providing in charity care. Mark Thomas, the analyst who conducted the evaluation on the district’s application, said the hospital provided more charity care than is required by the state, however, the paperwork submitted didn’t reflect that. Hospitals are required to meet or exceed the regional average of charity care, which in King County, the average is 1.51 percent of gross revenue and 2.69 percent in adjusted revenue. Snoqualmie Valley Hospital averages 2.04 percent of its gross revenue on charity care, and See HOSPITAL, Page 3

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The remains of a business card were found in an old train car.

The mystery of the card By Michele Mihalovich Who knows what kinds of surprises you’ll find in an 1898 train car outfitted to

be a Baptist chapel? Well, Northwest Railroad Museum workers rehabilitating the See CARD, Page 2

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Land to be logged this summer By Michele Mihalovich Log trucks are going to be a familiar sight this summer in Snoqualmie. Tim Scherer, the Oregon/ Washington operations manager for Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Company, said the company plans to begin its timber harvest above the old mill site in late July. The 204-acre property was recently sold to a landholder who lives in Seattle and manages another tree farm locally and plans to “manage this property as a nice tree farm,” he said. Scherer said the company did retain the timber rights on the land, but the rights expire at the end of the year. Weyerhaeuser will clear cut about 140 acres of 40-year-old Douglas fir timber, and leave the remainder of the land untouched, he said. After the harvest, the company will replant the area, Scherer said. He added that the company has also reviewed the harvest plans with city of Snoqualmie officials and with neighbors near the property.

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Card From Page 1 Messenger of Peace car in Snoqualmie found quite a treasure this February – a business card from the same time period. And not just any card. This was from H. J. Geisler, owner of a Dayton, Ohio saloon called The Sample Room, which advertised “fine wine, liquor, and cigars,” and claimed “Kentucky whiskey a specialty.” Now, why on Earth a card advertising booze was tucked into the Baptist chapel car’s roof, sandwiched between the soffit and roof decking, is somewhat of a mystery. Museum Director Richard Anderson said, “My guess is that one of the workers constructing the car, who may have frequently visited The Sample Room, tucked it in there on purpose.” Baptists were big advocates of the temperance movement, which urged society to reduce, or even stop the use of alcohol, he said. So that particular business card was possibly the worker’s attempt at humor, or irony, Anderson said. The American Baptist Publication Society ordered the Messenger of Peace car, which the museum acquired in 2007, from the Barney and Smith Car Company in Dayton, Ohio, in early 1898. Anderson said he’s further

By Michele Mihalovich

Richard Anderson, director of the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, points out where a late 1800s business card advertising booze and cigars was found on the opposite side of the Baptist chapel car the museum is restoring. convinced that the card was intentionally placed because the clerestory area of the car, where the card was found, has been inaccessible since 1898. But who was H.J. Giesler? Anderson said a museum volunteer decided to look into it, and learned Geisler was Henry J. Geisler of Dayton, Ohio, born in August 1869, married Clara in 1893 and by 1894 he

appeared in the Dayton, Ohio city directory as the proprietor of “choice wines, Liquors and Cigars.” However, by 1906, his wife was listed as the proprietor of the business, and the U.S. Census confirmed that Clara was a widow. Anderson said it’s not unusual to find little traces of history when renovating old rail cars.

“We’ve found boards with measurement markings on them, old tools and names scratched on inside walls. This was definitely a pleasant surprise because it’s so humorous.” Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.

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North Bend settles on builder for fire station By Michele Mihalovich

The North Bend City Council hired an Everett company to build the new fire station at its June 5 meeting. Ron Garrow, public works director, recommended the council accept the low bid of $4.084 million from KirtleyCole Associates, LLC. Garrow said seven bids were received for the new, 13,166-square-foot fire station, and he indicated the groundbreaking could happen soon. North Bend and King County Fire District No. 38 entered into an agreement

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4.12 percent of its adjusted revenue. Jay Rodne, attorney for the hospital district, said the conditions will be met, and he expected the Certificate of Need to be issued within 30 days. Moreland Pacific will construct the new facility at 34220 S.E. 99th St. in Snoqualmie, and the hospital district will pay a $280,000 monthly lease payment for 30 years. The district sold its current facility to the Snoqualmie Tribe in July 2008 for $30 million, and the tribe is allowing the hospital to continue to operate


to pursue a $5 million bond to construct a new facility. And in a special election in February 2011, voters overwhelmingly approved the bond, with 73.21 percent approving the bond in North Bend, and 62.01 percent approving it in the fire district. The city’s share is $2.25 million, with the fire district picking up the rest. The new station will be near the city’s public works shop, on North Bend Way and Thrasher Avenue. The council unanimously accepted the Kirtley-Cole bid, with Councilman Ross Loudenback absent. in the building. The tribe is currently paying $100,000 a month and will pay the balance in a balloon payment May 1, 2015, expected to come in at about $29 million. Rodne said the lease to buy agreement is better for the district, financially, than paying off a chunk of the cost when the balloon payment comes in. The lease payments, said Rodne, can be reimbursed by the federal government as a Medicare cost. The state’s evaluation of the project did note that the hospital district carries a significant amount of long-term debt. But the figures submitted by the hospital indicate an improvement later when the tribe makes the balloon payment, as well as an increase in revenue generated by a new

In the May 31 issue of the SnoValley Star, the article “Snoqualmie Valley resident looks back at time inside Hanoi Hilton” should have listed Joseph Crecca’s time at the Hanoi Hilton as six years and three months.


North Bend Farmers Market season begins The moment you’ve been waiting for all spring is finally here. The North Bend Farmers Market opens at 4 p.m. June 14 at the Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. Minna Rudd, recreation coordinator with Si View Metropolitan Park District who helps organize the market, said people who attend will see a lot of new offerings this year. Some of the new vendors include flowers from Bao Lor Garden; Blue Egg, makes products from reclaimed cedar including outdoor furniture, birdhouses and planter boxes; Blue Jay Photography offers nature-inspired art cards and

photo magnets; Ekernal Bliss sells kettle corn; Ryan Kennedy Photography sells custom framed art; produce and pickles can be found at Swauk Prairie; and Youngquist Farms will offer berries, syrups and jams. She said the vendor mix includes fresh produce, berries, eggs, meat, honey, flowers, and botanicals; baked goods, dried pasta, seasoning mixes, organic teas, and candies; prepared foods including wood-fired pizza, tamales, Asian specialties, barbeque, and shaved ice; a variety of unique hand-crafted items from jewelry to baby blankets to yard décor. Rudd said she expects the same number, if not more, than last year’s 46 vendors.

The farmers market will include summer concerts again this year, so she suggested bringing a lawn chair or picnic blanketing. The music runs from 6-7:30 p.m. each week, except for two September shows, which will have an earlier start time due to shortening daylight hours. The music line up for the season can be found at http://www. Rudd said Si View Metro Parks has hosted the market since 2006, adding that the market started at the Mount Si Senior Center, where it outgrew the space after a couple of years. The market runs from 4-8 p.m. each Thursday until Sept. 13.

building, which allows expanded services. Rodne said the plan for the balloon payment includes having a strategic reserve for the hospital, updating some hospital equipment and paying down some outstanding debt. “But some of the debt we carry has prepayment penalties, so we’ll have to wait until roughly 2018 to pay off some of that,” he said. In going forward on the project, Rodne said the construction plans still need to be reviewed by the city of Snoqualmie, and he expects foundation work could begin in September.

While Rodne said he’s pleased that the state has given them the green light for a new hospital, hospital board member Gene Pollard is not. After the district submitted its application to the state, Pollard wrote a lengthy comment to the state, asking that the application be denied because there are several close by hospital options available to the Snoqualmie Valley. Thomas said that even though those options are available to Snoqualmie Valley residents, “clearly, many are still choosing to go to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. So there is a

need.” Pollard said after a June 7 district board meeting, “Just because the state has determined that hospital has a right to build this, doesn’t mean that it’s right.” Pollard said he is considering his right to appeal the decision, which he has 28 days after the June 6 evaluation to do so. He said, “I am still studying the application to make sure it was complete.”

By Michele Mihalovich

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I want to tell our Valley about Shahram Hadian, the lesserknown Republican gubernatorial candidate. I’m not going to recite his biography. I hope people will look it up online at http:// What I want to tell people is this: when you read his bio and you like what you read, don’t turn away saying, “I doubt that he can win.” Doubt is the devil’s oldest trick in the book! Don’t fall for it! If you doubt and don’t vote for Shahram, you create a selffulfilling prophecy. You cause his loss. That is how Rick Santorum lost. Too many people doubted that Santorum could win against Obama, and they created a self-fulfilling prophecy by throwing their votes to Romney. (I’ve heard it over and over again — people saying, “I like Rick, but I doubt that he can win, so I’m voting for Romney.”) Don’t let that happen with our governor’s race! If you like Shahram, then back him up! Decide that you will work all the harder for him. It’s not every election that we can choose a good man, because good men usually don’t run for office. But Shahram is stepping out with courage. He needs grassroots support. We the people have to be courageous and hardworking if we want this courageous leader. At the state GOP convention, Shahram got more cheers and applause than McKenna, but the party is favoring McKenna since Shahram is the “new kid on the block.” So please, if you like Shahram, do something to help him win — even as I am doing something to introduce him to you. Thank you.

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Those wide-eyed, nervous, little kids who stepped into a kindergarten classroom for the first time in 1999 are now bona fide high school graduates. That little piece of paper they hold increases their quality of life substantially. According to the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, a high school graduate will realize certain benefits, such as higher earnings, lower crime rate neighborhoods and access to better health care, than people who don’t graduate. And while the accomplishment of earning a high school diploma is huge, our guess is that many of the 308 Mount Si grads are still wide-eyed and just a little bit nervous about their futures. The economy isn’t helping matters. According to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, employers added only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year. The government also said far fewer jobs were added in the previous two months than first thought — 11,000 fewer in March and 38,000 fewer in April. And the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent, the first increase since last June. For students planning to attend college, that four-year buffer from entering the job market might make the most sense. Surely things will have improved by then, right? But if college isn’t an option, or even desired, there are a few other options. Graduates can learn a trade through apprenticeships; seek a job with companies that offer advancement and future management training, even if it means starting in the mailroom to get a foot in the door; volunteering with AmeriCorps, which offers 17-24 year-olds the chance to make a difference through a national network of hundreds of programs; travel to a foreign country through student exchange programs, employment on cruise ships or becoming a tutor or nanny; join the military; or become a selfemployed entrepreneur. No doubt, these recent graduates are facing difficult challenges, but those challenges also present endless possibilities.

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Father’s Day doesn’t have to be for dads By Slim Randles It started out as one of those mid-June, lazy kind of Sunday mornings … the kind where you wish the Valley Weekly Miracle had a Sunday edition just so you could read the funnies. At the Fly Tying Love Center, also known as Marvin and Marjorie Pincus’s house, it was a time for toast and coffee. They don’t put as much butter or jelly on the toast as they used to, for health’s sake, you know, but somehow if you’re together at the kitchen table, looking out on a fresh new world embracing summer, it doesn’t matter. “Marvin,” Marjorie said, “this is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day.” He smiled. “Thanks, Hon, but unless you’ve forgotten, we never had any kids.” “You would’ve been a great dad, though, Marvin. A great dad. You care so much about others. And, hey, look at the advice you’ve given people, huh? That’s right. And that’s something a dad does.” “And we managed to bypass diapers and tantrums and homework and boyfriends coming over that we couldn’t stand, right?” Marjorie laughed. “And we can spend as much time around kids as we want to, and send

them home any time we like.” “Amen to that,” Marvin said. The fertilizer king, Dewey Slim Randles Decker, Columnist pulled up to the curb outside and parked. He went around and opened the door for Emily Stickles, the county lady with the incredible cheekbones and Dewey’s heart. They were invited in and coffeed. “Mr. Pincus?” “Just Marvin, Emily.” “Marvin? I owe you an apolo-

gy for trying to shut down your counseling business. Without that, Dewey and I might not have found each other.” Dewey stepped forward. “This is for you, Marvin. Happy Father’s Day!” Marvin took the card, but had a hard time seeing it somehow, so he handed it to Marjorie for now. Just as Dewey and Emily left, two horses stopped outside, and Randy Jones and Katie Burchell walked hand-in-hand toward the front door, carrying a card. “Happy Father’s Day, Sweetheart,” Marjorie whispered in her husband’s ear. Need a good book for Dad on Father’s Day? Check out

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Stalemate puts Snoqualmie Tribe at risk of federal takeover By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter The terms of office have expired for most members of the Snoqualmie Tribal Council, and an enrollment audit still in the works has revealed the chairman of the tribe and two members of its council aren’t qualified under the tribe’s constitution to hold office or vote. Neither is the tribal member on the board of a new gambling venture in Fiji, in which the tribe has already invested $1.5 million. The tribe hasn’t had an election in two years, because of members’ inability to agree who is qualified to vote or hold office, due to an ongoing tribalmembership dispute. Stan Speaks, Northwest regional director for the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, said the tribe is perilously close to a takeover by his agency if it can’t muster the ability to hold an election. “If they can’t do that, they are hardly really a tribe,” Speaks said. He said his agency loathes stepping in, but the tribe is increasingly at risk of losing control of its own self-governance. It’s an internal dispute with the potential to reach beyond the tribe. For instance, the official offering memorandum issued to potential buyers of $330 million in bonds the tribe sold to pay for its casino in North Bend requires the casino to be overseen by a tribal Authority Board, the members of which are the same as the 11-member tribal

council. Rating agencies recently raised the casino’s bond rating, based on improved revenues. The tribe also has caught up on financial audits that had been in arrears, and it received a clean bill of health for compliance with regulations by the Nation Indian Gambling Commission. Whether the tribe’s election impasse affects the casino is unclear. Rick Dey, of the Washington State Gambling Commission, said his agency is monitoring the situation. A call to the casino general manager was not returned. The chief of staff for the National Indian Gaming Commission declined to comment. Nina Repin, 56, of Snohomish, is the only regular voting member of the council today whose term is unexpired and whose blood quantum also has so far been shown to meet the tribe’s requirements to hold office. Speaks, of the BIA, traces the trouble back to the time of the tribe’s battle for recognition by the federal government. Once the federal government recognizes a tribe, it is up to the tribe itself to decide who is a member, using factors from degree of Indian blood to decendancy from treaty signers, or a combination of characteristics. Tribes may also change those requirements when and however they like. After it was recognized in 1999, the Snoqualmie Tribe was supposed to determine who, according to its governing documents, is a tribal member, and with what rights and privileges,

“I just want to see us work together for the good of all the people.” — Nina Repin Tribe member such as the ability to vote. “They have not addressed one major issue, and that is their membership, from day one,” Speaks said. “The recognition group evidently did not look very carefully at their membership and the criteria for membership. That has carried over to where they are today. That has really been their downfall. They can blame anyone they want, but internally, that was their responsibility. They just didn’t take care of it.” At Snoqualmie, the present constitution requires that anyone who runs for office or votes must possess at least oneeighth degree of Snoqualmie blood. A person may still be a Snoqualmie tribal member with less blood degree. The tribe submitted a list of members during its petition for recognition but never corrected it for duplication, errors or even outright forgery, said Kenneth Tollefson, of Shoreline, an anthropologist who worked on the recognition petition. “Even I am on it,” he said. Tollefson is a non-Indian but was adopted into the tribe. Efforts ever since by the tribe to decide who meets the requirements to run for office or vote have foundered in disagreement. Some say everyone on the base roll is at least one-eighth

Snoqualmie. Others want confirmation, by independent genealogical research, and even DNA testing. An enrollment audit is being prepared now for the tribe by an independent contractor to identify the Snoqualmie people on the tribe’s base roll with at least one-eighth blood degree. But the audit has come under attack by dueling families, and council members are talking about scrapping the audit before it has even been completed or submitted. The enrollment issue came to a head in 2007 once the tribe moved to open its casino in North Bend, taking on $330 million in debt, the largest ever shouldered by a tribe to open a casino. The tribe became consumed with infighting over its enrollment and election procedures that haven’t let up since. The fight burst into the open when Jerry Enick overturned a 2007 election, igniting a dispute that culminated in a 2008 federalcourt case over the banishment of nine Snoqualmie tribal council members, including the tribal chairman. At that time, those who were banished cried foul, and Enick’s use of his ceremonial title was criticized as an attempt to thrust his family into power. Before long, Enick was at the center of a showdown in which the validity of his position as a hereditary chief of the tribe has been questioned. On May 20, another group formed an emergency tribunal that recalled the remaining two council members with unex-

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pired terms, and empowered itself to convene the membership to hold an election in June. “We are going forward. We are going to have an election,” Carolyn Lubenau, head of the emergency tribunal, said. But others say the tribe still has to create a list of qualified voters before any election can stick. “We need to hold on and be patient,” tribal member Marvin Kempf said. “No one can vote until we get a clear genealogy and know who are the qualified voters.” Repin said she has worked for her tribe her whole life and is saddened by the current state of affairs. “I just want to see us work together for the good of all the people,” she said. The BIA’s Speaks said he had never seen such a breakdown of a tribe in all of the Pacific Northwest. “If they are at a point where they can’t administer anything, we will step in, and we are getting close to it,” he said. “There has to be some kind of election conducted regardless of how that occurs. They need to do that. They have to get a viable, functioning government in place.” Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or lmapes@ Comment at

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Website allows city leaders to notify North Bend residents With the launch of the city of North Bend’s new website, there are added features to help you stay informed using the blue graphic button labeled “Notify Me,” according to a June 6 press release from the city. If you have previously signed up for notices from the city, you’ll continue to receive them until July 1. After that, notices will only be provided to those who have signed up through Notify Me, Facebook or Twitter. The exception will be if you are signed up as part of the North Bend Yahoo email group, the city will continue to post notices to this group. To sign up for notices and alerts from the city, click on the Notify Me button at Its page features the following lists: City Council Agendas/ Meeting Information North Bend Update/City Newsletter Basic Alerts & Emergency Alerts City of North Bend Jobs City News/Press Releases & Highlighted Events City Meeting Calendar Community Event Calendar By going to Notify Me, citizens can create an account and, by providing an email address or phone number for texts, they

may elect to receive the information or notifications that are most relevant to them. The city is also offering to send notices through social media accounts. Just go to the ‘Follow us on Facebook & Twitter’ page or click on the Facebook or Twitter icons on the city’s website. According to the press release, the city does not share any personal information. Learn more at the city’s website or email or call 888-7630.

Snoqualmie invasive weed project scheduled

Plant enthusiasts, hikers and others who want to help natural areas are encouraged to join the effort to locate and control invasive plant species in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley and the Snoqualmie Pass Gateway trails. Middle Fork-South Fork invasive weed project organizers train volunteers to survey along the trails of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley and in the upper South Fork Snoqualmie watershed. Help survey the area’s trail system for invasive weeds to stop them before they get entrenched. Workers are surveying trails from Mount Si near North Bend to Dutch Miller Gap in the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Upcoming orientation: When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


June 23 Where: North Bend Ranger Station, Back Conference Hall, 902 S.E. North Bend Way What: Training and orientation for volunteer weed surveyors including a survey hike in the Middle Fork Valley Details: Bring water, lunch, hiking shoes and other hiking essentials. Attendees will carpool from the ranger station and return by 5 p.m. Sign up or learn more by contacting Sasha Shaw at sasha. or 206296-0290.

there, but I drove other cars there and it helped me get ready for Greece. “The Acropolis Rally was only the third WRC rally I’ve been in, and it was definitely the most challenging rally I’ve ever driven,” he said. “As I get better and compete with the world’s top drivers, it definitely gets harder.” Duplessis’ goal was simply to finish, but he achieved that and more. He set the third-fastest time among the Academy drivers for the event, and he was also honored with the “Spirit of the FIA WRC Academy” award in the post-event ceremonies.

Locally trained driver finishes sixth in Acropolis Rally of Greece ‘Long Walk’ to end at Snoqualmie Falls A car sponsored by DirtFish Rally driving school in Snoqualmie finished sixth in its class at the Acropolis Rally of Greece on May 30. Chris Duplessis, driver of the car, trained at DirtFish for two weeks before the grueling race. DirtFish helped him prepare for one of the oldest and most challenging rallies in the world, he said in a press release. Duplessis, 25, of Bethlehem, N.H., was the only American competing in the FIA World Rally Championship event out of 55 entries. “It’s awesome,” he said of DirtFish, which offers classes for pros, amateurs, individual enthusiasts and corporate groups. “I didn’t have my Fiesta

4Culture and King County Parks are presenting “The Long Walk,” 2012, where artist Susan Robb and 50 self-selecting participants will walk the regional trails system over the course of four days. According to a press release from 4Culture, the walk, July 26 – 29, begins at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle and ends at Snoqualmie Falls. Participation is free and open to anyone at least 21 years old who can hike an average of 18 miles a day. The walk is limited to 50 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are available to the public at 1 p.m. June 20 at

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Mason, Sophia rank as most popular baby names in Washington Mason and Sophia ranked as the most popular baby names in Washington last year — a reflection of popular baby names nationwide. The data comes from the U.S. Social Security Administration’s annual ranking of baby names in the United States. In Washington, parents named 444 infant boys Mason and 440 infant girls Sophia. The agency released the data May 14. Liam ranked No. 2 on the list of names for boys. Olivia filled the slot on the list of names for girls. Alexander and Emma came in at No. 3. Jacob, No. 4 on the list of top names for boys, rose in recent years due to a character in the mega-popular “Twilight” saga. Isabella ranked as the No. 4 name for girls. Ethan and Emily nabbed the No. 5 slots. Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden and Noah filled the top slots nationwide among names for boys. Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia and Ava topped the list of names for girls.

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North Bend Car prowl Some time during the evening of May 29, someone took items, including binoculars and a camera, from a pickup truck parked at the 100 block of East Sixth Street.

Flying thieves? An owner of a business in the 200 block of West North Bend Way reported that someone on May 25 climbed onto the roof, forced open a door on the second floor and moved several items to a rear door, probably for pick up later. The owner was unable to tell if anything had been removed from the building.

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A grave marker with the name “Thomas A. Chamberlain” was taken from the Mount Si Memorial Cemetery sometime between May 28 and 30.

DUI An officer around midnight June 7 observed a 2007 Ford Edge swerving and driving on the shoulder of Snoqualmie Parkway. Susan Merza, 50, of Sammamish, told the officer she had two beers at a friend’s house. She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. She was transported to the Issaquah Jail.

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spotted three methadone pills in the console. The officer later discovered a plastic baggy containing a white powder, suspected of being methamphetamine, in the driver’s wallet. The 24-yearold man was transported to King County Jail.

Snoqualmie police pulled over a 1991 Acura sedan around 9 p.m. June 2, when the driver failed to stop at a red light at Center Boulevard and Snoqualmie Parkway. The driver was initially arrested for driving while his license was suspended, but when the driver asked the officer to grab the man’s keys from inside the car, the officer

Two fire engines responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 1:39 p.m. June 1 on Interstate 90. One fire engine responded to a malicious false alarm at 4:23 p.m. June 3 at 400 block of South Fork Avenue Southwest. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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Alliance of Eastside Agencies to honor Snoqualmie mayor Matt Larson, mayor of the city of Snoqualmie, was named Elected official of the Year by the Alliance of Eastside Agencies, a professional membership organization of human service providers, according to a June 6 press release from the AEA. The organization is honoring Larson and three other individuals, along with two organizations, at its eighth annual awards luncheon at noon June 13 at Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville. The keynote speaker will be James Whitfield, executive director of Leadership Eastside who will speak on the benefits of trying times, particularly how they force us to redefine problems to find solutions. Award recipients in six categories were chosen from several nominated by Eastside human service providers. Each has made outstanding contributions to health and human services in East King County. Larson will be honored because he exemplifies leadership and support at the top level of city government for human services. On multiple occasions he and the city of Snoqualmie have donated space to area nonprofit groups and encouraged involvement, support and consistent funding for human service providers, according to the press release. Also being honored are: Youth Volunteer of the Year — Aries Almanza-Almonte, Youth Eastside Services. Volunteer of the Year— Girls Giving Back Non-profit Staff of the Year — Aimee Sharp, Advocacy Specialists, AtWork! Faith Organization of the Year — St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Bellevue

Business of the Year — Symetra “The AEA is pleased to honor members of the community who have played a significant role in supporting human services in East King County. This year we were please to add a category for faith organizations, who are certainly an important safety-net component,” said AEA Chairman David Downing, who is also Associate Director at Youth Eastside Services. “These individuals and organizations help make the Eastside a better place to live and work.” The Alliance of Eastside Agencies is a 40-plus member alliance of human service nonprofit groups with the mission of strengthening human services infrastructure in East King County to build healthy communities through a strong human services network.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital selected for chronic disease study Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is one of eight hospitals in the Puget Sound area selected to participate in a regional study in partnership with the University of Washington and Seattle/King County Public Health, according to a June 8 press release from the hospital. This study will examine the health of people living in King County, and will help officials better understand select chronic health conditions in our community. The study “Monitoring Disparities in Chronic Conditions,” was developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The study will include questions in the areas of general health, symptoms related to specific conditions, diet, medications and history of medical

treatments, according to the press release. Residents electing to participate in this study will be helping provide data to King County health care providers for planning prevention programs, effectively targeting services and identifying and monitoring chronic diseases. Individual participants will benefit by increased knowledge of their own general medical condition, learning more about potential underlying conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and a better understanding of medications and utilization of medical services, according to the press release. “By participating in this study, people in Snoqualmie Valley and throughout King County are creating the opportunity to improve the health of their own families, their neighbors and friends and family nationwide,” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, the head of IHME’s research team, in the press release.

County health officials encourage AED registration King County public health officials launched a campaign June 4 to encourage businesses and organizations to adopt and register automated external defibrillators — portable devices designed to use electrical therapy to treat people suffering from cardiac arrest. The effort, called the Shockingly Simple Campaign, is meant to encourage AED owners to register the devices with the county. The registration allows 911 dispatchers to locate the nearest AED during emergencies. “AEDs don’t work if we can’t find them, so after purchasing an AED it is absolutely cru-


cial to register them through King County,” said Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, medical director for the King County EMS Division of Public Health – Seattle & King County. AED owners can register the devices on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website, preregistration.aspx. Officials said fewer than 1,000 businesses and organizations countywide have registered AEDs. In many cases, AED use is a cardiac arrest patient’s only chance for survival. Each year, more than 300,000 people in the United States die from sudden cardiac arrest, but studies show a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of survival if AED use occurs within minutes.

Official invites civic-minded youths to join legislative council Lt. Gov. Brad Owen invited civic-minded youths to apply for position on the council responsible for advising state legislators on youth issues. The 22-member Legislative Youth Advisory Council is comprised of teenagers between 14 and 18. Members serve two-year terms and, if eligible, can be reappointed for additional terms. “This is a very action-oriented and diverse group of bright young people,” Owen said in a statement. “Each year they tackle a broad range of issues that are important to youth, take positions on legislative bills and work closely with legislators on seeing these bills through the legislative process. I would strongly encourage any interested youth to apply.” The lieutenant governor

makes the final appointments to the panel based on the recommendations of Legislative Youth Advisory Council membership. Find the application form on the Legislative Youth Advisory Council website, http://lyac.leg. Email or call 360-725-6039 for more information. Interested teenagers must apply by June 25.

Washington launches summer motorcycle safety campaign The state Department of Licensing launched a safety outreach campaign last month to reduce motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities throughout the summer. The agency’s “Look Twice, Save a Life” campaign is geared to reach millions of motorists across the state and motorcycle owners. Riders can be difficult to see on busy roads because of motorcycles’ smaller size and profile. Motorists should take extra time to be aware of what’s around them. Since 2008, the number of other drivers failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists has dropped by about 20 percent, according to collision data compiled by the state Department of Transportation. The top three rider causes of motorcycle crashes rank as alcohol or drug impairment, improper lane position and speeding. To legally operate a motorcycle on Washington roads, a rider must have a driver’s license endorsement — or his or her bike could be impounded even after a simple traffic stop. The licensing agency offers information for unendorsed riders at


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Ryan Melton, voted Wildcat of the Year, talks to his mom on a cellphone at the end of the Mount Si High School commencement ceremony.

Each graduating senior walks to principal John Belcher handing him a ‘Peeps’ marshmallow as a thank you.

Kevin Carter (left), receives his announcement card before the ceremony from secretary Carol Nelson, which the students hand to the readers at their diploma presentations. Sabrina Sandberg, Hayley Pillo and Megan Vogel (from left) walk arm in arm to their seats during the processional.

Members of the Mount Si High School Class of 2012 throw their mortarboards in the air at the conclusion of commencement ceremonies June 8.

Students line up in the commons next to the Mount Si High School Wildcat paw as they prepare to enter the stadium.

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Dalton Newcomb pumps his diploma in the air.

Graduates who will be entering military service are honored on stage as their names are announced by Salutatorian Connor Deutsch.

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Tiana Graciidis, covered with a pile of garlands from family members, gives the ‘hang loose’ hand signal as she poses for photos with fellow graduate Hector Martinez.

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National Honor Society members John Marshall (left) and Syed Abbas Ali Tahirzadeh, and classmate Lloyd Sim stand together as they arrive at their seats for graduation.

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Parents learn when to praise, when to correct their child’s behavior By Sebastian Moraga

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Rocio Collado watches as Francisca Irarrazaval plays with her son Nico at Encompass Family Services.

This pizza had some unusual ingredients. Fake pimentos and mushrooms. Real praise and progress. The chef was a 3-year-old named Nicolas Garcia. The sous chef was his mother, Francisca Irarrazaval. They are both residents of Snoqualmie. The kitchen was a room at Encompass, no kitchen implements except the toy ones on a center table. The room had one window near the corner, behind which coach Rocio Collado, of Encompass, watched. Collado and Irarrazaval, both Chileans, communicated in Spanish through headsets. Collado could see them, but they could not see her. “Now,” Collado said, “this one is harder. Tell him to hand you the fence because you want to hold it.” The “fence” was a fake pizza spatula turned sideways, shield-

“The child will learn through the process what happens in the labs that if he does not obey, consequences are coming.” — Liann Smith Program coach ing a sleepy, pizza-eating toy mouse. She obeyed Collado. He obeyed Mom. Collado chuckled. “I thought it was going to be harder for him,” Collado said. Nine months ago, orders like hand-me-the-fence were tantrum starters for Nicolas. “He yelled, he fought about everything,” Irarrazaval said in Spanish. “A point came where I did not know if I could control him.” The problem arose, Irarrazaval said, when Nicolas’ twin siblings were born and his mother lacked

the time or energy for Nicolas she once did. “He wanted to keep having the same things he always had,” Irarrazaval said, “but I couldn’t give it to him.” Irarrazaval came to Encompass, for the family services organization’s Parent-Child Interaction Training program for children ages 2-7. In the program’s first phase, children and parents play with toys, and children control much of the action and the environment. “They are getting attention,” program coach Liann Smith said, “and they feel like they have some control over their environment.” In the second phase, the parents direct the interaction, set the limits and consequences, and give the commands, Smith said. “When parents ask to do something, the child will learn See PARENT, Page 13

A cross-country motorcycle trip was 40 years in the making The America-by-bike theme will exclude Alaska and Hawaii. When he was 17 years old, This month, Kevin will fly to Kevin Parsons saw Dennis Alaska solo and rent a bike while Hopper’s motorcycle antihero she stays with her Marysville movie “Easy Rider,” and the parents. Then near the end of dream of hitting the road on the trip, they will fly to Hawaii two wheels was born and rent another bike. “I caught the bug,” he said, The lower 48, they will visit “and I always wanted to do it.” on their motorcycle decked in Life, wife, and the pursuit of American flag colors, complete child-raising got in the way of a with a bald eagle near the windlong bike trip shield. for 40 years. “That On the Web: Until 2010 eagle’s eaten when Sherri a lot of bugs,” Parsons told Kevin said. her husband, After Kevin “Why not returns from now?” Alaska, they will zigzag across Seattle natives and Vegas the northern states until they residents, Parsons and his wife reach Maine in September, of 37 years planned the trip for head south to reach Florida a year, calling it “50 states in 50 in January, and west to reach weeks.” California in March. Then, last April 29, the dream The motorcycle pulls a popbecame a reality. They left Vegas up tent carrying a king-sized bed and hit Utah, Colorado, Kansas, and a 7-foot-by-seven-foot room. Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and The room sits in a storage area, now Washington. Forty-three which they call their basement. states to go. They also have 43 They sleep in the tent five weeks to go. Kevin said, it won’t days out of seven. After 41 years always work so neatly. Some together, they also know when states will take longer. The goal, to give each other their space. Sherri said, is hitting every area A quilter, Sherri is the homeat the right time. body while Kevin is the explor“I don’t want to be in Florida er. When she sews in the trailer, in July, or in Maine in January,” Kevin rides around. Then they Sherri said. meet up, and it’s highway time,

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Sherri and Kevin Parsons stand outside their “basement,” as they call the cargo space on their trailer. The couple swung by Snoqualmie last week during their yearlong trip around the entire United States. except on Sundays for church. “We try to see the capitols, the museums, the national monuments and the great rides,”

Kevin said. “The twisting roads with the great views.” Kevin is always the driver, Sherri always the passenger.

“I don’t have the stamina he does,” she said with a laugh. See TRIP, Page 13

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This map on the right side of Kevin Parsons’ motorcycle shows the route of his and his wife Sherri’s ‘50 states in 50 weeks’ trip. The bike has an identical map on the left side, showing his wife’s route. They differ because sometimes she stays in their trailer while he explores.


From Page 12 does,” she said with a laugh. What they both have is heated suits that overcome bad riding weather. The suit parts plug to a controller, which plugs to the bike’s battery. “We have never been cold,” she said. Not even when they left Montrose, Colo. in 70-degree weather and arrived in Denver in a blizzard. Half their friends think they are crazy. Of the other half, 80 percent remain non-committal about the trip, while the rest wish they could go with, including Kevin’s sister who hosted them in Snoqualmie. The little treasures the Parsons have found along the way show who was right.Like the campground next to a river in Hot Springs, Idaho, or like the barbed wire museum in La

Crosse, Kan. “I thought, ‘this is going to be tacky,’” Kevin said, “but it was fascinating. The history of barbed wire and how it changed the country.” The country has changed since Dennis Hopper inspired a teenage Parsons to hit the road. Some of that curiosity never abandoned him. “I hope to see Vermont. I’m excited to see how they get sap out of trees and make maple syrup,” he said, “and if you know, don’t tell me.” Forty years later, Parsons feels grateful he never made the trip until now. “If I had done it when I was younger, I had no money, no sense, a crappy bike and it would have ended badly,” he said. “Now our chances of success are greater, it’s already a success, and we’re having a great time.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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through the process what happens in the labs that if he does not obey, consequences are coming,” she added. The program uses time-outs as a way to discipline a child. The program also discourages asking children questions, as they plant doubt in a child’s mind as to whether what he or she is doing is good. Same for correcting the children if what they do is unusual but not dangerous. Feeding the mouse, Nicolas said it was sleepy and put it in a bed. He placed the spatula as the fence. “Let the child’s imagination lead the way,” Collado said. “Don’t look for anything that looks more like a fence.” The practice encourages repeating what the child is saying, to ensure the child knows he or she is being heard. Above all, the program encourages pouring positive reinforcement atop the slightest sign of good behavior and ignoring tantrums, so a child knows what will or won’t get


“He has learned how to take orders, to do things without yelling or fighting for everything. I can tell him what to do and he does it. ” — Francisca Irarrazaval Mother him or her what he or she wants. “Rescue the positive he does and that will make him keep doing it,” Collado told Irarrazaval as Nicolas put his own toys away. Smith coaches Anglophone parents and children. Collado coaches Spanish-speaking parents and children. Groups struggle with different things, Collado said. Latino families don’t know much about positive discipline. They know about giving and taking orders, but not about how effusive praise can lead to behavioral change. Anglophone families struggle setting limits and consequences, she said. They are used to having to explain themselves to children, instead. “They kind of want to be their friends,” she added.

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The results of the program, Collado said, are so astounding, the families sometimes don’t remember what brought them in in the first place. “He’s changed 100 percent,” Irarrazaval said. “He has learned how to take orders, to do things without yelling or fighting for everything. I can tell him what to do and he does it. This program taught me how to have a relationship with him.” Children’s attention spans grow, self-esteem grows, and their social skills and abilities to take directions improve, Smith said. The children aren’t the only ones changing or benefiting, Collado said. Parents benefit, too. “They say things like, ‘Even if it takes me months, now I know what to do,” Collado said. Benefits exist for the coaches, too. “It’s a gift for me to see the change,” Collado said. “When I worked as a therapist, I got a report, ‘Yeah, he’s doing better at school.’ Now, I see it happen.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at



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A triumph of optimism and perseverance at Two Rivers School By Sebastian Moraga The hardships each had encountered seemed far away, as they sat on the stage at Chief Kanim Middle School. They numbered barely above a dozen. Each dressed in a blue cap and gown, each a student from North Bend’s Two Rivers School, graduating from what they said was more than a school. “At Two Rivers you are not another name on a list, you’re a person,” said student Vanessa Scott, who graduated on the same day and on the same stage as her husband Mathew. “I felt very special here.” Classmate Kali Davis called her Two Rivers days the best of her life. “It’s taken me three schools and five years to get to this point,” said Davis, winner of a $1,000 Kiwanis scholarship who will attend Everett Community College. “But I’m happy to be finally here.” Imagine how student Regan Bedortha felt. Bedortha calls Two Rivers “Eight Rivers,” because the district’s alternative school was her eighth.

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Nikki Potocki speaks during her graduation from Two Rivers School. She was the recipient of two scholarships. Bedortha said she remembered all eight schools, from two in Vancouver, Wash., to three in Bellevue, one in Redmond, a technical college in Kirkland, and now Two Rivers. The eighth time was the charm, Bedortha said, because teachers cared about students at Two Rivers. “They talked to me like I was

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Hunter Fite shakes hands with Snoqualmie Valley School Board member Marci Busby during the graduation ceremony for Two Rivers School. Fite and about a dozen classmates said goodbye to their high school education that was as high on emotion and tears as it was on optimism. a normal kid,” she said. Two Rivers principal Amy Montanye-Johnson said she was glad the school was Bedortha’s last stop.

“Whatever she chooses to do, she will make the world a better place,” Johnson added. Snoqualmie Valley School Board president Dan Popp told

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Mount Si valedictorians relish having some buddy to lean on By Sebastian Moraga Sally Miller and Riley Edwards know the old cliché by heart. Smart students are smart because they have no friends, no fun, no life. They have heard it all before, to the point that it makes the two class valedictorians for this year’s Mount Si High School graduation joke about their supposed fixation with grades. “I have friends,” said Edwards with a laugh. “I have Sally. She’s my friend. She calls me and we talk about homework.” Miller and Edwards finished their four-year high school career with a 4.0 grade-point average. Connor Deutsch finished with a 3.97 and will be the class salutatorian. Which, incidentally, was Edwards’ goal when she left middle school four years ago. She even wrote it down. “I told my mom,” Edwards said, “and she said, ‘why would you write that? ‘I want to finish second.’ So I changed my mind.” Miller said she always wanted to be valedictorian. “I always tried really hard to keep my 4.0,” she said. With their mission accom-

plished, they can look back on it with a cool head. “I am honored and proud to have been chosen as valedictorian,” Edwards said, “But learning the same amount and getting an A-plus or a B-minus is just as valuable. What you learn is more important than the grade you get.” Furthermore, Edwards said she would not advise any student entering high school to have being a valedictorian as their main goal. Do your best, she said, but make excelling in high school your beginning, not your end. Miller will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and major in aerospace engineering. She thanked her parents for their support and credited her teachers for making it this far. “Only with their encouragement I think I could attend MIT,” she said. Edwards will attend Fordham University in New York and major in international relations with a focus on the Middle East. She credited her parents, saying that they expected her to go to a good college. See BUDDY, Page 15

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Riley Edwards and Sally Miller, valedictorians of the Class of 2012, enjoy a moment at Mount Si High School. Both girls finished high school with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. They will both be heading to colleges on the East Coast.

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Dream of field taking shape at Cascade View Elementary By Sebastian Moraga If you seed it, they will come. The grass grows on an L-shaped strip of land surrounding the southwest end of Cascade View Elementary School, and so does the hope of a community to see children play baseball and soccer on it next fall. Ray Wilson, principal of Cascade View Elementary School sees the little blades of grass covering the once-bumpy, weedy dirt and smiles. “It’s the best I’ve seen this field since I’ve been here,” he said. Wilson has been the principal of Cascade View for three

years. The field is almost entirely covered in green. While not pool-table smooth, it looks fresh, alive and well-tended. Wilson said there’s a reason for that: “A big-time collaboration of the community, the school and the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association,“ he said. He also credited the Falls Little League of Snoqualmie and Fall City for their involvement. Scott Phelps, a Cascade View parent and the head superintendent at a golf course in Newcastle, sounds as enthused as Wilson when talking about

“It will be good to have another field for all the kids to play on.” — Scott Phelps Parent the work on the field. “We re-seeded it, tried to fill out some of the holes,” he said. “Started adding some fertilizer, repaired the irrigation system where it needed to be repaired.” The field is owned by the Snoqualmie Valley School District. All the Little League

organizations have been helping out, Phelps said. “We want to help create some field space for them and they are helping finance the remodel work out there,” he said The key for the field’s survival, both Phelps and Wilson said, will be to get a continuous maintenance program in place so the field won’t fall into disrepair again. “The PTSA is talking to some private contractors to do the maintenance on it, rather than have the school district do it,” Phelps said. The group has received bids but has yet to pick one, he added.

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The class of 2012 at Two Rivers School, celebrating its graduation in Fall City June 6. Students from the Snoqualmie Valley Virtual Academy also graduated.

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tual academy, that they would find a direction that was meaningful to them. “You will make mistakes like me, and you will gain perspective,” he said. “The foundation you gain today can be the catalyst for an exciting future.” This year’s graduates belonged to the 26th graduating class in 25 years of Two Rivers. The first year, the school held two graduations. The class, Popp said, may serve as examples to students who may be struggling or won-

dering whether they can finish school. “I think those kids only need to hear a handful of these stories to realize they can accomplish the same success,” Popp said. Like Bedortha, who is debat-

ing whether to become a nurse or join the military and who went from eighth to first in the swing of a tassel. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “None of my brothers graduated, my mom didn’t graduate. I get to be the first one.”

“Although it’s my work,” she said. “I don’t know what I would have done if they had not been there to support it and encourage it.” Miller and Edwards pledged to remain friends and share the shuttling back and forth between Cambridge, Mass. and New York. They also shared the pluses and minuses of living in a small community. “I feel like I’ve really gotten close to my teachers,” Miller said. Edwards said that while MSHS is not perfect, she praised the fact that the school is raising its standards. “It’s making students look past Central and Western as part of their college choices,” she said referring to two of the staterun universities, which she said students tend to favor. They know some Wildcats

The field is roped off right now, off-limits to the children in the school while the grass grows in. It will double as a playground for the school and the community, Phelps said. Baseball and soccer may crowd the schedule, but kickball and Frisbee will also have a place. “I understand there’s a field shortage here in the Snoqualmie Valley,” Phelps said. “So it will be good to have another field for all the kids to play on.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

attend Central, so they choose it. At the same time, being from a small town sometimes conditions the way people view student accomplishments, Edwards added. She applied to Yale and Valley people assured her she was getting in. “I would do the same thing because I wouldn’t want to bring them down, but I don’t know about people’s understanding of the caliber of students across the country,” she said, adding that every high school in America has a valedictorian. “People haven’t been exposed to schools where standards are so much higher,” she said. “I know Mount Si is improving and that makes me glad, but there are college prep schools with curriculums that Mount Si students would be blown away by.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Mount Si grad Nikki Stanton is now playing for Sounders Women team College player will spend her summer learning from the best By Sebastian Moraga For Nikki Stanton, dreams do come true. “This is as good as it gets,” she said. The former Mount Si High School soccer player has found herself this summer playing alongside seven national team players in the Seattle Sounders Women team. “I looked up to a lot of these girls when I was growing up,” she said. “I’m playing with the best players in the world, it doesn’t getting better that that.” Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Stephanie Cox and Megan Rapinoe, are now Stanton’s teammates. Not only is she playing with soccer elite, but the team is undefeated as of June 8, and it’s the squad in the league with the most national team players on it. Five of them will defend the U.S. at the Olympic Games in London this summer. “The level of competition in our players makes us a little step ahead of the competition,” said Stanton, a psychology major at Fairfield University in Fairfield,

Conn. hear what it was like to be at the Stanton redshirted her freshvery top.” man year due to injury so she Darren Brown, Stanton’s has two more years of eligibilcoach at Mount Si, predicted ity. She was set to play with success for his former charge at an Issaquah team from the the Sounders. Washington Professional Soccer “She will turn heads as she League earlier this year. always does,” Brown said, callStanton said she told the ing Stanton the best female high Issaquah team’s school player he “Find the people who coach she ever coached. would join her Nikki was not want to work the hardest. team unless just a player, People who are better she made the he added, but Sounders. a leader on and than you a lot of times, “She was off the field. because you can push really cool “She has about it,” she yourself so you can be at the ability and said of the mindset to be a Issaquah coach. the same level as them.” pro,” he said. Then, she got That’s part — Nikki Stanton of the plan, an email from Soccer player Stanton said. the Sounders inviting her to She wants to be in the playplay professioners’ pool. ally, either in the U.S. or Europe. Now she’s playing midfielder Until then, she will enjoy with the players she idolized, an her surroundings in Tukwila, experience it took a while to get surrounded by some of the top used to, but not too much that players in the nation. she misses a chance to talk shop Though Stanton plays for with some of the greats in her free, she probably would not sport. trade her experience for any“We traveled to Victoria, thing. Practices began in April Canada on Friday and I got to and the season ends at the end hang out with Keelin Winters, of a summer she won’t soon a U.S. Women’s National Team forget. player,” Stanton said. “Kind of High-schoolers wanting to just picked her brain, just to follow in her cleated footsteps

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Nikki Stanton, former Mount Si soccer standout, now plays for the Seattle Sounders Women team of the United Soccer Leagues. Teammates include luminaries like Hope Solo and Alex Morgan. need to push themselves out of their comfort zone, and seek out the best possible group of players to play with, she said. “Find the people who want to work the hardest,” she said. “People who are better than you a lot of times, because you can push yourself so you can be at the same level as them.” It also helps, she added, if you’re not averse to making sac-

rifices. “A lot of it is taking it upon yourself to make your dreams come true,” she said. “If that means going out in the pouring rain to kick a ball by yourself, then that’s what it takes.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

Wildcat kicker commits to becoming a Dawg “He is now excited to enter his senior season at Mount Si High School with his decision being made.”

team his freshman year, and explains why Mount Si he is a hot comfootball kicker modity to uniCameron versities around Vanwinkle, who the nation. will be a senior Kinnune said this fall, just — Charlie Kinnune in a January gave a verbal Mount Si coach interview with commitment the Star that to kick for the Vanwinkle had University of already turned Washington. some heads as a middle schoolHis coach, Charlie Kinnune, er. announced the big news last “I’m just sitting back, going, week, and also pointed out ‘Someone’s going to get themthat Vanwinkle had been selves a really good kicker,’” recruited by coaching staff from Kinnune said in January. Washington State University, He said a lot of the presArizona State, Oregon and sure is off now that Vanwinkle California. has made a decision about his Vanwinkle’s uncanny accufuture. “He is now excited to racy on the field and ability enter his senior season at Mount to kick an average of 64 yards Si High School with his decision is why he made the varsity being made,” Kinnune said.

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Mount Si football kicker Cameron Vanwinkle doing what he does best. Vanwinkle, a highly recruited kicker, made a verbal comitment to play football for the University of Washington after he graduates from Mount Si High School next year.

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Police say heroin usage is increasing in the Snoqualmie Valley By Sebastian Moraga No hard figures. Just a hard reality: Heroin use is on the rise in the Snoqualmie Valley. “In talking to the people, everyone is telling me, heroin is the choice now,” said King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Toner, police chief for North Bend. With the painkiller Oxycontin growing scarce and with methamphetamine blunted by the crackdown on excessive purchase of some of its ingredients, heroin has made a comeback, he said. “Heroin is cheaper, easier to get,” he said. People hooked on Oxycontin have made the transition to heroin once Oxycontin became more scarce, he added. To boot, heroin has become more accessible to adults and minors. “Word of mouth,” Toner said. “You start to know where it is.” He said the youngest person he knows who has used heroin is 12. Exposure normally begins in middle school, with consumption beginning at high-school age, he added. Toner said use and consumption of things like alcohol or marijuana at an early age tends

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to escalate experimentation. “If kids are getting those illegally, I just go back to, ‘Hey, I bought some beer from you the other day, do you have any marijuana?’ ‘Hey, I bought some marijuana from you, do you have any coke or heroin, or meth?’ or anything else,” Toner said. Changes in Oxycontin have aided heroin’s popularity. The Food and Drug Administration released a new formulation for Oxycontin in April 2010, making tablets harder to chew, crush, break or dissolve, according to a press release by the FDA. The new tablet made it more difficult to get high, turning more addicts on to heroin. The county will release hard data about 2011 heroin this fall. As recently as 2010, though, the county had seen a spike in heroin-related deaths. From 2004-06, heroin-related deaths ranged between 56 and 58 per year, according to the 2010 annual report from the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office. Heroin-related deaths dipped to 44 in 2008 and to 26 in 2009. Then, in 2010, they almost doubled in a year’s time, to 43. Furthermore, the report noted that heroin was the likely source

of codeine in 12 of 17 codeinerelated deaths in 2010. Twenty-six of the 44 documented nonfatal overdoses in the last eight months of 2011 in east King County involved heroin, according to King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Hoag. During the first five months of 2012, 13 of the 24 documented nonfatal overdoses in east King County involved heroin. In both periods, no other drug reached double figures. During the fourth quarter of 2011, sheriff’s deputies seized 44.7 grams of heroin in east King County, a higher amount than cocaine (2.5 grams) and methamphetamine (1.6 grams), but lower than marijuana in bulk (62.76 grams). During the first quarter of 2012, 8.8 grams of heroin had been seized in east King County, more than methamphetamine (7.3 grams) and bulk marijuana (2.1 grams). Possession of heroin is a felony punishable with up to five years in prison, according to state law. Providing someone with heroin could mean up to 20 years in prison if that person dies from using it. Among youths, heroin use is hard to spot sometimes, Toner said. Some telltale signs disguise well as normal teenage behavior.

“Mood swings, irrational behavior, ‘I don’t want to do my homework,’” Toner said. He also mentioned staying up late and getting up in the afternoons. A more substantial clue, Toner said, is not whether a child does his homework, but whether that attitude is the polar opposite of how the child behaved — a sloppy dresser who used to be neat, a shiftless student who used to be responsible. “You’re looking for any significant, very notable changes,” he said. “You don’t want your kid to be accused of being a heroin addict just because he’s being a kid. You watch for the huge and significant changes.” The crowd teens hang out with may be a major red flag. Toner advised watching whether their friends are they same type of child your children would pal around with, or whether a new friend just does not fit the picture. “Not just the fact that they may dress funny but the entire picture: How do they act, how they respect their parents, how responsible are they,” he said. With cellphones now a common accessory for teens, Toner advised checking whether answering patterns have changed — whether the child

rarely answers, or won’t answer at certain times of the day. “Is there any reason why your child would not want you to know where they are at?” Toner asked. Heroin users also have learned to hide their addiction from people’s eyes, he said. “If you watch TV, everybody shoots in their arm,” he said. “Then, everybody looks in your arm and goes ‘Hey, you’ve got shots.’ Well, they can shoot them in the back of the leg, which we don’t look at, they can shoot them in the armpit, they can shoot them in the scrotum.” Some addicts have gone as far as lifting an eyelid and shooting the drug there, keeping the scab perpetually hidden. Same for underneath the tongue. The worst thing a parent can do is think “Oh my child would never do that,” Toner said. “You can’t be blind to it,” he said. “Any kid can do it, any person can do it. I have had to talk to my kids: ‘Hey, this is what’s going to happen, you’re going to get these offers, this is what you can do.’”

Business of the Year, Workforce Development Small Business of the Year and Rural Small Business of the Year. Organizers plan to announce finalists Sept. 10. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. In the inaugural awards last year, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, Issaquah’s iconic destination for burgers and root beer floats, earned the Minority Small Business of the Year title. Issaquah-based Trans-NET Inc., a shipping company focused on Far East ports in Russia, received a nomination in the Exporting Small Business of the Year category.

King County adult smoking rate stalls

Though the overall smoking rate in King County is among the lowest in United States, the county has the most extreme smoking inequities among the 15 largest metropolitan counties in the United States. The smoking rate among black or multiple race adults is double the rate among whites. A King County adult in a lowincome household is three times more likely to be a smoker than a high-income household adult. Countywide, 19 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults smoke — almost double the county average. The report estimated more than 15,000 students — including one in four high school

seniors — used cigarettes or other tobacco products in the past month.

The adult smoking rate in King County stalled between 2007 and 2011, but tobacco use still accounts for one in five deaths countywide and $343 million each year in health care expenses and lost wages. The information comes from a Public Health – Seattle & King County report about tobacco use. Officials released the document May 31 to mark World No Tobacco Day. The report estimates 155,000 King County adults — or about 10 percent of adults — smoke cigarettes and another 26,000 adults use smokeless tobacco.

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fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun. Though pets need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs and dogs with thick coats. On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Another danger is leaving pets in a vehicle, especially on warm days. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage or death. Contact authorities if you see unattended animals in a vehicle. Authorities may be able to help locate the vehicle’s owner to unlock the vehicle quickly. If security guards or other authorities cannot be reached, call 911 or 206-296-7387 immediately.

citizens about human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Officials said human trafficking is among the fastest-growing criminal industries around the globe and a serious problem for law enforcement agencies in King County. The proposed motion from the council calls on County Executive Dow Constantine to embark on a public awareness campaign and support efforts using King County Metro Transit public service advertising resources to help educate the public. Officials estimate between 300 and 500 children could be bought and sold in King County in 2012. Washington is a focal point for human traffickers due to the abundance of ports, proximity to the border between the United States and Canada, and a dependency on agricultural workers. The motion calls for the use of transit resources, such as public service advertising on buses, and for the county to examine placing information on county

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Snoqualmie Valley residents can apply to a King County board to improve transit services. Officials need a King County Council District 3 representative for the King County Transit Advisory Commission — a panel formed last year to advise King County Metro Transit staffers, the county executive and County Council, local jurisdictions and local transportation boards. District 3 stretches from Woodinville to Issaquah, and from Lake Sammamish to the Kittitas County line. The executive appoints members and, after approval by the council, appointees serve twoyear terms. The county accepts ongoing applications for the board. Learn more about the panel, and find application information, at



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Churches ❑ River Outreach seeks donation of coats, pants, sweatshirts, long underwear, hats, gloves, socks and anything that may help homeless people stay warm. Call 830-1654 or 681-7380. ❑ St. Clare Episcopal Church is collecting cereal for the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank. People wanting to donate money instead may write a check to the food bank, P.O. Box 2464, North Bend, WA 98045. ❑ Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church seeks to collect, tarps, candles, duct tape, flashlights, toilet paper, toiletries, hats, gloves, ropes and scarves for the homeless. Bring donations to the church’s parish hall, 39025 S.E. Alpha St., Snoqualmie.



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Classes ❑ Swimming lessons at Si View Community Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays, $70. More swimming lessons are coming. Learn more at ❑ “Nutrition Made Easy,” 7 p.m. Wednesdays through June 20, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. This workshop is meant to inspire people to eat real, whole foods. Supply fee of $5 is payable to the instructor. Call 831-1900 for information. Registration fee $60. Adults only.

Volunteer opportunities The Boeing Classic golf tournament seeks volunteers for its 2012 edition. Tournament will occur Aug. 20-26 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Volunteers will receive two golf shirts, a jacket, headwear, admission passes, meal vouchers and more. Further details are at ❑ Encompass is seeking volunteers to help with landscape and maintenance at the downtown North Bend and Boalch Avenue locations along with office help. This can be a weekly or monthly commitment. Email or call 888-2777. ❑ The Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association invites community members to join a newly formed group to support Snoqualmie’s new sister city, Chaclacayo, Peru. The association has developed a close relationship with sister city Gangjin, South Korea, which more than 30 residents have visited in the past four years. Email or call 5031813. ❑ The Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help unload food at noon Mondays, sort food at 9 a.m. Tuesdays or pass out food



The SnoValley Winds Community Concert Band will host a free Father’s Day Spring Concert 4 p.m. June 17, at Cascade Covenant Church, 13225 436th Ave. S.E., North Bend.

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Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. Third Tuesday, Si View Community Center. To learn more, call 2927191. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club, 7 a.m. Thursdays, TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant; all are welcome; ❑ American Legion Post 79 and the American Legion Auxiliary, 7 p.m. second Thursday, 38625 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie, 888-1206 ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Garden Club, 6:30 p.m. second Thursday, Mount Si Senior Center, North Bend, 888-4646 ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club, 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Mount Si Golf Course restaurant in Snoqualmie,

Events on Wednesdays. Call 888-0096. ❑ The Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the U.S. Forest Service Conference Room, behind the Forest Service office, 130 Thrasher Ave. Email research@ ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email to arrange an interview. ❑ The Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-748-7588 or 800-282-5815 toll free, or email Apply at ❑ The Mount 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 or call 869-6000.

❑ AdoptAPark 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.

Clubs ❑ Track Club for athletes ages 5-14. Children participate in 25-, 50-, 100-, and 200-meter dashes, 400- and 800-meter runs, long jump, turbo javelin, softball throw. 5:30-7 p.m. June 5-July 11 at Mount Si High School. $55 fee. Visit to learn more. ❑ Snoqualmie Fraternal Order of Eagles Women’s Auxiliary, first and third Tuesday, 7 p.m. Men’s Aerie, first and third Wednesday, 7 p.m., both at 108 Railroad Ave., 888-1129 ❑ Cancer survivor group, 9 a.m. second Saturday, Sawdust Coffee, North Bend Factory Stores mall, ❑ Loyal Order of Moose, 108 Sydney Ave., North Bend; men at 6 p.m. first and third Monday; women at 7 p.m. third and fourth Tuesday; 888-0951 ❑ Washington Freemasons, 7:30 p.m. first Wednesday,

Unity Lodge No. 198, North Bend, 888-5779 ❑ Mental illness support group, 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, free for anyone with a mental illness or who has a family member with a mental illness, 829-2417 ❑ Mount Si Artist Guild meeting, 9:15-11 a.m. third Saturday, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, ❑ SnoValley Beekeepers, 7 p.m. second Tuesday, Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend, www. ❑ Trellis gardening club, 10 a.m. third Saturday, Valley Christian Assembly, 32725 S.E. 42nd St., Fall City, new and experienced gardeners are welcome. ❑ Moms Club of North Bend, 10 a.m. last Monday, Totz, 249 Main Ave. S., Suite E, North Bend, children welcome, ❑ Elk Management Group, 6:30 p.m. second Wednesday, U.S. Forest Service conference room, 130 Thrasher Ave., behind the visitors’ center on North Bend Way; interagency committee meetings, 1:30 p.m. first Monday, North Bend City Hall annex, 126 Fourth St.; both meetings open to the public, ❑ Survivors of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, third Monday 7 p.m. at

❑ Relay For Life team Dy-no-mite will host a bake sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16 in the breezeway between Jay Berry’s and Starbucks in North Bend’s Safeway Plaza. ❑ Relay For Life team Super Trooper will host a bake sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16. ACE Hardware, 330 Main Ave. S., North Bend and two garage sales 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. as part of the the Forster Woods neighborhood garage sale in North Bend. ❑ Deadline for entries to the 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to Mount Si High School is June 20. Tournament is slated for mid-July. Teams of all ages, sizes and genders are invited. Entry fee is $105 per youth team and $110 per adult team. Entry guarantees three games, a t-shirt and a championship T-shirt for division winners. Register at or by phone at 831-1900 ❑ YMCA’s Soccer in the Park, 1 p.m June 22, at Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 Ridge St., Snoqualmie. A new event focused on soccer. Skill challenges, pickup games, a Tacoma Stars exhibition game and a meet-and-greet with a Seattle Sounders FC player. Register the day of this free event. Parental signature of waiver required for children to participate. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing or go to


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