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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, March 2, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Sports could be a reason to stay at Issaqual Whether parents in the south end favor it or not, the School Board will most likely decide March 9 that Tiger Mountain, Mirrormont and Cedar Grove area ninth graders should go to Liberty next fall, a year ahead of schedule. We don't think the transfer is un- reasonable. Students in those areas are about the same distance from Issaquah as they are from Liberty. We think it will help Liberty to get a few extra students and relieve some of the burden on Issaquah. However we do think there may be a few students who would be affected by the lack of certain sports at Liberty. There is no gymnastics or swimming at Liberty and there will be no track pro- gram this year and possibly next year. While track will undoubtedly return when enrollment goes up, the other two sports will certainly not be offered in the near future. Two board members in particular, Gary Raid and Tom McLaughlin have said repeatedly that the sports program should not be considered a separate part of the educational experience. Sports can keep a student in school when aca- demics can't, says Raid. Sports ac- tivities keep students entertained with something besides what McLaughlin calls "the Friday night pot party." We think if a student has participated in swimming or gymnastics throughout junior high and can produce a note from a coach testifying to his or her dedication, that ought to be reason enough to waive the requirement they attend Liberty. THERE'5 MORE TO THIS TOWN'5 DOG PROBLEM THAN MEET5 THE EYE,,, i i Public meetings YUGK! i i - i . ii More ideas for downtown Two items in your February 9 issue caused me to write to you. They are the "Makers Urban Design," questionnaire and the letter from A.J. Peters, Kirkland. After going through all the Makers' research questions, I wrote a concluding statement because I did not think my answers to the various questions would be of much help. This statement went like this, "The frontier style on Front Street is nice, but 1 live nearby'and come to Issaquah frequently. Once I had seen Front Street, its novelty had rubbed off, it was old stuff. The question is, now what can you do for me and my trade? 1 am a captive shopper because Issaquah is the closest shopping area for me. So, the question is find out what your neighbors need and supply it. Don't worry about large businesses and shopping malls. When the population comes to the Plateau, Mirrormont, Hobart, Tiger Mountain and Squak Mountain, big business will come, uninvited." There are 13,000 people on the Plateau, Mirrormont has, I guess, 5,000, and Issaquah 5,000,. with Hobart and other small sections some more. This is the market for Issaquah shops. There is potential growth in the offing -- 200 more jobs to come to Eastgate for the telephone people. Where will they live? This brings up the most immediate question -- roads. Front Street is not a road conducive to people to stop and shop. On September 30 last year I wrote the Chamber of Commerce suggesting a road philosophy for the Front Street. Again, on January 10, at the meeting of the Mayor and Council, I pre- sented a letter in which a paragraph read as follows: "Another suggestion I have is that commercial zoning be encouraged abutting the frontier-type establishments on Front Street and Gilman Boulevard, with parking back to back so that traffic interested in the normal commercial can live side by side with the Frontier attraction thus abetting each other. Road concepts should he established to encourage this, otherwise the Frontier concept will die out." When Mr. Peters wrote his letter to you he actually stipu- lated how Front Street could be helped by creating a 100-foot wide road for traffic and parking which would move people and open up the trading possibilities. I was glad to see that someone else was thinking along the same lines as myself. Perhaps, this is where the "Makers," Front Street Merchants, The Chamber of Commerce, the mayor and council should concentrate their efforts in order to make Issaquah a viable city to serve itself and its surrounding population. Steve Kipper Equestrian center- a natural One of the fastest growing recreational interests in the country is horses. What was once the "sport of kings" is now ranging from televised professional show jumping and polo, rodeo and country western music extravaganzas to 4-H show- ing and trail riding. With Pickering Farm, an area equestrian center is a natural solution. Excellent location, freeway access, stables, excellent hotel facilities nearby, trail access, and prgcximity to a na- tionally known convention center in Seattle all mark the Development Commission, Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Preliminary plans for Gilman Station, pro- posed for the comer of Gilman Boulevard and Front Street, will be presented. The new Development Commission will meet on the same nights as the old Design Commission. Special Planning Commission Meeting, Thursday, March 3, 8 p.m., Community Hall. The commission will discuss the pro- pored comprehensive plan for the Interstate 90 area. The commission has disbanded ex- cept for completing work on the compre- hensive plan. The new Planning Policy Commission has not selected a meeting night. City Council, Monday, March 7, 7:30 p.m, Community Hall. The council will i,, i i i hear a presentation from John Penny, city representative to the Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee. Drainage problems at the Interstate 90 and Tibbetts Creek crossing will also be discussed. Community and Intergovernmental Rela- tions Committee Meeting, Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m., City Hall Conference Room. The proposed ordinance banning dogs from all city parks will be discussed. School Board, Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A final decision on the early transfer of south end students to Liberty High is scheduled. The district's plans to offer a daycare program will also be discussed. i| i i Meeting follow-up ii i i School Board, February 23. The Clark Elementary PTA donated $107 for library books and films... The Briarwood Elementary PTA donated Junior Literacy books to the school... The Pine Lake Junior High Parent Advisory Group donated $587 to buy films about drugs and alcohol for health classes... The board ap- proved a new graduation requirement, say- ing students must take four courses in "occupational skills" instead of two. A maternity leave of absence was granted to TLC kindergarten teacher Jeanne Woods. She will be replaced by Jan Mucha... Dianne Herivel will teach two music survey classes at Issaquah Junior High. She replaces Mary Ann Sanders, who requested a half-time leave of absence... Sally Everett will teach PE and art at the junior high during Elizabeth Ann Graham's leave of absence... Chuck Landback will coach boys' soccer at Liberty High, Dick Munro will coach the J.V. team there and Sally Everett will coach volleyball at Issa- quah Junior High. THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $10 per year. $17.50 for two years in King County; $10.75 per year outside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodl Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkin, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Bllncoe, dleptay advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, bookkeep- per;, Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer, darkroom technician. 4J,OCIATIOt  ,'L. DEADLINES News ................... .......... Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising ". ........... Mo0day, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CiTY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. I I III Ill I I I I A Owson of Murray Publishing Company potential in this piece of property for a regional or even na- tional class facility for equestrian events. The farm itself already has a race track, cross country course and three arenas. Within five minutes riding time of the barn is the trail along the BurlingtonNorthern Railroad tracks which uses the railroad underpass of 1-90 and continues on into town and connects with the Tiger Mountain trails of the Issaquah Alps. Access to the new John Wayne Trail and Burke Gilman system would provide an answer to the increas- ing problem of development trail closures on the Pine Lake Plateau and other nearby communities. With the increasing need for equestrian facilities, groups like local 4-H clubs and the.Equestrian Institute search for such a place as their permanent home. A few weeks ago the Press stated editorially that horses were not an established use of the farm because there were on- ly a few there. I submit this is not for lack of interest, but rather an action by the owners to terminate the boarding business two years ago. Before that time the barn stalls and pastures had plenty of horses. The interest is here and growing. Pickering Farm is an opportunity for Issaquah to have a facility for horsemen and spectators alike, a place where a park bench could be placed for an older or younger person in a truly quiet rural setting away from Saturday morning sports, or the Sammamish sun and rock crowd. It provides an opportunity for local business to benefit from increased trade and new business oppor- tunities. I hope we have the foresight to take it and urge City Council to make the tough decision to keep all the acreage in an established use district. Fran Pope Don't rush kids into adulthood The middle school concept has been under discussion for our district for some time. There are some particular points we would like you to consider as this plan is adopted and sub- sequently implemented. Athletic endeavors for middle school students should be re- stricted to intramural level activities. We are not against extra- curricular activities or sports, only the overemphasis and costs involved with interscholastic contests at this level of partici- pation. Given equal expenditures, it is much more beneficial for 600 students to he involved at the intramural leval than for 60 students to be involved at the interscholastic level. Evening dances are another adult orientation which should not be included in the extracurricular program of a middle school. After-school dances could be beneficial at the eighth- grade level, as long as the dances are not overemphasized; but their inclusion for the younger students is another nail in the coffin of the premature end of childhood. In general, there should be a balance to extracurricular activities which would give each class in a middle school new activities to anticipate and enjoy each year as the students mature and move toward the high school experience. Please don't ruin that anticipation by rushing middle school students into an adolescent versi0no f high school and adulthood. Rowan C. Hinds Barbara A. Hinds Airport needs corn The owners of the Picketing Farm and the many times that they think they can move the airport onto state park land. Although this is an think that the time has come to put up or shut up. The problem is this: what is to keep the owners of and airport, once having obtained development their land, from changing their minds and not have the airport moved? Unquestionably, if this be moved it will be a joint effort between the, the airport operators, and the city. The whole apart if any of those three parties ceases to help. ment zoning is obtained, the property owners will have any reason to continue to help. They they wanted, the airport lease will expire, and become the proud owner of a large development port activities. A possible solution: The city allows develo the Pickering Farm and airport only after the put in writing a guarantee to,the airport operators can continue airport operations somewhere on until the activity can be moved across the street intot park. This is a situation in which everyone wins. The win because they will get their development zoning. wins because both sides will come together in a me compromise, making an otherwise difficult and decision easy. The airport operators will win becausc l continue in business (relocating an airport these easy.., ask the Eastside airport organization!) ! citizens of the town will really win because whatever benefits development can bring to the tinue the air sports uses in the area. The catch, and there always is one, is if the owners are not willing to guarantee the airport activities on the property until it can be are simply throwing up a political smokescreen. If certain as they seem to be that they such a guarantee would insure that they would help to relocate the airport activities and would enhance their credibility in town. It is not necessary that someone lose when win. The middle ground is very clear and I hope that! can move strongly in that direction. Letters policy The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the sub jeers of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no lJ than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the follot Wednesday. No letter will be published unless signed by at least one individual, presents the view of a group. Letters should not be longer than 500 words. Press reserves the right to edit [or spelling, length and libel. City government updates Design Commission At its February !6 meeting, the Design Commission condi- tionally approved a preliminary site plan for the future Gilman Square, now Hi-Lo Shopping Center, presented to them at both the February 2 and 16 meetings. The plan includes a new 30,000 square foot building which would sit at the south end of the present center, next to Mark- It Foods. Three other smaller buildings, suitable for small banks or fast food restaurants, are also part of the plan. The design includes tearing down Seven Firs Nursery and using that area for additional parking spaces. The commission approved the site plan contingent on settle- ment of a problem that has arisen over the acceptable width of Locust Street, which runs behind Mark-It Foods. City or- dinance requires the road to be 60 feet wide if used as an ac- cess for the commercial center. It is now 30 feet wide and developers say an extra 30 feet would be almost impossible to incorporate into their expansion plans. In a letter to developer Dr. Dwayne Brisco, Public Works Director Jack Crumley said the city would probably accept a 40-foot width for Locust Street, but he required a traffic study be done by developers before any decision is reached. City Council At its February 22 meeting, the City Council tabled action on two ordinances expanding the duties of the Library Board and the Cemetery Board. The two boards have not had their legal duties rewritten since 1961 and 1915 respectively, and the city is in the process of revising them, along with other city boards and commissions. Action on the revisions was delayed after City Attorney John Hacker argued that duties outlined in the updated wording were too liberal and did not comply with state law. The city administration countered that argument, saying the law itself is outdated and present duties already performed by the two boards should be written into the new ordinances. Public Safety Commission The Public Safety Commission cut roughly $50,000 out of the proposed police station remodeling budget during their two meetings over the past month. According to committee chair Dick Mitchell, the revised budget of $291,000, from the previous estimate of $347,000, includes reduction of parking lot, landscaping and furniture expenses. Specifically, $29,000 itemized for penses" was eliminated from the budget proposal. The commission will review the budget further with administration and make their recommendation to Council at the March 21 meeting. Planning Commission The Planning Commission held a public plat request from Gerald Nelson and Patricia 445 S.W. Forest Drive. The hearing brought 30 Community Hall to express their opinions ravine area between Mountain Park Boulevard and Boulevard, where the lot division was requested. After public comment was heard, the commissmn the short plat with requirements that soils, drainage studies be completed before any building Nelson and Nomeilini have one year to supply the that information. The commission also asked city's planning rezoning the ravine area to a lower density and imposing a hillside zoning restriction to the same area. What makes Liberty special? Let me count the ways... Rodi Shemeta Ludlum i ,i i i Sometimes you walk into a building or room and without even realizing it, you smile inwardly. Maybe it's a person you pass on the way in, or a hand-lettered sign on the door or the quality of light inside. Whatever it is, your intuitive antennae, all those invisible little nerve endings that recoil or relax in a new atmosphere are picking up good vibrations. How do you define what makes you feel good about a place? There were a handful of people at last week'S School Board meeting trying to do just that. They'd just been to Liberty High for the first time. One woman admitted she'd been dead set against her kids going to Liberty -4 that is, until she visited the place. There she experienced a familiar local phenomenon. In a voice trembling with emotion, she told School Board members she was ready to turn her kids lives over to Liberty. She didn't say "Give me Liberty-or give me death," but the intent was clear. She was a born again Patriot. It wasn't the first time I'd heard someone struggle to articulate their fondness for a place that has been a management headache for the district ever since it opened six years ago. Because it's only half full, it was only half built. Vandals broke enough windows to warrant a care- taker. There's no kitchen and no sewers. Lunches are trucked in and sewage is trucked out. Yet in spite of everything, there is no denying that Liberty is somehow bathed in a glow of good feeling. Some say it's school spirit, but there are cheerleaders and Go Team Go signs at every high school. IVs been called a big happy family because so many of the kids grew up together, but we all know familiarity can be smothering and families grow apart. Some say it's easy for Liberty to be friendly because it's such a small school. But I went to a friendly college of 30,000. Usually such testimony of sweetness and light would make me gag, but when it comes to Liberty, I'm biased. I too am a born again Patriot. I remember the first time I went.out there; way, way out there in the twilight zone that is neither Renton nor Issaquah. I had such a hard time finding it that by the time I finally pulled into a faculty member's parking slot, I was quite pleased with myself. It was so nice of the principal, Bob White to meet me in the parking lot, even if it was just to meet me (nicely) to move my car.. But in subsequent visits, I was greeted in the parking lot even vvhen I violated no rules. Most of the time, I'd come to see the principal, but those talks never seemed like inter- views. It was more like I'd been asked to pull up the wicker rocker and set a spell. There was never any big hurry. The office door never closed. Students poked their heads in and were greeted with familiar ease. Of course there were times I didn't come to see the principal and didn't even go near the office. But somehow he got a blip on his reporter radar and the next thing knew he was at my elbow asking where I was headed. course he trusts me, he says. He just thought I might l a guide to thd gym or theatre or soccer field. He's completely undaunted when I accuse him of having better to do than stare out the window at the parking The unhurried ease emanating from the principal'S' seems to radiate at least as far as the reception area even spills out into the hallway. At any normal students tend to steer clear of the office, which is seen as a throne room of the oppressors. At Liberty, is usually a heap of students camped outside the door, eating lunch. A half a dozen more lounge around the reception area, snapping gum and putting on hold. There is an easy grace about the students that different from the agonizing shyness or forced my high school classmates. I have images of student president Doug Eck giving a touching graduation decked out in his cap and gown and ratty sneakers. I Kadeardra Holley strolling into the boys' locker root (occupied) on her way to the weight room. The boys even seem to notice. I see a whole fleet of posing for a group shot in their very best clothes, their very best smiles, and then carefully putting stuff away and hopping back into their jeanL Perhaps the most pervasive symbol of Liberty the nylon Booster jacket in a color that Liberty -- true blue. You rarely see the principal his on (he's the only one allowed to wear it with the Boosters themselves, the jackets are not flashy they're functional. They symbolize a cool pride and loyalty to a young school that may never outgrow tl  charm of its youth.