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OPINION | Editorial board: School levy proposals are worth your vote [4] Roegner: Look forward to a juicy year in politics [4] SHOPPING CARTS | Volunteers clear rusty shopping carts from a swampy grave [3] BUSINESS BUZZ | The Ram is planning to open a brewpub in Federal Way [7]

SPORTS | Decatur wrestlers win SPSL FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012 crowns. Plus: Game of the week [10]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR | Check out Federal Way happenings and events [8]

Inside Federal Way’s motels Gov. proposes gay marriage

Cops crack down on crime along Pacific Highway By ANDY HOBBS

making a lifetime commitment,” Gregoire said. “For all couples, a state marriage Gov. Christine Gregoire license is very important. announced Jan. 4 that she It gives them the right will introduce a bill to legal- to enter into a marriage ize same-sex marriage in contract in which their legal Washington. interests, and those of their “It’s time, it’s the right children if any, are protectthing to do, and I will ed by well-established introduce a bill to do civil law.” it,” Gregoire said. “I Rachel SmithSTATE say that as a wife, a Mosel, a Federal mother, a student Way resident who’s of the law, and above married to her partall a Washingtonian ner under Canadian with a lifelong commitand California law, said the ment to equality and freegovernor’s announcement dom. Some say domestic was a long time coming. partnerships are the same “It’s a long time we’ve as marriage. That’s a version been waiting for equality of the discriminatory ‘sepa- under the law,” she said. rate but equal’ argument.” “We are like any other comIf Gregoire’s bill is passed, mitted married couple in Washington would become Washington.” the sixth state to allow Smith-Mosel, who has same-sex marriages, joinadopted children and foster ing Massachusetts, Conchildren, said Gregoire’s necticut, New Hampshire, announcement was a big Vermont and New York. positive to her children. Washington, D.C., also al“They felt she was speaklows same-sex marriages. ing to them,” Smith-Mosel “Our gay and lessaid. “Our kids were elated, bian families face the same and we were elated. This hurdles as heterosexual is protection and equality families — making ends under the law. No one is meet, choosing what school losing. We’re only gainto send their kids to, finding more stability for our ing someone to grow old families.” with, standing in front of [ more MARRIAGE, page 9 ] friends and family and By Greg Allmain

Three motels along a short stretch of Pacific Highway mark the Main Street of transient life in Federal Way. The motels SPECIAL house the homeless and people who are down on their luck. They attract illegal activities like prostitution and drug dealing, or perhaps serve as a haven for fugitives — including accomplices in the 2009 murders of four Lakewood police officers. “When we first started the police department in ‘96, we were in and out of those three hotels and others constantly,” said Officer Chris Norman. “They were a huge thorn in our sides.” Norman recalls a Craigslist prostitution sting at one of the motels, in which undercover female officers “offered services” to potential johns trolling the Internet. “People were coming in from all of Puget Sound to meet our girls,” he said, noting that drug and prostitution activity “has gone down dramatically over the



New Horizon Motel on Pacific Highway South at South 330th Street is among a handful of motels that are closely monitored by Federal Way police for criminal activity. Down the street is the Stevenson Motel (pictured) and the Eastwind Motel. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror years” because of targeted enforcement. “There’s been a steady decline in crime. That’s no accident.”

Motel life Although some motels have undergone remodeling, such as the New Horizon Motel, their overall quality differs drastically from the corporate hotels near the freeway.

Inside one room at the Stevenson Motel, the armpit-like stench is overpowering. A few bugs crawl on the grimy walls, and the air feels thick and stale. On the outside, the motel is decaying. Old TVs, phone books and

generic trash are woven into the landscape. Some vehicles in the parking lot look as though they were left for dead years ago. The motels on Pacific Highway in Federal Way are often the last stop [ more MOTELS, page 18 ]

137 pounds later, woman leaves obesity behind Federal Way resident Pansy Claxton is shown before and after her dramatic weight loss. COURTESY PHOTOS


After losing 137 pounds, Pansy Claxton has learned a new way of living. The Federal Way resident, who maxed out at more than 306 pounds, had been overweight nearly all her life. Two years ago, Claxton couldn’t run, let alone tie her shoes. She had to crawl to a chair or table in order to pull herself up off the floor. Feeling defeated, she turned to the popular Weight Watchers program. The fat soon melted away, week after week. At one point, Claxton phoned her sister upon reaching a

personal milestone — the moment she was finally able to get up off the floor herself. Nowadays, she exercises and competes in long-distance running events. “Now I’m able to do those things. They might be small things for people, but to me, it’s a big deal,” said Claxton, 42, reflecting on her weight loss success. “I didn’t even think about how much weight I wanted to lose. I just wanted to get healthy.” Claxton was recently named one of 100 first-prize winners in the nationwide Weight Watchers Inspiring Stories Contest. Weight Watchers provides members with [ more WEIGHT LOSS, page 19 ]

A poll on The Mirror’s website asked: If Federal Way had light rail service to the airport and Seattle, would you use it often? 76 percent said yes.

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With culture in mind, city council ‘Longtime friend’ approves more money for festivals pushes woman out of moving car had $3,000 approved for the event, and requested the additional funding to attempt to make the festival a mainstay in the community — like the Han Woo-Ri Korean festival has become in recent years. Patrick Doherty, director of economic development, gave a brief presentation to the council on both groups’ requests for funding during the council’s Jan. 3 meeting. The Buds and Blooms garden festival was cancelled last year due to budget and staffing shortfalls.

“After budget cuts last share in the wealth of those year, the city staff available cultures,” Doherty said. to produce that festival As for the Slavic commuThe Federal Way City were no longer available, nity event, council member Council approved an adand the committee of volRoger Freeman asked if it ditional $6,000 for the Buds unteers, that of course did will be part of any greater and Blooms Festival, and tons of work to make that “pan-ethnic” festivals in the approved an additional all happen, weren’t really city. Doherty said the festi$22,000 for a Slavic comready to pick it val will be open munity festival. up on such short The Slavic to all, but also Buds and Blooms had notice,” Doherty community festival said the city has already been approved for said. found in the past could become the approximately $30,000 Doherty said signature event of that focusing on from the lodging tax fund, a consultant was a specific ethnic that community which is specially designathired to review community can in the Pacific ed for tourism activities in how to best get actually increase Northwest, much the city. The nebulous Slavic Buds and Blooms like Han Woo-Ri has the appeal of the community festival already back up and run- become a signature event. ning, and that the event for the Korean “We had additional $6,000 community. consultants study being requested the event market came as a result of in the Northwest the consultation. to determine Last year’s Slavic comwhat would be a good munity festival pulled in event for the Northwest, almost 3,000 participants, that we could be the home Doherty said. The event of, not just for our comTHE IDES OF MARCH R 5:00, 10:00 IN TIME PG-13 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, consisted of a soccer tourmunity, but for beyond our REAL STEEL PG-13 12:25, 3:15, 6:55, 7:25, 9:55 nament and a cultural fair community,” Doherty said, 9:45 MONEYBALL PG-13 12:35, 3:30, at Saghalie Middle School. referencing the beginnings DOLPHIN TALE 2D PG 12:00, 2:30, 7:30 6:40, 9:35 The goal with this event is of the Han Woo-Ri festival. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 R 12:00, COURAGEOUS PG-13 12:30, 3:25, to make it a signature event “What they found is that 6:45, 9:40 4:45, 9:30 in Federal Way. pan-ethnic festivals are sort A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR PUSS IN BOOTS 2D PG 12:15, 5:10, “They’d like to step up of common. That many CHRISTMAS 2D R 12:10, 4:50, 9:20 10:05 A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR FOOTLOOSE PG-13 2:15, 7:00 and become more of a communities have InternaCHRISTMAS 3D R 2:35, 7:05 PUSS IN BOOTS 3D PG 2:40, 7:35 fully embracing event of tional Days, or whatever. the greater community to Those are great, but they tend not to draw as much in the form of visitors from beyond the local community, because people in their own communities wait for their own version to come along.” Doherty said the Slavic community festival could become the signature event of that community in the Pacific Northwest, much like Han Woo-Ri has become a signature event for the Korean community in the state and region. “It does sound somewhat exclusive on one hand, but by keeping truer to the mission, it becomes it’s own attraction for the people that are interested in that, or (who) want a glimpse of another culture,” Doherty said. The council unanimously Date: Wed., March 14, 2012 approved the additional funds. By Greg Allmain

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Police Blotter Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Woman pushed from car: At 10:55 a.m. Jan. 4 in the 30000 block of Pacific Highway South, witnesses reported seeing a woman being pushed from a moving car. According to the report, the car left the area after the incident. The woman was contacted by police, but refused to cooperate with the investigation, only saying the driver was a longtime friend. • Vehicle break-in: At 1:01 a.m. Jan. 4 in the 2200 block of South Star Lake Road, police responded to a call of a vehicle break-in. The suspect was detained on the scene by private security. The victim stated the suspect stole $550 worth of stereo equipment from their vehicle. The suspect admitted to the vehicle break-in after police read his Miranda rights. • Sort of a burglary: At 12:01 a.m. Jan. 3 in the 300 block of South 302nd Place, an unknown suspect broke into the victim’s home. According to the report, the unknown suspect went through a number of rooms in the house, but did not appear to have stolen anything. • Man pacing with knife: At 4:28 a.m. Jan. 4 in the 37000 block of 17th Avenue South, police responded to a call of a man pacing around a home while holding a knife. According to the report, those present felt threatened by the man and feared for their safety. The suspect had a no-contact order with one of the people present and was in violation of that order. The suspect was detained without incident by police. • Creative burglars: At 7:52 a.m. Jan. 4 in the 2200 block of South 314th Street, a commercial burglary was reported. According to the report, the unknown suspects gained entry by breaking through an adjoining wall of the business. The suspects took a safe deposit box that had $600 in it. The report also notes the suspects cut the alarm lines. • Desperate measures: At 10:04 a.m. Jan. 4 in the 34000

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block of Hoyt Road SW, police were alerted that an unknown suspect had attempted to drill out a lock that secured the bill collecting mechanism on a vacuum machine. • Busted at school: At 11:23 a.m. Jan. 4 at Thomas Jefferson High School, the school was made aware that a student may have had a bag of marijuana on him. When contacted by police, the student admitted to having the marijuana. The student was later released to his mother. • Phone account fraud: At 2:15 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 2600 block of South 300th Street, the victim notified police that three separate phone accounts, with three separate carriers, had been opened in the victim’s name. According to the report, the victim was unsure how this was done, but was now looking at approximately $3,500 in charges between the three accounts. • Glock stolen: At 9:15 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 31000 block of 10th Avenue South, the victim reported their house had been burglarized. A Glock 19 handgun, valued at $500, was stolen from the residence. • Stolen vehicle: At 10:06 p.m. Jan. 4 in the 28000 block of Pacific Highway South, a stolen vehicle was spotted proceeding down Pac Highway. According to the report, the vehicle was stopped and the three occupants were arrested. One of the occupants gave a statement to police indicating that all three were aware the vehicle was stolen. Also, according to the report, one of the suspects gave his name as George Everybodytalksabout. • Don’t roll your joints in public: At 12:21 p.m. Jan. 3 in the 2100 block of SW 336th Street, the suspects were observed rolling a joint in the parking lot of a business. Officers contacted the suspects, who admitted to possessing marijuana. The suspects were cited and released. • Drunk at the mall: At 2:31 p.m. Jan. 3 in the 1900 block of South Commons, a man was found passed out drunk in a public restroom at The Commons Mall. According to the report, the man had been trespassed from the mall eight separate times in the past. The man was transported to St. Francis Hospital because of his level of intoxication. • Foiled by a crappy truck: At 2:33 p.m. Jan. 3 in the 35000 block of Enchanted Parkway South, two men were thought to be possibly attempting to prowl cars in a business parking lot. The men left the parking lot and were stopped by police a short distance away. According to police, one of the men got out of the car and fled on foot to a nearby truck. The truck was known to be stolen, and the suspect was eventually apprehended when the truck stalled out on him.

January 6, 2012 [3]

Newest city council members take seats By Greg Allmain

On Dec. 30, Federal Way Shopping Cart Recovery Team volunteers removed 23 carts from a muddy swamp at the end of South 305th Place, located off Pacific Highway South (across from Federal Way High School). The carts were obstructing a waterway that feeds into Steel Lake. Check out photos and video of the action at ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

Volunteers clear shopping cart grave By ANDY HOBBS

The Federal Way Shopping Cart Recovery Team volunteers take their mission seriously, all in the name of cleaning up the city and saving money for businesses. On Dec. 30, volunteers removed 23 carts from a muddy swamp at the end of South 305th Place, located off Pacific Highway South near Federal Way High School. The carts were obstructing a waterway that feeds into Steel Lake. Volunteers extracted the carts from the swamp on a rainy Wednesday before removing them altogether two days later. The property sits adjacent to an apartment complex and is privately owned, according to a city spokesman. Dan Goede manned an all-terrain vehicle, pulling bunches of carts up an embankment. The weight of the load was heavy enough to make the quad’s tires spin on the pavement.

Rusty pieces broke off several carts as they were yanked uphill. Several carts sported logos from stores that left Federal Way years ago, such as Best and Payless Drug. Volunteers assumed the carts had been submerged in that swampy area for several years. The team members go out in the community several days a week to pick up stray carts. They recovered more than 100 carts on Thanksgiving Day, and more than 400 abandoned shopping carts just in December. Since the team formed in September 2010, more than 5,000 carts have been recovered and delivered to their respective stores. The work involves 1,200 volunteer hours. With a replacement value of $140 for each cart, the team estimates the savings for local businesses at more than $700,000. “We really want to take pride in the city,” said volunteer Mari Ikeda-Gomes, who tracks the team’s statistics. “Some months, some of the

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stores have a higher number count, other months the numbers drop. I have a spreadsheet that tracks each and every store that we collect for.” The city’s public works department will haul the load from Dec. 30. The carts will be sold for scrap at Calbag Company in Tacoma. The team has recycled about 3,000 pounds of scrap metal over the past year, generating roughly $350. Volunteers for the team include Frank Gabreluk, John McLaren, Lottie Kinney, Dan Goede, Mari IkedaGomes and Jonathan Gillies. To report an abandoned shopping cart, or to volunteer, call (253) 835-6774.

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The first Federal Way City Council meeting for 2012 was rung in by new council members Bob Celski and Susan Honda taking their seats. Re-elected council member Jim Ferrell was also appointed deputy mayor after being the only council member nominated. Celski and Honda shared their thoughts on taking the new positions. “Back in 1978, some 34 years ago, I took my first oath to be an officer in the United States Army and serve my country. So here we are, 34 years later, in 2012, and I just took an oath again to serve the citizens of Federal Way and our city,” Celski said. “I take this very seriously, just like I did when I took my first oath 34 years ago.” Celski, the new holder of council position number five, said he hopes to carry Federal Way forward to a brighter future. “For certain, we face some unique challenges in 2012 in our city. But we

also have some tremendous opportunities ahead of us as well,” he said. “I choose to remain optimistic and look forward to better times for our city and our citizens. And I promise I’ll put my resources together to work toward a brighter future for Federal Way.” Honda thanked her family and supporters for her opportunity on the council. “This is an amazing feeling to be here. I worked really hard to be here, as did many other people,” Honda said. “So what I would like to do is thank those people. First of all, my husband (Bruce)…you might have seen him on the street corners.” Honda also promised to make the most of her time on the council. “I will do my best, and this is really an honor and a privilege to be here. Thank you,” she said. Council member Roger Freeman nominated Ferrell to replace recently re-elected council member Dini Duclos as deputy mayor. Ferrell will be the deputy mayor for 2012 and 2013. His appointment was approved unanimously.

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School levies are worth your vote Neon green signs are popping up across Federal Way, urging citizens to “vote yes” for schools. In a special election Feb. 14, the school district will ask voters to approve two separate levy proposals. The Mirror recommends voting yes for both proposals. Healthy schools are a critical component of a community’s quality of life. The proposals are both necessary and a prudent use of taxpayer money. The breakdown:

Equipment, Programs and Operations (EPO) levy This levy will continue what Federal Way taxpayers are already paying for the general operations of their schools. The school district seeks a $45 million levy that will last two years. The current levy, which was approved three years ago, expires in 2012. About 80 percent of this levy money goes toward basic education. About 11 percent goes to support students with special needs, 8 percent supports transportation, and 2 percent goes toward the English Language Learner (ELL) program. The school district anticipates the tax rate for the EPO levy would be $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. There is a chance the Legislature could cut levy equalization assistance (LEA). If that occurs, there will be an increase of about 75 cents per $1,000 valuation for property owners on this levy.

Capital levy to rebuild FWHS A six-year $60 million construction levy will help rebuild the aging Federal Way High School. The city’s namesake high school needs this facelift and improved learning environment. The district has already socked away nearly $50 million of the proposed $110 million project. Some of the money will be earmarked to help build play structures and play areas at 19 of the district’s elementary schools. The district says this capital levy will be less costly to taxpayers because there will be no interest payments involved. The school district anticipates the tax rate for the capital levy would be 85 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. While the aging school does not appear to be falling down, it is meeting minimum fire and safety standards. It is crowded with narrow halls, which are neither conducive to long-term improvements in learning environment nor to the safety of students and faculty in the event of an emergency evacuation. A choice to build a new school at “a price we can get now and which will never be lower” seems to be a rational decision. The district consistently demonstrates good financial stewardship for construction projects, which typically finish on time and under budget.


Motel attracts unwanted visitors So I moved into the apartments/condos called Habitat. It is behind the New Horizon Motel at Pacific Highway South and South 330th Street. For the past four months, cars have been broken into, smashed windows, doors broken, etc. I had several things stolen from my vehicle, like my daughter’s Christmas present. Car windows get smashed and cars are broken into, and it’s becoming

Expect a juicy year in politics Remember 2012. It will be one of the most exciting political years in history. There will be plenty of news and newsmakers. This week we look at local politics. Next week, state and national. Put both columns on your refrigerator next to your children’s school art and keep track as the year unfolds. The biggest local newsmakers are likely to be Mayor Skip Priest and School Superintendent Rob Neu. But others to watch are School Board President Tony Moore and Federal Way City Council members Jim Ferrell and Linda Kochmar. Many voters have high expectations for the city’s first directly elected mayor and will watch closely to see what Priest does this year. The jury is still out on how successful the city strategy in confronting Sound Transit will be, along with the future of the downtown Crystal Palace development. Other than the dustup with Branches Garden Center, medical marijuana and the police union, Priest had a pretty quiet year and a good opportunity to learn. He had some successes with budget issues. Crime is down, and he got along well with the city council. Overall, not a bad first year. But now what? Will he keep the same management team in place? Their two-year contracts have expired. Or will he make changes as he looks to build his own team, bring in new ideas and lead the city in a new direction? Or will he stay with the same team? We know the budget is tight, but that suggests the need for creativity. What is his vision for our future? This is a big year for the mayor with re-election looming in 2013. What will he propose for the downtown?

The neighborhoods? Public safety? How will he address our transportation needs? Jobs? Will his agenda be one of action? We may find out more at his State of the City address. And what will be the impact of the two new council members, Susan Honda and Bob Celski? What are their goals and how will they go about accomplishing them? Who will lead the council, and in what direction? Jim Ferrell is replacing Dini Duclos as deputy mayor, which is the council leader. Many believe Ferrell still has aspirations for higher office. If so, which office, and how will he work with the mayor on policy issues? How will Kochmar’s run for the Legislature impact the city council? After a period of calm, the school district has become controversial with new ideas, new styles and a different direction. How will Superintendent Rob Neu and the Federal Way School Board manage the various points of view being expressed by parents, teachers and students on these policy changes? Like the city council, there will be two new school board members as Claire Wilson and Danny Peterson come aboard. What will be their impact and how will they blend their ideas with the other board members? Tony Moore was re-elected board president. Last year, the board’s vote was split, with Moore winning 3-2. Some felt that Moore had been distracted from the job during his 2010 run for the State Senate. Will he run for the House seat Mark Miloscia is vacating, as is widely thought? How will this affect policy discussions? What happens if fellow board member Ed Barney also [ more ROEGNER page 5 ] Bob Roegner


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a ongoing thing that nobody is doing anything about except “file a report.” Well on Saturday morning (Dec. 31), the same suspect came back to my truck. This time the idiot didn’t know I put in a alarm and he set the alarm off. I, as well as a neighbor who heard the alarm (who also had his window smashed) came out an ended up

running after the suspect. The suspect ran away and into the New Horizon Motel. This motel is a dump and just a home for convicts and criminals. It needs to be demolished. What can I do to prevent this guy from continuing to keep on breaking into cars, because this is getting old. What happens when this guy says to himself, “cars are boring, how

about I go into homes?” Someone is going to get hurt and the Federal Way police brush it off like nothing is wrong.

Nick Hasbrook, Federal Way

Busted for speeding in a school zone I received a citation in the mail for exceeding the 20 mph limit in

front of Twin Lakes Elementary School on 320th Street. I was guilty. When the camera flashed, I checked the speedometer in my 1991 Honda Civic, which read 24 mph, not far over the 20 mph limit, but nevertheless exceeding the posted limited in a school zone. The citation said that I was going 28 mph. The signs that are used to flash the speed I am traveling in other locations, such as at the level point at the end of the [ more LETTERS page 5 ]

January 6, 2012 [5]

Matt Sato, Federal Way

Porn and public computers The fact that King County libraries allow pornography on public computers shows that we really do not understand the correlation between human trafficking

[ ROEGNER from page 4] runs for the Legislature, as some think might happen? The school district is planning to ask the public to support a couple of major issues at the ballot box in February. The Legislature is also considering a sales tax increase for the ballot in April, for among other things, education. Education has been important to Federal Way voters. Will the Legislature’s anticipated actions affect the local vote? Will the

on a daily basis, pornography is killing the next generation of men by enslaving them and by turning women into objects. By allowing porn within the King County libraries, we are supporting the continuation of human trafficking in our own city. Or have we forgotten the famous words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” My question in regards to pornography being allowed within the King County libraries is the following: When will we stand for what is right rather than standing for personal freedoms?

Jason Clark, Federal Way

Bad news for a local senior I just received some bad news when I visited Old Country Buffet and Trader Joe’s today. The former no longer offers seniors special (discounted) pricing as they have discontinued selling senior cards. In addition, Trader Joe’s has discontinued selling various forms of struedel, which was my favorite fruit dessert. Unfortunately, for the residents of Federal Way, both were very bad business decisions. However, it is like the old saying goes: “Nothing good lasts forever.” As good ole jolly St. Nick would say, “Bah Humbug!”

Gary Robertson, Federal Way

controversy around Standards Based Education be a distraction? How will voters separate all the different issues? The Washington School Board Directors Association selected Auburn as school board of the year. Will that provide additional incentive for Federal Way to achieve great things? Voters returned two incumbent commissioners to the South King Fire and Rescue board. Both commented during the campaign that they may want to take another

Keys to a safer Federal Way Every once in a while, we showcase a Federal Way volunteer that is an example for the rest of us. I first met Dan Goede at one of the city’s emergency preparedness classes at Federal Way City Hall. Dan is one of many volunteers in our community who is involved in a variety of critical responsibilities, including emergency preparedness and working with the Federal Way Police Department. I had the privilege of working with Dan and getting to know him through the Armed Defense Training Association, where we are both members. Dan served four years in the Air Force, including a year in Vietnam, where he maintained aircraft. Dan is an informal leader among those of us that have gone through CERT training. Dan and I met for coffee recently, and I asked him whether his military background has anything to with his commitment to emergency preparedness. Dan told me he kept his AR15 close while repairing aircraft in various remote locations in Vietnam. The habit of being ready for things that most of us don’t often think about developed from Dan’s experiences in Vietnam. He said the habits developed while working under a chain of command still motivate him to get additional training and work with others who value being prepared, even when it means sacrificing his own time. Dan completed training with the Federal Way Citizen’s Academy and participates in CERT Advanced Team, a more specialized level of preparedness that comes after classes to become certified with Federal Way’s Community Emergency Response Team. Dan is licensed as a Ham radio technician. Ham radio operation is

run at a tax or fee increase. It was defeated last time. How will the public react to a tax proposal if they have just seen two others? Around the region, many will watch to see how long newly elected Kirkland City Council member Toby Nixon can refrain from trying to return to the Legislature. Will Bellevue continue as the hotbed of regional debate with its 4-3 council split in favor of the conservatives? Will Medina settle down after a year-long dispute over the police chief?

critical to maintaining communications during any emergency that knocks out electrical and telephone grids. I have met many of the Federal Way police and CERT volunteers. Many of them have their Concealed Pistol Licenses and have told me that natural emergencies like earthquakes can present threats of violence. Some people who are unprepared for an emergency will often try to take what they need from those who have set aside some extra food and water. There are also opportunists that will use an emergency as an excuse to create chaos. Dan and 50-75 volunteers know that it makes a difference in how you feel about your city to work with law enforcement officers in making the community safe. As we have discussed, Federal Way may be different when we create the proposed “Center for the Shooting Arts.” We also discussed the ways in which the proposed gun range has the potential to be a “third place” — i.e., one of those places where we can all get to know each other better and interact in order to make Federal Way vibrate with productive friendships and opportunities for growth. There will be various training groups from in and out of law enforcement working together in collaboration with each other to host events and make the shooting facility a success. Volunteers like Dan Goede are the key to making things work during the tough times when the shortage of funds creates a series of budget emergencies — inside and outside of government. The steps volunteers like Dan take today may also determine how you and I survive in the future. Mark Knapp

downhill on Hoyt Road, usually show me that my car is traveling slower than what the Civic’s speedometer tells me I am going. But, that is not my issue. Eight days after I was flashed for exceeding the speed limit in front of Twin Lakes Elementary, my ‘98 Honda Accord was also caught by the same camera for going (drum roll) 28 mph at the very same spot. Suspicious? What I need to know is this: is this a coincidence or have any other readers suffered the same fate and have they been cited for traveling 28 mph through the school zone in front of Twin Lakes Elementary? By the way, these incidents will cost me $210 each. Every time one of those flashes goes off, a mechanism at City Hall and some traffic consulting firm in Arizona goes, “Cha-ching!” No enforcement officers to pay and no eyewitnesses needed because they categorize the infraction as a “parking violation.” Clever!

and pornography. Yet, the relationship between human trafficking and porn is astounding. Laura Lederer, former Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. State Department, believes there is a vital connection. “We will never have success in eradicating sex trafficking,” says Ms. Lederer, “unless and until we tackle the cultural messages of pornography and related materials that are encouraging this exploitation and abuse.” Washington state, and in particular Pacific Highway South ranging from South Seattle through Federal Way, is notorious for prostitution. Yes, having better laws and stronger enforcement will help decrease the problem of human trafficking in the area, but we also need enforcement that snuffs out the demand side, including porn on public computers in public places. As a result of the Internet, I believe one of the biggest problems with male teenagers in this generation that will surface in the very near future is in the area of pornography. The problem will express itself in relationships, marriages, work spaces, schools and many more locations. Porn is not only something that the majority of male teenagers engage in, but then it becomes a taboo that when talked about only comes up as a joke. Working with teenagers


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In Auburn, there are three new city council members — how will they impact city policy? Many believe Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis won’t run for a fourth term in 2013. Will the jockeying for mayor start in 2012? Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke is also up for re-election in 2013. Will others start making moves in 2012? And how will Cy Sun, the new mayor of Pacific, handle his duties? He won in a huge upset as a write-in over the incumbent mayor and the council president.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, ever the optimist, has already held a re-election fundraiser. But a lot of possible challengers are testing the water. Will King County Executive Dow Constantine resist the temptation to enter the governor’s race? Former Executive Ron Sims is back in town — what will he do? Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Next week: state and national. Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn:

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The Todd Beamer boys basketball team will be attempting to do something they have never done tonight (Jan. 6) — beat Federal Way. The two teams are in a tie atop the South Puget Sound League South Division at 6-1 in league play. Beamer blew out Rogers Tuesgame of the day night, 70-49, and Federal Way slugged its way past Graham-Kapowsin, 48-33. The winner of tonight’s game, which is slated for 7 p.m. at Federal Way High School, will go a long way to determining the winner of the SPSL South. Both teams suffered their only league losses to Curtis, which is 5-2 in SPSL South play. Since entering the South Puget Sound League in 2003 as the fourth high school in the Federal Way school district, the Titans have been beaten up by the Eagles. In actuality, Beamer hasn’t even come close against Federal Way. The Eagles are a perfect 9-0 against the Titans since the 2003-04 season. But the domination goes further than just an unbeaten record. Federal Way has dominated Beamer. “Obviously, we are going to try and win any way we can,” said Beamer head coach Winston Bell. “What I enjoy in this short of time is that we are playing in a big game.” During the schools’ nine meetings, the Eagles have outscored the Titans, 725-409, for an average victory of


federal way national and steel lake little leagues registering Federal Way National Little League will be hosting three in-person registration events. The first will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Federal Way Regional Library on 1st Avenue; the second will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the library, and the last will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Federal Way National Little League Complex. Steel Lake Little League will also be hosting registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 and 21 at the Federal Way Regional Library .

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Todd Beamer High School’s Brett Dykman (bottom) lost to Bonney Lake’s Colton Tracy in the 113-pound championship match at the SPSL Championships at Auburn High School on Dec. 30. Dykman finished second. charles cortes, For the Mirror

Karis, Gaydosh and Gleed come out on top of 32-team tournament at Auburn High School by casey olson

The “Big Three” on the Decatur High School wrestling team proved to be the best the South Puget Sound League has to offer. Juniors Nick Karis, Rowland Gaydosh and Kyle Gleed won their respective weight classes at the prestigious SPSL Championships Dec. 29-30 at Auburn High School. The tournament featured wrestlers from the 18 high schools from the Class 4A SPSL North and South divisions, six schools from the SPSL 3A

division and eight from the SPSL 2A. Each weight class included a grand total of 32 wrestlers. Karis rolled through the 160-pound bracket during the SPSL Championships. Karis beat up Spanaway Lake’s Zack Bickford in the title match, 20-4. Karis’ road to the championship started with a 1:24 pin of Peninsula’s Luke Holsinger and followed with a 2:58 pin of KentMeridian’s Archie Biawogee in the second round. Karis then won a 16-1 decision over Enumclaw’s Ryan Anderson in the quarterfinals and beat

Bonney Lake’s Chili Sabin, 8-4, in the 160-pound semifinal. Karis is currently the second-ranked Class 3A 160-pounder in the state, according to Mercer Island’s Blake Johnson, who handed Karis his only loss of the season in the title match at the Hammerhead Invitational last month, tops the rankings. Gaydosh has also been ultraimpressive during the early part of the season. He is also the second-ranked 3A wrestler in his weight class, according to The 170-pound junior had a little tougher bracket than Karis during the SPSL Championships. Gaydosh won a 6-3 decision over [ more wrap up page 14 ]

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Rowe to enter MLS SuperDraft Federal Way grad will forgo two years at UCLA to enter Generation Adidas program; draft on Thursday by casey olson

Federal Way grad Kelyn Rowe is expected to be a top-five pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft in Kansas City. The draft starts at 9 a.m. on ESPN2. courtesy photo

Kelyn Rowe’s dream will come true Thursday morning. That’s when the Federal Way High School graduate will officially become a professional soccer player. The current UCLA sophomore and reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year inked last week with Major League Soccer as part of the Generation Adidas program. “I’m happy,” Rowe told “It’s every

kid’s dream to be a professional soccer player, and I’m definitely in that boat. It’s a dream come true, so it’s a little surreal right now, hasn’t quite hit me. I think it will once preseason starts.” The 2012 MLS SuperDraft will be held at 9 a.m. at the Kansas City Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Montreal Impact will have the first pick, followed by Vancouver and New England. The Seattle Sounders FC will pick 15th overall. “Luckily for us at UCLA, we had a chance to play against the (L.A.) Galaxy and Chivas USA,” Rowe said. “We had a chance to train with them. And so we got a little taste of what it’s like to play at the next level. But it’s going to be hard, it’s never easy, the pace of the game is that much faster, the physicality is there, you’re playing against guys who have been [ more Rowe page 15 ]

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Tucker, a point guard, is scoring 14.1 points. Beamer is also a fairly young and inexperienced squad. Head coach Winston Bell has only four seniors on his roster, led by 6-foot2 wing Thomas Rhodes. Rhodes leads four players averaging in double figures this season at 16.3 points

a game. He is also leading Beamer in rebounding and blocked shots. Last year, as a junior, Rhodes averaged 18.1 points and 12 rebounds a game. “He has been a manchild,” Bell said. “He has such a great motor and he sets everything up for us.” Junior Juwan Flowers

has also been a key to the Titans’ early-season success. The 5-foot-11 guard is averaging 15.0 points and has been in double figures in nine of Beamer’s 10 games, including 31 points during an overtime win over Jefferson in his first game. Sophomore Luscious Brown is chipping in 10

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I’m always amazed at what comes out of the mouths of some people during New Year’s Eve parties. Right before the ball drops, it’s like a church confessional or something. And it always starts with the overly-aggressive hostess of the party making the announcement, “OK, listen up everyone. We are going to go around the room and everybody is going to reveal their New Year’s resolution. This is going to be so fun.” First of all, it’s not fun. And how many people have honestly stuck to their resolution? My guess? A very, very select few and definitely nobody at the numerous New Year’s Eve parties I have attended. Every year, I have to listen to my “overweight” buddies talk about how they are going to join a gym and start eating better. “I know that’s been my resolution since getting out of college in 1996, but 2012 is going to be THE year.” All the while, during their

announcements. They don’t call it truth serum for nothing. But what is the average dude going to say when the “hostess with the mostess” asks you what your resolution is? You can’t tell her that you think New Year’s resolutions are for losers. You will get booed out of the open-bar party, your wife will be upset and unwilling to offer that lip-to-lip kiss at midnight. She will give you that last-second turn, resulting in the ultimate dis of kissing the side of her face and further implanting who is in control of your relationship. So you just take the easy route and go with the stock “get into better shape” resolution and move on to the free drinks. If you have to make a New Year’s resolution to accomplish something, then what are you doing the other 364 days of the year? With that in mind, I want to make two sports-related resolutions for the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, because sometimes I wonder what they are thinking. The Seattle Seahawks need to make a resolution to get a quarterback who can actually win a

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Tahoma’s Gene Autrey in the title match. But Gaydosh’s toughest match might have come in the semifinals, where he beat Bonney Lake’s Jake Lueders, 8-6. Gaydosh also beat Jefferson’s Jake Polsak in his opener, 15-4, Washington’s Ramsey Davis in the second round, 5:20 pin, and Rogers’ Zane Bowen in the quarterfinals, 12-8. Gleed dominated the 285-pound bracket during the two-day tournament. The junior put together four-straight pins, includ-

man also lost in the SPSL title match at 113 pounds. Bonney Lake’s Colton Tracy beat Dykman, 7-2, in the championship after winning a 7-6 decision over Lakes’ Andrew Ramirez in the semifinals.

eral Way’s Jessi Leifi in the championship. Gleed also pinned Auburn Riverside’s Larkin Williams (1:56), Kentwood’s Matthew Herrick (5:05) and Puyallup’s Trent Rowland Gaydosh Nivala (1:03). In a mild upset, Jefferson senior K.W. Williams lost his first match of the year in the 195-pound championship to Curtis’ Kadyn Del Toro, 3-1. The pair are the two top-ranked wrestlers in any class at 195 pounds, according to Williams, who lost in the 189-pound state title match a season ago, earned his way into the SPSL championship with three-straight pins in preliminary rounds. Beamer’s Brett Dyk-

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Decatur — The Gators (7-4 overall) opened up SPSL 3A play with a 59-35 win over Peninsula Tuesday in Purdy. Abraham Ferrell-Logan led Decatur with 17, Dom Hunter and Markus Rawls both tallied 14 points. The Gators also took home the tournament title at the Bill Riley Communities Holiday Classic Dec. 29 with a hard-fought 54-53 win over Thomas Jefferson in the championship. The four-team tournament was played at Decatur and also included Cascade and Central Kitsap. Against TJ, the Gators outscored the Raiders 29-23 [ more wrap up page 15 ]

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in the second half to overcome a five-point halftime deficit. Decatur was led by the 17 points of Hunter and 15 from Rawls. Jefferson got 17 points from Daryon James and 11 each from Joshua Duckworth and Kendall Green. Decatur blew away Cascade Dec. 28, 66-39, to earn the championship game appearance. Hunter finished with a game-high 26 points and Abraham Ferrell-Logan ended up with 18. Jefferson (5-5 overall, 3-4 SPSL North) got back into SPSL North play Tuesday with a 71-50 win over Auburn Riverside. Danny Park led five players in double figures with 20 points. James finished with 16, Green had 12, Jacob Thoreson had 11 and Duckworth chipped in 10.

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Federal Way — The Eagles got back into SPSL South play with a 61-39 win over Graham-Kapwosin Tuesday. Federal Way (8-2 overall, 6-1 SPSL South) had nine players score, led by 17 from Raven Benton. The Eagles also finished 2-1 at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational Holiday Classic at North Idaho College last week. Federal Way’s only loss came in the title game to Coeur d’Alene High School, 80-36, on Dec. 29. Decatur — The Gators (4-4 overall, 1-0 SPSL 3A) opened up SPSL 3A play with a 52-48 overtime win over Peninsula Tuesday at home. Decatur outscored the Seahawks, 8-4, in overtime to seal the win. The Gators were led again by A’yesia Rogers, who finished with 22 points. Rogers is averaging an impressive 20.0 points a game this year and has been in double figures in every one of Decatur’s games. The Gators also picked up a non-league victory over the Hazen Highlanders Dec. 30 at home, 47-36. Senior A’yesia Rogers had another huge game for Decatur. The 5-foot-9 forward finished with a game-high 23 points and was the only Gator in double figures. Beamer — The Titans (4-6 overall, 2-5 SPSL South) were beaten by Rogers Tuesday night, 73-60. Megan Huff finished with 23 points and Meghan Graf poured in 18 for Beamer, who trailed 58-35 after three quarters. Jefferson — The Raiders (4-7 overall, 2-5 SPSL North) lost 50-39 to Auburn Riverside Tuesday. Christina Kullberg led TJ with 11 points and Nyanda Preston chipped in 10. The Raiders also lost a non-league contest Friday to the Puyallup Vikings at home, 56-46. The Vikings led 38-26 after the first half. Jefferson was led by 11 points from Kullberg and 10 from Jada Piper. watch the matches live on [ ROWE from page 10 ] playing for years at that level.” Rowe is one of five college underclassmen to join MLS through the Generation Adidas program. The players will receive unprecedented opportunities to develop their game with one of the MLS’s 19 professional clubs. Players also receive educational grants to further their college education, and the grants don’t count against an MLS team’s salary budget. Rowe became the fourth UCLA player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2011 after leading the conference in assists with 10. He also tallied six goals and led UCLA to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup. This offseason, Rowe made his camp debut with the United States under-23 National Team after earning six caps on the U-20 squad. He finishes his UCLA career with 13 goals, 20 assists and 46 points in 46 games played. “I’m primarily an attacking player,” Rowe said. “I love to get the ball and run at the back four. I have good vision, decent pace and my ability to play the dangerous ball is something I think coaches like about me and I bring to the field.” Rowe is currently in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at the Adidas MLS Player Combine along with 65 other top pro prospects. Combine matches will be closed to the public, but fans can According to most MLS mock drafts, Rowe is slotted as a top-five pick. has Rowe being picked third behind Duke’s Andrew Wegner and Akron’s Darren Mattocks. “Despite a slow start to the season that dropped his stock a bit, Rowe is still considered the college game’s most highly-regarded playmaker, and his role in UCLA’s late-season surge has helped solidify his place as one of the best prospects in the draft,” wrote Ives Galarcep. “He has the vision and creativity to excel, but there are questions about his ability to deal with the physicality of the MLS game.” Rowe isn’t likely to fall to the hometown Seattle

January 6, 2012 [15] Sounders at 15th, unless the 2008 MLS SuperDraft they pull off a blockbuster after leaving the University trade to move up in the of California Santa Barbara draft. after his sophomore season. “The fan base is unreal O’Brien played in only (in Seattle),” Rowe said. one game for the Rapids’ “You walk through Seattle first squad in 2008 before and half the people you see being loaned out by Coloraare in Sounders gear, it’s just do to the lower-level Seattle an amazing moveSounders, Austin ment. I’ve been able Aztex and Montreal to catch a couple Impact, along with of games and the the Ireland club, atmosphere, the Sporting Fingal, crowds, are unlike from 2008-10. anything I’ve been After his conto and I’ve been to tract ran out with Ciaran O’Brien games in Argentina Colorado, O’Brien and Germany.” signed with the Rowe will not North American be the first Federal Way Soccer League Atlanta school district grad to use Silverbacks in March. He the Generation Adidas won first-league honors platform to enter the MLS. with four goals and Atlanta Decatur’s Ciaran O’Brien announced in November was the fifth overall pick that O’Brien would return by the Colorado Rapids in for the 2012 season.

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[18] January 6, 2012 [ MOTELS from page 1] before living in a car or on the streets. Some people spend months or years at the motels, which act like homes for the homeless. Since 1986, one couple has been living at the Stevenson Motel, paying $800 a month. That price includes a $150 charge for the couple’s cat. They rely on Social Security and disability checks to survive. Married for 30 years, they met while living in the Union Gospel Mission in Seattle. The couple is at odds with motel management over lack of guest services such as restocked toiletries. Aside from calling police over random incidents outside their room, they have never been hurt or accosted at the motel. Long-term tenants rarely stay more than a few weeks, said a manager at the Eastwind Motel. Construction workers rent rooms for a couple of months, she said. Typical customers are single and homeless men, but occasionally, people rent a room just for a place to party. At the New Horizon Motel, a woman and her five children have been living in a cramped room for more than a year. A motel manager said the mother recently gave birth in the between S. 330th St. and S. room, leaving quite a mess. 336th St. Another woman with Between 1999 and 2005, five kids lives on the other Officer Chris Walker side, with two of her gradefocused on the motels and school boys playing in the apartments. In that time, parking lot without jackets the police department genon a chilly post-Christmas erated 3,210 case reports. morning. From January 2006 to the Many tenants pay with vouchers or assistance from present, the area generated 1,798 cases — a decrease of social service agencies. 56 percent, according to the A woman with a knapdepartment. sack slung across When asked how Walker credits her shoulder long she was the decrease in approached this planning to stay, she crime to a conreporter in the Eastwind Motel shrugged and said, tinual police presence, along with parking lot. The “As long as I can.” support from courteous woman the surroundhad tired eyes, ing community. weathered cheeks These two factors helped and missing front teeth. the department maintain Though the words are this success, Walker said. never uttered, a tension Police persuaded motel in the air suggests that landlords to turn away she’s testing the waters for potential problem-causing some sort of opportunity, customers and stop renting whatever that means. She rooms by the hour. Federal says she moved into the Way also passed an ordiEastwind a few weeks ago, following several months at nance that allowed police to arrest chronic prostitution the Daffodil Motel in Fife. offenders who entered the When asked how long high-risk area. she was planning to stay, “Motels are transient by she shrugged and said, “As nature. We can’t just hit it long as I can.” and leave,” he said, noting Law enforcement that longtime residents stay out of trouble. “Most Crime at the motels has people who’ve lived there decreased significantly an extended period of time over the past decade. It all are not involved in criminal started when Federal Way activities.” police assigned officers Curtis Tucker was the to specifically patrol that first Federal Way police stretch of Pacific Highway

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The Eastwind Motel on Pacific Highway South caters to transient life in Federal Way. Andy Hobbs, The Mirror officer assigned to the Pacific Highway emphasis unit, working the area in 1998-1999 with help from a grant. He described the area at the time as “the hub of all evil” — a place where crack dealers and prostitutes blatantly did their business. “It was still the wild west when we got there,” Tucker said of the motels. “It was a matter of trying to figure out what was going on.” The emphasis unit yielded positive results. In the area from 324th to 336th streets, within 1,000 feet of either side of the highway, police averaged one and half arrests per day for the first year. Tucker recalls the pivotal arrest of a drug dealer who rented two rooms: one with dogs guarding the dope, and the other room for transactions. “He ended up going to jail and no one took his place,” he said, noting that the extra police presence sent a message to local criminals. “They started to know we weren’t screwing around.”

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often the motel managers will look the other way in order to make money. “A lot of times, they have to make the decision — which is more important, paying for this room or what’s right? What’s right tends to be a little blurred,” Tucker said, “especially if their place is empty.” As far as crime, the Stevenson Motel is fairly low key, according to officers who have patrolled the area. Stevenson manager Lisa Huang, who lives at the motel, said that in the past 30 years, she personally experienced only one incident of violence in which a fleeing thug hopped the fence and punched her in the face. At the Eastwind Motel, a manager said most incidents involve couples who are fighting, and that other tenants are just as quick to call police. New Horizon has seen more dramatic results as far as less crime. The motel has undergone renovations in recent years, and management is more willing to refuse service or remove troublemakers. “I’m trying to keep this place clean,” said Dave Brown, a day manager at New Horizon, which has 50 rooms. Security cameras

dot the building and help Brown and fellow managers monitor who belongs on the premises — and who doesn’t belong. “I’ll say, ‘You got a room here? Then get the hell off the property,’” said Brown, who once lived on the streets. He and his wife have managed the motel for four years. “We have very decent, very good people here.” People in the adjacent Habitat apartment complex may disagree. Apartment resident Nick Hasbrook is frustrated by the clientele that the motel attracts, along with what he sees as a lack of action by law enforcement. Hasbrook’s truck was burglarized Dec. 24 and again the morning of Dec. 31. The second time around, an alarm sounded. He bolted out of bed and joined a fellow resident in chasing a man who disappeared into a room at the New Horizon. Hasbrook claims the man broke several windows in the apartment complex and has been spotted before. “This guy keeps doing what he wants and nobody’s doing anything about it,” said the longtime Federal Way resident. “That hotel needs to go to the ground.”

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The rising obesity rate among Americans has sparked a movement to change the nation’s eating habits, specifically in children. First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative is intended to help change the way children look at food and nutrition. To coincide with the effort, President Obama launched the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity with a goal of reducing the rate to 5 percent by 2030. An ad campaign with the tagline “Stop sugarcoating it, Georgia” has generated controversy for its blunt approach to childhood obesity, which has spiked 300 percent in 30 years. About one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and 17 percent of Americans ages 2 to 19 are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Among states, Mississippi has the highest rate at 34 percent, while Colorado has the lowest obesity rate at 21 percent. In Washington, nearly 26 percent of Washington residents are considered obese. King County has a rate of 21.4 percent of adults (as of 2008), which is lower than surrounding counties. Obesity is defined by having too much body fat, and is caused by consuming more calories than are burned. Extra weight is linked to an increased risk in health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Weight loss occurs when a person eats fewer calories than the body uses, causing the body to pull energy from fat-storing cells.

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