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March inspires activist&apos;s life , See Page,46 LOCALLY OWN: Loca Local athletes miss state titles in wrestling, swimming, gymnastics , Sports, Page Cl Issaquah man cashes in big on Wheel of Fortune Conmmnity, Page BI OZ< N   .................................................................. r ....................................... 900 * 75 CENTS ' .... WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 259 2009 VOLe Jraries are oooming Hard economic times bring recent spike in circulation ON'IHEWEB Learn more about the Issaquah Ubrary at www.kc/s.org/issaquah. BY DAVID HAYES BY DAVID HAYES At the far end of a reference aisle of books (above), a resident uses a computer at the Issaquah Ubrary. Dan Hatch, of Klahanie, reads about how to beef up his rsum6, rather than buying the books new at a book store. although actual numbers haven't been compiled yet. Even the adults are seemingly filling every available chair. A course the library offered in its "Fiscal Fitness" series, "EBay I -- The 'Basics' of eBay Selling" drew an enormous crowd -- 81 squeezed into their meeting room. "That one had unbelievable attendance," Bodle said. "That's usually the numbers we get for the children's programs." She added that libraries are geared toward the economic times. In addition to the eBay course, the library offers courses in digital See LIBRARY, Page A8 On a recent sunny afternoon, Diana Tam, of Sammamish, was browsing the DVD aisle with her children, Jayci, 17 months, and Malia, 4, on their first trip to the Issaquah Library. It s been a while since I've gone to the library," said the 33-year-old mother. It s kinda nice to bring the kids back. Plus, the library s selec, tion is awesome. It helps when you've got to pinch pennies any way to you can these days. The Tams are among a growing number across the nation redis- covering their local public library "With patronage up 11 percent, check-ins up 80 percent and the number of books on hold up 22 percent, that's an indicator that rather than going out and buying, people are checking out books instead." - Philis Bodle Issaquah/rary s/re manager during these hard economic times. The second busiest library system in the country is right here in King County. "The King County Library System is No. 2 in the nation in cir- culation, second only to Queensborough, New York, which is bigger than us by far," said Bobble Daniel, library cluster man- ager for Issaquah and Sammamish. "But we're ever hopeful." She and Issaquah site manager Philis Bodle don't have to hope the local branch keeps up with the rest of the system. Bodle said Issaquah has had a continual rise in patron- age the past two years. "Last month alone, we had 323 new patron registrations, up from 292 last year, an 11 percent increase," Bodle said. A clicker in the door actually tracks the number of visitors per day, which is compiled into a monthly report. The numbers con- tinued to be in the high 30,O00s, except in December, when the heavy snow kept all but the hardi- est adventurers at home. The interesting thing, Daniel said, is that patronage is up across the board in age groups. Bodle said the children's section, which fea- tures regular reading programs, has seen a general increase by about 20-30 people a week, BY DON BORIN VOICE OF IHS SPORTS Wrestlers Ben Tickman, Dalton Baunsgard, Patti Tilton and Kyle Bichich join announcer Marty Budzius, Diane Hyatt and her husband, coach Kirk Hyatt at a ceremony for Budz- ins' retirement. He began announcing sports at Issaquah High School in 1977. I I FBI investigates Gilman bar.tk robbery BY WARREN KAGARISE A man robbed the Gilman Boulevard Washington Mutual bank branch Feb. 17, brandishing a handgun before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. Authorities said the suspect entered the bank just after 3 p.m. and approached a teller. The sus- pect then presented a note demanding money and flashed a handgun. The teller handed money to the suspect, who then left the bank. Authorities said he was last seen climbing into a red Ford Mustang. Robbie Burrows, a spokes- woman for the FBI's Seattle field office, said customers in the bank during the incident were unaware the robbery had occurred. Issaquah police were alerted by an alarm at the bank, 1195 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at 3:11 p.m. Officers arrived at WaMu three minutes later, but were unable to locate the suspect. Authorities described the man as Hispanic or Southeast Asian, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build and buck teeth. He fled in a red i998 Ford Mustang with nonfacto- ry rims. Investigators said the same man robbed a US Bank branch in Kirkland, 13233 100th Ave. N.E., Imquah hnk robbeff suspect on Feb. 13. Grainy surveillance images released by the FBI show the man entering each bank. The man can be seen holding a handgun in the image captured during the Kirkland robbery. Because a bank robbery is a fed- eral crime, the FBI is acting as the lead investigator on the case. The number of bank robberies across Washington decreased throughout 2007 and 2008, according to FBI statistics. Statewide, 153 bank robberies occurred last year, including one at a WaMu branch inside the See ROBBERY, Page AS Drummer opens Metal Shop , See Page B6 $.70,000 raised for schools Issaquah School District stu- dent volunteers raised more than $70,000 Feb. 11 in a phone-a-then for the Issaquah Schools Foundation. More than 200 students from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools gathered to make phone calls to district families for donations to support Project GLAD, or Guided Language Acquisition Design Training. GLAD Training is an opportu- nity for teachers to learn how to best reach all types of learners, through seminars and course work. Last spring, students raised $150,500 for the program. Since May, nearly 175 teach- ers at 20 schools have been trained with GLAD skills. Those teachers have reached more than 5,000 students. This year, the goal was to raise $180,000 to purchase additional seminar and training sessions for 100 secondary mid- dle and high school teachers. The $70,000 raised will help pay for )me of that training. Donate online at www. issaquahschoolsfounda- tion.org or by calling 416-2045. Chamber names n ew executive Matthew Bott started his new role as CEO of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23. "I am very excited to oin the Matthew btt eadership team at the chamber," Bolt said in a chamber news release. "I look forward to working with the business community and local leaders as we continue to support and promote Issaquah as an outstanding community to live in and conduct business." Bott brings prior experience in selling membership, which chamber leaders said would be critical in his leadership role. "Increasing Issaquah Chamber membership is very important and we are excited about having Matt take this chamber to the next level," Issaquah Chamber ,Board Chairman Bob Ittes said in the release. Bert recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C. He served for six years as assistant executive director for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity International headquarters. Bott also brings about seven years of nonprofit experience to his chamber role. Bott recently completed a master's in business adminis- tration fm George Washington University, where he studied marketing and strategy. In addi- tion, Bott served as student gov- ernment president at Boise State University. Outgoing Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Larry Ishmael filled, the interim CEO position through the end of February to allow a smooth transition. YOU SHOULD KNOW INSIDE THE PRESS GAS GAIIGE RAIN GAIN A&E ........ B6 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds ... C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Community ... B1 Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 Recyclables, including aluminum, cardboard, mixed paper, newspapers, plastic bottles and electronics, can be dropped off at the AtWork! Issaquah Operations Center, 690 N.W. Juniper St. The center is open 24/7. People need only place their recyclables in the appropriate bins. Electronic recy- clables, which AtWork! began accepting last month, must be turned in to a staff member. 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