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Elementary schools in Covington may close

BY DENNIS BOX BY SARAH KEHOE

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Change may be in the air in Black Diamond according to a city councilman. Councilman Craig Goodwin said by phone Friday there is a possibility a change of government resolution could be considered by the council in May for placement on the general election ballot Nov. 6. The change would be from a strong-mayor or mayor-council form of government to councilmanager. According to state law, the council can BLACK place the meaDIAMOND sure before the voters through a resolution, or a petition signed by at least 10 percent of the voters in the last general city election. According to Goodwin, the plan currently is to bring the issue before the council. Placing the measure on the November general election ballot would save the city money versus placing it on a special election ballot. A simple majority would decide the issue. In the council-manager form of [ more CHANGE page 5 ]

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Strongman Grant Higa lifts up an Atlas ball weighing 189-pound as part of a demonstration at Glacier Park Elementary Jan. 27. Higa, a Maple Valley resident, has a daughter who attends Glacier Park. The demonstration was part of a habits of mind assembly. TJ MARTINELL, The Reporter. To view a slide show go to www.maplevalleyreporter.com and to buy photos go to the website and click on the photo reprints tab.

Relay for Life moves location and expands BY KRIS HILL khill@covingtonreporter.com

Change is the unofficial theme of this year’s Covington-Maple Valley-Black Diamond Relay for Life event. Lacy Parker, who is co-chair this year with Janet Swisher, said there are a number of reasons for change. “We decided to go gung-ho and we’re changing a whole lot up,” Parker said. “We want to be

bigger, we want the community to know that we’re here. We’re trying to grow our event.” To begin with, the location has been moved from Tahoma Junior High to Kentwood High, in order for the event to have greater visibility while it’s going on. And it will be earlier in the summer, too, rather than at the end of June it will be June 2-3 on a Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday-Saturday. “We’re trying to make it bigger

The Kent School District is considering closing Jenkins Creek and Cedar Valley elementary schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The decision follows a Nov. 9, 2011, school board meeting where the members decided to look at closing schools in lieu of impending budget cuts. The board will receive written closure analysis from staff and then make a final decision on whether to proceed with the closure process or not during a meetKENT ing Feb. 22. SCHOOLS “Over the last three years, the Kent School District, as well as all school districts in Washington state have experienced funding reductions in state and federal funding,” said Chris Lofits, district spokesman. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Kent School District lost $15 million in state and federal funding. “Given the past funding reductions and anticipated funding reductions from the state for 2012[ more CLOSE page 4 ]

and brighter to show the community that we’re here,” Parker said. “With being at Kentwood we’re going to be more visible.” Trisha Adams, another volunteer with the Relay, has big goals for this year. In 2011 there were 26 teams. Adams would like to see 50 participate. Parker said she and Swisher are aiming for 31 teams. They’re more than halfway there with 21 signed up. “It’s going to be so much fun watching this grow,” Adams said. “Our community is so giving.” A year ago, the event raised [ more RELAY page 4 ]

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BY DENNIS BOX

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CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY TO BE OFFERED STARTING APRIL 5 Sign up now for the 2012 Citizen’s Police Academy offered by the Maple Valley Police Department in collaboration with the King County Sheriff ’s Office. The academy will be from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday starting April 5 and ending June 7 at the Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley. The goal of the program is to help increase the understanding between citizens and their police departments through education. Requirements include that applicants must be 18 years of age and are subject to a background check prior to acceptance. There is no fee to attend. Applications can be found on the Maple Valley Police website Maple Valley Police Department 22017 SE Wax Road, Suite 100 Maple Valley Covington Police Department at 16720 SE 271st Ave., Suite 100 Covington For more information, please contact Robin Larsen at 425413-5158.

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Less than a month into the new year, the Black Diamond City Council lost a member and will be looking for a replacement. Bill Saas, who won his seat in November 2009 and his term was to end Dec. 31, 2013, resigned Jan. 21. Saas served during a period of time the council faced some very controversial and difficult decisions, including the weeks of hearings and eventual approval of the two YarrowBay master planned development ordinances in 2010. Saas recused himself from the development agreement hearings in September 2011.

Saas cited the demands of his work schedule as the principal reason for his decision to leave the council. Saas said after winning the election for his council seat, serving was different from what he expected. “(Councilman )Craig (Goodwin) and I jumped in at high tide,� Saas said, referring to the challenges facing the council over the YarrowBay developments. “I always hoped I had the people’s best interests at heart.� The council has 90 days to find a replacement for Saas. If the members cannot find someone, the County Council steps in and chooses a replacement. Councilman Ron Taylor said the council will go

through a “very open and transparent process� to fill the seat. Following is a letter Saas forwarded to The Reporter regarding his decision. “My wife and I have a family motto in our house, and that is, you finish what you start, you persevere and press on with your commitments because the harder it may seem, the stronger you become when you’ve walked through it. Well, this is a commitment that I myself will be breaking. “When first elected in 2010 I had more time on my hands to focus and become educated on the then and current events of the city. But over the last year and specifically the last six months, my

work schedule has limited my ability to maintain the proper focus and attention to detail that you and the city deserve. This decision does not come without literally months of thought and prayer as well as plenty of conversations with the key relationships in my life. So, as you can see, this was not the easiest decision to make but in the best interest of my family, the people and the city, as of the 21st of January I have stepped down from the City Council. I was going to make this public at the Jan. 19th council meeting but due to the weather conditions, the council meeting was cancelled. I had also planned on making this decision earlier, the fourth quarter of last year, but with the current

city agenda, the development agreement hearings and the fact that we were right in the middle of the elections, I felt it best to announce my departure the first of the year. “I can’t begin to explain the experience this has been and more importantly the relationships that have been developed. I consider this time nothing short of an honor to have served the people that make Black Diamond the city it is. I trust the current council have the people’s and city’s best interest at heart when City Council Position No. 4 is filled once again. “So I thank you all very much for your trust in me and the experience this has been, I will be a better man because of it.�

Cities oppose governor’s liquor proposal BY TJ MARTINELL tmartinell@maplevalleyreporter.com

If there is one thing Maple Valley and Covington agree on, it’s their opposition to Gov. Christine Gregoire’s proposal to eliminate the state liquor excise revenue sharing. After attending the winter conference for the Association of Washington Cities in Olympia, Covington City Manager Derek Matheson said the organization is united in its effort to maintain the liquor revenue sharing which has been in place since the 1930s. “When I met with them yesterday they told me that their number one issue is keeping the liquor revenue,� he said. “And that consistency and advocacy is giving the legislators pause.� Under state law, the state legislature shares liquor revenues and excise taxes with cities and counties. Gregoire proposed eliminating the revenue sharing in November as way of

closing the $2 billion deficit in the state budget. At the moment, the proposal is being discussed as a part of the budget negotiations. If proposal were to become law, Covington and Maple Valley would stand to lose $200,000 and $367,000 respectively, in annual revenue. The passage of Initiative 1183, which voters approved in November, has complicated Gregoire’s plan. The initiative requires the state to sell off its liquor stores and replaces the liquor revenue with liquor licenses which, according to Matheson, will be shared with the counties and cities in the same manner as liquor revenue. In effect, under Gregoire’s proposal, the state would then keep all of the revenue generated by liquor licenses. To eliminate the revenue sharing, however, the state legislature would need a two-thirds majority for the next two years, something which both Matheson and Maple Valley City Manager

David Johnston think is unlikely. “Anything that requires a 70 percent won’t happen,� Johnston told the Reporter in November. “I think politically it would be devastating. Here’s the vote of the people, and to change it on the heels of that, I think would be politically unwise.� Matheson echoed Johnston’s sentiments in a conversation last week. “I’d just say it’s a really high bar,� Matheson said. “It requires strong bipartisan supports and budgets are always controversial. The governor believes that somehow she can get around that two-thirds majority. But I don’t know why she thinks that. I don’t know the legal argument and I don’t even think she’s shared the legal advice. Ultimately the state attorney general may have to step in.� According to Matheson, the legislature could stop sharing liquor taxes by a

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simple majority, but liquor revenue — or licenses — are where cities like Covington receive 60 percent of their liquor revenue. “So generally the liquor taxes are very much at risk,� he said. “The liquor licensing fees are more at risk. Although Maple Valley Finance Director Tony McCarthy said it’s uncertain how it would impact the city’s budget, Matheson said, it’s the last thing Covington needs at the moment. “We can’t absorb that kind of a cut,� he said. “We would have to reduce the budget. In 2009, we reduced it by $1.5 million, but we knew where we needed to cut. Liquor is a general revenue, so it’s not readily evident where we would need to cut. The council would have to prioritize its programs and decide what to keep and what to live without.� When Gregoire first offered the proposal it elicited a strong reaction from the AWC, which sent a let-

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[4] February 3, 2012 [ CLOSE from page 1] 2012-2013, the board of directors must look at all the possible options for dealing with another round of funding reductions,� Loftis said. Loftis said Jenkins Creek and Cedar Valley are being reviewed because they are the two smallest enrollment elementary schools in the district. “I don’t know quite yet how much money it will save,� Loftis said. “One of

XXXDPWJOHUPOSFQPSUFSDPNtXXXNBQMFWBMMFZSFQPSUFSDPN the purposes in completing the written closure analysis is to determine what (would be) the fiscal impact of the closures.� If the decision is finalized, students, teachers and staff would be assigned to other schools within the district. Many parents and community members are already unhappy with the school board for choosing Jenkins Creek and Cedar Valley.

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Covington resident Jennifer Harjehausen has two children in the school. “Closing a school is a big deal for families, for property values, for the surrounding community and most of all for our kids,� Harjehausen said. “Closing a school leads to feelings of mistrust and would therefore have a negative impact on the upcoming bond campaign. I worked on the most recent levy campaign and voters will not approve additional funding from their local taxes if the district does not listen to the people paying those local taxes.� Harjehausen is a part of a group of parents, alumni,

teachers, staff and parents of Cedar Elementary that put together a campaign to save the school. The Save Cedar Valley Elementary group aims to educate people on the intended closure and promote action against it. They have a Facebook page and a website, which can be found at http://www. savecedarvalley.com/. “Because we are the most diverse and highest poverty school in Covington, our school serves as a site for unique opportunities,� Harjehausen said. “It is possible to cost effectively target our kids with much needed services by the community that have already started,

such as Century 21 grant and the kindergarten readiness camp run with our kindergarten teachers’ volunteer time every summer. I fear that if our kids are scattered, they will lose these invaluable support services�. Karen Evans, the operations manager for Mountainview Vineyard Christian Fellowship, a church that partners with Cedar Valley Elementary also expressed concern over the potential closure of Cedar Valley. “I am really disappointed in the school district,� Evans said. “As an accountant by profession, I understand the need for budgets and cost savings, but we are

very concerned that this decision has essentially been made, unfortunately without all of the facts, and it seems like the school district is just going through the motions to demonstrate due diligence.� She added the reasoning behind Mountain Vineyard’s support of Cedar Valley. “I understand that Cedar Valley has been a low performing school for many years, which is why our church made the decision to partner with Cedar Valley to see if we could make a difference in the lives of the children, staff, and

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“It’s a win-win,� Parker said of sponsoring the event. “You’re supporting an awesome cause, you’re getting advertising with your name on a t-shirt showing that you’re supporting a cause.� Parker also hopes to generate more youth involvement and was pleased that two more youth teams signed up at the kick off last month. She is working to connect with the right people at area schools to encourage young people to put together teams or even just volunteer. Relay has become a significant event for Parker, who has been touched by cancer in many ways, and is now in her fifth year of volunteering. “My husband’s grandfather was dying of prostate

cancer,â€? she said. “Relay, the event, was just a few weeks after. With me working at Fred Meyer, I knew they had a team, so I thought ‘Let’s go check it out.’ Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.â€? Last year she sought out additional responsibility. “About three weeks I after I committed my life away, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer,â€? Parker said. “I was in stage zero‌ so, I was extremely fortunate.â€? Meanwhile, her co-chair this year was fighting cancer from her hospital bed last year, yet still found a way to be the event’s top fundraiser. “Her story is amazing,â€? Parker said of Swisher. “Not only is she a two time survivor, both of her parents passed away from

cancer. We all come to do this together for our own reasons and at the same time, they’re all the same reasons.� Parker pointed to Adams an example of the commitment among the organizing committee members to the event. “Trisha has hunted down some good help for us who has good connections in the community,� Parker said. “We have some people on our committee who are really passionate, so, that’s helpful. Everyone wants to make this work. They know we can accomplish those goals if we all work together.� Adams said people want to get involved. “People in the community want to be a part of that,� she said.

$58,000, this year the goal is to raise $63,000. In mid-January the organizers hosted a kick off event at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center to get the word out. “We’re hitting it way earlier this year,� Adams said. “People are wanting to get involved. It’s time to start giving back.� Anyone interested in putting a group together to participate should mark 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month on the calendar. That’s when team captains meet at Covington MultiCare. Sponsors for the event at various donation levels are still needed, Parker said, to join Corrie Pollard and CrossFit. Both sponsors have also signed teams up.

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Swingin’ At The Sands: A Sinatra Tribute Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm Auburn Avenue Theater

If you missed Sinatra with Count Basie in their legendary appearance at the Las Vegas Sands Hotel in 1966, here is your chance to see it again. Jim Kerl’s Swing Sixties band and Joey Jewell will take you back to the heyday of Las Vegas and the reigning king of the strip, Frank Sinatra. Joey is recognized as a wonderful vocal stylist and entertainer in the tradition of the great shows of the Rat-Pack era. Swing Session will play the music of the Count Basie Orchestra as originally arranged by Quincy Jones, setting the stage for an unforgettable afternoon of swinging big band music. Tickets: $20/$18

Princess Honey has to find a miracle The Frog Prince in order to save the ranch from the Feb. 25, 2:00pm clutches of the awful land-grabber, Auburn Ave. Theater Duke. Instead she finds a very large frog. The frog offers to help – but only in exchange for a promise. Tickets $6

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XXXDPWJOHUPOSFQPSUFSDPNtXXXNBQMFWBMMFZSFQPSUFSDPN government, a city manager would be hired by the council to handle the executive and administrative duties of the city. The council members are the only elected officials in the council-manager form. A mayor is selected by the council members rather than a vote of the people. The council, however, could chose to place a measure before the voters to allow the public election of the mayor from the council. The mayor in a councilmanager system continues to functions as a council member voting on issues before the council. In the mayor-council or strong-mayor form the people vote for the mayor and the council members. The mayor is the chief executive and is in charge of

the administrative functions of the city. If the voters decided to change the form of government to council manager, Mayor Rebecca Olness would complete her term, which ends Dec. 31, 2013, as a council member. For that period of time the council would have six members rather than five. Goodwin said, “we are still doing our homework, but it would go through the council.� Goodwin stated the issues brought up in a community forum Jan. 12 at the community center as pointing to the call for a change. The forum was lead by Goodwin and Councilwoman Tamie Deady. At the meeting Goodwin noted there were three points agreed upon by the group. First to work on the community facilities district

[ CLOSE from page 4] families of Cedar Valley and the Timberlane Community,� Evans said. “Partnerships like ours provide support that does not show up in the district’s numbers and I just can’t believe they are going to throw that all away so casually.� Evans suggests changing school boundaries within the district to address the low enrollment factor of Cedar Valley and relieve overcrowding in other Kent Schools.

Obituary Timm Lancaster died early in the morning on Jan. 23, 2012 at Auburn Regional Hospital. He struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for more than 10 years. Timm was born in Seattle Nov. 14, 1945. He graduated from Kent Meridian High School and went directly into the Air Force where he served four years in Vietnam at Nah Trang Air force Base as an airplane mechanic. He was decorated with the bronze star for valor during a mortar attack on the base. He worked at Schuck’s Auto Supply and Boeing most of his working career. Timm loved his dogs.

issue, which is a funding proposal for projects related to the YarrowBay master plan developments. “Second was information sharing and better communication in the city,� Goodwin said. “And third was hiring a city manager or city administrator. A professional to run the city.� Goodwin added the drive behind this is to “build trust in the community.� Olness said, “Until the issue is in front of us it is best not to make a statement at this point.� The city has used a mayor-council form of government since incorporation in 1959. Maple Valley and Covington, both incorporated in 1997, use council-manager forms of government. Enumclaw, Auburn and Kent use mayor-council systems.

A city manager generally will cost a city from about $100,000 to $130,000 per year . Howard Botts, who was mayor of Black Diamond for 26 years through 2009, said, “Both (systems of government) have pros and cons. Most of the older cities around here have elected mayors.� Botts said people should consider carefully the issue of change of government. He noted it was important for voters to understand the advantages and disadvantages of both forms. “Some people feel if you elect a mayor they are more attentive to what the people want rather than hiring a city manager,� Botts said. “It depends on the people.� Councilman Ron Taylor said that “if the community is interested I am willing to put it before the voters.�

“By closing Cedar Valley and moving the kids to other schools in the district, the district is making a low performing school simply disappear,� Evans said. “Yet, unfortunately, those same kids are now in various schools without the necessary support structure to succeed.� The board will make the final decision on the schools during a March 28 meeting. If they decide to shut down the two schools, public hearings will be scheduled for public input on the closures. He married Diane Wilson on his birthday in 1992. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed riding his Honda Gold Wing. He enjoyed traveling and cruising. He talked often about the family farm he grew up on and his horse Skippy. He is survived by his wife, Diane, brother Gary Lancaster and his wife GG. Family and friends may sign the guest book online at www.marlattfuneralhome.com. Friday, Feb. 3 there will be a 10 a.m. military honors service at Tahoma National Cemetery followed by a 11 a.m. celebration of life service at St. George Episcopal Church. A noon reception and potluck will be at Lake Wilderness Villa Clubhouse. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Taylor said it “might be worth considering looking at the advantages of a city manager.� Federal Way changed its form of government in 2009 to mayor-council from council-manager. The issue failed in Federal Way the first time it went before the voters in February 2008 by 55 percent and passed in November 2009 by 51 percent. SeaTac voters shot down a change of government to

strong mayor twice, first in November 2009 with 50.1 percent who voted no and in November 2011 with 53.5 percent rejecting the proposal. Bonney Lake turned down a resolution seeking to change the government from a code city to a charter code in February 2009. The resolution lost by 88.8 percent. The last city administrator Black Diamond had was Leonard Smith who was terminated in 2009.

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ducation, schools and school teachers are hot topics everywhere parents or politicians are locked in the same room these days. The recent State Supreme decision on the Constitutional requirement to fully funding schools created quite a furor among political leaders in office and those hoping to get into office. Education was even a bullet point in President Obama’s State of the Union speech. It is a compelling subject and of critical importance. I think it may be the single most difficult issue the Legislature will wrestling with this session considering they are starting with a big black hole in the budget. Everybody worries about their kids receiving a good education and getting a decent shot in life. Living life is not all that easy – good education or not. Taking shots at teachers is an age-old sport. I always keep my mouth shut about teachers since herding a group of 10-year-olds is far beyond my skills, much less teaching them anything beyond cute words I learned in the Navy. One of the teachers that I remember was Miss Cass. She was my seventh-grade science teacher who had taught my mom, my brothers and sisters and me. I can’t say she affected me for the good nor can I dream up some fuzzy story about how my life was changed because of her. It wasn’t. Other than her voice, there was a story about her my dad told me that has stuck with me. She had an odd, nasal voice that was incredibly easy to mimic for a brainless seventh-grade boy, which I was. I can still do a dead-on impression of Miss Cass. The best thing for the boys in her class was she had a bunch of dead pickled things floating Dennis Box Editor

Preparing early for your career Talking to Rick Haag about the Tahoma Film Academy made me think about my own days in high school and subsequent college education. I have some acquaintances who landed jobs in the late 1980s, when apparently getting good grades in your classes was sufficient to land a respectable job. All you needed was a bachelor’s degree on your resume and you could expect employment within a reasonable timeframe. Sometimes, I felt like my high school classes were designed for that end. A lot of them consisted of regurgitating information and parroting passages from the textbooks like the annoying WASP Harvard student from “Good Will Hunting.� Unfortunately, those days are no longer the case. A college graduate should assume from the get-go that every job they apply for there are at least a hundred, if not 10 times more, applying for it as well. In a modern world of intense job competi-

in jars on shelves in her classroom. A perfect conversation breaker to help a 12 year old talk to a girl. My dad told me the in the 1950s someone in Enumclaw got the bright idea to call her a communist. Hunting for commies under every bed was a popular sport in those days and teachers were at times an easy mark. Apparently, whoever pointed the finger at her never had to face her in class when you didn’t know the answer to some science question like what is the makeup of the bunch of brown goo that looks like puke. The exchange went something like this as I remember. “I don’t know Miss Cass, how about puke.� “How about I hit you with a pen.� I lived in the days of corporal punishment, which meant Miss Cass could whack me with a pen, although a big stick would have been more effective. My dad told me they pulled her before

some sort of sedition board. I can just see her – short, plump, walking in that room probably looking at a bunch of cowering former students trying to be politically correct for the 1950s. Dad said she never sat down. She stood there and waited for the meeting to be called to order – she was proper that way. Once the meeting was gaveled to order, Miss Cass promptly told the gathered cast, according to my dad, “to go straight to hell.� I bet it was the only time in her life she came close to swearing. She turned around and walked out. She was still in the same classroom 15 years later whacking me with a pen and pounding seventh-grade science into my rock head. She was a good teacher.

tion, jumping through the proverbial hoops isn’t adequate enough anymore to catch the eye of a potential employer. A student has to learn applicable skills they will not only be able to implement in the workplace, but, also use as qualifications for a job. As college costs are steadily rising, I believe the number of high school graduates continuing onto higher education will start to decline, which means a lot of students will need to be prepared for work out of high school which has not necessarily been the case recently. Incidentally my video production teacher, who looked like Al Pacino and talked like Robert De Niro, taught me as many career skills as any college course I took. Much of what I know about photography, video editing and story-telling I learned in that classroom. He was what you would call a pragmatist. Aside from praising the Beatles and yelling at lazy students, he didn’t waste time talking about theory or pointless busywork. The trouble is there were a lot of things I didn’t learn until the last year or so of college that would have aided me significantly when attempting to locate a job. If you’re in high school right now or are about to graduate here are some suggestions. tć  JOLMPOHUFSN+VTUCFDBVTFZPVEPOU know exactly what you want to do with your life

doesn’t mean you have to limit your options. Go to job fairs and talk to people from different careers. Create a resume, even if it’s rather short, and learn how to write cover letters. Look at what you’re talented at and what career uses those talents. Don’t put off the inevitable until it’s inevitable. t-FBSOBOBQQMJDBCMFTLJMM*GQPTTJCMF USZUP take classes which teach skills you can put down on a resume. For example, if you’re interested in becoming a photographer or film maker, take a video production class. t4FMGFEVDBUF*GZPVDBOUUBLFBDMBTTPS course, try to teach yourself. Buy textbooks or find someone who can teach it to you for free. Where you learned a skill is not as important as whether you know how to do it well. t&EVDBUFZPVSTFMGBCPVUBDBSFFS"TLJOEJ viduals currently working in that field how they feel about their company, its downsides and advantages. Sometimes the best way to tell if a job is for you is to ask someone who is going through it already. Look up statistics on the employment rate for people who graduate with a certain degree or job and what the average salary is. If the supply is high and the demand low, you might want to try an alternative first. t/FUXPSL3FGFSSBMTBSFOUKVTUGPSEPDUPST Talk to people involved in a job field. Contact

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wonderful efforts to comfort those in need during this recent winter storm. When seniors at Rainier View in Black Diamond lost power on Friday, Jan. 20, Keith and Judy Watson and Howard and Dorothy Botts

from the board of directors at the Black Diamond Community Center moved to open the community center as a 24-hour warming shelter, Friday and Saturday. Vice president Keith Watson contacted the local office of the American Red Cross to access cots and blankets in our mass-disaster storage shed. He also called to find out if any seniors had special medical needs. As the roads and sidewalks were very danger-

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ous, due to snow and ice, two Black Diamond Police Department officers went door-to-door to escort seniors to the community center, where the heat was already on, and we could warm up. One of our senior neighbors said, “I’d never thought I’d ever have to ride in the back of a police car!� Along with the Watsons and the Botts, several volunteers came in to help, Vern and Betty Gibson, Doug Ernst, John Hundley, and staff member Leslie Johnson. All together they provided wonderful hot meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jim Hutchinson from Puget Sound Energy stopped by several times to provide information on the effects of the storm and progress being made getting the power restored. The time spent together was very enjoyable, socializing, staying warm, eating well, playing card games and watching videos. Without the help, I don’t think my husband would have made it through the storm with the house being so cold. The food was delicious, and there was plenty to go around. It was so comfortable, we were willing to stay an extra day! We are very fortunate to live in Black Diamond, with so many caring people to help us out. Thank you so much,

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Change in the right direction In response to the article posted on the web Jan. 30 “Change of government resolution in the air | Black Diamond. “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.� Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations’ invokes the fundamental principle of democracy, the will of the people; yet in Black Diamond the current city administration and some of the prior administrations and council members appear unable to accept the people’s choice and voice. They mock it and still attempt to undermine it as “only a few�. Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times called what happened in Black Diamond “Democracy in Spades� http://seattletimes. nwsource.com/html/dannywestneat/2016779690_danny16.html. Democracy isn’t always pretty, and sacrifices must be made, but it can be the catalyst for positive change if harnessed instead

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Community Note KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 20122013 TO BE HELD MARCH 12-16 Kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school year will be held during the week of March 12-16 at all four Tahoma School District elementary schools for both halfday and all-day sessions. Parents are advised to bring the following documents: child’s official birth certificate; immunization records; and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, purchase agreement or rental contract.

of being suppressed. The November election of three new Council members was a referendum on the absolute power structure that is strangling the city, and it gave a mandate to those elected to 1) bring back open and transparent government of the people for the people and 2) to ensure that a balanced government structure is in place for the long-term as the city grows exponentially. It would be nice if the voice of the people were treated as news instead of delegated as a letter to the editor. So, instead of finding multiple reasons why a change in government is bad, too expensive, and infers not in the best interest of the people; why not try and give a balanced news approach to the issue so not to sway a future election one way or another. Those with power or community influence have an opportunity to move the community forward, along with those currently in office that have the trust of the community. It is only when we ask for grace, and we put community instead of ourselves first; when we compromise and work together that we will be able to bridge the differences and start the healing. A change in government for the people by the people is a giant step in the right direction.

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Planning Commission recommends zoning code change BY TJ MARTINELL tmartinell@maplevalleyreporter.com

A change to Maple Valley’s zoning would allow big box stores such as the Fred Meyer under construction to add gas stations as well as allow businesses to put in electric vehicle charging stations in the city. The amendment was unanimously recommended to the City Council by the Planning Commission at its Jan. 23 meeting. The Planning Commission began studying the issue last fall, when Peter Powell, president of Bellevue-based Powell Development, requested a change in the city code to allow them to build a fueling station, which current code prohibits. Powell’s company is developing the property at Four Corners, Maple Valley Town Square, which will be home to Fred

Meyer, a 10,000 square foot MultiCare facility, along with banks, restaurants and other businesses. Powell argued a fueling station is necessary for them to effectively compete with Safeway, which has a fueling station. The proposal has drawn criticism, however, from small gas station owners who claim a Fred Meyer fueling station would have a devastating impact on their businesses. “It will affect every station in this valley,� said Eric VanRuff, who has owned the Chevron gas station and Wilderness Auto Service since 2005, located on Maple Valley Highway near Southeast 237th Street. “If you lose any one of those things, you lose everything. These box stores aren’t in the gas business. They’re making their money inside

of the store.� According to the Planning Commission’s proposal, the code revision would allow fueling stations as an accessory to large retail use. There are several restrictions. The stations must be located 150 feet away from any arterial streets and provide at least four electric vehicle charging stations, as well. Additionally, they are allowed only 12 fueling points. Community Development Director Ty Peterson stated at the City Council meeting he believed there are two separate issues at hand. “My point was this is for a code amendment,� he said. “That’s what the Council has the jurisdiction over. They can write the codes and regulations. What’s dangerous is everybody keeps making it a Fred

Proposal impacts businesses BY TJ MARTINELL tmartinell@maplevalleyreporter.com

The Maple Valley Planning Commission has approved a proposal that would affect the sale of a non-operating business. Due to the city’s comprehensive plan, many businesses are now considered non-conforming use, meaning they are a part of zoning which they would no longer be allowed to operate on. Community Development Director Ty Peterson, however, explained that businesses which existed before the zoning code changes are not affected as long as they are in operation. “The city allows you to

continue that use in perpetuity,� he said. “But, should the use become abandoned..any new use has to conform new code.� Currently, a business that is abandoned has a full year to reestablish the same type of business in order to retain the nonconforming rights. The Planning Commission has recommended an amendment that would decrease the time allowed to only six months, a proposal Peterson supports. This proposal has met with criticism from business owners whose businesses are currently noncomforming. At the commissions Oct. 5 meeting, Bob Castagna accused the proposal of “penalizing businesses.�

According to the Oct. 5 meeting minutes, Castagna stated “There are businesses that could be hurt by this. Now is not the time to do that.� Peterson, however, said the proposal will help speed up code conformity. “For starters, one is if a use isn’t viable for six months, I don’t know how someone can agree if it’s been abandoned for 12 months,� he said. “The question is the council charges me and the department to implement the comprehensive code. We zone a certain way. This essentially handicaps that ability. I’m having a hard time achieving this vision. [ more SALES page 10]

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that’s the council’s decision,� he said. “When someone wants to make an application for one, that’s a separate decision. Everyone talks about Fred Meyer as if the council is making a decision to allow Fred Meyer to build a fueling station when they’re deciding whether to allow fueling stations. They’re not proposing one. They could propose it anywhere. One’s

a legislative (decision), one’s of a quasi-judicial nature. They’re not considering a development proposal for a fueling station.�

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tails about how to age, store and bottle your home brew. You’ll have three to four years to gather information before your first harvest from the vines you plant this spring. Growing grapes for wine is an investment in time and a labor of love. Get inspired and then get growing. So what about chocolate? Truth is you cannot grow real chocolate or cocoa plants here in Washington – but that shouldn’t stop anyone from having a chocolate garden full of dark, rich foliage colors, sweet chocolate scents and velvety textures. The best dark foliage plants for a chocolate garden are huecheras, Black Lace elderberry, claret-colored smoke trees and rich black mondo grass. There are also chocolate-scented cosmos and geraniums. You might also want to enjoy a wine and chocolate garden the easy way: Add some seating in the shade and make this the spot for tasting chocolate, sipping wine and enjoying the garden.

Learn about growing wine grapes and starting a chocolate garden at the Enumclaw Wine and Chocolate Festival this week. Marianne Binetti will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Friday’s topic will be “Grow your own wine� and Saturday’s talk will be on “Chocolate Gardening.� ttt

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ahoma made a strong case on Jan. 27 that it has the best wrestling team in the state with a 45-18 victory over Enumclaw in the fifth Battle of the Bone. The Bears got four pins against the Hornets. Both teams came into the match undefeated, with Tahoma the top-ranked team in 4A, while Enumclaw was and likely still is considered the top team in 3A. “That just reaffirmed that we’re probably the best team in the state of Washington,â€? said sophomore 106-pounder Todd Link. “You can’t just listen to what everyone’s saying‌ you can’t come out with the mindset that you’re going to win. You have to fight for it.â€? And that’s exactly what Tahoma did against Enumclaw. Steven Hopkins, a senior, got the evening started for Tahoma with a pin of Travis Reano with less than 30 seconds left in the third period. Hopkins had a 10-3 lead when he got Reano on the mat, including a take down where he spun away from his opponent like a running back dancing away from a linebacker on the gridiron, then zipped in for the two points in the 132 pound

Tahoma’s Cruz Velasque tries to work Enumclaw’s Tyke Reid to his back to gain valuable points in the 113-pound match during the Battle of the Bone on Jan. 27. KRIS HILL, The Reporter To view a slide show go to www.maplevalleyreporter.com. To buy photos go to the web site and click on the reprints tab. match. Hopkins won the 103 pound state title as a sophomore and took fourth place at 119 a year ago. Hopkins said the biggest surprise of the evening for him was the crowd, which filled the Tahoma gym to capacity, probably close to 1,000 spectators. In fact, there were more people on the Enumclaw side than Tahoma normally gets for league dual meets. “I think it pumped up our guys,� Hopkins said. “It

gave us a lot of confidence. (Winning) meant a lot in our eyes because they’re the No. 1 ranked 3A team. I was surprised by how much we won by, I didn’t know we were going to win by more than 20 points. It was still pretty intense.� In the next match senior 138-pounder Joey Palmer, who won the 125 pound class a year ago at another school, put on a take down clinic against Lucas Somera. Palmer, who will wrestle

at Oregon State next year, was a blur on the mat. He would shoot aggressively and quickly, leaving Somera on his heels, on his back or struggling to get out of Palmer’s grip. In the end, Palmer earned a technical fall with a 24-9 victory, allowing Somera to win points only when he let him escape. Palmer said that even though Tahoma had beaten Mead in a double dual tournament earlier in the

season when the Spokane team was ranked No. 1 in 4A, the squad still had its doubters, and beating Enumclaw was the best way to silence the critics. Still, Tahoma has more to prove this weekend at the South Puget Sound League 4A tournament Friday and Saturday at Kent-Meridian. “I think we’ll know by the end of league if we’ve achieved our goal,� Palmer said. “These last two weeks [ more BATTLE page 16 ]


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Kentwood coach Brian Davis in an email. “I remind the guys that playing with a collective joy is critical to further success.� Pure athleticism kept Kentridge in the game in the first half as Kentwood struggled to contain Jawan Stepney, who led the Chargers with 19 points, with support from Da’Lorian Sampson with 12, Roddy Hanson with 11 and John Okot-Okidi, who chipped in 10. Then Austin Benson and Taylor Jones took over in the second half. Benson finished with 21, leading all scorers, while Jones tallied

16 points and Jeremy Smith chipped in 13. Kentwood spread its offense and got Kentridge on its heels while Benson dropped in three pointers before the Conks finally stretched out the lead to double digits with about four minutes left in the game. Earlier in the evening at the Shootout, Kentlake helped Kentwood’s cause by upsetting Kent-Meridian, which was in first place in the South Puget Sound League North Division heading into the night. The Falcons jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the first quarter but the Royals quickly turned the tables and ended the period with a 17-10 advantage. Kent-Meridian expanded its lead during the second quarter and went to the locker room up 35-27. Kentlake came out of halftime and lit it up in the third quarter, outscoring

K-M 23-9, as the Falcons started scoring points in the paint thanks to drives by Jaron Heck, Ayanle Jama and Austin Pernell. Bryce Demecilio drove, got the bucket, was fouled then made the free throw to give Kentlake a 40-39 lead before K-M answered to make it 42-40. With 2:51 left in the third Pernell tied it at 42-42 then Dedrian Miller followed shortly afterward with a long jumper from the wing to take a 44-42 Falcons lead. After Demecilio got a board off a Jama miss then followed with the final bucket of the third quarter, Kentlake finished the third period with a 50-44 lead. Gary Bailey tied the game up with 4:50 left on the clock when he drained the three to make it 56-56. Martel-Taylor Barone made the first of two free throws with 4:28 left to put K-M up 57-56 but Deme-

Reid. With little less than 90 seconds left in the match it was tied at 2-2 but with 32 seconds on the clock, Velasquez scored a reversal and held on for the 4-3 victory, sealing the win over Reid. Jesse Vaughan, who lost a tough match at 126, said the win over Enumclaw proved a great deal. “I think our line up is one of the most solid in state,â€? Vaughan said. “We have so much depth that we have some state participants on the C team. We want to take what we’ve learned against (opponents) and advance‌ whether that’s in the bracket or to the next week.â€? Haniger added that wins over teams like Enumclaw and Mead means Tahoma is going in the right direction. “It means to us that we’re on track,â€? he said. “We

know that we’re among the top teams in the state‌ and the way we’re able to do it so dominantly.â€? Matt Hopkins explained that beating Enumclaw raised the profile of the team among his classmates. “I went to school and people were talking about it,â€? Matt Hopkins said. “That dual‌ it made wrestling strong in our school.â€? Heading into the postseason, the goal for the first state crown for the Bears since the mid 90s isn’t so lofty if they qualify the 15 or so competitors they expect to get, Haniger said they can count on their reputation to precede them. “Our depth is going to be a factor at tournaments,â€? Haniger said. “They’re trying to beat Tahoma. That’s a team everyone wants to beat. We’ve been silencing the critics all year. People will still doubt our per-

formance and us because people think we’re a dual meet team.� Haniger said despite any critics that may remain the goal to win state remains. “We’re gearing up for our entire team to have their best tournament at state,� Haniger said. “We’re hoping to take more kids to the state tournament that we ever have in our long tradition.� In the end, the Battle of the Bone was a fine tune up for the post-season for Tahoma, whom Matt Hopkins said certainly made a case to be considered the best team in the state. “I think that made a statement,� he said.

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[ BATTLE from page 15] before state are the most important for conditioning.� Link added, “Mead was definitely tougher and a measuring stick for state. But, a dual is different than a tournament.� Still, the Bears continued to make a statement in the dual when Tanner Mjelde stepped on the mat. Mjelde, who competed next at 145, pinned Enumclaw’s Cole Snider shortly before the first period ended. Dan Haniger nearly had a win over Falani Gill at 152 when he had a chance late in the third period to break a 6-6 tie after scoring

a reversal but Gill escaped and held on to the one point victory, 7-6. Haniger, a senior, placed fourth at state in 2011. Chris McElroy lost in a hard fought match to Ryan Anderson in the 160 pound contest. Anderson sealed it with a take down with 11 seconds left, putting together a 5-1 victory. Next up was junior Garret Autrey, who also placed at state last year for the Bears with a seventh place finish at 160, who dominated Kelyn Wallin with a 11-0 win in the 170 pound match. Autrey spent much of the third period trying to pin Wallin but had to settle for the decision. From there, Austin Perry

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In the space of about 24 hours Kentlake and Kent-Meridian learned the hard way how challenging it can be to beat the same team twice in one season while Kentwood proved the exception to the rule. Kentwood beat Kentridge 76-65 on Jan. 27 at the Les Scwhab Shootout at ShoWare Center in Kent. The Conquerors beat the Chargers 59-48 in the first meeting of the season in December. “We continue to take strides towards consistency and it is great to see,� wrote

added another six points to Tahoma’s total with his pin of Wyley Stewart little more than halfway through the second period at 182. Matt Hopkins put together an escape then a take down in quick succession to earn a 3-0 win late over T.J. Cormier at 195. Ed Torres got a solid win over Chris Williams, winning 5-2 at 285 pounds. Enumclaw freshman Hunter Haney struggled against Tahoma’s Todd Link, a sophomore, who put together a 6-2 victory. Tim Whitehead got the Bears final pin of the night at 113 pounds when he put Garrett Jorosz down on the mat with 28.1 seconds remaining in the second period. The evening ended in front of a packed Tahoma gym with sophomore Cruz Velasquez fighting it out against Enumclaw’s Tyke

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PLN11-0020 Name of Applicant: BD Village Partners, 10220 NE Points Drive Suite 310, Kirkland, WA 98033 Project Description: Request for Master Planned Development (MPD) approval for the proposed Villages MPD, which totals 1,196 acres. Proposed mixed use development to include residential, retail, commercial, office, educational, recreational, and open space with 4,800 dwelling units and 775,000 square feet of retail and offices. Associated site preparation and grading of the area will occur along with on-site and offsite utility and transportation infrastructure improvements. Location: The Villages MPD consists of two subareas, the Main Property and the North Property. The “Main Propertyâ€? is located both north and south of Auburn-Black Diamond Road in the vicinity of Lake Sawyer Road. The “North Propertyâ€? is located on the west of SR 169, approximately two miles north of the Main Property and north of SE 312th Street (if extended). The North Property is south of and adjacent to the North Triangle property that is part of the proposed Lawson Hills MPD project. Specifically in the NW Âź of Section 11, Township 21 North, Range 6 East, NW 15-21-6, SW 15-21-6, NE 15-21-6, SE 15-21-6, SW 15-21-6, NE 22-21-6, SW 22-21-6, NW 27-21-6, NW 23-21-6, SW 23-21-6, and NE 23-21-6 Willamette Meridian, King County, WA. Environmental Documents: The Villages Master Planned Development Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued in December 2009. The City may adopt the FEIS; a SEPA action will occur at a later date. Requested Approval: Master Planned Development Staff Contact: Stacey Welsh/ Steve Pilcher, Community Development Department, City of Black Diamond, 360-886-2560 You are invited to express comments, request to receive notice of the public hearing, participate

in any hearing, request a copy of the decision when it becomes available, and be made aware of any appeal rights. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department, 24301 Roberts Drive (in person) or PO Box 599 (via regular mail), Black Diamond, WA 98010. INITIAL COMMENTS RELATED TO THIS APPLICATION ARE REQUESTED BY 5:00 P.M. ON FEBRUARY 15, 2012. There will be more opportunities to comment on this proposal, as public hearings before both the City of Black Diamond Hearing Examiner and City Council are required for an MPD. Once scheduled, a separate Notice of Public Hearing will be mailed. Published in Covington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on February 3, 2012. #578859. NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice Released: February 1, 2012 The City of Black Diamond has received the following application that may be of interest to you. The application and any related documents are available for public review during normal business hours at the City of Black Diamond, 24301 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond, WA. For additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at 360-886-2560. Project Name: Lawson Hills Master Planned Development (MPD) Application Date: December 22, 2011 Complete Application Date: January 18, 2012 Application Number: PLN11-0021 Name of Applicant: BD Lawson Partners, 10220 NE Points Drive Suite 310, Kirkland, WA 98033 Project Description: Request for Master Planned Development (MPD) approval for the proposed Lawson Hills MPD, which totals 371 acres. Proposed uses are to include residential, retail, commercial, office, educational, recreational, and open space with

1,250 dwelling units and 390,000 square feet of retail and offices. Associated site preparation and grading of the area will occur along with on-site and offsite utility and transportation infrastructure improvements. Location: The Lawson Hills MPD consists of two subareas, the Main Property and the North Triangle. The “Main Propertyâ€? is primarily southeast of Lawson St. in the vicinity of Botts Dr. The “North Triangleâ€? is located on the west side of SR 169, 578881approximately one mile north of the SR 169/Roberts Road intersection. Specifically in the SW Âź of Section 2, Township 21 North, Range 6 East, SE 3-21-6, SE 11-21-6, NE 14-21-6, NW 13-21-6, SW 12-21-6, NE 13-21-6, SW 13-21-6 and SE 13-21-6 Willamette Meridian, King County, Washington. Environmental Documents: The Lawson Hills Master Planned Development Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued in December 2009. The City may adopt the FEIS; a SEPA action will occur at a later date. Requested Approval: Master Planned Development Staff Contact: Stacey Welsh/Steve Pilcher, Community Development Department, City of Black Diamond, 360-886-2560 You are invited to express comments, request to receive notice of the public hearing, participate in any hearing, request a copy of the decision when it becomes available, and be made aware of any appeal rights. Written comments may be submitted to the Community Development Department, 24301 Roberts Drive (in person) or PO Box 599 (via regular mail), Black Diamond, WA 98010. INITIAL COMMENTS RELATED TO THIS APPLICATION ARE REQUESTED BY 5:00 P.M. ON FEBRUARY 15, 2012. There will be more opportunities to comment on this proposal, as public hearings before both the City of Black Diamond Hearing Examiner and City Council are

required for an MPD. Once scheduled, a separate Notice of Public Hearing will be mailed. Published in Covington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on February 3, 2012. #578881. CITY OF BLACK DIAMOND REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR WETLAND REVIEW AND MONITORING MASTER DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TEAM The City of Black Diamond is soliciting interest from consulting firms with expertise in review of wetland delineation and classification reports, field surveys, mitigation plans, construction inspection and review of monitoring reports. All work will be related to development of two large Master Planned Developments (MPDs) that have been approved by the Black Diamond City Council. NATURE OF WORK The work to be performed by the CONSULTANT may consist of some or all of the following types of tasks, as directed by the City: • Participation in preliminary design meetings and other activities as a member of the Master Development Review Team (MDRT) • Review of submitted wetland reports for compliance with City codes and standards and any applicable provisions of the approved MPDs • Field inspections as necessary • On-site inspection during construction of individual projects • Review of required monitoring reports and post-construction inspections. SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS Submittals should include the following information: Firm name, phone number and email contact address; Name of Principal-in-Charge and potential staff to perform work; provide a resume for each individual (excluded from total submittal length). Submittals will be evalu-

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and other land use applications. All work will be related to the two Master Planned Developments (MPDs) that have been approved by the Black Diamond City Council. NATURE OF WORK The work to be performed by the CONSULTANT may consist of some or all of the following types of tasks, as directed by the City: • Participation in preliminary meetings and other activities as a member of the Master Development Review Team (MDRT) • Survey review of applications for implementing projects within the MPDs for compliance with the Black Diamond Municipal Code and applicable RCW and WAC requirements. • Timely preparation of comments and redline markup of drawings and other application materials as necessary. SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS Submittals should include the following information: Firm name, phone number and email contact address; Name of Principal-in-Charge and potential staff to perform work (excluding survey crews); provide a resume for each individual (excluded from total submittal length). Submittals will be evaluated and ranked for an initial screening based on the following criteria: 1) Key personnel; 2) Firm’s/assigned individual(s)’ experience in survey review, particularly for local government;3) Ability to promptly respond to work requests; 4) Familiarity with relevant codes and standards and 5) Past performance/references. The City of Black Diamond encourages disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned consultant firms to respond. Please submit (5) five copies of your Statement of Qualifications to: Steve Pilcher, Community Development Director, City of Black Diamond, P.O. Box 599, Black Diamond, WA 98010 by February 15, 2012, no later than 10:00 AM. No electronic submittals. Submittals shall not exceed 10 pages, single sided. No submittals will be accepted after that date and time. Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Steve Pilcher, spilcher@ci.blackdiamond. wa.us , Community Development Director. Published in Covington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on February 3, 2012. #580535. CITY OF BLACK DIAMOND REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES MASTER DEVELOPMENT REVIEW TEAM The City of Black Diamond is soliciting interest from consulting firms with expertise in geotechnical engineering, for both plan review and construction inspection, including review of short, preliminary and final plats; final plans for both residential

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The City of Black Diamond is soliciting interest from consulting firms with expertise in traffic impact analysis review, including review of preliminary plats, multifamily residential developments and commercial and other non-residential projects. All work will be related to the two Master Planned Developments (MPDs) that have been approved by the Black Diamond City Council. NATURE OF WORK The work to be performed by the CONSULTANT may consist of some or all of the following types of tasks, as directed by the City: • Participation in preliminary meetings and other activities as a member of the Master Development Review Team (MDRT) • Review of and preparation of written comments on submitted traffic impact analyses for compliance with City codes and standards and any applicable provisions of the approved MPDs. • Coordination with other consulting professionals and staff of the MDRT • Review of and preparation of written comments on periodic traffic monitoring reports. SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS Submittals should include the following information: Firm name, phone number and email contact address; Name of Principal-in-Charge and potential staff to perform work; provide a resume for each individual (excluded from total submittal length). Submittals will be evaluated and ranked for an initial screening based on the following criteria: 1) Key personnel; 2) Firm’s/assigned individual(s)’ experience in traffic impact analysis review for local government; 3) Ability to devote staff to ongoing needs of the MDRT; 4) familiarity with relevant codes and standards; 5) familiarity with the conditions of approval of the two MPDs; and 6) past performance/references from other municipalities. The City of Black Diamond encourages disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned consultant firms to respond. Please submit (5) five copies of your Statement of Qualifications to: Andy Williamson, Executive Director of Engineering Services, City of Black Diamond, P.O. Box 599, Black Diamond, WA 98010 by February 15, 2012, no later than 10:00 AM. No electronic submittals. Submittals shall not exceed 10 pages, single sided. No submittals will be accepted after that date and time. Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Andy Williamson, awilliamson@ci. blackdiamond.wa.us, Executive Director of Engineering Services. Published in Copvington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on February 3, 2012. #580551. CITY OF BLACK DIAMOND REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF

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contact address; Name of Principal-in-Charge and potential staff to perform work; provide a resume for each individual (excluded from total submittal length). Submittals will be evaluated and ranked for an initial screening based on the following criteria:1) Key personnel; 2) Firm’s/assigned individual(s)’ experience in municipal fiscal analysis; 3) Ability to devote staff to on-going needs of the MDRT; 4) Familiarity with the conditions of approval of the two MPDs; and 5) past performance/references from other municipalities. The City of Black Diamond encourages disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned consultant firms to respond. Please submit (5) five copies of your Statement of Qualifications to: Andy Williamson, Executive Director of Engineering Services, City of Black Diamond, P.O. Box 599, Black Diamond, WA 98010 by February 15, 2012, no later than 10:00 AM. No electronic submittals. Submittals shall not exceed 10 pages, single sided. No submittals will be accepted after that date and time. Any questions regarding this project should be directed to Andy Williamson, awilliamson@ci. blackdiamond.wa.us, Executive Director of Engineering Services. Published in Covington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on February 3, 2012. #580560.

CITY OF COVINGTON NOTICES REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL ASSET MANAGEMENT PROGRAM The City of Covington is soliciting proposals from firms interested in proposing an asset management system for the City of Covington. Project Description The City of Covington desires to have a vendor supply software and support for implementation of a new asset management system. The system will require the following: 1. Integration with GIS Technology 2. Field and Mobile Access through the Internet 3. Map Based Work Management Portal 4. Encompass training and support service If interested, a complete submittal package may be obtained by emailing a request to Shawn Buck, Engineering Technician, at sbuck@covingtonwa.gov Submittal The City of Covington encourages disadvantaged, minority and women-owned consulting firms to respond. All submittals must be received by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2012. One printed copy and one electronic copy are requested. Submissions should be sent by mail or delivered to the following: City of Covington; Attn: Shawn Buck, Engineering Technician; 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100; Covington, WA 98042. The City of Covington hereby notifies all respondents that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit a proposal in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award. Published in the Covington/Maple Valley/Black Diamond Reporter on February 3, 2012. #580047.

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What a relief: The power is finally back on lost power. PSE crews restored electricity to all but 15,000 customers when an ice storm hit later that day, jumping the outages to 280,000. Then, as power was coming back on, high winds hit the Puget Sound region and outages surged again. The series of storms kept some PSE repair crews in the field around the clock for five days. As bad as it was, it didn’t quite compare to the 2006 storm that hit in mid-December when 70 miles per hour wind gusts blasted through western Washington. In its wake, 1.5 million customers — almost half served by PSE — lost electricity. Then, as now, the storm stopped nearly everything in its tracks, left people in the dark, shuttered businesses, closed schools and left hospitals and fire stations on backup power. But emergencies like these would turn into disasters if we weren’t prepared. In 2006, 500 crews and 2,000 workers from as far away as southern California and Kansas were called to restore power

in western Washington. At the peak of this year’s storm, about 300 crews (about 900 people) responded to the outages, including workers from California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Alaska. Back at the PSE office, another 1,000 employees provided engineering, logistics and customer service support. Interestingly, if you lined up all the power and tree crews bumper to bumper, it would form a line 10 miles long. Many of us don’t realize that restoring power is much more than replacing a transformer or removing a downed tree from a power line. It is a coordinated effort between road crews, law enforcement, utilities and tree removers. It is a massive undertaking we seldom see in its entirety. But if it weren’t coordinated, we’d feel it immediately. While this year’s toll hasn’t yet been tallied, PSE reports it repaired 56 transmission lines, hung 70 miles of new wire, replaced 250 power poles and repaired 70 substations and 326 distribution circuits. Undoubtedly, the 2012 response will be

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December. “There is a lot of volatility in the numbers we get from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and one month of numbers isn’t enough to gauge what’s happening in the job market,� said Greg Weeks, who heads the labor-market information office at the state Employment Security Department. “If you look at the trend over time, jobs are gradually increasing and the unemployment rate is coming down.� Industry sectors that had the most job growth in December were education and health services, up an estimated 2,200 jobs; manufacturing, up 2,100, including 1,100 in aerospace; and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector, up 500 jobs.

Industries with the most job losses included professional and business services, down an estimated 4,300 jobs; retail trade, down 3,500, leisure and hospitality, down 3,200; construction, down 1,900; government, down 1,200; and financial activities, down 800. Within the government sector, state agencies cut an estimated 800 jobs, higher education lost 1,300 jobs, local government added 1,000 jobs, and federal employment was unchanged. From December 2010 to December 2011, employment in Washington increased by an estimated 29,600 jobs. An estimated 297,430 people (seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in

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

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An old TV commercial for an antacid once asked heartburn sufferers, “How do you spell relief?� For thousands of western Washington people left in the dark by winter storms, the word is “p-o-w-e-r.� And it took more than a couple of Rolaids to deal with it all. Normally, we flip a switch and the lights come on. We think nothing of it until a storm knocks out our power. Then we realize how important electricity is to our everyday lives. The Pacific Northwest periodically experiences heavy snow, ice storms and high winds, but generally not all in the same week. That is exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago, and more than 400,000 customers lost electricity, including many who had their lights come on — only to go out again. On Jan. 18, people woke up to anywhere from eight to 18 inches of snow and 150,000 Puget Sound Energy customers

studied and lessons will be learned. Following the December 2006 storm, PSE stepped back and looked at what it could do better. For example, customers recommended that PSE do a better job communicating with its customers about outages and restoration times. This year, as soon as the storm hit, former KIRO-TV meteorologist Andy Wappler, now PSE’s vice president of corporate affairs, was on radio and television providing detailed situation reports and giving regular updates of outages and repairs. In addition, the PSE website featured outage updates and provided a list of shelters available to those without power. PSE even used its Twitter and Facebook accounts to communicate with customers and the public. While the final analysis of the 2012 storm will be months in coming, PSE and other affected utilities responded well. It’s a relief to have the power back on — and to know we have dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable people working around the clock massive emergencies.

December. As of Jan. 17, 71,141 workers in Washington had run out of all unemployment benefits. Employment Security is a partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which offers a variety of employment and training services for job seekers, including free help with interviewing skills, rĂŠsumĂŠs and job referrals. WorkSource also can help employers recruit and screen for qualified workers, apply for employment tax breaks and qualify for subsidized employee training. Locations of local WorkSource offices are listed online at www.go2worksource.com and in the blue pages of local telephone books.


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