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Pacific City Clerk and Personnel Manager Jane Montgomery, center, and her lawyer, Joan Mell, right, talk with KOMO’s Lindsay Cohen outside Pacific City Hall. SHAWN SKAGer, Auburn Reporter

Clerk’s lockout latest episode in Pacific saga Carlos Lopez Jr. and Sumner LaValley made the most of their opportunities at Auburn Riverside. MARK KLAAS,

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PursuiNG PATH TO EXCELLENCE Seniors shine at Auburn Riverside BY MARK KLAAS mklaas@auburn-reporter.com

Carlos Lopez Jr. appreciates his good fortune, his place in time. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is about to become the first in his family to attend college.

senior who graduates Saturday, one of eight 4.0 students in the The Reporter salutes some of the best 381-member class of graduating seniors from each of the Auburn School District’s four high 2012. schools, pages 4-5, 9-11. Gifted in subjects ranging from math to music, Lopez will The opportunity humbles him. take his talents to the Ivy League “I don’t like to feel too much grounds of Rhode Island’s Brown pride. It’s just because I’m reUniversity on a scholarship this fall. ally lucky, really,” said Lopez, an [ more RIVERSIDE page 4 ] Auburn Riverside High School

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Myiah “Shemyiah” Christian and Miguel Cardenas shone in their new start at West Auburn. ROBERT WHALE,

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For Myiah “Shemyiah” Christian and Miguel Cardenas, the switch to West Auburn High School was, without a doubt, the best thing they could have done for themselves. Best, though for distinctly different reasons. [ more WEST AUBURN page 4 ]

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Friction between City staff and Pacific Mayor Cy Sun heated up again this week when City Clerk and Personnel Manager Jane Montgomery arrived at work Monday to find her office door padlocked shut. Montgomery, who last Friday went public with concerns Sun that the mayor’s hiring practices were detrimental to the City, said in a news conference Monday that she believes the lockout is the mayor’s retaliation for her blowing the whistle. “I don’t really know, but I assume it’s because the mayor intended me to be barred from the workplace and be barred from working,” Montgomery said. “I was told that he’s attempting to give me some sort of letter. I’m assum-

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ing that’s a termination. I don’t know. I haven’t received it. All I know was I was barred from my workplace and told by the city attorney to seek assistance to get into my workplace.” After Pacific police cut the padlock and removed the hasp from her door, Montgomery met with her personal lawyer and held a news conference on the City Hall lawn. “Those workers are not able to work. There is a climate of fear, intimidation and a hostile workplace environment,” she said. “There are people not filling positions that keep the City running. Those positions have not been filled. There were six managers, and I’m the only one left.” According to Montgomery, Sun’s personnel decisions not only skirt City procedures [ more PACIFIC page 3 ]

Walter Denesha will gather for a candlelight memorial to illuminate a life lost. They will come together not to remember the horrific manner in which the Mount Baker Middle School seventh-grader [ more MEMORIAL page 3 ]

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www.auburn-reporter.com and policies but also disregard state rules and put the City at risk. She has documented her concerns and turned them over to the City attorney. “There are many different examples. I’d prefer not to go into all of them,” Montgomery said. “But I can say that policies are being violated. Procedures are being violated. Unqualified, uncertified people have been allowed to perform City functions. This causes great risk to the City. The liability to the City is great, and it could ultimately cost the City its ability to even function.” At Monday’s City council meeting, Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem John Jones said the council is committed to investigating Montgomery’s concerns. “I believe it’s our responsibility as representatives of this City to investigate the validity of these statements,” Jones said. “I also consider these actions by her as local government whistle blowing, in relationship to governmental violations of law and code. As such, I want to make sure her actions are not retaliated against, which Sun has done with the hasping and locking of her door over the weekend.” Among Montgomery’s chief concerns are Sun’s attempts to hire former mayor Howard Erickson as the City’s building inspector and code enforcement officer, a job neither the council nor Montgomery believes he’s qualified for. Montgomery also has filed a no-contact order against Erickson with King County District Court for verbal abuse and intimidating behavior. “We have people who the mayor has put in there who are not qualified, attempting to do work they know nothing about,” Montgomery said. “I guess

that kind of tells you what kind of work is being done. If (someone were to say that) citizens’ tax dollars are being carefully watched and managed, I’d have to say, ‘no, they are not.’” Although unofficially employed by the City, Erickson has signed off on building inspections on its behalf, including a gas inspection that prompted the City attorney to contact Puget Sound Energy to inform them an illegal inspection may have been conducted, in order to head off possible insurance liability issues. Councilmembers also are concerned about the mayor’s attempts to hire Erickson. Whatever hopes there were to deal with the City’s personnel woes with the mayor were postponed on Monday. Sun did not attend the City Council meeting. In lieu of a discussion with the mayor, the council voted to advise Sun to have Erickson stop conducting inspections. “We just need to stop the work until the entire hiring process is followed properly and he meets the qualifications of the job requirements,” Councilmember Clint Steiger said. The council also motioned that the mayor stop signing off on building application permits, which he has done since taking office in January. At the council meeting, residents turned out in force, overflowing the room into the hallway and speaking in opposition and support of Sun. Among the many choosing to address the council was Don Thomson, who said he was ready to begin a petition to recall Sun. “I have seen, personally, intimidation, insults and one thing said and later denied (by the mayor),” Thomson said. “And because of the information and the things I’ve seen, as

a concerned citizen, I want to do a recall.” For Montgomery, who did not attend the meeting and has retained her own lawyer, this week’s lockout was the last straw. “The mayor has been pretty much running a dictatorship here and ignoring all the rules and the policies and procedures,” she said. “I’m gravely concerned about that. One of the things that’s happening is that every single structure in government in this City has been turned topsy-turvy by the current administration. If you disrupt every single body that has been in place for years, all of the policies and procedures, it’s chaos.” Sun did not return calls for comment.

[ memorial from page 1 ] lost his life but to honor the unique spirit of a blue-haired kid who figured out early that it was more fun to be an individual and stand out than to conform. Eighth-grader Tristan Howard was one of Denesha’s best friends. “I could always rely on him, tell him anything,” Howard said. “Now that he’s gone, a big chunk of my life is gone.” Howard and classmate Jaclyn Leibrant organized the memorial not only to raise money for Denesha’s family but also to celebrate what made their friend unique. “He decided to dye his hair blue because it was one of his favorite colors, though not his main one,” Howard remembers. “It made everyone think of a Smurf.” According to Howard, the pint-sized Denesha owned his uniqueness, choosing to defuse potential static from his peers with humor rather than take it to heart. “He decided to make a catchphrase and would always say ‘Smurfing it out,’” Howard said. “He was himself,” Leibrant agreed. “He

didn’t change who he was to fit in and be popular. He was proud of who he was, and he showed it. A lot of kids our age don’t realize that. They’re too afraid they just want to be what they think other people want them to be.” Since his death, Denesha’s trademark blue and his individuality have become rallying points for Mount Baker students still struggling to come to grips with the loss of their classmate. Leibrant’s mother, Lisa Leibrant, said that in Walter Denesha addition to remembering Denesha, organizers will sell T-shirts, cake pops and candles, with proceeds going towards Denesha’s family. “You don’t have to be a close friend of the family to give a little time,” she said. “I didn’t know him, he was just a little blue-haired kid I saw walking down the street. But these are things you can do for your neighbors and community.” Donations to the Walter Denesha memorial fund may be made at Columbia banks.

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[ riverside from page 1 ] self down, which I know I The well-rounded Lopez hasn’t committed to a specific area of study but acknowledges that he has so much to learn and give. “To be honest, I really have not thought about that too much because I can’t really narrow myself too much,” he said of his choice of study. “I have so many interests, from politics, government, literature, science, engineering. It’s because I love so many things that I find it hard to narrow my-

will have to do, eventually.” For all his success, Lopez credits the values and work ethic his parents instilled in him. His mother, Angelina, worked whatever odd jobs she could find, and his father, Carlos Sr., picked sugar cane in the Guatemalan fields. Struggling to make ends meet without a promising future, the family eventually decided to move to America more than 20 years ago. It was a bold step, but it opened the door to a better way of life.

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The young Lopez understands as much. “They basically wanted me to have a very good future, which is the reason they came to the United States,” he said. “They came here not knowing any English and not having any money at all. They just supported me with good

intentions.” His family has since found its way, just as Lopez found his stride at Auburn Riverside, blossoming as a student leader. He flourished in a variety of clubs and activities, among them band and robotics. The sky is the limit for this young man, who made the most of an encouraging, learning environment. “The opportunities I have had here and the knowledge I’ve gained from all these teachers … I am going to remember them the most,” Lopez said. “They really want to engage the students. They go beyond just teaching.”

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The Cardenas of two years ago was in near constant conflict with his Auburn High School teachers, his fellow students, indeed, with just about everyone having a pulse. “I didn’t like Auburn High School,” Cardenas said. “It was too big.” By his own admission, Cardenas swung his fists. He swung his fists a lot. His sister enrolled him in anger management class. It didn’t help. “I even tried fighting a teacher once,” Cardenas noted. “That didn’t go well.” And at least once a year, the angry young man could expect to earn a suspension from school. Christian, formerly at Kent-Meridian, was an over-the-top intelligent, but painfully shy, introverted girl, the girl who sat practically unnoticed in the corner of the class, a human potted plant. She had her own, highly original way of learning that worked perfectly for her, but found herself clashing with teachers who tried to get her to do things their way. “My biggest hang up over there was math. And I had a history teacher who didn’t work with my learning style, so I failed the class. It felt like I wasn’t going to go anywhere,so I was going to drop out,” Christian said. One day a friend, a West Auburn High School student, encouraged her to stay in school. She was too

one day. Besides, she admits, “I’m kind of a natural leader.” LaValley, a senior graduating from Auburn Riverside with a 4.0 grade-point average, is among a growing force of young women joining the engineering field. Outstanding in math, LaValley is perhaps even better in judgment. “You can work hard and you can succeed,” she said. “I’ve watched so many people kind of slip off and make bad decisions. There’s definitely the path to the right decisions, taking hard classes and getting good grades and making good choices.” LaValley found her footing with the strong support of her family. Her father, Chris, has a degree in mechanical engineering with an MBA. He works at Microsoft. Her mother, Winsora, teaches third grade at Lake

Commencement for West Auburn: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St.

smart, to drop out, he said. Why not enroll at West Auburn? She did. Two years after the arrival of these kids, two worlds that had been standing on their heads turned right-side up. Cardenas and Christian are the pride of their graduating class. “Every class, I like every class,” said Cardenas, who has lowered his fists and blossomed into a class jokester and favorite with his peers. “I didn’t like Auburn High School cause it was too big. Here you just know your teachers, cause there’s, like, no one here. The groups are smaller, so you get to know your teachers really fast.” “If I hadn’t come to West Auburn, I don’t think I’d be the strong person I am today,” Christian said. “When I first came here, I was really shy, and I had, like, three friends and didn’t talk to anybody because I was smart, and they didn’t like that. And I guess I was mean. Then I started helping people with their work, but not giving them the answers. I wanted to help them understand better.” Left to do things her own way, Christian, the former math failure, made a surprising discovery and career choice. “I really want to be an accountant,” Christian said. “It’s math, but it’s mainly plus and minus. I love the organization you have to

Tapps Elementary School. At Auburn Riverside, LaValley excelled in and out of the classroom. She played volleyball for three years, ran cross country and participated in Raven Crew and other activities. She looks forward to coaching volleyball. But she especially blossomed at math, her love, behind sound instruction. “I like that the answers are either right or wrong. There’s not really any gray area,” she said. “You can’t write your way into a right answer. I like the formulas and figuring them out and how you can piece them together.” LaValley will take her considerable skills to Montana State University. She has family there, and is ready to embrace the beauty of “Big Sky Country.” “I just love the place,” she said. “I can’t think of a better place to be.” do. You can do it your way, but you have to do it a set way, you can just tailor it to yourself. It’s fun, and it kind of caters to my thoroughness. I just want to do everything correct.” Cardenas found the going rough at first. “I got in trouble the first day. I took my cell phone out and was texting, and my teacher, Mr. Wilson, told me to take it to the office. I said, ‘screw this’. The day next I walked into class, and we just talked. He said, ‘I’m not going to play your little game. You either take your phone to the office and continue your day here, or don’t show up at all. I gave it a try.” At first, Cardenas, an indifferent student, slogged on, with barely passing grades. But by the end of that first year something lit a fire under him, and his grades began a steady arc upward. “Now I can’t see myself failing. I have to get a certain grade out of a class,” Cardenas said. “I’d also rather solve my problems now. I don’t see myself fighting anymore, unless it’s to defend my family.” Cardenas dream is to become an electrician through an apprenticeship at Puget Sound Electrical. Because he lacks the prerequisites and the waiting list is long, however, he’ll attend Green River Community College for two years and transfer to South Seattle Community College. Both students credit their teachers and advisors for the positive changes.


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Call Nicole Cramer a juggler and you just may get a big smile out of her. It won’t be the first time that the 18-year-old Pacific woman, who graduates Sunday at the top of Auburn High School’s Class of 2012, has heard her name linked with that remarkable display of hand-and-eye coordination. But juggling in her case has nothing to do with keeping pointy knives, smashable plates, droppable balls, or anything else in the air. What Cramer excels at is something perhaps better – keeping a walloping hunk of activities going at the same time and not missing a beat. All without raising a drop of sweat. Or so it would seem. Besides being heavily involved for the last two years in the school’s sports medicine program, Cramer, treasurer of the Auburn High School executive ASB, has been a member of Troy Crew for two years and for three years a member of the National Honor Society. Cramer also found time to play basketball during her freshman and sophomore years. She ran track too, including cross country and the 400. For the last

Nicole Cramer and Tilden Sansom made an impact at Auburn High. ROBERT WHALE, Reporter two years she has been a track team captain. And she holds down a job and keeps up a 4.0 GPA. “I’m sure I can find room for improvement with my grades,” Cramer said with a laugh. This young woman, who at five “covered her room” and small self with baby powder, smeared lipstick all over her walls, “refused to be called Nicole for a couple of months,” insisting she be called Kiara instead from “The Lion King II” and greased her hair with Vaseline – “I have no idea why” – has morphed into such an inspiration to others that she was named AHS Outstand-

ing Girl Senior at the recently Senior Awards banquet. An honor, Cramer admits, that got to her. “My dad really stresses the importance of education. He always says he’s so proud of me,” Cramer said. In the fall, Cramer will continues her education at the University of Washington. “Right now I’m thinking of majoring in aeronautical engineering. For a long time I’ve wanted to be a dentist, but aeronautical engineering is a nice fallback because it interests me, too. I can major in anything I want to get into dental school, but I thought I may as well major in something I like. They both involve math and science.”

Tilden Sansom Upon meeting Tilden Sansom for the first time you get a palpable sense that just below the surface of his 18-year-old skin is a powerful engine, throbbing on idle, barely able to keep itself from roaring down the tracks. A sense that some remarkable energy source has pooled in the depths but is constantly spiraling up into restless feet, hands and limbs. As if the body were doing its best to sit still in a chair but was actually out on the football field, or running bases, or on the mat, manhandling yet another wrestling opponent into submission. As he has done to such distinction in his years at Auburn High. Sansom played one sport each season of his four years, was a three-year letter winner in football, a four-year letter winner in wrestling and a two-year letter winner in baseball. He was a quarterback for the football team, a two-time state placer for wrestling and all-league in baseball. In all these sports coaches noticed something else, some unmistakable leadership gifts that got him named captain of the football, wrestling and baseball teams, a rare distinction in one person. The full use of his gifts along lines of excellence has much to do with why Sansom was recently chosen Outstanding Senior Boy and picked up the Trapper Nicholson Scholarship. Sansom credits his parents, for finding the perfect outlet for his energy when he was just a sprout. “I’ve been busy since I was 5.

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My dad’s always coached me, so I think that’s really helped me out. You hear, ‘Oh, coach’s kid, so he’s going to be shortstop and stuff.’ But it was just the opposite. I hit batting practice last. I had the same rules as everyone else. But I believe that instilled toughness in me. I’ve never been able to get away with anything. I always had to be top-notch. My dad and I are best friends. He just wanted to see me do the right thing,” Sansom said. Now the time has come, Tilden says, to hang up the sports gear, cast one final backward glance at his high school triumphs and sling the pack over his shoulder for new fields. In his case that means the Edward R. Murrow School of Broadcast Journalism Washington State University this fall. “I want to be in sports communication. I love sports. I mean, I’m an athlete, but I’m just not quite elite enough to continue,” Sansom said. “I still want to live my life in sports, just not on the playing field. I’m not quite sure of my individual profession yet, but I know I want to get into that field.”

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From left, in front of HemoSafe at Auburn Regional Medical Center are: James AuBuchon, MD, CEO of Puget Sound Blood Center; Robert Dickens, CEO of Auburn Regional; Terry Allen, board of governors, Auburn Regional; and David Hopkins, board of directors, Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound. COURTESY PHOTO president and CEO of PSBC. “At the hospital, the HemoSafe is stocked with an inventory of red blood cells so that when a patient requires a transfusion, their blood is electronically cross-matched with blood components already available in the hospital’s HemoSafe.” “Auburn Regional Medi-

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Bright light destined to make a difference Like many high school seniors, Richelle Orpilla will bask in the glow of graduation this weekend, celebrating the milestone with family and friends. Then turn her attention to helping others half a world away. In a few days the Auburn Mountainview High School senior expects to pack her bags for a three-month goodwill trip to Africa. She wasn’t about to pass up on this daunting, once-in-a-lifetime adventure. She wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Orpilla, a standout student-athlete in high school, picks up her diploma Saturday and on Tuesday departs for Dakar, Senegal. Once there, she will perform outreach work in the largely impoverished West African nation as an executive assistant intern for Africare. The large, non-governmental organization has long been committed to improving the lives of Africans, focusing on health care, maternal and child health, HIV/ AIDS, access to water, agriculture and food security. Orpilla means to do her part. She will be directly supporting Gwen Young, the country director of Africare in Dakar. She will be engaged in field projects, planning and administrative work. She has never been out of the country on such an extended trip. She plans to return Sept. 12 in time to begin her studies at Green River Community College. “There’s not many 18-yearolds here who go to Africa,” Orpilla said of the opportunity. “Africa is an experience, an opportunity that I’m going to take advantage of. Richelle Orpilla I want to make a difference helping people down there.” Orpilla’s mission comes from the heart. Her dream is to become a nurse practitioner. She also has an interest in the law, having worked since January as a part-time assistant for Eric John Makus’ legal practice. It was Makus who encouraged Orpilla to take her trip of a lifetime. His practice will [ more KLAAS page 18 ] Mark Klaas

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Let the Auburn Municipal Court do its job As a criminal defense attorney who practices throughout King County with my office and residence in Auburn, I feel qualified to comment on the recent articles regarding Auburn Municipal Court. First, Mayor Lewis is quoted as saying that Kent, Renton and Federal Way contract with King County. That is not accurate. All three cities operate their own courts with their own elected Judges and probation departments. Kent operates its own jail, while Renton and Federal Way like Auburn are part of SCORE and as financially obligated to that albatross and its high fees and costs. Many of my clients who have had the opportunity to stay in SCORE have said they would prefer to be booked in the downtown King County jail or the old Pierce County jail rather than SCORE. SCORE is new but the limited services available to inmates are appalling. They do not offer a commissary where inmates can purchase soap, deodorant and other toiletries, let alone snacks and food, unless that has changed in the recent past. Additionally, a person on probation in Auburn is closely monitored by the Auburn Probation Department. The practice in King County District Court when a probationer violates (and the violation is discovered) is to close their

Letters policy The Auburn Reporter welcomes letters to the editor on any subject. Letters must include a name, address and daytime phone number for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for length. Letters should be no more than 250 words in length. Submissions may be printed both in the paper and electronically. Deadline for letters to be considered for publication is 2 p.m. Tuesday. probation file and refer the matter to the court, which then sets the matter for a hearing. That hearing is often set 30-60 days out, and accountability for a violation is rarely swift. Accountability in Auburn Municipal Court is swift, fair and designed to help the defendant become a more productive member of society. To the Auburn City Council, please do not be lead astray by Mayor Lewis. Leave Auburn Municipal Court, its staff and probation department to do their jobs with the professionalism and service we as citizens have come to expect. – Virginia M. Amato, attorney

Do not abandon our local court So I am understanding that City officials want to eliminate, or gut an efficiently run, effective and necessary local court and its probation department to save

(maybe) a million dollars. And it appears they are really doing this because they need a fall guy to cover yet another irresponsible fiscal decision by our mayor and finance department. This time, it is an overpriced, oversized new jail that is so poorly run that its costs are already out of control. Our mayor seems hell bent on a course to (literally) tear this city apart and bankrupt it. Please, my elected officials, stop trying to simply bluster and cover up your mistakes, and let’s face the real issues squarely and honestly. – Pamela Weekley

Municipal court works just fine I have been a judge and judge pro-tem in many courts in our area, including Auburn Municipal Court, for almost two decades. I am very familiar with the criminal population held by Auburn in jail. The vast majority of those criminals have extensive criminal records and are a danger to the public. I would challenge anyone who thinks otherwise to identify who they think is in jail who does not belong there. I am also familiar with the “swift and sure” sentencing concept. It may sound like a good idea, but I believe it is expensive to implement. To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t a court in the state that has adopted that program. The impression that has been given is that the Auburn [ more LETTERS page 14 ]


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June 5 Theft from motor vehicle: Overnight, 1600 block of 8th Street Northeast. Somebody broke into a man’s car and stole his stereo speaker equipment. The later discovery of a jiggler key on the driver’s seat, however, left the distinct impression that

www.auburn-reporter.com something or somebody had interrupted the bad guys in mid-thievery. Weapon at school: 7:37 p.m., 30620 116th Avenue SE. Rainier Middle School authorities caught a girl with a folding pocket knife on school grounds, a very big no no. Fraud: 11:37 a.m., 10000 block of Southeast 304th Street. A man claiming to be an attorney representing a woman’s grandson asked for, and got, $14,000 in “fees and bail” via a wire transfer supposedly to get the allegedly erring lad out of Mexican jail. Unfortunately, as the woman found out later, the story turned out to be a big fat lie.

Fraud: 12:20 p.m., 3611 I St. NE. A man, posing as a woman’s greatgrandson, called her and tried to get her to send money to Spain. No way, said she, and the man hung up. Robbery: 10:40 a.m., 12401 Southeast 320th St. Two young men approached a Green River Community College student, acted as if they had guns under their sweatshirts and threatened his life if he did not hand over his “cool stuff.”

June 6 Burglary: 6 a.m., 308 W. Main St. Police arrested two boys for burglarizing and vandalizing Ace Hardware.

Unlawful burning: 11:47 a.m., 800 4th St. NE. Some yahoo, as yet unknown, set a fire in a metal trash can on the north side of the student parking lot at Auburn High School. No damage or dollar loss was available. Shoplifting: 12:39 p.m., 1101 Supermall Way SW. Three people entered a clothing store, chose about a dozen leather items and lugged them to the counter. The employee rang up and bagged the items, and while said employee went to fetch an additional item for the suspects, they skipped out with the merchandise, dispensing with that whole business about paying for stuff. Theft: 1:34 p.m., 500 block of H

Fire & Rescue Blotter The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 179 calls for service between June 4 and June 10, among them the following:

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June 7 Burglary: 1:02 p.m., 10300 block of Southeast 304th Place. Burglars took advantage of an unlocked home. Forgery: 10:01 a.m., 500 block of 8th Street Northeast. A man who’d replied to an online post for a housekeeper later received a suspicious check in the mail for services he had not yet provided. The check was later confirmed as bogus. Boosting booze: 12:10 p.m., 1509 Auburn Way S. Two boys tried to swipe a bottle of whiskey from

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Street Northeast. Somebody stole a paint ball gun from a parked vehicle, damaging a window in the process.

Explosion: 7:55 p.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters hustling to an explosion at The Season’s apartments discovered that somebody had set off a homemade bomb under a stairwell in the G building. Firefighters protected the scene and finally turned it over to fire investigators and Auburn Police.

Aid call: 9:04 a.m., (North Auburn). Firefighters helped a female with a decreased level of consciousness at the scene and transported her to Auburn Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

June 6 Trash fire: 6:08 p.m., (Pacific). Firefighters responding to a report of a small fire outside a Dumpster at an apartment complex first interviewed kids who saw what had happened, then called in a fire investigator. The result – one young witness referred to the VRFA junior fire-setter program.

June 7 Aid call: 5:30 p.m., (South Auburn). Firefighters hurried to help a man

Rite Aid but got themselves arrested instead. Shoplifting: 6:25 p.m., 1231 Auburn Way N. Three people tried to shoplift multiple bottles of liquor from the north end Rite Aid but failed as the clerk retrieved all the bottles and the bag the suspects had stashed them in. Shoplifting: 9:02 p.m., 762 Supermall Drive SW. Walmart security eyeballed two females trying to steal a total of 19 items valued at $71.42. Police cited those females and issued them trespass letters, informing them that their thieving carcasses were no longer welcome at the door and should stay away. with leg pain, found the man in a parking lot with an infection to his lower leg and treated him at the scene. American Medical Response then transported him in stable condition to ARMC.

June 8 Aid call: 4:07 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters helped a female suffering from an accidental overdose and transported her to ARMC.

June 9 Aid call: 9:55 a.m., (Lakeland Hills). Firefighters responding to a man or woman with general weakness and dizziness when standing evaluated him or her before a private ambulance transported him or her to St. Francis hospital.

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Best friends and strong leaders, Scott Ohashi and Heather Odell are ready to go out and make the world a better place. It’s their nature. Outstanding in the classrooms of Auburn Mountainview High School, Ohashi and Odell are even more exemplary out in the community. “I just love reaching out to others,” Ohashi said. “I just try to make as big a difference as I can.” Ohashi and Odell represent two of the best senior students from a graduating class of 314. Both share many traits and common interests. Both are outgoing and charming, funny and crazy, kind and helpful, well rounded and bright. Both intend to stay in touch long after they receive their diplomas Saturday. College will send them down separate paths but on similar missions. Ohashi, son of Norm and Shelly Ohashi, heads to the University of Washington in the fall. A 3.8 student, he hasn’t chosen a particular area of study but is leaning toward making his mark in the field of medicine or psychology. “Or maybe become a physician’s assistant to help others with diabetes,” he said. “It would be real easy to relate to all those kids who have

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diabetes. “I definitely want to be in an environment where I’m around people and making a difference.” Ohashi speaks from personal experience. At age 12, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a stunning revelation given that the disease doesn’t run in his family. It’s been a struggle since, he said, but the fit, active, healthy teenager has learned to manage his condition. He was a third baseman and captain on the Lions’ baseball team. “It’s been tough. I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’ve just tried to deal with it,” he said. “Sometimes I look at it as a blessing because I know it could be a lot worse. I take it each day as it goes and deal with it the best way I can.” At school and play, Ohashi has blossomed. Activities kept him grounded and productive. Like Odell, he worked in student government and on DECA projects – including a campaign that increase awareness of diabetes and the importance of eating healthy. Ohashi and Odell also spend considerable

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time as youth group leaders at the same church. “We want to help make that difference,” Odell said. “It is what we are all about.” Odell, a 4.0 student and the daughter of Christine of John Odell, is ready to make the most of her opportunity with a scholarship-assisted ride to Pepperdine University in sunny

Southern California. She plans to purse a career in international studies, perhaps work in diplomacy or for a global nonprofit organization. “I really want to find a career where I feel like I’m serving people with my life,” she said. Wherever life takes them, they will look back fondly on their years at Auburn Mountainview, where they have grown and matured. “I learned to really be myself here, not trying to be somebody I’m not,” Ohashi said. “You have to be comfortable with who you are.”

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Lady Huskies win fastpitch tourney The Auburn Little League Lady Huskies fastpitch team recently defeated squads from Tahoma, Chinook and Soundview Little Leagues to grab the District 10 Tournament of Champions title. The team is made up of 11 and 12-year-old, middle school girls from the Auburn School District. Several of the team’s players will now move on to play for the league’s allstar team, beginning June 22. Contact and submissions: Shawn Skager sskager@auburn-reporter.com or 253.833.0218 ext. 5054

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Lion football’s Gervais nabs Coach of the Year By SHAWN SKAGER sskager@auburn-reporter.com

In his final, backward glance at Auburn Mountainview High School’s 2011 football season, outstanding memories jostle for space in the mind of head coach Jared Gervais. Gervais, the Auburn Reporter’s Coach of the Year, led the Lions to their first ever postseason berth with a 6-4 overall record, 3-2 in the South Puget Sound League 3A. For a 26-year-old in his first year ever as head coach, that’s big stuff. But ask Gervais to choose his favorite memory, he knows what it is. “Beating Bonney Lake was a defining moment, but I think my favorite moment was against Yelm,” Gervais said. With the ball on the goal line, Gervais called a fade, a lob pass to the back of the end zone. That’s a play normally built for a team’s tallest receiver, the guy who can out leap his defenders and snag the pass. Gervais called the play for pint-sized senior Skyler White.

Jared Gervais led the Auburn Mountainview football team to its first-ever postseason appearance. Shawn skager, Auburn Reporter “My offensive line coach on the headset said, ‘did you know you just called a fade to a 5-8 kid on the goal line?’” Gervais said. “And I said, ‘I don’t care, Skyler is going to catch it.’ And he caught it with a crazy catch in the corner. I just went nuts. That was the best moment for me in

the season.” After taking over the program in the spring of 2011 from Craig Spence, Gervais, nephew of Washington State coaching legend Steve Gervais, was confident he’d be able to provide a little stability for a team that was on its third coach in as many seasons. “We had a pretty good group of seniors and a good group of juniors, too,” he said. “It’s pretty

easy to be confident when you’ve got the horses. That always helps.” He wasted no time implementing the spread offense that had been so key to his uncle’s success at Skyline and Eatonville, where he won six state titles. It didn’t take long for the Lions to start to roar. “We had a scrimmage against Auburn Riverside last spring, and we were pretty successful against them,” Gervais said. “At that point the kids kind of bought into the offense, and the defense came along as we got the coaching staff together. That was really big for us to get them to buy in during the spring and believe in the offense.” Although the team was practicing and scrimmaging well, that was no guarantee of success under the harsh glare of Friday night lights. “I remember down in Sumner – I live there – driving by the stadium and thinking, ‘we have to play there in a week,’” he said. “That was kind of a moment where I was a little worried. At the same time, though, I knew I had to be [ more coach page 13 ]

GRCC karate sensei medals at senior games By SHAWN SKAGER sskager@auburn-reporter.com

James Penor is no stranger to awards. As an elite, international martial artist, Penor, 60, has won more than 100 trophies and medals in International Karate Association competitions. Indeed, just last year, Penor – who has taught karate at Auburn’s Green River Community College for 17 years and at the Unified Shito-Ryu Academy in Bellevue– took first place in forms at the IKA World Cup in Toronto in his age [ more penor page 13 ]

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www.auburn-reporter.com [ Coach from page 12] confident, because we’re not going to do very well if I’m down there shaking in my boots before the game. There were a few nerves before the game, making sure we had everything in. We hadn’t done it before with all the plays and special teams. Offensively, I was pretty confident, and defensively, I knew we had it down. Just being prepared really helps the confidence and the nerves.” Although a few miscues cost the team that opening

night win, the Lions falling 28-13, the team responded well despite being down. In the next five games, Auburn Mountainview ran the table, beating Eatonville, Foss and Yelm, before opening league play with wins over rivals Bonney Lake and Enumclaw. Although a 36-10 loss to Peninsula ended the winning streak, the team was already a different beast than it had been in years past – more confident, less inclined to let down. “They finally kind of figured out that Bonney Lake,

[ penor from page 12] group and placed first among all age groups in the weapons competition. One might imagine that with all those medals and with all that hardware and glory, Penor would be satisfied. Nope. At the 2012 Northwest Senior Games in Seattle June 2, Penor added to his feats a first-place finish in the long jump and a second in the high jump. “I saw an article about the senior games in a magazine and decided to compete,” he said. “This is an Olympic year, and I just felt like I should see what I could do. That’s all there was. I

Enumclaw and Peninsula aren’t these invincible juggernauts that you lose to every year,” Gervais said. “You don’t have to lose to Bonney Lake just because you show up to play Bonney Lake. They kind of finally saw that, and this is going to help us out as we go along.” After a 63-7 loss to Lakes, a perennial state contender, the Lions closed out the regular season with a 29-12 win against Decatur. The boys wrapped up the year with a 51-9 loss to Mountain View of Vancouver in the first round of the

didn’t really practice. It’s pretty tough to practice, especially the high jump, unless you know somebody at a school. But I just wanted to see what I could do. It turned out pretty good.” Penor notched a 4 feet, 7 inch high jump to grab second, and leapt to a 12-4 distance for first in the long jump. Penor was 14 the last time he competed in track and field. “When I was in elementary school my claim to fame, as a Japanese kid in Seattle, was being the fastest runner in my school (Cooper Elementary),” Penor said. “I made the track team, and played basketball and flag football. I did that until age 14, and then I became a hippie.”

postseason. “It was a good experience for them to learn we’re going to have to fight, there are just going to be teams as good as them (Lakes and Mountain View),” Gervais said. “You just have to be ready for them. And you have to fight and play them again next year.” Gervais is already jazzed about next year, despite several key losses, like workhorse running back Victor Korchemniy, White and three of the team’s lineman. The team returns three-year senior starter

In the mid-70s, Penor became enamored of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and began his training in the discipline. Eventually, he would earn a fifth-degree black belt while training with renowned sensei Soke Kubota. In 1988 he began teaching martial arts. He credits his success in the games to the discipline. “The main thing is I have to attribute all this to martial arts,” he said. “The jumping is related a little to the karate I do, which helped me a little bit. Without that, I don’t think I could have done this.” In addition to winning the long jump, Penor said, the highlight of the competition was watching the other athletes, including someone

he knew from long ago. “The neat thing was I met an old friend of mine from way back in elementary school days and competed with him in the high jump,” Penor said. “I beat him only because I had fewer misses. We jumped the same height. That was kind of a cool reunion. I hadn’t seen him for probably 20 years.” Penor, whose youthful appearance belies his six decades, said the secret to staying young has been his commitment to regular exercise. “So many people do not exercise regularly,” he said. “They may have been great athletes way back when but they don’t continue to train. That’s the

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what to expect from us in practice. They know what to expect from us in games. So that helps a lot.” “(Last season) was a blast, it was awesome. Going through the Sumner game, then barely winning the Eatonville game where we had six holding calls in the first half and I thought my head was going to explode. After that it was Foss and Yelm, with the fireworks show. It was a pretty good year and the kids seemed to enjoy it. I know the coaching staff loved it,” Gervais said.

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happy the team isn’t located in their city. The Supermall is due for a makeover, and instead of focusing on the business investment in our fine city, many people seem to feel slighted by the naming association with Seattle. Hey, if you want people to be interested in Auburn, why not give them reason to stay and explore the city of Auburn? Come for the Outlet Mall|Seattle, stay for the Visit|Auburn. The apparent chips on the shoulders of the Auburn-ists make us look like we have an inferiority complex. I like Auburn. I like living in Auburn. I look forward to The Outlet Collection|Seattle. – Scott Wingate

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I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for the excellent recreational programs that Auburn offers to its residents with unique needs and abilities. My daughter has been participating in program activities for about 18 months and has enjoyed herself tremendously. She has had the opportunity to try new activities and team sports, ranging from bowling to basketball and everything in between. The staff is awesome. Caring, compassionate, patient and fun. Linette has enjoyed spending time with the staff and the other athletes as much, if not more, than playing the actual

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Marion Jones, former Olympian and world champion track and field athlete, is expected to make a special appearance at Auburn’s Fourth of July Festival. Jones will sign autographs in the Overcomer Covenant Church’s booth at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Les Gove Park, 1005 12th St. SE. The church is sponsoring the Freedom Stage that will present a lineup of live entertainment. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an old-fashioned, hometown celebration featuring a kids’ bike parade, a variety of arts and craft vendors, food concessions and activities for all ages. Two live entertainment stages will feature a variety of top-level bands and cultural performers. For information, visit www.auburnwa.gov or call 253-931-3043.

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[20] June 15, 2012

Choose Valley for a Remarkable Birth Experience The Physician Team at Valley Women’s Healthcare: (top to bottom) MaryEllen Maccio, MD; C. Robert Bigler, MD; Amy Atwood, MD; Bilha Zomer, MD

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In January, Valley Women’s Healthcare joined the Valley Medical Center Clinic Network. Excellent, safe care is our top priority so we felt it was in the best interest of our patients as well as our practice to form a partnership with our area’s premier hospital leader, Valley Medical Center. What This Change Means for Our Patients This change will not affect office care. Drs. Bigler, Zomer, Maccio and Atwood, as well as all of our staff, will remain in our current Auburn location and continue to provide our patients with excellent OB/GYN care. It is important to note our physicians have now moved all in-hospital care to Valley Medical Center in Renton, including all surgeries and deliveries.

We Chose Valley for Their Remarkable Birth Experience Valley Medical Center parents-to-be enjoy a comfortable home-like setting with an expert level of care unlike any other in South King County. Specially trained staff deliver family-centered care in a safe, nurturing environment designed to provide a full complement of support services for moms and their newborns that we feel is vitally important, including: § Level III Neonatal ICU provides the highest level of care between Seattle and Tacoma

§ In house neonatal team specially trained to care for the tiniest of newborns

§ In-house anesthesia service 24/7 to assist with pain management, Caesarean section and emergency deliveries

§ Maternal fetal medicine specialists

§ 24/7 obstetric hospitalists dedicated to the safety of our patients and new arrivals

§ Lactation specialists § Pediatric specialists

For more information about The Birth Center at Valley Medical Center, visit valleymed.org/birth.

Make your appointment with Valley Women’s Healthcare today! 253.939.9654

1 East Main Street, Suite 100, Auburn, WA 98002

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Auburn Reporter, June 15, 2012  

June 15, 2012 edition of the Auburn Reporter

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