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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY9 AUGUST 26, 2009 " A5 9 By Cllantelle Lusebrink Those names came from nearly Issaquah Press reporter every culture and generation, she said. Some made zoo employees Issaquah's newest tiger addi- laugh, like Bob No.9 and Tigger, tions have names and are on dis- while others were strong and play for visitorsat Cougar beautiful, like Loki, a mythological Mountain Zoo, god, or local landmarks, like You can see Bagheera, a 40- Rainier. pound orange Bengal, and Vitez, a Zoo officials compiled a list of the 33-pound royal white Bengal, on topl0 names from the community display at the zoo's outdoor nurs- for each tiger then let the sponsors err in the Magic Forest twice a day, have the final say. Wednesday through Sunday. We couldn t be happier, The two 13-week-old cubs Barfoot said. received their names a few days ago after two sponsors came for- ward to help pay for the tigers. In return, the two sponsors were able to select the cub's names from a list of community-endorsed names. "It was so much fun for us to look in our e-marl or on the forms in the visitor center," said Robyn Barfoot, the zoo's general curator. "The public was great. We received so many names, as far suggestions for the two boys." Each name complements the two cubs' personalities, she added. Bagheera is named for the char- IF YOU GO Cougar Mountain Zoological Park 11-11:20 a.m. and 3-3:20 p.m. (weather permitting) Wednesday through Sunday 19525 S.E. 54th St. Admission: Free for children under 2, $8 for children 2 and older, $10.50 for adults 13 and older, $9.50 for adults 62 and older www.cougarmountainzoo.org brave of heart and heroic, which fits his personality." Vitez's sponsor is also the spon- sor of the older royal white Bengal tiger, Almos, Barfoot said. The two cubs will eventually move into the Phase I tiger habitat, the one Almos and Taj are in. Aimos and Taj will move into the Phase II tiger habitat at that time. That switch might come as early as the end of September or early October. The zoo will hold a special fundraiser and ceremony for Aimos and Taj for that transition, Barfoot said. acter in Rudyard Kipling's "The Tickets to the transition will cost Jungle Book," who befriends the she said. $100 each and all proceeds will go man cub, Mowgli, and becomes his In addition, the name Bagheera toward supporting the tigers, she teacher, landed on the final list because the said. "He was so important to the cub's mother's name is Kipling, in Anyone interested in purchasing character in that book," Barfoot tickets should call or e-mail the said. "Similarly, he is teaching the relationship between man andani- honor of the author, she said. Vitez's name comes from Hungarian roots and means brave- ZOO. mal here." hearted or hero in that language. ,, ChanteUe Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241. The first four letters of his name, "His name is so powerful, or clusebrink@isspress.eom. Comment at 'Bagh,' also mean tiger in Hindi, Barfoot said. "He is a tiger that is www.issaquahpress.com. By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Cyclists pedaling through Issaquah will find it easier to dis- cover the city's bike paths and trails. A new, free bike map is available at bike stores and the Issaquah Visitor Information Center. The map recommends rides around Issaquah and alerts cyclists to potential hazards, such as nar- row road shoulders. Pick up a copy of the map at the visitor center, 155 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Bicycle Center of Issaquah, 111 Front St. N., or Veloce Velo, 98 Front St. S. The map is also available at the Getting Around Issaquah Together Web site, http://gettingaroundis- saquah.org/. In May, City Council members spent $2,000 of city tourism tax revenue to print the map. GAIT announced the map's arrival on its Web site in early August. The city collects a 1-percent tax through hotels, motels, extended- stay facilities and state Parks and Recreation. Both hotels -- Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn -- and a motel, Motel 6, are included. Under state law, money raised through the tax can only be used to pay for tourism promotion, acqui- sition of tourism-related facilities or the operation of tourism-related facilities. Officials created the fund in 1998. GAIT member Karen Behm researched and created the map. GAIT promotes biking, walking and mass transit as transportation options. BeAm said she wanted to create a bike map of Issaquah for several years. A bike map of Santa Monica, Calif., inspired her as well. BeAm rode and walked through Issaquah as she mapped the ter- ra . for cyclists. Mapping this was a surprising- ly huge challenge," she said. BeAm thanked council members Aug. 17 for approving the project. She highlighted the variety of bik- ing options in Issaquah. "I was overwhelmed with the variety of types of facilities -- in other words, trails, sidewalks, bike lanes and shoulders in the Issaquah area," Behm said. S By Hunter Deiglmeier lssaquah Press intern The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is in desperate need of materials for back to school. "Right now, we don't have any- thing," Executive Director Cherie Meier said. "We run out of the most items from sixth grade and through frith-grade students need those items as well as spiral note- books, dictionaries, highlighters, red ballpoint pens, and 2-inch and 3-inch binders. Backpacks are needed for mid- dle and high school students, as well. Students at the district's ele- mentary schools have backpacks they can get at their schools, thanks to Costco. Food and beverages are also needed. For beverages, "The only thing we really, really need is juice." Meier emphasized. "Even juice in big bottles." Meals in a can, like chili and stew are needed, she said, adding that she hopes to have shelves packed full of meals for children. up." The company asked for the num- Baby formula is also needed. Items for those grades include ber of students on each elementary Due to the economy, the No. 2 pencils; pencil pouches; schoors free and reduced,lunch pro- IssaquahFood and Clothing packages of 3x5 white, lined gram and then donated enough Bank has seen a decrease in index cards; red and black ball- backpacks for them, said Sara donations, especially monetary point pens; large pink erasers; Niegowski, district communications donations. In order to keep it glue sticks; binders; college-ruled director, running, the people of Issaquah notebook paper; basic scientific E-mails and letters about the need to reach out and donate, calculators; compasses; and free backpacks went out from the Meier said. backpacks, school at the end of the year. The food and clothing bank, 179 For kindergarten through sec- Basic materials for classrooms First Ave. S.E., is open for donations ond grade, items such as watercol- are also needed. To help keep cAll- from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, or paints; wide-ruled notebook dren healthy, families and class- Wednesday andThursday, andfrom paper; scissors; colored pencils; rooms need hand sanitizer, Kleenex 8 a.m. - noon Monday and Friday. A No. 2 pencils; and dry erase mark- and packages of wet wipes for all drop-box is available 24 hours a ers are needed. Third-grade ages. day. general or specific department help cut down on county duties. shortfalls. Could the city use more volun- John Sheridan, lssaquah teer staff in order to save on ex- penses? F R O M PAGE /t_4 Since,we live outside the cityLaurel Redecker, Issaquah limits, I m not familiar with what Enforce traffic laws to the letter, could be cut more than they've Appeal to public for volunteers. including speeding, illegal turns, done already. But, we are active Don't think city has many legal running red lights, not signaling in the Four Creeks Area Council, ways to make money beyond turns and talking on cell phones which recently held a meeting taxes. Am I wrong? while driving (nonhands-free). for all of the area councils, and Connie Marsh, Issaquah was attended by county officials, Jim Harris. Issaquah including Reagan Dunn and Kurt How about an Issaquah Inter- Tripplett. After all the councils state 90 tollbooth? Yes, it will Consider doing seasonal had reported on what they have take time to get approvals, but fundraising auctions in the Pick- done, a conclusion was reached think of the rush hour and holl- ering Barn from donated items, that volunteer help could be uti- day revenues. old cars and collectibles for either lized much more than it is to Rick Fournier, Issaquah FREE CONSULTATION il Air Conditioned? Zoned? Endless Hot Water? MM Comfort Systems FOFt HEALTHY LiViNG Heating A/C Nr Quality 425.88t.792o ystems.com VasectomyCenter Mary Ann %: Ounce for Ounce - Compare and Save! The top.quality & top-value pain creme Tom W. RAIN CITY COACH TOWN CAR SERVICE Show this ad and receive 20% OFF your first trip. Based near Newcastle Main: (425) 277-3223 Toll Free: (866) 985-5585 Fax: (425) 277-3221 raindty@live.com www.rcctowncar.com ~ mi ...... FROM PAGE A4 Renton and Sammamish is wel- come, too. Twitter also affords us another way to converse with our read- ers. A pair of headline-making events last week provided us with a way to test the new medium. When fire broke out in a Cedar Grove Composting woodpile, our tweets about the blaze were picked up by other users and republished to their accounts -- or retweeted, in Twitter parlance. A few days later, when Port Blakely Commu- nities announced the impending construction of a Regal movie theater in the Issaquah High- lands, our tweets were retweeted once more. The retweets, credited to The Issaquah Press, allowed us to reach even more readers than we could have on our own. As we delved deeper into the Twitterverse, we found dozens of businesses, nonprofits and resi- dents scattered throughout Is- saquah and the Eastside. We dis- covered familiar faces, too, in- cluding the Issaquah School Dis- trict @IssaquahSchools; Eastside Fire & Rescue @EastsideFire; Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Bott @is- saquahchamber; and dueling City Council candidates Nathan Perea @nathanperea, and Tola Marts @TolaMarts. We also use Twitter to keep up on updates from King County @kcnews, Gov. Chris Gregoire @GovGregoire and state agen- cies. But the tweeters we want to hear from most are the people throughout our community with stories to tell. A handful of you have already taken us up on the invitation. For example, when we tweeted last week about the pit bull attack on popular rooster McNugget, a follower tweeted back and recounted how she once almost struck the would-be broiler with her car. In the weeks ahead, our Twit- ter presence will evolve as we tweet through the first day at Is- saquah schools, the Salmon Days Festival and City Council and school board campaigns. 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