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Portlo.nd, O'c,:5on 97209 THE I S SAQUAH P RES S Twenty-l,ive cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 9, March 2, 1983 ; iiiiiiii! i}i:/ ...... t ! | TIIIotson,s car burns as King County flreflghtera arrive on the scene. Ludlum was just his lunch last when he Phyllis heard a and crashing ISsaquah-Hobart out of their 238th Way, a streak of fire silver Oldsmobile xn the middle of the rnan rescued before car explodes get over to the right as far as I could," she said. "I didn't care if I went into a ditch or the bushes, I just had to get over." She'd nearly come to a halt when the rear end of the Oldsmobile swerved into the front end of her Toyota Celica, throwing her to the passenger side of the car. out to the car the driver she better When the woman straight ahead, he oor, but it Finally, he In and dragged the the window. later, the car ex- river of the e, Bess Tillotson, S.E. 161st, had on the when she lost the bend At the same Petite, 22, of Place S.E., was when she saw weaving back last thought was to Ti!lotson has been charged with driving while intox- icated and negligent driving, according to King County Police officer G.C. Nord- quist, who investigated the accident. She suffered facial cuts in the accident, but was not seriously injured. Petite spent one night at Eastside Group Health Hospital and was treated for a broken ster- num and cuts and bruises. Petite is four months preg- nant, but there was apparent- l'y no injury to the fetus. The accident occurred in nearly the exact spot where two Issaquah High boys were killed in August, 1981. For nearly a year, two white crosses marked the spot at the base of a telephone pole where Scott Dengel and Mike Nickels lost their lives. ee seeks members .lssaquah School Dis- ishing Student (SLOs) education (grades through 12). A of school per- sonnel and parents is being formed. Anyone interested in being a volunteer on this committee should contact the Issaquah School District at 392-0730. Issaquah Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421 Lisa Petite's wrecked car sits in the ditch. Students may find ways to get out of Liberty transfer by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum South end students slated to transfer to Liberty High next fail may find loopholes that allow them to go to Issa- quah High instead, the school board was warned at a public hearing last week. People who are not given a choice about the transfer will ,,manufacture reasons not to go," said Roger Vail, a Mirrormont resident whose ninth grader would be af- fected by the proposed move to Liberty. About a dozen parents turned out to speak at the February 23 hearing on a plan to send approximately 75 of this year's ninth graders in the Tiger Mountain, Mirrormont, High Valley and Cedar Grove areas to Liberty High next fall. Other speakers at the hear- ing said they were worried about the Unequal program offerings at Liberty com- pared to Issaquah, especially in sports. But two parents who had taken a half dozen Issaquah Junior High students for a tour of Liberty said they had no objections to moving to the school. "1 was completely against . Liberty before I took the kids there last week," said Sally Hanson, a Mirrormont resi- dent. "I came away in com- plete comfort. We saw not one negative. They put on a sell, but we were sold." Several of the students who had visited the school with her said they looked for- ward to moving to the school. Though Roger Vail said he had no problem with Liberty itself, he accused the board of violating bond campaign statements that Liberty's at- tendance area wouldn't change until 1984. He said he supported last year's bond to complete Liberty because he did not think his child would be affected by the change, he said. He also took issue with the district's enrollment pro- jections showing severe over- crowding at Issaquah High unless the south end ninth graders are moved to Liberty a year early. His analysis of the figures showed Issaquah would have a problem only in 1984 if the students were not transferred. "That's an expensive price to pay when you don't even know what the estimates will be," he said. Much of the discussion centered on which students, if any, would be allowed to go to Issaquah instead of Liberty. Superintendent Cliff Johnson said he thought students could ask to go to Issaquah only if they could not get the educational pro- gram they wanted at Liberty. He said he did not think sports should be considered part of the academic pro- gram and "probably" should not be the sole reason for a student to go to Issaquah. Liberty does not offer swim- ming or gymnastics and this year will not offer track. Curriculum Director Kateri Brow said there is no difference in the academic programs of Issaquah and Liberty at the tenth grade level. At the junior and senior level, Issaquah offers more electives in foreign language, advanced science and English. Liberty expects to add more electives when the enrollment -- and stu- dent demand -- goes up. The board is scheduled to discuss the issue some more and make a final decision about the transfer at its March 9 meeting. Kimberly Fitzpatrick dies in crash by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Kimberly A. Fitzpatrick, a 16-year-old sophomore at Issaquah High, died at Over- lake Hospital early last Sat- urday morning after a car ac- cident near Pine Lake that left three others injured, one seriously. A passenger in the car, Michael Giedd, also 16, re- mains at Overlake Hospital in satisfactory condition with a fractured shoulder and bruised lung. The driver, Timothy Giedd, 22, and another passenger, Samantha Jindra, 16, were treated and released at Overlake Friday night. Because there was a fatali- ty involved, King County Police turned the accident investigation over to the Washington State Patrol. At press time, the investigation had not been completed and no charges had been filed. According to the State Patrol, Timothy Giedd was driving south on 228th Avenue S.E. at about 10:30 last Friday night when his car crossed the centerline, went over the eastern shoulder of the road and crashed into a tree. Everyone was thrown out of the car, according to witnesses who arrived at the scene, just south of S.E. 24th St. on 228th. Jim Williams of 22844 S.E. 21st, a volunteer fire- fighter for King County District 10, said he heard a car "zoom up the hill, then back down, and then back again" on 228th, just before the accident. One minute later, he said, his radio went off, alerting county firefighters to the ac- cident just a quarter mile away from his home. Two of the injured were thrown in the street and Fitz- patrick was in the ditch with severe head injuries, a broken neck and badly broken arm, said Williams. The hood of the car was in the street and all the wheels had been torn off by the im- pact. An unidentified man at the scene had started first aid on Fitzpatrick, who was breath- ing with difficulty. The pair moved her to a backboard and worked on her in the street until the aid car arriv- ed. She died three hours later, at 1:40 a.m. Saturday. Timothy Giedd of 1716 Klmberly Fitzpatrick 220th Ave. S.E. said Monday that he and the three teens were going to a party at a friend's house.He said he was not speeding or drinking before the accident. "I don't know what hap- pened. I think the wheel broke. I heard a big bang and the next thing I knew we wer'e in the ditch," he said. He went through the wind- shield and required 30 stit- ches in the back of his head and five in his wrist. His brother Michael said he didn't remember anything about the accident. Saman- tha Jindra, of 17424 Tiger Mountain Road, would not comment on the accident. Fitzpatrick was buried at Hillside Cemetery Tuesday, March 1, following a mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She was the daughter of local chiropractor Dr. James Fitz- patrick and his wife Vera, of 26414 S.E. 172nd St. Kimberly was born in Chewelah, Wash. on October 3, 1966 and moved to lssa- quah with her family in 1970. She was a member of the Tiger Mountain Thunder- bolts 4-H Club and was fond of horses and other animals, said her mother. She is also survived by her brother Aaron, 10, and sister Lindsay Ann Marie, 3; her grandparents Edward and Marjorie Fitzpatrick of Spokane and Harold and Virginia Mason of Inche- lium, Wash. Remembrances may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), P.O. Box 1761, Lynnwood, WA 98036. Dogs may be banned in ('ity parks "Sniff but don't squatl" say that would restrict dog drop- pings. The person, who asked not to be identified for fear neighboring dog owners would retaliate, has called the King County Health Department and the County Animal Control. Neither of- fered any help. "It's unsanitary!" she local residents. says. "It's not fair that peo- ple living so close together can't be more considerate of each other." The woman has stopped taking her children to Gibson Park. The problem is a little tricky, admits Bill Gerard, manager of King County Animal Control. People need by Rhoda Donkin Gibson Park is becoming a doggie bathroom and several Issaquah residents are sick of side-stepping the issue. Early last summer, people who live in the Park View Condominiums above the lit- tle neighborhood park began ,,, complaining to,.., the city's " park" department, They were sick of cleaning dog poop off their kids and bringing home smelly picnic blankets. Now, many phone calls and many months later, the City Coun- cil is about to do something about dogs dumping in city parks. Kerry Anderson, city parks director, says the problem has increased in recent years as more people move into town with canine pets and no backyards. He says Memor- ial Park and Issaquah Com- munity Park are also mine fields of dog poop. Anderson is proposing a ban of all dogs on those three parks, with a hefty fine for all violators. "Parks are designed for people, not dogs," says Anderson. "We pick up what we can, but there is no way we can keep up with the pro- blem." Anderson does not think the so-called "poop scoop" law would be very effective. "It's impossible to enforce," he says. "People just won't pick up after their pets if they have to go for a walk armed with scooping parapher- nalia." One resident of Park View Condominiums is anxiously awaiting passage of any law a place for their pooches to frolic, but if they don't have a backyard, where do they go? Let the animals wander on public property and they will get socked with a $65 fine for not having the animal on a leash. Parks have always been ideal romp- ing grounds for cooped up pups, but people have become increasingly intol- erant of their smelly trail. Gerard instituted a dog ban in some country parks and recommends that alter- native for lssaquah. "You have to go one way or the other," he says. "Parks are either for people or dogs. You can't solve the problem halfway." Kirkland park director Dave Brink instituted a dog ban on city beaches during summer months, with a $250 fine for violators. The law has worked miraculously well, he says. "I think dog owners who let their pets go in parks should be fined $500!" says one local resident. "After all, that's the littering fine in some places!" The proposed dog ban or- dinance was slated to go before the City Council on February 22, but was post- poned for committee review. Anderson says he is op- timistic something will be done before the beginning of the summer. The subject will be dis- cussed at a council committee meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room. City drops water *ig t against county by Rhoda Donkin The City Council announc- ed an end to three years of litigation between Issaquah and King County Water District 82 in a statement read at the February 22 coun- cil meeting. Passing the first resolution of 1983, the council voted unanimously to "cooperate where possible" providing water service to areas in both jurisdictions. The resolution means the city will not appeal a King County Superior Court deci- sion last November which gave the county water district the right to provide water ser- vice to the Freegard area, 450 acres extending from Issa- quah's northern city limits along East Lake Sammamish Parkway to S.E. 43 Way. The county first won that annexation decision from the King County Boundary Review Board in early 1980. At the time, the city also peti- tioned the review board for that service area, stating it was a natural extension of the city's 1974 water service plan. When the review board ruled in favor of the county, City Attorney John Hackett appealed that decision. Liti- gation dragged on when that appeal was dismissed but a later appeal on the dismissal was upheld. The city had its day in court on the Freegard annexation two years later, in 1982. The controversy has arous- ed bad feelings from land- owners in the area who have been anxious for improved water service. They had worked out an agreement with the county to pay for a pipeline through their area from a well the county planned to tap for the Pine Lake Plateau. When the city intervened, claiming the area was going to develop and eventually annex to the city, a simmering feud started be- tween landowners and the ci- ty. Landowners repeatedly ac- cused the city of interfering with their affairs and fanning a dangerous water shortage situation on their properties. The city held fast to the argu- ment that once water lines were laid, the area would develop quickly and soon need municipal services. King County Superior Court Judge George Mattson said he didn't think it had to be an insurmountable hassle for the city, and ruled in November that Issaquah should work cooperatively with the county, because it had annexation rights the city did not. Last month' area land- owners, including Albert and Randy Bass, owners of Farm Discount Lumber, came before the City Council to lay down their swords and plead an end to the litigation. They stressed the need for water in their area and asked for no more bad feelings. ,