Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What's News in Federal Way -- Feb. 20, 2008

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Shelter service calls on local churches
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/19) -- Reach Out, a project that could bring a homeless shelter for single men over age 18 to Federal Way by year’s end, will be discussed at an informational meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 S. 320th St. More...

North Shore fight is personal
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/19) -- SaveNETacoma, a coalition of Northeast Tacoma and Federal Way residents, will stop at nothing to protect the serene North Shore Golf Course in Northeast Tacoma from a massive residential housing development planned to replace the fairways. More...

Suburban Seattle apartments bring $13.45M
CREFEED.COM (02/19) -- Liquid Capital, a privately held owner and operator of apartments on the west coast, has purchased the Silver Shadow Apartments in the Seattle suburb of Federal Way, Wash., for $13.45 million from an overseas partnership. More...

Search continues for SeaTac man who never made it home from work
NEWS.COLUMBIAN.COM (02/19) -- The search continues for a SeaTac man who didn't make it home after leaving work last week in Seattle. Friends of Nicholas Francisco says Tuesday's search is in a wooded area of Federal Way near where his car was found Monday at a condo complex. More...

Missing man's car found in Federal Way
KING5.COM (02/18) -- The car of a SeaTac man who has been missing since Wednesday has been found. More...

Transit center steps up security
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/18) -- Critics feared a 1,200-space parking garage and transit center in downtown Federal Way would turn into a magnet for crime years before the public project was erected. But since the center opened two years ago, problems were limited to smoking, traffic stops, loitering, skateboarding and a few altercations among youths -- until Jan. 18. That’s when Dar’rel L. Miller, 38, was fatally shot as she walked across a bus lane. The SeaTac woman was not the intended target of the man accused in the shooting, Glenn C. Proctor, 20, of Tacoma, say court documents. Proctor is in jail, charged with second-degree murder and awaiting arraignment. More...

Save NE Tacoma files motion over North Shore Golf Course
BLOGS.THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/16) -- Things are heating up in Northeast Tacoma. I just received this press release in my inbox. More...

Federal Way court: Dysfunction junction?
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/15) -- For two months, a Federal Way Municipal Court sex scandal has made media headlines. Most of the focus has been on Judge Colleen Hartl, who served with the city for seven months before abruptly resigning. But Hartl’s departure may be an indication of broader breakdowns and power struggles within the court. More...

Land donation sparks big plans for senior center
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/15) -- A land donation to the Federal Way Senior Center has spurred the organization’s eagerness to grow. More...

Weyerhaeuser Has Prospective Buyer For Cosmopolis Pulp Mill
MONEY.CNN.COM (02/15) -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said it will begin preliminary discussions for the sale of its Cosmopolis Pulp Mill in Aberdeen, Wash., to Evergreen Pulp/Grays Harbor PUD. More...

West Hylebos Wetlands Park reopens in Federal Way with new boardwalk
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/14) -- As the sun glistened through hemlock trees, Bud Urling enjoyed walking through West Hylebos Wetlands Park on a new $1.4 million boardwalk Wednesday. More...

NCAA to Host Post Championship Long Course Invitational
SWIMMINGWORLDMAGAZINE.COM (02/12) -- The NCAA is looking to get the word out that a Post NCAA Long Course Invitational will take place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., on March 30. More...

Federal Way vote may put mayor in charge
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (02/11) -- At the tender age of 18, Federal Way faces a decision this month about who should run the city. Since its birth, that responsibility has fallen to a city manager, a professional who oversees a 350-person staff and a $47 million budget. Now, on the Feb. 19 ballot, comes the question: Want to try a mayor instead? More...

Charge filed in Federal Way transit center shooting
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (02/11) -- King County prosecutors have filed a second-degree murder charge against a man accused of shooting a woman Jan. 18 at the Federal Way Transit Center. More...

Fatal bullet at Federal Way Transit Center meant for another
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/11) -- The woman shot to death last month at the Federal Way Transit Center was not the intended target of the man who pulled the trigger, according to court papers released today. More...

Weyerhaeuser Lobbied on Energy, Patents
MONEY.CNN.COM (02/11) -- Weyerhaeuser Co., one of the world's largest lumber and packaging producers, spent nearly $1.9 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government on energy and patent issues More...

Ignoring the controversy, new Miss Auburn confident and ready to move on
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (02/10) -- With a firm handshake and an air of confidence in her voice, it's not difficult to see why the judges at the February 2 Miss Auburn Scholarship Program pageant picked Cara Rudd from among 23 other qualified contestants. More...

Man wanted in Federal Way slaying turns self in
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (02/09) -- A man wanted in the shooting death of a woman last month at a transit center in Federal Way turned himself in to police at 3 p.m. today, the Federal Way Police Department said. More...

Mayor delivers State of the City address
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/09) -- Federal Way has accomplished astounding feats in its 17-year history, but now is the time for change. Mayor Jack Dovey delivered his "State of the City" address Feb. 6 to a bustling crowd at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way. More...

Burglars deal a blow to schools
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/09) -- Schools are generally thought of as respected places of education, but in Federal Way they are sometimes targets for burglars and thieves. Burglary is defined as unlawful entry into a structure with the intent to commit a crime once inside that structure, according to www.FindLaw.com. It does not always involve theft. More...

Local farmers may shake up school lunches
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/09) -- In 2002, the Olympia School District introduced a pilot program at an elementary school that provided students with an organic salad bar containing locally grown fruits and vegetables during lunchtime. More...

Housing market 'erosion' slams Weyerhaeuser in Q4
BIZJOURNALS.COM (02/08) -- Blaming a slumping U.S. housing market, Weyerhaeuser Co. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $63 million, or a loss of 30 cents per share, which compares with earnings of $507 million, or $2.12 per share a year earlier. More...

Federal Way public defender confirms relationship with judge
TRI-CITYHERALD.COM (02/08) -- A public defender has acknowledged having a "single intimate encounter" with a Federal Way Municipal Court judge who resigned after boasting of the relationship at a holiday party. More...

Weyerhaeuser seeking alternatives for commercial construction sales business
MONEY.CNN.COM (02/08) -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said it was considering strategic alternatives for its commercial construction sales business, including a possible sale of the business. More...

Weyerhaeuser posts loss, sees 'erosion'
MONEY.CNN.COM (02/08) -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said Friday it swung to a fourth-quarter loss as the deteriorating U.S. housing market cut into demand for lumber - a downturn the paper and wood products company expects will continue through 2008. More...

World Vision Sending Relief Supplies to Tornado Victims
FOXBUSINESS.COM (02/07) -- Humanitarian agency World Vision sent relief supplies from their Mississippi Storehouse today to assist victims of this week's devastating tornadoes in the South. More...

Federal Way waffles on how harsh to be with beggars
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/06) -- Elected leaders in Federal Way are having trouble making up their minds on how tough to be with panhandlers. The City Council decided Tuesday night to reconsider stiffening the city’s laws against begging in public. More...

Police Identify Fast-Food Robbery Suspect, Issue Arrest Warrant
KIROTV.COM (02/06) -- A man believed to have robbed at least six local fast-food restaurants has been identified by police as Jack Hannah. More...

Opening statements in 2005 serial rape case set for this afternoon
BLOGS.THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/06) -- Pierce County Superior Court Judge Gary Steiner swore in a jury this morning to hear the case of Anthony Dias, the Federal Way man prosecutors contend was the serial rapist who terrorized women in two counties back in 2005. More...

It's Official! Another 22 Acres Preserved. Permanently, baby!
HYLEBOS.TYPEPAD.COM (02/05) -- Seth Bynum has a very nice article in the FW News about the finalization of the 22-acre Goldmax acquisition. The contracts were inked last week. It's done. That land is saved! More...

Controversial Miss Auburn contestant did not violate rules, Scholarship Program President says
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (02/05) -- Cara Rudd, a 21-year-old Federal Way local, and her new Miss Auburn crown have incited far more than just praise. In fact, a vocal group of bloggers who question the validity of the judges' choice-most of whom offered up their opinions anonymously-have protested Rudd's fulfillment of the program's residency requirements, delivered innuendos regarding her relationship with judges and board members, and directly assaulted her character. More...

Former Federal Way WA man pleads guilty
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (02/05) -- A 31-year-old former Federal Way man has pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud. Asdrubel Sampayo entered his plea today in Seattle in connection with a scheme to steal and sell toner cartridges. More...

Police chief will serve county
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/05) -- Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson was elected to serve as chair of the King County Police Chiefs Association for 2008. More...

Trader Joe's is moving
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/05) -- The grocery store Trader Joe’s is moving to a new location inside the SeaTac Village Shopping Center, 1758 S. 320th St., Federal Way. More...

Tapping downtown's potential
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (02/05) -- The city’s bold steps last year to redevelop downtown Federal Way will continue into 2008. As the city council and management staff discussed the future of Federal Way on Jan. 26, the conversation turned to sustaining the economy. More...

Amid presidential hoopla, remember school levies
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/05) -- When Federal Way and three other South Sound school districts put levy requests to voters Feb. 19, they will be pioneers, in a way. More...

Bomb threats in Federal Way turn out false
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/04) -- Bomb threats found today on the wall of a girls’ bathroom at Federal Way High School and a boys’ bathroom at Kilo Middle School were deemed not credible, said district spokeswoman Diane Turner. More...

Strong mayor activist Roy Parke argued with Federal Way over property flooding
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (02/04) -- The records of Roy Parke’s wranglings with the City of Federal Way fill five boxes in City Hall. The dispute dates to 1996. Parke said the city’s approval of a new subdivision and its storm drainage system led to flooding of his property, according to court records. The City Council voted three years later to condemn his property in the south end of the city. Parke is leading the drive to switch Federal Way’s government to a strong, elected mayor. Voters will decide Feb. 19. More...

Twenty-two acres of Hylebos Creek habitat gains permanent protection
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (02/04) -- The future of the Hylebos Creek Watershed became greener. Last Thursday, the city of Federal Way completed acquisition of the 22-acre Goldmax Property in the southern part of the city. The property includes wetlands and forested uplands and 1,200 feet of the West Hylebos Creek, where chinook, coho and chum salmon spawn. More...

Page program gives local students a first-hand view of democracy
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (02/04) -- There's an easy way for middle and high school students to learn about democracy: go to the state Legislature in Olympia and see it first-hand. Since 1891, students have come from across the state to serve as pages in the Senate and House of Representatives. More...

Aid agency says fighting in Chad could spiral into humanitarian crisis
ASSISTNEWS.NET (02/03) -- The in-country director of a Christian relief agency says the recent coup attempt in Chad could turn from a political crisis to a humanitarian disaster if fighting does not stop soon. More...

NFL donates losing team’s apparel
EASTVALLEYTRIBUNE.COM (02/03) -- The National Football League will be sending hundreds of Patriots Championship shirts and caps to needy children and families around the world following the Patriot’s defeat at the hands of the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. More...

World Vision sends relief team to Rwanda quake zone
ALERTNET.ORG (02/03) -- Two earthquakes struck parts of Rwanda and neighbouring Congo earlier today, leaving nearly 40 people dead and hundreds injured. In Rwanda, a World Vision relief team has been disaptched to the hardest-hit, southeastern district of Rusizi to assess the situation and determine how the aid agency can best respond. More...

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