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High school powp_r trio Issaquah girls cling to division Hand-bell duo invited to t 1 lea i despite loss to Eastlake perform with national choir m   :  "    :,  Sports, Page C1  CommuniO&apos;, Page BI --40C- oz ',< rrlm 0 osoZ O') lao ED 8INCE 1900 '75 gN'I'S WEDNESDAY', FEBRUAlt 11 009 VOL. [ aising begins to renovate historic theater' $28 million needed for reconstruction BY KATHLEEN 1, MERRILL Village Theatre officials kicked off the public phase of fundraising last week to reconstruct the First Stage Theatre and they're asking people to donate $1,000 for a named seat in the new venue. First Stage, Issaquah's original theater, is home to children's pro- grams, new plays and workshops. Plans were to remodel the 95- year-old buiMing at 120 Front St. N. but after officials learned the building had no foundation and the walls have been sinking, they had to change plans. "Expectations when coming in this building to see a show are not very high," Robb Hunt, executive director of Village Theatre, said to laughter from the udience at a fundraising kickoff Feb. 5. "A lot of good things are going to happen in this building," he said, and added that it would be "a lov- ing reconstruction to try to save the materials" from the building. "We're going to tear it down and build it with a real fouddation, wings.,on both sides of the stage, and dressing rooms and a green room for the actors," he said to enthusiastic applause. The building's floor will be built fiat, which it was originally, systems; and put the building in although that was changed over compliance with current the years. The seats will retract.lo. Americans with Disabilities Act the back wall, so classes and standards, providing accessibility rehearsals can be held instead. That will also allow for cabaret theater with table seating, said Hunt, who has been with Village Theatre since 1979. The project will also include ren- ovation of the second-floor office and storage spaces; replacement of the lighting, sound, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning for disabled patrons and artists. "It's going to be a really nice place," Hunt said, "and have a big impact on the lives of the kids who come through here." The theater is in dire need of repair. Dressing rooms in the See THEATER, Page A2 BY GREG ]ARRAR HOME FOR HIS SWEETIE Army Sgt. 1st Oass Kevin Schmidt, happy to be home from Iraq, adjusts the shawl for his daughter Rachel, 8, at their first Father-Daughter Valentine Dance, sponsored by the Parks & Recreation department Feb. 7 at the community center. PSE offers insulation rebate program , See Page C3 110, NO. 6 BY GREG FARRAR Robb Hunt (left), executive producer of Village Theatre, gestures around the old First Stage Theatre building while describing some of its aging problems, at a Capital campaign fundraising kickoff event. Fundraising advocates and donors stand onstage socializing before kickoff speeches are made, in Village Theatre's old First Stage Theatre building at 120 Front St. N. Mayor to be honored BY JIM FEEHAN The Municipal League of King County has named Mayor Ava Frisinger Public Official of the Year. The award is given to a public official or depart- ment head who in addi- tion to rou- tine service, has brought to the office outstanding innovations Av8 Fridn or contribu- tions. "It's good to see Issaqu, ah rec- ognized regionally and I m very happy for that, Frisinger said. She is the first individual from Issaquah to receive a Municipal League Civic Awards honor since the awards' incep- tion in 1960. In 3002, Chevrolet of Issaquah won business of the year honors. In 2007, then- State Rep. Fred Jarrett was named Public Official of the See FRISINGER, Page A5 City Council di00ded over land sale BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK After City Council members' votes ended in a tie, Mayor Ava Frisinger used her vote to approve a motion authorizing city officials to enter into negotiations to sell part of the Zetec property. The Zetec property, at 6401 224th Ave. S.E., is behind the city's post office but on the other side of Interstate 90. City officials pur- chased it from Clyde Denton for about $2 million in 2005, said Bob Brock, city Public Works director. The property was purchased by the city to secure the right of way to complete a new bridge as part of the 1-90 Undercrossing project. However, after securing what they need for the right of way, city officials are beginning negotia- tions to sell the remaining build- hag and property for redevelop- ment. "This has been a high priority for us and I believe authorizing the purchase and sale agreement for this moves us closer to achiev- ing a number of important Issaquah priorities," Councilman Fred Butler said. Butler and council members Eileen Barber and Joshua Schaer voted to approve the motion, while John Rittenhouse, Maureen McCarry and David Kappler voted it down. Councilman John Traeger was absent from a Feb. 2 execu- tive session. "Certainly, after our discussion, I understand the rationale behind the decision either way. But per- sonally, I don't feel I carl support it, because I don't feel there is enough benefit to outweigh the conditions of the sale agreement, Rittenhouse said after the closed- door session. The mayor's vote approved negotiations. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Illegal bridge we threaterts salmon 1 No permits issued for work on Lewis Creek BY CHATELLE LUSEBRINK the illegal construction. Richard asked that'his last name not be published because he didn't want Illegal construction in Lewis to be confronted by other commu- Creek on Jan. 24 may have jeop- nity members. ardized fragile kokanee salmon He said he heard a lot of noise eggs and fry in the stream. Jan. 24 and when he looked down The construction was done at at the creek, he noticed a lot of 18448 S.E. 43rd St., where nearby sediment washing down the residents were attempting to creek. shore up a private bridge over the "I couldn't see what was going creek that provides access to their on, because, there was a large homes, clump, of trees in the way" he Police stopped the work and city said. When I walked up th re, 1 code enforcement officials are saw a gigantic backhoe and two investigating how the bridge can large dump trucks dumping boul- be worked on, how the work that ders into the creek. has been done can be mitigated He said there appeared to be no CONTmVao dad what can be done to protect sediment control measures for the A concerned neighbor took this photo of illegal construction being done in m the stream, said Autumn construction. Lewis Creek on Jan. 24. Monahan, city public information The first thought he said he had officer, was for the kokanee salmon, the endangered list, Monahan kokanee andI know thattheyare "This is a very serious issue," which use the creek to spawn, said. endangered, Richard said. What she said. The kokanee are a species city "I've participated, in the past, A downstream neighbor found officials have requested be put on with King County to count the See ILLEGAL, Page A6 GAS GA1JGE YOt SHOULD KN()W NSIDE THE PRESS RAIN GAIN !![ll[!l!!)!lt]l A. ........ Classifieds... C4-5 Community ... B1 Obituaries .... B3 8 Opinion ...... A4 Police & Fire .. C5 Schools ...... C6 Sports ..... C1-3 City, county, state and federal offices and banks will close Feb. 16 in obser- vance of Presidents' Day. Post offices will close and mail will not be deliv- ered. State driver's license offices and state-run liquor stores will also be closed. Metro Transit will operate on a reduced weekday schedule, and some routes will be canceled. 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