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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