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Kirkland man finalist to win trip to space By Carrie Wood


ean Sonnet didn’t watch TV. The world hadn’t heard of the Hubble Space Telescope and there was not a lot of great space photography in books back in the ‘70s. So as a boy, Sonnet used his imagination when it came to outer space. He made rocket ships out of cardboard boxes and aluminum foil and launched into space using a toaster. “One time I wanted to cre-

ate my own engine, so I used is in celebration of the Space my mother’s hair dryer and Needle’s 50th anniversary – plugged it in and it almost built in 1962 for the World’s caught fire,” said Sonnet. Fair, its creation marked the But now at 41, the Juanita beginning of the original resident may soon space race that put “For me, be the first “average” man on the moon. going to person to soar into The Space Needle space sounds suborbital space. But randomly selected amazing. It’s he needs your help. 1,000 contestants to my dream.” enter the competition Seattle’s iconic

Sean Sonnet Space Needle, in phase of the contest partnership with in December. ConSpace Adventures, testants submitted a will be sending someone short YouTube video explainfrom the general public into ing why they should win the space through its Space Race trip to space. Just 20 of those 2012 program. The mission videos – including Sonnet’s –

Author talks to Thorough students about persistence

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Marc Tyler Nobleman has faced a lot of rejection as a writer and a cartoonist. Like all writers, he submits hundreds of story and cartoon ideas to various sources needing just one “yes.” But the majority of the answers are “no.” “This may surprise you but there was a time when we didn’t have the internet …” Nobleman told kids at Thorough Elementary during an assembly on Tuesday. “I would have to mail out all of my cartoons and I could get 120 ‘no’s in one day. But it only takes one yes to make the 120 ‘no’s go away.” His presentation to the kids, masked by his career as a children’s author and artist, was about persistence and never giving up.

were recently posted on the Space Needle’s Facebook page for the world to vote on. The public may cast one vote per day through March 18 to help select the five finalists who will compete in the physical challenges at the Space Needle to determine the winner. “For me, going to space sounds amazing. It’s my dream,” said Sonnet in his two-minute YouTube video that won him a spot in the top 20. “I’m a poet, I’m a musician and living here in Se[ more space page 3 ]

Kirkland resident Sean Sonnet is a finalist to win a trip to space. Contributed photo

Battle for Houghton Council dies in Senate committee, may return next session By Matt Phelps and Carrie Wood

Marc Tyler Nobleman has published 70 kids books as an author and illustrator. He spoke to Thorough Elementary students about the rewards of being persistent on Tuesday. Carrie Wood, Kirkland Reporter “I am more afraid of never knowing,” said Nobleman. “… You can’t let your nervousness win.” Nobleman has been [ more Superhero page 3 ]


The saga concerning the future of community councils in Kirkland and Bellevue took another unexpected turn in Olympia Feb. 24, as it failed to get out of a Senate committee. The bill looked like it was headed to the Senate floor just prior to the vote in the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee late Feb. 23. But the measure failed to gain enough signatures to move ahead as it finished with three in favor and three against. The bill, which passed the House 56-40 on Feb. 9, would have set an end to the councils, effective Jan. 6, 2014. The East Bellevue Community Council and Kirkland’s Houghton Community Council are the only two of

their kind left in Washington State. But this may not be the end of the debate. “I’ll think very seriously about bringing it up again,” said former Kirkland Mayor and current Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland). Springer said that with elections coming up the makeup of the Legislature will change: “Things may look very different next session.” The news was welcome to those in support of the community councils. “It is great that our community was able to present a convincing argument to our legislators so they would see how important it is,” said Houghton Community Council member Georgine Foster. Supporters of the bill say the councils violate the fundamental tenant of one person, one vote. [ more HCC page 13 ]

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March 2, 2012 [3] attle, I see the Space Needle as a symbol of dreams of what can be accomplished. My dream is to slip past the surly bonds of earth into the sun-split skies and the burning blue and touch the face of Gods. For me, that’s a dream come true.” Sonnet’s passion for space has burned like a meteor since he was a child. He recalls camping with his grandfather and listening to his stories about the mythology of stars. When he got older, while other kids his age were selling lemonade, Sonnet grabbed his grandmother’s slide projector. After a trip to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, he was so inspired that he went home and built his own planetarium using lights and a globe that he poked holes in. He sold tickets to neighborhood kids and family members and produced a planetarium and slide

show. When he was 14, he was given the opportunity to teach about space to a 5th grade class in Monrovia, Calif. He said one of the boys from that class is now a lead senior flight tech for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Mars lander project. “Of course I’d like to think I had a part in that,” laughed Sonnet. Space has also inspired his work as a professional musician and poet. He helped write the theme music for Star Trek Phoenix, a fan film and the largest, consistent film production in the Pacific Northwest from 2008-2010. Sonnet now hopes to instill the same sense of imagination that he had onto his 4-year-old son. “He’s learned all the planets and knows about all the stars, I’ll even build rocket ships with him,” he said. “Now we have movies out and things I didn’t have when I was a kid, but his

inally from Connecticut and lives in Washington writing and illustrating D.C., was in Washington books since 1996, along with drawing cartoons for for the first time. He was in the area for a writer’s magazines and newspaconference on Whidbey pers. He has 70 publications to his credit. His lat- Island and calls himself a “comic book geek.” est children’s book, “Boys “I usually swear more of Steel, the Creators of with kids,” joked Superman,” was also Nobleman, 39. “I a part of his lesson. usually more He talked inspirational am unfiltered with about how it took adults. You just the creators of have to talk with Superman threekids more at their and-a-half years to level. My job is to get someone to take on engage them and I should the story idea. Nearly 75 be able to hold their atyears later Superman is a tention.” billion dollar industry. His upcoming book Nobleman, who is orig“Bill the Boy Wonder, the

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imagination still soars like mine did as a kid.” He said if he wins the trip to space, he would be sure to wear his necklace that contains special memorabilia, including hair from his son and mother. “I would feel like I’m taking places and people with me,” he said. He also wants to bring a video or audio recorder, so that he may capture his experience and share it with others, including local schools. He says he hopes the Kirkland community will check out his YouTube video and vote for him. “Ultimately I really hope that I can win this because, oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how much of a dream this would be to come true. They say shoot for the stars with your dreams and I feel like I’m really doing that.”

Secret Co-creator of Batman,” will be out in July. “It is equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking,” said Nobleman. Nobleman said that he has been drawing since he was eight. He won a Mother’s Day poem contest in his hometown. “When they came to my house and told me I said ‘I can’t believe no one else entered,’” said Nobleman. But the story was used to show the kids that you can’t win if you don’t enter. “If you want something you have to take that first step,” said Nobleman.

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“I’m a poet, I’m a musician and living here in Seattle, I see the Space Needle as a symbol of dreams of what can be accomplished. My dream is to slip past the surly bonds of earth into the sun-split skies and the burning blue and touch the face of Gods,“ said Kirkland resident Sean Sonnet (page 1).

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Thumbs up to involved residents, down to traffic mess on 116th


humbs up to Lake Washington School District Board of Directors for choosing to hire Dr. Traci Pierce as the district’s new superintendent. Thumbs up to the Lake Washington Institute of Technology for earning an accreditation at the baccalaureate level. Thumbs up to the Lake Washington boys basketball team for going to state. Thumbs up to Houghton Community Council members and residents who got involved at the state level and defeated a measure that would have ended the community council. This shows the power of action. Thumbs up to the more than 50 businesses who showed support and pride for Kirkland History Month by displaying banners in their windows. Thumbs up to the Secret Garden at the Evergreen Hospital that

offers high risk mothers-to-be some serenity. Thumbs down to the construction work on N.E. 116th Street. It took me about half an hour to get from Slater Avenue to the I-405 on ramp on N.E. 116th Street because traffic was backed up so far. This was a real traffic mess. Thumbs down to planners of both the Kirkland Little League Parade and the Kirkland Shamrock Run. Both events,

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Council should impose Keystone XL Pipeline a fees on park parking hair brain idea What is the purpose of adding/increasing parking lot fees downtown? If it’s to raise revenues, the idea of charging for parking downtown or other business locations is ridiculous. It will probably reduce sales-tax revenues or maybe drive out business or cause them to locate elsewhere. Since when did the council quit supporting business or was their rhetoric just that? They cannot be trusted to keep their word. Parking fees downtown doesn’t appear to do anything for improving our quality of life except maybe lessen our tax burden. But, that’s another ridiculous idea. The council never reduces our tax burden. When the parks get crowded, more maintenance is needed. As it is now, we have to rely on volunteers to help maintain them or improve them. We are already overextended in money and a shortage of maintenance personnel. What would make sense is to impose fees on park parking lots. Juanita Park is a regional park but only we pay for maintenance or improvements. User fees are appropriate for non-residents at Juanita and for regional parks on Lake Washington Boulevard. All park parking lots should be considered. Will council listen? I doubt it.

Bob Style, Kirkland

This Keystone XL Pipeline that many politicians propose has no successful history of transporting tar sand crude oil. As a result, there is no design criteria, there are no safety standards or specifications, as stated by the Federal Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration, to pipe this type of material. The abrasiveness and corrosiveness, pressure, and temperature of this particular tar sand oil has not been tested to the satisfaction of the Pipeline Safety Trust. Both have given this testimony at the House Energy and Power Subcommittee in Washington, DC hearings last June. Maybe this testimony wasn’t loud enough for these senators and congressman to hear. The same politicians are continuing their unfounded scripted rhetoric trying to convince everyone that this pipeline will create jobs, energy security, and well being for all. Just not the case. The oil is going to China, the jobs for these pipelines are very specialized with most of the people required probably having jobs already. What is really amazing is total disregard and a lack of responsibility from these politicians to the safe construction and analysis that has still not been carried out properly for this unique tar sand crude, and the audacity of some of these politicians who are trying to block our own safety

boards from carrying out their investigation as responsibly as possible. Who is paying these guys I wonder? The Canadian tar sand oil is originally like bitumen and will need to be thinned with solvents so it can be easily pumped, this solvent may be an added hazard when there is a spill, and believe me I have been there and in the oil fields for 33 years, and there will be spills. The Keystone XL Pipeline plans to cross the pristine Ogallala Aquifer, which is the prime source of water to about 11 states. In some places this aquifer water table is only 5 feet below ground. Are these senators and congressman ready to contaminate this major water supply, for a pipeline carrying Canadian tar sand crude oil, that will probably end up in China? Why are these senators and congressman so determined to sponsor this Chinese funded TransCanada Corporation’s Keystone XL Pipeline with so many unanswered questions about the integrity and safety in building this pipeline? And this tar sand crude is proposed to go to refineries on the Gulf Coast that are over 25 years old, the majority needing maintenance, and not designed at this time to handle this tar sand crude oil! Who thought up this hair brain idea? The logical and rational solution is to build a tailor made refinery for this unique tar sand crude oil in Canada near the tar sand recovery source along the coast for shorter

geographically shipping distances to China. The saved expense from this $7 billion pipeline would pay for the new refinery. The extraction of this Canadian tar sand crude oil emits 17 percent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than conventional crude recovery. With the saved cost of a shorter shipping distance the tar sand oil recovery process could now afford to install carbon dioxide scrubbers and reduce the CO2 emissions significantly. Another question I have for our senators and congressional members is when are they going to start a rational and realistic long-term national energy policy that encompasses sustainable and renewable energy sources. Many geologists in the petroleum industry have said that worldwide reserves have peaked and are now on a rapid decline. What is being done to conserve our hydrocarbon use and reduce our carbon dioxide emissions? Why haven’t we adopted a clean coal policy for our power plants, or efficiency legislation that would require all car manufacturers to produce engines that use a minimum of 30 miles per gallon of fuel for all vehicles, increase our technological spending on sustainable and renewable energy, so these same senators and congressman can lead our nation proudly into a more rational and sustainable energy powered future?

Richard Bodlaender, Kirkland

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Police Blotter The blotter feature is both a description of a small selection of police incidents and a statistical round-up of all calls to the Kirkland Police Department that are dispatched to on-duty police officers. The Kirkland Reporter Police Blotter is not intended to be representative of all police calls originating in Kirkland, which average about 1,000 per week. Between February 17-23, the Kirkland Police Department reported 438 traffic violations (four DUIs), 21 alarm calls, 13 car accidents, seven noise complaints, 19 thefts, 14 car prowls, 12 domestic violence calls, nine calls for harassment, five acts of fraud, 15 calls of a disturbance, three calls for illegal substances and 12 calls of civil disturbance. At least 36 people were arrested.

Feb. 23 Domestic: 9 a.m., 600 block of 14th Place. A 16-year-old Kirkland boy broke into his mother’s locked storage box and took two beers. The box was smashed open and visibly damaged.

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– yes you can! Volunteering is not only an opportunity, but a responsibility as well. What a message we can give to our children, to those around us, to those who work with us. So – yes you should! Many will say “with work/kids, etc. I only have a little time.” Volunteering can take a little or a lot of time. A colleague of mine drives an elderly couple to church; another friend greets clients at the food bank. Both jobs take less than two hours per week. Another provides check-in services at a social service entity, from 5:30-7 p.m. once per week. Reading to kids in school can take as little as two hours per month. So, yes you should – you are needed! The rewards are plenty. Neighborhoods change, are cleaner and brighter. Kids read when they couldn’t before. Families are stronger. People have food and services they

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Assault: 4:40 p.m., 8300 block of 128th Ave. N.E. A 31-year-old Kirkland female slapped a 31-year-old Renton man during her arraignment.

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Assault: 1:30 a.m., 900 block of N.E. 119th Way. A 39-year-old Kirkland man was arrested after assaulting his girlfriend.

Feb. 18 Domestic: 5:54 p.m., 12600 block of N.E. 124th Street. A 50-year-old Kirkland woman was grabbed and shoved into the bathtub by her husband. The man was arrested for assault.

Feb. 17 Domestic: 10:30 a.m., 14200 block of 73rd Ave. N. A 19-year-old Kirkland woman reported being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend. Hit-and-run: 1:50 a.m., 11100 block of N.E. 123rd Lane. A Kirkland resident reported witnessing a jeep crash into several parked vehicles at the Heronfield apartments. The driver of the jeep was contacted and admitted to striking the vehicles and not leaving any information.

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ing shelves, cashiering, receiving – there are on-site trainers for all of these. Visit shut-ins that can’t get out for even socialization. Serve at your church as a greeter. Provide computer services from your home, perhaps managing data bases, etc? A neighborhood clean-up? Helping with your kids sport and academic teams? You don’t have to be the coach, keep score or do administrative or logistical things. When I first meet those interested in volunteering, they are often unsure if they have the skills for volunteering or the passion – it just takes talking to someone who has “been there” or can answer some of their questions and show them what to do until they can function on their own. So



olunteering is easy and fun, although many get stuck wondering, “Do I have the needed skills? Who could use me? What about over committing? What if I need or want time off ? What if I sign up and then feel I’ve made a mistake?” Most of us can find time to volunteer and know there are many individuals and organizations that need people just like us, with just the skills and experiences we have. Assuming we have some time, let’s look at skills. How about assisting teachers in the classroom? They will show you how to perform administrative functions, read to children, hand out supplies, listen to kids read to you, supervise a playground. Think about checking clients into a food bank, stock-


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didn’t before. And you were part of the change. The personal satisfaction is enormous. When I started reading to kindergarten kids, I was nervous and didn’t think I had much to offer. Now I am known as “Storyteller” to the kids and parents as well, and the kids are excited about reading, greet me warmly and are eager to hear more about things they can find and do through reading. Their self-image and confidence is greater, and they relate to others in a much more positive way.

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Many Kirkland homeowners to see drop in property taxes Some homeowners in Kirkland will see an increase in property taxes due to local levies, says King County Assessor By Matt Phelps

Kirkland homeowners have watched the value of what is likely their biggest investment plummet since 2007. Most received a postcard from the King County Assessor during the past few weeks with a continuation of that bad news. And while real estate is all about location, so are property taxes. Thanks to Washington’s revenue-based system, only a portion of property taxes have declined. Some homeowners in Kirkland will actually see an increase due

to local levies that can differ from block-to-block. King County as a whole will see a rise in property taxes of 1.7 percent. The majority, but not all, of homeowners in Kirkland will see a drop in property taxes this year, according to the King County Assessor. Most think that their property tax is derived as a percentage of the value of their home, which is true for about half of those property taxes collected. But taxes to pay off levies can actually rise when home values drop. “Half of the property tax are from special levies for school, fire, EMS … We are

a revenue-based system,” King County Assessor Lloyd Hara told a group of Windermere real estate agents in downtown Kirkland last week. That revenue-based system means that if a $50-million levy is passed, then $50 million still has to be collected. Therefore, no matter what valuations do, that $50 million still has to be collected. Since levies are such a big percentage of the propertytax system in Washington State, the tax rate will not drop in accordance with a home’s value. That also means that the percentage of taxes, compared to the drop in valuation, can rise. “If values go down the rates go up,” said Hara. Washington and Ohio are the only two revenue-based systems in the United States. But Hara is cautiously optimistic, despite what homeowners are seeing on that postcard. “We were beginning to see things pick up at the end of last year,” Hara said about the housing market. “We are seeing more houses on

the market and more sales. There is a close correlation between jobs and real estate values.” Those improvements will not be seen on King County property assessment for another year. “We run at least 12 months late,” said Hara. Valuations for 2012 taxes are based on assessments made throughout the 201011 year. For some areas of Kirkland the drop in home valuations was especially tough from 2010 to 2011. The median assessed value for Kirkland as a whole declined from $425,000 for the 2011 tax roll to $346,000 for the 2012 tax roll. This resulted in a decrease in the median tax bill of $459. Kirkland itself is split up into three areas for median valuations. The biggest drop in Kirkland came in the Bridle Trails neighborhood. The neighborhood is located in area 68 and is shared with Bellevue. It dropped 7.6 percent from $715,600 to $661,300. Area 74, which includes the neighborhoods

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara speaks to Windermere real estate agents in downtown Kirkland on Feb. 21. carrie wood, Kirkland Reporter of Lakeview, Houghton, Everest, Moss Bay, Norkirk, Highlands, Market, South Juanita and parts of Totem Lake, has seen the median home value drop 3.8 percent from $628,700 to $604,900. South and North Rose Hill and parts of Totem Lake, in area 93, only saw a median home value drop of 2.7 percent from $433,600 to $422,100 from 2010 to 2011. The annexation area, included in areas 37 and 73, dropped 4.5 percent from $343,900 to $328,500. The annexation of Finn

Hill, Juanita and Kingsgate raised the number of singlefamily homes in the city from 10,557 to 20,170. The majority of those additions have valuations dramatically lower than those previously located within the city limits. That inclusion is expected to drop the medium home value in Kirkland by 18 percent when assessing based on 2011 valuations, according to the King County Assessor’s Office. But it is yet to be seen if the annexation will raise the value of annexed single-family homes.


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Kirkland woman founds pet therapy program at Camp Korey By Rachael Harris Special to the Reporter

On a hot summer’s afternoon in the shade, four dogs wait as a young boy is lifted out of his wheelchair and camp counselors carry him over to where the dogs stand calmly. The boy watches the animals silently as he is gently set down on a blanket beside them. With eyes wide open, he allows the dog’s handler to place his hand onto one of the dogs, all of which are now lying still beside him. For hours they rest next to each other, and when the counselors finally lift him back into his chair, his nurse notes that he has gone longer than ever without a seizure. Stories such as this are commonplace every summer at Camp Korey in Carnation, Wash., thanks to the pet therapy program established five years ago by Kirkland native Diane Rich. Currently, Rich is seeking additional pet therapy teams for the camp program. Pet therapy works around the human-animal connection, primarily the simple, non-judgmental love given by animals. A “team,” in pet therapy jargon, is an owner and an animal that is certified by one of the three approved national pet therapy organizations: Therapy Dogs International, Delta Society, and Therapy Dogs Inc. At camp, dogs of all breeds, including mixed breeds, are the most common animals, but the program also includes

a llama and a mini-horse. “I will consider species outside of the canine species that are registered therapy pets,” Rich added. Camp Korey is a summer camp for children with serious and life-altering medical conditions, and is free of charge. The camp also offers therapeutic recreational activities year-round. Founder Tim Rose hosts the camp on the historic Carnation Farms. After speaking with Rich, he agreed to add the pet therapy program to the extensive catalog of activities, which include a swimming pool, sports court, climbing wall, zip-line, and teepee village. Two days a week from the end of June through August, campers are welcome to daytime animal visits. Rich has been a dog trainer and behavior expert for 25 years. Her involvement with pet therapy began after testing her pet Doberman Pincher for certification. “I thought he’d be a wonderful therapy dog in any service settings,” she said. Rich’s dog visited nursing homes, retirement homes, and hospitals in the Seattle area before she founded the pet therapy program at Overlake Hospital in 2005. The environment at Camp Korey is very different from that at Overlake. “Camp Korey is a little more sensitive than other programs,” Rich said. “The camp program is outdoors, and pets are within close

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Single mom starts nonprofit to boost low-income families By AARON GORDON UW News Lab

While the state government offers aid to lowincome families, it can be challenging for those who want to transition off it. Redmond resident Katie Walsh, president of A Step Up wants to change that. The Kirkland-based nonprofit organization is designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency. “We want to help those who want to help themselves. This is not a handout, but a step up,” says Walsh. Walsh is a single mother who used to depend on government-subsidized child care services. After taking a pay raise at work, she was no longer eligible for such assistance. However, her pay raise wasn’t enough to make up for the lost child care money. She went from having to pay $200 a month on childcare to $800 a month. “After talking to friends in similar situations, I real-

ized that many people were purposefully not taking pay raises because they needed state benefits to stay afloat,” says Walsh. A Step Up is designed to help parents who earn too much to be eligible for state-run child care subsidy programs, yet are still struggling to make enough money to support their family. The organization aims to help the “working poor” through offering child care assistance and income budget counseling. It will also offer enrollment in Financial Peace University, a 13-week class on how to become and remain debt-free. While A Step Up has a clear direction and set of values, it lacks one vital component: money. Since the organization has yet to get off the ground, it has no track record. Without any history of success, it is difficult to persuade grant donors to offer money. Wayne Ottum, president of Ottum Enterprises and Walsh’s business mentor, be-

LWSD school year extended one day due to snow days Lake Washington School District will make up two of three snow days by changing a teacher professional development day (LEAP day) to a regular school day and by extending the school year one day. The LEAP day planned for Friday, May 4, will now be a regular school day. The last day of school, a half day, will move from Friday, June 22, to Monday, June 25. June 22 will be a full school day and June 25 will be a half day. The three snow days took place on January 18-20. The district is required to hold school on 180 days and students must get 1000 hours of instruction on average.

lieves that she can overcome this hurdle by creating a board of directors with strong community connections. “She needs to find people who already have credibility within the community who can go out and raise funds,” says Ottum. “Without history, you need quality people in your corner.” Miki Hillyer, vice president of A Step Up, plans to use the connections she’s gained through previous advocacy positions to fund raise. She believes her military background gives her the persistence and organizational skills to jump-start the organization. Walsh and Hillyer met at a single mothers’ support group. “My politics have changed a lot since becoming a single mom. What I like about Katie’s program is that it’s about getting off state programs, which should be the ultimate goal anyways,” says Hillyer. Both Ottum and Hillyer agree that Walsh’s persistence sets her apart from other entrepreneurs. “I’ve seen a lot

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he streets of Kirkland will be bathed in green on Saturday, March 17. Not only because it is St. Patrick’s Day, but also because of the first annual Kirkland Shamrock Run. The Shamrock Run, a 5K race taking place in downtown Kirkland, encour-

ages even the most causal runners to throw on some green and come down to Marina Park that day. The race benefits the Kirkland Downtown Association, and is being run by BTO Multisports’s Porter Bratten. “Everyone is encouraged to dress up,” said Bratten. “Dogs, strollers, it’s all welcome.” The race begins at

Marina Park and winds up Kirkland Avenue, onto 6th Street, over onto 7th Street out to Waverly Beach Park and back to Marina Park. All participants will have access to the post race events held at The Wilde Rover Irish Pub and Restaurant. Anyone interested in registering can sign up for $35 plus fees until March 16 and receive a long sleeve

cotton race shirt. Registration can be taken the day of the race but will not receive a shirt. Racers will receive timing chips for their shoes, which will be returned at the end of the race. The junior runners, racers 19 and under and adults will both start at 8 a.m. on March 17. Then any runners with dogs will take off at 8:05

a.m., followed by runners with strollers at 8:10 a.m. The walkers will also begin at 8:10 a.m. Bratten said they expect a decent number of people to turn out, but probably not nearly as many as for Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Dash in downtown Seattle. Bratten said they wanted to offer runners another St. Patrick’s day option, especially for those wishing

Lake Washington boys head to the Dome had 25 points during the game, with Staudacher adding 16. Cody Bernstein had four points, with Drew Heimdahl, Guy Lynott and Jeff Staudacher all posting two points for the team. Updates on the team’s trip to the Tacoma Dome can be found online at

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Going into Friday night’s 3A state regional game at Rogers High School, Lake Washington had one goal ­– the dome or home. The Kangs boys basketball team accomplished their goal, making it to the second round of the state tournament. The team beat Wilson 51-40 to advance. The Kangs played University in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday, March 1 after Reporter deadline. “We call it home or the dome. That’s what it’s been about all this week – home or the dome,” said Kangs head coach Brian Lund. “During the season there is only so much coaching you can do before you just leave it to them. Matt Staudacher, he hurt himself in practice yesterday, so he was at the doctor last night with his shoulder. He’s a warrior; he went out there today and showed us that. So we’re going to take it easy this week, practice is going to be easy because of that. We saw what could happen.” Against Wilson, Lake Washington was down most of the first quarter, but pulled ahead at the last

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