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Resendiz, 8, picks out toys Saturday at Walmart with the help of King County A Little Help Sebastian Sheriff ’s Deputy Raingsey Lim as part of the Shop With A Cop program sponsored by Maple Valley to www.maplevalleyreporter.com and to From A Cop buyRotary.photos go to the websiteToandviewclicka onslidetheshowphotogoreprints tab.

Green Team uses hip hop to teach recycling BY TJ MARTINELL tmartinell@maplevalleyreporter.com

Finding an environmental message in the lyrics of a hip-hop song can be tough. Students at Rock Creek Elementary, however, had the opportunity to experience just that during lunch on Dec. 7 when the Green Team put on a performance of the “Compost Rap” in the cafeteria to teach their class-

Another step has been taken along the path inside the master planned development labyrinth in Black Diamond. Monday morning three City Council members unanimously approved the development agreement ordinances. Council members Bill Boston, Leih Mulvihill and Kristine Hanson voted to approve the development agreement ordinances for Kirkland-based BLACK YarrowBay’s The Villages and Lawson Hills. The approval of the agreements comes after about seven days of public testimony in July before the city’s hearing examiner, Phil Olbrechts. The hearing examiner recommend approval with conditions. The ordinances for the two master planned developments, allowing the move into the development agreement stage, were approved unanimously by the five members of the City Council in September 2010. The development agreements

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Black Diamond man allegedly sent ‘sexually explicit’ text messages King County prosecutors charged a Kent-Meridian High School track coach and teacher with communication with a minor for immoral purposes Dec. 8. Prosecutors claim that Ammons, 36, of Black Diamond, allegedly sent “sexually explicit” text messages to a 16-year-old girl, a student at the school, according to charging papers. “The defendant engaged in sexually explicit text messaging with the 16-year-old victim,” wrote Charles Sergis, senior deputy prosecutor, in the charging papers. “He did so knowing both her age and the fact that she was a former student of his. His actions not only violated the law, but the trust placed in educators to teach and nurture students, not to groom them for sex.” The Kent School District placed Ammons on paid administrative leave Nov. 8 when the allegations first came to the district’s attention, said district spokesman

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mates about the school’s composting program. The performance is a part of the school’s strategy to become a King County-certified Level 2 green school. The lyrics were written by Stacie Loftus, the PTSA chairman of recycling. She admitted hip hop music is not a genre she is very familiar with. “I don’t know anything about

rap,” she said. She said she decided to choose rap because it was much simpler, and more interesting, than a lecture. “I picked a rap song because I felt it would be an easy thing to teach, and also an easy thing to write,” she said. “It’s something they can relate to and they can hear the words so they get the message.” During the performance, the Green Team members wore items such as bagels and cardboard boxes, which can be composted, as a way of giving visual cues to students. [ more GREEN page 4 ]

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Rock Creek fifth graders Amy Makela, Adamae Holloway and Madeleine Chance rap about compost in the school cafeteria. TJ MARTINELL, The Reporter


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The feathers flew during the Dec. 6 Planning Commission meeting in Black Diamond and it looks like it will sometime before all is settled. At the meeting and in the aftermath, several issues arose including a potential violation of the open public meetings act according to Tim Ford, assistant attorney general for government accountability, violations of Constitutional rights and the validity of the commission. The meeting was recorded and is available at City Hall through a public records request and was

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the meeting for the presentation since they were not on the agenda. According to the recording of the meeting, the commission initially allowed Lund and Nelson five minutes each to speak. The commissioners did not appear to know this was to satisfy the presentation requirement. As Lund began to speak Bob Edelman, a Black Diamond resident and member of Toward Responsible Development, approached the members and raised a question whether YarrowBay should be allowed to continue. Nelson stated to the commission that YarrowBay was “arguing that it satisfies the requirement (for an MPD application) under your code. There is no requirement we be on the agenda in order to speak during public comment.� A considerable amount

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in need, Heinle explained to the Reporter in October, not only provides something for children to play with but also “satisfies the creative urge in me.�

Toward Responsible Development, and the issue is currently in superior court and the state Court of Appeals. YarrowBay has gone through the process of submitting a second MPD application, identical to the previous one in the court system. This would give YarrowBay an application already in the system if the courts rule against it. YarrowBay had three steps to fulfill to submit an application, which was meet with staff, conduct an information meeting and a presentation to the Planning Commission. They had asked and been granted a place on the agenda for the commission meeting, but, it was taken off the agenda prior to the meeting. Nelson stated at the meeting they were using the public comment portion of

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The Rotary Club of Maple Valley received a grant for a homelessness project. A check in the amount of $13,500 was presented to Colleen Starr, Executive Director of Vine Maple Place. The project, which was spearheaded by Bryan Kelley, Maple Valley Rotarian and owner of Maple Valley Auto, will help those at risk of losing their homes by paying to have their car repaired. The grant will pay for 80 percent of the repair cost, the auto shop will pay for 10 percent, and the family will pay the remaining 10 percent. The project will be a joint effort between Vine Maple Place, Maple Valley Food Bank and local auto repair shops.

Vern Heinle played Santa a little bit early this year when he delivered toys to the Forgotten Children’s Fund on Dec. 10 Heinle, a Kent resident, got involved with the Seattle-based non-profit four years ago when he connected with Jim Pelletier of Covington. Heinle is a regular at Shari’s on Kent Kangley Road and 132nd Avenue Southeast in Kent, where Pelletier is the manager, and was encouraged to get involved in the restaurant’s efforts to support the Forgotten Children’s Fund annual Christmas drive. This year, 78-year-old Heinle delivered 216 of his signature handmade wooden toys, along with the help of three of his grandsons. The toys were placed into nine cheerfully wrapped boxes.

About a year ago, Heinle told the Reporter he got involved because Pelletier’s passion for the Forgotten Children’s Fund was hard to resist. “Over the years, Vern has brought in some of the stuff he’s made, some of the wallets, some of the holsters, some of the jewelry boxes,� Pelletier told the Reporter in November 2010. “The connection was easy. We do a food and toy drive twice a year: Christmas in July and Christmas. In talking about it, one day Vern walked in with these toys he had just created. I don’t think we officially talked about it. It just happened.� Last year Heinle made 145 toys, this year his goal was to make 200, with 140 made as of Oct. 13. A former carpenter of 40 years, Heinle has made toys as a hobby for decades. He started working on his toys for this year’s drive in September. Building toys for youngsters

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[ TEACHER from page 1] Chris Loftis. Ammons has been removed from his coaching duties as head track and cross country coach. “He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the proceedings against him,� Loftis said in a Friday phone interview. “It’s in the court’s hands now.� Ammons is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 22 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Kent Police cited Ammons at-large Dec. 6. Prosecutors have asked that bail be set at $50,000 and that Ammons be prohibited from teaching, coaching, volunteering or holding any position of authority over minors while the case is pending. Ammons led the Kent-Meridian boys track team to its first state track title last May when the Royals captured the Class 4A crown. He has coached track and field at Kent-Meridian for eight years. He led the boys track team to a second place trophy at state in 2009. He coached the school’s cross country teams as well and helped lead the girls team to its first state appearance in November. They placed 16th. The district plans to post a job opening Jan. 4 for a new

[ PROJECTS from page 4] are documents outlining the rules governing the two projects. The agreements are to provide more ground-level detail than the supporting documentation entered during the MPD hearings. The City Council members began quasijudicial deliberations on the agreements in September ending with the approval of the ordinances Monday. The MPD ordinances were appealed by Toward Responsible Development in October 2010, which is a group comprised of residents. The appeal is currently working through the superior court system. Toward Responsible Development asked the Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board to review the process used to approve the MPD ordinances and the group also filed a LUPA, or Land Use Petition Act appeal, in state superior court. The board remanded the

head coach in track and cross country, Loftis said. Ammons teaches health and physical education at KentMeridian. His classes this year included health and weight training. The district hired Ammons in 2004 and he has taught for all eight years at the school. The series of text messages were exchanged between Ammons and the girl from June 27 through Nov. 6. In an Oct. 13 text message, Ammons asked the girl to meet him for sex in the school’s weight room before school. The two also exchanged messages about Ammons paying the girl cash for sex. The case came to the attention of school officials in early November when a student at another school who knows the 16-year-old girl contacted Kent-Meridian Principal Wade Barringer about inappropriate conversations between a health teacher at the school and a student. The teacher was later identified as Ammons. Barringer talked to Ammons about the allegations, according to court documents. Ammons told Barringer the phone contacts with the student started on Facebook and the contact continued via text messaging. The teacher told Barringer that he had exchanged text

ordinances back to the city stating a legislative process should have been used, rather than quasi-judicial, allowing more public participation. The board did not invalidate the ordinances which is why the process advanced to the development agreement stage. The board decision was argued before state Court of Appeals in November on direct appeal and a ruling is expected in 2012.

DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT HEARING Following the vote approving the agreements, Boston summed up the deliberations as “the culmination of an 18-yearprocess.� He added, “Change can be difficult. Change is not always popular, but it will happen.� [ more PROJECTS page 5 ]

messages with the girl asking for money for sex. Ammons said he never intended to act on the suggestion, but, he was afraid to stop texting the girl out of fear that she would expose him. School officials contacted Kent Police Nov. 8 about the allegations and the police investigation started. Detectives gathered cellphone records and emails that showed Ammons had contacted the girl. Detectives found as many as 46 calls between the girl’s phone and Ammons’ phone from June 27 to Oct. 24. Several more text exchanges occurred after Oct. 24. Barringer sent a letter to Kent-Meridian parents Dec. 9 to notify them about the allegations against a teacher at the school although he did not name the teacher in the letter. Loftis sent a district letter Dec. 8 to all staff about the incident. Loftis also sent a statement to the Kent Reporter about the case. “We can’t let the alleged bad acts of one person reflect on the great work of over 3,300 people who come to work every day with character, kindness and professionalism,� Loftis said.

[ GREEN from page 1] “It’s all paper, it’s all food, and it can all be composted,� Loftus said. In May 2010, Rock Creek formed a partnership with Cedar Grove Composting, which collects all the school’s compost material on a weekly basis. Doing this, Loftus said, keeps about 60,000 pounds of compost material out of landfills and saves the school about $600 a month. “It’s a tremendous amount we’re saving,� she said. “Anytime we can recycle we save money.� According to Loftus, the school also donates recyclable material to TerraCycle, which pays them annually based on the total amount. “Anytime we recycle we get money,� she said. Loftus introduced the song to the Green Team a month ago when she felt like the

club was large enough to put it on. “When the Green Team got to be this size we decided to do it with them,� she said. Although the entire Green Team put on the performance, fifth grader Sarah Makela led the team after she incorporated other elements into it. “Sarah came up with the hand motions,� Loftus said. “Sarah added the extra element to make it more authentic.� Ironically, Makela said her performance was not based off of any rapper or hip hop artist, but off of her little sister, Ami. She added that she enjoyed performing it in front of the younger students. “I get to see the little kids and how they are doing it,� she said.

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QFC stores are allowed to donate any meat product in good condition that is frozen on or before the date on the package. This can include beef, poultry, pork, and seafood, as well as pre-packaged meats such as fully cooked lunch meats and hot dogs. When meat products no longer meet QFC’s standards for selling to our customers and become eligible to be donated, it is critically important that we maintain safe handling and storage procedures. There are very real cross contamination risks when handling meat. For that reason, we keep all meat donations separate by species while awaiting pickup. We use plastic tubs provided by Oregon Food Bank and Food Lifeline; the bins nest and stack and help us to separate meat by species in our meat freezer. All meat donations are frozen solid before leaving the store. Practices we follow before donating meat products include: freezing to 0o Fahrenheit on or before the date on the package and separating the

meat by species. A Food Lifeline agency that participates in the Grocery Rescue program says, “Thanks for the food you give to those in need. We are seeing an increasing need in our community and you are a big part of why we can help.� By donating product that doesn’t meet our selling standards, QFC helped our neighbors and friends in

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He said there are about 300 homes projected for the plats.

THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS During the opening stages of the City Council quasi-judicial hearings two members, Bill Saas and Craig Goodwin, recused themselves from the process and did not return. YarrowBay attorney Nancy Rogers submitted a letter during the appearance of fairness portion of the hearing requesting four of five council members recuse themselves. The letter stated Mulvihil and Hanson should recuse themselves because they own property near the projects. The letter stated two other council members, Saas and Goodwin, had ex-parte contact or discussions with opponents of the developments. Rogers went on to write that by four recusing themselves it would trigger the doctrine of necessity because a quorum, or three of five members, would not be present. This would allow all four to return without legal liability for previous actions. “In this way, YarrowBay

and community member against community member attacks can be avoided, the city’s fiscal interests will be protected, and the full five-member City Council can sit together with the community, to review The Villages and Lawson Hills Development Agreements,� Rogers wrote. Mulvihill and Hanson chose to return, but Goodwin and Saas did not. Goodwin disputed there was ex-parte contact but was unwilling to open himself and his family to what he saw as a legal liability.

wave of criticism by opponents. The projects have been in the works in the city for two decades, but, reached a critical mass when the draft environmental impact statements were released in 2009. Edelman, a retired chief engineer for The Boeing Co., said he became involved in the process in about 2009. The November election showed how deep emotions run in the community over the developments.

The incumbents Hanson and Mulvihill both lost by more than a 40 percent spread. Ron Taylor will be taking Mulvihill’s seat and Tammie Boxx-Deady will join him in Hanson’s position. Boston retired from the council and Joe May will take his position.

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I like to watch movies. I grew up watching movies with my grandma and I knew all the stars from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s by the time I was 10. I watched part of “A Summer Place� Sunday. It’s a 1959 picture starring Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue as steamy teenagers. They are playing across Richard Egan and one of old Hollywood’s greatest, Dorothy McGuire. I thought the film held up better today then it did in the ‘60s. The cinematographer, Harry Stradling Sr., was a pioneer with Technicolor. He knew how to shoot a scene. Here is another movie we might consider from the ‘50s that can inform us about our world today — the 1956 film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,� directed by Don Seigel, staring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. At the time it was made it was making reference to the communist hunting going on in If I am not mistaken a guy with funny Hollywood and across the county. hair named Faust taught us something about The picture could be recast today as “Invasion contracts. of the Phone Zombies.� But someone likes to put her phones in a I am occasionally accused of being reclining lawn chair next to her grumpy by everyone who even mar- “I have a phone computer with a palm tree and sun ginally knows me or sees me. that is meant for lamp. Despite what has been rumored, I talking, rather than I am not saying that is weird, but, am Mr. Happy-Happy — you know, communicating with just think about the invasion of the joy to the world and all that stuff. the god of lunacy, for phone zombies. However, smarty-pants phones a price and a contract. I can see myself right now. Just have been making me a little grouchy If I’m not mistaken a like Kevin McCarthy playing Dr. lately. guy with funny hair Miles J. Bennell, I will be trapped There has been some discussion in my office with Dana Wynter by a certain writer (who shall remain named Faust taught playing Becky. The zombies have us something about anonymous, we will call her Kris us surrounded, waving their smart contracts.� Hill) talking about the wonders of her phones at us maliciously. stupid smart phone. Becky gives the best line of the I have a phone that is meant for talking, rather than communicating with the god movie at this point. “Why don’t they give us a shot or a sleeping pill or something?� of lunacy, for a price and a contract. Dennis Box Editor

The discords of graduation Graduating from high school is one of those achievements every person is able to accomplish once in a life time. Every aspect of graduation must be perfect for most people, like a wedding night might be for a bride-to-be. Graduation represents a major stepping stone for an 18-year journey that has finally come to an end. But what if one piece of that event doesn’t go the way it usually has been going for as long as students can remember? A controversial debate among the students of Tahoma High School has been circulating. The school board might make the decision to stop the wearing of cords for clubs in school. National Honors Society, for example, was one of the only clubs among the high school to be allowed special cords for graduation. This decision may be based off of budget restrictions for the school, but what most students are up in arms about is the other

possibility — not allowing honor students to wear cords because of unfairness towards other students. Students who do not have above a 3.5 GPA or non-members of NHS would not be able to wear any academic cords. Members of NHS, would most likely be unhappiest about this dilemma. Being a member of NHS myself, I can understand why. Working for those grades takes years of work. Members argue that only students with above a 3.5 GPA and who are actively involved in NHS may receive special cords for graduation, and other students have that possibility if they are willing to work for the grade point average. NHS members put in the extra effort for the club and their grades, and it would seem necessary for them to receive their cords because of that extra input. Other students might be unhappy about the inability to wear cords, but ultimately haven’t been able to accomplish that difficult achievement. Why should other students take away cords from those who have worked the hardest? However, for the most part, the issue isn’t whether there should be cords or not, the issue is who should be able to wear cords. Various sports and athletic groups are considering allowing Allison Needles

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At that point I have to say something cool so the girl doesn’t think I’m a dope and run off with the phone zombie and ruin the movie. I have discovered, covertly, I am not the only one left fighting the dumb phone cause. The other day I was at a meeting and Andy the Great nodded for me to come over to him. He turned sideways so no one could see, then pulled out his phone and smiled. It was a dumb phone. A fellow traveler sent me an email yesterday quietly admitting he also had a dumb phone and intended to keep it. Oh yeah. We are out there. The struggle continues. Soon we will be expected to put our phones in a reclining chair, play music to be bored by and make little bug sacrifices to it at noon. As Dr. Miles J. Bennell said at the end of the movie — be careful, you could be next.

graduation cords for athletes who letter in that sport, but some believe that graduation cords are a symbol of academic achievement, and not athletic achievement. If everyone is able to wear their own cords for any group they are a part of, is there even any purpose of cords anymore? Graduation cords were, after all, created for specifically recognizing outstanding academic achievements. Administrators in the neighboring Kent School District allow students to wear cords if they have earned certain GPAs. Kentwood High School allows students to wear silver cords if they have a GPA of 3.33 to 3.66 and white cords for students with a 3.67 or higher as well as NHS members, according to Principal Doug Hostetter. Kentlake seniors with a GPA of 3.5 and above can wear cords in addition to members of NHS. Tahoma High School seems to be the only school that is currently in discussion on the issue of allowing cords. The question still remains: should graduation cords be rewarded to those with relations to academic achievements, or should anyone from any club be allowed to wear as many cords as they want?

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December 16 , 2011 [7]

MAPLE VALLEY ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER

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Miranda Grieser, Rebecca Velasco, Alivia Ward and Vincent Quaratiello were named Maple Valley Rotary students of the month from Tahoma High School for December 2011. Students are selected based on their school and community involvement, activities, academics and leadership skills.

More than 2,000 vehicles rolled into Pacific Raceways leaving a trailer full of new toys and more than $3,800 in cash on Dec. 4 as part of the 2011 NW Toy Run to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Kent’s Driven Products provided the trailer, which doubled as Santa’s sleigh, transporting the collected toys to the Marine Corps for distribution. John Derringer, president of Driven Products, reported that more than 16 pallets of toys were unloaded Sunday night and will find their way to deserving children. The cash raised was donated as was Pacific Raceways use of its facility and staff to help with the event according to Allan Kettle, NW Toy Run organizer. Kettle estimated that 6,000 people attended the event donating more than $109,000 in new toys, making it the largest ever since its inception in 2004.

MAPLE VALLEY-BASED SUMMIT GYMNASTICS TEAM COMPETES AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Four athletes from the Summit Gymnastics Girls Artistic Team qualified for and competed in the Washington Fall State Championship on Dec. 4-5. Jenna Carlson scored 32.175 points, Leilani Guerzon 32.1 and Zeah Lucero scored 33.6 , taking ninth place in her age group. Hayley Rayburn scored 33.825.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been going awesome,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing awesome.â&#x20AC;? Much of the success can also be attributed to the driveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bracket system, which was created in 2008 by former ASB president Kevin Massimino. Inspired by the NCAA tournament style bracketing system, the school posts the results of each classroom after every collection session so that they can see how they compare to the rooms they are competing with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really good system because it kind of introduces an element of competitionâ&#x20AC;Śat our school,â&#x20AC;? said Ryan Turner, the current ASB president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone really gets into it. It encourages people to bring in more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been going awesome.â&#x20AC;? Whereas last year they only started to pick up donations during the last collections Turner stated that this year the donations have been continuously pouring in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen every single

collection time is recording setting,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the teachers got more into it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a core group who know strategies (that work), being outside stores. I think they are able to motivate their classes to bring more cans.â&#x20AC;? Phelps added, however, that the competition goes beyond beating other classrooms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the creativity not just to win, but just the fact that they want to contribute more than we have in the past,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some classes that will set up a schedule to sit out in front of QFC and do two-hour shifts. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten pretty elaborate.â&#x20AC;? The canned food will be donated to local donation centers such as the Maple Valley Food Bank.

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City searches for new court BY TJ MARTINELL tmartinell@maplevalleyreporter.com

Maple Valley is looking for a new location to use as a municipal courthouse due to overcrowding at the Enumclaw courthouse. At its Nov. 28 meeting, the City Council authorized City Manager David Johnston to sign a new one-year interlocal agreement with Enumclaw to use its municipal courthouse. It changed the hourly rate for use from $612 to $654. Maple Valley will also be directly billed for public defender, interpreter and jury fees. Johnston explained that this was due to Enumclaw losing money, as the rate hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed since 1999,

when the two cities first handle, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re correct,â&#x20AC;? signed the agreement. Last Johnston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the year, Johnston and Finance volume of business that Director Tony McCarthy our growing community met with Enumclawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is sending down there it is finance director and adreally tough on their small ministrator, where the costs lobby and small facility. We were discussed. empathize with Enumâ&#x20AC;&#x153;They said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You claw and respect their know, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re losconcerns.â&#x20AC;? ing money (from Although the MAPLE the agreement),â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? city would like to VALLEY Johnston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That build a new courtstarted the discushouse, it probably sion.â&#x20AC;? wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come along in The conclusion reached the near future. by both cities was that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think right now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Enumclawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courthouse is not in a position to have not large enough to accom- one,â&#x20AC;? Johnston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we modate the increased use take a look at city hall, in by Maple Valley. the next eight to 10 years â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve expressed some that will have to be looked concerns that the volume at.â&#x20AC;? of their business is getting In the meantime, an bigger than the facilities can in-house committee has

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WORDS TO LIVE BY Carissa Payseno, 18, has a motto that helps her perform well under pressure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think, just go.â&#x20AC;? The Kentlake High School senior says she learned this from years of competing in gymnastics and she plans on applying it this year as she competes for her schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up there in front of everyone at a meet, you just reach a mental block,â&#x20AC;? Payseno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, I always put mind over matter and chant this to myself.â&#x20AC;? Carissa Payseno has been doing gymnastics since she was 3 years old and competing at state competitions for seven years through various clubs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I first fell in love with gymnastics after seeing my cousin performing when I was young,â&#x20AC;? Carissa Payseno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told my mom I wanted to do it after that meet and have been doing it ever since.â&#x20AC;? This is her first year

competing at Kentlake. Cacated to her sport,â&#x20AC;? Judy rissa Payseno was unable to Payseno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She would compete last year when she never miss practice unless transferred to the school, someone tied her down and due to WIAA regulations made her miss it. She just surrounding transfers, but enjoys it so much.â&#x20AC;? she practiced with the team Carissa Payseno believes for that year even though working hard and getting she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t participate in better is more important meets. than trophies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like being part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I compete, high school team more than Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just looking to do better just competing at a club,â&#x20AC;? than I did last time and she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have such a maybe acquire a new skill,â&#x20AC;? great group of girls this year she said. and it feels great to have This attitude has taken them cheer me on.â&#x20AC;? Carissa Payseno far. Gymnastics Coach Marla â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has gone a lot Boyd said Carissa Payseno farther than we both ever is a huge asset to the team. dreamed of when she was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carissa has belittle,â&#x20AC;? Judy Payseno come an amazing said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an team leader and a emotional ride, lots WINTER contributor to the of highs and lows, team score typically but I am so proud on floor and beam,â&#x20AC;? of her.â&#x20AC;? Boyd said. Carissa Payseno has Carissa Payseno can high hopes for her Kentshine on the balance beam, lake teammates this year. the bars and the vaults, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone on the team her favorite gymnastics acis so talented and has a tivity is tumbling. She won great work ethic,â&#x20AC;? she said. best all-around tumbler at â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want us to try out best, nationals last year. give it all we got and just â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the fact that floor continue acting like a team.â&#x20AC;? exercise allows you to be Carissa Payseno doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t more creative,â&#x20AC;? Carissa think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll compete on a Payseno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get to pick gymnastics college team my own music and put next year, but she knows my personality into each sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always continue the move.â&#x20AC;? sport on her own time. Her mother, Judy â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Payseno, said Carissa has is a talent and a passion Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always worked hard. always have.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a perfectionist [ more GYM page 14 ] and is ridiculously dedi-

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[ GYM from page 13] CONQUERORS LEARNING TO STICK THE LANDING For a team of beginners, Kentwood High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnasts have had a great start to the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls are progressing and doing better and better each meet,â&#x20AC;? said Ann Diaz, head coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We only have two girls out of 30 that have ever competed before, so we have a lot of work to do.â&#x20AC;? The team scored an overall total of 129 at their first meet Nov. 30 against Thomas Jefferson, Kentwood and Federal Way. They tallied a score of 137 against Rogers, Decatur and Puyallup at the latest meet Dec. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really difficult to teach the girls everything they need to know for a

meet in a little amount of time,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had less than a month to teach a bunch of new people gymnastics and it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. Gymnastics isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something you can just walk in off the street and master â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you have to be cautious about what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing because if you miss a step, injuries happen.â&#x20AC;? An added challenge is sharing gym space at Kentwood with the Conquerorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wrestling squad. Still, the girls work around it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helpful is that they all have good attitudes and are willing to learn,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care what happens, I just want them to have fun, learn something and get better.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Zoe Bregham

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Prehypertension is defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a systolic pressure (upper number) of 120 to 139 mmHg and a diastolic pressure (lower number) of 80 to 89. Higher readings than 140/90 are considered to be hypertension. Ideally, the normal range should be well below the prehypertension threshold. When blood pressure rises, the heart has to work harder. If blood pressure remains chronically elevated, the risk of cardiovascular

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If you think your blood pressure is normal, you may want to double-check with your doctor. According to new guidelines, blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg, which was until recently seen as within a healthy range, is now classified as elevated. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) found that people under the age of 65 who were diagnosed with a condition called â&#x20AC;&#x153;prehypertensionâ&#x20AC;? had a 68 percent increased risk of suffering a stroke compared to those with normal readings.

least in part) responsible for high blood pressure to occur. But even some medications, including birth control pills, cold remedies, painkillers and other prescription drugs can play a role. So can recreational drugs like cocaine and amphetamines. There is no cure for high blood pressure, only treatment through medication and lifestyle measures like diet and exercise. Prehypertension should be seen as a warning sign, according to Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, a professor at UCSD and lead author of the study that lead to the revised guidelines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that people with prehypertension should start taking anti-hypertensive drugs. Instead, they should modify

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