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City embraces wonders of new environmental park By ROBERT WHALE

Kailen Bergerren, a fifth-grader at Bonney Lake’s Emerald Hills Elementary School, films his classmates, Jonathan Williams, left, and Trinity Wyse, during the Q-13 studio mockup at the Junior Achievement BizTown in Auburn. SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter

THE BUZZ ABOUT BIZTOWN Kids explore, learn as adults in business world By SHAWN SKAGER

The Q13 television studio is an oasis of calm amid the whirlwind of hubbub in Auburn’s Junior Achievement BizTown. Behind the camera, Emerald Hills Elementary School fifth-

grader Kailen Bergerren silently cues his classmates, Trinity Wyse and Jonathan Williams, counting down with upheld fingers. Five … four … three … two … one … and Bergerren points as they go live, beaming out a newscast to their fellow BizTown participants. Bergerren, Wyse and Williams aren’t actual Q13 employees, of course. It’s all pretend, although you’d be hard pressed

to guess this, watching these and other BizTown participants going through their assigned tasks. Since 2004 Junior Achievement has offered BizTown, a simulation of the adult business world, giving fifth-graders throughout the region a taste for a day of what it’s like to run a business, balance a budget and manage employees. “In the fifth-grade program at BizTown, the young people

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Midway through one of the many speeches marking the opening of the Auburn Environmental Park boardwalk at the north end of Western Avenue last Thursday, some brash, noisemaking so-and-so stole the thunder. All heads whipped to the bold upstager, just then 25 feet above – a large Canadian goose on its way out of the park, flapping its great wings and announcing its presence in an outburst of profound honks. “A fly by,” declared a voice from somewhere in the crowd, as laughter rippled along. Without a word, that feathered denizen of the AEP

KCHA begins $10M rehab project For the Reporter

A major renovation of Green River Homes − one of the King County Housing Authority’s oldest public housing developments – is under way. The $10 million project will transform the worn-out, box-

Bowl time: Potters throwing clay around for major fundraiser By ROBERT WHALE

A tidy clutch of ceramics teachers and students gathered in Green River Community College’s Salish Hall room 170 last week for the annual throwing of clay bowls. Word from veterans of last

year’s, inaugural bowl-throwing spectacular, among them Auburn’s Gail Spurrell – stick around kiddo, it’s loads of fun. But wait, what gives? Not a single bowl set a whizzing or spinning through the air during the [ more empty bowls page 3 ]

explained what the park was all about. But that didn’t stop City officials and others from trying. “It’s an environmental park for generations to come,” Mayor Pete Lewis told the large crowd. “We know that this area is going to continue to fill up with people. The opportunities for a natural setting such as this are going to be fewer and fewer as the years go by. “To have this great park for our children and their children to come, makes such a big difference,” Lewis added. “It will be used for years, for education, for pleasure. It will definitely be used,” said Auburn City Councilwoman Nancy Backus. [ more PARK page 4 ]

like structures at the 59-unit public housing complex into a modern, attractive rental housing community. These improvements are intended to complement the work by the City of Auburn is doing at Les Gove Park and on the M Street corridor. “This is another great partnership with a caring organization [ more PROJECT page 3 ]

Quick stop Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, right, stopped by Auburn’s Pick-Quick Drive In on Tuesday to chat with Mayor Pete Lewis, left, and Gerard Centioli, company president and CEO of ICON LLC, about the iconic restaurant’s commitment to green technology. After talking to Centioli about ways to encourage businesses to embrace innovation in Pick-Quick’s design, Inslee sat with Lewis to enjoy a burger, milkshake and fries. SHAWN SKAGER, Auburn Reporter


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April 13, 2012 [3] [ project from page 1 ] that is updating their housing in our city,” said Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. “As buildings age they require more repairs and more maintenance. Eventually, roofs, windows, and heating systems, just wear out,” said King County Housing Authority Executive Director Stephen Norman. “The good news is that we’ve been able to leverage private investments to refurbish these 60-yearold buildings. Not only

will this work improve the quality of life for residents, it also improves the community’s appearance and increases energy efficiency. Repairs will also generate well-paying construction jobs. It’s a terrific investment in the community.” Green River Homes was built in 1957. Although habitable, the site and buildings are in need of complete renovation to extend their useful life for another four to five decades. The buildings are serviced by an old KCHA-owned gas

distribution system with a single meter. The water distribution system is undersized and lacks adequate fire flow. Floor plans are outdated, as are plumbing, heating and ventilation systems. The project calls for roof replacements on each of the 30 single-story structures and the installation of new exterior siding and energy-efficient windows. The project is designed to meet Evergreen Sustainability Development standards.

The new exterior façade will look more appealing and modern with fiber cement siding that adds texture, insulation, durability and color. Other improvements are utility rooms accessible from outside for easier maintenance and redesigned entryways with gables. Six residential units have modified bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas to accommodate residents with mobility problems.

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Welcoming a baby takes careful planning. Your first step is to find the right doctor. Gustavo Martinez, a ceramics teacher at Green River Community College, shapes one of the many bowls destined for Auburn Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event May 1. robert whale, Auburn Reporter

[ EMPTY BOWLS from page 1 ] entire, three-hour bowlthrowing event? Not a one of them smashed into tiny bits against … anything? Truth is, the only spinning these bowls would do was on the pottery wheel. And the big thrill for those artisans was just getting together and volunteering their time and talent to make bowls for Auburn Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event. What’s that? Well, for a small donation, attendees at the Empty Bowls Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 1 at Grace Community Church, get a handcrafted bowl that these and other local artisans have made to keep, with lunch inside provided by Auburn area restaurants and schools. Donations go to local food banks. Last year’s Bowl Throw raised almost $8,000. Gotta admit, that’s a much better thing to do than slinging a bowl. “It’s for a good cause,” said ceramics teacher Gustavo Martinez, spinning a bowl on his pottery wheel. The GRCC throw-off started at 3 p.m., ending when everybody’d had enough. “When they’re done, we’ll throw, fire and glaze the bowls and deliver them for the event,” said Paul Metivier, assistant professor of ceramics at GRCC. “This is the second one we’ve done. I tell students to throw as many as they can handle in terms of the short turnaround.

“… Donating your talent is a lot more satisfying than writing a check or something like that,” Metivier added. Clay Art in Tacoma donated the raw material. The Auburn Food Bank puts out the call every year for local artists, businesses and restaurants to come together to help Auburn’s hungry. The Auburn Food Bank this week received a small grant from the city of Auburn Arts Commission to offer local residents the chance to create art for themselves, making their own bowl by throwing one, or painting bisque bowls. Community members can create or paint dishes for Empty Bowls through the Community Drop In Pot Throw at Klay Crazy Ceramics and Gifts, at 720 A St. SE in Auburn. The ceramics studio is open Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday and Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Interested? Then go directly to Krazy Clay Ceramics and make a $15 donation to the food event. You can then choose a bisque bowls to decorate. In exchange you receive a lunch voucher sturdy enough to bring along with your bowl to the May 1 event. But if you want to make more than one bowl and donate an extra one, that’s OK, too. Green River students also donated bowls for the Enumclaw Empty Bowls event held March 2.

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[4] April 13, 2012 [ PARK from page 1 ] As of the grand opening, visitors to the park will see not only the 2-year-old bird observation tower but a brand new trail of pervious concrete around it, surrounded by mulched areas. At the end of that trail, atop pin pilings and fully ADA-accessible, is the boardwalk, Extending over the wetlands to West Main Street, about 1,200 feet in all, the boardwalk’s features include benches and picnic tables made of recycled materials, interpretive signs at heights accessible to everybody, native landscaping at both entrances, even a 21-space bike rack. The Washington State Conservation Corps – administered by the Washington State Department of Ecology – put the boardwalk together, using

[ BIZTOWN from page 1 ] become employees, consumers and00they become citizens,” explains Junior Achievement of Washington spokesperson Joanne Kahl. “They really conduct a full economy at BizTown. the muscle, know how and determination of six teams of 18- to-24-year-old volunteers that it cycled through the swampy site every week for more than six months. But counting all the souls who wielded shovels, turned wrenches, planted plants, wheelbarrowed and mulched, hundreds of people and organizations had a hand in the project. Indeed, city estimates show volunteers put in about 700 hours. Help came also from Parametrix, from LMI Aerospace, Inc., from Auburn High School’s DECA and Interact clubs and from every department in the City of Auburn. Huffman Construction contributed its sweat to the parking lot expansion and the pervious paved concrete. Additional support came from the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, The Downtown Auburn As-

sociation, the Boeing Company, the Rainier Audubon Society, the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors, Puget Sound Energy, the Auburn School District, Centrix Biosystems and every service club in the city. Funding for the park began with a $572,000 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant in 2007. When all the speeches were done and the ribbon was cut and the last piece of cake was eaten, Marcia Garrett, director of external affairs for Washington State University’s office in Seattle, one of the City’s research partners in the wetland, strolled along the boardwalk to get her first look. “It’s gorgeous, gorgeous!,” Garrett said. “Oh, just look at all those purples!”

And they come very prepared and focused.” Throughout BizTown, which features mockups of businesses such as Best Buy, IKEA and Q13, the students go briskly about their tasks as working adults. “I sign all the checks and

give the bills to people that have bought advertising,” said Williams, the Q13 CEO. “Our ad exec goes out after I print the bills, and hands them out. I may do a couple if it’s real busy.” The program at JA World in Auburn – along with its

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Richard Wynne, a board member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, speaks at the grand opening of the Auburn Environmental Park boardwalk. ROBERT WHALE, Auburn Reporter companion, Finance Park, which teaches financial literacy to middle- and high-schoolers – is one of the capstone programs for JA, Kahl explained. “Our core purpose is to empower young people to own their economic success,” she said. “Junior Achievement is really a great partnership with education. The statistics of where we are with graduating our kids is a huge issue. If you think about it, it wasn’t that long ago we were the No. 1 nation in graduating our children from high school. Now we’re not even in the top 20. So we need to inspire kids about their futures. Inspire them now so they understand that in our free market system in America

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and if they have a dream, they can make that dream a reality. Education is that first step in making that dream come true.” In Washington State, Junior Achievement reaches about 100,000 students in 5,000 classrooms, Kahl said. At the Auburn location, 20,000 students go through the BizTown and Finance Park programs annually. And with up to 29,000 kids dropping out of high school yearly in the state, according to Kahl, anything that can make an impact and inspire children to believe in their financial future is important. “What we have at this facility, and at the one in Yakima as well, is the greatest offering we’ve ever had as an organization,” Kahl said. For fifth-grade teacher Russell Anderson, the BizTown experience is a vital piece of his teaching curriculum every year. For weeks leading up to the actual outing at JA World, Anderson and parents and volunteers from the business world prepare the students. “We’ve been doing this for about six years,” AnderDespite signs of economic recovery, record numbers of families in Washington and across America are relying on food assistance. Among the most needed items are sources of high quality protein. Washington’s own Stiebrs Farms recently donated more than 8,000 eggs to the Auburn Food Bank, Hoquiam Food Bank, White Center Food Bank and UCBO Yelm Community Services to help fami-

son said. “It teaches them personal responsibility along with teamwork. They being to see how close to reality it really is.” Anderson continued: “They come back from this exhausted, but so fulfilled. It’s really amazing. A lot of them will say they have started to appreciate more what their parents do.” The impact on the students after their BizTown experience is also noticeable, Anderson added: “There is a self-confidence boost,” he said. “At our school we talk about respect, responsibility and safety. Here they have to put those into practice in an environment different than school. And it starts to hit home with them when they see it here.” For the kids, the experience is a real eye-opener as well. “I’m the CFO at IKEA, I manage all the finances and bills,” Adam Sjolund said. “I think BizTown is really cool, how it shows how it really is in real life.” “It’s awesome,” Bergerren added. “Being an adult and in a business is hard to do.” lies struggling with food insecurity. Stiebrs Farms’ efforts are part of a national effort, organized by the United Egg Producers. For the fifth consecutive spring, America’s egg farmers are giving families in need a helping hand by donating nearly 10 million fresh eggs. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million – equaling nearly 5 million dozen.

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A vehicle with two older women inside crashed into the north side of the Auburn Applebee’s Restaurant on D Street Northeast, just after 11 a.m. on April 4. Kelly Williams, public information officer for the Valley Regional Fire Authority, said the driver of the SUV and her passenger refused aid. Nobody inside the restaurant was hurt. The restaurant remained closed until a City of Auburn building official could assess the damage. COURTESY PHOTO, VRFA


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Police Blotter Auburn police responded to the following calls for service, among many others, between April 3 and 9:

April 3 Car theft: 6:21 a.m., 28000 block of 112th Avenue Southeast. Spying a residential driveway and a green, 1998 Acura Integra 3-door running upon it, keys in the ignition and no owner around, a thief took advantage of the situation and made off with the car. Vandalism: 5:49 p.m., 4708 Mill Pond Drive SE. A child dispute between a woman and her exboyfriend grew so heated that the woman broke into his apartment, earning herself an arrest. Shoplifting: 5:45 p.m., 762 Supermall Drive SW. Police arrested a woman who had decided to try her hand – none too smoothly – at shoplifting items undisclosed from Walmart. Because the radius of the woman’s criminal enterprise encompassed youngsters, police have forwarded the case to Child Protective Services. Robbery: 10:20 p.m., 15th Street Southwest and Market Street. A 19-year-old Auburn woman just off from work had been waiting for a bus at 15th and Market when

a woman grabbed her shoulders from behind, slammed her face into the dirt, asked her, “Are you ready to die tonight?” then robbed her at gunpoint. The robber made her victim eat a dandelion and laughed throughout the robbery, treating what she was doing as some sort of joke. The robber ultimately took $15 from her victim’s purse then ran off on foot with a parting warning not to follow her. The victim later described the woman as about 45 years old, black, 5-foot-6, weighing about 240 pounds, with thin eyebrows and a ring on the left side of her lip. She had straight bangs, black hair pulled back tightly in a ponytail or bun, and a chubby, round face marked with brown spots. She was wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans.

April 4 Theft: 9 a.m., 1402 Auburn Way N. The owner of Auburn Mail and Copy Center told police that somebody had stolen his business checkbook from his business counter. Burglary: 11:51 a.m., 620 37th St. SE. Burglars struck Mt. Baker Middle School, setting off a fire extinguisher inside.

April 5 Prowling: 3:33 a.m., 2436 Auburn Way N. A man interrupted another man trying to prowl a Dodge Ram pickup truck. The victim tried to seize the suspect, but the suspect fled

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on foot, taking nothing and leaving behind a broken driver’s side rear window. Vandalism: 7:32 a.m., 700 block of F Place Northeast. Somebody broke the windows out of several cars but stole nothing.


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 171 calls for service between April 2 and April 8, among them the following:

April 2 Aid call: 7 p.m., (Auburn). A woman complaining of a rapid heart rate received help from firefighters and additional examination and treatment from King County Medics. Medics transported the woman to Auburn Regional Medical Center.

April 3 Aid call: 9:08 p.m. (Lea Hill). Firefighters responding to a

woman complaining of chest pain determined that her pain was not related to her heart. A private ambulance transported her to a local hospital.

April 4 Aid call: Noon, (South Auburn). Firefighters and King County Medics responded to an older man with stroke symptoms. Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center.

April 5 Vehicle fire: 11:41 a.m., (Pacific). Firefighters called to the scene of a vehicle fire used tank water to kill the fire. The car was a total loss, but nobody was hurt. Investigators determined an accidental cause for the fire.

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Prowl: 7:16 a.m., O block of North Division Street. A man illegally entered a city-owned vehicle and fell asleep inside, and that was where police later found and arrested him. Vandalism: 11:45 a.m., 1005 37th St. SE. Unknown rock chuckers tossed rocks through multiple windows at Gildo Rey Elementary School. Police did not disclose a value for the damages.

April 8 Vandalism: 2:43 p.m., 5500 block of Bridget Avenue South. Vandals yet unknown drove over somebody’s flower bed.

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April 9 Burglary: 8 a.m., 1015 24th St. NE. Persons unknown tried to break into the staff lounge at Cascade Middle School. Assault with a firearm: 10:20 a.m., 12100 block of Southeast 304th Street. Somebody in a dark sedan shot a woman with a BB gun, striking her twice in the hip. The woman reported redness and swelling, but by the time police arrived the marks had faded.

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April 7 Aid call: 6:50 p.m., (Algona). Firefighters treated a woman who had fallen and hit her head, but she refused transport to a hospital.

April 8 Stink investigation: 11:36 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a business complaint referencing the smell of natural gas. The source turned out to be a nearby business with two extinguished pilot lights. Firefighters secured the gas line to the kitchen stove and left a note for the business owners.

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REMINDER: M St. SE Closes on April 16 DETOUR

REMEMBER TO: • Leave extra time for your commute • Familiarize yourself with detour routes • Find alternate routes if possible

Construction of the M St. Underpass Project will close M St. SE between 4th St. SE and 6th St. SE beginning Monday, April 16 and will remain closed until approximately February 2013 (weather depending). The purpose of the project is to separate M St. SE from the at-grade rail crossing by lowering M St. SE to improve traffic flow and safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bikes. M St. SE will be widened to a 5-lane road with bike lanes and sidewalks. The project will also replace the traffic signal at the intersection of M St. SE and 4th St. SE is anticipated to continue through April 2013. There will be traffic impacts and noise caused by construction activities. Pedestrian access will be maintained around the M St. SE closure. Businesses will remain open during construction activities. If you have any questions, concerns or need more information, please contact: City Project Manager: Ryan Vondrak, Project Manager 253-931-3086 Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation associated with this project.


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Every day, Mac, Scooter and I wander the streets of Auburn. And believe me, when I say it, Auburn truly is “more than you imagined.” Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t. But before I go much further, let me point out that Mac and Scooter are brothers, going on 5 years old now. Born at the same time, they are not quite twins. Oh, and they are dogs. That might be important to know. They are black and small, but Scooter is smaller than Mac, 16 and 23 pounds, respectively. Readers may have seen us walking around. In fact, some may have stopped us and smiled, and said things like, “Oh, how cute! What are they?” John Pinsker

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All roads don’t lead to Auburn, but over the ones that do it can be a bumpy, aggravating ride. Not exactly the ideal welcome mat for new residents and potential business. To fix the worn road problem as soon as possible, local leaders have come up with a creative, quick-response plan for Auburnites who use the aging streets frequently to reach work, school and play. Commuters welcome a smoother ride, but at what cost? Taxpayers – homeowners and proprietors alike – are wary of another increase to their monthly mortgage. It really comes down to this: affordably pay for local roads with local money now, or pay more to repair eroding roads with “outside” funding sources much later. Without any guarantee of federal or state help, the cities within the Green River Valley are left to fend for themselves. Cities, like growing Auburn, are at a literal crossroads. Either fix the problem now by tapping into locally-driven funding solutions, or wait considerably longer for an improved economic picture. Optimistic forecasters expect commerce to rebound, revenue to pick up, and federal and state grants to become more available to repair local infrastructure. Auburn is not so sure. Mark Klaas

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Keep Auburn moving, vote yes on Tuesday In an election cycle, it is hard to cut through the clutter and find important facts needed to make a decision. After reading and learning more about the upcoming road modernization and construction bond, I support the upcoming bond issue and will be voting yes April 17. Growing up in the city and recently relocating back here after working for a dozen years out of state, I have personally seen many points of opportunity, as well as challenges, in Auburn. As the economy shows consistent signs of improvement over the past year, Auburn stands on a precipice to either follow the wave of growth coming though the region and nation or fall behind as businesses and citizens continue to suffer under substandard roads. This bond improves road safety, ease of movement and business to business connectivity. It deserves community support for the betterment of all our citizens. This project is affordable for residents; costing about the same as two tanks of gas during the first five years of the bond and falling as time goes forward. The bond represents a partnership of businesses and residents to jointly underwrite the much-needed costs. It is transparent, accountable and puts local money into local roads and will create local jobs and economic opportunities for companies and workers doing the improvements.

Letters policy The Auburn Reporter welcomes letters to the editor on any subject. Letters must include a name, address and daytime phone number for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for length. Letters should be no more than 250 words in length. Submissions may be printed both in the paper and electronically. I will be voting yes on Tuesday. I would urge my friends, family and neighbors in the community to do so as well. – Kelly M. McDonald

Time is now to repair our streets It’s good to hear the thoughts and opinions expressed on the Auburn street improvement bond issue on the April 17 ballot. At the same time, I appreciate the work the Arterial Streets Task Force put into studying and analyzing this problem. Yes, we all pay taxes to the state and, as the task force discovered, none of those taxes are allocated for repair of local roads and streets. Our streets project the image of a town that is not interested in its current and future infrastructure, which is not the case, but the message is real. Our economic development initiatives are impaired. Bad streets impact freight deliveries and create real safety issues

when cars swerve to avoid potholes and rough spots. When potential new residents and business owners visit Auburn and drive around on our crumbling streets, they find Auburn less attractive than other locations and may choose not to live here. A business that locates elsewhere is jobs lost to our economy. I see this bond issue as a creative and positive way for business people and citizens of our city to come together, accept responsibility for our infrastructure and make the investment that will strengthen our future. We can wait for improvement in business activity and increases in revenue, but we’ll lose valuable time. The streets will get worse, and the cost to make the improvements will go up. I live in Auburn, work in Auburn and own property in Auburn. Do I like additional taxes? Of course not. Am I willing to bite the bullet and get going now to improve our streets? Absolutely. I am prepared to pay my fair share and am voting yes on the bond proposal. – Nancy Colson

Let’s fix our roads, support the bond My ballot has just arrived and after reviewing the proposal and fact materials I must say, I like what I see and I’m voting yes. It’s about time that someone has come up with an affordable plan to solve Auburn’s crumbling street problem. I like the [ more LETTERS page 8 ]

[8] April 13, 2012 [ KLAAS from page 7 ] For example, recent reconstruction of a worn, unstable section of the West Valley Highway required $4 million in state grant money. Auburn waited 16 years to get the project done. In the meantime, many of Auburn’s familiar roads and streets will continue to deteriorate before getting better. And that is the worry of Citizens to Keep Auburn Moving, backers of a $59 million bond measure that would repair 31 miles of aging commuter and freight corridors. The Auburn Transportation Benefit District earlier this year unanimously agreed to put the bond to the test. Voters will decide its fate in Tuesday’s special election. The measure is the culminating work of the Arterial Streets Task Force, which labored in partnership with the City to determine how to address the problem of deteriorating roads and streets within the city. “This is our problem. Roads are a major thermometer of ‘how do you care about your community?’ ” said Terry Davis, co-chair of Citizens to Keep Auburn Moving. “Right now, with our roads kind of being in a ‘patch-the-roof ’ type mode because that’s all the money that we have, it looks like we don’t care.” Which bothers the people in City Hall. It also rankles Nancy Wyatt, COO of the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce. “I specifically had a business that is actually locating here ask me, ‘It doesn’t seem like this community cares,” Wyatt said. “I explained it to them … and to others … that they need to understand that our community really does take care of itself.” To tackle this problem, local leaders are asking for support. Among the targeted, major repair spots are B Street Northeast and 37th Street Northwest, a portion of truck-worn West Valley Highway and roads that lead to and come down from Lea and West Hills. The front-loaded, stairstep-tiered bond calls for all of the work to be done in 10 years, most of it in the first five. Auburn businesses would cover two-thirds of the repair cost, homeowners would cover the rest. Make no mistake, businesses would bear the cost, beginning at about $506 a year for the small property owner. The average homeowner, on the other hand, would pay about the cost of one tank of gas per year for the first five years of the project, and a couple tanks of gas in years 6 through 15. During the first five years of street improvements, the average $250,000 home would see a $4-$8 per month increase in year five ($36$96 per year) and average monthly impacts of $8-$9 ($96-$113 per year) in years 6-15. As the bonds mature and are paid off, the average annual impact to a homeowner steadily declines until it is eventually retired. This avenue was chosen over vehicle tolls, annual motor vehicle fees, sales tax or excess levies. Still, as even Davis acknowledges, it will be difficult to persuade all taxpayers to support the bond, especially those who live check to check. “Anytime you talk taxes and property taxes, it’s a tough sell,” he said. “My hope is that the majority of them who drive these roads every single day … will see there is a need. This is a reasonable, affordable option.” Do nothing and the problem worsens, roads crumbling until they have to be rebuilt from the foundation up. Attacking the cracking, rough surfaces now, Davis says, would prevent more costly repairs later. Some industrial-area intersections would be restored with longerlife concrete rather than asphalt-based treatment, Davis said, to better handle the stop-and-go pounding of heavy truck traffic. “We are trying to be smart, reasonable with the investment,” he said. Not everyone drives a heavy truck and is therefore primarily responsible for the decaying shipment corridors, but residents, schools and businesses depend on them for the delivery of goods and services. Bond supporters remind taxpayers that they are more connected to these roads than they realize. The bond measure is a good deal, supporters say. It represents a partnership among citizens and businesses looking for an immediate reward for local money well spent. “This issue didn’t come up yesterday. Some people may feel that way,” Davis added. “The time is critical now because those streets still have a good base, but later on … ” The time is now, not later, to mend major roads in Auburn.

[ LETTERS from page 7 ] fact that this plan gets Auburn past the short term “patch the roof ” approach of road repair. I know that’s all Auburn can currently afford with the limited local tax dollars available. However, the patching approach just isn’t sustainable, and we need a long term solution. To be honest, I was positively stunned at how affordable this measure is over the 20-25 year payoff. I like the stair-step approach for taking out the bonds and think it’s a very responsible approach in these tougher times. I read the letters to the editor against this measure, and I don’t understand the “rich expecting the poor to pay for more taxes” thinking. I really don’t think $2-$3 a month at the beginning, going up to $8-$9 per month at the peak, is going to break the bank, whether you’re “poor” or “rich.” To give you some comparative perspective, this initial cost over a year is equal to that of a tank of gas at current prices (cheaper if gas continues to rise). At the peak cost of the proposal, when you break it down to $8 or $9/month, that is still cheaper than the cost of one adult ticket at the movie theater. Very affordable in my opinion. Having better streets will entice more companies to move to our city, too; truly enabling Auburn to become “more than you imagine” it could be. I encourage you to join me in voting yes to fix Auburn’s Roads now, so our city can move forward in staying relevant and having safe streets for all. – Kathleen M. Davis

Some streets were never repaired I agree with recent letters in regard to Save Our Streets. I too plan to vote no, not only because of another bond to vote on, but because H Street Southeast between 17th and 21st Street Southeast was to be repaired long ago. At a neighborhood meeting in 2008 with the mayor, he said H Street

would be repaired in 2009 or 2010. Some holes were patched but that did little good. The road remains a mess. School buses use this street twice a day, dropping off and picking up kids at Olympic Middle School. I looked at the map to see which roads were scheduled for Phase 1 and drove down a couple of streets, both H and J streets between 4th and 2nd Avenue Southeast. Yes, they need repairs, but only one car can drive down the street at a time since parked cars take up a big part of the streets. These streets are not roads with heavy traffic use. I also sent an email to one of the “committee” members asking about our street. The reply was that it is not known when it will be repaired. I suggest before anyone votes, they take a good look at the website www. to see the streets scheduled for repaving and drive down a couple of them. Maybe you too will vote no. – Becky Prenovost

Red light cameras doing the job No one has the right to endanger the physical and emotional well being of our families, friends and the children of Auburn families. No one has the right to run a red light and cause a neck, back or other seriously lifelong injuries. Talk about expensive. How about co-pays for chiropractic/physical therapies, pain medications for years, car insurance co-pays and heights after the accident, time lost from work and school, getting a new car and legal fees, plus the longterm toll of post-traumatic stress? “It’s working,” Assistant Police Chief Bob Karnofski affirms after reviewing the data from third quarters of 2008-2011 for red light camera enforcement. Mayor Pete Lewis agrees. The percentage of red-light violations dropped as follows: • Auburn Way South and 4th, southbound, down 24.9 percent; northbound, down 40.2 percent

• M Street and Auburn Way South, westbound, down 40.5 percent; northbound, down 56.5 percent • 8th and Harvey: down 71.9 percent • Dick Scobee, down 64.6 percent • Chinook, down 63.9 percent • Mt. Baker, down 72.3 percent Cameras are fair. They don’t care if you are a 17-year-old, brownskinned male in a red sports car, or a 40-year-old white female in a “mom’s van.” Notice how many cars speed up after passing a car pulled over by a motorcycle traffic cop? Officers catch very few violators, compared to the near 100 percent the camera’s computers catch 24/7. Education is expensive. For those who need to be retaught about high speed in school zones and the golden rule in busy intercessions, it can pay for that education with a small fine. Consider it tuition. Research shows that Auburn puts the money right back into our roads. I would rather see those acting dangerously pay for our streets more than higher taxes for the rest of us. Which school would you like to have the camera taken down at? It is a stupid question because it is proven that photosafe cameras are making the streets to our homes, places of business and schools safer. No one has the right to endanger the well being of our families and children. – Bess Owens Cascade Water Alliance recently announced that the water level in Lake Tapps has officially reached full recreational pool of 541.5 feet. Over the next week, the lake level will increase to approximately 542 feet. Cascade will maintain a lake level between 542 and 543 feet throughout the summer months. Cascade’s 2009 agreement with the Lake Tapps Community Council (LTCC); its White River Management Agreement (WRMA) with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Puyallup Tribe of Indians; and its Lake Tapps Water Rights state that Cascade may begin filling the lake in mid-February each year. The 2012 refill began on March 9. For the most up to the minute information on lake levels, visit USGS’s Lake Tapps Real Time Lake Levels page (

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Sometimes I answer a bit sarcastically, “Dogs,” but more often I give the more expected answer, “They are dachshund/ beagle mixes.” Usually, that clarifies the look of confusion on many faces: “Oh, of course. I see now. I thought they might be part lab.” Mac and Scooter inspire people to talk to me. How refreshing So, sometimes Auburn is, indeed, more than even I imagined. I find that out daily from ground level, from the sidewalks and trails, from the downtown, commer-

Golden girls The Daughters of the American Revolution, Lakota Chapter (NSDSAR, Auburn), recently gave special recognition to Girl Scout Troop 51904, honoring five of its members with Gold Awards, the organization’s highest achievement. The honored Girl Scouts were, from left: Alyssa Coleman, Kaylin Hulse and Meagan Sullivan. Not pictured are Carrie Graham and Katie Boyer. The Lakota Chapter meets on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Auburn Fire Station No. 31, 1101 D St. NE. It is open to the public. COURTESY PHOTO


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t is called “The Mile.” The Longacres Mile is the longest-running professional sporting event in the state. Over the decades the Mile continues to be the marque sporting event in the third week of August. The Mile, a grade 3 handicap stakes race with a $200,000 purse, draws many of the top thoroughbreds from across the country. The two-turn classic was born Aug. 24, 1935, because Longacres founder Joe Gottstein thought Washington thoroughbreds needed a highlight race. In 1935 the added purse was $10,000, the richest mile in the country, and the winner was Coldwater. The 20-1 long shot Coldwater was facing the grandson of Man o’ War, Biff. In the stretch, Biff, carrying an extra 16 pounds, tired, and Coldwater won by a neck. The 2011 winner of the Mile, Awesome Gem, trained by Craig Dollase for West Point Thoroughbreds, was highest earner to win the race at $2.6 million and tied for the oldest with Little Rollo, 1951, and Gigantic, 1959, at 8 years old. Awesome Gem had lost to Howard Belvoir-conditioned Assessment in 2009. In 2011 the gelding broke the sevenrace win streak of Noosa Beach, winner of the 2010 Mile. The Doris Harwood-trained gelding won 10 of 12 races stretching across 2010 and 2011. Noosa Beach was honored as Horse of the Meet in 2010 and 2011. Noosa Beach and Awesome Gem may very well line up in the

Awesome Gem, left, ridden by David Flores, outruns Noosa Beach, right , with Gallyn Mitchell in the saddle, for the victory in the 2011 Longacres Mile. Noosa Beach won the 2010 Mile, and the two may be dueling down the stretch for the 2012 Mile purse. Photo courtesy, Emerald Downs gates again for the 2012 edition of the Longacres Mile Aug. 19. Other horses to watch as the Mile series of stakes races gets under way with the Governor’s Handicap May 20 will be Gallant Son and Posse Power, both trained by Frank Lucarelli, and Hollywood Harbor conditioned by Chris Stenslie. Another horse ready to challenge the older boys is 3-year-old champion, Jebrica. Winner of the Emerald Downs Derby, receiving a 98 Beyer speed figure, Jebrica is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney, who

Finding the passion for family and riding

at an early age in his native South Africa. “My dad owned horses, so I always went to the track with him,” Mawing said. “I was working part time for a trainer, just working horses in the morning.” Although Mawing – whose older brother Anthony is also a jockey – said horse racing is in his blood, his father envisioned a different path for him. “He never wanted me to be a jockey,” he said. By Shawn Skager “I guess he knew what it involved as far as the Staff Writer dangers. He always wanted me to become an accountant or a lawyer.” ife is all about passion for Leslie Mawing. Mawing tried to honor his father’s wishes after It’s evident when the 38-year-old jockey graduating from high school. talks about his personal life as a husband “I kind of went in that direction for a little while, and father of three. It’s also apparent when he but it didn’t appeal to me,” he said. “It wasn’t my speaks about his professional life guiding swift Leslie Mawing passion.” steads around the track. After his father passed away, Mawing took a Last year, Mawing rode that passion to the break from school to backpack around Europe. riding title at Emerald Downs, piling up 129 wins in the 2011 session. This season he’s hoping it will After that, he traveled to Southern California where his guide him to a repeat title when the track’s 2012 session brother was working as a jockey. opens Friday. See RIDING, Page 12 Mawing’s passion for thoroughbred racing was fostered

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the end of the day your passion overcomes it. Your passion for the horse racing itself. It wasn’t long before the call to ride And you remember all the good things.” become too great to ignore. In 2009 and 2010 Mawing took a break “There was no way of stopping me from from racing at Emerald Downs to try his being a jockey,” he said. luck back east, racing at tracks in Ohio, On the advice of jockey agent Tony Minnesota and West Virginia. Matos, Mawing headed north to Idaho’s “Back east it’s a different lifestyle Les Bois Park where he got his first win in because there are so many tracks so close,” 1994 at the age of 20. he said. “You’re constantly going from “I got a late start,” he said. “A lot of the one track to the next track to the next guys that become jockeys, they start way track. You could pretty much younger, at 17 or 18.” Mawing has overcome any “I’ve always had a good ride two tracks in a day. And that’s what I was doing, riding negatives from his late start business mind on me, Thistledown (in Ohio) in the on the track, however, and in so I’ve always looked afternoon and then driving to recent years has become one at other things. But I of the top West Coast jockeys, enjoy being a jockey, it’s Mountaineer (in West Virginia) and riding at night. I just racing mainly at California’s my passion.” totally got burnt out, though. I Golden Gate Field and EmerLeslie Mawing was losing too much time with ald Downs. my kid, we only had one at In 2008 he found success the time. And for me, family aboard the Frank Lucarellicomes first.” trained Gallant Son, riding him In 2011, family also played into in the Breeder’s Cup. A year later Mawing overcame the worst Mawing’s decision to race full-time at Emerald Downs. injury of his career, a fractured tibia and “I started off good at Golden Gate,” fibula sustained when his steed crashed he said. “When I left I was third in the through the inner rail at Golden Gate. standings in wins and purse money. I “I had a rod and three screws put in,” he wasn’t going to leave, but my kids were said. “I still have two screws in there. And missing me a lot. Every time I would go I don’t think they’re going to take those home for three days, when I’d leave they out. So they will probably be in there for would cry. And that just got to me. I just the rest of my life.” The seriousness of the injury didn’t ham- couldn’t continue doing that, because when I was in California I could only go per Mawing’s passion for riding. home once every few weeks.” “It’s all part of being a jockey,” Mawing After securing the home front with said. “(Quitting) crosses your mind, but weekly commutes from Washington to you can’t dwell on it. If you start dwellhis home in Idaho, Mawing concentrated ing on it you should get out of the sport, on putting together a breakout year at the because you can’t have any fear during Auburn track. the races. When you have fear you make “Everything just worked out and fell unsound judgement calls, and that’s going to make it 10 times worse for you and your into place last year, all the stars were fellow riders. It’s a split-second thought, aligned,” he said. ‘Geez, did I choose the right career?’ But at This year, Mawing is excited about his

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back,” Mawing said. Although Mawing admits he is looking to the future, he has no immediate plans to quit riding. “I’ve always had a good business mind on me, so I’ve always looked at other things,” Mawing said. “But I enjoy being a jockey, it’s my passion. Of course I’ve looked down the line at other things, but if Russell Baze is still going strong at 53, I can do it. I have short-term goals and longterm goals. Down the line I’d like to have my hand in the horse business. Maybe as a steward or a horse owner eventually.”


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A rich history of thoroughbred racing By Joe Withee

The Voice of Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs opened on a beautiful June 20, 1996, with a huge crowd welcoming back live racing to western Washington. Strawberry Morn won the first race by 10 lengths, and Sneakin Jake, a stakes winner at Longacres and Yakima Meadows, later won the Auburn Stakes in a thrilling finish. Now 13,938 races over 1,522 days make up Emerald Downs’ track history as the 2012 season approaches. Emerald Downs is well established as a noteworthy Northwest sports and entertainment facility. The grounds have matured with growth and greenery, and the grandstand building is as well maintained as any in the nation. The fan base has grown as horse-

men, race fans, bettors, families and tourists have all found their favorite areas to enjoy this outdoor sport. The Longacres Mile (this year, Aug. 19) has grown in stature in its 16 runnings in Auburn, and Washington-bred horses continue to perform well here and in all western states. The stars in this sport are both human and horse. The best horse in track history? Many, including this writer, say it’s been Noosa Beach. He’s still active, getting ready to excite fans and

take on another generation of competition to his division.

Noosa Beach records through 2011: • Most Career Stakes Wins - 11 • Most Stakes Wins, Single Season - 5 • Most Route Stakes

Wins - 6 • Washington Divisional Champion, 4 Times • Two-time Horse of the Meeting • Meet Leader in Earnings Twice • Highest Average Earnings Per Start $24,292 • Most Weight Carried, Stakes Win - 126 • Stakes Wins Ages 2, 3, 4, 5 • Most Wins, Two Seasons - 9 (tied) • Wins at Different Distances - 7 (tied) • Track/State Record, 6 Furlongs - 1:07 (tied) • Single Meet Honors - 4 (tied, twice)

Jewels at Emerald • Name for Norm He was the inaugural season’s Horse of the Meeting, going 4-for-4 – all stakes wins. • Ropersandwranglers She was nearly unbeatable among fillies and mares. Ropersandwranglers holds the track record of seven consecutive stakes victories; won 10-of-12 start here. • Kid Katabatic beat heavily favored Hesabull and Gary Stevens in the ‘97 Longacres Mile and was the track’s top earner from 1997-2006. He had lots of personality – mostly ornery but was plenty capable.

• Fleet Pacific - speed and tenacity made for an outstanding career, taking the Emerald Downs distaff twice and nine total stakes wins. She was tied for the track record upon retirement

• Handy N Bold - won a record four Governor’s Handicaps, but that wasn’t all. The gelding won 10 total stakes, all sprints, which was a track record until 2011. • Flying Notes - his 11-length Emerald Derby win of 2002 is the best single performance in track history. The time of 1 minute, 45 2/5 seconds is a Washington record, and one of the fastest in history. • Flamethrowintexan had it all as a racehorse. He had looks, speed, desire and personality. He set a singleseason earnings mark in 2006 after winning a very memorable Mile. • Halonator - it took her many minutes to go into the gate on April 30, 2005, but she came out running and didn’t stop until she had won eight straight, including the Belle Roberts.

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Ravens off to a quick start with young team By SHAWN SKAGER

Auburn Riverside girls tennis coach Bruce Diehl wasn’t sure what to expect coming into the season. He knew he had two strong returning seniors in No. 1 singles player Jessica Lancaster – who qualified for the West Central District tournament last season – and No. 2 singles Sara Suznevich. Beyond

that, Diehl admits, it was all question marks. “We graduated every girl but two last year,” he said. “And every girl but those two are rookies. They’ve never played any varsity tennis before.” Just three matches into the season, however, Diehl and the Raven girls found themselves with a shocking 3-0 record. [ more ravens page 16 ]

Auburn sophomore Lauren Thornquist in action at Thomas Jefferson. Thornquist downed the Raiders’ Cindy Park 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match . Shawn skager, Auburn Reporter

Auburn’s Thornquist ready to defend title By SHAWN SKAGER

It’s hard to top perfection. Last year Lauren Thornquist, Auburn’s No. 1 girls tennis singles player, was perfect through the regular season, compiling an undefeated 9-0 record and driving the Trojan girls to an undefeated team record and

RavenS’ harlington signs with Willamette Auburn Riverside senior Bridger Harlington will attend and play basketball at Willamette University next year. The Ravens’ captain accepted two academic scholarships to attend the Salem, Ore., school. Harlington, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, averaged 14.3 points per game last season and was named a South Puget Sound League North 4A honorable mention. He was also honored as a WIAA Distinguished Scholar for his 4.0 GPA.

a South Puget Sound League Central 4A title. In the postseason, Thornquist, the No. 3 seed out of the SPSL 4A tourney, placed sixth at the West Central District tournament, earning a spot at the Washington State 4A Tennis championships, where she finished in the top-eight. This year, however, Thorn-

quist is even better, according to Auburn coach Crystal Wisness. “She really has some experience under her belt now,” Wisness said. “She’s a lot better. Way more confidence. More power. She’s just got a tennis mind. It’s fun to watch, you can just see her setting up shots.”


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Senior Jessica Lancaster, a returning district qualifier, in action against Thomas Jefferson. Rachel Ciampi, Auburn Reporter


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This season the Auburn Mountainview girls tennis team comes in stacked with returning players, including No. 1 singles player and returning state qualifier, senior Maggie Henderson. “The team is pretty experienced, I have lots of seniors,” coach Kay Lor-


raine said. With five seniors on the roster, coupled with a strong work ethic, leadership and team bond, Lorraine said, she expects big things from the squad this season. “They’re all excellent kids, good students and hard workers,” Lorraine said.






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[ TROJANS from page 15 ] season. “I prepared more for the season than I did last year,” Thornquist said. “I’ve been playing more year round this last year and working more on conditioning and getting in better shape for playing long points.” Wisness added that, although Thornquist’s not an official captain, her oncourt performance inspires the Trojans. “She makes them all work harder,” she said. “Her strokes are good and her footwork is beautiful. And they all practice against her, and they want to step up.” Another sign of Thornquist’s maturation is her attitude for dealing with the pressure of following up her undefeated freshman

[ LIONS from page 15 ] “They’re a good group of kids that want to hang out together and work hard and play hard. They like winning.” At the No. 1 singles spot the Lions look to co-captain Henderson, who has made the trip to state for

“I just try to go with each match and do my best,” she said. “If I feel like I’ve put as much effort as I can into each match then I can’t really be disappointed with how it turns out.” Come the end of the season, however, Wisness admitted that she expects Thornquist to be on top of the SPSL Central heap. “I think she’ll be seeded No. 1 into the SPSL tournament,” Wisness said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be heading back to state with her this year.” ALSO: In addition to Thornquist’s return, the Auburn girls return senior captain Wentzke, as well as juniors Sydney Johnson and Aly Siemion. Last season Wentzke and

the past three years. Last season she went 1-2 at the state 3A singles competition, her first without her doubles partner and sister, Molly Henderson. After Henderson, the Lions look to senior Alicia Jow at the No. 2 singles spot. In doubles, the squad

her doubles partner, Peyton Prothero, just missed out on a state berth, failing to move out of the district meet, partially due to a Wentzke’s lingering knee injury. This season Prothero is gone to graduation, but Wentzke is back completely healthy and teamed up with Johnson at the No. 1 singles spot. “She’s really done a good job,” Wisness said. “She just works hard, comes out every day and motivates the team. Losing Peyton Prothero was tough though. They played two seasons together and went to state two years ago.” In addition to their returners, the Trojans also boast a strong core of newcomers, including Gabby Lane, who plays No. looks to ride whoever has the hot hand. “I’m just looking to mix it up in doubles, but our next set of players are Nichola Usher (senior, co-captain), Nicole Rogers (senior), Alexia Hosier (senior), Yvette Tadeo (junior) and Alina Bolshakova (junior).”


2 doubles with Siemion. “She (Lane) hasn’t played for me yet. Although she’s a junior, she kind of came from out of nowhere,” Wisness said. “So that’s kind of nice to have a strong No. 2 doubles player come from out of thin air.” Now Wisness hopes that her team can cultivate enough court time and chemistry to challenge for the SPSL Central 4A title. “We haven’t had enough practice on the court because of the rain, so they haven’t been able to find that team chemistry yet,” Wisness said. “But they work really hard. A couple of the doubles teams haven’t found their number yet, but we’re working on that. We’re trying to get them to find their strength.”

[ ravens from page 15 ] “We have a very surprising group of girls this year,” Diehl said. A big part of that success comes courtesy of the Auburn Riverside volleyball team. “We’ve picked up three girls from the volleyball team this year,” Diehl said. “One of the girls did my summer program, and she liked it so much she said she was going to bring in one of her friends, who then brought in another.” Now with newcomers like junior Brenna Bruil, sophomore Sydney LaValley and freshman Carson Heilborn, Diehl has to rethink his expectations for the season. “Some good things have happened for us,” he said. “I started the season saying ‘win more than you lose’. But right now, every time they win I set my bar a little higher. It’s been fun.”

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Auburn Chevrolet is partnering with the Auburn Little League. The dealership has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 through a Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes. The program kicked off March 1 and runs through July 15. “Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families,” said Jamie Bothell, fleet and commercial manager for Auburn Chevrolet. "Auburn Chevrolet is bringing that same dedication to youth baseball.”

The program, in its seventh year, has helped raise more than $13 million to aid local teams, affecting more than 2.7 million young people. Auburn Chevrolet will present the Auburn Little League with 10 new equipment kits, complete with equipment bags, baseball buckets, whiffle balls, hitting nets, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship includes youth clinics featuring former major and minor league players, coaches and instructors from Ripken Baseball. In addition, Auburn Chevrolet will present a check representing a onetime monetary donation to Auburn Little League. For sweepstakes details, visit For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.

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CALENDAR Events Auburn Tourism: For special events in the Auburn area, visit the website: 23rd annual Puyallup Spring Fair: April 19-22, Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW. Hours: 2-10 p.m., Thursday (free kids admission, ages 0-18); 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday. Free activities range from Motorsport Mayhem with monster trucks and demolition derbies to baby animals, the Garden Show, 4-H and FFA students showing animals in the Northwest Junior Livestock Show, Fiesta Mexicana, and Junior Poultry Show. Hours: 2-10 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday. Admission: $9 adults; $7 students (6-18), free on Thursday; 5 and under free. Advance gate tickets and discounts information available online. Visit for an updated list of activities and times. King County 4-H Youth Dog Show: 9 a.m., April 21, Argus Ranch Facility for Dogs, 35612 212th Way SE, Auburn. Kids show their family dogs, mixed breed and purebred. Exhibitors come from throughout King County. For more information, call 253-333-2347 or visit Accelerating Young Minds: 5:30-8 p.m., April 26, Arthur Jacobsen Elementary School, 29205 132nd Ave. SE, Auburn. Children ages 3-5 get free online access to the Accelerating Young Minds learning game and a free ongoing subscription. Families and interested parties are invited to come learn more and hear from state and local education leaders, including Randy Dorn, OSPI State Superintendent, and Bob Hamilton with the Department of Early Learning. Learn more about the program through parent testimonials and student demonstrations during the event. The program is fun for kids, easy-to-use for parents and preschool providers, and gets young children ready for school. The Accelerating Young Minds Pre-K Partnership is a joint venture of the Auburn and Kent School Districts. Refreshments will be served. Free daycare will be provided. Auburn’s National Day of Prayer: Noon-1 p.m., May 3, Auburn City Hall Plaza, 25 W. Main St. (indoors in case of rain). Public invited to observe the 61st annual National Day of Prayer. Eleven pastors from many denominations will lead a public prayer event. Auburn Art Walk: 5-9 p.m., May 11; 11 a.m.3 p.m., May 12, downtown Auburn. Music, artists, wine testing. Free event. Wine tasting punch cards are available for purchase. Presented by the Auburn Valley Creative Arts, The Auburn Downtown Association. Supported in part by the City of Auburn. More information can be found at Auburn’s Community Yard Sale: June 1-3. Turn your unwanted household goods into cash and provide someone else with a new treasure. Deadline to register to host your own sale is April 30. Register only at or pick up a registration form at the City of Auburn Customer Service Center Utility Counter (1 E. Main St., second floor), the Parks, Arts & Recreation Building (910 Ninth St. SE) or the Senior Activity Center (808 Ninth St. SE). Free yard sale kits will be available for download after May 1 at

Benefits Bowls needed: The Auburn Food Bank needs your empty, handmade bowls to help feed the need in Auburn for the second annual Empty Bowls event on May 1. Organizers are making a call to artists to donate

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handcrafted pottery or wooden bowls. The event calls for local artists, businesses and restaurants to come together to assist Auburn’s hungry. For a small donation – $15 a bowl – event participants get a handcrafted bowl made by local artisans to keep and lunch provided by Auburn area restaurants and schools. Contact the Auburn Food Bank if you can help at 253-833-8925 or CISA Clothes 3 Kidz drive: Through April 27. To benefit kids in need in the Auburn School District. Requested items: Clean and gently used clothing; new (in package) underwear and socks (youth sizes S to XL and adult sizes XS to XL). Dropoff sites: Drop off Locations: Auburn Library; Hazelwood Elementary School; Mt. Baker Middle School; Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation; VRFA Fire Station 31(by Fred Meyer); Terminal Park Elementary; Auburn Way Storage; Valley Christian School; Ilalko Elementary; Scobee Elementary; Lakeland Hills Homeowners City Hall and Annex (second floor); Auburn School District Transportation office; Auburn School District Administration Building. For more information, contact cisauburn@comcast. net or visit Women’s self-defense seminar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 14, Karate Northwest, 2109 Auburn Way N., Suite D. Black Tiger Tactical and Karate Northwest host seminar to raise money for the Auburn Food Bank to assist women and children in abusive living environments. Cost: suggested $30 donation. Space is limited. Equipment required: appropriate training clothing, footwear, towel and bottle of water. To register, email Mad Dog Boot Camp Fitness: 10:30-11:30 a.m., April 14, Chinook Elementary playground, 3502 Auburn Way S. Free fitness boot camp to support the Auburn Food Bank. Your only requirement to attend is to donate at least one canned or boxed food, baby products, or hygiene/personal care products for the cause. Organic products welcome. Free camp offered every other Saturday: April 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23; July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25. CISA Coming Together for Kids: 6-9 p.m., April 20, Lindbloom Center at Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Annual dinner and auction fundraiser to support CISA’s efforts to help students in need and foster educational excellence. Live and silent auctions, dessert table and raffle are part of the program. The benefit includes packages for a weeklong stay in exotic Bali, a wine-tasting party for eight at premier winery Airfield Estates, a coastal vacation in Westport, among other items and packages. Deloitte LLP is this year’s presenting sponsor. KOMO 1000 News Paul Tosch hosts. Tickets are $50. To register for the event or for information on becoming a sponsor, visit

Health Cascade Regional Blood Center drives: 2-5 p.m., April 14, Auburn Meadows Senior Community, 945 22nd St. NE; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 28, Auburn Valley Y Healthy Kids Day, 1620 Perimeter Road SW. For more information, call 1-877-242-5663 or visit Puget Sound Blood Center drives: 11 a.m.1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., April 20, Auburn Regional Medical Center, mobile at 2nd Street entrance, Plaza 1, 202 N. Division St.; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., April 23, Messiah Lutheran, New Gathering Hall, 410 H St. NE, Auburn; 1-3 p.m., 4-7 p.m., April 25, Overcomers Covenant Church, mobile in parking lot, 33415 Military Road S.; 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 25, West Auburn High

Chris Cagle Country music artist Chris Cagle will perform at the 29th annual Scholarship Show presented by KMPS 94.1 and the Rotary Club of Auburn on May 12. Rae Solomon opens the show at 8 p.m. at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Tickets are $35 and available through www. Benefactor packages are available that include up to four show tickets and four reception tickets for $250. For information, call 253-833-6633. COURTESY PHOTO.

School, gym, 401 W. Main St.; 9-11 a.m., noon3 p.m., April 26, Auburn City Hall, council chamber, 25 W. Main St. For more information, call 253-945-8667 or please visit Healthy Kids Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 28, Auburn Valley Y, 1620 Perimeter Road SW, Auburn. Race car-themed event features more than 50 different activities for kids, plus health and wellness resources for families. Free and open to the community. The first 100 kids receive a free T-shirt, a free 10-minute massage is offered for parents. Gene Juarez is providing free haircuts for boys/up-dos for girls, and a drawing for a free one year family membership will be held. For more information, call 253-833-2770. Relay for Life: 6 p.m., May 11, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth Ave. NE.. Auburn. Benefit for the American Cancer Society. Teams forming. To learn more, visit Dog Trot Fun Run: 9:30 a.m., May 19, Game Farm Park, 3030 R St. SE, Auburn. The Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is accepting registrations. The first 100 participants to register receive a free goodie bag valued at more than $15. Early registration fee is $15 per person and includes an event T-shirt. Late registration and event-day registration is $20 per entry. T-shirts are available on a limited basis for late registrations. The Dog Trot is a family-oriented fun run/walk event that takes place in conjunction with Petpalooza. Participants can choose between the 3K or 5K routes. Participants may register at the Parks, Arts & Recreation Office, 910 Ninth Street SE, fax to 253-931-4005 or mail to 910 Ninth St. SE, Auburn, WA 98002. The registration form and complete event rules/information are listed on the city’s

CERT courses: The City of Auburn Emergency Management Office, in conjunction with the White River Valley Citizen Corps Council and the Valley Regional Fire Authority, offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training courses to area residents. Classes offered in 2012: • Starts April 25, ends June 9*: Wednesday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; • Starts Aug. 21, ends Aug. 23: Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; • Starts Oct. 9, ends Nov. 17**: Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. * This class will have two Saturday drills on May 12 and June 9 from 8 a.m.-noon. ** This class will have two Saturday drills on Oct. 27 and Nov. 17 from 8 a.m.-noon. Class members will be required to provide some basic equipment, such as sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves. Other necessary supplies and equipment will be provided. A complete list of required equipment will be provided upon registration. Pre-registration is required. There is no fee. For more information, or to register, please call 253-876-1925 or e-mail Applications also may be downloaded from the City’s website, www.

Network Auburn Area Chamber “Connecting for Success” Networking Breakfast: 8-9 a.m., the first Wednesday of every month. Sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $5, includes continental breakfast. Auburn Area Chamber Board Room, 108 S. Division, Suite B. 253-833-0700. Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Partnership Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, Emerald Downs, Emerald Room (fourth floor), 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Register online through the chamber.

Seniors Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. SE. 253-931-3016 or Senior activities include: • Senior Coffee Hours with the Mayor and Councilmembers: 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month. • Lunch: Monday-Friday, Salad bar begins at 11:30, Main meal is served at noon. Cost: $3 donation for ages 60 and over, $5.75 for those younger than 60. • Movie Screenings: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 50 cent suggested donation for refreshments. • Monday Supper Club: 4:45-6 p.m. One Monday a month. Call 253-931-3016 for date and menu. Cost: $6 for all ages. • Meals on Wheels: Senior services’ program offers home-delivered meals to home-bound seniors. For more information, call the center at 253-931-3016.

Entertainment Avenue Kids present “Seussical Jr.”: 7 p.m., April 13; 2 p.m., April 14, 15, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Tickets: $17, $15. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, MondayThursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at Tickets: $6. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at 5th annual Spring Fairy Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14, Green River Community College’s Lindbloom Center, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Calling all fairies, elves, gnomes, pixies, sprites, brownies, leprechauns, dragons and other magical and mystical creatures.

Crescent Moon Gifts presents event. The themedcostume event encourages audience participation. Vendors, music, dance, arts and entertainment. Tickets: $15 (13 and older), $5 (5-12) and GRCC students with ID and 4 and under are free. For tickets and more information, call 253-572-8339 or visit April Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m., April 20, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Tickets: $17, $15. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at Bravo presents Steffan Soule’s Dreams, Magic and Miracles: 7:30 p.m., April 21, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. Las Vegas-quality magic show. Tickets: $17, $15. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at www. The Diamond Experience: 7:30 p.m., April 28, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. Bringing the wholesome and heartwarming passion of Neil Diamond’s music to the stage. Tickets: $17, $15. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at Barbershop Quartet Singing Competition: 7-9:30 p.m., April 28-29, Lindbloom Student Center, Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn. Featuring the top barbershop quartets and choruses in Western Washington. Finals on the second night. Admission: $15. For more information: 206661-7038 or Poetry at The Station Bistro: 7-10 p.m., first Mondays of each month, Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Poets featured at the open mic venue. Presented by The Station Bistro, the Northwest Renaissance, Auburn Striped Water Poets. Event is free. Open to poets of every age and skill level. For more information, contact Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.

Dance Children’s Dance Theater: Visit www. or call 253-887-8937 for program information. New location at 122 W. Main St.

Museums White River Valley Museum: Events: Explore the historic world of moving massive materials to market in the new exhibit. Rails to Sails, Tracking the Sound’s Industry Boom from Shore to Ship, on display from April 25-July 29. Museum located at 918 H St. SE, Auburn. Regular admission: $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-288-7433 or visit for tickets, details.

Galleries Auburn City Hall: April exhibit: Collages created from the boxes of unused photographs of photographer and artist Thendara Kida-Gee. Silver Gelatin black and white photographs of landscape and architecture of the city are skillfully documented by artist Zachary Kolden. 25 W. Main St. Admission is free. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 253-931-3043 or

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Evergreen Heights Elementary Principal Anne Gayman and the school’s librarian, Arnie Grab, recently struck a deal with the kids – top 15,000 items in the all-school Auburn Food Bank Fun and games: Evergreen Heights food drive, and they’d Elementary Principal Anne Gayman, left, dress up in fat suits, and librarian Arnie Grab were all smiles push each other after their sumo match. COURTESY PHOTO around, maybe do a little grunting. which converts to 21.38 “My librarian and I pounds of food each, agreed to a Sumo competienough to wrest the highly tion,” Gayman said. coveted trophy from the It must have lit some other 13 elementary schools kind of fire under those in the Auburn School kids, because they certainly District. rose to the challenge, earnAcross all school levels, ing themselves the right to students raised a total of laugh their young heads off $77,448, $10,571 more than at the Gayman and Grab last year’s $66,877. match. At the high school level, To be specific, the kids Auburn Mountainview there brought in $9,729, topped its rivals, bringing

$5,616, or 3.76 pounds per student. Cascade Middle School seized top honors among the district’s four middle schools, bringing in $7,789, or 10.54 pounds per student. All of which plastered big smiles on faces at the Auburn Food Bank. “This was much better than we anticipated, with the economy not responding like we had hoped it would do in this area,” said Auburn Food Bank Director Debbie

Christian. “Last year the numbers came in a little shy of the year before. That we have almost $11,000 more than last year is amazing. The kids really responded to the need this year. “We’ve got principals who are very competitive, who like to win, and are very good at motivating their students to win. We try to really encourage everyone that this win is about more than a trophy. It’s a win all the way around.,” Christian said.

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PUBLIC NOTICES SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 1824 City of Pacific, Washington On the 9th day of April, 2012, the City Council of the City of Pacific, Washington, passed Ordinance No. 1824. A summary of the content of said ordinances, consisting of their titles, provides as follows: ORDINANCE NO. 1824 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PACIFIC, WASHINGTON, AMENDING PACIFIC MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 14.48.110 REGARDING SEWER UTILITY LEAK ADJUSTMENTS FOR NONRESIDENTIAL The full text of these ordinances will be mailed upon request, in accordance with the City’s fee schedule, Dated the 9th day of April, 2012 Jane Montgomery, City Clerk Published in Auburn Reporter on April 13, 2012. #610766. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that the City of Pacific is soliciting the following: “The City of Pacific is soliciting proposals from consulting/ engineering/real estate firms with expertise in right-of-way acquisition for federally funded projects.” Specifications may be obtained from the Mayor of the City of

Pacific, Cy Sun, who is located at 100 3rd Avenue SE, Pacific, WA 98047, (253) 929-1108 or by e-mail to csun@ci.pacific. Statements of Qualifications will be accepted until 3:30p.m., April 20, 2012, in the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 100 3rd Avenue SE, Pacific, WA 98047. For additional information, contact Mayor Cy Sun, at (253) 929-1108. Envelopes must be sealed and plainly marked: “Request for Qualifications to solicit proposals to provide right-of-way acquisition expertise to the City of Pacific.” The City of Pacific reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive any and all informalities or irregularities, and to reject all or any part of any proposal as it may deem to be in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Pacific. The respondent agrees to comply with all applicable Federal, State, and City of Pacific laws, regulations, and procedures in the conduct of the work. The consultant selected will be required to meet City and State Professional Service Agreement and insurance requirements. CITY OF PACIFIC Jane Montgomery City Clerk Published in Auburn Reporter on April 13, 2012. #611310.

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Our loving mother Elinor Lucille McGee passed into heaven on April 1, 2012 surrounded by her family. She was very giving and caring of her family and friends. Elinor was born November 10, 1922 in Grandview, Idaho to Elmer and Mary Evalyne Mathews and had 14 siblings. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses: Linda and Roger Woods, Cathy and Steve Lopes, Michelle McGee and Ricardo Villasista, Sandra Phillips and Patty McGee and one son, James and Carol Johnson and 19 grand and 16 great-grandchildren.

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