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City council gives green light to dog park Funding to be discussed this summer during budgeting process By Tim Pfarr

Judgement rendered Woman sentenced for causing near-fatal crash. Page 2

The City Council voted 6-1 at its Feb. 1 meeting to move forward with building a dog park at the future sports park site on Southeast 95th Way. The city will add the park to its capital projects and discuss funding when it begins work

on the 2012 budget this summer. The Parks Commission recommended to the council at its Jan. 12 meeting that an offleash dog park be built at the future sports park site. It also noted that the council’s recommended budget of $25,000 would not be enough to build

and maintain an off-leash park. A park constructed at the future sports park site would likely be one or two acres, temporary and atop the grassy mound at the center of the site. It would need to be moved when construction begins on the sports park.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016. The future sports park’s design calls for a one-third-acre, off-leash dog park on the east end of the property. Although representatives from the organization Friends Embracing the Canine Heart said their organization would not help fund an off-leash park See DOG PARK, Page 6

Eye surgeon murder-plot trial begins

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Northwest production of “Oliver!” at the Moore Theatre in October. She portrayed the Widow Corney in a performance cast member Kim Cooney said provided comic relief in the production’s otherwise dark, Victorian London setting. “Petra squeezes every last drop of hilarity in the role of Widow Corney,” Cooney, who performed in “Oliver!” as Dr. Grimwig alongside Sovcovova, wrote in an e-mail. So far, Sovcovova said her

His laser-eye-surgery business and personal life were crumbling, so an angry Dr. Michael Mockovak wasn’t beyond inappropriate outbursts, according to his lawyer. It was one such outburst, an “immature joke” about hiring the Russian mafia to kill his business partner, that has landed the Newcastle resident and Clearly Lasik co-founder in court, accused of hatching a murder-for-hire plot against his one-time partner, lawyer Colette Tvedt said Jan. 18. During the first day of testimony in Mockovak’s trial, jurors heard the frustration and anger from Mockovak himself — in taped recordings between him and a former Clearly Lasik employee. But his comments were viewed in entirely different lights by Tvedt and King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa. In the scratchy recordings, Mockovak can be heard telling the employee about a life-insurance policy he had on his business partner, Dr. Joseph King. Mockovak can also be heard telling the man about King’s future travel plans to Australia, as well as the times an assassin would likely find King alone during his vacation.

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Petra Sovcovova stars as the Widow Corney in ‘Oliver!’ alongside Kevin Benedict, who plays Mr. Bumble.

Soprano soars to stardom Local opera singer cast in leading roles internationally By Allison Int-Hout

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Although she claims she’s never shattered glass using only her disciplined soprano pitches, few other things appear unattainable for local, up-and-coming opera star Petra Sovcovova. Born in Redmond and now a resident of Newcastle, Sovcovova said she has been in

six productions so far in her young career and has travelled to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Italy to perform in operatic productions. “It has been a lot of my own going out there, hunting down these people and calling them up,” Sovcovova said of her recent international performances. She has starred as Micaela in “Carmen,” Musetta and Mimi in “La Bohème,” Rosina in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Liu in “Turandot.” Most recently, Sovcovova starred in the Lyric Opera

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Newcastle woman sentenced for Preston crash By Warren Kagarise and Tim Pfarr The driver responsible for a devastating crash near Preston in December 2009 has been sentenced to six months in a workrelease facility on a vehicular assault charge stemming from the incident. Meanwhile, the other driver in the Interstate 90 crash continues a long recovery from lifethreatening injuries. Police said the intoxicated driver, 54-year-old Newcastle resident Janet Bumgardner, had a cocktail of drugs — oxycodone, morphine, a prescription sleeping aid and over-the-counter allergy medication — in her system at the time of the crash. Washington State Patrol investigators also discovered red wine in a travel mug inside her silver Acura. King County Superior Court Judge Richard Eadie handed down the sentence Jan. 7. Bumgardner,

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who pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in late November, has a long history of drunken driving convictions, plus convictions for disorderly conduct, malicious mischief and telephone harassment, court documents state. The state Department of Corrections said she is scheduled to serve the sentence at the Helen B. Ratcliff Work Release house in Seattle. Bumgardner must also pay $2,612 in court costs and fees. The sentence prohibits her from contacting the other driver for 10 years and requires her to be under community custody for a year after the work-release term ends. Investigators said she had been traveling eastbound along the interstate. The vehicle then crossed the center median — a steep hill — between the eastbound and westbound lanes just west of the Preston exit at about 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2009. In the westbound lane, new Parks Commissioner Jesse Tam at the Jan. 12 Parks Commission meeting. Tam will serve until Sept. 1,

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Bumgardner traveled in the opposite direction, swerved right to avoid a tractor-trailer and rammed a Honda instead. The driver behind the wheel of the Honda — Rachel McNaul, then 24 — suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple broken bones in the crash. Medics rushed McNaul and Bumgardner to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Investigators drew Bumgardner’s blood at Harborview in the hours after the incident. In addition, her dog had been in the car, too, and had to be euthanized due to injuries sustained in the crash. McNaul underwent multiple surgeries and spent almost three months in the hospital. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or Comment at

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HomeStreet Bank gets ‘outstanding’ ranking The federal Community Reinvestment Act recently gave HomeStreet Bank an “outstanding” ranking for meeting the

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The remains of a Honda Civic rest alongside Interstate 90 after a December 2009 crash. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries. credit needs of its communities. The bank is based in Seattle and has a branch in Newcastle. In attaining its high ranking, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation evaluated the bank’s lending, service and investment practices, according to a news release. The FDIC also recognized the bank for its practices of lending to home buyers

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On the Web Closing statements in Michael Mockovak’s trial began Jan. 31. Read the latest about the trial on Newcastle News’ website,

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By Tim Pfarr Newcastle-based chiropractor Dr. Melinda Maxwell has spent the past 26 years practicing medicine, helping her patients as well as taking a leading role in community education. She began pro bono work with The Rotary Boys & Girls club in Seattle, and she then began offering a slew of courses and seminars at businesses, community colleges, high schools and her clinic. This month, that clinic — Chiropractic Wellness Center — will begin free monthly workshops and activities in Newcastle. Beginning Feb. 19, the clinic will host Super Saturdays, in which members of the community will be treated to a free breakfast at Chiropractic Wellness Center and a walk on a local trail. Super Saturdays will be from 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month. Beginning Feb. 23, the clinic will hold Wellness Workshops at Tapatio Mexican Grill, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., which will include meet and greets, health discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. The workshops will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month. “It’s not something where you’ll come in and have people talking at you. It’s a group discussion,” said Marlina Velasco,

public education and operations director for Chiropractic Wellness Center. Maxwell and Velasco — a personal trainer — will speak at the first workshop Feb. 23. They will discuss aging, anatomy, digestion, biochemistry and hormones. The clinic also now offers free screenings from 1-3 p.m. each Thursday. Those who receive screenings will also have the opportunity to schedule a full appointment at a reduced rate. Maxwell hired Velasco at the beginning of the year, and Velasco has taken a leading role in launching the series. Maxwell began working as a chiropractor in Seattle, and purchased her Newcastle clinic — next to Yea’s Wok — in 2000. In 2008, she sold her Seattle clinic to focus exclusively on Newcastle. Maxwell said her clinic now has the right staff to launch the new series and services, largely in part to Velasco joining the clinic. “Marlina has the energy and drive to take it to the public,” Maxwell said. However, the ultimate reason is to better the community. “We want Newcastle to be truly healthy,” Maxwell said. “There are so many people who have health issues but don’t know they have them.” Maxwell and her clinic also hope to hold a duathlon in Newcastle in June.

Barbosa, in her opening statement, said that Mockovak and King each had a $4 million life-insurance policy on each other as part of their business. She also said Mockovak believed the employee could put him in touch with a hit man for the Russian mafia. But Tvedt insisted the employee, a man who was apparently eager to work with the FBI, entrapped Mockovak, pushing him to move forward with the scheme. Mockovak is on trial on two counts of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit firstdegree theft and attempted firstdegree theft. In the charges, filed shortly after Mockovak's 2009 arrest, prosecutors said Mockovak was willing to pay more than $100,000 to have King and former company President Brad Klock killed. Mockovak called King “greedy” for his apparent plans to split the company and thought King was taking advantage of him, the charges said. Mockovak was apparently mad at Klock for suing the company after he was fired, prosecutors said. Mockovak solicited Daniel Kultin, an employee who had immigrated from Russia, to arrange the slayings, prosecutors said. Kultin reported Mockovak’s alleged scheme to the FBI, and the agency hired Kultin to work as a confidential informant, according to testi-

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Dr. Michael Mockovak (center) appears in the courtroom of Judge Palmer Robinson on Jan. 18. Mockovak is accused of a murderfor-hire plot. mony. Kultin was outfitted with a “body wire,” a small, discreet recording device, and given a story to tell Mockovak, according to court testimony. Kultin, formerly the computer tech at Clearly Lasik, told Mockovak that he had a childhood friend who worked for a Russian mobster, Tvedt said. Kultin said that his friend would kill King in exchange for cash. But Tvedt told jurors that Kultin, 34, pushed her client

into the scheme. Tvedt said the recordings show that her client was “induced” and “persuaded” into the plan by Kultin. Tvedt said Kultin was ambitious to work with the FBI. “This case started with an immature joke,” Tvedt said in her opening statement. “If it wasn't for Daniel Kultin and his ambitions ... those words would have never turned into a crime.” The plan was for Mockovak to pay the assassin $25,000 while the informant would earn $100,000 for arranging the slayings, charging papers said. On Nov. 7, 2009, Mockovak met the informant in Tukwila, where he paid him $10,000 cash and gave him a photo of King, charging papers said. Mockovak was arrested five days later at the Coal Creek YMCA. Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or

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State budget ideas are just starting Gov. Chris Gregoire has presented a long list of possible cuts for Washington to balance a $37 billion, twoyear budget. Legislators convened this week to begin sorting the ideas and adding their own. All of the governor’s ideas have merit, some more than others: ❑ Gregoire and the state employees’ unions have agreed to take a five-hour-per-month furlough, reducing pay by 3 percent. It’s not enough. The goal should be 5 percent. ❑ The idea of creating a new ferry district may get the tax-supported transportation monkey off the state’s back, but it only creates another level of government and taxation. We can’t imagine the voters supporting this one. ❑ Combining all of the many authorities that oversee education from early childhood through universities is an idea worth pursuing for the sake of a better education system, but it isn’t likely to be done this year. Can the idea receive further study without an added expense? ❑ Other department combinations have been suggested for efficiency and reduced overhead. We like it, but we hope the Legislature will still budget by existing departments to give direction as to its preferences in spending. ❑ We’ve come to expect the new state Route 520 bridge to be tolled. We’re glad the federal government has agreed for the state to toll the Interstate 90 bridge as well. The state should, in turn, create a lesser toll for both I-90 and state Route 520 — only until the new bridge is paid for. We fear the congestion on interstates 90 and 405 that will result from commuters seeking to avoid the toll on one. ❑ Eliminating state support for programs for children, the disabled and mental-health patients is not acceptable. Those most vulnerable will only cause added costs in other areas if they are not cared for. Pay now or pay later? That is the question. ❑ It may take a tax increase to make things better. The voters pulled back the tax on candy and bottled water, and the governor is committed to no new taxes. But let’s get real, people: We need to pay taxes if we want services. The biggest stumbling block will be whether the two parties are willing to combine forces for the twothirds majority vote needed to approve any tax increase.

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Lake Boren Park is centered in our community, our commons for community and recreational activities, a central hub linking our trails system to our community. A popular destination for many that walk our trails with dogs, Lake Boren Park has seen supervised dogs run off leash for decades. With off-leash activity growing, it has become evident that Newcastle should consider designating a central off-leash area. With the history and growing demand at this central location, an off-leash area at Lake Boren Park appears most logical. Recently, the Parks Commission chose to restrict an off-leash area to the future sports park, ignoring the needs of many residents with a message to stop using trails and drive to a remote location completely disconnected from our trail system. A message that Newcastle families with children and dogs who wish to spend an after-

Rapid Response What do you think of the Parks Commission’s recommendation to build a dog park at the site of the future sports park on Southeast 95th Way? Can we just build it somewhere — anywhere — and move on to other things, like safe sidewalks on all major roads around Newcastle? — Trina Sooy, Newcastle I’m still waiting for the library and athletic fields Sonny Putter and the rest of the City Council promised 10 years ago when I first moved into the community. Nothing against dogs or dog owners, but I am curious how the city of Newcastle manages its priorities. If the Parks Commission has recommended a dog park as a priority over a park kids can use, I’d recommend they become outwardly mobile. — Troy Anderson, Newcastle

What would you think if the Renton School District built a middle school where Renton Academy now stands? I think it would benefit the residents of Newcastle. When my son missed the school bus, he had to cross May Creek to walk to McKnight,

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noon in the park with their dog off leash must to go to a barren and isolated location without playground equipment, and fails to meet recreational needs for families with children. The choice is a retreat from the challenge to find a quality solution designed to enhance Lake Boren Park. F.E.T.C.H. is an open-minded community group of Newcastle resident volunteers willing to provide community service and funding to develop an off-leash area that best serves Newcastle residents. An off-leash area at the future sports park does not satisfy the need for a central off-leash area, and it would generate the same nuisance to adjacent homeowners as the southwest option. F.E.T.C.H. cannot support the future sports park location and will continue efforts toward a central off-leash area. F.E.T.C.H. would like to thank all of the Newcastle businesses and individuals in our community that supported our effort through volunteerism and generous contributions. Thank you. Allen Dauterman on behalf of F.E.T.C.H.

and his route was much shorter than most Newcastle middle schoolers. In contrast, the Crosstown Trail goes directly there, with only one road crossing between Lake Boren Park and Hazelwood School. A re-established branch trail could get students to a middle school on the Renton Academy site just before reaching the Hazelwood school grounds. — Peggy Price, Newcastle It would be great to have a middle school and high school in Newcastle. According to the Realtor who talked me into buying my house, Newcastle is part of the coveted Issaquah School District. So, why are the Newcastle schools in Renton and what is the Renton School District doing in Newcastle? I’d ask my Realtor, but after the house closed he won’t return my calls. — Ron Unger, Newcastle I am 100 percent in favor of it, and I hope it happens before my children enter middle school in 2017! — Trina Sooy Only if the baseball diamonds and soccer fields could be continued to be used by neighbors and the Newcastle kid baseball and soccer leagues. — Gary Beerman, Newcastle Happy to welcome anything new to the community. — Troy Anderson, Newcastle

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Soprano From Page 1 most rewarding roles were her performances in Italy for her first international audiences as Rosina in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Dorabella in “Cosi fan Tutti.” When asked why they were so gratifying, Sovcovova simply said, “Those were the ones I worked my butt off the most for.” Sovcovova, who said professionalism is essential in her opera career, said she will have several months of practice for a role under her belt before she even does an audition. “I like to give a sense of strict professionalism as soon as I walk in the door,” she said. “If it’s a big role, I’ll spend maybe four to six months prior to the audition learning the role.” Pamela Casella, who founded Lyric Opera Northwest with her husband, Craig Nim, and serves as Petra’s voice coach, said that kind of dedication is necessary to succeed in opera. “In an audition, you do everything possible in those five minutes to portray that character,” Casella said. “What you have to do is sell it, and that’s what Petra does.” Sovcovova’s singing career began in 2003, although she said she has been singing since she was 12. “I’m just a girl who likes to sing,” she said. She works as a contractor at Microsoft, although she said singing opera full time would be ideal. “It’s really hard to sing full time and make money at it,”

Sovcovova said. “It’s darn near impossible.” Because of that, she maintains her full-time job while pursuing her singing career, which she said takes considerable financial and social sacrifice. “When there are shows going on, I usually have about an hour between work and rehearsals, and then we have rehearsal until 9 or 10 at night,” Sovcovova said. One of her favorite parts of being a performer is the opportunity to help others in her community. “As a young and struggling artist, there are many people who go out on a limb for you,” she said. “It’s part of your responsibility, having the social network, to also make people aware of those in need.” In the past, Sovcovova has

performed in recitals to raise money for local homeless shelters and soup kitchens, a women’s domestic violence shelter, and she also lends her talent to smaller events looking to raise money for charitable causes. The first-generation American is active in the Czech Center for Education and Culture along with her parents, who came from the Czech and Slovak Republics. Sovcovova’s participation in the center led to her performance for the first secretary of the Czech Embassy, which she said she will be doing again this month. According to Casella, Sovcovova’s talent may appear in the chorus of Lyric Opera Northwest’s upcoming production of “La Bohème” on March


PAGE 5 27 at the Moore Theatre. Within the next year, Sovcovova plans to move to Canada, where she said she will look for more opportunities in opera, both there and in Eastern Europe. Working in opera takes full dedication, and Sovcovova compared a career as an opera singer to that of a professional athlete. “It’s do or die,” she said. “But you have to be kind to yourself, and have patience in the learning process.” Allison Int-Hout is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

City approves signal at 129th, Newcastle Way The City Council approved the traffic signal to be installed at the corner of 129th Avenue Southeast and Newcastle Way, near what will be the entrance to the Newcastle Library. The council approved the signal with a 5-1 vote, with Councilman Rich Crispo dissenting and Councilman Sonny Putter absent. Crispo cited concerns with the traffic control box that is to be installed above ground, saying the box would be an eyesore.

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City adopts state energy code

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The City Council unanimously voted at its Jan. 18 meeting to adopt the 2009 Washington State Energy Code, which is mandated by state law. The code sets efficiency requirements for new and remodeled buildings. The new code requires that ducts be tested for efficiency when a furnace is replaced, that certificates of energy features are posted near electrical panels for new buildings and that air leakage is tested in new homes. It also sets requirements for insulation installed in floors and attics in new homes.

The City Council unanimously voted to purchase 303 square feet of land near the corner of 116th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 88th Street as part of the city’s project to build sidewalks along 116th Avenue Southeast. The city paid residents David and Lydia Edgmon $3,500 for the land, a long strip abutting the road. The project calls for sidewalks to be built from Southeast 84th Street to Southeast 88th Street along 116th Avenue Southeast. Construction on the project

is slated to start this spring and take less than two months.

Hazelwood hosts family reading night Feb. 18 Hazelwood Elementary School will host its annual reading night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18, and this year’s event will feature children’s author Laura McGee Kvasnosky. Kvasnosky is the author of the “Zelda and Ivy” series, as well as numerous other books. The night will include a presentation, and each child who attends will receive a free paperback book. Kvasnosky will also sign autographs.

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Dog park From Page 1 at the site of the future sports park, members of the council spoke in favor of the commission’s recommendation Members also said waiting until summer to discuss funding may better reveal interest in building a park at the site. If there is no interest or outside funding, it may kill the project. The only member of the council who voted against accepting the commission’s recommendation was Councilman Rich Crispo, who said the lack of support for a potential dog park is already apparent. “I can’t see us even considering spending any money if that’s not a place anybody’s going to go to,” he said. There were no dog park advocates in the audience at the Feb. 1 meeting. Without financial assistance from F.E.T.C.H. in building an off-leash park, the city would need to seek out other organizations for help, such as Renton’s Unleashed Furry Friends, which

helped fund an off-leash park in Renton. The minimum cost to build a one-acre park would be $20,500, and the minimum cost to build a two-acre park would be $37,300, according to city staff estimates. The maintenance cost for both would be just less than $1,000 per year. Last June, the council assigned the Parks Commission to explore constructing an off-leash dog park in the city. The commission twice went through the process of narrowing locations for a potential park, both times settling on a location in Lake Boren Park and the future sports park site. The commission held two public hearings on the matter, and Olympus residents voiced concerns about the proximity of their homes to an off-leash park in Lake Boren Park. Coupling these concerns with the positive aspects of the future sports park site — including abundance of space — it recommended the latter. “It’s simply larger,” Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton said after recommending the site. “To me, the sky’s the limit as to what that can be.”

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Police blotter MySpace attackers Police responded to Southeast 88th Street and 116th Avenue Southeast just before 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. A man had jumped from a moving white, four-door Toyota Corolla and been pepper sprayed. The man said he had met two women on MySpace and met them at a Bellevue mall. Together they drove to Newcastle, and the women stole the man’s cell phone — worth $21 — and told him they were going to kill him. As the car slowed, the man jumped from the car, and one of the women got out and sprayed the man in the face. Witnesses came to help the man, and the women drove away.

Jewelry thieves A man reported that two men approached him in the 7900 block of 119th Court Southeast at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 26 and asked for the time. When he looked down at his wrist, one of the men ripped off his bracelet, which was 24-karat gold with a rectangular panel worth $500. After taking the man’s bracelet, the two men took off running down the street and out of site. The man reported that the suspects were black, 18 or 19 years old and about 165 pounds each.

Banging noises out front A woman reported she heard banging noises in front of her house, in the 11800 block of Southeast 87th Street, at 10:20 p.m. Jan. 1. She said she was nervous because somebody previously smeared dog feces on her car’s door handles. Police checked the area but found nothing.

Aren’t they open on Sunday? Police responded to the UPS Store, 6947 Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 2,

because a homeless man was allegedly camped inside the store. When police arrived, they found a man walking down the street, and he told police they were there for him. He said he thought the store was open on Sunday and that the door had been unlocked, so he entered. He said was hoping to mail some gifts, which he had planned to wrap inside because of the cold, and he said he left the store to use the bathroom at Safeway. When he came back, the door was locked. His gifts and gift-wrap were inside the store on the packing table, and police said the man did not appear to be homeless.

Public exposure A woman reported that a pedestrian unzipped his fly and waved his penis at her while she was stopped in her car at a red light at the intersection of Southeast 89th Place and Coal Creek Parkway at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 3. The woman was about to turn right from Southeast 89th Place onto southbound Coal Creek Parkway, and she made eye contact with the man to see if he was going to cross in front of her car. She reported the white man, who was about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and between 50 and 60 years old and 165 and 180 pounds, stuck his tongue out and made a face as he performed the act. He was wearing a dark blue, hooded sweatshirt and a dark, dirty pair of pants. In general, he looked pretty dirty, the woman said. Another woman witnessed the incident and also called police.

Suicidal man Police responded to Safeway, 6911 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., at 8 p.m. Jan. 3 because a man was suicidal. According to the reporting person, the man said he had access to guns and wanted to be killed by police. Police found the man in a car behind the store, removed him at gunpoint and searched his vehicle, finding no guns. The man was taken to Evergreen Hospital for mental health evaluation.

Mail theft A woman reported her mail was stolen from the 9000 block of 133rd Avenue Southeast between noon and 1 p.m. Jan. 3. She reported three outgoing checks were stolen.

Hanging out with Rolling Rock Police responded at 2:20 a.m. Jan. 16 to the intersection of Southeast 72nd Street and 115th Place Southeast, where a car was parked in front of a partially constructed home. The officers found two men in the second story with cans of Rolling Rock beer, and the men said they were just hanging out and did not intend to steal anything. They both appeared to be intoxicated, and police released them to a family member.

Don’t park in that driveway A woman reported just before noon Jan. 17 that her neighbor in the 7100 block of 134th Court is often away on business and had

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Home burglaries ❑ Police responded to a house for sale in the 8900 block of 137th Place Southeast where someone had entered through a back window that had been left ajar between 5 p.m. Jan. 9 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10. The suspect stole a computer worth $450, a printer worth $200 and a real estate agent box worth $150. The suspect also made hot cocoa with the materials left in the kitchen for staging, spilling the powder on the pantry floor. The cup used to drink the cocoa was not found. ❑ A man reported that his home, in the 7700 block of 115th Avenue Southeast, had been burglarized between 7:15 a.m. and 4:25 p.m. Jan. 18. He said the rear garage door had been kicked in. He reported the stolen items to be an external hard drive worth $400, a Hewlett-Packard laptop worth $700, an iPod Nano worth $150, a telescope worth $500, a 32-inch television worth $600 and a check for $25. ❑ A man reported that his home, in the 11600 block of Southeast 90th Street, had been burglarized between noon and 6 p.m. Jan. 18. He reported that


Mailbox vandalism ❑ A man reported that his two locks on mailboxes on 138th Avenue Southeast had been damaged at 7 p.m. Jan. 12. The vandals caused $100 in damage, but no mail was taken. ❑ A woman reported that the letters on her mailbox in the 9000 block of 139th Avenue Southeast had been stolen and that the mailbox’s lock had been broken between 4 p.m. Jan. 14 and 4 p.m. Jan 18. The vandalism caused $45 in damage. The mailbox was not entered.

Car break-ins ❑ A man reported that his 2001 Subaru Outback was broken into at the Newport Crossing Apartments, 7311 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., between 9 p.m. Jan. 16 and 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17. The man reported that the front, driver’s side window had been smashed causing $1,000 in damage and a GPS unit worth $250 had been stolen. ❑ A woman reported that her Jeep Liberty had been broken into in the 8000 block of 120th Place Southeast between 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 6:50 a.m. Jan. 19. She reported that the rear, driver’s side window had been broken and that a purse and its contents together worth $1,500 had been stolen.

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Events Registration for Newcastle baseball season is open. Register at Assessment dates (with locations yet to be determined) are as follows: ❑ Pony and Bronco players — 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 5 and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 6 ❑ Mustang players — 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 13 The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Feb. 9 at Tapatio’s, 6920 Coal Creek Parkway S.E. Cost is $20. R.S.V.P. to Mayor John Dulcich will give a State of the City address. The Newcastle Weed Warriors next blackberry weed removal projects are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19 at Lake Boren Park. Download a volunteer form at projects.html.

Public meetings All city public meetings take place at City Hall, 13020 Newcastle Way. Call 649-4363. City Hall will be closed Feb. 21 for Presidents Day holiday. ❑ Parks Commission — 6-8 p.m. Feb. 9 ❑ City Council regular meeting, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 15 ❑ Planning Committee meeting — 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16 ❑ City Council regular meeting — 7-10 p.m. March 1 Newcastle Trails hosts the following meetings in February at Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road: ❑ Board meeting, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 7 ❑ Annual meeting, 7-8:45 p.m. Feb. 21

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Volunteers lug a pile of invasive blackberry bushes from the Lake Boren Park shoreline during a removal project in February 2010.

Youth The following events take place at the Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road. Call 282-1500 or go to ❑ Cooking class “Fun With Food: Baby Makes Bread,” for ages 3-10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20, $10 ❑ Cooking class “Chicken Simple,” 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. March 2 ❑ “Creative Movement,” for ages 3-4, Thursdays 4:15-5 p.m. Feb. 10 – March 31, $32 - $56 ❑ “Kids Create 2: Masquerade Masks,” for ages 4-10, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Feb. 16, $10 ❑ “Itty Bitty Soccer Class,” ages 3-4, Mondays and

Wednesdays, 4:30-5 p.m., $30 $53; ages 5-6, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-6 p.m., $30 $53 ❑ Rookies Indoor Soccer League, ages 3-4, 9-11 a.m. Saturdays at Lake Heights Center, $40 - $70; ages, 5-6 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Lake Heights Center, $40 - $70 ❑ Swim lessons: Preschool 3, Saturdays 10:45-11:15 a.m. Feb. 5-26, $22 - $38.50 ❑ Swim lessons: Preschool 4, Saturdays 10:45-11:15 a.m. Feb. 5-26, $22 - $38.50 ❑ Swim lessons: Youth 1, Saturdays 9:35-10:05 a.m. Feb. 526, $22 - $38.50 ❑ Swim lessons: Youth 5, Saturdays 11:20-11:50 a.m. Feb. 5-26, $22 - $38.50 ❑ Swim lessons: Youth 6, Saturdays 10:45-11:15 a.m. Feb. 5-26, $22 - $38.50 ❑ Winter Sock Hop, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 11, free


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The Society of Artists for Newcastle, an art organization, is seeking new members. Call 271-5822. MOMS Club of Renton meets for play dates at parks and other locations. New activities are planned daily. This nonprofit, nonreligious organization provides daytime support for moms and their families. Call 260-3079.

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The Newcastle Weed Warriors will host work parties in February and March to clear invasive blackberries from Lake Boren Park. Work parties are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19 and March 12 and 26. Blackberries are along the lake’s shoreline as well as near the access road on the west side of the park. Volunteers should check in near the Lake Boren Park restrooms the day of the work party. The Newcastle Weed Warriors will approve community service hours for volunteers. Weed Warriors founder Grace Stiller said work is to help clean the park prior to the city’s Earth Day celebration April 23, which features businesses and nonprofit organizations with environmentally friendly products.

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Bridge players are wanted, evening or daytime. Games take place at various homes in the Hazelwood area. Call 2550895. Newcastle Historical Society meets at 4 p.m. the first Thursday at City Hall, 13020 S.E. 72nd Place. Call 226-4238. An international dinner, sponsored by Bahai Faith of Newcastle, is at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday. Call 430-8047. Drinking Liberally, an informal progressive social group that discusses politics, meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Angelo’s Restaurant, 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Go to See CALENDAR, Page 9

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From Page 8 Eastside Mothers & More, a social network for mothers, meets from 7-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the North Room at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue. Go to Hill’N Dale Garden Club, meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month September through June at the Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way. Call 2559705.

The Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue, is closed for expansion. A temporary location, in Factoria Mall, 4055 Factoria Mall S.E., Bellevue, is open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, for hold pickups, returns and a small browsing collection for checkout. Go to the library blog — — for updated information regarding programs, classes and events.


Seniors Lake Heights Family YMCA Seniors Program has drop-in time Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA, 12635 S.E. 56th St. in Newport Hills. Have lunch, socialize and have fun. Call 644-8417. Coal Creek Family YMCA Active Older Adult Program, ages 55 and older, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, 282-1500 ❑ Open for community service projects, Intergenerational projects, crafts, pinochle games, field trips and fellowship; sack lunches are available for a $3

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Volunteers The Coal Creek Family YMCA Seniors Program needs volunteers for intergenerational opportunities, including rocking and comforting infants, teaching children to play bridge and reading to kindergartners. Call 282-1506. Newcastle Weed

Warriors: Volunteers assist city workers in removing noxious and invasive weeds from Newcastle parks, trails and open spaces. Youth groups, community groups and individuals are invited to participate in monthly environmental stewardship projects. Learn more at Newcastle Trails - Trail Advocates and Builders for Newcastle: The group has built and maintained miles of trails for the public throughout the city, and has regular meetings and work parties. Call 453-9292, ext. 110. Learn more at King County Library System’s Words on Wheels program needs volunteers to select and deliver library materials to homebound patrons. Training is provided. A one-year commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18, have their own transportation and be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check. Call 369-3235. Dependency CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): Community volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in King County. Call 269-3201. DAWN (Domestic Abused Women’s Network): Provides services to survivors of domestic violence in King County. Call 795-1441. Grace Children’s Charity: Provides essential school supplies for impoverished children. Call 430-0300.


Scout clears brush, builds stairs at church for Eagle project Five members of Boy Scout Troop 499 completed their Eagle Scout projects between August and December. “That’s as John Osmond many as we’ve had in that amount of time, probably ever,” Scoutmaster Bill Burris said. Among them was Newcastle resident and Liberty High School senior John Osmond, who cleared brush, built stairs and layered bark in August to create a nature path behind Newport Presbyterian Church, 4010 120th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.


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“It was a great success,” Osmond said. “I’ve heard great reviews from the church. It still looks really nice.” Burris agreed. “It went real well,” he said. “John made it extremely accessible for the members of the church to walk through.” Others who completed their Eagle Scout projects in the second half of last year were Ildar Hayes, who helped build a new section of the Hazelwood Trail; Shane Whittaker, who built an information kiosk in a Tukwila park; Nathan Wilhelm, who built a stairway in a May Valley Park; and Bobby Szender, who completed improvements to the Olympus trail. Burris said about five more Scouts will likely become Eagle Scouts this year.


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The Terminator, Mr. Beer Man, Barbecue Bob. When they asked me about The Sainted One, someone said, "He must be pretty bad with a name like that. You're being sarcastic, aren't you?" No, I'm not being sarcastic. My husband was christened with that name more than 25 years ago when he had the intestinal fortitude to marry me. My own family - the people who knew me better than anyone on earth - gave it to him, which might give you some idea of just what a handful they considered me to be. And I'll admit that I might have been a challenge, given that my male management peers gave him another name without ever having met him: "The Bravest Man in the Universe." My sisters used to do a humorous routine of what they said would likely occur if I passed away, a vision of patient

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women clutching numbers and stretching out of the funeral home, my sisters coming from the private room to a microphone: "Number 17. Fred will now see Number 17." I'm sure that I have several single friends who daydream about the same thing; he's that great of a catch. And now The Sainted One is

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Obituaries Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson Mary (Ceteznik) Paterson, of Newcastle (and formerly of Issaquah), died peacefully Jan. 16, 2011, in Issaquah. She was 95. Mary Paterson Friends are invited to a luncheon in Mary’s memory at noon Feb. 12 at the Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Mary was a New Year’s Day baby, born Jan. 1, 1916, in Black Diamond, to Frank and Mary Ceteznik, who immigrated from and are of Slovenian decent. The family soon moved to Benson Hill, where they kept a few farm animals and maintained a large garden. Mary went through the Renton school system and is a class of 1934 Renton High School graduate. Mary then married Mark Paterson in 1940 and they had two children. Mary worked for Clinton Betz at Betz Floral (now Cugini’s) in Renton, and in 1958 moved to Issaquah and purchased and operated the Issaquah Floral shop until 1969. Mary and Mark then moved to Sequim and wintered in Arizona for several years. Strong roots and family then returned them to Renton, where they managed the Tyee Mobile Manor Park in

Renton (now Newcastle) until Mark’s passing in 2001. Mary also enjoyed her friends. Her greatest moment was being able to grow copious amounts of flowers, and live next door to her daughter Pat Dana and husband Buzz, and grandson Donny on Lake Washington, where she was able to live out the remaining eight years of her life. Also surviving is her son Robert Paterson, of Newcastle. Remembrances may be made to Evergreen Hospice, 12040 N.E. 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at


for Burroughs Wellcome, where he covered the entire state of Montana. On Feb. 22, 1957, Jim married Anna Marie Kaylor. In 1959, Jim’s family moved to Bellevue. In 1960, Jim became a freelance photographer and was later hired by United Press, where his first assignment was to cover the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. In 1975, Jim became a pharmacist working at Newport Hills Drug, Lakeside Drug and Safeway until his retirement in 1996. Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann; son Phillip; daughter Sandy; son Jim and his wife Susan; and two grandsons. In lieu of flowers, make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 206-363-5500.

Mayor appoints committee members for 2011 Mayor John Dulcich appointed and reappointed members of the City Council to local committees for 2011. The most notable change was to the Library Development Committee, which will now become the Community Development Committee. The committee will shift its focus from issues related to the Newcastle Library to issues related to downtown development. Councilwoman Lisa Jensen stepped down from that com-

mittee, and Councilman Bill Erxleben took her place. Dulcich and Deputy Mayor Steve Buri will serve alongside Erxleben, and Jensen will serve as an alternate. Dulcich, Councilman Rich Crispo and Erxleben will serve on the Finance Committee again in 2011. Dulcich also appointed Councilwoman Carol Simpson to serve as an alternate. Jensen, Simpson and Crispo will again serve on the city’s Salary and Benefits Committee as well as the Community, Communications and Outreach Committee this year.

James Delzon Simpkins James Delzon Simpkins, of Bellevue, died peacefully Jan. 6, 2011. He was 78. A celebration of Jim’s life was Jan. James 16. Jim was Simpkins born Nov. 22, 1932, in Bronxville, N.Y. Jim grew up in New York and was an Eagle Scout. Jim served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in pharmacy in 1956, and then worked


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Hazelwood Elementary School secretary treated to grand retirement By Tim Pfarr A lot has changed at Hazelwood Elementary School in the past 10 years — including the building — but one thing that hasn’t is Carolyn Thieme. Until now, that is. Thieme retired Jan. 31 after 20 years with the Renton School District, the last 10 of which were at Hazelwood Elementary, where she sat behind the front desk, greeting students, parents and visitors with a smile. However, she didn’t leave without a grand exit; about 100 friends, co-workers, parents, and current and former students came to wish her farewell at an after-school reception in the school’s commons Jan. 27. Thieme said she was shocked by the turnout. “I had no idea,” she said. “This is just mind-boggling.” She made her way across the room chatting with those in

attendance, often being approached by children and being handed cards and flowers. Thieme, a Newcastle resident, said she often sees former students in town, and they often say hello just like they did in elementary school. “The only difference is they’re about two feet taller,” she said with a laugh. She said seeing the children grow up has been one of the best parts of her job. The reception also featured a presentation by Principal Cindy Farnsworth and an opportunity for attendees to step up to the microphone and wish Thieme good luck. “She’s been incredibly supportive since day-one,” said Farnsworth, who has worked with Thieme since becoming the school’s principal in 2006. “What’s so amazing is that she’s the first person a lot of people see when they come here, and she’s so welcoming.”


Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel was named a finalist for the national superintendent of the year. The winner will be announced Feb. 17 in Denver.

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Carolyn Thieme receives flowers from students at her retirement reception Jan. 27. Hazelwood Elementary School Principal Cindy Farnsworth looks on.

There are success stories in public education, and Renton School District Superintendent Mary Alice Heuschel wants to spread the word. In her district, graduation rates have risen to an all-time high of 93 percent, math teachers that were once few are now plentiful and community organizations continue to lend their support to keep the district moving forward. For being at the helm and leading the district, the American Association of School Administrators named Heuschel as one of the four finalists for Superintendent of the Year in the U.S. “This really isn’t about me, but the hard work the teachers have done, and the support systems,” she said. “It’s great for the district.” Still, Heuschel said she is very honored just to be nominated. In November, the Washington Association of School Administrators named

“This really isn’t about me, but the hard work the teachers have done, and the support systems. It’s great for the district.” — Mary Alice Heuschel Renton School District superintendent

Heuschel the superintendent of the year for the state, and in December, she got word that she would be heading into the national spotlight. “I couldn’t believe it,” Heuschel said, remembering receiving the call just before the holidays. “It was amazing.” In January, the AASA flew her to Washington, D.C., to for interviews with its executives and corporate sponsors. During the interviews, she told them about the progress of her district, and she said the experience was intense but exciting. The organization will announce the national winner Feb. 17 at its national confer-

ence, and the winner is kept confidential until the announcement is made. “It’s like the Oscar of education,” Heuschel said with a laugh. If she is selected for the award, she will receive an exclusive jacket, and a student attending the high school from which she graduated — Bristol High School in Bristol, R.I. — would receive a $10,000 scholarship. Heuschel also said she that if she were selected, she would use her position to tell the latent success stories of public education. She said she would write to Oprah Winfrey to spread the word, as Winfrey donated $6 million to charter schools across the country last fall. Heuschel attended Wheelock College in Boston as an undergraduate and obtained a master’s degree in special education from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She began her work as a See HEUSCHEL, Page 13

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Heuschel Issaquah School District dips into funds to keep Liberty’s resource officer From Page 12

By Warren Kagarise Issaquah School District leaders dipped into a budget reserve to keep the resource officer at Liberty High School, after cuts to the King County Sheriff’s Office eliminated the program. King County Council members eliminated the resource officers assigned to Liberty and other schools in unincorporated areas in order to patch a $60 million budget hole late last year. The district kicked in $40,000 from a budget reserve in order to keep Deputy Dave Montalvo at the school through the end of the school year. The austere county budget for 2011 also called for the police storefront in a rural area near Issaquah to close, but the facility remains open. The county operates a storefront in the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area. The area encompasses 14,000 residents in Maple Hills, May Valley, Mirrormont and other communities between Issaquah and Renton. The county continues to offer other services at storefronts in the county, but the sheriff’s office no longer assigns deputies

to the facilities. Sgt. John Urquhart, sheriff’s office spokesman, said some deputies continue to use storefronts for computer access and restrooms. The county could reduce additional services at storefronts. The budget funds the community service representatives responsible for manning the facilities through February. Issaquah and other school districts agreed to keep resource officers through the end of the school year. The sheriff’s office reassigned eight other resource officers to patrol. Urquhart said many resource officers, like the popular Montalvo, had become a prized part of the school community. “That’s why these schools were so upset, and why some of them were able to keep their SROs,” Urquhart said. “They got the rug pulled out from under them by the County Council right in the middle of a school year.” Issaquah district spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said district officials plan to re-examine the resource officer position after the legislative session concludes. “At this point, it’s up to the school district,” Urquhart said.

“If they want them, they’re going to have to pay for them virtually 100 percent, or if we can get federal grants specifically for that, then we’ll do that.” The agency has used grants to fund school resource officers in the past. The county budget eliminated 28 deputy positions from the sheriff’s office, reduced police service in rural areas, and curtailed investigations into burglaries and other property crimes. The budget eliminated about 300 staff positions. The council approved the lean budget in November, after a monthslong debate about how to fund police and other criminal justice services. Officials asked residents to approve a sales tax hike in order to save off the cuts. The electorate defeated Proposition 1 — a proposal to raise the sales tax rate to 2 cents per $10 purchase on the Nov. 2 ballot — by a double-digit margin. Officials hoped to use the $35 million generated through the hike to close the budget shortfall. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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school administrator as a principal in the Yelm School District in 1993, and she became an assistant superintendent in Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1999. From 2000-2006, she worked at OSPI as deputy superintendent, along the way obtaining a doctorate and superintendent certificate from Seattle University. She began working as the Renton School District’s superintendent in 2006. Renton School Board member Pam Teal, who represents Newcastle, said Heuschel brings a fierce focus and essential accessibility. “She is approachable, genuine and listens to everyone,” Teal said. “I am extremely pleased for Mary Alice, and for everyone who is a part of the Renton district team. I also think this recognition goes beyond the school district; it goes to the community and the partnerships that have been developed over the years.” Organizations such as the Renton Community Foundation have continually supported the district. In January, the foundation donated $45,000 to the district, and the funds came from private donations of $1,000 or more from 26 people, including Heuschel, Teal, state

“Having our work acknowledged at the state and national level through the recognition of our superintendent brings a sense of pride for all of our staff, students, parents and communities.” — Cindy Farnsworth Hazelwood Elementary School principal Representative Marcie Maxwell, former Superintendent Gary Kohlwes and Renton Mayor Denis Law. The organization was founded in 1999 through a partnership between by the city of Renton, the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center and the Renton School District. Since its foundation, it has donated more than $300,000 to teachers and other local organizations. With Heuschel’s efforts and the district’s advancements, Hazelwood Elementary School Principal Cindy Farnsworth said everyone in the district can be proud. “Our school and our school district are making great gains in student achievement,” Farnsworth said. “Having our work acknowledged at the state and national level through the recognition of our superintendent brings a sense of pride for all of our staff, students, parents and communities.”



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a youngster, and relied on speed much more than strength until reaching high school. “When you’re younger, if you’re fast, usually you can just run your way back and forth around the field until you score,” Jenkins said with a laugh about youth football. “That’s just what I kind of did back in the day.” Each winter, he traded in his cleats for basketball shoes and was coached by his father, Cephus Jenkins, who had been a point guard on the Liberty basketball team in the early 1980s. In spring, Jenkins played shortstop on the baseball diamond, and beginning in middle school, he picked up track and field. It was the friendships he made on each sports team and the thrill of winning that kept him going. Although Jordan was playing running back at Liberty when his brother was in sixth grade, Chandler had starting catching Valach’s attention.

Liberty’s Chandler Jenkins dives into the recruiting process By Tim Pfarr If you see him on the other side of the field, you had better hope he is on your team, because when the clock starts, he is going to fight for the win with fervid intensity. Always. So, it might be best to get out of the way before he runs over you. This is the force football and basketball athlete Chandler Jenkins has brought to Liberty High School ever year he has sported a Patriots’ uniform. Now, as a senior, Jenkins is nearing graduation and the opportunity to bring his talents to the college level. The running back and defensive back has received scholarship offers to play football at the Air Force Academy, Eastern Washington University and the University of Wyoming, and he

has also garnered interest from nine other programs, including those at the University of Washington and Boise State University. Although Jenkins said he isn’t sure which college he will attend, the talent he has exhibited during his high school years has blown away those around him. “Chandler has always been super athletic and super competitive,” Liberty head football coach Steve Valach said. “I think it’s his competitive drive that’s really in an elite class.” As a youngster Jenkins’ athletic and competitive roots can be traced back to the muddy fields and oversized helmets of Pee Wee club football, where, at age 6, Jenkins suited up in an older age division alongside his brother

By Greg Farrar

Chandler Jenkins, Liberty senior running back, runs for a 37-yard gain Nov. 12 against Mount Si. Jordan. He had consistently attended his brother’s practices until the organizers simply per-

mitted him to join the team. Jenkins played numerous positions, including tight end as

A football machine As a high school freshman, Chandler Jenkins began bulking up, eventually growing into his 5-foot 10-inch, 170-pound frame. He suited up with the varsity football team his freshSee JENKINS, Page 15

Hazen dominates, Liberty struggles in January By Tim Pfarr The Hazen Highlanders boys basketball team blazed through January, posting an 8-1 record and falling only to 4A Skyline High School. Thanks to its strong record, the team was 14-3 and one win away from clinching the Seamount League championship as of Newcastle News’ deadline Jan. 31. Hazen will play in a seeding match before heading to the playoffs. The Liberty Patriots went 3-5 in January, and its 5-11 overall record as of the News’ deadline was enough to advance it to a postseason seeding match. Hazen Although Hazen has clinched the playoffs, it first needed to close the season with a road match against rival Renton High School at 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Head coach Gary Schaplow said the team was working one game at a time, staying focused on the tasks at hand and ensuring the team plays solid defense. “Our focus is defense first,” he said. “When we play defense first, it makes us a pretty good ball club.” Senior shooting guard and team captain R.J. Magar leads the team in points heading into the postseason. As of the News’ deadline, he had

racked up a team-leading 242 points, averaging 14.2 points per game. About 41 percent of his points came from behind the arc. “He’s been a scorer for a long time,” Schaplow said, adding that his true growth lately has come defensively. He’s become a more versatile player. I’m really, really pleased with his defense. It has really picked up.” Of course, Magar is not the only dominate force for the Highlanders. Junior center Dawit Kasa and senior power forward and center Brandt Graybeal have also been dangerous. Kasa recorded 191 points and an average of 12.7 points per game. He also shot 64 percent from the field. Graybeal — another team captain — knocked down 180 points and averaged 10.6 points per game. Senior point guard De’corius Sampson — the third team captain — was also instrumental in the team’s success, as he was responsible for a team-leading 88 assists. When it came to defense and rebounding, Graybeal led the way. He was a beast crashing the boards, with 196 total rebounds, and he managed to get his hands on the ball often, blocking 13 shots and recording 25 steals. Sampson took advantage of having quick hands, stripping oppo-

nents 39 times during the season. In the postseason, Schaplow said Sampson, Graybeal, Kasa and senior shooting guard Michael Dampier will likely be leaders in the postseason. Dampier has 161 points for the year and an average of 9.6 points per game. Schaplow said winning a state title is the obvious goal and likely on his player’s minds, but taking things one game at a time will help the team stay on track. Liberty Although Liberty was below a .500 record in January, head coach Joe Fithian said he expected the competition among KingCo teams to be tough. “We’0re just not quite at that level yet. Our defense is, not our offense,” he said. “Our problem is we’re not scoring enough.” On defense and rebounding, sophomore point guard Tynan Gilmore, senior post and team captain Kylan Marlow and junior post Ben Wessel were powerful. Wessel led the team with 64 rebounds, followed by Marlow with 44. Gilmore was fast to snatch the ball from opponents, nabbing 50 steals. “He’ll pick your pocket if you’re not

By Greg Farrar

Dawit Kasa, Hazen junior center, puts up a shot Jan. 18 during the fourth quarter of the Highlanders' 70-62 victory See BASKETBALL, Page 16 against Lindbergh.

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Jenkins From Page 14 man year, and although he had just two starts his first year, he managed to make a splash, running for 100 yards on just seven carries against Mercer Island High School, Valach recalled. “He definitely got some real varsity experience,” Valach said. By his sophomore year, he started every game at running back, and by his junior year in 2009, he began starting as a defensive back as well. In the 2009 season, he led the team in rushing and total yardage, racking up 1,345 yards rushing, 762 yards receiving and a team-leading 22 total touchdowns, which helped the Patriots advance to the 3A state championship game, which they ultimately lost to division rival Bellevue Wolverines, 23-17. Jenkins said that ride to the championship game was one of his two favorite memories from his career as a Liberty athlete. Although the Patriots were not able to relive the success of the 2009 season as a team, Jenkins continued to improve as a senior in 2010, carrying the team on his back at times and making enormous plays. He was selected as the 3A/2A KingCo Conference Offensive Player of the Year and named to the allstate team. During his senior season, he recorded a whopping 1,795 rushing yards, 439 receiving yards, 286 kickoff return yards for an average of nearly 36 yards per return and three interceptions, including one against

Mount Si High School, which Jenkins said is his other favorite memory as a Patriot. The Patriots were down 17-14 to the Wildcats, and with 1 minute and 54 seconds left in the game, Jenkins intercepted a pass from Wildcat quarterback Ian Ilgenfritz at the Mount Si 28-yard line, taking it back all the way to the goal line. “It’s just adrenaline,” he said. “I don’t even remember what I was thinking. Just run as fast as you can to the end zone, just going crazy. You don’t know what to do after. It was a great feeling.” Valach said the interception and touchdown return was stunning. “The game was over,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.” Senior lineman Kylan Marlow, who grew up playing sports with Jenkins, said being a teammate on the football field throughout high school was inspirational. “As a lineman, blocking for him, it just made me want to block harder,” he said. “I knew he was going to run as hard as he could, every play, no matter what.” Liberty quarterback Trey Wheeler described Jenkins as a stud, and football and basketball teammate Tynan Gilmore, a sophomore, said Jenkins is always dependable. “He’s just so versatile and just good at everything he does,” Gilmore said. “I don’t know how he does it. You can just lean on him for a play.” An athlete of all seasons On the basketball court, Jenkins has led the team in scoring since his sophomore year at

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Chandler Jenkins, Liberty senior guard, puts two points in Dec. 3 during the Patriots' basketball game against Sammamish. Liberty, scoring 229 and 224 points his sophomore and junior year, respectively. He scored 198 points in the 2010-11 season as of Newcastle News’ deadline Jan. 31. Jenkins also joined the track and field team his sophomore year, qualifying for the state championships in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He said he plans to return to track and field for his senior year, participating in the jumping events as well as the 100meter relay. However, he said he won’t do the 100-meter dash, as there is too much pressure. “I get way too nervous for the 100,” he said. “That’s why I

PAGE 15 never want to run that.” After his sophomore year doing track and field, Jenkins turned to a different spring sport for his junior year, joining a rugby club along with football teammates Drez Henfield and Jacob Daniels. He helped lead the rugby team to the state championship game, although the team lost the final match. Jenkins said he would have started playing rugby sooner had he known how much fun it was. “It’s kind of a whole different group of people,” he said. “It’s just kind of those people that get you pumped. They want to hit everybody.” But isn’t rugby one of the most brutal sports played? “The hits that you take in rugby are not nearly as big,” he said “It’s never really just headon like football. Everybody’s not just trying to blow you up. I definitely have more headaches from playing football than rugby.” Jenkins said he will be back on the rugby field this spring in addition to track and field. The future Although Jenkins said he is unsure if he will accept a football scholarship offer or from what school, he said he definitely plans to keep playing football in college, possibly even as a walk-on if he chooses to attend a college without a scholarship. Jenkins said recruiters have told him he would be able play the position of his choice at the college level. Despite his mon-

strous statistics as a running back, Jenkins said he feels he plays at the highest level as a defensive back, where success often comes down to who is the better athlete. “I like the feeling of just oneon-one, locking someone down,” he said. As thrilling as making the big play on defense may be, he said it still couldn’t compare with the thrill of scoring a touchdown. Valach said the program Jenkins joins — whatever it may be — is in for a treat, as Jenkins is the best football player he ever coached. “He’s going to be eligible, he’s going to compete every day in practice and he’s going to make plays for them,” he said. “Somebody is going to be really, really happy for the next four years.”

Hazen wrestling takes Seamount Championship The Hazen High School wrestling team took the Seamount League dual match title in January. The Highlanders went 6-1 in the season, falling only to Lindbergh High School. The league championship came down to a match against Renton High School Jan. 27. Hazen came away with a 41-33 win to take the title.

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