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December 6, 2012 VOL. 4, NO. 49

Tree for the ages Family has a tradition with Christmas trees. Page 2

County reaches out King County hosts meeting for residents. Page 3

Y builder honored Group singles out new facility for its impact. Page 7

Time to learn Area leaders tour local schools.

Hundreds audition for ‘Survivor’ Page 6

Early Christmas for North Bend Seahawks fan By Michele Mihalovich There are Seattle Seahawks fans, and then there are SEAHAWKS fans. The type of men who live, eat and breathe Seahawks. The type of men who lose sleep or go into a deep depression when the Seahawks finish the season with an embarrassing NFL losing streak. Such is the case of A.J. Carstens. Chances are Carstens, a 29-year-old man with Down syndrome, has sacked your groceries at the Safeway in North Bend. Maybe you noticed he was in an exceptionally good mood, but didn’t know it was because Seattle had won a game that Sunday. Or maybe you noticed he was in a funk, but didn’t know it was because quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left for greener pastures. But his stepfather, Chuck DePue, knew his moods. “He was massively dedicated to Matt Hasselbeck, and when he left, A.J. was devastated,” he said. “He’s like any football fan. When your team’s going down the tank, he gets upset. I had to sit him down and talk to him.” DePue gave A.J. hope when he said the new coach, Pete Carroll, hired in 2010, was going to turn things around for the Seahawks.

And things have been looking up for the Seattle team, which made A.J. Carroll’s biggest fan. How about a Seahawks jersey, A.J.? “Sure,” he said. How about a jersey of the hotshot new quarterback Russell Wilson, or veteran playmaker Marshawn Lynch? No thanks. DePue said Carstens insisted on a Carroll jersey. “We tried to explain to him that Carroll was the coach and didn’t have a jersey … didn’t have a number,” DePue said. “A.J. didn’t care. He wanted a Carroll jersey, so we went out and had a special jersey made with the coach’s name on the back.” Carstens has been working out at Mount Si Sports and Fitness, and dropped 60 pounds in the hopes of getting in shape enough to try out for the team, DePue said. Every night before bed, A.J. says a 20-minute prayer for the Seahawks. “Dear God, help Pete be stronger. Help Pete be smarter. Help Pete be wiser,” DePue said about the prayer. “He just says that over and over again until See FAN, Page 2

By Chuck DePue

A.J. Carstens, 29, of North Bend (right), had a private conversation with his hero, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, at the Seahawks practice field in Renton on Nov. 30.

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When pot is and isn’t legal under new law By Michele Mihalovich

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Teenagers who are thinking how fun it’s going to be to smoke pot at a park in front of police due to the new marijuana laws might want to rethink that game plan. Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley said there are two things wrong with that scenario. One, Initiative 502, which passed in November and went into effect Dec. 6, allows that anyone 21 and older may be in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. And McCulley said his officers are really going to be educating and enforcing those laws for people younger than

21. But he also pointed out that smoking pot, or consuming marijuana-infused products, such as drinks or brownies, is illegal if done in a public place — no matter your age. And that includes driving on public roadways, McCulley said. You can’t drink a beer while driving, and you can’t puff a joint on Washington roadways. McCulley said that if someone gets pulled over, for say a speeding infraction, and the unmistakable waft of marijuana hits an officer’s nose, the driver may be asked to show the marijuana. “But it’s not like my officers are going to be issued scales to

weigh it out,” he said. The police also, for now at least, won’t be asking you where you purchased your under-an-ounce stash, McCulley said. The interesting thing about this new law, he said, is that the regulatory authority — Washington State Liquor Control Board — has until Dec. 1, 2013, to come up with a game plan for regulating the sales of marijuana. So, for right now, only licensed medical marijuana dispensaries have the legal authority to sell pot and pot products, and that can only be sold to medical marijuana cardholders, he said. While there may be some gray areas with the new law, one thing hasn’t changed, See POT, Page 2

North Bend Holiday Festival returns this weekend The city of North Bend is hosting its annual Holiday Festival Dec. 8 in downtown North Bend. Gina Estep, director of the city’s Community and Economic Development department, said festivalgoers could expect to see a few new offerings this year. Chaplin’s Chevrolet is sponsoring the tree in the heart of downtown; all downtown businesses have come together to provide an array of activities within their stores and restaurants, from live music to specials and sales; and the streets will be decorated with garland and lights, she said. The traditional offerings remain, like the fire pits, photos with Santa and the community See FESTIVAL, Page 3


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Family tree traditions abound By Sebastian Moraga For nine years, the McLauchlin family has had a tradition. For 21 years, the Prewitt family has held onto the same tradition. And a tradition within that tradition. And a tradition within that, too. For almost a decade, the McLauchlins have purchased their Christmas tree in the same place, the nonprofit tree lot run by the Snoqualmie Valley Venture Crew. “Same time every year. We have our lights, and our tree and our Christmas decoration the first week in December,” Bob McLauchlin said. “Just kind of a tradition.” The McLauchlins, Bob said, are pretty picky when picking their tree. It has to be just right. “Hard to describe the look,” he said, “but we kind of know it when we see it.” The one to make the call is Abigail, his daughter. “She says, ‘That’s the one we are getting,’” Bob said. “She picked a good one.” Kathi Prewitt’s family picks a good one, too. Four times over. Every year, mom Prewitt said, they buy two for themselves, one for Grandma and See TREE, Page 3

Fan From Page 1 he figures he’s said it enough. I interrupted him once and that was not good.” DePue knew he had to do something special for his “rabid” Seahawks fan. He dreamed of A.J., who graduated from Mount Si

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This family tree at the McLauchlins’ home was picked out by daughter Abigail. Valley families make a tradition not just of Christmas but of getting ready for Christmas, as well.

High School in 2001, getting to meet his hero, but just didn’t know how to make it happen. Turns out, DePue works for Abbot Construction in Seattle, and Abbot Construction does work for Vulcan Enterprises, a company owned by Seahawks owner Paul Allen. DePue said he told the president of Abbot about his stepson, and the president was touched

by the story. He said the president knew a guy who knew a guy, and the next thing ya know, the president called DePue on Nov. 29 and said “it” was going to happen the next day. The family was going to get to go the Seahawks’ practice field in Renton to meet the players — and most importantly, Coach Carroll — before the team flew to Chicago for the Dec. 2 Bears game.

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Pot From Page 1 McCulley said — and that is driving while impaired. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol remains illegal, and if an officer thinks that a driver is impaired, regardless of the intoxicant, there are policies and procedures to follow, he said. If there are no telltale signs of alcohol, but an officer suspects a driver is impaired and field sobriety tests are failed, he or she can call in a drug recognition expert, most often a specially trained trooper with the Washington State Patrol. “They can usually get to us within the hour, and then can narrow down specifically what drug the person’s on,” McCulley said. Once that’s been determined, an officer will transport the person to a hospital for a blood test, he said. And that’s how it’s been done for years, McCulley said. He said he wants the public to know that his officers have been trained and now have a pretty good understanding of the new law. “I’m not happy about the new law, but I expected the initiative to

Keeping the big surprise a secret from A.J. for 24 hours was going to be difficult, DePue said. But he managed. The moment DePue, A.J.’s mom Collette and 10-year-old stepbrother Jacob pulled up in the parking lot and told A.J. who he was about to meet, his face lit up into a giant smile and he kept telling everyone, “I am fired up,” DePue said.

pass,” he said. “Society has changed. And I compare this to the end of Prohibition.” But he does expect facing some challenges that aren’t really covered by the new law. If an adult is in his or her own backyard enjoying a legal joint, but it’s bothering their next-door neighbors where their 3-year-old child is playing — how do you handle that? “I think if an officer went and spoke with the person smoking the pot and explained that it was bothering the neighbors, I think that person would do the right thing and stop smoking,” he said. “But yes, those are the kind of challenges we’re going to be facing.” He will, however, be recommending that the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend not issue business licenses for marijuana-based businesses. “It’s my recommendation that if it’s considered illegal under federal, state or local laws, then a business license shouldn’t be issued,” McCulley said, adding that it would be one less headache police have to deal with. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

A.J. tossed the ball with a couple of players who towered over him, shared Skittles with Lynch and hobnobbed with Wilson. But DePue said the highlight of the day was when the coach came up to A.J., signed the back of the infamous Carroll jersey and the two of them walked around the practice field for a private conversation. “It was just unbelievable, so exciting to fulfill A.J.’s dream,” DePue said.

“And I was so impressed with the coach.” A.J. told the Star that he and Carroll chatted about wide receiver Golden Tate and talked strategy for Sunday’s game. And whatever A.J. said to the coach must have worked because the Seahawks beat the Bears, 23-17, in overtime. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Community Service Area program hosts December open house Residents of unincorporated King County can meet with county officials and their Community Service Area program representatives during a series of December open houses, according to a King County press release. Sponsored by the King County CSA program, the open houses are an opportunity for residents of unincorporated areas to learn more about King County’s draft work plan for their specific community. The nearest meeting for Snoqualmie Valley/ Northeast King County Area Community Service Area residents is from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Ave., Carnation. It features Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry and County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert. At the open houses, residents can learn more about the draft work plan for their area, discuss community priorities, speak with pro-

Festival From Page 1 sing-along. North Bend Way will be closed to traffic from 3-8:30 p.m. between Bendigo Boulevard and Ballarat Avenue. Festival activities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Santa Train (tickets available at Northwest Railway Museum) 2:30 p.m. — free showing of “The Polar Express” at North Bend Theatre 4-6:30 p.m. — Gingerbread House Contest, public viewing and voting 5:15-7:30 p.m. — Santa photo opportunity at Boxley’s 7:30 p.m. — Valley Center Stage presents Charles Dickens’ “A

gram staff members and obtain information about county programs and services. The open houses are the public’s chance to offer feedback about the program in general and the proposed work plans for 2013. Contact Alan Painter, CSA program manager, at 206296-8734 or alan.painter@ kingcounty.gov to learn more. Get a description and map of the Community Service Areas at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/communityservice-areas.aspx.

nonmembers. Toast the winners of the Chamber’s CEO, Business and Volunteers of the Year awards, plus Citizen of the Year recognition from the city of Snoqualmie, at the December Luncheon, Dec. 14 at TPC.  Registration for the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program under way promptly at noon. Cost for the luncheon is $25 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Register for both events at www.snovalley.org or call 888-6362.

Attend a chamber event in December

Maurices names new store manager in North Bend

   Enjoy holiday cheer and refreshments at the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s December After Hours event, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Mountain Valley Montessori in North Bend. Mountain Valley, 248 Main Ave. S., across from ACE Hardware, will co-host with Pioneer Coffee Co. Bring a donation of food or toiletries for Helping Hands in North Bend. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for

Christmas Carol” 8 p.m. — North Bend Amateur Film Challenge, winners presented
 8:30 p.m. — showing of Warren Miller’s “Flow State” Stage activities 4 p.m. — Mount Si

Maurices, a leading national specialty store for savvy, fashion-conscious customers with a 20-something attitude, has named Laura Alvarez as the new store manager. Alvarez is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation, and personnel recruitment and training.

Gymnastics demonstration 4:20 p.m. — Si View Youth Dance 4:40 p.m. — Ignite Dance & Yoga 5:05 p.m. — Tree lighting with Mayor Ken Hearing and Santa arrival 5:10 p.m. — communi-

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Tree From Page 2 one for Kathi’s brother Jim. “It’s a bit of a family affair,” said Kathi, mayor pro-tem of Snoqualmie. She gets to decorate one tree, her daughters get the other. That’s been, she said, the tradition since her oldest daughter Tricia was 4. She is a junior at Montana State University now. Her youngest, Elizabeth, is a sophomore at Mount Si High School. Mom’s tree gets ornaments from all of the family’s trips: Leavenworth, Oregon, Alaska, Italy, France, as well as family milestones, like when the girls were born. “It’s become a tradition that where you unpack all the ornaments, you can reminisce on all the travels you’ve been on,” Prewitt said. If the house flooded, Prewitt said, she could not pick just one of her ornaments to save. “It would be tough,” she said. “I would want to grab the whole box.” The daughters’ tree gets the ornaments they have made over the years. Again, a chance to reminisce, even if the ornaments are not as fancy, or in as good shape. Back when they were little, half of the lights on the girls’ tree did not blink and half did.

ty sing-along with Harley Brumbaugh 5:30 p.m. — Twin Falls Middle School Choir 6 p.m. — Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club 6:30 p.m. — Mount Si High School Choir 7 p.m. — Gingerbread

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“My kids tease me,” Prewitt said, “but I do like Christmas a certain way.” Uncle Jim’s tree also looks a certain way, and has for 20 years. The Prewitt girls decorate it for their bachelor uncle. “It’s become a family tradition,” Prewitt said. “My sister and her kids and my kids and Mom is there and we put it up for him. It’s been 20 years, and the kids get a kick out of it.” The Venture Crew’s nature as a youth-fueled nonprofit is a big part of the equation. “One of the reasons we continue to buy from the same place, it goes to the Venture Crew,” Prewitt said. “It’s a great organization that has served the Valley for many years. It keeps our local youth doing something positive with their lives.” She then added, “I get the benefit of having gorgeous trees and the house smelling great. I also get to help a wonderful organization.” With college looming ahead for the younger Prewitt girl, a big decision awaits. Stick with two trees or downsize to one. “I don’t suspect they will let me get away without decorating a second tree,” Prewitt said. “I might decorate it the way I want it, though.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Editorial

DECEMBER 6, 2012

Letters

Christmas spirit is alive in the Valley

Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives.

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The Christmas spirit is alive and well. Three events happened this week to put us in a holiday mood! First was the photo of the New York City police officer who gave a barefoot homeless man a pair of boots. No one told the officer to buy those boots. It was something he “just had to do.” The second event is featured in this week’s SnoValley Star. Chuck DePue, of North Bend, wanted to do something special for his stepson, A.J. Carstens, a 29-year-old man with Down syndrome and a huge Seahawks fan. DePue spoke with the president of his company who talked to a guy who talked to a guy, and the next thing you know the family met Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks players. No one in that chain of events had to follow through with making this special day happen for A.J., but they did. The Seahawks’ biggest fan experienced a day he will never forget. The third event was attending opening night of Valley Center Stage’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” First, it was pay-what-you-can Thursday, which opened the event to any and all, a gift from the organizers. Even better, it was also a beautifully acted production that reminds us what the Christmas spirit is all about — we can’t change the past, but we can use the present to change our future. This is the time of year to remind ourselves to step outside our comfort zone and do something for others, someone you don’t even know. Pick a child’s name from the Christmas giving tree. Surprise a senior citizen with groceries, a cup of coffee and some conversation. Make a donation in someone’s name to Fund for the Valley or another local charity. Buy lunch for the person at the next table. The possibilities are endless when you’re touched by the Christmas spirit.

WEEKLY POLL The Valley’s move toward helping the homeless is: A. A terrific idea, no ifs, ands or buts. B. A terrific, yet ephemeral idea. This concern should happen year round. C. Window dressing. D. Don’t know/don’t care. Vote online at www.snovalleystar.com.

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There’s power in a quiet conversation Mrs. Richardson doesn’t often go to the city, but Ardis saw the ad in the big daily paper for the singles group and which church it used for meetings. Mrs. Richardson got all dolled up, and she didn’t forget to take the “magic” fishing fly Marvin Pincus tied for her. It was a bass plug on a clothespin, and he’d suggested, only slightly in jest, that when she met a nice man she was to clip it to her ear as a reminder to stop talking and just smile. She had it clipped to her collar. It made for a good conversation starter at the coffee pot. So far, Mrs. Richardson hadn’t said a word except to thank the woman at the door for the blank nametag. She wrote “Mrs. Richardson” on it and pinned it beneath the bass plug/clothespin/love fly from the Fly Fishing Love Center right here in our town. Then she poured herself a cup of coffee, while smiling quietly, and waited for the magic to work. He came over and she smiled and nodded. “Mrs. Richardson? So you’re divorced? No? Oh, you must be widowed like me then. Oh I see. I’m sorry. Isn’t it terrible to lose them? I used to tell Doris, I said Doris, I don’t know what I’d do without you so I have to die first. Yes, I can see you know what I mean. But I lost her first. “Know what, Mrs. Richardson? That pin you’re

wearing looks a lot like a type of bass bug I use around here. It is? Well what …! So you’re a fisherman too, I Slim Randles take it? No? Columnist Well, you’re never too old to learn, are you? Of course not. Say, you’re not very talkative are you? No. You don’t have to say a thing. I rather like quiet women, actually. Especially when they sip coffee so quietly and ladylike. “You know how to fish that particular fly, Mrs. Richardson? You cast it to a quiet part of the lake and let it sit there until all the rings in the water around it disappear. Then you just twitch the end of the fly rod just a little … here, let me show you. I hope you don’t mind my hold-

ing your casting hand like this. So when those rings disappear, we’re going to give that rod just a slight twitch. “Drives the bass crazy. Uh, Mrs. Richardson, would you be interested in learning more about fly-fishing? Yes? Oh, that’s great. Could I … I mean, maybe we could have dinner and talk about it one of these days? Really? Oh, that would be good. “Listen Mrs. R., you do talk, don’t you?” “Yes I do.” “This is the best meeting I’ve ever attended!” On the way home, Mrs. Richardson smiled quietly and drove. She might never speak again … except to tell Marvin Pincus he’s a genius. Brought to you by “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.” Read a sample at www.slimrandles.com.

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1,500 heed the ‘Survivor’ casting call By Michele Mihalovich

By Michele Mihalovich

Jeff Fairchild, 48 of Montesano, decked out in ‘Survivor’ garb, auditioned Nov. 30 for a spot on CBS’s reality TV series ‘Survivor’ at Snoqualmie Casino.

What would possess 1,500 people to line up at 6 a.m. at the Snoqualmie Casino for a chance to be a contestant on CBS’s reality TV show “Survivor?” Turns out, it’s the pure love of the game, plus the possibility of winning $1 million, that inspires folks to fly in from other states and set their alarm clocks for the crack of dawn. “It’s all about the game and living the dream,” said 48-yearold Jeff Fairchild, of Montesano, who was attired in a “Survivor” handkerchief on his head, paint on the face, his own immunity idol around his neck and holding a tiki torch. “Sure, the $1 million is an incentive, but if you’re a real fan, like me, it’s all about getting on the show and playing,” he said. During his 60-second audition, filmed in a tiny black room, straddling a strip of white tape on the floor and speaking to a camera and glaring light, Fairchild said why the show producers should choose him for their next season. He’s watched rerun after rerun of “Gilligan’s Island,” where he learned to build huts,

make bamboo rafts and repair radios, and he can eat raw fish or bugs if he has to, he told the camera. Ben Ulrich was 9 when he sat down to watch “Survivor’s” first episode in 1992, and he was hooked from that moment on. “I’ve always said that one day I’m going to be on that show,” he said. And just three days before the Nov. 30 auditions, Ulrich turned 21, the magical minimum age for casting call participants. He told the camera that he’s a college student studying psychology, hunter, fisherman, rock climber and former wrestler By Michele Mihalovich who hates to lose. Ben Ulrich, 21 of Stanwood, auditioned Convincing producers in a 60-second spiel Nov. 30 for a spot on CBS’s reality TV series ‘Survivor’ at Snoqualmie Casino. that you should be a “Survivor” contestant requires a bit of creativity, said Jill She said she’d seen a few Thomas, senior account executive gems that day. for Seattle’s KIRO-TV, a CBS affiliSee SURVIVE, Page 7 ate running the auditions.

Signs of the times are showing up along Interstate 90 By Sebastian Moraga Near milepost 45 on eastbound Interstate 90, a green sign announces that Ellensburg awaits 70 or so miles away. No surprises there. Ellensburg is a sizeable city, home to a university and the second-most populous Washington city on the I-90 corridor between Issaquah and Cheney. Only Moses Lake is home to more people. The surprise lies on milepost 72 of westbound I-90, where a sign near the town of Easton announces that travelers are 42 miles away, not from Bellevue, not from Seattle or Issaquah but from our very own North Bend, which incidentally has one-third the population of Ellensburg. The reason for both choices is simple, said Mike Westbay, spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “They are the nearest big cities,” he said. “They are the main landmarks on either side of the (Snoqualmie) Pass.” The signs date back to 2011. While the westbound sign is your traditional metal-and-paint sign — for now, Westbay said —

the eastbound sign has a small electronic board that offers realtime travel information. The westbound sign will have electronic travel time signs on them when the system is fully installed, Westbay said. Meagan McFadden, another WSDOT spokesperson, said the project is scheduled to be complete by 2013. The project’s price tag runs near $2.2 million. McFadden said the project will include: q Installing three data stations that will track traffic congestion and drivers’ speed. q Installing five radio transmitters that will provide more accurate traffic and weather information to drivers via 1610 AM Radio. q Replacing the clear plastic faces on 15 message signs from milepost 33 in North Bend to milepost 69 in Easton. q Replacing four temperature signs near the top of Snoqualmie Pass that either don’t work or require constant repairs. q Extending high-bandwith communication to weather stations and hard-to-reach locations west of Snoqualmie Pass. The project, called the Intelligent Transportation

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This sign on milepost 72 of eastbound Interstate 90 shows the travel time between Easton and North Bend. The words “travel time” are covered. A spokesperson for the WSDOT said the sign will get an electronic screen to provide real-time information. System project, or ITS, is funded through a combination of preexisting funds and funds from the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project. The latter extends from milepost 47 on the west to mile-

post 62 on the east of the pass, and will likely extend past the year 2017. “We are trying to upgrade our ITS,” Westbay said, “to give more information to drivers so they can

make more informed decisions.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.


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Obituary Helen Siegenthaler Larson Helen Larson, age 94, died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Born on Jan. 31, 1918, in Duvall, to Peter and Lena Dolder Siegenthaler, she lived all but five years in the Snoqualmie Valley. Helen graduated from Tolt High School and Peterson Business College. She worked as a secretary in Seattle until her marriage to Wesley Larson on April 20, 1940. Wesley died in 2007. Survivors include her daughter Patricia (Andrew) and son Kenneth (Cindy); grandchildren Susan, Kristin, Julie and Jeff; and seven great-grand-

Survive From Page 6 “Oh, some really have some great stories,” she said, pointing out that this was the final audition this year for “Survivor,” which is why people from as far away as Colorado and Boston attended. The Star sat in on several auditions and heard one woman say the show could keep the money if she won. “I just want the title of being the sole survivor,”

children. Also surviving are two brothers, Ralph Scheidegger and Jack Scheidegger. Honoring her request, no services are planned. The family suggests remembrances Helen Siegenthaler to SnoValley Larson Senior Center in Carnation. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

she said. One man promised to make moonshine if he was selected. A Tacoma woman brought props to the audition. She pointed to her body, and told the camera, “Before Survivor.” Then held up a sexy, tan Barbie Doll, and said, “After Survivor.” One woman said she was a former competitive figure skater in recovery. “I used to sit on barstools while watching ‘Survivor’ and told everybody that one day I was going to be on that show,” she said. “Now I have a year of sobriety

and I’m ready.” A “desperate housewife” from Portland, Ore., who has been everything from a “Hooter Girl to a chef for a maximum security prison,” said she was ready for a change. Thomas said that as one “Survivor” season is running, another one is being edited and a third is going through auditions. She said that now some producer in L.A. has to sift through the hours upon hours of auditions that were filmed in Snoqualmie. And then maybe, just maybe, someone will get a call back.

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Developer of Valley YMCA wins statewide award By Sebastian Moraga

Wallace Properties, which helped develop and finance the Snoqualmie Community Center, received the Community Impact of the Year award from the state chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. In the same ceremony at the Bellevue Hyatt hotel in early November, Wallace Properties received the Developer of the Year award. The Snoqualmie Community Center is owned by the city of Snoqualmie and operated by the YMCA. “We owe our success to our terrific partners and project team members who worked so hard to make these projects a reality,” Kevin Wallace, president of Wallace Properties, said in a press release. The release described the facility as a “transformative community center for the city’s children, families and seniors,” serving more than one-third of the city’s population. Also nominated for Community Impact of the Year were Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum and Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass. Other finalists included the Everett Clinic at Smokey Point and Seattle’s Bertschi School. The community center’s development team — Wallace Properties, the city of Snoqualmie, Lance Mueller Architects and GLY Construction — submitted a

video presentation prior to the award ceremony. “That video put the project in the finals,” said Dave Mayer, executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. Charlie Hafenbrack, business development director for GLY Construction, wrote in an email that the award is about two years old. The Snoqualmie YMCA building “best fit the criteria in connecting with the community,” he wrote. “The judges liked the projected longterm benefits of the project and how it integrated into the Snoqualmie community,” he wrote. Mayer agreed. “The Y has really impacted youth, teens, families and adults, helping them have healthier lives,” Mayer said. “The biggest impact they saw was, within 10 months of being open, 40 percent of people within a 5-mile radius are now members.” Mayer praised the staff at the YMCA for the award. “The staff and volunteers at this branch are just honored to be a part of it,” he said. “It speaks to the great effort they have put in over the last 10 months to make the center the hub of the Snoqualmie Valley for teens, youths, families and adults.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@ snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

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Mount Si High School Winter 2012 Sports Schedule Wrestling Varsity Schedule Basketball Girls Varsity Schedule Monday, Dec 3, 2012 Friday, Dec 7, 2012 Friday, Dec 14, 2012 Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 Friday, Dec 21, 2012 Friday, Jan 4, 2013 Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 Friday, Jan 11, 2013 Monday, Jan 14, 2013 Friday, Jan 18, 2013 Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 Friday, Jan 25, 2013 Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 Thursday, Jan 31, 2013

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Tech tints the teaching of children at Fall City school By Sebastian Moraga Like the orange, thick petals of a flower, the handheld gadgets sat in a circle on a table inside Jillian Rosendale’s secondgrade classroom at Fall City Elementary School. Then, like in a game of lovesme, loves-me not, the students picked each of the cellphonelike tools from the circle and punched in some data. Then, across the room, a large screen listed how many students had the answer right or wrong. In another classroom in the same building, students in a first-grade class read a story about a pig in a barn. They not only mastered the reading, but also the iPads from which they read. “We use them so much in our school, that if we expose them to the technology, we prepare them to continue to use it through their education,” firstgrade teacher Jolene Witsil said about the iPads. This is not your dad’s, nor likely your own, grade-school experience, but that’s how teaching and learning rolls at Fall City Elementary. The advances in technology at the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s northernmost elementary school took center stage at the second annual Focus on Education tour of district buildings Nov. 29. The tour gave members of the community a closer look at what students learn. Besides Fall City Elementary, the tour took civic leaders, parents and businesspeople to Mount Si High School and Chief Kanim Middle School.

By Sebastian Moraga

Roslyn Hernandez, a second-grader at Fall City Elementary, at right, works on her math, while the handheld Active Expressions wait at the center of the table. “This is not much of a dog-and-pony show,” Valley Superintendent Joel Aune said at the start to the tour at Chief Kanim. “What you will see is business as usual.” Earlier, he had praised his teachers, saying, “One of the challenges is telling our story.

Regardless of what you see in the media, we are doing great work.” At Rosendale’s class, the gadgets called Active Expressions aren’t really calculators, she said, though they kind of look like them. Instead, students do the work

and enter the answer. As the answers tally on the screen — known as an ActivBoard — the teacher learns which answers gave the students the most trouble, which students struggled the most and which material the students seem to master. Onscreen, the students’ names are replaced by the number on their Active Expressions. “At the end of the day,” district Assistant Superintendent Don McConkey said, “it’s about teaching and learning in the classroom. Our teachers make it look easy, but it’s a very challenging job, trying to address the needs of students.” McConkey highlighted five areas district teachers focus on. q Purpose: “We need to have the learning target posted somewhere in a kid-friendly way,” McConkey said. “Teachers will refer to it to ensure the kids are focused.” At Fall City Elementary, music teacher Rachel Rice’s classroom, the ActivBoard read in big letters, “I Can Describe and Create My Own Tempo.” In Rice’s class, the students stood in a circle. Rice created a melody while slapping her legs. Each student then took a turn creating the second half of the tune. q Assessment: This entails assessing the child’s learning before the lesson is over, McConkey said. q Relationship: “Creating a safe, nurturing, welcoming classroom environment,” McConkey said. q Rigor and relevance: Getting kids to think more deeply, and make more real-world connections to their learning, he added.

q Student engagement: “You need to get involved,” McConkey said. “Not just sitting in a desk.” After creating their own tune, students watch as Rice takes a turn behind a piano, leading the class in a song-and-dance number, without missing a step. The tour, McConkey said, focuses on the science of teaching, “but the art, the skill of the teacher is also important,” he added. In Rosendale’s classroom, Roslyn Hernandez needed a little help with her math. The Active Expression got placed aside, and Rosendale got down to Hernandez’s level and the two worked out a problem together. Across the room, two boys work on their math with nervous faces, as one of the tour’s guests looks on from about three feet higher than the boys. The guest is the Snoqualmie chief of police, who attended the tour in his uniform. Dan Schlotfeldt, principal of Fall City Elementary, highlighted the volunteer aspect of life at his school. “This is an unincorporated town, so volunteers are key to making Fall City work,” he said. Volunteers pile up 650 hours per month at Fall City Elementary, he added. The school is succeeding, he said, with 94 percent of students meeting standards. “I constantly hear public education is failing,” he said. “I have proof it’s not.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or smoraga@snovalleystar.com. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.

Snoqualmie Elementary School wins money from Shutterfly By Sebastian Moraga Something’s clicking at Snoqualmie Elementary School. Shutterfly, a photo-sharing website, has awarded the school $2,000 as part of its Classroom Challenge. The challenge gave the money to the first 50 schools that would sign up at least half of their classes and 10 parents per class to the free website. Snoqualmie Elementary met the requirements on the last day of October. The contest ended Nov. 1 “I set up a couple of teachers (with accounts) and kept bugging them,” parent Kari Hull said of the beginning of the signups in September. She went

on to set up about 24 classes. Hull found out late Nov. 1 via email that the school had won the money. “I was sitting here at 6:45 at night and had gotten an email from one of the teachers asking me when we were going to find out,” she said. “I said, ‘at the beginning of December.’ It wasn’t but an hour later when I saw the email and let out a big woohoo.” She confesses to having “pestered” teachers to sign up. It paid off, she said, and she pledged to try again to win the money next year. “You better believe next year I’m going to be right on it,” she said, crediting her husband Steve with the idea.

“My husband had set up my children’s soccer team with a Shutterfly site,” she said. “Steve thought there was a share site for Shutterfly and that we should set up the kids’ class with that.” In September, Hull asked around whether she could try to get the school into the Classroom Challenge. Getting teachers to sign up was tougher than getting parents on board, she said, adding that at one point, she almost gave up. “It was the beginning of the school year, the teachers have new classes, new kids, they have a lot on their plate, and most of them have their own website,” she said. “So, to have someone

bug them about Shutterfly, they are kind of, ‘What?’” One teacher gave Hull props for getting the school the cash. “She really took the initiative on that,” said Sue vonCappeln, a teacher whose roster of students includes Hull’s child. “She offered it, she set it all up, she has been great. She sent emails to the teachers and she did a lot of the legwork.” VonCappeln said she uses Shutterfly to post pictures. She also has the classroom’s calendar there. “It’s really nice,” vonCappeln said. “When something is coming up on the calendar, it emails reminders about the events. The money, vonCappeln said, will help teachers plenty.

“We have to watch our budget and be very careful with our money,” she said. “Two thousand dollars is a big chunk, especially if it can help with technology.” The money will likely go toward the school’s computer labs, vonCappeln said. Hull liked the idea. “I’d love for it to go to some form of technology,” Hull said. Teachers at the school already use social media sites in their teaching, such as Google Calendar and Edmodo, the latter being sort of a Facebook for teachers. Shutterfly allows for more privacy, vonCappeln said, thanking Hull for the initiative to get teachers on it. “A big hooray for her,” she said.


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More than basketball learned at exhibition game with Aussies By Michele Mihalovich The Mount Si High School girls basketball team knew within the first few minutes that the girls Down Under do things a bit differently. The Wildcats hosted a Nov. 28 exhibition game against the Mandurah Magic, a club team from Australia, which, defensively, played with the ferocity of Tasmanian Devils and walked away with a 50-28 win. “They came out very strong and physical with a lot of speed,” said Elizabeth Prewitt, starting guard for the Wildcats, who turned out to be the top Wildcat scorer that night with 14 points. “We could learn a lot from their defense, because they were so up in your face,” she said. “But I was impressed with their offense, too. They don’t jog to the basketball, they sprinted hard.” Prewitt said that after watching the Magic, she’s going to apply that hard sprint play to upcoming games. Wildcat coach Megan Botulinski was also impressed with the Magic defense, but pointed out, “That was a select group of athletes we were playing against, so it was helpful for

us to gain experience of playing against such talent.” She said Australia doesn’t have high school teams like we do in the states; most of the youths there play with private clubs. “Their coach is a full time coach for their club organization — that’s his job,” said the Mount Si Spanish teacher, who also helps coach the Wildcat track team. “Plus, they had some very tall girls, and we’re not super tall, so it was good experience for us to practice defending against mismatches,” she said. “It’s a difficult thing to do, but I’m glad we had an exhibition game to practice that.” But really, the best part of playing a team of girls from another continent is exposing the players to a different culture, Botulinski said. After the game, the Wildcats and Magic shared pizza at Mount Si, and then several Wildcats hosted Magic players at their own homes. Prewitt hosted Magic players Marisa Clifford and Taylah Tomlinson at her Snoqualmie home. “Overall, the experience was really cool,” she said. “The girls were really great to hang out

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She said the girls told her that Australian high schools generally have about 500 students, and that classes are held in “pods,” that the students walk outside from one pod to another, and that they eat their lunches outside. Prewitt said the girls visited Snoqualmie Pass before the game, and many of them got to see snow for the first time. “They also got to experience our wet and windy season,” she said. “I think they preferred their sunny and warm climate.” Botulinski said the Australians were heading off to play teams in other Washington areas, as well as Oregon, California and British Columbia — it’s summer in Australia, so the girls aren’t missing school. “Overall, it was a very fun and enjoyable experience, even though we didn’t come out with a win,” she said. “We did come away with a very memorable and fun time.” The Wildcats preseason record so far is 1-3. They play their conference opener at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mount Si against Bellevue High School.

The Mount Si High School wrestling Wildcats are ready to do battle. And what a battle it will be. Between now and Jan. 10, the team will face a string of tough dates, including Sedro-Woolley High School and Liberty High School, and wrestling schools in California. Then, on Jan. 10, the team gets a home date against Bellevue, their second and last home match of the season. “We’ll see,” head coach Tony Schlotfeldt wrote in an email, “if they are up for the challenge of such a long , hard season.” For one, Schlotfeldt is going all-in on his crew. “I’m sure we will have our valleys and peaks to contend with, but I’m confident in our boys,” he wrote. “Can’t wait to see them perform.” For starters, the team is the most rounded it has been in Schlotfeldt’s four-year tenure as coach, he wrote. The team has six seniors and six juniors in the varsity lineup. The team has two sophomores and one freshman. “We should be very competitive this year, and hope to inch our way up the ladder regarding team scores and individual performances at post-season,” he wrote. The outcome of the tournament at Skyline High School on Dec. 1 said the team has begun to leap rather than inch its way up. The team beat Eastlake High School, 58-21; Issaquah High School, 46-27; Skyline, 48-28; and Bellevue’s Newport High School, 75-3, to win the tournament. Before that, the team beat Juanita, 66-18, in their first, and until next year, last home match of the season. Still, Schlotfeldt declines to get too high. It’s a long season and this is the first year without 2011 state champ Josh Mitchell on the roster. “Making a run for individual state placings is a goal,” he wrote. “But we have work to be done in the meantime. Our guys are taking each match at a time.”

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

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Katy Lindor, a guard/forward for Mount Si’s basketball team, sets up for a foul shot Nov. 28 while Wildcat Grace Currie looks on from the backcourt. The Wildcats lost to the Australian club team 50-28. with and play against.” Prewitt said the Australians were pretty shocked at how big MSHS is, and that the school has two stories and students get to buy food right at the school.

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Mount Si Wildcat basketball players pose with the Mandurah Magic team, featuring club players from Australia, after the Magic beat the Wildcats, 50-28.


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The future of the Wildcats Wildcat football players named to all-area team The Seattle Times announced its Star Times all-area football players Nov. 27, and three Wildcats made the grade. Times all-area players are selected after the regular season by The Seattle Times staff and freelancers from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo. Named to the offense team were:

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Police blotter North Bend Grass hater A man who lives on Southeast 10th Street reported Nov. 17 that during the night someone drove a vehicle across his yard, tearing up 40 feet of grass.

Found bike A Shell gas station employee reported an abandoned bike behind the business at 8:20 a.m. Nov. 20.

Stranger in the night A man staying at a friend’s mobile home on Bendigo Boulevard said a man knocked on the door at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 20. He let the man in, even though he didn’t know him, and that man stole a cellphone when he left.

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Bonfire fodder A Safeway customer reported to an employee that at 11:28 a.m. Nov. 22 he or she watched a subject load up the back of the truck with firewood and drive off without paying.

Snoqualmie Panic button Police at 3:50 p.m. Nov. 24 responded to a panic alarm in the 35000 block of Southeast Center Street, but everything was fine.

Home alarm Police at 4:27 p.m. Nov. 24 responded to a residential alarm, but everything was fine.

Stolen purse A woman from Texas reported to police that on Nov. 24, she set her purse

down on a bench to shoot photos of the Snoqualmie Falls. She returned to her vehicle, and remembered her purse on the bench. When she went to the bench to retrieve her purse, it was gone, along with her iPhone, passport, credit cards and cash.

Stolen computer A man who lives on Gravenstein Court reported Nov. 26 that after the evening of Nov. 24, someone entered his locked vehicle and stole an old computer valued at $100.

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Closing time blues Someone reported at 1:49 a.m. Nov. 29 that a customer at Smoky Joe’s bar was pushing other customers. The subject was gone by the time police arrived.

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in the 43000 block of Southeast 78th Street. Four fire engines responded to a controlled burn at 9:55 p.m. Nov. 24 in the 43000 block of Southeast 176th Street. Three fire engines responded to a vehicle accident with injuries at 7:52 a.m. Nov. 26 on eastbound I-90. Two fire engines responded to an unauthorized burn at 9:01 a.m. Nov. 28 in the 44000 block of Southeast 136th Street.

Snoqualmie fire calls EMTs and Bellevue paramedics responded Nov. 22 to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a medical call. A patient was treated and transported to a hospital by Bellevue paramedics. Firefighters were dispatched Nov. 24 to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a carbon monoxide detector alarm. After investigation, it was determined that it was a false alarm due to a malfunctioning detector. EMTs responded Nov. 25 to the Snoqualmie Casino for a medical call. A patient was transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. EMTs responded Nov. 25 to the Snoqualmie downtown area for a medical call. A patient was

taken to a hospital by an ambulance. EMTs and Bellevue paramedics responded Nov. 25 to the Snoqualmie Casino for an aid call. A patient was transported to a hospital by paramedics. Firefighters were dispatched Nov. 26 to the Snoqualmie Ridge area for a carbon monoxide alarm system trip. After investigation, it was determined that it was a false alarm set off by workers installing a home security system. Firefighters responded Nov. 27 to a fire alarm at Technical Glass Co. It was determined to be a test at the alarm panel. EMTs responded Nov. 27 to a man downtown who had a head injury. He was transported to a hospital by Snoqualmie’s aid car. EMTs responded Nov. 27 to Snoqualmie Ridge for an elderly woman who had fallen and used her panic alarm pendant. She was evaluated and transported to a hospital by a private ambulance. EMTs and Bellevue paramedics were dispatched Nov. 28 to the Snoqualmie downtown area for a medical call. A patient was treated and transported to a hospital by Bellevue paramedics. The Star publishes names of those arrested for DUI and those charged with felony crimes. Information comes directly from local police reports.

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Entertainment q Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Sallal Grange, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E. North Bend. Tickets are $15; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hurst is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year; Ickes is a founding member of the bluegrass group Blue Highway. q The Gift of Giving with Ask Sophie, donations of items for youths appreciated, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, The Black Dog, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 831-3647 q “Nutcracker Sweets,” act 2 of “The Nutcracker,” and “Holidays on Broadway,” performed by the Cascade Dance Co., 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St., Snoqualmie. Call the academy at 396-0538. q Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, 8031 Falls Ave. S.E. Snoqualmie, 888-1234 q Pearl Django, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307 q The Hipsters, 9 p.m. Dec. 15, Finaghty’s Irish Pub, 7726 Center Blvd. S.E., Suite 110, Snoqualmie, 888-8833

Events q Santa Train, through the weekend of Dec. 14-15, with seven hourly departures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the North Bend Depot, with a special-needs train scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14. Tickets available at the depot bookstore, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie, at www.trainmuseum.org or call 888-3030. q The Banff International Film Festival Tour returns through Dec. 7, with a showing of the city’s third annual Amateur Film Challenge Dec. 8, followed by a showing of Warren Miller

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“A Christmas Carol,” the timeless Charles Dickens’ classic, returns to Valley Center Stage, 119 W. North Bend Way, with an eighth season of shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12.50 for seniors and children. Call 831-5667. Entertainment’s “Flow State” at the North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Boulevard N. Get tickets and a full schedule of times at www.northbendtheatre.com. q Local Crafters Holiday bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and 14-15, on the corner of Railroad Avenue and King Street, in Snoqualmie, featuring local artists and crafters, and children’s craft and a gift-wrapping stations. The bazaar is across from the Santa Train. Call 888-1812 or 419-3934. q Santa’s Toy Shop Toy Drive at the North Bend Substation of the King County Sheriff’s Office, 1550 Boalch Ave N.W., to Dec. 11. New, unwrapped toys for children tots to teens welcome. Office is open

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