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Woodstock anniversary celebrated See Page B4 Lakeside still alive at Legion state baseball tournament Sports, Page Cl Tumbling tots roll with the good times and the bad , feminine, Page BI KIDSTAGE presents 'The Wiz' , See Page 114 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 BY ADAM ESCHBACH Molly Herman, of Lakemont, plays fetch with her 8-year-old black Lab Abby at Timberlake Park on take Sammamish. Dogs am no longer allowed at the park according to the city, which has put a sign up at the entrance of the park. 7he sign doesn't persuade me; Herman remarked with the intention of still bringing her dog to the quiet and secluded park. Owners howl atIimberlake Park dog ban BY WARREN KAGARISE City officials have banned dogs from Timberlake Park, a slice of wooded land nes- fled against Lake Sammamish that is popular with pet owners. Officials cited safety concerns related to dogs at the park, including reports of people being comfortable at the park and safe," she said. knocked down by unleashed canines, dogs Though a new "No Dogs Allowed" sign fighting with each oth( r and dogs bolting from greets visitors at the park entrance, several the trail onto private property, park goers said they were unaware of the rule City spokeswoman Autumn Monahan said change July 27. those safety concerns prompted the rule change for the 24-acre park. , "This is about making sure everyone feeTs  See DOG BAN, Faye A2 Public hearing set for shoreline regulations Citizens and people who own property along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish can make their voices heard about a key plan for lands next to waterways. The city Planning Policy Commission will hold a public hearing about the latest draft of the Shoreline Master Program at 6:30 p.m. July 30 in the City Council chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way. Officials have held several public meetings over the past two years to review shoreline information, evaluate policy options for shore- line buffers and development stan- dards. Regulatory options for docks on Lake Sammamish have also been discussed. The new version of the draft Shoreline Master Program reflects input from these meetings. The program applies to "shore- lines of the state." In Issaquah, the program includes the main stem of Issaquah Creek, the East Fork of lssaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish. Regulations outlined in the program cover land located within 200 feet of these shorelines, as well as associated wetlands. Regulations are meant to protect the shoreline environment and provide for development of single- family residential units and public access. The program has not been updat- ed since it was adopted in 1990. The city has experienced wide, spread growth since then, including the Greenwood Point/South Cove annexation. Lake Sammamish shoreline in these neighborhoods will now be included in the Shoreline Master Program. City officials must update the program by December to comply with new state shoreline guide- lines. Learn more about the program at www. ci. issaquah, wa. us/SMPupdate or call city Environmental PlaImer Peter Rosen at 837-3094. Online parent survey evaluates school experience Parents of elementary school students are being asked by school district officials to take a survey about their child's school experi- ences before Aug. 8. The annual elementary school parent survey is online and asks parents to evaluate their oldest child's experiences, including how information is related about the school to parents and students, grading their school and the dis- trict and giving suggestions for improvement. District officials will use the com- ments to support student learning and work to improve in areas where parents have concerns. The survey is confidential and is open until 4 p.m. Aug. 7. Take the survey at www.issaquah, wednet, edu. Click on "elementary parent survey." BY ADAM ESCHBACH SPLASH DOWN! Emma Cronnin, executive director of Aegis Assisted Liv- ing, gets a refreshing experience July 25 from the staff's new addition to the yearly carnival, a dunk tank. brak(00s underc]:o00, g BY WARREN KAGARISE City Council members elded to environmental concerns last week and delayed a pact crucial to con- struction of the long-planned Interstate 90 Undercrossing. As the City Council was set to consider a development agreement related to the undercrossing, offi- cials and residents raised concerns about wetlands near the site of the proposed roadway. Council members were set to consider a development agreement with the U.S. Postal Service, which owns land where part of the undercrossing will be built. In return for allowing the city to use a right'of-way on the land, develop- ment rules would be eased for the postal service if developers built on the parcel. But the issues related to wet- lands at the site prompted officials to postpone a July 20 vote and send the pact to the city River & Streams Board and Council Land Use Committee for further review. The undercrossing would link Northwest Gilman Boulevard to Southeast 56th Street via a two- lane roadway built from the traffic signal at the posF'offiee: Crews plan to connect the road into the rail corridor behind Gilman Station. The roadway would con- tinue beneath the existing 1-90 overpass. The road would be built within the former railroad right of way. North of 1-90, the road would form a T-shaped intersection at Southeast 62nd Street, then con- tinue north along 221st Place Southeast to Southeast 56th Street. Planners want the undercrossing to alleviate traffic congestion at the existing Front Street North and state Route 900 interchanges. The price tag for the undercross- ing is listed as $13.1 million in the city Transportation Improvement Program, a wide-ranging docu- ment that outlines plans for road- work and construction through 2015. City Public Works Engineering Deputy Director Sheldon Lynne said the project would have better chances of receiving federal dollars if the undercrossing were "shovel See UNDERCROSSING, Page A5 IPD shares games, hot dogs, safety tips BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Issaquah Police officers will cele- brate the 26th annual National Night Out event. While they're cooking free hot dogs, they need residents to come eat them. "Last year, we had 200 ,people, which is incredible, but we re hop- ing to have more this year," said Officer Karin Weihe, coordinator for the event. The event was founded by the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit crime-preven- tion organization. "National Night Out stresses the importance of a partnership between the community and the police department," Sgt. Scott Trial, another coordinator for the event, wrote in an e-mail. This is the second year the Issaquah Police Department has participat- ed. NATIONAL NIGHT OIJT 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4 Issaquah City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Free At the event, there will be infor- mation from local service providers regarding personal safe- ty, disaster preparedness and home safety. Officers will answer questions about home protection, neighborhood incidents, proper reporting of incidents or crimes, and how neighborhoods can better protect themselves. "We as the police can not be everywhere," Trial wrote. "We rely See NIGHT OUT, Page A5 Girl injured by dart during Fut,dtive game BY WARREN KAGARISE A girl was struck by a dart while playing a nighttime game of Fugitive, a popular activity among teens and young adults that has Issaquah Police concerned about trespassing and other issues. A blowgun dart struck the girl in the back as she played the game near the 1600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at about 10:45 p.m. July 14. The dart pierced her skin, but authorities said the girl was fine. Officers said they have no leads about a suspect. But authorities used the case to educate parents and community members about the potential pitfalls of Fugitive. Officers have received several calls stemming from juveniles playing the game. Police said the game often leads to illegal activi- See FUGITIVE GAME, Page A3 YOU SHOULD KNOW GAS GAIJGE RAIN GAIN A&E ........ B4 Classifieds... C4-5 Community ... B1 Obituary ..... B3 Opinion ...... A4 Police & Fire .. C5 Sports ..... C1-3 State transportation officials will close the Interstate 90 floating bridge across Lake Washington several times from July 30 - Aug. 2 to accommo- date air show practices and performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels dur- ing Seafair festivities. 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