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Maple Valley and YarrowBay find a way through traffic BY DENNIS BOX dbox@maplevalleyreporter.com

After months of jostling, juggling and jousting, the city of Maple Valley and YarrowBay appear to be on the brink of a traffic improvement agreement for the two Black Diamond developments, The Villages and Lawson Hills. The tentative agreement was announced at the Black Diamond City Council closed record hearing Monday, which could clear one of the major hurdles facing the developments. The Black Diamond City Council unanimously passed two ordinances approving the two master planned development agreements Monday and accepted revisions

to the conditions for each of the Brain Ross, managing 244th Street. MPDs from YarrowBay and Maple partner of YarrowBay, Each of the projects on the list Valley. said, “We’re happy with has a varying percentage rate for YarrowBay has filed the developthe outcome and we think YarrowBay to pay. ment agreement with the city. Once everyone had ample op“It has been a long time coming, the staff has completed its work, portunity to comment on and we are looking forward to the the development agreement will these projects. It has been next steps.” Ross said. “We want to David Johnston Brian Ross go before Phil Olbrechts, the city a lengthy, but necessary stay engaged in the community and hearing examiner. Olbrechts will process.” we want to hear from everyone.” make a recommendation that will The agreement includes a Check the website, www.maplevbe considered by the Black Diamond City list of about 15 traffic improvement projects alleyreporter.com, for a joint release from Council in a closed-record hearing. with YarrowBay contributing a varying the city and YarrowBay and a document Maple Valley City Manger David Johnpercentage to each. outlining the traffic projects reached in the ston said, “we’ve been working over the For example, the developer would pay tentative agreement. last few months and we reached a tentative 25.3 percent for an additional southbound Reach Dennis Box at dbox@maplevalleyagreement on the projects. There are still lane on state Route 169 from 231st Street to reporter.com or 425-432-1209 ext. 5050. some aspects we are working on in the Witte Road and a 63.2 percent contribution To comment on this story go to www. negotiations.” for a traffic signal at SR 169 and Southeast maplevalleyreporter.com.

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Veterinarian Jan White has spent a career building refuges for wildlife from California to Alaska, and along with Tigger Birch and a group of volunteers, she is creating a new one, South Sound Critter Care, at her Sawyer Lake Veterinary Clinic. Jan White completed her graduate work in veterinary medicine from the University of California Davis in 1990 and since that time she has been working both as a veterinarian and in wildlife rehabilitation. White and her team spent the past year getting permits and the wildlife center ready. She received the license for mammals, reptiles and amphibians Aug. 20, and Saturday Birch and about 12 volunteers were busy building a squirrel cage and an aviary. White will apply for the federal and state permits for songbirds and raptors once the aviary is completed. White said the center will mainly house small mammals like squirrels, rabbits, opossums. Once the permit for birds is received, White said, they will care for songbirds, small owls and falcons. She said there will not be room for eagles or larger mammals like deer or raccoons. Those animals will be sent to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington. [ more CRITTERS page 10 ]

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force because Precinct No. 3 is located in the city. The city manager said on top Cuts, cuts and more cuts of the layoffs, the precinct is on the chopping block is the picture presented by the King County executive and is to be closed by the and sheriff ’s office, and the end of 2011, if not sooner. “The issue is because we effects are rippling like a have such a small force, river through many cities, the city has a public safety including Maple Valley. concern,” Johnston said. Dow Constantine, “We are concerned the county execuabout the reduced tive, directed the level of service.” MAPLE sheriff ’s office Johnston said VALLEY to cut $7 million the Public Safety from its budget to Oversight Commithelp close a $60 miltee will be considerlion hole in the county ing the issue and making budget. The cuts in the recommendations to the sheriff ’s office include layCity Council. ing off 28 deputies, which Johnston said the city according to Maple Valley City Manager David John- of Kenmore is looking at forming its own city police ston, could cause serious force and dropping the problems for the city. contract with King County. Maple Valley, like The sheriff ’s office is also Covington, contracts city planning to close Precinct police services from King No. 2, which is located in County and Johnston said Kenmore. the city has been able to maintain a smaller police [ more CUTS page 10 ] BY DENNIS BOX

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PURPLE LIGHT NIGHTS KICKOFF

Purple Light Nights, a growing effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, kicks off with a tree lighting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Covington. Lighting of the city’s holiday tree will launch the 4th annual Purple Light Nights and is in addition to the lighted street trees which are sponsored by local businesses. For more information, visit www.purplelightnights.org.

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Bruises... SURVIVAL STORY: Editor’s note: This is the third in a four part series on domestic violence. The first part ran in July and the second part ran in August. The series culminated in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Some details as well as the names of the survivor, her ex-husband and her children have been changed at her request to protect her family. BY KRIS HILL khill@covingtonreporter.com

For seven years, Angela Jones lived in fear, trying to stay alive. She is a survivor of domestic violence who even 10 years after her divorce is still struggling with the manipulative behavior of her ex-husband. Jones met her ex-husband, James, when she was barely out of high school. “The first time that he hit me was a month after we were married,” Jones said. “I just remember sitting on the bed thinking to myself, ‘What have I done, what have I gotten myself into?’ I was so young.” But, she got pregnant four months after she started dating James, so “the thing to do was get married.” “The morning (they got married) we woke up, he told me, ‘You need to get up because we’re

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getting married today,’” Jones said. “He didn’t ask me. There was no ‘I love you.’ He always just told me what to do.” At eight months pregnant with her daughter Corinne, who is now a high school student in Covington, James held her down “like a dog rubbing my face in the carpet.” “I didn’t want to let him get on top of me because of the baby,” Jones said. “To look at this man... (abusers) don’t have a certain look. They’re just every day looking. They’re not mean.” Later on in the relationship, Jones explained, she miscarried a pregnancy. “I slipped on some ice and he wouldn’t let me go to the hospital,” she said. “I bled for a month and I eventually lost the child.” When her daughter was 2 years old, Jones left him, and managed to stay away for about a year. While she had a job, it wasn’t paying enough for her as a single mom. “So, I went back to him,” she said. “I wanted my daughter to know her dad. He was abusive from the get go. I was given ultimatums. Crazy, crazy ultimatums.” She recalls her ex-husband driving her from strip club to strip club with the intent of making her work at one, and Jones finally stood up for herself in that scenario. Despite that, she stayed. “I always wanted to believe that he would

stop,” she said. “That he loved me enough that he would stop. I just didn’t know what to do.” During the final two years of the marriage, James was on the road with a family member whom he had started a company with, “which was awesome,” especially because he was making good money. “But, he didn’t want to keep up the house or pay for the rent while he was on the road,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking. It was almost like I lived in a fantasy land.” So she would travel with his mother to visit him on the road and one trip to Louisiana is where her son, who is now in grade school in Covington, was conceived. “I had my son and he wasn’t even there to see my son born, he could have, but he didn’t,” she said. Eventually she would spend more time traveling with him and it was on a trip to California that she started to realize she had to get out. “We were out in Sacramento and he put me in the hospital,” she said. “He ripped my face open. They had to put 22 stitches in my face. My daughter, at 5 years old, remembers me running into the bathroom. She remembers blood being everywhere.” There is a purple line on the right side of her mouth, but most of the scars from the relationship [ more STORY page 4 ]

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are now invisible. “He wouldn’t let me go to the ER for two hours,” she said. “He had me believing they would take our kids away from us.” She decided then that when they got back home that would never happen again. One day, James had left her at home with no car and no money, her son was barely a year old and in need of formula and diapers. He wouldn’t come home. She called and called and called, but, he wouldn’t return to take care of her or his son, Jones said. That day Jones called her father for help. She was done. “He came and got me and I never went back,” she said. “The biggest thing for me was I never wanted my son to grow up like him. You want to believe them every time they’re looking at you and they’re crying and they say they’re sorry and they’ll never hurt you again. Even when he put his finger through my face, it wasn’t his fault, it was mine.” When she left, all her little family had were the clothes on their backs, and eventually she found a new job and started rebuilding her life. In 2005, she moved to this area with a man she met while living in Texas, David. He had moved to Texas to help sort out the estate of a relative who had been murdered. Jones counts her blessings when it comes to David. “I love it up here and so do my children,” she said. “When he asked me to come up... I wasn’t coming. I had been able to do it on my own. I had my own

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condo. I had a car. I had everything down. I was selfsufficient even without (her ex-husband).” She thought this was just going to be a road trip, coming to Washington state, because she never thought she would settle down and build a life with a man again. “We didn’t get married until two years ago,” she said. “I had been there, I had done that and I had such a bad taste in my mouth. I love my husband... because he’s so good to me.” And then 10 months ago the nightmare began again. She had always allowed her children to spend time with their father because she believed that he would never hurt them. “He was able to talk my daughter into signing the paperwork that she wanted to live with him,” she said. “She wanted to be down there with her cousin. She didn’t think about being with her dad. So, she signed it. They came back and he took me to court for my kids.” Something went wrong during the case and “the courts made me turn my children over to this man.” “Even though my kids were begging and crying,” she said. “They told everybody they wanted to be with their mom. Nobody did anything.” And the patterns of control and abuse started new, but, this time with her children. He would allow them 15 minutes a week on the phone to talk to Jones. He set it up so that the phone wouldn’t ring and instead voice messages would go straight to his computer, which he also took away from them after he found out their daughter

was e-mailing Jones. “When he got physical finally with (their daughter) it was because he kept promising her, ‘This will happen, then you can go home,’” Jones said. “She kept telling her dad, ‘You told me I could go home.’ He got so pissed off he drug her off the couch and through the house.” Her teenage daughter saw what Jones had gone through more than a decade ago and now “she’s petrified” of her father. Finally, she went searching for her children at the beginning of this summer, because “he wasn’t going to let me have them.” “Me, being the biological parent, I got the police involved,” she said. “I show them the paperwork. They were on my side. Everything was coming to a head.” He still owed $14,000 in back child support, Jones said, and was likely on the verge of going to jail for failure to pay. “It was so obvious that he was fixing to lose everything,” she said. “All I wanted was my kids back. So, I forgave the $14,000.” And she went along with other conditions so she get her children back. “My daughter left here as an innocent child but she didn’t come back like that,” Jones said. “The sad thing to me through this whole thing... she doesn’t want to talk to him. She wants my husband to adopt her.” Jones said she wants other victims to know that they don’t have to live with the fear and the violence. “I was always scared to call the police,” she said. “There was always a I reason. I didn’t have (the abuse) documented and

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you have to have it documented. When you are in that situation you feel like you can’t do it but you have to do it.” She added that if she could get out so can other victims. “I just want women to know they can get through it,” she said. “I am the perfect example because I didn’t have anything. You don’t have to be stuck where someone would belittle and hurt you.” In that first year away from her abuser, Jones said, she couldn’t even look people in the eyes “because I was so beat down.” “Why did I allow that? I think I’m a strong person,” she said. “It took me years to get my old self back.

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What I hope to instill in my daughter... you have to know who you are, you have to be stable in yourself before you can connect with someone.” Part of how Jones has tried to move on is by getting involved with the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force, which is headed up by Victoria Throm. Through the DVTF and her job as a human services specialist with the city of Covington, Throm works to connect victims with services, to help them get away so they don’t end up walking away as Jones did with nothing to their names. “When a victim seeks out help, she has already come to a big decision in her life – to change. Change in many ways,” Throm said. “For some it may mean changing where she lives, even another state. Moving her children. Change in jobs, and most importantly, change internally - the way she thinks and responds.” There are number of local agencies who help including DAWN and the South King County YWCA. There is also a state domestic violence hotline that will connect victims with local resources. Those connections are critical, explained Kelly Starr, who is the communications coordinator for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “It is so important to connect survivors with a community-based domestic violence program because these programs can provide that person with an advocate – someone who can work with them on an individual bases to identify options and think through those options, how they might impact safety, how their partner/expartner might react, etc.,” Starr wrote in an e-mail. “Domestic violence is a complex issue, and there is no one simple solution that will work for everyone. The survivor brings expertise on their unique situation, and an advocate brings expertise on the resources available and how different systems work. Together, an

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advocate and survivor can address complex (and often changing) needs that the person may have.” That guidance is crucial throughout the process, even well after a victim has escaped from their abuser, something Jones and Throm can both attest to. “Many women get involved in another abusive relationship because they didn’t understand the dynamics of their relationship and do the work to break the cycle. Victims are often co-dependents or they believe this is all they deserve,” Throm said. “Getting help to understand the cycle and fix their own dysfunction so they can recognize and choose a healthy relationship is the goal. Helping the victim identify exactly what the problem is may be one of the biggest challenges.” There are often a number of barriers for victims and Throm said it’s important to help them find services to overcome those barriers and find support. “Fear and anxiety can be huge barriers that cannot be addressed without help,” Throm said. That fear was something that held Jones back for a long time. “There were a lot of times I just wouldn’t do anything because he said he was going to kill me,” she said. “I watched my back for months after I got away.” She said in the past year, though, her children learned the hardest lesson of all. Throm said that it is also important for children who have been in those situations to get help, something Jones is looking into for her son and daughter who have dealt with the trauma very differently. “If left to themselves, often the males grow up to be batterers and the females grow up to think it is normal to be abused,” Throm said. “The break the cycle of violence, especially a multigenerational family with a pattern of abuse, a variety of services is necessary.” For Jones, the worst part of the nightmare is over, she no longer has to live in fear and she feels blessed to be in a new relationship that is healthy. But she implores others to not ignore the red flags. “That’s what I can’t stress enough, if they hit you one time, they’ll do it again... it’s either in them or it’s not,” Jones said. “The man God sent me this time, there’s nothing I could do for him to lay a hand on me, it’s either in you or it’s not.”


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COVINGTON Sept. 19 ASSAULT: 26300 block of 185th Avenue Southeast. After violating a no contact order, a man punched the victim in the face, grabbed her car keys from her hand then stole her car. It is not clear how he got to the victim’s home. ANGRY DRUNK: 25600 block of 108th Avenue Southeast. A man got into a “verbal altercation” with his girlfriend then was arrested for driving under the influence. Sept. 16 ROAD RAGE: Southeast 272nd Street and 168th Avenue Southeast. Two men were driving east on Southeast 272nd when a man they didn’t know driving in a black pick up truck came along side them and yelled, “Don’t you know how to drive,” then displayed a black handgun for the other men to see. Sept. 13 GROCERY CART DERBY: 17400 block of 270th Place. After a verbal altercation in Walmart, a customer was hit in the ankle by

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Maple Valley needs bold ideas I have a sinking feeling that Maple Valley is about to become irrelevant in a few years, except as a provider of customers to Covington and Black Diamond businesses. The former alpha dog of the Valley towns is going to look more like the omega (last to eat) unless something changes drastically, and soon. Sure, the new Fred Meyer store and the mandatory attached strip mall appears to be coming soon, but that’s probably going to be it for a while. In the meantime, Covington is about to add emergency departments and possibly a hospital and continue with their retail growth, becoming the hub of retail activity in southeast King County. Black Diamond is going to be as big as Maple Valley in the next two decades, except with preplanned business centers that will accommodate every need of their residents. Shoppers in Black Diamond won’t have to drive to Maple Valley any more to go to Safeway, and they’ll probably end up with a better way to get to Covington that doesn’t involve Maple Valley’s business centers. You might think, “That’s fine with me; I already hate driving through the mess on KentKangley. These retail places just make the traffic worse.” Sure they do, but as I’ve pointed out before, when you’re spending your retail dollars in a different city, you’re helping to support city services for their residents; not you. That extra five minutes you spend in traffic is caused by shoppers who are funding several police officers in that town. The lack of big retail sales tax dollars in your town means that you’re going to have to make that up somewhere else (think higher utility taxes). Well, complaining about it isn’t going to change the situation. So what is a soon-to-beirrelevant city to do? Don’t get your hopes up for a miracle retail explosion, such as a Kent Station-style development. The population isn’t here to support it, nor can it support a Trader Joe’s, Target, movie theaters, or modern bowling alleys. People in neighboring population centers are not driving

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out here to spend money either, because there’s no reason to. Instead, Maple Valley is going to have to work on its image and its identity. Right now, Maple Valley is very average in a lot of areas. Even the slogan, “Where Community and Nature Unite” is passive and bland. It doesn’t inspire people to get in the car and go see what that unification looks like. Think about Leavenworth for a moment. Their slogan is, “Your Bavarian Getaway”. I’ve been inspired (read: dragged by my wife) to go to Leavenworth for their Christmas lighting festival. When you finally get there, you don’t have a whole lot to do except shop inside a strip mall that’s playing Bavarian dress-up while you wait for them to turn the lights on. Any town can buy tons of Christmas lights, and their outdoor activities are pretty similar to what’s available in this area, such as hiking, golf, horseback riding, kayaking, etc. So what’s the big deal? The deal is, Leavenworth has an image. An image so captivating that a small town of 2500 people attracts about two million visitors each year. The whole town buys into it, and even the McDonald’s has to play along by having a Bavarian exterior. Las Vegas has an image too, and they spend

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Yanez needed in bad economy A writer recently characterized Rodrigo Yanez, a candidate for 47th District Legislature, as “new to the area”. The implication possibly being he lacked the experience to be our next legislator. Mr. Yanez has lived in the 47th district for nearly 20 years, before Covington was incorpo-

rated. He has been a small business owner for that entire time bringing jobs and revenue to the Washington economy. Raised in Chile with a degree in sales and marketing, Rodrigo was transferred to Canada by his American employer. The Province of Saskatchewan then hired him as their Director of Trade. In that position he personally negotiated International contracts

with Mikhail Gorbachev, François Mitterrand and Augusto Pinochet among many other world leaders. He significantly increased the exports, negotiated international business investment and attracted foreign manufacturing into the province. Rodrigo gained experience balancing large budgets and has written both ends of government contracts. Mr. Yanez moved to Washington and became a U.S. citizen by choice to pursue the American Dream. Rodrigo works with agricultural exports, the largest economic engine in our state. In this capacity he helps bring tens of millions of dollars annually

lots of money to promote it, such as the “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” commercials. Well, you can get stupid drunk, gamble a lot, and sleep with strangers at the Auburn or Marysville casinos too; the only real difference is the image. I’m not suggesting that Maple Valley transform into another Bavarian village, or start encouraging random sexual escapades, but I would like the city leaders (whoever they are) to start thinking about what Maple Valley’s identity should be. A city with a real identity is attractive to people, inspires tourism, healthy businesses and higher property values. It may start with the undeveloped Legacy site, but the image should eventually extend to the rest of the city. It won’t be easy, and will require the kind of bold leader and advocate for greatness that we don’t have at the moment. Leavenworth was a struggling city until they made a bold move 48 years ago to be interesting; Maple Valley should do the same.

Ryan Ryals lives in Maple Valley and writes a weekly column about politics and life in the city. Reach him at ryanryals@ymail.com.

to our country and state that have benefited farmers, transportation, shipping and many related industries. These all result in tax revenue. Unlike most members of our legislature, Mr. Yanez, who speaks five languages, is a world-class candidate. Something I think we need badly in these challenging economic times.

Orin Wells Kent

Thanks to Reichert We thank 8th District Rep. Dave Reichert, Republican, for his support of full funding for the Land and

Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Backcountry Horsemen are supportive of the LWCF, and we urge Rep. Reichert to vote for legislation that fully funds the LWCF next time the issue comes before him. Rep. Reichert supports the goal of appropriating $900 million, generated by offshore oil and gas leases, to fully fund the LWCF. Now, it’s up to senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to vote yes for legislation in the Senate that fully funds the LWCF. LWCF grants have paid for several important projects here in our community, such as Flaming [ more LETTERS page 7 ]


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Geyser and the Green River Gorge, as well as projects that have come to define Washington: Snoqualmie National Forest, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mount Rainier National Park, and the North Cascades National Park. The LWCF, created by Congress 45 years ago to protect parks, rivers, and open space, has been chronically underfunded since its creation, until now. The U.S. House of Representatives approved fully funding the LWCF. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to give this visionary program its due.

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Dino Rossi the choice for senate I disagree with some of Ryan Ryals comments in his article “Tea Party doomed to the dustbin”, which came out Aug. 27. First of all, I saw photos of the 500,000 plus people of all race and religious backgrounds who attended a nonviolent rally in Washington D.C. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave an inspiring speech to the crowd which included many tea party members. I don’t think she or the 500 thousand citizens can be swept into the dustbin. As far as Dino (Rossi) is concerned, he is not an opportunist and I doubt he will sign a pledge from Didier, who has a lot of gall to demand conditions from another politician when he only received 12 percent of the vote. Dino is first of all a family man and we have known him for quite

a few years now. Dino has four children and a down to earth wife, who, when I first met her in their modest home, apologized for not making the best cup of coffee. Last year Dino spent a weekend with my husband, sons and other dads at a boys camp in Oregon. He worked in the kitchen, hiked, played soccer and slept on the thin cots with all the other dads. He is a gentleman and a man of his word. He thought hard about running, knowing the stress it would put on his family but he believes he can help our struggling economy with his business and political experience. He was a state senator from 1997-2003 in the 5th Legislative District and was chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee where he wrote a bipartisan balanced budget without raising taxes. He is sharp, yet emotionally balanced. I think Dino Rossi can win against Senator Patty Murray who always votes with her party and is already slinging mud at his campaign. Maybe she’s as worried as the president, who used our tax money to fly in on the last day of a mail-in ballet vote to help her campaign.

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Area Council news and notes The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council regular monthly meeting was Sept. 13. The three topics discussed were King County Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) improvements, Black Diamond master planned developments applications approval and Ravensdale Ridge project comments.

• King County Department of Development and Environmental Services improvements Department John Starbard, director, described improvements made at DDES. Starbard described how DDES is changing the way they do business. Due to annexations and incorporations over many years, DDES is now primarily a rural area agency for building permits and other services such as code enforcement. DDES is looking at relocating from its current Renton location and also providing more online services. Chief Financial Officer, Warren Cheney, detailed DDES’s proposed fee reforms. DDES cost drivers include actual cost of permitting, demand for service and focus on customer service. These inform DDES’s proposed 2011 cost reductions – a 14 percent budget reduction, 23 percent staff reduction and office space reductions. In addition, DDES is looking at changing their current mixed fee system for residential land use and site reviews to one that is based on fixed fees to provide certainty to its customers. DDES online customer services can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/ permits. Customers can find information about the permit process, characteristics of individual parcels within unincorporated King County and many other topics associated with construction and land use. General information on DDES services can be found at: www.kingcounty. gov/property/permits.aspx. • Black Diamond master planned developments applications approval At the last deliberation session Aug. 24 of the closed-record hearing, the Black Diamond City Council approved the YarrowBay proposed 6,000+ home, 1.1

million sq ft commercial MPD Applications with conditions. That decision was embodied in an ordinance subject to a vote by the City Council. The City Council rejected the hearing examiner’s primary recommendation, released in April, concerning transportation conditions and mitigations, that a new traffic model be: (1) developed, (2) validated with existing data, (3) used to analyze all key routes and intersections and (4) used to identify necessary mitigations before any homes are built. Testimony from the area council, city of Maple Valley, King County Department of Transportation and the public supported the hearing examiner’s transportation recommendations. However, the City Council decided to wait until phase 1A is complete, a total of 850 new homes (nearly a 50 percent increase in the size of Black Diamond), before even looking at potential traffic impacts and needed mitigations using a new traffic model. The area council believes this will have both direct and long-lasting impacts to the greater Maple Valley area’s transportation

infrastructure, especially along state Route 169 and SR 516. Work will begin on a development agreement in which Yarrow Bay will prepare a more detailed plan to meet conditions placed on the MPD applications by the City Council. This plan will be negotiated with city staff. The timing on the Development Agreement is not yet available. Members of the public can check the city of Black Diamond MPD web page for more information www. ci.blackdiamond.wa.us/ Depts/CommDev/mpd_ page.html. • Ravensdale Ridge Erickson Logging, owner of about 1,200 acre property on Ravensdale Ridge, between Ravensdale Park and Black Diamond, has applied to DDES to truck in clean fill from highway construction projects around Puget Sound to fill in five old mine trenches. They anticipate handling approximately 390,000 cubic yards of fill material. This project is anticipated to require between 20 and 100 truck-trailer trips per day (averaging 60 trips per day), but the application requests they be allowed to haul and

fill 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This project is anticipated to require more than two years to complete. The primary access route for truck-trailer traffic will be on Kent Kangley road to Ravensdale, then out the Black Diamond-Ravensdale Road (Ravensdale Way), past Gracie Hansen and Ravensdale Park, crossing the Burlington Northern tracks just west of old Ravensdale, then up onto Ravensdale Ridge on the new Erickson Logging access road just before the Reserve Silica Corp. (“sandworks”) operation. The Reserve Silica “sandworks,” just west of Ravensdale, also has applied to DDES to extend their permitted hours of operation for hauling and filling on their property from the current to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If both the Erickson and the Reserve Silica projects are approved by DDES, Ravensdale Way could be handling truck/trailer traffic from both projects simultaneously, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The council is concerned about the adverse impacts to the rural neighborhoods [ more LETTER page 8 ]

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Cooking demonstration by local chef featured Saturday Saturday’s Maple Valley Farmers Market features executive chef Chaz Olsen and pastry chef Amelia Higgins from the Lake Wilderness Grill who will showcase their culinary skills. Olsen will use ingredients purchased fresh at the market, which he will demonstrate using “quick, tasty and easy ways to prepare.” Olsen’s goal is to make people feel comfortable and to have them understand that food doesn’t have to be complicated. “I really love the local community feel of farmers markets,” Olsen said. “If I had my way, I would probably shop there for the restaurant every weekend, but it’s just not realistic at this point.”

PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 1 OF KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER NOTICE OF EDUCATIONAL MEETING An educational meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Valley Medical Center, Public Hospital District No. 1 of King County, will be held in the District on October 7 and 8, 2010, at the Holiday Inn in Renton, WA. The educational meeting will be held 1:00-8:30 p.m. on October 7 and 8:30-4:30 p.m. on October 8. No business will be conducted and no action will be taken at this meeting. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 1 OF KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON Valley Medical Center) By: Sandra Sward, Assistant to the Board of Commissioners Published in the Kent, Renton and Covington/Maple Valley Reporters on September 24, 2010 and October 1, 2010.#411966.

KENT FIRE DEPARTMENT REGIONAL FIRE AUTHORITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority Board will hold a public hearing to: Review revenue sources for the Regional Fire Authority’s 2011 expense budget including property taxes and possible increases in property tax revenues per RCW 84.55.120, and Review and establish the Regional Fire Authority’s benefit charge to be imposed in 2011, per RCW 52.26.230(2). Fire Station 78 17820 SE 256th Covington, WA 98042 October 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm Published in Kent Reporter September 17, 2010, September 24, 2010: Covington/Maple Valley Reporter September 24, 2010, Ocotober 1, 2010. #410581.

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He plans, however, to purchase additional fruits and vegetables that he will use in some specials that night at Lake Wilderness Grill. “I’m excited for this chance to interact with community and do my part to support the keep it local movement,” Olsen said. “Hopefully this will be a great chance for me to meet new people and introduce myself and my cooking style to everyone, as well. I’m sure not many people know that their local grill has a new chef.”   In addition, Higgins, will make some quick and yummy treats created with the local produce, dairy and honey available at the Market. Musical entertainment this week will be provided by

Train Wreck, a five-man cover band who plays local events and restaurants. Alyssa Schnell and Riley Hancke, youth entrepreneurs, will return for a second week to sell T-shirts, baked goods and craft items to raise money for a school-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring.

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• The present storm water problems must be corrected before any work begins. It is a fact that major storm water run-off invades the Ravensdale Way during a major rain event each fall and winter. King County has the maintenance agreement with the present owners of the Reserve Silica San Pit to do this work. There are several State Environmental Policy Act or SEPA shortfalls including traffic, noise, and timber growth. • Traffic: The SEPA report is inconsistent about how many load trips per day are going to be implemented. Is it 25-30 or 100 trips per day? By a quick math check it is our estimation that it is closer to 100 trips per day over three years. Also, what is the route of travel? We strongly suggest a round trip through Black Diamond and not through the town of Ravensdale. The Ravensdale route will require a sharp turn onto Ravensdale Way or a turn-off through the Ravensdale Park both of which present major safety concerns. • Noise: Only phase one is addressed in Erickson’s analysis. This phase is the least of total construction process. Also, there is no formal assessment of the use of compression braking that will take place on the steep slopes of the site or up-hill travel carrying truck and trailer loads. It is unacceptable for this kind of noise to occur at night. A 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. shift would be tolerable. • Timber growth: More refined and scientific explanation of how this operation will support future timber growth is needed. This should be backed up with scientific research and data. The Area Council voted to submit formal comments to King County DDES by the Sept. 27 deadline. Next regular monthly meeting 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4. at the King County Sheriff ’s Precinct No. 3 231st St and state Route169, across from Fire Station. The topic will be recommended King County code changes.

of Ravensdale and the surrounding area. Specific concerns include traffic and its noise and environmental issues throughout the Ravensdale area. The council objects to a 24-hour operation in this quiet rural neighborhood. This area has endured seven years of truck traffic along the Kent Kangley Road during the exporting of gravel from the pit just east of the town for the Sea-Tac Airport project. The council voted to submit a letter of comment to King County DDES that includes the following recommendations: • The project must meet the Department of Ecology (DOE) standards for storm water protection. This includes hiring an accredited certified erosion and sediment control lead and implementing the DOE standards required for any construction site over one acre. • A full Construction Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan (CSWPPP) must be developed as required by DOE on all clearing and grading and building permits. • On-site monitoring must include the type of material being dumped, any sediment leaving the site, and any storm water leaving the site and infiltrating into the storm water system. Both Buck Lake and Ravensdale Lake are at risk here as well as several on site streams.

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government reforms. He clearly is determined to make some positive changes on this commission and deserves the support of all thinking citizens.” Also recognized at the event was Eric Rachner, a computer expert who investigated how the Seattle Police Department used video recordings of street arrests to exonerate officers. Mike Shephard, the former publisher of the Yakima Herald-Republic, accepted an award for the newspaper’s work in forcing Yakima County to turn over legal billing records. The organization presented the annual James Madison Award to Frank Blethen, Seattle Times publisher, and the James Anderson Award to Duane Swinton, an attorney with the Spokane firm Witherspoon Kelly Davenport and Toole.

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of vehicle trips that would be generated from 104 single-family dwellings matches the number of vehicle trips that were generated by the 109 mobile homes. In addition, Covington issued a public works standards variance to allow a remotely controlled, gated emergency access from Southeast 267th Street instead of a full-use second access point. The city’s Community Development Department recommended approval of Cornerstone subject to 60 recommended conditions, the document states, including developing a service agreement with Fire District 37, the Covington Water District and the Soos Creek Water and Sewer District as well “provide a pedestrian connection from the development to Cedar Heights (Middle School).”

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Crews have begun work at the site of the former Woodside Village Mobile Home Park in Covington. Residents of the mobile home park moved out in the fall of 2006 after DR Horton, a developer based out of Fort Worth, Texas, that has properties in more than two dozen states, put in a preliminary plat application in June 2006 for the development of 146 lots, according to Salina Lyons, senior planner for the city of Covington. For nearly four years, though, the property has been fenced off. The 17.5 acre site was zoned for R-8, or eight units per acre, and has been dubbed Cornerstone by DR Horton. In June 2006, Covington’s Community Development Department deemed the application for the project, which is just west of Cedar Heights Middle School, complete. A year ago the hearing examiner reviewed the application. “During the review the development was modified to 104 lots,” Lyons

said in an e-mail. “A public hearing before the hearing examiner was held on Sept. 17. The development underwent engineering review, which includes clearing and grading, and was issued a Notice to Proceed with Construction on June 18, 2010.” According to the hearing examiner’s written decision, “no testimony was entered into the record by the general public either in support of or in opposition to the application.” In the hearing examiner’s decision it states there are no environmentally critical areas and that the proposed plans depict development of Cornerstone happening in two phases. During the extensive application review period, the written decision stated, significant work was done to resolve traffic related issues such as where a second access point could be located for the site and what would need to happen to minimize traffic impacts. Ultimately, the document said, DR Horton reduced the number of units from 146 to 104 to resolve concurrency — in other words, the number

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Ece (pronounced “Asia”) Demiralp from Izmir, Turkey, greeted Maple Valley rotarians as they assembled for the weekly meeting Sept. 17. Demiralp plans to add Spanish to her wide repertoire of languages while attending Tahoma High School as a senior this year. Demiralp has the opportunity to spend a year living in a different culture because of Rotary Youth Exchange. “I’m very excited to be here,” Demiralp said. “People are so friendly. The weather is cold, but it’s so green that it’s OK.” Her interest in learning about new cultures is why she loves traveling and learning new languages. “I think that’s the only way to understand the cultures,” she said. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by rotary districts and at the local level by rotary clubs.  Local rotarians introduce students to other club members and organize social and cultural functions for them to attend. For more information about Rotary Youth Exchange or to become a candidate, visit www.rotary.org or contact rotary president Fritz Gottfried at 206-391-7429.

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The animals taken at the critter care center have been injured or are babies who have been orphaned. The animals are treated and cared for by the staff and volunteers. Once the animals are healthy, they are released back into a wild environment. Birch said most of the squirrels are eastern gray squirrels that have “come in injured or orphaned. Mom may have been hit by a car or sometimes the babies are blown out of the nest. Babies have a lot of bounce, but there may be some head trauma.” Birch said the animals are “taken care of until they are ready to go.” The next step according to Birch is a soft release where the animals are brought to an area in a cage, “while they feed and get a chance to check out the neighborhood.” Birch said he became interested in animals when he was young. “I’ve always had a soft spot for animals,” Birch said. “I ended up unemployed and I volunteered at P.A.W.S. Wildlife Center in Lynnwood.” About six years ago he met White and began working at her Renton veterinary clinic. He is a veterinary technician and one of the driving forces behind creating the critter care facility. White said the wildlife center needs volunteers who are interested in learning about and caring for injured animals. Volunteers are also needed for building cages, accounting and other computer work. The minimum age for volunteers is 16. White said families can become involved, which is a way for younger children to get involved. “A family can go through the training course with us and then we will send them home with three or four squirrels,” White said. “They feed them and bring them back. It can be a family project.” The care center is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations. South Sound Critter Care can be contacted by calling the Sawyer Lake Veterinary Clinic at 360-886-8000. The clinic is located 28727 216th Avenue S.E., Kent.

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Sheriff Sue Rahr is looking to consolidate the precincts into fewer locations to save money. Johnston has been invited by the Kenmore City Manager Frederick Stouder to be part of the process as that city considers forming a police force. By watching Kenmore, Johnston said it will give him more information to bring back to Maple Valley. The city manager noted there is no question the sheriff ’s department must lay off deputies and make the cuts, but the budget proposal places Maple Valley into a critical situation concerning public safety. Johnston said the main areas of concern to the city include officer response time, the lack of backups and where prisoners will be taken. The city manager said the Public Oversight Committee will be, “looking at everything from creating our own police department” and more innovative models like a regional force or sharing resources. The committee will analyze the cost of the county’s contract and look at the price tag of creating a city police force. Johnston pointed out the city pays about $220,000 for dispatch from the county. Black Diamond is paying about $3 per call from Valley Communications Center. At that rate, the city would be paying about $90,000 each year for dispatch. “This is providing us with a unique opportunity to look

to the sheriff ’s department, but the decisions they have to make affects us.” Also if the county goes through with closing Precinct No. 3 the city will have to find a facility for the emergency operations center, which is located on the second floor of the precinct. The center is where government agencies gather when an emergency strikes the area. “It is this type of thing that is forcing us to make decisions,” Johnston said. “No one argues the sheriff ’s department has to deal with these issues. Their budget is shrinking from annexations and the economy.”

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Protect yourself from identity theft ber on it, make a photocopy of the card and black out everything but the last four digits of your number with a permanent marker. Carry the copy whenever you need to show the card. • Carry only the checks you will need for a specific use on any day. Leave your checkbook at home in a secure location. • Pick up checks at the bank to avoid having them stolen from your mailbox. Better yet, set up direct deposit with the Social Security Administration and any retirement accounts that you regularly draw on such as pensions or IRAs. • Don’t mail bills or any documents with identifying information from your home mailbox. Learn to pay bills online, if possible, or mail bills and other paperwork from a secure mailbox at the post office. • For seniors who live in assisted care facilities, always lock up financial statements and any items, including computers, which contain personal information. There are too many people with access to rooms in these facilities to leave sensitive information out for anyone to see. • Use an updated crosscut or diamond-cut shredder to shred all personal

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Seniors need to be identity theft savvy by checking their credit reports among other things. Courtesy photo and financial records before you throw them away. It’s a good idea to complete a thorough inventory of all old files - receipts, financial statements, taxes - shred the ones that are no longer needed and secure the ones that are. • Consider using an identity monitoring product that gives you identity theft protection, like ProtectMyID.com. The product monitors your credit report on a daily basis and alerts you to activity on your credit accounts. And, with one phone call to a specially-trained fraud resolution agent, you can report all your cards lost or

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If you don’t use credit and never go online, you don’t have to worry about identity theft, right? Many seniors may feel that philosophy applies to them and they couldn’t be more wrong. The very qualities that make some seniors feel safe - a tendency to not use credit much, operating on a cash basis and avoiding technology - make identity thieves view seniors as very appealing targets, credit experts warn. While identity theft can happen to anyone at any age, seniors may be at greater risk for a number of reasons. • Many states display social security numbers on Medicare cards. Even if your card is never lost or stolen, enterprising thieves may be able to snatch the number when you show your card for a legitimate purpose. • Seniors often have more to steal than people of other demographics. They tend to carry higher cash reserves and home equity. • Seniors may be less technologically savvy, and may be more likely to respond to scams. • Seniors may feel less need to closely monitor their credit reports and financial accounts because they tend to use credit less. Identity thieves know that it may be months - or even years - before senior victims check their credit reports. • Seniors personal identifying information may be exposed to more people through extended caregiver networks, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and other service organizations. • Seniors are more likely to trust official-looking e-mails and open unsolicited communications and click on links that could lead to malware or phishing attacks. Common forms of senior identity theft include check fraud, credit card fraud, phone or e-mail solicitations, social networking schemes and Social Security fraud. Fortunately, there are many ways seniors can protect themselves, or adult children can help protect their aging parents, from identity theft. • Never carry your Social Security card with you. If your Medicare card has your Social Security num-

This year, Independent Electric is educating consumers about the latest technology that can be used to check your home’s electrical system to protect against electrical fires and shock hazards. How can we prevent these statistics from going up? “By getting your home’s electrical system professionally inspected” says Josh Poelman of Independent Electric, from one of Western Washington’s oldest and most trusted electrical contractors. “You service your car, why wouldn’t you get your often overloaded home electrical system inspected?” asks Poelman.

Independent Electric offers CurrentSAFE, the industry-leading service that utilizes state-of-theart equipment to uncover problems. CurrentSAFE is now offered in the Pacific Northwest region and outlying areas, so don’t take any chances when it comes to your loved ones and prized possessions. Contact Independent Electric, the exclusive provider of CurrentSAFE in the state of Washington, (877) 852-1265 or visit the Current SAFE page at www.iecwa.com to schedule your FREE in-home consultation today. It’s the safest thing you’ll ever do.


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Outdoor burn permits available now Residents in Covington and the greater Kent area who reside in the attainment area can stop by any Kent Fire Department fire station and receive a permit allowing them to burn outdoors in October. In order to receive an outdoor burn permit, the resident must live within the attainment area designated by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. Residents living outside that area are prohibited from burning and cannot receive a permit. Contact the Kent Fire Department at 253-856-4300 to determine if your home is in the attainment area. With a permit, residents are allowed to burn natural

vegetation growing on the property. Residents must: • not allow the fire to exceed four feet in diameter and three feet in height; • locate fire at least 50 feet from any wood structure including fences and decks; • keep the permit at the location of the fire; • maintain a 30 foot fire break around the fire of either bare ground or green grass; • constantly supervise the fire; • have the means to extinguish the fire on hand (i.e. shovel, hose, or fire extinguisher);

• not burn any material other than natural vegetation • only burn during daylight hours; • not use a burn barrel, regardless of contents; • ensure that the smoke does not bother neighbors. Repeated complaints can result in cancellafire tion of permit • ensure that there are no burn bans in effect For burn ban updates go to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency or call 1-800-595-4341. The King County Fire Marshal’s Office or call 206-2966763 or 1-800-323-BURN

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GOLF COURSE TASK FORCE

The Lake Wilderness Golf Course Task Force Meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, has been cancelled and rescheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The meeting will be at the Lake Wilderness Golf Course Banquet Hall, 25400 Witte Road S.E., Maple Valley. This meeting is open to the public and interested parties are invited to attend. Information about the Golf Course Task Force meetings is posted on the city of Maple Valley website www.maplevalleywa.gov or call the city manager’s office at 425-413-8800.

SAVE THE DATE FOR A VARIETY SHOW

Ed Wynn’s Variety Show starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center, located at 23220 Maple Valley Highway S.E., Maple Valley. The show stars singers Susanna Fuller. The Valley Dolls - a trio of young singers who are Shannon McEldowney, Ashely Whitely and Danielle Tomlinson. We also feature dance from the amazing Aleili belly dancer extraordinaire. Another featured performer is Matt Baker, one of the Northwest’s best juggler/comedians. The show will be hosted by Gary Schwartz as vaudevillain super star Ed Wynn. Tickets available at the door Tickets: $10 for adults / $8 for seniors and students. For more information call 425-432-0810.

FREE CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS IN COVINGTON

The Mary Bridge Center for Childhood Safety is offering free car seat inspections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at MultiCare Covington Clinic. The event is in observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 19 – 25. Certified Passenger Safety Technicians from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will perform free car seat inspections to ensure correct fit and installation of child car seats, which is critical to safety. “Car crashes are the leading cause of fatal injury to children, so it is important to make sure they are properly secured in an age-appropriate child restraint every time they are in a vehicle,” said Laura Miccile, supervisor of the Center for Childhood Safety. “An incorrect fit or installation can interfere with the way the car seat works in a crash, which can put kids at higher risk for injury.” No appointment is necessary for a car seat inspection. The last car will be taken at 1 p.m. At the event, children’s safety equipment, new and used car seats, and diapers will be accepted as donations. These items will be given to WestSide Baby and Pregnancy Aid of King County who will distribute the donations to children and families in need. Safe Kids King County will offer car seat recycling. Seats that are considered unsafe, unusable or have been recalled will be sent to a facility that recycles 90 percent of the car-seat material. This event is sponsored by MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center, Safe Kids King County – South, and Safe, Sound and Green. The MultiCare Covington Clinic is located at 17700 SE 272nd St., Covington.

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The next Maple Valley Open Mic is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at The Leaf, 23220 Maple Valley Hwy SE Suite 15. This weeks host act is Alicia Healey, www.aliciahealey.com The second anniversary party for the open mic evetnts will be Oct. 9 with host act Val D’Alessio www.myspace.com/valdalessio. The doors open early for a showing of photography by Larry Lindstrom and there will be no-host bar. Check out more details on the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council website at www.maplevalleyarts.com.

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Hundreds of pounds of food collected as part of regional effort In commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, more than 2,100 pounds of food was collected and provided to the Maple Valley Food Bank. The effort was organized by the Maple Valley congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and one of many projects around the region to support the 9/11 National Day of Service.

When Robert Johnson was asked to organize more than 3,500 individuals to support the national day of service in the area he was undaunted. “We had already determined the need of communities on the Eastside was great,” Johnson said, referring to the critically low food banks. Johnson, president of the Bellevue South Stake, charged

his leadership with coming up with a project. “Each one of the five cities we touch needed food, clothing and cash donations,” he said. A total of 22,000 pounds of food, eight trucks of clothing and several thousand dollars in cash was collected. Donations collected in Maple Valley were provided to the Maple Valley Food Bank.

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Teacher of the year? Kentwood High teacher Jay Maebori will find out Monday if he’s the Washington State 2011 Teacher of the Year. Maebori is one of 10 teachers from across the state — representing the state’s nine educational service districts and tribal schools — who were considered for the honor. Cochran earns scholarship Drew Cochran, a 20-year-old resident of Maple Valley, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship for Excellence in Aviation by Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance. He earned a 3.95 grade point average at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. He is the eldest of seven children and his family has lived in Maple Valley since 1987.

Obituary Michael Ray Hansen, 57, died Sept. 13, 2010 after living many years with poor health due to Marfan Syndrome. Born June 13, 1953, he grew up in Edmonds, Wash. and graduated from Woodway High School in 1971. He worked in the culinary industry from 1971 to 1992. He met Jeannette Heacock in 1978 while working at the Kenworth Truck cafeteria and in 1980 they were married. Daughters Sara and Abigail were born in 1982 and 1983 respectively. Health issues forced a change of vocation in 1992 and he went to Green River Community College, graduating in 1994 with an associate of arts in accounting. From that time he was self-employed as a bookkeeper. In 1997 he purchased Summit Accounting in Maple Valley. He was preceded in death by parents Earl and Martha Hansen, sister Michelle and brother Bill. He is survived by twin Marsha (Scott) Ballentine, Jeannette, Sara, Abby (Ed) Swan. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Eastridge Baptist Church, 12520 SE 240th St, Kent. Memorials may be made to Eastridge or to the National Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhasset Ave., Port Washington NY, 11050.


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Art teacher recognized for work at Tahoma BY KRIS HILL khill@maplevalleyreporter.com

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uzanne Gardner built a visual arts program from scratch at Tahoma High. It began 16 years ago when she took the job after being encouraged to apply by Terry Duty, then the vice principal and currently the principal, and a friend she played soccer with at the time who taught at Tahoma. “I was the only art teacher,” Gardner said. “And until they hired me, art was just part time.” Gardner has done something right since arriving in Maple Valley because it was announced on Sept. 15 that she has been named the 2010 Art Educator of the Year by the Washington Art Educators Association. When she first applied, it had been her grand plan to teach in the Tahoma School District, and with a background in physical education and fine arts it made sense for her to apply for both the P.E. and art teaching positions that were open at the time. Being an educator is just part of her family make up, it seems, as Gardner’s grandmother taught during World War I while her husband was fighting overseas. Her mother taught and worked as a librarian and her sister is responsible for education for Army families. After graduating from the University of Oregon, she didn’t go straight into teaching, instead choosing to travel around the world through a job with Pan American airlines. She chose that carrier specifically because it only offered international flights then. That job lasted two years until she married a man she dated while she was in college who was in the Navy. She re-located to Texas, where he was stationed, then eventually to a small town called Lamore near Fresno, Calif. “We moved to Lamore and I thought I needed a job... so I started teaching,” she said. I was literally a day ahead of the kids.” Gardner had taken fine arts classes in college but it was with the intent to be an artist rather than to teach art, so, she relied on the help of a mentor who would teach her how to do things, which she would in turn teach her students shortly thereafter.

When her daughter was place for students who see it proposal as an individual or on creating a beach rock thought, ‘Well, that’s neat,’” getting close to starting as a non-academic enwith a group. out of a lump of clay. It’s she recalled when she school, Gardner said, they deavor, who want to enrich Gardner told her students an opportunity to develop learned she had won. decided to get out their education in a they could use anything patience as well as work on “I didn’t really tell anyof California and different way. floating around in the class- the district’s habits of mind. body here at school because move back to the “It appeals to the room that wasn’t going to Plus, there’s even a little bit Terry had gotten the e-mail, Northwest. kid who is handsbe used for something else, of a science lesson thrown too. Then they announced For a while, on, kinesthetic an opportunity to further a in as Gardner explained to it over the intercom and the Gardner was out of visual person who district wide theme of being her students the effects of kids say, ‘Oh, that’s neat.’ teaching, working may not be good at ecologically minded with ocean waves on rocks over I’ve been kind of slow at in sales because she Suzanne Gardner math, who may not an eye toward sustainability, the years. telling people. I’m humbled discovered when be good at science,” as well as anything lay“We work on those difby this... because I know she moved to Washshe said. “They can ing around the house that ferent skills all the time,” there are a lot of good art ington state that create and move might otherwise be tossed Gardner said. teachers in this state and I not only would she need to things around. I try not out. Now there is a part time just happen to be one.” get new certification here to make the grade imporAnother exercise she and two full time art teachGardner hopes to conbut also a master’s degree. tant. It’s the process that’s likes to do with students is ers at Tahoma High. tinue to build and refine She said she couldn’t afford important.” to have them learn to use Her efforts are being recthe visual arts program at to go back to school and She is working with her other senses and to work on ognized, though Gardner Tahoma High for a long hadn’t been planning on it 3D sculpture students on a sculpture of a rock withsaid she is humbled by the time. at the time. public art proposals to give out looking at what they’re award from the WAEA, “I came back to it after so Eventually, though, the them a sense of how art and doing. She’ll give them which she will receive at its long because this is really call to teach returned with the real world mix because some instructions, turn off state conference on Oct. 8. what I am meant to do,” she the encouragement of her someday they may be the lights, put some music “I react differently. I said. “I could see doing this daughter and some close asked to submit just such a on and tell them to focus didn’t jump up and down. I forever.” friends. In December 1995 she walked over to the University of Washington retirement communities | health services | foundation and went to the education PLEASE department. 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A family paving project BY BRENDA SEXTON For The Reporter

We’ve been waiting 10 years to tackle our yard. It wasn’t that it was an eyesore or intolerable, we were looking for something more carefree and practical. We wanted something easy to mow. A fence that didn’t need to be raised after every wind storm. Garden beds to collect a harvest and a pathway to keep our feet dry during the prolonged Pacific Northwest rainy season. We hired some of it out, but did most ourselves, including the toughest piece – a paver path and patio. This was a family project. It involved all four of us – my talented husband, our two industrious and strong teens and well, me, who stands with my hands on my hips and points a great deal.

This was really two wanted this change. We projects, a 100-foot long, also wanted a wide path 3 1/2-foot wide path from that led from the front door our shed in the back yard, to the sidewalk. For years, through our swampy side we’ve had to scoot sideways yard, to the front sidewalk. between the cars in the It has two, approximately driveway and Spike, our 3-foot arms that branch off prickly tree out front, or to the patio and the side trod through the grass with garage door. Through the the mail or groceries. years, we had worn paths in When we first moved these areas trekking into the house, we from the house to laid bricks out front the garbage can, to help with the Do it recycling recepissue, but it wasn’t Yourself quite the look we’d tacle and compost bin. Dragging planned. We also the recycling, yard laid a few out back, waste and garbage cans but not with the sucweekly to the curb meant cess we wanted. We learned wading through a spongy, from that experience and mucky, nasty area of grass this time around my honey and mud. did his homework. The second piece was a The foundation was key. patio and path off the front The crew, bless their door. When we bought the hearts, dug the 8-inch deep house, any car door opened trench for both pieces. from the driveway forced We filled it with a level, the passenger to step into 6-inch thick layer of gravel, a flower bed. We’ve always 5/8-inch minus crushed

Laying a paver path created a dry walkway through a normally muddy area in the backyard. A project a family can tackle. BRENDA SEXTON, The Reporter base course to be specific, and another of 1 to 2 inches of concrete sand. Between the four of us, but mostly my son and husband, we shoveled 10 cubic yards of

gravel and 3 cubic yards of sand. There was no way to know we’d have picked one of the wettest springs in recent history to carry out this project. We provided hours of entertainment for the neighborhood as we worked in downpour after downpour late at night after work trying to make the landscaper’s deadline. Unlike our past venture, this time we staked plastic edging into the ground to create boundaries that would keep the pavers from scooching during installation. Then we laid approximately 550 square feet of pavers – 350 square feet for the walkway and 200 square feet for the patio. Individu-

ally, that works out to about 511, six pallets worth, of 6-inch by 9-inch and 6-inch by 6-inch, stones and a bottle of ibuprofen. Not as easy as it could have been, because we threw ourselves a curve. Literally, we wanted an S in the pathway and a little character out front. Renting a dry diamond saw with a vacuum attachment was helpful. The vacuum attachment meant there was no need to dispose of a bunch of nasty slurry. The bags were easily dumped into the trash. The part we always hated about our past project was the weeds growing in the sand between the cracks. What we discovered this time around was [ more PROJECT page 17]

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Creating a modern bathroom brings savings and fun Whether your bathroom is in need of repairs or you’re simply looking to create a more welcoming space, modernizing can be a fun and cost-effective experience. With the right fixtures, you can create a space that’s environmentally healthy and safe.

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While most bathrooms have electrical outlets, many older homes haven’t been upgraded to include circuit breakers and switched outlets which prevent electrical appliances, like hair dryers, from overloading circuits and causing electrocution or fires. Given the dampness of most bathrooms, the first thing to consider is to make sure wiring is up to code and safe. Homeowners should also consider the air quality within the bathroom as a potential safety hazard, especially since many homes have tight air envelopes, meaning air doesn’t circulate freely. Mold and mildew are particularly bad for people

[ PROJECT from page 16] a polymer sand the professionals use. We rented a plate compactor and shook it deep into the cracks. After it’s all settled, a little mist activates the sealant. We finished it off with red, Mexican, beach rock in the back yard areas that are traditionally the most wet and the grass doesn’t like to grow. Along the way we also found a need for patience and a sense of humor. Honestly, there is something funny, at least now, about hauling a wheelbar-

with respiratory problems like asthma or allergies. Fortunately, you can install a modern ventilation fan that inhibits growth of contaminants, such as Panasonic’s WhisperCeiling or WhisperLite, which circulate air extremely quietly -- making them more likely to be used. And consider fans that come with a light and nightlight option for extra illumination in the bathroom, providing extra safety.

CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL

Consider both big and small items when beautifying your space, paying attention to materials that will keep it cleaner. From large pieces like countertops to soap and toothbrush holders, there are many options using modern materials that do double-duty. Nowadays, one-piece sink and countertops, such as those made by Sonoma Stone or Zodiaq, not only provide a sleek look, but their continuous smooth surfaces are resistant to stains and mildew, making them easier to clean than

row loaded with gravel in a driving rain. I’m sure there’s a dollar number I could muster up if I found all the receipts, but I stopped keeping track after a time. The self-satisfaction in finishing a project, and doing it well, and the time we spent together as a family working, grumbling, joking and creating together was priceless. We enjoyed visiting with our neighbors, and the nightly dog walkers, as they checked in on our progress. I think it still needs a colorful Adirondack chair to give it that finished look 5 Year Roof Certifications

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Tips for selecting safe window covering BY CHANTEL WOLTERS cwolters@decorandyou.com

When preparing your home for a new baby or child-proofing it in general, you take every precaution. You make sure that you cover unused electrical outlets, lock up household cleaners and vitamins and put bumpers on sharp corners. But did you ever think about your window coverings? According to the information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1991, they’ve received reports of 174 strangulation deaths involving cords and chains on window coverings. They’ve also had reports of 152 deaths involving outerpull cords, which raise and lower the blind, and 22 deaths involved the innercords, which run through the window blind slats. Below are some helpful tips when considering the purchase of window coverings for your home. The best window covering is a covering with no cords. It’s just a simple light touch of the base and up they go. If the budget allows, there are also window coverings that operate with

a simple switch of a button from your remote or wall switch. Safety wands also help to eliminate loop cords. Make sure they are short enough to be out of reach from little hands. Take caution if the window coverings you want come with cords. Long cords are a safety hazard. The same goes for tying a knot in the cord to make it shorter. You have just made extra loops for a child or pet to become entangled in. Some modern window coverings are made with cords that stay the same short length whether the window covering is lowered or raised. If the window covering has a continuous cord loop, make sure it is anchored to the wall or floor. Looking at a Roman shade, it may not look like a major child safety issue. It has the normal cords that you would see on most window coverings, but flip over the back of that shade. There are many cords and loops that are used to help bring that shade up and down and at the same time giving the folded look that a makes a Roman shade famous.

If you’ve decided to go with drapery panels as a way to eliminate the chance of a safety hazard, think again. Are they pulled back with tie backs? A child could be curious about a curtain, pull on it and become entangled in the tie back. A short decorative window topper is best to dress up a window. Choosing the right window covering is an important step in preventing an unfortunate accident in your home. You also want to make sure that you move all cribs, beds, and furniture away from windows so little ones won’t have the urge to climb onto the windows. And lastly, keep windows closed when children are present or install window guards. For more information on cord safety or other safety and design tips for your home, visit Chantel Wolters is a Certified Interior Decorator and owns Decor&You in Maple Valley and Renton.

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Let’s hear hoorays for the popular hydrangea Let’s hear some hoorays for hydrangeas Fall is when hydrangeas are still blooming while other flowering shrubs are long past their prime. This is a good time to pick out the perfect hydrangea for the landscape. Hydrangeas love our climate and thrive for years with very little care. There are hundreds of hydrangea varieties including dwarfs that do well in pots and climbing hydrangeas that will cover a garden shed or wall. Last year I wrote about my newly-planted hydrangea room. This space is still in glorious bloom and you can transform any partly sunny area into an outdoor space enclosed by hydrangea walls. I made compost piles right on top of the lawn then added some topsoil and planted hydrangeas into these new raised beds. The taller varieties go in the back and the dwarf hydrangeas are near the front so even in winter when you enter this garden room you have a vision of living walls. Here are my favorite hydrangeas for adding carefree color and autumn drama to the landscape: The Darling Dwarfs: Mini Penny, Buttons and Bows and Pink Elf.

These compact hydrangeas are less than 3 feet tall and perfect for pots on the patio or the front of a shrub border. The pink blooming ’’Mini Penny” in my garden flowers from July until October, survives harsh Enumclaw winters in an urn and has been growing happily in the same pot for four years. The Dramatic Paniculata Hydrangeas: Pee Gee, Angel’s Blush, Pinky Winky and Pink Diamond These are not your grandmother’s mophead hydrangeas. The hydrangea paniculatas have giant pointed blooms up to 16 inches long in shades of cream, peach and pink. Some, like the “Pee Gee” in my garden, can be trained to a tree shape while the “Pinky Winky” hydrangea makes a tidy 6- to 8-foot hedge. The paniculata hydrangeas bloom on new wood so pruning them back in late fall or early spring will produce armloads of new flowers. Hot Pink “Invincible Spirit” Hydrangea: This variety was named for and provides money to breast cancer survivors and really does bloom pink even in our naturally acid soil that turns most hydrangeas blue. Unlike the traditional mophead hydrangeas, “Invincible Spirit” can be pruned to the ground every spring as it blooms on new wood. This makes it a great choice for small gardens or large pots. The Toughest Hydrangea: Hydrangea “Incrediball” A new variety that created quite a sensation because the white to creamy blooms

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The last week of September is still too early to harvest pumpkins but not too late to plant garlic or onion sets. You don’t have to harvest potatoes, carrots or brussels sprouts as these vegetables store better when left outdoors all winter. Swiss chard will also overwinter in well-drained soil and in our climate this vitamin-packed veggie can keep producing for two full years. I grow the beautiful leaves and colorful stems of Swiss chard in container gardens and in front yard beds surrounded by flowers. Growing Swiss chard close to the house makes the leaves easy to harvest all winter long and even the tough stems can be cut up and added to soups, stews and stir fries. There is still time to replant those summer-weary container gardens with winter-tough herbs and perennials. Just rip out the past-their-prime petunias and sever the tops off seedy snapdragons and wilted coleus. Nurseries are still offering “Fall Magic” plants perfect for perking up containers. Make this the winter you enjoy your patio planters all year long by adding frost-resistant, tri-color sage, hardy dwarf euphorbias, dramatic heucheras, winterblooming heathers and the well-behaved and long-blooming winter pansies. A fall-

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The city of Maple Valley Parks and Recreation hosted the 2010 Soccer Challenge Sept. 18 at Lake Wilderness Park. Girls and boys ranging in age from 6 to 14 competed for a chance to represent Maple Valley at the state competition in October. Tanner Rodwell, Fabio Vargas, Enzo Perez, Brooke Asbury, Olivia Harris, Ashley Erickson and Cassandra Snyder all earned state competition invitations at the event and look to be strong competition for the rest of the participants from around the state. This is Asbury’s fourth trip representing Maple Valley in the state competition. The competition is presented annually by the Washington Recreation Parks Association and hosted by local parks and recreation departments throughout the state. Maple Valley Parks and Recreation Department partnered with the Maple Valley Soccer Association. For more information about this program and others offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, visit our website at www. maplevalleywa.gov.

Kentwood throttles Tahoma By ERICK WALKER ewalker@kentreporter.com

This was supposed to be the first big challenge of the season for the Kentwood High football team. Instead, the Sept. 17 showdown against Tahoma at Bill Maxwell Stadium proved to be more of the same as the Conquerors blasted the Bears 49-3 in a South Puget Sound League North Division game. Five different Kentwood players reached the end zone – led by a pair of touchdown runs by Mikell Everette and Lonzell Young – as the Conquerors rolled up 442 total yards of offense and punted just twice. Kentwood (3-0, 3-0) entered the game having outscored its opponents – Mount Rainier and Thomas Jefferson – by a combined score of 130-8. “I thought it was a very, very big game for us mainly because we didn’t know where we were at,” said Kentwood coach Rex Norris, noting that the team’s starters didn’t see much action in the 69-0 win over Mount Rainier or the 61-8 victory over Jefferson. “Tahoma was coming off a big win over South Kitsap, and is a physical team that will punch you in the mouth. We needed to see if we could take that.” Needless to say, the Conquerors took it. And then gave it right back. It’s the first time since 2005 that Kentwood has begun the season 3-0. In the first half Friday night, however, it was hardly a runaway. Kentwood took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 50-yard touchdown run by quarterback Shane Green. Tahoma cut the deficit to 7-3 late in the second quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Barrett Weston. Moments before the field goal, the Bears were looking at a 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard line, but were unable to punch in a touchdown. Instead, Tahoma was backed up three yards after two running plays before a holding penalty dropped the Bears back to the 16, eventually resulting in the three points. “If they score a touchdown right there, it’s a different game,” Norris said. Upon regaining possession, the

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The Tahoma girls soccer team are riding a bullet to the top of the South Puget Sound League, 4A North Division with an undefeated record. Coach Jason Johnson reported the Bears defeated Kent-Meridian 6-0 Tuesday at French Field,

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Kentwood quarterback Shane Green throws the ball to receiver Morgan Hasegawa (not pictured) during a 49-3 victory over Tahoma on Sept. 17. charles cortes, The Reporter Conquerors needed just 1:31 to push its lead to 14-3 as Everette capped a 7-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Tahoma remained close in the first half thanks to a ball-control offense that moved the ball in between the 20-yard lines, but was unable to go any deeper. The Bears ran 33 plays in the first half compared to just 15 for the Conquerors. Tahoma, however, was unable to keep the high-powered Kentwood offense off the field in the second quarter. Kentwood’s quick-strike offense erupted for 21 unanswered points in the third quarter – a 7-yard touchdown run by Joseph Banks, a 19-run touchdown run by Everette and an 8-yard scoring run by Young. Kentwood needed more than five plays to score on just two of its seven scoring drives. A big part of that is due to a six-deep rushing attack that has been the talk of the SPSL North thus far this season. “Anyone of (the running backs) can score at any point of the game,” said Everette, who finished with 95 yards rushing and the two touchdowns on nine carries. “Anyone of them could start on a different team in the league this year.” Yet, the Conquerors were just as

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efficient through the air, where Green completed 5 of 7 passes for 66 yards. Kentwood, which used its second and third-string players in the final quarter, added two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth, a 49-yard burst from Young and a 5-yard strike from BJ Arceneaux. Arceneaux, who was Kent-Meridian’s leading rusher last year with 599 yards and who moved inside the Kentwood boundary during the summer, set up the final touchdown, blocking a Tahoma punt and recovering the ball at the Bears’ 5-yard line. “Our running back position is flawless,” Green said. “All our running backs are great guys, and they know how to play football.” The big offensive performance overshadowed another strong defensive showing. Kentwood held Tahoma to 195 yards of total offense, and just 77 in the pivotal second half. Outside linebacker Dalton Blackmore led the way on defense, collecting three tackles for a loss. “Our goal was to play fast,” said Blackmore. “That was our ultimate goal, to play as fast as we possibly could. We’re unstoppable when we play fast.” Niko Madison led the Bears, rushing for 82 hard-fought yards on 17 carries.

had three goals and an assist, and Becca Velasco had a goal and an assist,” Johnson stated. “Both goalkeepers Amanda White and Amber Woolcock had the shutout.” This is the fourth conwhich gives the Bears a 4-0 secutive shutout for the Bears. The team beat record. It’s hard to beat Kentridge 4-0 in perfect. the opener Sept. Johnson wrote girls 7. The girls took Brie Hooks nailed Mount Rainier one goal and added 3-0 Sept. 14 and three assists in the followed that shutBears’ win over the out with a 4-0 drubRoyals. bing of Auburn Riverside “Torre Tappero had one Sept. 16. goal, Sarah Jeric had one The Bears travel to Augoal, Cassidy Richmond

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burn Thursday. The score will be available on the website. Tahoma will face a test Tuesday when the team travels to Kentlake for a 5:30 p.m. game. Kentlake had a 3-1 record as of Monday. The Falcons traveled to Auburn Tuesday, picking up a 3-2 victory over the Trojans to stay undefeated.

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She’s taking her basketball — and signature headband — and heading east. Kylie Huerta, Kentwood’s diminutive point guard who is known as much for draining clutch jumpers as she is for wearing a variety of different colored headbands during the course of the season, verbally committed last week to play next year at Eastern Washington University in Cheney. “I kind of knew before I committed (to Eastern) that that was where I wanted to be,” said Huerta, who will become a fouryear letterman for the Conquerors in the winter. “I went on an unofficial visit and loved the coaches. And I like Cheney. The population there is pretty much just the school.” Last year, Huerta earned South Puget Sound League North Division co-MVP honors. She tied for the league lead in points per game (18.9), was third in 3-point percentage (40.3), second in assists (65) and led the league in steals (57). Along the way, Huerta led the Conks to their fifth straight state berth. Kentwood won its opener at state before dropping its final two games. Huerta, a 5-foot-1 point guard, has been an allleague selection in each of her three seasons. She earned honorable mention accolades as a freshman, when she was Kentwood’s fourth offensive option. As a sophomore, Huerta earned first-team honors and helped the Conquerors win the program’s first ever Class 4A state championship. Last year as a junior, Huerta elevated her game even more, earning coMVP honors. The 17-year-old Kentwood star will join close friend and former Kentlake standout Morganne Comstock at Eastern. “There’s not a lot of times when you get to go and play with someone you’ve known forever,” Huerta said.


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Swim showdown goes to Kentwood BY KRIS HILL khill@covingtonreporter.com

District qualifying times were had left and right on Sept. 16 at the Covington Aquatic Center when Kentlake faced off against South Puget Sound League North division rival Kentwood. The Conquerors won the dual meet, 103-83, but before the diving portion of the program began the Falcons had several district qualifying times in the books. First the Falcons kicked off the meet with a first and third finish in the 200yard medley relay, easily marking a district time, and coming just four-tenths away from the state mark. Kentlake sophomore Emily Tanasse, building off an impressive freshman season, clocked in a 2 minute, 17.20 seconds 200-yard individual medley race, which was plenty fast for a district qualifying time and

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little more than two-tenths of a second off the state qualifying time. Teammate Kyndal Phillips touched the wall in the 200 IM right behind Tanasse in second place at 2:17.31, also a district qualifying time. Junior Sarah Dougherty had a good meet, too, surging at the end of the 200 free to win the race and beat out Kentwood’s Paige Morris with a time of 2:07.26, also district qualifying time. She then went out and put together a wireto-wire victory in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.72, easily qualifying for districts and just shy of the state mark of 1:02.40. Tanasse added a second place finish in the 100 free, Natalie Lesnick of Kentwood picked up a district qualifying time when she touched the wall in 5:50.7 in the 500 free to take first place. Drew Vagen finished in third for the Conks in

the 500 free. Lesnick later finished third in the 200 IM. Marissa Dyrdahl took second in the 50 free, posting a district qualifying time of 25.95, just hundreths off the state qualifying time of 25.20. She followed that up with a 56.06 time in the 100 free and another event victory. Kristin Moerdyk won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.82, just beating out Kentlake’s Mekena Eha, who touched the wall in 1:16.95. It was the battle in the relays that made the difference for Kentwood. The Conks took first and second in the 200 free relay then second and third in the 400 free relay. Kentwood posted district qualifying times in both relays. Kentlake lost its first meet to Mount Rainier, a newcomer to the SPSL North after it moved from

BOYS GOLF: Kent-Meridian at Mount Rainier; Kentlake at Tahoma; Kentwood at Kentridge; Beamer at Auburn; Jefferson at Federal Way; Curtis at Auburn Riverside. All matches at 3:15 p.m. BOYS TENNIS: Kent-Meridian at KR; KL at KW; Tahoma at MR. All matches at 3:30 p.m. GIRLS GOLF: Mount Rainier at KentMeridian; Tahoma at KL; KR at KW; Auburn at Beamer; Federal Way at

Jefferson; Auburn Riverside at Curtis. All matches begin at 3:15 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER: Tahoma at KL (5:30 p.m.); TJ at Auburn; KR at Auburn Riverside; Kent-Meridian at Kentwood. All matches at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. VOLLEYBALL: Kent-Meridian at AR; KR at MR; TJ at KW; KL at Tahoma. All matches at 7:15 p.m.

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the Seamount League, while Kentwood first faced Kentridge. Both teams will swim at the Autumn Relays at

Rogers High in Puyallup on Friday then resume their league schedules with Kentwood taking on Mount Rainier and Kentlake hosting

CROSS COUNTRY: Auburn, KW at Kentlake; Auburn Riverside, Mount Rainier at Kent-Meridian. Girls begin at 4:30 p.m., boys at 5 p.m.

BOYS TENNIS: Kentridge at Tahoma; Kentwood at Mount Rainier; Kentlake at Kent-Meridian. All matches at 3:30 p.m. GIRLS GOLF: KL at Mount Rainier; KR at Kent-Meridian; Kentwood at Tahoma; Jefferson at Auburn; Auburn Riverside at Beamer. All matches begin at 3:15 p.m. GIRLS SWIM/DIVE: Tahoma at KR; Kent-Meridian at KL; KW at MR. All meets begin at 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 30 FOOTBALL: Rogers at KR, 7 p.m. BOYS GOLF: Mount Rainier at Kentlake; Kent-Meridian at Kentridge; Tahoma at KW; Auburn at Jefferson; Beamer at Auburn Riverside. All matches at 3:15 p.m.

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harlie Mitchell surveyed the scene, and came to a succinct conclusion. “Sure is different without Sean (McMullen) and Lauren (Sewell),” the Kentridge golf coach said. McMullen and Sewell, who had been the rocks of a strong Kentridge program the last four years, both graduated last spring. A few miles down the road from Mitchell, Kentwood boys coach Kevin Hagen is feeling much the same. The Conquerors graduated top golfers Kent Hagen, Tom Zavada, and Riley Kuranishi. “A wave (of top players) came through,” said Hagen, whose team lost plenty to graduation, but returns junior DJ Vallala and brings in big-hitting freshman Connor Simms. “It was a big graduation year.” That wave of talent that graduated last spring included top 10 state placers Rui Li of Kentwood (second), McMullen (second), Sewell (fourth), Zavada (fifth), and Hagen (eighth). Meanwhile, Kentlake’s Lindsey Douglas, who took 34th at state, also graduated. So who’s next? Rest assured, while the cupboard isn’t quite as stocked as it was a year ago, there are several new faces ready to ascend. At Kentridge, sophomore Ahren Young already made inroads last fall and spring in becoming one of the South

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It’s about the experience. It’s about being part of a team. And by Saturday afternoon at Kentridge High, it’s hopefully going to be about the smiles remaining on at least a dozen faces of physically or intellectually disabled children. Saturday (Sept. 25) marks the official kickoff of the TOPSoccer program — The Outreach Program of Soccer — a community based training and team-placement program for young athletes with disabilities. Organized and administered by Kent Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) volunteers and under the direction of

at Kentwood, a lot has remained the same — at least for the girls. In fact, the Kentwood girls, which have won each of the last two SPSL North crowns, appear on the brink of making it three straight. And that’s despite losing standout Li to graduation. “But we got her sister (Catherina Li),” said Kentwood coach Cheryl Havener of the well-known freshman ready to make waves on the pre circuit. “She will challenge for the No. 1 spot right away.” The key to the Conquerors, however, will be their depth. Though Rui Li graduated, the Conquerors return Erika Vossbeck, Chelsea Brossard and Jenna Clavin, all of who qualified for state last year. Throw in sophomores Ravae Canas and Jamie Huo, both of whom have taken significant steps up this fall, and the sky is the limit for this bunch. “Nobody has the depth of going six-deep like this team,” Havener said. Kentwood enters the season having delivered two consecutive perfect seasons in SPSL North competition (8-0 last year and 10-0 in 2008). A third crown appears imminent. However, state hardware could be on the horizon, too. “I thought last year we were going to do it,” Havener said. “We had four girls going, but only one advanced (past the cut). I am hoping very much this year we can do it. But you never know.”

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Preservation of Habitat & the Environment • Drainage systems clean rainwater runoff before it returns to area water resources. • View corridors are enhanced or protected. • Wildlife habitat and corridors are preserved.

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Attractive Places to Live • A mix of home sizes and styles promote a healthy diversity in age, income, background and interests. • Healthy communities provide housing opportunities for teachers, public employees, shop workers and other people who are critical to the fabric and success of the community. • A well-planned community is like a string of pearls, with many treasures, both old and new, strung together.

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