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City considers Renton man suspect in slayings lawsuit over tower closure at airport 28-year-old felon being held on charge of unlawful possession of a firearm By ROBERT WHALE

The City of Renton is considering legal action over the planned closure this month of the control tower at Renton Municipal Airport by the FAA. "We do anticipate taking some legal action by the end of this week," Mayor Denis Law said earlier this week. He didn't know yet whether the city would join another lawsuit against the FAA or file one of its own. Spokane Airports filed a lawsuit against the FAA last week over the closure of the tower at Felts Field, which is separate from Spokane International Airport. The purpose of a lawsuit would be to stop the FAA from closing the tower until federal officials can resolve their budget issues, he said. Closure of the tower, he said, is "primarily a public safety concern." Beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, there will be no traffic controllers in the Renton tower. Renton Airport would remain open, but all airplanes, including the 737 built at Boeing's Renton production plant at the airport, would need to maintain visual contact with other craft landing or taking off from the airport and on the ground as well. The airport is the sixth-busiest in the state, measured in takeoffs and landings. The city doesn't have the money to operate the control tower on its own, Law said. It's estimated it would cost $400,000 to $450,000 a year to maintain the operations of the tower at its current levels. The tower is one of 149 the FAA plans to close to help balance its budget that was cut because of the federal sequester.

brawl. “Three people are dead, and one person is injured. The defendant’s actions endangered the lives of all that were present. There is an ongoing investigation to determine the full extent of the defendant’s involvement with the brawl,” Jibbensmith wrote. Arraignment is April 15 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. According to the King County Medical Examiner, two of the victims, Lorenzo Duncan, 23, and Antaun Greer, 21, died of multiple gunshot wounds. The third, Nicholas Lindsay, 26, died of a single gun[ more charges page 17 ]

Tiffany Park Elementary goes ‘Readioactive’

Challeneged to read a total of 100,000 minutes, the students at Tiffany Park Elementary School read more than 215,000 minutes over a two-week period, earning a glow-in-the-dark, “Readioactive” bowling party for the entire school. The event was set up in the gym and classes were brought in throughout the day to take a shot at the black-lit alleys as a reward for meeting the reading challenge. The kids wore glowing necklaces and other light-up garb and took turns trying for strikes. The school’s top readers were fifth-grader Rachel Knittle and first-grader April Hall. Above, Andrew Baldwin takes aim at the pins. Right, Raeayn Gilbert, Lillia Agadjanyan, and Giselle Angulo-Garcia watch in anticipation as their lane-mate’s ball strikes the pins. Good Chevrolet helped sponsor the event. Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter

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King County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 28-year-old Renton man, whom police call a person of interest in Sunday morning’s deadly shootings outside the Sports Page Tavern in Auburn, with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. As a convicted felon, Troy L. Neal is not

allowed to have a gun. Auburn police had originally arrested Neal for investigation of reckless endangerment. Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, said the investigation into that potential offense continues. Wednesday marked the 72-hour deadline for prosecutors to officially charge Neal with a crime or release him. “The defendant’s actions are extremely concerning,” prosecutor Greta M. Jibbensmith wrote in charging papers. “He is a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted to firing off three or four rounds in the crowded parking lot of the Sports Page Tavern during the middle of a

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his superintendent credentials from Washington State University. John Schmitz, current principal at Dimmitt Middle School, will become the principal at Kennydale Elementary School next year. Current Kennydale principal Bill Tarter is retiring. Schmitz has been with Dimmitt for 16 years as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal and for the last six years as the principal. “This was a difficult decision for me because Dimmitt is an incredible learning community of committed, talented people,” Schmitz said. “Thanks to their hard work, the support of our families, and the effort of our students, we’ve accomplished many successes over the past six years. I’m looking forward to a new opportunity, though, to expand my knowledge and skills. The Kennydale principal position offers that opportunity.” The district is now accepting applications for open principal positions at Renton High School and Dimmitt Middle School. Interviews are set to take place the week of April 22.


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Crystalee Sweeting The third candidate for the job of Renton schools superintendent is Crystalee Sweeting, Puyallup schools’ assistant superintendent for instruction, learning, curriculum and assessment. She was to visit the Renton School District Thursday, past the Renton Reporter’s print deadline. She was to choose which Renton school to tour. She has 39 years of experience in education, the last seven spent with Puyallup schools. Her background includes work as the executive director of special services, Title I/Learning Assistance Program and the English Language Learners’ program in Puyallup. She was a special education teacher and elementary teacher in Ellensburg and Federal Way. Sweeting earned her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University, and she received her master’s degree and education doctorate from the University of Washington. Read the interviews with Merri Rieger and Lester Herndon on page 4.

Community meets the candidates By TRACEY COMPTON

The Renton community and school district staff got to interact with school superintendent candidates this week, as the top three interviewed for the job. The candidates, all in-state residents, were busy touring the school district, meeting with staff and tak-

ing part in public forums. Monday, Merri Rieger, the Kent School District’s chief student achievement officer, was in Renton interviewing. Tuesday, the community heard from candidate Lester “Flip” Herndon, superintendent of the Bremerton School District. Thursday, Crystalee Sweeting, an assistant superintendent for

Puyallup schools, was to interview, after the Renton Reporter’s print deadline. The newspaper sat down with Rieger and Herndon earlier in the week to ask them the same five questions. An interview with Sweeting was expected on Thursday to answer the same questions for publication next week.

Former Renton schools chief Mary Alice Heuschel left the district in January to become Gov. Jay Inslee’s chief of staff. Vera Risdon is the interim superintendent for Renton until the new chief takes office July 1. The School Board is expected to announce which candidate it has offered the job to at its April 17 meeting.

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choosing a new school superintendent MERRI RIEGER: Kids are better prepared for the world if they are surrounded by diversity; elementary school education critical to providing a strong foundation

Merri Rieger, the Kent School District’s chief student achievement officer, interviewed for Renton’s superintendent position on Monday. Included in her busy schedule was a tour of Dimmitt Middle School. About 25 people attended the public meeting the district held for her that night at Cascade Elementary School. Rieger has 30 years of experience in education and all of her credentials are from Washington State University, including a doctorate of education leadership. Why this job in Renton? “Because I have had a wonderful opportunity in my career to be in many different districts, four different districts,” said Rieger. “Along that journey, I’ve learned a lot of skills; I’ve built a lot of relationships and I believe that I have the skills that could help Renton get to where they want to go.” When Rieger was looking to move to the next level in her career Merri Rieger and said Renton was the only district on her list because of its diversity. Kent, her current district, has about 28,000 students compared to Renton’s more than 14,300, and there are 137 languages found in Kent schools, she said. “It’s a majority minority district,” Rieger said. “And over the 13 years that I’ve been there, the diversity continues to grow and it continues to bring that richness.” Rieger said she wants to bring her experience creating district support team models to Renton. “Each building needs a little different support based on the students who walk through the door and where they are at the time in their learning,” she said. What about your experience prepares you for Renton’s diversity? “I think the diversity of a community and the diversity of the schools helps each one of us to grow and be better individuals and better community members,” said

Rieger. She feels that kids are better equipped for the world they’re entering surrounded by diversity. In Kent, like Renton, Rieger said that district has had to accommodate not only racial diversity but also cultural diversity because of the influx of families from other countries. Also, as a principal once in another diverse district, Rieger said she narrowed student achievement gaps. What skills do you bring to Renton? Rieger counts her experience with diversity among her top skills that she cherishes and the systemic support she can bring to classrooms. She’s worked with student populations from 28,000 students down to 4,000 students and has also been a principal and teacher early in her career. How would you improve math and science achievement in the district? Rieger’s approach to improvement in both areas is starting early in elementary schools with a strong foundation. For math, she said, helping students understand how they arrived at their answers and practicing math discourse are key to achievement. She used examples of illustrating abstract principles with tools kids can understand like blocks, pictures and paper. “You make it real and especially if you have students coming from many different cultures and English may be their second or third language,” Rieger said. “Using visuals helps them to get the concept because that’s what it’s about.” For science, being targeted about teaching the subject like through reading comprehension is one way to improve skills, she said. Rieger used the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM programs from her experience as examples as to how to achieve results. What’s the last book you’ve read? Rieger is currently reading a book about Russian czar, Catherine the Great. “I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures and when I was teaching social studies, I was teaching about Russia,” she said.

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Why this job in Renton? The district appeals to Herndon because he loves the size. It’s bigger than Bremerton and smaller than Tacoma, he said. In his current position he manages about 5,000 students in Bremerton, but in Tacoma, where he was an assistant superintendent, there were around 28,500 students. Herndon said he loves options or choices of schools at different levels within the district. He Flip Herndon is also appreciates the demographics of the community and the fact that Renton is a part of the Road Map consortium. That group is a collection of schools that received a $40 million federal grant to improve education in South King County. What about your experience prepares you for Renton’s diversity? Herndon cites his experience in Tacoma, which is a diverse city, and also his student teaching experience in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. He also mentions his biracial heritage, with parents from two different backgrounds. Herndon’s grandparents also adopted about 55 foster children during the 1950s and 1960s, some from Korean orphanages, so he said he was raised around different languages. “Renton definitely’s got some diverse communities, which is great,” he said. “I’ve been driving around for the past week or so and seeing in every community people coming out and really taking part in the schools and feeling comfortable walking


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Flip Herndon, as he likes to be called, interviewed in the district on Tuesday. He is the superintendent of Bremerton schools. He has 20 years of experience in education, with credentials from Whitman College, Harvard University, Rutgers University and the University of Washington, where Herndon received his doctorate of education and superintendent certification. Herndon was given his nickname by his father, who was an Army drill sergeant during Vietnam, when he said new recruits were called “junior flips.” Herndon is also a junior.


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down the streets.” Herndon said he looks forward to getting to know the communities he’s not familiar with yet. What skills do you bring to Renton? “My role really as superintendent is to work with the board and make sure that they’re informed because they’re really representing the community at large,” Herndon said. “People voted for them to make sure the direction of the school district is going the right way. My job as superintendent is to make sure that I’m filling those goals that the board has.” Herndon’s approach also focuses on systems, allocating resources and making sure goals are achieved. He breaks down goals into student achievement, facilities and infrastructure. Herndon’s main goal is to make sure that students are well-prepared to handle whatever they choose to pursue after their secondary education. He realizes that goals are never done because student and staff populations are dynamic or ever-changing, he said. How would you improve math and science achievement in the district? Herndon feels Renton has some programs that are working well in these areas, but taking another look at programs indepth could lead to improvement. “I think that having a focus on that, that’s well-rounded, looking at programs that have been successful, investing in the professional development of teachers that’s how you’re going to be successful,” he said. Herndon used Bremerton’s STEM school, where students have science and math every day at the elementary school level as an example of a successful program. “We’ve seen the gains, I think, because the staff was empowered to create a curriculum that’s going to work for them.” What’s the last book you’ve read? Herndon is a non-fiction reader and the last book he read was about training and dieting for a triathlon. He’s quick to point out the last book related to education he read was a book about teaching with poverty or poor kids in mind.

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Five teachers win Ahead of Class award Sandy Cato In her role as the Academic Acceleration instructor, Ms. Cato works with at risk students who, in the past, have experienced little engagement in the educational process. Her ability to “connect” with these students has had a significant positive in their level of engagement and their academic success. Students understand, sometimes begrudgingly, that Ms. Cato is relentless in her mission to engage each student in learning. They know that she is non-judgmental and has a sincere interest in their welfare. Ms. Cato is well aware that her communication with the families of her students is an important factor in the process, and she makes every effort to contact them and include them in the educational process. Her consistent and collaborative communication with other LHS staff keeps her informed of her students’ progress in their classes which provides the opportunity for a proactive response to a dip in student academic performance. - Principal Tres Genger Katie Jeppesen Catherine spends hours outside the workday planning lessons, gathering materials and exploring ways to engage her students more fully. She uses technology to not

Laurie Parten Laurie is a wonderful collaborator as the mathematics department chair working with me on a variety of math department initiatives. She helps craft the math department schedule each year to include as many math intervention classes as possible, so that we maximize

Rebecca Ritchie Rebecca is our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Advisor. As she does with all the activities she is involved in, she puts her heart and soul into her role. She organizes fundraisers and field trips throughout the year. She promotes NJHS with the staff, students, and community by promoting academic excellence. The highlight of the program is the induction ceremony. Rebecca puts hours of planning and organizing into the event, which involved multiple staff members, district administrators, and the PTSA. She coordinates all the pieces for a special evening for the community. The gym is filled with proud parents and excited students who have achieved the 3.5 grade point average and required citizenship grade to be inducted. This is a clear example of how Rebecca is able to partner with school and community to enhance student learning. - Principal Colin Falk

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Creed Tremaine Nelson As the Industrial Technology department chair, Mr. Nelson was instrumental in the founding of the annual LHS Trades Fair. This event, hosted by Lindbergh High School, draws twenty or more participants/ presenters that represent multiple trades, apprentice programs, and schools. In this way, Lindbergh students are afforded the opportunity to explore and investigate career paths that do not follow the traditional four year college degree track. The planning and preparation for the event involves contacting and coordinating prospective participants from the community, setting and tearing down the facility, and communicating with LHS staff regarding student visitations to the event. - Principal Tres Genger

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The five winners are: • Sandy Cato, Lindbergh High School, ninth-12th grade Credit Recovery, atrisk freshmen • Katie Jeppesen, Sierra Heights Elementary, second grade • Creed Tremaine Nelson, Lindbergh High School, woodshop, construction, algebra apps • Laurie Parten, McKnight Middle School, sixth, seventh and eighth math • Rebecca Ritchie, Nelsen Middle School, sixth-grade computers The five winners, who demonstrate high standards of professionalism in education, will receive a $500 cash award. More than 145 teachers were nominated by their peers, students and parents. Forty-five teachers sent in

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City needs to get moving on two new libraries At the conclusion of a recent City Council meeting, Council President Randy Corman noted that the council has spent more time on the library issue than any other city business, despite the fact that our citizens listed libraries as one of the lowest priorities of the services provided by the city in a survey we conducted a couple years ago. Randy said, “The council has spent more time than we have on anything else, and I feel like, in terms of an offload, that’s a disaster.” He also voiced frustration that the only thing we’re hearing from the public is negativity about KCLS, and that concerns him. He concluded by suggesting that KCLS needs to turn around public opinion, and unless they can make 90 percent of the people come in and let the council know they are happy with the service and direction that KCLS is going, he doesn’t feel it’s worth the money taxpayers are paying for library service. A local resident cornered me recently to ask why there continues to be so much controversy surrounding our libraries. A regular watcher of City Council meetings on television, she complained that it’s like a “broken record listening to the same complaints” against the King County Library System, and she couldn’t understand why the City Council continues to put up with it. She also emphasized that those campaigning against KCLS do not represent her, even though she voted to keep the library over the river. For the past couple years, there has been a small organized group of citizens who have been vocal, nearly every week, in their opposition to KCLS and issues involving the construction of Mayor Denis Law

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two new libraries. And as Councilman Corman pointed out, the City Council has not heard from local citizens who are pleased with the added hours and service now being provided to library users, or excitement for two new libraries that are scheduled to be built to serve the Renton community. He also mentioned this week that he doesn’t feel KCLS has adequately responded to questions being raised by the public. The City Council welcomes citizens to come to City Hall to voice their opinions on any issue. For the most part, the anti-KCLS group has been professional and civil during council meetings, although some of their supporters have been disruptive during KCLS open houses, which is unfortunate, especially for the citizens who have attended to learn more about the library and new facilities. Because there was concern voiced by some people on how the public could participate in the library construction process, the council adopted guiding principles last September to assure that communication and public interaction would

be available and that two new libraries would be built within the allocated budget. The city and KCLS have adhered to this agreement. This always raises the question as to how government should respond. This city has a genuine commitment to transparency and openness to our citizens. Through regular scientifically valid surveys of our residents, and a public visioning process to determine how our city will look in the future, we continually seek input from our residents. From the parks plan, museum, and future development of our neighborhoods, to participation in our budgeting process, we work hard to include our citizens in the planning process to make sure we are making decisions that represent the will of the majority of our residents. Despite these efforts, we know that it’s important we explore more effective ways of communicating with our citizens so that they are better informed on issues important to our city. One thing we all know for sure, most people [ more denis law page 7 ]

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Letters to the editor Working together, end result is library for next 50 years From one Rentonite to another, Now that we are able to retain our “icon” library where it is, we want to make the best of it for everyone in our community. Kindergartners are learning to read in different modes now than when we grew up. We used books. The great information we now receive is in many different methods. The use of our libraries will most likely be used in very different ways

of learning in 10 years. Let’s trust that King County people really do want to do what is best for our beloved city. We can make compromises to accommodate the most pressing issues of concern for our community. The majority of people would like the entrance and patio to remain in the same location, cleverly put almost 50 years ago. Putting a door at the front side entrance displayed to us for the convenience of those with health issues is a considerate thought. Thus, we can have two entrances for our citizens use “as desired.”

To place a roof over the present entrance and patio to our library could provide longer viewing of our returning salmon each year and river watching by our seniors, families and children. The architects provided by the county have fine progressive designs that can be implemented to accommodate the present concerns of the communities desires as well. Let us let them do what is best with their professional library knowledge and with the input received from caring community people. Thus, our end result could be a very nice library suitable for

this great city of ours for the next 50 years. Amen.....

Pat Bentley Renton

Library system is not representing citizens Regarding the Renton Library: 1. KCLS not acknowledging or representing community. 2. In a petulant and petty act of retribution for voters rejecting the [ more letters page 7 ]

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smaller library at the “Big 5” site, now KCLS wants to punish Renton by shrinking the current library. 3. Moving the central entry to simply justify work for the sake of work without logical validity. 4. Why move the bridge, except for make work just to justify the need for a new entrance? 5. Julie Brand contradicts herself in usage of the word “design:” “I mean the schematic design . . . we’re nowhere near the design phase.” 6. Bill Ptacek worries about ADA doors. The current doors, short of being self-opening, seem fine. 7. Ptacek: “In a sense we don’t really have a choice,” says Ptacek. Sounds more like “we don’t have a choice.” The only true conclusion is that with KCLS is that that acronym meaning: “King County’s Latest Scam!”

Bob Powell Renton

KCLS needs to pick up the clue phone I have been reading KCLS’ latest plans for our library for a month or so now, and I am appalled. Appalled and disgusted that after our hard work and victory last year, we are still threatened with the prospect of getting a shrunken library. For the seventh biggest city in the state – and still growing – to wind up with less space instead of more is utter insanity. We might not just lose up to

half or more of our book space, but room for reference and jobsearch materials. All this would hurt more people than you could ever suspect. When someone takes an ESL class or gets help making a resume, they are on the way to getting better job and a more stable future. When kids venture into the stacks or consult encyclopedias for help with their homework, they have a chance of getting a better grades. When little kids enjoy songs and stories, the books nearby will be the next target of their curiosity, and a new generation of successful adults will result. I don’t see how all of this can possibly fit into a 30 percent smaller space. And if any of it is taken away, that will degrade the future for all of us. Books aren’t going to go out of style any time soon, no matter what the proponents of various electronic devices might claim. Not all of us can afford such devices, and even if we could, not all of us would find them more convenient than books. As for computers, where will we possibly find space for all of the ones we’ve got – which are usually from 80 percent to 100 percent occupied when I come in, and at least some of which we paid for ourselves before KCLS ever came on the scene? Size matters. A growing and diverse city needs more, not less, of everything a library can provide. The KCLS website talks about how they value convenience for patrons – how convenient is it to have to put in a hold, or wait at

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Renton has pool, golf course because of council [DENIS LAW from page 6] are just too busy with their personal lives to trek down to City Hall every Monday to share their opinion with the City Council, especially those satisfied with the service they are currently receiving. So it’s unlikely that the council will suddenly hear from a ton of residents who are pleased with the library service they are now receiving from KCLS. We also know that a low percentage of our population takes the time to vote, even when it means a tax increase like joining KCLS or voting for hospital bonds to improve emergency services. This is not new. In previous years, voters did not come out in high enough numbers to approve the construction of a new public pool. But city leaders felt strongly that local residents should have a quality pool, and they made the decision to fund the construction of the Henry Moses Aquatic Center using reserves. Since the day it opened, the pool has operated at capacity and has become one of our top public amenities. Voters also chose not to fund the Maplewood Golf Course. Fearing that the property would become a mass of apartments and potentially endanger the city aquifer, city leaders made the difficult decision to purchase the property and build a beautiful golf course and restaurant facility, which has been very successful and is envied by many other cities. The topic today is libraries. By a small margin, Renton voters decided to have KCLS provide library services. As part of that agreement, the city agreed to build two new libraries, and since then, residents have voted to have the new downtown library built at the same site over the Cedar River. That’s our plan and we’re still in a position to provide our citizens with two beautiful facilities while staying within our fragile budget. Some citizens are advocating for the downtown library to be larger than is currently planned by KCLS, and feel Renton voters would support some additional cost if necessary. Those are ongoing issues that will be vetted by the council. But we need to get moving. You can be assured that continued delays and debate will cost taxpayers more money. And not everyone will be happy with the final decisions, but that’s to be expected. We have an obligation to our citizens to move on.

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a filthy bus stop to go to another branch because what you need is not here any more? We have started to hear much about “food deserts”; a “library desert” is not something I would wish on anyone either. I just can’t believe that the “columns and crossbars” mentioned on page 13 will preclude making use of all the present space we have. If Ptacek and his architects really are as smart as they want us to think they are, they should be able to find a way to make whatever adjustments are needed for plumbing, utilities and so on without removing any part of the floor space (or cutting into the supporting structure and endangering river life.) If there is no way that can be done, why then the structure can be extended northeast and southwest over the land. As for the entrance, I haven’t seen people in wheelchairs having any problem with it the way it is. KCLS is not only doing its level worst to ravage one of our most vital resources, but to this they are adding the insult of not listening to us, of acting like they know more about our needs than we do, all the while they gobble up our tax money – more than we paid when our library was city-run. We who voted to annex into it, which I must remind you was a very small majority, are starting to be really sorry that we did so. In fact, we have had enough, and we are ready to take our library back if our voices do not begin to be heard. Now I want to thank you for keeping me apprised of this mess ever since it began and invite you to join me in urging all the people of Renton to demand that KCLS pick up the clue phone.

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Renton ice rink stresses fun, then games By TRACEY COMPTON

Four-year-old Violet Loh is already showing signs of a fearless warrior, as she takes to the ice as one of a few girls in Castle Ice Arena’s Hockey 1, youth program. Last Sunday, she practiced stopping, shooting pucks and falling down on the ice with about 15 other boys and girls of a similar young age. Violet visited the sidelines often for water and so her dad could lift her helmet and push her hair out of her face. There were cheers, a few tears, pep talks and plenty of rallying among the young athletes and parents at Sunday’s session. It’s spring at the rink in the Renton Highlands and that means the start of Hockey 1 lessons. Violet’s parents play in amateur hockey leagues and discovered the youth programs because they play games at Castle. “It’s to get her out of the house, to get her some exercise, hang out with some other kids,” said Gabriel Loh, her father. Originally from Canada, the Chestolowski family, who now live in Renton, also discovered the youth programs casually. They visited the rink for skate nights and

Hockey instructor Mason McTaggert of Castle Ice Arena takes hockey newbies through the fundamentals in Sunday Hockey 1 lessons. tracey compton, Renton Reporter soon signed 6-year-old son Kris up to learn. “It’s not something I ever wanted to force on him, but we had him out to tee ball and some other sports,” said Richard Chestolowski. “He didn’t really take to it and we brought him out here. Once he

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runs in the fall and spring and nets about 80 kids in those series. “We stress fun and then once we have fun, we hit the fundamentals from there,” said Mason McTaggert, an instructor. The kids rent all of their gear from Castle. For around $100 they get gloves, a helmet, stick and skates. In addition to the coaches, there are a lot of volunteers to help keep the wee ones upright. “I like the skating and shooting pucks; it’s fun,” said Kris Chestolowski. Some may regard hockey as a dangerous sport, but not so says Castle staff. McTaggert points out the rambunctious and curious nature of the 4- and 5-year-olds he teaches. “When they fall on the ice, they’re use to falling down a lot,” he said. “Once we get them all geared up and they realize they can’t fall, and there’s no problem, and they’re not going to hurt themselves, then they show a lot of no fear.” Former Boston Bruins defender Jamie Huscroft stresses that there is no contact in the game until players reach age 12 and then only on a high-level traveling squad. There’s no contact in the youth house leagues either he notes. Hu[ more HOCKEY page 9 ]

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Girls among the youngest hockey players in training [ hockey from page 8] scroft is the general manager of Castle Ice Arena. “It’s clean; it’s competitive,” he said. “Like all sports you’re teaching those values, hard work and being morally and ethically correct and doing the right thing. It’s a great program and I’m proud to say I’m helping build this to help kids become better people, young men and young women.” He asks parents to consider the amount of potential injuries in soccer and football today compared to youth hockey programs. “Back when I was playing there were five to six fighters,” Huscroft said. “They weren’t great skaters, but they were great fighters. Now the NHL is such that they’re not great fighters, but they’re great skaters. So even if he is a fighter, he’s not a big goon like they use to have. You’ve got to be able to skate.” Googling Huscroft reveals YouTube videos of some of his fights. The Canadian played professionally from 1987 to 2001, with such teams as the New Jersey Devils, Boston, the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lighting, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and the Washington Capitals.

“It wasn’t fun, but at least it got me there,” he said of the fighting. “And I’m very proud to say that I played in the NHL for many years, unfortunately because that was my role.” Despite “They’re just little his modest tykes, but you start assessment, when you’re 4 years online commentary old, by the time you’re 6, these kids also reveals Huscroft they’re flying out there.” Jamie Huscroft is admired for what he Castle Ice General brought to Manager, former NHL star the game. Sno King Hockey’s web site called him a “consummate warrior and leader, and well respected by teammates and rivals alike.” Starting early at hockey is key to success, Huscroft said. Castle has even taught some 3-year-olds how to skate. “They’re just little tykes, but you start when you’re 4 years old, by the time you’re 6, these kids they’re flying out there,” he said. “They’ve got a jump on the competition.” Perhaps best of all are the names for the different youth

Violet Loh 4, above, skated over to her father Gabriel for water, hair adjustments and pep talks during a recent session of Castle Ice Arena’s Hockey 1 lessons for youth in Renton. At right, at the end of lessons, kids demonstrate what they’ve learned in scrimmages. tracey compton, Renton Reporter

levels. There are Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams and Midgets, oh my.

Renton loves to skate By TRACEY COMPTON

One might miss Castle Ice Arena’s location, tucked in the Renton Highlands, but for those who love to skate, it’s a destination. “We have more broom ball rentals than we have anything else here, if you can believe that,” said Jamie Huscroft. He’s the general manager for the rink and also a former Boston Bruins defender, in the National Hockey League. Huscroft said the hockey community is still growing in Renton, but business is good. “It’s still growing, but we still get people who come by Castle and go, ‘Golly, I

never knew we had a rink here,’” he said. “On the other hand it is packed.” During the winter months it is busy, especially

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under disco lights. Amateur teams from the Greater Seattle Hockey League use Castle for matches. The rink hosts clinics for adults interested in learning and Castle has a feeder program into the league. As the U.S. and Canadian women’s teams have achieved more success and increased in popularity, interest from women has grown at a quicker rate than men, said Huscroft. “We have a lot of girls in our program; we probably have two per team,” he said of the youth programs. If Seattle gets an established NHL team, Huscroft predicts that hockey growth will be huge in the area.

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[MINIS from page 15] “Christmas, that was her favorite,” Swanson said. Swanson said she is selling many of the boxes as single pieces, ranging from $350 for the deli up to more than $750 for a small saloon scene that contains five porcelain dolls. There are also individual miniatures available for purchase at the store, so people can make their own box displays and carry on where Benita left off. But not every display is for sale, such as the one the family “accidentally” discovered in a room that was so full of miniatures they did not originally see it. Behind several other displays and boxes of pieces, the Swansons found a “hidden surprise,” a large twostory display that features an Old West saloon on the first floor with an upstairs

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Mourners left a memorial for Antaun Greer, one of the three victims in Sunday’s deadly shooting outside The Sports Page in Auburn. Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter

Man told detectives he had a gun shot wound to the torso. The Auburn Police Department’s Certification for Determination of Probable Cause, which forms the basis for the charge, offers the following account: As officers were responding to the shooting scene shortly before 2 a.m., various callers were reporting and describing suspects and suspect vehicles peeling out of the parking lot. According to the police account, callers told police that the shooting suspects may have left in several vehicles, among them a black Impala with a known license plate. The Kent Police Department later stopped a black Chevrolet Impala with that plate, driven by Neal. According to the police account, as he stepped out of his vehicle, a handgun fell to the

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Up and down week for Hazen fastpitch By Brian Beckley

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Ariana Williams, above, collects a hit Tuesday during Hazen’s six-run, fourth-inning comeback that fell short. Kristina Holm, right, picked up the loss. Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter

Hazen girls tennis stays undefeated on the season

Hazen’s Kristina Holm picked up her first loss Tuesday as the Seamount League-leading Kennedy Catholic Lancers rolled to a 19-6 victory at Hazen High School. The Lancers scored early and often, jumping out to a 10-0 lead after three innings, before hanging six more runs on Holm in the top of the fourth inning. Hazen battled in the bottom of the fourth, however, picking up six runs of their own as the Kennedy pitcher’s control began to waiver. Hazen batters remained patient at the plate, picking up several walks and getting hit by a handful of pitches in the process. The Highlanders also picked up a few timely hits to drive runners in, but fell short of their goal. In the fifth, Monica Cleary came into relieve Holm, but was unable to slow the Lancers who put an additional two insurance runs on the board. The loss was also the first of the year for Holm, who already has a no-hitter against Renton this season. Holm got her third win of the year March 29 with a 12-1 win over Foster. Hazen also dropped a game to Highline 13-2 on March 27. Tuesday’s loss against Kennedy drops By Brian Beckley

The Hazen girls tennis squad remains undefeated for the year after picking up two more wins this week. First up was a 4-3 victo-

Hazen to 3-4 on the year with a 3-2 record in the Seamount League. The Highlanders are scheduled to play at Lindbergh Wednesday afternoon. Reach Assistant Editor Brian Beckley at 425-255-3484, ext. 5054

ry over Kennedy Catholic on Friday. The Highlanders were led by their singles players who won three of four matches against the Lancers. On Monday, Hazen rolled over Lindbergh 6-1 to keep their perfect record

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PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL REAL PROPERTY The Renton School District held a public hearing on the 29th day of November, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at Renton School District Administrative Offices, Kohlwes Education Center, 300 SW 7th Street, Renton, Washington 98057, to consider the sale of property as follows: Description of Property: Approximately 10 Acres of undeveloped land located approximately 1,000 feet to the west of Lake Boren in the City of Newcastle, WA, consisting of King County parcel number 2824059041. The full legal description is available by contacting the Renton School District Business Office. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the district has solicited offers from interested parties in accordance with Resolution 04-12/13 and that the Board of Directors intends to sell the property no sooner than 45 days from the date of this notice, in compliance with RCW 28A.335.120 (3). For further information, please contact John Knutson, Assistant Superintendent, Business Operations at 425.204.2387. Published in Renton Reporter on April 5, 2013. #760905.

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CITY OF RENTON PUBLIC NOTICE CITY COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEES 2013 REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE REVISION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Renton City Council has revised the 2013 standing committee meeting schedule as of April 1, 2013, by changing the day and time of the regular Planning and Development Committee meetings. The revised standing committee schedule is as follows: Planning & Development Committee Finance Committee Public Safety Committee Transportation/Aviation Committee Community Services Committee Utilities Committee

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Hazen soccer beats Lindbergh, ties Kennedy Highlanders play Tyee Friday during big week of Seamount League matches By Brian Beckley

Hazen soccer captain Sam Bunnell is having a big week. Bunnell picked up five points in a game against Lindbergh on Friday and then scored the Highlanders only goal in a 1-1 tie against Kennedy on Monday. Defending Seamount champs Hazen now have an overall record of 4-1-3 and a Seamount League record of 4-0-2, good

enough for second place behind Tyee, as of Wednesday. Coach Ken Matthews called last week’s game against Lindbergh a “tune-up” for this week’s match-ups against Kennedy on Monday and Tyee on Friday. During the game against Lindbergh, Bunnell led the way with four goals and an assist. Senior midfielders Devin Sando and Nils Fenske and senior defender Eddie Time also added goals. Freshman Game Captain and midfielder Reyes Garcia, junior mid Isaiah Blount, and senior forwards Ezequiel Ochoa and Marcelo Castro had assists. Sophomore goalie Jaime “Chino” Martinez got a knock on the head during the game, though Matthews was not worried

about the Highlanders netminders. “We’re keeping a close eye on him. Freddy (Senior Keeper Freddy Jeronimo) is coming into form,” Matthews said. “We’ll be fine at that position.” On Monday, Bunnell got a little help from his brother, junior Kyle Bunnell who picked up the assist on Sam’s goal at the nine minute mark, for the Highlanders only goal of the night. Kennedy knotted the score at one 31 minutes into the first half on a free kick that went off a Hazen player for a goal. And that was that; the game ended 1-1. It was not the outcome Matthews was hoping for. “There was a time when a draw against Kennedy would have caused a huge cel-

ebration. In the last five games we’ve gone 2-1-2 against them,” said Hazen Coach Ken Matthews. “Tonight we just didn’t take control of the game like we could have.” Matthews said the biggest area where Hazen Soccer can improve is free kick goals. “We’ve given up four goals in six league games. Three have come on free kicks from inside the 25 yard line after we’ve fouled someone,” he said in a press release. “We talk about it all the time, but we still do it.” Another area is keeping key players on the field. In the last three games, three starters have gotten yellow cards. Hazen’s busy week continues as they face off against league-leading Tyee on Friday at Renton Stadium.

PUBLIC NOTICES ...Continued from previous page Cause No. 13-4-01453-7 KNT Published in the Renton Reporter on March 22, 2013, March 29, 2013 and April 5, 2013.#755002 Superior Court of Washington for Snohomish County In the Matter of the Estate of: EDMOND GEORGE BERTRAND, Deceased. NO.13 4 00398 3 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below, a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Clerk of this Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after the date of the first publication of this notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the Decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Dated: March 15, 2013. Laura Lee Johnson, Personal Representative Date of Filing Notice to Creditors with Clerk of the Court: March 15, 2013. Date of First Publication: March 22, 2013 Attorney for PR: Roberta L. Madow, WSBA #31128 Madow Law Office, P.S. 2707 Colby Ave.; Ste. 901 Everett, Washington, 98201 Telephone (425) 212.1825 Published in Renton Reporter on March 29, 2013, April 5, 2013 and April 12, 2013. #759104. DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE MAYWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC FIELD RENOVATION DESCRIPTION OF

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A public Hearing will be held by the Renton Hearing Examiner in the Council Chambers on the seventh floor of Renton City Hall, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, Washington,on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm to consider the following petitions: May Creek Drainage Improvement Project LUA13-000187, SP, V-H Location: West side of 148th Ave SE just south of its intersection with SE May Valley Rd. King County requests a Special Permit for Grade/Fill & Critical Areas Variance to improve instream flow conditions for May Creek between River Mile 4.3 & 4.9. Work within Renton would consist of removal of about 392 c.y. of accumulated sediment from 162 l.f. of the May Creek Channel, as well as removal of obstructive vegetation (reed canary grass & willow branches) from 540 l.f. of river channel. Proposed mitigation includes 15 feet of riparian/wetl and vegetation planted on both sides of May Creek. Legal descriptions of the files noted above are on file in the City Clerk’s Office, Seventh Floor, City Hall, Renton. All interested persons are invited to be present at the Public Hearing to express their opinions. Published in the Renton Reporter on April 5, 2013. #763687. In the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of King FIRST NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, a Washington insurer, Plaintiff, vs. MEWDAD EQUBAY, BRYAN TRUJILLO, ANU ENKHTAIZAN, DANIEL POWERS,

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April 5, 2013 [23] Routes that might be eliminated, reduced or revised in a 600,000-hour reduction

214, 221, 224, 226, 232, 234, 235, 236, 238, 241, 245, 246, 248, 249, 255, 269, 271, 309EX, 311, 312EX, 331, 355EX, 372EX, 373EX, 901DART, 903DART, 908DART, 909DART and 931DART. Routes potentially unchanged (66 routes): 13, 15EX, 17EX, 18EX, 32, 33**, 40, 44, 48S, 49, 50, 55**, 56**, 62, 64EX, 74EX, 75, 101, 102, 105, 111, 120, 124, 128, 131**, 132**, 140, 143EX, 150, 153, 155, 158, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 178, 180, 183, 212, 217, 218, 240, 242, 252, 301, 303EX, 306EX, 316, 330, 342, 345, 346, 347, 348, 358EX, A Line, B Line, C Line, D Line, 773, 775, 915DART, 916DART, 917DART (** Routes not reduced because we expect productivity to be above the bottom 25 percent threshold due to changes

Renton taking CERT Academy signups The City of Renton is recruiting volunteers to be part of the city’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT is a nationwide all-hazards disaster preparedness program created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is also part of the national Citizens Corps program to increase preparedness through volunteerism. CERT volunteers work with the fire department to better prepare the community to respond to disasters. The Spring 2013 CERT Academy is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from April 24 through June 8 at the City of Renton Fire Station 14, 1900 Lind Ave. S.W. Registration is now open for this session. CERT graduates receive 24 hours of training in fire suppression, search and rescue, first aid, disaster psychology and team organization, and participate in a disaster simulation on June 8. The cost is $25 for Renton residents and $30 for nonresidents. To register go to, click on the recreation division and then on or call 425-430-6700.



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Metro continues to face a funding shortfall that could affect two-thirds of all bus routes, according to transit officials. The state Legislature is considering new transit funding tools, but if none is approved, Metro faces a $75 million annual shortage after some stop-gap funding runs out in mid-2014. Over the past five years Metro has made deep cost cuts, raised fares four times, and taken many other actions to keep buses on the road, but they say they would have no way to close the projected budget gap without making major service reductions. A report we released says says the agency would have to eliminate, reduce or change about two-thirds of Metro bus routes. A 2012 Service Guidelines Report analyzed the transit system using measures of productivity, geographic value, social equity, and ridership. The report shows where Metro needs to increase service to reduce crowding, keep buses on time, and meet growing demand. It also identifies service that they might consider reducing if necessary.

The report offers the first glimpse at which Metro routes are at risk of elimination or reduction if a funding solution isn’t found. Without additional revenue, Metro will have to reduce up to 17 percent of bus service. A reduction of this magnitude would be felt by all riders, according to the agency An estimated seven out of 10 riders would lose some or all service and might have to go farther to get to the bus, take a longer trip, or transfer more. Riders throughout the system might have to crowd onto packed buses or wait at the curb while full buses pass by. While the report provides an illustration of specific routes that might be eliminated, reduced or changed, the actual proposed reductions will take more planning, including public outreach on the first potential reductions this fall. Reductions would be made starting in September 2014 and continuing through the following year. Information about the report is available online at http://metro.kingcounty. gov/planning/#guidelines.

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Routes at risk for deletion (65 routes): 7EX, 19, 21EX, 22, 25, 27, 30, 37, 48NEX, 57, 61, 76, 77EX, 82, 83, 84, 99, 110, 113, 114, 118EX, 119, 119EX, 123EX, 139, 152, 154, 157, 159, 161, 173, 179, 190, 192, 197, 200, 201, 203, 205EX, 210, 211EX, 213, 215, 216, 237, 243, 244EX, 250, 257, 260, 265, 268, 277, 280, 304, 308, 601EX, 907DART, 910DART, 913DART, 914DART, 919DART, 927DART, 930DART and 935DART. Routes at risk for reductions and revisions (86 routes): 1, 2S, 2N, 3S, 3N, 4S, 4N, 5, 5EX, 7, 8, 9EX, 10, 11, 12, 14S, 16, 21, 24, 26, 26EX, 28, 28EX, 29, 31, 36, 41, 43, 47, 48N, 60, 65, 66EX, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 106, 107, 116EX, 118, 121, 122, 125, 148, 156, 177, 181, 182, 186, 187, 193EX, 202, 204, 209,

Metro faces cuts in bus service if funding sources not found

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