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THE I SSAQUAH PRESS Thirty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 37, September 14, 1983 I Grossonbacher Bros. 614 N,;I. 6th Ave. Per.1 nna no:j. 97209 challenge incumbent fire commission seat Sept. 20 primary, election on the Is- directly af- officeholders is for at stake for Fire District is Donald 17802 West Lake Rd. S.E., Belle- challengers are 3032 253rd Issaquah, and 30385 S.E. Issaquah. three men will to run in the ,election, where Incumbent, Earle will face Tom second of three position is anus seat is for a in 1985. He to fill the remainder of a six- Won by Richard }79. Grant, also a water commis- lgned in September COmmissioners are Per meeting, up to a of five meetings On official busi- receive the same dcmpensation fire- Janus is a 1953 Issaquah High, Seattle Corn- where he :to/" in running on the we have done says citing in a mred with Sodermon, the hiring of ad- ditional paid personnel, the development of a standby program to keep volunteers on a partial pay basis sleep- ing at the station, and the "state's first volunteer paramedic" program as ma- jor achievements of his term in office, and his 20 year ex- perience as a volunteer ad- ministrator. Janus joined the depart- ment in 1963, serving as a firefighter, zone chief, assis- tant chief and then deputy chief. His most controversial role was as construction coordinator of the Preston station and the district head- quarters. While saving the district nearly half of the projected cost of the headquarters, Janus ran into complaints from firefighters and volun- teers who charged their carpentry assignments were not in the job description, and that willingness to pound nails was considered more highly than firefighting skills in upcoming promotions. Janus reply remains that the work did fall within job guidelines, and the large amount of savings, some $500,000, justified the one- time-only work schedules. The Preston station was built without a building per- mit, causing a long and com- plex series of hearings and reviews by various boards. The building was built too close to the road, and con- siderably within the setbacks that would have been re- quired with any permit. The county eventually granted a variance for the station, but with the proviso that the district receive no compensation when the future widening of the Preston-Fall, City Highway cuts 13-15 feet off the front of the station. John Jumper, 37, is a paid firefighter for the City of Is- saquah, and has been a pro- fessional for nine years. Married (as are all three candidates), Jumper has three children. In early comments about the election, Jumper said he was running for the office because "I am uncertain just where our money is going." Certain improvements in dis- trict administration were ob- vious to another profes- sional, he said. He claims the district fire chief is given in- sufficient direction from the current commissioners. Soden, a Weyerhauser employee, has been a volun- teer fireman for nine years. He and his family lived in the city for nine years, and have for the past two years lived in the Preston area. Soden says he believes that the paid firefighters in the district take too little a role in the training of volunteers in the district, and that no uniform training exists. "There is no real follow- up, to know how well we are One arrested for illegal fishing At least one arrest has been made by Washington Department of Fisheries agents as the annual Indian fishing effort on Lake Sammamish again draws its share of irate telephone calls. By one sportsman's count, 29 nets were strung at one time between Issaquah Creek and the Sammamish River. According to closure specifications provided by the state, the fishing shown above is illegal. No fishing is permitted within 250 yards of the north or east banks of lake between the river and the creek. The nearest buoy pictured, bottom right, is some 50 feet from the little spit at the southern bank of the mouth of the creek, and all of the fishing portrayed is closer than 250 yards from the bank. Only the Muckleshoot Indians are permitted on the lake, according to Fisheries Department, and by law, they regulate the fishery In conjunction with the state. Photo by Terry McLafferty. State prepares to develop access ,0arn,00,, or we Sq I remember what we are to uak Mountain Natura Area taught," he says. The skills assistant director of state parks for resource develop- ment, the current proposal does not include funds to put in the restrooms or parking, but would provide the first legal access to the park. Jan Tveten, state parks director, has recommended to the commission that a 23- acre parcel, facing on Ren- ton-lssaquah Road and used by Sunset Quarries as a buf- fer zone for a clay quarry, be obtained for the trailhead. The proposed purchase has been sloped, restored and re- planted to comply with state surface mining regulations, and a substantial year- around stream would separate the park land from the quarry, Tveten says. A 50-foot buffer zone would be included to protect the stream. Because the acquisition does not adjoin the deeded park, a corridor through Burlington Northern land would be necessary to con- nect the parking area with the wilderness zone. Such agree- ments have been negotiated, he said. According to Issaquah city officials, a somewhat more convenient and larger trail- head, off the Issaquah-Ho- bart Road, was purchased by Gilman Village developer Marvin Mohl just days be- fore the state could reach agreement on the land. Currently, the park is ac- cessible only by persons tres- passing on private land on foot, or by trail vehicle. Some hunting takes place on the land, which was formerly a hunting preserve and site of a classic hunting lodge owned by the Bullitts. The huge lodge, with giant fireplaces and a grand facade, has been gradually destroyed over the years by vandalism and fire. According to Tveten, funds for the completion of the trailhead are dependent upon numerous intangibles, but will be included in future requests to the legislature. The $78,000 necessary to purchase the trailhead land is included in the current budget. of the paid firefighters is not being used to teach the volunteers, he said, and that modern practices taught to the pros at various training sessions are not becoming district policy. A proposal to buy the land necessary to begin develop- ment of Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area will be introduced at the Septem- ber 15 meeting of the State Parks and Recreation Com- mission in Spokane. If approved, the proposal would establish a trailhead for the 590-acre wilderness area located on top of Squak Mountain. Deeded to the state in 1972 by the pioneer Bullitt family, the park land itself is protect- ed by a covenant which for- bids any development of roads, camping facilities or even restrooms. The state must purchase nearby land to provide these facilities. According to Tom France, John Jumper Earle Soderman uah will also vote on , county council at 7 a.m. Tues- 20, in one of / elections political elec- the state, the U.S. Senator :son, will not be Even though a approv- in a uni- Session of the Ure, such an elec- scheduled for vote October issue facing is the King eSSor battle be- Hoppe and followed by Council by Bruce La- opponent is Norton, of it is law, not the out a great that on the Sep- tember 20 ballot. Regardless of the vote this time, all four candidates will reappear on the general elec- tion ballot in November. One election facing a wider voting base than Issaquah, which does result in an im- mediate election, is in Superior Court position number 13, where Faith Enyeart, of Seattle, is battl- ing Jim Keesling, of Woodin- ville. They are contesting for an unexpired one-year term. Enyeart, 40, was ap- pointed to fill the post on an interim basis Aug. 16, by Governor John Spellman. The post had become vacant when Judge David Soukup resigned, citing continued budget cutting by the legislature and ' the need t raise a large family. Enyeart is a U.W. grad, with a law degree from Willamette University. She has both criminal and cor- porate law experience, and was rated "outstanding" by the Seattle Municipal League. Challenger Jim Keesling, was a scholarship student and graduate of Whitman College, and UW Law School graduate. In World War II he served in the South Pacific as legal office of the Southwest Pacific Com- mand. He has served in the Seattle area for 38 years as an at- torney, and recently acted in part-time roles as Superior Court arbitrator and as a judge 'pro tern on the Superior Court bench. He was rated by the Muni League as "adequate." The other county-wide race which Issaquah voters will vote on is the massive footrace for Port of Seattle positions two and five. Eleven candidates have fil- ed for the first post, and seven for the second. Two names, incumbent Merle Adlum in the first, and restauranteur lvar Haglund, are well known. 'It's sort of like a running board...' "in the two front ends are better than one," department... Monty Llsh of Issaquah attempts to explain what happened to a friend. Lish's sedan had its entire front end ripped away during a collision with Howard Benson's immaculate Cougar at Second Avenue and Andrews Street. Everything in front of the radiator of Llsh's car was detached, and is stuck into the side of Benson's car. The tall end of Lish's vehicle can just be seen at left. Photo by Terry McLafferty. S, :hool enrollment more than expectetl lssaquah schools have more students than expected this year, according to pre- liminary enrollment figures gathered on the third day of school. About 6806 students were counted Friday, September 9. The district had predicted -- and budgeted for -- 6753 full time students. The biggest jump in antici- pated enrollment came in kindergarten students. About 400 were expected to enroll and 22 more than that show- ed up. As a result, a half-time kindergarten teacher will be added to the staff, either from within the district or from the outside, according to Personnel Director Bob Eiene. The number of students is expected to rise slightly when school is well underway and families return from late summer vacations. Planning for more stu- dents than expected is con- siderably easier than the other way around. Last year at this time, the district was surprised with an enrollment drop of about 200 students and nearly half a million dollars had to be cut from the budget as a result. The school district receives about $2,000 per year from the state for each full time student enrolled. Additional students mean additional state revenue for the district. More specific enrollment figures will be discussed at the September 14 School Board meeting. Ad- ministrators are expected to give the board recommenda- tions on hiring more teachers to accomodate the extra students. Fourth try for another car dealer in Issaquah A new and used car dealer- ship, Evergreen Chevrolet, is scheduled to open in lssa- quah September 15 on a site where at least three other car operations have given up the ghost since 197 I. The new business will be located at l l0 N.E. Holly, just east of Gilman Boule- vard and Front Street. Owners of the new dealer- ship are Frank Pasco of Woodinville, his brother Ed- ward, of Seattle, and Henry T. Krebs of Kent. Frank Pas- co is majority owner of Belle- vue's Overlake Chrysler-Ply- mouth. "We're from the old school," says Ed Pasco. "Everything we see indicates Issaquah is going to need a dealer, and a good one." Old records of the lssa- quah Press indicate that many persons operated new and used car dealerships in town since at least the 1950s. Several were downtown. The building Evergreen will use was built in 1971, ac- cording to city records, and since then Charlie Brown's Chevrolet, BC Hawk Chev- rolet and Eastside Motors Chrysler have all attempted to make a go of it near Inter- state 90. City business license records say Burt Hawk lasted the longest on the site, some seven years. Brown was in business about four years, and Eastside lasted from January, 1982 to June 30, 1983, when they officially notified city hall that they had given up. The location is one of the few sites in town that permit such outdoor sales in the new Comprehensive Plan. Ac- cording to senior planner An- na Rabago, only the small area near Gilman and Front, as well as the area near Hi-Lo and the new Meadows Shop- ping Center will be zoned to permit outside sales. During comp. plan hear- ings, Mayor A. J. Culver moved to permanently ban such uses, with the exception of small stacks of fertilizer, dog food and items super- markets and feed stores stock at doors. Clothing bank needs infant and toddler clothes The Issaquah Clothing Bank has a special need for infants' and childrens cloth- ing, Size 0-4, as well as blankets and winter clothing. The bank is most grateful for the public response to the request for school clothes. Thanks to community dona- tions, the bank has served an average of 16 families each day it is open. Our hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as the first and third Saturdays of each month. All contributions are tax deducti- ble. The Clothing Bank is lo- cated in the old school por- tables at 1st and Bush. The phone number is 392-5836. Clothing may be left after hours in the container at- tached to the building. If you're not eating at the Holiday Inn, you're missing the best food and service in town. of Issaquah Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421