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September 8 VOL. 2, NO. 35
Mount Si loses season opener Page 12
Snoqualmie Valley is officially family friendly By Dan Catchpole
Little black band Husband-and-wife duo release second album. Page 9
Police Blotter Page 6
When Kristin Jamer was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband looked for a place to raise a family. Based on their experience living in Seattle and Manhattan, they knew they wanted to get out of the city to raise their family. They settled on the Snoqualmie Valley. The Jamers are not alone. The Snoqualmie Valley has drawn thousands of people to its idyllic setting to raise families. That trend has only continued in the past 10 years, according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census. In the upper Snoqualmie Valley, 75.2 percent of all households are families, compared to 58.5 percent for all households in King County.
Valley residents have long seen the area as family friendly. In 2000, 73.8 percent of all households were families. The slight increase could have come from the development of Snoqualmie Ridge, which drew many young families, including the Jamers. In 2010, 83.3 percent of all households on the Ridge were families. The Ridge also has the highest average household size for all Census tracts in the upper Valley, with an average of 3.28, compared to an overall average of 3.14. “In the Valley, we feel heavily invested in our close community,” Kristin Jamer said. “We love local events like the Christmas tree lighting in Snoqualmie and the farmers market.”
Snoqualmie Valley households 2010
By Dan Catchpole
See FAMILIES, Page 3
Snoqualmie man files free speech suit against Issaquah Dialing for dollars
By Dan Catchpole
Schools foundation fundraiser is next week. Page 11
What is free speech if no one is around to hear it? That is the question a Snoqualmie man is asking in U.S. District Court. Paul Ascherl is suing the city of Issaquah, claiming the city’s restrictions on leafleting at its annual Salmon Days Festival violate his right to free speech. City officials are asking a similar question: What is free speech if it creates a public danger? Issaquah restricts leafleting and other free speech activities to two “expression areas” during the festival for the sake of public safety, according to city officials. Last year, Issaquah police and a festival organizer told Ascherl and two friends that they could only distribute leaflets in one of two expression areas. But those areas are out of the way and few festivalgoers pass by, meaning that people can talk, but no one is listening. That is not free speech, argue attorneys from the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing Ascherl. His complaint was filed July 5 in U.S. District Court for Western Washington. Ascherl wants the court to declare Issaquah’s ordinance unconstitutional, and award him “nominal damages” and compensation for
Adoption support New group is forming. Page 8 By Dan Catchpole
Get swinging Mount Si golf gets ready for new season. Page 12
Steve Smith (left) and Karen Volkman have created a new life for themselves in Snoqualmie after leaving Washington, D.C., in the wake of Sept. 11. There is more to life than work, the couple decided.
Valley residents remember 9/11 By Dan Catchpole
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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, deeply shook the United States. The attacks in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Shanksville, Pa., caused the country to take a collective pause. While targets were located in the Northeast, the effects of 9/11 reached across the country to the Snoqualmie Valley. The effects have been varied, but are still being felt today, 10 years later. Some people re-evaluated their priorities
WEB EXTRA For more stories about how 9/11 affected people in the Snoqualmie Valley, go to www.snovalleystar.com. in life. Others never looked at their jobs in the same light again. Some answered a call to serve in the military. The families and friends of the See 9/11, Page 2
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Climber dies after 100-foot fall near Snoqualmie Pass A climber who died after falling near Snoqualmie Pass was a student and member of the crew team at University of Washington, according to UW spokesman Bob Roseth. The man, thought to be in his early 20s, fell at least 100 feet Sept. 5 while climbing Kaleetan Peak, according to Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office. A 911 call came in at about 10 a.m. from a climber who was with the man who fell. Guardian One, the Sheriff's Office’s helicopter, and rescue crews were dispatched, but the man died from his injuries before they reached him. The King County Medical Examiner's Office has not released the man's name. The man had been climbing Kaleetan Peak when he fell. The peak overlooks the Pratt River valley. The Pratt River empties into the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
Torguson Park becomes landing zone during air rescue North Bend’s Torguson Park turned into an emergency landing zone during a rescue by the helicopter of See RESCUE, Page 14
9/11 From Page 1 victims have lived with a deep grief of having the lives of loved ones cut short by acts of formerly incomprehensible violence. ‘A terrorist attack’ Steve Smith and Karen Volkman were young and careerdriven when they met in Washington, D.C., in 2000. Both were recent graduates, and had moved to the nation’s capital to advance their professional lives. Both worked as public policy analysts in downtown D.C. near Capitol Hill: Smith for the National Conference of State Legislatures and Volkman for Planned Parenthood. Eventually, each of them wanted to raise a family outside the city, but at the time, they were happy living life inside the Beltway, where the chatter at a Georgetown bar on Friday night is as likely to be about proposed federal policy changes as the latest sports scores. Friends had set the pair up, and by the fall of 2001, Smith and Volkman had moved into a place in Washington’s Woodley Park neighborhood, just north of Georgetown. Volkman woke up feeling sick Sept. 11, 2001. She was too sick to go into the office, and stayed in bed. Smith was home from the office waiting to go to a dentist appointment mid-morning. A self-proclaimed “news junkie,”
Smith turned on CNN. At 8:49 a.m., CNN broke into a commercial to report that the North Tower at the World Trade Center in New York had been hit by a plane three minutes earlier. After a few minutes, Smith woke Volkman up and told her to turn on the television in their bedroom. Early news reports had little definitive information. No one knew three more planes had been hijacked. Reporters were being told that a small plane had hit the building. Still, a unsettling feeling came over Volkman. “I looked at Steve and said, ‘I bet it was a terrorist attack,’” she said. The day’s events proved her premonition true. ‘Terrifying not knowing’ Smith called a friend who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency at its headquarters in Langley, Va. They were talking at 9:02 a.m. when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. “There was a bunch of commotion in the background, and he said, ‘Yeah, I got to go,’” Smith said. Smith and Volkman tried to get a hold of friends in New York. “Of course, within no time the phone lines were jammed,” Smith said. News media began to report about at least one other plane possibly being hijacked and headed for Washington. “We didn’t know where it was. We didn’t know where it was going,” Volkman said. “It was ter-
SEPTEMBER 8 rifying not knowing.” Like millions of Americans, the couple could only watch the day’s events on television. They were helpless to do anything, except to keep trying to reach people in New York and Washington by phone. At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, a couple of miles south of their apartment. From their building’s rooftop, they could see the smoke from the fire. Little more than 20 minutes later, the South Tower collapsed. At 10:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa., as hijackers and passengers fought for control of the plane. At 10:28 a.m., the North Tower came down. The shock of the events set in. “Numb, just feeling numb,” Volkman said. The couple wondered if they should just get in a car and drive. It didn’t matter where, so long as it was away from Washington and New York. In the wake of the attacks, an eerie silence descended over the capitol. All flights were suspended, so the usually busy skies over D.C. were quiet. A few days later, Smith went back to work for the first time since the attacks. The Metro was silent. Like many Americans, Smith and Volkman were still processing what they’d witnessed and how it changed their lives. “After 9/11, there was so much uncertainty. It kind of made you realize what is important, that it’s not all about
work,” Volkman said. ‘Never far from my mind’ Volkman was from Bellevue and was thinking about moving back home. The anthrax attacks that began Sept. 18 convinced her it was time to leave D.C. “I walked into the mailroom, and two clerks were in chemical hazard gear holding an envelope,” she said. That envelope didn’t contain anthrax spores, but both Smith and Volkman knew people who had to take Cipro, an antibiotic that can counteract anthrax’s potentially fatal effects. By October, they decided to leave for Bellevue. “I loved my job, and I hated to leave,” but staying in D.C. wasn’t an option, Smith said. Neither one had a job lined up when they left shortly before Thanksgiving. Both eventually found jobs and settled down in Snoqualmie, where they plan to raise a family. The city’s winding, tree-lined streets are far removed from Washington and 9/11, but the day’s memory lives with them still. “It’s never far from my mind — 9/11, it’s something that we’re never going to forget,” Volkman said. “We’re never going to forget where we were. It’s something that is going to stay with us.” But neither one is trapped by the memory. “The world changed on Sept. 11, but life carries on,” Smith said. “It doesn’t stop us from flying or going to places.”
Speech From Page 1 legal fees. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 20.
we have a county fair and then we’re going to create a free-speech zone 3 1/2 miles away in a city park that has nothing to do with the county fair, and if you want to do free speech at the county fair, you have to go to that free speech zone. Well, you’ve basically gotten rid of any free speech at the county fair. As long as they’re not trying to be tricky, as long as they’re not trying to evade the First Amendment requirements, there shouldn’t be a problem.”
periods,” Davidson said. So, she opened Totz, a drop-in play center for children this spring. Totz isn’t the only resource, though. From Page 1 There are other private and public childThey came for the tight-knit communi- care facilities. During the summer, ty, the natural setting, the proximity to Snoqualmie offers a supervised playtime urban amenities, the sense of safety and in a city park once a week. The public the area’s beauty. libraries’ programming has many weekly They’ve been happy with their deciand one-time events designed for young sion, Jamer said. children. “The Valley’s community has been a Clubs have formed to keep children wonderful support for raising our kids,” engaged. Heather Tuip, a stay-at-home she said. mother, has found help “Snoqualmie Valley has the through the North Bend Like the Jamers, Tamara Davidson and MOMS Club, which community feel we were her husband moved to offers daily activities for the Valley six years ago mothers and children. looking for.” to raise their family. Tuip has a 5-year-old — Tamara Davidson boy and a 21-month-old They settled in North Bend. North Bend resident girl. “Snoqualmie Valley Having grown up in a has the community feel small town, Tuip wanted we were looking for,” Davidson said. “I her children to share that experience, so love that there are so many wonderful she and her husband moved to parks, hiking trails and community Snoqualmie seven years ago. But she felt events here.” isolated before she found the MOMS But the Valley’s rainy nature can make Club. life difficult when you have to watch “I was feeling like the only stay-atyoung children. That is the situation home mom in the Valley when I found Davidson, a stay-at-home mother, found the club through a flyer,” Tuip said. herself in with her two boys, ages 3 and 5. The club has also been a support group “There are a few kid-friendly indoor for her during a difficult year. activities that keep us busy through the “I don’t think I would be able to rainy season, but they are not always muster up much of a smile if I didn’t enough,” she said. have the support of the friends I have Being new to the area, she couldn’t made through the MOMS Club,” she said. easily turn to family for help. “Since we don’t have family in the Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalarea, I also know how hard it is to get leystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com. reliable care on short notice or for short
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First person: Living through 9/11 By Dan Catchpole
9/11 did not shake America’s spirit The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 left a mixed legacy in America. Even 10 years later what exactly that legacy is remains unclear. It is still obscured by the dust and debris kicked up from the collapsing World Trade Center towers. There is no neat thread to tie it all together. Part of the legacy is pain, shock, fear, suffering, introspection, resolve and hope. But one thing is clear: Our communities remain strong. Terrorists cannot destroy the bonds that tie neighbor to neighbor. The past 10 years began with a shock of violence that left a profound emotional scar on our country’s psyche. The decade has seen America work through its initial fear, spend much in blood and treasure on two wars and evaluate its role in the world. It has also seen Americans engage in national introspection about who we are and what our most essential values are. Fear prompted a rise in security measures largely unknown during peacetime in America. Some of these measures have proven valuable and worthwhile. Also, we have debated and continue to debate the value of other measures. But we have not let fear alone guide us. Continued attempts to attack America have proven that appropriate vigilance is indeed needed. The attacks of Sept. 11 prompted a nationwide focus on preparing for disasters of all sorts — manmade and natural ones. We are all safer today because of training and resources that were not widely available before 9/11. As time has passed, the shock of 9/11 has ebbed for most of us. Life has returned to normal, even though the shadow of that day will always be with those of us who lived through it. Terrorists might have been able to shut down air travel for a few days in our country, but they cannot break our communities, which are the backbone of America.
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Sept. 11, 2001, was a beautiful, late-summer morning in Washington, D.C., where I was a 22-year-old college student. Like many students, I woke up and turned on the television. I didn’t have class until later and was enjoying a lazy morning. Then someone told me to turn to the news — a plane had hit the South Tower at the World Trade Center. My girlfriend and I watched the events unfold in shock and horror. Like so many other Americans, we couldn’t turn away from the TV. We wondered if we would get caught in the day’s events. We lived across the street from the State Department, a half-mile from the White House, a mile from Capitol Hill and a mile from the Pentagon. At 9:37 a.m., we heard a loud thud. The Pentagon had been hit. When the first tower came down, I tried to call my brother, who worked a few blocks from
the World Trade Center. But the phone lines were jammed. When the towers collapsed, one thought kept Dan Catchpole running through my mind: Enough. Enough bloodshed, enough violence. I felt sick to my stomach. The fear of the unknown on 9/11 was terrible. The scene in downtown D.C. was surreal. The usually busy streets were nearly deserted. On the horizon, a curl of greasy, black smoke snaked through the sky from the Pentagon. I don’t remember what we did all day. It is a blur. But that night, I had trouble sleeping. After 4 a.m., I went for a walk to get every newspaper I could find. I walked to Georgetown, then down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and back to my
apartment in Foggy Bottom. Members of the military were out, but it wasn’t an overbearing presence. It was certainly nothing like in 1968, when armed National Guardsmen patrolled the streets of D.C. and enforced a curfew after riots broke out. The White House wasn’t cordoned off. Sure, there was more security, but it wasn’t a fortress. I was glad to see that fear hadn’t totally gripped us. Ten years is a long time. My girlfriend from that time is now my wife, and we have a newborn daughter. But rarely does a day go by when 9/11 doesn’t cross my thoughts, even if only for a brief moment. The memory of that day makes me take stock of my life and my actions. I ask myself, “Am I living my life, so that when I die, I won’t die with regrets?” Thousands of people senselessly lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Of course, thousands of people senselessly lose their lives around the world every day. Life should never be taken for granted.
Love can’t wait — well, maybe it can By Slim Randles Marvin Pincus, (since his honorary degree, now being called Associate Pincus), turned the lights on his fly-tying bench, coming to focus on the small vice where love issues would be solved. Dewey Decker, obviously nervous despite sitting in the comfortable green chair, was sipping some coffee. “OK, Dewey, I’m ready. What seems to be the trouble?” “I’m in love, Marvin. Really in love for the first time in my life. I can’t help it. I really can’t!” “Whoa there!” Marvin said to the valley king of fertilizer products. “You haven’t been backsliding on that thing we discussed last time, have you?” “You mean the showers? No sir. Been taking them before I ask a girl out. It’s not that, Marvin, it’s just this woman’s so perfect and she doesn’t know I’m alive.” “In this valley? That’s pretty hard to do. Who is she?” Dewey fidgeted and then whispered, “Emily Stickles.” “Emily … Stickles? You mean the same Miz Stickles that tried to get my counseling service stopped?” Dewey nodded. “I can’t help it, Marvin. Honest.” “Well,” said the older man, “she is awfully easy on the eyes.”
“And her cheekbones, Marvin. Did you see them? And the kind look in her eyes? And the way she …” “Got it! OK now. So, why haven’t you asked her out?” “She’d never go out with me…” “Faint heart ne’er won fair lady, Slim Randles Mr. Decker. You need to dress Columnist your best, go right up to her and introduce yourself, tell her who you are and what you do, and ask her out. Now, I’d do it in daylight. Go for coffee. You
know, so she doesn’t think you’re stalking her.” “You really think so?” “Absolutely. And, to emphasize the point, I’m going to tie you up an attractant fly on a No. 2 streamer hook. You will look at this every day, reminding yourself to preen and look your best, take showers and just cowboy up. I think maybe a bivisible with jungle cock eyes.” In mere minutes the fly was securely in Dewey’s hands and he was headed home. “I’ll do it,” he said. “I’ll do it!” He looked. There was no one around. “Maybe next week...” Brought to you by Slim’s new book, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at www.nmsantos.com/Slim/Slim.html.
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At 9:05 Aug. 15, police arrived in the 400 block of Boxley Avenue Northeast to respond to a possibly suicidal 35-year-old male. The man attempted to cut his wrists, and his father had managed to secure the razor prior to police’s arrival. Police found the man had an outstanding DUI warrant out of Ellensburg. While paramedics checked on the man, who complained of chest pains and headaches, police worked on the warrant. The man’s condition deteriorated and he was taken to Overlake Hospital. Police told the man’s parents the Ellensburg Police Department had reactivated the warrant.
went to tell him. Before he left, the man asked police what happened. When police told him someone had damaged the vehicle, the man said he thought the woman’s son had done it. Dispatch advised officers the woman’s son had called her from McDonald’s, waiting for her to pick him up. At McDonald’s, 735 S.W. Mount Si Blvd., police asked the man why he had damaged the car. He replied “because they deserved it.” When police searched him, the man screamed and cried and said first that he “should have killed them” and later that he wanted to kill himself. Police took him to King County Jail for felony booking and suicidal statements. En route to the jail, the man said that he would buy a gun and shoot the man on the deck. The man will face charges of second-degree malicious mischief. His mother told police she fears for her and others’ lives when her son is off his medication.
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At 2:24 a.m. Aug. 15, a woman called from her car saying she was driving with her 25year-old son. The man was upset, intoxicated and off his medication. The man jumped out of her vehicle, picked up a rock and ran toward Mount Si Apartments. When police arrived, they sought the man but instead found a car with the sign for Mount Si Apartments thrown against it, and the rear bumper, windshield and the back window damaged. A man on the deck of the apartments said the car belonged to a third man and
At 8 p.m. Aug. 20, police responded to a call from Coach Outlet Store, 661 South Fork Ave., regarding a shoplifter. A woman had walked into the store, looked around and then run away, triggering the sensor alarm. The suspect got into the passenger side of a BMW and left. Police suspect the woman stole two wallets and a handbag, valued at about $1,000.
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Purse stolen At 4:10 a.m. Aug. 20, police responded to a theft in the QFC parking lot, 460 E. North Bend
Way. A woman said she went into QFC to visit her son who works there and while inside, a man entered her unlocked vehicle, taking her purse. The purse contained two debit cards, a credit card, her Social Security card, two disposable cameras and blood pressure medications. Police advised the woman to contact all cardholders, credit cards and the Social Security office.
Gone fishing At 10:27 p.m. Aug. 26, police responded to a theft call near the intersection of Main Avenue South and McClellan Street. A 40-year-old man said someone had stolen his fishing equipment from his 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck. He said he suspected children, since the thieves had not taken more valuable items. The man’s casting rod and reel, fishing boots, net flippers, fly reels, three boxes of flies, rod holder and two bags disappeared, but the man’s pontoon boat, float tube and fly rod were still there.
Stolen gas At 12:24 a.m. Aug. 30, police checking for prowlers saw two vehicles with gas doors open and caps hanging near the intersection of Mountain View Boulevard and Southeast 10th Street. It was the second instance of people stealing gas the police officer had seen that day. A fingerprint check returned negative.
Snoqualmie police Alterations made here At 11:06 a.m. Aug. 26, police
SEPTEMBER 8 approached a man in the back of a vehicle near the 6500 block of Railroad Avenue. The man was cutting his clothes with scissors. When contacted, the man told police he was cutting a shirt in preparation for a hike.
Reporting nasty behavior At 2:32 p.m. Aug. 27, police received a call from a woman who said a vehicle was blocking her driveway in the 35500 block of Kinsey Street. The woman said the car probably belonged to her husband’s friend and that she would handle the matter by leaving a nasty note.
Channeling George Jones At 1:35 a.m. Aug. 28, police advised its units that a man was driving a golf cart down Snoqualmie Parkway, near Fairway Avenue Southeast. Since it was Boeing Classic weekend that sounded suspicious, because many golf carts have been stolen over the years during that time, especially at night. The driver of the golf cart, 40year-old Jason Todd Ezell, was drunk and said he was just driving around. Ezell hailed from Mississippi and had no driver’s license to show police. He had droopy, watery, bloodshot eyes and a hard time staying upright once he exited the golf cart. Since he was so drunk, police performed no balance tests. He was arrested for driving under the influence. He refused a breath test and was later released to his camper.
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North Bend fire ❑ At 3:36 p.m. Aug. 28, firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 90 near Exit 38. ❑ At 12:18 p.m. Aug. 28, firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident near the intersection of North Fork Road Southeast and Southeast 88th Street.
Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 6 p.m. Aug. 27, EMTs responded to Mount Si High School for a 14-year-old boy who had suffered a neck injury from a football tackle. He was placed on a backboard and transported to a hospital for evaluation by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 7:42 p.m. Aug. 27, EMTs responded to the Snoqualmie Casino for a 22-year-old man experiencing abdominal pain. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 9:19 p.m. Aug. 27, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 50-year-old man who was intoxicated. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital for evaluation by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 10:14 p.m. Aug. 27, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for two patients who were intoxicated. They were evaluated and taken home by friends. ❑ At 5:15 p.m. Aug. 28, firefighters responded to Kinsey Street for a woman with breathing difficulties. ❑ At 8:10 a.m. Aug. 29, EMTs responded to Crest View Loop for a 37-year-old woman with abdominal pain. She was evaluated and taken to a hospital by her husband. ❑ At 11:17 a.m. Aug. 29, firefighters responded to Snoqualmie Hospital to set up a landing zone for Airlift Northwest. They assisted in loading a patient from the hospital for transport to Seattle. ❑ At 7:39 p.m. Aug. 29, EMTs responded to the American Legion Hall for a smoke detector sounding. Nothing was found, and the alarm was reset. ❑ At 12:15 a.m. Aug. 30, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Hospital to assist the medics in See BLOTTER, Page 7
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People needed to audition for Night on a Dark Trail Want to help give some people a good scare? Auditions are being held for Night on a Dark Trail, a community fundraiser to support the Mount Si Helping Hands Food Bank. Organizers need a wide range
Blotter From Page 6 transporting a patient to Bellevue. ❑ At 3:05 a.m. Aug. 30, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 25-year-old man who had shortness of breath. He was evaluated and left at the scene to rest. ❑ At 3:15 p.m. Aug. 30, firefighters responded to a smoke alarm in the West Crest View neighborhood. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a broken water pipe in the second story of the house had broken. The homeowner was not home at the time. ❑ At 4:09 p.m. Aug. 30, firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a business on Snoqualmie Ridge. Upon arrival, they discovered that dust from cutting granite tile had set off the alarm. ❑ At 12:45 p.m. Aug. 31, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 31-year-old male
of skills and talents for the event, performed for three nights before Halloween. Actors, dancers, costumers, stage crew, construction crew, audience attendants and more are needed. Auditions last for a half-hour from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North employee who had fallen in a storage area. He was stuck on high shelving and had injured his shoulder. He was lowered from the shelves and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 12:56 p.m. Aug. 31, EMTs, assisted by Fall City firefighters and Bellevue paramedics, responded to Snoqualmie Police Department for a patient experiencing an allergic reaction. The patient was treated and transported to a hospital by the paramedics. ❑ At 5:20 p.m. Aug. 31, firefighters responded to Cascade Avenue Southeast for a house fire. The stove fire was already out by the time they arrived. ❑ At 4 a.m. Sept. 1, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for a male employee experiencing flu-like symptoms. He was evaluated and transported to a hospital by a private ambulance. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.
Bend. Night on a Dark Trail is from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27-29, at 35131 S.E. Douglas St., Snoqualmie. The event is a collaboration of Snoqualmie’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association, and local residents and businesses.
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SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
Boeing Classic brings movie premiere By Sebastian Moraga
By Sebastian Moraga
Tom Randall, left, chaplain for the PGA Tour, chats with golfer Fuzzy Zoeller during last month’s Boeing Classic.
After years of movie-worthy finishes, this year the Boeing Classic came with an actual movie. Tom Randall, the PGA Tour’s chaplain as well as the tourney’s fill-in caddie for golfer Lonnie Nielsen, brought a screening of “Seven Days in Utopia” to the North Bend Theatre. The movie, which tells the tale of a slumping golfer who struggles to find meaning in his work and his life, stars Robert Duvall. It opened nationwide Sept. 2. The producers of the movie asked Randall to arrange a screening so golfers and caddies at the Boeing Classic could give feedback. Randall then talked to Mount Si High School basketball coach Steve Helm, who then called the theater’s owner, Cindy Walker. “Nicest lady,” Randall said. “She said, ‘Yeah, we can fix you up.’” Walker said about 75-80 people attended the screening Aug. 27. “I thought it went really well,” she said. She said Helm suggested they keep the screening in the Valley instead of somewhere like Issaquah. Randall said what makes the movie meaningful to those participating in the Boeing Classic is the lead character’s search for fulfillment in his life, which mirrors that of many golfers. “Most of these guys have seen success, they’ve won tournaments,” Randall said, referring to the members of the Champions’ tour, for golfers 50 and older. “They should be at a point in their lives when they’re somewhat satisfied, but they’re still
hungry.” What these longtime golfers want goes beyond success. They want to be significant, Randall said. “It’s not just about sports or winning or success,” he said. “The thing that makes you be content is having a relationship with God.” Many players started questioning their relationship with God after golf great Payne Stewart died in an airplane accident in 1999, Randall said. Hall of Famer Larry Nelson contacted him and asked him to serve as the PGA Tour’s chaplain. Randall, a longtime basketball player and a minister for 23 years at the time, hesitated at first, then agreed to do it until they could find someone who was into golf. “That was 12 years ago,” Randall said. “I clicked with the guys and they clicked with me.” Now Randall said he does not know if he’s a basketball guy working with golfers or if he’s a golf guy. “I love the game,” he said. Nielsen met Randall eight years ago on his first Champions Tour event. He called his fill-in caddie “an inspiration,” and the book on which the movie is based “almost life-changing.” Nielsen, who went on to finish tied for 11th in the Boeing Classic, said he could relate to the struggles of the golfer in the movie and the book of the same name. “Anybody who has tried to play this game for a living has felt what this player has felt,” Nielsen said. “It makes us all realize and maybe put golf in the proper perspective. Sometimes we get it out of whack and think it’s the most important thing.”
North Bend group will help families with foster, adopted children By Sebastian Moraga Leilani McClure said her heart spoke to her. “As a result of adopting a child,” the North Bend resident said, “I saw the need out there.” Two years ago, the mother of two grown children and her husband of two years decided to adopt Isaiah. Isaiah was a foster child whose biological mother had lost parental rights, whose grandmother had died and whose great-aunt had declined to adopt him. “I felt bad for him,” McClure said. “The neglect he had to go through.” Now, Isaiah is 5 and thriving, alongside Leilani and her husband. The McClures are the boy’s sixth home. Sadly, McClure said, Isaiah’s story has repeated itself thousands of times in the state of Washington, with few happy endings. “Right now, there are 1,063 children available for adoption in this state,” she said, citing statistics from the state’s Department of Social and Health Services. “A lot of people adopt internationally but I don’t know if they realize the need here in this state.” A few people do, and McClure has started a support group for them. Fostering
If you go: Fostering Together meeting ❑ When: 6 p.m. Sept. 12 ❑ Where: Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church, 36017 S.E. Fish Hatchery Road, Fall City ❑ Information: 441-8364 or www.svaonline.org
Five-year-old Isaiah McClure and his new family are (top row, from left) Summer Buckles, Isaiah, Isaiah’s dad Smokey McClure, Isaiah’s mom Leilani McClure and Joshua Buckles. Summer and Joshua are Leilani’s children from a previous marriage. Judge Eric Watness (bottom row) oversaw the adoption. Together will have its initial meeting Sept. 12 at the Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church in Fall City. The support group targets families with foster children, adopted children or children in care of relatives, McClure said. “There’s never been a support
group like this in the Valley,” she said. “Closest one we had was in Issaquah but it shut down.” Many children in the foster system come from neglect or abuse, McClure said. Snoqualmie’s Janet Turnure said it surprised her to learn so many children live in such trau-
matic situations. She and her husband will soon receive their foster-toadoption license, which will allow them to welcome a foster child they can someday adopt. “There aren’t enough families to change that bad situation,” she said. “If more families would,
the future of these children would change significantly.” Sammamish’s Karly Leib is the foster mother of a 14-month-old boy. He has been in her life since he was 2 days old. She has two children of her own, and said Jay felt like one of her children right away. That had its downside. As foster parents, they don’t know how long they will get to keep the boy. “You don’t know what that’s like until you have a child you utterly love and you don’t know how long you’re going to have him,” she said. The same feelings invaded Turnure, who said true fostering concerns her. The mother of three children, the oldest of whom is 6, Turnure said her children look forward to See ADOPT, Page 10
SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
North Bend band releases second album
By Sebastian Moraga For a folk-pop duo, North Bend’s Little Black Bottles can sure excite fans. Followers have even rushed the stage at their concerts. OK, maybe one follower. OK, so it’s the duo’s 5year-old son, but he did rush the stage and dance to his parents’ tunes. Little Black Bottles, the band composed of Jackie and Myke Fedyk, Contributed have raised their son on a steady diet of music, takMyke and Jackie Fedyk are North Bend’s ing him to gigs and Little Black Bottles. The duo is releasing its second album this month. rehearsing at home while the toddler sleeps upstairs, or tries to. Fedyk rushed the stage. Married for 10 years as of The band’s second album, Sept. 1, they decided to team up “Let Them Eat Red Velvet Cake,” as a band five years ago, wishing comes out this month. to record and perform what they The album contains songs wanted when they wanted and about Captain Nemo, from Jules how they wanted. Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under “Being married and in a band The Sea,” and about the title charis kind of nice,” Myke said. “We acter in Stephen King’s “Carrie.” can practice and collaborate on “A lot of it is horror and scithings anytime we want to.” ence fiction literature,” Myke The flip side occurs when said. “Inspired by that.” their one groupie can’t come The album is named after a along for the show and they photo of relatives with red have to find baby sitters. mouths and red tongues after Valley residents for four years, eating cake, and finishing it the Fedyks struggle to find sittook two years. The couple startters but not support. ed recording as a duo, and then The Valley is fertile ground invited a bassist and drummer. for bands such as theirs, Myke The musicians later quit and said, with places like The Black See BAND, Page 10 Dog Café, which is where Jasper
Emma Josephine deJong Emma Josephine deJong, 98, of Fall City, died Aug. 28, 2011, at Evergreen Hospice, Kirkland. Emma was born March 19, 1913, in Vincent, the daughter of Olaf and Inga Quaale. She married John Cornelius deJong on July 11, 1935. Emma was a member of the Sno-Valley Senior Center. Survivors include daughter Marjorie Diane Conner, of Spanaway, and son Gary Neil deJong, of Fall City. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah. Share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.
Christian Arthur Vikari Dr. Christian Arthur Vikari completed his mortal journey on Aug. 31, 2011, after a long and difficult illness. To those of us who knew and loved Art, it seems too soon to say goodbye, yet, there is comfort in knowing this wonderful, compassionate man is now free of the pain and suffering he endured these last few years. Art leaves behind a great legacy of love for family and friends; caring, compassionate service to others; and an unfailing love of God. All
PAGE 9 who came within the reach of his smile and warm embrace will long remember how good they felt when Christian they were Arthur Vikari with him. Art was raised in Washington, yet his life journey truly began the day he married his sweet companion, Valine. They have been devoted partners in life for 27 years and will be companions forever in the eternities. Art and Valine have been blessed with five beautiful and talented children. Dr. Vikari practiced oral surgery in Issaquah, and was loved and admired by his patients, staff and colleagues. He cared deeply for his patients and they loved and respected him in return. Art found many ways to help others. He regularly shared his time and talents, and gave generously to others in need. As a bishop in the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he ministered to the members of his congregation. He opened the scriptures to the hearts of those searching for answers; he counseled those with heartache and loss; he visited the sick and weary; and encouraged the youth to live up to the best within them. Art was a true friend to all who came within the sphere of his influence. Art accomplished much in life and enjoyed a variety of interests, however, his greatest joy and satisfaction came from his family. Home was where he most longed to be. Above all else he will be remembered as a devoted husband and father who loved the Lord and did his best to serve those around him. He lived a life of selfless service and optimism for a brighter day. Throughout his life and even when suffering from difficult medical issues, Art would share his life’s motto: “It’s my best day yet!” A memorial service was held for Dr. Vikari on Sept. 6 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, Bellevue.
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Band From Page 9 the Fedyks finished the album alone. The band’s first album sold about 100 physical and 300 digital copies. Nobody ever went platinum after 400 copies, but Myke said that’s far from being the band’s goal. “There’s no money in this,” he said. “Not at first, anyway.” Sometimes they pay to play. “We have to pay a baby sitter and then we play shows when we don’t
always get paid,” she said. Still, these fans of Buddy Holly say “that’ll be the day” to any thoughts of quitting music. It’s not always easy. Myke works full-time and Jackie has to take care of playdates and soccer practice during the day. Then, Jasper begins counting sheep, and his parents begin counting beats. So far, it’s working. They love it, their friends love it and they are already working on their third album. “We are just having fun playing music and writing songs,” Myke said.
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Adopt From Page 8 having a little sister. “Getting a child for a short period of time and then having to give it back,” she said, “I’m afraid they would get too attached too quickly.” McClure got attached even before meeting Isaiah. “I felt God brought him to us,” she said. “We heard at church, ‘Please pray for 4-yearold Isaiah, so he doesn’t have to go back to the system.’”
Now, Isaiah has a permanent home, and a “mommy forever” as McClure puts it, although he sometimes struggles with the concept. “He would ask me, ‘Did I come out of your tummy?’ and I would say no,” McClure said. “‘Did I come out of Auntie’s tummy?’ and I would say no. Then he would ask, ‘So whose tummy did I come out of?’” McClure is 52 and her husband is 40. She said the age difference between her and her 5-year-old doesn’t worry her. “There’s always a fear that someone will say to him, ‘Is that your grandma?’” she said. “But that incentivizes me to take care of myself.”
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SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
Schools foundation hopes early phonathon brings in dollars By Sebastian Moraga
How to help
If the early bird gets the worm, the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation hopes that the early chirp gets the attention. And the cash. The foundation’s 2011 Phonathon will happen Sept. 12 and 13, a few months earlier than most other fundraisers. “We decided to try earlier this time to get more parents,” foundation president Carmen Villanueva said. “A lot of the other fundraisers for PTSA happen later, so we are trying to capture a larger audience.” This year’s goal is $20,000. The 2010 Phonathon raised little more than half that. “If you remember, last year’s Phonathon happened at the same time as a vigil, so we got very little support that time, unfortunately,” Villanueva said. This year’s money will help math intervention programs at the elementary schools and the Mount Si High School chapter of Natural Helpers. High school volunteers from groups like the cheer squad, choir, DECA and Natural Helpers will call Valley households from 3:30-8:30 p.m. both days. Students will call from Twin Falls Middle School, so residents
Donate at www.svsfoundation.org or send a check to the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 724, Fall City, WA 98024.
Students from Mount Si High School will answer phones and take pledges in this year’s phonathon fundraiser for the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation. In this picture from last year, students Kali Davis, Sonora Metrevelli and Kami Nicolino answer phones at Twin Falls Middle School. with caller ID will see “Snoqualmie Valley School District” on their screens. “Hopefully that will encourage them to answer it,” Villanueva quipped. Students have not signed up to volunteer yet, but Villanueva said the calls involve sharing
confidential information, so high schoolers are preferred. Foundation board member Jonathan Pearlstein encouraged high school students to volunteer and participate. “We would like high school students to be aware that our initiatives fund high school pro-
grams, including math tutoring, Natural Helpers and important classroom tools,” he said. “We hope that high school students will want to give back to the educational community that has supported them through their student years.” Pearlstein’s daughter Taylor,
an Associated Student Body member, a Drama Club member and one of two student representatives to the school board, will tackle phones at the Phonathon. “Taylor apparently has 28 hours in her day and will be a volunteer,” Jonathan Pearlstein said. “She will be encouraging her fellow students to participate.” During the 2010 Phonathon, students calling received mostly polite answers but a few people refused to donate “until the school board got its act together.” “I would like to emphasize that we are not a political organization,” Jonathan Pearlstein said. “Our mission is to support every child in every classroom in every school of the district.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.
Newsletter plans to begin honoring a Teacher of the Month By Sebastian Moraga
By Dan Catchpole
Diana Reul-Shapiro (left) and former co-publisher Autumn Spears began the newsletter Macaroni Kid. ReulShapiro and current co-publisher Dana Verhoff (not pictured) have started a program to recognize local teachers. The Teacher of the Month award will choose from educators at all levels from Issaquah and the Valley.
For Diana Reul-Shapiro, it was time. Her newsletter, Macaroni Kid, has become part of the Snoqualmie and Issaquah communities. After two and a half years of news about children and teachers, it’s time for her and her newsletter’s co-editor and publisher, Dana Verhoff, to give something back: the Teacher of the Month award. “Dana is a former teacher,” Snoqualmie’s Reul-Shapiro said. “And this is a great way to show our support for teachers.” Parents and students interested in nominating someone for the award can fill out an entry form on the Macaroni Kid’s website, and a panel of local people will pick a winner. “To get this award is an honor,” Reul-Shapiro said. “We’re asking public schools, private schools, daycares, preschools. Wherever there’s teaching involved, we would love to hear from students and parents.” The winning teacher will receive a certificate of apprecia-
tion and a $100 gift certificate to an area restaurant. Verhoff said in a press release that she knows the hard work that goes into making a classroom a place where children can thrive and learn. “It’s great that we can give some attention to those teachers who deserve extra kudos,” she added. The newsletter will reveal the award’s first recipient Sept. 22. “We just started this yesterday,” she said Sept. 2, “ and we have gotten several entries.” Cascade Team Real Estate will sponsor the contest, which will seek a well-rounded teacher, based on essays from parents and children. The award will not turn into a popularity contest, ReulShapiro said, although if a teacher gets several entries, the contest will consider that when picking a winner. “We are going to put together a small panel with the help of the sponsors and we are going to go through the essays one by one,” she said. Learn more about the Teacher of the Month award at www.snoqualmievalley.macaronikid.com.
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Woodinville spoils Mount Si football’s season opener, 31-10 By Sebastian Moraga Mount Si High School started its 2011 season opener with a roar and finished it with a whimper in a 31-10 defeat to visiting 4A school Woodinville Sept. 2. “We came out all fired up,” Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune said after the game. “We just couldn’t really sustain it.” Indeed, the Wildcats’ defense toyed with the Falcons’ sputtering offense in the first half, at one point making a Woodinville drive last 75 seconds from first down to punt. The first half ended with Mount Si ahead 10-3, with Tyler Button scoring the Mount Si touchdown on a freak play that saw him catch the ball off two consecutive deflections of a pass by Wildcat quarterback Ryan Atkinson. In the second half, it was Woodinville, especially standout Alex Schwend, who toyed with a spent Mount Si squad. Schwend scored three touchdowns. The very first drive of the second half set the tone for the rest of the game, with Woodinville starting at its own 35-yard line. Four plays later, it had parked the ball at the Mount Si 27. Needing a big stop, the
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Wildcats quarterback Ryan Atkinson unleashes a pass in Mount Si’s 31-10 loss to Woodinville. Mount Si defense faltered, allowing a run of 12 yards, an offside penalty at its own 15, two more short gains and then finally a four-yard touchdown run by Schwend, with 8:27 left in the
third quarter. “We were all pumped up before the game, but after they made one big play,” the Wildcats’ Cameron VanWinkle said, “it kind of got to us.”
From then on, it was all Falcons. Needing a big drive to regain the lead, the Wildcats saw Atkinson get sacked on thirdand-4 at his own 32, for a loss of 15 yards. The Wildcats punted
and the Falcons’ Schwend found the end zone on the next drive. “They were threatening our red zone the whole time and we couldn’t get them out,” the Wildcats’ Button said. “It just kind of went downhill from there.” Schwend said the Falcons ended their half-time break determined to set the pace for the second half. He said the team’s poor showing in 2010 was added incentive for his teammates. “We are a new team this year,” Schwend said. So, for that matter, are the Wildcats. Not only did the team miss deep threat Trent Riley, out for the year with an injury, but more than a dozen players saw their first varsity action against Woodinville. Button and his teammates took the game as a learning opportunity instead of as an omen of what’s to come. The team’s next game is at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Pop Keeney Stadium against Bothell. “If they make a big play on us,” VanWinkle said, “we got to keep with it the whole game.” Button agreed. “We’re going to take the film, learn from our mistakes and get a lot better from this game,” he said.
Wildcat golfers wait for the perfect mix By Sebastian Moraga For the Mount Si High School golfers, the key to the year is as easy as one, two, three. Or rather, one to three. Last year, the Wildcats sent one golfer to the state tournament. This year, they want to have to use the carpool lane. “I want to see at least three of us go to state this year,” said second-year varsity player and team captain Wesley Nelson. In between the team and its state dreams stand several rivals like state 2A champions Interlake, 3A powerhouse Bellevue and Juanita’s individual state champ Frank Garber. Head coach Brandon Proudfoot said he believes this team can stand up to the giants. It has already faced some competition in a jamboree and finished second. Bellevue finished first. The Wildcats open their regular season against the Wolverines Sept. 12 at Overlake
Country Club. Six of the team’s 12 players are seniors, but five of the remaining half-dozen are either freshmen or sophomores, with little experience on varsity. Sophomore Jake Archambeau tried out for golf after playing football last year. “It’s going OK,” he said. “I feel like I don’t have much experience in tournaments but I’m trusting my swing. (For a) first time, I feel it’s going pretty good.” Then again, some players are new to the school but not to the sport. Freshman Mac Smith said he made varsity in the 11th spot out of 12 players, but has been playing for four years. Still, when it comes to 2011, Proudfoot’s predictions remain cautious. “I’m expecting us to be middle to higher-up-the-middle of the pack” in the KingCo Conference, Proudfoot said. Whether he’s right, he will See GOLF, Page 13
By Sebastian Moraga
Mount Si golf head coach Brandon Proudfoot (left) watches senior Mitchell Gardunia’s swing during practice at the Mount Si Golf Course. Gardunia and 11 other players make up a squad that wants at least three spots in the state tournament.
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Mount Si pitcher Chase Kairis shines in Caribbean tourney By Sebastian Moraga In the heat of the Dominican Republic, Chase Kairis kept cool. The Mount Si High School junior kept cool while racking up impressive stats representing the United States in the Santo Domingo Diamond Classic last month. Kairis pitched in relief, as a starter, played center field, stole four bases and won the tournament’s Most Inspirational Player award. His teammates included some of the best high school talent in the western United States. His rivals included top youth players from Venezuela and the host nation. “The competition was a lot different over there,” he said. “Just the way they play and their mentality. They are a lot more mature and stronger over there.” Kairis pitched two innings of relief in one match, earning the save, and pitched three and two-thirds more innings of long relief in the next game, that same day. “The scouts in the stands were telling me, ‘Your kid is going to run into some trouble,’” Peter Kairis, Chase’s dad,
Chase Kairis, right, awards a Michael Pineda-signed baseball to a baseball player from La Jara, Venezuela. Kairis and other players from the western U.S. represented the nation in the 2011 Santo Domingo Diamond Classic in the Dominican Republic. said. Instead, Chase preserved a 4-3 lead. “I came in in the third with a
runner on second and third with one out and we were up 4-3,” he said. “We ended up holding them to no runs the entire
game.” Lacking overpowering pitches helped Kairis. His off-speed pitches surprised the batters accustomed to pitches in the 8590 mph range. Kairis’ pitches clock in at 74-75 mph. “I was just mixing up my speeds,” he said. “And they couldn’t hit me. Just kept changing the speeds on ‘em.” That was no surprise to workout buddy and Mount Si High School JV teammate Joe Done, who plays catcher. “He can move the ball like none other,” Done said. “He throws the ball pretty hard but not super hard. He definitely has some junk that he throws that is really good.” It may be junk but the next day Kairis’ arms were exhausted. He still suited up in center field, for the finals, which his team eventually lost. Besides being a baseball player, he acted as his team’s official translator, he said, being the only player on the U.S. team who spoke Spanish. He was also an unofficial goodwill ambassador. A friend of Kairis’ dad who works for the Seattle Mariners had contacted star pitcher Michael Pineda. The Dominican
pitcher sent autographed batting gloves and baseballs to his home nation with Kairis, along with some of Kairis’ old equipment. The best pitcher of the tournament, who played for the Venezuelan squad, received a Michael Pineda-autographed ball. Having lost the finals did nothing to erase the satisfaction of the trip. The experience helped Kairis realize “how good I have it here,” he said. “You see kids running on these extremely sharp rocks, no shoes on,” he said. “They don’t have any water, they are all thirsty, they don’t have any baseball equipment and have to share it all.” Mature beyond his years, Kairis has the typical baseball dreams of a boy his age, but he also knows those dreams are fragile. “You’re just one injury away from ending your baseball career,” said Kairis, who suffered a serious back injury early in his high school career. “So it’s always good to have your grades up.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or email@example.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.
Mount Si football readies for challenging season Golf By Dan Catchpole The Mount Si High School Wildcats are expected to be among the top football teams in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference again this season. That is despite the team only having five starters returning from last year. But coach Charlie Kinnune isn’t letting the preseason accolades go to his head or his players’ head. “We’ll say, ‘Thank you, very much,’ but we still have to go out there and prove ourselves,” Kinnune said. The Wildcats will field another power offense team this season with a tough-as-nails defense, anchored by one of the state’s top prospects, Josh Mitchell. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior has already verbally committed to play football for Oregon State University next season. But there are plenty of players who haven’t received as much attention, but who will be every bit as important to the Wildcats’ success. Mount Si’s defensive line isn’t the biggest, but is big enough, quick enough and tough enough to brawl with any team in the KingCo Conference. Seniors Kolton Auxier and Zach Sletten return to the line this season. Connor Deutsch will help
WEB EXTRA Get more preseason info by searching for “Mount Si football” at www.snovalleystar.com anchor the defense as a cornerback. The senior made a name for himself last season with a critical interception in Mount Si’s play-in game with Glacier Peak to advance to the state tournament. Deutsch will also play tailback on offense. Jimbo Davis will be the team’s other starting cornerback. At 5-foot-10 and 140-pounds, Davis is not a big player, but he is quick and tenacious. Kinnune expects him to have a big year. On offense, senior Ryan Atkinson will take over as quarterback. He could be Mount Si’s secret weapon, Kinnune said. “The kid’s a performer. He plays well under pressure.” Atkinson saw limited playing time on varsity last year, but logged many hours on the junior varsity team. The Wildcats will rely primarily on their running game, led by junior Eli Mayfield and Deutsch. Mount Si suffered a setback when junior Trent Riley injured his knee, putting him out for
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Mount Si Wildcats at a glance
Kinnune is asking a lot of players to step up and take on starting roles, but he’s been there before and the team has succeeded.
find out faster than any other Wildcat fall varsity coach. The conference tournament happens less than five weeks from now. Postseason matches are 18 holes, twice the length of regular-season matches. Proudfoot wants players to have as many 18-hole practices as they can before the rain arrives. “We’re gearing everything toward postseason play,” he said. With the junior-varsity squad scoring strong numbers, the school is building a core of young players, Proudfoot said. As those players, and his five underclassmen, gain experience, Mount Si will rise to the top of the conference within the next two years, he said, temporarily tossing caution to the windswept trees at Mount Si Golf Course. “Hopefully when all these freshmen and sophomores are upperclassmen, we’ll make a run at it,” he said. “And obviously, we’ll continue from there.”
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Coach: Charlie Kinnune (20th year) 2010 record: 6-5 (overall), 4-3 (league) Returning starters (two offense, three defense): DB Connor Deutsch, senior; OL/DL Josh Mitchell, senior; DB Hunter Malberg, junior; P/K Cameron VanWinkle, junior; OL Kolton Auxier, senior Other key returning players: OL/DL Brian Copeland, senior; TE/DE Griffin McLain, junior; WR/DB Jimbo Davis, junior; WR/DB Tyler Button, Charlie Kinnune junior; OL/LB Sherman Hutcherson, senior; RB/LB Eli Mayfield, senior Notes: Mount Si has fewer returning starters than any other team in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference, but nonetheless, it has plenty to be excited about. And the Wildcats always seem to find a way into the postseason, having made the state playoffs four times in the past five years.
Coaches’ picks Compiled by Seattle Times staff
Predicted order of finish in KingCo 3A/2A in survey of coaches, with 10 points for firstplace vote, nine for second, etc. (first-place votes in parentheses). Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
School 1. Bellevue (7) 2. Mount Si 3T M. Island (1) 3T Liberty 5. Juanita 6. Interlake 7. Lake W. 8. Sammamish
the season. He had been slated to be the team’s key receiver. But the Wildcats have enough talent to make up for his absence. Juniors Tyler Button, Hunter Malberg and Davis will be the team’s receivers.
Points 70 61 54 54 51 39 34 29
2010 13-1 6-5 4-6 8-4 9-2 4-9 4-5 2-8
Rescue From Page 2 the King County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 27. A 33-year-old man from Arizona had been looking for rock crystals with two companions on a steep slope near the Goldmyer Hot Springs. “A large rock cluster fell on the one guy’s chest, which caused him to fall down the very steep slope,” sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said. The fall occurred at about 3 p.m. The man fell about 65 feet, suffering broken bones. Despite the injuries, he walked with his companions to a small cabin, where one of the three called for help. The sheriff’s helicopter lifted
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Native caterpillar is devastating fir trees A native caterpillar, the Western spruce budworm, has been devastating Douglas fir and grand fir trees in Washington state for several years. The budworm eats the needles on the trees, leaving them looking brown, but kills very few trees. The current outbreak began several years ago around Yakima and has been spreading westward. It is currently on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains north of Interstate 90. Many defoliated trees are visible because of missing or reddish, partially eaten needles. In some
places, where defoliation has occurred for many years, topkilled and dead trees are visible. Although budworm populations increase and decrease on natural cycles, this outbreak cycle may be more intense due, in part, to forests being out of balance, according to a news statement from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Past forest management practices and successful fire suppression have allowed Douglas fir and grand fir trees to flourish in many dry forests where pine and larch, which are not food for budworms, should dominate. There have been periodic outbreaks twice in the past 70 years, according to records kept by the U.S. Forest Service. The state’s budworm population peaked and collapsed in the 1940s and 1970s.
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Public meetings ❑ Public Hospital District No. 4 Board of Commissioners, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Sept. 8, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ North Bend Public Health and Safety Committee, 4 p.m. Sept. 13, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Community and Economic Affairs Committee, 5 p.m. Sept. 13, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council special workstudy, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Arts Commission, 10 a.m. Sept. 14, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Shoreline Hearings Board, 5 p.m. Sept. 14, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Town Hall Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 411 Main Ave. S. ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m., Sept. 15, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. Sept. 15, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway
Events ❑ North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 1, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. See a performance by Collin Mulvany Quartet at 5:30 p.m. ❑ “Purl One, Listen Too,” 1 p.m. Sept. 1, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Learn new stitches, meet new friends, listen to new books and talk about knitting. ❑ Poetry Open Mic Night, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 1, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Spanish/English Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 3, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. All young children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. ❑ Women in Music: Saritah with Tiger Zane, Jessica Lynne and Sista Lu, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Game On!, 3 p.m. Sept. 9, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For teenagers. Play video games at the library. ❑ “Snoqualmie 101,” 10 a.m. Sept. 10, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Learn about the history of Snoqualmie from historian Dave Battey. ❑ Walk to Big Cedar, 10 a.m. Sept. 10, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Take a short
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hike to see a 500-year-old cedar tree, and learn about how American Indians and early settlers used cedar. Dress for the weather. ❑ Mike Antone and Camelia Jade, 10 a.m. Sept. 10, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ “Tree Pruning Class,” 1-3 p.m. Sept. 10, Riverview Park, 390000 Park St., Snoqualmie ❑ “America the Beautiful,” 2 p.m. Sept. 10, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. In relation to the Seattle Art Museum exhibit, “Beauty and Bounty: American Art in the Age of Exploration,” Art Historian Susan Olds will present a slide lecture featuring Hudson River School artists and others who painted the American wilderness from the eastern Catskills to the western territories of the Louisiana Purchase. ❑ Late Summer Travelers, 8 p.m. Sept. 10, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Snoqualmie Sept. 11th memorial ceremony, 8:15 a.m.
Sept. 11, Railroad Park, 7971 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ North Bend Sept. 11 candlelight vigil, 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend ❑ SnoValley Writers Work Group, 3 p.m. Sept. 11 and 25, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. Join other local writers for writing exercises, critique and lessons regarding voice, plot and point of view. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assignment prior to coming to class. Adults only please. ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Friends of the North Bend Library monthly meeting, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend ❑ Merry Monday Story Times, 11 a.m. Sept. 12, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For newborns to 3year-olds accompanied with an adult. ❑ “Master Gardeners’ Plant Clinic,” 6 p.m. Sept. 12,
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Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Snoqualmie Valley Master Gardeners offer free gardening answers to questions on plant selection, diagnosis and treatment of plant disease, mystery weed and insect identification. ❑ Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 2-3 with an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 3-6 with an adult. ❑ Professional Artist Critique Night, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. North Bend painter and art teacher Michael McDevitt will offer free professional critiques to interested artists of any age or competency. Bring a sample of your best finished work or piece in progress for feedback.
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❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. Sept. 15, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 6 months to 24 months with adult. ❑ Once Upon a Saturday Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. ❑ Pajama story times, 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. All young children welcome with an adult. ❑ Special-needs story time, 10 a.m. Sept. 17, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. Come for stories, songs and activities designed for children with special needs and their families. This program targets developmental ages 3 to 6, although children of all ages and abilities are welcome with an adult caregiver. Library opens at 9:30 a.m. for participating families.
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POSTAL CUSTOMER Steve Smith (left) and Karen Volkmanhave created a new life for themselves in Snoqualmie after leaving Washington, D.C., in...
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POSTAL CUSTOMER Steve Smith (left) and Karen Volkmanhave created a new life for themselves in Snoqualmie after leaving Washington, D.C., in...