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State fighs gypsy moth infestation BY DEAN A RADFORD EDITOR@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

The state is treating gypsy-moth caterpillars along Interurban Avenue South near Fort Dent Park in Tukwila. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is treating about 10 1/2 acres

from the ground with a biological agent sprayed on trees, shrubs and other foliage that may hide gypsy-moth caterpillars. This summer, the state will spray a much larger area, about 180 acres, from the air with a chemical agent that disrupts adult European gypsy moths from mating. Gypsy moths if left unchecked can defo-

Washington State Department of Agriculture crews spraying an infestation of gypsy moth along Interurban Avenue South. Washington State Department of Agriculture

liate entire forests. They are found mostly in 19 states in the eastern United States; the state agriculture department keeps a watch for the moths by placing small green traps that catch adult moths. Genetic testing shows that the moths found in Tukwila are related to those found in the eastern U.S. They likely arrived in the area on a vehicle or carried in someone’s personal belongings. This is the only effort in the western states to eradicate gypsy moths this year, said Jim Marra, acting pest program manager for the state agriculture department. “We are a pretty hot state for gypsy moth,” he said. The Tukwila infestation is centered on Interurban Avenue near 149th Avenue South. Crews are staging in parking lots and side streets to set up their equipment, with includes a hydraulic sprayer mounted on a trailer. Hoses are hundreds of feet long. Two of three sprayings had been completed by last week. The applications are done one to two

weeks apart. No one will have to leave the area while the chemical is sprayed, but workers may ask people to stay indoors for a half hour or so, he said. Signs will mark where the spraying is occurring and the state may direct people around the area. Eleven gypsy-moth egg masses were discovered in fall 2012. Marra called the infestation “more severe than most. We think it has been brewing for a number of years,” he said. Twenty-five adults were caught in the green traps. It’s likely the moths have been in the area for several years; individuals adult moths have been trapped in the past. In July the state will spray an agent called disparlure over about 180 acres from an aircraft in an effort to disrupt the mating of adult gypsy moths. That area will include a small part of Renton. Dean A. Radford can be reached at 425255-3484, ext. 5050.

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Nursing student earns degree Tukwila resident Heather Kent has earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Portland. The college conferred 744 bachelor’s and 160 master’s degrees during commencement exercises Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, on the University of Portland campus. The University of Portland is Oregon’s Catholic university and has been closely affiliated for nearly a century with the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind. » MAY 2013 i3



The sun is here and what better way to enjoy the great outdoors than rounding up some delicious Tukwila treats for a picnic in the park. On a recent sunny weekday afternoon, I did just that. I filled a picnic basket for under $40 with food and beverages from local retailers and headed to Tukwila Park. My first stop on my picnic adventure was to Cost Plus World Market to grab a couple of its “Nostalgic Single Sodas” ($1.49). The store has a collection of retro soda brands made with real sugar cane. There are classics like orange, grape and cherry sodas to rootbeers and ginger beers, grapefruit, key lime cream, strawberry rhubarb and lemonade sodas. Next, I headed down Southcenter Parkway to BevMo! for some serious libations. BevMo! has approximately 3,000 different red and white wine labels, 2,500 spirits and 2,500 beers. Prices for wine range from $5 to $300 a bottle, with their high-end selections stored in a special wine vault. Store Manager Robert Moore Jr. picked out the perfect Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99) to fit my budget and pair with the Muffaletta sandwiches I would later pick up from Friendz Café. The blackberry fruit tones would balance out the fatty meat of the sandwich because the wine is a little drier, Tukwila Park presents a quiet perch Moore said. to picnic, with trails, play courts and As an added other amenities. Tracey Compton, bonus, Two Vines Tukwila Reporter happens to be a Columbia Valley, Washington wine. Before I continued on to get my sandwich, I stopped by Valerio’s Tropical Bakeshop inside Southcenter Mall’s Seafood City. I wanted to seek out more of the rich culture Tukwila has to offer, so I chose the Filipino bakery to select my dessert. Valerio’s has many sweet and fluffy wonders to tantalize your palate. I chose the Leche Flan ($4.99),

Tukwila treats are assembled here from local retailers to create a picnic basket for two people for under $40. Tracey Compton, Tukwila Reporter

made with egg yolk, sugar, pie crust and milk. Their most popular item is a sweet roll with purple taro root filling called a Pan de Ube. It’s great to eat anytime. Valerio’s is a California-based chain and as I perused the small shop, many people circulated through, filling their baskets with goodies. On to Friendz Café I trekked, having added dessert first to my picnic basket. The café is nestled in a residential neighborhood on East Marginal Way South, not far from BECU’s corporate headquarters. I called ahead for my Muffaletta sandwiches ($7.50) to beat the weekday rush from noon to 1:30 p.m. The New Orleans inspired sandwich has salami, ham, provolone and Swiss cheese and is topped with their spicy homemade olive spread. Some may call this sandwich spicy; for me, it’s a walk in the park. I am used to asking for as many stars or spices as possible when [ more PICNIC page 4 ]

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Patterson retires from County Council munity. She is serving as an appointed trustee on the board overseeing the strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine and is on the board of directors of the Highline YMCA. “I will allow doors to open,” she said of future opportunities. Patterson and her husband Pat have three grown children and four grandchildren. “I will have time to spoil my family,” said Patterson who has been a “working mother and Julia Patterson grandmother for many years.” She’s wanted to spend “a great deal more time in nature. It revives me,” she said. Patterson, a Democrat, was elected to the King County Council in 2001, beating Republican Pam Roach with nearly 60 percent of the vote. “Serving as a city, state, and county representative has been a great life experience and honor,” said Patterson. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. And above all, I’ve enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people


Julia Patterson of SeaTac, who has represented parts of Renton and Tukwila on the Metropolitan King County Council for 12 years, will not run for a fourth term on the council. Patterson’s political career goes back nearly a quarter century, when she was elected in 1989 to the first City Council of the newly incorporated City of SeaTac. For nearly a decade she served in the state Legislature, representing the 33rd District. Patterson last week wouldn’t rule out running for political office again someday, but she won’t run for county executive. Dow Constantine, a Democrat, finishes his first term as executive this year. Patterson, 60, wants to “spoil her family” and enjoy nature, which during her long career she has tried to protect. “I am truly making a passage,” she said. “I am truly moving on.” There are many lenses to look at life, she said, and that’s what she plans to do. Patterson will remain active in the com-

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in our communities. I give thanks for their willingness to express their hopes and dreams; their beliefs and their fears. Most of all, I give thanks for their goodness and desire to make this a better world.” She has served in every major leadership role on the County Council, including as budget chair during the Great Recession. She has also served in leadership roles on regional commissions and boards, including the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board, the Sound Transit Board of Directors, King County Board of Health and the King County Flood Control District. In South King County she helped lead the successful decade-long development of the “Lakes to Sound Trail,” a 16.9-mile pedestrian and cycling trail. When complete, the trail will run from Renton through Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, and eventually connect to the Des Moines Creek Trail.

Upthegrove to run State Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines, is running for for King County Council Position 5 to replace Julia Patterson. Upthegrove is currently Chair of the House Environment Committee and also serves on the Local Government and Transportation Committees. Council Position 5 serves the communities of Kent, Des Moines, Burien, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac, Tukwila and parts of unincorporated South King County.

Pajama Bowl pins $154,000 The Sleep Country USA’s eighth annual dual-city Portland and Seattle Pajama Bowl events raised about $154,000 for area foster kids. One-hundred percent of participant donations to fund “little wishes” programs, enabling these children to participate in life-changing extracurricular activities like taking dance classes, attending school field trips or going to summer camp, where they are often reunited with siblings. • 196 teams (nearly 1,000 bowlers!) participated in this year’s event • Strike-throwing Seattleites raised $94,000 and Pajama-clad Portlanders raised $60,000 • To date, Sleep Country’s Pajama Bowl has raised over $750,000 for foster kids • 13 non-profit partners will receive these donations to provide the Northwest’s nearly 20,000 foster children with funds needed to participate in extracurricular activities.

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dinning in ethnic restaurants. I do not like my food tame. These Muffalettas have a slight, slow burn for some who aren’t use to spiciness. There are other options at Friendz Café like the “Rueben,” “2x2 on the Grill” and the “Soul on a Roll,” which has a hotlink. Oops, I lied, more spice! There are salads at the café too though. Tukwila Trading Company was my last stop to pick up some giant strawberries ($2.50) and a couple of small bags of Kettle brand potato chips. The grocer on South 144th Street has lots of fresh produce, seafood, meats, a wall of fresh chilies and spices and plenty of other staples. At Tukwila Park, I enjoyed my spread, on the lawn, next to the gazebo. The park sits on Tukwila Hill, just above the Southcenter shopping district. It’s a 6 1/2-acre park, with trails, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play area and picnic and barbecue spaces. For dinning outside, there are two other recreation areas worth checking out in the city: Riverton Park and the Tukwila Community Center.


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Tukwila’s parks offer us a respite Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab a copy of the Tukwila Parks and Rec Program guide, find the map and listing of parks, hop into your car and visit each location. Sorry, this column will not self destruct in five seconds. We have 29 parks, trails and playfields, including a couple of cooperative efforts with other communities. Many are what I think of as respite stops. Little spots here and there where one can get away for a break from rouAbout Chuck Parrish tine. 10 parks have substantial amenities. These often require reservations so check the reservations column. Neighborhood parks are especially important. They are intended to be located within a quarter mile of each neighborhood. Thorndyke and north Cascade View are lacking in this respect. At the moment, there are no prospects for these neighborhoods. There are multiple chal-

lenges. The layout of our city limits and barriers like freeways and roads complicate the issue. Sometimes there is literally no property available for park development. Many wonder about the parking situation at Fort Dent Park given the private partnership with Starfire Sports. Parking is free for residents, with verification of residency (driver’s license). This not the case for Seattle Sounder events. Everyone pays. The benefits of parks and rec-

reation programs are obvious but let’s consider a few points. Parks help make communities safe and desirable. A recent review of crime statistics in Tukwila revealed that assault and property crimes have a greater incidence in neighborhoods without parks. Not surprisingly, data shows that property values are improved in neighborhoods with parks. This improves the property tax base, strengthens the local economy and attracts new businesses. These are cascading or multiplier economic benefits. We protect

our environment and preserve wildlife habitat. We connect our children to nature and introduce them to conservation practices. We provide an outdoor play environment and improve the physical and mental health of all residents, young and old. Finally, parks and recreation programs support social equity in that they are intended to serve the entire community, rich and poor, on a free or affordable basis. What’s not to like? According to the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA.ORG), park systems should provide 34 acres of park land per 1,000 residents. As of 2008, Tukwila had 15 acres per 1,000 residents. The Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Plan is being updated soon and will reflect our long-term needs, desires and plans for parks and recreational programs. What we actually do with the plan will depend on the financial resources Tukwila residents make available. Meanwhile, we can maintain and enjoy the facilities that we have. Tukwila Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish can be reached at

State’s fish consumption not correct BY BILLY FRANK JR. Medical experts say eating a Mediterranean diet that’s high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and fish is one of the best things we can do to reduce our risk of heart attack and stroke. Eating more fish and other seafood is a healthy choice as long as those foods don’t come from polluted waters. We think the state of Washington needs to make sure our waters stay clean. Washington uses one of the lowest fish consumption rates in the country – about 6.5 grams a day, or one 8-ounce fish meal a month – to set rules for how much pollution that industry can put in our waters. That rate is supposed to protect us from more than 100 toxins that can make us sick or kill us, but it was set more than 20 years ago. Even the state Department of Ecology recognizes that the inaccurate rate does not protect most of us who live in Washington, a state with one of the largest populations of seafood consumers in the country.

We should not face an increased risk of illness from toxic chemicals when we try to improve our health by eating seafood. Washington’s fish consumption rate should be at least as protective as Oregon’s, which has been raised to 175 grams, or about one fish meal per day. Plenty of scientific evidence supports an increase to that amount or more. Treaty tribes have been trying for years to get Ecology to update the fish consumption rate. Our health and our treaty rights depend on our food being safe to eat. Work to raise the rate finally began last year, but about halfway through the process Ecology did an about-face and progress skidded to a halt. The cause? A phone call from industry representatives who said revising the rate would be bad for our economy because it would increase the cost of doing business. We’re trying to get the process back on track, and remain

hopeful that Gov. Inslee and new Ecology Director Maia Bellon can help make it happen. We’re also working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to form a Government Leadership Group to move forward. It’s not going to be easy, though. We’re up against some powerful interests. Opponents claim federal water quality standards in place here already protect all of us. But how can that be, if we already know the fish consumption rate is wrong? Their answer is that existing rules can include a larger fish consumption rate as long as those who eat more fish accept a higher risk of getting cancer. Imagine that. What they’re saying is that most people in Washington would be protected by a rate of risk that one in one million people will get cancer from toxins in water. But for anybody who eats more than one seafood meal per month, including Indians, Asians and Pacific Islanders, that risk rate can be as high as one in

10,000. That’s unacceptable. Current state law requires cancer risk rates to protect everyone at the rate of one in a million. That standard should remain unchanged. There’s no question that seafood is good for us, but it won’t be that way for long if pollution is allowed to contaminate the waters it comes from. It is unjust for Indian people and others who consume a lot of seafood to be at greater risk for getting cancer than everyone else. Developing a more realistic fish consumption rate and keeping risk standards in place to protect our health is a matter of justice – social justice and environmental justice – for everyone who lives here. None of us deserves anything less. For updates on the fish consumption rate debate, go to

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Sustain Tukwila Pool raised more than $1,000 for a Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District Scholarship fund. The money collected exceeded the group’s goal of $500 for swim lessons. In a press release, the Sustain Tuk-

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of pre-selected plank walkers, who included Metropolitan Park District commissioners and Mayor Jim Haggerton. The committee will present the scholarship check at the next Tukwila district meeting at 8 p.m., May 20.

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On Monday, May 6, the City of Tukwila achieved an important milestone by broadcasting its first live meeting of the City Council for Cable Channel 21. Tukwila residents who subscribe to Comcast cable will now be able to watch Monday evening Council meetings from the comfort of their own home. In addition, the most current Council meeting will be re-broadcast at certain times on Channel 21 during the following week. If you are not in front of a TV or in range of Tukwila’s Channel 21, you can watch live from your computer, laptop or other portable device with an internet connection via live web streaming.

SPECIAL EVENT RECYCLING COLLECTION RESIDENTIAL LOADS ONLY. These are the only materials that will be collected and recycled: â?– Motor oil and filters â?– Lead acid batteries â?– Alkaline batteries (AAAA, AAA, AA, A, B, C & D cell batteries only) â?– Tires (6 per load; no rims, no heavy truck or backhoe tires; user fees apply for extra tires and tires on rims) â?– Bulky yard waste (no rocks, brush, leaves, sod or grass)

If you miss the Monday night broadcast of a meeting, you will be able to watch it online at any time from the City of Tukwila website archives. Additionally, video records on the website will be “indexed� to the agenda for that meeting. If you are interested in a specific item on the agenda, by clicking the topic you can watch just the portion of the meeting addressing that issue.

â?– Cardboard (please flatten; no wax-coated cardboard)

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â?– Electronic equipment (cell phones, printers, keyboards, fax machines, scanners, VCRs, CD/ DVD players and stereos. NO computer monitors, laptop computers, or TV sets.)

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Toddler Music Blast and Exploring the Season Through Music – Ages 1½–4 years enjoy songs, movement activities and more!

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Special thanks to Tukwila’s Department of Information Technology and the Public Works Department for their work in making the video recording of the Council meetings a reality. In addition, Tukwila staff and PSA intend to expand the content of Channel 21 in the near future, to include City event information, emergency management information, and public service announcements.

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RAIN BARREL SALE On May 18, Tukwila residents will have the opportunity to purchase recycled plastic rain barrels during the Special Recycling Collection Event at the Tukwila Village site (see article). These barrels will be sold for the reduced price of $25, cash only. Supplies are very limited; first come, first served! Rain barrel purchase is limited to one per household; proof of your Tukwila residence/address is required.

Trail restoration and official reopening delayed In 2012, improvements to the Howard Hanson dam allowed cities downstream to remove flood protection measures that had been installed along the Green River trail. As previously reported in the Tukwila Reporter, last fall’s inclement weather required postponing trail restoration until appropriate weather conditions allowed the replacement of some of Tukwila’s failing pavement sections. Ongoing scheduling complications, however, have further delayed the spring restoration effort.

grand reopening event, the trail is now anticipated to officially reopen sometime mid-summer 2013. Watch for a rescheduled date for the Grand Reopening Event after all pavement restoration of the trail is complete.

Your patience is appreciated as we proceed to complete this project. While the trail is available for use now, use caution and be aware there still may be hazards on the deteriorated sections of the trail/levee system. For questions or comments on the trail restoration project, or to be included on a project mailing Although the City had earlier announced (and list to receive announcements about ongoing restoplaced on the 2013 Community Events Calendar) the ration items, call Project Manager Michael Ronda at intended date of June 1st for the Green River trail 206-433-0179 or email



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Video recording of the meetings will be provided by Puget Sound Access (PSA). You won’t see a person holding a camera at the meetings; several cameras have been installed in fixed locations around the Council chambers, and a videographer sits in the back of the room selecting the best camera angle to activate during recording.

The City Council has been committed to the goal of televised meetings for several years, and – with video services becoming more accessible and affordable – the City is now able to achieve this goal. The Council looks forward to increased transparency, as more people are able to watch the process and discussion that takes place at meetings where policy decisions are made.

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Learn to Play the Ukulele – Basic music theory (music note reading) will be emphasized in this fun and motivating class. Private Piano Lessons – 30-minute sessions of instruction available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons!

For a limited time, Puget Sound Energy will be rounding up qualifying residential customers’ old, inefficient refrigerators and replacing them with Energy StarŽ qualified models. PSE will also remove and recycle the old appliance upon delivery of the new unit. The new units are up to four times more efficient and can save customers more than $200 a year in energy costs. Refrigerators will be replaced with units of the same cubic feet as the customers’ current model. Replacement refrigerators will be a basic white, single-door, top-freezer model that uses less energy, runs more quietly and can lower electric bills (plus frost-free so it never has to be defrosted). Does your fridge qualify? Old refrigerators must be: manufactured in 1992 or earlier, in working condition, between 10–30 cubic feet, the primary food storage in the kitchen, and plugged into a properly grounded (3-prong) outlet.

For schedule/cost/availability information, please contact the Tukwila Community Center at 206-768-2822.

PSE electric customers who live in a single-family home or building with four or less attached units can go online to, or call 1-877-341-2314, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm to learn if they qualify and/or to schedule delivery of their new refrigerator. Call soon for an appointment; quantities are limited. Offer expires June 30 or while supplies last.

Special Olympics team sends swimmers to State meet

If you’re a PSE electric customer who lives in a multifamily building with five or more attached units, your landlord, property manager or property owner can call PSE’s multifamily program hotline at 1-855-291-9574 to find out if they qualify and how to participate.

The Tukwila Turtles Special Olympic Swim Team qualified 14 swimmers to participate in the 2013 Washington State Special Olympics state meet. This event will be held at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Saturday, June 1. The team members competing are: ,FMTFZ"IMGt+PSEFO"NFOUFB .JDIBFM%J[POt+VMJB'MPSFT $SPTCZ)BHFt+PTFQI,BOF 1BVM,BOHt,FOOFUI/JTIJOP 1BUSJDL0(SBEZ(SBIBNt+VMMJBO2VJHMFZ ,FOOB3BNFZt+VMJF3PMFT 1IJMMJQ5IFMJOt-ZOTFZ:VOLFS %*%:06,/08 4VNNFSTXJNNJOHMFTson sessions at the Tukwila Metropolitan Park District Pool begin every two weeks between June 24 and August 30. Sign up! For more information about the Tukwila Turtles swim team or pool-related activities, please call 206-267-2350.

Council Chat

Council Chat is a chance to stop by and informally talk with one of your Tukwila City Councilmembers about anything on your mind regarding your community.

Come join the talk from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at FOSTER GOLF CLUBHOUSE 13500 Interurban Ave S

Next Chat: June 8

Share your thoughts about parks and recreation in Tukwila Tukwila has continued to evolve since the 2008 adoption of the last Parks Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. The choices and opportunities that confront Tukwila are significant and could alter the character and quality of park, recreation, and open space facilities and services if not adequately planned. The City began work to update the PROS Plan in March 2013. Public input will be a key part of this process, with numerous opportunities for citizen engagement to come. YOUR help is wanted to create a new long-range plan for the community’s parks, recreation facilities, programs and events.

Input gathered from you and others citizens will provide the City with valuable information in determining Tukwila’s Parks and Recreation needs and priorities. Please take a minute to complete the survey online (the survey is also available in printed format at the Tukwila Community Center). Go to The City’s goal is to reach as many people as possible who live, work and play in Tukwila; sharing this survey opportunity with your friends, co-workers, customers and family members is appreciated. For more information, please call 206-768-2822.

Advisory groups provide service opportunities The City of Tukwila is currently accepting applications to become part of important volunteer groups.

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Tukwila’s 20th Annual Community Garage Sale will be held Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2013. Have a sale at your home at the same time as other residents throughout Tukwila! Earn some cash, shop for bargains and meet your neighbors‌while you help reduce the amount of waste that goes to our landfills.

Appointed by the Mayor, Tukwila Parks Commission members serve in an advisory capacity on the acquisition, development, expansion and operation of parks as well as regarding recreational facilities and programs. The Commission meets at 5:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Tukwila Community Center.

The City of Tukwila provides free publicity by advertising the Garage Sale event in the Tukwila, Renton and Kent Reporter newspapers. A listing of all sale addresses will be published on Tukwila’s website and also in the Renton Reporter. When you register, you’ll receive a yard sale kit with a small identifying sign, “how-to� tips for a successful sale, and locations where you can donate usable items left over after your sale.

As a citizen representative on a seven-member Board, you learn about human service needs and resources available in the Tukwila community, helping to determine how the City selects which programs to fund for assisting people in need. The Board meets every two months, for one or two hours during the day, in the Office of Human Services at 6300 Southcenter Boulevard. Experience with human services is helpful, but not required.

Garage sale registration will be open June 10 through July 20, and will be available online, by phone, via email or postal mail. Call 206-433-7178 or visit for additional information.

You can make a meaningful contribution to your community. Commission information and application forms are available by going online to, at Tukwila City Hall, or at Tukwila’s Community Center.

Human Services Advisory Board

Meeting agendas, City programs, recreation activities, publications and more‌ get the most current information at!

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Police shoot man; tried to run over officer BY STEVE HUNTER SHUNTER@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

A Tukwila Police officer shot and injured a man in a car that reportedly tried to run over the officer at about 11:50 a.m. May 8 in the Southcenter Mall west parking lot. The incident started when an officer ran the license plate of a vehicle he saw driving in the opposite direction near the mall, ac-

cording to a Tukwila news release. In the few seconds the officer waited for the computer to show him the car was reported stolen, the car turned into the mall and he lost sight of it. The officer radioed a description of the car and driver to other officers who converged on the mall. About a minute later, another officer found the car parked in the Cascade parking garage. The driver of the car was not inside the vehicle

but a woman near the car was detained for investigation. Another officer saw a man who matched the description of the driver of the stolen car in another vehicle in the driveway west of Nordstrom. The officer, who was on foot, ordered the driver of the car to stop. The driver then struck the officer with the car; so the officer fired at the car. The driver sped away striking several parked cars

as he fled. Other officers caught up to the fleeing driver and chased the vehicle as it fled out of the south entrance of the mall and directly into the loading dock area of Target, a dead-end road. The two men in the car, one of whom had been hit by gunfire, were taken into custody. The officer’s injuries appear minor. Police did not issue an injury report about the man who was shot or whether it was the driver

or passenger. The Valley Investigations Team, a multi-agency team that investigates officer-involved shootings, gathered evidence at the scene. The mall remained open for business. Some stores close to the incident temporarily locked their gates to protect customers. All of the parties involved were taken into custody, police said. The investigation was continuing last week.

Grants to help clean Duwamish waterway The Duwamish industrial area and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit from an influx of grant funds King County will receive to help communities assess sites that are vacant or underutilized because of possible contamination, according to a county release. “Economic opportunity and community health are two sides of the same coin,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “By restoring these Duwamish

sites to productive use, we can create jobs, open space and housing, which will benefit people everywhere in our region.” Today King County announced that it has been selected to receive two $200,000 assessment grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Solid Waste and Environmental Response. King County has received $2.5 million in EPA Brownfields assess-

ment and cleanup grants since 1998. The new funding will be used primarily on sites in the King County Duwamish Manufacturing/ Industrial Center and its surrounding residential neighborhoods of South Park, Georgetown and Allentown. “We’ve seen Brownfield projects kick start impressive community re-development and revitalization,” said Dennis McLerran,

Regional Administrator for EPA Region 10. “By leveraging Brownfields funding to clean-up and reuse contaminated properties, King County can protect the environment, boost local economies and prevent sprawl.” “These grants will help King County continue its work with local communities for more than 15 years to encourage revitalization and to clean up damaged parcels of land that blight

our neighborhoods,” said Lucy Auster, senior planner for the King County Solid Waste Division. Focus on the Duwamish supports the County’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative, which works to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities in King County. The Duwamish has a disproportionately high percentage of the county’s contaminated sites as well

as disproportionately high rates of lung cancer and low birth weight babies, among other health indicators, compared to the county as a whole. The EPA defines a brownfield site as: “...real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.”

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Donna Simpson is fighting her breast cancer with great strength and the support of family and friends. Michelle Conerly, Tukwila Reporter

‘I haven’t even begun to live’ Donna Simpson is ready to ‘kick butt’ in her fight against breast cancer BY MICHELLE CONERLY M C O N E R LY @ T U K W I L A R E P O R T E R . C O M

As Donna Simpson sits down at her computer, she logs into Facebook and begins to write a very stern and powerful letter for all to read. “Dear Cancer,” she writes. “The chemotherapy I started on Monday may be kicking my butt and making me really sick, but I have the doctors to help me. You have no one! The worse I feel physically, the better I feel mentally knowing that you are being attacked and have nowhere to hide. You will die, and I will be just fine. It’s only a matter of time. Donna.” Simpson of Burien was diagnosed with breast cancer the day before Thanksgiving last year, but except for her lack of hair, no one would ever know she was fighting such a battle. Simpson’s had a tough journey, plagued with mishaps and miscommunication during the early stages of her diagnosis. The chemo medicine that she takes makes her deathly ill to the point where she could stay in bed for at least 10 days. Add to that multiple surgeries and a port in her chest that keeps flipping out of place, not many would be strong enough to handle such a battle. But for Simpson, all those mountains to climb are just “speed bumps” on the road to getting better. Simpson credits her positive attitude to the over-

said. “(The doctor) put in my medical records that my daughter Jessica came in to ask questions. That’s where we say it’s official. She’s a Simpson.” Seeing how positive Simpson stays even on her bad days, Allen is not only grateful to be a part of her journey to getting better, but has also learned a lot about herself and life. “She’s just got such a great presence and attitude,” Allen said. “(Her) story and (her) motivation sticks out so strong to me that it’s incredThe Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ible.” is Sunday, June 2, at the Seattle Center. Simpson Participants can take part in the 5K run/ has one more walk, a one-mile walk or a kid’s race. round of cheIndividals and teams can participate. mo and then will begin her Register online at at http://pugetsound. radiation ment at Rainier SEA_PugetSoundAffiliate?fr_ Cancer Center in Tukwila. With the help of Allen and the staff there and her family by her side, Simpson is ready to “kick cancer’s butt” and pick up on life right where she left off. “Cancer needs to know that its days are numbered,” Simpson said. “I’m 46, and I haven’t even begun to live.”

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whelming support from friends and family. “I have a huge support system,” she said. “I don’t know how somebody does it without (that). I’ve never gone to a treatment alone. Our family is really close, so if one of us is going through something we’re all there.” From the beginning, Simpson’s children — even the honorary ones — have been by her side. Jessica Allen, physician liaison at Rainier Cancer Center in Tukwila, met Simpson at a Relay for Life walk months prior to Simpson’s diagnosis. When Simpson’s family needed help deciphering medical jargon and choosing the best surgery option, Allen sat in the doctor’s office alongside Simpson’s children, becoming an invaluable source of information for the family and an official child of Simpson’s. “Jessica knew all the questions to ask,” Simpson

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Council votes to buy crime properties BY STEVE HUNTER SHUNTER@TUKWILAREPORTER.COM

The Tukwila City Council voted 7-0 to approve an ordinance for the city to use condemnation, if necessary, to buy up to seven, crime-infested commercial properties along Tukwila International Boulevard. The council approved the measure April 22 in an effort to reduce crime in the area by purchasing the property and then demolishing the buildings, including five motels. “Reducing crime is the city’s highest priority for 2013 with an emphasis on Tukwila International Boulevard,” said Derek Speck, city economic development director in an email. “Certain areas along Tukwila International Boulevard have long been identified as hot spots, where a large amount of serious crime occurs.” City staff will coordinate professional appraisals of the properties and further evaluate the properties and return this summer to the council with further options for the next steps, including possibly whether to sell or use the land if purchased. The property appraisals are expected to be completed in June. The council may decide as soon as this summer whether to go ahead to try to purchase the properties, Speck said. If property owners and the city cannot agree on

The Tukwila City Council has voted to buy properties along Tukwila International Boulevard that are known for frequent police calls. Steve Hunter, Tukwila Reporter

a sale, the city could use condemnation through King County Superior Court to purchase the land for a fair price decided by the court. The council included $400,000 per year for a crime-reduction project in the 201314 budget. Speck said that fund could be used to acquire as much as a $5 million bond to be used to buy the properties, which could cost an estimated $8 million to $13 million.

The city adopted the urban renewal area in 2000. The urban renewal area is generally bounded by South 140th Street, 42nd Avenue South, South 146th Street and 37th Avenue South. The urban renewal designation allows the city under state law to purchase, redevelop, and sell properties in blighted areas in order to revive those areas for public benefits. Community renewal law allows municipalities to use eminent domain to acquire the properties at fair


Two men have been charged with second-degree rape by King County prosecutors in connection with an incident with a woman at a Great Bear Motor Inn room along Tukwila International Boulevard. David J. Eimer, 23, and Nathan J. Everybodytalksabout, 26, are accused of the charges after one of the men reportedly held down a 21-year-old woman on the bed while the other man forced a full and opened bottle of vodka into her, according to charging papers filed April 26. Both men pleaded not guilty May 9 in King County Superior Court and are scheduled to return to court May 23. If convicted, Eimer faces a sentence range of eight years, five months to 11 years, three months. Everybodytalksabout faces a range of six years, five months to eight years, five months, according to Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. They also each could face a life sentence since rape is a Class A felony, the Washington Indetermi-

nate Sentence Review Board will determine whether an inmate gets released after serving his sentence. The board evaluates the offender’s risk of reoffending and compliance with treatment programs in prison to determine whether to allow the release of the inmate. Eimer is in the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center county jail in Kent, with bail set at $250,000. His previous convictions include first-degree child molestation in 2004. Everybodytalksabout is in the county jail in Seattle with bail set at $100,000. The Great Bear motel, 14420 Tukwila International Blvd., is one of five motels on seven commercial properties that the city has proposed to buy and then tear down to combat the crime-infested area along the highway between South 141st Street and South 146th Street. Two Tukwila Police officers were at the motel at about 10:46 p.m. April 23 on an unrelated call when a woman came running toward them, clutching a blanket, purse and backpack, according to charging papers. She was crying hysterically and unable to talk at first before she pointed to one of the motel rooms and pleaded with the officers to “get

me out of here.” Two men, later identified as Eimer and Everybodytalksabout, then approached the officers and the woman. When the woman saw the men, she cowered and crouched down next to a patrol car. She told one of the officers the men had raped her. The woman told officers she had met Eimer earlier in the day and had spent the day with him. Eimer invited her to have a few beers with him. She agreed and they went to Everybodytalksabout’s motel room. After a while, the man reportedly told the woman she would not be able to leave the room until she got naked and had sex with them. She said she tried to resist but became afraid of what the two men might do to her. Eimer and Everybodytalksabout admitted to police they were with the woman in the motel room but they denied raping her, according to charging papers. Police arrested the two men for investigation of second-degree rape, based on the woman’s accusations. After getting a search warrant, police found an empty bottle of vodka in the trash and a copy of the registration showing Everybodytalksabout had rented the room.

market value to the property owners. The properties include the Boulevard, Great Bear, Knight’s Inn, Jet Inn and Spruce motels as well as the Cash America Pawn Shop and the Sam Smoke Shop. Tukwila Police just last month arrested two men for investigation of second-degree rape of a woman at the Great Bear Motor Inn. The police department recently evaluated crime for all commercial properties in the urban renewal area and recommended the city buy the properties to improve safety and revitalize the neighborhood. The Great Bear, Boulevard Motel and Spruce Motel, each in the 14400 block of Tukwila International Boulevard, resulted in 754 police case reports in the last five years, according to city documents. During a recent 12-month period, the three motels resulted in 622 calls for police service. With 103 total rooms, that equals six calls for service per room in one year, more than double than any other hotel in the city. The 70-room Knights Inn had 103 calls for police service during the same 12-month period and the 32-room The Jet Inn had 91 calls. Calls for service at the five motels included one murder; 35 assaults; 31 drug related; 12 fights; four rapes; five robberies; two unlawful imprisonment cases; and six possession of stolen vehicles.

County ending bus ticketbooks King County Metro Transit is reminding customers that paper ticketbooks will no longer be sold after June 30. That means ORCA cards and cash will be the primary forms of fare payment on Metro. The change will not affect tickets provided through the human services ticket program. Ticketbooks – once a popular form of fare payment – have steadily been outpaced in popularity by their more flexible cousin, the ORCA card, available online at www. Not only is an ORCA card smaller and more convenient to handle, it can be easily replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. And the best part is, the card can be used for travel on all transit systems in central Puget Sound – not just Metro. After ORCA was introduced back in 2009, sales of Metro ticketbooks plummeted from an average of about 25,000 per month to about 3,000 per month. More than 60 percent of all transit trips are paid by ORCA card. The elimination of ticketbooks will also save money. Metro estimates it will save about $80,000 a year in printing and supply costs alone. The savings will be important as Metro continues to look for opportunities to operate more efficiently. Ticketbooks will be available for sale at third-party retail locations through June 30 and at Metro Pass Sales Offices through June 28. Phone orders, mail orders and ticket purchases through Metro Online at http://metro. will be accepted through June 25. Ticketbooks do not have an expiration date and will remain valid for trips taken on Metro. Âť MAY 2013 i13

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EVENTS Tukwila Historical Society upcoming events

McClellan with a small park of the same name on the corner of McClellan and Beacon. George Pickett came to Washington Territory in 1856 as commander and supervised the construction of Fort Bellingham. He built a frame home that still stands today as the oldest house in Bellingham. He married a Haida tribal member, Morning Mist and had a son they named James Tilton Pickett but she died a few months later. “Jimmie� remained in the Bellingham area and died at age 32. In 1859, Pickett was in command of Company D 9th US Infantry that were garrisoned on San Juan Island and with his troops defended against the British in what was to become known as the “Pig War.� There were volunteer soldiers who served in Washington Territory but did not fight against the Confederacy. They served as local militia at the few posts not abandoned at the beginning of the war. This included many of the Maple and Denny family members who were volunteer militia members. Jacob Maple came back to the area in November 1862 with his youngest son John Wesley and son-in-law, Martin Cavanaugh and most likely brought the younger members of the family based on his opposition to war although he was also against slavery. Another of Jacob’s sons, Eli Maple, who arrived in the territory in 1852, also served in the militia commanded by Arthur Denny. Arthur Denny served on the Illinois State Legislature with Abraham Lincoln but neither Arthur nor his younger brother

• May 16, 2013: Regular monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S. • June 20, 2013: Regular monthly membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S • Aug. 17 and 18: Tukwila Community Garage Sale at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S. All proceeds will be used to support the Tukwila Historical Society. • Sept. 15: Third Annual Silent Auction and Reception to be held at Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center to celebrate “grand openingâ€? of Tukwila’s “Japaneseâ€? Sister City Collection. Tickets are $50 per person. Contact Louise Jones-Brown, event chair, at 206-244-4478 (HIST) for additional information.





Following worship, June 9 Sunday Schedule: CE 9:00 am; Worship 10:30 am

can talk to anywhere in the world on a portable radio or computer. The team ensures over 75 radios are operational and helps support the City of Tukwila and all of its citizens with emergency communications. Mark is truly dedicated to helping his community anyway he can.� Lium has been a Tukwila resident for about 40 years. He attended Tukwila Elementary School and Showalter Middle School and graduated from Foster High School.

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425-255-3485 Ext. 3052 or email 719261

Tukwila’s Story is prepared by Louise Jones-Brown. She is acting director of the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center and treasurer for the Tukwila Historical Society. For hours and arrangements for a tour, please call 206/244-HIST or email: For more information regarding membership in the Tukwila Historical Society or any of our events, call 206/244-HIST or email:

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This painting depicts the typical scene that settlers and military personnel encountered coming to Washington Territory in the mid-1850’s. The painting currently on display at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center was created by Beulah (Maple) Norman (18931992), grandaughter of Jacob Maple. She was born near the site this painting represents.� Tukwila Historical Society.

Please join the Tukwila Historical Society at 1 p.m. June 8 for Lorraine McConaghy’s free presentation “Territorial Voices: A Civil War Reader’s Theater� at Tukwila Community Center. This presentation is being made possible by a grant through Humanities Washington. It is hosted by the Tukwila Historical Society and the Tukwila Arts Commission.

Mark Lium of Tukwila was honored last month by Gov. Jay Inslee as one of the state’s top volunteers for this work as founder and leader of the Tukwila Ham Radio Club. Lium received a Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Lium is president of Tukwila’s Emergency Communications Team. This is how he was described in his nomination: “Outside of his full timejob, Mark Lium is the President of Tukwila’s Emergency Communications Team. Mark was instrumental in forming the team. He did mass mailings and advertising in the community and the team now has over 30 active members. He has guided the team in operation readiness with thousands of hours of training, hands on drills, and the writing of policies and procedures. He has built two state-ofthe-art radio repeaters that


David left Washington Territory to serve as soldiers in the Civil War but instead were also members of the local militia.


The American Civil War began less than a decade after the first white pioneer settlers came to the Duwamish River Valley and formed Washington Territory. It may appear the war did not have any serious influence on the residents of this then remote area as most settlers were recovering from the Indian conflicts. Several men who served major roles for both the Union and Confederate Armies had been in Washington Territory. Some of the names that are recognizable are Ulysses Grant, George B. McClellan and George Pickett and all of served military assignments in the territory prior to the War. In the 1850s, U.S. Congress approved funding to build a military road from Fort Vancouver to Fort Bellingham. The army troops worked with local pioneers to help survey the route that ran along the ridgelines on high ground and away from flooding rivers. An example of the type of route taken is being used today and is still known as Military Road which can be driven in one stretch from as far south as Milton and ending in Tukwila. The original road from Seattle to Fort Steilacoom was completed in 1860, the same year Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Ulysses Grant was assigned in 1852 to Fort Vancouver, Oregon Territory, as quartermaster for the 4th Infantry Regiment. He noted in his journal the Native Americans were “harmless� and they would be peaceful had their homeland not been homesteaded by the white settlers. He also commented how the Klickitat tribe had been once powerful but was negatively impacted by a Smallpox outbreak. Grant resigned his commission from the Army in July 1854 and later accepted the request to return to the Army where he became Commander General of the Union Army with the outbreak of the Civil War. George B. McClellan was a commissioned officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1853, he was a participant in the Pacific Railroad Surveys/Northern Corridor from St. Paul to the Puget Sound. He selected Yakima Pass without conducting a thorough search and was in opposition to Washington Territorial Governor, Isaac Stevens. He missed three superior routes which are now used today for the railroads and our major highways. There is a street in Seattle is named for George

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Tukwila School District Important Dates The end of the year is quickly approaching. Here are the important dates and events for each school. DISTRICT WIDE: SMART Wednesday, Late Arrival Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Outdoor Education, 5th graders at Camp - Monday, May 20-Thursday, May 23 Early Release Wednesday May 22, 2013 No School- Friday, May 24, 2013 No School- Monday, May 27, 2013 SMART Wednesday, Late Arrival Wednesday, June 5, 2013 5th Grade Parent’s Night at Showalter Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 6:30PM Last day of School – Tuesday, June 18 Early Release

FOSTER HIGH SCHOOL Student Led Conferences Wednesday May 22, 2013 Thursday, May 23, 2013 Spring Band Concert Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00PM CARE (Clothes Are Really Expensive) Night - May 30, 2013 at Showalter Middle School, 3:30-6:00PM 33rd Annual Foster Bullies Awards Monday, May 3, 2013 at 7:00PM Spring Choir Concert Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:00PM Senior Awards Assembly, Wednesday June 12, 2013 at Foster High School PAC, 6:30PM Graduation - June 14, 2013 at Foster High School Neudorf Stadium, admission by ticket only

SHOWALTER MIDDLE SCHOOL Student Led Conferences Tuesday May 21, 2013 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Spring Band Concert Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7:00PM CARE (Clothes Are Really Expensive)

Night - May 30, 2013 at Showalter Middle School, 3:30-6:00PM Spring Choir Concert Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:00PM ASB End of the Year Dance Friday, June 7, 2013 at 2:30PM Recognition Assembly Monday, June 17, 2013 at 1:30PM CASCADE VIEW ELEMENTARY Cascade View Choir Performance Friday, May 17, 2013, 11:30AM-1:30PM Art Show, Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 4:00PM International Potluck Dinner Thursday, May 30, 2013, 5:30-7:00PM Field Day – Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:20PM

THORNDYKE ELEMENTARY International Night Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:00PM Coffee & Donuts with the Principal Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 9:00AM Volunteer Tea Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 3:30PM Field Day Friday, June 14, 2013 at 1:00PM TUKWILA ELEMENTARY Spring Band Concert Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:00PM Last Day of CSC After School Thursday, May 30, 2013 PTA Talent Show, Ice Cream Social & Dance - Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6:30PM 3rd-5th Grade Field Day Monday, June 9, 2013 at 1:00PM K-2nd Grade Field Day Tuesday, June 10, 2013 at 12:45PM » MAY 2013

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DSHS - The Mobile M.J. Murdock Charitable CSO is coming! Trust Grant Awarded to Date: May 23, 2013 Time: 12:00-5:00PM Location: REWA, 15425 Tukwila International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188 You can apply for: •Basic Food Assistance •Cash Assistance •Medical Assistance •Child Care Services •Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services You can also: •Complete an eligibility review •Drop off paperwork •Make changes to an existing case

Foster High School Teacher Foster High School teacher, Mr. Tim Renz, has been awarded a grant in the Partners in Science Program from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Grants were awarded based on proposals submitted on a competitive basis. Mr. Renz has exhibited exceptional qualities at Foster High School that have demonstrated merit for this award and will be used in brining special insights and enthusiasm into the classroom.


Our Mission: Tukwila School District educates all students to achieve academic and personal excellence.

Our Vision: To accomplish its mission, the Tukwila School District has a clear and shared focus with the goal of continuous improvement for staff and higher achievement for students provides a rigorous course of study that capitalizes on and enhances our students’ unique talents, strengths and interests develops effective leadership that advocates, nurtures and sustains a school culture and instructional program which maximize student learning promotes effective collaboration and communication within the district and with the community aligns curriculum, instruction and assessment with state standards adjusts instruction based on student needs as determined through frequent monitoring and assessing of student learning ensures all professional development opportunities provided for staff are research-based and are aligned with district goals and objectives sustains school environments that are respectful, safe, supportive and intellectually engaging for all students promotes parent, community and business involvement in educating our students

Our Values: I CARE… Integrity Collaboration Accountability Respect Equity

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Tukwila School District #406 206.901.8000 4640 South 144th Street Tukwila, Washington 98168

Contact: Bart A. Hadder Program Director (360) 694-8415

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce that it has recently awarded 25 grants of $15,000 each (totaling $375,000) to improve science education in the Pacific Northwest through the Partners in Science Program. These awards will enable outstanding high school science teachers to form partnerships with research scientists to conduct basic science research during the next two summers in the academic and research institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Following each summer of research, the teachers will have the experience of sharing their research at both regional and national Partners in Science conferences, also funded by this award. This grant has been awarded through a competitive process in the Partners in Science Program at the Murdock Trust. Applications are accepted from high school teachers and mentors from a fivestate region to conduct summer research. The primary goal of the Program is to provide high school science teachers with opportunities to work at the cutting edge of science, and thus to revitalize their teaching, help them develop new inquiry-based teaching strategies and to encourage more students to pursue careers in science. The selection of awardees is based on the qualifications of the partner members, the quality of scientific research proposed, and the potential of its impact on the high school setting. The Murdock Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The Partners in Science Program is one of its many efforts to do so in its grantmaking region. ###

Board of Directors: Mark Wahlstrom, President, 206.243.9855 Steve Mullet, Vice-President, 206.244.7553 Mary Fertakis, 206.767.6053 Dave Larson, 206.244.2313 Alicia Waterton, 206.248.4302 Interim Superintendent: Dr. Mellody Matthes, 206.901.8006

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Tukwila Reporter, May 15, 2013  

May 15, 2013 edition of the Tukwila Reporter