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Clinic dispenses travel advice , See Page B4 Seattle man wins the third Cougar Mountain Trail Run , Sports, Page C1 Community kicks up its feet at Concerts on the Green debut , Comm, Page B1 Motorcycle event expands to two O,oO ,See   -z i m . LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 75 CENTS __a-- WEDNESDAY JULY 15 $009 VOT,. 11( I Cty fa 1 CeS more than $3 million in cuts to meet budget shortfall "We've gotten to the point where it's jobs,' mayor says BY WARREN KAGARISE Officials need to trim $750,000 to $1 million from city expenses before the end of the year and make at least another $2 million in budget cuts for 2010. Key sources of dollars for the city -- building permits and sales tax revenue -- have dropped due to the economy. The cuts would be in addition to $1.6 million city officials made dur- ing the first months of this year to patch a $1.5 million budget hole. Mayor Ava Frisinger said her administration faces a stark finan- cial forecast as officials begin for- mulating the 2010 city budget. "Part of the issue with it is, we either continue to make cuts this year or we make more significant cuts next year," she said. Initial cuts were made as city staffers deferred buying nonessen- See BUDGET, Page A2 Sammamish, Newcastle make top towns list Money magazine has named Sammamish and Newcastle as some of the best small towns in the United States. Editors ranked Sammamish No. 12 and Newcastle No. 17 in the Best Places to Live 2009 issue. The magazine praised Sammamish for its natural setting in a piece accompanying the rank- ing. "Sammamish has many beauti- ful parks, and because it borders Lake Sammamish, there is no shortage of outdoor activities," the magazine said. "Residents praise the town for its excellent schools and youth activities, as well as its proximity to high-tech jobs in nearby Bellevue and Redmond," the piece continued. Newcastle was lauded for its proximity to major employers Boeing'and Microsoft. The maga- zine also noted the favorable real estate market. "Homebuyers can find proper- ties at a great variety of prices, from $350,000 3-bedroom, 2-car- garage ramblers to brand-new $6 million estates, the magazine said. Money ranked Louisville, Colo., as the top small town in the nation. At No. 10, Mnkilteo was the high- est ranked Evergreen State munic- ipality. 80 AND AIRBORNE: k BY ADAM ESCHBACH Joe Haldeman celebrates his 80th birthday with a solo paraglide flight off Tiger Mountain. The weather conditions on takeoff were less then ideal and nearly spoiled any chances of a smooth, safe flight. The hard east winds didn't faze Haldema.n as he took to the skies. To see video of Haldeman's flight, go to www.issaquahpress.com. Fede mone) coming for salmon BY WARREN KAGARISE A proposal to replace a dam near the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery with a structure friend- lier to migrating salmon will not receive federal dollars, leavingcity and hatchery officials to search for new funding sources. City and hatchery officials unsuccessfully sought a $3.2 mil- lion National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to pick up the bulk of the $3.9 mil- lion project tab. Local officials said the fish pas- sage project competed for federal money against a crowded field. "There were $3 billion in appli- See FISH PASSAGE, Page A3 Boy arrested for trying to kill turtle A 15-year-old Issaquah boy was arrested for suspicion of animal cruelty after police said he stabbed a turtle and tried to crush the rep- tile with a rock. Police arrested the boy in the 100 block of Mount Olympus Drive Southwest at noon July 13. Issaquah Police Department Patrol Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said an adult discovered the boy as he was injuring the turtle. Behrbaum said the turtle was taken to a vet- erinary clinic for treatment. The turtle was alive at press time. If the reptile dies, Behrbaum said the boy could be charged with second-degree animal cruelty -- a more serious charge. Penalties would depend on whether the ani- mal survives and the boy's past criminal record. Two new tigers call Issaquah home HANTELLE LUSEBRINK BY ADAM ESCHBACH A standard oranga-and-black Bengal tiger cub was one of two recently acquired by the Cougar Mountain Zoo. Issaquah's Cougar Mountain Zoological Park is the recipient of new Bengal tiger cubs. ?e are very happy. We want people to come out and be a part of these two boys' lives," said Robyn Barfoot, general curator for C,)ugar Mountain Zoo. "If it ,eren t for our guests, we would- n t be able to do this. The two cubs, a royal white Bengal, 13 pounds, and a standard orange-and-black Bengal, 15 pounds, came to the zoo July 2. T my are brothers from the same li ter, born at an Arizona zoo six weeks ago, Barfoot said. "We had always planned on hav- g four and built an enclosure to )ld four, she added, of the new arrivals. "We had special kinds in mind, though. We knew we want- ed a standard orange-and-black, and then another royal white, because people love to see them. It also helps us teach people about the recessive gene and that like See CUBS, Page A3 BY ADAM ESCHBACH A 7-week-old royal white Bengal tiger cub, recently acquired from an Arizona zoo along with his brother, gets attention from a Cougar Mountain Zoo employee. YOU ;HOULD KNOW A&E ........ B6 Opinion ...... A4 Oasseds...C4-5 Police&Fe ..C5 Community ...B1 Heath ..... B4-5 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 [ Pick up a new feline friend for $30. King County residents who adopt a cat will pay the fee for a feline that has been microchipped; vaccinated; spayed or neutered; and licensed. 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