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TOP SHOT | Update on Federal Way cop’s progress on The History Channel show [5]

SPORTS | Decatur dancers win big title. FRIDAY, April 13, 2012 Plus: Prep track and field action [17]

CALENDAR | Coming up: Concert for tots, Rollermania fundraiser and more [7]

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Mayor also optimistic about Crystal Palace city’s downtown core, the would-be home for the PACC. The Federal Way City “The city purchased Council reviewed a that site in December of Request for Qualifications 2010, with a $5 million (RFQ) draft to be sent state grant on the condiacross the nation for the tion that the PACC is confuture performing arts structed within ten years, and conference center or the money will need (PACC) project that to be returned with first began moving interest,” Doherty in 2008. said. NEWS During an Since the ball April 3 special began rolling in meeting, Patrick 2008, Doherty said Doherty, director of the city conferred economic development with LMN Architects for the city, briefed the to begin with, and had council on where things them develop some cost stand with the PACC. Do- estimates for the PACC herty also briefly touched last year. on the Crystal Palace The price range for the project proposed last year project through LMN for an adjacent site. would vary between $44.5 Doherty reviewed the million to $50 million, a history of the project, cost estimate that caused touching on some of the the city to take a pause major developments, and review its options. including the 2010 “We thanked them for purchase of the former their work, and started to Toys R Us property in the [ more ARTS CENTER, p. 12 ] By GREG ALLMAIN


Senior Resource Guide: Special section inside Check out the 2012 Senior Resource Guide inside today’s Mirror, starting on page 13. The section provides information on senior health, finances and lifestyle, along with resources for recreation. Pictured above: Pickleball is popular at the Federal Way Community Center, which hosts daily activities for seniors without requiring a membership. The center also sponsors several affordable road trips all year. Also inside: Doctors from St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way offer advice on stress relief and cancer screenings. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

Fake service dogs: Pet owners tap ADA loophole By ANDY HOBBS

When is a service dog not a service dog? By definition, service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks for people with disabilities. Service dogs assist people with physical and mental impairments, whether by guiding the blind, pulling a wheelchair or alerting an owner to an impending seizure. However, some pet owners bring their non-service dogs into public establishments like restaurants and grocery stores — and easily get away with it.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 grants specific rights and prohibits discrimination related to service dogs. There are no requirements for licensing, certification or identification of service dogs, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The animals are not required to wear special collars, vests or harnesses. The ADA makes it unlawful to require proof of a disability or identification for the service dog. When dealing with so-called service animals, businesses are only allowed to ask two questions of dog owners: [ more DOGS, page 8 ]


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South King Fire nudges voters for April 17 election Mirror staff reports

Federal Way area taxpayers have a reason to vote in this month’s special election. South King Fire and Rescue is proposing a levy (Proposition 1) to support current levels of service. The levy will cost taxpayers an average of 29 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value. This amounts to about $5 a month for the average home. Ballots are due April 17. A ballot dropbox is available on 8th Avenue South, adjacent to City Hall. SKFR has mailed fliers to residents that discuss the district’s financial setbacks and how the fire district will use the levy.

The levy should generate about $3.5 million per year for four years and curb reductions in personnel. About $1 million from the levy will fund one full-time aid car. These units handle emergency medical services. EMS accounts for most of the fire district’s calls for service. South King Fire and Rescue serves more than 150,000 residents in Federal Way, Des Moines and unincorporated King County. The opposing statement in the voters pamphlet says the district needs the additional funding provided by the levy. However, the statement against Prop. 1 calls for more efficiency in the fire district. The statement calls the levy a “desperate stop gap action,” and the statement’s authors suggest a future fixed-cap service benefit charge instead of a levy.

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South, a driver was stopped and discovered to be driving with a suspended license. The driver also had .47 grams of methamphetamine in their possession at the time of the stop. • Really drunk teen: At 1 a.m. April 7 in the 800 block of SW 318th Place, an apparently drunken juvenile was reported walking the streets. According to the report, when police caught up to the juvenile, he had vomit down the front of his sweatshirt and had urinated in his pants. The report notes police released the juvenile into the custody of his mother. • Big burglary haul: At 2:32 a.m. April 7 in the 100 block of SW Campus Drive, a residence was burglarized. According to the report, $10,280 worth of items were stolen.


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• This bed is just right: At 10:33 a.m. April 7 in the 31000 block of Pacific Highway South, the Comfort Inn Hotel reported that one of its rooms had been broken into. According to the report, entry was made by smashing out one of the room’s exterior windows. The report notes that no items were stolen, but that it appeared both beds had been slept in by the unknown suspects. • Raccoon falls in pool: At 11:30 a.m. April 7 in the 30000 block of 4th Place SW, a homeowner reported that a raccoon had fallen in their empty pool and had apparently broken its leg. According to the report, the animal services team requested a patrol officer to come euthanize the animal. • Medications stolen: At 1:07 p.m. April 7 in the 100 block of South 339th Court, a woman reported that her sister had stolen her anti-anxiety and depression medications. According to the report, the woman’s sister had come to stay with her after her son had been arrested for domestic assault. The woman’s young daughter witnessed the sister taking the medication, the report notes. • Counterfeit money: At 3:07 p.m. April 7 in the 2100 block of SW 336th Street, a business reported that it had taken a counterfeit $50 bill. There are no leads on the unknown suspect, according to the report. • Vehicle break-in nets nice laptops: At 7:20 a.m. April 6 in the 600 block of SW Campus Drive, a woman reported that her vehicle had been broken into. The woman had gone into the King County Aquatic Center when the break-in occurred. The unknown suspect busted out a window on her vehicle, and took two laptop computers and the woman’s passport. The laptops were worth approximately $3,700 combined. • Missing prescription form: At 9:17 a.m. April 6 in the 1800 block of South 330th Street, a woman reported that a written prescription form she had went missing. She was unsure if she lost it, or if it had been stolen. The report notes that no one but family had been in her residence in recent days, making the possibility of theft more unlikely.

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Teacher brings dead custodian back to life Future jobs: Schools embrace vocational/ technical training By GREG ALLMAIN

Thomas Jefferson High School’s Monica Watchie was honored by Federal Way Public Schools during the district’s April 10 board meeting. Watchie, who is the instructor for the Emergency Response Program at TJ, helped save the life of the high school’s

chief custodian last fall. will probably remember “It’s not often that we meeting Monica last spring get to recognize when we came with someone who reher students who ally is the epitome had become the of the definition state champions in of a hero,” said CPR and first aid. Nancy Hawkins, And I told you at director of career that time, if you’re and technical ever going to have Monica Watchie education for Feda heart attack and eral Way Public collapse, perhaps Schools (FWPS). “You being at TJ would be the

best place to do that. Little did I know, that that was a bit prophetic, because indeed this fall, there was an incident at TJ in which Monica saved a life.” Liz Drake, principal at TJ, described what happened that day — and Watchie’s heroic efforts. “Every day, our teachers make a difference in [ more WATCHIE page 5 ]

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A new push is on for high school education to include more access and options to vocational and technical training for students, both while still in high school, and beyond. For Federal Way Public Schools, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is aimed at just that. The program is already well positioned to help students take the next step beyond high school, said Nancy Hawkins, the program’s director. “In the 10 years I’ve held this position, we’ve grown from about 720 full-time equivalent students, to just around 1,100. We have 19 new or expanded programs in those 10 years. We organize our programs based on the 16 national career clusters,” she said at the April 10 school board meeting. Along with those programs, FWPS has 13 community advisory committees for the CTE program comprised of more than 100 people from varying backgrounds. Hawkins highlighted the increased need for students to expand their thinking beyond a four-year college after high school. “Nearly 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some form of education beyond high school. Almost 80 percent of all jobs in the foreseeable future will require some type of certification/credential/post-secondary degree or long-term training, though only 40 percent of those jobs require a four-

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year degree,” she said. Here in Washington, Hawkins said there will be 3.5 million jobs in the state by 2018. Citing statistics compiled by a Georgetown University study, of those 3.5 million jobs, 36 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree. 31 percent will require a high school education or on-thejob training. 32 percent will require a four-year degree, she noted. Current programs Hawkins highlighted included Decatur High School’s NATEF (National Automotive Technical Education Foundation) program, which prepares students for work in the automotive industry or other industries related to combustion engines. There’s a construction apprenticeship program at Thomas Jefferson High School, which has a lucrative partnership with some of the larger unions in the region. This partnership allows TJ students to jump to the front of the line when looking for an apprenticeship with those unions. Decatur also has a Project Lead the Way program, which is geared toward the engineering and manufacturing fields. On the horizon will be the implementation of the Microsoft IT Academy next fall, Hawkins said. The intent of that program is to provide students with the opportunity to become certified in the Microsoft Office suite of programs, along with more complex areas such as programming and database management. (Read more online at

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Sumpter makes it through latest ‘Top Shot’ show By Greg Allmain

Federal Way Police Department Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter survived yet another episode of “Top Shot,” having to make both the longest shot ever Kyle Sumpter in the history of the show, and face off with fellow competitor William Bethards to fight for who would stay out of the elimination challenge. In this week’s episode, the green jerseys were busted out, meaning that for the remainder of the season, it’s an individual competition. This week’s episode put the pressure on early, with the eight remaining competitors having to attempt the longest shot in the history of the show: hitting a 30-inch target 1,500 yards downrange. They had to do this with the Accuracy International AX 338 sniper rifle, the gun that holds the record for the longest confirmed kill in a combat theater.

[ WATCHIE from page 4] our students’ lives. It’s not every day that we have a teacher save a life,” she said. “Imagine…school’s finished. It’s a Friday, it’s around 2:30 and our chief custodian is found not breathing. He is discovered dead.” Drake continued. “A call goes out to Monica. She responds within two-and-a-half minutes. She’s there with all of her equipment, doing CPR,” Drake said. “She’s doing it, and she brings our chief custodian back to life. Amazing.” Drake said Watchie was also on hand this year in the blink of an eye when a car crashed into a tree near the school. Drake said Watchie and her students responded in a matter of minutes in that incident. Watchie, who turned down the opportunity to speak, has been a teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for 27 years and has been a firefighter for the Browns Point-Dash Point fire department for 20 years. At TJ, Watchie said she teaches the state’s only high school EMT first responder program.

The competitors had 10 minutes or 20 rounds to attempt to hit the target. For Sumpter, it took four rounds and 1:35 to hit the target. “That was the finest shot I’ve hit in my life,” Sumpter said during the episode. That time put Sumpter in the bottom half of the

competitors, meaning he was facing the possibility of going to the elimination challenge. The other two contestants in the danger zone were Chris Chen and the aforementioned Bethards. Sumpter and Chen had recorded the two slower times out of the three, and it appeared as

though it would be those two heading to the challenge. That plan was thrown off the rails when Greg Littlejohn, Bethards’ former teammate on the blue team, shot Bethards’ target in an act of revenge. Because of Littlejohn’s deviation, Sumpter and Bethards ended up in a

“playoff ” shot, with the goal being to hit the target as near center as possible. Bethards hit just a little high of the bulls-eye, leaving Sumpter with a little room — and Sumpter took advantage of it. Chen and Bethards faced off in the elimination challenge, with Bethards pulling

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A member of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce just sent me an email asking whether he can bring his 10-year-old son to the Armed Defense Training Association event on May 3. He and his son have been watching “Top Shot” since the show’s second season and have been cheering for Federal Way Police Cmdr. Kyle Sumpter this season. I told my friend that the ADTA is still discussing ways for youth to get involved in actual shooting events. Meanwhile, we encourage parents to bring kids of all ages to hear our local “Top Shot” contestant talk about his experience on the popular History Channel program. I expect that some members of the community will object to the idea of even talking to kids about guns. Movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Star Wars” deal with violent conflict. But there is a difference in the minds of many of us. Maybe the difference is that bow and arrow, swords and lightsabers have a certain mythical quality? On the other hand, firearms are a hard reality on the streets of our cities and even in our schools. The fact that many people only see guns in movies is another factor that might cause many soccer moms to say “I don’t want my kids learning about guns.” Many action movies feature more blood and gore than most combat veterans see during their tours of duty. As one school principal stated to me, “We don’t want to send the wrong message to our kids.” So why do we want to have our youth listening to a top police officer talk to the community about competing with all kinds of weapons, including military assault weapons and pistols that are designed not for hunting and other sports, but primarily to kill human beings? I will use Dustin Ellermann as Exhibit A to make my point. Ellermann was the winner last season on “Top Shot.” According to “Top Shot” host Colby Donaldson, “Dustin may be the best shooter we ever had.” Everyone agrees that Dustin’s character made Season 3 very dramatic. The 28-year-old from Zavalla, Texas, probably has contributed a great deal to the show becoming one of the more popular programs on television. Dustin taught himself to shoot at Camp His Way, a summer Christian kids’ camp where he is the director. He and his wife are foster parents and have three children of their own. The fact that he taught himself to shoot raises the question of how Dustin was so successful competing against the some of the world’s best shooters, including Navy Seals, USPSA champions and some elite law enforcement types. “Shooting is fun to me,” Dustin stated at one point. “I thank the Lord for the opportunity to be on ‘Top Shot’ and to now be able to share my passion for shooting.” Dustin wasn’t just giving the kind of lip service [ more KNAPP page 7 ]

Why I’m rejecting fire district’s levy Having spent 10 years as a volunteer firefighter, I have experienced firsthand the challenges faced by emergency responders and I greatly respect their dedication to our community. However, having spent 20-plus years as a financial planner, I learned long ago that more money never helped a person or organization that can’t control their spending. The last several years

Mark Knapp

Are downtown projects doable? The future of downtown Federal Way, and how to improve it, has been a topic of community interest for more than a decade. We have been teased with many drawings and concepts, but so far, not much action. Remember the U-Village idea? Or more recently, the Twin Towers? The most promising option on the horizon appears to be the performing arts and civic center (PACC) concept, which would include a hotel and restaurant or catering facilities. The state has chipped in with financial support, and the project keeps moving steadily ahead. Recently, the Federal Way City Council reviewed a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) proposal by Mayor Skip Priest and his staff that would seek to establish a public-private partnership to construct the facility at the old Toys R Us site on 20th Avenue South. The city is seeking a private sector partner, in this unusual time of economic uncertainty, because of the potential $25 million price tag. They anticipate receiving proposals by midJune. Despite some early controversy, and the ongoing concern about operational costs, city leaders have continued to push the project forward as an important signature structure to revitalize the city center. The city council seems generally supportive of the mayor’s RFQ proposal. However, there are some reservations with the marketing approach that seems to use the proposed nearby Crystal Palace project as a lure to attract interest in developing the PACC. The Crystal Palace concept, which was the brainchild of ARCADD Inc. from Boston, is an eye-catching structure that would incorporate mixed-use development in the city center.

ARCADD may have its own challenges. The developer was supposed to have $150,000 to the city by the end of January and didn’t meet that schedule. In a $300 million project, that amount of money should be small change for a serious investor. ARCADD hasn’t disclosed who the financial backer is, causing more anxiety. At the Mayor-Council Retreat in late January, the city’s economic development director reported that the money had not been received. The director was vague about expectations, although he was hoping for the money by Feb. 15. The uncertainty regarding ARCADD was underscored by the fact that the city staff had drawings of other possible uses for the property readily available. The importance of these two projects to downtown and their potential “transformative” nature was a highlight of Mayor Skip Priest’s state of the city address in early March, where he appeared confident that ARCADD would secure the money. The mayor and city council continue to support the PACC, but some council members are questioning whether the draft RFQ is misleading in its use of the Crystal Palace project as an enticement for future partners for the PACC. The draft language regarding the Crystal Palace said “proponents are readying their proposal for presentation to the city council for acceptance, which will likely include prompt purchase of the site and subsequent commencement.” The package also included pictures of the Crystal Palace. Since no money has been received, and two dates have been missed, some council members [ more ROEGNER page 7 ] Bob Roegner


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have proven that South King Fire and Rescue can’t control their spending. As such I am voting no to their request for additional tax revenue. SKFR refuses to adapt their budget to the reality that the glory days of fighting fires are over. During 2011, SKFR responded to more than 14,000 emergencies, only 75 of which were structure

fires. Despite structure fires representing less than 1 percent of emergencies, SKFR continues to drive fuel-guzzling fire trucks (each costing hundreds of thousands of dollars) to even the most basic first aid call and to the grocery store. A recent article in Fire Chief magazine asserted that fire chiefs who are “not taking steps to

improve their departments’ fuel efficiency are being naive, and, to a great degree, negligent.” In addition to driving fire trucks to first aid calls, it wasn’t until the last tax measure failed that SKFR began a long overdue consolidation of our fire district. SKFR has also failed to demonstrate any correlation between their budget and the safety of our

community. Voting yes on this tax increase would simply be throwing more money down a black hole. Unfortunately, voting no seems to be the only way to force SKFR to become more efficient by abandoning “negligent” practices. Until SKFR has adapted their budget to today’s reality of fewer fires, higher fuel prices and lower property values, I will continue to vote no to their requests for more money.

Nathaniel Jarvis, Federal Way

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Cooking classes: East India Grill, 31845 Gateway Center Blvd. in Federal Way, hosts a cooking class at 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. April 14 class features Curried Mussels and Tandoori Chicken. Fee is $20. To register, visit or call (253) 529-9292.

at Belmor Clubhouse, 2101 S. 324th St., Federal Way. $10 per person. Includes lunch, beverage and dessert. Proceeds benefit cancer research. Contact (253) 661-1022 or (253) 835-3961.

Steel Lake, Sacajawea, Saghalie and the Brooklake Blueberry Farm. Volunteer activities will begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Contact (253) 835-6962 or Jason.gerwen@

Jazz LIVE at Marine View: Free ‘blues night’ concert for all ages at 5 p.m. April 15 features The Randy Oxford Band. Marine View is at COMMUNITY 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. Visit or call (253) 229-9206.

Free recycling and paper shredding: Event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at BECU, 31411 Pacific Highway S., Federal Way. Info: (800) 233-2328 or


Free pancakes for cancer survivors: A free pancake breakfast will be held all day April 14 at IHOP, 178 SW Campus Drive. You must wear your purple Relay for Life Survivor T-shirt to IHOP. Visit Leaders speak: The Federal Way Noon Kiwanis meets at noon Wednesdays (6 p.m. first Wed. of month) at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming speakers include Jim Cox, Light of Christ Community Garden (April 18). Contact: Fashion show and tea: Gamma Delta Chapter Phi Beta Psi presents a vintage fashion show and tea at noon April 14

[ KNAPP from page 6] to God that you often see on Monday Night Football or when Oscars and Emmy Awards are being handed out. Dustin’s demeanor and conversation on television were all about his commitment to the value of faith. Watch Dustin shoot and you will witness the discipline and sheer joy that he now wants to impart by organizing clinics for youth shooters. The same combination of gentle strength and steady focus is apparent when you watch Kyle Sumpter leading his Red Team through various ordeals and challenges. As you watch “Top Shot,” it soon becomes apparent that the study of character and group dynamics are more important reasons for the

[ ROEGNER from page 6] have been losing confidence in the project for some time. At the council study session last week, council members Jim Ferrell and Dini Duclos questioned the accuracy of the language and requested it be revised, which Mayor Priest and staff agreed to, prior to the next council meeting. How will the city market the public-private partnership opportunities to construct the PACC? With the Crystal Palace, which may not come to fruition? Or without, which may make the package less appealing? The council seems concerned that any potential partner in the PACC is going to want clear and compelling evidence that the Crystal Palace project has the financial backing — something that isn’t

Reach Out Rollermania: A roller skating fundraiser to benefit Reach Out Federal Way homeless shelters will run 6 to 9 p.m. April 16 at Pattison’s West Skating Center, 34222 Pacific Highway S. Teams are asked to raise $30 per team member for the charity. All ages and skating levels welcome. There will be a demonstration by the National Speed Skating Circuit. Register at Contact Human trafficking: A free showing of the documentary “Sex + Money” will begin at 7 p.m. April 18 at St. Luke’s in Federal Way. Contact Earth Day volunteers: The city’s parks department is currently signing up volunteers for the April 21 event. They are organizing efforts in seven city parks, including

show’s success than flash and bang. Think of how many movies and television shows feature the flash and bang formula — and how few ever attract a real audience. Yes, “Dancing With the Stars” also displays the character of the contestants. Soccer, karate and other sports develop character and also put leadership on display. Teaching your son or daughter to handle a gun safely and effectively, however, will create confidence that in many ways is more practical than the alternatives. If training with guns is not practical and important, why do taxpayers get so upset every time the politicians tell us they are going to cut down on the number of officers patrolapparent now. And given a declining confidence in the Crystal Palace project by some council members, is the city administration being overly optimistic that the two projects can be built? Is intertwining the two projects creating a potential house of cards? Most members of the community likely support both projects, want them to succeed and hope the city is on the right track. But more questions remain. What happens if the Crystal Palace project falls through? How would that affect the PACC? And what happens to the PACC if no viable partners step forward? And then, what happens to downtown?

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner, a former mayor of Auburn:

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden: The annual spring plant sale runs 3 to 6 p.m. April 20 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the garden on the Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way. Local nurseries sell rare and unusual plants. Free admission to conservatory for shoppers. Call (253) 8384646 or visit

brary, 34200 1st Way S. Call (253) 632-0961. Real World Federal Way: A job fair for high school students in Federal Way will run 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 24 at the Federal Way High School cafeteria (entrance faces Pacific Highway South). Students can meet companies willing to offer job shadows. Event features motivational speakers, refreshments and prizes. Contact (253) 838-0507. Poetry in Music: The Federal Way Chorale will perform with the Auburn Symphony

Federal Reserve: A free presentation titled “What is the Federal Reserve and How Does It Really Work?” will run 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the Federal Way Regional Li-

ling our streets? Bring your kids to the special ADTA program at 6:30 p.m. May 3. The free public meeting will be held at Genesis Realty, 32014 32nd Ave. S. in Federal Way.

Brain cancer benefit: The We Care Ben-

efit Concert and Auction to help Federal Way resident Julie Kathan, who has terminal brain cancer, will begin at 4:30 p.m. April 29 at Temple Theater in Tacoma. Legendary musicians including Spike and the Impalers and Sir Mix-a-Lot will perform. Learn more at International Day of Prayer: Annual event begins at 7 a.m. May 3 at The Commons Mall, starting with breakfast and speakers. Call (253) 839-0938.

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Vision loss: A free game day and luncheon for people experiencing vision loss will begin at noon April 21 at St. Luke’s Church in Federal Way. Call Gaylen (253) 217-9586. Occupy Federal Way: The group will host a free public forum on personal finance, with a focus on student loans, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Federal Way 320th Library. Info:

Orchestra as special guest artists at the Auburn Performing Arts Center. The concert, titled “Poetry in Music,” will feature works by Shostakovitch and Elgar, and the Chorale will be featured in Vaughan Williams’ romantic and transcendental “Toward the Unknown Region.” Concerts are 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 2:30 p.m. April 29. Tickets are $10-$34 at or (253) 887-7777.


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[8] April 13, 2012 [ DOGS from page 1] • Is the dog required because of a disability? • What task or service has the dog been trained to do? A dog owner’s answer to these two questions must be taken at face value, regardless of whether the dog’s service status is legitimate. If a service dog is out of control or exhibits behavior that threatens the health or safety of customers, the law allows businesses to ask the owner to remove the dog from the premises. Otherwise, a business can risk accusations of discrimination as well as charges, fines and lawsuits. The proliferation of pet owners who pass off their dogs as service animals is seen as a threat to the validity of genuine service dogs. Debby Phillips, president of Guide Dog Users of Washington State, relies on a seeing eye dog. The labrador was trained specifically to assist and guide her in day-to-day activities. “Sometimes people will

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come up to me and say, ‘is that a service dog?’ I didn’t get questioned so much a year ago,” Phillips said. “My dog is a seeing eye dog and he guides me wherever I’m going. My dog actually has a specific purpose in what he does.” The value of such fullytrained guide dogs can be up to $50,000, she said. The cost involves raising and training the dog over the course of several months, often up to two years. Several websites sell “identification packages”

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What do you think? On April 11, The Mirror asked this question on Facebook: What do you think about people bringing non-service dogs into places like restaurants or grocery stores? Here are some responses posted. • Amberlynn Ellis: I leave my dog at home, so can you. • Mary Menard: I think the animals need to be healthy, groomed and behaved to the high standards that service animals are. In that case, I am in favor. I especially oppose poorly groomed animals in public because they shed lots of allergens wherever they go. Humans’ need to breathe supersedes pets’ desire to enjoy public spaces. I would like a certification

available, like the Canine Good Citizen Test, plus a grooming and health test that would earn pets access to public places only when accompanied by the human companion who tested with the pet. • Melodie Hardwick: I’m allergic to dogs, so I’m not a huge fan. However, if a dog is well-behaved and can sit without bothering other people, it’s no problem. There is a place I go to in Seattle occasionally that is dog-friendly and most dogs there are well-behaved. Occasionally though, there will be a dog owner that lets their dog roam free, and it will come around and try to eat the food on your table. Gross. When that happens, the dog and owner should be kicked out immediately. • Jason Coleman: In restaurants and grocery stores? Absolutely not! Any place that serves/sells food is no place for animals. It’s rude, ignorant, and selfish for dog owners to think they can bring them in to those places. Even non-food stores like the mall, clothing shops, sporting goods stores, etc., are no places for non-service animals and dogs. Many people are allergic to dogs/cats, not to mention the health risk if the animal has an “accident” in the store.



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Christine Gregoire said she was pleased that the elusive common ground on the budget was found. “The supplemental budget passed preserves critical programs, including education, and sets our state on a more sustainable path,” she said. The $31.1 billion budget increases taxes with the closing of a loophole for large banks and a roll-yourown cigarette tax. Those two tactics are estimated to raise an additional $26.5 million for the state in the near future.

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The state plans to temporarily hold local sales tax collections for a slightly longer period of time than it has in the past. This is anticipated to generate $238 million for the state. The budget also leaves $320 million in reserves. The lead budget writer for the Senate Democrats, Ed Murray, said it was a tough fight that achieved the desired outcome. “Months ago we began our work on this budget, we faced the prospect of making deep cuts to all

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seph Zarelli said from his perspective, a number of reforms he and his side held to, along with passing the budget, were a victory. “Our coalition stood firm on a set of breakthrough reforms and a supplemental budget that should aid our state’s financial outlook for decades,” he said. “None of these reforms would have made it through the

Legislature if our bipartisan coalition had not taken the lead on the budget process in the Senate, and we would not have had a bipartisan coalition without the three Democratic senators who were rock-solid in their commitment to reforms that would make a difference. They proved ideas were stronger than affiliations.”

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Dear Neighbor, In the past few years, we’ve cut 13 fire fighters and emergency medical technicians from the department. Response times have increased, and more cuts to emergency personnel are planned if we can’t find a solution. A fire fighter’s worst nightmare is not being able to reach people who need us in time. Right now, many of us feel like we’re stretched too thin – and we’re worried. Proposition 1 would restore funding to hire nine fire fighter/EMTs – the minimum number needed – to put one of our emergency medical vehicles back on the road. The levy is temporary (four years), would improve emergency response times, and costs about the same per month as a hamburger. We’ve voluntarily cut our pay just to keep as many fire fighter/EMTs on the job as possible. But, now we need your help to make sure there are enough of us to reach you, your family and your property in time. Please vote Yes on Proposition 1, and thank you for taking the time to listen. Respectfully, Lieutenant Gregg Bordner Fire fighter/EMT South King Fire and Rescue Paid for by Vote Yes for Fire and EMS Committee P.O. Box 13467 Des Moines, WA 98198

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Crystal Palace Doherty gave a brief update to the council about

the Crystal Palace project, proposed by ARCADD Inc. The city and ARCADD are in continuous contact, Doherty said, and things remain positive. “They continue to express their strong optimism about the project, from their side, and the financing for it,” he said. “Their intention, they state, is to return with earnest money in hand and a new purchase and sale agreement.” Mayor Skip Priest touched on a conversation he had earlier that day with Dr. Hisham Ashkouri. Ashkouri is the lead architect at ARCADD, and has traveled to Federal Way from his Newton, Mass., office a couple of times to try and make the project a reality. “He remains very positive about this project, but at the same time, it’s a complicated $300 million project… These types of projects are difficult to put together, and I remain optimistic, and certainly very positive about Hisham’s work,” Priest said. “He has spent almost $500,000 on this and another project in anticipation of it going forward.”


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think about what to do with that information,” Doherty said. The city went back to a “runner up” when it sent out a call for architects for the project, and opened up communication with Westlake Architects. Westlake Architects had recently designed a similar facility in Lone Tree, Colo., for about $23 million, Doherty said. Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell noted the drastic difference in costs, and wondered what the driving factor was behind the discrepancy. Doherty said in the world of architecture, there’s almost a “brand name” system. Some firms’ costs tend to be higher simply because of who they are and who they work with, while the lesser-tier firms do work just as good, but don’t charge nearly as much for the “bread and butter” projects they work on. Using Westlake’s price points from the Lone Tree project, the facility the city envisions would cost somewhere between $23 million to $29 million. Doherty said the city

looked at funding options, and indicated the city could pick up approximately $21 million of the tab if it pulled from a variety of resources. Much of the funds available through the city have specific uses, such as the Real Estate Excise Tax. Because of this, Doherty said his staff and the mayor have begun looking at a publicprivate partnership model to get the PACC designed and built. “The project, then, in total could consist of the PACC idea as well as the hotel/restaurant/catering facility to be provided by the (private) developer,” Doherty said. “The city could discuss contributions of its assets…and then the private partner could construct the necessary restaurant/hotel/catering, but also some portion of the PACC structure itself, for example the shell.” The city will review responses and have a recommendation to the council by late June or early July.

Helen C. (Elliott) Norman

Long time Federal Way/Auburn resident, Helen Norman passed away peacefully on March 12 at the age of 87 years. Helen was raised on her grandparent’s farm in Pilger, Sask., Canada. She left the farm at age 16 to go to British Columbia, Canada, to finish her education and earn her teacher’s certificate. Upon receiving her certificate, Helen’s 1st assignment was on Vancouver Island in Port Hardy, where she met & married VirgIe Elliott (deceased USN). At the end of WWII they moved to Washington State. Helen lived in the Puget Sound area while raising 8 children. Six of whom graduated from FWHS, one from TJHS and one from Mt. Rainier. She then achieved personal success in the administration field for SYSCO while also representing Avon. An adventurous soul who loved to travel, Helen and her late husband Jim spent time in Europe visiting friends, many of whom they had met while on their various cruise adventures. Their last cruise was to the Panama Canal while it was still an American possession in 1999. She was fond of New Zealand and Australia having spent several vacations there. Helen’s favorite trips were those to see her grandchildren. She traveled many miles in the US and Australia to celebrate the milestones of family life. She treasured the independence traveling gave her and continued to travel the US as the years went by. In recent years she enjoyed talking with her grandchildren about their achievements on Skype, reading historical articles and stories, gardening, pinochle and bingo. Helen is survived by 7 of her 8 children: Jeanne Voss (CO), Wayne Elliott (WA), Patricia Quinn (NY) Lynn Carrigan (WA), Dan Elliott (MI), Brad Elliott (ME), and Michael Elliott (Australia). Helen’s husband Jim Norman and her oldest daughter, Anieta Reust, preceded her in death. She had 15 Grandchildren, and 14 Great-grandchildren. After 87 years of adventure and love, Helen will be placed to rest at the Mt. Tahoma National Cemetery with her husband, Jim on April 16, 2012. Rest in Peace and Love, Mom. We miss you. • ~Memorial gifts gratefully suggested to the Children’s Hospital in Seattle~ •


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Community center brims with activities, road trips By ANDY HOBBS

From pickleball matches and bridge games to art classes and road trips, the Federal Way Community Center is a premier recreational hub for local seniors. Seniors can drop by the center, 876 S. 333rd St., any day of the week for social activities or a hot lunch. Membership at the center is an option, but not required to enjoy many of the payas-you-go recreational opportunities, most of which cost a dollar or two. The center hosts free monthly seminars on topics such as finances, health, driver safety and senior rights. In addition, more than 250 seniors take advantage of the SilverSneakers fitness program. Seniors who like to travel will also find an outlet for an affordable price. Day trips include Mariners games, lunch at the Space Needle or a journey to the casino, complete with wine tasting. Overnight excursions include the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, while multi-day treks target the Canadian

Rockies or the beloved Camp Wrinkle Ranch — where seniors channel summer camp memories and make friends. “Whatever seniors want, we try to provide,” said David Schmidt, recreation coordinator at the center. “We try to make it as convenient as possible for seniors.”

Activities The city’s parks and recreation department publishes a catalog with upcoming events and activities for the season. Contact the center at (253) 835-6925 for more details.

Ongoing drop-in activities for seniors include: • Book club • Line dancing • Memoir writing • Art classes • Pickleball (sort of like a cross between ping pong, tennis and whiffleball) • Bingo • Bridge for beginners and experts • Golf lessons • Tai chi and yoga

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Deception Pass. $32. • May 3: Port Townsend. $36. • May 5: Bellingham and Fairhaven. $36. • May 10: Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. $38. • May 11-13: Seaside, Oregon (overnight). $319 with partner or $429 single. • May 16: Argosy Fantasy Mystery Cruise. $65. • May 17: Chateau St. Michelle Winery and Red

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Health alert: Have you been Stress management is a key screened for colon cancer? ingredient for good health A colonoscopy involves viewing the entire colon usSt. Francis Hospital, Federal Way ing a long, flexible lighted If you were told that you scope. If abnormal growths could prevent a potentially (called polyps) are discovfatal cancer by getered, they can often ting one test every be removed during 10 years, would the procedure. you do it? Another bit of A colorectal good news is that screening, which a colonoscopy is is used to ideneasier than you tify and remove might think. You abnormal growths Melanie Orencia, MD can choose to be in the colon and sedated before the rectum before they develop test so that you are relaxed into cancer, does just that. during the procedure. Most But when it comes to this patients who are sedated gold-standard screening, don’t remember anything many men and women about the test. The proceprocrastinate. dure, which is not painful, Cancers of the colon and lasts only 15 to 20 minutes. rectum, often collectively Most patients go home the referred to as colorectal same day as their procecancer, are life-threatening dure. tumors that develop in the The U.S. Centers of Dislarge intestine. These are ease Control and Prevenamong the more preventtion (CDC) recommends able types of cancer. Still, men and women begin about 143,000 Americans regular colonoscopies at are diagnosed with colage 50. However, you may orectal cancer, and about need to get tested at an 50,000 people die from the earlier age if you have had disease, every year. Men polyps or colon cancer, inhave a slightly higher risk flammatory bowel disease, than women for developing or if there is a history of these cancers. polyps or colon cancer in By Melanie Orencia, MD

your family. Talk with your doctor. If polyps are discovered during your colonoscopy, you may need to be screened more frequently than every 10 years. However, most individuals require testing for this condition only every decade. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Exercising regularly and maintaining a diet low in meat and high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may help reduce the risk for colon cancer. Do not smoke. Do not drink alcohol in excess. It is also important to have regular colorectal cancer screenings. If you have not had a colonoscopy, talk with your primary care physician or other professional health care provider about this potentially lifesaving procedure.

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Money matters: Your estate plan By DOUG LEGG Federal Way financial consultant

During your lifetime, you make a lot of moves to provide financial security to your loved ones. You put away money for college for your children. You save and invest for your own retirement so that you won’t burden your grown children with significant expenses. And you purchase adequate life insurance to enable your family to maintain its lifestyle should anything happen to you. Yet, if you’re going to help preserve your family’s financial well-being after you’re gone, you also need to take one additional step: Create an estate plan. Toward that end, you’ll want to start by learning a few of the estate plan basics, such as these commonly used tools: • Will: For most people, a will is probably the most essential estate-planning document. Regardless of the size of your estate, you need a will to ensure that your assets and personal belongings will be distributed according to your wishes. If you die intestate (without a will), your belongings will be distributed to your “heirs” as defined by state laws — and these distributions may not be at all what you had in mind. • Living trust: A simple will may not be sufficient for your needs. Consequently, you may want to design a living trust, which provides you with more flexibility in distributing assets. For example, you could direct your living trust to disperse assets to your children or grandchildren at specific ages. Also, a living trust makes it possible for your assets to be distributed without going through the often time-consuming, and public, probate process. • Beneficiary designations:

Over time, your life may change in many ways, through marriage, remarriage, children, stepchildren and so on. That’s why it’s important to periodically update your beneficiary designations on your insurance policies and retirement accounts, such as your IRA and 401(k). These designations are powerful and can even supersede the instructions left in your will or living trust, so it’s essential that you’ve got the right people listed as your beneficiaries. • Irrevocable life insurance trust: Depending on the size of your estate, your heirs may ultimately have to pay estate taxes, though the estate tax laws have been in flux in recent years and may continue to evolve. If estate taxes are a concern, you may want to take steps to alleviate them, such as establishing an irrevocable life insurance trust, under which you’d transfer a life insurance policy out of your estate and have the trust distribute the proceeds to the beneficiaries you’ve chosen. • Power of attorney: A power of attorney allows you to appoint a person (an “Attorney-inFact” or “Agent”) to handle your affairs if you can’t do so yourself. • Health care directive: A health care directive allows you to name someone to make health care decisions on your behalf, should you become physically or mentally incapacitated. Estate planning can be complex, so you’ll need to work with your tax, legal and financial advisors to make the arrangements that are appropriate for your needs. It may take some time to develop your estate plan, but it’s well worth the effort.

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Federal Way Senior Center: Food, folks and fun

Pictured at top: Among those who enjoy the Federal Way Senior Center is Lee MacKenzie. Three days a week, the Federal Way woman takes the Access bus to the senior center at 4016 S. 352nd St., Auburn, to have lunch and play pinochle. The senior center hosts an array of meals and activities every week, from music to card games and more. The center is also home to a charity food pantry and the Federal Way Community Garden. Pictured above: The center also hosts computer classes at certain times of the year. The classes teach participants about all the bells and whistles involving computers, email and the Internet. Call (253) 838-3604. MIRROR FILE PHOTOS

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Track: Eagle boys hope to keep streak alive Girls preview: Three 4A teams bring back plenty of talent and will contend for title

Boys preview: FWay hasn’t lost an SPSL dual in four seasons; Raiders are also deep By CASEY OLSON


The Federal Way High School boys track and field team is hoping to continue its domination of the South Puget Sound League Central Division. The Eagles have not lost a dual meet in the last four seasons and return some of the better all-around athletes in the league and state again this season. “Federal Way looks loaded for a strong run again,” said TJ head coach Tommy Decker. The Eagles have dominated their first two SPSL Central Division meets so far this season. Federal Way has been led during the early season by a plethora of different athletes. Back for the Eagles are sprinters Zeke McNeal, D.J. May and Mike [ more boys track page 22 ]

The Federal Way Eagles girls track and field program is in the midst of its first season without Jean Licari at the helm. The popular teacher/coach died of a rare form of cancer earlier this year. Marcus Yzaguirre takes over for Licari and inherits a team that lost only one South Puget Sound League Central Division dual meet a season ago. Yzaguirre has been with the Eagle program for the last six years under Licari. “We have many well-rounded athletes that can compete in all the realms of track and field,” Yzaguirre said. Leading the way for the Eagles will be talented returners [ more girls track page 19 ]

Federal Way junor triple jumper D’Londo Tucker and the rest of his teammates have won the last four SPSL division championships and last lost during 2007. casey olson, The Mirror

Decatur dance wins national championship By CASEY OLSON

The trophy case keeps getting bigger for the Decatur High School dance team. The Gators’ collection of trophies grew again recently when Decatur brought home a prestigious USA championship from the 2012 Dance/Drill Nationals, which were held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The Gators won their national title in the open division prop category and also finished in second place in the open medium military category. Nationals were held

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Briefs: Knights win tournament title Mirror staff reports

The Federal Way Knights 10 and under baseball team won the Yakima Swing Into Spring Tournament. The Knights opened the tournament against Eastmont of Wenatchee. With seven hits and timely base running, the Knights outscored Eastmont, 11-1, in five innings on March 31. Saturday afternoon’s opponent was the Dirt Dawgs of Yakima. A nine-run fourth inning sealed the 15-2 win. Sunday morning, the Knights finished pool play against a team from Othello. Balanced hitting and great pitching shut down Othello, 14-3. Also, every player scored a run during the contest.

Eastmont worked its way into the Championship Game against the Knights, who finished with 14 hits during the 11-0 win. Knights pitching gave up only two hits, while striking out 12. The team includes Nate Clow, Zachary Yoon, Adam Taylor, Lydge Bell, Spencer Sugg, Cole Bakker, Dylan O’Connor, Connor Ellingson, Justin Maggerise, Colin Heffernan, Carter Berry, Ethan Greene and Logan Jones. The team is coached by Steve Pearson, John Sugg and Scott Clow. • Federal Way will play host to four Division I fastpitch softball games. Seattle University will play the Wolverines of Utah Valley State in Pacific Coast Softball Conference action on April 14-15. The games will take place at the Federal Way National

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April 13, 2012 [19] [ girls track from page 17 ] Tamara Richey, Majerae Gates, Dyesha Belhumeur, Khiana Duncan and Luaipou Lologo. Both Richey and Gates were state qualifiers a season ago. Richey, a sophomore, qualified in the long jump and Gates, a junior, ran the 100 meters. “(Richey) is one of the overall best girl athletes on the team,” Yzaguirre said. Gates entered last year’s state meet as a favorite in the 100, but pulled a hamstring in the state finals before walking across the finish line, making sure she completed the race. Gates is nursing back into shape after some health issues. “She is one of the fastest girls in the state,” Yzaguirre said. “When she is able to run, she will truly amaze people with her natural speed, as she always does.” Belhumeur will compete in the high jump and triple jump, Duncan is the Eagles’ best distance runner and Lologo is hoping to get to state in the throwing events. Federal Way will also be counting on freshman new-

comer Mariyah Vongsaveng to score points this season in the sprints, hurdles and jumps. Vongsaveng also lettered in soccer and basketball as a ninth-grader. “We are looking forward to big things from her this year,” Yzaguirre said. “She is going to be one of Khiana Duncan the state’s top newcomers.” The Eagles will feature freshmen Aminata Dolo and Karis Cameron. Dolo is a distance runner and Cameron participates primarily in sprints and relays.


The Titan girls bring back plenty of talent from a team that finished 2-3 in the SPSL Central Division a season ago. Leading the list of returners is sophomore Alanna Vann, who was a state placer a season ago in the 100 and 200 meters. Joining Vann as returning

point scorers for Beamer also includes senior Tre Auna Culp (shot, discus, 100, relays), junior Keturah Saddler (jumps) and sophomore Kiernan Reitz (hurdles, pole vault, long jump). “The team has all the pieces to be successful if they work hard and stay dedicated,” Allen said. The Titans will also be counting on newcomers Tana O’Connell (high jump, relays), Chante Spotser (sprints), Nicole Seabolt (high jump, relays) and Paige Hallstrom (distance).

been a first-team, all-state soccer player two years in a row after scoring 63 goals in her TJ career. Last spring, Dahl qualified for state in three individual events in track. As a junior, she finished in eighth place in the triple jump with a leap of 35-7, third in the javelin with a toss of 131-11 and ran the 300-meter hurdles. Also back for the Raiders is junior Montana Pellegrini, who finished in a tie for fourth place in the pole vault at last year’s

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The Gators are hoping to improve on their 0-5 record from a season ago in the always-rugged SPSL 3A Division. Decatur brings back a pair of state participants in senior Tori Zellerhoff and sophomore

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April 13, 2012 [21] Decatur racked up 455.75 points to outdistance second-place Lake Washington (436.5 points). “This was our first trip to nationals because the national competition dates have been the same weekend that our Washington state competition was to be held,” said the team’s academic advisor, Carol Edmonson. “This was the first time out of the last five years that the dates were different, allowing us to compete.”

The Decatur dance team is a year-round program that begins each May with tryouts and runs through the summer and the full school year. The Gators perform at school events and a Seattle Seahawks NFL football game, and also hold a community dance camp for elementary students every fall. “We practice five to six days a week year-round, sometimes two times a day and on Saturday, frequently for six to eight hours,” Starr said. “These kids give it

everything they got every day and when they think they can’t give anymore, they do.” This season, however, has been filled with a little adversity. After starting the season strong, three of the team’s senior captains quit. “This is a big deal when the team spends every day day together, numerous hours a day and they become more than just a team, they become a family,” said Starr. “You would think that something like this would affect the morale

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The Raiders finished with just one loss last season, which came to the SPSL Central Division champion Federal Way Eagles. Head coach Tommy Decker brings back several athletes from that second-place team, including a strong group of distance runners. “Our distance group has

been a source of stability,” Decker said. The returning distance runners include Oscar Iraheta, Yohan Gebrehiwet and Lionel Estrada, along with newcomer Jeff Pinkstaff. Also back for the Raiders are Kendall Green (long jump, 400 meters), Yobel Mengistu (jumps), Gabe Thacker (hurdles), Thomas Goldingay (pole vault), Jeff Aumua (throws) and Kel Hicks (shot put). Top newcomers include Johnny Myles (sprints), Chris kim (sprints/hurdles), Heng Yon and Josh Madden (throws). “We graduated some great athletes in the sprints and hurdles last year and have recruited a big fresh-

man and sophomore class to build for the future,” Decker said. “Our goal with this year’s squad is to make sure our new athletes establish a connection and ownership to the program.”


The Titans and head coach Jay Cardwell will be counting on plenty of depth and senior leadership to improve on last year’s 3-2 record in the SPSL Central. “This year’s squad looks to build upon last year’s strong season,” Cardwell said. “By focusing on improving every day and enjoying the sport, we can’t fail.” Beamer has over 70 boys on this year’s team, including state meet veteran Austin Hitchcock. The senior qualified for both the 110-

and 300-meter hurdles. win four individual events Also back for the Titans during every dual meet and are Willie Roach (high currently leads Decatur in jump/sprints), five different events Sean Eidsmoe so far this year. (400), Daniel Thompson, who Kubay (distance), competed at the Chase Randazzo state championships (throws), Justin a season ago, has Evans (hurdles/ season-best times in jumps) and Blake the 100 meters, 110 Drew Thompson Hansen (pole hurdles, pole vault, vault). high jump and long The Titans will also be jump. counting on newcomers Thompson is currently Austin Jex (distance), Kaos the Decatur school-record James (sprints) and Terry holder in the high jump McCray (sprints/jumps) to with a leap of 6-feet-5 score points during the dual meet season.


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Free Pick up ENGLISH CREME Golden Retr iever pups for sale. 7 weeks old. AKC registered. Have first wormer and immunization, well puppy check up. 2 males, 4 females left. They are beautiful, healthy pups. For $800 you will have a wonderful addition to your family or a best friend. Please contact (360)269-5539.

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* Minor Electric & Plumbing

Spring Clean-Up:

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Thatch, Weed, Bark, Haul, Tree Removal, Etc. Pruning, Gutters, Roof, Moss Control, Sprinkler Install & Repair


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...WINNER’S CIRCLE he Best for 3 Years!

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Jade River Acupuncture

32123 1st Ave South, Suite A4 Federal Way •




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*Includes up to 5 quarts synthetic blend oil & oil filter. Most vehicles. European cars, diesel vehicles and some trucks extra. Full synthetic oil extra. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Expires 5/12/12

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...WINNER’S CIRCLE Every Garden Should Be



FREE ICE CREAM! Receive FREE kid-size ice cream with the purchase of any small, medium, or large ice cream. $3.39 value. Expires 5/12/12

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Linda will work on: -Creating Jobs -Full Funding For Education -Efficient/Effective Government

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Thank You, once again, for your votes … Best Pet Groomer 2010, 2011, 2012! WINNER

Best Pet Groomer Finalist Best Pet Store $

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Any Purchase With coupon. Expires 4/30/12

Like a Great Pair of Shoes Everyone likes a great pair of shoes! They look good, they

finish the outfit, and they are a dream to wear. Whether your garden and landscape is large or a single pot by your front door, it should be like that favorite pair of shoes. It is a pleasure to behold, it increases the value of the surroundings, and it can be a welcome retreat from the rest of the world. Like those beautiful shoes, no one can deny the joy that comes from seeing a cherry tree in full bloom or a bed of summer flowers vibrant with color. A bed of crisp lettuce, or a tomato vine full of sweet fruit are a culinary delight to behold. The right pair of shoes can make the outfit while the wrong pair can spoil the whole look. Every realtor will tell you the same is true of your landscape. The right plants in the right place can make a dramatic impact on both the aesthetic and monetary value of your home. Even the most beautiful house without plants looks uncared for. When your shoes fit well the whole world feels better. Your garden should be your personal paradise and an escape from the hectic world around you. Beautiful plants, fragrant blooms, and the sounds of singing birds and flowing water all shield us from the outside world. At BRANCHES GARDEN CENTER we are ready to help you create the garden that is a perfect fit for you. From an expansive garden vista to a miniature landscape in a bowl, the staff at BRANCHES can help you select, plan and care for your garden for many years of pleasure. Who needs shoes? Let’s go walk barefoot in the garden!

Continuing to Give You the Best Service & Mexican Food in Federal Way! R


Best Bartender

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Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Fiesta Bar


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Best Waiter

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Garden Center • Nursery • Unique Gift Shop •

Corner of Military & So. 320th St.

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