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Kent snags international figure skating competition BY STEVE HUNTER

Kent is expected to be named Friday as the host city for the 2012 Skate America international

from around the world to the cityowned arena that opened in 2009. Gov. Chris Gregoire, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke were scheduled to help

competition that will feature 52 world-class figure skaters in men’s, ladies, pairs and ice dancing. The Olympic-style competition scheduled for Oct. 19-21 at the ShoWare Center will draw visitors

make the official announcement Friday morning at a media conference at the ShoWare Center. Skate America is part of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix Series, now in its 18th

season, that consists of six international events. Skaters are eligible to compete in two of the six events to earn points to advance [ more SKATING page 4 ]

Paid parking could be coming to ShoWare Center BY STEVE HUNTER

Planting party Brendan Ryu, 4, and his mom, June Oh, take a piece of cardboard to surround a newly planted tree during the annual Kent Parks Arbor Day event at West Fenwick Park last Saturday. More than 70 volunteers, including 30 from Highline Community College, took part in the work party, a Green Kent Partnership event. CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter

Paid parking might replace free parking at Kent’s ShoWare Center in an effort to raise additional revenue at the moneylosing arena. “We’re looking at that,” said Ben Wolters, city economic and community development director, who helps oversee arena operations. Wolters is spearheading a committee to look at ways to raise revenue at the 3-year-old arena that has lost more than $1.3 million since it opened in 2009. The city-owned arena lost another $12,389 the first three months of 2012. No decision about how much to possibly charge has been decided, but Wolters knows

the elimination of free parking could cause a backlash. “One of our key selling features is free parking which is unlike many other facilities and that has helped to grow interest in this building, especially during the recession,” Wolters said. But with losses of $457,480 in 2011, $398,013 in 2010 and $451,723 in 2009 at the center, changes are under consideration. “We discussed a number of possible ideas but I’m not ready to talk about (all of) those yet,” Wolters said. “If we take these steps, we need to look at what additional revenue might be created and confirm that. We also need to understand what if any ramifications it might have [ more PARKING page 4 ]

ACCELERATING EARLY LEARNING Program engages, challenges young minds BY ROBERT WHALE

All is fierce concentration on the face of 4-year-old Lily Wrubelski, seated at a computer terminal alongside her father Brandon,

matching yips and yaps, squeaks and howls, mewling and woofing she hears to the animals she’s seeing on the screen. For Lily and other children on the evening of April 26 at Au-

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Lily Wrubelski, 4, matches critter sounds to critters at the Accelerating Young Minds event at Arthur Jacobsen Elementary School on Lea Hill. Looking on is her father, Brandon. ROBERT WHALE, Reporter

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City hearing examiner approves Green River levee projects

The city of Kent land use hearing examiner approved two Green River levee projects proposed by the city Public Works Department. The projects include the State Route 516 to South 231st Way Levee and the Boeing Levee that stretches from South 200th Street to South 212th Street. Hearing Examiner Kimberly Allen approved both projects in reports released April 23. City staff was required to go through the hearing examiner for a Shoreline Conditional Use Permit to construct the earthen berm levees. The projects are part of a larger effort by the city to have the entire

levee system within city limits accredited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to remove properties behind the levee from FEMA flood maps to reduce development restrictions and flood insurance requirements in the Kent Valley. “The proposed project would protect existing residences and businesses from 100-year flood events,” Allen wrote in the report. Crews will construct a new secondary levee along State Route 516. The secondary levee will be about 20 feet wide and between 1.5 feet to 3.5 feet higher than the existing levee, according to city documents. The intersection of James Street and Russell Road will be shifted approximately 18 feet to the east to accommodate the new levee

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berm. Near State Route 516, the existing roadway of 62nd Avenue South will be raised to act as the new levee berm. The SR 516 to S. 231st Levee stretches about 2.75 miles. Crews will do the work in phases over the next few years. The construction work planned this year is estimated to cost $800,000 and includes rebuilding the intersection of James Street and Russell Road further from the river, according to Mike Mactutis, city environmental engineering manager. Construction of the first phase, relocation of the Russell Road/ James Street intersection is expected to start this summer. Subsequent phases are scheduled to be completed by December 2015 with a total estimated cost of about $20 million.

The intersection work is funded by the city’s stormwater utility fund and is scheduled to be completed this year. “We are working on acquiring funding for the additional levee construction pieces through the state as well as the King County Flood Control District,” Mactutis said. “Those additional phases can be completed as soon as they are funded.” On the Boeing Levee, crews will construct an earthen berm and flood-wall levee for flood protection at the city’s Three Friends Fishing Hole Park, adjacent to the river. The berm and flood wall will act as a secondary levee for the existing levee. That $2 million project is funded through a grant from the state to the King County Flood

Control District, and should cover the work needed to bring the levee up to FEMA standards, Mactutis said. Mactutis added that the levees are not at risk of failure, but need improvements before they become a problem. Crews also will take steps as required by the hearing examiner’s ruling to limit any visual impact of the new levees on existing homes. “The new levee berm shall be screened from the existing homes with native vegetation as densely as possible, within the constraints of the Corps of Engineers levee vegetation standards,” Allen wrote. “The applicant (city) shall work with any affected property owners throughout the acquisition process to minimize impacts.”

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Phillip’s murder trial date continued to June 20 BY STEVE HUNTER

The trial date has been continued to June 20 for a 31-year-old Oregon man charged with first-degree murder in the May 2010 stabbing death of Seth Frankel a city of Kent employee and Auburn resident.

William L. Phillip Jr., of Portland, received an April 10 trial date in October. But Phillip’s attorney requested and received a continuance last month from King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts for more time to investigate the case, according to court documents.

Phillip remains in custody at the county jail at the Regional Justice Center with bail set at $1 million. He pleaded not guilty March 21, 2011 to a first-degree murder charge. Frankel, 41, a city video-program coordinator, was killed May 21, 2010 in his Auburn home. He was discovered the following day by a neighbor who was checking on his welfare, and who looked through a window, spot-

could be the one who killed Frankel. She said Phillip wanted a romantic relationship with her and spoke badly about Frankel even though he had never met him, according to charging papers. Phillip had seen a photo of Frankel that the girlfriend had. Auburn Police – with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service – arrested Phillip in December 2010 in Portland in connection with Frankel’s death.

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Steve McMahon performs on the bass and harmonica during a recent bluegrass jam and concert at the Kent Senior Activity Center. McMahon and his banjo-playing wife, Jane, comprise an Americana and bluegrass duet who plays throughout the area. The center hosted an afternoon packed with bluegrass jams. For upcoming programs, events at the senior center, visit MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter


Saxophonist Darren Motamedy will return to Kent to play in the fifth annual Evening of Jazz & Art Showcase June 28 at the Kent Senior Activity Center. The Kent 50 Plus Program and the Kent Arts Commission will host the annual showcase from 5-8 p.m. at the senior center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent. Families of all ages are encouraged to attend the free concert. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 253-856-5164.

ting the body. Prosecutors allege that Phillip, a former boyfriend of the woman Frankel dated, drove to Auburn to kill Frankel because he was angry that someone else was dating the woman. Detectives connected Phillip to the murder through a blood-stained towel found at Frankel’s house as well as cellphone records that put Phillip near the home the night of Frankel’s death. Frankel’s girlfriend tipped off detectives that Phillip

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Relatives of a Kent woman have put up a $10,000 reward in an effort to help the Seattle Police solve her murder. Detectives have sought the public’s help since Greggette Renee Guy, 51, was found Guy March 12 floating in the Puget Sound offshore of West Seattle. “It’s an active and ongoing investigation,” said Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson. “We

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[4] May 4, 2012 if we increased the overall cost of an event.” The committee includes members from the city, SMG (the arena operator) and the Public Facilities District board, which oversees ShoWare Center operations. “I hope to explore what we’re going to do and implement some of this in the next coming weeks to the next four months,” Wolters said. Kent controls the parking

lots right next to the arena, which is about 1,900 spots. Drivers also park for free at King County’s Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center across the street and at the Metro Transit Park & Ride lot on James Street. The Kent Station shopping center does not allow ShoWare event parking. “This is a parking lot that’s a lot more convenient,” Wolters said as he stood in the arena. “You have to look at what is it you’re charging for or do you package it with other

amenities as part of a ticket. How you sell a convenience is an important component. We’ll look and have looked at what other buildings do that are similar around the country.” Elsewhere in the state, the Spokane Arena charges $6 per stall with adjustments made depending on the event. Spokane also offers a $10 premier parking spot closer to the main entrance. The Comcast Arena in Everett doesn’t have its own lot but there are several thousand

complimentary parking spaces within walking distance. Parking is free at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. City officials need the ShoWare Center to at least break even financially. The city continues to set aside money in its annual capital budget fund to cover the losses. That money could be used to help pay for improvements to city streets, facilities and other capital projects. The arena had expenses of $649,449 and revenue of $637,060 for a loss of $12,389 in the first three

months of 2012, according to the SMG income statement presented April 26 to the Public Facilities District board. SMG had budgeted for a profit of $55,930 for January, February and March, so the arena actually fell $68,319 behind budget. “We came in pretty close to budget the first month but the second month we fell behind,” said Patrick McCluskey, ShoWare finance director. “The Globetrotters were down about $20,000 in profit. We had two concerts budgeted but only one took place.”

That news didn’t go over too well with Wolters. “We have ground to make up,” Wolters said. “We gain in some areas and lose in others.” Despite the financial struggles, Wolters said SMG has helped the arena gain traction in the market by attracting new promoters to bring events to Kent and kept the center from losing even more money in a bad economy. “My view of where we are at in three years is that we took a wallop with the Great Recession but we’re still standing,” he said.

tickets, seating in rows 3-17 in end zone areas. Singlesession tickets go on sale in September. Ben Agosto, a 2006 Olympic silver medalist in ice dancing with partner Tanith Belbin, will serve as the event’s honorary chairman. Agosto now makes his home in the Seattle area and teaches figure skating since retiring after the 2010 Winter Olympics. The ShoWare Center will have a capacity of 3,940 for the competition, with many of the 6,000 seats taken up

for production purposes. NBC Sports will broadcast coverage on Oct. 21. More than 70 television, print and radio journalists from around the world are expected to cover Skate America. The event attracts reporters from Russia, Canada, Japan, Italy, Germany and other countries with skaters in the competition. Everett hosted Skate America in 2008 and drew a record 29,477 fans to the three-day event, according to U.S. Figure Skating. Portland, Ore., (2010) and Spokane (2002) also have hosted the event. Ontario, Calif. hosted last year’s competition. Michelle Kwan, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi are among the previous title winners at Skate America, which started in 1979 in Lake Placid, N.Y. For more information, go to www.2012skateamerica. com.

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Kent residents can now go online to find out about criminal activity in their neighborhoods and throughout the city. Kent Police started the new postings in March at www.kentcrimereports. com. The program will provide users with a map-based resource to identify specific information about residential property crimes, thefts, and other criminal activity around the city, according to a Kent Police media release. Information for the program is drawn from the 16,000 police case reports that are annually generated by Kent Police officers and will be updated daily. Information will remain available for six months although active investigations will not be immediately accessible.

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According to Seattle Police, at approximately 7:30 a.m. March 12, a resident reported seeing a body floating in Puget Sound approximately 30 feet off-shore of the 3800 block of Beach Drive Southwest. Detectives responded to the scene and determined two days later that the death was a homicide. Detectives believe Guy parked her 2010 Buick Lacrosse in the 4400 block of Beach Drive Southwest on Sunday night, March 11. She had planned to take a walk along the beach. Guy was found deceased just offshore the next morning. Jamieson would not comment about the cause of death of Guy. The King County Medical Examiner's Office released the identification of Guy but said the cause of death is pending an investigation by the Seattle Police. "There is a reason why detectives

will hold back certain information (about a murder investigation)," Jamieson said. Along with her husband, Guy is survived by daughter Darilyn Guy. She was a longtime volunteer with Girl Scouts. Her father, two brothers and two sisters also survive her. She worked as a credit analyst for more than 14 years at Pacific Aero Tech, a Kent aviation and aerospace company. She graduated from Central Washington University in 1997 and from Highline Community College in 1994. Seattle Police hope a public tip could lead to the killer. "Detectives have been working on this ever since we received the call," Jamieson said. "We hope to get assistance from the public. If people were in that area at that time and might have seen something, we'd love a phone call from them." Anyone with information about the case should call the Seattle Police Tip Line at 206-233-5000.

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● Q U O T E O F N O T E : “My view of where we are at in three years is that we took a wallop with the Great Recession but we’re still standing.” – Ben Wolters, city economic and community development director, on the financial health of the ShoWare Center.

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Trying to narrow the disparities in our county population has soared to over 660,000 people – a third of King County’s 2 million total population. What is astounding about this growth is that people of color in South King County increased from roughly 13 percent in 1990

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That way, we can recycle the sand instead of just letting it all go to waste. We could use the revenue we make to lower taxes or save for a “rainy” day. It would be a good opportunity to be green and save taxpayer dollars. Most importantly, we won’t have to spend more money by paying for sand bag disposal. Although I am only a 13-year-old citizen of Kent,


For 23 years I have been privileged to represent – at three levels of government – the interests of South King County. As someone who has spent her entire life in South King County, I have witnessed first-hand the significant change socially, culturally and economically. Twenty years ago, the population in South King County was approximately 448,500. Since then, our

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It has recently come to my attention that the city is ready to remove the sandbags throughout Kent after the Howard Hanson Dam flood scare. The problem is that removing these bags is going to cost millions of dollars for the city. However, I have an idea that could remove all those sandbags and sand, and possibly even make the city some extra revenue. I propose we sell the sand or gravel in the bags to companies or give it to citizens. Sand is used in gardening, construction and masonry. I am sure there are many companies that routinely purchase some gravel or sand. For example, home improvement stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Carpinito Brothers, I bet, would love a sweet deal on the extra sand or gravel.


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The Kent School District Board selected Edward Lee Vargas as superintendent three years ago. Prior to the nationwide search, the board conducted a survey of the stakeholders – including community, families and district employees – to determine what they thought the district needed in a superintendent. All groups surveyed indicated needing a superintendent to help educators effectively respond to a myriad of diversity issues. Now, we can see some ways Vargas has responded. Tiered Intervention (TI) came to the district with Vargas. It’s a method by which teams of teachers in a building come together to determine the needs of individual students, and to focus on those needs in three tiers. The goal is to have all students reach tier one, which is the students best chance for meeting state standards; that is, to pass the test. A laser focus on the needs of individual students is one of Vargas’ and his team’s solutions to the vast diversity among students. If a student has language issues as an obstacle to learning, educators work with that. They work with students behavior and issues. They work with the learning disabilities. They adapt to an array of different religious beliefs, a multitude of different ethnic customs, a variety of learning styles, and work with practically as much other kinds of diversity as there exist in human kind. Clearly, teachers in TI classrooms at Panther Lake exemplify addressing the social and academic needs of individual students. Some teachers say they have seen remarkable student results with TI. While TI is working for students, the workload for some teachers throughout the district has escalated to a point where they are considering leaving the profession or looking for work elsewhere. The Kent Education Association (KEA) leadership says TI may be

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to 48 percent in 2010 – 55 percent of which are children of color. This drastic shift in our demographics compels us to apply a more comprehensive approach to policy development, at all levels of government, especially in areas as diverse as South King County. If you look at major social indicators such as poverty and high school drop-out rates, two conclusions are evident:

After reading Steve Hunter’s April 13 article on removing the sandbags and the cost associated with removing them, I thought there must be a way to remove the ugly black worm that many of us look at each day. Option 1: Has anyone contacted the local sand & gravel companies and asked if they would remove the sandbags? In return for removing the sandbags, they could have the sand. Option 2: Put ad on craigslist asking for bids on removing the sandbags, as many people [ more LETTERS page 7 ]

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May 4, 2012 [7] are out of work these days. Option 3: Has the city thought about having a sandbag removal fundraiser to help supplement the cost for removing the sandbags? I’m not sure these options will work, but feel the city should look into these options. – Linda Graham

ShoWare, study do not serve us The Kent City Council’s decision to deny the Resource Center for the homeless would have cost the city nothing versus the ShoWare Center that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, plus another $36,400 for a study to determine its

benefit to the city. What benefit could it be when it’s bleeding people of their hard-earned dollars in an economy where every dollar counts? We have a problem when government of all levels spends more money than it takes in for projects that do not serve all of the people. Their answer then is for taxpayers to bail them out. There is no accountability or responsibility. And who bails out the taxpayers when they no longer can absorb all of these taxes? Who stands up to them? Are buildings and entertainment more important than people? How many studies does it take before they do the right thing? Does avoiding or denying the truth change the truth or consequences for wrong decisions?

THE “SO YOU THINK KENT HAS TALENT” SHOW is looking for participants. The second-annual event is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at the Kent-Meridian High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10. Organizers are looking for people to compete in the contest as well as sponsors for the show. The event raised more than $3,000 last year for Kent Youth and Family Services. Participants must be Kent residents, Kent School District students or employees within the city of Kent. A preliminary contest May 12 at the Allegro Performing Arts Academy in Kent will determine which competitors advance. For more information and to register, go to www.allegrodance. com. Registration deadline is Saturday.

Our values and priorities reflect where we are as a people. Most people have been taught the golden rule to do to others as you would want them to do to you. There are some things that are right and should not change because they are the foundation of a society. Our priorities need to be reevaluated or we will continue down the wrong path and self-destruct. If we don’t return to the truth and the basics of what is really important, we cannot solve or correct the problems. I applaud Councilmembers Boyce and Ralph for standing with the people and voting no on the study. It is time for all of us to stand up for the truth, speak up for what is right in order to make a difference for everyone. – Wanda Steiner

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[ GUEST OP from page 6 ] I share these statistics not to diminish hope, but rather to spur people to action. I believe when there is a need, opportunity presents itself – and I hope that our collective action results in the opportunity being created for all families and children to thrive. It really boils down to this: “Our problems, some of which I identified above, can’t be solved unless those of us that live in the community choose to solve them.”

In King County government, we are leading with our Social Justice and Equity Initiative. This initiative ensures that the principles of justice and equity are incorporated into all of our work. It directly addresses equity in our community. It removes the barriers that deny access to economic success and physical well-being by advocating the belief that everyone be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. For example, in Public Health, the application of

this initiative improved access for underrepresented communities by expanding the translation services for more than 20 languages spoken in King County. And in the Department of Transportation the initiative spurred investments in sidewalks and safer streets in our communities, thereby improving access to bus service and connections to shopping and employment centers. These are just two examples of King County government’s effort to ad-



dress disparities in South King County. The goal is to the expand opportunity for all, which will allow people to lead a healthier life and feel safe in our community. That kind of success will be incremental and take time. It will require more advocates, more volunteers, and more of us South County residents to stand up and say “we can do better.” By doing so, we are embracing our community values to provide a safe place for all to live, work and play and opportunity for our children to flourish. Together we can make South King County thrive – empowered by a diverse and growing community helping shape our neighborhoods for a healthier, brighter future.

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THE SPRING/SUMMER KENT CREME BRULEE EVENT to buy and sell children’s and babies clothing, toys and other items will run May 11-12 at Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Entry is free. Shoppers in search of brand names as well as those who would like to resell gently used items are invited to the sale. For more information, go to

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KDP PLANS CLEAN-UP DAY The Kent Downtown Partnership (KDP) is hosting its annual Downtown Kent Clean-Up Day on May 19. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a hot dog lunch provided to those who register. KDP hopes to share new things happening in downtown, such as the apartments to be built on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Smith Street, as well as discuss new projects ideas. For more information, contact Barb Smith at 253-813-6976 or barbaras@

Kentridge students to host musical BY SARAH KEHOE

Participating in the musical, “Legally Blonde” has taught a few Kentridge High School students about themselves. Junior Caelan Creaser said playing the main character, Elle Woods, showed her not to be afraid to express herself. “What I love most about playing Elle is how honest and genuine she is,” Creaser said. “Playing this character has taught me to be more true to myself and stay strong.” Senior Josh Baccetti learned to enjoy the moment more. “The message of this play is simple: live life as it comes at you and don’t sweat the little things,” he said. “There are always going to be obstacles in life that knock us down but we have to learn to get right back up. In this show, Elle encounters many obstacles and tries her best to learn from her mistakes and keep moving forward.”

“Legally Blonde” is playing at the high school theater May 2-5 and May 9-12. Evening shows are 7, with Saturday matinees at 2. The musical is based on the novel, “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. Elle discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others and successfully defends a woman in a murder trial. “Although the play withholds many of the same elements as the movie, this show gives the audience a more in depth look at the characters of the story,” Baccetti said. “You really get to see the true colors of Elle, Emmett, Warner, Vivienne, Paulette and so many others who are represented in this production. Also, the energy that our show is capable of exerted really pulls the audience in and keeps them interested.”



Baccetti said he had fun playing Warner in the show. “Playing this character gives me a chance to get into the mind of a character so different from my own,” he said. “Also, there are traits about Warner that I can relate with. For me, it’s his sarcasm.” Creaser tried out for the play because she loves acting. “I wanted to be a part of this play because musical theatre is my passion. I plan on going to college to major in it,” she said. “And I also love the director and group of kids here that put on these amazing shows.” Baccetti also has been a lifelong fan of musical theater. “Theater has always been a passion of mine and it is one that I hope to continue throughout my post high school education,” he said. “When I found out Kentridge was doing ‘Legally Blonde, the Musical’ I was so excited because I knew we were one of the first schools in the state to do it and that we were going to go all out on making it amazing.”

Creaser has enjoyed participating in the play. “I love being able to lose myself completely in a new character,” she said. “Elle is really different from me. But by getting the chance to play her, I have learned a lot on how to become a better person. I also love being able to sing with other kids who have the same passion as me.” Baccetti can’t wait for the play to open. “My favorite thing about

being on stage is knowing that you’re telling the audience a story,” he said. “There’s no stopping or re-doing. You get out there and you tell that story to the best of your ability. If you mess up, you make it work with the scene and keep going. This is such a rewarding feeling once you’ve completed a scene correctly.” Tickets are $10. For more information, visit KR or call 253-373-7345.

Kent man to ride from California to Colorado BY RUTH STOFFEL Special for the Kent Reporter

Steve Stoffel is not your typical 53-year-old. Unless you count riding 860 miles across four states, through deserts, and over mountains and more mountains as “typical.” Stoffel of Kent is the last-minute addition to Team RVLution, a four-man team that will ride relaystyle in the annual Race Across the West (RAW) from Oceanside, Calif. to Durango, Colo. on June 13-15. RAW will be Stof-

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[ RIDE from page 9 ] each week, target a minimum of 300 miles each week and include resistance training and cardio at the gym seven days a week.” An endurance ride like RAW is a personal achievement for Stoffel. A little over two years ago, he weighed in at almost 300 pounds. “I could not climb a flight of stairs without taking a break,” he said. Stoffel said his doctor wanted to put him on blood pressure and diabetes medication. But it took being denied life insurance that finally forced him to make a change.

their statewide assessment data for the three previous years. Kent Elementary and Kent Mountain View Academy received the award in 2010. Kent-Meridian High School and Kent Mountain View Academy received the Extended Graduation Rate award, the Overall Excellence award went to Kent Elementary and Mattson Middle School, Neely-O’Brien Elementary and Sawyer Woods Elementary won the Closing Achievement Gap award.

Kent School District gets ready for transfers The Kent School District student transfer process window for the 20122013 school year will be open from May 1 through May 31. All transfer processes are centralized at the Student and Family Support Services Office in the Kent School District Administration Building. For more information about the process and accessing applications, visit

“I started to use MonaVie RVL and joined a local gym. My first 10-minute workout on an elliptical trainer felt like I had run a marathon. I didn’t quit, though.” Stoffel has since lost close to 100 pounds and has kept it off for over a year. “I am riding in the Race Across the West to give to the poor families in Brazil,” said Stoffel. He and his family have sponsored a 13-year-old boy who lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro with his mother and four younger sisters. When a friend asked why he would do a ride like RAW Stoffel said, “Any

Kent to host summer reading program Kent students have the change to participate in eight different reading skills programs this summer. Washington State University, Center for Distance and Professional Education is hosting the program for ages four to adult. Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. For more information about the reading programs or to register, call 888-201-2448, Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 7 1 p.m.

Kindergarten roundup Kent School District elementary schools are already looking to next fall welcoming the newest, and youngest, students to their classrooms. Parents and children have opportunities to meet teachers, principals, and school staff at upcoming Kindergarten Roundup events. These are also times to enroll children for the 2012-2013 school year. For more information, visit www.kent.

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community, but it is our teachers who rightfully take the greatest measure of responsibility and pride. On behalf of the board of directors and approximately 28,000 students we serve, please join me in offering a heartfelt thanks to KSD teachers for their passion, commitment and dedication this week and every day as they successfully prepare all students for their future.

change the way education is delivered in the district. Among other elements of the plan, Vargas and his team have established a system to involve parents and community. To that end, a School Improvement Team (SIT) is being implemented at each school, and the district is also placing emphasis on building partnerships with community organizations to share the responsibility for education. The SITs are required to have diverse populations of parents, community and organizations that reflect the demographics of each school community. According to the SIT documents, each school will encourage populations they serve to become involved in the schools and involved in their students learning at home. The plan empowers parents to sign off on the school’s Site Improvement Plan (SIP). Vargas’ team also provides a ton of research indicating how critical it is to have parents involved in their children’s education in a variety of ways. They also provide a few laws indicating requirements for parent involvement. The questions are: will the school leaders be successful in engaging diverse families and communities? Will parents, community

achieving great results, but there are several unintended consequences that negatively impact teachers. Those issues need to be addressed before the district loses its best and brightest teachers, says the KEA. The district’s strategic plan may have responses to diversity that not only support teachers, but it also calls for more family and community engagement. The KSD board of directors are on the right track in their statements indicating “… parents have a shared responsibility for their children’s in-school academic achievement and behavioral conduct … ” and further, “… the board directs the superintendent to put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools as written in federal and state requirements.” Elements in the district’s strategic plan calls for “a culture of shared responsibility” for education. Other documents have details describing what parent involvement looks like, and the documents present methods by which schools can engage families and communities. Suffice it to say, it’s a plan developed including community participation and designed to systemically

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‘Having fun’ “I told my wife, Janet, that I was going to run smart, not fast,” Hominda said. “It wasn’t going to be about time, it was more about being in the race, having fun and celebrating the spirit of the marathon.”

Hanna also slowed down to take advantage of the hoses, ice and Popsicles that spectators provided. “Having trained in a cool climate, the heat was a real challenge to deal with,” she said. Hominda is looking forward to returning to Boston. “This is by far the most supportive marathon I’ve ever run,” he said. “I will have to come back next year just to run under more normal circumstances.”

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A pair of Kentwood High football players have signed letters of intent to play in college. Visa Thach will play at Menlo College in San Francisco and Quincey Davison will play at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Thach is a 5-foot-9, 230-pounder who played on both sides of the ball, lining up at fullback and inside linebacker. Davison, at 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, was a lineman for the Conquerors.

Teams fight for district spots in SPSL baseball playoffs BY KRIS HILL

Winning streaks abound and not just Kentwood’s, which stands at 18, but teams like Tahoma, which has won four straight, as well as Kentridge, which had four victories out of its last five games. Kentwood is in first place while Tahoma is in second and thanks to that last stretch Kentridge – as well as a win over Tahoma early in the season – has moved into third place. Auburn Riverside beat Kentlake Monday night, which put the Ravens in fourth with the Falcons in fifth respectively. Kentlake played GrahamKapowsin in a loser-out game for the ninth seed out of the league on Thursday at Curtis High. (Results unavailable at press time). The top five teams in the North division will go to the South Puget Sound League playoffs, which are

seeding games for the West Central District tournament. Tahoma wrapped up the season with a 5-2 win on April 27 over Kentlake at Kent Memorial Park. The Bears started it off with a three-run first inning. It looked like the Falcons might mount a comeback in the bottom of the third when DJ Elmer drew a walk followed by a Dylan Wright bloop single to shallow left center. Two batters later, Jordan Cowan walked then Ryne Shelton hit a rope to drive in Elmer and Wright to make it 5-2. But from there, the Bears’ pitching staff and defense held the Falcons’ bats. Tahoma put together wins on back-to-back days – April 23 and April 24 – over Kentridge and Auburn Riverside. The Bears beat the Chargers 3-0 after scoring all three of their runs in the first inning.

Kentlake’s Dylan Wright hurls a pitch in a tiebreaker game against Auburn Riverside on Monday. Auburn Riverside won, 10-2, to grab the fourth seed from the North Division into the SPSL playoffs. SHAWN SKAGER, Reporter Tahoma knocked off Auburn Riverside 5-2, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first while allowing just two hits. With that four win streak Tahoma wrapped up the season 12-4

Kentridge tight end springs into Oregon State football BY DARON ANDERSON For the Kent Reporter


When offered the chance to spend his last few months as a Kentridge High School senior attending Oregon State University and playing for the

Beavers’ football team, Caleb Smith did not hesitate. “I wanted to make the most out of my opportunity and get a step up on my education and from (the team’s) incoming freshmen,” Smith said. Last fall, Smith began an online

program that allowed him to finish his high school credits in time for spring football training. In March, Smith moved to Corvallis and began training as a tight end for OSU. “It’s all starting to come together and I’m feeling pretty good,” said Smith,

in SPSL North play. Kentridge bounced back from that loss to Tahoma with a 13-3 victory over Mount Rainier the next afternoon. [ more BASEBALL page 16 ]

18, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 259 pounds. “Everybody in the Oregon State community has welcomed me in a great way.” Jay Locey, assistant head coach at OSU, has worked with the team’s tight ends for four years. “Caleb is doing a great job in his [ more SMITH page 16 ]

Fastpitch heading into final league games

THE KENT-BASED METROPOLITAN GYMNASTIC BOYS TEAMS had a strong showing at the state championships while two girls won all-around titles at regional competitions. Three Metropolitan boys teams placed in the top three at the Washington State Championships March 10-11 on Bainbridge Island for the club’s best season since it opened. The Level 5 boys team defended its state title. Brian Skinner and Anton Miles nailed the vault competitions, earning a gold and silver medal to help clinch the team championship. The team won nine event medals. The Level 6 boys team also won a team title, winning four of the six events and 21 medals. Reed Kramer and Anthony Chervets were all-around champions. The Level 4 boys came home with a bronze medal and eight event medals. In girls regional competitions April 14-15 in Beaverton, Ore., Kristina Peterson, 12, won the vault, beam and floor to become the Level 9 regional all-around champion. Kendall Covey, 11, received first place on vault and floor, moving on to score the highest all-around score from both meets to become the Level 8 regional champion.

3-for-4 in the game with three RBIs while Anna Dugan went 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Dominguez struck out seven, scattered seven hits, walked one batter and allowed three runs in a complete game outing in the circle for the Chargers. Kentridge couldn’t keep up the momentum on April 28, however, and lost 8-5 to Jefferson. Bellin was 2-for-2 with a single, a double, two runs scored and an RBI while Drury was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, a run scored and an RBI. Kentlake sandwiched its loss to Kentridge with wins over Auburn on April 24 and Mount Rainier on April 27. In those two wins, pitcher Hannah Sauget picked up a pair of victories in the circle to go with a pair of bombs at the plate. Sauget was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs in a 16-3 defeat of Auburn, while she struck out 10. Brittney Jacobsen finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Sauget pitched a complete

game and helped herself out going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs while Jacobsen was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run with Lexi Engman rounding it out with a home run and two runs scored. Kentwood bounced back from back-to-back losses against Jefferson and Tahoma on April 23 and April 24 with a 5-2 on April 28 over Auburn. Bailey Marshall hit her first home run of the season for the Conks in the top of the second inning when she crushed the ball over the left center field fence — hitting it more than 200 feet. She finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Kendall Goodwin got the complete game victory in the circle for the Conks. Next Kentwood put away Riverside 17-5 on April 28 to avenge an early season loss to the Ravens which the Conks dropped 6-5. The home run parade continued in the SPSL North when Tiana Faagalulu hit a long ball against Riverside in a 2-for-4 day. Allison Newcomb was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Kentwood’s Kendall Goodwin delivers a pitch in a 5-2 victory over Auburn on April 27. KRIS HILL, Reporter

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Tahoma’s fastpitch team is on a roll having won eight straight since its first league loss to Kentwood a month ago. Thanks to that streak Tahoma was all alone in first place in the South Puget Sound League North through April 27 with an 11-1 league record. The Bears avenged their April 2 defeat at the hands of the Conquerors on April 24 with a 12-9 comeback. Meanwhile Kentridge has quietly moved into the fifth and final spot for the playoffs in the past week. After a 4-2 loss to Auburn on April 23, Kentridge beat Kent-Meridian, then upset Kentlake and beat Auburn Riverside before losing to second-place Thomas Jefferson on April 28. On April 24 the Chargers put together a 10-1 victory against the Royals with Abagail Bellin leading the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Kayla Andrus with 1-for-3 with a triple and

three RBIs. Ashley Conradi was 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Andrus pitched a complete game. She scattered six hits and struck out 14. Kentlake and Kentridge seem to like extra innings. Both matchups went to an extra frame. The 3-2 victory on April 25 over Kentlake was key for Kentridge’s playoff hopes. Kentlake narrowly defeated Kentridge in the first league game of the season in March in eight innings. Bellin was 1-for-2 with a single and an RBI. Conradi was 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Bri Drury led the Chargers at the plate with a 3-for-4 day and contributed the third RBI. Lizzet Dominguez pitched a complete game for Kentridge. She allowed two runs despite giving up 10 hits, all of which were singles, and struck out three. Kentridge followed that up with a 10-3 win against Auburn Riverside on April 27. Hannah Overall was



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[ SMITH from page 14 ] initial term at Oregon State,” he wrote in an email. “He is balancing academics and football, being very focused in both. He is learning our schemes quickly and we are optimistic in regards to what he brings to that position as an athlete receiving and blocking.” With team practices, training and meetings taking up more than 20 hours per week, Smith said his

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Marty Osborn, Kentridge’s head football coach, said Smith matured, both physically and mentally, during his time in high school. Smith showed strong leadership skills as a quarterback his first two years and as one of the team captains this year, he said. “He did a real good job, he always performed well, was well spoken and was one of our hardest workers,” Osborn said. Among other awards, while at Kentridge Smith was voted Most Inspirational Player of the Year in 2011 and was also the 2011 4A

South Puget Sound League’s Utility Player of the Year. Osborn hopes Smith will be successful in college. “My hopes for him would be to make it through college with good behavior. … have a very good college career with the hopeful chance of having a shot at a professional football career,” he said. As for memorable senior activities like graduation and prom, Smith said he is not worried and plans to attend both.

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road in an extra-innings affair. Conner Bennett led the Chargers offensively in the win over the Raiders, batting 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. On April 27 Kentridge dropped a game to Auburn Riverside, 5-0, but put together a 9-0 victory the next afternoon against Auburn. The Chargers put together a five-run first inning then added three more to the board in the top of the fifth. Carl Derline led the charge for Kentridge at the plate going 2-for-2 with a

home run and three RBIs. Derline also got the win on the mound for the Chargers allowing four hits in five innings while striking out seven. Michael Leverenz finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Joe Wainhouse put together a 1-for-2 hitting performance with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs. Kentridge finished league play at 9-7. Kentlake lost three straight – to Riverside on April 23, to Kentwood on April 24 and finally to Tahoma on April 27 – to finish the season 9-7 in league play. On Thursday, Kentwood played Puyallup at Kent Memorial Park for the first and second seeds in the district tournament. Tahoma faced Todd Beamer in the third-fourth game at Heritage Park while Kentridge took on Rogers for fifth and sixth. The winner of the Riverside-Kentlake tiebreaker gets Emerald Ridge at Heritage Park.

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Iron Butterfly, a psychedelic rock band, continues to play to crowds throughout the world. COURTESY PHOTO

Blast from rock’s past: Iron Butterfly to play ShoWare BY SHAWN SKAGER

It’s a riff so heavy that it still boggles the mind more than 40 years after its creation. Recorded in 1968, Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-GaddaDa-Vida” – a 17-minuteplus psychedelic dirge, featuring a haunting minor-key drone along with extended guitar, organ and drum solos – set the template for heavy rock music for decades to come. The single – in an edited for radio, a two-minute, 52-second version – reached No. 30 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the album, also titled “In-A-Gadda-DaVida”, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard album charts, eventually selling more than 25 million copies. It was the first album to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. On May 12, Iron Butterfly – featuring original members Lee Dorman on bass and drummer Ron Bushy – will bring “In-AGadda-Da-Vida” to life at Kent’s ShoWare Center. The show includes Magic Carpet Ride, who plays the music of Steppenwolf, and The Xperience, a Jimi Hendrix tribute fronted by guitarist RG Valentino who previously played with Lenny Kravitz and Madonna. It’s a show that hearkens back to the halcyon days of rock concerts, according to Magic Carpet Ride guitarist Glen Bui. “Iron Butterfly is as real as you get,” he said. “They sound no different than they did in 1968. And we’re doing the Steppenwolf stuff just like in 1968. And the Hendrix tribute is all the early stuff.

It’s the old rockers that play music like it’s supposed to be played. We’re a different breed, we play rock like it’s supposed to be played because we were well schooled back then. Now a days it’s a little bit different. Everything is produced in a can. It’s all sequenced. We’re coming straight out with amps and a few stomp boxes.” In addition to the sound, the Northwest Laser Light Shows will appear. The show marks a new evolution of the ShoWare Center as a concert venue. The arena will convert into more intimate setting, with a curtain dividing the arena in half for a more club-like feel, according to ShoWare General Manager Tim Higgins. “When you say arena show, it’s just an arena show,” Higgins said. “But when you say club show, it gets you more excited. It makes you want to come see the band in a club setting. This place is very multipurpose. We find a way to make it work.” “The ShoWare has a lot of potential and I think Tim’s idea is a good one, doing a club setting,” Bui added. “Where else can you go and get the club atmosphere but still be in an arena? Arenas are where concerts were in the ’70s. This could be a brand new 2012 version of Fillmore West or Winterland.” The concert features 500 seats on the floor, in addition to the stands. Suites also will be available. Higgins added that it’s likely there will be more shows featuring the clubseating variation. “We want to get it done and show it,” Higgins said. “It’s a test run, but we’re very confident it’s going to do very well.”

Higgins said a sponsored series of shows is possible in the near future. “The key is affordability,” Higgins said, “then we can charge that $15, $20 ticket price.” The May 12 show gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15 and $20 and available at www. or by calling 253-856-6999 or 866-973-9613. They also can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the ShoWare box office, 852 W. James St.

New Edition tour to hit Kent on June 22 New Edition, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their first album “Candy Girl,” will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the ShoWare Center in Kent. All six original members of the group will join the tour. They are Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins and

Ricky Bell. The two-hour concert will include group hits “Candy Girl,” “Cool it Now,” “Mr. Telephone Man” and “If it isn’t Love.” Solo hits will include “My Prerogative” by Brown; “My My My” by Gill; and “Sensitivity” by Tresvant. Ticket prices range from $45 to $150. The $150 ticket includes a meet and greet while the $85 ticket includes access to the club lounge. For tickets, go to www.

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...obituaries Kent couple attack man’s former lover By Steve Hunter

Norman Ross Cameron

Norman Ross Cameron, Scotty to those who knew him, passed away peacefully April 22, 2012 at the age of 90. A long time resident of Kent was born May 11, 1921 in Duluth, MN, growing up in Minneapolis, MN. He served in the Pacific with the Army during WWII. Preceded in death by his wife, Ada. Scotty touched the lives of many and is remembered for his kindness, warm heart and tender nature. Scotty is survived by his sister, Betty Roby of Minneapolis, MN and his children, Sandra (Sam) Mansfield of Bellingham,WA, Kathryn (KC) Cameron-Bash of Kent, WA, Clair Widing of Woodway, WA, Michael (Mike) Cameron of Gig Harbor, WA, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Scotty’s life Friday, May 11th at 2:00 p.m. at Kent United Methodist Church 11010 248th St SE, Kent, WA. Scotty’s ashes will be inurned at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent WA. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation to Kent United Methodist Church is suggested. 617960

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Kent Police arrested a man and his current girlfriend for investigation of assault after they reportedly attacked the man’s former girlfriend at a condo all three shared. The incident happened at about 12:38 a.m. April 21 at a condo in the 25700 block of 114th Avenue Southeast, according to the police report. The former girlfriend told police that she went into the man’s bedroom because he took a fan from her room. All three then started to argue. The two women began to fight when the man jumped in and reportedly grabbed his ex-girlfriend around the neck and lifted her off the ground, punched her and threw her to the ground. The man then started to choke the woman with his

hands, grabbed a cellphone cord and wrapped it around her neck and began to pull it. “I’m going to kill you,” he reportedly told the woman. Eventually, the man released the cord and the former girlfriend fled to another room where she called 911. The man and his current girlfriend fled in a Jeep Liberty. Officers spotted the Jeep Liberty a short while later and pulled the vehicle over along Highway 167 near South 212th Street. The man did not speak to police while the woman claimed the former girlfriend attacked her because she was jealous of the relationship she had with the man. Police arrested the man for investigation of second-


degree assault and felony harassment and arrested the current girlfriend for investigation of fourthdegree assault. The man apparently had dated the initial woman for about seven months and just became involved with the new woman over the last few weeks.

Possession of stolen property Officers arrested a woman for a possession of stolen property warrant out of Kent as well as a new charge of possession of stolen property after finding stolen credit cards in her purse. A King County Sheriff ’s Office deputy at the Maleng Regional Justice Center jail visiting center called police April 21 after he ran the identification of a woman visiting someone at the jail

and discovered she had a warrant, according to the police report. Officers handcuffed the woman at the RJC and transported her to the city jail. Officers at the city jail discovered in the woman’s purse and wallet numerous credit cards with other people’s names on them. Police connected a couple of the cards with recent victims in Auburn of vehicle prowls. The woman told police the purse belonged to a friend. She said she needed to borrow a purse and just grabbed one, not knowing what it had inside.


Police cited a man for investigation of third-degree theft after he reportedly took a socket wrench set from a hardware store at about 1:57 p.m. April 22 in [ more BLOTTER page 19 ]

PUBLIC NOTICES Superior Court of Washington County of King In re the Estate of: ROBERT ROBINSON, Deceased. No. 11-4-03018-8KNT PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The above Court has appointed me as Personal Representative of Decedent’s estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must present the claim: (a) Before the time the claim would be barred by any applicable statute of limitations, and (b) In the manner provided in RCW 11.40.070: (i) By filing the original of the claim with the foregoing Court, and (ii) By serving on or mailing to me at the address below a copy of the claim. The claim must be presented by the later of: (a) Thirty (30) days after I served or mailed this Notice as provided in RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c), or (b) Four (4) months afer the date of first publication of this Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time period, the claim will be forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective for claims against both the Decedent’s probate assets and nonprobate assets. Date of first Publication: April 20, 2012. Personal Representative: Doug Larkin 1443 S 259th St. Des Moines WA 98198 Published in Kent Reporter on April 20, 2012, April 27, 2012 and May 4, 2012. #613308.

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The Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority (RFA) is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of adaptors to change the size of hydrant large diameter ports from existing threaded sizes to five-inch Storz fittings. The deadline for sealed bids is May 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Bids will be opened at 1:15 p.m. on May 23, 2012 at 24611 116th Avenue SE, Kent, WA 98030. For information about the bidding process or to obtain a copy of the “Instructions to Bidders” and “Technical Specifications” please go to our website at or contact the Kent Fire Department RFA at 206-852-0034 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on all regular business days. Published in the Kent Reporter on May 4, 2012. #618732. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF LIEN SALE AUCTION DATE: MAY 24, 2012 AT 10:00AM Property belonging to Kevin & Jill Dooley, (unit#(s), (039739, 000002312, 031050), Brandon Allan, (026984, 025516, 000004608, 000005662), Maryanne Marston, (035628), Brian Fitzjarrald, (030226, 000008746), Keith Kite, (00010618), Charles Guzek, (000011647), Jonathan White, (000001801), Montel & Jackie Jenkins, (030265, 000010068), Talonya & Nathaniel Green Sr., (023967), Nancy Bryant, (000002023), Greg Vendeland, (014498, 036892), Diana Delgado, (000000873, 041338), Paul Begich, (000010924), Matthew Maloney, (036579, 020710), Anthony Bergin, (042700), Katie Garland, (040155), Jane Smith, (032342, 045879, 033341, 039233), Shaun Hagler, (030224), Mary Logan, (043922),George Williams III, (026793, 045381, 028645), Shaun Johnson, (37310, 28808, 12009), Ellen Thompson, (21678, 5382), will be sold by live public auction (verbal bid-

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GIVEN that any person wishing to submit oral or written comments on this proposal may do so prior to the meeting or at the meeting by email to Katie Graves at: The public is invited to attend and all interested persons will have an opportunity to speak. For agenda information please call Pamela Mottram in Economic & Community Development, Planning Division, at 253-856-5454. The Agenda Packet can be accessed through the City’s Website at: citizens/Default.aspx?DepartmentID=1025. ANY PERSON REQUIRING DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION SHOULD CONTACT THE CITY OF KENT AT (253) 856-5725 IN ADVANCE FOR MORE INFORMATION. FOR TDD RELAY SERVICE CALL 1-800-833-6388. Dated: May 1, 2012 Published in the Kent Reporter on May 4, 2012. #621152. NOTICE OF APPLICATION A project Permit Application was filed with City of Kent Planning Services on March 7, 2012. The City of Kent expects to issue a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for the proposal; therefore, the Optional DNS Process is being used. This may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposal. The proposal may include mitigation measures under applicable codes, and the project review process may incorporate or require mitigation measures regardless of whether an EIS is prepared. A copy of the subsequent threshold determination for the specific proposal may be obtained upon request. Following is a description of the application and the process for review. The application and listed studies may be reviewed at the offices of Kent Planning Services, 400 W. Gowe Street, Kent, Washington. APPLICATION NAME/ NUMBER: KENTVIEW SANI-

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dodendron. The yak rhodies have compact and tidy growth forms and leaves that have their undersides covered with a densely hairy and soft “fur.” It is this furry texture that makes the leaves more resistant to insects. Enjoy your search for the perfect rhododendron; you can’t choose wrong even if you simply pick a plant with the best-looking blooms. Q. My question is about an old lilac shrub. The winter ice storm split and broke many stems and it has not been blooming well for years. Should I cut it to the ground? Dig it up? Help! W., email. A. Lackluster lilacs can be renovated with an extreme makeover. Grab a saw and chop it all down. You’ll soon see new shoots and after a three-year wait your lilac could bloom again. Pruning right after blooming is the general rule of green thumb. You might also consider replacing your weary lilac with a fresh new variety. Life’s too short to put up with ugly plants and plants are not like children – you do not owe them a lifetime of commitment. New and improved lilacs shrubs include the compact dwarf Miss Kim, the repeat blooming Bloomerang that flowers once in the spring and again in the summer, and the more shade-tolerant President Lincoln lilac. Q. What perennials or plants that are easy to grow should I plant in a shaded area? There are also tree roots so the soil is dry. Nothing wants to grow in this spot. C.B., email A. Dry shade is tough for most plants but if you add some compost and water well the first year you’ll have some luck with lamiums, heucheras, euphorbias, vinca, pachysandra, sword ferns and a new golden sedum called sedum Angelina. Plant some rocks and boulders as well. You can’t kill a good rock. Marianne Binetti


May Day! May Day! All hands on deck – and patio – as this is the week to fill your container gardens and window boxes with geraniums, bacopa, lobelia and petunias. Wait a few more weeks to set out heat-loving annuals like zinnias, marigolds, impatiens and coleus. These could suffer from the cool nights even if they don’t get hit by a frost. The most weather-resistant and adaptable annuals that will thrive outdoors now are pansies, violas, lobelia, alyssum, bacopa, vinca, and dianthus. Add more color with the silvery foliage of Dusty Miller or deep purple leaves of heuchera, “Black Scallop” ajuga, black mondo grass or hardy perennial plants mixed in with your annuals. Most hanging baskets will thrive outdoors this time of year but only if they are under the protection of a roof eave or covered patio. All plants grown in a comfy greenhouse appreciate some “hardening off ” or gradual introduction to the cold cruel world. Bring them home but keep them protected the first few nights by moving them into a garage or under cover. If a late frost or hail storm threatens, drape a sheet or other light covering atop the plants. Q. I am going to give a rhododendron as a gift. What variety do you recommend? S.H., Tacoma. A. What a lovely idea. Rhododendrons are one of the best shrubs for our climate, plus they are evergreen, some bloom in the shade and in the right place will live for years with very little care. For deep shade and early bloom nothing beats the pink “Christmas Cheer” rhodie and for windy or hot locations lavender “PJM” thrives with attractive burgundy foliage. For small spaces the compact “Scarlet Wonder Dwarf ” is a slow-growing charmer less than 3 feet tall and then there are the weevil resistant “yak” rhododendrons like ’Yaku Princess” or the furry and chunky “Teddy Bear” rho-

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