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Aerospace Training Center fully funded By Brian Beckley bbeckley@rentonreporter.com

The Central Sound Aerospace Training Center overlooking Renton Municipal Airport has $12.5 million in funding. Submitted

The new Central Sound Aerospace Training Center set to be built at the Renton Airport recently received some additional funding from the state Legislature and will now be built to its full size. When the legislature gathered in November to pass the 777X tax-break bill for Boeing, it also passed legislation providing an additional $5 million to the Aerospace training project, bringing the total amount to $12.5 million for the center. “The goal here is to create a central training center,”

Renton Communications Director Preeti Shridhar told the City Council Monday during a presentation. The center, when completed, will house three floors of classrooms and training spaces designed to offer hands-on learning for the next generation of aerospace workers, all at a real-life setting. “We’re hearing from Boeing and other companies that a lot of their workers are retiring and they’re in need of new workers,” said Shridhar. The center is designed to bring together many of the local players in the aerospace industry, as well as educational facilities like Renton Technical College, to provide [ more center page 15 ]

Renton woman charged in slaying of her husband By DEAN A. RADFORD dradford@rentonreporter.com

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Pair of reindeer make pre-flight stop in Renton By TRACEY COMPTON tcompton@rentonreporter.com

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he day after Thanksgiving marked the opening of many Christmas tree stands in the area, including the Newcastle Fruit and Produce Company’s Christmas tree stand. This year the business kicked off holiday sales with a celebration and introduced reindeer for customer viewing

at its location. Petting, feeding or riding the reindeer isn’t allowed. “We’ve got two weeks to make everything disappear and recreate this as a Christmas business,” said Dave Franklin. Franklin has co-owned the Newcastle Fruit and Produce Company for 21 years with Damu Maples. After its Christmas transformation was complete, the company held a tree[ more Reindeer page 3 ]

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A 34-year-old Renton woman was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder, domestic violence, in the Dec. 1 shooting death of her husband. Vanetta Yvonne Richardson will be arraigned on Dec. 16. She’s being held in the King County Jail in downtown Seattle on $1 million bail. If convicted, she faces at least 15 years in prison. Richardson called 911 at about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1 to report she had just shot her 31-year-old husband, Jerry Lee Butler. Officers found the Butler lying on the front yard, with seven gunshot wounds, including two in the back, and Richardson with her hands raised in the air, according to the Renton Police Department’s certification of probable cause filed with prosecutors. He died at the scene. “Please, I shot my husband. Please help us,” she said to responding officers. Renton officers have been to the residence in the 12400 block of 184th Street on several occasions for domestic incidents, according to Terri Vickers, a Renton Police Department spokeswoman. Besides the couple, there are six children at home, including three they share in common. According to the children and with interviews with Richardson, Butler was shot inside the house and after he ran outside. Officers learned the couple had argued that weekend over text messages he had received from another woman.


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Friday Mostly sunny, but cold, with a high of 33, dropping to 19 overnight.

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Sunday Partly sunny with a high of 34, changing to mostly cloudy with a low of 26.

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Join us in helping others This year, The Renton Reporter is partnering with Art2D2 Tattoo and Piercing in Renton to collect toiletries for RAYS, Renton Area Youth and Family Services, a group that provides mentalhealth counseling to students in the Renton and Tukwila school districts. Art2D2’s shop at 430 Sunset Blvd. N.E. will be the main drop point for donations, though there will also be a box at our office at 19426 68th Ave. S. in Kent. Other drop box location are: RAYS Family Center, 12704 76th Ave. S., Skyway and Rainier Title, 841 Central Ave. N, Suite C-105, Kent. Items being collected are: shampoo, soap, deodorant, lotion, toothpaste, feminine products, toilet paper, laundry detergent and reusable bags. Grocery store gift cards in $10 and $20 amounts are also requested.

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Antonio F. Castro pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Monday to shooting and seriously wounding two men on Nov. 16 in the parking lot of the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn. Prosecutors have charged the 63-year-old Renton man with two counts of assault in the first degree with firearm enhancements. Castro is in jail with bail set at $500,000. His first case setting hearing is Dec. 16 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The two victims, Brian Beasley and Daniel Mora, are recovering from their wounds. According to the account, Castro conceded he had not been in fear for his or his wife’s safety when he chased the men and that neither man had a weapon in his hand when he shot them. For more on this, visit www. rentonreporter.com.

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Sierra Heights teacher named ‘Hero in the Classroom’ Sierra Heights Elementary School teacher Michelle McLaughlin was named “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” for educational excellence. Symetra and the Seattle Seahwaks presented the award to McLaughlin during a surprise classroom presentation. McLaughlin received a $1,000 check to use for classroom materials and tickets to Monday night’s Seahawks game where she was acknowledged during an on-field presentation at Century Link Field. “What sets Michelle McLaughlin apart as a teacher is her interest in her students in and out of school,” Tina Powell, the parent of a former

student who nominated McLaughlin for the award. “She seeks to understand them and their individual needs so she can help them develop the skills they need to succeed in life, not just in her classroom.” Sixteen area teachers will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom program during this NFL season. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents, school staff or others. Winners are selected based on their ability to make a difference in students’ lives, to go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities and to help students Michelle McLaughlin was honored as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” this week. Submitted build life skills.

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lighting ceremony this past weekend, with the Liberty High School choir, a Santa appearance, roasted chestnuts and Marines collecting for Toys for Tots. According to Franklin, a couple hundred people attended the event. The reindeer were added to the scene for the first time this year, fulfilling a longstanding wish, he said. The two female reindeer Franklin has been calling Comet and Cupid come from a farm in Eastern Washington. “They’re starting to get really curious,” he said. “They love to munch on the needles from the fir trees.” Since the company’s holiday celebration, Newcastle Fruit and Produce has been very busy selling big trees, like Noble Firs, which are top sellers early in the season. Every year the owners hand select every tree, while they are standing in the field. During the holidays, the business adds wreathes, garland, hanging baskets, holiday decor and of course trees to their produce and nursery sales. Newcastle Fruit and Produce is still collecting toys for Toys for Tots. Their hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Newcastle Fruit and Produce is located at 13013 Newcastle Way.

‘She Loves Me’ opens Friday at Renton Civic Theatre By TRACEY COMPTON tcompton@rentonreporter.com

“She Loves Me,” the play that the movie “You’ve Got Mail” was based on, opens Friday at Renton Civc Theatre. The play, by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, runs through Dec. 21. It’s the story of two feuding European perfumery clerks, Georg and Amalia, during the 1930s. The two secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, only to discover their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Chris Nardine directs Renton Civic’s production of “She Loves Me.” Nardine said the play “is an endearing romantic musical comedy that captured my heart 30 years ago when first I had the pleasure of working on it with my mentor and friend, Ron Daum.” “In fact, I like it so much that I integrated much of his original production here at Renton Civic Theatre,” he said. According to the director, the story has been told in many different versions as books, plays, musicals and movies. The storyline is a nice set-up for some comic circumstances and lovely music, Nardine said. The cast that he’s pulled together really makes you believe, he said. “She Loves Me” takes the stage 7:30 p.m., Thursdays; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday, through Dec. 21. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. For more information call the box office at 425-226-5529 or visit www.rentoncivictheatre.org.

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Dale G. Femling

Dale G. Femling, 54, of Renton died unexpectedly on November 21, 2013. Dale was born to Frank and Gay Femling on April 22, 1959 in Snoqualmie,Washington. He worked many years as a truck driver. Dale was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting, golfing, skiing and riding his Harley motorcycle. He is survived by his parents Frank and stepmother Izzy, sons Matt and Jared, daughter Hayley and grandson Nico. Also, siblings Karen Sutter, Tracy Colombi, Terry Taggart (Scott), Ryan Femling (Mia), Andy Femling (Kathryn) and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends. Dale was preceded in death by his mother Gay Dawson.We will miss his wonderful smile, sense of humor, and kind heart. A celebration of his life will be held in early 2014. Memorials may be made to Auburn Eagles Lodge or a charity of your choice. 933273

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Patricia Marie Dickinson, 91,of Renton, WA, passed away November 25, 2013 at Valley General Medical Center. God was kind to Pat. She received last rites and passed peacefully in the presence of family. Pat was born in Cimarron, New Mexico,  April 11, 1922, the oldest daughter of the late Gertrude (Hoodie) Sitzberger and Edward F. Sitzberger.  She attended Raton High School in Raton, New Mexico where she was the band Majorette. After graduating she attended nursing training in Denver, Colorado graduating in 1945. She met her husband Bob in Denver where they married and enjoyed dancing to the many big bands of the era that toured through Denver.  Pat moved to Washington with Bob and built the family home with him in 1955 where they raised five children.  Her lengthy and lively life was full of family and extensive travels with her husband after his retirement.  Pat was active throughout the community with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the PTA.  After her children were grown she resumed her nursing career working at Renton Hospital, Libby Foods, and King County Public Health.  She continued to be active in the community volunteering her time with CASA and most recently, the Renton Senior Center until October 2013.  Pat was a faithful member of the St. Anthony Catholic church since 1953 where she was an active volunteer and co-founded ‘Moms in Touch’ a support group for mothers.  Surviving are her children  R. John Dickinson, Monument, CO, Barbara M. Burnett, Howard, CO, Patricia C. (Sande) Meinert,  Enumclaw, WA, Thomas E. Dickinson, Kent, WA, and Nance A. Dickinson, Kirkland, WA and their families. Also surviving are sisters Marjory Martin of Cimarron NM, Joan Hart of Walnut Creek, CA, and brother Edward Sitzberger, Cimarron, NM, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Dickinson, and brother James Sitzberger, Cimarron NM.  Pat cherished her seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and the numerous family members and friends who loved her. A memorial mass will be held for Pat Friday, December 13 at 11 AM at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Renton. Following the mass, a reception will be held to celebrate Pat’s life at Merrill Gardens, 104 Burnett Ave S, Renton for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s name to the Renton Senior Center or St Anthony Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at  www. dignitymemorial.com/greenwood-memorial-park-funeralhome/en-us/index.page under Dickinson, Patricia. 936130

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Holiday activities in Renton get off to a festive start this weekend. Saturday marks Renton’s Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at the Piazza. The event is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa will be on hand as well as food and entertainment for the whole family. Next week, Luther’s Table in downtown Renton will kick off holiday festivities with beer and Christmas carols, Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The following are this weekend’s and next week’s entertainment activities around town: 20th Annual Ivar’s Clam Lights Celebration 6:15 p.m. - 9 p.m., Dec. 6, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Lights run nightly 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more info, call 425430-6700 Holiday Tree Lighting at the Piazza, 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Dec. 7,

The Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park have plenty of spectacular displays, like this one, which will be lit nightly starting Friday. tracey compton, Renton Reporter Santa, food and entertainment, free Contact: Pat Roland, 425-917-0173 Downtown Holiday Activities 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Dec. 7, South Third Street, Williams to Main Avenue South: Dickens Carolers, roasted chestnuts and hot drinks, prior to tree-lighting ceremony

K9 Candy Cane 5k Run & Walk 9 a.m. - Noon, Dec. 8, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton Pre-registration advised. Contact: Jennifer Spencer, 425-430-6711 Santa at The Landing until Dec. 24 3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday; Park Avenue North, Renton; between Panda Express and Verizon Wireless Santa’s House 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Dec. 13,

Renton Piazza, 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton, free Santa photos. Contact: 206-9140198 Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert 3 p.m., Dec. 15, Carco Theatre, 1715 S.E. Maple Valley Highway, Renton, Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students. Contact: 425-430-6700 Renton City Concert Band 2 p.m., Dec. 15, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students. Contact: 425-430-6700

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Highlander fans storm court after win at Liberty By Brian Beckley bbeckley@rentonreporter.com

The Hazen Highlander basketball team got its season off to a rousing start Tuesday night, with a 68-66 win over Liberty that saw Hazen fans storming the court at Liberty High School when the buzzer sounded. Dominic Green led the Highlanders with 23 points and 3 steals, while Connor O’Hearn added 13 points and 4 assists. Anthony Phillips also had 7 points, 12

rebounds and added what Coach Ryan Thompson called a “big dunk.” According to Thompson, the atmosphere at the game was “very exciting” for the early season rivalry matchup, with large student sections cheering for both schools. Hazen was scheduled to head to Interlake for a game Wednesday that was too late for this edition of the paper and will host its home opener against Evergreen Dec. 11.

Hazen wrestlers have high hopes this season With only one wrestler lost to graduation and three state participants back on the mat this season, the Hazen wrestling team is looking to improve over last season’s surprise run at the league title. Though they fell just short of the top spot last year, Coach Rory Magana said his team “wrestled above our level” but is ready to show that its success was no fluke. “Our returners are all very talented and are very solid wrestlers,” Magana said in an email. In total, the Highlanders are bringing four state participants back to the mat this season. Zach Moore, Malik Haythorne and Jairo Barahona all made the tournament last year and Derek Nichols was a participant in 2012. All four are back this season. However, Magana said Hazen is dealing with injuries to key wrestlers this season, including Erik Johannessen, who may be out for the season.

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Highlanders drop double dual opener Hazen High School’s hopes of a Seamount League championship in wrestling got off to a rocky start this season as the team on Tuesday fell to both Mercer Island and Mount Si in a season-opening double dual meet. The final scores were Mercer Island 37, Hazen 27 and Mount Si 37, Hazen 25. Coach Rory Magana said injuries at the upper end of the weight classes hurt his team in the opener. “Our team wrestled tough last night against two teams with a ton experience,” Magana said. “Our returners did their job and wrestled hard. Most of the time we picked up our wins where we were supposed to win but being the first outing of the season we obviously have to shake off some rust.” Despite the loss, Magana said there are several bright spots for the Highlanders. Malik Haythorne, 152, and Zach Moore, 132, both “wrestled tough” and won their matches. Derek Nichols, Jimmy Huynh, Tyson Mowrey and Jairo Barahona also each had one impressive win by fall on the night, according to their coach. Hazen was scheduled to welcome Highline on Thursday and travel to the Redmond Dual Tournament on Saturday. -Brian Beckley In addition, Cole Thatcher suffered an injury during the freestyle season and is out until mid-December. The goal this year is a league title and the coach has a plan for how to get

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson met recently with staff from Sound Publishing. By BRANDON MACZ

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says his office is prioritizing as best it can to deal with current and pending legal challenges in the state in the face of a slimmer budget, and he’s confident critical issues are being addressed. Ferguson touted his selection of Nancy Krier as the open government ombudsman for his office and being able to bring that position back to fulltime status. The attorney general said he is also proposing a bill to provide locally elected officials with an online training resource for navigating open records requests within the law. While some cities are backing budgets that make government accessibility a first-tier service, others are being challenged by what they consider to be burdensome requests for public information. Ferguson said it’s good for local governments to work to clarify with the public what they want in order to narrow the scope of requests, but sometimes it doesn’t matter. “There will be some cost to that and some inconvenience,” he said of following open government laws, “and that’s a fact.” The attorney general’s lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association over campaign finance concealment claims will move forward this month. So far, Ferguson said the association is accused of hiding the identities of contributors of up to $10.6 million to its campaign Bob Ferguson against I-522 in Washington, which would have required labeling on some genetically modified food products. The GMA has provided the names of its backers and their share of contributions, but continues to deny any wrongdoing. The Washington State Liquor Control Board is taking applications through Dec. 18 for licensure to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana with the potential for legislation to be passed next year that would require medical marijuana patients to go through these suppliers without being subjected to taxation. Many cities have accepted that they will soon need to make room for retail marijuana stores and grow sites, but others like Renton are not embracing the change. The Renton City Council voted to put a moratorium in place for marijuana businesses. Ferguson said the liquor control board is now seeking an opinion from his office about whether these municipalities have legal grounds to oppose marijuana as a commercial enterprise in their cities and oppose the will of voters who approved I-502. He’s trying to come up with a legal opinion, he said, while continuing a good-faith effort with the federal government to keep it from intervening with state law. With the holiday season in full swing, the attorney general’s office also has been warning the public about potential scams, such as in retail, online and fake charities. Ferguson said his office also is focusing on improving protections for veterans and matching state protections for those deployed by order of the governor with federal protections afforded to those deployed by the president. The legislation is called the Washington Service Members’ Civil Relief Act and is being requested for consideration during the 2014 legislative session.

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Government accountability starts with the People, city councils By Sam Bellomio

What are we going to do about the way things are working out? How do we wrangle political force back from the elusive economic monoliths that operate along their own self-interest? What will we do when we are told we cannot speak, we cannot protest, we cannot dissent and we cannot be free? The time has come to StandUP, America. StandUP-America first came to Renton because a City Council member is on a board at King County and represents issues all King County residents face. Second, we were happy to see that Renton has some common sense and allows for people to speak for five minutes to fully explain their concerns. A concern that should be addressed is King County, which has a unique situation that is seen nowhere else. The King County Council does not allow citizens to freely speak at any committee. These meetings also happen at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in downtown Seattle during working hours, when no other citizens can attend. In response to StandUP-America’s request to open King County committees to the people, it has been suggested to remove or reduce public speaking time at the Renton City Council meetings. In analyzing the issue, they allow up to six people to speak at the beginning of the meeting. But over the past year, the council has seen only up to four people speaking per meeting. This was only a trick used by the council to avoid their duties in addressing the pressing concerns that face our society as a whole and to turn the people against StandUP-America. Cries of “communism” may seem off-base in our capitalist culture – yet is our market truly

free? As of now, economic powers have completely infiltrated our political system, making them one and the same entity. This paradigm of “go-about-your-own-business-we’ll-handle-it” runs rampant in our council chambers. This cannot continue. The time has come to StandUP. Right now, we see that power trickles down from the federal level of government. From there it falls to state, then county, and finally, the city which ultimately tells the locals what they can and cannot do. We approach the Renton City Council because this way of thinking has brought our nation to the verge of total collapse. The federal government is not working for the people; in fact, it can no longer function effectively at all. The power structure has been turned upside down, with the People at its base – simultaneously holding it all together, yet pushed into the ground. The People must check the accountability of our representatives on every level. The City Council, culturally closest to the population they work for, must then check the county to ensure transparency and accountability, county to state, and state to federal. It is time for our elected officials to work on our behalf again. Allowing citizens into the idea creation phase of an ordinance is what a free society allows. Renton City Council should be fighting alongside its citizens to demand this accountability at King County, not fighting those who seek justice. The question is: why are they fighting this responsibility? Visit www.StandUP-America.us to read more about other issues.

Sam Bellomio is vice president of StandUp, America.

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Rainier Avenue South project ready to open ahead of schedule Official ribbon cutting ceremony set for Dec. 9; original completion date was Spring 2014 They also upgraded stormwater, sewer and waterline infrastructure. Workers this week were putThe project was Phase 3 of a ting the finishing touches on the larger construction project to Rainier Avenue South project improve access through Rainier with a scheduled ribbon-cutting Avenue South, with phases 1 and set for Dec. 9, well ahead of the 2 being completed in 2008 and initially projected completion date 2010, respectively. of Spring 2014. Rainier Avenue South from The $42 million project was de- South Grady Way to South 2nd signed to improve transit mobilStreet is a high-traffic commerity, upgrade traffic safety, enhance cial corridor used as a major pedestrian safety, expand business thoroughfare through the City of access and add welcoming art Renton that was often congested displays creating a “gateway” to with intersection back-ups that the City of Renton. decreased vehicle and transit Beginning in April 2012, mobility. Johansen Excavating, An estimated 50,000 Inc., the contractor on cars use the roadway The new Rainier the project, improveevery day. Avenue South is a ments to Rainier Pedestrian safety boulevard with a Avenue South include was also a concern. To median separating eliminating left-hand the lanes and new, address it, wide 8-foot turn lanes, adding new sidewalks were added, wide sidewalks to north and southbound along with planter lanes to increase transit improve pedestrian strips with vegetation safety. mobility and business and upgraded street access, building wider lighting. sidewalks and installThe new Rainier ing planter strips and Avenue South is a boulevard upgraded lighting. with a median separating the Underground infrastructure north- and southbound lanes and was also relocated or installed removing the left turn lane in the including installation of the joint middle, sometimes referred to as utility trench (JUT) that holds a “suicide lane.” utilities like electricity, gas and Exits from most businesses are telecommunications services now right turn only, but there are along the west side of the road. U-turn routes available. By Brian Beckley

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The new gateway to Rainier Avenue South at Grady Way will feature a large art installation, including the mosaic tiles seen above and a series of glass globes in a wave pattern. Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter In addition to the road work, several new pieces of public art have been added to the road way, including a large piece at the corner of Grady and Rainier. The artwork, by Seattle artists Benson Shaw, features a welcome sign, a tile mosaic and series of 15 globes patterned in a wave atop metal poles.

Due to an accident this fall, the final installation of the globes may take place after the official ribboncutting. Along with the globes, additional public art projects have been installed at the northern end of the project as well. The Rainier Avenue South Project is a funding collaboration of

the City of Renton, Sound Transit, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Improvement Board, Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council and the Department of Commerce Public Works Board. [ more Rainier page 9 ]

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Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting Monday, December 9, 2013 • 10 a.m. Location: South 3rd Place & Rainier Avenue South, Renton McLendon Hardware Parking Lot, 440 Rainier Avenue South

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Everything complete but the art gateways on Rainier Avenue South [ Rainier from page 7]

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Ribbon An official ribbon cutting on the project, a full three months ahead of cutting schedule, is set for 10 a.m. Monday The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the at South Third Place and Rainier Rainier Avenue South project is scheduled Avenue South at the McLendon for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at South Third Hardware store parking lot. Place and Rainier Avenue South. Parking will Featured guest speakers include be available at the McLendon’s Hardware Mayor Denis Law, Sound Transit parking lot. Chief Executive Officer Joni Earl, State House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn, and Transportation Improvement Board Director Stevan Gorcester. For more information, visit www.rainierproject.com. To comment on this story view it online at www.rentonreporter.com. Reach Editor Brian Beckley at 425-255-3484, ext. 5050

Construction workers, left, add the finishing landscaping touches along Rainier Avenue South this week in preparation for next week’s ribboncutting ceremony. Right are artist renderings of the planned gateway at Rainier Avenue South and Grady Way. The project will feature a tile mosaic and a series of glass globes, far right, in a wave pattern. Photo of workers by Brian Beckley, other images courtesy of Benson Shaw.

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then shot her in the head with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in a dispute over damage to his car. Boyd was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the 17700 block of Benson Road South in Renton after a weeks-long investigation that included surveillance at the Emerald Heights apartment complex where he lived. Two individuals driving by on Northlake Way in north Seattle at about 4:25 a.m. Oct. 4 saw a body lying on the trail. Boyd told detectives he and Gooden drove to the area of Gasworks Park in Seattle, where he said he brandished the 9 mm handgun to scare her. “The gun went off,” he told investigators, as he stood less than two feet from Gooden.

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Plodzien In the name of the State of Oregon:You are hereby required to appear and defend the Compliant filed against you in the above entitled action within thirty (30) days from the date of the service of this summons upon you; and if you fail to do so, for want thereof, the Plaintiff will apply to the court for the relief demanded in the Complaint. A summary statement of the object of the Complaint and the demand for relief is as follows: Lea N. Christianson was the owner of real property located at 215 Foxtail Drive, Eugene, OR 97405 and, by virtue of owning such property, was a member of the Woodridge Homeowner Association. Leonard Plodzien is reputed to have owned, used, and/or possessed the aforementioned real property. Lea N. Christianson failed to pay assessments levied by the Association for dues between December 2010 and October 2012. Plaintiff filed a lien on October 26, 2012. Plaintiff presently seeks a judgment foreclosing such lien against said property. A true copy of the Complaint is available upon your request to: Mark R. Kannen Thorp Purdy Jewett Urness & Wilkinson, P.C. 1011 Harlow Road, Suite 300 Springfield, OR 97477 The date of first publication of this summons is November 15, 2013. NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: READ THESE PAPERS CAREFULLY! You must “appear” in this case or the other side will win automatically. To “appear” you must file with the court a legal document called a “motion” or “answer.” The “motion” or “answer” (or “reply”) must be given to the court clerk or administrator within 30 days of the date of first publication specified herein, along with the required filing fee. It must be in proper form and have proof of service on the plaintiff’s attorney or, if the defendant does not have an attorney, proof of service upon the plaintiff. If you have any questions, you

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be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorneys at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the Notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate assets and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication: December 6, 2013. PR: LINDA K. FORDHAM RUTH A. ROTI WSBA #19495 Of MOGREN, GLESSNER & ROTI P.S.Attorneys for Personal Representative 100 Evergreen Bldg.; PO Box 90 Renton, WA 98057-0090 (425) 255-4542 King County Superior Court Cause No. 13-4-12021-3 KNT Published in Renton Reporter on December 6, 2013, December 13, 2013 and December 20, 2013. #933683. CITY OF RENTON NOTICE OF ORDINANCES ADOPTED BY THE RENTON CITY COUNCIL Following is a summary of the ordinances adopted by the Renton City Council on December 2, 2013: ORDINANCE NO. 5697 An Ordinance of the City of Renton, Washington, establish-

ing the property tax levy for the year 2014 for general City operational purposes in the amount of $35,520,000. Effective: 12/11/2013 ORDINANCE NO. 5698 An Ordinance of the City of Renton, Washington, amending Section 5-11-1 of Chapter 11, Utility Tax, of Title V (Finance and Business Regulations) of the Renton Municipal Code by decreasing the Water Utilities Tax to 6.8%. Effective: 1/5/2014 ORDINANCE NO. 5699 An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Renton, Washington, amending the City of Renton Fiscal Years 2013/2014 Biennial Budget as adopted by Ordinance No. 5682, and thereafter amended by Ordinances Nos. 5686 and 5692, in the amount of $1,306,077, for an amended total of $520,382,470 over the biennium. Effective: 12/11/2013 ORDINANCE NO. 5700 An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Renton, Washington, accepting a Deed of Donation for certain real property from the Erwin Family Trust and Ronald W. Scott and Annette L. Scott. Effective: 12/11/2013 Complete text of these ordinances is available at Renton City Hall, 1055 South Grady Way; and posted at the King County Libraries in Renton, 100 Mill Avenue South and 2902 NE 12th Street. Upon request to the City Clerk’s office, (425) 430-6510, copies will also be mailed for a fee. Jason A. Seth, Deputy City Clerk Published in the Renton Reporter on December 6, 2013. #933694. Superior Court of Washington County of King in re the Estate of: JANICE LOUISE NIELSEN, Deceased.

NO. 13-4-11958-4 KNT NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorneys at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the Notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate assets and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication: December 6, 2013. PR: Michael Jeffery Ihinger MICHELLE R. AHRENS WSBA #16794 Of MOGREN, GLESSNER & ROTI P.S.Attorneys for Personal Representative 100 Evergreen Bldg.; PO Box 90 Renton, WA 98057-0090 (425) 255-4542 King County Superior Court Cause No. 13-4-11958-4 KNT Published in the Renton Reporter on December 6, 2013, December 13, and December 20, 2013. #933730.

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A man in his mid-20s who implied he had a weapon robbed the Chase Bank in the Fred Meyer store on Nov. 14 of an undisclosed amount of cash. After watching the suspect hang out at the deposit table, an employee asked if she could help. He walked up to a teller with a note: “Have gun put money in an envelope.” The teller pulled the panic button and gave him the cash in her drawer. Security cameras show the man entering and leaving the Fred Meyer on 108th Avenue Northeast. He is 5-foot-5 with a thin build and was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and a black baseball hat.

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patrol car but the officer blocked him. The suspect opened the vehicle’s door and the officer got out, holding his service weapon low and ready. The man was detained with the assistance of another officer. The victim positively identified the tires and rims in the back of the Chevy. The theft actually occurred in King County, so a sheriff ’s deputy took over the case. A Renton officer spotted backpacks and several laptops in the pickup’s cab. The ignition was removed and

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December 06, 2013 edition of the Renton Reporter