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Golden Acorns honor volunteers , See Page B7 LOCALLY OWNED ,O Patriots trample Beavers in track and field action , Sports, Page B4 WWW. I S SAQUAHPRES S.COM Musicians turn lunchtime into impromptu jam sessions , Communi', Page Bl 00__HE ...... SINCE 1900 75 CENTS .... WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 09 2011 * VOL. The Fire Inside glows on stage , See Page BIO 112, NO. 14 Citizens help others prepare for disasters By Warren Kagarise 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 unfoldin disaster in Japan -- causea 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 identifij 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 enaged citizenry, she said. You ve got a lot of indi- viduals and they are actively working right now." See PREPARE, Page A3 Rebuilt First Stage Theatre readies for debut Village Theatre plans additional offe,6ngs at downtown venue By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press r.eporter BY GREG FAHHAR Robb Hunt (above) shows off the finished interior of the rebuilt First Stage Theatre on March 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. HOWTO HELP Village Theatre continues to raise funds for the First Stage Theatre 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 learn 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 modern control booth to adjust LED stage lighting and high-ruth 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 moldingand wainscot- ing throughout the building. Crews also restored the mid-20th century neon sign perched on the faqade. 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 FIRST STAGE, Page A6 Supporters outline future fi)r human services campus By Warren Kagarlse lssaquah Press reporter The push to select a location and raise dollars to build a long- planned human services campus in Issaquah --envisioned as a clear- inghouse for employment assis- tance, food aid, health care and more -- should start in earnest this spring and summer after years spent on discussions and studies. Organizers plan to launch a fundraising campaign for the cam- pus, identify anchor tenants and, most critically, select property or a building to house the facility. The result could resemble the nonprofit Together Center, a simi- lar campus in Redmond. In 2007, Issaquah leaders and the Together Center -- then called the Family Resource Center -- partnered to spearhead a feasibility study for a campus in Issaquah. Together Center Executive Director Pam Mauk and John Rittenhouse, a former Issaquah councilman and a Together Center board member, presented the study to City Council members March 29. "So, what does the study con- clude?" Rittenhouse asked. "It con- cludes that a human services cam- pus being sited in Issaquah is fea- sible. Under all scenarios that were studied by the consultants, a cam- pus is doable in Issaquah. Plans for the campus hinge on the location, and whether organiz- ers opt to build a campus or lease space in existingstructures. "The study shows there are a number of paths we can take that will lead to a successful completion to meet the community needs," Rittenhouse said. The study described some of the most urgent needs in Issaquah, especially due to the population boom in the area and local govern- taunts' financial constraints. The presentation at the Committee-of- the-Whole Council meeting focused on the next steps for the proposed campus. "All people need human services -- rich people, poor people -- we all use services," Mauk said. "People have children, people require medical and dental care, See CAMPUS, Page A2 Legislators consider $30 fee for public lands, state parks DISCOVER PASS ]BY DONA MOKIN Proposed Discover Pass could stave off closures By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Hikers, mountain bikers and other outdoors enthusiasts using Issaquah as a starting point for treks could face a $30 fee to use public lands and state parks come July. Lawmakers proposed the statewide fee in order to inject funds into the cash-strapped agen- cies managing public forests, open spaces and recreation facilities. The legislation aims to create a yearlong pass, called the Discover Pass, to park at trailheads and other state-man geql lands. For users unintereste l'ia the annual parking pass, the legislation pro- poses a $10 day-use fee for using the lands. Otherwise, violators could face a ticket. Though the Discover Pass pr ro- posal attracted broad support from outdoor recreation groups, Issaquah legislators remain con- cerned about the state imposing fees amid a tough economy. If the Legislature decides against a recreation fee, agencies could close state lands to public access in order to cut costs. Squak Mountain State Park near Issaquah faces clo- sure from July through 2013 as legislators scramble to patch a $5.1 billion hole in the 2011-13 budget. David Kappler, Issaquah Alps Trails Club president and a former Issaquah councilman, said the Discover Pass could offer a short. term solution. "I think some of the fees that they're talking about are reason- able, at least for a while, until things improve," he said. "I really don t think that we want to get into that situation long term." Supporters said the per-vehicle pass could be easier to enforce, because officers can check parking areas for vehicle windshields dis- playing a Discover Pass, rather than tracking down users on ils. Lauren Braden, Washington Trails Association communications and outreach director, saidthe leg- islation represents a eomlpromise. The initial proposal offlred late last year suggested a !per-person fee, rather than the per-vehicle measure under consideration. 'Our only choice Is a fee or closure' "Our priority was to have a fee See FEES, Page A3 QUOTABLE YOU SHOULD KNOW INSIDE THE PRESS A&E ....... BIO Classifieds .... B8 Community . .. B1 Obituaries .... B3 Opinion ...... .4,4 Police blotter.. B9 Schools ...... B7 Sports ...... B4-5 4 Starting in May, businesses grossing less than $5,000 for the quarter-- and do not owe any business-and-occupation taxes -- can submit zero-tax return forms to the city via email to zerotax.duereturns@ei.issaquah.wa.us. The forms must be signed before being emailed to the city. The state B&O 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. JII "Cars besMe us were bouncing and the canal on the other skle was Ing 10 feeL" - RacheHe Dotson Japan &zaibiag   9 ecluaka (See sto Page B t.) Golden Acorns honor volunteers , See Page B7 LOCALLY OWNED ,O Patriots trample Beavers in track and field action , Sports, Page B4 WWW. I S SAQUAHPRES S.COM Musicians turn lunchtime into impromptu jam sessions , Communi', Page Bl 00__HE ...... SINCE 1900 75 CENTS .... WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 09 2011 * VOL. The Fire Inside glows on stage , See Page BIO 112, NO. 14 Citizens help others prepare for disasters By Warren Kagarise 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 unfoldin disaster in Japan -- causea 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 identifij 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 enaged citizenry, she said. You ve got a lot of indi- viduals and they are actively working right now." See PREPARE, Page A3 Rebuilt First Stage Theatre readies for debut Village Theatre plans additional offe,6ngs at downtown venue By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press r.eporter BY GREG FAHHAR Robb Hunt (above) shows off the finished interior of the rebuilt First Stage Theatre on March 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. HOWTO HELP Village Theatre continues to raise funds for the First Stage Theatre 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 learn 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 modern control booth to adjust LED stage lighting and high-ruth 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 moldingand wainscot- ing throughout the building. Crews also restored the mid-20th century neon sign perched on the faqade. 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 FIRST STAGE, Page A6 Supporters outline future fi)r human services campus By Warren Kagarlse lssaquah Press reporter The push to select a location and raise dollars to build a long- planned human services campus in Issaquah --envisioned as a clear- inghouse for employment assis- tance, food aid, health care and more -- should start in earnest this spring and summer after years spent on discussions and studies. Organizers plan to launch a fundraising campaign for the cam- pus, identify anchor tenants and, most critically, select property or a building to house the facility. The result could resemble the nonprofit Together Center, a simi- lar campus in Redmond. In 2007, Issaquah leaders and the Together Center -- then called the Family Resource Center -- partnered to spearhead a feasibility study for a campus in Issaquah. Together Center Executive Director Pam Mauk and John Rittenhouse, a former Issaquah councilman and a Together Center board member, presented the study to City Council members March 29. "So, what does the study con- clude?" Rittenhouse asked. "It con- cludes that a human services cam- pus being sited in Issaquah is fea- sible. Under all scenarios that were studied by the consultants, a cam- pus is doable in Issaquah. Plans for the campus hinge on the location, and whether organiz- ers opt to build a campus or lease space in existingstructures. "The study shows there are a number of paths we can take that will lead to a successful completion to meet the community needs," Rittenhouse said. The study described some of the most urgent needs in Issaquah, especially due to the population boom in the area and local govern- taunts' financial constraints. The presentation at the Committee-of- the-Whole Council meeting focused on the next steps for the proposed campus. "All people need human services -- rich people, poor people -- we all use services," Mauk said. "People have children, people require medical and dental care, See CAMPUS, Page A2 Legislators consider $30 fee for public lands, state parks DISCOVER PASS ]BY DONA MOKIN Proposed Discover Pass could stave off closures By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Hikers, mountain bikers and other outdoors enthusiasts using Issaquah as a starting point for treks could face a $30 fee to use public lands and state parks come July. Lawmakers proposed the statewide fee in order to inject funds into the cash-strapped agen- cies managing public forests, open spaces and recreation facilities. The legislation aims to create a yearlong pass, called the Discover Pass, to park at trailheads and other state-man geql lands. For users unintereste l'ia the annual parking pass, the legislation pro- poses a $10 day-use fee for using the lands. Otherwise, violators could face a ticket. Though the Discover Pass pr ro- posal attracted broad support from outdoor recreation groups, Issaquah legislators remain con- cerned about the state imposing fees amid a tough economy. If the Legislature decides against a recreation fee, agencies could close state lands to public access in order to cut costs. Squak Mountain State Park near Issaquah faces clo- sure from July through 2013 as legislators scramble to patch a $5.1 billion hole in the 2011-13 budget. David Kappler, Issaquah Alps Trails Club president and a former Issaquah councilman, said the Discover Pass could offer a short. term solution. "I think some of the fees that they're talking about are reason- able, at least for a while, until things improve," he said. "I really don t think that we want to get into that situation long term." Supporters said the per-vehicle pass could be easier to enforce, because officers can check parking areas for vehicle windshields dis- playing a Discover Pass, rather than tracking down users on ils. Lauren Braden, Washington Trails Association communications and outreach director, saidthe leg- islation represents a eomlpromise. The initial proposal offlred late last year suggested a !per-person fee, rather than the per-vehicle measure under consideration. 'Our only choice Is a fee or closure' "Our priority was to have a fee See FEES, Page A3 QUOTABLE YOU SHOULD KNOW INSIDE THE PRESS A&E ....... BIO Classifieds .... B8 Community . .. B1 Obituaries .... B3 Opinion ...... .4,4 Police blotter.. B9 Schools ...... B7 Sports ...... B4-5 4 Starting in May, businesses grossing less than $5,000 for the quarter-- and do not owe any business-and-occupation taxes -- can submit zero-tax return forms to the city via email to zerotax.duereturns@ei.issaquah.wa.us. The forms must be signed before being emailed to the city. The state B&O 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. JII "Cars besMe us were bouncing and the canal on the other skle was Ing 10 feeL" - RacheHe Dotson Japan &zaibiag   9 ecluaka (See sto Page B t.)