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Firefighters return for downtown fundraiser BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK City officials issued a special event permit to Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters of Local 2878 for their annual Fill .the Boot fundraising event July 17. Firefighters will take donations from motorists at the intersection of Front Street and Sunset Way from 2-6 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry's Kids. It is the 55th year the fundraiser has occurred nationally and the 16th EFR firefighters have participated in. "We look forward to the commu- nities we serve supporting Fill the Boot for MDA, said IAFF Local 2878 President Craig Hooper. We need everyone's help to get those boots full and heIp those who deal with neuromuscular dis- eases." One hundred percent of the pro- ceeds help support research, pur- chase new wheelchairs for chil- dren suffering from the disease and pays for them to attend sum- mer camp each year in North Bend. Last year, firefighters temporari- ly moved to the Safeway on Northwest Gilman Boulevard after city officials denied them a permit to work the intersection of Front Street and Gilman Boulevard because of a city panhandling ordi- nance. That ordinance bans begging or soliciting funds in areas of the city that pose a risk to traffic and pub- lic safety, or that are intimidating to drivers. Specifically, it bans soliciting at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard, as well as along the state Route 900 corridor between Southeast 56th Street and Tibbetts Valley Park. Anyone caught soliciting funds in prohibited areas can be charged with a misdemeanor a.nd face a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. But the ban did more than oust regular panhandlers as planned; it put a damper on the Fill the Boot event last year, until the two par- ties.could' find a compromise. Firefighters were able to raise about $1,700 at the Safeway, but that paled in comparison to the $7,000 an intersection fundraiser brings. By September, though, firefight- ers were back on the streets at their new location, Front Street and Sunset Way, the same location for the event this year. Firefighters will also only accept donations at a red light this year, so as not to unnecessarily stop traffic and will wear reflective vests. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Officials weigh sterm water rule changes City officials are considering code revisions to update storm water management regulations for new development and redevelop- ment. The rules cover storm wamr detention at construction sites, as well as water quality, erosion and sediment. A key component of the pro- posed revisions would be a requirement for developers to cal- culate the volume of storm water detention. The change would require redevelopment projects to increase the size of storm water detention facilities. Developers of redevelopment projects would be required to provide storm water detention for all existing impervi- ous surfaces associated with the project in addition to a reTire- ment for new impervious surtaces. The revisions also outline how city planners would apply the regula- tions to varying lot sizes. Other code changes were includ- ed to make the permit review process more efficient. The code revisions are sched- uled to return to the City Council for consideration Aug. 3 or 17. Council Utilities Committee and city River & Streams Board mem- bers will review the proposals leading up to the council meeting: Once adopted, the changes would become effective in 90 days. The updates are needed to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Western Washington Municipal Stormwater Permit. The permit requires local governments to adopt rules in order to retain the permit. Permits are issued by the Environmental Protection Agency to municipal storm water systems to prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into storm sewer systems. Municipal officials are required to obtain a permit and develop a storm water management program. Fish passage: Dam is half mile from hatchery FROM PAGE A1 cations and only 6 percent were funded," city Surface Water Manager Kerry Ritland said. The dam is located on Issaquah Creek about a half-mile upstream from the hatchery. A poorly designed fish ladder blocks chi- nook, coho and other salmon as the fish migrate upstream. About 10 miles of prime salmon spawn- ing habitat exist beyond the dam. Officials proposed replacing the l 1-foot dam with a series of low boulder weirs that would allow fish to pass through. Plans call for a new water supply intake structure to be built. The intake would supply water to the hatchery. "The project needs to happen," Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery Executive Director Gestin Suttle said. "We're just going to have to find another source." Projects in Seattle, Bellingham and four other cities will receive federal dollars. Gay. Chris Gregoire announced the grant recipients June 30. Because of the cost of the Issaquah fish passage, officials said the funding source would probabty be a federal agency with grant money to award Officials noted how state and local grants are usually awarded in smaller amounts. Problems with the aging dam and intake structure are nothing new. Suttle said many adult salmon become marooned and die each year when they jump onto the con- crete apron at the base of the dam. She noted the high quality of salmon habitat beyond the dam. "They just need to get up there to spawn," Suttle said. Trees toppled near the intake and damaged a fence when Issaquah Creek flooded in January. Nearly 200,000 year-old coho salmon died at the hatchery in November 2006 after leaves blocked the intake, cutting water flow to the hatchery and causing the water's dissolved-oxygen con- tent to fall too low for the number of fish in the pond. A proposed airburst system would cut the risk for such inci- dents by automatically remong debris from the intake screens. With the existing intake, workers have to trek to the intake to brush leaves from the screens each fall. The proposed intake structure would also limit the amount of sed- iment flowing to the hatchery. Local officials have been work- ing for years on plans to overhaul the dam. In March 2008, the city received a $400,000 Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The city, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, local agencies and FISH provided the required 15 ercent local match for the grant, ringing the total to $470,000. Local officials said about $4 mil- lion would cover costs to design, permit and complete the hatchery project. About $800,000 in state dollars has been earmarked for the effort. The hatchery was built as a fed- eral Works Progress Administration project in 1935. Though the original dam was overhauled, advances in the study of fish behavior and improved fish ladder .designs would enable workers to build a structure friendlier to salmon. Construction would take about two years and support 30 jobs. Ritland said he was hopeful other funding sources could be found. "Everyone agreed it was a good project, but there were lots of good projects out there," he Said. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press.com. THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009 A3 Goats arrive to landscape the highlands BY WARIEN KAGARISE Issaquah Highlands' backyards will resemble barnyards for the next few weeks as goats landscape vacant land. About 120 rented goats set'to work July 6 on about a half-acre along 24th Avenue Northeast Goats are nibbling high grass and invasive species, such as Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom The first herd from Rent-a- Ruminant, of Vashon Island chomped across TV screens and YouTube in a lighthearted spot about goat landscapers for PEMCO Insurance. Watch the four-legged landscap- ers work from three locations: South Pond, where goats will work on the hillside between the pond and homes on 24th Avenue Northeast; 1499 24th Ave. N.Y.., where a trailhead meets homes located above South Pond; and two trails that cross a large tract where goats began working July 11. Access points for the trails are at 30th Avenue Northeast at the west end of Harrison Street, or from 28th Avenue Northeast at Julep Street. Issaquah Highlands Community Association Landscape Manager Russ Ayers said he and his col- leagues hoped for the goats to cut down on unsightly, unwanted veg- etation. "It's not just to mow the grass," Ayers said. A second herd was set to arrive from Healing Hooves, of Edwall, Wash., within days of the arrival BY WARREN KAGARISE Above, herds of rented goats began arriving in the Issaquah Highlands last week to landscape hard-to-reach areas. At right, a map shows the locations where the goatS will graze. ONlllEWEB See a map of where the goats are grazing in the lssaquah Highlands at www.issaquah- press, com. before the month is out. Rent-a-Ruminant owner Tammy Dunakin set up a lawn chair to watch the goats work and occa- sionally slide down the hillside on their hindquarters. "They've eaten a lot already and they're hang fun,, she said. Dunakin said she planned to sleep in her pickup to spend the of the Rent-a-Ruminant goats. All nimbi,m,. alongside the herd. Harris and her 17-month- to!d, about 350 goats willnosh on old daughter Abby walked to a 12 acres of highlands hillsides ,:, side street July 7 off 24th Avenue Northeast to watch the goats work. "Any wa, to get rid of weeds is fine by us, Harris said. Ayers said the community asso- ciation turned to ruminants because areas in need of land- scaping are too steep for human crews to reach safely or cheaply. He said nearby residents wel- comed the goats. For instance, homeowners nearest the site talked about throwing a wine- and-goat-cheese party. Man faces five years in prison for El Abuelo robbery A man who robbed the E1 Abuelo convenience store, 147 Front St. N., last May was found guilty on three counts of first- degree robbery last week. Juan Eras-Duque, 38, and Santos Castillo, 43, stole about $200 from the cash register and $800 from a store customer dur- ing the May 3, 2008, incident. The men also stole wedding rings and a mobile phone from the store- owner before fleeing down Front Street North. Storeowner Maria Armenta said Castillo pointed a gun at her and then struck her in the face with the gun until she removed her wedding rings. Her husband, Silvestre Vasquez-Vasquez, was visiting the store at the time of the robbery. Court documents state the robbers threatened to kill the victims if they called police. Armenta was able to identify Eras-Duque because he wore dis- tingulshing red cowboy boots dur- ing the heist Judge Catherine Shaffer will sentence Eras-Duque on Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. He faces 51 to 68 months behind bars. Castillo pleaded guilty last year to two counts of first-degree rob- bery. He was sentenced to 47 months in prison. Attend strategic plan open house July 16 King County officials want input from residents to help the county create a plan that consolidates the strategic plans of departments and agencies. Residents can share ideas through surveys, public meetings and the Web. A workshop will be from 6:30-8 p.m. July 16 at the Preston Community Center, 8625 310th Ave. S.E. The first countywide strategic plan will be combined with county employee feedback to help the county assess how well services are being delivered and identify a vision for the next five years. The strategic plan will guide policy and budget decisions. The strategic plan process is a result of a November 2008 direc- tive from the King County Council to the county executive to form a countywide plan based on the pri- orities of county residents. Input from residents will be used to give leaders a sense of res- idents' priorities and how policies might be adjusted or created. Most of the plan will be developed throughout 2009. The council set a Dec. 15 deadline for the docu- ment. Learn more about the strategic plan and offer opinions at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/strate- gy/StrategicPlan. Cubs FROM PAGE A1 people, animals come in differ- ent colors. It is Barfoot's hope that these tigers, like the zoJ's 2-year-old tigers, become ambassadors for tigers in the wild and inspire patrons and residents to help with conservation efforts. The zoo's other tigers, Taj, a golden Bengal, and Almos, a royal white Bengal tiger, are from two separate litters, but ere purchased together and taught to the zoo in May 2007. Zoo officials have completed Taj:s and Almos' second larger tiger habitat and will transfer them to their new facility in coming weeks; The two new cubs ,will live in the nursery enclosure that Taj and Almos reside in now, when they are ready. "The objective, hopefully some day in the distant furore, once they've all grown up, is to introduce them and they can all cohabitate," like several zoos in Europe have, Barfoot said. "But if they can't, we have the two phases they can each rotate through." Zoo officials delayed announcing the purchase and arrival of the new tigers until this week, because so many developmental and health con- cerns can arise m the first few weeks of their lives, she said. Since the tigers are still small, zoo officials aren't releasing them publicly until July 22, when they will have two out- door play sessions each day for the public to watch. Times for those sessions will be announced closer to the public release date.  Susan H. Gerend, CRS, GR/,ASP  Certified Residential Specialist : 206-719-4663 |   www.susangerend.com serend@windermere.com - : :; ..... . .......... ....  m  ........ I know;you want the best den[ care for you and your; fa [y and that quati that should nothave .... 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