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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Man sentenced for using fake ID to evade 5th DUI

By Greg Boyles

February 20, 2009 | LOGAN - Kirk Patrick Mata-Vaquera, 32, was sentenced to nine months in the Cache County Jail Tuesday morning in 1st District Court. He pleaded guilty to forgery charges, for presenting a false ID to a police officer in December in hopes of avoiding his fifth DUI.

Judge Kevin Allen held out the possibility of early release if Mata-Vaquera completes his GED and begins attending AA meetings regularly.

"If you do these things I'll consider letting you out after six months, but if you don't, you'll stay in jail," Allen said.

Allen also said Mata-Vaquera must pay over $2,200 in recoupment and fines.

The recommendation presented by the state was to have Mata-Vaquera serve nine months in the Cache County Jail; however, his attorney, Bryan Galloway, asked the judge to reconsider.

"This recommendation is a little higher than I expected," Galloway said. "I'm going to ask that my client only have to serve 90 days of incarceration with some work diversion."

While Judge Allen said he feels that Mata-Vaquera is a decent man, the fact that he used someone else's identity to avoid an additional DUI, in addition to the amount of DUI's is in need of harsher punishment.

"I think the recommendation is too light," Allen said regarding the proposed 90 days in jail. "I see that you (Mata-Vaquera) have four DUI's, and were intending to use the fake ID to avoid a possible fifth DUI. This is very unnerving to me. The possibility of tragedy a DUI brings into someone's life, including your own, is very high, and I have no tolerance for it."

Upon his arrest in December, Mata-Vaquera was also suspected of possession of a forgery writing device, a third-degree felony, false personal information to a police officer, a class A misdemeanor, and driving without a drivers license, a class C misdemeanor. All of these charges were dismissed at Mata-Vaquera's first hearing on Jan. 6.

This is not the first time Mata-Vaquera has been in trouble for forgery and illegal involvement with drugs or alcohol. In 2000 he was arrested for two counts of distributing a controlled substance. He was arrested again in 2001 for giving false personal information to a police officer, interfering with an arrest, possession of forged writing and intoxication. Then in 2004 Mata-Vaquera was arrested for two DUI related counts.


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