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Mount Si wins in overtime Page 20

Valley’s Elk Management group begins study By Quinn Eddy

No cuts here County executive presents a budget without cuts. Page 2

Who goes where? State commission releases political boundary drafts. Page 8

Police blotter Page 17

Think the unthinkable Teachers train for handling disasters. Page 18

Patriotic family Three sons serve their country in National Guard. Page 14

With 31 elk tagged in the Snoqualmie Valley, the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management Group has now been able to commence its first scientific studies of the massive animals. “I think they’ve been doing some great work,” said Brian Kertson, wildlife biologist with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The preliminary results I’ve seen from the elk research have been great. The level of commitment in the group is really impressive.” The research project includes studies of population, age structure, migration routes and habitat use, all designed to develop a management plan to recommend a course of action to the department. In order to get accurate population numbers, the group uses mark resight algebra. The method takes the proportion of the animals spotted visually in relation to those collared in a given group. “The idea is to count the elk

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Elk cross 428th Avenue Southeast in North Bend as a school bus picks up children for school. Elk and humans often cross paths in the Snoqualmie Valley. when they are feeding. That’s when they’re most active,” said Harold Erland, vice president and chairman of the research

and management committee for the Upper Snoqualmie Elk Management Group. Unlike elk in other parts of

the country, Snoqualmie Valley elk don’t migrate. See ELK, Page 2

King County officials want to know Snoqualmie City Council what you think about local rivers By Dan Catchpole

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From babbling Ribary Creek to the placid Snoqualmie River to roaring Snoqualmie Falls, rivers crisscross the upper Snoqualmie Valley — and King County, as well. They are a defining feature of the local geography. With that in mind, King County is conducting a survey this month to gather residents’ opinions about rivers, how they are used and how they are managed. The goal is to improve the county’s river management and communication practices. “There are often tradeoffs for how rivers are managed, and we would like to have a sense of how familiar people are with those tradeoffs and how they prioritize them,” said Saffa

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King County information ❑ River and Floodplain Management Section: Go to, click on ‘Sections and programs’ in the left column, click on ‘River and Floodplain Management Section’ ❑ Flooding programs: ❑ River safety: Bardaro, the spokeswoman for King County’s River and Floodplain Management Section. The survey is focused on the county’s management of its six major rivers: the Snoqualmie, Tolt, Raging, Cedar, Green and White rivers. In managing the rivers, the county has to balance four

major concerns: flooding, environmental protection, recreational access and safety. The county wants “to improve the way we communicate about the work we are doing on rivers — such as flood risk-reduction projects, habitat restoration and recreational See RIVER, Page 2

By Dan Catchpole The race for Snoqualmie City Council’s Position No. 2 is another version of this election’s common theme: outsider versus insider. Like all races, it has a twist on the theme. The outsider, Kevin Ostrem, thinks it’s time to bring new ideas to the council. The insider, Jeff MacNichols, thinks the city needs experience on the council. Both men say the city faces difficult financial times ahead, and must work to attract businesses and jobs to the area. See COUNCIL, Page 3

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Elk From Page 1

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Members of the Redmond Police Department race around obstacles while practicing tactical driving at DirtFish Rally School. Redmond and other police departments have rented the school several times this year to hone their officers’ driving skills. The school operates at the former Weyerhaeuser mill near downtown Snoqualmie.

Rivers From Page 1 safety programs such as the recent lifejacket ordinance — and how that will impact rivers in the near and long term,” Bardaro said. In an effort to bolster safety on the river, King County Council passed an ordinance in June that requires life jackets be used on rivers. The ordinance expires Oct. 31, but it could be extended. The ordinance prompted a great deal of public comment, both positive and negative. The county’s flood management has drawn criticism from some Snoqualmie Valley residents who don’t like its let-itflow approach, which tries to

“There are often tradeoffs for how rivers are managed, and we would like to have a sense of how familiar people are with those tradeoffs and how they prioritize the.,” — Saffa Bardaro River and floodplain management

minimize how much the river is forced into an artificial channel. In addition to people’s attitudes about river management, the survey will also collect information about how residents value rivers and their opinions about river recreation opportunities.

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“Elk normally go from the high country to low country seasonally from winter to summer,” Erland said. “In the summer they are up in the mountains, then during the winter they generally come to the lowlands.” To track the movement of the Not aggressive, but not tame animals the group captures elk in clover traps. Kertson describes the The elk are then outfitted demeanor of these animals as with BHF high-frequency radio not necessarily aggressive but collars and some are fitted with not necessarily tame. Some may GPS collars. even be habituated to people. The tools help to track the The group began in 2007 when Erland responded to an animals on the ground. “The collars tell us what areas article in a newspaper from the they like more than others, what Department of Fish and Wildlife asking the public to report elk routes they take and where they sightings. cross roads Being a and highGet involved ways,” wildlife biologist, Erland Kertson said. Learn more about the worked with Upper Snoqualmie Valley Others are Elk Management Group and the department to come how to get involved at interested in up with a way tracking, too to get populaAccording tion numbers to Kertson, between 30 and 50 of elk residing in the Valley. collisions involving cars and elk “It’s a grassroots organization happen on Interstate 90 every formed by North Bend and year. That’s why the state Snoqualmie residents who have Department of Transportation diverse interests in the animals,” has provided seven collars to Kertson said. help the group track the aniThe idea for the group came mals. at a time when the population Washington state’s DOT isn’t of local elk was growing at a the only group with an interest rapid rate. in the animals. The city of With that rapid growth came North Bend gave the group an increase in issues of property funding for an additional 10 damage and collisions with tracking collars. vehicles. “They want to see a manage“If you’re going to be a homement plan,” Erland said. owner in this area, you have to Habitat-use studies have find a way to mitigate these lossshown what terrain features are es,” Erland said. “Educating the of highest value to the elk for public is a big thing. When peoeating, resting and calving. ple understand the elk there is In addition to the research more of a tolerance.” project, the Upper Snoqualmie Valley Elk Management group Quinn Eddy: 392-6434 or Comment at began a habitat improvement project. On state forest lands and logging roads, the group has been Correction planting seed mixes of native grasses and clover to encourage A story in the Sept. 15 issue of the Star misstated the name of the group co-hosting the “Bringing Baby Home” class with Encompass. The co-host is the Relationship Research Institute, which was founded by Dr. John Gottman.

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the elk to move off the Valley floor. “It’s too early to tell if it will work,” Kertson said. “The hope is that this will pull them out of the residential areas and build a habitat that will support these animals.” The second largest member of the deer family, Snoqualmie Valley elk cows can grow to between 300 and 600 pounds with bull elk ranging from 400900 pounds.

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County proposes no-cuts budget By Dan Catchpole For the first time since 2009, King County’s budget proposal has no cuts in it. Efficiencies and cost savings are to thank, County Executive Dow Constantine said when he presented his 2012 budget proposal to the County Council on Sept. 26. “My proposed budget is balanced, with no further cuts to services in the General Fund, by working with employees to make this government more efficient,” Constantine said. “Surrounded everywhere by seas of red ink, we have made King County an island of relative stability.” Constantine’s budget is $5.3 billion, with $648 million in the General Fund. A year ago, King County had projected it would have a $20 million shortfall in next year’s budget. But with cost-cutting and improved operations, “that deficit has been more than wiped out,” Constantine said. The largest savings came from a projected $61 million in savings over the next two years to the county’s employee health care costs. That includes $38 million in 2012. Constantine credited the See BUDGET, Page 8

Council From Page 1 The outsider Originally from South Kitsap, Ostrem and his wife moved to Snoqualmie in 2000. They have two children — a 12-year-old boy and a 10-year-old daughter. After living in town for a decade, Ostrem decided it was time for run for office. The City Council needs a new voice on it to bring a fresh perspective, he said. “When people change out, you get some diversity that can help the city,” he said. Snoqualmie is a well-run city in Ostrem’s estimation, but it has been spinning its wheels when it comes to job creation. “We have a lot of vacancies on the Ridge and downtown,” he said. Of course, the economic recession plays a large part, but the computer engineer wants Snoqualmie to reduce its business and occupation tax for companies willing to relocate to the city. Ostrem acknowledged that cutting the city’s B&O tax won’t save a company much money, but “it is something that you can use to negotiate with a business to come here.” He also wants to use his many contacts at Microsoft — where he started working in 1993 — to encourage the software company to open an office in Snoqualmie Ridge’s largely vacant business park. Ostrem wants Snoqualmie to lure more high-tech jobs to the city, because they will pay well. He is skeptical that DirtFish Rally School will bring well-paying jobs to the city. Since DirtFish is central to the current annexation proposal, Ostrem opposes it. While the former Weyerhaeuser mill site could be valuable to the city, Ostrem said

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Kevin Ostrem Occupation: Computer engineer Education: Olympic College, coursework, 1988-1990 Website: he is concerned that Snoqualmie also could be annexing a site that is more contaminated than city officials believe it to be. “It’s probably a pretty toxic site,” he said. Ultimately, the rally school will hurt the city’s quality of life, which will lower home values and make it harder to entice businesses to move here, he said. Rather than annexing the Weyerhaeuser mill site, Ostrem wants Snoqualmie to focus on its current resources and projects to improve the city’s idyllic quality. For him, those include revitalizing downtown Snoqualmie, maintaining the city’s many parks and building up the city’s brand. He supports city leaders’ interest in drawing tourists into the downtown area and said the city should consider installing more signage. As a councilman, he would encourage residents from the Ridge and downtown to be more involved in city affairs. The city can support that effort, he said, by having a better organized website. “They post a lot of stuff, but it can be hard to navigate,” he said. The experience Snoqualmie faces a significant challenge in the coming years, according to City Councilman Jeff MacNichols.


Jeff MacNichols Occupation: Attorney Education: University of Washington, B.A., 1994; Seattle University, J.D., 1997 Website: The city has a long list of roads and other infrastructure requiring maintenance work, but with a lackluster economy and weak housing market, tax revenues will likely remain relatively flat. So, Snoqualmie has to balance fiscal responsibility with infrastructure needs that can’t be swept under the carpet, MacNichols said. Tackling the problem will require experienced legislators who know how the city operates, he said. MacNichols was elected to the City Council in 2003, beating incumbent Dick Kirby by 52 votes. He ran unopposed and was re-elected in 2007. The City Council addressed some of the roads requiring urgent attention when it passed a $5.6 million bond this summer, but that only scratches the surface, according to city officials. MacNichols wants the city to begin setting aside money each year into a dedicated infrastructure fund. The challenge of balancing infrastructure needs with fiscal responsibility would be his top priority, followed by economic development, he said. MacNichols, who is a partner and co-owner of a litigation law firm, pointed to the downtown revitalization project as an example of an economic development effort he has supported.

Many of the City Council’s efforts in recent years will soon come to fruition, he said. “The next couple years will be productive for us,” he said. The construction of a community center on the Ridge will bolster the retail stores’ foot traffic. Snoqualmie Valley Hospital’s new facility on the Ridge will draw related businesses to the area, too. “The city continues to forge ahead to foster healthy business development,” MacNichols said. Recently, he has talked with Puget Western, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser, about the Ridge’s business park, which it owns. Much of the park’s office space is vacant. MacNichols wants Puget Western to allow retail into the area. “We’d love to have another hotel, and that’s no secret,” he said. That would make it easier for the city to get tourists into downtown Snoqualmie. The city should also continue to work with Puget Sound Energy and the Salish Lodge & Spa to encourage visitors to Snoqualmie Falls to come to the city’s downtown, MacNichols said. Unlike his opponent, MacNichols believes DirtFish will bring jobs and tax revenue to Snoqualmie. While many questions about the annexation remain to be answered, he has spoken favorably about it and the process in the past. “It’s not finished yet,” he said. “There’re still comments to be taken, questions to be answered.” The Redmond native did say that any racing “is obviously not in line” with the anticipated uses. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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On Monday, King County Executive Dow Constantine presented his proposed 2012 budget — with no cuts. No cuts. It is almost hard to believe in this era of seemingly endless budget crises, when every year seems to require another round of fiscal triage. Constantine’s administration and county employees have done an excellent job of saving money by finding new efficiencies. The County Council has supported these efforts in a pragmatic, nonpartisan way. But “no cuts” does not mean service levels are where they need to be. The county’s roads continue to deteriorate, because the traditional funding formula is not bringing in enough money to cover the maintenance work required on the county’s 1,600 miles of roads. In 2011, the county’s Road Services Division’s budget is about $106 million, well below the $240 million needed to maintain and improve the county’s roads. Most of the money for the work comes from the Road Levy. Following the latest annexations, the levy is paid by the roughly 250,000 residents in unincorporated King County. And yet, we all benefit from county roads, especially in the Snoqualmie Valley. As Constantine noted, the funding formula is outdated and unfair. It must be updated. There are many models for raising the needed money that should be explored. Constantine said it is up to a commission convened by Gov. Chris Gregoire to develop a new formula to pay for Washington’s transportation needs. Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett is representing King County, which is reassuring. Can we trust Olympia to solve King County and the state’s transportation problems? Given the lack of leadership in Olympia on so many matters, it is hard to believe that the governor’s group can tackle the problem. King County leaders must be ready to go it alone if necessary, and not look to the state for solutions.

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I am not truly sure what you meant by “business folks.” My childhood was explained in terms of finances from a father who has a PhD. in economics. I have successfully been in sales most of my life, and enjoy reading books about behavioral economics. Furthermore, I am pro-business, providing it is bridled with a social conscious. It is not a straight matter of bringing in commerce for the local economy. It’s incorporating merchants whose values are congruent with our ideals. It’s incorporating merchants without forgetting about the people of the community. By allowing this annexation to proceed it permits our City Council to say that business is more important than the people in Snoqualmie. The site has already been assessed positive for toxic waste and flood mitigation, both of which were to be moderated

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upon annexation by Weyerhaeuser. The council and mayor know this and are trying to circumvent these obligations. In the interest of business I find it interesting that no one has proposed the idea of forcing Weyerhaeuser to clean up the mill site. That would take several years with hundreds of workers and would leave behind viable parcels of land. In addition, with the area returned to flood storage, our schools will not have to front $2 million per flood event. By the way, remember this figure when the schools ask for money or can’t expand because of finances. Chris Schotzko Snoqualmie

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Love will even get you to take a shower By Slim Randles It wasn’t long at all before just about everyone in the valley knew about Dewey’s dream girl, Emily Stickles, she of the county office in charge of keeping an eye on things. It wasn’t long at all because Dewey told everyone about it. Somewhere, deep inside him, was this urge to court this young lady successfully. So strong was this urge that Dewey set out to glean every scrap of advice from almost everyone he knew. It was as though he thought if he could just come up with an amalgam of methods, Emily would almost have to be his. And a guy doesn’t rush something this important. Success, he knew, comes about when preparation meets opportunity. It was the preparation that concerned him, as he could always waylay her somewhere between her office and her home. And all of us, his friends, fans and supporters, wanted to advise him properly. We’d seen him through disaster after disaster, and now he was the king of fertilizer here in the valley. For us, it was as if his success would be partially ours, as well. “Dewey, are you sure, uh, Emily … it’s Emily, right? OK. Are you sure Emily is available?” “She is, Doc. She used to have

a steady boyfriend, but that was back in the city she came from. She’s not seeing anyone here at all.” “Dewey,” Steve asked, “are you stalking this poor girl?” “No, of course not. It’s just that I had to do my Slim Randles … homework Columnist a bit. I didn’t want to rush into this thing blind.” “Hey, that goes without saying,” Herb chimed in. “Right guys?” “Yeah. Sure.” “I’m going to buy some new

clothes before I meet her,” he said. “Talk to Anita first,” Dud said. “She has some fashion ideas for you. In fact, she’s been talking with Sarah and some of the others, and they all have suggestions.” “Thanks! I’ll do it.” “And Dewey,” Doc added, in a conspiratorial tone, “you won’t forget that showering thing now, right?” “For Emily,” said our stricken swain, sultan of soil amenities, “I’d shower twice!” “Sounds like love to me,” Steve said. Brought to you by Slim’s new book “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at

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Redistricting could mean a more conservative 8th By Dan Catchpole Snoqualmie and North Bend could see their congressional district — the 8th — become more conservative based on plans released Sept. 13 by the panel responsible for redrawing Washington’s political map. Three of the four plans unveiled by members of the Washington Redistricting Commission moved the 8th Congressional District to the east and across the Cascade Mountains. Another plan moves the cities into a more rural version of the current 1st Congressional District. The commission is tasked with redrawing the state’s congressional districts and adding a new 10th district due to population growth since 2000. At least one congressional district will have to cross the Cascades, likely either the 8th or the 3rd, Democratic political consultant Sandeep Kaushik said. “By doing that, they make it safe for a Republican,” he said. Since being created in 1980, Republicans have represented the 8th District in Congress. The incumbent, Rep. Dave Reichert, was first elected in 2004. But Republicans have never consistently won the district by large margins, and it is considered a swing district. Reichert, a moderate Republican, has never won by more than 52 percent of the

Budget From Page 3 health care cost savings to the county’s Healthy Incentives program. “Clearly, our employees’ health and the county’s fiscal health go hand in hand,” he said. The cost reductions saved jobs in his proposed budget for sheriff’s deputies, deputy prosecutors and public health nurses. County employees suggested efficiencies and cost-saving measures that are expected to save the county $32 million next year, he said. These efficiencies include consolidating computer servers for all departments into a single data center, making better use of office space and getting rid of 54 unnecessary county vehicles. To save the county money in the future, Constantine’s budget puts $2.7 million into its rainy day fund. That would push the fund above the 6 percent level needed for the county to keep

vote. His centrist and pro-environment positions have drawn criticism from more conservative Republicans, including an opponent in the 2010 primary. He could face a similar threat in 2012 if the 8th District moves east. Reichert did not reply to requests for comment. Common interests The 8th District could move but leave Snoqualmie and North Bend behind. Republican Tom Huff, one of the four commissioners, moved the cities into a redrawn 1st District that grouped rural areas north to the Canadian border. Keeping common interests together is a critical concern, the former state legislator said. That could be important for the Valley, which relies heavily on federal dollars for flood mitigation and subsidized flood insurance. Even if the district’s population center shifts eastward, it likely won’t affect the Valley, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said. But “there are distinct differences in priorities on either side of the Cascades,” said state Legislator Glenn Anderson, who represents Snoqualmie and North Bend. Anderson, a Republican, wants the commission to create more swing districts. “When a district is more swing, you have to find that

its AAA bond rating. He also proposed setting aside $9.1 million in other reserves to buffer against uncertainty in future sales tax revenues. Constantine also proposed creating a one-time fund of $1 million to award grants under $25,000 to nonprofit groups providing human services. Under his proposal, the grants could be used for capital improvement, technology or capacity building. The proposed budget includes spending in collaboration with The Boeing Co. and Group Health to redesign obsolete and cumbersome business practices. The partnership has already turned renewing license tabs by mail from a three-week process into one that takes five or fewer days. Constantine’s budget also calls for piloting a product-based budget in six agencies that is meant to make it more apparent to the public what an agency produces and what it gets for its money. Product-based budgeting looks at the specific services an agency provides as products that

Get involved The Washington Redistricting Commission is taking public input on the commissioners’ proposed plans. Comments must be submitted before the group’s Oct. 11 meeting. Comments can be mailed to Washington State Redistricting Commission, 1063 Capitol Way S., Suite 16, P.O. Box 40948, Olympia, WA 98504-0948, or emailed to Learn more at middle balance,” he said. Washington is one of only seven states that have a bipartisan or independent commission redraw the electoral map. Most of the 43 states with more than one Congressional representative leave redistricting to their state legislatures. Politics certainly entered into the commissioners’ plans. Democrat Tim Ceis’ state legislative plan would move 15 Republican legislators out of their current districts. Republican Slade Gorton’s plan created a majority-minority district — a key goal for immigration-rights and other activist groups — but also created a more conservative 10th District. “It’s an implicit trade,” but likely a nonstarter, Kaushik said. The other three commission-

On the Web Read the full budget at Budget can be measured as, for example, the quality, quantity and the cost per unit of a trip on an Access van, the issuance of a marriage license or building permit or the response to a 9-1-1 call. During his presentation, Constantine said he wants all of King County government to move to product-based budgeting within three years.

State needs to help save roads and transit But cost savings from finding efficiencies cannot save public transit or county roads, Constantine said. Metro Transit, which depends in large part on declining sales tax revenue, has slashed its operating budget in recent years. But the County Council still had to pass the two-year Congestion Reduction Charge in August to prevent a 17 percent cut in ser-

ers, including Huff, have a minority-majority and more liberal 10th District in their plans. Still, the commission’s makeup — two Republicans and two Democrats — requires compromise between the two parties. That is the “genius of the Washington system,” Gorton said. “Ultimately, Republicans and Democrats are going to have to agree.” But creating swing districts that will produce moderates isn’t the commission’s goal or even always possible, he said. “There isn’t any way to draw a Seattle district that’s competitive,” he said. Fewer changes proposed for state Legislature The group also is redrawing the districts for the state Legislature and released proposed redistricting plans last week. The 5th Legislative District, which contains Snoqualmie and North Bend, lost either or both Issaquah and Sammamish in all of the plans to account for growing population in the Snoqualmie Valley. “My preference obviously is to keep them,” Anderson said. The four commissioners will now negotiate the final boundaries, which will be used for the 2012 election. If they fail to settle on final congressional and legislative district maps by Jan. 1, the state Supreme Court is responsible for redrawing the districts.

vice. “Long-term reform of transit financing still resides with the state Legislature,” he said. The county doesn’t have enough money to pay for keeping up its roads and bridges, including many in the Snoqualmie Valley. The county’s Road Services Division had to lay off 81 workers this year. Constantine included triaging road maintenance work to save money in his 2012 budget proposal. “The success of urban annexations has left only 250,000 residents of the unincorporated areas paying for 1,600 miles of county roads used by 2 million of us,” Constantine said. “It’s a system that hasn’t been revisited in 25 years, and it’s no longer adequate or fair.” He called on the statewide transportation task force convened by Gov. Chris Gregoire to “create a statewide solution for deteriorating roads in rural areas, as well for transit needs in urban areas.” Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett represents King County on the task force.

EFR wants 2.6 percent budget increase By Ari Cetron Wage and health insurance costs are the prime drivers of a proposed 2.6 percent increase in Eastside Fire & Rescue’s proposed 2012 budget. Some board members, however, said they wonder if parts of the projected budget may be off. EFR’s board got its first look at the $21.5 million spending plan Sept. 19. The budget is about $546,000 more than last year. The lion’s share is a 2 percent increase in salaries, which will translate into about $435,000. Benefit costs, including a 6 percent increase in medical costs, will mean about a $130,000 increase in that spending category. Some of the extra costs, however, are offset by a reduction in communications fees, said Scott Faires, budget finance analyst for EFR. EFR Director Tom Odell, of Sammamish, questioned the assumptions surrounding ambulance services and fees. EFR collects a fee for transporting See EFR, Page 9

Constantine said he expects the state, which is facing a projected $1.4 billion budget shortfall, will cut money for public health and human services in the county. “We don’t know where these cuts may come, so I have not anticipated them in my budget. But we do know they could be devastating for our neediest residents,” he said. His budget proposal also asks the County Council to approve a supplemental appropriation to fund an effort to persuade Boeing to build its overhauled 737 jet planes in King County. The effort includes continued cleanup of the Duwamish River and contaminated properties that could, with redevelopment and reinvestment, support manufacturing and light industrial jobs. King County Council plans to hold public hearings on the budget and is set to adopt a final budget Nov. 21. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

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Proposed redrawing of County Council districts keeps the upper Snoqualmie Valley together By Dan Catchpole Snoqualmie, North Bend and surrounding communities will remain in the same King County Council district under a final plan released last week by the committee responsible for redrawing the local political map. The proposed map keeps the upper Snoqualmie Valley together in District 3 while rebalancing the county’s population between its nine districts. District 3 is currently the most populous of the districts. Several earlier proposals had shifted some neighborhoods near North Bend into District 9 to the south. That would have been a mistake, North Bend city officials said at the time. “They identify with us,” Mayor Ken Hearing said. North Bend officials feared that if the areas were moved to District 9, their residents would become an afterthought for its representative, Reagan Dunn, because the vast majority of his constituents live to the southeast. King County Districting Committee members unanimously agreed Sept. 19 to release a final proposal for public comment and review. A plan must be adopted by Jan. 15 for the 2012 election. The King County Charter says districts should be “with compact and contiguous territory, composed of economic and geo-

graphic units, and approximately equal in population.” Population data cannot be used to favor or disadvantage any racial group or political party. The result is fair and balanced across the county, said Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents District 3. The final proposal does change District 3. If the plan is approved, Lambert will no longer represent any part of Kirkland, Woodinville or Bellevue. At least some portion of each city is currently in her district. “I knew it had to happen. I’m sorry to see those cities go,” Lambert said. “It’s like losing a child to college: You know it’s coming, but you’re sorry when it does.” Under the final plan, she will continue to represent Snoqualmie, North Bend, Carnation, Duvall, part of Redmond, Sammamish, Issaquah and Skykomish. When drawing district borders, committee members don’t want to create any orphan areas,

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said Simon Farretta, the committee’s lead staff member. Residents can share their thoughts on the proposal at an Oct. 3 public hearing in Seattle. The five-person redistricting committee gathered input at a series of public meetings before releasing its latest proposal. The next hearing is the last step before the committee acts on the proposed map. “Public testimony raised new ideas and helped us better understand communities of interest,” committee Chairman Terrence Carroll, a retired King County Superior Court judge,

On the Web See a map of the King County Districting Committee redistricting proposal at said in a statement. “Public input helped members come together around common principles and reach unanimous agreement on a proposed plan three months ahead of schedule.” The County Council appointed the committee in January.

EFR From Page 8 patients to a hospital via ambulance, and just instituted an additional mileage fee based on how far it transports patients. The fees are largely borne by insurance providers, and EFR does not deny people transport if they are unable to pay. Odell noted that the new hospital Swedish/Issaquah will likely change ambulance usage for much of the EFR coverage area. Since many injured and sick people will no longer be taken to Overlake, it will mean fewer miles traveled. It will also change the availability of ambulance services, since the shorter trip means they will be able to return to service more quickly. Odell suggested that the board should look more closely at the budget’s revenue forecasts in light of those changing circumstances. EFR Director Don Gerend, of Sammamish, also questioned the size of the EFR reserve fund. He noted that EFR’s target is about $1.8 million, but the agency has about $2.4 million in reserve. Some of that will likely be spent, but Gerend questioned putting more money into an already full reserve. EFR’s Finance and Operations Committee will begin discussion of the budget next month, and the full board is expected to adopt a budget in November or December.

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County proposes system for prioritizing road maintenance said. The county’s Road Services Facing continued steep Division budget this year is declines in money to pay for about $106 million. That is well county roads, King County below the $240 million the Executive Dow Constantine has county estimated it would need proposed a plan to strictly prior- to maintain and improve the itize roadwork. The plan, which system. will be in the proposed budget Money for the King County he sends to County Council Road Fund comes primarily Sept. 26, calls for a tiered system from a property levy and gas tax prioritizing road maintenance, revenue. But the county’s tax storm response and snow base is shrinking as cities annex removal. many of the most densely popuLower-tiered roads would lated unincorporated areas. receive little maintenance and The fund has also been hurt could even be given gravel surby declining property values faces. because its levy is capped at “With fewer revenues, we $2.25 per $1,000 of assessed must manage the most pressing value. As home values have problems that affect the most gone down, so too has the people with the money collectresources we ed for roads. On the Web have. It is, in The bulk of essence, triage,” Learn more about the the agency’s Constantine said plan at money this year in a news release. — about $80 /newservicelevels Three factors million — will are causing govcome from the ernments to cut property tax in back their road budgets, said unincorporated areas. Because of Mark Hallenbeck, a transportaa voter-approved initiative suption engineer and director of the ported by the Legislature, the Washington State tax can only be increased by 1 Transportation Center at the percent each year. Except for the University of Washington. past two years, inflation has far Tax revenues for transportaoutpaced increases in property tion have been reduced — often- taxes. times by voter initiatives, there The gas tax is estimated to has been historical incentive to contribute $14 million to the build new roads without agency’s account. But gas tax accounting for future mainterevenue has steadily declined for nance needs and older roads are years, because residents are drimore expensive to maintain. ving increasingly fuel-efficient “We’re declining to pay taxes vehicles. for stuff that needs to happen,” In addition, the tax isn’t tied Hallenbeck said. to inflation. As a result, transportation To keep pace with its declindepartments are cutting back on ing funding, the Road Services maintenance work because there Division cut 81 positions this is nowhere else to cut from, he year. Another 30 are slated to be By Dan Catchpole

Tiered plan The proposed system ranks the county’s nearly 1,600 miles of roadways into five service levels. The ranking is based on criteria such as volume of use, safety requirements, detour length, and whether the road is considered sole-access, a lifeline route or important for buses. ❑ Tier 1 (50 percent of daily trips): These roads are heavilytraveled arterials such as Preston-Fall City Road, connecting large communities, major services and critical infrastructure. The county would provide the highest level of storm response, including the first roads to receive snow and ice removal. These roads will receive the highest level of maintenance and preservation. ❑ Tier 2 (20 percent of daily trips): These roads, including West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast, serve less populated areas and provide alternate routes to Tier 1 roads. They would receive maintenance to keep them in good condition. Preservation efforts would be reactive and prioritized based on the level of risk and availability of funding. Storm response and snow removal would be less than Tier 1 roads. ❑ Tier 3 (15 percent of daily trips): These are highly-used local roads serving local communities and large residential areas. Maintenance and preservation would slow deterioration, but users of tier 3 roads could expect to see wear-and-tear, possible load limits, lower posted speed limits and long-term partial closures. There would be little to no storm response or snow removal. ❑ Tier 4 (5 percent of daily trips): These are local residential dead-end roads that have no other outlet, such as Southeast Middle Fork Road. Maintenance would be limited to work that preserves access. Some roads could be turned into gravel. There would be almost no snow removal or storm response. ❑ Tier 5 (10 percent of daily trips): These are local roads that have alternate routes available for travel in case of road closures. The county would provide the least reliable access with virtually no storm or snow response. Limited maintenance would lead to more road deterioration. Users of tier 5 roads could expect to see some closures, which may result in longer detours and difficulty accessing property. cut in Constantine’s proposed 2012 budget. But while its revenues are dropping, the cost of maintaining roads is remaining largely the same, because annexations are not touching most of the county’s most expensive roads to maintain.

“Our maintenance needs have grown for two reasons: We’ve built more and it’s getting older,” Hallenbeck said. Constantine’s proposed tiered maintenance system uses the county’s Roads Strategic Plan to set priorities. The most used arterials would receive the high-

est level of maintenance, storm response and snow and ice removal, while the lowest-priority roads could be downgraded to gravel. If approved by the County Council as part of the 2012 budget, the new service approach would take effect in January 2012. King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents Snoqualmie Valley, supports Constantine’s proposal. “Revenues for our roads system will continue to greatly decrease as over half of the unincorporated population will ultimately be annexed into cities’ jurisdictions,” Lambert said in a statement. “Unfortunately, despite these annexations, the roadway infrastructure the County will have to continue to maintain will remain largely the same. We must prioritize how we spend our revenues in the unincorporated areas so that we can keep our roads as safe and productive as possible.” The county’s rural roads are among its oldest and most vulnerable to damage because many run alongside rivers and streams, through heavily wooded areas, and at higher elevations. The Governor’s Connecting Washington Task Force could have some answers for the situation when it finishes its proposal for a statewide transportation package. A new model for funding county roads maintenance is needed, Constantine said. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at


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North Bend family has three sons in uniform By Sebastian Moraga Sometimes, you don’t sleep. Sometimes, you don’t understand. But always, you pray. “We pray hard,” Victoria Reeves said at her house in North Bend. “We try not to worry but you can’t put the worry out of your mind.” Reeves and her husband Randall are the parents of three children: Randall Lee, Andrew and Daniel — all three outdoor types, all three in their 20s and all three members of the United States Army National Guard. Randall said he does not know why his sons all chose the same path. A clue hangs from the upper branches of the family tree. Randall and two siblings served in the United States Navy. Randall’s nephew is a professor at West Point. Randall’s father fought in two wars. “I suspect that talking to their grandpa and their cousin,” Randall said, “they decided to serve.” He insisted he never pushed his boys toward serving. At the same time, he never stopped them, either. “When my son Randall first

went to Iraq,” the elder Reeves said, “it was like, ‘OK, how can we say we want to protect our freedom, but we want someone else to do it?’” Then, there’s mom Victoria, born in the Philippines. “America fought for me in World War II,” she said. “That’s why I have no regrets that my sons are serving.” Siblings are allowed to serve in the same branch of the Armed Forces, just not in the same unit. So far, Randall Lee is the only sibling to have seen combat. He served two years in Iraq, until he got hurt. He is now recovering in Texas. “He had some head and back injuries,” said Victoria. “That’s all we know.” Not knowing all that goes on with their children frustrates them, but that’s part of the sacrifice a soldier’s parent makes, Randall said. “You have to be prepared to accept that there’s a part of their life that they may never share with you,” he said. More frustrating still is what transpires in the other Washington. Politicians and their threats to shut down the government,

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Victoria and Randall Reeves hold photos of their three children — Randall, Daniel and Andrew. All three serve in the United States National Guard. Randall said, play games with the lives of soldiers. The flip side is the long list of outstanding servicemen and women Randall and Victoria have met or heard about since their sons first donned the uniforms. “Meeting them, being

Blue star banners come back to Valley Pam Collingwood wants to remind Snoqualmie Valley residents of the service some of their neighbors are performing. Collingwood is leading the effort in the upper Valley’s American Legion Auxiliary Post 79 to give service — or blue star — banners to people with family members serving in the military. Collingwood handed out banners to four families at North Bend City Council’s Sept. 6 meeting. She will hand out banners again at Snoqualmie City Council’s Oct. 10 meeting. Blue star banners began in World War I. The flag represents a loved one serving active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. The banner has a blue star in the center of a white rectangle with a wide red border. Flags with gold stars represent a loved one killed during military service. At the North Bend City Council meeting, Randall and Vicky Reeves received a three-star banner for their three sons — Randall, Andrew and Daniel — in the U.S. Army. Beth Waltz accepted a banner


Pam Collingwood (left) presents a service banner to Beth Waltz and her daughter, Shasta, for Waltz’s son, Shilo, who is scheduled to finish basic training in the U.S. Army on Sept. 23. for her son Shilo, who is slated to finish basic training at the Army’s Fort Sill in Oklahoma on Sept. 23. Sisters Amber Smith and Dana Perrault received a banner for their brother, Cory. The 2006 Mount Si High School

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impressed by them, hearing them be impressed by our children,” he said. “It’s really neat.” Randall said it’s just a matter of time before the two younger ones get called to combat. When it happens, it will be especially poignant for Andrew, a former baseball teammate of

Play brings vampire Count to North Bend Mwah-hah-hah-haaa! Count Dracula arrives at North Bend’s Valley Center Stage this week and will be there at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Sept. 29 to Oct. 15. The play “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” recommended for people ages 11 and older, tells the tale of the struggle between the Count and Dr. Van Helsing, as the latter warns two women that vampires are indeed real. Actors in the play include Brenden Elwood, Craig Ewing, Bill Stone, Sean Stone, Julia Buck, Robin Strahan, David Cravens, Adam Hegg and Gregg Lucas. This is Elwood’s second time at Valley Center Stage as Dracula. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students. The play contains strobe lights, fog effects and gun shots, and is not recommended for the faint of heart, according to a release from the theater. Go to for reservations.

Eric Ward. Ward died in 2010, the Valley’s first and so far only casualty of Operation Enduring Freedom. “It could have been my son that day, too,” Victoria said. See SONS, Page 15

City employees receive awards from state finance organization Three city employees in the upper Snoqualmie Valley have been honored by the Washington Finance Officers Association for their work. The three employees received the organization’s Professional Finance Officer award for 2011. Two city staff members from North Bend received the award: Finance manager Stan Lewis and staff accountant Beth Waltz. Snoqualmie’s accountant clerk Tania Holden also received the award. Holden received the award in 2010 as well. The award recognizes the professional service and continued training of its recipients. Snoqualmie also has received the association’s Distinguished Budget Award the past three years. This year’s recipients will be announced at the organization’s conference Sept. 13-16 in Spokane.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

Obituary Harry Franklin ‘Dutch’ Aron Jr., Harry Franklin “Dutch” Aron Jr., longtime resident of Issaquah, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the age of 75. Dutch was born April 17, 1936, in Philadelphia. He was one of seven children born to his parents, Harry Sr. and Dorothy Aron, who predecease him. He married his wife Betty on Nov. 24, 1967, after going on a blind date four Harry Franklin ‘Dutch’ Aron Jr. months prior. Betty survives Dutch. He is also survived by his three children: Andrew, of Renton, Jim, of Renton, and Sarah, of Redmond. Dutch graduated from Issaquah High School in 1954. After spending time in the United States Air Force, Dutch worked as a general contractor for many years. Additionally, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and being around people. He will be missed by many of his friends and family. A memorial service will be held in his honor at Capstone Farms (5431 264th Ave. N.E. Redmond, WA 98053) on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in Dutch’s honor for his wife at Edward Jones. Please make checks payable to Betty Aron and send to Edward Jones, 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 6, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Sons From Page 14 A grandmother of three, Victoria said she continues to hope the war will end soon and her boys will return to long, stable lives. Until then, she will respect their decisions. “If my son is willing to serve, that’s his choice,” she said. “I can’t say no. I just have to pray for him. You have to face the facts that it’s going to happen and it is what they want to do.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at


Sisters triumph the natural way in beauty pageant and natural looks on stage in something that No makeup. No glitz. turned into even more No problem. of a family affair when Sisters Emily and Emily was escorted on Abby Hamilton, of stage by her twin brothNorth Bend, earned er Michael. several awards at the Emily, the first-timer, National American also won $250 in cash, Miss of Washington which Mom put into pageant. her college fund. Abby, participating “She has a very for the third time, won quirky personality,” she second place in the said. “We weren’t sure photogenic competihow she was gonna do, tion and third runnerso we just let her be up in the talent compeher, and she did fantastition. tically well.” Emily, 5, participatHer girls won plenty ing for the first time but did not win first but in a different age place, and that was just bracket, won first place fine by Donna. in the photogenic com“This tends to be petition, third runnerhonest and fair,” she up in talent and first said. “Each time, I tend Contributed place in the best thankto say the girl who wins you note contest. Emily and Abigail Hamilton and the row of trophies they won at the Washington edition of should have won.” Emily also finished the National American Miss Pageant. The girls will continin the top 10 out of 47 ue participating in the contestants in the contest’s at Disneyland. tions and communications. pageant, but two years from Princess division. “It was really fun,” said Abby, “It gave me the ability to be now they will be in the same The pageant does not allow 8. “You get to meet new articulate and well-spoken,” she age division. girls to look older than they are, friends.” said. “It helped me in a plethora Having her girls compete does not allow glitzy dresses and Abby and Emily performed of things in life.” against each other gives Donna does not allow makeup, said two dances as part of the talent She paid for her first year of pause. Donna J. Hamilton, the girls’ portion of the contest. Asked if college in 1989 with two “First and foremost, we care mother and a participant in the she wanted to someday participageants, she said. about what’s best for the girls, Miss New Jersey contest in her pate in the Miss America Still, she did not want her so if it means skipping the youth. pageant, Emily said she did not girls in just any contest. pageant for a year,” she said, The contest happened Labor know, while Abby sounded a lit“I would never allow my girls “that’s what we would do.” Day weekend at the Sea-Tac tle less hesitant. to be in a glitz pageant,” she Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Hilton. “Yes! Yes! Yes!” she said. said. Comment at The sisters qualified for the Donna said being in pageants Instead, Abby and Emily national pageant in November led her to a career in public rela- showcased their natural talents By Sebastian Moraga

Costume swap gives green twist to Halloween By Sebastian Moraga Spider Man still would do whatever a spider could. And Tinkerbell would still grant you three wishes. They would just save their moms a few bucks while at it. Two Valley businesses have organized a costume swap for Halloween, encouraging parents to trade in their children’s costumes for used ones, instead of buying brand-new ones every time. The swap will take place Oct. 8, all across the country, including in North Bend and seven other spots in Washington. Dana Verhoff, co-publisher of the online newsletter Snoqualmie Valley Macaroni Kid, said the website Green Halloween ( inspired her to bring the costume swap to the Valley. Green Halloween’s website stated that the more people buy new costumes, the greater the depletion of the earth’s natural resources.

“As a mom, the idea of what example we are setting for our children really connected with me,” Verhoff said. “Kids can start thinking about how ‘I don’t really need a new costume every year.’” North Bend’s Totz Drop-andPlay will cooperate with Macaroni Kid. Between now and Oct. 7, people can stop by the daycare center and drop off their costumes. In return they will receive a voucher for Oct. 8, when they can pick out another costume. The swap will last from 910:30 a.m. at Totz. More than 70 other spots nationwide will participate in the swap, Verhoff said. “It’s exciting to be part of that bigger picture,” she added. Tradable costumes need to be gently used, said Tamara Davidson, owner of Totz. They need to be free of stains and rips. “It needs to be something that’s useable again,” Davidson said. “Adult-sized costumes are OK, but this is an idea geared toward children.”


Dana Verhoff and her children are all decked out for Halloween. Verhoff supports an eco-friendly costume swap for this year’s Halloween. People may drop off costumes Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. Totz is at 249 Main Ave. S. in North Bend.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Davidson said of the swap. “When they do their thing on Halloween, kids only wear them one time. This is a great way to pass it on to somebody else.”

September 29, 2011

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Kelly and Sue Jensen, owners of Plateau Jewelers, have a passion for fine jewelry — custom-made, premier jewelry to be exact. Since 1996, Plateau Jewelers has specialized in designing and producing custom jewelry to satisfy customer’s unique and personal needs. It’s what the Jensens and their staff do best! Now the showroom has been completely remodeled around an innovative computerized design system. First, you select a starting-point design from thousands of options. Then using 3D design software, you have creative control to customize every detail of the jewelry from stone size, shape, and color to extensive design changes. Once you are satisfied with your masterpiece, Plateau Jewelers will custom make the jewelry just for you. “This new system allows you to celebrate life’s moments better with personalized jewelry,” says Kelly. Plateau Jewelers is also a full service jeweler, offering a full selection of watches, bracelets, pendants, rings and necklaces from some of the most renowned brands in the industry. Diamond and pearls are among timeless favorites. Jewelry appraisals and watch batteries are also offered. “We have built our niche in designing and producing custom jewelry,” says Kelly. “It’s something we love to do each and every day.” Plateau Jeweler’s design awards include accolades from Modern Jeweler magazine and a 1st place award in a Pacific Northwest Jewelers design competition. “Whether you have a rough idea scratched out on a napkin, or take advantage of our new design system, our team

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

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Mathnasium helps take kids’ fear out of learning math When it comes to math, kids either love it or hate it. Mathnasium in Snoqualmie Ridge offers instruction to elementary, middle and high school students who fit into three categories — those who struggle in math and need to catch up, those who want to keep up, and those who excel in math and want to get ahead. “Children don’t hate math, but they do hate being confused and intimidated by it,” said Sumitha Reddy, who owns the Mathnasium franchise with her friend, Rayan Chepuri. In the welcoming environment of Mathnasium, the pair, along with highly trained instructors, follow the Mathnasium Method of evaluate, educate and validate. Through comprehensive written and oral tests, a student’s knowledge gaps are determined. Based on test results, a personalized learning program that includes diagnostics, instruction, worksheets, manipulatives and games is developed for each student. “We develop a curriculum based on the unique needs of each child,” Reddy said. “If a student has fallen behind, we work to fill in those educational gaps. Because math concepts build upon one another, it ís important to have a strong foundation.” Parents usually drop off their children at Mathnasium twice a week for one-hour sessions. The teacher-to-student ratio is 1-to-4 and session costs are typically less than the cost of tutoring, with better results. “The sessions include learning new concepts while practicing skills the students already know,” Chepuri said. “We also spend time reviewing homework and always end with math-oriented games”

Hey, buddy, buy us a beer? At 10:50 p.m. Sept. 13, police responded to an incident at a Chevron gas station, 745 S.W. Mount Si Blvd., where a man accused two juveniles of asking customers to buy them beer. The two teenagers denied asking anyone and said they just had a car that had broken down. When police told them they were banned from the store, they refused to sign trespass letters. Police told them they had 20 minutes to get the vehicle out of the Chevron parking lot or it would be impounded. The teenagers cursed at the person who reported the incident, and then left.

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A student-teacher ratio of 4:1 or less ensures learning progresses quickly. For proof of a child’s progress, Mathnasium relies on the student’s report card, independent tests and parent testimony. Parents also may sign up children for individualized homework help sessions at Mathnasium to address a student’s immediate academic needs. Mathnasium also provides test prep services for ISEE, SAT and ACT exams as well as entrance exams to private schools, colleges and universities. Both Reddy and Chepuri are math lovers and have extensive backgrounds as business professionals and teachers. Reddy holds a master’s degree and has taught math at undergraduate and graduate levels. Chepuri holds a degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s in computer science and recently completed his executive MBA. Mathnasium is open MondayFriday, 3-7 pm. It is located in Snoqualmie Ridge at 7802 S.E. Center Blvd., Suite A. For more information, call 425-367-4747 or visit

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At 10:26 p.m. Sept. 12, police driving north on Ballarat Avenue saw a car with no working license plate lights. Police stopped the car and the driver could produce neither license nor registration. The driver had a suspended license for unpaid tickets. Police arrested him and took him to the North Bend substation.

Garage break-in At 2:05 p.m. Sept. 14, police responded to a burglary call in the 13900 block of 455th Avenue Southeast. A man had left his truck unlocked in the driveway at about 10 p.m. the night before and had found someone had entered his truck, used the garage door opener inside it to enter the garage and looked inside a second vehicle. The man cleaned up both vehicles and did not report the incidents the next day. Then, that afternoon, he realized his generator had disappeared. Police were unable to lift any prints from the vehicles or the garage and the man had no serial number for the generator.

Snoqualmie police Pumpkin prowlers At midnight Sept. 17, police checking on an animal problem in the 38000 block of River Street saw two teenage males walking toward Newton Street. The teens saw the police and ran, one throwing a large pumpkin he was carrying. This teenager ran through a backyard and could not be found. The second teenager ran toward Falls Avenue, where police knew another officer was located. Police eventually stopped the teenager as he hid in the overgrown front yard of a house in the 8200 block of Railroad Avenue. He smelled of alcohol and had a halfbottle of Crown Royal in his jacket pocket. He admitted to drinking about five beers. He was arrested and taken to the Issaquah Jail, while the pumpkin was returned to the front of the business it came from.

Warrant arrest At 6:49 a.m. Sept. 17, police stopped a vehicle on Snoqualmie Parkway. The dri-

PAGE 17 ver of the vehicle had warrants out of King County. He was arrested and booked into the county jail. No more details were available.

The music’s too loud At 9:47 p.m. Sept. 17, police responded to a noise complaint in the 7100 block of Strouf Avenue Southeast. People at one house were having a party and had a band playing. Police reminded them of the city’s noise ordinance. Residents said they did not want to upset anyone and would stop the band for the night.

Stolen car is found At 11:35 p.m. Sept. 18, police checked records on a 2002 Nissan parked in front of a house on Sorenson Street. Police have arrested the house’s occupants several times on drug-related warrants. The records check showed the car had been stolen in Issaquah and the Issaquah Police Department sent pictures of a possible suspect. One of the three people inside the house matched the man in the photos. When contacted by police, he said he had bought the Nissan on craigslist for $400 that same day. He was arrested and searched, and burnt heroin residue was found in his pockets. After being asked again, he confessed to stealing the car. He said he was cold and wet and had seen the car with the engine running, so he took it. People contacted the registered owner, who said the vehicle was missing two child car seats, a GPS device and his work keys. One woman in the house said the car seats and the keys were at her home in Auburn. The car was returned to the owner.

Wanted and caught At 5:28 a.m. Sept. 19, police saw a man walking southbound on Meadowbrook Way near the corner of Spruce Street. Police recognized the man from multiple contacts in the past 11 years. A status check showed that the man had two misdemeanor warrants out of King County. Police yelled at him by name three times to approach the vehicle. The third time, the man ran away. Police chased him and requested a tracking dog from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Police found the man under a bridge and arrested him without incident. He was booked on charges of obstructing an officer.

North Bend fire No reports were available this week.

Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 2:51 p.m. Sept. 16, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Elementary School for an woman experiencing a medical problem. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. See BLOTTER, Page 22



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Life can be a garden for children at Cascade View Elementary By Sebastian Moraga It’s a bit of Kansas, a bit of Iowa and a bit of Idaho. It’s a bit of art, a bit of math and a bit of science. It’s the Cascade View Elementary School garden, a magnet for children, who dig — and also “dig” — the garden’s sunflowers, corn and potatoes. Students have also planted pumpkins and squash and helped start a compost pile, under the supervision of PTSA parents and volunteer gardener David Kramer. Some mornings, Kramer becomes popular like Justin Bieber when he’s cutting sunflowers. Students, mostly girls, crowd around Kramer to get one. When Kramer cuts his last sunflower, some walk away pouting. The garden is not just a hangout, but also a classroom. It helps students learn math, art and science. In math, they measure growth and count seeds and in science they learn about the germination of plants, Principal Ray Wilson said. Children also help Kramer and other grown-ups tend to the garden, sometimes even getting

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Students at Cascade View Elementary School pose with some of the fruits of their labor, namely the sunflowers they helped plant at their school’s garden. in on the harvest. “A couple of days ago, he gave us potatoes,” student Lauren Toft said. To hear Kramer tell it, it was more complex than that. “You should have seen the hordes of children yesterday digging potatoes with me,” Kramer

said Sept. 22. “I couldn’t get the ground out fast enough. They are all pouncing in the dirt and screaming ‘Potatoes!’” Not everyone was as pleased. “I’d asked them to keep them secret,” he said. “And of course, they’re so excited, they are showing them off to everybody

and getting them confiscated. It was not my brightest moment.” Still, the students love their garden. Holding a flower from the garden they helped build feels “awesome,” students Bailey Hadley and Isabella Kerr said in chorus. The garden boxes arrived in

2010. Most everything else — squash, sunflowers and pumpkins — came this spring. The compost pile happened last winter. “We did an in-place composting project in the bed with the corn, called ‘garden lasagna,’” Kramer said, “where you lay hay and fertilizer and eggshells and coffee grounds, and it composts down over the winter.” The compost helped the garden have good soil for squash and corn, Kramer said. It helped him have an outlet for his passion for organic gardening, he added. Kramer said he wants to have small greenhouses, known as cloches, so the garden can function year round. Cloches would allow students to grow lettuce, spinach, cabbage and even the dreaded broccoli. The students’ wish list includes radishes, more potatoes and cucumbers, Kerr said. For now, the purple beans and the sunflowers they line up to get each morning from Kramer seem plenty. “We want to show them the fun of gardening,” he said. “Show them how to feed themselves and have a lot of fun.”

Teachers get training in emergency preparedness By Sebastian Moraga It was story time at Chief Kanim Middle School Sept. 22. Instead of children, it was grown-ups listening. Instead of fantasy characters, it was real people. Instead of smiles, the stories left behind serious lessons: Katrina. Virginia Tech. Columbine. Moses Lake. Administrators and teachers from the Snoqualmie Valley School District attended two days of emergency preparedness training at the Fall City school. The training was paid for by a federal Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools grant. The district was one of only a handful of districts in the nation to receive it. More than 80 district employees, including teachers, nurses and administrators, attended. They had to take a test in order to be certified in the training. “Now these people can take all this good knowledge,” said

Carolyn Malcolm, the district’s public information coordinator, “and pass it on to their staff.” The training dealt with areas including the influence of the media, cooperation with law enforcement, handling parents’ needs during an emergency and the perception of what trainer Mary Schoenfeldt called “a culture of fear.” Violent incidents have led people to believe schools are unsafe for children and adults, students and employees, Schoenfeldt said. But reality differs from the perception, she added. “Statistically, schools are the safest place for children in their entire day,” she said, “no other place in their entire life where there are as many trained adults whose sole function is to make sure the child is OK.” The training will allow school staff to have a system in place to keep students safer in case of an emergency. Ann McGavran, district nurse, praised the training and the

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Teachers, janitors, principals and nurses met at Chief Kanim Middle School to listen to Mary Schoenfeldt, center, speak about emergency procedures on school grounds. grant. “This grant allows us to get much more people together and spend more time on it,” she said. “This is one of six grants in the U.S., so we’re pretty privi-

leged to have the money behind that.” McGavran welcomed being trained by people who specialize in such sessions. “It’s huge,” she said. “Before

that, we would work with local fire departments and police departments, but they don’t have a lot of time.” See PREPARE, Page 19

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Key districtwide dates for the 2011-2012 school year October 2011 Early dismissal: Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28

November 2011 Early dismissal: Nov. 4 Nov. 11: Veterans Day Nov. 18, 21, 22 and 23: Parent-teacher conferences, grades 1-12 Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day Nov. 25: Thanksgiving holiday

December 2011 Early dismissal: Dec. 2, 9 and 16 Dec. 21-30: Winter break

January 2012 Early dismissal: Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Jan. 2: New Year’s Day holiday Jan. 3: Classes resume Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 2012 Early dismissal: Feb. 3, 10 and 17 Feb. 20-24: Mid-winter break

March 2012

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annual walkathon and the smaller one was raised via the Hops for Hoops fundraiser and the Box Tops For Education campaign. According to a press release from the school, the walkathon money funds subjects such as music, physical education, reading, math, art and educational assemblies.

Early dismissal: May 4, 11, 18 and 25 May 28: Memorial Day

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Early dismissal: March 4, 11, 18 and 25

April 2012 Early dismissal: April 13, 20 and 27 April 2-6: Spring break

June 2012 Early dismissal: June 1 and 8 June 7: Last day of preschool and morning Kindergarten classes June 8: Last day of afternoon and full-day kindergarten classes June 11: Last days of classes, grades one though 12 June 12-15 and 18-21: Makeup dates, if needed Source: Snoqualmie Valley School District website

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business going so that our staff are taken care of?’” Schoenfeldt said schools From Page 18 need to have a key person willing to make decisions alongThe training leaped beyond side law enforcement brass the usual drills about learning when an emergency occurs. escape routes or the best way Schools also need to have a to duck under a desk. It meant plan in place that everyone business and it talked business. knows about. “Districts are in the business That way, Schoenfeldt said, of educating kids,” Schoenfeldt in an emergency, the school said. “They have to find a way staff can say to police that to keep their business moveveryone is on the same page ing.” and accountable. This “Law “We all have great plans in enforcement sometimes involves us to be place. We’re just making it wants tough deciprepared to sions, like a take care of better.” parochial our own,” she — Ann McGavran said. school that laid off The district Nurse everyone did just that after by pursuing Hurricane Katrina. this grant, McGavran said. “It’s “The first time I heard that, exciting that our district went I went, ‘Oh, bummer,’” after the grant,” she said, “and Schoenfeldt said. “But you that they are putting a lot know what it did? It freed behind it, saying, ‘This is an everyone in that district up to important thing for us to draw unemployment. It guarknow.’” anteed an income for everyThat helps McGavran body in that district even twofold — she’s an employee though the district was and a parent in the district. closed.” “I feel very confident,” she After a while, the school said, “about how we are all started hiring people back. working together toward mak“That’s business continuing this a safer district. We all ity,” she said. “That’s thinking have great plans in place. ‘How are we going to keep our We’re just making it better.”


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Mount Si endures shaky start to beat Liberty in overtime By Sebastian Moraga The Mount Si High School Wildcats endured three first-half turnovers to defeat the Liberty High School Patriots, 16-13, in overtime Sept. 23. The win was the Wildcats’ third of the season, head coach Charlie Kinnune’s 100th in his career. “The kids gutted it out,” Kinnune said of his team.

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Mount Si’s Tyler Button makes a catch during the Sept. 23 victory over Liberty.

A field goal with 33 seconds left in the game tied the game at 13, bringing the Wildcats back from a 13-0 halftime deficit. Then, in overtime, Wildcat kicker Cameron Vanwinkle nailed a 35-yard field goal, and his Patriot counterpart Josh Johnson missed a 35-yard attempt, giving Mount Si the victory. The win helped erase the sting from Liberty’s playoff victory at Mount Si last year. “All summer long, I kept thinking about that game,” Mount Si quarterback Ryan Atkinson said. “This helps.” Mount Si began the game fumbling the ball on its second play from scrimmage and later turning it over at both ends of the field, their own and their opponents’ 1-yard line. With two minutes left in the first quarter, Liberty blocked a Mount Si punt at the Wildcats’ 17-yard-line. Mount Si’s Joseph Cotto recovered the ball but was stopped at his own 1, and Liberty’s Hamilton Noel jogged three feet on first-and-1 for the score. Then, early in the second quarter, Patriot quarterback Jordan West dialed his own number at the Liberty 49 and carried it to the Mount Si 5. On third-and-goal at the Mount Si

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Mount Si High School’s Joseph Cotto escapes the tackle attempt by Liberty’s Alex Batali during the Sept. 23 match between Wildcats and Patriots. Mount Si prevailed in overtime, 16-13. 1-yard line, the signal-caller hit redial and left his team 13-0. With 3:10 left in the first half, Noel intercepted a Mount Si pass in the Liberty end zone. After the break, the team in red came out seeing red. With 7:17 left in the third quarter, Liberty had Mount Si backed up into its own 2-yard line. Instead of letting Noel and

Co. jog into the end zone again, the Wildcats forced a fumble. On the ensuing drive, they burned six minutes off the clock but managed to get on the board with a field goal. Since the drive stopped on third-and-8 at the Liberty 8, some questioned not going for it on fourth-down, but the skepticism lasted one play. On first

down at its own 20, the Patriots fumbled again. Six plays later, Atkinson found Tyler Button in the end zone and the crowd exploded with cheers. It would not be the last time. The Patriots punted on their next drive and everyone in the stadium knew the game was all See FOOTBALL, Page 21

Mount Si seniors try to have a ball in hectic soccer season By Sebastian Moraga Sophia Rockow and Trina Eck don’t know how to lose. They don’t know how to lose time, that is. They can’t afford to. They bring senior leadership to a young Mount Si High School soccer squad, but off the field they are also busy bees. The schedules they juggle when they put down the soccer balls would make a CEO wince. Eck attends Advanced Placement classes, represents her class at the school’s Associated Student Body and works at least 10 hours a week at QFC. She also worked as the school mascot for the football season opener, an experience that was rewarding and draining at the same time. “People kept jumping on me and stepping on my tail,” she said. Rockow splits time between soccer, Advanced Placement classes, and taking care of her family’s cows. “There’s never a time when

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Trina Eck (middle) walks off the field during soccer practice. The Mount Si defender is also an Advanced Placement student, part-time school mascot and all-around busy person.

Sophia Rockow during a rare moment of relaxation. The Mount Si goalkeeper combines her love of soccer with a hectic schedule.

I’m not busy,” Eck said. Rockow said that with college looming, she had to focus less on sports and take harder classes. The day of this interview, she had to skip part of practice to pick up one of her parents.

Stress is a constant and social life is no priority. “I really don’t do anything social,” Rockow said. “Soccer’s taken over that for me.” Not surprisingly, the toll is also physical. While in the Wildcats suit, Eck sprained her

“I’ve been busy all my life,” she said. “I’m used to it.” Eck manages to mix different areas of her schedule. This day, she chased a soccer ball while wearing a shirt she received while working at a food drive. The busyness has a price.

ankle and has battled back issues for three years. Rockow sustained a mild head injury while at goal for Mount Si Sept. 20. Eck said sometimes she gets See SOCCER, Page 21

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Cascade FC girls soccer team blasts off at tournament

By Calder Productions Contributed

Members of the Snoqualmie Valley Cascade FC Green Team show off their medals after winning the 2011 Blast Off Tournament in the girls’ U-11 division in August. Cascade FC Green cruised to the tournament title, shutting out their opponents in four matches. The team outscored their competition by a total of 16-0, including beating Eastside FC, 5-0, in the championship match. In July, the team placed second in their division at the Crossfire Select Cup. The team has 14 players from Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Sammamish. Pictured (from left to right) are: (back row) head coach Steve Lilleberg and assistant coach Eric Berberich; (second row) Grace Stetson, Sarah Hommas, Lauren Forrest, Ella Furness, Paris Del Degan, Isabella Rupert, Payton Widup and Abby McKenzie; (front row), Maddie Lilleberg, Rose Pliego, Addie Kaess, Taylor Berberich and Jessica Morris. Not pictured is Bella Gerlitz.

Scoreboard Prep football KingCo Conference 3A Standings: Bellevue 2-0 (L), 40 (S); Mercer Island 2-0, 3-1; Mount Si 2-0, 3-1; Juanita 1-1, 22; Liberty 1-1, 1-3; Lake Washington 0-2, 2-2; Sammamish 2-2, 0-4; Interlake 0-2, 0-4.

Sept. 23 Game MOUNT SI 16, LIBERTY 13 (OT) Liberty 7 6 0 0 0 – 13 Mount Si 0 0 3 10 3 – 16 First Quarter Lib – Hamilton Noel 1 run (Josh Johnson kick)

Soccer From Page 20 sick from being so stressed. And yet, she said her parents don’t think she’s too busy. She said she understands why. “They see such potential, they

Second Quarter Lib – Jordan West 3 run (kick failed) Third Quarter MS – Cameron Vanwinkle 23 FG Fourth Quarter MS – Tyler Button 7 pass from Ryan Atkinson (Vanwinkle kick) MS – Vanwinkle 43 FG Overtime MS – Vanwinkle 36 FG

Prep girls soccer KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Interlake 4-0 (L), 60 (S); Liberty 4-0, 5-1; Mount Si 2-2, 3-3; Lake Washington 2-2, 2-3-1; Bellevue 1-2-1, 1-2-2; Mercer Island 1-2-1, 1-4-1; Juanita 0-3-1, 1-4-1; Sammamish push me really hard.” Eck said. “I think that if it wasn’t for them pushing me, I wouldn’t do as much.” Rockow also refuses to indulge in self-pity. So life’s tough, what’s new? “I don’t regret it,” Eck said. “Now that we’re doing all these college classes, they have been telling me it’s good to do all these things. They really want

0-3-1, 0-5-1. Sept. 22 Game

Mount Si 2, Juanita 1 Sept. 20 Game Lake Washington 2, Mount Si 0

MOUNT SI 2, JUANITA 1 Mount Si goals: Laura Barnes 2 Pks. Juanita goal: Karissa Radke (Hannah Johnson assist), 8:00.

Prep volleyball KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Mount Si 5-0 (L), 8-3 (S); Mercer Island 5-0, 6-1; See SCOREBOARD Page 24 well-rounded people.” Well-rounded as they are, not everyone is all that impressed. “My parents don’t think I am busy enough,” Rockow said. “They think I should probably get a job.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221 or Comment at

Mount Si’s Carson Breshears gets tackled during the Sept. 23 game against Liberty.

Football From Page 20 but tied if Mount Si got into field-goal range. On another clock-burning drive, the Wildcats drove to the 28-yard line before Vanwinkle tied it. West let time expire rather than risk a turnover and a quickie field goal. In overtime, the Wildcats repeated the recipe, this time

with a 35-yarder. Forced to counter, Liberty found itself deep in the hole. On third-and-18 at the Mount Si 33, Liberty’s QB unloaded one last run to the Mount Si 18. On fourth-and-3, Johnson’s kick fell short and the party began, with drivers honking horns and coaches high-fiving fans. “I’ll never forget this night,” Atkinson said, “for the rest of my life.”

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Blotter From Page 17 ❑ At 6:44 p.m. Sept. 16, EMTs were dispatched to Douglas Avenue Southeast and Southeast Snoqualmie Parkway for a man experiencing a diabetic problem. He was treated and given a ride home by Snoqualmie’s aid car. ❑ At 7:44 p.m. Sept. 16, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino to evaluate a woman in the custody of the King County Sheriff’s Office. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 7:49 p.m. Sept. 16, EMTs and Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to Mount Si High School for a football player who had been injured during the game. The boy was evaluated and transported to a hospital as a precaution by private ambulance. ❑ At 8:29 p.m. Sept. 16, EMTs were dispatched to Mount Si

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Public meetings ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. Oct. 3, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Finance and Administration Committee, 2 p.m. Oct. 4, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 411 Main Ave. N. ❑ Si View Metro Park District Board of Commissioners, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 8001 Silva Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie

Events ❑ The Valley Center Stage’s 2011-2012 season opens with “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” The terrifying tale isn’t for the faint of heart. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday from Sept. 29 to Oct. 15, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, second floor, North Bend. Tickets can be purchased at ❑ Pajama story times, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. All young children welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. ❑ Jay Thomas Trio, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Spanish/English story times, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. All ages welcome with adult. ❑ Barney McClure and Greta Matassa, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Roy Reinertsen, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Afternoon Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult. ❑ Milo Petersen Duo, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 2-3 with an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 3-6 with an adult.

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Local volunteer emergency responders treat simulated wounds during a training session. ‘Are You Ready for an Emergency?’ is at noon Oct. 2, at Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, 38701 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Learn about emergency preparedness. Presented by the Snoqualmie Fire Department, American Red Cross and Wilderness Safety Academy. ❑ Merry Monday Story Times, 11 a.m. Oct. 3, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For newborns to 3year-olds accompanied with an adult. ❑ “Life After High School: Finding The Right Colleges For You,” 3 p.m. Oct. 4, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. Presented by Katie Konrad Moore, of Collegewise. Learn how to evaluate different factors — like size, location and majors — to determine if a college is right for you. ❑ Study zone, 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors. ❑ Study zone, 3 p.m. Oct. 4 and 4 p.m. Oct. 6, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. Drop-in for free homework help from volunteer tutors. ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ North Bend First Tuesday Book Club, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. This month’s selection is “Wench,” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 6 months to 24 months with adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. All young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ “The Future of Si View: Open or Closed?” 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Si View Community Center, 400

S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Officials from the Si View Metropolitan Park District will discuss and answer questions about two ballot propositions to maintain the district’s current funding. ❑ Randy Halberstadt, 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ “Purl One, Listen Too,” 1 p.m. Oct. 6, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Learn new stitches, meet new friends, listen to new books and talk about knitting. ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Poetry open mic, 7 p.m. Oct. 6, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Aria Prame Duo, 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Town of Snoqualmie Falls video and discussion, 10 a.m. Oct. 8, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Learn and share stories about the former logging town that is no more. ❑ “Life After High School: Finding Money For College,” 10 a.m. Oct. 8, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. The workshop provides a complete review of how to identify and apply for all types of grants, scholarships, work study and student loans. ❑ Master Gardeners’ Plant Clinic, 6 p.m. Oct. 10, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Snoqualmie Valley Master Gardeners offer free gardening answers to questions on a wide range of topics.

Volunteer opportunities ❑ Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association invites community members to join a newly formed

group to support Snoqualmie’s new sister city, Chaclacayo, Peru. The association already has developed a close relationship with sister city Gangjin, South Korea, which more than 30 residents have visited in the past four years. Email Mary Corcoran at or call 503-1813. ❑ The Mount Si Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help unload food at noon Mondays, sort food at 9 a.m. Tuesdays or pass out food on Wednesdays. Call the food bank at 888-0096. ❑ Elk Management Group invites the community to participate in elk collaring, telemetry and habitat improvement projects in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Project orientation meetings are at 6 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the North Bend City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. Email ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email volunteer coordinator Carol Waters at to arrange an interview. ❑ Senior Services Transportation Program needs volunteers to drive seniors around North Bend and Snoqualmie. Choose the times and areas in which you’d like to drive. Car required. Mileage reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance are offered. Call 206-748-7588 or 800-2825815 toll free, or email Apply online at Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mount Si Senior Center needs volunteers for sorting and sales in the thrift store, reception and class instruction. The center is at 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour week-


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ly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

Classes ❑ S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) exercise class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Led by certified exercise instructor Carla Orellana. Call 888-3434. ❑ English as a second language, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversational skills. ❑ One-on-One Computer Assistance, 1 p.m. Wednesdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. A KCLS volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance with computer questions.

Clubs ❑ Anime and Manga Club, 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Each week we will watch anime movies, eat popcorn and practice anime drawing. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. every Thursday, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels welcome. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. Learn to play chess or get a game going. All ages and skill levels are welcome. ❑ The North Bend Chess Club meets every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. All ages and skill levels are invited. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club Restaurant. All are welcome. Go to ❑ American Legion Post 79 and the American Legion Auxiliary meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday at 38625 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie. Call 888-1206. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing or go to

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Snoqualmie Valley Hospital offers drive-thru flu shots Worried about catching the flu but short on time? Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is offering drive-thru flu shots in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1. All residents need to do is roll down their car windows and roll up their sleeves.

Scoreboard From Page 20 Interlake 3-2, 4-2; Juanita 2-3, 23; Lake Washington 2-3, 2-4; Bellevue 1-4, 1-5; Liberty 0-3, 04; Sammamish 0-4, 0-5.

“Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well,” Alison Gabel, Occupational Health Coordinator for the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, said in a statement. “No appointment is necessary and you don’t need a prescription. This is an easy way to get vaccinated while out run-

ning Saturday errands.” The shots cost $30. The hospital will bill for Medicaid and Medicare. Receipts will be given for other insurance reimbursement. The flu shot is free, with no visit cost, for members of Affordable Access, the hospital’s primary care program. Drive-thru shots are available only for people 12 and older. Children younger than 12 years

Capeloluto 4 blocks, Lyndsay Carr 4 aces, Krista Galloway 5 blocks, Sarah McDonald 9 kills, 3 aces; Lauren Smith 14 assists.

Andrew Nurse (Bel) 19:15; 18, Timothy Corrie (MS) 19:22; 19, Ryan Olson (MS) 19:28; 20, Spencer Ricks (MS) 19:31. Other Mount Si runners: 202, Sam Egan 19:32; 23, Whalen Moreno 19:36; 28, Tommy Kirby 20:03.

Prep boys cross country KingCo Conference 3A/2A Sept. 21 Meet

Sept. 19 Match

MOUNT SI 3, JUANITA 0 Mount Si 25 25 25 – 3 Juanita 16 22 14 – 0 Mount Si statistics: Lyndsay Carr 13 kills, Rachel Hayford 10 digs, Sarah McDonald 13 kills, 4 aces; Lauren Smith 24 assists. Sept. 22 Match

MOUNT SI 3, INTERLAKE 0 Interlake 10 13 20 – 0 Mount Si 25 25 25 – 3 Mount Si statistics; Kailey

INTERLAKE 33, BELLEVUE 38, MOUNT SI 70 At Mount Si, 5,000 meters Top placers: 1, Kyle Pratt (Bel) 17:45; 2, Sam Giner (Int) 17:45; 3, Matthew Williams (Bel) 17:53; 4, Richard Carmichael (MS) 17:58; 5, Jay Taves (Int) 17:59; 6, Jimmy Moore (Bel) 18:03; 7, Axl Alvarez (Int) 18:07; 8, Dominick Canady (MS) 18:12; 9, Colin Glenny (Int) 18:25; 10, Ivan Leniski (Int) 18:28; 11, Ben Houldridge (MS) 18:32; 12, Joseph Pooley (Int) 18:51; 13, Graham Wendle (Bel) 19:02; 14, Graham Jordan (Int) 19:04; 15, Nick LaCava (Bel) 19:05; 16, Woody Butler (Bel) 19:13; 17,

Prep girls cross country KingCo Conference 3A/2A Sept. 21 Meet

INTERLAKE 20, MOUNT SI 52, BELLEVUE 61 At Mount Si, 5,000 meters Top placers: 1, Niki Waghani (Int) 19:42; 2, Summer Hanson (Int) 20:22; 3, Antoinette Tansley (Int) 20:46; 4, Bailey Scott (MS) 20:57; 5, Abbey Bottemiller (MS) 21:06; 6, Nadia Lucas (Int) 21:31; 8, Annie Davis (Int) 22:37; 9, Eleanor Tansley (Int) 22:43; 11, Angelina Belceto (MS) 22:58; 12, Pleres Choi (Int) 23:13; 14, Ashley Jackson (MS) 23:37; 18, Delaney Hollis (MS) 24:27. Other Mount Si runners: 28, Madeleine Bezanson

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 can receive a flu vaccination at Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic. Snoqualmie Ridge Hospital is at 9575 Ethan Wade Way S.E., Snoqualmie.

Small earthquake shakes the Snoqualmie Valley A small earthquake shook North Bend and Snoqualmie on 25:30; 29, Madelynn Esteb 25:36; 32, Danielle Curley 26:01; 33, Annie Shaw 26:06; 34, Sally Miller 26:17; 35, Ella Thompson 26:18; 38, Mari Bates 26:47.

Prep boys golf KingCo Conference 3A/2A Sept. 20 Match

MOUNT SI 198, SAMMAMISH 199 At Bellevue Municipal, par 35 Medalist: Matt Marrese (S) 37. Mount Si scores: Sean Ballsmith 38, Mitchell Gardunia 39, Jake Archambeaux 40, Eric Stai 40.

Prep boys tennis KingCo Conference 3A/2A Sept. 20 Match

SAMMAMISH 7, MOUNT SI 0 Singles: Ethan Romney (S) d.

Sept. 22, but no damage was reported, according to officials from both cities. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reported that a 3.2magnitude quake occurred at 1:22 p.m. in the Lake Desire area about 11 miles south of Bellevue. It originally had been reported as 2.8 magnitude, and then later upgraded. Josh Hamann 6-1, 6-0; Issac So (S) d. Ashar Khandekar 6-1, 6-0; Anthony Kao (S) d. Jake Miller 6-1, 6-1; Alvin Tran (S) d. Alex Pease 62. 6-0. Doubles: Connor CiuRostami (S) d. Kevin McLaughlinMatthew Griffin 6-1, 6-0; Aaron Tam-Jason Habib (S) d. Van Magnan-Clint Christen 6-3, 6-4; Erik Wing-Kevin Monohan (S) d. Rhett Haney-Jackson Fisher 6-7 (47), 6-0, 6-3. Sept. 23 Match

LAKE WASHINGTON 7, MOUNT SI 0 Singles: Arash Hafizi (LW) d. Nate Popp 6-1, 6-0; Nikola Lakic (LW) d. Jake Miller 6-1, 6-0; Satoshi Matsura (LW) d. Matthew Griffin 6-2, 6-0; Connor Ross (LW) d. Rhett Haney 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Fergy Lu-Jeremy Sacks (LW) d. Alex Pease-Jake Rouches 6-3, 6-0; Grant Gleffe-Ryan Lustgarten (LW) d. Ashar Khandekar-Josh Hamann 6-1, 6-2; Tristan Jimenez-Connor Stumf (LW) d. Clint Christen-Van Magnan 6-2, 6-0.


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