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The North Renton neighborhood, like many communities, has its own set of challenges. In previous articles, this series examined development concerns, government planning and a local bar’s run-in with the state liquor control board. But, what are residents and the City of Renton doing to remedy the community’s “trouble spots,” as resident Kizzie Funkhouser puts it?

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The Renton Reporter today continues its special report on efforts by the City of Renton and the residents themselves to improve the quality of life in this venerable neighborhood between downtown and Kennydale. Today, we look at what the city and neighborhood are doing to clean up some of the neighborhood’s unkempt properties .

Mayor touts job growth but raises tax possibility

Volunteers who pitched in to help a neighbor in North Renton as part of the Clean Community Initiative are, from left to right, Steven Ehrlich, Kizzie Funkhouser, George and Sally Daniels, Rich Zwicker, John Thompson, Mike Eastberg, Peggie Howard, John Hisey. Submitted She’s lived in North Renton The city recently implemented properties. City funds are eligible for for four years and recently a citywide program that allows properties deemed a nuisance helped organize a neighborhood funds to be used to assist clean clean up project. up efforts of public and private [ more north Renton page 19 ]

Compass vet takes a big step into home By TRACEY COMPTON tcompton@rentonreporter.com

Almost seven months after explaining her story to the Renton Reporter, Sally de Leon and her family finally have a place to call home. De Leon shared her experiences as a veteran for a series of articles on the countywide Veterans and Human Services Levy that passed in August 2011. At the time de Leon and her daughter Bernadette Sheran and son Mark Sheran had

recently found housing at the Compass Veterans Center in downtown Renton. De Leon had suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome, went through a divorce, lost her home and had a mental breakdown before she got enrolled in the supportive housing program through the Compass

Veterans Center. Now she and her family have “graduated” from the Compass Center to a rental house in Bellevue. “It feels good, I like it,” said Bernadette, 13. “It’s more space.” She still misses their apartment at the Compass Center, but likes her nice room, which she calls “pretty big.” Sally de Leon got the call in November that she qualified for the Housing and Urban [ more veteran page 24 ]

The word “jobs” sums up the positive tone of Mayor Denis Law’s State of the City address on Wednesday. “While the last four years have been difficult, the city has weathered them well,” Law said. “We’ve had challenges, but despite those challenges, our community continues to grow and thrive.” A packed crowd at the Holiday Inn listened to Law’s annual speech, presented by the Renton Chamber of Commerce. He cautioned, however, that the effects of the recession will continue for at least the next two or three years, especially affecting the city’s ability to Mayor Denis Law provide services and maintain its infrastructure. To meet those demands, he said, “will require additional resources. “We will need to explore some taxing options with our citizens, as most other cities and counties have had to do,” he said. The city has begun developing its two-year budget for 2013 and 2014. As it has done in the past, the city will ask citizens and business leaders to help with the process, he said. As it typically is, Boeing has been the catalyst for some of that job optimism. In looking back over the past year, Law pointed to what he described as the “landmark decision” to build [ more mayor page 18 ]

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Kiwanis Club of Renton to hold Annual Golf Classic The Kiwanis Club of Renton 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held April 27, at the Maplewood Golf Course. The proceeds will benefit the Renton Kiwanis Clothes Bank, Salvation Army Food Bank, Key Club, college scholarships and the Renton School District’s Children’s Christmas Party. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. The fee is $75 per person and $300 per team, which includes greens fee, cart, door prizes and the awards dinner. For further information or to obtain an entry form, call Roxie, 425-271-6496 or Tom Tasa, 425-271-3815 . All entries need to be in the mail by April 20.

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Work to begin in April on Rainier Third, final phase of improvements to move transit faster, enhance pedestrian safety By DEAN A. RADFORD dradford@rentonreporter.com

Work will begin in April on a $16 million, two-year project that will complete major improvements to Rainier Avenue South between Grady Way and Third Avenue South in Renton. Local, county and state officials gathered Tuesday to ceremonially break ground on the project in the parking lot of McLendon Hardware on Rainier Avenue. It’s the continuation of State Route 167 into Renton. Rainier carries thousands of vehicles through central Renton every day, as a major north-south corridor that links South King County to south Seattle. The project will improve transit mobility, upgrade traffic safety, and enhance pedestrian safety with new eight-foot wide sidewalks, landscaped buffers and improved street lighting. In earlier phases, the City of Renton and its construction partners, including Sound Transit, Metro Transit and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, removed the railroad bridge over Rainier Avenue and replaced the “cow bridge” under the tracks on Shattuck Avenue. In all the Rainier project will cost about $42 million, paid for with local, county, state and federal dollars. “This is one of the major commercial corridors in Renton,” said Mayor Denis Law at the groundbreaking. “Improvements here will provide significant benefits to businesses, enhance the economic vitality of our downtown, and strengthen transportation in and through Renton.” Five lanes of traffic will remain open during construction, with access maintained to businesses on both sides of Rainier. Extensive night work is planned, when construction could block that access.

Ground was broken Tuesday on the final phase of the Rainier Avenue improvement project by, from left, Renton City Council member Don Persson; Bob Drewel, Puget Sound Regional Council executive director; Gail McLendon, president, McLendon Hardware; King County Council member and Sound Transit Board vice chair Julia Patterson; State House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn; Renton Mayor Denis Law; Renton City Council member Greg Taylor; Renton City Council member Marcie Palmer; Kathleen Davis with the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Linh Thai, representing Congressman Adam Smith. dean a. radford, Renton Reporter Signs along Rainier will direct motorists to driveways for local businesses. The project will create normal construction delays, said city public works director Gregg Zimmerman, but “we are not predicting huge delays.” The city has not “This is one of the planned for a major commercial corridors in Renton. detour route as it did for Improvements earlier work. here will provide “It’s our significant benefits intention to to businesses, keep all of enhance the the traffic on economic vitality Rainier,” he of our downtown, said. and strengthen The city transportation will set up a in and through hotline where Renton.” Mayor Denis complaints Law about construction noise can be lodged. The general contractor will update the city’s website with the latest information about the project and will provide public relations, he said. The city is putting “a lot of effort” into communications because

Rainier is a major commercial and transportation corridor, he said. “We are excited about the improvements to come and appreciate the support and dedication of the elected officials who have worked towards completion of this project for many years,” said Gail McLendon, president of McLendon Hardware, said Tuesday. Johansen Excavating of Buckley is the project’s general contractor. It had submitted the second-lowest bid; however, low bidder, Bellevuebased Tri-State Construction, dropped out of the project after it could not obtain a performance bond, according to Zimmerman. The Johansen bid is about $160,000 higher than Tri-State’s, he said. A performance bond ensures that the city would have access to money to complete a project if the general contractor leaves the project partially complete, Zimmerman said. This will be the first time that the city has worked with Johansen on a road project. However, Zimmerman said, the city’s management consultant on the project is familiar with Johansen from a similar

project on State Route 99 in the Shoreline area, he said. The city doesn’t yet have Johansen’s construction schedule, but it’s the city’s understanding the company will start work in April, he said. This final phase of the Rainier project will be paid for with funds from the City of Renton, Sound Transit, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Improvement Board, Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Department of Commerce Public Works Board. “Sound Transit’s major investment in this project will help move buses and pedestrians more quickly through the corridor, making connections to Sounder commuter rail and King County Metro Transit’s RapidRide more accessible and convenient,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Council member Julia Patterson. “Our contribution to this project exemplifies the importance of regional partnerships in improving transit for Central Puget Sound residents,” she said.

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City attorney calls library initiative illegal, untimely City Attorney Larry Warren calls an initiative to keep the downtown Renton library over the Cedar River illegal and untimely. City of Renton officials tried to set the record straight on the latest developments surrounding the downtown Renton library in a briefing with reporters last week. Warren was joined by Jay Covington, city chief administrative officer, and Preeti Shridhar, the city’s communications director, to discuss the issues. Ideas such as the city intends to use the actual Big 5 building for the new library and to close the facility entirely over the Cedar River are “flat out lies,” said Covington. Among other points, Covington wanted to make it clear the building over the Cedar River will be kept in public ownership and a new building for the library is being constructed at the Big 5 site on Third Avenue. “It is a highly Covington felt that information complex situation. coming out of the initiative group has It’s not simply do been “less than factual.” you like the library He went on to say the city has tried over the river.” City not to get into a “he said, she said” Attorney Larry Warren battle with the citizens’ group because the city’s intent has always been to move forward Stuart Avery of the Citizens for the Preservation of Renton’s Cedar River Library, submitted 2,108 new signatures to City Clerk Bonnie Walton on Monday, March 12. Initially, the group was 1,442 signatures short of the 6,375 needed to validate the initiative. But, all that work may be useless to actually force Renton City Council to change its course. The Renton Reporter received a copy of a memorandum Wednesday afternoon from Warren to Mayor Denis Law, City Council members and other administrators dated March 5. In it Warren details why he believes the initiative proposed by the citizens group is illegal. Among others, those reasons deal with breach of contract with the King County Library System, infringement of the council’s budget authority, an improper attempt to set policy and the language is “fatally flawed.” In Thursday’s briefing, Warren further elaborated why he feels the petition is illegal and untimely. Warren is doubtful that there is anything that could stop the downtown Renton library from being reconstructed at the new Big 5 location. Doing so would put the city in violation of its contract with KCLS, he said.

Renton City Council has four options if the initiative is certified. It can adopt the initiative as it is, put it to a vote of the people, refuse to act on it because of an illegality or change the language and adopt it. “It is a highly complex situation,” Warren said. “It’s not simply do you like the library over the river.” Covington wanted to stress that Renton will have three new buildings: two state-of-the-art libraries and a repurposed facility over the Cedar River. The city is working with KCLS to renovate the Highlands library branch. And, a steering committee will present new use plans for the current downtown library building over the Cedar River in about three weeks, Covington said. Talks continue between KCLS and the City of Renton and none of the initial work, such as design, has been slowed or put on hold, according to Warren. KCLS and the city must fulfill contractual obligations, he said, and KCLS has been notified about the petition. “You can’t un-ring the Serving bell, not without a tremenRenton dous amount of cost and Since difficulty,” said Covington. 1978 Too many decisions have been made down the road 12626 Renton Ave S by the council to stop the 206-306-3222 process now, he said.

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ity Attorney Larry Warren makes a compelling legal argument that an initiative to keep the downtown library where it is over the Cedar River is illegal, which by the way is not the same as criminal. But a legal opinion sometimes runs head-long into politics, resulting in an outcome that won’t satisfy anyone and could lead to protracted visits to a courtroom. Mid-week, there was still no word whether proponents of keeping the library over the Cedar River had collected enough additional signatures to validate the initiative. Either way, it’s still important to consider again how we got here and what is an appropriate way to move forward. It was in February 2010 that Renton’s voters opted, by a slim 53 votes, to annex to the King County Library System. Not a ringing endorsement, but a sensible one, given the dire financial straits the City of Renton was – and is – in. But that slim majority emboldened the losing side and made it harder to convincingly argue that annexing to KCLS was the will of the people. Still majority rules, even if it’s just by one vote. And just as importantly the city administration was then obligated, legally, to carry out the public’s wishes and negotiate the transition to KCLS and the details of building two new libraries in new locations. The City Council then in a number of votes, not always unanimous, made the political decisions to bring us where we are today: a shiny new library in the Highlands and a controversial one near the Piazza. nd, now, the city is legally obligated to carry out the decisions of the City Council. It’s not possible, at least practically, to un-negotiate the agreement with KCLS. And it’s important to remember that the city – its taxpayers – are obligated to pay back those $18 million or so in bonds, even if a library isn’t built downtown. It’s possible we could have been at a different spot today. We think the decision easily could have gone the other way in February 2010, if more than just 30 percent of Renton’s voters had turned out. Perhaps if the library proponents had chosen to use a referendum, rather than an initiative, the council’s action could have been reversed. But a referendum must be filed within 30 days of when an action is taken; an initiative is not the legally appropriate way to make law, at least in a city. Proponents may argue they aren’t legal experts, which is not a knock against them. But if you want to make profound change, make sure you have good legal advice and act in a timely manner. Warren makes other logical points, most of which point to a poorly written or ill-conceived initiative. A legal precedent set in Bellevue deals it a body blow. Tough decisions were made and it is hard to give up the much-beloved library over the river. The Citizens for the Preservation of Renton’s Cedar River Library made a valiant effort and may yet have their initiative certified, although that’s not the same as final victory. Renton leaders clapped loudly when Mayor Denis Law mentioned the downtown library in his State of the City . We know it rankles the proponents when someone says “what’s done is done.” We believe that the “done” is cast in legal stone, if not political stone. But time will tell.

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“While the last four years have been difficult, the city has weathered them well.“ Mayor Denis Law in his State of the City Address

Renton desperately needs a fourth middle school to ease overcrowding The Renton School District passed both Levies in the Feb. 12 election; however, the bond, which requires a 60 percent yes vote, received only 58.08 percent, falling short of approval by 335 votes out of 17,000. Because of that narrow margin and the significant value that passing the school bond will have on students in the district, the Renton School Board decided unanimously to go out seeking approval of the bond again, and I agree. The bond accomplishes two essential components for the district. First, it provides the funding for the new middle school in the District. Why is this important? The average middle school in Washington state has 609 students per school. Renton’s three middle schools rank in the state as follows, McKnight third (1,150 kids, almost Double), Nelsen ninth (1,050) and Dimmitt 24th (890). If the bond is passed, it means a fourth middle school, which could open in four years allowing the school district the ability to lower the average number of children per school down to 891 in 2016 (this number includes adjusting for the anticipated growth). As you can see the fourth middle school really just helps the district hold the line.

Second, the bond provides capital for improvements, upgrades and modernizations to other schools and the renovation of the Lindbergh pool. These improvements will save the district money by lowering operating costs of these facilities. The Renton School Board understands the concerns of taxpayers, and balances those concerns with the essential needs of the district. This will help balance the concerns about school size for now. Your yes vote goes along way for the children of the Renton School District. In closing, let’s clarify the actual cost of the bond. Renton residents in the Renton School District would see an increase of $3.85 per month on average if the bond is approved (defined as a home in Renton with average assessed value of $257,000, cost of bond is 18 cents per 1,000). Less than $4 per month for all of that seems like a great investment to me. VOTE YES FOR THE RENTON SCHOOL BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS BOND on APRIL 17!

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Renton citizens don’t want library moved I believe the city attorney is wrong on many points. First the city attorney has stated that the initiative petition is Illegal. I think he has misspoken, as no laws have been broken. He may have meant he believes the petition to be invalid based on illegalities. I think the city attorney should be more careful in his choice of words on such an important issue. Nevertheless, I believe his conclusions are inaccurate. However, he has given the mayor and City Council his professional opinion on the subject. I find it concerning the mayor, the city attorney and the City Council have decided to wait for nearly six

months to formulate an opinion on the initiative petition, while fully aware of the campaign from very early on. It would lead many to conclude they never believed the petitioners could (or would) ever gain enough support, and thus chose not to pay it any attention. It illustrates a city leadership out of touch with public opinion. I’m very certain our city attorney is capable of finding a way to correct the wrongs done by the inter-local agreements he has helped construct. No great ship is ever built without an escape hatch or a life boat. There is nothing in the [ more letter page 7 ]


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Husband assaults wife for missing a dinner date The following information was compiled from City of Renton police reports.

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A Renton husband assaulted his wife of 30 years for missing a dinner date on March 10. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Southeast 159th Place Place at about 8:30 p.m. The 52-year-old man was arguing with his 51-year-old wife when supposedly he pushed her and she fell to the floor, striking her head against the stairwell. The wife later told police that her husband punched her in the face with a closed fist. The husband was taken to jail for investigation of fourth-degree assault.

Police track suspect twice for mishchief Police tracked a suspect twice for malicious mischief in Renton on March 9.

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Police Blotter The 48-year-old man was reported to have ripped two necklaces off the neck of his 48-year-old girlfriend after the two got into an argument. The incident occurred in the 1100 block of Southeast 175th Street at about 10:30 p.m. First the man was seen walking away from the residence toward the 11700 block of Southeast Petrovitsky Road. Police were unable to catch up with him and set up a perimeter and used a K9 track but were unsuccessful. They discovered the suspect had a warrant out for his arrest. Just after midnight, Police were called again to the residence when the man returned and started to yell at his girlfriend.

A grassroots movement [ letters from page 6] ILAs that cannot be undone, if some effort and goodwill are put to work. There are solutions for every one of the city attorneys concerns and I believe he knows it. The point is not whether the T’s are crossed correctly or the I’s are dotted just right. It’s easy to pick at the details of the petition. After all it’s a grassroots campaign, not constructed by attorneys. The city needs to stop ignoring the 1,000 pound gorilla in the room and come to face that the majority of the city does not want to move the library, and despite any difficulties a course change will bring, the wrongs can be and need

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to be righted. They legislated (or administrated) us into the mess, they can certainly legislate us out of it. My point is, regardless of the pain it may cause, the citizens of Renton want their library at Liberty Park over the Cedar River, and the city needs to stop burying their heads, wishing we would simply conform to the “done deal” mantra. We don’t want an expensive Environmental Interpretive Center at the library building, and would rather see an arts and culture center built at the Piazza not our library. The petitioners gathered nearly 9,400 signatures in bulk, and will very

likely gain the 6,375 valid signatures necessary for King County Elections to issue the initiative petition a certification of sufficiency. This could not have been possible had there not been an overwhelming amount of support for keeping the downtown library in its present location. The city does not want to put it to vote because it’s crystal clear how the vote would go. It’s time for Renton citizens to wake up the city leadership and start standing up for what is right. We are a city of strong willed, intelligent and passionate citizens capable of getting done whatever we see needs doing. Our city helped win WWII, its planes fly most of the world around the world, Its trucks move goods and services across our great

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the ages of 16 and 20; two were Asian and one was black. He did not know their height, weight or the clothing they were wearing because of his state of mind, he said.

Woman reports fake profile created Someone created fake social media profiles of a Renton woman on March 3. The 20-year-old woman called police to report that someone was harassing her via social media sites. The woman discovered a fake Facebook account bearing her name and offering escort services. The woman was concerned that the person who created the fake profile would contact her friends and family. She also described her name on a “TNA” website for escort services, but had it removed by the web site. Police advised her to contact Facebook. com and request that they remove the fake profile.

face when we collectively and clearly say to you that you’ve made a mistake. If you move the library, you will be constructing a lasting memorial of failure

and destroying something that has brought our city so much pride.

Stuart Avery Renton


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Teacher Alisa Jermica and Principal Mike DeLetis in the newly remodeled science rooms at Liberty High School. celeste Gracey, Issaquah Reporter facilities. It also comes with perks, such as $12 million for football stadiums at each high school.

Finishing Liberty Liberty High School Principal Mike DeLetis adjusts the fan in a new science lab. It sends a gentle whoosh through the room and puts a smile in his eyes. As simple as it might seem, it’s a point of pride. Without a fan, the students can’t use Bunsen burners – common lab equipment. The district added the fans when it remodeled two of Liberty’s science labs, but the remaining science classrooms won’t get the improvements until another bond passes.

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Before the remodel, teacher Alisa Jermica was in one of the least-equipped rooms. Her students worked on long tables instead of at lab stations – waist-high booths equipped with gas and plenty of electrical outlets. Her space is now so enviable that she’ll occasionally swap rooms with teachers so they, too, can run larger experiments. At first the district didn’t plan to fully remodel Liberty. The last capital bond provided $15 million for a new performing arts space. The project is now well under way. The finished product would be similar to Issaquah High School, with a 600-seat auditorium, orchestra pit and black box theater. As a planning committee began filling out the details for the new arts center, DeLetis encouraged them to take a second look at Liberty. The group decided the school needed more extensive improvements. The district got a head start by giving a few extra dollars for classroom remodels, including Jermica’s science lab. The school is depending on April’s bond to provide another $44 million to finish the remodel. The plan touches every part of Liberty’s campus, except the main gym, which received upgrades in the 1990s. The narrow

Rooms that have windows aren’t much of an improvement. They’re just a bit larger than a dog door. Plans for a remodel would provide enough natural light that most days teachers won’t need to flip on all of the light switches, says Crawford, the capital projects director. New buildings use up to 30 percent less energy, because of natural light and better insulation. That’s operations money that can be spent on teachers and curriculum, he said. The district can’t use saved capital projects money to pay teachers, but it can use the money to make the facilities as efficient and durable as possible. New buildings cost less to operate. For DeLetis, the remodel is as much an improvement for student learning as it is about the community taking pride in its high school. “I think people want good schools,” he said. “That’s why people move to Issaquah (school district).”

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A waterfall of rain pours down on Sunny Hills Elementary, slops over the gutters and splashes onto its outdoor walkways. Sidestepping one of many puddles, Principal Sarah White flips up her hood and heads for the 11 portables that make up much of her campus. The wooden structures have been a fixture at Sunny Hills for so long, they’re counted among the 31 permanent classrooms. Some have even been remodeled. They’re the biggest reason why White is hoping for a new school; the list of needs – including gutters that don’t behave like water fountains – continues to grow as the 1960s facility ages. A new school building, ticketed at $27 million, is among the top projects in the Issaquah School District’s hopes to pay for through its April bond. “We’re so excited,” White said. “The staff already talks about ‘When we get a new school building. …’” The school district, which includes part of Renton, home to Liberty High School, is asking residents to pay $219 million over the next eight years. The bond would replace an expiring one with a lower tax rate. The bond measure is completely separate from a bond measure proposed in the Renton School District. For the past two decades, the district’s focus has been on keeping up with growth. Since 1991, the student population has almost doubled in size. “It was a tough challenge to keep buildings coming up fast enough,” said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects. While the district scrambled to find space for students to sit, thoughts of renovating older schools like Sunny Hills and Liberty High School were put on hold. April’s bond would rebuild ISD’s oldest

A-frame entryway would be combined with the student commons to create an open space. Administrative offices would move to the front of the school, giving a better view of whose coming and going. Heading to the ground floor of the classroom wing, DeLetis greets a teacher in the hall. It’s state testing week, but he wants to show the cramped classrooms. Unlocking Issaquah the door to bond a math Top Bond Projects room, in Issaquah School District he flips $219 million is the total bond cost on the $63 million to rebuild Issaquah Middle lights. School next to Issaquah High School “We $44 million to finish Liberty High call School’s remodel it the $27 million to rebuild Sunny Hills bunker, Elementary School because $19.5 million to remodel and move there Clark Elementary School to the IMS site are no $12 million to remodel and add wincovered stadiums to Issaquah, Skyline and dows,” Liberty high schools he says.


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Renton man is new CEO of boys, girls clubs Calvin Lyons of Renton is the new president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, a nonprofit focused on youth development for King County kids and teens. The organization’s club on West Hill serves the Renton and Skyway areas. Lyons will serve as the public face of the organization, responsible for resource development, strategic business leadership and organizational vision for the Puget Sound region’s 14 clubs and 22 before- and after-school program sites, according to a press release. “Based on Calvin’s extensive nonprofit background and his passion for fulfilling our mission to serve youth, we are confident in his ability to build our success into

the future,” said Erika Schmidt, the organization’s board chair. Lyons is an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Club from Gary, Ind., giving him firsthand experience with the organization’s mission to serve youth. His childhood experience translated into a career of leadership in business and nonprofits Calvin Lyons focusing on youth development, according to a press release. “I am honored to take on this new role and lead an organization that is so dear to my heart,” said Lyons. “This organization has a long history as a community resource

that has helped to improve countless lives. I’m proud to help advance its important cause, provide a clear vision for the future and move it forward.” Lyons will be introduced at the BGCKC’s annual KidsBreakfast on April 4 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. For more information on the event or to reserve a space, call 206-436-1819 or email beglin@positiveplace.org. While the financial crisis of 2008 forced the closing of many clubs across the country, the King County clubs continued to provide award-winning programs on tight budgets while staying true to the mission to create a positive place for kids that are in need, according to the press release. Lyons’ experience before joining the

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Cooking with kids at IKEA a great Spring Break deal to have a community-friendly company like IKEA in our backyard. As a parent who has shopped at IKEA for years, they just seemed like the logical choice to sponsor an event like Caspar Babypants. They don’t advertise all their charitable contributions but I see it in subtle things that are important to me when I shop with my family. A top-notch play area that’s safe and clean so parents can have a moments reprieve to mindlessly wander the smart, functional and affordable options for creating great spaces at home. Comfortable, private areas for mothers to nurse and change diapers, along with ample little kid shopping carts to zoom around the endless hard wood “yellow brick road.” Play stations strategically located throughout the store to encourage kids to finger and paw at instead of the breakables. I was thinking about all these things as Amanda and I were in the IKEA pantry chatting about our picky little eaters and pizza. “And your kids … they can cook the pizza with you during the demo? IKEA really believes in the power of cooking with kids.” The kids and I are so excited to be the

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DNA may reveal IDs of 3 Ridgway victims The remains of three victims of Green River killer Gary Ridgway may finally yield their identities New DNA technology and testing have allowed Bode Technology of Lorton, Va., to extract DNA profiles of the remains, two of which were recovered in Auburn and Burien in the early 1980s. The third set of remains was found in Kent in 2003 where Kent-Kangley Road curves up the side of the Valley just above the Green River. The remains in Auburn were recovered in 1985 near the Mountain View Cemetery; the Burien remains were found in 1984 in a Little League field. Ridgway of Auburn pleaded guilty in 2003 to the murders of 48 women, including four that were never identified. He’s serving a life sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. It was advances in DNA technology that led to his arrest in November 2001 outside the Kenworth Truck Co. plant in Renton, where he had worked for 30 years. The three remains are among eight unidentified remains in the state the Virginia company was able to identify, under a National Institute of Justice grant. Seven of the eight are “full” profiles, while the eighth is a “strong” profile. “These are remains that in some cases have gone to several prior labs without profiles being developed,” said Sgt. Cindi West, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff ’s Office. Dave Reichert, a Sheriff ’s Office detective who went on to become sheriff and then a U.S. congressman, led the investigation from its beginning three decades ago in 1982 on the banks of the Green River in Kent. Now the profiles will go to the University of North Texas for review and uploading into the national DNA database. Investigators will attempt to match them against missing persons cases that have DNA profiles in the database. “Typically, family members of missing persons provide DNA samples to be used in ‘building’ a DNA profile that would represent their missing family member,” said West. The DNA is often obtained from a toothbrush, comb or other personal item left behind by the victim.

Here are the eight cases described by the King County Sheriff ’s Office. The first seven have full DNA profiles, while the last one has a “strong” DNA profile. • Case number: 69-014372 Case moniker: “Tolt Hill 1969 Jane Doe” murder victim. Location: One mile west of the Tolt River Bridge near Carnation on what is now 290th Avenue Northeast. Date of recovery: June 5, 1969 Facts: The woman was described as white, 23 to 25 years old, 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-2, 105-115 pounds, with dark hair. She had been dead for up to six months. • Case number: 83-198246 Case moniker: “North Bend Male” Location: one miles south of 42003 S.E. 166th St. Date of recovery: Oct. 12, 1983 Facts: Male skeletal remains. Victim died from a gunshot wound to the head. • Case number: 88-260904 Case moniker: “Cascade Tunnel Gary Ridgway Man” Facts: This man died in an apparent accident in King County on Nov. 2, 1988, after falling from a train in the tunnel through Stevens Pass. He was possibly living in the Wenatchee area in the fall of 1988. • Case number: 91-280335 Case moniker: “Snoqualmie River Skull” Date of recovery: Sept. 5, 1991 Facts: Partial female skull and vertebra remains. Estimated age at time of recovery, 29. • Case number: 06-353095 Case moniker: “Tolt Hill Female 2006” Location: 2110 290th Ave. N.E., Carnation (Tolt Hill Road) Date of recovery: Nov. 25, 2006 Facts: Top portion of skull found in horse pasture. The remains very old and may be a related victim to the “Tolt Hill 1969 Jane Doe” homicide whose unidentified body was recovered three blocks away in 1969. • Case number: 84-054800 (ME 84-0346) Moniker: Green River killer homicides, “Bones 10” Date of recovery: March 21, 1984, at a Little League filed

Tukwila teen charged with second-degree murder King County prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge Tuesday against a 17-year-old Tukwila boy in connection with the stabbing death of a 17-yearold SeaTac girl Saturday at a Tukwila apartment. Kolby Jordan Clark is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge April 2 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent,

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Renton works closely regionally, statewide to support aerospace [ mayor from page 1] the 737 MAX in Renton. To meet the demand for the MAX and other variants of the world’s most-popular jetliner, Boeing plans to ramp up production to 42 737s a month by 2014. In doing so, the company will add hundreds of employees – 600 to 800 this year and about the same number next year, he said. Another major Renton employer, PACCAR also is adding jobs at its Kenworth Truck Division in North Renton. Produc-

tion of Kenworth trucks had dropped to an average of two trucks per day during the recession; now the rate is 18 trucks a day, or pre-recession levels, he said. Since June 2010 PACCAR has hired 540 workers. In addition to more jobs at major employers, Renton’s overall economy is diversified and growing, he said. The number of jobs in Renton grew by 9 percent between 2010 and 2011, and all that growth was not related just to Boeing, he said. The city added 170 businesses and by the end of 2011, the city had more businesses than the year before, he said. In fact, he said, since the start of the recession in 2008, the total number of jobs in the city has increased by 2 percent. But, he added he wasn’t saying “the recession has been a good thing.” The City of Renton also has worked closely with the statewide Washington Aerospace Partnership and King County

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ised that the city was committed to focus on innovation, efficiency, and improved productivity despite budget challenges,” he said. “Once again, we kept that promise.” Staffing levels were reduced and major cuts were made to the city’s budget, he said, despite “significant growth” in the city’s population. That growth included the annexation of the Benson Hill area. “Every department made budget cuts and our employees continue to embrace our commitment to provide quality customer service,” he said. But the recession’s effects will continue, he said, reflected especially in declining property values that in turn reduce the amount of property taxes that go to the city. Those revenue declines, he said, force the city to continually reassess “our service priorities and capabilities.” “Sustaining the quality of our city must be our priority,” he said.

Some highlights from the past year in Renton Here are some of the highlights Mayor Denis Law pointed to in his speech: • Continue strong partnership with The Boeing Company—they already have over 1,000 orders for 737 MAX, and 2,300 for the 737 Next Generation. They plan to produce more than 42 airplanes a month and hire 600 to 800 people this year. • Continue to see growth in The Landing and revitalization in downtown

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City to use nuisance ordinance to go after worst offenders [ North Renton from page 1] or a public health or safety risk, with no other means to clean them up. There was an elderly woman whose property had become too much for her and became a bit of an eyesore in North Renton. Funkhouser was called upon by the city, because she lives in the neighborhood and because of her expertise. She is the supervisor for volunteer Chore Services of Catholic Community Services. That program supports lowincome seniors and disabled adults with on-going services. As part of the new Clean Community Initiative, Funkhouser organized 17 neighbors to tackle the woman’s yard. The results were dramatic. The volunteers were able to free the yard of waste and tons of blackberry bushes with six trips to the dump. Off-loading those trucks would not have been possible without help from the initiative, Funkhouser said. “There’s a personal responsibility I think that everybody should Mike Eastberg and Steven Ehrlich do some much needed yard work for a North Renton neighbor. submitted take to make their neighborhood a safe, enjoyable place to be,” she properties cleaned up,” she said. address on Wednesday. The city said. “But, it’s hard to do that “If a property is facing foreclowill be filing lawsuits in Superior in a bubble. It’s nice to have the sure, there may not be funds to Court against several property support of the city clean up the property owners soon, Law said. coming in to protherefore issuing tickets Although Law didn’t mention “With the recent vide resources, to and fines is not a soluany specific properties, Nora number of properties provide guidance.” tion.” Schulz, a North Renton resident, fighting foreclosure, Donna Locher, The most common has her suspicions for which there has been a City of Renton code violations in the property owners the new ordilead code-comproblem getting city are unlicensed or nance was created. pliance inspector, properties cleaned up. inoperable vehicles and She and her parents grew up in calls North Renton If a property is facing garbage, Locher said. the neighborhood and all three residents “very foreclosure, there are landlords. But, she also stressed proactive in keepmay not be funds to that the North Renton Schulz believes the cause of ing their neighbor- clean up the property neighborhood does not North Renton’s ills are Section 8 hood clean and therefore issuing have any more or any housing that blights the neighborsafe.” tickets and fines is not fewer violations than hood with irresponsible property The Clean Com- a solution.” Donna Locher the rest of the city. owners. munity Initiative The Renton City was created to help “We have some landlords who Council also adopted property owners do not take any responsibility a new ordinance in who could not for the property that they rent,” Volunteers Ellen Tennis, Peggie October 2011 that seeks to make physically or financially clean up Schulz said. “They don’t care their properties, Locher said in an it a crime to have a property that Howard, Steven Ehrlich and Nora Schultz about the maintenance of it. They is a chronic nuisance or unkempt email. along with others cleared six truck loads don’t care about the people they and unsafe. of yard waste and debris with help rent to and they don’t have any “With the recent number of respect for the people they rent to from the Clean Community Initiative. Mayor Denis Law spoke of the properties fighting foreclosure, submitted because they rent to people they ordinance in his State of the City there has been a problem getting

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don’t check out.” Schulz faulted Section 8 housing for being a broken system that allows for this type of behavior from landlords. To that Mark Gropper, executive director of Renton Housing Authority, had this to say in an e-mail: “It is the responsibility of the landlord to screen potential tenants for suitability, regardless of whether they have rental assistance or not.” Renton Housing Authority administers the Section 8 housing program for the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Gropper said of approximately 800 families served by the program, fewer than 12 a year have their rental assistance terminated because of behavioral and conduct concerns. Gropper also maintains that landlords are responsible for maintaining their properties through collection and maintenance of appropriate security and damage deposits. “Neither RHA nor HUD can be held liable for the damages caused by a Section 8 tenant in a privately owned rental unit,” he wrote. Schulz, who is also the vice president of the North Renton Neighborhood Association, has seen some improvements in the area with commercial property owners. She once called the bar Pounders on Main Avenue “the fifth ring of hell” because of all of its infamous criminal activity. The establishment has been replaced by The Berliner, which she’s heard no complaints about. “I think the community itself has degraded, but I think there is still a concept of community here,” said Schulz. “And, I think that has more to do with people today than it has to do with anything else.” She noted that people in general are more apt to connect with each other on Facebook than across the street, but Schulz said North Renton people still want to know their neighbors.


hazen knocks off kennedy in league opener The Hazen boys soccer team opened league play with a big, 2-1 win against Kennedy Catholic Tuesday. The Highlanders (1-1-2) fell behind five minutes into the game as the Lancers (0-21) took control early. Ryan Schaeffer scored the goal unassisted. “At that point I’ll admit I was thinking this is going to be a long season," said Hazen coach Ken Matthews. "We have talent, but we need to be passing and moving to get the most out of it… We needed something to get us going.” Matthews subbed in Jalen Conway to change things up. It paid off minutes later when Frankie Johnson found Conway on a cross and Conway scored to tie the game 1-1. The Highlanders took the lead in the 53rd minute when Jordan Lewison headed in a Conner Hall free kick. Hazen held off the Lancers for the win. Lewison leads the team with three goals on the young season. Sam Bunnell has two. Bunnell and Johnson each have two assists. Find more scores and games recaps at

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Ready to hit the ground running By ADAM McFADDEN amcfadden@rentonreporter.com

Bringing back plenty of talent, both the Lindbergh boys and girls track and field teams have high hopes for this season. The girls team took third at districts and fifth at state last season. “We should be right there again as long as we can stay healthy,” said Lindbergh girls coach Jeff Stuart. Senior Sarah Reiter should be a top competitor in both the 1,600and 3,200-meter at state. Reiter placed third in the 800 and sixth in the 1,600 at state last year. Senior Jasmine Fallgreen also returns after taking fifth in the 3,200 at state. Janalya Scott and Kaitlin Zinsli also return after strong state meets last year. Both were part of the Eagles’ fifth-place 4 X 100 relay and fourth place 4 X 200 relay. Scott, a junior, took third at state in the triple jump and she’s already bested that distance in the first meet of this season. Her jump of 35 feet, 9 1/2 inches is currently the third-best in the state among all classifications. The team did lose state competitors Lisa Peterson and track & field Jazzmine Knox to graduation, but Stuart said the team should be able to replace their contributions. On the boys side, coach Jef Rettmann is hoping his group can go from good dual-meet team to good postseason-meet team. “The last couple of years we’ve been a really strong dual-meet team because we have good depth and dover all the events,” Rettmann said. “But we haven’t had the stars. The guys who can be top players at state. This year I think we’ll be better in that category.” Junior Joe Simpson highlights a hurdlers group that should be one of the team’s strengths. Simpson placed 16th at state in the 110-meter hurdles last season. Joining him are Calebse Cange, Alex Chann and Aaron Arzaga. Arzaga made districts in both hurdles events last season. Junior Mitchell Hughey (800), junior Mohamud Abdi (1,600) and

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senior Nathan Haley (3,200) all return from the state meet last season. Rettmann said Travis Downen and Mark Garcia are looking strong this year. Sophomore Omelyan Strembitskyy made state in the pole vault last year. Rettmann said he should be a standout in that event again, plus sprints. Sophomores Trevonn Russell and Daniel Wiitanen, plus junior Jayde Wiitanen lead the throwers. Russell and Daniel Wiitanen both made districts last year.

Above: Liberty’s Josh Gordon jumps at an early season meet last year. Left: Lindbergh’s Sarah Reiter nears the finish line at the Seamount League cross-country meet last fall. adam mcfadden, Renton Reporter

Here is a look at all of the Renton track and field teams this season:

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Renton: The Renton boys won the 2A state title behind great performances from seniors Justin Bennett and P.J. Benedictus. Bennett won titles in the 100 and 200, plus he was part of the school’s winning 4 X 100 relay (along with Benedictus, Robert Reeves III and Immanuel Carter). Benedictus won the triple jump, took second in the high jump and second in the long jump. But all is not lost with the two seniors. Carter returns for his senior season after taking second in the 400 and fifth in the long jump at state. Senior Adriel Paine IV placed fifth in the 800 at state. Carter and Paine paired with Delroy Mukungatu and Hamilton Carter to finish eighth in the 4X 400 relay. Hamilton Carter is back for this season. Senior Tyler Yorita (110-meter hurdles) and sophomore Micah Prescott (shot put) also made districts last season. Liberty: Liberty finished second at

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the 3A state meet, just seven points behind North Central. Josh Gordon returns for his senior season after winning a long jump state title, finishing second in the high jump, placing sixth in the 200, and running on the team’s title-winning 4 X 400 relay (along with Devin Bennett, Joseph Bergmann and Hamilton Noel). Bennett’s graduation will be a big loss for the team. He placed fifth in the triple jump, 11th in the long jump and fifth in the 400. Junior Hiron Redman returns after placing third in the 800. Noel is back after taking sixth in the pole vault. Chase Kenney (ninth in pole vault) and Bergmann also return. Hazen: The Highlanders placed 27th at state and tied for 16th at the West Central District 3A meet last year. Hazen lost its top state performer, Kyle Martin, to graduation. Martin placed third in the pole vault. The team welcomes back several of its district athletes including junior Devin Nguyen (400), junior Keith Beasley (800), junior Daniel Karpman (1,600, 3,200), senior Lloyd Byram (3,200), senior Sean Smallwood (pole vault), junior Spencer Shear (pole vault), and sophomore Bahari Watkins (triple jump). Other key returners are Daniel Huie, Travis Lilly, Chase Onstot and Justin Russell.

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Renton: The Indians took 13th at the 2A state meet. Renton’s best performer at the meet was senior Amadi Bentley, who won a state title in the 100-meter hurdles, placed third in the 100, and took fourth

in the 300-meter hurdles. Sophomore Joy Barnes returns after placing 16th in the 3,200 state. Barnes took fourth at districts in the event. Junior Tala Hild is also back after finishing sixth in the high jump. Sophomore Nailah Eubanks (400), junior Hannah Franceschina (discus) and junior Jazzlynn Joshua (triple jump) all return after competing at districts. Hazen: The Hazen girls team placed 20th at the West Central District 3A meet last season. Graduated Starr Williams placed ninth in the 100 at state and was the team’s only state competitor. Returning athletes from districts include: senior Sarah Schoville (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles), junior Cameron Devereux (javelin), sophomore Emma Tuschhoff (triple jump), sophomore Chelsea Delgado (relays), junior Ashley Selover (relays), and sophomore Gabby Brower (relays). Liberty: The Patriots took 37th at the 3A state meet and 10th at the 3A Sea-King District 2 meet. Madison Birdsall graduated after placing seventh in the 400. Sophomore Amy Broska returns after placing 17th in the 1,600 and 15th in the 3,200. Delane Agnew, Stacy Christensen and Michaela Chucka all return after taking 13th in the 4 X 200 relay. Agnew, Megan Chucka and Aimee Christensen took eighth in the 4 X 400 relay. Senior Morgan Safley placed 13th in the shot put. Junior Anna Frodsham took 13th in the javelin, senior Emily Pestl-Dimmitt finished 15th. Junior Jessica Pickering placed 12th in the pole vault. Other returners from districts: Senior Danielle Richards (100, pole vault), senior Elizabeth Ryker (200, 400), sophomore Megan Larson (800), and junior Rachel Shaw (3,200).


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More than meets the eye with Renton chiropractor By ADAM McFADDEN amcfadden@rentonreporter.com

By almost any measure, Renton’s Scott Petett is not your typical chiropractor. Unless your typical chiropractor happens to enjoy soaring over 30foot gaps, hucking his bike down a huge drop or navigating a log ride several feet off the ground. Petett owns Petett Chiropractic and is married with two daughters, yet he’s still had time to develop a name for himself in the freeride mountain- biking world with a video that went viral and a couple of impressive race finishes under his belt. On the surface Petett, 48, appears to be a fairly typical Renton success story. He grew up in the Highlands, lives in Kennydale and now is thrivScott Petett ing with his business in Fairwood. “This is my dream practice,” Petett said. “I get to practice in my home town and that’s fun because I will have patients come in that I’ve known since I was 5 and younger.” Under the surface, his skill on the bike has gained him quite a bit of attention. Despite a busy family and work life, Petett tries to get out and ride at least two or three times a week, usually at local trails including Tapeworm (in Renton near Philip Arnold Park) and Duthie Hill (Issaquah). Becoming a chiropractor first popped onto his radar when he was attending Hazen in 1981. He was

Renton’s Scott Petett jumps a 30-foot gap at during one of his free-ride mountainbike rides. gary babcock, Gary’s Action Photography injured while cutting firewood one weekend and assumed he would miss the entire upcoming football season, until his coach suggested he go see a chiropractor. Petett was walking again in three days, running in five and played in the first game of the season. One thing led to another and Petett has had his practice for more than 23 years. The past seven of which he’s been at his current location at 10622 S.E. Carr Road, where he works alongside his wife Anne. He’s also been able to give back. Petett started a sports exam

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program at Lindbergh in 1995 and donated all the proceeds back to the school. In 15 years, it totaled nearly $28,000. Petett has always been interested in bikes. In fact when he was younger he rode his bike to deliver the Renton RecordChronicle. He got his first mountain bike in 1989. For Sealed Air Tenant Improvemuch of the next ment LUA12-009, ECF Location: 2501 East Valley Rd. 15 years he kept to

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cross-country riding – the most popular type of mountain biking on a variety of terrain with nothing too rough. But things changed in 2002 when a friend convinced him to try free riding. Free riding is a more aggressive style that incorporates bigger jumps, elevated log rides and other obstacles that generally require more skill than cross-country riding. Petett took to it right away. “Initially it grabbed me so much that I put cross country aside for a bit,” he said. “I really enjoyed the challenge of mastering the skills.” Petett gained notoriety in 2005 when he filmed himself and a friend while the two rode a local trail in the North Bend/Issaquah area. The video was sent around to friends and eventually landed [ more petett page 23 ]

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Viral video got filmmakers interested in Petett for web series [ petett from page 22 ] on YouTube, where it went viral and recorded more than a million views. In 2009 a film company called Petett and asked if he would be interested in participating in a web film series. “The Season” would follow five athletes as they tried to take their sport to new heights. “The first thing I said when they called was, ‘Do you know how old I am?’” Petett was 41 at the time. In fact it was his age, and the level he was riding at, that got the

filmmakers Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith interested in him. After first declining, Petett eventually agreed to take part in the series. The four episodes followed Petett as he prepared for his first downhill race. “I’m glad I did it,” he said. “It really was a lot of fun.” After The Season, Petett entered a downhill race in Port Angeles as part of the Northwest Cup in 2010 and won his age group. Petett still tries to do at least one of the Northwest Cup races a year.

The obvious danger to his hobby is falling. Petett owns a small, family business and any injury that prevents him from working would be a very big problem. He mitigates the risk with what he calls the art to falling. “I’m thankful that in most of my fall I don’t get hurt,” Petett said. “There’s the occasional crash where the sudden stop gets you, but there’s only been a couple where I’ve missed any time at work.” While there’s certainly some risk involved, Petett might find it tough going

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without riding. “It definitely helps me manage stress,” he said. “I get on my bike and it still makes me smile.” It also gives him some extra knowledge when treating patients with injuries. Not only has he studied the human body, but he’s actually been injured and dealt with recover on a personal level. Petett plans on riding for as long as he’s able to. He will race next April 6-8 in another Northwest Cup event.

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Phil was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Spokane, WA. He graduated from North Central, attended Washington State College, and then joined the Army. He was a proud World War II veteran. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell 36 years, a job that transferred him to Renton, WA where he lived the second half of life. Phil was an avid woodworker, private pilot, golfer and a model train enthusiast. During retirement he and Elaine golfed in all 50 states traveling to 49 of them in their motorhome. He was working on his model train when he passed away. Predeceased by Elaine, wife of 54 years, son Phil; survived by son Bob, daughters, Cheri Betancourt, and Diana (Tom) Prenguber, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, sister, Myrtle Kaul of Spokane, WA and many friends and family. Graveside service at the Old Milltown Cemetery in Skagit County 11 AM, April 28, 2012 followed by an open house at the family home.

August 31, 1932 – March 16, 2012 A Quiet Elegance

Born to Layberry and Willie Mae Morehouse in Lake Providence, Louisiana, Naomi graduated from East Carroll Parrish High School in 1951. It was there she met her husband of 57 years, Sam Turner. Together, they travelled the world with the U.S. Army. As a long-time and charter member of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Baptist Church in Renton, Naomi was the original founder of the church’s Usher Board. In her spare time, Naomi loved to travel, shop, cook and brag about her grand (and great grand) children. Survived by her husband (Sam), two daughters - Anita (Michael) Phillips and Audrey (Mario) Rodriguez, five grandchildren – William Joseph Phillips, Jonathan Charles Phillips, Samuel Jeffrey Phillips, Fortuné Turner Rodriguez, and Naomi Elise Rodriguez, two great grandchildren – Desmond Kanai Phillips and Tatum Jolie Phillips, and four siblings (Luella Evans, Jacqueline Baker, Patricia Morehouse and McClunes Morehouse). The Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Church in Renton followed by burial at Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton. 599415

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Archie Robert Coppock, age 77, died at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Seattle, on March 17, 2012. The son of Benjamin and Evalyn (Cooper) Coppock, he was born in Borger, Texas, on June 23, 1934. He spent his early years in Lenapah, Oklahoma; graduating from Lenapah High School. He joined the Air Force and trained as a firefighter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was stationed in Mountain Home, Idaho and in French Morocco. Mr. Coppock married Sylva Jean Glazier on April 8, 1956 in Lenapah and they had three children. He graduated from Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas, and in 1963 accepted a job with The Boeing Company in Wichita, and then transferred to Renton, Washington, where he enjoyed a long career building airplanes. Divorced in 1985, Mr. Coppock subsequently married, Elizabeth (Betty) Cannizzo in 1991, and the couple lived in Yuma, Arizona for twelve years. His wife died in 2010, and he returned to Renton. He is survived by children: Rick (Marlys) Coppock, Debbie Brenner, and Susan (Dan) Trujillo, all in Renton. He has one surviving brother, Arthur Ben Coppock of Nowata, Oklahoma. His grandchildren are: Stefanie (Mrs. Kelly) McGill, Sierra Kauzlarich; Ricki-Lyn Coppock; Amanda (Mrs. Casey) Henderson; Randi, Hunter and Trey Trujillo. Two grandchildren, Joshua Baker and Shelby Kauzlarich, preceded him in death. Other family member include: Kelly (Mrs. DeWayne) Hanson and Ann Baker. Four toddlers call him great-grandpa. Remaining close to Betty’s five children, he enjoyed being a grandfather to their children. His ashes will be interred at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th Street, Kent, Washington. A military service is planned for March 26, 2012 at 1 PM; immediately followed by a celebration of his life at the Kent Memorial Park Building, 850 N. Central, Kent. Mr. Coppock requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, S200, P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005. Services are under the direction of Yahn and Son Funeral Home, Auburn, Washington. 599676

Judith “Judy” Antoinette (Miller) Stallings, 69, of Clarkdale, AZ, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2012. Her wonderful wit, easy smile, and loyalty to her friendships will leave a legacy of joy that will sustain those who knew her forever. She was born on December 21, 1942 in Seattle, WA, the daughter of the late Thomas Miller & Alice Miller Calhoon (93) of Kent, WA. Judy graduated from Renton High School in 1961, and received post graduate degrees in Political Science and Foreign Languages from the University of Washington. She married Thomas Stallings in 1982, and they enjoyed life together in Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Cornville, AZ until Tom’s death in 2008. Judy and her beloved Australian Terriers, “Lida Rose” and “Dusty”, moved to Clarkdale, AZ in 2011. Judy was a devoted elementary school teacher in Cottonwood, AZ until her retirement in 2011. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her students. As an avid reader, she volunteered in the Cottonwood Public Library each week. Prior to her teaching career, Judy worked in the travel industry and participated in tours to Europe, England, South America, and Mexico. Judy’s love of the Southwest desert and its natural beauty permeated her life as well as her artistic work. Blessed with creative and artistic abilities, Judy was always busy with her quilting, knitting, beading, or stained glass hobbies. Her devotion to training and showing her beloved Australian Terriers over the past two decades was her greatest joy, as evidenced by their many trophies. Judy was the co-founder of The Australian Terrier Foundation that is now in 30 countries. Judy is survived by her mother, Alice Calhoon (93) of Kent, WA; a son-in-law Thomas Stallings & his wife, Diana (Grabiec), of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter-in-law Diane (Stallings) Bauer of Phoenix, AZ; a sister Merrely (Miller) Bantell & her husband Marvin of Renton, WA; and a brother Thomas G. Miller of Olympia,WA. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren and four nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Cottonwood, AZ Hospice or a Hospice Agency of your choice. 597919


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