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Four Lady Red Wolves make the All-Wesco Girls Soccer Team

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Junior forward Ava Erhardt, junior defender Grace McKenzie, sophomore forward Madelyn Davidson and junior midfielder Sidra Griffin was named to the All-Wesco Girls Soccer Team.

Erhardt and McKenzie were named First-Team. Davidson and Sidra Griffin were named Second-Team.

“I was super excited by the announcements and recognition for our players and our program, coach Alex Hickox said. “It’s super tough getting player recognition as it is normally closely tied to regular-season team success. We finished in the middle of the pack and so to get this many players recognized this year, is super impressive."

Hickox said Erhardt turned in fantastic offensive output on the season recording 15 goals and 4 assists (34 points). 

“She’s scored some big-time game-winning goals for us—had two hat tricks and was a problem for the opposition.”

Davidson was second in scoring for the team with 12 goals, and tied for the lead in assists (6) and was second in total points with 30.

“She really stepped up after the regular season and scored 4 goals in our four District games this year,” Hickox said. “The team really rallies around Mad Dog—she is definitely one of our tone-setters on the field.”

Hickox called Griffin the teams’ Energizer Bunny.

“She was among the leaders in minutes played, and her defense and being in the right spots at the right times was just huge for us—super proud of her,” he said. “She missed First-Team selection by a mere 2 points, and finished third on the team total points with 4 goals, and 4 assists (12).” 

McKenzie is a two-time First-Team member and the only non-senior on the selection list.

“She is so consistent, so powerful and is our on-the-field general,” Hickox said. “I am already looking forward to seeing her play at the next level and wish her senior season was already here. “

Receiving Honorable Mention recognition were junior defenders Annalise Irwin, Heather Olson and Kati Fulton, and freshman midfielder Leah Cammarano.

“All four starters for the back-line for CHS were recognized this year and while we didn’t have a stellar goals-against average — getting this many recognitions should be big confidence boosters for next season,” Hickox said. “As a former center-back, I love seeing defenders getting recognized.”

Hickox said Irwin was probably the Red Wolves toughest defender 

“She made it super difficult for teams to beat her and she made fantastic, timely runs forward to be part of our attack.”

He credits Olson, as being is a crafty, skilled defender.

“She knows about angles and anticipates offensive attacks and has been known to shut specific players down.”

Hickox said was, “super coachable, intelligent and one of the hardest workers on the field.”

The young and talented Cammarano, he said, will be a key component for the program for the next three seasons.

“Leah is a special player and a player we’ll lean on for her entire career at CHS,” Hickox said. “She’s very talented and intelligent, understands the game and has been well-coached.”


Grace McKenzie
Ava Erhardt
Madelyn Davidson
Sidra Griffin






Riverview District putting bond issue on February ballot

  • Written by Madeline Coats

The Riverview School District is placing a bond issue on the February election ballot. If passed, the measure will fund a new elementary school, safety and security, school expansions and districtwide maintenance. 

The proposed bond would cost $125 million.

The last time Riverview School District ran a bond was 13 years ago. Based on the district’s 20-year capital projects plan, the next bond would be 15-20 years from now. The district has passed all historical bond and levy measures since 2001.

“Not all districts can say that,” said Communications Director Mike Ward. “We’re very fortunate to have goodwill and a good level of trust in the community.”

The estimated tax rate in 2020 is $4.37 with a bond and $3.28 without a bond. The difference between the two rates is $1.09 in assessed valuation. 

The district’s only outstanding debt is attributed to the February 2007 bond authorization, Ward said. The remaining debt amount will combine with the assessed valuation for the 2020 bond. This equates to a total projected bond tax rate of $2.06 per $1,000 of assessed value.

While the tax rate is increased, Ward said it will still be much less than it was in 1991 and 1997.

“While the district cannot predict every possible situation that could impact the bonds prior to their issuance and over their lifespan, the board and administration believe the assumptions utilized for planning are conservative,” the district said.

About $54 million for the proposed bond will go toward funding for the new elementary school. The project intends to relieve overcrowding at the three other elementary schools in the district. The building will have a 500-student capacity. The district plans to relocate the Eagle Rock Multi-Age program and find a potential home for a satellite transportation center.

“We have an overcrowding problem in our elementary schools,” Ward said. “A fourth comprehensive elementary school will buy time to equalize opportunities for students in schools.”

If the bond is approved, Ward said the district will need to re-evaluate school boundaries for students at local elementary schools to “reset the playing field.”

Improvements to Cedarcrest High School will require $28 million. The funds will go towards expansions in the school commons and central kitchen. There will be upgrades to career and technical education classrooms, as well as art classrooms. 

Tolt Middle School 

upgrades account for $7 million. The district aims to expand the school’s commons and kitchen. Additional upgrades to science classrooms and the athletic room are also priorities for the bond funding.

Nearly $15 million will fund safety and security upgrades to all schools in the district. This includes upgraded security systems, cameras and access to controls. Funding will also allow for the installation of classroom door locks, entry vestibules, fencing, gates and lighting. The district aims to improve cell phone boosters and communication as well.

The district predicts $21 million will be used for maintenance and facility upgrades. This will provide replacements to roofing and siding, sewer and septic lift stations, building control systems and fire alarm panels. This allocation of funds will also support additional parking at Cedarcrest. Additional property may also be purchased by the district with proposed finances.

Each of the projects is anticipated to be completed by 2022 and 2023.

According to the district, the state of Washington does not fund the regular building and maintenance of public schools. Instead, local voters must approve school bonds to secure funding. State law requires bond dollars to be used only for building and maintenance, not classroom operations or salaries.

Bonds are for building and levies are for learning. Bonds are for buildings and other capital investments like land or equipment.  Levies are used for day-to-day school expenditures not covered by the state, but they cannot be used for facilities or capital investment. 

Ward said many people think the bond money immediately goes to the school district once a bond is approved. In actuality, it can take about a year for money to become available. He expects for the funds to be available in 2021. 

The bond election is Feb. 11, 2020.

Sex offender seeks residence in unincorporated King Co.

  • Written by Madeline Coats

Brian Charles Watts committed a number of gruesome crimes in 1996. Over two decades later, he is set to be released from prison.

Watts is due to be released Dec. 18 to live with his 80-year-old mother in Carnation, adjacent to Duvall, where he raped and abducted his victims. He was 27 years old at the time of the crimes.

Community members in Carnation and Duvall are concerned for their safety and have asked that he be committed to a correctional facility in McNeil Island instead. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, each resident requested to remain anonymous. 

“Unfortunately, the man did spend his time [in prison] and has rights to live where he wants,” Mayor Kim Lisk said in response to an anonymous concern at a Carnation City Council meeting Dec. 3.   

At the meeting, one person said Watts comes across like Ted Bundy. Another person said they don’t believe someone like this can be rehabilitated. 

Lisk suggested residents contact the school district to see if any bus stops are scheduled near the proposed residence. She said that stopped a sex offender house from being placed in unincorporated King County back in 2000. 

Watts was accused of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree rape in the abduction of a teenage girl in the fall of 1996 near Seattle Center. He plead guilty in King County Superior Court on April 22, 1997. 

The maximum penalty Watts would receive under terms of the plea agreement is 27 years and three months in prison, the Seattle Times reported in 1997. The state recommended that Superior Court Judge Patricia Aitken impose the maximum penalty. 

In the attempted murder case, Watts abducted a 16-year-old girl as she waited for a bus near the Seattle Center. He grabbed her from behind, hit her, handcuffed her and drove her to a secluded area on Stossel Creek near Duvall. 

Watts raped the victim and was accused of trying to break her neck before leaving her for dead, according to charging papers.

A few months prior to the court hearing, he also plead guilty to the first-degree rape of a 40-year-old woman. 

Watts beat the woman, tied her up and drove her to a wooded area east of Duvall. He raped her not far from where the other incident occurred.

It was a King County police detective that eventually helped authorities stop Watts. Nancy Patino was the agency’s first sketch artist, the Spokesman Review reported in 1996. Her two sketches, based on descriptions from faces, prompted a Seattle police officer’s decision to pull Watts over as he drove along Aurora Avenue.

Before sketch artists, officers relied on a traditional “Identi-Kit” sketches. The old-style system was produced by using more than 600 overlapping transparencies of different characteristics, leaving out information on facial features and skin tones. Patino produced an actual drawing based on the two victims’ descriptions of the subject.

If not for Patino, Watts may not have served any time at all.

Residents at both Carnation and Duvall City Council meetings requested information on ways to protest the proposed residence for the serial rapist. Each person asked for a councilmember to help get Watts permanently committed to McNeil Island. 

“That individual would be living in unincorporated king county, which is outside of our jurisdiction,” Mayor Amy Ockerlander said at a Duvall City Council meeting Dec. 3. “The challenging thing is this individual has served their time.” 

Ockerlander said Watts will be under the supervision of a probationary department. King County manages those offenders, not the City, she added. 

“It’s a challenging situation,” she said. “I think all of us as parents are always concerned when we find out that these people are in our communities.”

The King County Prosecutors Sexually Violent Predator’s Unit had an expert evaluate the inmate for civil commitment to McNeil Island, but the inmate did not meet the criteria for commitment. Many residents want to see a re-evaluation of the inmate.

According to the state Department of Social and Health Services, civil commitment requires an End of Sentence Review Committee to review every sex offender prior to release from confinement. 

The committee evaluates the inmate’s offense history, involvement and progress in sex offender treatment, mental health status and any other relevant information to assess the level of risk for re-offending upon release.

The department said nearly 800 sex offenders, including about 200 high-risk offenders, are released to the community upon completion of their criminal sentence every year. 

The Special Commitment Center is a post-sentence treatment institution in Washington state for people designated as sexually violent predators. It is located on McNeil Island, where the majority of the population are civilly committed former prison inmates or families with at least one member working at the facility. 

The Department of Corrections will be evaluating his mother’s house in Carnation as a prospective residence within the next couple of weeks before his release. 

“Our hands are pretty much tied and that is the way the judicial system works at this point,” Ockerlander said.



The Light Up Duvall procession that paraded down Main Street drew oohs and ahs from those who lined both sides of the thoroughfare.

The annual celebration is a massive volunteer and collaborative effort by the Duvall Chamber of Commerce and the city of Duvall.

Photos courtesy of Mike Carmona, Natalee Nelson and Shaun Tozer.




'Christmas in the Valley'

Twin Dragons Sports Bar on Main Street in Duvall is hosting “Christmas in the Valley, An Auction for Kids,” Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

All proceeds from the auction go to buying and wrapping gifts to be delivered to underprivileged children in the lower Snoqualmie Valley. If you or someone you know are in need this Christmas please let us know so we can make sure they receive gifts this year. All information will remain confidential. 

We have many great donations at this time including airplane and helicopter rides, cords of firewood, loads of gravel, a new chainsaw, medal fish sculptor, lots of gift certificates to local business and over 70 other great donations. 

There will be a live and silent auction plus a raffle throughout the evening. This is sure to be a fun-filled evening and a chance to help underprivileged kids have a Merry Christmas in the Valley.  

If you would like to donate items for the auction please contact us. Our auctioneers for this event will again be Larry and Mike Marty from the Valley. Please join us for our auction and help a local child!