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Roads in focus Downtown street work is top priority for Snoqualmie. Page 2

Too expensive EFR board balks at headquarters remodel cost. Page 3

By Dan Catchpole

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Greg Kasting, with Watson Asphalt and Paving Co., pours hot asphalt on Fairway Avenue Southeast north of Cascade Avenue Southeast.

Snoqualmie Ridge repaving streets

And ... action North Bend is again home for Hollywood filmmaking. Page 6

Breaking stereotypes These ‘housewives’ are for the whole community. Page 6

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Five streets on Snoqualmie Ridge are being repaved this summer. The work has already started and is scheduled to finish by Aug. 30. The work will require some temporary traffic delays while crews are working. Snoqualmie City Council approved the projects in April, along with five downtown projects that are expected to cost more due to years of neglect, according to Mayor Matt Larson. Puget Sound Energy will also

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County proposes changes to outreach Unincorporated communities would be divided into service areas By Dan Catchpole Like many residents in unincorporated areas, Karen Lee wants King County to be more responsive to her needs and questions. For her and her neighbors, King County is their local government. But it doesn’t seem as accessible as local government. The county is working on a new outreach program to better serve Lee and other residents in unincorporated areas. The program will break the county into

service areas with a single contact person for each area. Residents will be able to call their area’s liaison person, who will help find the person they should talk with. Right now, those residents are largely on their own when they need help with services. Unlike nearby residents in North Bend and Snoqualmie, Lee can’t pop over to City Hall with her questions. When she calls, she has to navigate through a flood of departments and agencies that often are

tasked with serving unincorporated and incorporated areas. Sure, there was the time she called about a pothole in her street, which was promptly filled, but that was the exception, she said. “Everything else with the county I’ve sought assistance for, I haven’t gotten it,” she said. Unincorporated area councils already perform a similar function, but they don’t cover all of See OUTREACH, Page 3

Snoqualmie has determined that no environmental review is needed for the proposed annexation of the former Weyerhaeuser mill site. Previously, city officials had said they didn’t expect the proposed annexation would require a review based on state guidelines. Opponents to the annexation have called for a full environmental review at several public hearings. The mill site sits in unincorporated King County. Snoqualmie and the county began negotiating transferring the site into the city through an interlocal agreement in late March. The city signed a preannexation agreement with the site’s current owners — Weyerhaeuser and Snoqualmie Mill Ventures — in June. See REVIEW, Page 3

Summer schedule full of local events Every summer, Snoqualmie Valley is abuzz with festivals. From Dog Days to Boeing Classic, and the Mount Si Festival to Railroad Days, there is something for everyone.

See inside ❑ Mount Si Festival Page 7 ❑ Dog Days of Summer Page 11

Upcoming events ❑ Dog Days of Summer, Aug. 7 ❑ Festival at Mount Si, Aug. 12-14 ❑ Sound to Mountains BikeFest, Aug. 13 ❑ Tour de Peaks, Aug. 14 ❑ Railroad Days, Aug. 19-21 ❑ Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint Out, Aug. 20 ❑ Legends Classic Car Show, Aug. 21 ❑ Boeing Classic, Aug. 22-28 ❑ Multisport Festival, Sept. 3-4

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Interstate 90 bridge to close during Seafair Seafair activities will mean periodic closures for the Interstate 90 bridge connecting Mercer Island and Seattle this weekend. The Washington State Department of Transportation will close the bridge for safety reasons while the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels perform aerial maneuvers. The scheduled closures are: ❑ Aug. 4: 9:45 a.m. to noon and 1:15-2:30 p.m. ❑ Aug. 5: 12:45-2:40 p.m. ❑ Aug. 6: 12:45-2:40 p.m. ❑ Aug. 7: 12:45-2:40 p.m.

Golfers foil water tanker heist State troopers arrested a Bellingham man and a Richland man early July 19 after motorists traveling to a golf tournament noticed a water tanker from a Kennewick construction company on the wrong side of the Cascades. The state patrol heard about the wayward tanker after employees from the construction company noticed the vehicle on Interstate 90 near North Bend. The men, employees for general contractor Apollo Inc., noticed the vehicle traveling westbound as they headed to a golf tournament near Seattle. The company did not have any construction projects in Western Washington, so the men made several calls to ongoing construction sites to

account for water tankers. The crew at a Yakima construction site reported a missing tanker. The golfers called 911 and followed the tanker until troopers stopped the vehicle near Issaquah. Troopers arrested the driver, a 27-year-old Richland man, Collin J. Simanton, and a 20year-old Bellingham man, Christopher Siewert. Simanton told police they were headed to the Seattle Aquarium. Authorities booked the men into the King County Jail for first-degree possession of stolen property. Meanwhile, the Yakima Police Department is investigating the stolen vehicle incident.

State Patrol is No. 1 for DUI enforcement The numbers show the Washington State Patrol is tough on drunken drivers: Troopers arrested almost 20,000 last year. For the effort, the International Association of Chiefs of Police named the Washington State Patrol as the top DUI enforcement agency in North America. The honor recognizes agencies for “year-round efforts to detect and apprehend impaired drivers and to address impaired driving through policies, officer training, and public information and education.” The state patrol is due to receive the award in October at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago.

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Downtown street work is now top priority for Snoqualmie By Dan Catchpole In a nod to downtown residents, Snoqualmie City Council bumped work on a downtown street to the top of the city’s transportation work list. The proposed Tokul Road roundabout had topped the list, but the council amended it on July 25 with a 6-1 vote to move the Southeast Newton Street connection project to the top spot. It had been No. 7 on the list. “Newton is a bigger priority to citizens downtown than is a roundabout,” Councilman Charlie Peterson said. Peterson introduced the amendment to change the order on the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan, which covers 2012-2017. The Newton Street project would connect the street between Silva Avenue Southeast and Doone Avenue Southeast. Currently, a footpath and a parking lot link the two streets. The connection would put St. Joseph’s School on a throughway instead of a dead end. The project is estimated to cost $3 million, with the state providing $2.55 million of that. The Tokul Road project will

By Dan Catchpole

Southeast Newton Street runs into a dead end east of Silva Avenue Southeast, and begins again after Doone Avenue Southeast. put a roundabout on state Route 202 at its intersection with Tokul Road. The project has been on the city’s to-do list for nearly 10 years, but coming up with the money for the $5 million project has proved difficult. Snoqualmie applied for federal stimulus money but was denied in 2009. The roundabout had ranked high on the list, in part because the city has nearly completed the design work for the project,

Public Works Operations Manager Mike Roy said. But the roundabout doesn’t represent the biggest benefit for Snoqualmie residents paying for the work, Councilman Jeff MacNichols said. City Council approved the list with the amended rankings in a 7-0 vote. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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EFR board balks at headquarters remodel price tag Review By Caleb Heeringa Within minutes of resolving to work out their differences so that Eastside Fire & Rescue could exist past its current 2014 expiration date, the fire agency’s board of directors grappled with a thorny issue as old as the agency itself. Fire officials are pushing the agency’s partners to chip in for a remodel and expansion of the headquarters building, located on Newport Way Northwest in Issaquah. In March, Deputy Chief Wes Collins proposed reconfiguring the inside of the building to add seven offices, a conference room, copy room and an upstairs women’s bathroom, as well as a storage building. That plan’s approximately $500,000 price tag was a nonstarter for representatives from North Bend, Sammamish and Issaquah, some of whom questioned the wisdom of committing their taxpayers’ money to permanent improvements to a

building that belongs to King County Fire District 10. Since March, Collins has been attempting to whittle the project down to the bare necessities — three new offices, a women’s bathroom and additional shop space that would provide at least some additional cover for the thousands of dollars worth of vehicles that currently sit outside in the wind, rain and snow. At the agency’s July 14 meeting, Collins unsuccessfully attempted to get the partners to simply agree to the framework for how the remodel could happen. The interlocal agreement that underpins the agency doesn’t dictate how to handle major remodels of jointly-used facilities. While two or more partners have pitched in to build or remodel individual stations, a headquarters remodel would mark the first time in the agency’s 12 years that every partner has joined in on the same capital project. “We’re cutting new teeth and

it’s always painful to cut new teeth,” Collins said later. The headquarters building was constructed in 1981 as a response station. It was designed to house 10 full-time firefighters but has since been converted to an administrative building for an agency that employs 240 people and covers an area of roughly 190 square miles. The administration has been pushing for a remodel since the agency formed in 1999. Collins said most offices contain two or more employees, firefighters on desk duty due to injuries must set up in the lunch room, and there is not enough room in the building’s shop space to do maintenance on ladder trucks. None of the second floor of the building is handicap accessible, and Collins called the lack of a women’s bathroom upstairs “not what you’d expect out of a government building.” Sammamish Deputy Mayor Tom Odell questioned the need for the project, saying he felt the agency could work around some

Veto power eyed for EFR governance change By Caleb Heeringa The Eastside Fire & Rescue board of directors decided July 14 to form a sub-committee that will probe possible changes to its governance structure — including the veto power that individual partners now hold regarding adding additional partners to the agency. EFR is an amalgamation of King County fire districts 10 and 38 and the cities of Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend. Its members have been pondering the future of fire service in the area once the agreement that underpins the agency expires in 2014. The study of EFR’s structure follows the completion of a different study that examined the possibility of a regional fire authority — essentially an inde-

Outreach From Page 1 the roughly 284,000 unincorporated county residents, including more than 11,000 people in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. That prompted County Executive Dow Constantine to propose dividing unincorporated communities into so-called community service areas. The King County Council approved the plan July 11, and county staff members are working on getting it started.

pendent taxing district that would have moved the fire services bill from cities’ general funds to residents’ property tax bills. But that could cause Issaquah and Sammamish to jump ship because their residents would pay more into the agency than they currently do based on the study by EFR. Sammamish has not sent a representative to the talks about forming a regional fire authority. Though the Issaquah City Council has yet to formally consider the results of the RFA study, EFR Board Chairman Ron Pedee (who represents Fire District 38) admitted that it was “fairly unlikely” that the city would be on board. Given the impasse, Pedee suggested that the agency form a subcommittee “to figure out what tweaks we need to make The plan keeps existing community service centers and staff members, and unincorporated area councils. But it does not guarantee future funding for the councils, which, before this year, received $10,000 per year from the county. “Our thinking is that this proposal will benefit everyone in the unincorporated area while allowing us to continue our relationship with the UACs,” said Lauren Smith, unincorporated areas adviser to Constantine. Change or status quo The community service areas plan is meant to connect resi-

to the (EFR) model going forward.” “We’ve got something that works better currently than all of us having our own fire departments, but it doesn’t work as well as it could,” he said. Pedee suggested the committee, made up of elected officials from each partner, could analyze some of the “deficiencies” that have created headaches in the past, including the veto power that any given partner has regarding adding other cities or districts to the agency. In the past Sammamish, citing financial concerns, has opposed efforts to add King County Fire District 27, which covers Fall City and is a literal donut hole the in the middle of EFR’s coverage area. Caleb Heeringa: 392-6434, ext. 247, or Comment at

dents and a designated staff team, rather than leaving residents to navigate county bureaucracy. That is a message Smith heard again and again while meeting with people in unincorporated areas, she said. “They don’t have to figure out who to call,” she said. “The staff knows and it’s just much easier to work with one person.” A single point of contact would be useful, Lee said. It would especially be helpful when she is older, because she has no children. Some members of UACs are skeptical, though.

of the issues — by finding another location to do repair work to the ladder truck, for example. “I don’t have male and female restrooms in my house — what we do is lock the door,” he said. “Since we’ve gone this long (without a remodel), I think we can go a bit longer.” Dee Williamson, North Bend’s representative on the board, said it was a project he’d like to support, but it would be a hard sell to the rest of his city’s council, with the recession continuing to put a strain on the city’s budget. “Our city hall doesn’t have men’s and women’s’ bathrooms,” Williamson said. “We have city records stuffed in cardboard boxes in cabinets. We’re broke.” Collins will be bringing the board more detailed cost estimates on the remodel in the fall. Caleb Heeringa: 392-6434. ext. 247, or Comment at

City Council supports Veterans and Human Services Levy Snoqualmie City Council voted to support King County Proposition No. 1, the Veterans and Human Services Levy on Aug. 16 primary election ballots. The levy would last until 2017 and would replace an existing tax that expires at the end of the year. Property owners would pay 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The owner of a $500,000 home would pay $25 per year. The proposition allows the levy to increase by the percentage increase in the consumer price index or 1 percent, whichever is greater, up to 3 percent. Money from the levy pays for services to veterans, military personnel and their families (Veterans Levy Fund), and other individuals and families in need (Human Services Fund). “I have to agree with most of the rest of the UACs that we would just as soon leave things status quo,” said Peter Eberle, Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council president. County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert said the decision to overhaul outreach reflects a desire to provide services to as many people as possible, especially as the county faces lean budgets. The plan requires an annual meeting with residents for each service zone to discuss problems, service changes and other developments. “That helps people know

From Page 1 Opponents to the process have criticized city officials for moving too quickly and giving a free pass to the primary tenant, DirtFish Rally School, which is owned by Snoqualmie Mill Ventures. Leading the fight is Your Snoqualmie Valley, a grassroots group of area residents. The city Planning Commission voted to essentially keep the same zoning for the site, which was a logging operation from 1896 until 2003. Snoqualmie had also determined that DirtFish does not constitute redevelopment. With no proposed redevelopment and no loosening of the zoning, Snoqualmie determined that there are “no probable significant adverse environmental impacts of the proposed actions,” according to the Determination of NonSignificance issued by the city July 27. Weyerhaeuser cleaned the site up in the past 20 years, but more than a century of industrial use has some people concerned that the area is still contaminated. “There can’t be any doubt that at one time there were a lot of hydrocarbons in the Mill Pond,” former Weyerhaeuser manager Dick Ryon said. The logging company cleaned the area up, and a series of environmental studies confirmed that, the North Bend resident said. But those studies have holes that warrant further review, critics say. “While cleanup was conducted, it was not comprehensive,” Erin Ericson, a member of Your Snoqualmie Valley, said at a Snoqualmie City Council public hearing on July 11. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

what to expect,” said Lambert, who represents the Snoqualmie Valley. The council amended Constantine’s proposal to require council members’ involvement in organizing the annual meetings. The outreach program is expected to be operating by the start of 2012, Smith said. Staff members are finalizing the number and shapes of the service areas. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Report Warren Kagarise contributed to this report. Comment at





School districts’ land should be grandfathered King County is considering a rule to prohibit new schools in rural areas. The rule makes sense, in theory, from a land-use perspective, but its application would punish the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The proposed rule stems from the state Growth Management Act and forbids extending sewer service to schools outside city limits. In theory, this rule can make sense. New schools will attract new families, increasing the pressure for development in those areas. But schools have no say in the growth and development patterns — in either the rural or urban areas — and have to serve any student who shows up. So, if the rule passes, what happens to districts that straddle the edges of the urban growth boundary, like the Snoqualmie Valley? The district would be unable to use land it purchased for a future school. All told, seven districts in King County — including the Valley — own 15 properties worth about $12 million that would be rendered unusable. If the district can’t actually use the property, it would likely have to sell the land, and then what? Buy new land? The district would have to find property that is large, contiguous, flat and inside the urban growth boundary for Snoqualmie or North Bend. That is a tall — and expensive — task. The other option is for the district to use eminent domain to take over properties. That is unacceptable, given that it already owns property to build on. In the long term, yes, there is a net benefit to restricting the development pressure that a new school can help create. But land already purchased should be exempt from the new rule at the very least.

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North Bend Theatre went that extra mile I just had to take a moment to give a big shout out to the North Bend Theatre for their extra special treatment of my daughter, Hillary, and her new husband, Nick, on their wedding day. They wanted to take a break between their morning ceremony and evening reception and see the final Harry Potter movie. I reached out to Cindy Walker, the owner of the theatre, and they were so nice and went several extra miles to recognize a special day for a couple just starting out. Of all the fun activities around the wedding and reception, this is one part of the day I’ve heard them mention over and over. There may be theaters in driving distance with more screens or 3D or whatever, but I’m sure none has better service than our own local movie house. I encourage everyone to think about catching a movie there before hopping in the car and heading to Issaquah or Bellevue.

AUGUST 4, 2011 Thanks to Cindy, Jim, and the rest of the folks at the North Bend Theatre! Jon Pulsipher North Bend

This stream is in your care On July 7, SnoValley Star featured a front page article 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 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 look far to find invasive plants and animals. And yes, these new arrivals 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 don’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 youth 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 Aldo Leopold, please. Bill Hayden Snoqualmie

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A friend will pick you up when you’re down By Slim Randles The letter arrived just before lunch, in an official-looking envelope. Marvin Pincus quickly opened it, then sat down in his recliner. He read it over and over. He looked around. Marjorie was out doing the shopping. Marvin’s old face looked even older. He walked out to the pickup and drove down to the Mule Barn truck stop with the letter. He needed … someone. Dewey and Doc were in for an early lunch and he sat with them. “What’s up, Marvin?” Doc asked. Marvin handed over the letter. Doc read it and passed it to Dewey. “It’s just a hearing, Marvin. Nothing more.” “They’ll stop my counseling business,” Marvin said. “That’s what that means, with all the floof-ee-doof stomped out of it.” “Do you have a college degree?” Marvin shook his head. “Says here you need a minimum of an associate in arts degree to be a counselor,” Dewey said. “And a business license,” Doc said. “I just wanted to help folks, that’s all,” Marvin said.

“Well, you have two weeks before the hearing. I’m sure you can get a business license in that time. Slim Randles About that college degree Columnist …” “Yeah, that’s the problem.” Dewey looked at the letter again. “Wonder who this Miz Stickle is that signed this. My guess is some dried up old prune who has to stick her nose into everyone else’s business.” “Well,” Marvin said, “she’s an M.S.W., and that’s bound to mean something.”

“Master’s in social work, Marv,” Doc said. “According to the letterhead, she rides herd on advice-givers in the county.” “She says I have to cease and desist advertising until after the hearing. How does a guy desist something?” “I think she means quit it,” said Dewey, the fertilizer king. “Old prune! Wonder how long it’ll be before I have to have a college degree to shovel …” “Now Dewey …” Marvin said, grinning. Finding humor in a tragedy is a true sign of friendship, Marvin thought. Brought to you by Slim’s new book, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at

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North Bend is again home to Hollywood film crew By Sebastian Moraga


The Real Charitable Housewives of Seattle take a break at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure June 5. The RCH was among the top fundraising teams at the race.

Real Housewives for Change works toward making a better community By Sebastian Moraga Snoqualmie’s Kelly Stokesbary relishes doing the hard part. For now. If the group she just created grows, then she will share leading The Real Charitable Housewives of Seattle. Until then, she will keep signing her group up to volunteer time to different causes around the Puget Sound area. The group, which she said has no relation to the reality TV show, is not just for housewives. “It’s a group for any individual who wants to be part of something to help better the community,” she said. “In the sense that someone else is doing all this work and all you are having to do is show up.” Seattle’s RCH is an offshoot of The Real Charitable Housewives of Delaware. Jill Fella, who started the group in Delaware, called it a group of women working to raise awareness for charitable and nonprofit organizations. “The RCH takes pride in helping make our communities better for the next generation,” Fella wrote in an email, “to be a real life example of kindness, compassion and working for the greater good.” For Fella, the creation of a Seattle chapter falls right into place with the long-term plans of RCH. “The RCH also strives to become national with sister chapters across the country,”



The Real Charitable Housewives of Seattle group is not just for women. she wrote. So far, the Seattle group has participated in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, June 5. “We raised about $5,100,” Stokesbary said. “It was pretty amazing.” The group will distribute food at the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank on Aug. 10, and participate in a school supply drive at a fair on Seattle’s Cherry Street on Aug. 13. Then, in October, the group will participate in a Seattle Humane Society event. Details are still sketchy. Stokesbary said she prefers to have events every other month. “Asking people every month for something seems like too much for me,” she said. Besides, members live all over the Puget Sound area.

“We have a couple of people who live here on the Ridge, we have people coming from as far as Snohomish, we have a lady coming from Mill Creek, and we also have Sammamish and Mercer Island,” she said. Stokesbary said the distance makes the RCH useful. People who would otherwise never hear about the events show up and help, thanks to the group. “People are so busy these days,” she said. “You want to help out, you want to do this, but there’s never time.” Fella said the group wants to counteract the stereotype of the housewife who wants nothing more than material wealth. “I felt that, if given the opportunity, the ‘housewives’ I knew could surely reverse this stereotype,” she wrote. The group organizes no events on its own, choosing instead to go to established events, Stokesbary said. It collects no dues and forces no tasks on its members. It does good work because it wants to do good work. “We’re not seeking a pat on the back,” she said. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

Ella Fitzgerald once sang that stars fell on Alabama last night. Well, about a month ago, stars fell upon North Bend. “Mine Games,” a thriller directed by Richard Gray and starring Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, Joseph Cross and Ethan Peck, brought cast and crew to an isolated log home southeast of the city. The 1990’s TV series “Twin Peaks” was also filmed in the Valley. One of the producers of “Mine Games” was a producer for that show. When plans to use an Enumclaw house failed, the producer remembered the Valley from his “Twin Peaks” days. “He said, ‘Go up to the Snoqualmie Valley, the North Bend area. Just check it out,’” Realtor David Cook said. “Maybe you’ll find something better.” A movie scout came to the Valley and found Cook, who found a house on Tanner Road one week before production started. Six days later, the homeowner recanted. Cook found another home on Edgewood Road. The director liked it and began filming, in secret. “They were out in the open,” Cook said. “They didn’t want a lot of crowds, and there’s a lot of famous and semi-famous people in this movie.” Peck is Hollywood royalty, as the grandson of movie legend Gregory Peck. Cross appeared in “Milk” alongside Sean Penn. Evigan appeared in the sequel to “Donnie Darko,” titled “S. Darko,” and the 2009 remake of “The House on Sorority Row.” Guill appeared in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” with Steve Carell, which opened recently and in the 2009 remake of “Friday the 13th.” “They are all 20-something

up-and-comers,” Cook said. Gray filmed in places like Snoqualmie Point Park and near Rattlesnake Lake. Filming also occurred in Black Diamond and the Ape Caves near Mount St. Helens. Most filming occurred at the house on Edgewood Road. “Everything about it is ideal,” Gray said. “Everywhere you look is kind of pretty.” The plot happens in summer, he said, so the actors had to jump in the lake. “We didn’t know it was glacial runoff,” Gray said. “They’re all in their bikinis having a good time, freezing. But it was a really exciting day.” Another exciting day was July 23, when actors swung into town and encountered the North Bend Block Party. The cool summer has helped the film, Gray said. “It’s a thriller that we’re making,” he said. “That sort of brooding, overcast, dark-forest look works well for us.” The actors’ workday begins at 7 p.m. until “it begins to get light,” co-producer Virginia Kay said. The actors, Gray said, have loved being in the Valley, gray skies, bugs and all. “They love getting away from what they’re used to, the studio system,” he said. “Coming out is like a vacation camp.” Forty-five people work in the movie. Actors stayed in Bellevue hotels, but used North Bend to meet or to eat, Gray said. At least one North Bend businessman likes thinking about what the movie can do for the area’s cachet. “Hopefully, the film will be successful,” Cook said. “And North Bend will have another cool movie to its name. We haven’t had anything since ‘Twin Peaks.’”


Australian movie director Richard Gray (foreground center) sets up a shot during the making of the movie ‘Mine Games’ in North Bend.

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By Sandy Horvath

Above, local veterans walk as the Grand Parade’s Honor Guard. Below, Seafair Pirate Mike ‘Sparrow’ Knowlton shows that even pirates smile sometimes.


Festival at Mount Si The green colossus that watches North Bend from above will witness another party thrown in its name. The Festival at Mount Si returns Aug. 12-14 bringing duck derbies, elephant ears and pet pageants; Irish dancers, belly dancers and studio dancers; and chili cook-offs, beer gardens and a pie-eating contest. And that’s just the first hour. OK, so that last part is not true, but still, plenty awaits the festival visitor, regardless of age, including a Kids’ Fun Zone and a bingo game. In between will be live music, Zumba demonstrations, an arts and crafts show, SnoValley Idol, Tour de Peaks, a grand parade, a fireworks show, a silent auction and two stages rocking with the sounds of live country, blues, jazz and other music genres. Tour De Peaks returns with three bicycle rides, a 25-miler, a 50-miler and a 100-miler, the

By Sandy Horvath

Fireworks fill the night sky with color. latter being a tour of the entire Valley. The chili cook-off will have two prizes, Judges’ Choice and

People’s Choice. The Judges’ Choice honoree will receive a trophy and a $300 cash prize. The People’s Choice honoree will win a trophy and a gift certificate. Those skipping the meal and going straight to dessert can participate in a blueberry dessert contest. People may bring their blueberry desserts from home for judges to sample. Participants may bring as many desserts as they want. The parade will line up along Cedar Falls Way, head northwest on North Bend Way, and then north on Main Street, southeast on Second Street and finish at the North Bend Elementary School parking lot. As always, Si View Park will host the festival. The address is 420 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Go to for more information or to register as a volunteer.

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Schedule of events Friday, Aug. 12 Activities ❑ Beer garden: 5-10 p.m. ❑ Food booths: 6-9 p.m. ❑ Arts and crafts: 6-9 p.m. ❑ Kids’ Fun Zone: 6-8 p.m.

Arts in Festival Hall: 6-10 p.m. ❑ Dancers Kora & Simeon ❑ Cascade Dance Troupe ❑ Jive Dancing Couple ❑ Stitchery artist Richard Buchmiller ❑ Potter Jeff Griswold ❑ Weaver Marilyn Romatka ❑ Doll artist Sue Yotz

Music — Main stage ❑ Eclectic Approach: 6-7:30 p.m. ❑ Kris Orlowski: 8-9:30 p.m. ❑ Mount Si Lacrosse exhibition: 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13 Activities ❑ Pancake breakfast, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend: 8-11 a.m. ❑ Grand Parade, sponsored by Straight Chiropractic, North Bend Way to Main Street to Second Street to North Bend Elementary School parking lot: 10:30 a.m.

❑ Food booths: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ❑ Arts and crafts: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ❑ Beer Garden: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ❑ Valley Bingo: 12:15-1 p.m. ❑ Parade awards: 1:45 p.m. Awards include: Kids, animals, performance/novelty, organizations, commercial, drill bands/marching units, custom vehicle and antique/classic vehicle ❑ Silent auction: Noon to 6 p.m. ❑ Blueberry dessert contest sponsored by Bybee-Nims Farms: 12:30 p.m. First place wins five pounds of blueberries and $25. ❑ Cherry pie eating contest sponsored by Twede’s Café: 2:15 p.m. ❑ Fireworks sponsored by Wyrsch’s Towing, Mt. Si Chevron and North Bend Shell: 9:45 p.m.

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Music — Second stage ❑ Zumba demo: 1:30 p.m. ❑ Veils of the Nile Dancers: 3:30 p.m. ❑ Amazing Pet Pageants: 4 p.m. ❑ Ignite Dancers: 5:30 p.m. ❑ Late Summer Travelers: 7 p.m. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Winds: 7:45 p.m.

❑ Annual chili cook-off sponsored by North Bend Bar and Grill: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ❑ People’s Choice Award: Winner gets trophy and gift certificate. ❑ Judges’ Choice Award: Winner gets trophy and $300 cash prize. ❑ Duck Derby at the river: 3:15 p.m.

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New priest to Dog Days to return to Snoqualmie lead Catholic community By Sebastian Moraga

Snoqualmie Valley’s Catholic community has a new religious leader. The Rev. Roy Baroma has taken over duties as the pastor for Our Lady of Sorrows in Snoqualmie and St. Anthony in Carnation. Roy Baroma The previous pastor, the Reverend John Ludvik, left to take over parishes in Buckley and Wilkeson. Baroma was born and raised in the Philippines. He was ordained in 1997 as a priest for the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, which serves the country’s armed forces. After 10 years in the Philippines, the 41-year-old Baroma began serving the Archdiocese of Seattle. He has served St. Edward, St. George and St. Paul in southeast Seattle, and Sacred Heart, St. Mary and St. Joseph in Battleground. Ludvik has served in the Valley since 2007. He oversaw the purchase of property at Cascade Golf Course for a larger church in the future. He was ordained in 1971 in Nebraska.

Wedding Hilary Pulsipher marries Nick Steckler Hillary Pulsipher, of North Bend, and Nick Steckler, of New Orleans, married July 15, in Bellevue. Hillary’s parents, Jon and Lynnae Pulsipher, live in North Bend. Nick’s parents, Bob and Dawn Steckler, live in New Orleans. Both the bride and groom attended Brigham Young University. They plan to spend their honeymoon in Panama City, Fla.

Pit bulls, puppies and other pooches will party like it’s 2018 on Aug. 7. While the next Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar is still seven years away, Aug. 7 is two days away, and that’s the date of the second annual Dog Days of Summer at the Three Forks Off-leash Dog Park. From 1-3 p.m., dogs and their owners will have a variety of activities from which to choose. These include relay races, dog tricks, dog lookalike contests, best howl contests and

best bark competitions. Canine artists Jet City Jumpers will perform, according to the city website. The reason for this dog-apalooza can be traced to a 2010 city survey, parks department intern Cassie Craig said. “We sent out a survey in October of 2010, and we found out there’s a demand for dog activities,” she said. Hence, Dog Days, which will also welcome vendors ready to sell doggy apparel, hot dog vendors and photographers ready to immortalize owners and pets. Photos will

be made available online afterward. City officials expect 10 booths at the event. The dog park is at 39912 S.E. Park St., across the street from Centennial Fields, where people can park. The event will happen rain or shine, Craig said. “That’s the way it has to be,” she said. “We live in Snoqualmie.” Admission is free.

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A shorkie — a shitzu and yorkie mix — named Doc, got loose from his home in the 14000 block of 455th Avenue Southeast on July 18. He is small with brown fur. The family is offering a “sizable reward for the whereabouts and safe return” of Doc. If you have any information, call Quinn at 410-7825577.

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Obituary Cherry D. Jelmberg Cherry D. Jelmberg, of Ronald, Wash., and formerly of North Bend — loving mother to Lucas, Jacob, Micah and Marcus, and fiancé to Terry Evans — passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, at home. She was 55. A viewing was Aug. 2 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Flintoft’s, 540 E. Sunset Way, 392-6444. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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Elite rider eyes nationals while grieving for horse By Sebastian Moraga He was naughty, he was incorrigible, he was her best friend. But in the midst of winter, Brianna Trotto’s horse Drakken was dead. “We weren’t sure if she was ever going to ride again,” Karen Trotto said of her daughter’s reaction to Drakken’s death in January. A broken pelvic bone signaled the end for the horse that had been Brianna’s companion for years. Riding at an elite level requires that the horse becomes a teammate for the rider. That’s who Drakken was. Drakken was gone but a nagging injury to Brianna’s hip stayed. Sometimes she needed to be pulled off the horse because her hip was locked. However, Brianna had been riding too well for too long to stay away from her equine passion. Her grandfather started her riding four years ago and she had risen through the ranks so swiftly that at one point, trainers told Karen her daughter was a natural. Brianna loved riding, but disagreed with the “natural” label. “I just did what I was told,” she said. “It was fun, I enjoyed doing it so I tried hard at each lesson, but I never thought I was

some natural rider.” Her first show at Class A, one of the top levels in shows for the Morgan breed, was last year, Drakken beside her. The plan was to work with Drakken and go to nationals this year in Oklahoma City. His reputation preceded him, and Brianna wanted to erase it for good. “She wanted to prove to everybody that he was really a great horse,” Karen said, “which he was.” Then winter came. A slip and a fall and those dreams died with Drakken. Losing Drakken was so painful, Brianna could not even get herself to go into the barn where she had kept him. The Trottos shopped for another horse, but Brianna’s success had placed her at such a level of riding that a horse good enough for her was simply too expensive. So instead, they leased a horse. Enter R.P. Let’s Celebrate, also known as Louie. Louie is no Drakken, but he will do. “They are doing very, very well,” Karen said. See HORSE, Page 13 By Sebastian Moraga

Brianna Trotto tends to one of her rescue horses.

Mount Si grad takes rowing prowess to junior world championships By Sebastian Moraga Austen Bolves will row, row, row his boat, although he will be anything but gentle. There’s a world championship at stake. Bolves, a 2011 Mount Si grad, will participate in the junior world championships of rowing in England this month, the first official race for Bolves as a member of the U.S. team. “It feels quite amazing,” he said from Princeton, N.J., where he trained. “I put in three summers of the program working toward this. It’s amazing to have it all come to fruition and knowing that I’m flying out in two days to represent my country.” Last year, Bolves trained with the team in New Jersey but did

not make the team for world championships. He said he took it in stride. “The intention is you train and learn from the coaches,” he said. This year, Bolves will team up with Michael Evans, a rower from Portland, Ore. Bolves, 18, and Evans have crossed paths before but had never raced together. “We have always talked about rowing together,” Bolves said. “It’s cool that it’s actually happening,” he said. Bolves and Evans entered the national program on the same year and they have competed against each other in club racing. Evans raced last year in the

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world championships and finished 17th out of 18, Bolves said. The results disappointed the coaches, so the national association revamped the program. The goal this year is to be in the top six. Having Evans as partner will help him, Bolves believes.

“He knows what the racing requires and the intensity that the world championships demand,” he said. Before graduating, Bolves raced for years in Sammamish. His coach there, Sam Greenblatt, coached Bolves from novice to varsity levels. “He’s not the prototypical rower,” Greenblatt said. “He’s not 6-7, 230 pounds, he’s 6-2 and 180. He really shouldn’t be able to compete with everybody else but he has a strong drive to compete and that’s what gets him where he wants to go.” After the championships, Bolves will row for the University of Washington Huskies, and work toward a shot at the U-23 world champi-

onships team. “He really has limitless potential.” Greenblatt said “Going to a program like Washington, he’s going to be afforded better coaching than I can provide him.” Getting to the U-23 championships will be challenging, Bolves said, but he’s willing to be patient. “It’s much more competitive than the juniors,” he said. “All the college kids are competing for those spots. First, I’ll put in a few years rowing for Washington and see where that takes me.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Horse Boeing Classic recycling is recognized From Page 12

The Boeing Classic has joined the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of professional sports. The annual Champions Tour event is the only professional golf tournament to be a member of the Green Sports Alliance. The alliance was started by teams from the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Storm, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Sounders FC. Other members include teams from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, Major League Soccer, and the Women’s National Basketball Association, among other professional leagues. The Boeing Classic, held annually at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, draws tens of thousands of spectators from across the country. The tournament began working to reduce its environmental impact two years ago. It has substantially cut down on the amount of trash it generates. In 2010, more than 92 percent of all waste was recycled or otherwise kept out of landfills. That was a marked increase from 75 percent in 2009. The jump earned the Boeing Classic a “Recycler of the Year” award from the Washington State Recyclers Association. Organizers plan to continue the event’s green efforts at this year’s tournament, Aug. 22-28.

Brianna won first place at Monroe’s Key Classic Morgan Horse Show in May and the Oregon Morgan Classic in midJuly. “She’s kind of the defending champion now,” Karen said. “Everybody’s pegged her.” Then, there’s the nationals in Oklahoma. A good showing at nationals might get Brianna in the world championships, which is the same weekend. World champ or not, Brianna has her eye on the Midwest. She wants to attend William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., and ride there. William Woods is a private school whose website boasts the nation’s first four-year degree in equestrian science. Brianna wants to take advantage of that. “Right now, my plan is to go into physical therapy for humans and also equine rehab,” she said,

Brianna knows a little about needing rehabilitation. She undergoes constant therapy for her hip, she said. It’s a soccer injury, but it acts up when she rides. When the troubles came from outside the arena of riding, Brianna could always count on her four-legged therapist. “Drakken was her confidant,” Karen said. That’s why losing him hurt so much, she added. Louie is good, but he’s no Drakken. Brianna wants another horse. Karen says no way. Saving for college is the priority now. Despite her mother’s negatives, Brianna said she has not lost hope. Maybe this is the year, with nationals beginning Oct. 7 the day after her birthday on Oct. 6. “I wish for a new horse every year on my birthday candles,” Brianna said. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at



Brianna Trotto rides during the Oregon Morgan Classic. Trotto won first place.

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Events ❑ Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater presents “Brigadoon,” various times until Aug. 28, 36800 David Powell Road, Fall City. Show times: 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets: $18 ($16 senior/students, $8 for children ages 6-12). Buy tickets and dinner reservations online at ❑ North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. See a performance by Ventura Highway Revisited at 5:30 p.m. ❑ Family Fun Nights at the Park, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Snoqualmie Community Park, 35016 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Games and events for all ages 3-12. Bring a picnic. ❑ Poetry and prose open mic, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. All ages welcome. ❑ Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” 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 ❑ The Kids Sale consignment event, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 5, Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie ❑ Open Sesame: “Iftah Ya Sim-Sim,” 2 p.m. Aug. 5, Fall City Library, 33415 S.E. 42nd Place, Fall City. Middle Eastern dance for ages 5 and older with an adult. ❑ Shakespeare in the park: “Antony and Cleopatra,” 7 p.m. Aug. 5, Fall City Park, 4101 Fall City-Carnation Road S.E. (state Route 203), Fall City. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and friends and family to enjoy this stage



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.

production sponsored by Friends of Fall City Library. ❑ Jack-Acid, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. All ages welcome. ❑ “Snoqualmie 101,” 10 a.m. Aug. 6, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Local historian Dave Battey unlocks Snoqualmie’s history in this free event. ❑ 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. ❑ Merry Monday Story Times, 11 a.m. Aug. 8, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For newborns to 3-year-olds accompanied with an adult. ❑ Family Story Time, 1 p.m. Aug. 8, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 2 and older with adult. ❑ Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 2-3 with an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 3-6 with an adult.

❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 6-24 months old accompanied by an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10, 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. Aug. 10, 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. Aug. 10, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Festival at Mount Si, Aug. 12-14, Si View Community Park,

❑ 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 ❑ 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 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 Apply online at 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 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. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call

❑ “NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home,” Aug. 6, Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club, 37904 S.E. Fall City-Snoqualmie Road, Fall City. Learn how to safely handle a firearm for personal protection. Cost: $90 members, $110 nonmembers. Register by emailing ❑ 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 ❑ 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 ❑ 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 ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels are welcome. ❑ The North Bend Chess Club meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All ages and skill levels are invited. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant. All are welcome. Go to Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing or go to

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Blotter From Page14 tion a bartender had given police. The man said he had been hanging out at the Sure Shot and at North Bend Bar and Grill with his cousin, but he did not know his name. The man smelled of marijuana and the man admitted to having smoked some recently. Police told the man both taverns wanted him banned and that if he returned to either, he would be arrested.

Shoplifting At 6:07 p.m. July 20, police responded to a call from Volcom Outlet, 461 South Fork Ave. S.E. A couple entered the store, acting strange. The male had taken multiple hats of the same type to the dressing room. The female had been looking at a black, baby doll-style dress. The manager followed the couple into a nearby store and notified that manager. The couple became nervous and immediately left the store. The manager of the second store followed the couple to their vehicle and saw them change into clothes they had in the trunk. The female changed into the dress the Volcom manager had described. A third person, a male, exited another store and met the couple at the vehicle carrying a bag of items. They all left in the vehicle, a white or cream-colored four-door with license plate

ADJ 8963. The male was described as white, 25-30 years old, thin and blond, wearing a white hat, jeans and a brown zip-up hoodie. The female was described as white, 25-30 years old, thin and platinum blonde with a bob hairstyle. When she entered the store, she wore a black top, blue jeans and brown camo boots.

Snoqualmie police ❑ At 12:18 p.m. July 22, firefighters were dispatched to the Salish Lodge & Spa for an automatic fire alarm. After investigating the alarm, firefighters determined that it had been set off by burnt food in the employee lounge. ❑ At 3:29 p.m. July 22, firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm in downtown Snoqualmie. After an investigation, firefighters determined that it had been a false alarm, and the system was reset. ❑ At 5:38 p.m. July 22, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Ridge for a medical call. The patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by EMTs. ❑ At 7:51 p.m. July 22, firefighters were dispatched to Anna’s Mexican Restaurant on Center Boulevard Southeast for an automatic fire alarm. The alarm had been set off by burning food, and the system was reset. ❑ At 10:58 p.m. July 22, EMTs responded to downtown Snoqualmie for a medical call. The patient was treated and

then transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 4:12 p.m. July 23, EMTs responded to downtown Snoqualmie for a patient who was having a seizure. The patient was evaluated and taken to a hospital by a private ambulance. ❑ At 3:39 a.m. July 23, firefighters responded to the Salish Lodge & Spa for a person stuck in a freezer. Salish staff freed their fellow employee prior to the firefighter’s arrival. The person was cold but OK. ❑ At 7:36 p.m. July 24, firefighters assisted Fall City firefighters with a swift-water rescue in the Snoqualmie River. As many as five people had reportedly become stuck on inner tubes on a tree in the river. Firefighters found the people on shore in a remote area, safe and unharmed. ❑ At 11:54 a.m. July 25, EMTs responded to Sandy Cove Park for a man who had fallen. He was evaluated and given a ride back to his car. ❑ At 4:22 p.m. July 25, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Ridge for a girl who had fallen. She was evaluated and left in the care of her grandmother. ❑ At 12:27 p.m. July 26, EMTs responded to Southeast Newton Street for a 57-year-old male who had fallen. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 7:49 p.m. July 26, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 75-year-old female who was feeling weak. She was evaluated, and transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car.

AUGUST 4, 2011 ❑ At 9:15 p.m. July 26, EMTs responded with Snoqualmie Police to Pickering Court for a 38-year-old female who was involved in an assault. She was evaluated and left with


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