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Township proposed in unincorporated area of King County BY ANDY HOBBS

GRAND GARDEN FOR ALL Partnership’s hard work yields botanical paradise BY ROBERT WHALE

Along the paths and greenways connecting the strolling gardens they went, alone, in pairs and by small groups as a soft summer rain splashed gently on leaf and twig and flower.

Through pockets of intoxicating floral fragrances they passed, inhaling scents of daphnes and sarcacosas and roses so powerful

they could whip the head around. Among the partakers was Renton’s Helen Cross, marveling as she strolled through the entry garden, past the house and the banana tree, into the lushness of purple clematis, crocosmia, day lilies, ladies mantle, flowering Inula and thousands of other plants. “So big and bold,” Cross said, pausing for a moment to appreciate one of her favorites, the [ more GARDEN page 22 ]

City breaks ground on connector to ‘road to nowhere’ BY ROBERT WHALE

Most people in Auburn probably don’t even know the short strip of road behind AMPAC Packaging and Mohawk Northern

Plastics exists at all. But soon that unconnected section, accessible now only through the company’s parking lot, and only during business hours, will make

up a key part of the long awaited tie-in of A Street Northwest to B Street Northwest. When the contractor, Miles Resources, finishes the $9.7 million A-B con-

nector job next summer, a person starting from the Auburn Transit Station will be able to zip all the way north to South 277th Street on a single [ more CONNECTOR page 20 ]

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Craig Wick specializes in restoring classic cars, like this 1956 Chevy that shines in his West Main Street shop. SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter

Wicked with a wrench: Creative, custom car shop revives classics BY SHAWN SKAGER

Lost in the maze of industrial parks and shops on West Main Street in Auburn beats the heart of hot rod technology. Craig Wick and his crew at Wicked Fabrication have been churning out some of the

most innovative and inspiring custom hot rod creations in the automotive world since 2002. Not content to merely “soup up” a few old cars, Wicked Fabrication has made its mark rebuilding cars from the frame up, updating [ more WICKED page 20 ]

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Morris Skagen, Soos Creek Botanical Garden founder and co-director, stands by a pond, one of the features at the newly opened, 22-acre public garden east of Auburn Mountainview High School. Below, flowers abound throughout the garden. ROBERT WHALE, Reporter

The unincorporated area of King County sandwiched between Federal Way and Auburn may incorporate under the name Peasley Canyon Township. On July 11, the Committee for Peasley Canyon Township filed with the King County Council for a spot on the November ballot, asking residents to vote on forming a self-governing township. However, the matter awaits county approval as to whether incorporation is possible. About 21,000 people live in the area generally bordered by Interstate 5 and Federal Way

to the west, Milton and Pierce County to the south, Auburn to the east and Kent to the north. Peasley Canyon connects the areas of Lake Dolloff, Star Lake, Lake Geneva, Five Mile Lake and West Hill. Military Road is a primary arterial route. The area’s ZIP code is 98001, and residents claim either Federal Way or Auburn for their mailing address. Thomas Jefferson High School and other Federal Way district schools serve the area. Committee member Jerry Galland said one reason for forming Peasley Canyon Township is to prevent

[2] July 22, 2011

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Man claims $6.4 million state Lotto jackpot A retired Boeing program manager from Auburn has come forward to claim a $6.4 million Lotto jackpot, one of the largest in state history. Jack Poltz Jr. used a Quick Pick to select his numbers for the July 9 drawing, according to the Washington Lottery. He claimed his winnings at the Washington Lottery office in Federal Way on Monday. For more than a week, the winning ticket sat with a stack of other lottery tickets in the visor of Poltz’s car. The

winning numbers from the drawing for Lotto were: 01-04-08-09-29-48. Lotto winners have options for their prize; a cash option of $2.4 million after taxes or annual payments of $192,000 per year for 25 years. Poltz purchased the ticket from Top Food and Drug, 1702 Auburn Way N., on July 8, a day before the drawing, according to Washington Lottery. For its efforts, the store receives a retail selling bonus of $64,000. Poltz and his wife, Susan, plan to pay off their mortgage, purchase a new car and donate a portion of the winnings to charity.

ArtRageous Art Festival comes to Les Gove Park

Pack play Cub Scouts Shabro Johnson, 8, and Hunter McInelly, 8, of Pack 323, out of Auburn, launch their paddle boats in the mock river setup during the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Cub Day Camp at Game Farm Wilderness Park. The Scouts took part in many activities to test the mind and body – from arts and crafts, cooking and woodworking to science and citizenship projects. CHARLES CORTES, AUBURN REPORTER

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puppets alongside songs, dances and silliness. If you would like to volunteer, or perhaps even perform, contact the simpletons at info@, or 206784.8647, ext. 1. ArtRageous is made possible with the generous support from 4Culture and 4Culture Site Specific. The festival is presented by the City of Auburn and produced by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec Department. For information, visit or call 253-931-3043.

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Auburn’s ArtRageous Art Festival – a free oneday art extravaganza for all ages to create and celebrate art – returns Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Les Gove Park, 11th and Auburn Way South. ArtRageous includes hands-on, artmaking activities for all ages, local art organizations, professional artist demonstrations, art vendors, food booths, music, and a special Wonderland: Alice Adventure presented by Theater Simple. The troupe’s newest interactive, theatrical park

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Better together Bringing AT&T customers a stronger network faster. AT&T customers, including those who join us from T-Mobile, will see significant service improvements from the merger. The addition of T-Mobile’s spectrum resources and thousands of cell sites will quickly increase capacity and coverage, resulting in better call reliability and data speeds. Mobile data traffic on AT&T’s network has grown 8,000% over the last four years. With tablets, cloud computing, and a new generation of bandwidth-hungry devices on the horizon, demand is expected to increase an additional 8-10 times by 2015.

Integrating T-Mobile’s network resources, while continuing AT&T’s network investment, is the surest, fastest, and most efficient way to meet this challenge.

Continued innovation for T-Mobile customers. Through the integration with AT&T, T-Mobile customers can continue to enjoy innovative technologies, devices, and services for many years to come. They will have the freedom to keep their existing pricing plans and phones, and will benefit in the future with expanded capabilities. T-Mobile customers will also benefit from network enhancements — such as improved coverage in remote regions and access to AT&T’s planned next generation networks.

Reaching more of Washington with LTE. LTE technology is a super-fast way to connect to the Internet. The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile will allow AT&T to expand its LTE wireless broadband network to cover over 97% of Washington residents. That means 700,000 more people in Washington, many in small towns and rural areas, will get access to LTE due to the merger. Our customers will get a stronger network. The state will get a new choice for broadband. And more of Washington will get access to a cutting-edge wireless network and all the opportunities it brings.

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July 22, 2011 [5]

Auburn Building Official attains high certification Auburn Building Official Rick Hopkins recently attained the designation of Master Code Professional from the International Code Council – the highest level of certification the organization offers. Hopkins is one of nine people in the state and one of 301 in the world to earn the certification, which requires and demonstrates

Good fit: Alex, 14, and Damon Wieland, 8, sport life jackets at the newly opened kiosk on the east bank of the high-flowing Green River at Isaac Evans Park. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Making a stand for the safety of others


commitment to the profession, diverse knowledge of codes and a high level of

self-initiative. Hopkins, who has been a public sector building professional for 22 years, has served as building official for almost 15 years. “Attaining the certification of Master Code

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Family, friends and volunteers came together to quickly clear a path, build and set up a public life jacket station and kiosk by the Green River at Isaac Evans Park last week. The Paris Foundation – in collaboration with the City of Auburn, the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network, and Safe Kids of Washington – made the stand possible. The Paris Foundation, led by the White family of Auburn, and the WSDPN are reaching out to get more families and followers onboard to practice drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1 and 4, and the secondleading cause of death among Skyler White, left, talks to his brother, Brian, as their children 1-15 years old, according to father, Paul, drives a screw into the kiosk’s boarded the U.S. Consumer Product Safety foundation during last week’s building party. “It is Commission. awesome,” Skyler said of the stand, which was The stand is open daily at the park his Eagle Scout project. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter for the public to borrow and return life vests of varying sizes. It will White’s Eagle Scout project. close late fall and reopen next spring. The Whites hope to install more stations “It’s overwhelming, with all the people along the river and other trouble spots. coming out and the support we have received,” said Deanna White, founder of “Perhaps if we start with the public the foundation, as the work party began. facilities, people will begin to realize how “My heart is so happy but also sad.” serious of an issue this is,” Deanna White The foundation was named in memory said. “If we can save just one life, our of White’s 2-year-old daughter, Paris, who purpose will be fulfilled. died in a drowning accident six years ago. “Our goal is to have life jacket loaner So far, the foundation has donated boards, or any other life jacket loaner 650 vests to groups and organizations program at every open water or regulated throughout the state. Statewide parks, facility in the state of Washington,” she excounty sheriffs departments, kids safety plained. “This will help those people who groups and various open-water organizamay have forgotten a life jacket or may tions are joining the network. not own a life jacket to still have a safe The stand/kiosk also served as Skyler and enjoyable time around the water.”

Professional represents a significant accomplishment that speaks volumes about Rick,” said Jeff Tate, the City’s Development Services manager and Hopkins’ supervisor. “He instills a sense of pride and professionalism that is contagious amongst his colleagues, and his knowledge of code and building principles is unmatched,” said Tate.

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[6] July 22, 2011 CRIME

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Police Blotter Auburn police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between July 9 and July 18:

July 9 Auto theft, and more: 6:20 a.m., 101 Auburn Way S. When a check showed that a man had not just swiped a car but also tried to sneak off in it with things he had ripped off from a woman he had met the night before, police arrested him. Shoplifting: 12 p.m., 1702 Auburn Way N. Police arrested a kid at Top Food & Drug for stealing sunglasses and candy.

July 10 Vandalism: 7:56 a.m., 800 4th St. NE. A man saw a car on fire in Auburn High School’s west parking lot and called the cops. Looks like someone used some sort of cloth to set the fire. the market are more than you Burglary: Overnight, 2623 West Valley Highway N. A man between 40 and 50 years old, dressed in a white and gray jacket and blue jeans, cut a fence to reach an unlocked shed and stole 200 feet of copper welding line before speeding off into the night in a 1994 white Honda Accord.

Theft: 2:40 p.m., 1520 Supermall Way SW. Between July 7 and July 11 a Burger King employee allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of money. Police arrested said employee on July 11.

July 12

Burglary: 8:30 p.m., 1312 2nd St. SE. Boys unknown broke into a storage shed for New Day Christian, taking nothing.

DUI booze or drugs: 3:30 p.m., 1500 A St. NE. Seeing a guy zonked out and hanging from the driver’s window of his vehicle in a parking lot, somebody called police. Indeed, police found the man to be quite drunk. The man admitted to operating his vehicle, earning himself an arrest. A tow truck driver arrived and was happy to haul off his vehicle. The man’s blood-alcohol content was .30, nearly four times the legal limit.

Shoplifting: 11:58 a.m., 101 Auburn Way S. Police arrested a male at Safeway for stealing two packs of lighters, a pack of hair ties and a super glue pen, which he had tucked away in his clothing before walking out. The store’s loss prevention staff contacted the guy, police arrested him, and Safeway got its goods back.

Water thieves: 2:15 p.m., 2400 Auburn Way S. An unknown company stole water from a City of Auburn fire hydrant near the Muckleshoot Casino. City employees had seen a truck backed up to the hydrant with a hose attached to a work truck. The employees saw no meter attached so they reported what they had seen to police.

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imagined: Fraud-impersonation/ID theft: 10:27 a.m., 3000 block of 14th St. SE. • Somebody Certified organic called an elderly manand and grown seasonal toldlocally him that, lo and behold, out of the blue, he had won $250,000. caller vegetables andThe fruit. the lucky to send $250 of Two police officers were injured in an accidental • instructed Freshly cutman bouquets to flowers an address in Jamaica to get his prize. shooting at a gun range in Auburn last Thursday caller phoned a second time and afternoon, the Auburn Police Department reported. • TheHerbs asked the big winner to send $500 so Both officers were not from Auburn, but from • Lavender his prize would be tax free. At this point, nearby agencies, said Auburn Police Commander • thePlants man became suspicious, so he called Mike Hirman. • police Shaved to report iced the fraud. One officer was struck in the thigh with a bullet, the • Comb honey other was hit by a “rock or shrapnel” in the abdomen, Girl out of control: 4:03 p.m., 210 • Farm eggs possibly from a bullet, Hirman said. The man with the block of 21st Place Southeast. A woman • toldHand-dipped chocolate leg wound was transported to Harborview Medical police that her almost 18-year-old Center, where he was in stable condition. The other and fudge daughter had wigged out, and in her was treated for a superficial wound at a local hospital. • rage Baked goodies had broken a terra-cotta pot and a Police were conducting training when the shooting • door Quilts frame. happened, Hirman said. • Mini no-trans-fat Auburn police continue to investigate the incident, July 13 doughnuts which reportedly happened around 4:30 p.m. p.m., • Shoplifting: Organic8:13 beef Supermallprepared Way SW. Store security at • 1101 Freshly kettle Sports Authority caught a girl ripping off July 16 from his business, Bernard Motors. corn of headphones. Police did not disclose a value for the • a set Italian sodas Drug paraphernalia: 10:50 a.m., missing items. • July Pet14 supplies 500 block of 25th Street Southeast. An • Jewelry apartment complex manager called 911 July 18 Commercial burglary: to report that a previous tenant had left 12:37 p.m., 28900 124th Ave. SE. Police Theft from motor vehicle: 10:44 arrested two boys just outside the Kent city behind numerous scatterings of drug a.m., H Street Northwest. A woman paraphernalia. limits for burglarizing Mountainview High told police that somebody had broken 2011 Special Events School, a few blocks south of where Kent July 17 into her vehicle while she was riding June Openingthem. DayAceremonies police 12 had stopped person who begin her bike on the Interurban Trail. The 8:30am had seen theatboys spraying a car with a fire Commercial burglary: 7 p.m., 2204 bad guy scuttled off with her cell phone extinguisher detained both of&them. June 19 Sound Transit MetroWhen A St. SE. A man called police to say that and her wallet, which contained several an unknown somebody had stolen Kent police arrived, the boys said that they Appreciation Day debit and credit cards. scrap metal and several other items had found the extinguisher inside the school. July 10 Kid’s Day July 24 The Dog Days of Summer Farmers Market Benefits (Complete with the annual The benefits of shopping at Ladder 31 found that a malfunction- a report of a fire alarm ringing at This week’s… Parade Marketthan Dogs) you ing natural gas fireplace emitting Lakeland Hills Elementary School the market areofmore Aug. 7 National Farmers Market Weekheat | and smoke had activated the determined that the alarm system imagined: was being serviced and that there Vendor Recognition Day alarm. The homeowner arrived and was no fire. No further action was firefighters notified him or her of 11 Remembrance Dayand • Sept. Certified organic required. the problem. Firefighters turned the locally grown seasonal Sept. 18 Senior Appreciation Day fireplace off and contacted a certified vegetables fruit. The Valley Regionaland Fire Authority July 16 to cut 180 calls for service of repairman to fix the problem. • responded Freshly bouquets Illegal burn: 11:52 a.m., (Lea Hill). between July 11 and July 17, among July 13 flowers Firefighters were called to a house the following: • them Herbs whose occupants had been burning Motor vehicle accident: 4 p.m., • Lavender a stump in the backyard. Firefighters July 11 (Auburn). Firefighters responding to • Plants gave the homeowner a bit of educathe 1500 block of Auburn Way North call: 4:26iced p.m., (Pacific). Firetion on the rules for outdoor burning • Aid Shaved for a multiple car accident treated responding and put the fire out. • fighters Comb honeyto a boy who minor injuries at the scene. Nobody severed his thumb while work• had Farm eggs had to go to the hospital. July 17 ing with a tableevents saw recovered the • Hand-dipped chocolate detached thumb and transported Motorcycle accident: 7:58 p.m., July 14 theand kid tofudge Auburn Regional Medical (Auburn). Firefighters responding to • Center Baked goodies (ARMC) in stable condition for Aid call: 8:29 a.m., (Algona). a report of a motorcycle accident on • further Quilts Firefighters treated an elderly man medical care. the on-ramp to Highway 167 South• Mini no-trans-fat for breathing difficulties. A private bound at Highway 18 found a driver July 12 ambulance brought the man to doughnuts who had lost control of his bike and Valley Medical Center. • Residential Organic fire beef alarm: 1:19 sustained moderate injuries to his • p.m., Freshly prepared kettle (Auburn). Firefighters respondlower parts. King County Medics July 15 ingcorn to a residential fire alarm came transported the driver to Harborview Fire alarm: 11:29 a.m., (Lakeland a housesodas with an audible fire Medical Center for further evaluation • upon Italian Inside, the crew of Hills). Firefighters responding to and treatment. • alarm Petsounding. supplies • Jewelry

2 police officers accidentally hurt at Auburn Gun Range

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3 CERT courses setSpecial for Auburn 2011 Events

class is held in downtown Auburn. • Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, JuneThe 12 City Opening Day ceremonies begin 27 and Nov. 3 and 10 of Auburn from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and at 8:30am Emergency Management Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Nov. Office, conjunction with June 19 in Sound Transit & Metro 12 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. the White River Valley Appreciation Day • The third is restricted to Citizen Corps July 10 Kid’s Day Council and high school students in the the Auburn School District and July Valley 24 The Regional Dog Days of Fire Summer Authority, is offering three (Complete with the annual will be offered on Monday Community Emergency PLC days beginning Oct. 3 Parade of Market Dogs) Response Team (CERT) and continuing through the Aug. 7 National Farmers Market Week | training courses for area school year. Vendor Day residents. TheRecognition three classes Classes are at Auburn Sept. 11 Remembrance are scheduled for: Day High School, 800 4th St. Sept.• Aug. 18 Senior Appreciation Day 23-25 from 8 a.m. NE. Class members will be – 5 p.m. all three days. The

required to provide some basic equipment, such as sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves. Other necessary supplies and equipment will be provided. Pre-registration is required for all courses and space is limited. For more information, or to register for any of these classes, please call 253-876-1925 or email emergencyprep@auburnwa. gov. Applications also may be downloaded at www.

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Algona Days

The community came out last Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Algona Days, which featured a parade, car show, arts and crafts, food, vendors and games. Algona Police Chief A.W. “Buster” McGehee, upper left, taunts Seandalynn Faleagafulu during a free throw shooting contest at Matchett Memorial Park. Don Cain, left, polishes a rim on his 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Coup during the car show. Above, Mayors Pete Lewis (Auburn) and Richard Hildreth (Pacific) wave to the more photos online… crowd along the parade route on 1st Avenue. CHARLES CORTES, Auburn Reporter

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It’s a nice effort, and one with busy moms in mind. Two women are leading the effort to bring some MOMentum to a public park near you. Paige Green Dunn – actress and wife of King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn – and Kelly Singer – a personal trainer and founder of Sassy Fit – have come up with an idea to make workout equipment available to busy, on-the-go mothers as they watch their kids play in the park. The first equipment installment is tentatively scheduled for Auburn’s Les Gove Park later this summer. MOMentum, co-founded by Dunn and Singer, is working in collaboration with City officials to make the donation-fueled project possible. “I was inspired to do this project because as a mom, I see how tough it can be to find time to exercise,” said Dunn, who has a 2-year-old son, Hayden. “Whether the problem is not having a gym membership, not being able to afford a babysitter or being a working mom who doesn’t have much time with her kids, it can be a challenge.” Dunn points out that not every mother can afford a gym membership. “I have received so much from my own community,” she said, “this is my attempt to give something in return.” Moms will have the chance to focus on their own health and well being while also encouraging it of their children, organizers say. The stationary fitness stations require no electricity. Every product is eco-friendly and powered by people, sort of like an outdoor conservation-clean gym. Each outdoor gym offers low-impact cardio equipment and strengthening machines that focus on the areas moms care about most – arms, abs, hips and thighs, organizers explain. Efforts are under way to raise $20,000 for the equipment and installation at Les Gove Park. [ more KLAAS page 9 ]

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The need for safety vests The King County Council passed an ordinance requiring anyone more than 5 feet from shore in a river to wear a life jacket or face a fine. Sheriff Sue Rahr and other supporters say it’s for public safety and contend that public education isn’t enough to entice people to wear personal flotation devices (PFDs). They cite one study on the Cedar River that found most

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youth weren’t wearing PFDs. They also highlight a Coast Guard report that revealed up to 90 percent of boating related drowning victims didn’t have on PFDs. The emotional cost of such tragedies is immeasurable in addition to the real cost of rescue operations. PFDs save lives. Thus, their requirement is necessary and worth it.

Why not extend this public safety motif to require all people in our streets to wear orange reflective safety vests? Many more people are hurt and killed each year as pedestrians on our streets than in rivers. This despite decades of public education about looking both ways before crossing the street. The vast majority of victims struck by vehicles aren’t wearing safety vests. If safety vests didn’t work, then crossing guards, traffic cops, flaggers, and construction workers wouldn’t wear them. This new ordinance could simply require people more than 5 feet from the curb to don a safety vest or face a fine. If it can save one life, isn’t it worth it?

– Dee Voss

Ensuring local control is vital to the King County Sheriff ’s Office The United States has a very different law enforcement system than almost any other country in the world. While most other countries have a central or national police force, we have more than a whopping 17,000 separate local police departments. People from other countries think this is inefficient and outmoded. But, the reason we have so many departments is for one simple

reason – local control. The Founding Fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson, felt strongly that law enforcement services should be answerable to local leaders, and they are. Each city’s police chief answers to


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their mayor and city council. The local sheriff answers directly to the voters. This concept has become so inculcated in our society that it has become our expectation. Globally, however, it is unusual. And, while we have made local control a seemingly indispensable part of our system, it comes at a price. Specialized units, administrative overhead and all the police department functions that support

officers on the street are expensive. Underscoring this is the fact that public safety is often one of the largest expenditures for local governments and, therefore, the taxpayers. In 25 years of law enforcement experience, I have never seen the environment quite like it is right now. Although I never thought I [ more MY TURN page 9 ]

July 22, 2011 [9] records systems, and dispatch centers are already in place, and discussions are underway to regionalize further. As we regionalize to respect the taxpayer and do the job better, how do we also ensure local control? First, through governance models that ensure all cities and the county are represented; second, through our

making costs for each police “unit” less for everyone, thereby creating would see police officers being laid and benefitting from an “economy of off, it is currently happening in scale.” countless agencies across the country. Better yet, this regional cost effiCamden, N.J., recently laid off almost ciency is balanced with local control, half of their officers; Oakland, Calif., as each partner agency selects its own plans to let go of 80 more. When police chief from among qualified asked how residents should feel upon King County Sheriff ’s Office managhearing this news, the San Jose ers, and that chief reports Mercury News quoted an Oakdirectly to the city manland officer suggesting, “Fear – ager, the mayor and the city they know the wolves are going council. Additionally, each to come out.” partner agency establishes its It has become a cliché to say own level of staffing and law that the economic ground has enforcement priorities. shifted, that we have a “new This balance of regional cost normal.” The reality of the shift efficiency with local control has certainly hit all of us in the is exactly what government public sector very hard. Elected should be doing. Municipal officials and voters are looking departments already work well closer than ever at the value together, and we are working and efficiencies of the services to overcome a past history of we provide in the public sector. difficult relationships between Parks and streets departments, the county and cities. We A King County Sheriff helicopter hovers over Auburn maintenance crews, arts combelieve partnerships are good missions, libraries, higher educa- Municipal Airport. The county will continue to patrol the skies. public policy. The King County CHARLES CORTES, Auburn Reporter tion institutions, even police Sheriff ’s Office is dedicated departments – once thought to finding further regional untouchable – are being very county’s unique partnership model efficiencies – not only by continuing to closely analyzed. for providing police services. provide quality services to our existing So, how do we balance our desire Many people are not aware that 12 of partner agencies, but also working for local control with the need to the 39 cities within King County partclosely with our excellent autonomous achieve greater efficiency? Are these ner with the sheriff ’s office to provide municipal police departments to distwo mutually exclusive? The answer their own unique police departments. cover new partnership opportunities. is clearly no. The same is true for Metro and Sound Together, we can regionalize where we At the King County Sheriff ’s OfTransit Police, as well as the Mucklecan, and maintain local control where fice, we are actively moving ahead to shoot Police. The officers serving these we should. do our part in finding that balance agencies are sheriff ’s office deputies The financial environment of by taking a more regional approach who work full-time assignments for public safety is changing. Rather than to service delivery. In fact, municipal our partners, proudly wear the unicomplain about it, we should see it as a police departments all across King form of their unique agencies, and also tremendous opportunity. Our area poCounty are finding more ways to drive police cars marked with unique lice departments and the King County work together to get the job done identification designed by each agency. Sheriff ’s Office are working together with the same or fewer resources, Still, they are King County deputies. because it is the right thing to do for and the King County Sheriff ’s OfThe operational, administrathe taxpayer and for public safety. fice aims to be a trusted partner in tive and overhead costs are shared Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, a conthese regional initiatives. Regional across all agencies in the partnership, tributing columnist for the Reporter, can SWAT teams, civil disturbance teams, including the sheriff ’s organization, be reached at

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Store working with nun to offer jeans for teens BY ROBERT WHALE

It might seem like a trivial matter to grown-ups. But the start of a school year can be rough on appearance-conscious kids who can’t afford nice clothes, especially when smartly-dressed youngsters are all around them. Pam Bauer’s heart goes out to kids like that, especially to girls. Now the Tapps Island resident and Lake Tapps businesswoman wants to help. Bauer and her husband, T.J., recently opened a new clothing store, Slate, at 18215 9th St. E. No. 105, just north of Lake Tapps, after operating for years a prior store between Auburn and Federal Way. The closure of the former store left them with an inventory of jeans of various prices. Most business owners would sell the jeans. Bauer decided to donate them. “I wanted to hit the teenage level,” Bauer said surrounded by clothing of all types at her smart

new digs. “I feel like a lot of kids, with the state of the economy and everything else, have a hard time going to school and fitting in with other kids whose parents can buy them the more expensive denims, or who just don’t have what the other kids have. That can be emotionally tough on kids.” Bauer looked for a charity that could use the denim. She found St. Francis House Clothing Bank in Puyallup and Sister Pat Michalek. For every pair of jeans that Bauer sells at Slate, she will donate one pair of jeans to St. Francis House in the name of the client who bought the jeans. That amounts to about 133 jeans. St. Francis House will give them away until they are gone. Bauer chose St. Francis House because of its long record of serving its local community with free clothing and of carefully screening its clients. Sister’s Pat’s smile was audible, even over the phone. Since St. Francis House opened nearly 40 years ago, she said, it has never had a donation of new clothing.

Pam Bauer’s new clothing store in Lake Tapps has the teenager in mind. For every pair of jeans that Bauer sells at Slates, she will donate one pair of jeans to St. Francis House in the name of the customer who purchased the jeans. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter “The brand-new jeans that they are giving us are something our clients could never afford, so it’s a wonderful thing to have available,” Sister Pat said. “Basically, they’re new jeans for women and girls, so they’ll be particularly useful for us before the school year when we give out school supplies. They are really nice jeans. It’s something they could never afford, a wonderful thing for them.” Bauer said she began working in retail when she was 16. Later, she entered the brokerage industry but quit working to have children. She studied retail merchandising at Fort Steilacoom community college.

“We moved to the Auburn area about four years ago, and this spot came up, and we decided to open the store,” Bauer said of Slate. “We felt it was really needed in the area, and it’s been going great.” Design Conceptions on Tapps Island designed the store with “an organic and industrial feel” in mind, Bauer said. “I really want to work with the community. I want it to be a community store,” she said. “We keep asking our customers what they like, what brands they like and what they want in the store, so they can come in and grab.”

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title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market for 2011. And for the first time, the American Farmland market in each state with Trust, the nation’s leading the most votes will get a farmland conservaprize, too. tion organization, “We are thrilled has issued a nato be included tionwide challenge among the leading to decide which markets in Washfarmers markets ington State,” said can rally the most Market Manager support from their Joanne Macnab. communities. “I hope that fans Macnab And with voting of the market who underway to select have not yet voted “America’s Favorite Farmers will support us and select Markets,” The Auburn Inthe Auburn International ternational Farmers Market Farmers Market.” is one of five markets in The Auburn InternationWashington state leading al Farmers Market is open the contest. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Voting opened June 1 Sunday through Sept. 25 at and ends Aug. 31. the Auburn Station Plaza at Four markets – one large, 23 A St. SW. one medium, one small and Contest rules allow one boutique – will win the people to vote for as many participating farmers markets as they choose, but DONATE TODAY: Auburn Food they can only vote one time Bank, 930 18th Place NE. For more information or to volunfor each market. teer, call 253-833-8925 or visit American Farmland www. Trust is the leading BY ROBERT WHALE

conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. The contest is part of its No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food. “There would be no local food without local farms and farmland,” said Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust. “People can make a real difference in the economic health of their communities by shopping at farmers markets, participating in CSAs, and buying directly from the farm.” For more information about the contest, or to cast your vote, visit www. For more information about the Auburn International Farmers Market, visit www.

July 22, 2011 [11] The mother-daughter team bring their show on the road, which includes an Aug. 12 visit to Emerald Downs for the “Hats and Heels, A Shopping Event and Night at the Races.” Riggs, who grew up in Seattle and has lived off and on in Auburn for 16 years, also spends time teaching her passion to others. She is training her daughter to take over the operation one day.

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Elsewhere • Green River Music has relocated to 216 Auburn Way S. “The place we’re in works real well,” said Don Gardner, owner and operator, whose business previously occupied 108 S. Division. The music store, which specializes in all musical instruments, except classical keyboards, has expanded its hours and operation. Green River Music also offers private music lessons. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-

Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Green River Music has been a part of the Auburn business community for 35 years. To contact Gardner and the store, call 253-833-2240 or visit www. • Sunbreak Café of Auburn and Patty’s Eggnest, with eight locations in Western Washington, tied for first place in Kent and Alan’s 21st annual Best Breakfast in Seattle poll. STAR 101.5 FMl listeners voted for three days via phone, text, Facebook

and Twitter, with results announced Monday. Three restaurants dominated voting, including Sunbreak Café, a 10-time winner, Maltby Café and newcomer Patty’s Eggnest. • Electronic Recyclers International, one of the nation’s leading recyclers of electronic waste, announced that it has successfully achieved Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification for its Auburn facility.

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Adept in design and application, Sonja Riggs wanted to stretch her artistic boundaries by exploring the distinctiveness and sustainability of glass. Whether stained, fused or mosaic, glass presents a colorful and interesting medium for the Auburn artist and small business owner who embraces its possibilities. “It’s fun,” Riggs said from the comforts of her homebased shop, Purple Slug Glass Art LLC, which is equipped with three kilns of varying sizes and the necessary tools to craft products. “I enjoy seeing how it looks at the end of the process. To me, it’s just fascinating how many things you can make with (glass).” Riggs teams with her daughter, Janae Wright, to design and customize orders or create signature products. Items range from jewelry to plates, fused dishes to beads. A wide range of items, big and small, include bowls, cheese trays, money clips, bracelets, ornaments, bracelets and garden stakes. Before discovering glass, Riggs became skilled with


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metals as a solderer and worked in a plastics plant. “I’ve always been handson,” she said of her work. Glass art intrigued Riggs. “(With glass) the biggest challenge is getting the right (kiln) firing schedule for each project.” Riggs has worked with stained glass for 13 years, fused glass for 10, but only recently decided to establish her own business. Encouraged by her husband, Mark, she acquired her business license and converted their garage into a full-service glass products shop.

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or Mom’s forgetfulness among our siblings. Our parents are our parents. It seems they should always be in charge—at least of their own lives. We believe this even as we watch them deteriorate. How do you approach the change? We are better able to handle any problem if we have prepared for it. That is why retirement groups emphasize the importance of the elderly passing along pertinent names and account numbers to their children. Whether you live down the street from your parents or in a different state, you still might find them reluctant to discuss their private business with you. Trust is a factor, and acknowledgement that their children really are grown. But the biggest hindrance may be the recognition of their own mortality. Yes, we all know we are going to die someday. Why


must we discuss it? Explain that you want to insure their desires are followed, and that this occasion seems to be the best time. There really is no best time – there is only a worst time. Try not to put yourself or your parents in the position of making emotional, life-changing decisions in the midst of an illness, or while they are in pain. It will help if you do some research before having the discussion. Your first source is to talk with brothers and sisters. Brainstorm questions you feel you need the answers to. Then get some emergency and elder care lists. They will guide you to other topics for which you might need answers. Remember that the purpose of the exercise is to help your parents. You want to be able to get help from their doctors as soon as possible. You want to be able to access medicines they take on a regular basis. If possible, attend medi-


BETTY GERING About: Auburn retiree is a longtime gardener and volunteer, contributing to the beauty and education of the community. She especially enjoys helping students improve their reading and writing skills. She brought together friends and neighbors in a pen pal program with students at Lea Hill Elementary School. … Born and raised in the Seattle

A group of committed knitters and crocheters are making a difference for others in need. The Random Acts of Kindness group meets regularly at the Pacific Community Center to knit and crochet wool items for a variety of projects. The Tuesday club has produced lap robes for injured soldiers and helmet liners for troops on patrol overseas. The group also has knitted stuffed teddy

area, Gering recently celebrated 60 years of marriage to her husband, Will. Service: Gering completed her 14th year as a volunteer in the reading program at Briarwood Elementary in Issaquah. She spent two years as a volunteer at Lea Hill Elementary. She also has been several years as a volunteer at the Maple Valley Presbyterian School. Quote: “I enjoy what I do. I enjoy watching the students’ improvement and learning to enjoy reading. They choose a book and read to us, with help if needed.” Nominate your senior star to:

bears to assist local police to help soothe victims of crimes. The club also has made baby hats and blankets for Romanian children. And recently, they are weaving purple baby caps for a new campaign to prevent shaken baby syndrome/infant abuse. The Random Acts of Kindness welcomes new members. The group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the center, 103 3rd Ave. SE, Pacific. To learn more, call 253-931-8289.

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A client in crisis came to me recently. She suddenly had been confronted with the fact that her mother was scheduled for major surgery. “I don’t know why that bothers me,” she said. “My mother had emergency surgery about 20 years ago. That didn’t bother me.” I suggested that no one had time to worry during an emergency. My client saw my point. “Plus,” she said, “I’ll be with Mom this time. Dad’s too infirm to care for her, and she’ll need help during recovery.” And so, another adult child slips into the role of caregiver. The change from adult child to caretaker seems to hit us abruptly and unexpectedly, even when we think we are ready. We know our parents are aging. We notice when their faculties become less sharp. We start discussing Dad’s loss of balance


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Auburn’s Durch gets the call for Teach for America Auburn’s Erin Durch recently accepted an appointment to teach in a high-needs community through Teach for America. The national corps program offers top college graduates the chance to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational Durch equity. Durch is a 2006 graduate of Auburn High School and 2010 graduate of Western Washington University. She will teach in Houston. Teach For America’s talent pool was the most competitive ever

this year. Nearly 48,000 individuals applied, and 11 percent were accepted. Applicants included 12 percent of Ivy League seniors, 10 percent of seniors at Howard University, 8 percent at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and 5 percent at the University of Texas at Austin. Durch joins Teach For America’s incoming corps of 5,200 new teachers. These corps members earned an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6, and 100 percent held leadership positions while in college. “This year’s incoming corps members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but they share extraordinary leadership ability and a deep commitment to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential,” said Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach

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Auburn’s Nate Whitson and Benjamin Klontz were among the 40 recipients to win a $2,500 scholarship from BECU Foundation. The recipients were selected by a volunteer selection committee of local business, educational and nonprofit leaders based on a combination of strong dedication to community service, leadership and academics. Whitson, a student at the University of Washington, volunteered at the Watoto Wa Baraka Orphanage in Kenya. Klontz, an Auburn Riverside graduate and student at Seattle University, volunteers at various children’s camps. Klontz worked more than 1,400 hours at six different children camps over the past six years, with everything from helping maintain and preserve the camps to working as a camp counselor, camp instructor, troop guide,

campfire leader, song leader and lifeguard. … The following students from Auburn graduated from Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.) Hans Bjorn (doctorate, optometry); Aaron Crain (doctorate, optometry) and Aleksandr Kozlov (bachelors, biology). … Auburn’s Rhianna Neal is a recipient of a $1,500 scholarship awarded at Fort Lewis through the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Neal, daughter of Karen and Jeff Neal, plans to attend the University of San Diego. … Olympic Middle School, the City of Auburn and other nonprofit organizations are hosting the summer drop-in program, “Get Up and Get Out.” The free program is at Olympic Middle School, 1825 K Street SE, Auburn, through Aug. 26, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for all grade levels. Activities include soccer, basketball, kickball, playground fun, daily lunch and snack.

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Buddhists pause during Bon Odori to think about the lives of departed ancestors who made the lives of living people possible. On Saturday, the Bon Odori Festival at White River Buddhist Temple swings into vibrant life as men and women, young and old don brightly colored kimonos, yukatas and happi coats and dance to traditional music, and as they do, rejoice and remember their ancestors, family and friends. “O-Bon is the most popular holiday in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition,” said the Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, resident minister of the White River Buddhist Temple. “According to our Jodo Shinsu tradition, O-Bon is called ‘Kangi-e’

• Where: White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N., Auburn • Saturday’s schedule: 4:30 p.m. – pre-dance entertainment, food booths open; 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Taiko Group Performance; 5:45 p.m. – short opening service inside the temple; 6 to 6:15 p.m., greetings and introductions, children’s lantern parade led by a Shishi Mai; 6:15 p.m. – Traditional Odori dancing begins; 7:30 p.m. – Seattle Matsuri Taiko drum performance • Also: Food for sale will be beef bowls, teriyaki chicken bento meals, somen or cold noodles in broth, kori, or flavored shaved ice, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked manju, steamed mochi, pies, strawberry sundaes and cold beverages. • Admission: Free. Public is invited.

ture of her past unselfishness and all the sacrifices that she had made for him, and he danced with joy. From this dance of joy comes Bon Odori, or “Bon Dance.” Bon Odori has existed in Japan for more than 500 years, bearing some similarities to the Mexican observance of el Dia de los Muertos, with customs involving family reunions and care of ancestors’ grave sites. O-Bon is called “A Gathering of Joy” in gratitude. To celebrate, Bon Odori is a festival in which young and old come together to dance, rejoice and remember their ancestors, family and friends. Participants wear brightly colored kimonos, yukatas and happi coats as they dance to traditional music. Everyone is invited to come watch and even join in the dancing.


or ‘a gathering of joy in gratitude.’” Last year’s Buddhist festival at the temple drew an estimated 1,000 people to welcome back the departed in spirit not only with dancing but also with drumming and feasting. “It’s just so traditional. It’s just a way of honoring our families,” said Kathryn Natsuhara, a member of the White River Temple. According to Buddhist teachings, Mokuren, a disciple of the Buddha, long ago beheld a vision of his dead mother in the realm of hungry ghosts, indulging in her own selfishness. Troubled, he approached the Buddha and asked how he could release her. The Buddha answered: “Provide a big feast for the past seven generations of dead.” This the disciple did, gaining his mother’s release. He started to see the true na-



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‘DEAD’ comes to life at museum FOR THE REPORTER

The White River Valley Museum explores the historic transition of death responsibilities with the upcoming exhibit “DEAD: Unearthing the Shift in Funerary Practices from Home to Mortuary,” on display Aug. 17 through Nov. 13. Working with a collection of objects ranging from earthen jugs for embalming fluids to black satin “slumber beds” for home

viewing, the exhibit takes an ever-so-slightly campy – yet deadly serious – look at the Victorian process of death and dying. In decades past, when an ill loved one was nearing the end of life, they did so at home surrounded by family and close friends. When death finally occurred, these relations gathered to wash and prepare the body for burial. The body was then displayed in the home for viewing and guests would

visit to pay their final respects to the deceased. Over time, the country’s middle class expanded and with that growth came a shift in religious practices and the development of new social institutions. Today, the majority of responsibilities following a death that previously fell to family members now rest with hospitals and mortuaries. “DEAD” is sponsored by Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn. Louise Hull,

Related events The following museum events are offered in conjunction with “DEAD.” Unless otherwise noted, admission is $2 adults, $1 seniors/children and includes museum admission. • A Death Denying Culture, Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Guest scholar Louise Hull will provide sociological insight into the effect of our culture’s denial of the inevitable. Gallery opens at 6 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m. • Family Program: Great Graves!, Oct. 1, 1-2 p.m. Drop in for some fright-free Halloween fun as we examine tombstones, graves and some of the oldest residents of Auburn’s Mountain View Cemetery through stories, games and crafts. • Mountain View Cemetery Lantern-light Tour, Oct. 14. Gather round the tombstone for a hauntingly good time. Some content is not for the faint of heart – mature youths and adults only please. Visit this fall for times and registration information. – Photo: Astrid Lindholm, Sweden, circa 1915. From the archive of Paul Frecker.

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JACKSON SHOOTS HOLE-IN-ONE Beth Jackson shot a hole-in-one last Thursday at Auburn Golf Course. Jackson used a hybrid 6-iron on the 118-yard 16th hole.

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It might have been more than a year since Bailey Stenson has donned a University of Washington uniform, but her time on the Husky fastpitch team is still very much on her mind. For several months, Stenson, an Auburn High School graduate and integral part of the UW’s 2009 NCAA championship squad, has been putting together a book – “Who We Are Is Why We Win: Breaking It Down With Bailey” – about the team’s title run. The book is a compilation of blogs she wrote for the university’s athletics website, www.gohuskies. com. “After the 2009 championship, I went back and read the blogs from that year,” she said. “And it was just really cool, our journey and how we got there, all the things we went through. At the time I wrote those, I had been in the moment. I just wrote from the heart. And I just thought it would be some-

Bailey Stenson on the base paths for the University of Washington fastpitch team. Stenson was an integral part of the 2009 Husky Division I championship squad. COURTESY PHOTO thing cool that the girls and people in the program would really like.” Rosie Leuzinger, UW sports information director, approached Stenson about blogging the team’s story. “(It was) just a behindthe-scenes-type thing,” Stenson said. The blog was an immediate hit, Stenson drawing people in with her conversational tone. “I like to talk a lot, and I pretty much just write like I talk, or as I think,” she said. “I don’t really

delete or edit a lot. I think it makes people connect more with the people or things that I’m writing about. And that’s kind of the point.” “Breaking It Down With Bailey” soon expanded into a Facebook page, that drew thousands of followers. In February 2011, Stenson began putting together the book, intending to illustrate the magic she experienced as part of the 2009 championship run. Despite frustrations with the self-publishing


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Come spring there will be a new face in the Raven dugout, with longtime head coach Chris Garrison stepping down and Kentwood’s Jon Aarstad taking over the reigns of the Auburn Riverside baseball program. After leading his team to a state tourney appearance and a 15-11 record this past season, 16-year head coach Chris Garrison turned in his resignation. “I’ve had a wonderful experience,” Garrison said. “I’ve coached all three of my kids through the program. I’ve had great relationships. I just felt it was time. I love the game and I just wanted to provide an opportunity for someone else to come in and coach. It was just the right time to move on, my last kid (Kell Garrison) just graduated this last year.” This year’s state tourney appearance – in which the Ravens went 1-1, with a 4-3 win against Walla Walla and a 10-1 loss to Richland – was the team’s second trip to the big dance. In 1999 the Ravens went 1-1 in the tourney with a 7-2 win over Stadium and a 8-3 loss to Hudson’s Bay. Although Garrison will not be handling the head coaching duties for the Ravens, he will still be teaching at the school and hopes to help out Aarstad with the baseball team. “It’s been great, but I just want to coach and not take care of all the logistics,” he said. “My hope is to be there another 16 years. If Jon will have me, I’ll be there and help him with the program.” For Aarstad, who will be just the second baseball head coach in school history, the move to Auburn Riverside brings him

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Spence won’t return as Lions’ coach By SHAWN SKAGER

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[ Ravens from page 18] closer to his home in Lake Tapps. “I live five minutes from there,” Aarstad said. “My commute will be going from 70 minutes a day

[ bailey from page 18] “I have had four jobs since I’ve graduated,” Stenson said. “I don’t think my calling is to have a 9-to-5 office job.” In addition to her current job at the Green Lake boat house coffee shop Stenson fills her time with extracurricular fun. “I give hitting lessons, I work with softball teams,”

beginning of the school year. “While deeply disappointed, I respect the desire of Principal Herren and Athletic Director (Andrea) McHenry to move the football and track positions in a new direction,” Spence said in a statement. Spence took over the program last year and led the Lions to a 4-6 overall record. “It has been a great experience to work with the young men at Auburn Mountainview as head football and head track coach,” Spence said in a statement. “In the last year, they have displayed a tremendous work ethic, character and growth as individuals and as a team. “I greatly appreciate the tremendous support of the parents and young men in our programs and wish them the very best in their futures.”

down to 10.” Aarstad inherited a strong Conqueror baseball program eight years ago, and helped transform it into one of the best in the state. In eight years, Aarstad, who teaches math,

compiled a record of 13460, a mark that includes a state title in 2010 and a third-place finish in 2006. The Conquerors have advanced to the state playoffs in seven of the last eight years under Aarstad.

she said. “I play slowpitch, I play outdoor soccer. I play basketball on Saturdays.” She also completed the Seattle Rock and Roll HalfMarathon in June. “That was cool,” she said. “It was kind of crazy because I didn’t really train for it.” Although she has a degree in business communications, Stenson hopes to go back to school to get a

teaching degree. “I just have to figure out how to pay for it,” she said. Until then, however, she’s content living and enjoying her life. “I don’t really know what’s coming next. I pretty much live day-to-day,” she said. “But there are just so many things I want to do.” Stenson’s book is available at www.authorhouse. com.


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The South King County Colts stayed alive in the Pacific Football League postseason with a 20-14 overtime win over the Yakima Mavericks in a first-round playoff game last Saturday at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. The Colts face the Kitsap County Bears in a PCL North Division semifinal on Saturday. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Olympic High School in Silverdale. Against Yakima, the Colts were powered by 5-foot-6 wide receiver Carlos Clark, who grabbed a 72-yard touchdown pass in the first half and capped the night with a 26-yard, game-winning touchdown reception in overtime. “I give credit to everyone on this team,” Clark said. “One player can’t make a big play without everyone else doing their job out there.”

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Craig Spence has resigned as football coach at Auburn Mountainview. Jared Gervais, who has worked with the junior varsity program, is the Lions’ next head coach, according to Spence. Neither the Auburn Mountainview athletic department nor the Auburn School District would confirm Gervais’ appointment. Spence, who taught study skills, personal growth and freshman orientation at the school, said Principal Terri Herren informed him on May 10 that in order to remain as a full-time teacher at the school, he would need to switch his teaching credential to mathematics, which would require ad-

ditional class time to obtain a certification. “My resignation was tendered to Principal Herren after making the decision to focus my time on returning as a teacher and head track coach,” Spence said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the day after submitting my resignation, I was informed by Principal Herren that in fact no future teaching position existed for me at (the school).” According to Spence, he appealed the decision to the district and was told that a position as a math teacher would be open to him, contingent on finishing his certification. However, by the time he was told of the decision, Spence said there wasn’t enough time for him to get the certification done by the


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Green River Community College is hosting a Texas Hold’em Tournament on Saturday, a benefit for the men’s basketball program. Play begins at 7 p.m. at the Lindbloom Center, on campus at 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Black Jack tournaments will be dealt every half-hour. Top 10 payouts are based on 200 players signed up. All players must be 21 years old. Outside “walkins” need to be in the building by 6:45 to register. Tickets are $50 and includes dinner. First prize is $1,500. Raffle prizes include vacation packages and sports memorabilia. For tickets or more information, call or text Tim Malroy at 360-888-8897 or tim.

AMPAC Packaging and Mohawk Northern Plastics street. And vice versa. built its piece decades ago Dignitaries, including in anticipation of the conState Sens. Pam Roach and nector and in partnership Mark Hargrove, members with the City, knowing that of the Auburn City Council the City could use it to seek and the Auburn business out funding on a state and community, gathered federal level. Monday on what Mayor “It’s progress,” said Bill Pete Lewis called Auburn’s Gates, former owner of Moformer “road to nowhere” hawk Northern Plastics and to break ground. today one of the owners of “It will connect a its property. major north-south The federal govcorridor in our city,” ernment contributed Lewis said. “It will $6.5 million to the give us another ma$9.7 million project. jor freight corridor In-kind developer in our city, concontributions total necting 3rd Street $1.3 million, includon the south with ing the street section. Lewis 277th Street on the MultiCare, which north. It also gives owns property just our truck traffic the ability south of 14th Street and is to connect up with 15th reported to be studying deStreet and State Route 167.” velopment options, has made Along the route, that an in-kind contribution of driver will negotiate a new $400,000. three- and four-lane road, The A-B Street corridor with sidewalks between 3rd connector is a byproduct Street Northwest, immeof the Burlington Northern diately west of the Auburn Santa Fe Railroad’s 1994 Post Office, and 14th Street Stampede Pass Rail Impact Northwest. Study and one of four projThe project has been in ects in Auburn designed the works for more than 20 to lighten the impact of years. The late Congressthe rail line’s opening on woman Jennifer Dunn Auburn traffic. The other helped with the early fundthree were the 3rd Street ing process, which began in grade and 277th grade 2005 and ended in 2009. separation projects and the

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suspensions and drive trains to create a modernriding and performing car that still retains the classic feel of the original. “I like to build things that perform well,” Wick said. “It can’t just be a pretty car. It has to show and go. We’re building cars like that.” Cars like the shop’s 1934 Ford Speedstar, which was honored with a feature in Street Rodder magazine, a Boyd Coddington Pro Pick and a top-5 finish at the Columbus Good Guys Car show. The car subsequently sold for $200,000 at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction. For Wick, a 1987 Auburn High School graduate, it all started in his dad’s garage. “I’ve been into cars since I can remember,” he said. “When I was 4 or 5 years old, I was working in the garage with my dad. He was always into cars and street rods and those kind of things.” At age 14, Wick stumbled across his first car – a 1956 Plymouth – out by the Valley Drive-Ins. “We bought it for $200,” Wick said. “It was sitting out there. That was kind of the start of it, I guess. I had to put a lot of work into it. The floorboards were rusted out. I put a different drive train into it.” Wick drove the car and tinkered with it throughout high school. The Plymouth still sits in his garage today. While in high school, Wick took all the requisite “gear head” classes, welding and automotive technology. After graduation, he chose the work route, rather than college. “I started out sweeping the floors (at a local body shop) and then was doing paint and body work,” he said. “(After awhile) people were telling me to

just open my own shop.” Wick heeded their advice after Roy Dunn, of Dunn Pinstriping, approached him to work on his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle Hearse. For five years, Wick concentrated on the body and paint business, but his heart wasn’t in it. He wanted to work with metal fabrication and chassis. Looking to gain experience, he accepted a job with Dan Peterson of Hot Rod Enterprises in Auburn. After five years there, Wick decided it was time to try something different. He worked as an engineer and as the director of research and development at Country Stove, designing new gas and wood products. In 2002, however, he returned to customizing cars and launched Wicked Fabrication. Wick decided that his company would take on bigger, more grandiose projects. “We update them so it drives like a brand new car and performs better,” he said. “Normally a customer knows the car they want. We’ll take it and update the running gear, put in air conditioning and power windows. We do a lot of body modifications that are really subtle.” The key, Wick said, is to make the car look original, the way it was when it rolled off the production line in Detroit, but have it drive like a new Lexus. Now, almost a decade in, Wick is pleased with the work he’s doing and the cars he’s turning out. So pleased, that it’s hard to pick a favorite car he’s done. “I think every time you get a car done, it tops the heap,” Wick said. “But I enjoy when the customer enjoys it. I think we’re doing a lot of neat stuff.”

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Auburn International Farmers Market: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sundays, through Sept. 25, Auburn Sound Transit Plaza, 23 A St. SW. More than 40 vendors offering a variety of fresh locally grown farm-based foods, hand-crafted items, and concession stands that are restaurant-based but feature a home-cooked taste. The market also includes free performances, guest chef demonstrations with farm-fresh ingredients, children’s activities, and classes on health, nutrition, and gardening. Information: 253-266-2726,

Goodguys 24th Pacific Northwest Nationals: July 22-24, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW (enter at Blue, Gold Gates). Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; 8-8 Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday. More than 2,500 hot rods, customs and Classics through 1972 on display; vendor and manufacturer exhibits. Admission: General $18; kids (7-12) $6; Age 6 and under free. Information and buy tickets on line go to: Battle of the Bowl V: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 30, Brannan Park, 611 28th St. NE, Auburn. Skateboard competition for beginner, intermediate and advance divisions. 9 a.m. registration; 11 a.m. warm-up; noon competition. Fee: $5 preregistration; $10 on-site registration; $5 helmets. Information: 253-931-3043 or 65th Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., July 30, 31, Enumclaw Expo Center (formerly the King County Fairgrounds), 45224 284th Ave. SE, Enumclaw. General admission: $15 adults; $11 seniors (60 and older), active, retired, veteran military; children 5-17; children under 5 free. Two-day passes: $22 adults; $16 seniors (60 and older), active, retired, veteran military; children 5-17. Parking: $5 per day. Information: 206-522-2541 or Auburn’s National Night Out: Aug. 2, throughout Auburn. Unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Residents in neighborhoods throughout the city of Auburn and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police on Aug. 2. To register your neighborhood or to inquire about further details,

Skaters of all skill levels will converge at Auburn’s Brannan Park for Battle of the Bowl V on July 30. Competition is open for beginner, intermediate and advance skaters. Registration opens at 9 a.m., followed by warm-ups and competition. For more information, call 253-931-3043 or visit REPORTER FILE PHOTO. contact Duanna Richards at 253-931-3099 or If desired, a City representative can make an appearance at your event to talk to attendees about fighting crime in their area. To register your event, visit Chinook District of Garden Clubs board meeting: 10 a.m., Aug. 3, Grace Lutheran Church, 22975-24th Ave S., Des Moines. The meeting represents South King County”s 13 garden clubs. To learn more about garden clubs in your area, call 206-242-9074. Auburn’s ArtRageous Art Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 6, Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE. Featuring artists of all media who be demonstrating, offering hands-on activities for all ages and selling artwork. Free one-day art extravaganza invites you to create and celebrate art in the park. Theater simple – an award-winning, internationally acclaimed touring troupe – performs its newest interactive, all-ages park escapade, “Wonderland: Alice Adventures.” Free performances are 11:20 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, or perhaps even perform, contact the simpletons at, or 206784.8647, ext. 1. Festival is presented by the City of Auburn and produced by the Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. For information, visit or call 253-931-3043. “Hats and Heels, A Shopping Event and Night at the Races”: 5 p.m., Aug. 12, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn. Shopping begins at 5 p.m., first race at 6. Shop, bet and celebrate fashion at the races. Access to the shopping event is free with gate admission, and ladies are encouraged to dress in their finest, fashionable racing attire. VIP tickets: $30 and must be purchased in advance. A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the Children’s Therapy Center. To purchase tickets, please call 253-288-7704 or order online at Tickets also can be purchased in-person at the track. Auburn Good Ol’ Days: Aug. 12-14, downtown Auburn. Parade, live entertainment, street dance, car show, food, art show, crafts, activities, fun run. Information: 253-939-3389 or www.auburngoodoldays. com.

Health Poets on Parade and other Literary Adventures: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 14, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.. Part of Auburn Good Ol’ Days, hosted by Auburn’s own Striped Water Poets. From Kingston through Tacoma, poets, authors and small press publishers will flock to the theater to take part in the literary event. Open mic poetry contest from 3-5 p.m., Cash prizes. Auburn participants include: Robert Blevins (Adventure Books); Marjorie Rommel (reporter, teacher, poet); Laurie Kizziah (teacher); Mark Ricca (author); Len Elliott (the crossword puzzle guy); Gerald A. McBreen (coordinator, Striped Water Poets). 76th Running of the Longacres Mile: 2 p.m. first post, Aug. 21, Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive, Auburn. The $250,000 Grade III Thoroughbred race is considered the industry’s Northwest jewel. Project Mile post is 6 p.m. For more information, call 253-288-7000 or visit www. Auburn Wine and Music Festival: Aug. 27-28, downtown Auburn. Arts and crafts, music, food, gardens, street expo, dancing, wine testing. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 27; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 28. Wine garden featuring eight wineries, car show, merchant street expo, arts & crafts and live music. Musicians and vendors wanted. Volunteers also needed for setup and cleanup. Contact Jim Wilson at 253-887-8530 or Kathleen Keator at 253-939-3982. For those

Cascade Regional Blood Center drives: 9 a.m.-noon, July 25, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, 2108 B St. NW, Suite 110, Auburn; 5-7 p.m., July 29, Federal Way Kiwanis Salmon Bake, Steel Lake Park, S. 312th St., Federal Way; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 6, Lakeland Hills Community, 1408 Lake Tapps Parkway E., Auburn; 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 8, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, 2108 B St. NW, Suite 110, Auburn; 1-4 p.m., Aug. 9, DeVry University, 3600 S. 344th Way, Federal Way; 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 10, Parametrix-Auburn, 1002 15th St. SW, Suite 220; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 11, Costco Wholesale #828, 1802 M St. NW, Auburn; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 1314, Auburn Good Ol’ Days, A Street Southeast; 1-3 p.m., Aug. 17, St. Francis Hospital, 34515 9th Ave. S., Federal Way; 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 25; Canterbury House, 502 29th St. SE, Auburn. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit www. Puget Sound Blood Center drives: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-4 p.m., July 25, Auburn Regional Medical Center, conference rooms 1 and 2, third floor, Plaza I, 202 N. Division St.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., July 26, Ibs Incorporated, 740 Clay St. NW, Auburn; noon-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Aug. 4, Boeing, 1744 Cafeteria, 700 15th St. SW (employees only); 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Aug. 5, bus on south side of the 10 Building, 700 15th St. SW (employees only); 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., Aug. 8, Holy Family, parking lot outside social hall, 505 17th St. SE; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,

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Classes ESL talk time group: 5-6 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 29, Auburn Valley YMCA, 620 Perimeter Road SW. A free ESL (English as a Second Language) conversation group – a great opportunity for those to practice speaking English in a relaxed, friendly setting. A volunteer will plan and facilitate small group discussions on a variety of topics. The program is for beginning to advanced learners. Class is held in the kitchen

by the family center. The class is open to the community. Participants need to bring identification to gain access to the building. For more information, call 253-833-2770 or visit

Network Business Networking International: 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, meeting room, Round Table Pizza, 13036 SE, Kent-Kangley Road, Kent. Local entrepreneurs, sales-oriented small business representatives and others welcome. Information: Cheryl Richards, South Sound Business Referral Group. 206-575-4665. Auburn Area Chamber “Connecting for Success” Networking Breakfast: 8-9 a.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $5, includes continental breakfast. Auburn Area Chamber Board Room, 108 S. Division, Suite B. 253-8330700.

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...obituaries Alta May Thompson

Alta May Thompson, owner of Wally’s Chowder House in Des Moines and Wally’s White River Drive-In in Buckley passed away on July 12, 2011 after a courageous fight with cancer. Alta was born on May 9, 1935 to William and Vera Langenbach in Elma, Washington. Alta married Walter “Wally” Thompson Jr. on March 7, 1953. She is survived by her husband Walter “Wally”; children Cynthia (Robert) White, Walter (Diane) Thompson III and Marcy Ortlinghaus and 6 grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her daughter Lisa Nordean. Alta’s strength, love and honor of her children and grandchildren will be greatly missed. Her memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, July 22, 2011 at Grace Community Church 1320 Auburn Way South, Auburn, WA 98002-6742. Please visit to sign the online guest register or leave a photo or message. 509136

Sandra “Sandy” Haugen November 15, 1939 - July 1, 2011

Surrounded by her loving family, she went to Heaven on July 1, 2011. Born November 15, 1939 in Britton South Dakota on the Sioux Reservation. Sandy lived and worked in Auburn most of her life. She is survived by her six loving children and spouses: Pam (Denny) Balding, Greg Haugen (Karen Haugen), Teresa Henderson (Sam Palmer),Brady (Michelle) Haugen,Lisa Haugen (Kelly Higgins), Scot (Gretchen) Carlton. Nine grand-children, 2 great grandchildren (the apples of her eye), four sisters, two brothers, many nieces and nephews and Bill Weise, a special nephew who had a close relationship with his Aunt Sandy. A large extended family with many friends and… those who knew her - know the rest of the stories (Tom T. Hall, the pig bucket, the gold ashtray and the famous red bandana). The family extends an honorable heartfelt mention to Dr. Nadine Gettle, Sammie (Moms favorite nurse), Good Samaritan Hospital Critical Care, Dr. Khelfa , Moms adopted nurse Becky and wonderful applause to Franciscan Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held on July 30th at 4:00pm at Messiah Lutheran Church 410 H. Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002. 509285

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Bon Odori Festival: 4:30-9:30 p.m., July 23, White River Buddhist Temple, 3625 Auburn Way N. Annual festival celebrates the mid-summer holiday of Obon, a time for Buddhists to honor their ancestors and Japanese heritage. Group performances, traditional dances, music. Food for sale. Booths open at 4:30 p.m. Schedule: Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Taiko Group performance (4:30-5:15 p.m.); short opening service inside the temple (5:45); greetings and introductions, and children lantern parade led by a Shishi Mai (6-6:15); traditional Odori dancing (6:20-9:30 p.m.); Seattle Matsuri Taiko Drum group performance (7:30). Information:

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“See Ya Later” Tour: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 12, Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia. Noon shotgun start for four-man scramble, followed by silent auction at 4 p.m., dinner at 6, evening festivities and oral auction at 7. Proceeds benefit the “See Ya Later” Foundation. Join the tournament as a golfer, sponsor, in-kind donor or inner guest. Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 1. Participation will be limited to the first 128 paid players. Basic player package, including lunch and dinner, is $150; or premium player package at $275. Register online at or make checks payable to: “See Ya Later” Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8, Auburn, WA 98071. For more information:, Brian., 253-332-5144.


Mary Olson Farm summer drop-in hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during these weekends: July 23-24; Aug. 13-14, Aug. 27-28; and Sept. 10-11. Mary Olson Farm, located at 28728 Green River Road in Auburn, is a King County Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Significant features include an 1897 barn, a fully restored 1902 farmhouse, a century-old orchard, three salmon runs in Olson Creek and a remarkable collection of outbuildings, including a smoke house, outhouse and weaving house. The farm will operate as a living history and environmental learning site, and will also be available for community and special events. Admission for the summer drop-in hours is $5 adults, $3 children/seniors and $15 for a household or family. For more information, visit

Texas Hold’em Tournament on Saturday: 7 p.m., July 23, Green River Community College, Lindbloom Center, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Proceeds to benefit the men’s basketball program. Black Jack tournaments will be dealt every half-hour. Top 10 payouts are based on 200 players signed up. All players must be 21 years old. Outside ‘walk-ins’ need to be in the building by 6:45 to register. Tickets are $50 and includes dinner. First prize is $1,500. Raffle prizes include vacation packages and sports memorabilia. For tickets or more information, call or text Tim Malroy at 360-8888897 or

2-5 p.m., Aug. 25, Social Security, 1901 C St. SW, Auburn; 12:45-3:45 p.m., Aug. 5, GSA, 400 15th St. SW, Auburn; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., Aug. 26, Auburn Regional Medical Center, mobile at 2nd Street entrance, Plaza I, 202 N. Division St.; 9:30-11:30 a.m., Aug. 30, Aero Controls, Inc., 1610 20th St. NW, Auburn; 9-11 a.m., noon-3 p.m., Sept. 1, Auburn City Hall (council chamber), 25 W. Main St.; 1-4 p.m., Sept. 8, Propet, 2415 W. Valley Highway N., Auburn. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit

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[ GARDEN from page 1 ] broad-leafed Gunnera, a stone’s throw from a giant pond sporting flowering water lilies and ducks. “They’ve done a magnificent job,” Cross said of the men responsible for the 22-acre Soos Creek Botanical Garden, property owners Morris Skagen and his business partner and friend, James Daly. Last weekend the two pulled the curtain back and invited the world to look at what they have wrought at 29308 132nd Ave. SE. Decades in the developmental stages, and well worth the wait, said James Graves, co-owner of the Old Goat Farm in Graham. “It’s a beautiful garden,” said Graves as he walked along, adding only that he didn’t envy those who have to keep the 22 acres in top shape. Surprises abound, among them an aviary attached to the house, a

[ calendar from page 21] Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, Emerald Downs, Emerald Room (fourth floor), 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Register online through the chamber.

Libraries NOTE: The main Auburn Library has closed for a yearlong expansion. It reopened at its temporary location, the former Herr Cabinets building, at 1140 Auburn Way S., , behind Big Daddy’s Drive-in. For program information, call 253-931-3018. Library events include: CHILDREN & FAMILIES Board Game Drop-In Zone: 1:30-3 p.m., July 27. Ages 3 to 12, ages 7 and younger with adult. Drop by Les Gove Park to play board games with your family or friends. Enjoy new or classic games like Chess and Apples to Apples. Program is located adjacent to the library in the Les Gove Park Multipurpose Building. Building use sponsored by the City of Auburn.

treat for the eye and ear, with soft cooing doves and brightly colored Asian pheasants, peafowl and chickens. “People are looking for that sense of nature in a garden setting because of development that has occurred in this area,” Skagen explained. Skagen, 74, a retired Tacoma Community College librarian, began with a much humbler garden in mind in 1965, on the land that his great grandparents first bought in the 1890s, and which his parents passed on to him. “I started to plant as a homeowner would do, but some trips to England and Japan made me think that maybe I could develop it into more than that, into a stroll garden where people could wander through and see various plants. But as you can see, it sort of grew more and more,” Skagen said with a wry smile.

Sleepy Story Times: 7 p.m., July 21, 28. All ages welcome, ages 5 and younger with adult. Wear your pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this 30-minute bedtime Story Time. One World, Many Stories Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., July 25. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Young children explore Early Literacy through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes. One World, Many Stories Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., July 25. Ages 3 to 6 with adult, sibling welcome. Young children explore Early Literacy through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes. One World, Many Stories Family Story Times: 10:15 a.m., July 26. Ages 2 to 6 with adult. Cozy up and listen, laugh and wiggle to stories, songs and finger plays from around the world. Space is limited at our temporary location, so come early. Toy Boats Concert: Sailing Away: 1:30 p.m., July 25. Held in the Les Gove Park Multipurpose Building. Ages 3 and older. Complex musical arrangements from around the world are created on instruments that could come from a child’s toy


NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING The Auburn School District Board of Directors will hold a special board meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 25, immediately preceding the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The purpose of the special board meeting is for the board to conduct their annual self-evaluation for the 2010-11 school year. AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 408 915 Fourth Street Northeast Auburn, Washington Published in Auburn Reporter on July 22, 2011. #509057.

Auburn School District No. 408 915 Fourth Street Northeast Auburn WA 98002 LEGAL NOTICE BUDGET HEARING The Board of Directors of Auburn School District No. 408, Auburn, Washington, has completed the Auburn School District General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund, Associated Student Body Fund and Debt Service Fund budgets for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year. The Board of Directors will meet on Monday, July 25, 2011,

at 7:00 p.m. at the James P. Fugate Administration Center for the purpose of hearing, fixing, and adopting the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund, Associated Student Body Fund and Debt Service Fund budgets for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year. Any taxpayer may appear at this meeting and be heard for or against the budgets. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 408 Michael Newman Deputy Superintendent Published in Auburn Reporter on July 15, 2011 and July 22, 2011. #508155.

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Indeed, over the decades Skagen collected thousands of plants. But the men were concerned that the property might be swallowed up by growth. An independent work group called TWIGS (Task Workforce for Integrated Ground Support), 25 people strong, stepped in two years ago, offering to the cause a veritable army of worker bees. TWIGS encouraged Skagen and Daly to pursue 501-C3 tax status, which they got in January. The men then created a non-profit foundation that controls the garden but allows them to continue to live in their home for the rest of their days. They turned the day-to-day management over to TWIGS, which designs builds, propagates and maintains the garden. “It’s like a dream to become part of this,” said TWIGS member Judy Alvau, propagation manager for the Soos Creek Botanical Gar-

box including a ukulele, toy glockenspiel and baby grand piano. Building use sponsored by the City of Auburn. TEENS Read Three, Get One Free Summer Edition & Read•Flip•Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book … free. This summer also will feature a video book review contest, Read•Flip•Win. Ask at the library for details. ADULTS Genealogy Assistance: 1 p.m., July 27; 7 p.m., July 11. Volunteers from South King County Genealogical Society will be available to answer your questions. Share your Love of Reading with Someone Who Cannot Visit the Library: Volunteer to select, deliver and return library materials to a shut-in patron at least once a month, for one year. You must be age 18 or older and have reliable transportation. Training is provided and takes about an hour. For more information, contact Susan LaFantasie, 425-369-3235 or 877-905-2008. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): 6 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays. A formal class to learn English grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills. ESOL classes for the month of June will meet at the Green River Community College Downtown Auburn Center, located at 110 2nd St. SW, Room 145. Computer classes: Sign-up at the Information Desk or call 253-931-3018. Algona-Pacific Library, 225 Ellingson Road, Pacific. 253-833-3554. Library events include: CHILDREN & FAMILIES Toddler Story Times: 10:15 a.m., July 26, Aug. 2, 9. Ages 2 to 3 with adult. Join us for stories, rhymes, music and fun. Preschool Story Times: 11 a.m., July 26, Aug. 2, 9. Enjoy stories, activities and music

den. “The diversity of the plant material here is so incredible, and they treat us so well. They have such a great vision, and it’s such a gift to the community, to get such an established garden that’s already beautiful and with all kinds of amenities that other places just starting out don’t have.” “It’s breathtaking, because I didn’t grow up where it is green,” said Linda Denny, a West Texas native and a TWIGS member. “The property just goes on and on, winding all the way back to Soos Creek. Morris has put so many years into this. It’s amazing what he’s done. It’s so beautiful.” Ultimately, Skagen said, the final stage of the stage of the garden is as a nature preserve. Among other features is a future vegetable demonstration area, now well under way. “One of the things from our demonstration vegetable garden is

while children develop pre-reading skills. Baby Story Time: 10:15 a.m., July 27, Aug. 3, 10. Newborn to 24 months with adult. Join us for a special one-on-one bonding time with bounces, rhymes, stories and play time. One baby per lap, please. Pajama Story Time: 7 p.m., July 25, Aug. 1. Ages 3 and older with adult, siblings welcome. Fun stories, music and activities before bedtime. You are welcome to attend in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed friend. Going Global Comedy Show: 11 a.m., July 28: Presented by Alex Zerbe. Ages 3 and older. This high-energy comedy show highlights different cultures and phenomena from around the world. Alex harpoons vegetables launched from a giant slingshot, performs music looping and demonstrates games from the other side of the planet. KidsRead@4 Book Club: 4 p.m., Aug. 4. Ages 9 to 12. Meet on the first Thursday of the month to talk about great books. Call the library for this month’s title. Copies of the book will be reserved and available for check out at the library. Early Literacy Parties in Spanish: 10:30 a.m., July 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26. Spanish-speaking families with children ages newborn to 5. The “Fiestas” are workshops designed for Spanish-speaking families to prepare their children for kindergarten. In each of the ”Fiestas” we will provide families with information about early literacy, free books in Spanish, craft materials, snacks, beverages and the opportunity to socialize with other Spanish speaking families. A World of Magic: 7 p.m., Aug. 8. Presented by Louie Foxx. Ages 3 and older. Can Louie charm his pet snake? Do you know the history of the tin can? Louie demonstrates that magic can be performed with everyday objects from around the world. TEENS Game On!: 3 p.m., July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24. Teens in middle, junior high and high


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that the vegetables grown will be given to the Auburn Food Bank. We’re so excited to share that produce. We’re going to have art classes and art in the garden. We’re so excited about the future. This is just the opening weekend, the first time this has become a public garden,” said TWIGS member Barbara Nagle of Maple Valley. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment. Docent tours are available to groups. The Soos Creek History Center, displaying early photos, historical maps and newspaper articles, is part of the complex, devoted to the farming life of the early settlers on the Soos Creek plateau, a 35-square-mile area. For more information, call 253-639-0949, email sooscreekbotanicalgarden@gmail. com, or check out

school. Play Guitar Hero, DDR and your favorite Wii and GameCube games. Japanese Culture and Crafts: 1 p.m., Aug. 23. For teens entering or currently in middle school, junior high and high school. Learn about Japan while eating sushi and making a traditional Japanese craft. Also try your hand at making your own sushi out of candy. ADULTS English classes for immigrants (ESOL): 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays. In partnership with Green River Community College, the Algona-Pacific library offers regular, free English classes for adult learners. One-on-one assistance for Spanish speakers: Spanish-speaking individuals can arrange for an hour of free assistance in Spanish to help them learn and use library (computer class, help with the catalog, databases, etc.). Interested patrons may contact Jessica McClinton-Lopez at 253-913018 ext. 130 or Computer Class: Registration required. Please sign up at the Information Desk or call 253-833-3554. • Microsoft Word Level 1: 11 a.m., July 23. Learn basic skills for entering, correcting and revising text on a computer. Prerequisite: Ability to use the mouse and keyboard. • One-on-One Assistance: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 3. Do you need extra help on the computer? Have a special project you’re working on? Want to create an email account? A KCLS NetMaster volunteer instructor can give you one-on-one assistance. • Microsoft Excel Level 2, 11 a.m., Aug. 20. Learn how to set up absolute cell references to copy formulas correctly. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of Excel and experience creating and saving spreadsheets. • Facebook Basics, 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31. Learn the basics of the social networking web site Facebook. Instructor will demonstrate how to use the site, why it’s useful, discuss privacy, and help set up an account. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of the Internet and must have an email account. Algona-Pacific Page Turners: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 17. “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Share your love of books and connect with fellow readers at our monthly book group. Copies of this title have been reserved for participants and are available for check out at the library. Join us. New members are always welcome. Muckleshoot Library, 39917 AuburnEnumclaw Road SE., Auburn. 253-9316779. Library events include: TEENS Read•Flip•Win: Read three books, write three thoughtful reviews and get a prize book ... free. The summer also will feature a video book review contest, Read•Flip•Win! Ask at the library for details.

ADULTS COMPUTER CLASSES Looking to sharpen your technology skills?:  If you’re interested in attending a class, please call 253-931-6779. 


Heavenly Harp: 7 p.m., July 28, Messiah Lutheran Church, 410 H St. NE, Auburn. Free to the public. Karin Gunderson and her daughter, Joy, will play harp duets and add occasional flute accompaniment; and Karin also will relate inspiring stories from her work as a harpist for hospice. Friday Night Summer Sounds & Cinema Series: Presented by the Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, along with MultiCare. The lineup: (entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with the movies following at dusk.) • Friday, Aug. 5, Sunset Park, 1306 – 69th St. SE, Lakeland Hills. Concert: The classic rock sound of One Eyed Jack. Movie: “How To Train Your Dragon” (PG). • Friday, Aug. 12, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE. Concert: The talented and widely popular A-Cappella group, The Coats. Movie: “Big” (PG). • Friday, Aug. 19, Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. SE. Concert: The unique sound of Shyanne. Movie: “Megamind” (PG). Sponsorship packages are still available for this series and other special events. For more information, please contact Kristy Pachciarz, special events coordinator, at 253-931-3052 or For event information, contact the Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 253-931-3043. Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Also looking for talented musicians, singers or comedians to perform. Please contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.


Children’s Dance Theater: New location at 122 W. Main St. Visit or call 253-8878937 for program information. Auburn Dance Academy: Visit www. or call 253833-1891 for program information. The academy is located at 1811 Howard Road, Suite 100.

Galleries Auburn City Hall: Through Aug. 2, Liz Copeland (fiber/fabric) and Judy Gilbert (encaustic). 25 W. Main St. Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or Cheryl Sallee Gallery: Hours: 8 a.m.5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-5043.

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Buick and GMC Open House Brotherton Buick-GMC

215 SW 12th Street • Renton, WA 98057 (425) 981-1000

Come See: A show of future cars, our new building plus a classic car show by the BUICK Club! Have Fun — Meet the Sea Gals, Miss Washington, play laser tag, receive raffle and door prizes! Enjoy Jaspers BBQ and Maximus Minimus on us! ~ Listen to music all day with a DJ! With any test drive we will donate $5 to the Moyer Foundation’s Catch a Cure for Cancer for early cancer detection research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


At Buick and GMC, we have a renewed focus on our customers. And we’re here to listen to you. On July 23, you’re invited to meet with key Buick and GMC executives for an open discussion on any questions or suggestions you might have. We want to know what’s on your mind. We’re here to listen, not sell. This is a chance for us to get feedback from the people who matter most, our customers. We look forward to seeing you soon. More importantly, we look forward to listening.


Proof is in the driver’s seat.

See the 2011 Acadia Denali as it hits the streets. And test-drive the current award winning GMC lineup. Hassle-free test-drives will be available all day.

Come see us! We look forward to meeting you! Come In & See The Future! One Day Only!


Proof is in the driver’s seat.

See the 2012 Buick Verano before it hits the streets. And test-drive the current award winning Buick lineup. Hassle-free test-drives will be available all day.

2012 BUICK LACROSSE w/eASSIST Proof is in the driver’s seat.

The 2012 BuickLaCrosse with eAssist™, which is expected to deliver 25 percent better highway fuel economy than the current model, will be priced starting at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge.

2012 BUICK REGAL GS Proof is in the driver’s seat.

The 2012 Regal is equipped with eAssist Technology that will offer an estimated 36 MPG on the highway. Regal with eAssist Technology will boost better fuel economy than other cars in its’ class.

We Are Professional Grade Brotherton Buick-GMC 215 SW 12th Street Renton, WA 98057

Service Special 2 for 1 Oil Change July 23, 2011 Only

Brad Brotherton

President and Operator Brotherton Cadillac, Buick & GMC Brad was born in Walla Walla, Wash., and moved to Seattle in 1984 when his father, Biff, bought Frederick Cadillac. In 1994 he graduated from Washington State University and also partook in Class 72 NADA Dealer Candidate Academy. In 2000, he became the general manager at Brotherton and in 2005 was named president. In addition to supporting many local charities, Brad is the current president of the Cadillac Local Marketing Association and president of the Buick GMC Local Marketing Association.

Bob Hilgardner

Buick GMC Zone Manager Northern California/ Northwest Zone Bob joined GM in 1989 as a district manager for the Pontiac brand, and has worked supporting GM retail sales in markets across the United States. He’s made the West Coast his home for 11 years out of his 21-year career with GM. He says West Coast car shoppers are very “tech savvy.” Bob says, “They really do their homework and are familiar with the product before they come into the dealership.” Bob spends a lot of time talking to people about GM’s products, often correcting perceptions about GM vehicles that don’t match reality. “Once they see and feel our vehicles, they understand we’ve got world-class products.”

Terry Woychowski

Vice President of Global Quality and Vehicle Launches As vice president of GM Global Quality and Vehicle Launches, Terry leads the organization that is responsible for delivering segment leading quality cars and trucks and executing flawless launches globally. Terry is a leader not only within GM, but among the engineering community as well. He is GM’s key executive liaison with Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton, Mich., and is a board member of the MTU Industrial Advisory Board. In February 2011, he was named to the Board of Control for MTU where he began to serve the university and the state of Michigan. Terry was also named to the Board of Directors for the Engineering Society of Detroit in 2008 and was recently voted president elect to the board, and chairman for the Young Engineers Committee. He also serves on the boards of SGM, PATAC and LCV Platform Engineering Corp (LPEC). Terry was inducted into the MTU Academy of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2007.

Certified Service $20 off Brotherton Buick-GMC next Service 215 SW 12th Street Renton, WA 98057

Expires 8/31/11

Mike Stockard

Senior Design Engineer— Cradles and Mounts Mike is a senior design engineer and has been with General Motors for the last 25 years. Mike currently designs the cradle structures and mounts for vehicles such as the LaCrosse and Regal (among others). During his OUTREACH trip, Mike looks forward to interacting with customers and learning their requests, preferences and even their complaints. Mike says, “We are the face of GM. It’s important for GM to interact with the customers, and it’s time for the customer to meet the company.”

Diana Vogues

Chassis Software Design Leader Diana is one of the team leaders for developing software for GM’s vehicles, including software that increases fuel efficiency. Diana joined General Motors right after college in 1996 in the components division, which eventually became Delphi Automotive. At Delphi, Diana developed cruise control and vehicle stability software for various car companies. During her OUTREACH trip, Diana looks forward to seeing GM’s product in use and understanding the consumer side of the business. She says, “GM has a lot of exciting products, and GM needs to get that excitement transferred to the community.”

Mark Dunneback

Perceptual Quality Vehicle Leader Mark works in the GM Design Center studios on Appearance and Perpetual Quality for vehicles such as the Buick LaCrosse and Regal, and the Chevrolet Impala and Malibu. Mark is new to General Motors after coming from the Design Studios at Chrysler. He grew up in the Motor City/Detroit metropolitan area and has a mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, an industrial art/design degree from the College for Creative Studies and a master’s in engineering management from Oakland University. Mark says he believes the OUTREACH Program is important because “it gets employees engaged with the core part of the business, as it gets the GM employees direct interaction/ feedback with the customer and their community.”


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Complimentary Tire Rotation with any Service Expires 8/31/11

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