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Po ' ,lo.nd HE 1 SSAQUAH PRESS Gros$onbachey Bros. 6th Ave. Portlond, Orogon 97209 .   .,'-...e,,, ......  . , Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 25, June 22, 1983 ! May Valley says goodbye day of school In more ways than one at May Yalley ,e 16, when the school closed Indefinitely because of "nent in the school district. As the bell rang at 1.0:45 Sedately out of class. But before the buses Ioadea up, there were hugs and tears and cries of "Don't forget to call mew The May Valley Staff turned out to wave goodbye as the buses rolled away for the last time. When they were all gone, Principal Patty Festor let out an ecstatic YAHOO! Photos by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum. uter mislabeling causes library confusion out a biographies had been elec- But at Issaquah, things We're really not sure where Frank tronically mislabeled, didn't wrk ut that well. the problem started, but an over- Patrons were borrowing one According to head there were a lot of confused on the book, but being sent notices librarian Regan Robinson, patrons because f it"' With the for another, new books coming from the With this new system, ssaquah The computerized system Seattle libi'ary had the bar when patrons check out a corn- called for each book on the code on them. But the books book, their names and ad- system, shelves to be fitted with abar already owned by the Issa- dresses are sent, via phone entirelypos, code, much like the ones quah branch had to be lines, to the main computer found on products in the changed over and the county in downtown Seattle. The Went "on supermarket. Normally, sent out a team of specialists main computer also takes Say in corn- these codes give, among to do the job. "Somehow," care of the overdue notices, st Year and other things, the book's title, Robinson said, "the child- and in Issaquah's case, some that author and location, making ren's picture books and of those notices were mis- k s a n d the book seeker's job easier, biographies got messed up. labled. "It really shouldn't have been to difficult for patrons to figure out what was going on," said Scooter Poore, librarian. "Even with an in- correctly labeled notice, they still should know that they have an overdue book, under a different title." Poore said that the bar code bug was worked out last Sunday and hopefully, the system will be running as smoothly as it's supposed to be this week. Mayor fires city attorney by Debbie Berto Issaquah city attorney John Hackett was fired last week by Mayor A.J. Culver for being inaccessible. Hackett's termination as the city's legal advisor came following 16 years of service. Hackett was hired in August, 1967 by Mayor William Flirt- toft. He subsequently worked under city admin- istrations headed by mayors Keith Hanson, Herb Herr- ington and now A.J. Culver. "Hackett is senior partner in his law firm," explained Culver. "He was not always available to us on a day-to- day basis." City manager Leon Kos concurred. "It was difficult to get hold of him. He was in litigation a lot." At least one city councilor feels that Mayor Culver may have had a personality con- flict with Hackett. Kos said he believes that isn't so, that the mayor, Hackett and the council all got along well. Hackett himself says he knows of no personality con- flict. Herrington, who as mayor for eight years probably knew Hackett best, said that the Seattle attorney is very conscientious. "He wants all the i's dot- ted and the t's crossed," said Herrington. "He is very conservative, and sometimes that can cost time and money." At one point in Herring- ton's term, he suggested the city hire a full-time staff at- torney instead of retaining one on a part-time basis. Herrington's idea was to save money, but the same idea was again studied in 1980 as a solution to the accessibility problem. It was determined then that the city was not ready for a full-time at- torney. Since 1980 Hackett's fee has been $65 per hour, or $55 per hour for one of his firm's junior staff. The question of whether Issaquah should seek a full- time attorney at this time was brought up again in an execu- tive session of the city council on Monday, June 20. The council decided to advertise for law firms to present pro- posals to the administration for consideration. "Our goal is not just tO find a good attorney, but also one who deals in municipal law," said Culver. The city will accept proposals through July 14. City coun- cilors will interview the top three candidates recom- mended by Culver. The mayor's recommendation must be confirmed by the city council. Mayor Culver had made Hackett's termination effec- tive August 5 but Hackett said in a letter to the city that he saw no reason not to sever the relationship immediately. At the June 20 meeting, one of Bellevue's five city at- torneys, Dick Gidley, was named interim attorney for the evening. The city will ask the Bellevue legal staff to continue filling in until a new Issaquah attorney is hired, said Culver. Hackett believes that dur- ing his term with the city he did what he was retained to do: give good legal advice. "I have endeavored to an- nounce what the law is and interpret it fairly and objec- tivdy," said Hackett. During his 16 years he represented the city in a number of litigations. One of Hackett's most important cases for the city involved a landmark decision made in Washington State Supreme Court on the residency requirements of city coun- cilors. Later, in Issaquah vs. Teleprompter, the city won the right to own and operate a cable television system. In a Superior Court deci- sion, another Hackett case found King County respon- sible for the release of leach- ete into Issaquah Creek from the Cedar Hills Landfill. The landfill now has a filtration system for water runoff. Hackett also represented the city in the challenge against the Greenwood Point hous- ing development over the need for an environmental impact statement. Another victory upheld the town's sign ordinance when John L. Scott, Inc. took the city to court over its right to display a sign. The real estate firm did get to keep its sign, however, due to an incorrect interpretation made by one of the city's staff. Hackett also takes indirect credit for helping establish the city council's code of ethics. In his early years as ci- ty attorney he quietly admon- ished the late Mayor Flintoft for a brusque "shut up" made to a city councilman. Flintoft accepted the repri- mand and went on to pass the code of ethics, according to Hackett. While Hackett's days with the City of Issaquah are done, he is not unemployed. He is wth the Seattle-based firm of Hackett, Beecher, Hart, Branom and Verichek. Plans for Tiger Mountain State Forest start to take shape by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Can 18 people all agree on what will happen to one huge mountain? Well, yes. And no. The Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory com- mittee is taking a break for the summer, but before it dis- banded several weeks ago, committee members came to agreement on many issues facing the future state forest. Logging, shooting, access to the forest and several other items have been re- solved, but members are still far apart on whether or not motorcycles and other off- road vehicles should be al- lowed on trails. And there is still disagreement on the use of herbicides to kill unwant- ed trees and brush. Over the summer, a set of guidelines will be drafted by project coordinator Bob Rose. The committee will re- view them when it begins meeting again after Labor Day, and they will later be available for public review. The committee has been meeting every three weeks for more than a year to help the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) figure out a management plan for the future 13,500-acre forest. The DNR wants the land us- ed for recreation as well as logging. Recreation is a new business for the department, which!is charged with raising money for the state's school construction fund. Most of that money is made through timber sales on DNR-owned land. As the suburbs con- tinue to push out into forest land, however, the depart- ment has had to deal with communities of people as well as stands of trees. When people and trees must co- exist, an "urban forest" is born. Tiger Mountain's pro- gress is being closely moni- tored because it will be the first such forest in the state. It was even used as a case study last October in a na- tional symposium at the Uni- versity of Washington called "The Urban/Forest Inter- face: Land Use and Forest Resources in a Changing En- vironment." Over the past several years, the DNR's logging plans for Tiger Mountain have been protested and stopped by Issaquoh Alps club leader honored Harvey Manning, the out- spoken President of the Issa- quah Alps Trails Club, has won an award for "environ- mental excellence" from the state Department of Ecology. Manning was one of three individual winners of the award state-wide. He is the author of the popular "Footsore" hiking series and "Backpacking One Step At a Time." As the founder of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, he has lobbied to create a wilderness park on Cougar Mountain and op- posed the large scale develop- ments proposed on the mountain. He is also a mem- ber of the Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, which has been meeting for a year to help the Department of Natural Re- sources formulate a logging and recreation policy in the area.' Another member of that committee, Marcy Golde of Harvey Mannfng Seattle, was also named a winner of the award for en- vironmental excellence. She was recognized for her ser- vice as a co-chair of the Washington Environmental Council's Forestry Practices Committee. many of the same people who now sit on the department's advisory committee. Now there is basic agreement on a new logging plan for the mountain drawn up by com- mittee member Jim Agee, a professional forester from Redmond. Agee proposes a separate logging plan for each of the five drainage basins on the mountain: Raging River, Holder Creek, Fifteen Mile Creek, Issaquah Creek and the North Fork of Issaquah Creek. In each basin, there would be no logging on areas with unstable soils, steep slopes or unique natural fea- tures. Of the land left over, 15 percent could be logged every 10 years. Since the state likes to cut trees when they are about 60 years old, in theory, all the eligible trees on a given piece of land could be harvested if 15 percent were cut every 10 years for 60 years. By then, of course, the trees planted 60 years ago af- ter the first cut would be Continued on Page 12 Every Thursday is Bachelor's Night to7 p.m. in he Lounge 1/2 price well drinks and complimentary hothors d'oeuvres ISSAQUAH Exit 15 off 1-90 392.6421