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See Page C6 Issaquah, Eastlake battle to overtime draw in boys soccer Sports, Page C1 I Therapist shows music I is the best therapy CommuniO', Page BI ...... :, ...... Page B4 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 * 75 CENTS More than 200 demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall during an April 15 BY WARREN IIACJAlqtISE of Congress and the 0bama admin- istration. Demonstrators in Issaquah and across the nation When local Tax Day Tea Party used the government deadline for organizer Tom Price arrived at the filing income tax returns for an corner Qf Sunset Way and Front event modeled on the Boston Tea Street just after noon April 15, he Party. was alone. Then, he looked down Instead of dumping tea into Sunset -- less than 500 feet away, Issaquah Creek, however, demon- hundreds of protesters were gath- strators dangled tea bags from ered on the steps of City Hall. placards, clothing and sunglasses. Price and more than 200 others The "tea" to which the protesters were part of a groundswell of frus- referred stood for "taxed enough tration with government bailouts, already." federal spending and the policies During the hourlong protest, BY WARREN Tax Day Tea Party to protest against taxes and federal spending. ONTHEWB View a slideshow of the Tax Day Tea Party at www.issaquahpress.com. KAGARISE ed with a bar graph that depicted deficit spending. She said the sudden increase in government spending required community action. Austin and many other protesters learned about the local Tax Day Tea Party online. Organizers Used the demonstrators sang "God Bless Web site www.taxdayteaparty.com America and waved American to rally supporters from coast to flags_andhandmade signs with slo-coast. Similar events were sched- gans, like "Note to Congress: ,,you dedin Seattle, Bellevue and other are not representing me! and 'No Washington cities. Thousands of more public money for private fail- anti-tax protesters descended on the state capitol in Olympia. Price, of Issaquah, saiii the event was the first political protest in which he had participatedl Price and a handful of others moved the See PROTEST, Page A3 WEDNESDAY~ APRIL~ 22~ ure." Another placard called oht Washington's senior senator: "Do you hear us, Patty Murray?" A pro- tester dressed as a minuteman ral- lied the crowd. "It's not just a party issue," said Mary Austin, a Sammamish resi- dent who wore headgear decorat- ), No. 16 VFW seeks honor requests BY JIM FEEHAN The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars plans to continue its two-decadelong tra- dition of placing flags and crosses at this year's Memorial Day serv- ice at Hillside Cemetery. But members need input from the families of veterans buried there to get the job done. Last year, an Issaquah resident complained about the placement FILE Graves In Hillside Cemetery are decorated for Memorial Day. War II veterans -- one near Normandy, France and the other in Luxembourg. of crosses at the gravesites, said "We want to take the positive David Waggoner, senior vice approach," said Allen Flintoft, of Flintoft's Funeral Home. "We want to allow people to partici- pate: We want to make certain we're fulfilling people's wishes." commander of the VFW Albert Larson Post No. 3436. Because of the complaint, the VFW and Flintoft's Funeral Home are asking families of veterans buried at the cemetery to sign a form authorizing the placement of various symbols and what they want them to be. Those include a In February, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a cross to honor fallen soldiers can stand in a nationalpre- serve ; in flag, a cross, a Star of David or other symbol that a family rec- ommends at the gravesite. Families can choose more than one symbol or they can choose none. I California. At Some family members may pot issue is an want their veteran's graveeight-foot-tall marked with a cross and it's pos- cross in the sible that a U.S. flag may noti be M o h a v e appropriate for some graves, oo, N a t i o n a l Waggoner said. i Preserve in San The VFW would like to contin- B e r n a r d i n..0 ue to honor the tradition of p!ac- " County. A small- ing a cross at every grave," he er wooden cross said:, "We want to honor whatev- was first con- er the family wishes. ! structed by the Waggoner said the militaryVFW in 1934 does not consider crosses a reli- gious symbol. Crosses are used as a marker for the placement of gravesites and have been for decades. He cited the examp of two large cemeteries of WOrld WHATTO KNOW A letter to family mem- bers of veter- ans buried in Hillside Cemetery and a form that needs to be filled out indi- cating their, choice of symbols is at www.issaquah press, com. and was originally maintained as a war memorial by the National Park Service. The American Civil See CROSSES, Page A3 BY CHANTEI, LE LUSEBRINK cult impact, not only in our region but throughout the nation." For months, Superintendent At the April 22 school board Steve Rasmussen has been visiting meeting, Issaquah School district schools and facility buildings, officials will announce the number informing teachers and support of teachers they expect to cut from employees that layoffs are immi- the payroll, nent in the face of a $9 billion state This is going to be a difficult budget shortfall. time for everyone in the district," The impact to the Issaquah said Pen Thiele, associate superin- School District could be about $6.5 tendent. "We haven't had to lay off million, said Jacob Kuper, chief of teachers in quite some time. Growth and a stable economy have prevented that, but this is a diffi- See LAYOFFS, Page A6 S BY WARREN KAGARISE accepted until May 1. During the next step of the process, the Solid Waste Division As they consider proposals to will conduct an environmental expand the capacity of Cedar Hills review of landfill redevelopment Regional Landfill in south options. Issaquah, county officials want Officials will also accept com- input from residents about the ments on a draft environmental project, impact statement for the project, King County Solid Waste which should be released in June. Division Managing Engineer Public comments will be accepted Shirley Jurgensen said the agency on the draft throughout June and wants public comments and ques- tions about issues related to the proposals. Comments will be See LANDFILL, Page A6 BY FARRAR SHINY" CLEAN Issaquah Middle School students Kaylee Alvarado, Alissa Parker, Veronica Webb and Sequoia Lonneker ( 0'm left) admire their reflection in the Eagles Club window on Front Street North, on a break April 18 from their indus|rious ef- forts with other volunteers during the DownTown Issaquah Association Spring Clean Up. , IN:;IDE THE PRES', YOU SHOULD KNOW A&E ........ B4 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds ... C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Community ... B1Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 City officials are taking steps to reduce pollution and protect groundwater. Officials work to control pollutants at the source, before they have a change to enter the environment. Free spill kits are available for local businesses. The city also part- nered with the local King County Hazardous Waste Management Program to offer small businesses up to $500 in matching funds to manage, dispose, reduce or recycle hazardous waste. Learn more at www. ci.issaquah.wa.us/sourcecontrol. Last Week's Rainfall: (through Monday) 1 inch Total for 2009: 24.58 inches Total last year: (through hpdl 20) 24.14 inches B~ LO~ PRICB * $2.27 - Costco I, $2.28 - Aroo 1403 N.W. Sammamish Rd. HIGHEg" LOCAL PPJCE * $2.45 - Chevron ~ mpor~ ~as paces 22121 S,E. 56th St ~our area,8o to t' w..u~s~ces.com.