February 2014

Evergreen High School athletes earn eight awards

By Tim Clinton

Evergreen took home a total of eight awards from this year's All-Seamount League balloting -- including one overall team award and two first team individual picks.

The Wolverines landed the Sportsmanship Award for boys basketball, and had Caroline Tupa win first team honors for girls basketball and Seryozha Dahl make the first team for boys swimming.
Tupa is a junior forward/center for Evergreen, while Dahl is a freshman who made the state Class 2A meet and placed third in the 500-yard freestyle.

Two Wolverines join Tupa on the girls basketball team, with junior forward/center Marleisha Cox and sophomore point guard Tafaoga Lagarejos both earning honorable mention.

Three Evergreen players earned basketball honorable mention in freshman forward Kevin Ford, junior guard Anthony Berry-You and junior guard Brandon Valencia.

No Wolverines were selected for any Seamount League award in gymnastics, and no wrestling team was picked.


West Seattle and White Center Foodbank are part of the $1,000,000 Feinstein Challenge

Every year food banks across the nation get the attention of the public around the holidays as the spirit of giving seems like the right thing to do. Food bank stocks grow, checks come in and the hungry really do benefit. But hunger happens year round. It doesn't take days off. 14 million people in America are going hungry.

So, for the 17th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein, philanthropist and humanitarian, will divide ONE MILLION DOLLARS among non profit hunger fighting agencies nationwide through his Feintstein Challenge.

Make your Donation Go Farther!
The need for your support has never been higher as the number of clients served in the West Seattle/White Center area continues to grow. The more donations (monetary and food) we receive during the months of March and April, the bigger chunk of the $1,000,000 we will receive. Donations must be made between March 1st and April 30th and must be specifically designated “Feinstein Challenge” to help us receive a larger percentage of the million dollars. Donations can be food or funds through credit card, check or cash.


Breeders Theater presents Tolstory

Breeders Theater is back with a new show for spring, Tolstory, written by T.M. Sell with music by Nancy Warren.

Tolstory is a little bit Tolstoy and a tiny bit Toy Story, as four Russian nesting dolls narrate the life of Katarina Karenin, your typical Russian infant/teen/young woman/older woman.

Tolstory is directed by Teresa Widner Hicks, and features the talents of Deena Chapman, Terri Fincham Conner, Laura Smith, and Erika Zabelle.

The show runs April 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium, 22030 Cliff Ave. S. Des Moines.
Tickets are $20 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, and through the City of Des Moines at the Des Moines Field House Recreation Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1000 S. 220th St. Credit card purchases may be made by phone by calling the city Parks and Recreation Department at 206-870-6527, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Kohl-Welles appalled by Republicans’ move to keep Washington families out in the cold

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, joined her Democratic colleagues in an attempt to revive a crucial bill that would provide basic assistance to homeless families in Washington.

“I find it appalling the Senate Republicans killed a bill that would provide necessary help to families without a roof over their head,” Kohl-Welles said. “A number of Republicans helped to develop this bill, and yet today they took a unanimous vote to deprive struggling families of the best hope they have at getting help.”

The previous evening, the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committee was abruptly adjourned by chair Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, before an agreed-upon bill (HB 2368) could be voted on. Audio of the premature end to the committee reveals protests by both Republicans and Democrats, and can be found by clicking here.


Des Moines police catch man videotaping in women's library bathroom

The Highline Times news partner Q13Fox news is reporting that Des Moines police have caught a man accused of videotaping woman in library bathroom.. thanks to quick thinking mom.

The suspect was said to be wearing a skirt to appear to be woman in the next stall.. police caught him based on victim's description

According to the report he used a piece of wood and rubber band to hold phone so just camera peeked into the bathroom stall.

Q13 Fox reported:

Traci Pigg the woman who spotted the camera in the stall is still coming to grips with what happened to her

“It was pretty scary — the worst feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” Pigg said Friday.

While she was in the stall in the ladies room, Pigg said, something didn’t seem right. She looked around and noticed the top of a camera phone peeking through an opening in the wall.

It was later discovered later that the camera phone had been held in place by a small piece of wood and a rubber band.

“I immediately panicked. and I punched the phone, and then realized that I had to get out of there,” said Pigg.


Delridge sustaining Delridge; 'Night Out' events at the Skylark seek to support the Delridge Grocery

By Emile Monte

Volunteer board member Jessie Rey Howard stands behind an orange-dressed table to the right as you walk into Skylark Café and Club. On top of the table is a similarly orange box with “Co-op” printed in blue and underscored by a pair of green onions. The box is flanked by small bins of brochures. The atmosphere is friendly and familiar—families sip house-made ginger beer in the booths behind the info table, talkative groups of friends occupy the bar counter munching on crispy fried pickle chips.

Tonight’s first musical guest, Alki band Robotic About Us, is setting up on the leopard-print-carpeted stage at the far end of the hosting venue/diner. They are opening the night at 8 p.m., to be followed at 9 p.m. by local singer-songwriter Aaron Zig. Skylark owner Matt Larson assures me, “It will be LOUD.”


Grant Avery Doerr, Seattle Lutheran HS running back honored by National Football Foundation

By Greg McCorkle

The Seattle/King County Chapter of the National Football Foundation is one of more than 113 chapters throughout the country that honors student athletes. Grant Avery Doerr, Running Back from Seattle Lutheran High School was a finalist in this year’s scholarship awards.

The foundation promotes amateur football at all levels, recognizing teams, coaches, officials, administrators and young men who excel both as players and students. The Seattle chapter represents 64 high school football programs throughout King and Kitsap Counties in Washington State.

Each year, the Seattle Chapter of the National Football Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping young athletes, awards scholarships to local Scholar-Athletes.

The process begins when athletes are nominated by their coaches. Each school is represented by two seniors: one back and one lineman.


Seattle-Area Teens Take To the Field in Support of Copa Coca-Cola & Active, Healthy Living

Copa Coca-Cola Offers Teens the Soccer Opportunity of a Lifetime. The Local Tournament Gets Teens Active in the Spirit of This Year’s FIFA World Cup™

WHO: Youth ages 13-15 from soccer clubs in Washington

WHAT: Participants will compete for the chance to win a trip to the Copa Coca-Cola® Soccer Camp in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Copa Coca-Cola is making physical activity fun by bringing together more than 4,000 teens nationwide to get active by taking part in this tournament. The winning teams from ten cities across the U.S., including here in Tukwila outside of Seattle, will travel to LA to compete in a national tournament April 18 - 20. For all details and media information pertaining to this free tournament please visit www.copa.coca-cola.com

WHEN: March 1 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 2 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

WHERE: Starfire Soccer Complex
14800 Starfire Way
Tukwila, WA 98188
(206) 431-3232


He saw his friend get shot: Key witness in West Seattle murder trial testifies

Racial terms and how they are used were part of the testimony

By Tim Clifford

The key witness in the murder trial of Lovett James Chambers, Johnathon “Jamie” Vause, flew back to Seattle and testified in court this week.

“My first response was to get the hell away from there before this guy kills me,” said Vause after he watched as his friend Travis Hood was shot the night of Jan. 21, 2012.

In the last two years, many things in Vause’s life have changed: going through a divorce, changing careers, and moving from West Seattle to Clearlake, California. But throughout that time, Vause has been anxiously awaiting the day that he could tell his story of that fateful night in court, in front of a jury and, maybe most importantly for Vause, in front of Lovett James Chambers, the accused shooter.

Finally this week, Vause was flown here by the state to testify Wednesday and Thursday.

“It almost seemed like a hit, I mean as crazy as that might sound, it’s the only legitimate explanation I can come up with…why would somebody come up and shoot somebody without even looking at them unless they are being paid for it”," said Vause of one of the many possible motives he has played out in his head.