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City Council committee approves casino gambling tax cut BY STEVE HUNTER shunter@kentreporter.com

A Kent City Council committee voted 2-1 Tuesday on a proposal to reduce the city’s gambling tax on gross revenues of casino card

rooms from 11 percent to 7 percent in order to help the Great American Casino cut its losses. The proposal goes before the full council on April 2. At least four of the seven council mem-

bers must approve the tax cut. Operators of the Great American Casino, the only casino in the city, requested the reduction in a Feb. 26 letter to the city. They wanted the gambling tax reduced to 4 percent. The casino had net

operating losses of $649,177 in 2011 and $533,038 in 2012. “In order for Great American Casino to remain open and continue to employ just over 100 staff, we ask for your consideration on this relief in our gambling tax,”

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Kent firefighters Jessi Nemens, 32, and Caitlin Corey, 28, below, finished third and eighth overall in the women’s field at the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on March 10, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. MICHELLE CONERLY, Kent Reporter BY MICHELLE CONERLY mconerly@kentreporter.com

bout two-thirds of the way up Seattle’s Columbia Center, Kent firefighter Caitlin Corey started losing momentum. “There was nothing to think about except what’s inside your head and (to) step, step, step,” she said. All the preparation, training and

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strategy in the world could only take her so far. She needed motivation. She needed a second wind. Looking up ahead of her, she got just that. “I saw Marty Hauer on the wall,” she said. Hauer, a long-time fitness enthusiast and former Kent firefighter, had died from a rare type of thymus gland cancer in 2008. His picture, along with all the other firefighters from Kent and surrounding stations who were diagnosed or died from cancer, decorated the stairwell. Although Corey didn’t know [ more FIREFIGHTERS page 16 ]

wrote general manager Shannon Younker in a letter to the city. Council President Dennis Higgins and Councilman Les Thomas voted in favor of the tax cut that would be lowered through [ more CASINO page 5 ]

Ex-Councilman Clark to run against Cooke for mayor Moody’s dropped the city to a Baa2 rating from A1 and gave the city a negative outlook to Tim Clark, a former Kent the rating for $72.9 million City Councilman and current worth of limited tax general Kent School Board obligation bonds. member, is running for During his time on mayor against incumthe council, Clark said bent Suzette Cooke. he worked to balance the city budget, earnClark said in a press ing Kent the highest release Wednesday that bond rating for a city he decided to run for of its size. mayor “to get Kent back “I care deeply on track after news Clark about our city and its last year that the city’s residents,” Clark said bond rating had been in a prepared statement. “Now, downgraded due to increasing I believe I can lead the city of financial instability.” Kent to achieve its full potenNew York-based Moody’s Investors Services downgraded tial by building a climate of trust, respect and reliability the city’s bond rating last fall for the second time in 2012. [ more CLARK page 4 ] BY STEVE HUNTER

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KAEOP asks for higher pay in new contract with Kent School District BY MICHELLE CONERLY mconerly@kentreporter.com

The Kent Association of Educational Office Professionals (KAEOP) is seeking higher pay alongside other requests while negotiating a new contract with the Kent School District. “They’re looking for a contract that treats them equitably and with respect,” said Andy Wiesenfeld, a Public School Employees of Washington field representative.

The previous contract began in September 2009 and officially ended last August. But because an agreement had not yet been made at the time, the contract was extended for one year after its initial expiration date. The KAEOP is asking for reasonable wages that reflect an increase in job responsibilities for office professionals in the district in addition to addressing safety concerns for students [ more CONTRACT page 4 ]

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Expect to see construction starting this summer on a five-story apartment complex along West Smith Street across from the Kent Station shopping mall. “We don’t have a hard date but it’ll be during the second quarter,” said Brad Reisinger, project manager for Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate, Inc., in a phone

interview last week. The Seattle developer demolished the half-built parking garage in October 2011 to make room for 166 apartments and about 3,700-square feet of retail space at the corner of West Smith Street and Fourth Avenue. “My target is to have the project completed and people moving in by next summer (2014),” Reisinger said.

The previous developer ran out of money in 2007 after constructing a half-built parking garage as part of a proposed hotel, condominiums and retail space development. The garage loomed as an eyesore for four years before Goodman agreed to tear down the garage and build the first urbanstyle apartments in Kent. “We’re in the middle of the design process and getting the building permits,” Reisinger said. “We’re

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TWO FIRES STRIKE APARTMENTS An apartment fire Tuesday morning in the 24600 block of Russell Road displaced six families from their homes after flames heavily damaged a third-floor unit. A mattress left up against a wall heater caused the accidental fire, said Kyle Ohashi, Kent Fire Department spokesman, in an email. A fire also damaged an apartment and displaced a family of four Monday in the 23900 block of 60th Avenue South, about 1 mile from the Tuesday fire. There were no injuries in either fire. The first 911 calls for the Tuesday fire came in at 8:54 a.m. and the smoke column was visible for miles, according to a Kent Fire Department media release. No one was home in the apartment where the fire started. A family of four in an adjacent third-story unit was forced to evacuate their home. Kent Police contacted all of the other residents on the first and second floors to ensure that no one remained inside. Firefighters from the Kent Fire Department and South King Fire and Rescue were able to confine the fire to the apartment where it started, but water from the firefighting damaged several other units. All of the affected families will be rehoused by the complex’s management.

pushing it forward as fast as we can but it’s a complicated project. We’d rather spend more time up front doing the project right than trying to make changes later.” Goodman will call the apartments The Platform. “It’s a play off the railroad since the train station and Kent Station are nearby,” Reisinger said. “People step on and off the train so it keeps the overall railroad theme.”

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LEARNING THE ROPES Emberlynn Kueny, 6, lassos her target during Quota Cares Western Days at Reber Ranch on Lea Hill last Saturday near Kent. The free event was an opportunity for families with special needs children to come and enjoy Western-themed activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, hay tractor rides, a roping contest, face painting, arts and crafts, food and family pictures. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

preliminary interview this week The School Board will then meet to narrow the candidates to three choices and proceed with another round of interviews in April.

Merri Rieger, is one of six finalists for the Renton School District’s superintendent position. Rieger, along with five other administrators from around the state, had a

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A Kent man was one of 13 men indicted by a grand jury for investigation of distributing large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Washington State. Braulio Zuniga-Cervantes, 30, of Kent, and a dozen others were arrested March 14 as federal, state and local authorities cracked a criminal organization that spanned from Everett to Vancouver and from Aberdeen to the Tri-Cities, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office media release. The others arrested were from Kennewick, Vancouver, Pasco, Monroe, Everett and Aberdeen. Law enforcement officials seized more than 56 pounds of heroin and more than eight pounds of highly pure meth during the 16-month investigation. The drugs had a street value of more than $1 million. “This case exemplifies the drug trafficking we see in Western Washington from Mexico based crime groups,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan in a media release. “These criminal groups are bringing in heroin, meth and cocaine and poisoning our communities. We must stop the flow of these drugs,

while also working to reduce demand. Too many families and communities are being irrevocably damaged by addiction.” According to records filed in the case, using court authorized wire taps, law enforcement intercepted hundreds if not thousands of drug trafficking related phone calls and text messages between September 2012 and the arrests. The investigation began in October 2011, and identified members of the criminal organization smuggling drugs from Mexico across the border into Texas and California, and then north to Western Washington. In two notable seizures earlier this year, law enforcement found two kilograms of suspected crystal methamphetamine that was hidden in paint cans in the back of a truck stopped on Interstate 84 in Oregon. A second stop in Aberdeen resulted in the seizure of more than 53 pounds of heroin. During a search of the vehicle, investigators located an access panel in the rear cargo area of the vehicle that enabled investigators to access the gas tank. Inside of the gas tank, investigators found and removed the suspected heroin.

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www.kentreporter.com specific job and years of experience, according to the collective bargaining agreement. The KAEOP also addressed concerns regarding safety procedures for office professionals when faced with certain scenarios. “What happens is you have students for whatever reason acting out in class and sent to the front office,” Wiesenfeld said. “Many times because the office professionals are engaged in other administrative activities, they don’t have the time to oversee these students (who) often times, aren’t well behaved. It leaves the office under managed, which (provides) a less than secure workplace for our members as well as students and other staff.” Kent School District officials stated that safety

33rd District legislators to host telephone town hall March 28 Thirty-third District state legislators Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent; Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines and Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines will host a telephone town hall Thursday, March 28 focusing on education, health care, the environment and other topics.

is a number one priority throughout the district and hopes to “navigate (all) issues with grace and respect” while still maintaining district-wide sustainability in terms of funds. “This is an important partnership,” said Chris Loftis, spokesman for the Kent School District. “We’re committed to a change process that’s fair, thoughtful and productive.” The KAEOP has organized two informational pickets, including March 20 at the intersection of 104th Avenue Southeast and Kent-Kangley Road and on March 27 at the Kent School District administration building, 12033 S.E. 256th St. Both are from 4 to 6 p.m.

Residents in the areas of Kent, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Burien and Renton will receive a phone call inviting them to stay on the line to participate in the town hall from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 28. Residents who do not automatically receive a call can dial the toll-free participant number to listen in on the event and ask questions. The call-in number is 877-229-8493 with the ID code of 18646#.

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in Auburn and Highline Community College in among city leaders who Des Moines. set the vision, city workers Cooke said as far as she who implement the vision, knows Clark lacks any businesses which serve background in running an our citizens, and most of organization. all the people who live in “The No. 1 question I Kent.” will ask the public is what Clark’s decision to experience does Tim have run for mayor surprised as an executive officer?” Cooke. She announced Cooke said. “The mayor’s last year that she would job is not making policy run for a third, four-year but implementing policy. term. I know of no “He (Clark) experience Tim served on counhas had overseeing cil for 16 or so employees unless years and never there’s something expressed any in his past I don’t interest in being know about.” a mayor,” Cooke Any lack of a job said in a phone into oversee employterview. “He hasn’t Cooke ees shouldn’t deter talked to me since voters, Clark said. he’s been off the council “That’s a very minor about the city and I’m not point,” he said. “A person aware of his involvement in charge of the city has to in any city issues.” understand the challenges The former councilman and manage them and had a quick response to that’s where her credibility Cooke’s comment. comes into question.” “Why would I talk to Clark announced his the incumbent about why campaign for mayor on I’m going to take her out?” St. Patrick’s Day at a gathhe said. ering in his home with Cooke was first elected friends and supporters. He mayor in 2005 when she expects his campaign webhad 58 percent of the vote site timclark2013.com to to beat Judy Woods. She be up next week. Cooke’s received 68 percent of website is suzettecooke. the votes in 2009 against com. challenger Jim Berrios. Clark said while on the The role of mayor is a full- council he was instrutime position that pays mental in creating the $102,000 per year. Kent Station shopping Clark served 16 years mall project, supported on the council before he the implementation of decided not to run again neighborhood councils, in 2009. Instead, he was bringing bicycle police elected to the Kent School to the city and improvBoard for a four-year ing traffic corridors along term. He taught social South 272nd Street, South studies for 12 years in 196th Street and South the Kent School District 228th Street. before retiring in 1999. Former Kent Mayor He also has worked as a Jim White has endorsed history instructor at Green Clark’s campaign. White River Community College served 12 years as mayor

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before deciding in 2005 not to run again. “Tim has the budget know-how, commitment to Kent’s quality of life, and the ability to bring people together to get things done,” White said in a statement released by Clark. “He is exactly what our city needs now.” Kent resident and business owner Anne Timlick, who has worked with Clark for more than 20 years, also gave her support to the former councilman. “I know Tim Clark will be an exceptional mayor,” Timlick said in a prepared statement. “Tim interacts with others with characteristic thoughtfulness and respect. An honest strategist, he brings a depth of experience, discernment and care to the big issues facing Kent today.” Clark and his wife, Jo Ladd Clark, are both retired educators and are involved in numerous community service organizations and activities. As grandparents of four children living in Kent, Clark said they are committed to leaving the city a better place for the generations to come. Clark said he is well known for his environmental advocacy, especially in restoring salmon runs and preserving wildlife habitat. He added that along with his election committee Tim Clark for Mayor, he has a broad base of supporters and contributors. He plans to run an aggressive campaign through November, speaking with voters at their doors, securing key endorsements and raising the resources needed to win.

THE “SO YOU THINK KENT HAS TALENT!” FINALS are set for 2 p.m. June 2 at the Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center. Online registration is open for contestants at www.allegrodance.com. All talent is welcome. There are three age divisions. The preliminary rounds of competition are May 11 at the Allegro Performing Arts Academy. Eleven-year-old Cameron Sterling of Kent stunned the 15-contestant field to come away with the overall title and the $1,000 grand prize last year. All proceeds will benefit Wings of Karen, a local breast cancer research effort (www.wingsofkaren.org).

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www.kentreporter.com Dec. 31, 2016. Councilwoman Elizabeth Albertson, sitting in on the Operations Committee meeting for the absent Jamie Perry, voted against the reduction. “Eleven percent of zero is zero,� said Higgins prior to the vote. “If they go out of business we get nothing and it doesn’t matter the tax rate.� Higgins explained earlier why he favored the reduction. “I’m unwilling to go to 4 percent but we do need to recognize the competitive environment this business is in,� Higgins said. “I value the presence of jobs and I enjoy going there myself. I think it adds value to the city and I’d hate to see it go out of business. I’m willing to meet partway (on the gambling tax rate).� David Fretz, Great American president, came away from the meeting hopeful that the full council will support the tax cut for the casino at 20500 108th Ave. S.E. “I’m happy they are considering a reduction in our tax,� Fretz said. “Right now the city makes money and we don’t so any reduction is going to help us. We were asking for 4 percent because our preference is to get as low as possible so we can

BECU awards grants to 6 Kent schools In support of education in Western Washington, BECU has awarded community grants to 49 local schools, including six elementary schools in Kent – East Hill, Glenridge, Martin Sortun, Meridian, Sunnycrest, and Sunrise. It is the 11th year that BECU has awarded more than $100,000 in community grants to support education projects that help

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dig out of a hole we dug ourselves in the last couple of years.� Great American paid $335,000 in gambling taxes to the city in 2012 and city expects to get about $330,000 this year, said John Hodgson, city chief administrative officer. At 7 percent, the city would see that annual amount drop by about $120,000. A 4 percent rate would drop the city revenue by about $210,000 per year. Younker pointed out in her letter that the city of Auburn cut its gambling tax from 12 percent to 4 percent in 2010 and renewed that 4 percent rate last year. Tax rates are 10 percent of gross card room revenue at the neighboring cities of Tukwila, Renton and Federal Way, although the latter city no longer has any casinos. “We can impose a 20 percent tax but we did 11 percent because that was their rate when they were in King County so they can operate their business the same way,� Albertson said in reference to Kent’s annexation of Panther Lake and the casino in 2010. “I think that’s reasonable. I’m not comfortable lowering it to 4 percent. Auburn is in a unique situation with a highly successful (Muckleshoot) casino at its doorstep and their intent of helping one of their smaller casinos.� promote student excellence. BECU grants are given out to schools to fund educational materials, programs and events, environmental learning trips, and technology tools such as calculators, microscopes, electronic dictionaries and more. Grants are awarded in three categories: financial literacy, environmental sustainability and technology tools. Each grant is awarded based on specific need up to a maximum of $2,500.

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Federal law prohibits states from taxing tribal gaming, such as the Muckleshoot Casino. Albertson also feared a gambling tax cut would set a bad precedent because other businesses would come to the city for tax reductions. “Any business could come before us and say their business would be more profitable if they did not have to pay taxes,� she said. “I don’t think this is in Kent’s or our residents best interest.� Fretz said no other business pays an extra tax such as the casino has with the gambling tax. “I believe we are the only business that pays an additional tax besides a B&O (business and occupation) tax and property taxes,� he said. “I don’t believe any other business pays a tax on gross receipts to a tune like we do.� Fretz said after the council makes its decision in April about the proposed tax reduction, he will need to figure out what to do next. “We’re going to have to make some business decisions about our future given the tax rate and where we are with our revenues,� Fretz said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do at this moment in time. I have to sit down and see how it’s going.�

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Fretz said renovations last summer at the casino has helped business pick up a bit but not as much as expected. The council also is considering whether to remove the city’s ban on casinos. Great American operates under an ordinance with a grandfather clause that allowed the business to stay open after Kent annexed the Panther Lake area. The council will further discuss that issue at an April 2 workshop before the regular council meeting. Great American would like to see the ban lifted so it could possibly move to a larger and better location within the city. “We’re not on a highly trafficked street and that’s a challenge,� Fretz said. Even if the city lifts its ban, Younker doubts anyone would open a new casino. The number of social card rooms in the state has dropped from 96 to 58 as the casinos struggle to compete against tribal casinos that feature numerous slot machines and a variety of entertainment. “If they were knocking on the doors they would be at the neighboring cities that allow them now,� Younker said. “If people we’re dying to get in, they’d be in Auburn and Renton and all over because everyone around here allows them except Covington.�

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B&O tax’s mystery list of chamber-approved transportation projects During the March 5 City Council meeting, Councilmember Jamie Perry asked the question that I have been posing – in one way or the other – in letters to the editor. The question she asked during the discussion of alternate sources of funding for the 256th project, was (paraphrasing here): “What list dictates what projects would be funded using business and occupation (B&O) tax revenues? I didn’t vote for any list regarding the allocation of B&O tax revenues for specific street and road projects.” No one on the council answered her question, although they all knew the answer: The Kent Chamber of Commerce, which fought vigorously against a B&O tax, made it perfectly clear to the City Council that all B&O revenue be used

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strictly for road repairs and not for any other city purpose. It appears that the chamber also dictated that they would decide which street-improvement projects would qualify for funding (and 256th was not on their list). Perhaps this agreement on the mystery list occurred

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Misrepresenting us over supermajority rule In the March 8 edition of the Kent Reporter, 31st Legislative District State Reps. Christopher Hurst and Cathy Dahlquist criticized Washington State Supreme Court Justices for upholding our state’s constitution. Hurst and Dahlquist accuse the court of “judicial activism” and “lack

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Senate Republicans seem to be more content using their newfound majority status in the Senate to attack struggling Washington employees than in providing any real leadership, with their latest line in the sand apparently being paid sick leave. Seattle’s City Council approved an ordinance by an 8-1 vote in 2011 that required all businesses operating within city limits and employing more than five people to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Sick leave, mind you, gives people the financial ability to stay home and get well without having to worry about how they’re going to pay the rent. In my view, this is a public health issue. We must remember these are the people who serve you your meal at restaurants, or take care of your child at the child care center, or look after your grandmother at the nursing home. More than 40 percent of employees in our state have no paid sick leave whatsoever. Do you really want them to come to work where they can spread the flu or a cold or whooping cough to their customers or co-workers? The two bills put forth by Senate Republicans, Senate Bills 5728 and 5726, would preempt cities from enacting their own sick leave regulations and also prevent cities from mandating paid sick leave for businesses based outside their city limits. Both are blatant attempts by the majority caucus to place their ideology and loyalty to their special interest donors over the safety and well-being of our working families. In this time of economic uncertainty, we know that strengthening our middle-class and supporting our most vulnerable is the only way to create a sustainable future. The move would be similar to one made in Wisconsin in 2011, when Republicans repealed a Milwaukee sick leave law.

a citizen initiative cannot amend the state constitution. The constitution clearly states that a simple majority is all that is necessary to enact legislation; therefore, I-1185 and other Eyman initiatives before it violate the constitution. The constitution also states that the path to an amendment must start with the Legislature. The Supreme Court upheld the law, as is their sworn duty,

during a workshop meeting – and some “memorandum of understanding” regarding which upcoming projects the chamber deemed OK or not OK didn’t reach Councilmember Perry’s (or Councilmember Albertson’s) desk before the vote on the tax. In any event, it wasn’t handled in a transparent manner. Councilmember Ranniger made some excellent comments about finding alternative sources of road-project funding (other than always creating local improvement district (LID) assessments on property owners directly next to streets being improved) and the inequity of burdening a few for the benefit of the many who use this particular east-west corridor. It’s likely that everyone in Kent has used 256th in the last month. Some of the homeowners along this small stretch of [ more LETTERS page 19 ]

and I find it offensive for our legislators to call the integrity of the court into question. Hurst and Dahlquist claim to “represent our voters,” but their support of the supermajority requirement is false populism at its worst. The supermajority rule has not helped the voters of the 31st District or the state of Washington. It has, in fact, done just the opposite. Eyman’s initiative campaigns were heavily funded by out-of-state PACs and corporations because [ more GUNN page 9 ]


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... SENIOR LIFESTYLES Kent4Health offers workshop on healthy living Have you ever started an exercise program only to quit soon after? Are you curious if that “sweet tooth� puts you at risk for diabetes? Join local health professionals for the second annual “Optimal Health4You,�

a free workshop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kent Senior Activity Center, Room 9, 600 E. Smith St. Call 253-856-4968 or visit Kent4Health.com to register. According to Kent4Health liaison Pam Clark, the workshop is an opportunity to ask questions and learn directly from the

experts about exercise, nutrition, disease prevention and healthy living. “We have a great lineup of topics, including how to overcome barriers to exercise, stress management, blood sugar and diabetes and healthy cooking,� Clark said. Free blood pressure and other screenings will be provided.

Kent girl visits Capitol Hill, urges Congress to take steps to stop diabetes Kent’s Heather Berg joined more than 200 American Diabetes Association volunteer advocates from throughout the country in Washington, D.C., on March 5-7 for the organization’s premier national advocacy event, Call to Congress. Berg, a senior at Kennedy Catholic, met with members of Congress, asking them to make diabetes a national priority and support efforts to stop the disease in King County. Attendees included children and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, family members of individuals living with diabetes, researchers and health care professionals. For Berg, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, this was her first time participating in Call to Congress. Her youngest brother, Aiden, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year and a half before Heather was. During scheduled meetings with members of Congress, Berg and the other diabetes advocates

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There is overwhelming evidence that our four-legged friends are a real health benefit for seniors – helping them live healthier and happier lives! As one can imagine, pets need attention and help keep one active (whether we want to or not!). Dog’s help seniors establish a routine such as getting outside and going for a small walk, feeding, grooming and playing. Cats are great for those who are a bit more limited mobile wise, but can still give them the companionship and responsibility just as dogs do. Seniors can benefit greatly from the unconditional love of a pet, and also give them a sense of self-esteem since the pets need and rely on their owners for their caretaking. Studies have shown that pet-owning citizens have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-owners! Additionally, some studies have suggested that pet owners have a better chance of long term

survival after surviving a coronary event than non –pet owners (Pet Insurance.com). It is important however, to find the right pet for the right senior situation. Check on size and breed restrictions on where you mom lives, and also make sure the dog or cat has the right temperament. Cats are easier to take care of in some ways, but a dog can lend to a more social environment. This isn’t a decision to take lightly, but also can lend to a very good outcome as well.

Mark Albertson, a Kent attorney and partner in the law firm of Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC, has spent over a quarter-century helping older people and their families with their legal issues. Now, he has published a

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Heather Berg, accompanied by her father, Rob, recently visited Congressional leaders in the nation’s capital, urging them to make diabetes a priority. COURTESY PHOTO urged members to make a strong federal investment in the fiscal year 2014 Labor Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. Specifically, advocates asked Congress to allocate funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, provide funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation and support funding for the Na-

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JOB FAIR: The Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair is Wednesday, March 27 at the Kent Campus of Green River Community College, 417 Ramsay Way, Suite 112. The fair is free to grad students, job seekers and employers. There are two sessions: No. 1: 9-10:30 a.m., for recent grads of aerospace and manufacturing training programs; No. 2: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for experienced manufacturing industry workers. Due to limited space and per the employers’ requests, only pre-registered customers will be admitted into the job fair. You must register by March 25. Email your resume and preferred session to: worksource@ kingcounty.gov

As we transition out of the Great Recession, many of our fellow citizens are still struggling just to make ends meet, and our friends and neighbors need as much support as we can muster. Support such as that provided by the Seattle ordinance that Republicans are dead-set on scuttling. Seattle’s law provides nearly 200,000 people with more security, support and consistency. It addresses the fear of struggling families that an illness could mean

supermajority laws make it easy to vote in tax breaks benefiting big business interests with only a simple majority while requiring a two-thirds majority to repeal them. Effectively, this makes these tax breaks permanent even when they cease to serve the needs of the people of Washington and instead are only lining the pockets of Wall Street CEOs. Have you noticed that since the Eyman initiatives took effect, you have to pay higher fees and tolls? I have. The state is nickel and diming us to death with tolls on HOV lanes, higher college tuition and fees to use state parks. These user fees are the

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showing that one of the group’s committees — the Labor and Business Regulation Subcommittee of the Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force — focused its entire meeting on the issue of paid sick leave. Task force members, who are legislators, were given copies of a bill that enables state legislatures to override municipal paid sick days laws. The same bill was used in Wisconsin to override Milwaukee’s paid sick days requirement.

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A Kent man jumped out of his girlfriend’s car in the middle of Southeast Kent-Kangley Road and reportedly smashed out the back window of the vehicle before the woman sped away. A couple of witnesses saw the incident at about 11:31 a.m. March 10 in the 15400 block of Southeast Kent-Kangley Road, according to the police report. Police cited the man for investigation of thirddegree malicious mischief.

The dispute between They started to the couple started at argue again as the POLICE the home where the woman drove two live together. eastbound along They have dated for Kent-Kangley Road. about three years. She stopped the The girlfriend told car in the middle of officers that her boyfriend the road and yelled at her wanted her to drive him to boyfriend to get out. The his truck. She refused and man pulled out a small pry he became irate. He got in bar and allegedly struck the her car and refused to get dashboard and car stereo out. before he got out and used The woman drove him to the bar to hit the car’s back a King County Sheriff ’s Of- window a couple of times fice substation in Covingbefore the woman made a ton and demanded he exit u-turn and sped away. The the car. He refused to leave man left on foot. but said if they returned The boyfriend had warhome he would get out. rants for a Department of

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Assault Police arrested a man for investigation of fourthdegree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft after he allegedly threw a cup of ice tea on his former girlfriend, ripped a phone from her hands and threw the phone over a fence. The incident occurred at about 12:17 a.m. March 9 at an apartment parking lot in the 6100 block of South 242nd Street, according to the police report. The woman told officers they had been dating but broke up after the man had sex with his child’s mother while dating the girlfriend. The woman said the man wanted to get back together and she agreed to talk to him that evening at her home. After the man said he wanted to have sex with her, she refused. She agreed to drive him to a friend’s home at the apartments. They argued along the way and the man refused to get out of the car when they arrived at the apartment’s parking lot. When the woman said they should go their

separate ways, he reportedly became upset and threw his cup of ice tea all over the woman. He also put the woman in a bear hug and reportedly pulled out a hair extension of hers as he took her phone away. The man told police they argued about the woman getting kicked out of school. He said he threw ice tea on her and took her phone, but denied any physical assault. The man told officers the woman had never been more than a friend but they had “hooked up� close to 100 times.

Drugs Officers arrested a 47-year-old man for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia after looking into a report of an unwanted man sleeping on property at about 8:39 a.m. March 11 near the Kent Food Bank, 515 W. Harrison St. The officers found the man sleeping in a recliner adjacent to the food bank’s front door, according to the police report. When police asked the man what he was doing on the property, he replied that he was sleeping. A records check showed the man was wanted on a Kent warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. Because of the warrant, officers searched the man. They found a glass

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Malicious mischief Police arrested a 21-yearold man for investigation of third-degree malicious mischief after he allegedly smashed a surveillance camera March 11 on the second floor of the Days Inn hotel, 1711 W. Meeker St. A hotel employee watched the man on camera grab the camera and force it out of position, according to the police report. The employee went to the second floor to confront the man. He told the employee not to call the cops. He then fled on a white bicycle. The employee said the man had caused problems in the neighborhood in the past. Officers observed that the camera had been ripped from the wall. Later in the day, police received a report of a suspicious subject at an apartment complex near the hotel. The man matched the description of the man who damaged the camera. The man denied to police that he broke the camera. He said someone who looked just like him must have done it. Officers also arrested the man for second-degree criminal trespass because he had been banned from the hotel in January but returned to the property.

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No longer David, Gonzaga is a Goliath in college basketball. Gary Bell Jr. and his teammates know as much. They are fully aware of their lofty position as the top-ranked Bulldogs head into the Big Dance with a bull’s-eye squarely placed on their chests. “Especially with us being the No. 1 team (in both major polls),� said Bell, a sophomore guard for the Zags and a former top recruit out of Kentridge High School. “We’re definitely going to have that target on our back. We’ve had that pressure for a while. I mean, coming from the WCC (West Coast Conference) a lot of teams target us all the time. We definitely know how that feels. We just have to keep it rolling. We’re playing really well.� With Bell doing his thing in the backcourt, Gonzaga rolled to a 31-2 season, completing an unbeaten run in conference play and earning an unprecedented top seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. The streaking Bulldogs, who have won 14 straight, opened the tournament against No. 16 seed Southern University

Gary Bell Jr., a Kentridge High graduate, starts at guard for top-ranked Gonzaga, which opened NCAA Tournament play on Thursday as the top seed in the West. COURTESY PHOTO, Gonzaga University (23-9) – the alma mater of Bell’s father – on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah. “He’s going for the Zags, obviously,� Bell said of his dad. “Blood is thicker than water.� Gary Bell Sr. went to grade school in Louisiana and attended Southern briefly

before enlisting in the Navy. Today he works for the Seattle Housing Authority. Dad couldn’t be prouder of his son. He told him to be ready. Get past the Jaguars from Baton Rouge, La., and the Zags will face a difficult road in a bracket that includes second-seeded

Ohio State, Kansas State, New Mexico and Arizona, the No. 6 seed out of the Pac-12 Conference. Bell and his teammates have responded well to that added attention. They are ready to give it their best shot. No Gonzaga team has entered the tournament so heralded and with such high expectations. The Zags were a No. 2 seed back in 2004 and lost to Nevada in the second round. “We’re continuing to make history,� Bell said. “It’s crazy. I mean, I never would have thought this would happen. We’re right in the middle of it all. We can’t get too high off it, though. We have to continue to keep playing like we have been. “We’ll definitely be ready.� Bell has done his part on a balanced team of good size, speed and strength. In 32 games, 31 of which were starts, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bell has averaged 9.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. At Kentridge, where he flourished in coach Dave Jamison’s system, Bell scored 55 points in a regular-season game against Auburn Riverside in 2009. Gonzaga is by far Bell’s best team he’s played on since he helped lead the Chargers to a third-place

finish in the Class 4A state tournament as a sophomore. As a senior, he led the state Class 4A tournament in total points (128), guiding Kentridge to a sixth-place finish. “It’s definitely No. 1,� Bell said. “No. 2 is my sophomore year at Kentridge, but this is the best team I ever played on. We have so much talent, and we all get along.� The Zags, with a blend of solid guard play and big play underneath, often ask Bell to defend the opponent’s sharpshooter. In other games, he is relied upon to pick it up on the offensive end of the floor. “Whatever the coaches want me to do, I will do,� Bell said. “If it means guarding their best player, that’s what I will do. I just try to give it my all every game. I never take a possession off.� For Bell, who had scholarship offers from Washington, UCLA and other big schools, the quieter confines of the Jesuit school in Spokane have fit him well. “For a small school here, we get a lot of attention,� he said. “But for a small school, it was a great opportunity for me. We’re getting a lot of media, we’re playing on ESPN, playing against [ more BELL page 14 ]


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[ BELL from page 13] the best teams. Just getting the opportunity to come to Spokane … not too far from home … getting national exposure has been great.” Mark Few has turned out to be everything in a coach for Bell. “I love playing for him. He’s helped develop a lot of my game,” Bell said. “He’s a player’s coach. He’s one of the best in the country. … I love my time here.” While he hasn’t declared a major, Bell means business at Gonzaga. He is taking accounting and computer classes, the backbone to a possible career in commerce one day.

“I want to own my own business,” he said. “I want to work for nobody else.” Except for the teammates he loves. They all belong to a close Gonzaga family. “We all get along so well,” he said. “We all play for each other.” “The good part about it is he’s getting an education,” the elder Bell added. “He has something to fall back on.” Growing up, dad taught son some important lessons: pay attention, obey the rules, work hard and have fun. “I wouldn’t say we were strict but we just tried to tell him to stay out of trouble,” the father said. “He pretty much listened.”

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about the targets on our backs. Just have fun and play baseball.” South Puget Sound North league play came on fast, McGuire said, but the first two games of the season – a 9-2 win March 12 against SPSL South opponent Rogers followed by a 5-4 win on the road against Redmond March 14 – have shown him what the Conks are capable of this spring. “I feel like we’re getting in season shape,” McGuire said. “The talent is a little down this year around the league. There’s not as many power pitchers who can shut people down. I think we have a good chance of going back (to state).” Wessling said the nonleague games helped Kentwood learn the little things it needs to work on as a team and what’s working. Hitting is strong again this season. “Our pitching is better than I think a lot of people thought it would be,” Wessling said. “The talent we always get (is helpful). We always seem to come together as a team. I think we’ll be pretty good.”

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Kentwood High’s baseball team has a target on its back and the players are doing their best to ignore it. Being the defending Class 4A state champions can come with some pressure especially after losing two of the best pitchers to graduation – Taylor Jones and Skyler Genger, both of whom are now playing NCAA Division I ball – but the Conquerors are doing their best to manage this season. Catcher Reese McGuire, who has signed to play for the University of San Diego, said Kentwood is focused on coming together as a team. “Kentwood has always had a target on our back,”

McGuire said. “Not just in baseball, but, as a school, people maybe look at Kentwood, they hate us but at the same time they wish they went here.” As one of five seniors on the team, McGuire is working to be the kind of leader the younger players on the team can look to as the Conks prepare for league play which started this week. “We’re just being communicative with the young guys and letting them pick our brains a bit,” McGuire said. “It’s pitch by pitch.” Or as head coach Mark Zender tells them, they’re “one-pitch warriors.” Kellen Wilson, senior third baseman, said the seniors have worked to help the younger members of

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Local Scouts help spur food drive

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The Boy Scouts of America are teaming up with Kent area residents in the fight against hunger. Local Cub and Boy Scouts on Saturday will disperse door hangers throughout local neighborhoods to ask the community for food donations. If residents want to participate, they should leave donated items on their doorstep the following Saturday, Local Cub and Boy Scouts are doing their part in collecting March 30, and the Scouts will return donations for the local food bank. COURTESY PHOTO to collect and transport donations to a local food bank. eryone in the community; you don’t have to Through partnerships with more than be a member of Scouting to help in the fight 50 local food banks, the Scouting for Food against hunger.” drive in Western Washington provides more Between 1983 and 1985, the average numthan 500,000 cans of food annually to needy ber of households seeking emergency food families. increased by almost 40 percent. Seventy “The concept of serving other people at all percent of those seeking help were families with children. times, as stated in our Scout Oath, is someSeeing a need, Scouting for Food was thing we emphasize with both the youth born. In 1988, the first year of collection, and adults in our programs,” said Sharon Moulds, Chief Seattle Council spokesperson. one million Scouts nationwide collected 65 million cans of nonperishable food. “Scouting for Food is meant to include ev-

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Volunteers clean up downtown streets FOR THE REPORTER

About 50 Kent residents, KentHOPE members and 13 homeless individuals came to help beautify the downtown streets by picking up litter and garbage on a breezy and misty morning last Saturday. Barbara Smith, executive director of the Kent Downtown Partnership (KDP), identified the areas for cleanup. Participants enjoyed

coffee donated by Mychal Boiser of Kona Kai Coffee, along with fruit and donuts provided by Sue Froyd of Maggie’s. For three hours, volunteers wearing bright yellow T-shirts with the KentHOPE logo and slogan, “dedicated to reducing homelessness in our community” printed on the back, picked up litter. A total of 85 bags of garbage were collected and picked up by the city.

The cleanup day came about in response to concerns voiced by the Kent Chamber of Commerce and the KDP about the litter in downtown Kent. KentHOPE and its partner, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, continue to collaborate with the chamber and KDP to find interim solutions to identified problems while working toward its goal of establishing a day center/ shelter in Kent.

PUBLIC NOTICES ASSESSMENT INSTALLMENT NOTICE LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #360 CITY OF KENT Construction of an 8” sanitary sewer system with 6” side sewer stubs to the property line for each of the twelve properties included within the local improvement district, as provided by Ordinance No. 3793. Notice is hereby given that the fifth (5th) installment of the assessment levied for the above named improvement, comprising Local Improvement District No. 360 under Ordinance No. 3876, is now due and payable and unless payment is made on or before April 9, 2013, said installment will be delinquent, will have a penalty of eleven (11) percent added, and the collection of such delinquent installment will be enforced in the manner prescribed by law. Dated this 9th day of March 2013. R. J. Nachlinger Finance Director City of Kent, Washington Published in the Kent Reporter March 22, 2013 and March 29, 2013. #745525. The City of Kent, Public Works, 220 4th Avenue S, Kent, WA 98032 is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, SE 256th Street Improvements is located between SE Kent-Kangley Rd and 116th Ave SE in Kent. This project involves 6 acre of soil disturbance for construction activities required to install new underground utilities, sidewalks and road improvements on SE 256th St. Best management practices will be installed to minimize any polluted discharge to

waters of the state as well as to ensure erosion and sediment control standards are met. The site will be regularly monitored to ensure water quality standards are also complied with and the NPDES construction permit requirements are followed throughout all phases of the project. The project will have a site specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. Stormwater will be discharged to Upper Mill Creek via the city’s municipal separate stormwater sewer system. 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 Kent Reporter on March 15, 2013 and March 22, 2013. #753253. INVITATION TO BID The Kent School District extends an invitation to qualified General Contractors and/or Prime Mechanical Contractors to bid the construction project hereafter identified as the Meridian Middle HVAC Replacement 2013 Phase 2. PROJECT SCHEDULED BID

DATE Sealed construction bids will be due at, or before 1:00 P.M. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the following location: KENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 415 ADMINISTRATION CENTER – BUILDING “B” 12033 SE 256TH Street Kent, Washington 98030-6503 PROJECT SCOPE The Kent School District wishes to contract services for Phase 2 HVAC replacement at Meridian Middle School. PROJECT DOCUMENTS Each bid shall be in accordance with the Contract Documents as prepared by HARGIS ENGINEERS 600 Stewart Street Suite 1000. Seattle, Washington, 98101.”Drawings, specifications, addenda, and self-registered bidders list for this project are made available through the Kent School District’s on-line plan room March 13, 2013. Free of charge access is provided to Prime Bidders, Subcontractors, and Vendors by going to: “http://bxwa.com” and clicking on: “Posted Projects”; “Public Works”, “Kent School District”, and “Projects Bidding”. Bidders are encouraged to “Register” in order to receive automatic email notification of future addenda and to be placed on the “Bidders List”. This on-line plan room provides Bidders with fully usable on-line documents; with the ability to: download, print to your own printer, order full / partial plan sets from numerous reprographic sources (on-line print order form), and a free on-line digitizer / take-off tool. Contact Builders Exchange of Washington at 425-258-1303 should you require assistance. MANDATORY SITE INSPECTION Site Inspection: General Contractors and/or Prime Mechanical Contractors

intending to submit sealed bids must attend the mandatory site inspection conference held at the school. Meet at the school main entrance, outside the school administration office entrance: March 21, 2013 at 3:20 P.M. Site: MERIDIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 23480 120th Ave. SE Kent, WA 98031 Bidders arriving after 3:20 p.m. may not be admitted. Subcontractors and vendor attendance is welcome. BID SECURITY REQUIREMENT Bid security, in the amount of 5% of the bid sum shall accompany each bid. Security shall be made payable to the Kent School District either by certified check or bid bond issued by a surety company licensed to conduct business in Washington State. Publication Dates: March 15, 2013 and March 22, 2013 in the Kent Reporter. #753796. NOTICE OF APPLICATION and Proposed Determination of Nonsignificance A project Permit Application was filed with City of Kent Planning Services. The City of Kent expects to issue a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) for the proposal and the Optional DNS Process is being used. This may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposal and associated mitigation measures. The proposal may include mitigation measures under applicable codes, and the project review process may incorporate or require mitigation measures regardless of whether an EIS is prepared. A copy of the subsequent threshold determination for the specific proposal may be obtained upon request. Following is a description of the application and the process for review. The

application and listed studies may be reviewed at the offices of Kent Planning Services, 400 W. Gowe Street, Kent, WA. APPLICATION NAME/ NUMBER: 7-ELEVEN STORE #20188 FUEL SYSTEM TANK REMOVAL ENV-2013-5, KIVA #RPSW-2130819 TANK REMOVAL PERMIT, KIVA #RA13-2120820 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant proposes to remove three (3) 10,000 gallon underground gasoline storage tanks, a 576-square foot gas station canopy and all related gas station equipment including gas dispensers and piping. The existing convenience store will remain. The site is currently paved with approximately 2,645 square feet of landscaping. Paving will be restored following fuel system removal and existing parking and landscaping will be unaffected. The zoning for this property is CC, Community Commercial. The location of the property is 13131 SE 240th Street, King County Parcel Number 2122059154. OTHER PERMITS AND PLANS WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED: Department of Ecology Tank Removal Notice, Tank removal permit OPTIONAL DETERMINATION:As the Lead Agency, the City of Kent has determined that the proposed project, as regulated by the City’s development codes and standards, is unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment. Therefore, as permitted under the RCW 43.21C.110, the City of Kent is using the Optional Determination of Nonsignificance process to give notice that a DNS is likely to be issued. Comment periods for the project and the proposed

DNS are integrated into a single comment period.A 14-day appeal period will follow the issuance of the DNS. PROPOSED MITIGATION MEASURES: None PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: March 22, 2013 – April 5, 2013 All persons may comment on this application. Comments must be in writing and received in the Kent Planning Division by 4:30 P.M., Friday, April 5, 2013, at 220 4th Avenue South, Kent WA 98032. For questions regarding this project, please contact Katie Graves, AICP, Senior Planner at (253) 856-5454. DATED: March 22, 2013 Published in the Kent Reporter on March 22, 2013. #756341. CITY OF KENT NOTICE OF ORDINANCES PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL The following is a summary of the ordinance(s) adopted by the Kent City Council on March 19, 2013: ORDINANCE NO. 4076 AN ORDINANCE of the City Council of the City of Kent, Washington, amending Section 9.02.230, Kent City Code, concerning exclusion from public facilities for illegal activity. Each ordinance will take effect 30 days from the date of passage, unless subjected to referendum or vetoed by the Mayor, or unless otherwise noted. A copy of the complete text of any ordinance will be mailed upon request of the City Clerk. Ronald F. Moore, MMC, City Clerk Published in the Kent Reporter on March 22, 2013. #756686. To place a Legal Notice, please call 253-234-3506 or e-mail legals@ reporternewspapers.com


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[ FIREFIGHTERS from page 1 ] Hauer personally, she knew what his legacy represented. “I just kind of gave him a pound and (thought) this is going to be done in seven minutes,� Corey said. “People with cancer, it doesn’t end.� Seeing those same inspirational photos on her way up, Jessi Nemens pushed past the pain in her legs to scale the 69 flights to the top, staying focused on the true reasons why she decided to climb. “You’re in the zone,� she said. “You’re working hard to stay focused and keep moving, but you’re (also) raising money for a great cause.�

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Serving with humility: Kent firefighter Caitlin Corey wore her bunkers and a breathing mask, 50 extra pounds, during this year’s stairclimb. MICHELLE CONERLY, Kent Reporter

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Time to wake up, feed the roses plants and lawn

Three steps to curb appeal 1. Focus on the front door. You don’t need to own your own home to liven up your entry. Even the darkest basement apartment can benefit from a portable pot of living plants. Add some life to the dark side with foliage plants that stay evergreen all year long and don’t mind the full shade. Acuba, Fatsia japonica, variegated ivy or the magnificent large leaves of an Acanthus or Bear’s breeches are all plants that will live for years in a pot despite a lack of sunshine. In the summer months you can add shade-tolerant annuals such as impatiens, lobelia, begonias and coleus. White and lightcolored bloomers stand out

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in the shade. Next, consider painting the front door a vibrant accent color or at least light up the space with a fresh coat of white. A new door mat, upgraded light fixtures and dusting the cobwebs from the corners will turn any first impression from poor to positive. Marianne Binetti

The third week of March is the best time to fertilize established roses, lawns and small fruits like blueberry, raspberry and strawberry plants. The longer days are waking up these plants and the new foliage tells you that these plants want food now. Do not fertilize tender plants such as newly-planted roses, hardy fuchsias, summer blooming bulbs and shrubs like lilies, dahlias and hydrangeas or plants that surprised you and survived the winter such as phormiums and sedums. March is also the month to evaluate your front landscape and put together a plan for some curb appeal. You don’t need to be selling your home to invest in a better front view. A welcoming front entry, colorful flowers and a cared for landscape does more than just raise property values. There is intrinsic satisfaction waiting for any homeowner or apartment dweller that is welcomed home with a bit of beauty.

2. Wake up the welcome walk. Many homeowners rarely use their own front door – so it is easy to forget about the overgrown plants, slippery sidewalk and other hazards that make the walk to the front door less than welcoming. Take the route your guests must use and then determine if walkways need pressure washing or if there are overgrown plants in need of pruning. A great design idea to widen a narrow walkway is to add pavers alongside the existing walkway creating more surface area. Installing outdoor pathway lights is another bright idea to improve curb appeal. Don’t forget about the impact of blooming plants as you rethink your front walk. Pots aren’t just for the porch. Set a trio of container gardens into the planting bed, keeping the pots level by setting them on top of stepping stones or a grouping of pavers. Pots in beds raises the blooming plants closer to eye level and creates an instant focal point in a boring landscape. The deep blue, deep red, rich purple and other highly-glazed and shiny pots sold at local nurseries are frost and crack resistant and can be left outdoors all year long to add structure and color. 3. Control the chaos with some repetition. Adding curb appeal to your front landscape can be as simple as repeating

WATER MANAGERS have begun slowly filling the reservoir at Howard Hanson Dam at the headwaters of the Green River. As is typical, Army Corps of Engineers slowly begins annual spring fill of the reservoir around March 1, allowing water levels to rise within the dam’s reservoir.

Meet Marianne 9 a.m., Saturday, Windmill Gardens, 16009 60th St. E., Sumner. Sign up for a Marianne Binetti seminar, “Adding Curb Appeal and Color to the Landscape,” by calling 253-863-5843 or go to www.windmillgarden.com

a plant, color or form in at least three spots. Plant different sizes and shapes of containers with the same variety of purple petunia, repeat the rounded form of a clipped boxwood or repeat an evergreen signature plant such as Nanina (Heavenly Bamboo) or Dwarf Alberta Spruce. You can group the same plant material in clusters of three to five, in a staggered hedge, in the center or corner three different beds or even as the focal point plants in container gardens. The reason that repetition works to calm the chaos in a front yard landscape is because it gives the eye a familiar place to rest when your home is viewed from the curb or street. Repetition is like a melody that reappears throughout a song or the repeating patterns that Mother Nature designs when rolling hills, fields of wild flowers or ocean waves repeat to calm and delight the human senses. Don’t forget the obvious: maintenance matters Improving your home’s curb appeal can be as simple as mowing and edging the lawn, clearing away the clutter and weeding and mulching the beds. Repair the gutters, get rid of the moss on the roof and keep your driveway free of fallen leaves and debris. A well-kept home does more than improve the real estate values in your neighborhood – it welcomes the homeowner as well as the guest, calms the mind and raises the spirit. We humans get spring fever for a reason – feather your nest, clean up your cave and create a buzz about your home hive.

[ LETTERS from page 6 ] 256th are elderly and would face a huge debt obligation that they can ill afford. The issue of the B&O tax and just exactly who is in charge of the disposition of that revenue for city projects needs to be clarified. It’s my understanding that tax revenue funds are under the purview of the city – not the Chamber of Commerce. Instead of burdening homeowners on this

256th-area homeowners from an unnecessary and unfair assessment. An LID is not the only answer for street improvements. Kent now has a B&O tax for this purpose. – Sandra Gill

DONATE TODAY: Kent Food Bank, 515 W. Harrison St., No. 107. For more information or to volunteer, call 253-5203550 or visit www.skcfc.org/ kentfoodbank.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 This FUN run and walk is healthy for YOU and healthy for the opportunity to plant a tree or shrub in your honor at a post event the Duwamish-Green River Trail. The race begins at 8 a.m.

For registration information please call 206-768-2822.

Marianne Binetti is the author of “Easy Answers for Great Gardens” and several other books. For book requests or answers to gardening questions, write to her at: P.O. Box 872, Enumclaw, 98022. Send a selfaddressed, stamped envelope for a personal reply. For more gardening information, she can be reached at her website, www.binettigarden.com.

The process takes roughly three months to refill the reservoir. The current plan targets a maximum pool elevation of 1,167 feet above sea level. Water stored during the spring refill of the reservoir will be used to provide water supply to the City of Tacoma and its water supply partners.

strip of road, why not use B&O tax revenue that was approved for road work? This seems like exactly the kind of project for which the tax was designed. It also seems like the city engineers could modify the design and eliminate some of the features (e.g., the center-strip and sidewalk gardens) and downscale this project to save some money. Don’t be in such a rush for the $2 million TIB grant and let’s spare the

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