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October 31, 2013 VOL. 5, NO. 43

Happy Halloween Coin drive Middle schoolers support veteran’s memorial. Page 2

Free batteries Firefighters give away batteries to spur replacement. Page 3

Police blotter Page 7

Long walk Walkathon raises funds for elementary school. Page 9

Mount Si clobbers Mercer Island Page 10

Casino’s top chef took a long road to the Valley By Sherry Grindeland Bruce Dillon, 54, was hooked the first time he saw someone make mayonnaise. He had just answered an advertisement for summer work in a Miami restaurant. His entire culinary experience – he was just 20 – had been just toasting hot dog buns. “I had never cooked in my life but then I watched the restaurant owner make homemade mayonnaise. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen,” he said. “I’ve never bought mayonnaise in the store since then.” Dillon, executive chef at the Snoqualmie Casino, developed a taste for cooking that summer. His boss, Sara Sharpe, poached turkey breasts and made bread. He wanted to learn more. Instead of returning to the University of Florida, Dillon went to culinary school near Washington D.C. He honed his skills at, L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland. He still remembers the class taught by Julia Child. “She showed us how to make a red pepper flan,” Dillon said. “Julia Child was taller than I expected and she was a wonderful teacher. If you know how

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Bruce Dillon, head chef at the Snoqualmie Casino surveys the kitchen. He oversees the production of thousands of meals every day. to make crème caramel, you can turn that technique into a savory dish – the flan. We learned to take basic components and techniques and build wonderful dishes.”

1 family produces 3 generations of Wildcat football players By Sam Kenyon

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The Christensens have been coming to the Mount Si football field for 69 years. Bradley Christensen, current senior lineman for the Wildcats, is the third generation of his Snoqualmie family to play football for Mount Si. When Brad’s father, Bubba, who played on the line from 1987 to 1991, and his grandfather, Bob, who was a defensive back and a receiver from 1964 to 1968, come to watch Brad, they are looking at a game that is far more sophisticated than the one they played. “It’s exciting, it’s great,” said Bob. “It’s so much more evolved now.” When he and his son played the game was not the complex machine it is now. They didn’t

have film, or training camps. Bob didn’t have a weight room. Bubba’s football days were more primitive. “You were lucky if you got a good helmet,” said Bubba. The equipment isn’t the only difference. Today’s culture of concern about hitting and concussions wasn’t something that Brad’s dad or grandfather had to deal with. Bob describes one day at practice when his coach introduced him to a forearm shiver by giving him a bloody nose and knocking his helmet off. Now the sport prioritizes safety. The players on the team dedicate themselves to the game now, with Sunday practices and film study sessions. That didn’t happen in Bob and Bubba’s day. See FAMILY, Page 2

Dillon returned to Florida kitchens to work for Sharpe – a woman he still calls his mentor. One day they cooked a gourmet meal for 150 political donors; the next he was part of a team

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital listed in top 20 critical access hospitals Snoqualmie Valley Hospital was recently recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in quality for 2013 by the National Rural Health Association. The hospital was recognized for outstanding quality out of more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals across the nation. “This is an excellent reflection of all the work everyone has done to continually improve the quality of care at our hospital,” Rodger McCollum, CEO for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, said. “It is a real testament to how we safeguard the health of our communities.” Critical Access Hospitals provide essential services to the communities they serve and are certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. Snoqualmie Valley

that fixed grilled salmon, roasted potatoes, asparagus and hollandaise sauce for 5,000. No fear in the kitchen “That kind of work took away any fear I had in the kitchen,” Dillon said. “You learn failure is not an option. You might not See CHEF, Page 3

Hospital received CAH status in 2005. The quality rating is determined by iVantage Health Analytics tabulation from publicly available data sources, including Medicare Cost Reports, Medicare claims data, Hospital Compare reporting and related sources. They are based on the percentile rank across five categories of Hospital Compare process of care measures. The National Rural Health Association is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit http://www.

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Three generations of the Christensen family have played for the Mount Si High School football team – Bob, Bubba and Bradley.


Now players work tirelessly on their technique. “These guys are all business,” Bubba said. Brad wants to keep playing at the college level after he graduates. His dad says he has interest from several programs like ASU, Nebraska, and Boise State. “I would play anywhere in any division, I just want to keep playing,” Brad said. His senior season has gone very well so far with the team’s only loss coming against Bellevue. “I couldn’t ask for a better team to spend my senior season with,” he said. Head Coach Charlie Kinnune and senior quarterback Nick Mitchell both describe Brad as a lead by example kind of player. He works hard on his game, he helps his younger teammates, and deeply wants to win. Brad has fought through some injuries to keep playing. Coach Kinnune calls him tough.

From Page 1 The sport is bigger, faster, and more complicated than when they played. “It was almost like we just threw a football and went at it,” said Bob. The game today demands much more from the players, and it also gives them greater opportunities. Players can continue their football career at the college level, provided they perform on the field. Bob and Bubba didn’t play college ball, but Brad could very well have the opportunity. “I’m not half the player Brad is,” said Bubba. Brad’s dad and grandfather didn’t spend all the extra time outside of practice trying to improve their bodies or their expertise the way Brad has. In his day, Bubba just showed up and played.

“He’s everything you want,” Kinnune said. People describe Brad’s work ethic as tremendous and he is considered an anchor on both the offensive and defensive line. “Just an overall outstanding kid,” said Mitchell. “His work ethic is phenomenal.” Brad said playing for Mount Si means everything to him. He loves the supportive fans and community. He said running through the tunnel on Friday nights to play with his team in front of the school and his family is an amazing experience. “A few of the coaches coached my dad and they say I look just like him on the field,” Brad said. “It’s great to get the chance to play for Mount Si.” The game taught Brad how to be a leader, and how to work hard. The strong support from the community of fans strengthens the team. “We have the best fans in KingCo,” he said. “Fans





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are an important part of the game, and when the fans cheer we play better.” Playing football for Mount Si is an important part of growing up for many young men in the area. The camaraderie of the team and the support of the community make the experience special, for current players and those who came before. Being part of the team with friends is a formative experience for most players. For more than half a century now, the Christensen family has been part of Mount Si football, first as players and now as family. When Brad graduates, Bubba and Bob won’t be able to watch their son and grandson play anymore on the field they all shared. But they will still come to the stadium every Friday to support the team. “It was fun, playing with the team, playing with friends,” said Bob. “Kind of the thing to do, I think, back then. Or even probably now. It’s almost like a family I guess.” Sam Kenyon can be reached at sam.

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Will free batteries get you to change the ones in your smoke detectors? Firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue urge people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors this weekend. They’re even handing out new batteries as encouragement. Engine 87 firefighters will be at QFC from 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 2. The QFC is located at 460 E. North Bend Way, North Bend. EFR fire stations in North Bend, Issaquah, Sammamish and Fire Districts 10 and 38 are participating in the national home fire safety program, Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery. Sponsored by Eastside Fire & Rescue, Energizer, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the program urges Americans to adopt a life-saving habit: change smoke alarm batteries when clocks are changed back from daylight saving time each fall. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature in homes that people forget to service them. According to Josie Williams, the public information officer at EFR, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without properly working smoke alarms. In 2005-2009, smoke alarms were present in 72 percent of reported home fires and sounded in 51 percent of fires reported to U.S. fire departments. More than 38 percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires in which no smoke alarms were present at all. Onequarter of the deaths were caused by fires in properties in which smoke alarms were present, but failed to operate.

Chef From Page 1 know everything but you keep going.” Ignore-the-fear worked when he and a team of chefs went to Northern California to prepare dinner at an exclusive wine auction. Dillon, who by that time had advanced to sauté and saucier chef, loved making pastries. He was in charge of the dessert. “I got it into my brain to make chocolate raviolis with a logo on them out of white chocolate,” he said. He hadn’t taken into account the heat of Napa Valley. It took him 1 ½ days because chocolate is so temperature sensitive. He had to make a lot of extras because the raviolis were so fragile. “I’ve never sweated so much in my whole life,” he said. “In the end, it turned out well.” Those lessons helped him cope when he accepted his first official chef job at an exclusive tennis resort. The kitchen was the size of a janitor’s closet with a dishwasher and a two-burner stove. “We did have a grill,” he said. “So we did a lot of grilling. We served 300 people a day from that space.” Dillon’s career began to gel. He worked for various restaurant groups and was noted for opening new facilities, often in high end resorts. His credits include a stint here in the Pacific Northwest with Schwartz Brothers – he opened Daniel’s and the former Spazzo restaurant in Bellevue. He was hired to open Marazul Restaurant at the Pan Pacific in Seattle … just before the economy took a downturn. While he was wondering what to do next, he was asked to join the cuisine team at the Snoqualmie Casino. He was hired in May of 2008 as chef of Terra Vista and

Birthday party Snoqualmie Casino celebrates its fifth anniversary Nov. 6. As part of the celebration, the casino will be giving away five cars and motor scooters Nov. 5-7. Free champagne and cake will be served to all guests beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Commemorative champagne glasses will be available (while supplies last). became executive chef in 2011. The Jamaican-born chef, who was raised on the East Coast, said one of the challenges of his job is inspiring his staff. “I try to keep these guys excited, willing to try whatever hare-brained thing I come up with,” he said. “Sometimes they can’t see my vision but they listen.” New ideas welcomed It works both ways. He also enjoys listening to staff ideas, too, he said. His job requires balancing a lot of things at once. He oversees six restaurants – the Café, the Falls Buffet, 12 Moons, the coffee shop called Drip, a deli and the teammember dining facility that serves 1,200 meals a day to employees. “Casino restaurants are a different breed of restaurants,” Dillon said. “They’re an amenity but they also have to make money. You need something with moderate prices and the high end, too.” Because casinos thrive on repeat business, restaurants need to keep concepts fresh. For instance, 12 Moons will be incorporating Tex-Mex spices into some of its sushi dishes. Dillon continually looks for new things to add to menus.

He travels several times a year on food-related trips. Most recently he was in Norway and Denmark, taste testing new cuisine


trends and figuring out what to bring to the casino’s restaurants next. “Like fashion, it takes a while for things to come from Europe to the United States,” he said. Dillon supplements foreign travel with trips to the East Coast. The quickest way to spot trends, he said, is to visit Miami where new food concepts seem to be launched every few months. Dillon finds it ironic

that being a chef has required him to travel often. He had a problem with flying despite wantingto be an airline pilot when he graduated from high school. He enrolled in a flight school in Florida. “I was a triple A personality and high strung,” Dillon said. “Every time my flight instructor and I would go fly, I’d throw up in his lap. Eventually, we decided it was safer for me to be on the ground.”





Hauglie, Norris, Larson Munden deserve your vote

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The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital board of commissioners’ election has been entertaining. Position 1: Gene Pollard, who already is a commissioner, chose to run against Commissioner Kevin Hauglie, whose seat is up for re-election. Pollard’s decision has had people scratching their heads. If he were to win and change seats, then Pollard’s current position becomes vacant. The board would appointment a replacement. Insiders predict that replacement would be – Kevin Hauglie. Hauglie, a community activist, deserves to be affirmed by voters to stay on the hospital board. He is the president of the Snoqualmie Kiwanis Club and the immediate past president of the Duvall Rotary Club. He participates in the Chamber of Commerce and still finds time to run his own business. His community outreach makes him a good representative of the people. Position 2: Dariel Norris of Preston is running against board president Dick Edward Jones, a retired health care administrator and current president of the board. While Jones has served well, the board can use some fresh thinking. Norris has done her homework and is ready to take a seat. She comes with a bulldog/watch dog reputation. She has been active in the Preston community in numerous projects including getting the magnificent sports park built, served on the King County Parks Levy committee, and home schooled her eight children. She’s a dynamo and has the energy to transform the dynamics and politics of the hospital board.

For Hospital Board I’m writing to recommend Dariel Norris in the King County Hospital District #4 Commissioner’s race in the upcoming November election. Dariel is a 38-year resident of Preston and has a long track record of successful community involvement. She is a long time member of the Preston Community Club. She was an active and constructive member of the effort to build Preston Park at exit 22 on I-90. She recently served on the Parks Capital Expansion Levy review committee.  She has been a good neighbor in Preston. Dariel brings new thinking and a fresh perspective to the commissioner’s seat. The incumbent, Dick Jones, has served honorably for 16 years on the commission. However, it’s time for a fresh set of eyes and ears with regard to the workings of the hospital district. Mike Racine Snoqualmie

Classified school district employees deserve respect I am one of the hardworking classified employees at Snoqualmie Valley School

OCTOBER 31, 2013 District. Our union is currently in mediation with the district to develop a contract. The classified staff seek fairness in our contract. The district is seeking to hold back as much money as possible, so the process has been long, exhausting and humiliating. Last Thursday (Oct. 24) at the school board meeting some of our classified staff spoke during the public comment period to tell their personal stories about how difficult it is to live on their current wage and how humiliating it is to be offered 1% when administration received much more and teachers struggled to receive 2 percent. Apparently the school board is tired of listening to our stories and summarily dismissed us (again) by telling the audience unless there is something different to say we are done listening. That is not a quote but that is what I heard. I will listen to the pod cast, and urge you to as well. I think it is short sighted of the district to not show respect and hear our stories. It is very difficult for most people to come to the meetings fearing they will be harassed or lose their jobs. It takes a lot of guts for someone to be brave enough to get up and speak. For the district to shut us down was disrespectful. We are asking for respect, not to break the financial back of the district. The least they can

do is respect us- that is all we are asking. I urge you to listen to the pod cast, hear for yourself our stories and make a comment on this important issue. Barbara Beattie Snoqualmie

Vote for Kevin Hauglie for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital board I have known incumbent Hospital Commissioner Kevin Hauglie for more than 15 years and he is an intelligent, knowledgeable, honorable and moral man. He is known to put the interests of his constituents ahead of his personal needs and desires. Meanwhile a sitting Hospital Commissioner, Gene Pollard, is actively campaigning against Kevin because the two have not always agreed on hospital issues. Commissioner Pollard currently has four years remaining on his term as commissioner. Mr. Pollard doesn’t give up his current seat unless he is successful in unseating Kevin, which would then leave a vacancy. What purpose does this serve the citizens but to waste taxpayer money on unnecessary elections? Further, I want issues to be fully vetted and I believe diversity on any elected body See LETTERS, Page 5

Snoqualmie Mayor, City Council

In the Snoqualmie Mayor’s race, Matt Larson should be returned for another term. He is a highly-organized and visionary leader, concerned about making Snoqualmie one city instead of an old town-new town. Under his watch, a new City Hall was constructed and it was his determination that got a community center built in partnership with the YMCA. Larson’s opponent, Ed Pizzuto, has not taken the election seriously. Heather Munden and Terry Sorenson are vying for the only contested seat on Snoqualmie City Council. Both candidates would bring a passion for the community to the council; both are hardworking and dedicated. Either candidate would be good for Snoqualmie, but Munden should get the seat. Her support for the River Walk Plan and her enthusiasm over what will happen with the old mill site is infectious, seeing the opportunities, not just the problems. Munden’s background as a civil engineer will be an asset as Snoqualmie continues to grow. She has demonstrated that she knows how to be responsive to residents. Deborah Berto


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Street signs beat bread crumb trails I was invited recently to join Bob Milford, manager of the prestigious Diamond W Ranch, on a drive-around tour of the place. It’s a huge, private ranch, with tiny ex-logging roads winding around through 13,000 acres of pine trees and rocks. A real paradise. But I was horrified to see wooden street signs nailed to trees wherever two of these old logging trails came together. “Oh no,” I said, out loud. “What’s the matter?” Bob asked. “I see you’re planning a subdivision here.” Bob started laughing when I pointed at the signs. “Those are for the owners,” he explained. “They live Back East and visit here one weekend a year. When they get out here, they take the pickup and drive around and get lost. “Once I got a call on the cell phone from the owner, who said he was lost and

couldn’t find his way back to the house. So, I asked him where he was and he said he was right there, sitting on a rock and close to a pine tree.” He chuckled.

“That narrowed it down to about 13,000 acres. Well, I managed to find him, and after that, I put these signs up. I tell them now, if they get lost, to drive until they come to Home Road and then head downhill. It solved the problem.”

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Schramm named Snoqualmie District Ranger Martie Schramm has been named Ranger of the Snoqualmie Ranger District in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. She serves out of the North Bend office. Schramm most recently was in Arizona where she was the district ranger on the Kaibab National Forest. Schramm manages a wide and complex spectrum of resources on two major travel corridors, I-90 and State Route 410. The Snoqualmie Martie Schramm Ranger District encompasses 102,000 acres of designated wilderness, five ski areas that receives more than 800,000 visits annually and 12 campgrounds serving stock, ORV and mountain bike user groups. Volunteers log 2,000-plus hours annually doing a variety of work, from removing invasive weeds to building and repairing trails. “A key challenge facing us is the growing public demand for more access with an aging transportation and recreation infrastructure. Ranger Schramm’s positive and proactive approach to resource management will certainly help us address these issues,” said Jennifer Eberlien, forest supervisor for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Schramm grew up in Michigan and Pennsylvania, earning a degree in forestry from Southern Illinois University and beginning her career with Forest Service in 1989. She has worked as a timber sale planner, recreation and wilderness program manager, deputy district ranger and district ranger. She enjoys being outdoors hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and has a 12-year-old chocolate lab that is very happy to be around water again. “I am looking forward to meeting and working with folks on projects and issues on the Snoqualmie Ranger District,” said Schramm.

Letters From Page 4 results in better decision making. I encourage everyone to consider these facts and vote for Kevin Hauglie for Hospital Commissioner. Ken Hearing North Bend

Hats off to Candidates! On behalf of the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary Club, we humbly thank you for your participation in the Candidates Forum on Oct, 23 at the Mt Si Freshman Campus. The idea for this forum was hatched Oct. 8 when we realized the election was just four short weeks away, and that apparently nothing was being done to bring the candidates together into the “public square” for an exchange of ideas between them and the citizens. Until we secured the location, thanks to Principal Vernie Newell and his staff (especially Ana Parsons) at the Mt Si Freshman Campus, obtained the necessary permits and completed a comprehensive list and contact information of the candidates, we couldn’t even hint publicly what was in the works. It looked like we could actually hold a forum during the week of Oct. 21st; but would the candidates and the public have time to respond? Plus we had to plan the forum around published meeting dates for both North Bend and Snoqualmie city councils, the school district, hospital district and the park districts. We took a deep breath, and alerted the media. You candidates responded immediately. Two confirmations for attendance quickly came in.  Then two more came in with conflicts in the forum timing. All weekend we were getting a reply here, a reply there. Eventually we had 10 candidates confirming their intention to attend. We totally understood those candidates who felt they had committed their calendars to activities in advance of our “good idea”.  We accepted the notion by a candidate of having a supporter to standin as a surrogate by promptly putting that option on the table

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and published online. Late in the day, one candidate was able to adjust his schedule and attend after all. So, on the night of the Candidates Forum, 13 attended and put on a pretty darn good show! All of your campaigns deserve the highest esteem from the community for taking your run for office seriously and with honor. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing the heavy lifting,  Dick Ryon Rotary Member        Editor’s note: Kudos to the unopposed candidates who still participated including: King County Council Kathy Lambert, North Bend City Council Alan Gothelf, Ross Loudenback and Jeanne Petterson; Snoqualmie City Council Robert Jeans and Bryan Holloway, Snoqualmie School District board Tavish MacLean; Metropolitan Park District commissioners Linda Hamm Grez and Mark Joselyn; supporter for Proposition 1, Metropolitan Park District; Travis Stombaugh, and King County Fire Protection District #38 Matt Talbot. Contested seat included: Snoqualmie Mayor candidates Ed Pizzuto and Matt Larson; Snoqualmie City Council candidates Heather Munden and Terry Sorenson; Snoqualmie Valley School board candidates Marci Busby and David Spring, and Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District candidates Dariel Norris, Dick Edward Jones, Gene Pollard and Kevin Hauglie.

Do actions speak louder than words in mayor’s race? I read with interest your article about mayor, Matt Larson seeking a third term. I agree with his assessment that it is not realistic to chase retail sales, and like the idea of using recreational development to attract dollars to our city. Additionally, I appreciated his comments about maintaining the rural character of Snoqualmie and protecting its natural assets. However, I am not sure that I see these sentiments reflected in city decision making. The city continued to chase retail this past summer in pursuing the acreage surrounding


the Leisure Time site (I-90/SR18 interchange) for retail development. I am also hearing that the Snoqualmie Valley hospital site is zoned for retail that can include drive-thru fast food. This would be out of character for our neighborhood and create noise, congestion and trash problems. Additionally, we have seen questionable development decisions of late. On Snoqualmie Parkway we are now all treated to a massive white “landing strip” (the roof of a new warehouse). We also enjoy a scenic view of the Chase Bank drivethru and parking lot. Trees were recently cleared right up to the edge of the Ridge Trail in Deer Park at the corner of Swenson and Snoqualmie Parkway. The right side of Snoqualmie Parkway south of Swenson will soon be clear cut so 85 apartments can have “nice views,” while the rest of us lose our treed gateway to rural Snoqualmie. Do actions speak louder than words? Dave Lawson Snoqualmie

Vote for David Spring for school board

The SnoValley Star’s editorial resolves little to explain how we are better off with the incumbent board member. The newspaper’s own reporting indicates examples of leadership in crises. Policy creation, which leads to bond measures for improving our school system, has been dismal for several years. First its vote for a new high school with little thought to the public’s questions, let alone a plan to convince the public on why and how this should be done. Next we need a new middle school, which failed. Then our kids can get by with new portables at the high school, only to be told later we need a Freshman Campus at Snoqualmie Middle School. SMS has to be remodeled and the new high school portables sit while the school district goes from three down to two (congested) middle schools. Now we are being told that a new grade school needs to be built as the state mandated full time Kindergarten, which the district has known for years was coming.

What is the plan? Where is the policy? This is only the facility side of the equation. Monetary policy has also been lacking – the impact fee debacle caused by the district cost the tax payer money. The last Technical Levy a few years back was disguised as primarily money used in the form of a raise to pay teachers. Labor unrest has literally come down to the last minute before resolution is found. Finally, on political policy, we have a lame duck superintendent who wants out and has a backup plan voted by the current board (4 yes and one nay Simpson) for a $510,000 buyout or golden parachute if he cannot find another job. In the eight years Director Busby has been on the school board – are we (students, parents, tax payers) any better off? I believe the record is very clear and to bring about change in leadership, I plan on voting for David Spring. Chris Lodahl North Bend

Vote for Dariel Norris and Gene Pollard

We have a chance to change the dialogue at the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital by electing Dariel Norris and Gene Pollard for Public Hospital District #4 Commissioners. Dariel and Gene both want to bring accountability, responsibility and public transparency to the District. I’m tired of the old Hospital Commissioners who: q Give us $40 million of debt with nothing to show for it q Waste $38 million for lease of a new hospital we don’t need and won’t use q Ignore our 69% no vote for a hospital in the first place q Receive failing grades for open meetings, backroom deals and have the worst listening skills of any elected commission There is a world class regional hospital ten minutes away at Swedish in Issaquah. My taxes need to go to people who will listen and do what the community wants. Let’s change the tone and elect Dariel Norris and Gene Pollard. I’m ready for a hospital district that works for the people of the Snoqualmie Valley. Doug McClelland Preston, WA

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Mount Si High School crowns its homecoming royalty By Calder Productions

Samantha Kieffer (left) was named the 2013 Homecoming Queen during halftime of the Oct. 25 football game against Mercer Island. David Butler (right) was named the 2013 Homecoming King. The couple was crowned along with the homecoming court of underclassmen. The football team went on to crush Mercer Island 45-7. For more about the game, go to Page 10.

Influence the future of King County through strategic planning Help update the King County Strategic Plan. Every elected official and employee in King County government makes decisions, both routine and major, based on the King County Strategic Plan, last updated in 2010. Participate by going to www., a website designed to encourage an online conversation around key issues. Feedback can be submitted through Nov. 30, 2013. Through the social media interface at www.OneKingCounty. info, people can add their ideas, support or “like” good ideas that have already been contributed, and they can share thoughts about the future of King County with their friends and families on platforms like Facebook,

Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus. Among the questions and areas King County is exploring for the updated plan are: q What do you most appreciate about living in King County? q What challenges have you experienced living in King County? q How can King County improve? q What are your “big ideas” to help move King County forward? To ensure that everyone is fairly heard, King County officials will also meet with community members who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese to gather input on the Strategic Plan and the county’s future. Participants will be invited by local organizations that are hosting the meetings, including the Refugee Women’s Alliance

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Police blotter North Bend Do not dial that phone

Officers responded to a call at 6:44 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the 1200 block of Southeast North Bend Way. A woman reported that her 9-year-old stepson had taken her old cell phone without permission.

Unwelcome visitor Officers responded to a 1:43 p.m. call on Oct. 19 in the Rock Creek Ridge complex on Stone Brook Drive. An unknown subject had walked into the apartment.

Video star Officers responded to a 10:31 a.m. call on Oct. 19 in the 13400 block of the 456th Place Southeast. A prowler was caught on a home surveillance camera as he walked up the pathway by the garage. The back garage door sensor light was activated and the suspect turned around and ran away on the same path.

one had tampered with the ignition switch.

Tool theft Officers were called to the Polygon housing development on Cedar Falls at 1 p.m. Oct. 22. A subcontractor had left the company paint sprayer in the garage of a home. It was gone, along with the two ladders he had chained to the paint sprayer.

Gun found An officer responded to the Chevron station on Mount Si Boulevard at 2:54 p.m. Oct. 22. Someone at the station had found a stun gun and wanted to turn it in to the police.

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to a 3:40 p.m. call on Oct. 22 in the 44000 block of Southeast Tanner Road. A man had his 2001 Ford truck parked in front of his business. Sometime during the night, unknown person or persons broke the front right side door glass. The perpetrator had helped him or herself to some of the owner’s belongings.


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SCHEDULE THIS: The Bear Creek School presents Worth the Drive: Parenting Your Child for Success, from 8:45 a.m. to noon Nov. 2, at 8905 208th Ave. N.E., Redmond. Attend an educational information session presented by Snoqualmie mom Kara Leach for parents, teachers and caregivers of children in kindergarten through sixth grade. To attend for free, RSVP at

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q Kids Night Out!, 6-10 p.m., Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, games, swimming, movies and pizza dinner, grades K-5, $25, must register by Wed. prior, 8311900 q Family Movie Night, 6:30-8 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St., free for facility members, $5/program members, $10/community participants

q Cool Water (folk), 7 p.m., Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., 8312357 q Chris Symer Trio, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q Shotgun Kitchen, 8 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., 831-3647 q The Fabulous Johnson’s, 9:30 p.m., Finaghty’s, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E., Suite 110

q CERT Class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway, covers techniques for victim removal, search and rescue and basic principles of Incident Command System, contact Liz Luizzo at lluizzo@ to register q Bring Your Own Computer LAN Gaming Party, 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Nov. 3, Sallal Grange, register online at www. lan201311 q NaNoWriMo Write-Ins with SnoValley Writes!, 1-4 p.m, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., bring your writing project to this National Novel Writing Month write-in session

q HB Radke Quartet, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307 q Fred Francis Trio, 7:30 p.m., The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., 831-3647

q Smart with Art Craft with Glass, 3:30-5 p.m., Sno Valley Coffee Company, 7811 Center Blvd. S.E., ages 6 and older, $45, register at q Mt. Si Rhythm Workshop, 4:30 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307

q Buddy Guy, 7 p.m., The Ballroom at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 SE North Bend Way, 21 and older w/ ID, $35-$75, tickets available through Ticketmaster

q Merry Monday Story Time, 11 a.m. to noon, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q MSHS Vocal Jazz Clinic, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q Christian Henriksen Project, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307

q Friends of the North Bend Library Meeting, 7-8 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St.

q Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend, learn about the watershed that provides drinking water for 70 percent of the greater Seattle area, all ages, free q Aesop’s Fables Puppet Show, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., ages 3 and older, featuring ‘The Raven and the Swan,’ ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ and ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ q Home school drop-in playgroup, 1-2 p.m., Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35108 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie, free to all home school families q Vox at the Box: Jazz Vocal Jam hosted by Courtney Cutchins, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q North Bend First Tuesday Book Club: ‘The Rook’ by Daniel O’Malley, 7-8 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St.

q Young Toddler Story Time, 10-10:45 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., ages 6-24 months w/adult q Preschool Story Time, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., ages 3-6 w/adult q 5th Anniversary Celebration, all day, Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, cars, cash and more q Future Jazz Heads, 5 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q Talk Time, 6:308 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E., practice speaking English with other English learners in an informal conversation session led by English-speaking volunteers q Pajamarama Story Time, 6:307:30 p.m., North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Jazz Heads, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 292-9307

q Robin Walbeck: ‘Tits & Asphalt: Why I Walk for Breast Cancer,’ Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m., Valley Center Stage, pay what you can, proceeds benefit cancer research, purchase tickets at http://bit. ly/1dgVWkX

q Chris Morton Duo, 7 p.m., Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, North Bend, 2929307 q Family Story Time, 7-8 p.m., Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E.

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Students step out to raise money for Snoqualmie Elementary

By Carlos Chandler

Kindergartener Carter Cantrell leads his dad, Jon Cantrell, on a merry chase during the Walk-A-Thon. (above right) Fifth-grader Chris Wood poses with his mother, Cheryl Wood, who also happens to be a second-grade teacher at the school. (Right) The theme was Cougar Pride/Spirit and that included paw prints everywhere. The goal is $40,000 for art education, teacher grants and other enrichment opportunities said PTSA spokesperson Ali Paredes. (above)

Blotter From Page 7 complaint in the 8100 block of Park Street. The homeowner was contacted and the fire was extinguished.

Malfunctioning alarm in retail area

Firefighters responded twice Oct. 17 to an automatic fire alarm at the Snoqualmie Ridge retail area. The system was malfunctioning and a technician was notified.

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Still broken Firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm on Oct. 18 to the Snoqualmie Ridge retail area. It was a false alarm and the system was reset.

Garden fire Firefighters responded to an Oct. 20 call about an illegal fire on

Fish Hatchery Road. Firefighters found no one home and extinguished the small fire with a garden hose.

Was dinner burned? Firefighters responded Oct. 21 to the Salish Lodge for an automatic fire alarm. It had inadvertently been set off by the kitchen

staff while cooking.

Guest services include fire call

Firefighters responded to an Oct. 22 call at the Salish Lodge for an automatic fire alarm. A guest who was having trouble with the fire place had set off the alarm. Fire crews See BLOTTER, Page 11

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Mount Si football dominates Mercer Island

By Calder Productions

Jake Smith, senior wide reciever, streaks past defenders from Mercer Island.

The Mount Si High School football team overran Mercer Island 45-7 Oct. 25 in the Wildcats’ Homecoming game. Mt. Si, now 7-1, hosts Liberty at 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

By Calder Productions

Senior Quarterback Nick Mitchell avoids a tackler as he winds up for a throw downfield.

By Calder Productions

Trevor Daniels, a senior wide reciever, goes airborn to haul in a catch.

Chris Castleberry named Mount Si lacrosse coach State champion goaltender and former Marine Chris Castleberry has been hired to coach the Mount Si lacrosse program. Castleberry, 30, earned All-State honors while leading Port Angeles High School to a 2001 Division II state lacrosse championship. He spent six years and two overseas deployments in the U.S. Marine Corps. “His ideas about how sport fits into education and the building of a complete program from elementary to high school were exactly what we were looking for,” said Mount Si Lacrosse Club parent board member Mike Dowling. “His approach was refreshing.” Castleberry is a former collegiate player and graduate of

Sixth Annual Snoqualmie Ridge Turkey Trot will help fund PTSA projects

the University of San Diego and founder of the U.S. Marine Corps Lacrosse Team where he was a former member of an elite military police Special Reaction Team. He landed the Mount Si position after completing his military service and returning home to take an education job with the Snoqualmie Tribe, where he is a member. Since Mount Si’s first season fielding a team in 2009-10, the sport has grown briskly in popularity in the Snoqualmie Valley. After just two wins in its first two seasons, the team earned berths in Washington Lacrosse High School State Tournament in 2012 and 2013, including advancSee COACH, Page 11

Chris Castlebury

All Snoqualmie Valley School PTSAs will benefit from the Sixth Annual Snoqualmie Ridge Turkey Trot 5k and Kids’ 1k race Nov. 16. The runs begin and end at Cascade View Elementary School, 34815 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Runners designate which school their fees benefit when they register. A pancake breakfast, free to all participants, begins at 9:30. The pancake breakfast is $5 per person or $15 per family for non-racers. The 5K is a USATF certified event and the course loops through rolling hills on residential streets and bike paths. The 1K is a lap around the Cascade View Elementary. Race Schedule 7-8:45a.m. - Bib number pick-up and dayof-race registration begins 9 a.m. – Kids 1K race begins 9:15 a.m. - 5k run starts 9:30 a.m. - Pancake breakfast begins 10:15 a.m. - Courses close 10:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony and Prize Raffle For detailed maps of the courses visit http://

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Obituaries Steven Estey Steven Estey, 63, died October 20 of sarcoma cancer. Resident of Issaquah with his wife Kathy, and daughters Nicole and Angie from 1975-2007. He and Kathy moved to Green Steven Estey Lake. Funeral: 11 a.m. Oct. 30, St Catherine’s, 814 N.E. 85, Seattle. Celebration of life wake Nov. 9. Contact the family for details.

Elmer Lynn Ritthaler, Jr. Lynn Ritthaler of North Bend, lost his battle with cancer October 21, 2013. He died in his home with his wife by his side. Lynn was born October 6, 1937 in Superior, Neb. to Elmer and Velma Ritthaler. Lynn was a gentle and kind man

Coach From Page 10 ing to the Division II state quarterfinals last spring. Fueling the high school program of some 60 student-athletes at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels is a 29 percent annual growth rate for lacrosse in the Snoqualmie Valley. In 2013, nearly 250 youth from nine area schools played the game. “(Lacrosse) is starting to be more of the culture out here in the valley,” Castleberry said. “We’re at the beginning of something great. It’s going to be a fast, fun year.” Mount Si Boys Lacrosse Year-by-Year 2013-14 First year under Chris Castleberry. Returns 14 of 29 from its 2013 roster, including junior midfielder Blake Picchena, who led underclassmen with 16 points and All-State defender

with an engaging smile who loved farming, working with animals, traveling, dancing and helping others. In retirement, he drove a school bus for the Snoqualmie Valley School District, read Elmer Lynn meters for Ritthaler, Jr. Tanner Electric, authored two books and sang in his church choir. Lynn is survived by his wife of 35 years, Denise Ritthaler, his three children Debby Utesch of Auburn, Dan Ritthaler of Peyton, Colo. and Sandy Sutton of North Bend. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Sasha, Katie, Stephanie, Ryan, Logan, Leah, Travis, Jesse, Sam and Staci. He is also survived by his brother Dick Ritthaler who lives in Denver, Colo. Services will be held November 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Snoqualmie United Methodist Church.

Tyler Smith who led the team with 54 ground balls last spring. Castleberry replaces Woodrow Kaiser, the Wildcats coach through their first four years, who accepted a teaching position at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas while coaching lacrosse at nearby Westlake High School. 2012-13 Finished 9-7-0 with a second-place finish in the newly aligned Division II KingCo Lacrosse Conference, advancing to the quarterfinal round of Washington state tournament, falling to eventual state champion Nathan Hale. 2011-12 Finished 10-30 with a second-place finish in the Division II Evergreen Conference, advancing to the opening round of Washington state tournament. 2010-11 Finished 2-160, last in the Division II Evergreen Conference. Did not make the Washington state tournament. Earned first win in March with a 5-3 defeat of the combined Port Angeles-Sequim high school squad. Later defeat-

ed South Kitsap High School 6-2 on the final day of the regular season for its second win. 2009-10 First year of


Blotter From Page 9 helped clear the smoke.

Keeping count In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie firefighters responded to 10 medical aid calls, bringing our annual call number to 962.

Chimney does more than smoke

On Oct. 21 at 6:35 p.m., firefighters responded to a call in the 9000 block of 381st Ave. S.E. They extinguished a fire in the chimney or flue.

False alarm Firefighters responded to a fire alarm call at 3:17 Boys Division II play. Finished 0-13-0, last in the Evergreen Conference. Did not make the Washington state tournament.


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