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July 14, 2011 VOL. 3, NO. 28

Mount Si student reaches finals of volleyball tourney in Texas Page 12

Couple reunited with ‘walking miracle’ Beloved dog is returned after being lost for 54 days

Fatal crash Snoqualmie man dies in state Route 18 accident. Page 3

Just kidding Tribe’s resolution legalizing pot was only a gag. Page 6

By Dan Catchpole

Police blotter Page 6

By Dan Catchpole

Misty Si is a walking miracle as far as her owners, Cheryl and Steve Hanson, are concerned. They thought their 13-year-old black Lab had died after going missing near Snoqualmie Point Park on May 11. It was a terrible thing for the Hansons to try to accept. With no children, their dogs are their offspring, and Misty’s disappearance had left a gaping hole in their lives. Cheryl was hiking on Winery Road with friends and their dogs when Misty vanished. She and Misty had walked the road countless times, but the older dog lagged behind the group. Cheryl kept an eye on her, but when she checked the last time, Misty was gone. Cheryl and her friends scoured the area, but couldn’t find her. The Hansons and friends launched an all-out effort to

Cheryl Hanson hugs her 13-year-old black Lab, Misty Si. Misty survived 54 days in the forest near Snoqualmie after getting lost on a walk.

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Thomas takes charge Community turns out for a day at the train tracks. Page 9

Local police agencies Both sides of mill site crack down on speeders annexation fight dig in Relay for Life

By Dan Catchpole

Locals share personal reasons for participating. Page 10

Lead-footed drivers beware: Local police agencies are stepping up their efforts to stop speeders. North Bend and Snoqualmie police are joining in a statewide focus on speeding as part of Washington state’s Target Zero, a campaign to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. More than 40 percent of fatal crashes in the state past year involved a driver going faster than the posted speed limit, according to Target Zero.

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Along with other police forces in the state, local officers will conduct more speed patrols from July 15 through Aug. 7. Local police will target the busiest times for extra patrols, which will be paid for by grants. Last year, North Bend spent about $1,000 on speed emphasis. The grant money allows North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner to dedicate one patrol car to going after speeders, usually in the evening on the city’s busiest streets. See SPEEDERS, Page 2

By Dan Catchpole The two sides in the fight over Snoqualmie’s bid to annex the former Weyerhaeuser mill site are facing off over the conditions under which the annexation happens. At recent public hearings, opponents to the annexation have raised a host of issues that they say city and county officials are glossing over in their negotiations to transfer the land to Snoqualmie. City and county officials say they are following all applicable policies and not taking any

shortcuts. Meanwhile, DirtFish Rally School has been trying to improve its reputation in the community, after being attacked by opponents who said the school is hurting their quality of life and driving down property values. Both sides have retained lawyers and seem to be digging in for a possibly long battle. Opponents have formed the group Your Snoqualmie Valley to lead their effort. City officials want to be able See ANNEXATION, Page 2


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“We stop as many speeders as we can,” Toner said. But the North Bend police won’t use any tricky tactics, he said. “I want to be very visible. We’re not hiding behind billboards or sneaking up on them,” he said. “I’d rather they just slow down than hit them with a ticket.” The average ticket is $156 in Washington, but it can easily climb up to more than $400, according to the state’s Traffic Safety Commission. “Speeding is a major contributing factor in fatal and serious injury crashes in Washington, and therefore, is a priority of Target Zero,” Lowell Porter, the commission’s director, said in a news release. “Well-publicized and highly-visible speed enforcement is a proven combination that reduces fatal crashes. Obeying speed limits is something everyone can do to support highway safety in Washington.”

to control planning on the site, across the Snoqualmie River from the city’s historic downtown, and they see it as a potential home for future businesses. The current occupants, DirtFish Rally Site, run a rally cross driving school. The site’s owner, Steve Rimmer, who also owns the school, drew the ire of many neighbors when the site hosted a rally cross race filmed for ESPN in April. In June, the city signed a pre-annexation agreement with the two entities that own the land to be annexed: the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Co. and Snoqualmie Mill Ventures, Rimmer’s company. The agreement outlines the conditions for annexation and expectations of the company after annexation. The agreement allows DirtFish and other existing uses to continue, but limits the school to two big events per year as determined by the city. It also says that neither

Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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of the current owners or their tenants will try to build a racetrack. But the agreement is too vaguely worded and circumvents important review and mitigation steps, according to opponents, who outlined their objections at two public hearings in early July. “We’re not asking for too much,” said Erin Ericson, a Snoqualmie resident. “All we’re asking for is proper procedure.” The agreement also delays some city policies for annexing the mill site, such as requiring environmental clean up and removing flood hazards, until the site is redeveloped. But the city is not taking shortcuts, City Attorney Pat Anderson said. Snoqualmie officials are determining whether the environmental impact of altering the site’s zoning will require a full environmental review. “I doubt it will since our zoning is more restrictive,” Anderson said. The site’s effect on flooding is not as significant as it used to be, he said. A large earthen berm that funneled water into Snoqualmie has been breached in several locations. City policy written in 2009 had required a long-term plan to be developed to reduce flooding prior to annexation. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Dog From Page 1 find Misty. They made posters and repeatedly searched the area from sunrise to sunset. But May dragged on and turned into June. The Hansons realized there was no way Misty could still be alive with her bad hearing and bad hips. “We figured she was gone for sure,” Cheryl said. They began taking down the posters. “It was terrible. That was our one connection to that area — continuing to put up signs,” she said. Chance encounter Allan Landdeck was running late as he and his black Lab, Leo, hiked along Rattlesnake Ridge the morning of July 4. He figured he might be able to save some time by cutting down the steep slope down to his daughter’s house. He quickly regretted his decision. “There was no trail. It was in deep woods,” the North Bend resident said. Landdeck and Leo cut through undergrowth so thick he could only see a few feet away. He could barely see his feet as he stepped through the salmonberry, ferns, small alder and devil’s club. About halfway down, Landdeck saw a maple tree with a well-worn path about 3 feet wide around its trunk. Had he been just a few further away from the tree, he would have missed it. Despite running late, his curiosity prompted him to check it out. He approached cautiously, thinking there might be a nearby bear den. Curled up on the other side of the tree was Misty Si. Her red collar grabbed Landdeck’s eye. Without his reading glasses he couldn’t make out the information, but he knew she belonged to someone. Misty didn’t respond to him or Leo when they came near. She was fur and bones, and covered with mosquitoes. “I thought for sure I had a dead dog. I was taking her down

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“When Allan put her on the ground, and she started to wobble toward us, it was the best feeling in the world.”

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— Cheryl Hanson Snoqualmie resident to be buried by her loved ones,” he said. Misty couldn’t walk down, so Landdeck picked her up. Even though she had dropped from 70 to about 30 pounds, walking with her was difficult given the terrain. “I thought, ‘How the heck am I going to get her out? I can’t even get myself out,’” he said. The slope eased off, and he managed to make it to a woman’s house with Misty. The woman called the number on the tag. Cheryl Hanson was mowing her lawn when her cell phone started vibrating in her pocket. “The woman said we have Misty Si, but she is dying,” Cheryl said. She and her husband jumped in the car feeling a mix of excitement and worry. They still had in their car the rescue box they had assembled when Misty disappeared. The Hansons raced over to the woman’s house, where Landdeck was waiting with Misty along with his wife and his daughter. As they approached, he set the dog down. “When Allan put her on the ground, and she started to wobble toward us, it was the best feeling in the world,” Cheryl said. Slow but sure recovery After being reunited with Misty, the Hansons rushed her to VCA Alpine Animal Hospital in Issaquah, the closest one that was open on July 4. Despite her ordeal and her gaunt appearance, Misty Si was in good shape, the veterinarian told them. She wasn’t even dehydrated. But bringing a dog back from the brink of starvation is not an easy task. The body’s organs have begun shutting down, and reviving them has to be done slowly and carefully. Rushing the process can trigger harmful,

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Missing dog Ziggy was last seen in North Bend on July 8. He is an 11-year-old black Lab mix and weighs about 60 pounds. He has a very gentle demeanor, but as with many lost animals, may act skittish. If you have seen him, call 269-7070.

even fatal side effects, such as heart failure, said Dr. Teri Weronko, a veterinarian at Snoqualmie Valley Animal Hospital in Fall City. Weronko is overseeing Misty’s recovery. With careful steps, Misty is getting back to her old self. When Cheryl takes their other dog, KC, a 2-year-old black Lab, for a walk in the morning, Misty tries to get in the car with them. “She thinks she’s ready to go, but not yet,” Cheryl said. Misty’s recovery has amazed Weronko. After 54 days in the woods, “her body had started eating itself,” she said. “Despite her critical condition, her will to go on was still strong.” She credits the Hansons with keeping Misty in good health to begin with, but even so, the odds were against her. “I don’t know how she survived that long. She really shouldn’t have,” Weronko said. Cheryl knows why. “It’s a miracle. She’s a miracle,” she said while rubbing Misty’s neck. “Something was watching over her.” Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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❑ Locating the owners of licensed pets is easier and quicker than for unlicensed animals. Missing licensed pets are searched for by Regional Animal Services of King County’s Pet Detective Program volunteers. ❑ If you’re going on vacation and someone is taking care of your licensed pet, provide updated contact information to 206-296-2712 before you leave. ❑ Most vet clinics offer micro chipping services, where a rice kernelsized chip is implanted into your pets, providing a link to your contact information. Make sure to keep your contact information up to date with the microchipping service. ❑ Check with the King County ani-

mal shelter if your pet goes missing. A list of dogs and cats at the shelter is updated every day. Call 206-296PETS. Other shelters in the area that might have lost pets includes PAWS in Lynnwood, Seattle Humane in Bellevue and the city of Seattle. ❑ File a report about your missing pet with Regional Animal Services by calling 206-296-PETS. Also, file reports with www.petharbor.com and www.returnmypet.com. ❑ The Missing Pet Partnership, a local volunteer organization, has information about how to best search for your pet on its website, www.missingpetpartnership.org. It also offers search services for a fee. ❑ Ask for permission to post lost pet flyers with photos in local storefronts, near cash registers and other highly visible locations.

Snoqualmie man killed in car crash on state Route 18 A Snoqualmie man died Wednesday night on state Route 18 near Preston after stopping to help a pair of stranded motorists. The 65-year-old man, Ronald Reinhardt, was driving westbound in a black Subaru Impreza when he pulled over to help two people whose pickup had broken down. A 47-year-old woman from Enumclaw, Cheryl Bach, got into the Snoqualmie man’s Subaru, which was stopped on the road’s shoulder. He started to make a u-turn, but turned “directly into the

path of a semi truck also traveling westbound,” according to Trooper Julie Startup, of the Washington State Patrol. The semi hit the Subaru on the driver’s side, killing Reinhardt and pushing the car off the road. Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to the crash. Bach was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she died from her injuries. The semi truck’s driver, a 45-year-old man from Yakima, was not injured. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the collision.

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Concerts are still noisy

The state’s elimination of tourism dollars, also known as economic development, flies in the face of wisdom. Each city is left to its own devices, and surely won’t have the same effect as the statewide effort. Washington had already cut its tourism budget, from $7 million to $2 million annually. Further reduction when the economy is stalled makes little sense. Tourism is the state’s fourth largest industry. Visitors spent about $15.2 billion here last year, according to state figures. Yet Washington is now the only state in the nation with no money to spend on self-promotion. A few states that had made similar cuts are upping their marketing budgets again, but have expressed concerns they have already lost market share. About half of the states are reportedly stepping up their marketing budgets to lure tourists and their vacationhappy wallets, knowing that state and local sales tax revenues get pumped up by all of that spending. Isn’t that Washington’s aim, too? The state budget cut comes just as the Snoqualmie Valley has its eye on getting more tourists to town, pumping up the only real economic development program the area has had in the past 40 years or more. The cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie have worked to attract tourists to the area — and to their businesses. Luckily for Washington, tourist-related trade associations are supporting the continuation of the state’s tourism website. Also, Congress has allocated funds to encourage overseas visitors to visit the U.S. When the economy wins, everyone wins. Capturing our share of tourism dollars for the state and cities helps pay for schools, roads, human service agencies and more.

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To the Snoqualmie Casino tribe: The issue is the same — I still do not get to choose whether I feel, hear and know your noise. Even if it is fewer times this summer and not as loud, I am among those who knew and still know: ❑ when you took away the wilderness in our backyards; ❑ when foundations sank during parking lot construction; ❑ when ditches along your property line and our street reeks of sewer; ❑ when property value decreases; ❑ and when your noise returns. Now that you are not as loud, you have become more, as you would say, “Good neighborly,” to those further out — like Reinig Road. The noise is still noise to the ones nearest you — like Southeast 88th Street. As you would say, “Just sit back and enjoy the music.” Perhaps we should be compensated so we will just shut up and enjoy the

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music. Let me know, I will send some names. Here is mine: Jenny, 457-1664. I have read several articles and seen photos about how the ground at Snoqualmie Falls should be the tribe’s sacred land. However, they did get their casino. I can relate to the injustice. There has been no article about casino noise in backyards. No one was interviewed about injustices my neighborhood has tolerated since the casino arrival. At least the people who attend the rituals can choose to go home if they do not like what they are hearing. My neighborhood is not as large as the tribe’s membership, but maybe we should be compensated for having to live with their noise. Jenny Bardue Snoqualmie

This stream is in your care On July 7, the SnoValley Star featured a front-page story regarding efforts by King County

to eradicate knotweed growing along the Snoqualmie River using herbicides — to supposedly mitigate a looming ecological crisis. Yes, of course invasive species disrupt traditional ecologies, which may be calculated with dollar signs. Many millions have been spent on pesticides applied over forests and over numerous American cities in past years — Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., come to mind — in the name of looming ecological and financial disaster, certainly not a disaster for the pesticide manufacturers. Our nation has a long history of invasive species, from weeds brought on Mayflower farm implements (notably cheatgrass), to a plethora of birds released in Central Park by a homesick Englishman. How many millions have been spent on cheatgrass eradication, to no avail? How about Himalayan blackberries or English ivy? We don’t have to See LETTERS, Page 6

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Ad might boost love, retirement business By Slim Randles Things were going kinda slow down at the Fly Tying Love Center and it bothered Marvin Pincus a lot. He found it hard to believe that, out of all the people in the valley, none of them needed love advice and the proper type of fishing fly to illustrate it. He had the sign made and put in the yard, and he’d obviously had great results with the Jones kid and good ol’ Dewey. Since Marvin’s advice to Dewey to shower before asking a girl for a date, Dewey Decker, the Fertilizer King, had had several dates with nice young women. Now the fishing-fly earrings part of the business was going great. Women all over town were wearing dingle-dangle earrings with Marvin’s point-clipped fishing flies hanging therefrom. He learned that short ladies tended to go for the smaller dries, like Griffith’s Gnats and Royal Coachmen, and the taller ladies leaned toward salmon streamers. Some of the ladies slipped Marvin’s wife, Marjorie, a couple of bucks to help buy more feathers and hooks. But on the love advice front, there was a dearth of heartbroken customers. “What would you think,” Marvin said, “if I ran an ad in

the Valley Weekly Miracle?” “For what?” Marjorie asked at breakfast. “You know Slim Randles … love Columnist advice.” “Well, you have the sign out front. I think everyone in the valley already knows about it.” “But they’re not coming in.” Marjorie smiled. “Honey, some people find it hard to talk to others about their personal problems. That’s probably it.” Marvin got a piece of paper and began writing. Then he’d

scratch it out and start again. This went on through both bacon and toast. “How’s it coming, Honey?” “About got it right, I think, Marge.” “May I see it?” He handed it to her. The best love advice in the valley, tied up with the appropriate fishing fly. Call the Fly Tying Love Center for an appointment. Results guaranteed. “What do you think?” Marjorie just smiled and nodded her head. What she thought, however, was that retirement isn’t for sissies. Brought to you by Slim’s new book “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at www.nmsantos.com/Slim/Slim.html.

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Police & Fire Snoqualmie police No license, no driving At 12:20 p.m. July 2, police saw and stopped a vehicle headed south on Snoqualmie Parkway near the intersection of Railroad Avenue. The tags on the vehicle read June 2011. The driver said the vehicle was not his so he did not know that the registration had expired. Police asked him for his license and he handed police an I.D. card, saying he did not have a license. A status check showed his license was suspended. Police told him he would be cited for a suspended license and that he had to find a driver to take him home.

Wait to celebrate At 12: 23 p.m. July 2, police contacted children lighting fireworks in the 7000 block of Cortland Avenue Southeast. Officer warned them that they had to wait until July 4.

Two drivers, no license At 7:51 p.m. July 2, police saw a vehicle traveling westbound on Southeast Northern Street and then turn onto Pickering Court with a 2-yearold sitting on the lap of the driver. After stopping, the driver told police the child wanted to drive the car and she let him drive the car slowly around the Pickering Court apartment complex. She had only turned onto Northern Street to turn around. A status check showed she had a suspended license and she was

arrested for the driving violation. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver and the woman was released at the scene.

Light and run At 9:27 p.m. July 2, police responded to a call from a home near the intersection of Douglas Avenue Southeast and Southeast Ridge Street. Teenagers, the caller said, were setting off fireworks at people from a moving vehicle. Police found fireworks being set off all over the area. Subjects fled when they saw police arrive.

North Bend police Maybe they were barefoot At 4:16 p.m. July 1, police responded to a theft at a shoe store in the 400 block of South Fork Avenue Southwest. The suspect or suspects entered the store from the back.

Equipment theft At 12:23 p.m. July 5, police responded to a theft in the 1700 block of Tannerwood West. Someone had removed a hydraulic cylinder from the bucket assembly on a tractor. The tractor was parked on the roadway; a second cylinder had been left untouched.

Stolen car found At 7:25 a.m. July 6, police responded to the report of a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Southeast Fifth Street. Police recognized the plate as belonging to a stolen car. Police reported the vehicle to Centralia Police. The vehicle had been stolen and the plates had been stolen but belonged to another car.

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Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 9:01 p.m. July 2, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by EMTs. ❑ At 2:14 p.m. July 5, EMTs responded with Medic 3 to Railroad Place for a man experiencing chest pain. He was evaluated and taken to a hospital by Medic 3. ❑ At 7:07 p.m. July 5, firefighters responded with Eastside Fire & Rescue to a report of two fires in the Mill Pond Road area. Crews found a vehicle fire inside a building and a trailer on fire. Snoqualmie firefighters extinguished the vehicle fire in the building, and Eastside Fire & Rescue handled the trailer fire. There were no injuries; the fires are under investigation. ❑ At 9:59 p.m. July 5, EMTs responded to Fairway Avenue for a child having a seizure. The child was evaluated and left in the care of the parents. ❑ At 11:42 p.m. July 6, firefighters responded to state Route 18 for a collision between a car and a semi-truck. Firefighters arrived first on scene. One patient was transported to Harborview Medical Center.

North Bend fire ❑ At 7:03 p.m. July 5, firefighters responded to a structure fire on 396th Drive Southeast near Borst Lake. Units from Eastside Fire & Rescue assisted in the response. ❑ At 11:41 p.m. July 6, firefighters responded to a motorvehicle accident on state Route 18 near Preston. A semi-truck and a car collided. The driver and passenger in the car died. The SnoValley 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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Tribe: Resolution about legalizing pot was a gag By Lynda Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter

Elaine Shock, Nelson’s publicist, said the singer was on vacation and that she would not contact him for an interview. Jon Jenkins, the new CEO for the casino, said he knew the resolution was a gag “as soon as I saw it.” Jenkins, 61, started at the casino about three months ago after signing a three-year contract with the tribe. He replaces Michael Barozzi, whom the tribe bought out from his contract in February for $14 million. Burch wrote casino staff that the resolution “was in jest and only a lighthearted welcome for Mr. Nelson, nothing more. It was not by any means a public policy statement. It was and is just a gag.” Nelson once famously toked on the roof of the White House, and is perhaps the most famous public face of the marijuana-legalization movement. He is still fighting a misdemeanor drug charge in Texas connected with the discovery of a small amount of pot on his tour bus in March 2010.

Just kidding, said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairwoman Shelley Burch. A resolution passed and signed by the Snoqualmie Tribal Council declaring marijuana legal on the reservation July 30 was a gag. The resolution was intended as a souvenir to frame and present to country singer Willie Nelson when he performs at the tribe’s Snoqualmie Casino that day, and Burch said she doesn’t know how it became public. “It was just tongue in cheek at a council meeting. We know marijuana is illegal,” Burch said. “It was a joke. We don’t allow it and we don’t back it. We passed it, but it was supposed to be just for him. “We were cracking up, saying, what if we did a resolution because he is coming to the casino? That is how it came about.” The resolution passed 4-2 July 7 and was signed by Burch and Nina Repin, tribal secretary. Nothing on it indicates it Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or is anything but an official triblmapes@seattletimes.com. Comment at al document. www.snovalleystar.com. The tribal grapevine was buzzing July 11 as news of the resolution got out, with the resolution attached to emails with subject lines such as “Are they crazy?” and “Is this for real?” From Page 4 No, said Burch, who adds that she loves Nelson but look far to find invasive plants won’t be at the concert. and animals. “It sold out as soon as the And yes, these new arrivals tickets were out,” she said. do affect and become parts of ecological webs. Our world doesn’t always change the way we like, but it’s always changing. And we try to control change using poisons. Are we trying to beat nature? According to whose rules? What really worries me here is the combination of herbicides and riversides. That just doesn’t set right in my tummy, and every third-grader knows why. Perhaps an Advanced Placement biology summer camp might like to analyze soils surrounding the inoculations. But we wouldn’t want to place our youths in harm’s way. Yes, I will attend one of the informational knotweed workshops, because I have concerns about the use of poisons by the river, and I urge others to attend as well. Meanwhile, read the work of Aldo Leopold, please. Bill Hayden Snoqualmie

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Stranded hikers call for rescue with cellphone By Dan Catchpole King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and volunteer members of Seattle Mountain Rescue retrieved a 22-year-old woman from Rattlesnake Ledge after she fell about 30 feet the afternoon of June 29. The Seattle woman had stopped to take a photograph, got too close to the cliff edge, lost her footing and fell, according to Sgt.

John Urquhart, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. The woman’s hiking companion, a 23-year-old man, tried to reach her, but he became stuck after climbing down about 10 feet. The man used his cellphone to call 911. Deputies trained in searchand-rescue techniques and members of the all-volunteer Seattle Mountain Rescue

responded to the call. “By the time SAR folks got there, it was raining and windy,” Urquhart said regarding search-and-rescue personnel. Rescuers set up a rope system to hoist both hikers back onto the trail. The woman had a minor leg injury and was able to walk out without help. The man was not injured. “The cellphone may have

saved their lives in this case,” Urquhart said. Day hikes can quickly turn dangerous. “Be careful, watch what you are doing, stay away from the edge and always carry a cellphone with at least one charged battery,” he cautioned. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Thomas takes charge of Snoqualmie’s train tracks Photos by Richard Anderson

Don Scott, from the Puget Sound Garden Railway Society, fuels up his live steam model of a Shay locomotive as Maxwell Anderson, of Redmond, watches.

Thomas the Tank Engine pulls his train into the Snoqualmie Depot during Day Out with Thomas.

Above, Casper Babypants (Chris Ballew) performs at Day Out with Thomas.

At left, a young engineer guides her locomotive along the tracks. Above, Finley, of Victoria, B.C., watches a live steam model of Thomas the Tank Engine travel along the Puget Sound Garden Railway's track loop.

At left, Locomotive fireman Hugh Hansen relays signals. Above, Day Out with Thomas patrons enjoy a motor car ride. Motor cars and their trailers were used to carry loggers into the woods on logging railroads throughout Washington.

The next Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15-17 at the Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. Tickets are $19 for ages 2 and older. Tickets are available online at www.trainmuseum.org/Thomas/Main.html. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales supports the museum.


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Locals share personal reasons to participate in Relay for Life By Sebastian Moraga

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Nicole Piche, of North Bend, prepares to donate 10 inches of hair to a program that makes wigs for cancer patients.

Nicole Piche ran her fingers through her hair, all 14 inches of it from root to tip, and gasped. “Oh, my God,” she said, standing in the middle of the 2011 Relay For Life at Snoqualmie’s Centennial Fields. “It’s so tiny.” She was serious. And she had reason to be. Until July 9, her scalp carried 24 inches of hair. That day, at Relay For Life, she donated 10 inches of it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. “I’m used to having my arms out like this,” she said, looking like a pizza delivery girl holding a supreme above her head or like Richard Nixon doing his victory sign. For years, putting her hair up in a bun meant getting a headache, she added, so letting go of it was OK.

“She has been waiting to cut her hair for a long time,” said Aaron Piche, her husband. “Both of us are attached to her hair, but it’s for a good cause.” Aaron’s mom has stage 4 cancer. “She’s doing good,” Nicole said. “She just finished her treatment and she’s in remission. She’s not completely cleared, but time will tell.” Aaron said that his wife had bugged him about a haircut for a while and he kept saying no. “I love long hair,” he said, lifting his baseball cap to unveil a Matt Hasselbeck-like dome. “I don’t have much.” The haircut was Nicole’s first in three years. Right about the time Nicole’s stylist was losing a client, Mel Witham was probably losing sleep, having just found out that she had cancer. “We call her The Sweet One,” said her son Rob Witham, wearing a pink T-shirt with “Our

Sweet One” stamped in the front. “That has always been her nickname. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.” The entire Witham family wore the slogan July 9, including a 2-month-old baby with “Our Sweet One” scribbled on a bib. Also wearing such a shirt was The Sweet One herself. “I am so fortunate,” Mel said. “They do this every year. All my grandchildren are here except two, but they are going to college, so they are excused.” She paused for a second and then quipped, “They are excused, as long as they stay.” With a survivor medal hanging from her neck, Mel said her battle with the disease had been short and therefore sweet. “I’m doing wonderful,” she said. “I found out in March and by April 20 I had been through five days of radiation and that See RELAY, Page 11

Riding club builds new trail, future By Sebastian Moraga For everyone else, it’s a hill. For the Snoqualmie Valley Riding Club, it’s the future. “We are building a competitive trail for judged events with obstacles that are timed and judged on how well you control the horses,” club vice president Darla Kohlruss said. The first clinics for what they call the competitive trail challenges are in two weeks, Kohlruss said. The ultimate goal is to have riders who compete statewide, she said, adding that such a facility is unique to the Valley. “You have to go out of the area to have anywhere to practice,” she said. The club will offer a trainer for the clinics on Wednesdays and trail challenge events on weekends. Club leaders have been planning a trail like this for weeks, but the weather has not helped. The trail itself is not ready yet and it needs a fence, but the excitement is palpable. “It’s pretty huge,” Kohlruss said of the trail’s value to the club. “It’s the only thing that has changed in the club in quite a few years.” Some of the 64-year-old club’s favorites will remain. The club will still host events such as fun show training, and patterned

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Steve Martin (center) and his band Steep Canyon Rangers, perform at the Snoqualmie Casino July 21.

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The Snoqualmie Valley Riding Club will host trail clinics such as the one seen in this picture every Wednesday starting at the end of July. Riders who excel at the clinics will move on to use the club’s new trail. speed horse events. Fun shows are similar to the traditional horse show. “Standard horsing around, if you will,” said Larry LeSueur,

club president. The trail challenge is more low key, Kohlruss said. See RIDING, Page 11

For a guy once known for his wild-and-crazy ways, he sure seems mellow now. And Steve Martin, the legendary comic and actor, credits an old friend for the change: his banjo. Martin, who is coming to the Snoqualmie Casino on July 21 to present his second CD of bluegrass music, said he is so much more comfortable playing music in front of audiences

than he was doing stand-up comedy “150 years ago, when I started.” “Most of the times, the songs are funny, but even when they are funny, they are serious. It’s serious music,” he said in a teleconference call from New York. “This is something to which I give 100 percent, the same way I gave 100 percent to movies and to writing.” See MARTIN, Page 11


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Bill (Merle William) Davis passed away peacefully at home in Green Valley, Ariz., on June 10, 2011, at age 82. He was born to Ruth Helen Mason and David Otis Davis on Dec. 12, 1928, in Ellensburg. Bill attended Tolt High School, graduating in 1949. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and spent two years in the U.S. Army. He married Alma Olivia Zemp on Oct. 21, 1950, in Carnation. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alma; his son Jeff W. Davis and wife Phoebe; his beloved granddaughters Caroline and Avery Davis and Natalie and Kaleigh Hartness; his sister Betty R. Yourglich; and his two brothers James T. Davis (Paula) and Dale R. Davis (Lynn) and their families. His brother Bob preceded him in death. Bill and Alma lived 44 years in their North Bend home. Bill loved to garden, play golf and enjoyed fishing for steelhead in the Snoqualmie River with his son. Various occupations included restaurant manager and he served as a Cub Master. He loved children and spent time driving a school bus prior to retirement, whereupon they moved to Green Valley, Ariz. The family wishes to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

was it. I have been healthy as all-get-out since then.” The first year, the sight of friends and family in pink shirts overwhelmed her. Now it’s year three and she joked that all the support spoiled her. The sun baked the walkers and joggers of Centennial Fields, but she said she still planned to walk in her pink shirt, as soon as it got a little cooler. “Hey,” she said with a laugh. “I didn’t get this old by being stupid.” Chris Fagan probably wishes she had a funny story to tell, a la Mel Witham, but she does not. Still, on July 9, that was not going to stop her. In fact, nothing was. Fagan showed up at Relay for Life with the intention to jog. For 18 hours. Fagan’s sister-in-law has been fighting the disease for 11 years and the battle is nearing an end. “She’s not doing very well at all,” Fagan said. “So I felt like I wanted to do something in her honor.” Fagan competes in ultramarathon races, marathons that last longer than the traditional 26-mile length. So, jogging the equivalent of 12 full-length soccer games or a trip from North Bend to Ellensburg did

Riding From Page 10 “I am very excited. I don’t like to show. I am not into speed, but I do do the competitions,” she said. “And this will give us one more thing for us to do.” The club owns the hillside where the trails sit, LeSueur said. The clinics will teach the horse as much as the rider. “It’s about how does your horse react being out in nature,” he said. “Switchbacks, steep inclines, moving over fallen logs, backing around obstacles, that’s literally what we have.” LeSueur, who does not ride horses, said horses do their own thing sometimes. The clinics will ensure that riders on the trail know what they are doing atop a horse. “Most of the risk is not the obstacles, it’s how the horse reacts to obstacles,” he said. In trail riding, horses and riders develop a bond, Kohlruss said. “There’s definitely a trust,” she said. “They put all the trust in you to take care of them, and

that’s a big deal. You’re trusting them, too. At any time they could hurt you.” The past few years have hurt the club, with floods damaging the clubhouse and the coffers. “We had one year with a flood in the fall, then a lot of sweat equity in the repairs, and then a flood in the spring that wiped out all the club funding,” LeSueur said. “So in the past we have been trying to figure out how we can get things repaired through contributions.” Club membership has suf-

not faze her. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to do something I love and give back,” she said. Still, the concrete and the circled track worried her. “I’ve never done this in a loop and flat,” she said. “The pavement is really rough on your legs.” Fagan recruited friends and family to run with her in the evening. At 5 p.m., though, she had been running alone for three hours. She jogged 73.5 miles and raised $3,320 for Relay For Life this year, making her the relay’s top individual fundraiser. Friends of hers and friends of her sister-in-law’s donated money. “There’s a lot of people who contributed that I don’t even know,” she said. Altogether, the event raised more than $80,000 for cancer research. People can donate until Aug. 31, according to the event’s website. Fagan’s sister-in-law wanted to be at the event, but her body can’t take the rigors of an airplane flight from her Chicago home anymore. “She’s not here, but she called me yesterday to wish me good luck,” Fagan said. “Said she was crying every time she thinks about me doing this for her. That’s worth it right there to me.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

fered, too. “In our climate here, it’s always rainy, it’s always wet,” he said. “You can’t do much in the arena when it’s under three inches of water.” Still, he said he hopes the trail will inject new life into the organization. “We’re hoping that we have a great facility and that because of our climate and weather we can bring more interest in competitive trail riding, so that we can generate some revenue for the club.”

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Martin From Page 10 The Snoqualmie stop is the only one in the Puget Sound area for Martin’s tour, said Matt Gallagher, the casino’s vice president of marketing. “We’re very honored,” Gallagher said. “His show is enormously entertaining and seamlessly translates his combination of banjo playing, comedy and movie-star status. This will certainly be a highlight on our 2011 Summer Concert Season.” Martin said audiences adapted quickly to his music career, after years of watching him do stand-up. “They have no problem at all,” he said. “They seem to be aware that they are in for some music, and seem extremely comfortable.” Martin performs with the Steep Canyon Rangers, a band from North Carolina. He said the show still packs a comedic punch. “They play what they are, modest guys from North Carolina,” Martin said, “and I play the arrogant Hollywood idiot.” The second CD is titled “Rare Bird Alert,” a title Martin said came to him while he was filming a movie about competitive bird watching that comes out in October. “There’s something in that called Rare Bird Alert, and my wife said that might make a good title for a bluegrass

Local students make dean’s list at EWU Lorenzo da Ponte and Zachary Whetsel, of Snoqualmie, made the dean’s list at Eastern Washington

song,” Martin said. “The title continues the theme from our first title, called ‘The Crow.’” “The Crow” was released in 2009. The BBC called it imaginative and intelligent. “Martin really can play,” the review by the BBC’s Nick Barraclough read. If the songs on “Rare Bird Alert,” whose titles include “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs,” seem a little zanier, Martin said there’s a reason. “The songs in ‘The Crow’ were the songs I had,” Martin said. “Once ‘The Crow’ came out and it was received well, I felt a little more relaxed.’” Relaxing did not used to come easy for Martin, who said he grew to detest the loneliness of the road as a stand-up comic. “Doing stand-up comedy is about being a loner,” he said. “Doing this is about being with people, so I like it much better.” The road trips now happen in the company of a band, and that helps. But that’s just part of it, Martin said. “This is so much more sincere,” he said. “I was playing such a character in my early days as a standup. This is still a character, but more tempered, so much more relaxed, so much more fun for me. “I can take a pause and not have a fear that someone’s going to yell out something in the middle of that pause.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Mount Si’s Krista Galloway returns from volleyball trip By Sebastian Moraga At least, Krista Galloway said, now she knows. Now, Galloway knows what it’s like to compete at the highest level. Now, she knows what it takes to win at the highest level. Now, she knows she wants her volleyball career to extend past graduation. The Mount Si High School volleyball standout returned from a tournament in the state of Georgia convinced that she wants to play volleyball in college. At the tournament, she said, she learned she can play with the best. “Being able to compete at that level without feeling overwhelmed or feeling like I won’t perform,” she said. “Now, I know.” Galloway’s team, Mercer Island-based Island Thunder, finished 18th in the division out of 48 squads from across the U.S. “It was amazing,” she said of the trip and her first year on the team. “The coaches were amazing. They welcomed me right off the bat the second I stepped on the court, and I learned so much

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Krista Galloway plays in Atlanta for Mercer Island’s Thunder Volleyball Club. from them.” The biggest lesson learned was realizing that next year, she wants to imitate seven of the Thunder team’s eight seniors, who are moving on to play col-

lege volleyball. The tournament was another lesson in itself, with opponents from places like Hawaii, Nebraska and Texas standing on the other side of the net.

“The field of teams that we were playing was phenomenal,” she said. “The only thing that kept us from going farther were a few moments in competition where the other team was just

better.” Learning to play at a national level was tough, she said. Many teams had players who had been playing at this level for years and this was her first time. She will be a better player next year, thanks to the trip to Georgia, she added. “Teamwork, volleyball fundamentals, team-building, and just how to play the game,” she said, listing the areas she improved. Besides sharpening her volleyball know-how, the trip gave her time to reflect on what will happen off court. Galloway said she wants to pursue a career in either environmental science or environmental engineering. The trip to the Southeast also fattened her personal Rolodex of Eastside volleyball players. This will serve her and the Wildcats well once the 2011 season begins, she said. “Now I will know many new players in the volleyball community,” she said. “So it will make it easier to predict what will happen.” Sebastian Moraga:392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Mount Si High School cheerleaders stand around a handmade sign at Seattle’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Mount Si cheerleaders thrill marathon By Sebastian Moraga It was a scream. It was a thrill. It was a Thriller. Mount Si High School cheerleaders showed up at the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon June 23, not to run, but to cheer for and surprise the runners. They showed up in droves and in style, dressed as dancers from Michael Jackson’s video “Thriller.” For their effort, the cheerleaders won first place in the Spirit

On The Course competition among cheer squads. “It’s a really energetic day,” cheerleader Chloe Villanueva said. “You have to have a lot of energy to cheer on all the runners for so many hours. It was fun.” Cheer coach Jessi Stevens agreed. “You’re supposed to dress up and be loud and crazy and cheer on the runners,” Stevens said. Thirty girls, all but two girls from the squad, participated. The girls had a sleepover

where they came up with the “Thriller” idea. The challenge demanded plenty from the cheerleaders, who screamed and danced in the sunshine from 6 a.m. until early afternoon. “You got to give your throat a break and drink lots of fluids, otherwise you get really tired,” Villanueva said. “I know of two girls who totally lost their voices and couldn’t say a word.” See CHEER, Page 13

The Cascade FC G98 girls soccer team celebrate after winning the Cornucopia Cup tournament July 10. The Cascade FC G98 soccer team won the Silver Division championship at the Kent Cornucopia Cup tournament on July 10. The team, which includes players from the Snoqualmie Valley, defended its 2010 championship with an overtime win in the title game. The final game ended with Cascade FC G98 and FME Blue Flame tied 1-1. But Cascade FC rolled over Blue Flame, scoring three goals in extra time. The win avenged a 1-0 loss to Blue Flame earlier in the tournament. Cascade FC’s coaches, Alex

Hickox and Mark Warnke, named Goalkeeper Bobbi Washington and forward Kallin Spiller as the most valuable players of the championship game. Washington came up with several key saves and allowed only two goals during the tournament. Spiller had two assists and two goals in the final game, and scored four goals in the tournament. Midfielder Alysa Lilleberg, of North Bend, was named the All-Tournament MVP for the silver division by all GU13 coaches. She received a trophy and a backpack.


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Mount Si High School cheerleaders perform Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ at the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.

Cheer From Page 12 This was Villanueva’s third year at the marathon. In 2009, the team also won first place. In 2010, they tried something different. “Last year, we tried a different approach. We did more organized cheers instead of just screaming the whole time,” she said. “It didn’t really work. I think the runners found it more inspiring if we just cheer them on.” Stevens said the cheer competition leaves plenty of room for imagination. “It’s pretty unlimited,” she said. “You can pretty much do anything besides getting in the runners’ way.”? The girls were there in ghoul-

ish makeup and with big smiles. “The best part was runners’ reactions when they saw our outfits,” cheerleader Kendall Maddux said. “They were a little weirded out.” One of the runners was Mount Si Track coach Sean Sundwall. “He came up to us afterward,” Maddux said. “He said, ‘You guys are awesome. Those are the best costumes.’”

Hydroplane driver Brian Perkins, of North Bend, bounced back from a crash in the season’s opening race to finish in seventh place at the APBA Gold Cup race in Detroit on July 10. Perkins collided with a rescue boat during a qualifying heat at the Madison Regatta the previous weekend. The 26year-old driver was uninjured,

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Snoqualmie Tribe opens smoke shop The Snoqualmie Tribe opened a smoke shop next to the Snoqualmie Casino, on the

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Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. July 14, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. July 14, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Hearing: Complete Streets Ordinance, 7 p.m. July 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. July 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. July 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. July 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Parks Board, 7 p.m. July 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Community and Economic Development Committee, 1:45 p.m. July 19, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. July 19, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. July 19, 411 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Arts Commission, 10 a.m. July 20, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Transportation and Public Works Committee, 3:45 p.m. July 20, 1155 E. North Bend Way ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m., July 21, 126 E. Fourth St.

Events ❑ North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, 4-8 p.m. July 14, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. See a performance by Hook Me Up at 5:30 p.m. ❑ A day out with Thomas the Tank Engine, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15-17, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. Tickets are $19 for ages 2 and older. Tickets are available online at www.trainmuseum.org/Thomas/ Main.html. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales supports the museum. ❑ 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 16, Snoqualmie Ridge. The tournament will be held on Southeast Ridge Street between Baker Avenue Southeast and Fairway Avenue Southeast. Late registration is open through July 13 online at www.snoqualmie3on3.com. ❑ Warrior Dash, July 16-17, Meadowbrook Farm, 10019 S.E. 420th Ave., North Bend. Come watch a race through 3.55 miles of mud, obstacles and fire. ❑ The Golden Axe Puppet Show, 11 a.m. July 19, Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place, Fall City. Enjoy a puppet show based on a Japanese folktale. For

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North Bend Block Party, 1-10 p.m. July 23, North Bend Way between Bendigo Boulevard North and Ballarat Avenue North, North Bend. Come by for the city’s annual party. This year will feature great food, fun games, fantastic music and more. Check out how much fun can be crammed into two city blocks.

ages 3 years and older. ❑ Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. July 19, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 2-3 with an adult. ❑ Toddler Story Times, 10 a.m. July 19, Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place, Fall City. For newborns to 3-year-olds accompanied by an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. July 19, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 3-6 with an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 11 a.m. July 19, Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place, Fall City. For ages 3-6 with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. July 19, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. ❑ Knotweed workshops, 7-8:30 p.m. July 19, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend; 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. July 20, Three Forks Natural Area, 39912 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. Presented by King County’s Noxious Weeds Program. Learn how to fight invasive knotweed, which chokes out native plants and contributes to riverbank erosion. Reserve a spot by emailing Sasha Shaw at sasha.shaw@kingcounty.gov or call her at 206296-0290. ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. July 20, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 6-24 months old accompanied by an adult.

❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. July 20, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. July 20, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ Kids’ Play in the Parks Program, 1-3 p.m. July 20, alternating location, Snoqualmie. Children can play games, work on art projects and enjoy other activities. Parents must pre-register children with Snoqualmie’s Parks and Recreation Department. Locations alternate each week between Centennial Fields Park, 39903 S.E. Park St., and Azalea Park, 6604 Azalea Way, Snoqualmie. For children ages 510. Pre-register by calling Cassie Craig, Parks and Recreation Department, at 831-5784. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. July 20, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, 4-8 p.m. July 21, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. See a performance by Bottle Rockit at 5:30 p.m. ❑ Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” 8 p.m. July 21-22 and 28-30, Theatre Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, and 8 p.m. Aug. 4-6, Valley Center Stage, 119 North Bend Way, North Bend. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors and students), and are available at

www.brownpapertickets.com. ❑ Reilly & Maloney Concert, 1 p.m. July 24, Snoqualmie Point Park, 37580 S.E. Winery Road, Snoqualmie. Folk singing duo Reilly & Maloney will entertain all ages with a free concert. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic lunch or snack for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. ❑ Sample Snoqualmie, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30, Snoqualmie Community Park, 35016 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Sample Snoqualmie showcases the many services and products offered right in Snoqualmie. Enjoy food and beverages, and tour the local merchant booths. Crafts and games will be offered for children at many booths. ❑ Dog Days of Summer, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 7, Three Forks Dog Park, 39912 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie. Flying dogs and howling hounds will fill the afternoon with fun at this free event. Bring your dog for games, dog-friendly vendor booths and friendly competition.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. Email research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email volunteer coordinator Carol Waters at carolw@snoqualmiehospital.org to arrange an interview. ❑ Spanish Academy invites volunteers fluent in Spanish to participate in summer camps on its three-acre farm-style school. Must love children and nature. Call 888-4999. ❑ Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Choose the times and areas in which you’d like to drive. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-748-7588 or 800-2825815 toll free, or email melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply

online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ 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 8883434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to www.hopelink.org/takeaction/volunteer.com or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

Classes ❑ S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Led by certified exercise instructor Carla Orellana. Call 888-3434.

Clubs ❑ Moms Club of North Bend meets at 10 a.m. the last Monday of the month at Totz of North Bend, 249 Main Ave. S., #E, North Bend. Children are welcome. Go to www.momsclub.org. ❑ Elk Management Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday at the U.S. Forest Service conference room at 130 Thrasher Ave., behind the visitors’ center on North Bend Way. Interagency committee meetings are at 1:30 p.m. the first Monday at North Bend City Hall annex, 126 Fourth St. Both meetings are open to the public. Go to www.snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend, meets the first Friday for a potluck and open mic with local musicians. The potluck starts at 6 p.m. with the music from 7 p.m. to midnight. Open to all people/ages. Go to www.sallalgrange.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing editor@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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