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arosaonb,.%cher Bros, 61/ :,,;/, 6th Ave, , Portlo.nd t Orc!on 97209 THE I SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 4, January 26, 1983 i .Inside th00s issue: 'Looking good, feeling good' Holiday Inn of Issaquah 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. Exit l'off 1-90 392-6421 Scouts experience life of the disabled More than 200 Girl Scouts from the Snoquah Association spent most of Saturday, January 22, at Issaquah Valley Elementary to learn about how the disabled cope with their handicaps. Girls learned sign language, took spins in wheelchairs, used crutches and wore blindfolds to better understand the viewpoint of the handicapped. Above, AIIna Johnson wears a blindfold and tries to catch Cheryl Humble; top left, Krlsti Rackers tries out a wheelchair; bot- tom left, Michelle Graham (standing) and Anna Darling demonstrate sign language; below, Jim Hernandez tells the girls how he drives his car with hand controls. The workshop was Organized by Melissa Sopko, the disabilities advisor to the Snoq uah Association, which includes troops from Issaquah, Carnation, Duvall, Snoqualmie, North Bend and parts of Renton. Sopko is the leader of Issacluah Brownie Troop 1176. Photos by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum. Parking, school closing, playfields, school switch all on board agenda by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum There will be something for everyone on the crowded school board agenda Wednesday, January 26. Student parking Got a kid who drives to lssaquah High? Senior students may bet the privilege of paying $5 to get a reserved parking spot at the school. Members of the boy's ser- vice club Shamen has propos- ed the fee, saying they would use the money raised to help pay for senior graduation and improve school facilities. In return, Shamen would maintain and patrol the park- ing lot. The board is schedul- ed to make a final decision about the proposal at the Wednesday meeting. High School Fields Got any kids who play soc- cer, baseball, football, soft- ball or run track at Issaquah High? The board will hear a lengthy report on the pro- blems of the school's fields and outdoor sports facilities. District Operations Direc- tor Larry Galloway will pre- sent the board with a $400,000 plan to improve the drainage on several fields, but particularly for baseball, to add lighting and seating for baseball, move the fence surrounding the football field, install a 400 meter, all- weather track and to improve the softball field at Clark Elementary. The plan also in- eludes $60,000 worth of im- provements to the baseball and softball fields at Liberty High. The study of playing fields began last summer, when representatives from the Issa- quah Gilders Youth Track Club asked the district to move the fence surrounding the football field because of the danger to runners. The fence is only about six inches away from the inside lane of the track. Gliders members pointed out that a runner who stumbles against the fence could get cut up "like cheese in a grater." The board rejected a recommendatin to hack down the fence and move it, saying there should be an overall plan to improve all the athletic facilities at the high school In late summer, the Gliders came back with a plan to create a first-class track, football and soccer facility at lssaquah High that could be used by the entire district. They argued it would be better to invest the money to create one excellent facility than to make small im- provements to facilities throughout the district Galloway, however, will recommend the board make the baseball field at Issaquah High its first priority and that the track and football and soccer fields not be used district-wide. He will also recommend an architect and engineer to be hired to prepare drawings, and that $50,000 be set aside next year to start baseball field im- provements. May Valley closing Got any students at May Valley Elementary? The ad- ministration will recommend the school be closed in June. Half the school's students, fifth and sixth-graders at Sunny Hills, will be back at their expanded school next year. The Language and Learning Disabilities pro- gram will be divided among three schools and The Learn- ing Community program will move to Issaquah Valley, if the board approves. Budget cutbacks Worried about the state's financial condition? Here's more fodder for the mill: Issaquah could lose as much as $675,000 in the remaining months of the school year if the legislature doesn't find a way to cover its deficit, ac- cording to estimates by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The governor has said he will order more state cut- backs unless the legislature comes up with more money by March 1. lssaquah's share of that cut would be 4.4 per- cent, or $675,000, according to Business Director Harold Skow. lssaquah would only have to lose $225,000 to reach the point where bus transporta- tion would be cut in half -- at least. The board will con- sider whether or not to establish a cutoff date for busing, just in case the short- fall materializes Liberty may take Issaquah students Got any ninth graders in the family? Live in the Cedar Grove, Tiger Mountain or Mirrormont area? Your kid may go to Liberty High next year. The administration will recommend those students start at Liberty a year ahead of schedule. Because of an- ticipated overcrowding at lssaquah High once middle schools begin in 1984, the ad- ministration also hopes to convince other high school students in the south end to enroll at Liberty. The district says it will not require students who begin high school at Issaquah to move to Liberty. According to the administration's plan, even- tually all students who live south of S.E. 132rid Street would go to Liberty. The board is scheduled to make a final decision about the tenth grade transfer at its February 23 meeting. ThO!o k hoO00eol ho, mOo00s 00/recallPs , e=arbalze. PP n to Shoem'l ivelhavO eRlatl caned ut "We had a ,buyer," said property,ily n sa earetJ ng with its ram da ft People who live on the things.like that," he Rumors circulated that Ace...rdmg wCrl./tr n theegarbage andletrie d Oto ,.or r.eally Including maker the Palmers e e y- Schoenmaker, but he took the house, saldDeer. Pine Lake Plateau and drive '_'But ]! was very livable." Palmer dealt in the junk ing to sell the house last year patch walls that, were ripped a closer look at the place and As far as Sehoenmaker is home on 212th Way don't The t-atmers were to fix it up business, but Health Depart- for $70,000. Schoenmaker out. ltut icnoenmaker backed out." concerned, the house has need. to be told about the eVenree dealmre as part of the rent- ment worker,, Jerry Cox, stud .... and a real estate agent said himself stud he couldn't go to Realtor Chuck Deer, of been a bzg headache and rela- junk house. The road curls f - ." hecouldn t verify that that was too high an asking thehouse. Centur 21 in Northgate, tions with his daughter's around it, and drivers have .ut tlaey didn't live u to "I went b the home but ri and lowered it to "I "ust couldn't take it " s " Y - ' . . _ _ . P y p ce ] aid there have been a famdyaheartache. had ...... the opportumty to view makertnelr oargam,_, claims Schoen- no one was there. I left my $40,000. That apparently in- Now he hopes to sell the number of people interested" "I've lost a dauohter., I it trom au sines, every aay, farmer lost his job as card a few times because no funated Palmer and thin s house for $35,000 It comes m the ' an " " " " " " ' " g . . " property since it was don t really care about the for thepast four years. _. eectr.clan and went into one ever answered the door. deteriorated from there, said with two acres and is being relisted last week. "The house. This has been very If by chance they happen- t ne appnance repair business. Don't know how many cards Schoenmaker. advertised as a"real fixer.' $35,000 is the worth of the traumatic for me." ed to miss the house, perhaps .nen, the story goes, Palmer I left there. Sure did try to get the curious sound of a moo cleeded he wouldn't do " " " ahold of them, said Cox. ing cow would direct their at- tention to the front door, where one might be standing, looking out. There was always a new pile of used ap- pliances -- refrigerators without doors or ovens with- out tops, piled in the yard. But the notorious house has undergone some changes lately. The family who lived in the one-story home has moved to upstate New York and relatives are still cleaning up the debris they left behind. The house is owned by Casey Schoenmaker, a long- time resident of the Pine Lake Plateau who now lives in Bellingham. He bought the house for his daughter, Joann. When she married Robert Palmer, a local elec- trician, they needed a place to live and her father said they could move in rent free, as long as they paid the taxes and utility bills. The house needed reno- vation when Schoenmaker bought it in 1978. "We had to clean it up, anything to repair a house he didn't own. Bad feelings grew because Schoenmaker wouldn't turn ownership papers, the prom- ised gift, over to Palmer until he fixed the place up. In 1981 the King County Health Department was called to the property on a complaint filed by a local resident who said there was garbage and rats visible from the road. Caseworkers from the department went out on January 27, 1981 and left orders the property had to be cleaned up. They returned in April after another complaint was filed. Someone called to say there were animals living in- side the house. Neighbors verified the Palmers kept a calf in the utility room along with a few sickly goats. In the department's report, no one was home when the ease- worker stopped by. Records did not show whether anything was done about the animals, but by May 11, the Palmers had killed the rats and disposed Another Health Depart- ment official's report said the family was very cooperative and friendly but the property was never cleaned up enough to meet health standards. When the Palmer's son Robert, a May Valley fifth- grader, didn't come to school this fall, principal Pat Festor went looking for the boy herself. In October, the house appeared abandoned, she said. She was never able to locate the family until a call came from a school in New York requesting infor- mation records on Robert. Schoenmaker says the family finally moved out in December and went east to live near Palmer's relatives. They left without telling anyone where they were go- ing. They also left behind a house and property in com- plete shambles. "I think they were trying to get back at me," said Schoenmaker. "They just tore the place up before they left." The vacated Palmer house on 212th Way is up for sale. The family moved away after being evicted by property owners.