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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ JANUARY 28, 2009 A5 Tiger Mountain trails closed A section of a forest road and two trail sections have been closed at Tiger Mountain State Forest due to flood damage. The West Side Road is obstructed by exposed power lines, which were washed out onto the roads during the flood, near the 3-mile marker. Repairs may last until April. The trail sections closed include the path between the K3 Trail junction and the High Point Trail junction, where a trail bridge was damaged, and the path near the upper High Point Creek crossing where West Tiger Railroad Grade Trail becomes Tiger Mountain Trail. The department plans to re-open the latter after the trail has been rerouted to avoid the damage. State Department of Natural Resources officials made the decision after an initial assess- ment. They will continue to ana- lyze the damage to determine how long the road and trails need to be dosed. Get updated on the closures by going to www.dnr.wa.gov. , lean behavior meetings set The Issaquah PTSA Council is hosting three meetings to talk about teen behavior. The panel discussion, "What Teens are Really Doing Today," is designed to help parents better understand teenage habits and potentially dangerous behaviors. Issaquah and Sammamish police officers and King County Sheriff's Office deputies who work in the district's schools will lead the panel discussion cen- tered on information in a hand- book, "Parents, Teens and the Law," which all middle and high school students have received. The meetings are: 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the new Issaquah High School commons. 7 p.m. Feb 9 in the Skyline High School theater. -, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Liberty High School theater. PUBUC MEEIINGS Feb. 2 City Council Regular Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall South Council Chambers 135 E. Sunset Way Feb. 3 Rivers and Steams Board 7 p.m. Pickering Room City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Feb. 4 Development Commission Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall South Council Chambers 135 E. Sunset Way Possibilities FROM PAGE A4 "It was a privilege to experience it here with my son. It was historic and a great opportunity," said your father Bob Nelson. "We're starting to witness Martin Luther King's dream come true. We're becoming a co!or-blind society and I think that s a great thing. Several of you girls talked about the other candidates. "It would've been cool if Hillary Clinton was president, because she would've been the first woman. And also her hus- band, Bill Clinton, was president, so she has good experience." And if John McCain won? "It wouldn't change anything, really," said one. "Except for Sarah ealin," said another. "Oh, yeah, Sarah ealin would be the first woman vice presi- dent," said the first one. "It would make history either way!" "He's gonna, like, change the economy, and I think there's still a lot of racism in America, and I think he's going to try to stop it," another one said about Obama. Vanessa Morris, I noticed you were a black student and I asked what you would think if Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, were your sisters. ' If they were my sisters, oh, I would love it, you said. I think they're really nice people, actu- ally, because I watched them at the Kids' Inaugural. I just really would like to meet them. I think they have a friendly personality. I wish Malia was my bi,g sister." Then, you added, I m looking forward to Barack changing the economy. I want to see how the economy is going to change and become different from when George Bush was president, so we ll know if he s really the best president when the economy starts changing." You young people also used the words fantastic, exciting, histori- cal, amazing, inconceivable, funny, stupendous, changing, out- standing and joyfifl to describe the ceremony for our 44th president. And one of you said it was sad that Martin Luther King Jr. made the "I Have A Dream" speech, but he wasn't here to see the dream come true. What I think he might say is, that's all right with him. He said he'd seen the Promised Land and might not get there with us. What was important to him was that a class of fifth-graders like yourselves actually has arrived. I hope you all remember this inauguration your entire lives. Years from now, if you were to look back at this clipping or relive your breakfast party, perhaps what you will remember is that in your very diverse classroom on this day, your parents and teacher wanted to celebrate something special with you. That something was the fact that, for you, their hopes for you had no limits, and the entire world of possibilities truly was opened up to each of you, for the first time in our coun- try's history. Issaquah Planned Parenthood part of regional merger Three Northwest-based Planned Parenthood organizations have merged to form the largest geo- graphical affiliate in the nation. The vote by the three volunteer boards brings together the Planned Parenthood organizations of Alaska, Idaho and Western Washington. The name for the newly formed affiliate is Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. The new affiliate also becomes the nation's second-largest division based on operating budget and number of patients. The move to create the new afrO- ate enhances reproductive health care, educational opportunities and a~dvocacy for millions of women, men and teens in the three-state region. The consolidation will bene- fit the communities they serve by providing one strong, well-posi- tioned reproductive health care organization working to carry out the medical, educational and advo- cacy mission of Planned Parenthood. The merger will also increase the efficiency of operations by prevent- ing duplication of capital equipment and expenses. More resources will be available to provide reproductive health care access for the agency's patients. Certain job duties will be centralized, allowing staff members to focus on the strengths they bring to Planned Parenthood. The new affiliate anticipates no job losses as a result of the merger. The Issaquah health center is located at 75 N.W. Dogwood St., Suite B. Call 800-769-0045 toll-free. Port Blakely office earns gold certification The Port Blakely Communities office building, located in the Issaquah Highlands, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification. Collinswoerman, a Seattle-based architectural firm, designed the 31,340-square-foot building, which serves as Port Blakely's administrative offices. "The LEED Gold Certification reinforces our community's com- mitment to environmental stew- ardship," Port Blakely President Alan Boeker said in a press release. "This building represents the future of 'green' building prac- tices, which have long been the guiding principles for us at Issaquah Highlands." LEED certification, given out by the U.S. Green Building Council since 1998, judges the environ- mental sustainability of building construction. Buildings are graded on a set of standards for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, innovation in design and indoor ~vironmental quality. The four levels of LEED certifica- tion are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The office building becomes the third structure in the Issaquah Highlands to earn LEED Certification. 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