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CRIME BLOTTER | Man is accidentally shot in the arm while walking along river [3]

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OPINION | Roegner: Mayor faces re-election campaign [4] Johnson: Schools need quality sexual health education [4] FLU VACCINE | Free flu vaccinations are available at Federal Way clinic [6] CALENDAR | Federal Way Symphony presents its swing and tots concerts [3, 7]

SPORTS | Plenty of prep basketball and FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013 | 50¢ swimming action around town [10]

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With so much of the tech and Internet industries calling Washington state home, it may come as no surprise that Washington ranks fifth in cat ownership. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) “U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook,” 39 percent of Washington state households have at least one feline friend. Washington’s rank hasn’t changed since the last report in 2006, although the overall percentage has dropped from 44.5 percent. Overall, Washingtonians are quite friendly to animals, with the state ranking sixth in pet ownership. The top 10 pet owning states are Vermont, with 70.8 percent of households owning an animal of some kind; New Mexico with 67.6 percent; South Dakota with 65.6 percent; Oregon with 63.6 percent; Maine with 62.9 percent; Washington with 62.7 percent; Arkansas with 62.4 percent; West Virginia with 62.1 percent; Idaho with 62 [ more PETS, p. 13 ] NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit


unemployment rate was 7.8 percent at the end of 2012, down from a high of 10.2 For the first time in a percent in 2009, accordwhile, economic develing to the Bureau of Labor opment director Patrick Statistics. Doherty said he had good Drawing on numnews to report in regards bers from the Economic to the city and regional Development Council economy. of Seattle and King Doherty gave a County, Doherty inNEWS brief economic updicated that group’s date at the Federal forecasts show a Way City Council’s brighter picture for Jan. 15 meeting. 2013 and beyond. “While the Great “You’ll notice that Recession technically ended housing permits, those saw in 2009, I think we all know a huge spike in 2012…and that recovery from that that will continue to be theoretical point has been robust.” slow,” Doherty said. “The The spike Doherty Puget Sound region and referenced was a significant Federal Way are indeed jump in housing permits recovering, and in fact, at a between 2011 and 2012, faster pace than other parts going from an 11.9 percent of the country.” change in 2011 to a 50.2 One of the improvepercent change last year. ments for the region and city’s economy has come in Office, retail and the gradual decrease in the housing markets unemployment numbers. For Federal Way specific Reaching a high of 9.7 permetrics, Doherty reviewed cent in 2009, by the end of 2012, unemployment in the the office, retail and housing sectors. region had been reduced to [ more ECONOMY, p. 13 ] 6.5 percent. The nationwide By GREG ALLMAIN


Chamber honors volunteer, ambassador of the year On Wednesday, the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce named Nancy Jaenicke (pictured with her family) the Volunteer of the Year for her work with Reach Out homeless shelters. The Chamber also honored Cindy Ducich (pictured at left with board chairman Shawn Slattery) as the Ambassador of the Year. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

Ex-prostitute escapes pimp and reclaims her life By ANDY HOBBS

A local woman’s life took a turn for the worse when she encountered an escort service. The couple who ran the escort service took her in, and the man became her pimp. At first, he offered protection and fed her drug habit. He groomed her with a dream of money and security. She sold sex at ritzy parties

and rode in flashy cars around the Puget Sound region. Eventually, the pimp brainwashed her into submission and ruled every aspect of her life. He collected all of her earnings and kept track of her whereabouts at all times via cellphone. If she failed to earn a daily quota of $1,500, she was beaten and humiliated. He urinated on her. He whipped her with an electrical cord. “That was his way of showing me

this is just the beginning of what will happen,” said the woman, who requested anonymity for this story out of fear the pimp could retaliate. “I was more afraid of the pimp than the johns.” The pimp found customers through ads on, Craigslist and alt-weekly papers. Her earnings paid for a house in SeaTac for the pimp and his wife. Thousands of dollars in tricks paid for hotel rooms around the region,


including Federal Way and the infamous Aurora Avenue in Seattle. She also worked to pay back the cost of those ads, or pay back bail money if she went to jail. The johns hailed from all walks of life. Some johns reviewed her services online. Johns would ask for particular kind of girls, which was useful information for pimps. “I had wigs,” she said. “Sometimes they’d say, ‘I want a blonde.’” [ more PROSTITUTION, p. 2 ] WE DO BRAKES!


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[2] January 18, 2013 “My thanks goes to God for sending [ PROSTITUTION from page 1] a man who was a defender of women,” she said, referring to Nick Lembo, who with his wife, Jo, provided a support outlet through Overcomer Covenant Church in Auburn. “The more eyes and ears on the ground,” said Jo Lembo, “the smaller a pimp’s world gets.”

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Last week, 13 Federal Way schools received deliveries of recently hatched salmon fry as part of the Storming the Sound with Salmon project. The collaboration between Federal Way Public Schools and the city is providing students with hands-on learning opportunities. Students will raise the salmon until they are ready to be released into Hylebos Creek later this spring. Participating schools are Brigadoon, Camelot, Lakota, Lakeland, Mirror Lake, Panther Lake, Saghalie, Sequoyah, Sherwood Forest, Star Lake, Twin Lakes, Wildwood and Woodmont K-8. See more photos online. PHOTO BY DEB STENBERG/FWPS


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In a typical transaction, the prostitute took care of business with a john while the pimp waited in an adjacent hotel room to collect the money and monitor the time. The lifestyle left the woman with no choice but to hustle for more money, or face the wrath of her pimp. She reEnding demand cruited other women into the lifestyle to shoulder some of the workload A grass-roots movement is under when johns were seeking services way to end the demand for prostituat the same time. Several tion, which is tangled in a web “We need to sessions with johns doubled of pornography and cultural as drug deals. Pimps presattitudes. teach men to sured women to exploit naive respect, honor Prostitution has shifted customers with blackmail, for and understand away from the typical streetexample, such as threatening women walkers. Nowadays, johns arto tell a john’s wife unless he range meetings online. Federal and build paid hush money. relationships.” Way Police Chief Brian Wilson In total, she had eight pros- Nick Lembo, said officers can put an ad on titution arrests on her record, Defenders program Craigslist, meet with a potenincluding an undercover bust tial john and make an arrest, in Federal Way. Abused as a all in a span of two hours. child, she was walking Pacific In 2012, there were 12 Highway in search of paying cusprostitution-related investigations in tomers by age 15. Drugs like heroin Federal Way, Wilson said, with nine became a way to numb herself and of those initiated by police and one cope with the streets, where she had involving a 15-year-old girl. sex to survive. “It’s much more underground “I had to be high,” she said. “I had now,” Wilson said during a forum on to feel nothing.” human trafficking Jan. 9 at City Hall. In a twist of fate, a heroin overdose “This is not a Federal Way issue. It’s a inadvertently marked the turning regional issue.” point in reclaiming her life. While she According to the former prostitute was hospitalized, the pimp was jailed whose story was told above, the deck after a violent spree in search of her. is stacked against police. An officer She formed relationships with must witness a transaction before people who empowered her. Now in making an arrest. When police arrest her mid-thirties, she is no longer a one prostitute, her pimp will find victim, but a survivor. a replacement and take business to She is married. She lives clean and another part of the region. sober with a career in the mental “There’s not much the police can health field. She regained custody of do,” said the woman, suggesting a her three children from foster care, solution for ending demand: spread and now helps other mothers in simiawareness among youth. lar situations. She hopes to see more One place to start is by reshapreforms in the child welfare system to ing the perceptions young men have ensure that youth avoid these abusive toward women. Some argue the relationships. negative influence of pornography on

the male sexual identity, including the accompanying message of objectifying women leads to the creation of unrealistic expectations from sex. While there is nothing wrong with sex, young men need to be educated on how to use and understand it, according to Nick Lembo from Defenders and Shared Hope International. “Sex is the most powerful stimulant and bonding agent on the planet,” he said at the Federal Way forum. “We need to teach men to respect, honor and understand women and build wholesome relationships.” Peter Qualliotine, co-founder of Organization for Prostitution Survivors, said a boy’s average age of exposure to pornography is 9. Prostitution and pornography are inseparable, he said at the Federal Way forum, and “one does not exist without the other.” The key to overcoming this obstacle, he said, is to teach young men to eroticize the mutual and consensual parts of sex, instead of the objectified images found in porn.

Learn more • At the local level, the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking (FWCAT) has brought programs like “Deceptions” into local schools to educate teens about the dangers and trappings of the prostitution underworld. Students at Thomas Jefferson High School and Sacajawea Middle School have participated, with plans for a session in the coming weeks at Federal Way High School. To learn more, visit or contact • Federal Way issued a proclamation that declares January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. For its service project this spring, the Advancing Leadership class of 2013 has selected FWCAT. Advancing Leadership (AL) will add the muscle of 30 volunteers to assist FWCAT in its efforts.

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Schools boost number of board certified teachers By GREG ALLMAIN

Washington state and Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) continue to increase their numbers of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). At the state level, Washington continued its fourth consecutive year of being the state with the second highest number of new NBCTs, with 575 in total, and landed in fourth overall in the total number of NBCTs with 6,817. Federal Way placed 12th in the nation overall at the district level, with 30 new NBCTs, joining three other Washington districts in the top 20. The NBCT certification is a high-level of professional development, and is believed

and the building received a significant amount of water damage. • Car gets stolen and returned to owner: At 1 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 32000 block of Military Road South, police found a stolen vehicle and contacted the registered owner to come pick it up. According to the report, it didn’t appear that anything had been done to the car, nor had anything been stolen from the car’s interior. • Doing identity theft wrong: At 3:28 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 32000 block of Pacific Highway South, a man attempted to use his father’s Social Security number and a fake name to open a bank account. According to the report, the man intended to use the fake bank account to defraud the Veterans Administration. The suspect was arrested. • Burglar goes 1-for-2 in stealing pills: At 2:32 p.m. Jan. 6 in the 31000 block of 21st Avenue SW, the victim reported that an unknown suspect had entered their home and stolen a bottle of oxycodone, along with a bottle of vitamins. • Gamer geek burglar: At 9:37 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 1300 block of SW Campus Drive, the victim reported coming home and finding their residence had been burglarized. According to the report, the victim’s front door was open, and the unknown suspects stole an XBox 360, PlayStation 3, a guitar, and an Apple MacBook computer.

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Survivors: Wife Shari. brother Bobby Vaona and wife Vickie; Rancho Dominuiz CA, sister Josephine Benzenbower; San Pedro CA Many nieces and nephews. Daughter Adalinda Vaona; Seattle And son Victor Vaona jr and wife Robin Bremerton WA Grandchildren Lorelei Chopard (dave), Jennifer Whitbeck, Christina Blacksmith-Myers and husband Andy, Emily Vaona, Peter Carnahan, Jeffrey Vaona, Dylan Vaona and Austyn Vaona. Grand kids, Kayle, Dylan, Tanner, Xenos, and Xerxes. Born in Burbank CA graduated there too. US Navy, Member of the Knights of the Columbus. Enjoyed going to auctions with his friend Larry Jones. Looked forward to family events and seeing his great grand children. Belonged to St Vincent de Paul in Federal Way. Cherished his friends and fellow Knights. Service Monday January 21, 2013 at St Vincent de Paul in Federal Way at 2 pm, and burial at all souls in CA . Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online by visiting Bonney – Watson; Washington Memorial is assisting with arrangements.


Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Walk by a river, get randomly shot: At 4:29 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 34000 block of 9th Avenue South, the victim reported that he had been walking along a riverbank when he heard gunshots in the distance. According to the report, the victim paid the gunshots no mind, until he discovered he had been accidentally shot in the right arm. The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The report did not identify the river’s name. • Drugs and a stolen truck: About 3 p.m. Jan. 12, a witness called police to report an occupied stolen vehicle that was parked at a gas station in the 1700 block of Enchanted Parkway South. Officers arrived on the scene and arrested two suspects. One suspect had a DOC warrant. The truck was allegedly stolen from a residential burglary in Tacoma. At the scene, police found methamphetamine, hashish, a handgun, bullets and several pieces of jewelry, according to the report. • Honest drug addicts: At 12:59 a.m. Jan. 12 in the 30000 block of

9th Place South, police responded to calls of a man and a woman arguing. According to the report, both are self-admitted crack users, and their argument stemmed from an argument over money for crack. • Younger brother whacks older brother: At 3:02 a.m. Jan. 12 in the 1200 block of South 356th Street, two brothers were in a fight. According to the report, the young brother struck the older brother on the head with a flashlight. The younger brother was arrested for assault. • Give it a good heave-ho: At 5:16 a.m. Jan. 11 in the 31000 block of Pacific Highway South, unknown suspects pulled the front door off of a business, and stole a number of personal electronic devices from the store. • Get caught, jump out a window: At 9:40 a.m. Jan. 11 in the 31000 block of 28th Avenue South, an unknown suspect was interrupted during a home burglary. According to the victim, once the suspect became aware they were home, the suspect ran to a bedroom and jumped out the window. Police were unable to locate the suspect, according to the report. • Copper pipe theft: At 10:15 a.m. Jan. 10 in the 1000 block of South 320th Street, unknown suspects gained entry into a building and stole $5,000 worth of copper piping from inside the building. One of the pipes they stole was part of the building’s water system,


Man accidentally shot in arm

Greyhound meet and greet: Come and pet the screenings and informational resources for improvretired racing greyhounds, which make excellent ing the health and safety of individuals and families. pets. Free event runs 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Mud St. Francis Hospital is a sponsor. Bay Natural Pet Foods, 1706 S. 320th St. Contact Rotary Club Winter Ball and Auction: raiser for the Federal Way Rotary runs 6 to Bird lovers: The Rainier Audubon Society 10 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Tacoma Convention will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Federal Way Center. Proceeds help provide scholarships. Community United Methodist Church, 29645 51st Contact Ave. Featured presentation will be “The Concert for tots: Identical twin composWorld of Small” by Jay Galvin. Contact ers Lisa Grace Allison and Linda Sebenius present toddler-friendly versions of classic SeaTac Firefighters Charitable Foundamasterworks and engaging originals. “Hi-Lo Big tion Dodgeball Tournament: Event runs 5 to 10 Top Circus” features the melodies of Haydn, Mozart p.m. Jan. 24 at Trampoline Nation, 35025 Enchanted and Beethoven and played by a flute, violin, and Pkwy. S. To learn more or register, contact jwilliams@ tuba. Show is 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at St. Luke’s Church, or (206) 999-8367. 515 S. 312th St. Show is designed for children up to 8 years old. Tickets are $7 per person for all ages. Call Free health and safety fair: City of Federal Way (253) 529-9857 or visit event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the community center, 876 S. 333rd St., and features health [ more CALENDAR, page 7 ]

Ruby Mae Eddleman SEARS Passed on January 10, 2013 at St Francis Hospital near her home in Federal Way Washington. Born in Tuckerman, Arkansas Sunday, August 22, 1926, she is preceded in death by parents Alvin Newton Eddleman and Eliza Ann Ritchie, brothers William Homer, Alvin Edward, James Woodrow, Noel Freemont, Roy Aylor and sister Opal Aline. Ruby's survivors include her husband of 58 years Sterling Bobbi Sears of Federal Way, WA; sons Douglas Keith Sears (Adeline) of Koloa Hi; Craig Steven Sears (Tami) of West Seattle; daughter Lisa Marie Librizzi of Federal Way, grandchildren Justin Douglas Iverson, Alexa Marie Sears- Osburn, Christopher Steven Sears, and Douglas Keola Sears Jr., brother Dallas Eugene of Moro, Ark; and numerous nephews and nieces. Private family services will be held at a future time at Evergreen-Washelli Columbarium in Seattle Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests condolences and remembrances to be addressed to the attention of Doug Sears, 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI, 96756.

Patricia Ann Savage Siebenmark Patricia A. Siebenmark, loving mother, grandmother and elementary educator for nearly three decades, died Jan. 9, 2013, in Federal Way, WA. Mrs. Siebenmark was born on April 11, 1932, in Brookfield, MO. She graduated from Laclede high school and went on to receive her education degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. She married David W. Siebenmark on April 16, 1955. Mrs. Siebenmark was a compassionate, forward-thinking person who for part of her career was active in the teacher’s union. She was an accomplished pianist, and for many years she was active in P.E.O. and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an example of dedication and hard work, spending many hours after school helping her students. She loved dogs, romance novels, and had a hearty laugh that was infectious. Mrs. Siebenmark was preceeded in death by her husband, parents, Gerald and Madeline Savage, and brother, Richard Savage. She is survived by daughters Jane (Brigham) Gardner of Reno NV; Becky (Daniel) Vacanti of Federal Way, and son, Jerry (Carri) of Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Tiffany, David, Stephen, Nicholas, Ashley, Cal and Carli, and great-granddaughters Casie and Lahna. Mrs. Siebenmark will be interred in Kirksville, MO.

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Man dresses like a voodoo doll Hello, my name is Robert Tetu. I have a problem. There is a homeless man in my neighborhood on 2nd Court South near Mirror Lake Elementary School, and near stores in my marketplace I like to shop in. He walks around my school, house and random sidewalks. He walks down 8th Street the most, which is scary. There is a homeless church behind my school the homeless man goes to.

Amy Johnson

Mayor’s record is up for debate Mayor Skip Priest is one of the most well known figures in town. He was a city council member and mayor in the council-manager form of government. He also served in the state Legislature and is a Republican. He was elected as Federal Way’s first “strong mayor” two years ago after a public vote to change the form of government. To ensure consistency of the election cycle, he was elected to a three-year term and will be up for re-election this year — as will three positions on the city council. Priest has not confirmed he will run, but all the signals suggest that he will. He won the mayor’s office by defeating Councilmember Jim Ferrell with a comfortable but not overwhelming margin. Typically, mayors seeking a second term are difficult to beat, and Priest will be as well. But what he has accomplished, or not accomplished, as mayor may be the major news story of the year. One of Priest’s main priorities from the election has been to work with the city council to try and build a short- and long-term sustainable city budget amid a major economic downturn. This has resulted in several cuts to staffing and his decision to turn down a federal grant for additional police officers due to concern about whether the positions could be sustained. Two officers were added in this year’s budget and the option of another grant will be revisited again this year. Although these additions were initiated by Ferrell and Councilmember Dini Duclos, Priest supported them and notes that crime is down and police protection is on par with other cities of similar population.

The current two-year budget is balanced, as required by law, but projections farther out remain a challenge. The suburban city jail, SCORE, which Federal Way is part of, continues to be a major financial drain. Priest has been pushing to increase the marketing for the jail to cut costs. Priest was not in city government when SCORE was started and is careful not to criticize past decisions. Most City Hall observers give Priest credit for making the tough budget decisions. Priest also says the asphalt overlay program has helped maintain streets and that the graffiti removal team has been made permanent. Both help with the appearance of the city. He also points to city-supported state legislation on the sale of secondhand metals, which he says is helping police fight home burglaries. Economic development was a major issue during the last election and likely will be in this one. Attracting new businesses continues to be Priest’s preferred method, rather than considering additional tax options, for increasing city revenue to support services. The city has had some success. Several new businesses such as Buffalo Wild Wings and DaVita have located here, but Federal Way also lost Orion to Auburn recently. Some criticism of the city’s efforts is evident, and Priest says he has not met his campaign goal of measuring and reducing the turnaround time on permit approvals. But, looking at the bigger picture, he believes that his efforts to improve the system, combined with a focus on commercial properties [ more ROEGNER, page 6 ] Bob Roegner




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Advocates for Youth, a respected national agency in regards to adolescent reproductive and sexual health, has published a best practices guide for “Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Schools.” Now, before you go all “OMG! Sexual health in schools,” consider that regardless of whether we are officially providing sexual health and reproductive services in schools, sex education is happening. The quality of the education is what is in question. Are our youth receiving comprehensive, inclusive, medically accurate and developmentally appropriate sexuality education from trained professionals who encourage discussion with parents? Or are they gleaning this important knowledge from porn sites passed on to them by peers? Do they have a safe place to acknowledge their sexual orientation, gender identity and preferred gender roles? Or are any deviations from heterosexuality and cisgender ignored in a hetero-centric environment where anyone “different” is ostracized, excluded, and looked at as someone who needs to be fixed? Are youth respected, involved and included in deciding on programming that is relevant to them? Or are they dismissed as too young, too immature, too lacking in life experience to be of use in planning? Are their questions and opinions truly listened to and considered? Or do the adults in charge decide they know best, or that sexuality shouldn’t be discussed in schools, or that kids will be kids and do it anyway, so why bother? Either way, education is happening. It is happening with respect, care, involvement, training, compassion and information, or it is happening through Internet sites, pornography, misinformed peers, myths and ignorance. It is our responsibility to make sure that our youth have access to the former. It is our responsibility to insist that our schools are safe places where youth can ask questions, receive informed answers and become educated, not only about algebra and history, but also about their own health, including reproductive and sexual health. It is our responsibility to insist they have the opportunity to think about their values, learn about setting limits, and understand how to access the health care they need to stay safe when they do become sexually active — whether their sexual debut happens in high school, college, or after marriage. The education we provide to our youth is an investment in the type of future we expect them to have. To leave this education to chance is to abandon our youth. It is to ignore another fiscal cliff — the one where teen childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers $10.9 billion a year in increased health care costs, [ more JOHNSON, page 6 ]

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To submit an item or photo for publication: email Letters may be edited for style, clarity and length. He dresses like a voodoo doll. He usually has an Indian robe on and he carries a big bag around. He has voodoo necklaces on. I worry about him coming to our school. I also worry that he’ll steal property like pets, TVs, vehicles and other belongings. My last worry is that he will damage property and harm people.

Robert Tetu III, Federal Way Note: This letter was sent

as a Cub Scout project, according to the boy’s father.

I don’t need help raising my kids (RE: State of the schools article): I am raising my children, teaching them life lessons, and providing for their basic needs. I would kindly appreciate the schools stepping away from this “role” and concentrate on teaching them

math, history, language (reading-writing). Is that not your job? Mine is to be their parent, one I take very seriously, and I do not need the schools’ help “raising” my kids.

J. Ellerbusch, Auburn

Are children political pawns? I have a daughter in her late teens who is a freshman in college, and a son who is

13 and in middle school. You’ll have to take my word for it, I am a loving parent. As a matter of fact, I am a stay at home parent. I have great disdain for people who use children as pawns in their political marketing. When they want to pull on heart strings they turn to, “It’s for the children.” I say, “B.S.!” I have a visceral reaction to politicians who hide their intentions behind children: I want to stick my finger down my throat. [ more LETTERS, page 6 ]

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[6] January 18, 2013 [ JOHNSON from page 4] Health alert Free flu vaccinations: Clinics will be held at Federal Way Public Health Center, 33431 13th Place S. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 26. Vaccinations will be given to people who do not have insurance or cannot afford to pay. No other vaccinations will be offered at the time. You will be able to get flu shots or nasal spray vaccines, and preservative-free, gelatinfree, and latex-free vaccines will be available. Contact (206) 296-8410.

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the form of government changed, it did not alter his view about working collaboratively with the council. He seems more comfortable with the style he implemented when he was mayor in the council-manager form in the 1990s. Last election, Priest had some political latitude because he wasn’t part of local government and all three primary opponents were council members. But this time, Priest has a record that is open to discussion, debate and, as happens in elections, interpretation. In a city of 90,000 residents, there are different views of Federal Way’s priorities and direction. The mayoral race could provide a good opportunity to engage in a public dialogue on several topics. Red light cameras, gun control, the Community Center, the arts, parks, consolidation of government, traffic congestion, neighborhood emphasis, taxation level versus service level, and economic development are just a few. Priest is likely to run for re-election, and Ferrell seems to be testing the water for a possible rematch. Others may be interested as well. And the race could be significantly different than two years ago. With the economy it has been a difficult time for city government. How do you feel about the direction of the city? What are you looking for from your mayor during the next four years? Time to start thinking about it.

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Open discussion on city council appointments ‘isn’t necessary’ By Greg Allmain

Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell addressed both The Mirror’s and Federal Way resident Norma Blanchard’s concerns about the city council appointment process set to take place Jan. 19. Because of the departures of Linda Kochmar and Roger Freeman to the Legislature, the council needs to appoint two citizens to fill these positions for the remainder of their terms. Part of this process involves executive sessions to weigh the pros and cons of the candidates, a move that The Mirror and Blanchard feel should be done in the open. “At first I thought, ‘I could see that,’” Ferrell said, referencing The Mirror’s Jan. 11 editorial. “Any reasonable person would say ‘Why not?’ But I remember (something) my father said, (and that) was always be careful to guard a man’s dignity. And I think the dignity of the process, and the dignity of the candidates…We’re going to have some very candid discussions, and I don’t think it’s necessary to discuss someone’s shortcomings or their qualities, in relation to other people, that may not only hurt their feelings, but

affect their standing in the community or anything like that.” “I don’t think it’s necessary,” he added. The other issue Ferrell saw in the idea of having the council’s deliberations on applicants being open to the public was that it could potentially have a restrictive effect on the council’s speech regarding applicants. “If we’re up here, and we’re having a candid discussion, some of us would probably hold our tongue, to a degree,” he said. “I think I would be very circumspect about someone’s shortcomings, and while not personal, could cause hard feelings. My feeling is, this law is in place for a reason, we’re going to take advantage of it and I think it’s wise.” Outside of those remarks, Ferrell said he feels the process has been as open as it can possibly be so far. “I think we’ve had a very transparent process. At these public meetings we have gone far and wide and made sure that everybody knows about these vacancies,” he said. “And quite frankly, I think all of us here were almost amazed at the number of applicants we received. 22 applicants, and we’re now down to 20. And that’s going to be an all-day process.” The deputy mayor indicated that the initial response, which was 26 applicants, led to a dis-

cussion of whether that number should be pared down somehow. Ferrell said that after he and council colleagues conferred, they decided they were willing to give every applicant a chance to state their case before the council. “Now we’re going to set aside a Saturday and dedicate it to the proposition that we’re going to get the best possible people we can get, and devote an entire day to it,” he said. “We’ve got a situation now which we’re going to make sure everybody has access to the questions that have been put out, and the responses. So everybody knows where we’re at.” The council will meet Jan. 19 to fill the vacancies. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., at the council chambers in City Hall, and the interview process is anticipated to begin at 8:15 a.m. According to the tentative agenda, the council hopes to finish the interviews and appoint the two new council members by 4 p.m. that day.

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Anti-abortion prayer vigil: A group will gather on the construction of the new school will run 6 to 8 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in front of Planned Parentp.m. Jan. 31 at the school district’s support services hood, 1105 S. 348th St. Park at the park-n-ride on S. center, 1211 S. 332nd Ave. Architects and personnel 348th St. Contact will be available. Contact (253) 945-2262. A Decade of Swing: This concert is sponsored by Singing valentines: Send that special someone a KUOW 94.9 FM and will feature the co-leaders of singing Valentine, a red rose and a card delivered Federal Way Symphony’s Swing Band on their by a quartet of tuxedoed vocalists from the own instruments, as well as the talents of Federal Way Harmony Kings. Orders are many of the group’s fine musicians. Todd Community being taken for Valentine’s Day (Thursday, Zimberg is featured on drums with Lonnie Feb. 14). Serves the Seattle, South King Mardis on guitar. Show is 2 p.m. Sunday, County and Tacoma area. For details, call Jan. 27. Tickets are $31 with discounts for Greg at (206) 265-9706 or email singseniors, groups and military. Students ages 18 and younger admitted free. Contact (253) Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden: 529-9857 or visit Winter visitors to the garden will be treated to Single Seniors Dine Out: Monthly dinner at Black silhouettes of deciduous trees, an extensive conifer Bear Diner’s private backroom begins at 5:30 p.m. collection, swelling buds and the beautiful flowers of Jan. 29 for single seniors ages 55 and up. No agenda early blooming rhododendrons and heather. Open 10 and no RSVP necessary. Contact: bbdineout@gmail. a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday at 2525 S. 336th St. com or (253) 332-4126. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/students, free for ages 12 and under: Economic Forecast Breakfast: The Federal Way Chamber will host the annual event from 7 to 9 a.m. Daughters Night Out: Parents can treat their Jan. 31 at Christian Faith Center, 33645 20th Ave. daughters to an evening of dancing, fun and games S. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join South at the annual Daughter’s Night Out extravaganza Sound’s movers and shakers to help build the vision from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Federal Way Community Center. Cost is $20 per couple, $5 for of Federal Way. Cost: $40. RSVP: (253) 838-2605. each additional person. Register: (253) 835-6900. Federal Way High School: A public discussion


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the new chairpersons for FUSION’s main fundraiser, The Annual Benefit Art Event. This event is held on the first Wednesday of August each year. Kelsey Kovach, Ali Ducich and Audrey Berglund (pictured) will co-chair the event. This year marks FUSION’s 20th Anniversary.

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Decatur High School’s DECA program is sponsoring a fundraiser dance for the American Heart Association. The “Wear Red” dace will be held after the basketball game 7 p.m. Jan. 18 against Lakes High School. Entry fee is $5 with a red American Heart Association shirt, or $10 for shirt and admission. The Decatur dance team will also perform at halftime. The goal is to raise $1,000. In November, the DECA program hosted a boys volleyball game. They raised money by selling T-shirts and bracelets. To learn more, contact COURTESY PHOTO

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Members of the Decatur boys swim team jump into the pool at the King County Aquatic Center during a 127-55 loss to Peninsula Tuesday. Jefferson beat KentMeridian at the Aquatic Center Tuesday, 128-45. The Raiders won every event, but two, including two each from Curtis Condotta and Ean van Bramer. Todd dearinger, For the Mirror

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Basketball: TJ’s Park hits layup at buzzer for win Federal Way guard D’Londo Tucker is the lone senior that is among the Eagles’ five leading scorers. Federal Way will battle cross-town rival Decatur at 6 p.m. at Kent’s ShoWare Center Monday. todd dearinger, For the Mirror

Two perrenial state contenders will play for first time since 2009 at King Showcase Monday By CASEY OLSON

Decatur and Federal Way high schools are separated by a 3-mile drive up or down Southwest 320th Street. The two schools have also been power-

houses in boys basketball for a number of years and had developed one of the better rivalries in the state. But it’s a rivalry that hasn’t been included on either teams’ schedule the last few years. That will change when the Gators and Eagles get together in the marquee game of the seven-game 2013 King Showcase presented by Team Financial Partners inside Kent’s ShoWare Center on Monday. The game will take place at 6 p.m. It will be the first time Decatur and Federal [ more rivalry page 11 ]

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Sound area and been a fan of the Seahawks since I can remember watching a TV. So, as a lifelong Seattle sports fan, I have just come to expect the worst to happen at critical moments. No matter how hard you fight to keep that idea out of your head, it always creeps in. That just comes with the territory being a fan of the Seahawks, Mariners and the old, and hopefully new, SuperSonics. But, I honestly thought the curse had finally rolled off the Seahawks’ back when Marshawn Lynch scored from 2-yards out to cap a 20-point, second-half comeback against the top-seeded Falcons. The Lynch touchdown gave the Seahawks a 28-27 lead with just 31 seconds on the clock. We had a party at our house to watch the game and


Professional sports are the greatest and worst, all rolled into one. For a diehard fan, when your team is rolling, there is nothing better. Oppositely, when things turn sour, it truly feels like the world is ending. There is also that rare time where those two emotional roller coasters intersect and take that diehard fan on the ride of his or her life. It happened early Sunday afternoon when my beloved Seattle Seahawks were bounced from the NFL Playoffs in excruciating fashion by the Atlanta Falcons. It was an emotional roller coaster that played out in a 31-second time frame inside the Georgia Dome — down, up and way, way down again. I was born and raised in the Puget

when Lynch crossed the goal line, everybody was yelling, hugging and even an impromptu make-out session between a pair of longtime fans, grossing out all the kids in attendance. It was euphoria. It was unbelievable. It was too good to be true. And, in the end, it actually was too good to be true. As everybody knows, the Falcons drove right down the field and kicked a 49-yard field goal (after one practice attempt) to win the game. Just when I thought my pessimistic Seattle sports outlook had been turned on its head, back it came. There is nothing quite like the special bond that forms between a region and a sports team. It happened late in the season with the ‘Hawks and you could feel the buzz. Jerseys, T-shirts, sweatshirts and blue and green flags [ more sidelines page 13 ]


The Thomas Jefferson Raiders continued their quest to qualify for the West Central District Tournament for the first time since 1985 with another impressive win Tuesday. Trailing by one, senior guard Danny Park converted a layup at the buzzer to stun the Kentwood Conquerors, 64-63, in a key South Puget Sound League North Division matchup at TJ. The win moved the Raiders into a third-place tie in the SPSL North with a 7-3 record. Auburn leads the division at 9-1 and Tahoma is 8-3. The Park layup as time expired capped an amazing fourth quarter comeback. The Raiders trailed by 14 [ more basketball page 11 ]

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points entering the final eight minutes, but outscored Kentwood, 24-9, in the fourth quarter to steal the win. Junior Deonte Anderson led the way for TJ with 18 points and James ended up with 17. Beamer — The Titans just keep winning basketball games. Beamer downed a very hot Emerald Ridge team Tuesday, 57-46, to take over third place in the SPSL South. The Titans now sit 10-3 overall and 7-3 in the SPSL South, trailing only Curtis (10-1) and Federal Way (9-2). Beamer outscored Emerald Ridge, 16-9, in the fourth quarter to blow open a fairly tight game. Juwan Flowers led a balanced scoring attack by Beamer with 14 points. Bogdon Blivenyuk and Trey Burch-Manning both finished with 10 points.

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Beamer — The Titans jumped out to an 18-0 lead after the first quarter Tuesday night and cruised to a 58-16 win over Emerald Ridge. The win kept Beamer in first place in the South Puget Sound League South Division with a 9-1 record. The Titans (11-3 overall) are tied with Puyallup, but beat the Vikings earlier this season. Freshman Bria Rice led the way with 20 points and Quinessa Caylao-Do finished with 12. Federal Way — The Eagles got yet another huge game from senior Raven Benton and beat Spanaway Lake Tuesday, 59-39. Benton, the second-leading scorer in the state, poured in 30 points during the victory. Benton is averaging 26.9 points a game and has scored 30 or more points in six games. The win keeps Federal Way (13-2 overall, 9-2 SPSL South) one win back of Beamer and Puyallup in the race for the SPSL South title. Jefferson — After trailing by four points at halftime, the Raiders (3-10 overall, 2-8 SPSL North) couldn’t stay with Kentwood in the second half, losing 58-45. Jefferson was led by 18 points from Jada Piper, but didn’t have another player score in double figures Tuesday night. For complete high school results and more Federal Way sports, see

[ rivalry from page 10] Way have played since the 2008-09 season. Since that time, the two schools have been shuffled around the South Puget Sound League divisions before Decatur was reclassified to a Class 3A school before the 201011 season. The director of the 2013 King Showcase, Federal Way resident Steve Turcotte, was able to convince longtime Eagle coach Jerome Collins and longtime Decatur coach Kevin Olson to play each other after three seasons apart. Turcotte used to be in charge of the King Holiday Hoopfest at the University of Washington, where the Gators and Eagles played in 2009. “That game drew a real good crowd back then,” Turcotte said. “And when I started doing my own thing at the ShoWare, I talked to Kevin and talked to Jerome and they were both open to it. So we made it the marquee game.” The 2009 game at the King Holiday Hoopfest was actually the first of two times Decatur and Federal Way played that season. The two teams also played in the

SPSL Championship game, which the Eagles won in double overtime, 69-63. It was also the start of the postseason run by the Eagles, which ended with the program’s first and only state championship. Federal Way entered the game as the top-ranked team in the state and Decatur was ranked second. The Eagles also won the earlier meeting at the 2009 King Holiday Hoopfest. “These two teams don’t play anymore, so it’s going to be kind of nice to get them on the court,” Turcotte said. Despite playing in six consecutive state tournaments, the Gators’ last win over Federal Way came in 2008. That was the season that saw Federal Way and Decatur play a grand total of four times. The two teams split the meetings, 2-2, but Federal Way got the last laugh when they beat the Gators in the Class 4A state semifinals inside the Tacoma Dome. The win led the Eagles into their first of two-straight state championship game appearances. It looks like the 2013 edition of the Federal Way basketball team has a

Briefs: Henderson to fight again April 20 FOX executives, who are placing trust in me to be able to deliver another exciting fight on live TV. The fans can It’s been a whirlwind of month for expect to see a lot of action from two Benson Henderson. fighters who have aggressive styles. It The 2001 Decatur High School should be a fun night.” graduate defended his Ultimate FightMelendez (21-2) has been nursing ing Championship (UFC) a shoulder injury and hasn’t lightweight championship fought since May, when he beat with a dominating win over Josh Thomson in a split deciNate Diaz inside KeyArena sion. Melendez was supposed Dec. 8, was named the UFC’s to fight in September, but an Fighter of the Year and, late injury kept him from the card last week, inked a new eightand, again, on Strikeforce’s final fight deal to continue in the card earlier this month, but the Benson Henderson shoulder problems kept him off UFC. It was also announced the card. Tuesday that Henderson “Gilbert Melendez is one of would be defending his 155-pound the toughest fighters on the planet,” title against Gilbert Melendez April Henderson said. “I’ve said over and 20 on national television in San Jose. over that I just want to fight the best Henderson and Melendez will be the in the world. I don’t care in what order main event at UFC on FOX 7 at the I face them, but I want to fight the HP Pavilion in the Northern Califorbest in the biggest fights. He has been nia city. San Jose is Melendez’s homethe Strikeforce lightweight champion, town. Melendez is the lightweight and is going to be real hungry in his champion of the recently folded first UFC fight.” Strikeforce fight promotion. Henderson (18-2, 6-0 UFC) is comThis will be the third time that Hen- ing off a unanimous decision win over derson will be fighting on a national Diaz in Seattle and will be the first TV card. He beat Clay Guida at the UFC fighter to headline two nationalinaugural UFC on FOX 1 event in ly-televised FOX Television cards. Anaheim and defended his title last Malki Kawa, Henderson’s manager, month with a win over Diaz in Seattle. announced last weekend that Hen“I am beyond thrilled to be comderson inked the new eight-fight deal peting again on network TV for the with the UFC. Kawa has refused to UFC on FOX 7 card against Gilbert discuss the details of the new contract, Melendez,” Henderson said in a but he did say that it’s a fair deal and statement. “It’s an honor to be put in that Henderson “stands to make a lot this position by both the UFC and of money.” By CASEY OLSON

chance at making another run at another Class 4A state title. The Eagles were the second-ranked team in Washington before losing two-straight games to Emerald Ridge and Beamer last week. Federal Way has a ridiculous five players averaging in double figures and only one of them, D’Londo

Tucker, is a senior. Brayon Blake leads the way at 13.8 points, Tucker is averaging 13.0, Malik Montoya is scoring 12.0 a game and Adrian Davis and DeeShawn Tucker are both chipping in 10 points. Decatur, on the other hand, has struggled a little this season. The defending SPSL 3A champs are 3-2 in

“It’s a testament to his value to the UFC,” Kawa said in a statement, “and as a fighter that is able to deliver on the big stage. Beating Gilbert would prove that Benson is absolutely the best lightweight in MMA.” • The Decatur boys basketball program will host the second annual Garet Rasmussen Night on Friday (Jan. 18). Rasmussen was a 1992 Decatur graduate and ranks as the 20th alltime scorer for the basketball-rich Gators after averaging 10 points as a junior and 11.2 during his senior season. Rasmussen played a huge role in earning Decatur the school’s first-ever berth into the state basketball tournament in 1992. The 38-year-old collapsed inside his Wenatchee home in June 2011 after responding to an emergency call about a car crash. The Chelan County coroner concluded that Rasmussen died from hypertension and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Rasmussen was the command duty officer for Chelan County Fire District One and Douglas County Fire District Two in Central Washington. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday inside the Decatur High School cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided, as well as the opportunity to share stories about Garet and the Decatur community. The celebration will continue inside the school’s gym when the current Gators take on Lakes High School.

league play and 7-5 overall, meaning a win over the Eagles might jump start the Gators’ season. Decatur is led by Jason Young and Kevin Locascio. Young is averaging 18.0 points a game and Locascio is scoring 16.3. The other games during the 2013 King Showcase in Kent will be Kentwood vs.

Jackson (girls) at 10 a.m.; Foss vs. Columbia River (boys) at 11:30 a.m.; the top-ranked Mount Rainier girls against top-ranked Oregon City at 1 p.m.; Mountlake Terrace vs. Fairfax, Calif. (boys) at 2:30 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Benson, Ore. (boys) at 4 p.m.; and Kent-Meridian vs. Kentridge (boys) at 7:30 p.m.


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seem to be Seattle’s last shot at a Super Bowl title. It’s obvious, the franchise is in great hands with Russell Wilson at the helm. In the quarterbackdriven NFL, Seattle has a stud play caller who is going to be around the Seahawks’ facility for a long, long time. I’m assuming Seattle is going to take any draft pick they can get for backup QB Matt Flynn in the offseason and give Wilson a big-time bump in salary more deserving of a starting quarterback in the NFL. It was also awesome to see Wilson’s attitude after the devastating loss. I know how I felt and I’m just a normal dude who lives in Twin Lakes. I can only imagine how the Seahawks players coped with the loss. But Wilson was the rock that you dream about having in a leadership position on a football team. The dude is truly unflappable. Just look at his comments after Sunday’s loss.

“It was a great battle,” Wilson said. “Obviously, it’s unfortunate that we lost the game. We have a lot to look forward to. Now the preseason basically starts — the offseason, I guess you could say. It really starts now. That’s what we talked about in our team meeting and that’s what I’ve been talking about in terms of the guys in the locker room.” Minutes after the Seahawks were bounced from the playoffs on the last-second field goal, Wilson was already thinking about next season. You can’t teach that. “He’s just getting started,” fullback Michael Robinson said. “That’s the thing, man. He can will you to a victory. That’s what you want in your leader. That’s what you want in your quarterback. He can only get better, and I look forward to seeing it.” I also look forward to seeing what happens next with Wilson and the Seahawks. You can’t beat the emotional roller coaster sports can take you on.

tween 50 and 53 percent. Joining Washington in high cat ownership numbers were Vermont with the most at 49.5 percent. Maine, Oregon, South Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky, Idaho, Indiana and New Hampshire rounded out the top 10. The top dog-owning state in the country is Arkansas, where 47.9 percent of households have man’s best friend around. New Mexico, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama,

Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma round out the top 10. According to AVMA, one of the things that has changed since the last report was compiled in 2006 is that fewer pet owners are taking their animals for regular visits to the veterinarian. According to AVMA, there was an 8 percent increase in dog owners not taking their pets for checkups, while 24 percent of cat owners failed to get their animal in to see a doctor at any time.

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AKC Great Dane Pups Health guarantee! Males / Females. Dreyrsdanes is Oregon state’s largest breeder of Great Danes and licensed since 2002. Super sweet, intelligent, lovable, gentle giants. Now offering Full-Euro’s, Half-Euro’s & Standard Great Danes. $500 & up (every color but Fawn). Also available, Standard Po o d l e s . C a l l To d a y 503-556-4190.

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PURE BRED Saint Bernard Puppies. 3 Males and 2 Females. Ready January 12th. Will have 1st Shots. Mom On Site. Family Pampered Puppies. $450 to $550. Call For More Info: 360-8952634 Robyn (Por t Orchard Area)

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PUPPIES!! 2 Mastador pups; 75% English Mastiff, 25% Lab, 2 females, 1 fawn, 1 black, (mom 50% Mastiff/ 50% Lab, dad is 100% mastiff), $700 each. AKC English Mastiff puppies, show or pet quality, 4 months old, 2 brindles; 1 male, 1 fe m a l e . $ 1 1 0 0 e a c h . Parents on site. 1st & 2nd shots plus deworming included. Ready now. Serious inquiries only. Call: 206-351-8196

wheels OUR BEAUTIFUL AKC Golden Retriever puppies are ready to go to their new homes. They have been raised around young children and are well socialized. Both parents have excellent health, and the puppies have had their first wellness vet check-ups and shots. The mother is a Light Golden and the father is full English Cream Golden. $800 each. For more pictures and infor mation about the puppies and our home/ kennel please visit us at: or call Verity at 360-520-9196 SMALL MIXED Breed puppies. Males & Females. Born November 14th. $250 for females. $200 for males. Excellent companion dogs. 206-723-1271

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33125 15th Ave S. Federal Way, WA 98003 On 1/23/13 at 1 pm. Viewing Starts at 12:00 pm

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CAMPING Membership, complete! Featuring roof over and very nice two story storage shed with metal roof and porch. Located at Port Susan Camping Club in Tulalip, WA (near Mar ysville). Asking $16,000. Call 425-422-1341 or 425238-0445.

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NICE 1965 MUSTANG FOR SALE! 1965 Ford Mustang. 6 cylinder, 3 speed with original motor and interior. Clean c a r, a l way s g a ra g e d ! $6,000 or best offer, motivated seller. Serious inquires and cash only! Call for more information at 253-266-2464 - leave message with name and contact number if no answer. Auto Service/Parts/ Accessories


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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF INTENT PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Federal Way, Brian Roberts, 33325 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, 21st Ave SW @ SW 336th St Intersection, is located at the 21st Ave SW @ SW 336th St Intersection in Federal Way in King County. This project involves 2.8 acres of soil disturbance for Highway or Road, and Utilities construction activities. Stormwater will be discharged to Lakota Creek, and to Hylebos Creek/Panther Lake. Any persons desiring to present their views to the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding this application, or interested in Ecology’s action on this application, may notify Ecology in writing no later than 30 days of the last date of publication of this notice. Ecology reviews public comments and considers whether discharges from this project would cause a measurable change in receiving water quality, and, if so, whether the project is necessary and in the overriding public interest according to Tier II antidegradation requirements under WAC 173 201A-320. Comments can be submitted to: Department of Ecology Attn: Water Quality Program, Construction Stormwater P.O. Box 47696, Olympia, WA 98504-7696 Published in the Federal Way Mirror: Friday, January 11, 2013 and Friday, January 18, 2013 FWM 1965

03-442, 04-460, 04-461, 04-462, 05-490, 05-491, 05-492, 07-558, 09-614, 10-671 and 11-683.) ORDINANCE NO. 13-737 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON, AMENDING THE CITY’S, PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE PLAN (AMENDING ORDINANCE NO’S. 90-43, 91-114, 95-247, 95-248, 96-270, 98-330, 00-372, 01-405, 03-442, 04-460, 04-461, 04-462, 06-528). The full text of the ordinances are available by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 253-835-2540. Copies will be mailed upon request, in accordance with the City’s fee schedule. Dated: January 16, 2013 Carol McNeilly, CMC, City Clerk Published in the Federal Way Mirror: January 18, 2013 FWM 1970

CITY OF FEDERAL WAY REQUEST FOR BIDS 2013 ASPHALT OVERLAY PROJECT RFB # 13-102 SUBMITTAL OF SEALED BIDS: Notice is hereby given that the City of Federal Way, Washington, will receive sealed bids through February 13, 2013 until 10:00 a.m., at the City Hall Purchasing Office or by US Mail at City of Federal Way, Purchasing Office, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington 98003. Proposals received after 10:00 a.m. on said date will not be considered. BID OPENING: All bids will be opened and read publicly aloud at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at City Hall Hylebos Conference Room 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington, for this RFB. All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid ORDINANCE SUMMARY At their January 15, 2013 Regular Meeting, the deposit by a cashier’s or certified check, or Bid Federal Way City Council passed the following or- Bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal. Should the sucdinances: cessful bidder fail to enter into a contract and furORDINANCE NO. 13-736 nish satisfactory Performance Bond within the time AN ORDINANCE of the City of Federal Way, Washington, relating to amendments to the city’s stated in the specifications, the bid deposit or bond comprehensive plan, comprehensive plan map, shall be forfeited to the City of Federal Way. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: and zoning map. (Amending ordinance no’s. 90-43, 95-248, 96-270, 98-330, 00-372, 01-405, This project shall consist of furnishing all materials, equipment, tools, labor and other work or

items incidental thereto (excepting any materials, equipment, utilities or service, if any, specified herein to be furnished by the Owner or others), for the construction, sequencing and traffic control plan for overlaying existing asphalt concrete pavement in up to five (5) different locations within the City of Federal Way. The work shall include but not limited to: Hot Mix Asphalt pavement overlay (13,200 tons) and Hot Mix Asphalt pavement, pavement repair, planing of asphalt pavement, paving fabric, sidewalk repair, curb and gutter repair, truncated dome retrofit, adjustment of existing utilities, traffic markings, traffic signal loops, wheelchair ramps and all items necessary to complete the work as described in the Contract documents. The Contractor shall complete all work within 80 working days. The bidder is urged to check the plans and contract provisions carefully. All bid proposals shall be in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and all other contract documents now on file in the Purchasing Office of the City of Federal Way. Bid documents may be obtained from the Purchasing Department at (253) 835-2526. Any questions concerning the description of the work contained in the contract documents must be directed to Jeff Huynh, Street Systems Engineer, by facsimile at (253) 835-2709, or by letter addressed to Jeff Huynh, Street Systems Engineer prior to bid opening date. PURCHASE OF BID DOCUMENTS: Bidders may purchase copies of the Bidding Documents (half-size plans) in person, or by mailing a Twenty-Five and no/100 Dollars ($25.00) (non-refundable) check or cashiers’ check payable to the City of Federal Way, 33325 8th Avenue South, Fede r a l Wa y, WA 98003-6325, phone (253) 835-2526. If purchasing by mail, please indicate your request for Bidding Documents for RFB #13-102, 2013 Asphalt Overlay Project. Informational copies of maps, plans, and specifications are available for review at the Public Works Department, Federal Way City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington. Bidding Documents are also available for review at the following Plan Centers: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Attn:, 83 Columbia St, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104 Daily Journal of Commerce Project Center, 921 SW Washington St, Suite 210, Portland, OR 97205 McGraw Hill, 200 SW Michigan St, Suite 100A, Seattle, WA 98106 Valley Plan Center, 10002 Aurora Avenue North, #36, PMB 334, Seattle, WA 98133 Reed Construction Data, 30 Technology Parkway South, Suite 500, Norcross, GA 30092

Builders Exchange of Washington, 2607 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA 98201 Contractor Plan Center, 14625 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas, OR 97015 Contractor’s Resource Center, 2301 So Jackson Street, Suite 101B, Seattle, WA 98144 The City, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49 C.F.R., Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises as defined at 49 CFR Part 23 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award. The City encourages minority and women-owned firms to submit bids consistent with the City’s policy to insure that such firms are afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to compete for and obtain public contracts. The Contractor will be required to comply with all local, State, and Federal laws and regulations pertaining to equal employment opportunities. The City anticipates awarding this project to the successful bidder and intends to give Notice to Proceed as soon as the Contract and all required associated documents are executed in full. However, regardless of the date of award, or Notice to Proceed, the Contractor must complete all work under this project by October 31, 2013. RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: The City of Federal Way reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive any informalities or minor irregularities in the bidding, and determine which bid or bidder meets the criteria set forth in the bid documents. No bidder may withdraw his bid after the hour set for the opening thereof unless the award is delayed for a period exceeding thirty (30) days. Dated the 11 day of January, 2013. Dates of Publication: Federal Way Mirror: January 11 and January 18, 2013 Daily Journal of Commerce: January 12 and January 19, 2013 FWM 1967

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[16] January 18, 2013

Federal Way Community Center and St. Francis Hospital present the

KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH A CHECKUP ON YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH AND SAFET Y! Visit dozens of booths from local clinics and providers for free:

Family Health & Safety Fair

• Body composition tests • Bone density tests • Chair massage • Posture screening …and more!

Flu shots

Saturday, Jan. 26


10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Federal Way Community Center

Cholesterol and glucose screenings on site for only $10

876 S. 333rd St. Federal Way


Family Nutrition: Healthy Can Be Delicious! Tricia Sinek Manager, Community Cancer Program Franciscan Health System

Nawang Sherpa, MD, with Franciscan Medical Clinic in Federal Way, will review your results at the fair and answer any questions you may have.

Tricia Sinek

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.

Young Athlete Sports Performance: How to Raise a Balanced Athlete Dr. Joe Kula & Dr. Katie Horton Certified Sports Chiropractic Physicians Dr. Joe kula

Dr. kaTie horTon

1–2 p.m.

Group Fitness Demonstrations 8–9 a.m. Jazzercise 9:10–10:10 a.m. Group Power 10:15–11:15 a.m. Group Kick

Back to Basics: Exercising in Your 30s, 40s and 50s Kimberly Shelton Fitness Coordinator kimberly ShelTon

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January 18, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

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