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Saturday, July 19, 2014 -- 12:22 pm Bothell-based Riverside East nationally recognized Bothell Reporter - Bothell-based Riverside East , together with seven other Village Concepts communities throughout Washington state, was nationally recognized by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents ... (more)Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 10:38 am Guest Editorial: Have you gotten a 55 percent raise? http://www.fifefreepress.com/ -
It never ends! East Pierce Fire District, never satisfied with the money it gets, wants another Maintenance and Operations levy entitled Proposition-1.
In the upcoming August Primary Election, the District is asking taxpayers to replace the existing soon-to-expire two- year levy with a four-year levy. And, not only that, they want a 55% increase in the levy amount to boot!
The existing levy has cost taxpayers $3.1 million per year, but Proposition-1 will cost East Pierce taxpayers $4.8 million per year; a 55% increase. Are you guaranteed a 55% increase in pay for the next four years?
They say they are not making as much money as they used to and costs are rising. Welcome to the club! The recession has forced us all to make drastic cuts while our expenses have increased.
They say they have made pay cuts, leading one to believe that base-rates of pay have been reduced. But, in reality, future contractual pay increases have simply been deferred. Our District is not the wealthiest, nor the busiest, yet our District's Fire Chiefs and Firefighters are among the highest paid in the USA.
They say the extra money means that they can hire more Firefighters. Read the ballot measure! The only thing that the District is promising to do is to collect 19.2 million extra dollars, and spend it on anything that qualifies as Maintenance and Operations.
They have some very big and very expensive plans for the future. Bailing them out with even more money per year for a longer period of time is not going to force the reforms necessary to build a long-term sustainable service that we can afford.
Defeat this levy. There is nothing to feel guilty about. The Commissioners, the Management, and the Union have to hear Us - the Taxpayer - loud and clear! "We are not going to be paralyzed by fear. We are not a bottomless pit of money! Today's economic challenges demand new ways of providing service through innovative thinking and slashing costs in order to prepare for the big expenses to come."
Be Brave! - Vote No!
Submitted by the Be Brave - Vote No! Committee on East Pierce Fire District Proposition 1: Jacquelyn Whalen (Milton), Rose Hill (Edgewood) and Richard Willner (Bonney Lake).Read more...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- 10:29 am Political Signs in Fife: FAQ http://www.fifefreepress.com/ -
Does Fife allow signs in public rights of ways or only on private property?
The City of Fife currently does not allow signs within the right-of-way except signs required by a governmental authority (see FMC 16.03.120 and 16.09.030). Only private property (see 16.03.110 "each private lot").
What are the maximum size of signs, and does this increase or decrease in regards to residential zones and non-residential zones?
In reference to political campaign signs the size is not regulated. The definition of a political sign (see 16.02.360) does not include a size allowance, as well as 16.03.110, but the code does state that political signs shall be limited to one sign per candidate per street frontage for each private lot. Political signs are not allowed on vacant lots without permission from the property owner (see 16.03.120).
Other signs, like freestanding or wall signs, size is regulated by zone and lot or business size.
How soon after an election does a political sign need to be removed?
Political signs shall be removed within seven days after the election, except that a candidate who wins a primary election may continue to display political signs until seven days after the general election (see 16.03.110).
Additional sign information: Permits are not required for political
signs and if they are located within the rights-of-way they can be removed without notice (16.09.030). A general rule of thumb for right-of-way is typically the back side of the sidewalk, or behind a utility pole. Many times the road extends much further than the pavement, to utility boxes, power poles or stormwater drains are all usually considered within the ownership of the public and within the right-of-way. Reading the "Prohibited Signs" section of our code is helpful (16.09.020). Our sign code (Title 16) can be found at http://www.codepublishing.com/wa/fife/.Read more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 8:51 am Sumner - Come shop, dine and explore our city! http://www.fifefreepress.com/ -
Dixie's Home Cookin' in Sumner is known and loved for three things:
1.) Healthy, home-style food using the freshest ingredients,
2.) The cozy atmosphere, and
3.) The customer-oriented owners and staff. This magic combination makes Dixie's a favorite for diners of all ages who come back over and over again to indulge in the restaurant's big serving portions of mouth-watering home cooking you just can't find anywhere else.
Case in point: Dixie's hamburgers are worthy of an award considering their taste and quality. With meat patties supplied by celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda and his third-generation meat wholesale company Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, Dixie's hamburgers are a delicious mixture of prime rib chuck and beef short-rib that makes a difference you can taste. "We sell over 6,000 hamburgers a year," says Dave Jacobs, who owns and operates Dixie's Home Cookin' with wife Christine.
Dave says the restaurant is equally well known for its impressive breakfast menu and serving it all day. "We're a big breakfast house. You can come in at 7 a.m. and get a burger or 7 p.m. and get breakfast." Biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, omelettes and scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, hobo hash...all of this and more are offered during all business hours.
Not in the mood for breakfast? Order a sandwich or wrap - from classics like the BLT ("Dave's BLT" comes with eight pieces of bacon), club, Reuben, Monte Cristo and meatloaf sandwiches, to Dixie's turkey salad, beer battered fish sandwich and pot roast dip. Or, if you're looking for a home cooked meal like mom used to make, check out the selection of dinner platters that come with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable and homemade buttermilk biscuit - choose from breaded pork loin, top sirloin steak, sliced turkey breast or roast beef, and more.
And don't forget to leave room for dessert! Dixie's has built a fine reputation for having the best rhubarb pie that even discriminating food reviewers have sung its praises. Dave and Christine always take part in Sumner's annual Rhubarb Days - happening July 12 and 13 - and lines form early with customers hungry for pie. Dixie's supports all the festivals in Sumner and enjoys a nice rapport with the city and the people who live there. "We make everything from scratch," Dave says, "and we do something different - an oatmeal crumb topping and a lot of people like that." In addition to rhubarb pie, Dixie's serves strawberry rhubarb, peach, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry pies and more, and are always willing to make special requests.
No matter what you decide to eat at Dixie's, you'll get a lot of it, as the restaurant's serving portions are legendary in size. Smaller portions are available for kids on a big menu of selections for the little ones, and adults too can ask for a bit less on their plate if they so desire. To-go orders are welcome, or sit and stay awhile in the restaurant's inviting atmosphere where the staff smiles and says hi when you waRead more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 8:48 am Police Blotter http://www.fifefreepress.com/ -
Edgewood Police Department
Edgewood officers were able to locate and arrest a suspect in a previous car prowl and forgery. The suspect admitted to the forgery and was charged by the prosecutor's office.
In the early morning hours of July 5, a speeding vehicle entered Edgewood on Meridian doing 70 mph. The driver saw a patrol car attempting to turn around in order to give chase, so he attempted to hide by pulling into a local business. The vehicle was going too fast and struck a tree, bench and a light pole that was incased in cement. The two occupants were both 16 years of age, and they had been drinking. The driver was processed for DUI, and the passenger was arrested for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol.
An Edgewood officer responded to a local pharmacy for a reported prescription fraud. When the officer arrived, he found the suspect still in the pharmacy and detained him. After arresting the suspect for the forgery, he checked his name for any other cases that the suspect may be listed in. The officer found a case where the suspect was listed as cashing forged checks. He then interviewed the suspect on that case and subsequently arrested him on additional counts of Forgery and Identity Theft.
Milton Police Department
The City of Milton is assisting the Fife Police Department with a case involving a suspect seen on a YouTube video stealing a laptop and other items from a vehicle between in the early morning hours of July 3. The vehicle was parked near the Emerald Queen Casino on Pacific Highway. The video can be found at: http://youtu.be/9gxjsEDJZLU .
Anyone with information about the identity and/or location of the suspect should contact the Fife Police Department at 253-922-6633 and mention case #14-2374.
The City of Milton received 19 applications for the police chief position. These applications will be screened to determine the finalists who will be contacted for interviews. Citizens, key community leaders and the City Council can meet and interview the candidates to assist the mayor in selecting the next Chief at a meeting on July 21.
A Milton Police Officer responded to assist City of Fife officers regarding a vehicle prowl in progress call along the 2200 block of 70th Avenue. Several subjects had been seen and reported breaking into vehicles. The officer confronted two subjects matching the descriptions near a bus stop on 70th Avenue and detained them. Further investigation revealed one of the subjects had a valid warrant out of Seattle for Theft. The witness to the vehicle prowl positively identified the detained subjects. They were both arrested for the vehicle prowl and theft.
A Milton police officer contacted a subject for not using the crosswalk near the intersection of 28th Avenue and Milton Way. The female subject failed to use a crosswalk and walked along the curb near the main intersection for the distance of about 50 feet. When the officer contacted the subject, she tried to walk away. After being repeatedly Read more...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- 8:46 am Sheriff looking for missing sex offender http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Why do they let these guys out of prison? That's the most common question I get when it comes to convicted sex offenders, especially child rapists. I wish I had a good answer. I don't, so I focus on trying to put them back in jail when they violate the terms of their probation.
Take Tuan Anh Tran for example. He's a convicted child rapist who assaulted a boy more than a 100 times starting when the kid was 11. He didn't stop until the child was old enough to fight back. Tran was 24 when the abuse started. Makes me sick. Why do they let these guys out?
Tran disappeared in November of 2012. Detectives went to see him during a routine check but were told he'd moved out two weeks earlier. He is wanted now by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for failing to register as a Level II sex offender. If you spot him, please call the Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800-222-tips. I can't answer succinctly why these child sex predators are ever let out of prison, but with your help I can sure try to get them locked up again. Read more...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -- 5:07 pm 'Can you hear me now?' Copper wire thieves target cell tower KOMO News - MILTON, Wash. -- Thieves stripped a north Pierce County cell phone tower and the surrounding area of hundreds of feet of copper wire, police said Tuesday, yanking the wire from an overgrown plot of land, the supporting structure, and the tower itself.Read more...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 -- 10:03 am Be Well: Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - The dangers of sleep apnea and heavy snoring are often overlooked and left untreated. A dentist who understands the treatment options for sleep apnea educates patients on the serious health risks that accompany obstructive sleep apnea.
Patients with apnea may awaken from five to more than 10 times per hour and not be aware of waking, but suffer the effects.
Sleep apnea is the cessation of airflow lasting more than 10 seconds, and the majority of sleep apnea sufferers experience several episodes per night. While it may not seem like a pressing danger because the apneic eventually awakens slightly to take the necessary breath, the lack of oxygen to the body, even for a short period of time, can have lasting health effects. When the airway collapses due to negative pressure from the expansion of the lungs, the body experiences a significant drop in oxygen saturation, from 95 percent to as low as 50 percent. This oxygen starvation can cause countless health problems, most notably an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Growth hormones are secreted during sleep, particularly in the first episode of delta sleep. As sleep is interrupted, these secretions may change and negatively affect many systems. Studies are currently being done on the effects of apnea on the hypothalamus and pituitary systems.
We've heard thousands of times how important a good night's rest is to our whole body function and overall health. During sleep apnea events, patients are forced to come out of nourishing REM sleep in order to regain breath. This intermittent interruption throughout the night carries over to the next day, seriously affecting the body's ability to function. Alertness and concentration are easily broken, and patients may experience fatigue and poor productivity as a result of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Health Risks of Sleep Apnea:
Loss of short term memory
High blood pressure
Memory and concentration impairment
Mood swings/temperamental behavior
There is good news for sleep apnea sufferers, however. With proper sleep apnea treatment, you can beat the negative health effects of sleep apnea. Following successful treatment, patients are alert, active, have a higher metabolism, more energy & system functions can completely return to normal. If you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact Hopkins & Shin Dental in Milton (2748 Milton Way) for a full evaluation right away, (253) 927-5501. Also visit http://www.milton-dental.com.
CPAP is the most common medical treatment for apnea. If you cannot tolerate or dislike the mask type treatment, be sure to talk with us about an option you may have using a custom designed appliance to be worn during sleep.Read more...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 -- 9:33 am Graduation season brings thoughts of Teekah Lewis http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Teekah Lewis should be graduating from high school right now. Her family should be celebrating the milestone with her and preparing for her 18th birthday on July 4. Instead, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has created a new age progression photo of what she might look like now. Lewis disappeared from a Tacoma bowling alley in 1999. She was just two years old.
"Actually, this year, especially this month, is very upsetting to me because I'm hearing about all these graduation parties, these kids graduating, and my daughter should be walking down that aisle this year, but she's not," said Lewis' mom Theresa this week. She contacts me every year to make sure I haven't forgotten about her daughter, to make sure that again this year, I will try to help bring her home. I haven't and I will.
Theresa has never given up hope that her little girl is alive and will return. She knows her daughter's kidnappers are out there and has a message for them: "Let our family start over, you know. Let her come home to her mom and her sisters and her aunts and uncle and her grandma, you know. We want her home, and that's all we've been trying for the past 15 years is get Teekah out there and say, 'Look, it's time for her to come home. These people just need to let her go. You don't have to be caught. Just let her go. Walk away.'"
If you have any information about Lewis' kidnapping or think you know a girl who looks like the one in the age progression photo, call Tacoma Police or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.Read more...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 -- 3:51 pm Tacoma gears up for 34th annual Freedom Fair http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Is there really anything more American than planes, fireworks and hotdogs? The 34th annual Freedom Fair and Air Show on July 4 at Ruston Way looks to once again entertain huge crowds while celebrating American heritage.
"It is a decades-old tradition for thousands of people to stroll along the Ruston Way Waterfront on Independence Day," said Gary Grape, who has been an organizer of the event for almost 14 years. "They enjoy stopping at the restaurants, food and beverage booths, arts an d crafts vendors, car show, pole vault event, kids' fun zone, commercial exhibits, and seven live entertainment areas that complement the air show and fireworks."
The festival will transform Ruston Way into a sea of festivities on America's most patriotic day, with over two miles of Tacoma waterfront. Ruston Way will be virtually unrecognizable, filled with vendors and entertainment including the annual tradition of The Tacoma Freedom Fair Beach Vault, featuring top Northwest pole-vaulters defying gravity. Other events include the annual car show featuring everything from hot rods to muscle cars, as well as a BMX bike show sponsored by Monster Energy. All of this will be set to a backdrop of live Tacoma bands playing at seven different stages.
The air show will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. while the fireworks will begin at 10:10 with the grand finale at 10:30.
For more information on the Freedom Fair and Air Show, visit http://www.freedomfair.com.Read more...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 -- 8:27 am Back to Beale Street competition a Freedom Fair highlight http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Ruston Way is sure to be the loudest place in Tacoma on the Fourth of July, from the chest-rattling roar of stunt planes to the thunderous cacophony of the 10 p.m. fireworks show. Adding to that joyful noise is a small army of bands performing in six different areas, perhaps none more buzz-worthy than the Dukes Chowder House Blues Stage.
That stage will be headlined by the final round of the South Sound Blues Association's Back to Beale Street Blues Competition. In its ninth year, the SSBA's battle of the bands awards its winners with all-expense-paid trips to the International Blues Challenge - essentially, the Super Bowl of American blues, which will next take place in January on Memphis' historic Beale Street.
"It's definitely a big springboard," SSBA President Gary Grape said. "When you're back there, you're in front of judges that are music buyers, that are radio people, that are record label owners. You've got a whole cross-section. And when you win this thing you're given an opportunity of a lifetime."
Last year's winners were Tacoma blues and soul favorite, the Randy Oxford Band, and dynamic boogie-woogie keyboard player Arthur Migliazza. This year, Grape was excited to see a lot of fresh faces, including four teen bands affiliated with Puget Sound Music for Youth Association.
"It was exciting to see these kids that didn't know a whole lot about blues," Grape said, "studied it, looked at the history of it, listened to it - wrote their own charts, maybe did some covers their way, and really put on a fine, 25-minute set. I was really proud of all the kids."
The youngest band to survive preliminary rounds is Emily Randolph & Oaklawn, its namesake an alumnus of NBC-TV's "The Voice." The 16-year-old Tacoma singer-songwriter was a member of Blake Shelton's team on season five, and her debut EP, "Here We Go Again," can be found on iTunes. Randolph & Oaklawn will warm up with an appearance at Point Defiance Park during Taste of Taste of Tacoma, with their set scheduled for 1 p.m. June 27 on the Bowl Stage. The band is scheduled to go on at 6 p.m. during the Back to Beale Street finals.
Competitors also include CD Woodbury Band (3:30 p.m.), a group that the Washington Blues Association dubbed "best new band" in 2010; Seattle's Brian Lee and the Orbiters (4:45 p.m.) playing songs from their newest album, "In Orbit;" Ayron Jones and The Way (7:15 p.m.) whose 2013 debut album, "Dream," was produced by Seattle rap legend Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Capping things off at 8:30 p.m. is King Kom Beaux, a veteran trio that features Doug Kerney on guitar, Billy Barner on drums and Joe Hendershot on bass. The winner will be announced at 9:30 p.m., before the fireworks.
Find a full schedule of bands performing at Freedom Fair online at http://www.freedomfair.com/music.php.Read more...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 -- 10:46 pm Man convicted in 'Craigslist killing' gets new trial KOMO News - ... website in April of last year. Sanders' wife, Charlene, and their 14- and 10-year-old sons were inside the home in Edgewood during the attack. Now Berniard may get out of prison. "He had a fair trial. He had a more than fair trial. And now because ...Read more...
Thursday, June 12, 2014 -- 10:22 am The Signal Searchlight http://www.fifefreepress.com/ - Following the ban on marijuana in the city, as reported in the May 30 edition of the Milton-Edgewood Signal, Edgewood has issued a formal resolution challenging the establishment of the one marijuana license that has been applied for in Edgewood. Should the city's reasons to ban marijuana not hold up on a state level and should the state award the license, the city will have a hearing with the state to once again attempt to block the establishment of the retail marijuana shop.
Assistant City Manager Debbie Zabell announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of the month to return to the eastern side of the mountains. Zabell, who has been in the position since February 2012, was recently awarded the "Best City Employee" in the Milton-Edgewod Signal's annual "Best of Fife/Milton/ Edgeood" issue. "Debbie was able to accomplish a lot in the short time she was here," City Manager Mark Bauer said.
The city of Edgewood will officially celebrate Flag Week on Friday, June 13 with a ceremonial flag raising at Edgewood City Hall. Members of the City Council will be in attendance to reread a proclamation for the week that was originally enacted at the June 10 meeting.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014 -- 10:04 am Mayor's Message http://www.fifefreepress.com/ -
Dear Milton Citizens
We're in it! That time of year where us North Westerners cram a year's worth of projects into three short months, and still leave a little time for the Sun.
Here at the city we are no different - there will be several projects all going on at the same time:
First, we will be swapping out all existing high-pressure sodium roadway luminaries (street lights) for energy-efficient, low maintenance LED roadway luminaries. These new lights might take a minute to get used to, but they are not only energy efficient, they're actually easier to see by. Colors are brighter, and you are able to see further. We have one of these new lights in already over on 12th, between Oak and Taylor streets. It's pretty nice! Now, my favorite part about this project is that the entire cost of $217,600 was completely funded through a grant. No money out-of-pocket for the city, and we will save $14,400 every year in electrical savings. A win-win for us!
We'll also be doing a couple of street overlay projects - one on Milton Way from the skate park to Faith Family Church, and the other one on Taylor Street. These two projects will be done Mondays through Fridays, leaving our summer weekends free. One notable difference is the week of Milton Days there will be no work on Friday.
On the other end of town, we'll be working on a major storm water project down on 5th Ave. When this project is done, we hope to have it blend naturally into the floodplain environment. No tall fences on this one.
You'll see us working on a few other projects this summer and into the fall, hopefully without too much impact on you as you travel. Again, my favorite part about these projects - all funded through grants!
I know many of you have your own list of projects including spring-into-summer cleaning and garage sales. (I love a garage sale, by the way!) When thinking of your own garage sale, I would like to urge you not to attach signs to any utility pole. This creates a serious hazard for our line personnel. Our linemen use gaffs attached to their boots to climb the pole. If the gaffs encounter an obstacle, such as a nail, staple, or tack, even the most experienced linemen is in danger of falling. Sharp objects not only compound a fall, but also can puncture rubber gloves or other safety equipment, making linemen vulnerable to electrical shock hazards. Let's make this a great summer, including a safe summer for our Public Works employees. Take a little extra time as you drive around them as they work, and let's keep the utility poles clear of hazardous objects.
Mayor Debra PerryRead more...