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Neighbors worried about plan for at-risk teens First Presbyterian Church to convert homes for boys, girls BY NAT LEVY Bellevue Reporter

For the last few months a standoff has been brewing between First Presbyterian Church’s Eastside Academy and nearby neighbors over a proposal to provide two homes for at-risk teens. The academy has educated high school students considered “at-risk” because of poor family conditions, substance abuse, or criminal history for the last 11 years. Called Re:New Homes for Youth, the new plan would house six boys and six girls in two homes on 100th and 101st Avenue

Northeast. The program is expected to begin in February. A group of neighbors, however, are concerned. “From our neighborhood perspective, we’re looking at two group homes with only one home separating them,” said Liz Molitor, who lives down the street from the proposed homes. Molitor said a handful of residents in nearby homes were notified around Thanksgiving that the church was planning these facilities, but homeowners more than a block or two away have not been contacted by the church. Mollitor said 47 households are seeking more information, with more expected to become involved. The church held one meeting with neighbors to try and ease their concerns,

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said Toni Esparza, executive director of Eastside Academy, with a second meeting scheduled for Feb. 8. It isn’t something they have to do to meet city code, Esparza said, but she wants people to see the homes as a part of the neighborhood, not a nuisance. “I think an important part of making it a good part of the neighborhood is making sure residents (of the two teen homes) know it’s a requirement to contribute to the neighborhood. They will not be allowed to be a resident if they aren’t contributing.” This means community service projects and volunteering, as well. Students for this program are those who face a destructive home environment either they are homeless, have dangerous SEE TEENS, 17



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Home sales in Bellevue and across the Eastside seem to have stabilized in 2011 with, a trend, realtors say, that may become the look of the future as buyers and sellers move into 2012. Cory Brewer, operations manager for Windermere Property Management in downtown Bellevue, said he doesn’t foresee prices jumping up over the next year, and he does not think sellers will be thrilled with what they will be able to sell their homes for. “We’re going to see more sales, but I don’t think it will drive prices up,” Brewer said in response to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service that summed up 2011. The median closing price in King Country, for single family homes only in 2011, was $340,000, down 9.33 percent from $375,000 in 2010. Likewise, the median price on condos dropped as well, from $244,000 in 2010 to $204,000 in 2011, or a decrease of 16.39 percent. Combining single family and condos, the median closing price was $311,748, down from $349,000 in 2010. The highest priced single family home in the MLS system that sold last year was in Hunts Point, selling for $14,750,000. The highest priced condominium that sold was in Kirkland, for $3,249,000. Breaking the Eastside down by school district, the Bellevue School District saw a median sales price on single family homes of $550,000 with an average (mean) of $748,455. The Issaquah School District’s median sales price was $530,000 with an average (mean) price of $567,540. The Lake Washington School District’s median sales price was $493,245 with the average (mean) sales price at $546,025. And on Mercer Island, the median sales price was $824,000 vs. $1,062,447 for the average (mean). Jon Hunter, one of the branch managers at John L. Scott Issaquah/Sammamish Real Estate, thinks people will start to move on with their lives this year. “People are seeing a new paradigm,” Hunter said. “The dust is starting to settle.”

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The Washington State Senate has secured the votes necessary to pass a gay-marriage bill. Tenth District Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s (D - Camano Island) said Monday she would support the legislation, giving the Senate the necessary 25 votes to assure its passage in that legislative body. Earlier, the House registered enough votes to move its version of the bill through the legislative Sen. Steve Litzow process. Both the Senate and House versions of the bill, a priority of Gov. Chris Gregoire, drew scores of visitors to the capitol campus for hearings Monday, with testimony both supportive of and opposed to the two bills. Sen. Rodney Tom Sens. Steve Litzow (R – 41st District, Mercer Island) and Rodney Tom (D – 48th District, Bellevue) have supported the legislation from the get-go. Litzow is one of two senate Republicans sponsoring the bill. “I believe it’s the right thing to do,” he said. He also considers himself a “big supporter of non-discrimination.” Litzow believes that supporting the gay-marriage bills represents fundamental

Republican beliefs of individual freedom and personal responsibility, and therefore he isn’t worried about potential backlash from Republicans. “Our district is widely in favor of it,” said Tom, referring to the marriage equality bill. Tom also believes that the legislation would grant equality and opportunity to those who’ve been in long committed civil relationships in the lesbian and gay communities. “I do think it is a civil right,” said Tom. Senate Bill 6239 and its companion House Bill 2516 would change the definition of marriage to mean a civil contract between two persons rather than between a man and a woman. The bills also allow for religious exemption. The legislation would not require officials of church or religious denominations to perform same-sex marriages nor would they be penalized for refusing to do so. Nonetheless, the legislation remains a controversial and emotive issue. “To me there should be a separation of church and state,” Tom said. If the legislation becomes law, gay and lesbian couples could start getting married in June.

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Residents of four homes on West Lake Sammamish Parkway had to be evacuated Sunday due to a water main break. The break, which occurred in the 500 block of Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, caused a mudslide that broke through water and gas lines, and the residents were evacuated as a precaution. West Lake Sammamish Drive is closed from Northeast Second at Northup to Southeast 26th, with local access only, Bellevue utility officials said. The road is undermined and will be closed indefinitely. Motorists should plan on taking an alternate route until further notice. Officials said it will likely

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Aftermath of a mudslide that damaged homes and the roadway in the 500 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast in Bellevue, photographed Monday, Jan. 23. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter take at least another week or two before the portion of the road is reopened. “More than 1,000 yards of material slid down that hill, that’s about 100 large dump trucks full that we will have to be taking out,” said Mike Jackman, Bellevue’s deputy director of utilities. The water main break occurred sometime after 11:45 a.m. on Sunday. No one was injured by the slide. Homeowners spent the next few days trying to dig out their yards and homes.

One homeowner, who wished to remain unnamed, came back from a trip to Whistler in Canada to a basement caked in mud. “The sheer amount of effort it’s going to take just to dig out our photos and things to see if they are damaged is going to be significant,” he said. At this time, the cause of the main break remains unknown. Jackman said it will be a few days before a cause is known. The city is working on declaring a state of emer-

gency related to the slide, so the four affected homeowners can obtain construction permits in a speedy manner. Bellevue School District bus service has been cancelled in that area of the parkway. Allied Waste Services may not be able to collect garbage from some homes on the parkway, but is looking into alternate forms of collection. Nat Levy: 425-453-4290;

Electric and natural gas customers of Puget Sound Energy will be able to comment to state regulators on the utility’s proposed rate-increase request at two public meetings next month. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled the first meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Bellevue City Hall Council Chambers, 450 110th Ave. N.E. The second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the second-floor hearing room of the commission headquarters, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Dr. S.W., Olympia. PSE has requested $160 million a year in new electricity revenues and $33 million a year in natural gas revenues. This would result in an increase of 8.1 percent, or $8.37 a month, for the average residential electricity customer. The typical natural-gas ratepayer would pay an additional 3 percent, or $2.84 a month, under PSE’s request. Customers who would like to comment on the case are encouraged to write the UTC at: P.O. Box 47250 Olympia, Wash. 98504, submit comments online at comment, email comments to or call toll-free 1-888-333-9882. The commission’s deadline for accepting public comments is Feb. 17.

Bellevue eying legislative actions The Bellevue City Council on Monday considered potential impacts on Bellevue’s budget of several bills now being considered by the state Legislature, which is in session until March 8. The combined effect of the six bills could reduce city revenue from $2.2 to $15.7 million, though it’s unlikely that votes on all six pieces of legislation would negatively impact the city. Councilmembers each year weigh in on state legislation to promote positions that are in the best interest of Bellevue.


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ast week, in the midst of a snow-ice-snow storm known by countless monikers, Bainbridge Islandbased L.A. Times reporter Kim Murphy posted a blog with the tagline, Snow Wimps, followed by “color Seattle clueless.” She goes on to write about how the region shut down, and went into battle with the snow unarmed. Now, I’m no expert on snow. Having grown up in Oregon, and spent the last three+ years in the Puget Sound area, it doesn’t snow in my neighborhood too much. I certainly don’t have the kind of experience with winter weather that the chilly city of Los Angeles has, with its all-time record low temperature of 24 degrees in 1944, and the blizzard that left a record two inches on the ground in 1932. But let’s be fair, snow just doesn’t happen there. They’re very adept at handling trace amounts of rain, and regular road closures without using terms such as Carmageddon or Precipipocalypse (OK I Nat Levy

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ur state is on the verge of giving gay and lesbian couples the right to be married. It’s long overdue and deserves to be passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire. It seems like such a simple thing: letting two people who want to be married be able to do it. Unfortunately, the issue, which rubs some people’s moral core the wrong way, has been allowed to prevent what is an entirely sensible measure. Three Eastside legislators, Sens. Steve Litzow (R – 41st District, Mercer Island), Rodney Tom (D – 48th District, Bellevue), and Rep. Glenn Anderson (R – 5th District, Fall City) have stepped forward to support the legislation. All see clearly the essential issue here: it is a civil right. Litzow, who considers himself a “big supporter of non-discrimination,” puts it simply, saying “it’s the right thing to do.” Tom’s take is that “there should be a separation of church and state.” We agree. Sadly, that’s where much of the problem with this right issue lies. Many religious denominations insist that marriage must be between a man and a woman. However, we’re talking about civil marriage. Since no church would be forced to marry samesex couples, or be punished if they refuse, their argument clearly is based on their view of morality. (Interestingly, since they feel that marriage is such a core value, we don’t see them lobbying Olympia to make divorce a crime.) The key here is that denying two males or two females the right to marry denies them equal protection under the law. After all, there is nothing intrinsically different about male-female marriage and same-sex marriage other than pro-creation. Marriage, civil or religious, as Anderson notes, helps the social order by allowing for an “orderly transfer of property rights for the collective good.” Also, he argues, correctly, that homosexuality, while less frequent than heterosexuality, is a “norman genetic expression of human biology.” We know that same-sex marriage is controversial and that passage of a law won’t change attitudes overnight. As Anderson correctly observes, “it took almost 100 years from the ratification of the 14th Amendment after the American Civil War until the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s.” Church and state are separate in this country. Government can’t tell churches what to believe and churches can’t tell government what to do or not do. Those who don’t agree with same-sex marriage still have one option – they don’t have to attend the ceremony.

made that one up, but it sounds good). But I can say, we Puget Sound faithful handled things well, considering this was a pretty treacherous storm, and we’ve got limited resources to deal with such conditions. When several inches of snow started to fall early in the week, plows from various cities took to the roads. They did their best to keep arterials clear, while WSDOT took care of the freeways. But being that we don’t see a lot of snow here, it makes no sense for cities like Seattle and Bellevue to have the level of snowplow coverage that somewhere like Minneapolis or Chicago have. In fact, Bellevue just closed a $25 million budget hole, while Seattle is still working to close a deficit more than twice that size. I’m sure we’d all be a little annoyed if our tax rates went up because cities were buying more plows to deal with the once-everytwo-or-three year snow event.

Does L.A. even have a single snowplow? Not to say there weren’t problems. Snow fell so rapidly that recently plowed roads were caked again within hours. And, a deep freeze and a sheet of ice later, many of the roads became impassable, no matter what crews could have done. Thousands of homes in some of the tree-dense areas lost power after tree branches froze over and collapsed onto power lines. Yes, many of us stayed home last week when the snow fell. But we’re a tech-based society, with many of us having the ability to work from home (luckily, I did). And all of my Amazon and Windows products worked, so obviously the companies didn’t just shut down. But, a salute goes to all of those people who had to brave the roads, showing the toughness of our region. I would never call someone attempting to navigate these conditions a wimp.

Walmart needs to change What is it about Walmart that makes them think people will believe things that are not true? I live and work in Bellevue. I am local. And I believe in the values of fair pay for hard work and respect. Unlike the Bellevue Reporter’s editorial, I don’t welcome Walmart to our community. Not now at least. Maybe I’d feel differently if Walmart’s actions showed they support these values of fairness and respect, but they don’t. What are the values of a company that posts $16 billion in profit and pays workers an average of under $9 an hour? What are the values of a company that says it has an open door policy and then retaliates against workers who inform their manager of a problem at work? What are the values of a company that cuts all its part time workers off health care coverage? You don’t need to live in a mansion by the lake to know that’s a potential neighbor whose values you don’t share. If the editorialist really expects Walmart to be a good neighbor, he’s going to be disappointed. In places like Chicago, Walmart made promises which they then denied once they were given Garet Handy


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the OK to open new stores. In King County, only the fact of a legally binding agreement allowed the city of Auburn to hold Walmart accountable last year after it left the blight of an empty shell store on the local business scene. And here in Bellevue, a good neighbor wouldn’t have kept its name secret from local officials and the community as Walmart did at the Kelsey Creek Center. Very low pay. No health care. No respect at work. Secrets. These are not the values of the community we all live in. Our business development should support our community, rather that pushing down our living and working standards. Local communities affected by business development should be able to make choices that uphold standards just like we can do now with environmental, traffic and other impacts. What is the full impact of a Walmart coming into our community and pushing down wages and benefits? What is the impact on local businesses? What is the impact on our taxes? Let’s have a discussion about values before we put out the welcome mat.

Garet Handy is a Bellevue resident who works at the Overlake Fred Meyer.


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General Rob McKenna; and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Other highlight’s of the evening included a video greeting from Ambassador Gary Locke and his wife, Mona, from their new home in Beijing; a traditional Chinese Lion Dance by David Leong Shaolin of the Kung Fu School; a stunning fashion show of 40 gowns designed by couture designer Luly Yang; along with guest performances by famous Chinese Jing Hu artist Lucy Wu and Geoffrey Castle, a pioneer on the electric six-string rock violin. The Hong Kong association is a nonprofit with a network of more than

at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. This year’s beneficiary was WISE, Washington’s Initiative for Supported Employment School to Work program, which provides employment opportunities for those who have developmental disabilities. Auctioneer John Curley had the patrons bidding often. Gala guests included Brad Owen, lieutenant governor for the State of Washington; Attorney







12,000 members, spanning over 30 countries around the globe. Its goal is to locally network, develop and strengthen professional opportunities for Washington state businesses who want to do business in Hong Kong and China. They also strive to maintain the Chinese cultural interest of Hong Kong in our state.

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Horses enchant in ‘Cavalia’ show its stay for an additional week, ending Feb. 19. Of course, the show also included death-defying stunts, such as the “roman riding” where performers rode horses standing up, one foot per animal. These moments, as well as synchronized group riding, and horse-jumping elicited squeals, cheers and applause from the audience. But the show’s 46 horses (including geldings, neutered males; stallions, and one adorable, very proportionate mini-horse that galloped across the stage once) were not merely special because of their years of learning how to tolerate humans doing flips over their backs. The moments where these slender, four-legged creatures were simply allowed to roam free was magic in its own right.

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When Montreal native Normand Latourelle said horses trigger an emotional response in people, he wasn’t kidding. As one of the side curtains raised on the massive, sand-and-dirt stage at the beginning of the show “Cavalia,” two spotted colts trotted out of the wings. The young, slender animals had no assignment, no trick they were required to do. Instead, the audience watched in awe as these 9-month-olds were left to their own devices, occasionally sniffing or nuzzling one another, or prancing about on the stage as their flowing tales and manes danced. As Latarouelle pointed out, it’s often these majestic animals that capture the imaginations of audience members more than the human performers, even when the humans are flying through the air on trapezes. In part, audiences were responding to the bond humans and horses have shared for thousands of years. Cirque du Soleil founder, Latourelle, is artistic director of the show “Cavalia,” a

‘Cavalia’ combines live animals, equestrian stunts in addition to circus arts. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter show that uses live animals, equestrian stunts in addition to circus arts. Cavalia’s massive circus tent, the width of an NFL football field, took up temporary home

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One might think that the arts and entertainment beat would have gone into hibernation when the snow hit last week. However, while “the girl about town” may have been working from home in pajamas instead of at the office in heels, the snow resulted in days on, not off, for arts reporting. To be more specific, I had a movie marathon; not with old standbys that are fun to watch on a rainy, or snowy, day (“The Goonies,”). I chose films that are shoe-ins for the Academy Awards in February. The actual nominees were not yet released last week, so I used the Golden Globe winners, and a prediction list compiled by New York Times as a guide. Because of the skewed judging process, the Oscars are not necessarily the best measure of a movie’s worth. Still, I pay attention to the nominees to get a list of fresh, worthwhile films that I otherwise may not have noticed. The low-budget 2010 nominee, “Winter’s Bone,” is an example of one of these hidden gems. I saw “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Iron Lady” and my new favorite, “The Artist,” a silent film set in Depression-era Hollywood. In today’s landscape inundated with sequels and different celebs constantly acting in the same basic romantic comedy plot, “The Artist” quenched my appetite for something new (the fact that it’s made by French people probably helps). Despite not having words or color, this film simply sparkles with innovation, romance and charm. It makes the art of the silent film sexy to a new generation. While I bundled up for an urban hike to theaters for “The Artist” and the others, I also enjoyed “Moneyball” and “The Help” on DVD at home. Most would say that these films are entertaining. I appreciate that, but I also think films can be works of art. Take “Tinker Taylor,” where not one one prop, one scene has been wasted – you’ll miss something crucial if you look away. The director, Tomas Alfredson, is like a clever choreographer of these moments, all equally valuable in uncovering the film’s mystery – who is “the mole” working undercover for Russia? For movies such as “The Iron Lady,” the leading performer stood out for her artistic accomplishments. This was not like watching “J. Edgar,” where I simply saw and heard Leo in geriatric makeup. Meryl Streep totally transformed herself into the elderly former British prime minister, from her slight limp and slow, awkward movements, to the lowered, huskier tone of the British accent she took on. Streep could hold her own on a Shakespearian theater stage, as well as on a screen. Even the movie about the Oakland Athletics, “Moneyball,” is an artistic accomplishment. It didn’t merely entertain me, it helped me find appreciation and meaning in sports, something I normally have no interest in. And isn’t that what art is meant to do? Provoke or inspire us? Fire our creativity and imagination? Many of the 2011 films have done that for me. Just remember that culture can come from a museum or an opera performance. But it can also come from a movie theater, or dare I say it, your Netflix account. Gabrielle Nomura


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Coming to Bellevue from Snoqualmie seems a strange choice for a couple looking to get back to nature. But for Andrea and Pete DeShaw, that was exactly the case this past Saturday. In the aftermath of the storm that dumped piles of snow and left roadways an iced over mess across the region, the DeShaws - who both work in Bellevue - had been without power for nearly three days when they decided to make the trek down I-90 to the Mercer Slough Nature Park for a ranger led hike, to stave off the “cabin fever” if nothing else. The two said they had been to the slough before, but never with snow on the ground, or in the company of a ranger. “It was nice to have someone there to point out what we were looking at,” Andrea said. “It was a little more strenuous with the snow, though.” The weather no doubt has an impact on the programs the city offers, Assistant Ranger Curtis Kukal said. He personally enjoys walking the Nature Park during the winter months because the absence of overgrown vegetation and tree canopies allows for different views than during the spring and summer months. “You get another perspective of this urban wetland that you would never be able to get otherwise,” Kukal said. “Even through the urban trails.” Winter programs (January-April) offered through the city of Bellevue also provide a

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chance to examine the habitat of beavers in the slough (Beavers- Nature’s Architects), learn more about adaptations of wetland wildlife in general (Animal Adaptations) or even take on a night adventure with Rangers to search for owls (Owl Prowl). The Ranger-led walks offer an opportunity to interact with a professional who is familiar with the Nature Park, and Kukal provided insight into Native Americans in the region and their uses of various plants, which plants are edible versus poisonous, and the history of the Slough and its relationship with the Ballard Locks. Kukal is one of three full-time Rangers with the city of Bellevue (there are also three part-time Rangers and additional staff during the warmer, busier months) and oversees programming at the Mercer Slough, which was finished in 2008 with a focus on “green” construction and the idea of putting visitors inside the Nature Park even from its lofty perches. The facility features green roofs on several buildings, has foundations raised off the ground to allow for better drainage, incorporated vast amounts of recycled materials during construction and was planned around existing trees. Most Bellevue Parks programs are free or have a suggested donation attached, though some paid programs do exist with fees rarely exceeding $5.

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A trio of prep players from Bellevue made their future plans known in the past week, as the Wolverines’ Tyler Hasty and Jake Eldrenkamp and Interlake’s Jordan Todd all made their pledge for national signing day on Feb. 1. Hasty, the AP State Player of the Year on offense for 2011 in Class 3A, led Bellevue to a fourth straight state title after taking over the reigns on offense this year. His skills as a cornerback earned him the offer from Mike Riley and the Beavers and were also enough to pick Tyler Hasty up a spot on the AP first team All-State defense. The 5-11, 185 pound junior visited Corvallis last week and was left with a lasting impression, informing the OSU coaching staff of his decision a week ago. Todd, who set the state rushing record in 2011 with 2,681 yards, said he was swayed by the proximity to home, the atmosphere on the Ellensburg campus and the dedicated recruitment he received from the Wildcats’ coaching staff. Joe Lorig, the Wildcats assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and special Jordan Todd teams coach was the chief recruiter of Todd and remained visible to the Interake senior throughout the process. Interlake coach Jason Rimkus said the Wildcats made contact with Todd as soon as was allowed under NCAA guidelines and was present at multiple games this season, including the state quarterfinal matchup to end the year. He announced his decision via Twitter on Sunday afternoon with, “Just committed to Central,” followed by the hashtag, “Wildcats.” “I’m just excited,” Todd said. “It’s nice because family can still come see me play and I can go home when I want.” Rimkus said he was glad to have been part of Todd’s recruiting process and excited at the prospects for Todd’s future. “His whole life, he’s been told what he’s not because of his height,” Rimkus said. “He’s excited to get to a place where they want him for what he is.” The 2A State Player of the Year chose Central over Highlands University New Mexico among others. Bellevue offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp was the final of the trio to announce his intentions for college, doing so on Tuesday with a pledge to sign his letter of intent with coach Steve Sarkisian and the University of Washington. Eldrenkamp chose the Dawgs over Purdue, Utah, Oregon State, Washington State and several Ivy League schools. He becomes the third scholarship offensive lineman in the Huskies’ 2012 Jake Eldrenkamp class, joining fellow KingCo standout Nathan Dean of Juanita and Cory English of Auburn. He will also join teammate Mike Kneip, who elected to take preferred walkon status at the UW.

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out on top in an 85-67 win. Jake Fink scored 23 for Newport.

LW 79 Sammamish 63

Guy Lynott put in a game high 22 and was followed closely by the 21 of Matt Staudacher in the 79-63 win. John Steinberg paced the Totems with 14 while George Valle added 13 more.

Newport 85 Eastlake 67

Isaac Dotson of Newport and Brandon Lester of Eastlake both ended the night with 27 points, but it was Dotson’s Knights that came

Wrestling Interlake 62 Bellevue 18

106lb: Marcus Kopp (I) def Seth Luton (B) by fall 1:01; 113lb: Clayton Vo (I) won by forfeit; 120lb: Garrett Williams (B) def Grant Cole (I) by fall 1:31; 126lb: John Harman (I) def Sam Kim (B) by fall 1:36; 132lb: Nate Jochum (I) won by forfeit; 138lb: Daniel Montoya (I) won by forfeit; 145lb: Jake Wilson

(I) def Colin Small (B), 7 to 2; 152lb: Jacob Marks (I) def Peter Ovens (B), 7 to 0; 160lb: Alex Giseburt (I) def John Mancuso (B) by fall 1:10; 170lb: Bhek Simango (I) def Alec Palander (B) by fall 3:35; 182lb: Jamey Mange (B) def Teo Stamboliev (I) by DQ; 195lb: Netto Cancilla (I) def Kevin Rogers (B) by fall 1:19; 220lb: Jimmy Trull (B) def Chad Peterson (I) by fall 1:09; 285lb: Fine Ngauamo (I) def Dean Jones (B) by fall 3:40

Interlake 51 LW 18

106lb: Marcus Kopp (I) won by forfeit; 113lb: Clayton Vo (I) def Nate Clutter (LW) by fall 0:50; 120lb: Flegel (LW) def Grant Cole (I), 5 to 1; 126lb: John Harman (I) won by forfeit; 132lb: Benson Hull (LW) def Nate Jochum (I), 9 to 5; 138lb: Daniel Montoya (I) def Mason Gray (LW) by





Kenneth “Ken” Koeppen Sr., age 75, of Monroe, WA, died January 23, 2012 in Monroe, WA. He was born October 31, 1936 in Colby, WI. He leaves his Children: Son, Kenneth Jr (Dee), Daughter, Connie (Perry), Son, Tom (Santa); Grandchildren: Christopher, Steven & Vanessa; Great Grandchildren: Jordan & Cheyenne; His Best Friend, Joan and his most faithful companion & the LOVE of his life “Rosie” Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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Janis Ann England was taken by the hand of the Lord to a quieter, gentler place on the morning of January 2, 2012. Born in Spokane on September 16, 1959, her family later moved to Bellevue in 1962 where she lived out the duration of her life. She graduated from Interlake High School, going to work at Burger King for over 10 years. She was an avid fisher woman, absolutely adored animals and was a loyal and true friend. Mom had always said that God blessed our family by choosing us to receive Jan. Turns out we would all learn a tremendous amount from each other! She was a devoted, loving daughter, and I was privileged and honored to call her my sister. She touched many lives during her time here, leaving cherished memories, and the ring of her laughter in our hearts and minds. Preceded in death by her parents, W. Deane England, and Ellenann England. She is survived by her sister, Kathryn England of Bellevue, WA, her aunt, Charleen England Akins, and two cousins, Jacki Bruning, and Jodi Hart, all of Maumelle, AR. There will be a Celebration of Life held at Jan’s residence on January 28th at 2:30PM. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that any remembrances please be made in Jan’s name to the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC). The ARC – King County, 233 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109. (206) 364-6337. Every night Janie to the moon and back...

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Last week’s snow storm dropped more than a foot of powder on some parts of the state, leading to widespread closures, outages and traffic crashes, but Bellevue didn’t get the brunt of it. Approximately 3 to 6 inches fell throughout the city Jan. 17, followed by a sheet of ice the next day, followed by another round of snow. In Bellevue, these storms led to roads coated with snow and, after plows cleared them, froze over. The storm wreaked havoc throughout the region, with more than 200,000 Puget Sound Energy customers without power. Bellevue escaped much of the disaster, with approximately 1,100 customers out of power during the storm’s peak. Some homes remain without power as of Thursday. PSE brought in more than 150 extra crews to deal with the mess. The storm cost Bellevue more than $500,000, according to city officials, which represents twice the amount of allotted funds for emergency preparation. Bellevue plows began taking to the roads at approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday when the snow started falling. Crews worked around the clock to keep roads clear, but plows had difficulty clearing neighborhood streets because rapid snowfall quickly covered main roads that had just been plowed. Crews used more than 1,100 tons of bulk ice slicer, 740 tons of sand, and 10,400 gallons of liquid de-icer. The storm cost the Bellevue School District three days of class. Officials have scheduled makeup days on Jan. 30 for grades 6 through 12, and March 16 for elementary students. All Bellevue students will start summer break a day late, with June 22 as the second makeup day. A third makeup day will be scheduled after the district confers with the state on what is doable.


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Storm a mixed bag for local restaurants Bellevue Reporter

Last week, while a snowstorm caused vehicle collisions and spinouts in Bellevue, the Topolino’s Pizza delivery van could be seen steadily making its way through the icy downtown streets. Having a delivery driver who used to live in Russia was helpful, said coowner and chef Zack Msaih. Snow didn’t take Msaih by surprise. It’s something he planned for as soon as he heard the forecast. He knew he would need extra dough, pasta, toppings and a hotel room within walkingdistance of his Northeast Eighth Street restaurant. The preparations paid off. On Jan. 18, 3-to-6 inches of winter wonderland blanketed parts of the city. “We are swamped,” said Msaih, who manned the restaurant with just his co-owner, Caryl Abergel, and their delivery driver. The flood of to-go orders, including people buying 12 to 15 pizzas, came from snowed-in residents, employees of corporations downtown who didn’t want to brave the cold on their lunch hour; and people staying in hotels because they had lost power at home. The all-day hustle paid off: Topolino’s doubled its profits, raking in $3,000. But not all were so lucky.

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Elle Barksdale left, director of marketing, and manager Marco Mazon at Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter

Zack Msaih and Caryl Abergel, co-owner of Topolino’s Pizza, at their restaurant, which stayed open throughout last week’s snow storm. CHAD COLEMAN, Bellevue Reporter

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Catherine Louw, a Bellevue native and a second-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has been named a regional coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Family Medicine Interest Group Network. As coordinator, Louw will serve as a consultant and resource for the FMIGs on medical school campuses in the 17 states that comprise Region 1 of the network.

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December’s labor statistics from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics once again produced conflicting data about what’s happening in Washington’s economy. According to the bureau’s monthly survey of Washington households, the estimated unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in November to 8.5 percent in December. This was the lowest since February 2009, when the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. At the same time, a survey of Washington businesses showed an estimated job loss of 10,700 from November to December.

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Novilhos steakhouse in Factoria lost $50,000 in a six-day period. First, it lost money having to close early for four days before the snow hit, as the forecast called for freezing rain and customers weren’t coming in. Then, Novilhos closed from Jan. 18-20, as batches of snow, freezing rain, hale and finally slushy roads and compact ice made headlines. “Business has been horrible … [plowing is] not moving quick enough,” said Elle Barksdale, Novilhos spokesperson, on Jan. 20. She said mall administration was slow to plow the parking lot near Novilhos, focusing instead on the areas near Nordstrom Rack and Target. Other local businesses lost customers, too. While Belle Pastry was able to keep its Main Street storefront open, manager Toom Ratnapinda estimates the shop lost about 20 percent of its normal sales Jan. 18, as the breakfast-hour rush was almost non-existent. The people who did show up tended to live in the neighborhood and were grateful for having a warm place they could come to eat, Ratnapinda said. At 520 Bar and Grill, also in Old Main, people wanted an escape from their cabin fever, said owner Randi Brazen. While the weather meant selling out of a few menu items and customers

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Bellevue resident on The Bachelor

Lindzi Cox, 27, is one of the contestants on the ABC show, “The Bachelor,” which premiered earlier this month. Before moving to Bellevue, Lindzi, formerly “Lindsey,” was a graduate of the Issaquah School District. An accomplished horse-rider since age 4, Cox won three horse riding blue ribbons aboard Nautical Ridge. For more information, go to shows/the-bachelor.

Chef John Howie off to the Super Bowl

Local restauranteur, Chef John Howie, will attend the 46th Super Bowl in Indianapolis next month. As part of the “Taste of the NFL” event, he will be preparing Ancho Chili Applewood Scented King Salmon on Southwestern Roasted Corn Mashed Potatoes with Sweet Chili Hollandaise and Lime Cream. Ticket prices are $600 to attend “Taste of the NFL.” Go to for more information.

Sing along with ‘The Sound of Music’

The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center will hold a sing-along to the “The Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. March 24 and 2 p.m. March 25. The theater is located at 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, $62 for a family pass, $17 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, go to

Bellevue author’s book in paperback “Murder One,” by New York Times

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Taproot hosts ‘Comedy as Commentary’

Taproot will host this free panel discussion exploring the history of comedy and the power of humor at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7. Panelists include Jeff Berryman (actor/ playwright), Misha Berson (theatre and arts critic, The Seattle Times), Kathy Hsieh (actor/director, SIS productions), Karen Lund (associate artistic director, Taproot Theatre Company) and Brian Willis (playwright, Northwest Playwrights Alliance). The event requires registration. RSVP at 206-5293666 or

Japan to Brazil: Carnaval celebration

Did you know Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan? To celebrate this cultural connection, a Carnaval event will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th St., Seattle. For more information, go to


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Bellevue yoga studio prepares to celebrate 20 years By Nat Levy Bellevue Reporter

Above: Aadil Palkhivala and his wife Savitri will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Purna Yoga Centers Saturday. Right: Nadine Engh has been attending classes for four years. It helped her heal chronic pain, gain flexibility and lose weight. Chad coleman, Bellevue Reporter

Yoga may have saved Nadine Engh’s life. Having faced chronic pain and fibromyalgia for more than 15 years, she could barely walk. Then she met a yoga instructor from Purna Yoga Centers. Four years later, Engh, 67, has regained her youthful shape, and has gone back to work part time for a naturopath. “Every step of the way was a challenge,” she said. “I can’t say I felt really good when I went home at first, but you have to get through that initial pain.” Engh is one of hundreds of people the studio has helped in its 20 years of operation. The studio is throwing an anniversary celebration Saturday complete with free workshops all day, snacks and a potluck dinner. Purna is one of the first such studios on the Eastside. Along with its breadth of classes, it features Washington’s only state-licensed instructional college, which gives teachers certification levels of 200, 500 and 2,000 hours. “We’re constantly trying to differentiate between what is the yoga of the day, versus the sustainable yoga,” said Kathy Triplett, who has taught meditation at Purna Yoga Centers for the more than a decade. The extra training allows teachers, 24 in all at the moment, to tie the physical aspect with the mental. They know

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week’s snowstorm deluge. Beyond the advice: “Plan ahead!” (Is there any other kind of planning beside ‘ahead’?), there were the relentless teases: “How much more snow is coming? We’ll tell you when we return.” “What’s the best snow shovel to use? The answer may surprise you. Coming up.” “Who does my hair? I’ll tell you after this break.” The American Heritage dictionary defines “tease” and “teasing” as: 1. To annoy, pester, vex. 2. To make fun of; playfully mock. 3. To arouse hope, desire or curiosity without affording satisfaction. Which definition do you think TV news has in mind? Of all of our household appliances, why do we tolerate TV behaving in such a fashion? Who’d put up with a toaster that wouldn’t pop up the finished product until 11 p.m.? Or a bathroom weight scale that displayed: “How much do you weigh, you may be wondering? It’s a lot more than you may think. The answer coming up later.”


In the TV news business, it’s called a “tease.” It’s an enticement to keep watching – and a promise that it will be well worth the wait. Example: “There’s a killer creeping around Northwest neighborhoods at this hour. Could it be YOUR neighborhood? We’ll tell you tonight at 11.” A killer? Tell me which neighborhood – NOW! But, no – you’ll have to watch the newscast. But then, when the actual newscast comes on, the teasing continues: “Coming up, details about that killer. Meanwhile, could there be a change coming in our weather? Jeff will come by to tell us.” Or, “The Mariners made a big trade today. You won’t believe it. Especially after we tell you about it – coming up later.” That’s about the time I throw the TV remote right through the screen. We wouldn’t tolerate any other business doing this stuff: “Welcome to Les Schwab! When will we wait on you? The answer is coming up.” Or, “Good evening. Thanks for coming to the emergency hospital. We’ll attend to your heart attack shortly. Stick around. We’ll be back in two minutes.” The TV news tease thing was in full swing during last





Imagine if everyday people used the news tease approach: Husband: Hey, Hon! What’s for dinner?” Wife: “The answer may surprise you. Also, coming up, you won’t believe Bobby’s report card. Was it good? Or bad? The full details right around the corner. Stay with me.” Husband: “I went to the dentist today. Did I get a filling– or a root canal? The surprising outcome coming up.” Wife: “I picked up a home pregnancy test at Bartell’s today. Did it come out positive or negative? I’ll show you later.” Husband: “And, coming up – did I get fired today? And, if I did, how are we going to get by? A special report straight ahead.” Wife: “Whose mother called this afternoon to say she’s coming for a visit? Could it be yours – or mine? And is she planning to stay for the weekend – or a full month? You won’t believe the surprising answer!” So enough with the teasing on TV newscasts. We promise not to shoot the messenger – as long as the messenger just gives us the $#!%&! message. Meanwhile, will this obscure column result in a change in the way local TV news goes about its business? And will pigs fly? You won’t believe the answer in my next column!

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