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Illm|lBlimmllmllll THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2009 A5 ESHB 1694 - Addressing fiscal matters for the 2007-2009 bienni- um - Passed the House 83-13. It adjusts the spending for the 2007- 09 biennial budget by appropriating $33.7 billion from the state General Fund and several other accounts. 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - N 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island -Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell - D-Renton - Y ESHB 1966 - Expands unemploy- ment benefit compensation and training program - It increases unemployment benefits by $45 per week and raises the minimum week- ly unemployment benefit to $155. 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - N 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - Y 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibbom - D-Mercer Island -Y 41st Distdct - Rep. Marci Maxwell - D-Renton - Y SSB 5046 - Penalties for underage gambling - Makes it a class 2 civil infraction for a person under the age of 18 to participate in unlawful gam- bling, such as punchboards, pull- tabs or card games. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pfiug - R-Maple Valley - Y 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island - Y SSB 5042 - Provides waivers for small business from penalties for paperwork violations - The waiver does not apply when the violation presents a direct danger to the pub- lic or employees, results in loss of income or benefits for employees, involves conduct that may result in a felony or if the failure concerns the assessment or collection of tax, debt, revenue or receipt. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pfiug - R-Maple Valley - Y 41st Distdct - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island - Y SB 6107 - Addresses renewable resource projects - Passed 46-0. Revises judicial standards for granting relief under the Land Use Petition ACt. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - Y 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island -Y SSB 5616 - Connecting business expansions and recruitment to cus- tomized training - Passed 46-0. Allows participants in the Washington customized training pro- gram to delay payments into the employment training finance accounts for 2009 and 2010. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - Y 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D- Mercer Island -Y Voting key: Y - Yes, N = No, E = Excused, NV = Not voting Source: WashingtonVotes.org, a free, nonpartisan Web site to find plain- English explanations of bills and a record of each legislator's votes. Learn more at www. WashingtonVotes.org. PUBLIC MEETINGS .-: ::.. Feb. 16 City offices are closed in obser- vance of Presidents' Day. Feb. 17 River & Streams Board 7-9 p.m. Picketing Room, City Halt Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. City Council regular meeting 7:30 p.m. City Hall South, Council Chambers 135 E. Sunset Way Feb. 18 Development Commission 7-9 p.ml City Hall South, Council Chambers 135 E. Sunset Way Frisinger" 'Shed a light on her good work' FROM PAGE A1 Year. Jarrett represents the 41st District that includes a portion of Issaquah. Frisinger was among eight indi- viduals and three organizations honored by the. 2009 Civic Awards. "Ava is being recognized for the body of her work," said Brad Meacham, Municipal League chairman. "Oftentimes, the accom- pgshments of people in smaller cities go unnoticed. We're here to shed a light on her good work." Frisinger is very active regional- ly, he said. In addition to her role as mayor, she wants to make cer- tain Issaquah has a strong voice in the region, he added. Frisinger was a finalist for the 2008 award and has been a final- ist on one other occasion, Meacham said. The awardees were nominated by the public, evaluated by the league's Civic Awards Committee and approved by the league's trustees. Meacham said. The Municipal League of King County is a nonpartisan volunteer organization founded in 1910. The league is perhaps best known for its evaluation committee that rates candidates in several King County jurisdictions. Frisinger, a Municipal League member for the past six years, said she values the organization's work. "I do value the candidate evalua- tions and I find them helpful," she said. Other winners include: Cary Moon, of the People's Waterfront Coalition, Citizen of the Year. Allen Church, fire chief of South King Fire & Rescue, Public Employee of the Year. Force 10 Hoops LLC, owners of the Seattle Storm, Business of the Year. Seattle Works, Organization of the Year. Joni Earl, CEO of Sound Transit, and Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle, James R. Ellis Regional Leadership Award. Brice Maryman, of Open Space Seattle 2100, Doug Mason Memorial Award. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Warren G. Magnuson Memorial Award. Bruce D. Carter and Norma Jean Hanson, Ma,ry Skelton Memorial Volunteer Award. The 50th annual Civic Awards ceremony is March 25 at the Seattle Art Museum. Learn more and purchase tickets at www. munileague, org. Student test scores make greatest gains Students in Washington are tak- ing Advanced Placement tests in greater numbers and their scores continue to rise. This year, students passing the exams with a score of three or greater attributed to a 5 percent increase from last year. The rates earned Washington a tie for fifth place in greatest score increases in the nation. Oregon was the other state that increased passing scores by 5 percent. Vermont, Maine, Maryland and Arkansas students increased their state's scores by up to 6 per- cent. The College Board's "AP Report to the Nation" shows that 16,294 Washington students in the class of 2008 took at least one AP exam last school year, according to a press release by the state office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. That number is up from 9,722 students who took the exam five years ago. Locally, 480 students took 776 AP exams in 2008. Of thoe, 227 students scored a three, 199 scored a four and 187 scored a five on the exam. Washington ranks 17th in the nation with the greatest number of 12th-graders scoring three or greater on AP exams, the release said. Learn more at www.college- board, com/apreport. Your news comments welcome! .ISSAQUAH %PRESS.00m WALTER AND JEANN] KIRK enjoy ART, HIKING, BRITISH MYSTERIES favoPi"tt g14l],$1,1 BURRITOS, HONEYDEW MELON SLICES WRAPPED IN PROSCIUTTO, FINE MERLOT AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON gho$# 'lhgff Rl'd# became CONTEMPORARY NORTHWEST ARCHITECTURE WITH STUNNING VIEWS, WONDERFUL FRIENDSHIPS, SECURITY OF LIFECARE =" y JEANNE KIRK MOVED INTO THEIR NEW HOME AT TIMBER RIDGE Listening to the Kirks, their expectations have been met - and exceeded. When they're not hiking the expansive, protected forest around them, the Kirks spend their time like many residents.., enjoying the beautiful views and seemingly endless on-site services and opportunities such as social hours, fitness classes and nutritious, chef-prepared meals. As the nation's first senior living community m be certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Kirks take comfort in knowing their home was buik with environmentally friendly, sustainable materials. And, with the security of Timber Ridge's L/feCare program, the Kirks no longer have to worry about the cost or quality of long-term health care in the future. "l-he L/feCare program assures the Kirks lifetime use of their lovely Timber Ridge residence, plus unlimited access to assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care in a private suite at the on-campus Briarwood Health Center. Importantly, this long-term health care is provided at substantially the same rate they are paying now for their residence and represents a significant savings when compared to other health care options. Learn more about L/feCare by calling (425) 427-2929. LIVE. YOUR. LIFE. CALL (425) 427-2.92-9 TODAY. ,[l, A/./ Care $ertaicex Commun/ The "LEED Certification Mark" is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.* 45718 100 TIMBER RIDGE WAY NW, ISSAQUAH, WA 98027 (425) 427-2929 TOLL-FREE (888) 427-2929 Www.TIMBERRIDGELCS.COM Fire: 'Wow, that was really nice' FROM PAGE A4 there was smoke rolling out of the roof and vent," she said. "I went back in and grabbed my purse, phone and keys and got out of there." Her car was in the garage. Firefighters let her get in to move it to a neighbor's drive- way. "I wasn't going to take a chance, she said about getting anything else. "You always hear about people taking chances, go- Ing back in for stuff, and I wasn't going to do that." The firefighters later told her she was taking things really well. We re alive, my daughter and my animals are all safe, she.told me. "The rest of it can burn. ' In fact, everyone at the scene seemed calm and orderly. Fire- fighters actually pulled her clothes from her closet, laid them on her bed and covered them with plastic before cutting a hole in the ceiling there to get at the fire. Eastside Fire & Rescue Capt. Steve Westlake told her that they don't often get a chance to do such things, but they knew they # had the time to and they like to take care of people. Elizabeth, Michelle and I stood there with our mouths hanging open for a moment. "I thought, 'Wow, that was re- ally nice,'" Elizabeth said later. "I can't believe they even both- ered." Me either. Kudos to whoever thought of that. Kudos also to her landlord, who was out of town at a funeral the day of the fire. He returned Thursday and has since had the attic rewired, ceilings replaced and the entire house profession- ally cleaned, Elizabeth said. He's also going to give her a week's rent back, she said, since she's had to stay at a friend's house. She had two working smoke detectors, but they had not gone off, because the smoke was in the attic, not yet in the home. Elizabeth said it was good t'o have a friend come right away. "It was good to have a second set of ears, to hear things I did- n't," she said. And despite the fact that she did everything right, Elizabeth said she did learn a lesson. "You can't ever go by the ada,ge, 'It'll never happen to me, she said. People always think that, but it's not the ease. It will happen to you. It did happen to me." Major kudos to everyone in- volved in making sure that what did happen wasn't worse. Reach Editor Kathleqn R. Merrill at 392- 6434, ext. 22L or editor@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press.com. 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