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October 13, 2011 VOL. 3, NO. 41

Students are strummin’, pIckin’ and grinnin’ Page 14

Si View park district asks for tax hike to stay open By Dan Catchpole

Director for doctors Two vie for seat on hospital district board. Page 2

North Bend City Council race Pair face off for open seat. Page 3

Drug collection Police join national effort to round up old drugs. Page 6

Police blotter Page 7

With its financial back against the wall, the Si View Metropolitan Park District has put two propositions on the November ballot asking voters to save the district from having its budget cut by more than half. With such a drastic cut, the district would barely be able to keep its doors open, according to district officials. That would be devastating for the upper Snoqualmie Valley, Si View supporters say. The park district’s value isn’t merely in the programs it offers, but in the community it creates, they say. For Debby Peterman, the park district offered a way to meet people when she and her husband moved to North Bend in 2006. Five years later, she is a part of the community, but she still regularly goes to Si View Park, the district’s largest park. “It is one of my favorite gathering places, particularly in the summer at the farmer’s market,” Peterman said. “In the summer, the farmer’s market is the best place to be on Thursday — good

By Mary Miller

Si View Metropolitan Park District faces an uncertain future. It is in danger of losing more than half of its operating budget due to a state cap on property levies and declining property values. food, entertainment and lots of friends. I can’t imagine North Bend without Si View. It would be too sad.” But the district could see the

amount it collects in property tax cut by more than 84 percent from $1.18 million in 2011 to a projected $190,000 in 2012. The rest of Si View’s budget

comes from user fees, which are expected to generate about $800,000 in 2011. See PARKS, Page 6

Unsung hero She’s kept the schools clean for 18 years. Page 14

Neighbors North Bend Police won’t seek charges want out of in downtown road rage scuffle school district By Dan Catchpole

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Football falls Mount Si loses to Mercer Island. Page 16

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Residents from a handful of Sammamish neighborhoods want their children to attend the Lake Washington School District, instead of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, according to Lake Washington School Board documents. The Lake Washington School Board formally recognized the petition Oct. 10 and began the process of negotiating whether to transfer a piece of the Snoqualmie schools’ territory into the Lake Washington schools. See TRANSFER, Page 3

North Bend police won’t ask King County prosecutors to press charges against two men who got into a fight in the middle of a downtown street last week. The road rage-fueled fight snarled traffic as the men smashed each other’s cars. The two men agreed to pay for repairs to their respective cars, North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner said. He decided against seeking misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges because he believes it was a one-time incident. The confrontation occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. A local man driving a Ford

Fusion told police that a Mini Cooper had cut him off while driving on Interstate 90. The man followed the car into downtown North Bend. The two cars stopped behind other vehicles on Bendigo Boulevard waiting for a green light at the intersection with North Bend Way. While stopped, the local man got out of his car, approached the Mini Cooper’s driver and began yelling at the man, Toner said. The man began hitting the Mini Cooper. The second driver — a man with ties to Bellevue — got out of his car, and began hitting the Ford Fusion. Police were called, but the local man had left before they arrived.

One of the men told Toner that they had behaved like 5year-olds. “I said, ‘Nah, you’re acting like 15-year-olds,’” Toner said. While the fight was a surprising scene for the Snoqualmie Valley, the scenario is not unique, he said. The best way to avoid road rage confrontations is to mind your own driving, Toner said. “If you see a reckless driver, jot down their license plate number and contact the police,” he said. “There’s nothing to be gained by contacting the person directly.” Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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School board race presents choice between management styles By Sebastian Moraga Craig Husa and Carolyn Simpson are enmeshed in a race for Husa’s spot on the Snoqualmie Valley School Board that looks as hard-fought as any in recent memory. Simpson said the community needs a different philosophy to cure an unresponsive school board. “Over the years, there’s been a significant focus on buildings,” she said. “We need to redirect that focus on students and what they need to accomplish.” Husa said that what the school district needs on its school board are leaders like himself and not micromanagers like Simpson. On a school board “you hire the professional educators, and you provide the governance for them,” he said. “You don’t micromanage.” Both married with two chil-

dren, the two candidates agreed that the district is good but can be better. Husa said he believes the most pressing issue for the Craig Husa district is finding funding, but the lack of state cash cannot be an excuse for student failure. “Just because we are not being supported by the state, does not make it OK for us to not enable our students to have the maximum success possible,” he said. Simpson said she believes the most pressing issue is student success, which she said the district is measuring the wrong way. “We are comparing ourselves to the state and the nation, but

that’s not really our league. Our league are the Eastside schools. Those are the schools our kids will compete with for jobs and college choices.” Simpson touted her work on the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, which she led until 2010, the Mount Si High School Learning Improvement Team, the Band Boosters at two schools, the Snoqualmie Economic Development Commission and the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce. Husa highlighted his work as a children’s coach in four sports, a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, and years as a volunteer in different schools. He also mentioned his work as CEO of 3Tier, a renewable energy forecasting company. Simpson said Husa is a very nice man who turned a deaf ear to her concerns about the school

Candidates bring different focuses to race for hospital commissioner seat By Dan Catchpole The race for a seat on Snoqualmie Valley Hospital’s board of commissioners features two candidates calling for improving existing services. Beyond that, the similarities are few. The two come from very different backgrounds and have very different priorities. The race comes at a critical time in the hospital’s history. It has broken ground on a new $30 million facility on Snoqualmie Ridge. Only a few years ago, Public Hospital District No. 4, which runs the hospital, was in the red. The hospital’s designation as a critical access hospital and its subsequent transition to primarily a rehabilitation facility have turned its financial situation around. But to get in the black, the district did have to close two clinics to cut costs and free up money for new technology. Despite the new facility, hospital administrators acknowledge that big questions about how the hospital is paid loom in the future. Enter the two candidates running for Commissioner Position No. 3: Gene Pollard and Karyn Denton, who was appointed in July to a vacant position on the board. Pollard’s campaign is focused on improving the hospital district’s decision-making process by making it more transparent and open to the public. While he lauds the healthcare staff, he has been very criti-

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cal of the district’s administration. Denton, one of the hospital’s former executives, said she wants to maintain the hospital’s current momentum. Since becoming a critical access hospital, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital has seen its usage rates climb dramatically. The designation has allowed it to specialize in offering longer-term rehabilitation care. At the same time, the hospital has sought partnerships with larger local hospitals, including Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, and it has added cutting-edge technologies. Nonetheless, Denton, who has spent more than 30 years in professional healthcare, acknowledges that the hospital faces great challenges. “The economic realities of what hospitals are facing makes providing services a significant challenge,” she said. Not least of these are concerns about the future of Medicare reimbursement rates, which have been reduced in recent years. For the time being, Medicare reimbursement rates are protected for critical access hospitals. Denton wants the district to focus on ensuring its patient

services are sustainable, and that it can offer as much access as possible to Valley residents. Its new facility on Snoqualmie Ridge will help realize both those goals, she said. Pollard said he is more skeptical about the new facility, which cannot compete head-tohead with the new Swedish/Issaquah facility. Pollard said he is concerned that if Medicare rates are cut for critical access hospitals, residents in the hospital district could be left holding the bill. “The hospital has a record of failure,” Pollard said, speaking about the district’s administration. As an example, he pointed to the district’s missteps in acquiring land for the new facility. The district initially tried to buy land in unincorporated King County. When the district realized developing the land would be more expensive than it had expected, the deal fell apart. But it was unable to get out of buying the Leisure Time property, which it agreed to pay about $7 million for in a settlement in November 2010. Pollard wants the district to focus on improving existing ser-

district. “I have tried to work with him on these ideas,” she said. “And I haven’t seen progress.” Husa said if he lost, a Carolyn micromanager Simpson would take his spot. “My opponent comes in by zeroing in on very narrowly focused pieces of issues and not looking at the big picture,” he said. Husa said his experience as a leader and as member of governing boards make him the better choice. “I understand how to work with people and make the whole more than the individual parts,” he said. A board member since 2009,

vices. To improve operations, he wants the hospital to collaborate with the University of Washington’s medical school. To encourage transparency, he said board meetings should be at 7 p.m. so people could attend more easily after work, and commissioners should receive information a week in advance. They currently often receive information the day of their meeting. Drawing on past experiences Denton said that her experience in healthcare will be a key asset as a board member. She was drawn to the field after falling sick as a senior in high school. Her experience as a patient at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle prompted her to get a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Washington in 1976. In 2005, she earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the online, for-profit Jones International University. From his stint in the United States Marine Corps to serving as a Foreign Service Officer in Vietnam to his time on the Snoqualmie Valley School Board, Pollard said he hasn’t shied away from asking uncomfortable questions. He also pointed to his experience in public service as an assistant city administrator in California. For his master’s degree in urban studies from Occidental College, he researched increasing public participation in government. He also has a master’s degree in history from the University of California — Riverside. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Husa said there’s important work left to do, like advancing online learning. “Student achievement is multifaceted,” he said, later adding, “and we are trying to achieve a lot.” If elected, Simpson said she would focus on raising standards, improving community planning and student success. A Snoqualmie Ridge resident, Simpson said the concerns of her community equal the concerns of the rest of the Valley. “It is important to have someone from Snoqualmie on the school board,” she said, dismissing fears that she will favor the Ridge if elected. “No,” she said. “It’s about every single child.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

School Board candidates to appear at forum The Snoqualmie Valley PTSA Council will host a candidates’ forum for school board candidates 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Five of the six candidates will appear. Valley parent Stephen Kangas will appear on behalf of candidate Peggy Johnson and will read her answers to the questions. Cathy Renner, the PTSA Council’s legislative chair, said the event will be a forum, not a debate, with the candidates receiving and answering the questions in advance. The candidates’ answers to the questions will be posted online at www.svptsacouncil.org. Moderators will draw from a pool of 21 questions, with each candidate answering a maximum of seven. Only candidates opposing each other will answer the same question, Renner said. After the first Q-and-A, candidates will answer five “rapid fire” questions. Candidates won’t know the questions, and each one will answer the same questions. Each candidate will have up to 10 seconds to answer. The candidate who answers the first question first will answer the next question second, the subsequent question third and so on. The Mount Si High School auditorium will host the forum, with candidates arriving at 6 p.m., the forum starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Candidates will stay an extra 30 minutes to talk to constituents. No questions from the floor will be allowed. Each candidate will give a 90-second opening statement and no closing statement, Renner added.


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North Bend City Council race focuses on jobs By Dan Catchpole The two candidates facing off for an open seat on the North Bend City Council have one word on their lips: jobs. Piper Muoio and Ryan Kolodejchuk both want to bring businesses and jobs to North Bend. But they have different ideas on how to do that and what that means.

Ryan Kolodejchuk After a lifetime of as a business owner, Kolodejchuk wants to bring his experience of building a business from the ground up and his no-nonsense approach to the City Council. North Bend needs to work with businesses to make it easier for them to locate here, he said. The city has been accommodating to home developers but has put up unnecessary hurdles for new businesses, said Kolodejchuk, who has owned a landscaping business for 25 years.

Transfer From Page 1 The neighborhoods, Devereaux, Trails at Camden Park, 26th Street, 27th Place and a few houses along 244th Avenue Northeast, lie at the northeast corner of Sammamish. The surrounding neighborhoods currently send their students to Lake Washington Schools, but youths in those neighborhoods attend school in the Snoqualmie Valley district. Lake Washington was notified of the petition March 25, but because two of the neighborhoods were split on their desire to transfer, citizen petitioners had to revise the proposition, school board documents said. On Sept. 10, the Lake Washington School District received the new, validated petition. The two districts have 90 days to negotiate an agreement, but can ask for a 30-day extension, which is likely with the holiday season coming up, Jackie Pendergrass, Lake Washington

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As a councilman, he said he would push to capitalize on the efforts of the city’s branding committee, work to resolve trafRyan fic issues to Kolodejchuk encourage more cusOccupation: tomers visitSmall business ing downowner town busiWebsite: nesses and www.voteforpush for the ryank.com city to collaborate more with businesses interested in moving here. He backs the paving of Middle Fork Road as a way to encourage outdoor recreation users to come to the area. Raised in rural Montana, Kolodejchuk said he started working when he was in fourth grade in the late 1960s. Back then, he charged $2 to

board president, said at the Oct. 10 meeting. Pendergrass and Doug Eglington, the board member serving northern Sammamish, volunteered to represent Lake Washington in the process. It is unclear who will represent Snoqualmie Valley schools, but Joel Aune, Snoqualmie’s superintendent, knows about the petition, board documents said. When negotiating a territory transfer, members will consider factors like the affected students’ educational opportunities, their safety and welfare, geographic accessibility, and the history and relationship of the property affected to the students and communities affected. The group will also consider how the transfer will affect — negatively or positively — each school district, including through increased transportation costs (Lake Washington) or decreased

mow a lawn. Today, he’s still in the landscaping industry. “My business is excelling,” he said. He wants to bring that experience to the council and workingwage jobs to North Bend. When the council expanded from five to seven seats in 2009, Kolodejchuk applied for one of the new seats, but was not selected by the council. He lives with his wife andthree children in the Tanner annexation. He has served on the North Bend Parks Foundation and the North Bend Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission.

Piper Muoio When Piper Muoio’s neighborhood, Wood River, was annexed by North Bend two years ago, she joined the city’s Planning Commission to get involved in the city’s decision-making process. Muoio wants to bring that

tax revenue (Snoqualmie Valley). If both school boards agree on the next step, be it to transfer the land or not, then that decision is what happens. If the boards disagree, the decision goes through an appeal process at the regional level, and could possibly end up in the court system, though that is rare. In 2009, the Broadhurst neighborhood, in unincorporated King County north of Sammamish, made the same request. In that case, the transfer was denied when the school boards found that it would hurt the Snoqualmie district more than it would help the Lake Washington district.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

County fire marshal lifts summer burn ban The burn ban in unincorporated King County expired Oct. 1, the King County fire marshal announced amid cooler temperatures and autumn rainfall. The fire marshal imposed the ban Aug. 8 as dry conditions raised the risk for wildfire in rural and unincorporated areas. The ban applied to all outdoor burning except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or on private property. Burning to clear land is permanently banned in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Call 1-800-323-BURN toll free to learn more about local fire restrictions. The state Department of Natural Resources lifted a summer burn ban on Tiger Mountain State Forest and

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

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Town. The stop, operated by TravelCenters of America, is the only facility for tractor-trailers in King County. “There’s a lot of citizen concern about what’s going to happen with the Truck Town area,” Muoio said. She isn’t sure how best to resolve the safety and environmental concerns while preserving the area’s commercial viability, but it will be a priority for her, she said. Another priority will be encouraging outdoor recreation users to stop in North Bend and spend money. As part of that effort, she wants the city to facilitate workshops for business owners and potential investors. As a child in a military family, Muoio moved every three years. After finishing school, she lived in Virginia before moving to the Puget Sound region. She and her husband have lived in their neighborhood for five years.

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Editorial

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Vote yes to protect park district’s budget

DirtFish doesn’t work in Snoqualmie Valley

When it comes to Si View Metropolitan Park District’s two ballot measures — propositions No. 1 and No. 2 — there is only one choice: Yes. These measures will keep the district’s doors open without raising the amount it collects in taxes. Without them, Si View will lose more than half of its operating budget. The parks district is being threatened by Washington’s archaic property tax system that unfairly punishes the newest taxing districts by giving them the least political clout. The total of all property levies not collected by the state are limited to $5.90 per $1,000 of assessed value. The decline in property values has pushed property levies in many areas up against that $5.90 cap. Washington’s tax system does not spread the burden among all public districts providing nonessential services. Instead, it uses a seven-tier system. Whichever entity is last bears the full burden. That will happen next year to the Si View Metropolitan Park District. In 2011, Si View collected 53 cents per $1,000. Based on current projections for next year, it could only collect 9 cents per $1,000. That will leave it with about $190,000 rather than the roughly $1.18 million it collected this year. The district also earns about $800,000 from user fees. Propositions No. 1 and No. 2 protect Si View’s funding. Proposition No. 1 protects 25 cents of the district’s levy, meaning the combined property levy would exceed $5.90. Proposition No. 2 asks voters to approve a maintenance-and-operations levy for 21 cents per $1,000. Even with both, the district will still collect slightly less money next year than it did this year. But without them, it will not be able to provide its 300 programs, which serve about 110,000 people a year. Ask yourself: How much good does the Si View Metropolitan Park District do for the community?

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DirtFish is currently on county land, and the county has allowed it to operate contrary to land-use regulations for more than a year simply because the land may be annexed by Snoqualmie. In its rush to annex the property, Snoqualmie has proposed language specifically exempting DirtFish and its parent company, Snoqualmie Mill Ventures, from provisions of the city comprehensive plan and current county regulations including land use and flood remediation. The comprehensive plan states that the land is suitable for a business employing 1,400 people. At last count, DirtFish employed about 25 people, none of which were jobs held by local people paying $30,000 a year with benefits — the type of jobs that would support a family or allow the employee to buy a

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house. I am pro business but not for just any business. The Valley needs businesses that provide real jobs that support families and operate within the law. I think Ross Bentley said it best about DirtFish: “Not a single person is satisfied with where we’re at.” Dave Eiffert Snoqualmie

Support for MacNichols I enjoyed your article last week entitled “Snoqualmie City Council race: insider vs. outsider.” Although our city leaders have been able to avoid some of the fiscal problems that plague other cities in the area, we face serious challenges ahead with a down economy, eroded tax base and stressed infrastructure caused by rapid growth. We need leaders like Jeff MacNichols who have demonstrated leadership with these dif-

ficult issues and have the proven experience necessary to make sound decisions for our future. This is not the time for an untested “outsider” like Kevin Ostrem. While I admire Ostrem’s desire to start getting involved in city politics, what is noteworthy about his record is his inexperience and total lack of involvement when our city has faced some tough issues over the years. Although he has apparently been a resident since 2000, has Ostrem served on a single city committee? Has he been to a single City Council meeting? Sitting on the sidelines while others do the hard work does not qualify him for office. Now is the time to vote for a proven leader like MacNichols, who has been working hard on the ground for years and understands the important issues we face. Rick Davies Snoqualmie

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Quarks can chill the best of conversations By Slim Randles If they ever give a Nobel Prize for reading about science, our guy Bert Underwood would be a shoo-in. His own career had been strictly nonscientific, but his retirement absolutely reeked of cutting-edge discoveries, which he read about and tried to pronounce. It was like that the other night when the Mule Barn closed. We had taken our wives down to split either a chickenfried steak the size of a saddle blanket, or a fish and chips large enough to feed a cavalry regiment. We stepped out into the chill of the night and looked up at the many stars. “Nice night for neutrinos,” Bert said. His wife, Maizie, groaned quietly and looked for something in her purse. “Neutrinos, Bert?” Doc said. “You know what neutrinos are, of course, Doc,” Bert said. “I think that’s the chess team in Fairweather, Doc,” Steve threw in. “You’re wrong, Steve,” said Mrs. Doc. “Those are the Machismos.” “So, the neutrinos … aren’t they dogs that have been fixed?” Bert was ready to bust a gut. “Are you kidding? You don’t

know what neutrinos are? You don’t study astronomy?” “Well, no, actually…” Bert smiled in the darkSlim Randles ness. Columnist “A neutrino,” he pronounced, “is a subatomic particle. It doesn’t have an electrical charge, and it flies around at the speed of light going through things. The word neutrino means ‘small, neutral one.’” “Just like Gilbert’s Chihuahua. He charges around going through things … and I’m pretty sure he’s been neutralled.”

“I don’t know why I even bother bringing up these scientific things,” Bert said, in despair. “Me neither,” Dud said. “You probably don’t know about charmed quarks, either, I’ll bet.” “Charmed, I’m sure,” said Steve. Doc made wing-flapping gestures. “Quark, quark … QUARK!” Bert got in the car and drove off. Sometimes, drive-by knowledge can hurt innocent bystanders. Brought to you by Slim’s new book and great stocking stuffer “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Learn more at www.nmsantos.com/Slim/Slim.html.

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King County bans unwanted solicitation in unincorporated areas Concerns about aggressive sales tactics and scams prompt ban By Dan Catchpole It has been decades since Fuller Brush Men plied the streets, selling their goods door to door. For many residents, a solicitor at the door has become at best a nuisance. At worst, a solicitor is a scam artist or even an unknowing victim in — and participant of — a scam. The King County Council shut the door on door-to-door salesmen Oct. 3 when it made unwanted soliciting a fineable offense in unincorporated county areas. If a resident posts a “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign on his or her prop-

erty, then a commercial solicitor is prohibited from contacting the resident. Under the ordinance, violators face a $100 fine. The prohibition applies to more than 300,000 residents in unincorporated areas. Many cities, including Snoqualmie and North Bend, already prohibit unlicensed commercial solicitation. Complaints about aggressive salespeople and concerns about potential scams prompted Councilwoman Kathy Lambert to propose the legislation, backed by the King County Sheriff’s Office. Lambert represents the Snoqualmie Valley. “These out-of-town solicitors use aggressive tactics that usually intimidate the homeowner,” Capt. Kent Baxter, of the King County Sheriff’s Office, said. “Most people feel intimidated to buy something to just get the person to leave.”

A senior citizen in Redmond Ridge, a planned community in unincorporated King County, was punched in the nose by a solicitor, Baxter said. The King County Prosecutor’s Office and the sheriff’s office collaborated on writing the legislation. The prohibition “strikes a balance between freedom of speech and our residents’ right to peace and security in their own homes,” Lambert said in a statement. The solicitation restriction does not apply to political, religious or charitable activities by nonprofit organizations, such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, in order to avoid any conflict related to First Amendment rights to free speech. The measure also does not apply to local farmers offering produce for sale. The council also exempted government agencies, such as the U.S. Census Bureau

and U.S. Postal Service, from the ban. While the ban doesn’t apply to charitable organizations, criminals sometimes pose as representatives of charitable organizations, according to the sheriff’s office. The King County Sheriff’s Office warns residents not to write a check to a charity going door to door. Instead, donate using a credit card through the mail or the organization’s website. Residents should ask any solicitor to show identification, which they are required to carry and provide. In Snoqualmie and North Bend, residents can also request to see their peddler’s license. Dan Catchpole: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Snoqualmie Valley police join in national prescription drug collection Snoqualmie and North Bend police departments are again joining in a national effort including the Drug Enforcement Administration to decrease prescription drug abuse. The departments will collect unused potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs later this month. Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds — about 188 tons — of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement

Parks From Page 1 To avoid budget cuts, the district’s board of directors approved two ballot measures for the November ballot. The district’s ability to collect taxes is being threatened by a state cap, which limits combined nonstate property levies to $5.90 per $1,000 of assessed value. As home values have declined, most taxing districts have maintained their budgets.

agencies. Snoqualmie Valley police collected about 135 pounds of drugs. Pills that sit unused in medicine cabinets are susceptible to being misused. However, flushing pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can create environmental and health hazards. The drug take back campaign allows for safe disposal of the medicines. In 2010, Congress changed the Controlled Substances Act to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to collect pills for disposal. Snoqualmie Valley residents can drop

That means they have to take a bigger share per $1,000, which has pushed nonstate property levy rates up against the cap in several taxing districts across the state. The district collected 53 cents per $1,000 in 2011. Based on current projections, it could only collect 9 cents per $1,000 next year. Based on projections from the King County Assessor’s Office, Si View could see its property tax revenue cut by as much as 84 percent. The propositions would pro-

off prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the North Bend Park & Ride Lot at the intersection of East North Bend Way and McClellan Street, and at the Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Drug overdoses from illegally taken pills increased 90 percent between 2003 and 2008 in Washington state in recent years, according to the state Department of Health. Most teens and adults who misuse or

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tect most of Si View’s budget in 2012. Proposition 1 protects 25 cents of the district’s levy, meaning the combined property levy total would exceed

abuse prescription pain medicine get it from the medicine cabinet. According to the Department of Health, 65 percent acquired medicine from a friend or family member. A doctor provides the medicine for 19 percent. About 4 percent get it from a drug dealer, and about 0.1 percent buy it over the Internet. Drugs can be discarded year round during business hours at the King County Sheriff’s Office station, 1550 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend, or the Snoqualmie Police Department, 34825 S.E. Douglas St., Snoqualmie.

$5.90. Proposition 2 asks voters to approve a maintenance-andoperations levy for 21 cents per $1,000. In Washington, taxing districts are ranked by seven levels of priority for collecting property levies. The state also collects a property levy, which is not included in the $5.90 cap. All property taxes are subject to a constitutional limit of 1 percent — or $10 per $1,000 of assessed value. As a park district created in

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State minimum wage to rise to highest in nation Washington’s minimum wage is due to increase Jan. 1 to $9.04 per hour — the highest state minimum wage in the nation. The state Department of Labor & Industries announced the 37cent per hour increase Sept. 30. The agency calculates the state minimum wage each year, as required by Initiative 688, a measure passed by voters 13 years ago. The increase reflects a 4.258 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers since August 2010.


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At 1:40 a.m. Oct. 2, police saw a gray Dodge Dakota in the vicinity of the 9000 block of Meadowbrook Way. The vehicle entered the beam of the speed-measuring device at 52 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. Police stopped the car and when they contacted the driver, 41-year-old Monica Rowland, of Snoqualmie, a strong odor of alcohol came out of her vehicle. Rowland’s eyes were watery and after she failed sobriety tests, she was arrested for driving under the influence. Her vehicle was impounded and she was taken to the Snoqualmie Police Department. She was not booked into jail because the Issaquah Jail was at capacity for females. She was instead driven to her boyfriend’s house.

Noisy bar At 10:09 p.m. Sept. 30, police responded to a noise complaint in the 38000 block of King Street in Snoqualmie. Police contacted the bartender at Smokey Joe’s Tavern and issued a verbal warning. Police made sure that all exterior doors were closed and let Alexis McMillan, LMT, Esthetician Lic # MA00018258

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Snoqualmie fire ❑ At 3:54 p.m. Sept. 30, firefighters were dispatched to downtown Snoqualmie to assist police in securing a building that had a window damaged in an accident. ❑ At 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1, firefighters responded to Mount Si High School for a football player with a head injury. He was evaluated and then transported by aid crews to a hospital. ❑ At 12:59 p.m. Oct. 2, EMTs were dispatched to Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was evaluated and then transported to a hospital by private ambulance. ❑ At 12:05 p.m. Oct. 4, EMTs responded to Snoqualmie Casino for a 53-year-old man who had a seizure. The man was evaluated and taken home by family members.

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City of Snoqualmie will test its Reverse 911 on Oct. 18-21 Snoqualmie will test its Reverse 911 system Oct. 18-21. During that period, residents and businesses will receive a call with a recorded message. Numbers that do not receive calls are not in the system. The system lets city officials quickly disseminate information in an emergency. It has been used to notify the community during floods in recent years. The system lets officials target specific areas for notification. Most phone numbers are already in the system. A phone number can be added to the system on the city’s website, www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us. There is a link — “Reverse 911: Sign up!” — in the right column under the heading “Where do I find…” A number can also be added by calling 888-5911. All phone numbers are confidential and will be used only by Snoqualmie or King County

PAGE 7 in an emergency, according to the city’s website.

EFR stations hold open houses Oct. 15 Eastside Fire & Rescue is opening fire stations to the public in North Bend and other communities it serves for Fire Prevention Week. Citizens can stop for tours, snacks and information about fire safety, flood safety and emergency preparedness, as well as a chance to sit on a fire truck. The North Bend station will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15.

County redistricting panel reschedules hearing for Nov. 1 A public hearing on the proposed redrawing of King County Council districts has been rescheduled to November. The hearing run by the King County Districting Committee

had been scheduled for Oct. 3. The committee is responsible for redrawing the districts to give them roughly equivalent population sizes. The hearing will be held at the panel’s Nov. 1 meeting. The delay will give more time for residents and city councils to review the proposed plan, released last month with unanimous backing from the panel. The hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle. Comments can also be submitted online until Nov. 1 at www.kingcounty.gov/operations/di stricting/testimony. The proposed map keeps Snoqualmie and North Bend in Councilwoman Kathy Lambert’s District 3, which had seen the most population growth since the last redistricting effort in 2001. The plan must be approved by Jan. 15 for the 2012 elections.


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SnoValley Star staff brings home state journalism awards SnoValley Star staff members took home six awards for reporting at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association annual awards event Oct. 7. Editor Dan Catchpole took first place for best business story in the Star’s circulation category for an article about the pressure being felt by small food-service businesses in Snoqualmie. Catchpole also earned two second-place awards: one for best video story for his coverage of the Northwest Railway Museum’s Chapel Car No. 5 restoration, and another for best short feature story for his coverage of a barn fire at Equine Escapes. Reporter Sebastian Moraga took home three awards as well at the association’s annual con-

EFR scales back headquarters remodel Eastside Fire &Rescue reduced the size of a proposed remodel of its Issaquah headquarters by an order of magnitude, and the agency’s board unanimously approved the smaller plan Sept. 19. EFR staff had initially proposed a $500,000 remodel of the facility to include expanding office space, adding storage and putting in a new women’s bathroom on the building’s second floor. Sammamish, Issaquah and

vention in Everett. Moraga took second place for best education story for his report about a sign language club. He also took second place for best sports feature for an article about young children playing football. Moraga won third place for best long feature story for a story in the Issaquah Press Parent Guide about how the birth of his son changed his life. The Star’s sister publications — The Issaquah Press and Sammamish Review — took home awards for reporting, photography, social media, design and advertising. The Press earned top honors as the best community newspaper in Washington and the Review took the No. 3 spot in the category.

North Bend had balked at the extra cost. The headquarters technically belongs to Fire District 10, although it is shared by all of the partners in EFR. They questioned paying for a remodel, and then possibly losing the use of the facility, since some EFR partners have made noise about leaving the partnership when it expires in 2014. EFR staff had proposed creating an amortization schedule to set how much each partner would be repaid if they left EFR. Such a schedule, however, would require amending the

agreement that underpins EFR, a time-consuming process that would require approval by the governing boards of each of the five partner jurisdictions. At the Sept. 19 meeting, EFR Deputy Chief Wes Collins proposed a $50,000 remodel — simply installing a new women’s bathroom on the second floor of the headquarters building. Since the new proposal was relatively small, the EFR board agreed to pay for the remodel out of reserve funds, and not bother with changing the EFR charter.

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EFR to start charging mileage fee for transport in ambulances Eastside Fire & Rescue’s board of directors has agreed to start charging a $15 per mile fee for transporting patients to the hospital via ambulance. The fee will be in addition to the flat $650 fee for ambulance rides that EFR instituted in October 2010. EFR estimates the fee will generate about $100,000 per year. The board says the fee is comparable to other ambulance providers in the area. For people with health insurance, the insurer will typically cover the fee. EFR will ask for payment from those without insurance, but the agency will typically not pursue payments from those who can’t pay, nor will they deny transportation to people who can not pay the fee.

County offers hazardous waste guide to businesses Entrepreneurs in need of some help manage to hazardous waste can turn to the Hazardous Waste Directory. The directory is produced and distributed by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County. Call the Business Waste Line at 206263-8899 to order a copy, or read the directory at

www.lhwmp.org/home/YellowBook/ index.aspx. Business owners rely on the directory to determine how to manage hazardous waste. The directory also describes how to receive help, outlines regulations, explains how to choose a disposal or recycling vendor, and more. The directory lists wastes and includes information about handling, recycling, regulations and chemical hazards. “Just about every shop we visit is happy to get a copy,” Rey Verduzco, business services manager for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, said in a news release. The program is a partnership of local governments, including King County and suburban cities, to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment.

Dave Reichert stops by Snoqualmie to thank state senators Congressman Dave Reichert stopped by Snoqualmie Pointe Park on Sept. 27 to thank three Republican state senators for their support of conservation efforts. He presented awards from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to state senators Andy Hill (R-Redmond), Steve Litzow (RMercer Island) and Joe Fain (RSee BRIEFS, Page 9


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Briefs From Page 8 Auburn). The trust recognized Litzow, Hill and Fain for their bipartisan support of continued funding for a key wildlife conservation program during the 2011 legislative session. Gov. Chris Gregoire had marked the program — the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program — for elimination in her proposed budget. The program has helped pay for at least a dozen projects in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which runs along the Interstate 90 corridor from Cle Elum to Puget Sound. A moderate Republican, Reichert has been a supporter of federal conservation legislation.

Department of Health needs citizens to serve on boards The state Department of Health needs citizens to serve on health-related boards, commissions and committees. The agency needs applicants for 24 groups, including the Board of Physical Therapy, the Athletic Training Advisory Committee, the Board of Pharmacy, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission, the Board of Massage and the Veterinary Board of Governors. Many groups have immediate vacancies and others need a

pool of qualified candidates for future openings. Potential appointees must be United States citizens and Washington residents. Regular meeting attendance is expected and is vital to the success of each team. The state reimburses members for certain expenses related to travel, and compensates members for time spent at meetings and other approved activities. Find information and applications at www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/BCC.htm. Or call 360-236-4887 to learn more. “This is an opportunity for citizens to have a voice in their government, and to influence the health and safety of our state,” Karen Jensen, assistant secretary for the Health Systems Quality Assurance division, said in a statement. “Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary Mary Selecky take great pride in appointing qualified, responsible members who reflect Washington’s diversity.”

Snoqualmie receives clean audits from state Snoqualmie received two clean bills of health from the state Auditor’s Office last week. The two reports looked at the city’s compliance in 2010 for financial matters with state laws and regulations, and its own policies and procedures. The audits were released six months after Snoqualmie settled a billing discrepancy by the

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King County Council donates ‘retired’ vans to nonprofit groups King County Council members agreed to donate 27 former vanpool vehicles to nonprofit organizations Sept. 12, so the vehicles can aid senior citizens and others through local programs. The vans served in King

PAGE 9 County Metro Transit’s vanpool fleet for at least six years and reached the end of service. The county considers the vans as surplus, and then donates or sells the vehicles. “With little county funding available to support human services, these retired vans are one way we still can help nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Snoqualmie Valley’s representative, said in a statement. “These vans will continue to serve the public in new ways throughout their useful lives.” The council started donating former Metro Transit Vanpool vehicles to local nonprofit organizations in 1995. The vehicles provide transportation for disabled and lowincome people, young adults and senior citizens.

State agency reminds people to move safely The state Utilities and Transportation Commission reminds people planning instate moves to check up on movers beforehand. Many moving companies falsely advertise as “licensed and

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Even a little CPR knowhow can help save a life By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Engineer Laura Soma leads dignitaries on a tour of what this winter will be the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA.

YMCA’s new facility is taking shape in Snoqualmie Ridge Building will combine green features with traditional workout amenities By Sebastian Moraga A bathroom has a small puddle and an empty cup of coffee. The workout room contains a piece of heavy machinery and the teen room, perhaps fittingly, has a piece of yellow tape labeled “Caution.” In a way, it’s almost as if the YMCA building on Snoqualmie Ridge has opened already, although the grand opening is still a few months away. With hard hats on, Valley leaders and dignitaries toured the nascent building, skipping over mud and metal to get an idea of what the completed work will look like this December. “It’s an active construction site,” project engineer Laura Soma said. “It’s loud, it’s wet, it’s dirty.” She paused and added, “just for now.” Actually, once the building opens, if things go as expected, it’ll stay loud, particularly the teen room. “It will be an explosion of noise and activity, throughout the entire day,” said Dave Mayer,

director of the Valley’s YMCA. When finished, the brown of the mud will be replaced by green, as the building will offer environment-friendly features, like: ◆ Car-charging stations for people driving electric vehicles and preferred parking for carpools. ◆ The building’s irrigation uses recycled water.

◆ The buildings will use paints low on volatile organic compounds, which have been known to release noxious gases that may cause headaches or allergies. Soma said such green practices have become the standard for at least the last three YMCAs her See YMCA, Page 13

By Sebastian Moraga

Dave Mayer, executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, during a hard-hat tour of the building’s site.

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In the 1994 movie “Dumb American Heart Association: and Dumber,” Jim Carrey’s www.heart.org character Lloyd Christmas comes to the aid of a stricken man yelling “Don’t worry. I “They didn’t want a senior know CPR!” doing CPR and then having to Christmas then grabs the come in and fallen man by to do it the ankles and “So, anything you can do in have on two peobegins seesawple,” Fosness ing the man’s that situation ultimately is said regarding knees against going to help.” the stress on his chest. elderly people The man — Mike Bailey of performing dies, but Snoqualmie Fire Department CPR. unlike the Current movie, if your CPR guideknowledge of lines require 30 compressions cardiopulmonary resuscitation per every two breaths. is better than Carrey’s characIn a bit of a coincidence, the ter, you might indeed be helpsite recommends the beat to ful in an emergency. the Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Lt. Mike Bailey, with the Alive” to help keep good pace Snoqualmie Fire Department, of the breaths and chest comsaid people don’t need to be pressions. experts in CPR to make a dif“That will tell you how fast ference if needed. you need to go,” Bailey said. “When someone goes into “You need about 100 beats per cardiac arrest, their heart stops minute.” and if nobody does anything, The Snoqualmie Fire that person has already passed Department holds CPR classes away. They are gone,” he said. for the public the second “So, anything you can do in Tuesday of every other month, that situation ultimately is starting with January. going to help.” In 2010, the department Cardiopulmonary resuscitataught 16 classes, for a total of tion buys time, keeping the 48 hours of instruction. About blood circulating through a 295 people learned CPR. person’s body, Bailey said, People interested in the improving the odds of the perclasses can find more informason’s revival once a defibrillation on the city’s website, tor is applied. www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us, or call “CPR alone does not bring the fire department at 888somebody back,” he said. “It’s 1551. very rare.” The next class at the departAccording to the website of the American Heart Association, ment is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The time has yet to be set. Classes CPR doubles or even triples a are $10 per person’s person. chance of sur- “People say, ‘I had a CPR Besides vival. Less that, the than one-third class 10 years ago and it department of out-of-hoscame back to me’.” teaches CPR pital victims of cardiac — Mike Bailey to the health class at Mount arrest receive Snoqualmie Fire Department Si High School bystander and to stuCPR, the site dents at stated. Snoqualmie Middle School. At the Mount Si Senior Learning CPR tends to stick Center, all drivers and staff in people’s memories, Bailey members are required to know said. CPR and how to use external “A lot of times, we’ll be on a defibrillators. And they can’t call and people say, ‘I had a just kind of know it, a la Lloyd CPR class 10 years ago and it Christmas. came back to me,’” Bailey said. “They have to pass a “They may not have the steps course,” said Janet Fosness, the in the right order or it may center’s interim director. The center used to offer CPR have changed it since they first learned, but people tend to classes to elderly people, but have a basic understanding of the city’s fire department dishow it works.” couraged it, Fosness said.


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Thomas A. Tucker Jr., of Lacey, died Oct. 7, 2011, in Kirkland. He was 84. Thomas was born March 31, 1927, in Spokane, to Thomas and Grace. He lived mostly in Bellevue and North Bend. He was a member of the United States Coast Guard in World War II. He enjoyed building birdhouses and working in his woodshop. He was a kind and loving father. He is survived by Thomas A. Tucker III, of North Bend, Joshua Carlson, of North Bend, Robert E. Tucker, of Ankeny, Iowa, Sandra McCorkle, of Omak, and Debby Mayer, of Issaquah. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Tucker.

Correction In the Oct. 6 issue of the Star, the article on a possible new sister city for Snoqualmie gave the wrong first name for Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson.

Kamryn and Lauryn were born June 3 to Bryan and Tiffany Barbre, of Snoqualmie. Kamryn weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Her sister Lauryn Kamryn and Lauryn Barbre weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. The twins have an older sister, 6-year-old Reghyn, and six Omak; and Cliff and Mary grandparents: Michael and Barbre, of Ephrata. Wanda Howe, of Omak; Sharon The Barbres have lived in the Howe and Darryl Moulton, of Snoqualmie Valley for five years.

YMCA From Page 12 firm, GLY Construction, has built. The construction of the Snoqualmie YMCA, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson said, has occurred with environmentally sound principles in mind. Engineers sought Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the building. According to the U.S. Green Building Council’s website, a LEED certification establishes

that a building was built seeking the highest standards in things like energy savings, water efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions’ reduction. Green pluses aside, the building’s impact will show on the many uses for the facility, from meetings, to the gymnasium, to the emergency shelter, Mayer said. “I hope everybody is pretty excited about what we saw today,” Mayer said. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Author documents Snoqualmie Valley’s organic farming legacy Since April 2009, local phoRiver Press. tographer and writer Jerry Mader also interviewed Mader has been documenting farmers and farm workers. the activities of nine organic “These new farmers are at farms in the lower Snoqualmie the threshold of an agricultural Valley. renaissance His efforts “These new farmers are at here in the have just been Valley and the threshold of an agricul- the U.S. genpublished in his latest erally,” tural renaissance here in book, “Saving Mader said in the Valley and the U.S. the Soil: The a statement. new American generally.” “Their stories farmer.” have enorThe book — Jerry Mader mous historiincludes phoAuthor cal value, tographs and especially oral histories since they about the have in large Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, part revived the agricultural Changing Seasons Farm, Local tradition which was the founRoots Farm, Two Sisters Dairy, dation of Snoqualmie Valley Game Haven Farm, Growing history.” Things Farm, Oxbow Center, The project was partially Blue Dog Farm and The Root funded with a grant from Connection. King County 4Culture It was published by Tolt Heritage.

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Guitar classes bring music to Snoqualmie Elementary students By Sebastian Moraga It’s a groovy feeling Monday afternoons at Snoqualmie Elementary School. Just ask the students exiting Portable 28 to show you their fingers — you’ll see grooves right across the middle of their fingertips. Such is the price to pay for guitar stardom. Students are learning how to master the gui-

tar, one painful squeeze of a chord at a time. And if you think the whole “guitar stardom” thing is a cliché, ask Nate Byford. He is learning the guitar for one reason. “I want to be in a band,” the fifth-grader said. He later asked the instructor, Bill Bliven, for a the name of a good brand of electric guitar. See GUITAR, Page 15

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Bill Bliven (right) teaches students the intricacies of the guitar at Snoqualmie Elementary School.

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Students at Snoqualmie Elementary School master the guitar after school.

Custodian keeps Snoqualmie schools clean, for 18 years and counting By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Allison Turnbull, custodian at Chief Kanim Middle School.

In her own way, Allison Turnbull is a celebrity. “When you are out in public and the little kids notice you,” said Turnbull, the custodian at Chief Kanim Middle School for the past 10 years, “it’s pretty cute. ‘We won our game, we won our game.’” Before arriving at Chief Kanim, Turnbull took care of Snoqualmie Middle School, the Hawks’ rival school. Few children know about it so she does not get too much flak. Besides, it’s been a decade since she last worked across enemy lines. “The principal now was an eighth-grade teacher then,” she said. Sometimes, she still gets some mouthy students — she works at a middle school after all — but she gets along fine sailing the pre-teen oceans for a living. “You get all kinds of different kids,” she said. “The good ones make up for the bad ones.” To hear Turnbull tell it, Chief

Kanim has a surplus of the former and just a sprinkle of the latter. She said it all starts at the top. Principal Kirk Dunckel is really good at teaching children how

“I like to be busy. It makes the day go faster.” — Allison Turnbull Custodian

to treat adults, no matter who they are. “She’s the best custodian I’ve had work for me,” Dunckel said. “She’s a hard worker, very dedicated and very responsible.” Dunckel said the teachers and staff have expectations of the children’s behavior and they are reminded constantly of it. Turnbull is one of Dunckel’s “right hands,” she said. “I rely on her observations,” he said. Another factor could be the fact that after 20 years not too many things get under her skin.

“You have to have a lot of patience,’” she said. “There’s a lot of kids and you got to know when to hold your tongue.” Dunckel agreed. “She’s been around middle school kids a long time and has had kids of her own. She knows how they can be,” he said. “She doesn’t get too cold or too hot, she knows exactly how to be.” Turnbull has two children. One is a floor supervisor at Nike and another is a manager at an Arby’s. With her two children now out of school, Turnbull said she relishes every success of students who once watched her work and have now moved on to high school and beyond. “I don’t get sentimental,” she said. “I’m more like ‘Right on, they graduated!’ A few of them you’re shocked they graduated.” The reason Turnbull doesn’t get sentimental may just be she does not have time to. Besides Chief Kanim, she’s the custodian at five city of Snoqualmie See TURNBULL, Page 15


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Snoqualmie student graduates from Western Washington University

North Bend walks for their school

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Maya Craft (left), Brooke Newcomer, Sam Apostol, and Sydney Yocom carry the banner for Kim Wagner's second grade class in the North Bend Elementary Walk-A-Thon. For the event, classes create banners and compete for a spirit trophy. Wagner's class even teased their hair to complete the windblown effect. Walkers in the North Bend Elementary Walka-Thon braved the drizzly, dreary skies to raise money for many school programs. The school’s PTSA co-president, Kim Ayars, said the group hoped to raise $44,000, but the

Turnbull From Page 14 buildings. “I like to be busy,” she said. “It makes the day go faster.” Busyness aside, she said she hopes to retire someday. Until then, she hopes to stay at the middle school level. No little children for her, and definitely not big children. “High school kids, they can slap ya,” she said. “When they get that age, they are too intimidating.” One little child whose success she does track closely is her grandson, a student at North Bend Elementary School. Bemused, she said her grandson might end up at Twin Falls Middle School instead of at

“His main goal right now is jazz band next year, in middle school,” she said with a laugh. “That’s a little bit better.” Songs in the lessons vary from artists like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Kesha to the song “Frère Jacques.” Students inch closer to the day when they can switch chords without grimacing. And they just can’t wait. It’s only their second lesson out of 10, and yet when the name Michael Jackson shows up on the screen, a student suggests the class try playing “Thriller.” Bliven, a former music teacher at Opstad Elementary School, teaches the after-school class year round at four elementary schools in the Valley. With the patience of the manager at a daycare center, Bliven keeps his group focused,

Snoqualmie, graduated this summer from Western Washington University in Bellingham. Parhaniemi earned a Bachelor of Arts in general studies. with the aid of a software called Gitarrero, and a generous hand when doling out compliments. Students munch on cheese crackers, M&Ms and other goodies, but never stray too far from the lesson. And with good reason. While Byford wants to be in a band, Willem Kohn wants to emulate a cool, guitar-playing cousin. Paige Lee wants to write her own songs someday. That is, if her hungry guitar lets her. “My guitar ate my pick,” Lee told Bliven, who is also her grandfather. Bliven flipped and shook the guitar, the pick plummeted to the floor and the lesson continued, with Alvin and his pals squeaking out “Funkytown,” as the students practiced the chords. “It’s just rewarding to watch students have fun, and hearing things like a student saying he plays with his dad,” Bliven said. “Knowing that they are going to add music to their lives and their families, that’s very rewarding.”

total amount raised won’t be known until Oct. 19, the last day to accept donations. About 518 students participated in the event. Funds will pay for things like assemblies, art programs and classroom grants.

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By Dan Catchpole

Mount Si’s Keenan McVein jumps over Mercer Island defensive back Parker Scott and into the end zone during the second quarter to get the Wildcats on the board.

Mount Si football suffers upset to Mercer Island By Dan Catchpole Two fumbles by Mount Si High School football players highlighted the team’s frustrating Oct. 6 game against Mercer Island. The Islanders recovered two key fumbles in the first half that could have shifted the game’s momentum in Mount Si’s favor. Instead, the Islanders routed

the Wildcats, 42-14, in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference contest at Mercer Island High School. The first fumble ended a strong Mount Si drive that put them only a few yards away from scoring, and tying the game 7-7 in the first quarter. Wildcats’ running back Connor Deutsch looked to have found a hole through the

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Mount Si quarterback Ryan Atkinson unleashes a pass during the Wildcats 42-14 loss at Mercer Island. Islanders’ defensive line when linebacker Sam Porter stripped the ball from him on Mercer Island’s 9-yard line. The Islanders recovered and held onto their slim lead.

The second fumble came in the second quarter deep in Wildcats territory. The Islanders recovered again, and Mercer Island quarterback Jeff Lindquist threw a 16-yard touchdown pass

to wide receiver Zach Bucklin to make it 14-0. Despite the shifts in momentum, the Wildcats didn’t let go. See FOOTBALL, Page 17

Mount Si drops soccer match against Liberty 3-0 By Christina Lords

By Greg Farrar

Leah Corra (right), Mount Si High School sophomore defender, and Liberty senior midfielder Kimi Fry battle each other after the ball during the second period of their Oct. 6 soccer match.

The Mount Si High School Wildcats girls soccer team dropped its Oct. 6 game against the Liberty Patriots 3-0 — the same score as the teams’ first matchup Sept. 13. But while the scoring outcome may have been the same in both games, coach Darren Brown said he’s pleased with Mount Si’s growth from then to now. “I watched game film … on the first time we played them, and we’re seeing leaps and bounds of improvement on this end,” he said. “It’s a stepby-step process where you find growth.” Two quick, game-changing goals from Liberty senior Shannon Daly in the match’s first half set the tone for the rest

of the game, Brown said. “We kind of hurt ourselves by giving up two easy goals,” he said. “We shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gates, which is something we didn’t really prep for. If you take away those two, we would have been in it.” Daly scored her first goal off of a corner kick only three minutes into the game. She usually plays at the outside forward position, but was reassigned to the center midfield position after Liberty’s main center couldn’t play in the game. Seven minutes later, Daly again found the back of the net on an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 2-0 at the half. “Mount Si we know is always going to be a hard, very physical See SOCCER, Page 17


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Scoreboard Prep football KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Bellevue 4-0 (L), 60 (S); Mount Si 3-1, 4-2; Mercer Island 3-1, 4-2; Liberty 3-1, 3-3; Juanita 1-3, 2-4; Sammamish 13, 1-5; Interlake 1-3, 1-5; Lake Washington 0-4, 2-4. Oct. 6 Game MERCER ISLAND 42, MOUNT SI 14 Mount Si 07 0 7– 14 Mercer Island 7 7 14 14 – 42 First Quarter MI – Zach Bucklin 16 pass from Jeff Lindquist (Alex Wood kick) Second Quarter MI – Lindquist 15 run (Wood kick) MS – Keenan McVein 30 pass from Ryan Atkinson (Cameron Vanwinkle kick) Third Quarter MI – Nicky Sinclair 14 pass from Lindquist (kick failed) MI – Lindquist 1 run (Wood pass from Connor Bernal) Fourth Quarter MI – Sinclair 25 pass from Lindquist (Wood kick) MS – Jimbo Davis 15 pass from Atkinson (Vanwinkle kick) MI – Bernal 57 pass from Brian Higgins (Wood kick)

Prep girls soccer KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Liberty 8-0-0 (L),

Soccer From Page 16 team,” Daly said. “We kept our heads, and the scoreboard says it all. Last year, we had a very good year, and we’ve continued to build on that.” Liberty senior midfielder Kimi Fry slipped an additional goal through the fingertips of Mount Si senior keeper Sophia Rockow in the final minute of the game. It was the fifth shutout of the season for Liberty keeper Macaire Ament. Liberty coach Jamie Giger said while the Patriots have had a successful season and have beaten the Wildcats earlier in the season, she knew Mount Si was

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9-1-0 (S); Interlake 6-1-1, 8-1-1; Lake Washington 6-2-0, 6-3-1; Bellevue 3-3-2, 3-3-3; Mount Si 3-5-0, 4-6-0; Juanita 1-6-1, 2-7-1; Mercer Island 1-6-1, 1-8-1; Sammamish 1-6-1, 1-8-1. Oct. 6 Game LIBERTY 3, MOUNT SI 0 Mount Si 0 0 – 0 Liberty 21–3 First half scoring: 1, Shannon Daly (Lib, unassisted), 4:00; 2, Daly (Lib, Kimi Fry assist), 10:00. Second half scoring: Fry (Lib, unassisted), 80:00. Shutout: Macaire Ament (L).

13 kills, Sarah McDonald 13 kills, 4 aces. Oct. 5 Match MOUNT SI 3, SAMMAMISH 0 Mount Si 25 25 25 – 3 Sammamish 5 6 11 – 0 Mount Si statistics: Brooke Bonner aces, Sarah McDonald 11 kills, Lexie Read 7 kills, 5 aces; Lauren Smith 22 assists, 8 aces.

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KingCo Conference 3A/2A Standings: Mercer Island 9-1 (L), 9-2 (S); Mount Si 8-1, 11-4; Interlake 6-3, 8-3; Juanita 5-4, 54; Lake Washington 3-6, 3-7; Bellevue 3-6, 3-7; Liberty 2-7, 28; Sammamish 0-8, 0-9. Oct. 4 Match MOUNT SI 3, LIBERTY 1 Mount Si 25 25 25 – 3 Liberty 17 19 19 – 0 Mount Si statistics: Kailey Capelouto 5 aces, Lyndsay Carr

KingCo Conference 3A/2A Oct. 5 Meet MOUNT SI 25, JUANITA 36 At St. Edward State Park, 5,000 meters Top finishers: 1, Sam Giner (Int) 16:59; 2, Ivan Leniski (Int) 17:09; 3, Santos Zaid (J) 17:25; 4, James Bauman (J) 17:29; 5, Jay Taves (Int) 17:41; 6, Richard Carmichael (MS) 17:42; 7, Jack Taylor (Int) 18:02; 8, Ben Houldridge (MS0 18:09; 9, Graham Jordan (Int) 18:24; 10, Colin Glenny (Int) 18:32; 11, Dominick Canady (MS) 18:32; 12, Tommy Kirby (MS) 18;41; 13, Joseph Pooley (Int) 18:43; 14, Timothy Corrie (MS) 18:47; 15, Sam Egan (MS) 18:58; 16, Harry Simpson (MS) 18:58; 17, Spencer Ricks (MS) 19:02; 18, Ryan Olson (MS) 19:06; 19, Ian Parsons (Int) 19:06; 20, Oscar Dawson (Int) 19:07. Other Mount Si runners: 27, Sam Isen 20:17; 28, Landon Storrud 20:19; 30, Colby Bently 20:27; 32, Sean Hecker 20:47; 35, Justin Klock 21:20.

going to be a challenge. “Our goal as a team is to get better every single game,” Giger said. “Every single time we step on the field … tonight these girls knew, yes, we’ve beat this team before, but there’s a lot of things that we do at practice that we knew we have to get better at. We did that tonight.” Mount Si’s overall record stands at 4-6, with a 3-5 record

in the KingCo Conference 3A/2A. With the victory, Liberty went to 8-0 in KingCo Conference 3A/2A. The Patriots lead second-place Interlake by five points. Brown said as the young Wildcats get more experience on the field, the more they’ll gel as a team. “We’re learning as we’re

Oct. 4 Game MOUNT SI 2, MERCER ISLAND 1 Mercer Island 1 0 – 1 Mount Si 20–2 First-half scoring: 1, Leah Corra (MS, Sophia Rouches assist), 6:00; 2, Corra (MS, Laura Barnes assist), 27:00; 3, Celina Solomon (MI, unassisted), 43:00.

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Prep girls cross country KingCo Conference 3A/2A Oct. 5 Meet INTERLAKE 19, MOUNT SI 51, JUANITA 61 At St. Edward State Park, 5,000 meters Top finishers: 1, Summer Hanson (Int) 19:43; 2, Nadia Lucas (Int) 19:44; 3, Nikita Waghani (Int) 19:46; 4, Antoinette Tansley (Int) 19:47; 5, Bailey Scott (MS) 20:25; 6, Abbey Bottemiller (MS) 20:40; 7, Alexis Manns (J) 20:57; 8, Molly Grager (J) 21:39; 9, Annie Davis (Int) 21:55; 10, Angelina Belceto (MS) 22:13; 11, Emily Peterson (J) 22:20; 12, Rachel Blanch (J) 22:30; 13, Eleanor Tansley (Int) 22:58; 14, Erin Rylands (MS) 23:09; 15, Grace Hsieh (Int) 23:15; 16, Ashley Jackson (MS) 23:17; 17, Delaney Hollis (MS) 23:18; 18, Rachel Kim (Int) 23:57; 19, Mira Liu (Int) 24:04; 20, Madelynn Esteb (MS) 24:15. Other Mount Si runners: 21, Ella Thompson 24:21; 24, Daniele Curley 25:11; 25, Annie Shaw 25:26; 27, Sally Miller 25:54; 28, Madeleine Bezanson 26:03; 30, Mari Patis 27:11; 32, Jordan Koellen 28:16; 33, Cara Currier 28:16.

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going along,” he said. “The first half of the season we’re kind of working out our kinks, the second half we’ll be playing our style of soccer going forward. The second half, that’s when we come together.”

But they struggled to put strong drives together after the first half, which ended with the score at 14-7. Mount Si’s defense couldn’t contain Lindquist, who has committed to play for the University of Washington. UW coach Steve Sarkisian was on hand to watch the quarterback who can run and throw. Mount Si quarterback Ryan Atkinson showed off his aerial skills, connecting on two touchdown passes. The first was a 30-yard bomb to junior Keenan McVein. For the second, Atkinson threw a 15-yard pass to junior Jimbo Davis. On the ground, Deustch led the Wildcats, collecting 118 yards rushing on 23 carries. Mount Si was playing without sophomore Carson Breshears, who has a hairline fracture in his ankle. Breshears, who plays at wide receiver and as a defensive back, said he could be back in time for the playoffs. With three KingCo teams advancing to the postseason, the Wildcats (3-1 league, 4-2 overall) should be able to return to the playoffs this season, as long as they win two of their three remaining conference games. They play — in order — Juanita, Bellevue and Sammamish. Mount Si should be able to handle Juanita and Sammamish. Before the loss to Mercer Island, the Wildcats had won four straight games.

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Local runner wins 30th annual Great Columbia Crossing 10K race A local runner took first place in the 30th annual Great Columbia Crossing 10K race. Susan Korol, of Snoqualmie, led all female runners with a time of 42 minutes, 33 seconds. The race begins in Dismal Notch on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Runners then cross a 4.1-mile bridge, which soars 205 feet above the river, to Asotria, Ore., where the finish line is. Korol won the female master division in 2009, finishing in 39:53.

Registration is open for Turkey Trot Local runners can register for the Snoqualmie Ridge Turkey Trot 5K, organized by Run Snoqualmie. The race is scheduled for Nov. 5. Register at www.runsnoqualmie.com. Volunteer for the event by emailing volunteer@runsnoqualmie.com.

Mount Si volleyball beats Lake Washington after dropping first set Mount Si High School’s volleyball team lost the first set to Lake Washington but took the next three to win the match. The win Oct. 10 improved the Wildcats’ league record to 9-1 and its overall record to 12-4. Sarah McDonald and Lyndsay Carr led the offense. McDonald chalked up 14 kills, five aces and nine digs. Carr had 16 kills, one ace and four digs. Lauren Smith provided support with 12 assists and seven digs. Noelle Stockstad had 15 assists and two digs. Sydney Leonard had 10 assists.

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Public meetings ❑ Cancelled: Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway ❑ Public Hospital District No. 4 board meeting, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie ❑ North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 211 Main Ave. N. ❑ Snoqualmie Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Public Works Committee, 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ Snoqualmie Parks Board, 7 p.m. Oct., 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend Community and Economic Development Committee, 1:45 p.m. Oct. 18, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ Snoqualmie Finance and Administration Committee, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 38624 S.E. River St. ❑ North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, 411 Main Ave. N. ❑ North Bend Transportation and Public Works Committee, 3:45 p.m. Oct. 19, 1155 E. North Bend Way ❑ North Bend Economic Development Commission, 8 a.m., Oct. 20R, 126 E. Fourth St. ❑ ULID No. 6 hearing: Final assessment roll, 3 p.m. Oct. 20, 411 Main Ave. N., North Bend ❑ Snoqualmie Valley School Board, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 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 to Oct. 15, Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, second floor, North Bend. Tickets can be purchased at www.valleycenterstage.org. ❑ Pajama story times, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. All young children welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Milo Petersen Trio, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Sundaes on Monday CD release party, 8 p.m. Oct. 14, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Valley Animal Partners fundraising chili cook-off and auction, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 8200

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Get your Halloween costumes ready! Monster Halloween Bash, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Howlin’ Halloween Party, 8-11 p.m. Oct. 22, Si View Community Center, 400 Orchard Drive, North Bend. Get a costume for the costume contest, and come party the night away with us! Grades: 6-12. Fee: $5.

Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Open to the public. Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for kids 7-15 years old, children under 7 are free. For information about donating a dessert or entering the chili cook-off, go to www.valleyanimalpartners.com/chi li_dinner_and_dessert_auction. ❑ Kelly Eisenhour Quartet, 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Lung Fish, 8 p.m. Oct. 15, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Bluegrass with Alan Munde and Adam Granger, 6 p.m. Oct. 16, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Merry Monday Story Times, 11 a.m. Oct. 17, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For newborns to 3-year-olds accompanied with an adult. ❑ Afternoon Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult. ❑ Milo Petersen Duo, 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 2-3 with an adult. ❑ Preschool Story Times, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. For ages 3-6 with an adult. ❑ Study zone, 3 p.m. Oct. 18, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. Drop-in during scheduled Study Zone hours for free homework help from volunteer tutors. ❑ Future Jazz Heads, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19,

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. 19, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 3 to 6 with an adult. ❑ Pajamarama Story Times, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend. All young children are welcome with an adult. ❑ Open mic, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Twede’s Café, 137 W. North Bend Way, North Bend ❑ Mount Si Lions Club Winemakers Dinner and Silent Auction, 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend. Tickets: $45 per person. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 17, and are available at Boxley’s, Toad’s Coffee, Hauglie Insurance or online at www.mountsilionsclub.com. ❑ Open mic, 7 p.m. Oct. 20, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ BBQ and Blues, 7 p.m. Oct. 21, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Come by for a variety of local blues musicians and great barbecue. ❑ Walk to big cedar, 10 a.m. Oct. 22, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. Check out a 500-year-old cedar tree. Dress for the weather. ❑ Harvest Carnival, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 22, Si View Community Center, 400 Orchard Drive, North Bend. Put on your costume and enjoy some harvest season fun! Harvest Carnival is part of the Family Night series, co-sponsored by Encompass and Si View Metro Parks. Costs: Five carnival games for $1; haunted

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house $1. ❑ Snoqualmie Pass Women’s Group Oktoberfest Fundraiser, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 22, Alpental Ski Resort. Cover: $15 (includes dinner and one beer). ❑ Monster Halloween Bash, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie ❑ Howlin’ Halloween Party, 8-11 p.m. Oct. 22, Si View Community Center, 400 Orchard Drive, North Bend. Get a costume for the costume contest, and come party the night away with us! Grades: 6-12. Fee: $5. ❑ Sallal Grange fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 22, Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E., North Bend. Tickets: $15. Live music, silent auction and local food. ❑ Oregon Shadow Theatre presents “The Green Bird,” 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., Snoqualmie. For ages 4 and older with an adult. In a story told with music and shadow puppets, a boy is transformed into a fortune-telling bird by an evil magician.

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 maryrcorcoran@gmail.com 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 research@snoqualmievalleyelk.org. ❑ Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is accepting applications for ages 16 or older to volunteer in various departments of the hospital. Email volunteer coordinator Carol Waters at car-

olw@snoqualmiehospital.org 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 melissat@seniorservices.org. Apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Click on “Giving Back” and then on “Volunteer Opportunities.” ❑ Mount Si Senior Center needs volunteers for sorting and sales in the thrift store, reception and class instruction. The center is at 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend. Call 888-3434. ❑ Hopelink in Snoqualmie Valley seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers must be at least 16. Go to www.hopelink.org/takeaction/volunteer.com or call 869-6000. ❑ Adopt-A-Park is a program for Snoqualmie residents to improve public parks and trails. An application and one-year commitment are required. Call 831-5784. ❑ Study Zone tutors are needed for all grade levels to give students the homework help they need. Two-hour weekly commitment or substitutes wanted. Study Zone is a free service of the King County Library System. Call 369-3312.

Classes ❑ Intermediate beekeeping, noon Oct. 16, Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center, 1711 Boalch Ave., North Bend. For the experienced beekeeper, this class covers more advanced techniques in colony lifecycle. Topics include: splits, combines and swarm capture techniques. Email bob@combshouse.com. Cost: $30. ❑ 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. Submit an item for the community calendar by emailing editor@snovalleystar.com or go to www.snovalleystar.com.


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