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Maple Valley resident Sean Kelly went to Reno last weekend to enjoy his third trip to the annual National Championship Air Races. Instead he witnessed the worst accident in its history on Friday, Sept. 16, when a vintage World War II fighter plane crashed into the main grandstand, with dozens injured and 10 confirmed dead as of Tuesday. Up until the last moment before the crash occurred nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. “We weren’t expecting it at all,� Kelly said. Kelly, who was sitting approximately 150 yards away from the main grandstand with King County SWAT Capt. Robert Mendel, stated they noticed something was wrong as the P-51 Mustang was coming around for a pass.

A financial issue concerning a bankruptcy case has arisen in Karen Crowe’s candidacy for Maple Valley City Council. Crowe, along with her husband Michael Evan Crowe, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Karen Crowe on Feb. 10 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington for unsecured debts adding up to about $82,000. The case was completed and the debt discharged June 17 according to court records. Discharging a debt in a bankruptcy means a person is no longer responsible to pay the debt. The bankruptcy was for individual debt, not for a business.

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Studying to become a nurse at the University of Washington in 1988, Harjeet Sandhu-Fuller got a job as an intern at the UW Hospital. Though she wouldn’t act on it until she transferred to Eastern Washington University, it was there Fuller decided her calling was not in medicine. “I wanted to be in a service-sector job,� she said. “But I realized being around sick people every day was not where I wanted to be.� Fuller had a strong desire to help people, but in a more positive manner. Teaching, she realized, was where she was called to be.

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“I felt I was being proactive,� she said. “The medical system is a reactive one mostly.� Twenty three years later, Fuller is now the new principal at Grass Lake Elementary School in near Covington, a journey which began merely with the desire to teach. After transferring to Eastern’s nursing program in 1990, Fuller switched to the education program. Teaching at the Robert Reid Lab School located next to the university, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education and an Endorsement in ESL and Sociology. Originally from Auburn, Fuller moved to Bellevue in 1995 and taught at Highland Middle School. Although she had no intention of becoming a principal, Fuller stated she gradually gained interest as she learned more about the inner workings of administrative duties. “I was happy (just) to be a teacher,� she said. “Once I started teaching, I started to understand the system.�

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uring the past year Valley Girls & Guys, a Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure team based out of Maple Valley, has quietly become the biggest and most successful team in the state. Led by Tina McDonough of Ravensdale, the team grew from 86 walkers in 2010 to 153 this year, raising $320,000 this year compared to about $200,000 a year ago. “It was just word of mouth,� McDonough said Monday morning. “This event is bigger than any one person and I think that word of mouth and friends telling friends what an amazing experience it is... people don’t want to miss out.� McDonough said the Puget Sound affiliate of the Susan G. Komen foundation, which organizes the annual three-day, 60 mile walk to raise money for breast cancer education and research, told her that one-third of walkers don’t return after they do it once. That’s because for many it’s an item on the so-called bucket list. “So, the fact that our team keeps growing is phenomenal,� McDonough said. In 2007 McDonough and three friends did the walk for the first time in honor of her friend, Michelle, who lost her battle with breast cancer. Part of the appeal of the team, McDonough said, is the fact there is strength in numbers. “People weren’t stressing

about raising money,� she said. “They know they’re going to get some help. We’re not going to fundraise for you, but, we’re going to help you.� McDonough said the support from the community and the businesses in Maple Valley has become an important part of the team’s success. She spoke at the Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce, she spoke to the Maple Valley Rotary chapter, and she asked for support. And the support came in the form of sponsorships, donations, help with fundraisers as well as signs offering moral support for Valley Girls & Guys. “When we started Valley Girls originally walking in memory of Michelle, it took a lot of work to get sponsors,� McDonough said. “Now I can put something on Facebook, we get sponsors like that. It’s a no brainer. People want to be part of that, not just because they’re getting the adversting, I truly believe with all my heart they want to give back, they want to do something for the greater good.� Wearing black and pink flip flop sandals with awareness ribbons on them, a pink rubber bracelet with the ribbon that said “Faith Courage� on it, a 3-Day Walk for the Cure dog tag and a breast cancer awareness pendant around her neck, it’s clear this has become a full time job for McDonough but also personal mission to cure breast cancer. Having all the people on her team come along with

her on this mission just makes it that much sweeter of an experience. McDonough listed three major moments during the event that will stick with her. First was the opening ceremony where everyone on the team was wearing their matching shirts and cowboy hats, walking together as a team then having a photo taken of the entire group together. “Number two would be Friday night when we were awarded top team,� she said. “I was up there... and I could look at the team and I just felt a huge sense of pride.� And finally the end of the event. “At mile 13.5 on the last day I had talked to the team about everybody holding there so we could walk to the finish line as a team,� she said. “We had 1.7 miles to go the finish line... and our team was so big we couldn’t fit on one curb. We took up two city blocks when we walked.� The team locked arms and walked across the finish line together. “I was going through the finish line and I got a tap on my shoulder,� McDonough said. “It was Michelle’s daughter and I absolutely lost it.� While there is a two-fold sense of accomplishment for this team in raising money and completing the 60 mile walk, McDonough said, there is something else they get from the experience. “I know every single person on this team now and I consider them lifetime friends,� she said.

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Kentwood cheerleaders surprised students at Scenic Hill Elementary on Monday with drawstring backpacks filled with brand new schools supplies — there was a backpack on the desk of every student. The Conqueror cheerleaders have adopted Scenic Hill Elementary for the 2011-2012 school year. The cheerleaders participate in community service projects throughout the year and wanted an opportunity in which they could help children for this year’s project. When the members of Kentwood’s cheer squads learned about the amazing staff and students at Scenic Hill, they quickly realized that their large team of 53 cheerleaders could make a difference. Conqueror cheerleaders partnered with their little sister team at Mattson Middle School and both

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because that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing, to fund the research for a cure,� she said. “Never in a million years would I have thought it would become what it is. As far as walkers, I have no clue. For me, whether it’s 100 or 200, it’s about making more friends and finding people who are committed to taking this journey with us.�

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worked with their respective student bodies as well as local businesses to gather nearly10,000 items to benefit every one of the 604 children of Scenic Hill Elementary. Scenic Hill had also gathered some donations from another source and the donations are still coming in to help aid the students in overcoming obstacles to have a successful year. The cheerleaders will continue to work with Scenic Hill throughout the year by offering tutoring and homework help, supporting their math and literacy projects with flash card and book drives, adopting students during testing windows, offering teacher assistance and more. The Kentwood cheerleaders, coached by Kim Kawachi and Tyler Janes, will also host their second annual Breast Cancer Awareness night when Kentwood takes on Kentlake on the gridiron on Oct. 7. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Puget Sound.

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Following the Capital One suit, Karen Crowe stated they She said the bankruptcy had “nothing to do with misfiled for bankruptcy in February. management of our money. It was because of unforeseen “We tried to work with everybody,� she said. “We tried to circumstances.� The couple owns and operates EnviroSpect Northwest, work out payments, but no one would work with us.� Karen Crowe noted the bankruptcy was personal and which is based in Maple Valley. It is described on the comThe schedule F document in the court she has never been involved in a business bankruptcy. pany’s website as providing indoor environmental “This was one of the toughest decisions we ever and property inspections services. “Do I think this has bankruptcy papers listed six creditors with had to make,� she said. “We paid every bill on time During a phone interview Tuesday, Karen anything to do with unsecured debts adding up to $82,452. CITY COUNCIL for as long as I remember.� The creditors were a Bank of America Crowe answered all questions concerning the a (city) budget? She said EnviroSpect was a franchise the couple bankruptcy, which she described as “one of the Absolutely not. This credit card for $19,193, Capital One purchased. The franchisor went out of business most devastating decisions in our life after having was not due to lots Bank credit card for $5,339, Citibank during the recession. worked so hard for good credit.� of bad decisions. We credit card for $38,967, HSBC Best Buy for $2,445, a personal loan with Key Bank for “When it went out of business we lost all support,� Crowe said she believes the bankruptcy issue had to give support she said. does not reflect on her ability to work with a city to family members $13,000 and a student loan with Sallie Mae for $3,508. The couple’s home and car were protected during the budget as a council member if elected. and our business.� Karen Crowe said the couple’s financial proceedings. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy stays on an individu“Do I think this has anything to do with a Karen Crowe problems began in 2008 when they opened al’s credit history for 10 years. (city) budget? Absolutely not,� she said. “This (the EnviroSpect and a short time later the economic A bankruptcy is a civil action taken in federal court and bankruptcy) was not due to lots of bad decisions. recession hit. She had left a job with T-Mobile to is not a criminal matter. We had to give some support to family members help her husband with the business. and our business.� She stated some of the money was used to keep the busiAccording to King County Superior Court records, the Reach Dennis Box at dbox@maplevalleyreporter.com or ness going. case began in October when Capital One Bank filed a law“When you are in business you have to take risks,� Karen 425-432-1209 ext. 5050. suit against Karen Crowe for a $4,784.33 debt. Crowe said. “Sometimes they pan out, sometimes they The case was ordered in default for failure to appear and To comment on this story don’t.� the total increased to $5,179.05 with fees and interest. go to www.maplevalleyreporter.com.

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[ CRASH from page 1] Normally, Kelly explained, when a plane has problems, they veer off, whereas the Mustang flew toward the stands just before it plummeted to the ground. “We were kind of watching it go up and then it drove straight down,� he said. Watching it crash through the grandstand, Kelly said he was in a state of shock. “We were sitting there, watching,� he said. Quickly, the loudspeakers told everyone to remain calm, while a call was made for any doctors and medical personnel to come down and help the injured. At first, Kelly and Mendel remained where they were in the stands. “We kind of just stayed there because it was a medical situation,� Kelly said. When another plea for help came five minutes later,

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still kids wanting to make adult decisions,� she said. “It’s about letting them make those decisions, but explaining there are consequences.� In 2010, Fuller was forced to quit her job at Hillside in order to move to Lewiston, Idaho with her husband, who had moved there for business. They purchased the Cedars Inn, which had been facing financially difficulties. Though it is managed locally, the Fullers still own it while they live in Tacoma.

Though she pursued a doctorate while in Idaho, like her nursing career, she felt it was not where she was meant to be. “I love being around kids,� she said. “I realized I wanted to be in a public school.� Fuller eventually returned to Washington this year after obtaining the principal job at Grass Lake Elementary. While her goal is to help the students grow academically and emotionally, she stated she is simply continuing what has already

been started with the Highly Capable Program. The program allows students in third through sixth grade who demonstrate advanced academic skills to attend certain schools such as Grass Lake, where they are provided with a curriculum designed to meet their pace of learning. “We have a very capable program,� she said. “My goal is to continue the great work that’s been started.� Another one of Fuller’s main concerns, the emotional and social

maturity of her students, is met through the character development program. The program teaches a specific trait each month, such as respect, and teaches them how to incorporate it into how they interact with their peers.

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Kent School District students’ average combined SAT score in reading, math and writing was higher than the Washington state and all states in which at least 30 percent of its students tested. Many children who live in Covington attend Kent schools. According to a statement by Randy Dorn, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kent School District’s average combined score is 522.3. Washington state’s average was 520. More than 870 KSD students took the SAT exam in 2011. While the national mean SAT math score was 514, the mean Washington SAT score was 529. Kent School District’s mean SAT math score was 544.

If running a motel seems unusual for a principal, it’s right at home for Fuller. Her family, which immigrated from Punjab, India, is heavily involved in the business, and Fuller is the only member of her family who has chosen a different career path. Though her background aided them greatly as they worked to get the motel back on its feet, Fuller said her passion has always remained in teaching. “I really missed it after a year,� she said.

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It is always a source of amusement for me when I hear kids talk about what they are going to do when they “grow up.� Or, bettet yet, when parents mingle and discuss their child’s future career with absolutely certainty, as though it is something which should be determined at the tender age of 7. I remember the first thing I wanted to be in preschool was an astronaut, because I had, and still hold, somewhat of a fascination with outer space. I am absolutely terrible at math, however, which obliterated that dream like a comet. So, I wanted to be a cowboy, like every trueblooded American boy at the age of 6. Then I wanted to become Robin Hood, because I liked the idea of taking my parents’ money, but then I discovered an institution called the IRS already did that. I can’t help but find a great deal of irony in the “what are you going to be?� questions people pose from time to time, because it’s absurd — unless you’re a fortune teller or a prophet, there is simply no possible way for one to know what the future may hold. In the past few weeks, I have encountered plenty of examples of this. Grass Lake Elementary’s new principal, Harjeet Sandhu-Fuller, initially pursued a career in nursing, a totally separate field than education. Andy McGrath, the new principal of Cedar River Middle School, first earned a degree in economics before adding education as well. Then there is our former sports reporter, Erick Walker, who recently stepped down to teach special education at Kent Mountainview Academy. I doubt anyone could have predicted those three would become teachers when they first went to college. My mother, who is the music teacher at a private school in Bellevue, earned a degree in psychology, and then trained to be a physical therapist at a VA Hospital, and before that she TJ Martinell Reporter

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had worked as the manager of restaurants in Spokane and Portland. Only afterward did she go back to school and begin teaching elementary in Seattle before finally finding her niche. Switching careers or degrees is nothing out of the ordinary. Most of the students I attended college with switched their majors at least once, if not three times. Why? Some of it is because too many young adults don’t know who they are and, consequentially, what they want to do with their lives. But a stronger reason is because there are too many unforseen elements which make up the fabric of life to determine what you’re going to do until you reach that point. There are, however, those who seem to be born with certainty of their fate and pursue it without any indecision. But they are few. Two weeks into college I started writing to alleviate my restlessness which came from entering university where I did not know a single soul. Though I had been the news editor for my high school newspaper, it never really occurred to me that I would be a reporter when I grew up. I thought I would be get a job in media, shooting and editing video. It was only after

several coincidental (or providential) meetings I chose to major in journalism. Even then, it was a happenstance which got me involved in the university student newspaper. When I got out of college, it took a long time for me to get into the newspaper industry, and a week before I got hired there was no indication it would occur in the near future. To this day, I accept the possibility that I may very well end up in a totally different profession when I am 30. In fact, this applies to life on a whole. No one can know what they are going to be a year from now. Predicting someone’s career is just like trying to predict any sort of future event. Most often, the prediction looks ridiculous compared to what takes place in the year given. The 1939 New York World’s Fair was supposed to exhibit the “World of Tomorrow,� a peaceful, idyllic utopia of universal harmony. A couple of months later, the “World of Tomorrow� underwent the bloodiest and most destructive conflict in history. So next time the parent of an 15-year-old brags about how their child is going to be a doctor, just pat them on the shoulder and say, “You bet.�

As a result, Valley Girls & Guys has grown beyond even McDonough’s wildest dreams, becoming the largest team in the state and the highest fundraising, as well. In fact, it’s quite likely this group raised more money than any other team in the country. This year more than 150 walkers — nearly double the number on the team last year — raised more than $320,000. I am friends with McDonough on Facebook. I also liked the Valley Girls & Guys Facebook page so I could keep up with everything the team was doing as it prepared for this year’s walk. Every time a new person joined the team, and sometimes they came in twos or threes, she posted. And I celebrated. There are times when I don’t have to be objective to tell someone’s story. And I won’t lie. I am absolutely biased when it comes to Valley Girls & Guys. They are an example of how awesome this community is and I am proud to say I live here, to say I know McDonough but I also feel lucky that I get to write about this group’s accomplishments. I must confess that while I have always

thought this was awesome, I didn’t quite get it, I didn’t understand why anyone would walk 60 miles on a weekend in September when they could very well be watching football or playing outside in the sunshine. Now, though, I get it. But, this year, it was a bit more personal for me. It was more than just pride as a journalist and as a member of this community. For the first time in my life cancer hit close to home. In April I got an email from a close friend, someone who is like a big sister to me, saying we wouldn’t be able to meet up for lunch soon as we had planned because she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. My friend Ilyse has been in my life since I was 16 years old. She was my math teacher. But, more than that, she was an advocate for me and my own personal cheerleader. She helped me with homework. She helped me get into college. She went above and beyond the call of duty. We’ve stayed in touch over the years. But, she’s always been an important part of my life, not just someone I talk to now and again. Ilyse was at my graduation from the University of Washington as proud of me as my own

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The color pink does run - a lot It’s no secret that I hate the color pink. True, I have come to see it as a neutral color since my daughter Lyla arrived almost two years ago, but still it’s not a color I have in abundance in my wardrobe. But, on Sept. 16 my Facebook feed was filled with pink as friends and professional contacts posted photos from the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure. And I didn’t mind the pink. First of all, I’ve known Tina McDonough for two years now, at least I think so. McDonough is the founder and amazing leader of Valley Girls & Guys, a team she founded a few years ago to walk in memory of a close friend, Michelle. McDonough’s friend may have lost the battle with cancer — and since then, she has lost other loved ones — but she continues to fight on.

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statements were either misattributed to me in Mr. Choco’s letter, or were just wrong. Specifically, I have never asked to be protected from competition. I have simply pointed out that a Fred Meyer fueling station will threaten a half-dozen family-

is thriving, even as overall employment and property values fall. Is that the direction we want to go? Just asking. Mr. Choco’s suggestions regarding my pricing are breathtakingly presumptuous. I hold a bachelor of science in economics and an master of business administration. I have worked as a management consultant and a financial analyst, not to mention having owned my gas station in Maple Valley for 19 years. I could offer to let Mr. Choco set my pricing,

if he wants to agree to cover the lost income. I didn’t go into small business because I had to. I love small business, in spite of its inherent risks andfrustrations. Small business is the engine that powers our economy. And yet, 70 percent of small businesses fail within their first three years. It is important that small business remains a feasible endeavor, not for the sake of shopkeepers, but for the sake of our economy. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Mr. Choco’s let-

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photos, but now they are all in grade school. Her family is amazing. I could tell all kinds of stories about how lucky I am to have her in my life. One of the first people I contacted when I found out about Ilyse’s diagnosis was Tina McDonough. If anyone knew what I was

going through, it would be her. I asked her to add Ilyse to their list of people they were walking for at the 3 Day. So, when I saw all the photos of pink on Sept. 16 on Facebook, I was so proud. I didn’t mind all the

pink. Heck, I’ve even got a little pink on now. As I was heading out of McDonough’s office on Monday I asked her what the pink rubber bracelet on her wrist said. “Faith Courage� with a ribbon between the two words. She immediately took

it off and handed it to me. Normally I would decline such a gift but I took it from her. That bracelet was on her wrist while she did the 3 Day. It looks a little worn and is faded. It may have been a small gesture, just a way to get me wearing some pink,

but it means a lot to me. I immediately put it on. Now I am wearing pink for McDonough, for the battle she’s fought on behalf of those she’s lost to breast cancer, but also for my friend Ilyse, who is a survivor. Maybe I don’t hate pink so much after all.

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Police Blotter COVINGTON Sept. 10 ANIMAL CRUELTY: 17400 block of Southeast 270th Place. Patrons of Walmart left two dogs unattended in a locked car on an 82 degree day for more than an hour. Sept. 9 MUSIC LOVER: 25800 block of

164th Avenue Southeast. Someone broke into the driver’s side window of a car parked in the Kentwood High lot and stole an Apple iPod digital music player the victim told police “barely works.� PAWNED OFF: 17100 block of Southeast 267th Street. The suspect, whom the victim knows, took the victim’s wedding ring “without permission� then pawned it, according to the police report. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED: 26400 block of 199th Place Southeast. Someone entered the house through a rear unlocked door then

stole a computer as well as jewelry. Sept. 8 BURGLARY: 26000 block of 156th Avenue Southeast. Burglars forced entry into a home by smashing a glass window in a door with a metal stove pipe. The suspects then stole miscellaneous collectible items from the house. Sept. 7 VANDALISM: 17400 block of Southeast Wax Road. Someone used a BB gun to shoot out the windows at Daniel Ross Salon.

MAPLE VALLEY Sept. 19 DISORDERLY CONDUCT: 26800 block of state Route 169. A man made a menacing gesture toward the clerk of the Circle K and acted as if he was shooting inside the store. Sept. 17 TWO WHEELS: 21600 block of Southeast 267th Street. Someone stole the victim’s motorcycle from the open garage of his home. CAUGHT: 27100 block of state Route 169. A man was arrested on a felony escape warrant after he fled from police from the Goodwill in Four Corners.

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lived on the lake since 1973. “Everyone was anxious to do something and knew if something In 1994 Diana Ludke and the direction didn’t happen.� other residents who lived Shortly after, Ludke and on Lake Wilderness had her fellow residents crereached the breaking point. ated the Lake Wilderness The once crystal clear Preservation Association lake had been overrun by (LWPA), hoping to restore Eurasian watermilfoil, an e the lake’s appearance. Th invasive aquatic plant. Not first step they took was to only did it give off a foul push for a county ban on smell and an unpleasant internal combustion enappearance, it also made on the lake. boats for imposgines lake the of any use Then they formed a selecsible. Fish could no longer tive tax district called the survive because the oxygen Lake Management District, in the water was consumed which applies only to those by the watermilfoil. living within the watershed. Conditions had deterioGradually, the LWPA berated so badly that Ludke gan to see more and more and her husband were unaction taken. able to get their boat more In 1995, the LWPA than 10 feet away from their and King County Surface dock before it got tangled Water Management Diviup in the milfoil, and sion jointly applied for a lifeguards had to pull the grant to develop a plan for plants out with their bare long-term control of the hands so children wouldn’t watermilfoil. get caught in them while AquaTechnex, a biology they swam. firm which specializes in “You couldn’t swim, had lake plant management, couldn’t take a boat out, divers map out the entire couldn’t use it at all,� Ludke lake in order to determine said. “It had gone from the the best way to clear out pristine clear to worse and watermilfoil. worse.� In the summmer of 1998, Finally, Ludke and 12 Sonar, an aquatic herbicide, other Lake Wilderness as well as Aquathol, was residents got together and the ultimately used to target decided that action had to milfoil. By 2001, the milfoil be taken. had receded substantially “We knew if we didn’t do into anything it would turn [ more LAKE page 5 ] a bog,� said Ludke, who has

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COVINGTON ELEMENTARY TESTS ABOVE STATE, NATIONAL AVERAGE Covington Elementary’s Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) science results are the highest in the district. Nearly 72 percent of last year’s fifth grade students met or exceeded the state standard on the science assessment. Last year, less than 15 percent of the fifth-grade students met the standard. At the school’s first assembly for the 2011-2012 school year, the sixth-grade students who took last year’s science assessment were congratulated.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Lyle Schneider will have plenty of people to write to when he is deployed this fall. He, along with several other airmen, will be pen pals with first and fourth grade students at Rock Creek Elementary in Maple Valley, where his aunt, Melissa Flatt, is a fourth grade teacher. Currently stationed in Offut Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb., Schneider, a six year veteran, learned in early summer he was being deployed to Afghanistan. When she was informed of the news, Flatt was naturally nervous about him going. “We were concerned of course about his well being, that he’d be gone for the holidays and his birthday,� said Flatt. Thinking of ways for her nephew to stay in touch, Flatt came up with the idea of having Schneider and her students correspond with each other. “I was trying to think of what I could do to stay connected,� Flatt said. “I thought of how powerful it would be for the students to see how much these men and women sacrifice.� “I thought it was a great idea,� Schneider said. “Hopefully I can get more guys involved.� Initially, it was originally meant to just be between Schneider and Flatt’s fourth grade students, but then Flatt mentioned the idea to first grade teacher Rachelle Rose, who loved

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KENTWOOD BOYS SOCCER PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-STATE SOCCER TEAMS A handful of Kentwood players were among the athletes selected by coaches in a poll for the 2010-2011 4A All State teams. The poll was voted on by Washington State Soccer Coaches Association members and other high school coaches across the state. Coach of the Year – Aaron Radford, Kentwood First Team Defenders – Cody Crook and Eli Peterson, Kentwood. Second Team Midfielders – Stefan Bangsund, Kentwood. Honorable Mention Midfielders – Jared Fuller, Kentwood.

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Kentwood, Kentlake and Tahoma will again battle for the top spot in the South Puget Sound League North BY KRIS HILL

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year ago Tahoma and Kentlake’s girls soccer teams battled it out for the top two spots in the South Puget Sound League 4A North Division but in the end Kentwood hoisted the state championship trophy. This year, it may be a battle for the top again among those three squads, as the Bears and the Conquerors are atop the North Division standings while the Falcons are looking to break out of a slump.

TITLES FOR TAHOMA In 2010 the Bears came oh so close to adding another state crown, falling short in the title game to the Conks in a shootout. The team has made three straight appearances in the state tournament and last won the whole thing in 2005. Tahoma won the North Division as well as league and district crowns a year ago. This year the squad feels like it can pick up right where it left off.

Kentwood’s Megan McNally, right, defends Tahoma’s Sarah Jeric during the 2010 4A girls soccer state title game. Kentwood won the crown 1-0 in a shootout. The division rivals will square off on Oct. 1 at Tahoma High. FILE PHOTO “We’re still ready to go,� said senior forward Cassidy Richmond. “Even with losing the seniors that we did from last year, I still think our team will be strong and will be successful. As of now, I think we’ll be looking about the same as we did last year.� Richmond made that statement before Tahoma had played a game. As of

Sept. 19, the Bears were 3-0, with wins over Kentridge, Mount Rainier and Auburn Riverside. Richmond, who notched 15 goals and five assists as a junior, was one of three players to score against Auburn Riverside in a 3-1 victory. Good team chemistry, on and off the field, is the team’s strength, Richmond

explained. “We’re all really good friends, we play on the same club team, so we’ve known each other a long time,� she said. “I definitely think we have everything it takes to make it to state again. We just have to keep up our team chemistry and work hard in training.� Lauren Duty, who is co-captain with Richmond,

said the team strives to work hard at practice which translates in strong play in games. “As a team we look forward to every game,� Duty said. “We’re going to take every team the same way and hopefully we’ll win. We’re not the type of team to take any game lightly.� Duty explained the

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Kentwood holds off Tahoma 24-17 BY DENNIS BOX dbox@kentreporter.com

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Kentwood’s Jonathan Ohashi, center, tries to step around Tahoma’s Jason Smith, 22, while another Bears defender gives chase. CHARLES CORTES, The Reporter

The Thursday, Sept. 15 Kentwood and Tahoma football game was a tale of two halves with the Conks stopping the Bears in the closing minutes of the fourth to take a 24-17 victory at French Field. Both teams came into the game with a loss and a victory and plenty to prove. Tahoma had beaten Thomas Jefferson 38-31 in the opening game of the South Puget Sound League 4A North schedule and lost a nonleague match the next week at South Kitsap, 42-35.

Jefferson went on to upset Kentwood 24-7 the second week of the season which made the Tahoma game carry even more weight for the Conquerors. The Conks came out swinging in the first frame posting 10 points. Matt Hubbard scored on a 30-yard run and Mitchell Cox booted a 34-yard field goal. In the second quarter Chance Kalua-Fuimaono broke a 44-yard run for another six. Cox kicked the extra point. The two teams went into the locker room at the half

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XXXDPWJOHUPOSFQPSUFSDPNtXXXNBQMFWBMMFZSFQPSUFSDPN Tahoma squad is full of athletic girls, many of whom participate in other sports, which translates to success on the soccer pitch. “One of our strengths is our speed because we have a lot of athletes who run track,� she said. “We have two girls who are (track) state champions. Our team has a lot of athletic players so no matter what situation we’re put in we can cope with it. Together as a team we’re able to work things out.� Duty added that this year the team is more focused and she attributes the offthe-field relationships to that. “The fact that we’re all best friends off the field makes us 10 times better on the field,� she said.

DEFENDING CONQUERORS Being defending state champions can mean high expectations. As of Sept. 19, the Conquerors were 3-0, but midfielders and co-captains Reilly Retz and Megan McNally felt like the team could be playing better. McNally said that while winning state again is the ultimate goal, Kentwood has to deal with the pressure it faces in defending its title, but “it just makes us work harder.� “We’re obviously coming off a big win last year,� Retz said. “But, we’re trying to put last year behind us. It’s a new year.� Retz noted that while on paper Kentwood seems to be fine, on the field there’s something missing right now. “We have a lot of individual talent,� she said. “Some

players, we can Coach Aaron play well together, Radford gave the but we have to get team a binder there as a whole filled with inforteam. We don’t mation about the have a rhythm and role of each player we’re not connecton the team, Mcing as a team, but, Nally said, with we’re working on an expectation that.� that they become And it’s not like “The first thing students of the the team doesn’t game. we want to worry get along off the It will build about is winning field, Retz said, on the fact many they just “need to league and we can of the girls have connect on a soc- worry about state known each other from there. To get cer level.� and played tothrough the regular gether for a long Kentwood started off with a season, every game time as well as you have to be 3-0 victory over help them underready to work hard stand how to take Thomas Jefferson, a 1-0 defeat because we do play all the individual in a tough leage.� of Kentlake and talent the Conks Megan McNally 2-1 win against have and put it North Division together to work foe Kentridge as a whole. before squaring “We have off against Mount strengths all over Rainier on Tuesday. the field,� McNally said. Every individual player is “Our midfield is very strong strong in her position, Retz but I think we have a lot of said, but there’s room for speed up top and our back improvement. line is really strong. We “We need to connect have so much depth. We between each line,� she said. have so many players who “We need to move to the are really skilled all over the ball a little quicker. We still field.� work hard and we’re still And while the team is aggressive to the ball.� taking it one game at a Once the Conks can con- time, McNally said, she is nect the way the want to on definitely looking forward the field, McNally said, then to the rematch of the 2010 they can start focusing on state title game with Talarger goals. homa on Oct. 1 at Maxwell “The first thing we want Stadium. to worry about is winning “That’s the first thing league and we can worry I looked for when the about state from there,� Mc- schedule came out,� she Nally said. “To get through said. “When are we playing the regular season, every Tahoma and where are we game you have to be ready playing. Everyone is always to work hard because we going to have that game do play in a tough league. they’re looking forward to You have to be looking to ... that’s a huge deal for us, improve every single game. that could decide if we win If we’re doing that, just league or not and if we stay getting better and better, I undefeated. We’ve always think that’s going to carry had such a strong rivalry us through league.� with Tahoma. I’m excited to

see how they are this year.� Kentwood knows it already has a target on its back, McNally said, being the defending state champions and top rated team in the state. “A lot is expected of you but I think we can step up to the challenge,� she said. “Who doesn’t want to beat the No. 1 ranked team? Who doesn’t want to beat the defending state champions? We’ll have to really come out with intensity.�

KENTLAKE PUTTING THE PUZZLE PIECES TOGETHER Losing to Tahoma in the first round of the playoffs was tough for Kentlake to take, but, captains Laura Rayfield and Carli Pogson said they’re over it now. Well, mostly over it. “It was bittersweet,� Rayfield said of the end of last season. “I have friends on the Kentwood team and I know how hard they work, so, they deserved it. We knew we could’ve gone further.� Pogson pointed out that Kentlake did not lose to division Laura Rayfield rivals Kentwood during the regular season. Still, it was a little bit tough to see the Conks beat Tahoma in the state title game. “We knew we were good enough, “ Pogson said. “It was especially bittersweet because Tahoma knocked us out of the playoffs. We moved on. It’s a new year.� Right now, though, the Falcons need to refocus after starting off 1-2-1 in league play.

“The first couple games have been a little rocky,� Rayfeild said. “But, we’re really starting to come together as a team. We’re willing to not only put in the work off the field as far as team bonding but we’re putting in the work on the field.� Pogson stated the team, as it does every year, has come up with three terms to focus on this season. “Character, effort and attitude because those are three things we have control over,� she said. “Our goal is not just to achieve that on the field but off the field and this year we want to make it further than last year.� Kentlake has the talent, Pogson and Rayfield explained, it’s just a matter of putting all the pieces of the puzzle into place. “I feel like it’s coming together,� Rayfield said. “It’s exciting. Our biggest thing is our mental game. Without a doubt we have the talent to get (to state).� Rayfield noted the team has to be willing to play unselfish soccer, to be willing to sacrifice for each other during games. “When you get down in

a game, you always have to keep your head up and fight back,� she said. Both captains feel like the defense and the front line are solid. As the season progresses Pogson said, they should find a balanced approach to games, and that balance is something the Falcons are working on. “It’s about focusing on the big picture,� Pogson said. “We treat every game like it’s a playoff game.� Once it all comes together, Pogson added, it could be really awesome to watch Kentlake girls soccer. “When we put passes together on the field, it’s beautiful,� she said.

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Kentlake steamrolls Mount Rainier 55-0 Three running backs score for the Falcons as their record goes to 3-0 heading into showdown with Thomas Jefferson BY KRIS HILL khill@covingtonreporter.com

Kentlake started scoring right away and didn’t stop until the third quarter, putting South Puget Sound League 4A North Division rival Mount Rainier away 55-0 Saturday night at French Field. On a rainy, cool night, the Falcons jumped out to a 13-0 lead on its first two possession of the game and never looked back. Junior running back Caleb Mathena made it 20-0 to start the second quarter on a 16 yard scamper. Next up Steffin Church, who started again at quarterback, tossed a 15-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Seffens with 6:38 left in the third to make it 27-0.

[ KENTWOOD from page 12] with Kentwood up 17-0. The second half proved to be a different story as Tahoma began to put drives together and chipped away at the Conks lead. At the beginning of the fourth David Stoecker hit a 26-yard field goal for the Bears. The next possession for the Bears was pay dirt when Shane Nelson hit Jason

Scoring was spread out among the running back corps as sophomore Riley Higgins made it 34-0 with his dash for the end zone. Just a few plays later Mount Rainier fumbled the ball. Kentlake recovered and quickly scored as senior running back Tanner Lucas, who started out the scoring in the first quarter, dashed in for his second touch down of the night to make it 41-0. But, the Falcons weren’t done with scoring in the first half. As time expired, Church threw his second touchdown pass of the night to Trevor Baldwin, making the score at halftime 48-0 in favor of Kentlake. Higgins tacked on the final score for the Falcons when

Smith in the corner of the end zone on a 19-year pass. Stoecker nailed the extra point and it was suddenly a seven point game. Kentwood got busy and KaluaFuimaono broke a run for 22-yards and six points with Cox adding the extra point. The closing minutes of the quarter got very interesting.

He’s All Heart took the early lead and then stole the show Sunday as Emerald Downs presented Washington Cup IX with a series of six stakes race for Washington-breds worth $215,000.

With the day’s riding star calling the shots, He’s All Heart romped by 10-Ÿ-lengths in the $40,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for 3-year-olds and up. Juan

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Trained by Larry Wolf for Vic Cozzetti’s Vic-Tory Stables, He’s All Heart ran 1-1/16-mile in 1:43.03 on a sloppy track and paid $6.80, $3.40 and $2.40. A 5-year-old by Private Gold-Big Headache, “Heart� earned $21,620 while pushing his lifetime bankroll over the hundredgrand mark to $105,294.

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Nelson hit Dallin Williams on a 9-yard pass and the extra point made it 24-17. With about 90 seconds remaining, Tahoma attempted an onside PREP kick that appeared to work for few seconds, but the Conks controlled as the clock ticked away with no more scoring. Week four has Kentwood hosting a nonleague game against Puyallup at 7 p.m.

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he took it to the house less than two minutes after the third quarter started. The win improved Kentlake’s record to 3-0 and sole possession of first place in the SPSL North. Kentlake heads into a week four match up against early season surprise Thomas Jefferson, which knocked off Kentwood a week ago and added an 8-7 victory over perennial contender Auburn on Friday night. Kentlake travels to Thomas Jefferson Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday Tahoma will host Auburn at 7 p.m. Friday. The Trojans are coming off a narrow 8-7 loss to Thomas Jefferson.

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Third to Noosa Beach in the 2010 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, He’s All Heart has a 7-6-5 record in 27 career starts. Sunday, He’s All Heart took the lead at once and controlled the pace while setting fractions of :24.36, :48.29, 1:12.39 and 1:36.76. He turned aside Wasserman into the last turn, was five lengths clear into the stretch, and poured it on late to win by double digits. “I just kept waiting and waiting and trying to save as much horse as I could,� Gutierrez said. “He’s a really nice horse. He gave me everything today.� Newfound Man, the 1-to1 betting favorite ridden by Leslie Mawing, finished

well for second place, but was no threat to He’s All Heart. Newfound Man returned $2.60 and $2.20. Wasserman, appearing in his seventh Washington Cup, finished third and paid $3. It was the 9-yearold’s sixth straight start in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic*all with Jennifer Whitaker riding*and he now has two firsts, two seconds and two thirds in the race. The track’s all-time leading earner, Wasserman earned $5,404 to increase his Emerald Downs earnings to $540,741. Aaron the Baron finished fourth after a slow break, and Snow On the River completed the order of finish. Mr. Mad Max was scratched earlier in the day.

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from all walks of life. When they a visited homeless shelter, they encountered many people who had once had well-paying jobs and homes, but had lost them both. “It was really hard to see people be deprived,� said Perez. “The people had been not poor.� Students such as RJ Anderson, a 17-year-old who attends Kentwood, stated the best thing for communities to do is work together and help support each other. “We all have an individual part to play in the country and in the community,� he said. “All of us can get involved. What I’ve learned is we have a responsibility to our country without a tap on the shoulder.� According to Kentlake student Lisa I’a, 17, communities in which the residents were proactive in assisting each other fared much better than those that were divided . “People are scared to stand up because they’re afraid of falling back down,� she said. “We’re all facing the same position. Though we’re not related through blood, we’re all related because we have the same problem.� Nyla Rosen, who works for the Institute, explained how non-violent principles are essential for communities which are struggling economically. Concepts such as avoiding materialism and emphasizing community over individual selfishness are among those taught at the Institute, which draws heavily from the works of

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Kent School Board adopts 2011-2012 budget BY STEVE HUNTER shunter@kentreporter.com

The Kent School Board unanimously approved a $308 million budget on Aug. 24 for the 2011-12 school year that is $18 million less than last year and includes 78 fewer jobs. Board members had initially approved most of the cuts at a budget meeting in April because of a reduction in federal and state funding. The final cuts included 39 teachers, yet all but 10 of those were hired back to

fill other vacancies created Loftis said. “We had a lot of by retirements, career and attrition with retirements family moves and other atand others deciding to trition, according to move on.� an email from Chris “Bottom line is That led Loftis, spokesman for we have 78 fewer to even a few the Kent School Dis- positions overall new hires betrict. Other job cuts from last year but cause of where were among admin- our normal annual jobs opened istrators, custodians staff turnover each up. and other staff. The “Bottom year was greater district has 3,300 than that number, line, we have employees including so we do have some 78 fewer posinearly 1,700 teachers. new faces across the tions overall “A district this size district.� Chris Loftis from last has a lot of moveyear but our ment everyday,� normal annual

staff turnover each year was greater than that number so we do have some new faces across the district,� Loftis said. The board had looked last spring at cutting elementary music and physical education programs. But after a community protest to cutting those programs the board decided to reduce staff in the kindergarten through sixth grade enhancement program and by increasing middle school class sizes to 25 from 24

students. The district lost more than $5 million in federal stimulus funding as well $5 million in state funding because of budget cutbacks at the federal and state levels. The budget also is lower than last year because of capital projects that were completed, Loftis said. Board members might have to make more cuts down the road as the state looks at further reducing its budget even after a $4 billion cut in the spring in the

two-year budget. “The budget is not at the bottom of the trough,� Loftis said. “We anticipate mid-year cuts this year. It’s not like we are overstaffed. We are running a tight ship.�

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CITY OF BLACK DIAMOND, WASHINGTON CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCES ADOPTED On September 15, 2011 the City Council of the City of Black Diamond, Washington adopted the following ordinances: ORDINANCE NO. 11-965 An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Black Diamond, King County, Washington, relating to business licenses for solicitors; amending chapter 5.12 “solicitors,� by repealing and replacing in its entirety chapter

5.12; requiring a solicitor’s license, imposing license fees, limiting solicitation hours, providing for the right to appeal, and establishing penalties for violations; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date. ORDINANCE NO. 11-966 An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Black Diamond, King County, Washington, relating to regulation of gaming activities; repealing sections 9.48.060 (skill games – pinball, pool- operator’s fees), 9.48.070

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(skill game operator’s license application prerequisites), 9.48.080 (license - posting- duration- license sticker), 9.48.090 (exception), and 9.48.100 (violation- misdemeanor- license revocation) of the Black Diamond Municipal Code; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date. ORDINANCE NO. 11-967 An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Black Diamond, King County, Washington, relating to licensing and regulation of cabarets; providing for

severability; and establishing an effective date. Copies of these ordinances are available for review at City Hall, 24301 Roberts Drive, on the City’s website www.ci.blackdiamond.wa.us or by contacting Brenda L. Martinez, City Clerk, at 360-886-2560. Published in the Covington/ Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on Septeember 23, 2011. #527310.

Bellevue, WA 98006 425-747-8055 Application Submitted:

September 1, 2011

To place a Legal Notice, please call 253-234-3506 or e-mail legals@ reporternewspapers.com Development Department, 16720 SE 271st Street, Covington, WA 98042, no later than October 14, 2011. Please contact Permit Services at 253-638-1110, or via email at permitservices@covingtonwa.gov should you have any questions.

Date of Complete Application: September 14, 2011 Notice of Application:

COVINGTON CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 – 7:00 PM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Chapter 35A.63.220 of the Revised Code of Washington, the Covington City Council will a hold a public hearing on Ordinance No. 08-11, which established an emergency moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and collective gardens, at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., to be held in the Council Chambers at Covington City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271st Street, Covington, WA. The purpose of this public hearing is for the City Council to receive comments from the public, both written and oral, regarding the ordinance passed by the City Council on August 8, 2011, declaring an emergency and adopting a twelve-month moratorium within the City of Covington on the establishment, location, operation, licensing, maintenance, or continuation of medical marijuana dispensaries, production facilities, processing facilities, and collective gardens. All persons desiring to comment may do so in writing to Sharon Scott, City Clerk, at 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100, Covington, Washington, 98042 or by appearing at the public hearing on September 27, 2011. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that agenda information will be posted the Friday prior to the above meeting at Covington City Hall, and on the City’s web site: http://www.covingtonwa.gov/. For further information, please contact Salina Lyons, Senior Planner at slyons@ covingtonwa.gov or by phone at (253) 638-1110 Ext. 2239. NOTICE OF APPLICATION Application Name:

Covington Professional Arts Building Commercial Site Development Application

Application File Number:

LU11-0013/2129

Primary Contact:

Mark Sandler Benchmark Development 500 141st Ave SE

CITY OF COVINGTON REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PHONE SYSTEM REPLACEMENT

September 23, 2011

Project Location: The subject property is located at 27105 and 27007 169th Place SE, Parcel Nos. 0766000030 and 0766000040 and is situated in the SE Âź, SW Âź Section 25, Township 22N, Range 5E, WM, in the City of Covington, King County, WA. Project Description: The Developer is proposing to construct an 8,000 sq. ft. 2-story dental building and associated site improvements on a .45 acre site in the Mixed Commercial (MC) Zone. Water service will be provided by Covington Water District and Sewer service will be provided by Soos Creek Water and Sewer District. Emergency Services are provided by the City of Covington and Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority. The site contains no environmentally critical areas.

The City of Covington is soliciting proposals from firms interested in proposing a replacement phone system for the city of Covington. Project Description The City of Covington desires to have a vendor design and install a new phone system for the city. The system will require the following: 1. Serve two facilities; 2. Serve approx 50 desks; 3. Utilize Unified Messaging; 4. Encompass training and support service. If interested, a complete submittal package may be obtained by emailing a request to Mayson Morrissey, Senior Information Systems Administrator, at mmorrissey@covingtonwa.gov.

Comp Plan/Zoning Designation: Mixed Commercial (MC) Consistency with Applicable City Plans and Regulations: This proposal will be reviewed for compliance with all applicable City of Covington ordinances; Title 18-Zoning and Downtown Development Standards and Design Guidelines, Title 12-Street Design and Construction Standards, Title 13-Surface Water regulations, and other applicable design requirements. Other known permits not included in this Application: Engineering Phase Review, Clearing and Grading Permit, Building Permit (compliance with the International Building, Fire, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes); Certificates of Water and Sewer Availability; applicable Right of Way Permits from City; issuance of other permits required by separate jurisdictions (i.e. Qwest, Puget Sound Energy, etc.); and any other permits as deemed necessary. Comment Period: September 23, 2011- October 14, 2011 This is a Type 2 Application in accordance with CMC 14.30.040 whereas the City of Covington Community Development Director issues the final decision for the Commercial Site Development application and is the SEPA official for the project. To make written comments, please mail or hand-deliver specific comments to City Hall, Community

Submittal The City of Covington encourages disadvantaged, minority and womenowned consulting firms to respond. All submittals must be received by 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 7, 2011. Five printed copies and one electronic copy are requested. Submissions should be sent by mail or delivered to the following: City of Covington Attn: Mayson Morrissey, Sr. Information Systems Administrator 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100 Covington, WA 98042 The City of Covington hereby notifies all respondents that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit a proposal in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award. Published in the Covington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on September 23, 2011. #528052.

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Covington remains optimistic about its future BY KRIS HILL khill@covingtonreporter.com

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do more with less with the er’s associations during the help of community partner- state of the city presentation ships and a strong staff. about the impact of the Wagner pointed economy on the out some of the city’s resources. accomplishments “The economy that he considered hasn’t gotten any high points for the better,� Matheson City Council such as said. “In fact, the passage of a one economic growth year moratorium on has slowed Derek Matheson medical marijuana significantly this gardens and dispenyear. But, despite saries, the Destinathe economy and tion Covington event despite the chaos set for Oct. 6 which at higher levels of is intended to foster government, we’ve economic developmade progress ment relationships and we’re on the and identify opporlookout for new tunities as well as opportunities.� directed the creation Matheson Jeff Wagner of a multi-year public pointed to the inengagement process. terlocal cooperaA year ago, Matheson tion agreements with Maple said, city officials told the Valley and Black Diamond Covington Chamber of for a variety of services Commerce and homeownwhich saves money for all

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Trio of Kentlake students help fallen hiker Search and Rescue,â€? Benshoof said. “They lowered down two search and rescuers and they assessed the situation. They had me stop doing compressions, checked his pulse, and checked his breathing. Neither was active. We were getting a pulse during CPR only because of the compressions ‌ They called time of death there.â€?

Though Benshoof, a Boy Scout, is thoroughly trained in CPR, he says that the difference between learning in a secure setting and performing in the field is immense. “Having first aid training and CPR training, you’ve practiced CPR on a faceless dummy, that doesn’t have any injuries, that doesn’t have a name,�

This story originally ran in the Sept. 16 edition of The Falcon Flyer, the Kentlake High School student newspaper, and was submitted by the Flyer’s student editors to the Reporter.

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While hiking Sept. 5, Kentlake High seniors Brian Benshoof, Alex Posielski and Bryton Seyfert attempted to save a man’s life near Snoqualmie Valley on the Denny Creek trail. William Peter Allen, a 21 year old University of Washington student, fell while attempting to free climb. Benshoof and his friends were among the first at the scene. “We were searching for a geocache location and I heard a yell,â€? Benshoof said. “We looked up to the ridge and saw a man falling. He fell approximately 50 feet down, onto a very steep slope that had loose, sharp rocks on it, where he tumbled for about 200 feet until he came to rest.â€? When the group went to the fallen man, they found him to have several head lacerations, severe bleeding, a leg gash, and a broken right leg. Though his eyes were open, Allen was never conscious. Benshoof, Posielski, two campers from nearby, and a hiking buddy of Allen’s then worked to turn Allen onto his back, clear his airways, and dress his wounds while Seyfert kept lookout on a nearby trail. “My first thought was, ‘Is he alive?’and that was very quickly answered with his breathing,â€? Benshoof said. “You could hear the breathing. It was very loud, and you could hear blood in his lungs ‌ It was a little hard to handle.â€? The group called 911. The operator transferred them to King County Search and Rescue. A helicopter was sent to recover the man. “We were all waiting for the helicopter with him,â€? Posielski said. “We all wanted to help in whatever way pos-

and became shallow. Thirty minutes later, it was inaudible. Benshoof and the two campers began rescue breaths once every 10 minutes to restart Allen’s breathing. When Allen required more than one breath per minute, CPR began. “We did that [CPR] for an hour and helicopters arrived from King County

sible. Some people were supporting his body, others were caring for him and everybody was yelling at him to fight and not give up. It was amazing to see a group of complete strangers cooperate and work together to help a fellow hiker.� After 45 minutes of waiting for the helicopter Allen’s breathing decreased

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