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illllllllmlllllilllllll Ill THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009 A3 BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK AND WARREN KAGARISE [FYOU GO On Earth Day, city and Issaquah School District officials will accept awards made from recycled glass at the King County Green Globe Awards. Green Globe winners will be honored at the Earth Day Expo 11 a.m.Apri122 Westlake Plaza Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, from 30 percent 50 percent with help from local cities, King County and Waste Management. Officials replaced disposable foam trays with a compostable variety and several schools initiat- ed food scrap recycling programs. "As a public agency, we have a The city and school district willSeattle responsibility to conserve environ- receive separate awards for envi- mental resources and preserve ronmental stewardship and taking operational dollars for our core steps to protect the environment, mission: teaching and learning, Organizers selected 10 recipients limits, said Sara Niegowski, district com- for the awards, which are Green Globe organizers praised munications director. As a school bestowed every two years, the city s decision to parmer with district, we have a responsibility to "This is a way of saying thanks the county in the effort. Organizers educate the next generation of cit- to people who are seriously aware said the agreement "serves as a izens to care for their community of the local environmental situa- model to other suburban cities in and world, and minimize their tion," said Doug Williams, spokesman for the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. He said the Issaquah winners are "a great example of local organizations and local gov- ernments walking the walk." The city won in the Leader in King County to think regionally about land preservation and growth management." Awards organizers said the school district "set an excellent example for other districts by expanding recycling and waste reduction practices and by reduc- personal impact on the environ- ment." District Resource Conservation Manager John Macartney deserves much of the credit for his work. He's frequently seen testing energy efficiency at schools, monitoring individual schools' water usage ..... "ei . ..... ~J =3 ........ Disovecy:::Driye Current Proposed CITY OF ISSAQUAI-I Maps show the current cenflguratlon (left) and Port Blakely Communities' proposed change of the curved Northeast Federal Drive to a grid-patterned Northeast Franklin Drive. Open Space Conservation category, ing energy and water consump- and in school cafeterias with his The school district won in the lion." famed trash suit to help students Leader in Green Schools category. District officials partnered with learn about food composting and t I Mayor Ava Frisinger, who will the King County Green Schools recycling. accept the award on behalf of the Program in 2001. Macartney, Superintendent Steve city, described the Green Globe as Though the district grew by 15 Rasmussen and board member a s i, gnificant honor, percent in new building square Jan Woldseth will accept the Green l) Our community has a cult.ure of footage, officials were able to cut Globe for the district. environmental sustainability, she energy use by 6 percent -- while said. maintaining 24 schools. Officials Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at City and county officials signed a partnership agreement in 2007 to steer development growth away from rural county lands and into developed areas within the city also reduced water consumption 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- by 33 percent and irrigation by19 press.com. Reach Reporter Warren percent. Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wka- The most impressive figure was garise@isspress.com. Comment on this the recycling rate, which increased story at www.issaquahpress.com. Judge rules in favor of residents hoping to prevent flcility BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK ter to run in an area reserved for a drug and alcohol treatment facil- rural development. County officials ity is different from transitional ceased operation and treatment at housing," he said. the alcohol treatment center in Bowden also said that county 2002. officials ceased operation of the The purpose of the YWCA's facil- original facility and relinquished ity is to provide housing, employ- its license to run a treatment facil- ment and counseling services to ity in 2002, and in doing so, termi- women and men who have recent- nated the nonconforming use to ly been released from incarcera- run that type of facility against A Snohomish County Superior tion or hospitalization and wish to zoning codes, Eustis said. . Court judge ruled last week that reunite with and act as caregivers In the next few weeks, a formal the construction permits granted to to their children, written opinion will be entered into the YWCA by King County officials Members of the Cedar Hills the court records, since Bowden violated count, codes. Rural Preservation Alliance filed a gave his opinion f om the b Gnch. The YWCAs Passage Point lawsuit against the county in County officials have the ight to Facility is being built at the former Snohomish Superior Court , in appeal the verdict to th -state Cedar Hills Alcohol Treatment November 2007 for violating land- Court of Appeals. Center, 15900 227th Ave. S.E., in use codes and granting construc- "From our standpoint, this is not the southwestern part of the lion permits to the YWCA. a closed case," Eustis said. "We Issaquah School District. The The alliance is made up of indi- hope that the county recognizes county's permits allow YWCA offi- vidual property owners in the Four that and wouldn't continue to put dials to remodel the old facility into Lakes, Cedar Hills and Cedar these citizens what they have been 46 units of one- and two-bedroom Mountain neighborhoods, commu- through already." apartments in the first phase, nities bordering the future Passage YWCA officials say they are wait- King County officials said they Point site. ing for county officials to deter- are working with the prosecutor's Specifically, Judge George mine what their next steps are, office to determine what their next Bowden's opinion stated that new since they are a contractor with the steps are, said Paula Adams, a construction permits forthe YWCA county, said Linda Rasmussen, public information officer for the facility couldn't be granted under South King County regional direc- county, the same nonconforming use as tor for the YWCA. The project was granted con- the former alcohol treatment cen- struction permits after King County ter had, said Jeff Eustis, an attor- R~ch Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at officials decided it was a continua- ney for the group. 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- tion of the nonconforming use that "It couldn't be transformed into press.com. Comment on this article at allowed the alcohol treatment cen- a new nonconforming use, because wtvw.issaquahpress.com. FROM PAGE A1 protest to the intersection of Front and Sunset, in front of the Issaquah Library, as the day progressed. Price said he was surprised by the strong turnout. "I thought it was going to be just me," he said. As he spoke from the street cor- ner at 4:30 p.m., motorists sped bailouts of the automotive and tinan= past and blared their horns, cial industries rankled them. As one "It's surprising how much sup- sign put it, the demonstrators were port we got in a DemocraticTEND OFF an acronym for stronghold," he said. "Taxed ,Enough Already ,,Discontinue Earlier in the day, Issaquah resi- Obama s Funding Frenzy.' dent Skip Blain stood in front of City Hall and held aloft a card- board sign that read, "Don't tax me, bro." He expressed concern "Spending, spending, spending," Price said, listing the reasons he decided to protest. about passing along budget deficits Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- to future generations. 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com Other protestors said using tax Comment on this story at wwwAssaquah- dollars to pay for government ~ress.com. WARRE OAR,SE GET INVOLVED City planning officials want comments from residents about a proposal to remove an Issaquah Highlands road and replace the street with two new connectors. Major Development Review Team officials will accept input about the plan to remove Northeast Federal Drive until April 27. The project is under review by city planners. Developers hope to begin con- struction on the project this sum- mer. After Federal Drive is removed, Review plans for Northeast Federal Drive at the Major Development Review Team, City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Send comments to the MDRT, City of Issaquah, RO. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027. E- mail comments to MDRT Program Manager Keith Niven at keithn@ci.issaquah.wa.us. Comments are due April 27. plans call for tv o new road sec- applied to remove the street. After lions to connect Northeast receiving pledges that the shut- Franklin Drive to Highlands Drive down and construction would not and not have an impact on nearby wetlands. Extensions of Franklin Drive and Eddy Way must be pub- lic rights of way, and parallel parking on eastbound Park Drive should not impede traffic. The existing configuration of Federal Drive was designed to accommodate a Microsoft campus in an area south of Park Drive and a retail area to the north. But the heavy Microsoft presence and increased retail space have yet to materialize. Before the City Council approved the request to vacate the street, highlands residents and officials raised questions about the Federal Drive plan and its poten- tial impact on traffic. Niven said many drivers became accustomed Northeast and Eddy Way to cause major traffic disruptions, to using the street as a shortcut. Northeast Park Drive. the City Council said in September Drivers refer to Federal Drive as Park Drive would become a that Port Blakely could vacate the "the trigger" because it resembles two-way street between street. . a gun trigger when viewed on a Highlands Drive and lOth Avenue Officials attached several condi- map., The new s eets will be a'd Northeast. A dedicated right-turn fions to the shutdown out on a traditional grid. lane for northbound tra ,[ safety and "The trigger kind of gave :you Highlands Drive onto Drive. cohvenienC : ar'6 included in ,. he. feeling that ,ou:had a free would be added. ' li ':to remove Federal ride," Niven said, MDRT Program Man : er KeithDrive was designed to improve Niven said his team is' r eviewing pedestrian safety, according to Reach Reporter Warr liagarise at 392- the permit for the project,city documents. 6434. ext. 234, or Port Blakely Communities, Officials also said the project xkagarise@isspress.com, Comment on which developed the highlands, must not cost anything for the city this story at www.issaquahpress.com. i FROM PAGE A1 Liberties Union objected to the cross and filed a suit on behalf of a former Park Service employee. gion." Four years ago, the Supreme Court ruled against the display of the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky courthouse. Then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said such a publfc display of a religious mes- sage violated the 1st Amendment because it amounted to a govern- ment endorsement of religion. Two years ago, the U.S. 9th The court's conservatives said Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for in their dissenting opinion that the ACLU'and said the cross was religious displays on public land an "impermissible government generally do not violate the 1st endorsement of religion.' Bush Amendment, since no one is administration lawyers appealed forced to participate in a religious to the high court last fall and said event or listen to a religious rues- the decision would require the sage. government to tear down a cross Last year, more than 400 cross- For more on the Veterans cross- es, see OffThe Press, page A4. Memorial Day," Waggoner said. "We really have no qualms about placing a crescent for Muslims. Some people may just want to have a flag." The VFW post has 156 members of which 92 percent are World War II veterans, said Waggoner, a 26- year veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Vietnam. "This is a community that is proud of its veterans," Waggoner said. that had stood without incident es were placed at gravesites at The local VFW annually offers a for 70 years as a monument to Hillside Cemetery during a $1,000 scholarship to students at fallen service members. Memorial Day event featuring The VFW said the 9th Circuit Rep. Dave Reichert. ruling could trigger legal chal-' There is a veterans' section lenges to the display of crosses at there that is nearly full. Veterans Arlington National Cemetery and graves are also scattered through- elsewhere, out the cemetery. At issue is the 1st Amendment's "We're one of the few little town ban on "an establishment of reli- posts having a service on the three major high schools. Each scholarship commemorates a World War II veteran -- the Ernie Nyberg scholarship at Liberty High School, the Joe Grigas schol- arship at Skyline High School and the Bud Ambrose scholarship at Issaquah High School. 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