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ONE NIGHT COUNT | Annual event finds 113 homeless people in Federal Way [6]

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OPINION | Four reasons to vote “yes” for levy [8] Roegner: Children’s education is not a bargaining chip [8] CRIME BLOTTER | Bad parking job leads to drug, stolen vehicle arrest [11] SCHOOLS | District reviews readiness for Common Core State Standards [16]

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Man keeping Seahawks in top shape for Super Bowl By CASEY OLSON

Jim Kurtz is the envy of every rabid Seattle Seahawks fan. Kurtz will literally have the best seat in the house Sunday afternoon when the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Kurtz has been working as the Seattle team’s chiropractor for the last three seasons and will be standing on the sidelines Super Bowl Sunday. Kurtz is the clinic director at NW Sports Rehab in Federal Way. The Super Bowl kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Kurtz and the Seahawks earned the trip with an exciting 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship in front of a raucous crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Jan. 19. “It was unbelievable,” Kurtz said of the win [ more SHAPE, page 3 ]

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CALENDAR | Kiwanis Club to host Murder Mystery Dinner Show [35]

Residents voice concerns over ‘High Point’ project by Greg Allmain

The property of the proposed “High Point” project. file photo


early 60 community members discussed their concerns about the proposed “High Point” mixed-use project slated for

the former bus barn site at South 320th and 11th Place South, during a meeting Tuesday night at Mirror Lake Elementary. DevCo, the Bellevue-based developer hoping to bring the project to life, has plans for 15 buildings

containing 308 dwelling units, 19,196 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and 10,807 square feet of ground-floor common space. The buildings would range between 3-6 stories high. [ more BUS BARN, page 7 ]

Mirror’s January Citizen of the Month: Lou Olmstead By Carrie Rodriguez

Many people have put their trust in Lou Olmstead over the years, so much so that they even voted her to serve on the Federal Way City Council before it existed. Olmstead won the council election in 1985, but voters turned down incorporation, so the council was not formed. Nevertheless, the lifelong volunteer has served the Federal Way community for many years. “Her volunteerism is like changing a tire on a car that is always moving – she never stands still,” said Maureen Hathaway, who nominated Olmstead for The Mirror’s Citizen of the Month. “Lou is never trying to get recognition for her efforts. She is an unsung hero who has made a difference in our community as not only a volunteer but as a community activist for many years. It is easy to nominate Lou, since she has been a consistent and consummate volunteer with a servant’s heart.” A Tacoma native, Olmstead graduated from Lincoln High School. She earned her registered nursing degree and worked at Tacoma General Hospital, before marrying the man she had first met in third grade. They moved to Federal Way in 1968 after her former husband got a job with the Boeing Co. She began volunteering for various organizations when her four children were in school. “I felt like I needed to do my share and I felt like I needed to keep going,” Olmstead said. “I enjoy it and I have time, although sometimes it gets hectic all at the

Lou Olmstead has volunteered in the Federal Way community for decades. She was selected as The Mirror’s January Citizen of the Month. bruce honda, Contributed photo same time, but I do enjoy it.” What does Olmstead think of her nomination for Citizen of the Month? “I’m not sure I deserve all that,” she laughed. But Hathaway said that Olmstead furnishes rides to doctors appointments for people, donates food to the Reach Out program for the homeless and helped to get a hospital in Federal Way. Olmstead has worked on several

campaigns, including for state Rep. Linda Kochmar, former Councilmember Diana Noble-Gulliford and former Mayor Skip Priest. She has been involved in many organizations, including the Historical Society of Federal Way and the Federal Way Symphony board. She currently serves as the deacon at Steel Lake Presbyterian and volunteers in the church office every Monday. Olmstead’s family and friends RIGHT AUTO SALES Quality Cars 33333 Pacific Hwy S • 253-839-4701

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recently held a big celebration for her 80th birthday at a local country club. “I had 66 good friends sign in my guest book,” she noted. “I guess I’ve made a lot of friends over the years in everything I’ve done.”

To nominate a Federal Way resident for Citizen of the Month, email Nominations are due by the 20th of each month.

Federal Way Mirror, January 31, 2014  

January 31, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way Mirror, January 31, 2014  

January 31, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror