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Patriots trample Beavers in track and field action , Sports, Musicians turn lunchtime into impromptu jam sessions The Fire glows on , SeePageB7 WWW. I S SAQUAHPRE S S. COM , See Page BIO LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 " 75 CENTS WEDNESDAY~ APRIL 6~ 2011 VOL. 112, NO. 14 t By Warren Kagarhe Issaquah Press reporter In Issaquah, a city of more than 30,000 people, only a handful of the population has completed the most rigorous training to respond to disas- ters. The unfolding disaster in Japan -- caused after a mag- nitude-9 earthquake rocked the island nation early last month -- renewed attention on emergency preparedness on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. Even in a city as focused on preparedness as Issaquah, some gaps remain in the system. The city has spearheaded les- sons in Map Your Neighborhood -- a program to coordinate disaster recovery on a block-by-block basis and identh special skills, such as medical training, among resi- dents -- for dozens of neighbor- hoods, although less then 300 people had completed the more rigorous program, Community Emergency Response Team training, by mid-March. City and independent emer- ~ency planners said the num- ers belie the effect of trained responders, especially as CERT members start to educate fami- ~i members and neighbors in saster preparedness and response. "Now, instead of nine fire- fighters and a handful of police officers and some pub- lic works people being avail- able, you're looking at hun- dreds of people affecting thou- sands of people," said Bret Heath, city Public Works Operations and emergency management director. That goes a long way to response and also getting us on the path to recovery. Carol Dunn, Woodinville- based emergency preparedness expert, credited the nonprofit Issaquah Citizen Corps Council for taking a lead role in educat- ing residents about disaster response. "What a boon for Issaquah, because it means that you've got an engaged citizenry, she said. "You ve got a lot of indi- viduals and they are actively working right now." See PREPARE, Page A3 / BY GHEG FAHHAH Robb Hunt (above) shows off the finished intenor of the rebuilt Fi~t Stage Theatre on Mamh 29, as actors rehearse on the boards. Decades-old asphalt siding (at top right) hangs from the old theater. Demolition crews take down (at bottom right) the last pieces of the 97-year-old building last July. Village Theatre plans additional offerings at downtown venue By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press r.eporter HOWTO HELP Village Theatre continues to raise funds for the First Stage lheatre reconstruction. The theater needs to raise about $600,000 more, and naming opportuni- ties remain available for donors. Call Development Director Louise Kincaid at 392-1942, ext. 111, to leam more about donations. INSIDE Learn more about '13' - the opening musical at the rebuilt historic First Stage Theatre, Page BIO. The curtain rises soon on the rebuilt First Stage Theatre in downtown Issaquah. Village Theatre Executive Producer Robb Hunt and other leaders plan to open the $3.1 mil- lion First Stage Theatre to audi- ence members April 7, after years spent planning and reconstructing the brick-red-and-hunter-green structure. The rebuilt theater doubles classroom and rehearsal space for the 32-year-old Village Theater. Inside, bright dressing rooms replace the cramped trailer per- formers used for costume changes at the old theater. Technicians use a modem control booth to adjust LED stage lighting and high-tech sound system. The "green" theater is also Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified. Other details recall the early 20th century theater on the same site. The reconstruction team turned salvaged lumber from the old First Stage Theatre into a lobby ticket booth, plus molding and wainscot- ing throughout the building. Crews also restored the mid-20th century neon sign perched on the fafade. The opening production "13" -- a musical about a difficult adoles- cence -- marks a homecoming for the popular KIDSTAGE program, a First Stage Theatre occupant. "We're putting a lot more emphasis on giving the place a home for performers to really work on the process, as opposed to final products," KIDSTAGE Programs Manager Suzie Bixler said. See [lll STAGE, Page A6 for human s " By Warren Kagarise fundraising campaign for the cam- Director Pam Mauk and John Plans for the campus hinge on ments' financial constraints. The Issaquah Press reporter pus, identify anchor tenants and, Rittenhouse, a former Issaquah the location, and whether organiz- presentation at the Committee-of- most critically, select property or a councilman and a Together Center ers opt to build a campus or lease the-Whole Council meeting focused The push to select a location and building to house the facility, board member, presented the space in existingstructures, on the next steps for the proposed raise dollars to build a long- The result could resemble the study to City Council members "The study shows there are a campus. planned human services campus in nonprofit Together Center, a simi- March 29. number of paths we can take that "All people need human services Issaquah --envisioned as a clear- lar campus in Redmond. In 2007, "So,,what does the stud con- will lead to a successful completion -- rich people, poor people -- we inghouse for employment assis- Issaquah leaders and the Together clude? Rittenhouse asked. It con- to meet the community needs," all use services," Mauk said. tance, food aid, health care and Center -- then called the Family cludes that a human services cam- Rittenhouse said. "People have children, people more-- should start in earnest this Resource Center -- parmered to pus being sited in Issaquah is fea- The study described some of the require medical and dental care, spring and summer after years spearhead a feasibility study for a sible. Under all scenarios that were most urgent needs in Issaquab, spent on discussions and studies, campus in Issaquah. studied by the consultants, a cam- especially due to the population Organizers plan to launch a Together Center Executivepus is doable in Issaquah." boom in the area and local govern- See CAMPUS, Page.42 DONA MOKIN 9 -- t, -Dro"os a Lawmakers proposed the If the Legislature decides against Supporters said the per-vehicle statewide fee in order to inject a recreation fee, agencies could pass could be easier to enforce, ]lserrt*co Pass funds into the cash-strapped agen- close state lands to public access in because officers can check parking cies managing public forests, open order to cut costs. Squak Mountain areas for vehicle windshields dis- .: spaces and recreation facilities. State Park nearlssaquabfaces clo- playing a Discover Pass, rather could stave The legislation aims to cream a sure from July through 2013 as than tracking down users ontsdls. yearlong pass, called the Discover legislators scramble to patch a Lauren Braden, WasMgton Pass, to park at trailheads and $5.1 billion hole in the 2011-13 Wails Association commu tiuns closures other s te-managed lands, budget, and ou each rector, id e|eg- vjj users uninterested in the annual David Kappler, Issaquah Alps islation represents a ComFomise. parking pass, the legislation pro- Wails Club president and a former The initial proposal off#red late By Warren Kagarise poses a $10 day-use fee for using Issaquah councilman, said the last year suggested a er-person lssaquah Press reporter the lands. Otherwise, violators Discover Pass could offer a short- fee, rather than the per-vehicle could face a ticket, term solution, measure under consideration. Hikers, mountain bikers and Though the Discover Pass .pro- "I think some of the fees that other outdoors enthusiasts using posal attracted broad support h'om they're talking about are reason- 'Our only ehelon Is a fw er dame Issaquah as a starting point for outdoor recreation groups, able, at least for a while, until 0ur priority was to have a fee treks could face a $30 fee to use Issaquab legislators remain con- things improve," he said. really public lands and state parks come corned about the state imposing don't think that we want to get into July. fees amid a tough economy, that situation long term." See PagsA3 Q/IOTAB1,E IN:;IDE THE PRESS 7 A&E .......B!0 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds .... B8 Police blotter.. B9 Community ... B1Schools ...... B7 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ...... B4-5 Starting in May, businesses grossing less than $5,000 for the quarter-- and do not owe any bus'mess-and-occupation taxes -- can submit zero-tax return forms to the city via email to zertaxduereturns@ci'issaquah'wa'us" The forms must be signed before being emailed to the city. The state B&0 tax is calculated on the gross income from activities, meaning the tax has no deductions for labor, materials, taxes or other costs of doing busines. "Cars beside us were b0unclng and the canal 0n the other dde was Ik~ Ing 10 feeL" - Rachelle Dotson I