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New school zone cameras ready for January rollout By Brian Beckley

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It may not have been a whole lot of snow, but revelers all around Renton made the most of it, including these folks at Teasdale Park, who spent their morning building an eight-foot snowman. Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter

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New cameras in school zones that were originally expected to be ready to go in September have now been installed and will go into operation at Cascade, Honey Dew and Benson Hill elementary schools on Jan. 6. The three new locations were approved based on a traffic study that identified these areas as having the highest number of vehicles exceeding the 20 mph speed limit. “Our school zone speed safety cameras have resulted in drivers slowing down,” said Mayor Denis Law in a press release. “We are now expanding this program to areas where a significant number of drivers continue to exceed the speed limit.” According to studies completed by American Traffic Solutions, the company that handles the city’s traffic camera contract, and reported by the Renton Police Department in May, 19 percent of the 1,123 vehicles that passed through the Honey Dew school zone during the morning commute were traveling faster than 26 mph in the 20 mph zone. In the afternoon, it jumped to 23 percent of cars speeding through the zone. “What’s the difference between 20 mph and 26 mph? Twenty-six feet of stopping distance,” said Commander Clark Wilcox “With children walking [ more cameras page 5 ]

Tent City 3 prepares to end threemonth stay at Renton-area church For the past three months, the residents of Tent City 3 have called the Renton area their home, but early next month their stay at Bryn Mawr United Methodist Church in the Skyway area comes to an end. Work is already under way to begin breaking down the camp, which presently houses about 73 individuals in a well-organized and secured encamp-

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ment of about 50 tents, located on a grassy corner of the church’s property, to make the move to St. Dunstan’s at 145th and Aurora in Shoreline on Jan. 4. According to Tent City 3 Executive Committee Member and front-desk worker Bear LeGalt, the time in the Renton area has been “great” and has helped the camp fulfill part of its mission by giving those down on their luck a place to go as they fight to get their lives back. “It’s about getting on your feet,” LeGalt said this [ more TENTS page 4 ]

Bear LeGalt, who mans the front desk at Tent City 3, takes a phone call in front of the single camper area. Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter



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Foggy and cloudy, high near 47. Low around 36.


STILL UNDEFEATED The Hazen Highlander basketball team is off to a hot start so far this season. [ PAGE 10 ]

Areas of fog, otherwise partly sunny. High 45, low 37.

Sunday Areas of fog, otherwise partly cloudy. High 45.

Despite the drizzle wildlife life and human life were out for a meal or a walk among the Christmas decorations at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Tracey

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Youth make blankets for Center of Hope By TRACEY COMPTON

Sister-city exchange is in the spring

The Renton Youth Advocacy Center delivered blankets to the REACH Center of Hope on Monday, including from left, front row, youths Grace Babunovic, Emilie Babunovic, Emma Walther, Hannah Walther and Shade Moon. They made the blankets with adults, including, from left, back row Jim Harvey, Peggy Sue Babunovic, John Houston, Peggy Walther and Kathy Spellman. tracey compton, Renton Reporter

Renton teachers urge Olympia on evaluations Renton system less influenced by standardized testing By TRACEY COMPTON

About 35 Renton and Highline teachers came together recently to urge state legislators not to tie teacher evaluations to state standardized tests as a way to measure student growth. The educators wrote holiday cards expressing their concerns about the issue and others. State Senate bill 5246 will be voted on after the 2014 Legislative session begins on Jan. 13. The bill requires that teacher evaluations be linked to standardized test scores to determine student growth. Some

teachers and administrators say this is not the best measure of success. “School districts need the flexibility to design teacher evaluation systems that meet local needs, not a top-down mandate from politicians in Olympia,” said Becca Ritchie, a Nelsen Middle School teacher. Ritchie spoke out at the Dec. 11 Renton School Board meeting, urging the board to promote the district’s model for teacher evaluations, which doesn’t rely as heavily on standardize test scores. “So far, we find the revised evaluation system is much improved; the standards of high-quality instruction provide a consistent basis for fostering high-quality work on a daily basis,” Sheryl Moore, assistant superintendent of human resources for the Renton School District, said in an email.

“We are excited about seeing how this system improves the focused, professional discussions between the principals and teachers about how we measure student growth and accountability for that growth,” she added. The Renton School District is transitioning about 330 classroom teachers onto the new state system of evaluation this year and has plans to continue transitioning the remaining teachers during the next few years. “While annual state assessment measures may play a role in the evaluation work (depending on future legislative action), developing and using classroom based assessments that are promptly available, relevant to the content being taught, and that provide timely assessments for our students

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Plans are under way for the next City of Renton sister-city delegation visit to Nishiwaki, Japan. The trip is open to community leaders and residents interested in representing Renton. The delegation trip will celebrate and honor the 45th anniversary of the Renton-Nishiwaki relationship. Delegates will meet Nishiwaki’s mayor and council, tour attractions, experience a traditional tea ceremony and sightsee around Nishiwaki. An informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Jan. 7, at Renton City Hall in Council Conference Room 720. Attendees will meet members of past delegation trips, learn more about the trip, and ask questions. The week-long trip is tentatively scheduled for April 2014; delegate participation must be confirmed by Feb. 10. Delegates will be responsible for their own expenses (including hotel and airfare), but home-stay accommodations will be available in Nishiwaki, making travel arrangements more affordable. To attend the informational meeting on Jan. 7 or to become part of the 2014 delegation, contact Roger Richert, chairman of the Renton-Nishiwaki Sister City Committee, at or 206-232-1700 for more information.

Youth and volunteers with the Renton Youth Advocacy Center delivered blankets to the REACH Center of Hope women and children’s shelter on Monday. Center Director John Houston and board member Kathy Spellman accompanied the youth to the center to make the presentation to REACH Center workers, Mayor Denis Law and City Council member Marcie Palmer. The group got donations from the Renton Lions Club to make the blankets. “It’s doing excellent,” said Houston of RYAC, which opened at the end of the summer. The youth center has between 15 and 20 youth attending tutoring and hanging out in the center. Since opening, RYAC has contributed to the community not only for youth but for families. In addition to the blanket drive for the REACH Center of Hope, RYAC supported eight families with food baskets for Thanksgiving. The REACH Center of Hope has been experiencing success with its clients, too. Recently the center reported home placements for eight families. The day shelter is located in the bottom of Renton City Hall, with overnight housing at area churches. The center has started to open its doors to single women during the day, without children, said Rev. Dr. Linda Smith. To volunteer or donate to RYAC, call 425-793-3535. To volunteer for the Center of Hope, call 425-277-7594.

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[4] December 27, 2013 to a private tent when one [ tents from page 1] past week. Inside the tightly packed camp, pieces of plywood serve as pathways over muddy ground and the tents, organized into common areas, couples areas and single campers, sit on palettes to keep campers off the ground. They admit it’s sometimes cold, especially after this past week’s snow, but like anyone else, they made the most of it, with one camper even building a snowman in front of his tent, most of which are given monikers like “Sweet Spot,” “Hoboe Court,” or “JR’s Place.” There are also a handful of tents that house multiple residents and the camp uses a seniority system to determine who gets to move

opens up. Even those tents have been given fun names, such as “The Palms” and “The Sands,” where single men live and the “Queen Dome” for the ladies. The community section consists of a kitchen tent as well as a pantry, stocked with a microwave, other small appliances and shelves filled with non-perishable foods. Everything in the camp, from the food to the medical supplies to coats and office supplies, has been donated. There is also a TV tent and a computer tent, where residents can get on the internet. There’s also a “bike tent” that contains 15-20 donated bicycles that residents can check out after living in the camp for at least 30 days. “Everything we’ve got is donations,” LeGalt said. LeGalt said Bryn Mawr United Methodist has been donating the electricity for the camp, which he estimated to be about $5,500 per month. Each camper at Tent City 3 must have a valid form of identification and goes through a background check, to prevent sex offenders from moving in. Residents must also sign a code of conduct, violations of which can lead to repercussions, up to and including expulsion from the camp. In addition, drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited. “That is one of our top

rules,” LeGalt said. The campers elect members to the governing Executive Committee, voting in five members every week, with two alternates, to help determine policy within the gates. “We are a self-governing entity,” LeGalt said. Roger, who declined to give his last name, has been living in Tent City since 2008 and is helping write the Camp’s Operations manual, designed to tell the camp’s history and culture, as well as explain how it all works. He called it a “closeknit community” and said it was like the opposite of living by oneself in a onebedroom apartment. “It’s got its perks and its drawbacks,” agreed Daniel, who also declined to give


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in the area, that 26 feet could mean the difference between life and death.” At Cascade, 30 percent of the 723 cars in the morning and 29 percent of the 658 cars in the afternoon sped through the school zone. At Benson Hill the numbers were even higher with 37 percent of the 570 vehicles speeding in the morning and 31 percent of the 691 in the afternoon. The delay in installing the new cameras came about because some of the equipment needed was on back order. Signs have been posted at the new locations to alert drivers that cameras are in use. The cameras operate during school times and capture still photographs and video of every vehicle that exceeds the school zone speed limit. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit through the school zones will be photographed, and those images will be reviewed by the Renton Police Department to determine if a citation is to be issued. This program is also being expanded to include red-light safety cameras at

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Keep the holiday spirit all year long During the holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to giving — not just giving gifts but donating our time and money to charities and community programs. This time of year, we’re reminded that, with all our frailties, we human beings are a pretty generous lot. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, 88 percent of American households donate to charity. In 2012, Americans donated more than $316 billion to nonprofit organizations. As it turns out, philanthropy is as old as civilization itself. One of the earliest recorded donations was in 375 B.C. when Plato willed his house to his nephew with instructions that the proceeds be used to support students and faculty at the academy he founded. In America, the controversial and hardcharging industry titans who came to power in the 19th century began a tradition of philanthropy that created some of our nation’s most prestigious institutions. For example, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie built 2,800 free public libraries around the world, and many of America’s greatest universities and art institutions were founded by industrialists: Carnegie-Mellon University, Duke University, the University of Chicago, Rockefeller University, Stanford University, the Getty Museum, the Guggenheim and the Smithsonian. These industrialists created charitable foundations that continue to this day. In all, U.S. foundations and corporations donated almost $64 billion to charitable causes in 2012. While banks are a target of much criticism today, it is important to point out that in 2012 JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $190 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 states, the District of Columbia, and 37 countries around the world. More than 43,000 employees provided 468,000 hours of volunteer service in local communities around the globe. One of today’s best-known foundations is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Founded with earnings from Microsoft — and generously supported by business mogul Warren Buffet — the foundation’s $38 billion endowment applies business principles and discipline to nonprofit initiatives here and around the globe in health care, economic development and education. Regionally, the Fred Meyer Fund has awarded more than $15 million in grants since 1997 in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help fight hunger, educate our children and help our military veterans. Washington companies share a strong commitment to community service. The Boeing Company donated almost $53 million to nonprofits in our state in 2012. The managers and employees of United Parcel Service, founded in Seattle in 1907, have donated a record $1 billion to United Way over the last 30 years. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines gave $3.3 million to Washington communities in 2012, and the company just announced it would donate Don Brunell

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Letter to the editor Watch for strangers in your neighborhood I am 17-year resident of the City of Renton. On Nov. 4, one of our vehicles was stolen out of our driveway. A second vehicle was broken into and ransacked with no items missing. We did not hear any disturbance during the night to indicate that there was a problem. My wife awoke the morning to realize that our 2013 car was stolen from our driveway. We reported the incident to the Renton Police Department and they immediately started an investigation. About 48 hours later, the Bellevue Police called to notify us that the vehicle was recovered but was deemed a total loss as the thieves jumped a curb, hit a Metro bus sign and tree before coming to rest. Initially we were told there were three parties involved, all teenagers. After four weeks and through the cooperation of the Bellevue Police Department we found that the driver of the stolen vehicle was identified and confirmed to be a 15-year-old male. At least one the thieves attended the same high school as our kids. We were also told that two of the

kids were injured by the airbags. What was even more disturbing to us was the recovered vehicle had contents from the thieves including a taser, a butterfly knife and marijuana. After seeing those items and knowing these people were in our driveway makes us feel uneasy in what we felt was a safe neighborhood. These people took more than our possessions but our feeling of safety in our own homes. It is difficult to think that you can’t leave your car in your driveway without the fear that you will wake up in the morning with it missing. I just want the residents of Renton to know we are all vulnerable no matter how safe we think we are. The police have told us there is nothing we could have done to prevent these thefts. For the parents of the teens that stole our car, I hope that you will teach your children to know better and have respect for others. For residents of Renton, be wary of people that do not belong in your neighborhood. Stay safe,

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Pol, who own Oak Harbor Freight, have volunteered vacant space in their empty trucks traveling across California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to transport a million pounds of surplus produce a year for donation to needy people. And Sterling Bank in Spokane provides each of its employees with 12 hours of paid time off a year to use volunteering in their local community. In 2012, Sterling

employees donated 53,000 hours of time to nearly 2,000 nonprofit organizations. These volunteers deserve our thanks and support. Their efforts are a reminder that all of us, regardless of income or status, can contribute to our communities in some way — and, in doing so, we make ourselves and our communities better. Don Brunell is the president of the Association of Washington Business.

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Pair of elves deck the halls with nine trees at Houser Terrace By Brian Beckley


renda Elliot believes that just because she lives in affordable housing doesn’t mean they can’t get all the beauty and fun of a beautiful Christmas

display. So Elliot and her partner-in-crime Sheri Alton have spent the past several weeks decorating the Houser Terrace apartments’ common areas with nine Christmas trees, Christmas villages and an impressive nutcracker collection. “It’s just something I enjoy,” she said Friday, gesturing to her fellow residents. “I do it for them.” Elliot said she has decorated the past two years, picking up where she left off from home when she moved into the complex. Alton said she has been decorating for about eight years. Up from six trees this year, each tree in the lobby and dining room is themed, from the “country tree” with teddy bears to the “winter wonderland,” decked out in cool blues and silvers. Bringing all 100 residents together though is the “family tree,” which contains an ornament with each tenant’s name on it. But Elliott’s favorite is her “angel tree,” which contains many of her personal ornaments, some of which are more than 30 years old. “I’ve had them for many many years,” she said. “To me it’s still a holy holiday.” The ladies began decorating the day after Thanksgiving and this week, it all paid off as the lobby looked like an explosion of holly jolly excitement. “They want us to downsize, but you know what?” Alton asked. “The residents look forward to it.” There are also a collection of Christmas-themed clocks that all play holiday songs on the hour. Elliott said all of the clocks have been set for slightly different times so they play their songs one-after-the-other instead of all at once. Next year, the ladies actually plan an even larger display and said they check thrift stores and garage sales all year long for new decorations. This year, they picked up a beautiful, sparkly sleigh that is displayed right in the building’s foyer. The only problem is where to store all of the decorations

Sheri Alton, above left, and Brenda Elliott spent weeks decorating the lobby at Houser Terrace. Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter through the off-season. All of the Christmas decorations take up storage lockers both at the facility and off site. “We’re just overflowing,” Elliott said. Fellow resident Charlotte Tibbles said she loves seeing the decorations and wishes she had “onetenth” of the creativity of Elliot and Alton. “I think it’s absolutely and utterly fantastic,” Tibbles said. “It reaches out and grabs you.” Tibbles said she has trouble some years getting into the Christmas spirit, but this year, all of the decorations put her right in the mood. Renton Housing Authority Operations Administrator Jill Richardson, who oversees all of the housing authority’s buildings, said it was great when resident get in the spirit. “We love the idea that residents are involved and energized to decorate their place,” she said. Elliott and Alton said they decorate for every season, but none quite at the level of Christmas. “Just because we live in (affordable) senior housing doesn’t mean we can’t have nice things,” Elliott said.

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KB said, pausing and re-enacting her look of wonder as she peered into the formerly shuttered Teasdale activity building. “Most people saw an empty building. But I saw potential,” KB said, “I just didn’t realize how long it would take.” KB invited me and my kids to join her for a visit to Club Teasdale to check out what she had accomplished. When we arrived at Club Teasdale, kids were playing outside, something they do every day after school at the park’s play structure. Eventually we all moseyed over to the activity building where KB’s craft-of-the-day was painting holiday salt dough ornaments. The activity building is now decorated with Club Teasdale kid art and filled with a couple of craft tables, books, comfortable area rugs for kids to splay out on and a little anteroom where kids can play old-school video games on an old television. “I wanted to contribute my skills and talents in a more ‘hyperlocal’ way,” KB said. “When I was living in L.A., it was at the start of the handmade/craft revival. I started kokoleo as a way to work from home

and sell the things I make on the internet. That led to doing craft shows and getting my kokoleo items into stores. I kept a blog and wrote tutorials, which occasionally got picked by magazines and online D.I.Y. sites (Craft and L.A.Kids, CraftGossip, Croq, etc.). I got caught up in worrying about my ‘fans’ and followers and page views and comments and likes and all that comes with establishing an online presence,” she said. “When we moved here I started making connections with people in my neighborhood and in Renton and my online presence seemed less important.” “Now instead of spending hours writing and photographing craft tutorials and hoping they get recognized on the internet, I’m making these crafts with kids at Club Teasdale,” she said. “Instead of seeing me obsessively photographing things I made and typing away at my computer, my kids are making crafts with me and interacting with other kids in our neighborhood.” KB also believed that she could make a successful afterschool enrichment program [ more teasdale page 9 ]


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Like most moms, KB Van Horn’s a lot of things: artist, business owner, former middle school teacher and most recently cheerleader for her latest endeavor: Club Teasdale. An idea that began three years ago when Van Horn and her family, husband and two elementary-age kids, moved to the Talbot Hill neighborhood of Renton from LA she noticed a little house with a sign tacked to the door at Teasdale Park: “PARK BUILDING CLOSED; Due to budget reductions we are no longer able to operate the city’s community parks buildings.” According to Jennifer Spencer, recreation coordinator for the City of Renton, there are five activity buildings located around parks and built by the city for neighborhood afterschool programs. “People don’t understand how the bad economy has affected the Parks Department. We’ve had a lot of budgetary layoffs and the recreation division has taken a hit,” she said Working with Spencer, it’s taken KB upward of a year, including the drudgery of countless meetings to get budgetary ap-

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that was sustainable and also keep those dollars here in our community. At the city, Spencer has worked right alongside KB. “These activity buildings should be open because there is a need for enrichment programs for kids in these underserved areas like Talbot Hill. It has been a great partnership with KB, and Kevin McPherson,” Spencer said, referring to local artist Kevin McPherson who has also breathed

dusted with flour. 5. Use cookie cutters to cut out as many ornaments as you want. 6. Use a toothpick to make a hole toward the top of the shape. Poke the toothpick into the shape, then holding toothpick straight up and down, make a circular motion as if you were stirring something. Keep circling until the hole is the size you want. You can also use a straw or a stir stick to poke the hole. 7. Place all shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven. 8. Bake for 2 hours. 9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 10. Paint the ornaments. 11. When paint is dry, use glitter glue or glitter paint to put a sparkling cover coat on your ornaments. 12. When the glittler is dry, thread ribbon through hole and tie in a knot in the back. 13. Hang on your tree or tie onto a package.

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community, you can’t quantify its value as easily. One way to do it is to watch the kids get into creating crafts with neighborhood friends after school, a simple idea but anyone who had that growing up understands its value and power. “Can we go again tomorrow?” my kids asked as we were leaving. At this time there is no equivalent Club Teasdale in our neighborhood. Yet. But I did take KB’s salt dough ornament recipe!


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Lindbergh freshman Diego Gallegos, above in red, pins Foster’s David Patton. Right, freshman Devon Maddy, blue, takes down Foster’s Mark Schenck. Vicki Maddy, For the Renton Reporter

Lindbergh wrestlers beat short-handed Foster The Lindbergh Eagles wrestling team on Dec. 19 defeated a short-handed Bulldog team at Foster High School, 51-6. 106 – Double Forfeit 113 – Chad Omonaka (L) pinned Josh Lemaota, 1:59 120 – Cale Woyvodich (F) dec. Jayden Schwope, 4-1 126 – Colton Maddy (L) won by Forfeit 132 – Deven Maddy (L) dec. Mark Schenck, 3-2 138 – Wrestling Nugent (L) won by Forfeit 145 – Double Forfeit

152 – Daynon Jackson (F) dec. Joe Slothower, 12-5 160 – Tristan Demond (L) won by Forfeit 170 – Diego Gallegos (L) pinned David Patton, 1:01 182 – Joey Hernandez (L) won by Forfeit 195 – Trevonn Russell (L) won by Forfeit 220 – Double Forfeit 285 – James Garcia (L) won by Forfeit Lindbergh is now 4-0 on the year.

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The Hazen boys basketball team improved to 6-0 this week with a 62-23 win Wednesday night over Highline. The Highlanders won handily, and were up 46-5 by halftime and were up 52-5 at one point so coach Ryan Thompson rested the team’s starters the entire second half. Thompson said his team played “excellent” defense, including holding the Pirates to just eight points in the fourth quarter.

Dominic Green had 18 points for Hazen, going 6-for-10 including two of three from threepoint range and adding four steals. Isaiah Davis also added 14 points and six steals while Connor O’Hearn had seven points, seven assists, and three steals of his own. Justin Takeuchi also added eight points, including shooting two of five from three-point range. The Highlanders game against Foster, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed until Jan. 13 due to the weather. Lindbergh next plays on Dec. 27 and 28 at the Thomas Jefferson Tournament.

Renton basketball The Renton boys basketball team is off to a 2-3 start this season, but both wins have come against league opponents, including a 73-49 victory Dec. 18 against Evergreen. Renton was scheduled to play at the B.C. Holiday tournament Dec. 27 and at the Bellevue College Christmas tournament Dec. 28.

Lindbergh basketball The Lindbergh boys basketball team has started the season 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Seamount League. The team’s league loss came Dec. 18 against undefeated Kennedy Catholic, who bested the Eagles 75-63.

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A 46-year-old Renton man, with a need for some personalcare items he planned to resell, was stopped by store security outside the Fred Meyer store on Renton Center Way Dec. 2. He traveled throughout the store, picking out a Dr. Scholl’s foot pad, a Sonicare tooth brush and finally a Norelco razor, which he placed in a cart. He met up with his girlfriend at the back of the store and they walked past a self-scan station. He gave the cart to his girlfriend and he took the baby stroller and they walked out. They were stopped outside; he denied taking the merchandise, valued at about $213, then admitted he planned to re-sell it.

An officer spotted him hiding a dark box in some bushes near Jack in the Box, containing the liquor and two glasses. A QFC employee recovered the stolen merchandise after the suspect walked back to QFC, where he stole cold medicine – and also walked out with a Jack Daniels gift pack. He was arrested for investigation of third-degree theft, as the value of the items was not more than $750. The 33-year-old suspect showed some signs he was about ready to attack the officers – balled fists, bladed stance and a thousandyard stare. He was drunk. He tried to bite an officer. While an officer completed his arrest paperwork, the suspect used vulgar language to make threats against the officer’s spouse. He was booked into the SCORE regional jail.

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A Renton man was arrested after he was recorded stealing Jack Daniels from QFC on Northeast Fourth Street Dec. 3.

A 40-year-old Renton man, upset over the death of his grandmother, led Renton officers on a high-speed chase on Benson Hill

A fight erupted in an SUV Dec. 8 on Rainier Avenue after a man, possibly from Kent, who had been given a ride started loosening the seatbelt on a 2-year-old child sitting with him on the backseat. The child’s grandmother, a passenger, yelled at him to stop. The suspect grabbed the driver – the child’s mother – by the throat. She stopped the SUV, the man stole her purse as he got out of the vehicle. He walked around the SUV and pulled her out. She fell, got back up and he pushed her down on the hood of the car that stopped behind them. The mother scratched the man with the car keys, who let the victim go. She grabbed her purse and got back into the SUV. The attacker ran off toward Seattle. The incident happened in unincorporated King County, so the case was forwarded to the King

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Nov. 27 He apologized several times to an officer for being “drunk” and leading officers on a “chase.” And he expressed surprise “the Tahoe kept up with me in my Kia.” The pursuit began at about midnight when an officer saw the northbound Kia blow through a red light at 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 180th Street where the officer was watching traffic. The officer pursued the Kia as it made its way east on Southeast 168th, where the driver turned off his lights, south 128th Avenue Southeast in the northbound lane and through a red light at Petrovitsky Road, where he turned right, nearly rear-ending another vehicle. He turned north on 116th Avenue Southeast, where traffic was light. He turned east on 157th Street, traveling at up to 60 mph in a 25 mph zone in a residential area. The Kia started leaning to the right, indicating a flat tire. The Kia stopped on Southeast 170th Place, but its rear tires kept spinning, an indication the driver was still trying to flee from the officer. The officer pushed the Kia in a

counter-clockwise motion to try to disable it. The driver started to run and was inadvertently contacted by the patrol vehicle, which pushed him to the ground. He was detained. There was a strong odor of intoxicants. He asked for his attorney and was booked into the King County Jail for eluding an officer.

Fight over CDs Two friends, who live in Seattle, who had just bought some CDs got into a fight outside Safeway on South Third Street over who actually owned them. She said she paid for them; he said they paid for them equally. He said she just assaulted him; he didn’t want to go back to prison. After buying the CDs, they stopped at Safeway so he could buy candy to sneak into the movie theater. And he changed his mind about the CDs. He decided to just take them all. They fought over the CDs; he punched her, she said, and knocked her to the ground. They continued to fight over the CDs. Witnesses confirmed her story. He was cited for fourth-degree assault.

PUBLIC NOTICES King County Water District No. 90 issued a determination of nonsignificance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: SE 149th Street Watermain Replacement proposed by KCWD90. The proposed project consists of installation of approximately 3,790 lineal feet of 8-inch di pipe and 270 lineal feet of 4-inch di pipe along with water services, fire hydrants, valves, connections to existing water system, abandonment of existing water lines, asphalt patching, concrete driveway repair, and surface restoration. After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the agency, KCWD90 has determined this proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. Copies of the DNS are available at no charge from KCWD90, located at 15606 SE 128th St Renton, WA 98059. The public is invited to comment on this DNS by submitting written comments no later than 5pm on Thursday, January 9, 2014 to the KCWD90 office. Published in the Renton Reporter on December 27, 2013. #949740. In the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Coos County SUMMONS In the Matter of Hannah Wilson Case No. 13JV0034 Fox Wilson Case No.13JV0035 Moria WilsonCase No.13JV0036 A CHILD 1) Cistya Wilson, c/o: 280 N. Collier, Coquille, OR 97423 2) James W. Vorhis, 12817 162nd Ave. SE Renton, WA 97085-8611 IN THE NAME OF THE STATE OF OREGON: You are hereby required to appear personally before the above-entitled Court for the County of Coos, State of Oregon, at the Courthouse in Coquille in said County, in connection with the above-entitled Juvenile Court proceeding in which it is alleged that said child is within the juris-

diction of the Court by reason of the petition and/or motion attached hereto and incorporated by reference. If the petition alleges physical or sexual abuse, the court may require the alleged perpetrator to move from the household in which the child resides. The hearing will be held at: COOS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, COURTHOUSE, 250 N. BAXTER ST. COQUILLE, OREGON, ON THE 13th DAY OF January, 2014, AT THE HOUR OF 1:30 P.M. Failure to appear may result in the court taking jurisdiction of the child and making orders and taking actions authorized by the law. NOTICE: READ THESE PAPERS CAREFULLY!! A petition has been filed to establish jurisdiction under ORS 419B.100. A copy of the petition is attached. No later than 30 days from the date the petition is filed, each person about whom allegations have been made in the petition must admit or deny the allegations. Unless directed otherwise above, the admission or denial may be made orally at the hearing or filed with the court in writing. If you do not appear or file a written answer as directed above, or do not appear at any subsequent court-ordered hearing, the Court may proceed without further notice and take jurisdiction of the child(ren) either on the date specified in this summons or on a future date, and make such orders and take such action as authorized by law including, but not limited to, establishing wardship over the child, ordering the removal of the child(ren) from the legal and physical custody of the parent(s) or guardian(s) and, if the petition alleges that the child(ren) has (have) been physically or sexually abused, restraining you from having contact with, or attempting to contact, the child(ren) and requiring you to move from the household in which the child(ren) resides (reside). RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS You have a right to be represented by an attorney. If you wish to be represented by an attorney, please retain one as soon as possible to

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means including, but not limited to, telephonic or other electronic means. If you are the child at issue in this proceeding and you have an attorney, your attorney may appear in your place. If your rights are adversely affected by the court’s judgment or decision regarding jurisdiction or disposition, you have the right to appeal under ORS 419A.200. If you decide to appeal a judgment or decision of the court, you must file a notice of appeal no later than 30 days after the entry of the court’s judgment or decision as provided in ORS 419A.200. You have a right to be represented by an attorney in an appeal under ORS 419A.200. If you are the child or the parent or legal guardian of the child and you cannot afford to hire an attorney and you meet the state’s financial guidelines, you are entitled to have an attorney appointed for you at state expense. To request appointment of an attorney to represent you at state expense in an appeal under ORS 419A.200, you must contact the juvenile court immediately. Phone 541-396-3121 x403 for further information. Dates at Coquille, Oregon Deputy District Attorney, Karen R. McClintock By direction of the court Published in Renton Reporter on December 13, 20 and 27, 2013. # 945556.

Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for the County of Stevens In the Matter of the Estate of: DALE G. FEMLING Deceased No. 2013 4 00121 2 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the

Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the 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 publica tion 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 and non-probate assets. Date of first publication: December 27, 2013 Isabelle L. Femling, Personal Representative c/o McGrane & Schuerman, Charles P. Schuerman, WSBA #14636 Attorney at Law 298 South Main #304, Colville, Washington 99114 509 684-8484 Published in Renton Reporter on December 27, 2013, January 3, 2014, January 10, 2014. #950230 CITY OF RENTON DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Department of Community and Economic Development has fixed the 7th day of January 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Renton City Hall Council Chambers, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, Washington, as the time and place for a public meeting to consider the following: Application by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) requesting a variance from the City of Renton Noise Ordinance, for 40 non-consecutive nights of

construction work between January 16, 2014 and October 31, 2014. The items of work to be performed include but are not limited to: • Perform soil investigation along SR 167 and I-405 • Restripe inside HOT lanes and upgrade signage along SR 167 WSDOT has determined that crews will perform project work at night in order to minimize congestion impacts to drivers, businesses, school buses and local commuters during the day and provide maximum safety for workers and the traveling public. All interested parties are invited to attend the meeting and present oral or written comments in support or opposition to the proposal.The Renton City Hall is fully accessible and interpretive services for the hearing impaired will be provided upon advanced notice. For information, contact (425) 430-6510. Correspondence should be addressed to Neil Watts, Development Services Division Director, Renton City Hall, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057. For more information about the project, please contact Maria Laura Musso-Escude, WSDOT at (206) 440-4554. Chris Chau, Deputy City Clerk Published in the Renton Reporter on December 27, 2013 and January 3, 2014. #950280.

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Stars to come out for comedy show By SHAWN SKAGER

Everyone will get a chance Dec. 28 to kiss those holiday blues goodbye with a night of laughter courtesy of the Auburn Big Holiday Comedy Show at the Auburn Avenue Theater. “This year it is Pat Cashman, John Keister and myself,” said Brooks McBeth, a Renton native and nationally-renowned funny man. “It’s three wiseass men coming together.” In addition to McBeth, Keister and Cashman – stars of the Northwest’s own “Almost Live” and “The 206” comedy television shows – the night will feature stand-up comedienne Michelle Westford, and possibly a surprise

McHale – also an “Almost Live” alumnus and the star of TV’s “Community.” “We try and get together at least once a year,” McBeth said. “John and I do a couple shows together throughout the year, and everyone is always yelling for us to put something together up here. “We love the people in Auburn, and it’s our favorite place to play,” he said. “We just like making this a huge holiday event. We all love each other, and we’re just excited to do a huge show.” Proceeds from the sale of drinks and concessions at the show go to the Auburn Kiwanis, and a donation will be made to the City of Auburn.

or two. “It will be some traditional stand-up from Jon and I, then Pat will be doing his exploration into the holiday season,” McBeth said. “He’ll look at things like letters to Santa and Christmas gifts. And there will be a few surprises along the way. Whenever we get together, there is no way of knowing what is going to happen.” The show marks the annual reunion of Cashman, McBeth and Keister, who got their start on Seattle’s own “Almost Live” in the 1980s and ’90s. In the years since that show ended, McBeth has hammered out a comedy career, opening for the likes of Jack Black, Frank Caliendo, Drew Carey and Joel

The comedic trio of Brooks McBeth, left, John Keister, center, and Pat Cashman headline the Auburn Big Holiday Comedy Show Dec. 28 at the Auburn Avenue Theater. Courtesy Photo

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REPORTER The North Kitsap Herald, a Friday newspaper and daily online site located i n b e a u t i f u l Po u l s b o, Washington, is accepting applications for a fulltime sports and education reporter. The ideal candidate will have solid repor ting and writing skills, have up-to-date k n ow l e d g e o f t h e A P Stylebook, be able to shoot photos, be able to use InDesign and contribute to Web updates. This position includes health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays, and a 401k (with company match). The Herald, founded in 1901, was a 2012 Newspaper of the Year (Local Media Association) and a 2013 General Excellence winner (Washington Newspaper Publishers Association). If you want to work in an ambitious, dynamic newsroom, we want to hear from you. E.O.E. Email your resume, cover letter and up to 5 non-returnable writing and photo samples to Or mail to EPNKH/HR Dept., Sound Publishing, 11323 Commando Rd W., Main Unit, Everett, WA 98204



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Fiber Optic Engineer Product design including fiber optics compontents, mudules and sub systems. Master’s degree in EE, Physics or rel. Jobsite: Renton, WA. Resume to: Lightel Technologies, Inc., 2210 Lind Avenue SW, Suite 100, Renton, WA 98057 Find your perfect pet in the Classifieds. Employment General


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[14] December 27, 2013 Dogs

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December 27, 2013 [15]

Snow scenes Friday’s dusting of snow provided an opportunity for children of all ages to get out and have a little fun in a winter wonderland. Photos by brian beckley

KCLS director to take top library position in Calgary Bill Ptacek, who has led the King County Library System since 1989, has been named CEO of the Calgary Public Library in Alberta, Canada, effective Feb. 1. During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek’s vision for technology and collection management kept KCLS in the forefront of public libraries nationally. KCLS typically shares one of the top three spots for highest-circulating public library in the United States and leads the U.S., Canada and Australia in eBook circulation. In 1990, KCLS operated 36 community libraries with an annual circulation above nine million items. Under Ptacek’s leadership, KCLS experienced unprecedented growth as King County’s population and economy expanded and local municipalities voted to join the library system. Ptacek has been instrumental in the development of two new KCLS libraries in Renton. Voter-approved capital improvement bond measures (passed in 1988 and 2004) funded new, replacement, and ex-

panded libraries, adding nearly 515,000 square feet of library space, while annual circulation grew to more than 22 million items. KCLS Board Chair Lucy Krakowiak announced Ptacek’s departure with mixed emotions. “For Bill, this is a great opportunity to take on exciting new challenges . . . and it’s not easy to top the challenges Bill has tackled with KCLS,” said KCLS Board Chair Lucy Krakowiak. In addition to his role as Library Director, Ptacek has served on the King County Board for Developmental Disabilities and State of Washington Developmental Disabilities Life Opportunities Trust, United Way of King County Campaign Cabinet, King County Governance Task Force, KCTS Public Television Advisory Board, City of Bellevue Arts Commission, and Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors. Julie Brand, director of KLCS community relations and marketing, has been appointed to serve as interim director until a new director is hired.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Here’s where to celebrate New Year’s Eve: DeLancey’s on 3rd 810 S. Third Street, Renton, 206-412-9516, Email: web site:,, No cover all events 8:30 p.m., Dec. 27, Natalie Hames, country World of Beer 822 N. 10th Place, Suite C, Renton Contact: 425-255-0714, All day, Dec. 27, Quarter Past 8, no cover All day, Dec. 31, Mystery Randall Tuesday All day, Dec. 31, New Beers Eve, specialty beers for loyalty members, prices vary Luther’s Table 419 S. Second St., Suite 1, Renton, 425-970-3157 web site:, No cover charge all events 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Dec. 27, Songwriters in Seattle Showcase 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Dec. 31, Luther’s Reading Ladies, book club 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Dec. 31, Theology Pub, not your typical Bible study 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Jan. 1, Socrates’ Cafe, philosophy club

7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Jan. 2, Open Mic, three songs or 15 minutes Vino at The Landing 800 N. 10th Place, Suite E, Renton, Contact: 425-282-0382, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m., Dec. 28, Katie King Jazz Trio, no cover 8 p.m. - midnight, Dec. 31, Vino New Year’s Eve Party, Ambience Jazz Quartet, dinner and drink specials, prices vary A Terrible Beauty 201 Williams Ave. S., Renton Contact: 425-227-3396, All day, Dec. 31, live bands, party favors, midnight toast, no cover Marianna Ristorante 310 Wells Ave. S., Renton Contact: 425-271-7042, 11:30 a.m. - midnight, Dec. 31, Fixed menu, $45 Red House 410 Burnett Ave. S., Renton Contact: 425-226-2666, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Dec. 31, Extended special menu, prices vary

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Her birthday wish helps pets By TRACEY COMPTON

Amanda Keppler relaxes at home with Juno, whom she adopted from the Seattle Humane Society. Submitted

One Renton teen made her 16th birthday extra sweet by enlisting others to give generously to the Seattle Humane Society. Amanda Keppler, who’s been a long-time supporter of the organization, “She understands asked friends and family how important to donate money in lieu of it is to help the presents for her birthday homeless animals party, Dec. 7. The Hazen until they get High School freshman coladopted.” Debbie lected $579, which will help buy food and supplies for Keppler, Amanda’s animals at the shelter. mother Amanda has attended the Seattle Humane Society’s summer camp for three years in a row. She also adopted her pet cat Juno from the organization. “She realizes what it’s like to have a tough start,” said her mother Debbie Keppler. Amanda was born three months and three weeks premature. Her weight fluctuated below one pound after she was born. She was even the subject of a cover photo for a Regence Blue Shield campaign.

Her mother Debbie describes Amanda as very social with a love of animals. Amanda’s mother first proposed the idea of collecting the donations for Amanda’s birthday and Amanda agreed it was a good idea. “She understands how important it is to help the homeless animals until they get adopted,” Debbie said. More than 80 people attended Amanda’s birthday party at a local cinema, where she had a box set up to collect donations. The Seattle Humane Society is a nonprofit and entirely run from donations. It receives donations from its online fundraising campaign “People Helping Pets,” and from donors such as Amanda, who collect cash and checks. “It’s such an incredibly generous way to help pets in need,” said Amande Walde, media relations associate for the Seattle Human Society. The organization is grateful for such donations, especially from someone Amanda’s age. “Her funding really goes a long way,” Walde said, citing the feeding, housing and vet care such donations supports. For more information about the Seattle Humane Society, visit http://www.seattlehumane. org/.

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