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By David Hayes The Native Americans call it the Ring & Pin game. To the South Americans, it’s a balero. And the Japanese have been playing for centuries with the kendama. Wherever it was first invented, it seems many cultures around the world developed a traditional children’s toy that has a handle, a string and a ball or cup, with the simple goal of catching one end with the other. Twins Nick and Zack Gallagher discovered the kendama about a year and a half ago and were immediately hooked. “A 10th-grader started it at the Snoqualmie Community Center, showed it to us and we started trying it,” said Zack, 13. “It was really addictive,”

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added Nick, the older of the two by a full minute. “At first, I thought catching the ball was all there was to it. But then, we got really stoked on it.” The kendama is made up of the “Ken” or handle, and the “Tama” ball, connected by a string. Flick the Ken just right, the ball sails on the end of the string and sticks a landing on the spike at the end of the Ken. The more advanced a player gets, the more places along the Ken the Tama is caught and vise versa. Soon, the brothers had their own kendamas. Their collection would balloon to 20 or 30 — they admit losing count. When they first began, dozens of Snoqualmie residents they knew were into the kendama craze. Now, however, they See KENDAMA, Page 3

Fish tale Campers get a taste of fishing, and fish. Page 5

Police blotter Page 7

By Brandon Adam

Nick Mitchell, No. 3, is the returning quarterback for the Wildcats.

Football team aiming to follow incredible season By Brandon Adam

Mount Si Varsity football is aiming for another excellent season this year, featuring a strong, talented, and cohesive team.

Last year, the Wildcats went 8-1 in their regular season and then 11-2 in conference, earning a trip to the Dome. They lost to By David Hayes

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Nick (left) and Zach Gallagher demonstrate a basic catch technique.

Champion crowned Boeing classic winner is longtime golf veteran. Page 9

Kool and the Gang to perform at Snoqualmie Casino By Kevin Ebi

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Kool and the Gang, the partfunk, part-pop band best known for its hits “Celebration” and “Lady’s Night,” isn’t quite ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary. But the band leader promises its upcoming concert at the Snoqualmie Casino will be quite the party nonetheless. “It’s a high energy show,” said bassist Robert “Kool” Bell, who formed the band. “In some venues, security tries to keep people down and away from the

stage. We try to work it out by the last three songs. We’re like, `Let the people go. They want to party.’” The band performed at the casino last year. Kool said the show went incredibly well and there was no doubt the band would be back. “It was a great show,” he said. “They immediately booked us again. They said, `We want you for Labor Day Weekend.’” The contract was signed in less than a week. After touring extensively for

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7 p.m. Aug. 30 Mountain View Plaza At Snoqualmie Casino Tickets $25-$60 Note: You must be 21 or older to attend this concert. a few years, the band has largely spent the summer at home in the studio. By phone from New Jersey where he’s putting

the finishing touches on the band’s first holiday album, Kool said he’s excited to release it in October. The band has been talking about doing one for years. He’s also planning for next year, the band’s 50th anniversary. The band will celebrate with another new album, its first non-holiday studio album in six years. Kool is busy lining up guest artists to perform on it, wanting to create a 50th celebraSee KOOL, Page 2


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Clothesline users call laundry flap overblown potentially dangerous artifacts of the past. Others have de facto bans where clotheslines A red sheet, a collection can be ordered removed if of white socks and a vintage they are visible from a neighbra or two flap in the breeze bor’s property, can be seen on Ella Burnham’s backyard from the street or are considclothesline in North Bend. ered offensive by those living It’s wash day for Burnham, nearby. 74, and that Former means hangstate Rep. Deb ‘Right to dry’ states ing out the Hall Eddy, laundry as Nineteen states outlaw D-Kirkland, she’s done bans on clotheslines. not long ago since she was Such legislation is often considered a kid barely linked to a homeowner’s sponsorable to reach right to solar-energy ing a bill the line to access. Those states are: to prohibit peg up her Arizona, California, homeowners knickers. Colorado, Florida, associations Now when Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, from banshe hangs out Louisiana, Maine, ning clothesher clothes, Maryland, Massachusetts, lines after she does so Nevada, New Mexico, a group of with satisfacNorth Carolina, Oregon, high-school tion, knowing Texas, Vermont, Virginia, students Wisconsin she’s saving came to her Source: energy. But with the idea. she does it She didn’t with a grumget far when ble or two the powerfor neighbors down the road ful homeowners association where homeowners’ associalobby came to Olympia intent tions prohibit drying clothes on crushing the idea because outdoors. it saw the notion as state Amid all the talk about intervention in homeowners’ energy efficiency and conserrights. vation among government “It wasn’t going anywhere officials and others, what until you’ve got some equally seems to be overlooked is powerful interest group in the benefit of line-drying the Olympia advocating for it,’’ laundry outside, Burnham she said. “Unfortunately, we said. create legislation by whether “Everyone keeps talking there is an interest group, not about saving energy; well by what’s in the public interthen, why don’t they do it?” est.’’ Burnham said. Discouraged, Eddy dropped Thousands of developthe idea. ments, apartments and But a number of energy condominiums across the conservationists say it’s time Northwest ban clotheslines See DRY, Page 6 outright as unsightly and

By Nancy Bartley Seattle Times staff reporter


Kool and the Gang will be playing at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Mountain View Plaza at the Snoqualmie Casino. The Gang includes, left to right, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, George Brown, Robert “Kool” Bell and Khalis Bayyan (aka Ronald Bell).

Kool From Page 1 tion “with friends.” So far, he’s talked to R&B superstars like R. Kelly and Alicia Keys. He’s even trying to get Eddie Van Halen to contribute. In many ways, an album of collaborations is an extension of what the band has been doing on the road for the past few years. Kool and the Gang was the opening act for the rock band Van Halen’s recent tour. After that tour ended, Kool’s band opened for Kid Rock, whose music career has morphed from hip hop and rap to southern rock and blues. And then came the Dave Matthews Band. Kool and the Gang opened for the acoustic rock band, too.

So what was a band known more for disco and funk doing opening for rockers? “It was great,” Kool said of the unusual pairings. “Lots of people were scratching their heads in the beginning.” Kool said it all began with a phone call from David Lee Roth, who returned recently as Van Halen’s lead singer. Roth had seen Kool and the Gang perform at the Glastonbury Festival, a 10-day London music festival that also featured Coldplay, U2 and Paul Simon. Roth was in awe over how much fun the crowd was having. “He told me they were the rock party band of the 80s and we were the pop funk party band of the 80s,” Kool said. “It only made sense for us to go out together and have a party.” Kool and the Gang perform by themselves now, though that

could change in a heartbeat if the right offer came. “I would like to do something with the Rolling Stones,” Kool said with a laugh. While Kool says he had a blast touring with other bands, he said it also feels great to do a full Kool and the Gang show, as the band will be doing at the Snoqualmie Casino on August 30. “We have so much more time,” he said. “When we perform with the rock groups, we get only 50-65 minutes. When we do our own shows, we normally go for 90 minutes or even longer.” And there’s something to be said for performing for your own fans – knowing everybody in the audience is there to see you. “We’ve got a great fan base,” Kool said. “We’re having a ball. The fans definitely support us because they love the songs.”

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Volunteer driver needed to pick up food for Mt. Si Food Bank The Mt. Si Food Bank needs a volunteer grocery rescue driver to pick up food donations from Safeway on the first and second Wednesdays each month. The volunteer needs to provide the vehicle. The volunteer would go to Safeway around 10 a.m., load the donated food into his or her vehicle and deliver and unload the food at the food bank. The food usually consists of bread and bakery products and some dairy products. The entire process usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. To volunteer, email mtsifoodbanksafeway@ or call the Mt. Si Food Bank at 785-8880096.

DUI enforcement effort in effect

Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs can get you busted anytime but your odds of getting caught will increase during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. Extra speciallytrained officers will be on patrol Aug. 16-Sept. 2 in an effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the highways. Drivers under the influence accounted for nearly half of the 439 fatalities on Washington roads in 2012.  Even though Washington legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal and dangerous to drive under its influence. Studies have found that marijuanapositive drivers are twice as likely to crash as other drivers. Marijuana use can slow reaction time, decrease the ability of a driver to maintain lane position, and diminish the ability to pay attention to the tasks of driving. It also interferes with a driver’s ability to perform dividedattention tasks, such as steering and maintaining vehicle speed at the same

time. Officers can tell when a driver is experiencing other effects of marijuana influence such as relaxed inhibitions, altered perception of time and distance, disorientation, incomplete thought processes and increased pulse. The goal of these extra patrols is to keep you and your family safe during the end of summer vacation and Labor Weekend getaways. The Drive Sober campaign focuses on North Bend and Snoqualmie, as well as the rest of the Eastside and the greater Seattle metropolitan area. If you see someone whose driving seems erratic and uncontrolled, call 9-1-1.

Three honored for helping injured hiker Three North Bend residents were honored at an Aug. 6 city council meeting for saving the life of a young man who was missing on Mt. Si. On the morning of July 14, Michael “Jake” Thompson, Marina Druse and Adam Thalhofer hiked to the summit of Mt. Si in search of a missing man. They found him and called 9-1-1. They stayed with the injured man and administered first aid until they were helped by a medical helicopter. The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he received further medical attention. “This was an exceptional story of a lifesaving rescue, and it exemplifies the character of these three special people,” said Mayor Ken Hearing. He awarded each of them with a Mayor’s Lifesaving Award. Druse and Thompson received the awards in person, while Angel Thalhofer, Adam Thalhofer’s wife, received his award on his behalf. Thompson is a seasonal worker with North Bend Public Works, Druse is an MP in the Army National Guard and Thalhofer is an EMT and volunteer fire-

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Washington ranked 16th most honest state According to data gathered from experiments conducted in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the National Honesty Index found Washington state to be the 16th most honest. Beverage company HONEST Tea developed the experiment to determine how honest people are when it seems no one is looking. The company set up unmanned kiosks stocked with its beverages and offered them for $1 on the honor system. Overall, Americans were 92 percent honest, with Alabama and Hawaii tying for most honest at 100 percent. The experiment results also found: q Washington, D.C., was the least honest with 80 percent of participants paying for their beverage. q Overall, women are more honest than men (95 percent vs. 91 percent) — the same percentages in both the 2012 and 2013 tests. q Unlike last year where redheads were most honest, in 2013 blondes were the most honest (95 percent) and followed by brunettes (93 percent) and then redheads (92 percent). q The longer your hair, the more honest you are. People with short hair were 91 percent honest, vs. people with medium and long hair (93 percent and 94 percent honest, respectively). q People in groups (96 percent honest) tend to be more honest than people on their own (91 percent honest). See the complete National Honesty Index findings at www. 

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Nick (left) and Zach Gallagher show off part of the kendama collection.

Range From Page 1 say there’s only about a core group of six or so who still hone their skills. Nick and Zack are rarely without one, flinging one end around the other, perfecting tricks. The types of tricks are seemingly as endless as the names for them, from Around the World and Around the Universe to Lighthouse and Midnight/ Handlestall, to name a few. But the two run into problems on school grounds at Chief Kanim Middle School, where they’ll be eighth-graders in the fall. “They ban them,” Nick said. “I don’t know why,” Zack added. “We don’t get to play in the classroom. It’s a bummer.” With all the flying parts, it could be easy to see why they’d be a distraction. The “naked” kendama design, with no frills, unpainted beachwood, is about 7.2 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide with a

basic list price of about ladders category, cutting $20. Depending upon the through their competitors rarity of the wood or the until they faced off against inlaid design, collectors each other in the final. can pay more than $500 Nick came out on top, takfor a single kendama. ing the crown and another But the best way the three kendamas as a prize. Gallaghers have discovThey’ve been invited ered to add more to their back next year to compete collection in the “It has a feeling to it, that pro level, is to win competimakes you try, try again.” setting tions. the bar The — Zach Gallagher higher to two have Kandama player master honed more their advanced skills to the point where tricks. they’re the ones to beat. “It gets really challengAt the Battle of Seattle in ing,” Zack said. “It has a Richmond Park July 27, feeling to it, that makes three levels of competition you try, try again.” featured more than 200 “The longer it takes to youths displaying their master a trick, the more it kendama prowess. sucks,” Nick added. “But The Gallaghers disonce you get it, it feels so played their practiced good. You get stoked on tricks in the advanced it.”

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Some Valley shoppers are already getting the hang of carrying their own bags into grocery and large retail stores if they shop in nearby Issaquah. The plastic bag ban has been in effect for nearly six months. Ready for the next step? King County is getting in on the action of reducing plastic and other materials in the landfill by encouraging residents to use one less plastic garbage bag a month by recycling more of the basics. Those basics certainly include plastic, aluminum, glass, tin cans and cardboard, but its time to consider recycling food scraps and food-soiled paper. King County invites you to take the pledge in its One Less Bag Challenge. People who fear a big government, nanny-state approach need not worry. This is an opt-in program; not a government mandate. Those who want to help the environment can do so, while the program is not being foisted upon anyone who doesn’t want to bother. For those who are interested, the county will help by sending you a free recycling tool kit that includes 10 compostable bags to get you started with food scrap recycling, a spatula to help with the hard-to-clean containers like peanut butter jars, and a recycling do’s-and-don’ts booklet with a refrigerator magnet. More important than the tool kit is knowing that one less bag actually can make a difference. According to the county, more than 60 percent of what goes to the landfill could be recycled. Statistics show that if we all reduce our garbage by just one bag a month, we would keep more than 26 million pounds of reusable/recyclable stuff out of the landfill each year— an estimated $750,000 savings! Oh, but the real kicker is that you might also reduce your garbage bill. Take the challenge and try! One step at a time. Start by identifying one new thing you don’t recycle now and start doing it. Maybe it’s the day’s junk mail or the empty cereal box. Every paper anything can be recycled. If it’s soiled with food, add it to your yard waste bin to become future compost. Next, set up a kitchen collection container for the fruit and vegetable trimmings and the dinner plate scraps. Contact your garbage company to find out about food scrap recycling programs. There’s more to learn and King County Solid Waste is eager to teach. Start with the pledge in the One Less Bag Challenge. Register at garbage-recycling/one-less-bag.asp. Deborah Berto


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It seems like only yesterday when we were winding down a successful school year and celebrating the accomplishments of our students, including graduating seniors of the class of 2013. Back then, parents and students were looking forward to the summer break---family time, a summer job, vacations, sleeping in late, camping and enjoying the spectacular weather here in the Snoqualmie Valley. Next week, it’s “back to school” for nearly 6,500 students who live in our community. They return to outstanding schools; schools that received state and national recognition last year. They come back to a school system that helped students in the class of 2013 earn nearly $9 million in scholarship funds. Our students resume their education in schools which helped them attain impressive levels of academic accomplishments at all grade levels, excel in extracurricular activities, shine in the arts, grow in confidence, and develop perseverance when faced with challenge. The dawn of a new school year brings with it a sense of anticipation and optimism for educators. The success stories of the past serve as motivation for us to aim even higher this year. The 2013-14 school year will be a very exciting and busy one as we move forward with a number of major initiatives that will further improve our schools and increase student achievement. The launch of the Mount Si High School Freshman

Campus, a strong push into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational programming, new technology upgrades that will benefit students and staff, implementation of a new system for teacher and principal evaluation, and an ongoing commitment to student safety Joel Aune are some of the major priorities that will drive our efforts this year. In the coming months, planning processes related to school facilities will continue as we look toward the future and consider how education will be delivered to students attending our schools in the years to come. The children of our community deserve the best educational experience possible. We sincerely appreciate the support and encouragement that comes from parents and community members of the Valley. With your help, we will do our very best to help all students reach their highest potentials this year. We consider it an honor and a privilege to teach and educate the children of this wonderful community. We can’t wait to get started, and eagerly look forward to the arrival of the students next week! Joel Aune Superintendent Snoqualmie Valley School District

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Post-prandial somnolence confuses wildlife The evening was one of those that come back to you time after time, year after long year. It comes back and whispers of how good life can be when you’re well fed, enjoying life, and a good friend shares the front porch with you on a summer’s evening. It was that way with Doc and Steve the other night. Doc thought he might have to do a scientific paper on the soporific effects of ice tea, fried chicken, and corn on the cob - as long as it didn’t take any effort. So when this huge meal had been bull-snaked down, the two grinning friends came out to the porch to watch the sun go down behind the trees along Lewis Creek. The air had that orange and russet glow, and the breeze, that little one that caresses the neck, came slowly down from the hills and made their shirt collars wiggle ever so slightly. It was like taking a dry bath in paradise. Doc sidled up to one of the porch posts and gently tested it to see if it could hold the extra weight he was carrying with that meal. It stood fine, so he leaned against it seriously and looked out on the evening’s warmth.

Steve, who was enjoying having a fine meal that someone else cooked for a change, leaned against the Slim Randles post on the Columnist other side of the steps. And then they just stood quietly, watching the day make beautiful skies as it ended. The shadow on the ground foretold the presence of the circling bird. Doc and Steve paid no attention at first. Then a few

minutes later, it was joined by two more circling birds over Doc’s house. “Buzzards,” Steve mumbled. “Yep,” said Doc. They circled some more. “I think one of us should move a little …” said Doc. “Move?” “Well … to let them know … you know.” Steve sighed, then glanced over at Doc. “Flip you for it.” Saying Huh? and missing words can make you look old. Hearing clearly with virtually invisible hearing aids makes you look young! Call BELTONE at 1-866-867-8700 to schedule your FREE hearing screening.

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Rebekah McFarland, recreation specialist, (at left) shows campers how to fish in the tank.

Sawyer Szwedko, 7, North Bend Elementary is all smiles as he checks out the fish he just caught.

Gone fishin’ Catching fish was fun. And there were a lot of giggles when the rainbow trout tried to escape from the small hands that were holding them. But cleaning the fish? Oh, yuk! Senna Waterville, 6, covered her eyes while day camp counselor Beau Stanford gutted the 12” trout she had caught minutes before. When asked if

she liked to eat fish, she didn’t uncover her eyes. “Yes,” she said. “But I only like fish from the store.” Both Camp Si View and Camp R.A.D. (recreation, adventure and discovery) Day Camps focused on fish themes the week of Aug. 19-23. Camp R.A.D.’s weekly session was Hook, Line & Sinker and Camp Si View’s theme was Fish On! Campers

Senna Waterville, 6, North Bend Elementary can’t bear to watch a fish being cleaned. learned about fish and fish habitats. In place of the usual weekly field trip, the two camps met at the Si View Community Center

for a day of fishing. Bill’s Fishin’ Hole in Orting provided the hands-on supplies including a 10-foot by 20-foot

by 2.5-foot tank, 100 12-16 inch trout, fishing poles and fish bait. The company delivered the tank early in the morning Aug. 22 and dumped in a vat of water and trout. Each camper got a chance to catch a fish. Counselors helped bait hooks and afterward helped the young sport fishers land the trout and remove the hook. The children carried the fish to a cleaning station staffed by Stanford. “I was asked if I knew how to clean fish,” Stanford said. “Unfortunately, I said yes.” Not all children reacted like Waterville. Sawyer Szwedko, 7, and several other boys were fascinated. They listened and watched intently as Stanford demonstrated and talked through the cleaning process. After rinsing the fish, he placed them in plastic bags and then in a cooler. At the end of the day, each camper would take home the fish he or she had Sherry Grindeland Photos

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Creating a 16-acre park requires moving a lot of dirt. Construction started earlier this month on the Jeanne Hansen Community Park in Snoqualmie. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Aug. 22. When finished, the park will have two synthetic turf sports fields, tennis courts, a walking track, soft-surface nature trails, two playgrounds, a picnic shelter with barbecues, concession stand, restrooms and parking.

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Openings still remain for the Snoqualmie Citizens Academy, a free seven-week course which aims to educate citizens about Snoqualmie’s government through firsthand experience. Sessions begin on Sept. 11 and continue every Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. until Oct. 16 at the City Hall Council Chambers, with an additional session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Snoqualmie Police Department. Participants will go on tours of the public works facility, the fire department and the police department led by Snoqualmie city leaders and department directors. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the Oct. 28 City Council meeting. More information, including a detailed curriculum, can be found on the City of Snoqualmie’s website at http://, and citizens can register for the course at Contact Jodi Warren, City Clerk, at 425-888-1555 ext. 1118 or at with any questions regarding the course or the registration process.

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Andrew Young honored at Whitworth University Andrew Young of North Bend has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society. Young qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the spring 2013 semester. Whitworth University is located in Spokane.

to reconsider. There are 19 so-called “right to dry” states, including Oregon and California, that have outlawed bans on clotheslines. Jon Howland, a teacher and former volunteer with Sightline Institute, an energy-policy nonprofit in Seattle, would like to add Washington to the list. “I’m looking for a state law which expands the protection for solar panels to include protection for clotheslines, so if we want to do the sustainable thing, we can do that,’’ he said. Howland, who lives in a Belltown high-rise, dries his clothes indoors on a rack. Like Howland, Burnham also wonders why so many homeowners associations don’t loosen their regulations, given the emphasis on energy conservation and sustainable living when many residents pay top dollar for fuel-efficient cars and organic food. An average household in the Northwest uses 4.3 percent of its annual electricity consumption drying laundry, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. A refrigerator uses 3.5 percent. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, a typical U.S. household could save an average 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere by hanging out clothes. The carbon footprint would be less in the Northwest, where most of our energy comes from hydropower instead of coal, but it’s still a savings, said Alan Durning, Sightline executive director. Depending on whom you ask, the average homeowner could save between $100 and $300 a year by drying laundry outdoors, including saving on the cost of

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With Mount Si in the background, Ella Burnham, 74, uses the old clothesline that came with her North Bend house. “It’s unfortunate what seems to offend some people’s aesthetic sensibilities,’’ she says of those who ban outdoor clotheslines. replacing clothes because linedried clothes last longer, linedrying advocates point out. Typically, new housing developments and apartment buildings and condominiums almost universally ban clotheslines, either outright or under homeowner covenants that prohibit activities considered a nuisance or offensive, activists say. “Offensive activity?” fumes Burnham. “If you don’t like my underwear, don’t look in my yard.’’ At Snoqualmie Ridge, where children’s play sets can’t be put in the front yard, and signs, flags and types of planted trees are all regulated, the covenants are vague regarding clotheslines, said Jules Binder-Sifford of the homeowners association. “If someone was going to put up something permanent, we’d probably decide against it,’’ she said. “But having grown up in Southern California, I love the smell of freshly dried clothes.” At Redmond Ridge, banning clotheslines is part of creating a “clean, well-kept community in which specific design standards are in place to maintain proper-

ty values and enhance a sense of community,’’ said Sandy Cobb, the association director. They also pose a strangulation hazard and can get in the way of utility workers, she added. At Sammamish’s Heritage Hill, drying laundry outdoors is considered an “unsightly condition’’ up there with “litter, trash, junk,” according to the covenants. And clotheslines are banned in the units managed by the homeowners association management company, Seattle’s CWD Group. The group manages about 125 homeowner and condominium associations. Danielle Mello, the community association manager for CWD, says the reason is “to preserve the uniform exterior appearance and maintain a clean visual from the exterior.’’ Even the Seattle Housing Authority bans clotheslines in its thousands of public-housing units. “It’s a safety thing,’’ said Laura Gentry, spokeswoman for the housing authority. “We don’t want anything hanging out the windows.’’ She said

most of the housing authority’s units are high-rises, but the ban covers all buildings, including single-story structures like West Seattle’s High Point. Some new housing developments in Columbia City also ban clotheslines. “It’s unfortunate what seems to offend some people’s aesthetic sensibilities,’’ Howland said. “Would you rather see a smokestack or a mountain being torn apart to put in a coal mine than see someone’s laundry flapping in the wind? There’s a misplaced priority here.’’ For Burnham, line drying isn’t only a sunny-day project. When it rains, she postpones doing her laundry — several weeks if necessary — until it’s clear and then hangs out the clothes. Last winter her sheets froze on the line, and when she brought them in she “had a heck of a time with them.” So she turned to a device she owns but rarely uses: a dryer. Nancy Bartley: 206-464-8522 or nbartley@

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Police blotter North Bend Dog door burglary Officers responded to a call at 4:08 p.m. Aug. 16 in the 700 block of Northwest Eighth Street. Garden tools had been stolen from the combination shed/garage. Point of entry was a dog door.

But, officer! Do not toss a lit cigarette out your car window if you have outstanding warrants. At 11:28 p.m. Aug. 16 in the 43200 Block of Southeast Mount Si Road, an officer observed a driver pitching a lit cigarette out the window. When pulled over, the driver had outstanding warrants and was given a free ride to jail.

an officer responded to a call from the manager at the QFC on North Bend Way about an intoxicated female causing a disturbance inside the store. She had three outstanding warrants.

Gone bye-bye An officer responded to a call at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 100 block of East North Bend Way because a car was missing. It had been unlocked when the caller parked it behind the building and left the keys in the ignition.

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An officer stopped a motorcyclist at 8:35 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 38000 block of Southeast 80th Street. The motorcyclist was driving without a headlight, wasn’t wearing a helmet, had no rear tail light and no license plate. He also didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement on his suspended driver’s license. What he did have

divisions will receive $1 per pound. Adult division second and third place winners will receive $500 and $400 prizes. Junior division second and third place winners will receive $300 and $200 prizes. What does it take to win prizes in the giant pumpkin contest? Last year there were nine giant pumpkins in the adult division that ranged in size from 280.5 pounds to 1,246 pounds. The three junior division pumpkins went from 146.5 to 902.5 pounds. The largest pumpkin ever entered the fair was in 2009 when one tipped the scale at 1,136 pounds. In the apple division, anything goes from caramel apples to Golden Delicious. The traditional pumpkin carving and vegetable critter contests will be held Sept. 14. Bring your entry to the Gold Gate between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Sept.

14 and it will act as your entry into the Fair. The contest is open to youth, ages 5-15, and adults. Prizes will be awarded to all the winners. To obtain the list of conditions for entry and awards and to register online, visit http://www. exhibit-entries/, and select Exhibit entries. To review contest rules in the premium book, click on the desired contest. Or, to enter, click Online Entry Registration. Then click Login/Logoff and choose your Type (Exhibitor), to Create Entries. You will select the department and division. For further questions, contact the Washington State Fair Entry Office at 253-841-5074, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or go to CompExhibits@thefair. com. The Washington State Fair will be held Sept.

An officer responded at 4:45 p.m. Aug. 20 to a phone call from Starbucks about a trespasser who “creeped out” customers and employees.

Camping gear but not camping Disturbing behavior we’re An officer responded At 2:10 pm. Aug. 17

bridge near the 400 block of West North Bend Way. People were under the bridge with a lot of camping gear. They were not camping at that moment but were warned that camping was a violation of city code. When the officer returned a short time later, the suspects were no longer there.


was a record of failures to appear and unpaid tickets, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. He was given a free ride to the King County Jail.

More no-nos At 10:14 p.m. Aug. 17 in the 7000 block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, an officer noticed a motorcyclist doing stunts: Swerving back-and-forth across the painted fog line, driving the corners with one foot on the ground and then riding with both legs on the right side of the motorcycle and then the left side. When the driver laid flat on his stomach with both feet hanging off the rear of the cycle, the officer pulled him over and asked for his driver’s license and vehicle registration. The driver said both items were in the river. Because of the odor of intoxicants coming from the driver’s breath,

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the officer asked how much he had to drink. The driver said, “back-up.” The officer called for a back-up unit. The driver refused to take a breath test several times and eventually was transported to jail for reckless driving and DUI.

Darn you! An officer responded at 10:45 p.m. Aug. 19 to a call reporting the sounds of a man and a woman yelling obscenities at each other in the 100 block of Olmstead Lane Southeast. The officer was unable to find anyone yelling.

Worried employer An officer responded to a call at 11:55 p.m. Aug. 19 from an employer worried about an employee who hadn’t come to work. The employer explained the employee was never late. When the officer checked the residence in the 100 block of Southeast

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A woman called at 9:29 a.m. Aug. 20 reporting a box van partially blocking the basement in the 100 block of Silva Avenue Southeast. She was unable to see cars leaving the garage. The officer found the driver of the vehicle. He was doing repairs in an apartment and was legally parked but agreed to move the van anyway.

Disappearing bear An officer responded to a call at 11:55 p.m. Aug. 20 that a bear was walking in the 36000 block of Southeast Woody Creek Lane. The officer was unable to locate the bear. The Star publishes names of those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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6-year-old scales local peaks with ease Tyson was growing bored with the same old trails so the elder Every weekend when the Woolley set their sights a bit weather cooperates, and somehigher. times when it doesn’t, thou“I knew he was ready for sands of hikers flock to the something more challenging, North Bend area to test thembut even I was surprised when selves against one of peaks he summited Big Si (4100 feet) looming above the upper valley. at age four,” said Craig. “We Hikers tackle did it I think most people really even the ever popuagain a couple lar Mount Si underestimate both what of weeks later and the less to make sure children are capable of, crowded but it wasn’t just a equally chalfluke.” and the positive effect lenging Mount Not content that meeting a significant to stop there, Washington. Then there’s this past spring challenge can have on the infamous Mt. Washington their self-esteem.” Mailbox Peak, (4,400 feet) was the site of more crossed off the — Craig Wooley list, although it serious search Grandfather took two tries. and rescue responses than It took two tries the other two because on the combined. first, a lingering snow pack was But how many of those hikers nearly up to Tyson’s waist. can say that they are just barely As impressive as those two out of kindergarten? climbs may be for someone Tyson Woolley can. By the of Tyson’s age, his crowning time he was four years old, achievement this season was Tyson, and his grandfather, conquering Mailbox Peak (4,800 Craig Woolley, who live just feet) early this summer, not outside Snoqualmie, had comonce, but twice. pleted all the family-friendly Mailbox Peak has a reputahikes in the area: Little Si, Cedar tion of being difficult, actually Butte and Rattlesnake Ledge. bordering on the extreme said

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Woolley. It is attempted by many more than actually make it to the top. “The few that were on the summit that day just kind of stood there with their mouths open as he came up the last pitch,” Woolley said. “People were stopping us the entire way down wanting to know if he had made it to the top. “Some of the people that were struggling a bit seemed kind of angry, as if he didn’t belong there, or that I was crazy for bringing him up there. I think most people really underestimate both what children are capable of, and the positive effect that meeting a significant challenge can have on their selfesteem.” Since then Tyson and his grandfather have bagged three more summits, McClellan Butte (5161), Granite Mt. (5633), and Guye Peak (5168). Woolley added that they don’t go to destinations yet that require overnight camping. “There is so much to do around here and the peaks are so accessible that at this stage in his life, I don’t feel the need to camp out,” Woolley said. “Not when we can be back in our own beds by dark.”


Tyson Woolley, who turned six on July 4th, checks out the Mailbox Peak mailbox.

Mount Si High School girls’ soccer sets high goals for this season Every year, Brown has different techniques for his players in Coach Darren Brown predicts order to reach goals and meet this will be a good year for the expectations. Mount Si High School’s girls’ “From year to year, you soccer team. have to build your team to its They began practice Aug. 26 strengths,” said Brown. “Our with one goal: To make the play formation will look different offs. The team has 13 returnthis year as we will be possession ing players plus three new ones. oriented.” That’s down from last year’s A different technique helped 20-member the girls to finFrom year to year, you team that finish last season ished the season have to build your team strong. with 10 wins, “Last year, to its strengths. Our forfour losses and we had a strong two ties. mation will look different push to attack Brown, who and get numthis year as we will be has been the bers up,” said girls’ soccer Brown. “This possession oriented.” coach for 11 year we will use years, has goals — Darren Brown our strength to and expectaour advantage Coach tions for every which is athteam he coachleticism and our es, but one goal defense.” is the same each year. The players also feel like “Our goal is to go for the going to playoffs is a number play offs,” he said. “[We want] one goal for the season and to always win KingCo and be a have high expectations for the contender for that #1 position season. in the playoffs. That’s always “Some team goals would be our goal, to go one step further to have fun together, and as than before.” always, to make it to state,”

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said Kelsey Lindor, Sammamish senior at MSHS and Mount Si High School Girls Sept. 19 Sept. 24 at Lake Washington one of this year’s Soccer Schedule Sept. 26 at Bellevue soccer captains. Oct. 1 at Mercer Island According to Oct. 3 at Liberty Lindor, it’s a good Preseason Oct. 8 Juanita group of girls this 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at Issaquah (JV plays Oct. 10 at Interlake season with good at 7:30 p.m.) Oct. 15 at Sammamish coaches, so she’s 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Cedarcrest (JV Oct. 17 Lake Washington expecting a lot. plays at 5 p.m.) Oct. 22 Bellevue Leah Corra, also Oct. 24 Mercer Island a senior and team Oct. 29 Liberty captain, agrees. Regular Season “This year we Sept. 12 at Juanita All junior varsity games start at 5 p.m. have a lot of potenSept. 17 Interlake All varsity games start at 7:30 p.m. tial as a team,” said Corra. “I expect us to go the furthest it’s going to be tough but that’s in playoffs than we and playoffs, so we can track have in years.” our progress throughout the sea- the excitement of the game and what we all look forward to.” Not only do the players have son,” said Corra. The team strives heavily on goals for the whole team, but With the loss of a few key teamwork. they do for themselves as well. players from last season, the The two captains plan to keep The team tracks their goals team will work extra hard the players team oriented on throughout the season as they together. and off the field. play. According to Corra, it was “I know the season will fly “My personal goals are to important to her when she by,” said Lindor. “It’s my last have fun as it’s my last year, and came to high school to be a [season] so I’m going to try to to be the best leader I can be,” part of a group where they all said Lindor. “[I will] give it my work together and support each make it the best one yet.” all at all times.” other. “Every year we take time to “A new season brings new To comment on this story, visit www.Snovalwrite our personal goals and experiences and new team goals before the season lenges,” said Corra. “We know

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John Riegger completes career-best win in Boeing Classic By Scott Hanson Seattle Times staff Just when it seemed like Bernhard Langer had control of the Boeing Classic, he didn’t. Just when it seemed like John Riegger’s hopes of winning the Boeing Classic were dashed, they weren’t. And when it seemed like Fred Couples had no hope, he made a gallant last run. In a topsy-turvy final round Sunday at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, where very little went like one might expect, Riegger defeated the fast-closing John Cook to win by two shots for his first Champions Tour victory. “This goes down as the big-

Football From Page 1 Bellevue High School in their final game. “I believe we will continue our appearance in the state plays offs,” head football coach Charlie Kinnune said. The team has hit the ground running starting two-a-day practices in preparation for the Wildcat’s first non-league game against Juanita High School on Sept 20. “We believe that’s a playoff game,” Kinnune said. “We’re playing for a spot right there.” The coach hopes to keep his roster healthy to make another mark in the KingCo Athletic Conference. “I think we have the ability to make a deep run if we’re healthy,” Coach Kinnune said. Kinnune credits the team’s last year’s success to their hard work and competitive spirit through win or defeat. Even when the Wildcats faced their only two losses of the season against Bellevue High School, one during the regular season

gest win of my career,” said Riegger, who earned $300,000 after finishing at 15-under par. Couples, the Seattle native, equaled Cook for the best round of the day with a 66, finishing third by himself at 11 under. Riegger, who turned 50 in June, began the day with a three-shot lead, but he left the ninth hole trailing Langer, the Hall of Famer, by one shot, See CLASSIC, Page 11 Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times

Tournament champion John Riegger puts on a pair of aviator sunglasses after donning the aviator jacket that goes to the winner of the Boeing Classic.

touchdowns, Football Schedule four All games at 7 p.m. rushing touchSept. 6 Kennedy downs Sept. 13 at Issaquah and Sept. 20 at Juanita accumuSept. 27 Interlake lating a Oct. 4 Sammamish total of Oct. 11 at Lake Washington 2,329 Oct. 18 at Bellevue yards. Oct. 25 at Mercer Island That Nov. 1 Liberty makes Mitchell one of and one during conferhigh school’s hottest prosence, Kinnune recalls the pects. team immediately train“Last year was our best ing the day after their last season ever, but we lost in game. the semi finals,” Mitchell “The day after the said. “We definitely want Bellevue loss there were to strive to do better than seventy kids in the weight last year’s team.” room lifting weights,” With his high passKinnune said. ing touchdown rate with The combination of only six interceptions, it the team’s work ethic appears Mitchell’s best and individual talent attribute is his arm and will prove to be an ambiaccuracy. Mitchell, howtious year for Mount. Si ever, believes his best attriFootball. bute, as a team player, is One of the athletic being a leader. talents this season is “He’s like a mini-coach senior quarterback Nick Kinnue,” said Bailey Mitchell. Mitchell stands Tackus, senior running 6’3 and 185 lbs. and had back. an impressive season as Mitchell is anticipating a passer last fall. He was another great year and First Team All-KingCo hopes the off-season trainConference Quarterback, ing will payoff. completing 33 passing “We’ve been training

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for eight months now and we’ve been putting in hard work in the weight room,” Mitchell said. “Team records are what I’m most concerned about now.” Mitchell has his sights set on leading the team to the Tacoma Dome again this season and only hopes to get better as the team’s quarterback. Mitchell has impressive targets in his arsenal this season. One of those is senior tight end Beau Shaine. Shaine stood out as a defensive back last year leading the league in interceptions but strives to be an offensive threat this year. “I didn’t have much of a role in offense last year,” Beau said. “I have a better chance to this year.” Shaine also wants to repeat his success as a defensive threat as well. “I want to be the league leader in tackles and interceptions again,” he said. Another target for Mitchell is Tackus. Tackus scored five touchdowns as running back last year but is likely to be another target for Mitchell this year. Tackus hopes his leadership skills will positively impact the younger players of the team.

Carrying the ball and also blocking for Mitchell is senior running back and linebacker Evan Johnson. Defined as the emotional leader of the team, Johnson see’s his role as crucial for the team’s performance. Johnson’s duty will be to fire up the team before every game. “Overall as a team you really need that fire,” Johnson said. Mitchell will also be well protected in the pocket this season. One of the key blockers on the offensive line is 6-foot-3-inches tall and 305 pound senior Jack Nordby. Nordby plays as offensive tackle and understands the importance of protecting Mitchell while throwing the ball. “He has a great arm,” Nordby said. “We got to

protect him so he can do that.” Indeed, the offensive line can be assured that their hard work will not go unnoticed while taking the brunt of the defense. Nordby is grateful for how Mitchell treats his offensive line in return for protection. “He’s a great guy,” Nordby said. “He looks out for his linemen.” Team cohesion is also another piece to the offensive drive. “It’s all about the team; no one plays for themselves,” Nordby said. Mount Si High School’s first home game will be Friday Sept. 6 against Kennedy High School at 7 p.m. To access Mount Si Football’s season schedule, visit their website at www.

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SCHEDULE THIS: Help kick off the new season as Mount Si High School football presents its free, second annual Football-A-Palooza, from 4-6:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the school front parking lot before the start of the annual Scarlet and Grey Game at 7 p.m. in the Wildcat Stadium. There will be carnival games, hay and pony rides, inflatables, barbecue and concessions, a cake walk and much more.

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q Football-APalooza, 4-6:30 p.m., Mount Si High School, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie, free; concessions and barbecue available for purchase

q Kids Night Out at the Y, 6-10 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St. $18/facility member, $26/ program member, reserve your spot at 256-3115

q Friday Family Fun Night, 7-9 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., free/facility members, dropin rates/program members, 256-3115

q Max Williams and Chase Rabideau, 7 p.m., 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

q Gene Argel & Jay Thomas Quartet, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides, leaving from Snoqualmie station, 38625 S.E. King St., at 12:01, 1:31, 3:01 and 3:46 p.m., North Bend station, 205 McClellan St., at 12:31, 2:01 and 3:31 p.m.

q Madeline Wells, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

q Public Works Committee, 5-6 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., dhumes@, 831-4919

q Teen Idols, 7 p.m., Mountain View Plaza at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, tickets $40-$90, 21 and over w/ID, bit. ly/156m5Qy q Junior Naturalists, 9:3011:30 a.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Rd. S.E., North Bend, $5/kid ages 4-8, free for adults, register at 831-6780

q Kool and the Gang, 7 p.m., Mountain View Plaza at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, tickets $30-$68, 21 and over w/ID,

q Labor Day, all day, all North Bend city offices closed

q Greg Williamson Quartet CD Release Party, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Alyse Black, 8 p.m., 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

q Community Game Night, 3-7 p.m., Sallal Grange, 12912 432 Ave. S.E., North Bend, last Sunday of every month, free q Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Arts Commission, 5:307 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., nsaunders@, 888-5337 q Loyal Order of Moose, men’s meeeting, 6 p.m. 108 Sydney Ave., North Bend q Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30-7 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., gberry@, 888-5337 q Planning Commission, 7-8 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 3824 S.E. River St., gberry@, 888-5337

q Community and Economic Development Committee, 2-3:30 p.m., North Bend Community and Economic Development Department, 124 E. Fourth St. q Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., jwarren@, 888-1555 ext. 1118 q SnoValley Beekeepers, 7 p.m., Meadowbrook Interpretive Center, Meadowbrook Farm, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend, www. q Aqua Zumba, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Si View Pool, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Tuesdays through Sept. 3, $8 drop-in fee q Karaoke Fun, 9 p.m.-midnight, Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E. Suite 110, Snoqualmie q North Bend First Tuesday Book Club: ‘Cutting For Stone’ by Abraham Verghese, 7-8 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 East 4th St., North Bend

q First Day of School, all day, all Snoqualmie Valley School District schools, grades 1-12 q Future Jazz Heads, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend q Wii Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Come play your favorite Wii games all night long! q Jazz Heads, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

q Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie q Washington Freemasons, 7:30 p.m. Unity Lodge No. 198, North Bend

q Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club, 7 a.m., TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant, 36005 S.E. Ridge St. Snoqualmie; www. q Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club, 7 a.m., Mount Si Golf Course restaurant, 9010 Boalch Ave., Snoqualmie, q Lunch & Learn: Medicare and Long-Term Care, noon 1 p.m., Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, register online at, q Summer Concert Series: The Winterlings, 5:30-7 p.m., Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend q Lindsay Street, 7 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie q Chris Morton Duo, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend

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Spectators gather around the 18th hole at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge to see the leaders finish the Boeing Classic golf tournament.

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and was tied for second with Bobby Clampett. But Langer, the seemingly unflappable German, bogeyed the par-4 11th en route to a back-nine collapse, while Riegger hit his approach to about a foot from the hole. Riegger, who won twice on the Tour but never finished better than tied for fifth on the PGA Tour, tapped in for birdie and was back in the lead. He never trailed again, even as Cook and Couples, playing a few groups

ahead, were making runs. at 12 under. But Riegger, “The 11th hole was key, a Champions Tour rookie a two-shot swing, but I felt who looked shaky on the front nine, was rock solid calm and composed all on the back nine. He birdday,” he said. “These guys ied the par-5 15th with have beaten me for 30 a years, and “These guys have beaten about 12-foot I knew putt, then they were me for 30 years, and I hit his going knew they were going to approach to make some make some early birdies” into the par-4 16th early birdies. Great — John Riegger to about players Tournament champion 15 feet from the like Tom hole and Lehman made that for another and Bernhard Langer, birdie. they’re not going to be Cook birdied the 18th intimidated on the first tee hole to get to 13 under, by John Riegger.” but all Riegger had to do Cook birdied the to get his first win was 15th and 16th holes to make at least a par on the momentarily tie Riegger

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18th, one of the easiest holes on the course. Riegger made it difficult on himself by hitting his tee shot into a fairway bunker. But he was safely on the green on his third shot, about 20 feet away. He had two putts to win, but he only took one as he made a birdie to cap off the victory in just his fifth Champions Tour event. “I knew about two feet away, it was going to go in,” he said. “I almost couldn’t believe it.” Cook thought he needed to get to 13 under to have a chance, which he achieved, and he applauded Riegger for withstanding the pressure and playing the final four holes in


3 under. “That’s a pretty strong finish for a guy trying to finish off his first (win), so hats off to John,” Cook said. “I know he’s been a battler, never really that much of an exempt player, but always a good player. That’s a good way to finish up trying to capture that first win. It’s not easy.” Langer, the 2010 Boeing Classic champ, finished in a tie for fourth at 10 under. He played the front nine in 12 under for the tournament and the back nine in 2 over. Pullman High graduate Kirk Triplett finished tied for 12th at 8 under. Seattle native Rick Fehr finished in 79th at 16 over.

Couples was the leader in the clubhouse when he finished. Even though he was pretty certain 11 under was not going to be good enough, he was happy with his final round and said he enjoyed the week. “Today was a nice finish,” said Couples, who made four birdies in his final five holes. “That’s about as good as I could have shot.” It just wasn’t low enough on a day when Riegger persevered and then thrived. In addition to the winner’s check, he also gets a one-year tour exemption. “My wife will like the check, and I like the exemption,” he said.

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