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Enrollment assumptions differ, may hold up bond issue By Carol Ladwig


Staff Reporter

To the big show: Wrestlers represent at the Tacoma Dome Page 7

It’s a simple question, without a simple answer. How many students can the Snoqualmie Valley School District expect to be enrolled in coming years? For budgeting and staffing purposes, it’s 5,949 full-time equivalent students next year. For facilities planning, according to last spring’s district capital facilities plan, it’s about 6,100 next year, and almost 7,000 by 2017. See COUNT, 5


Two Rivers, over and out Ham radio roundup connects students with learning moments

Be inspired by a day on the farm in Millers art show Page 2


By Carol Ladwig Staff Reporter

Monday was dedicated to science, especially physics, math and astronomy. Tuesday brought lessons in geography, history, languages, and patience. See RADIO, 5

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Nursery heroes Community comes together to help cancer-battling Nels Melgaard’s nursery get ready for spring By Seth Truscott Editor

Vol. 99, No. 39 Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Sloan King, center, broadcasts during a ham radio roundup at Two Rivers School.

Nels Melgaard has never seen friends and neighbors come together in such a big way before—not locally, certainly not on behalf of a single person. Yet Melgaard was at the center of a two-weekend effort that saw patrons, friends, fellow members of Sallal Grange and their families, arrive at his Nels Melgaard, Nursery at Mount Si, for Nursery at Mount Si owner work parties aimed at getting this cancer-battling

“It would have taken us a year!”

Photo by Mary Miller

Lifting some leaf litter, Jimmy Morris, Ian George and Sharmon Morris of North Bend, lend a hand at a work party Feb. 9 to help the Nursery at Mount Si and its owner, Nels Melgaard (left). North Bend man’s business a huge boost before the busy season. Melgaard and his nursery have had a rough time of it in recent years. Hungry, invasive elk and several frigid springs in a row put dampers on his business over the last three years. Last fall was the first time Melgaard could open up a pumpkin patch since 2008. Last summer, Melgaard got worse news, discovering he had colon cancer. He survived major surgery in January and is regaining his strength, but has more battles with chemotherapy ahead. So, with the hard work of spring ahead, Melgaard was surprised and moved to see nearly 100 people gather on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a volunteer work party to help keep him and the business rolling. Friend Teresa Warren of North Bend organized a Nursery work party on Facebook, and things snowballed. See HEROES, 3


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Snoqualmie Valley Record, February 20, 2013