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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014 n DAILY UPDATES AT WWW.VALLEYRECORD.COM n 75 CENTS

Elementary school six is on schedule, but bond isn’t Time is there, but not funding, for new building BY CAROL LADWIG

Mount Si boys have a chip on their shoulder for postseason Page 11

Seth Truscott/Staff Photos

The Valley’s young jazz heads learn their chops on Wednesday night, Jan. 29, at North Bend’s jazz club, Boxley’s. Standing with a group of middle- and high-school-aged musicians, plus regular drummer Brian Gmerek, at right, club owner Danny Kolke recently made the decision with wife Robyn to turn the club over to its education and performance-focused non-profit arm, the Boxley Music Fund. The change is meant to preserve the club’s jazz focus. Below, a high school trio performs. From left are Seb Rowland, Jered Byford and Nick Mardon.

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The Boxley’s legacy

Valley couples share secrets of staying married for 50 years Page 9

INDEX Opinion 4 8 Calendar 9 Movie Times 16 Obituary 17 Legal Notices On the Scanner 18

Vol. 100, No. 38

Danny and Robyn Kolke turn to foundation to preserve music love, education at North Bend’s homegrown jazz club BY SETH TRUSCOTT

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n up-andcomer in the world of jazz drumming, Walker Byford learns as he plays. Byford is just 10 years old. By rights, he should prefer the newest pop music. But there’s something about jazz. “You’re able to play whatever you want,” says Byford, who listens as his teacher,

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local jazz drummer Brian Gmerek, improvises riffs to the sounds of Chris Clark’s bass. The two adult musicians are jamming on the stage at Boxley’s, the jazz club and restaurant in downtown North Bend, as middle-school and high-school age jazz musicians arrive for their Wednesday night show. “It’s easier to play jazz with a group,” says Byford. So, veteran musicians like Clark and Gmerek play alongside young people who are just beginning their journeys in jazz. “It’s a great experience, for us and for them,” says Gmerek. It’s that mixing of the old and new generations of players that’s one of the core facets of Boxleys. SEE LEGACY, 7

Snoqualmie Valley School District still has time to build and open a sixth elementary school by the start of the 2015-16 school year. So far, though, the district doesn’t have the money, and is running out of time. Although design work and planning for the 29-classroom building began last fall, paid for with school impact fees from the district’s capital facilities fund, the district has not committed to a bond to raise the estimated $35 million total project costs. SEE NEW SCHOOL, 5

Subdivision sensitivity Tanner Road neighbors raise concerns about 156-home project BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter

Too many cars and too many houses top the list of concerns regarding a proposed development on Southeast Tanner Road in North Bend. About 20 community residents, all neighboring the future project, raised these issues at the Feb. 4 meeting of the North Bend City Council, and several urged the council to live up to its own comprehensive plan. SEE SENSITIVE, 6

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Snoqualmie Valley Record, February 12, 2014