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Salmonella outbreak causes nut recall , See Page B4 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 Josh Twaddle's hat trick leads Skyline to win over Bellevue Sports, Page C1 Issaquah residents show even pets need good foster parents , CommuniO', Page B1 Gun sales rise, stay steady following election BY WARREN KAGARISE Customers pack West Coast Armory every day for new hand- guns and rifles, and to stock up on ammunition. Forget the down economy and sluggish consumer spending: Gun sales nationwide are booming. Sales at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store are three and four times higher than they were in the months before the presidential election. "Ever since the election, my store is like this every time you walk in," store manager Steve Roberts said. The store even hired more employees to handle the upswing m customers. If West Coast Armory could sell every item on its lengthy waiting list in a single day, Roberts said the haul would be equivalent to an entire month. Sales spiked after the Nov. 4 election of President Obama. Democrats also strengthened their majorities in both houses of Congress last November. "We literally started doing a week's business or more every day starting then," Roberts said. , His definition of a good da) changed, too. A busy day before the election is less so nowadays. "Now, that's a slow day," Roberts said. "That's a real slow day." Licenses for concealed pistols are also up, though Roberts attrib- utes that to the increased traffic at the store. The election stoked fears among WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 2009 VOL. 1 BASKETS FOR THE BUNNY BY GREG FARRAR Thao VoBa (left), a parishioner at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and Issaquah Community Services food bank volunteer Don Stenberg roll a cart full of Easter egg bas- kets into the facility April 6. Church members brought 250 filled baskets to Palm Sun- day services, for an annual donation going back 'many, many years,' according to this year's organizer, Caryn Matusiefsky. Plant tre(00s to mark Arbor Day BY WARREN KAGARISE efforts, the Arbor Day A majestic Burr oak will be added to the Gibson Park land- scape April 8, when city officials and volunteers gather to mark Arbor Day. Though the national holiday will be observed April 24, locals and Washingtonians will get a jumpstart on Arbor Day because early April is more conducive to planting in the Evergreen State. City Arborist Alan Haywood said crews cleared blackberry and other invasive plants to ready Gibson Park for the cere- mony. The oak sapling, the cere- monial tree for the occasion, will be planted on the northern side of the park. In addition to the oak, volunteers will plant several IFYOU GO Arbor Day Ceremony . 12:30 p.m. April 8 Gibson Hall 105 Newport Way S.W. members of the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, which meets at Gibson Hall. "I think everyone understands that trees have a lot of value," Haywood said. In 2008, the city's official Arbor Day tree was a crabapple planted at Grand Ridge Elementary School as part of the Foundation first named Issaquah a Tree City USA community 16 years ago. The city has main- tained the designation ever since. Haywood said the designation is based on four criteria, one of which is an annual Arbor Day ceremoffy or proclamation. To earn the distinction, a city must also spend $2 per capita on tree care, have an advisory board for tree issues and enact a Ixee-care ordinance. The city Park Board handles tree issues, and city offi- cials recently updated the city's tree ordinance. "The environmental benefits and aesthetic appeal of trees truly enhance our quality of life," Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a other trees donated by residents, school's teaching garden, news release. "I encourage and salvaged from yards and Haywood said city officials everyone to stop by, grab a shov- construction sites, haye taken steps over the years el and help us plant one more Haywood said some of the sal- to preserve and plant trees with- tree near Gibson Hall. vaged trees have been hanging in the city's boundaries. Before -_ in there for years and looking for Issaquah was settled and devel- Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at a good home." oped, the area was dominated by 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@iss- The ceremony will bring coniferous forest. , press.com. Comment on this story at together officials, residents and To recognize the city s forestry www.issaquahpress.com. Salmon Days celebrates 40th anniversary Returns - StiLl fresh. Still fun. Still free." This year's theme is once again designed by Robin Spicer. The Issaquah Salmon Days The Salmon Days Festivals Office recently announced its theme for the 40th anniversary of the Issaquah festival "Celebrating 40 Years of Great CONTRIBUTED Robin Kelley (left), Salmon Days festival director, and Pauline Middlehurst, festival promotions manager, unveil the 2009 40th anniversary logo. =t Festival, sponsored by the Greater lssaquah Chamber of Commerce, is from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 3-4 in historic Downtown Issaquah. The festival kicks off with the Grande Parade. The festivities continue with 270 arts-and- crafts booths mixed with 40 food vendors from around the world. This year, there will be five stages of diverse live entertainment. Memorial Park will be transformed into the Field of Fun, where children can climb, ride, bounce and make crafts. The festival is the major fundraiser' for the chamber of commerce as well as more than 60 other local nonprofit service groups and organizations who serve the Issaquah community. Learn more about Salmon Days by going to www.salmondays.org, e-mailing info@salmondays.org or calling 392-0661. See GUNS, Page A3 Crews to survey Cybil- Madeline Park Crews will begin the process to transform a stretch of downtown parkland and former homesteads into a full-fledged city park, The first step includes a review of Cybil-Madeline Park's bound- aries and a topographical survey of the land. Officials hired Eastside Consultants, an Issaquah engi- neering and surveying outfit, for about $47,000. Cybil-Madeline Park consists of 12 acres at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the east fork of Issaquah Creek. City Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the park would host activities, such as walking and picnicking, when work is com- pleted. Following initial surveys, officials will hire a landscape architect and host a series of pub- llc meetings to learn which fea- tures residents want the park to have. Officials hope to unveil concept designs for the park in the fall Work at the park is slated to begin next year. McGill suggested the houses on the parkland could one day be used as an "interpre- tation center" to educate visitors and school groups about the park. Sheriff's office revives investigation 1968 disappearance New cold case squad sets sights on missing Tiger Mountain child BY WARREN KAGARISE The detective who arrested the Green River killer will work to solve nearly 200 cold cases, includ- ing the disappearance of an 8- year-old Issaquah boy who van- ished four decades ago. Retired King County Sheriff's Office Detective Tom Jensen who arrested serial killer Gary Ridgway in November 2001 is part of a new, three-member Cold Case Squad formed by the sheriff's office and backed by a federal grant. Jensen serves as a civilian analyst. Investigators will exanjne , 193 honcides and missing- persons cases dating back to 1942. " The squad will review  the unsolved -dis- appearanb of David AdalllS 8-year,Old , David Adttlns, who wet missirg May 3, 19i8, while hiking on Tiger Mountain with his brothers and sisters. More than 1,000 searchers combed the mountainside in the days following his disappearance, but David was never found. Residents speculated whether David had fallen down an old coalmine shaft, or if an animal had attacked the boy and dragged him off. Others wondered if David ran See COLD CASE, Page A3 More Adams MI!BERS OF THE dog search ,nd reeae te!ama SI,d for fUA2 aSSignmertt in the careh. In addition to tl Gez'man optiei'ds btol} We Lwought in from Grays Harbor County. FILE An Issaquah Press article from May 8, 1968, recounts the search effort to find 8-year-old David Adams on Tiger Mountain. ESL classes cut at Issaqua[00 church BY WARREN KAGARISE Renton Technical College admin- istrators ended English as a sec- ond language classes taught at the Community Church of Issaquah as the college trims costs. The classes ended March 26 with the last day of the winter quarter. Administrators cut $884,000 to close a widening budget gap. They laid off.13 part-time ESL instruc- tors, closed the college's swimming pool and pared operating expens- es. Elizabeth Falconer, an ESL instructor who taught a class in Issaquah, lost her job at the end of the winter quarter. Falconer and a co-instructor taught 22 students in a morning class offered at the church. "ESL is really a basic need for living in this country," Falconer said. Her former students hailed from Brazil, China, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Ukraine. Associate Dean of Basic Studies Jodi Novotny said the college now offers about half of the ESL, adult basic education and GED classes than it did during the fall quarter. ESL instructors are contracted to work per quarter. "Unfortunately, they're very vul- nerable in these situations," Novotny said. If the financial situation improves, college officials would like to increase the number of ESL classes, she added. Elizabeth Maupin, coordinator of the Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition, shggested hosting classes at Community Church and helped recruit stu- dents. Maupin posted fliers written in nine languages around Issaquah to advertise the classes. She said many of her respondents were parents of children attending schools in the Issaquah School District. "They were very enthusiastic and that in part fueled the enthusi- asm of the volunteers who worked with them," she said. Before the cutbacks, Maupin said officials discussed adding a See ESL, Page A2 INI;IDE THE PRESS YOU SHOULD KNOW RAIN GAIN 7Ill1! ......... C30p00on ...... A4 Classifieds ... C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Community ... B1 Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-2 8 A company claiming to sell magazines door-to-door could be shilling subscrip- tions to trouble. Fresh Start Opportunities claims money from the subscrip- tions will be used to help young people get'a "fresh start on life." But the com- pany isn't a registered charity, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Ask solicitors questions about the charity and the name of their employers. Go to www.secstate.wa.go#charities or call 1-800-332-4483 toll-free. Last Week's Rainfall: (thmoghMooda,, ii i 2.96 inches 22.44 inches i " (through April 6) 22.1 inches BESi" LOCAL Rtlff$ * I. $2.22 - Costco $2.29 - Chevron 22121 S.E. 56th St. 11111131 In PIII * . $2.31 -The Grange 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd. To mpot gas prices in your area,  to vatw.seateegaspaces.com. ....................... __::r::________