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GYOSS oY.bo.oho,%" B't.'o5. (>I,/, !':! :T (>th tve. 97209 - Inside: the biggest coupon sale Issaquah has0000e00ve00r seen! THE I SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 10, March 9, 1983 End transfer ision set tonight School Board is to make a final Wednesday, March ar not ninth from Tiger Moun- nt and Cedar go to Liberty will answers to several ons about the transfer '.he public hearing ago. Several students at the 23 meeting asked if offerings and extra- activities were the at Liberty and Issa- if the library was ads- serve the students, the transportation Would be to bus the to Liberty. Parents to know which if any, could be ex- the transfer. :ording to district Which will be dis- at the meeting, go to a school attendance area after school care is [f they've moved out in the last quarter to complete the school, if the Intends to move to area in and wants to at- new school ahead of "unique curricular program" is available at one school and not another, or if guidance counselors recom- mend a transfer to correct a student's "social behavior problem." The administration will also present information showing equivalent course offerings at Issaquah and Liberty in all areas except certain electives and detail the extracurricular activities available at the two schools. According to the report, Liberty does not have a mar- ching or pep band, an all- school musical, a boys' ser- vice organization, golf, swimming, girls' or boys' gymnastics or Special Olym- pics. The school will not of- fer a track or tennis program this spring. The transportation depart- ment indicates it will cost about the same to bus the ex- tra south end students to Liberty as it would to take them to Issaquah. A report on the Liberty library in- dicates it has twice the number of volumes necessary for accreditation and has an annual budget three times the minimum for accreditation. Board meetings are held in the Administration Service Center at 7 p.m. Discussion of the transfer is scheduled to begin at 7:15. Spring song The branches are still bare but the warmer winter days have the early birds out singing a tune of spring. Photo by Debble Bruslus. ,e Tradition should not be traded to IQ ger Mountain State Forest, says city meeting, the agreed that 450 Lake Tradition to the el- for land the state Depart- Resources. did not say a of the land was they impor- city has "more tcil gave that opi- Penney, the ci- te the State Forest Commitee. That group was set up out the future of atop Tiger which is largely state. The DNR in land trades owners, City of Issa- quah, to create an "urban forest" used for both recrea- tion and forestry. Penney said the group views the Lake Tradition area as a major "access cor- ridor" to the rest of the forest and an important recreational .site, with the largest body of water on the mountain. Penney asked the council to tell him if the city would consider either trading it or selling it as part of the state forest. "The city has a small piece of the Tiger Mountain State Forest but it's a key to how the whole mountain can be developed," said Penney. The council would not, however, make any commit- ment about the future of the land except that it be developed "to provide op- timal recreational benefits to the citizens of Issaquah." POWERS INSURANCE AOENCY g8 Front $t. N., Islaquah Issaauah,s Oldest Indo00 ,, pendent Agency ,00ow Represents... Donna Graves, pres. MUTUAL OF ENUMCLAW ENUMCLAW LIFE INS. 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It in- cludes Lake Tradition itself, which used to be the city's water supply, a swamp, woods, trails and a small forest which the city has already logged once, making about $130,000 on the sale of timber. Logging is one of the ac- tivities which will occur in the proposed urban forest, and according to Penney, the Lake Tradition area would be an important transporta- tion route for that use. Ac- cess off Interstate-90 in the High Point area is the nearest route into the forest. , F Penney said because the ci- ty owns the only land connecting the forest to 1-90 "it has an amenity that is not being used." Councilman Nick Pergakis said the idea of allowing the land to be used for truck traf- fic to logging sites should be out of the question. Council- man Dave Clark Agreed. "That property is worth more than its value on the tax rolls," said Clark. Squak Mt. logging plans discussed Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources will meet with resi- dents of the south Squak Mountain area to discuss plans to log 50 acres on the mountain's slope. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Senior Center. The project, known as the 466 Timber Sale, is listed as "environmentally sensitive" because it may cut through a small stream that feeds into Issaquah Creek. It's also listed as sensitive because it will come close to homes on May Valley Road between the Issaquah-Hobart Road and S.E. 128th Street. Lawsuit updates: Sammamish plan reviewed. A King County Superior to certify the record of the Court judge has cleared the council's approval of the way for court review of the development guide. The County Council's centre- hearing was held February versial east Sammamish 23. Community Plan. Dixon ruled against arguments by Steve Kenyon, Judge Robert Dixon county deputy prosecuting upheld a request by the attorney, that the lawsuit Friends of the Plateau, which against the plan was filed too is suing to overturn the plan, late and that defendants in Landfill trial a year away Residents suing to close Cedar Hills landfill will have to wait a year for their day in court. A trial date of February 6, 1984, has been set in U.S. District Court with Judge Barbara Rothstein. The suit was filed in Feb- ruary 1982 by a group of residents who call themselves NO DUMP Inc. (No Damag- ing or Unsightly Municipal Pollution). Their suit alleges that King County has been operating the 920-acre land- fill so negligently that it has created an environmental problem "of a magnitude un- matched elsewhere in this region." x The proposed clearcut is expected to produce about l million board feet of lumber for the common school building fund. Ben 'Cleve- land, Carbonado District Manager for the DNR, will write the supplemental environmental impact state- ment for the sale. He will be at the meeting. the suit were not properly named. The Friends of the Plateau, represented by at- torney Michael Gillette, said in its suit that the county's environmental review of the plan was inadequate and that zone changes contained in the plan were improperly ap- proved. John Gieselman, president of the association, says members are concentrating on raising money to hire ex- pert witnesses at the trial. The organization also hopes to put pressure on King County and the City of Seat- fie to move ahead with plans for a waste recycling plant as an alternate to the landfill. Bill Bredlce carries his picket sign In front of Flscher's Meats. Local business people invited to tour schools Issaquah Education Association President Midge Paterson has announced plans for the organization's Focus on Public Education program scheduled for March 9 through II. The program will spotlight the need for continued citizen and legislative support for the accomplishments and contributions to society public schools have made in Issaquah and the state and nation. Most of the state's major organizations associated with education have also set the March dates for public school recogni- tion. According to Paterson, Focus on Public Education activities will include newspaper ads; student ac- tivities; postcards to be writ- ten by citizens and sent to legislators; a proclamation signed by Issaquah school organizations as well as the mayor and Chamber of Commerce president. Invita- tions have been sent to the business community to visit schools on March 10. Peti- tions promoting support for public education will be available for signatures at the schools. These, along with student projects, are schedul- ed to be presented to legislators in Olympia on March 15. "We often forget that more than 90 percent of to- day's adults attended public schools," said Paterson. "That means that U.S. pro- minence in almost every area is due to the work and achievements of public school graduates." Sample copy This is your sample news once a month. copy of the Issaquah Editorials and letters to Press. If you already the edito'r are thought- subscribe, thank youI If provoking. Photos cap- you don't, we hope you'll ture the people and beauty take the time to look us of lssaquah. over. At least once every The Press is a weekly month, the Press newspaper, delivered by publishes a magazine-style mail every Wednesday. section on a special topic. The 83-year-old publica- Coming up in April is tion is Issaquah's oldest Home Improvement and business. For $10 per Spring Gardening; in year, you receive news of May, Bachelors of Issa- city and county govern- quah; and in June, a ment, updates on the salute to Darigold's 75 rapidly expanding growth years in Issaquah. of the community, school Shoppers should note district news, high school the Press is full of weekly and club sports, birth, 'ocery specials and other wedding and club an- ads to bring you the best nouncements and features buys in the area. And about interesting people don't miss the garage around town. sales, home services and Columnists Rodi help wanted ads in the Shemeta Ludlum, Fred classifieds. Marler and Norma Starks Look us over and then will entertain you with take advantage of the their thoughts about life. coupon inside offering a Roxiane Reynolds covers savings of $3 per year to news of our neighbors in new subscribers this week the South End. Debbie only. Berto capsulizes business And now.., read on! Picketers mark one year at Fischer's Meats by Rhoda Donkin This week marks the first anniversary that Fischer's Meats on Front Street has been picketed by members of the Meat Cutters Union, Local 81. The picketers are three to inform the public that Fischer's is not a union market. After one year, they have no plans to leave. The union first took an in- terest in Fischer's in 1981 before George and Nick Fischer sold the market to Chris Chiechi. It had been a union shop for years, except for one high school student who came in a couple of afternoons a week to "punch" hamburger patties. When Local 81 found out about this non-union help, they told Fischer's "everyone or no one" in the shop was to be under union contract. Angered, the brothers decid- ed to drop their union membership. When Chiechi bought the meat market in November 1981, he too decided not join the union. The Fischers have continued cutting meat and they have also have kept out of the union. They agreed to accept lower wages and benefits and according to Chiechi, it's an arrangement that satisfies all workers. "It would be impossible to make a living if we had to pay union wages," said Chiechi. He said under union rules hourly pay including benefits would come close to $23. "It's not possible in a service-oriented shop like this one to pay what chain stores are able to." According to local 81 president Sid Casey, one of the four supermarkets in Issaquah, all union, filed a complaint against Fischer's in 1981 and encouraged the local to take action. Casey would not say which of the four markets had called headquarters, but he says their reasoning is sound. Casey says union meat cut- ters fear competition from small markets that don't pay their workers as much and thus can offer cheaper prices. "It's a cumulative affect. If a collection of shops become non-union in an area, it can affect the market for the union shops." Chiechi filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board last year to try and put a stop to the pickets which he says, "really takes a toll on all our nerves." The board ruled union picketers have the right to picket as long as they don't obstruct sales or deliveries. "We do not represent your employees and do not seek to represent them, nor do we seek recognition from you as the representative of your employees.., our sole pur- pose is to inform the public," read a letter from Casey stating the union's position. Chiechi says the picketers have not decreased sales. In fact, he says, they might have improved business. "I have people come in here and order a pound of hamburger because they saw the pickets and wanted to find out what was going on. But on the other hand, it's impossible to tell how many people see the signs and drive right by." The union is also picketing at a store in Bothell and two in Seattle, according to Casey. Last week they did not come to Issaquah and perhaps for the next few weeks they will concentrate on other sites. But they plan to return.