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AS "EDNESI)AY, |ARCH 31, 2004 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS ]BY (;RE(; FARI-tAI{ Ruth gees rarely ventures out to public meetings any more, but she stays actively involved in local environmental causes from her home. Kees Shelton lelieves. Whatever happens, Kees doesn't want the property split into lots. ili "This ground right here is so important to the aquifer, and the Issaquah Creek Basin is so much bigger than just Issaquah itself, Kees said. "This area's too nice to go for houses and yards. Issaquah We've got to keep what we still have of Mother Nature. It nur- FROM PA(iE AI on this. But there's still a tot to talk about." Last week Barbara Shelton, who serves on Environmental Council with Kees, wrote a letter to the council, urg- ing them to find a way to buy the property. "It is a high recharge area for the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to most of Issaquah," Shelton wrote. "It is contiguous with Tiger Mountain State Forest in an ideal location for creating a connection between Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) Tiger Mountain, the city's Squak Valley Park, and King County's Squak Mountain Park, which would then link all the trail systems valued by many Issaquah residents." Shelton said the greatest poten- tial for use of the property is to trade to DNR for other open-space property inside the city limits. That, said Kos, might be an area such as Park Pointe, a 102-acre site south of the Sportsman's Club and east of the high school, which might be the site of Issaquah's third urban Village. "There are a lot of wetlands in the south part of the area, so the development would potentially be in the north part," said Mark Hinthorne, city planning director, noting that Park eointe hasn't recently generated much public attention. One proposal is that Kees would continue to live on the property until she moves elsewhere or dies, serving as a caretaker, and hosting environmental events. Ultimately, the home might serve as a caretaker's home for Tiger Mountain State Forest, a meeting center, or DNB offices, turps us, but we have to nurture her. And how many urban devel- opments can you put in a rural area before it isn't rural any more?" Reporter Larry Johnson can be reached at 392-6434, ext. 234, or !iohnson@iss- press, corn. BY (;RE(; FAIRAR Kees Creek (above) flows through Kees' 20 acres at the base of Tiger Mountain. Her forested land (above right) is part of a critical aquifer-recharge area. Moss blankets several trees on Kees' property, BY GRE(; FARICAR Kaca00 33,l, LOke Sr- - mmomisl : : :: ;:karalewestC 425,391.4444 Where It's Never Too Late For Breakfast! A place for family to lather on Easter Sunday /am. Spin Many new items for [ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner[ Serving family favorites breakfast, lunch and dinner Mulml =mlm tIIW 42 (next IQFC) 5.39 .9690 1580 N.W. 6i;man Blvd. FreePlar to celebrate Arbor ; You/1 have a happyArbor Daywl plant a free birch or viburnum from Nursery in your garden. We're ce i throughoutApri! by giving away Jacquemontii birches and new w -: . tinus 'Spirit' plants. Choose yourl from our special selection. SupPli limited, so come in today! I FREE PLANT* x '  -' ] Jacquemontii birch "t Directions: Take Exit 17 Off 1-90. Go 3 1/2 miles South on Front Street Open Mort-Sat 9-5:30, Sunday 1t-5. [ viburnum tinus [ *While supphes last. L]n 1, From special selection Hayes -- )Din Ulhw lnV'h :ttM 12504 Issaquah-Hobart Rd _ (425) 391-4166 n Ov lted.- 0 INVENTORY BE SO View Home OUr real estate professionals are h e re j b r y o u. Mt view isa but- nt,Mt m 19+ incredible view acres. Black Nugget 2 stOry wjfull Rmlch is one of the last large vew acre- I unfinished basement. Featut lude age lots of available lqts on the plateau. hardwood floors, wood wrapped win- BreathtakmgiewsofSeatt Bellevue. dows. vaulted ngmaster on Olympics & ML Baker. Cascade foot- main level & 3 car g- 2,' Pr set- hills Close to Cantergrove nghbrhd, ring yet within walking ff'ance to min. to IJ but retmns privac T lssaquah Park & Ride & shopping. Call Brian Leavitt 206-999-2BUY 425.837.4700 317 NW Gilman Blvd Gilman Village #5 Issaquah , , ,,, Lowest interest rates in 40 years! * penalty "Well find you a home and loan you the money to buy it'* A.P.R. 5.208 based on 20% down conventional loan of $200,000 *subject to credit approval m Terrle Tlmson SIa Take a virtual tour If the tax man fur udg NO II