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OPINION | Roegner: Election forecast [4] Letters: Please remember fallen officer [4] Q&A with Mr. Federal Way [5] PRIMARY ELECTION | Mirror hosts forum for city council, school board candidates [2] CRIME BLOTTER | Homeless man caught sleeping at Federal Way High School [3]

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A Federal Way family faces an emotional dilemma after neighbors complained about the odor from their pet pygmy goats. Kelly Anissipour and her 12-year-old daughter, Ava, have raised the two goats since birth and bottle-fed them as babies. According to city code, one of the goats must go. The family was allowed to keep Lilly, a 3-yearold pygmy goat, after a doctor designated the goat as a service/ companion animal in 2012. However, the addition of pygmy goat Juju, now 7 months old, has created a new problem. On July 25, Anissipour received a citation for $100 from the city’s animal services unit for the second goat, which has not been documented as a service animal. Under city code, goats are classified as large domestic animals. The animals require a minimum property size of 70,000 square feet, which is a little less than 2 acres. Anissipour’s single-family property, located in the Brittany Lane neighborhood near Wild Waves Theme Park, measures roughly 6,000 square feet. The city’s animal services unit


Kidney dialysis company DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. moved its accounting and payroll operations to Federal Way — along with 350 jobs and room to grow. Based in Denver, DaVita is a publicly-traded Fortune 500 company (NYSE:DVA) that claims billionaire investor Warren Buffett as its largest shareholder. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns 15.6 million shares (about 15 percent) of DaVita stock, according to USA Today. DaVita reported $8.186 billion in revenue in 2012. DaVita serves 160,000 patients at nearly 2,000 kidney dialysis clinics across the U.S. and in nine other nations. Federal Way is already home to a 24-seat dialysis clinic at 1015 S. 348th St. Located in a remodeled building on the Weyerhaeuser campus, the Federal Way accounting office plans to add at least 50 more jobs in the near future to help handle the entire company’s finances. [ more DAVITA, page 8 ] NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit

Kelly Anissipour feeds a treat to her family’s two pet female pygmy goats, Lilly and Juju, on July 28 at their Federal Way home. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

has received complaints from at least two neighbors. Earlier this month, an animal services officer visited the home and recommended steps to reduce the smell of goat feces and urine. One neighbor, who declined to give her name, told The Mirror that the noise and odor from Anissipour’s backyard has become overwhelming in the past few months, especially in hot weather. As indoor pets, the family’s goats munch on hay and grain from plastic tubs near the kitchen. They roam the house like any normal pet, and their hooves clip-clop on the hardwood floors. The goats love to watch TV and have won ribbons by competing in the “Goat Olympics.” The two goats even go on car rides, whether to a local pet grooming salon or the Starbucks drive-through. The goats are house pets and have never slept outside, Anissipour said. “They’re really good pets, better than dogs,” she said, adding that the goats don’t smell as bad as her other pets. “We have a Mastiff and a Shih Tzu poodle who stink way more.” In fact, the Mastiff dwarfs the full-size pygmy goat, Lilly, who [ more GOAT, page 11 ]

FWPS superintendent receives a pay raise By GREG ALLMAIN

Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu’s base salary will be $240,000 for the 201314 school year, an approximate increase of $42,000 from the base salary of $198,000 he made for the last two school years, according to documents obtained by The Mirror. The move was approved unani-

mously by the Federal Way School intendents in the state, behind only Board on May 28, 2013. Seattle and Kent. Those Neu’s pay increase went two districts’ superinteninto effect July 1, and dents made $269,999 and the terms of this current $240,000 respectively, as contract are set to expire in their base salaries last year. 2016. While the pay increase According to the most may seem dramatic, it recent statewide data for does appear to put Neu Rob Neu 2012-13, Neu’s increased on equal footing with the base salary would make superintendents of other him one of the highest paid superlarge districts in the state. FWPS

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Candidates include incumbent Kelly Maloney, Mark Koppang and Anthony Murrietta. Top issues that surfaced for council candidates were the Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC), traffic, light rail and economic development. Koppang supports the PACC, but that support is conditional. “We’ve got to be able to pay for this thing,” he said. Koppang said the $32 million project is another opportunity to get people into the downtown core and “create a third place” where people can gather and spend an evening. “I’d like to see it happen.” Maloney would not answer yes or no, saying that she likes the idea of the PACC, but is concerned about the financial strain on the city. She wants to see more guaranteed money come through tax credits

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Federal Way City Council primary candidates at the July 31 forum held at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Pictured left to right: Diana Noble-Gulliford (position 6), Martin Moore (position 6), Anthony Murrietta (position 2), Kelly Maloney (position 2), Mark Koppang (position 2). ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror and grants. “I do not think the PACC is an economic driver,” she said, noting that the project is an amenity. Murrietta said he opposes the PACC because so many residents have told him they are against it. However, if the project moves forward while he’s on the council, he will not be a detractor and will push for local contractors and laborers to build the facility. Candidates were asked about a policy they would like to see that would attract/retain businesses. Maloney said she wants a stricter focus on economic development, and said the city lacks the capacity to engage businesses to the fullest. She wants to work on the city’s image through rebranding, and is pushing to bring a research college to the downtown core to “create synergy.” Koppang said he would continue to harness the energy that has helped reduce vacant office space in the past couple of years, and will continue to target companies to relocate to Federal Way. Murrietta said he will focus on the city’s traffic problems. “It’s the one thing that impacts every resident in Federal Way,” he

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Candidates include incumbent Diana NobleGulliford, Martin Moore and Ryan Miller. Miller did not attend the forum. Noble-Gulliford said her experience is an asset after logging nearly 40 years of community involvement in Federal Way. “I offer a unique blend of experience and knowledge,” she said, adding that she wants to move Federal Way forward culturally and economically. “We have to address the poverty in the city… and have a downtown vision for economic development.” Moore said his love and passion for Federal Way are rooted in an upbringing by the family who adopted him as an orphan from Bulgaria. “My background is just like Federal Way,” he said, noting the immigrant groups represented in the city’s population. Moore consistently reiterated his goal of listening and “working together” with the community. “We need a [ more CANDIDATES page 17 ]



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said. Traffic keeps visitors and businesses away from Federal Way, he said. Less traffic will create an environment that gets customers into businesses. To help solve the traffic problems, Murrietta said he will work to get more monitoring for intersections as well as more technology. Maloney and Koppang noted the city already has many of these efforts in place to address traffic issues. All three candidates highlighted their own service backgrounds. Koppang said he wants to improve what’s already in place and work collaboratively with the council. He said his volunteer experiences have exposed him to multiple facets of life in Federal Way, giving him a personal and professional understanding of what the citizens need. Maloney said her past marketing work with the city has helped lure businesses and her initiatives have taken citizens forward. Murrietta said his experience as president of the Teamsters Local 763 union have taught him how to work with governments and municipalities through sometimes tense negotiations. All three candidates agreed that the


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Police Blotter Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Homeless man sleeps on school grounds: At 2:53 p.m. July 28 in the 30000 block of 16th Avenue South, a homeless man was discovered on the grounds of Federal Way High School. According to the report, the man had slept the night on school grounds. The report notes the man said he tried to get off of school grounds the evening before, but was unable to do so because of darkness. The man was permanently trespassed from school grounds at the request of the school. • Juvenile in stolen car: At 1:06 a.m. July 28 in the 32000 block of Pacific Highway South, a juvenile was found driving a stolen car. According to the report, there were multiple warrants out for the juvenile’s arrest. The report notes the juvenile was taken into custody and transferred to the King County

Juvenile Center. • Man arrested after foot chase: At 4:03 a.m. July 28 in the 34000 block of 16th Avenue South, police observed a known subject with three outstanding warrants exiting a store. Police stopped the vehicle that the suspect went into shortly thereafter, at which time the suspect fled on foot. According to the report, the suspect was located nearby, hiding at a hotel. • Burglary: At 11:11 a.m. July 28 in the 3000 block of 20th Avenue South, the victim came home to find their front door had been kicked in. According to the report, the only items of value taken by the unknown suspect(s) were the victim’s door key and mailbox key. • License plate theft: At 12:42 p.m. July 28 in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway South, the victim reported that their rear license plate had been stolen. According to the report, there are no suspects or active leads in the case. • Two permanently trespassed from The Commons: At 2:39 p.m. July 28 in the 1900 block of South Commons, a man was arrested and permanently trespassed for attempting to steal $123.98 in merchandise from Macy’s. The report also notes that a woman was permanently tres-

Man dies in rollover on I-5 Mirror staff reports

Washington State Patrol reports that a man died when a vehicle traveling at a high speed lost control on I-5 in Federal Way. The incident occurred about 12:20 p.m. July 31. A Honda Accord with two occupants was traveling northbound on I-5 to the eastbound State Route 18 ramp. The vehicle lost control and rolled several

passed from the mall as well, when drug paraphernalia was discovered on her person. The report is unclear on whether the man and woman were connected. • Assault: At 12:04 a.m. July 27 in the 32000 block of 16th Avenue SW, a woman was arrested after she assaulted her mother. • Damaged door from exgirlfriend: At 12:57 a.m. July 27 in the 27000 block of 24th Avenue South, a woman’s front door was damaged by her ex-girlfriend. According to the report, the exgirlfriend kicked the door with such force that the hinges were knocked off the frame. • Two women fight: At 2:22 a.m. July 27 in the 1800 block of South 281st Place, two women were involved in a fight in a parking lot. According to the report, one woman was found to be the aggressor, and was subsequently arrested for assault. • Business burglary: At 7:06 a.m. July 27 in the 1200 block of South 356th Street, unknown suspects gained entry into the secured parking lot of a business. According to the report, the suspect(s) stole approximately $5,000 in tools, and caused approximately $3,600 in damage to various vehicles parked in the lot.

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Endorsements for primary election The top two candidates in the Aug. 6 primary election will advance to the general election in November. Below are endorsements by The Mirror’s editorial board for three contested primary races in Federal Way.

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Federal Way City Council pos. 6 Of the three candidates in this race, The Mirror endorses Diana Noble-Gulliford and Martin Moore. Noble-Gulliford and Moore are engaged in public life, and have demonstrated the most passion for improving Federal Way. With more than 40 years of experience in community service, Noble-Gulliford has watched the city “grow up.” She has a seasoned perspective on the challenges the city faces, and that is one reason she was appointed to fill a vacant council seat in January. Long before he became a candidate, Moore was busy volunteering and helping to improve the city behind the scenes. Moore has a contagious enthusiasm for serving constituents. The third candidate, Ryan Miller, has a lot of potential based on his involvement with the lodging tax committee, but is overshadowed by the other two candidates’ eagerness to engage the public. Noble-Gulliford and Moore have consistently served the community for years, and this commitment makes them the strongest candidates for position 6.

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Of the three candidates vying for the school board seat that’s being vacated by Angela Griffin, The Mirror endorses Medgar Wells and Carol Gregory. Wells and Gregory have backgrounds in education. Wells and Gregory have also devoted their careers to education. Wells has served as a teacher, principal and administrator in public and private schools. Gregory has served as a teacher and administrator, and has experience with education policy at the state and county levels. The third candidate, K. Lance Barton, has good intentions for the school district, but can’t compete with the experiences of the other two candidates in the world of education. In a school district with limited financial resources, the school board needs candidates who understand how to apply those limited resources and help children succeed. Wells and Gregory are best equipped to address the challenges that come with the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Federal Way schools.


2013 primary election forecast The primary election is next week and we should have a better idea how November might look. The headliner this year is the mayoral race between incumbent Skip Priest and Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell. They won’t be on the ballot until the general election, but that is the race everyone is watching. Both candidates have had their formal kickoffs. Both candidates are raising money and refining their arguments. Priest believes he has done a good job and would like to continue. Ferrell feels that Priest has had his chance and has not performed. Ferrell’s campaign theme is “we can do better.” How do you, the voter, feel? Are you happy with your streets, parks, downtown and public safety? Or do you want a change? But other issues such the Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) might catch your interest. Priest favors the project to help downtown, while Ferrell is opposed, as he believes the cost is too high and will drain dollars away from police officers in the future. How about the complaint filed by Councilmember Kelly Maloney against Mayor Priest over his behavior? Does that play into your view? The primary election will reduce the field and help determine if the two newly appointed Councilmembers Diana Noble-Gulliford and Kelly Maloney will have a difficult race on their hands. Noble-Gulliford will likely face Martin

Moore in the general election, with Ryan Miller being eliminated. To his credit, Miller has been working at the campaign, but is just not well enough known to move ahead of the other two. Moore, in a mild surprise, got the Tacoma News Tribune (TNT) endorsement, which helps against a well known candidate like NobleGulliford. Mark Koppang will likely face Maloney in the general. Maloney got the TNT endorsement. The third candidate, Anthony Murrietta, finally started to campaign the past three weeks, but since the others have been running for several months, it may be too late. After the primary, this could be the hottest race. In the school board race, Carol Gregory and Medgar Wells should move into the general, and that should be a very interesting debate. Also in schools, former Federal Way City Councilmember Dean McColgan is running for the Seattle School Board. However, Suzanne Dale Estey is the frontrunner with Sue Peters likely taking the second spot. King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer and King County Executive Dow Constantine are so strong that von Reichbauer is unopposed and none of the big names were willing to challenge Constantine. Constantine will move through the primary and general easily. However, that doesn’t mean county politics [ more ROEGNER, page 5 ]



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Of the three candidates in this race, The Mirror endorses Kelly Maloney and Mark Koppang. Maloney and Koppang are actively engaged in Federal Way civic life. Both candidates have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering. Koppang is involved with the city’s parks and recreation commission and the civil service commission, and has served on a number of community boards. Maloney was appointed to the council in January to fill a vacant position, and had previously distinguished herself by volunteering her marketing expertise to help lure businesses to Federal Way. The third candidate, Anthony Murrietta, has solid credentials as Teamsters union leader, but lacks engagement in Federal Way civic life. Maloney and Koppang present a stronger understanding of the nuances involved with public policy and economic development. They are hungry to solve Federal Way’s problems while building on what the city is doing right.

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Ten years later: Please remember Officer Maher

you will take a few moments to remember an officer who gave his life in service to this community. Instead of focusing on the tragic way in which Patrick August 2 marks the tenth was killed, I hope anniversary of the you’ll focus on a few death of Federal Way memories of Patrick Police Officer Patrick that I’d like to share. Maher. Before serving the Much of Federal citizens of Federal Way is a transitory Way, Patrick served community. People our country for 20 move here and then Patrick Maher years in the Coast move on within a few Guard. Instead of years. But for those who were here 10 years ago on focusing on achieving rank, he chose to become a Special Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, I hope

Agent. He was involved in international drug interdictions off the East Coast, and he worked undercover to bring down organized crime. Patrick spent a lot of time in the World Trade Center, so 9/11 hit him extremely hard. He served the people of Honolulu for over seven years with the Honolulu Police Department after he left the Coast Guard. He was about to be promoted to sergeant when he chose to transfer to Federal Way to become part of a new and growing department. [ more LETTERS, page 5 ]

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Q&A with Mr. Federal Way Federal Way school leaders Q: Why do the people in the apartment complex next door to me feel the need to “share” their music from their car stereos at all hours of the day and night? And is there a noise law in Federal Way? A: It really seems like all the complaints/questions Mr. Federal Way receives can be solved pretty easily. Actually, all the problems in the world aren’t real difficult to figure out. Basically, it all comes down to each individual person taking responsibility for their actions. Not that hard, right? In your case of hearing the loud stereos, it just comes down to those people being selfish. They have to know they are annoying people and just don’t give a rip. Mr. Federal Way “loves” pulling up to a stoplight right next to a car with the windows down, blaring its music on the stereo. Mr. Federal Way could care less if the tunes emanating from the other vehicle is Jay-Z or Barry Manilow. Mr. Federal Way’s eardrums don’t need to get blown out just because the light turned red: “Look at me. I’m awesome. My stereo is super duper loud with sweet bass.” Here’s the solution: Turn down the stereo to a respectable level while at a stoplight and blare it again when the light turns green. Simple. Mr. Federal Way has no idea if the city has a noise law. That would require Mr. Federal Way to do some research. Here’s Mr. Federal Way’s law: Take responsibility for your actions. It’s actually the Golden Rule — treat others how you want to be treated. First, we can solve the

problem of loud car stereos in Federal Way, and next, we will tackle world peace. Q: Hey Mr. Federal Way, why do people like bank tellers, dental assistants and nurses want you to tell them your life story? It’s very annoying. A: Mr. Federal Way has also wondered the same thing. Mr. Federal Way understands, just a little bit, as to why these people do what they do. They work around people eight hours a day and are just trying to be friendly. They don’t have the luxury of being able to stick on a pair of headphones at their desk to block out all the noise. But it’s pretty easy to gauge whether the person you are helping wants to share their life details with you, right? Mr. Federal Way is not one of those people. Mr. Federal Way would just assume that you let Mr. Federal Way deposit a check without asking about where Mr. Federal Way will be vacationing this summer. Do you really care, or is it a plot to rob Mr. Federal Way’s house? You already have Mr. Federal Way’s address and now you know that Mr. Federal Way’s family is going to Long Beach next weekend. Kind of fishy... Mr. Federal Way also doesn’t need to be asked about the weather while Mr. Federal Way is getting a teeth cleaning. Mr. Federal Way can just look out the window to decipher if it’s raining or not. Q: Mr. Federal Way, would you ever have a pet goat? A: Never. Goats are known for eating almost anything, and Mr. Federal Way already has a couple of

[ ROEGNER from page 4] will be quiet. Over on the Eastside in Council District 9, incumbent Reagan Dunn is facing a spirited battle with businesswoman Shari Song. Both should advance to the general, setting up a great match for the fall. Rod Dembowski was appointed to the King County Council in District 1 to replace Bob Ferguson when he was elected Attorney General. Dembowski is the frontrunner and will likely face Naomi Wilson in the general. King County Councilmember Julia Patterson is stepping down, and although there is no primary, State Rep. Dave Upthegrove (D) is probably the frontrunner. Stephanie Bowman should come out

those types living at home — children. Mr. Federal Way’s kids already have enough trouble taking care of the family cat, which requires about as much effort as turning the TV on to the Cartoon Network. All you have to do with a cat is pour a little food in a bowl once a day and open the outside door when they meow. Easy enough, right? Not for Mr. Federal Way’s kids. So, taking care of a goat is out of the question. Q: It took me a half hour to drive down 320th Street yesterday because of all the construction work going on in Federal Way. It’s a joke. Why does all construction have to be done at the same time? A: In Washington, the summer months are always a busy time for construction projects. It’s very, very, very frustrating a lot of the time. The continued lane restrictions, road closures detours and delays are more annoying than anything. Mr. Federal Way, however, doesn’t understand why the summer is the only time work crews can work on roads. Obviously, there’s got to be a reason. Mr. Federal Way just doesn’t know what it is. Does asphalt not set correctly when it’s not July or August? Does the rain affect the installation of sewer pipe? It would make sense to Mr. Federal Way if cities, counties and states staggered their road projects throughout the year. Instead, the summer months are filled with orange cones and workers holding stop/ slow signs on roads around Washington. Mr. Federal Way doesn’t get it. Please enlighten.

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of the primary leading for Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3. Michael Wolfe will likely also advance. In Auburn, Deputy Mayor Nancy Backus is looking to step up and is expected to lead fellow Councilmember John Partridge as both move on to the general election. Political newcomer Scot Pondelick will likely finish third. Backus is well connected at City Hall and has retiring Mayor Pete Lewis’s support, and her campaign manager is a city employee who is also the mayor’s assistant. However, the fire employees strongly prefer Partridge. This could become a good race, and the primary numbers will give us a good indication.

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similar letter grade exemption for their work. Despite what Mr. Davis calls an Washington Policy Center Research Assistant, oversimplification, if schools are not doMaster of Public Policy Candidate ing an adequate job of teaching students, Every year the state compares schools then parents have a right to know just based on an Index that takes into account how poorly local schools are performing. student proficiency in reading, writing, Next, Mr. Davis criticizes the Index for math and science as well as graduation using “old” data from 2011-2012, apparrates and student improvement in order ently saying the numbers are of little to to encourage school officials to better no analytical value because of their age. meet the needs of their students. This is an interesting argument for Last month, Washington Policy the primary reason that when the Guest Center reported the findings of state Index was published, there the State Board of Education’s was no newer data available. The annual Achievement Index that Achievement Index is released anrevealed many of the failings of the nually, using the latest numbers the Federal Way School District. state has received from school officials. Even before the results of the survey Finally, Mr. Davis criticizes the Index went public, many principals, superinten- for judging success differently than the dents and school board members across school board judges it. What the Federal the state were already making excuses for Way School Board really cares about, he their underperforming schools. says, are graduation rates and student Rather than take responsibility, Federal achievement. That’s a good point, and Way school leaders followed suit, immethe state Achievement Index includes diately criticizing the Index for showing precisely those variables. It accounts for they failed. the percentage of students who meet Not surprisingly, Federal Way Public state reading, writing, math and science Schools Director of Assessment Dave proficiency requirements as well as the Davis is skeptical of the Index, possibly percentage of high school students who because his schools did not score well, but graduate. the numbers speak for themselves. The state Achievement Index was creOn average, only 71 percent of Federal ated by the Legislature to serve as a tool Way students meet the state’s basic readso local officials and parents could know ing requirement. Only 69 percent meet how well our public schools are educating the state’s writing requirement; only 60 students. To attack the state Index instead percent meet the state’s math requireof tackling the school district’s underlyment; and only 55 percent of its students ing problems is a disservice to students are proficient in science. and their families, who in many cases are Out of 38 schools in Federal Way, all being deprived of the high quality public but three received a grade of C or lower, education they have been promised. according to state figures. Clearly, the State and local officials may disagree Federal Way School District is not meetabout how to rank schools, but in the ing its paramount duty, as the state conmeantime, most families have no choice stitution says, to provide a quality public in the matter at all. While officials debate education for every child. whether or not the state Index is flawed, Mr. Davis criticizes the Index for being parents should be allowed to decide for simplistic, arguing that letter grades are themselves. an inappropriate measure of school perLetting families choose their child’s formance. Yet school officials themselves school would give parents a voice in the hand out letter grades every day of the system, and allow them to pick the school academic year. Perhaps students should that will provide their children with the make the same argument and receive a best education possible. By Austin Cooper


[ LETTERS from page 4] Patrick was a kind and protective man. He opened doors for women, said “Yes sir” and “No sir” to show respect, and had a very low tolerance for drivers who blew through crosswalks in front of “moms with kids and strollers,” as he put it. I know once when he was running errands, he came across a woman and several children walking along a busy highway after their car broke down. Patrick identified himself as a police officer, showed his badge, got them in his car, and drove them to a safe area where they waited for a family member to arrive. He’d buy food for

the homeless people he got to know. He got to know their stories. But Patrick wasn’t without his faults. I’d come home after working all day as a Honolulu prosecutor and find that instead of relaxing on his rare day off, Patrick had cleaned the whole house and done all of the laundry. How could a sane man love doing laundry, vacuuming and cleaning the house? I always wondered about that. I still have vivid memories of so many people who lined the 11-mile procession up Pacific Highway to honor Patrick. And I remember putting my hand on the darkened window of the limo as

we slowly drove by the crossed-ladder formation of the Federal Way Fire Department. I still have every single letter that was sent to comfort my son and me. I know that seeing an officer in your rearview mirror after you’ve been caught speeding tends not to endear you to police officers. But most of them are really good people. They have spouses and families; some have small children who pray every night for them to come home. Please take just a few moments to remember one of Federal Way’s finest who didn’t come home on Aug. 2, 2003.

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Extra $25K approved for FUSION house, but with concern

ty Economic Revitalization Fund (CERF) program. FUSION (Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy) has regularly used CDBG funds to purchase condominiums. Last October, the Federal Way City Council agreed to allocate $175,000 of the two programs’ money to FUSION for the latest housing purchase. However, changing conditions in the housing market led to this additional request, said Community Services Manager Jay Bennett. “Investors are starting to move back into the market, and the $175,000 might not be enough,” Bennett said. “Staff recommendation at the time was an additional $25,000.”


The Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee (FEDRAC) approved an additional $25,000 to local charity FUSION in order to purchase a single-family, three-bedroom house in the city. The house can be used as “transitional housing” for homeless families in need. All of the money comes from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and its ancillary Communi-

Committee member and Councilmember Bob Celski wasn’t entirely pleased with this development, expressing his concerns during the July 23 meeting. “So, I guess the contention is, there are no houses in Federal Way that could be found for $175,000 that didn’t need substantial improvements?” he asked. “That was the information when they brought it to commission and to staff,” Bennett replied, noting that FUSION needed this additional funding to be able to respond quickly, without using its own money and reserves. “The city’s funds are for acquisitions only.” “Would you say it’s expected or hoped for that the city would finance the


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The Federal Way office measures about 125,000 square feet. The site was selected because of its proximity to Tacoma, therefore minimizing disruption to employees’ commutes. “We were running out of space in downtown Tacoma,” said Lin Whatcott, senior director for corporate accounting, on the move to Federal Way in April. “It was fortunate we found this big building that was sitting empty.” Jim Hilger, DaVita’s chief

employees also receive permission to spend up to eight paid hours a year on community service projects. In one local example, a team from the tax department helped package school supplies for Federal Way-based World Vision.

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Positive ripples for Federal Way’s small business community By GREG ALLMAIN

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is having a positive effect for small business owners in Federal Way, according to the SBDC’s Rich Shockley. Shockley gave a report to the Finance/Economic Development/ Regional Affairs Committee (FEDRAC) on July 23. “The last quarter, in Federal

Way, we served 23 clients,” Shock- we were last year. The only thing ley said. “The 23 are businesses we can control is the activity.” that myself and the other adviShockley had Jaime Davis, sor…have served.” owner of Ceiba AcupuncShockley said the SBDC ture, along with him for measures its success by the FEDRAC meeting, in BUSINESS “new jobs,” “saved jobs” order to have Davis share and some more subjective her story. Davis said the metrics, such as helping a SBDC was indispensable in business get a proper loan to helping her business grow. get started, etc. “When I came to (Shockley) “In 2012, we finished the year about a year go, I was one practiwith two business starts, 10 new tioner renting one room…and I jobs, six saved, and loans closed had definitely over-exceeded my in 2012 were $675,000,” he noted. capability of just being one person “Equity invested was $97,500 and in the business,” Davis shared. other impacts was $186,000. We’re “The ladies I was renting from probably a little bit behind where said they had worked with SBDC


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Highline Community College will host a peer evaluation committee from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) October 9-11, 2013. The site visit is part of the college’s regular Year Seven evaluation. Highline’s accreditation was reaffirmed by NWCCU in spring 2012, based on the college’s Year Three report and visit. Highline invites members of the public to send comments about the college directly to the Commission. Comments must be written, signed, and addressed to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052. Comments must be received no later than September T:4.8” 9, 2013.

Charlotte’s Web: KidZone presand Needy) arts festival will be ents “Charlotte’s Web” at 7 p.m. held 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7 at Dumas Aug. 2 and 3 at Knutzen Family Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road. Road. The outdoor event features Tickets: $10 general, $7 for ages 17 more than 30 local artists, enterand under. Call (253) 661-1444 or tainment, silent and live auctions, visit and food served by local caterers. All profits go toward Kid’s Day: Steel Lake housing services for Park will host the city’s Community homeless families. Visitannual Kid’s Day from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. The free event Family library events: offers a variety of games, The Federal Way Regional activities, arts and crafts and Library, 34200 1st Way S., will live music. Some events will rehost free story times for children quire tickets. Concessions available and families. Events include todfor purchase. dler story time at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 for FUSION summer arts festival: ages 2-3 (w/adult). The Dig Deep Science Show begins at 2 p.m. The annual FUSION (Friends United for Aug. 6 for ages 8 and up. A video to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed game tournament begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 15. (253) 838-3668. Free child car seat check: Bring your car, car seat and child anytime from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Steel Lake Park, 2410 S. 312th St. Desna Cup 2013: This international sports and cultural festival runs 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 (music concert) and noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 at Saghalie Middle School, 33914 19th Ave. SW. Event features a variety of sporting activities, a diverse cultural performance program, kids’ activities, a variety of ethnic foods and fun for the whole family. Representatives of various different nationalities will display “country exhibits.” Admission is free. Farmers Market Apple Festival: The market is located in the parking lot of The Commons mall, S. 324th St. and Pacific Highway S., and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through October. The first Apple Festival is slated for Aug. 24 and includes a timed 10K and 5K run/walk. Includes entertainment, apple cider, apple pies, carmel apples and more.

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More than 500 people attended the Federal Way Kiwanis Club’s annual Salmon Bake, held July 26 at Steel Lake Park. Fundraising totals are still being tallied. Proceeds from the event help to support community programs and student projects including Terrific Kids, Builders Club, Key Club and student scholarships. The Kiwanis also support the Multi-Service Center, Federal Way Senior Center, FUSION, Community Supper and the PTSA Clothing Bank. Pictured left to right on the serving line: Bob Dockstader, Linda Persha, Kim Hensley, Jim Knapp and Don Hagen. See photos at ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror

FEDERAL WAY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1963: Fifty years after graduating, class members of Federal Way Federal Way are gathering the weekend of Aug. 9-11. A big decision by the Class of 1963 is to celebrate with a theme of “Play It Again, Pay It Forward.” The Saturday night event is being held at the Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, with the theater as the focus site for the celebration. A tour of Federal Way High School is on Friday, and no-host dinner at a local restaurant is scheduled for Friday night. One graduate, Arnoldo Valazza, is coming from his home country of Argentina to remember his senior year at Federal Way as the American Field Service exchange student. On Sunday morning, there is a public fundraising $10 breakfast at Applebees restaurant near The Commons at Federal Way to help support student activities. This is an opportunity to support our community and enjoy a Sunday breakfast. More info is available by calling (253) 569-6901. The weekend ends with an all-class Federal Way High School picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Steel Lake Park. FW Eagles from all classes are invited.


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to continue making FWPS an innovative leader. Spokane Public Schools “I can say I am very excitis the second largest district ed about the opportunity to in the state, and serves apcontinue working with the proximately 29,000 students district and look forward to across 47 schools while building on the accomplishemploying approximately ments we have achieved 3,200 people. collectively in Federal Way,” Neu, in an email exhe wrote. change with The Mirror, In 2010, Neu was hired as indicated that superintendent of the pay raise was “Rob is a nationally Federal Way Puba recognition of lic Schools. He sought-after his leadership. previously served superintendent. For districts of as superintenWhile this raise comparable sizes, cannot compete on dent for threethe raise is in line a national level, it’s plus years at the with what’s seen competitive locally, Waterford School throughout the District in the Deand assures us state, he said. that we’ll have his troit metropolitan “The board area. leadership for the conducted an “Our hope next three years.” extensive review is that we can Tony Moore, president, of my perforcontinue the work Federal Way School Board mance and also started by (former compared comsuperintendent) pensation levels at Tom Murphy peer districts,” he with the very best wrote. “My understanding leadership, not just from a is my salary is in the midlocal standpoint, but from point of compensation for a national standpoint. Rob superintendents of districts is a nationally sought-after similar in size and demosuperintendent. While this graphics to Federal Way raise cannot compete on a and consistent with how national level, it’s competiwe compensate all of our tive locally, and assures that employee groups.” we’ll have his leadership for Neu did note that he the next three years. There couldn’t speak to the is no doubt that this is in school board’s decisions in the best interests of the stuhis contract negotiations. dents of Federal Way Public Regardless, the district’s Schools,” Tony Moore said leader indicated he’s ready in a prepared statement.



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WIAA denies Federal Way’s sixth-grade amendment

District had hoped middle school’s varsity, JV teams could draw from larger pool By CASEY OLSON

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Briefs: Hicks hauls in more gold in Columbia later this month and the Junior World Karate Championships in Spain in November. Kiel Hicks has plenty of stamps Hicks is currently the topon his well-used passport. The ranked Cadet Kata Male athlete Thomas Jefferson High School in the world, ahead of athletes junior-to-be will be able from Japan and Belguim. to add a couple more in The next-best Amerithe near future. can is Kamran Madani, Hicks added two more who is ranked 74th in gold medals to his trophy the world by the World case last month at the Karate Federation. United States National Hicks is the 11thKarate Championships ranked fighter in the Kiel Hicks and Team Trials in South world in the 63-kilogram Carolina. The victories Cadet Kumite Male diviearned Hicks a spot on sion. the team that will represent the In karate, kata is a word that United States at the Junior Pan describes detailed patterns of American Karate Championships movements practiced in solo. By CASEY OLSON

Kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning. The athlete is told to visualize the enemy attacks and their responses. Kumite refers to an actual fighting bout in karate. At last year’s Junior Pan American Games, Hicks won a gold medal in the boys 14-15-year-old category in the kata (forms) division and brought home a silver medal in the kumite (fighting) division. This will be Hicks’ fifth year as a member of Team USA. He also competed in Mexico, El Salvador and Canada. But karate isn’t the only thing [ more briefs page 15 ]

Soccer: Blast Off Tournament set to kickoff By CASEY OLSON

For the next two weekends, hundreds of youth soccer players will be converging on Federal Way. The Federal Way Football Club will play host to 72 girls soccer teams starting Friday and a total of 80 boys soccer teams will call the city home Aug. 9-11 for the annual 2013 Blast Off Tournaments. In total, the tournament will include teams from dozens of different cities around Washington. This also marks the 25th year of the Blast Off Tournaments and the 15th under the direction of Perry and Sharon Woodford. The two Blast Off tournaments are used as the main fundraiser for the Federal Way Football Club, bringing in tens of thousands of dollars.

The two separate girls and boys tournaments will be played on 12 soccer fields around Federal Way. This year’s Blast Off will include teams from all over the Pacific Northwest in the under-10 through U-18 age brackets. Championship games during this weekend’s girls Blast Off will be played on Sunday at Celebration Park and Saghalie Middle School. One big reason for the Blast Off tournaments’ popularity is the way the teams are placed into skill-level brackets. The Federal Way Football Club uses four- to six-team sub-groups at each age bracket, in an attempt to have teams of similar abilities compete against each other. There are basically 15 different bracketed tournaments going on during the girls’ weekend at the Blast Off Friday The girls’ portion of the Blast Off soccer tournament will [ more SOCCER page 16 ] include 72 teams starting Fridy around Federal Way. file photo

If the Federal Way school district had its way, sixth-graders would be eligible to play sports at the city’s middle schools. But that decision isn’t up to Federal Way. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Representative Assembly failed to pass an amendment that would have made sixthgraders eligible to play all middle school sports statewide, according to WIAA. com. Currently, students can’t compete on varsity or junior varsity teams at the middle-school level until they are seventh-graders. To pass, each amendment needs a 60-percent majority approval from the Representative Assembly, according to the WIAA. The sixth-grade amendment was proposed by Federal Way Public Schools because participation in the district middle schools has been waning, especially on the female side. The number of girls turning out for sports is dwindling in Federal Way. The fastpitch programs are losing numbers fast, officials say. According to the proposed amendment presented by Federal Way, without the ability to recruit sixth-graders, “we are in serious danger of losing our middle level fastpitch program over the next two years due to lack of participation, which will, no doubt, have a huge impact on our high school feeders.” The loss of fastpitch in Federal Way would create a big problem, in terms of the district’s Title IX numbers. The district would have to find a replacement female sport to go along with the current middle school facilities. The Federal Way district has been pushing for the inclusion of sixth-graders at the middle-school level for several years, according to Vince Blauser, the district’s executive director of secondary schools. Federal Way was allowed to have sixthgraders participate in school-sponsored athletics about a decade ago as part of a pilot program by the WIAA. But that program lasted only three years before being shut down by the WIAA, prompting the district to push for the new sixthgrade amendment. “It has proven a very successful way to get our sixth-graders involved in our sports programs, their school and community,” the district stated in their amendment. “It has helped build the middle-level sport programs over the three years the athletes have been enrolled, and had a huge impact on en[ more middle school page 14 ]

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‘Fail Mary’ referee is writing a book?

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show pretty conclusively that Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings had possession of the ball before Tate ripped it away. However, Easley didn’t waver from his story, proclaiming it the right call. That should have been the end of Easley’s “15 minutes.” But he is looking for another “15” with his new book. Last month, Easley even posed with Tate at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium during a charity softball game put on by Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman. Easley’s book, “Making the Call: Living With Your Decision,” is set for release this month, according to his publisher. Really? A book? Who would ever purchase a non-fiction book by a replacement NFL referee who made a terrible call that cost the Green Bay Packers a victory? I guess we will see. Here’s Amazon’s description of the book: “What if your life hinged on a decision you had to make in a split second? That’s the compelling story of NFL referee Lance Easley. As a replacement referee during 2012’s referee lockout, Easley thought he’d earned his dream job until he made a disputed call during a Monday night game viewed by more than 16 million people. Suddenly, Easley found himself the target of scorn, hatred, even death threats. Thankfully, his solid Christian faith helped see him through the controversy.


It was pop artist Andy Warhol who coined the term, “15 Minutes of Fame.” Warhol claimed that everyone will be world-famous for a quarter of an hour at some point during their lives. Well, Lance Easley is taking full advantage of his “15 minutes.” There’s no doubting that. Like me, I’m pretty sure you have no idea who Lance Easley is. It wasn’t until an email came through about a book Easley was promoting, that I finally figured out who Easley actually was. Easley gained notoriety as a replacement referee in the NFL at the beginning of last season. He became revered in Seattle and hated in Green Bay after he awarded Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden Tate a touchdown on the last play of a Monday Night Football game during the third week of the year. The play eventually became known as “The Fail Mary.” And it single-handedly led to the return of the regular referees in the NFL. Before the “Fail Mary,” replacement refs were being used and praised by the NFL. It was an experiment that suddenly ended after Week 3 when Easley signaled that Tate caught the last-second pass from Russell Wilson. The regular NFL refs were back the next week. The constant replays appeared to

In ‘Making the Call: Living with Your Decisions,’ Easley along with bestselling co-writer Brock Thoene explains that life is about much more than making a single call. It’s about deciding beforehand just how you’ll live with the calls you make.” It may seem that this was just a book thrown together to take advantage of Easley’s “fame.” But the replacement ref did get three very well-respected NFL personalities to write blurbs regarding the book — Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, broadcaster James Brown and former Seahawks quarterback and coach Jim Zorn. “Each fall NFL football touches the emotions of millions of Americans and every year seems to have a moment that all fans remember,” Dungy wrote. “For the 2012 season, that moment came as the result of an official’s call. In ‘Making the Call,’ Lance Easley tells how his decision on one play changed the course of a football season, how the reaction to that call changed his life, and how his faith in Christ helped him make sense of it all. He gives a great picture of a side of sports that most fans never see — the life and the emotions of the officials.” Pretty amazing stuff for a replacement referee whose biggest claim to fame was a screw-up that gave the Seahawks a win on Monday Night Football. I guess Warhol was right, everybody will get their “15 minutes of fame.”

[ middle schools from page 13 ] rollment numbers and the quality of athletic programs when it was not renewed several years ago. Participation numbers have decreased every year since we have dropped sixth grade.” Organizers were hoping the new rules for sixth-grade participation would have created excitement, which would carry over into the high school programs. The Federal Way school district has a free and reduced lunch rate of 56.4 percent and is a pay-to-play district. In this most recent school year, “athletic scholarships have disappeared and families have had to come up with the funds on their own, thus reducing the pool our schools can pull from to create teams,” Federal Way officials wrote. “The more athletes that are available for us to draw from, the better chances our sport programs have to survive.” Some schools within the district are more affected by poverty than others and have been trending toward lower turnout numbers over the last three years, they said. “Many of our sixth-grade athletes are competitive enough to be on (junior varsity) and varsity teams in our middle schools. By only allowing them to play with

other sixth-graders, we are holding them back athletically, especially in the sports of gymnastics, basketball, baseball and fastpitch softball.” The con that seemed to sway the WIAA Representative Assembly was the fact that a skilled sixth-grader could be taking the spot of a seventh- or eighth-grader on a junior varsity or varsity team. There has been talk within Federal Way of moving the middle school athletic programs away from the governance of the WIAA, according to Blauser. It’s something that the Tacoma School District did before last school year. Tacoma allows sixththrough eighth-graders to participate in an athletic program similar to high school. Its schools feature a varsity, junior varsity and C-team, and the only cost for a student-athlete is a $15 ASB fee. The new middle school sports program is funded by the sale of advertising on district sports scoreboards and rebates from certain vendors that do business with Tacoma Public Schools. “We are losing a lot of numbers at the middle school level,” Blauser said. “So we will see.”

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that Hicks excels at. The TJ junior is also an accomplished pianist and a nationally-recognized math student. To illustrate the versatility of Hicks, he held his own benefit solo piano concert to raise funds for his trip to Spain for the World Junior Karate Championships. He was also asked to play at the 100th anniversary of the PTA earlier this year and plays the drums on Thomas Jefferson’s drum line. He also plays the ukelele and the guitar. In terms of academics, Hicks was nominated for the United States Achievement Academy for Math Excellence, resulting in a selection as one of the Academy’s All-American scholars. • The Federal Way Lady Knights 14-under fastpitch softball team finished in second place at the National Softball Association (NSA) Western World Series in Ventura, Calif., last weekend.

The Lady Knights’ tournament began with a 1-1 tie against the Magnum Force. Federal Way had to finish the game with only eight players due to an injury to the starting pitcher. The Knights won their second game, 8-4, over Vengence. The Knights suffered their first loss of the tournament in their third game, 6-2, to the Bakersfield Nitro. Federal Way then went on to win four-straight games in the loser’s bracket to earn a trip to the championship game. The Knights beat the Central California Bombshells, Vengence, the SCV Storm and beat the Bakersfield Nitro in an exciting semifinal game, 2-1. The game was won with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning. The final was a rematch of the first game of the tournament, with the Knights again taking on the Magnum Force. This time though, the Force got their bats going early and were able to hang on to the lead despite a late charge by the Knights. The final score was

The Federal Way Lady Knights under-14 fastpitch team finished second at the Western World Series in California last weekend.



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Ben Lensegrav. • Lamar Neagle has always been known to put in the extra work at training each day to make sure that he is getting the most out of the session. Last week, though, some of his extra work wasn’t geared toward helping him on the pitch, but rather with pitching, as he was [ more briefs page 16 ]

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[16] August 2, 2013 [ briefs from page 15 ] with me being from Tacoma, I’ve got a whole host of people upstairs waiting for me, so it’s fun to have family here and they can be a part of it,” he said. Neagle played baseball, along with basketball and soccer, in his younger days, pitching and playing first base and shortstop before shifting his focus to soccer. The Thomas Jefferson High School product has five goals and three assists in MLS this season, splitting time between the forward position and the left wing. He tallied the game-winning goal during the Sounders’ 2-1 win over Chivas USA Sunday. His pitch at Cheney Stadium was equally impressive. “The pitch went amazing,” he said. “I might be on the roster tonight – I’ve already got a jersey. If they call me up, I’m ready.” The Rainiers won the game 6-5 on a walk-off home run in the 10th inning by Rich Poythress, running their record to 59-47. In total, the jersey auction, which featured the jerseys of every Rainiers

invited to throw out the first pitch at Sounders FC night at Cheney Stadium on Thursday. “I was ready,” Neagle laughed about his preparation – tossing the ball with his dad and DeAndre Yedlin. “I was definitely ready.” The Tacoma Rainiers minor league baseball team took on the Tucson Padres donning Sounders FC themed jerseys as part of the night’s festivities. Not only did Neagle throw out the first pitch, but he also signed autographs in the concourse for fans who got out to the game early, including 2,000 that walked away with co-branded Sounders FC and Tacoma Rainiers scarves. Neagle, who was raised in Federal Way, was also part of a jersey auction with his commemorative Sounders FC-themed Rainiers jersey fetching $500 for the Sounders FC community partners. “It’s such a good thing to see and it’s cool that we can make this connection between professional sports in the area. And especially

player and coach along with Neagle, raised $7,110, which will be distributed among America SCORES Seattle, Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue and King County, Special Olympics Washington, Washington Global Health Alliance and Washington Youth Soccer.

Hanson stepped into the crew chief position with the Miss Oh Boy! Oberto following the 2003 season after 23 years piloting a hydroplane. Hanson drove for the Miss Budweiser, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, DeWalt, Jasper Engines and Jones Racing. In 2001, Hanson won • Defending national the Gold Cup while driving champion Steve David in the Tubby’s Grilled Submathe U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto rines, his most memorable beat the field to the coveted hydroplane experience. inside lane and “We put in the zipped to victory in acceleration packthe Lamb-Weston age and it paid off,” Columbia Cup in David said of his the Tri-Cities on Kent-affiliated unSunday. limited hydroplane The crew chief of team. “I was able to the Oh Boy! Oberto get the overlap on Mike Hanson is Mike Hanson, a Kip (Brown) and 1979 graduate of (Jimmy Shane) and Federal Way High School. take the lane.” Hanson has been the crew David went on to turn chief of the unlimited back Shane, the defending hydroplane for several years Columbia Cup champion in after moving out of the the U-5 Graham Trucking cockpit. boat, for the victory. Shane Hanson is the only stayed on David’s hip the former unlimited hydroentire five laps, but David plane driver to take over built a two-second lead by as a boat’s crew chief. He the end of the third lap and oversees the hydroplane’s kept that advantage to the setup and race strategy, and checkered flag. communicates with David. On the importance of

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ton, continues Saturday and culminates with the 4:45 p.m. final Sunday. For a schedule, visit www.seafair. com. David is a four-time winner at Seattle and the defending Seafair champion. At Kennewick, Sunday racing started out routinely with no one challenging David for the inside at the start of Heat 2A and cruising to a victory over Zimmerman who finished second.

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want to thank the Federal Way Football Club volunteers for making this event a huge success for our community. Working with the city recreation department and parks staff has again been exceptional.” Along with the entry fees collected, each Federal Way soccer team is required to participate as volunteers for this tournament, whether the team plays in the tournament or not.

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light rail and said the best route is to build it along I-5. They say with this route, there would be fewer problems and disruptions, and would include built-in advantages such as a parking garage (Moore said) and logical stations at 272nd St., 288th St., and 320th St. (Noble-Gulliford said). Both said something must be done to improve traffic flow. Moore suggested trying ideas that work in other cities and gathering public feedback. NobleGulliford suggested that when adding more lanes to roads like 20th Ave. S. and S. 320th St., the city should include more pedestrianfriendly elements.

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out of a school.” “It’s not a good mix.” When asked what policy Barton took the opposite he would change, Wells stance. He said a gun-free said he would work to get or gun-safe zone is more more technology in the likely to attract crime. As classrooms. Wells would an avid outdoorsman and a also mandate that students former Marine, he believes who struggle are identified students should be familiar early. Wells’ priorities are with how guns work by to help students maximize learning to handle them their potential. Students safely. who struggle in elementary “I think guns are a tool,” school will likely continue he said. “Guns should not to struggle throughout their be feared. … I think gun school career and would safety should be taught in be more likely to drop out, schools.” Wells said. The candidates were When asked what policy asked whether they suphe would change, Barton ported school vouchers. said he would address the Barton supports them, district’s grading system saying that students who and common core stanattend a “failing school” dards. Barton said there need an opportunity to go is no single process that to a school that’s doing well. works for all students, and Wells took the opposite that the current system “is stance, saying that schools in place to have our kids in need to do a better job lockstep.” with the money they have “I’m a lifelong learner,” instead of “taking away Barton said. “Every child money with vouchers” to should be able to go private schools. through a path that’s best Wells and Barton both for them.” discussed a passion to serve One question probed the school district. Both the candidates about their candidates are working views on teaching gun on a doctorate — Wells in safety classes in schools. education, and Barton in “Guns in schools just information technology. scare me,” Wells said. He Both candidates promised said a school’s top priornot to be a “rubber stamp” ity is to make sure kids are on the school board. Both protected, and he would candidates agree that one of support the enhancement the district’s more successof protections, rather than ful schools, the Federal Way teaching about weapons. Public Academy, should be

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Reporters & Editorial • Editor - Forks

Non-Media Positions • Truck Driver - Everett


Featured Position

Current Employment Opportunities at SALES CONSULTANT Tired of working nights or weekends? Looking for an exciting career in Sales? Sound Publishing, Inc. has an immediate opening for an Advertising Sales Consultant with the Bellevue Reporter. The ideal candidates will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, both written and oral, and have excellent communications skills; must be motivated and take the initiative to sell multiple media products including on-line advertising and special products, work with existing customers and find ways to grow sales and income with new prospective clients. Sales experience necessary; Print media experience is a definite asset. Must be computer-proficient with data processing and spreadsheets as well as utilizing the Internet. Position requires use of personal cell phone and vehicle, possession of valid WA State Driver’s License and proof of active vehicle insurance. Compensation includes salary plus commission and we offer a competitive benefits package including health insurance, paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays), and 401K retirement plan. If you’re interested in joining our team and working for the leading independent newspaper publisher in Washington State, then we want to hear from you! Email us your cover letter and resume to: or mail to: Sound Publishing, Inc., 19426 68th Avenue S. Kent, WA 98032, ATTN: HR/BLVU

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Federal Way Mirror, August 02, 2013  
Federal Way Mirror, August 02, 2013  

August 02, 2013 edition of the Federal Way Mirror