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Pre-prom mock crash to open student eyes Instilling harsh lessons for high school juniors and seniors, Mount Si High School will hold a mock crash Thursday, May 13, on Schusman Avenue. The mock accident is meant to show the results of bad decision-making by student drivers. It comes two days before the Mount Si prom, Saturday, May 13. “It’s really an impactful event. We do it to save lives,” said Charlie Kinnune, Mount Si’s Associated Student Body advisor. “It is party season.” A combined effort by Mount Si ASB and Valley police and fire departments, the crash simulation dramatizes a pre-prom party and depicts the consequences of underage drinking. A mandatory event for all upperclassmen, the crash begins in the gym with a video setting up the scenario and ends with a memorial for a student who dies in the mock crash. For more information, call the high school at (425) 831-8100.

Lovelorn tom steps up to reflection in cars BY ALLISON ESPIRITU Staff Reporter

Residents in North Bend’s Wilderness Rim neighborhood had to think twice about stepping out of their homes and cars this week, scared of an unprovoked attack. But instead of a bear or a prowler provoking caution, it was a lurking tom turkey nicknamed Ben. For the past week, Ben has frequented homes in the vicinity of 170th Street and 427th Avenue. Locals think he’s looking for a mate. But cars seem to draw a more strident response. The bird challenges autos coming down the street, said Rene Peterson, a resident and teacher at Snoqualmie Middle School. “My husband honked at him and he just started attacking his tires,” Peterson said. “He’s a huge, aggressive bird. He’s trying to find a wife

and apparently we’re scaring them all away.” Ben isn’t aggressive toward people — just cars, said resident Kim Kreidl-Reimer. “He gets all puffed up.” When his dander is up, the bird will walk up to a slowmoving vehicle, occasionally pecking it. However, neighbors said no people have been bit by the bird. According to Stacy Wise, rehabilitation manaher at Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Bellingham, there aren’t many wild turkey populations in Washington. “People raise them and let them go,” Wise said. “Despite that, there’s still a wild breed. It could be that it’s starting to breed now, so that could be why it’s acting that way.” Wise said the behavior is typical in turkeys. “He probably sees his reflection in the cars. It’s typical for turkeys to get aggressive when they see another turkey,” she said. Leaving his truck door

Snoqualmie town hall meetings set The city of Snoqualmie’s annual town hall meetings and Root Beer Float Social are planned for Wednesday, June 2 and 3. The evenings start at 6 p.m. with the social. Enjoy a float

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Provoked by his own reflection, a wild turkey named Ben confronts a slow-moving TV camera crew’s SUV in the Wilderness Rim neighborhood. The lovelorn tom has pecked on cars in the neighborhood for the past week. open overnight, Jay Lane was surprised to see Ben poking around his driveway on Wednesday morning. “I think he was trying to find a place to sleep in my truck,” he said. “But he’s more than welcome to be part of the family.” Wise advises the neighbors

of Wilderness Rim to call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife if they run into any further problems with Ben. The bird’s nickname comes from founding father Benjamin Franklin, who suggested the turkey as the national bird.

and cookies; visit with Mayor Larson, city council members and neighbors; take a look at exhibits by the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments; and get a free gift and a ticket for a door prize. At 6:30 p.m. the town hall meetings will begin by addressing “Pavement, Pipes and Parks: Preventing an Infrastructure Crisis.”


Red Oak offers an apartment lifestyle for seniors who wish to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Call for details and a personal tour. For information or a tour call 425.888.7108 650 East North Bend Way, North Bend


A 22-year-old Sammamish man died late Saturday, May 8, after losing control of his motorcycle near Fall City. Jared Thomas, 22, died after his eastbound motorcycle collided with a guardrail near mile post 14 on State Highway 202 near Ames Lake Road. He was ejected from the cycle and struck a tree. According to reports from the Washington State Patrol, a State Trooper who had stopped a car on Highway 202 watched Thomas’ motorcycle speed past while performing a wheelie stunt. Minutes later, a passing driver told the trooper about a motorcycle crash down the road. Arriving at the crash scene, the trooper could not find Thomas and had to use a thermal imaging camera to locate him off the roadway. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene. Washington State Patrol Spokeswoman Christina Martin advises drivers to be safe, slow down and pay attention to surroundings as warm weather approaches.

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