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Voters approve levies with big margins SPORTS
Safe supermajorities for ops, tech funding in Valley schools Gymnasts host and take names at district tournament Page 7
Celebrate. Remember. Fight back
Photo by Mary Miller
North Bend mom Erin Mitchell, with her daughter Maddy and friend Kylie Warren, offers memorials of light—handmade paper lanterns, or luminaria— at the Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life kickoff party on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Mitchell, who lost her husband to gastric cancer five years ago, discovered Relay, and a community of “people that get it.” Learn more about the Valley’s 13th Relay for Life on page 8.
Growing ideas and gaining customers at big flower show Page 10
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Vol. 100, No. 39
To the ends of the earth
Photo courtesy KCSO
Towel is clue in baby’s death
BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter
SEE POLE TREK, 15
SEE ELECTION, 3
A sheriff’s cruiser parks on North Bend Way, near where an infant was found dead.
North Bend’s Marty and Chris Fagan take life-changing journey to South Pole Marty and Chris Fagan have climbed mountains, run hundred-mile races, and, last month they skied together to the South Pole, in minus50 degrees Fahrenheit. Extremes of the environment and endurance are familiar ground, maybe even favorites, for the North Bend couple, but what they really love, what motivates them, are simpler things: their 12-year-old son Keenan; the friends and community who helped them reach their South Pole goal; the chair that was waiting for each of them at the end.
All of the school levies on ballots in the Snoqualmie Valley appear to be passing with more than 60 percent support in the Feb. 11 election. In the latest round of counting in this all-mail election, Snoqualmie Valley’s $16 million Prop. 1, has 5,483 yes votes to 2,614 against. Prop. 2, the district’s $2.7 million technology levy, had even stronger support, with 5,589 votes in favor, 2,512 against. Prop. 1’s approval is at 67.7 percent, while Prop. 2 has won 69 percent approval.
North Bend couple Marty and Chris Fagan visit the official marker of the South Pole. The North Bend couple skied to the end of the earth, arriving Jan. 18.
King County Sheriff ’s deputies are seeking tips in the death and abandonment of a newborn in woods between North Bend and Snoqualmie on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Police received a 911 call around 2:15 p.m., and responded to the 38800 block of Southeast North Bend Way. The baby was found by a person walking nearby, in the woods near the Kimble Creek Bridge about 10 feet away from the edge of North Bend Way. SEE DEATH, 3
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