Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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Thanks!

Press Release: Buds & Blooms event highlights world-class gardens of Federal Way

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=804 (PDF)

Buds & Blooms event highlights world-class gardens of Federal Way

Venues

The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection offers an unrivaled display of nearly 60 bonsai trees that attract visitors from around the world. Open free to the public six days a week, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays) during spring and summer. Contact/Info: 253-924-6206, www.weyerhaeuser.com/bonsai.

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden boasts one of the world’s largest collections of rhododendrons, Washington’s state flower. More than 10,000 brilliantly colored rhododendron plants are on display, and spring is the peak blossom time. Open six days a week, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays). On May 10-11, mothers and children under 12 will be admitted free. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Contact/Info: 253.838.4646, www.rhodygarden.org.

PowellsWood Garden is a charming, privately owned three-acre garden featuring nearly 1,000 varieties of trees, flowering shrubs and plants. Natural land features such as a stream, pond and ravines, are incorporated into its eight differently themed garden "rooms." Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on May 10-11. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. Contact/Info: 253.529.1620, www.powellswood.org.

Schedule

General Activities: May 10 and 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Activities such as flower arranging, how-to’s for planting summer pots, storytelling and music will be presented throughout the festival weekend at all three sites. A children’s tent at the Bonsai Collection will offer activities just for kids - building a plant terrarium, making garden step stones, learning about carnivorous plants, and more.

Special Activities: May 10

  • Federal Way Farmer’s Market: May 10 marks opening day of the popular Federal Way Farmers Market, known for its outstanding produce, flowers and crafts. Open every Saturday, May 10 through October, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Location: The Commons Mall on South 320th Street just off the I-5 exit.
  • "Secrets of a Dirt Cheap Lazy Gardener" presentation by Marianne Binetti, author and Seattle Post-Intelligencer gardening columnist, 11 a.m. Location: Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
  • "Gardening Tips and Techniques" presentation by Ed Hume, a long-time Northwest gardening expert and radio personality, 1-3 p.m. Location: Farmers Market.
Special Activities: May 11

  • "Rhododendron Care" presentation by Jeanine Smith, Seattle Rhododendron Society, 11 a.m. Location: Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
  • "Great Plant Picks for 2008" presentation by Ritchie Steffen, Coordinator of Horticulture, Miller Botanical Garden, time TBD. Location: Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
Other special activities will be added in the coming weeks. Please check www.federalway.org for updates.

Background on Federal Way
Federal Way is Washington’s eighth largest city and is located between Seattle and Tacoma off the I-5 corridor. For a free copy of Federal Way’s illustrated tourism map, visitor brochure, and calendar of events, visit www.federalway.org or call 253-838-2605.
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Note to editors: For electronic images of any of the Federal Way gardens listed above, please contact Lillian Yeh, City of Federal Way, (253) 835-2501 or lillian.yeh@cityoffederalway.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 30, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT -- Lillian Yeh - Economic Development Assistant - 253.835.2501 - lillian.yeh@cityoffederalway.com

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Community Press Release: Single Ladies Valentine Brunch

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Single Ladies Valentine Brunch
A free event offered in Federal Way February 9

FEDERAL WAY - LifeWay Church invites all single ladies to a fun, free, Valentine Brunch.

With entertainment by comedian Jason Earls, wonderful food, and time with friends, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. The brunch will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to noon at LifeWay Church in Federal Way. Childcare is provided and registration is required.

Local comedian Jason Earls presents "A Serious Message Seasoned with Comedy." He uses the gift of encouragement and talent of making people laugh as an outlet for life change.

Call (253) 946-8107 or email office@lifeway-online.com to reserve space or for more information.

LifeWay Church
5015 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 946-8107


CALENDAR RELEASE: January 29, 2008
MEDIA CONTACT: Terri Campbell, terrilcampbell@comcast.net, 253-874-1571

FWPD Media Release: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=802 (PDF)

FWPD Media Release: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian

Type of Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
Date of Incident: January 25, 2008
Case No.: 08-1197

On January 25, 2008 at approximately 7:17 p.m., Federal Way Police Officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision in the 35600 block of Pacific Highway South in Federal Way.

Upon officers arrival it was determined the victim, a 40 year old male from Algona, was struck by a motorist traveling southbound on Pacific Highway South.

CPR was administered at the scene, the victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation would indicate the road conditions to be dry at the time of the collision.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has temporarily closed the roadway southbound on Pacific Highway South from South 348th to South 356th Streets as the Federal Way Police M.A.I.T. (Major Accident Investigation Team) investigates. It is believed the roadway will re-open around midnight.

Federal Way Police Department’s Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E.) was called to the scene and evaluated the driver for impairment.

The driver a 56 year old male from Auburn has been arrested for investigation of vehicular assault.

The investigation is continuing. Witnesses should contact the lead investigator, Officer Swanson at 253 835 6748.

There is no further information pertaining to this incident at this time.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 24, 2008
Approved by: Commander Chris Norman Date & Time: 01/25/08 @ 2300 Hours
Released by: Stacy Flores, PIO Date & Time: 01/25/08 @ 2300 Hours
Pager: 206-916-1139
Media Line: 253-835-1PIO (1746)

FWCC Regular Meeting Agenda (Feb. 5)

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=801 (PDF)

FWCC Regular Meeting Agenda (Feb. 5)

February 5, 2008 - 7:00 PM

* * * * *

1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

3. PRESENTATIONS

· Reception - Honoring Hachinohe Sister City Delegation- Recess (20 Minutes)
· Certificates of Appointment - Planning Commission
· City Manager/Emerging Issues
- One Night Count of the Homeless

4. CITIZEN COMMENT

PLEASE COMPLETE THE PINK SLIP & PRESENT TO THE CITY CLERK PRIOR TO SPEAKING. Citizens may address City Council at this time. When recognized by the Mayor, please come forward to the podium and state your name for the record. PLEASE LIMIT YOUR REMARKS TO THREE (3) MINUTES. The Mayor may interrupt citizen comments that continue too long, relate negatively to other individuals, or are otherwise inappropriate.

5. CONSENT AGENDA

Items listed below have been previously reviewed by a Council Committee of three members and brought before full Council for approval; all items are enacted by one motion. Individual items may be removed by

a Councilmember for separate discussion and subsequent motion.

a. Minutes: Approval of January 11, 2008 Legislative Meeting; January 15, 2008 Special and Regular Meetings

b. S. 308th St. Stormwater Facility Modification Project - Project Acceptance

c. Wildwood Neighborhood Traffic Safety - S. 298th Street

d. Neighborhood Traffic Safety Policy Revisions

6. CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS

a. Resolution: Continuity of Library Services during Expansion Project

7. INTRODUCTION ORDINANCE

a. Proposed Amendment to Aggressive Begging Ordinance
· Staff Presentation
· Ordinance Title
· Proposed Motion to Move Forward to Second Reading/Enactment

8. CITY COUNCIL REPORTS

9. CITY MANAGER REPORT

a. Ice on Pacific Highway and Replacement of Light Standards Update

b. Sidewalk Parking Enforcement Update

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION

a. Potential Litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i)

b. Collective Bargaining pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4)(a)

11. ADJOURNMENT

** THE COUNCIL MAY ADD AND TAKE ACTION ON OTHER ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA **
THE COMPLETE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT CITY HALL AND ALSO ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE.
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Vote No!

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Yeah, it's a very quick hack because I'm doing it from memory and it's time to clock in. Feel free to propose additional slogans below.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Fence (299)

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This has already been cleaned up. (go to the map)

Fred Meyer (298)

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(go to map)

Burger Express Inside (162 again)

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This is kinda lame. Burger Express is good food. It may not be the nicest looking restaurant, but they have good food and good service. On the other hand, maybe the lack of attention to the appearance of the restaurant makes people think it's ok to mess it up further. (go to map)

3D Graffiti

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This is kinda cool... using multiple cameras, motion capture and virtual reality, this guy creates 3D graffiti artwork. (The video does more to show off how it's done than to show too much of the art. And there's an annoying heavy beat soundtrack on it - but there's actually nothing on the audio that you need.)



More at Engadget.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Press Release: One-stop shopping for development review now at Federal Way City Hall

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=800 (PDF)

One-stop shopping for development review now at Federal Way City Hall

Residents and businesses working on development issues in Federal Way can now get the bulk of their local needs met in one place -- City Hall.

As of last month, the Lakehaven Utility District stationed a member of its Development Services staff at City Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. This means that preliminary review of water and sewer system work can be better coordinated with the City’s regular development review activities.

The Lakehaven representative joins the City’s development review team and reps from South King Fire and Rescue, who handle fire permits. The only permit review that isn’t handled in some fashion at City Hall is health related, for example food handling. Health permits are issued through the King County Health Department.

"Simply locating an employee from Lakehaven at City Hall will in many cases cut the time it takes developers to get through the review process," said Greg Fewins, interim director of the City’s Community Development Department.

Lakehaven’s General Manager Don Perry explained. "Often a property owner goes intothe City’s permitting process well in advance of the utility’s development process. Sometimes this can lead to delays in the project. By putting a Lakehaven staff member at City Hall, we’ve increased the likelihood that the processes will track more closely and save time for all involved."

Lakehaven will continue to perform the bulk of its development review business at its First Avenue South location.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 24, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Greg Fewins - Interim Director of Community Development - City of Federal Way - 253.835.22611
John Bowman - Engineering & Water Manager - Lakehaven Utility District - 253.946.5401

FWPD Media Release: Homicide Investigation Update

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It's bad enough that they hide everything in PDFs hidden on their site (more traffic to this site, I guess), but when they just make it a image, then even if a search engine does find it, it's not going to know what to do with. So, click on through to the PDF.

The shooter is identified as William "Willie" Quadere Muhammad; DOB: 10/05/1983; Height: 6'1"; Weight: 150lbs; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Black.

Contact Detective Wells at 253-835-6751 or 911.

Update



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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Video: FWPD Cruiser vs. House (2002)

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Really not much to see. Hard to figure what angle they were coming from. (Is this house at a T-intersection?)

But more importantly, why are FWPD cruisers so stinking ugly? I swear, with the generic "police" across the side, they look like the kinds of cop cars you'd see in a low-budget direct-to-video release starring Shaq shot in some place like Toronto or Podunk where they don't have access to cars with black bodies and white doors.

Seriously, can someone from the city please post a response defending the "design" choice of the vehicles we're putting our finest behind the wheel of?

I think we need to hire a designer for a few hours to come up with a new look for our cars. Off the top of my head, let's see "Federal Way" more prominent on the sides of the cars, as well as our FWPD slogan (do we have one? I suspect "It's all within reach." doesn't work so well as a police slogan) and either the FWPD shield or the city's stylized mountains and stream logo on the sides of these cars.

(And don't get me started on the generic black jackets worn by our motorcycle officers... that, I suspect might be more intentional?)

And here's a second video that was recently posted and tagged Federal Way. Ummm.... yeah.... I don't really know what to make of it.

What's News in Federal Way -- Jan. 23

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Federal Way Regional Library lovers brace for closure of building
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/23) -- On a winter weeknight, the rows of computer terminals are packed at one of the busiest libraries in King County. Nearby, students study math at desks, kids listen to a bedtime story, and adults browse through books and magazines at the Federal Way Regional Library. The noise from people bustling about rises above “quiet study zones.” But later this year, the library will fall silent. More...

Schools explore random drug testing
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/21) -- High school drug users beware. Education officials in school districts throughout the state are exploring a random drug testing policy being promoted by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The federal government is offering funding assistance to school districts that choose to implement the program. More...

Plastic grocery bags face extinction
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/21) -- Washington state could become the first to ban plastic checkout bags in grocery stores. More...

Police search for gunman in Federal Way shooting
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (01/19) -- Police in Federal Way are searching for a man who they say shot and killed a 38-year-old woman at the Metro Transit Center on Friday night. Officers were dispatched at about 7 p.m. to the center at the corner of South 316th Street and 23rd Avenue South. The woman was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she later died of a gunshot wound. More...

Federal Way must release files on judge’s sudden resignation
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/19) -- A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the City of Federal Way must give The News Tribune access to 117 pages of documents related to the resignation of former Municipal Court Judge Colleen Hartl. More...

Investigators: Federal Way judge faces new allegations in sex scandal
KING5.COM (01/18) -- A Federal Way judge who resigned over a sex scandal is facing additional allegations. KING 5 has learned that a damaging tape recording has surfaced, allegedly evidence she was orchestrating a cover-up. More...

Woman shot at transit center
KING5.COM (01/18) -- A shooting at the Federal Way transit center sent a woman to the hospital Friday night where she died. The shooter is still at large. More...

Fourth grader takes recycling to a whole new level
KOMOTV.COM (01/18) -- A fourth grader in Federal Way has become a real problem solver. She's come up with a way to keep thousands of strings of old Christmas lights from going to the landfill. More...

Tacoma's form of government sparks interest in Federal Way
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/18) -- During last Wednesday’s elected mayor debate, the subject of Tacoma’s form of government was brought up by audience members and debaters. In Federal Way, some residents are trying to explore the possibility of having an elected mayor to replace the city manager, while others are satisfied with the current council-manager form of government. More...

Aging elderly find a way to stay put
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/18) -- Leaving behind their homes and independence is heartbreaking for many elderly people who become unable to take care of themselves. Often, families see the next logical step as moving their elders to a nursing home. But there is another option. More...

Talented Federal Way local making a run for Miss Auburn crown
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (01/14) -- Cara Rudd, 21, of Federal Way is participating in the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program, a preliminary to Miss Washington and Miss America Pageants, in hopes of attaining a scholarship for education. More...

Concrete pourers on employers' side
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (01/14) -- Angry concrete pourers in Western Washington are aligning with their employers and fighting the union they pay to represent them in a feud threatening to shut down more than a dozen construction sites. More...

Weyerhaeuser sells European engineered wood products operations to Finnforest
MONEY.CNN.COM (01/14) -- Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) (TSX:WYL) Monday said it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its iLevel European engineered wood products operations to Finnforest of Finland, part of the Metsaliitto Group. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. More...

Identity thief taps victim's phone, steals a fortune
KOMOTV.COM (01/11) -- The Secret Service is investigating one of the most elaborate identity theft cases to hit the area. Investigators say a thief managed to bilk money out of a local man's credit union by wiretapping their phones. More...

The perils of panhandling
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/11) -- On a chilly overcast Wednesday, Federal Way resident Michael Didier stands on the street corner holding a sign and hoping he will gather enough money from passers-by to pay his rent this month. More...

State of schools keeps improving
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/11) -- Despite increasing challenges such as poverty and language barriers, schools in Federal Way continue to improve, superintendent Tom Murphy said in his annual State of the District Address. More...

Judge's affair stirs up court
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/11) -- Recently surfaced details surrounding the resignation of former Federal Way Judge Colleen Hartl have led to the temporary banning of a public defender from the Federal Way Municipal Court. More...

Panhandling behavior targeted again
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/09) -- Federal Way wants to crack down on panhandlers, making it illegal for them to beg on sidewalks, at bus stops and near automatic teller machines. More...

X-ray targets safety in Federal Way's court
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/08) -- Each day, hundreds of visitors enter through the doors of the Federal Way Municipal Court — but the sole responsibility of checking them for dangerous weapons rests primarily in the hands of one security officer. More...

Illegal texting may mean a ticket
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/08) -- Washington has officially joined the handful of states that have enacted laws aimed at keeping drivers’ attention on the road — rather than on their cell phones. More...

Tacoma files lawsuit over North Shore development
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/08) -- The City of Tacoma filed a lawsuit Monday against Northshore Investors LLC, which has applied to build an 860-unit residential neighborhood where the North Shore Golf Course now resides on the Northeast Tacoma-Federal Way border. More...

Driver arrested in fatal wrong way car accident
SEATTLEINJURYBLOG.COM (01/08) -- A man from Federal Way was arrested early Sunday after driving the wrong way on SR 18 east of the Auburn Black Diamond Road, hitting another vehicle head-on, and killing the driver involved in the Washington Auto Accident. More...

Federal Way judge admits relationship with lawyer, resigns
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (01/08) -- A Federal Way Municipal Court judge has resigned after hosting a holiday party at which she claimed to be having an affair with a public defender who routinely appeared in her court. Judge Colleen Hartl quit Dec. 19, less than a week after telling her guests - including five court employees - that she had sex with public defender Sean Cecil, and displaying a text message in which he complimented how she looked in "tight jeans," Michael Morgan, the court's presiding judge, said Wednesday. More...

Pedestrian killed by car identified
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (01/07) -- A pedestrian struck and killed by a car while crossing the street Friday night in Seattle's Central Area was identified Sunday by the King County Medical Examiner's Office as Karen Pritchett. More...

Woman killed when vehicle going wrong way hits her car head-on
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/07) -- A car traveling the wrong way on Highway 18 early Sunday morning rammed another car head-on, killing the second driver. More...

Some districts delay vote on levies, bonds
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (01/06) -- Hoping to stay out of the shadow of next month's presidential primary, area districts are reconsidering when to put school-funding measures before voters. More...

Thriller follows Centerstage director to Federal Way
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (01/04) -- Alan Bryce, artistic director of Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way, is no Johnny-come-lately to the world of theater. He’s an actor, a director and a playwright with extensive experience in New York and London. We are fortunate that he decided to settle in the Puget Sound area. And now we are blessed with the opportunity to see a revision of one of his earliest plays, “Nightmare of a Married Man,” which was a big hit in the London fringe circuit back in the late ’70s. More...

Initiative 26 aims to zap partisanship from King County elections
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/04) -- King County officials and volunteers launched an effort to eliminate primary election partisanship and make government more accountable to the people. More...

City council: In with the new
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (01/04) -- The Federal Way City Council rang in 2008 by welcoming a new member as well as appointing a new mayor and deputy mayor. More...

9-1-1 transcripts of fatal I-5 shooting released
THEOLYMPIAN.COM (01/03) -- The Federal Way Police Department has released some of the 9-1-1 transcripts of callers who reported the actions of a 27-year-old Olympia man who was acting erractically on Interstate 5 in Federal Way on Christmas and was later shot by a responding State Patrol trooper. More...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

FWPD Media Release -- Homicide Investigation

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=797 (PDF)

FWPD Media Release -- Homicide Investigation

Date of Incident: January 18, 2008
Case No.: 08-0885

On January 18, 2008, at approximately 7:00 PM, officers were dispatched to a shooting at the Metro Transit Center, located at 316th and 23rd Avenue South in Federal Way.

When officers arrived on scene they discovered a victim, a white female 38 years-old from White Center, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life threatening injuries and has since died as a result of gunshot.

Federal Way Patrol Officers responded and immediately established a perimeter of the area to secure the crime scene and identified potential witnesses.

Preliminary information gathered indicated that a dispute between the victim and the suspect took place prior to the victim being shot. It appeared the victim and the suspect may have known each other and the dispute may have been over money.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens – mid 20’s last seen wearing a black puffy jacket. The suspect is still at large and was last seen running from the Transit Center.

The Federal Way Criminal Investigation Section responded and are thoroughly canvassing the area, contacting witnesses, as well as processing the crime scene.

Federal Way Police Department encourages anyone who has any information regarding this incident to call 9-1-1.

There is no further information pertaining to this incident at this time.
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Approved by: Commander Chris Norman Date & Time: 01/18/08 @ 2325 Hours
Released by: Stacy Flores, Public Information Officer Date & Time: 01/18/08 @ 2325 Hours
Pager: 206-916-1139

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Recent Restaurant Responses

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From Mimi's Cafe with the suggestion that they build their first Washington State

Hi James,

Thank you for writing inquiring about Mimi's Cafe. At this time, I do not see a Mimis Cafe opening in the Washington area in the next six months. Our Real Estate Department is constantly looking for new sites. I have forwarded your message to them for review. Please continue to visit our website for new and updated information.

Once again, thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

Charlene Trinidad
Customer Relations
Mimis Cafe
(714) 544-4826
From Starbucks on my suggestion that we desperately need one on Weyerhauser Way or somewhere west of the 5.
Hello James,

Thanks so much for your suggestion regarding a potential Starbucks store location.

We're always looking for great new places to open stores, so I'd be more than happy to pass along your comments to our store development team for their consideration.

Thanks for taking the time to contact us.

We appreciate your interest and look forward to seeing you in our stores soon!

Warm Regards,
Rebekah M.
Customer Relations Representative
Starbucks Coffee Company
At the very least, they do a good job with courteous (form?) messages.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Press Release: Martin Luther King, Jr. student contest winners announced

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Martin Luther King, Jr. student contest winners announced

The Federal Way Martin Luther King Celebration Committee has announced the winners in its annual essay/poster/poetry contest for students. The contest was open to all Federal Way Public School students and home-school students living within the boundaries of the Federal Way School District.

Students were asked to incorporate the theme of this year’s celebration, "Triumph - in a World of Possibilities" into their projects. Winning entries will be featured in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on Jan. 21.

Prize money is awarded for each age group in each category: 1st place -$100; 2nd place - $50; and 3rd place - $25. The winners are:

Essay
High School1st PlaceMichael Sapa-AfoaTodd Beamer High School

2nd PlaceJevoy PalmerFederal Way High School

3rd PlaceJoseph PhamTodd Beamer High School
Middle School1st PlaceJevaughn PalmerLakota Middle School

2nd PlaceEmily VictorSacajawea Middle School

3rd PlaceDaniel SongSacajawea Middle School
Elementary School1st PlaceAnna SeymourStar Lake Elementary School

2nd PlaceMohammed Zuhair RamzanValhalla Elementary School

3rd PlaceAshley ButtsWildwood Elementary School

Poster
High School1st PlaceChris OswaldDecatur High School

2nd PlaceAustin NussDecatur High School

3rd PlaceJennifer WagnerDecatur High School
Middle School1st PlaceTori AlquizaSacajawea Middle School

2nd PlaceGraciela HernandezSacajawea Middle School

3rd Lexis PawlowskiSacajawea Middle School
Elementary School1st PlaceJessie Dabin LeeSherwood Forest Elementary School

2nd PlaceTaeya DixonSherwood Forest Elementary School

3rd PlaceAce B. MendiokMirror Lake Elementary School
Poetry
High School1st PlaceAndrea OrtegaTodd Beamer High School

2nd PlaceFelicia Hope PatinFederal Way High School

3rd PlaceChloe AllenDecatur High School
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 14, 2008
MEDIA CONTACT -- Penny Howard; MLK Student Contest Chair; 206.261.7909

Press Release: Special Meeting Agenda

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Special Meeting Agenda

FEDERAL WAY CITY COUNCIL
Council Chambers -- City Hall
January 15, 2008
5:30 PM
(www.cityoffederalway.com)

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I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II. CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION
  • 5:30 - Sarady Long
  • 5:40 - Tom Medhurst
  • 5:50 - Timothy O'Neal
  • 6:00 - Kevin King
III. DISCUSSION
Appointments to the Planning Commission will be made at the Regular Meeting to follow.

IV. COUNCIL PHOTOGRAPHS

V. ADJOURN

Press Release: City celebration to honor Martin Luther King with three different events

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=788 (PDF)

City celebration to honor Martin Luther King with three different events

The Federal Way Diversity Commission has expanded its annual celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Citizens have an opportunity to get involved in three different events that reflect Dr. King's belief in community involvement and the importance of fostering youth. The theme for the celebration is "Triumph -- in a World of Possibilities."

January 16: MLK Senior High Summit

Working in collaboration with the Federal Way School District, the diversity commission will host a Senior High Summit from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn, 32124 25th Ave. S., Federal Way. Eighteen students from each of the city's five high schools, a total of 90 district delegates, will discuss the MLK theme, peer pressure, and other issues that hinder success. They will meet with their respective principals the next day to debrief what they've learned.

January 19: MLK Community Service Project #1-Food Drive

Recognizing that there are members of the community who are always in need-not just during the holidays-the commission has planned a food drive. Collection bins will be located at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 19: Metropolitan Market, Top Foods, 312th Street Albertsons, Super Wal-Mart, and the 320th Street Safeway. Non-perishable food that is collected will be distributed by the Multi-Service Center.

January 19: MLK Community Service Project #2-Habitat for Humanity

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19, approximately 50 students will partner with Habitat for Humanity on a community service project in Federal Way's Westway neighborhood. The youngsters will fix fences, do some landscaping, and help with general cleanup activities.

January 21: MLK Community Celebration

The city's annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center, 2800 SW 320th St. The program will feature keynote speaker Patrick Tamnkang from Cameroon, Africa, and entertainment featuring guitarist Cesar Medel, the Contate Children's Choir, the Thomas Jefferson High School Drumline, poet Dina Ladd, and Reginald Gillins.

The entirely volunteer event is managed by the Federal Way Diversity Commission and the MLK Celebration Committee and is sponsored by: City of Federal Way, Weyerhaeuser Company, King County Council-Pete von Reichbauer, Federal Way School District, Federal Way Mirror, AmeriCorps, LaQuinta Inn of Federal Way, and the Federal Way Education and Communities in Schools Foundation.

Media are welcome at all events, please call Ron Walker, MLK Celebration Chair, 253.927.9279, to make
arrangements.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 11, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Ron Walker
MLK Celebration Chair
253.927.9279

Press Release: Agenda - City Council Meeting (Jan. 15)

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AGENDA
FEDERAL WAY CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING

Council Chambers - City Hall
January 15, 2008- 7:00 PM
(www.cityoffederalway.com)

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1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

3. PRESENTATIONS
  • Proclamation: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Page 1)
  • City Manager/Emerging Issues
4. CITIZEN COMMENT
PLEASE COMPLETE THE PINK SLIP & PRESENT TO THE CITY CLERK PRIOR TO SPEAKING. Citizens may address City Council at this time. When recognized by the Mayor, please come forward to the podium and state your name for the record. PLEASE LIMIT YOUR REMARKS TO THREE (3) MINUTES. The Mayor may interrupt citizen comments that continue too long, relate negatively to other individuals, or are otherwise inappropriate.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
Items listed below have been previously reviewed by a Council Committee of three members and brought before full Council for approval; all items are enacted by one motion. Individual items may be removed by a Councilmember for separate discussion and subsequent motion.
  • a. Minutes: Approval January 2, 2008 Regular Meeting (Page 2)
  • b. 10th Ave S Stormwater Trunk Replacement Project -- 30% Design Review (Page 5)
  • c. Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Grant Funding Acceptance (Page 7)
  • d. S 356th Street at SR 99 Intersection Imp Project -- 100% Design Status Report (Page 9)
  • e. City Center Access Project Phase II -- Environmental Assessment (EA) -- Authorization to Execute (Page 11)
  • f. Resolution: Hoban Abatement Project (Page 14)
  • g. Resolution: North Lake Pointe Preliminary Plat (Page 19)
  • h. 2008 Planning Commission Long Range Planning Work Program (Page 124)
  • i. Cultural Arts Contract for Services Program (Page 137)
  • j. Code Red -- Mass Notification System (Page 139)
  • k. Performing Arts Feasibility Study (Page 147)
6. CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS
  • a. 2008 Council Committee Appointments (Page 148)
  • b. Planning Commission Appointments (Page 150)
  • c. Arts and Human Services Commission Appointments (Page 152)
  • d. Amendment to Interlocal Agreement with Coalition of Jurisdictions Appealing the NPDES Phase II Permit (Page 154)
7. CITY COUNCIL REPORTS

8. CITY MANAGER REPORT

9. EXECUTIVE SESSION
  • a. Potential Litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i)
10. ADJOURNMENT

** THE COUNCIL MAY ADD AND TAKE ACTION ON OTHER ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA **
THE COMPLETE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT CITY HALL AND
ALSO ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE UNDER "NEW—FEDERAL WAY DOCUMENT LIBRARY"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Why you gotta play me like this?

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Crosscut's got a great article about Tukwilla's new slogan, even taking time to mock Seattle, but also manages to dis us in the process. How sad.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Federal Way Real Estate -- January 10, 2008

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Federal Way Undressed has posted the latest "Federal Way Real Estate Market Survey" for December 2007: Condominiums, Residential

Here are some recently listed properties in Federal Way

Federal Way Area Condo - $197,990 (2/2)
1830 S 284th Ln G104, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Limited availablity ground floor end home! This home has been completely rebuilt with high-end finishes throughout. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $310,000 (4/2, 1910)
2017 S 281st St, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
4 bedrooms plus bonus room. Newer Oak kitchen w/eating space. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $549,950 (7/3, 3900)
3210 SW 344th St, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Map)
Welcome to your own private space. Large 7 bdrm, 3 bath, double-door entry More...

S Federal Way Area Home -- $325,000 (5/2.5, 1794)
3009 SW 341st St, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Map)
Lovely home with great lot is waiting for its new owners. Updates include vinyl windows, gas heat and hot water. More...

Federal Way Area Condo -- $149,950 (2/1, 823)
111 S 340th St D, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Ground end unit with covered parking. This two bedroom condo features: sauna, pool, clubhouse, tennis court and deck. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $249,950 (3/2, 1780)
829 Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Private drive close to main roads to shopping center. Nice cozy rambler with 3 bed and 2 baths, family room, fenced in yard shows well. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $299,000 (4/2, 2300)
32203 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Well built home on quality street. Brick faced home with newer roof, oversized lot and private backyard. More...

Twin Lakes Area Condo -- $209,950 (2/1.5, 1202)
31915 45th Pl SW D, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Map)
You will simply LOVE this gorgeous Townhome! Seller has upgraded the lower level flooring to gorgeous cherrywood hardwoods, and kitchen cabinets have been redone. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $300,000 (4/2.25, 2300)
33110 21st Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Come make this Great Split-Level home yours. 4 Bedroom, 2.25 Bath Home just minutes from Shopping, Dining, and I-5 in Federal Way! More...

Federal Way Home Steel Lake -- $500,000 (2/1, 880)
2661 S 304th St, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Discover the spectacular view of Steel Lake in Federal Way from this lake front home. Enjoy your brand new floating dock on the lake and go fishing. More...

Federal Way Area Condo -- $202,950 (2/1.75, 949)
1810 S 285 Pl H, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Dont miss this IMMACULATE 2bd 1-3/4ba condominium in the very private Hidden Woods complex. This perfectly kept top floor condo has too many upgrades to list. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $289,950 (5/2.75, 2320)
28441 26th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003 (Map)
Great home for multi-family situation, has 6 bedrooms. More...

Federal Way Area Home -- $269,000 (3/2, 2100)
31219 2 Ave SW, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Map)
3 bedroom 2 bath home with 2 fireplaces. More...

Interestingly, people are starting to use YouTube to show house tours.

Bus Stop (296) and Other (297)

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Thank you to Michael who shot these with his camera phone and then sent them to federal.way.graffiti@gmail.com.

Pacific Highway


344th.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Press Release: Low-income disabled citizens added to City’s Utility Tax Rebate program

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=788 (PDF)

Low-income disabled citizens added to City’s Utility Tax Rebate program

Low-income disabled persons can now seek a rebate on their utility taxes thanks to a change in the City of Federal Way’s Utility Tax Rebate Program. Low-income seniors have qualified for the program since its inception in 2003.

The rebate program, which helped about 50 seniors last year, covers the City utility tax on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, pagers, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. Taxes on wastewater/water charges are not eligible.

Requirements

Low-income seniors: Must be 65 or older and live within city limits. The maximum income set by the federal government for a one-person household is $27,250 and for a two-person household is $31,150. For three people in a household or more, please call the City Clerk’s office, 253.835.2541. Required documents include a tax return or bank statements, and the original utility bills.

Low-income disabled: Disability status for all or part of 2007 must be established by providing one of the following: proof of Social Security disability income, proof of supplemental security income or a physician’s disability certificate. Must live within city limits. Other required documents include a tax return or bank statements, and the original utility bills. Income requirements are the same as the senior category.

Applications are being accepted Jan. 2 through April 30, 2008. They will be available for download on Jan. 2 at www.cityoffederalway.com by clicking on the "Forms and Applications" section; for pickup at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or will be mailed to you by request at 253.835.2541.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- December 31, 2007
Linda Farmer, APR -- Communications & Government Affairs Manager -- 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Krystal Roe -- Deputy City Clerk -- 253.835.2541

Press Release: Federal Way City Council makes mayor and deputy mayor appointments

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=791 (PDF)

Federal Way City Council makes mayor and deputy mayor appointments

At its regular meeting on Jan. 2, the Federal Way City Council appointed Jack Dovey to the mayor position and Eric Faison to the deputy mayor position. The vote was unanimous on both appointments. Dovey and Faison will each serve two-year terms. The Council postponed making appointments to its committee structure until its Jan. 15 meeting.

Mayor Jack Dovey

Dovey was appointed to the City Council in 1995. He was elected to the Council later that year and served through 1999. He was re-appointed to the Council in January 2003, elected later that year, and then was re-elected in November 2007. His term expires in 2011. He serves as a board member of enterpriseSeattle, is a past President of the Federal Way Kiwanis, and managed an American Little League Team.

Dovey moved to Federal Way in 1968 and was part of Decatur High School’s first graduating class in 1973. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from Oregon State University. Dovey owns a wireless telephone consulting business in Federal Way. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Jackson and Jeneca.

Deputy Mayor Eric Faison

Faison also began his Federal Way City Council career with an appointment, his in 2001. He was re-elected later that year and served a four-year term. He was re-elected in 2005, and his term expires in 2009. Before joining the Council, he served on the City’s Planning Commission from 1998 to 2000. Faison knows local government. Besides his efforts in Federal Way, he splits his time between being the administrator for the Town of Woodway, Wash., and the community and governmental affairs manager for the City of University Place, Wash.

Faison served on the Puget Sound Regional Council and currently serves on the King County Growth Management Planning Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Washington, and a law degree from Drake University. Faison has lived in Federal Way since 1997.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 4, 2008
Linda Farmer, APR -- Communications & Government Affairs Manager -- 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Neal Beets -- City Manager -- 253.835.2410

Daughter's Night Out

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Source: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=782 (PDF)

Daughter's Night Out

Saturday, February 9, 2008
6:30-8:30 pm

ALL AGES WELCOME!

Dance the night away at the 3rd. Annual Daughter's Night Out dance and dessert extravaganza. Dress for a special occasion and treat her to a memorable night where all your attention is devoted to her.

Music, dessert and refreshments will be provided. Pictures and flowers available for purchase.

Federal Way Community Center
876 S. 333rd. St.

$20/couple; $5/each additional person

Pre-Registration Required (mention ID: #21028)

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See the original brochure: http://www.cityoffederalway.com/Attachment.ashx?id=782

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Utility Boxes (288)

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It's like a cluster of canvases. (go to map)

Light pole (287)

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go to map)

Tunnel (286)

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More inside, but I didn't have a flash. Frankly, this is the perfect place for some decent art, but it's still mostly just tags. go to map

Thursday, January 3, 2008

What's News in Federal Way -- Jan. 3

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Teen girl with asthma is missing
HIGHLINETIMES.COM (12/29) -- Jessie Schutz is missing. Her mother believes that she may be in Seattle, or possibly Tacoma, but so far no one Mrs. Schutz has spoken to or contacted has seen her. More...

Family looking for missing teen
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (12/24) -- In the inbox this morning is a plea to help find Jessi Schutz, 16. The Federal Way girl is a chronic runaway but family members are worried about her because they don't know if she has her medications. She suffers from severe asthma and other conditions, according to an e-mail. More...



It was a weird year, but then aren't they all
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (1/3) -- In 2007, the South Sound bore witness to another impressive display of weird news. There were stupid-criminal stories, sex stories, animal stories and -- once again -- a story that managed to combine elements of all three. More...

Harleys head out on the Seattle HOG Chilly Buns Run
BLIP.TV (1/1) -- They roared out of Don Armeni park in West Seattle on New Year's Day morning 2008 -- Harley riders from all around the area, headed to Federal Way on their annual Chilly Buns Run -- and West Seattle Blog was there. More...

Family celebrates a father's gift of life
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (1/1) -- What meant the most to you this past holiday season? A gift? A moment? A phone call or a special card? For Marty Woodin, it was a family gathering held last weekend to celebrate a Christmas he thought he might not see. More...

Year in review: Education stirred up some fiery controversies
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/31) -- Inconvenient Debate, Bond, Undercover Sting, Fair-Funding Lawsuit... More...

Year in review: Federal Way weathers winds of change
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/31) -- North Shore Golf Course, Graffiti, Community Center, Sanjaya Fever... More...

Chamber opposes ‘mayor-council’ proposal
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/31) -- The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce made public its recommendation to vote no on the proposed change to Federal Way’s form of government. A six-person subcommittee comprised of Chamber members and board directors reached the conclusion after examining both sides of the controversial issue, said Tom Pierson, Chamber CEO. More...

our trip; day one, part two
MERRIMERRI.WORDPRESS.COM (12/30) -- Ok, we got through the border and then started off through Washington. It was exciting to be on our way at last, even though by this time it was about 4 pm and although the sun was out as we progressed it was already starting to go down. More...

Father plans to sue WA state patrol for using excessive force
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (12/29) -- The father of a man shot by a state trooper on Christmas Day says he plans to sue the Washington State Patrol for using excessive force. Jerry Larson of Ethel says his son was suffering from depression after several deaths in the family and had never been so aggressive in public. More...

$21 million Federal Way facility brings together young and old around fitness, learning
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (12/29) -- It's not difficult to see how incredibly impressed Mary Faber is with the new Federal Way Community Center. After a wait of more than three years, she now helps administrate one of the state's largest community facilities. The Community Center's opening in March also means that years of hard work have also helped turn its supporters' dreams into reality. More...

Review: Tobang BBQ in Federal WAY, Korean Fried Chicken
CHOWHOUND.COM (12/28) -- My favorite Korean BBQ place in Federal Way, Tobang BBQ, also serves Korean fried chicken (yang nyum, yang yum chicken), which we tried tonight. Very good! We got the mixed wings and drumsticks. More...

Man shot on I-5 at Federal Way WA identified
BELLINGHAMHERALD.COM (12/27) -- An Olympia man who was fatally shot by a Washington State Patrol trooper on Interstate 5 on Christmas Day has been identified as 28-year-old Aaron Larson. More...

Cover-up alleged in hit-and-run
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (12/27) -- Investigators believe the driver suspected in a November hit-and-run that injured two people crossing a downtown Tacoma street went to great lengths to hide the crime, court records say. Scott Johnson, 28, was charged Dec. 21 with two counts of vehicular assault and one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident. Trial is set for Feb. 13. More...

Badge of honor: City swears in five new officers
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/26) -- For 20 years, Melissa Johnson wielded a blow dryer and shears in her daily duties as a hairdresser. Today, she wields a gun. More...

Kitty care
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/26) -- Pam O’Brien is quite possibly an angel -- at least there are a lot cats who think so. O’Brien, of Federal Way, fosters cats for King County Animal Care and Control at her house in the Redondo neighborhood. In the past two years, nearly 50 cats have been through her house on their way to adopted families. Oftentimes, she takes care of a mother with kittens. She keeps the kittens until they weigh two pounds and are old enough to be neutered or spayed and then adopted. More...

Police seek answers to man's erratic behavior on I-5
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (12/26) -- Federal Way Police investigators hope the medical examiner's autopsy of the Olympia man fatally shot by a Washington State Patrol trooper Tuesday on Interstate 5 will shed light on his mental state or whether he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. More...

Municipal court getting by after resignation
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/26) -- To the city’s surprise, Federal Way’s newest municipal court judge, Colleen Hartl, announced her resignation Dec. 19. Hartl, who served as a Federal Way Municipal Court judge since May, cited personal and health reasons for her resignation. With the loss of Hartl’s services, effective immediately, the city will, for the second time within a year, launch a search for another judge. Successors have already begun to show interest. More...

Officer identified in fatal Federal Way shooting
KING5.COM (12/26) -- The Washington State Patrol trooper involved in a fatal Christmas day shooting on I-5 has been identified as Mike Cheek, an 11-year veteran of the department. More...

In parents' book, librarian cuts go too far
LATIMES.COM (12/23) -- As has happened in other states, cash-strapped schools in Washington are dropping librarians to save money: This year, Federal Way cut 20 librarian positions. Spokane reduced 10 librarians to half-time. Darrington cut two librarians. A school in Marysville eliminated its half-time librarian. More...

Tech giants changing hue, from red to blue
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (12/23) -- In the clash over control of Congress in the coming election year, three Seattle tech titans have changed their political colors. More...

Area commutes taking longer
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (12/21) -- The strong economy that created 91,000 jobs between 2004 and 2006 in Washington state has contributed to the further clogging of the area's freeways, according to a recently released state study. More...

Eight-year McColgan era comes to an end
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/21) -- It was the end of an era for Federal Way City Councilman Dean McColgan as he attended his last meeting Tuesday. After eight years as a council member, including stints as deputy mayor and mayor, McColgan chose to retire, rather than seek re-election when his term is up at the end of the year. More...

Federal Way judge resigns
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (12/20) -- Federal Way Municipal Judge Colleen Hartl has quit after seven months on the job, citing personal and health reasons. The City of Federal Way said in a statement late Wednesday that Hartl resigned effective immediately. More...

Teacher gets deal in assault
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (12/20) -- A Twin Lakes Elementary School music teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting an 11-year-old girl in his music room. The teacher, Scott Riley, avoided jail time and having to register as a sex offender by admitting to fourth-degree assault in a plea agreement. More...

Waymark: Weyerhaueser Corporation
WAYMARKING.COM (12/20) -- Weyerhaeuser is one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies, and the world's largest private owner of softwood timberland. Their Corporate HQ building is a "groundscraper" by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill built in 1971. More...

Decatur athlete making most of second chance
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (12/18) -- Disappointments dot his life. But Darious Walker refuses to be one. In a world brimming with broken promises, Walker strives to live up to his, on and off the basketball court. More...

Building a safer Federal Way
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (12/17) -- Now Federal Way citizens interested in reducing crime in the community can take a more active role, thanks to the newly implemented Safe City Federal Way program. The program kicked off this month with the goal of increased information sharing between the Federal Way Police and the community, an enhanced collaboration that the local government and police hope will lower crime rates and increase economic growth. More...

Responsible giving
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (12/17) -- A young lady once called and asked me to send money to help children with cancer. My immediate reaction was, of course I would help. Before we finalized the transaction, I remembered some advice I had read somewhere: "What percentage of my money will actually go to the children?" (Note: they are required to answer this question.) More...

Review: Take time to enjoy tasty Thai cuisine
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (12/16) -- Thai Bistro - in The Crossings shopping center at Enchanted Parkway South and South 348th Street in Federal Way, just west of where Highway 18 ends — is convenient. But it's one of those restaurants I'd seek out even if it weren't on the way to almost anywhere. More...

Make a World of Difference to a Familiy a World Away
ABCNEWS.GO.COM (12/15) -- A gift catalogue from World Vision, an international humanitarian organization, lets you give extraordinary gifts of hope to poor communities around the world. More...

Rumble in Federal Way (Elected Mayor)
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (12/15) -- City politics are heating up in Federal Way. Battle lines are forming over a Feb. 19 vote on whether to switch to a strong-mayor form of government. The issue hadn’t been on my radar screen until we received an oped submission from Barbara Reid, chairperson for Federal Way Works, a group opposed to the change. Her article appeared in today’s Insight section on the letters page. (I'm sure we'll soon have a response from the strong-mayor group.) More...

Library closure faces a fight
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/14) -- Many local children won’t have anywhere to read or study if the Federal Way Regional Library closes for a year, Federal Way School Board members asserted last week. The board unanimously voted at a meeting Dec. 11 to pass a resolution asking library officials to maintain services during construction, which begins in June. More...

Local history hits the high schools
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (12/14) -- Students in Federal Way high schools next year will have the tools needed to learn more about the history of Federal Way. At a school board meeting Dec. 11, Federal Way Historical Society president Diana Noble-Gulliford presented the board with five copies of a timeline detailing historical events of significance to Federal Way. The book includes events in Federal Way and the surrounding areas covered by the Federal Way School District. More...

Weyerhaeuser names Fulton president
MONEY.CNN.COM (12/14) -- Forest products company Weyerhaeuser Co. said late Tuesday its board named Daniel S. Fulton as president, effective Jan. 1. More...

Touchdown at home
TRAVELPOD.COM (12/03) -- After two weeks in Africa and almost a month of traveling, we're home! We would have liked to be able to spend more time around local people (other than guides), but the experience of two weeks in Tanzania was still incredible. We got to see every big animal we could think of that lives in the area, and we had no idea we'd see so many different kinds of birds. More...

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