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Safety top priority for traffic cop Swanson: Put your phone down and put your seat belt on when driving SAMANTHA PAK


Hundreds of children converge on the Redmond City Hall lawn as treat-filled eggs are dropped from a Redmond Fire Department SLIDESHOW ONLINE ladder truck during last Saturday’s Eggstravaganza event, which attracted more than 2,000 people under clear skies. Attendees got into the Easter spirit with an all-ages egg hunt, featuring 12,000 eggs scattered on the City Hall lawn. Council President Pat Vache dumped hundreds of eggs from high above off the ladder truck to kick off the egg hunt. Inside City Hall there was face painting, photos with Mr. Bunny and storytime with the Redmond Library. For more photos, see PAGE 10. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Bien

First Gentleman visits Einstein Elementary Governor’s husband, Mike Gregoire, reads to students, talks about his military service SAMANTHA PAK

Sixth graders at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond had a special guest in the classroom Tuesday morning as Washington’s First Gentleman Mike Gregoire paid them a visit. Gregoire read Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” to students and after navigating through the author’s signature tongue twisters, he spoke a little bit about the story’s message about environmental responsibility and sustainability. He discussed his childhood in Everett and how the greater Puget Sound

area was filled with trees at the time. And while there has been a lot of development throughout the state, Gregoire said he is confident the younger generation will take care of the state’s natural wonders. “I’m very happy,” he told students. “I’m optimistic.” Gregoire was set to read to the Einstein students on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. His visit, however, was postponed because the funeral for fallen Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu had been scheduled for the same day.

Karen Ollerenshaw, the sixthgrade teacher who organized the visit for her and teaching partner Karl Olson’s classes, said when they realized the First Gentleman would not be able to make the original date, he and his staff were very accommodating to find a date that would work for everyone. “They were very flexible,” she said. Ollerenshaw taught fifth grade last year and brought in Redmond Mayor John Marchione to read to her students. She said she has pretty much the same group of students this year, so she wanted to bring someone new to the

classroom to read to students. Ollerenshaw originally contacted Gregoire’s wife Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and her office. The governor was not be able to make it, but her husband Mike and his office said he could pay the students a visit. “I thought it would be a long shot,” Ollerenshaw said about her request. “They got back to me immediately.” She said she selected “The Lorax” to be read aloud because it ties into their upcoming outdoor education lessons and served as a nice segue. [ more MIKE GREGOIRE page 5 ]

hen Jeff Swanson first considered a career in law enforcement, he saw himself working in the fish and game department. But after three years of active duty in the U.S. Army and earning a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Washington State University, job opportunities in the field were limited. So he tested with a few local police departments and accepted a job with the Redmond Police INSIDE Department Editorial: (RPD). About Residents need to 23 years later, take action and Swanson is still avoid being a victim with RPD and to vehicle prowls has never regretand burglaries. ted his decision. See PAGE 4. “Once I got started here, there (was) a lot of comfort with the organization … The grass is not always greener in those other pastures,” he said, referring to other organizations. In his two-plus decades with the agency, Swanson has held a number of positions including police support officer, patrol officer and school resource officer for a number of elementary schools in the city. He is currently a traffic officer, a position he has been at for about three and a half years and has held in the past. Last Friday, Swanson spoke at the Redmond Senior Center’s monthly First Friday Coffee Chat about some of the most common traffic infractions he sees on the job. The chats began in the fall 2009 to give the public an opportunity to get to know city officials and employees such as the mayor, paramedics and poet laureate. The most common violations Swanson writes tickets for are talking on the cell phone while driving and not wearing a seat belt. [ more SWANSON page 3 ]

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Police Blotter The police blotter feature is both a description of a small selection of police incidents and a statistical roundup of all calls to the Redmond Police Department that are dispatched to on-duty police officers. The Redmond Reporter Police Blotter is not intended to be representative of all police calls originating in Redmond, which gets more than 500 calls (emergency and non-emergency) per week.

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Tuesday, April 10

DUI: At 2:07 a.m., Redmond Police arrested a male for driving under the influence in the 7400 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway downtown.

Disorderly conduct: Redmond police arrested a 22-year-old Redmond man after officers responded to a verbal domestic dispute at 11:21 p.m. in the 17700 block of Northeast 90th Street.

Wednesday, April 11 Harassment: At 2:09 p.m., Redmond police investigated a report of harassment in the 8700 block of 160th Avenue Northeast on Education Hill. The victim stated he received threats via a social networking site. Theft: At 10:44 a.m., a male subject was arrested for trying to steal electronics from a department store in the 2200 block of 148th Avenue Northeast in Overlake.

Bicycle theft: At 12:59 p.m., Redmond police responded to a report of bicycle theft at an apartment complex in the 7900 block of 170th Place Northeast.

Monday, April 9 Burglary: At 9:31 p.m., Redmond police investigated a possible burglary of an apartment in the 18600 block of Redmond Way.

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Theft: Redmond police investigated a 6:06 p.m. report of a stolen camera in the 15500 block of Northeast 53rd Place. DUI: Redmond police responded to a non-injury collision at 12:48 p.m. in the 8600 block of 160th Avenue Northeast. One of drivers — a 21-year-old Bellevue man — showed signs of impairment and was taken into custody for investigation of driving under the influence. Charges are pending. Car prowls: There were three reports of vehicle prowls at an apartment complex in the 6400 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Burglary: At 10:30 a.m., Redmond police investigated a burglary in the 2400 block of 175th Avenue Northeast. It appeared that someone has sprayed a fire extinguisher all over the floor.

There are no suspects or evidence.

Sunday, April 8 False alarm?: Redmond police investigated a commercial alarm at 8 p.m. in the 15300 block of Northeast 24th Street. Theft: At 2:38 p.m., Redmond police responded to a report of a stolen license plate in the 8500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast. Shoplifting: Redmond Police arrested a 27-year-old Snoqualmie man and a 28-year-old North Bend man at 2:46 p.m. on suspicion of shoplifting in the 2200 block of 148th Avenue Northeast.

Saturday, April 7 Suspicious fire: Redmond police

and fire departments responded to a suspicious fire outside the Archstone apartment complex in the 4300 block of 156th Avenue Northeast. There were no injuries. The fire was started in some kind of container and cause some damage to a building’s siding and door, according to police spokesman Mike Dowd. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the case is currently under investigation by the police and fire departments, according to Dowd. DUIs: Redmond police arrested a 22-year-old Redmond man on suspicion of driving under the influence at 4:38 a.m. in the 8300 block of 164th Avenue Northeast. Earlier, police arrested a 27-year-old Oklahoma man on suspicion of driving under the influence at 1:44 a.m. in the 16100 block of Redmond Way.

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In December 2011, the city completed a “periodic update” of the Comprehensive Plan, which included review and update of the document as a whole in response to changes in state and regional policy, account for changes since the last periodic update in 2004, reflect Redmond’s sustainability principles and to extend the horizon year for the Comprehensive Plan to 2030. This year’s amendment package focuses on revisions as needed to citywide policies and updates to certain neighborhoodspecific policies as part of neighborhood planning efforts. Proposals may involve amendments to either the text or map portions of the Comprehensive Plan. There is no fee for comprehensive plan amendments. Application forms are available at www., at the Development Services Center at Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St. or by calling (425) 556-2440. Applicants are encouraged to meet with city planning staff prior to submitting an application. To schedule a time to discuss proposals, contact senior planner Pete Sullivan at (425) 556-2406 or ppsullivan@

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April 13, 2012 [3] [ SWANSON from page 1] With the former, he stressed how costly the distraction of answering a call or reading a text can be. “You are now risking your driving behavior for one little moment of your precious life,” he said. Swanson told the audience at the chat that the best way to avoid being distracted is to just ignore incoming calls or messages or to just turn off the phone completely. When he does pull someone over for a cell phone infraction, he said there are ways to deal with the situation as sometimes people will pick up their phones to turn them off or to ignore phone calls. If this is the case, Swanson said he will usually ask to look at the phone’s call log. “We do try to give (drivers) an opportunity (to explain),” he said. When it was first introduced, Swanson said talking on a cell phone was considered a secondary violation, meaning he and his colleagues would have to pull a driver over for a primary offense such as speeding or running a red light in order to ticket them for talking on a cell phone. In recent years, it has been upgraded to a primary offense so police can pull over a driver just for talking on their cell phone. Not wearing a seat belt has similarly been upgraded to a primary offense. Swanson said doing this was a way for the state to stress the importance of seat belts and their role in reducing fatalities in accidents.



Here are the top traffic violations in Redmond, according to officer Jeff Swanson: • Cell phone use while driving (RCW 46.61.667) • Seat belt violations (RCW 46.61.688) • Speeding, including school zones (RCW 46.61.400/440) • Blocking intersections (RCW 46.61.202) • Failing to comply with stop sign (RCW 46.61.190)

Redmond Police Officer Jeff Swanson said the most common violations he writes tickets for are talking on the cell phone while driving and not wearing a seat belt. SAMANTHA PAK, Redmond Reporter In addition to dealing with drivers, Swanson will also ticket pedestrians and bicyclists if they violate traffic laws. “We do enforce pedestrian laws and cyclist (laws),” he said. Swanson is one of three traffic officers who ride motorcycles on the job and can maneuver

himself more easily than in a car. Because of this, he said he will literally drive on the sidewalk to “pull over” a cyclist or pedestrian. While some people may think this may be extreme, Swanson said it is part of his job and traffic safety is the top priority. “A pedestrian, whether you’re

right or wrong, when you get hit by a car, you’re on the losing end of it …” he said. “We’re just trying to modify the system so it’s safest for everyone.” Swanson added that when ticketing people, his demographics are pretty even across the board because he does his best to remain

objective and look at the situation rather than the individual and make his judgement that way. Swanson said people have differences of opinions when it comes to traffic ticketing cameras — as seen with the recent presence of red-light cameras in Redmond. He said the cameras’ locations in Redmond were selected based on the number of accidents and one of the reasons the cameras were taken down was because while there may have been a large number of violations, the number of accidents was not reduced. He said one of the benefits of the cameras was that they were more efficient in catching violations than actual police officers would be. In addition, they were safer for officers because when pulling someone over, Swanson said they have to consider whether it is safe for them to enter traffic — especially at a busy intersection. “We endanger ourselves as it is,” he said.

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any of us have heeded police officers’ advice to make our vehicles less attractive to thieves. Store your valuables out of sight or take them out of the car if you can. Do not leave purses or briefcases where potential thieves can see them. Apparently, this may not be enough anymore. Redmond, along with several other Eastside cities, has been hit with a series of motor vehicle prowl and burglary incidents during the past few weeks. Police believe several recent cases involving similar scenarios may indicate thieves are using a new strategy to burglarize homes. Here’s the scenario: A person goes out to see a movie or eat at a restaurant and parks their car. A thief prowls their car and takes the person’s vehicle registration. Police believe the registration information is used to draw thieves to the unoccupied homes. The Redmond Police Department has seen at least two of these incidents in the past few weeks. In one of the cases, the victim was a Medina resident but their car was broken into while in Redmond. In another case, a vehicle was broken into in the parking lot of the Regal Bella Bottega movie theater in Redmond and then the victim’s home in unincorporated King County just outside of Redmond was burglarized. In a third incident, a Redmond resident’s car was prowled while in the parking lot of a Woodinville movie theater. While

the victim’s home was not burglarized, Redmond police say they received a report of suspicious circumstances in that neighborhood, which may have been tied to the vehicle prowl. Redmond police said they are aware of more incidents in at least nine neighboring jurisdictions, including Bellevue, Issaquah and Bothell. Protect yourself. For Redmond alone, burglaries have spiked by about 150 percent compared to the last three years, according to Redmond crime prevention police officer Mike Dowd. The best thing you can do is keep your vehicle registration information on your person and not in your vehicle, said Redmond Police Lt. Charlie Gorman. If there is more than one driver, Gorman said to make multiple copies. He also said drivers should remove or take their valuables from their

vehicles when leaving it unattended. “Make your car unattractive to a thief,” he said. Also, go through all the contents of your car and make sure there is nothing with your home address or other identifying information on it. Leaving bags, purses, electronics and other items in plain sight can be encouraging for thieves, Gorman explained. If you are a victim of a vehicle prowl, let police know if your registration information is missing so that they may make sure your home is safe. And most importantly, report all suspicious activity, because “if you see something suspicious, it probably is,” said Redmond crime prevention police officer Mike Dowd. That’s not a lot to do to protect yourself from becoming a victim — twice.

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hen the media stumble across something unfamiliar they tend to treat it as something new. That seems to be the case with hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to stimulate the flow of oil and gas from a well, either a newly drilled one or one that is in a state of diminishing yield. The fact is that “frakking” has been in use since 1947, and has been proven to be a highly successful technology. Except in one case: mine. Here’s the story. I have been involved in the oil and gas business for nearly a quartercentury as the owner of working interests in several active wells, an investor in pipeline partnerships and also an investor in alternative energy companies. My earliest venture was as a working interest owner in a gas well about 30 miles north of Laredo, Texas, in 1988. The prospects looked good, but when we had finished drilling the results were disappointing. We decided to throw some more money into the hole by frakking it, hopefully to stimulate the flow of gas we were convinced was there.

On a warm June afternoon the caravan of frakking equipment arrived on site. It was an impressive array of stuff that Halliburton brought to the party: a half-dozen immense tanker trucks loaded with the water that would be forced down the shaft, a flatbed carrying several hundred sacks of wax pellets, a generator truck, a couple of vans carrying lights, conveyor belt, people and other equipment and a big pumping rig. The setup took several hours, so it was well into the evening before the operation was ready to begin. A couple of the crew members dug a pit, made a fire and started a barbecue going while Mexican music blared over a boombox. This was just a thin festive veneer over serious business though. When all was ready, our operator gave the go-ahead, and frakking began. An explosive charge was lowered into well and set off somewhere around 6,000 feet down, creating holes in the shaft for the water to do its work. The noise was tremendous: the generator huffed away providing power, the high-pressure pump Richard Hill


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roared, the conveyor belt ground away as a sweating crew sliced open bags of pellets and dumped them on it to be carried to the hopper that merged them with the water stream. Inside a control booth we watched the progress on gauges in front of us while the scene was visible through a window. The pressure peaked at around 2,400 pounds per square inch as I recall, which is two or three times the pressure normally found in a well like ours. The high pressure was forcing the water and wax pellets into cracks in the stratum supposedly holding the gas, widening them. The pellets would hold the cracks open for a while until the water was pumped out again, then the heat of the underground would melt the wax and allow gas to flow through. Around midnight or shortly thereafter, the pumping ceased and the water flow reversed to be sucked back into the tankers. By 3 or 4 a.m., activity dwindled to nothing, and the Halliburton crew packed up its gear and rumbled away. We waited in vain for a welcoming “whoosh” of product, told ourselves it would take a little time, and went off for some much needed sleep.

Sadly, the whoosh never came. We capped the well, hoped for better luck next time, and went home to lick our wounds. One thing I carried away from that experience is something that everyone who buys gasoline or uses natural gas needs to remember: pursuing energy from the ground is an expensive, dirty, dangerous business. The forces involved are tremendous, the substances are toxic and explosive at every stage of recovery, transport, processing and use. The industry’s safety record is impressive given the scale of its operations, but no matter how careful it is, the environment is at some risk, as are the people who work in the field and in the refineries. There is no “clean” way to satisfy modern societies’ need for power, and that need is growing, not disappearing. Alternatives to fossil fuels are decades away. For now we have to learn to live with the risks and to attempt to control our appetites for power. Richard H. Hill has lived in Redmond for the last six years and writes a blog, “Old Dick’s Grumps for the Day.” To read his blog, go to www.olddick.

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The Bella Bottega shopping center in Redmond is now home to a new Potbelly Sandwich Works store, set to open next week. The sandwich shop, located at 8867 161st Ave. N.E., will have an “Oven Warming Party” on Monday and its first full day of operations will be Tuesday. On Monday, the first 200 customers to visit Potbelly between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. will receive a sandwich, bag of chips and fountain drink in exchange for a $5 donation to the Redmond High School Band Boosters. The new Potbelly restaurant is the fourth in Washington with several more scheduled to open in the greater Puget Sound area and Oregon. The Redmond Potbelly will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.


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So you wanna be a rock star? Dace’s Rock ‘N’ More Music Academy, a new music school in Redmond, may be the answer for you. “We have a 100 percent guarantee on rock stardom,” Dace Anderson, founder and president of Rock ‘N’ More, said with a smile at his newest colorful location off of 152nd Avenue Northeast. Rock ‘N’ More offers flexible, weekly private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard/piano, vocal and flute for anyone 8 years old and older. The music academy also provides instruction for aspiring bands who commit to a three-month program before playing their own gig at the highly attended Rock ‘N’ More Rockcitals. Anderson schedules a live performance for all graduating bands and the music school’s next Rockcital is June 17 at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle. “We do cater to every level, from beginner to people who really want to get out there and establish themselves,” said Anderson, a Redmond resident and owner of the same nonprofit music school in Maple Valley. “If you communicate what you want, we will do our best to help you reach your goal.” Since its soft opening in February, the Redmond Rock ‘N’ More has about 30-40 students taking individual lessons and has yet to establish its first band program. Anderson said he hopes to have some bands from the Redmond location at the June 17 Rockcital. The music school is currently seeking more teachers — and of course more potential rock stars. A ribbon-cutting event will be held Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Redmond location at 8816 152nd Ave. N.E. An open house will follow during which residents can take a tour of the school and inquire about lessons. A big focus of the Rock ‘N’ More is community outreach, Anderson said. He said he is hoping to set up some gigs in Redmond and possibly have some bands perform at Redmond’s popular summer festival, Derby Days. “It’s a win-win situation

for everybody,” said Anderson, a Bellevue High School graduate who began playing the guitar at age 8. “The kids that come in here get to go out and play for people, friends and family and the community gets to see that kids are generally good.” The music school is not just for the youthful rocker. Dace said his student ages range from 8 to 66 years old. Rock ‘N’ More creates customized lesson for students’ wants and needs from basic music language to writing and recording songs, Anderson said. Peter Benjamin, a guitar teacher at the school, said besides notes and melodies, he teaches music vocabulary. “I want to give students enough information so they can talk to other musicians about music in an educational and effective way,” said Benjamin. That dialogue often leads to musical success for upand-coming bands, according to Benjamin. The music school encourages all of its students to be themselves and let their creative juices flow. And Anderson leads by example. “People are able to be themselves here and express themselves and not be judged for it,” Anderson said. “Part of my job is to exemplify that. It starts with me. The buck starts here.” Anderson wore a kilt to his interview with the Reporter and recently he

Dace Anderson and Arielle Young head up Redmond’s new music school, Dace’s Rock ‘N’ More Music Academy. “We have a 100 percent guarantee on rock stardom,” Anderson said. BILL CHRISTIANSON, Redmond Reporter rocked an orange-colored hairdo. In addition, he and his girlfriend, Arielle Young, who is the nonprofit’s vice president, are mascots for the Rat City Roller Girls team, the Sockit Wenches. “We basically are cheerleaders in wacky costumes,” said Anderson, who added that he and Young dress as “rockabilly mechanics” when they attend the competitions at Seattle Key Arena. Both Anderson and Young are members of the rock band Sealth, which plans to record a new album this year, according to Anderson.

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Young, a Bellevue College graduate, handles the scheduling and also does the design work for Rock ‘N’ More. She said the goal of the school is to promote local talent. “If we weren’t around, our students might never get their music heard,” she said. Anderson said one of the reasons he decided to expand his music school to Redmond was because he wanted to be closer to his son and daughter, who both attend Einstein Elementary School. His son, 11-year-old Eric

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Wade Sugiyama was galaxies away from the geek world. But when the geek floodgates suddenly opened, the Redmond resident and MBA graduate embraced his inner-geek – his love for the science fiction TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” the epic zombie series “The Walking Dead, 1990s cartoons such as “Transformers” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” video games and fantasy football. “There’s so much fun in the geek – it’s like playing pretend for adults, like all of the things you would love to be or do,” said Sugiyama, the 29-year-old CEO and cofounder of Kirkland-based Deniath, Inc. “All these people who are in costumes and all kinds of stuff just take what they love to the extreme, whatever that might be. Geek out has become a very popular term for anything you’re passionate about.” Deniath launched in 2010 and is a members-only flash sale site, bringing 72-hour deals directly to the geek world. Geek products and services include toys, event deals, board games, video game products, comics and other pop-culture collectibles. “We intend to produce the ultimate geek experience by feeding member’s geek obsessions and helping them discover new ones,” said Sugiyama. The Hawaii native, who earned a Leadership MBA from the University of Washington-Bothell, has always been passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He launched his first venture in 2004, when he co-founded a hip hop dance company in Edmonds focused on youth develop-

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Horror movie festival coming to Redmond’s Big Picture April 21 On April 21, horror movie buffs will have the opportunity to get the wits scared out of them for nine hours straight at the 2012 Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival. The festival, which will be from 2-11 p.m. at Big Picture Theater Redmond at 7411 166th Ave. N.E. in Redmond Town Center, will feature 21 short films as well as three feature-length films — the latter of which will be making their big screen debuts in the greater Puget Sound area. Redmond resident Steve Holetz, one of the organizers for the festival, said the short films will be shown in three blocks of seven, with one block screening before Serving you since 1986

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Eggstravaganza draws large crowd to City Hall

ABOVE: Mr. Bunny gets the crowd fired up from up above on a Redmond Fire Department ladder truck before the start of last Saturday’s egg hunt at City Hall.

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City of Redmond Mayor John Marchione will be giving his State of the City address at this month’s Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon on April 18. The event will be at Matts’ Rotisserie at 16551 N.E. 74th St. in Redmond Town Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. To RSVP, contact

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On Wednesday afternoon, 18 pint-sized chefs filled the kitchens at Redmond Junior High School to face off in Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) 5th Annual Kids Can Cook contest. Fourth- and fifth- graders from seven Redmond, Sammamish and Woodinville elementary schools gathered to create healthy, kidfriendly snacks and put their creations to the test before their families, friends and three judges from the district. From sandwiches and trail mix to soup and seafood, the students brought original ideas to the table and weren’t afraid to take risks with their recipes. “It’s fun to watch and see how creative they are,” said contest organizer Jane Markham, a food service area manager for LWSD. “...They’re very creative and (in) the way they present the food as well.” Markham said Kids Can Cook encourages students to create healthy, easy-to-make snacks and gets them to think about what they put in their food and ultimately their bodies. “It’s a good lesson to be taught,” she said. Kriss Wells, whose daughter Lauren represented Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School in Sammamish Wednesday afternoon, agreed. She said learning how to eat healthy and prepare healthy snacks and foods is very important for kids to learn at a young age. “I think it’s huge,” she said. For Redmond resident Ella Mainwaring Foster, a fourth grader at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School in Woodinville, she said it’s important for kids to learn how to cook healthy meals because they’re going to have to do it at some point in their lives. “So we might as well learn now,” the 10-year-old said. Her creation, “Ella’s Silly Sandwich Sticks,” which consisted of sandwich fixings wrapped around breadsticks, won the contest’s overall Judges’ Choice Award and Ella felt very honored. “I felt really glad and happy because I worked really hard and I really liked doing it,” she said.

Redmond resident Ella Mainwaring Foster, a fourth grader at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School in Woodinville, puts the finishing touches on her table at the 5th Annual Kids Can Cook contest at Redmond Junior High School. Ella received the Judges’ Choice Award for her creation, ‘Ella’s Silly Sandwich Sticks.’ SAMANTHA PAK, Redmond Reporter Ella was one of five students to receive an award this year. The other four recipients and their categories were: • Ryan Koshy, Louisa May Alcott Elementary, Use of Healthy Ingredients Award: “Healthy Veggie Bites” • Surbhi Jain, Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary, Kid-Friendly Preparation Award: “Fruit Train” • Rabeeya Asif, Norman Rockwell Elementary, Tasty and Satisfying Award: “Mixed Pancake Surprise” • Silvana Segura, Rosa Parks Elementary, Best Table Presentation: “Surimi Boats” Although she was thrilled with her win, Ella said she wished there could be more than one winner for


each of the categories because many of her fellow contestants’ entries were just as deserving. “I tasted a lot of them and they were really good,” she said. And Ella let her competition know this as well. When Cayla Gilligan, a fourth grader from Redmond Elementary School, congratulated Ella on her win, Ella told Cayla that Cayla’s recipe should have been selected as well. Cayla was the only contestant from her school and did not mind not being selected. “I told myself if I lose, I lose trying,” she said. Both Cayla and Ella love cooking and creating in the kitchen and


while they both have experience using the oven or stove, neither of their recipes required heat. Ella acknowledged that some of her peers may not have that experience and decided to not use heat in her contest recipe so kids would not be intimidated “and (would) not set the house on fire.” Her sandwich sticks were something kids could prepare without any help from adults. “And Ella didn’t want any help at all,” said mother Symone Mainwaring Foster. Mainwaring Foster said they cook a lot as a family and while her other two children will pitch in here and there, “Ella’s the one who wants to do it all.”


Redmond High’s Town named Science Champion Mike Town, a teacher at Redmond High School, has been named a Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) 2011-12 Science Champion as a Science Education Advocate. LASER is a program that is co-led by Pacific Science Center and Battelle.As a high school science instructor, Town’s vision for the future of science education in Washington state is specific: To promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and inspire students to seek advanced opportunities in STEM fields. Awardees will receive $5,000 each to be donated to the not-for-profit public education entity of their choice for use in its efforts on behalf of science education. Recipients will be recognized on May 10 at Town Hall Seattle at an event hosted by City Club and sponsored by Boeing.

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Redmond High boys’ soccer team has all the right ingredients for success BILL CHRISTIANSON

Another season, another position for Tyler Bennett, the new main man in the middle for the Redmond High School boys’ soccer team. Bennett, a senior center midfielder, triggers the attack this spring for the Mustangs, who are shooting for a Class 4A state berth come May. “We want to at least make a run at state,” said Bennett, who has played three different positions in his three varsity seasons at Redmond. “We got the players to do it. It’s just a matter of how much we want it and how hard we work for it.” Bennett joined the Redmond High soccer program as a sophomore defender, but coach Patrick Scheibe switched him to the forward position, where he made an instant impact, scoring nine goals. Then as a junior, Bennett played his natural position of defender before being asked to switch to midfielder for his senior season. “I’ve always tried to be versatile,” said Bennett, who was recruited by Pacific Lutheran University to play defender. “I’ve been playing midfield for a couple of months now and I’m really starting to like it. … You get to run the show.” And so far, Bennett has shined bright at his new position, Scheibe said. “He’s a dominating center mid,” Scheibe said. “He has been outstanding.” Led by Bennett, the Mustangs have all the right ingredients for success — senior leadership, player versatility, young talent and team chemistry, according Scheibe. “If they stay on target, they have the potential to be a really solid team

Redmond High School senior Tyler Bennett has embraced and shined at his new position at center midfield for the Mustangs, who are in the thick of the Kingco 4A playoff race. PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT CAMPBELL, that could make a run in the playoffs,” Scheibe said. “There are some really, really good teams in Kingco, so there is a challenge. But these guys have the potential to go far.” Bennett controls the middle of the soccer pitch, along with fellow senior captain and center midfielder Austin Pope, according to Scheibe. “They really dictate

everything we do,” Schiebe said of his two center midfielders. Schiebe said Bennett, Pope and the team’s third senior captain, outside midfielder Bryan Forbes are “the heart and soul” of the team. The Mustangs have plenty of talented threats surrounding their senior leaders, including junior forwards Andrew Lead-

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beater and Cooper Bilginer, who have combined for 13 goals so far this season. Leadbeater scored both of Redmond’s goals in a 2-0 win against Skyline Tuesday night to help the Mustangs improve to 3-1 in Kingco and 7-2 overall. Redmond lost 11 players to graduation and two others to academy soccer teams from last year’s Kingco playoff team, but

the Mustangs have reloaded with some exceptional young talent. “We definitely lost a lot of players, but the young new players have stepped in and have shown that they what it takes to play,” said Pope, one of the senior captains. The Mustangs have four freshman — Brendan O’Brien, Joseph Parish, [ more SOCCER page 15 ]

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TOP RETURNERS • Sr. Dean Poplawski, M: Co-league MVP last year, led team in assists. Versatile player with excellent field vision will patrol the midfield. • Sr. Rohan Kumar, M: Speedy and dangerous on the wing, this first-team all-league returner will win most of the one-on-one battles. • Sr. Jesse Klug, F: Led the league in scoring as a sophomore before taking last year off due to club commitments. Not many teams can handle his aggressiveness up front. • Sr. Joe Dolack, D: Fourth-year starter will anchor the defense. Tough one-on-one defender.

KEY NEWCOMERS • Sr. Bryan Lin, F: Club player with good quickness returns to the team, should score his fair share of goals. • Fr. James Corbett, D: Tough young player will help fill holes on defense.

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COACH’S CORNER “Although half the team is new, the returners include six starters from last year’s team. Add to that the return of Jesse Klug, a proven goal scorer, and a couple of other players who were out last year and the team should be very strong offensively.” — Coach Bristol

Redmond High School junior Andrew Leadbeater scored both of the Mustangs’ goals in a 2-0 victory over Skyline Tuesday night. Leadbeater leads the team in goals with seven. PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT CAMPBELL,

On May 20, King County Parks will hold the third annual Big Backyard 5K at Marymoor Park, at 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy N.E. near Redmond. The family-oriented event will be presented by Group Health and feature a kids’ dash and a live concert with Caspar Babypants. Benefitting King County Parks, the Big Backyard 5K starts at 9 a.m. and takes participants through Marymoor Park at the northern end of Lake Sammamish. The course is flat and participants are encouraged to bring their leashed dogs and strollers with them. The 5K runs through Marymoor Park along the Marymoor Connector Trail and the adjacent East Lake Sammamish Trail. For $25, entrants will receive an event T-shirt, food, drinks and more on race day. Registration for the run can be done online at A free kids’ dash follows the fun run at 10 a.m., and then Caspar Babypants will give a free live concert


at 10:30 a.m. “With 26,000 acres of parks and 175 miles of regional trails, King County Parks offers a wide range of recreational opportunities that promote exercise and healthy activities,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown. “The Big Backyard 5K is a great activity for the whole family.” The Big Backyard 5K promotes fitness and community involvement, and has raised nearly $75,000 for King County Parks in the past two years. For more information and to register, visit www.


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Jonathan White and Steven Visser — who are contributing to the varsity team this spring. O’Brien, Parish and White have all started at some point this season. Other new impact varsity players include defenders Stephen Jinneman, a sophomore and Conor Boone, a senior who played JV last season. Schiebe said he has been especially impressed with Jinneman, who has played almost every minute of every game at center back defender. The Mustangs also have a young, but experienced goalkeeper in sophomore Grayson Raffensperger, who started last year as a freshman. Raffensperger recorded his fourth shutout of the season in Tuesday night’s win against Skyline. “He’s a natural goalkeeper,” said Schiebe. “He flows really well and just makes great decisions.” With talent at every grade level, the Mustangs make sure to have fun and build team chemistry with Monday night pasta feeds, during which teammates play video games and review game film of upcoming opponents. The team definitely likes to keep things loose, but when they step on the soccer pitch, it’s all about business. “We like to crack jokes and have fun, but when we get on this field, it’s all about training hard,” Forbes said.




Klug, who is a member of the prestigious U-18 Sounders Academy team, decided to give up playing for his club team after being told that academy players were not permitted to play at the high school level. “He is hoping that he will be allowed to rejoin them after our season, but there is no guarantee,” said Bristol.

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After a slow start to the season, the Redmond High School baseball team is riding high. The Mustangs won a pair of home games earlier this week to stretch its winning streak to six games and grab hold of third place in the Kingco 4A Crest Division. Santa Clara signee

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The Redmond fastpitch team exploded for seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 13-3, fiveinning victory over Garfield in a Kingco 4A matchup Tuesday at Hartman Park. Ashley Mitchell, Natalie Roberts and Ashley Walls led the offensive attack for the Mustangs, who also scored five runs in the fifth inning. Mitchell had two hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in two runs. Roberts drove in four runs on three hits, including a triple. Walls was 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Melissa White got the win in the circle for the Mustangs, giving up two hits and three runs while striking out eight. The Mustangs improved to 1-3 in league play and 4-3 overall.

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