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Your locally-owned newspaper, serving North Bend and Snoqualmie, Washington

March 22, 2012 VOL. 4, NO. 12

Mount Si battles Issaquah to a tie Page 12

Community turns out to help Snoqualmie couple By Michele Mihalovich

CSI: King County DNA is retrieved in some cold cases.

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No diary needed Encompass helps students prep for middle school. Page 3

Research assistance Councilman looks for help with a research project. Page 6

Contributed by Julia Larson

Relay is running Valley Relay for Life starts raising money. Page 8

Snoqualmie Valley Venture Crew 115 President Amber Boyce digs out the base of a Christmas tree at the Mountain Creek Tree Farm in Snoqualmie on March 17.

North Bend contemplates contract with Snoqualmie Police Department By Michele Mihalovich

One of the best Foundation names teachers of the year. Page 10

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An 8 percent increase for 2012 police service from the King County Sheriff’s Office has prompted North Bend officials to look at a possible solution a little closer to home. The North Bend City Council, in a March 13 workstudy session, looked at the pros and cons of contracting police service with the city of Snoqualmie. The proposal, submitted by Snoqualmie, indicates that North Bend could save between $270,000 and $400,000 annually, compared to the KCSO contract, said Duncan Wilson, North Bend’s city administrator. North Bend, which in 1974 was the first town to contract police services with King

County, must give the sheriff’s office an 18-month notice if it wants to terminate the police contract. The cost for police protection in 2012 is $1,431,262, which includes $225,000 for building rent, personnel and overhead expenses. And included in that price are all the bells and whistles that King County can provide, like a SWAT team, helicopters, a gang task force, detectives who are experienced in rape and homicide investigations, just to name a few, North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner said. But Wilson said the price changes annually — sometimes it’s a 3 percent increase, and sometimes, like this year, it’s an 8 percent increase. The county typically submits its proposal in

September for the city’s budgeting purposes, he said. On the other hand, Snoqualmie is proposing a fiveyear fixed contract. The first year, which would probably begin July 2013 because of the 18-month notice to King County, is fixed at a little more than $1 million. It includes $384,000 in startup costs for three fully equipped patrol vehicles, and six full-time officers and their uniforms. Snoqualmie would charge North Bend $1,247,000 in 2014 for police service, with slight increases each year, until 2018, when it proposes charging North Bend $1,402,000. Some city councilmembers liked the idea of a fixed rate, but See POLICE, Page 2

Bill and Marilyn Kassian, owners of Mountain Creek Tree Farm in Snoqualmie, knew the night of Feb. 21 that Tate Creek was out of control. “It was gushing over the road and into our yard,” Marilyn said. But in the morning, the couple saw just how bad it had gotten. “I have baseball-sized rocks all over my front yard,” she said, and more than 1,000 Christmas trees were buried in sand and gravel from the flash flood. “Some of those trees were four feet under with just the tops sticking out,” said the 76-year-old. “It was such a disaster, and so overwhelming to my husband and son.” But when word got out about the Kassians’ predicament, help came in the form of North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, their wives, neighbors and a slew of young people who volunteered to dig out the mess as best as they could March 17. Amber Boyce, 19, is the president of Venture Crew 115, a co-ed See TREE, Page 2

North Bend to look at traffic counts By Michele Mihalovich North Bend city staff members will go back and check numbers and the methodology of traffic counts submitted by a consulting firm after citizens voiced their concerns at a March 8 Planning Commission meeting. Neighbors, especially in the area near the TA Truck Stop by Exit 34, were concerned about the numbers, which showed an 11.5 percent decrease in traffic south of the exit since 2006. Perteet, headquartered in Bellevue, showed a decrease in traffic at eight North Bend See TRAFFIC, Page 2

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HUD offers assistance to storm-ravaged homeowners, renters

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The federal housing agency is speeding up disaster assistance to Washington to support homeowners and lowincome renters impacted by the January storms. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said aid is available to people forced to seek shelter elsewhere following a severe winter storm, flooding, landslides and mudslides. President Barack Obama declared King County a disas-

group of 14- to 20-year-olds. She helped organize Venture crews and Boy Scout troops. Marilyn estimates that nearly 50 people showed up and unburied 500 Noble firs. “They really were such a help to us and they were such a nice bunch of kids,” Marilyn said. The 500 Douglas fir trees were a complete loss, she said. Boyce said time was of the essence. The trees needed to be uncovered and have the soil replaced before spring hit and the trees came out of dormancy. She said she wanted to organize the work party because the couple “desperately needed our help … As a youth group leader, I’m hoping that we can incorporate more community stuff like this in the future.” Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at

Police From Page 1 Toner and a couple of councilmembers said they worry that Snoqualmie might have underestimated exactly how much the costs are really going to be, and could come back to North Bend and request an increase. “Snoqualmie has never done this before.” Councilmember Ryan Kolodejchuk said. “We’re basically going to be

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Snoqualmie Valley Venture Crew 115 members (from left) Mia Graves, Sara Paullin, Nick Larson, Amber Boyce and Hannah Russell, help dig out Christmas trees buried under sand and gravel at the Mountain Creek Tree Farm in Snoqualmie on March 17.

their guinea pig.” Bob Larson, Snoqualmie city administrator, replied, “It is a fixed-rate contract and we have not underestimated the costs.” None of the councilmembers had any complaints about the quality of service North Bend has received from the sheriff’s office, or the job Toner has done over the years. “If it weren’t a question of finances, I don’t think we’d even be having this conversation,” Councilmember Ross Loudenback said. “It’s reasonable for the city to

look at other financial options, but it shouldn’t be the only driver,” Toner said. He said he strongly advises the council to contact other towns that ended police contracts with the county, and then later returned to the county. “I’m not against the move,” Toner said. “I just want to make sure the city does its due diligence.” Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.

locations. Ron Garrow, North Bend’s public service director, said the owner of Cadmen Inc., as part of its development agreement with King County, has had to do traffic counts farther up 468th Street, which has shown an increase in traffic. Garrow said that increase is understandable because of the gravel pit business, a new middle school and the new Genie manufacturing plant. He said the decrease in traffic counts Perteet conducted throughout the city didn’t raise any alarm bells to him because the city hadn’t experienced much growth since 1999. “It’s only been in the last year or two where we’ve seen any growth,” he said. The concern, said North Bend resident Jeff Martine,

ter area for the storms March 5. The declaration allowed HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to qualifying families. “Families who may have been forced from their homes need to know that help is available to begin the rebuilding process,” Donovan said. “Whether it’s foreclosure relief for FHA-insured families or helping these counties to recover, HUD stands ready to help in any way we can.” The agency is allowing communities to redirect fedSee HUD, Page 3

who lives near the truck stop area, is that no street improvements will be made if the traffic counts show a decrease in traffic. “Those of us who live out here realize that Exit 34 area is a huge problem,” he said. “Worse, the agencies we need to help us develop and fund long-term solutions would turn away — why should they help if our city has officially reported there is no problem?” Garrow said accurate traffic counts are important. “You need to have a baseline from which to monitor growth in the area,” he said. “If the baseline is incorrect and you monitor it later on, it would be a false projection … If we show numbers that are lower than what is really out there, we may be shooting ourselves in the foot in terms of funding for future capital improvements.” Garrow said he understands that people by the truck stop want to see transportation improvements. “But they are wanting us to design improvements for the worst-case scenario,” he said. “When the pass closes, we do get swamped and the roads get jammed. But that’s not an everyday occurrence. So it’s not reasonable to design improvements for those kinds of conditions.” Garrow said he’ll go over Perteet’s traffic counts again and look at the methodology before it goes before the North Bend Planning Commission again. Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or Comment at www.

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Detectives obtain DNA profiles on eight sets of remains The King County Sheriff’s Office recently received good news on its efforts to identify the remains of eight individuals who have been long termed “John/Jane Doe” homicide victims, Cindi West, KCSO spokeswoman, said March 19. Some of those cases are local. The Bode Technology Group, working under a National Institute of Justice Grant, was able to obtain full DNA profiles on the remains of seven of eight sets of remains sent to them, and a strong partial profile on the eighth set of remains, West said. The remains in some cases have gone to several prior labs without profiles being developed. New DNA technology and testing led Bode Tech to the DNA profiles. In conjunction with the grant, the profiles will now go to the University of North Texas for review and uploading into the National

DNA database. Detectives hope that once the profiles are uploaded, they will be matched up to missing person cases that have had DNA profiles submitted to DNA database. West said family members of missing persons often provide DNA samples to be used in “building” a DNA profile that would represent a missing family member. Other times, a toothbrush, comb or other personal item left behind by the victim can be used to form a DNA profile for a victim. The cases involved are: Case number: 69-014372 “Tolt Hill 1969 Jane Doe” murder victim. The victim was found June 5, 1969, one mile west of the Tolt River Bridge in eastern King County, near Carnation, on a dirt road that is now 290th

Avenue Northeast. The medical examiner’s office described the woman as Caucasian, 23 to 25 years old, 5 feet 1 inch to 5 feet 2 inches tall, 105-115 pounds, with dark hair. She died from a few weeks to as long as six months before she was found. Case number: 83-198246 Case moniker: “North Bend male” Location: one mile south of 42003 S.E. 166 St. Date of recovery: Oct. 12, 1983 Facts: Male skeletal remains. Victim died from a gunshot wound to the head. Case number: 88-260904 “Cascade Tunnel Man” This man died in an apparent accident in King County on Nov. 2, 1988, after falling from a train in the tunnel through Stevens Pass. He was possibly living in the

Encompass helps students prepare for middle school with free class As the film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” illustrates, it’s not too early for fifth-graders (and their families) to get ready for middle school. Fifth-graders face special social pressures, especially as they enter middle school. To help prepare them and their parents for this transition, Encompass is offering a free, targeted, evening workshop series for these families, called “The Big Transition to Middle School,” starting April 9. Families are invited to learn more at the orientation from 6-7 p.m. March 26 at the Encompass Main Campus, 1407 Boalch Ave. N.W., North Bend. To promote the series, Encompass and the North Bend Theatre are also presenting

a free screening of the 2010 movie hit, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” at 1 p.m. April 3. The Encompass series, which runs seven Monday evenings in a row through May 21, will help fifth-graders learn how to choose positive friends, healthy ways to deal with stress, peerpressure resistance skills and positive management of emotions. “The parents also will come away with important skills,” said Kerry Beymer, Encompass manager of parenting support and education. “They will learn what to expect from their fifthgrader, how to set limits and show love during the teen and pre-teen years, and more than a dozen tools to effectively be a parent to teens.”

Both parents and the fifthgraders attend this seven-night series. Each session has an hour in which parents and the fifthgraders meet separately and an hour when they meet together. A free meal is served. Up to 15 families can register. The series is offered free of charge. Funding is provided by King County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program, with funds from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Register at Child care is available. Reserve a child care spot by contacting Beymer at 888-2777 or

National Poison Prevention Week is under way

press release from EFR. The release recommended storing potentially poisonous household products and medications out of a child’s reach and sight. It also suggests: q Learning and keeping handy the toll-free nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222). Service is available in English and Spanish. q Storing medications out of a child’s sight and reach, and be safe when administering medicines to children.

q Ensuring children cannot access peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with leadbased paint. q Installing a carbon monoxide alarm outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. The toll-free phone number works from anywhere in the U.S., 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, if your child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately. Learn more at

Eastside Fire & Rescue has issued a list of recommendations to prevent poisonings, in celebration of National Poison Prevention Week. Most poisonings occur at home and most nonfatal poisonings affect children younger than 6. More than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers, according to a

Wenatchee area in fall 1988. Case number: 91-280335 Case moniker: “Snoqualmie River skull” Date of recovery: Sept. 5, 1991 Facts: Partial female skull and vertebra remains. Estimated age at time of recovery, 29. Case number: 06-353095 Case moniker: “Tolt Hill female 2006” Location: 2110 290 Ave. N.E., Carnation (Tolt Hill Road) Date of recovery: Nov. 25, 2006 Facts: Top portion of skull found in horse pasture. The remains are very old, and may be a related victim to the “Tolt Hill 1969 Jane Doe” homicide, whose unidentified body was recovered three blocks away in 1969. Case number: 84-054800 (ME 84-0346): Green River kill-

HUD From Page 2 eral resources for disaster relief, granting a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration-insured home mortgages, making mortgage insurance available and more. Learn more about available assistance at the HUD website for Washington, http://portal. states/washington.

Artists can apply for grants up to $1,500

Artists who reside in Washington state are encouraged to apply to the 2012 Grants for Artist Projects by May 20. Artist Trust’s GAP provides support for individual artist projects awarding up to $1,500 per project. GAPs support a spectrum of artist projects, such as the development, completion or presentation of new work; publication; travel for artistic research or to present or complete work; documentation of work; and advanced workshops for professional development. GAPs are open to artists working in all creative disciplines including visual, performing, literary, media, emerging and cross-disciplinary arts, and folk and traditional arts. Applicants must be 18 or older by application deadline date; be a generative artist; and be a resident of the state at the time of appli-

er Homicides: “Bones 10” Found March 21, 1984, at a Little League field in Burien. Gary Ridgway has pleaded guilty to this murder. The victim’s remains have never been identified. Case number: 85-260579 (ME 85-1462): Green River killer Homicides: “Bones 16” Found Dec. 30, 1985, near Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn. Gary Ridgway has pleaded guilty to this murder. The victim’s remains have never been identified. Case number: 03-263862 (ME 03-1139): Green River killer Homicides: “Bones 20” Found Aug. 21, 2003, at 24000 block of Kent-Des Moines Road in Kent. Gary Ridgway led detectives to these remains, and has pleaded guilty to this murder. The victim’s remains have never been identified.

cation and when the award is granted. Applicants may not be a graduate or undergraduate matriculated student enrolled in any degree program by deadline date. A peer review panel of artists and art professionals from across Washington selects GAP recipients. The panel’s selections are based foremost on the artistic excellence of an artist’s work as represented in his or her application. Artists are encouraged to attend grant writing and professional development workshops and webinars offered by Artist Trust to artists around the state. Application guidelines and workshop information can be found at Applicants must apply online through the CaFÉ online application system at

Leaders invite citizens to serve on ethics board

Issaquah residents interested in ethics and law can apply for a seat on the King County Board of Ethics, a watchdog group. The position, for a three-year term on the five-member citizen advisory board, is open to all King County residents. The board provides guidance on allowable actions and interests defined by the King County Code of Ethics. The board also supports the county policy for the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees to present no actual or apparent conflict of See ETHICS, Page 6





Valley community knows no city limits

Study, then decide

When community members are in need, borders do not matter. That is what happened last weekend, when two mayors put aside their friendly rivalry, and helped an elderly couple who own Mountain Creek Tree Farm in Snoqualmie, which was damaged by a flash flood. North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing and Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson enjoy ribbing each other. They make jokes about the other town at City Council meetings. If Snoqualmie gives a citizen a key to the city, North Bend will give the citizen a bigger key. And so it goes. But this weekend they put aside any differences, real or in jest, and picked up rakes and shovels and helped dig out 500 of the 1,000 Christmas trees that had been buried by a flash flood in February. They were also joined by their family members, several Boy Scout troops and Venture crews, and friends and neighbors who live near the Christmas tree farm. The nearly 50 people who showed up March 17 could have done any number of fun activities that day. It was Saint Patrick’s Day, after all. But instead, they chose to be knee-deep in creek muck on a drizzly day. Most of the youngsters didn’t even know Bill and Marilyn Kassian, owners of the tree farm. They just knew they wanted to help. Marilyn, 76, told the SnoValley Star that she enjoyed watching the two mayors joke around with each other. No doubt, the two of them will be ribbing each other for weeks about who worked harder that day, or who rescued the most trees. But that’s just part of the fun of being mayors in side-by-side cities. All of us can learn a thing or two by everyone who turned out for the volunteer work party. Any newspaper you read is full of people who need help. A quick phone call or two, a Facebook post or a Twitter tweet, asking to join forces to help a neighbor, business or organization in need is all it takes to get the wheels going on a community project. Joining forces in a time of need is exactly what being a part of a community means, no matter which side of the fence you stand on.

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I have given a lot of thought to the most recent 3-2 vote by the school board regarding the annexation of Snoqualmie Middle School as a freshman campus by 2013. I have received numerous emails and calls from many parents who know of my interest in this topic and who know I attend most meetings. Here is my stock answer: You cannot complain about a decision if you do not become involved. I also offer everyone a homework assignment. Here it is: Step one: Research who made the decision to proceed with the plan to annex SMS without a replacement school? Step two: Find evidence that suggests the plan to proceed without a replacement school was thoroughly researched by any committee or by any committee that was also comprised of SVSD middle school educators. Step three: Go back and read why the public voted for a third middle school (now known as Twin Falls) and review the dis-

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trict’s rationale behind why we needed that third school. Step four: Review the last two bond votes and either agree or disagree with this statement: “The bond votes did support (by a majority of over 50 percent) the public’s approval of the ‘Annexation of SMS with a replacement school.’ The bond language specifically addressed public approval for the funding of a replacement school and the bond did not address public approval of the FLC.” Once you have completed this assignment, please call me back and advise me if you honestly believe this decision to proceed with the Freshman Learning Center without a confirmed replacement school is the best solution for the education of all of the kids. Laurie Gibbs Snoqualmie

Hospital does good work As a longtime observer, I’ve noticed the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District has always come back stronger than before

from each of its so-called setbacks. During the past six years, the district has transformed itself into a 21st century healthcare institution through its early adoption of electronic medical records, its Critical Access designation, regionally acclaimed Swing Bed program, best in class Rehab Department and upgrade of its urgent care unit to a 24/7 ER. In fact, those in the know universally recognize the district has achieved medical excellence throughout the entire organization. Amazingly, the district has accomplished all this while also brilliantly navigating through extraordinarily difficult economic times to come up with a viable funding plan for a muchneeded new hospital. Please consider that all this has been accomplished without once raising taxes. I believe the core benefit the hospital district provides the Valley is that of community. It fundamentally helps keep Carnation, Fall City, Preston, the See LETTERS, Page 7

Home Country

Food isn’t the draw at our local hospital By Slim Randles We hadn’t seen our pal, Steve the cowboy, at the philosophy counter at the Mule Barn truck stop for a while. After a week’s absence, he showed back up for his daily ration of caffeine, and it was obvious he’d lost some weight, if not attitude. “Hospital again,” he said. We nodded. Steve has internal workings situations from time to time. Usually, these happen during a cold snap when the bunkhouse needs extra firewood. He swears this is just a coincidence. He appreciates doctors a lot, it turns out. Especially young, cute, female-lady-type doctors. He has two of them that look after him. To quote Steve: “Cuter’n a pocketful of baby mouses!” But nurses? That’s another thing entirely. “They run this nurse in on me,” he said, “to give me one of them baths, you know?” Doc grinned. “Cute, was she, Steve?” “Cute? Doc, her face looked like it had worn out two bodies. She had the exact aerodynamics of a milk carton, and the human kindness of a meter maid. I

didn’t stand a chance!” “Food any better this year?” asked Herb. We had heard all about Slim Randles 12,000-mileColumnist an-hour toast last year and how they had used it as heat shields on the space shuttle. “Boys, they don’t have food in that hospital. They just want to tease you by telling you it’s edible stuff. You just take our

special Sunday dinner. They called it ribeye steak.” We waited while he sucked down another cup of coffee and asked Loretta to bring him something that wasn’t good for his situation. “Ribeye sounds good, Steve.” “Ribeye? RIBEYE? Say listen, guys, I don’t know what gopher they cut that off of, but it was sure as sin a long-distance gopher. That was so small and tough … I’ll bet that steak had more miles on it than my pickup.” To buy Slim’s books, go to

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Police Blotter North Bend Hey, someone stop that bearded man

On the evening of Feb. 26, a Safeway employee reported to police that a bearded man loaded up a cart with three cases of beer, cat litter and toilet paper and just walked out of the store without paying. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

Bad doggy At 4 p.m. Feb. 28, a police officer reported he was checking on a homeless camp when a pitbull “came at me in a vicious manner.” He struck the dog with his nightstick, breaking the stick, but “the dog retreated and was no longer a threat.”

Spitting match turns ugly

At midnight March 3, police received a call from the Chevron gas station about four men fighting in the parking lot.

Police report that a 48-yearold North Bend man was driving eastbound on Interstate 90 when three teens in another car cut him off. He followed the vehicle off the interstate at Exit 31 and caught up with the vehicle at the gas station. Both drivers admitted to spitting on each other’s vehicles, and then the 48-year-old man got into a physical altercation with one of the teens. The man told police he’d recently had triple bypass surgery and had been stressed about work. Police did notice he was staggering and had trouble balancing, and he admitted to drinking one beer. His blood alcohol content tests all were above .08 percent, the legal limit in Washington. He was arrested, but released to his wife.

Snoqualmie I knew I was forgetting something

At about 9 a.m. March 10, Snoqualmie police pulled over a blue, 1991 Ford Explorer on

Councilman asks for help North Bend City Councilman David Cook is working on a research project and is asking that anyone who attended North Bend High School between the years 1936 and 1939 contact him. Cook can be reached at 888-7774 or

Shoreline advocate is needed for city board

The city of Snoqualmie is accepting applicants for the Shoreline Hearings Board. The board meets on an as-needed basis to review shoreline variances and conditional use permit applications within the city’s shoreline jurisdiction. The board also provides critical feedback on the future of the city’s shoreline. The city is more in need of a shoreline advocate at this time more than ever. Snoqualmie is currently planning how to handle its shorelines for the next several years, plans which have to balance the needs of the natural environment as well as needs for development and recreational access. “We are really hoping for someone who has either lived in Snoqualmie for a few years or that has familiarity with natural environment,” said Lauren Hollenbeck, a senior planner with the city. “Of course, a passion for keeping the natural beauty our city has is also a plus!” Anyone is welcome to apply. Volunteer applications are available at City Hall, or downloaded through the city website under “City Government,” “Commissions and Boards.” Applications are available at City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. in downtown Snoqualmie, or on the city website at

Railroad Avenue, driven by a 49-year-old Brier man. His license had been suspended for a previous DUI conviction, but the officer also learned the man did not have insurance, or the court-ordered ignition interlock device. He was arrested and transported to Issaquah City Jail.

Orange paint used to redecorate restroom

At about 8:30 a.m. March 11, Snoqualmie police found that during the night, someone spray-painted the walls and floors of the men’s restroom at Steller Park. The report said the unknown suspect(s) used orange paint to write words, but the words were redacted from the report. The damage was estimated to be about $50.

1-800-DUI-AWAY At midnight March 15, police observed a white 2005 Hummer on Douglas Avenue Southeast traveling 34 mph in a 25 mph zone. Police reported that a 35-year-old man, town not listed, smelled of alcohol and had glassy red eyes when

See Valley artwork at Duvall Farm and Artisan Spring Fair The Duvall Farm and Artisan Spring Fair, which highlights Snoqualmie Valley artwork, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hillside Academy, 15520 Main St., Duvall. The event will highlight artists who hand craft their own jewelry, furniture, clothing and pottery along with handcrafted soaps, homemade jams, local varietal honey, with a little antique “Americana.” There will be information on upcoming classes and events from several organizations like: q Dog Mountain Farms – School of the Lost Arts q Summer In A Jar – Kids Cook q Sno-Valley Harvests Community Food Share Program q Hopelink q Sno-Valley Senior Center q Duvall Foundation for the Arts q Wendy’s Master Recycler/ Composter Program There will be activities for the kids, including face painting creations by Lulu and alpaca’s from Heart of Dreams Alpaca. The Duvall Farmers Market is a nonprofit, community-driven organization dedicated to agricultural education, the presentation of the arts and providing a venue for small business to strengthen the local economy. Learn more at or email Kari Carlson at

Enjoy a simple meal to benefit the Mount Si food bank The first Empty Bowls fundraiser to

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pulled over for the traffic stop. He kept asking in a slurred voice for police to call “Heidi Hunt at 1-800-DUI-AWAY.” He was arrested and transported to Issaquah City Jail.

units responded to an EMS call at a doctor’s office about a 64-year-old male with an injury from an earlier skiing accident. He was transported to a local hospital.

Eastside Fire & Rescue in North Bend

At 4:52 p.m. March 12, EFR units responded to 75-year-old male cardiac patient in a medical facility.

At 2:47 p.m. March 10, EFR units responded to an EMS call from Safeway about a woman in her 50s behaving strangely. She was transported to a local hospital.

At 1:29 p.m. March 14, EFR units responded to a vehicle rollover on Interstate 90. The driver declined aid and remained at the scene waiting for the tow with the King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.

At 3:52 p.m. March 11, EFR units responded to a report of a rollover motor vehicle. Ladder 87 personnel arrived to a car on its top in the ditch along the shoulder of Interstate 90 westbound. Two patients refused transport. At 2:54 a.m. March 12, EFR units responded to a call about a 61-year-old female complaining of severe abdominal pain. She was evaluated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. At 10:31 a.m. March 12, EFR

benefit the Mt. Si Food Bank will be March 25 at the Si View Community Center. You are invited to come and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants. The soup will be served in a handcrafted bowl that you can take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Each bowl is handmade by Snoqualmie Valley middle or high school art students. Soup will be served from 4-6:30 p.m. with a silent auction from 4-6 p.m. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank. There is a limited number of bowls, so purchase your $20 ticket online at Tickets may also be purchased at the food bank at 122 E. Third St., North Bend. Look for the red barrels! Look for the red barrels at Snoqualmie City Hall, the Snoqualmie Fire Station and the Ridge Supermarket. Food can also be donated directly at the food bank from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays; from 9 -11 a.m. Tuesdays; and from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. You can also go online at and set up a recurring donation. Are you in need of help? The food bank is open to provide food every Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you are not able to get to the food bank, call 888-0096 to discuss other options. In addition to providing nutritious food, the food bank strives to bring in representatives from outside See SOUP, Page 7

At 1:39 p.m. March 14, EFR units responded to an EMS call about a 52-year-old female involved in a two-car accident. She complained of neck and back pain and was transported to a local hospital for further care. At 10:15 a.m. March 15, EFR units responded to an EMS call about a 4-year-old male with breathing difficulties. They arrived on the scene to find he was breathing normally.

Ethics From Page 3 interest between the public trust and private interests. In addition, the board oversees the administration of transparency programs requiring financial disclosure by elected officials, designated employees, and board and commission members, as well as disclosure by consultants doing business with the county. The board is also responsible for interpreting the ethics code through advisory opinions and hearing appeals. Officials said the ideal board member possesses balanced judgment, integrity and professional training or experience to ensure the ability to deal with complex and sensitive ethics issues. The county encouraged women, disabled people, racial and sexual minorities, and residents from outside of Seattle to apply for the post. Candidates may be interviewed. County Executive Dow Constantine selects the appointee. Members may be reappointed at the end of their terms. Citizens interested in the King County Board of Ethics seat should email a letter of interest and résumé via to or by mail to Kelli Williams, administrator, King County Board of Ethics, 401 Fifth Ave., Suite 135, Seattle, WA 98104. Application materials must be received by March 28. Applicants must attend a one-hour informational interview at the board’s 9:30 a.m. April 16 meeting to be considered. The board meets in the King County Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Call Williams at 206-296-1586, email her at or go to the Board of Ethics website at www. to learn more.

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From Page 6 resources each week to assist neighbors with researching childcare, medical care, utility assistance and employment options, as well as providing nutrition education.

Learn forest stewardship via online course from King County and WSU Discover the many ways private forestland owners can improve stewardship of their land’s resources through two new education opportunities offered by King County and sponsored by the Washington State University Extension’s Forest Stewardship Program. All King County forestland owners are invited to take part in a live, online webinar series, beginning April 24 and running every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. through June 5. The webinar will feature natural resource professionals who will show participants how to prepare a forest stewardship plan, which can qualify landowners for property tax reductions and cost share assistance. Participants will also learn how to keep their forestlands healthy and productive, attract more wildlife and achieve specific ownership objectives. Cost of the webinar series is

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MARCH 22, 2012

North Bend Community Church celebrates 115 years of faith By Sebastian Moraga In 1914, a windstorm blew through North Bend, almost taking a church with it. Seventeen years after its inception, wind blew the North Bend Community Church off its blocks. An ironic twist, considering that since then, windstorms have come and gone, but the church has remained. “Back when they platted the city, a man who owned a lot of the land around here, Mr. Taylor, he designated this spot for a church,” said Peter Battjes, the church’s pastor for the past 13 years. Battjes’ Mr. Taylor is Will Taylor, the man state historians point to as the founder of North Bend. Now that once-windswept house of worship is a matriarch that has aged well, better even than Mr. Taylor, who died at age 88 in 1941. The church turned 115 in late February. So far, it has survived a fire in its schoolhouse in the 1910s and a change from American Baptist to general Baptist in 1997. “There was so much liberal-

By Sebastian Moraga

The hand of North Bend Community Church pastor Peter Battjes (above) holds a picture of the then-schoolhouse at his now-115-year-old church. The church steeple (right) is part of the fabric of North Bend. ism in the American Baptist that they made the change,” Battjes said. Those are but a few of the many changes the church and its centenarian building have seen. At one point, it had pews facing east. Now it has chairs facing north. The chairs are easier to remove, so the congre-

gation may host banquets and Valentine parties, Battjes said. “Plus, the chairs are so much more comfortable,” he said. The erstwhile women’s bathroom is now the janitor’s closet. The onetime men’s bathroom is now the storage room. The See CHURCH, Page 9

Relay For Life 2012 is one step closer By Sebastian Moraga

By Sebastian Moraga

Sarah Yelenich, community relations manager for the Snoqualmie Valley Relay For Life, said this year’s goal is to have 28 teams at the midsummer event. So far, 14 have signed on.

People in the Valley have many ways to know spring is coming — sunset arriving a teeny bit later than it did a week ago, baseball bats going ping! at the diamond by Mount Si High School, more people wearing Mariners jerseys. And the folks with the pink ribbons kicking things into high gear. Relay For Life, the annual fundraising event for breast cancer awareness, had a second kickoff March 10 at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. The actual relay will happen July 7-8 at Centennial Fields. But until then, there’s plenty of work to do. It’s not always easy, not even for a well-known event like Relay For Life. Event chairwoman Wendy Nesland said some still have misconceptions about the relay. “People think it’s a walkathon,” she said. “A walkathon is where you ask someone to sponsor you per mile. Here, we have everyone on the track for every hour, representing the 365 days a year and 24 hours a day someone with cancer has to live with it.” At the same time, Nesland

Get involved q PartyLite Relay For Life authentic German dinner q May 5, time and place to be determined q Tickets are now on sale, and cost $15. q Call Beverly Jorgensen at 922-8645. said, many people fear the relay is too large of a commitment for them to make. Not true, she said. “It’s just fundraising until the event and then the event, which is a lot of fun,” she said. Beverly Jorgensen is a member of the PartyLite team for Relay For Life. She said people from places like Federal Way and Kirkland have joined the team. PartyLite donated 720 tea lights for the Relay For Life’s Luminaria ceremony, she added. Tea lights lit inside plastic bags line the track during the relay as a tribute to people who have succumbed to breast cancer. Besides PartyLite, other teams are organizing dinners, garage sales and bake sales. The goal

for this year is to have 28 teams, and $92,000 in money, said Sarah Yelenich, the event’s community relations manager. Of the 28-team goal, the 2012 relay has 14 so far. The event wants 60 breast cancer survivors for the relay’s first lap, known as the Survivors’ Lap. So far, 17 have signed on. Besides survivors, those in charge of the relay said they want another group to have a strong presence during the relay. “Caregivers,” Anne Loring, a 12-year cancer survivor, said. “Caregivers are totally, totally important.” While folks count the days until the relay, they keep busy selling tickets and toppling stereotypes. The PartyLite fundraiser is an authentic German dinner, so you would think holding it on Cinco de Mayo might hurt ticket sales. Not so, Jorgensen said. “I even sold two tickets to two Mexican guys the other day,” she said. Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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Smokey Bear charms, teaches children at North Bend Library By Sebastian Moraga Put on a hat with your name on it and a pair of jeans, and then step out of your natural habitat, walk inside a library and see how many people recognize you. If you’re Smokey Bear, a whole bunch of people will. Smokey Bear, onetime owner of the second-most recognizable image in the United States after Santa Claus, landed at the North Bend Library on March 15 to remind children of his incombustible slogan: Only you can prevent forest fires. Smokey’s appearance fascinated local children, who arrived in droves at the library to meet the affable ursine. Smokey posed for photos, led songs and shook the hands of preschoolers and toddlers. He was not available for comment — he’s a bear. Most children swarmed Smokey, while some just watched from a distance, and shook their heads when eager parents offered to give them a closer look at the bear. “Most kids are pretty excited, but some smaller children, once in a while we might have one here that might be a little frightened,” said Teresa Sollitto, visitor services information assistant for the U.S. Forest Service. Once they see their peers pawing at the bear, they change

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The legend himself, Smokey Bear, surrounded by a swarm of his shortest, newest and most rabid loyal fans. The bear made stops at the North Bend and Snoqualmie branches of the King County Library System to tell children how only they could prevent forest fires. His Valley tour ends in Fall City in late March. their minds, Sollitto added, and start exchanging high-fives and posing for pictures for Mom and Dad. Besides learning the lyrics to the Smokey Bear song and posing for pictures, children watched a movie where they learned they have to put a

campfire out before leaving it. “And you can’t play with matches,” said 4 (and a half!, he said) -year-old Tanner Philbrick, from Mount Si Montessori School. The bear’s tour of the Valley began March 13 in Snoqualmie and will conclude March 27

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at the Fall City library. Besides brushes with beary fame, the children walk away with an important lesson, Sollitto said. “It teaches children and it helps them teach others,” she said. “That’s the great thing about these education programs. The word spreads.”

current bathrooms are much roomier and nicer, he said. Certain things have changed, Battjes said, but some have remained the same. “What has kept this church solid is the conviction to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the community,” he said. The community has bonded with the church, with several service groups hosting their meetings at the church, and it also hosts English classes for homeless Latino people by using passages of the Bible. On this milestone year, church members Fran Knowlden and Nona Weklych will publish a comprehensive story of the church, likely including details how it took 10 years for a certain landowner’s dream church to be built. The church has had 33 pastors in its history. Battjes is the third longest-serving one, with 13 years at the helm. A former pastor in Seattle, he said he has grown to love the life away from the big city. “We just love the Valley,” said Battjes’ wife, Vivian. “We love the people and we have bonded with the community.” Sebastian Moraga: 392-6434, ext. 221, or Comment at

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MARCH 22, 2012

Elizabeth Cronin named the 2012 Elementary Educator of the Year By Sebastian Moraga Pass the gravy, pass the salt, pass the latest pedagogical theory on how to teach those children. Holiday dinner banter is different at every household, but when Elizabeth Cronin’s family gets together, she and her mother will often end up talking shop, to the amusement of the rest of the dinner guests. “My dad, my sister and my husband will just be sitting there,” said Cronin, a fourthgrade teacher at Cascade View Elementary School, “while my mom and I are talking teacher talk.” Cronin, the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation’s Elementary Educator of the Year, traces her roots in teaching to her mother, who teaches ninth grade at Inglewood Junior High School in Sammamish. “I would go in during the summers and help her set up her classrooms and everything,” Cronin said of her childhood. “How motivated she was inspired me.” The fourth-grade teacher calls

that age sion. Four are honored as a perfect And if it’s fit for her. about picking Educator of the Year The chila grownup dren aren’t teacher who This is the second of a mulbabies anycan get silly tipart series on four people the more, but with the best Snoqualmie Valley Schools they still of them, those Foundation chose as educators like their fourth-graders of the year. teachers and also have a The third part comes March they aren’t perfect fit on 29, with a profile of Tina grown-ups their hands. Longwell, a secretary at Opstad yet. When Elementary School and the “They shopping 2012 Classified Educator of the are mature for a house, Year. enough that Cronin said, The fourth part comes you can sometimes she April 5,with a profile of David have more found herself Bettine, a math teacher at Twin adult conattracted by a Falls Middle School and the versations good place to 2012 Middle School Educator with them, play hide-andof the Year. but they go-seek. Jenny Foster, the 2012 High are still kids “I feel like School Educator of the Year, and they a kid a lot of was featured March 15. still have times,” she All four honorees will receive a lot to said. special recognition during the learn,” she A product SVSF’s annual luncheon March said, adding of Western 22. Learn more, including how that every Washington to attend, at www.svsfoundaday she has University and at least one Bellevue’s City moment University, when she Cronin said feels glad she chose this profesbook learning can only take a

By Sebastian Moraga

Elizabeth Cronin teaches her fourth-grade class at Cascade View Elementary School about Ireland, days before St. Patrick’s Day. Cronin received the 2012 Snoqualmie Valley Schools’ Foundation Elementary Educator of the Year and will be honored during the annual foundation luncheon March 22. prospective teacher so far. “There’s so much more to classrooms than the academics piece,” she said, “Things you

don’t learn in college, you learn by doing it.” See TEACHER, Page 11

Eighth-grader shows classmates compassion is everybody’s job batches of cookies. As a thank-you to the class C may be for cookie, but it and to Krueger, veterans showed stands for other things that are up March 14 at St. Joseph’s for just as sweet: compassion, caran all-campus assembly. ing, creativity, and cards. “For these soldiers serving C is also for Casey. their country,” Men of Valor’s Casey Krueger, an eighthJosh Renschler, a retired Army grader at Snoqualmie’s St. sergeant, told the children, “a Joseph Catholic School, found cookie and a card can mean the out on the radio about Men world.” of Valor, an organization that Soldiers are self-sufficient, helps wounded Army veterans. self-sustaining individuals, Krueger then “A cookie and a card can Renschler baked cookies added. An injuand wrote cards mean the world.” ry that steals for the soldiers. their indepen“I wanted — Josh Renschler dence can be to bake cookRetired soldier crushing. ies for the Renschler, soldiers and standing next show love for them,” Krueger to former Army Ranger Victor said. “I just wanted to show Sassoon and Jason Phillips, a solthem that there’s still love dier in fatigues wearing a cast on out there and someone cares his right foot, praised the chilfor them.” dren for helping others “for the He then got 10 of his classright reasons. mates from his religion class in “If you do something for on the action. me because I told you to, or if Men of Valor, a program you do something for me just that reaches out to veterans because you have to, I can tell suffering from traumatic brain the difference between that and injury and post-traumatic stress See VALOR, Page 11 disorder, ended up receiving 31

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Army Ranger Victor Sassoon, left, shakes the hand of Saint Joseph Catholic School’s eighth-grader Casey Krueger. Krueger organized a cookie-baking drive to benefit wounded Army veterans. Injured soldier Jason Phillips, to the left of Krueger, attended a school assembly in honor of Krueger and his religion class’ mates.

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Valley students graduate from WSU

Student learns how lawmaking works

Five Valley students graduated from Washington State University this past fall, according to a university press release. From Fall City, Karla Axness graduated cum laude with a degree in civil engineering.



Reid Lutz, an eighth-grader at Snoqualmie Middle School, worked as a page at the state Legislature in mid-February. Lutz was sponsored by State Sen. Cheryl Pflug, right. Lutz was one of 24 students participating in the program during the sixth week of the legislative session.

Valor From Page 10 doing something because you want to,” he said. “Make sure your heart and attitude are in the right place.” It only took four to five days to get all the cookies and cards together. Krueger and his mom delivered the cookies personally at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “It was a really great experience,” Krueger said, “seeing all that happiness on the soldiers’ faces.” Renschler presented the class teacher, Judy Lash, and Krueger with separate plaques in recognition of their gesture. “I’m very proud of him,” said priest Todd Strange, the school’s administrator, of Krueger. “He’s a great example that will make a great impression on a lot of kids here, too.”

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extremely familiar with her. “She’s great,” she said of Mom. All of those teachers, she From Page 10 said, were on her mind the day a camera crew interrupted her For instance, she said, dealing class to let her know she had with the loss of a pet. won. “It may be a fish or some“I feel very honored,” she thing,” she said, said, “because “I feel very honored.” “but it really there are so rocks their many other — Elizabeth Cronin teachers who world.” Educator of the Year are so deserving A teacher’s goals then of an award like become makthis.” ing the student feel comfortable That day, the lesson was while still helping him or her about crayfish, and students be focused enough so that he or had been told to keep it quiet. she keeps learning. So when a handful of dignitarSometimes the profession ies invaded the room and told does get difficult, never more Cronin she had won, students so than when nothing seems to felt like cheering. They just did reach a child. not know if they should. For those moments, and for “It was so cute,” Cronin said. many others, Cronin relies on her “The next day, they came in colleagues, particularly one who is wanting pictures with me.”



MARCH 22, 2012

Issaquah, Mount Si soccer fight to a draw By Sebastian Moraga Whatever notion the Mount Si High School Wildcats had that this season would be easy lasted 15 seconds. In the 16th second of their

match against visiting Issaquah High School, the Eagles stunned the Wildcats with a score. To their credit, for the next 20 minutes the Wildcats pressed the Eagles until the tying tally came along, and then pressed some more. In the end, the 1-1 tie was a fair prize for two teams that showed focus, heart and talent, even early in the 2012 season to serve soccer fans with a fine contest. “I love playing Issaquah,” Mount Si Head Coach Darren Brown said. “We always have good battles.” By Greg Farrar

Davis Karaica, Mount Si High School senior midfielder cocaptain, looks for an open teammate as he keeps the ball from Issaquah High School sophomore Dyllon Nguyen.

By Greg Farrar

Dane Aldrich (2), Mount Si High School senior forward co-captain, kicks the ball away from Issaquah High School senior Drew Tacher early in the second period of their March 15 soccer match. The fans were still trickling in from the parking lot when Issaquah’s Alex Shane sank a low shot past the Mount Si goalie from about 14 yards out on the left flank. “I was really pleased with the way we played,” Issaquah Head

Coach Jason Lichtenberger said. “We possessed the ball really well, we defended well.” Touched in its pride, Mount Si responded by cornering the boys in purple. With 21 minutes left in the half, a cross shot from Mount Si’s Dane Aldrich on the


Hunter Malberg (from left), Griffin McLain and Jimbo Davis, three juniors from the Mount Si High School football team, will play in the Badger 7 on 7 tournament in Las Vegas. should open avenues they didn’t have before. I am proud

that they took it upon themselves to seek out opportuni-

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Wildcats baseball team catches national media attention in preseason

Mount Si footballers to play in Las Vegas tournament Jimbo Davis, Hunter Malberg and Griffin McLain, juniors on the Mount Si High School football team, have been invited to participate in a Las Vegas football competition March 23-25. The Badger 7 on 7 event in Las Vegas is widely regarded as the top tournament of the year and this is the first time Mount Si players have been invited, Coach Charlie Kinnune said. Davis is a wide receiver and cornerback, Malberg is a wide receiver and safety, and McLain is a tight end and defensive end. Kinnune said the three are playing on two different teams at the Las Vegas event. Malberg is playing for a team that was put together by, while McLain and Davis are on a team that was selected by Barton Academy. Almost every state will be represented at the event and some of the country’s top athletes will be in attendance, along with top college scouts in the stands taking it all in, Kinnune said. “These student athletes have made this opportunity for themselves,” he said. “The exposure this event offers

left wing found Chace Carlson’s head in the heart of the box. The header rocketed past the Eagles’ keeper for the 1-1. While the hosts kept pressuring, the Eagles woke back up,

ties to improve their chances at playing college football.”

The Mount Si High School baseball team, 3A state champion in 2011, is getting some national attention in preseason rankings. USA Today released its 2012 Super 25 baseball regional prep rankings March 7, and listed Mount Si as number seven in the West division, the only Washington team that made the list. See the USA Today rankings at www.highschoolsports. net/sports/preps/baseball/poll/ story/2011-09-06/2012-regionalrankings/53401084/1. “There may not be another team in Washington that can trot out a trio of aces like Mount Si can this spring,” ESPN, which ranked the Wildcats as the No. 1 team in Washington, said. “ESPNHS All-State hurlers Reece Karalus, Trevor Taylor and Trevor Lane are back to try and capture back-to-back Class 3A titles for the Wildcats. “Mount Si went 22-3 last season and defeated a loaded Sherwood squad in the finals.” See the ESPN preseason rankings at washington. In ESPN’s West regional rankSee BASEBALL, Page 13

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Scoreboard Lacrosse Mount Si 10, Liberty 5 Mount Si 0 4 4 2 -- 10 Liberty 1 2 0 2 -- 5 Statistics: Seamus Ober, MS, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Andrew Bottemiller, MS, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Blake Moorhead, MS, 1 goal, 1 assist,

Mount Si Cheer pre-tryout clinic is set

By Greg Farrar

Zach Lawless (left), Issaquah High School junior, tries to keep Mount Si High School senior midfielder cocaptain Davis Karaica away from the ball during the second period of their March 15 soccer contest.

Soccer From Page 12 and the game became an entertaining battle of wits between two teams with high hopes for the season. The second half could have ended even better for the Eagles, but two last-minute hurrahs late in the second half ended up

Baseball From Page 12 ings, Mount Si just made the list, hitting No. 20 on the top 20

kissing the posts. “Issaquah was 12-5 last year,” Brown said. “They are a great team.” Both teams, Issaquah at 4A and Mount Si at 3A, want to not just play well but to take the KingCo crown this year. Mount Si compounded its feisty tie against the Eagles with a beating of the 4A state champs Eastlake, 3-0, March 17 “This is a good bunch,” Brown

said after the Issaquah match. “They are competitors. They compete. And that’s all I ask.” The season opener was against Liberty on March 20. The Mount Si Wildcats’ next game is March 23 at home against Sammamish. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

preseason rankings. Again, it was the only Washington team to make the list. See those rankings at http:// team-rankings/west. Last month, the Wildcats

were named the 27th best high school baseball team in the nation by Baseball America. See that list at team-rankings/2012/2613018. html.

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Mount Si High School is hosting a pre-tryout cheer clinic from 3:15-6:15 p.m. March 26 at the high school. Cheer coach Jessii Stevens said the clinic, which costs $40, is open to all current eighth- to 11th-graders interested in becoming cheerleaders. She said participants will dance, and go over motions and jump technique, as well as stunting and tumbling for all skill abilities. Participants will meet and receive feedback from Mount Si Cheer coaching staff, meet other tryout candidates and talk to current cheerleaders. Stevens said the clinic is a great opportunity to get a head start on tryouts, which begin

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Brian Copeland is going to MIT

Brian Copeland, a Mount Si High School senior, learned March 14 that he was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Copeland, who started at right tackle for the Wildcats’ football team, has been offered the chance to continue playing football for the MIT Beavers while pursuing a degree in theoretical physics. Copeland said he is excited to have the opportunity to pursue his three loves: football, math and physics.

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MARCH 22, 2012

Public meetings q North Bend Planning Commission, 7 p.m. March 22, City Hall, 211 Main Ave. N. q North Bend City Council Work Study, 7 p.m. March 27, City Hall q North Bend Parks Commission, 6 p.m. March 28, Community and Economic Development Office q North Bend Finance and Administration Committee, 4 p.m. April 3, City Hall. q North Bend City Council, 7 p.m. April 3, Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S. q Snoqualmie City Council, 7 p.m. March 26, City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St. q Snoqualmie Community and Economic Affairs Committee, 5 p.m. March 27, City Hall q Snoqualmie Shoreline Hearings Board, 5 p.m. March 28, City Hall q Snoqualmie Public Safety Committee, 5 p.m. March 29, Snoqualmie Fire Station, 37600 S.E. Snoqualmie Parkway

Music/entertainment q Kelley Johnson and John Hansen 7 p.m., March 22, Boxley’s, 101 W. North Bend Way, 292-9307 q Chris Clark Trio, 7 p.m. March 23, Boxley’s q Theatre Black Dog presents “A Man for All Seasons,” 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24, 8062 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie, 831-DOGS (3647) q Valley Center Stage presents “Murder Medium Rare,” interactive murder mystery theater, 6:30 p.m. March 24, Boxley’s, $65 per person until March 17, $75 after. Call Boxley’s for tickets. q Jason Hill (Extra Sauce), 8 p.m. March 24, Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, 8032 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie q Danny Kolke Trio, 6 p.m. March 25, Boxley’s q Carolyn Graye Vocal Soiree, 7 p.m. March 26, Boxley’s q John Hansen, 7 p.m. March 28, Boxley’s q Gigs for Guatemala fundraiser, dinner, open mic and silent auction, 6-9 p.m. March 29, The Black Dog q Katy Bourne Duo, 7 p.m. March 29, Boxley’s q Tim Hickey and Jazz Strings, 7:30 p.m. March 30, The Black Dog q Frank Kohl Trio, 7 p.m. March 30, Boxley’s q The Left Coast Gypsies, CD release party, 8 p.m. March 31, The Black Dog q Mike Antone, 8 p.m. March 31, The Black Dog. q Ravinwolf, 8 p.m. March 31, Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom q Valley Center Stage pres-


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The International Fly Fishing Film Festival will come to North Bend at 7 p.m. March 30. Thirteen films of up to 30 minutes in length will show on the theater’s big screen. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance. Learn more at

ents “Leisure Time Presents The Billy Dupree Show,” 7:30 p.m. March 30-31, Valley Center Stage. The show is a spoof of the old-time radio shows. Tickets are $10 to $12.50.

Events q Collages by North Bend artists Susan Olds and Audrey Zeder will be on display at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S., North Bend, Monday through Friday through March 31, free, 888-3434 q SnoValley Indoor Playground, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays when school is in session, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. A donation of $1 per child per visit is appreciated. q “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tots,” 9:30-10:30 a.m. daily through March 29 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, membership not required. Email or call 443-6228 for more information. q “Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Tykes,” 10:45-11:30 a.m. daily through March 29 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge q Mount Si High School Key Club bake sale for Relay For Life, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24 at Snoqualmie Ridge IGA supermarket, 7730 Center Blvd. S.E. q Mount Si High School Cabin Fever Associated Student Body Auction, 5:15 p.m. March 24, Si View Community

Center. General admission: $25, includes dinner. Wildcat Club members $75, includes dinner, early admission, two drink tickets, reserved parking and early bidding. q Tree planting at Three Forks Natural Area, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 24 and 31, 39912 S.E. Park St., Snoqualmie q Empty Bowls fundraiser, 4 p.m. March 25, Si View Community Center 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend. Go to for more information. q Tween Scene, after-school activities, at Snoqualmie Valley YMCA. Fifth-graders engage in fun and unique activities while remaining physically active, getting homework help and learning leadership skills. Call 2563115 for more information. q Kids U Session 3B, after-school activities at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA focusing on science, arts, reading and sports, challenging children and stretching their imaginations. Call 256-3115 for a list of classes and more information. q Sallal Grange Community Games Night, 7 p.m. last Wednesday of each month. Please consider bringing a small monetary donation to help the Grange keep organizing events like this, q SnoValley Idol Junior Finals, 6 p.m. March 30, Mount Si High School Auditorium, 8651 Meadowbrook Way S.E., Snoqualmie


q International Fly Fishing Film Festival, 7 p.m. March 30, North Bend Theatre, 125 Bendigo Blvd., North Bend. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door. Go to to purchase. q Sallal Grange swap meet, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E. North Bend. Contact rummage@sallalgrange. org to reserve a table or to learn more. Tables are $20 each. q Fashion show, 2-5 p.m. April 1, Snoqualmie Ridge TPC, tickets $20 per person, $160 for a full table. All proceeds to benefit the Mount Si Senior Center. For tickets, call 888-3434.

North Bend Library The following events take place at the North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. q Snoqualmie Valley Chess Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Learn to play chess or get a game going; all ages/skill levels welcome. q Tax preparation assistance, 10 a.m. Wednesdays through April 11. Everyone welcome regardless of income and age. q Study Zone, 4 p.m. March, 22, 29; 3 p.m. March 26, 27; 7 p.m. March 28, free tutoring for grades K-12. q Game On! 3 p.m. March 23, 30, April 6. Play Xbox 306, PlayStation and Nintendo, “Guitar Hero” and “Dance Dance Revolution.” Board games

and snacks available. q Special Needs Story Time, 10 a.m. March 17. Targeting ages 3 to 6, children of all ages and abilities welcome. q Merry Monday Story Time, 11 a.m. March 26, April 2. Newborns to age 3 with adult. Siblings and other children welcome. q Job Club, 2 p.m. March 26. Connect with fellow job seekers for support and networking. q EReader assistance, 6 p.m. March 26, April 2. Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer. q Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m. March 27, April 3. Ages 2-3 with adult. q Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m. March 27, April 3. Ages 3-6 with adult, siblings welcome. q Pajamarama Story Time, 6:30 p.m. March 28, April 4, all young children welcome with adult. q One-on-one Computer Assistance, 1 p.m. March 28, for adults. q SnoValley Writers Work Group, 3 p.m. March 25. Join other local writers for writing exercises, critique and lessons on voice, plot and point of view. Adults only. q Spanish/English Story Time, 11 a.m. March 31. All ages welcome with adult. q English as a Second Language classes, 6:30 p.m. April 2. q First Tuesday Book Club, 7 p.m. April 3, discussion of “They Almost Always Come Home,” by Cynthia Ruchti.

Snoqualmie Library The following events take place at the Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. S.E. q EReader Assistance, 11 a.m. March 22, 29, April 5, 12. Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer. q Preschool Story Times, 1:30 p.m. March 26, April 2, 9; 10:30 a.m. March 28, April 11; ages 3-6 with adult q Study Zone, 3 p.m. March 27, April 10. Free tutoring for grades K-12. q Young Toddler Story Times, 9:30 a.m. March 28, April 4, 11, ages 6-24 months with adult See CALENDAR, Page 15

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members alike. Call 256-3115 for more information.

Volunteer opportunities

q Anime and Manga Club, 3 p.m. March 28, April 4, April 11. Watch anime movies, eat popcorn and practice anime drawing. q Pajama Story Times, 7 p.m. March 29, April 5. All young children welcome with adult. q Purl One, Listen, Too, knitting program, 1 p.m. April 5. q Friends of the Snoqualmie Library, 6 p.m. April 12.

q The Boeing Classic golf tournament seeks volunteers for its 2012 edition. Tournament will occur Aug. 20-26 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Volunteers will receive two golf shirts, a jacket, headwear, admission passes, meal vouchers and more.

Further details at q The Snoqualmie Tribe is seeking volunteers to help plant trees, clear brush and lay down cardboard and mulch at Fall City Community Park, 10 a.m. March 24. Contact Tribe ecologist Neal Jander at if interested. q Encompass is currently seeking volunteers to help with

Classes q Tween Yoga class at Si View Community Center, 2:303:15 p.m. through April 12. No class April 5. $50 fee. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. q Swimming lessons at Si View Community Center, through March 28, Mondays and Wednesdays, $70; through March 29, Tuesdays and Thursdays, $70; through March 31, Saturdays only, $35 q Beginning Watercolor at Si View Community Center, 10 a.m. March 24, 31, April 14 and 21; $86; ages 6-10; no class April 7 q Animal Art at Si View Community Center, 11 a.m. March 29, for ages 3-5, $36, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend, 831-1900 q Learning Cartwheels and Confidence, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Saturdays, March 30-April 28, Si View Community Center. Costs $62.50. Ages 3-6. q Kindergarten Plus at the YMCA, March 5, Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, 35018 S.E. Ridge St. Reinforce your child’s classroom learning with this program based on state and district standards. For members and non-

our landscape and maintenance at both the downtown North Bend and Boalch Avenue locations along with office help. This can be a weekly or monthly commitment. Email michelle. or call 888-2777. q Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association invites community members to join a newly formed group to support Snoqualmie’s new sister city, Chaclacayo,

Peru. The association already has developed a close relationship with sister city Gangjin, South Korea, which more than 30 residents have visited in the past four years. Email or call 503-1813. q The Mount Si Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help unload food at noon Mondays, sort food at 9 a.m. Tuesdays or pass out food on Wednesdays. Call the food bank at 888-0096.



home services

Churches q St. Clare’s Episcopal Church is collecting cereal for the Mount Si Helping Hand Food Bank. People wanting to donate money instead may write a check to the food bank, P.O. Box 2464, North Bend, WA 98045. q Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Faith Formation classes for prekindergarten to fifth grade, 9:30 a.m., March 25 and April 22, 39025 S.E. Alpha St., Snoqualmie q Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Book Group, 9:30 a.m. April 21, “Our Lady of Kebeho,” by Imaculee Ilibagabiza q Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church seeks to collect, tarps, candles, duct tape, flashlights, toilet paper, toiletries, hats, gloves, ropes and scarves for the homeless. Bring donations to the church’s parish hall.


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