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THE 11 SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 vol. 83, No. 3, January 19, 1983 i , In December, Ed Szellga and Toby Hastle dig a hole for student artifacts. i made a variety of things to be buried -- dice, puzzles and even an old sword Nit. Middle schools discusse t at meeting An informational "Town on Middle Schools" be held Thursday, 20, at 7:3'0 p.m. in Valley Elemen- cafeteria. guest speaker will be Al Arth, middle school from the Univer- sity of Wyoming. He will speak on the unique characteristics of the "kids in the middle" and how middle school programs help them to bridge the gap between childhood and adolescence. Dr. Arth is an entertaining speaker known nationally for Holiday Inn of Issaquah J invites you to listen to the enjoyable music of "PROMISES" in our Lounge LOUNGE HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 5 P.M..2 A.M. LUNCH: 11 A.M.-2 P.M. " OUAH Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421 While students huddle In the rain, Hastle digs In the mud for relics. Issaquah Valley 5th graders make their own history How do you make history come alive? By making k yourself. At least that's what Issaquah Valley teacher Ed Szeliga tried with his fifth graders. The class was studying the ancient civilization of the In- dus Valley when Szeliga thought he could make it more interesting by having students recreate some of the artifacts of the civilization discovered by archeologists. The people of the Indus valley, curiously enough, were toy makers. In Szeliga's class, students modeled clay dice and other small puzzles as well a;, swords, rings,  " t bowls.,,md 0,,', artEac.s. Szeliga wanted the students to learn about ar- cheology too, so he and guest lecturer Toby Hastie, an ar- cheologist for the Mt. Baker- Snoqualmie National Forest, wandered out to the weedy field next to Issaquah Valley and buried the student's arti- facts. The plan was to have the students dig up the "find" and learn about the technique of digging up relics. The artifacts were buried in early December and were supposed to have been dug up shortly afterwards, but torrential rains prevented thc expedition. Finally, on January 7, despite another torrential downfall, Szeliga's class gathered in the muddy field to rediscover their relics. Teams of students stood eagerly by as Hastie scraped the muddy ground with a trowel. Each new ar- tifact was mapped by a dif- ferent pair of students. Though we most often think of archeologists work- ing in the dry heat of Egypt or Africa, digging up relics in the rain wouldn't have been unusual for the Indus Valley. The valley flooded every year, said Szeliga. Crowded council meeting means another hearing on comprehensive plan by Rhoda Donkin The city council will hold a public hearing on January 31 on the city's proposed com- prehensive plan and antiCi- pating a big crowd, the hear- ing will be held at the Issa- quah High cafeteria. A crowd of more than 75 people came to the city coun- cil meeting Monday night to hear the council deliberate on the plan. Recently, the city's planning commission voted to recommend the 138-acre Pickering Farm property and 62 acres south of Interstate 90 be designated for low den- sity development. That was one of the recommendations the council was slated to dis- cuss at its January 17 meet- ing. Because of the significance of that decision, and other revisions to the plan which have been made recently, the council decided to postpone public comment for two weeks, and devote a special session to further discussion of the plan February 14. All but three people who planned to speak on Monday were willing to reschedule their comments for the January 31 st meeting. The crowd listened to a presentation from Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, Professor of Ur- ban Planning from the University of Washington, who applauded the plan, call- ing it clear and readable, but "not a radical departure from traditional zoning." Rabinowitz said he found the plan environmentally sen- sible, free of spot zoning and not discriminatory against low-income people. "This is a really interesting and a fine job at bringing together 20 years of making planning better," he con- cluded. A few members of the au- dience wanted to follow that testimony and not wait until the end of January to make their views known to the council. Richard Welch said he sup- ported keeping the Pickering property in an established district. He said in 1975 he had contemplated becoming an investor in the Picketing property, but after reviewing the risks decided to back out. "The city doesn't owe the in- vestors a profit on their land, They were big boys and they knew the zoning might not be changed in their favor. They knew what they were getting into," he said. Anthony McLachlan, a visitor from Sussex, England, said he came to Issaquah because of the Issa- quah Skyport. "If you vote against the airport, you will erase a long tradition here," he said. "It is our experience in our coun- try, that those who wipe out tradition live to regret it." With that, the crowd erupted in a round of clapp- ing. The council responded by voting on the issue of clapping at city council meet- ings. They voted (not unanimously) that it was per- mitted. Finally, Steve Kipper said he didn't come from as far away as England to make his speech, only Beaver Lake, but he too supported leaving the land north of Interstate 90 free of development. "It should all be free of commercial development un- less its compatable with the state park," he said. A dozen other people are scheduled to speak first on January 31, and for anyone signing up that night, the sign-up list will be open for a half hour after the beginning of the hearing at 7 p.m. Gilman Blvd. improvements to begin The city council voted about 200 feet wide, would owners in a future Local unanimously to start the pro- be reduced to a 100 feet road Improvement District. tess for improving Gilman and the rest so|do to adjacent TI city will prepare draw- Boulevard in the near future, landowners tel less than irigs an design plans show- Under the plan adopted by market value. The sales ing the road with the four the council, the entire city agreement would require lanes, two sidewalks and bike right-of-way which is now participation by the land- paths. The L.I.D. will begin in January 1984. Newport Way annexation supported The council voted to sup- port a proposal by Richard Morris, owner of Mountain Appliance Service on Newport Way to annex about two acres of land into the ci- ty, subject to certain condi- tions. The annexation was pro- posed to make it easier for The administration will - .... ----===---==- ............. =-----  "r-'-,-------> ....  0 share the planning that has .=_---=:...-:- :=  : . , ..... ,:  ( ........... .,.i f occured thus far and will outline how parents can " .... become involved in the l!t development of both the Architect's drawing of the newlssaquah Dental Group Complex. middle school and the four- year high school. A building on stilts will get a great v ew of the creek King County Fre Ds byRhodaDonkin the piling foundation under Randall will move into the requested a shoreline permit trict 10 dispatcher Jeff Griffin saved a baby's life over the phone January 9. Charlotte Ross of 15014 S.E. 139th called the sta- tion at 10:15 p.m. to get help for her three-week old baby girl, Larch, who was gasping for air after taking medication. Ross reported the child was turning blue as she spoke with Griffin on the phone. After he sent emergency vehicles out to the home, Griffin gave the mother instructions on how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the baby. By the time fire fighters arrived, the baby was breathing normally. She was taken to Children's Orthopedic Hospital for tests. i ceriter in May. Two spaces are still unfilled. These may be the last new buildings in Issaquah close enough to the creek to offer people inside a close look in- to the salmon-filled waters. While the design was ap- plauded by city planners, An- na Rabago, senior city plan- ner, said she recommended they be set further back from the creek by at least 20 feet. A 50-foot setback is recommended in the city's new comprehensive plan, but that document has not yet been adopted by the city council. The shoreline permit for the Dental Group was granted before the new set- back requirements were drafted. Rabago said if developers building along the creek now These days it doesn't look like anything but an eerie ar- tificial forest of tall pilings jutting up from the land at varying heights. But in the coming weeks, that collection of wooden supports will hold up four gray buildings, the future Issaquah Dental Group Complex. the four buildings cost about $50,000 more than a conven- tional foundation. "But that doesn't amount to much for the ability to look straight out onto the creek," he said. The new Dental Group Complex will guarantee pa- tients who dread a trip to the dentist a more comfortable experience, says Lewis. Be- sides windows that look out over rushing water, the build- ing will sit On a deck three feet above the ground with holes in it to allow trees to grow through. The complex is being developed by Kieburtz and Simmonds, a firm in the business of finding attractive modern facilities for medical groups all over the country. Local dentists Ed Mitchell, Jerry Mitchell and DeWitt at 30 feet off the bank, it would probably not be granted. The 170 pilings were ham- mered into the ground over the past few weeks, some go- ing down as deep as 20 feet. According to Jack Stuart, contract supervisor, a plastic barrier was placed between the construction site and the creek to filter out mud cre- ated from the digging. Lewis says that even if it looks like a muddy mess now, once construction is completed the complex will be just the kind of clean de- velopment Issaquah residents want. 'We'll have very little im- pact on the creek," said Lewis, "It's getting harder to build along the creek though, and we wanted to do it while we could." The site, across from Hi- Low Shopping Center, is muddy these days. Some of the pilings stand surrounded by water, the swollen over, flow from Issaquah Creek. But that's the idea behind the unique construction of the new one-story buildings. They have been designed to llow water to pass underneath, because they sit in the flood zone of Issaquah Creek. Developer Gary Lewis says Morris to build a warehouse complex on his four acres, which lie partly in the city and partly in the county island. He cited the compli- cations of dealing with two gov@rnment bodies as one reason he wanted to annex his remaining property into the city. i The council decided to hold off on the annexation until the city's compre- hensive plan for that area has been completed. The annexa- tion will also be held up until drainage questions on sur- rounding property have been resolved. I 2 , . h I.,'1 [ Supports for the new dental building rise out of the soggy ground along Gilman Boulevard.