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Police seek suspects who fatally shot man in Federal Way BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ editor@fedwaymirror.com

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ederal Way police are searching for two suspects — one who is considered armed and dangerous —involved in a fatal shooting on Saturday morning. At approximately 2:10 a.m., police received multiple 911 calls of shots fired in the area

of 1400 S. 304th St. Upon of the victim. Douglas arrival, officers located was treated at the scene Martin A. Douglas, a and later died of his 53-year-old Tacoma man, injury at Harborview who had a gunshot wound Medical Center. to his head, lying in the Witnesses reported driveway at the locahearing two gunshots Anthony Espinosa and saw two men runtion, according to Cathy Schrock, police spokesning away from the woman. scene eastbound. Police A 32-year-old woman living at conducted an extensive K-9 the residence is an acquaintance search but could not locate the

suspects. However, following the preliminary investigation, police have developed probable cause to arrest 26-year-old Michael Anthony Espinosa, also known as “Joker,” for murder, Schrock said. The victim got into a verbal dispute with the suspects in the driveway of the residence over a prior incident. The details of

this dispute are unknown at this time. The second suspect has not been identified. The weapon is still outstanding. Police describe Espinosa as 5 feet, 8 inches, he is bald and has a thin mustache. He also has multiple tattoos, including the word “Lokos” above his right [ more SUSPECT, page 13 ]

Centerstage’s future unclear, pending negotiations with city BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ editor@fedwaymirror.com

Honoring the fallen The Kiwanis Club of Federal Way and the Historical Society of Federal Way sponsored the first Federal Way Memorial Day observance at Todd Beamer High School on Monday. The Federal Way Chorale, Harmony Kings and Jet Cities Chorus sang a medley of patriotic songs during the event. In addition, youth from all four high schools participated. Photos courtesy of Bruce Honda

Over 800 emails from Centerstage supporters flooded the City Council’s inbox last weekend, urging city officials to allow the theatre to continue operating the city-owned Knutzen Family Theatre. Mayor Jim Ferrell and city staff notified Centerstage on May 20 that the city decided to allow the contract to expire with the theatre, which has operated the Knutzen Family Theatre at the Dumas Bay Centre since 2009. Instead, the city said it would manage and operate the theatre in-house and requested that Centerstage vacate the theatre when the contract expires on June 30. However, the massive emails and a letter from the Centerstage board to the city prompted city officials on Wednesday to resume negotiations on a future contract with the theatre. “I am pleased we are moving forward with negotiations towards a new agreement,” said Alan Bryce, Centerstage director. “Centerstage is a tremendous community asset that is recognized regionally for quality theater productions. We want to continue our relationship with the city of Federal Way at the Dumas Bay facility.” The mayor said he was “encouraged” by the progress city staff and Centerstage made during a negotiation meeting on

Wednesday. Ferrell said he will recommend up to a 90 day extension of the current contract to council in order for an agreement to be reached. “Our relationship with Centerstage is very important to our community and our citizens,” Ferrell said. This proposed contract extension will be presented to the Parks, Human Services and Public Safety Council Committee at 5:30 p.m. on June 9 and to the council as a whole for approval on June 16. The extension period would be from July 1 through Sept. 30. Dates and times for negotiation sessions have been tentatively scheduled during this period. Both Bryce and the mayor agree the meeting on Wednesday was a positive step forward for both parties. However, many Centerstage supporters are questioning why the city seemingly “abruptly and precipitously” ceased negotiations initially with Centerstage last week, according to the theatre’s board of directors president Bob Dockstader, who said the move could have been the “death of Centerstage.”

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Bryce said managing a theater and trying to stay afloat is “a constant battle that you just have to fight to move forward.” Nine years ago, Centerstage struggled [ more THEATRE, page 18 ]

Federal Way rhododendron garden director caught in Indian landslide BY RAECHEL DAWSON rdawson@fedwaymirror.com

While on a plant exhibition, Steve Hootman, the executive director of the

Federal Way-based Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, found himself involved in a landslide that left 1,200 tourists stranded in India on Saturday. None of the 18 “rhododendron enthusiasts” on the tour were hurt. Program and outreach

manager Katie Swickard said the garden was recently notified of the news by Chip Muller, the immediate past president of the Rhododendron Species Foundation, who is also on the exhibition. “[Hootman] goes out on exhibitions to discover new

species to document where particular species occur in the wild,” Swickard said. “There’s a subsequent trip later this year to China.” She said the plant explorers left on May 12 and are expected to return June 6. The landslide blocked three switchbacks in the

main road of north Sikkim, a state in India near the Himalayan Mountains, Muller wrote. The exhibition group was one of the last sets of vehicles to make it through the beginning of the slide. “After spending two full days of exploration of the Lachung and Yumthang

areas of north Sikkim, the group returned to the slide area in six vehicles, which they had to leave north of the slide,” Muller said. The group’s tour agent Sailesh Pradhand hired porters and a bus to help get them out of the area. Police [ more LANDSLIDE, page 2 ]


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Chamber, school board, others take stance on Federal Way Link Extension route BY RAECHEL DAWSON rdawson@fedwaymirror.com

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nterstate 5, State Route 99, I-5 to SR-99 or SR99 to I-5. These are the four route options the Sound Transit board will consider as they decide where the Federal Way Link Extension will be constructed. But during the last weeks of the public comment period, which ended May 26, public entities and community groups took a position on just that — a future route for the light rail they believe would be best for the community in Federal Way. On May 12, the Federal Way Public Schools board of directors and Interim Superintendent Sally McLean sent a letter expressing their preference for the I-5 alignment, a station at Highline College and a Federal Way station to be at the South 320th Park and Ride. “We just think that [the I-5 alignment], from a school district perspective, is the least disruptive to the school properties,” McLean said in a phone interview. In a letter to the Sound Transit Board, school district officials outlined the impacts each route align-

ment would create with nearly every option impacting school property. Both the I-5 and SR-99 to I-5 alternatives will impact Mark Twain Elementary, as their campus is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of South 272nd Street and I-5. The board’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement outlines routes that would extend from the Star Lake Park and Ride by way of an underground trench and lid. That portion would go under South 272nd Street and continue under a portion of Mark Twain Elementary’s play field and a portion of the school bus area. While the six-to-12month-long construction impacts to .9 acres of Mark Twain Elementary are significant, the play field and bus loop would eventually be restored for school district use. However, the district notes there is a potential for redevelopment at Mark Twain Elementary in the next 10 to 15 years. “If Mark Twain Elementary School undergoes redevelopment at the same time that Federal Way Link Extension construction is taking place, coordina-

tion of these efforts will be even more critical — and potentially complicated,” the letter states. District officials also expressed concern over future limitations the trench and lid could create. “If placement of the trench and lid across the Mark Twain Elementary site will constrain the district’s future use of that site, redevelopment in order to meet future needs will likely be significantly more expensive, if not feasible,” the letter continues. But is an SR-99 alignment better? An SR-99 alignment could affect Federal Way High School, which is currently undergoing a $106 million reconstruction. The new building will be close to light rail if it’s positioned along SR-99 and district officials are concerned about vibration, noise and visual distractions it could bring for students. Although the Draft Environmental Impact Statement states the vibration effects on the Federal Way High School Performing Arts Center could be mitigated, such as the implementation of sound walls, officials said there’s no mention of

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mitigation for other Federal Way High School operations. Additionally, the elevated light rail along SR-99 would impact the greatest number of residents, according to the impact statement. “The district is concerned that construction and operation of the Federal Way Link Extension in the SR-99 median immediately in front of the new Federal Way High School — with some classrooms on the third floor of the new building — will serve as a visual distraction to students and staff,” the letter reads. “… The district is also concerned that the aesthetic benefits of the design of

the new Federal Way High School may be reduced by virtue of this Federal Way Link Extension alignment.” Truman High School and its associated partners, the Boys and Girls Club and Head Start, could also be impacted based on the location of the station in Federal Way. McLean said the board also wanted to ensure Federal Way Public Schools Running Start students, about 500, could benefit from the Federal Way Link Extension alignment. “We have a significant number of students who attend Highline College through Running Start and having a light rail station

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dozen seats are up for re-election this November, including positions on the Federal Way City Council, Federal Way Public Schools board, South King Fire and Rescue board, Lakehaven Utility board and in the 30th Legislative District. But only 23 candidates filed to run for those seats during filing week, which ended on May 15. And four of those candidates are a shoo-in as they are running unopposed. We applaud those candidates who stepped up to try and take on an elected position. However, the lack of candidates for so many positions is indicative that Federal Way needs more citizen involvement. So what’s stopping you? For starters, there are several perks for elected officials. In addition to the satisfaction of serving the Federal Way community, most elected positions come with some sort of a stipend or salary. Federal Way City Council members, for example, make a monthly salary of $1,150, or $13,800 a year. They also receive a $475 monthly health reimbursement. The mayor’s monthly salary is $9,400, or $112,800 per year, in addition to other benefits. Federal Way Public Schools board of directors are compensated $50 per day for district matters, with maximum compensation of $4,800 per year. While most of these salaries are minimal, the amounts could certainly help make it worthwhile for those late night readings of council and board packets. But if you need a heftier salary to entice you, state legislators make $45,474 per year (effective Sept. 1). Time and other commitments also vary depending on which entity you are running for. Here is a look at what the minimum requirements and duties are for the various local positions: • Federal Way City Council: The council consists of seven members who are directly elected by the citizens for four-year terms. The council establishes law and policy by passing ordinances and resolutions. You must live in Federal Way and you must be able to attend regular meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall. But council members are also required to attend special meetings and annual council retreats. If you want the opportunity to help develop and implement key priorities for Federal Way’s future, this may be the position for you. [ more EDITORIAL page 6 ]

Have you seen the elevated light rail system at SeaTac Airport? Then get ready, they are headed our way and the decision on how they will get here is scheduled for this summer. What will we be in 30 to 40 years? Will we continue to be a bedroom community that provides workers for other parts of the region? Or will we develop our own economic engine that employs our friends and neighbors while welcoming commuter workers from Seattle, Tacoma and the Eastside? The Sound Transit board will make what may be the most important economic and transportation decision in western King County and Federal Way’s history, although it will be our children that receive the benefit. The question is simple: What will be the preferred route for light rail from the Angle Lake station, currently under construction on State Route 99, south through Kent-Des Moines and Federal Way to Tacoma? It is a large area and the answer is full of both technical and political challenges, as well as differences of opinion. And it will be followed by the next biggest vote in our history. A public vote to fund the route. For the last few years, Sound Transit staff have been receiving input on and evaluating different options. While there are several variations, there are two primary options. State Route 99 or Interstate 5. Unsurprisingly, there is disagreement among the many stakeholders on what the right answer should be. Unfortunately, there will be winners and losers. Choices have to be made between saving some current businesses, or planning for what our business climate may look like in 30 years. At

the same time, many renters who need the mass transit system the most could lose their place to live. According to Sound Transit’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement of benefits and cost of the competing routes, the SR-99 option would have stops at Highline College, South 272nd/Redondo Heights Park and Ride and in Federal Way near the Transit Center. It has the most land for future economic development and 119 to 130 acres available for transit-oriented development. It would carry 1,000 to 2,500 more riders per day than the I-5 options.The SR-99 option would result in only 36 units of residential displacements, but may result in 90 to 104 business displacements in areas along the route. It also could be the most expensive at $1.70 to $1.77 billion as the cost of displacements are included in the totals. Financial assistance is available for those displaced. The I-5 alignment would not have a stop at Highline College, but would have one near the college but closer to I-5. It would also have a stop on South 272nd at Star Lake, and in Federal Way near the Transit Center. This alignment would have less ridership and is the reverse of SR-99, as it displaces less business, up to 29, but also has a significantly higher residential displacement of up to 304 units. It would cost the least at $1.38$1.54 billion. The Highline College president and board, and the 30th District Democrats favor the SR-99 alignment as it will build a new economy along the corridor, provide new jobs and fulfills the goal of having the rail line actually move more [ more ROEGNER, page 5 ]

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Centerstage’s future at stake Centerstage Theatre may

close its doors because the city of Federal Way, who owns the property, would not renew the lease with Centerstage (they extended the lease for three months but the future is unclear beyond that). Alan Bryce made the sad announcement on May 22 after the evening performance of “For All That,” a profound and moving play. Questions abound regarding the city’s refusal to

renew Centerstage’s lease. Does the city of Federal Way intend to sell that property? Does the council choose to eliminate this venue because of the new Performing Arts and Conference Center? Does the city have a plan to lease the property to some other business? Centerstage Theatre has served the community for 39 years and it has provided theatrical experiences

for a wide audience. The loss of Centerstage ensures that affordable entertainment of this kind will be gone. With the possibility of the Performing Arts and Conference Center approaching $80 million (as a matter of public record on Oct. 2, 2008, Deputy Mayor Jeanne Burbidge projected $60 million for a performing arts center) when all is totaled most small organizations will

not be able to afford the rental fees. Centerstage is another small business that is being shut out. This means also a loss of employment opportunities and exposure for young and local theatrical talent. What has happened to society that big is better and new is so sought after? Why can the City Council drive such a financial debt without the vote of its constituency?

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people from one place to another. Federal Way provides over 3,300 students to Highline, which is the largest number of students to the college compared to any other city. Most of the rail users are more likely to be students and employees of business, rather than owners of business. A large number of users will be employees on the lower end of the income level who need the service to survive. The Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce did not formally endorse either alignment. However, a reading of their Statement of Principles nicely finesses the choice question, while clearly emphasizing the business, economic development and ridership advantages of the SR-99 option. Elected officials from SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Federal Way favor the I-5 route as it displaces less current businesses and is cheaper. However, that short-term thinking appears to be concerned primarily with two-year and four-year election cycles rather than truly envisioning what a new south King County economy might look like 40 years from now. One late addition alternate route that politicians favor actually departs the Angle Lake station on SR-99 and near the Kent-Des Moines exit has a “bulge” east to I-5 to save a few business, while eliminating residential units of likely rail users. It then turns back west to 30th Street, rather than Highline College, then turns again back east to I-5 behind Lowes. That leaves the Highline station almost a quarter mile from the college. It also adds the cost of an elevated foot bridge over SR99 in order to serve Highline College. With 16,000 students and staff, there should be a station on the west side of SR-99 at the college. The bulge also ignores the move of the Federal Aviation Administration to an area near South 216th in 2017, which would result in the need for a station to serve the 1,600 employees, or the potential growth in the South 260th area. Both are shown as possible locations with the SR-99 alignment and were actually requested by the participants in the public meeting phase. Neither is shown on the I-5 route. Another reason some politicians oppose SR-99, is they feel it would be embarrassing if they allowed all the beautification work done in the medians to be torn up. However, some of the higher cost of the alignment is because the train would be elevated in many places. Some of the work may need to be replaced, but not all. Homes, apartments and businesses involving people’s lives will

be displaced, the loss of some replaceable beautification should be low on the priority list. And concern about political image shouldn’t be part of the consideration. Federal Way officials’ concern about some local businesses is reasonable. But balancing that against displacing poor people does not reflect the regional thinking that is needed in this decision. In contrast to the affluent Eastside, southwest King County residents are poorer, less healthy, live in worse housing conditions, the area has a higher unemployment rate and more residents below the poverty line. Our residents will use the service. The four cities have agreed they want to avoid displacing some business in the Kent-Des Moines area, which moves the station closer to 30th. Federal Way officials seem to understand the logic for having the Highline station on the west side of SR-99 at the college, but won’t support it because they do not want the route to continue south on SR-99 as it would require a change to their downtown park plan. Since they are going to tear up some of the park they just built, that seems a questionable viewpoint. And there is plenty of time to make a planning adjustment. Some residents wonder if access to the Performing Arts and Conference Center is also being favored over worker ridership. Also, Canadian interests who own land south of The Commons mall have been visible at the hearings, which raises the question of whether they are trying to steer City Hall politicians and Sound Transit toward their property for financial gain. Federal Way City Hall has favored the I-5 alignment for several years, prior to the key data even being available. One of the reasons was that it would be faster. It won’t. Current data shows the travel time of 12 to 13 minutes for both alignments. The Sound Transit board will make the final decision. County Council members from this area, David Upthegrove and Pete von Reichbauer sit on the board, as does County Executive Dow Constantine. There is an old saying, a politician thinks about the next election, a leader thinks about the next generation. The city’s support for I-5 over SR-99 seems to embrace more political thinking. Twenty-five years ago the valley cities were debating this same issue.

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Q&A with Mr. FW: City officials should slow down Q : Mr. Federal Way, I am one of the 800-plus Centerstage supporters who emailed the City Council when city staff made the abrupt decision to take over operations of the Knutzen Family Theatre and leave Centerstage out in the cold. Centerstage has operated the facility for six years and the city

obviously wasn’t thinking about making more money when staff sent out its request for proposals seeking a manager to continue to operate the facility. So why the change of heart? Is it just me, or is something rotten in the state of Denmark? A: Federal Way may not be festering with political corruption as Denmark was

in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” but Mr. Federal Way thinks that something does stink. City staff ’s biggest mistake was deciding to look back through the Knutzen Family Theatre’s financials when Centerstage representatives asked the city for more money. Forget the spreadsheets and line items. Mr. Federal Way could lick his finger

and hold it up to the wind to determine that Centerstage’s operation of the family theatre is not making the city any money. The very reason why city staff created this operation model was to allow Centerstage to stay in business, continue to bring arts to the city and to exemplify that Federal Way is the home of a respected arts theatre.

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If city staff needed one shred of evidence, they could have looked at the contract, which states: “Under the terms of the [request for proposals,] the city will remit a flat management fee, and will not receive any income from the productions at the theatre, including Centerstage’s production.” The contract is as clear as day that this operation model is not a money maker. That’s an entirely different conversation, one that city staff should have considered before sending out their request for proposals. And Mr. Federal Way loves Simon & Garfunkel, but he’s not feeling too groovy about the city’s rapid movements. Regardless of who said what and when, as outlined in the Mirror’s front cover story this week, it’s also crystal clear that city staff and the mayor made a hasty

decision when they handed Centerstage representatives a letter of expiration when they convened for what they thought was a third negotiation meeting. City staff and the mayor should have handled this negotiation with much more skill and sensitivity. After over 800 theatre supporters emailed the City Council, the mayor and city staff then suddenly changed course and decided to continue contract negotiations. Mr. Federal Way is glad that the city changed course and only raises this matter to illustrate yet another hurried maneuver. As Paul Simon said, “Slow down, you move too fast.” Mr. Federal Way will croon this lyric to the mayor and hopes this will become a refrain in the city’s repertoire. So this entire debate comes down to this: Should the city continue to use taxpayers’ money to fund an arts organization? Mr. Federal Way believes the

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THOMAS JEFFERSON AND TODD BEAMER TENNIS PLAYERS MAKE STATE

The West Central District tennis tournament was held last week to determine participants in the state tournament. Thomas Jefferson’s Rileigh Qualls and Crystal Lee, who won the South Puget Sound League championship for doubles, are the district champions. They won all nine of their matches without dropping a single set. Thomas Jefferson will also be represented in the boys tournament by Alex Chan in singles competition and the team of Cameron Martin and Donavan Gomez in doubles. They qualified for the state tournament during the fall. Todd Beamer will be represented in the girls tournament by Avery Liening. Liening placed sixth in the district tournament.

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Todd Beamer fastpitch earns state playoff berth BY TERRENCE HILL thill@fedwaymirror.com

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hings didn’t go quite how the South Puget Sound League Champion Todd Beamer Titans planned at the West Central District 4A playoffs, but the end result was satisfactory as they earned the sixth and final seed from the district to the state playoffs. It will be their third consecutive year in the tournament. “We’ve been to state two years in a row and these girls were not gonna give it up,” Beamer head coach Brian Hering said. “They came out with the idea that they were going to get wins and they were going back to state. When they play with that attitude and poise, we can do a lot of things.” The Titans began the tournament on Friday morning against Bellarmine Prep. They cruised to an 8-0 win over the Lions on stellar pitching by South Puget Sound League North pitching MVP Maddie Rogers and some hot bats. “Maddie Rogers is awesome,” Brian Hering said. “She’s pitched really well.” Senior Analee Scott had three RBIs in the game on two hits. Senior Maddy Colson and junior Morgan Vance would also add an RBI apiece in the game. The other three runs would come on errors. The Titans ran into trouble against a tough Yelm team during the second game of the day. After Rogers managed to bring home Scott for a run in the first inning, Beamer’s bats were cooled off by Yelm’s Jessilyn Enlow’s pitching. Beamer only managed three hits in the game. Enlow only struck out

Left, Analee Scott had eight hits and seven RBIs over three games for the Titans as they advanced in to the state playoffs. Above, Maddie Rogers pitched all four games for the Titans at districts. Rogers only gave up four earned runs and struck out 23 batters over four games. TERRENCE HILL, the Mirror

two Beamer batters in the game. Her ability to keep the Titans from making solid contact on the ball made her dominant in the game. When contact was made with a pitch, it rarely left the infield. The Lady Tornados manufactured runs through small ball in the third, fourth and fifth innings, giving them the 3-1 victory and a guaranteed berth in the state playoffs. Beamer would have to win twice in the consolation bracket to earn a spot to the state playoffs with the loss. Saturday saw the Beamer team look more like the one they played against Bellarmine Prep. They opened the day against a familiar foe, the Kentwood Conquerors. Beamer started the game quickly as they brought home one run in the bottom of the first inning on an error by Kentwood to take a 1-0 lead. The offense began to heat up once again in the second inning, which saw Beamer increase their lead to 5-0. Junior Sophie Afework brought home the sec-

ond run of the game on a sacrifice bunt. Another run on an error soon followed. Scott finish the scoring in the inning with a two-RBI double. The top of the third saw Beamer’s defense on display as Rogers was able to get Kentwood to ground into a double play with runners on first and third to end the inning. Afework and junior Makenzie Palmer added RBIs in the bottom half of the inning to bring the lead to 7-0. Beamer went up 10-0 in the third on a two-RBI triple by sophomore Raelynn Grabell and an RBI double by Vance. Kentwood was unable to score and the 10run rule ended the game after the top of the fifth. Rogers struck out five and gave up five hits in the five innings she pitched. Beamer’s final game was against the defending state-champion Puyallup Vikings. Only the winner advanced to the state playoffs. Rogers gave the Titans a two-run cushion to start with on a two-RBI double

in the first inning. Scott added two more on a twoRBI triple in the second to give Beamer a 4-0 lead. Junior Jourdin Hering brought the lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth with an RBI of her own. Puyallup was not ready to quit just yet, however. The Vikings drove in three runs in the bottom of the sixth. All three runs came with two outs already recorded in the inning. The runs were not enough as Vance and Afework added insurance runs for Beamer in the top of the seventh to give them a 7-3 lead. Puyallup left two runners on base and were unable to score. “We had a little let down [on Friday], but we’re playing really well,” Brian Hering said. “Pitching is keeping us in games and we’re hitting the ball hard. This team is battling and we’re doing things right.” Scott was likely the team’s MVP over the four games as she was 8-14 with seven RBIs and two runs. She also had four doubles and a triple in the games. “Analee Scott had the games of her life,” Brian

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Hering said. “It’s been phenomenal.” Todd Beamer will open the state playoffs against Woodinville (21-1), whom they lost 4-2 to in their season opener. Woodinville was also the team who ended the Titans hopes at a state title last year as they lost 8-5 against them in the quarterfinals.

FEDERAL WAY OUSTED FROM PLAYOFFS

The Federal Way Eagles were the other participant from the city in the West Central District 4A tournament, the furthest they have advanced in over two decades. Things looked promising for the Eagles as they started the day against Gig Harbor. Junior Jaclyn Gillis’s strong pitching held the Tides off the board for four innings. Sophomore Payten Hurn gave Federal Way a one-run lead in the third inning with a home run. The game changed completely on Kristin Ellisen’s three-run home run in the fifth inning for Gig Harbor. They built a 7-1 lead over Federal Way in the fifth and sixth innings that held as the final score. The Eagles still had a chance at advancing to the state playoffs through the consolation bracket. They were hoping to earn a shot at rival Todd Beamer with a win over Kentwood in their second game. The Eagles played a tough game, but were unable to top the Conquerors as they fell 7-6. The Eagles ended one of their best seasons in years with a league record of 10-8 and an overall record of 11-13. Federal Way only had one senior and will likely be a team to watch out for next season.


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District well-represented at state track meet BY TERRENCE HILL thill@fedwaymirror.com

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ederal Way’s quest to win their third consecutive titles in boys and girls track and field are still alive. But it might be tougher this year than any of the others. Tahoma took home the district title in both the girls and boys events. They could be the toughest competition for the Eagles in the state if they want to win it once more. Federal Way placed third in the boys meet and the girls placed fourth. Decatur boys placed 16th and the girls placed 12th. Beamer placed 18th in the boys meet and 14th in girls. Jefferson boys placed 22nd and the girls placed 20th. All four of the schools are sending athletes to the state championships. Any who placed

in the top six at districts will be competing at Mount Tahoma High School. Mariyah Vongsaveng qualified for the state championships in both the 300-meter hurdles and the 100 hurdles despite running on a strained quad. After winning the 100 hurdles event, Vongsaveng fell to the track in pain and was carried to the training tent by Federal Way coach Quinn Gillis. Day two saw Vongsaveng finish with a second-best time of 44.83 seconds in the 300 hurdles and standing on her feet. Karis Cameron qualified for the 100, 200 and long jump events at the state championships. She was also a member of the Eagles 4x100 relay team that came up just short of qualifying for state. Khristian Pickens will be busy for the boys team as he qualified for the triple jump, high

Decatur baseball advances to state semi-finals BY TERRENCE HILL thill@fedwaymirror.com

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ecatur’s baseball team earned the sixth and final seed to state from West Central District and knew they would have an even tougher challenge than most in the state playoffs. They had to travel a bit further as they went to Yakima to take on the Wenatchee Panthers. Wenatchee was 19-2 going into the game and won 17 straight games. They won the Big 9 conference championship going away.

Washingtonbaseballpoll.com ranked them as the No. 2 team in the state. None of that phased the Gators as they picked up a 3-1 win to open the state playoffs at Yakima County Stadium. Garrett Westberg was once again dominant on the mound as he pitched six two-third innings, gave up six hits, two walks and struck out eight batters. His twoout double brought home two runs to give the Gators the lead in the sixth inning. Isaiah Hatch drove in the

other RBI in the game for the Gators and picked up the save. Decatur moved on to play the top seed from the district 5/8 playoffs, the Walla Walla Blue Devils. Wa-Hi was 17-6 and finished fourth in the Mid-Columbia Conference, but was the top 4A team in the conference. Decatur sent Taylor Havlicek to the mound for the first time in weeks against the Blue Devils. Havlicek injured his wrist and had been out since their game against Beamer on April 20.

jump and is a member of the Eagles 4x400 relay team that qualified for state. The boys team will have to rely on most of their points coming from field events this year if they hope to repeat as state champions. Pickens, Jared Pulu, D’Jimon Jones, Mason Sallee, Marcus Tate and Chico McClatcher all qualified in a field event. Decatur will be represented by both the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams as they qualified for the state championships. The 4x400 team were the beneficiaries of Stadium’s team being disqualified for having another student “pacing” them from the field, an illegal tactic. Their 4x100 team finished fifth with a time of 42.89. The girls will be represented by Parris Watson in both shot put and discus and Gabrielle Boyd in discus. Watson is one of the favorites to win in both the events she is in at the state championships. “He’s thrown some bullpen in practice,” Decatur head coach Korey Sites said. “But he hadn’t faced live game action for four weeks.” Havlicek went for a full seven innings as the Gators picked up the 4-2 win. He gave up four hits, one walk and struck out four batters. Wa-Hi only managed a run apiece in the first and seventh innings on him. “It was a gutty performance,” Sites said. “It was way beyond any expectations I could have set for him coming back from injury.” Havlicek, much like Westberg in the previous game, helped his cause with two RBIs in the game. Freshman

Kemuel Santana, a member of Decatur’s 4x100 and 4x400 teams, will also be competing in the 200. Beamer will send their girls 4x200 team to state as well as Reed Copeland in the long jump event and Ashley Mason in the 3200. Reeve Normandia qualified for the Titans in both the 100 and 300 hurdles events. Jefferson will be represented at state by Isabelle Desimone in the girls pole vault event, Taylor Sterling in the girls high jump event and Zoe Williams in the javelin event. Michael Johnson qualified for their boys team in the pole vault event. The 2A, 3A and 4A track and field state championships started on May 28. They run through May 30. They are being held at Mount Tahoma High School. Day two of the meet began at 9 a.m. today. Tomorrow will be the final day of the meet. The events are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m.

Timothy Hughes had two of Decatur’s six hits and also one RBI. “We played really good baseball this weekend,” Sites said. “There were very few errors, both mental and physical. It was clean, smart baseball.” Decatur will meet fellow West Central District member South Kitsap in the state semi-finals. The Wolves were champions of the Narrows League and West Central District. They have been to the state finals each of the past two seasons. “We’ve faced South Kitsap each of the last two preseasons and they’re always tough,” said Sites. “It’s up to

us to play to our potential. When we do, we can beat anyone. We’re excited to be here. Hopefully we can represent the city well.” The semi-finals and finals were moved from Pasco’s Gesa Stadium to Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham due to fungus compromising the field at Gesa Stadium. Decatur and South Kitsap will open the semi-finals at 4 p.m. Friday. Newport and Gig Harbor are scheduled to follow at 7 p.m. The winners will meet in the state championship at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, while the losers will face each other in the third/fourth place game the same day at 1 p.m.

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To honor Sharon Darrigan, who recently passed away, Metropolitan King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer presented the Federal Way Lions Club unclaimed eye glasses left behind on Metro busses to benefit families in need. Sharon Darrigan was the wife of Bob Darrigan, a member of the Federal Way Lions Club. Bob Darrigan

continues to be an instrumental, driving force for the Federal Way Lions Club. Von Reichbauer secured more than 4,100 unclaimed prescription glasses. This is the largest donation since the program began. The Federal Way Lions Club and von Reichbauer have teamed up to ensure that those who cannot afford costly prescription lenses will now have access to a quality pair of eye glasses. “Being in a position to provide proper eyewear to those who need it most is an exceptional privilege,” said von Reichbauer. “It is an even greater honor to donate the largest amount of glasses to date in honor of Bob Darrigan’s late wife, Sharon.”

for double or even quadruple the potential for transit-oriented development,” Burns said. “We endorse SR-99 from SeaTac to Federal Way as a forward thinking means to develop a dense, walkable urban corridor for Federal Way.” The 30th District Democrats did not take a stance on a station location at Highline College but the SR-99 route alternative ensures a station will be located nearby. And while the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce outlined guiding principles they hoped the Sound Transit board would consider when making their decision on the route, they did not take an official stance on which alternative was best. “After 15 months of in-depth research, meetings with Sound Transit and studying all the options presented, the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce has issued a Statement of Principles in the hope that Sound Transit will give this document serious consideration in their decision process,” said Chamber chair Lori Santamaria. “We are the voice of business and we will do all we can to support and drive business development in our region.” Santamaria said Chamber board members are looking 30-50 years in the future, as that is when the “full impact of the decision will be felt in the business community.” The Chamber board focused on economic development, regional workforce connection, cost of strategic growth and long range vision. “As we look to diversify our business base, the Chamber does not see light rail as a transportation mechanism to move people from Federal Way to other cities,” the Statement of Principles states. “We see it as a way to bring to Federal Way those future employers and employees who may live in Burien, SeaTac, Seattle, Tacoma or even Olympia. In its long-range vision, the Cham-

ber sees the future of Federal Way as a hub, a destination for business and commerce, which is linked east to west with bus lines and north to south with light rail.” Chamber members pointed to transit-oriented development as potential for economic growth. They also cited results from the study “Transit and Regional Economic Development” from the Center for Transit Development, which affirmed a quarter of the jobs in 34 transit regions studied were near transit and “knowledge-based” jobs are more likely to locate in central business districts and higher density regional employment areas, among other points. In terms of regional connectivity, Chamber board members state, “Federal Way encompasses two working ports whose related economic activity is affiliated with $138 billion in total economic activity in the state, which is one-third of Washington’s gross domestic product.” According to “The Economic Impact of Marine Cargo at the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle,” surface transportation is one of the four economic impactor sectors for the ports, the document states. Despite that one route is more expensive than the other, Chamber board members pointed out investment in light rail is a shared investment for the future. “No matter which route or station location is chosen, businesses will be inconvenienced — directly and indirectly,” the document continues. “The Chamber recognizes that Sound Transit will provide a full-suite relocation of services to mitigate disruption of affected businesses.” The document states developing the economic potential of the Federal Way business hub is the “best, long-range interest of the Chamber of Commerce.” For more information on the Federal Way Link Extension, visit federalwaylink.org.

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Citizen of Month: P.E. teacher Tom Wallat gets kids, families moving BY RAECHEL DAWSON rdawson@fedwaymirror.com

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or 15 years, students at Enterprise Elementary in Federal Way have been earning their way to a free Mariners game by walking, jogging or running 25 miles throughout the month of May in a program called the 25-Mile Club. And they have P.E. teacher Enterprise Elementary students hold up their punch cards during Tom Wallat to thank. recess. Contributed photo “I just wanted a program that had walking, jogging walk with their children. lunch time recess. and running for kids and a Some are in workout clothes, “Seeing a drop in disciprogram that allowed parents while others are on a lunch pline referrals this late in to participate,” said Walbreak, Traylor said. the year is great,” Soltez said. lat, who was nominated as The program has helped “Kids get anxious about the Mirror’s Citizen of the parents become more school ending. Students at Month. involved in their child’s risk see it as something they Before he came to school by promoting school can count on.” Enterprise in 2000, he was attendance. Soltez said with 60 perteaching physical education Traylor recalled one cent of students, or nearly at an elementary school in specific example of a female 300 students, utilizing free Enumclaw where he kindergarten and reduced lunch and first thought of the student who had more than 100 kids at early idea. not been attending morning breakfast, school is But the club wasn’t enough school days a place many kids feel is safe. nearly as successbut that changed Wallat said he believes ful or popular as when her parents some other schools are its incorporation at got involved and involved in the 25-Mile Enterprise, he said. began walking with Club but would be open to Tom Wallat Students kinderher during her lunch expanding it district-wide if garten through fifth recess. the opportunity presented grade can partici“It if makes a difference itself. But he’s humble. pate in the 25-Mile Club by in her attendance, it’s going “It does take an army of completing laps during their to make a difference in her people to coordinate and lunch recess. With each lap, academic achievement,” she work together,” Wallat said. students receive one punch said, adding that she hopes “I have great support from on their punch card and that it plants a seed for our school counselor, our parents are welcome to join future attendance. PTA and past principals.” for extra punches. Enterprise Principal Jeff Those who reach 25 miles Soltez said the program has Nominate a Citizen of the by the end of the month also helped stave off endMonth by emailing editor@ receive a ticket to a Mariners of-year misbehavior during fedwaymirror.com. game and a 25-Mile Club t-shirt. This year, former Mariner Dave Valle donated Mariners tickets to support the club. The group of students and families who complete the 25 miles will attend one game together. Last year, the elementary school had 290 students complete the 25 miles and this year Wallat hopes to get to that point again. Although Wallat recognizes the importance of teaching kids to be active at an early age because of rising adolescent obesity rates, the real reason he sees this as beneficial is that it promotes the strengthening of parentchild relationships. “Exercise is a no-pressure situation,” he said. “Obesity and all that is up there, but my part is to get kids connected with their parents.” Co-organizer Stacey Traylor, a counselor at Enterprise, said the 25-Mile Club is an opportunity to connect to the community. Each day, about 30 parents

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uring the height of the baseball tournament season each year, youth teams fill the Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites in Federal Way to capacity. In the morning, the hotel restaurant serves a hot breakfast for the teams. Every booth and table is full. And milling around, finding where she can best serve the young staff, is Alice Dobson, or as everyone likes to call her, Miss Alice. At 99, Dobson is a 10 percent investor in the Best Western property at 32124 25th Ave. S. In 1999, in her early 80s, Dobson realized a lucrative opportunity to invest. A couple, who were friends of Dobson and her late husband, were in need of investors to secure a loan that would allow them to build and open a Best Western. “I said, ‘Why don’t you ask me?’” Dobson said. “I was helping myself out. It was a strict business deal.” Sixteen years later, at age 99, Dobson still wields robust business acumen. “I buy stock, and I’m good at it,” Dobson said with no hesitation and a stern eye. While many people her age require roundthe-clock care and need assistance with daily activities, Dobson is relatively

healthy. She requires no cane to walk, and doesn’t pause to take a breath when walking two flights of stairs at the hotel. She said the only thing that ails her now is her eyesight and hearing. The last bout of illness she remembers fighting was the measles when she was much younger. Dobson will turn 100 on July 16. She is proud of her age. Her birthdate is stated clearly on her Best Western Plus business card: Alice Dobson, Owner, Born July 16, 1915. Dobson said when she turned 90 the hotel put on a huge party for her. Upwards of 200 or more people showed. Many asked her the perennial question: What is the secret to living a long life? Dobson said she thinks this question was asked when she turned 90 because everyone thought she would be passing away soon. The secret to living a long life, she told them, was keeping a positive attitude and not letting animosity and hatred eat you away. “Don’t have hatred,” she said. “It burns out your own heart and soul. It ruins your mind. “I’ve lived my life treating others with respect,” she said. “I’ve told that to so many people and so many have said I hit the nail on the head.”

Just this year, Dobson established permanent residency at the Best Western. Before this year, she spent four hours a day traveling on the bus from home to work and back. “I lived alone,” she said. “I kept my garden. I kept my house.” Dobson has been widowed for 23 years. With her first husband, she had two children: a son and daughter. Her son will turn 80 on Sept. 1. Her daughter passed away 27 years ago. Today, Dobson is a proud grandmother of five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild. Dobson was born and raised in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Her father worked the carnivals in the area. In her teens, Dobson’s short stature and nimbleness got her a job as an acrobat, entertaining audiences at the carnival between curtain calls. She also dabbled for a time crafting dresses for the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway in New York City. Today, Dobson said she is still very nimble, which she said keeps her young and spry. Prior to her investment in Best Western, Dobson never had experience in hotel management. For 36 years she worked as a factory employee for

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Police Blotter The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: $1,200 stolen from car: At 1:14 p.m. on May 25 in the 35000 block of Enchanted Parkway S., $1,200, a $200 Kate Spade purse, a credit card, a Macy’s credit card and driver’s license were stolen from underneath the front seat of a woman’s car. The woman had parked her car in the LA Fitness parking lot. Police stated there is no suspect information at this time. Shoplifters steal $1,000 of clothing: At 2:05 p.m. on May 25 at 1901 S. Commons, police arrested a man and two juvenile males for stealing $1,050 worth of clothing from Macy’s at The Commons mall. Man strangles roommate: At 8:20 p.m. on May 25 in the 1400 block of SW Dash Point Road, a 41-year-old man was arrested for strangling a 37-year-old woman. The woman told police she shares a room with the man and they had an argument about her packing up her things and leaving. The man started throwing her belongings into the hallway. She said she left for about 30 min-

utes and returned to find the door locked. As she entered the room, he began yelling at her and told her she was going to see the real side of him. He then shoved her across the room into a hanging mirror, which broke around her. He grabbed her throat, shoved her into a chair, got on top of her and strangled her. The woman told police she was afraid to move out of fear of being cut by glass. After a minute of not breathing, she started to see black dots. She freed herself enough to turn over but when she did she twisted her left arm. The woman screamed “help me, get off” as loud as she could. She became free but he pulled her feet, yanking her off the chair. He refused to let her get her things but the woman asked others in the building for help, allowing her to sneak out to the ARCO and use the clerk’s phone to call 911. In an interview with police, the man said the two shared a room but do not have an intimate relationship. When she said she wanted to leave, he didn’t oblige but said he wanted to see her bags because he believed she was stealing his things. He said she started punching him and he blocked her by pushing her into the chair, which pushed into the mirror that broke. He said he may have grabbed her neck when he pushed her for about eight

[ SUSPECT from page 1] eye, “XIII” tattooed on the back of his head, “13” above his right ear and “M Mexican” on the right side of his neck.

seconds. He said she left to another room, stating she was going to call the police, and he asked her if she wanted him to call. He told police she asked him if he was going to tell them he was beat up by a girl. The woman then came back and sat in the chair, asking for a cigarette, he said. The man then said he asked her to leave and she hit him again. This was when he blocked her and pushed her into the chair. Father calls police on son taking mushrooms: At 10:49 p.m. on May 25 in the 31800 block of 49th Terrace SW, a father reported his 17-year-old son was acting strange after taking mushrooms. Police interviewed the son and noted he appeared to be under “medical duress” but refused to talk to police. He did not appear to be a threat to himself or others so police told the father to call back if he did become a threat. Police closed the case because there was “no evidence located of any drug use.” Man threatens to kill girlfriend: At 1:46 a.m. on May 24 in the 1700 block of SW 308th Place, a 34-year-old man was arrested for assaulting and harassing his 33-year-old girlfriend. The woman called 911 after her boyfriend pulled her hair during an argument and threatened to shoot her with a gun. The man left and the woman called

police. When police arrived, she was crying. She told police she had been with the man for seven years and they had a child together. Early that morning, the man was drinking and began to curse at her, demanding she turn over her cell phone. When she told him she was going to call 911, he threatened her and left. She told police that although he doesn’t have any guns, he “frequently associates with drug dealers who presumably could provide him with one.” At 4:21 a.m., officers were patrolling the area and found the man sleeping in his van outside the couple’s apartment. Man committed: At 3:22 a.m. on May 24 in the 1400 block of S. 348th St., a 35-year-old man was involuntarily committed because he was suicidal. 911 call cut short: At 3:43 a.m. on May 24 in the 100 block of SW Campus Drive, a woman called 911 and said, “hello,” and then yelled, “stop” before the phone line disconnected. Dispatch called back multiple times with no response. They traced the phone number back to the woman who called but a Department of Licensing address check revealed she had recently moved. Valleycom dispatch pinged the woman’s phone with no luck on an

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exact location, but police went to the area to check the apartment complex that showed up in the area. The check did not turn up anything suspicious and resources via social media were also unsuccessful. Monster Dollar burglary: At 7:45 a.m. on May 24 in the 32900 block of First Ave. S., police responded to a store burglary at Monster Dollar. The business’s $1,000 window was broken out from a large rock that was found inside. Police believe this was how the burglars entered the store to steal several BB guns. Juvenile with knife: At 2:43 p.m. on May 24 in the 2400 block of SW 334th Place, a 911 caller reported a 13-year-old boy in an apartment complex with a knife. Police found the boy and took the knife, which was to be destroyed. He was released to his father and stepmother with a notice of trespass. Man chases boy with gun: At 3:57 p.m. on May 24 in the 4700 block of SW 320th St., officers responded to a report that a male was chasing another 16-year-old boy through the parking lot of BigFoot Java. One male was seen with a silver semi-automatic pistol. Police couldn’t find the males but recovered a wallet belonging to the boy a witness had provided. The witness told police the boy attempted to rob the other man who then chased him down and assaulted him. Walkers find dead body: At 10:57 a.m. on May 23 in the 30800

block of 44th Ave. SW, some people were walking along the Dumas Bay beach when they found a deceased body on the shoreline. During the investigation, officers located a wallet on the body and determined it was a 17-year-old male, a local student. Police matched the identification to a vehicle parked in the parking lot. The boy’s sister called 911 later that day to report him missing. Police notified the family, who was shocked and questioned if it was suicide or murder. The King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene. Police recovered a stolen Bryco Arms Jennings handgun and believe it was used in his suicide. Men assault, steal woman’s phone: At 7:27 p.m. on May 23 in the 1800 block of S. 320th St., a woman was looking at her cell phone on a bench outside of Old Country Buffet when five men approached her and hit her cell phone out of her hand. One suspect pushed her and grabbed the phone before all of them ran back to a nearby black SUV, laughing. She chased them but was pushed again and fell backwards. The woman suffered a broken finger and other injuries. The suspects fled the scene. Man arrested after found in old school district building: At 9:13 p.m. on May 22 in the 31400 block of 18th Ave. S., police arrested a 39-year-old man from Enumclaw on a warrant after they found him sleeping in the old school district building. He was transported to Pierce County jail.

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LEGAL NOTICES The City of Federal Way, Public Works Department, 33325 8th Ave S Federal Way, WA 98003, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, 1st Avenue South at South 328th Street Intersection Improvements, is located at the intersection of 1st Avenue South and South 328th Street in Federal Way, in King County. This project involves 1.08 acres of soil disturbance for roadway and utility improvements. The receiving water is Panther Lake. Any persons desiring to present their views to the Department of Ecology regarding this application may do so in writing within thirty days of the last date of publication of this notice. Comments shall be submitted to the Department of Ecology. Any person interested in the department’s action on this application may notify the department of their interest within thirty days of the last date of publication of this notice. Ecology reviews public comments and considers whether discharges from this project would cause a measurable change in receiving water quality, and, if so, whether the project is necessary and in the overriding public interest according to Tier II antidegradation requirements under WAC 173-201A-320. Comments can be submitted to: Department of Ecology Attn: Water Quality Program, Construction Stormwater PO Box 47696, Olympia, WA 98504-7696 Publish: Federal Way Mirror 5/29/2015 & 6/5/2015 FWM 2237

CITY OF FEDERAL WAY REQUEST FOR BIDS 1ST AVE S AT S 328TH ST INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS RFB # 15-007 SUBMITTAL OF SEALED BIDS: Notice is hereby given that the City of Federal Way, Washington, will receive sealed bids through June 15, 2015, until 11:00 a.m., at the City Hall Purchasing Office or by US Mail at City of Federal Way, Purchasing Office, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington 98003. Proposals received after 11:00 a.m. on said date will not be considered. BID OPENING: All bids will be opened and read publicly aloud at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2015, at the City Council Chambers, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington, for this RFB. All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid deposit by a cashier’s or certified check, or Bid Bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal. Should the successful bidder fail to enter into a contract and furnish satisfactory Performance Bond within the time stated in the specifications, the bid deposit or bond shall be forfeited to the City of Federal Way. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: This project shall consist of: The addition of northbound and south-bound left-turn lanes on 1st Ave S, revised channelization at the intersection that includes a new fourth leg serving the west side development, and a new signal at the intersection. Work will include the following: utility relocation; storm drainage; paving; curb, gutter, and sidewalk; retaining walls; street lighting; traffic signal; signing; and channelization. The Contractor shall complete all work within 100 working days. The bidder is urged to check the plans and contract provisions carefully. All bid proposals shall be in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and all other contract documents now on file in the Purchasing Office of the City of Federal Way. Bid documents may be obtained from the Purchasing Department at (253) 835-2526. Any questions concerning the description of the work contained in the contract documents must be directed to Christine Mullen, P.E., Street Systems Project Engineer, by facsimile at (253) 835-2709, or by letter addressed to Christine

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Management Services Counter, 2nd floor, Federal Way City Hall 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington 98003 Notice is hereby given that the City of Federal Way, Washington, will receive sealed bids through the date, time and address listed above. Proposals received after the date and time listed above will not be considered. An informational meeting for interested contractors will be held at the date and time listed above at the site, Town Square Park, 31600 20th Ave S., Federal Way, WA to discuss the work to be performed. All prospective bidders are strongly encouraged to attend. All bids will be opened and read publicly aloud at the City Hall council chambers or adjacent conference room at the date and time listed above, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington, for this RFB. All bid proposals shall be accompanied by a bid deposit by a cashier’s or certified check, or Bid Bond in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the amount of such bid proposal. 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with its rent payments to the city, which then operated the Knutzen Family Theatre. Bryce began lobbying the city to see if Centerstage could manage the facility because he feared the theatre would go out of business. After several delays, he said the recession hit in 2008 and the city finally put out a request for proposals, seeking for someone to manage the facility. Centerstage and the Tacoma Musical Playhouse both bid for the contract. “I remember when I first ran for mayor, I actually had in my [campaign] brochure that I stood up for Centerstage and wanted to make sure that we have Centerstage in this facility because the Tacoma Musical Playhouse was one of the bidders and I felt passionately that I wanted local theater [here,]” Ferrell recalled. He “linked up arms” with Deputy Mayor Jeanne Burbidge and he recalls “saying how important I believe that it was that Centerstage get this contract because of its locality and its connection

www.federalwaymirror.com with the community. So I make this move with a heavy heart because I value them and they’ve got some of the real pillars of the community in this, but I represent all the people in this community.” The city paid Centerstage $70,000 to manage the facility in 2009, and then $76,500 per year over the next five years. Dockstader said his understanding of the management concept was that Centerstage was an asset to the community, so the city would support the theatre by allowing them to operate the facility, use the Knutzen Family Theatre for its own productions and to rent it out to the community. The city renewed the contract in 2012 and recently entered into negotiations with the theatre, which was the sole responsible responsive bidder for the project this year when the city sent out a request for proposals in February. But Dockstader said Centerstage was “blindsided” when city officials said they reached a negotiation

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...obituaries ELWOOD THOMAS LEVERETTE “Woody” Woody was born November 19, 1930 in Gainesville, Florida. He was a long-time resident and District Court Judge in Federal Way, Washington. He passed away peacefully on March 13, 2015 at the home of his daughter in Minnesota. Woody was known for his love of his family, his genuine kindness and a terrific smile. He loved his career as a District Court Judge and admired his colleagues and friends with whom he worked. Honesty, integrity and hard work were some of his best traits, although he had many. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joy, and his son, Robert. He is survived by his brother, John Campbell, two daughters, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on June 5th at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 345 South 312th Street, Federal Way, WA. 98003. Rest in peace Dad. You will always be my hero and the best man I have ever known. I love you.

not the walls, heating and air conditioning. Everything else is your responsibility to maintain and/or replace as NEGOTIATIONS necessary.” John Hutton, director Dockstader, who called of the city’s Parks, Recrethis request a “whammy,” ation and Cultural Services said shifting maintenance Department, said he met responsibilities to the theatre with Dockstader, Bryce and proposed a “real risk” to Dumas Bay Centre manager Rob Ettinger twice to negoti- Centerstage. “Here’s Centerstage that’s ate a new contract before always running the city ultimately hand to mouth, decided to terminate it’s not necessarthe agreement. ily a profit-making During the first business,” Dockmeeting, the theatre stader said. “This asked the city for was like a blindside an $8,900 per year because there were increase to cover Alan Bryce no specifics. So we inflation. talked about needing “They said they to understand this need that to remain better.” viable,” Hutton recalled. “I Bryce asked Hutton for a was amenable to that with comprehensive list of items some conditions.” the city would require the He asked if Bryce would theatre to maintain and the take on some maintenance parties agreed to meet again costs within the Knutzen in two weeks. Family Theatre if the city During the second meetgranted his requested ing, Centerstage said they increase. were unwilling to take on any “They have almost sole maintenance responsibility, exclusive use of the theater according to Hutton. itself, with a couple of minor “They said no they exceptions, it’s a Centerstage wouldn’t take on any mainfacility in this agreement,” tenance and they wanted Hutton noted. “So any wear more money,” said Hutton, and tear would be from noting Bryce asked for an Centerstage activities.” additional $15,000 per year But Bryce said he was surinstead. “I believe my exact prised by Hutton’s request. “He was not specific at that quote was, ‘That’s an interesting negotiation tactic to say point, so I said, ‘We are alno to everything we propose ready doing a fair amount of maintenance, so what do you and to almost double your request of funds.’” mean by everything within However, Bryce said that the fabric of the building?’” Bryce recalled asking Hutton. was not the case. While he did ask for the price increase, “And he said anything that’s he also told Hutton he was willing to take on maintenance costs, pending further conversations to determine what those costs would actually mean. $ “We really needed to understand better what the Simple Cremation maintenance needs are,” $ Dockstader said. “In order to talk about this thing we can’t Direct Burial buy a pig and a poke. So the Bellevue 425.641.6100 idea was that Alan would get Federal Way 253.874.9000 together with Ettinger and Online arrangements available do a walk through [at the CascadeMemorial.com Dumas Bay Centre] and see what are the things that really need to be done here. Maybe there are things we can take on.” Saturday, May 30, 2015 Hutton said he told Bryce 10 AM - 3PM and Dockstader he didn’t Messiah Lutheran Church have the ability to honor 805 4th Street NE, Auburn their request, “I was very www.vesterdalen.org clear that I did not have $15,000 laying around to add • Vendors (clothing, jewelry, books, rosemaling) to their contract … I said anything that I do is hurting • Ethnic foods to sample the rest of the department • Bake sale and I don’t have the ability to • Craft displays do that and they understood and demonstrations that clearly.” Following the second • Genealogy information meeting, Bryce also told • Activities for children Hutton that he would consult Sponsored by Sons of Norway with the deputy mayor — a Vesterdalen Lodge ~ Auburn, WA longtime Centerstage supimpasse and decided to allow the contract to expire.

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porter — to see if she could help them find an outside revenue source. However, Burbidge said this was a matter of negotiation with city staff and she should not get involved with it, according to Bryce. He told Hutton that Burbidge was unable to help and that he would draft a new proposal for the next meeting. At this point, Hutton said he felt they had reached an “impasse” with negotiations, which prompted him to look through the finances of the entire operation of the Knutzen Family Theatre. “It became clear as day that the more prudent decision for the city would be to not be in a contract with anybody on this at this point and that it would be better for us to take over management again of the facility …,” Hutton said. He consulted the mayor, the chief of staff and finance director about his findings that the city can bring in over $150,000 per year with the money they save from paying an outside manager, as well as rental revenue. The mayor said that both Hutton and Ettinger recommended that the Knutzen Family Theatre was not being run in the best interest of the city. “My understanding is, over the course of six years since 2009, we’ve paid Centerstage, just in regard to their services, roughly $450,000 to operate this facility and then if you add yet another $100,000 in regard to grants and awards of other city funding, the total comes to $549,000 over six years,” Ferrell said. “That is a great deal of money to provide for one organization. Other than the value of the productions, we haven’t really received anything back.” Hutton, who recently attended Centerstage’s new musical “For All That” with his wife, said this was strictly a business decision and is not a reflection of the theatre itself. “We just think we can manage the spaces better ourselves and that would be more advantageous to the city and the overall facility,” he said. Ferrell agrees. “Let me be very clear, we want Centerstage to succeed,” he said, noting he was also concerned about the operation’s lack of income to the city. “We want Centerstage to use this facility. We have just made the business decision that it’s not in the city’s best interest to have them run the facility. This is a business decision based on real numbers.” However, the contract

stipulates that the city will not receive any income from the productions at Knutzen Family Theatre and Bryce said the arrangement was not meant to bring in money for the city. At the third negotiation meeting on Wednesday, city staff handed Bryce and Dockstader a letter stating they decided to allow the contract to expire before they got a chance to read their new proposal. Dockstader, a retired corporate attorney, called the city’s impasse “an absolute stinking falsehood.” “I do not see under those circumstances how any reasonable person with half a brain could figure that there is a negotiation impasse when we had left a meeting with the intention of coming back,” Dockstader said. “The city did not even listen to a counter-proposal that was specifically designed to come back and address at least, in part, some of the issues where we were a part on.” Bryce agreed. “So the negotiation was ongoing, they knew it was ongoing and they just decided to stop it,” he said. “If they deny it was ongoing, they are not telling you the truth.” Dockstader read their new proposal to city staff anyway, which asked for $10,000 more per year, with the caveat that they would pay $3,000 to the city per year to help repay the city for any maintenance costs they incur. Following the meeting, Dockstader and Bryce went to a local pub to “drown their sorrows,” when Hutton called minutes later to say the city would not reconsider, Dockstader said. “I’ve seen this coming from the word go,” Bryce said. “I’m surprised they’ve done it so quickly. I’ve seen it coming whenever the Performing Arts and Conference Center really started to solidify.” Bryce said that Chief of Staff Brian Wilson wrote a letter to the board, expressing the city’s desire to continue their relationship with Centerstage as a rental client. “They are either being really disingenuous or they haven’t done their work and looked at the numbers because if we’re getting a management fee of $75,000 and to do our five shows each year, it would cost us about $45,000 in rent, so it would cost us another $110,000,” Bryce said, quoting Shakespeare, “Dream on MacDuff — where are we going to find that? It’s just not going to happen.”

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Family Green Fest: This free family event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Federal Way Community Center, located at 876 S. 333rd St. There will be demonstrations, arts & crafts, face painting, document shredding, and eco-friendly items for sale. For more information, contact city of Federal Way Recycling at 253-835-2771 or email recycle@ cityoffederalway.com. Bowling for Jesus Benefit Concert: Local bluegrass group, Bowling for Jesus, will perform a benefit concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30th at Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 2415 S. 320th St. All proceeds benefit Calvary’s 2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering participants. For more information, contact Sarah Nelson at sarah. calvaryelca@comcast.net or call 253-839-0344.

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Mobile Office Hours for Congressman Adam Smith: Congressman Adam Smith’s office will be hosting mobile office hours beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 1 at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. Staff members are able to assist constituents with Federal Agency issues (Social Security, Internal Revenue Service, State Department, etc), provide housing and financial support resources and help with federal grants.

June 2

Highline College Art and Design Portfolio: Highline College will feature the work of graduating students from the Fine Art, Visual Communications (Graphic Design), Interior Design, Drafting Design and Photography departments from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at Highline College’s main campus; Building 8, Mt. Constance and Mt. Olympus rooms. For more information, contact Tamara Hilton at thilton@highline.edu, call 206592-3976 or visit hccportfolios. highline.edu.

June 3

Federal Way Tool Library Meeting: Come discuss the possibility of a tool library in Federal Way from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at Federal Way

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Family Green Fest will be held on Saturday, May 30 at the Federal Way Community Center. Contributed photo City Hall, 33325 Eighth Ave S. For more information, contact Jeanette Brizendine-Jurgensen at recycle@ cityoffederalway.com or call 253835-2771.

June 6

Psychic Fair: Meet and chat with the best intuitive professionals in the Pacific Northwest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Comfort Inn, located 31622 Pacific Hwy. S. For more information, contact Lori Aletha at 425-562-4777, or lorialetha@hotmail or Maire Masco at 253-539-6402 or maire@ tarabala.com.

Ongoing

Reconciling Risk and Suspending Belief-Photo Collection: A series of thoughtprovoking photographs of the Oso landslide will be on display from June 16-August 30, at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. Battery Recycling: Residents may drop off regular household batteries for recycling at City Hall, first Floor Lobby, 33325 Eighth Ave S., Federal Way Community Center, Vending Machine Alcove, located at 876 S 333rd St. Look for the transparent blue tubes, approximately 3-feet tall. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: Meetings are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, in Room 15 at Church of the Nazarene, located at 1225 29th St. SE, Auburn. For more information, contact Val Brustad at 253-854-7658 or visit www.alzwa.org.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW Post 2886 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th St. For more information, contact Tom Leonard at thomasc29@msn.com or call 253-927-1615. Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way meets for breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Denny’s Restaurant on 320th. For more information or to inquire about membership dues, contact Marie Sciacqua at sciacqua05@gmail.com or 253941-7060 or visit www.greaterfederalwaykiwanis.org Lions Club: The Federal Way Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at Denny’s Restaurant on 320th. For more information, contact Bob Darrigan at 253-874-4282.

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Historical Society of Federal Way: Volunteer opportunities include collections care, greeting public at public events, docents for historic Denny and Barker cabins, computer work, building maintenance and phone calling. For more information, contact Diana NobleGulliford at diana@gulliford.com or call 206-412-5545. Drivers needed: Volunteer drivers are needed to transport elderly residents in King County. Contact: 206-326-2800 or resource.l@ghc. org.

100% of the net profit from the sale of these exclusive items will be donated to kids’ health and education initiatives nationwide. More than $257 million has been raised since 2000. Shop books and plush toys at Kohls.com/Cares.

For more information on Kohl’s community giving, visit Kohls.com/Kids. Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise is not eligible for discounts or other promotional incentives. And Then it’s Spring, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Text © 2012 by Julie Fogliano, Illustrations © 2012 by Erin Stead. A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Text © 2010 by Philip Stead, Illustrations © 2010 by Erin Stead. Bear Has a Story to Tell, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Text © 2012 by Philip C. Stead, Illustrations © 2012 by Erin E. Stead. If You Want to See a Whale, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Text © 2013 by Julie Fogliano, illustrations © 2013 Erin E. Stead.

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Local Boy Scouts thank firefighters FROM STAFF REPORTS

Boy Scouts from Federal Way Troop 361, Aidan and Shaun McCartney, brought a basket filled with cookies, banana bread and thank you notes to

South King Fire and Rescue firefighters in recognition of National Thank You Day on May 19 to honor first responders. Troop 361 is lead by scoutmaster David Hill. Visit www.troop361.com for more information about Troop 361. Visit www.facebook.com/NationalThankYouDay for more information about National Thank You Day.

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answer is up to each taxpayer and what each person values. But as you ponder what matters to you, don’t forget to look at the bigger picture to see what else city officials are spending your money on. Whether it’s tall flagpoles, expensive $32 million arts venues or fancy utility boxes, consistency and equity are the key. And Mr. Federal Way hopes residents continue to hold city representatives accountable for their actions, no matter how fast or slow they are. Q: Mr. Federal Way, I was driving my normal route on 320th Street and 11th Place South when I noticed that all the beautiful Douglas fir trees lining the street had been cut. The conifer trees lined the old school bus lot across the street from Safeway and they must of been very old due to their enormous size. I was curious why they had to cut all those trees down? A: It appears the impacts of the highly controversial High Point mixed-use apartment complex at the school district’s former bus barn site have started. The project includes 308 apartment units and 26,095 square feet of commercial and amenity space on the ground floor. The proposal also calls for 15 buildings and a parking lot

that provides 1.5 stalls per apartment unit. The apartment buildings will range between 3-6 stories in height. And you’re not alone in your sentiments about the trees being wiped out. Federal Way resident Leah Boehm-Brady, who’s been an outspoken opponent of the High Point project, told the Mirror last July that the trees you refer to would have been a good buffer to help mitigate the impacts of the apartments when they are built. However, the city allowed the trees and vegetation to be removed “based on one arborist report declaring that ‘23 of the 25 trees along the north property line are either dead, dying or in poor condition,’” Boehm-Brady said. So to answer your question, the developer of this project removed these trees because they are dying. While this is hardly a reason to go on site and chain yourself to the trees to protest their demise, Mr. Federal Way hopes the developers will be sensible enough to plant more trees for residents to enjoy in the years to come. Q: Mr. Federal Way, how much fan mail do you receive in any given week? A: None of your business.

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Federal Way Mirror, May 29, 2015  

May 29, 2015 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

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May 29, 2015 edition of the Federal Way Mirror