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City might use B&O tax to help pay for 256th St. project By Steve Hunter

Kent city officials are considering using $1 million from the new business and occupation (B&O) tax to help pay for the $7 million upgrade and widening of South-

east 256th Street on the East Hill. Crews will upgrade an old, sub-standard section of Southeast 256th Street from the “Y” intersection at Kent-Kangley Road to 116th Avenue Southeast. The changes will improve traffic flow, access to businesses and

homes and safety for vehicles and pedestrians by adding a center turn lane to form a three-lane road; adding bicycle lanes and sidewalks; installing street lights; and improving traffic efficiency by rebuilding intersections and retiming traffic signals, according

to city staff reports. City officials also are forming a Local Improvement District (LID) to charge fees to property owners who benefit from the project to raise a total of about $2 million. The rush is on by city staff to get the project funded because

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a $2 million grant awarded six years ago to the city from the state Transportation Improvement Board will be taken back and given to another jurisdiction if the city isn’t ready to start construction by July 1. [ more PROJECT page 16 ]

Man who struck, killed Kent teacher sentenced to 8½ years in prison By ROBERT WHALE


Amanda Hardy is your average 16-year-old girl with an above average dream. “I just really wanted to play music out in front of people,” said the aspiring singer from Kent. Since her debut at Seattle’s Showbox Market when she was just 13, Hardy has accomplished goals it takes others years to achieve. As the lead vocalist for her selftitled hard rock band, Hardy estimates she has played nearly 100 shows in the past three years. She and her bandmates have played the Showbox four times, opened for Styx and Queensrÿche, and have attracted fans throughout the world from India to England. Hardy, who carries a soft, powerful, deep voice, eventually wants to strike it big commercially. Hardy and lead guitarist Michael Arms have been performing and cowriting music for about a year. Arms describes their style as “very listener

Samuel Cruz was driving home from work on July 19 when his car drifted to the side of a residential street in Auburn and struck Stacy Ankerfelt as she stood next to her car. Ankerfelt, 28, who had just finished her first year teaching fifth grade at Scenic Hills Elementary School in Kent, never regained consciousness. She died of her massive injuries one month later in a Seattle hospital. Last Friday afternoon, following the recommendation of prosecutor Amy Freedheim, Judge LeRoy McCullough sentenced Cruz to the maximum 102 months – 8½ years – in prison. Cruz, 25, who had been under the influence of a prescription drug to help Ankerfelt his withdrawal from Oxycontin at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide (DUI) Jan. 2. At Cruz’ sentencing, people with vivid memories of a young woman who should still have been living but wasn’t, poured out their grief and anger in McCullough’s courtroom at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Ashley Bonus remembered her big sister as a woman who was “changing the world with every life she touched,” who “put her whole heart and soul into

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Friends turned filmmakers: Daniel Husser, left, and Erik Franklin bring their love of movie making to Kent. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Exploring technology About 5,700 people attended the seventh annual Kent School District Tech Expo on Jan. 24 at the ShoWare Center. From the use of SMART boards to the KSD FIRST Robotics Club demonstrations, children were constantly engaged in learning activities. Michelle Conerly, Kent Reporter

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Kent filmmakers create feature movie BY MARK KLAAS

As childhood friends who grew up in Kent, they shared the love of visual arts and wonder of adventurous movies. Now aspiring filmmakers in the industry, Erik Franklin and Daniel Husser are embarking on their first full-length feature movie.

Their independently-produced project, “Revenge of the Lost”, is well under way, with scenes shot locally and starring a Seattlearea cast, including familiar lead actors Ivey Bronwen and Eli Bradford. Franklin, writer and director, has joined Husser, director of photography, in co-producing a science-fiction adventure/action

movie depicting the survival of mankind as dinosaurs reappear on Earth. Four survivors must make their way through the dinosaur apocalypse to a military base, the last safe place on Earth. Once there, they come across a plot that’s more terrifying than the dinosaurs themselves. [ more Movie page 4 ]

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Man arrested in Kent for sex trafficking gets 10 years in prison By Steve Hunter

A 43-year-old Shoreline man, who was arrested last year in Kent for promoting prostitution, was sentenced Jan. 22 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 10 years in prison for interstate transportation of a 22-year-old woman for purposes of prostitution. Judge James L. Robart also sentenced Joseph A. McDaniels to three years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office media release. Requirements during the supervised release include registration under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, sexual deviancy evaluation and treatment, restrictions and

monitoring of his use of computers and restrictions on contact with minors. McDaniels pleaded guilty on Sept. 28 to interstate transportation for prostitution. The indictment alleged that between August 2011 and April 2012, McDaniels compelled the woman to engage in commercial sex acts through force, fraud and coercion and that McDaniels transported her between Washington and Oregon for purposes of prostitution. Kent Police arrested McDaniels last April in his black Ford Expedition outside of the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent after the woman notified authorities about violation of a no-contact order

she had against McDaniels. McDaniels had driven the woman to the RJC to drop a no-contact order between them. Instead, once inside the woman called police about McDaniels. The woman told detectives she saw a chance while visiting the RJC to get away from McDaniels. She said she had known him for about one year and had been his girlfriend for six months. McDaniels allegedly made as much as $2,000 per month from the woman working as a prostitute for him, according to charging papers. According to court filings, McDaniels is a registered sex offender and had completed serving a 15-year sentence for a series of robberies in the mid-1990s when he was released from state prison in early 2011. more story online…

ON THE PROWL Students from Kentridge High School perform a traditional Chinese lion dance during a Jan. 23 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Kentridge’s Multicultural Club hosted the event. Friends, parents and community members came out to see Kentridge students perform dances from throughout the world from hula to salsa. At the end of the night, all student performers and speakers came together in the middle of the floor and danced one final piece representing unity and diversity. Michelle Conerly, Kent Reporter

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The Kent School District is in the process of implementing a plan to incorporate teacher and principal evaluation formats in schools. “It’s a big step forward, but one we’re taking with a great deal of partnership,” said Christ Loftis, executive director of communications for the school district. In accordance with state guidelines, ongoing meetings will continue through May in hopes to have pilot schools implementing a new format within the next

couple of years. “We have to move thoughtfully and cautiously, but we have to move,” Loftis said. Addressing the fact that student achievement is just one element to factor into evaluating teacher and principal performance, Loftis said all new measures will be based on three main criteria: fairness, accuracy and helpfulness to all involved. “Trying to tie one kid’s test score and a teacher’s style (of teaching) – there’s just not a direct line there,” Loftis said.

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Green River alum honored The Washington State Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges recognized Green River Community College alumnus Donald Fleming as one of the 2013 Transforming Lives Award winners Tuesday at its winter conference in Olympia. Fleming was one of five award winners selected by the trustees from among nominees submitted by the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. A Navy veteran, Fleming was a first-generation, low-income student. He overcame a disability to graduate in 2007 with an associates of science degree in pre-engineering before completing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington. Fleming now works as an industrial engineer for Boeing in Renton.

Pickup driver dies after crashing into tree By Steve Hunter

An employee of a Kent company died after he lost control of his pickup truck in Kent and crashed into a tree. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Edwin F. Mariano. He died from injuries to his head and body and the cause was accidental, according to the medical examiner’s office. Mariano, 48, of Puyallup, was driving southbound at about 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the 23800 block of 64th Avenue South when he hit another vehicle and then struck a tree, according to Kent Police. He was alone in the truck. “The driver was traveling south on 64th Avenue South, near the intersection of South 236th Street when he inexplicably lost control,”

Friends and co-workers set up a roadside memorial for Edwin Mariano. steve hunter, Kent Reporter

said Kent Police Assistant Chief Pat Lowery in an email. “His vehicle struck another vehicle on the roadway, after which his truck left the road and struck a tree.” The driver of the second vehicle was shaken up but not injured. Kent firefighters removed Mariano from the pickup and began CPR.

Paramedics arrived to provide advance life support and transported Mariano with a serious head injury to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Lowery said. The cause of the collision remains unknown, Lowery said. “Our traffic investigators are reconstructing the collision sequence to determine if either a vehicle or roadway defect contributed to the collision,” Lowery said. “As is their normal protocol, the medical examiner will be conducting a battery of tests to determine if a physiological condition or other contributing circumstance was present. It’s anticipated that the final cause for this collision will not be identified for several weeks pending the results of those tests.” The accident occurred only about 100 feet from the main entrance to

Neely-O’Brien Elementary School. Principal Pat Regnart said in an email that students had been in school for a couple of hours but saw all of the police cars and heard a helicopter near the school. Friends ad co-workers set up a memorial of flowers last week for Mariano at the base of the tree at the accident site. They also included a photo of Mariano at his job as a mechanical technician/specialist at Flow International Corp. The company is just north of the accident site. “He was truly one of the most kindest, compassionate, person that one would be lucky to come in contact within their lifetime,” said Tammy Brown, a friend of Mariano in a Kent Reporter website post. “He was a dedicated employee, a loving husband and father and he will be missed by many.”

Man pleads not guilty to assaulting officer By Steve Hunter

A 23-year-old Renton man pleaded not guilty Monday to third-degree assault for reportedly punching and head butting a Seattle Police detective outside a courtroom Jan. 14 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. King County prosecutors charged Aydriane Holloway last week. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 11 when a trial date could be set or attorneys could ask for more time to prepare the case, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Holloway was booked Jan. 14 into the city jail and released Jan. 15 on bail. Bail was set at $20,000. The incident started outside of a third-floor

Fighting human trafficking Kent and King County officials unveil a new message Wednesday on a Clear Channel Outdoors billboard in the 18900 block of 84th Avenue South (East Valley Highway) to help make people more aware of the fight against human trafficking in which women are hired to do work against their will, many as prostitutes. Clear Channel donated advertising space more than a dozen billboards from Tacoma to Bellingham, including six in Kent. This billboard includes messages in Spanish from a woman who says “He lied about the job, now he won’t let me leave.” County Councilman Reagan Dunn said the billboards are a way to reach out to victims, potential victims and the public. The ad encourages people to call 1-888-373-7888 to reach the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline for help. steve hunter, Kent Reporter

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courtroom during recess of a criminal trial stemming from a 2012 driveby shooting in Seattle. A Seattle gang detective was in the courtroom at the trial involving several gang members, according to probable cause documents. The detective knew about threats that had been made to the victim and witnesses by associates of the defendant. The detective said he observed Holloway angrily staring at the victim in the courtroom. The detective told the man he needed to stop staring. “The defendant brazenly assaulted a police officer in the middle of the courthouse,” wrote deputy prosecutor Karissa Taylor in the charging papers. No one suffered serious injuries during the fight.


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[ Ankerfelt from page 1] everything she did,” especially her teaching, and who had used her summer vacation to bring sack lunches to her low-income students because she couldn’t bear the thought that they would go hungry. Bonus then urged McCullough to hand down the toughest possible sentence. “On July 19 Samuel Cruz consciously chose to drive a vehicle while impaired. … Samuel Cruz took an amazing woman from this Earth because he was careless,” Bonus said. Ankerfelt’s mother, Terri Gammons, wanted the court to know something about the person Cruz had taken from the world. Her daughter, Gammons said, was “a miracle baby,” who had come into the world despite a difficult pregnancy. Showing giftedness early on, Stacy received a Presidential award at 10 for placing fourth in the

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“We certainly put people under pressure in this move,” Franklin said. “Some great and unpleasant things about people will surface in this movie. … We wanted to make the characters as real and as human as possible. We really don’t want it to be about the effects.” Franklin, a Kentlake High School graduate, and Husser, a Kentwood grad, always wanted to pursue a legitimate, character-

country in an academic contest, Odyssey of the Mind. She graduated at the head of her 2002 Auburn Riverside High School class with honors and graduated from the University of Washington as the single student on the dean’s list all four years. Her daughter and sonin-law, Jason, were trying to have a baby, Gammons recalled. “She never got the chance to conceive,” Gammons said through tears. “Samuel Cruz chose to drive under the influence, and while my Stacy was rolling up the windows in her car, he bull’s-eyed her, and he ended her life.” Gammons wanted Cruz to never forget the sight of “my beautiful daughter” lying broken on the pavement. “I’m glad I never saw it, because for the rest of my life, I will see her beautiful blue eyes losing their life, as we say goodbye, forever. Please, make sure that Samuel can never kill any-

one again and give him the maximum penalty provided by the law,” Gammons said. Stacy’s mother-in-law, Holly Ankerfelt, said Cruz had “forever taken the life and breath” from her griefstricken son. The couple, she said, had met in high school, and Stacy was the love of her son’s life. “His grieving is very extensive, still,” Ankerfelt said. “… He can’t get past the pain.” Cruz, seated alongside his attorney, Douglas Woods, wept. Woods said Cruz hadn’t known that the medication he was taking would affect him as it did, had no intention of hurting anyone, and was sincerely sorry for what had happened. Cruz’s family and friends urged mercy in the sentencing. His aunt, Carrie Wilson, said her family is praying for Ankerfelt’s loved ones every day, praying they can find space for mercy and forgiveness.

“He’s a good son, a good brother, grandson, cousin and friend,” Wilson said of her nephew “… I ask the court to consider leniency in this matter. This was a terrible accident.” Cruz, said a family friend, was a young man who was working to shake his addiction. He had a good job, paid his taxes, and had been trying “so hard” to turn his life around. Then Cruz, sobbing, addressed the Ankerfelt family. “I had no intention of going out and taking your loved one’s life,” Cruz said. “I’d do anything to take back that day, but unfortunately, that’s not possible.” Last June a law went into effect that raised the standard sentence range for vehicular homicide (DUI) from 31 to 41 months to 78 to 102 months, making it equal to a first-degree manslaughter first degree range.

rich and special effectsembraced movie. They successfully made student short films in high school and produced small-scale projects as students at the Art Institute of Seattle. The young filmmakers complement each other. Franklin is a writer, painter, while Husser is a sculptor, a visual artist. They share ideas and bring out the best in their talents. Now, on their own, they are busy making contacts and attracting support for

their project, which they hope to pull off despite a modest $63,000 budget. To get it done, and to support the area’s film industry, they have hired an all-local cast. To complete the movie in a timely and cost-effective manner, Franklin and Husser are shooting, splicing and editing scenes with the use of readily available equipment. “It’s a great time to be an independent filmmaker because technology has become more and more affordable,” Franklin said. For instance, the tandem is shooting local, highdefinition-quality scenes on digital single-lens reflex cameras. Editing and effects

are shaped and realized from the view and capabilities of a laptop. ”By the end of the day, you have a completed shot,” Franklin said of the process. The plan is to complete the film by the end of the year, have it hopefully picked up by a distributor and entered for public review, possibly the Seattle Independent Film Festival. “It’s pretty exciting,” Husser said of the effort.

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Let’s stay on track, find solutions with coal trains The Kent Chamber of Commerce has concerns regarding the application of Pacific International Terminals to develop the largest coal export facility in North America at Cherry Point in northwest Washington. The Gateway Pacific Terminal would be operated by SSA Marine, a global leader in maritime services. Coal mined from Montana and Wyoming would be hauled by trains along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) rail lines. The coal train corridor extends from mines in Montana and Wyoming through Sandpoint, Idaho, to Spokane, down through the Columbia River Gorge, then up along the Puget Sound coast, passing through Longview, Tacoma, Kent, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, Mount Vernon, Bellingham, Ferndale and all points in between. We believe that coal trains would create significant adverse impact on local jobs and businesses, property values, human health and quality of life. The trains are expected to haul up to 54 million tons of coal per year. There is uncertainty regarding the number of additional trains that will be added to the existing rail facilities. But initial estimates of 18 coal trains per day, each up to 1½ miles in length, are expected to move along the corridor. This will adversely impact traffic and freight mobility along with impeding emergency vehicles. Estimations in crossing delays range from one to two hours of additional delay every day from these 18 new coal trains in Kent. The impact of local traffic congestion should be examined in the EIS (environmental impact study) and future congestion

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Councilman shows lack of civility over homeless issue While reading the article about civility laws to deal with the issues of homelessness, I was dismayed by the seeming lack of civility expressed toward this issue. It can be assured that no one wants to encounter human feces in the doorways of businesses or excessive trash in the parks. But if you have nowhere to sleep and no bathroom to use, what are you supposed to do? And that is the definition of homeless. Councilman Les Thomas was quoted in the article. His lack of empathy and knowledge is dumbfounding. Really, Councilman Thomas, you believe that someone chooses to be homeless rather than work because they get

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Let’s take a closer look at our test scores My grandson is adorable and as smart as a whip. He was able to read and write before he started kindergarten this year. He does very well in his academics and has just loved school so far. But something happened this last week that was sad and surprising to me as a grandma and as a teacher. My little grandson was terrified

about taking a test. Can it truly be that our kindergartners are feeling the stress of high-stakes tests at their tender age? Yes, even our littlest ones in the public school system are feeling worried these days. It’s sad, yes, but isn’t that the result of the accountability that we need in order

posed to be making the city of Kent a better place for all of us who live here, not just for those who have reached a certain level of success. The lack of empathy and understanding is appalling. To think that this person represents the city of Kent and will be responsible for “civility” is frightening. Shame on you Councilman Thomas. I can only hope that your tenure on the council is short-lived and your influence is negligible. – Carol Barber

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to bring American test scores up with those of other countries? Actually, an interesting article was published in the Atlantic newspaper this last week by Derek Thomas, senior editor. It’s called, “Why Gloomy Pundits and Politicians Are Wrong About America’s Education System.” In this article, based on a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, the author says American policymakers

Let’s help, understand our homeless Before the city enacts “civility laws” to control homeless behavior, the mayor and council might consider installing portable toilets in discrete [ more LETTERS page 6 ]

and reformers are making simplistic decisions about education. International test scores are being compared without a full accounting of the striking differences between countries. Thomas says, “Why break down international test scores by social class? In just about every country, poor students do worse than rich students. America’s yawning income inequality means our international test sample has a higher share of low-income students, and their scores depress our national average.” This difference amounts [ more PRESCOTT page 7 ]

[6] February 1, 2013 [ KEIKKALA from page 5 ] impacts need to be evaluated based on realistic expectations of future coal train traffic and not just initial minimum numbers of proposed trips at start up. The city of Kent is the fifth largest industrial and warehouse distribution center in the nation and is the second largest on the West Coast. Freight mobility is at the utmost importance of the Kent business community. Substantial taxpayer investment may be required to support infrastructure to mitigate some of the potential adverse impacts created by the project. Freight mobility is at the forefront of the Kent Chamber of Commerce concerns and we have myriad of these concerns that need to be evaluated in the EIS including: • Increased traffic congestions and crossing delays will increase tailpipe emissions from stopped and idling vehicles and increased diesel emissions from train engines. These impacts to traffic congestion and air quality need to be evaluated in the EIS. • Increased delay to school buses, which may increase the burden on financially strapped school districts to increase their fleets and transportation budgets to restore the transit times they originally planned for picking up children and transporting them to local schools. • Rail capacity. Residents and business in Kent rely on Sound Transit Commuter Rail as mode of transportation. Will this traffic supplant or preclude additional Sounder Rail service? We request that the EIS look at how this project will affect completion for future rail capacity. • According to the 2012 Washington State Conges-

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tion Report, the cost of congestion is $21.90 per hour. Considering 18 trains per day imposing anywhere from one to two hours of delay and around 100,000 vehicles being affected, many with more than one occupant, the cost of delay could be estimated to be in the millions of dollars to Kent residents and businesses alone. The EIS should examine the magnitude of this economic cost to communities along the corridor. We look forward to working together for solutions to mitigate and quell our concerns regarding the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The Kent Chamber of Commerce wants to be a partner in the state’s economic vitality but not to the detriment of our community.

locations near the library and in other park areas. Putting people in jail for relieving themselves in public is a complicated legal proposition – further clogging up courts and jails. Downtown businesses vehemently oppose a 24-hour community center/shelter because they don’t want homeless people anywhere near their businesses. Setting up a bureaucratic maze and tasking police with staking out areas to arrest people when they have to relieve themselves seems like a foolish approach to the problem. Expansion of a port-apotty service – in addition to those in parks and ballfields – seems like a more sensible approach and less of a burden to police and would involve minimal city government oversight. If there’s a portable toilet available, people are not going to urinate/defecate in public areas. The number of homeless people is a direct result of a depressed economy. Contrary to Councilmember Les Thomas’ knee-jerk response, people don’t enjoy being cold, unemployed and homeless. Unemployment compensation doesn’t support people forever. If all you can find is a $10-an-hour job, try saving up first

Andrea Keikkala is executive director of the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at or 253-854-1770, ext. 140.

its 20th anniversary next month. Over the past two decades millions have not been able to afford to take unpaid family leave. “Too many Washington workers face an impossible choice: return to work, sacrificing family health and well-being, or not be able to pay their mortgages,” said Keiser in the media release. “Anyone can be faced with an accident or emergency and need time off work to care for themselves or their family. Equally important, new parents need time to bond with a new baby. “It’s appalling that Republicans are proposing legislation to actually repeal our state’s Family Medical Leave Insurance Act. At a time when middle class working families are struggling, it makes no sense to cut this benefit.”

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State Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Kent) has introduced a Family Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) bill that promotes the health and well-being of children, seniors and working families. Senate Bill 5292 would provide partial paid leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member, according to a Washington Senate Democrats media release. The Federal Family Medical Leave Act, which provides only unpaid leave, will mark

and security deposit, Mr. Thomas. I’ve volunteered at WWEE and the food bank, so I know, first hand, how desperate people are to get themselves on sound financial footing. Many are one paycheck away from homelessness for themselves and their children. Instead of taking a snide attitude about homeless people, it would be better if we were a little more compassionate. Thoughtful, good-hearted individuals can – and should – get out and volunteer at Kent social agencies. They really need your help. Instead of looking down our noses at the plight of the less fortunate, let’s try to be a little more understanding and lend a helping hand instead of judging with a cold heart.

– Sandra Gill

Thank you, Kings of Swing On behalf of the Kent Senior Activity Center’s evening dancers, I would like to thank the Kings of Swing 17 piece big band for volunteering to perform during the Tuesday evening dance program for the past several years. With increased attendance we hope they will continue for many

years to come. The Kings of Swing play every first Tuesday from 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. with a brief break at 8:30. They will play on Tuesday, Feb. 5, but the hardwood dance floor will be closed for maintenance during their March 6 date, resuming April 3. On all other Tuesday evenings, singer/ guitarist Randy Litch provides a variety of ballroom dance music from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Many residents may not know that these dances are open to all ages, not just 50-andolder participants and the cover charge is only $4 for all ages at the door. Light refreshments are provided for a nominal donation by local facilities, including Cascade House, The Weatherly Inn, Farrington Court, Stafford Suites and Radcliffe Place. We are hoping to increase participation so these Tuesday evening live band dances can continue on an ongoing basis. The Kent Senior Activity Center, the only senior facility in King County hosting weekly evening dances open to the community, is located at 600 E. Smith St. For more information, please contact me at 253856-5164. – Helena Reynolds, city of Kent Parks program coordinator

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When teachers express their concern about the direction of school reform, people may wonder if teachers are afraid to be accountable. I can assure you as a teacher that we care excessively about accountability. Every time we mark our report cards, which we are doing at this very time, we care excessively about how every single student is doing. What teachers ask for is to be included in the conversation about education reform with top administrators and reformers. Last week in Seattle, teachers were standing up for what they know children need when they spoke out against the MAP test. We’re the educational experts in the field and we really know what’s happening with our children. We know what is needed because we work with our students every day. We know it’s not right for our children to be afraid.

Cindy Prescott is a fourthgrade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School and vice present of the Kent Education Association. A Kent resident for 20 years, she has been teaching in the Kent School District for 15 years. Her four children have attended Kent schools.

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brother might be living in a 2002 Honda Accord loaned to him by their mother, Two days after a according to the police woman reported report. Jan. 20 to Kent POLICE Two days later, Police that her police checked out 28-year-old brother a suspicious car had been missing parked in the Kent for about two weeks, Municipal Court parkofficers discovered the ing lot. The court is next to man in the city jail. the city jail. When the car The sister told officers her turned out to be the same Honda Accord connected with the missing man, officers checked and found the man had been booked Jan. 18 into the city jail. Jail records show the man had spent much of the last two months in the city jail. He was arrested Nov. 13 for investigation of violation of a no-contact order and driving while license suspended and released Dec. 4. He was arrested again Dec. 5 for violation of a no-contact order and released Dec. 6. He was arrested a third time Dec. 18 for malicious mischief and violation of a restraining order. As of Jan. 28, the man remained jailed with a scheduled release date of Feb. 13. The sister told police her brother had been living in Kent with their mother but the mother kicked him out of the house after an argument, although she allowed him to take her car. The sister said she received a call from her brother Jan. 6 to tell her he was out of jail but then she By Steve Hunter


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didn’t hear from him again and only got voicemail messages on his cellphone. Officers called the sister to tell her the man was in jail and asked her to come and remove the Honda Accord from the Municipal Court parking lot.

Assault Officers arrested a man for investigation of fourthdegree assault and thirddegree malicious mischief after he allegedly punched holes in a bedroom wall as well as grabbed his wife and threw her on top of a guitar sitting on a bed. The dispute occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at a house in the 21400 block of 122nd Place Southeast, according to the police report. The wife told officers she and her husband were arguing about their pending divorce and about the future financial support he would be responsible for when he started to get agitated. The man reportedly threatened to take the kids and leave the home. The woman didn’t want that to happen, so she stood in a bedroom doorway to block her husband. The husband started to punch holes in a bedroom wall in an attempt to get his wife to move. He also threw bedding out of a window into the backyard. He then reportedly grabbed his wife by the arms, picked her off the floor and threw her

onto a bed that had a guitar on top of it. He then left in his pickup. The man later returned to the home. He claimed his wife pushed him. An officer observed four fist-sized holes in a bedroom wall as well as a red mark on the wife’s arm.

Harassment Police arrested a man for investigation of harassment and malicious mischief after he reportedly broke out a window screen and busted a hole in a bedroom wall during a domestic dispute at about 9:01 a.m. Jan. 19 at an apartment in the 24100 block of 62nd Way South. Officers discovered a woman crying and her husband sitting on a couch with about two dozen empty beer cans on the floor around him when they arrived at the apartment, according to the police report. The wife told police her husband became upset with her for calling 911 after he broke a hole in the wall. He told her to get her stuff and move out. He then smashed a window screen in the bedroom. Officers observed a 12-inch hole in the wall and a smashed screen. The husband denied breaking the screen or busting a hole in the wall. He said he became mad because his wife left home the previous day and he didn’t know where she was. They have been married 22 years. [ more blotter page 9 ]


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Herndon Products acquires Kent company Reporter staff reports

Herndon Products, Inc., of O’Fallon, Mo., recently acquired Kent-based Intercoastal, Inc., creating a new company – Intercoastal, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Herndon Products. According to a media release, Herndon Products has achieved a compounded growth rate in excess of 50 percent since its launch in 2003, with an emphasis in defense and aerospace industry

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Fight Officers arrested a woman for investigation of fourth-degree assault after she allegedly punched another woman in the face at about 2:18 p.m. Jan. 20 at a bus stop near West Meeker Street and 64th Avenue South. When officers arrived they found one woman on top of another woman on the ground, according to the police report. One woman had a split eyelid and blood on her face. She told officers she had a disagreement with a niece of the woman who appeared at the bus stop and punched her in the face with a closed fist. She said she jumped on top of the woman to restrain her until police arrived. The arrested woman told officers the woman was a family friend who had

supply chain management solutions. The acquisition of Intercoastal brings an emphasis in the commercial side of aviation supply chain – bolstering a key future growth area for Herndon Products.

president and chief execuofficer. “In this marBUSINESS tive ketplace, relationships matter, and Intercoastal brings 12 new authorized distributorship lines to the Herndon Products portfolio of strong suppliers, including 3V Fasteners, Alcoa, Allfast, Lisi– “Herndon Products was seekMonadnock, Federal Manufacturing a strong company to add ing and Shurlok, to name a few. to our bench, and Intercoastal aligned perfectly with our expan“Our geographic reach also imsion strategy,” said Scott Herndon, proves with this acquisition. We

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now service our customers from four distribution centers across the country that are geographically aligned with our customer’s needs.” Founded in 1968 in Kent, Intercoastal employs a team that will stay with the company. Randie Cadwell, the former president of Intercoastal, will lead the team in Washington as vice president and general manager.

Inspection Kent recently was honored with two top awards at WIN’s annual conference celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary held in Phoenix. The Mortensen’s received the 2012 Top Revenue Single Vehicle Operator Award and the 2012 Top Inspections Single Vehicle Operator Award. Beating out 171 WIN locations in the U.S., WIN Home Inspection Kent performed 823 total inspections in 2012, and also led the company in earned total revenue. …


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Globetrotters at ShoWare Center Feb. 16

The Harlem Globetrotters return to Kent with their dazzling basketball and entertainment skills for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the ShoWare Center. The 2013 You Write the Rules World Tour hits town at 2 and 7 p.m. Fans will decide the rules for the game. Vote for your favorite, craziest rule now at www.harlemglobetrotters. com, then see the winning rules implemented live into Globetrotter basketball. Players who could be performing in Kent include Hi-Lite Bruton, Dizzy Grant, Handles Franklin and female star Mighty Mitchell. Rosters are subject to change. Tickets are $90, $66, $58, $40, $30 and $26. For tickets, go to

Kentwood wins state cheerleading titles By KATHERINE SMITH

All the hours in the gym paid off for Kentwood High School’s cheerleaders at the Washington State Cheerleading Championships where both the Silver and Black squads took home gold. “With all of the adversity that we have overcome we feel that the team did amazing,” Kentwood coach Kim Kawachi said in an email. “We had a couple of things we noticed as coaches that need to be fixed going into nationals but overall were very pleased with the composure and overall skill excellence of the boys and girls.”

Kentwood’s cheer squads competed Jan. 26 in the state championships at Alaska Airlines Arena at the University of Washington. The Silver squad, a coed tumbling team, won with 265 points, beating out second-place Enumclaw with 232 points. The Black squad competed in the non-tumbling 4A division and scored 251 points, ahead of Graham Kapowsin with 231. Kentlake finished sixth in the non-tumbling 4A division. Next up for the Conquerors is the National High School Cheerleading Championships Feb. 9-10.

Kentwood cheerleaders took home gold in the Class 4A coed and 4A non-tumbling divisions on Jan. 26 at the Washington State Cheerleading Championships in Seattle. The next stop for the Conks is the National High School Cheerleading Championships Feb. 9-10 in Orlando, Fla. courtesy photo, Kim Kawachi

Karney transitions from NFL By MICHELLE CONERLY

Kentwood graduate Mike Karney has settled in California after playing seven years in the NFL. courtesy photo

It was the competitive atmosphere of his Kent neighborhood that inspired Mike Karney. “It helped push me. It helped me realize my talents,” said Karney, a former football star at Kentwood High who went on to enjoy a successful college and

NFL career. “I always felt that the more competitive you were, the more successful you’d be in life.” Those intense games of pickup football eventually paid off because Karney had found his niche. Karney has come full circle in the game. At Kentwood, he was a USA Today honorable mention high school All-

American, earning a fullride scholarship in 1999 to Arizona State University. He ultimately attracted the attention of the NFL. The New Orleans Saints drafted him in 2004. After seven years of playing fullback with the Saints and the St. Louis Rams, the 5-foot-11, 260-pound [ more karney page 11 ]

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Karney decided to officially walk away last February after the Seahawks declined to sign him in 2011. “Making that decision was very tough,” Karney said of retirement. “I said goodbye to a game that I’ve played since I was 7 years old. (But) I had to make a grownup decision, and I walked away.” Karney stepped away from the game professionally, but his love of football lives on. Karney got involved in coaching. He participated in My Football Mentor, a

Local swimmers shine

Swimmers from the Kent schools started the meet with three placers in the top five in the 200-yard medley relay. Kentridge won the event and Kentwood finished third while Kentlake took fifth. Falcons senior Erik Fulmer won the 200 free with a state qualifying time of 1 minute, 48.23 seconds. Kentlake’s 200 free relay team of Quentin Knox,

Evan Eidal, Jake Hagen and Fulmer, finished sixth. Knox finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.40. Kentwood’s Kevin Molloy finished fourth in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:09.66, while Brian Wright finished sixth in that event. Both qualified for the district meet. Wright added a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke.


Kentridge High School’s boys swim and dive team led the North contingent at the South Puget Sound League championship meet with a second-place finish followed by Mount Rainier in third and Tahoma in fourth.

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“I love New Orleans – unlike anything else in the country,” Karney said. “It’s in a league all by itself.” And it was at the Superdome his rookie year that he’d play against the team he’d rooted for in Seattle for so long. “The first game we played (was) against the Seahawks,” Karney said. “Guys I looked up to, here I was playing against them.” But Karney never forgot his roots. From 2008-2010, he returned to Kent to host summer football camps. He brought some of his teammates alongside local

GOOD NEWS! 60th WEDDiNG ANNivErSAry Congratulations to Jim and Joan Sheffield for 60 years together and counting. Wed February 6,1953 by Farther John J. Daly, Saint Anthonys Catholic Church, Kent, WA. Four children: Catherine Kelsay, Annette Hinze, James Sheffield, Kelly Cockrell. Seven each grand and great-grandchildren.

‘Hardening off’ new plants an important step

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trees and berry bushes to plant immediately outdoors, as long as the ground is not frozen. Be patient, however, if you are smitten with a blooming primrose or winter pansy plant. These greenhouse-grown bloomers are still a bit tender and need a week or two under the protection of a porch or covered patio to fully acclimate to the still-cold nights. Plan ahead for “hardening off ” newly purchased plants by having a protected display area like a large pot, basket or even a vintage suitcase or wheelbarrow Marianne Binetti

February is forsythia time and if you have one of these early-blooming shrubs this is the week to prune a few of the long, bare branches, plop them into a tall vase of water and enjoy watching the bright yellow buds open into dazzling blooms. You can also force quince, flowering cherry and almonds just by cutting whips or bare branches and letting them absorb warmth and water inside your home. Visit a local nursery or garden center this month and you’ll be able to take home bare root roses, fruit

where you can set your new purchases under cover but outdoors while they adjust to the cold night air. While you wait for newly-purchased plants to harden off, you can get to know your impulse buys and think about where they would best look in the garden. Then when you do transplant them from their pots to window boxes or an early spring garden they will have roots ready to grow in cold soil and foliage and flowers not freaked out by a frosty night. If I purchase a bare root lilac shrub, climbing rose plant and raspberry plant, how long can I store these plants in the plastic [ more BINETTI page 12 ]

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coaches who not only taught kids how to play the game, but also lessons in dealing with adversity and sacrifice. Karney has used the past year to transition into a new career of broadcasting through work with the California-based iBN Sports Networks that covers high school sports. “I believe I’ve found my new niche: game analyst,” Karney said. Karney still visits Kent every year as a tradition, knowing this is where it all started. “Kent will always in my heart be home,” he said.



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website parents and coaches use to teach fundamentals. Karney’s blogged and made videos for the website, explaining technique and demonstrating proper gameplay.

“I’m giving my time to a game I’ve played my entire life that I want to pass on,” Karney said. “It’s all fun. It’s staying close to a game I love.” A family man today, Karney lives in California and is leaning toward a possible second career in broadcasting. Looking back, he savors his time in the NFL, especially in the Big Easy, site of Sunday’s Super Bowl.

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[ binetti from page 11 ] bags they came in? It looks like there is some damp sawdust around the roots inside the plastic bag. Right now they are sitting in my garage until I decide where to plant them in my new landscape. R.W., email A. Better get out to the garage today and remove the plants. First, remove them from their plastic wrapping and take off any sawdust that clings to the bare, woody roots. Then plunk the bottom half of the plants into a bucket of cold water. Store the bucket outdoors unless the weather threatens to freeze. You

want to keep all bare root plants cold but not freezing so they stay asleep and dormant until you have time to plant them. The sooner you can get any dormant plant into the ground the better, but I admit to leaving bare root plants in water for several weeks – and they’ve always survived. Letting them soak in a water bath is better than keeping them in a warm garage where a bit of mild weather could wake them from slumber and cause the bare branches to leaf out and attempt to grow new roots before they are planted into the ground. Q. I planted some hellebore

plants last year and I am delighted to say they are now blooming again. My question is about pruning them. I seem to remember I am supposed to prune them after they bloom … or is it before they bloom? I have both white and pink hellebore plants. Thank you. H.S., Tacoma A. Hellebores are indeed heavenly perennial plants and not just because of their winter blooms. These tough guys are slug resistant, deer proof and flower even in the shade. You need to prune off the old foliage, not just to keep your hellebores looking

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PUBLIC NOTICES ASSESSMENT INSTALLMENT NOTICE LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #340 CITY OF KENT The construction of an arterial corridor from the Green River at S. 200th Street northeasterly along Russell Rd to S. 196th Street and then easterly along S. 196th Street to the East Valley Highway. Notice is hereby given that the fourteenth (14th) installment of the assessment levied for the above named improvement, comprising Local Improvement District No. 340 under Ordinance 3438, is now due and payable and unless payment is made on or before February 19, 2013, said installment will be delinquent, will have a penalty of nine (9) percent added, and the collection of such delinquent installment will be enforced in the manner prescribed by law. Dated this 19th day of January 2013. R. J. Nachlinger Finance Director City of Kent, Washington Published in the Kent Reporter February 1, 2013 and February 8, 2013. #725428 PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF LIEN SALE AUCTION DATE: FEBRUARY 14, 2013 AT 10:00AM Property belonging to Brian Fitzjarrald, (unit#(s), (030226, 000008746), Panos Krokus, (000010513, 000001158, 000010258), Panos Krokus, (000010557, 000010574, 000010798, 000010810, 000001538), Charles Guzek, (000011647), Erika Lindsey, (000001383, 000009137), Trish Tiura, (027379), Jonathan White, (000001801), Valerie Koob, (000011524, 000011710), Day Jams, (026730), Nancy Bryant, (000002023), Erron Jett, (015785), Dawn Chesbro, (016029), Jim Bullock, (026893, 000009875), Katie Garland, (040155), Jim Chevigny, (045213), Jeff Rose, (041767, 020345, 000012127), Gretchen Wagner, (026889), Christopher DeMarco, (042002, 025284, 000018626), Jasmine Brooks, (044827, 000007882),Lacey Lopez, (026218, 000013537), LaToya Alexander, (036192, 045302), Robie Hadley, (031482, 000004286, 017130, 016861), Ellen Thompson, (21678, 5382), Caren Fox, (24495), Brandon Butler, (8728), will be sold by live public auction (verbal bidding) on FEBRUARY 14, 2013 STARTING AT 10:00AM at DOOR TO DOOR STORAGE, INC., 6412 S 216th, Kent, WA 98032. Goods were neither packed, loaded, nor inventoried

by Door to Door Storage, Inc. General description of the goods likely to be sold: Household, business or consumer goods, namely personal effects, china, furniture, clothing, books, glass, silverware, electronics, tools, and similar items; but actual contents, condition, and quality are unknown to Door to Door Storage, Inc. Persons under 15 not admitted. Photo ID is required for bidders. Only cash or credit card as payment. Bidder Registration begins at 9:30am. Viewing begins at 10:00am, and bidding will begin soon after. Each container is 5 ft wide x 8 ft long x 7 ft high. Auctioneer: Thomas Hayward, Thomas Hayward Auctioneers, 6167 Jarvis Avenue #286, Newark, CA 94560, (510) 304-4480, License #2845. Published 1/25, 2/1/13 CNS-2435170# THE KENT REPORTER #730914 Grantor: Jack Clayburn; Margaret Clayburn; and Jeffrey P. Rauth Grantee (Beneficiary): Cowlitz Bank, whose beneficial interest was assigned to CADC/RADC Venture 2011-1, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, its successors and assigns by assignment recorded December 30, 2011, as Instrument No. 20111230001399 Abbreviated Legal Description: PTN SEC 34 TWP 22N RGE 5E NW QTR NE QTR,KING COUNTY APN: 342205-9049-03 Assessor’s Tax Parcel ID#: 342205904903 Reference Nos. of Documents Released or Assigned: 20080414001975, rerecorded on August 31, 2012 as Instrument No. 20120831001122 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Denise J. Lukins, the undersigned Successor Trustee, will on Friday, March 08, 2013 at the hour of 11:00 AM at the Fourth Avenue entrance to the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Avenue, in the City of Seattle, located at King County, State of Washington , sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County of King, State of Washington, towit: See Attached Exhibit ‘A’. Also commonly described as: 27421 144th Ave SE; Kent, WA The tax parcel number(s) are: 342205904903 which is subject to that certain deed of trust dated March 27, 2008 and recorded on April 14, 2008, under Recorder’s No. 20080414001975, rerecorded on August 31, 2012 as Instrument No.20120831001122, in the records of King County, Washington, wherein Jack Clayburn,

as his separate estate; and Margaret Clayburn, as her separate estate; and Jeffrey P. Rauth, as his separate estate, is the Grantor, and First American Title Company, whose mailing address is 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 800; Seattle, WA; 98121 is the Original Trustee, and Cowlitz Bank, whose beneficial interest was assigned to CADC/RADC Venture 2011-1, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, its successors and assigns by assignment recorded December 30, 2011,as Instrument No. 20111230001399, is the Beneficiary (“Deed of Trust”). II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The defaults for which this foreclosure is made are as follows: Currently Due to Reinstate on January 21, 2013 : Arrearages: Delinquent Payments: $206,025.48 (maturity date September 27, 2009) Delinquent Interest: 5 1 , 2 3 0 . 2 5 (as of September 30, 2012) Default Interest: 35,025.76 Late Charges of 1,646.50 TOTAL: $293,927.99 Costs and Fees In addition to the amounts in arrears specified above, you are or may be obligated to pay the following estimated charges, costs and fees to reinstate the Deed of Trust. Trustee’s Fees $1,500.00 Title Report $680.00 Posting and Service of Foreclosure Notices $120.00 (est) Recording Fees $100.00 (est) Statutory Mailing Costs $250.00 (est) Other Fees and costs $3,952.50 Payment of taxes. $15,961.08 Subtotal: $22,563.58 Total Current Estimated Reinstatement Amount: . . . $316,491.57 The estimated amounts that will be due to reinstate on February 25, 2013 (11 days before the sale date): Additional Arrearages Delinquent Interest. $5,070.36 Additional Costs and Fees Title Report $ 50.00 Posting and Service of Foreclosure Notices $50.00 (est) Publication Costs $800.00 (est) Subtotal: . $5,970.36 Total Estimated Reinstatement Amount as of February 25, 2013, (11 days before the sale date): . . $322,461.93 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is $206,025.48, together with interest as provided in the underlying Note and such other

costs and fees as are due under the Note and Deed of Trust and as are provided by statute. Of course, as time passes other payments may become due, and any further payments coming due and any additional late charges must be added to the reinstating payment. Any new defaults not involving payment of money that occur after the date of this notice must also be cured in order to effect reinstatement. In addition, because some of the charges can only be estimated at this time and because the amount necessary to reinstate may include presently unknown expenditures required to preserve the property, or to comply with state or local laws, it is necessary for you to contact the Trustee before the time you tender reinstatement so that you may be advised of the exact amount you will be required to pay. Tender of payment or performance must be in the full amount by certified funds or cash equivalent to the Trustee whose address is:Denise Lukins Law Office of Denise J. Lukins 10000 NE 7th Avenue, Suite 403 Vancouver, WA 98685 (360) 448-2854 V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be made without warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances on March 08, 2013. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III must be cured by February 25, 2013 (11 days before the sale date), to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before February 25, 2013 (11 days before the sale date) the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after February 25, 2013 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale by the Borrower, Grantor, any Guarantor, any successor in interest, or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. VI. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor and the Occupants at the following address(es): Jack Clayburn

27421 144th Avenue Southeast Kent, WA 98042 Margaret Clayburn 27421 144th Avenue Southeast Kent, WA 98042 Jeffrey P. Rauth 27421 144th Avenue Southeast Kent, WA 98042 Jack Clayburn 551 Lone Oak Rd Longview, WA 98632 Margaret Clayburn 551 Lone Oak Rd Longview, WA 98632 Jeffrey P. Rauth 551 Lone Oak Rd Longview, WA 98632 Jack Clayburn 13141 Independence Road, SW Rochester, WA 98579 Margaret Clayburn 13141 Independence Road, SW Rochester, WA 98579 Jeffrey P. Rauth 13141 Independence Road, SW Rochester, WA 98579 Jeffrey P. Rauth 500 A Grade Street Kelso, WA 98626 by both first class mail and certified mail on October 22, 2012, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on October 27, 2012, the Borrower/Grantor was personally served with said written notice of default and/ or the written notice of default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above-described property. IX. Anyone having an objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever are afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s Sale. Service of process of any lawsuit or legal action may be made on Denise J. Lukins, whose address is: Law Office of Denise J. Lukins 10000 NE 7th Avenue, Suite 403 Vancouver, WA 98685 X. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS The purchaser at the trustee’s sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the grantor under the deed of trust (the

owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. DATED December 4, 2012 Denise J. Lukins, Successor Trustee, Law Office of Denise J. Lukins, PLLC 10000 NE 7th Avenue, Suite 403 Vancouver, WA 98685 (360) 448-2854 Exhibit “A” THE NORTH 922 FEET OF THE EAST HALF OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 34, TOWNSHIP 22 NORTH, RANGE 5, EWM, EXCEPT THE NORTH 786 FEET THEREOF, AND EXCEPT THE EAST 30 FEET THEREOF LYING WITHIN THE LIBBIE KING COUNTY ROAD; IN KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON. APN:342205-9049-03. Published in the Kent Reporter on February 1, 2013 and February 22, 2013 #732447.

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Television viewing: making smart choices for your child Sharon Rechter

communicate with their very young children before they’re able to speak. I found it to be an amazing way to interact and connect with my girls, and it really fostered a bond with them long before they had learned to talk. That was a few years ago, but we still use it as a “secret language” between us. There is constant debate as to the “right way” to raise a child, and most parents ask a lot of questions and experiment quite a bit before they find what

works best. Because television viewing is a reality in today’s homes, parents can take advantage of it as very versatile tool that can introduce their children to a wide variety of new ideas, while helping to reinforce early education.

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reading, creative play and spending time outdoors. Ideally, parents should watch television together with their children. Not only does this foster bonding, it also allows you to become an interactive part of the viewing experience. Concepts that are introduced during viewing can be reinforced and built upon by moms and dads. An easy way to do this is by exercising their memory skills after a program has concluded. Ask your child about what they saw and heard, such as the names of favorite characters, noises the animals made and songs they enjoyed the most. Moreover, watching together provides an excellent opportunity for emotional bonding. Providing immediate positive reinforcement to a child, especially when they may be too young to communicate verbally, can be critically important to their emotional growth. Ultimately, each child and family’s experience with television will be different. In my own experience, I’ve found that my daughters have learned a great deal from age-appropriate educational TV. They even learned sign language! The company I cofounded, BabyFirst, decided to produce a television series called, I Can Sign, that helps parents


The issue of children and television viewing has been debated for many years, including whether they should be allowed to watch at all. As the mother of two young girls myself, I understand the challenge of determining at what age they can be first exposed to TV, as well as what types of programming can provide the most benefit to them. While some may regard television simply as an electronic babysitter, I think it’s important to understand that as with many other activities, television can actually be used as an important tool to enhance the development of our kids. It starts with parents doing research on what is available, and seeking out the kinds of shows that are designed by developmental experts. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 95 percent of American babies watch television, so from my practical perspective, the question isn’t “should children watch TV,” but rather, “what are they watching, how much and under what conditions?” Content is absolutely key. If it’s appropriate, educational and non-violent, children can learn and have a very positive experience. It’s also important to vary the types of programs your kids watch. The younger the child (especially babies), the greater will be their natural tendency to gravitate toward their favorites. Be sure to continually refresh the content you select, offering your child exposure to new and exciting things. In the long-term, this will help keep their interest, while nurturing their development. Of course, just because a TV show is educational, it is essential that limits be set on the amount of time that children are allowed to watch. As with all aspects of parenting, a healthy balance should be maintained, with plenty of time allocated for

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[16] February 1, 2013 [ rock star from page 1] friendly with hints of a tad harder style of music.” Hardy believes Arms’ metal influences account for the harder edge while her voice softens their sound. Another element the bandmates like to incorporate in their music is the harmonic minor, a scale pattern with Middle Eastern roots. It’s easily recognizable in a favorite song of theirs titled “The Liar”. The band has played venues from Fife to Olympia and participated in Kentridge High School’s Battle of Bands last year. However, the band didn’t take home the trophy. “It’s a work in progress,” said Hardy, a sophomore at Kentridge. “Haven’t won over the high school kids yet.” But that doesn’t deter her. The overall success of the band has fans recognizing Hardy wherever she plays. “It’s a little weird to go to school and have everybody be like ‘who are you?’ and then go out into shows and be like ‘hey! let’s hang out,’” Hardy said. “It’s two totally different worlds.” Even some of Hardy’s music idols recognize her face. “We went to a show back in December at the Crocodile, and Jerry Cantrell (guitarist for Alice in Chains) said, ‘Oh hey, Amanda’” Hardy said. “I was like, ‘Oh my god!’” Hardy has met many performers, including bassist Ben Shepherd from Soundgarden, Pacific Northwest native Duff Mckagen from Guns N’ Roses, and all the members from Alice in Chains, including Layne Staley, one of Hardy’s favorite singers and biggest musical influence. As for family influ- Rock ‘n roll: Amanda Hardy belts it out on stage. courtesy photo, Colleen Hardy ences, Hardy’s dad first exposed her to bands like the Beatles leen. “It’s just it’s music.” and Led Zeppelin. The band’s next project Hardy’s not the only one in involves releasing three her family with talent. separate singles and a video “I got my genes from my to accompany each one. All great grandpa who played this will lead up to the band’s with B.B. King and a lot debut album. of famous jazz musicians,” At almost every show she Hardy said. attends, Hardy meets more Unique amongst teenagmusicians just like her. And ers, Hardy’s dream of becom- for being one of the youngest ing a star is something the performers on stage, Hardy rest of her family can really has gained respect from a get behind. group of people who share “We support her dream the same dream. 100 percent as if it were bas“It’s cool having friends ketball or softball or anything outside of school who relate else,” said her mother, Colto what you do,” Hardy said.

[ project from page 1] “Why it has taken so long to get off the ground is the $2 million grant awarded for pedestrian safety needs a (funding) match and when the economy went downhill we didn’t find a matching source,” Public Works Director Tim LaPorte said to the City Council’s Public Works Committee on Jan. 14. LaPorte said the asphalt overlay component of Southeast 256th Street makes the project eligible for the B&O tax fund. The council approved a new B&O tax last year that started Jan. 1 and is expected to raise about $5 million in 2013 to help repair streets. Councilwoman Dana Ralph, however, questioned whether the B&O tax should be used for the project. “I believe the project needs to move forward for the safety of children and so we do not lose the grant money,” Ralph said at the meeting. “But my concern is the B&O money that the group of citizens met about did not have this project on the list.” Council President Dennis Higgins said he prefers a different funding option

for the project than the B&O tax that the council adopted for street repairs rather than new construction. “The portion for the (asphalt) overlay makes sense but I still would like to find an alternate source,” Higgins said. Councilwoman Elizabeth Albertson said the 256th Street work needs to get going. “We have not looked at the B&O list yet but if we are going to lose money then this is the No. 1 project to get done,” Albertson said. LaPorte said a Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) approved in July 2010 by the council would raise about $1 million for the project. Under the ordinance, the city charges TIFs up front to new retail and residential developments as well as when pre-existing structures see a major change in use. The rate of the TIF depends on the kind of development being proposed. Single-family residences pay a different rate than a hotel, as would a warehouse, or a movie theater. The key is how much more traffic each development would put on Kent’s roads. “The economy has been so low that nothing has

come in the door,” LaPorte said about the TIF funds so far. “But now with development picking up we anticipate about $1 million.” The city has used LIDs to pay for numerous projects. A total of 370 properties would be impacted by the 256th LID with payments spread out over 15 years. The formation of a LID is scheduled to go to the full council on Feb. 5 to set a public hearing date, which is expected to be March 5 in front of the council. LaPorte said the 256th project would take about two years to complete. He said it could take up to nine months for the power company to move utilities from overhead wires to underground wires. The city has targeted this section of Southeast 256th Street for improvement for many years. “There are a lot of apartment complexes in the area with school-aged children who catch buses and high schoolers who walk,” said city design engineering manager Mark Howlett. “There are a lot of people who walk in the area to businesses. It has a single travel lane in each direction and no sidewalks.”

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