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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012
City turns down money for hiring cops Mayor: State budget will have major impact By Greg Allmain
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grant from the Department of first three years. Justice, Mayor Skip Priest anAfter the third year, those nounced at the city council officers’ salaries would need meeting Feb. 21. to be picked up by the city NEWS The COPS grant would — something that is just not have allowed the Federal possible at this time, Priest Way Police Department said. to hire three more police The city had previously officers, with the Department of accepted a COPS grant in 2010 Justice (DOJ) footing the bill for the of $1.36 million to fund four officer
Federal Way will decline an approximately $800,000 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
positions, with the city needing to pick up the tab next year. That was another factor in the refusal to accept the current grant, Priest said. “We have, as all of you know, committed to creating a sustainable budget for 2013-14 and beyond. But if we’re going to do that, unfor[ more COPS, page 12 ]
CRIME BLOTTER | A sale on Craigslist turns violent at the victim’s home 
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TOP SHOT | Update on FW police officer’s status on History Channel show  OPINION | Roegner: Closer look at 2012 local and state elections. Hobbs: Dr. Phil examines school levy failure and light rail blues 
Thomas Jefferson senior K.W. Williams reacts after winning the 195-pound state championship at Mat Classic inside the Tacoma Dome Saturday night. Williams lost in the championship match a season ago. Read more about state action in wrestling, basketball and swimming starting on page 21 in today’s Mirror. Check out a slideshow online at federalwaymirror.com.
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Gingrich comes to Federal Way ahead of GOP caucus By ANDY HOBBS firstname.lastname@example.org
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduled to visit Federal Way today. At press time, the candidate was planning a campaign rally at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Best Western Evergreen Inn and Suites, 32124 25th Ave. S. (at I-5 and S. 320th St.). For photos and more,
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visit federalwaymirror.com. in Washington, including a Seatac With the state’s caucuses hotel on Feb. 16. on March 3, Washington Former Massachusetts has suddenly become Gov. Mitt Romney, who has a battleground for the struggled to keep his frontcrowded GOP field seeking runner status throughout the nomination for U.S. the race, is slated to visit the president. Former U.S. Sen. state March 1. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) After finishing a close Newt Gingrich spoke at a rally Feb. 13 in second to Santorum in Tacoma. U.S. Rep. Ron Iowa and winning the New Paul (R-Texas) made three stops Hampshire primary, Romney has
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watched his lead volley among the other candidates. Gingrich’s campaign found new life after winning the South Carolina primary, while Santorum has surged with a string of caucus wins. Paul, whose supporters are well-organized in caucuses, gave Romney a run in the recent Maine caucus, finishing within 100 votes.
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 February 24, 2012
One Day Federal Way raises $5,000 for the homeless By ANDY HOBBS email@example.com
Advancing Leadership Youth sponsored a walk to benefit Federal Way’s homeless through the Reach Out Federal Way organization.
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Caleb Dawson and Skyler Nichols walk past The Commons Mall on Tuesday toward Calvary Lutheran Church, which hosts programs that benefit the homeless. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror as Reach Out’s shelter for women. They walked to Calvary Lutheran Church, then trekked to Steel Lake Presbyterian Church before returning to the starting point. At each stop, the walkers participated in activities
One Day Federal Way walkers return to Our Saviors Baptist Church after completing a nearly 4-mile loop. See more photos online at federalwaymirror.com. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror that provide a glimpse of homeless life for Federal Way area men and women. One activity challenged the walkers to assemble
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what would be a typical outdoor bed for a homeless person. Participants in One Day Federal Way also got sack lunches with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The lunches are similar to those provided to homeless individuals served by Reach Out Federal Way. One Day Federal Way is an annual day dedicated to making Federal Way a better place. The ALY program held the inaugural One Day Federal Way last year by sprucing up three elementary schools. The community shouldn’t underestimate the work ethic of Federal Way’s high school students, said Teri Hickel, executive director of the Federal Way Chamber’s Advancing Leadership programs. She praised the Advancing Leadership Youth’s class of 2012 for taking on this year’s project. “One Day Federal Way is here to stay,” Hickel said. “It’s a concentrated effort that gets youth to pay attention to one issue. They get to engage the community.”
SLIDESHOW AND MORE • See photos from One Day Federal Way’s Walk for the Homeless online at federalwaymirror.com. • Check out a Q&A with Nancy Jaenicke, program coordinator of Reach Out Federal Way winter homeless shelter. Reach Out operates shelters at Calvary Lutheran, Steel Lake Presbyterian and Our Saviors Baptist churches.
February 24, 2012 
Craigslist sale turns violent CRIME
Police Blotter Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Craigslist sale goes bad: At 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1800 block of S. 330th Street, a man reported being assaulted and having a cellphone stolen from him. According to the report, the man had the cellphone listed on Craigslist and had received an inquiry from an interested party. The interested party insisted on meeting the victim at his house, which the victim agreed to. The suspect showed up with another individual, at which time they assaulted the victim and took the cellphone. • Woman beaten with wicker chair: At 6:16 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 33000 block of 37th Avenue SW, a woman reported being attacked by a man with a wicker chair. According to the report, the woman was visiting the suspect’s brother when the suspect attacked her. The woman had swelling and pain in her head from the attack. • Lost resident: At 5:04 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 31000 block of 8th Avenue South, the caretaker of an adult family home reported that one of their residents was missing. According to the report, the resident wandered off the property some time in the early morning
hours. The resident suffers from dementia, depression and anxiety, and takes numerous medications. The resident’s destination was unknown. • Vehicle break-in: At 1:07 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 600 block of SW 308th Street, a man reported his unsecured vehicle had been ransacked by unknown suspects. According to the report, the suspects took $70 from the vehicle’s center console, along with a pair of sunglasses. The suspects left behind a coat, one that the victim’s daughter was able to identify as belonging to a girl at her school that she has an ongoing issue with. • Lucky suspect: At 3:46 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1900 block of South 314th Street, the suspect entered Walmart, selected an item, didn’t pay for it, then returned it. According to the report, the suspect was able to get the refund value of the item, approximately $90, put onto a giftcard. The suspect left the store and was not apprehended. • Coming home from vacation: At 4:13 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 31000 block of 24th Avenue SW, the victim came home from vacation to find their vehicle had been broken into. According to the report, a 1911 .45-caliber handgun was stolen from the vehicle. A neighbor witnessed the break-in, but failed to report it to the police. • Parking spot argument: At 4:24 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 34000 block of 16th Avenue South, a
man and a woman got into an argument over a parking spot. According to the report, the woman became so upset at one point that she keyed nearly the entire side of the man’s vehicle. • Diaper thief: At 9:39 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 2100 block of SW 336th Street, an unknown man entered Safeway and took two packages of Huggies diapers without paying for them. According to the report, the suspect got in a vehicle and left the scene. The vehicle was reported as belonging to a woman in the Seattle area. • Customer throws fit: At 12:39 a.m. Feb. 18 in the 31000 block of Pacific Highway South, the suspect attempted to purchase a pack of cigarettes using a “damaged” ID card. The store clerk refused to sell the cigarettes to the suspect, at which time the suspect became angry and knocked over an energy drink display. • Shady Western-Union employee: At 6:46 p.m. Feb. 18 in the 31000 block of 1st Avenue South, the victim reported a fraudulent charge of $514.99 had been made to her Bank of America account. According to the report, Bank of America informed the victim that the transaction had been done through Western-Union. The victim had used Western-Union to wire money the day before, and believed that a Western-Union employee was responsible for the fraudulent charge.
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officials have been working to fund the project for more than a decade. Mirror staff reports The project is slated for completion by the fall of 2012, but the new ramps are Washington State Department of expected to open this summer. Transportation crews will close all lanes The project will eliminate the current of Interstate 5 at State Route 18 at night cloverleaf loop ramps and replace them Feb. 24-25 to install girders over the with flyover ramps for westbound freeway in Federal Way. Highway 18 to southbound I-5 All southbound lanes and two and eastbound Highway 18 to TRAFFIC northbound lanes will be closed northbound I-5. Direct access will Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 p.m. to be provided to Highway 161 from 7 a.m. All northbound lanes will southbound I-5 and westbound be closed Saturday, Feb. 25, from Highway 18 through the construc11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Drivers should expect tion of new exit ramps at S. 356th St. and delays of up to 30 minutes. A detour map S. 359th St. in Federal Way. is available online. The project is expected to improve trafThis is the third weekend closure in fic flow; reduce accidents in the vicinity February for the interchange. The new of I-5, Highway 161 and Highway 18; flyover ramps are part of the Triangle and avoid or reduce the effects on the Project, which refers to the interchange in environment. Approximately 3,600 freight Federal Way where Highway 161 (Entrucks — many coming to or departing chanted Parkway), Highway 18 and Inter- Federal Way — use Highway 18 to access state 5 all meet. The interchange has long Interstate 5 daily. The flyover ramps will held a reputation for being dangerous for cut down on the time it takes freight hauldrivers. Federal Way and King County ers to complete their runs.
...obituaries Elizabeth (Liz) Lee Redling July 11, 1982 – February 15, 2012
Born in Tacoma, Elizabeth lived most of her life in Federal Way. She was a graduate of Kennedy High School in Seattle and attended Mesa and Highline Community Colleges. Liz worked in Marketing and Event Promotions. Liz lived life and loved it to the end. She was a bright, beautiful, fun-loving, and talented young woman. She will never be forgotten. Liz is remembered by her family, parents Patricia and Michael, her sister Emily (and brotherin-law Chad), her sister Jill (and brother-in-law Dan), her brother Peter, and her many friends. Liz was actively involved in the rescuing of animals. Donations suggested to the Humane Society of Seattle / King County.
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Robert (Rob) Marshall Hill, age 30 passed away unexpectedly February 15, 2012 near North Bend, Washington. Rob touched many lives; he had a special affinity for inspiring and encouraging young people. Rob understood the challenges faced by many teens and used his life experience to inspire and motivate his students, swimmers, friends and fellow co-workers. Rob graduated from Decatur High School in 1999 and received his BS degree in Recreation Tourism from CWU in 2006. Rob also held three degrees in Aviation; Professional Pilot, Air Traffic Control and Airline Dispatcher. Rob coached the Decatur high-school swim team as well as the Valley Aquatics Swim Team (VAST) and worked with the Special Population of Federal Way. Aviation was an equally avid passion of his. He combined his special gift of teaching with his love of flying. Rob was a Certified Flight Instructor at Crest Airpark, Civil Air Patrol and AcuWings as well as a Flight Simulator Instructor at GRCC. He was pursuing a career in Commercial Aviation at the time of his death. Music was another way in which Rob shared his talents; he was a DJ at many weddings and events in Western Washington. Rob lived life to the fullest. He used his gifts to inspire and motivate those around him. He was a devoted son, caring brother, loving uncle and a friend valued by many. His life was unexpectedly cut short but his legacy will be how he lived and loved those around him. Rob is survived by his parents, Bob and Jane Hill, his sister, Becca Goode; her husband Jason and their children Makenzie and Gavin. He is also survived by his loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Rob will be remembered by the many friends and the students he impacted, guided and influenced over the years. A celebration of life is planned for February 25, 2012 at 12 noon at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th St, Federal Way, WA., reception following. In honor of Rob and his passion for swimming since age 6 as a Twin Lakes Penguin, ”Speedy Sixer”, donations can be made to the Swimming Pool Fund, Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club, 3583 SW 320th Street, Federal Way, WA 98023 PLEASE VISIT FACEBOOK.COM – ROB HILL – So many wonderful posts of how he loved and inspired so many.
 February 24, 2012
‘Top Shot’ update: FW cop survives another round By Greg Allmain firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Way Police Department Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter was on the hot seat in Episode 2 of The History Channel’s “Top Shot” this week. After a difficult team challenge involving a WWI-era gun, Sumpter and teammate Keith Gibson faced off in an elimination challenge where they were tasked with hitting a series of targets using a Milkor M32-A1 grenade launcher. Much like the Vaquero pistol from Episode 1, the Milkor was another firearm that Sumpter had never really encountered, although his police work has brought him into contact with simi-
lar devices. aspect of the Milkor came “In law enforcement, you to the forefront during the do have weapons actual elimination that are similar, challenge. With that are used to the Milkor, the shoot tear gas. But cylinder needs to we never launch be rotated before grenades. That’s the rounds are just something loaded in order to that’s not part of cock the weapon our inventory,” he and make it fire said. ready. That imWhile the portant fact was show’s Navy something that “I knew going in SEAL trainer that I was going to both Sumpter and Craig Sawyer Gibson forgot. be the oldest person said Sumpter “You had to in the cast, but what manually crank had “sniper-like I didn’t anticipate precision” with the cylinder to the Milkor during was how quickly we cock the weapon. the Federal Way would bond.” We had to stick Kyle Sumpter police comour fingers in mander’s training there to do that,” session, one Sumpter said. important and unusual “I’m not aware of any other
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weapon like that, including handguns. We both forgot to do that in the middle of the challenge. It caught us both equally, and if he had remembered to do it, he would have won.” In the elimination challenge, Sumpter and Gibson had to hit 18-inch targets with distances ranging from 50-75 yards. Each hit was met with a large explosion from the target itself, creating battlefield like conditions for the competition. “One of the difficult parts was the smoke. You could see the wind blowing heavily from left to right. His smoke was blowing across my field of view and I couldn’t see my last target,” Sumpter said. The smoke cleared just enough to allow Sumpter to zero in on his target and defend his spot on The History Channel’s popular marksman show. Sumpter found himself facing off with Gibson after the team challenge for Episode 2, which involved the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), a WWI-era fully automatic machine gun. The blue and red teams had to crawl under 40 yards of barbed wire with various pyrotechnics going off around them, then into a trench with the BAR. In the trench, they were tasked with hitting seven targets with distances ranging from 100-150 yards.
Federal Way Police Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter was on the hot seat in Episode 2 of The History Channel’s ‘Top Shot’ this week. COURTESY PHOTO Once the first shooter hit their target, the second team member went through the course, and so on. The red team jumped to what looked like a significant lead at the beginning of the competition, while the blue team’s shooter struggled mightily to hit the first target. But, after the blue team’s first shooter finally found the target, they were off and running. Sumpter said the BARs added to the difficulty factor. “The barrels were completely shot out, and that means no consistency at all. Augie (Malekovich), from the blue team… in the first episode he hit a half-inch from center at 200 yards, using the BAR at half the distance, and he was missing by 10 feet,” Sumpter said. “It was really a matter of who was going to get lucky first.” During the episode, it was revealed that the
nickname given to Sumpter by his teammates and the rest of the competitors was “Papa Bear,” a term he said was coined by the man he eliminated. “I knew going in that I was going to be the oldest person in the cast, but what I didn’t anticipate was how quickly we would bond,” he said. “You heard Tim (Trefren) mention how we had become a ‘temporary family.’ Some of them adopted me as their temporary ‘Papa,’ and ‘Papa Bear’ was the name Keith gave me.” While it’s a position he hoped to not be in, Sumpter said he enjoyed his first elimination challenge. “It was a lot of fun, but I did really hate to see Keith go,” he said.
Learn more online • For more on “Top Shot,” visit www.history.com. • To read about Sumpter’s progress in Episode 1, visit federalwaymirror.com.
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February 24, 2012 
King County leaders fear ‘financial blow’ to transit service By GREG ALLMAIN email@example.com
King County leaders expressed their concerns over a proposed U.S. House of Representatives bill, which the county believes “would deliver yet another financial blow to transit service throughout the region.” The U.S. House Surface Transportation Authorization bill would end “longstanding dedicated funding for the nation’s transit agencies.” If approved by Congress, the bill will “strip all guaranteed transit funding from the Federal Highway Trust Fund for the first time in three decades.” According to the county, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit would be looking at yet another round of disastrous budgets if this bill passes. “This House bill is alarming because it puts at risk a critical source of predictable revenue that transit agencies have counted on year after year,” said Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond. “For Metro alone, as much as $70 million in annual revenues would be at risk, worsening our financial hole at a time when demand for transit service is rising.” The county indicates the cuts would mean reduction in service hours — a fight Metro went through just last summer. In order to save bus service hours, the county approved an additional $20 on car tab fees. With the possibility of these cuts looming, that fight may have been all for naught. On top of the reduction in service hours, the county
warns that Metro’s “ability to do everything from preserving service to buying new buses” could “dramatically erode.” Joni Earl, CEO of Sound Transit, said the proposed
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Editor: Voters soundly rejected a proposed capital levy to rebuild Federal Way High School. The levy sought a small tax increase of about 90 cents per $1,000 of property value. Why do you think it failed? Dr. Phil: It’s time to get real. You can’t have champagne taste on a beer pocketbook. Nobody wants higher taxes right now. Editor: If you go inside Federal Way High School, you’ll see the top selling point. That school is falling apart. Dr. Phil: Look, excuses are like backsides — everybody’s got one and they all stink. Tell me about the sales pitch for the levy. Editor: The school district promoted a video with students, staff and community leaders. Some volunteers occasionally waved signs at street corners. However, an opposition group argued for more public input and concrete plans. Dr. Phil: How much does the school district want to spend? Editor: About $110 million. The district already has $50 million and asked for $60 million. Dr. Phil: Did someone sneak up on stage at the commercial break and write “stupid” on my forehead? That’s a lot of money for one project. Editor: The cost included new playgrounds at several elementary schools. Dr. Phil: Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit. Playgrounds are good. Books and mortar are even better. Too bad they couldn’t get both. Editor: There was one misstep along the way. The pro-levy groups were 15 minutes late in submitting their pro-levy statements for publication in the voters pamphlet. Volunteers for the opposition group sent their statements in plenty of time. Seems like the pro-levy volunteers, bless them all, could have been more on task. Dr. Phil: Failure is no accident. If the school district wants Federal Way taxpayers to pony up that kind of cabbage, they need a sleek and sexy levy. Otherwise, voters will think the plan is nuttier than a sack of squirrels at a peanut party. Speaking of which, what’s this about Federal Way and Sound Transit going to war over light rail? Editor: I wouldn’t exactly call it war … Dr. Phil: Listen, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday. What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate, right audience? (applause) Editor: How can both sides work together more? We can’t expect them to hold hands around the campfire and sing “Kumbaya.” But there is obviously a split in the region’s leadership when it comes to finding a solution. City leaders were excluded from a recent shovel ready proposal that opened a small window for Federal Way’s share of light rail. Meanwhile, Federal Way pushed for bills in the Legislature that would overhaul Sound Transit. Each side seems to have cast the other as the non-cooperator. Dr. Phil: Look, we teach people how to treat us. You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar — and a little honey goes a long way. The city and Sound Transit could accomplish a lot more if they viewed each other as allies, rather than enemies. Editor: Having an enemy only means your actions are important enough to be hated. Here’s hoping that moving forward, there’s more open and efficient communication. Dr. Phil: Sometimes we have to accept reality and put one foot in front of the other. Andy Hobbs
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Election races to watch in 2012 Most of the political attention has been focused on the Republican presidential primary, and it has been truly entertaining. There are still local races to track. The latest polling numbers continue to show Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna with a solid lead in the race for governor over Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee. Because the Legislature is in session, McKenna is not allowed to raise money, and Inslee has been taking advantage of that temporary opening. Unless he is able to cut into McKenna’s strength in King County, money alone won’t be enough to reduce McKenna’s lead. There is plenty of time for Inslee to make up ground, but it still appears to be McKenna’s race to lose. With McKenna vacating the Attorney General’s office, most attention has been on King County Councilmembers Bob Ferguson (a Democrat) and Reagan Dunn (a Republican) — and their campaign to replace him. Some of Dunn’s conservative base were surprised when he joined a majority of the King County Council in supporting gay marriage. That decision cuts two ways. It enabled him to neutralize the issue with Ferguson in voter-heavy King County and could help him attract independents. But it may have also attracted a primary challenge from Stephen Pidgeon, who is a gay marriage opponent and is active in the I-1192 campaign to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, a Republican who was at one time rumored to be interested in the governor’s race, may be leaning toward the U.S. Senate. The most interesting local race will be to replace Mark Miloscia (D-Federal Way) in the
State House. Former city council candidate Roger Flygare recently announced he is a candidate. Flygare is a Democrat. He joins Federal Way City Councilmember Linda Kochmar, a Republican, who announced a few weeks ago. Thom McFarlane and Rick Hoffman, both Democrats, have been circulating as possible candidates. Because of his recent run for the city council, Flygare has a higher level of name familiarity. One of the keys on the Democratic side will be who the House Democratic caucus will support because they control the flow of money. Kochmar’s kickoff was held Thursday. Secretary of State Sam Reed was expected to attend. Kochmar has already gained the endorsement of several mayors and council members. So far, the big question mark has been Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore, who filed the paperwork several weeks ago. His dates for a formal announcement keep slipping, causing questions about his candidacy. They could get answered this week, or he could wait until after the legislative session, or wait until the school board decides what to do about Federal Way High School. Moore is a Republican and previously has run for both the House and State Senate. He is more conservative than Kochmar and will likely get support from that group. Kochmar must find a way to appeal to moderates and independents. She may also try and compete for some Democratic crossover votes. Incumbent State Rep. Katrina Asay, a Republican, is expected to run for re-election. There will be more interesting twists as the election season unfolds. Bob Roegner
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Where were our local legislators for town halls? On Saturday, Feb. 18, many Washington State House and Senate Representatives held district town hall meetings across the state. The only 30th District legislator to hold one
this year was Rep. Katrina Asay (R-Milton). Absent were Sen. Tracey Eide (D) and Rep. Mark Miloscia (D). Asay held town halls at Federal Way City Hall and in Pacific later in the day. While we understand that Miloscia is giving up his seat this year to run for Washington State Auditor, doesn’t Miloscia still
represent our district and the concerns of the citizens of the district until next January? These town halls are to give the constituents of the district an opportunity to meet their elected state officials in person and to have an opportunity to address citizens’ issues and concerns. This is an event that [ more LETTERS page 7 ]
February 24, 2012 
Standing on the side of love Clinton wooed my GOP heart
Dark side of love February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Not everyone in a relationship is safe. “Love has many definitions….abuse isn’t one of them” is a tagline from www. loveisrespect.org, an organization dedicated to helping teens in relationships that are hurtful. Check out www.letyourheartrule.com for information and a quiz to determine the health of your relationship. If your relationship involves hitting, kicking, punching, yelling, isolating or forcing you to do things you don’t want to do, get help now. The National Domestic Violence Hotline, with confidential 24/7 help, is (800) 799-7233. If you’ve been sexually assaulted by a partner or anyone else, you can contact RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) at (800) 656-4673.
Rainbow love February is the month that Washington legislators voted for marriage equality. People on all sides of the rainbow can now legally marry in Washington state — well, not until June 7, unless opponents gather enough signatures by June 6 to demand the issue go back to the ballot in November. So, we can see the rainbow, but we haven’t quite crossed to the other side just yet.
Stop the love Rick Santorum supporter Foster Friess blew up the media-sphere this week by reminding us all that, in his day, women used Bayer aspirin for birth control by
[ LETTERS from page 6] is held on a specific day each year, so there was plenty of time for Miloscia and Eide to assure that they had no scheduling conflict. Not holding one of these events is, in a sense, disenfranchising the citizens from the process. As for Eide, she is not up for re-election until 2014. Still, like Miloscia, this is not an excuse for being absent. Looking back on history, this is not the first time that both of these representatives have been absent with regards to this annual event. Sen. Eide and Rep. Miloscia, what was more pressing that day that you put aside your legislative duties? We see this the same as skipping a day of work with pay. Randall Smith, Occupy Federal Way
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Thanks for printing that pro-life article I am a student at Seattle Pacific University, but Federal Way is my hometown. I recently read the short article titled “Group hosts pro-life meetings in Federal Way.” I enjoyed reading it and really appreciate the fact that it was in the paper. I am passionate about the pro-life issue, but I also love articles that tell people about specific ways they can get involved in their community. Rachel Georgeson, Federal Way
Kochmar campaign Linda Kochmar is the first person out of the gate vying for 30th District State Representative Position 1 with her campaign
kick-off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn and Suites. Soon we will see candidates jockeying for position on street corners with their election signs and explanations as to why they should be spotlighted with their visions of a journey that will impact all of us in the 30th District. Running a campaign takes extraordinary dedication and drive to fulfill the anticipations of constituents. I have been a friend of Linda’s for 12 years and have seen her concern for the small business owners who struggle to survive, her desire to treat our schools as the first and highest priority of government, and her frustration over so many regulations imposed by the state. I have seen how hard Linda works to respond to the
students after they are out of high school. If educators want to begin thinking creatively, they should think about all the occupations that involve weapons. Boeing is in the weapons business. Gun sales have been higher than ever before all over the U.S. and gunsmiths are in extremely short supply. Hillsdale College and 40 other colleges, including Harvard University, Harvard Law, Yale and MIT, just received grants for shooting programs. One school, Montgomery Community College of Troy, N.C., developed a shooting program and also offers gunsmithing and hunting and shooting sports management programs. The grants came from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry. Gunsmithing is just one example of the kind of partnerships that educators should be discussing. Many educators don’t like talking about guns except in connection with gun-free zones. But who would you rather meet in a dark alley? A graduate from a gunsmithing program or an armed graduate from one of our state’s largest vocational schools supervised by the Department of Corrections? Students with work experience in high school are likely to stay in school, graduate and get a good job. “College for All” is not for two out of three high school students. According to one study, “College for All” seems to be the dream of elite educators. The United States has the highest dropout rate in the industrialized world, according to Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Pathways to Prosperity.” Many high school students apparently believe high school is not relevant in finding the path to what they seek. Washington state has skill centers that serve a number of school districts. Stafford suggested in a recent Crosscut article that remodeling a school could provide a vocational high school in Seattle that might lead the way nationally. Boeing stated recently that it will have 20,000 retirements in the next 10 years. Would Boeing be willing to partner with the school district to create a new vocational school in Federal Way? It could be cheaper than the proposed levy for Federal Way High School — and more profitable. Mark Knapp
I usually shudder at some of the things President Obama proposes. Nevertheless, in his recent State of the Union Address, he raised an issue about which I have been passionate for almost 40 years. In his 1992 presidential campaign, President Bill Clinton was talking a great deal about creating partnerships between private industries and public education. The idea of training that prepares high school students to obtain apprenticeships in specialized tool making and other crafts really fired my imagination. I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992. I remember reading an article about Clinton’s proposals regarding many U.S. employers that were unable to locate the specialized machinists that Europe traditionally produces. Germany and other nations nurture the partnerships that President Clinton talked about during that first campaign. I have not subsequently heard that kind of discussion about vocational training partnerships for students in the U.S. until President Obama proposed the idea for colleges. Why not have such partnerships at the high school level? Washington state already has the occupational skills centers and vocational training at the community college level. Most of the discussion about high schools emphasizes academic programs and getting students into colleges. Many students would develop career interests in high school classes if more opportunities were to become available to work in partnership with employers like Boeing that hire workers skilled in specialized crafts. Some observers have suggested that vocational education might encourage more young men and women not to drop out. Learning to repair any machinery, like cars and trucks, requires math skills. Math is not so difficult once a student taps into his or her interests. Bill Stafford, a president of the Trade Development Alliance for 20 years, reminds students and the rest of us that cooks need to read and do math, too. The best vocational programs were once at the high school level. According to Mr. Stafford, Edison Technical School was started in 1946 to help World War II vets who wanted to finish high school. Twenty years later, it morphed into Seattle Community College. Vocational education in Seattle is now mostly for
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holding it between their knees, “and it wasn’t that costly.” (cbsnews.com) These comments came on the heels of a congressional committee hearing about mandatory contraception coverage by insurance companies. The chairperson refused to let women testify in the hearing on the premise it wasn’t about contraception, but about religious liberties. Only male clergy testified. Personally, I’m not feeling very represented regarding my religious liberties or contraception. These incidents have sparked ire among women and men alike for policies that threaten to take women’s health back to pre-1960’s standards. Santorum blames many societal ills on contraception and has stated he believes it is “harmful to women.” (thinkprogress.com) As a Catholic, he should know that even the Pope himself condones condom use to prevent HIV transmission, which I think we can all agree is harmful to both men and women. What about a group that has moral objections to other Biblical sins, such as gluttony or sloth? Does that mean they can refuse to cover procedures or medication that will prevent or treat obesity? What about diabetes or heart disease if they are caused or exacerbated by diet and lack of exercise? It certainly is food for thought. I understand some people need strictly designed rules to feel safe. I know they fear those of us who have broader definitions, blurrier lines and alternative explanations. What it comes down to is always a choice of living in fear or living in love, and I choose love. I’m joining thousands of others and Standing on the Side of Love, a Unitarian Universalist campaign which “seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression.” (standingonthesideoflove.org) I’m standing with them so that, come June, come November, and come forever more, love wins.
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people who contact her. She is known to be a good listener who works energetically to provide a positive response to the people who contact her. As a member of the Federal Way City Council, where she has served as mayor and deputy mayor, Linda has proven that she is a good steward of the public finances and a person who cares about the families in her community. Linda is perceived and respected as a recognized leader with integrity who works collaboratively with other local and regional jurisdictions. This is evident with her early endorsements from the Washington Trucking Association, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert; Don Davidson, mayor of Bellevue; John Marchione, mayor of Redmond;
Pete Lewis, mayor of Auburn; Bob Sheckler, mayor of Des Moines, Jim Haggerton, mayor of Tukwila; Suzette Cooke, mayor of Kent; Dennis Law, mayor of Renton; and David Hutchinson, former mayor of Lakewood Park. Others on the list are Bill Block, project director of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County; multiple council members from other cities in King County, and many prominent citizens of Federal Way. Linda is a person of vision who brings a great deal of experience in her campaign for the 30th District State Representative Position 1. I hope you will join me in helping Linda Kochmar reach the finish line to become our State Representative. Maureen Hathaway, Federal Way
 February 24, 2012
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This month, the country’s largest consumer protection settlement was reached, with banks and mortgage lenders promising to pay out approximately $20 billion to homeowners across the country. In Washington, approximately $486 million will go toward those who have experienced default, are currently “under water,” or find themselves in some other financial straits due to their homeownership. The Washington State Attorney General’s office is already warning residents to be aware that scammers may try to take advantage of those who are looking to find relief through the settlement dollars. “Whenever there is a large settlement or federal claims program, scam artists come out of the woodwork,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Doug Walsh, the head of the state’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD). “They offer to assist victims for a fee, when the services are actually available for free. Don’t take the bait. Distressed homeowners can get counseling and, where appropriate, legal assistance for no cost.” The CPD is advising consumers that the banks will notify homeowners if they’re eligible for any of the settlement funding, Walsh said. Anyone saying they’ll help speed up the process for a fee is running a scam. The AG’s office and the CPD are advising customers to make sure that if they worked through one of the five banks involved in the settlement, that the bank has consumers’ most current information. The five banks and their toll-free numbers are: • Ally/GMAC: (800) 766-4622 • Bank of America: (877) 488-7814 • Citi: (866) 272-4749 • JPMorgan Chase: (866) 372-6901 • Wells Fargo: (800) 288-3213 There is free assistance and counseling available to homeowners through the Washington Homeowner Information Hotline at (877) 894-4663. For those facing foreclosure, visit www.homeownership.wa.gov.
Washington State Superintendent Randy Dorn recently announced that he will seek waivers for the state from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, in an attempt to provide some relief from what many consider to be the unrealistic expectations of former president George W. Bush’s program. “My office looked at hundreds of comments from the public,” Dorn said. “I talked to many people in districts and schools and worked closely with the State Board of Education on the application. Schools need to be relieved from the burden of No Child Left Behind and focus their time and energy on helping our students succeed.” According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the waivers would allow the state to be relieved of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements. As the rules now sit, there is a progression of consequences for schools and districts that fail to meet AYP goals, primarily related to increasing success
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rates on state tests. For 2011, nearly two out of three schools in the state failed to meet the stiff AYP goals. Another effect of the waivers would be to unburden schools classified as Title I. The Title I designation means a school has a higher percentage of lower-income students than the average, and receives federal funding because of that circumstance. One of the punitive measures of NCLB is to force Title I schools to set aside 20 percent of their federal funding “for supplemental educational services” and for “students who might request school choice.” Failing schools are put through a five-step program, in which that set-aside requirement kicks in, after failing to meet AYP for two or more consecutive years.
Federal Way connection According to OSPI statistics, 27 of the 40 schools in Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) were unable to meet AYP for 2010-11. Of the 27 schools unable to meet AYP, 14 are Title I schools. Six FWPS schools — Decatur High School, Federal Way High School, Kilo Middle School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Totem Middle School — are also at step five of the aforementioned disciplinary program. At step five under NCLB rules, schools must undergo “restructuring,” and choose certain recommendations such as replacing “all or most relevant staff,” contract with an outside entity to operate the school, undergo a state takeover of the school if the state agrees to do so, or “undertake any other major restructuring.” Federal Way Superinten-
dent Rob Neu said the disAcademic Acceleration and trict is aware of the waiver Standards Based Educaapplication, but is staying tion, where we’re looking neutral for now in terms at excellence and equity, I of what it might mean for think means we’re really Federal Way students and well positioned.” families. There are four “Washington requirements for state is in the states to be eliearly stages of the gible for waivers, waiver application all of which Dorn process,” he said. and OSPI say the “Until we’re able state has met. The to fully analyze failure of Conthe proposal, gress in 2007 to it’s premature to reauthorize NCLB speculate whether has left these un“This was supposed reasonable rules it will help.” to be rewritten The waivers in place, Dorn would relieve said. The state’s in 2007. ... It’s Title I schools of unfortunate that superintendent the aforemenfeels the nation’s we’re having to tioned set-aside talk about waivers lawmakers need requirement to work together today, when and from falling Congress was to make the burunder some of supposed to rewrite den less onerous the more onerous it five years ago.” for all schools and rules already de- Rob Neu, superintendent, districts across scribed, according Federal Way schools the country. to Dorn’s office. “Congress reIf granted, ally needs to do Dorn said he its job and rewrite would focus the state’s eduNo Child Left Behind,” he cation resources on closing said. “The law raised a lot of the achievement gap — the awareness that all students term used to describe the need to be proficient in discrepancy in academic math and reading. Unforachievement between tunately, it also punished various groups of students. schools and districts Along with the shift in founfairly, and it set unrealcus would come a timeline istic goals that no school or for success. OSPI and Dorn district can meet.” say the goal would be to Federal Way’s superinclose the achievement gap tendent also expressed his statewide by half by the frustration with Congress’ year 2017. inability to reauthorize and “Our intent is for the 20 rework NCLB in 2007. percent of set-aside money “This was supposed to get those students indito be rewritten in 2007,” vidualized help,” Dorn said. Neu said. “It’s unfortunate Neu said that with Dorn’s that we’re having to talk proposed shift to focus about waivers today, when on the achievement gap, Congress was supposed to Federal Way schools will be rewrite it five years ago.” in a strong position within Dorn’s announcement that particular framework. came in the wake of the “I can’t help but think announcement of the U.S. that Federal Way is really Department of Education well positioned to fulfill our granting waivers to 10 of 11 end of those obligations,” he states that applied in recent said. “Our biggest policies, years.
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NBA arena plan moves forward Key Arena as a vital structure in Seattle Center. Constantine said HanSeattle Mayor Mike sen’s commitment and willMcGinn and King County ingness to provide a large Executive Dow Conportion of the funding stantine held somefor an arena means thing of a surprise AROUND THE this idea should be press conference taken seriously. on Feb. 16. The city, “When someone county and private comes forward and investor Christopher offers to put up nearly Hansen have been working $300 million of private on plans to build an arena money and bring the NBA in the SODO area of Seattle back to the city of his birth that would house both an — that’s something you NBA and NHL team. have to look at very seriAlong with the anously,” Constantine said. “I nouncement of the arena strongly support returning plans, Constantine and NBA basketball to King McGinn also unveiled a County and, particularly “panel of community leadthese days, such a proposal ers and experts to evaluate” would need to be self-fundHansen’s proposal. ing. On first read, it appears Hansen has proposed Mr. Hansen’s proposal to raise $290 million of meets that requirement, private money for the but we’re asking our review project. Along with raising panel to make sure.” that sum, Hansen and his Hansen had prepared a investor group would take letter sharing his thoughts on the costs of bringing an about his proposal to reNBA team back to Seattle, store the NBA in Seattle. and also seek a partner to “If successful, we believe bring an NHL team to the our effort would represent area. Additional developone of the largest private ment and construction investments ever made costs would be taken on in a new arena in North using a combination of tax America and would provide revenues generated from a significant source of job the facility, and property and economic growth for and rental incomes generthe region,” Hansen wrote. ated by the teams. “This is great news for Seattle,” McGinn said. “On first look, we have an exciting proposal that, if successful, would mean hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment in our city — an investment that means even more during our city’s fragile economic recovery. And I think that the work by city and county staff, combined with outside expertise on arena financing, have resulted in a proposal that protects our city general fund from any negative impacts and protects the city into the future, should there be any revenue shortfalls.” Some of the protections referenced by McGinn come from an agreement that the city, county and Hansen’s group reached as this proposal has been put together. Guidelines established by the three parties include the new arena being self-funding, and not relying on new taxes; that existing city and county funds not be compromised; that the private investor group would bear the brunt of any revenue shortfalls; that any cost overruns would also fall on Hansen’s investor group; and that Hansen’s group also spend its money on a study for ways to keep By Greg Allmain
The Arena Advisory Panel mentioned by Constantine is tasked to review the “financing and other details of the proposal to ensure that the proposal is in the best interest of the public.” The panel has been tasked to submit the findings to McGinn and Constantine by next month. For two King County Council members, Joe McDermott and Reagan Dunn, the possibility of the NBA coming back to Seattle is one that stirs memories of the Supersonics. “I will always remember the excitement and celebration that swept the city when the Sonics won the world championship in 1979,” McDermott said. “I’m thrilled by the potential to bring more jobs, business and economic development to our region.” Dunn said he’s interested to see the proposal and get the NBA back. “As stewards of public money, we must closely examine any plan that seeks King County’s role in financing such a project,” he said. “As a die-hard Sonics fan, I long for the days of ‘The Glove’ Gary Payton and Seattle’s ‘Reign Man’ Shawn Kemp.”
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Thomas Jefferson High School’s FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club dominated the number of participants and state qualifiers at the Washington State Midwest Region’s Leadership Conference held Feb. 7 at Emerald Downs. TJ’s Coach Jay Cruikshank stated he was proud of the TJ team members and the hard work that led to many awards by the largest group at the conference. FBLA is a non-profit, student led organization that focuses on our development in leadership and business skills applicable in the business world of today. COURTESY PHOTO
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The past five years, the Federal Way Lions Club has provided personal dictionaries to thirdgraders in most elementary schools in Federal Way. This year, the Lions asked other Federal Way service clubs to join in. Participating Federal Way clubs were Noon Rotary, AM Kiwanis, Noon Kiwanis, GFWC Sokico Women’s Club, Job’s Daughters and the Federal Way Knights. More than 1,600 dictionaries have been provided to thirdPictured: Phil Wamba, Tracy Oster, Linda Bjorneby, Dennis Jaraczeski graders in 23 elementary schools. To learn more, email and Cheryl Hurst delivered dictionaries Feb. 9 to Sherwood Forest Nancy: email@example.com. Elementary School. COURTESY PHOTO
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nings (Feb. 28 and March 6, 13, 20 and 27) at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 345 S. 312th St., Federal Way. Participants will be invited to make a free will offering. A soup dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the teaching series will start at 7 p.m. Call (253) 839-6100. Human trafficking: “The End of Trafficking Begins With You,” a community awareness event featuring a Q&A with a panel of experts, will run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S. Contact Brenda at Brendao@waengage.com. Leaders speak: The Federal Way Noon Kiwanis meets at noon Wednesdays (6 p.m. first Wed. of month) at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming speakers include car repair radio show host Tom Turner (Feb. 29). Contact: email@example.com. Volunteer GED tutors: MultiService Center seeks volunteer tutors to work with young adults for their GED exams. For details, contact (253) 838-6810 or traviss@ multi-servicecenter.com. Free tax help: Multi-Service Center is partnering with United Way of King County to offer free tax preparation services for households making less than $50,000. The service is available 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday through April 17 at 1200 S. 336th St. No appointment necessary, basic tax returns only. Service is provided by IRScertified, multilingual volunteers, and includes electronic filing for quick refunds. Call (253) 838-6810. Free tax preparation at Highline: Free tax preparation is available for qualified low-income taxpayers, courtesy of Highline Community College’s StartZone Department. The service includes determining eligibility for a tax refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through April 17 at Highline Community College Outreach Center, building 99, 23835 Pacific Highway S., Kent. Free tax return assistance is also available for small businesses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 592-3388. Give blood: Cascade Regional Blood Services is hosting multiple blood drives in Federal Way. For locations and appointments, contact (253) 927-0540 ext. 202. Volunteer drivers: The MultiService Center seeks volunteer van drivers to assist with the food and clothing bank. Call (253) 838-6810. Cooking classes: East India Grill, 31845 Gateway Center Blvd. in Federal Way, hosts a cooking class at 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. To register, visit www.eastindiagrillwa.com or call (253) 529-9292.
Detoxify: The annual Federal Way group detoxification and educational course is returning. Classes will be led by the Naturopathic Physicians at Federal Way Naturopathy from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays on March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Complimentary introductory class will be held March 1 discussing the state of our environment, nutritional detoxification and who needs to detoxify. Fee for the class is $185. Call (253) 942-3301. Thomas Jefferson High School: The annual RPM (Raider Parent Movement) fundraiser auction and dinner starts at 5 p.m. March 3 at Emerald Downs in Auburn. Dinner is $35 per person.
Contact (206) 200-8277 or email email@example.com. Gray whale: Highline Community College’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) announces the arrival of its newest resident, a 40-foot-long gray whale skeleton. The unveiling ceremony and activities will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at the center, located next to Salty’s in Redondo. Admission is free and open to the public. Book reading: Local author Dana Quade will share the empowering message of her book “Doing The Thing” in a reading at 11 a.m. March 3 at Barnes and Noble, 31325 Pacific Highway S. FW Symphony: The Symphony’s Chamber Concert begins at 2 p.m. March 4 at St. Luke’s, 515 S. 312th St. Performers include Christine Siemens, soprano and piano, along with concertmaster Yuriy Mikhlin on the violin. Program includes pieces by Glinka, Schubert and Haydn. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, free for students 18 and under. Contact (253) 529-9857 or visit federalwaysymphony.org. Introduction to handguns: Learn about handguns in this free public event for new shooters. Presentation includes handling of actual handguns in a safe supervised environment. No live ammunition is permitted in the room. An NRA-certified Range Safety Officer is present to ensure safety. Event runs 5:45 to 7 p.m. March 8 at the Federal Way 320th Library, 848 S. 320th St. Visit armeddefense.org. Fish and Tree Gala: The Marine Hills Swim and Tennis Club will be holding its first “Fish and Tree Gala” from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 10. This is the swim club’s major fundraiser and all proceeds go to benefit the swim and water polo teams, as well as the many community outreach programs. This silent and live auction with appetizers and beverages will be held at the Marino Estate, 31323 2nd Ave. SW, Federal Way. Tickets are $30/ person. Visit marinehillspool.org. Swap Meet: Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Psi will host “Five Star Swap Meet” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at Belmor Home Park and Country Club, 2101 S. 324th St. (near The Commons). Shop inside the clubhouse from several vendors. Lunch and baked goods and table rentals available. Contact Pat Jones: (253) 874-8021. Global Tuesdays: Highline Community College’s “Global Tuesdays‚“ runs at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through March 13, featuring a speaker series on international topics. Events are free and open to the public, and held at Highline, 2400 S. 240th St., building 7, Des Moines. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Rosemary Clooney: St Francis Hospital Auxiliary presents Centerstage Theatre’s production of “Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Songbook” at 7 p.m. March 15 in the Knutzen Family Theater, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. Complimentary dessert and beverage served. Buy tickets at St. Francis Gift Shop for $25. Call (253) 941-4533. Emergency response: There is training for the Neighborhood Emergency Team program slated for March 29. Visit www.cityof federalway.com/prepare or email FWEM@cityoffederalway.com. Computer classes: The Federal Way Senior Center at 4016 S. 352nd St. offers morning and afternoon computer classes from September through May. To register, call (253) 839-5418.
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location. Residents discuss their preferences on candidates. The King County Republican Party The overall goal is for each precinct’s will hold its Precinct Caucuses at 10 a.m. participants to pick two or more delegates March 3. To locate a precinct caucus, to vote on behalf of the group at the please visit the Caucus Locator Page District 30 convention. The caucus online at www.kcgop.org. Those allows participants to sway fellow ELECTION without Internet access can reprecinct voters to support their ceive caucus location information candidate. Voters can also remain by telephone (425) 990-0404. uncommitted. There are four prominent candiAt the district convention, the dates seeking the Republican nominumber of delegates is narrowed down. nation for U.S. President. They are former The process continues at the county and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, state levels. In the end, those delegates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, participate in the national nomination Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former process. U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. The 30th District Republicans meet 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at How a caucus works Intellipass, 1925 S. 341st Place in Federal Residents from each precinct gather at Way. Visit Facebook and search for Kcgop their respective tables at a district caucus 30th District. Mirror staff reports
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While in Washington state, Gingrich will make campaign stops in Spokane and the Tri-Cities on Thursday, according to media reports. So far for Friday, the campaign will host rallies in Olympia and Federal Way. Gingrich served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives for 1995 to 1999. He represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from 1979 to 1999. “I don’t ever remember a presidential candidate coming to Federal Way,” said resident Diana NobleGulliford, who heads the local historical society. Former candidate and Texas billionaire Ross Perot came to Highline Community College in Des Moines in 1992, she said. “To me, access to these people by the average person is really important,” said Noble-Gulliford, who has been active in the area’s Republican party for nearly 40 years. Which candidate does she like for president?
[ COPS from page 1] -tunately, we must proceed conservatively. In fairness, too, if one is to hire three or four officers based on a grant that we cannot meet…We have made a commitment as a city not to hire and then fire based on hopes, as opposed to reality,” he said.
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Priest prefaced his announcement with his thoughts on a proposed budget that had come out of Olympia that day. He said the uncertainty surrounding funding for cities played an important part in the city’s decision to turn down the funding. “The House Democrats released their budget proposal…suggesting cuts of $86 million in revenues to cities. The cost of those cuts in that proposal would be approximately $800,000 a year in revenues to the City of Federal Way. It’s clear from the House proposal, that the state Legislature is going to balance its budget, if not in total, certainly to a large extent, on the backs of the cities.” Priest conceded that it’s early to accept that the newly released proposal will be the one passed in Olympia. He warned that there will be “a significant impact of the city of Federal Way when the final budget is completed.” Along with that antici-
VIDEO: Ron Paul greets supporters in King County
The Mirror was on the scene when Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul visited King County on Feb. 16 as part of a three-city stop in Washington state. A couple thousand supporters packed the Doubletree Hotel in Seatac to hear the candidate’s views on the economy and individual freedom. Paul, who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, has attracted a devoted following — especially among Libertarians, young Republicans and the military. The 76-year-old Congressman spoke at a rally earlier that day in Vancouver, WA, along with a town hall meeting last Friday in the Tri-Cities. Check out a video by Mirror editor Andy Hobbs at federalwaymirror.com. PHOTO BY TODD DEARINGER, For The Mirror
“My mind’s not made up yet,” she said. “I’m still watching and waiting to see. Even though I’ve been
a PCO with the Republican party since 1974, I’m not always sold on some of the things they propose to do.”
pated shortfall, Priest cited the recent closing of PJ Pockets Casino as another hit to the city budget that made accepting the COPS grant all the more difficult. “We will also lose approximately $300,000 in gambling revenues due to the closing of PJ Pockets,” he said. “Just between the initial House budget and the PJ Pockets closure, you’re looking at approximately $1.1 million a year (in revenues).” Doom and gloom predictions aside, Priest noted the continued effectiveness of Federal Way police in the past couple of years as the department’s staffing levels have declined. “Public safety continues to be the top priority of the city, as it’s been since the department was formed in 1996. We’re pleased that in 2011, we achieved the lowest crime rate since the inception of the police department,” Priest said. “While the challenges are many, and difficult, we will continue to maximize officers on the street, and ensure that the streets and neighborhoods of Federal Way remain safe.” City spokesman Chris Carrel said the refusal to accept the grant was a pragmatic approach to the reality of the situation and the fluid conditions of current and future budgets. “One of the most salient pieces of this is the fact that things have changed so dramatically since the time
we applied for the grant,” Carrel said. “The grant was based on a staffing level of 126 commissioned officers, and due to budget cuts, we’re down to 122 officers. We’re at 122, which is financially sustainable, but to accept the grant, we’d have to be at 126, and hold that level for the four years of the grant. That would be an outlay of $1.7 million to fund those four additional police positions. It isn’t financially sustainable.” Police Chief Brian Wilson agrees with the city’s decision, saying it’s a sensible approach in the current economic climate. “The financial health of the city moving forward is of critical importance. For me to hire police officers and staff, I want to ensure I have funding for them into the future,” Wilson said. “The mayor has worked tirelessly since taking office to fund the police officers we already have on an ongoing basis. At our current staffing level, we are meeting overall citizen expectations for police services, and in 2011, experienced the lowest crime rate since 1996 with the formation of the police department. I support this very tough decision to enhance the police department’s financial sustainability moving forward.”
Learn more To read a report on the city’s 2011 crime statistics, visit federalwaymirror.com.
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Kids Design-An-Ad Kudos to the imaginations of Federal Way students their winners. Some can’t decide, so we print more than one. Over the years, we have had some great submissions. Most of the kids are literal in their ads and some, well, they are true artists as they just flow to wherever. This year, we had several artists go completely rogue. They didn’t like any of the businesses we submitted, so they designed their own. These included giving away all of the food at McDonald’s and going to watch movies. For free, of course. Ah, from the minds of the young a wealth of creativity flows. Enjoy the ads and while you’re at it, thank the teachers who allowed their stuRudi Alcott
Each February, we get the pleasure of producing one of our most-read special sections of the year. Due to the gracious support of the teachers in the Federal Way School District, this section comes to life. A number of years ago, we had the idea to have young kids design an ad for a few businesses in Federal Way. Each year, this has grown and now encompasses what you see in the following pages. The goal of this project is very simple. We present the students with a blank box and the businesses’ logo and address — and the kiddos use their artistic abilities to generate an ad. The businesses then comb through the submissions and select
Inside this special section • Top 10 ways to help your child become a reading success, page 19
dents to participate: Jimmy Nguyen, Green Gables; Anne Carpio, Illahee; Peter Reni, Lake Dolloff; Angela Mattson, Lakota; Chris Andrews, Mirror Lake; Laura Eberle, Olympic View; Dena Hagen, Panther Lake; Kristin Norgard, Rainier View; Anne Bell, Leryna Basinger and Jaymi Hamilton, Sacajawea; Yalena Alexander, Sherwood Forest; Jessica Farris, Silver Lake; Regina Simmons and Mandy Tommervik, Twin Lakes; and the fine students at Sylvan Learning Center in Federal Way. Through the minds of Federal Way students and their imaginations, this section comes to life.
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• The priceless role of Communities in Schools of Federal Way, page 20 • Check out several ads that were created for local businesses by Federal Way kids.
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Top 10 ways to help your child become a reading success Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 books written at a variety of different grade or age levels. Center director, Federal Way 2. Read together reguSylvan Learning Center larly. Parents should spend Educational experts agree an average of an hour a that the more children read, week — or 10 to 15 minutes the more they’ll enjoy read- a day — reading with young ing, and the better readers readers. It establishes readthey’re likely to become. ing as a regular, daily habit. Many research studWhen listening to your ies have found that child read, find that children who are fine line between CELEBRATE read to, or read on picking apart their their own at home, mistakes and just do better in school. listening, but corSylvan offers the folrecting for errors that lowing reading tips for would affect comprehenparents searching for ways sion. Some of the more to engage children in the unique words in a Dr. Seuss wonderful world of reading. book can even lead to 1. Read with your child. extra practice in phonics or Consider reading one book sounding out words. together every month 3. Encourage your child aloud. Take turns reading to build his or her own lipages, chapters or major brary. Help your child start sections of the book. It will his or her own library by help develop your child’s including a visit to a local reading skills, and create a bookstore in your weekly or basis for ongoing dialogue monthly shopping outings. and discussion. Many of Dr. 4. Search for reading Seuss’s books are excellent activities on the Interplatforms for discussion. net. Visit online readYou can find Dr. Seuss ing programs like www. By Morgan Griffith
BookAdventure.com, a free online motivational reading program. Students choose books from more than 7,500 titles, take short comprehension quizzes, and redeem their points for small prizes. 5. Provide different kinds of general interest magazines for your child. Explore news events in much greater detail through words and vivid photographs. Read an article together, and help your child with difficult words or abstract concepts. 6. Visit your local library and introduce your child to the children’s librarian. He or she can suggest book titles, guide your child through research projects, and keep you informed about any special upcoming reading events at the library or elsewhere in the community. 7. Get a riddle book at the library or bookstore. Laughing together at clever jokes and riddles can make a Saturday trip to soccer or hockey practice more
enjoyable and memorable. 8. Create a vocabulary game. Compile a word list and make a vocabulary game on index cards. Whether your child is learning how to read or is preparing for high school exams, learning new words is important. 9. Make a book. Encourage your children to write original stories and illustrate them with their own drawings. You can even find inexpensive sites online where you can have a book hardbound.
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Book group: The Multi-Cultural Book Group will discuss “The Places in Between” by Rory Stewart at 7 p.m. March 14 at the Federal Way 320th Library, 848 S. 320th St. The book chronicles the author’s 2002 walk across Afghanistan, which he survived by his wits, knowledge of Persian dialects, Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. Contact (253) 859-8349.
CIS Literacy Breakfast sets $50,000 fundraising goal Communities in Schools of Federal Way is holding its 13th annual fundraising breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Christian Faith Center. The goal is to raise $50,000 to support students in Federal Way schools. This year’s event will honor the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year as well as the Tom Murphy Mentor of the Year. Visit federalwaymirror.com for photos and details. The 2011 breakfast raised more than $40,000. All proceeds support students and families in Federal Way schools through mentoring and outreach programs. At the 2011 breakfast, Lake Grove Elementary teacher Cassandra Stephani was named Teacher of the Year. Caitlyn Remington received the Tom Murphy Mentor of the Year Award. Remington is the daughter of Tom Murphy, former superintendent of Federal Way schools. To learn more about Communities in Schools, contact Caitlyn Remington at (253) 528-0847 or email@example.com.
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It is estimated that 1 in 7 people in Washington are functionally illiterate, meaning that they are unable to read, write or comprehend at the expected level required to function in daily life. In Multi-Service Center’s Adult Basic Education program, adults 18 years and older work with a tutor to gain lifelong learning skills. Some of these students may have dropped out of school
Lake Grove Elementary teacher Cassandra Stephani was named the Teacher of the Year at the 2011 Communities in Schools of Federal Way annual fundraising breakfast. MIRROR FILE PHOTO
or may have been pushed through school without gaining the necessary skills. In MSC’s program, students set their own goals, then work one-on-one with volunteer tutors to reach these goals. The reasons for seeking help vary with each individual. Some students want to be able to read to their children. Some want to brush up on particular skills so they can take the GED. Each adult has goals based on their own awareness of how their low skills have affected their daily lives. MSC’s program is custom-tailored for the individual. Each student re-
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Study Zone at the libraries Mirror staff reports
Volunteer tutors are available at Federal Way’s libraries to provide free homework help to students. The Study Zone is a place for students to study, do homework and get help with their questions. The program is open to all students grades K-12. Study Zone sessions are designed for a group setting; each tutor works with one to five students in a group setting. Both Federal Way libraries host the program all week. Visit www.kcls.org/ studyzone to learn more or call (253) 839-0257 (320th Library) or (253) 838-3668 (Regional Library).
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Mat Classic: Williams wins title Basketball: State next for Federal Way, Gators
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wiaa will broadcast state basketball tournament draws For the first time, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) will broadcast the state basketball draws live on Sunday, Feb. 26. Fans can watch the event at wiaanetwork.com. The draws will also be open to the public. They will be at the WIAA office, located at 435 Main Ave. South in Renton. Additional information is available by calling the WIAA office at 425-687-8585. The Class 4A and 3A boys and girls draws will begin at 3:30 p.m.
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Thomas Jefferson senior K.W. Williams beat Curtis’ Kadyn Del Toro in the 195-pound championship match Saturday inside the Tacoma Dome. It was the second year in a row that Williams had wrestled in the state title match. casey olson, The Mirror
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The championship round wasn’t the best for the Federal Way school district wrestlers Saturday night at the Mat Classic state wrestling championships. That was before Thomas Jefferson senior K.W. Williams stepped onto the mat inside an electric Tacoma Dome after two wrestlers from Todd Beamer and two from Decatur had all lost in their respective title matches. Williams was looking to avenge his only loss of the season to Curtis senior Kadyn Del Toro in the 195-pound championship. But that wasn’t the only thing running through Williams’ head Saturday night. He was also hoping to avenge a loss in the same state championship match a season ago at
Beamer freshman Arian Carpio lost in the 106-pound championship match Saturday evening. casey olson, The Mirror the 2011 Mat Classic. It was a feeling Williams didn’t want to experience two years in a row. “I didn’t want to go out the same way,” Williams said. And he wouldn’t. Williams hoisted the Class 4A [ more wrestling page 22 ]
It’s state tournament time on the basketball court for the Federal Way High School boys and girls, along with the Decatur boys. But, like last year, the tournament will have a different look in 2012. After a couple of decades hosting 16team, four-day tournaments at places like the Tacoma Dome and KeyArena, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) voted last year to change things Dom Hunter up. The governing body kept the 16-team format, but switched first-round games to “regional” sites, which were mostly high schools, and cut the “state tournament” to three days at the Tacoma Dome. The four, four-team regionals will feed eight teams to the Tacoma Dome for the 2012 Hardwood Classic Tournament, which will be held March 1-3. The format change was a result of dwindling attendance, especially for the consolation-round games. “The state tournament should not be played in high school gyms,” said Decatur head coach Kevin Olson, who has guided the Gators to six-straight state tournaments. “No offense to Jackson High School, which is a great site, but the [ more basketball page 25 ]
UFC belt on the line for Henderson Decatur grad will face lightweight champion Frankie Edgar Saturday at Saitaon Super Arena By CASEY OLSON firstname.lastname@example.org
Decatur High School grad Benson Henderson (left) takes down Clay Guida during their December fight. Henderson will take on Frankie Edgar Saturday. file photo
Benson Henderson’s goal is to be the best mixed-martial arts fighter in the world. “Not one of the best,” the Decatur High School graduate said. “Not top five, top three, top
whatever. I want to be the best pound-for-pound fighter period. That goal is still in my sights. I’ll still always wake up thinking about that.” Henderson’s journey to be the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world continues Saturday night when he takes on Frankie Edgar in the main event at UFC 144 at the Saitaon Super Arena in Tokyo. Edgar is the reigning UFC lightweight champion and his 155-pound belt will be on the line in Japan. Edgar (14-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) has held the UFC lightweight title for nearly two years
and successfully defended the belt twice with a draw mixed in. But Edgar’s recent wins over UFC legends B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard won’t intimidate Henderson. The Federal Way native has also defended a world title several times. Henderson held the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 155-pound title for over a year before his 10-fight win streak was stopped by Anthony Pettis in December 2011. “It’d mean a lot to beat Frankie,” Henderson said. “I think you want to face guys who are top opponents. I want to beat the best [ more henderson page 25 ]
 February 24, 2012 [ wrestling from page 21] 195-pound state championship by beating the only wrestler who had beaten him during his senior season. Williams dominated Del Toro on the way to a 7-4 win in the state title match. “I was afraid that it might happen again,” Williams said about losing in the championship. “I just came out working. I watched him earlier and it seemed like he got tired easily. After the first round I saw him wheezing and I knew I just had to keep working and I was going to get it.” Williams took a quick 2-0 lead with a first-round takedown, but Del Toro put together three points on escapes to take a 3-2 lead early in the third and final round. But it was all Williams from there. He took the lead for good with a takedown with 41 seconds remaining in the match and added another take down with 6 seconds remaining to guarantee the Raiders and head coach Jess Workman a state title for the third straight season. “I have been wrestling since I was 6 years old and there is no feeling like this,”
www.federalwaymirror.com Williams said. “This is what I’ve worked for all these years.” The state wrestling championship continues an amazing senior year for Williams. The student body president at TJ led the Raider football team to its first-ever postseason appearance during the fall at quarterback. He became only the third player in SPSL history to pass and run for over 1,000 yards. He accounted for 26 touchdowns and led the SPSL in rushing with over 1,200 yards. Williams inked a national letter of intent earlier this month to play football in the fall at Idaho State University. He is also set to play outfield for the TJ baseball team next month. He was an all-league player a season ago for the Raiders. “I think it’s extra fulfilling because I was never blessed with as many gifts as he has,” said Williams’ father, Joe, who wrestled in high school. “God gave him some special gifts.” Williams earned the berth in the final by pinning Roosevelt’s Garrett Mack in his opener Friday.
Decatur 160-pounder Nick Karis lost to Mercer Island’s Blake Johnson in the championship Saturday. casey olson, The Mirror
He then outpointed Union’s Bryson Page in the quarterfinals, 14-4. Saturday morning, Williams won a 6-4 decision over Snohomish’s Nathan Proffit in the semifinals. “I will miss him,” Workman said. “He is the most humble athlete I have had and one that was willing to help out with anything for me. His career has been impressive, to say the least.” The Decatur duo of Nick Karis and Rowland Gaydosh dropped back-to-back title matches Saturday night in the Class 3A division. Beamer’s Arian Carpio lost her first match of the season in the 106-pound girls championship, and Titan 138-pounder Deshar House lost in his final high school wrestling match. Plain and simple, Gaydosh got caught by Kamiakin’s Sisto Santana Pina in the 170-pound Class 3A championship match Saturday night. The two were wrestling a back-and-forth match during the opening two rounds. It looked like Gaydosh tallied the first points of the match in the latter part of the first round when he took Pina down, but the referee ruled it was out of bounds. But with 1:04 remaining in the second round, Pina pushed Gaydosh off balance and immediately rolled him onto his back. After a few seconds of fight from Gaydosh, the referee slapped the mat for a Pina pin. The loss ended Gaydosh’s junior season at 34-4. He pinned Hanford’s Joe Traverso in his opener, beat Everett’s Connor Boyce in the quarterfinals, 9-8, and won another one-pointer over Southridge’s Kevin Del-Angel.
The Pina pin came minutes after Gaydosh’s teammate and training partner, Karis, lost a heartbreaker in the 160-pound final to Mercer Island’s Blake Johnson. Johnson, who is headed to Oregon State University in the fall, won a 5-3 decision over the Decatur junior. After wrestling to a scoreless first round, Karis tallied the first point of the match on an escape with 53 seconds left in the second round. But Johnson came right back with a two-point takedown to go up 2-1. Karis, however, answered back with a one-point reversal to tie the match up again heading into the third round. With 1:37 left in the match, Johnson tallied a single-point before taking Karis down later in the round to take a commanding 5-2 lead. Karis’ final point came after Johnson was stalling. Karis finished the year with a 35-7 record after finishing sixth as a sophomore at the Mat Classic. Karis pinned Jose Ramirez in his opener and beat Liberty’s Hamilton Noel in the quarterfinals, 11-4. He then beat Southridge’s Connor Rosane in the semifinals, 8-4. The storybook ending didn’t happen for Carpio. The Todd Beamer freshman lost her first and only match of the season Saturday night in the 106-pound girls state championship match under the bright Tacoma Dome lights. Winlock junior Rachel Archer used a takedown with just 7 seconds left in the third and final round to break a 2-2 deadlock and win the match, 4-2. The loss dropped Carpio to 39-1 on
Decatur junior Rowland Gaydosh (left) lost in the 170-pound title match to Sisto Santana Pina from Kamiakin. casey olson, The Mirror the season. Acher, who snagged her second state title, tallied the first points of the match midway through the first round with a takedown of Carpio with 1:12 remaining in the round. But Carpio got on the scoreboard when she reversed an Archer lock to cut the lead to 2-1 with 7.5 seconds remaining in the opening round. The second round was a backand-forth affair with both wrestlers almost tallying points. After another 2:30 of impressive back-and-forth wrestling in the third and final round, Carpio tied the match at 2-2 with one escape point, but Archer took home the gold medal at 106 pounds with the two-point takedown of Carpio with the clock running down. The points came after Carpio attempted a singleleg shot that was thwarted by Archer with 15 seconds left. Carpio, who won the USA National Championship in the spring, rolled into the championship final in impressive fashion. Carpio pinned her first two opponents Friday in a grand total of 5:06, before winning a hard-fought 6-2 decision over Newport’s Julie Norvell in the semifinal. There wasn’t much that House and his opponent in the Class 4A 138-pound final, Graham-Kapowsin’s Ian Steen, didn’t know about each other. The two wrestled each other four times during the season and competed in the same division of the South Puget Sound League. House’s only win over Steen clinched Beamer an unbeaten season and the SPSL South Division championship during its dual meet with GrahamKapowsin. But it wasn’t meant to be Saturday inside the Tacoma Dome. Steen caught House in a head-and-arm hold and pinned him with 25.5 seconds left in the second round to claim the 138-pound state title. House jumped out quick
with a take down with 30 seconds remaining in the opening round. But Steen tied the match on a reversal later in the round. House went up 3-2 on an escape early in the second before getting caught with the head-and-arm. House won three-straight decisions to earn the berth into the championship, including an impressive 11-2 win over Mead’s David Munding in the semifinals. In other action from the Mat Classic: • Beamer’s Ares Carpio ended his impressive wrestling career Saturday with a fourth-place medal at the Mat Classic. The 2010 individual state champion lost to Lake Steven’s Eric Soler in the semifinals Saturday morning, 6-5, ending his chance to be a two-time champ. Soler won the 126-pound state title. Carpio, who will wrestle at Arizona State University next fall, won his first two matches Friday and also got a 19-second pin over Marysville-Pilchuck’s Killian Page in his first loser’s bracket match. Carpio then lost in the third/fourth match, 10-2. • Federal Way senior Jessy Leifi finished in fourth place at 285 pounds in his first trip to the Mat Classic. Leifi advanced into the semifinals with a pin of Ferris’ Drew Sharkey in the quarterfinals. But Central Kitsap’s Kyle Lanoue beat Leifi to drop him into the loser’s bracket. Leifi then pinned Issaquah’s Jonathan Norriss before losing in the third/ fourth match Saturday. • Decatur sophomore 106-pounder Trysten Dawson finished 1-2 in Tacoma. Dawson beat Kennedy’s Kendall Moman in the loser’s bracket, pinning him in just 34 seconds. • Decatur senior Nick Lindholm advanced into the state semifinals with two-straight impressive wins Friday. But the 126-pounder ended up [ more wrestling page 31 ]
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State championships: Gymnastics and swimming results CLASS 4A
Team scores — Mead 179.25, Woodinville 178.375, Mount Rainier 177.675, Newport 173.775. All-around — 1, Baylee Hamilton, Mount Rainier, 38.0; 2, Madi Kellar, Jefferson, 37.825; 3, Candace Ho, Newport, 37.55; 4 (tie), Sam West, Beamer, and Mina Tanaka, Inglemoor, 37.35; 6, Nicole Moss, Heritage, 37.3; 7, Cheyenne Gavino, Mount Rainier, 37.175; 8, Victoria Moyer, Med, 36.975; 9, Raynie Hultgren, Bothell, 36.675; 10, Madison Engel, Woodinville, 36.65; 18, Leah Freeborn, Beamer, 34.7; 24, Monica Church, Jefferson, 27.175. INDIVIDUAL FINALS (Saturday) Vault — 1, Britni Atwell, Heritage, 9.65; 2 (tie), Jennifer Fouch, Kentridge, and Sam West, Beamer, 9.4; 4, CaroLyne Schmidt, Emerald Ridge, 9.375; 5, Candace Ho, Newport, 9.275; 6 (tie), Raynie Hultgren, Bothell, and Leah Freeborn, Beamer, 9.225; 8, Nicole Moss, Heritage, 8.95. Bars — 1, Baylee Hamilton, Mount Rainier, 9.625; 2, Victoria Moyer, Mead, 9.45; 3, Sam West, Beamer, 9.2; 4, Mina Tanaka, Inglemoor, 9.125; 5, Madison Engel, Woodinville, 8.925; 6, Nicole Moss, Heritage, 8.8; 7, Cheyenne Gavino, Mount Rainier, 8.0. Beam — 1, Jazmin Harris, Union, 9.425; 2, Emily Paratore, Woodinville, 9.25; 3, Elizabeth Clemens, Emerald Ridge, 9.225; 4, Baylee Hamilton, Mount Rainier, 9.1; 5 (tie), Candace Ho, Newport, and Carly Garland, Richland, 8.9; 7, Julie Tollifson, Woodinville, 8.725; 8, Mina Tanaka, Inglemoor, 8.5. Floor — 1 (tie), Candace Ho, Newport, and Britni Atwell, Heritage, 9.65; 3, Baylee Hamilton, Mount Rainier, 9.625; 4, Elizabeth Clemens, Emerald Ridge, 9.45; 5 (tie), Cheyenne Gavino, Mount Rainier, and Malie Fujii, Newport, 9.425; 7, Monica Church, Jefferson, 9.3; 8, Jennifer Fouch, Kentridge, 8.45. CLASS 3A/2A Team scores — Enumclaw 177.6, Columbia River 167.8, Bainbridge 167.525, University 164.6, Mount Si, 162.925, Auburn Mountainview 159.6, Shorewood 148.75, Mountain View (Vancouver) 145.125. All-around — 1, Kiya Bjorge, Southridge, 38.275; 2, Olivia Bannerot, Enumclaw, 37.55; 3, Maddison Ward, Enumclaw, 37.45; 4, Ellie Jajewski, Holy Names, 37.25; 5, Alana Norman, Shadle Park, 37.225; 6, Courtney Bray, Mount Spokane, 37.15; 7, Michelle Fletcher, Kamiakin, 36.675; 8, Kristen Rodal, Highline, 36.6; 9, Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 36.575; 10, Molly Mattheis, Enumclaw, 35.775; 16, Anna Paradee, Decatur, 34.4; 34, Shawntel Bali, Decatur, 32.125; 61, Victoria Braun, Decatur, 25.425 INDIVIDUAL FINALS Vault — 1, Kiya Bjorge, Southridge, 9.7; 2, Kristen Rodal, Highline, 9.675; 3, Alana Norman, Shadle Park, 9.65; 4, Olivia Bannerot, Enumclaw, 9.65; 5, Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 9.425; 6, Danielle Brandon, Kamiakin, 9.375; 7 (tie), Ellie Jajewski, Holy Names, and Michelle Fletcher, Kamiakin, 9.325; 9,
State Swimming Championships At King County Aquatic Center CLASS 4A Team scores — Stadium 229, Issaquah 205, Kamiak 189, Newport (Bellevue) 178, Eastlake 154, Gig Harbor 135, Richland 124, Roosevelt 107, Inglemoor 73, Curtis 73. FINALS 200 medley relay — 1, Stadium (Logan Rysemus, Mateus Siquiera, Taylor Wright, Stefan Kubeja) 1:37.23; 2, Issaquah (William Matsuda, Austin Melody, Gabe Florsheim, Brian Ruggles) 1:37.86; 3, Eastlake (Edward Kim, Zach Alleva, Jason Kroon, Henry O’Neil) 1:38.05; 4, Kamiak (John Stupey, Liam Sosinsky, Kyle Kusuda, Tyler Cheung) 1:38.37. 22, Federal Way (Tim Davis, Trace Gooden, Spencer Berry, Aaron Persinger). 200 free — 1, Edward Kim, Eastlake, 1:38.72*; 2, Brendan Weiner, Central Kitsap, 1:43.01; 3, Nick Connors, Richland, 1:44.34; 4, Benton Allen, Newport, 1:44.44. 200 IM — 1, Logan Rysemus, Stadium, 1:50.97*; 2, Evan Indahl, Gig Harbor, 1:56.20; 3, Brian Woodbury, Curtis, 1:56.23; 4, Liam Sosinsky, Kamiak, 1:56.65. 50 free — 1, Chase Bublitz, Kentridge, 21.16; 2, Brian Ruggles, Issaquah, 21.25; 3, Sebastian Bury, Newport, 21.40; 4, Andrew Lackman, Stadium, 21.64; 5, Dylan Chase, Beamer, 21.74. Diving — 1, Labeda-Sutton, South Kitsap, 391.55; 2, Max Levy, Skyline, 388.50; 3, Jesse Dehnert, Kentwood, 377.05; 4, Eric Klassen, Redmond, 335.45. 100 fly — 1, Chase Bublitz, Kentridge, 50.33; 2, John Stupey, Kamiak, 51.68; 3, Asahel Jenkins, Cascade, 51.96;
4, Michael Cox, Tahoma, 52.46. 15, Spencer Berry, Federal Way, 55.00. 100 free — 1, Brian Ruggles, Issaquah, 47.39; 2, Sebastian Bury, Newport, 47.49; 3, Dylan Chase, Beamer, 48.17; 4, Zach Alleva, Eastlake, 48.32. 500 free — 1, Nick Connors, Richland, 4:36.44; 2, Brendan Weiner, Central Kitsap, 4:37.06; 3, Benton Allen, Newport, 4:41.97; 4, Alec Raines, Skyline, 4:44.63. 200 free relay — 1, Issaquah (William Matsuda, David Nam, Gabe Florsheim, Brian Ruggles) 1:28.68; 2, Stadium (Mateus Siquiera, Miller Moore, Taylor Wright, Andrew Lackman) 1:29.34; 3, Kamiak (Trent Roberts, Kyle Kusuda, Eben Schumann, Tyler Cheung) 1:30.16; 4, Gig Harbor (Andrew Van Camp, Daniel Arroyo, Evan Indahl, Erik Nielsen) 1:30.69. 100 back — 1, Edward Kim, Eastlake, 48.84*; 2, Logan Rysemus, Stadium, 50.12*; 3, Brian Woodbury, Curtis, 52.04; 4, John Stupey, Kamiak, 52.81. 22, Spencer Berry, Federal Way, 59.10. 100 breast — 1, Liam Sosinsky, Kamiak, 57.45; 2, Zach Alleva, Eastlake, 58.06; 3, Keith Schendel, Roosevelt, 58.29; 4, Wyatt Sintay, Roosevelt, 1:00.16. 400 free relay — 1, Kamiak 3:14.47; 2, Eastlake 3:14.51; 3, Stadium 3:15.52; 4, Newport (Bellevue) 3:15.88. CLASS 3A Team scores (Top 10) — Lakeside (Seattle) 311, Mercer Island 300, Bainbridge 229.5, Liberty (Issaquah) 168, Kennedy Catholic 158, Bellevue 132, O’Dea 118, Mountain View 101, Camas 96, Seattle Prep 81.5. FINALS 200 medley relay — 1, Lakeside (Seattle) 1:36.58; 2, Mercer Island 1:36.60: 3, Liberty (Issaquah) 1:36.81; 4, Bainbridge 1:37.57. 200 free — 1, Thane Maudslien, Kennedy Catholic, 1:38.79*: 2, Andrew McCarthy, Bainbridge, 1:43.07; 3, Sean Ekavithvorakul, Lakeside, 1:43.82; 4, William Wertz, Hanford, 1:43.98.
Federal Way High School’s Aaron Persinger swims the freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay during Friday’s preliminary round at the Class 4A State Swim Meet in Federal Way. casey olson, The Mirror 200 IM — 1, Tommy Thach, Kennedy Catholic, 1:50.85*; 2, Logan Briggs, Liberty, 1:52.66; 3, Jaron Hamlik, Prairie, 1:53.44; 4, Spencer Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 1:56.98. 50 free — 1, Zach Wagner, Lakeside, 20.87; 2, Carl Andrews, Bellevue, 21.09; 3, Andrew Weiss, Mercer Island, 21.41; 4, Marco Signorelli, Mercer Island, 21.52. Diving — 1, Eddie Young, Shorewood, 442.80; 2, Brian Donohue, Kennedy Catholic, 398.90; 3, William Tuthill, Eastmont, 371.40; 4, Aaron Moss, Shorecrest, 360.15. 15, Evan Sobus, Decatur, 194.50. 100 fly — 1, Thane Maudslien, Kennedy Catholic, 49.89; 2, Chase Schell, Wilson, 50.88; 3, Sean Ekavithvorakul, Lakeside, 51.82; 4, Kevin Yu, Lakeside, 52.53. 100 free — 1, Zach Wagner, Lakeside, 45.47*; 2, Marco Signorelli, Mercer Island, 46.64; 3, Carl Andrews, Bellevue, 47.05; 4, Derek Savage, Eastmont, 47.16. 500 free — 1, Bainbridge (Andrew McCarthy, Bainbridge, 4:35.27; 2, Logan Briggs, Liberty, 4:35.46; 3, Conrad
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Lamar Neagle’s road to his hometown professional soccer team took a detour. Seattle Sounders FC announced Saturday they had traded the Thomas Jefferson graduate, along with Mike Fucito, to the Montreal Impact for United States international forward Eddie Johnson. “We have made our team much stronger,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. “Lamar Neagle is a player who is a very good offensive threat from wide positions and has also shown that he can score goals.” Montreal acquired Johnson earlier in the day with the No. 1 pick in Major League Soccer’s (MLS) allocation process. The expansion Impact will play their inaugural season in MLS this year. Johnson, 27, signed with MLS last week after spending much of the past five years with Fulham of the English Premier League. “Eddie is a high quality striker who is a very good finisher,” said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson, who coached Johnson at Kansas City. “We are very excited to have him join Sounders FC in our quest for another successful season.” A member of the U.S. National Team since scor-
ing in his debut in 2004, Johnson has made 41 appearances with 12 goals for the senior team. He has scored eight goals in only nine FIFA World Cup qualifying appearances, and is the only U.S. player to score a hat trick coming off the bench (Oct. 13, 2004). Johnson became the first player in national team history to score in each of his first four appearances, three of which were 2006 World Cup qualifying matches. He is one of the most prolific scorers in U.S. Youth National Team history, tallying 37 career goals in 51 international youth games with the U-17s, U-20s and U-23s. Despite getting the internationally-seasoned Johnson, it was still tough for the Sounders’ brass to let go of popular and talented players like Neagle and Fucito. “It’s always difficult to part ways with two quality individuals who have contributed greatly to the success of our first three years,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. “We saw this as a unique opportunity to bring a player in with World Cup experience who can help us in our quest to win the MLS Cup.” But the trade might actually be better for Neagle, in terms of playing time. In Seattle, Neagle was already behind Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez on the depth chart. Steve Zakuani continues to make progress and could be back in full in a few months after suffering a broken leg last season. Also, newcomer Christian
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Neagle when they protected him in the recent MLS Expansion Draft. The team was only able to protect 11 total players. “As one of the guys that was coming off the bench, I was kind of on the radar,” Neagle said following the 2011 season . “So I didn’t know who they were going to protect. I think I found out a few hours before the protected list came out and I just started getting congratulations.” But Neagle’s journey to the Seattle Sounders didn’t happen overnight. It’s actually one of perseverance. Just one short year ago, Neagle was about as far away from his Federal Way home as possible. He was playing professional soccer in Mariehamn, Finland. The lower-level European league in Finland was actually Neagle’s third stop during his 2010 soccer journey. He started the year in the Sounders’ training camp after spending the 2009 season on Seattle’s reserve
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joining Kansas City for two seasons, scoring 41 goals with 13 assists in 127 MLS appearances. The 6-foot striker spent four seasons with Fulham, signing with the EPL side in 2007. He made 19 appearances with the senior team. Johnson was loaned to English League Championship side Cardiff City for the 2008-09 season where he appeared in 30 games and scored two goals. In 2009 he was loaned to Aris of the Greek Super League, appearing in 12 games with one goal. Johnson’s stint in Europe ended with a loan to Championship side Preston North End where he scored one goal in 16 appearances. Fucito, 25, scored three goals with two assists in 23 appearances for the Sounders. Sounders FC opens their season against Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on March 7. Seattle begins MLS play on March 17 against Toronto FC on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
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February 24, 2012  Bocek by unanimous decibraska, where he wrestled, sion in front of 55,000 fans Henderson moved to the in Toronto in April 2011. Phoenix area to work and Henderson then stopped train at The MMA Lab. He Jim Miller’s seven-match made a “couple hundred UFC win streak in August dollars a month, just barely before winning another enough to survive.” unanimous decision over “It’s a pretty big differClay Guida in Noence from five vember at UFC on years ago cleaning FOX in Anaheim. out the toilets, “Maybe back taking out the then, I wasn’t quite garbage, and ready and wasn’t going on Starquite up to style or bucks runs for whatever the reathe owner and his son was. Here I am wife. Pretty big now and I’m ready difference, and to give my best I’m happy for it,” shot,” Henderson “Maybe back then, I Henderson joked said. “I wouldn’t wasn’t quite ready when speaking say unfinished and wasn’t quite up with MMAWeekbusiness, but I to style or whatever ly.com. definitely want Henderson, 28, the reason was. to avenge that began wresHere I am now loss. Anthony is a and I’m ready to tling during his tough, tough kid. give my best shot.” time at Lakota I imagine I will be Benson Henderson Middle School seeing him again. and continued at Whenever he gets Decatur, where he a shot for my belt, competed under let’s do it.” head coach Mike Henderson is also excited Bressler. to be the main event SatHis prep career culmiurday night after his fight nated with a second-place against Guida wasn’t even finish at the 2001 Mat Clastelevised, despite the winsic state wrestling champiner being guaranteed a shot onships inside the Tacoma at the UFC lightweight title. Dome, losing to Univer“My last fight was kind sity’s Tommy Owen in the of put on the back burner,” 135-pound title match. Henderson said. “But it After Decatur, Henderis what it is. It’s up to the son went on to wrestle at higher-ups to decide who’s Dana College in Nebraska, going to be the main event. where he earned NAIA And to have my fight not All-American honors as air, it was a little upsetting.” a senior after finishing in Things are also coming fifth place at 157 pounds in together for Henderson 2006. outside of the Octagon. Henderson’s performance Recently, Henderson helped Dana College win became the full-time owner the NAIA national champiof the gym he has trained onship that year. at for the last five years, The He actually started MMA MMA Lab in Arizona. fighting a year later after a Following graduation dare from a couple of Dana from Dana College in Newrestlers.
[ basketball from page 21 ] state tournament should be at the Tacoma Dome or KeyArena or at UW or the Sun Dome or etc.” Olson’s Decatur squad will open the 3A tournament against Mountlake Terrace at 8 p.m. at Jackson High Friday, Feb. 24. The Federal Way boys open the 4A state tournament at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Auburn High School against the Jackson Wolves and the Eagles girls will take on Stanwood at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Auburn High. Unlike last year, which was the first in the new format, this weekend’s firstround games are winner-toTacoma, loser-out contests. Last year, the top-eight seeds got two shots at qualifying for Tacoma during the
regional round of state. And that’s where the season ended for the 2011 edition of the Gators. Decatur didn’t make it to the Tacoma Dome after being knocked out in the regional round — meaning the players didn’t get to experience playing inside the massive Tacoma Dome despite “making” the state tournament. “Last year we played at (Bellevue College), which is also a nice venue,” Olson said. “But it does not have the feel of the Dome. When you walk into the Dome, you feel the excitement, the bright lights. It’s big time. It’s the state tournament. “It’s just such an accomplishment and to restrict that to the final eight is so [ more basketball page 26 ]
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disappointing to the teams  February 24, 2012 â€œObviously, Mountlake that make the round of 16 Terrace is a very good basand lose out.â€? ketball team,â€? Olson said. Olson understands why â€œYou donâ€™t go 22-1 without the WIAA chose to change being very good. They are the format to a three-day, well-coached, disciplined, final-eight format for the big and very physical. They Tacoma Dome. But he says are defensive minded and there are other ways to go we will have our work cut about combating the lack out for us to beat them.â€? of attendance. He suggests The Hawks have four making the opening round players single-elimination and held scoring at at the Tacoma Dome. least nine According to Olson, the points a Washington State Coaches game and Association has had numer- are led by ous conversations with the guards WIAA and is â€œstronglyâ€? Blake Markus Rawls for a 16-team tournament Fernanbeing held at the same site dez (12.4 and not in favor of the points) and Marquis Armregionals. â€œThe regional stead (11.8). format is shorting a lot of But the Gators are also teams the real state experiled by a pair of talented ence,â€? Olson said. guards in Dom Hunter and Markus Rawls. The 6-foot Decatur boys vs. Hunter leads Decatur at 20.9 points a game, includMountlake Terrace ing 28 in the Gatorsâ€™ stateThe Gators (18-7) will clinching win over Prairie take on the Northwest at the West Central District District-champion Hawks Tournament. Hunter has in their state opener at 8 p.m. at Jackson High School been in double figures in all but one Decatur game Friday night. this season. Rawls is scorThe fifth-ranked Hawksâ€™ ing 14.2 points a game and lone loss came on Feb. 4 seems to come up huge in to Shorewood, 55-54. But big games. â€œEveryone will since the loss, Mountlake have to contribute, but this Terrace has won all three is their team,â€? Olson said. of its district games in conâ€œThey need to take us to the vincing fashion, including Dome.â€? a 53-45 win over Glacier Real Estate for Sale Grays Harbor County OCEAN SHORES
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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE 10TH AVENUE SW @ CAMPUS DRIVE INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS FEDERAL WAY FILE NO: 11-105091-00-SE Proposal: P roposed project includes additional right-turn lane extending 300 feet from SW Campus Drive. Improvements include the installation of new curb, gutter, 6â€™ planter, 8â€™ sidewalk, and stormwater facilities. Applicant: John Mulkey, City of Federal Way Public Works, 33325 8th Avenue SW, Federal Way Location: 10th Avenue SW at SW Campus Drive Right-of-Way, Federal Way Lead Agency: City of Federal Way Community and Economic Development Department Staff Contact: Becky Chapin, Assistant Planner, 253-835-2641 The Responsible Official of the City of Federal Way hereby makes the following threshold determination based upon impacts identified in the Environmental Checklist; Federal Way Comprehensive Plan; and other policies, plans, rules, and regulations designated as a basis for exercise of substantive authority under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules pursuant to RCW 43.21C.060. The lead agency for this proposal has determined that the proposed action does not have probable significant adverse impact on the environment and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.032(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist, Engineering permit application, and other information on file with the lead agency. The project file is available for review during normal business hours at the Permit Center located on the second floor of City Hall. This DNS is issued under Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 197-11-340(2); the lead agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days from the date of issuance. Comments must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2012. Unless modified by the City, this determination will become final following the above comment deadline. Any person aggrieved of the Cityâ€™s final determination may file an appeal with the Federal Way City Clerk (33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003), no later than March 23, 2012. Any person appealing the decision should be prepared to make specific factual objections. FWM1859 Date Published: February 24, 2012
City of Federal Way REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL Banking Services I. PURPOSE OF REQUEST. The City of Federal Way (â€œCityâ€?) is requesting proposals for its primary banking services. The Cityâ€™s needs are outlined in the following Request for Proposal (â€œRFPâ€?). II. TIME SCHEDULE. The City will attempt to follow this timetable, which should result in the implementation of a banking services agreement by July 1, 2012. Issue RFP February 22, 2012 Vendor Question Due February 29, 2012 by 4:00 PM Pre-Submittal Conference March 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM Proposal Responses Due March 21, 2012 by 1:00 PM III. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS To be considered for selection, financial institutions must meet at least the following minimum qualifications: A. Authority to offer banking services. Institution must hold a charter from either the United States Government or the State of Washington. B. Access to the Federal Reserve System. Institution must be a member of (or have access to) the Federal Reserve System and have access to all Federal Reserve System services. C. Legal Compliance. Institution must be in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances of the City of Federal Way, the State of Washington, and the United States. D. Public Deposit Protection Act. Institution must be a Washington State qualified depository for public funds and must be in compliance with the Washington Public Deposit Protection Act (RCW 39.58). E. Local banking office. Institution must have an established office or local branch within the City of Federal Way. IV. INSTRUCTIONS TO PROPOSERS A. All proposals and/or written questions regarding this RFP should be directed to: Heidi Hudson, Accounting Supervisor 33325 8th Ave South Federal Way, WA 98003 253-835-2524 253-835-2509 (Fax) Heidi.Hudson@cityoffederalway.com B. All proposals must be in a sealed envelope and clearly marked in the lower left-hand corner:
â€œRFP - Banking Servicesâ€?. C. â€œProposed Fee Structure, Attachment Bâ€?, must be submitted in hard copy and electronically. D. All proposals must be received by March 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Five (5) copies of the RFP must be presented. No faxed or telephone proposals will be accepted. Late proposals shall be returned unopened. E. F or the complete RFP - Banking Services, please see the City of Federal Wayâ€™s website at www.cityoffederalway.com/bids FWM1857 Date First Published: February 24, 2012 Date Last Published: March 2, 2012
NOTICE OF MASTER LAND USE APPLICATION AND OPTIONAL DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS) Project Name: Korean-American Calvary Baptist Church Project Description: Construction of a new 20,276 square-foot church building and 7,980 square-foot sport court. Additional site improvements include parking to accommodate 120 vehicles, stormwater facility, on-site septic system, and landscaping. Applicant: Benny Kim, Kim Architecture, 7415 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, WA 98026 Project Location: 37515 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003, APN 322104-9091 Application Received: December 29, 2011 Determined Complete: February 10, 2012 Notice of Application: February 24, 2012 Initial Comments Due: March 9, 2012 Environmental Review: Based upon review of a completed environmental checklist, and other information on file with the City, it is likely that the City of Federal Way will determine that the project will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment and expects to issue a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for this project. The optional DNS process in WAC 197-11-355 is being used. This may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed project. The proposal may include mitigation measures under applicable codes, and the review process may incorporate or require mitigation measures regardless of whether an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared. A copy of the subsequent threshold determination for the specific proposal may be obtained upon request. Agencies, tribes, and the public are encouraged to
review and comment on the proposed project and its probable environmental impacts. Comments must be submitted by the date noted above. Permits Under Review: Use Process III (File #11-105147-UP), Concurrency (File #12-100430CN), and State Environmental Policy Act Threshold Determination (File #11-105148-SE) Environmental Documents & Studies: Limited Subsurface Investigation, Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Environmental Checklist, and Preliminary Technical Information Report Relevant Environmental Documents Are Available at the Address Below: Yes Development Regulations Used for Project Mitigation: Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC) Title 14, â€œEnvironmental Policy;â€? Title 16 â€œSurface Water Management,â€? and Title 19, â€œZoning and Development Codeâ€? Public Comment & Appeals: The initial notice period ends March 9, 2012, but any person may submit written comments to the Hearing Examiner by delivering these comments to the Community and Economic Development Department prior to the public hearing date or by giving these directly to the Hearing Examiner at the public hearing. Only the applicant, persons who submit written or verbal comments to the Hearing Examiner, or persons who specifically request a copy of the written decision may appeal the Hearing Examinerâ€™s decision. Details of appeal procedures for the requested land use decision will be included with the written decision. Issuance of Final Environmental Determination: The final Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) may be issued without a second comment period, unless timely comments identify probable significant adverse impacts that were not considered by the Notice of Optional DNS. A copy of the DNS may be obtained upon request. Availability of File: The official project file is available for public review at the Department of Community and Economic Development, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003. Staff Contact: Matthew Herrera, Associate Planner, 253-835-2638 FWM1858 Date Published: February 24, 2012
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Sidelines: Wernet doesn’t let injury hold him back
Jordan Wernet’s journey to a college football scholarship isn’t the normal one. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman was a Division-I guy following an impressive junior season at Decatur. Wernet had the size, feet and strength that some of the better football programs look for. He was living the dream of every Pop Warner player. Wernet was on the recruiting lists of schools like the University of Washington, Washington State and Baylor. He even had a full-ride scholarship offer from the University of Wyoming in his back pocket. Like anybody, Wernet was looking forward to his final year of high school and his last hurrah playing for the Decatur Gators. He was looking forward to all the benefits that come along with being a Division I football recruit. But he would never get that chance. Everything changed on June 14, 2011. Wernet and the rest of his Decatur football teammates were taking part in the annual Federal Way school district’s spring football jamboree, along with Beamer, Federal Way and Thomas Jefferson. “I pulled out on a sweep and planted and twisted my knee and it went,” Wernet said. In his left knee, he suffered a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL primarily serves to stabilize the knee in an extended position. After consulting with doctors, Wernet went under the knife the next month, knowing full well he would miss his entire senior football season. “I pretty much found out in the beginning of July,” Wernet said. That’s also when the Division I football programs who were after Wernet’s talents started falling by the wayside. “They backed off,” he said. But Wernet didn’t sulk and play the “woe is me” card. He did what he’s always done — worked hard. After the surgery, Wernet went through the long and arduous process of rehabilitating the ACL in his left knee. “When it starts, it goes extremely slow and
frustrating,” Wernet said. “Sometimes it was tough to find the motivation in the beginning. But motivation got easier to come by later on.” Wernet even served as a team captain for the Gators during their season, despite not ever stepping on the field. “I was still around the team,” Wernet said. “I was still a captain this year
and at practice and all the games. I just couldn’t play.” The dedication has paid off and the offensive lineman will still get a chance to play college football. Wernet inked with the Division II Azusa Pacific Cougars earlier this month. Azusa Pacific came into the recruiting process for Wernet late in the game, along with several other Division II schools like
Central Washington, Humboldt State and New Mexico Highlands. Wernet went on a recruiting visit to the Azusa, Calif., campus the weekend before signing his national letter of intent on Feb. 1, and fell in love with the university. It also didn’t hurt that it was 80 degrees in Southern California during the trip. “It was just the guys on
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the team, the campus and the atmosphere there,” he said. “The coaching staff was also a big deal.” As a matter of fact, the offensive line coach is Hall of Fame tackle Jackie Slater, who played 20 seasons in the NFL with the Rams. Azusa Pacific will join the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference in the fall. The conference includes Central, Dixie State, Humboldt
State, Simon Fraser and Western Oregon. “At first, I was pretty frustrated,” Wernet said about not getting continued interest from Division I programs. “But since everything has happened, I have talked to a lot of guys and they said that after the first year, the size of the school isn’t a factor. I’m going to be there for four to five years and Azusa Pacific is a great program with a great campus and somewhere I can grow.”
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This month’s spotlight shines on Fran Village Green’s spotlight shines on Fran DeVoll. DeVoll is an on the go resident of Village Green and his contributions to the community have been vast. Recently, he led the community on the writing of the biographies of the residents. These biographies helped residents learn of each other’s pasts and in some cases reacquainted people. Through this, it generated common threads for the residents to explore. DeVoll is an active participant in the regularly scheduled reminiscing meetings. He and his late wife Lorraine moved to Village Green in 2008 to simplify their lives after years of
traveling around the world. DeVoll was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife and lovingly cared for her until she recently passed away. Through his heartache, he wrote a program which he presented to the residents of Village Green. This program is titled “My Turn” and guides families through documents and information that will help them when a similar crises confronts their loved ones. DeVoll has been active on the Village Green Resident Council and adds to the body of residents that make Village Green a great place to live and play.
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www.federalwaymirror.com matches before losing in the third/fourth match. • Jefferson senior Michael Roybal finished 1-2 at 113 pounds. Roybal lost his opener to Beamer’s Brett Dykman before beating Bethel’s Aaron Chapa in the loser’s bracket. • Todd Beamer freshman Jordan Rhodes finished 1-2 in his first trip to state. Rhodes won his opener against Eisenhower’s Cameron Manjarrez, 12-7, before losing two straight. • Beamer sophomore Brian Dykman was 1-2 Friday at Mat Classic. The 120-pounder lost in his opener, before beating South Kitsap’s Joel Sherman in his first loser’s bracket match. • Beamer’s Aron Set-Heit finished 1-2 in the 138-pound bracket. Set-Heit won his opening match over Walla Walla’s Anthony Stalder, 11-1, before losing two straight. • Federal Way’s Luaipou Lologo finished in eighth place in the girls 145-pound bracket after finishing 2-3 at the Mat Classic. Lologo won her opener before losing in the quarterfinals. She split a pair of loser’s bracket matches before losing in the seventh/eighth match. • Beamer freshman Vanessa Dixon finished her inaugural trip to the Mat Classic with a third-
Todd Beamer senior Deshar House (left) controls Graham-Kapowsin’s Ian Steen during the 138-pound championship match Saturday night inside the Tacoma Dome. Steen pinned House. casey olson, The Mirror
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Federal Way senior Axa Molina finished in sixth place in the 118-pound bracket Saturday. casey olson, The Mirror sixth match. • Todd Beamer sophomore Brett Dykman snared fourth place in the Class 4A 113-pound bracket after finishing the tournament with a 4-2
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Kitsap’s Bryce Broome, 9-4, before losing two straight. • Decatur junior Spencer Smith finished seventh in the Class 3A 183-pound bracket. Smith ended up 3-3 in the tournament. He lost his opener before winning two in the loser’s bracket. He pinned Timberline’s Tyler Saichompoo in the seventh/ eighth match. • Decatur sophomore Brandon Zimmerman finished 1-2 in his first trip to the Mat Classic at 145 pounds. Zimmerman’s lone win came over Bainbridge Island’s Alex Hoover.
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Beamer’s Brett Dykman (left) controls TJ’s Michael Roybal during a 113-pound match Friday. Dykman eventually finished in fourth place during the Mat Classic. casey olson, The Mirror
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